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Memoir

Paul Henle
Regents' Proceedings 606

Professor Paul Henle's many friends in the Department of Philosophy and throughout the University community mourn his untimely death, on January the twenty-seventh, in the fifty-fourth year of his age. He was studying and writing in Paris, France, while on a sabbatical leave from the University.

Professor Henle earned all of his academic degrees at Harvard University and taught there and at Smith College before coming to The University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1937. After a wartime tour of duty with the Army, he returned to Michigan for a year, served as associate professor at Northwestern for four years, during the last three of which he was department chairman, and returned to Michigan again as Professor of Philosophy in 1950.

Professor Henle's interest in logic and epistemology was not a technical preoccupation only, but an informing spirit, lending incisiveness to his mind and clarity to his discourse. He was a teacher at once of commanding authority and of great personal charm. His studies in language and symbolism and his judgments of other scholars and their work won the highest professional esteem. During the three periods when he was called on to undertake that duty, he was a vigorous and clear-sighted department chairman. His opinions on educational policies and practices further carried significant weight in counsels of the Literary College and the Graduate School.

The Regents of the University, mindful of the loss of a distinguished mind and a dedicated spirit, express their own keen sense of bereavement and tender their profound sympathy to Mrs. Henle and her sons.