Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
WILLIAM C. "DUSTY" DUESTERHOEFT
William C. "Dusty" Duesterhoeft, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died on June 14, 1996. He was 74.
Professor Duesterhoeft was born on December 10, 1921, in Austin. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1943 and 1949, respectively. He received a PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1953.
Dr. Duesterhoeft worked with the General Electric Company, where he helped develop a mass spectrometer used in the Manhattan Project. He also taught at the California Institute of Technology and Southern Methodist University. He joined the faculty of UT Austin in 1946. From 1969 to 1991 he served as assistant chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Professor Duesterhoeft was a research associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957 and with the General Atomics Laboratory in 1963. In 1963-64 he helped acquire a grant from the Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation for controlled nuclear fusion research. He also helped obtain the Department of Defense Joint Services Electronics Program for UT Austin in 1964.
Professor Duesterhoeft received the General Dynamics Teaching Excellence Award in 1958. He received the Students' Association Teaching Excellence Award in 1961. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advisor Association in 1985 for his many years of service as an advisor to students.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 5, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center.
The following note was added after the distribution of the biographical sketch on January 5, 2001. A resolution prepared by a special committee can be found on page 1237-1238 in the bound volume of the Documents of the General Faculty for 2000-2001.