The University Record, November 16, 1998


Jack W. Meiland

Jack W. Meiland, professor emeritus of philosophy, died of cancer Nov. 8 at his home in Ann Arbor. He was 64.

He received a bachelor’s degree (1956), master’s degree (1957) and doctoral degree (1962), all in philosophy, from the University of Chicago before joining the faculty in 1962 as instructor of philosophy. He became assistant professor in 1964, associate professor in 1968 and professor in 1974. He also served as director of the LS&A Honors Program in 1979–83, as associate dean for long-range planning and curriculum in 1983–90 and as associate dean for undergraduate education in 1990–92. He retired from the University in 1997.

Meiland was appointed Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1988, twice received the LS&A Excellence in Education Award, and taught in the Residential College and in the Inteflex Program.

“A superb teacher, he is known for his caring approach to students,” noted the Regents upon his retirement in 1997. “He teaches without pretense, conveying to students that he is a partner in learning.”

Meiland is the author of numerous articles and several books, including College Thinking, published in 1981, which the Regents hailed as “one of the few college guides that discusses how to benefit intellectually from college.”

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; sons David (Sandy Strehlou) of Oakland, Calif., and Peter (Ellen Simpao) of New York City; daughter Rachel (Russell Webster) of Ann Arbor; and brother, Paul, of Cleveland. A memorial service will be held 1–2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Amnesty International, 232 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001, or to the Peter Sparling Dance Company of Ann Arbor, 111 Third St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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