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Memoir

Russell Hunt Fifield
Regents' Proceedings 688

Russell H. Fifield, professor of political science, will retire from active faculty Retirement status as of May 31, 1983, after 36 years of service to the University.

Professor Fifield graduated from Bates College in 1935. He went on to receive his master's degree in 1940 and his Ph.D. degree from Clark University in 1942. After a period of service in the Department of State, he began his teaching career at The University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1947.

Professor Fifield is a specialist on Southeast Asia. He is the author of 5 books and 25 articles, most of them dealing with the international politics of Southeast Asia, diplomatic history of Southeast Asia, and United States diplomatic relations with Southeast Asia. He has received many prestigious grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Research Professorship, the George Louis Beer prize of the American Historical Association, and a listing in Who's Who in America. He played a major role in the doctoral training of some 15 students, and has taught both courses on Southeast Asia and courses in general world politics. He has been active in the Association for Asian Studies, and continues now to serve that organization as secretary-treasurer.

The Regents now salute this distinguished political scientist for his dedicated service to The University of Michigan by naming him Professor Emeritus of Political Science.