Robert W. MacVicar
Robert W. MacVicar was born in Princeton, Minnesota on September 28, 1918.
MacVicar was a student of chemistry at the University of Wyoming, graduating from there in 1939. Upon graduation, MacVicar was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, but it proved impossible for him to attend due to the outbreak of World War II in Europe.
Instead, MacVicar enrolled and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he continued his chemistry studies. MacVicar obtained his Master of Science in 1940 from Oklahoma State, authoring a thesis entitled "The Effect of Adrenaline Injections on the Chloride and Phosphorus Distribution of the Blood" en route to obtaining his degree.
Following the conclusion of the war, MacVicar moved to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from which he obtained a PhD in biochemistry in 1946. MacVicar's dissertation was entitled "The Boron Metabolism of Plants" and included material which he had been able to publish in the American Potato Journal and Botanical Gazette.
With degree in hand, MacVicar returned to Stillwater to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Chemistry Research and Chemistry, later gaining promotion to a full professorship. He remained at Oklahoma State until 1964.
Concurrently with his professorship at Oklahoma State, MacVicar became involved in school administration, taking on the role of Dean of the Graduate School in 1953. He continued to serve in that capacity until his departure from Stillwater in 1964. From 1957 he also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In 1968, MacVicar was named Chancellor of Southern Illinois University, located in the town of Carbondale in the state's downstate coal mining country. MacVicar remained there until 1970, when he came west to Corvallis, Oregon to assume a post as the 15th President of Oregon State University.
MacVicar remained as head of Oregon State until his retirement in 1984, during which time the campus was expanded with the addition of 23 new buildings. Under MacVicar's watch the total number of faculty at OSU expanded from 1,766 to 2,247, while the school's budget tripled.
After his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and President Emeritus, Special Assistant to the Chancellor. He also served as Acting President of the College of Ganado, a small college in Arizona, for seven months in 1985.
Death and legacy
Following his retirement, MacVicar was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Chemistry as well as President Emeritus and Special Assistant to the Chancellor. MacVicar remained active in the Corvallis community and put his networking skills to use establishing a fund-raising program on behalf of the College of Ganado, located on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona.
Robert MacVicar died on December 26, 1998. He was 80 years old at the time of his death.
Over the course of his career, MacVicar published over 135 papers, reports and articles. His papers are held by Oregon State University Archives in Corvallis.
- "Guide to the Robert W. MacVicar Papers 1942-1995," Oregon State University Library, Corvallis, OR.
- Robert William MacVicar, "The Effect of Adrenaline Injections on the Chloride and Phosphorus Distribution of the Blood," Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1940. OCLC WorldCat number 31458545.
- "Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Robert W. MacVicar, Former President, Oregon State University," Oklahoma State University Library, www.library.okstate.edu/
- "Military Officers Club of Corvallis," Benton County foundation, www.bentoncountyfoundation.org/
- Rober W. MacVicar, "The Boron Metabolism of Plants," University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1946. OCLC WorldCat number 56947856.
- "Robert MacVicar and Nat Giustina," Oregon State University Archives, oregondigital.org/
- [ "Robert Macvicar, Ex-OSU President,"] Seattle Times, December 28, 1998.
- "Guide to the Robert W. MacVicar Papers 1942-1995". Nwda-db.orbiscascade.org. 1918-09-28. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "Robert William MacVicar, President 1970-1984," Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, OR. archives.library.oregonstate.edu/
- Feeding Trials with Mineral and Protein Supplements for Two-and Three-Year-Old Steers Wintering on Dry Grass. With Oscar Burr Ross and D.F. Stephens. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, 1950.
- Science is Everybody's Business. Oklahoma City, OK: United Founders Life Insurance Co., n.d. .
- Vitamin A Studies with Beef Cattle: A Summary of Experimental Studies Conducted at Oklahoma State University, 1946-1959. With L.S. Pope and Frank H. Baker. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, 1961.
- "Guide to the Robert W. MacVicar Papers 1942-1995," Oregon State University Archives, Valley Library, Corvallis, OR.
- "Guide to the President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998," Oregon State University Archives, Valley Library, Corvallis, OR.