In Memoriam: President Emeritus of Mississippi State U. Dies at 77

March 18, 2013

Donald W. Zacharias, who was president of Western Kentucky University from 1979 to 1985 and then of Mississippi State University from 1985 to 1997, died on March 3. He was 77.

John D. Wilson, who was president of Washington and Lee University from 1983 to 1995, died in Virginia on March 2. He was 81. Early in his tenure, he oversaw the university's transition to a fully coeducational institution. He was also president of Wells College, from 1968 to 1975.

Dawn Clark Netsch, a professor of law emerita at Northwestern University, died on March 5. She was 86. A longtime Illinois state senator, she won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1994. She became the first female faculty member at Northwestern's School of Law in 1965.

Joseph Frank, a professor emeritus of comparative literature at Princeton University and of Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford University, died in Palo Alto on February 27. He was 94. He was known for his five-volume biography of the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky.