Otto G. Graf
Otto Gotthold Graf, professor emeritus of Germanic languages and literatures, died Dec. 15 at Glacier Hills Nursing Center. He was 82 years old.
Graf came to the U-M as a student in 1927 and devoted his entire professional career to serving the University as a teacher, scholar and administrator. He directed the LS&A Honors Program for outstanding undergraduate students from 1961 to 1980.
From 1930 to 1942, Graf was an instructor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1942 and to professor in 1956 following two brief interruptions in his career for military service. When Graf retired from active faculty status in 1980, the Board of Regents commended him for his long and distinguished service to the University: “A man of culture, extensive reading and understanding, Otto Graf excelled as a teacher on all levels. His service as an administrator was unmatched in variety, lasting results and national recognition and brought him the respect, confidence and gratitude of his colleagues over the years.”
Graf received bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from U-M in 1931, 1933 and 1938, respectively. He was the author of several books on German language instruction for elementary school children and many scholarly articles on Germanic literature.
Graf was chairman of the Society of Fellows in 1970–75 and served on the executive committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council from 1966 to 1980.
Graf was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 22, 1909. An accomplished pianist, he taught at the Detroit Institute of Arts before joining the U-M.
Graf is survived by his wife, Sarah of Ann Arbor; his son, Erich of Salt Lake City; and a sister, Herta Severance of Florida.
Frank M. Andrews
Frank M. Andrews, professor of psychology, died of cancer Dec. 23. He was 57.
Andrews, who also was research scientist in the Institute for Social Research (ISR), conducted numerous studies on social indicators of well-being, scientific creativity, social science research methods and analysis, and other subjects. He was the author or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs, as well as 55 journal articles and book chapters.
When Andrews received the U-M’s Distinguished Research Scientist Award in 1990, ISR Director Robert B. Zajonc said his “breadth of expertise in the area of statistical analysis of survey data has no parallel. He is an encyclopedia of methods and procedures. He knows their strengths and he knows their weaknesses.”
Andrews is credited with the invention of a number of measures, indicators and useful statistical innovations, Zajonc added. “The social science community is well aware of his skill and talent.”
In the late 1960s, Andrews participated in and later directed an eight-year project to assist the government of Peru in establishing a survey research center to gather information about that country’s labor force and other social indicators.
Andrews also established and taught several highly popular courses, served on numerous doctoral committees, and contributed to international research as both teacher and consultant. “He enjoyed universal respect and affection from his students and colleagues. He will be sorely missed,” said Jerald Bachman, interim director of ISR’s Survey Research Center.
Andrews was born in Tenafly, N.J., on April 2, 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1957 and a doctorate from the U-M in 1962, after studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the New School for Social Research.
He joined ISR as an assistant study director in 1959, and directed numerous studies and programs. He was named research scientist in 1976.
Andrews also held appointments as professor of psychology and of population planning and international health. He served as chairman of the doctoral committee in the Department of Population Planning and International Health in the School of Public Health.
A long-time resident of Whitmore Lake, Andrews was active in the Homeowners Association and on the Board of Directors of the Whitmore Lake Health Clinic.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; two sons, Kenneth and Steven; two brothers, Peter and Bryant; three nephews and a niece. Memorial contributions may be made to the Department of Population Planning and International Health or to the Frank M. Andrews Fellowship Fund at ISR.
D. Maynard Phelps
D. Maynard Phelps, professor emeritus of marketing at the School of Business Administration, died Jan. 1 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was 95.
Phelps taught at the Business School from 1926 until his retirement in 1966. He served as president of the American Marketing Association, authored several books and received a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University in 1961.
The Business School honored him by establishing the D. Maynard Phelps Professorship of Business Administration, currently held by Senior Associate Dean Thomas C. Kinnear.
“Maynard Phelps, in the course of a long and distinguished career, contributed enormously to the Business School, generations of his students, and to the body of marketing knowledge. He was a valued colleague and friend,” said Dean B. Joseph White.
During World War II, Phelps had several assignments with the U.S. Department of State. He was a member of the Rosenman Mission to Western European countries, deputy delegate to the Paris Conference on Reparation and deputy U.S. representative to the Allied Commission on Reparations.
He was born in Manton and received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the U-M. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two children; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the D. Maynard Phelps Fund for Doctoral Fellowships in Marketing, the School of Business Administration, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.