Edwards, J. Gordon (1919-2004)

Edwards, J. Gordon (1919-2004)

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Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Ohio State University, 1949 Ph.D.

Butler University, 1942 BS

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1949 -1983

Administrative and Professional Experience

Ranger Naturalist in Glacier National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park, (summers only) 1947‑1956.

Selected Publications

Coleoptera, or Beetles, East of the Great Plains, 1949; Supplement, 1951.

Climbers Guide to Glacier National Park, 1960 (Sierra Club Book); 5 revised editions (latest one in November 1995).

Chapter in Bird Watchers America, by Pettingill, 1956.

Two chapters in Rational Readings on Environmental Matters, 1992.

Also more than 40 articles on entomology and environmental matters.

Personal Commentary

I still work daily in the entomology museum, in the Biology Department, where we have more than 900,000 specimens.

My own collection, mostly beetles, is also there (more than 120,000 specimens).

I also teach entomology courses occasionally, as "Volunteer Professor," and will teach Medical Entomology, next spring.

The new edition of my Climbers Guide to Glacier National Park Montana was published last November (it was first published by the Sierra Club in 1960, but with so many new climbs every year it is now three times as lengthy).

My wife and I still travel frequently to Costa Rica, and we have returned to Glacier National Park every summer since 1947.

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Edwards, J. Gordon (1919-2004)