Former UW-Madison chancellor Young dies at 94

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Hugh Edwin Young, who led the university during the tumultuous Vietnam War era, has died. He was 94.

The university says Young died Monday in Madison.

The Newfoundland native received his master’s degree and Ph.D. at UW-Madison and became an economics teacher there in 1947. He left in 1965 to become president of the University of Maine, but returned to UW-Madison and was named chancellor in 1968.

Young was dubbed “War Maker, Strike Breaker” for his harsh stance against anti-war protesters. He once called in the Wisconsin National Guard, but says he did so to protect students from untrained sheriff’s deputies.

In 1970, a deadly bombing happened at Sterling Hall on campus while Young was chancellor.

Young later presided over the University of Wisconsin System.