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2008 Hall of Fame

Dr. Bryant A. Bateman

Dr. Bryant A. BatemanBorn on a farm near Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana on September 9, 1900, Bryant A. Bateman was educated in Washington Parish schools and attended Louisiana State University for a year, then taught for three years in Washington Parish public schools. He returned to LSU in 1923 and completed his B.S.F. degree in 1926; he was the first graduate of LSU’s new Department of Forestry. He worked for the Great Southern Lumber Company as a field forester in the Florida Parishes until 1931, when he joined the forestry faculty in Baton Rouge as its Interim Head. In 1934 he earned the M.S.F. degree at Iowa State University and in 1949 the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with a major in forestry and a minor in game management. During World War II, Bateman assumed the duties of Extension Forester and traveled about the state, teaching forestry practices to rural residents. In 1947 he became the “father” of LSU’s game management (later “wildlife”) degree program. He was instrumental in bringing Leslie Glasgow to the wildlife faculty in 1948, and they worked well together until Bateman retired. Bateman taught forestry in the early days of the School, then upland wildlife management, and his title was changed from “Professor of Forestry” to “Professor of Forestry and Wildlife Management.” Fishing was his hobby, and he introduced fisheries into the School’s academic program. A few years later he helped to bring a fisheries specialist to the faculty. Bateman was major professor for 46 game management students and served on 32 other graduate student committees.

Research at LSU by Dr. Bateman concentrated on pine management for both timber and straw, forest thinnings and pruning, use of prescribed burning in forestry and wildlife management, and forest management for upland game.

Several honors were received by Dr. Bateman during his long career in forestry and wildlife education. In 1965 he won the first Governor’s State Conservation Award, and in the same year the Conservationist of the Year award from the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. In 1972 he was named “Alumnus of the Year” by the L.S.U. Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries Alumni Association. He was a member of honorary organizations: Alpha Zeta (agriculture) and Xi Sigma Pi (forestry), and professional organizations: the Society of American Foresters and The Wildlife Society. He helped organize the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and served on its Board of Directors.

Dr. Leslie Glasgow

Dr. Leslie GlasgowA World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Leslie L. Glasgow earned a B.S. in forestry at Purdue University, an M.S. in wildlife at the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in wildlife at Texas A. & M. He joined the LSU faculty in 1948, specializing in marsh wildlife. Promoted to professor in 1964, he helped to establish the Cooperative Wildlife and Fisheries units at LSU and the new M.S. in fisheries. Major professor for 44 graduate students, he served on 150 graduate student committees. He was a member of four honorary societies and seven professional organizations and Assistant Director of the Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries School 1971-1980.

Glasgow’s conservation service was extensive. On leave from LSU he was Director of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission 1966-69, and Assistant Secretary, Interior Department, 1969-70. In these two positions he enhanced the cause of wise natural resource management. In Louisiana he was responsible for a wave of hope that management of natural resources would be elevated above partisan politics. He received many conservation awards and was active in community service. He served on 20 commissions and advisory boards. Glasgow retired from LSU in 1980 and died soon thereafter.

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