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Name:  Victor ‘Bud’ Hughes Taylor

Born:   February 6, 1923

Died:   April 8, 2019 (96)

SMC Member: July 13,  2008 (8)

City of Grosse Pointe resident Victor “Bud” Hughes Taylor, 96, died Monday, April 8, 2019. He was a former resident of Bloomfield Hills and Metamora.

Born Feb. 16, 1923, in Detroit, to Florence and Harry W. Taylor, Bud grew up in Bloomfield Hills and graduated from Cranbrook School in 1942. He attended University of Virginia until enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a naval aviator. He flew transport missions throughout the South Pacific and Australia.

After returning to Michigan, he was an early collaborator with the Sea Ray Boat Co. He went on to apply the use of fiberglass in producing commercial building products ranging from drinking fountains to park benches and planters used in the then-booming shopping mall industry. Bud was one of the pioneers in the field of recycling industrial waste materials, founding businesses that manufactured and sold recycling systems for the paper, wood and plastics industries.

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SMC Luncheon Speaker: Richard Rogers of the College for Creative Studies

On April 9th, Richard Rogers, the President of The College for Creative Studies for nearly 25 years, spoke to us about the history and mission of the College. The College for Creative Studies was founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. Its original purpose was to encourage good and beautiful work as applied to useful service. It still pursues that purpose but as one of the nation’s leading art and design colleges. CCS is fully accredited and enrolls more than 1,400 students. It focuses on arts education, offering both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

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Join us on May 22 for an Underground Railroad Tour at Second Baptist Church

Take a ride on the train that traveled without tracks. Sit in the Croghan Street Station and hear the stories of runaways who, escaping slavery, rested in secret at Second Baptist Church before crossing the Detroit River into Canada and “Freedom.”

​Tours of the church are conducted by members of the Detroit Underground Railroad Historical Society (DUHRS). Their mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate Church history through lectures, tours and educational programming.​

The history of Second Baptist touches on three centuries of service to the community and is equally, if not more, important than our participation to the Underground Railroad. Detroit Underground Historical Railroad Society offers three types of tours designed to fit the various time constraints of our visitors. 

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Breakfast with Senator Peters

JOIN US!  Friday, April 26th

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Name:  John B. ‘Jack’ Renick

Born:   November 9,  1930

Died:   April 6, 2019 (88)

SMC Member: October 12,  2004 (18)

John “Jack” Renick, 88, died Saturday, April 6th, 2019. Jack was preceded in death by his father, John Marion Renick, Mother, Elnora Brown Renick and Grandson, Stephen Renick Durand. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy (Masi) Renick, daughters; Ellen (Peter) Durand and Elizabeth (Troy) Bracher, Grandsons; Robert J. Durand, Jack R. Bracher, Christian C. Bracher and George B. Bracher.

John Brown Renick was born in Elkhart, Indiana in 1930. His family moved to Detroit where he graduated from Southeastern High School in 1948. Jack earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1953 from Wayne State University. From 1953 -1955, Jack served in the United States Navy. Jack returned to Wayne State and earned a Master’s Degree in History in 2003.

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Name:  Richard  K. Gross

Born:   February 16,  1927

Died:   April 3, 2019 (92)

SMC Member: September 10,  1996 (22)

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elza; his children Karin, David (Lynn), and Neal; and his grandchildren, Matthew, Lauren and Kenneth. Richard was a WWIIVeteran, and retired from DTE Energy after 43 years of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Old Newsboy Goodfellow’s Fund are appreciated. Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 10 am at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms. Share a memory at