OBITUARY

Paul & Judy Strong

Paul Sheldon Strong, age 74, passed away January 5, 2019 at Wellbridge of Fenton, Michigan. He was born February 9th, 1944 in Flint, Michigan. Paul was married to Judith Louise Purdy for 52 years. She preceded him in death. He leaves behind many family members and friends.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, the son of Frank and Lillian Strong, he was a lifelong resident of Clinton Township. After graduating from Flint Central High School in 1962, he attended Flint Junior College and the University of Michigan - Flint, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor's of science degree. He met Judith while attending Flint Junior College. Upon graduating from college they were married at Community Presbyterian Church. He continued his education at Wayne State University graduating with a master’s degree in science. After graduating, he was a professor at Macomb community college. He served as a physics and astronomy professor for over forty years. Paul had a passion for studying and photographing eclipses. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife. A memorial visitation for Paul will be held Friday, January 11th at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035, from 2-6pm with a 4pm memory share. In lieu of flowers, the family of Paul Strong is asking you consider a donation to any of the following charities in her memory:

1. Feline Friends, P.O. Box 1568, Warren, MI 48090 2. American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 3. To make a gift in memory of Judy Strong, a contribution may be made to “The Paul Strong Macomb Scholarship Fund” by giving online at www.macomb.edu/give Please be sure to state the scholarship name on the second line, in the "Other" box. 4. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 5. Or the charity of your choice.

Judith Louise Strong, age 74, passed away December 28, 2018 in Clinton Township, Michigan. She was born November 4, 1944 in Flint, Michigan. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Paul (Sheldon) Strong; and many close friends.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Melvin and Edith Purdy, she was a lifelong resident of Clinton Township. After graduating from Flint Central High School in 1962, she attended Flint Junior College and the University of Michigan - Flint, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She met her husband, Paul Strong, while attending Flint Junior College. Upon graduating from college they were married at Community Presbyterian Church. She continued her education at Wayne State University graduating with a master’s degree political science. After graduating, she worked at Wayne State University in the grants and contracts unit. Judith had a passion for politics and supporting her community. She served many leadership roles for the Clinton Township Democratic Club. She was a longtime member of Macomb County Democratic Committee, supported local soup kitchens, museums and cat adoption agency.

A memorial visitation for Judy will be held Friday, January 11th at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035, from 2-6pm with a 4pm memory share. In lieu of flowers, the family of Judy Strong is asking you consider a donation to any of the following charities in her memory:

1. Feline Friends, P.O. Box 1568, Warren, MI 48090 2. American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 3. To make a gift in memory of Judy Strong, a contribution may be made to “The Paul Strong Macomb Scholarship Fund” by giving online at www.macomb.edu/give Please be sure to state the scholarship name on the second line, in the "Other" box. 4. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 5. Or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Memory Sharing Friday, January 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Paul & Judy Strong

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Ken DeBeaussaert

January 12, 2019

A wonderful celebration of Paul and Judy yesterday. I thought some might not have seen this CSPAN clip of Judy’s role in the 2000 Electoral College.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4772027/judy-strong-electoral-college



Jonathan Kade

January 10, 2019

Judy was a leader of the W.A.S. herself, serving as our First Vice President from 1972-1973 and from 1979-1980. She was an accomplished eclipse observer, traveling the world with Paul, Dave and Glenna Harrington, and other W.A.S. members in pursuit of totality (and interesting experiences).

There's an amusing anecdote involving Judy in the February 1978 WASP, demonstrating some of the tribulations of being an eclipse fanatic: "Although we were ready for action, the clouds were not, and played games with us for a while. Moments before the eclipse, four-letter words were flying (as attested by MCCC students who listened to Judy Strong’s obscenities to the clouds over her husband’s tape recorder). But suddenly, as larger chunks of the sun were being eaten away by the moon’s shadow, darkness crept upon us and the glorious “diamond ring” appeared - heralding TOTALITY!"

Jonathan Kade

January 10, 2019

My understanding is that Paul and Judy joined the W.A.S. sometime in the 1960s. In our 25th anniversary retrospective from 1986, the late Frank McCullough wrote that Paul was one of our first major speakers during his presidency in 1970, at a time when attendance at W.A.S. meetings dropped as low as 8. Paul invited the club to move its meetings to Macomb Community College in 1971, and we accepted. Frank credited moving to a larger, open institution from the restricted, hard-to-find room at Lincoln High School with giving the W.A.S. a new lease on life. Paul's support wasn't limited to giving us a meeting space - Frank wrote, "Paul has always been great in promoting our club during and after his classes. He would walk the length of the campus just to get us a projector or help us run off [the WASP] (an expensive project)."

Paul continued sponsoring our presence at Macomb Community College's South Campus for decades. We moved away briefly in the mid-1970s, but moved back in 1977, and have been meeting there ever since. In 2004, Paul and Bill Koren even measured the speed of light live during a W.A.S. meeting! Paul was our primary sponsor at Macomb until 2011, when we moved to the MCC South Campus Library. In March 2015, we established the Paul Strong Scholarship at Macomb Community College in his honor. We annually award $500 to deserving students nominated by Physics and Science instructors.

Pamela Neubacher

January 9, 2019

This has been a very sad week for us, as we have lost our dear friend, Judy, who also happens to be our neighbor too.

Not a day goes by that we don’t think about you. We miss your daily text messages and seeing you come and go. You always took the time to ask about our families, other neighbors and what’s going on at work. Even though you had your hands full with a lot of things, you always made it a point to ask about us.

As we enter into this new year, we reflect and remember the good times we shared, like our holiday parties and summer soirées. And spending time together beautifying our yards and discussing which flowers to plant every year.

We will miss our talks about travel and discussing the results of yesterday’s games, especially University of MIchigan football and the good ole Lions.

You were passionate about politics and devoted your life to improving the Democratic process. You cared about making our county and city a better place.

We will miss your fiesty personality, especially when it came to things you believed in.

We will miss the loving person whose love for animals and mankind shined brightly in her personality.

It’s only been a week, Judy, but we miss you so much. We will treasure your friendship always and your spirit will live on inside of us.

Much love our friend. Until we meet again!

Cathy and Pam Neubacher

FROM THE FAMILY