Dentist, teacher; university administrator. Born– March 9, 1913, in Elizabeth, N.J. Parents–Frank and Rose Volker. ¬†Married– Juanita Berry on February 6, 1937. Children– Three. Education– Indiana University, D.D.S., 1936; University of Rochester, A.B., 1938; M.S., 1939, Ph.D., 1941; Dental residency at Mountainside Hospital, N.J., 1936-1937. Taught at School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, 1941-1942; School of Dentistry, Tufts College, 1942-1949. Dean at Tufts, 1948-1949; School of Dentistry, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 1948-1952. Director of Research and Graduate Study, 1955-1965; Vice president of Health Affairs, 1962-1966; vice president of Birmingham Affairs and director of the Medical Center, 1966-1968; Executive Vice president, 1968-1969; President, University, 1969-1976; Chancellor, University of Alabama Systems, 1976-1982; Distinguished professor, 1982. Director of the Arizona Medical School Study, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1962. Awarded honorary degrees from over eight universities; honored by the government of Czechoslavakia, Thailand, and Iceland. Died May 3, 1989.


American Men and Women of Science; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.


The Numbers Game. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1970.

The University and the City. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1971.

The Way of an Administrator. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1966.

Joint Publication(s):

Preliminary Report of a Plan for the Expansion of Selected Academic Programs in Birmingham. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1965.