Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is mourning the death of former president Samuel Hulbert. Hulbert served as president from 1976 to 2004, the longest tenure of any president at the school. He was 79.
The institute says at the time of his retirement in 2004, Hulbert had presented diplomas to 70 percent of Rose-Hulman’s living alumni. Hulbert also served as a faculty member, teaching classes in biomaterials, biomechanics, introduction to design and the design of artificial organs. His legacy includes leading the school’s transition to co-education in the 1990s.
"Sam Hulbert left an indelible mark on this campus during his 28 years as president," said Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell. "Sam was the institute’s biggest cheerleader. Even in retirement, he took enormous pride in the faculty, staff, alumni, and students, and proudly celebrated their accomplishments. Everyone associated with Rose-Hulman owes a great debt of gratitude to him for the large number of contributions he made on this campus."