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Lawrence R. Van Til

Died: Sunday, March 16, 2003
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Lawrence R. Van Til, 61, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn.

Born in 1941 in Indiana, Mr. Van Til graduated from Calvin College in 1963 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1966.

He began his legal career and became a partner with Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein and Van Zile, where he served for 14 years.

He assisted in forming a firm then known as Van Til, Kasiborski and Ronayne and later formed Van Til & Associates.

Known for his expertise in complex corporate and tax issues, Mr. Van Til was listed in Best Lawyers in America in state and local taxation.

He was a former chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Tax Section and the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections.

He was interested in religious, community and civic affairs and combating discrimination.

Mr. Van Til was a former chairperson of Barat Child and Family Services, the first male and non-Catholic member of the board of Matrix Human Services, an elder of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, a bass in the church choir, moderator of the Presbytery of Detroit, a past director of United Way Community Services and its predecessor, United Community Services, the Grosse Pointe Symphony, Presbyterian Development Corporation and Neighbors Concerned about Yacht Club Expansion.

Following 9/11, Mr. Van Til led in the passage of a resolution by the Presbytery of Detroit, affirming the contribution of Arab Americans to religious and community life and deploring ethnic discrimination.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kay Felt; his daughter, Kate; his sister, Rose DeGraaf; his brothers, Ronald and Bernard; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Development Corporation, 14628 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48215, Barat Child and Family Services, 5250 John R, Detroit, MI 48202, Calvin College, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, University of Michigan Law School, 712 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3071 or the charity of one's choice.
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