Posted tagged ‘condolences’

Condolences to Lynnae Selberg

December 7, 2017

We extend our condolences to Lynnae Selberg, program director of Academic Advising & Transfer Center/Counseling and Career Development, on the passing of her father, Theophile Wybrecht, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.


Condolences to Nicole Dekker, Cathy Noviskey

November 29, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to Nicole Dekker, of Staff Development, and Cathy Noviskey, of Student Affairs, upon the death of their grandfather and father-in-law on Monday, Nov. 27. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Interment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Condolences to family, friends, colleagues of Tom Worthington

November 29, 2017

Tom Worthington, a respected faculty member at GRCC/JC for nearly 50 years, died over the weekend following an extended illness. His colleagues in the Math Department have put together this retrospective and memorial:

August 20, 1964: Grand Rapids Junior College was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. We had approximately 3,500 students and 90 full-time faculty.  In-district tuition was $6 per credit hour. Semesters were 18 weeks long, with the second semester ending in mid-June. All Mathematics, Physics and Engineering instructors were in the same office, 326 Main; some taught courses in all three disciplines. Total mathematics enrollment was around 700 students each semester, in roughly 30 sections.

It was in this environment that a 21-year-old Tom Worthington began his 47-year career at GRJC/CC. Having recently completed his MS in Engineering at MSU, Tom was hired to teach Physics. Over the next 19 years he taught Physics 125, 126, 245 and 246; Engineering 208 (Statics), and a course that sounds fascinating but no longer exists: Physics 101, “Physics Theories,” in which “…emphasis will be placed on the social and philosophical implications of scientific theories, rather than on mathematical and technical applications.”

Tom created the college’s first computer programming course. Since there was no Computer Applications Department at that time, it was listed under mathematics as Ma 120 “Computer Mathematics.” In a 2-hour lecture plus 2-hour lab format, students wrote programs in Fortran II to solve problems involving Newton’s Method, Simpson’s Rule and solutions to systems of equations. Programs were run on an IBM 1620 computer that sold for $45,000 in 1966 (about $350,000 today). It was slower and had less memory than today’s simplest graphing calculators.

In 1983, Tom made the move from Physics to Mathematics, and in the ensuing 28 years taught Ma 004/104 (now 098), 107, 108, 110, 131, 133, 134 and 255. That he taught at least 15 different courses in two separate departments is a testament to his versatility as an instructor. He also exhibited a great deal of curiosity and creativity, especially when it came to technology. When graphing calculators came to GRJC in 1990, his initial skepticism quickly changed to enthusiasm, and his ability to write useful calculator programs became legendary.  Tom shared his knowledge with the greater GRCC community at three of the Mathematics Department’s Monthly Seminars, giving talks on Chaos, Curve Fitting and the Doomsday Algorithm. 

Tom will be remembered for many things. His 47 years as a full-time faculty member has been surpassed only once, by Dick Foster (Electronics, 50 years).  The 400-plus sick days he accumulated must rank at or near the top. And how he was able, day after day, year after year, to arrive on campus at 8:58 for a 9:00 class will forever remain a mystery.      

Visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Metcalf-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave. SE, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Condolences to Nancy White and her family

November 8, 2017

We extend our condolences to Nancy White, of the Cashier’s Office, and her family on the death of her niece, Shardella White-Smith, on Nov. 1.

Condolences to Julie Parks and family

November 3, 2017

GRCC extends condolences to Julie Parks, of Workforce Training, and her family upon the death of her mother, Dorothy Ferris, on October 28, 2017.

Condolences to Tommy Brown

September 29, 2017

We extend our condolences to Tommy Brown, in Facilities, upon the death of his daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Condolences to family, friends of Virginia Klinesteker

September 18, 2017

We extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Virginia Klinesteker, former clinical director of GRCC’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs, who died August 19. Services are scheduled for September 23.

Message of thanks from Anderson family

September 5, 2017

A message from David Anderson, in IT:

Dear GRCC Family,

On behalf of our entire family, I would like to thank everyone for their support, compassion, cards, flowers, text and email messages and donations to the American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge during my father’s extended illness and recent passing. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Warm regards,

David, Lilly, Jared and Colton Anderson

Condolences to David, Lilly, Jared Anderson

August 24, 2017

Our condolences to David, Lilly and Jared Anderson on the passing of their father and grandfather, Alan Leroy Anderson, on August 22.

David is the chief information officer at GRCC; his wife, Lilly, recently retired from her position as GRCC’s associate dean of Academic Outreach. Their son, Jared, manages online store operations in Purchasing at GRCC.

Services will be held Saturday, August 26, at Norwalk Lutheran Church, 5614 Chippewa Highway in Manistee, MI.  Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the funeral at 2 p.m.

Memorials in Alan’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids.

Message of thanks from Gloria Thomas

July 17, 2017

A message from Gloria Thomas, in Academic Testing Services:

I would like to thank my GRCC family for being there for me during my time of sorrow. So much love was shown through the cards, gifts, emails, flowers, and your presence.

Thank you all so very much!

Condolences on the death of nursing instructor Carol Doubblestein

July 10, 2017

We extend condolences to the family and friends of Carol Doubblestein, who was a nursing instructor here for many years. Services are scheduled for July 13.

Condolences to family, friends of student Kyle Lamos

June 30, 2017

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of student and cross country team member Kyle Lamos, who died June 26.

Condolences to Gloria Thomas

June 29, 2017

We extend our condolences to Gloria Thomas, in Academic Testing Services, and her family upon the death of her husband, Jeremiah Thomas, who passed away peacefully Monday, June 26, 2017. Services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at New Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1701 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, at 11 a.m.

Condolences to Nora Michael

April 25, 2017

We extend condolences to Nora Michael, from Facilities, upon the death of her son, Jalen Michael, on April 14.

Condolences to Laurie Schaut

April 13, 2017

We extend our condolences to Laurie Schaut, of the Communications Department, and her family upon the death of her husband, Paul Schaut, on April 9.

Paul and Laurie Schaut

Paul and Laurie Schaut