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 (email@example.com) 663-4870 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
944-1918 (firstname.lastname@example.org) NEWSLETTER EDITOR
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
Donald L. Thiel
3660 Miller Ave.
Lawrence Jones Lee Zukowski
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
2666 Park Ridge Dr. 2674 Packard
Ann Arbor, Mi 48103 Ann Arbor, Mi 48104 971-8138
662-7075 (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 <www.umich.edu/~hraa/umra>, the UMRA web site.
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: www.umich.edu/~hraa/umra/
President: Douglas Woolley, (734) 971-0124 (email@example.com)
Administrative contact: Lee Zukowski, (734) 971-8138
Membership and dues: Donald Thiel, (734) 663-0292 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Newsletter items: Fred Remley, (734) 747-9220 (email@example.com)
Address changes or missing issues: Bridget Kerr, (734) 936-8626
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,
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.
Continued from Page 3
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
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREES ASSOCIATION 2072
Administrative Services Building
1009 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, Mi 48109-1432
Web site: <www.umich.edu/~hraa/umra/>
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.
Doug. Woolley, President
UMRA TREASURER’S REPORT OCTOBER—2005
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
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
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
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
Continued from page 9
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
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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