By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer
AKRON - Mr. Norman P. Auburn, a Cincinnati native who served as president of the University of Akron for 20 years, died Monday after a short illness. He was 98.
Because he transformed the state-supported university of more than 18,000 students from a municipal university with an enrollment of 3,500, Mr. Auburn is considered one of UA's three founders.
Mr. Auburn was born in 1905 in Cincinnati and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1927. After spending five years in the construction trade, he returned in 1933 to UC, where he edited the alumni magazine and directed the alumni association.
After serving as dean and a professor in the Evening College, he was appointed vice president, dean of administration, and secretary to UC's Board of Trustees in 1943.
Turning down an opportunity to become executive vice president of a Cincinnati bank, Mr. Auburn moved to Akron, where he served as president of UA from 1951 to 1971.
Services have been held.
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