Jerry Adrianson ’51

Jerry died on April 7, 2015, at his home in Sanford, Florida. A proud member of the Kalamazoo College community, his “I Bleed Orange and Black” bumper sticker was no doubt mystifying to his Florida neighbors. The Battle Creek, Michigan, native earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science. Shortly thereafter he married his high school sweetheart, Joanne French, a knot that would remain tied for 63 years. In 1958 they moved their young family to what was then the barely settled frontier of southwest Florida. There he worked for many years as a superintendent in the construction industry. In later years, after relocating to the Orlando area, he worked in guest relations at Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center. Jerry and Joanne were avid travelers who took dozens of cruises to many parts of the world. They remained in close touch with several of their friends from college and high school days, and they enjoyed attending several Kalamazoo College reunions. In addition to his wife, Joanne, he leaves behind daughter Sue Skambis, of Orlando; son Doug Adrianson, of Ojai, California; sister Marilyn Simmons, of Grand Rapids; brother Tom, of Naperville, Illinois; and an assortment of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.