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Memoir

Dennis Rigan
Regents' Proceedings 784

DENNIS RIGAN, Professor of Physical Education, has retired from active faculty status as of May 31, 1977, after a most productive career of 32 years at The University of Michigan.

Dennis Rigan took undergraduate studies at The University of Michigan and received an A.B. degree in 1941 in Sociology. Upon completion of active service in the United States Navy, he returned to The University of Michigan to earn an M.A. degree in Physical Education in 1946, and an M.P. degree in 1948. Professor Rigan taught at Mississippi College for several years before returning to The University of Michigan to complete an Ed.D. degree in 1956. Following the completion of the doctoral degree Professor Rigan joined the staff of the Department of Physical Education, which he has served until his retirement.

Dennis Rigan has been an outstanding leader in Physical Education in the area of Recreation for the Handicapped and Physical Activity for the Aged. His many interests and leadership activities have laid the foundation for present Departmental programs in those areas.

Dennis Rigan has made an outstanding contribution to the Ann Arbor Community and the State of Michigan through his active service on many community organizations. Included in many of his service contributions has been work with the Washtenaw Arthritis Volunteer Action Committee, the Ann Arbor Mayor's Commission for the Handicapped, the Michigan Health Council, the Ann Arbor Citizens Recreation Board, Michigan Department of Mental Health and numerous talks to civic groups.

The Regents now salute this distinguished physical educator for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.