Dykstra, Clarence Addison

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Dykstra, Clarence Addison

Clarence Addison Dykstra (dīk´strə), 1883–1950, American educator and civic administrator, b. Cleveland, grad. Univ. of Iowa, 1903. After graduate work at the Univ. of Chicago, he taught in Pensacola, Fla., was instructor in history and government at Ohio State Univ. (1907–9) and professor of political science at the Univ. of Kansas (1909–18). From 1918 to 1920 he served as executive secretary of the Cleveland Civic League. He later held similar positions in Chicago and Los Angeles. He was also commissioner of water and power in Los Angeles (1923–26) and professor of municipal administration at the Univ. of California at Los Angeles (1923–29). Dykstra was city manager of Cincinnati from 1930 until 1937, when he resigned to become president of the Univ. of Wisconsin. In 1945 he resigned from the Wisconsin presidency to become provost of the Univ. of California at Los Angeles. He served on several government committees.

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