The University Record, November 21, 1995

Whitehouse, Fekety granted emeritus status

F. Robert Fekety Jr., professor of internal medicine and of epidemiology, and Frank Whitehouse Jr., associate professor of microbiology, were given the emeritus title by the Regents at their November meeting.

Fekety, who joined the U-M in 1967, established "the University's infectious disease training program and has trained more than 50 fellows who have gone on to positions of prominence throughout the United States," the Regents said. "He is best known for his pioneering work in the identification and treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis caused by clostridium difficile, as well as his previous work on the epidemiology of the staphylococcus.

"Dr. Fekety is a superb clinician whose expertise was widely sought. He is also well regarded as a teacher because of his clarity of thought, ability to synthesize complex concepts and present them in a clear, concise manner, and his wonderful sense of humor."

Whitehouse joined the faculty in 1954. "During his tenure at the University," the Regents said, "Dr. Whitehouse's interest and contributions included research on immunoglobulin Fc fragments in burn patients and the teaching of a variety of students, including medical, undergraduate honors, and allied health students.

"He was instrumental in organizing the preprofessional counseling activities at Michigan and in forming the National Association of Advisors for Health Professions. In recent years, Dr. Whitehouse's research focus has been in the area of test-taking strategies."