B. Miller Siegel, MBA ’39, died May 6 at the age of 98. A very proud Michigan alumnus, he met his wife of more than 72 years on a blind date in Ann Arbor. Three of their four children, along with many of their extended family, followed in their Wolverine footsteps. Miller honorably served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II before returning home to Grand Rapids, Mich., to take his place as a third-generation family member at Siegel Jewelers. In addition, he contributed to the community by serving on the boards of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Valley State University Foundation, and Temple Emanuel. Miller’s beloved wife, Leslie, predeceased him by only five months. He is survived by their four children and spouses: Lynne Lurie (Norman), Kate Bandos (Doug), Jim Siegel (Sheryl), and Joel Siegel (Arlene), along with 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one more on the way. On June 26, 2015, Miller Joseph Siegel was born, and will proudly carry his great-grandfather’s name.
Gerald B. Fischer, MBA ’68, died April 7 after a three-year journey with lung cancer. After completing his studies at U-M, he held various roles in finance at the Ford Motor Company and later transitioned to the banking sector. Ultimately, Jerry was able to pursue his true calling in philanthropy and education by serving as president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation. He also generously lent his time on the boards of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Surmodics Corporation, the Carlson Family Foundation, Association of Governing Boards, and Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis). In addition to his beloved wife, Catherine (Long) Fischer, Jerry is survived by his children, David (Jacqueline Paige) and Erika Fischer Floreska (Roger); four grandchildren; siblings, Kenneth (Penelope), Norman (Jeanne), and Martha (Bill Lutes); and a large extended family.
Sueann Marie Wickstrom, MBA ’11, died March 22, in her home in Chicago, at the age of 31. Following her undergraduate studies, a passion for business led her to Michigan Ross, where she earned her degree while working at multiple local organizations. After graduation, Sueann moved to Chicago, serving as business operations lead for global design and innovation consultancy IDEO, and most recently as COO of transportation logistics startup FourKites. In her vibrant personal life, she was a Young Professionals Ambassador for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and active with The Art Institute of Chicago, the Ross Alumni Club of Chicago (co-president), and the Kettering University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Sueann is predeceased by her grandmother, Patsy Rose (DeLude) Johnson; and survived by her parents, Collin and Ramona; her grandparents, Leo and Verna Wickstrom and Clifton and Phyllis Johnson; and a large circle of family and friends.