Father Gabriel Richard, a French priest assigned in 1798 to French-speaking Detroit, embraced the ideals of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and was a force behind the founding of the University of Michigan in 1817. This statue by sculptor Julius Melchers is on the Wayne State University campus. (Photo by Ren Farley, detroit1701.org)

This month in history (21 years ago)

Harry A. Towsley, professor emeritus of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of postgraduate medicine, died March 31, 1993, at age 87. The Board of Regents called Towsley’s record of accomplishments “truly astonishing.” He administered postgraduate medical courses in Ann Arbor and conducted medical seminars with a team of doctors throughout the state. He and wife, Margaret, contributed much funding for the Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education.

— The University Record