Oswald Tippo, a former provost and botany professor at the University of Massachusetts, and its first chancellor, died June 10 in Santa Barbara, California. He was the university provost from 1964 until he was appointed chancellor in 1970. He was later named Commonwealth Professor of Botany and taught until retiring in 1982. Dr. Tippo graduated in 1932 from Massachusetts State College, which later became the University of Massachusetts. There he received his M.A. in 1933 and his Ph.D. in 1937 from Harvard University. He joined the botany department of the University of Illinois, where he later was chairman of the department, chairman of the division of biological sciences, and dean of the graduate school. In 1955, he was appointed Eaton Professor of Botany at Yale University and five years later he became provost at the University of Colorado. In 1963, he was named executive dean of arts and sciences at New York University. Dr. Tippo was the author, with H. J. Fuller, of a widel y used text, College Botany (Henry Holt and Company 1949). He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Botanical Society of America, serving as its president in 1955.
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By Barbara A. Johnston