Obituaries

Josephine Richard Johnson, ’29, on April 26, 2007 in Charlotte. She and her husband, Darrel, carried on the family business, L.L. Johnson Lumber Manufacturing Co., a hardwood and lumber manufacturing company that continues to operate today under family direction. A volunteer for the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society, Josephine also was a member of the Charlotte Women’s Club, the Eaton County Historical Society, the Olivet College Auxiliary Board, the Michigan Week committee and The First Congregational Church. She is survived by three sons, including Richard, ’53, and Edward, ’61, 11 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren.

Paul Kingsley, ’30, on April 18, 2007 in Kalamazoo. Paul graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1933 and opened his private practice in Battle Creek in 1935. After serving as an orthopedic consultant for six Army Air Force stations in north Texas, he was transferred to the 173rd Army Hospital in Nancy, France, in 1944, where he was in charge of orthopedics. He later trained in children’s orthopedics at the University of Michigan, receiving board certification in orthopedics in 1950. Paul was president of the Calhoun County Medical Society. He also established the Crippled Children’s Clinics at Ann J. Kellogg School and Leila Hospital. He served on the boards of the Community Concert Association, Goodwill Industries, and the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. Paul was also a trustee of First Congregational Church. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Frances Mosher Kingsley, ’32, two sons, including Robert Kingsley, ’65, a daughter, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Helen Wickham Pickard Thompson, ’32, on April 15, 2006 in Petoskey. She was a volunteer for many university and civic organizations. Helen traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. She moved to St. Augustine, FL after retirement. She is survived by three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a niece.

Sylvia Spaulding Allen, ’33, on March 3, 2007 in Naples, FL. She was a former nutritionist and house director at the Madeira School, an all-girls private boarding school in McLean, VA. Sylvia earned a degree from Simmons College in 1933. She was an active member of the Great Falls Garden Club. She moved to Marco Island, FL, in 1973, where she founded a branch of the American Association of University Women. She is survived by a daughter and granddaughter.

Carl “Perry” Linborg, ’34, on Jan. 26, 2007 in Youngsville, PA. The MIAA pole vault champion from 1932 to 1934, he also captured the 1933 MIAA javelin championship. In 1932, he won the javelin competition at the Michigan state meet, qualifying for both the NCAA meet and Olympic tryouts. Carl served in the Air Corps during World War II. He was a teacher and coach, working at Hickory Township (PA) High School and Corry (PA) School District. He retired in 1972. He also spent 15 years volunteering with the track and field program at Youngsville High School. Carl was a lifetime member of the American Legion, and was also active with many other clubs and organizations. He was inducted into the Warren County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, and was also inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame in 1990. He is survived by a sister.

Harvey Randall, ’38, on March 7, 2007 in Battle Creek. He graduated from Northwestern University with an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Business Administration. In 1939, he joined the family business, Randall Chicken Products Co. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He re-entered the family business after returning from military service, and the business became Randall Products Co. The company was sold in 1975. He restored the Tekonsha Jail and Hobo Hotel, which is a National Historic Site. Harvey served on the Tekonsha Village Council for two decades, and was also a board member for Southern Michigan Bank in Coldwater for 28 years. He attended the First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, a daughter, Gwyn Hartman, ’70, two stepsons, and two grandchildren.

Carl Stolberg, ’40, on March 11, 2007 in Ludington. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1943 and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin in 1950. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Carl began a private practice in orthopedic surgery in Jackson in 1950. A board member for Foote Hospital for 12 years, he was a consultant for the Michigan Crippled Children’s Society for 23 years. He was a member of a variety of medical organizations. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, a daughter, a son, Carl Stolberg, ’67, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Gordon Ketchum, ’50, on Jan. 9, 2007 in Marshall. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Gordon worked at Union Steel in Albion as a manager for more than 20 years. He also worked as a maintenance manager for Maple Grove Apartments in Albion, where he lived for 20 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Albion and the Leisure Hour Club. Gordon is survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Perry Phillips, ’50, on April 28, 2007 in Battle Creek. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1942 to 1946 in the Asian Pacific campaign. Perry received three Bronze Stars. Before retiring in 1998, he was owner and president of Harper Run Communication Arts, a business that he began in 1961. Perry was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Riverside Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, four children, 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Helen VanSickle Murdock, ’54, on April 26, 2007 in Marshall. She was an assistant librarian at Albion Public Library for 10 years. Helen was also active with the Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir. She was a member of the Wilder Creek Women’s Rifle Club, the Marshall Civic Club Theatre, and the Marshall chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Helen is survived by four children, a grandson, and a daughter-in-law.

Mildred Oberlin Bennett, ’58, on March 10, 2007 in Bradenton, FL. Mildred was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1983 from Albion College. An educator for over 30 years, Mildred spent the last 16 years of her career as principal at Longacre Elementary in Farmington, retiring in 1988. She was past president of the Michigan Elementary and Middle Schools Principals Association. She served her Episcopal church as a choir member, lay reader, and Sunday school teacher. Mildred was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and was a member of many musical organizations, including the Sarasota Opera, Van Wezel and Manatee Players. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Gerald Bennett, ’61, a daughter, Catherine Bennett Cordle, ’81, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

James Trolz, ’58, on March 29, 2007 in Jackson. He served in the National Guard from 1958 to 1964. He was a manufacturer’s representative for more than 48 years. James was a member of the Amateur Astronomers of Jackson. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claudia, a daughter, a son, James Trolz, ’90, and two grandchildren.

Ann Evans Hansen, ’59, on April 16, 2007 in Battle Creek. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Ann taught school in Fenton and Holly, as well as spending several years at Lakeview Schools. She was also a substitute teacher for many years. She was a member of the Battle Creek Historical Society and the American Association of University Women. Ann is survived by her daughter.

Jeannette Uhrie Strait, ’59, on Jan. 10, 2007 in San Benito, TX. A graduate of Presbyterian-St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago, she was a school nurse for the Triton School District. Jeannette also served on the Bourbon Town Board. She previously worked for the State of Indiana as a daycare inspector. She is survived by her husband, Richard Strait, ’58.

David Rank, ’64, on Jan. 15, 2007 in Chelsea. He was a director of industrial relations for 30 years, working for Kelsey-Hayes, Addison Products and Kent Moore Inc. David later was a realtor for eight years with Hometown One Inc., in Chelsea. He was a member and former president of the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club. David is survived by his wife, Virginia Avison Rank, ’67.

John Crews, ’68, on March 28, 2007 in Long Beach, CA. He was a claims manager for Progressive Insurance. He is survived by his wife, Claire Carsman.

Greg Macy, ’71, on Dec. 21, 2006. He was a member of the 1971 Albion College baseball team, which was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame. Greg graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1976 and moved to Florida, where he had practiced personal injury law until 2002. He later retired to Yankeetown, FL, and Ducktown, TN. Greg was a former president of the Riverview Jaycees, and his club was awarded #1 club in the state in 1978. He was a den leader for his son’s Cub Scout Troop and coached his daughter’s basketball team. Greg was a Eucharistic minister in his church. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Ann Hanks Macy, ’71, and two children.

Marcy Sherriff, ’77, on Nov. 27, 2006. She worked in communications and publications at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. She lived in Kettering, OH, at the time of her death. Marcy is survived by her mother, her father and stepmother, two sisters, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Charles “Chuck” Trubac, ’77, on March 15, 2007 in St. Joseph. He was a State Farm agent, operating the Chuck Trubac State Farm Agency in Niles until his retirement in 2005. Chuck had previously worked for State Farm at the regional office in Marshall, as well as in Florida. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Deanna Danko, ’92, on Nov. 26, 2006 in Ferndale. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Deanna continued with the Ph.D. program, completing all doctoral course work. She was just beginning work on her thesis when she was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer in September 2004. She is survived by her father and stepmother, and her brother.

Thomas “T.J.” Warschefsky II, ’06, on Feb. 14, 2007. A graduate of Okemos High School, he was a student at Marquette Dental School in Milwaukee, WI. He loved college basketball, skiing, hunting, and playing tennis. He is survived by his mother and father, a sister, a brother, two stepsisters, and his grandparents.

Brett Jessup, ’07, on May 3, 2007 in Spring Arbor. He was a student at Albion College during 2003-04, and suffered a head injury in a car accident shortly after arriving on campus. He returned to Albion in 2004-05, and later transferred to Spring Arbor University. While at Albion, Brett was a computer science major. He was involved with the Wednesday Night Chapel Leadership Team and Briton Singers. He was also a student worker in information technology.