Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Former C of I President Warren Barr Knox passes away

2010. 08. 15.

Warren Barr Knox, who served as The College of Idaho's sixth President from 1964 to 1973, passed away Saturday, August 14 at the age of 84. Knox had been living in Boise.

During his tenure, Knox helped establish several landmarks that distinguish The College of Idaho campus today, including Boone Hall science center, Hayman Hall dormitory, Terteling Library and the President's Home. He also authored Eye of the Hurricane: Observations on Creative Educational Administration and presided over the College's 75th anniversary.

The son of LaVerne and Bertha Knox, Warren was born in Whittier, California in 1925. He graduated from Whittier High and had a track scholarship to the University of Southern California, but instead enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II. After the war, Knox returned to Whittier and married Nancy Chambers, his high school sweetheart. He graduated from Whittier College, earned a master's degree from Claremont Graduate School and began his academic career. Knox and his wife retired in 1990 and moved to Ashland, Oregon, where Nancy passed away in 2003.

Knox is survived by his sons Charles and John, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit