DOCTOR ROBERT GORDON SPROUL
Robert Gordon Sproul, president of the University of California was born in San Francisco, California, May 22, 1891, the son of Robert and Sarah Elizabeth (Moore). Receiving his early education in the public schools of that city he was graduated with Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California in 1913. He has since received honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1926; University of Southern California 1930; University of San Francisco 1930; Pomona College 1931; University of Oregon 1932; University of Nebraska 1935, Yale 1935, University of Maine 1938, University of New Mexico 1940, Harvard 1940, Mills College 1943, Princeton University 1947, Tulane University 1949, St. Mary’s College 1949; Doctor of Letters, Columbia University 1938 and honorable fellow, Stanford University 1941.
Doctor Sproul was comptroller and secretary of the Board of Regents, University of California 1920-1930, vice president 1925 and president since 1930. He is also vice president and a director of the Berkeley Guarantee Savings and Loan Association and member California State Commission on Agricultural Education 1921-1923; member commission on Revision of California State Constitution 1929-1930 and California State Board of Social Welfare 1928-1931. During the ensuing years he has served in various official capacities with numerous state, national and international organizations dealing with education, welfare, scientific research, war prisoner and refugee aid, post-war reparations and the Marshall Plan. He is also an American member of Council Newcomen Society of England, National Red Cross Advisory Committee, American Newcomen Society, Board of Governors Pan-American Trade Committee; director California Sate Chamber of Commerce.
Other memberships include Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Zeta fraternities. His club memberships include Pacific Union, The Family and Bohemian, San Francisco; Faculty and Rotary, Berkeley; Lincoln, Jonathan and Sunset, Los Angeles, California and University, New York.
Married September 6, 1916 to Ida Amelia Wittschen, they have three children, Marion Elizabeth Goodin, Robert Gordon and John Allan.
Family residence is at President’s House, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.
Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 71, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.
© 2013 Cecelia M. Setty.