Scott, Walter E. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Vol. 5, No. 3 (Summer 1958)
W. E. S.
Edwin Broun Fred--bacteriologist, pp. 117-118
Summer, 2.958 117 EDWIN BROUN FRED - BACTERIOLOGIST (A Retirement Profile) That a good scientist can become an able administrator was demonstrated very well by EDWIN B. FRED in the 13 years he led the University of Wisconsin as its 12b President. On July 1, 1958, after 45 qw F# years of service to the people of 'Nliscon- sin as professor of agricultural bacteri- v i /f ology (1913-55), dean of the Graduate school (1934-41), dean of the College of Agriculture (1943-45), and University President (Feb. 15, 1945-July 1, 1958), he retired as President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus in Bacteriology. Numerous other honors were received by President Fred shortly before his retirement. Among these was the degree of Doctor of Laws conferred by the University of Wisconsin and presented by WILBUR N. RENK, President of the Board of Regents, at the 105 Commencement. Tributes also came from the alumni association, the faculty, student organiza- tions and the State Medical Society of Wisconsin. Professor Fred has been a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters for 37 years. Dur- ing this period he has shown deep interest in the Academy's program and has supported it with his sustaining membership. In his address of welcome to the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy at Madison in 1953 he stated, "The Wisconsin Acad- emy has played an important role in the life of Wisconsin. We are proud of Wisconsin and her accomplishments, and the Academy has had no small part in the attainments for which Wisconsin is known." Born in Middlebury, Virginia, on March 22, 1887, E. B. Fred came to the U.W. Dept. of Bacteriology in 1913 after receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from the University of G6ttingen, Germany. He was the senior author of an encyclo- pedic work on soil bacteria, "Root Nodule Bacteria and Leguminous Plants" (Madison, 1932), which resulted largely from studies he began in 1913. During World War I he served as a first lieutenant in the army's chemical warfare branch while in World War II he was chairman of the Nation- al Academy of Sciences' Committee on biological warfare and also director of a War Research Service program in this field.. Besides six honorary degrees, he has received many significant honors and served in important positions. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Society of American Bacteriologists as well as other Summer, 195a 117
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