Dr. Arthur L. Shuck is a graduate of the Elsberry High School and after an active teaching career in other states, he and his wife have come back to Elsberry to retire. Dr. Shuck received the A.B. degree in biology, chemistry and education from Central Methodist College in Fayette; his M.A. degree in plant pathology and chemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1927. In 1931, he received his Ph.D. degree in plant physiology from the University of Illinois. Dr. Shuck taught in Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma for seventeen years, and was honored in June, 1975 for his years of appreciated service. An Honors Display Case is now hanging in the biological science department, and among those whose photographs are displayed is that of Dr. Shuck. Dr. Shuck and his wife are active in the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church north of town, and Mrs. Shuck is active in club and civic affairs.
[Uncited newspaper clipping, probably Elsberry Democrat, February, 1983] Services Held For Dr. Arthur Shuck Services for Arthur Lee Shuck, PHD, were held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry. The Rev. Milford Gibbs, pastor of Smith Chapel and Elsberry United Methodist Churches, officiated. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Dr. Shuck, 82, died Feb. 14, 1983 at Lincoln County Memorial Hospital, Troy. Born May 28, 1900, north of Elsberry, he was the son of William Lee and Harriet Green Shuck. On Nov. 23, 1938 he was married in Elsberry to Ida Richards Shuck, who survives. Dr. Shuck had been a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church since February, 1910. He graduated from Elsberry High School in 1921 and Central Methodist College in 1925. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri and his Doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1931. He was a professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Ok. National organizations he was a member of were The American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Biological Sciences; National Association of Biology Teachers; Beta, Beta, Beta; Botanical Society of America. Regional organizations he was involved with were Oklahoma Academy of Science; Southwestern Association of Naturalists and Oklahoma Teachers Association. In 1974, the Department of Biological Sciences of South- western Oklahoma State University gave him the high honor of naming an award Dr. Arthur Shuck Outstanding Freshman Biology Student Award. He was a Professor Emeritus. He served on the board of the Oak Ridge Cemetery Association for many years resigning from this office in 1981. Surviving besides his wife; is a sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Richards of Elsberry; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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