The past couple of weeks have seen the passing of several notable Spartans. Milton Muelder who first began working at Michigan State in 1935 as an instructor in history and political science died on May 6, 2010 at the age of 101. Muelder
rose through the ranks at Michigan State to hold several administrative positions. He became an associate professor in1947 and two years late became chairman of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Other positions held by Muelder included Dean of the School of Science and Arts, 1952-1959; Vice President for Research Development, 1959-1975; Dean of the Graduate School, 1959-1973; and Acting Dean of International Programs, 1968-1969. After his retirement in 1976, Muelder maintained a close connection to MSU, donating over $1 million to numerous programs and departments. Throughout his retirement, Muelder was a constant presence at Michigan State functions and events.
Wendell Westcott, longtime carillonneur at Beaumont Tower, passed away on April 30, 2010 at the age of 99. Westcott played the carillon from 1941 until 1987. He also was a professor of piano at the College of Music. Westcott’s other contributions to campus include founding the Spartan Bell Ringers. The Bell Ringers were students who played hand-held bells. The group existed from 1954 until 1966. Westcott was a
perfectionist and demanded the best from his group. The Bell Ringers received rave reviews for their performances and their professionalism was constantly noted. On occasion, when a student was ill or the group was short one performer, Westcott himself, would fill in. Westcott continued to play music regularly until he lost his hearing at the age of 97.
Both men will be missed greatly by the University community. If you have stories of these men or other Spartans, please share them with the University Archives.