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  • Jack Peltason, the campus's first chancellor, dies at age 91

    Following the lead University President David Dodds Henry, left, picked Jack Peltason in 1967 to lead the Urbana campus after the university created chancellorships at Urbana, Chicago Circle and the Medical Center in Chicago. Dodds was said to have been unbendingly supportive of the new chancellor's activist efforts, made in the aftermath of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Higher Education Act and the assassination of movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King.  Click photo to enlarge

    Following the lead University President David Dodds Henry, left, picked Jack Peltason in 1967 to lead the Urbana campus after the university created chancellorships at Urbana, Chicago Circle and the Medical Center in Chicago. Dodds was said to have been unbendingly supportive of the new chancellor's activist efforts, made in the aftermath of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Higher Education Act and the assassination of movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King. Click photo to enlarge

    Photo courtesy U. of I. News Bureau

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