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Dr. Harold Sponberg Dies

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Dr. Harold E. Sponberg, who served as I president üf Eastern Michigan UniversiI ty from 1965-1974, died Saturday of a I heart attack in nis home at Houghton. He was 57. At' the time of his death, he was assistant for corporate relations to the presiI dent of Michigan Technological University at Houghton. He also was director of I Action U.P., a private group designed to I develop business in the Upper Península. A noted educator, Dr. Sponberg served I as president of Washburn University in Topeka, Kans., from 1961-65 and was a Northern Michigan University vice presiI dent from 1956-61. While at EMU, he was noted for exI panding the school's máster's degree I programs. He received awards from the I Army. State Bar of Michigan, and served I on the board of higher education for the i Lutheran Church. In 1972, he served as chairman of the Washtenaw United Fund campaign. Dr. Sponberg resigned as president of EMU on March 20, 1974, reportedly for I health reasons. Less than 24 hours later, he entered St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, ' Ann Arbor, for what his wife termed a ■■■■■■ case of exhaustion. Mrs. Sponberg added thát her' husUand had been "under a great deal of pressure" and that "I am not worried about his health." In nis statement of resignation, he gave no reason for ending his nine-year career at Eastern. At the time of his resignation, a News source indicated that Dr. Sponberg, I cause of his health problem, feit he might not be physically able to assume the "aggressive leadership" role EMU needs due to its decreasing enrollment. Eastern's enrollment had dropped steadily in the previous three years, leading the state's four-year institutions in percentage of enrollment decline. EMU Board of Regents Chairman Edward McCormick said at that time Sponberg had contributed much to the school in "a time of phenomenal growth." A native of Richland, Minn., Dr. Sponberg received his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1940, his ' master's from the University of Minnesota in 1942 and doctórate from Michigan State University in 1952 in the history and philosophy of education. He had been professor of English and director of University Extensión at Michigan State I University from 1946 to 1956. Dr. Sponberg is survived by his widow, I Grace, and five children. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 I p.m. Tuesday from the Messiah I an Church in Marquette. Burial will I low in New Richland, Minn.