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Vander Ark, Gertrude (1907-1994) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Vander Ark, Gertrude (1907-1994)


Historical Note:

Gertrude Vander Ark was born in Manhattan, Montana on August 24, 1907. She first attended Montana State Teacher's college for a year and then went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1940. She furthered her education at the University of Michigan, earning a master's and Ed.S. degrees. Vander Ark went on to teach at a number of Christian schools before accepting a faculty position at Calvin College in 1959.  She began as a part-time assistant in the education department. Only a year later she was working as a full-time instructor and eventually becoming an assistant professor of Education. By 1964 she was appointed supervisor of the elementary student teaching program. Vander Ark also found time to serve on five college committees. In August of 1974 Vander Ark retired.

Vander Ark was involved on various associations and councils outside of Calvin as well. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Administrative Council, Midwest Christian Teachers Association, and the Grand Rapids Educators Club to name just a few. She was an active member of Fuller Avenue CRC, where she taught Sunday school and served as a leader of various girl groups. She actively participated in church choirs as well. She directed the choirs of Immanuel CRC and East Paris CRC.

Gertrude Vander Ark passed away on January 1, 1994.






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