Ryan McDonald Memorial Fund introduces
Lt. Thomas Graham was born in Peck Michigan on December 26, 1927. Lt. Graham served in the Michigan State Police for 23 years and was commander of the Houghton Lake Post for four years before his untimely death of cancer. "He was a young and vigorous commanding officer who was strong in public relations and popular with his men. He had a loyalty for the troopers who served under him, a protective quality that came to the surface when criticism was directed at his personnel." He had several assignments, including New Buffalo, Blissfield ( where he was cited for meritorious service), White Pigeon, Traverse City, and Detroit before coming to Post 75. "Lietenant Graham exemplified the high standardsof the service o which he was dedicated, and the ideals of citizenship treasured by Americans."
The Lieutenant had two wishes, one that people take care of their health, and the second that they find peace an happiness brought them by Christianity.
In his honor, the state troopers of Post 75 started two baseball diamonds on land adjacent to the Post. The diamonds were named Graham Field. After the death of Ryan McDonald, an avid baseball player, his father began working with Graham Field, to turn it into the Graham/McDonald Sports Complex.
Quotes are from the obituary published in the Houghton Lake Resorter.
|Officer Graham in 1952||Officer Graham, again.|
|Lieutenant Graham in 1973||Graham Field is dedicated June 1, 1974.|
Lenore Hauch, Lori Betts, Greg Betts, Lyssa Kiley
|Lenore (Graham) Hauch threw the ball at the first dedication.||The Graham daugters and grandchildren at the second dedication.|
|Greg Betts throws the ball at the second dedication.||The State Police and Graham's family at the second dedication.|