Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

MATHER, WILLIAM TYLER (1864–1937). William Tyler Mather, professor of physics, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1864, to Richard Henry and Elizabeth (Carmichael) Mather. He completed a B.A. degree at Amherst in 1886 and an M.A. degree in 1891. Mather worked as an instructor at Leicester Academy in Massachusetts from 1886 to 1887 and at Williston Seminary from 1887 to 1893. From 1893 to 1894 he was a practicing chemist in Boston. He earned a Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1897 and was associate professor of physics at that institution from 1898 to 1907. In 1907 Mather moved to Austin to become professor of physics at the University of Texas. In addition to his role in raising the standards of the department, Mather served on the university athletic council, aiding in the organization of the Southwest Conference. Mather married Mabel Elizabeth Nevins of Easthampton, Massachusetts, on June 30, 1892; they were the parents of four children. Mather was an Independent Democrat and an elder of the University Presbyterian Church. He served on the board of directors of the University YMCA and as president of the Anti-Vice League of Austin. Mather died of a heart attack on June 14, 1937; following services at the University Presbyterian Church in Austin, the body was taken to San Antonio for cremation.

Carl John Eckhardt, One Hundred Faithful to the University of Texas at Austin (197-?). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who Was Who in America, 1943.

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