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Page 2-Friday May 29 1981-The Michigan boily
Distinguished 'U'
art professor Jean
Slusser dead at 94

By JENNY MILLER
Jean Paul Slusser, director emeritus
of the Museum of Art and professor
emeritus of the School of Art, died
yesterday at the age of 94.
Prof. Slusser, called a pioneer in the
visual arts, was responsible for foun-
ding the University's Museum of Art
and was its first director from 1947-57.
THE SLUSSER Gallery on North
Campus was dedicated to com-
memorate his 90th birthday. During
that celebration, Prof. Slusser, who had
experienced the many art movements
of the 20th century, commented that he
hoped for a return to "humanism" in
the visual arts.
"If art is not a means of com-
municating human values and the
human condition, I don't know what
other goal it should have," he
remarked.
A 1909 Bachelor's -and 1911 M.A.
dgree recIpient at the University,
Prof. Slusser taught English at the
University of Texas for two years, then
studied painting at the Boston Museum
"If art is not a means of
communicating human values
and the human condition, I
don't know what other goal it
should have."
-Jean Paul Slusser
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School of Fine Arts and the Art
Student's League in New York City. He
also studied in England and Germany.
Prof. Slusser had taught painting and
drawing at the University since 1925.
An active painter and writer since his
retirement, Prof. Slusser worked in
watercolor, oils, and other media, tur-
ning to abstract paintings in his later
years after doing primarily landscapes.
Prof. Slusser was one of the first
recipients of the Distinguished
Achievement Award for service to the
University. He also served as an art
critic for the Ann Arbor News, and
published critiques in various art jour-
nals and other newspapers.
School of Art officials plan to
establish a Jean Paul Slusser Memorial
Fund, to support student scholarships
and visiting lectureships at the school.
Prof. Slusser died at Glacier Hills
Nursing Center in Ann Arbor after a
short illness due to heart problems.
Cremation will take place, and a
memorial service is planned for a later
date, possibly in the fall.

Today
Getting the run-around
I F YOU'RE ONE of those people who always seem to be caught
in the slowest-moving line at the bank, you might understand the
predicament a would-be robber found himself in recently. The fellow step-
ped up to a teller at the 1st National Bank of Temple, Texas, and demanded
that she fill his sack with money. "Give me the money, this is a stickup," the
unarmed man told Claudine Holder. Mr. Holder barely glanced at the can-
vas bag on her counter. Instead, the teller, whom bank vice president Sam
Farrow described as "feisty and very quick-witted," informed the man that
he was in the wrong line. She directed him to stand ina line across the lobby,
and while he waited meekly for service, she called police. Richard Richar-
dson, described by police as a "transient," was arrested and charged with
attempted bank robbery Wednesday. Bond was set at $1,000.
Honoring the armadillo
Austin elementary school students trying to get the Texas Legislature to
honor the armadillo have a few days to convince a San Antonio senator that
the critter is not the "god-awful animal" he says it is. Earlier this session the
House approved a resolution naming the nine-banded armadillo the official
state mammal. That was the easy part for the Oak Creek Elementary School
students who persuaded Rep. Don Henderson to carry the resolution. The
lobbyist lost a similar battle in 1979 when the measure died in the Senate.
Sen. Jack Ogg, a Democrat from Houston, perceiving possible trouble on his
side of the rotunda, tried to appease the armadillo-haters. He offered a sub-
stitute resolution that would make the armadillo the "recognized mascot" of
Texas. The Ogg version made it to the Senate local calendar on Wednesday,
where it looked as if it would breeze through with other uncontested
measures - until some armadillo foes had is pulled from the list, according
to Ogg aide Hilary Hylton. The armadillos' last stand could come tomorrow
in the Senate, where it is on the 8 a.m. local calendar. The legislative session
ends Monday. Today's weather
Mostly cloudy today with a fair chance of showers. The high should be in
the upper 70s. Happenings...
FILMS
AAFC - Buffalo Bill and the Indians, 7 p.m.; A Wedding, 9:15 p.m., MLB
3.
Alt Act - Alice's Restaurant, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 4.
CG - Stardust Memories, 6:45,8:30 & 10:15 p.m., Lorch Hall.
C2 -Citizen's Band, 7 & 10:10 p.m.; Beat The Devil, 8:40 p.m., Angell Aud
A.
MCFT - Maytime, 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
MISCELLANEOUS
Int'l Student Fell - Dinner mtg., 6:30 p.m., 4100 Nixon Rd.
ChineseBible Class - 7:30 p.m., U Reformed Church, Huron & Fletcher.
Folk Dance Club -8 p.m., Union.
Astronomy - Lecture, Richard Sears, "Stellar Energy Sources and
Evolution," & film, 8:30 p.m., Angell Aud. B.
Ark - Joel Mabus, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Wholistic Health Council - Lecture, Gail Zinc, "The Joy of Selfism." 7:30
p.m., League Henderson Rm.
Solo Alliance - Concert, 8 p.m., Canterbury Loft, 332 S. State.
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Vol. XCI, No. 17-S
Friday, May 29, 1981
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