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William M. Cave
Regent's Proceedings 233

William M. Cave, Howard V. McClusky Professor of Education, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1990, after 35 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Cave received his B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1948, his M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1950, and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in 1957. He joined the University of Michigan in 1957 as an assistant professor of education. He was promoted to associate professor in 1963 and professor in 1968. Professor Cave has been an educational and social science consultant to UNESCO since 1972 and to the Organization for Economic and Cultural Development since 1975. He has also served as advisor to the Danish Ministry of Education, and has lectured in Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Great Britain, Kenya, and the Soviet Union.

Professor Cave's extensive bibliography reflects his wide-ranging and catholic interests. With Professor Mark Chesler of the sociology department, he authored a widely adopted and influential text, Sociology of Education: Access to Power. He also co-authored the first major post-World War II studies of education in the Soviet Union, Education and Social Change: A Study of the Role of the School in a Technical Developing Society in Central Asia (1965) and Education and Development in Soviet Central Asia (1971). In addition to these major works, Professor Cave has published 22 monographs, book chapters, and journal articles dealing with such topics as the sociology of higher education, education and modernization, political socialization, and strategies for lifelong learning.

Throughout his career at the University of Michigan, Professor Cave has demonstrated a deep commitment to teaching and to expanding our understanding of the dynamics of social and educational change. To these ends, Professor Cave applied great intellectual acuity, a charismatic classroom style, and limitless personal energy, attributes, which attracted generations of students to his office door. A tireless mentor, his interests included community organization and development, adult education, urban education, comparative and international education, and the sociology of education. Professor Cave was always looked to for his counsel, insight, and sound judgment in matters ranging from curriculum reform to school leadership. He maintained high standards of personal and professional conduct, and demonstrated his keen sense of citizenship through his loyal service to his colleagues and the school.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming William M. Cave the Howard V. McClusky Professor Emeritus of Education.