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The Encore Years: Ed and Fran Benz

This is an inspiring article on Ed & Fran Benz that is in the March 2, 2018 issue of the Grosse Pointe News.  Their lives reflect a dedication to serve others as well as each other. Ed & ran are role models and we are proud Ed is a member of SMCGP.

Life continues to be an adventure for City of Grosse Pointe residents Ed and Fran Benz.


The two met on the SS South American, a Great Lakes steamer. He was a busboy and bellhop while he worked his way through school, then after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned and served as a bartender.

“Every year a nurse would do medical records and draw blood,” Ed Benz said. “That was (Fran).”

They met in the dining room and argued about Ayn Rand, Fran Benz said. It was the start of a long-lasting and eventful relationship.

After they married, they applied to the Peace Corps and were ready to head to North Bornea, “but that was the week we found out I was pregnant with Brian,” Fran Benz said, so they were unable to go. “Three years later we found out about Extension Lay Volunteers, which is like the Catholic Peace Corps. We spent a year (in Rowena, Texas).” Read more

SMC Memorial

Denne Osgood was born on April 7, 1942 (75)  and had been a member of the SMCGP  since March 11, 2008 (9). He died on December 26, 2017.

SMC Memorial

Name:    Thomas Harrison Mercier

Born:     October 23, 1928 (89)

Tom was the loving husband of Ann Cahalan Mercier for 63 years. He is survived by his children Tom (Eleanor), Julie (David Mikesell), Mary Robinson, Denise and Sheila O’Neill (Pat). He leaves behind his siblings Ann, Peter, Peggy, Craig and Michael. He was predeceased by siblings Mary, Suzie and Larry. 

Memorial Service was  held at St. Paul’s on the Lake on Sat. January 20, 2018.

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Detroit International Marathon Relay

Tom Coles, 86, has been a member (now emeritus) of the SMCGP since 1998. He has done 13 marathons (last at 80) and 2 halfs (last at 85) to raise research funds for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Two sons and two grandsons joined him in doing the Detroit International Marathon Relay on October 15

His Team finished 339th of 540 relay teams, completing the 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 51 minutes.


The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been around for 30 years. Its original acronym was NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). The name was changed five years ago. They still award NARSAD Research Grants. For its 30 years it has been a unique charity because 2-3 family foundations have paid 100% of its overhead costs so that 100% of money donated for research, goes to research.

In the photo, left, we are L to R (legs 1 to 5), Peter Coles (Grosse Pointe South HS ’76), Logan Coles (son of Michael Coles, GPSHS ’85), Brian Coles (GPSHS ’81), Chris Nemes 2(son of Kath-leen Coles, GPSHS ’77), and Tom Coles, M.D. The photo was taken by Dennis Coles (GPSHS  ’81).

SMCGP scored a 97 – 83 win over Birmingham

Tuesday, June 20th – the SMCGP won the match against Birmingham. This ups the overall record to 3 to 1 versus the westsiders.

20170620_134927Pictured are (from left to right): Front row – Ray Chown, Marty McMillan; Back row –  Ron Vitale, Jim Regan, Bob Vogler, Plum Brook waitress, & Chris Walsh

SMCGP honors Grosse Pointe North and South honor students


From left to right: South Principal, Moussa Hamka; Superintendent, Dr. Gary Niehaus and North Principal, Kate Murray, on right.


Grosse Pointe North honor students standing with Kate Murray, Principal.


Grosse Pointe South honor students standing with Moussa Hamka, Principal.

New Lunch Menu Receives Round of Applause

The new lunch menu at a $15. rate was inaugurated at the March 14, 2017 meeting and received approval based on the applause generated after President Bob Murphy asked from the podium what the members thought of the new luncheon offering.                fresh-food

The buffet included salad, pasta, vegetables, meats, and dessert. To help facilitate movement through the buffet line, tables were called and there were 2 serving lines. The biggest improvement will be the variety of meals offered compared to the 3 – ¼ sandwiches previously offered at every meeting for a lot of years.

Syracuse Policy Brief on aging Dr. Lichtenberg

This publication is based on the Syracuse Seminar Syracuse_Policy_Briefon Aging, which is a yearly lecture sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center located at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  The mission of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is to improve the health-care delivery to older adults through enhancing geriatric education of health and allied health professionals.  This seminar is an effort to promote geriatric education in the Syracuse area.

This Research Brief series is a collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging and related research done by or on behalf of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI) at Syracuse University.  Prior to 2014, this series was published as part of the Syracuse University Center for Policy Research (CPR) Policy Brief Series.

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