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Obituaries

Obituary: Robert A. Plane

by Linda Wang
October 12, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 41

 

Robert A. Plane, 90, died on Aug. 6 in Albuquerque, N.M.

“The recipient of several honorary degrees, Plane noted that his most important lesson learned from mentors had been to proceed with honesty and directness. He learned ‘to find the wise people in his organization’ and trust their advice. In addition, Plane noted that students, faculty, and alumni each believe the institution belongs to them, and conflicts can arise among these constituencies. Instead of pushing a particular solution, a wise administrator, in Plane’s view, listens to others and nurtures their ideas.”—Jennifer Plane, daughter

Most recent title: President, Clarkson University

Education: A.B., Evansville College, 1948; Ph.D., inorganic chemistry, University of Chicago, 1951

Survivors: Wife, Mary; daughters, Martha, Ann, and Jennifer; son, David

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