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Memoir

Donald J. Munro
Regents' Proceedings 406

Donald J. Munro, professor of philosophy and professor of Chinese,
will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1996.

Professor Munro received his A.B. degree (1953) in philosophy from
Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree (1964) in both philosophy and
Chinese studies from Columbia University. He joined the faculty at the
University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1964 and was promoted
to associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1973.

A classicist in Chinese studies, Professor Munro also writes and
teaches on modern China, following those threads of teachings from
imperial dynasties that endure in the present. In this connection, his interests
are as congenial with a social scientist specializing in contemporary China as
they are with those of a literature specialist. Professor Munro was trained in
Western philosophy and sinology and has minimized disciplinary boundaries
in his work on Chinese philosophy. His writings and lectures typically
involve close textual readings, examples drawn from art and literature, the
use of historical background materials, and comparative illustrations from
Western philosophy.

Professor Munro has served the scholarly community at the national
level through the National Academy of Science Committee on Scholarly
Communication with the People's Republic of China and the American
Council of Learned Societies. He takes pride in establishing and maintaining
close personal and scholarly ties with colleagues at Beijing University and
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ties beneficial to student and
faculty exchanges. He has served as interim chair (1993-94) and chair
(1994-95) of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and on the
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Committee (1986-89).
He received an LS&A Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992 and the
Warner G. Rice Humanities Award in 1994.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Donald J.
Munro professor emeritus of philosophy and professor emeritus of Chinese.