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Memorial to James R. Angell

James Burrill Angell
The Michigan Alumnus 298

One Of Michigan's
 Great Sons Is Dead

A.M.'9l, LL.D. (Hon.) '31 
President-Emeritus of Yale University
 died early this month. 

 ANGELL, '90, A.M.'91, LL.D.
(Hon.) '31, an educator of international 
repute and the first non-alumnus to
 serve as President of Yale University,
 died at his home in Hamden, Connecti
cut, March 5. He had been serving as 
an educational counselor of the Na
tional Broadcasting Company since re
tiring from the presidency of Yale in
 1937. He had served as a member of the 
University of Michigan's Alumni Advi
sory Council for many years.

Dr. Angell was born at Burlington, 
 Vermont, a son of James Burrill Angell, 
LL.D. (Hon.) '12, later beloved Presi
dent of the University of Michigan, and
 Sarah Caswell Angell. As an under-
graduate at Michigan, Angell played 
baseball and became tennis champion. 
 After leaving the Campus he studied 
at Harvard, earning a second A.M. de
gree, and then he studied at several 
European institutions before returning 
to the States to join the faculty at the 
University of Minnesota in 1893. 

In 1894, Dr. Angell joined the University of Chicago faculty as an Assist
ant Professor of Psychology and was
 Director of the psychological labora
tory. In the half century that he was
 there, he built the university's psychol
ogy department to international recognition, served as Dean of the faculties
 and acted as President for a period. He 
left that university to serve as President
 of the Carnegie Corporation for a year.

It was in 1921 that Yale University 
called Dr. Angell to become its four
teenth President. In that capacity he is
 probably best known for his creation of 
a "new Yale"—during his presidency
 thirty-five buildings were erected at a
 cost of $52,000,000, and the university's endowment was quadrupled. As a
 New York Herald Tribune editorial 
points out: "He brought to his sixteen
 years as President of Yale not only the
 riches of academic training but a born
 capacity to direct and organize. He
 combined the spirit of learning with
 shrewd business judgment. When it is
 added that he was a brilliant speaker,
 of force and wit, it can be seen how completely he met the varied and conflict
ing demands which make it so difficult 
to fill this post adequately ..."

The list of honors and awards going 
to Dr. Angell was long and distinguished, as was his service with many
 organizations. To mention some of the
 other posts he held—he was a Director
 of the New York Life Insurance Com
pany and the RCA Institute, Inc.; was
 a trustee of the American Museum of
 Science and Industry; was Honorary
 National President of the English-
Speaking Union; was Director of the 
Hall of Fame on the Bronx Campus of
 New York University; and since 1947 
had been President of the Roscoe B.
 Jackson Memorial Laboratory at Bar
 Harbor, Maine. His book, "Psychology," went into four editions, and he 
also was the author of other books and 
he contributed to scientific journals.

Dr. Angell had earned honorary de
grees from many universities and col
leges besides Michigan, and he had
 been decorated by France, China and 
Italy. He is survived by his widow,
 Katherine Cramer Woodman Angell, a
 son, a daughter and five stepchildren.