Former University of Oregon president and former state attorney general Dave Frohnmayer died Monday night in Eugene, according to a statement from his family. He was 74.
“Dave had bravely dealt with his quiet battle against prostate cancer for 5 1/2 years,” said his family in a statement. “We are devastated by his passing but we are grateful that his passing was peaceful.”
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. March 21 at the UO’s Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Frohnmayer was appointed as the university’s 15th president in 1994, and served for 15 years. He was the first native Oregonian to be president of a large research university in the state.
“Dave was a friend, a former colleague and a valued advisor,” said Scott Coltrane, UO interim president in a statement. “I am honored to have witnessed how his profound collaboration and insightful vision built the University of Oregon into the top research university it is today. As a university, state and community leader, he had the ability to bring people together and build successful partnerships. That will be his lasting legacy.”
He grew up in Medford and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1962. Frohnmayer received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Frohnmayer was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1975, representing Eugene. He left the seat in 1981 after he was elected as state attorney general, where he served until his resignation in 1991. During his time as attorney general, he argued and won six of seven cases before the United States Supreme Court.
“Dave’s vast contributions to the state of Oregon — as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, as a former state Attorney General and as a former president of the University of Oregon – cement his legacy as a faithful public servant and advocate for the state and its people,” said Mike McLane, House Republican Leader, in a statement.
Following his resignation, he became dean at the UO School of Law, and went on to serve as president from 1994 to 2009. Most recently, while working as an “of counsel” attorney and consultant at Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, Frohnmayer continued to serve as a member of the UO law faculty and the Clark Honors College.