Mervin D. Zook, former associate director of college relations and director of communications dies at 84

Mervin Zook
Mervin Zook

Mervin D. Zook ’59 former associate director of college relations and director of communications, died Aug. 29, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was 84.

A 1959 graduate of Goshen College, Zook earned graduate degrees from Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. He began his career at Goshen College 1964 in the college relations office before moving into the role of director of communications, where he worked until 1978. He also spent part of his career at Mennonite Mutual Aid (now Everence) and retired from the Elkhart County data processing department.

In his retirement years, he was an active volunteer at College Mennonite Church and Greencroft. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to neighbors needing computer assistance. He was a learning enthusiast and took classes on a wide range of academic topics throughout his life. He strived to practice a healthy lifestyle, which included being an avid bicyclist.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Joan (King) ’57; parents ​​Ellrose D. and Frances (Loucks) Zook; and twin brother, Merlin W. Zook ’59. He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia J. Zook ’84; Susan D. (Kevin Gross ’83) Zook; and Wendy A. Zook.