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TCESDAY, MAY 29, 1953







Morgan Builds Alumni Organization

Though he thought school was
a bore and decided not to return
after completing grammar school,.
today Bob Morgan is Assistant
General Secretary of the Michi-
gan Alumni Association.
Since he was tall for his age,
when he left school Morgan had
no trouble getting his first job.
He began work with a railroad
company as a switchman and fire-
man. However, after a year Mor-
gan's father firmly suggested that
he return to school. By that time
the young man had discovered that
working wasn't any more fun than
THROUGHOUT his next 18
years of hard work including fre-
quent trips and speeches for Alum-
ni Associations, Morgan's unruf-
fled exterior and keen sense of
humor remained intact.
Donning his tortoise shell
glasses and lighting a cigarette
he sits down every morning in
his office in the spacious Alum-
ni Memorial Building to read the
steady stream of mail from
alumni bearing postmarks from
all parts of the world.
A University graduate himself
he says, "The students today have
a much more serious attitude to-
wards education than in my own
college days."
Sports have always played an
important part in Morgan's life.
He played center on the 'U' foot-
ball team in 1930 when the team
won the Western Conference
Championship under coach -Harry
Kipke. In 1928 and '30 Morgan
was champion heavy weight boxer
on campus.

--Daily-Don Campbell
... reluctant schoolboy turned Alumni secretary

* *. * (
Michigan as an education major
he became line coach at Denison
College in Granville, Ohio. He was
also assistant high school prin-
cipal in Akron, N. Y. before re-
turning to the University in 1935
to his present job of building up
alumni organizations.
Then the pattern of his life
underwent an abrupt change.
In the fall of 1936 Morgan was
stricken with polio and was par-



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* * *
alized from the neck down. He
recalls that at the time his life
appeared shattered. "I loved to
play golf," he explains, "and was
an active participant in all
sports. Overnight all my means
of locomotion were taken away.
I was desperately afraid I'd be-
come a liability to my family and
He attributes his phenomenal
come-back to the "excellent treat-
ment" he received at the Univer-
sity Hospital.
His alumni'"job has kept him in
close contact with college sports
and athletes and he rarely misses
any of the football games. "I am
unalterably opposed to athletic
prowess alone which totally disre-
gard scholastic achievement."
When he retires, Morgan plans
to buy a deluxe house trailer and
travel throughout the country and
eventually take a trip to Europe.
While he is traveling he intends
to continue strengthening alumni
contacts for the Unversity.
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We have a limited number of
Air Force and Army Officer's
Insignia Sets available for
that commissioning ceremony.
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21 Cadets
To Receive
Top Honors
Twenty-one Air Force ROTC
cadets will receive commissions in
the United States Air Force in a
ceremony at Ferry Field at 4:45
p.m. tomorrow according to Capt.
Eugene C. Maxam ,Air Force Pub-
lic Relations Officer.
Those cadets receiving commis-
sions are: Edward M. Pickett, '53,
Richard A. Conover, '53, James R.
Holway, '53L, Ray S. Tittle Jr.,
'53BAd, Russel H. Baily Jr., '53,
Winfield S. Bauman, '53BAd, Dan-
iel G. Dow, Grad, Bertram R. War-
ry, '53, John P. Degnan, '53BAd,
William W. Burke, '53BAd, John
C. Gray, 53BAd, and Peter B.
Thorpe, '53.
The following cadets will also
receive comniissions: John R.
DesJardins, '53BAd, James E.
Douglas Jr., '53 BAd, Michael M.
McKone, '54L, James D. Butt,
'53E, John W. Webster, '53, War-
ren P. Williamson, '53E, Sidney
B. Pachter, '53, Russell C. Baum
'53BAd, and Richard L. Smith
At the same time Richard E.
Balzhiser, '54E, will receive the
American Chemical Association
Award and William F. Palluth '53E,
will receive the Convair Award as
the outstanding cadet of the corps.
Organ Recital
To Be Given
By Students
Organ students of Robert Noeh
ren of the music school, University
organist, will give a recital at 8:30
tomorrow in Hill Auditorium.
Selections and performers will
include Bach's "Fantasia and
Fugue in G minor," played by
Jane Townsend, '54; "Allegro"
from the First Trio Sonata by
Bach, performed by Diane Meger,
'56; Buxtehude's "Prelude and
Fugue in G minor," played by
Richard Harper, Grad., and Bach's
"Chorale Prelude, 'Num komm der
Heilen Heiland' " played by Mary
Catherine Hutchins, '53.
The recital will be open to the
Officials Plan
Union Addition
Officials of the Union are now
discussing a possible addition on
the second floor of the building,
directly over the present swimming
pool, to provide added space for
present activities.
The flooring at the first balcony
level would not do any damage to
the pool, although it would elim-
inate the high-diving platform on
the balcony around the pool.
Bids for the flooring, which
would be an extension of the bal-
cony, have been under considera-
tion by the Union finance commit-
tee. Bids will be due early next
Plans for the flooring have al-
ready been drawn up.
Jewish Center
Plans Open House
To introduce the new Jewish
Center to the people of Ann Ar-
bor, the Beth Israel Jewish Com-

munity Center, 1427 Hill, will hold
an open house tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Various aspects of Jewish life
and culture will be presented.
Rabbi Hershel Lymon, director
of Hillel, will talk on, "This We
Affirm: Highlights of the Jewish

With a notebook packed full of
photographs of cleanly designed,
sharply executed Philippine wood
carvings, Mutual Security Agency
technician John Risley recently re-
turned to the United States.
Behind the photographs is a
story of one minor phase of the
Point Four program which began
in July, 1951, when Risley arrived
in the Philippines to develop mar-
ketable wood products for export
and help native wood carvers learn
modern techniques.
TOGETHER with his wife Mary,
a 1948 graduate of the University's
architecture and design college, the
wood products designer set up a
, * ,*

* * *

Risley Aids Philippine Wood Industry

DESIGN EVOLUTION-Restyling the heavily carved, non-func-
tional bowl at the left, the MSA technician designed the stream-
lined wood and rattan model on the right. Native craftsmen
preferred the middle design as a compromise.

* * *

* # #

small shop in a former night club
Trainees from all parts of the
islands were housed and fed by
the Philippine government while
they studied at the shop.
Biggest problems, according to
Risley, were reviving the craft tra-
dition, teaching modern standards
of functional design and utilizing
the plentiful fine woods scorned
by the natives.
A craft booklet helped teach ele-
ments of good design to the na-
tives, and Risley gathered his own
design ideas by taking field trips
to remote sections of the islands
where he drew inspiration from
everyday articles used by the peo-
The popular long, thin "banca"
bowl was modeled after native
dug-out canoes of that name
and other designs emerged in a
similar manner.
Mahogany, ebony and other na-
tive woods are the chief materials
used with silver or copper wire,
rattan and mother of pearl em-
ployed occasionally in a decorative
* * *
MRS. RISLEY, a potter with the
UN Technical Assistance Program,
was chiefly concerned with set-
ting up a long-range development
Finding natives employing
pre-Biblical techniques in mak-
ing pottery, she helped intro-
duce modern tools and train the
natives in their use.
Both the Risleys believe tha
Communism and conditions which
fostered post-war corruption are
on the decline in the islands, and
credit the technical aid programs
for a large part of the trend.
Their own work was only a Small
part of the extensive agriculture,
public health and education pro-
grams now going on in the Philip-
TANGIBLE evidences of Risley's
program were slow in coming until
natives caught on to modern de-
sign and techniques.
Instead of carving heavily
carved and varnished pieces
which found only a limited tour-
ist market, they now turn out
functional pieces of tableware
and furniture eagerly sought
after for both the home mar-
ket and export trade.
Currently visiting friends in
Ann Arbor, the Risleys will re-
main in the country continuing
their work in sculpture and de-
sign and ceramics.
Already developing a nation-
wide reputation with his work, R.
ley has designed a set of rattan
and metal furniture now being
produced in the Philippines and
marketed here.
Faculty Members
Elected To Board
Dr. A. C. Furstenberg, dean of
the Medical School and Dr. Brad-
ley M. Patten, chairman of the
anatomy department were elected
yesterday to the board of the
United Cerebral Palsy Association
of Michigan, Inc.

MSA PROJECT-John Risley instructs native craftsmen in the fine points of wood carving.
GratBrings 'Freedom' to WUOM

~ ~

MR. ELLIS IIAFKE, Special Representative
of The McBee Company and Mrs. Dorothy
White of the McBee Installation Service
Staff, will hold a SEMINAR to discuss and
demonstrate the theory and application
of marginally punched KEYSORT CARDS.
DATE: May 26, 1953
TIME: 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PLACE: School of Business Administration
Room 371
All users and those interested in this subject are
cordially invited.

How does one go about produc-
ing a $6,000 radio series?
This was the question which
confronted WUOM last fall when
it was presented with a grant-in-
aid by the Fund for Adult Educa-
tion, a subsidiary of the Ford
Mall Concert
To Be Heard

EARLIER IN 1952 the National
Association of Educational Broad-
casters had received a large sum
of money to be giyen to its mem-
bers in the form of grants-in-aid
for adult educational broadcast-
ing. It was specified that no grant
should exceed $7,000.
The NAEB asked each of its
90 members to submit ideas and
budget for types of radio shows
they would like to produce if
they had the money to under-
take the projects.

The series, which at present is
in the process of being tape-re-
corded, includes 13 original scripts
concerning the problems encount-
ered by some of the little-known
champions of academic freedoms
Starting next fall the shows
will be broadcast locally by WUOM.
Two 'U'Students
I Auto Accident
Two University students are con-
valescing today after being severe-
ly injured in an automobile acci-
dent Saturday night near Dexter.
They are William W. Burke,
'53BAd., the drivers who suffered
a broken leg and rib and shoulder
injuries and Richard A. Jones,
'53BAd., and driver, who suffered

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WUOM had been considering
The combined Symphony and for some time presenting a radio
Wolverine Bands will present their series depicting the events which
final concert of the season at 7:15 led to securing many of our aca-
p.m. today on the Mall in front of demic freedoms. This idea was sub-
Rackham Bldg.nmitted, approved by the NAEB
Opening the concert will be the and in October, 1952, the "Free-
premier performance of a new nb,
"M" fanfare, written for the Uni- dom to Learn series came into
versity bands by Jerald i ik,__
ning will be "Glory of the Trum-
pet" by Brockenshire.
Solo cornetist, Marvin An- I ORDAY CH
derson will play "La Virgen do
la Macarena. Assistant conduc-
tor George Cavender will con- E
duct the "Barnum and Bailey's y
Favorite" march and two move-
ments from the "First Suite in
E-flat" by Gustav Holst. .In town at the beat
Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets in:
Your Eyes, and Leroy Anderson's KORDAY'S K
latest arrangement "The Irish see you smartly thro
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