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
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
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.