LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Fred Mathews:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Dr. Fred Mathews. Fred was a leader for all of Southwest Michigan and was a voice for good government for as long as I knew him.
“He was a visionary leader in his founding effort to bring higher education to all Southwest Michigan residents regardless of their socio-economic status. In his capacity as a founder of Southwest Michigan College, Dr. Mathews changed countless lives for the better. He will truly be missed.”