- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

Martin Meyerson, 84, former Penn president

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Martin Meyerson, a former president of the University of Pennsylvania who briefly led the University of California at Berkeley during the tumult of the 1960s, died June 2. He was 84.

His death was announced by Penn President Amy Gutmann.

Mr. Meyerson, an expert on city planning, served as president of Penn from 1970 to 1981.

During his tenure, the Ivy League school consolidated several colleges and programs under what is now its School of Arts and Sciences, implemented its first affirmative-action program and began programs that provided equal opportunities for women.

Mr. Meyerson was acting chancellor at Berkeley in 1965 at a time when students vehemently opposed school administration attempts to restrict their political activities. He often was credited with helping to defuse the tension between the students and the administration in the second half of the 1964-65 academic year.

Born in New York City in 1922, Mr. Meyerson got his undergraduate degree from Columbia University. After a brief stint with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, he began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1948 and later got a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard.

In 1952, he became an associate professor of city and regional planning at Penn. He later taught at Harvard and then became dean of the College of Environmental Design at Berkeley. He left Berkeley to become president at what is now the University at Buffalo.

After retiring from Penn in 1981, he served on numerous boards and in advisory positions.