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Fred Newton Scott
Regent's Proceedings 636

The Secretary filed a telegram announcing the death in San Diego, California, earlier in the day, of Professor Emeritus Fred Newton Scott. The Board directed that the following statement be incorporated in the minutes of this meeting:

In the death of Fred Newton Scott, the University of Michigan has lost one of its most beloved teachers and distinguished scholars, for Professor Scott's long career at this University was remarkable no less for the recognition which he won, nationally and internationally, for his achievements in the fields of literature, rhetoric, criticism, and the history of language, than for the regard in which he was held by generations of Michigan students.

Professor Scott was one of those who gave his whole life to the service of the University of Michigan. He was a graduate of Michigan, and received here the degrees of A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. It is a source of regret to the Regents and his many friends that because of the state of his health his alma mater could not have conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at Commencement this June as had been planned. Professor Scott's first appointment to the faculty of the University was in 1884 when he was made Assistant Librarian. In 1889 he became Instructor in English, and, after terms as assistant professor and junior professor, he became Professor of Rhetoric in 1901. This rank he held until his retirement in 1927, his title being changed to Professor of Rhetoric and Journalism in 1921. Professor Scott's interest in rhetoric and his recognized ability led to the creation of the Department of Rhetoric in 1901.

He was a great teacher and inspired many to enter the fields of scholarship, which he himself loved. It was his distinction to have been the first teacher of journalism in any American college. His abilities were recognized by his colleagues by his election to the presidency of the Modern Language Association of America in 1907. He was also a member of many other professional societies, including the English Association of Great Britain, the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Philosophical Society of Great Britain, and his list of writings included a number of books which are well known to English teachers throughout the country.

The Regents of the University of Michigan extend their deepest sympathy to Professor Scott's family, and, by incorporating in their records this resolution, they desire to express permanently their high regard for one of Michigan's greatest teachers and scholars and their sorrow at his passing.