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1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Association for the Advancement of
Science in August 1872. Gray was the retiring president of the
Association at that time and Bessey was elected to membership
during those meetings. Professor Bessey also met many other men who
were to become his long-time friends and co-laborers in botany and
in the American Association at that meeting. His initial meeting
with Dr. Gray was especially pleasant and resulted in arrangements
being made whereby Bessey went to Harvard during the winter of
1872-1873 where he studied under the great master botanist. The
subject of botany had been so richly illumined by Dr. Gray during
those three months that the young western botanist returned for
another period of work at Harvard in the winter of 1875-1876. Those
months of enthusiastic study with Gray and the years of extremely
pleasant correspondence that followed were among the most
delightful memories of Professor Bessey's later years. Bessey had
served the state of Iowa in a varied educational and scientific
program for a period of fifteen years when in June, 1884 he
received notice that he had been elected to a professorship in the
University of Nebraska. The election had been made without his
knowledge but he went to Lincoln "to look the place over." He found
that there was no laboratory for botany and that there was no
botanical equipment whatever at Nebraska so naturally he was loath
to leave his well established department at Ames. The position was
accordingly refused. However a second offer was made to include the
deanship of the industrial faculty and in that form Bessey accepted
the call. The inaugural address was delivered in September 1884 but
Professor Bessey did not move to Lincoln until after the completion
of the college year at Ames, ...
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