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Book Review: ‘Open Door’ lets readers see into GRCC’s past


By Brittany Miller – Collegiate Staff

Lockwood signs copies of ‘Open Door’ at Spectrum Theater last fall. Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman.

Grand Rapids Community College students, alumni and staff can take a walk through history as Walter Lockwood presents “Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1912-2014.” Readers won’t flip through a history book that leaves them uninterested. Instead they will be able to turn pages and open memories from the day this college was created all the way to the present, showing how far this community has come.

“Open Door” (179 pages, $40) celebrates GRCC’s 100-year history, highlighting the humble beginnings that founder Jesse Davis created, the goal of attainable and affordable education has remained the same after all these years. The book includes photographs that illustrate how the college community has evolved over time.

As the campus aged and times changed, Davis’ vision for this school remained the same and the presidents that followed him have, to this day, kept that vision intact, providing education and opportunities for all those who attend GRCC. Lockwood documents how the Grand Rapids community grew from 1914 and how it’s still growing, and how students are still contributing to the vision campus leaders have held for the college.

“Open Door” is not only highlighting the campus history and accomplishments, but also giving credit to those who made GRCC a good option for current and future students. Presidents who have expanded the curriculum, increased opportunities for students and the community prepared a foundation that still stands to this day. Lockwood pays respect to past presidents such as Gould Andrews, and Patricia Pullman to the current president of GRCC, Steven Ender.

This book is more than a vague description of our school history, it contains all that GRCC represents from the gradual increase of students in the beginning to the highly noted expansions we can see now inside campus and out. This is a good read for history junkies attending GRCC, or those who want to know more about GRCC’s beginnings. I suggest taking a moment to sit down with “Open Door” and giving your mind the chance to reflect on the growth before us. Walter Lockwood created something very special, giving us insight, perspective and vivid scenes as we can now picture what life was like in the halls of GRCC all that time ago in 1914.


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