Dr. S. William Pelletier (1924-2004) was born in Kankakee, Illinois, earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1947 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Cornell in 1950. Following work at the Rockefeller Institute, he assumed the position of Head of the Chemistry Department at the University of Georgia in 1962. In 1969, Pelletier was chosen as Provost of the University. In that role he generated controversy as he worked to change faculty promotion and tenure requirements. Finally in the wake of a public controversy with Dean William Tate, Pelletier resigned in 1976 and the office of Provost was eliminated for some twenty years. Pelletier then assumed the role of Director of the Institute for Natural Products Chemistry Research. In addition to his work in chemistry and university administration, Pelletier was well know for his expertise in art, particularly in relation to prints of which he was a noted collector.
From the description of S. William Pelletier Provost papers, 1962-2003, bulk 1969-1976. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 694105156