Ira Michael Heyman

Ira Michael Heyman (May 30, 1930 November 19, 2011) was a Professor of Law and of City and Regional Planning, and was Chancellor of University of California, Berkeley, and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.[1][2][3][4]

Ira Michael Heyman
Secretary Adams with Secretary-Elect Ira Michael Heyman, 1994
10th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
In office
Preceded byRobert McCormick Adams
Succeeded byLawrence M. Small
6th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
In office
Preceded byAlbert H. Bowker
Succeeded byChang-Lin Tien
Personal details
Born(1930-05-30)May 30, 1930
New York City, New York
DiedNovember 19, 2011(2011-11-19) (aged 81)
Berkeley, California
Spouse(s)Therese Thau


Heyman was born in 1930 in New York City.[5] He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, and in 1951 from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth he joined the Theta Chi men's fraternity. After serving as a U.S. Marine Corps officer during the Korean War, he entered Yale Law School, where he became editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following his graduation in 1956, he served as a law clerk for Judge Charles Edward Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then from 1958 to 1959 he was a clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren.

He joined the law faculty at Berkeley in 1959, and he became Vice Chancellor in 1974. He was named Berkeley's sixth Chancellor and served in that capacity from 1980 to 1990.[6][7]

He returned to teaching law after leaving the Chancellorship. He was Counselor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Interior, from 1993 to 1994; and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1994 to 2000. He served as trustee of [[Dartmouth College]] from 1982 until 1992, and served as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the last two years of his tenure.[8] During his Berkeley years he became a member of the Bohemian Club, at which his closest associates included Caspar Weinberger, who was Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Defense.

After having smoked a few packages of cigarettes a day for many years, he died of emphysema in 2011.[5]


  3. "Tribute. Professor Ira Michael Heyman", Albert H. Bowker, Herma Hill Kay and Preble Stolz, California Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 5 (Oct., 1993), pp. 1089-1099
  4. UCRAB Newsleter, Summer 2004
  5. "Ira Michael Heyman obituary: He led UC Berkeley, Smithsonian". Los Angeles Times. November 22, 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  7. Yang, Sarah. "Ira Michael Heyman, former UC Berkeley chancellor, dies at 81". Berkeley News. UC Berkeley. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  8. "Ira Michael Heyman '51". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Albert H. Bowker
Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
1980 – 1990
Succeeded by
Chang-Lin Tien
Government offices
Preceded by
Robert McCormick Adams
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
1994 – 1999
Succeeded by
Lawrence M. Small
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