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Memoir

Herbert H. Alvord
Regents' Proceedings 535

Herbert H Alvord, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanical Engineering, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1982. His 35-year association with the department and the University began in the dual roles of graduate student and instructor in Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Alvord was born in 1919 in Big Bay of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He received his B.S. (M.E.) from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1942. He then worked as a design and development engineer for several industrial organizations, until he joined the University in 1947. He completed the M.S. (M.E.) degree at the University in 1950, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1951, Associate Professor in 1957, and Professor in 1960.

Professor Alvord's professional interests have centered on mechanical design, an activity in which he became highly competent. He has continued his professional practice throughout his career through research, summer employment in industry, consulting, and continuing study. Coupling this strong background with his equally strong interest in and talent for teaching, Professor Alvord has had a major impact on the teaching of mechanical design in the department.

He has been a dedicated, demanding and innovative teacher, unusually well liked and respected by his students. He has served the department with dedication in many additional ways throughout the years on many committees of all categories, and in curriculum, course, and laboratory development. He has the respect and affection of his colleagues on the faculty.

Some overseas activities Professor Alvord undertook, during leaves of absence, are among the highlights of his academic service. From 1961 to 1963, he was a guest professor at the University of Roorkee, India, under the sponsorship of U.S.A.I.D. (U.S. Agency for International Development). In the summer of 1965, he was again a U.S.A.I.D. guest professor, this time at the PSG College of Technology, Coimbature, India. In 1967-70 he served as Ford Foundation guest professor at the University of Singapore. Among the many and varied activities of these three assignments, he counseled on curriculum, course, and laboratory development, presented seminars on design to local faculty members, and consulted with local governmental agencies and industries. All of this was marked by the same high quality that has characterized his service in Ann Arbor.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator and researcher for his dedicated service to The University of Michigan by naming him Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanical Engineering.