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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Frank W. Weymouth papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0018
    Physical Description: 20.5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1965
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Biographical Summary

    Dr. Frank W. Weymouth was born June 17, 1884, in Seattle, Washington. His death in Oakland March 19, 1963, brought to an end a career of fifty three years of teaching and research. He was conducting research at the University of California School of Optometry until shortly before his death.
    Dr. Weymouth's interests as an undergraduate at Stanford were almost equally divided between English Literature and Biological Sciences. He Obtained his A.B. in Zoology at Stanford in 1909 and the following year began graduate work in Physiology. He became an Assistant in 1908, received his Ph.D. in physiology in 1911 [1923] and was appointed Instructor in Physiology the following September. After spending 1912-1913 as an Assistant at Johns Hopkins, he resumed his teaching and research at Stanford. He rose through the various ranks to professorship in 1931 and becdame head of the Department of Physiology in 1938.
    Dr. Weymouth's research on the campus was in the field of Physiology of the Eye, but his enduring interest in Zoology was expressed in his Summer teaching and research at the Hopkins Marine Station and in applied work during many Summer Quarters conducting fishery research for the state, federal, and British Columbia governments. His studies of the commercial crab of California began in 1911, and his later work with this species culminated in his drafting the fishery regulations for the State Legislature that are still in effect.
    An abiding interest in people and their welfare was not limited to his contacts with students; he was a champion of civil rights, an active worker with minority groups. Emeritus status and retirement were not synonymous in Frank Weymouth's view: shortly after he attained emeritus rank at Stanford, he began a new teaching and research career at the Los Angeles College of Optometry. He was a member of the faculty of that school until the rule of age again resulted in his becoming Professor Emeritus of the Log Angeles College of Optometry in 1960.
    He is remembered by his few remaining colleagues, his many students and friends at Stanford and elsewhere as a particularly happy bridge between the biological-humanistic traditions of Dr. Jordan and the solid role of physiology in modern medical education. Surely nothing but devotion to his school and to people could account for fifteen years of service as Chairman of the Committee on Admissions to the School of Medicine.
    Dr. Weymouth is survived by a large family with origins in two marriages. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, the former Mary Balsbaugh Dierup, his two daughters, Mrs. Alice Kunets and Mrs. Anne Dierup, both of Berkeley, to his son, Dr. John Weymouth of the faculty of the University of Nebraska, his stepson, Torben Dierup of Berkeley, his stepdaughter, Mrs. Mary Chernoff of Berkeley, and ten grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.
    Respectfully submitted to the Academic Council,
    J. M. Crismon, Chairman
    R. Grant
    V. Twitty

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Frank W. Weymouth Papers (SC0018). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection primary consists of the professional correspondence of Frank W. Weymouth and his publications.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While University Archives is the owner of the physical and/or digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.