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Former UB President Martin Meyerson Dies at 84

By Mark Scott


Buffalo, NY – Former University at Buffalo President Martin Meyerson has died. He was 84.

Meyerson served as UB president from 1966 to 1969. After leaving UB, Meyerson served as president of the University of Pennsylvania until 1981.

During Meyerson's tenure, construction started on what is today the North Campus in Amherst. Upon his arrival, there was a consensus on the UB Council to locate the new campus in Amherst, rather than the waterfront. It's a decision that continues as a subject of debate 40 years later.

Meyerson came to UB with the goal of transforming it into the Berkeley of the East. But he left before he could accomplish that.

The last year of his presidency was marked by the start of anti-Vietnam War protests at the University.

Lionel Lewis arrived at UB during the Meyerson presidency. Today, Dr. Lewis is an emeritus professor of Sociology. He joined us on the phone yesterday to talk about Meyerson's legacy at UB.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Mark Scott's interview with Dr. Lewis now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.