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Fred George Walcott
Regents' Proceedings 891

FRED GEORGE WALCOTT, Professor of Education in the School of Education and of English in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, has attained the age of seventy and relinquished his active faculty status according to University regulations.

Professor Walcott was born and schooled in Sparta, Michigan, and farmed there for a number of years before embarking on an academic career. After being graduated from Grand Rapids Junior College in 1925, he pursued his baccalaureate work in Ann Arbor while serving as principal of the Sparta High School. Proceeding to earn his master's degree here while teaching at Negaunee High School, he came permanently to Ann Arbor in 1930 to teach English at University High School and to instruct in the School of Education. He earned his doctorate in education in 1945 transfered a part of his teaching obligation to the English Department of the Literary College in the next year, and was appointed to joint professorships in education and English in 1955.

A warmly esteemed colleague and able secretary to the faculty of the School of Education, a sympathetic consultant and attractive speaker, and an inspirational teacher with appreciative former students scattered throughout the state, Professor Walcott made his influence felt both intensively and extensively. His membership on committees and commissions of the Modern Language Association and of the National Council of Teachers of English and his leadership in the Michigan Schoolmasters' Club testify to his profound professional commitment, as do his textbooks and many fertile essays on professional topics. It would be inappropriate to conclude this memoir without celebrating the high personal idealism, which has informed Professor Walcott's total career.

The Regents of the University, who now appoint him Professor Emeritus of Education and of English, extend their own warmest greetings and cordially invite him to partake of the privileges accorded that rank.