Jon Elwood Baisch

December 19, 1927July 9, 2012

Jon E. Baisch, PhD. Mason, MI Born December 19, 1927 in Battle Creek, the son of Russel and Florence Baisch, passed away at the age of 84. Jon served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. After returning from the war he obtained his PhD and retired as Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University, teaching theater for more than 27 years. He was very passionate about the theater, working professionally as a director and an actor for many years, as well as founding the Coventry Players in Mason in 1972. Jon previously had worked in Chicago and New York in television and radio. Jon was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Mason for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jon is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis; son, Lawrence R. Baisch; daughter-in-law, Alicia; granddaughter, Ainsley Marinne; and his sister Donna E (Jack) Ossewaarde of Chattanooga, TN. The family will hold a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash St., Mason. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jon may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church of Mason or to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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Thomas Harvey

February 9, 2013

Mr. Baisch was gentle man as well as a gentleman. Always beautifully dressed, every hair always in place. He looked like a movie star. I especially remember his laugh. Dr. Baisch is one of the reasons I earned my B.A. in English from St. Peter's College. I wanted to have as much passion about English Literature and drama as he had. God bless him, Amen.

Sue Grossman

February 8, 2013

Among other positions held by Jon Baisch was his full-time work as an English teacher at Jersey Academy in Jersey City, NJ during my four years there in the early 1960s (and probably a few years afterwards, as well). In January 1964 he produced and directed an off-Broadway play, "Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?," a spoof of Victorian melodramas which some of us students went to see around opening night. Jon Baisch was a well-liked teacher and helped us appreciate the great literature of the past. I recall the tears in his eyes when he read Blake's "Little Black Boy" to us in class. During those years our tiny school staged productions of Chekhov's "A Marriage Proposal," "The Male Animal," and "You Can't Take It With You," which he must have directed. I was surprised to learn, however, of his doctorate, since the only teacher known to have one at the time was Leo Bocage in history. Perhaps Mr. Baisch was working toward it during his time at JA? In any case, he will be fondly remembered by a host of students whose lives he touched. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

Lisa Hodge Kander

August 30, 2012

The rehearsal process for Professor Baisch's production of Electra was one of the most profound theatrical experiences I've had.

Jerry Post

August 7, 2012

I was glad I had the opportunity to know him, spend time with him and learn from him.

Georgia Hallenbeck Griffin

August 3, 2012

Nearly 30 years ago I had Dr. Baisch as a theatre professor. I always found him to be kind and good-humored--useful qualities when you're dealing with the tender egos of young performers! My experiences in his classes and as an actor under his direction are remembered fondly. He left his indelible mark on me, as I am sure he did on so many others. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the theatre community at large.

Suzanne McKenzie Hewitt

August 1, 2012

I join the many others in celebrating the life of Mr. Baisch. His light shined brightly!

Peace be with you.

Justin Banks

July 28, 2012

I remember Jon very well during my time as a theatre student at MSU. I agree he was very passionate about the theatre; the Coventry Players being one of his legacies. My condolences to the Baisch family.

Diane (LaMothe) Simmons

July 27, 2012

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. God Bless You and keep you in His embrace.

Mark and Cindy Whipple

July 22, 2012

Our heart goes out to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy LaRue

July 16, 2012

I remember Jon fondly as one of the patients I treated. He was such a warm, genuinely caring man, very smart and very accomplished. The world will miss his wit,his humor, his warmth. My condolences to his family.