Oral Histories

Interview of Byron H. Atkinson (1975)

UCLA dean of students and athletic director.
Expanding Student Services at UCLA
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
Biographical Note:
UCLA dean of students and athletic director.
Spencer, Tine Brouwer
Atkinson, Byron H.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood in Canada and Boston; move to California, 1927; high school education in Glendale, California; participation in Citizens Military Training Camps program, 1930s; enrollment at UCLA; UCLA, late 1930s; Reserve Officers Training Corps at UCLA; active military duty; return to UCLA as administrative assistant to Earl J. Miller, dean of students; coordinator of veterans affairs and education after World War II; appointment to California Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission, 1943-53; service on Cali-fornia State Board of Education, 1944-61; beginning of new student services concept at UCLA; service as assistant dean of students, 1949-54, dean of men, 1954-60, and dean of students, after 1961; leadership of Clarence A. Dykstra, Raymond B. Allen, Franklin D. Murphy, and Charles E. Young; impact of anticommunist hysteria on UCLA, 1940s and 1950s; Pacific Coast Conference athletic scandal; Educational Opportunities Program at UCLA; Free Speech Movement; campus riots, 1970 and 1972; outlook for student services work.