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November 23, 2017

Obituaries

November 13, 2017

Obituary: Joel Smoller

Joel Smoller, 81, a recently retired professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, died Sept. 27 after a prolonged illness.

November 1, 2017

Obituary: Ross Chambers

Ross Chambers, 84, Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, died Oct. 18 in Ann Arbor following a brief illness.

November 1, 2017

Obituary: Roger Fleming Hackett

Roger Fleming Hackett, emeritus professor of history at the University of Michigan and pioneer in the field of Asian studies, died Oct. 26 in Ann Arbor. He was 95 years old.

August 10, 2017

Obituary: Frederick L. Goodman

Professor Emeritus Frederick L. Goodman died Aug. 8 in Thousand Oaks, California.

Goodman served as professor of education, School of Education, from 1960-2005.

“He is loved by all who knew him around our world,” said his wife, Lenore Goodman.

— Submitted by Martha Kransdorf

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Carolyn ‘Toni’ Kessler

Carolyn “Toni” Kessler, who spent almost four decades working in the Office of the Registrar, died April 1 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital following a short illness.

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Roland ‘Red’ Hiss

Roland “Red” Hiss died Dec. 15, 2016, at the University of Michigan Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Red was born on Oct. 9, 1932, to George Crosby and Adrianne (Graham) Hiss in Newark, New Jersey.

May 19, 2017

Obituary: Max Arthur Heirich

Max Arthur Heirich, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Michigan, died April 27 at the age of 85 after a long illness. He was known to many in the Ann Arbor community for his teaching, social activism and work in alternative medicine. His academic work encompassed the sociology of religion, social movements and health care.

March 20, 2017

Obituary: Bruce H. Karnopp

Bruce H. Karnopp, 78, of Ann Arbor, died peacefully Jan. 1 in the company of his beloved family.

February 3, 2017

Obituary: Edward Bagale

Edward Bagale, who retired as vice chancellor for government relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2012, died Jan. 18 in Holland, Michigan. He was 70 years old and had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

November 18, 2016

Obituary: Ralph Cicerone

Ralph Cicerone, former University of Michigan faculty member in Space Physics in the College of Engineering and recent past president of the National Academy of Sciences, died suddenly Nov. 5 at his home in New Jersey.

October 28, 2016

Obituary: Eunice Burns

Eunice Burns — an Ann Arbor civil servant, a long-standing community and environmental leader, a University of Michigan alumna and retired employee — died Oct. 20 at the age of 93. She worked as executive assistant to the dean at the School of Education from 1970-82.

September 30, 2016

Obituary: Dr. Charles Bruce Smith

Dr. Charles Bruce Smith, (“Tad”), died Aug. 25 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his beloved wife of 37 years, Peggie, by his side. 

September 2, 2016

Obituary: Bernard Van’t Hul

Bernard Van’t Hul, professor emeritus in the English department at the University of Michigan, died in Needham, Massachusetts, on Aug. 21 after a long decline.

Bernard Van't Hul

May 23, 2016

Obituary: Dale E. Briggs

Dale E. Briggs, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, died March 17 at the age of 85 after living a long, productive and inspirational life.

Dale E. Briggs

March 4, 2016

Obituary: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, who died in January at the age of 92, was a renowned historian and a member of the University of Michigan faculty from 1975 to her retirement in 1988.

February 10, 2016

Obituary: Leslie Raymond Bassett

Leslie Raymond Bassett, the Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Music, died Feb. 4 at his residence in Oakwood, Georgia. He was 93 years old.

January 22, 2016

Obituary: Lewis William ‘Bill’ Shurtliff

Lewis William “Bill” Shurtliff, who worked as a parking supervisor at the University of Michigan and head of duplicating services at the Hatcher Graduate Library until he retired in 1999, died Jan. 2, 2016.

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