Sunday, July 26, 2009

Alexander Heard (1917-2009)

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard (at left), a beacon of courage, intelligence and civility, died Friday at age 92. Two excellent obituaries have been offered this weekend by Liz Latt of the Vanderbilt news service, and Naomi Snyder of The Tennessean. Few Americans have contributed as much to the nation, the South and to education as Alexander Heard, political scientist, advisor to U.S. Presidents, academic leader amid civil strife, chairman of the Ford Foundation, teacher, mentor, father and husband. He always welcomed fresh ideas and diversity of opinion, and raised the value of public discourse at Vanderbilt, and beyond.

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