The University Record, May 22, 2000


Dusan Baic

Dusan Baic, associate professor emeritus of biological sciences, died of cancer May 5 in Georgia. He retired in 1986 after being with the University 18 years.

Baic held a B.S. from Realna Ginmzaija, Slav, Pozega and an M.D. from the University of Zagreb, where he served as assistant professor in 1953–61. After immigrating to the United States, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago in 1961–63, a visiting scientist at the U-M in 1964–67 and senior lecturer at the University of Montreal in 1964–67. He returned to the U-M in 1967.

“During his years at the University of Michigan, Dr. Baic’s primary responsibilities have involved teaching electron microscopy, an area in which he has performed with great distinction,” the Regents said when he retired. “His students have consistently praised the quality of his instruction, his skill at bestowing both praise and criticism has motivated them to attain the highest levels of competency. Whether dealing with students and colleagues, he always has made people feel comfortable and at ease. The feelings of warmth and gratitude which his students have shown for him are a noteworthy tribute; he is a teacher in the true sense of the word.

“In spite of the heavy teaching demands placed on him,” the Regents added, “Dr. Baic has continued to conduct original research. This research and the multitude of publications it produced reflect his standards of judgment, scientific rigor and complete objectivity. His ability to continue a research program in spite of his nearly total commitment to teaching is unusual and outstanding.”

Baic is survived by his wife, Branka, of Demorest, Ga.

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Arnold Martin Kuethe

Arnold Martin Kuethe, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering, died April 12 at age 94.

One of the truly distinguished scholars and teachers at the University, he obtained his undergraduate training at Ripon College and received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1933.

For the next several years he was a research engineer with the Guggenheim Airship Institute and then a lecturer at New York University.

Kuethe joined the U-M in 1941 as associate professor and was promoted to professor two years later. In 1953 he was named the Pawlowski Professor of Aeronautical Engineering.

He was honored by the University in 1965 with the Henry Russel Lectureship.

Keuthe’s principal research focus was aerodynamic turbulence in the flow of gases around various structures, which is fundamental for understanding the design of aerodynamic structures. In pursuing his research, he employed a number of techniques, including the hot wire anemometer and the electric arc, and extended his work to supersonic flow.

As a senior member of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, he in large measure shaped the present courses of study.

His book, Foundations of Aerodynamics, now in its fifth edition, continues to have an impact on the study of that subject.

Kuethe’s reputation was national and international in scope. His presence as a guest lecturer and conference participant was eagerly sought, attesting to the high regard of professional aerodynamicists for his attainments.

An outstanding teacher and loving husband, he is survived by his wife, Helen Boraas Kuethe and many other cherished friends and family.

Submitted by the family and the College of Engineering

George E. Paul Jr.

George E. Paul Jr. died May 1 at age 80.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army with ETO Headquarters and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in Ireland, Wales, England, France and Belgium.

Following the war he was a state of Michigan bank examiner and retired from both Manufacturers National Bank (Comerica) and the U-M.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Mary Lou, include a daughter, Mary (Lawrence) Deary; a son, John R. (Sharon) Paul; five grandsons; a brother, John D. (Dory) Paul; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 2350 S. Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; Hospice of Washtenaw; or a charity of choice.

Submitted by the family