Obituary: Remembering James Wright, former Dartmouth president

President Emeritus James Wright, a Marine Corps veteran who worked his way through college as a powderman in a lead mine, served as Dartmouth’s 16th president from 1998 to 2009, and went on to make it possible for thousands of military veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq to earn their college degrees, died at his Hanover home last week. He was 83 and had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

“Few individuals in Dartmouth’s history can be said to have had more impact on this campus than Jim Wright in the past half-century,” says President Philip J. Hanlon ’77. “As a dedicated scholar-teacher, his work has touched literally thousands of students. As an administrator and leader, he shaped the institution we know and love today for over a decade. And in recent years, his tireless advocacy for America’s military veterans has received national and international recognition and helped create a more welcoming environment for veterans here at Dartmouth.”

“Throughout my own tenure as president, Jim proved himself to be an invaluable mentor and adviser,” President Hanlon says. “I am deeply saddened to lose such a sage ally and friend. My heart goes out to Susan, their children and grandchildren, and to all of their family and friends.”

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