Eldon Graham

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Eldon Graham, 87, of Midland, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born Sept. 6, 1926, the son of Ross and Hazel (McClanahan) Graham in Sullivan County, Ind.

Eldon is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Pauline (Vicky) Graham; and brothers, Donald Graham of Clearwater, Fla. and Loren (Patricia) Graham of Cambridge, Mass. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Crystal Perlow; brother, Robert Graham; sisters-in-law, Chella Graham and Phyllis Graham; and brother-in-law, Hale Herd. He is also survived by son-in-law, Neil Perlow; nieces and nephews, Steve Graham of Houston, Texas, Cynthia (Don) Hartz of Sanford, Robert Graham of Portland, Ore., Diane (Paul) Krcma of Johnston, Iowa, Meg (Kurt) Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn., Peggy Loverto of Los Altos, Calif., Patricia (Brad) Caftel of El Cerrito, Calif. and Susan (Doug) Rusk of Gilbert, Ariz. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Margaret Layne of Zionsville, Ind.; sister-in-law, Pauline Herd of Arlington, Texas; and several of their children and families, William (Jolene) Layne of Speedway, Ind., Jerry (Kathy) Layne of Carmel, Ind., Tony (Susan) Herd of Logansport, Ind., Kay (Elliot) Tyler of Athens, Ala., Paula (Billy) Rhodes of Arlington, Texas and Bonnie (Phil) Smith of Arvada, Colo.

Until just recently, Eldon was teaching classes and doing his own yard work. He was characterized by his Midwestern work ethic and professional and community volunteerism. Was it the good fortune of good health that permitted that, or the activities that promoted good health? In any event, he enjoyed volunteering, working, teaching, helping students, and the fulfillment of completing projects. With his wife and family, he enjoyed traveling to all 50 states and some 50 different countries.

He came from a family of achievers. He, and his three brothers, all received their initial engineering education at Purdue University. But, the best thing he received at Purdue was meeting his college sweetheart. They were married, upon her graduation, on March 2, 1947.

His professional career covered 68 years of employment, 24 as an engineer and research administrator with The Dow Chemical Co., followed by 44 years in teaching and administration at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), where he was the founder of the engineering and technology programs. He also served, for a number of years, as the assistant dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. He was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2006, but continued teaching, counseling students, and serving as the director of the Engineering Technology Management Program.

He received the ACS Outstanding Science Award to the Chemical Profession in 1974, the Chemical Educator Award in 2005, and the Chemical Excellence Award in 2005. At SVSU, he received the Ruben Daniels Community Service Award, and the College Service Award. He was the author of the book, "The History of the Academic Programs of Saginaw Valley State University." He was named as an honorary member of the SVSU Alumni Association in 2008. He served on the SVSU Foundation Board of Directors, the Board of Fellows, and was a member of the Pioneer Club. He received the Engineering Founders Award in 2005 and received an honorary doctorate degree from SVSU in 2009.

Eldon was proud to be part of the Midland community and was active in many professional and community organizations, such as his church, the First United Methodist Church, the Midland Section of the American Chemical Society, Midland Kiwassee Kiwanis Club, Chippewa Nature Center, Boy Scouts of America, the Mid-Michigan Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, National American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Funeral services for Eldon will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth will officiate, with interment to take place later in the Shrader Flower Garden at the church. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Monday, from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Arrangements are in the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors. He requested no flowers for the services, but any memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church for youth activities, or to Saginaw Valley State University for engineering scholarships. www.waresmithwoolever.com


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Published in Midland Daily News on Feb. 16, 2014
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