Education/Background | Family | Hobbies

I graduated from Oberlin College in 1961, with a BA in Sociology, and minors in Government and Classics in Translation. Next came an MA from the School of social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, [1963] and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1967. I joined the faculty of the School of Social Work, specializing in the areas of community organization, social policy and nonprofit administration. I have remained at the UM since then. However, I teach also in the Ross Business School of the University of Michigan in the area of Management and Organizations and in the Honors College.

I have held a variety of positions at the UM, including Chair of the Society of Fellows. Sabbaticals have included time at the (then) Joint Center for Urban Studies @ MIT/Harvard, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan.

My wife, Penny, is a social worker who completed 35 years of clinical practice and has now formed (with three other women) and enterprise called Midlife Renaissance, which puts on programs helping people in middle life repurpose and reenergize themselves and their relationships. She also teaches classes at the U of M School of Social Work.

Our children are involved in a variety of activities. Sarah (Hawley) holds an MPH from Yale and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of North Carolina, and is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center, studying colon cancer. Jessica (Schenk) has been Internet Coordinator at the Novi Public Library in Novi, MI and is currently a leader/resource person for the La Leche League. Matthew is a Euphonium player, spent 6 years in the United States Marine Band based in Washington, D.C. and is currently the Executive Director of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, MI. He will be completing his doctorate in Musical Performance at the UM soon. He has released two CDs.

Hobbies include, but are not limited to:
Fishing, fire building, films, fine wines, fiction (medical mysteries), funny jokes, family walks.

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