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Memoir

Alfred G. Meyer
Regents' Proceedings 269

Alfred G. Meyer, professor of political science, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1990, after a career at the University of Michigan that spanned 24 years.

Professor Meyer was born and raised in Germany, and received his primary and secondary education there. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star. He earned his A.M. degree in Slavic languages and literature in 1946 and his Ph.D. degree in political science in 1950, both from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, he taught at Harvard, the University of Washington, Columbia University, and Michigan State, and received fellowships from the Hoover Institution, the Ford Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Professor Meyer joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1966 as a professor of political science. He has served as director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and as director of the Honors Program and member of the executive committee of the Department of Political Science.

Known for his many publications on Marxism, Leninism, and communism, and more recently for his work in the areas of feminist and socialist thought, Professor Meyer has written six books and some sixty-five articles for scholarly, student, and general audiences. Also recognized as a provocative and stimulating teacher, Professor Meyer received the Amoco Good Teaching Award in 1977 and the Sinclair Award for freshman-sophomore counseling in 1979. The lines of students waiting outside his office to speak with him are legendary.

The Regents now salute this distinguished political scientist for his dedicated service by naming Alfred G. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Political Science.