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Memoir

Bernard A. Galler
Regents' Proceedings 288

Bernard A. Galler, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1994, following 38 years of service.

Professor Galler received two bachelor's degrees, in 1946 and 1947, from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in 1949 from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. degree in 1955 from the University of Chicago. He joined the University of Michigan Department of Mathematics in 1955 as an instructor he was promoted to assistant professor in 1959, associate professor in 1962, and professor in 1966.

As a pioneer in the field of computer science, Professor Galler helped shape this discipline at the University. In the early 1960s, he was active in the development of the new Communication Sciences Program, and in 1966, he became associate director of the Computing Center. His association with the Computing Center continued through 1991, during a period of tremendous growth and change in the areas of computer science and computing services. He became a charter member of the new Department of Computer and Communication Sciences (CCS) in 1966 and served as chair of the department from 1973-75. In 1984, Professor Galler was instrumental in negotiating the merger of the CCS Department and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Department of Computer and Communication Sciences was one of the first of its kind in the country, so it is not surprising that Professor Galler was influential in the development of the software and mathematics curriculum for computer science. Professor Galler has also provided vital service to the wider University community, serving as associate dean for long-range planning in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 1975-79, and on many University-wide committees and task forces over the years. Despite all of his administrative responsibilities, he has served as undergraduate counselor for the computer science degree program for many years.

On the national level, Professor Galler served as an officer of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from its earliest days, including the presidency from 1968-70; in 1980, the ACM awarded him its Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the field. He has served on many other national boards and committees and has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards and honors. In recent years, he has been instrumental in developing a national record of the history of computing.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Bernard A Galler professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science.

Regents’ Proceedings, May 1994, Page 288