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MUIR, ANDREW FOREST (1916–1969). Andrew Forest Muir, historian and educator, was born in Houston on January 8, 1916, the son of J. B. and Annie Jane (Ewing) Muir. He attended Houston public schools and graduated from Rice Institute (now Rice University) with a B.A. degree in 1938. He earned his master's degree there in 1942 and completed studies in United States history, modern European history, and American literature at the University of Texas in 1949 to earn his Ph.D. He taught at Iolani School, Honolulu, and Schofield Junior College, Hawaii, before receiving his doctorate, after which he taught at Daniel Baker College in Brownwood (1951–53) and Polytechnic Institute (1953–57) in Puerto Rico. He became a professor of history at Rice, the post he held at the time of his death. He was a Guggenheim scholar in 1957. Muir was a leading authority on William Marsh Rice and a key figure in a lawsuit filed by Rice University to open the way for racial integration of the student body.

He was an associate editor of the Journal of Southern History, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and the editor of Texas in 1837, published in 1958 by the University of Texas Press. Muir was a contributor to the book page of the Houston Post. He was not married. He died on February 3, 1969, in Houston, where he was buried.


Houston Post, February 4, 1969. Fredericka Meiners, A History of Rice University: The Institute Years, 1907–1963 (Houston: Rice University Studies, 1982). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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