case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Louis A. Toepfer
Pronunciation: TEP-fer

Acting President, Case Western Reserve University, 10/6/1970-9/12/1971

President, Case Western Reserve University, 9/13/1971-6/30/1980


A.B., Beloit College, 1940

LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1947


University Awards

The Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall was named for Toepfer to recognize his many contributions to Case Western Reserve University, 1984.



Second Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 1942-1946

Assistant Dean, Harvard Law School, 1947-1959

Director of Admissions, Harvard Law School, 1947-1966

Faculty, Harvard Law School, 1959-1966

Vice Dean, Harvard Law School, 1959-1966

Dean, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, 1966-1971

Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University, 1966-1980

Partner, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Columbus, Ohio, 1980-1986

President Emeritus, Dean Emeritus of the School of Law, and Professor Emeritus of Law, Case Western Reserve University, 1980-2000


University Numbers
  1970/71 1979/80
Enrollment 9,209 8,104
Operating expense $69,035,000 $112,948,000
Full time undergraduate tuition $2,200 $4,250


The three undergraduate colleges of Western Reserve University, Adelbert College, Flora Stone Mather College, and Cleveland College, were merged into Western Reserve College.
The 26th Amendment to the United State Constitution was ratified, lowering the voting age to 18.
First ARPANET email messages were transmitted.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 became law.
Five operatives for the Committee to Re-elect the President were arrested for burglarizing the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex, eventually leading to the resignation of President Nixon.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade overturned state bans on abortion.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act became law.
The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon was captured by the North Vietnamese, ending the Vietnam War.
CWRU’s first university-wide fundraising campaign, Resources, was launched. It raised $215 million in five years.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple Computer Company.
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant suffered a partial core meltdown.
The University experienced the eighth consecutive year of operating budget surpluses.
The School of Management was named the Weatherhead School of Management.


Regional Population
  1970 1980
Cleveland 750,879 573,822
Cuyahoga County 1,720,835 1,498,400


Caution should be taken when comparing financial data across long periods of time. Accounting practices have changed substantially during CWRU's nearly 200-year history. In compiling these numbers, we have relied on the most authoritative contemporaneous sources available.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, March 2007.