Milestones: Jul. 15, 1985

DIED. J.E. Wallace Sterling, 78, aggressively growth-minded fifth president of Stanford University from 1949 to 1968 who raised its national ranking from 15th to third in number of top-rated graduate programs; of cancer; in Woodside, Calif. A historian at the California Institute of Technology who was a regular cbs radio news commentator in the 1940s, Sterling became Stanford's major modern builder, heading record-shattering fund drives ($300 million in 1972-77), increasing operating expenditures from $10 million annually to $108 million, expanding the faculty by 170% and the student body by 40%.

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