August 23, 2019

Oswald Tippo of Milo, ex-UMass chancellor

AMHERST, Mass. — Oswald Tippo, the first chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, died in Santa Barbara, Calif., while attending a grandchild’s wedding. He was 87.

Tippo, a native of Milo, Maine, was a botanist who wrote many papers on plant structure and evolution.

He was a faculty member at the University of Illinois and Yale University, provost of the University of Colorado, and dean of arts and sciences at New York University before becoming provost of UMass-Amherst from 1964 to 1970.

Tippo then became chancellor at the school before resigning in 1971 during a dispute with the school’s president over the budget.

He taught botany at the school until his retirement in 1982.

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