Donald Stewart Strachan
1932 - 2021
Strachan, Donald Stewart 5/7/1932 - 9/26/2021 Shoreline, Wa. Donald Stewart STRACHAN, DDS, PhD, Professor Emeritus May 7, 1932 – September 26, 2021 Former University of Michigan Professor Emeritus Donald Stewart Strachan (Don), passed away peacefully on September 26, 2021, in Shoreline WA. He was surrounded by his four children, their families, and his compassionate caregivers. Don was preceded in death by his mother and father, Laura and Stewart Strachan, his sister Jean Meredith Whicker, and her son, David Whicker. Don is survived by his four children: Barbara Strachan, John Strachan, Martha Strachan Dedinsky (Robert Dedinsky), and David Strachan (Sonya Marquez), his wife Alice and her three children: Sue Hurst Porter (Bob Porter), Jeff Hurst (Colleen O'Sullivan), David Hurst; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 2 nephews and one niece. In their retirement years, Don and his wife, Alice, spent many happy times traveling the world before relocating to Nokomis Florida, and Glen Arbor, Michigan. During his time in Nokomis and Glen Arbor he became an EMT at 70 years young. He was a member of the volunteer Fire Department in Glen Arbor, MI. He continued to teach hands only CPR, Dental Emergency Medicine, and Basic Life Saving Courses for the next 15 years. Don loved the water and swam almost every day.. They returned to the Ann Arbor area in 2012 and lived in Dexter, MI until both he and his wife entered assisted living. Don was born in Ferndale, Michigan to Laura Mae (Meredith) Strachan and Stewart Samuel Strachan on May 7, 1932. He received his B.A. from Wayne State University in 1954, served a tour of duty in the US Army and entered the University of Michigan in September 1956. He received his D.D.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (anatomy) degrees from University of Michigan in 1960, 1962, and 1964, respectively. Don was a distinguished health sciences educator who contributed to the teaching mission of both the School of Dentistry and the Medical School through instruction in human gross anatomy and head and neck anatomy. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and Sigma Xi honor societies. His membership in professional societies included National and Central Associations of Advisors for the Health Professions, The American Association of Dental Schools, and the International Association for Dental Research serving as president of the Ann Arbor section from 1966-67. Additionally, he served through his chairmanship of both the unit and regional United Way campaigns. He retired from active faculty service in March 1996. Don will be remembered by all who knew him for his love of learning which he enthusiastically passed along to his children and the many students he encouraged, counseled, and taught. Most of all he will be remembered, deeply missed, and loved by his family and friends. Until we meet again. If you would like to make a charitable donation please consider United Way: Interlochen: PBS:

Published by Ann Arbor News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2021.
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Helped me with my acceptance to the UM Orthodontic residency program. Took me under his wing during this time. I always looked up to him. Always a friendly smile and a warm pat on my back. Will remember Dr. Strachan as a bright spot at the University of Michigan. Go Blue Dr. Strachan. Dr. Russ Reynolds
Russell T Reynolds
October 14, 2021
I love learning about the impact my dad had on your lives. He was and will always be my hero. Thank you for sharing! Barb
Barbara Strachan
October 11, 2021
We are saddened to !earn of Don's passing. We got to know him and Alice as our neighbors in Dexter and always enjoyed our warm and friendly conversations. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.
Steven & Wanda Bucher
October 9, 2021
Dr. Strachan helped me to get admitted to dental school after 3 years of undergrad in 1982. I was one credit short to get in a year early and he facilitated a way to get the credit and was admitted and then he became a wonderful mentor after that. He will be missed.
Dr Tammy Trullard
October 9, 2021
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