Frederick A.


Annie Pontrelli



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Frederick "Fred" Henningsen describes attending the University of Montana (UM) during the 1930s. He talks about the required courses, the campus grounds, and the rules for female students. Henningsen also lists the ten presidents and the various deans of the School of Business who served during Henningsen’s time a student and, later, a faculty member. He talks at length becoming an expert on health insurance for UM faculty and being the first member of the University System Benefits Committee which was started in 1951. Henningsen describes his time as an accounting professor and as a member of the Montana Credit Union League. He recalls President Robert Pantzer’s handling of the 1960s student protests on campus and how the counter culture movement affected student life. Henningsen discusses the decline in reading comprehension among students during his 38-year tenure at the University of Montana. He describes his accomplishments as a faculty member which include working on faculty benefits.


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Document Type

Oral History


George Finlay Simmons; Carl McFarland; Robert Pantzer; University of Montana faculty; School of Business Administration; Department of Accounting; University System Benefits Committee; Montana Credit Union League; Faculty Benefits, Insurance and Related Matters Committee; University of Montana-Missoula; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Student protests

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 270-026, 027

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:45:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_026_027.mp3; OH_270_026_027.pdf

Frederick A.