H88-0037. De Young, Robert N. Papers, 1965-2015. 0.25 linear ft.


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Robert N. De Young graduated from Hope College in 1956. He earned a master’s degree in counseling from Western Michigan University in 1959 and completed post-graduate work in student personnel at Michigan State University. He served as director of guidance, athletic director, head football coach, and assistant basketball coach at Whitehall High School, and admissions staff person at both Michigan State University and Grand Valley State College. He returned to Hope in 1965, when he was appointed associate director of Admissions. In 1966, he was appointed acting Dean of Men. The following year he was appointed Dean of Students. In 1974, he was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs and Interim Director of Development. That title was later changed to Vice President for Advancement. De Young served on many local and national boards as well, receiving awards for his fundraising talent. Upon his retirement, a long-running golf outing was renamed in his honor and around the nation he is regarded as “Mr. Hope College.” The collection includes biographical information and an oral history with Robert De Young by John Jobson, concerning his career as Hope College Dean of Students.


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