Regents' Proceedings 1424
The University sorrowfully acknowledges the death of a great and good friend, Roscoe O. Bonisteel, on the twenty-fifth of February, at the age of eighty-three.
A native of Ontario, Canada, and a former student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Bonisteel came to Ann Arbor to enter the Law School in 1909. And here, except during an interval of wartime service, he subsequently remained, rising to civic eminence and becoming for thirteen fruitful years, from 1946 to 1959, "resident Regent" of The University of Michigan.
A natural leader in professional and public affairs, Mr. Bonisteel was president of the State Bar of Michigan for a term; and he capped a long career of political involvement by serving as a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention. Active as well in voluntary organizations, he presided over the Michigan Society for Crippled Children and the trustees of the National Music Camp, and was a perennial director of the University Musical Society. His many benefactions and gifts included monies to Dickinson College for a memorial planetarium and invaluable historical materials, which he himself had lovingly collected, to the Clements Library and the Michigan Historical Collections.
His tenure as Regent coincided with a period of unparalleled growth, to which he personally lent energy and direction, fostering in particular the extension of the University to the North Campus. He was also named by his fellow Regents to the first governing board of Wayne State University after that institution came under state control. The University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon him in 1964.
His vision and leadership as a Regent are abidingly treasured. And he will be remembered with long affection as a loyal alumnus and a beneficent present in the town. Mourning his death, honoring his generous and devoted life, and cherishing his memory, the members of the present Board pay a final grateful tribute to Roscoe Bonisteel, and extend their deepest sympathy to his children, grandchildren, and other surviving kin.