Ivan Belknap, professor emeritus of
sociology, died on February 18, 1984. He was 69.
Professor Belknap was born on September 26, 1914, in Chehalis, Washington.
He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from The University
of Texas at Austin in 1940, 1944, and 1950, respectively.
Dr. Belknap joined the faculty of the University in 1940. After serving
as an intelligence officer during World War II, he returned to UT Austin,
where he continued to teach until his retirement in 1974. Professor
Belknap specialized in medical sociology and community organization
and served as department chairman. He conducted two studies on the Texas
state hospital system. He was a research consultant to the Texas State
Board of Hospitals and Special Schools and to the Congressional Task
Force Committee on Mental Illness and Health.
Professor Belknap carried out a five-year study on hospitals with the
support of the U.S. Public Health Service. The project resulted in his
book The Community and Its Hospitals. Professor Belknap also
wrote Human Problems of a State Mental Hospital.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 21, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas
History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.