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Norman H. Anning
1883 - 1963
Norman Herbert Anning who retired from this faculty on August 28, 1953, died on May 1, 1963, in Sunnydale, California after a long illness. Professor Anning was born August 28, 1883 in Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada, and in 1912 he married Marion Alice Street of New Westminster, B. C., who survives.
In provincial competition in 1902 Professor Anning won a scholarship to Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, receiving his A. B. degree in 1905 and his A. M. degree in 1906 from that university. He then held a fellowship at Clark University from 1906 to 1909, and he was a teacher of mathematics and science in Chilliwack High School, B. C., in 1909 - 1910. From 1911 to 1914 he was Civil Engineer on Construction for the Canadian North Pacific Railway, and then spent two years as a grade school principal in Rosedale, B. C. From 1917 to 1919 he was a sergeant in the 7th Battalion of the Canadian Railway Troops, located in Belgium and northern France, serving as an engineer on railroad construction. Following World War I Professor Anning held an instructorship in Mathematics at the University of Maine for one year, and in 1920 he came to The University of Michigan as an Instructor in Mathematics. In 1923 he was promoted to Assistant Professor. He was an excellent teacher and was very popular with his students. His ready wit added spice to his teaching and to faculty meetings. In 1934
he became a citizen of the United States.
Professor Anning was a member of the Mathematical Association of America for many years, and he served a term as Associate Editor of its publication, the American Mathematical Monthly. For twenty-five years he was a member of the Michigan Schoolmaster's Club, functioning as the Chairman of the Mathematics Section for a term. He was also a member of the Michigan Academy of Sciences and the National Education Association.
Professor Anning is survived by his wife Marion, his daughter Mrs. James C. Fryer of Portland, Oregon, his son, Maxwell Anning of Sunnydale, California, and seven grandchildren. To them the faculty of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts extends sincere sympathy.
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