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William Charles Morse
Regents' Proceedings 318

William Charles Morse, Professor of Education and Professor of Psychology, retired from active duty on May 31, 1985, after 38 years of gifted service to The University of Michigan.

Professor Morse was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 23, 1915. He received his B.A. degree from The University of Michigan in 1938, the M.A. degree in 1939, and the Ph.D. degree in 1947. He was appointed instructor in educational psychology at The University of Michigan and in 1956 attained the rank of professor. From 1945 to 1961, Professor Morse was also director of the university's Fresh Air Camp, a therapeutic summer residential camp program for emotionally disturbed children. In 1965 he was appointed chairman of the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, an interdepartmental unit within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, becoming a professor of psychology in 1966.

Professor Morse is a fellow of the American Psyohological Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association, of which he is a past-vice president; he is also past-president of the Michigan Psychological Association. He continues to consult regularly with public schools in local and metropolitan areas and works actively with national, state, and local organizations such as the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, and the Michigan Association of Teachers of Emotionally Disturbed Children. He is consulting editor for a number of journals in special education and related areas and a frequent consultant for site visits, program evaluations, and research proposals for national governmental agencies.

He has received the following honors in his career while at the University: U-M Distinguished Faculty Award (1970); American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Program Award (1975); William Clark Trow Distinguished Professorship (1977); Wallin Award of the Council of Exceptional Children (1978); Distinguished Service Award of the Michigan Association of Teachers of Emotionally Disturbed Children (1982); and the C. S. Harding Mott Award (1982).

The Regents now salute William Charles Morse, dedicated educator and researcher, for his service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Education and Professor Emeritus of Psychology.