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Memoir

Maxwell O. Reade
Regents' Proceedings 943

Maxwell O. Reade, Professor of Mathematics, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1986, after a most productive career as a teacher, researcher and administrator at The University of Michigan.

Professor Reade was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spent his early years in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1936. He received his M.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree from Rice Institute in 1940. He was an instructor at Ohio State University and Purdue University before joining the faculty at The University of Michigan in 1946, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1952, and to professor in 1959.

His research, which has primarily involved complex function theory, is known and respected by colleagues throughout the world. With over 83 publications, he continues to be active in research. He has also served on the editorial boards of several mathematical journals.

As associate chairman for graduate students for seven and one-half years, Professor Reade was both a vigorous recruiter of quality students and a tireless worker on their behalf once they were here. He was ahead of his time in recognizing the importance of seeking and nurturing minority students. Other administrative duties include his service on the College of Literature, Science and the Arts executive committee from 1973-75 and his membership on that school's scholarship committee, which he has chaired since 1974. A very popular teacher, he was awarded the AMOCO Good Teaching Award in 1983.

The Regents now salute this distinguished mathematician for his dedicated service by naming Maxwell O. Reade Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.