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EUGENE ELIJAH HADDAN

Friday, July 16, 2004

Eugene E. Haddan, 86, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died on Sunday, July 4, 2004, at the V.A. Medical Center in Battle Creek.

He was born on March 31, 1918, in Greencastle, to William A. and Mary Haddan, grew up in Brazil and graduated from Brazil High School in 1935.

He joined the Army in 1937, and served in Indiana and Texas in the 11th Infantry, both as a radio operator and as a trumpeter in the Infantry Band. During WWII, he was a radio operator on commercial cargo aircraft, often on trans-Atlantic flights supporting allied forces. After the war, he worked at radio station KRLD in Dallas, Texas.

While working, he obtained his bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate in education (1966) from North Texas State University.

He married the former Lynn Chess Lewis, of Ann Arbor, on Aug. 27, 1965. From 1965 to 1988, he taught Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University.

He wrote a number of books in the field of education, and co-authored "Systematic Application of Psychology to Education" with his lifelong friend, Dr. Finley Carpenter of the University of Michigan. He also worked for a time with behaviorist B.F. Skinner.

He enjoyed biking, hiking, sailing and camping; joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary; loved to communicate worldwide in Morse code on his Ham radio; and delighted friends and family with his musical talents on the trumpet, harmonica, and banjo.

He was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, and his volunteer activities included helping out in the church's weekly program to feed the homeless, the Friends in Deed social work program to help displaced families, and programs to assist international students.

He is survived by his wife; his sons, William C. and Michael, both of California; his stepson, David Lewis, of New York City, now living in Albania; his stepdaughter Kimberly Lewis Pratt and husband Joseph, of Radnor, Penn.; his two devoted grandsons, Douglas and Paul Pratt; and his sister, Rosemary Hudson, and husband Donald of Brazil.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Louis and John; his brother, Donald; and his sister, Wanda Lucas.

A memorial service will be held on July 31 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Autumn Days Dementia Unit, V.A. Medical Center, Battle Creek, Mich., which has a wonderful staff that cared compassionately for him. These should be sent to the attention of Craig K. Kempf, 103 East Mansion Street, Marshall, MI 49068.