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Memoir

William George Merhab
Regent's Proceedings 303

William George Merhab, Professor of Romance Languages and
Education, will retire from active faculty status at The University of
Michigan on May 31, 1979.

Professor Merhab has been a member of the University community
for forty-nine years, first as a magna cum laude graduate and as a
distinguished faculty member. He earned the A.B. in French in 1934, the
M.A. in French in 1935, and the Ph.D. in Romance Languages in 1942.
While a graduate student he taught French and Spanish. During World War
II, Professor Merhab served his country in South America where he
organized an American Cultural Center, directed and taught English
language courses and was appointed to be Director of Department of
Courses of the Institute Brazil-Estados Unidos of Rio de Janeiro. While in
Brazil he organized the first Association of Teachers of English in Brazil,
which subsequently became a Brazilian national organization, prepared text
materials for teaching English, and broadcast over B.B.C. and N.B.C. for the
Brazilian Government. Upon returning to the United States in 1946,
Professor Merhab began his faculty tenure at The University of Michigan.
He was director of professional preparation of foreign language teachers,
directed NDEA institutes, conducted seminars for UNESCO, created a
Michigan Interdisciplinary Seminar on Latin America with Literary College
colleagues, worked in the TEFL program and developed a bilingual
education program.

Professor Merhab is a member of TESOL, Modern Language
Association, Association of Teachers of English (honorary life member),
MEA, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,
ASCD, American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Language, American
Association for Bilingual Education, and American Association of Teachers
of French.

The breadth of experience, interest and training have enabled him to
bridge the gap between theory and practice. Schools seek his counsel, as do
doctoral students in the varying interests in language acquisition. He is
presently involved in a federally funded bilingual project.
The Regents now salute this distinguished professor for his exemplary
service to The University of Michigan, in two schools, and to a variety of
fields dealing with language acquisition, by naming him Professor Emeritus
of Romance Languages and Professor Emeritus of Education.