In Memoriam: Michael Voichick

Professor Emeritus Michael Voichick died  on July 1, 2021.

Michael Voichick received his PhD from Brown University in 1962 where his thesis was on function theory.  He was the John Welsey Young Research Instructor at Dartmouth College from 1962-1964 before joining our faculty as an assistant professor in 1964.

He took on the job of Undergraduate Advisor Coordinator in 1968, and continued with that job until his retirement in 1996.  He was the first Undergraduate Advisor Coordinator and made it a vital position for the department.  He learned the intricate graduation rules, and met cheerfully with countless students.  He put departmental rules into order and designed a Handbook for our majors.  Career planning advice was another important aspect of his job.  During his career, he received many accolades from students.  In 1995, he won the Excellence in Student Advising Faculty Award from the College of Letters and Sciences.  Dan Shea, who succeeded Mike in this role, got off to a running start because of the excellent order Mike maintained on the records and the files.  Joann Elder, who was the Undergraduate Advisor Coordinator in the Department of Sociology and worked with Mike in the Faculty Advising Service noted, “Everything I knew about Mike – his amiability, attention to changing rules, openness to seeing students, giving them his time – he was a true professional and a really nice guy.  The Math Department was luck to have him.”