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Howard Yale McClusky
Regent's Proceedings 523

Howard Yale McClusky, who has served on the faculty of the School of Education for an astonishing period of forty-six years, attained the statutory retirement age this past February.

Professor McClusky was graduated from Park College in 1921, and devoted the next three years to graduate work at the University of Chicago. Completing his doctorate in 1929, he undertook supplementary study at the University of London in 1933-34. By then, however, he was well established on the Michigan faculty, which he joined in 1924, and within which he rose to a professorship in 1939. During the nineteen thirties he was also consulting psychologist at University High School. And, continuously since 1938, he has held a one-third-time appointment in Community Adult Education, at first under the Vice-President for University Relations and, since the Second World War, under the Extension Service.

It is impossible even to summarize Professor McClusky's far-flung activities in a brief space. As an educational psychologist, he has contributed to a deeper and subtler perception of mental health, both among generations of students at Michigan and among his peers nationwide. He has been equally creative in the field of community adult education, in which he pioneered in the state of Michigan in the nineteen thirties, and of which he has become a national philosopher and elder statesman. He has been a member of the United States Commission to UNESCO: consultant on education to federal departments, commissions, and offices; and, within Michigan, a member of numerous state, municipal, and private agencies devoted to civic and educational betterment.

More significant than any innovation he has helped effect through central authority or external organization has been the voluntary and autonomous response of communities to which he has ministered. Professor McClusky served twice, at separate intervals, as president of the Michigan Council of Churches. For a certain missionary zeal, and a desire to foster lives other than his own, characterized all his endeavors.

Honored on campus by a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Professor McClusky earned enough other well-distributed honors to have supported several academic reputations. On the occasion of welcoming him to the emeritus faculty with the title Professor Emeritus of Education, the Regents of the University nevertheless find it most fitting to thank and praise him for his total life-style of dedicated service.