- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Norman Hackerman,95, educator, chemist

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Norman Hackerman, a chemist who served as president of both the University of Texas and Rice University, died June 16. He was 95.

Mr. Hackerman joined UT as an assistant professor in 1945 and rose through the ranks, serving as president from 1967 to 1970. He then moved to Houston, where he led Rice from 1970 to 1985.

A recipient of the National Medal of Science, Mr. Hackerman developed equipment to homogenize milk and was a known specialist on metal corrosion.

After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a doctorate in chemistry in 1935, he taught chemistry at Loyola College in Baltimore and Virginia Polytechnic Institute before joining the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon during World War II.

At Texas, Mr. Hackerman helped build the school’s reputation and research budget. He created a computer-science program and increased the school’s libraries while presiding over an era of political turmoil related to the Vietnam War.

At Rice, Mr. Hackerman helped stabilize the financially struggling institution and presided over the opening of a graduate school of management, a music school and the reorganization of other parts of campus. Officials said the university’s endowment increased fourfold during his tenure, while the school added 229 faculty members and increased the number of endowed chairs from 21 to 60.

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