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Memoir

Edwin J McClendon
Regent's Proceedings 128

Edwin J. McClendon, Professor of Education, School of Education, and Professor of Health Education, School of Public Health, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1987, after sixteen years of service.

A Choctaw Indian, born and reared in the old Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, Professor McClendon received his B.A. degree from Oklahoma East Central State College in 1946, his Ed.M. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1954, and his Ed.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1964. He joined The University of Michigan faculty in 1972, accepting a joint appointment as associate professor of education and associate professor of health education. He was promoted to professor of education in 1977 and professor of health education in 1978. During his tenure at the University, Professor McClendon taught courses in health education for both the School of Education and the School of Public Health, advised graduate students and chaired dissertation committees.

Professor McClendon has pursued an active career as a researcher, having written seven books and over 50 monographs, journal articles, and research reports. His most recent book, Health and Wellness, is widely used in high schools. Prior to his appointment at The University of Michigan, he worked in public schools as a teacher, high school principal, director of secondary education, and school superintendent. He also directed a joint school health project for the Oklahoma Departments of Health and Education, and served as assistant state superintendent of education for comprehensive health programs in the Michigan Department of Education. Professor McClendon's activities extend well beyond the boundaries of the state of Michigan, serving the cause of health education at national and international levels. Most recently, he has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

In recognition of his professional service and leadership, Professor McClendon has received many awards, including the Michigan School Health Association's 50th Anniversary Golden Award for Leadership, honorary life membership in the American Cancer Society, and the William A. Howe Award of the American School Health Association, which is the highest service award in the field of school health granted in the United States. He was also designated as Honored Tribal Elder of the Native American Students Association. He has served as past chair of the Native American studies sequence in American culture and also represents Native Americans on the University Minority Affairs Council. In addition, he was a member of the Martin Luther King Symposium planning committee during 1987. Professor McClendon has long been active in local educational affairs, having been, on several occasions, elected president of the Plymouth-Canton Board of Education.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Edwin J. McClendon Professor Emeritus of Education and Professor Emeritus of Health Education.