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Memoir

Hobart H. Willard
Regents' Proceedings 1334

On June 3, 1951, Dr. Hobart Hurd Willard, Professor of Chemistry, reached his seventieth birthday and thereby became eligible for retirement under the provisions of our "Bylaws."

Dr. Willard was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1903, with the degree A.B., and subsequently received the master's degree from this University and the Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1909.

His career, as teacher and scholar, has been unusually brilliant and successful. Joining the staff of the Department of Chemistry in 1905-6, and rejoining it in 1909, upon the completion of his graduate study, he has occupied a full professorship since 1922 and by his studies in analytic methods and in inorganic chemistry, particularly that of perchloric and periodic acids and their salts, has attained a position of leadership in his profession. This distinction the University of Michigan recognized in 1948 by designating him Henry Russel Lecturer for the year.

Dr. Willard has been particularly effective in the conduct of graduate work and the guidance of candidates for the doctorate in their research. His genial personality, and his active participation in the affairs of the national professional societies, have gained him hosts of friends throughout the land. Upon the occasion of his retirement the Regents of the University of Michigan express their profound thanks to Dr. Willard for his long-continued and highly valuable services to the University and confer upon him the title Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, inviting him to avail himself of all the courtesies customarily extended to emeritus members of the faculty.