Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:55:00 -0000 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:55:00 -0000 Memorial Service for Mary Rant Baker <p> Andrews alumna Mary Rant Baker (secretarial studies, 1952), passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in West Bend, WI. She was 95.</p> <p> Born in Milwaukee, WI, to Slovenian immigrants, she loved art and music and for a time worked in a florist shop. After graduating from Emmanuel Missionary College (Andrews University's precursor), she married Philo Baker, Jr. and for many years used her secretarial degree to help him run Jackson Printing, one of the last firms in Milwaukee to do custom hand type-setting in a commercial environment. She also worked for 39 years as a Sunday receptionist for the West Bend Art Museum, now the Museum of Wisconsin Art.</p> <p> A highly proficient watercolorist and oil painter, she enjoyed selling her works to local art connoisseurs, donating paintings to the annual PBS fund drive and giving beautiful Christmas, wedding and birthday presents to many family and friends. She also received recognition for her oil painting through the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI.</p> <p> Mary is survived by her husband Philo, brother Alexander (Paula) Rant, daughter Suzanne Kordas [BA '77], son Robert (Terri-Sue) Baker and grandchildren Marianne Kordas [BA '07], Alex (Lauren) Kordas, Camille Kordas [current], Benjamin Daniel Baker, David John Baker [BA '08] and many friends, relatives and church members.</p> <p> A memorial potluck and service will be held on Sabbath, March 17, at the Milwaukee Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2229 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202. The repast will be at 1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m. A private graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 18.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:51:02 +0000 Funeral Service for Brad Bateman <p> The funeral service for Brad Bateman will be held at the Buchanan Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday Feb. 25, 2018. Visitation will be from 2&ndash;4 p.m. and the service will start at 4 p.m. with a light supper to follow.&nbsp;</p> <p> Brad Scott Bateman was born in Peoria, Illinois to Gwen Abs and Jim Bateman on Feb. 26, 1957. He graduated from Peoria Central High school is 1975, then came to Andrews University to study electronic engineering. He graduated from Andrews with an associates degree in electronic engineering (1977) and a bachelor's in electronic engineering in 1979 with the first class of the College of Technology. The day he graduated from Andrews, June 3, 1979, was also the day that he married Gyl Moon. She had graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's in nursing from Andrews University.</p> <p> Gyl worked for Andrews for 14 years and currently works for Lakeland in St. Joseph, Michigan. Brad and Gyl had three sons, Bradley (BJ), Douglas and Mark. Their sons all graduated from Andrews Academy and Andrews University. Brad worked at Simplex Grinnell in Mishawaka, Indiana, which was taken over by Tyco company. Then he worked for an electronics company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad enjoyed spending time with his family and with their dog.</p> <p> Brad had been struggling with Parkinson&rsquo;s disease for the last few years and on Feb. 22, 2018 he passed away from complications of Parkinson&rsquo;s, just four days short of his 61st birthday.</p> <p> Obituary information will be posted on the following website: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> &quot;Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.&quot; Matthew 5:4</p> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:58:05 +0000 Funeral Service for Russell Young <p> Russell &ldquo;Russ&rdquo; Young, 63, of Berrien Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2018. His wife, Sue Young, works at the Center for Youth Evangelism. They have four children, a son, Andrew Young, and three daughters: Kaitlin, Hannah and Jessica Young. Kaitlin and Jessica are current students in the Andrews University Department of Physical Therapy.</p> <p> A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, with Pastor Brian Hamilton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bangla Hope Children&rsquo;s Home at or PO Box 6853, Kennewick, WA 99336. Those who wish to leave an online condolence may do so at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Please remember the family in your prayers, thoughts and deeds as they process this difficult loss.</p> <p> <strong>Obituary</strong></p> <p> Russell &ldquo;Russ&rdquo; Young&nbsp;was born Nov. 16, 1954 in Lewistown, Montana, to the late Floyd and Patricia (Crane) Young of Washington state. He graduated high school at Auburn Adventist Academy in 1973. He married the love of his life, Suzanne &ldquo;Sue&rdquo; (Hiebert) Young in 1980 and became involved with evangelism/pastoring in the Washington state region shortly after. He later attended Andrews University, pursuing a degree in theology. In 1983 he started his car repair business, Russell&rsquo;s Foreign Car Repair Inc., as a way to pay for school. However, the business quickly took off, prompting him to focus on building the business and being a witness to those he came in contact with.</p> <p> In his spare time, Russ greatly enjoyed going on various short-term mission trips to Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Nepal, Brazil, Peru, and Bangladesh. He had a passion for outreach and always strived to get young people involved with mission service. He was also an avid car lover and served as a team mechanic at Portland International Raceway in the mid-70s. More recently he could be found attending various car shows and faithfully keeping up with auto racing.</p> <p> He was an active member of the Stevensville Seventh-day Adventist Church for 37 years, serving as a greeter, potluck host, mission board member, and elder. He was known by family and friends as a kind, outgoing, hardworking husband, father and friend. Along with becoming a successful businessman, he was an active member of the community and made it his mission to turn all strangers into friends.</p> <p> Russ is survived by his wife, Sue; son, Andrew Young; three daughters: Kaitlin, Hannah, and Jessica Young; sister, Renee (Young) Pinette; step-mother, Maxine Young; step-sister, Krista Castner; step-brothers: Trent Castner, Corey Castner, Jason Castner, John Hood; and eight nieces and nephews.</p> <p> He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Patricia (Crane) Young; and step-fathers, Gordan Hood and Erwin &ldquo;Ed&rdquo; Hansen.</p> <p> Russell deeply loved his family, friends, and God and often looked forward to spending quality time with those he loved.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:26:46 +0000 Memorial Services for Joseph Grady Smoot <p> Memorial services for Joseph Grady Smoot, former president of Andrews University, will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Neenah Seventh-day Adventist Church, 265 S. Green Bay Road,&nbsp;Neenah, WI 54956. John McVay, president of Walla Walla University, will officiate.</p> <p> The family suggests memorials be made to the Joseph G. Smoot and Irma Jean Smoot scholarship fund at Andrews University.</p> <p> Immediately following the service, the Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a reception at the church for the Smoot family to meet with extended family and friends. A lunch will be served after the service.</p> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:23:59 +0000 Update: Marley Family Fund <p> Thank you to all those who have demonstrated care for the family of Delilah Marley in this difficult time. Over $5,700 has been raised through the GoFundMe account organized to support the Marley family. For those who would still like to contribute, the fund will remain open until next Wednesday, January 31, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:36:17 +0000 Delilah Marley Passes Away <p> Delilah Marley passed away on January 16, 2018, in Bronson Hospital. She was surrounded by family and loved ones throughout a short term of hospitalization and care. Delilah is survived by her husband Lucas, MDiv student, and four children: Flossy, Loissy, Elldon and Ellsy.</p> <p> The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, in the Seminary Chapel, followed by visitation. Interment will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery. The funeral service will be livestreamed at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> You are invited to make a donation in support of the family at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Campus Ministries, the Counseling &amp; Testing Center and Seminary chaplain Hyveth Williams are available for those needing care. Robert Benjamin will serve as the family liaison to coordinate visits (contact: <a href=""></a>).</p> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:45:54 +0000 Death of Former President Joseph Grady Smoot <p> Joseph Grady Smoot, 85, of Pittsburg, Kansas, died Friday Jan. 5, 2018 at Via Christi Village. He had been a resident since January 2015. He served as president of Andrews University from 1976 to 1983. His tenure saw many significant accomplishments as outlined in the following life sketch. All four of his grandchildren, Hannah, Haley, Eric and Heidi Smoot, are current Andrews University students and their mother, Shari Nash Smoot, serves as the executive assistant to David Faehner, vice president of University Advancement. His son,&nbsp;Andrew Christopher Smoot of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, served in the development office at Andrews University from May 2000 to July 2002, when the family went as missionaries to Kenya.&nbsp;</p> <p> A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Timmons Chapel at Pittsburg State University, Kansas, for colleagues and friends of Pittsburg State University and the community of Pittsburg. On Sunday, Feb. 11, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Neenah, Wisconsin with Pastor Carlos Ancheta officiating. Burial will be in the Underhill Cemetery, Underhill, Wisconsin.</p> <p> Please remember his family and friends as they mourn his passing.</p> <p> <strong>LIFE SKETCH</strong></p> <p> Joseph Grady Smoot was born May 7, 1932, in Winter Haven, Florida to Robert Malcolm Smoot and Vera Eaton Smoot McNutt. Smoot received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Missionary College in Collegedale, Tennessee in 1955, and Master of Arts and PhD in history in 1961 from the University of Kentucky.</p> <p> He married Florence Rozell on May 30, 1955. He married Irma Jean Smoot on June 4, 1959.</p> <p> He served as academic dean at Columbia Union College and dean of graduate studies at Andrews University where he also became vice president for academic affairs and later president. He held the academic rank of professor of history at Andrews from 1968 to 1983. He led Andrews to professional accreditation in several fields of knowledge, created the first strategic master plan, launched the first comprehensive capital campaign, and built numerous buildings. He instituted doctoral programs of study, developed a world system of affiliated higher education, and led the University to full accreditation of the Doctor of Philosophy. Under his leadership, the School of Business Administration, School of Education and College of Technology were established, as well as the Department of Architecture and programs in physical therapy. He developed the Andrews University Press as a scholarly publisher and created the Institute for Prevention of Addictions. Additionally, he reached into the community, establishing strong relationships with Whirlpool executives, which resulted in further gifts and improved community relations. He was also the leading founder of the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya.</p> <p> While at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, he was the vice president of Development and Public Affairs. During that time, he organized the PSU Foundation, established the public radio station KRPS, founded the university magazine, and created a substantial endowment fund for university operations. He brought one of America&rsquo;s finest concert organs to the campus and provided funding for numerous building and renovation projects. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the university campus was a special project to him. After retirement, he returned as assistant to the president of Pittsburg State University and vice president emeritus.</p> <p> In 1994, he became a director of Gold Bank Pittsburg and served for nine years in that capacity. In 1999, the Pittsburg City Commission appointed him to a four-year term to the Pittsburg Public Library Board of Trustees where he became a founder of the PPL Foundation in 2000 and its president in 2004. The Pittsburg City Commission appointed him to a second four-year term to the Board of Trustees in 2003. In 2001, he became a founder of the Pittsburg Area Community Foundation and served on its Board of Trustees.</p> <p> He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honorary society for history. Widely published as a historian, he has nearly 700 publications. As an educator, he became a national authority on the accreditation of higher education. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Widely traveled, he has visited over 100 countries on seven continents.</p> <p> Survivors include his son, Andrew Christopher Smoot of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; brother Wayne McNutt of Winter Park, Florida; and four grandchildren. Hannah, Haley, Eric and Heidi Smoot of Berrien Springs, Michigan.</p> <p> Smoot was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence, in 1957, and second wife, Irma Jean, on June 18, 1999; grandson Christopher Nash Smoot, one brother, two sisters and one half-brother.</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:50:41 +0000 Warren G. Popp Passes Away <p> Warren G. Popp, 89, of Berrien Springs, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 8, 2018, at his home.</p> <p> He is the father-in-law of Tari Popp, director of Planned Giving &amp; Trust Services.</p> <p> A full obituary is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:12:59 +0000