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Timothy David Knight

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Timothy David Knight East Lansing Timothy David Knight, 63, of East Lansing died the morning of August 7, 2012 after a long and difficult fight with cancer. Tim was preceded in death by his father David Knight. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Knight, and sister, Susan (Ed) of Cass City; nephews, Matt, Nick, Jeff and Jarod; and long-time partner, John Griffith. Tim's family is grateful for the exceptional care provided by Sparrow Hospital, the Sparrow Cancer Center and Sparrow Hospice. Like many Michigan State University students, Tim wasn't quite ready to leave East Lansing after his undergraduate days and so stayed on for what turned out to be a 40-year career in MSU's Residential and Hospitality Services Division. He was in the final days of employment before retiring when his health failed completely. Tim's greatest satisfactions lay in helping residence hall students and their parents navigate the complexities found at a large university and in coaching staff members and student employees to provide exceptional customer service. A consummate people-person, Tim enjoyed developing connections across the university so that when a problem was presented, he could pull the right people together to solve it. Tim served on the Board of Directors of the East Lansing Art Festival for 11 years and, in the same spirit of helping his student residents and employees be successful, he helped develop the Emerging Artist Program that rewarded and encouraged new artists. Memorial contributions to this program may be made at A gathering of Tim's family, friends and colleagues will be held on Thursday, August 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus, Big Ten Room C. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at

Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 12, 2012
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