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Name: Bruce, Andrew D. (Andrew Davis), 1894-1969


Historical Note:

General Andrew Davis (A.D.) Bruce was the third president and the first chancellor of the University of Houston. Bruce became president of the University on September 1, 1954, and chancellor in December 1956. He retired from the University after the 1960-61 academic year. In 1957 Bruce organized a Board of Governors, composed of the regents of the University and prominent Houstonians. In November 1959 the governing board sought state support for the University, which had grown rapidly in the proceeding years. Bruce was one of the first to advocate tax support for the University of Houston; during his tenure, the University's curriculum standards and faculty both improved and the University became better-known.

A.D. Bruce served in the United States Army for thirty-seven years. During his military career he fought in both World Wars and was the first governor of Hokkaido, Japan, during the United States occupation. He was a member of the War Department General Staff, served as the administrator of the Tank Destroyer Center at Ft. Hood, and served as Commandant of the Armed Forces Staff College. He was responsible for many instructional programs in each of these positions. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University, the Infantry and Field Artillery School, the Command and General Staff Colleges, and the Army and Naval War Colleges.

After leaving the University of Houston, Bruce retired to North Carolina, where he died in 1969. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Sources:

Nicholson, Patrick. In Time: An Anecdotal History of the First Fifty Years of the University of Houston.(Houston: Pacesetter Press, 1977).

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Sources:

Nicholson, Patrick. In Time: An Anecdotal History of the First Fifty Years of the University of Houston.(Houston: Pacesetter Press, 1977).

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