W. Harry Everhart

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W. Harry Everhart (June 5, 1918 – October 1, 1994) was one of the leaders in fisheries science, fisheries management, and fisheries education in North America.[1] He was born (June 5, 1918) in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. In 1940, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College (Pennsylvania). He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1942 and immediately entered the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Squadron Commander.[1]

In 1945, Everhart enrolled in the fisheries doctoral program at Cornell University. He was awarded a PhD in 1948 and joined the faculty at the University of Maine. In 1950, he was also appointed Chief of Fisheries of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. In 1955, he was also appointed Chief of Research of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1952 and to Professor in 1956.[1]


During his tenure at the University of Maine, he coauthored (1953) a text in fisheries science.[2] Second (1975)[3] and third (1981)[4] editions were produced with various coauthors. These texts were widely used in university fisheries courses for many years.

In 1967, Everhart left the University of Maine to become head of the Fisheries Program at Colorado State University. In 1972, he moved to Cornell University to serve as Head of the Department of Natural Resources, a position he held until retirement in 1982.[1]

Apart from his widely used texts, Everhart is probably best known for his influence on fisheries graduate students. He served as the academic advisor to many MS and PhD students while a professor at the University of Maine, Colorado State University, and Cornell University. Altogether, he authored or coauthored 54 scholarly articles and books.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Cornell University (1994)
  2. ^ Rounsefell (1953)
  3. ^ Everhart (1975)
  4. ^ Everhart (1981)
  5. ^ Google Scholar