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Memoir

John William Bean
Regents' Proceedings 1519

John William Bean, who has been associated with the Department of Physiology here for forty-seven years, is completing his retirement furlough this month.

Professor Bean was born and schooled in Ontario, Canada, but completed his undergraduate work at The University of Michigan in 1924. He proceeded to earn a master's degree in physics here in 1925, a doctorate in physiology in 1930, and a medical degree in 1937. Becoming an assistant in physiology while still a graduate student, he rose through the several faculty ranks to a professorship in 1944. On sabbatical leave in 1941, he carried out research on hypertension at the University of Buenos Aires. From 1954-56, and again in 1962-63, he served as acting chairman of his Department.

Professor Bean was a most capable and faithful teacher and a thoroughly loyal and efficient member of the Department of Physiology. As a scientist, he specialized in respiration and circulation. Steadily active in basic research and a prime authority on the physiological effects of high oxygen pressures, he served also as counselor, committeeman, and panelist for professional and governmental agencies, including the Department of Labor of New York State, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Office of Naval Research. Recently, he has inquired into the physiological effects of certain injuries characteristic of highway accidents. This is one direction, which he will no doubt continue to pursue in his unabated program of research.

The Regents of the University, as they appoint him Professor Emeritus of Physiology, extend him their grateful esteem for his long and able fidelity. They join his colleagues, furthermore, in anticipating a long and fruitful future association with the Medical Center.