Robert T.


Robert T. Pantzer


Annie Pontrelli



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Robert Pantzer speaks about three distinct phases from the 1930s to the 1970s during which he was present at the University of Montana, including his time as a student, administrator, and president. He remembers his student years as the “good old days,” a carefree time where students had few responsibilities. He recalls serving in the U.S. military during World War Two, and then returning to the University afterwards to obtain a law degree. Pantzer mentions working for various law firms in Montana before coming back to the University to serve as vice president and, later, president. He describes the various challenges he faced in both of those roles. Pantzer talks about dealing student issues such as the Vietnam War protests on campus and the difficulty of retaining faculty members due to low salaries. He also recalls legal issues that University faced related to political correctness in classes and financial fraud. Pantzer mentions the University’s numerous successes including the creation of new departments of study and the facilitation of research projects.


Oral History


Reserve Officers’ Training Corp [ROTC]; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Counterculture movement; Vietnam War protests; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana presidents; University of Montana students; University of Montana alumni; University of Montana administration; University of Montana history

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 270-058, 059

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

Local Filename

OH_270_058_059.mp3; OH_270_058_059.pdf

Robert T.