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Former Clarke President Giroux Dies

posted on January 11, 2007

Former Clarke College President Robert J. Giroux, Ph.D., the only male president in the history of the College, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Wichita, Kan., at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife Anne, 11 children, one brother and 18 grandchildren.

“Dr. Giroux played a significant part in the history of Clarke College – not only for being the College’s first male president, but for his dedication and persistence in moving the College forward.” said Clarke College President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “As a College community, we remember Dr. Giroux and his entire family in our prayers.”
 
Giroux served as president at Clarke from 1969-1977. During his tenure, Clarke became accredited to offer graduate programs in education and majors were added in special education and sociology. He was instrumental in the formation of the Tri-College Initiative, which led to increased collaboration between Clarke College, Loras College and the College of Dubuque. While Giroux was at Clarke, the Tri-Colleges partnered with Dubuque hospitals to provide a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in biology and a medical technology certification. In 1973, Clarke added a continuing education program to the College’s offerings.

Most recently, Giroux was development director at GraceMed Health Clinics in Wichita and from 1989-1999 served as president of the Via Christi Foundation, also in Wichita.  After serving as president of Clarke, he went on to serve as president at Thomas More College in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., from 1978-1981 and as president of Newman College from 1982-1989.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (536)588-6318.

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