Death of Sharon Dudgeon, WAUS-FM General Manager

   Life Stories | Posted on November 23, 2022

We are very sad to announce the untimely death of our friend and long-time WAUS general manager Sharon Dudgeon.

Unfortunately, Sharon was seriously injured in an accident last Thursday, Nov. 17, and she never regained consciousness following that injury. She passed away earlier today.

She was recognized earlier this year for three decades of service at Andrews University and with WAUS-FM, our campus classical music radio station.

Sharon has had a remarkable and lasting impact on our campus community, as well as throughout the southwest Michigan community where Andrews University is located. Her contributions to Andrews over the years have reflected  great enthusiasm, skill and a commitment to excellence.

Sharon first began work in her current position as general manager of WAUS-FM in 1994. Under her leadership, her development efforts led to increased listeners and financial support for the station from throughout Michiana and beyond southwest Michigan to Chicago and other cities, and also throughout the world through its online web stream.

Prior to her work as WAUS-FM general manager, she also worked at radio stations in Kansas and Kentucky and served as music director for WAUS-FM for three years in the 1980s.

Sharon was active in both Adventist World Radio and the Adventist Radio Network. She also remained active in the local community, including serving on the Southwest Michigan Symphony board and the Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club, where she previously served as the club’s local president. Her passion for music extended to her involvement in campus singing groups, including the University Chorale and University Singers.

She was born in Oswego, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Massachusetts, in 1979. In 1986, Sharon received a Master of Music from Andrews University.

She was preceded in death by her mother Jane and sister Marcia.

Memorial service details will be announced in late November, following the American Thanksgiving weekend.

Sharon had a wonderful heart for others and she will be deeply missed by the Andrews University and the WAUS-FM families, as well as by her friends and family from throughout the world. Family and friends can leave memories and condolences in the comments section below.



So sad to hear this news. Sharon was always such a warm, kind person. My prayers and condolences to her family.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 4:53 PM
She was so sweet and precious. Our deepest condolences to her family. John and Christine Rorabeck
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 5:31 PM
Tragic news. Sharon was very special and respected within my family. I'm going to miss her and her musical talents.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 5:25 PM
I have lost a wonderful friend and colleague at Andrews University. My daily prayers will be with her family that God will bring them comfort and resurrection hope. Dr. Brian E. Strayer
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:03 PM
In the years before she came to Andrews she also taught band at 3 schools in the Michigan conference ( Grand Rapids, Gobles, and Kalamazoo) and was an accomplished instrumentalist and a member of the AU wind ensemble. Steven Timm BA 1987
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:10 PM
So sorry to hear. Sharon was a special person. She will be missed. Alice Ford
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:06 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. We worked together at KHCC in Kansas. She was an outstanding program director, mentor, and friend. She had a big heart and a fantastic sense of humor. My heart goes out to all who love her. Nancy Finken
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:58 PM
😢 🕊️
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:25 PM
Another shocking news. May the Lord console us and keep us safe.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:21 PM
My goodness! I am in shock! Sharon was a valuable member of our community and she will be dearly missed! We did our masters degrees together at AU! Dr. Brad Hinman
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 6:14 PM
Sharon was a life long friend, meeting in 75 while attending AUC. Sharon was always known for her kindness and giving ways. Sharon’s zest for life and Christ like example will most certainly be missed. See you in the morning Sharon . Dr. Stephen Roche
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 10:51 PM
So sorry to hear this. My deepest condolence to the family and friends. May God bring comfort to all.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Posted by: Anonymous
11/23/2022 at 7:17 PM
I first met Sharon when we played in band and Wind Ensemble together in 1985. I always appreciated her sense of humor as well as her musical talent. Never thought then that we’d be working on the same campus together for so many years. Looking forward to seeing Sharon again when Jesus comes! Prayers for her family. Kevin Wiley
Posted by: Anonymous
11/24/2022 at 07:37 AM
What an unfair outcome for someone so kind, giving, capable and lovely. I don’t have any words left but to say: I will always remember your warm smile, Sharon. Your classmate, Snezana Kordovan
Posted by: Anonymous
11/24/2022 at 02:55 AM
Fond memories of a lovely little girl in Hartford Connecticut . Then a lovely,fun, kind mentor to so many young people who worked with her at WAUS. Looking forward to the soon day when she will participate in the heavenly choir. Betsy and Dave Johnston
Posted by: Anonymous
11/24/2022 at 11:12 PM
Very sad news. My condolences to Sharon’s family, friends, and colleagues.
Posted by: Anonymous
11/24/2022 at 4:45 PM
I was so very sorry to hear about Sharon. She was a strong force for good in our nation, our church, our community, our campus, our Sabbath School class, and as a friend. I appreciated her championing truth and care for others. In addition to her wonderful work in music and radio, she also worked tirelessly for mental health issues and blessed many in her counseling work which she did in church Grow groups as well in the community. May her memory and vision be remembered and continued by those of us left behind. She will be missed. Debi Robertson
Posted by: Anonymous
11/25/2022 at 10:37 AM
Sharon was a gracious and open person of many talents. We are glad we knew her and will miss seeing her at Sabbath School and in the AU community. Condolences to her family. Deb and John Berecz
Posted by: Anonymous
11/25/2022 at 10:48 AM

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