Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Former Board of Trustees Member David Frohnmayer
Photo courtesy of the University of Oregon
Former University of Oregon President David Frohnmayer, an active Internet2 supporter and past board member, passed away March 9 at the age of 74. Frohnmayer served on the Internet2 Board of Trustees from 2005-2008. He was instrumental in a number of Internet2 projects and initiatives throughout his tenure, including serving on the search committee that appointed current President and CEO H. David Lambert and contributing to Internet2’s successful application for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) award in 2010.
“Dave was truly one of the most committed university presidents who has ever served on the Internet2 Board of Trustees,” said Lambert. “He was a thoughtful, sincere and engaged member of the Internet2 community for many years. He leaves an admirable legacy in the research and education community, as well as the broader higher education space. On behalf of Internet2, I express our deepest condolences to Dave’s family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed.”
Frohnmayer served as University of Oregon’s president from 1994 until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, the university increased its enrollment by 26 percent, raised more than $1.1 billion, added 19 new degree programs and more than doubled the federal grants awarded annually. A tribute on the University of Oregon website highlights his passion for higher education: “Dave Frohnmayer’s legacy at the University of Oregon, and throughout the entire state, runs deep. The first native Oregonian to serve as president of any large research university in the state, Frohnmayer believed passionately in the power of higher education to transform lives, and spoke often of the difference the University of Oregon made in the lives of students—including his own parents, both Oregon alumni.”
Prior to his appointment as president, Frohnmayer served as Oregon’s attorney general, as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, as a law professor and legal counsel to the president of the University of Oregon, and as dean of the School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to his service on the Internet2 Board, Frohnmayer was also involved in leadership positions with the Association of American Universities, NCAA, Oregon Progress Board, the Public Commission on the Legislature, and the Ford Family Foundation Board of Directors. With his wife Lynn, Frohnmayer founded the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. and was also the founding director of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.
The University of Oregon’s tribute ends by stating: “Whether through improved access to higher education through scholarships, support for the academic mission of the university, public service to the state, or hope for families affected by severe medical challenges, Dave Frohnmayer created a legacy that in many ways continues to touch the lives of every Oregonian.”
For more information on Dave’s life and career visit the University of Oregon website.