For­mer pres­i­dent of Cor­nell U has died

Antelope Valley Press - - WEATHER / OBITUARIES -

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Rhodes, a renowned pa­le­on­tol­o­gist who led the Ivy League’s Cor­nell Univer­sity for 18 years and over- saw a huge ex­pan­sion in re­search fund­ing, has died. He was 93.

Rhodes died Mon­day in Bonita Springs, Florida, the school said in a state­ment.

He was one of the long­est-serv­ing pres­i­dents in the Ivy League. When Rhodes stepped down in 1995, al­most half of Cor­nell’s then-nearly 123,000 liv­ing un­der­grad­u­ate alumni had at­tended the univer­sity while he was pres­i­dent.

“Frank Rhodes was a bril­liant scholar and a gra­cious leader who was not only deeply re­spected, but truly loved by gen­er­a­tions of Cor­nel­lians,” said Cor­nell Pres­i­dent Martha E. Pol­lack in a news re­lease.

Dur­ing Rhodes’ ten­ure as pres­i­dent, re­search fund­ing in­creased from $88 mil­lion to more than $300 mil­lion. Ma­jor ini­tia­tives in as­tron­omy, su­per­com­put­ing, biotech­nol­ogy, nanofab­ri­ca­tion and Asian stud­ies were es­tab­lished, and di­ver­sity among stu­dents and fac­ulty sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Rosa; four daugh­ters; 11 grand­chil­dren; and one great-grand­daugh­ter.

Plans for a memo­rial ser­vice on cam­pus this spring will be an­nounced later.

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