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Memoir as Regent

Harry George Kipke
Regent's Proceedings

The following memoir was adopted by the Board to record the retirement of Regent Harry G. Kipke as of December 31, 1947:

In April 1939, Harry G. Kipke was elected Regent of the University of Michigan, of which he himself was a graduate in the Class of 1924. Now, on December 31, 1947, he has concluded his term of office and has voluntarily retired from the Board. By this memoir, unanimously adopted, his colleagues, the present Regents, express to Regent Kipke and place upon record in their Proceedings their deep appreciation of his services as a member of the governing board of the University and their admiration for him as a man fitted by character, ability, and loyalty to merit the honor accorded him by the voters of the state.

Regent Kipke was assigned to the committees concerned with property, finance, and University relations; he has nevertheless regularly and effectively participated in all the discussions and actions on important questions of policy, which have arisen during his term of office. His clear and direct thinking, honesty of purpose, and unselfish devotion to the interests of the University have made his opinions eagerly sought for and thoroughly respected by his fellow Regents. All phases of the University's work have claimed his attention and enlisted his sympathy. His unusual background of distinguished participation in student activities, followed by a business and professional career demanding the constant exercise of judgment and leadership, has enhanced the quality of the service he has given liberally to his alma mater. His generous and loyal spirit has won for him the affectionate regard of his colleagues and of hosts of others, within and outside of the University.

To Regent Kipke from his colleagues there come abiding good wishes for his health and happiness and for the continuance of the friendships cemented by the association of the past eight years; for the University they express the hope that it may always enjoy the good fortune to have in its governing board men and women who will exercise their office in the capable and honorable manner which he has exemplified.