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Monday, December 06, 2021

Chancellor from Vietnam War era dies

Former UW-Madison Chancellor Hugh Edwin Young, who led the university during the turbulent Vietnam War era, passed away Jan. 2 at the age of 94.

UW-Madison Professor Joe Elder said Young had to balance students' opposition to the war with expectations from the capitol for him to support it.

"He had to defend what was happening on campus to the state assembly and the senate, and on the other hand he had to be reasonably coherent and supportive of the students," Elder said.

Young was dubbed the "War Maker, Strike Breaker" by some protestors for his stricter stance against extreme demonstrations of opposition to the war.

While controversial, he was praised for keeping the university open amidst the radical political activity on campus at the time.

"One demand transcends all others," Young said in 1969. "It is that the doors of the University of Wisconsin remain open."

Young is survived by his four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

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