Image courtesy of the Gaines family.
P.C. Gaines was a member of the MSU faculty for 43 years, and acting president of the university of four occasions. He joined the faculty in 1923 as an instructor. He became an assistant professor in 1925, associate professor in 1936 and professor in 1941.
Gaines was head of the chemistry department from 1946 to 1957, and became dean of the Montana State faculty in 1954. He retired in 1966.
He was awarded a honorary Doctor of Science degree from MSU at the June 5, 1966 graduation ceremonies, upon unanimous recommendation from the Council of Presidents, composed of the president of each of the six units of the Montana University System.
Gaines was a native of St. John, Wash., and received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Washington State University in 1919 and 1931, respectively.
Dr. Leon Johnson, president of MSU in 1966, said the following about P.C. Gaines: "He is and was a master teacher...he had a remarkable ability at being able to communicate with students, and for that reason I suppose he is one of the most-loved professors we've had at Montana State."