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.