Science & Technology

Dr. Andrew H. Barnum (1924-)

Dr. Andrew H. Barnum was born in Mesquite, Nev. He spent 36 years (1959-95) as a professor and administrator at Dixie College. Since his retirements, he continues to serve as director and curator of the Dixie College Museum of Natural Science and as an adjunct professor. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Dixie College in 1947, then received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Dr. Barnum is revered by the hundreds of professionals in the medical and dental fields that he has taught, as the “most difficult, yet finest teacher” they had in their entire careers. His demanding and professional teaching standards, mixed with his quick wit, assured them of their future success. Dr. Barnum turned down several opportunities at very prestigious institutions (Philadelphia Academy of Science, University of Michigan and the Smithsonian Institute) to remain teaching at Dixie.

In addition to his teaching assignments, where he taught every biology course ever offered at Dixie (27 in all), he served as division director, Dean of Natural Science, Dean of Administration, Vice President of Instruction and College Vice President, Faculty Association President, yearbook advisor and tennis coach. He and his wife, the former Phyllis Jean Moore, are the parents of four daughters.