In Memoriam: Former George Washington University President Lloyd Elliott

ElliottAs the GW community began the new year, President Steven Knapp announced that the 14th president of the George Washington University, Dr. Lloyd Hartman Elliott, passed away on Jan. 1, 2013 at the age of 94.

Dr. Elliott served as president of George Washington for 23 years, from 1965 until 1988.  He is credited for launching GW’s transformation from a “commuter school” into a highly selective residential university.

The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, Charles E. Smith Center, Academic Center, Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall, Theodore N. Lerner Hall and Walter G. Ross Hall were all constructed during Dr. Elliott’s tenure. He also oversaw the the building of all three libraries on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus: the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, the Jacob Burns Law Library, and the Paul Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.

In addition, Dr. Elliott created the Educational Opportunities Program, established the new faculty rank of University Professor and increased the number of endowed professorships from three to 20. In recognition of all Dr. Elliott’s accomplishments, as well as his commitment to the study of world affairs, the School of International Affairs was renamed the Elliott School in 1988.

To read President Knapp’s full statement about Dr. Elliott, visit GW Today.

Please note: Information about memorial events for Dr. Elliott will be published as it becomes available. 

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