Ray Heffner

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Ray Heffner
13th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Barnaby Keeney
Succeeded by Donald Hornig
Personal details
Born (1925-05-07)May 7, 1925
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Died November 28, 2012(2012-11-28) (aged 87)
Coralville, Iowa
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale College

Raymond Lorenzo Heffner (May 7, 1925 – November 28, 2012) was a University Professor and former president of Brown University. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Yale College in 1948, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the Elizabethan Club, and Scroll and Key. He earned his master's degree at Yale in 1950 and his Ph.D., also from Yale, in 1953 following the completion of a dissertation on the Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton.

In 1966, he accepted the presidency of Brown University. He resigned the presidency of Brown in 1969 stating, “I have simply reached the conclusion that I do not enjoy being a university president.”

Heffner died November 28, 2012 at Lantern Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Coralville, Iowa.[1]

A more detailed biography of President Heffner is available through Brown University's Encyclopedia Brunoniana.[1]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Barnaby Keeney
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Donald Hornig