Berrett, William E. (William Edwin)
- Existence: 1902 - 1993
William E. Berrett (1902-1993) was an attorney, professor and administrator, author and patriarch for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah.
William Edwin Berrett was born to Heber H. Berrett and Ellen E. Walker in Midvale, Utah on June 2, 1902. Having graduated from Jordan High School, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1924 which he used to work as a principal of the LDS Seminary in Roosevelt, Utah. In 1926, while working on his law degree at the University of Utah, he married Eleanore Louise Callister in the Salt Lake Temple.
After graduating with a law degree, Berrett worked in a variety of positions between 1935-1947. This included being an editor for the Church Education System's curriculum development department, an author of two books ("The Restored Church" and "Readings in LDS Church History"), a special prosecutor for Utah's Office of Price Administration, an assistent U.S. Attorney in Alaska, opening a private practice in Salt Lake City, and serving as a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union's General Board. In 1947, he was hired by Brigham Young University to serve as a faculty member in two departments (Church History and the ROTC) and was shortly after appointed to serve as the Vice President of BYU and the CES in 1953. He continued to serve in the Seminary and Institute programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until they were separated from BYU in 1965, and after serving as the head of Seminaries, Institutes, and all the non-BYU Church-run colleges, he finally retired in 1972 to work on a three-volume history of the Church Educational System which was later published in 1988 as the one-volume history "A Miracle in Week-day Education." This all happened while he and his wife raised their four children.
After retirement, Berrett finished his life serving as a patriarch in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. December 2, 1993, he passed away in Utah.
Citation:Wikipedia, via WWW March 24, 2017 (William E. Berrett; b. June 2, 1902; d. Dec. 2, 1993; Graduated from Jordan High and University of Utah; Worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Alaska; Had private practice in Salt Lake City; Worked developing the CES's curriculum, serving as a special prosecutor in the Office of Price Administration, etc.; Served as VP of BYU and CES starting in 1953 working in the Church history and ROTC departments; retired in 1972; authored "A Miracle in Week-day Education" and three-volume history of CES; finished his life serving as a Patriarch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Ancestry.com, via WWW March 24, 2017 (William Edwin Berrett; parents were Heber H. Berrett and Ellen E. Walker; wife's maiden name was Elanor Louise Callister; had four children)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
William E. Berrett correspondence
Approximately 50 items of handwritten and typewritten correspondence. The materials deal with his work with the Mormon Church educational system, his research on various Mormon Church topics, and with personal matters.
William E. Berrett papers
William E. Berrett papers
Richards Durham letter, Thomas Jerold Stirland statement, and symposium transcript
Typewritten letter, statement, and a transcript. Durham writes to William E. Berrett, "administrator of L.D.S. Seminaries and Institutes," accusing Berrett of destroying his career because Durham was critical of the educators in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thomas Jerold Stirland, of the "Ogden L.D.S. Institute," defends himself against charges that he was disloyal to the Church educators. The symposium was held in Logan, Utah, and dealt with Church education.
Typewritten autobiography. Berrett tells about his life, about his career, and about the books he wrote. Also included are photocopies of letters received by Berrett from many prominent Mormon Church leaders.
Oral history interview with William E. Berrett
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