Reuben Diettert discusses coming to the University of Montana (UM) in 1937, where he taught in the Botany Department until 1972. He describes some of his career accomplishments including organizing the state science fair, the bowling league, and the Missoula Rose Society. He talks about how difficult it was to obtain funds for faculty salaries and equipment and how the department applied for grants to help cover these expenses. Diettert recalls that the quality of students in the department increased after the department started offering a doctorate in botany. He mentions the changes that have occurred at UM from the 1940s to the early 1990s. He also describes some of the courses he taught and his time as the department chair from 1956 to 1966.
Missoula Rose Society; Department of Botany; University of Montana faculty; University of Montana-Missoula; Science fairs; University of Montana budget
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)
Diettert, Reuben A., "Reuben A. Diettert Interview, July 30, 1991" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 8.