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Richard Albert Siggelkow

Born: 1918
Death: 2014

Richard A. Siggelkow received his B.A. (1941), M.A. (1948), and Ph.D. (1953) in Education from the University of Wisconsin. He came to the University at Buffalo in 1958 as Dean of Students. In 1967, he was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1983. Dr. Siggelkow also was a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.

As Vice President for Student Affairs, Richard Siggelkow was intimately involved in the years of campus unrest at the University at Buffalo, particularly 1966 through 1970. Issues of academic freedom, recruitment by the Selective Service and Dow Chemical Corporation, the Vietnam War, as well as demands for a more democratic administration of the University that would include faculty and students, caused protests on campus.  Siggelkow wrote about this time in UB's history in his book Dissent and Disruption, A University Under Siege.

Prior to his service at UB he had been assistant dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin from 1956 to 1958 and associate director of the University of Wisconsin Teacher Placement Bureau from 1949-1956. He also taught history and social studies at the secondary school level from 1945 to 1947.

During World War II, he rose from the rank of private in the Field Artillery to a major during his active duty period. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star during his 38 months of service in the European and African Theaters of Operations during the war and took part in eight battle campaigns.

Affiliation(s): Student Affairs
Record Group(s): 41
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