Robert Macvicar, Ex-Osu President

PORTLAND - Former Oregon State University president Robert MacVicar, who led the school through a period of strong growth in the 1970s and early 1980s, died Saturday. He was 80.

Mr. MacVicar was Oregon State president from 1970 to 1984. During that time, faculty increased from 1,766 to 2,247. The school's budget tripled, and 23 new buildings were added to the campus.

A Minnesota native, Mr. MacVicar grew up in Wyoming. He earned degrees from the University of Wyoming, Oklahoma State University and the University of Wisconsin. A Rhodes scholar, Mr. MacVicar spent 20 years early in his career as a chemistry professor at Oklahoma State University. In 1970, he became the 11th president of OSU.

After retirement, he helped set up a fund-raising program for the College of Ganado, located on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona.

"He would never say no if it meant helping somebody," said John Dennis, Mr. MacVicar's pastor at First Presbyterian Church for nearly 30 years. "He was not afraid to get his own hands dirty. He was a person of very high standards."