Robert H. Strotz

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Robert Henry Strotz (September 26, 1922 – November 9, 1994) was an American economist and thirteenth President of Northwestern University.

Strotz was born in Aurora, Illinois and attended Duke University for three years before graduating from the University of Chicago. He was drafted into the Army and served in the European theater.[1] He joined the Northwestern Faculty in 1947 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics by the University of Chicago in 1951 for a dissertation on welfare economics. His specialty was econometrics and studied European economics on a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1955 and 1956. Strotz was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958 and 1959. He was an editor of Econometrica, International Economic Review, and Economic Analysis.[1]

Strotz was named Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1966 and President of Northwestern in 1970. He assumed the office after it was vacated by his predecessor, J. Roscoe Miller, 15 months earlier in the midst of intense social protest activity on campus.[2][3] While Strotz's appointment was opposed by the Daily Northwestern and Associated Student Government president owing to his positions opposing the closure of campus during a strike and politicization of university classes, he was supported by the faculty.[2][4][5] Strotz served in the position until 1984 and was succeeded by Arnold R. Weber. Following his presidency, Strotz was appointed university chancellor and headed fund-raising and alumni relations efforts until 1990.

Strotz died in a nursing home in Deerfield, Illinois on November 9, 1994. He had one daughter, one son, and two granddaughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Saxon, Wolfgang (November 12, 1994). "Dr. Robert Henry Strotz, 72, Chief of Northwestern University". The New York Times. p. 29. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, David (July 16, 1970). "Proposed as N. U. President; O. K. Expected of Dean Strotz". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Thompson, David. "Strotz is Named N.U. President". Chicago Tribune. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Two Students Fight Strotz as N.U. Chief". Chicago Tribune. July 18, 1970. p. 84. 
  5. ^ "N.U. Faculty Backs Strotz". Chicago Tribune. July 19, 1970. p. 3.