A.D. (Dick) Sander, a former Munster resident and respected administrator and professor, who played a key leadership role during Purdue University Calumet’s formative years of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, died Saturday, Aug. 14 following an illness. He was 84.
Sander served Purdue Calumet from 1962 through 1989 during a time of significant campus transformation from an Extension Center of West Lafayette to a university that gained academic autonomy. His leadership also helped Purdue Calumet gain approval to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees at the Hammond campus. He held various senior level administrative positions including that of founding dean of the university’s former School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
He also was a long-time professor of history. The A.D. Sander Award for Academic Excellence was established in his honor to recognize annually the outstanding graduating senior in the former School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
A scholar of the American Presidency in the 20th century, he published several books about the Presidential Executive Office and the evolution of the complex network of executive agencies advising the President. He also was a key participant in the Ford Foundation’s study of the presidency in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“Dick Sander was a distinguished scholar, a very fine teacher, a well-organized administrator and a supportive colleague and friend,” Purdue Calumet Professor of History Saul Lerner said. “He played an exceedingly important role in Purdue Calumet’s attainment of academic autonomy, the development of the academic structure of the university and the growth of mutually supportive faculty/administrative governance on campus.”
After retiring from Purdue Calumet, Sander, a World War II veteran, relocated to Oro Valley, AR. Preceded in death by his wife, he is survived by two adult sons, Robert and Richard. There was no funeral.