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Lenin A. Baler
Regents' Proceedings 1077

LENIN ALLEN BALER, professor and director of community mental health, L. A. Baler School of Public Health, and professor of psychology, College of Literature, Sci- Retirement ence, and the Arts will retire May 31, 1984, from a most productive career as a teacher and researcher, which he began in 1948.

A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Professor Baler received his doctoral degree in psychology from Boston University in 1950, having previously and later studied at Harvard College and Harvard School of Public Health from which he received one undergraduate degree and four graduate degrees in psychology and community mental health. He has held academic and administrative posts in areas related to his professional preparation at The University of Michigan since 1967, at Boston College, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University.

Professor Baler's academic and professional honors are many, including the J. Willard Hayden Scholarship (1940), the Edwards Foundation Scholarship (1946), and a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellowship (1959). He was elected as a member of Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society and Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the American Public Health Association, and in the latter he was elected Councillor. He is listed in American Men of Science and Who's Who in the Midwest. His leadership in the field of community mental health has been a source of strength both within The University of Michigan and in service agencies and organizations throughout the United States. His teaching and research have brought recognition to the University's School of Public Health, and his students have profited from his insightful teaching.

Throughout his career he has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous clinical and research programs throughout the United States including such organizations as the Epidemiological Center, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Illinois State Department of Mental Health, Michigan Department of Mental Health, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and editor of the Community Mental Health Journal and coeditor as a second appointment between 1965 and 1971. In addition, he has served as an ad hoc consultant to the Suicide Prevention Center, NIMH; to VISTA, OEO; as a consultant to NIAAA; and as a consultant to the Massachusetts Vocational Rehabilitation Commission and to the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital. He has had a varied and nationally recognized career, and has been a leader in the field of community mental health both within The University of Michigan and in the United States.

In recognition of his dedication to teaching and research, the Regents now salute this distinguished professional educator by naming him Professor Emeritus of Community Mental Health and Professor Emeritus of Psychology.