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Memoir/Obituary

Russell Everett Wilson
Regents' Proceedings 827

The Regents of the University extend their heartfelt sympathy to the wife and children of RUSSELL EVERETT WILSON, Associate Professor of Education, who died on April 1, 1974 at the age of fifty-six.

Born in Wayland, Michigan, he earned three degrees at The University of Michigan A.B. in 1939, M.A. in 1947, and Ph.D. in 1955. He also attended the Grand Rapids Junior College.

Prior to his appointment as Associate Professor at the University in 1957, Professor Wilson held teaching and administrative positions in Ann Arbor Public Schools, the Henry Ford School in Dearborn, the Dearborn Public Schools, and at Western Michigan, Michigan State, and Cornell universities. From 1953 to 1956 he served as an educational consultant with Brunswick Balke Collender Company in Chicago, where he developed the stackable plastic chairs used in schools.

Professor Wilson focused his career in the planning and development of the optimal physical environment for schools and classrooms. In addition to his teaching duties, he served many years as a consultant to the University's Bureau of School Services on school plant and site planning. As such he developed a national reputation in the field and provided invaluable service to school districts as well as state agencies and national associations.

The Regents join his many friends and colleagues in mourning the passing of so dedicated and exemplary an individual.