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December 01, 1946 - Image 8

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Baier Retains Salty Outlook;
Maintains Academic Dignity

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the ninth
in a weekly series on faculty person-
Though he looks every inch the
popular conception of a salty sea
captain, Prof. Louis A. Baier still
manages to retain the professorial
dignity that people expect in the
chairman of the naval architec-
ture and marine engineering de-
Launched in the sandy state of
New Jersey, Prof. Baier made his
maiden voyage on the California
coast. There he began his naval
career by operating sailing and
fishing boats in the Pacific.
The lure of a college education
finally drove him inward, however,
and he came to Michigan, one of
the two schools in the country that
offered the type of course he
wanted-marine engineering.
Beginning in 1913 three im-
portant events occurred in rapid
succession. Prof. Baier graduat-
ed from the college of engineer-
ing, he was married and, when
the first World War broke, he
enlisted in the Navy as an en-
Prof.- Baier still holds the rank
f Lieutenant Commander in the
To Investhrate
Klan Revival
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 -(AP)-
The federal government and states
in the North and South, the East
and West are "cracking down" on
a revival of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Justice Department, which
in midsummer launched an inves-
tigation of Ku Klux operations in
seven states, is considering ex-
tending the inquiry to other states.
The department also is probing
reports of a revival under new
names of the German-American
Bund and the possibility of an
alliance of Bund groups and the
Department officials say they
have evidence of Klan-Bund col-
laboration b e f o r e the war to
promote racial and religious dis-
sension. The evidence is said to
indicate also that the two organi-
zations considered forming an
anti-labor third party in an effort
to align other elements of the
population against labor.
Last May Georgia Klan leaders
proclaimed a rebirth of the "in-
visible empire" at a fiery cross
gathering on historic Stone Moun-
tain near Atlanta. Since then,
courts in California, New York,
Kentucky and New Jersey have
revoked state charters of the
hooded order.

Naval Reserve, and, occasionally,
he sheds his professorial status
long enough to put in some active
duty at the Bureau of Ships. He
has long since resigned himself to
what amounts to the life of a
landlubber, however. Now, instead
of walking the bridge, he can be
found bent over a blueprint in his
West Engineering Building office
or checking model performances
from a towing car in the Naval
For fifteen years following the
war Prof. Baier was responsible
for the design and construction
of hundreds of vessels of all
types on both the east and west
coasts. Now his services as a
consultant are much in demand
by the Navy Department, Army
Engineers, Maritime Commis-
sion and the principal shipyards
and designers in this country.
Prof. Baier returned to Michi-
gan in 1933 to accept a position
on the staff of the naval archi-
tecture and marine engineering
department. One of his most im-
portant achievements has been
the improvement and development
of the Naval Tank facilities for
model testing and research work.
The Naval Tank, second largest
in this country, was an important
center of scientific research con-
ducted by the University during
the war.
In explaining his philosophy
of teaching engineering, Prof.
Baier maintains that it is im-
portant for students to coordi-
nate practical experience with
the theory they learn in class.
Many students in the marine
engineering department, he
points out, take summer jobs
on ships or in shipyards
Equally important to him is the
task of keeping the departmental
staff in touch with the latest prac-
tices through consulting work with
operators and builders of ships.
"You can memorize a course in
Latin or Greek and teach it year
after year," he said, "but you
can't do that in engineering and
expect to keep up with the times."
We were not surprised when
he grinned and said his hobby
is "ships." Visions of a busy
professor puttering around with
intricate small-scale ship mod-
els were quickly shattered, how-
ever, when he explained that his
interest is all in modern ship
design. For many years he has
held winter classes in Piloting
and Celestial Navigation in the
Detroit area.
The casual visitor who may ex-
pect to find Prof Baier's home in
Ann Arbor lined with portholes
will be disappointed. But the salt-
water atmosphere is not entirely
absent from the house which he
planned and built himself. "The
actual internal construction of the
house," Prof. Baier points out, "is
very simihr to that of a ship."

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