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Ira Michael Heyman dies at 81; led UC Berkeley, Smithsonian
Ira Michael Heyman dies at 81; led UC Berkeley, Smithsonian

Ira Michael Heyman, a champion of affirmative action who led UC Berkeley as its chancellor during the 1980s and later became the first non-scientist to lead the Smithsonian Institution, has died. He was 81. Heyman died at his Berkeley home Saturday after a long battle with emphysema. The Smithsonian and the university announced his death Monday. During 10 years as UC Berkeley chancellor, Heyman increased minority representation in the student body and on the faculty, efforts that stirred considerable debate and controversy. He was a prolific fundraiser whose tenure brought a substantial rise in private gifts, from $30 million to $100 million. He also strengthened the biological sciences at...

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