Remembering Chancellor Hemenway
Former University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who led KU to new heights during his 14-year career at the university, passed away July 31. He was 73 years old.
Chancellor Hemenway — who much preferred being called "Bob" — was KU’s 16th chancellor and served from 1995-2009. In addition to his legacy at KU, the former English professor leaves behind a wife, Leah, and eight grown children.
As chancellor, Hemenway streamlined KU administration, made the university more student-centered, created a faculty support center to promote teaching excellence and oversaw KU's growing national reputation. Under his leadership, research funding grew to record levels while KU positioned itself as a major player in the Kansas City life sciences and information technology industries. Hemenway made achieving National Cancer Institute designation for the KU Cancer Center the university's top priority.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Dole Institute of Politics. The service will be streamed online. Overflow seating will be available in the Lied Center – adjacent to the Dole Institute – where attendees can view the live stream. A reception will follow in the Kemper Foyer of the Lied Center. In lieu of flowers, the Hemenway family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Robert E. Hemenway Scholarship fund.