Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard, 1917-2009

Alexander HeardChancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard, fifth chancellor of Vanderbilt, passed away on Friday, July 24. A memorial service was held on July 29 at Benton Chapel. Although his legacy at Vanderbilt is manifold, in 1983 the University Board of Trust recognized Heard’s work in building the university community by naming the Vanderbilt library system for Heard and his wife, Jean. The library is very proud that the integrity, vitality and vision of the Heards will live on in the library for whom it was named.

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