Mary Ellen Raleigh, age 71, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
Mary Ellen graduated from Mott Community College and the University of Michigan. She later went on to teach English and Business Communications at UM-Flint from 1975 to 1995. She was a nationally ranked Scrabble player, a writer for East Village Magazine (known as the Village Stroller), and an enthusiastic fan of curling, the NFL, and U of M football.
Mary Ellen taught in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) for 20 years. CAS Dean D.J. Trela says while the faculty has changed considerably since her retirement, many remember her work and contributions fondly.
"In the late 1970's she designed a course, English 338, Communications in Business that is still on the books and a requirement for a degree in the School of Management," said Trela. "A sentence from one of her annual evaluations reads, 'Her dedication to excellence, which she expects both of herself and her students, marks her as one of our finest teachers.' I regret not knowing Ms. Raleigh, but wish to offer the College's condolences to her family, and our sincere thanks for her contributions to our campus and commitment to our students."
In honor of her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army-Disaster Relief, Humane Society of Genesee County, UM-Flint, Brian's House, or a charity of your choice.