HSM Mourns Passing of Trustee Robert Money

Posted December 13, 2011

HSM Trustee Robert Money, of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away early Tuesday, December 13th.

Robert Money, known to his friends and colleagues as Bob, was a well-known educator, historian, and promoter of Upper Peninsula and Michigan history.

Bob attended Northern Michigan University, where he majored in history and geography and played varsity basketball.  Following graduation, he spent three years in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea and Japan.  He completed his M.A. at the University of Michigan and then attended Michigan State University.  He also taught at Alma College, where he met and married his wife, Margaret, in 1964.

After teaching at MSU for two years, the couple moved to Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, where Bob  received the Distinguished Teacher Award (’86).  He retired from LSSU in 2010.

A long-time trustee of the Historical Society of Michigan, Bob served on the board for several terms in the early to mid-1990s and again the following decade.  He began his most recent board service in 2008.  Throughout his time with HSM, Bob was an active participant on the Nomination and Awards Committee, during Society conferences and other events, and at quarterly board meetings.

In 2008, he won the Charles Follo Award, which recognized his major contribution to preserving and advancing Upper Peninsula history.

Also active in local historical societies, Bob was president of both Sault Historic Sites (the Valley Camp) and the Chippewa County Historical Society.  He served as vice president of the Michigan Oral History Association.

Bob presented many programs on various historical topics at state and local levels. He also gave several papers at the Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences about 19th-century school texts, education, and children’s literature. In addition to teaching several Elderhostels, Bob also led programs for the LSSU Elders.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two children, Thomas and Elizabeth.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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