George F. Weisel, Jr. describes his 38-year tenure teaching zoology at the University of Montana (UM), which began in the late 1940s. He recalls the small size of the faculty and student body when he arrived and how everyone knew one another. He also notes that the Missoula community and the University maintained a close relationship. Weisel explains how Morton Elrod and President George Finlay Simmons influenced him to focus his interests in zoology. Weisel discusses his teaching philosophy, emphasizing the importance of having an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject. He talks about his stint as editor of the University Press and reads sections from two articles he wrote about campus life. Weisel also recalls Professor Paul Phillips’ work on the history of Anaconda Company water rights in Georgetown Lake.
University of Montana faculty; Morton J. Elrod; George Finlay Simmons; Paul Phillips; Education, Montana; University of Montana Press; University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 270-047, 048
2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)
Weisel, George F. Jr., "George F. Weisel, Jr. Interview, August 8, 1991" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 20.