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Former Emerson College president Richard Chapin dies at 89

Posted by Your Town  July 16, 2013 02:08 PM

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Richard Chapin, who was the president of Emerson College from 1967 to 1975, died at his home in Maine July 11 at the age of 89, according to the college.

Chapin was the seventh president of the college. He had been the assistant dean at Harvard Business School before being named to head up the college.

According to Emerson's press office, "Chapin approved the creation of the Faculty Assembly in 1969 as a way to give faculty more voice and democratic governance of the College. He also helped enhance the College’s curriculum by reorganizing departments and revising the general requirements for an undergraduate degree.''

After leaving the college, he worked as a business consultant, and as an arbitrator for both the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Security Dealers.

He was a Navy veteran and served in World War II, according to an obituary in the Portland Press Herald.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 11:00 am at Story Chapel, at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, the college said.

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