History of the Presidency

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.

William Hagan DuBarry, Acting President on three separate occasions in 1950-51, 1952, and 1953

Born 1894 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Died 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B.S. in Econ., University of Pennsylvania, 1929 (as of 1916)

  • Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, World War I, 1917-1919

  • Salesman, Graham & Co., 1916-1917

  • Assistant to the Provost, University of Pennsylvania, 1923-1931

  • Director of Scholarships and Student Finance, 1931-1938

  • Vice President and Assistant to the President, 1938-1944

  • Executive Vice President, 1944-1954

  • Vice President for the Corporation, 1954-1958

Directorships of University boards:

  • Member of the Board of Managers, Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1939-195? (President, 1944-1950)

  • Member of the Board of Managers, Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, 1940-1947

  • Trustee, Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1947-1950

  • Trustee, Pennsylvania School of Social Work, 1947

  • Member of the Board of Managers, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, 1947

  • Trustee, Thomas W. Evans Institute and Museum Society, (President in 1947-1950)

Directorships of non-University boards:

  • President, Foulke and Long Institute, 1931-1938

  • Member, Rittenhouse Club, 1923-1958 (President, 1949-1954)

  • Member of the Vestry, Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, 1947

  • Secretary, Standing Committee of the Protestant Episcopal

  • Diocese of Pennsylvania, 1931-1947

  • Director, American Academy of Music, 1946-

  • Director, Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1946-1958

  • Director, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1945-1951 (Chairman, 1948-1950)

  • Trustee, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, 1949-53 and President of the Board of Trustees, 1953-

  • Director, Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.