Thomas A. Dutch

April 24, 1925December 6, 2012
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Passed away on December 6, 2012 at the age of 87 years old. Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years Nathalie Dutch and 10 children, D’Arcy, Alex, Mary, Martha, Emily, Tad, John, Daniel, Dave and Paul; 17 grandchildren and 1 brother, Frances Dutch of Monongahela, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John and George. Tom was born on April 24, 1925 in Elizabeth, PA, the 4th son of Mary and Alec Dutch. A first generation American, he, and his 3 brothers all served the Nation in WWII, with Tom serving in the Navy and participating in the Philippine and Okinawa Campaigns. Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, he used the GI Bill to attend and graduate from California, PA with a degree in education. He moved to East Lansing in 1950 and attended Michigan State University earning a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel. During this time period he was introduced to his wife Nathalie by Father Jerome MacEachin at the Catholic Newman Center. They were married on August 31, 1952. This began a lifelong involvement in MSU activities and the Catholic Community in East Lansing. Tom’s first full-time position at MSU was the first Director of Student Employment. In 1953 he became the Director of Housing in the Placement Office. He spent the 1960’s and early 1970’s in close contact with students as the Manager of Case Hall and then Brody Complex. In 1974 he became the Housing and Food Service Personnel Administrator. He held this position until retirement in 2002, concluding 52 years of service at the University. While at MSU, Tom partnered with the Western Golf Association (WGA) to bring the Evans Scholars Program to MSU. He served as the faculty advisor for the MSU Evans Scholars Program from its inception in 1954 until his retirement. His impact will last for generations and was recognized by the creation of the WGA Thomas A. Dutch Scholarship Fund for MSU Evans Scholars. Tom ran Guest Services for MSU Athletics starting in 1954 and continued after his retirement. In 2002 he was awarded the Jack Breslin Life Achievement Award by MSU. In 2004 he received the MSU Alumni Service Award. He was also a long time member on the board of the MSU Federal Credit Union. An active Member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Tom served in numerous volunteer capacities within the parish. He was active in the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan, MSU Women’s Sports Booster Club, the University Club and the Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board, the United Way and the Lansing Prostrate Cancer Group. Tom was a loyal husband, devoted father, loving grandfather, an avid gardener and passionate MSU Spartan. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing with Rev. Mark Inglot officiating. Military honors will follow the mass. The family will receive friends at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing, Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, Tom requested that donations be made in his name to the “ Evans Scholars Foundation” for the Thomas A. Dutch Scholarship Fund, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029, which provides a perpetual gift of a full tuition and housing scholarship to the MSU Evans Scholars Chapter; or to St. Thomas Aquinas Church. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Rosary Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Don Shuster

January 2, 2013

Dear Mrs. Dutch and ten sons and daughters:
Mr. Dutch was a treasure of a man. He never had a bad word to say and was always positive and encouraging to us Evans Scholars. It is quite amazing that a man with 10 children would find time to advise a group of ruffians like us.
Mr. Dutch helped me personally in many ways. When he noticed that I was short of cash, he got me into ushering MSU hockey matches and basketball games and I benefitted immensely.
During my first year as a scholar, Mr. Dutch got me involved in a student leadership workshop and that may have been connected to his position as Director of Housing at that time. I recall his generosity when he invited me and Charlie Brown home for Thanksgiving dinner when the family had a home
on Grand River.
As an MSU Evans Scholar 1958-1962, I have only wonderful memories of Tom Dutch as a most special and wonderful man. Thank you for sharing him with us.
I am sure he will rest in God's Grace.

Â¥ours sincerely,
Don Shuster, Professor, University of Guam

Paul Rompf

December 18, 2012

Dear Nathalie and family. My sincere condolences on the passing of Tom. I have such fond memories of Tom, you and the children dating back to the 1960's, St Thomas Aquinas, and Michigan State University. He was a warm and endearing individual with an ever radiant smile. He will be truly missed.

Janis McGlone, MSU Evans Scholar 1981

December 12, 2012

To The Dutch Family -
Thank you for sharing Mr. Dutch with all of us, his adopted Evans Scholar family. He was a positive force as the first female caddies moved into the Louis Street House. I will never forget his kind, contagious smile and words of encouragement.

Richard Klaft

December 11, 2012

"Hero, Family Man, Leader" Mr. Tom Dutch did what all great Americans aspire to do...leave a legacy. Mr. Dutch shaped many lives and reformed mine. As a Spartan and an Evans Scholar, my deepest condolences to the Dutch Family." Richard A. Klaft (MSU 95')


December 11, 2012

How fortunate for me that I knew Tom from when I was very young to adulthood - what a wonderful, happy friend!

Robert Stehlin

December 11, 2012

To the entire Dutch family, i write my sincere and deepest sympathies & condolences on the passing of Mr Thomas A. Dutch, whom I have always respected as a colleague, but more importantly A TRUE FRIEND. Nancy and the entire Dutch Family will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. I remain as always A TRUE FRIEND and A GREAT SPARTAN! "SPARTAN" BOB

Gregg Rydahl

December 11, 2012

My condolences, What a Great man Mr. Dutch was. Working Football games with him and his infectious smile.

Jack Faber

December 11, 2012

To the Dutch Family, We are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Dutchs' passing.
He is one of the greatest men I have ever met in my life. Thank you to Mrs. Dutch and children for the years that you allowed this "gem" to be with us at
the MSU chapter of the Evans Scholars. One man can change the world. I
know the Lord is very happy and will say to him- Good job my worthy servant.
Jack Faber MSU-1976

December 11, 2012

I am thinking of you, Nathalie, and praying for you and for Tom. Tom is up in heaven now having a big time with Vic! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Agnes Henley

Rick Hillman

December 11, 2012

I can still picture Mr. Dutch whistling and walking briskly down Burcham Drive on his way to work in the morning and then back home again in the evening. He really enjoyed the simple pleasures of life in East Lansing. I pray that we can all learn to follow his example. Rick Hillman