Strotz, Robert H. (Robert Henry)
Robert Strotz was born September 26, 1922 in Aurora, Illinois. He served as Northwestern's thirteenth president. An Illinois native, Robert Henry Strotz spent two years at Duke University before completing his Bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Chicago in 1942. He then served three years in army intelligence during World War II, including a period as an economist-statistician in Berlin. In Europe for a time following the war, he studied at major centers of econometric research in the Netherlands, England and Sweden on a Rockefeller Foundation grant. He returned to the University of Chicago for his Ph.D., after which he taught for a time at the University of Illinois at Chicago-Navy Pier. Strotz first joined the Northwestern economics department as an instructor in 1947, and rose to a professorship by 1958. Within the department he specialized in economic theory and econometrics. From 1966 to 1970 he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. It was from this role that he ascended to the presidency following J. Roscoe Miller's transition to Chancellor.
In addition to his service to the University, Strotz was involved in numerous outside publications, acting as editor of Econometrica and Contributions to Economics Analysis, associate editor of the International Economic Review, and special editor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. He also was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a director of six publicly traded companies in diverse industries and sat on the board of directors of the National Merit Scholarship fund. Strotz decided to retire at age 61, but followed in Miller's footsteps, continuing on as Chancellor until 1990. He died four years later at age 72 after a long illness.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
These records, comprising eleven boxes, are the administrative records of Robert H. Strotz, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from September 1, 1966 to October 31, 1970. The records do not span the entire term of Strotz's deanship but fall mainly in the years from 1966 through 1968.
The records, which include correspondence and related materials, document a variety of matters involving the administration of the College and the University.
This series, which fills 47 boxes, is comprised of topically organized subject and correspondence files of Northwestern University President Robert H. Strotz (1970-1986). These records are filed as they were received, alphabetically by folder title. Full processing of these records is planned.
The Robert H. Strotz Speeches comprise five and one half boxes and span the years 1971 through 1984. The files contain photocopies or, in some cases, ribbon copies of speeches or outlines of speeches given by Robert H. Strotz in his capacity as President of Northwestern University (1970-84).