Charles Johnston Hitch, 85, who as president...


Charles Johnston Hitch, 85, who as president of the University of California guided the UC system through the threat of 1960s budget cuts and the student protests during the Vietnam War, died Monday of pneumonia in San Leandro, Calif. The Boonville, Mo., native, who attended the University of Arizona, Harvard University and Oxford University, was a world-renowned economist and was assistant secretary of defense and comptroller of the Pentagon in the Kennedy administration. He was UC president from 1968 to 1975, taking over at the height of the student protest movement. "His era was not a quiet time in [UC's] history," Charles E. Young, chancellor of the University of California Los Angeles, said. "This was the era of student unrest and state budget battles. Charlie chose those battles, fought them with quiet perseverance and, over his 7 1/2 -year tenure, steered the university out of turbulence and into relative calm." The unflappable, cigar-smoking Mr. Hitch's stormy tenure as UC president was marked by his campaign for the right of Angela Davis, a Communist, to teach philosophy at UCLA and by his weathering the controversy over a UC Berkeley course taught by Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. When the board of regents eventually fired Ms. Davis, Mr. Hitch cast one of the few dissenting votes.

Olga Ivinskaya, 82, the Russian beauty enshrined as Lara in Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago" and twice jailed because of her relationship with the author, has died in Moscow. Russian television didn't say when she died or give the cause of death.

Elizabeth Prince Rice, 95, the first social worker to join the faculty at any U.S. school of public health, died Sept. 4 in her home in Bridgeport, Conn.

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