The University Record, June 20, 1994


Karl F. Guthe

Karl Frederick Guthe, professor emeritus of biological sciences, died June 1 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was 75.

Guthe joined the staff of the Department of Zoology as an instructor in 1950. His father, Carl E. Guthe, was professor of anthropology here from 1922 to 1943. His grandfather, Karl E. Guthe, was a professor of physics and dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies in the early 1900s.

After teaching as a zoology instructor for four years, Guthe was promoted to assistant professor in 1954, associate professor in 1959 and professor of zoology in 1962.

He received his A.B. in astronomy from Harvard University and an A.M. in astronomy in 1940. Following four years of service as a physicist in the U.S. Navy, Guthe returned to Harvard to earn his Ph.D. in biology in 1951.

Guthe’s research focused on the chemical and physical interactions between oxygen and hemoglobin within living cells. He also studied the effects of pressure and temperature on the activity of myosin ATPase—the enzyme that powers muscle contractions.

He was the author of The Physiology of Cells—a cellular biology text published in the early 1960s. Guthe was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy, of Ann Arbor; one daughter, Sarah Jane Guthe of Palo, Mich.; two sons, Carl Christopher Guthe of Delanco, N.J., and William George Guthe of Moorestown, N.J.; and five grandchildren.

No memorial services are planned.

Joseph E. Shigley

Joseph Edward Shigley, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died May 19 at his home in Roscommon. He was 85.

Shigley joined the U-M faculty in 1956 and was appointed a professor of mechanical engineering in 1959. During his 22 years of service in the mechanical engineering department, Shigley was responsible for undergraduate instruction, as well as development of graduate courses and supervision of graduate students.

Shigley received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1931, a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1932, and an M.S. in engineering mechanics from the U-M in 1946. He began his teaching career in 1936 as an instructor at Clemson University—eventually becoming a professor and head of mechanical design and drawing before he left in 1956 to join the U-M.

The author of several widely used textbooks on mechanical engineering and machine design, Shigley received the 1977 Worcester Reed Warner Medal for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering.

He also received the 1974 Mechanisms Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the ASME Machine Design Award in 1985 for an outstanding career in mechanical design and engineering education, and the 1968 Association of American Publishers Award for the best book in engineering and technology. Also in 1968, he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He is survived by his son, Joseph E. Shigley Jr., his daughter, Katherine (Shigley) McKensie, and one brother, Ray, all of Evansville, Ind.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services have been held.