Frederick Roelker Wulsin

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Frederick Roelker Wulsin

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States
Place of Burial: Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lucien Wulsin and Katharine Elizabeth Wulsin
Husband of Susanne Emery Carey Wulsin and Gwyneth Alexandra Stewart Wulsin
Ex-husband of Janet Elliott Wulsin
Brother of Lucien Wulsin

Occupation: Anthropologist, author, editor
Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About Frederick Roelker Wulsin

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Wulsin was an anthropologist who collected zoological specimens in East Africa and Madagascar, 1914-1915; and in China, Mongolia, Kokonor, and Indo-China, 1921-1924. He made archaeological journeys to the Belgian Congo and French Equatorial Africa, 1927-1928; and to Persia, 1930-1931. Wulsin also served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I and taught anthropology at Boston University, 1935-1936, and Tufts, 1945-1957. He died in 1961.

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Born at Cincinnati, O., July 8, 1891.

Parents: Lucien, Katharine Elizabeth (Roelker) Wulsin.

School: St..George's School, Newport, R. I.

Years in College: 1909-12.

Degrees: A.B. 1913 (1912); M.C.E. 1914 (1915). Unmarried.

Occupation: Civil Engineer.

Address: Madison Rd., Cincinnati, O.

I RECEIVED my degree in 1912, as of 1913, and immediately entered the Graduate School of Applied Science, where I took the Civil Engineering course, getting through in 1914. In June, 1914, I went to Guadaloupe on a collecting trip for the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, with G. K. Noble, '17. I had just returned when the European war broke out, and instead of travelling peacefully across the Pacific en route for Borneo and Madagascar, to do some more collecting, I dropped everything to rush to Paris, where my mother was at that time. We travelled from Paris to London during the Battle of the Marne, with considerable difficulty. In October, 1914, I left London, via Cape Town, for Mombasa and British East Africa. There I cruised around the wilderness very comfortably, with a caravan, and engaged in making collections, until May, 1915, when I moved over to the French colony of Madagascar, and continued the same work. I came home in November, 1915, via the Suez Canal, considerably thinned by heat and exercise, and having had a very pleasant and successful trip. After two months of vacation at home, I registered in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (February, 1916), and undertook to study zoology scientifically. I soon found out that I was much better fitted to run a caravan. Therefore, I departed in May, 1916, to the Federal Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and then went to work for the Allied Machine Company of America, 120 Broadway, New York. They sent me to Milwaukee and Cleveland, where I spent the summer working in machine shops. In September they attached me to their Paris office, 19 rue de Rocroy, Paris, where I worked until April 15 as an engineer and in various capacities. I resigned and came home at that time to join the army, and am now in an R. O. T. C. camp.

Publication: "A Harvard Collector in Africa," Alumni Bulletin, 1916.

Member: Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York City, and Queen City Club of Cincinnati.

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Frederick Roelker Wulsin's Timeline

July 8, 1891
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
February 26, 1961
Age 69
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States
Age 69
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States