Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 5, 2014

Al Darlington

GLEN ARBOR — Al Darlington, 90, of Glen Arbor, passed away at his home that he loved on Glen Lake on Dec. 27, 2013.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Ellen Darlington, who passed away in 2009.

He was born in Lansing on July 7, 1923, to H.T. Darlington and Beulah Darlington. He was the third of four children.

He attended East Lansing High School, Michigan State University and Baldwin Wallace College.

He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a part of the V-12 program.

He taught chemistry at Kettering (formerly General Motors Institute) for 40 years (1956-1996). He had a passion for teaching and loved to see his students succeed.

He also had a passion for music, especially big band music, Dixieland and ragtime piano. He played the trumpet and standup bass. He and his wife, Ellen, had a dance band that played professionally in the Flint area for over 30 years.

As a boy Mr. Darlington spent many summers at Glen Lake in Michigan with his family. He later retired to the Glen Lake area.

He is survived by a brother and sister, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Frank and Bobbie Ditzler, of Northport, for their care provided to Mr. Darlington in the last few years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek. Pastor William Bolin will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Sunday, Jan. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Donations in memory of Professor Al Darlington can be made by visiting and selecting Darlington Endowed Scholarship Fund or made by check payable to Kettering University Advancement, attention to Starr Cornell, 1700 University Avenue, Flint, MI 48504.

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