Former Brown president, IU prof Heffner dies

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Ray Heffner, who was president of Brown University during the tumultuous late 1960s, has died at the age of 87.

The university says Heffner died Wednesday. His wife, Ruth, told The Associated Press on Monday that he had several forms of cancer.

Heffner spent most of his career teaching English at institutions including Indiana University and the University of Iowa. He led Brown from 1966 to 1969 and resigned with a straightforward message to the school's governing board: "I have simply reached the conclusion that I do not enjoy being a University president."

His wife says he spent his happiest years as a volunteer teaching literature classes at the Johnson County Senior Center in Iowa City, which he began doing when he retired from the University of Iowa in 1996.

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