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Miscellaneous Albion College
Faculty & Alumni Obituaries

Albion, Michigan
From Campus Newsletters and Magazines


Elizabeth Wheatley Northrup, ’20, on June 28, 1998 in Southfield. She was a nursing and music graduate of Albion and a member of the Sorosis musical society, which would join Kappa Delta sorority in 1924. She is survived by three children, including Mary Elizabeth Siebert, ’52, and Ralph T. Northrup, Jr., ’57, 13 grandchildren, including William A. Siebert, ’77, and Randall Edward Siebert, ’78, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Violet McCredie Hamilton, ’24, on May 11, 1998 in Roscommon. She taught school for 12 years in the Jackson schools. The recipient of a master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan, she also worked as a librarian at Saginaw High School until her retirement. In 1937, she married Elmer Hamilton of Bay City. She is survived by a sister-in law, brother-in-law, many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mildred Fitch Asselstine, ’26, on May 15, 1998 in Flint. She was a math teacher at Flint Central High School for 43 years, retiring in 1970. A member of Court Street United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for 40 years. She obtained her master’s degree from Columbia University. In 1971 she married Norman Asselstine. She is survived by a step-daughter and stepgrandchildren.

Ada May Adams Koontz, ’26, on June 18, 1998 in Indianapolis. A homemaker, she was involved in the United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution and Crossroads Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Hollis J. Quinlan, ’27, on March 17, 1998. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Louis E. Roberts, ’27, on June 14, 1998 in Tampa, FL. He obtained a business degree from Western Michigan University in 1928, and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1946. Louis was the business manager and superintendent of schools for Adrian Public Schools from 1950 to 1967 and later taught at Ferris State University. He is survived by his wife, Leda Jean, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

William H. Snelling, Jr., ’28, on April 27, 1998. He is survived by his wife Irma residing in Stanton, CA.

Alice F. Campbell, ’29, on May 18, 1998 in Sarasota, FL. She began her medical practice at the age of 29 in Albion and continued until her retirement in 1972. As a general practitioner, Campbell’s practice was largely devoted to obstetrics and pediatrics. She also was employed as physician for the McGraw-Edison Co. and Starr Commonwealth for many years. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Esther Schott Zander, ’29, on April 17, 1998. She began a long teaching career at Berkley High School in 1929, retiring in 1973. She married William Zander on Feb. 11, 1939. The recipient of a master’s degree from Wayne State University, she was honored as educator of the year by the Berkley City Council in 1990. Esther spent the last two years of her life in Montana with her nephew and his family.

Theodore A. Bergman, ’30, on May 17, 1998 in Lynchburg, VA. He became the vice president and treasurer of Phillips Business College in Lynchburg in 1935 and then served as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later taught at Lynchburg College and then served as vice president and treasurer from 1958 until his retirement in 1972. He was active in the Baptist Church and was a past president of Rotary. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mana Fauber Bergman, three children and two grandchildren.

Elsie Angela Eaton Danby, ’31, on June 28, 1998. A resident of Green Valley, AZ, for 28 years, earlier in her career she taught high school math and was a school counselor in Adrian. Later she was a partner in a realty company. Elsie was active in adult literacy programs and the Episcopal Church. She is survived by her husband, Leslie, a son, grandson and two great-grandsons.

Jane Edwards Norton, ’33, on May 17, 1998. She married John Comstock Norton in 1935. The recipient of an M.S.W. degree from the University of Michigan, Jane served as a social worker for over 20 years. She was active in the League of Women Voters, the Congregational church and sat on the boards of many community organizations. She loved music, reading, gardening and traveling. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, five grandchildren, a sister and brother-inlaw, and two sisters-in-law.

Catherine Newton Sheridan, ’33, on July 3, 1998 in Saugatuck. She was a first-grade teacher in the Ironwood school system for many years before retiring in Saugatuck in 1971. Her past affiliations include Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Eastern Star, Saugatuck/ Douglas Historical and Allegan County Republican Women. She is survived by her two children, their spouses, 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Judith Tench Weinmann, ’33, on June 18, 1998. She married Frederick Weinmann on Jan. 28, 1933 in Albion. She taught in elementary schools in Ypsilanti and Sarasota, FL. She is survived by two daughters, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a sister and many nieces and nephews.

Wilfrid Haughey, Jr., ’35, in January 1977 in Norwalk, CT. A World War II veteran, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Ayers Haughey, ’35, four children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Mary Louise King Lathrop, ’36, on May 14. 1998 in Santa Fe, NM. After graduation from Albion, she married Charles Frederick Lathrop, Jr., ’36, and moved to Detroit and later to Lancaster, CA. The Lathrops retired to Santa Fe, NM. She is survived by her husband, son, two grandchildren, a twin sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Charles S. Tapert, ’39, on Jan. 20, 1994.

Sheldon H. Mills, ’42, on July 31, 1998 in Bellaire. The recipient of a master’s degree from Michigan State University, he taught in several school districts in northeast Michigan and finished his career in Bellaire where he retired in 1979. Sheldon also maintained a cherry and peach orchard for 25 years. He is survived by his wife Olga, two sons, and three brothers.

William Marker Steele, ’43, on May 24, 1998 in Flagstaff, AZ. After graduating from Albion, he served in World War II. He graduated from Wayne State University Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Bill practiced orthopaedic surgery in Traverse City and later in Flagstaff. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, four daughters, 10 grandchildren and two sisters.

Richard A. Wanty, ’49, on April 17, 1998. A lifelong resident of the Milan area, he served in the Navy Air Corps during World War II and was a member of Sigma Chi and American Foundrymen Association. He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann, six children and their children.

Charles W. Ricker, ’50, on April 24, 1998 in Oak Ridge, TN. The recipient of a doctorate in nuclear science from the University of Michigan, Ricker was a physicist who worked in the Instrumentation and Controls Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1976 until he retired in 1993. He served as chairman of the Albion College Department of Physics from 1965 to 1975. During this time he was also special assistant to NASA’s Office of Manned Space Flight, where he was involved in the development of a science education program for astronauts. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa. He received Albion’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen L. Ricker, ’73, two children, a grandson and a sister.

R. Bruce Early, ’62, on June 16, 1998 in Grand Rapids. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University. Bruce served as chair of the Music Department at Aquinas College and acted as the jazz director for the college. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and was a member of several state and national music educators associations. He was survived by one daughter; his parents; a sister, Melinda Early Goff, ’65; and two nieces including Sally Goff, ’98.

E. Michael Krieg, ’62, on July 16, 1998 while in St. Lucia. A lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe, Michael earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan, with a specialty in orthopaedics. He became a Naval flight surgeon and served in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War. In addition to his medical career, Michael also earned a law degree from Detroit College of Law. He was a lover of animals and participated as an active member of both the Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Association. He also enjoyed sailing and travel. Survivors include his wife, Carol Byrne Krieg, ’64, his mother and three children.

James H. Yeomans, ’62, on June 15, 1998 in Albion. A Birmingham native, he was very active in his career in industrial sales and marketing where he was an independent manufacturing representative. He was a member of the Albion First United Methodist Church, where he served on several church committees, and he was head usher for 10 years. He enjoyed reading, history and playing softball. He is survived by his wife, Carol Olsen Yeomans, ’65, a daughter, a son, grandchildren, a sister and brother.

Kathleen Kramp Devenney, ’73, on July 13, 1998 in Marshall. She was employed by Boshears Ford. Prior employment included Michigan National Bank and Boley, Jackson and Associates. She married Larry Devenney in 1971. Kathleen enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, cooking and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Larry, two children and her mother.


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