Ernst A. Bessey House, 213 University Dr. (1922)
Ernst A. Bessey House, February 1992. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.
Ernst Athearn Bessey (1877–1957) was Professor of Botany beginning in 1910, retiring as Chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in 1944. He served as President of the Michigan Academy of Sciences in 1915. As Professor of Botany he resided for a time in Faculty Row № 7, better known today as Cowles House.
E. A. Bessey was the son of Charles Edwin Bessey (1845–1915, M.A.C. ’69), another prominent botanist who became Professor of Botany at the Iowa Agricultural College at Ames in 1870, later Dean and Acting Chancellor at the University of Nebraska. Mrs. E. A. Bessey, née Edith Carleton Higgins, was, like her husband, a student of Dr. Bessey the elder.