- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2004

Frank L. Hereford, 81, former UVa. president

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) — Former University of Virginia President Frank L. Hereford Jr. died Sept. 21 in Charlottesville after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

A nuclear physicist and Fulbright scholar, Mr. Hereford became the university’s president in 1974. He stepped down in 1985 to return to the classroom. He retired from the university in 1992 and was named professor emeritus.

The Alzheimer’s diagnosis came about six years ago, said a son, Robert M. Hereford of Virginia Beach.

University President John T. Casteen III, who was the dean of admissions under Mr. Hereford, recalled Mr. Hereford’s ability to take moral stands quickly and decisively.

“When students would be in the middle of their periodic uproars, if he saw a moral issue, he would take a public stance,” Mr. Casteen said. “That’s something I learned to do from him. He felt an obligation to be absolutely clear about what he saw as the right course of action.”

A native of Lake Charles, La., Mr. Hereford went to Virginia in 1940 as a student, working on his bachelor’s degree. He earned his doctorate from the university in 1947, after having worked on the Manhattan Project.

Mr. Hereford is survived by two sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the University Cemetery in Charlottesville. The university will hold a memorial service at a later date.

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