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John Robert Effinger
LSA Minutes

"On Wednesday, June 7, the University of Michigan suffered a heavy loss in the death of John Robert Effinger, Professor of French and Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The sudden and stunning blow which removed our beloved friend and colleague from our midst has terminated an honorable and distinguished career of forty-five years as student, teacher, and executive. Few men have served the University longer; none more devotedly. His loyalty to the University was jealous and passionate; his every thought and wish directed to its advancement. His profound interest in educational progress and the improvement of teaching; his wholehearted furtherance of the scholarly aims of his associates and cordial support of their under¬takings in research; his unstinted and highly efficient efforts in behalf of the several educational bodies of national scope which made heavy demands upon his time and strength; all stand out as marks of an administration that contributed notably to the growth and prestige of the College in its period of greatest development. Personal qualities of a rare and unusual kind lent themselves to these achievements: a rugged honesty and almost disconcerting candor; a blunt impatience with sham and pretense of any sort; a swift, intuitive judgment of the character and motives of men; these were strangely combined with genial kindliness, social grace, and a capacity for staunch, enduring friendship.

This is not the time to undertake a critical estimate of the man and his work. Our sorrow is too poignant, our sense of personal loss too deep to subject our memory of his vivid presence to the cold scrutiny of analysis. But, secure in the conviction that his life-work will bulk large in the history of the University, it is fitting that we, the Faculty of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, record our sincere grief and affectionate regret at the passing of one who has so long been our friend and leader, and that we offer our profound and heartfelt sympathy to his children.

Louis A. Strauss
Campbell Bonner
Charles P. Wagner"