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Earnest Boyce
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Earnest Boyce came to the University 
of Michigan in October 1944 as Profess
or of Municipal and Sanitary Engineer
ing in the Dept. of Civil Engineering 
and as Professor of Public Health Engineering in the School of Public Health. 
 His somewhat unique double appoint
ment recognized the need for close co
ordination between the work in sanitary
 science given by the School of Public 
Health and the work of the College of
 Engineering. During the year that Pro
fessor Boyce has been on the teaching 
staff he has assisted with the U.S. Army
 Sanitary Corps special A.S.T. Program conducted as a part of the war training 
program of the University as well as
 conducting undergraduate and graduate 
courses in sanitary engineering subjects. 
International developments have given
 emphasis to the need for better sanitary 
engineering and many foreign students 
have been sent here by their respective 
governments for instruction in this field. 

After receiving his B.S. in Civil En
gineering from Iowa State College in
 1917, Professor Boyce saw service in
 France as an artillery officer in World 
War I. Upon his discharge from the
 Army early in 1919 he was employed
 for a time on highway construction in
 Arkansas. In 1920 he joined the staff 
of the Engineering School, University of
 Kansas, where for twenty years he 
served on both the teaching and state 
service staff. For seventeen years he was Chief Engineer and Director, Divi
sion of Sanitation, Kansas State Board
 of Health. In 1930 Professor Boyce was 
granted the professional C.E. degree by 
Iowa State College and in 1932 upon 
completion of a year of graduate study
 he was granted the degree of Master of
 Science in Engineering (Sanitary) by
 Harvard University.

In April 1941, he was granted a leave 
of absence to act as chief consultant, 
 Water Supply Unit, and Construction Division office of the Quarter Master Gen
eral. On July 1, 1941 Professor Boyce
 accepted active duty as a Senior Sanitary Engineer (R) in the commissioned
 corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
 with rank of Commander. He served
 continuously as chief of the Sanitation
 Facilities Section, Division of Sanitation, Office of the Surgeon General, 
 U.S.P.H.S. until Sept. 15, 1944 when
 he was released from active duty to
 accept his present position. 

Professor Boyce's appointment fills
 the vacancy created by the retirement of
 Professor W.C. Hoad after thirty-two
 years of service. It is an interesting 
coincidence that this is not the first 
time Professor Boyce has occupied a 
position vacated by Professor Hoad. 
 Prior to his coming to Michigan in 1912, 
Professor Hoad, as a member of the 
Engineering faculty at the University of
 Kansas, helped organize the Sanitary 
Engineering State Service work and was
 appointed the first State Sanitary Engineer of Kansas.

Professor Boyce is enthusiastic with 
regard to the opportunities that are or 
can be provided at the University of
 Michigan through the close cooperation 
of the School of Public Health and the
 College of Engineering for the development of an outstanding instructional
 and research program in his special