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Longtime Supporter of Germanic Studies, Marian P. Michael Dies at 83

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posted: Wednesday June 1, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas— Marian P. Michael, a longtime friend of the College of Liberal Arts, died on May 16 at age 83. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wolfgang F. Michael, professor of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Michael grew up in Sweetwater, Texas, where she graduated from Newman High School. After attending Abilene Christian College her freshman year, she transferred to The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 1951 and an M.A. in Folklore in 1960. She wrote for city newspapers in Sweetwater and Temple and taught journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

A dedicated supporter of the university’s German Play Productions, Michael designed costumes and sets for German-language play productions, directed by Wolfgang F. Michael. She also played a key role in organizing the Texas Association of German Students, a statewide organization for students of German. She worked tirelessly organizing the annual conventions and editing and publishing the students’ bimonthly newspaper.

In honor of their exceptional service to the College of Liberal Arts, Michael and her husband both received the Pro Bene Meritis Award in 1989. The highest honor bestowed by the College, the Pro Bene Meritis Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, and symbolize the critical role of liberal arts in education and society.

A public memorial service will be held graveside 1:30 p.m., June 11 at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive.  A reception will follow at the Texas French Bread Café, 2900 Rio Grande Street.

Memorial contributions can be made to the W.F. and Marian Michael Scholarships and Fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin. Checks made payable to UT Austin can be mailed to:  College of Liberal Arts Development Office, 1 University Station, G6300, Austin, TX 78712.

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