January 2009

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1950's

Dennis Kring ’52 wrote, "Thanks to Dr. Barber and the 'K' physics program, I'm on the Internet, shown during my days as a rocket scientist working for NASA. The photo, taken in 1966, shows me hard hat and clipboard setting up an ambient test of the Nerva LH2 Nuclear Rocket Engine. You can find the photo on page 28 at this link."
Marjorie Burgstahler-Stone ’54 makes her living as a sculptor. "I continue to work in the studio and show my sculpture three or four times a year," she wrote. "My family continues to grow. I am very fortunate to have a studio on beautiful Tomales Bay."
Karen (Atkinson) Ceske ’59 retired from teaching nursing in 2002 and is enjoying travel and auditing college history courses.

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1960's

Regan Smith ’60 played the part of George Aaronow in a production of David Mamet's play, Glengarry Glen Ross. The play ran two nights in October at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Ill.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’63 Alumni who returned for their 45th reunion
Row 1 (L to R) Tom Lambert '63, Donna (Reed) Lambert '64, Sharon Henry-Warren '63, Enrique Falls '63, Barry Knister'63, Elaine (Goff) Hutchcroft '63, Karen (Glomp) Bekofske '63, Carl Bekofske '64.
Row 2 (L to R) Kay (Seaman) Lewis '65, Gail (Olin) Rodwan '63, David Larson '61, Susan (Schroeder) Larson '63, Carol Turner, Bonnie (Bradford) Ramseyer '63, Pat Lamb, Dennis Lamb '63, Jean Chin.
Row 3 (L to R) Turner Lewis '63, Marilou Doll, Bruce Doll '63, Barbara Baker Walsh '63, Virginia (Hess) Black '63, Dick Ramseyer, Steve Hurlock '63, Virginia Hurlock, Jane Stanton, Jan Bellingham, Don Schneider '63.
Row 4 (L to R) Kurt Letzring '63, Steve Turner '63, Gordon Rodwan '62, Carl Christensen '63, Grace Lipman '64, Steve Lipman '63, Loren Campbell '63, David Bellingham '63, Lawson Letzring '63.
Steve Hurlock ’63 returned from Greenland in August, his third trip there in three years. "After retiring from Boeing's Laser and Electro-Optics Systems organization in 2001, I began a 'second career' at UCLA's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department as a researcher in atmospheric chemistry," Steve wrote. "I am working in the area of atmospheric spectroscopy. Since joining the UCLA group I have developed two instruments and participated in field measurements in several locations, including the Greenland Environmental Observatory. Our research has focused on reactive halogen species in the troposphere. Reactive halogens play a critical role in the formation of stratospheric ozone hole, but their importance in tropospheric atmospheric chemistry is a more recent discovery. I am attaching several links:" Getting to Greenland, Summit Station, Our Research Project I, Our Research Project II, and Summit Camp researchers' blogs. Email steveh@atmos.ucla.edu
Barry Knister ’63 was an associate professor in the English department at Lawrence Technological University for 40 years. His teaching focused on undergraduate writing and literature courses. "With fond memories of Walter Waring's brilliant Shakespeare lectures at 'K,' I have taught Shakespeare courses almost annually. Each time I felt privileged to be getting paid for such 'work.' I also developed 'Concepts of Human Nature,' a course in which students examine the competing perceptions of what it is to be human." Knister is the author of the novel The Dating Service, a thriller published by Berkley. His latest book is Just Bill, a combination fable and realistic narrative about a rescued Labrador retriever mix.
Don Schneider ’63 and his classmates and their spouses and significant others reunited during homecoming on campus and at a party at the home of classmates Tom and Donna Lambert. "Donna and Tom and the staff of the College, including many in the Alumni Office, made us feel very welcome and important," wrote Don. The party at the Lamberts included the president of the College and her husband. Pictured are (l-r)Tom Lambert, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Donna Lambert, and Sope Oyelaran. Email schneido@csr.nih.gov
William Lynch ’65 has been included in the 2009 edition of "Best Lawyers in America," one of only 28 family law practitioners in Michigan to achieve that status. Lynch provides legal counsel and assistance to individuals seeking divorces or annulments. He also assists in negotiating prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, or litigating changes in child custody, parenting time and support. Lynch is a partner in the Bloomfield Hills firm Fryhoff & Lynch, former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a founder of the Michigan Family Court Forum.
Jim Reed ’66 wrote, "I would love to hear from those few people who might remember me from my one year at 'K' (1962-63). I'm in sunny California, working as a curator in a history museum." Email jreed@historysanjose.org
Harold Decker ’67 was awarded the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes alumni who have brought honor to their alma mater. It is presented during homecoming to a person based on his or her national or international peer recognition for excellence and achievement in a professional field. Decker is a longtime attorney with experience in private and corporate practice. He also served as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the American National Red Cross for one year following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He currently is a principal in the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield and is a leader in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
James (Jay) Harvey ’67 , a veteran journalist of the Indianapolis Star, moved from the features copy desk to his previous work as a theater, dance, jazz, and classical music critic. He's been at The Star since 1986. Prior to that he taught at the high school and community college levels and then began his journalism career with the Flint Journal.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’68 Alumni who returned for their 40th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Tom Lukomski '68, Roger Wotila '68, Jan (Brenner) Kopen '68, Carol (Cox) Gorman '68, Pam (Sawicki) Huff '68, Linda Baker Fradin '68, Yvonne (Trouteaud) Morse '68, Chris (Mertz) Dear '68, Roberta (Burt) Stephens '68, Bethann Witcher Cottrell '68, Gwen (VanDomelen) Fountain '68, Sue (Storch) Burrough '68, Dee (Crosby) Smith '68, Ellen (Tangent) Campos '68.
Row 2 (L to R) Bob Kopen '68, Morris Christlieb '68, Karen (Pozniak) Christlieb '68, Don Bouwens'68, Cheryl (McLeod) Christoff '68, Nancy (Loebe) Hessler '68, Marcia (Connolly) Wilson '68, Judy Prentice '68, Jim Fountain '68, Jack Kravitz '68, Ray Slaughter '68, Dick Yehle '68, John Collins '68, Tom Thompson '68.
Row 3 (L to R) Stephen Foust '68, Rosemary (Tucker) Decker '68, Trudi Rogier '68, Lori Lewis '68, Jean Lightfoot '68, Linda (Cleary) Anderson '68, Karen Goss '68, Bob Snyder '68, Margaret Ralston Payne '68, James Payne, Barbara Webster, Harry Garland '68, John Kriekard '68, Tom Simpson '68.
Row 4 (L to R) Bill Garrow '68, Harold Decker '67, Paul Smithson '68, Vernie Davis '68, Doug Mernitz '68, Mark Markel '68, David Garman '68, Bruce Haight '68, David Jackson '68, Joe Young '68, Barry Webster '68, Roger Brownell '68, Dennis Benson '68, Ralph Vosburgh, Jr. '68, Maris Rushevics '68.
Debra (Halperin) Biasca ’69 is an instructor (scientific writing) in the department of physics at the University of Colorado (Boulder). She's been teaching in that department since the fall of 2008.
Marcia (Pigman) Sandler ’69 has retired after more than 30 years as an educator. "I'm trying to figure out what I should be doing next," she wrote. "Kinda like when i graduated from Kalamazoo and had no clue as to what my future would hold. I've taught students from kindergarten to grad school, subjects ranging from sex ed to English lit, and somehow ended up as a dean at a high school in northern California. I would love to hear from any former 'K' 'partners in crime.' I probably still have the books you loaned me and would be glad to finally return them now that I'm downsizing my life." Email msandler@sonic.net

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1970's

Pat Huston ’70 sends the sad news that her daughter, Megan Burness Yin, died on July 10, 2008, of breast cancer. Megan was an art historian and educator and the mother of a four and a half year old daughter, Evan Yin. Her husband, Jordan Yin, teaches urban planning at Western Michigan University. Megan's father is Steve Burness '69.
James Lippincott ’70 and his wife, Val, are the new assessors for the City of Marshall, Michigan. Lippincott retired in 2002, but "[Val] got tired of my complaining and we applied," he wrote. "We are enjoying the new job. Our contract calls for us to work three days a week. I work two days, which took some getting used to. Val works one day."
Charles Hamilton ’71 is the Carpinteria (Calif.) Water District General Manager, a complicated and difficult position in a semi arid climate these days. He was featured in an article, "The Ones Who Watch the Water: the Lives of South County Water Managers," that appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent. Hamilton has a B.A. in history (Kalamazoo College, of course), and M.A. in international affairs (University of Pittsburgh), and, prior to his current position, he's worked for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Library of Congress, and the Boston (Mass.) Mayor's Office. He likes what he's doing now. The article quotes him: "As I became familiar with Water Board operations, I found that it is where I wanted to stay."
Laurie (Mileo) O'Sullivan ’71 wrote, "The O'Sullivans have moved from New Jersey to Charlotte, N.C. Please come visit us!" Email mikesyard@carolina.rr.com
Martha Byrnes ’72 wrote, "Retirement came early, and it's a gas. I'm a step-grandmother of five. I enjoy lots of time with horses and on the golf course. And I value the many hours I spend as a court-appointed special advocate."
Thomas Gieryn ’72 was named to the new position of vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at Indiana University (Bloomington). Gieryn is Rudy Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at IU. His research focuses on the cultural authority of science and on the significance of place for human behavior and social change. His book Cultural Boundaries of Science: Credibility on the Line won the Robert K. Merton Award.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’73 Alumni who returned for their 35th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Larry Banta '73, Deborah Dupont '73, Janet Katz '73, Sheri Lynn Crampton '73, Deb Rudowski, Dyan Hampton '73, Rhonda (Mitchell) Rolfes '73, Gail Raiman '73, Kathy (Smith) Phelan '73, Jim Phelan '73.
Row 2 (L to R) Maureen Meinert '73, Judy (Thompson) Gudelsky '73, Gary Gudelsky '73, Ruth Becker, Lynne (Jackson) King '73, Jean Obermiller '73, Linda Lutz '73, Connie McGuire '73, Mary Philipp '73, David W. Bisbee '73, Cathy (Alexander) Stordeur '73, Bruce Atherton '73.
Row 3 (L to R) Charmine (Messenger) Rone '73, Dale Norton '73, Jonathan Becker '73, Mike Nelson '73, Susan Aalsburg '73, Anne Skjaerlund Fege '73, David Fege '73, Steve Gevinson '73, Ron Roseman '73.
Row 4 (L to R) Ron Copeland '73, Gurudharm Khalsa '73, Bill Washburn '73, Jim King '73, Mike Frazier '73, Thomas Eden '73, Peg Maass McAllister '73, Jennifer (Armstrong) West '73, Tom Braham '73, John Reichard '73, David Hammond '73.
Scott Deacon ’73 wrote, "I've had a very fun and successful career as a manufacturing representative. From the 'K' College experience I fell in love with west Michigan and moved here in 2000, while commuting to Chicago as needed. My three daughters are scattered from Arizona to Florida, and we're looking forward to our first grandchild. My wife, Deborah, and I are anticipating early retirement, during which we plan to spend winters in Florida and summers in Michigan, golfing, boating, and traveling when we feel like it." Email sdeacon2@comcast.net
Gerald Rosen ’73 was promoted to Chief U.S. District Judge for eastern Michigan. He was appointed to the federal bench in Detroit in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. He replaces Bernard Friedman as chief judge. In that position he presides over a $25 million annual budget and some 400 employees who staff courthouses in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint, and Port Huron. The district has 21 judges and eight magistrates. Judge Rosen is pictured at left during his swearing in ceremony.
Randy Gepp ’74 is a partner practicing employment law representing management in the firm Hollowell, Foster & Gepp in Atlanta, Ga. Classmate Gary Diamond also is a partner in the firm. Gepp has been recertified as a labor and employment law specialist for the state of Florida. In 2001 he was one of the first employment lawyers designated as a specialist in Florida. He has also been selected as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year in the area of Employment Defense Litigation. Gepp continues to play golf (he won two tournaments this last year) and tennis. He also manages a high school baseball team in Atlanta.
Jamie Hogg ’74 has become a shareholder of Brouse McDowell in Akron, Ohio, where he continues to practice corporate and securities law.
Frank Jefferis ’74 has been promoted to manager of the Chicago office of RGL-Forensic Accountants and Consultants. Jefferis has been involved in the field of forensic accounting for more than 22 years and concentrates on litigation consulting engagements involving the measurement of economic damages related to lost profits and lost earnings and to insurance claims disputes. RGL is an international firm of forensic financial experts with 23 offices worldwide.
Clyde Sanadi ’74 could be called the keeper of the College's maritime history. Maritime history? "Kalamazoo College has a rich history with square-rig sailing," wrote Sanadi. He and classmates Mike Dodge and Jim Brink did their career serve quarters as sailors on the Brigantine Romance (see photo). "Much of Romance's crew over the years came from Kalamazoo College and Beloit College," he added. Her skipper, Captain Kimberly, was recently honored by the National Maritime Historical Society. Sanadi made his career in square-rig sailing. He's a principal at Brigantine Ventures in Tampa, Fla.
Chris Seashore ’74 moved teaching locations, from one side of the Charles River to the other. Chris wrote, "After 25 years in special education I am currently an 8th grade central subject teacher at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass. Shady Hill is a small school, so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered my mentor is Jen Tobin, Class of 1981! There are too few 'K' graduates in this neck of the woods, and I sure love working with one." Email gcseashore@rcn.com
Kristel Heinz-Ciullo ’76 wrote, "This past summer, my husband, parents, and I had a wonderful 16-day cruise on the Rhine, from Basel to Antwerp. River cruising offers the opportunity for much sightseeing and, for us, daily city tours. The tours were either historic or folkoric, and sometimes both. We also met recent 'K' grad, Kim Carsok '07, my mom's grandniece, who managed to find us in the cathedral plaza in Strasbourg! The stretch of the river from Ruedesheim to Cologne was familiar to me, but Bonn didn't look as familiar as I thought--or hoped?--it would. In addition to familiar sights in Amsterdam and the Black Forest, we were treated to stops in Brugge, Delft, and several other historic cities. We ventured up the Moselle for wine tasting in Cochem, and our captain had to back the ship for several kilometers before the river was wide enough to turn the Viking Sun around. My dad's cousin Helmut and his wife Liselotte met us in Cologne; I'd met them on Christmas break during my foreign study in Bonn. We enjoyed strolling the city, watching the street mimes, and, of course, visiting the Dom. Many people have asked what we liked best, and it's very hard to pick a favorite from such a memorable experience. I can say that our least favorite part of the trip was Jackson Hartsfield Airport."
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’78 Alumni who returned for their 30th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Gregg Chandler '78, Gary Stock '78, Kerry Geffert '78, Bonnie (Johnston) Forrester '78, Renee Oshinsky '78, Linda Horsley Ford '78, Carol Drost '78, Teri Brines '78, David Francis '78, Patrick Burgam '78, Si Johnson '78, Jim Clayton '78.
Row 2 (L to R) Doug Cole '78, Thad Huetteman '78, Janet VanAlsten '78, Karen (Grabijas) Gengle '78, Dosia Spaeth '78, Nancy (Nolan) Moody '78, Ann Dahmer '78, Chris Ford '78, Mike Flesher '78, Robert Cross '78, Don Pobuda '78, Patricia (Collins) Hetzler '78, Dan Thomson '78, Cathie (Kroschell) Thomson '77, Barb (Kurth) Clayton '78.
Row 3 (L to R) Dan Baker '78, Rick Kroechel '78, Michael Gengle '78, Kevin Moody '78, John Baumgartner '78, David Booth '78, Karen (Wisner) Booth '78, Debbie Gallas, Steve Gallas '78, Tom Wilkinson '78, Pat Webb '78, Lynne (Williams) Chaillat '78, Annette (Knight) Campbell '78, Marty (Talbott) Barta '78, Kathryn Boyack Houser '78.
Row 4 (L to R) Jim Fox '78, Joe Forrester '78, Bob Dion '78, Kevin Geiser '78, Rick Gianino '78, Steve Stankewicz '78, Alan Taracuk '78, Jim Johnson '78, Mary Beth Wilkinson, Kurt Roscow '78, Gary Keene '78, Gerard Weston '78, Karin (Hutchinson) Gray '78.
Linda (Horsley) Ford ’78 and her husband, Chris Ford, saw another Hornet graduate added to the family when the enjoyed the 2007 Commencement of their daughter, Caitlin.
Thomas Hubbard ’78 wrote, "The first half of my life I lived in mild abandon--always creating opportunities that might be mistaken for mistakes. The second half of my life I worked in quiet desperation as mechanic and small business owner--yet finding comfort and joy as father, husband, and friend. The third half of my life I strive to become the the change i would wish for the world. I sojourned to Seattle, Washington, in April 2008 after 26 years in the Carolinas to be very happily reunited with Ellen Welichko '77. My first gig in Seattle was mercenary street musician--working for the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. I have recently published a collection of 52 original song lyrics that spans three decades of song writing. The full text is available on the web site PeregrineDruid.com, where I have only just begun working to advance a sensible cyber-model for independent music artists." Email Thomas@PeregrineDruid.com
(Captain) Timothy Meier ’78 is a Catholic priest and chaplain who serves with the 142nd Chaplains Detachment, California Army National Guard, currently attached to the 4th Infantry Division in Baghdad. Meier received the call to serve as a chaplain in 2005 and joined the Army at the age of 50. His education is a testament to his love of the liberal arts. He earned his undergraduate degree at "K" in biology and music; a master's degree (philosophy) from Loyola University (Chicago); a bachelor's degree (immunology)and master's degrees (divinity and theology)from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology; and a doctorate (molecular neurobiology) from Stanford University. He did post-doctorate work in molecular virology at Stanford and Yale. When he isn't help soldiers or serving his duties in the Society of Jesus, he is the undergraduate research coordinator and the director of the honors program in the department of biology at Stanford.

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1980's

Bruce Maylath ’80 , professor of English at North Dakota State University, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. CPTSC promotes programs and research in technical and scientific communication, develops opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information concerning programs, and assists in the development and evaluation of new programs. Maylath helped found the Council's technical communication program in 2000 and served as its director for seven years. He also helped establish the council's Roundtable series in Europe, starting in London (2000) and continuing in Milan (2003), Limerick (2005), and Montreal (2008). Bruce and his wife, AnnMarie, invite "K" friends to visit them in all weather at 1549 9th Street South, Fargo, ND 58103 and to contact them at 701.866.2626 or bruce.maylath@ndsu.edu.
Brad Smith ’80 was featured on WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show's presidential election series. That series looked at 30 issues. Smith was featured on the topic of campaign finance. He is chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
Brad Boekeloo ’81 and his partner, Stan Drake, and Maya Jeanne (2 years old) spent a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday in Florida with family. Brad is a professor of public health at the University of Maryland in College Park. Email boekeloo@umd.edu
David Hasbrook ’82 lives in the Seattle area. He has two kids in elementary school and recommends Alfie Kohn books to all parents or others concerned about education of kids.
Eric Haupt ’82 sends his contact information: 2563 N. Lancaster Lane, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 Email eric.haupt@motorola.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’83 Alumni who returned for their 25th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Carol (Buysse) Bassett '83, Fran Bruder Melgar '83, Debra Pelto '83 and Michael Naumann-Pelto, Ed Hortelano '83, Jeff Hsi'83, Cheryl Limer Miller '83, Rebecca Labb '83, Terri (North) Giampetroni '83, Ann Wilson '83, Kathleen Ward Moore '83, Patty Spitzer, John Spitzer '83.
Row 2 (L to R) Gary Koehler '83, Larry Peterson '83, Terry (Kielpinski) Peterson '83, Dayl Stout '83, George Seifert '83, Sherri (Fagerman) Seifert '83, Jim Gilmore '83, Sherry (Christy) Gilmore '83, Claire Bryant '83, Glen Maylath '83, Dan Fowler '83.
Row 3 (L to R) John Bradley '83, Steve Hartman'83, Louise (Bowser) Schmaltz '83, Tad Schmaltz '83, Carol Ritchie '83, Mary Harrington '83, Jennifer Bing-Canar '83, Lisa Cohen '83, Val Cole '83, Suzanne Kleinsmith Saganich '83, Holly (Rarick) Witchey '83, Stefan Schunk '83, Teri (Sullivan) Shermetaro '83.
Row 4 (L to R) Dave Wood '83, Amy Courter '83, Shelley Weiler '83, Fran DuRivage'83, David Higdon '83, Josie Csete '83, Jay Roberts '83, Marty Grabijas '83, Laura (Parker) Grabijas '83, Kathryn Tanis-Greff '83, Chris Reynolds '83, Bette (Benedetto) Watkins '83, Nancy Iannelli '83, Carl Shermetaro '83, Kevin Shugars '83.
Row 5 (L to R) Stewart Denman '83, David Demko '83, Randy Forsch '83, Mark Ebell '83, Chuck Jager '83, Paul Showers '83, Chris Yates '83, Mary VanderWeele '83, Tom Dueweke '83, Mike Prebenda '83, Paul Greff '83, Charlie Langton '83, John Grevers '83, Eric Trautmann '83, Ven Johnson '83.
Jeff Curry ’83 was appointed to the Niles (Michigan) Community Schools Board last October. He is the president of Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. and very active within the community. He has been involved with the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce, Niles-Buchanan YMCA, and United Way.
Claus Fleischer ’83 wrote, "I had the pleasure to be a foreign student at Kalamazoo College during the academic year 1982-83 and I was just wondering what happened to all those wonderful people I met then. This year has been so wonderful that I find myself once in a while daydreaming of those days." You can reach Claus at fleischercls@t-online.de. Email fleischercls@t-online.de
Pamela (Harris) Kaiser ’83 wrote, "My husband and I are raising four sons in New Hampshire with a Maremma sheep dog who is our constant guard and companion. After years of serving as pro-bono CEO for Kaiser and Sons, Inc., I have become an advocate for kids who learn beyond the bell curve and have answered the historic call of my forebears by transitioning to a career in education as a counselor and consultant. Last year we bought a summer home in Traverse City, where I can be found kayaking around the islands of Long Lake. If 'K' alums seek a lakeside retreat, contact me at plhknh@comcast.net." Email plhknh@comcast.net
Gary Koehler ’83 ran the December 2008 Honolulu Marathon, his third. "The first two were the National AIDS Marathon, raising more than $12,000," he wrote. "Because the AIDS Marathon did not participating in Honolulu this year, I ran on my own to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation/Pangea Global Aids Foundation." Gary and his partner, Brad Crowell, have been happily together for 17 years "and look forward to many more adventures together. We enjoy backpacking, hiking, cooking, travel, and walks on the beach with our Samoyed, Stoli." Recent trips have included Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. Email gwkoehler@aol.com
Athena (Kalevas) Kovalcik ’84 wrote, "Our sons attend the University of Detroit Jesuit Academy and High School. Conrad is in the 8th grade, and Carter is in the 7th grade. One of their teachers is "K" graduate, Patrick Clancy '08. Email kovalcik3@comcast.net
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’88 Alumni who returned for their 20th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Jeff Mantia '88, Steven Mantia, Amy Mantia, William Mantia, Dominick Hosner, Nicola Hosner, Sharon Hosner '90 and Scarlett Hosner, Marie Przybylski '88 and Isabella Przybylski Popa, Sabrina Doerr, Renee (Schaden) Myers '87 and Allison Myers, Dawson Myers, John Myers '88, Cheryl Kubas '88, Jill (Craven) Congelio '88.
Row 2 (L to R) Kris Aretha '88, David McFarland, Kim (Sipe) McFarland '88 and Fallon McFarland, Laura Pyle '88 and Jonathan Pyle, Jack Hosner '88 and Josephine Hosner, Ann (Thomson) Kennedy '88, Beth (Blachut) Doerr '88, Alexander Doerr, Erin (O'Brien) Whaley '88, Melanie (Hamlin) Roenigk '88, Michelle Buckingham '88, Christy (Kortryk) DeGrendel '88.
Row 3 (L to R) Kirstin (Westphal) Tesner '88 and Erin Tesner, Andrew Tesner, Phil Chapin '88, Lisa (Phelps) Chapin '88, Chris Kodani Shaw '88, Jackie (Gillis) Light '88, Jeff Kennedy, Armin Doerr, Pamela Wertenberger, Mary Kimble, Lee (Dunning) Prost '88, Karen Hathaway '88, Gila Dorostkar Millar '88, Anne (Herrnstein) Morris '88.
Row 4 (L to R) Michael Tesner '88, Matt Greff '89, Rene Greff '88, Mark Romerhaus '88, Anne (Fildew) Grobel '88, Ian Grobel, Karla (Stoermer) Grossman '88, Garry Wertenberger '88, Bill Kimble '88, Joseph Haas '88, Greg Prost '88, Wendy (Miller) Kreitz '88, Paula (Armbrustmacher) Smith '88.
Dianne Dobbeck ’88 was promoted to senior vice president in the relationship management function of the Bank Supervision Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She and her husband, Dave Christensen, have two children, Cole (three and a half) and Hazel (thirteen months).
David Chadwell ’89 started a position as coordinator of single-gender initiatives for the South Carolina Department of Education in 2007. "I help public schools launch single-gender programs. I travel throughout the state training teachers and staff, educating parents, and talking to school boards."
Thomas Fraley ’89 and his wife, Gianna, announce their daughter. Zoe Thomas Fraley was born on May 12, 2007.
Nicolette (Hahn) Niman ’89 and her husband, Bill, are "pioneering the next generation of animal husbandry." That according to an article in the New York Times article, "With Goat, a Rancher Breaks Away From the Herd." When not working the ranch, Nicolette was busy writing her recently completed book, Righteous Porkchop, a work that focuses on her litigation against industrial meat companies when she was a lawyer for the Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert Kennedy Jr.'s environmental organization.
Julie (Wassum) Petrovic ’89 wrote, "My husband and I started a new children's charity to benefit children in need of food, clothes, shelter, and education. I home-school our two daughters and travel full time with my husband. I also serve on the board of the PGA Tour Wives Association. Life is busy, but good!"
Janine (Bologna) Velasco ’89 is the new assistant director for business and fiscal resources at the Bureau of Land Management. She serves as the BLM's chief financial officer and helps oversee national policy development related to acquisition, property management, strategic planning and budget, and business practices. She entered the civil service as a student intern with the Congressional Research Service;s environmental and natural resources division, after which she became a legislative fellow for New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman. Since then she has held positions with the Forest Service, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Bureau of Reclamation. She joined BLM in 2000.

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1990's

Barbara Chatametikool ’90 wrote, "I've been living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, since 2006, after 11 years in Fort Worth, Texas. Since my husband is now an assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama, I of course have to pay attention to college football (Roll Tide!). As you can see in the photo, my children--Ian (8), Kitzia (6), and Alex (4)--have a close relationship with Big Al, the mascot. Don't ask me what elephants have to do with the tide rolling. However, it turns out that we like Tuscaloosa very much. After years of being home with the kids, I have just started teaching after-school private French and Spanish lessons to elementary kids. I'm hoping to offer my services to the home-schooling market next year. You can get in touch with me at 3456 Firethorn Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 or at bunkerchat@hotmail.com. Does anyone know how to get in touch with Lori Weisgerber?" Email bunkerchat@hotmail.com
Pauline Harris ’90 and her husband, Charles Marsh, announce the birth of their third daughter. Evelyn Katina Marsh was born January 17, 2008. She is pictured with her two older sisters, Rita Rose (born September 23, 2002) and Penelope Eleanor (born May 27, 2004). They are thrilled to have a little sister. The family is doing well, having a busy life in beautiful San Francisco. Email eleni368@gmail.com
Jacqueline Freeman-Hathaway ’91 and her husband, Darren Hathaway live in Marshall, Michigan. "We have two kids (8-year-old Inali and 6-year-old Iman), two businesses, and 15 years of married life under our belts," wrote Jacqueline. She is the owner of Fireside Books; Darren is an ophthalmologist with South Michigan Ophthalmology. They would love to hear from classmates. Email jhathaway@jasnetworks.net
Maggie (Catchick) Sturvist ’91 is a teacher at Cheboygan (Michigan) High School. She wrote, "I'd be happy to work with student teachers if you ever have any looking for a position in French and who are willing to come up north for a time. We even have a room where they could stay."
Laura Bassett ’92 has joined the Detroit Office of the law firm Miller Canfield. She focuses on many areas of municipal law, including municipal and school finance, tax increment finance, economic development, brownfield redevelopment, and intergovernmental agreements.
Wanda Hartmann ’92 is an M.B.A. candidate at DePaul University. Her husband, Michael Oehrli, is an I.T. sales consultant at NetApp. Wanda plans to do a Waste to Profit internship at the Chicago Manufacturing Center this year. Email wkhartmann@gmail.com
Sonja (Gary) Hunter ’92 and her husband, Doyle Hunter, announce the birth of their first child. Amelia Katherine Hunter was born on May 25, 2008. The family lives in Lebanon, Tenn. Email sgschmidt@hotmail.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’93 Alumni who returned for their 15th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Ethan Chamberlin '93, Abigail Chamberlin, Whitney Chamberlin, Griffin Chamberlin, Gabrielle Chamberlin, Mark Ezop, Michelle (Murray) Ezop '93 and Amy Ezop, Lisa Brugman Daleiden '93 and Kjirsten Daleiden, Brad Daleiden '93 and Harry Daleiden, Jennifer DeLeeuw Lindquist '93 and Audrey Lindquist, Steve Lindquist.
Row 2 (L to R) Laura Miller-Purrenhage '93, Lori Dziurda '93, Jen Feuerstein '93, Charlie Von Eschen '93, Angela (Fuchs) Gross '93, Mary (Nicoletti) Hussey '93, Tami (Davies) Morton '93, Jennifer (Huckabee) McKeever '93, Keirya Langkamp '93, Joe McLaine, Chris Wozniak '93, Mike Visser '93, Cian Johnson.
Row 3 (L to R) Diana (Flynn) Davidson '93, John Miller-Purrenhage '93, Helen Montgomery '93, Mike DeCillis '93, Bill Romberg '91, Wendy (Stehouwer) Romberg '93, Alan Paterson '93, Carri Norton '93, Candice (Jones) Mullendore '93, Sean Mullendore '93, Karen Holtz '93, Nancy Holtz, Jennifer Hall Johnson '93.
Row 4 (L to R) Rob Davidson '93, John Lawther '93, Brad O'Neill '93, Adam Gibson-Donohoe '93, Kevin Kolodsick '93, Scott Myrand '93, Ron Butterworth, Char (Vassar) Hewitt '95, Derek "Huey" Hewitt '93, Matt Longjohn '93.
Friends Class of ’94 They've been friends since freshman fall (1990), and three years ago that friendship morphed into a beautiful answer to the question: How do I make the world a better place. Class of 1994 classmates Leah Burger, Regan Murray, and Bevin Dunn helped fund Temwani Children's Foundation, which improves the lives of Zambian children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty by enhancing their health and education. Burger and Murray serve as Co-presidents of the Foundation, Dunn is its Technology Coordinator. All three sit on the organization's board of directors. The group raises funds for existing service organizations in Zambia, organizations administered locally by Zambians and organizations with documented records of effectively helping the people in need. Current projects include teacher training, art therapy, grief counseling, braille HIV educational materials, building a new primary school, and help for a school for children with disabilities. Their biggest project is helping to build a primary school (grades 1 through 7) for orphans in Lusaka. It all began when the three friends read together the book The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs and then asked themselves if it was time for them to do something "a little bigger." (All three women are volunteers--Dunn owns a graphic design business in San Diego; Murray is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water quality researcher based in Cincinnati). Dunn had a connection to Zambia through an acquaintance of her husband. So Zambia became the focus of the trio's initial project, which was to collect holiday gifts for 90 school children who used the services of a Zambian Preschool for orphans (most of whom had lost their parents to HIV infection). When Murray and Burger along with two other women delivered the gifts (more than 800 pounds) in person, the preschool's headmistress asked if the gesture would be a one-time event or something more enduring. The women opted for the latter, and Temwani was born. Persons interested in learning how they can help may e-mail info@kondwa.org. Email info@kondwa.org
Elizabeth Ross ’94 is a program manager for Oracle. "I finally made the move from the engineering industry to IT last year," she wrote. "I'm also volunteering for the Museum of Fine Arts and serving on the board of my volleyball league."
Sonya (Olds) Som ’94 has joined Dykema's employment group in national law firm's Chicago office. Som focuses her practice on the representation of clients--individuals and businesses--on a wide variety of immigration-related matters. She has advised human resources personnel and multinational corporations on immigration matters and prepared their nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications. She received her JD from Cornell University.
Joy Campbell ’96 and her husband, Kyle Enger, announce the birth of Michaela Helene. She was born April 17, 2008. "For anyone who happened to see the article about World Languages Day in the summer issue of LuxEsto," wrote Joy, "Michaela made her debut just five days after Mom ran that conference!" Joy remains at Michigan State University and is enjoying (most days) the challenge of juggling motherhood and her work at the Center for Language Education and Research. "Motherhood wins, though. Anyone interested in an appalling number of baby photos can see Michaela and family here. Email joycamp@msu.edu
Stew Markel ’96 has held jobs as a dishwasher in Antarctica, an assistant film editor in China, and a museum technician in Seattle. He earned a Master's degree in TESOL from Seattle University in 2006 and then lived in Qingdao, China, for a year preparing students to study in English speaking countries. He is now a lecturer with Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence, where he works with international teaching assistants. Email stew@stewsnews.com
Sarna Salzman ’96 was featured in an article last October that appeared in the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle. Salzman is the executive director of SEEDS, a Traverse city nonprofit that seeks to develop socially and ecologically sustainable environments. SEEDS co-hosted the seventh annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, which featured workshops on a variety of topics--growth of food year-round, homes built from natural materials, nurturing nature in children, budget and debt reduction, cultural understanding, and other issues integrating ecology, social justice, and healthy living. The week before the conference, Kalamazoo College's Sustainability Guild had hosted Salzman on campus for two days of class visits. One result: seven students and one staff member attended the weekend conference in Traverse City.
Andrew Schleicher ’97 was presented with an award of excellence in October from the United Methodist Association of Communicators. The association honored him for his work as editor of the best local church or district newspaper within the denomination. During the association's meeting, Andrew was also elected chair of the United Methodist Committee on Certification in Christian Communications. He and his wife, Lilamani, have purchased their first home. They can now be reached at 594 Huntington Parkway, Nashville, TN 37211. Email a-schleicher@alumni.kzoo.edu
Jeff Talbert ’97 has joined the law firm Preti Flaherty in its Portland, Maine, office. His practice focuses on environmental compliance and litigation. Before joining Preti Flaherty, Talbert practiced in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The appointment was announced in Maine Business.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’98 Alumni who returned for their 10th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Charlie Welch, Bebe (Lloyd) Welch '98, Mike Bombich '98 and Nate Bombich, Sarah (Lindsay) Bombich '98, Jacqui Chevalier '98, Susie (Anderson) Dubeck '98, Amy (Baldwin) Berry '98, Kevin Bushroe and Austin Bushroe, Bruce McVey '98, John Aurelia '98, Stephanie Wooster '98.
Row 2 (L to R) Josh Welch '98 and Mattie Welch, Eric Kelly '98, Megan (Bartlett) Kelly '01, Marie Woodman '98, Erin (Ascherman) Hunt '98, Anne (Brueck) Bushroe '98 and Ryan Bushroe, Erica Houglund-Wijenayaka '98, Andrea Goethals '98, Robert Dykehouse '98, Kathy Quinney '98, Rachael (Pfennig) Franks Taylor '98 and Helly Taylor.
Row 3 (L to R) Beth Wittman '98, Jeff Grisenthwaite '98, Anne (Woodring) Grisenthwaite '98, Angela (Jousma) Breese '98, Kenneth Kasparek, Nate Anderson '98, John "JT" Taylor '98.
Row 4 (L to R) Tim Pike '98, Justin Breese '98, Elijah Newton '98, Gayle Zywicke '98, Christina (Dudek) Anderson '98, Michael Sheehy '98, Bethany (Kestner) Whitehead '98, Jackie Fessler '98, Barrie (Short) Harper '98, Matt Harper.
Mark Hannum ’98 , a high school science and math teacher at Benjamin Benneker High School in Washington, D.C., is one of 15 teachers selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to receive a 2008-2009 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. The program offers elementary and secondary science, technology, and math teachers with a demonstrated excellent in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national education or public policy arena. Hannum will serve his fellowship at the National Science Foundation in the division of graduate education in the office of graduate teaching fellowships in K-12 education.
Allison (VanDover) Martin ’98 and her husband, Bryn Martin '97, announce the birth of twin girls. Lily Abigail and Adelaide Rose were born on March 20, 2008. Email brynmartin@sbcglobal.net
Emily Maki-Rusk ’99 has joined the Dispute Resolution Group of Whirlpool Corporation's Law Department as legal counsel managing product liability lawsuits. Emily, Simon, and their two daughters live in St. Joseph, Michigan. Her work e-mail address is Emily_M_MakiRusk@Whirlpool.com. Email makirusk@ameritech.net
Celia Marsh ’99 wrote, "At the beginning of the summer I moved from the cushy downtown location of the Beacon Hill Friends House (the community house where I'd been living for four years, since my move to Boston) to a little two-bedroom apartment in Somerville. I'm still adjusting back to the realities of not living with 19 housemates, but I love Porter Square, the apartment, and getting to live with pets again (the community house had a 'no pets' policy). I even love my commute, now that I've got a new job. I've switched companies twice in the last six months: the first just a technicality when my old company was sold; the second when I found a new job with the textbook publisher Bedford/St. Martins. My W-2s are going to be a nightmare this year. I love my new company. I continue to work on the electronic side of publishing: e-books, CMS, and such. Who would have thought a history degree would get me to this future? I'm all over the Internet, but most easily contacted through tanaise@gmail.com. And I'm always glad to hear from old friends." Email tanaise@gmail.com
Meghan Ray ’99 , an employee of St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson, Maryland) is one of a 16-person team that traveled to the Karatu district of Tanzania last October to distribute 62,000 free, insecticide-treated bed nets to 21 villages and a population of 70,000 people. The nets are protective barrier against mosquitoes that carry malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. The nets will protect a larger portion of the district and provided a major economic boom since all are manufactured by a local textile mill in Tanzania. Meghan served as the mission director of the project. The initiative was funded jointly by the staff of St. Joseph and a grant from Catholic Health Initiatives.
Sarah Smathers ’99 and Brian DeHaven wed on May 26, 2008, at Duns Castle in Scotland. Sarah earned her M.P.H. at the University of Michigan and now works as a clinical research associate in infectious diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Brian is earning his Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Email sasmathers@gmail.com

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2000's

Paula Sarut ’00 presented her Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, "Thou Art That Paula Sarut," at the Slocumb Galleries of East Tennessee State University.
Mignon (O'Neal) Camara ’01 is the campus coordinator, media specialist, and librarian of the Roeper School in Birmingham, Mich. She earned an M.A. in library informational science from Wayne State University.
Joan (Andreski) Dyer ’01 and Sam Dyer were married November 3, 2007. They live in Chicago. A number of their 2001 classmates joined the festivities. Pictured are (l-r): Noah Ovshinsky, Melissa Rhode, Justin Thomas, Sam and Joan, Margie Cangelosi, Jeff Lung, and Jordan Klepper.
Jordan Klepper ’01 is an improv artist in his second season as a correspondent for Friday Night Tailgate presented by Nissan. He also performs a comedy routing in Chicago at the world famous i.O. Theatre. Good bet that one person in the audience is often his sister, Caycee Klepper '05, who teaches math and computer science for the Chicago Public Schools in Cabrini-Green through a program similar to Teach for America.
MaryJane Valade ’01 and her husband, Chris, bought a house, "so I guess it means we're staying in the Denver area for the long haul," wrote MaryJane. "It was sad to leave Washington, D.C., but the mountains were calling to us. We've been here for almost a year now and can't wait for summer backpacking season to begin." MaryJane works at the Aurora History Museum as the Curator of Exhibitions. Email mjvalade22@yahoo.com
Kirsten Brodbeck ’02 is engaged to be married to Malachi Kenney. They currently live in West Philly, where Kirsten works as a children's librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. They hope to relocate to Portland, Ore., early this year. Email crowyhead@gmail.com
Caitlin Gilmet ’02 recently moved from Minneapolis to Portland, Maine, where she serves as development director for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. She also works as a freelance writer and consultant for private colleges, sustainable agriculture policy groups, and other nonprofit organizations. Email caitlin@poetic.com
Lauren Karr ’02 recently completed her Master's degree in counseling at Oakland University with honors. She is currently employed at a residential substance abuse treatment facility in the Detroit area. "I am passionate about what I do and am grateful to help others. My studies at 'K' helped facilitate my desire to help those in need." Email lik714@gmail.com
Stacey (Nastase) Lambert ’02 was married to Chad Lambert on September 19, 2008 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. Pictured with Stacey (in the wedding gown) at the festivities are (l-r): Brooke (Nobis) Buys '02, Liza Brereton '01, Jessica Mueller '02, Susie (Anderson) Dubeck '99, Lydia (Raburn) Mathas '02, Joe Chrzanowski '02, Adam Nael '02, Teryn (Fox) Chrzanowski '02, Kelley Nyquist '02, Adrienne Beller '04, and Kim Hartman '03. Email snastase12@hotmail.com
Kirsten (Fritsch) Paulson ’02 and her husband, Daniel, are parents! "Our daughter, Nadia Simone Paulson, was born on September 15, 2008," wrote Kirsten. "We think she's pretty fabulous!" Email k.paulson@yahoo.com
Aaron Thornburg ’02 is studying for his LLM (international law) at the Instituto de Impresa in Madrid, Spain. On November 10, the Financial Times Europe published a diary-like article Thornburg wrote ("Spanish put the accent on global") about his pathway to the law program. "They cut most of what I had to say about Kalamazoo College," said Thornburg, "but did leave a little bit." Specifically, the article reads: "After a wonderful undergraduate experience at Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts school in south-west Michigan in the US, it was impressed upon me that a further education could not only open doors, it could truly enlighten. Hence, I became an aspiring cultured scholar."
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’03 Alumni who returned for their 5th reunion Row 1 (L to R) Bobby Ricketts '03 and Brady Ricketts, Anna (Ward) Martin '03, Langdon Martin '03 and Eliza Martin, Jorge Luna-Cruz '01, Sonya (Chapa) Luna '03, Meredith (Attaway) Rogers '03, Nathan Michon '03, Katie (Frank) Motyl '04, Chris Motyl '03, Joe Carl '03 and Chiara Carl, Jared Powell '03.
Row 2 (L to R) Amanda Wagner Ricketts '03, Katy Lenz '03, Alex Dodge '03, Sarah Adams '03, Laura Spaid '03, Ashley Thompson '03, Theresia Radtke '03, Jerry Perez, Gaby Peschiera-Carl '03, Anne LaTarte '03, Jessica Foley '03.
Row 3 (L to R) Lucas Caldwell-McMillan '03, Chris Hupp '03, Amber (Terry) Hupp '03, Emily Hamamdjian '03, Kelly Martin '03, Vivek Nair '03, Beth Anderson '03, Heather Haines '03, Lynnette Polcyn-Riehl '03, Liz (Huyck) Post '03, Ben Post '03, Kristin Alt '03, Jonathon Fazzola '03.
(Dr.) Whitney Goode ’03 is a dentist at Avis Goodwin Community Health Center in Dover, New Hampshire. She and classmate Dr. Matthew Anderson are planning a September 2009 wedding. they currently reside in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Mike Howe ’03 married Laura Nichols (Hope College, Class of 2003) on August 23, 2008, in Traverse City, Mich. "We met in medical school at Michigan State University and are both resident physicians at the University of Michigan," Howe wrote. A number of "K" alumni joined the wedding celebration. Pictured are (l-r): Aaron Przybysz '03, Whitney Goode '03, Matt Anderson '03, Steve Howe '05, Jillian Lankford '01, Matt Brown '03, Jessica Foley '03, Laura and Mike.
Betsy Weakland ’03 married Matt McKeown on September 19, 2008. The wedding took place at the University of Michigan Mattaei Botanical Gardens. Betsy's friend Alisha Serras '03 was in the wedding party, and the ceremony was performed by Betsy's brother, Jimmy. In the picture are (l-r): top row--Anthony Joris, Heather Lockley, Shawn Price, Alisha Serras, Sean Manley, Leah Zuckerman; front row--Matt's parents Dennis and Sue DeMeere, Matt, Betsy, Betsy's parents Gayle and Jim Weakland, and Jimmy Weakland. Email betsy.mckeown@homedics.com
Kate Phelan ’04 married Emre Elci of Ismit, Turkey, on March 29, 2008. Kate and Emre live in Berlin, Germany, where Emre is a student at the University of Potsdam and Kate teaches English to employees of businesses. They met when Kate was studying at the University of Potsdam on a post-undergraduate fellowship and Emre needed help with his English writing. Their wedding was in Bettendorf, Iowa, Kate's hometown and home of her parents, Jim and Kathy (Smith) Phelan, both members of the Class of 1973. Guests included family and friends from Turkey, Germany, and the United States. Kate is pictured with her parents.
Steve Shelden ’04 graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine last May. He has begun residency in internal medicine with the Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Email steven.shelden@med.navy.mil
Katie Aronson ’05 and her husband, Brandon Purk '03, opened their Baton Rouge (La.) home to Kelsey Gilmet '04 and David Lively '03, who had evacuated New Orleans to wait out Hurricane Gustav. After the storm passed, the four friends helped clean up fallen trees and played cards. Email katiearonson@gmail.com
Colin Baumgartner ’05 is editor of Lake Orion Review in Oakland County, Mich. He joined the paper shortly after graduating in 2005. He served as editor-in-chief of Kalamazoo College's student newspaper, Index.
Kate McCracken ’05 and Colin Baumgartner are engaged and planning a May 2009 wedding. "We're thankful study abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland, helped make a lifelong connection to each other and to 'K' College," wrote Kate.
Thomas (Will) Hobart ’06 has spent the last two years as an 8th grade special education teacher in West Philadelphia in the Teach For American program. He recently has moved to Chicago where he is pursuing a Master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. Email Hobart@uchicago.edu
Kathryn Curtis ’07 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. She spent nine months in Brazil following graduation and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. During her Fulbright Curtis will teach English at a language school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and do research on the Tango.
Emily Harpe ’08 is living in Chicago. she's been cast on an improv team at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. "The city's been treating me pretty well so far," she wrote.
James Mickley ’08 has won a Kapp Award for undergraduate papers presented at the 2008 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters annual meeting. His paper (which was his Senior Individualized Project) was titled "Tree Density and Fire Scarring in Minnesota Oak Savanna: Implications for Restoration." As part of the award, Mickley receives an honorarium, a year's complimentary membership in the Academy, and recognition at the 2009 annual meeting luncheon and in the Academy's quarterly journal, The Michigan Academician.
Arianna Schindle ’08 and classmates Stephanie Willette and Anna Weaver continue their work in the organization they launched: the Burma Empowerment Action Team (BEAT). BEAT provides local medics and organizations along the Thai-Burma border with malarial care, including diagnostics, treatments, preventive bed nets, and training. BEAT also works to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Burma. Thanks to their efforts some 2,400 internally displaced people and 400 villagers have received nets, medicine, treatment, and tests. The young women have also been teaching salsa lessons at a local club to raise funds for a Burmese school. Their efforts depend on donations. To learn more visit the BEAT website.

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1930's

George Knight ’32 died on November 18, 2008. He came to Kalamazoo College from Pocantico Hills, New York and majored in history. He was a member of Sigma Rho Sigma, a fine athlete (cross-country and baseball) and president of the senior class. He also was a member of the debate team. After graduating from "K," Knight earned his law degree from New York University and he practiced law in Miami, Florida, for 64 years.
Marian (Southworth) Foster ’33 died on September 25, 2008. During her years on campus she was active in many areas--a member of Eurodelphian Gamma; secretary of the sophomore class; secretary of the junior class; secretary of the student body during her senior year; a member of the senate; and secretary of the democratic convention. She came to "K" from nearby Schoolcraft, Mich., and graduated with a degree in sociology. For many years she worked for the Vicksburg (Mich.) Hospital.
Carl Taylor (Ph.D.) ’36 died on September 20, 2008, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He earned a B.A. (Hobart College) and M.A.(Kalamazoo College) in sociology, after which he was an instructor in the subject at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He taught mathematics courses in the Navy V-5 and V-12 programs during the war years. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State University. He enjoyed a long career as a professor at West Virginia University. Taylor wrote a number of books on local history and was a board member and teacher in the organization Appalachian Lifelong Learners.
Dana Criswell ’37 died on March 5, 2008. She earned a Master's degree in sociology from Kalamazoo College. She lived in Pittsburgh at the time of her death.
Floyd Van Domelen ’38 died on September 28, 2008. He completed his first two years of college at Muskegon Junior College and then transferred to Kalamazoo College, where he earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in political science. He was a member of Century Forum, and he played on the football team. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mary (Gordon) Grover ’39 died on October 29, 2008. She earned her degree in sociology and was living in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, at the time of her death.
Shirley (Shale) Palmer ’39 died on October 2, 2008. She attended Kalamazoo College for two years, then transferred to Carleton College, where she received her B.A. degree in geology in 1939. She later received a Master's degree in education from the University of Michigan and was a high school science teacher. She retired from teaching in 1980. She lived across the street from the tennis courts at 1023 W. Main while attending "K." Her mother eventually sold the home to the College and it was Shale House for a few years before being torn down.

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1940's

Russell Thorn Snip (M.D.) ’40 died on September 26, 2008. He earned his B.A. in biology and then graduated from an accelerated medical program at Johns Hopkins University in 1943. His post-graduate training in ophthalmology was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Captain and saw action in numerous battles in the Pacific. After the war he completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he rose to become chief resident in 1949. In 1950 he started a long and successful practice in eye surgery in Texas, from which he retired in 1984. Snip also taught and served as a consultant for the military. He was known as an innovator in anterior eye surgery.
Sara (Molina) VanDomelen ’41 died on December 12, 2008, in Hancock, Michigan. She was born in 1917 in Santiago, Cuba, and graduated from Kalamazoo College (history) as a foreign scholarship student. Sara taught kindergarten and first grade for 20 years in the Washington, D.C. area and was instrumental in the development of the "Sesame Street" television show.
Paul H. Todd (Jr.) ’42 died on November 18, 2008. He attended Kalamazoo College in 1941 and 1942 before graduating from Cornell University in 1943. He served as a trustee of the College from 1973 to 1985 and as the president of the board from 1979 to 1985. His support of research at Kalamazoo College was a life-changing influence for many students and helped start the scientific careers of several alumni. He received an honorary degree from the College in 1995. Todd served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Army Signal Corps and the Office of Strategic Services in the China-India-Burma Theater of operations. After the war he was in a Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Chicago before he returned to Kalamazoo. Todd was the board chairman and former president of Kalsec, Inc., a spice extraction company he founded in 1958. He also was involved in politics and in 1964 became the first Democrat in the 20th century elected to represent the Third Congressional District, which included Kalamazoo County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the House for two years. Todd was a staunch proponent of family planning and was involved with Planned Parenthood locally, serving as chief executive officer from 1967 to 1970. He is survived by his wife, Caroline Ham '48.
Edward P. Thompson ’43 died on November 2, 2008. He was born in Massachusetts, and grew up in New York, Texas, Nebraska, and Illinois before moving to Kalamazoo in 1938 when his father, Paul Lamont Thompson, became president of Kalamazoo College. Ed graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1943 and then served in the infantry during World War II. He fought in the Battle of Bulge and was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war Ed earned a law degree (University of Michigan, 1948) and returned to Kalamazoo to become a partner in the firm of Fox,Thompson, Morris and Stover. He served as the youngest president of the Kalamazoo Bar Association and was a trustee of Kalamazoo College from 1967 to 1985. Ed also was a member of the Kalamazoo Board of Education in the late 1960s and was elected its president in the early 1970s. During his incumbency he spearheaded the effort to desegregate the schools, and he remained committed to the cause of racial equality throughout his life. He served on the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board and was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. He was married for 58 years to Betty (Heystek) Thompson '44, who preceded him in death in 2003. In true champion of the liberal arts, Ed was an accomplished sculptor, a supporter of the arts (he served on the Kalamazoo County Public Art Commission), and talented athlete. He enjoyed rock climbing and wind surfing well into his 60s and 70s. In later years, after the onset of Alzheimer's disease, he participated in an Alzheimer's study in Washington, D.C., traveling there frequently.
Annie (McNeil) Ryan ’44 died on December 22, 2008. She matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Paw Paw, Mich., and earned her bachelor's degree, majoring in English literature and Spanish. She was active in many co-curricular activities. She served as president of Kappa Pi, secretary-treasurer of the Senate, and vice president of the Pan-American Club. She was a member of the Index staff and the College Players.
Robert Travis ’45 died on August 18, 2008. He majored in English at "K" and also earned a degree from Columbia University. He worked as an attorney in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Robert Dewey ’47 -- who experienced Kalamazoo College as a student in the 1940s and as a professor, chaplain and administrator in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s -- died on December 29, 2008. A third-generation "K" student, Dewey arrived on campus in 1940 from Leavenworth, Kansas. He majored in history but left the College in 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army. He returned to campus in 1946 to complete his degree. During his undergraduate years he was a member of Century Forum, the College Singers, and the College Players. He was active in the Student Senate as forensics manager, and he served as Junior Class representative and president of Hoben Hall. After graduation he earned his Master of Divinity degree at the Yale Divinity School. Years later Dewey returned for a second time to his alma mater (1967) as assistant professor of religion and dean of chapel. He served in these capacities during a time of tumultuous change on campus and in the curriculum. In addition to his duties as chaplain and professor, he added the responsibilities of vice-provost for student life (1975-76) and vice-president for student services (1976-80). After 20 years of service, he retired in 1987 as associate professor of religion and dean of chapel. In 1982, on the College's 150th anniversary, Dewey wrote an essay for the occasion titled "It was the same College, but it was different." The piece reflects the viewpoint of someone who experienced the College "from at least two perspectives....The distinctive feature of the one college," he wrote, "is change within continuity. The continuity derives from the commitment of the College to the 'given' of its past history, to the liberal arts." In that essay Dewey suggests a definition of the latter as a "transfer of wisdom beyond history, biology, English; some lessons taught subliminally about life, meaning, commitment, value." A lifelong acolyte of the liberal arts he so loved, Dewey pursued writing, acting, and painting long after his retirement. The essay he wrote in 1982 resonates today as a paean to Kalamazoo College with its liberal arts experience rooted in "the fact that we were all together in one place" and the mystery of "how people meet and team up."
William Lloyd ’47 died on November 12, 2008. He served in the Army in World War II and transferred to Kalamazoo College in his junior year. He was a member of Sigma Rho Sigma and earned his B.A. in chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Michigan State University. Dr. Lloyd worked for Dow Chemical and Lummus Engineering and was president/CEO of Larox Research Corporation. He left industry to join the faculty at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, where he served as professor of organic chemistry and dean of the Ogden College of Science and Technology. He also taught at the University of Kentucky and was associate director of its Institute of Mining and Minerals Research. He was named Kentucky Scientist of the Year in 1985. He held many patents and published extensively in scientific journals.

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1950's

Lucia (Crane) Christman ’51 died on December 13, 2008. She came to Kalamazoo College from Pontiac, Mich., and earned her degree in history. At "K" she served as Trowbridge House President and Inter-Society Council Secretary. She was a member of the International Relations Club and Kappa Pi. She married Norman Christman in 1953 and they worked for the family business, Christman Lumber, which later became Industrial Lumber and Packaging. Lucia was a devoted volunteer of many organizations including Hospice of North Ottawa and Meals on Wheels. Most recently, she tutored a third grade student in the Adopted Grandparents program in Holland, Mich.
Richard Cain ’52 died on September 20, 2008. He earned his degree in physical education and was a versatile Hornet athlete. He placed football, basketball, and tennis for "K," was a member of "K" Club and the Players Club, and served as vice president of the Men's Union. Cain was an Army veteran, and he worked for Saga Food Corporation.
Berna (Jackson) Trascik ’52 died on December 1, 2008. She taught ballroom and tap dancing for Fred Astaire dance studio. She worked for the Battle Creek (Mich.) Recreation Department for 13 years, where she taught dancing and swimming and organized program for women, seniors, and children. She switched careers and became an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group. She also volunteered for the Calhoun County Medical Facility. Trascik was an avid seamstress, excelling at doll clothes, which she made for various craft shows. She loved playing piano, dancing, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends.
William Fouty ’59 died on March 17, 2007. He attended Kalamazoo College and earned a bachelor's degree from the Walton School of Commerce.
Merrillyn (VanZandt) Krider ’59 died on February 26, 2008. She earned a master's degree at the University of Nebraska and worked for many years as a high school guidance counselor.

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1960's

(Rev.) Donald Fonda (Jr.) ’60 died on October 11, 2008. He attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the Class of 1960 but graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College (Philippi, West Virginia) and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. In 1966 he was ordained an American Baptist minister. He served in churches in four states during his 35-year ministry and was also an active leader in the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. He retired in October 2001.
Charles Conlon ’67 died on September 25, 2008.

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1970's

Charles Winschel ’75 died on November 27, 2008. He earned his degree in political science and studied abroad in Caen, France. After graduation he worked in sales in Canada for a few years and then became a stockbroker in Pittsburgh, first at Legg Mason and then at Smith Barney. He was an avid runner and died of a heart attack during a Thanksgiving Day cross-country race. He is survived by his wife, Kate Stainton, and their 12-year-old son, Nathaniel.
Mark MacKenzie ’77 died on November 29, 2008. He earned his B.A. in biology and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. Mark received a M.S. from Southern Illinois University in botany and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in forest ecology. He was a professor and researcher in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. In 2000, Mark was the recipient of a double-lung transplant at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He asked everyone to sign their organ donor card, to talk to their family and friends about their wish to be an organ donor, and to plant a tree. Mark leaves his wife, Mary Ann (Hart) '79 and two children, Emma and Kyle, who attend Auburn City Schools.

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Friends

Dorothy Bixler died on December 17, 2008, at her home in Allegan, Michigan. She was 92 years old. She worked as a custodian at Kalamazoo College from 1966 to her retirement in 1981. She is survived by her five daughters, 23 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 41 great great grandchildren.

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