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Editorial

Alfred Henry Lloyd
The Ann Arbor Times 644

The Life Worth While

Below are given Portions of an Editorial which Appeared in the Ann Arbor Times on 
the Day Following Dean Lloyd's Death, Written by Ray Baker, Editor of the Paper


When Dean Alfred Lloyd was stricken at Hill
 Auditorium he had been discussing, before the 
University seniors, "Some Factors of a Life
 Worth While." Today those seniors, and many mem
bers of the Faculty and countless other friends are 
perusing a volume that contains impressive pictures 
to Illustrate that discourse. The book is the biog
raphy of Dean Lloyd, not one printed on paper with 
type but one that exists in affectionate memory.


Professor Lloyd's life was exceedingly worth the
 living, particularly from the standpoint of those per
sons with whom he came In contact; but his life 
must have been quite satisfying to himself, likewise, 
 because of Its range of Interests and the friendships
 that it created for him. And so the book is being 
persued in a spirit of reverie and contemplation, and
 with smiling, appreciative eyes. The passing of Pro
fessor Lloyd is not an occasion for ostentatious mourning. It 
is an occasion for dignified observance, and with 
quiet smiles, if you please—smiles that perhaps re
flect the sense of humor that was the Dean's, and
 which he never lost, even while sinking Into the 
eternal sleep. The demise was tragic, but the refined
 touches of beauty that abound in memories of Al
fred Lloyd make for tranquil contemplation to tran
scend even poignant grief over his departure.


Dean Lloyd would have none of his friends lose 
their dignity in grief. He would want them to smile
 in remembrance of his life rather than mourn his
 death. He was that kind of a man—always dignified, 
 always maintaining his scholarly poise, always frankness personified, and yet extremely considerate in his 
dealings with other men and frequently permitting a 
sparkle of scintillating humor to enter any discussion 
in which he took part and any situation with which 
he had to deal. 


The phrase, "gentleman and a scholar," might 
have been devised to fit Dean Lloyd. He was not 
merely gentlemanly and scholarly in his demeanor; 
it was an intrinsic quality. Though consistently 
frank, he never gave offense. Nobody ever was in 
doubt as to Professor Lloyd's attitude on any ques
tion, and yet nobody ever carried away from his 
presence anything but a pleasant taste and a pro
found respect for the man. 


He was never obstructive. He was ever modest, 
unassuming and calm, even when under great duress. 
 Without complaint or protest, he attacked his most 
difficult problems and solved them with a quiet efficiency that was the constant wonder of his associates. When called upon to assume the acting 
presidency of the University, he quietly slipped into 
the exceedingly responsible administrative position, 
 performed its duties in a thoroughly capable manner, 
 and then, when the time came, as quietly slipped back 
into his accustomed groove, as though he had done 
something that was merely a part of his daily 
routine.


So unassuming was Dean Lloyd that it is likely
 he would have preferred to pass out of this panoramic
 scene called life without more than casual comment. 
 He would have drawn the curtains with some typical
ly refined witticism after a dignified bow of farewell. 
 But the world that knew him could not permit such 
a modest dismissal. There must be more than pass
ing notice when a Life Worth While has ceased to be.