Alice McIntosh Williston
Alice McIntosh Williston died April 22, 2018. A native Detroiter, Alice was born to Lloyd and Gladys Bailey Williston on May 26, 1930. As a very young child, she survived whooping cough, scarlet fever, and pneumonia. Once in school, however, her gifts as a student revealed glimpses of the skillful teacher she would one day become.
Alice was a nearly lifetime Detroiter. Although she enjoyed traveling to far places, she loved coming home. As a young child she had lived in Highland Park within walking distance of the old Westminster Church of Detroit. There, she attended Sunday School, began singing in the choir at eight years old, and first tried out camp for two weeks in 1941. She preferred city activities, however, to camp and did not return until post-World War II; then, as a college student at Michigan State Normal, she became Mrs. Povlitz’s helper in Papoose Lodge. The summer of 1951 at camp she met and fell in love with Don McIntosh, camp truck driver and returned WWII disabled veteran. They married in 1952. Professionally Alice and Don were teachers: Don, in industrial arts, and Alice in grades K thru middle school. They had two sons, Gordon (1957) and John (1962).
Alice co-authored The Touch of Influence along with Nona Williston Taylor, Elise Bates Russell, and Suzanne Getz Bates. She was particularly adept at researching various items related to the history of the camp and contacting former campers and staff in order to obtain accurate material for the writing of the book.