Dear Mrs. Dutch & Family,
On behalf of my wife Linda and, daughter's Chelsea and Kimber, I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Dutch was a caring man who made a positive difference in my life as well as many other Michigan State Evans Scholars.
When Linda and I heard the news last night we toasted his memory, shed a few tears and told Mr. Dutch stories. Linda and I started dating in 1975 which was our sophomore year so she has a great history with him also.
I would like to share a couple of stories with you.
I vividly remember nervously sitting in his office prior to my freshman year and receiving advice on how to succeed in college and have a life changing experience as an Evans Scholar. I was the first one from my family to attend college so this experience was very new to me and I knew immediately that I had a warm hearted mentor who would care for me.
Mr. Dutch and I always kept in touch after graduation. In the fall of 1989 Linda and I moved back to Michigan and bought a small business. We invested all of our savings and had some pretty significant bank loans. Mr. Dutch knew how hard we were working and the struggle that it was. I got a call from him at 9:00am the first working day of the New Year. He wanted to be the very first one to wish me well and he said that he knew my business was going to be great that year.
We had season football tickets since the mid-90's and our family tradition was always to stop by Will Call and later the Varsity Club entrance to drop off cookies that Linda and the girls made for him. We always had nice chats and he paid special attention to our daughters. I was always pleased that they could develop a relationship with a man who was so influential in my life.
When Chelsea and Kimber attended Michigan State he told me to let him know where they wanted to live. Needless to say they were placed in their dorm of choice in the desirable south complex.
Mr. Dutch was also a fixture at the State of Michigan Evans Scholars selection meetings. Each candidate would come nervous and scared. There would always be a couple of questions to settle the kids down and then the interview would start. He would lead off and ask them to say in a foreign language they studied â€œThis is one of the most important days of my life.â€ Even after Mr. Dutch couldn't attend the selection meetings his question lives on and it is still asked of each candidate.
I hope these stories give you a little insight how he helped and mentored myself and others. Mr. Dutch was a special man to the Wilson family and he will always be close to our hearts.
With deepest sympathy,
Scott A. Wilson
MSU Evans Scholar 1978
My deepest sympathies to you Mrs Dutch and the rest of the family. Holmes Hall was never the same when he retired.
In loving memory of a wonderful man. I will miss you.
To the Dutch family: Thank you for sharing Mr Dutch with the Evan Scholars. He adopted each of us to some degree and we are all better for it. Shalom from the Zambetis family.
Tom Dutch was one of the finest gentlemen I ever had the honor of knowing. His commitment to the Evans Scholars of Michigan State was inspiring. We have lost a great man.
Bob Maibusch, Michigan State Evans Scholar 1979
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Dutch and the family. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.