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Memoir (Obituary)

David L. Angus
Regent's Proceedings 78

The Regents of the University of Michigan acknowledge with profound sadness the death on August 14, 1999, of David L. Angus, professor of education.

Professor Angus earned his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in 1956, 1960, and 1965, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan School of Education as an assistant professor in 1966, was promoted to associate professor in 1969, and to full professor in 1975.

Professor Angus was a nationally renowned historian of education and scholar of comparative education. He was the author of numerous articles and studies on the politics of education and the history of curriculum. His recently published book, The Failed Promise of the American High School, 1890 —1995, is a path breaking study of the problems of American secondary education. His interests in international and comparative education took him around the world. His remarkable ability to cross cultures and engage people with very different perspectives led him to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh and Peking University. In 1966, he was named Lingnan Scholar in American Studies and Comparative Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong/American Center. An adventurous and intrepid traveler, Professor Angus particularly enjoyed leaving well-worn paths to explore new and exciting places, particularly in East Asia.

A passionate teacher, Professor Angus routinely challenged the conventional wisdom of his field. His classes were marked by lively exchanges about issues and ideas. He has a legion of devoted students who hold positions at schools, universities, and ministries of education across the globe.
In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Professor Angus' other great passions were music and tennis. An accomplished percussionist, he worked his way through college playing gigs in and around Columbus, Ohio, and following graduation he spent his military service as a member of the Fifth Army Band. His love of music continued during his years in Michigan playing with the Ann Arbor Civic Band, Ann Arbor Civic Choir, and conducting the band for the Dexter Community Theater's musical productions. He was also a superb tennis player known for his great competitive spirit.

David Angus is survived by his wife, Anna Wu Angus; his children, Amy Angus Mees, Steven, Jonathan, and Sara; and his grandchildren, David and Emma Mees and Fionn Angus. He is also survived by his mother, Helen Angus, sister Pat, and brother Dick. David Angus' work was widely cited and his mentoring of students broadly acclaimed but what will be especially missed is the passion he brought to everything he tackled. He will be sorely missed. As we celebrate the life of this distinguished scholar and teacher, our condolences go to his wife, Anna Wu Angus, as well as his children, mother, sister, and brother.