Dr. Robert Sparks, the second chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has died.
Sparks was 82.
Sparks also held the positions of vice president of the University of Nebraska system.
“He was a thoughtful administrator and a visionary whose programs greatly outlasted his tenure,” said Dr. Robert Wigton, a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in a written statement released UNMC. “At a time of relative physician shortage, he worked hard to increase the number of UNMC graduates staying in the state in primary care practice.”
UNMC says Sparks was an accomplished speaker in the fields of internal medicine, gastroenterology, alcohol and drug addictions and health planning policy.
Wigton says Sparks’ most lasting achievement was pushing for a bill in the state legislature to provide funding for training in family practice and other primary care fields. The bill passed in 1975. It still provides significant funding for UNMC resident training.