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Merrill M Flood, Professor of Education, retired from active faculty
status as of December 31, 1976.
Professor Flood was educated in Lincoln, Nebraska, receiving a
degree of Master of Arts in mathematics and physics from the University of
Nebraska, where he also served as Instructor in Mathematics from 1929 to
1931. He continued his education and research in mathematics at Princeton
University, earning the doctorate there in 1935, and from 1931 to 1946
advanced from Instructor in Mathematics to Assistant Professor and Director
of the Applied Mathematics Group.
In 1956 Mr. Flood came to The University of Michigan as Professor
of Industrial Engineering and served for the first two years also as Associate
Director of the Engineering Research Institute, Head of the Willow Run
Laboratories, and Director of Project MICHIGAN. From 1959 through 1967
he was also Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of
Psychiatry of the Medical School and Senior Research Mathematician in the
Mental Health Research Institute. Many of his former students and research
assistants are now themselves internationally famous for their researches in
applying mathematics for the solution of problems in many fields.
Dr. Flood left the University to serve at the University of California
and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to The
University of Michigan in 1974 as Professor of Education and Director of
the Faculty Research Program on University Governance, a three-year parttime
research effort established by the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs by action of the Senate Assembly. The School of
Education administered this program. Through his own pioneering
mathematical research on governance theory and process, and related work
by students and faculty members stimulated by his results, there is reason to
expect that Professor Flood may once again have shown how modern
mathematics and management science can be useful in dealing in new ways
with problems of urgent importance for bettering human life.
Professor Flood's research is distinguished by its pioneering character
and for its potential for application to human affairs. His influence will be
felt not only through his own extensive publication but also through the
future efforts of his many students, research assistants, and former
The Regents now salute this distinguished professor for his dedicated
service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Education.