Robert T. Pantzer speaks about three distinct phases of his time at the University of Montana (UM) from the 1930s to the 1970s. He remembers his student years as a carefree time where students had few responsibilities. He recalls serving in the U.S. military during World War Two, and then returning to UM to obtain a law degree. Pantzer mentions working for various law firms in Montana before coming back to UM as vice president and, later, as president. He describes the challenges he faced in both of those roles. Pantzer talks about dealing students protesting the Vietnam War and the difficulty of retaining faculty members due to low salaries. He also recalls legal issues that UM faced related to financial fraud and political correctness in class rooms. Pantzer mentions the successes during his tenure such as the creation of new departments of study and the facilitation of research projects.
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
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 270-058, 059
2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)
Pantzer, Robert T., "Robert T. "Bob" Pantzer Interview, July 9, 1991" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 32.