California at Berkeley, 1942
Bryant was a native of Pottsboro who grew up on the
family farm homesteaded by his grandfather.
He attended high school in Sherman and
graduated from Austin College at
the age of 19. After
professional baseball, as a Ranger at Yosemite National Park, and as a
school teacher and coach, he earned his doctorate in Vertebrate Anatomy
appointment at the University of California as Assistant Professor of
and Assistant Curator of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
Vertebrates include the jawless fish,
vertebrates range in size from the frog
amauensis, at as little as 7.7 mm
(0.3 inch), to the blue whale at up to
33 m (110 ft). Vertebrates make up about 4% of all
described animal species; the rest are invertebrates,
which lack backbones.)
wife, Mavis Clymer, was also from Grayson
County. They spent
camping at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, California,
was employed as a ranger naturalist for several summers.
9 July 1942
Dr. Bryant returned to Austin
College in 1947 as Professor
of Biology and Chairman of the Department.
During his 25 years at Austin College, his excellence in teaching was
recognized when he was named a Minnie S. Piper Professor, a statewide
also received the Austin College Excellence in Teaching Award and, in
Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Monroe David Bryant
Rapids, Yukon Territory, Alaska
Bryant had a profound influence on the Austin College
Biology Program and on his students.
was responsible for introducing field courses to the curriculum while
same time greatly increasing the excellence of the pre-medical program
began the Herbarium and
Natural History Collections. During
tenure at the College, he taught virtually every biology course at one
another. His summer
field trips, both
local and to the western U.S., Alaska, and Mexico, broadened the
perspective of his students. His
and 1945 papers on the mammals of the Big Bend Area of Texas and
North American ground squirrels were published in national journals and
continue to be cited by subsequent researchers.
his years at Austin College, Bud Bryant always
set very high standards for his students, worked tirelessly to help
those standards, and took deep pride in their achievements in life.
a champion of the underdog, Dr. Bryant helped older students and women
find careers in medicine,
dentistry, and medical illustration.
After the Korean War, Austin College saw an
influx of veterans preparing
themselves for medical school on the G.I. Bill.
Some of these "hard working, hard playing"
students helped Bud
complete the research for his monograph, "Poisonous
Snakes of Grayson
his death, former students, friends, and family
established the Bryant Fellowship
fellowships, awarded each
year to one or more academically outstanding biology majors, are
reminders of Dr. Bryant's many contributions to the College.
Portions of this write-up were
Bryant and David Bryant, children of Bud Bryant.