23, 2004 -- Frank Loucks Hereford Jr., the fifth President of
the University of Virginia, died Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Westminster-Canterbury
of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville. He was born in Lake Charles,
Louisiana on July 18, 1923, the son of the late Frank L. and
Marguerite Roussel Hereford. His wife, the former Ann Lane, to
whom he was married for nearly fifty years, died in 1997. He
is survived by three children: Frank Lane Hereford and his wife,
Beverley, of Charlottesville; Sarah Hereford Rick and her husband,
John, of Atlanta; and Robert Mason Hereford and his wife, Cheryl,
of Virginia Beach; and nine grandchildren. A daughter, Marguerite
Amelie Hereford, died in 1980.
A physicist, Frank Hereford took a B.A. from the University
of Virginia in 1943 and the Ph.D. in 1947. He was involved
in research for the Manhattan Project
during the Second World War as a student of the late Professor Jesse W. Beams,
who called him “one of the best all around physicists with whom I have
ever been associated.” During the war, he was also a member of a University
of Virginia team of scientists who developed anti-aircraft ordnance for the Navy.
Mr. Hereford subsequently was a National Academy of Sciences Research Fellow
and then a physicist at the Bartol Research Foundation in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Frank Hereford returned to the University of Virginia in 1949
as Associate Professor of Physics. He became Professor
of Physics in 1952 and was elected
to a chair
as the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Physics in 1966, a title he held until
his retirement in 1992, when he was elected Emeritus. He was a Fulbright
Scholar at the University of Birmingham in England in 1957-1958
and Visiting Professor
at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland during 1971-1972. He excelled
a teacher and as a researcher – he was the author of more than 60 scholarly
articles during his career and he was the co-discoverer of the presence of heavy
particles striking the earth from outer space – and he returned to the
classroom and the laboratory when he retired from the presidency of the University
in 1985. As President, he was instrumental in the founding of SURA, the Southeastern
Universities Research Association, which brought the Jefferson Laboratory to
Newport News, and thus established a world center of nuclear physics in Virginia.
His scholarship earned him a number of awards and positions on a variety of professional
Active as a student in the wide range of extracurricular activities
expected in those days of leaders among the student body,
his interests as a faculty
member extended beyond his department. He served on a number of boards
in the Charlottesville
community outside the University, and he became Dean of the Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences in 1962, a position he held until his appointment
as Provost in 1966. As chief academic officer, he was credited
recruit an outstanding faculty which laid the foundation for the University
of Virginia’s present strength. He was largely responsible for the creation
for the Center for Advanced Studies which has been a major factor in the advancement
of the faculty.
Frank Hereford retired as Provost in 1971 and returned to full
time teaching at the University in 1972 after his visiting
professorship in Scotland. He
was elected President of the University of Virginia, the fifth person to
office, in September, 1973 and he succeeded President Shannon a year later.
Perhaps because of his background as a scientist and his extraordinary
successes as Provost in attracting grants for scientific research to
Frank Hereford took office worrying about what he saw as an imbalance
between the sciences
and the humanities. He expressed those concerns in his inaugural address,
in which he extolled the perspective and breadth of learning of Thomas
Jefferson, the founder of the University, as an example that was still
valid. It was
theme he returned to often during his administration.
By 1974, it was apparent that the days of generous public funding
of higher education, both from Washington and from Richmond,
to an end.
realized that the University needed the resources to become more self-reliant.
Supported and directed by the Board of Visitors, the University embarked
on its first major capital campaign in 1981, a campaign which ran until
thus causing Mr. Hereford to extend his term of office for a year beyond
the ten years he had agreed to. A genial, courteous and gregarious
man, he was
extremely popular among alumni and he raised most of the money himself
in a very successful
campaign. An athlete in high school, he was an avid tennis player and
duck hunter for most of his life.
Frank Hereford received the Thomas Jefferson Award in 1966;
it is the most prestigious faculty prize at the University
of Virginia. He was
of Phi Beta Kappa,
the Raven Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Tau Omega
and TILKA, and a recipient of the University’s Raven Award. He was a Fellow of the
American Physical Society and the Virginia Academy of Science and he held honorary
degrees from several institutions.
He was a member of the Seven Society.
services will be held graveside at the University Cemetery in
Charlottesville on Monday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. The
University will conduct a memorial
service at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank L. Hereford,
Jr. Memorial Fund, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400807,