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Hine, Ruth L. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 15, Number 3 (Fall 1968)

In memoriam,   pp. 23-24


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(Botany) to serve as a member
of the Committee which includes,
among others, Academy members
ELMER A. HAVENS (A65) (Eng-
lish), and HARRY GUILFORD
(A54) (Zoology).
  Prof. JAMES H. SHEA (A61)
(UW-Parkside, Geology) has been
elected President of the UW-Park-
side Chapter of the American Asso-
ciation of University Professors.
  Prof. ARTHUR H. ROBINSON
(A65) (UW, Geography) is a con-
tributor to the new 17-volume In-.
ternational Encyclopedia.
  Prof. RICHARD N. RINGLER
(A62) (UW) has been appointed
new chairman of the Department
of Scandinavian Studies.
  Dr. F O R E S T W. STEARNS
(A51) (Rhinelander), formerly
with the U. S. Forestry Depart-
ment, is serving as a faculty mem-
ber of the Department of Botany,
on the Madison campus of the UW.
  J. NASH WILLIAMS (A63)
(Madison) was featured in "Know
Your Madisonian" in the July 28
issue of the Capital Times. Mr.
Williams is Vice-President and Sec-
retary of General Casualty Co. of
Wisconsin.
  Dr. LON WEBER (S64), Assist-
ant to the Vice-President for Uni-
versity Development and State Re-
lations, has been appointed assist-
ant Vice-President, UW Central
Administration.
  Prof. Emer. M. STARR NIC-
HOLS (A61) UW, Civil Engineer-
ing) has been elected a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Health, Great
Britain.
  Coordinator F A N N I E TAY-
LOR (S65) (UW, Arts Council)
WAS re-elected to the Board of
Directors of the Association of
American Dance Companies for
1968-69.
  T. F. KOUBA (A54) received
a Commendation Award from the
Soil Conservation Society of
America at its annual meeting in
Athens, Georgia last August, and
RUTH L. HINE (A56) was elect-
ed a Fellow of the same Society.
Retirements
  The invitation to students, col-
leagues and friends of Prof.
MERLE CURTI said in part: 'AS
a wide- ranging and pioneering
scholar in American intellectual
and social history, as a devoted
teacher of undergraduate and
graduate students numbering in
the thousands, and above all as
a warm and sensitive human be-
ing, his influence will long be felt
in the history department and in
the University he has served with
such notable distinction."
  Prof. E. David Cronon, chair-
man of the University of Wis-
consin History Department, wrote
this short tribute to a distinguished
colleague when announcing a two-
day program in April to honor
Prof. Curti prior to his retirement
last June. During his 47-year
teaching career, this Frederick
Jackson Turner Professor of His-
tory has spoken eloquently for
academic freedom. He believes
that the educated person has an
obligation to strive for a better
world.
  Prof. Curti's teaching duties
were augmented by several books
on broad and local subjects, in-
terpreting American ways of think-
ing. He is active in numerous
professional associations, having
served as President of both the
American Historical and Missis-
sippi Valley Historical Associa-
tions, Senator of Phi Beta Kappa,
director of the Harry S. Truman
Library Institute and vice chair-
man and director of the American
Council of Learned Societies. The
last named Society awarded him a
$10,000 prize in 1960 for "extra-
ordinary scholarly achievement."
He is also a member of the Amer-
ican Academy of Arts and
Sciences, American Philosophical
Society and National Council for
Social Studies. In 1964 he was
awarded an honorary degree by
the University of Michigan during
ceremonies which honored Presi-
dent Johnson in like manner, and
in April 1965 he was dubbed
Knight of the Royal Order of the
North Star by the King of Sweden,
the highest decoration to persons
not heads of state.
  'In his teaching and writing,
Prof. Curti is a living symbol in
the social studies of the 'Wisconsin
idea' of scholarship applied for
the benefit of humanity." (Campus
Report, May 1968.)   -G.M.S.
In Memoriam
  ALLEN ABRAMS (A-43), long
associated with chemical research
in the Marathon Corporation at
Rothschild, died August 9, 1968
at Wausau. Since retirement
in 1956, he had been a con-
sultant to Arthur D. Little, Inc.
and served on the boards of dir-
ectors of Marathon Battery Co.,
Wausau Paper Mills Co., and
McKey Perforating Co.
  Mr. Abrams was born at But-
ler, Pa. in 1889. He attended
Washington and Jefferson College,
receiving an A.B. in 1910, and
two honorary degrees, M.S.
(1915) and Ph.D. (1987). He
was a life trustee of the College.
He studied both at Cornell and
the University of Michigan and
was granted a B.S. degree by the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology in 1915. After service in
the chemical warfare service in
World War I, he returned briefly
to MIT to teach. When oppor-
tunity arose to become chief chem-
1st at Cornell Wood Products Co.
in 1921, he accepted. In 1926 he
joined Marathon Corporation as
technical director and from 1940-
1956 he was vice-president and
director of research.
  Active in many professional or-
ganizations, his long affiliation
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