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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 14 (June 1961)

Mark Ingraham retires as L and S Dean,   p. 27

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broadcast week. While Mr. Stiehl keeps the various network
stations on the air, Noel Thompson, WHA maintenance
engineer, keeps Radio Hall equipment in top working con-
dition. Again student helpers, under the -guidance of Mr.
Thompson, and with engineering background and know-
how, contribute their share in offering the best radio pos-
sible by improving equipment and offering their ideas for
better operation of equipment at Radio Hall.
  News and current events comprise 7.8% of a composite
broadcast week on the state stations. Offering the finest in
news commentaries via Roy Vogelman, state stations news
director, morning news programs are often taped off the air
by teachers for playback to their students. Mr. Vogelman
also contributes his time to news programs for both radio
and television, and for adult-television viewing in the eve-
nings via WHA-TV, University Station. His news broad-
casts are not limited to the familiar, incoming teletype copy,
rather his programs include editorials from leading news-
papers and magazines, scanned daily, and selected for their
quality in reporting the news of the world.
  102 hours a week of radio broadcasting-specializing in
presenting the best of Wisconsin to Wisconsin. The Wiscon-
sin State Broadcasting Service abounds with University of
Wisconsin graduates pouring their talents back into:Wiscon-
sin-and the results-a network whose influence is felt
around the world.
M ARK A. INGRAHAM, one of the
     University of Wisconsin's most
able administrators, has decided to step
down from his position as dean of the
College of Letters and Science and "to
return to other duties chiefly in the
Department of Mathematics."
  In a letter to University Pres. Conrad
A. Elvehjem, Dean Ingraham voiced
two principal reasons for relinquishing
his post. "First," he said, "I find it
difficult to keep abreast of my work and
at periods of greatest pressure fail to do
so." Under these conditions, and with
an imminent need to increase the staff
of the dean's office, Ingraham feels that
any reorganization should be the re-
sponsibility of his successor.
  Secondly, Dean Ingraham has some
distinct reservations about the balance
of contemporary society and its effect
on our universities. In his letter to Pres.
Elvehjem, he made several statements
which point up personal concern for the
preservation of a society founded on the
fundamental base offered by a liberal
  Mark Ingraham was born in Brook-
lyn, N. Y., in 1896. He did his under-
graduate work in economics at Cornell
University and then came to the Mid-
west and the University of Wisconsin
where he received his M.A. degree in
mathematics in 1922. In 1924, he re-
ceived a Ph.D. in mathematics from
the University of Chicago.
  Ingraham began his academic career
when he was named an instructor of
Will Return to Teaching
  Mark Ingraham Retires
                as L & S Dean
Wisconsin Alumnus, June, 1961
mathematics at Wisconsin in 1919. In
1921-22, he was a UW fellow in math-
ematics and, from 1922 to 1924, he
was a mathematics fellow at Chicago.
This was followed by an assistant pro-
fessorship of mathematics at Wisconsin,
1924-26, and at Brown      University,
1926-27. In 1927, he returned to the
University of Wisconsin to stay as a full
  In 1942, Ingraham was elevated to
the post of dean of the College of Let-
ters and Science. He is the third man in
the history of the University to hold
that distinguished post. His predecessors
include such famous Wisconsin names
as E. A. Birge, who held the post from
1891 to 1918 when he became president
of the University, and George C. Sell-
ery, who was dean from 1918 to 19.42.
  Aside from his regular duties at the
University, Dean Ingraham has been
active in professional associations. He
was president of the American Associa-
tion of University Professors in 1938-
39, and associate secretary of the Amer-
ican Mathematical Society from 1927 to
1942. He is a fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of
Science, and a member of the Institute of
Mathematics, the American Mathematics
Society, the Mathematics Association of
America, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma
Xi. In 1952, he was elected to the
board of trustees of the College Retire-
ment Equities Fund at the incorporation
meeting of the organization in New
York City.
  In accepting his resignation at their
April meeting, the Regents unanimously
voted "to express their deep apprecia-
tion to Dean Ingraham for his many
significant contributions to the Univer-
sity," during his 19 years as head of
the University's largest college.

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