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March 22, 2018
Like Lynn Suits, I was born into the First Baptist Church 'Family' just a few years after John arrived in 1949, thus had the rare privilege of knowing him all my life. Mark was in Sunday school and high school with me, Mark was a nice guy, died too young. Randy Reed was also a fun kid, still see him as about ten years old running around after Church, they were both handsome and smart fellows....Despite these and other tragedies in John's life, he never lost his faith in God or fellow man. Though renowned for his law teaching career, if you asked him, the most important facet of his life would be faith and family. I was in the adult choir when he moved back to Ann Arbor from Colorado, and we were a pretty good choir then, but John raised up the level by widening the range of the repertoire and changing the Christmas Eve service to the 'Lessons and Carols' format it has retained ever since. He taught us from 'the ears up' and made choir more fun than ever with his sparkling personality, even when he seemed to be tired from a long day. I used to tell him '1918 was a GREAT year' he asked 'Because of the end of WWI?', I replied 'That, plus you, Ted Williams, Bobby Feller, Forest Evashevski ( QB for Tom Harmon), Donald Bryant and Tom Hilbish were all born then ( tho I only met Williams and Feller, the others were all my friends and Hilbish and Bryant were Choral Union conductors I spent years singing under). I wish I could recall some of his witticisms from rehearsals, just one..when he was 7, he sang in a kids concert, an adult complemented him and John, flattered, replied 'Oh, do you know anything about music?'...but he made everyone he talked to feel important, focused on them ( like Rev. Morikawa would) and we were all better for knowing him, a force for good. Living in Europe these past ten years, I didn't get to see him much, when I last saw him I thanked him for all he had done for the choir and Church and myself, but I wish now I had repeated it in the last few months....I imagine Rev. Chet Loucks is up in Heaven shaking John's hand and saying 'John, you were a GOOD man!'
I know tooo long, tooooo many memories.
Thanks for your life of service, John!
Bob MacGregor
March 16, 2018
I am a faculty assistant at the UM Law School and have know John for quite a few years. He always had a smile on his face and would say "hi" when we would meet in the Legal Research corridors. He will be surely missed by all of us at UM Law School. My coworker, Margaret (Peg) Klocinksi, would go visit John in Saline and keep me posted on his health. He was a wonderful human being. My sympathies to his family and friends.
March 15, 2018
I knew John for many years at his church FBA2. Always a scholar and gentleman with grace and knowledge. I'll always remember him slogging through Michigan winter weather to go to work at the Law School when anyone else would have retired and stayed home. A dry wit. A fine fellow who will be missed.
March 15, 2018
It was my pleasure to serve with John on UMS' Board, including Ken Fischer's search committee. He was a true gentleman and leader - visionary and articulate, one of the nicest human beings I've had the pleasure of knowing. The world needs more leaders like him. We can't attend the service tomorrow but will be thinking of all those he loved, and those who loved him.