This collection documents the career of Dean E.
McHenry, the founding Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dean Eugene McHenry was born in 1910 on a bean
farm in Lompoc, California. He attended elementary and junior high school in
Lompoc and then moved to Van Nuys (near Los Angeles) in 1925, where he attended
Van Nuys High School. In 1928 McHenry entered the University of California, Los
Angeles, then a primarily undergraduate campus only in its ninth year. He was
to become an important force in the history of UCLA, both as a student and
later as a faculty member and dean of social sciences. While at UCLA he was
elected president of the Associated Students and earned a BA in political
science. McHenry went on to Stanford University, where he roomed with Clark
Kerr, a fortuitous happening, for Kerr was to become a lifelong friend and key
colleague who shaped McHenry's career. There McHenry also fell in love with his
future wife, Jane Snyder. He earned his master's in political science from
Stanford in 1933. His thesis focused on lobbying in the California
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