Guide to the Oral history interview with Thomas B. Roos, 2003 January 21 - 2003 Feb. 17Manuscript DOH-46

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Title:

Guide to the Oral history interview with Thomas B. Roos, 2003 January 21 - 2003 Feb. 17

Call Number:

Manuscript DOH-46

Collection Dates:

2003 January 21 - 2003 Feb. 17

Size of Collection:

12 sound cassettes (ca. 60 min. each)

Abstract:

Thomas Roos, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, Dartmouth College. Oral history interview documenting his career at Dartmouth College serving under five presidents.

Access to Collection:

Restricted until 2034.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Restricted until 2034.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The oral history interview of Thomas Roos is comprised of audiocassette recordings and an indexed transcript of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Mary Donin during January and February 2003. The entire interview runs for approximately ten hours and covers his more than thirty-five years on the faculty of Dartmouth College as a professor of biology and active member of the faculty who served on multiple committees.

Biography

Thomas Roos was born March 19, 1930 in Peoria, Ill. He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree and earned his PhD in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin. He served with the Army during the Korean War and joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1960. Professor Roos became a full professor in 1970 and twice chaired the department of biology in 1969-70 and again in 1978-82. He taught introductory biology and comparative anatomy to generations of Dartmouth undergraduates. His research interests included endocrinology, animal development, comparative anatomy, and evolution, and involved work with organisms as diverse as monkeys, chinchillas, rodents, pheasants, and sea horses. He was an early proponent of the integration of computers into biological research and education.

As an outspoken member of the Dartmouth community, Professor Roos worked to strengthen academic freedom for Dartmouth faculty and students alike, helped extend the college's mandate to include women, argued that ROTC programs are incompatible with intellectual independence, and served as an advisor to Native American students. He served as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and worked on numerous committees addressing such issues as the economic positioning of the faculty and the budget priorities of the college, the role of faculty in the governance of the college, and disciplinary standards for students. Professor Roos served on the original committee that created the plan for year-round operation of the college in 1971 and chaired the committee that developed the college's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. He served under five presidents of the college.

Thomas Roos died on September 25, 2003.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: Jan 2003

Transcripts

Access Restrictions

Closed until 2034.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: Jan 2003

Master Cassette Audio Tapes

Access Restrictions

Closed until 2034.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: Jan 2003

Copies of Master Cassette Audio Tapes

Access Restrictions

Closed until 2034.

Use Restrictions

Permission required from Dartmouth College for publication or reproduction.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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