October 9, 2006
UCSC publishes oral history memoir of biologist
The Regional History Project of the University Library at UCSC
has published an oral history of founding faculty member Todd
Newberry. Titled Andrew Todd Newberry, Professor of Biology,
1965-1994, Reflections on UC Santa Cruz, this oral history
was conducted by Randall Jarrell, the former director of the
Regional History Project, as part of a series of interviews
with faculty who took early retirement in the 1990s.
Newberry is a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary
biology whose passion for teaching inspired several generations
of students at UCSC. In his oral history, Newberry speaks of
teaching "as a form of persuasion, of launching, of getting
people interested in things." He won the Distinguished
Teaching Award at UCSC in 1987. Newberry provides his recollections
of Cowell College and the early years at UCSC in this oral history.
He characterizes those years as "exhilarating" and
an "improbable adventure."
In his retirement, Newberry has continued to be affiliated with
UCSC as a teacher and researcher. In addition, he has a remarkable
record of publication. In 2005 he published The Ardent Birder
(Ten Speed Press), in which he shares the wisdom of a lifelong
birder, an accomplished scientist, and an extraordinary teacher.
Written in the great tradition of literary natural history,
the book offers tips on birding and information about birds,
but also Newberry's meditations on the experience of birdwatching
Newberry leads birdwatching trips for the UCSC Arboretum and
other groups in Santa Cruz County. His wife, Louise, died suddenly
in May 2004. She had worked for five years as director of the
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at UCSC and helped to launch the
Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz.
Copies of this volume are available in the University Library
at UCSC and on the library's web site at library.ucsc.edu/reg-hist/index.html.