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Category Archives: 1901-1950

Remembering a great grandfather’s model ship-building achievements

Written on June 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm, by

Jack Underwood, a Michigan Medicine staff member and student in the U-M College of Engineering, shares this reflection of his great grandfather, Arthur A. Limpert.

The Bells of Michigan

Written on February 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm, by

The 53 bells of the Baird Carillon in Burton Memorial Tower have been tolling the quarter-hours and making music for so long that it’s hard to imagine the campus without them. But they are only the latest in a line of Michigan bells that date to the first students and the earliest classes.

Brothers of Band

Written on December 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm, by

In the 1920s, brothers Nicholas and Leonard Falcone played opposite sides of the field as rival directors of the Michigan and Michigan State marching bands.

Becoming Aunt Ruth

Written on September 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm, by

Night after night, Ruth Buchanan would leave her workplace at the Exhibit Museum and return home to send thousands of letters, greeting cards, and copies of The Michigan Daily to U-M students, faculty, alumni, staff members and others serving in World War II. Her correspondence was staggering: 17,828 letters; 6,952 birthday cards; 7,398 get-well cards.

The Last Engineer

Written on December 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm, by

Russell Hurst lived a full and happy life. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served bravely in WWII then came home to marry the girl next door and raise a family. One of his son Daryl’s most cherished memories is of working with his father in the late 1950s on the now-defunct University of Michigan Railroad.

Secretary and Screenwriter

Written on November 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm, by

At age 48, while working as a top university administrator, Shirley Smith wrote a story in which a scientist discovers a formula to make wood-repellent baseballs. The story was adapted as a screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film “It Happens Every Spring.”

Power to the People

Written on November 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm, by

When the University of Michigan moved from its original location in Detroit to its “new” home in Ann Arbor in 1837, construction of the U-M’s first campus buildings began. The  [more]

A Michigan Nurse at War

Written on October 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm, by

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, U-M nurse Mildred MacGregor (ex. Lieutenant Mildred A. Radawiec), began considering her options. In a discussion on forming an army general hospital, she was told: “It will be the most unforgettable experience you will ever have.”

Michigan’s Wartime Hospital

Written on October 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm, by

As the Second World War intensified, millions of Americans were called for service in both Europe and the Pacific. Swept up along with these soldiers were the men and women of the University of Michigan’s medical unit, the 298th General Hospital.

Winningest Coach of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics

Written on August 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm, by

Newt Loken was one of the most decorated men’s gymnastics coaches ever: two NCAA championships, 12 Big Ten titles, and two Coach of the Year awards. But he was unlike nearly every other coach who has reached such legendary status. Instead of barking orders like a drill sergeant, he was more like a father.