Dr. Glen Kohls discusses his career in entomology and disease research at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories from 1927-1969. He talks about the failed project of trying to infest ticks with parasites to control their population and hopefully stop the spread of spotted fever in the Bitterroot Valley. Kohls describes the lifecycle of spotted fever, and he talks about visiting researchers and the influence they had on the Rocky Mountain Laboratories and the world. He remembers the research into vaccines for various tick-borne diseases, and describes how different scientists who had worked at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories had created many of the first and effective vaccines for these diseases. Kohls also recalls his retirement, the people who succeeded him, and the transfer of research material to Washington, D.C.
Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Rocky Mountain Laboratories [RML]; Missoula, Montana; Vaccination development; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne diseases; Tick population control
Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 120, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)
Kohls, Glen, "Glen Kohls Interview, circa 1978" (1978). Bitterroot Historical Society Oral History Project. 27.