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Obituary/Memoir

Cecil J. McHale
Regents' Proceedings 179

The President reported the death of Cecil J. McHale, Professor of Library Science, on November 2, 1948. The following memoir was adopted for inclusion in the minutes:

Cecil John McHale, Professor of Library Science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, died in Ann Arbor on November 2, 1948, aged 49 years. His death, coming with shocking suddenness to one who was at the height of his vigor and productivity as teacher and scholar, has united the University community in grief at his loss and in sympathy for the surviving family who have been called upon to bear this benumbing tragedy.

Professor McHale, who had received his education at Carleton College, the University of Minnesota, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan, joined our Department of Library Science in 1938. His practical experience in public library service and his gifts of good judgment and lucid expression at once made it clear that his appointment had added strength to the Department of Library Science, both in its instruction and in its relations with public library practice in the State; for Professor McHale was eminently successful as a teacher and was also conspicuously helpful, through his surveys in several Michigan cities, toward improving the services of the public library system to the citizenry. These abilities were further evidenced by his professional publications and were recognized by his colleagues through his election to high office in their organizations.

In the face of an event which has brought so much sadness to our community, the Board of Regents can only give voice to their recognition of Professor McHale's great contribution to the success of the University's work in the field of librarianship and convey to his family their heartfelt condolences. This they do with the utmost sincerity, and order that this memoir be made a permanent part of their records.