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Francis H. Heller

Long-term University of Kansas faculty member and administrator Francis H. Heller died on January 9, 2013.  He spent 55 years working at the University of Kansas, beginning as an Assistant Professor of Political Science between 1948-51.  He also served as the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Law and Political Science from 1972 to 1988.  He was also named the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor Emeritus from 1988 until his retirement in the spring of 2003.

Other highlights of his career at KU included becoming the Director of the Western Civilization Program from 1956-57, Director of the College Honors Program from 1957-62, Associate Dean of Faculties from 1966-67, Chief Academic Officer from 1967-1972, and acting Provost for the Lawrence campus from 1967-1970.

Heller will be buried at Pioneer Cemetary on the KU campus in Lawrence on January 26, 2013.  Read more about Professor Heller at the Lawrence Journal-World.

One Response to Francis H. Heller

  1. Charlie O. Diaz says:

    Francis was exceptionally kind and gracious to me and did everything he could to help me get settled at KU, as he had for so many others. He was a treasure trove of knowledge about the university and knew virtually everyone who had been on the faculty during the past 40 years. He was also a raconteur, always ready with a story or witticism. I enjoyed my meals with Francis in particular. It was clear almost from the start how important a role Francis had played as a teacher and student mentor. Everywhere I went on alumni trips I met Francis’ former students who always wanted to know how their favorite professor was doing.