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Willis Gordon Stoner
The Michigan Alumnus 3

Mr. Stoner died at the age of 62 
following an illness of several months.
 Until his death, he was General Man
ager of the Midland Steel Products
 Company, Detroit. He started with 
the firm in 1920 when he resigned his 
professorship here.

After receiving his degree, Mr.
 Stoner worked with a law firm in Chi
cago for two years. In 1908, he ac
cepted a position as Instructor in the
 Law School, and by 1912, he had been 
made a full professor.

During the First
 World War, he was on leave from his 
teaching duties to serve first as a cap
tain and later as a major in the Army 
Sanitary Corps. Returning to the Cam
pus after the war, he taught for a 
semester before resigning.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Stoner 
served on the Board in Control of Student Publications, first as Secretary 
and later as Supervising Business Man