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Mary Ruble Burrows

Died: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Age: 53
Mary Ruble Burrows, 53, of Dexter Township, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.

She was born June 30, 1958, in Detroit, to Paul E. and Maralyn (nee McDowell) Ruble and graduated in 1976 from Grosse Pointe South High School where she was on the swim team.

Mrs. Burrows was an avid outdoorswoman and enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, boating, swimming, cross country skiing, triathlons and all types of fitness activities.

She worked for the Thetford Corporation in Dexter as a manager of the chemical development department for 30 years.

On June 27, 1981, she married Robert W. Burrows Jr.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Burrows is survived by her stepmother, Rose Ruble (Ray) of Grosse Pointe; daughters, Kristin Burrows (Chad Marek) of Pinckney and Sara O’Keefe (Mike) of Austin, Texas; brothers, James Ruble of Grosse Pointe and John Ruble of Chicago; sister-in-law, Cheryl Ruble (Kevin) of Dexter Township.; brother-in-law, Howard Burrows (Dan) of California; mother-in-law, Dean Burrows of Dexter Township and her grandchild, Brayden Marek.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Paul Ruble.

A celebration of her life was held June 30, in Chelsea.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Burrows’ memory to the Lucian W. Chaney Bicycling Safety & Advocacy Fund, care of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, 301 N. Main St., Ste. 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or aaacf.org.

Gomer Powell Evans Jr. M.D.

Died: Monday, June 25, 2012
Age: 88
Gomer Powell Evans Jr. M.D., 88, of Beulah, died Monday, June 25, 2012, following complications from surgery.

A longtime resident of Grosse Pointe Park, he was a founding partner of Evans, Clune and Bernard, an ophthalmology practice in Detroit. During his career, he treated generations of families and served as president of the Michigan Ophthalmological Society from 1967 to 1968.

Born in Pittsburgh to Mary (nee Lewis) and Gomer Evans Sr., he often said he felt fortunate to have grown up during the Depression. That’s when he learned the keys to happiness are family, love and hard work. He graduated in 1941 from Dormont High School, where he played quarterback on the football team. He enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, studying first as an undergraduate, then as a medical student on the GI Bill. He received his medical degree in 1947.

Dr. Evans married his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Ann Mays, in 1946, and served as an ophthalmologist in the U.S. Army at the 155 Station Hospital in Yokohama, Japan, from 1951 to 1953. The couple moved to Grosse Pointe in 1953 where they were active with Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and Grosse Pointe Interfaith Center for Racial Justice.

Dr. Evans was known for his integrity and quick wit. He enjoyed following politics, playing bridge, solving crossword puzzles, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and assembling intricate wooden jigsaw puzzles. In his retirement, he made frequent trips to London where he loved attending the theater and meeting with members of the Jigsaw Puzzle Club. He was an avid reader and a friend of the Beulah and Grosse Pointe libraries.

His beloved wife, Shirley, died in 1989. In 1990, he moved to Beulah, where he often could be found at sunset on the Elberta Beach overlook trying to glimpse the elusive Green Flash over Lake Michigan. He was married to Jean Condon, a high school classmate, from 1991 to 1997.

Dr. Evans is survived by his sister, Martha Evans Hartman; his four daughters and their spouses, Kimberly and Thomas Merrill of New York, N.Y.; Pamela and James Corbett of Ann Arbor; Leslie Evans of Watertown, Mass.; and Elizabeth and Neil Mufson of Easton, Md.; and grandchildren, Jessica, Margaret and Elizabeth Merrill; Caitlin, Lucy and Paul Corbett; and Charles and Maeve Mufson.

He was predeceased by his brothers, David and Thomas Evans; sister, Winifred Evans Engelmeier and granddaughter, Amelia Mufson.

Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org or Crystal Lake & Watershed Association, 7799 Crystal Drive, Beulah, MI 49617.

Family, friends and colleagues are invited and encouraged to share their memories of Dr. Evans at a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Kuenzel Room at the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor.

Harry Hudson Mead

Died: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Age: 90
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Harry Hudson Mead, 90, died Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Born in Detroit to Lt. Harry H. Mead of Valparaiso, Ind., and Priscilla Wood Mead of Wilmington, Ohio, he attended Columbus Academy in Ohio four years and graduated from Detroit University School in 1939. He attended Loomis School in Windsor, Conn., one year before entering Williams College from which he graduated in 1944.

After two years in the U.S. Navy, he entered the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1950. He practiced law in Detroit 50 years, principally with the firm of Tolleson, Mead, Welchli and Dahn.

By his own admission, Mr. Mead, known as Hudson or Huddy, was a joiner. He began with Gamma Delta Psi fraternity while at DUS. At Williams, he joined Theta Delta Chi, and in law school, Phi Delta Phi. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Yondotega Club, St. Andrews Club of Delray Beach, Fla., and the literary clubs, Prismatic and Witenamagote. He belonged to the Wood Workers, Waweatanong, Sons of the Whiskey Rebellion, Cooley Club, the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and the Grosse Pointe Audubon Society.

Interested in history, he was appointed by Gov. George Romney to the Michigan Historical Commission on which he served from 1965 to 1978. He also served on the Detroit Historical Society board. He served a term as president of both organizations. In 1979, Mr. Mead was instrumental in the resurrection of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and was a member of the Michigan Civil War Roundtable.

In his 80s, Mr. Mead wrote for the Williams College Alumni Review and the Yondotega Club newsletter. His principal eleemosynary activities included advising the Detroit Artists Market from 1967 to 1984 and the Senior Center, now Adult Well-Being Services, for 30 years. A member of Planned Parenthood since 1955, he served on its board in 1958.

Mr. Mead was known for his elegant attire, usually topped with a fedora or homburg. For nearly 40 years, he saved obituaries of friends, indexing them and pausing to reflect upon them when inserting a new one, in a file he labeled, “They used to call me Huddy.”

Mr. Mead is survived by his wife of 13 years, Mary Mains Blain; his children and their families, Priscilla Mead, of Denver; Mignon Mead, her husband, Dennis Shikaly, and their sons, Dakota and Dylan, all of Boulder, Colo., and Hudson Alger Mead, his wife Diana, and their children, Catherine, William and Parker.

He also is survived by his brother, Taylor.

Mr. Mead was predeceased in 1998 by his first wife, Frances Alger Boyer.

A memorial service will be held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Harry Hudson Mead

Died: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Age: 90
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Harry Hudson Mead died Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was 90.

Born in Detroit to Lt. Harry H. Mead of Valparaiso, Ind., and Priscilla Wood Mead of Wilmington, Ohio, he attended Columbus Academy in Ohio four years and graduated from Detroit University School in 1939. He attended Loomis School in Windsor, Conn., one year before entering Williams College from which he graduated in 1944.

After two years in the U.S. Navy, he entered the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1950. He practiced law in Detroit 50 years, principally with the firm of Tolleson, Mead, Welchli and Dahn.

By his own admission, Mr. Mead, known as Hudson or Huddy, was a joiner. He began with Gamma Delta Psi fraternity while at DUS. At Williams, he joined Theta Delta Chi, and in law school, Phi Delta Phi. He was a member of the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Club, Yondotega Club, St. Andrews Club of Delray Beach, Fla., and the literary clubs, Prismatic and Witenamagote. He belonged to the Wood Workers, Waweatanong, Sons of the Whiskey Rebellion, Cooley Club, the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and the Grosse Pointe Audubon Society.

Interested in history, he was appointed by Gov. George Romney to the Michigan Historical Commission on which he served from 1965 to 1978. He also served on the Detroit Historical Society board. He served a term as president of both organizations. In 1979, Mr. Mead was instrumental in the resurrection of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and was a member of the Michigan Civil War Roundtable.

In his 80s, Mr. Mead wrote for the Williams College Alumni Review and the Yondotega Club newsletter. His principal eleemosynary activities included advising the Detroit Artists Market from 1967 to 1984 and the Senior Center, now Adult Well-Being Services, for 30 years. A member of Planned Parenthood since 1955, he served on its board in 1958.

Mr. Mead was known for his elegant attire, usually topped with a fedora or homburg. For nearly 40 years, he saved obituaries of friends, indexing them and pausing to reflect upon them when inserting a new one, in a file he labeled, “They used to call me Huddy.”

Mr. Mead is survived by his wife of 13 years, Mary Mains Blain; his children and their families, Priscilla Mead, of Denver; Mignon Mead, her husband, Dennis Shikaly, and their sons, Dakota and Dylan, all of Boulder, Colo.; and Hudson Alger Mead, his wife Diana, and their children, Catherine, William and Parker.

He also is survived by his brother, Taylor.

Mr. Mead was predeceased in 1998 by his first wife, Frances Alger Boyer.

A memorial service will be held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Park.

Doris Mae Beste

Died: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Age: 83
Doris Mae Beste, 83, died Saturday, June 23, 2012.

She was the dearest wife of Raymond, who predeceased her; beloved mother of Nancy Josefiak (Ken) and beloved grandmother of Kyle, Amanda and Zachary. She also is survived by her brother, Earl (Mary-Lou) and leaves behind her cockapoo, Sydney.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, with the Rev. Randy Boelter officiating. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Foundation, 4244 Damson, Sterling Heights, MI 48314 or to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 20338 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Arrangements are being handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Betty Savage

Died: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Age: 82
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Betty “Bette” Savage, 82, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, after a brief fight with cancer.

Born Aug. 15, 1929, in Detroit to Dean and Gertrude (nee Yon) Keller, she graduated from Denby High School and then Eastern Michigan University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education. She was an art teacher in the Birmingham Public Schools and a dedicated homemaker.

Mrs. Savage was active in the community and socially. She was a member of the Mariners Church Yachtswomen Organization since 1969 and she and her husband, Don, were members of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club since 1969. At the GPYC, she bowled, golfed, played tennis and, with her husband, chaired the club’s annual ski weekend at Boyne Mountain.

An active traveler, Mrs. Savage enjoyed her trips to Italy, Jamaica or out west to ski, where her favorite places were Sun Valley, Idaho, and Aspen, Colo. A love for skiing led Mrs. Savage and her husband to buy a condo at Boyne Mountain. She remained an active skier until age 81.

It was summer Mrs. Savage loved best because summer meant boating. She and her husband enjoyed boating for nearly 50 years, touring and fishing the Great Lakes. The North Channel, Georgian Bay and Oscoda were favorite destinations.

Retirement meant a new home for Mrs. Savage and her husband on 110 acres in Bad Axe. She loved having deer in the yard and frequently named them. She joined the Ubly Country Club where she was on a womens’ golf league.

She frequently could be found back in the city for one of her grandchildren’s sporting or school events, or lunch at the club with good friends.

Mrs. Savage is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Donald Savage, and their sons, Barry (Heidi) and Leigh, both of Grosse Pointe Woods, as well as the grandchildren she adored: Andrea, of Healy, Alaska, and Brady and Adam, both of Grosse Pointe Woods. She also is survived by her nieces, Kim Keller, of Maryland and Kit Keller, of North Carolina and nephew, Kurt Keller, of Maryland.

Interment will be in the family plot in Franklin, with a private memorial service.

Donations may be made to The Mariners Church, 170 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

Thomas F. Russell

Died: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Age: 88
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Thomas F. Russell, former chairman and CEO of Federal-Mogul Corporation, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012. He was 88.

A native Detroiter, Mr. Russell joined Federal-Mogul in 1942 as a mail boy and following service with the U.S. Army during World War II, returned to the company as a cost accountant. Mr. Russell attended Rutgers University and graduated from the University of Detroit in 1948.

Mr. Russell’s career with Federal-Mogul spanned more than 40 years. From 1946 through 1967, he served in various financial staff and line positions. He was elected vice president of finance in 1964 and in early 1968, became vice president and group manager in charge of the aftermarket sales operations of the corporation. He served in that capacity through 1969 when he was elected executive vice president. A member of the board of directors since 1968, Mr. Russell became president in 1972, CEO in 1975 and chairman in 1976.

Mr. Russell was instrumental in leading Federal-Mogul to new sales and profitability levels in the 1980s through his aggressive, yet personal, management style. He was nicknamed the “velvet hammer” by trade union rank-and-file members for his populist appeal and his tough, yet highly personalized, approach to management.

A Detroit Free Press article in November 1984 quoted employees who said Mr. Russell knew everyone by name, from the maintenance men to the cafeteria workers.

After retiring from Federal-Mogul in 1989, Mr. Russell served as chairman of Cross & Trecker Corp. and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He was also a director of Comerica Incorporated and Comerica Bank of Detroit, Consumers Power Company, CMS Energy Corporation, A.O. Smith Corporation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Renaissance and the Highway Users Federation. He was a member of the advisory board of directors of the Detroit Science Center and is a former chairman for the Partnerships for Education Task Force.

Mr. Russell was a member of the executive board of the Detroit-area council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as president in 1986. He was a member of the board of directors, executive committee, capital fund division committee and vice president of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In 1983, he was chairman of the Torch Drive and the Detroit Freedom Festival.

He also served on the board of trustees of the Institute for Economic Education, Committee for Economic Development, Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan and Business/Education Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Inc.

He further served as a member of the Investment Policy Advisory Commit-tee to the United States Trade Representative as well as the Select U.S./Canada Trade Panel.

Mr. Russell received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation Award in 1990. He was a recipient in 1985 of the President’s Cabinet Award from the University of Detroit, which named him Alumnus of the Year in 1984.

He was also one of Northwood Institute’s Michigan Industrialists of the Year in 1982 and earlier received that school’s Outstanding Business Leader award.

Mr. Russell is survived his sons, R. Brandon and Scott K., and grandchildren, Kelli, Blake, Tommy and Lauren.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Donations may be made to Lymphoma Research Fund – Account No. 444545, Wayne State School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine Development and Alumni Relations, 101 E. Alexandrine, Detroit, MI 48201 or The Van Elslander Cancer Center, c/o St. John Health Foundation, P.O. Box 673271, Detroit, MI 48267-3271.

Alfred Joseph Fisher Jr.

Died: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Age: 91
Alfred Joseph “A.J.” Fisher Jr., 91, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Born and raised in Detroit, he was the oldest son of Alfred J. Fisher, one of the original Fisher Body Company founders.

Mr. Fisher attended the University of Detroit and the Cornell School of Engineering. He served as an officer in the U. S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. Returning to Detroit, he formed Fisher Corporation with his two brothers, Robert and Walter, in 1947. In 1964, he began General Safety Corporation with his brother, Walter, as a manufacturer of automotive safety belt systems. Today, successor companies, Fisher Dynamics Corporation and Fisher and Company, continue to supply the global automotive industry with seat mechanisms and structures.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty Jane; children, Judith (Peter Knudsen), Alfred III (Barbara), Christine (Richard Grow) and Michael (Beth) and 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Walter, and sister, Trude Costello.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, with a rosary at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, June 23, St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Detroit Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund, 8400 Cambridge, Detroit, MI 48221.

Share a memory at verheyden.org.

Alfred Joseph Fisher Jr.

Died: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Age: 91
Alfred Joseph “A.J.” Fisher Jr., 91, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Born and raised in Detroit, he was the oldest son of Alfred J. Fisher, one of the original Fisher Body Company founders.

Mr. Fisher attended the University of Detroit and the Cornell School of Engineering. He served as an officer in the U. S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. Returning to Detroit, he formed Fisher Corporation with his two brothers, Robert and Walter, in 1947. In 1964, he began General Safety Corporation with his brother, Walter, as a manufacturer of automotive safety belt systems. Today, successor companies, Fisher Dynamics Corporation and Fisher and Company, continue to supply the global automotive industry with seat mechanisms and structures.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty Jane; children, Judith (Peter Knudsen), Alfred III (Barbara), Christine (Richard Grow) and Michael (Beth) and 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Walter, and sister, Trude Costello.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 23, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to University of Detroit Jesuit High School Scholarship Fund, 8400 Cambridge, Detroit, MI 48221.

Share a memory at verheyden.org.

Marcy D. Shattuck

Died: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Age: 86
Marcy D. Shattuck, 86, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at her home in Lake Forest, Ill.

She was born in Grand Rapids to Donald and Oneita Donker and graduated from Wayne State University in 1970. She taught health, physical education and dance at Grosse Pointe University School and Amelia Earhart Middle School in Detroit.

Mrs. Shattuck was an accomplished pianist, dancer and sailor. Her greatest joy, though, was being an engaged and active grandmother with her six grandchildren.

She and her husband, Jack, were members of the Grosse Pointe Newcomers’ Club in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Mrs. Shattuck is survived by her children, Claudia Lockhart, Trisha Shattuck and John Shattuck; grandchildren, Sharon, Laura, Courtney and John Clinton Shattuck and Rebecca and Madeline Lockhart. She also is survived by her brother, Wallace G. Donker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack D. Shattuck and daughter, Susan Leslie Shattuck.

A memorial service was held June 29 in Lake Forest, Ill.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.
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