The Michigan Alumnus 83
JESSE EARL THORNTON, A.M. '20, l'21-'22, g'21-'22, '24-'26, has been on the University faculty since 1914, and is now serving as Professor of English.
Born at Sherwood, Michigan June 2, 1886, he was educated at Sherwood and Coldwater before going on to Albion College, where he received an A.B. degree in 1908. The following year he taught physics and chemistry at Bemidji, Minnesota, and then from 1909 to 1911 he was Head of the Eng lish Department at the State Normal School, Albion, Idaho. After leaving there, and until Thornton came to the University of Michigan faculty, he served as Assistant Professor of Eng lish at the State College of Washing ton, Pullman, Washington.
He began his career at the University as an Instructor in Engineering English, and in 1920 was made Assistant Professor. He became an Associate in 1930, and was advanced to Professor ten years later.
Professor Thornton is a mem ber of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, and his "Science and Social Change", a com pilation, has been published by Brookings Institute. Mr. Thornton's family is one hundred percent Michi gan alumni—his wife is the former Nellie Thomas, '25, now employed in Graduate Reading Room No. 1 at the General Library. Professor Thorn ton enjoys farming as a hobby, and he owns a farm near Coldwater. He has two daughters, Frances, '34, and Ona Jane '33-36; and a son, Captain Joseph, '35c, M.S.'36, who has been in India.