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Fedele F. Fauri
Regents' Proceedings 1311

On the occasion of his retirement, the Regents extend to Fauri F. F. Fauri, their gratitude for long and meritorious service to The University of Michigan and best wishes for equal accomplishment in his new role as State Racing Commissioner.

Dr. Fauri's accomplishment for the University and society have been continuous since he earned his law degree at Michigan in 1933. Following his graduation he returned to the Upper Peninsula in resettlement and state welfare administration work. Thereafter, he was for four years director of the Michigan Department of Social Welfare. Subsequently, he became consultant to United States Senate and House committees where he was instrumental in the development of Social Security amendments.

During his tenure as dean of the University's School of Social Work from 1951 to 1970, the School experienced both phenomenal growth and recognition as one of the nation's best schools. He was cited for his work in advancing the American Public Welfare Association and the Council on Social Work Education. He was both indefatigable and indomitable in achieving the high objectives, which he set for the School.

From 1970 to 1974 Dr. Fauri served as Vice President for State Relations and Planning and more recently as adviser to University executive officers. His long administrative and political experience, plus his unquestioned integrity and good humor made him invaluable in his role.

His matchless record of public service at community, state, and national levels foretells excellent and sure-handed administration in the sometimes controversial Sport of Kings. His experience in driving and training horses from boyhood in Crystal Falls insures a commissioner who loves the sport he has been called upon to administer.

Fedele Fauri's contributions to The University of Michigan will occupy a prominent place in the history of the institution. His legion of friends wish him good luck, good health, and great success in his new venture. The Regents gratefully appoint him Vice President Emeritus of State Relations and Planning and Professor Emeritus of Public Welfare Administration.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Fedele F. Fauri served as dean of the school from 1951 to 1970, when he became vice president for state relations and planning at the university. In 1975 the regents named Fauri vice president emeritus and professor emeritus. At this time, the regents of the university noted, "During his tenure as dean of the University's School of Social Work from 1951 to 1970, the School experienced both phenomenal growth and recognition as one of the nation's best schools. He was both indefatigable and indomitable in achieving the high objectives which he set for the School."

During his deanship, Fauri served in a number of national leadership roles, including president of the Council on Social Work Education, president of the American Public Welfare Association, and chair of the Editorial Committee of the first Encyclopedia of Social Work. In 1955 Fauri received the National Conference on Social Welfare Distinguished Service Award and in 1957 the W.S. Terry Jr. Memorial Merit Award from the American Public Welfare Association. The Terry Award citation noted, "Through his inspiration and skill he has built one of the outstanding schools of social work in the nation and has given new meaning to public welfare as a profession." In 1968 he received the Distinguished Service Award of CSWE "for his wise, far-seeing and effective leadership in addressing the problems of social welfare manpower and in opening the doors to lasting solutions through the promotion and support of social work education."

The Fedele F. and Iris M. Fauri Memorial Lecture in Child Welfare was established in 1985 through gifts from alumni, faculty, friends, and members of the Fauri family. A professorship named after Dean Fauri was awarded to Professor Edwin J. Thomas. A seminar room in Fauri's name is located in the School of Social Work, where a plaque notes that "his accomplishments in the field of child welfare and social work brought national and international acclaim to the School of Social Work and the University of Michigan." At the time of Fauri's retirement, the regents noted, "His matchless record of public service at community, state, and national levels foretells excellent and sure-handed administration in the sometimes controversial Sport of Kings. His experience in driving and training horses from boyhood in Crystal Falls insures a commissioner who loves the sport he has been called upon to administer" (Board of Regents, 1975).