In Memoriam

July 18, 2023 (Volume 46, Number 19)

rows of ceramic tiles in Loutit Lecture Hall

Daleene Menning and students created more than 800 ceramic tiles that were made from clay dug from the Padnos Hall of Science and the Henry Hall building sites during construction. 

Photo Credit: courtesy photo

Daleene Menning, retired faculty member
Daleene Menning, professor emerita of art and design, died at her home in Utah. 

Menning was a longtime ceramics professor and chair of the ceramics department; she joined Grand Valley in 1973 and retired in 2003. Paul Wittenbraker, professor and chair of Visual and Media Arts said Menning was instrumental in shaping Grand Valley's visual arts program.

"Daleene brought a consistently intense focus and commitment to her work and life," Wittenbraker said. "She was an incredibly productive artist, dedicated teacher and mentor to many, including me when I first began teaching at GVSU. She oversaw the development of the Ceramics Studio from make-shift facilities to the state-of-the-art complex of studio and equipment now part of the Calder Art Center." 

Menning's large-scale ceramic tile murals are located at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, DeVos Center and Loutit Lecture Hall, and at the Grand Rapids Bus Station and Corewell Health's Meijer Heart Center.

A memorial service is planned for August 7, 4-6 p.m., at the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus.

Norman TenBrink, retired faculty member
Norman TenBrink, professor emeritus of geology, died March 30, 2023. He was 79.

TenBrink joined Grand Valley's faculty in 1973, after earning a doctoral degree from the University of Washington and completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State University. He retired in 2003.

He secured many National Science Foundation grants that funded faculty-student research trips to Alaska, Denmark, Greenland and elsewhere. One of those grants was the first $1 million NSF award Grand Valley received.

Calvin L. Stockman, retired dean
Calvin "Cal" Stockman, retired dean of continuing education, died June 21 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 85.

Stockman served as dean of GVSU's Continuing Education from 1994-2000. He also served as president of the National Continuing Education Association, and attended or presided over international meetings in  England, Japan and Mexico.

A celebration of life service is planned for August 26 at 1 p.m. The service will be live-streamed.

Patricia Reister, retired staff member
Patricia Reister, retired registered nurse, died March 21, 2023. She was 94.

Reister worked for Grand Valley from 1964-1992, retiring as a registered nurse for the Department of Health Services.

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