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Cooley Obituary

James Burrill Angell
The Michigan Alumnus 322

Dr. Angell was known to everyone for certain qualities - those that he wore
upon his sleeve. He was even-tempered, self-possessed, gentle and moderate
of speech, even when most earnest, and punctilious in official and social
matters. He never forgot or neglected the amenities however disagreeable
the occasion.

To his intimates he was known in other, and most attractive, ways. As a
companion by the fireside or when traveling there was none better. He
enjoyed telling a good story and his hearty laugh on hearing one was most
contagious. He was simple in his tastes and equally at home in the country
tavern or palatial city hotel. To conform to the conventionalities while
traveling was his habit.

He was a wise disciplinarian as go many young men can testify. While
insisting on decorum he did not overlook the future of the student in the
penalty inflicted for misconduct. The young man was far more important
than any rule of conduct. While he questioned at one time the expediency of
establishing military discipline on the Campus, he did remark once that he
thought it would be a good thing for the Faculty. The Faculty, he said,
bothered him more than the students.

He was a fine judge of character and read faces like a book. He loved
uprightness and straightforwardness as much as he detested crookedness and
underhandedness. His word of quiet praise for seemly action under trying
circumstances was like an anchor to windward. Though he might not fight
another's battles for him he was none the less interested, and pleased when
right won.

Our greatest debt to Dr. Angell is for his philosophy of life. He taught us to
look into the future with confidence, and a serene faith in the eternal fitness
of things.