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Alonzo Beryl May Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M087

Alonzo Beryl May (1906-1968) served as professor of economics in the University of Denver College of Business Administration from 1936 to 1968. May also served as chair of the Department of Economics and the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as chair of the Division of Economics and Statistics in the College of Business Administration. He was Coordinator of the Department of Transportation and Head of the Division of Administrative Environment in the College of Business Administration. He directed the Teaching Institute of Economics.

His papers reflect his personal business arrangements and consist of applications, correspondence, contracts, ration books, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Dates

  • 1927-1962

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The Alonzo B. May collection primarily covers the period before and at the beginning of his employment at the University of Denver. The collection reflects his personal business affairs, including his attempts to gain employment, and contains applications, correspondence, ration books, newspaper clippings, photographs. and contracts. Folders 1-12 remain as May filed them. Originally housed in a file box with alphabetical dividers, the file labels are taken directly from May's table of contents for this box. The last four folders contain materials that had been separated from the file box or were not in any of the alphabetical divisions of the file box.

Biographical / Historical

Born In 1906 at Joplin, Missouri, Alonso B. May earned his academic degrees at Kansas State Teachers College, the University of Kansas and the University of Iowa. Students at Graceland College in Iowa and Simmons College in Boston shared in his knowledge before he accepted his long term appointment at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. In World War II he served as Personnel Officer on the staff of the Commander of the 7th Amphibious Force in the Pacific and as an Instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Returning to Denver he continued his military affiliation by being instrumental in the formation of a Selective Service Reserve Unit and was retired as a Commander in 1966.

The 31 years of May’s service at the University of Denver included the chairmanship of the Department of Economics and the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Economics and Statistics in the College of Business Administration. He was Coordinator of the Department of Transportation and most recently Head of the Division of Administrative Environment in the College of Business Administration. He directed the Teaching Institute of Economics, with seminars and a working library, supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He participated in the founding of several Colorado financial institutions and served as a consultant and on boards of directors. Members of the University Senate honored him by his election as President, and he was chairman of several of their committees. His sincere social interests and enthusiasm were evidenced by memberships and participation in the University Park Methodist Church, Royal Economics Society of England, American Economic Association, American Institute of Management and the Denver County and Colorado State Republican Assemblies.

An avid reader of books and journals, ''Al'' delighted in quotations that stimulated thought and challenged both his colleagues and his students. On appropriate occasions he cited an author, ''Sarter Resertus,'' who was discovered to be a pen name for his wisdom that grew from varied experiences. A successful fisherman, he loved the few opportunities he had to work a stream or a lake with his colleagues.

These are only a few of the accomplishments and memories of a full life that we now formally recognize in a moment of silence at our closing faculty meeting. We record them in our minds and in a letter of sympathy to his beloved wife and companion, Beulah May. ''Al'' is gone from our sight but memories of happiness and success will endure.

[The tribute above was presented at the June 1968, meeting of the faculty of the University of Denver College of Business Administration.]

In Memoriam: Professor Alonzo Beryl May

The Faculty of the University of Denver College of Business Administration pauses at its June meeting to honor a deceased colleague, Alonzo Beryl May.

Arrangement

The collection is partially arranged.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

General

There is no accession for the majority of the material in the collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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