March 10, 2015
Interim President Scott Coltrane sent the following email to campus about the death of Emeritus President Dave Frohnmayer:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Frohnmayer. Dave was a friend, a former colleague and a valued advisor. I am honored to have witnessed how his profound collaboration and insightful vision built the University of Oregon into the top research university it is today.
As a university, state and community leader, he had the ability to bring people together and build successful partnerships. That will be his lasting legacy. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and all who loved him, and there were many.
University of Oregon President
The Frohnmayer family also shared the following statement:
Frohnmayer Family Statement
March 10, 2015
Dave Frohnmayer passed away quietly in his sleep last night. He was 74. Dave had bravely dealt with his quiet battle against prostate cancer for 5 1/2 years. We are devastated by his passing but we are grateful that his passing was peaceful.
Much of Dave’s life was devoted to fighting devastating health crises that enveloped his family. These battles were complicated by the intense public attention that inevitably accompanied his lifelong commitment to public service. He was adamant that his own health issues would remain private. Except for the immediate family and Dave’s closest friends, he was able to accomplish this and continue a full public schedule to the end.
The family will hold a celebration of Dave’s remarkable life at a time to be announced.
Dave is survived by his wife Lynn, his sons Mark and Jonathan, his daughter Amy, his sister Mira and brother John. His daughters Kirsten and Katie and his brother Phil predeceased him.