Charles Edwin Bishop, a noted educator and economist who was an alumnus of both Berea College and the University of Kentucky, has died.
Bishop, a former president of the University of Houston, died Saturday at a retirement home in Durham, N.C. He was 90.
Bishop was a native of South Carolina. He served as a flight instructor with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, training crews to fly the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.
After the war, Bishop took a bachelor's of science degree at Berea College and then completed a master's degree at the University of Kentucky. He then moved to the University of Chicago in 1948 to work on a doctorate in economics.
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Bishop joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 1950, rising through the ranks to become head of the university's Department of Economics. In following years, he became a vice president at the University of North Carolina; chancellor at the University of Maryland; president of the University of Arkansas' five-campus system; and, in 1980, president of the four-campus University of Houston System.
During his long career, Bishop served three U.S. presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson; Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter. In 1967, he led in preparing "The People Left Behind," a landmark report for Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Rural Poverty.