The family of Ion Agheana of Holland,
Michigan who died on Wednesday, Dec. 27,
2017. He was 80.
He was a member of the Department of
Modern and Classical Languages from 1979
until retiring as professor emeritus of Romance
languages in 2014. He taught primarily Spanish
but also French, Italian, Portuguese and
Romanian. He joined the faculty as an associate
professor and was promoted to professor in 1986,
and chaired the Department of Modern and
Classical Languages from 1984 to 1987.
The graduating senior class named him the
recipient of the “Hope Outstanding Professor
Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award in 1983, the first
year of his eligibility. In 2009, he was invited
by the college’s chapter of the Mortar Board
honorary society to speak through the chapter’s
“Last Lecture Series” featuring members of
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pat
Agheana; daughter, Deborah Agheana; and
grandson, Ian (Heather) Pierce.