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Alfred G. Shrosbree

March 4, 1928 March 3, 2020
Alfred G. Shrosbree
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Obituary for Alfred G. Shrosbree

Alfred “Al” Gordon Shrosbree passed away on March 3, 2020, one day before his 92nd birthday. He was born on March 4, 1928 in Watervliet, Michigan to Alfred C. Shrosbree and Helen (DeLong) Shrosbree. He graduated from Watervliet High School, earned a BA in History & Political Science at Western Michigan University, a Masters in Education from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Education from Harvard University.

During that time, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Alice Reed in 1952. They had two sons, William “Bill” (Jane) and Robert “Bob” (Sue) and 6 granddaughters Kate, Sarah (Tyler), Emily, Lisa, Beth and Kelly. Bill predeceased Al in 2004.

Al was active in his church, most recently at Northbrook Presbyterian Church and for many years before that at Southfield United Presbyterian Church. Over the years he was a member of the church choir, served on the Session, participated in various men’s groups, and had other leadership positions.

Al was a lifelong Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He had more than 40 years of perfect attendance. He attended meetings all over the nation and world and enjoyed meeting Rotarians everywhere.

Al began his career teaching in Vicksburg under the man who ultimately became his father-in-law and mentor. He went on to become a principal in Roslyn, NY. He then served as Superintendent of several Michigan school districts including Gull Lake, Riverview and Oak Park. He completed his career as an administrator in the Oakland County School District.

Al and Mary Alice were married for 68 years. They went to graduate school at the University of Michigan together where they became life long Wolverine fans. They worked, raised their family and then travelled the world together. They were blessed with a wonderful circle of friends.

Al was extremely grateful to share his life with Mary Alice. He was very proud of his sons, their families and their accomplishments. In spite of living with Parkinson’s Disease for 30+ years, he maintained a positive attitude. He truly had a wonderful life.

Al is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Alice, son, Bob (Sue) Shrosbree, and daughter-in-law, Jane Shrosbree as well as his grandchildren, Kate, Sarah (Tyler), Emily, Lisa, Beth, and Kelly. Al is also survived by his brother-in-law Ed Helbling and nephew Andy Helbling. Mr. Shrosbree is preceded in death by his son, Bill Shrosbree, and sisters, Alice Shrosbree, JoAnne Casillas, and Carol (Ed) Helbling.

A Memorial Service will be held at Northbrook Presbyterian Church, 22055 W 14 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, Saturday, March 7th at 11am. Friends may visit at church, Friday, March 6th, 6-8pm and Saturday beginning at 10am. Immediately following the service a luncheon will be held at the church in Al’s memory.

Memorials appreciated to the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60693.

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