The L. Joe Berry Memorial Fund
The L. Joe Berry Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Berry’s family, friends, and colleagues in 1988. It provides scholarship support for undergraduate students whose area of study is microbiology.
The following biography of Levette Joe Berry is from The University of Texas Faculty Council, and was prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta.
Levette Joe Berry
Levette Joe Berry, professor of microbiology and an internationally known medical microbiologist, died on February 26, 1987, in Washington, D.C., where he was attending a conference. He was 76.
Professor Berry was born on June 17, 1910, in Birmingham, Alabama. He received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now known as Southwest Texas State University, in 1930. He earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 1939, and taught as an instructor at the University from 1938 to 1940.
He joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1940, where he was professor of biology, chairman of the biology department, and secretary of the faculty. In 1969-70, Dr. Berry was also acting provost. He returned to The University of Texas at Austin in 1970, where he served as chairman of the Department of Microbiology until 1975.
An authority on the interactions of infectious micro-organisms and their hosts, Professor Berry was a prolific contributor to scientific journals and a frequent speaker at international meetings in his field of specialization. He was a member of the board of governors of the American Academy of Microbiology from 1967 to 1972, serving as its chairman in 1970-71.
In a teaching and research career that spanned 52 years, Dr. Berry received numerous honors, including the Smith Kline and French Distinguished Teaching Award in 1970 and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southwest Texas State University in 1983. In addition, he was chairman of the research advisory board for the Alfred I. DuPont Institute of the Nemours Foundation and chairman of the life sciences panel of the National Research Council Associateship Program.