By Max De Leeuw – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College recently lost a member of it’s English department. Roland Gani, 80, died on December 21, 2014.
“He’s been missed by many,” said English department head Janice Balyeat. “The students who have had him in his multi-cultural literature class, his composition students, his colleagues in the English department, the maintenance man who spoke of their daily conversations. Roland loved teaching, especially literature. We miss him.”
Since first coming to GRCC as an adjunct professor in 1988, Gani taught a number of literature and composition courses. He began teaching with a temporary contract in 1992 and switched to a full time position in 1994.
“I was very fond of Professor Gani,” said GRCC Provost Laurie Chesley. “I would describe Professor Gani as a gentleman and a scholar. He loved his work, he loved his subject, and he loved his students. And I don’t think he would have ever retired from GRCC. That is how much he loved coming here everyday. He will be greatly missed. He was a fine man.”
GRCC President Steven Ender also gave his thoughts on Gani. “Roland befriended me early in my tenure here…He was a very wonderful gentleman who loved the classroom. He loved to teach…he was a very nice gentleman.”
Gani is survived by his wife Carol, and his children Paul, Mary, and Peter.
This semester, Gani’s classes are being filled by adjunct faculty.