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Roger William Heyns Collection

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Speeches and Articles for the American Council on Education (ACE)

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Roger William Heyns Collection, 1928-1995 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Roger William Heyns Collection, 1928-1995Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/105

Primary Creator: Roger William Heyns (1918-1995)

Extent: 16.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: American Council on Education, College students - Political activity - California, Students - Political activity, University of California, Berkeley, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. University of California, Berkeley

Abstract

Administrator at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan; the University of California at Berkeley, California; American Council of Education at Washington, DC; and at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation at Menlo Park, California. The collection includes personal materials; and materials from the institutions and foundations he served, i.e., speeches, statements, articles, correspondence, news clippings, publications, photographs, and papers on student unrest. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Roger William Heyns, who passed away in September of 1995, was the son of Dr. Garrett and Rose Heyns.

While his father became nationally known as a penologist, Roger attained national honor in his field of educational psychology and academic administration.  Notably, Calvin College awarded father and son Distinguished Alumni Awards.  Roger's grandfather was the late William Heyns, who for twenty-four years served as a Calvin Seminary professor.

Heyns graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1935.  That summer he was stricken with polio, which delayed his entrance to Calvin a year.  After graduating in 1940, he entered the University of Michigan where he received his Master's Degree in 1942, followed by a PhD in psychology two years later, having been awarded a special fellowship by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.  He also spent a year as a teaching fellow at Harvard University.

After serving in the Armed Forces Psychological Services, he returned to Ann Arbor to teach psychology for which he was granted an Outstanding Teacher Award.  In 1958, the Board of Regents named him Dean of Literature, Science, and Arts.  Four years later, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position he held until 1965.  In that year, he accepted an appointment as Chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley.  This was four months after the Free Speech Movement there had effectively shattered the notion of the American University as a haven for quiet scholarship, beer busts, big games, and sorority girls!

He came to a campus deeply troubled, harshly politicized, and still bearing the wounds of the uprising; a campus whose previous chancellor, overcome by a movement foreign to the academic discipline, had been swept aside in a quit-or-be-fired situation.

Heyns had to deal with almost every problem facing higher education across the land: anti-Vietnam protestors, draft resistance, the outburst of protests over the US invasion of Cambodia, student alienation, and an increasingly political climate.

The Los Angeles Times put it this way: "At some cost to his health, he (Heyns) set his course and steered his school past unruly situations, a faculty both timorous and aggressive, chilly regents, a suspicious governor, a hostile legislature, and an indifferent citizenry."

After five long years of "trial by fire" in the face of physical attacks, the burning of buildings, the vulgarities and contempt of radical militants, a naive unawareness in faculty ivory towers, despite martial sieges and aerial gassing and hostility, the university, under his leadership, retained its distinction, upheld the quality of its work and degrees, and suffered no mass exit of faculty of high rank during these troublous times.

The job took its toll, however.  After recovering from a heart attack brought on by the increased pressure of the job, Heyns accepted an offer to return to teaching at the University of Michigan.  Health definitely was the principal factor in his return to a calmer academic climate.

However, his return was cut short by an invitation to preside over the America Council on Education in Washington, DC.  He accepted the position and enjoyed a six-year period of relatively quiet time physically.  In 1977, the West beckoned again.  He assumed the presidency of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, which was formed to support programs dealing with education, population, environment, and the performing arts.  In the ensuing years, Calvin College, incidentally, profited from Hewlett's generous grants.  In 1994, Heyns served as Chairman of the Board of the Public Policy Institute of California, a think tank created by the Foundation to study California's problems and issues.  He retired a year later.

Roger Heyns's career as an educator was long and varied.  He wore many hats!  In each of his positions he distinguished himself.  Frank H. T. Rhodes, President of Cornell University, said of him in 1994: "He's a reflective, and a thoughtful, and a wise and good man."  In a lengthy Lenten article written following an interview, the religious editor of a California newspaper titles his piece: "Chancellor trusts God."  In the article it was disclosed, that Heyns always turned his problems over to the Lord at bedtime.  Prayer was a very important part of his life."  The whole climate of prayer is thinking about God and His will.  It means trusting Him in every way," Heyns said.  He summarized what he believed as expressed in the Apostle's Creed, which he recited to his interviewer!

An example of Roger's intense interest in others was manifest already while he was a student at Calvin.  As editor of the Chimes way back in 1938, he took note of the announced retirement of Dean A. J. Rooks.  Roger pondered over the thirty-nine years that Rooks had served Calvin.  Rooks was universally loved and admired for his "stimulating personality and cultured manner and as a sympathetic counselor and friend" to the students.  In an editorial, Roger suggested that the College make some arrangement to extend Rooks' association with the College, beneficial to both him and the school.  Eventually, this was done and Rooks continued on for three more years!

Throughout his extended academic career, he enjoyed the loving support of his closely-knit family: his wife, the former Esther Gezon, whom he met at Calvin, and his three sons, Michael, John, and Daniel.

Calvin College suffered a great loss in the passing of Roger Heyns.  As a life-long friend of the school, Roger was Honorary Chairman of a financial drive that had just concluded with a total of over fifty-eight million dollars.  Despite his affiliation with two great universities, Roger generously left a substantial portion of his papers to Calvin's Archives.  They comprise a valuable source for research for students and all that are interested in them.  We hereby invite interested parties to visit Heritage Hall and examine our portion of the life's work of a Christian gentleman and friend, Roger William Heyns.

Subject/Index Terms

American Council on Education
College students - Political activity - California
Students - Political activity
University of California, Berkeley
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. University of California, Berkeley


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Materials, 1928-1995],
[Series 2: Speeches, 1939-1965],
[Series 3: Speeches and Statements, 1966-1971],
[Series 4: Speeches and Articles for the American Council on Education (ACE), 1971-1978],
[Series 5: Hewlett Foundation Era Speeches, Papers, Introductory Remarks, 1979-1994],
[Series 6: Heyns Correspondence, 1939-1995],
[Series 7: Berkeley Era Correspondence, 1965-1970],
[Series 8: Student Unrest at Berkeley, 1965-1973],
[Series 9: Correspondence while at Hewlett Foundation, 1976-1995],
[Series 10: Public Policy Institute, 1993-1995],
[Series 11: News Clippings],
[Series 12: Publications, 1965-1989],
[Series 13: Storage Box, 1967-1977],
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Series 1: Personal Materials --- 1928-1995Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: BiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Essays written while in Holland Christian High School and Calvin CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence with parents and family --- 1928-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Honors awarded Roger William Heyns --- 1940-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Honors awarded Roger William Heyns --- 1973-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Roger William Heyns at the University of Michigan --- 1948-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reviews of articles on Abnormal and Social Psychology --- 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Materials regarding the publishing of a book --- 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Manuscript edited by Heyns for the National Academy of Public Administration --- 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bilateral Committee on the Future of United States and Mexican Relations --- 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Committee on the Succession and Continuity of Carter Center --- 1992Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters received on accepting Berkeley position of Chancellorship --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters regarding appointment to the American Council on Education (ACE) --- 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters received on reappointment to ACE --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters received on appointment to Hewlett Foundation --- 1976Add to your cart.
Series 2: Speeches --- 1939-1965Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Two student speeches --- 1939; undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: List of topics covered in the speeches --- 1950s and 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-4: Speeches given while at the University of Michigan --- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5-6: Speeches given while at the University of Michigan --- 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Commencement and convocation speeches --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8-11: Speeches --- 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Series 3: Speeches and Statements --- 1966-1971Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: Speeches and statements --- September 1966 - December 1967Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: Speeches and statements --- January 1968 - June 1971Add to your cart.
Series 4: Speeches and Articles for the American Council on Education (ACE) --- 1971-1978Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: Speeches and articles for ACE --- October 1971 - December 1975Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Background material for speeches --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Speeches and articles for ACE --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Speeches and articles for ACE --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speeches and articles for ACE --- 1978Add to your cart.
Series 5: Hewlett Foundation Era Speeches, Papers, Introductory Remarks --- 1979-1994Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1-6: Speeches, papers, introductory remarks --- 1979-1994Add to your cart.
Series 6: Heyns Correspondence --- 1939-1995Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Incoming correspondence --- 1939-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Outgoing correspondence --- 1946-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Incoming correspondence (University of Michigan) --- 1946-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Outgoing correspondence (University of Michigan) --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Incoming correspondence (Berkeley) --- 1965-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Outgoing correspondence (Berkeley) --- 1965-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Incoming correspondence (ACE) --- 1971-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Incoming correspondence (Hewlett Foundation) --- 1977-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Outgoing correspondence (Hewlett Foundation) --- 1976-1995Add to your cart.
Series 7: Berkeley Era Correspondence --- 1965-1970Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters received on being appointed to Berkeley --- 1965 A-HAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters received on being appointed to Berkeley --- 1965 J-ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Letters received on resignation --- 1970Add to your cart.
Series 8: Student Unrest at Berkeley --- 1965-1973Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Student unrest --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2-3: Student unrest --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Student unrest --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Student unrest --- 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Student unrest --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Student unrest --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Student unrest --- 1971Add to your cart.
[1972 missing]
Folder 9: Student unrest --- 1973Add to your cart.
Series 9: Correspondence while at Hewlett Foundation --- 1976-1995Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Decision to accept the appointment --- 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1977-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence with R. W. Hewlett --- 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Staff and board papers --- 1978-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bush-Hewlett Development Program --- 1987-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Hewlett policy papers; personnel --- 1983-1995Add to your cart.
Series 10: Public Policy Institute --- 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concept of the Institute --- 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Search process --- 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Organization --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Appointments --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Board of Directors meeting --- June 15, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Materials --- 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Chairman of the Board --- 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Investment committee --- 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Immigration and welfare --- 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Wells Fargo account --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Board members --- 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Press releases --- 1994Add to your cart.
Series 11: News ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Holland, Michigan and Calvin CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Wife and familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: University of MichiganAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Berkeley appointment, acceptance, and first few monthsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: BerkeleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Lengthy press articles, BerkeleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Last days at BerkeleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: ACE clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Hewlett FoundationAdd to your cart.
Series 12: Publications --- 1965-1989Add to your cart.
Box 15: Volume 1: The University in a Turbulent Society, by Roger William Heyns.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1: The University in a Turbulent Society, by Roger William Heyns.Add to your cart.
Item 2: An interview conducted by Harriet Nathan in 1986.  Published in Berkeley Chancellor, 1965-1971.  Published in book form by the University of California at Berkeley, 1987. Includes interview with Mrs. Esther Heyns.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Volume 2: Collected Thoughts on Grantmaking and The Hewlett Foundation, by Roger William Heyns.  An interview conducted by Gabrielle Morris and Harriet Nathan in 1986 and 1987.  Published by the University of California at Berkeley --- 1989Add to your cart.
Item 4: Volume 3: The Unidentified Man on the Right, by Garff B. Wilson.Add to your cart.
Item 5: An account of important people and events on the Berkeley campus during the last four decades (see pp. 50, 51, 84, 85, 88, 128).Add to your cart.
Item 6: Volume 4: Here We Stand by Andrew Imbrie.  A Scroll of Honor to Roger William Heyns for his work at Berkeley and for his efforts to preserve the Wickson Redwood Grove --- June 6, 1969Add to your cart.
Series 13: Storage Box --- 1967-1977Add to your cart.
Box 16: Large scrapbook of news clippings on the career of Roger William HeynsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Large scrapbook of news clippings on the career of Roger William HeynsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Alameda County commendation for his work at Berkeley --- October 29, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 3: Large photograph of the Berkeley campus with a superimposed picture of Roger William HeynsAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Appointment by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the National Science Foundation Board --- August 2, 1967Add to your cart.
Item 5: A statement of recognition and appreciation from ACE, Washington DC --- January 1977Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Materials, 1928-1995],
[Series 2: Speeches, 1939-1965],
[Series 3: Speeches and Statements, 1966-1971],
[Series 4: Speeches and Articles for the American Council on Education (ACE), 1971-1978],
[Series 5: Hewlett Foundation Era Speeches, Papers, Introductory Remarks, 1979-1994],
[Series 6: Heyns Correspondence, 1939-1995],
[Series 7: Berkeley Era Correspondence, 1965-1970],
[Series 8: Student Unrest at Berkeley, 1965-1973],
[Series 9: Correspondence while at Hewlett Foundation, 1976-1995],
[Series 10: Public Policy Institute, 1993-1995],
[Series 11: News Clippings],
[Series 12: Publications, 1965-1989],
[Series 13: Storage Box, 1967-1977],
[All]


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