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Memoir

Mary C. Bromage
Regents' Proceedings 915

Mary Bromage, Professor of Written Communication and former Associate Dean of Women, retired from the faculty and is now eligible for an emerita appointment.

A native of Massachusetts, Professor Bromage graduated from Radcliffe summa cum laude and received her M.A. from The University of Michigan. She early made use of her academic training as a teacher in her home state of Massachusetts, later serving as a teaching fellow in the English Department of The University of Michigan. She also was a reader for the Early Modern English Dictionary from which she moved in 1943 to the position of Assistant to the Director, Civil Affairs Training Program of the U.S. Army, located in the Rackham Building.

The University lost her services for one year when she was appointed Deputy Director of Training for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Washington, D.C. Then in 1944, she returned to the University and became associated with the office of Dean of Women, being appointed Associate Dean of Women in 1948, and resigning upon the death of Dean Alice Lloyd. From 1950-55 she was chief editorial writer for the Ann Arbor News, for which she earned a "Certificate of recognition in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life" by the Freedom Foundation, Inc. Since 1956 she has been associated with the Graduate School of Business Administration, rising from Instructor in Written Communication to Professor.

In the best tradition of teaching, Professor Bromage could make her ideas live through the written and oral word. Her University classrooms were a place where ideas had to be clearly expressed, where sentences marched with precision, where students experienced the value of words. A sincere form of flattery being asked to teach outside the University, was and is often asked of her. Thus the federal government had her teach, literally around the world, the application of those same principles she taught in her classroom. And as a result of her acclaimed accomplishments, the Department of Commerce, Interagency Training Center, selected her to receive its annual "award of merit," and in 1972 its award to "the most outstanding instructor at the center." In 1974 the Interagency Auditor Training Center elected her to its Hall of Fame. The University also has applauded her many talents: she received the Regents' Citation of Honor in 1976.

The members of the University have liberally benefited, for over 20 years, from Mary Bromage's gracious manner, scholarship, and particuarly her prolific writings. Her book, attesting to her wide scholarly breadth, DeValera and the March of a Nation, was first published in Great Britain in 1956, and continues even now to be republished. A few years later came her second book on Irish public affairs, Churchill and the March of a Nation. Her other major writings, Cases in Written Communication and Writing for Business, continue to contribute to her academic stature. Her articles, both on Ireland and on writing, number by the scores.
Her colleagues and students admire her; they are abidingly grateful for her devotion as an educator of the highest rank, a woman whose keen semantic scalpel cut through verbiage to the core of meaning. The University, and the Graduate School of Business Administration will miss her. And they trust that as Professor Emerita she will continue to lend her presence to this University.

The Regents now salute this distinguished professor by naming her Professsor Emerita of Written Communication.