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James P. Zietlow

Feb. 27, 2006

James P. Zietlow, professor emeritus of physics at Western Michigan University, died Feb. 12 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was 84.

Zietlow, who retired in 1986, served as acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977-78 and was associate dean for sciences in the college from 1969 to 1977. He came to WMU in 1965 as a professor of physics and coordinator of institutes. In the latter position, he kept faculty members of all departments informed of the opportunities available through external agencies for the funding of educational programs. For many years, he also was a consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Zietlow was a faculty member, department head and Graduate School dean at New Mexico Highlands University from 1956 to 1965 and a senior research physicist with the Pure Oil Research and Development Laboratories from 1951 to 1956.

During World War II, Zietlow was an Air Force pilot. He earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in 1948 and two degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a master's degree in 1949 and a doctoral degree in 1955.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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