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Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, serving from 1962 until 1984. Aldrich's background in agriculture and his connection with the land-grant system at the University of Rhode Island influenced his decision to design a campus in which environmental planning and community service would be crucial. After accepting the appointment of chancellor, he set out to create a university faithful to the land-grant tradition, yet appropriate to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, Aldrich received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island in 1939. He earned his Master⁰́₉s of Science degree at the University of Arizona in 1941 and married the former Jean Hamilton. He went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1943 .Aldrich began his academic career at the University of California in 1944 as a soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now the University of California, Riverside. In 1955 he was appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley. In 1958 he became dean of Agriculture for the University of California, presiding over agricultural teaching programs at Davis, Berkeley, Riverside and Los Angeles, as well as the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for activities on four campuses, a network of field stations, and the Agricultural Extension Service, with farm advisors and home advisors serving 56 of California's 58 counties. When appointed to the position of founding Chancellor of UC Irvine, Aldrich was given the responsibility for developing the new campus from blueprints to fully operating academic institution within three years. He accomplished this, encouraging the newly recruited deans and department chairs to establish academic programs that reflected new developments in intellectual inquiry. Aldrich retired as UC Irvine chancellor in 1984. However, with the sudden death of the UC Riverside chancellor, he became acting chancellor of that institution from 1984-85. He was called again from 1986-87 to become acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, after which he retired, finally, and became Chancellor Emeritus of UC Irvine.In recognition of Aldrich's key role in the planning and development of the buildings and programs of UC Irvine, the park in the center of campus was dedicated to him and named in his honor in 1984. Aldrich was involved in numerous civic and professional activities, receiving honorary degrees and awards from a number of academic institutions as well as many honors in recognition of his professional activities and his contributions to service organizations. He served on advisory committees and boards of a large number of local, national, and international organizations and provided leadership to groups concerned with world-wide problems of agriculture and natural resources, including the President's Agricultural Task Force to Zaire (1985). When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California for 47 years.

From the description of University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich correspondence and other materials, 1962 - 1984. (University of California, Irvine). WorldCat record id: 669071183

Historical Background

Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, serving from 1962 until 1984. Aldrich's background in agriculture and his connection with the land-grant system at the University of Rhode Island influenced his decision to design a campus in which environmental planning and community service would be crucial. After accepting the appointment of chancellor he set out to create a university faithful to the land-grant tradition, yet appropriate to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, Aldrich received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island in 1939. He earned his Master’s of Science degree at the University of Arizona in 1941 and married the former Jean Hamilton. He went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1943.

Aldrich began his academic career at the University of California in 1944 as a soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now the University of California, Riverside. In 1955 he was appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley. In 1958 he became dean of Agriculture for the University of California, presiding over agricultural teaching programs at Davis, Berkeley, Riverside and Los Angeles, as well as the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for activities on four campuses, a network of field stations, and the Agricultural Extension Service, with farm advisors and home advisors serving 56 of California's 58 counties.

When appointed to the position of founding chancellor of UC Irvine, Aldrich was given the responsibility for developing the new campus from blueprints to fully operating academic institution within three years. He accomplished this, encouraging the newly recruited deans and department chairs to establish academic programs that reflected new developments in intellectual inquiry. Thus, the School of Biological Sciences pioneered in establishing departments based on levels of analysis, the School of Social Sciences developed programs emphasizing mathematical approaches to inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences, and the School of Humanities fostered programs in creative writing, literary criticism, and comparative literature. The young UC Irvine campus also provided a fertile setting for the development of newly-emerging interdisciplinary programs. The campus landscape was Aldrich's applied laboratory, a reflection of his interest and expertise in soils and plant nutrition.

Aldrich retired as UC Irvine chancellor in 1984. However, with the sudden death of the UC Riverside chancellor, he became acting chancellor of that institution from 1984-85. He was called again from 1986-87 to become acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, after which he retired, finally, and became Chancellor Emeritus of UC Irvine.

In recognition of Aldrich's key role in the planning and development of the buildings and programs of UC Irvine, the park in the center of campus was dedicated to him and named in his honor in 1984.

Aldrich was involved in numerous civic and professional activities, receiving honorary degrees and awards from a number of academic institutions as well as many honors in recognition of his professional activities and his contributions to service organizations. He served on advisory committees and boards of a large number of local, national, and international organizations and provided leadership to groups concerned with world-wide problems of agriculture and natural resources, including the President's Agricultural Task Force to Zaire (1985).

He was also an active participant in a variety of sports, ranging from coaching Little League teams in Riverside, Davis and Berkeley, to participating (and winning medals) in U.S. Master Track and Field Championships, Senior Olympics, and World Association of Veteran Athletes Championships.

When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California for 47 years.

From the guide to the University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich correspondence and other materials, 1962-1984, (University of California, Irvine. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.)

Historical Background

Daniel G. Aldrich was the founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, serving from 1962 until 1984. Aldrich's background in agriculture and his connection with the land-grant system at the University of Rhode Island influenced his decision to design a campus in which environmental planning and community service would be crucial. After accepting the appointment of chancellor he set out to create a university faithful to the land-grant tradition, yet appropriate to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, Aldrich received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island in 1939. He earned his Master’s of Science degree at the University of Arizona in 1941 and married the former Jean Hamilton. He went on to get his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1943.

Aldrich began his academic career at the University of California in 1944 as a soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now the University of California, Riverside. In 1955 he was appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley. In 1958 he became dean of Agriculture for the University of California, presiding over agricultural teaching programs at Davis, Berkeley, Riverside and Los Angeles, as well as the Statewide Agricultural Experiment Station. He was responsible for activities on four campuses, a network of field stations, and the Agricultural Extension Service, with farm advisors and home advisors serving 56 of California's 58 counties.

When appointed to the position of founding chancellor of UC Irvine, Aldrich was given the responsibility for developing the new campus from blueprints to fully operating academic institution within three years. He accomplished this, encouraging the newly recruited deans and department chairs to establish academic programs that reflected new developments in intellectual inquiry. Thus, the School of Biological Sciences pioneered in establishing departments based on levels of analysis, the School of Social Sciences developed programs emphasizing mathematical approaches to inquiry in the social and behavioral sciences, and the School of Humanities fostered programs in creative writing, literary criticism, and comparative literature. The young UC Irvine campus also provided a fertile setting for the development of newly-emerging interdisciplinary programs. The campus landscape was Aldrich's applied laboratory, a reflection of his interest and expertise in soils and plant nutrition.

Aldrich retired as UC Irvine chancellor in 1984. However, with the sudden death of the UC Riverside chancellor, he became acting chancellor of that institution from 1984-85. He was called again from 1986-87 to become acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, after which he retired, finally, and became Chancellor Emeritus of UC Irvine.

In recognition of Aldrich's key role in the planning and development of the buildings and programs of UC Irvine, the park in the center of campus was dedicated to him and named in his honor in 1984.

Aldrich was involved in numerous civic and professional activities, receiving honorary degrees and awards from a number of academic institutions as well as many honors in recognition of his professional activities and his contributions to service organizations. He served on advisory committees and boards of a large number of local, national, and international organizations and provided leadership to groups concerned with world-wide problems of agriculture and natural resources, including the President's Agricultural Task Force to Zaire (1985).

He was also an active participant in a variety of sports, ranging from coaching Little League teams in Riverside, Davis and Berkeley, to participating (and winning medals) in U.S. Master Track and Field Championships, Senior Olympics, and World Association of Veteran Athletes Championships.

When Daniel Aldrich died on April 9, 1990, he had been with the University of California for 47 years.

Biographical/Historical note

  • 1918: Born in Northwood, New Hampshire
  • 1939: Graduates from the College of Agriculture at the University of Rhode Island
  • 1941: Receives master's degree at the University of Arizona
  • 1941: Marries Jean Hamilton
  • 1943: Receives Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1944: Begins academic career as soil chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station, now University of California, Riverside
  • 1955: Appointed chair of the Soils departments concurrently for the University of California, Davis and The University of California, Berkeley
  • 1958: Appointed dean of Agriculture for the University of California
  • 1962: Appointed founding chancellor of the University of California, Irvine
  • 1965: UC Irvine opens as a fully functioning academic institution, with an enrollment of 1,589 students
  • 1975: UC-Irvine total enrollment is 9,547 students
  • 1975: UC-Irvine is awarded $28 million in grants and contracts
  • 1984: The Irvine Company donates $1,100,000 for events center, Beckman Laser Institute, Medical Clinic, and Aldrich Chair endowment
  • 1984: UC-Irvine adds $382 million to the Orange County economy
  • 1984: Retires as the chancellor of UC Irvine
  • 1984: Named acting chancellor of UC Riverside
  • 1986: Named acting chancellor of UC Santa Barbara
  • 1987: Finally retires and becomes chancellor emeritus of UC Irvine
  • 1990: Dies of colon cancer at the age of 71

From the guide to the University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records, 1962-1984, (Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich correspondence and other materials, 1962-1984 University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] Bancroft Library
referencedIn University of California, Santa Barbara, Office of the Chancellor, Chancellors' Records, ca. 1904-2003, 1962-1977 University of California, Santa Barbara. Davidson Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Aldrich, Daniel G. The papers of Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich II, 1962 to 1984. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Harter, Mary. University of California Merced oral history collection, 1987-2001 (bulk 1997-2001) UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Pereira, W. L. (William Leonard), 1909-. [Four issues of the Daily Pilot containing articles on UC Irvine]. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Aldrich, Daniel G. Review of Department of Water Resources preliminary report on Northeastern counties investigation / by Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., Sterling A. Taylor, S.T. Harding. Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Aldrich, Daniel G. University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich correspondence and other materials, 1962 - 1984. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Daniel G. Aldrich papers, 1948-1990 University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Aldrich, Daniel G. The papers of Daniel G. Aldrich II, July 12, 1948 to April 9, 1990. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Aldrich, Daniel G. Daniel G. Aldrich papers, 1948 - 1990. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Lyon, George H., 1846-1864. George H. Lyon papers, 1864. Vermont Historical Society
creatorOf University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich Records, 1962-1984 University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
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Birth 1918-07-12

Death 1990-04-09

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