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Gleason, Robert (Class of 1954, faculty), August 10, 1995

Identifier: MOH109

Scope and Contents

2 audio cassette tapes containing interview with Robert W. Gleason, Middlebury College Class of 1954 and Professor of Chemistry, conducted by Allison Kirk. Gleason discusses college counseling; how he got the job; Painter hall; Warner science hall; Physics department; gender segregation at Middlebury; fraternities; Alpha sigma psi; social structure; fraternities discrimination; sororities; faculty relations; open faculty student relations; student activities; deciding his career in medicine; Grant Harnest; Doctural candidate at MIT; Chemistry department; grant proposals; research programs; jobs for Chemistry majors; becoming department chairman; becoming division chairman; President Armstrong; Dean of Science; Bruce Peterson; balancing being dean of faculty and teaching; Donald Ballou; faculty administration issues; Olin Robison; politics; President staff meetings; Steve Rockefeller; Alpha Sigma Psi drug use; recruiting minority students; student's personal issues; and what makes Middlebury special.


  • Creation: August 10, 1995

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Robert W. Gleason (1932-) was born to Isaac Willard Gleason and Fraces Elizabeth (Henderson) in Santiago, Chile, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1954. He served as Middlebury College Professor of Chemistry from 1960 to 1994, Dean of Sciences from 1982 to 1984, and Dean of Faculty from 1984 to 1988. Gleason married Betsy Brown Heath in 1958 and they had three children: Nancy Lowd, Amy Brown, and Mark Heath.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

Physical Location


Physical Description

2 audio cassettes


Assigned identifier: a13af19950810-01

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States