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December 2013 Obituaries

Maxine VanZylen '44 Battjes (10/20/13)

Donna Zeerip '63 Cook (10/30/13)

Barbara VanVolkenburgh 43 Darnell (9/30/13)

Robert Essink 69 (10/25/13)

Howard Harrington 57 (10/11/13)

Constance Boersma 53 Hinga (10/17/13)

Janet M. Huizenga ’46 (10/05/13)

Robert Marshall ’60 (9/29/13)

Kenneth McConnell ’51 (9/28/13)

Herbert Ritsema ’50 (10/14/13)

Elizabeth Schlegel ’75 Robyn (10/17/13)

Evelyn Van Dam ’50 Smallegan (10/19/13)

Paul Van Wyk ’60 (10/16/13)

Maxine VanZylen ’44 Battjes of Grand Rapids, Mich., died unexpectedly Sunday night October 20, 2013, after a full day of family activity in preparation for her annual winter trip to her home in Boynton Beach, FL. She was 91.

Maxine Elaine Van Zylen was born July 15, 1922, in Holland, MI. One of three children of Charles and Emma Post Van Zylen. She graduated from Holland High School in 1940 and attended Hope College before marrying Donald Battjes, Sr. ’46 in 1942. She was the guiding light as mother to their family of three sons, Donald, Jr., Douglas and David. Her husband was a partner in Grand Rapids Gravel. He died in 1999.

She was a lifelong, energetic member of her community and La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. She was also an avid golfer and familiar presence at Cascade Hills Country Club and Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL., where she spent her very busy winters. She and her husband were also Founding Members of Trinity Reformed Church in Battle Creek, MI.

In her later years, she became an active patron and supporter of many charitable organizations, includ­ing The Battjes Vascular Institute of Bethesda Hospital Foundation in Boynton Beach, Hope College Second Century Club and their Kruizenga Art Museum, Grand Rapids Christian School Foundation, Wedgwood Acres Homes and the Scholastic Achievement Foundation of South Florida. When visiting her son and granddaughter in California, she became an enthusiastic supporter of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.She became a late-in-life professional basketball fan and enjoyed trips to Orlando, FL, to watch her favorite team, the Orlando Magic. She also traveled extensively to California for many years and the south of France for the past six summers and enjoyed returning to the family cottage at Gull Lake.

She is survived by her three sons, Donald Jr. ’67 of Los Angeles, CA Douglas (Marina) of Grand Rapids, MI, David (Margaret) of Gull Lake, MI; two granddaughters, Jacqueline Joy Battjes of Bonita Springs, FL, and Katherine Allen Battjes of Los Angeles; one sister, Connie VanZylen ’53 Ryskamp Schipper of Holland; numerous nieces and nephews, and her brother-in-law, Clyde Battjes of Saugatuck, MI. Her brother, Charles Van Zylen ’47 pre­deceased her.


Donna Zeerip ‘63 Cook of Holland, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. She was 72.

Donna was born to Fred and Winnie Zeerip in Holland on October 24, 1941. She was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and volunteered playing the piano at Freedom Village in Holland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cook ’62. in 2005.

She is survived by her children, Melodie Cook ’89 Hoffman of Palm Beach, FL, Sharon CookBahr and Brian Bahr of Wauwatosa, WI, Steve Cook of Hamilton, Robin and Ken Aalderink of Holand; her grandchildren, Katrina Hoffman, Karla Hoffman, Danielle CookBahr, Nathaniel Bahr, Kristine and Cory Meyer, and Ashley Aalderink; her sister, Eleanor VanDyke; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol and Jay Vander Vliet, Ron and Marge Cook, Jim Cook, Janice and Bob George; several nieces and nephews.


Barbara VanVolkenburgh ’43 Darnell of Akron, Ohio, died on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.  She was 92. She was born June 8, 1921 in Zeeland, Michigan to James VanVolkenburgh and Ethel Tompsett VanVolkenburgh.

Barbara graduated from Zeeland High School and then attended Michigan State University and Hope College, Holland, Mich. She graduated from Hope College in 1943. Barbara when on to teach English, in Traverse City, Lansing, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind. And Mt. Prospect, Ill. She retired from teaching in 1958 while in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Later she was a Welcome Wagon hostess in Norton, Ohio.

She moved to Lawrence, Kans. in April 1984 and became an active member in West Side Presbyterian Church helping with many church activities including a server at LINK. She moved to Akron, Ohio in May 2005 to a retirement village.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Forrest Darnell, (whom she married July 28, 1951); they have two sons, James of Doylestown, Ohio and Douglas of Chandler, Arizona; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Robert Essink ’69 of Virginia Beach, executed his last set of orders on Friday, October 25, 2013, after a lengthy “ battle” with emphysema.

Robert G. Essink was born in Zeeland, Michigan, on 5 April 1947. He attended Zeeland High School and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in 1969. In September 1969, he was accepted into the U. S. Marine Corps officer candidate program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1969.

Throughout his more than 30 years in the Marine Corps, he served in various command and staff billets and retired in June 2000. After moving to Virginia Beach, he was employed by TRW and Northrup Grumman at the U. S. Joint Forces Command J9 and Joint Training and Simulation Center in Suffolk, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Mat­thew of New Bern, NC; daughter, Celeste of Virginia Beach; sister, Ruth and Dale Alderink of Hamilton, Michigan; brothers, Floyd ’72 and Sheila Essink of Indianapolis, IN, Herschel and Elsa Essink of Holland, MI, Wayne Essink of Holland, MI, and Ron and Kim Essink of Hamilton, MI; aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, cousins and a few friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Hazel Anne ( nee Bredeweg) Essink and a brother, Allen Jay.

A special thanks goes to all Marines with whom he served … it was an honor and a privi­lege to have known them, served with them and led them as an Officer of Marines. Godspeed, fair winds and following seas. Essink Out.

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have ex­pressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and sup­port, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is do­ne. The prayer you sent up has been answered, and now it is time to move on.
So people come in­to your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe in it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relation­ships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that Love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were reason, a season or a lifetime.

Howard Harrington ’57 of Redwood City, Calif., a longtime resident of Palo Alto, of Redwood City, and retired scientist and marketing specialist at Hewlett-Packard Corporation, died Friday, October 11, from complications following surgery of an aneurism at the University of California, San Francisco Hospital. He was 78.

Harrington was born in Holland, Michigan in 1934; his parents were James Harrington and Agnes (Vander Ploeg) Harrington. He is predeceased by his older brother, James, and his younger brother, Stanley. Howard supported his undergraduate studies at Hope College in Michigan (Class of 1957) by playing trombone in a dance band while acquiring a lifelong connection to big band and classic jazz music.  His father and older brother, Jim, were also accomplished trombone players.

His other brother, Stan, was a professor of art at Hope College. Harrington acquired a Ph.D. degree at University of California, Berkeley in chemical physics. He began his career with Hewlett-Packard’s Microwave Division in 1962. He became involved in hard science and won high praise from David Packard, William Hewlett and HP vice presidents. He published numerous articles in the AIP Journal of Chemical Physics. He later moved to the Scientific Instruments Division, where he was key in strategizing with HP’s regional sales forces. For this work, he traveled throughout Europe and Russia.

Howard is survived by his son Jim Harrington, his wife Rachelle, and daughter Chiara of Redwood City; his daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Harrington Colehower, her husband Andrew, and daughters Maya and Jada of Capitola; former wife and best friend for many years and throughout this medical challenge, Ellen Harrington of Santa Rosa; his niece Anne Harrington ’89 Hughes of Hamtramck, Michigan and her husband and three children. Carroll Harrington, mother of Jim and Beth and now residing in Capitola, maintained a friendship with Harrington and praised his role as a father and grandfather.

Constance Boersma ’53 Hinga of Pella, Iowa, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.  She was 82.

Con­nie was born in Holland, Mich., on Feb. 28, 1931, to Grace Mulder Boersma and Howard “Henry” Boersma. The third of four children and an only daughter, she was cherished for her sense of joy and adventure.She shared her father’s love of horses and grew up on the family’s equestrian farm along the shores of Lake Michigan, competing in dressage and hunter­jumper classes throughout the state. Among her accomplishments was a first­place win at the Chicago International Horse Show.

She married William Kendrick “Bill” Hinga on Dec. 20, 1951. Both grad­uated from Hope College; Connie with a degree in elementary education. The two had four children, Catherine, Lynn, Ann and Tom.The family moved to Pella in 1965, when Bill accepted the position of Dean of Students with Central College. Connie returned to kindergarten teaching in 1968. Among her most distinctive qualities was an ability to see potential in every child and a fierce conviction to give every child a year of loving school. Generations of students recall her classroom as a place that blended loving care with clear goals and an overriding sense of fun. Among family and friends, Connie was known for her love of books, current events, hiking, and football, and her refreshingly wry lens on life. As a conversationalist, she challenged conventions and defended justice. To be loved by her was to be protected vigorously and believed in unfailingly. She died of natural causes, with resolve and gratitude for the life she had.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Hinga ’51, of Pella; her daughters, Cathy ( Bruce) Hinga Haustein and Lynn (Nick) Hinga Branderhorst of Pella, and Ann (Perry) Hinga Klein of Des Moines; and son, Tom (Melissa) Hinga of League City Texas, as well as 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Vernon (Lois Hinkamp ’44) of Holland, Mich., and Phillip (Julie) Boersma of Lake Forest, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Wendell Boersma ’48 of Iowa City; and and sisters-in-law, Elaine Mensinger ’46 Boersma and Constance Hinga ’49 Boersma.

AJanet M. Huizenga ’46 of Morrison, Ind., died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.  She was 93.

Janet was born September 26, 1920 in Garden Plain, Illinois to Charles W. & Allie J. (Jansma) Huizenga.When Janet was 5, she moved with her family, back to the Prairie Center area. After the untimely death of her young father, they moved in with her grandparents. Janet attended Prairie Center School through 8th grade. After graduation from Morrison High School, she attended Central College in Pella, IA for 2 years. She taught school in the Fenton Schools and Center School. After 4 years of teaching, she went back to college, attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Upon graduation, she worked for 12 ½ years in Nebraska at the Winnebago Indian Missions. In 1969, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska. She moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she worked for the United Church Committee for Indian Work for 9 years, part of that time as the director and then for the Ramsey County Human Services Dept., in St. Paul. While there, she worked with dysfunctional families and later with children and adults who were mentally handicapped. In 1987, Janet retired and returned to Morrison to care for her mother.

She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church and totally involved in the life of the church. She belonged to Girl’s League, Lydian, and Ladies Aid. She has been an elder, Praise and Prayer Time leader, Secretary of Spiritual Life, Endowment Committee member, Ebenezer rep to Church Women United, and a Bible study leader. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and traveling.

Janet is survived by many cousins, including special caretakers: Phil (Faye) Jansma & Carlene Pruis, both of Morrison.She was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Allie Huizenga.

Robert Marshall ’60 of Pittsford, N.Y., died on Sunday, Sept, 29, 2013.  He was 79.

Survived by his wife, Carolyn (Christie); daughter, Christine (James) Eichelberger; son, Eric (Mary) Marshall PhD; sister, Rita (Angelo) Russo; 3 step-daughters, Monica Friesner (Leo Vogt), Melinda (Gerry) Ward and Meredith (Scott) Gregory; 5 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren.

Robert was born in Buffalo, NY and enlisted in the USAF serving in photo intelligence, attended Hope College, Michigan State University and earned his PhD at Cornell University in 1971. Dr. Marshall served as President of Daemen College in Amherst, NY from 1974-1995, during which time he accomplished a dramatic financial and academic rebirth for the college. After retirement, Dr. Marshall pursued his love of aviation. The owner and pilot of 5 vintage airplanes, he participated in numerous air shows with the National Warplane Museum. Dr. Marshall enjoyed golfing, music, sailing and the culinary arts.

Kenneth McConnell ’51 of Mc Millan, Mich., died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.  He was 84.

A beloved father, ‘gramps’, brother, cousin, companion and friend, he leaves a void in many lives. Born on a small farm in Arthur, Ontario in 1928, Ken was proud of his humble beginnings, his family and his Irish/Canadian heritage. The third oldest of six, he was forced to leave school at age 12 upon the death of his second parent.  World War II was underway by then, and Ken worked in a series of factories and welding shops until he was old enough to follow his older brother Jack into the U.S. Army. He received a Victory Medal and Honorable Discharge in 1947, and proudly became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1949.

Ken's military service entitled him to the GI Bill which enabled him to attend Hope College in Holland Michigan.  Hope had developed a special program for returning veterans whom they determined had the intellect and motivation to succeed but lacked the usual high school degree. A perfect fit, Ken received his B.A. in June, 1951, and throughout his life remained truly grateful for the opportunity afforded him by Hope College. Proudly accepted by the University of Michigan Law School, Ken served as President (and janitor) of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. In his senior year he was admitted to The Barristers, an honorary fraternity whose frequent reunions Ken always enjoyed and rarely missed. 

He received his J.D. degree in June, 1954.  A member of the American, Michigan State and Oakland County Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, he particularly enjoyed the fellowship of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  When inducted in a ceremony in London, England, in 1971, he was the youngest ever from Michigan, and was recognized as the longest serving before his death.Ken always enjoyed discussing cases with his brothers and sisters of the Bar, at the bar, or with anyone, anywhere.  He simply loved the law! In all things, Ken McConnell dared to be different, but especially in the practice of law. 

He was known for being a maverick whose integrity, novel communication methods and quick mind served his clients well for over 50 years.  Always prepared himself, he once became so fed up with the delaying antics of the opposing lawyer that he presented the Court with a formal "Motion to Spank" the offending counsel. He enjoyed heavy trial work, whether product liability, personal injury, or aviation suits of which he handled about 35 following his first such case in Gulfport, MS in 1968.  He received considerable attention from the legal community in that case for his effective use of Probate Court discovery in trial preparation, rarely used at the time.  He also represented two young girls in separate cases where their cotton flannel nightgowns had caught fire, resulting in massive burns and many surgeries for the girls who were fortunate to survive.  Beyond providing financial security for the victims, the ensuing publicity about flammable fabrics has prevented many future tragedies, a gratifying outcome for this father of four.  Ken's first experience with the Michigan Supreme Court as a 3rd year lawyer was unique as well, and gave a good indication of his character.  It was a cold, wintry day, and the opposing counsel, the appellant, was held up by bad roads. Ken requested that their case be moved to the end of the docket, but the Justices refused, saying they waited for no counsel and he should proceed or the case would be dismissed.  Undaunted, Ken strenuously argued the case FOR the absent attorney and then demolished it point by point.  His client won.

Ken has always enjoyed traveling in Ireland and had a real affinity for the Irish people and local culture. A room is always ready at his favorite B&B, and the chosen village pub will be advertising "Music Tonight”! He took great pleasure in introducing American friends to "his" Ireland, knowing they would be welcome there. A member of the Victors Club, Ken has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Maize and Blue, holding season tickets and catching most of the bowl games for many years.  His last game was with Notre Dame, just a few weeks ago. His loud and gruff "GO BLUE!" still echoes in the Big House.  Ken was a long time resident of Bloomfield Hills while practicing in the area and raising his family.  However, his heart was in the Upper Peninsula and for many years the Courts knew not to schedule his trials during deer season, and that once school was out for the summer, he was gone!  

In later years he moved permanently to his cabin near McMillan, MI, where he enjoyed deer hunting, trout fishing, golf and property development, with just an occasional legal matter.  Always a genial host, second and third generations of friends and family have enjoyed his casual but warm hospitality at "The Cabin."  Winters spent in Tucson, AZ golfing with old friends was a special pleasure and there, too, company found him.

Ken is survived by his four children: Kendra (Barry) Hurd and Joany McConnell ’91 (Mark) Bond of Commerce, MI, Mark (Stacey) McConnell ’88 of Bloomfield Hills, Mary (David) Bows of Marblehead, MA , their mother Nancy Crawford McConnell of Bloomfield, and four grandchildren: Kelly Hurd, Brian Hurd, Connor Bond and Jack Bond. His companion Colleen Hubbard of Newberry and his surviving siblings include sister Shirley McConnell, brothers William (Joy) McConnell and Andrew (Marlene) McConnell, all of Ontario, and Terry (Susan) Fitzgerald of Hawaii.  His cousin Dorothy (Ron) Hudgens of Loveland, CO and numerous extended family members and friends he informally adopted into the family will also miss him. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Bruce and Edna McConnell of Arthur, Ontario, and older brother Jack and his wife Ann.

Herbert Ritsema ’50 of Orange City, Iowa, died on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.  He was 83.

Herb” was born on No­vember 27, 1929, in Momence, Illinois, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Tallman) Ritsema. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from St. Anne High School. He had a reputation as an outstanding musician. In 1951, he graduated from Hope College in Holland, where he met his future wife, Jeanne Ver Beek. They were married on Novem­ber 24, 1951, in Holland.

He taught school in Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps.

In 1961, the fam­ly moved to Orange City, where Herb accepted a teaching position in the Music Department at Northwestern College. He was hired to begin a band program at Northwestern. He was also the Minister of Music at First Reformed Church for 40 years. Herb and Jeanne played organ and piano together for many weddings and funerals, as well as worship servic­es, and Herb directed the church’s Sanctuary Choir, the Men’s Chorus, the Children’s Choir and the bell choir. He also served as an elder and taught Sunday school classes for many years.

In addition to his musi­cal talent and interests, he was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf and hoping the Chicago Cubs would win.He was also involved in community activities, directing Tulip Festival musicals and serving on the Public Library Board and with the Orange City Ambassadors, to name a few. In later years, he was very involved with the Gideons International, where he held sever­al offices, including a three­year term as State Chaplain.

Herb will be lovingly remembered by a son, Douglas Ritsema, and his wife, Karen, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and their three daughters, Ara, Katie and Mitch Loncorich, and their daughter, Janelle, and Jenna; a son, David Ritsema, and his wife, Linda Vander Maten, of Berne, Switzerland, and their two sons, Davis and Mark; a son, Randall Ritsema, and his wife, Shelly, of Orange City, and her daughters, Traesa, Susan and Melissa, and their families; a brother, Dan Ritsema ’61, and his wife, Evonne Taylor ’66 Ristema, of Zeeland; a sister- in-law, Anna Geitner ’58 Ritsema, of Holland; a foster son, Dale Walbran, and his family; and a foster son, Randy Colsrud, and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne Ver Beek ’51 Ritsema; and his brother, Harold Ritsema ’57.

Elizabeth Schlegel ’75 Robyn of Ephrata, Pa., died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.  She was 60.

She was born in Evanston, IL, to the late Frank and Bernice Schlegel and was the wife of Robert L. Robyn, with whom she shared 35 years of marriage.Liz was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. She was a 1975 graduate of Hope College, Holland, MI.

Teaching was her passion and she most recently taught kindergarten at Lititz Christian School. Prior to that she was a stay at home mom.In addition to her husband, she is survived by 2 sons, Mark Andrew Robyn of Arlington, VA, Matthew Robert Robyn of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Bethany Ann, wife of Stephen Kline of Eatontown, NJ; 2 beautiful granddaughters and a sister, Barb Jean Schlegel of Huntington Beach, CA.

Evelyn Van Dam ’50 Smallegan of Holland, Mich., loving moth­er, grandmother, great­grandmother, teacher and friend, passed peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Hospice House of Holland.  She was 84.

She was born March 11, 1929, to the late Gerrit and Alice Van Dam, and raised in Forest Grove. Evelyn later resided in the Zeeland/Holland area. As a proud graduate of Hope College in 1950, she continued to be active with Hope Village Square, HASP, and was awarded the Hope College Outstanding Alumni award in May, 1982. After college, she married John Smallegan ’51, remaining best friends and partners in life and love until his passing in December 2008.

She taught at Zeeland High School for approximately 30 years teaching English and Alternative Education, a program she started. In addition to teaching, Evie guided and mentored many struggling young adults to pursue a higher education and achieve success she knew they could achieve. There was always an open door and room at the table when it was needed. She had a passion for giving of herself to others, especially Second Reformed Church of Zeeland.

She loved music, but demonstrated her special gifts by giving book reviews and leading the church book club, which was as rewarding spiritually as it was socially. Originating the Bethany Home Christmas program was al­so one of her favorites, and bound family and friends together each holiday season. Together with John, Evelyn supported many local church activities and organizations. They were well known and loved by all who knew them. The family believes the double rainbow seen at the time of her passing is God’s way of showing the two are together again forever.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Barbara Smallegan ’69 Huizenga and her fiancé, Bill Kerchhaine, of Muskegon, Edward Smallegan of Hamilton and his wife, Cheryl, Jack Smallegan of Florissant, MO, and his wife, Lisa, Donald Smallegan of Holland and his wife, Dolores, and Elizabeth Smallegan ’85 Ebihara of Raleigh, NC and her husband, Jeff.

A son, Daniel, is deceased. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Paul Van Wyk ’60 of Champaign, Ill., died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.  He was 74 and had rationally and gracefully coped with the symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia since at least 2006 for as long as the illness allowed.

Born in Fond du Lac, Wis., Paul grew up in Pella, Iowa, New Brunswick, N.J., and Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Mich. He attained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hope College in Holland, Mich., in 1960, and completed all the requirements for a Master's of Science in chemistry except for a thesis at Roosevelt University, Chicago, in 1969.

After working as a chemist for several years, and earning a patent for his research in the use of heterocyclic acids in phenolic resins in 1972, Paul dramatically changed his career path. Paul earned a Master's of Arts in Human Sexuality from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt., in 1975, developing a sex education curriculum for developmentally disabled adolescents and adults as a part of that study.

He obtained training at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in Maywood and from William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Saint Louis, Mo., among others. He was one of the first sex therapists and sex educators certified by the American Association of Certified Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists in 1979. Paul developed and presented innovative courses in psychology and human sexuality, taught and trained others to teach the Unitarian Universalist sexuality education program "About Your Sexuality."

Paul earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 1982, having reanalyzed the original Indiana University Kinsey data to explore origins of psychosocial development of homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual behavior. After several more years of teaching, private practice in sex therapy, consulting, evaluating, and presenting workshops in many states and Canada, he began working in prisons and continuing private practice, first treating sex offenders in Missouri, and then as mental health director at prisons in Alabama and Indiana, where he utilized EMDR to help people resolve trauma and PTSD. He was an active member of numerous professional groups and published several articles. Paul loved music and taught himself to play guitar, providing hours of enjoyment to those who heard and sang with him.

He loved watching car racing and for his sixtieth birthday had the opportunity to suit up and drive a race car way too fast around the track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He worked crossword puzzles and enjoyed Pogo and reading on a wide range of topics. He remembered virtually everything he had ever read and could easily recall facts and statistics, disconcerting to those playing Trivial Pursuit on an opposing team, or enjoying arguing a topic with him. Despite having been raised in a household with no animals, he became a good dad to a succession of dogs who slept on his feet and cats who napped on his chest.

He is currently missed by Nick and Xena. Paul was the son of the late Rev. Doctor Herbert Van Wyk and Julia Walvoord ’34 Van Wyk and the brother of the late Bruce M. Van Wyk. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Pamela Collins Van Wyk; his children and their spouses, Mark Paul Van Wyk and his wife, Linda, of Tampa, Fla., Laura Elizabeth Van Wyk and her husband, Bob Wyzykoski, of Tampa, Fla., and Pamela's children, daughter Kathryn Wilford and her husband, Jim Spangler, of Oak Park, and a son, Dr. Matt Jager and his fiancee, Monchie Blanco, of Peoria. He is also survived by one brother, Carl Van Wyk ’67 and his wife, Carol VanMiddlesworth ’67 VanWyk, of Tall Timbers, Md., his sister-in-law, Mikki Van Wyk of Potomac, Md., and his uncle, Raymond A. Walvoord and his wife, Lorraine, of Williamson, N.Y.; and his three grandchildren, Lily Van Wyk, Zitlaly Wilford Acosta and Janine Wilford Acosta. Paul was active in Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships including Unity Temple in Oak Park, Emerson Fellowship in the St. Louis area, The Montgomery, Ala., UU Fellowship, the Danville, Ind., UU Church and the Urbana church.