Obituaries

Irma Richards Baker, ’33, on Dec. 30, 2007. She enjoyed music and taught piano to children for many years. She played the organ at the Greenfield Village school and multiple churches in Dearborn. After moving to Friendship Village in Schaumburg, IL, she played organ and piano for church services there until mid-December 2007. She enjoyed taking cruises with her family to Alaska and through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica. She is survived by three sons, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Edward Wylie, ’33, on March 8, 2008. He was a resident of Longwood, FL. Recipient of a master’s degree from Michigan State University, he was an internal auditor. He is survived by two children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Leslie Fleming, ’41, on Feb. 2, 2008. Leslie lived in Mullett Lake. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948. He was a retired lieutenant commander with the U.S. Naval Reserve. His unit received a presidential citation for combat operations aboard the U.S.S. Nicholas during World War II. He also received a Bronze Star Medal. He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

Bettylee Abramson Cartwright, ’43, on Aug. 4, 2007 in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. She moved to Guilford, ME in 1950. She is survived by five children, including Martha Cartwright Sanders, ’74, and 10 grandchildren.

Isabel Nixon Helrigel, ’43, on Feb. 17, 2008 in Signal Mountain, TN. A former teacher, Isabel also served as secretary and receptionist at funeral homes in Albion. She lived in Albion from 1938 to 1982 and then in Hendersonville, NC, from 1982 to 2001. Isabel was a member of United Methodist churches in Albion, Hendersonville, and Signal Mountain. She is survived by her husband, William Helrigel, ’43, three children, a brother, James Nixon, ’44, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Barbara Hyde, ’43, on March 28, 2008. She was a resident of Grosse Pointe Farms. Barbara lived and worked in Washington, DC, for 12 years after college. She later worked as an accountant for several organizations, including the Detroit College of Law. Barbara was a member of the Junior League of Detroit and the Colonial Dames of America. She is survived by her sister and six nieces and nephews.

Alice Iverson Aman, ’47, on Dec. 28, 2007. She was a realtor in Park Ridge, IL. She is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Olive Cox Anderson, ’47, on April 28, 2008 in Chatsworth, CA. During World War II, she financed her education at Albion by working in the steel mills in Detroit. She became an active member of the Rosie the Riveter organization in Arizona. She was a special education teacher in the Los Virgenes School district (CA) until 1972, taught elementary school in Maryland until 1986, and then tutored underprivileged children in Arizona during her retirement. She is survived by a daughter, Martha Anderson Feinstein, ’73, son-in-law Barry Feinstein, ’73, son William Anderson, ’77, daughter-in-law Nancy Slamin Anderson, ’77, and four grandchildren.

Aden Manly, ’47, on Feb. 26, 2008 in Lansing. He retired from State of Michigan Department of Management and Budget in 1984, where he worked as an accountant. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Muriel, two daughters, four grandchildren, including Amy Marquardt, ’07, and four great-grandchildren.

Sheldon “Pat” Stowell, ’47, on Feb. 10, 2008. Pat was a resident of Novi. He was the former vice president of Tranter Manufacturing Co. in Lansing. He is survived by his wife, Chris, two children, including Susan Stowell Allison, ’72, and two grandsons, Shawn Allison, ’09, and John Vinson, ’10.

Marie Louise “Lou” Graham West, ’47, on March 4, 2008. She lived in Indialantic, FL. A member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lou was involved in a variety of community activities, including HRMC Development Council and the Holmes Regional Hospice board. She was also a member of the South Brevard Chapter of the American Cancer Society and a founding member of the Family Counseling Center. She is survived by two daughters, three step-children, and four grandchildren.

Gioia Passarelli Keeney, ’48, on Jan. 11, 2006 in Corsicana, TX. She was a homemaker. Gioia is survived by four children and nine grandchildren.

John Seely, ’48, on Nov. 10, 2007 in Petoskey. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and served as president when he returned to Albion College at the end of World War II. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was attached to the Marines, serving almost four years in the Pacific Theatre. After graduation he represented several medical supply companies in the Detroit metropolitan area until his retirement. John was a member of the Bay View Association board for nine years and was a Sigma Chi advisor for many years. He was a member for more than 50 years of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann Garber Seely, ’49, and three children, Catherine Seely Meyer, ’77, Marcia Seely Carone, ’79, and Jane Seely Parnell, ’83. He lived in Bloomfield Hills and spent summers at their Bay View cottage.

Margery Boothroyd Starnes, ’49, on April 10, 2008. Margery was a member of the PEO and Delta Zeta sorority. She is survived by her husband, Robert Starnes, ’49, five children, and two grandchildren.

Clyde Batzer, ’52, on Jan. 30, 2008 in Sarasota, FL. He served in the Army Air Corps in 1946-47. Clyde was an elementary school principal for many years in Belleville, retiring to Naples, FL in 1983. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Elks Club. He is survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.

Melvin Larimer, ’53, on March 27, 2008 in Traverse City. During his student days at Albion, Mel was president of the choir, played on the varsity football team, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He earned master’s degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Mel taught vocal music for 43 years, beginning his career in public schools in Alma, Pontiac, and Traverse City. He taught at Olivet College and then joined the music faculty at Albion College in 1976. Over the next 20 years at Albion, he directed the Concert Choir, Briton Singers, and Albion Choral Society, and instituted the annual Madrigal Dinners that were held for many years. Mel also taught for 30 summers at Interlochen Arts Camp. Upon retiring from Albion in 1996, Mel moved to Traverse City, where he served as director of music at the First Congregational Church. He spearheaded several Traverse Bay area choral festivals, for which he brought in master conductors from around the world to work with local church, school, and community groups. Mel was honored numerous times for his leadership in musical organizations as well as church and community groups. Over the years Traverse City recognized him with awards from the Lions Club, Jaycees, Traverse City Optimist Club, Rotary, and Traverse City Central High School Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Jaycees and in 1965 was named the Michigan Educator of the Year by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA). In 1994 he received the Maynard Klein Award for a lifetime of excellence in the choral field by the Michigan Branch of the American Choral Directors Association. He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, JoAnn, five children, including Christy Larimer Compson, ’77, Russell Larimer, ’79, Laurie Larimer Connin, ’81, and Jennifer Larimer, ’95, eight grandchildren, including Ashley Larimer, ’08, and two great-grandchildren. (For remembrances by friends and former students, see the Purple and Gold section of the online Io Triumphe!.)

Anne Packer McCarthy, ’54, on Sept. 22, 2007. She was employed by the Detroit School District and later was the owner/president of CompuClaim. Anne was a long-time resident of Naples, FL, where she was a member of the Center Point Community Church and the Kensington Country Club. She is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

John McHale, ’56, on Oct. 10, 2007. John lived in Ann Arbor. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He was employed at Procter & Gamble and General Electric and taught business and marketing at Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University. He also worked at the Ann Arbor Public Library and the Michigan Historical Society. He taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by two children and a granddaughter.

Kenneth Borland, ’59, on June 22, 2006 in Yuma, AZ. He was the recipient of the Albion College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1968. Kenneth received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University. He was appointed the first president of Highland Community College in Freeport, IL, and served in that capacity from 1967 to 1974. He was the youngest college president in the U.S. at the time of his appointment. Kenneth was appointed to the presidency of Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ from 1977 to 1984. He was active in both communities, serving most recently as a member of the board for Yuma Regional Medical Center for eight years. In addition, he served on various boards and was a Hospice volunteer after his retirement. At Albion, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Chi Epsilon, A Cappella Choir and Carol Singers. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Greene Borland, ’59, a daughter and son, and three grandchildren.

James Darling, ’61, on Feb. 16, 2008. James lived in Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Vader Darling, ’61, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

John Knight, ’61, on June 7, 2007. John lived in Commerce Township. He was a retired C.P.A. and business manager of an automobile dealership in Southgate. He is survived by his wife, Janis, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Warren Miller Jr., ’72, on Oct. 13, 2007. A resident of Penn Valley, CA, he owned Mexica Imports, a Mexican furniture import store. He enjoyed boating and traveling. Warren is survived by two children and two sisters.

Nancy Perkins Latham, ’85, on Aug. 1 2007. Nancy lived in Garden City, NY. She earned a degree at California State-Fullerton and a master’s degree at Hofstra University. Nancy was asked to create a new computer technology program for a kindergarten-first grade school in Garden City, NY, while she was student-teaching there. Reading was her specialty, and she helped teachers and parents guide young children in better ways to learn to read through enhanced reading programs she developed. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, and her mother, Carol Jane Paxton Perkins, ’50.