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George Marion Ehlers
Regents' Proceedings 427

George Marion Ehlers, Professor of Geology and Curator of Paleozoic Memoir Invertebrates in the Museum of Paleontology, is retiring from the active faculty after forty-two years of teaching and fifty-two of association with the University. Coming to Ann Arbor from his native Baltimore, he entered the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts as a freshman in 1909 and graduated in course. After teaching for one year at Williams College, he returned here to enter upon graduate study and to assist in laboratory instruction. He has been here ever since, his appointment as Professor dating from 1943. It was chiefly Professor Ehlers who developed the University's courses in invertebrate paleontology. His careers as museum curator and director of field research unfolded concurrently. He was officially appointed Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrates-these including most of the fossils found in Michigan-in 1930, and to the yeoman's work of building up and classifying this collection, he devoted able and unceasing care. He also interested himself from the beginning of his career in instruction and research in the field. From 1924 to 1942 he directed geological field work at summer camps of the University. In nearly every succeeding year, the Geological Society of America, the Michigan Geological Society, or some other geological agency sought his counsel in field investigations. Professor Ehlers had become the leading authority on the paleontology and stratigraphy of Michigan.

The Regents of the University, who now confer on him the titles Professor Emeritus of Geology and Curator Emeritus of Paleozoic Invertebrates in the Museum of Paleontology, take this opportunity to express their warmest gratitude for his long devotion.