- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former Michigan State University President Gordon Guyer has died. He was 89.

The East Lansing school says Guyer died Wednesday. He was Michigan State’s 18th president, serving from 1992-93.

The Kalamazoo native earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology from Michigan State. He joined the faculty in 1953 and later was chairman of the entomology department.

Guyer also helped establish a university center for pesticide research and was director of MSU Extension from 1973 to 1985. He wrote about 70 papers on aquatic ecology, insect control technology, integrated pest control, public policy and international agriculture.

During his tenure as president, he appointed Tom Izzo as the men’s basketball coach.



Guyer’s first wife, Norma Lake Guyer, died in 2001. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Gettel Guyer.

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