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					                   University of Michigan Retirees
             Volume 9, No. 2                                     November/December 2005

    UMRA Social Hours—Winter 2005-2006
January 12: Generational Legacies – An Approach Through Stories. Recently retired
from UM’s Dearborn Campus, Prof. Emeritus John Kotre is a psychologist who has studied
and portrayed the lives of people for over 25 years. His research asks what kinds of legacies
do we receive from the past and give to the future? Kotre will explore the use of research
stories, teaching tales, and the experiences of ordinary and great people. He has published
seven books on life-historical subjects and he created the award-wining public television
and radio series Seasons of Life.

February 9: Michigan Jazz. Hazen J. Schumacher is known nationally and internationally
as an expert on the history of jazz. For many years his radio program Jazz Revisited was
distributed nationally by NPR. Hazen was U-M Director of Broadcasting when he retired
a fews years ago. He also was a Faculty Associate and staff member at the Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching ( CRLT) for several years.

March 9 , April 6 & May 11: Reserve these dates for UMRA afternoon social hours! Interesting
programs are being planned and details will be announced in the near future.

                                 In This Issue
●   Report of UMRA September Social Hour with Carol Hollenshead
●   The October social hour included the Annual Member's Meeting. The text of reports
    from the President, Treasurer, Membership Committee, and Program Committee are
    reproduced here, plus correspondance with President Mary Sue Coleman. An election
    of UMRA board members is reported on, as well.
●   Report of the 2005 BigTen Retirees Association meeting at MSU.
●   In Memoriam
●   Various and sundry items, including notes from the Newsletter Editor.
                               UMRA Board Members
  TERMS ENDING IN 2005           TERMS ENDING IN 2006             TERMS ENDING IN 2007
  Donald R. Brown                Robert Green                     Frederick J. Beutler
  2511 Hawthorne Rd.             2125 Nature Cove Ct.             1717 Shadford Rd.
  Ann Arbor, MI 48104            Ann Arbor, MI 48104              Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  665-3894                       677-1517 (      663-4870 (
                                                                  Fred Remley
                                 Ethel Rathbun
  Patricia Butler                                                 1012 Pomona Rd.
                                 1489 Chateau Vert E.
  7870 Parker Rd.                                                 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
                                 Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  Saline, MI 48176-9336                                           747-9220 (
                                 572-8575 (
  944-1918 (                                      NEWSLETTER EDITOR
                                                                  Douglas Woolley
                                 Gene E. Smith
  Larry Katz                                                      2770 Dayton Dr.
                                 2420 Bunker Hill
  9241 Pine Hill Ct.                                              Ann Arbor, MI 48108
                                 Ann Arbor, Mi. 48105
  Saline, MI 48197                                                971-0124
                                 662-6046 (
  429-0414                                                        (
  (                                              PRESIDENT
                                 Donald L. Thiel
                                 3660 Miller Ave.
  Lawrence Jones                                                  Lee Zukowski
                                 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  2666 Park Ridge Dr.                                             2674 Packard
                                 663-0292 (
  Ann Arbor, Mi 48103                                             Ann Arbor, Mi 48104 971-8138
  662-7075 (                                    (

                                   Social Hour Details
UMRA Social Hours are held most months during the academic year on second-Thurs-
day afternoons from 3 to 5 PM. All U-M retirees and their guests are cordially invited to at-
tend. The gatherings usually include light refreshments–coffee, sliced fruit, cookies, and
soft drinks. Social Hour programs begin at 3:15 PM and continue until about 5:00 PM.
Announcements about speakers and programs are made in this newsletter, in Univer-
sity Record Events notices, and at <>, the UMRA web site.
                                    Meeting Locations
Social Hour gatherings are held at the Best Western Motel, 2900 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.
Parking is plentiful, and easy access to the meeting room is gained by using the Ballroom
entrance at the rear of the building. Handicap access is good. Other venues will be used
from time to time. Please check the meeting notices on Page 1 to find the latest information.

    The University of Michigan Retirees Association Newsletter
    2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1432
      The Administrative Services Building is located at the intersection of
      Hoover and Green Streets. Parking is available nearby.
    Web site:
    President: Douglas Woolley, (734) 971-0124 (
    Administrative contact: Lee Zukowski, (734) 971-8138
    Membership and dues: Donald Thiel, (734) 663-0292 (
    Newsletter items: Fred Remley, (734) 747-9220 (
    Address changes or missing issues: Bridget Kerr, (734) 936-8626

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                     Report of September 8 Social Hour
   Carol Hollenshead, the director of the            help-wanted ads for U-M jobs were listed sepa-
U-M Center for the Education of Women,               rately for men and for women, and the main
presented a fascinating review of the roles          professional disciplines open to women were
CEW has played in the University since the           often thought to be nursing and social work.
Center was established forty-one years ago,              In 1963 the concept of CEW was endorsed
in 1964. Her talk touched not only on the            by the Vice President for Academic Affairs,
history of CEW but also on the expanded,             at that time Roger Heyns. The U-M Alumnae
vital roles of women in contemporary society.        Council proceeded to raise seed funding
   To set the stage for her talk, Hollenshead pre-   that was matched by U-M President Harlan
sented a quiz for the audience. It is reproduced     Hatcher. The CEW doors opened in 1964.
here and answers are at the end of the report:.          Today CEW provides a broad spectrum
                                                     of services. Counseling of students, faculty,
                  Fun Facts                          staff, and the community at large, involved
1. The first woman student was admitted to            more than 1100 appointments last year.
   the University of Michigan in _______             Sixty educational programs were presented.
2. The first woman to be named a U-M vice-            Scholarships and Fellowships are funded
   president (not acting VP) was ________in          and administered by CEW—more than 1000
   _______                                           scholarships since 1970 and 49 so far this
3. _______ % of U-M undergraduates are               year. A specialized grant program called Criti-
   women.                                            cal Difference Grants has provided 174 emer-
4. The 2007 MBA class in the U-M Ross                gency grants to U-M clients in the 2004-2005
   School of Business is ____% women                 academic year. In addition, CEW operates a
5. In 1920      % of the US college students         library for resource material and has a web site.
   were women.                                           Advocacy has always been an important
6.          of athletic directors at Division 1      role for the Center. Active participation in the
   schools are women.                                President’s Advisory Committee on Women’s
7. ____% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.              Issues has been important, as has been par-
8. In 2002, a woman working full-time in the         ticipation in the Women of Color in Academia
   state of Michigan earned $_______ for             forum, the Junior Women Faculty Group,
   every $1.00 a man earned.                         and Women of Color Talk Force. In addition,
9. In 2005,______ of 110 members of the              the Center has funded a number of research
   Michigan House of Representatives were            grants, including the Fund on Women’s
   women.                                            Lives project, conducted by Jean Campbell.
10.    ______% of women aged 25 or older                 The success of CEW programs has created
   in Michigan have had four or more years of        a situation worth noting: successful women, like
   college.                                          successful men, tend to move ahead in their
                                                     careers at a rapid pace and may forget that
   A University of Michigan program to improve       problems like those they faced probably still
educational and employment opportunities for         exist for others at the beginning of their careers.
women was first discussed in 1962—a full year                               Continued on Page 4
before publication of Betty Fridan’s book The
Feminine Mystique, often credited as marking             Answers:
                                                        9. 19, 10. 20%
the beginning of a revolution in women's roles
                                                        4. 31%, 5. 47%, 6. 8%, 7. 1.6%, 8. $0.67
in society. We should also recall that at the U-M
                                                        1. 1870, 2. Linda Wilson, 1985, 3. 52%
in 1962 there were no varsity sports for women,

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                   October 5 Annual Members Meeting
    The 2005 Annual Members’ Meeting of the             Marty Eichstadt, Manager of the U-M
University of Michigan Retirees Association          Benefits Office, made a special visit to our
convened at 3:15 on October 5. As is usual in        meeting to discuss the new features of the
UMRA annual meetings, officers of the Asso-           2006 medical benefits for retirees. She pro-
ciation delivered rather detailed reports about      vided detailed explanations in answer to
past Association activities and provided views       questions from the members, some of whom
toward the future of UMRA as well. President         had not been able to attend the Benefits Of-
Doug Woolley and Treasurer Don Thiel pre-            fice Retirees Health Fair presentations on
sented written reports that are reproduced in        September 23. In particular, she wanted us to
full in this Newsletter starting on page 5, below.   know about the change in pharmacy program
     UMRA Vice President Pat Butler has taken        management and to assure us that the new
on new responsibilities as chair of both the         company is well equipped to meet the needs
Membership Committee and Program Com-                of both the University and UMRA members.
mittee. She reported that a brochure intended           A brief presentation was made by Ed Marin,
to recruit new UMRA members is now nearly            a retired Dearborn faculty member. He pointed
complete and that copies will be available           out that some of us have Fidelity Investments
from the UMRA office in the near future. The          bond fund holdings in our retirement accu-
Program Committee has provided the ideas             mulations. He wished to inform everyone that
and the effort needed to recruit outstand-           some Fidelity Bond Funds invest in State of
ing presenters for our monthly meetings.             Israel bonds. These bonds are guaranteed by
    After the reports were completed the elec-       the US government. Such bonds are unique
tion of UMRA Board members was held.                 to Israel because the US guarantee is not
Board members serve three year terms and             provided for bonds of any other nation, are
four members are elected each year to the            safe financial investments, but do represent
twelve member board. A nominating com-               money that can be used by Israel to fund
mittee, chaired by Ethel Rathbun, reported a         some part of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Prof.
slate consisting of the current board members        Marin suggested that we all think about the
whose terms expire at the end of 2005, all of        implications of such use of our personal funds.
whom have agreed to stand for re-election.              Election of officers by the Board will
(Jones, Brown, Katz, Butler. See page 2,             occur at the December board meeting.
above) President Woolley asked if nomina-               President Woolley adjourned the meeting
tions from the floor were to be offered. Hearing      at 4:30.
none, he declared the the nominees elected.

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   So, for example, we should remember that          there are outside groups promoting the so-
there remain inequalities in the wages paid for      called Michigan Civil Rights Initiative that is
equal work by women and men, and that only 17%       an attempt to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court
of U-M full professorships arev held by women.       decision allowing carefully designed affirma-
   Hollenshead also emphasized that U-M af-          tive action programs to be part of University
firmative action programs have benefited many          of Michigan admission policies. In the view of
students, certainly including many women             many at U-M this initiative should be opposed.
clients of CEW. However, she pointed out that

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                              Administrative Services Building
                                     1009 Greene Street
                                 Ann Arbor, Mi 48109-1432
                                  Telephone 734-936-8626
                         Web site: <>

                              Annual President's Report

The Association has been fortunate this past year to have a great series of monthly Social
programs beginning with a presentation by former U-M President James Duderstadt who re-
viewed events which occurred during his administration. He was followed by a presentation
by Elizabeth K. Woodruff dealing with matters of "Elder Law’’. In the spring we had interesting
presentations by two of our members. Gene Smith discussed the cross-country race of the first
Michigan solar rececar, including a video of the race in Australia in which, naturally, the U-M
car came in first. Fred Beutler discussed his interesting tour of India, also with video support.

The Board of Directors was busy this year making several important decisions affect-
ing the Association. The monthly programs were so well attended the room in the Wol-
verine Tower overflowed so we contracted with the Best Western motel to hold our meet-
ings there. This move has been well received by our members. The Board approved a
policy to accept newly retired staffed faculty as members without having to pay mem-
bership dues for the first year. Our membership now is estimated at 1300 and growing.

At our Business meeting last October the membership voted to change the Con-
stitution to add three new directors to bring the total to twelve. Larry
Jones, Gene Smith and Lee Zukowski were elected to these new positions.

A membership committee was formed and Vice-president Pat Butler was appoint-
ed chair. Pat is joined on the committee by Carolyn Work, U-M Campus, Jean Ryski,
from U-M Dearborn, Ellen Woodman from U-M Flint and Doug. Woolley, U-M Campus.

This past August l sent a letter with the support of the Board to President Mary Sue Coleman, once
again explaining the problems of those retirees who retired years ago and were at the lower end of
the compensation scale. I proposed the University add more years to the period retirees are exempt
from paying the copays for their health care, or to establish a formula, which would aid those retired
the longest, along with an incentive plan to encourage selection of mre efficient and less expensive
health care plans. As of this date I have not received a response. (a reply was later received; see pp 7, 8)

I thank all of you who have attended our Social programs and send a special invitation to
those of you who have not yet attended to come and see what you have been missing.

                                                      Best wishes
                                                      Doug. Woolley, President

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    Your association’s finances continue to be sound. As of August 31, 2005 total assets
 were about $44,000 as compared to $42,000 last year. Income during the year consisted of
 membership dues of $7,300 and tax deductible contributions of $5,400.
    An attached annual report as of August 31, 2005 shows a year’s worth of income and
 expenses and the corporation’s net worth. Membership in the Association is now approximately
 1,000 membership units that are currently paid (Paid dues after May 25, 2005).
    We are very pleased that the University continues to support the Association by helping
 pay for some of our mailings, providing a quarter-time person, and a shared office with a
            Respectfully submitted,
            Don Thiel, Treasurer

             Cash Flow Report                      Equipment                             20.00
          9/1/04 Through 8/31/05                   Food                               2,859,20
INCOME                                             Gratuity                             514.64
 Interest Income                     $255.93       Miscellaneous                        270.40
   Checking Account interest          270.88       Rental                               400.00
    TOTvAL Interest Income            526.81       TOTAL Socials                      4,131.84
 Payments                                         Travel Reimb.                       2,365.61
   Contribution                      5,430.00    TOTAL EXPENSES                      11,565.30
   Member dues                       7,320.00
      Subsidy                           -4.00    OVERALL TOTAL                        1707.51
      TOTAL Member dues              7,316.00
 TOTAL Payments                     12,746.00                  Net Worth Report
TOTAL INCOME                        13.272.81                  as of 8/31/2005
EXPENSES                                          Cash and Bank Accounts
 Admin Services                                    Commerce Bank CD                  28,986.26
  Accounting Services                  625,00      Soop Fund                           626.92
  Newsletter prep & print             1,978.50     UMRA Commerce Bank Chk            14,865.25
  Supplies                              31.75    TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts        44.478.43
  TOTAL Admin Services                2,635.25    Other Assets
 Directors And Officers Liability Ins. 1,027.00     Non-cash Assets                       0.00
 General Liability Ins.               1,345.20   TOTAL Other Assets                      0.00
 Postage                                 60.40   TOTAL ASSETS                        44,478.43
 Socials                                         LIABILITIES                             0.00
  Delivery                               67.60   OVERALL TOTAL                       44,478.43

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               Report — 2005 Annual Meeting of the
                   BigTen Retirees Association
    The Fourteenth Annual Conference of the           ●   Physician/ Health personnel listen
Big Ten Retirees Association was held Au-                 to the patients stories and then offer
gust 19-21, 2005 at Michigan State University             sound explanations of what is going
(MSU). Twenty-one representatives from nine               on;
Big Ten Universities attended. University of           ● Physician/health personnel express
Minnesota sent no representative. Committee               care and concern for our plight;
members welcomed and greeted us at check-in            ● Patient senses mastery or control over
and registration. We spent the afternoon talking          symptoms.
with new and past representatives and meeting
                                                       Dr. Brody also had his patients write about
MSU retirees. The Conference was held at the
                                                   stressful events. He found that writing was
Kellogg Center Conference Center.
                                                   critical. He may have his patient’s write one
    Dinner was delicious with a welcome by
                                                   hour, three days in a row. He says that some
MSU’s new Provost, Dr. Kim Wilcox. He was
                                                   stories take charge of ones life and that the
followed by Fred Bohm, Director of MSU’s
                                                   patient must rewrite the story. This was a very
Press. Dr. Bohm presented a brief survey of
                                                   interesting presentation.
MSU’s 150 year history.
                                                       After a delicious lunch, the program contin-
    Saturday morning began with socializing
                                                   ued with Douglas Chalgian, an attorney talking
over a continental breakfast. Then Cheryl
                                                   about “Critical Conversations on Guardian-
Howell, director of the Michigan 4H Foundation
                                                   ship and Conservatorship”. He said that with
presented a workshop on “Tips and Guidelines
                                                   a guardianship or a conservancy one is trying
for Newsletter Preparation.” Her message
                                                   to keep the courts out of your decisions. He
was that a Newsletter should be: mission and
                                                   advised drafting both a power of attorney for
audience driven, help the organization reach
                                                   health care and a durable power of attorney
their goals, be readable, brief, fun, engaging,
                                                   for finances. These will provide for a patient
and entertaining. Also, the font should be Arial
                                                   advocate to make decisions for individuals
12pt.+ at a minimum! The next speaker, Dr.
                                                   when they no longer can do so for themselves
Howard Brody spoke on “The Chemistry of the
                                                   and someone to look after their finances when
Mind: How the Placebo Response Works”. He
                                                   they lack the ability to do this for themselves. A
stated that one way of thinking about the pla-
                                                   point that may be very important to all retirees
cebo response is to envision the body’s inner
                                                   who spend a lot of time in another state is that
pharmacy. The body seems to produce many of
                                                   the Durable Power and Advocate may not be
its own healing substances which can reverse
                                                   accepted by another state. In other vwords, if
illness or injury; and these substances seem
                                                   your legal documents have been drawn up in
to be produced quicker and in larger quantities
                                                   Michigan, they might not be honored/accepted
when the mind receives certain sorts of mes-
                                                   in Florida or Arizona or wherever. He suggested
sages from the outside world. He suggested
                                                   having documents drawn up in the other state if
that perhaps the inner pharmacy is turned on
                                                   you spend a lot of time there. His last comment
the most when we begin to attach a more posi-
                                                   was “Money means ‘Options’ –Don’t give away
tive meaning to the experience of being ill or
                                                   assets ahead of time!”.
getting treatment. That could occur when three
                                                       A bus tour of the campus followed with a
things happen:                                                             Continued on page 10

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very interesting trip to the University's National   Shield pays for newsletter mailings to all the
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. That           retirees.
device is very big, very interesting and quite          Penn State reported a loss of a few mem-
confusing. We then went to the Children’s            bers. Ohio State reported a 95% member re-
Gardens and had ice cream before continu-            newal rate. Indiana reported that their university
ing our tour. MSU has many beautiful gardens         set up a house for use by retirees WITHOUT
on campus, some of which Don and I visited           consultation with the Association.
Sunday after the meeting was over.                      The last speaker was Don Jost, President of
   Dinner was at MSU Faculty Club with en-           MSURA, speaking on Volunteerism. His main
tertainment by a vocalist who is a student in        point was that MSU retirees solicit other retir-
the Music School. We were also entertained           ees on behalf the United Way Campaign. They
by a beautiful pink sky and a Blue Heron that        brought in $65,000 in contributions last year.
perched at the top of a tree and then flew            They also help with the pre-retirement pro-
across the pink sky while the young lady was         gram, The Road Next Traveled. Purdue raised
singing. It was a lovely evening and great           $76,000 for the United Way in their city.
company.                                                Purdue will be the location of the 2006 Big-
   Sunday, August 21, saw us hard at work            Ten Conference, followed by:
discussing membership recruitment. Each                 Penn State in 2007
University is a little different.                       Illinois in 2008
   MSU sends two newsletters to all retirees,           Iowa in 2009
members or not. They call it an International           Indiana in 2010
Newsletter because they have 10 individu-               It was an interesting and informative pro-
als outside the country. MSU also has all the        gram. The opportunities offered to informally
retirees listed at the back of their faculty and     socialize with delegates also leads to exchang-
staff Directory. MSU did not seem to have any        es of ideas between representatives.
awe inspiring suggestions on how to recruit             We were pleased to represent the University
retirees to become members. They noted               of Michigan Retirees Association.
that 3300 retirees and 600 surviving spouses,
                                                          Donald L. Thiel & Patricia M. Butler
1000 are members of their Association. And it
                                                            Representatives from UMRA to the
was reported that Michigan Blue Cross-Blue
                                                            Big Ten Conference at MSU

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                               Notes from the Editor
              Listing of other organizations in the UMRA newsletter
   UMRA is frequently asked to use this Newsletter or our membership mailing list to publi-
cize the work of other organizations. A policy decision taken several years ago by the UMRA
board stipulates that only requests from non-profit entities will be accepted. This policy has
served our members quite well, especially because the programs at monthly Social Hours
are already planned to provide useful information about helpful organizations to our mem-
bers. We have been pleased to publicize the Reading Program offered by Washtenaw com-
munity College and our own Hiking/Walking group. At our meetings we’ve heard from AARP,
the Older Adult Services programs offered by Neighborhood Senior Services, learned about
the many services provided by the Turner Geriatric Clinic and Turner Senior Resource
Center. We also provide an on-line directory of relevant organizations on our web site.
   Recently we’ve been asked to add the following names as resources for seniors/retirees. Other
organizations may be added as time and space permits. Please send requests to UMRA office.
Housing Bureau for Seniors, supported by          Gray Panthers of Huron Valley forms task
the U-M at Turner Senior Resource Center,         forces to work for empowering senior citizens.
provides a large number of programs of inter-     Monthly meetings held at Turner Senior Re-
est to seniors.                                   source Center. Information from Jane Rusten.
Phone 998-9339                                    Phone 996-2596.

In the September UMRA Newsletter we asked for dramatic or amusing stories that involved
your career at U-M. I'm happy to announce that the well known economist and Social Security
expert–James N. Morgan–rose to the bait! Here is his contribution:

            Fire Destroyed the Old Economics Building on Christmas Eve, 1980
 – the building had been Pharmacology earlier, – the central campus was on direct cur-
    with experimental animals and rats that       rent as late as the 'fifties, and occa-
    stole some of their food, so until the fire    sionally someone would plug in
    there were still rat traps in the basement.   an electric typewriter and burn it up.
 – and the third floor had been condemned – there were offices in the basement, below
    as unsafe for classes, but was still being    classrooms, and when Bill Haber was
    used for seminars. A friendly professor       lecturing above, one could hear the class
    from the School of Business Administra-       break our in laughter at regular inter-
    tion, upon attending a seminar there,         vals—his method of keeping them awake.
    congratulated the economists for “em- – one member of the department remarked af-
    bedding the acquisition of knowledge          ter the fire that he had not realized how many
    with such an element of derring-do”.          unfinished manuscripts there were around...
 – the building had wooden floors, and often – the department secretary, a Mrs Uhlendorf,
    while classes were in session, a janitor      became part of the retirement musical
    would spread oiled sawdust on the floor        when I. Leo Scharfman retired. The musi-
    and sweep it up as a cleaning method.         cal was entitled I Leo Lanthe and the sec-
                                                  retary was not Buttercup but Butterworth.

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The University of Michigan Retirees
2072 Administrative Services Bldg.
 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432