H.Res. 91: Honoring the life and service of Dr. William Spoelhof, president emeritus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

H.Res. 91

Honoring the life and service of Dr. William Spoelhof, president emeritus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Date
March 3, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 91 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House under a motion to suspend the rules on March 3, 2009.  This resolution was introduced by Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) on January 27, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, which took no further action.

 

Bill Summary

H.Res. 91 would resolve that the House of Representatives, "honors the life of Dr. William Spoelhof and his outstanding devotion and service as a member of the military, teacher, and professor, president, and friend of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Background

According to findings listed in the resolution, Dr. William Spoelhof was born in 1909 in Paterson, New Jersey.  In 1931, Spoelhof graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and went on to receive a master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, after serving in the Navy during World War II where he received the bronze star.

Following his doctoral studies, Spoelhof returned to teach history and political science at Calvin College.  In 1951 Spoelhof became the president of Calvin College and oversaw the College's move from downtown Grand Rapids to its current location.  According to the resolution, "Dr. Spoelhof carefully balanced Calvin College's vision for excellence in academics with its relationship with the Christian Reformed Church, as he effectively steered the College through church conflicts and the tumultuous, nationwide student protests of the 1960s"

In 1976, after 25 years as president of Calvin College, Dr. Spoelhof announced his retirement.  Dr. Spoelhof passed away on December 3, 2008, at the age of 98.