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Henry Moore Bates
Regent's Proceedings 346

The following memoir on the late Dean Emeritus Henry M. Bates, Memoir who died April 15, 1949, was approved:

The death of Henry Moore Bates, Dean Emeritus of the Law School, has removed a distinguished officer and teacher, to whom the University of Michigan stands indebted for no small share of the prestige, which it enjoys at the present time.

As Tappan Professor of Law from 1903, and Dean of the Law School from 1910 until his retirement in 1939, Dean Bates's efforts were constantly directed toward the improvement of legal instruction and the raising of professional standards in the practice of the law. While the results of his exertions are to be seen in the high level of achievement attained by our own Law School, his influence was also widely felt through the American Bar Association of which he was a prominent and active member, and the Association of American Law Schools, which he served as president in 1912-13.

In addition to the recognition, which came to him as an administrator, Dean Bates was widely known as a profound scholar in the field of constitutional law and as one of the great teachers of this subject. It was, furthermore, characteristic of him throughout his long and honorable career to feel a genuine and a keen interest in the students of his School, not only during the period of their enrollment but after they had entered active legal practice, and this same concern for the welfare of Michigan students led him to take an effective part in the establishment of the Michigan Union and the provision of its present facilities.

The circle of his friends, among the faculty and the alumni body of this University and in the legal profession throughout the country, is a wide one. They, together with the Regents of the University of Michigan, will sorrow at the loss of a vigorous and universally respected leader, whose contributions to the causes he espoused will be a lasting monument to his memory.