Royden C. Braithwaite, former president of then Southern Utah State College, died Monday, March 11, 1991, of cancer. He was 78.

Mr. Braithwaite retired in 1978 as president of SUSC, now Southern Utah University, after serving as its top executive officer for 23 years.During his tenure, the college nearly doubled in size and enrollment and was developed from a two-year institution to a four-year school.

The now nationally known Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City was started under Mr. Braithwaite's leadership.

Educated in Manti schools as a youth, he went on to graduate from Snow College, Brigham Young University and Stanford University. He received his doctorate from Cornell University, where he served as assistant director of the department of child development and family relations.

He later served as dean of family living at coordinator of student affairs at BYU.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he taught in the Mormon seminary at Heber and in LDS institutes of religion at St. George, Ogden and Logan.

During World War II, he served as a chaplain in the Italian campaign.

The funeral will be Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at the Cedar City 9th Ward Chapel. Interment will be at Cedar City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Southern Utah University or to the Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.