Wilhelm Seeger, retired faculty member
Wilhelm (Bill) Seeger, professor emeritus of modern languages and literatures, died March 9, 2022. He was 85 and preceded in death (2019) by his wife, Mary, retired dean and professor emerita of modern languages and literatures.
Bill and Mary arrived at Grand Valley in 1965 to teach German classes. Bill taught for more than 40 years. The Seegers formed the foundation for GVSU's international education program in 1967, by asking Bill's German relatives to host GVSU students. He also ran the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, the restaurant in Grand Rapids established by his grandparents.
The Seegers gave generously to Grand Valley for more than 43 years. Mary was one of the university’s leading supporters as a lifetime donor and a member of the Gillett Society, which honors legacy and estate giving. The couple gave generously to multiple scholarships and capital campaigns over the years, and established a scholarship to aid Grand Valley students who want to study abroad.
To show their gratitude to the Seegers, alumni, faculty and staff members established the Mary and Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship, which is awarded to students who plan to study one or more foreign languages at Grand Valley.
Robert Carrington, retired custodian
Robert Carrington, retired custodian, died February 6, 2022. He was 79.
Carrington worked for Grand Valley from 1995-2008. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, including as a helicopter powertrain mechanic during the Vietnam War.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
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This article was last edited on March 22, 2022 at 10:20 a.m.