Thomas A. Rodeheffer

FRANKLIN TWP. – Thomas A. Rodeheffer, 64, a resident of Franklin Township, passed away early Friday morning, August 8, 2008, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on March 1, 1944 in Detroit, a son of Immanual and Anne (White) Rodeheffer. As a child, he attended the Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Oakland University and Wayne State University.

On May 30, 1963, he was united in marriage to the former Rita Matthews.

Mr. Rodeheffer was employed with Michigan Technological University where he was Laboratory Supervisor for Biological Science and captained the research vessels, Lake Breeze, Navicula and Agassiz for the university.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working with wood, sports such as baseball and all outdoor activities.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Surviving are his wife, Rita of Franklin Township; his children, John (Sherri) Rodeheffer of Chaska, Minn., Matthew (Valerie) Rodeheffer of New York, N.Y. and Beth Rodeheffer of Hancock; his grandchildren, Tyler, Zac and Avery; his sister, JoAnn (John) Davis of Harbor Springs, Mich.; his sister-in-law, Barbara (Jack) Carr of Windsor, Ontario; his uncle, Noah Rodeheffer of Seattle, Wash.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private family service for Tom will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Omega House in Houghton or to the hospice organization of one’s choice.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bioathlon 2008

Contact phone number: Jeff Lewin, 906.487.3435

The nineteenth annual Department of Biological Sciences Bioathlon for high school biology students was held on Wednesday, May 7, at Michigan Technological University. Simultaneously, a workshop was held for the accompanying biology teachers. The Bioathlon serves as a means to stimulate interest and problem-solving in biology among our area youth. Teams from 17 Upper Peninsula Michigan high schools participated.

The team winning FIRST PLACE was A.D. Johnston High School, Bessemer.
Coach: David Rowe

The team winning SECOND PLACE was L.L. Wright High School, Ironwood.
Coach: Paul Mattson

The team winning THIRD PLACE was Negaunee High School, Negaunee.
Coach: Sherri Holmgren

Casey Huckins Receives Funding

Associate Professor Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences/ESC) has received $46,000 from the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District for a 30-month project, “Hills Creek Stamp Sand Stabilization Project.”

Previously, Associate Professor Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences) and Co-PI Amy Marcarelli (Biological Sciences) have received $11,620 from the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation for a project, “Linkages Among Stream Habitat, Ecosystem Conditions, and Temporal and Spatial Variation in Fluvial Fish Assemblages in the Salmon Trout River.”