George F. Weisel, Jr. Interview, August 8, 1991


George F. Weisel Jr.


Annie Pontrelli



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana faculty; Morton J. Elrod; George Finlay Simmons; Paul Phillips; Education, Montana; University of Montana Press; University of Montana-Missoula

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 270-047, 048

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

01:16:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_047_048.mp3; OH_270_047_048.pdf

George F. Weisel, Jr. Interview, August 8, 1991