Former MCC President Bedore dies at age 93


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:01 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012

GREENVILLE — Dr. Clifford Bedore, 93, of Greenville, who served as the second president of Montcalm Community College from 1971 to 1978, died Friday morning at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

According to The Daily News archives, Bedore was appointed as college president on a one-year interim basis on Aug. 1, 1971, after the resignation of founding president Dr. Donald Fink, but went on to serve as president for more than seven years until he retired in June 1978.

He was the college’s founding business manager when the college opened in August 1965.

Bedore was a graduate of Northern Michigan University. He was a science teacher and athletic coach for 16 years in West Branch. He also served as superintendent of schools in Sault Ste. Marie Township for three years. He then went on to complete his doctoral work at Michigan State University and received his Doctor of Education Degree in June 1968.

He is survived by his wife Ruth. They were married 71 years, have lived in Greenville for 48 years and had five children.

A full obituary is expected to be published in The Daily News next week.

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