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Memoir

Frederick H. Wagman
Regents' Proceedings 256

Dr. Frederick H Wagman, Professor of Library Science, is retiring on March 31, 1982 after a distinguished career at The University of Michigan.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Professor Wagman attended Amherst College, receiving his A.B. degree in 1933. He then went to Columbia University to continue his study of German literature, earning the master's degree in 1934 and the Ph.D. degree in 1942. During his doctoral studies he taught at Amherst and at the University of Minnesota; from his completion of the degree until the end of World War II, he was employed in the U.S. Office of Censorship.

His library career began in 1945, when he went to the Library of Congress as Acting Director of Personnel and of Administrative Services; he served subsequently as Assistant Director of the Reference Department, Director of the Processing Department, Deputy Chief Assistant Librarian, and Director of Administration. In 1953 he brought this substantial and rounded experience to Michigan as Director of the University Library and Professor of Library Science.

A life member of the American Library Association, Professor Wagman has served that organization as president and as member of Council, as well as in many other offices. A member of the Michigan Library Association from the time of his arrival in the state and later its president, he was honored as Michigan's "Librarian of the Year" in 1970. He was a pioneer in the development of the monumental National Union Catalog of the Library of Congress; he was the first president of the Midwest Region Library Network (MIDLNET); he was appointed by President Johnson to serve as vice-chairman of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography; he has held numerous offices in the Association of Research Libraries; and he has long been a director of the Council on Library Resources. In the world of librarianship he has been creative, influential, and honored.

As Director of the University Library he was supportive of the School, encouraging a cooperative and helpful relationship between library science students and faculty and staff of the University Library. During these years Professor Wagman was also an active member of the School's faculty, serving on its committees, providing valued counsel and assistance, and regularly offering a seminar in university library administration which students received with enthusiasm and appreciation.

Following his retirement as Director of the Library, Professor Wagman has taught a variety of courses with unusual effectiveness, earning the respect and affection of students and colleagues. Both as Director of the University Library and as a member of the faculty of the School of Library Science Professor Wagman has been a mentor and support, gladly sharing his experience and readily offering his wisdom. He has been a superior teacher and an invaluable resource.

The Regents now salute this distinguished professor by naming him Professor Emeritus of Library Science.