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Albert Augustus Stanley
The Michigan Alumnus 341

The coming retirement of Dr. Stanley

The impending resig
nations of Professor
 Albert A. Stanley
 and Dr. Victor C. 
 Vaughan will bring home to most of us
 the slow, and yet constant and inevitable 
change in the University's personnel. 
 The men who knew the great leaders in 
the early period of the University, those
 who studied and taught under Chancellor
 Tappan have been gone some years, and 
now the men who made the University 
what it is under Dr. Angell's leadership, 
 are resigning their duties to younger hands. 

Last month THE ALUMNUS published
 the well deserved tribute to the long serv
ices of Dr. Stanley, soon to relinquish the 
chair of music he has held since 1888. 
 His labors will only be properly appreciated in the perspective of time. Michi
gan truly has been extraordinarily fortu
nate in having two such men as Professor
 Frieze and D r. Stanley, to create an ap
preciation of the best in music, and to
 stimulate constantly that interest, which
 has so long been a characteristic and dis
tinguished feature of Ann Arbor life. 

There are few universities, if any, 
 which can boast musical advantages so 
extraordinary as are offered Ann Arbor 
audiences every year in the recitals given 
in Hill Auditorium under the auspices of 
the University Musical Society, culmi
nating in the annual May Festival. The 
success of this effort and its continual
 growth through long years must be
 ascribed almost entirely to the indefati
gable and self-sacrificing work of Dr.
 Stanley. He has found time, not only to 
bring a real appreciation of music liter
ally to thousands of students in the class
room but he has also acted as the head of 
a very effective School of Music, closely 
associated with the University, though
 not a part of it. To these labors he has
 also added a scholarly preoccupation, 
evidenced not only by the truly monu
mental catalogue of the Stearns Musical 
Collection, at last carefully and adequate
ly installed under his charge in Hill Au
ditorium, but also by a forthcoming vol
ume in the University's Humanistic 
Series upon "Greek Themes in Modern
 Musical Settings."

Dr. Stanley is the author of many mu
sical compositions, not a few of them
 celebrating the University and commem
orating its special occasions. Through a 
special memorial, signed by hundreds of
 his friends as a heartfelt tribute to his
 long service for the University, he has 
been asked to include some of his own 
works upon the program of the coming 
May Festival —the last to be given under 
his personal direction.