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Charles R. "Rusty" Dannison

Sept. 23, 2005

Charles R. "Rusty" Dannison, a 25-year veteran of the adjunct faculty in Extended University Programs at Western Michigan University, died Sept. 6 in Alto, Mich. He was 58.

Dannison was an attorney with a long-standing practice in family law and a particular focus on estate planning and elder law. He frequently collaborated with his wife, Dr. Linda Dannison, chair of the WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, on issues surrounding grandparenting. He also worked with other WMU faculty members to offer training for professionals who planned to become mediators in family legal proceedings.

He was a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Michigan Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, and he was recently named a member of Michigan's Council on Aging.

A South Haven native, Dannison earned a bachelor's degree from WMU in 1969, and he earned master's and doctoral degrees from Kansas State University in 1974 and 1976, respectively. In 1984, he earned a law degree from Cooley Law School.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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