Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
EDWIN DUBOIS SHURTER
Edwin DuBois Shurter, professor of communication, died on October 13, 1946. He was 82.
Professor Shurter was born on October 24, 1863, in Samsonville, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1892.
Professor Shurter taught at Stanford and Cornell Universities and practiced law in Ithaca, New York. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1899 and taught until 1923. He was a specialist in public speaking. He chaired the Department of Speech from 1899 to 1923, and served as director of the extension department from 1912 until 1920. In 1910 Professor Shurter founded the University Interscholastic League, an organization that promotes competitions for high school students in such areas as literature, mathematics, music, public speaking, ready writing, spelling, and sports.
Professor Shurter was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Public Speaking (1903), Masterpieces of Modern Oratory (1907), and One Hundred Questions for Debate (1913).
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.