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LAW SCHOOL ASSISTANT DEAN:
Proffitt Doesn't Fit Lawyer Stereotype
By DICK TAUB
Stereotype of a lawyer gener-
ally calls for a hard looking, fast
talking individual who hasn't time
for anything that is not related
"to getting the facts" or "work-
ing a new angle."
However, Professor Roy M. Prof-
fitt, new assistant dean of the
Law School, doesn't fit into this
picture at all.
Slow speaking, with a slight
drawl, indicative of his Nebraska
childhood, and wearing the soft,
conservative clothing of the col-
lege professor, he is not afraid to
let his mind take a somewhat
Reflects on Career
"I really don't know why I want-
ed to go into law .. . I never real-
ly thought about it ... You de-
cide "this is it" and off you go.
Just like wanting to be an engin-
eer or anything else . . . I guess.
But I still haven't answered your
After further reflection, P r o f.
Pi'offitt, who did his undergradu-
ate work at the University of Ne-
braska, decided that he had al-
ways liked people and wanted to
help them solve their problems.
Add to that an enjoyment of
writing, books and argumentation
and law is' probably the natural
Teaching was just a natural
extension of the philosophy. Al-
though he didn't want to be trite,
he felt he could help more people
by teaching. He liked young peo-
ple, but primarily, "I just thought
I'd enjoy it. "I went into it with
I'd enjoy it."
Went in with 'Eyes Open'
"I went into it -with my eyes
open. I was young and I knew that
if I didn't care for it, I could al-
A University Public Health Team
will give some community in Mi-
chigan a "complete physical" soon,
as part of an intensive community
health research study.
According to Dr. Robert J. Hor-
ton of the School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology, and
director of the study, a team con-
sisting of physicians, .engineers,
epidemiologists, sociologists, bio-
statisticians, nurses, health educa-
tors, and industrial hygienists will
concentrate on a small city, yet
unnamed, to learn as much as
there is to know about the health
conditions; past present and fu-
PROF. ROY F. PROFFITT
... no fast talking
ways go back to private practice. I
guess many other teachers have
done the same thing."
Besides his administrative work,
Dean Proffitt also teaches a course
The Air Force ROTC detachment
at the University is to become one
of the first units in the nation to
establish the Air Force's new pilot
training program for senior AF-
This selection was announced in
a directive received by the Ann Ar-
bor detachment early this month
from their headquarters at Max-
well Field, Ala.
According to the unit command-
er, Col. William H. Parkhill, the
flying program is to go into effect'
this coming school year.
Designedto bring more students
into advanced phases of ROTC and
eventual Air Force careers, the new,
course will include 35 hours of fly-
ing training in light planes and an
equal amount of ground school
This light - plane training will
permit early screening of the ca-
dets' adaptability to flying. Com-
pletion of the course will qualify
University cadets to apply for a
private pilot's license.
The flying training program has
received full approval of the Civil
Aeronautics Administration which
will actually operate, administer
and supervise the program. All
flight instructors will be certified
in criminal law. "It's the one area
in law where the immediate con-
sequences are apparent.
"In it we're dealing with people
instead of money, buildings, or
banks, and we can have a very
great effect on their lives."
Advised Missouri Courts
From 1951-55 he served as tech-
nical advisor to the Missouri State
Senate Criminal Law Revision
Committee and in 1955 he was an
advisor to the Advisory Committee
to the Missouri Supreme Court
drafting rules of procedure of Mu-
Dean Proffitt, who is now a com-
mander in the Naval Reserve, was
stationed at Pearl Harbor during
the invasion. "There's not much
that can be said about it that has
not been said already ... It wasn't
very pretty . . . But most of the
students aren't interested in that.
"As far as they're concerned, it's
just history . . . they were too
young to remember it."
Happy with His Work
Prof. Proffitt finds a similar
problem when he discusses the de-
pression in class. "All I get is blank
stares. Even the poorer members
of the class can't imagine what it's
like not to have any money."
Although he is a graduate of the
University Law School, the new as-
sistant dean comes to his present
position from the University of
Missouri Law School.
"I guess I'm not very interest-
ing," the dean said softly, "But
I've certainly been happy."
Prof. Stanley A. Cain of the Uni-
versity was elected president of the
ecological Society of Am~erica at a
recent meeting of the American In-
stitute of Biological Sciences.
Twenty-three biological societies
also held meetings in conjunction
with the AIBS.
Prof. Cain, chairman of the de-
partment of conservation, wa also
awarded a certificate of merit by
the Botanical Society of America
"in recognition of distinguished
achievement in and contributions
to the advancement of botanical
Professor Emeritus of Botany
and Director Emeritus of the Uni-
versity Botanical Gardens Harley
H. Bartlett was also awarded a cer-
tificate by the Botanical Society,
which celebrated its 50th anniver-
sary this summer.
Go to Japan
Two University engineers have
gone to Japan to help establish an
institute designed to contribute to
the raising of industrial produc-
tivity and the improvement of em-
ployment opportunities in that
Professor of Industrial Engi-
neering Charles B. Gordy and
Prof. Edward L. Page left last
month to serve for two years at
Waseda University in Tokyo un-
der a contract between Waseda
and the University.
Prof. Gordy will be advisor to
the director of Waseda's new In-
stitute of Research in Producti-
vity, and Prof. Page will be a staff
Proffessors Gordy and Page will
assist in the development of the
Institute and in the establishment
of research and training programs.
Particular attention will be giv-
en to industrial engineering and
management practices, marketing,
the practice and techniques of
business and economic surveys and
forecasting and management stu-
dies and seminars.
'Radio Class Brings
Music to State Children
"Festival of Song," the Univer-1
sity's radio music program, this
year will again bring vocal music
instruction to elementary school
classrooms throughout Michigan.
Originally developed as a service
to rural schools, the half-hour
"Festival" broadcasts are increas-
ingly being used by the city and
consolidated schools in many parts
of the State. The programs are
broadcast twice a week from Oc-
tober to May.
Now entering its seventh year
on the air, the series has proved
that classroom teachers without
experience in teaching music can
use "Festival of Song" effectively
to fulfill music requirements in
Detailed information for teach-
ers appears in the manual given
without charge to participating
Teachers with a strong music
background can make even more
effective use of "Festival" by let-
ting it supplement their own in-
structional program. Many city
and consolidated schools employ
the radio series in selected grades
to allow the music faculty to de-
vote more time and attention to
"Festival of Song" is supervised
by Orien Dalley, member of the
School of Music faculty and music
director of Station WUOM. Radio
teacher on the program is Edythe
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with the school superintendents of
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