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A treasure trove of documents and information about Brandeis University presidents may be found in the university archives.

Morris Berthold Abram

Photo of Morris Abram1968 to 1970

Morris B. Abram, the second president of Brandeis, was a tireless advocate for civil rights and human rights, a towering figure in the American Jewish community, an adviser to five U.S. presidents, and a distinguished lawyer.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia and went on to get a doctorate of law degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

When he assumed the Brandeis presidency during the turbulent 1960s, he found a campus seething with the discontent of the era. His administration weathered a series of crises, including an 11-day takeover of Ford Hall by members of the Brandeis Afro-American Organization.

From 1970 until the time of his death at the age of 81 in 2000, Abram was a partner in the New York City law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison.