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February 24, 2018

Obituaries

January 12, 2018

Obituary: Richard Meisler

Longtime faculty member Richard Meisler died after complications of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 21, 2017.

Richard Meisler

January 10, 2018

Obituary: James N. Morgan

James N. Morgan, an economist who created the longest-running intergenerational household survey in the world, died Jan. 8 at University of Michigan Hospital. He was 99 and lived in Ann Arbor.

January 8, 2018

Obituary: Paul Ilie

Paul Ilie, professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, scholar and critic in the fields of the history of ideas in Europe, and former University of Michigan professor, died July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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

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