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Former Kent State President Dies at 81

October 11, 1990

KENT, Ohio (AP) _ Robert L. White, who was president of Kent State University when National Guardsmen shot to death four students and wounded nine during a protest against the Vietnam War, has died. He was 81.

White died Wednesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

His career at the university spanned 44 years. White was president of the school from 1963 to 1971. He retired in 1975.

During an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970, Guardsmen called in by Mayor Leroy Satrom opened fire on demonstrators. The deaths stunned the nation and touched off a wave of protests at college campuses around the nation.

White appealed for calm and urged President Nixon to appoint a national panel to look into the causes of unrest at Kent State and other colleges. Nixon did so a month later.

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