2022 Keynote Speaker

Stephen George Biddulph


The 2022 A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference committee is pleased to welcome Stephen Biddulph as its keynote speaker.

Stephen Biddulph was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho, the youngest of six siblings. He spent summer months of his youth at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park, where his father was a seasonal ranger naturalist. Yellowstone has remained a life-long interest for him. He has written books and articles on the Park, including a history of interpretation published by University of Utah Press under the title Five Old Men of Yellowstone: The Rise of Interpretation in the First National Park (2013), The Yellowstone Years (1985, Ricks College Press), and Passages (1989, Quarterly Journal of Idaho Historical Society), and self-published biographies and bear stories that are on file with the Yellowstone Research Library.

Subsequent to graduation from Madison High School in Rexburg in 1964, he served a 27-month mission to Berlin, Germany (1964-1967). He married Elaine Robinson (Newdale, Idaho) in the Idaho Falls Temple in June 1968, and they both graduated with B.A. degrees from Brigham Young University. Stephen subsequently served twenty years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran. All six of their children were born during these military years.

In 1983, Stephen earned an M.A. degree from National University in Counseling Psychology, and after retirement from the Marines in 1971, he began a 25-year career in mental health therapy and drug addiction counseling, where he served primarily youth. He served as Dean of Students at Southern Virginia University (1998-2001), during which time he published an Adolescent Recovery Program through Hazelden, Inc. In 2001, he resigned as dean of students to do national seminars in adolescent addiction recovery for Hazelden.  He also served as executive director and clinical director of two adolescent recovery program in Utah. He authored a book on alcoholism published through Hazelden titled: Alcohol; What’s a Parent to Believe (2003), and was content expert on two Hazelden videos:  Make That Right Change (1999), and Done Drinking: Getting Straight, Staying Sober (2003).

Since retirement, Stephen and Elaine have served three full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They reside in Provo, Utah and are the parents of six children, 23 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.