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Memoir

Claude A. Eggertsen
Regent's Proceedings 300

Claude A Eggertsen, Professor of Education, will retire from active faculty status at The University of Michigan on May 31, 1979. He reached the age of 70 on February 25, 1979, having served a distinguished forty-year career in the area of Social Foundations of Education, particularly as an expert in historical studies and in international and comparative education.

Professor Eggertsen has been a faculty member of the School of Education since his appointment as instructor in 1939. He has been a full professor since 1953 and has been chairman of the department (later program) during most of his tenure here. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1930, his M.A. from that institution in 1933, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1939. Before coming to Ann Arbor, he had been a high school teacher in Price, Utah (1930-34); he had also taught both as an instructor at the University of Minnesota (1935-39) and as a visiting assistant professor at Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado. He has since served as a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University, UCLA, the University of Colorado, San Jose State College, University of Baroda, and at the University of Sheffield, with which he has sustained a regular and close relationship since 1957.

During 1944-46, he served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Pacific Theater, where he was Officer-in-Charge of Educational Services for the 14th Naval District. He received the Bronze Star Medal in 1946 for organizing and operating the Navy Pacific University.

Professor Eggertsen has studied public education through regular visits to Europe over the past thirty years, also to Mexico, India, and other Asian countries. He has published many articles on the educational history of the U.S. in the 19th century and has supervised numerous monographs in international and comparative education, most of which have been published in the U-M Comparative Education Dissertation Series (No. 28, 1975) and the U-M Social Foundations of Education Monograph Series (No. 8, 1978). As an extension of his Wednesday afternoon seminar for doctoral students in Social Foundations, held for many years, an association consisting primarily of his former students has been formed which carries on professional functions. They have honored him in a retirement dinner, and they are preparing a Festschrift in his honor.

A pioneer in the field of international and comparative education, he was Editor of the History of Education Journal (1950-59), founded and edited the periodical Notes and Abstracts in American and International Education (1961- ), was Executive Secretary of the National Society of College Teachers of Education (1949-60), was President of the History of Education Society in 1950 and of the Comparative Education Society in 1963, and was made a member of the European Comparative Education Society in 1966. Through many projects and conferences he brought prominence to the Social Foundations program in international and comparative education. Especially notable was the 1962-72 Education in India project. Among the several foreign field experiences he arranged, those for would-be teachers offered at the Universities of Sheffield (1960- ), Keele 1963-70) and Edinburgh (1966- ) were the most extensive.

In 1979 a lectureship was established in his honor, to be given at annual meetings of the International and Comparative Education Society. He has also been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and a Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society and has served the U.S. Office of Education and the Fulbright Board in various capacities.

Special mention should also be made of Professor Eggertsen's seminal role in the creation of the University faculty's Senate Assembly and of his widely acknowledged and gifted leadership in University faculty governance over the past two decades.

The Regents now salute this distinguished professor for his outstanding service to The University of Michigan and the fields of international and comparative education by naming him Professor Emeritus of Education.