Former EWC President Everett Kleinjans Passes Away


The East-West Center community has been saddened to learn that former EWC President Everett “Ets” Kleinjans passed away on April 30 at a care home in Michigan.

A linguist who taught in China and Japan before joining the Center in 1967 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Kleinjans then became EWC’s Chancellor from 1968 to 1974. After helping to guide the Center through independent incorporation, he became its first President in 1975, serving until 1980. Subsequently, he taught at Hawai’i Pacific University and worked for a number of years in Cambodia before returning to his home town of Holland, Michigan.

“Ets was absolutely devoted to the mission of the Center, and he especially loved interacting with the students, visiting scholars, and staff,” recalls present-day EWC President Charles E. Morrison. “He presided over a very significant time in the Center’s history when it was separately incorporated and established a structure of problem-oriented institutes, and I know many in the EWC community will always remember him with great fondness.”

An oral history interview with Kleinjans about his life experiences and time at EWC is available here.

A memorial celebration will be held on July 7, 2012, from 11:00 to 2:00 at 1898 Blue Isle Ct, Holland, MI49424. The family has requested that donations may be made to Resthaven (, Hospice of Holland (, or the Alzheimer's Association (