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Memoir

Woodrow Hunter
Regent's Proceedings 72

Woodrow W Hunter, Professor of Education, retired from active faculty status at The University of Michigan on August 31, 1978. Professor Hunter has been a member of the University community for forty-five years, first as a student and later as a distinguished faculty member and administrator. Having previously earned the A.B. and M.A. degrees here, he returned to the campus in 1946 after military service in World War II to become a research assistant in the Institute for Human Adjustment. It was at that time that he launched his remarkable career in the then emerging field of social gerontology.

Although that career has taken him to distant points and has brought him international renown, it is on this campus that his superb talents as a teacher, researcher, and innovator have been most evident.

Professor Hunter's particular interest has been preretirement education although he has made major contributions in many aspects of gerontology. As a pioneer and persistent pacesetter in this area, as well as committed teacher, trainer, and researcher, he has brought great distinction to this University. Professor Hunter originated and taught graduate studies in preretirement education and a seminar in applied research and teaching in aging. He also developed the University-wide preretirement counseling programs, which today give every faculty and staff member an opportunity to address personally the issues crucial to successful retirement.

Woodrow Hunter has been a leader in state, national, and international professional societies. He is a fellow of the Section on Psychological and Social Sciences of the Gerontological Society, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Aging of the Adult Education Association of the USA. He has been awarded the Harry J. Kelly Award for Meritorious service to Michigan's older people.

As Director of the Program in Preretirement Education for the Institute of Gerontology, Professor Hunter has headed numerous federally-funded research and training projects, has provided consultation and training enabling many other institutions of higher education to develop programs in aging, and has given expert guidance to state and area planning agencies, labor unions, industries, public schools, and a wide variety of organizations. Abroad, he has served as consultant to the governments of Belgium and Great Britain, led the first National Conference in Retirement Education in Dublin, Ireland, and made presentations at the invitation of the International Center for Social Gerontology. He played a leading role in the 1971 White House Conference on Aging, and is presently serving on the U.S. Department of Labor Expert Committee on Aging.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator for his outstanding service to The University of Michigan, the field of gerontology, and the broader community by naming him Professor Emeritus of Education.