H. Clyde Wilson Jr.

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H. Clyde Wilson Jr.
H Clyde Wilson Jr – pre 2010.jpg
Born Houston Clyde Wilson
(1926-05-06)May 6, 1926
Proctor, Texas United States
Died March 30, 2010(2010-03-30) (aged 83)
Columbia, Missouri
Nationality United States
Alma mater Baylor University
Texas A&M
University of Texas
University of California, Los Angeles
Known for Anthropology
Mayor of Columbia Missouri
Awards MU Peace Studies Professor
Fellow American Anthropological Association
Member of Sigma Xi
Scientific career
Fields Anthropology
Institutions University of Missouri

H. Clyde Wilson Jr. (May 6, 1926 – March 30, 2010) was a professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri. He was a fellow of American Anthropological Association and member of Sigma Xi. He was politically active running and winning four terms on the city council of Columbia, Missouri and one term as mayor. He received the MU Peace Studies Professor of the Year Award for 1998.[1][2][3][4][5]



In 1944, Wilson enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he attended officer candidate school. After World War II, he attended Baylor University followed by Texas A&M University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1949. He next attended the University of Texas and received a master's degree in anthropology. He then attended the University of Michigan as a graduate student and later received a Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1961. After World War II, the GI Bill and his work for the Texas Highway Department, as an economic planner for the Jicarilla Apache Tribe in New Mexico, and as an attendant in a psychiatric hospital, helped to support his education. He was also involved in the early stages of testing of the Salk polio vaccine.[3][4][5] In 1961, he joined the department of anthropology at the University of Missouri. He was a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and Sigma Xi.[3][4][5] He was the first researcher to point out methodological flaws in studies reporting menstrual synchrony among women.[6]


He was politically active as a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He campaigned for Congress in 1970 during the Vietnam war. Starting in 1971, he was a four-time city council member of Columbia, Missouri. He was mayor of Columbia Missouri for one two-year term in 1979. He received the MU Peace Studies Professor of the Year Award for 1998.[1] He was involved early on in civil rights issues in Missouri, land use conservation, and in the conception of Katy Trail State Park.[3][4][5] His political papers from 1962 to 1972 are located at the State Historical Society of Missouri.[7]


On May 6, 1926 he was born in Proctor, Texas to Houston Clyde Wilson Sr. and Lena B. Purvis Wilson. On August 24, 1957, he married Betty K. Wilson, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had four sons, Thomas H. Wilson, David A. Wilson, James A. Wilson and Benjamin C. Wilson and one daughter, Anne K. Ferrell. He died at home in Columbia, Missouri after a long illness.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Professor of the Year Award". University of Missouri: Peace Studies Program. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Christnovich, Anne. "H. Clyde Wilson Jr". Missourian. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Clyde Wilson, 1926-2010". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "H. Clyde Wilson". Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Heavin, Janese. "Clyde Wilson recalled for mentorship: Former mayor, MU professor dies at 83". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Harris, Amy L.; Vitzthum, Virginia J. (2013). "Darwin's Legacy: An Evolutionary View of Women's Reproductive and Sexual Functioning". Journal of Sex Research. 50 (3–4): 207–46. doi:10.1080/00224499.2012.763085. PMID 23480070. 
  7. ^ "Wilson, H. Clyde (1926-2010), Papers 1962-1972" (PDF). The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 6 March 2013.