Robert H. Rutford

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Robert Hoxie Rutford (born 1933) is a President Emeritus and a former faculty member of the University of Texas at Dallas. He was the second President of the University of Texas at Dallas (from 1982 until 1994).[1]

He has been noted for his geological research on Antarctica.[2][3][4]

Rutford was a member of several United States Antarctic Program expeditions to Antarctica, and was the leader of the University of Minnesota Ellsworth Mountains Party, 1963–1964. Rutford served as Director of the Division of Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation from 1975 to 1977.[5][6]

The 14,688 foot/447 meter-high Mt. Rutford, which is the summit of Craddock Massif in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains in the Antarctic, was named for him in 2007. The 130 mile-long Rutford Ice Stream, a "mile-thick, fast flowing stream" which drains part of the West Antarctic ice sheet into the sea, had previously been named for him.[7][8]

Rutford served as the head football coach at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1958 to 1961.[9]


  1. ^ Weiss, Jeffrey. "UT-Dallas plans to rename its internal streets". Dallas Morning News, July 12, 2010. Retrieved on June 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Smith, James F. "Struggling to Protect 'The Ice'". Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1990. Retrieved on June 26, 2013.
  3. ^ American Polar Society. "Robert H. Rutford, PhD". Retrieved on June 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Shabecoff, Philip. "U.S. Seeks Moratorium on Antarctic Minerals". New York Times, November 14, 1990. Retrieved on June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rutford Ice Stream". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
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  9. ^ "Robert Rutford". American Polar. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bryce Jordan
President of The University of Texas at Dallas
Succeeded by
Franklyn Jenifer