Glen Oaks Community College will recognize eight former Glen Oaks Board of Trustee members and welcome them to Trustee Emeriti status on Friday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m. during a luncheon held on the concourse at the college, 62249 Shimmel Rd., in Centreville.
The college establishes the rank of Emeriti status upon retirement to those who have made long-term contributions to the college. To be eligible, trustees must have had a minimum of twelve years of continuous, honorable regular service prior to retirement.
The following eight former trustees received Trustee Emeriti status at the November Board of Trustees’ meeting and will be recognized at the event. They are:
Gretchen Dresser 18 Years
Jim Moshier 18 Years
Taylor C. Snow 16 Years
Patrick J. Haas 13 Years
Norman H. Haas 12 Years
In addition, the following former trustees are being recognized posthumously, and family members have been invited to the event.
Barry A. Mumby 18 Years
David F. Locey 16 Years
Richard Maurer 14 Years
State Rep. Aaron Miller will present a Proclamation of Appreciation for their service during the event.
Members of the community who wish to celebrate and wish the new emeriti well may do so; however, they should RSVP to Diane Zinsmaster at (269) 294-4233, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome.
Background on recipients:
Gretchen Dresser (1987-2005), of Sturgis, served 18 years on the board. She, along with her late husband, Raymond, were actively involved in many community organizations and many associated activities and events. The two were also a driving force in the development of the Dresser Business Development Auditorium through a major contribution.
Jim Moshier (1997-2015), of Sturgis, served 18 years on the board, serving as secretary for over 10 years. Moshier owned and operated a pool supply business in Sturgis until retirement. He and his late wife, Diane, wrote columns for the Sturgis Journal and he is the author of “From the Middle, from the Hip and Now a Few for You.”
Barry A. Mumby (1995-2003), of Colon, served on board for 18 years including serving as chairman 1995 to 2003. In addition, he was a founding board member of the United Soybean Board, traveling to 23 foreign countries representing American farmers and serving as chairman two years.
In 1979, with four partners, Mumby launched Mendon Seed Growers Corporation and eventually was sole owner – and at the time, he had no idea that the seed corn venture would spur in St. Joseph County and the region to the extent that it did.
Mumby received MSU’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003, received Michigan’s Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1979, was Leonidas’ Little League baseball coach, was Leonidas’ 4-H swine leader and fair swine superintendent, and he was the 4-H commodity leader. He was active in the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau and served on the Federal Reserve Board Midwest region. Mumby passed away in 2017.
Taylor Snow (1999-2007), of Three Rivers, served 18 years on the board. He served as vice chairperson from 1997 to 2003 and chairperson from 2003 to 2007. In addition, he served on the Glen Oaks Foundation Board from 2007 to 2017. Snow retired from First National Bank where he was a senior vice-president/sr. trust officer.
David F. Locey (1995-2011), served 16 years on the board. He was a long-time Sturgis resident, community leader and friend of many. Locey’s family describe him as “vibrant, hardworking, funny and giving.”
Locey owned and operated David F. Locey C.P.A., P.C. in Sturgis. In addition to his work as an accountant, he and his wife, Cherie, owned Timberly Tree Farm, a well-known spot in Sturgis for Christmas trees. They were known for giving away trees to families who couldn’t afford them.
For several years, Locey was an instructor at Glen Oaks Community College and facilitated many business seminars. He is said to have always had time to give to others and local organizations. In addition to Glen Oaks, he volunteered in organizations including the Sturgis Kiwanis Club, Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sturgis Hospital Board.
Locey had a true appreciation for exercise including hiking the Grand Canyon. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved time spent with his family.
Locey died in 2013
Richard Maurer (1983-1997), of Three Rivers, served 14 years on the board.
He enlisted in the Army in 1952 and was released in 1954. He spent 35 years in Johnson Corp., where he was the VP of sales and corporate development when he retired after 35 years. He is a past Exalted Ruler of the Three Rivers Elks; he served in the Lions Club and was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Maurer passed away in 1999.
Patrick Haas (1999-2012), of Mendon, served for 13 years as trustee including vice-chairperson from 2003 to 2007, and chairperson from 2007 to 2012. Haas is CEO of TH Plastics in Mendon, where he has worked since 1976. Keeping the tradition of serving Glen Oaks in the family, Patrick is the nephew of Norman Haas, the first Board chair — known as the “Father of Glen Oaks.”
Norman H. Haas (1965-1977) originally from Mendon, served 12 years on the board. Haas was president of Haas Corporation in Mendon, a plastic processing firm.
Haas served on the local Citizens Advisory Council when he was asked to chair a community college feasibility study for St. Joseph County in 1964. The report of the study was positive, followed by a request and favorable reply from the state. An election was held on June 14, 1965 where voters endorsed the establishment and funding of a community college. Following the election, Haas was elected the first chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1965. He served as chair until 1977. Haas received the Glen Oaks Fellows award earlier this year.