Dr. A. Jefferson Sharp, 91, of Haslett, was born in Valparaiso, Ind. on Nov. 20, 1921. He was the son of Aaron Jefferson and Lottie Polarek Sharp.
A graduate of Albion College, he received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He spent his career in higher education, retiring as vice president for university relations from Saginaw Valley State University. His primary academic emphasis was the evolution of American Political Philosophy 1750-1815.
Dr. Sharp left retirement to serve as associate vice president for university relations at the University of Georgia
, Athens, Ga., where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Tuck Sunday School Class and Learning in Retirement. He enjoyed lecturing on cruise ships that took him and his wife throughout the Caribbean area and up and down the coasts of North and South America.
A Paul Harris Fellow, he was a member of Rotary International
for over 35 years. He returned to live in Michigan in 2005 where he attended the Haslett Community Church, continued Rotary and in volunteer activities. Active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and its predecessor organizations, he spoke frequently and wrote extensively in his professional area.
Dr. Sharp was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, H. Lorraine "Kayo" Marvin Sharp. He is survived by their daughter, Susan Elizabeth Sharp-Korte and her husband, Dr. Robert C. Korte, Jr.; and two grandsons, Benjamin Sharp Korte and David Charles Korte of Haslett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
. At his request, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com