Larry N. Vanderhoef

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Larry N. Vanderhoef
UC Davis Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef.jpg
Fifth Chancellor of the
University of California, Davis
In office
April 1994 – June 30, 2009
Preceded by Theodore L. Hullar
Succeeded by Linda P.B. Katehi
Personal details
Born (1941-03-20)March 20, 1941
Perham, Minnesota, U.S.
Died October 15, 2015(2015-10-15) (aged 74)
Davis, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Rosalie Suzanne Slifka (1963-present)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Purdue University
Profession Biochemistry
Institutions University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Illinois
University of Maryland, College Park
University of California, Davis

Larry Neil Vanderhoef (March 20, 1941 – October 15, 2015) was an American biochemist, and academic. He was the 5th chancellor of University of California, Davis.


Vanderhoef was born in Perham, Minnesota to Wilmar James Vanderhoef and Ida Lucille Wothe. He received his B.A. and M.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry from Purdue University.[1]

Vanderhoef's research interests included the general area of plant growth and development, and in the evolution of the land-grant universities. He taught classes at levels from freshman to advanced graduate study.

The Regents of the University of California named Vanderhoef the fifth chancellor of UC Davis in 1994. He served on various national commissions addressing graduate and international education, the role of a modern land-grant university, and accrediting issues.

On June 2, 2008 Vanderhoef announced his intention to resign as chancellor on 30 June 2009, ending his tenure of more than fifteen years.[2] In Summer 2009, former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Provost Linda P.B. Katehi succeeded Vanderhoef as Chancellor of UC Davis.

Vanderhoef died on October 15, 2015 from complications due to a series of ischemic strokes, the first of which occurred in November 2012.[3]


  1. ^ "Larry N. Vanderhoef". The Notable Names Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ Larry N. Vanderhoef (June 2, 2008). "Letter of Intent: Resignation University of California, Davis" (PDF). University of California, Davis. Archived from the original (.PDF) on August 3, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ "Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef dies at 74". The Davis Enterprise. October 16, 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 

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