Dorr, Harold M. (Harold McVicar), 1897-

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Professor of political science and dean of state-wide education at University of Michigan.

From the description of Harold M. Dorr papers, 1922-1973. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34422927

Dr. Harold M. Dorr was born in Chadwick, Mich., on Jan. 16, 1897. He received three degrees (bachelor of arts, 1923; master of arts, 1928; doctor of philosophy, 1933) from the University of Michigan.

After serving five years as high school principal and superintendent of schools in his boyhood home in Lake City, Mich., he joined the U-M faculty in 1928 becoming full professor in 1944. His specialty was American government and constitutional law.

Dorr was appointed director of the university's summer session in 1950 and, six years later, he was elevated to the newly created post of dean of statewide education. In that capacity he was responsible for the Extension Service, the Audio-Visual Center and other off-campus educational functions. Dorr played an important role in the organization of the U-M-Flint and in the development of the U-M-Dearborn.

In 1949 Dorr was a special consultant commissioned to study legislatures and legislative procedures in the American Zone in Germany. In 1950 he was assigned to Germany as a governmental specialist by the US State Department.

Dorr was a member of the American Political Science Association, the Conference of Midwest Political Scientists (president, 1949-50), the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Society for Public Administration of University Professors (a member of the National Council, 1941-54), Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi.

At the state level, his service included consulting work with the Department of Public Instruction and as a member of the Michigan Civil Service oral examining boards. He also was active in adult education and taught extension classes and lectured extensively throughout the state. Dorr was equally active in civic and local affairs. He served on the Washtenaw County Selective Service Board for more than 20 years and on the Ann Arbor Township Zoning Board and Planning Commission. He was president of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club (1952-53) and district governor (1954-55).

Harold M. Dorr died on January 31, 1973.

From the guide to the Harold M. Dorr papers, 1922-1973, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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associatedWith Ann Arbor Rotary Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Ann Arbor Rotary Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Rickover, Hyman George. person
associatedWith Romney, George W., 1907-1995 person
associatedWith Rotary International. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dean of State-Wide Education. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan--Dearborn. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. News and Information Services. corporateBody
associatedWith Van De Water, Peter Edgar. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County, Mich. : Township)
Ann Arbor (Mich. : Township)
Chimes (University of Michigan)
City planning
City planning
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1897



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