Dr. Harwell Sturdivant, biology professor, dies

January 06, 1991

A memorial service for Dr. Harwell Presley Sturdivant, head of the biology department at Western Maryland College for 25 years, will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster.

Dr. Sturdivant, a former Westminster resident, died Thursday at a retirement center in Radford, Va., after an extended illness. He was 88.

Born in Harris County, Ga., he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Emory University in Atlanta and a doctorate from Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Sturdivant was chairman of the biology department at Western Maryland College from 1948 to 1973. Earlier, he headed the biology departments at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and at Union College in Barbourville, Ky.

He also served as a science consultant for the National Science Foundation in India during the summers of 1965 and 1968.

He was a longtime member and past president of the Kiwanis International Club of Westminster and a member and past president of the Barbourville Kiwanis. He also served as lieutenant governor for the 5th Capital District in 1956-1957.

He had been national president of Beta Beta Beta, the national honorary biological fraternity, and president of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, the former Julia Elizabeth Bragg, he is survived by a daughter, Betty Sturdivant Turner of Christiansburg, Va., two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the H. P. Sturdivant Scholarship Award, Western Maryland College, College Hill, Westminster, Md. 21157, or the Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157.

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