Roger Garvelink, 82

Roger Garvelink, 82, of Douglas, died on July 3 from complications of Alzheimers disease.

He grew up in Holland, attended Hope College and began his career as a math teacher at Zeeland High School. He became the principal of both junior and senior high schools in the Detroit area. 

After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he held positions as superintendent for 23 years in three different states:  Central Valley, N.Y., Birmingham, Mich., and Downers Grove, Ill.

Roger received a number of awards for “outstanding leadership” in public schools. He served on numerous boards and committees related to public school education. His avocation included teaching classes at Eastern and Oakland universities in Michigan and at Benedictine College in Illinoi.

Retirement was spent as a national consultant to public school districts in recruiting school superintendents. Roger believed strongly in community service,  including eight years on the Hope College board of trustees, presidency of Rotary Clubs in Michigan and Illinois and three years as president of the Senior Center in Birmingham.

Dr. Garvelink is survived by his wife Carol, their sons Todd (Debbie), Brad, Wendell (Tracy) and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Douglas.  Memorial contributions can be made to Christian Neighbors. P.O Box 43, Douglas, MI  49406 or All Saints church music fund,  P.O Box 189,  Saugatuck, MI 49453.

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