Four faculty members retire

July 15, 1999

Four faculty members retire

ANN ARBOR—Four University of Michigan faculty members were given the emeritus status by the U-M Regents at their July 15 meeting.

Those retiring are David A. Daly, associate professor of education; Max A. Heirich, professor of sociology and research scientist in the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations; Wilfred G. Marston, professor of sociology at the U-M-Flint; and David N. Williams, professor of physics.

Daly, who joined the U-M faculty in 1973, is “an international expert in cluttering and stuttering, and he has had considerable impact on how clinicians deal with such fluency disorders through his numerous presentations and publications,” the Regents said. “Through his service as an officer and member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Prof. Daly’s influence has extended nationwide. He also shared his expertise through workshops and seminars offered through school districts and professional organizations.”

Heirich, who joined the U-M faculty in 1967, “has made significant scholarly contributions to the sociological study of social movements, religion, and health,” the Regents said. “Two early books (1970 and 1971) analyzed ‘the spiral’ of student protests in the 1960s and remain among the most influential works on this topic. His 1977 article on religious conversion has become a citation classic among scholars of religion. More recently, he has directed his scholarly efforts toward more applied research and policy evaluation focusing on health and wellness.”

Marston joined the U-M-Flint faculty in 1970 as associate professor and the first chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. “He was promoted to professor in 1974 and served as chair until 1976, as well as several other times in the 1980s and 1990s. He was instrumental in the formation of the department’s social work and criminal justice programs during his tenure as chair. His research and writing focused primarily on race, ethnic, and class segregation in the United States and Canadian urban communities.”

Williams joined the U-M faculty in 1967. “His research interests have generally been in quantum field theory, with a mathematical physics orientation. In the earlier part of his career, he did important work on invariant scattering amplitudes free of kinematic singularities. He was a major author of the proof of Stapp’s Theorem on Lorentz covariant holomorphic functions. Later, he published work on the mathematical theory of unstable particles and Euclidean quantum field theory. In recent year, he has been interested in the triviality problem for quantum field theory.”


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