The papers, which include
correspondence, minutes, reports, and memoranda, pertain largely to administration, finance,
and planning at Stanford University. Specific subjects include the PACE campaign, the
Campaign for Stanford, the libraries, the Medical School, student housing and fraternities,
the Near West campus as proposed in the 1980s, the Centennial Campaign, admissions,
football, and affirmative action.
Kenneth M. Cuthbertson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford in 1940 and returned after
his wartime service in the Navy to earn his MBA in 1947. After seven years in the business
world, he returned to Stanford in 1954 as assistant to university president J. E. Wallace
Sterling. Cuthbertson was named one of the university's first three vice presidents in 1960.
With Sterling and Provost Fred Terman, Cuthbertson helped to define Stanford's goals of
attracting top faculty, developing programs to meet their needs and finding endowment
support. He organized the two largest fund-raising campaigns in the history of American
higher education, the PACE (Plan of Action for a Challenging Era) campaign of 1961-64 and
the $300 million Campaign for Stanford, which set another new national benchmark in 1972-77.
Following his retirement from Stanford in 1977, Cuthbertson served as president of the James
Irvine Foundation in San Francisco and Irvine, Calif. He died in 2000.
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