Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators

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John Breaugh (MI '94) passed away on April 24, 2024, at the age of 88. At the time of his Milken Award, John was principal at Marvin E. Beekman Center in Lansing. He was personally selected by the school's namesake as the school's founding principal in 1968 and went on to serve 28 years as administrator. John also spent five years as a national consultant for The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, being the first educator in the nation to serve in that capacity. In 1988 he was named one of Lansing’s “88 Greats” by The Lansing State Journal. In addition to receiving the Milken Award in 1994, he was honored with the Ralph Morley Award and received an award from Rotary International to study abroad and serve as an ambassador of goodwill. 

After his retirement, John volunteered in several golf tournaments and pursued his lifelong hobby of painting. When living in Sun City Center, he was exposed to plein air painting, which he continued to enjoy in his later years, often completing oil paintings from his many travels. He continued his love of travel with his wife, Vicki, as they traveled to Great Britain, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Antarctica, Polynesia, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East, and South America. In all, he traveled to all of the United States, all seven continents and some seventy-five countries.