The University Record, September 18, 2000

Secretary dies in bus accident

From News and Information Services,
and Health System Public Relations

Janis M. Marchyok, a secretary in the Medical Genetics Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical School, was struck by a campus bus and killed on Sept. 11.

Heavy rains lowered visibility and played a part in the accident, according to Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Michael Logghe. The Ann Arbor Police continue to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed against the student bus driver, who has been employed by Transportation Services since 1998.

Marchyok held a master’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in education, with majors in history and speech, from Central Michigan University. She began her career at the U-M in 1997, working with Stephen Gruber, assistant professor of internal medicine, and genetic counselor Wendy Uhlman in a unique program for U-M patients facing genetic diseases or risks.

“Jan was an extraordinary colleague and friend who we will all miss dearly,” Gruber said. “Her devotion to our patients was exceptional, and her warmth, humor and energy made it a privilege to work with her. Her commitment and service to the University had deep roots, and her interests in the arts and sciences kept her well connected with the University community.”

“Her coworkers and I are all shocked and grieving at this great loss,” added David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and genetics. “We feel for her family, especially her three children, at this terrible time. We know Jan will also be missed by the many patients she helped.”

Marchyok’s passion was theater, and she devoted countless hours of service to community theaters in Howell and Washtenaw County, where she directed productions, worked on lighting and set design, and volunteered on the board of directors. Her favorite play was Kiss Me, Kate. She had been active in a movement to establish the Howell Opera House, was active in the Livingston County Historical Society and in the Howell Historic Preservation Commission.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of a valued member of our U-M family,” said Provost Nancy Cantor, “and our hearts go out to all involved. We are providing counseling and support for Janis Marchyok’s family, for the bus driver, and for other members of our community who are in need of assistance.”

Students who feel they are in need of support can contact Counseling and Psychological Services, (734) 764-8312. Faculty and staff can contact counselors in the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at (734) 936-8660.

Marchyok is survived by three children, Michael, 12, Patrick, 17, and Katharine, 22; and by her parents, Delores and Richard Foster of Lansing.

Donations in her memory may be directed to the Department of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Room 2221, Moore Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48019-2085.