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Elizabeth Irene French

musician , biology professor

Elizabeth Irene French was biology professor, musician. Named Career Woman of Year, Gayfer's, Inc., 1985.


French, Elizabeth Irene was born on September 20, 1938 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Junius Butler and Irene Rankin (Johnston) French.


Bachelor of Music, University Tennessee, 1959. Master of Science, University Tennessee, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, University Mississippi, 1973.


Teacher music Kingsport (Tennessee) Symphony Association, 1962-1964, Birmingham (Alabama) Schools, 1964-1966. National Aeronautics and Space Administration trainee in biology University Mississippi, Oxford, 1969-1973. Assistant professor Mobile (Alabama) College (name now University Mobile), 1973-1983, associate professor, 1983-1994, professor, 1994—2008.

Orchestra contractor American Federation Musicians, since 1983. 1st violin Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, 1962-1964, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 1964-1966, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, 1955-1962, 66-68, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, 1970-1973, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, since 1974, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony Players Committee, since 2001. Concertmaster Riviera Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Alabama, since 2005.


  • Violin recitalist Alabama Artists Series, 1978-1981, Fairhope (Alabama) Concert Series, 1998.


Member project Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, 1997-1998. Member Association Southeastern Biologists, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (national committee to construct standardized test on anatomy and physiology), Wilderness Society, Alabama Academy of Sciences (presenter 1996), Alabama Ornithological Society, Mobile Bay Audubon Society (board directors since 1997), Costal Birding Association, American Federation Musicians, Alabama Federation Music Clubs (chairman composition contest 1986-1990, historian 1991-1994), Schumann Music Club (president 1977-1979, 85-87, 94-97, 2000-2003, 2008-2009, advisory board since 2005).


  • Other Interests

    Camping, photography, birdwatching.


Junius Butler French

Irene Rankin (Johnston) French