Spurr, Stephen H., 1918-1990

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Professor of forestry, dean of the School of Natural Resources, University vice-president and dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies of University of Michigan; president of University of Texas.

From the description of Stephen Hopkins Spurr papers, 1940-1971 (bulk 1952-1968). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423136

Stephen Hopkins Spurr was born in 1918, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1935. He received his bacehlor's degree in botany from the University of Florida in 1938, and a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University in 1940. A doctorate followed in 1950 after Spurr worked for a time as a researcher in Harvard Forest and produced the book Aerial Photographs in Forestry (1948). After receiving his doctorate, Spurr briefly became a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, but left for the University of Michigan in 1952, publishing Forest Inventory in the same year. In 1960, Spurr revised his first book as Photo Grammetry and Photointerpretation, at one time commonly used as a textbook. Spurr acted as Dean of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan from 1962 to 1965, later leaving that post to become Dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. During this time, Spurr wrote Forest Ecology (1964). He was also the founder and first editor of the influential journal Forest Science .

Spurr became president of the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, but was forced to resign the post in 1974 following a disagreement with the Board of Regents over the funding of the Humanities Research Center. Spurr had attempted to limit the Center's budget by placing it under the aegis of the General Libraries. Nevertheless, he remained in Austin and worked as a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Spurr's family consisted of his wife Patricia and two children, Daniel and Jean. Stephen H. Spurr died in Austin, Texas on June 20, 1990.

From the guide to the Spurr, Stephen H. Papers AR 99-067., 1964-1981, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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creatorOf Boyer, Ernest L. Interviews with 18 university presidents : oral history transcripts / tape recorded interviews conducted 1981-1982 by David Turney for the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1981-1982. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) photograph series D (faculty and staff portraits), 1946-2006, 1950-1990 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Whaley, William Gordon, 1914-1982. William Gordon Whaley Papers, 1939-1982. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn University of Michigan. News and Information Services. Faculty and Staff Files, 1944-2005 (bulk 1960-1995) Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Spurr, Stephen Hopkins. Stephen Hopkins Spurr papers, 1940-1971 (bulk 1952-1968). Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (University of Michigan) records, 1892-[ongoing]. Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf University of Michigan. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs (University of Michigan) records, 1947-[ongoing]. Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Spurr, Stephen H. Papers AR 99-067., 1964-1981 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
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Ramparts Canyon Dam Project (Alaska)
Conservation of natural resources
Forests and forestry


Birth 1918-02-14

Death 1990-06-20





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