175 Makers of History: Howard R. Lamar

Howard R. Lamar 45C 75H
Historian; President, Yale University

Howard R. Lamar

A distinguished faculty member at Yale University where he was Sterling Professor of History, Howard R. Lamar is best known at his alma mater for envisioning the Emory of today.

Following the 1979 Woodruff gift that redefined philanthropy, President James Laney asked Lamar -- then dean of Yale College -- to chair an external review committee of nationally recognized educators. The "Lamar Report" became the blueprint for the first phase of Emory's extraordinary growth.

Subsequently, Lamar served as president of Yale University from 1992-93. His seminal history of the American West is honored by the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale.