Harold Tafler Shapiro

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Harold Tafler Shapiro
President of Princeton University
Term 1988 – 2001
Predecessor William G. Bowen
Successor Shirley Tilghman
Born (1935-06-08) June 8, 1935 (age 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Harold Tafler Shapiro, Ph.D (born June 8, 1935) is a former president of Princeton University and of the University of Michigan.

Biography[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec Harold Shapiro attended Lower Canada College, a prestigious independent school in Montreal, then trained as an economist, earning his B.Comm from McGill University and his Ph.D from Princeton University's economics department in 1964. His parents owned the famous Ruby Foo's in Montreal. After his father's death while Shapiro was a teenager the restaurant was passed down to him and his brother, Bernard. He managed the restaurant while studying at McGill University. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1964 and held a variety of academic and administrative appointments until his selection as president of that university in 1980, a position he held until he moved to Princeton in 1988. As Princeton's president, he oversaw the largest increase in the university endowment in the history of the school.

Shapiro was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1990. He announced his retirement from the presidency of Princeton in Fall 2000. Shirley Tilghman, his successor, took office on June 15 of the following year.

Shapiro continues to live in Princeton, and is professor emeritus in the departments of economics and public policy at the University. His present academic interests include bioethics, on which he writes extensively. Shapiro chaired the National Bioethics Advisory Commission during President Bill Clinton's second term. He also sits on the boards of a number of prominent nonprofit ventures, including HCA (founded by the Frist family, which donated the Frist Campus Center to Princeton), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution.[1] He also served on the United States Olympic Committee for a number of years.

He is the twin brother of Bernard Shapiro, first Ethics Commissioner of Canada and former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

Personal life[edit]

Harold Shapiro has been married to Vivian Shapiro for 53 years. Together they have four children, Anne, Marilyn, Janet and Karen. They also have 11 grandchildren. Vivian was a practicing psychologist and earned her PhD. His daughter, Janet, is a professor of psychology and social work at the School of Social Work at Bryn Mawr College. Vivian and Janet have written one book together, which was published in the early 2000s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hastings Center Hastings Center Fellows. Accessed November 6, 2010
Academic offices
Preceded by
Allan Frederick Smith
President of the University of Michigan
1980–1988
Succeeded by
Robben Wright Fleming
Preceded by
William G. Bowen
President of Princeton University
1988–2001
Succeeded by
Shirley Tilghman