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Letter to the Editor — Presentism at NMU: How a respected professor became a villain

Letter to the Editor — Presentism at NMU: How a respected professor became a villain

Mark D. West August 31, 2022

The NMU Board of Trustees, and now the NMU Foundation, have sullied the memory of Luther S. West, professor emeritus of biology at NMU from 1938 to 1965. Ignoring decades of dedication to academic research,...

CONTROVERSY - Friends and family of Luther West continue to contest NMUs decision to remove his name from what is now called The Science Building. West was discovered to be a proponent of the eugenics movement, both at NMU and previously at Battle Creek College.

Letter to the Editor—Luther West’s grandson speaks out

John West January 21, 2022
During the last 20 years of his life, I got to know my grandfather Luther West very well, and was even his guardian in his last incapacitated years. I also became aware of his reputation. All who knew him liked, admired and respected him.
West Hall NMU

Letter to the Editor—Luther West is not blameless

Aaron Loudenslager December 3, 2021
Dr. Luther West — a former Northern Michigan University biology professor who openly supported the promotion of “conservative eugenic legislation and eugenic administration” in the 1920s — is a wholly “blameless” person. At least, that’s what Philip Niswonger seems to argue in his recent letter to the editor. But his letter to the editor is entirely unconvincing, as it solely consists of a series of nonsensical non sequiturs.
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