Friends We Will Miss

Faculty/ Staff

Elizabeth "Liz" Anne FoleyLiz Foley, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2019 in Brighton, MI due to complications following a long battle with COPD. She was 78. Ms. Foley was born on February 25, 1941 in Detroit, MI to her parents, Delwin and Flora (Melanson) Foley. In 1973, she moved to Sault Sainte Marie, MI, where she worked as a professor of criminal justice at Lake Superior State University. She was loved by her students and took great pride in the relationships that she built with them over the years. Liz served her community, and country, with joy. She served as a member of the Governor-appointed Correctional Officers Training Council. Liz was proud of her service to the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the American Red Cross. When not working at the university, or serving her community, she enjoyed teaching boater safety certification classes. The joy she brought, and knowledge she shared with others, is immeasurable. Ms. Foley was a patient and supportive teacher with a passion for criminal justice. The family will have a private celebration of her life. Memorial contributions can be made to your local Humane Society.

Charles NairnCharles Edward Nairn, of Sault Ste. Marie passed away October 31 at the age of 93 at Freighterview Assisted Living. Charles was the former head librarian at Lake Superior State University and was a lay minister for various locations. He enjoyed writing, painting and winter sports.


Larry L. Cooper ’71, Sault Ste. Marie, passed away November 3 at the age of 79. Larry was in the Marine Corps right out of high school, where he served active duty as embassy guard in the Philippines. After that he served as a policeman for two years. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree in social studies and a masters in guidance and counseling. He loved being in the outdoors and taking frequent boat trips to Isle Royal while spending lots of time with his family.

James M. Sabatine ’62, Cedarville, passed away October 28 at the age of 76. During his career James worked for IBM as a manager/consultant/trouble shooter in Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Minnesota, where he retired. James loved to travel during the winter to Texas and neighboring states. He was a member of various things. James also enjoyed riding his Harley, watching NASCAR, trap shooting, and spending time with his family and friends.

Derek A. Teskey ’99, Winsdor, passed away June 14 at the age of 48. Derek graduated from Lake State with a degree in environmental science. He loved the outdoors and was very passionate about the environment.

Christopher M. “Wally” Wolcott ‘05, Bay City, died August 8 at the age of 55. Chris taught middle school in Florida and Arizona and coached football and other sports. He also taught driver education, worked as a computer technician and tutored students. Besides working in education, he drove semi-tractor trailer and worked as an insurance adjustor. He enjoyed his cabin in the Upper Peninsula where he lived for several years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.