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John Worthington Hyde
Regents' Proceedings 1520

John Worthington Hyde, Professor of Planning, who joined the faculty of the College of Architecture and Design immediately after the Second World War, enters upon his retirement this month exactly as he attains the statutory age of seventy.

Professor Hyde was born and schooled in Amherst, Massachusetts, and earned a master's degree from Massachusetts State College in 1925. He taught landscape architecture for two years at Michigan State and for five years at Alabama Polytechnic Institute; returned to school himself, earning a Master of City Planning degree from Harvard University; and then entered public employ. From 1936 to 1945, he served as a technical expert with federal housing and planning agencies, interspersing a year as a planning engineer for the State of New Jersey. In 1945 he accepted an associate professorship at Michigan. Four years later the University advanced him to his present rank.

Though he carried an unusually heavy teaching load during most of his tenure, Professor Hyde achieved signal success both with students in his specialty, whom he counseled individually, and with students in architecture, to whose awareness he added a broad new dimension. Because his field of interest was basic to so many public deliberations and decisions, and because he responded generously to petitions for aid and counsel, he was drawn into a diversity of professional and civic activities. He assisted in cross-campus seminars, professional conferences and symposia (both on campus and far afield), and planning commissions or committees of the county, the metropolitan region, and the state. His research and analyses carried the instant conviction, which attends a marriage of technical expertness with long experience and innate good sense. His College, the University, and the larger communities of the area and region are all deeply in his debt.

The University Regents, as they name him Professor Emeritus of Planning, offer him their own personal thanks, together with their best wishes for his future.