In memory of
Paul W. Batty
In memory of
Paul W. Batty
Batty, Paul W. Ypsilanti, Michigan Age 79, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at home with his wife of sixty years, Carol, by his side. Mr. Batty taught English, public speaking and debate at Ottawa (IL) High School and at Illinois State University in the 60s. He then taught graduate courses in communication education and directed the teaching of public speaking and interpersonal communication by graduate teaching assistants at Indiana University Bloomington, in the 70s. From 1976 he served as a community college administrator at Parkland College, Champaign, IL, and Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI. He retired in 1999 as Vice President for Academic Education at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI. From 2001 to 2005 he was education coordinator for the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies. Throughout his career Mr. Batty was active in state and national professional organizations, holding offices in local arts and humanities councils, the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, the Central Illinois Arts Consortium, and the Association for Communication Administration for which he was national president in 1984-5. More recently he was active on the board of his condo owners association, and he served as board president of the Arts and Disability organization, VSA Michigan. Paul Wesley Batty was born May 19, 1938 in Pontiac, IL, to Walter G. Batty, a Methodist minister, and Ruth Hull Batty, a public school teacher. As a high school student in East Moline, IL, he met and dated Carol Ann Franklin. After two years attending separate colleges (she at Illinois State Normal University and he at DePauw University) they married on August 25, 1957, worked in the Quad-Cities for two years, and attended Illinois State University together, graduating in 1960 and 1961. Mr. Batty subsequently earned an MA in Speech and Theatre from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, and a PhD in Speech and Communication from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. In the 21st century as retirees, Paul and Carol volunteered in Michigan for Food Gatherers and the American Red Cross blood services. For the National Forest Service they spent many weeks as volunteer cemetery restorers in Vermont and a few months as historic site caretakers in Arizona. They volunteered for the National Park Service ten weeks a year for fifteen years as guides and visitor center staff at Kingsley Plantation in Florida and Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Georgia. As a result of their work at Fort Pulaski, they became winter residents of Tybee Island, GA. They enjoyed national and world-wide travel, often with friends and family. Some of those travels included volunteer service for the Sierra Club in Maine, North Carolina, Virginia and California; and for Earthwatch in Greece and Poland. In 2007 they celebrated 50 years of marriage with a whole family trip to Greece, and they recognized their 60th anniversary with the family at Lake Barkley, KY, for the total solar eclipse in August, 2017. Paul is survived by his wife Carol; their four children, Jill (Daryl Stutes) Batty, Joel (Colleen) Batty, Paula (Robert) Westdorp and Philip (Julie) Batty; ten grandchildren, Paula VanLaningham, Adam Batty, Alex VanLaningham, Cole Batty, Jane Puckett (Kaleb) Brown, Jill Puckett, Michael Franklin, Mark Franklin, Ellen Batty and Emily Batty; one sister Carol Batty Sackett; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no memorial service. Please sign his guest book at www.starkfuneral.com .
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101 SOUTH WASHINGTON ST
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
In memory of
Paul W. Batty
Batty, Paul W. Ypsilanti, Michigan Age 79, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at home with his wife of sixty years, Carol, by his side. Mr. Batty taught English, public speaking and debate at Ottawa (IL) High School and at Illinois State University in the 60s. He then taught graduate courses in communication education and directed the teaching of public speaking and interpersonal communication by graduate teaching assistants at Indiana University Bloomington, in the 70s. From 1976 he served as a community college administrator at Parkland College, Champaign, IL, and Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI. He retired in 1999 as Vice President for Academic Education at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI. From 2001 to 2005 he was education coordinator for the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies. Throughout his career Mr. Batty was active in state and national professional organizations, holding offices in local arts and humanities councils, the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, the Central Illinois Arts Consortium, and the Association for Communication Administration for which he was national president in 1984-5. More recently he was active on the board of his condo owners association, and he served as board president of the Arts and Disability organization, VSA Michigan. Paul Wesley Batty was born May 19, 1938 in Pontiac, IL, to Walter G. Batty, a Methodist minister, and Ruth Hull Batty, a public school teacher. As a high school student in East Moline, IL, he met and dated Carol Ann Franklin. After two years attending separate colleges (she at Illinois State Normal University and he at DePauw University) they married on August 25, 1957, worked in the Quad-Cities for two years, and attended Illinois State University together, graduating in 1960 and 1961. Mr. Batty subsequently earned an MA in Speech and Theatre from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, and a PhD in Speech and Communication from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. In the 21st century as retirees, Paul and Carol volunteered in Michigan for Food Gatherers and the American Red Cross blood services. For the National Forest Service they spent many weeks as volunteer cemetery restorers in Vermont and a few months as historic site caretakers in Arizona. They volunteered for the National Park Service ten weeks a year for fifteen years as guides and visitor center staff at Kingsley Plantation in Florida and Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Georgia. As a result of their work at Fort Pulaski, they became winter residents of Tybee Island, GA. They enjoyed national and world-wide travel, often with friends and family. Some of those travels included volunteer service for the Sierra Club in Maine, North Carolina, Virginia and California; and for Earthwatch in Greece and Poland. In 2007 they celebrated 50 years of marriage with a whole family trip to Greece, and they recognized their 60th anniversary with the family at Lake Barkley, KY, for the total solar eclipse in August, 2017. Paul is survived by his wife Carol; their four children, Jill (Daryl Stutes) Batty, Joel (Colleen) Batty, Paula (Robert) Westdorp and Philip (Julie) Batty; ten grandchildren, Paula VanLaningham, Adam Batty, Alex VanLaningham, Cole Batty, Jane Puckett (Kaleb) Brown, Jill Puckett, Michael Franklin, Mark Franklin, Ellen Batty and Emily Batty; one sister Carol Batty Sackett; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no memorial service. Please sign his guest book at www.starkfuneral.com .
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