H17-1946. Ver Meulen, John W. (1903-1990). Papers, 1935-1937, 1983. 1 folder.


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John Weston Ver Meulen (also seen as VerMeulen) was born in 1903 in Fremont, Michigan. He resided in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then Chester, Wisconsin, before attending and graduating from Hope College with the class of 1924. He served as a missionary to mainland China and Tung Wen Institute in Amoy, China, starting in 1924. Ver Meulen married Geneva Swietoniowski in 1929 and resided with her in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1935, and became a lawyer in Wisconsin in 1937. He passed away in November 1990 in Racine, Wisconsin. The collection includes biographical information, a University of Michigan Bachelor of Laws diploma, 1935, and a Certificate of Admission to the Bar, Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin, 1937. The collection also includes a Hitchcock made wooden Hope College black chair, presented to John W. Ver Meulen on October 14, 1983, by President Gordon Van Wylen for his service to Hope College as a board of trustee member and consistent fund raiser for the college. (Oversized-V)


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