John Royston “Jack” Coleman was born on June 24, 1921, and died on September 6, 2016.
He was an American university president.
He earned a B.A. from Victoria University, Toronto in 1943 and an M.A. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1950 in Economics, both from the University of Chicago.
John was a professor at M.I.T. from 1949-1955 and at Carnegie Mellon University from 1955-1965, serving as Dean of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the latter institution for the final two years of his time there.
At that time, he hosted the CBS economics program “Money Talks”.
The professor was recruited away by the Ford Foundation, where he was first Associate Director of Economic Development and Administration and later Program Officer in Charge of Social Development.
Coleman was named the 9th President of Haverford College in 1967 and led the institution until 1977, at which time he resigned over the unwillingness of the board to make the men’s college co-educational.
This step was eventually taken in 1980 and Coleman was awarded an honorary doctorate by Haverford the same year. While at Haverford, he was Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
John was President of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, from 1977-1986 after which he ran a country inn in Chester, Vermont and was actively involved in local arts and education.
John Royston “Jack” Coleman passed away at 95 years old.