There has only been one native Oregonian to hold the presidency at the University of Oregon since its inception in 1897. That man was Dave Frohnmayer.
He served as the president of the University of Oregon from 1994-2009, when he was replaced by his successor Richard Lariviere. During his presidency, Frohnmayer increased enrollment at the Division 1 university from 16,700 to 21,000 students when he retired.
Frohnmayer died at 74, from a bout of prostate cancer that his family said he had been dealing with for five years. To honor the Rhodes Scholar, hundreds gathered at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday to celebrate the legacy that Frohnmayer has left behind to Oregonians.
Those in attendance included his immediate family, current UO president Scott Coltrane, and former governor John Kitzhaber, who sat in the front row alongside the Frohnmayer family.
His family and former colleagues spoke about his dedication to public service.
Here’s a timeline of Frohnmayer’s career in public service and intellectual leadership:
July 9, 1940: Born in Medford, Oregon. Attended public schools in Medford.
1962: Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude.
1964: Studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
1964: Married Lynn Diane Frohnmayer, with whom he had five children, two of whom died from Fanconi Anemia. The Frohnmayers would spend much of their lives promoting research into this rare disease, founding the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.
1967: Earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
1969-70: Served as Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.
1971: Earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.
1971-81: Served as Professor of Law and Special Assistant to the President, University of Oregon.
1973-74: Served as a consultant to the U.S. Civil Rights Division, U.S. Justice Department, Washington, D.C.
1975-81: Elected to three terms as a member of the House in the Oregon Legislature.
1981-91: Elected to three terms as Attorney General for the State of Oregon. He personally argued and won six of seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court — the most cases and best record of any contemporary state Attorney General.
1992-94: Dean and Professor of Law, University of Oregon.
1994-2009 - President of the University of Oregon.