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Henry Moore Bates
The Michigan Alumnus 382

 LL.D. (Hon.)'41, the Dean Emeritus whose active academic career 
spanned almost forty years of the Law 
School's rise to eminence in the legal
 and educational world, died last month 
in Berkeley, California. 

Accompanied by Mrs. Bates, he was 
visiting at the home of Herbert W.
 Clark, '05, A.M. '06, '08l, LL.D. (Hon.)
 '35, after recently recovering from an
 attack of influenza. Death was attrib
uted to heart disease.

Dean Bates, whose picture appeared 
in the Alumnus two months ago upon
 the occasion of his 80th birthday, was 
an eminent authority on international 
and constitutional law. He was Dean 
of the Law School from 1910 until his
 retirement ten years ago, and he was a 
member of the Law School faculty for 
a total of 36 years.

Born in Chicago on March 30, 1869,
he completed his secondary schooling 
there before coming to the University
 for undergraduate work. In 1892 he re
ceived his law degree from Northwest
ern University, then practiced law in
 Chicago until 1903 when he began his 
long career of distinguished service at
 the University.

During his administration the Law 
School experienced a marked change in
 curricula with a consequent stiffening 
of entrance requirements from the 
early days when high school graduates
 were permitted to enroll without other 
preparation. Physically and materially, 
too, the Law School prospered during
 his tenure, for the beautiful structures 
that house it today came to the Uni
versity through the gifts and endow
ments of William W. Cook, '80, '82l.

An active participant in the affairs
 of state and national organizations for
 the advancement of standards in the 
legal profession, Dean Bates held mem
bership on the National Advisory 
Committee of the Institute of Law, was 
an organizer of the American Law In
stitute, a Director of the American
 Judicature Society, a Past President of 
the Association of American Law
 Schools, a member of the American
 Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a 
National President of Coif. He also 
authored many articles for law journals.

In addition to his professional work,
 Dean Bates found time to participate 
in other important Campus affairs.
 While still an alumnus in Chicago, he 
had represented Michigan in the newly-
organized Big Ten Conference, and
 after returning to the University, he 
served as a member of the athletic
 Board in Control for two years. He was
 a guiding force in the movement which
 led to the construction of the Michi
gan Union, serving as chairman of the
 campaign committee for funds and of 
the building committee on plans. He
 served also as a member of the Union's
 Board of Governors until 1929, and
 was from its inception the Financial
 Secretary-Treasurer. His interest in 
undergraduates and their Campus ac
tivities was recognized by the Tribe of
 Michigamua that named him an 
Honorary Sachem in 1916. 

He is survived by his wife, Clara A.
 Belfield, and his daughter, Helen, who 
is married to Josselyn Van Tyne, As
sociate Professor of Zoology.