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From the Senior Vice President

Jim Thompson

March 4, 2011

The University’s flag was lowered to half-staff this week in honor of David Kearns ’52, who passed away last Friday. David served three decades as a University Trustee and almost a decade as its chairman. In addition to his monumental contributions to the University, David created a lasting legacy at the University. Every time students go to classes, professors look upon a new class of students, and discoveries are made in our laboratories, David’s life and impact are felt at the University of Rochester. David was a national figure as the much heralded leader of Xerox. He served all of us through his chairmanship of the National Urban League, and he served his country as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education in 1991. We mourn the loss of a man dedicated to making his alma mater, community, and his nation a better place. He truly was an inspiration to all who knew him.

In recognition of his commitment to diversity and excellence, in 2002 the University established the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering to expand the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented minority students pursuing undergraduate and graduate education. To learn more about David and his legacy, please visit The David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering,


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer




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