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Memoir

Roger F. Hackett
Regents' Proceedings 396

Roger F. Hackett, professor of history, will retire from active faculty status on June 30, 1993, following 32 years of service at the University of Michigan.

Professor Hackett earned his B.A degree from Carleton College in 1947 and his M.A and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1949 and 1955, respectively. He taught at Northwestern University from 1953-61 before coming to the University of Michigan as an associate professor in 1961. He was promoted to professor in 1967. During his long and productive tenure, Professor Hackett served terms as associate chair and chair of the Department of History and director of the Center for Japanese Studies.

Having been born in Kobe, Japan, and being fluent in Japanese, the study of modem Japanese history was a natural career choice for Professor Hackett and was one he carried through with distinction. In 1976, the Tokyo journal Shokun listed Professor Hackett as one of America's five outstanding historians of Japan.

A specialist in political modernization and a popular classroom teacher, Professor Hackett authored a number of articles and essays on modern Japanese political history and leaders. In 1971, Harvard University published his book, Yamagata Aritomo in the Rise of Modem Japan, 1838-1922. An active member of the Association for Asian Studies, he served on that organization's executive committee, board of directors, and, from 1959-62, as editor of its Journal of Asian Studies.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member for his teaching, scholarship, and service by naming Roger F. Hackett Professor Emeritus of History.