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Alan A. Marra
Regents' Proceedings 1143

Alan A. Marra Professor of Architecture, has concluded a twenty- A. A. Marra five year career as a teacher, researcher, and nationally recognized specialist Retirement in wood technology at the University and has been granted his request for early retirement. A native of Ohio, he received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees at New York State College of Forestry in 1940 and 1942 respectively. He later earned his Ph.D. at The University of Michigan in 1956. His professional career included positions as a Project Engineer for the Engineering Research Corporation in Maryland from 1942-43, Technical Director for Pluswood, Inc. of Wisconsin, from 1943-44, and Supervisor of the Sales-Service Lab of Monsanto Chemical Company of New York from 1944-48. In 1949 he was appointed a Research Engineer at the University's Engineering Research Institute. In 1953 he was named an instructor in wood technology at the School of Natural Resources, being subsequently promoted to Assistant Professor in 1955, Associate Professor in 1956, and to full Professor in 1960. In 1968 he was transferred to the faculty of the School of Architecture and Design as Professor of Architecture. Throughout his career he was acclaimed for his outstanding ability as a teacher. His classroom work was admirably augmented by his active research efforts which led to his national reputation in wood adhesives. He has been a consistent advocate of research leading to new and improved uses of wood in a host of imaginative ways. The Regents happily salute him on the occasion of his retirement and wish him every success in what will be a continuingly productive life. They are pleased to name him Professor Emeritus of Architecture.