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Memoir

John H. Lillie
Regents' Proceedings 189

John H. Lillie, D.D.S., professor of anatomy and cell biology in the Medical School and professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry, will retire from active faculty status on January 5, 1998.

After attending Kalamazoo College from 1959-62, Dr. Lillie received D.D.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1966, 1969, and 1972, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor in the Medical School and in the School of Dentistry. He was promoted to associate professor of dentistry in 1978, associate professor of anatomy in 1979, professor of anatomy in 1985, and professor of dentistry in 1991. From 1989-91 he also served as interim assistant dean for pre doctoral education in the School of Dentistry. Dr. Lillie has had a distinguished career as a gross anatomist, having applied his clinical knowledge of dentistry to undergraduate and graduate dental teaching in a number of anatomy courses. He is an acknowledged expert in this field, and his recent book, Sectional Anatomy of the Head and Neck, is a real testimony to his skills and impact in that area.

Also extremely effective in the classroom, Dr. Lillie has received eight awards for his dental teaching. For many years, Dr. Lillie directed an important research program on basement membrane biology. Most recently, he coordinated the electron microscopy component of a groundbreaking study involving the digital electron microscopic imaging and montaging of human nerve biopsies. During his tenure as interim assistant dean, Dr. Lillie played a very influential role in the administration of the School of Dentistry. He has also served the University well in the sphere of administration at other levels.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member for his dedicated service by naming John H. Lillie, professor emeritus of anatomy and cell biology and professor emeritus of dentistry.