Henry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force even before he graduated from Lincoln Park High School in 1944. Although he wanted to be a pilot, after he did his basic training in Biloxi, MS, he was stationed at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, AL where he worked with a group of Ph.D.’s who gave psychological exams to enlisted men to see if they would be suitable for long-term service.
After World War II, Henry came back to Lincoln Park. He applied to University of Michigan but was rejected. Not discouraged, Henry went to Wayne State University for one year and then transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1950.
After graduation, Henry worked in California for North American Aviation, where he helped design the circuitry for the F86, the North American Sabre Jet, a single engine plane designed to be an interceptor which shot down bombers. It was a plane that would be very successful in helping win the Korean conflict.
After one year, Henry moved back to Michigan to enroll in UM’s graduate school in engineering. Subsequently, he got a job at Willow Run Laboratories. This former B-24 bomber plant during WWII was now part of the University and served as a commercial airport and labs working on infra-red recording instrumentation. In fact, one of its divisions invented the first side-looking radar.
Henry was also ‘side-looking’ at the time at a young woman named Phylis, who worked as a secretary in the radar lab. True to his maize and blue roots, their first date was a U of M hockey game at the old coliseum on Hoover Street. Engineering efficiently, they met in September 1953 and were married by September 1954. Phylis’s sister, who was taking bets, predicted that the marriage wouldn’t last a year. That was 56 years ago…
Henry continued to work on national level radar projects and decided not to finish graduate school. With top security level clearance, he became coordinator for the Tri-Service Radar Symposium, co-sponsored by the Air Force, Navy and Army. In addition, he was manager of the Willow Run Laboratories until Willow Run Labs became the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) during the Vietnam Era. Later ERIM would ‘morph’ into General Dynamics, home of fellow Rotarians, John Ackenheusen and Dale Ausherman.
Henry says that he is most proud of his children. All four of his kids have master’s degrees, and as Henry says, he “likes to brag about them every chance he gets.” Karla, born in 1958, was a class mate of mine at Huron. She was a scholar and an incredible runner who went to Harvard, where she earned 9 varsity letters in track and cross-country. She is married with two boys and teaches math at Taft, a private prep school in Connecticut. Laura, born in 1960, was a swimmer who attended Cornell on a Naval ROTC scholarship. She spent five years in the Navy teaching math at the Naval Academy Prep School. Robin came along in 1962. Robin and her husband, Victor, have three daughters, Susanna, Christina and Gabriela. Robin earned a degree from the U of M in Library Science, worked as a research librarian in Washington, DC, and then returned to her roots in Ann Arbor. Henry’s youngest, David, was born in 1965 and attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree from the College of Engineering in Naval Architecture. He is married, has a son, and lives in Seattle, where he is a consultant for the Port of Seattle.
About Phylis, Henry says, “She is the best thing that ever happened to me.” Together they have traveled around the world with favorite stops in Norway and Antarctica. Alaska is still on the ‘bucket list.’ In addition to travel, Henry collects German Leica cameras, enjoys reading mysteries and history, and going to Michigan football games.
Henry joined Rotary in 1977 at the urging of Bill St.Alban, his neighbor, who was Director of the Red Cross. His job in the Club back then was taking notes at weekly meetings for the Harpoon and delivering them to the Boy Scouts building, where they were printed. He is one of our Paul Harris Fellows. His advice to others is to always live by the Golden Rule “doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you.”
Our club is honored to honor you as a man dedicated to his family, service, research and his Country. [Remarks by Karen Kerry, Nov. 24, 2010]
It is my high honor and distinct privilege to make a few remarks about our friend, Robert Pratt, one of the most distinguished Rotarians we honor today.
It is indeed a great honor and pleasure to introduce Eugene Ingram as our latest recipient of the Emeritus Award. Gene has been a member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club since 1974, and he brings to us a record of professional and community achievement that exemplifies Rotary’s ideal of ‘Service Above Self.’
Gene was born and grew up in Louisville, Nebraska. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University until World War II. He enlisted in the Air Force and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He finished his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska in 1948. A favorite professor, Dr. Elliott, told him that a position was open at the University of Nebraska as a buyer, and he got the job. By 1956 he was named Director of Purchasing at Nebraska. During those years in Lincoln, he was also very active in the Jaycees, serving on their Board of Directors and as President.
In 1965, Gene was offered the post of Director of Purchasing at the University of Michigan, retiring from there in 1993. Early in his tenure at the U-M, he was involved in the planning and implementation of a Minority Vendors Program which served as a nationwide model. Other significant changes that occurred were the implementation of a new phone system, and the computerization of the University. As you might guess, the Purchasing Department played a big role in setting up policies and procedures for such huge projects. In addition, the Purchasing Department began a University-wide program of coordination with all units, resulting in a centralized purchasing system that reached every part of the institution.
Gene also served his profession for many years as President and longtime board member of NAEB, the National Association of Educational Buyers. His enthusiastic involvement on a national stage reflected his belief in sharing his ideas with others.
Gene has been married to Margaret for more than 60 years. They have four children, Rick, married to Susan Froelich, one of our own Rotarians; Rick, by the way, has been awarded the Honorary Paul Harris Award having brought the Huron High School choirs here for a number of years. Other children are Doug, married to Jamey Ingram of New York City, David here in Ann Arbor, and Margene, married to Brad Biederman of Philadelphia. There are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Today we have with us Margaret, Rick, Susan and Doug. I have known this family since 1965 when they moved to Ann Arbor and have served with Gene in several areas of leadership both at Zion Lutheran Church and at First Presbyterian Church.
His longtime involvement in Rotary has included membership on many Rotary committees, especially the Scholarship Committee. He treasures his Rotary friends, and looks forward to many more years of Rotary fellowship. (Remarks by Lois Jelneck, Nov. 23, 2011)
He has lived a life exemplifying Rotary’s Motto of “Service above Self.” (Remarks by David Krehbiel, March 21, 2012)
It is my privilege today to share with you some of the highlights of the life of Phelps M. Connell (better known as Flip). He was born in 1925 in Scranton, Pa. His father was one of the business leaders there who was soon severely impacted by the Depression. That means young Flip began his practical business education quite early in life. After moving to the suburbs of Philadelphia in 1940, it was not long before he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served as a navigator for a troop carrier flying over the Pacific.
After World War II, Michigan came into his life! His most important event in Ann Arbor was his meeting and marrying his fellow student Jean in 1951. Of course he also graduated in 1950 with an LS & A degree. They both majored in economics. His most distinctive characteristics are his disposition, his loyalty and his love of people. Not surprisingly, he shares those same desirable characteristics with Jean. Flip and Jean are valued members of First Presbyterian Church where they make many great contributions.
One of their earliest adventures was their complete absorption into a coin-operated dry cleaning business. Of course they learned much about washers and dryers—but it was in this enterprise that they honed their interest in building loyal and caring employer/employee relationships. Perhaps relationships are even more important than profits! Flip worked with a variety of companies, usually in positions that helped them learn to relate their employees to their clientele in a productive manner. Most of his work related to mass marketing of benefit programs to professional associations. His work took him to Washington, D.C., Wheaton, Ill., East Lansing, Mich. and Cincinnati, O. Their daughters, Martha and Debbie, are also both graduates of U-M. That makes them the third (or fourth) U-M generation in their mother’s lineage! They have four grandchildren.
Flip retired in 1989 and moved to Ann Arbor in 1997. Jean retired from her environmental work a few years later. He joined our Rotary in 2001 and has served with the committee distributing grants to nonprofit groups in our community. When I asked Flip for the greatest values he found in his Rotary experience, he spoke of his pride in its worldwide focus. Interest in Rotary often begins with personal needs for effective networking but soon expands to mutual involvement in philanthropy. The town and gown mix is invaluable.
If you haven’t gotten to know Flip and Jean, you’ve missed a wonderful exposure to the real world. Although you will find that they have strong political opinions and perspectives, they will also listen to yours. I find that they truly care about other people. Ann Arbor Rotary is proud to honor Phelps M. Connell as a member emeritus!” (Remarks by Eldon Beery, Aug. 15, 2012)
Soon World War II drew him to serve his country. Al was a member of the Coast Guard for three and one half years, for much of that time a Radio School instructor. A fellow Coast Guardsman who had studied at the University of Michigan persuaded Al he should enroll after the war. He did so, completing his undergraduate degree in three years. While working toward his Ph.D. which he earned in 1953, he taught public speaking and coached debate at Eastern Michigan University. He then became a member of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Michigan, sharing an office in those years with Bill Stegath. You can imagine the many corny jokes and painful puns that bounced around that room. Al was appointed to the staff of the university’s Extension Service in 1960. By 1971, he had become its Director. Its mission was to coordinate courses offered off campus throughout the state and by correspondence, and to provide leadership and support for conferences sponsored by various units of the university. While engaged in this important work, Al served as a trustee of Adrian College, on the legislative assembly of the Speech Association of America, on the University’s Academic Affairs Advisory Council and on its Broadcasting Committee.
Al tells me that in high school and the Coast Guard, he played ‘a little basketball.’ You may not know that he continues to play half court basketball at the IM building with men decades younger than he. In 1990 he was drafted to the Michigan Senior Olympics basketball team that came home with a gold medal from the 1991 national competition. Al has also won medals in Senior Olympics volleyball and a gold medal in racquetball in 1997. He is a championship paddleball player and for thirty-seven years was a catcher in fast pitch, then slow pitch softball leagues in Ann Arbor. He continues each summer to play in two golf leagues. Having played golf with Al, I can tell you that he plays the game as an exemplary gentleman.
Margaret and Al, married for sixty five years, have three children, Scott, Kent and Lynn. Recipient of the club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004, Paul Harris Fellow, mentor to club presidents, distinguished professional, loyal Michigan man, faithful family man and member of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation – Al embodies the Four Way Test. Al, while we look forward to seeing you here for a good long time, please accept your Emeritus membership with our warmest and heartfelt congratulations.” (Remarks by Dave McDowell, Jan. 28, 2015.)
Professor Emeritus Malcolm Lowther was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1924 (for those of us that no long do arithmetic quickly in our heads…that’s 91 years young) and comes from an outstanding gene pool, which President Karen would affirm, since it is made up from a father (U-M Dental School, 1916) and a grandfather who were dentists and a mother who was a church leader. Mal graduated from Detroit Redford High School in 1942. He then received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1946 and went to work as a science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools before returning to earn a M.Ed in science education from Wayne State University in 1951. Next he took a turn from the field of education to the corporate world in the fields of marketing and advertising with GM, Jam Handy, the Edsel Division of Ford Motor and McCann-Erickson Advertising Agency as an account executive with Buick.
While working on the Buick account, he attended a lecture by a U-M professor on subliminal advertising and this experience triggered his decision to return to the U-M in 1959 where he earned his Ph.D in 1961. This event began his journey in the world of academia in 1960 to assistant professor in 1961, to associate professor in 1965 and full professor in 1969. His teaching and research focus was on curriculum theory in the area of higher and adult education. Over the years he supervised many doctoral dissertations while conducting research in multiple funded studies on teaching and learning in higher education. He also held a variety of administrative assignments which included Director of Student Teaching, Director of Teacher Education, Program and Division Chairs and Assistant Dean while at the same time serving on many University-wide committees. These accomplishments were from 1960 until his retirement in 1995 (35 years). It is an impressive academic career which I can confirm with a long list of publications (many co-authored with his wife, Joan) as well as memberships in many professional organizations, all of which Mal’s humility and President Karen’s wise time constraints prevent me from citing.
In retirement, Mal has been and continues to be the epitome of ‘service above self’ serving as mentor/tutor in the Ann Arbor Public Schools; volunteer and instructor for Mended Hearts at U-M Hospital to which he recruited me when I, too, joined the Zipper Club; teacher of adults in the English as a Second Language program, sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Ann Arbor; and, while wintering in Florida, as mentor/tutor in the Sarasota Public Schools and co-teacher of a course entitled ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’, sponsored by Sarasota Senior Friendship Center. Mal clearly serves wherever he lands.
Mal still swings a golf club at Ann Arbor Golf and Outing and the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor and Harvest United Methodist Church in Sarasota. Bridge, concerts, operas, plays, reading and interacting with ten grandchildren fill much of Mal and Joan’s days. Rotary has been a part of Mal’s life since 1971 and during his 44 years in the Ann Arbor club, he has served on a number of committees and formed many friendships (mine included). I am so pleased to have been asked to present to you our new Emeritus Rotarian since the bonus for me has been to learn even more about my long time friend, Mal Lowther. The next time you have the opportunity to be with Mal, explore the stories he has to tell about his Edsel experiences and in particular the unique name selection process for the Edsel and representing Edsel in Hollywood TV productions with big name stars of the time. Also explore his travel experiences since he can draw upon the 65 countries he has visited for leisure and professionally. May we now all rise to recognize our new Emeritus Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor – Malcolm A. Lowther. (Remarks by Dan Balbach)
I am sure many in the room have recollections of times with Art; I am honored to recount a few of the memories having known Art for the last several years. Art is here today with his wonderful wife, Elizabeth Payne. Their large blended family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren is to be admired.
There is so much to say about Art, not the least of which is the fact that his Rotary membership began just over 57 years ago when he joined the club in Peoria, Illinois in August of 1957.
Art is a long-term practitioner of the Four Way Test, perhaps not realizing it but beginning even before he became a Rotarian. Think of the question, “Is it the truth?”
This began in the era of Art as a 1st Lieutenant in Patton’s 3rd Army; Art was based in Germany late in WW II. In that role, he had the opportunity to witness a recently liberated concentration camp. Yes, there were such things –it is the truth. A holocaust denier would not do well today in an engagement with Art on this topic.
In this role Art was also made aware of a young German boy who was an apparent orphan. Art agreed to adopt this boy into his Army unit to protect and look after this early teenager (who did eventually find one surviving parent). Later he found himself in charge of a POW; Art broke the rules and somehow found a way to make it appear that this guy was indeed a prisoner but in a way that the POW could also serve as Art’s translator.
Forty years later in 1985, Art was in Munich and found the name of that now ex-POW in the phone book. Art was able to reach the man, they ended up having a reunion and reliving old memories! What an experience that must have been.
There was also the era of Art the football officiator. Officiating is very much engaged in finding the truth and doing so on very short notice with a very large and very partisan audience. Art thrived in this role and to this day knows the NFL rulebook very well. This too is “finding the truth.” He had the honor along the way of officiating in a couple of Super Bowl games and is rightly proud of those Super Bowl rings.
Art continues to stay in touch at benefit events with various big name players and coaches of the league. A quick mention of a sports coincidence here—Art speaks of playing baseball with his friends when he was about 10; some of the girls of the neighborhood chose to watch from the sidelines. One was named Nancy, later known as Nancy Reagan.
On one occasion in this role of “finding the truth” Art was officiating a game in Kansas City as they played their archrival, the Oakland Raiders. As the game ended, Art had made a controversial call. Art was physically confronted on the field by one of those partisans who felt that Art had indeed not found the truth when he threw that flag. More on that later.
Art later entered the era of Art as the motivational speaker. Art has spoken to an extensive list of audiences, largely representing America’s business community. Art is a member of the “Speakers Hall of Fame;” at one point Art was honored as a “Humorist of the Year.”
Art was and is particularly close to the Senior Management team at Caterpillar of his hometown of Peoria. Art is well versed in the role that CAT and other “for profit” businesses play in job creation in our economy, and quite correctly Art is known to observe that at the core, for-profit business is the only source of job creation in our economy. It is the truth.
One of these speaking engagements was in the Kansas City area; Art was speaking to a group of bankers. Among the bankers in the audience that night was the guy who had come on the field many years prior after that Kansas City Chiefs game to challenge Arts version of the “truth.” Just like with that POW, Art turned an adversarial relationship into a friendship.
And yes, here in RCAA we have bankers. Are they the type to rush on the field to challenge an official? Maybe Ann Arbor bankers are somewhat more reserved than those Kansas bankers—or maybe not.
As mentioned, Art joined Rotary in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois in 1957. We as Ann Arbor Rotarians have had the pleasure of Art’s membership since he joined us in 2001.
Art has been a stalwart of our club, serving as speaker as well as on many occasions our invoker. You may not be aware that Art also serves as our “standby” invoker. So realize that on some of those occasions when Art does the invoking, he does a great job with perhaps only a few minutes notice. Indeed, you will hear him today speak in a tribute to Veterans.
I am involved in the Osher Lifelong Learning program here in town. A couple of years ago OLLI was presenting a history series. We decided to have three World War II veterans speak to the group on their wartime experiences. Two of those speakers were Art Holst and Scott Westerman. As an added dimension, OLLI had invited a senior history class from Pioneer High School to attend. After the Veterans had told of their experiences, we started the question and answer portion, and we especially wanted to get the students engaged. It was a bit slow at first, but soon a girl from Pioneer introduced herself as an exchange student from Germany, a real coincidence. She recounted a comment from her grandmother who had said that as the war wound down, they knew Allied soldiers would eventually come to their door and her grandmother had said “Let’s hope they are American and not Russian.” That broke the ice and the questions became plentiful. Afterward, the students surrounded the three veterans with endless questions; it was fascinating to observe as these students, 16 or 17 years old, realized these veterans spoke of times when the veterans themselves were only a few years older than that. Art and Scott made that a very memorable day.
Art is not slowing down:
He’s writing a book of poetry (you, I am sure, have heard Art recite significant poetry from memory). This is his second book as he earlier authored a book called “Sundays Zebra’s.”
He’s helping his fellow man. Recently Art volunteered to serve as a “citizen advocate” for a man who was about to be considered for parole after 39 years of incarceration in the Michigan prison system. That man is now a free man thanks in part to people like Art willing to assist in creating a second chance. Art recently took this man and his spouse to a Lions game; just the other day Art showed me the pictures of his guests at the game on an iphone picture—Art uses the iphone with the dexterity of a teenager! And no, Art did not take a “selfie”-- that would not be Art.
Art, I am sure, will continue to be active in Rotary. He tutors students at Burns Park School; he also talks to groups at the high schools—using a football which he’s to students in the audience occasionally.
Art continues to be an asset to the club and to his community. Art and Elizabeth will soon leave to spend the winter in Florida; we will welcome their return in the spring and especially Art’s return to Rotary. Please join me in congratulating Art as our newest RCAA Emeritus Member. (Remarks by Leo Shedden, Nov. 12, 2014)
Today it is my privilege to recognize and honor Robert L. Kerry as an emeritus member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor - Rightfully placing Bob, as we all know him, in our Ann Arbor Rotary “Hall of Fame”, where he so fittingly belongs. As you all know, Bob represents all that is good and right about Rotary and our Club, and for so many years has shared his passion for Rotary with others.
Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1931 and grew up in Flint. Bob’s father was a tool and die designer for Buick, and also a Rotarian. The family moved to Flint as General Motors expanded their automotive design and manufacturing presence in the Flint area. Bob’s early life would show glimpses of his future success and career. Bob was an Eagle Scout at age 13 and very active in a Jr. High Biology Club – the budding Jr. High student surgeon Bob would anesthetize frogs with store bought ether so he could painlessly open them up for surgery watching their hearts beat. Following the exploratory surgeries the frogs would be sewed up and returned to the wild. There is another wildlife story involving a snake and injuries the snake sustained when a car drove over it – let’s just say young surgeon Bob got all the parts back in place and, after several weeks of care and recuperation, the snake was released to its natural habitat.
Bob was an outstanding student – graduating from Flint Northern High School in 1948 at the age of 16. Bob was also a fine athlete playing for the Flint Northern High School basketball team that would win a State Championship. In another important foreshadowing of things to come, as a high school senior, Bob was recognized as a Junior Rotarian by the Rotary Club of Flint.
Bob was proud and honored to receive a 4-year Regents grant-in-aid Scholarship to attend the University of Michigan to study pre-Med. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1952. As an undergrad at Michigan Bob would meet a young student named Gloria. Clearly a good match, Bob and Gloria would be married in 1954.
Bob would go on to attend the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating in 1956. Bob completed a 2 year residency programs at the University of Michigan Hospital, spent 2 years as Chief Resident at Wayne County General, and then 2 years as part of the U.S. Army Medical Corp. at Ft. Eustis Virginia.
In 1963 Bob would return to Ann Arbor and begin his career as a General Vascular Trauma Surgeon at St. Joseph Hospital and a Clinical Instructor, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. Bob gained notoriety through his medical and surgical research and traveled the world speaking on his research and sharing his expertise. Bob’s surgical career and practice in our community would span more than 40 years. Bob joined the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in 1972, being asked to join by Tom Conlin (also recently recognized as an emeritus member) and Jack Shipman. Bob served as President of our Club in 1975-76 and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow Awardee. Bob, the former Jr. Rotarian from Flint, is proud to have brought the Jr. Rotarian program to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in 1991. This program yearly recognizes outstanding area high school seniors that are putting “service above self”. Bob also introduced the Rotary news to our weekly club lunch meetings – another outstanding Rotary tradition that continues today.
In 1988 Bob would help make another important contribution to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. Bob was approached by Rotarians Karl Gingles and Bob Buchanan – they suggested that Gloria Kerry be asked to join The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor becoming our first female member. Bob knew Gloria would make an outstanding Rotarian and supported the new membership whole-heartedly. As we recognize Bob today, I think it also appropriate to recognize the first husband-wife team in the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (Bob and Gloria) - Fortunately many have followed in their footsteps. Speaking of important “firsts” for our Club – lets also recognize Karen Kerry, whom with Bob, mark the first father-daughter presidents for the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. Let us hope others will follow in those footsteps as well.
Bob has always believed in serving his community. Bob is a past President of Barton Hills Country Club, past President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Cancer Society and has served on the local Boy Scout Council. Bob and Gloria are members of the First Presbyterian Church here in Ann Arbor – where Bob has always favored the 9:00 service – that’s the one with the Washtenaw Dairy donuts.
Bob and Gloria have 5 children. Oldest daughter (president) Karen whom we all know; daughter Julie, also a dentist, – who was a member of our Club for a time and now lives in California, daughter Sue – who serves as CFO of a Catholic university in Duluth, MN and is also a Rotarian - Sue just happens to run the Jr. Rotarian program for her Rotary Club in Duluth. Son Bob, who lives in Interlochen, MI and works for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and son Bruce who is a middle school teacher just outside of Denver, CO and working on a PhD in Environmental Science. Clearly all the Kerry children, like their parents, are finding ways to serve their communities.
As we all know, Bob Kerry has a passion for Rotary. He believes that everyone should be a Rotarian. I remember when I first joined Rotary – it was all new to me, but I could survey the room during my first meetings and see the buzz so often around the Kerry table. Rotary is service, but Rotary is also fun and fellowship – and nobody does that part of Rotary better then Bob Kerry. (Remarks by Ed Wier, June 16, 2015)
It is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to our newest Emeritus member, Russ Reister, a member of this Club since 1971. Sponsored by Bob Kerschbaum, at 41 years of age he was the second youngest member of the Club at the time. He began his college career by attending Grand Rapids Junior College, then transferred to Michigan where he earned a BBA in 1954 and a MBA in 1967. After graduation, Russ worked for a few months for the Fisher Body Division of General Motors as a management trainee, then served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, before returning to Fisher Body as Production Foreman. In 1957, he moved to U-M’s University Hospital as an Employment Supervisor. After two years he was named Personnel Director for University Hospital, then Manager of the Office of Staff Benefits in 1961, a position he held until he became the University’s Personnel Director in 1966. He also was a Lecturer for an insurance class at the U-M-Dearborn campus between 1965 and 1966. The University’s Personnel Department, under Russ’s leadership, was recognized as one of the leading personnel departments in the country. His peers, in recognition of his leadership, elected him to be President of the National College and University Personnel Association in 1980. Russ takes pleasure in the fact that a number of his staff left the University for opportunities in personnel administration with greater responsibility at Stanford, University of Rochester, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Northern Michigan to name a few. Russ was the University Personnel Director until 1979 when he was given an opportunity to serve as Director of Plant Operations – a significant shift from a staff position responsible for recommending policies to a line operation responsible for managing a major department with more than 1,200 employees. Russ can share many stories about awkward situations while being in charge of Plant Operations, such as: a major fire in the Economics Building, destroying it entirely; the extermination of brown recluse spiders imported with a large volume of books for the University Library; a visit in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush who gave the commencement address, but the stadium floor had been torn out in preparation for the new turf; managing the deer herd at the University E.S. George Reserve; and creating a small park for Plant Operations staff, after a fortuitous break in a steam line under a parking lot, later named in Russ’s honor, ‘Der Reister Platz.’
Russ retired from the University in 1992. As a member of this Club, Russ served on the Youth Service Committee and in 1973 as its chairman. In 1975 he was the chair of the International Fellowship Committee, serving for ten years. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 1979 to 1983 and served as President of the Club in 1981-82. During Russ’s tenure on the Youth Service Committee he helped to organize a mentoring program for the Rotary International Scholar students attending the University of Michigan, a life-changing experience for the Reister family! Russ welcomed each foreign student with a letter and offered to meet them at the airport on their arrival. Russ worked with Bob Hughes, University Director of Housing and Secretary of the Club for many years, to assure the students of housing. If the students were married, Dot Reister would take them shopping and help them to get established. The Reisters often had the Rotary Scholars to their home for dinner and the family vicariously traveled to all corners of the world while visiting with the Scholars. They estimate that they hosted 74 students from 24 different countries. Primarily as a result of Dot and Russ’s work with the Rotary Scholars, Russ was awarded an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship by the Club in 1986. At the Charter night for the Chelsea Rotary Club in October 1987, Dot was recognized and presented an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship by District 6380. Since there were no women in Rotary at that time, Dot was probably one of the first women to receive that award from the District. Russ served on the District 6380 Board from 1981-1985. Following his service as Club President, he was elected to serve as District Governor but was forced to resign from that role before taking office because of professional responsibilities. He was quite disappointed.
The story behind ‘The Shirt’ that has been passed on to the new Club President each year started with Russ in1981. As Paul Harvey would say, ‘the rest of the story’ is that Rotarian Wagar Glas had just returned from the Rotary International meeting and unannounced, presented ‘the shirt’ as Russ was given the gavel at the annual ceremony, along with the following directive…’and to all Presidents who follow.’ Russ put the shirt on, wore it for the entire meeting and the tradition has carried on to this day.
Russ and his wife, Dot, married now 61 years, have three children, all with us today, Pam and Kathi, who both work for the University of Michigan, and Kurt who resides in Oregon. Russ’s hobbies include: hunting (dove in South America), bowling, golfing, boating, fishing and reading. He particularly enjoys spending time at their summer place in northern Michigan. Russ has served on the board of a number of professional associations and held leadership positions. Locally he served on a number of committee for the United Way, including the committee to create a County-wide agency in 1970. Their efforts were successful and the Washtenaw United Way was established. He became the second Board President in 1972. In 1985 he was elected Board Chair of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and during his tenure the decision was made to establish a separate office and hire the first Executive Director, separating from the Washtenaw United Way. Recently he served as President of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs in order to play a vital role in insuring that his grandchildren have the same opportunities he enjoyed when fishing and hunting. During his retirement furlough year in 1992, he led an effort to create a came for severely ill and disabled children – converting the University’s Patterson Lake facility in Hell, Michigan for this purpose. He is now anticipating with great pride that the camp will accept its first kids next summer. It is now known as North Star Reach Camp. Russ is a die hard Wolverine and he attended many athletic events, until the premium seat policy was introduced. Have Russ tell you what he thinks about that policy! Much of Russ’s service has focused on youth-in line with the Club’s mission. Russ celebrated his 85th birthday on June 13th. It’s now my distinct honor to present Russ Reister, a 44-year member of our Club, as our newest Emeritus Rotarian. (Remarks by Norman Herbert, July 29, 2015)
“How do we define honor? How do we define Rotarian honor? There are many deserving individuals who have received the Emeritus award – we’ve heard testimonials of service and lists of distinguished career achievements. I submit to you another individual who is worthy of this honor, but who can and should be described in a way that is as unique and as special as she is. There is always a person in an organization who fills in the gaps. She sees a need and she gets up and fills the need – no questions asked. When that action grows into a program, we think back to who was responsible for the simple act that created that robust program. And often, there she is.
As one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, she has taken work under her wing and provided service to others for 22 years. She loves working with young people. The Rotary Readers program is special to her because the youngsters look forward to the Rotary visit and the Ann Arbor Public Schools appreciates the time spent with these children. The international students who are children of students and professors are especially grateful for help with their English. The STRIVE program is near and dear to her heart. The joy of helping students get through high school, raise their GPA and seeing them beam when they receive a scholarship to community college is unmatched for her. She improved the program by recognizing that these students needed mentoring to lead them through the college preparation process. Some of these students have children of their own and some are homeless, but to this Rotarian, they are all God’s children and she is part of the village that it takes to give them a fighting chance at a better life. And, those cards that you receive when your life has a ‘mountain top’ or ‘deep valley’ event? Yes – she’s behind that effort, too! Because it’s important to her to encourage others and help you encourage others, she makes sure that someone is stationed at the front table across from the badge board on Wednesday to get as many signatures and support from you as possible. We call it Rotary Cares – and make no mistake, SHE cares deeply. When the meetings are running smoothly and you look behind the scenes, she’s been there. The greeters, those doing the invocation and the attendance takers know the special pat on the back that comes from her. Back in 2010, the Club recognized her with a Distinguished Service Award. If you ask her what she loves about Rotary, she’ll tell you that she comes to enjoy the camaraderie and the prospect of meeting new and interesting Rotarians. The Wednesday meetings are the second highlight of her week right after Sunday church! She learns something new each week and especially enjoys the speech by the new Rotary President and the presentations from the University Presidents (she’s been here for Hatcher, Fleming, Shapiro, Coleman and Schlissel).
Who is this wonderful lady? She grew up in Illinois in the household of a Lutheran minister. After graduating as valedictorian, she attended Wartburg College in Iowa, studying nursing and music. It was important to her to continue to learn, so she finished her ‘clinical’ education in Milwaukee Lutheran Hospital and moved to Ann Arbor to seek employment (aren’t we blessed?) The learning curve included positions in general and thoracic surgery, the respirator center, the rehabilitation center, urology, dermatology and pediatric office practices; a nurse at Ann Arbor YMCA camps, a staff nurse at Glacier Hills, a direct care nurse at Hospice of Washtenaw; and my personal favorite, a campus nurse at Concordia Lutheran Junior College. She trained as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at University of Michigan. She is well known for her work with Ingrid Deininger as co-founder of Individualized Home Nursing Care and her work with the early concept of hospice care.
Her children exemplify her love of learning and adventure. Daughter Anne and her husband run the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay. Anne’s oldest child is Emma, a Michigan graduate, now finishing up a Master’s degree with a teaching certificate at the University of Idaho in environmental science. Graham is starting his junior year at Michigan majoring in engineering. Daughter Chris is a production manager with the Travel Channel. Christine’s son David is starting his second year at Stanford majoring in environmental science and music and is a good trumpet player. When she isn’t spending time with them, she sings with the First Presbyterian Church choir, hosts friends and visitors in her home and attends many of the cultural events in the Ann Arbor area. She has held governance positions in her church, has served on the board of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and has volunteered with the Ecumenical and International Residence at the University of Michigan. She is well traveled and needs more than two hands to count mission and choir trips abroad.
A visit to her home is what sealed it for me. The walls are covered with family pictures and mementoes. Her favorite art pieces are the ones that adorn her walls and were painted by friends whose unique gifts were recognized and celebrated by her. If I ask her a question about someone from Concordia, she can pull out a yearbook and show me. She pays attention to articles about people who she knows because it matters to her to know and share in the joys and sorrows of others.
Who is this person who defines honor so well? Who is this person who we celebrate with the honor of Emeritus today? I present to you my friend and honored Rotarian, Lois Jelneck.”(Remarks by Laura Thomas, Sept. 9, 2015)
Ingrid, it is an honor to participate in your presentation for Emeritus Membership. And I’m happy to do it here in your home on this fine and beautiful October afternoon. Most of you here present know most of the things I am going to relate about Ingrid, but perhaps there will be few which were not known until today.
Ingrid joined Rotary in 1992. She has served as a Director of the Club, addressed its membership as its main speaker on at least three occasions, chaired the Committee for Invocation, Host-Greeters, and Attendance for a full 10 years, received the Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and was honored in 2014 with a President’s Special Recognition Citation for Club Service.
Ingrid was born in Berlin, Germany in the mid 1930’s. Between the ages of 5 and 11, she endured first hand the tragedy that was World War II including the loss of both parents. As an orphan, she and her two younger sisters, Elka and Antje, were afterward adopted by an aunt and uncle. The adopted parents later made possible the family’s move to Joliet, Illinois where her uncle continued his work in missile guidance systems, this time for the United States Government.
Ingrid finished high school in Joliet, Illinois where she shifted her initial interest in chemistry to a field involved with directly servicing people. She entered Northwestern’s School of Nursing where she received both RN and Bachelor’s degrees in 1958. Within three years of working at nearby Evanston Hospital, she advanced to positions of Unit Head Nurse, Instructor in a Med-Surg unit, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Inservice Education, the latter apparently without any formal course work or instruction. As Ingrid herself states, “I was nervous but had the good sense to procure the help of some cooperative doctors, but mostly, I had to rely on my imagination “.
Ingrid had a penchant for innovation and could identify deficiencies in some early medical equipment, such that a Kendall Company retained her as a consultant for the new product development. Items with which Ingrid was largely involved included cotton-tipped mouth swabs, some special catheter sets, and nurse support stockings.
Inspired by stories of Albert Schweitzer’s work in Africa, she applied for African Missionary Service. While she was on a wait-list for that work, she met and married Rolf Deininger and moved with him to Ann Arbor when he took an academic position in the School of Public Health. Daughter Heidi and son Peter were born in 1964 and 1965. Ingrid became involved with Special Services of U of M’s International Neighbors Program. The family joined Trinity Lutheran Church. The Deiningers enjoyed camping trips to Manitou Island, where the locals were pleased to have a nurse around for any medical emergencies. While raising her family, Ingrid worked part time in Nursing Education at the U of M Hospital, later to become a full time position. She also traveled overseas with Rolf when his work in Public Health so dictated. She simultaneously pursued her growing interest in home nursing especially in the care of the dying.
Though the Hospice concept is very old and historically can be traced to 4th Century Rome, the modern hospice movement is credited to have begun in England in 1967 when Cecily Saunders established St Christopher’s Hospice near London. Ingrid visited with Dr Saunders on one of her several trips overseas about the time she was developing her ideas about hospice care.
It was during a Hospice of Washtenaw Pilot Program in 1980 that Ingrid met Lois Jelneck. Sharing similar values, and likeminded in recognizing the need for care of the chronically ill and dying, they joined their energies. Three other nurses were added in the next 18 months, at which time the group became incorporated as Individualized Home Nursing Care and Hospice. Though there were a few other hospice programs in this area at that time, none was very active, in part I suspect because there was no mandated Medicare Insurance coverage for such. Thus early on much of Ingrid’s hospice work was pro bono with gifts of thanks in the form of home-grown foodstuffs or whatever else might be in season or at home.
Today there may be as many as a dozen hospice programs in Washtenaw County, but Ingrid and Lois were really the spark that ignited active Hospice service in this community in the 1980s. It was also the quality of their service that was especially noteworthy. Each family has its own special needs at such a time. The best hospice personnel are the ones who can assess early on just what those needs are. Some families are quite needy, others are quite comfortable in providing care without too much help.
Initially from referring patients to hospice, and later while serving as a physician for St. Joe’s Hospice, my own observations were “in this area no one does it or did it better than Ingrid and Lois." It has been well said by one of our own Rotary Members, “They are Angels of Mercy” and that they truly are.
When Ingrid retired a few years back, her Hospice program was folded into Hospice of Michigan, a larger organization with a greater service area than just Washtenaw County. It, along with Arbor Hospice, St. Joe’s Hospice, and several other programs, continues to serve with fine programs. But the credit for initiating the real work in this region, unquestionably belongs to Ingrid and the fine staff she assembled and from whom so many have meaningly benefitted.
It’s a pleasure to present Ingrid for Emeritus Membership. (Remarks by Bob Ause at Ingrid's home, Oct. 11, 2015)
Everybody Googles from time to time and occasionally you come up with some interesting bits of information as I did about today’s honoree. Among other notes of interest, he has been, along with his wife Rebecca, a donor to a number of worthy causes in Ann Arbor, including an unnamed political party. According to the 1940 census, he was identified as being 14 years old at that time and was living in the town of Bessemer, Michigan, in Gogebic County with his family, which included his parents and his older brother and sister. According to the Traverse City Record Eagle of Oct. 2, 1969, he was named as Deputy Chief of the 1970 Michigan Week. You’ll be pleased to know that he has no criminal record nor, unfortunately for him, any unclaimed property.
Reno Maccardini was born on May 30, 1925 – yes, that’s easy to figure – he’s an even 90 years old – in Bessemer, a huge metropolis of 5,000 residents, just a few miles northwest of Ironwood, in the mining country of the Upper Peninsula. His parents were immigrants from Italy – his dad was an ore miner – and as Reno puts it, they got their citizenship ‘the right way.’ He attended Bessemer schools where he won numerous honors and was the manager/trainer of all the major sports teams, graduating in a class of 124 at the age of 16. He served as President of the CYO – the Catholic Youth Organization – and worked in numerous part time jobs – it was the Depression era – and as Reno says, ‘whatever came up, I took it.’
Out of school, he went to work at a Chrysler defense plant where he worked his way up to apprentice tool and die maker and from there to the Chrysler Institute of Engineering. He transferred to Michigan State University – then known as Michigan Agricultural College – from where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked his way through college serving as house manager and vice president of his fraternity, SAE.
The day after his graduation, he went to work for Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., where he remained for 38 years, starting as a cadet engineer. He advanced to district engineer in various districts, in charge of both distribution and pipeline. It was then that he first met a good friend of many of us, Bob Lyons. He lived in Mount Pleasant and Grand Rapids and traveled the state where the company was extending gas lines and opening new offices. He was eventually made General Manager for the northern part of the state of Michigan which included the Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula. He moved to Ann Arbor where he stayed for three years before moving to Detroit in 1979 where he served in various positions until being made Director of Property Management. While there, he also served as the security officer for a 5,000 attendee Boy Scout Jamboree.
Reno retired from the gas company in 1987 at the age of 62. He then joined the Hobbs and Black architectural firm as director of new business and left there after two years to join his wife, Rebecca, in her firm, RM Resources, a consulting firm for shopping center management. Reno and Becky met in Grand Rapids in 1972 and were married in 1975. They have two children and three grandchildren. Becky was director of operations for two shopping centers including Somerset Mall in Troy and Gardens Mall in Palm Beach, Fla. She also served as a consultant to the Millennium Mall in Orlando. She was the first female president of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a group representing 60,000 members. She started her own consulting business in the year 2000 with Reno joining her after his leaving Hobbs and Black.
Reno has been a perfect example of Rotary’s ‘Service Above Self’ having served in a zillion different volunteer positions during his long and illustrious career. A few highlights include: While in Mt. Pleasant, he was chairman of the board of the Isabella County United Fund; board member of Isabella County Planning Commission, the Mt. Pleasant City Planning Commission and the Central Michigan Community Hospital. In 1961 he won the Distinguished Service Award by the Jaycees as the Outstanding Man of the Year. While living in Grand Rapids, he was a director of 11 different agencies, highlighted by his two-year chairmanship of the West Michigan Tourist Association, his serving as the State of Michigan representative to the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan, trying to attract new business for the state, and his previously mentioned position as Deputy Chief of the 1970 Michigan Week.
Reno first joined Rotary in Grand Rapids. After moving to Ann Arbor and transferring his Rotary membership, he served as Social Chairman of the club and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee; the United Way Advance Gifts Committee; the Ann Arbor Conference and Visitors Bureau; and the Engineering Society of Detroit.
In talking with Becky about Reno, I learned that one of the things that first attracted Becky to him was his ‘charm.’ She said that is the first thing people tell her after meeting him: ‘Oh, your husband is so charming. When he turns on the charm, he is hard to resist,’ she said. ‘Like when we show up at a hotel and he talks with the room clerk to get our keys, we always get the nicest room. I don’t even want to travel without him anymore. On my own I always end up in a room across from the elevator with a view of the parking lot.’
Please join Doug Freeth and me in recognizing our newest Rotarian Emeritus, the charming Reno Maccardini. (Remarks by Howard Cooper, Oct. 21, 2015)
Rotarian Emeritus is a recognition highly deserved by our honoree of the day. Burton E. Voss received our Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Today he is being moved to our highest honor – Emeritus!
We all know Burton as “Burt” because he is a very people oriented person. He is one of our most regular attending members and his table is always full of good conversation – but it is never all about Burt. He sincerely cares about the growth and enrichment of other people.
Professionally, Burt is Professor Emeritus of Science Education at the University of Michigan where he served for thirty years until he retired in 1993. He has directed more doctoral dissertations than any other professor I have known. He knows all the details and regulations, but his focus is always on the fullest development of the person. It is hard to imagine the scope of his influence on the field of science education. While serving as Professor at the University of Michigan, he also worked with the Michigan Education Department in developing the first Michigan Science Assessment Test (MEAP). The better integration of several fields of education has been one of his most significant contributions.
Most of us who enjoy Burt know him as a family person more than as a professor. He has been made a better person by his loving wife Jackie. Jackie has given him strong support in the productive life they have shared. Their three sons: Bob, David and Mark are making their own contributions to the fields in which they are investing their lives. This Voss family practices an excellent mutual support system that has helped them meet many health challenges with a positive attitude. It is not uncommon to hear Burt express his pleasure at the continuing achievements of their children and grandchildren.
Burt’s passion for others extends beyond his classrooms and family. He has been a strong part of the leadership of First Presbyterian Church. He is a Ruling Elder, Deacon and strong participant in many of the committees. He has been especially effective in keeping strong ties between the church and university – always with a focus on the growth of the people involved.
Burt’s early years were spent in Illinois and Iowa where he earned his BS, MS and PhDs. For two years he was in the U S Army Chemical Corps in biology research. He also taught in high school and at Penn State University.
Burt has been honored by many groups, such as: National Association of Biology Teachers; National Science Foundation; Michigan Association of Specialists; and the School of Science and Mathematics Association.
He has been named “fellow” of AAAS and Danforth; recognized for distinguished service by: National Science Teachers Carleton Award; Michigan Science Teachers Lifetime Achievement Award; and as Distinguished Alumnus of Central College in Pella, Iowa.
He has been president of National Assn of Biology Teachers; Michigan Science Teachers Assn; Science and Math Assn; Michigan Educators Energy Forum; Michigan Assn of Science Specialists; Midwest Section of AETS.
Burt’s Rotary contributions have extended over many years. He has chaired our Membership Committee, Endowment Committee (when it reached the $1 million goal) and works with our Rotaract and Program Committees and served as Rotary Reader at Angell School. The grants awarded cover a whole page.
It is our pleasure to stand now to add our honor to Burt Voss – an outstanding person who has added so very much to so many lives. (Remarks by Eldon Beery, Nov. 18, 2015)
Good Afternoon. Today I have the pleasure of telling you a bit about our latest Emeritus nominee, Dr. Barbara Everitt Bryant.
Barbara attributes much of her career success to liking math, and to having parents who would not let her listen to the idea that “girls aren’t good at math.”
Both parents tried to make math fun for Barbara and her younger brother Bruce. For example, when she was ten years old, two days after Christmas their Christmas tree dropped all its needles. The family came into the living room and were shocked to find that the tree-- which they had worked so hard to decorate a few days before-- was a skeleton of bare branches hung with ornaments. Not only did the pine needles cover the floor but the tracks of Bruce’s electric train running under the tree were so deep in pine needles that the engine could not push the train through. Christmas trees dropped needles in the 1930s—they don’t now. What a disaster!
Seeing the disappointment on his children’s faces, their father tried to turn the disaster into an adventure in math. “How many needles were on that tree?” he asked Barbara? She didn’t have the faintest idea. Her Mother was no help. She didn’t have the faintest idea either.
“Go get thimbles, measuring cups, and a bucket” her father said. How many pine needles in a thimble? Her father instructed the family to count. Thus began a merry afternoon dumping needles in thimbles, thimblefuls in cups, and cupfuls into the bucket, and so on until the floor was swept clean and everybody had had a good time.
Unfortunately Barbara did not keep her working sheets so she can’t give Rotary the total number of pine needles on that Christmas tree today. But by the time she went off to Cornell University years later she had done enough fun math problems to declare her major as physics, a decision which made a big difference in her job prospects and ultimate career and income.\
In the summer between her junior and senior year, she wanted to go to summer school to clear some hard courses off her schedule so she could have time to play and to be one of the editors of the Cornell Daily Sun as a Senior. Her family had just moved to Urbana, Illinois, not going back to Ohio where she had grown up, so she decided to go to summer school at the University of Illinois and signed up for a needed course in circuit analysis. Her father was the new head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and that department was offering circuit analysis in summer term. She walked into her first laboratory course at Illinois and stopped in her tracks. There in the front of the room was the most drop-down-dead-gorgeous man she had ever seen—6 foot, 4 inches tall and red headed; just released from 4 years in the European theatre as a Signal Corps captain. He was to be her graduate assistant lab instructor. His name was John Bryant.
If you think love sprang at once you don’t know the University of Illinois and its nepotism rules in 1946—no student/faculty dating, no family members in the same department. John was completely off limits!
Move ahead a summer and John and Barbara are both working in New York City. He read in the Urbana, Illinois paper that she had graduated from Cornell and was working for Chemical Engineering magazine at McGraw Hill Publishing Company. He had a summer internship at International Telephone and Telegraph Company. He traced through McGraw Hill Information, phoned, and asked her if she remembered him. You bet! They married a year later, had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, colorful careers, and a 49-year marriage.
John got a Ph.D at Illinois and started a high tech electronics company, Omni Spectra, Inc.
The couple lived in Birmingham, Michigan for eleven years while Barbara stayed mostly out of the labor market as the children were born from 1950 to 1955 and went off to school. She went back to full time work the day after her youngest child, Lois, got on the Birmingham kindergarten school bus. Lois was ready to go to school and dancing in the bus aisle. Out on the sidewalk, Barbara was dancing on the pavement while many of the other mothers of youngest children were weeping because they had just lost their jobs!
After a couple of years back in the labor force, Barbara realized she needed a graduate degree. She received a quick Masters degree in journalism, but by now was “hooked” on communications research. This took her into survey research – a tool of communications research.
Barbara got a Ph.D at Michigan State in 1970 and joined Market Opinion Research, which was then a small, regional survey research company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. She didn’t want to join them until fall to be with her children but their response was, ”We already have this big survey of Ohio high school students in the field and we’ve got to have someone to write it". So she began in June and by October had published a book called High School Students Look at Their World. It was funded by the Ohio Department of Education, distributed to all of the libraries in the state and all the principals of all the schools. So her first project was a big hit.
She and the Company grew. She was not in commercial market research such as “What kind of toothpaste do you use?” but she ran the social research part and worked heavily in the media part of the consumer media/social research half of the Company. Political research was the other half. She spent nineteen years with Market Opinion Research in Detroit where she directed major national survey projects. Three of these were for U.S. Presidential commissions: The President’s Commission on Observance of International Women’s Year (President Ford), the President’s Commission on World Hunger (President Carter), and the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (President Reagan).
She resigned as Senior Vice President of Market Opinion Research in 1989 when the first president George Bush appointed her Director, U.S. Bureau of the Census, and Director of the 1990 Census of Population, the first woman to hold these positions. The every 10-year population census is the largest federal government activity outside of war. This time the United States Archives as well as the Census Bureau kept the working papers for the count of a population of 249,832, 692 in 1990.
Being Director of the Census was a lot like counting pine needles, Barbara says. “How many persons in a household? how many households in a block? how many blocks in a census tract? how many tracts in a Congressional district,? in a city or wherever? --except that every Congressional delegate, mayor, or politician thinks the Census Bureau hasn’t counted enough in his or her constituency and sues the Census Bureau and its Director for more. After 23 lawsuits, four of which went to the Supreme Court, the courts agreed that nobody could improve on the count and the count as enumerated stands.
The Director of the Census Bureau is a Presidential appointment. Therefore Barbara’s job ended when President Bush was not reelected. A few days after the election, the Provost of the University of Michigan called and asked Barbara if she would like to join the faculty at Michigan. John was already on the faculty of electrical engineering as a research scientist and they had a house in Ann Arbor. After the Provost circulated her resume, the Ross School of Business, which had just received a research grant to start a national customer satisfaction index, invited her to join. She became one of the small group that started the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) in 1994 and stayed with that group until retirement at the age of 82 in 2008. ACSI, as the Index is called, lives on – measuring satisfaction of the customers of more than 200 companies in 45 industries. Its results are often quoted on radio and TV and available on the Internet at The ACSI.org.
Barbara joined Rotary in February 1998 and served for many years on the Social Committee. Following John’s death in 1997, she welcomed youngest daughter, Lois, and her two children, Rebecca and Sarah, to live with her in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2003. It has been a delightful addition to all of their lives. (Remarks by Susan Smith-Gray, Jan. 31, 2016)
Today we honor Dr. Charles Elmer Olson, Jr, better known to us Chuck, with Emeritus status. Chuck is joined by his love wife, Connie; Chuck and Connie have a son and daughter and two granddaughters, who live out of state and were unable to be with us today.
When asked to introduce Chuck, I readily agreed. I said I have known Chuck for almost 30 years so this will be easy. Was I in for a surprise! This has been an eye-opening project. For 20 years I owned and ran an executive search firm and worked with major executives around the country. Until now, I had never seen a 14-page resume. Let’s get to know Chuck.
Chuck was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but at age 1 ½, he moved with his family to Detroit. Even back then, Detroit schools were not good. Chuck attended a private high school on the other side of the state, graduating as co-valedictorian in 1948 from Leelanau High School where he played football, basketball, baseball, ran track, was editor of the school paper, and president of the student body.
In 1952 Chuck earned his B.S. in Forestry at the University of Michigan, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, president of his fraternity, and a teaching assistant. He met Connie during his junior year on a blind date that neither wanted to go on; it’s worked out quite well as this year they will be married 63 years.
In 1953 Chuck moved on to Minnesota to earn a masters degree in forestry and a minor in photo interpretation. Since the draft was very active, Chuck decided to look into an officer’s commission. The Air Force recruiters told him his background qualified him to be a “survival specialist.” He asked what that was and was told that if a plane goes down on an ice cap in Greenland, he would be sent in to get them out. He went on to talk with the Navy recruiters. After he told him his Air Force story, they laughed and said he would make it in intelligence work. Chuck enlisted in the Navy and was sent to OCS where he graduated 10th in a class of 1,083 candidates. Following his graduation, he was sent to Washington, D.C. as an air photo/radar intelligence officer. He served two years as an instructor in photo interpretation, photogrammetry, and radar targeting and once was introduced by the commanding officer of the Navy’s Atlantic Intelligence Center as the “best photo interpreter in the U.S. Navy.”
In 1956 Chuck received an honorable discharge from active duty; he went on to serve 31 years in ready reserves and retired in 1987 with the rank of Captain.
Following his Navy discharge, Chuck was employed by the University of Illinois where he served as a research associate and eventually assistant professor of forestry while he also took classes in photo interpretation and photogrammetry. He came back to the UM in 1963 and received his Ph.D. in Forestry, where he eventually became the Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Director of the Remote Sensing Lab and held a joint appointment in the Infrared Physics Lab at the UM Willow Run Labs. Chuck became a Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources in 1999.
Now if this wasn’t enough to keep him busy, from 1980 to the present Chuck has been a consultant and expert witness for analysis of land cover from historic and current air photos in connection with zoning disputes and environmental damage assessments, working for 18 different law firms. He’s also consulted for the Michigan Dept of Natural Resources, US. Agency for International Development, the Naval Environmental Prediction Research Facility, and many other organizations. From 2008 to the present, Chuck serves as a senior image analyst for the Michigan Tech Research Institute and he’s currently teaching an online class in infrared technology for Michigan Technological University.
Now for the rest of the story. As you can tell, the man hasn’t been busy enough. Chuck has made time for community service. At Elderwise, a learning-in-retirement group, Chuck has chaired the administration and finance committee and the board of directors, and is a frequent instructor. At Michigan Envirothon, a high school environmental competition, Chuck is a member of the steering committee and represented Michigan at both state and international meetings. For the Boy Scouts, Chuck has held various roles including scoutmaster and chair of the district committee. And at the Christian Science Church, he has served on the board of directors and completed a 3-year term as a reader.
Finally, there’s Rotary, where Chuck has chaired the program committee for two years, was a member of the board of directors, tutored at Angell School for 11 years, and was a frequent volunteer at tree planting events. And Chuck continues as a frequent attendance taker. Last, and certainly not least, Chuck has been a member of the Rotary Bowling Team for 37 years!
*loves cookies of any kind
*likes to fish and to hunt frogs
*plays bridge at the City Club; he’s the only male in the group
*likes to BBQ
*with Connie, has visited 300 Carnegie libraries around the country
Let’s join in congratulating:
Captain Charles E. Olson, Jr, U.S. Navy Retired
Professor Emeritus Charles E. Olson, Jr, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources
Now, Chuck Olson, Ann Arbor Rotary Club Emeritus
(Remarks by Dick Elwell, February 24, 2016)
Born in Detroit, Gloria James Kerry is the firstborn daughter of a successful dentist, ‘Opa’ to us, and an actress, Gertrude, whom we called ‘Gigi.’ They hailed from ‘copper country’ in the Upper Peninsula. Both of her parents had bigger than life personalities- one a flamboyant stage actress and the other a gregarious former football and hockey star. She has one younger sister, Puddie, who adores her to this day… A Yooper at heart, Mom still migrates to Copper Harbor every summer for thimbleberry picking and pasties on the shores of Lake Superior.
As a young girl, her parents insisted that Gloria could do anything that she put her mind to- and that if something ‘was worth doing it was worth doing well.’ And what was better than going into the family business?
She headed to University of Michigan where she enjoyed being a Kappa and a Michifish! (that would be a synchronized swimmer not a brook trout)
It was a Kappa roommate who fatefully introduced her to the good-looking pre-med, former Junior Rotarian from Flint, Michigan- Bob Kerry. She studied hard, (when she wasn’t studying Bob Kerry and knitting him sweaters) and, after castrating mice to make up for a summer in love, was admitted to dental school becoming one of the first women ever admitted to the University of Michigan Dental School.
Much to her parents chagrin, she also became the first woman from Grosse Pointe to ever marry a boy from Flint! Just kidding… All’s well that ends well, she and my dad have been together for over 62 years! (not quite the Storey’s but they are getting close)
She built and molded an amazing family with my dad (I guess I’m slightly biased), giving birth to five challenging children over a ten-year period. My youngest brother Bruce, a science teacher at AIM High School is here today. Amazingly, with three toddlers in tow, she insisted, and succeeded in going back to Grad School for Periodontics.
After graduation, she practiced with her father in downtown Detroit for many years. Concurrently, she was asked to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Dental School where she taught and conducted research until my sister Julie and I were successfully shepherded through dental school and had our degrees.
My mom continues to practice dentistry full time as ‘Dr. Kerry and Daughters’. Often, when a patient calls in to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerry (and there are 3 Dr. Kerrys), the patient will insist that he/she is scheduled with - ‘The Original.’
When I was a little girl, someone asked me if I was going to be as good a dentist as my mother when I grew up. I answered, ‘of course I will’ but I have long since given up that quest…
In the mid-1980’s Mom became the First woman in the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, nominated by Dr. Carl Gingles, a fellow dentist, who called and actually asked my dad for permission. Her first foray into leadership was to chair the first Social Committee- bringing the Spring Fling to Barton Hills- and then, co-chairing the Program Committee with Mike Marich. She was also a Director and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
If you ask my mom what her absolute favorite things to do are she will tell you: traveling with the Conlins, drinking wine, eating good food and visiting amazing places all over the world. She is even a founding member of the Wine Wenches- and there are others of them in the room who will go un-named…
Her other loves are tennis and gardening- and their Barton Home is frequently on the garden tour or the venue for outdoor family summer weddings. This fall, she and my dad will take a break from weddings to become great-grandparents for the first time.
Not only is my Mom a wonderful person, she is so much more than that… Ken Fischer will share his insights into an amazing person whom I love and respect with all my heart… (Remarks by Karen Kerry, April 6, 2016)
If it weren’t enough to be the husband of Bob Kerry, the mother of five high-achieving children, and the first woman member of Ann Arbor Rotary, Dr. Gloria Kerry has also had a very distinguished career in dentistry, the same profession of her father.
Getting into dental school had its special challenges for Gloria. First, if she got in, she would have to, at the same time, complete her final two years of undergraduate education, which she did with flying colors receiving straight A’s for 32 hours of course work and a BS in zoology while also working on her dental degree. Amazing! But before she even got admitted, the dean called her in to inquire 1) whether the degree she was seeking wasn’t really a Mrs. Degree and 2) whether she had any intention to actually practice dentistry. He didn’t want to waste her money or the school’s. Imagine the delight Gloria received when she went to that dean’s retirement party years later to let him know that she was still practicing AND was married AND had five kids AND, oh yeah, was also a full professor of dentistry…with tenure!
After receiving her DDS degree in 1956, the same year Bob completed his MD degree, Gloria began working at her father’s dental practice, commuting each day by train or car to his office at the David Whitney Building in Detroit. While working with her dad and raising five kids, Gloria also returned to U-M Dental School to obtain a master’s degree in periodontics in 1966.
After 19 years working with her father, she established her own periodontics practice in Ann Arbor and Brighton in 1966 and continues practicing to this day with two of her daughters as her partners.
Gloria was named an associate professor or dentistry in 1974 and a full professor with tenure in 1979, a position she held until 1989 when she became an emeritus professor.
Her service to the field of dentistry as researcher, scholar, teacher, author, and speaker is as distinguished as is her service to her family and her community. Speaking of which, I loved the chance to get to know Gloria well during her six years of service on the UMS Board of Directors.
Her CV cites the many lectures and clinics she has given in the U.S. and around the world about her research and practice in periodontics; the instructional films she’s made about her practice; the top offices she’s held in prestigious local and national organizations – she was president of five of them -- and the chairmanships of key professional committees; and the numerous articles she’s authored or co-authored, one of which bore the title: “Clinical evaluation of the use of citric acid and autologous fibronectin in periodontal surgery.” Go Gloria!
Everything this woman of enormous accomplishment has done in both her personal and professional life has been inspired by two related principles that have guided her ever since she was a young girl: 1) to become the best at whatever she would do and 2) If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” (Remarks by Ken Fischer, April 6, 2016)
Jerry Prescott grew up during the glory days of Flint, when it had the highest per-capita income in the U.S. Some of Jerry’s accomplishments: President of his U-M fraternity, Sigma Chi, and treasurer of his 1956 graduating class. After passing the bar, he joined the United States Air Force. This was, according to Tom, “during the Missile Crisis period.” He then joined King Cigar, a major tobacco-confectionary company, where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career. In fact, Jerry was inducted into the Candy Industry Hall of Fame. A former president of our Club (2001-2001), which he joined in July1982, Jerry has donated his time and effort to many community organizations, including Washtenaw United Way. Jerry is an avid reader and is the author of three novels, “Deadly Sweet in Ann Arbor,” “Why Ann Arbor?” and “Invisible Intrigue.” Congratulations, Jerry! You are an inspiration to all of us. (Remarks by Tom Conlin, May 18, 2016)
Jerry McNicoll Gray, M.D., F.C.A.P., was born in Jamestown, New York, and grew up in Monroe, Michigan. He came to the University of Michigan in 1952 to enter the College of Engineering, then graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with distinction in 1959. Next, Jerry interned and had his specialty training in pathology at the UMMC. Following his residency, he entered the U. S. Army to serve as Assistant Chief of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Jerry returned to Ann Arbor to enter pathology practice at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where he had a number of appointments; Medical Director of the Blood Bank, Chairman of the Transfusion Committee, and Secretary of the Medical Staff. In addition to being board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, he is also board certified in hematology, immunohematology and blood banking by the American Board of Pathology. Jerry has authored or co-authored 41 scientific publications in referred medical journals, is a fellow in the College of American Pathologists (F.C.A.P.)
Jerry married Mary Kay Caris during their undergraduate days. Jerry and Mary Kay have 3 children, all graduates from the University of Michigan. Their daughter Kathryn Brogan is married to Dr. John Brogan, Academic Dean at Western Seminary in Holland, Michigan. They have 2 children. Their son Bill is a principal in Reinhart Partners, an investment firm in Mequon, Wisconsin. Bill’s wife, Jo, is an independent TV producer. Bill and Jo have 3 children. Their daughter Jeanne, a social worker, has 1 daughter.
Jerry can have a lighter side. He had an “old man” mask that he used to terrify the neighborhood at Halloween. Once at SJMH he put on his mask, climbed onto a gurney in the morgue covered with a sheet. Then an assistant asked Dr. Fred Holtz to check on a new cadaver. As Dr. Holtz pulled the sheet back, he got a terrible shock as Jerry sat up and cried out in a shrill voice.
Turning to Service above Self, Jerry has a long list of community service but one is outstanding.
Jerry and Mary Kay made 7 trips to Kenya over a 10 year period as volunteer medical missionaries at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. Kijabe is a full service Christian mission hospital that cares for both Kenyans and missionaries over a wide area of West Africa. Here, Jerry conducted the hospital pathology service which served a wide part of Kenya. He initiated a new technology in which complicated tissue specimens could be micro-photographed, then transmitted electronically over the Internet to consulting pathologists anywhere in the world for review. Jerry often sat in his cottage on Higgins Lake, reviewed and diagnosed specimens sent from West Africa.
Jerry has a wide range of other talents; an accomplished downhill and water skier, boater, skilled photographer. In retirement, he has continued to be intellectually curious by taking courses at the University of Michigan primarily in classical studies. These include a several courses in English literature, development of the English language, Shakespeare, etc.
Jerry is a dedicated church servant, has been ordained as both a deacon and ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church, presently is serving as a Stephan minister. Jerry may be quiet but his Faith, his spirit is rock-solid so he is truly a “go to” guy when others need his help.
In closing, his son William Gray wrote, “Jerry is a special person, a special husband, father, grandfather, and friend. We have seen this through is life as he has taken care of family as well as strangers, always doing whatever he can for whomever he can without concern for his own needs. He is an amazing man.” His daughter Kathryn Brogan wrote, “I always considered my Dad to be one of the smartest people I know. If he puts his mind to something he can usually figure out how to do it and do it well.”
A life well-lived. (Remarks by Bob Buchanan, Nov. 30, 2016)
If you were to look at Bob Buchanan’s passports over his lifetime, you might conclude he never stayed home. But in fact, Bob Buchanan has been a lifelong registered resident of Michigan, and in particular, southeastern Michigan.
Bob was born and raised in Detroit, took his undergraduate and M.D. degrees here at the University of Michigan. The only break in Bob’s Michigan residency was for 3 years right after medical school. The first was spent in Philadelphia in a coveted internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, and the next two at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines where he served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. Bob came back to Michigan for his specialty training in Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at U of M Hospitals and settled in as a permanent Ann Arbor resident.
At the close of his military service, a fellow Air Force officer from Chicago introduced Bob to his kid sister, Jeannine. They have now been married 54 years and have three grown children: Lawrence of Portland, Oregon, owner of a transportation logistics company; Elizabeth, who heads English as a Second Language program for the Ypsilanti School District; and Gregory, who is a U.S. Air Force pilot deployed to Iraq on 4 occasions and Afghanistan twice, most recently as mission commander. All three are married with families and there are 6 grandchildren.
One skill, absolutely essential for any pediatrician, is the ability to examine the eardrums of young children. The kids are invariably squirming, frequently crying, and want to have no part of the process. Bob’s complete immobilization technique, mastered while he was a young physician, was well-practiced and he continued to keep the skill honed so that he could still do it effortlessly in later years when neighbors, such as myself, called him for help over a weekend or at night to look at a fussy grandchild.
Bob dismayed many parents when he left pediatric practice after 5 years. He chose, however, to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research with Parke Davis Company, later to become Parke-Davis Warner Lambert. Bob’s area of special research was drug therapy for epilepsy where he authored some 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. His retirement as Vice-President of Clinical Research at Warner Lambert came after 25 years with them was brief before he signed on with a US-based Japanese pharmaceutical company for whom he consulted until 2010 when he fully retired.
Bob has been a member of his Rotary Club for 35 years with a remarkable record of service during that time. He helped with several Rotary Group Study Exchanges, was a volunteer Rotary Reader and math tutor, served two terms on the Board of Directors, was Club president in 2000-2001, received the Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and was twice a Paul Harris Fellow. And he continues to serve our Club wherever necessary. In the last year, I have observed him on more than one occasion taking meticulous notes of our meetings for the Harpoon when those responsible for that duty were absent. I learned earlier this year that he has been a voluntary member of Bob Mull’s group that gives pro bono aid to local citizens who seek help in completing their income tax forms. Such help required Bob to sit an exam to obtain tax-preparation certification. That’s quite a history of Rotary service.
Bob has been active as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church, served on the Executive Committee of the Wolverine Council Boy Scouts of America, and presided over the Bader School PTO. Since 1997, he has been an active participant with Jeannine in the Delonis Center’s Program for the Homeless. And Jeannine, once her child rearing duties were over, became a docent for the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art, continuing in that role for some 17 years.
Registered as Michigan residents for so many years has not prevented Bob and Jeannine from other activities. Extensive travel has taken them to over 80 countries worldwide. Bob and Jeannine are accomplished sailors and Bob is a licensed pilot.
Bob’s record of service to Rotary, his community, and his country has been, and is, exemplary. Bob, your Emeritus membership is well-deserved. (Remarks by Bob Ause on December 14, 2016)
Dave was born in Detroit in 1933. During WWII his father, a physician, was assigned to duty at a large temporary US Army hospital in Santa Fe, MN, where the family later joined him. The cultural and geographic differences were profound; it truly was "The Land of Enchantment." They returned to Dearborn, MI where Dave graduated from high school. He enrolled in the pre-Med program at the University of Michigan and subsequently was accepted into the Medical School from which he graduated in 1959. Dave joined the local chapter of the Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity where he met Marcia, his wife of 51 years; he served as the Chapter's Alumni Counselor for over 30 years, on its national Executive Board for several years and a term as Vice President. Later, his father-in-law, Maynard Phelps, who had served as a President of this Club, co-sponsored him for Club membership. His two children obtained degrees for the U of M.
After a medical internship in Denver, Dave served for three years in the US Air Force as a Flight Surgeon and was assigned to a high altitude reconnaissance squadron that saw many months of duty at various bases in Asia – and also during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He returned to Ann Arbor in 1963 to take the three-year residency program in ophthalmology at UM Hospital – and never left town.
Dave established a private practice of ophthalmology which was surgically based at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and for over thirty years enjoyed serving many wonderful patients. During this time, he helped his medical fraternity, with an all-male chapter house, to transition into a national society which soon had fifty percent female membership. He also served for many years on a unique committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that reviewed and edited most of its membership educational publications. He served both as a Deacon and an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. Upon retirement, he audited several courses in the UM School of LS&A– a few of which were Chinese Imperial History, Politics of Modern China, Late Renaissance History (twice), and the Bibl/
Membership in our Club was always been stimulating and gratifying for Dave to interact with professionals in other fields. He served on the Club's Directory Committee, the Endowment Committee, and the International Projects Committee and hosted guests and visitors from abroad. He read for many years at Angell and Burn Parks Schools in the Club's Tutorial program, got his hands dirty in the years of the Replacement Tree Project, and helped out on many a delightful Golf and Tennis events.
Three years ago, another blind date blossomed with a second marriage to Jane Myers, who had been a journalist at the Ann Arbor News, and later had a career in the University of Michigan Development Office as a writer on Central Campus and as an editor of the Medical School magazine, "Medicine at Michigan."
In summary, Dave says "I’ve been lucky to have had a supportive heritage, a wonderful family, immense love and tremendous opportunities — every day has been a good day to be a Rotarian." (Remarks by Brooks Sitterley, Jan. 25, 2017)
David was born and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where his family still owns the Krehbiel Publishing Company. He received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts, from Williams College in 1955. Next, David devoted a year to studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He then entered the Yale Divinity School and received his Master of Divinity degree in1959. This led to a call to the Third Presbyterian Church in Troy, New York as sole pastor where he was ordained.
But here his well-planned life up to now underwent a major change. At church, David met the love of his life and his best friend, Martha whom he married on July 5, 1964. In addition to marrying Martha, David became father to Martha’s four children from her previous marriage; Carol, Janet, Jeffrey, and Susan. The Krehbiel family increased again when Douglas was born a short time later. The demanding duties of a sole pastor plus the responsibilities of being a good father to five children became a load so David, Martha and their family left Troy and moved to Ann Arbor in 1966.
Here he entered the University of Michigan School of Social Work to receive a Master of Social Work in1968. This led to a position in protective services in the Michigan Department of Social Services, soon becoming manager of the Ann Arbor District Office. After 23 years David retired from the Department. Shortly after, he accepted a position as interim associate executive at the Detroit Presbytery but then was called back to the pulpit as Interim Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Plymouth, Michigan for 2 years. David’s last call in the autumn of his ministry was to the First Presbyterian Church, Ann Abor as Director of Pastoral Ministries. Following nine years of pastoral service, he retired in 1996.
David joined the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in 1982 but changed to inactive status in 1992 due to his pulpit responsibilities in Plymouth. Following retirement from First Presbyterian in 2005, he returned as an active member of the Club. Dave is a Paul Harris fellow, served on the Board of Directors, chaired the Community Allocations Committee, has nominated a number of people for Club membership. In our community both David and Martha are longstanding United Way supporters; David also served on the United Way budget committee.
Martha and David hold very well-worn passports; having traveled to Europe, England, West Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America, Haiti, Cuba, Iceland, and the Caribbean. In spite of his busy days, he is also an accomplished skier and an open-water sailor, having spent time under sail on Lake St. Clair.
“Service above self” describes David. He is the consummate pastor; a warm smile, quick handshake, a quiet and listening ear as he strives to share with everyone the grace and peace of his Lord.
A life well-lived. (Remarks by Bob Buchanan, Jan. 27, 2017)
Club members above a certain “Rotary Club age” will all remember Don Faber as the distinguished gentleman with pencil and reporter’s notebook sitting toward the front of many noon meetings, raptly listening and carefully reporting for the next Harpoon.
Don joined our Rotary club in 1999. Rotarians knew him for his song leading and Harpoon reporting, as well as his excellence in speaking. Who cannot remember the one song he would almost always pick for his song leading… “Stodala Pumpa.”
Those who could know him a bit better learned that he was Editorial Page Editor and Columnist for The Ann Arbor News, and we became accustomed to seeing his picture there. People who appeared in his columns were said to have been “Faberized.” In the words of one:
I read it and I realized / that Faber got me recognized.
He got my background summarized, and synchronized, and crystallized,
And somewhat even fantasized.
But now that I am Faberized,, / I look back as if mesmerized,
And find myself quite rhapsodized / That Faber hadn't EULOGIZED!
As one comes still closer to this gentle man, one would learn of his passion for the history of the state of Michigan. He has three books to his credit. The first is The Toledo War: The First Michigan - Ohio Rivalry, about the dispute over a strip of land between Ohio and Michigan known as the Toledo Strip that had to be resolved before Ohio would agree to Michigan’s admission to the Union. Ohio got the strip and Michigan got the western 2/3s of the Upper Peninsula. The second book, The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics, is about the governor that spoke for Michigan in this negotiation. His third book, James Jesse Trang: The Rise and Fall of Michigan’s Mormon King, is about the gentleman who sought to succeed Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr., upon his assassination, and instead was himself assassinated.
Closer still we move to Don. We learn how much he loved music, where he sang not only with our Rotary Club but with the men’s group “Measure for Measure,” the University Musical Society’s Choral Union, and the choir of not only Ann Arbor’s First Presbyterian Church but Novi’s Meadowbrook Congregational Church, under the leadership of his wife, Jeannette Faber.
It was music that brought Don and Jeannette together. While both were members of the UMS Choral Union, they met each other by riding a bus to a rehearsal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Jeannette grabbed the last seat, which was next to Don.
But whether you knew Don well or from a distance, you immediately learned that he shared a characteristic that he attributed to Gerald Ford… in Don’s words, “He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world.”
Don, on numerous occasions, you have made me feel as if I were the most important person in the world. (Remarks by John Ackenhusen, March 22, 2017)
Jim Reece, you are an exceptional man and a true Rotarian.
I value our friendship and respect your unwavering commitment to ‘Service Above Self.’ It is a privilege to recognize your contributions and present you with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Emeritus Award.
Before I sing your Rotary praises, I’d like to provide some information to everyone present about your impressive educational and professional background.
Jim was a professor of Accounting and Operations and Management Science at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business for over thirty-one years. He was a faculty director of the Ross School’s Executive Education two-week Management Development Program and an instructor in the Leadership of Plant Operations program.
Jim received an A.B., graduating cum laude from Yale University, an MBA with high distinction, and a DBA from Harvard.
He published a number of books and received numerous scholarly awards in his field. Jim’s claim to fame includes teaching two rather notable students early in his teaching career—George W. Bush and Al Gore. He recalls that one of the two was an over-achiever.
In addition to his service as Trustee, Treasurer, Past-President, and Chair of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Jim gave countless hours of time as the Faculty Advisor for the Ross Business School Domestic Corps—an organization that raises funds to place over 20 business school students annually in14-week summer internships in non-profit organizations, ranging from Focus: HOPE to the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
On a personal note, Jim and his wife, Bonnie met and married while students at Harvard and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2017. They have two grown children, Chloe and Chuck, and four grandchildren, Audrey, Megan, Logan and Connor.
Over ten years ago, Jim approached me about joining Rotary, emphasizing that he and Bonnie had made a commitment to ‘giving back’ throughout their retirement—financially—and with the gift of time.
Little did we imagine the extensive scope of his Rotary involvement and generosity.
On July 12, 2006, Howard Cooper, Ingrid Sheldon, and I all shared the honor of sponsoring, introducing and mentoring Jim as a new member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. We had all enjoyed working together on the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Board of Trustees and looked forward to a continued friendship and the opportunity to share Wednesday lunches and new experiences.
Jim dove in immediately—joining several committees and accepting new challenges. Actively involved with Strategic Planning, International Outreach, Ambassadorial Scholars, Ambassadors of Goodwill, and Audio and Set-up, he also hosted visitors and shared time with elementary students in the tutoring program at Angell School. Bonnie continues to tutor there.
When Ashish Sarkar was hospitalized, Jim immediately stepped in and assumed the leadership role for ‘The Russians Are Coming,’ an international project that involved hosting fourteen visitors from Russia. Jim coordinated federal and state approvals and arranged for our Russian guests to meet with business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industry as well as professors at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Jim and Bonnie later joined Ashish and Norma Sarkar and others on a Rotary friendship initiative, travelling to visit Rotarians in Turkey.
Jim provided assistance behind the scenes in so many important ways; from counseling on the etiquette of displaying our flags to sharing his vast knowledge of grammar and the English language in the preparation of our weekly Harpoon.
Jim earned his first Paul Harris Fellowship in 2007 and achieved PHF+8 status in 2014. Only three current members have reached that level. In addition, he is a member of our Sustainers Society and was elected to Emeritus status on December 3, 2016.
(Direct to Jim)
Jim, you once told me that your professional and economic success was a combination of hard work and good luck—and that you learned the importance of giving at an early age. You shared stories about your father and grandfather Reece; stories that illustrated early lessons in community service. I am confident that they would be very proud of you.
We are all proud of you, Jim. You represent the best of Rotary. You have made a difference in our lives and in the lives of others—locally, nationally and internationally. You blessed us with the gift of your friendship, your time, and your talent—and we are forever grateful.
Please accept the Rotary Club Emeritus Award in honor of your commitment to Rotary and exceptional Service Above Self. (Remarks by Patricia Garcia, March 17, 2017)
It is my pleasure to tell you a bit about our newest Emeritus member, Brooks Sitterley. A while ago, he related that we have known each other since the 1950’s. Although two years apart, we were pre-meds here at the University of Michigan (UM) and joined the same undergraduate Chi Phi fraternity (Chi Phi), and when in the Medical School here we joined the Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity.
Brooks Sitterley was born in Lancaster, Ohio on Christmas Day, 1935 into a family with deep historical roots in farming and deep educational connections (especially in the Law) to Ohio State University (OSU). His subsequent growth and achievements were “star” blessed thereafter.
As a youth he participated in every phase of the Boy Scouts, earned every possible rank and award, and even attended a World Jamboree in Austria. In high school, he excelled scholastically, managed the football team (after his parents refused to let him play). He played on the golf team for four years where in a tournament he was once matched against a younger Jack Nicklaus. He still plays a good game of tennis. In 1954, he was named a Junior Rotarian.
Brooks came to the UM to become a lawyer and to follow his father into practice, but switched to pre-medicine in his sophomore year. During this period he helped to start, with Dave Cole, the Fraternity Buyers Association. While in Medical School in 1958, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy, who died just a few months ago. After graduating in 1961, Brooks interned at the OSU Hospital in Columbus. He then “joined” the US Air Force “to see the world” but was assigned to routine duty at Fort Wayne in downtown Detroit! Upon discharge, he secured a Radiology residency at UM Hospital whose staff had a few members of our Rotary Club.
In 1968, Brooks went into the private practice of radiology back in his home state in the General Hospital in Marion, Ohio nearby to Lancaster. As department chief he introduced the many new technologies of imaging and radiotherapy as they evolved. There he also served as Chief of Staff of the Hospital and served on its Board of Governors for several years. Brooks served a term as President of the Ohio Radiological Society and served for twelve years as delegate to the American College of Radiology. He helped to create a regional HMO.
In 1969, Brooks joined the Marion Rotary Club where he served on many committees and worked on many projects and served two terms on its Board. Brooks and Nancy purchased more land in Lancaster adjacent to the heritage farm that had been in her family for more than 200 years. They improved the land, planted more than 6,000 trees, placed the properties into the federal Conservation Reserve Program, and were named Conservators of the Year.
In retirement in 2002, Nancy and Brooks moved back to Ann Arbor, where his two children live. All are devoted UM Wolverine fans. The next year, I had the pleasure of co-sponsoring and introducing Brooks to membership in our Club, where he has been active – and knew how to plant trees - and contributing ever since. It is my great privilege and honor to salute Brooks Sitterley as an Emeritus member of our Club. (Remarks by David Schmidt, April 19, 2017)
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