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Memoir

Max A. Heirich
Regents' Proceedings 19

Max A. Heirich, Ph.D., professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and research scientist in the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 1999.

Professor Heirich received his B.A. degree from Earlham College in 1953 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963 and 1967, respectively. From 1954-60, he was projects director, then college secretary for the American Friends Committee. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as a lecturer in January 1967. He was named assistant professor that same year and was promoted to associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1998, serving both the Department of Sociology and the Residential College. Additionally, Professor Heirich was appointed associate research scientist in 1985 and research scientist in 1999 with the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, where he also served as director of the Worker Health Program from 1995-99.

Professor Heirich has made significant scholarly contributions to the sociological study of social movements, religion, and health. Two early books (1970 and 1971) analyzed "the spiral" of student protests in the 1960s and remain among the most influential works on this topic. Professor Heirich's 1977 article on religious conversion has become a citation classic among scholars of religion. More recently, Professor Heirich has directed his scholarly efforts toward more applied research and policy evaluation focusing on health and wellness. He is the author of five books and monographs and more than 30 journal articles and has served as principal investigator on several federally funded research projects related to health and wellness. He chaired an effort to establish national standards for wellness programs and played a leading role in the extension of health care services to under served populations.

Professor Heirich has been an outstanding teacher at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, shepherding many graduate students through their theses and receiving awards for both undergraduate teaching and undergraduate counseling. Known for his warmth and collegiality, Professor Heirich's many and unique contributions to the University will be sorely missed.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Max A. Heirich professor emeritus of sociology and research scientist emeritus.