When Gregor Nagele emigrated to the United States from Wittenberg, Germany, he came with a peculiar and valuable skill—commandeering cadavers.
William Bliss Jolly
From 1856-64, William Bliss Jolly worked as a janitor, chopping wood, chasing sheep (and sometimes donkeys) out of classrooms, and ringing the campus bell.
As "Uncle" Jimmy Ottley’s famous hair turned from brown to white, his duties changed from janitor to hat-check man; a position he kept well into his 80s.
A love of adventure, nature and photography brought George Swain to Ann Arbor in 1900.
U-M Central Power Plant's First Hundred Years
By 1911, the university had expanded beyond the capacities its three original heating plants. A central plant was designed and built in 1914 to service the expanding campus. This plant became known as the Central Power Plant.
According to Henry Backhaus, one of the hardest parts of being a custodian at Angell Hall was “persuading students to do their smoking outside."
George and James Craven retired from U-M with notable record of achievement and 100+ years of service between them.
Agnes Inglis' Single-Minded Pursuit
For 26 years, Agnes Inglis devoted herself, largely without pay or recognition, to "fixing" the publications of the Labadie Collection.
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.
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.”
300 years of service
15 members of the Williams family have served the university for over six decades.
“Karen Dickinson’s belief in the impossible changed and enriched our world." — Laurita Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
“At the time I was hired, the medical school was very intent on enrolling more African American students. I feel that I greatly contributed to their efforts to make the medical school more diverse because I took my role seriously..." -Shirley Martin
Jim Toy is known as the first man in Michigan to publicly announce he was gay, at a 1970 anti-war rally in Detroit. He has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years advocating for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and others.
A 40-year quest to promote sexual respect and safety on campus
A strong ethical foundation led a young Marvin Parnes to take on the problem of sexual assault on Michigan’s campus.
Harald Eberhart and Roy Wentz are among a group of just 69 university glassblowers left in the U.S. Their dwindling numbers may change the face of scientific research.
In 1990, Mary Buschell founded Trail’s Edge Camp a week-long summer camp for ventilator-dependent kids.
Making the Michigan Difference in Teaching Young Children
Joan Rehak and Dee Wellwood together have spent fifty years making the Michigan Difference in early childhood education.
Fitting kids for wheelchairs since 1999
Chris Savoie has been fitting kids into wheelchairs for U-M’s Wheelchair Seating Services since 1999, and he says he sees the work differently than most.
A daughter and son’s reflections on U-M’s longest-serving executive officer
Richard "Dick" Kennedy remembered.
In 2007, Doug Armstrong incorporated North Star Reach Camp, a non-profit organization located on 105 acres in Pinckney, MI that will offer camp experiences to children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges.
From Ghanian "chief" to Las Vegas
Dante Vasquez put his experiences eradicating disease in Africa to work to reelect Barack Obama.
Anna Ercoli Schnitzer is a woman on a mission, steadfastly lobbying for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.
Feb. 14 marked 30 years since the “new” University Hospital opened its doors. It was a significant milestone for UMHS and its faculty and staff.
Legislative act establishes the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania.
Legislative act establishes the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania
The university adopts the official name of "The University of Michigan" and reorganizes to form a board of twenty-one Trustees, including the Governor (chosen from the faculty).
University's first year of classes in Ann Arbor; the student body consists of six freshmen and one sophomore taught by two professors.
Henry Philip Tappan inaugurated as first president of the university.
Michigan establishes the nation's first university-owned hospital.
Madelon Stockwell of Kalamazoo is the first woman officially admitted to the University.
Organization and incorporation of the University Musical Society/Choral Union.
Michigan Daily begins publication.
University RECORD established.
Eliza Mosher appointed first dean of women, and becomes first woman faculty member.
"The Victors" is written by Louis Elbel, a senior music student.