Former UAA chancellor David Outcalt passed away Nov. 7

November 13, 2013

Former University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor Dr. David Lewis Outcalt passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Pacific Palisades, Cali. He was 78.

David Outcalt served as UAA chancellor from 1981–1986.

David Outcalt served as UAA chancellor from 1981–1986.

After several years of teaching mathematics in California, Outcalt moved to Alaska in 1980 to serve as the vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He was named chancellor of the university in 1981. While at UAA he became a member of the International Association of University Presidents and received an honorary doctorate from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea for his efforts in developing international student, curriculum, research and professor exchange programs. Also while in Alaska he negotiated an exchange agreement between UAA and the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences. He left UAA in 1986 to take the helm of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, where he retired in 1998 as chancellor emeritus.

Chancellor David Outcalt (center, holding the shovel) prepares to dig the first hole for the Fine Arts Building at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Chancellor David Outcalt (center, holding the shovel) prepares to dig the first hole for the Fine Arts Building at a groundbreaking ceremony.

In his obituary, Outcalt is described as “a true Renaissance man; an accomplished musician, gifted mathematician, community leader, loving husband and father and a humble man of God… He will be remembered for his intelligence, leadership, active spirit, and constant efforts to help others succeed. He was a teacher at heart.”

Read Dr. Outcalt’s full obituary in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Also, here’s a feature by University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

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