Meyer Chessin Interview, July 16, 1991


Meyer Chessin


Annie Pontrelli



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Meyer Chessin describes his career as a professor in the University of Montana’s (UM) Department of Botany from 1949 until his retirement in 1988. Chessin talks about witnessing many changes in the growth of the faculty and student population at UM as well as the establishment of Faculty Senate and the teachers’ union. He stresses the stabilizing role of Robert Pantzer’s presidency during the 1960s. Chessin also recalls the changes in student attitudes and interests during the 1970s and 1980s. He describes his botany research and his interest in environmental issues. He discusses the impact that student evaluations had on teachers’ performances. Chessin concludes by mentioning the influence of Presidents Carl McFarland and George Simmons.


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Document Type

Oral History


Carl McFarland; George Simmons; Robert Pantzer; Department of Botany; Faculty Senate; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana faculty

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


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Oral History Number

OH 270-011, 012

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_011_012.mp3; OH_270_011_012.pdf

Meyer Chessin Interview, July 16, 1991