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Donald H. Bouma

Aug. 15, 2006

Dr. Donald H. Bouma, professor emeritus of sociology, who served on the Western Michigan University faculty from 1960 to 1984, died Aug. 8 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 88.

Bouma joined the WMU faculty in 1960 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor of sociology in 1963. He was a 1970 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, sponsored by the WMU Alumni Association, and in 1971, he was among seven WMU faculty selected for inclusion in Outstanding Educators of America.

The author of Dynamics of School Integration in 1958 and Kids and Cops: A Problem of Mutual Hostility in 1969, Bouma also authored more than 50 monographs and articles in professional journals. From 1974 to 1984 he was an associate editor of USA Today Magazine, and for more than 20 years was a writer for the Grand Rapids Press.

Prior to joining the WMU faculty, Bouma taught at Calvin College from 1946 to 1960. He was instrumental in establishing the college's sociology department and served as its first chair. The annual Bouma Lecture in sociology and social work at Calvin is named in his honor.

During his tenures at Calvin and WMU, he also served for various periods as an adjunct lecturer in sociology at Aquinas College, Hope College and the University of Michigan, among others.

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Bouma earned a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1940, a master's degree in 1943 from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from

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