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Memoir

Lawrence B. Mohr
Regents' Proceedings 328

Lawrence B. Mohr, Ph.D., professor of political science in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and professor of public policy in the School of Public Policy, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1999, following a 33-year career at the University of Michigan.

Born in 1931, Professor Mohr earned his A.B. degree in 1951 from the University of Chicago, and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees, in 1963 and 1966, respectively, from the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor of political science and research associate in the Institute of Public Administration. He was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1978. Within the institute, he was promoted to associate research scientist in 1974 and research scientist in 1978. Professor Mohr was an active participant in the transformation of the Institute of Public Administration into the Institute of Public Policy Studies (1968) and finally into the School of Public Policy (1995). He was appointed professor of public policy in 1995.

Professor Mohr made major contributions to many aspects of the study of public policy and public organizations. He authored four major books and numerous articles on such diverse and significant topics as organizational behavior, program evaluation, statistical significance testing, and the causes of human behavior. In recognition of his leadership in his field, in 1992 Professor Mohr received the Donald T. Campbell Award, given by the Policy Studies Association for "outstanding methodological innovation in public policy studies."

Within the University, Professor Mohr served on many departmental and University committees, was a special assistant to the dean of LS&A for undergraduate education, and was director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science. On the national and state levels, Professor Mohr worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and was a consultant to the Government Accounting Office, the National Institutes of Education and of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Henry Ford Health System, and the Industrial Technology Institute.

The Regents now salute this outstanding faculty member by naming Lawrence B. Mohr professor emeritus of political science and professor emeritus of public policy.