May 2008

CLASS NOTES

1940's | 1950's | 1960's | 1970's | 1980's | 1990's | 2000's | Friends | In Memory

1930's

Ardath (Hunter) Sattler ’33 died on October 11, 2005.
Virginia (Kibler) Aldrich ’35 died on December 20, 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology.
Survilla Walter ’36 died on November 26, 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and was a multi-sport athlete at Kalamazoo College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operation. He worked for the Upjohn Company as a packaging manager before retiring and relocating to Sun City, Arizona. He lived there for 30 years and maintained an active interest in basketball, water sports, skiing, golf, and travel.
Albert Deal ’37 died on February 14, 2008. He came to Kalamazoo College in 1933 from LaGrange, Ind. He played tennis for "K" and was the manager for the football and basketball teams. He also served as pesident of Century Forum. He earned his degree in history and worked for 40 years in Michigan public education. During that distinguished career he served four districts as superintendent. He also served as commissoner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1971-1991. During his tenure the MIAA became one of the first conferences in America to have a combined governance structure for men's and women's sports, and under his guidance the stature of the MIAA increased among NCAA Division III conferences. In 2003 the MIAA recognized him by establishing the Al Deal Scholarship, awarded to the senior male MIAA athlete with the highest grade point average. Deal received many such honors during his career, including induction into the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame (1995) and the College's Distinguished Service Award (1999). His service to his alma mater was exemplary. He was and engaged and active class agent for the Class of 1937 from the day he graduated to the day he died. His love of Kalamazoo College influenced his stepson, Dr. Donald H. Jones, Class of 1981, to attend the school.
Sophia (Zmuda) Bacon ’37 Retired teacher Sophia E. Zmuda Bacon celebrated her 94th birthday last month. She is in good health and keeps active at Woodside Church and in the Flint community. "Woodside is an open and affirming church," she wrote. "I'm happy that Kalamazoo College does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students." Sophia has four great grandchildren and two more on the way.
Jay Brown ’37 died on December 26, 2007. He earned his degree in biology and was a member of Century Forum. He was a professor at Western Michigan University.
William Maskowski ’37 died on March 21, 2007. He came to Kalamazoo College from Chicago and earned his degree in sociology. He ran track three years and was a member of the Philolexian Society, for which he served as sergeant-at-arms and president.
Arleta Alice (Turner) Warner ’39 died on February 3, 2008. She earned her degree in English. She worked for First National Bank, eventually rising to the position of vice president.

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1940's

Steven Dalla ’42 died on March 15, 2008. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology. He graduated from high school in 1935, and alternated work with study at Kalamazoo College for the next seven years in order to complete his degree. He played football for the Hornets and in 1940 set a record that still stands: a field goal kick of 53 yards.
William Bungert ’43 died on December 1, 2006. He earned his degree in economics and later did graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. At Kalamazoo College he was president of the Philos. He devoted his career to higher education and served as Dean of Lake Sumpter Community College.
George Dasher (Jr.) ’43 died on May 13, 2006. He earned his degree in chemistry and did graduate work at University of Michigan. During his undergraduate days he was vice president of Hoben Hall and secretary to the Philos. He also played football for the Hornets. He spent his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a research executive at Bristol Myers Squibb.
Alice Parker O'Halloran ’43 died on December 31, 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and later earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland. She spoke with great fondness of her years at Kalamazoo College and was a lifelong supporter of the College. During her undergraduate years she was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma and the College Singers.
Dorothy (Snider) Hardy ’44 died on August 18, 2007.
Peggy (King) Staake ’45 died on February 5, 2008. She earned her bachelor's degree in English.
Mary (Lockhart) Burch ’47 died on November 12, 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in English.
Beverly (Parlin) Christman ’47 died on December 19, 2005.
Betty (Foss) Biegel ’48 died on December 10, 2007.
William Fisk ’48 died on January 2, 2008.
Arthur Stoddard ’48 died on December 2, 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and was a member of Sigma Rho Sigma.
Theodore Troff ’48 died on October 5, 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. During his undergraduate years he served as president of Pi Kappa Delta and was a member of College Players and Century Forum. He also played intramural basketball. He was a lawyer and partner at Troff Petzke & Ammeson.
Frank Lassen ’49 died on April 3, 2007. He attended Kalamazoo College and University of Detroit Mercy. He worked for the Fruehauf Corporation.

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1950's

Jack Sunderland ’50 died on January 7, 2008. He earned his degree in sociology. He played tennis and was a member of Sherwood and the "K" Club.
Anne (Davison) Binhammer ’52 died on November 30, 2007. She came to Kalamazoo College from Newark, N.J., and earned degrees in speech and English literature. She was deeply involved with campus life. She was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, Forensics, the Trowbridge House Council, the Religious Affairs Committee, the May Fete Committee, the College Players, the Boiling Pot staff, and the Madrigal Singers. She served as Alpha Sigma Delta president and the junior class secretary. She participated in Spirit of Christmas and the Christmas Reader. She also took first place in the Michigan Interpretative Speech Contest. She is survived by her husband, Bob Binhammer '51.
William Baum ’55 died on December 25, 2007. He played basketball at "K" and served as the Student Senate president. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in political science and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Iowa. He taught for 50 years, starting at Creighton University and South East Missouri State College, and 40 years at Grand Valley State University. His areas of expertise included the Holocaust, the United States Constitution, and George Orwell. He was also dedicated to music. He taught music appreciation and music history throughout his career. He founded the Robert Chamberlain Chamber Music Society. And he wrote program notes for the Grand Rapids Symphony for many years.
Gino Orsolini ’55 died on January 19, 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in history.
Janice (Vanderberg) Lindberg ’58 died on December 27, 2007.
Robert Stewart ’58 died on March 6, 2008. He earned his degree in history and was very active in extracurricular activities. Among them were: GOP model convention, Joint-House Council, Century Forum, and "K" Club. He played football and basketball and ran track for the Hornets.
Irving Tucker ’58 died on February 4, 2006.
Peter Ugincius (PhD) ’58 died on March 1, 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics and later earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University of American (Washington, D.C.). He was a research physicist for the U.S. Navy.
John Warfield (PhD) ’59 died on October 25, 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology. He worked as a professor at the University of Texas-Austin.

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1960's

Lance Rudisill ’61 died on March 29, 2008.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’62 Alumni who returned for their 45th reunion
David Bellingham ’63 and his wife, Jan, stopped at the home of Sue (Wotila '65) and Bob Brackenridge for a round of golf and a few calls to Kalamazoo College friends, including Warren "Swede" Thomas (retired coach and administrator). The Bellinghams were returning to their home in Rapid City, Mich., after a warm visit with family in the Southwest.
Richard Branch ’64 died on July 1, 2007. He earned his degree in political science and studied abroad in Ecuador. He was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and worked as a photographer for Boiling Pot. His SIP thesis was titled "Analysis of he late Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg's change from an isolationist to an internationalist." After graduation he worked for the Michigan Employment Security Council.
Mary (Armacost) Hulst ’64 Last October, Mary Armacost Hulst retired after 29 years of professional ministry at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver. For 14 of those years she served as senior pastor. In January she became president of American Baptist Churches/USA. Her husband, Jack '63, is owner and president of Hulst Consulting Group, an executive search firm in Denver. Jack and Mary are parents of two married sons and the grandparents of four grandchildren.
G. Eugene Martin ’64 is the director of the Washington Office of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. A graduate program for Chinese and American studies located in Nanjing, China, the Center is jointly administered by Nanjing University and The Johns Hopkins University and offers a one-year Certificate program and a two-year Master of Arts in International Studies. Gene is a retired officer of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he focused his career on China. His posts included the deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and consul general in Guangzhou. He worked in Taipei and twice in Hong Kong. Other government postings included the Philippines and Rangoon and various assignments in Washington, D.C.
John Ingles ’65 died on September 9, 2007. He studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He played baseball and participated in intramurals. He graduated with a degree in math and later earned his master's degree from Oakland University. He was a teacher at Holly High School in Fenton, Michigan.
Mark Baron ’66 In addition to his full time law practice defending state, local, and federal employees against adverse employment actions, Mark Baron has spent the last three years writing companion reference books. Saving Public Service Careers from Attack, A Guide to the Effective Use of and Winning Strategies For Administrative Law Processes to Defeat Adverse Employment Actions, and Saving Public Service Careers from Attack: Cases, Examples of Common Scenarios and Defensive Strategies and Tactics in Administrative Law Disputes Over Adverse Employment Actions. The books are available on Amazon.com. Mark and his wife, Carol (Eichholz) Baron, live, work, and play tennis in Richmond, Va. Email cbaron@vcu.org
Kisti (Heerens) Beckwith ’66 and Sidney A. Beckwith, III celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on April 5, 2008. Email lysnekate@yahoo.com
Charlotte (Hauch) Hall ’66 Orlando Sentinel Editor Charlotte Hauch Hall was elected president of th American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), the nation's largest association of daily newspaper editors. She was elected at the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 16 and began serving her term immediately. She also will chair the association's executive board. Hall spoke at the Capital Conference, which included ASNE and the Newspaper Association of America publishers group. She said a key theme of her tenure would be editors leading change within the industry. She also said the organization would promote "news literacy for young people, helping them to become smart media consumers."
David Wilson ’66 The Museum of Jurassic Technology (www.mjt.org)is a wonderful "collection of the eclectic" and a garden of the mind and spirit of its founder and curator, David Wilson. And MJT was in the news again. On this occasion, in the art section of the New York Times (November 4, 2007). The subject: the museum's portraits of the "muttniks," the sundry stray dogs recruited from the streets of Moscow to become canine cosmonauts. 2007 was the 50th anniversary of the launch of Laika in Sputnik 2; she was the first living creature in orbit. That anniversary was celebrated by the Russians last fall with the dedication of a bronze monument in Moscow. 2007 was also the 150th anniversary of Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky, a 19th-century Russian schoolteacher whose visionary drawings and writings foresaw the concept of space travel, with animals as its first pioneers. The museum celebrated both anniversaries. Along with the dog portraits, other events included "Woof: Barking in Space," performed by Belarusian puppeteer Yelena Zhelezov and David's daughter, DanRae; and screenings of two films: "Kosmicheskiy Reis" ("Cosmic Voyage"), a 1935 movie about moon flight based on Tsiolkovsky's predictions about life in space, and "Nash Vek" ("Our Century"), a poetic reinterpretation of the Soviet space effort made in 1983 by filmmaker Artavazd Peleshyan. David was one of 23 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship ("genius grant") in 2001.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’67 Alumni who returned for their 40th reunion

Row 1 L -R
Linda Rodd, Joann Chandler, Patricia Mills Richards, Pat Minkler Adams, Karen Meston, Mary Westerville Prange, Tamra Dole Glenn, Judie Richards Overbeek, Margaret Porter Beusse, Michael Stripp, Kathy Holmes, Lynn McClements Noel, Betsy Barnhart Cump, Lynn Hallberg Hall, Bill Hall, Tom Ticknor

Row 2 L -R
Glenn Gardner, Ruth Robinson Waybrant, Jack Wingerter, Tracy Smith Wingerter, Betty Burroughs Dawson, Sue Sells, Steve Glenn, Betsy Jones Starman, Sue Risser Treinen, Pat Laitner DeGraaf, Devi Dlesk Kruis, Robert Spencer, Ellen Webster Goff, John Goff

Row 3 L -R
Henry Videnicks, Rick Smoke, Tom Hoopengardner, Josh Stulberg, Tom Brown, Bob Pursel '66, Sherri Sinclair Pursel, Nancy Southard Young, Dan Austin, Lori Payne Neuhaus, John Neuhaus, Karen Strom Webster, Gary Webster

Row 4 L -R
Tom Roberts, Brian Preston, Tom Schoff, John Sowinski, Bob Sundeen, George Lindenberg, Dennis Steele, Joel Thurtell, Barry Sherman, Les Pitts, Rick DeTar, Bob Trenary '68 for Leslie Bouwman, Bill Jones, Gary Wright
Bethann Witcher-Cottrell ’68 lives in Atlanta, Ga. She is the team leader for Child Health and Nutrition at Care International. Dr. Witcher-Cottrell has been in the Atlanta area for the past 10 years, where she met her husband, the Rev. W.L. Cottrell of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Vine City. She is the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three. She enjoys writing, reading, swimming, and cooking.

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1970's

Barry Smith ’70 is co-owner of Great Lakes Aviation Holders, an umbrella corporation for several aviation businesses in Kalamazoo, Three Rivers, and Vicksburg. Those businesses include aircraft component manufacturing; aircraft design and engineering as well as FAA certification for such work; flight training and chartered aircraft; and aircraft maintenance and modifications. Barry is an attorney and a pilot.
Judith Sutterlin ’70 lives in China and works with the American Baptist World Mission. She has done very creative and helpful work with AIDS orphans in China. Recently, ABWM and the Amity Foundation have partnered to build medical clinics in remote villages, staff these clinics with doctors educated in a special village doctor-training program, and provide needed medicines. The program provides preventative medical care, including vaccinations and education on public health topics such as water purification, personal hygiene, nutrition, and air circulation.
David Thoms ’70 was elected treasurer of the Federation of Alliances Francaises USA, Inc., an organization that promotes French American relations through understanding language and culture. He is a current board members of the national organization and Alliances Francaises of Grosse Pointe. He has been active in the chapter for more than 25 years. Thoms is a principal in the Troy, Mich., office of the law firm Miller Canfield.
Ronald Mitchell ’71 died on May 21, 2007.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’72 Graduates who came home for their 35th reunion
Barbara Waszczak ’72 The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research awarded Barbara Waszczak a $75,000 Rapid Response Innovation Award for her work on an intranasal treatment of Parkinson's disease. Her work focuses on a new method for delivering the therapeutic protein GDNF (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor) to a region of the brain affected by the disease. Previous attempts at GDNF therapy required direct injections into the brain, an invasive delivery considered to high risk. She hopes to develop a self administered nasal treatment the patient could use at home. Parkinson's involves the degeneration of important nerve cells and is characterized by impairment of motor skills and speech.
Theodore Kelter (III) ’73 sends the following contact information: 4320 Charing Way, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Email T6RZ9N@comcast.net
William Block ’74 William Block has lived in Germany for many years. He is an associate professor in psychology with University of Maryland's European Division. He sends the following contact info: Stahlstrasse 31, 41462 Neuss, Germany / +49.2131.569074 Email bblock@faculty.ed.umuc.edu
Randy Knolle ’74 died on February 4, 2008. His classmate and friend R. Paul Hamilton wrote, "A renaissance man at 'K' College from 1970 to 1974, Randy's talents and interests ranged from theatre to philosophy and from English to the sciences. He was loved by family, by many at Kalamazoo College, and, indeed, by many throughout the world." Randy studied abroad in Yugoslavia.
William Sandberg ’74 died on November 5, 2007.
Mary (Heinrich) Spaulding ’74 has been awarded a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Manchester/Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, England. She has been an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Biblical subjects at the college and seminary level in the United States for several years. She also volunteers to reach courses overseas in such diverse locations as Rwanda, Bulgaria, and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. She and her husband Duane '73, a physician, hope to spend more time in Africa during the next several years, volunteering in their respective fields. Email mbspaulding@comcast.net
Steven Adams ’76 notified us of the sad news that his wife, Kimberley J. Adams, died on November 8, 2006, after a short illness. Kimberly and Steven were married by Dean Robert Dewey in Stetson Chapel on September 29, 1975. They have three children and two grandchildren. Their daughter Rebecca graduated from "K" in 2003. Their nieces are Meghan Adams '07 and Jessica Adams '09, and their son-in-law is Matthew Kaiser '04.
Molly Cline ’76 received an Award of Merit from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Alumni Association. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois. The Award of Merit is given to College of ACES graduates who have made significant contributions to their chosen professions and to the human sciences and food and natural resources industries. Cline is senior director of Global Industry Affairs at Monsanto Company in St. Louis.
Margaret McKearnan Durst ’76 After many years of staying home with family and working as a substitute teacher, Margaret "Muffie" McKearnan Durst is now working as a 6th grade teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska. She loves it!
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’77 Home again!
Abea Chou ’77 wrote, "I was stunned by the news of the death of Joe Hansen '78. His younger sister, Amelia Hansen, an accomplished Kalamazoo wildlife illustrator (see her books on amazon.com), kindly shared more information. Amelia wrote, "Joe died in July 2006 of lung cancer. He was only sick for a few months, I think his overall hearty constitution masked any symptoms for a long time. He was living in a suburb of Atlanta at the time with his wife of twelve years, Allison. He had two grown stepsons, one of whom is married and has a little boy of his own who called Joe 'Grandpa Joe'. Joe had worked for many years as a systems analyst, working on independent contracts for some big companies including Bell South. But that line of work ended up going overseas, so he had to completely change direction and worked for several years as a surveyor. He seemed to like it well enough, even though it really didn't utilize his brainpower, but it got him outdoors and he was well liked by his coworkers. He went back to school along the way and got a master's degree in history, always a favorite subject of his. He never lost his love of chess. Email dear_abea@hotmail.com
John Didominic ’77 lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand, "kind of my second 'foreign study,'" he wrote. "A good friend of mine from grad school (MSU) married a girl from here. They run Thailand's largest Organizational Consulting Firm, called the APM Group. They asked me to come over for a few years and help grow the business in Asia. I wanted a bit of adventure and took them up on the offer. It's been a fun and interesting experience. I am working with their sales teams and marketing group, helping them develop skills and sell at higher levels." Email jdidominic@yahoo.com
Michael Loegel ’77 died on December 24, 2007, after a 26-year battle with kidney disease. Mike's brother, Robert Loegel '74, donated his kidney in 1987, which allowed Mike to live a relatively normal life raising two children (one of whom, Jane, is a 2007 graduate of the College). At the time of his death, Mike was awaiting another transplant. A sample of Mike's artwork appeared in LuxEsto (Summer 2003) in an article on the retirement of Professor of Biology David Evans. He earned his degree in biology and was a teacher in the North Huron schools in Port Austin, Mich.
Susan Mellinger ’78 died on July 26, 2007. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She was living in Albany, Ore., at the time of her death.
Daniel Nepstad (PhD) ’79 The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the appointment of Daniel Nepstad, PhD, as the new chief program officer for its environmental conservation programs. A tropical forest ecologist, Nepstad joins the Moore Foundation from Woods Hole Research Center, where he served as a senior scientist.

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1980's

Homecoming Reunion Class of ’82 Alumni who returned for their 25th reunion
Chris Burns ’82 wrote, "I have lived with my wife for the past 22 years. We have three children. I am a personal injury and trial attorney and serve on several boards, including the Jacksonville (Fla.) Sports and Entertainment Board, which hosts several nationally-televised sporting events each year (such as the Florida-Georgia and Gator Bowl football games). I have substituted running and cycling for my 'K' College sport of choice, tennis. My wife and I have been fortunate to travel frequently, and we follwed the Tour de France on our bikes during two of Lance Armstrong's victories." Email burns@terrellhogan.com
Suzanne (Kleinsmith) Saganich ’83 , an attorney in the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, was selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics magazine, Northern Ohio Live magazine, and Cincinnati Magazine. The honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel representing more than 70 areas of practice.
Nancy Stevens ’83 was featured in a recent profile article that appeared in Shape magazine. She's been blind since birth and is a world-champion triathlete (twice), a three-time gold medalist at the 1998 Olympic trials, and a cyclist who has logged 3,000 miles across the country. She recently launched a Tri It Camp for blind female athletes in her hometown of Glenwood Springs, Colo. Participants worked with sighted guides to learn to swim connected by a bungee cord, ride a tandem bike, and run together with a tether. Athletic skill varied widely among the campers, but by the end of three days, everyone was able to master a mini triathlon. The camp was so successful that Stevens plans to run a second one.
Carolyn Dadabay ’85 lives at 3701 Mountain View Drive, Boise, ID 83704. Email cdadabay@collegeofidaho.edu
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’87 Welcome home Class of 1987 - 20th reunion
Wendy Craft ’87 has joined Hudson Land Company, LLC, as senior vice president. Hudson Land Company offers title insurance to selected commercial clients and facilitates property exchanges in that market. Wendy earned her JD at Thomas Cooley Law School with a concentration in international law. At Cooley she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws. She later attained her LLM in Taxation at the Georgetown Law School. She is chair of the Committee on Taxation for the New York County Lawyer's Association for the 2007/2008 term.
Jennifer Smith ’89 wrote, "After 13 years in Korea I will be changing not only countries, but careers (again)! Beginning September 2008, I will attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to get an associate's degree (professional designation) in fashion design. I would love to hear from 'K' alums living/working in Los Angeles." Email jenniferseoul@hotmail.com

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1990's

Jennie Potter Brooks ’91 wrote, "Eric and I moved the family across the country once more this summer, to Whidbey Island, Washington, for what we hope is our final military transfer before retirement in two years."
Ann Sheehy ’91 received a $200,000 Smith Family New Investigator Award. The award is given to newly appointed junior faculty conducting research in AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or neuroscience. Ann is an assistant professor of biology at the College of the Holy Cross. Her award marks the first time that it's been conferred to a strictly undergraduate college. She specializes in the fields of immunology and virology, and she discovered an anti-HIV gene which has led to new approaches to HIV research. She will use the grant to continue her work in that area.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’92 Home again - 15th Reunion
Kevin Jawahir ’92 has joined the Kalamazoo office of Comerica Bank as vice president in wealth and institutional management. He is responsible for providing high-net-worth clients with loans, deposits, and other bank services.
Arminda "Mindy" Bepko ’93 and her husband, Victor, announce the birth of their son. Bradford Aeneas Suthammanont was born on November 20, 2007.
Sharon Stebbins-Groene ’93 Oliver Leo Groene was born to Sharon Stebbins-Groene and Ralph Groene on October 2, 2007, in Munich, Germany. Proud parents and son reside in Munich and would love to hear from Class of 1993 graduates, especially if traveling through southern Germany. Email sharonstebbins@yahoo.com
Billie (Lightvoet) Ward ’94 has joined the law firm Miller Canfield as a senior attorney in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo offices. She is a member of the corporate and securities group and focuses her practice on the health care industry.
Laurie Kamego-Pankow ’95 and her family have moved from Florida to Virginia-"halfway home to Michigan," Laurie wrote. "I am still running races (next is the Shamrock Marathon), multi-tasking (president of the American Society for Training and Development), and traveling more than ever. Feel free to reach out to me when you're in the greater Washington, D.C. area." Email lauriep@coastal.com
Kate (McGrath) Heathcott ’96 can be contacted at her e-mail address. Email kateheathcott@yahoo.com
Amanda (Quick) LeFranc ’96 and Brian LeFranc were married on December 8, 2007. They live in Dearborn, Mich. Email amandaqtpie@yahoo.com
Brian Miller ’96 wrote, "We are now a family of four. In fact, we have been for almost a year now, but we forgot to write back in April when Olivia was born. In addition, I've been promoted to vice president for information technology and chief information officer of Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich." Email brian.miller@northernvacation.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’97 Alumni returning for their 10-year reunion
Brian Blattert ’97 has returned to his alma mater. In April he began work as a major gift officer in College Advancement.
Corey Schultz ’97 , a Captain in the U.S. Army, is currently deployed to Iraq as the public affairs officer for the 300th Military Police Brigade out of Inkster, Mich. "As PAO, my role is somewhat like that of Homer, so double majoring in Classics and English well prepared me," she wrote. "I'm sorry to have missed the Class of 1997's 10-year reunion, but I hope to see classmates for a somewhat anticlimactical 11-year, or at least swing by to tray the Quad, get nachos from Up and Under, eat a Sweetwater's donut, and of course hit Bell's Brewery before moving on to the Pilsen Club and Waldo's." Captain Schultz is one of seven (of 80 soldiers in the brigade's headquarters unit) with a Kalamazoo connection through either Kalamazoo College or Western Michigan University. One day the group was reminiscing about Kalamazoo, particularly Sweetwater's Donut Shop. Corey went online to see if they could order any donuts for the Super Bowl. Although donuts couldn't be sent through the mail, Sweetwater's did send the ingredients and the recipe and the seven cooked donuts on site in Iraq. Email corey.schultz@us.army.mil
Bridgette Sparkman ’97 won the State Bar of Michigan 2007 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the public and the profession. Email sparkbridge@rocketmail.com
Jennifer (Stefanski) O'Guinn ’99 , Dave, and Connor O'Guinn have moved to Bloomington, Ind., where Dave has accepted a position as associate general counsel of Indiana University. Jennifer is continuing to work for the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Email joguinn@fbtlaw.com

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2000's

Margy Belchak ’00 and her husband, Bobby Goldstein, announce the birth of their first child, a son named Francis Michael Goldstein. Frankie was born on December 27, 2007. Margy and her family live in northern Chicago.
Erin (Barbus) King ’00 sends the following contact information: 414 E. Harris Street, Cadillac, MI 49601. Email eabarbus@hotmail.com
Sarah Ovink ’00 and Eric Sindelar '00 announce the birth of their daughter. Kiely Ovink Sindelar was born August 1, 2007. Sarah wrote, "We are thrilled to report that Kiely is a very smiley (and extremely active) baby. She keeps us on our toes due to her enduring love of eating books, shoes, and our dog Kupo's tail. Her aunt, Katie Ovink '07 shared in her early life by working for us as a part-time nanny until Kiely's nine-month birthday, and doting grandparents Jennifer (Dill) '73 and Roger Ovink '73 an Karen and Tom Sindelar visit often." Sarah continues work on her Ph.D. dissertation in sociology at University of California-Davis and expects to finish in the fall of 2009. Eric gets rave reviews from co-workers and customers alike as an applications engineer for Hamilton, Inc., a robotics firm where he recently earned a promotion. Interested parties can see more details, pictures, and movies of Kiely at Sarah and Eric's blog
Amelia (Graham) Sponseller ’00 and Stephen Sponseller welcomed a son, Graham Edwin Sponseller, on June 16, 2007. The family lives in Portland, Me. Amelia is completing a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Email ameliakgrahma@yahoo.com
Meredith Villines ’00 sent the following contact information: 1534 SE 35th PL #1, Portland, OR 97214 / 919.260.0877. Email Meredith_villines@yahoo.com
Amber Schwartz ’01 is a teacher in the Hazel Park (Mich.) Public Schools. She created and implemented a Spanish program in the elementary schools this year. "Thanks to my education at Kalamazoo College," she wrote, "I was the only person in my district eligible to do so." Amber is working on her Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’02 Home again for the 5th reunion; many more to come
Ghislaine (Storr) Burks ’02 completed law school at Valparaiso University then moved to Maryland where she passed the bar and began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. Last year she moved to Virginia, took the bar again, and now practices as a criminal defense and construction litigation attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., in Fredericksburg. On August 18, 2007, she married her husband, David. "My fondest memories are of my experiences at 'K' College," she wrote. "I especially remember and cherish and my senior year roommates-Nisse, Kelly, and Andrea." Email storr@lawyers-virginia.com
Sara Kellogg Troyer ’03 , a recent graduate of University of Michigan School of Dentistry, is finishing up a year of elective residency in a hospital dentistry program in Ann Arbor. She will soon be practicing full time in Ann Arbor. She's also a newlywed! She and Nate Troyer '02 were married this past New Year's Eve, and many fellow alumni joined the celebration. Nate and Sara plan to soon purchase a house in the Ann Arbor Area. Email skelloggdds@gmail.com
Gabriela Peschiera-Carl ’03 is the study abroad coordinator at Western Michigan University's Haenicke Institute. She took that post in September 2006, after three years of service in Kalamazoo College's Center for International Programs. An article about her appeared in a WMU publication. In that piece she said, "Before I studied abroad I had no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated from Kalamazoo College. Although I have always been interested in Latin American culture, I did not realize the extent of my interest until I studied in Chile. The food, music, and people were all fascinating to me, and I found that I wanted to see other students experience this same fascination with another culture. Studying abroad is like a roller coaster ride; the students' emotions range from anticipation/excitement to fear/nervousness throughout the entire process. I love to witness the emotional challenges students encounter when abroad, and how much they have grown as individuals upon their return."
Michelle Harburg ’04 , who lives and works in Washington, D.C., recently participated in the Israel Experience, a program that combines touring and hands-on adventures. During her "official" 10-days in the Middle East, she saw the Pyramids, explored the Old City of Jerusalem, and ran (and WON!) a half-marathon in Luxor (some nine hours south of Cairo). Just before she was due to return home, the tug of the place compelled her to stay. She decided to do several weeks of volunteer work in the West Bank. About her half-marathon race she wrote to her former Kalamazoo College coach, Andy Stricker, Advancement, "There were lots of international contestants-Russians, Brits, French, Austrians, Asians, and one or two Egyptian women, but many more Egyptian men. I have definitely felt better during races. It was quite hot and I was wearing conservative clothes out of respect (tights and a t-shirt). Also, I was sometimes surrounded by cars, buses, and donkey carts. Thus, I had to dodge to avoid them, since they didn't close off the road for the race. Also, there were occasions when some of the spectators (men, adolescents, boys) would run alongside me for quite a long time and try to engage me in conversation. These are things that I am not used to, but in the end it was a good experience!"
Matthew Pieknik ’04 can be reached at his e-mail address. Email mpieknik@buffalo.edu
Alasun Schrecengost ’05 sends the following contact information: 1901 E. Apache Blvd. #214, Tempe, AZ 85281. Email alasun@gmail.com
Briana Kleidon ’06 Last month Briana Kleidon graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a Master of Public Policy degree. She has accepted a job as a legislative program analyst with the State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. She relocates to Madison, Wis., this month. Email brianakl@umich.edu
Kimberly Martines ’06 sent the following contact information: 1337 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 / 231.730.2089 Email kmarti33@depaul.edu
James Sprott ’06 In July, James Sprott will begin work on his MA in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He expects to complete that work in December 2009. Email InfidelSprott@gmail.com
Roger Garfield ’07 sends the following contact information: 2840 S. Church St., Apt. A-106, Murfreesboro, TN 37127 / 248.345.3065 Email rlouisgar@gmail.com
Matthew Love ’07 lives in Japan. His contact information is Wakimachi Ooaza Wakimachi, Mima-shi, Tokushima-ken 779-3610 / 81.090.1572.4307 Email k02ml03@gmail.com
Katie Ovink ’07 has been accepted into the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She will be living, working, and attending school in Pullman, Washington. Email taytee11@gmail.com
Jared Randall ’07 wrote, "Since graduation I have been teaching math full time at Hamilton (Mich.) High School. Work has been going well and I have kept busy serving as head assistant coach for the varsity basketball and football teams, capitalizing on my years of playing both sports for the Hornets." Email jrandall@hamiltonschools.us
Andrea Yancon ’07 is a student at the University of Michigan Medical School and has been named project director for the University's Quito Project Clinic. The Quito Project seeks to improve the health, education, and well being of impoverished people in Quito, Ecuador, and its surrounding communities. It also integrates its initiatives into the community to ensure they are sustained. The four core initiatives are a free medical clinic, public health interventions, social work interventions, and tutoring. While she was a student at Kalamazoo College, Andrea worked in the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning's Spanish Medical Interpreting Program. She is currently teaching (informally) a medical Spanish class for medical students. Recently she wrote to Angela Gross in the Center for International Programs: "I love med school, but you will see that study abroad at 'K' College truly changed my life. I loved the experience and I loved Ecuador so much that I try to work there any chance I can get!"
Julianna Weaver ’08 , who will graduate with her bachelor's degree in political science next month, published an article, "Mindful Eating," in spring edition of the magazine Abroad View. In the article, Julianna articulates the economic and environmental benefits of eating locally. Her views are based on her study abroad experience at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Part of that experience was an agro-ecology course, during part of which she lived and worked in the field with her host family in Mae Taa, an agrarian community in northern Thailand.

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Fraser E. "Bud" Pomeroy died on March 3, 2008. He served as a College trustee from 1960 to 1982. In 1978 he and his wife established a scholarship to provide a student with the opportunity they never had: a chance to attend college at the place they would have chosen for themselves. Pomeroy was a member of the Stetson Society, persons who have made planned gifts or other bequest arrangements to benefit Kalamazoo College. Bud graduated from Detroit Northwestern High School in 1925. In 1928 he graduated from Detroit Commercial College and then began a career that spanned 68 years at New England Life. He became the longest tenured employee/agent in the history of the company. He was involved in numerous civic organizations. He is the father of two daughters and a son, and is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Mary Jane Ross ’30 died on December 9, 2007. She earned her degree in history and then earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California. She was a longtime teacher of history, civics, and social studies in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, mostly at the junior high level, and she was a member for 88 years of the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo. She celebrated her 100th birthday nine days before her death.

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