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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A tribute to a great leader and friend

July 11, 2014

I first met John B. VanLandingham (Mr. Van as I knew him) in the spring of 1960. An attorney, William McKee, who was helping us with a family medical tragedy, arranged an interview for me with Mr. Van. I had just returned from the Army and was looking for work.

Mr. Van hired me in April of 1961, and I did my best to do a good job. Amazingly, soon after I went to work, Mr. Van encouraged me to go to college. He allowed me to work around a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday schedule at MSU; allowed me to use company machines to do accounting laboratory work, and allowed me to work stocking shelves at night, instead of during the day.

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