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Kent J. Sheets
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In memory of
Kent J. Sheets
Sheets, Kent J 8/18/1954 - 3/16/2020 Ann Arbor Kent Jeffrey Sheets , 65, died March 16, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan from complications following coronary surgery. He was born to Donald and Helen (Bitzer) Sheets on August 18, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana. A loyal Hoosier, Kent graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, then attended Purdue University where he earned a B.A. and an M.S.Ed. degree in Instructional Research and Development. After serving as an instructor and director of Telecommunications Services at Sienna Heights College in Adrian, Michigan, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Systems Development at Michigan State University. He then spent his career studying and developing systems for the optimum education of physicians. In 1982, Kent joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine where he rose to the rank of professor and Director of Educational Development. He was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of many of the department's educational programs for medical students, residents, and faculty. He also directed the Family Medicine Faculty Development Institute, a program for family medicine faculty and senior residents from Michigan and northwest Ohio. His work in family medicine, including extensive involvement in professional organizations as a leader and popular speaker, prolific publications, and consulting work for over 20 U.S. medical schools, was recognized by the University of Michigan Medical School with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education, by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Excellence in Education Award, and in being named an inaugural member of the University of Michigan Medical School League of Educational Excellence, among other honors. His intellectual enthusiasm for medical education was equaled by his personal commitment to his students, many of whom regarded him as a mentor and friend. As Kent's colleague, Carol R. Bradford , executive dean for academic affairs said, "Dr. Sheets will be missed in countless ways. We remember his smile, his hearty laugh, and the direct ways he pushed colleagues to keep doing their job, and reminding us that at some point, baseball season will begin." His love for research and teaching was matched by his love for sports of all kinds, especially for his beloved Boilermakers. He studied the Civil War extensively, with particular interest in the Battle of Gettysburg, frequently attending seminars and private tutorials on specific aspects of the battleground and battles. Kent is survived by his brothers David (Christine) Sheets of Cicero, Indiana and John (Jessica) Sheets of Indianapolis, as well as nephews Andy (Amanda) Sheets of Noblesville, Indiana and Brian Sheets of Chicago, and a great nephew and niece. He was predeceased by his parents and an older sister, Carolyn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent J. Sheets, Ph.D. Family Medicine Education Endowment Fund. U-M Department of Family Medicine, Attn: KJSheets Fund, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later time. ###
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In memory of
Kent J. Sheets
Sheets, Kent J 8/18/1954 - 3/16/2020 Ann Arbor Kent Jeffrey Sheets , 65, died March 16, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan from complications following coronary surgery. He was born to Donald and Helen (Bitzer) Sheets on August 18, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana. A loyal Hoosier, Kent graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, then attended Purdue University where he earned a B.A. and an M.S.Ed. degree in Instructional Research and Development. After serving as an instructor and director of Telecommunications Services at Sienna Heights College in Adrian, Michigan, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Systems Development at Michigan State University. He then spent his career studying and developing systems for the optimum education of physicians. In 1982, Kent joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine where he rose to the rank of professor and Director of Educational Development. He was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of many of the department's educational programs for medical students, residents, and faculty. He also directed the Family Medicine Faculty Development Institute, a program for family medicine faculty and senior residents from Michigan and northwest Ohio. His work in family medicine, including extensive involvement in professional organizations as a leader and popular speaker, prolific publications, and consulting work for over 20 U.S. medical schools, was recognized by the University of Michigan Medical School with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education, by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Excellence in Education Award, and in being named an inaugural member of the University of Michigan Medical School League of Educational Excellence, among other honors. His intellectual enthusiasm for medical education was equaled by his personal commitment to his students, many of whom regarded him as a mentor and friend. As Kent's colleague, Carol R. Bradford , executive dean for academic affairs said, "Dr. Sheets will be missed in countless ways. We remember his smile, his hearty laugh, and the direct ways he pushed colleagues to keep doing their job, and reminding us that at some point, baseball season will begin." His love for research and teaching was matched by his love for sports of all kinds, especially for his beloved Boilermakers. He studied the Civil War extensively, with particular interest in the Battle of Gettysburg, frequently attending seminars and private tutorials on specific aspects of the battleground and battles. Kent is survived by his brothers David (Christine) Sheets of Cicero, Indiana and John (Jessica) Sheets of Indianapolis, as well as nephews Andy (Amanda) Sheets of Noblesville, Indiana and Brian Sheets of Chicago, and a great nephew and niece. He was predeceased by his parents and an older sister, Carolyn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent J. Sheets, Ph.D. Family Medicine Education Endowment Fund. U-M Department of Family Medicine, Attn: KJSheets Fund, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later time. ###
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