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Tanner, Vasco M. (Vasco Myron), 1892-1989

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1892-1989

Biographical History

Vasco M. Tanner (1892-1989) was an entomologist and zoology and entomology professor at Brigham Young University.

Vasco Myron Tanner was born on October 29, 1892 in Payson, Utah to John Myron and Lois Ann Tanner. Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University in 1915 with a B.A. in biology. After completing coursework for a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Utah, he taught high school for a year in Moroni, Utah and taught two years at Dixie Junior College, before officially graduating with his Master’s in 1920. During this time he met Annie Atkin at Dixie Junior College, whom he married on June 5, 1917. Tanner returned to his teaching position at Dixie Junior College, where he remained until 1924. During the summers of 1921 and 1923 he pursued a PhD at Stanford University, befriending David Starr Jordan who convinced him to study entomology. He earned his PhD in 1925 in zoology and entomology, with his dissertation on the morphology of the genitalia of female beetles. In the same year, he accepted a position as teacher for and chairman of the zoology and entomology department at Brigham Young University. He was chair until 1958 and teacher until 1970.

Tanner founded The Great Basin Naturalist in 1939 which he published and edited. He was awarded the Karl G. Maeser award for teaching excellence in 1972. He was chairman of the forestry and flood control committee in Provo’s chamber of commerce for thirty-five years and chairman of the city utilities board for twenty years. Tanner also spent time as a member of the Utah state parks and recreation commission, as president of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and as secretary and editor for the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1964, he was a Democratic state congressman candidate.

With his wife Annie they had five children, Carol, Marilyn, Carmela, Gloria, and Jordan, and helped raise Ahmed Shayesteh from age ten. Tanner passed away on April, 25 1989 in Utah.

Citation

Oxford University Press, via WWW, 10 March 2015 (Vasco Myron Tanner was born on October 29, 1892 in Payson, Utah to Myron and Lois Ann Tanner; graduated from Brigham Young University in 1915 with a B.A. in biology; taught for a year at the high school in Moroni, Utah and for two years at Dixie Junior College; left to earn an M.S. degree at the University of Utah, which he completed in 1920; met Annie Atkin, whom he married on June 5, 1917; later had five children: Carol, Marilyn, Carmela, Gloria, and Jordan; returned to his teaching position at Dixie Junior College, where he remained until 1924; left this post once again to study at Stanford University). Tributes.com, via WWW, 27 March 2015 (Tanner passed away on April 25, 1989 in Utah). Wikipedia, via WWW, 27 March 2015 (father John Myron; a professor of zoology and entomology at Brigham Young University; met Annie at Dixie Junior College; pursued a PhD at Stanford, met David Starr Jordan here who convinced him to study entomology; earned his PhD in 1925 in zoology and entomology, with his dissertation on the morphology of the genitalia of female beetles; in 1925, accepted a position as teacher for and chairman of the zoology and entomology department at Brigham Young University; he was chair until 1958 and teacher until 1970; Tanner founded The Great Basin Naturalist in 1939 which he published and edited; awarded the Karl G. Maeser award for teaching excellence in 1972; chairman of the forestry and flood control committee in Provo’s chamber of commerce for thirty-five years; chairman of the city utilities board for twenty years; spent time as member of Utah state parks and recreation commission, as president of Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and as secretary and editor for the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences; Democratic state congressman candidate in 1964.)

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

A biotic study of Mount Timpanogos / by Vasco M. Tanner

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8552
Content Description Contains a copy of Vasco M. Tanner's "A Biotic Study of Mount Timpanogos." Includes information from a study of the animal and plant life of Mount Timpanogos in Provo, Utah. Materials dated 1938.
Dates: 1938

Collection of oral histories and interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5662
Scope and Contents Contains interviews and oral histories on audio tapes. Individuals featured on the audio recordings are primarily Brigham Young University staff, faculty, or administration. Dates range from 1972 to 1987.
Dates: 1972-1987

Jordan Tanner family papers, approximately 1930-2017

 Series — Box: 31
Identifier: MSS 2257 Series 8
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the family of Jordan Tanner. Includes clippings, publications, writings, and other records on Jordan Tanner's father, Vasco M. Tanner, and mother, Annie Atkin Tanner. Materials mostly relate to Vasco Tanner's professional activities at Brigham Young University, and writing produced by Annie Atkin Tanner. Dated approximately from 1930 to 2017.
Dates: approximately 1930-2017

Oral history interview with Vasco M. Tanner

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6743
Abstract Oral history interview with Vasco M. Tanner, conducted by Millard L. Meanea on 12 August 1975 for the Joint Oral History Program of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association Emeritus Club.
Dates: 1975 August 12

Oral history interview with Vasco M. Tanner

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 135
Scope and Contents Interview by Mark K. Allen with Vasco M. Tanner, who recounts his childhood in Idaho, his interest in Zoology, his education at Stanford, and teaching experiences while at Brigham Young University. Also speaks about several BYU presidents, academic freedom issues, and family accomplishments.
Dates: 1981

Oral history interview with Vasco M. Tanner

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 117
Scope and Contents Oral history with entymologist Vasco Tanner, 1975.
Dates: 1975

Photograph of Vivian Hansen conferring with Vasco M. Tanner

 Digital Record
Identifier: UAP2_F206_p206center