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Retired professor suing U. of Iowa over search has died

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A retired professor suing the University of Iowa for alleged open meetings violations during its presidential search has died at age 82.

Harold Hammond was a prominent oral pathologist at the University of Iowa dental school, where he taught and conducted research from 1967 until 2004.

In retirement, he made news fighting the school in court.

Hammond had been bringing a lawsuit alleging a UI search committee repeatedly violated the open meetings law before the hiring of President Bruce Harreld last year.

Hammond's estate could continue the case, assign it to another plaintiff or drop it. No decisions have been made.

To settle a similar lawsuit after Sally Mason was named president in 2007, a search committed admitted violating the open meetings law and paid Hammond's legal fees of $66,000.

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