University posts online tribute to Spriestersbach

The University of Iowa has posted an online tribute to Duane C. “Sprie” Spriestersbach, the UI alumnus and professor emeritus who served as a dean, vice president, and interim president over a five-decade UI career. Spriestersbach died April 25 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He was 94.

The tribute includes an overview of his accomplishments as an administrator at the UI, his vision for University’s commitment to graduate education, a compilation of photos, and audio excerpts from a recent interview. To access the tribute, visit

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Per Spriestersbach’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the UI Foundation for the Fund to Support Student Excellence at the UI Graduate College at