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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
REPORT ON FACULTY MEMORIALS
More than sixty years ago, the University began a tradition of faculty-written memorial resolutions for deceased colleagues. Over the past several years, the Office of the General Faculty has made a special effort to recognize those for whom such memorials did not exist. This is a report on our progress, and gives the names of those for whom memorials have been completed in the past year.
The goal is to obtain a memorial statement for everyone who was tenured at the University for a notable part of his or her career, and to make these available on the web. In some cases, it is sufficient to encourage or provide assistance to an existing faculty committee. However, in many cases a committee was never appointed or it is too late to expect a report. For each of those, our office hopes to produce a biographical sketch including date and place of birth, degrees, employment, career achievements, and sources for further information. These biographical sketches are necessarily more limited than the best faculty-written memorials, which can include personal comments as well as a professional perspective on an individual's career.
We now have approximately 550 faculty-written memorials, about 100 of which have been completed in the past three years. In addition, we have 201 biographical sketches, all of which are in the second list below. The first list below gives the names of the 46 persons for whom faculty-written memorials have been received in the past year.
The list of biographical sketches includes six of the seven original (1883) faculty members of the University. It also includes the ten deceased University presidents for whom memorial resolutions did not exist.
A complete list of faculty-written memorials and biographical sketches can be found under Memorial Resolutions at the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council). The site also has an index of pending memorial resolutions and biographical sketches. Over 300 of the memorials are now available on the web. By electronic scanning of past documents, we hope to have all available memorials on the web by the end of this calendar year.
In writing the biographical sketches, as well as in compiling a list of those who are eligible from the University's early years, use has been made of files in the provost's office, the Barker Texas Historical Center, and the Office of Public Affairs. Some of the memorials on the web have links to other memorials, especially to the Handbook of Texas Online, a joint project of the UT Austin General Libraries and the Texas State Historical Association.
Most of the biographical sketches have been written over the past six months by Teresa Acosta, who is now concentrating on those who were here from 1930 to 1950. The secretary is grateful for the work that she, Chris Marcin, and Debbie Roberts have done on this project. We encourage comments, either to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com, or by calling 471-5934.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 19, 2001. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
Memorial Resolutions Completed in the Past Year
(* near completion)
Karl A. Folkers*
Alfred H. LaGrone*
Wolfgang F. Michael*
Archie W. Straiton*