Phillip Wright describes his tenure at the University of Montana from 1939 until his retirement in 1985 teaching ornithology and mammalogy. He recalls serving as chairman of the Zoology Department and teaching at the Biological Station. He noted the changes in the campus during the 1930s and ‘40s from having a small student and faculty body that was primarily an undergraduate university to the 1970s and ‘80s when the University boasted a larger student population and robust graduate offerings. Wright lists his career accomplishments which include the development of a bird and mammal museum, the construction of the Health Sciences building, and the development of a research program. His discusses his career challenges such as establishing a doctoral program and a master’s program in wildlife biology. Wright also mentions the controversy over George Simmons’ presidency and the faculty’s attitudes towards Carl McFarland.
University of Montana faculty; Department of Zoology; University of Montana Biological Station; University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program; George Finlay Simmons; Carl McFarland
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Wright, Phillip, "Phillip Wright Interview" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 23.