The Faculty History Project documents faculty members who have been associated with the University of Michigan since 1837. Key in this effort is to celebrate the intellectual life of the University. This Faculty History Website is intended as a component of the effort to document the extraordinary academic achievements of Michigan’s faculty in building and sustaining one of the world’s great universities. It provides access to a comprehensive database of information concerning the thousands of faculty members who have served the University of Michigan.
Find out more.

The Bentley Historical Library serves as the official archives for the University.


John Melvin Trytten
Regents' Proceedings 837

JOHN MELVIN TRYTTEN, Professor of Education, and for sixteen years Principal of the University High School, entered upon his retirement at the conclusion of the past academic year. He was a native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and completed his undergraduate work at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His subsequent formal education he obtained at the universities of Wisconsin, Chicago, and Michigan, earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree here in 1943.

Having first alternated teaching and school administration with a career in commerce, Professor Trytten combined the two occupations in 1925, serving as office manager for a firm in Sioux City and simultaneously teaching bookkeeping in the public schools there. Two years later he joined a training unit of Western Michigan University as critic teacher in business subjects. In 1931 The University of Michigan appointed him Instructor in Commercial Education and Teacher of Typing in the University High School. He served as Co-ordinator of Guidance Activities in that School from 1936 to 1938, as Acting Principal in the following year, and as Principal from 1939 to 1955. In the School of Education, he rose through the several ranks to a professorship in 1957.

Professor Trytten was a highly competent school administrator and director of teacher training in business subjects. His versatile experience in education gave him at once a deeply felt knowledge of its values and a broad conversance with its techniques. The influence he exerted on secondary school organizations and personnel throughout the state was of lasting benefit both to public education and to the interests of the University. Gratefully conferring on him the title Professor Emeritus of Education, the Regents of the University take this occasion to thank him for his long devotion and to invite his continued participation in University life.