Bertrand Fereday Harrison
Berg Mortuary
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Provo, UT 84606
Bertrand Fereday Harrison  Bertrand Fereday Harrison, 94, passed away from natural causes Tuesday, September 3, 2002, in Provo, Utah. Born in Springville, Utah, February 20, 1908, to Winfred Homer and Martha Fereday Harrison, Bertrand attended Brigham Young University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in botany. This was followed by a Ph.D. in botany (plant physiology) at the University of Chicago. He married Lorna Jensen on September 17, 1931, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children: Bertrand Kent Harrison (Janyce) and Linnaea Harrison Lindstrom (Brent), of Provo; Leon Christen Harrison (Jackie) of Okinawa, Japan; and Philip Alan Harrison (Colleen) of Hyrum, Utah. They have 33 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. Bertrand was employed as a ranger-naturalist in Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1931. Beginning in September of 1931, he began teaching in the botany department of BYU and continued until he retired in July, 1974. He was chairman of the department from 1937 to 1958 and again from 1961 to 1964. He also served as acting dean of the graduate school. He served on numerous faculty committees, including the committee on teaching. He received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award in 1966. He also received a special recognition award from the BYU Emeritus Association and a Distinguished Service Award from the BYU Alumni Association. Bertrand was research associate for American Smelting and Refining company during the summers of 1942 and 1943. He was a member of the American Botanical Society; the American Society of Plant Physiologists; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society; and the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. He was president of the last organization from 1953-54. While president, he proposed the establishment of a Junior Academy of Science. This proposal was adopted and led to the Junior Academy and its science fairs. Following retirement from BYU, he did field research for threatened and endangered species for Intermountain Research. He was the author of many scientific papers. The botany garden (arboretum) at Brigham Young University was organized and planted by him in the 1940's, and was named for him in 1983. He was known on campus as a master teacher. Many former students still remember his excellent teaching and have returned in later years to express their gratitude for his influence in their lives. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and filled many callings. Among them were ten years of service on the General Sunday School Board, scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, superintendent of the Sunday School, high priests group leader, and member of the high council. His civic participation included Utah State Science Textbook Committee, many years as a judge for science talent search, and ten years as a member of the environmental council of the Utah Department of Transportation. He had much to contribute to environmental matters in Utah. He is listed in the American Men of Science and Who's Who in America. He was an avid fisherman. He loved the out-of-doors and the beauties of Utah's scenery, especially Aspen Grove, where he taught BYU summer school during the 1930's and 1940's. He and Lorna loved the Oregon Coast which they frequently visited. They were fond of birds, which they watched for many hours from their windows. He is survived by his wife, Lorna; by a sister, Vivian H. Turpin and a brother, H. Keith Harrison, both of Ogden, Utah; and by his children, grandchildren and great-grand-children. Thanks are expressed to the many people who provided care and comfort. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 9, 2002, at 11:00 a.m., at the Provo 12th Ward LDS Chapel, 965 East 1200 North. Friends may visit with the family Sunday evening, from 6-8 p.m., at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, or Monday morning, at the Ward Chapel, one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.
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Published by Deseret News from Sep. 6 to Sep. 7, 2002.
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Chris, I was so sorry to see that your Father has passed away. He had a great impact on my life and professional career. I have always had the greatest respect for him as a teacher and friend. He did a great deal for me while we were at BYU. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Carolyn
Carolyn Astin/Smith
September 7, 2002