W. Scott Westerman Jr.
July 10, 1925 – April 18, 2018
Walter Scott Westerman, Jr. passed away on April 18, 2018. He began life on July 10th, 1925 in Ann Arbor, the youngest of three children born to the Rev. W. Scott Westerman, Sr. and Frieda Wuerfel Westerman. The family relocated to Dayton, Ohio and then to Gallipolis, Ohio, where he left Gallia Academy High School a term early to complete a year of college at Ohio Wesleyan University before entering the United States Army during the Second World War. He lead a machine gun squad in the 86th Infantry Division earning medals in both the European and Pacific theaters, concluding his service as the Company First Sergeant. He continued his education at Northwestern University and earned a PhD. at the University of Michigan. From 1948 through 1960, he taught in Ann Arbor at the University School and at the University of Michigan School of Education. He served in several executive roles in the Ann Arbor Public Schools in the 1960s, first as social studies coordinator (1960-1963), assistant superintendent for instruction (1963-1967), and superintendent (1967-1971). A lifelong advocate for diversity and equal opportunity, he pioneered the recruitment of men and women of color for senior roles in the district and was a leader in the fight for equal rights throughout his long career as an educator and community leader. He returned to academia as Director of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Eastern Michigan University, advancing to the Deanship in the College of Education. During 11 years in that role, he led the organization to become the largest producer of teachers in the nation. He was married for over 50 years to the former Marcine (Marcy) Percy. Together they became active community servants, continuing to focus on education, equal opportunity and advancing international understanding. Their retirement years were devoted to world travel and volunteerism. Scott was a long time member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, was a trusted adviser to his successors in the public schools and served on several community and university advisory groups. In 2016 The W. Scott Westerman Jr. Pre-school and Family Center at the Ann Arbor Public Schools was dedicated in his name. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Joanne (Feely) and Ellen (Brashares), his wife Marcy and an infant daughter, Sandra. He is survived by his son, W. Scott Westerman, III (Colleen), his daughter, Judith K. Silver (Ed), four grandchildren, Shelby (Casey Ratchford), Brandon Westerman (Stephanie), Tom Silver and Jennie Silver and two great grandchildren, Hudson and Juliette Westerman.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Westerman Minority College of Education Endowed Scholarship for Eastern Michigan University (https://www.emich.edu/foundation/give/?fund=00663).
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 29 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor with a reception to follow in the Social Hall. Parking is free at the Forest Street Structure. Please visit the W. Scott Westerman,Jr. website to leave condolences at www.muehligannarbor.com
- Memorial Service Sunday, April 29, 2018
W. Scott Westerman Jr.
April 30, 2018
Both Scott and Marcy were at Ohio Wesleyan with my mom. I just recently found out that Marcy was from Lima OH and she and my mom were in high school together though my mom, who was a year ahead of Marcy, did her senior year in Toledo.
I remember when we first moved to Ann Arbor in 1961 and lived on E Park Pl that the Westerman's lived down the block on Granger. I went to a prekindergarten summer program at the University School that the Westerman's had told my mom about. Interesting how everyone ended up in Ann Arbor.
April 24, 2018
Mr. Westerman was my MSP teacher at University .High School 1954. He was the kindest most soft spoken man I have ever admired. He attended several of our class reunions and always remembered our names. He was one heck of an educator and friend. Judith Anderson McNitt
April 24, 2018
I first met Scott in the 1970s while we were both at Eastern Michigan U. In that same period I also met his wife, Marcy. They were one of the most humane and caring couples I came to know. In the years that followed I occasionaly ran into Scott, and it was always a pleasure to talk with him. The death of such a humane, good man leaves our world a little poorer.
April 23, 2018
My memory? That Scott was one of the nicest people of his time.
April 22, 2018
Scott had a nearly perfect record as an educational leader. I am his only blemish. Scott hired me as a teacher & coach at Ann Arbor High School in 1962. I also was a colleague at Eastern Michigan University years later. I sincerely believe that Scott Westerman was universally admired and respected by all who knew him . You could disagree with him and still maintain a cordial and mutually respectful relationship. He was a jewel--a true community treasure. I am blessed to have known and worked with him. Rest in Peace, Scott.
April 21, 2018
I will be forever grateful to Scott for the extremely gracious and professional way that he handled the transition from him being the Dean of the College of Education at EMU to me assuming that role. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that lasted the rest of his life. I remain deeply appreciative of the wise counsel that he provided to me in my early months and years in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area and at EMU. He was a true gentleman in every respect, with always a kind word. He did much for the Ann Arbor schools and for Eastern Michigan University, for which he will always be remembered, respected, and deeply appreciated. To all the Westerman family, I extend my deepest sympathy.
April 20, 2018
What a pleasure to work with Scott on a number of educational projects, including aLeague of Women voters program on charter schools.
Ever the professional, Scott was the most gracious, positive, and focused educator.
I feel privileged to have known him.
April 18, 2018
Truly a lovely man whom I had an opportunity to know over a 68 year period. He was splendid to work with during my two years as a principal, but even more remarkable to be with personally to share and enjoy fascinating life stories. How blessed are all of us who had him as a friend and had occasion to enjoy Marcie and the children.