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Obituary (1)

James Burrill Angell
The Michigan Alumnus 318

James Burrill Angell, President of the University of Michigan from 1871 to
1909, died at his home on the Campus on Saturday, April 1, 1916. The end
came as the result of a long period of decline, which culminated in a serious
illness in January from which he never recovered.

Shortly after his death, his physician, Dr. James F. Breakey, issued the
following statement:

"'President-Emeritus Angell's last serious illness was on January 24:
This was a slight apoplectic attack affecting his vision, and was brought on
in part by Dr. Angell answering a great number of congratulatory notes on
his birthday, which proved too much of a strain for him. From that time on a
gradually increasing weakness due to the infirmities of his age was evident.
This was more or less progressive up to last Wednesday, when terminal
pneumonia appeared, accompanied by fever and difficulty in taking any
form of nourishment. Since that time his life was a question only of his
resistance to death. The fact that he was able to continue the fight for the last
two days was due entirely to his remarkable vitality. He died very peacefully
at 11:50 A. M."

Five years ago Dr. Angell suffered an apoplectic stroke following a trip in
Russia with Professor and Mrs. M. L. D'Ooge. He was at once taken to
Berlin, where under the care of an excellent specialist he recovered
sufficiently to return home. He again became a familiar figure on the streets
of Ann Arbor, and maintained his interest in the University and his friends,
but there was a perceptible weakening of his powers and a drag in his step,
which showed how serious the blow, had been. A subsequent attack of
pneumonia in 1913 further weakened him, though until this last attack he
suffered no further serious illness.

Dr. Angell is survived by his two sons, Alexis C. Angell, '78, ‘80l, formerly
United States Circuit judge in Detroit, and James R. Angell, '90, A.M. ’91,
Dean of the Faculties of the University of Chicago, and Lois Angell
McLaughlin, wife of Professor Andrew C. McLaughlin, '82, '85l, A.M. '96,
of the Department of History in the University of Chicago. During his last
illness, his brother, William Angell was with him; his sister, Mrs.
Cogggeshall, of Providence, R. I., was also present at the funeral. The last
services were held at the home at 2:30 in the afternoon on Monday, April 3;
the burial was private, only members of the family, relatives, President
Hutchins, representatives of the Board of Regents, the Deans of the various
Schools and Colleges, and their wives, were present.

Particularly impressive was the share of the student body in honoring, the
memory of Dr. Angell. At the end of the services, the Glee Club, standing in
the yard just outside the door, sang "Laudes Atque Carmina," the most
beautiful feature of the simple ceremonies, while, as the funeral procession
turned towards Forest Hill Cemetery, the whole way down State Street and
up North University, Washtenaw and Geddes Avenues was lined with a
double row of students, standing in close order with bared heads to pay their
last tribute to Michigan's great President.