Former OSU president Kamm dies

Associated Press Published: October 10, 2008
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STILLWATER - Dr. Robert B. Kamm, whose career included a nearly 11-year run as president of Oklahoma State University and a bid for the U.S. Senate, died Friday, university officials said.

Kamm, 89, died in Okmulgee, but a cause of death wasn't released.

Kamm served as Oklahoma State's president from July 1, 1966, to Jan. 31, 1977, but was teacher, counselor and administrator at the school for more than 45 years. He resigned to launch what would be an unsuccessful run for the Senate against then-incumbent David Boren.

It was under his leadership that OSU became known as a national leader in telecommunications and international outreach, officials said.

"The Oklahoma State University community is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our university's most beloved presidents," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "Dr. Kamm made a lasting difference in the lives of students, and had a real impact on the Stillwater community, our state and our world. He became president during my undergraduate days at OSU and truly inspired me to seek opportunities in public service. Dr. Kamm will be remembered for his warmness, his friendliness and his philosophy of putting people first."

Kamm was born on Jan. 22, 1919, at West Union, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in English and theater arts in 1940 from the University of Northern Iowa. He completed his master's degree in 1946 and his Ph.D. in 1948, both in counseling psychology and higher education from the University of Minnesota.

His service in the Navy in World War II initially brought him to the campus of Oklahoma A&M College. View/sign the guest book

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