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Memoir

Marshall Lyman Byrn
Regent's Proceedings 248

By the death of Marshall Lyman Byrn, on November 23, 1951, the Regents of the University of Michigan recognize that the University has lost from its faculty a teacher highly respected by his students and colleagues, whose devotion to this University and to his duties as a member of its staff was unsurpassed in its sincerity and constancy.

A graduate of the Indiana State Normal College and the Michigan State Normal College, holder of a master's degree from this University, Professor Byrn had taught at the Crookston, Minnesota, High School and Cass Technical High School, Detroit, prior to joining the staff of the University High School in 1924, the year in which it was first opened.

His services since that time, both to the High School, in which he was Head of the Department of Industrial Arts, and to the School of Education, in which he was Assistant Professor of Vocational Education, have been of unusual value.

Evidence of the esteem in which the members of his profession held him is to be found in his selection, in 1931-32, as President of the Michigan Industrial Education Society and for that Society's Master Teacher Award in 1949. Admired for his friendliness, his high standards of performance, and his fine character, Professor Byrn is one whose place among us can hardly be taken by another, and whose passing is mourned by many.

To his friends and surviving family the Regents of the University of Michigan extend their deepest sympathy.