Former UNR President Joseph Crowley dead at 84

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 1993 file photo, then incoming NCAA president Joseph Crowley holds the gavel as he prepares to close the NCAA Convention business session in Dallas. Crowley, the longest-serving president in the history of the University of Nevada, Reno has died. Crowley died in Reno on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 84. Crowley served as president of UNR for 23 years, from 1978 to 2001. He was president of the NCAA from 1993-95. (AP Photo/Bill Janscha, File)

Bill Janscha

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Joseph Crowley, the longest-serving president in the history of the University of Nevada, Reno, has died. He was 84.

His daughter Theresa Crowley said he died in Reno after being hospitalized earlier this month with pneumonia.

In a statement, Gov. Brian Sandoval said Crowley presided over the university with "poise, class, and integrity." Sandoval, a graduate UNR and student in Crowley's political science class, said, "I was fortunate to consider him a mentor and will always remember his quiet dignity and strength of character."

Crowley joined UNR's political science faculty in 1966 then served as president of the school from 1978 to 2001.

He was interim president at San Jose State University for a year after his formal retirement in January 2003.

He later filled that role at Nevada from December 2005 to June 2006.

Most recently, he worked as president of one of northern Nevada's first medical marijuana dispensaries.

Crowley told the Reno Gazette-Journal in 2015 that he became interested in medical marijuana when his older brother died of multiple sclerosis and his older sister used marijuana as a pain reliever after undergoing more than dozen surgeries

Crowley was married with four children and seven grandchildren.

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