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Curti, Merle Eugene, 1897-; Carstensen, Vernon Rosco, 1907- / The University of Wisconsin : a history
Volume 1 (1949)

5. Regents, presidents, professors,   pp. 153-184 PDF (3.9 MB)


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Regents, Presidents, Professors
able to discover which students were absent from his classes.
Professor Kiirsteiner, who replaced Fuchs, was chiefly noted
for having founded a choir. "I think," he wrote to the regents,
"it necessary and very appropriate that a young man ought to
try to cultivate his voice, not only to raise it in praise of his
Creator and for the enjoyment of his fellow beings, but also for
his advancement and progress.'"'6
Although the Board and faculty appreciated the choir,
Kiirsteiner was forced out in 1858, and his place given to Joseph
C. Pickard. Pickard, the brother of the regent, Josiah, was for
two years professor of modern languages. He had been trained
at Bowdoin and in a theological seminary. After he left Wis-
consin he taught English at the University of Illinois.57
David Boswell Reid, who served as professor of physiology
and hygiene and director of the museum of practical science
from 1859 to 186o, was a native of Scotland. He had received
his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1830
and remained on the staff there for several years. In Edinburgh
he developed the "first systematic plan of ventilation ever car-
ried out in any public building." Engaged for a time in a project
to "ventilate the houses of Parliament," he had quarrelled with
the builders and, in 1855, had come to the United States to
lecture. His work on ventilation brought him to the attention
of Henry Barnard, who, in 1859, secured his appointment to the
faculty of the University of Wisconsin. He remained at Madison
only one year, apparently unappreciated by his colleagues. His
dismissal in 1 86o by the Board was a grave breach of the contract
Barnard had made with him. The examining committee in
186o, however, was impressed by his teaching. "The students
presented some excellent drawings prepared by themselves, of
different structures, showing several modes of ventilation, and
the arrangement of rooms for convenience and comfort. Their
examination indicated a good acquance [sic] with the general
principles of physiology, as applied to the useful arts."95
n Kiirsteiner to the regents. Undated report in the Records of the Board of
Regents, Vol. B, pp. 148-149.
a Madison Democrat, November 26, 191o, p. 1.
5 Dictionary of American Biography; Regents' Annual Report, 1859-60, p. 3;
1864-65, pp. 17-18.
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