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MacVicar, Robert William (1918-) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: MacVicar, Robert William (1918-)

Historical Note:

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.


"CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF SIUC ADMINISTRATIONS 1960-1997" from the Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library

"MacVicar, Robert W., Papers, 1942-1995" Oregon Stae University Archives

Note Author: L. Broaddus

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