Myers, Minor, Jr. 1942-2003

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MYERS, Minor, Jr. 1942-2003


See index for CA sketch: Born August 13, 1942, in Copley, OH; died of complications from lung cancer July 22, 2003, in Bloomington, IL. Educator, administrator, and author. Myers was the president of Illinois Wesleyan University. He was an alumnus of Carleton College, where he received his B.A. in 1964, and Princeton University, where he completed a Ph.D. in 1972. Myers then embarked on an academic career, beginning at Connecticut College, where he started as an instructor in 1968 and became professor of government in 1981. During the late 1980s he was provost, dean of faculty, and professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, accepting the position as president of Illinois Wesleyan in 1989. A staunch advocate of liberal-arts education, he helped transform Illinois Wesleyan into an institution with a national reputation, adding academic programs, constructing library and science buildings, and expanding study-abroad programs. Despite his busy schedule, Myers also managed to also publish several books, including Liberty without Anarchy: A History of the Society of the Cincinnati (1984) and Illinois Wesleyan University: Continuity and Change, 1850-2000 (2001).



Writers Directory, 18th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 2003.


Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2003, section 4, p. 7.

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), July 28, 2003, p. B5.