Harlan Cleveland, 90, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO who led the University of Hawaii for five years, has died.

Mr. Cleveland died May 30 of multiple myeloma, or bone-marrow cancer, at a continuing-care facility in Sterling, Va., said his daughter, Melantha Cleveland.

She said her father's overall health had been in decline.

Mr. Cleveland was Hawaii's president from 1969 to 1974 after serving as President Lyndon B. Johnson's ambassador to NATO for four years.

During his tenure, the University of Hawaii-Hilo was created, the William S. Richardson School of Law opened, and the medical school expanded to a four-year program.

- AP