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Harry Philpott, AU’s 11th president, dies at age 90

AUBURN – Harry Melvin Philpott, who served as Auburn University’s 11th president from 1965-1980, died early Monday. He was 90 years old.

A memorial service for Philpott will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Auburn First Baptist Church. A private burial will take place in Memorial Cemetery.

“Dr. Philpott was an inspirational leader and a champion for Auburn’s faculty. His focus on academics is still felt today and represents a substantial part of his legacy,” said AU President Jay Gogue. “Susie and I received our degrees from Dr. Philpott, and we consider that a great honor.”

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