WMU News

Hugh G. Archer

Aug. 8, 2003

Hugh G. Archer, associate professor emeritus of education at Western Michigan University, died Aug. 4. He was 96.

Archer joined WMU in 1939 as superintendent of the Portage (Mich.) Training School. He served as a flight instructor and liaison officer in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II and returned to WMU in 1946 as superintendent of the Paw Paw (Mich.) Training School. In 1959, he moved to the regular faculty as an associate professor in the College of Education, a position he held until his retirement in 1972.

He published a monograph, "Guiding the Novice--The Student Teacher," and wrote many other instructional papers. He was a member of the Michigan Education Association, Michigan Association for Student Teachers, National Education Association, Southwest Michigan Superintendent's Organization and the Association of Retired School Personnel, among others.

Prior to his service with WMU, Archer was employed in the Lakeview (Mich.) Public Schools from 1930 to 1938, as a math teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of schools.

Archer was born Jan. 20, 1907, in Rosebush, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University in 1930 and a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1938.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Brundage, in 1962. He married Janice Bennett Berry, who survives, in 1968. Also surviving are his two sons and their wives, Gordon and Nancy of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Robert and Susan of Palm City, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at WMU's Kanley Chapel beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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