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Miscellaneous Albion College
Faculty & Alumni Obituaries

Albion, Michigan
From Campus Newsletters and Magazines

Etta Wright Robillard Sessions, ’12,
on Oct. 8, 1996, in Coldwater. She
taught art in Pentwater, Reed City and
Lindsburg, KS. She is survived by a
son, one daughter, one step-daughter,
four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
Ralph G. Phelps, ’21, on July 5, 1996 in
Punta Gorda, FL.

Florence Taylor Spanenberg, ’25, on
Nov. 10, 1996 in Willoughby, OH. She
was a life member of Alpha Xi Delta and
served as a medical transcriptionist at
various Cleveland hospitals. She is
survived by one son, two daughters
including Margaret Spanenberg Teetz,
’64, nine grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Dorothy Diebolt Livingston, ’27, on
Oct. 15, 1996, in Shelby. She was the
bookkeeper for her husband’s pharmacy,
Livingston Drug Store. She was a
member of the Shelby Congregational
Church, the Literary Club and the Order
of the Eastern Star. She is survived by
two sons, four grandchildren and two

Beryl Marker Kilian, ’28, on Nov. 4,
1996, in Frankfort. She served as a
teacher in the Frankfort School system.
She was a 51-year member of the PEO
and was a member of Crystal Downs and
the Literary Study Club. She is survived
by her daughter, Janice Kilian McKee,
’52, two sons, seven grandchildren
including Lisa McKee Wagner, ’84,
and four great-grandchildren.

Leon W. Manning, ’29, on Oct. 14,
1996 in Clearwater, FL. The recipient of
a B.D. in 1934 from Garrett Biblical
Institute at Northwestern University, he
was a retired minister of the West
Michigan Conference. He served as vice
president of the Board of Trustees of the
Bay View Assembly and was a member
of the Board of Trustees for the Clark
Retirement Community in Grand Rapids.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy
Jerrett Manning, ’28, a daughter,
Phyllis Manning Kessler, ’53, and a son,
Lawrence Manning, ’59.

CORRECTION: Doris Ritter
Hembdt, ’30, on June 24, 1996. She
lived in Longmeadow, MA and was a
teacher in Agwam, MA for 25 years.
She is survived by one son.

Stella Oderkirk Rix, ’30, on Feb. 23,
1996, in Portage. She was employed by
the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric
Hospital and was a member of the Alpha
Xi Delta sorority. She is survived by a
son, William A. Rix, ’72, and one sister,
Clara Oderkirk Stockton, ’31.

Clarice Winfield Birdsall, ’31, on Nov.
21, 1996 in Ann Arbor. She was an
associate with Johnstone and Johnstone
Real Estate in Grosse Pointe Farms for
35 years. She was an active member of
Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Grosse
Pointe United Methodist Church. She is
survived by a son, one sister, one
brother, two grandchildren and three

Nola Gillette Lumbert, ’35, on Dec. 7,
1996 in St. Johns. She served as a
teacher in the Grand Ledge, DeWitt and
St. Johns school districts prior to her
retirement. She was a member of the
Retired Teachers Association, the St.
Johns Morning Musicale, the First
United Methodist Church and the
Conference Board of Global Ministries.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford
Lumbert, ’40, her daughter, Lorinda
Lumbert Stevens, ’72, one son, and two

Charles M. Greene, ’37, on May 6,
1996. A resident of Lady Lake, FL, he
was a member of Delta Tau Delta
fraternity. He is survived by his wife,
Betty Fitness Greene, ’38.

Irvine L.H. Kerrison, ’38, on Dec. 30,
1996 in Edison, NJ. He was a professor
emeritus of management and labor
relations at Rutgers University since
1981. He earned an M.S. from Wayne
State University in 1941 and Ph.D. from
Columbia University in 1951. He was a
member of the National Academy of
Arbitrators, the American Arbitrators
Association and the Society of
Professionals in Dispute Resolution. He
is survived by his wife, one daughter and
two grandchildren.

May Lumsden Richardson, ’38, on
Oct. 26, 1996, in Cheboygan. She is
survived by her son, James M.
Richardson, ’64; a daughter, M. Sherry
Richardson Stefanes, ’65; five
grandchildren; and three sisters.

Gilbert A. Stevens, ’39, in St.
Petersburg, FL. Prior to his retirement,
he served as the plant manager for
Hamot Hospital in Erie, PA. He was a
life member of Delta Tau Delta and
served as an ambassador and participant
in the Good Life Senior Games. He is
survived by his wife, two sons and one

James W. Wright, ’39, on Dec. 30,
1996 in Keene, NH. The recipient of a
B.Div. from Yale University in 1942, he
retired in 1982 after serving 40 years as
a Methodist minister. He served as a
trustee of Albion College. He is
survived by his wife, two sons including
Peter T. Wright, ’71, and two sisters.

Marian Yinger Copenhaver, ’40, on
Oct. 1, 1995 in Bronxville, NY. She
studied religious education at Columbia
University and Union Theological
Seminary and was actively involved in
the Bronxville Reformed Church where
her late husband had been senior
minister. She is survived by three

Catherine Curtis Derr, ’41, on Oct. 16,
1996, in Rochester Hills. She was a
1941 graduate of the Flora Stone Mather
College at Western Reserve University.
She was a member of the Alpha Chi
Omega sorority, the League of Women
Voters, the Pleasant Ridge Garden Club
and the Central Methodist Church in
Detroit. She was also very active in the
American Field Service and Youth for
Understanding student exchange
programs. She is survived by her
husband, two sons, two daughters, seven
grandchildren and her sister, Helen
Curtis Hunter, ’43.

Ruth Bright Ross, ’42, on Dec. 15,
1996, in Columbus, NC. She is survived
by her husband, four children, nine
grandchildren and her sister, Catharine
Bright Ayers, ’45.

Jack C. Souder, ’44, on July 6, 1996.
A resident of West Bloomfield, Jack
retired from Michigan Bell Telephone in
1983 after 37 years of employment. He
is survived by his wife, Mary Wesley
Souder, ’48, two daughters, one son and
five grandchildren.

Robert V. Holm, ’50, on Aug. 25, 1996
in Springfield, MO. He is survived by
his wife.

William W. Johnson, ’50, on Aug. 18,
1996. He retired in 1985 after 30 years
of employment with NRM Corp. A
resident of Uniontown, OH, he was a
member of the St. Paul Catholic Church
and the Disabled American Veterans
Stadleman Post. He is survived by his
wife, Lucretia Spratt Johnson, ’49,
three sons, two daughters, six grandchildren
and two sisters.

Arthur C. Scott, ’51, on Nov. 4, 1996
in Tucson, AZ. He worked as a
pharmaceutical representative for the
Ciba-Geigy Corporation.

Samuel I. Neiberg, ’56, on Dec. 17,
1996, in Calabasas, CA. He spent the
last 36 years working as an attorney in
the corporate world. He was a member
of the California and Illinois Bar
Associations. He is survived by his wife
and two daughters.

Henry W. Hartson, ’59, on Oct. 20,

W. Richard Neller, ’59, on Dec. 12,
1996, in Okemos. He received his B.S.
from Michigan State University. He
worked for Walter Neller Co. Surviving
are his wife, two children, his mother
and two sisters.

Frederick H. Martin, ’65, on Dec. 28,
1996, in Saginaw Township. He
received his J.D. from Wayne State
University Law School in 1968 and was
a lawyer at the firm of Martin and
Martin. He is survived by his wife; his
father, Walter Martin, ’37; three sisters
including, Jacqueline K. Hoppe, ’66;
and two brothers including, Walter
Martin, Jr., ’70.

Andrew W. Seed, Jr., ’69, on Dec. 4,
1996 in Lebanon, OH. He was the
owner of Generation IV Consulting
Group. He is survived by his wife, a
daughter, a son, a granddaughter and two

Mary Jo Juip Webb, ’80, on Dec. 2,
1996 in Royal Oak. She was an active
member of the St. Dennis Catholic
Church and was very involved with its
school. She is survived by her husband,
David Webb, ’80, and three children.

Daniel Z. Douthat, ’82, on Nov. 6, 1996
in Ypsilanti. He received his master’s
degree from Bowling Green State
University. He is survived by his
parents; his brother, Douglas L.
Douthat, ’86; and two sisters.


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