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Curtis William Tarr

Curtis William Tarr (September 18, 1924 – June 21, 2013) was an American academic best known for his role in the reform of the Selective Service System—in particular, of the draft lottery, which had been criticized for being insufficiently random. Tarr also served as the seventh dean of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and as the twelfth president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Tarr earned his B.A. from Leland Stanford Jr. University, his M.B.A. from Harvard University and returned to Stanford to earn his Ph.D. in American history.

Tarr served in the United States Army during the Second World War and began his academic career as a lecturer and assistant dean of humanities at Stanford. In 1958, he ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate, California 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Between 1963 and 1969, he was President of Lawrence University. He negotiated Lawrence's merger with Milwaukee-Downer College, increasing the endowment from $7,000,000 to $20,000,000. Toward the end of his Lawrence presidential term, he negotiated Vietnam-era tensions, creating the Lawrence University Community Council in 1968.

Tarr returned to government service in 1969, as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was subsequently promoted to director of the Selective Service System, replacing the controversial Lewis Hershey; historian David L. Schalk has referred to Tarr in this role as an "inoffensive bureaucrat".He then served as Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance and Acting Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management.

After his second phase of government service, Tarr was vice president for management development at Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois, a farm equipment manufacturer, until 1984, when he was selected to be Dean of the Johnson School, succeeding David A. Thomas.Tarr was the author of Private Soldier: Life in the Army from 1943–1946 and of numerous articles in professional journals, including Air University Review. The Curtis Tarr Scholarship of the Johnson School, a two-year merit-based award, is named in his honor.

He died in 2013.

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Some of their strengths

Curtis William Tarr has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Artistic, Organized, Passionate, Intelligent, Communicative, and Trustworthy.

Smart and Sophisticated

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Curtis William Tarr is someone who is a smart, sophisticated, and organized person who displays kindness and grace in every day interactions, and who also has a passionate soul. A person who is known for being fun and creative.

Active and Precise

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Curtis William Tarr well know them as someone who can be tough, active, and sharp, like a sword.

Productive and Perseverent

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Curtis William Tarr as someone who is productive, persevering, deliberate, and direct.

A person who is creative, has good luck with work and money, good listening skills, good relationships with people at work, is a good teacher or counselor, and who is good at organizing groups, teams, or causes.

Influential and Dynamic

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Curtis William Tarr is someone who tends to be focused on spreading ideas, information, and activities.

They are also someone who is balanced, organized, and in-charge, and who loves traveling, working hard, and figuring out the patterns of things.

Altruistic and Purposeful

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Curtis William Tarr tends to be someone who has a desire to be of service to a higher calling and who is always trying to perfect things. Who can be practical and polished, reserved and methodical, and who tends to trust internal judgment before trusting anyone else at face value.

Some of Curtis William Tarr's challenges

While Curtis William Tarr has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Curtis William Tarr can be Stubborn, Perfectionist, Difficult, Hypocritical, Self-centered, Idle, and Possessive.

Difficult and Perfectionist

One of Curtis William Tarr's key challenges is that they are someone who can be difficult and too much of a perfectionist.

Possessive and Stubborn

Curtis William Tarr is someone who can be possessive, jealous, inflexible, and stubborn, can have a habit of being a frivolous spender, and who can feel insecure or cynical in romantic relationships and have difficulty forming productive personal and professional partnerships.

Critical and Bossy

Finally, Curtis William Tarr also can be too focused on the small details of life, try to control whatever is happening, and be finicky and demanding.

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