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Miscellaneous Albion College
Faculty & Alumni Obituaries

Albion, Michigan
From Campus Newsletters and Magazines


Harold J. Bowers, '25, on Aug. 18, 1996 in Redford. He received his master's degree in physics from the University of Michigan in 1927. He was employed by Michigan Bell as an engineer for 40 years, retiring in 1968. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Mildred Morse Rodgers, '25, on Sept. 1, 1996, in Grand Rapids. She worked on her post- graduate degree at the University of Michigan. She also earned her certification as a dietician. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids and was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.

Allen G. Whitney, '26, on July 13, 1996 in Royal Oak. He received his M.A. in education from Wayne State University. He was a teacher for the Detroit Public schools and served as the head of the business department at Murray-Wright High School. He is survived by his wife, Minerva Richards Whitney, '30, and one nephew.

Josephine Gray Whitman, '29, on Aug. 10, 1996, in Grand Rapids. She was a long-time member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and was very active in its Christian education program. She was also a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Whitman Judovics, '62.

Elizabeth Alliason Eymer, '38, on Aug. 27, 1996 in Tawas City. She taught school in Port Hope for one year before moving to Oscoda to teach mathematics. She was active in the Oscoda Methodist Church and the Methodist Women's Association. She was also a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She is survived by two sons; two daughters, Janice Eymer Kessler, '66, and Shirley Eymer Bever, '70; six grandchildren; and a sister, Lauretta Alliason Wade, '39.

Willard R. Bowers, '39, on Sept. 28, 1996 in Florida. He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan.

Patricia Houghton Gidley, '40, on July 25, 1996 in Beulah, MI. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Philip Gidley, '69, and David Gidley, '72; and one brother.

James E. Henderson, '40, on Aug. 3, 1996, in Fort Wayne, IN. He earned his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Pontiac. He and his wife later resided in Traverse City. Surviving are his wife, his son, Bruce Henderson, M.D., '68; two stepsons; three daughters, including Susan E. Henderson, '71, and Claudia Henderson Foti, '74; and 18 grandchildren.

Helen Schumann Heinzelman, '43, on Oct. 6, 1996, in Traverse City. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Greenville and the Hypatia Literary Club. She is survived by two sons, one daughter, 11 grandchildren and one sister.

Russell L. Patterson, '44, on Aug. 10, 1996, in Royal Oak. He earned his M.A. from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. He served as clinical psychologist in private practice in Dearborn until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Phyllis Black Hill, '45, on Sept. 16, 1996 in Marysville. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Delta Gamma sorority. She is survived by three sons, and three grandsons.

Robert V. Holm, Sr., '50, on Aug. 25, 1996, in Springfield, MO. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1951 and a B.S. in business accounting from Washington University. He retired from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Manufacturing as an engineer after 33 years of service. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and one brother.

Joan Gloor Neithercut, '53, on May 28, 1996 in Fort Meyers, FL. She is survived by her husband, James Neithercut, '53, a son, a daughter, and her sister, Gloria Gloor Rutledge, '41.

Robert Bassett, '56, on Aug. 27, 1996 in Santa Clara, UT. He earned his M.A. in industrial arts from Arizona State University in 1965 and taught auto mechanics at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, NV for 20 years. He was an active member of the Pima County Search and Rescue and Latter Day Saints Church in Santa Clara. He is survived by his wife, three sons, two brothers, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

William R. Nicholas Jr., '57, on July 18, 1996, in Mt. Morris. He served as a teacher in the Clio Area Schools, retiring in 1989 after 32 years. He was a life member of the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association.

James L. Tennant, '57, on Aug. 2, 1996, in Rochester, NY. He served as the director of planned giving at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his M.A. in history in 1961 from George Washington University and his doctorate from Indiana University in 1975. James was the founder and president of the Planned Giving Council of Upstate New York and served on the advisory board of the National Council on Planned Giving. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Chalker Tennant, '58, two sons, two grandchildren and one sister.

John S. Cameron II, '65, on July 1, 1996 in Royal Oak. He earned his associate's degree in 1987 from Vincennes University in Indiana. He worked as a civilian employee for the 70th Division of the U.S. Army Reserve since 1970. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, one grandchild, his mother, and one brother.

Adelaide Russell, ’18, on Feb. 2, 1998 in Kingsford at 103 years of age. After graduation, Adelaide taught in the Iron Mountain school district for two years. When she left Iron Mountain, she taught in the Detroit school systems for 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, Pine Grove Country Club, Chippewa Club and Drawing Room Club. She was also a founding member of the Menominee Range Historical Museum. She is survived by several cousins.

Mary Bullis, ’22, on Feb. 16, 1998 in Howell. The recipient of a master’s degree from Michigan State University, Mary was a retired U.S. Extension Service home economist. After graduation from Albion, she taught home economics at Howell High School, then took positions in dietetics and commercial food preparation. The American Home Economics Association honored her in 1984 for 50 years of service in home economics. She was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and received a citation in 1994 for 75 years of membership. She was a founding member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Fowlerville, in 1960, having been active in the Pingree Methodist Church prior to that. Survivors include one niece and two nephews.

Clarence V. Libke, ’26, on Jan. 2, 1998 in Leesburg, FL. Clarence was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was employed for 41 years with Michigan Bell Telephone Co., retiring in 1968. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and was stationed in India and Burma. Clarence was active in the community serving as United Way chairman for two years. He was also a member of the Petoskey Elks Club, Telephone Pioneers of America and the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Survivors include his wife Bette, one daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Hazel Ross Nesman, ’28, on Jan. 13, 1998. After graduation, Hazel taught at Walled Lake Consolidated High School until 1933 when she married Harry Nesman in New Buffalo. A resident of Lansing, she was a member of Central United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Ruth Circle. Surviving are one daughter, one son and one sister.

Joseph H. Lyday, ’31, on Oct. 22, 1997 in Naples, FL. He practiced pediatrics in Denver. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, a brother, Graham Lyday, ’30, and sister Betty Bunge.

Edwin M. Graham, ’35, on March 5, 1998 in Santa Clarita, CA. He is survived by his wife Delores, two daughters and his brother, Bertram Graham, ’39.

Roger Herrick, ’35, on March 20, 1998 in Hartford, CT. Roger was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was employed as a sales representative in the carpet industry for many years. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two brothers and four grandchildren.

Lois Jean Richards Wang, ’41, on Oct. 7, 1997 in Midland. She was involved in many history and archaeological groups including the Chippewa Nature Center which presented her with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of her many contributions to the study of Midland County archaeology. She is survived by her husband William and three children, a grandson and a great-grandson.

Kenneth Newman, ’43, on March 8, 1998 in Bethesda, MD. Kenneth was employed at Georgetown University before his retirement.

Mary Jo Shideman Tyler, ’43, on Jan. 29, 1998. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Shideman Stevens, ’45, a brother, four children and three grandchildren. She was a member of Delta Gamma.

Gilbert A. Currie, ’47, on Feb. 13, 1998. Gilbert served with the Army during World War II. After graduating from Albion, he continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Law and joined his father’s law practice in Midland in 1949. He became president of Midland Family Services in 1952, and he joined the Chemical Bank and Trust Board of Directors in 1959, becoming chairman of the bank board in 1961. He later chaired the CFC board. He served on the Alma College Board of Trustees and became chairman in 1977. Gilbert also was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, two daughters, two sons and one grandson.

Arthur W. Skulstad, ’47, on March 30, 1998 at Bay Pines Medical Center in Bay Pines, FL. He is survived by his wife Eleanore.

Richard A. Wanty, ’49, on April 17, 1998 in Ann Arbor. He had been in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, 1942-45, after serving in South America. He is survived by his wife Jane, children and grandchildren.

Harold E. Baily, ’50, on April 30, 1998 in Adrian. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduation from Albion, he managed the family business, Davis & Baily Hardware, for seven years, and then in 1959, he joined First Federal Savings and Loan Association where he remained until he retired. Past president of the Adrian Board of Education and Lenawee Chamber of Commerce, Harold also served as a city commissioner and, in retirement, as county treasurer. He was honored for his community service with the Maple Leaf Award in 1978. He is survived by his wife Connie, five sons including Mark, ’79, and his wife, Susan Slater Baily, ’78, and Todd, ’82, and his wife, Teri Trimble Baily, ’82. Also surviving are five grandchildren and a sister.

William J. McClintock, ’51, on April 15, 1998. Following his graduation from General Motors Institute of Technology in 1953, he was associated with Cadillac Motor Car Co. In 1955, he joined his father in the automobile business and became owner/operator of McClintock Cadillac in the Lansing area until 1982. In 1983 he moved to Kalamazoo and was general manager and partner of Kazoo Motors, Inc. until 1985. In 1989 he started Thrifty Car Rental of Kalamazoo where he remained until retiring in 1993. He was an active member of the community as a former member of both the Lansing and Kalamazoo Rotary International organizations. At the time of his death, he served as a member of the Docent Guild of the Michigan Historical Center. He is survived by his wife Catherine, children and grandchildren.

Robert F. Hooper, ’52, on Feb. 15, 1998 in Houghton. Robert was a veteran of World War II having served in the Army Signal Corps. After graduating from Albion and the University of Michigan, he spent his professional career as an audio engineer. He is survived by his wife Rose Marie, four daughters, two sons, one sister and 10 grandchildren.

William A. Bow, ’53, on Sept. 2, 1997 in Saginaw. He practiced pediatrics in Saginaw from 1962 until his death. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son and daughterin- law, William, ’80, and Nan Leach Bow, ’81, three daughters, Susan, ’82, Catherine Bow Smith, ’85, and Julie, and six grandchildren.

James M. Dobie, ’53, on April 6, 1998 in Bloomfield Township. He served in the U.S. Air Force, 1951- 53, and then attended Albion. He bought Dobie Jewelers from his father in 1959 where he remained as owner until 1993, when he sold his business to his son Dan and daughter Kay. He was a long-time member of the Royal Oak Kiwanis Club and a member of the Michigan Jewelers Association. Since retiring in 1993, he had enjoyed gardening, traveling and volunteering at the Detroit Zoo, and he remained active in Royal Oak’s Downtown Development Authority. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Wagenschatz Dobie, ’55, three daughters, a son and two sisters. Sue Scott Perkins, ’53, on Dec. 17, 1997 in Skippack, PA. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

Marylin (Lyn) Teal Young, ’56, on March 3, 1997 in Dana Point, CA. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Young, ’55, two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.

Thomas R. Schwartz, ’57, on April 2, 1998 in Midland after a four-year battle with lung cancer. Thomas was in marketing at Dow Chemical Co. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the president of his pledge class. He is survived by his wife, Pat Durman Schwartz, ’58, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, his mother and brother.

John T. Steverman, ’57, in Muskegon. He retired from General Telephone Co. in 1993. He was a member of the Muskegon Ambucs and a past president of the White Lake Rotary Club. He is survived by a son, daughter, grandson and his sister, Janet Steverman Finn, ’60.

David Middleton, ’00, died tragically in a car accident on Jan. 8, 1998 in Evanston, IL. He is survived by his mother, Susan Hydrick Middleton, his father, Mark Middleton, brothers Christopher, 13, and Philip, 11. David was preceded in death by a younger brother John. He was the nephew of Connie Hydrick Adair, ’74, Robin Adair, ’70, and Betsy Hydrick Lindberg, ’77. David had left Albion and was in the process of enrolling at Columbia College in Chicago to study journalism.


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