Business Professor Emeritus Clark Kerr, the chief architect of Californiaís Master Plan for Higher Education, died peacefully on Dec. 1, at his home in El Cerrito, Calif., following complications from a fall. He was 92.
Kerr joined the business school faculty in 1945 and became the founding director of the Institute of Industrial Relations. He rose to prominence on campus during the Cold War, when the UC Board of Regents threatened to fire all professors who refused to sign a loyalty oath. His reasoned advocacy for the faculty position earned him the position as the campusís first chancellor in 1952. In 1958, he was elevated to president of the UC system and returned to the business faculty after being forced from the presidency by the UC Regents, under then-Governor Ronald Reagan, in 1967.
Born in 1911 in Stony Creek, Penn., Kerr received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1939 and entered a then emerging field, labor economics. His expertise focused on labor negotiations, dispute resolution, collective bargaining, and industrial relations.
Donations in Kerrís memory may be made to:
Clark Kerr scholarship fund
c/o University Relations
University of California, Berkeley
2440 Bancroft Way, Room 100
Berkeley, CA 94720
Checks should be made payable to the UC Berkeley Foundation.
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