Sproul, Robert (Gordon)(1891–1975) university president; born in San Francisco. His 44-year career at the University of California culminated in a presidential term (1930–58) in which the university gained an international reputation for excellence. His unsympathetic treatment of students opposed to the draft in World War II and his acquiescence in the loyalty oath ordered by the Regents in 1949 were controversial.
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