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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: HAUGHTON; Ronald Waring-4/7/2005-USA/MI
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 00:50:07 +0100

Ronald Waring Haughton, Grosse Pointe Farms: Arbitrator resolved labor rows

Ronald Waring Haughton was an arbitrator who used his laid-back demeanor to
build bridges during labor battles.

His friends included union leaders and corporate board members, but he had a
knack for keeping personal prejudices out of the negotiating process.

"Politically, he was a staunch Democrat, but professionally, he had to stay
neutral to get a job," said his daughter, Leslie Zemsky. "He always said if
he met someone, 'I liked them very much.' He didn't bring an ego to the

Mr. Haughton, 88, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died of complications from a stroke
Monday, July 4, 2005, after receiving hospice care.

Mr. Haughton, a former Grosse Pointe Farms resident and professor at Wayne
State University, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of
Washington and his master's in economics from the University of Wisconsin in

He began his arbitration career with the War Labor Board in 1941, resolving
labor disputes during WWII that impacted wartime production. After the war,
he became Assistant Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at the
University of California, Berkeley.

He moved to Detroit in 1952 and joined Wayne State seven years later. He
served as director of the labor relations institute and later as vice
president for urban affairs.

While at WSU, he mediated the desegregation of Liggett & Meyers Tobacco Co.
as an appointee of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and in 1967, he was charged
with leading an independent fact-finding mission into the polarizing teacher
strikes in Metro Detroit.

At the behest of President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Haughton left Metro Detroit in
1979 to chair the Federal Labor Relations Authority. A lifelong Quaker, he
was appointed in the early 1980s by the Quakers and the Civil Rights
Commission of Northern Ireland to engage in "exploratory mediation" of the
Catholic-Protestant dispute there.

"He was a peacemaker and consensus-builder," said his friend Arnold Zack,
former president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. "He was a very

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Anne Fletcher; three daughters, Jan
Tracy, Leslie Zemsky, and Patty; a son, John; and 13 grandchildren. Services
will be held Aug. 13 at the family residence in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Memorials may be sent to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,
for the Ronald W. Haughton Scholarship Fund, 333 Fort St., Suite 2010,
Detroit, MI 48226.

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