It saddens us to hear of Gordon Guyer’s passing on Wednesday, March 30th. The University Archives & Historical Collections would like to extend our condolences to former President Guyer’s family and friends.
Gordon Guyer was a member of the MSU community for many decades. Guyer came to Michigan State University in 1947 under the G.I. Bill and studied entomology. He received his bachelor’s degree (1950), master’s degree (1952) and Ph.D. (1954) from MSU. He became a MSU faculty member in 1953. He is the author of over 60 scientific papers, some used as basic reference material in entomology.
Prior to being appointed as President of Michigan State University, Guyer was a professor and chairman for the Department of Entomology, and the director of the Pesticide Research Center at MSU. In the mid-1970s he led one of the first American scientific groups allowed to visit China. He also served as the director of MSU Extension from 1973 to 1985. Guyer became MSU’s 18th President on September 1, 1992, and served for one year.
Dr. Guyer served as consultant to the following groups: Michigan Vegetable Growers’ Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, Agricultural Council, Michigan Departments of Health, Conservation, and Agriculture; Agriculture and Ways and Means Committees, Michigan Legislature, and the Michigan Governor’s office. He also held high-level positions at the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Kellogg Biological Station. He also was chairman of the Biological Science committee and a member of the Athletic Council at MSU.
Guyer received a National Science Foundation grant to participate in the International Congress of Entomology in London, 1964. He also received MSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1965.
The Gordon E. Guyer papers are open to researchers at the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections. The finding aid for the collection is available online: http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-1-18.html