MacVicar, Robert William, 1918-

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Robert W. MacVicar, OSU President from 1970 to 1984, was born at Princeton, Minnesota on September 28, 1918. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors in 1939 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. MacVicar continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he received a masters degree in Chemistry in 1940. After serving in the Army from 1939 to 1945, MacVicar attended the University of Wisconsin, where he completed his Ph. D. in Biochemistry in 1946. MacVicar returned to Oklahoma State as Associate Professor in Agricultural Chemistry Research and Chemistry and as Professor of Biochemistry from 1946-1964. He was Chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1968 until 1970. After his retirement in 1984, MacVicar was named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and President Emeritus, Special Assistant to the Chancellor. In 1983-1984 MacVicar served on the Tanzania Study Team at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. He was honorary chair for the State of Oregon of the United Nations Day Committee for 1990 and 1991. He also served as the chair of the Benton/Corvallis Library Art Committee for 1990-1991.

From the description of Robert W. MacVicar papers, 1942-1995. (Eugene Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55612196

Robert William MacVicar was born in Princeton, Minnesota September 28, 1918. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wyoming, a Master's degree from Oklahoma State University in 1940, and a Doctoral degree in Biochemistry in 1946 from the University of Wisconsin, having served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II from 1939-1945. Robert MacVicar came to Southern Illinois University in 1965 as Vice President for Academic Affairs under President Delyte W. Morris. He became the first Chancellor of the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University in 1968, following the construction of a second Southern Illinois University system campus at Edwardsville.

Before coming to Carbondale, Illinois, Robert MacVicar was a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, and was eventually appointed Dean of the Graduate School there. MacVicar left Southern Illinois to become President of Oregon State University in 1970.

From the description of Robert William MacVicar papers, 1959-1970. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 225082636

Robert W. MacVicar, OSU President from 1970 to 1984, was born at Princeton, Minnesota on September 28, 1918. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors in 1939 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1939, but he was unable to attend due to World War II. MacVicar continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he received a masters degree in Chemistry in 1940. After serving in the Army from 1939 to 1945, MacVicar attended the University of Wisconsin, where he completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1946.

MacVicar returned to Oklahoma State as Associate Professor in Agricultural Chemistry Research and Chemistry and as Professor of Biochemistry from 1946-1964. He served as Dean of the Graduate School at Oklahoma State from 1953 to 1964. From 1957 to 1964 MacVicar also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He became Chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1968.

MacVicar came to Oregon State University in 1970 where he served as President until his retirement in 1984. He simultaneously held the position of Professor of Chemistry. During President MacVicar's tenure in office, the decentralization of the top administration of the university began, when he added a number of vice presidents. After his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and President Emeritus, Special Assistant to the Chancellor. He also served as Acting President of the College of Ganado, a small college in Arizona, for seven months in 1985.

In 1983-1984 MacVicar served on the Tanzania Study Team at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. He was honorary chair for the State of Oregon of the United Nations Day Committee for 1990 and 1991. He also served as the chair of the Benton/Corvallis Library Art Committee for 1990-1991.

From the guide to the Robert W. MacVicar Papers, 1942-1995, (Oregon State University University Archives)

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referencedIn News and Communication Services Records, 1940-2004, 1952-2000 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
creatorOf National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Corvallis Branch. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Corvallis Branch records, 1971-1974. Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf Robert W. MacVicar Papers, 1942-1995 Oregon State University Archives
referencedIn President's Office Motion Picture Film and Videotapes, 1961-1996, 1984-1996 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Corvallis Branch Records, 1971-1974 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
creatorOf Drake, George Lincoln, 1889-. Oral history interviews, personal histories, and sound recordings collection on agriculture, forestry, and Oregon history, 1949-1996. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Oral History Interviews, Personal Histories, and Sound Recordings Collection on Agriculture, Forestry, and Oregon History, 1949-1996 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Presidents of Oregon State University Photographic Collection, circa 1865-1999, 1910-1970 Oregon State University Archives
referencedIn KBVR (Television station : Corvallis , Or.). KBVR photographs, circa 1970-1988. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998, 1935-1995 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office motion picture film and videotapes, 1961-1996 (bulk 1984-1996) Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf MacVicar, Robert William, 1918-. Robert W. MacVicar papers, 1942-1995. Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office records, 1870-2002. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn Roy A. Young Papers, 1913-1990, 1943-1990 Oregon State University Archives
referencedIn KBVR Photographs, circa 1970-1988 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Oregon State University. News and Communication Services. News and Communication Services records, 1940-2004 (bulk 1952-2000). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf MacVicar, Robert William, 1918-. Robert William MacVicar papers, 1959-1970. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Oregon State University. Presidents of Oregon State University photographic collection, [ca. 1865-1996]. Oregon State University Libraries
referencedIn President's Office Records, 1870-2002 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office photographs, 1923-1998 (bulk 1935-1995). Oregon State University Libraries
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