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Isabel J. Beeler

June 30, 1999

Isabel J. Beeler, 90, one of the founders of what is now the Office of International Student Services, died June 21 in Kalamazoo.

Beeler, a faculty member in counselor education and counseling psychology, advised international students for most of her 22-year career at WMU. She retired in 1968. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Michigan and also was a registered nurse.

She and her husband, Fred A. Beeler, emeritus in mathematics and statistics, lived in Africa for four years while he conducted research. She was an active volunteer there, working in clinics and homes for infants. The couple brought back African artifacts and gave many of them to the University.

Beeler established two scholarship funds at WMU. One, the Isabel J. Beeler International Student Services Endowment, helps international students. The other, in her husband's name, is in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

She was three times a member of the Emeriti Council and was a volunteer reader for blind students. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory through the WMU Foundation.

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