Former NU president dead at 90
Arnold R. Weber, who helped Northwestern University attract top faculty and dramatically improve its finances during his more than a decade as the school’s president, has died. He was 90.
The university said in a news release that Mr. Weber, who served as the school’s 14th president from 1985 until 1994, died of natural causes at his Northbrook home on Thursday. He was recently hospitalized for congestive lung failure, a university spokesman said.
When his retirement was announced, Mr. Weber was credited with putting the university on solid financial footing. At a time when many other universities were struggling financially, Northwestern’s assets rose from about $661 million to $1.6 billion, and research grants more than doubled from $64 million to $155 million during his tenure, according to a Chicago Tribune article on his retirement.
He was also credited with raising the university’s academic profile, both at its main campus in Evanston and in downtown Chicago, where its medical center was in the midst of a $630 million revitalization. At the time Mr. Weber left, “students were applying to undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in record numbers,” the school said in the news release announcing his death.
Before taking the job at Northwestern, Mr. Weber served as president of the University of Colorado for five years and on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Weber, who was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, is survived by three sons and eight grandchildren, the school said.
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