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Louis Granich
LSA Minutes

1910 - 1950

Louis Granich died in an automobile accident on Wednesday morning, January 4, 1950, while on his way to the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Custer, Michigan, where he was a Consultant in Clinical Psychology. He is survived by his widow, Belle Granich, and two daughters, Judith and Janet. His sudden and untimely death is a severe loss to the University.

Louis Granich was born in New York City on January 1, 1910. His parents were very poor and were able to offer little financial support to their son in his educational career. He attended elementary and secondary schools in New York, and from 1925 to 1929 he studied at the College of the City of New York from which he was graduated Magna Cum Laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, he was appointed as a Fellow in the Educational Clinic at the College and while giving full time to this position, began his graduate studies at Columbia University. He obtained the Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in Psychology in 1940.

In 1930 he took a position as Psychologist with the Board of Education in New York City in the Department for Children with Retarded Mental Development, and when, subsequently this department was amalgamated with the Bureau of Child Guidance, he continued serving as Clinical Psychologist, winning professional respect from his colleagues which culminated in his appointment as Head of one of the units of that Bureau.

He volunteered for military service during World War II, being commissioned in 1942 in the Adjutant General's Department of the U. S. Army, and served successively as Personnel Consultant and Chief Clinical Psychologist at various army installations. He devoted himself with intensity to his military duties and, later, he always spoke with pride of his opportunity to contribute to the total military effort. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Captain and returned to his professional work in New York City.

In September of 1947 he was appointed Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1949. During the short period he spent with us his colleagues came to know the tempered wisdom of his counsel, his self-effacement in the constant effort to improve the Department's program in psychology and especially in clinical psychology, his intense absorption and effort in the teaching and guidance of his students, his cultural breadth and professional scholarship which were evident in his writings and research, and his delightful capacity for humor which enlivened his personal and classroom contacts. He exerted considerable influence upon the program of clinical psychology at the University. He developed many loyal friendships, both within the University and in the Ann Arbor community w'rdch he had come to love so much.

Louis Granich had a brilliant and searching mind. Because of his high standards of achievement and his self-critical attitudes, he was effective in sharing his creative efforts with students in the classroom and in conference. As he moved from a rich experience in professional clinical work to the academic setting, he initiated a program of research and publication which gave promise of valuable results. In addition to numerous articles in psychological journals, he published a book in 1947, Aphasia, based on his war-time research at England General Hospital. The results of his studies of soldiers with head injuries gave rise to a new orientation to the problems of aphasia which rapidly won acceptance in the field.

Louis Granich will be remembered with respect and affection by his colleagues, his students, and his friends.

Max L. Hutt
E. Lowell Kelly
Donald G. Marquis, Chairman