Robert Loevinger

Robert Loevinger (1916–2005) came to the University of Minnesota in 1934 and was centrally involved in the first efforts to integrate student housing. He served on the All-University Council Committee on Negro Discrimination, which recommended the integration of University dormitories in 1935. He was involved in many left-wing political groups on campus, and he appeared on the Chase list where he was branded a “campus agitator, Marxist, Jew.” He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1937.

He was a veteran of the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb during WWII. Loevinger went on to become a medical physicist and served as the chief of the National Institute of Standards and Technology dosimetry section, where he advanced the use of x-ray measurement for use in the treatment of cancer patients. He received many awards for his distinguished contributions.