Oral history interview with Dr. Gerard Roland Vela, 2004 July 21.


Oral history interview with Dr. Gerard Roland Vela, 2004 July 21.

Interview with Dr. Gerard Roland Vela, a UNT Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, concerning his family history; childhood and early education in Crystal City and San Antonio, Texas; service in World War II-era U.S. Navy; undergraduate education at San Antonio College and University of Texas-Austin; love of chemistry, genetics, and microbiology; graduate education at UT-Austin; fellowship at Harvard University; decision to join North Texas faculty in 1965; growing pains involved with transitioning North Texas into a research university; construction of research program; relationship with students; involvement in Faculty Senate with emphasis on increasing faculty governance; service on Denton City Council. There are several photocopies of photographs found throughout the interview.

258 leaves facsims. ; 29 cm.

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