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L. Joe Berry (1910-1987) spent a long and distinguished career as an educator, serving Bryn Mawr College as Professor, Chairman of the Biology Department, Secretary of the Faculty, and Acting Provost in an association lasting from 1941 to 1970. In 1970 he returned to the University of Texas at Austin (where he had received his Ph.D. in 1939) as Chairman of the Department of Microbiology (1970-1975), and until his death was Professor of Microbiology. Dr Berry published over 160 papers in a research career which focused primarily on the metabolic aspects of host response to infectious agents and the role of the reticuloendothelial system in response to infectious diseases, but perhaps an even greater legacy is the generations of students whom he encouraged and inspired.
Dr. Berry joined the ASM (then Society of American Bacteriologists) in 1957, and served the Society in a number of capacities, among them Editor of Journal of Bacteriology (1964-1968), member of the Council Policy Committee (1967-1987), member of the Finance Committee (1970-1981), chairman of the ad hoc Committee on Ethics (1982-1985), and, most notably, as the first Chairman of the Board of Education and Training (1971-1981). He was elected to Honorary Membership (the Society's highest honor) in 1982.
Although this collection contains some materials related to Dr. Berry's scientific research, the bulk of the papers concern his service to the ASM. Dr. Berry's scientific papers have been deposited in the Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin. Interested researchers may contact the Assistant Director for the Center, Ralph Elder, at 512-495-4538.
SERIES 1: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE AND NON-ASM MATERIALS, 1972-1987. 7"
Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1972-1987. 4"
Subseries 2: Hungary, 1975-1986. 1.5"
Subseries 3: Cholera, 1975-1978. 1.5"
SERIES 2: GENERAL ASM PAPERS, 1971-1985. 13.5"
Subseries 1: American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), 1971-1981. 3"
Subseries 2: Conferences, 1978-1979. 1.5"
Subseries 3: Council Policy Committee, 1976-1981. 1"
Subseries 4: Divisions, 1976-1983. 1.5"
Subseries 5: Ethics Committee, Ad Hoc, 1982-1985. 4.5"
Subseries 6: Finance Committee, 1975-1979. 1"
Subseries 7: ASM Foundation, Inc., 1976-1977. 1"
SERIES 3: BOARD OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, 1969-1981. 28.5"
Subseries 1: General Board Materials, 1971-1978. 10"
Subseries 2: Committees, 1972-1981. 18.5"