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Memoir

Willett F. Ramsdell
Regents' Proceedings 197

The President reported the death of Willett Forrest Ramsdell, W. F. Ramsdell: George Willis Pack Professor of Forest Land Management, on Saturday, September 29. The following memoir was adopted for inclusion in these minutes:

The loss of Willett Forrest Ramsdell, whose death occurred on September 29, 1951, is one which is severely felt both by the University of Michigan and by his countless friends in the faculty, in professional forestry circles, in forest and wood-using industries, and among the students and alumni of the University.

Professor Ramsdell, himself an alumnus of Michigan with the degrees B.S., 1912, and M.S.F., 1914, returned to his alma mater in 1930 after a successful career in the United States Forest Service and had since that time occupied with distinction the George Willis Pack Professorship of Forest Land Management. His services in this capacity were of unusual variety and importance, including the direction of the Chase S. Osborn Preserve in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the organization and oversight of the interdepartmental seminar and research program on land utilization, and during the Second World War the direction of the Civil Affairs Training School which the University conducted on behalf of the United States Government. Furthermore, as secretary of the Michigan Forest Industries Information Committee, member of the board of directors of the Michigan Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, and member of various other scientific, professional, and civic organizations, his influence was exerted far beyond the immediate bounds of our campus.

In all of these associations Professor Ramsdell was held in high esteem and genuine affection for his scholarly attainments and for his personal qualities —unquestioned integrity, generous friendliness, sound judgment, loyalty, and industry. The Regents of the University of Michigan share the grief of Professor Ramsdell's many friends and extend their heartfelt sympathy to the members of his surviving family.