This Month In WUSTL History

July 1, 1971

William H. Danforth took office as the University’s 13th chancellor, succeeding Thomas H. Eliot. Danforth was professor of medicine and had most recently served as vice chancellor for medical affairs. Today, he is chancellor emeritus and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.

July 2, 2002

Alumnus and Trustee Steve Fossett succeeded in his attempt to circumnavigate Earth solo in a balloon. The University served as Mission Control for his flight, as it had for several of his earlier attempts.

This feature will run in each 2003-04 issue of the Record as part of the observance of Washington University’s 150th anniversary.