Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
ELMER JULIUS LUND
Elmer Julius Lund, retired professor of zoology, died on November 28, 1969. He was 84.
Professor Lund was born on December 13, 1884, in Springfield, Minnesota. He received a bachelor's degree from Hamline University in 1910 and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1914.
Dr. Lund taught at the universities of Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1926, where he developed the physiology and biophysics division. Professor Lund taught until he was dismissed by the Board of Regents in 1949 for refusing to cooperate with his colleagues on departmental matters after the division of physiology and biophysics became part of the zoology department. A faculty committee had recommended severing him from the department but retaining him as director of the Institute of Marine Science.
Professor Lund was an expert in biophysics. In 1931 he was named research professor at the University. In 1935 he investigated a major fish kill caused by a red tide in Port Aransas. His work eventually led to the founding of the UT Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas on a ten-acre tract of land owned by Port Aransas Mayor Boone Walker. The institute was formally established in 1941 and Professor Lund served as its first director. Following World War II, he purchased another twelve acres and a building on the new property and donated them to UT Austin. In 1945, Professor Lund established the Publications of the Institute of Marine Science, later renamed Contributions in Marine Science.
Professor Lund published Bioelectric Fields and Growth (1947). He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society of Zoologists.
An outstanding discus thrower as an undergraduate at Hamline University, Professor Lund was inducted posthumously into that institution's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.