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Former head of Jacksonville University dies

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The longest-serving president of Jacksonville University has died.

The Florida Times-Union reported Friday ( ) that Robert Spiro died Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the age of 92.

Spiro served as president of the school from 1964 to 1979 and is credited with starting its Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.

Spiro had served in the Navy during World War II and eventually reached the rank of admiral in the reserves.

After leaving Jacksonville University, Spiro became an undersecretary of the Army. He was a native of Ashville, N.C., and held a history degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. He earned a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,



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