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Charles E. Stroup

Aug. 17, 2007

Charles E. Stroup, a longtime administrator in Western Michigan University's Division of Student Affairs, died July 29. He was 83.

During his 18-year career at the University, Stroup witnessed firsthand the turbulence so common on college campuses in the 1960s and early 1970s as well as the 180-degree turnaround as students became more conservative and career oriented.

He came to WMU in 1968 as coordinator of the Office of Standards and Procedures, a job that made him the disciplinarian for male students and the enforcer of numerous University rules and regulations.

Stroup was appointed director of student activities in 1971 and retired from this post in 1987. His primary duties as director involved helping student organizations plan, promote and implement events for their members and the University community.

Prior to joining WMU's staff, Stroup worked for 20 years as a was a counselor, teacher and multi-sport coach at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Mich.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Drake University and a master's degree from WMU. The Indiana native served in WWII as a sergeant Army, earning a bronze star, and was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Fund in support of WMU's intercollegiate athletics.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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