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Candace L. Roell

Jan. 10, 2002

Candace L. Roell, emerita in health, physical education and recreation, died Nov. 17, 2001, in Kalamazoo. She was 93.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, and was a state leader in her field.

Roell taught in the Kalamazoo Public Schools and at Eastern Michigan and Illinois State universities before joining WMU in 1956 as an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education for Women. In 1959, she became department chairperson, serving in that position until 1967, when she returned to teaching full time.

Roell served as president of the Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and was honored with that organization's Distinguished Service Award in 1962. She also was an officer in a number of national groups.

Two years after her 1973 retirement, the University named Roell Road, near Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium, in her honor. In 1997 she was recognized by the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2000 she was honored during WMU's observance of National Girls and Women in Sport Day.

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