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Release: May 16, 2000
Willard Boyd is elected fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
IOWA CITY- Willard L. Boyd, a UI law professor who is president emeritus
of the UI, will be inducted as a fellow of the prestigious American Academy
of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 14.
Boyd was elected into the Educational and Scientific Administration section
of the Academy and is one of 154 newly elected fellows and 15 foreign honorary
members who will be inducted.
Boyd has had a long and distinguished career at the University of Iowa,
serving as a law professor from 1961 until 1964, then as vice president for
academic affairs and dean of the faculties from 1964-1969. In 1969 he was
named president of the university, serving until 1981, when he became president
of the Chicago Field Museum. He served in that capacity until 1996, when he
returned to the UI law school as a professor.
The 220 year-old Academy is the most prestigious body of scholars and public
citizens who collaborate to broaden the public's understanding of issues of
major intellectual and public concern. It boasts over 600 fellows and 168
Nobel laureates among its 3,600 members.
On May 10, former UI President James O. Freedman was elected as the Academy's
42nd president. As Academy president, he joins the elite company of John Adams,
John Quincy Adams, Talcott Parsons and outgoing president and former Harvard
Medical School Dean Daniel C. Tosteson.
Others from the UI who have been elected as fellows to the Academy include
Dr. Michael J. Welsh, professor of internal medicine and physiology and biophysics,
who was elected in 1998. In 1997, named were: Dr. Francios Abboud, head, department
of internal medicine; Antonio Damasio, head, department of neurology; Hanna
Damasio, professor of neurology; and Linda Kerber, professor of history.
UI Professors James Allen McPherson, professor of English and faculty member
in the Writers' Workshop; James Van Allen, physics and astronomy; and former
UI President Hunter Rawlings were named in 1995. June Helm, anthropology professor
was inducted in 1994.