- Frank Hereford (UVa)
name = Frank Loucks Hereford, Jr.
image_size = 175px
birth_date = birth date|1923|07|18
Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
death_date = death date|2004|09|21
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
resting_place = University of Virginia Cemetery
nationality = American
known_for = President of the University of Virginia
University of Virginia
term = 1974-1985
Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.
Robert M. O’Neil
Frank Loucks Hereford, Jr. (born
July 18 1923in Lake Charles, Louisianacite book
title=Mr. Jefferson's University: A History
publisher=University of Virginia Press
pages=595] cite web |url=http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/09_23_2004/hereford_frank.html |title=Frank L. Hereford, Jr., Fifth President of the University of Virginia, Dies at Age 81|date=2004-09-23|accessdate=2008-04-21] –
September 21 2004)cite news
title=Frank L. Hereford Jr.; Physicist, U-Va. President
pages=B04] was the president of the
University of Virginiafrom 1974–1985. He died in 2004 at the age of 81. Among the hallmarks of his presidency were a major capital campaign, which increased the University's endowment from $97 million to more than $250 million; and ending the traditional Easters Weekend party.cite journal
title= Hereford's half-century
Hereford attended the University of Virginia as an undergrad, where he wrote a sports column for "College Topics" (the precursor of the
Cavalier Daily).Dabney, p. 244.] He received a B.A. in Physics in 1943, became a Physics fellow working under Jesse Beamsin the years after the war, and received his Ph.D. from the University.Dabney, p. 264.] During the war years, he worked on research for the Manhattan Projectwith Dr. Beams, who called him "one of the best all around physicists with whom I have ever been associated."
He subsequently became a professor at the University, then became head of the Physics Department and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1962. He was appointed provost in 1966. Dabney, p. 431.] He was appointed Vice-President of the University (one of five newly created VP-level offices) in 1970, but resigned his posts of Vice-President and Dean to return to research in 1971.Dabney, p. 457.] He was elected president to succeed Edgar Shannon in 1973 and took office a year later on the condition that he only serve for ten years; he extended his term by one year to oversee the completion of the University's first capital campaign, which began in 1981.
At the University as an undergraduate, Hereford was a member of
Omicron Delta Kappa, T.I.L.K.A., and the Alpha Tau Omegasocial fraternity, as well as the Raven Societyand Phi Beta Kappa.Dabney, p. 595.] Upon his death, it was announced that Hereford had been a member of the Seven Society.citation
title=Community Remembers, Celebrates Hereford
He was also a member of the whites-only
Farmington Country Club. Where his predecessor Edgar F. Shannon, Jr.had resigned from the club, Hereford stated that he preferred to remain and attempt to change the club from within.Dabney, p. 486.] His membership caused controversy at the University in 1976, resulting in one faculty resignation. [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,917976,00.html "Jeffersonian Dilemma", February 9, 1976, Time Magazine] ] The incident became the catalyst for social change at the University including the establishment of an Office of Minority Affairs.cite news |url=http://www.cavalierdaily.com/news/2006/nov/17/retrospective-race-relations/ |title=Retrospective race relations |first=Kristin |last=Hawkins |date=2006-11-17 |work= The Cavalier Daily]
Hereford was a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1966,Dabney, 601.] , and the Raven Award. The Hereford Residential College at UVA is named after him.
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