Robert Cooley Angell

Robert Cooley Angell

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 12 May 1984 (aged 85)
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block A Lots 19-20
Memorial ID 46708560 · View Source
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Son of Alexis Caswell Angell and Fanny Cooley Angell

Robert C. Angell, sociologist, was born April 29, 1899, in Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Ann Arbor, Angell was the grandson of James Burrill Angell, president of the University of MIchigan from 1871 to 1909. His father and his uncle were U-M professors. He earned his B.A. (1922) and Ph.D. (1924) at U-M, then joined the faculty as a sociologist in the Department of Economics, later serving as chairman of the sociology department and president of the American Sociological Association.

He served as chairman of the department from 1940 to 1952 and was instrumental in bringing to the department such individuals as Theodore Newcomb and Ronald Freedman, as well as the groups that formed the Survey Research Center and the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

Angell served abroad as director of UNESCO's Social Science Department in Paris from 1949 to 1950 and headed a project on world tensions. Partly as result of this work, Angell was instrumental in founding the International Sociological Association. He also served as this organization's second president. From 1950 to 1956 Angell was member of the U.S. National Commision for UNESCO.

Angell retired from the university in 1969 but continued to teach for a number of years.

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