The Michigan Alumnus 197
WILLIAM FRANKENA, A.M.'31, g'31- '3'J, Professor of Philosophy, has been Chairman of the Department of Phi losophy since 1947, and has been a member of the faculty since joining the staff as an Instructor in 1937.
During the academic year, 1948-49, he held a Guggenheim fellowship at Harvard University and at Oxford in England. It was granted for the prepa ration of a work on the history of ethical thought and moral philosophy in Great Britain and the United States. This was Professor Frankena's second trip abroad; and he was accompanied by his wife, the former Sadie G. Roelofs, an alumna of Calvin College, and by his two sons, Karl and Mark.
Earlier, back in 1935-36, he and Mrs. Frankena were in Europe while he studied at Cambridge University and at the University of Freiburg in Germany. They also did a good deal of traveling at that time.
Professor Frankena was born June 21, 1908, at Manhattan, Montana, but moved with his family to Michigan as a youngster. He earned his A.B. degree at Calvin College, and after completing work on his Master's at Michigan, he went on to Harvard, where he earned the Ph.D. degree.
The author of a number of articles on ethics, Professor Frankena is a member of the Inter national Phenomenological Society, the American Philosophical Association, the Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is currently serving as a member of the Executive Com mittee of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and has been Chairman of the Board of Governors of Lane Hall, in addition to Chairman of the Committee on Religion in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.