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Nathan Marsh Pusey d. 11-14-2001 in Boston
Posted by: John M. Morris Date: November 15, 2001 at 20:41:42
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An obituary in the Washington Post, page B6, November 15, 2001, by Justin Pope (AP)

"BOSTON - Nathan Marsh Pusey, a cholar of ancient history who led Harvard University during the turbulent campus protests of the 1960's, died Nov. 14 in New York City, where he lived. He was 94.

"Harvard spokewoman Rebecca Rollins said Mr. Pusey had suffered a number of health problems in recent weeks.
"Mr. Pusey was Harvard's president from 1953 to 1971, a period during which the university was transformed from a bastion of the elite to a diverse, national institution that aggressively courted students from all backgrounds. But he left embittered over campus radicals whom he believed threatened academic freedom, which he had defended during the McCarthy era of the 1950's.
"Mr. Pusey called for an end to campus turmoil and violence during the late 1960's, complaining that on many campuses, learning had almost ceased because of the violent, revolutionary activities of a 'small group of overeager young ... who feel they have a special calling to redem society.'
"In 1969, Harvard's campus essentially shut down and portions were occupied by protestors of the Vietnam War. When Cambridge police and state troopers violently broke up the demonstrations, even some moderate students blamed Mr. Pusey for the ensuing violence.
"Mr. Pusey indicated in a 1989 Harvard Crimson retrospective that he had no regrets. 'When I was against McCarthy and I was out in Wisconsin fighting against his election, and when I was calling inthe police at Harvard, I was fighting for the same principles,' he said.
"When Mr. Pusey announced his resignation in 1970, the Crimson wrote that 'while disagreeing with some of Pusey's standards, it is impossible to ignore the dedication and integrity with which he has clung to them. Harvard has owed him thanks before, and does now.'
"Mr. Pusey wrote his doctoral disertation on Athenian democraccy and adamantly opposed violence as a political tool.
"After retiring from Harvard in 1971, he served four years as president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. From 1979 to 1980, he was president ofthe United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.
"Mr. Pusey, who was born in 1907 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, graduated from Harvard in 1928 and received a PhD in ancient history in 1937. During World War II, he taught physics to naval V-5 avaiation trainees at Wesleyan College. He was president of Lawrence College from 1944 to 1953.
"During his tenure, Harvard's endowment grew from $304 million to more than $1 billion. It is more than $18 billion today."


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