Kenneth G. Ryder, president of Northeastern University from 1975 to 1989, died Monday at age 88.
Ryder, who began as a history instructor at Northeastern in 1949, served as associate professor, dean of administration and executive vice president before being named president. After his presidency, he served on the university’s board of trustees until 1996.
During his tenure, the university founded its College of Computer Science and acquired the Graduate School of Nursing from Boston University, established the Marine Science Center in Nahant, and built Snell Library.
Ryder, a native of Brockton, was a graduate of Boston University and Harvard University. He served in the Navy during World War II.
From press materials.