SANTA FE - Glenn W. Ferguson, former ambassador to Kenya and former president of the University of Connecticut, has died.
Mr. Ferguson died of cancer Dec. 20 at his home in Santa Fe, his wife, Patricia Head Ferguson, said this week. He was 78.
Services were private, his family said.
According to a biography from the University of Connecticut, where Mr. Ferguson was president from 1973 to 1978, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's in business administration from Cornell University, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1957.
He left the university job to become chief executive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Between 1961 and 1969, he held several posts in the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, including US ambassador to Kenya from 1966 to 1969 and posts with the Peace Corps and Volunteers in Service to America.
He was chancellor of Long Island University in 1969 and president of Clark University from 1970 to 1973. His family said he also was assistant dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and held posts at the University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College, and the American University of Paris.
Mr. Ferguson, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., moved to Santa Fe in 1998. He wrote five books.
Mr. Ferguson leaves his wife; sons Bruce Ferguson of Great Falls, Va., and Scott Ferguson of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Sherry Ferguson Zoellick of McLean, Va.; and four grandchildren.