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Memoir

Walter S. Wilde
Regents' Proceedings 162

Walter S. Wilde, Professor of Physiology, has retired from active Retirement faculty status as of May 31, 1975, after serving as teacher and researcher for nineteen years with the University.

Professor Wilde was born in Toronto, Canada, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States at the age of seven. He completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University of Ohio before entering graduate school at the University of Minnesota. He received his M.A. in 1933 and Ph.D. in 1937.

From 1937 Professor Wilde held junior teaching and research appointments at the University of Wyoming and Louisiana State University, School of Medicine. He was appointed Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University in 1943. From 1945 to 1947 he held senior research appointments with the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Tulane University School of Medicine granted him an Associate Professorship in 1947 and promoted him to full Professor in Physiology in 1956.

In 1956, Professor Wilde joined the University of Michigan Medical School as full Professor. He contributed his knowledge to both instructional and research programs of the Department of Physiology of the Medical School during his nineteen years with the University.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Physiology.