September 2009

CLASS NOTES

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1950's

Tom Willson ’52 was one of two persons selected to the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame by the North Carolina Tennis Foundation. He will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on January 20, 2010, at a commemoration event held at the Carolina Hotel (Pinehurst, N.C.). Willson has lived in the Tar Heel State for more than half his life. He was a Michigan State 4-A High School Doubles Champion and a member of the Hornet tennis team. In North Carolina he built an accomplished playing record in age division tournament play. In 1979 he held the number one year-end ranking in Men's 45s Doubles. He stayed in the upper-echelon of his age divisions as he continued to play into his 70s. During his adult career he compiled six State Closed Singles titles, 10 State Closed Doubles titles, three Southern Sectional Singles titles, and five Southern Sectional Doubles titles. He and his son, Matthew, have competed in National Father-Son tournaments for 25 years. They won a National Championship Gold Ball (first-place finish) in 2006, and they have won six Silver Balls (second-place finish), and one Bronze Ball (third-place finish). Willson co-founded the Brevard Racquet Club and has promoted tennis to all ages in western North Carolina. He and his wife Ann live in Cashiers.
MaryAnn (Wise) Dawson ’59 attended Emeritus Club Weekend 2009 and was inducted into the Emeritus Club on Sunday, June 14. Her name was inadvertently omitted from the list read during the induction ceremony at the Emeritus Club Brunch.

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1960's

Nancy Lafuente (M.D.) ’65 continues to work at healing minds and bodies. She wrote, "I'm enjoying warm (well, hot) and balmy (well, muggy) South Georgia weather, and I'm the proud grandmother of four little adorable and intelligent ones!"
J. Donovan Mosteller (Jr.) ’66 is fully retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. After his B.A. in English at "K," he received an M.A. with honors from University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in English (Medieval Studies) from Vanderbilt University. He also did post-doc study at Oxford (England) and Harvard Universities. His dissertation was on Beowulf, and he has presented and published papers in his specialty during his 30 years in academe. For 25 years he was professor of English at Coker College (Hartsville, South Carolina), 17 years of which he served as Chairman of the Department of Language and Literature. In that capacity he once had the privilege of hosting Kalamazoo College Professor Emeritus of English Conrad Hilberry for a poetry reading. True to his K-College heritage, Mosteller led overseas-study courses to England and Scotland during his tenure. In his spare time, the former Sherwood watches over his four sons and their families, his pool table, and a duck pond. He also says that he spends to much time on this twin blogs: dailymosteller.blogspot.com and mostellermusings.blogspot.com. Email jdmjr6@gmail.com
John Kriekard ’68 retired on June 30, 2009, after 37 years in education. He had been the superintendent of Paradise Valley Unified School District (Phoenix, Arizona) for the past six years. The district named the John A. Kriekard Hands On Science Center in recognition of his leadership and years of service.
Janet Oakley ’68 will publish in December her fifth essay in the CUP OF COMFORT series. "Putting Things Away" is about settling the last piece of grief from her husband's sudden passing seven and a half years ago. "In the meantime," wrote Janet, "I'd like the history department to see what a degree in U.S. History can lead to. I blog and have a ball: blog Email timelinelady@gmail.com
Chokwe Lumumba ’69 was elected city councilman for Jackson, Mississippi, on May 19, 2009. He has had a long distinguished career as an accomplished defense attorney and powerful political activist.
Ronald Williams ’69 wrote, "After bouncing around the world following my retirement from the Air Force in 1997, I remarried in 2006 to a beautiful, kind woman half my age in Buenos Aires. We now have a wonderful addition to our family, baby Catherine, who really keeps me jumping and won't let me grow old gracefully." Email eaglenav50@yahoo.com

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1970's

Timothy Howlett ’70 , an attorney at Dickinson Wright, recently was selected as one of the nation's Top 100 management employment attorneys for 2009 by Human Resource Executive (HRE) and Lawdragon. HRE is distributed to more than 75,000 top ranking human resource executives. Lawdragon is a networking site used by leading lawyers and judges throughout the United States. The Top 100 were selected based on a number of criteria, including proven leadership, recent cases, membership in peer-selected organizations, and other accomplishments, such as publications and speaking engagements. Howlett is a member of the firm's Detroit office and serves as practice department manager for the firm's labor and employment, immigration, and employee benefits practice areas. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and counsels employers on a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues. He also represents employers in all types of employment litigation.
Helen Tatro Rietz ’70 recently attended a 40th anniversary reunion of friends from her foreign study. Helen deviated from the traditional foreign study program by spending a full academic year at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, under a program administered by the Great Lakes Colleges Association. GLCA colleges along with the University of California were allowed limited academic slots in Beirut during the turbulent year of 1968-69. Of the 40 American students in Beirut that year, 38 returned to Washington, D.C., last Memorial Day weekend for the reunion, coming in from all around the globe. The weekend included social events, such as shared Lebanese dinners and dancing to the oldies. Representatives of the AUB showed photographs of the campus then, as damaged in the Lebanese civil war, and as rebuilt today. Current and former diplomats also participated in panel discussions with the group about issues in the Middle East. Also participating was Dr. Anthony Bing, a former Kenyon College professor who was the American student advisor in Beirut in the late 1960s. (He also is the father of "K" alumna Jennifer Bing-Canar '83.) He later left academia and took part in many activities over the years to foster understanding and peace between Arabs and Israelis. In honor of Dr. Bing and to commemorate the reunion, the group established and is funding the Bing Scholarship, under the aegis of AUB. It will support a student from the Gaza Strip wishing to study medicine or nursing at AUB and willing to return to Gaza to practice in that field. Email HLRietz@earthlink.net
Regina Willette ’70 is on the Board of Directors of the Midwives Alliance of North America, a professional organization for all midwives. She is licensed in New York and holds National Board Certification as a midwife. Her practice consists almost entirely of house calls, and she has a widely varied clientele that ranges from college professors to the most conservative Amish groups. She also continues to work part-time as a physician assistant in the field of chemical dependency.
Matthew Anderson ’72 recently attended a CIC Academic Leadership symposium at the University of Michigan as part of a year long faculty development program. "The guy sitting next to me was attending as a representative of Indiana University. Sometime during the evening, he mentioned being in Kalamazoo. To make a long story short, he was a graduate of Kalamazoo College, AND the same class, 1972. It was the first time I had seen Tom Gieryn in many years. We had seen each other at a prior symposium, but neither of us recognized the other. We ultimately ended up chanting the 'K' fight chant (Rickety rak, rickety rak). Tom is currently an administrator at Indiana, and I am at Michigan State. It is truly a small world." Email ander130@msu.edu
Martha (Larzelere) Campbell ’72 was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands on August 21, 2009. She serves as the highest ranking diplomat at the U.S. Embassy there. Campbell has been a career member of the Department of State's Foreign Service for 29 years. During that time she has served as Management Officer at U.S. Embassies in The Hague, Stockholm, Budapest, Majuro (capital of the Marshall Islands), and Paramaribo (Suriname). She was also a consular officer in Rotterdam and Chief of the Political/Economic Section during a second tour in Paramaribo. In Washington, Campbell served previously in the Executive Office of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in two roles: as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management and as a Career Development Officer. The Marshall Islands (29 low-lying coral atolls and five single islands) are 70 square miles of land scattered over 750,000 square miles of the Western Pacific Ocean (just west of the International Dateline and just north of the Equator). Its population is an estimated 53,000, most of whom live in Majuro and two other cities, Ebeye and Jaluit. In 1987, shortly after the United States signed the Compact of Free Association with the Republic, Campbell opened the Office of the U.S. Representative in Majuro. Prior to the ambassadorship, Campbell served as the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute (Arlington, Va.), where she trained State Department and inter-agency employees in support of foreign policy priorities around the world.
James Jacobs ’75 wrote, "I am now with the Office of Regional Counsel in Ft. Myers, Florida. we handle the roughest, gruffest, and toughest cases that the Public Defenders won't handle. I just won two jury trials in a row. I love putting criminals back on the streets where they belong. this is my social commitment to society. Trickle down Reaganomics at work! If anyone is in my 'hood, stop by!" Email cacticzar@yahoo.com
Marjorie Snyder ’75 can be contacted at marjsnyder2@aol.com. She lives at 27 Prospect Park West, #5B, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Email marjsnyder2@aol.com
Ami Moss ’76 is as busy as ever with her quilting workshops. She recently returned from Pennsylvania and has upcoming workshops scheduled for Maine and Arizona. Her Alzheimer's charity work continues to do fabulous work.
Deborah Russell ’76 became CEO/President of Community Advocates for Persons With Developmental Disabilities in April of 2008. The organization is the Kalamazoo County chapter of the ARC of the U.S.
Linda (DeRose) Primavera ’77 retired in January after more than 30 years with IBM. "I never expected to work in engineering after having earned degrees in Spanish and sociology, but 'K' College taught me to enjoy the quest for knowledge. My husband Dennis and I continue to travel extensively. We also started our own vegetable garden, which is quite a challenge in the Tucson desert, but we recently started to enjoy the results of our harvest. Now that I have the time, I'm also volunteering more in the community. I'm grateful for the different opportunities I've had over the years and now am looking forward to many new experiences." Email ldprima@cox.net
Thomas Campbell ’79 , an attorney in Auburn, Washington, has been appointed to the Green River Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Christine Gregoire. Campbell earned his B.A. from "K" in political science and his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound. He studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. In addition to his duties on the Green River board, Campbell is also a board member of the White River Valley Museum.
John Hanson ’79 is one of 33 National Humanities Center Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year. He will use the fellowship to complete a book, tentatively titled Islam, Schooling and the Public Sphere: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana, West Africa. Hanson was among 475 applicants, and the scholars represent 23 U.S. colleges and universities as well as institutions in German, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Hanson is an associate professor in the Indiana University (Bloomington) department of history. His research examines how the Ahmadiyya Muslim movement has been an important force for education and progress in West Africa. He is former director of the Africa Studies Program and IU and former editor of the journal Africa Today. He has written several books on Islam and West Africa.
Elizabeth (Moehle) Johnson ’79 was sworn in as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for 2009-2010 by the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Marilyn Kelly. The 150-member Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. Johnson has a private practice in Plymouth, Mich., where she concentrates on general civil and criminal law, with an emphasis in estate planning, real estate, and employment discrimination.

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1980's

Leonard Freedman (Ph.D.) ’80 joined the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Penn.) in the newly created position of Vice Dean for Research. He is responsible for advancing the medical college's research mission. Most recently, Freedman served as vice president of discovery for women's health and musculoskeletal therapies at Wyeth Research.
Scott Loveridge ’80 , class agent for the Class of 1980, has created a "K" '80 Facebook group. And it's not just for his classmates. "All members of the Classes of '79, '80, and '81 are invited to join as a way of catching up on each other and enjoying photos contributed by group members." Email dohrlove@comcast.net
Cynthia Nieb ’80 is in her second year as director of public outreach with the State Historical Fund, Colorado Historical Society (Denver). For the last 15 years she has aided nonprofits in developing capacity, administered a variety of grant programs, and been active in the field of historic preservation. Email niebcynthia@comcast.net
Brad Smith ’80 has been named the Blackmore-Nault Professor of Law at Capital University Law School (Columbus, Ohio). Email bsmith@law.capital.edu
Dianne Willer-Sly ’80 graduated in December 2008 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a clinical doctorate in nursing degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). During her program she was selected as a Hartford Geriatric Center for Nursing Excellence Scholar at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her doctoral capstone project--"Reporting on the Health Status of Geriatric Dementia Patients in an Assisted Living Setting"--received a competitive grant from the HealthPartners Research Foundation. During Spring 2009 Willer-Sly taught in the graduate nursing program at the University of Minnesota in addition to her work as a nurse practitioner for HealthPartners, a large non-profit HMO in the Twin Cities area. Her clinical practice provides on-site primary care to geriatric patients in assisted living facilities and to adults with developmental disabilities in their group home setting. Willer-Sly is currently challenging herself by learning to play the mandolin, and notes that she can now play entire songs. She recently came across and purchased a 1929 Gibson F-2 mandolin in excellent condition that was built in Kalamazoo. She also enjoys visiting her daughter and current "K" student, Katy Sly '12. Email willerwoman@comcast.net
Paul Anderson ’81 is the head coach of the Los Alamos (NM) High School girls track and field team. That team just won the 2009 AAAA State Championship. Anderson's teams have won two state championships in the 10 years that he has been head coach. Email andersonp25@yahoo.com
Peter Charlton ’81 and his advertising firm, Ricochet Partners, have designed a campaign for a unique bike lock. "Perhaps what you'd expect from an econ/poli sci major," wrote Charlton. "Enjoy." Email peter@richochetpartners.com
Timothy Ryan ’81 and John Schelske '82 competed together in the "A" flight of the Birmingham (Mich.) Athletic Club Tennis Invitational. The duo won the Reprieve Championship! Not bad for a swimmer (Timothy) and basketball player (John). Ven Johnson '83 and Randy Blau '93 competed in the Championship flight and finished as runners-up.
Chris Gawart ’83 , a partner in the Trust & Estates practice group in the national law firm of Quarles & Brady, was awarded the "FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager" distinction for 2009 by Milwaukee Magazine. The award is based on research with more than 34,000 consumers and 4,600 financial services professionals in Milwaukee. The work of wealth managers like Gawart was evaluated according to nine criteria. Gawart practices in the areas of estate planning, closely held business planning, and general corporate and tax-exempt organizations.
Suzanne (Kleinsmith) Saganich ’83 , a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, was inducted to the Society of Benchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The Society of Benchers was established in 1962 to recognize graduates of Case Western University School of Law who have especially distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities. Saganich is an attorney in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group.
Georgia Abbott ’84 was named director of the Northwood University Alden B. Dow Creativity Center (Midland, Mich.). The Center supports Northwood's mission of developing future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society and the values of entrepreneurship. The director position promotes the power of creativity in business endeavors.
Anne Dueweke ’84 recently submitted a rather unconventional baby photo. No one had triplets. Instead, the photo could be a (literal) "baby book"--you remember those collections of photos (usually of the high-school-senior variety) of incoming freshmen? Dueweke sent a photo of three graduates' babies taken some 18 years ago. This month those three former babies arrived on campus as freshmen members of the Class of 2013. Who would've guessed back when? Pictured are (l-r) Ben Dueweke, Anne's son; Nicholas Csete; the son of Josie Csete '83, and Tristan Kiel, son of Jane (Carey) Kiel '84.
Amy Buch ’85 is division manager of health promotion for the Orange County (Calif.) Health Care Agency. She also serves as risk management advisor to Beta Theta Pi fraternity at University of California-Irvine, where she formerly worked. While at UC-Irvine she taught students about alcohol responsibility in the Health Education Center.
Suzanne Peake ’85 and her partner Lloyd Mair had a baby in January. Adam Fred lives with his parents on the beachfront in Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland. "We are hoping he can translate for us between northeast Scots and American English once he can talk," wrote Suzanne. Email suzannerpeake@yahoo.co.uk
Diane (Harbaugh) Pierson ’86 has joined Copyright Clearance Center (Danvers, Mass.) as vice president of marketing. CCC provides copyright licensing solutions. Pierson will help guide the company's overall marketing and product management operations. Prior to her appointment she was the director of product value for the global client development division at LexisNexis.
Kathy Henry ’87 has been appointed circulation/audience development director at Crain Publications, a Detroit-based communication company that publishes 29 business, consumer, and trade publications. Henry had previously served as group director, strategic community and audience development at United Business Media LLC in San Francisco.
Peter Livingstone-McNelis ’87 and his wife, Laura Livingstone-McNelis '89 are the owners and operators of Henderson Castle, a Bed and Breakfast and community activities center within walking distance of campus. Henderson Castle was recently named by AAA as one of the top 41 historic hotels in North America. Henderson Castle hosts several arts-related activities annually as well as camps for youngsters that teach self-respect and kindness toward others.
Scott Nowling ’87 has been elected president of the St. Charles (Ill.) District 303 School Board. Nowling has two daughters (a sophomore and an eighth grader) in the district's schools. He works as a manager for Johnson & Johnson and is in the middle of his first term, which began in 2007.
Michelle Phaup ’87 was recently tapped by the National Association of Realtors as a finalist for its annual Good Neighbor Award for her efforts to ease the financial burden of families faced with catastrophic illness. Since 1989 Phaup has sponsored fund-raising events that have raised mroe than $2 million to help people pay for uncovered medical expenses. She owns Clarkston (Mich.) Realty Inc. and operates her own nonprofit organization, Lend a Helping Hand Inc.
Lisa Reardon ’87 was recently promoted to developmental editor at Chicago Review Press and welcomes book proposals from Kalamazoo College faculty, alumni, and students. Founded in 1973, Chicago Review Press is an independent, mid-sized publisher specializing in general nonfiction topics, including music, film, social science, progressive politics, civil and human rights, feminism, popular science, how-to, travel, biography, and more. "We also publish an award-winning line of nonfiction children's books," wrote Reardon. "We do not publish original fiction, poetry, inspirational, or self-help books." Email lreardon@chicagoreviewpress.com
Manish Sharma (M.D.) ’87 joined the Bronson Internal Medicine Specialists in Kalamazoo, Mich. He completed his internal medicine residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor) and his nuclear medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

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1990's

Katy Loebrich ’90 wrote, "We always used to celebrate our birthdays together when we were at 'K', so, with two of us already in our 40s and the rest of the group 'catching up' this year, we decided to get together and mark 40-plus years of life and 20-plus years of friendship...and counting! The party was at the home of Mitch Veldkamp '91. Pictured are (l-r): Cyndee Garrod '91, Wendy Ransom-Hodgkins '91, me, Marnie Gucciard '91, Alisha Rohde '90, and Mitch. Here's to the next 40!"
Anna ((Dupree)) Ngo ’90 was recently named manager of global banking at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Mich.). She has worked at Ford since December of 2000. Most of that time she has been able to work in a job-share arrangement, which was wonderful and allowed her more time with her family. She continues to live in Troy, Mich., with her husband Tom and their two children, Alex (12) and Olivia (9). Anna's mother also lives with the family, providing the kids a close relationship with their grandmother. Anna welcomes e-mails from former classmates. Email annadupree1986@yahoo.com
Steve Iaquaniello ’91 graduated in the spring from Oakland University with a Master's degree in applied statistics. "Shortly thereafter I took a position at Marketing Associates in their Business Intelligence department as a senior statistician/data miner," he wrote. "I do predictive modeling for Ford Motor Company, in Dearborn, Michigan. If you're a 'K' alum working at Ford, look me up." Email siaquaniello@hotmail.com
Laura Otolski ’91 wrote that she was "delighted to be hosting my fourth 'K' student at my workplace of the past six years, Food & Friends. It has been a great way to stay connected to the college and share the work I do in the field of HIV and cancer nutrition with current students." Email laura@otolski.com
Heidi Reyst ’91 and Angie McCalla welcomed their son Beck Aiden McCalla-Reyst to the "K" family on June 8, 2009. "He is an absolute joy," wrote Heidi. Email heidi.reyst@rrciweb.com
Heidi (Zmuda) Bailey ’92 wrote, "After building a home sustainably four years ago I took my passion a bit further and opened a store in Chicago called "A Cooler Planet." This eco-lifestyle store provides products, education, and solutions for our everyday that can be a bit more gentle on this fragile planet. This "K" grad attributes her leap into this venture in part to her 15-year reunion and her amazingly driven and successful classmates." Email heidi@itsacoolerplanet.com
Jeffrey Mason ’92 recently resigned as senior pastor of Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene in Pylesville, Md., to become a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. Mason earned B.A. degrees in religion and political science before earning a master's of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. A Deerfield, Mich., native with a sailing hobby, Mason joined nearly 800 other Navy chaplains from 100 denominations and faith groups that minister to the spiritual needs of sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families. He has relocated to Norfolk, Va., with his wife Andrea and their two sons, ages 3 and 5. Chaplains face the same physical rigors and risks as the soldiers and sailors with whom they serve overseas. About a third of Navy chaplains serve with the U.S. Marine Corps. The rest serve on ships, at bases, in training commands, and overseas throughout the world.
Wendy Reed ’92 is assistant dean in the College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University (Fargo). In that position she conducts teaching programs for new faculty. She also serves on the executive committee for FORWARD (Focus on Resources for Women's Advancement, Recruitment/Retention and Development), the steering committee for environmental and conservation sciences, the Commission on the Status for Women Faculty, and the Strategic Planning Leadership Team for the College of Science and Mathematics. Her area of research is physiological ecology.
Mark Spitznagel ’93 is the subject of a Wall Street Journal Article "Black Swan Trader Bets Reputation on Inflation" that appeared in the June 17 issue of the paper. Spitznagel is a hedge-fund manager for Universa Investments LP, and he managed a fund that saw triple-digit returns based on his prediction of the extreme and highly unexpected turn in the markets last year. According to the article, Spitz-Nagel and Universa are now "poised to make a wager that will reap big rewards if inflation surges."
Jeff Muth ’94 , a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm's Michigan office, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for Broadway Grand Rapids, an organization that brings Broadway performances from New York to West Michigan. More than 4,000 season-ticket holders and thousands more performance ticket purchasers support the four productions each year. Muth is a member of the Judicial Review Committee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and is both a Steering Committee member and faculty member of the Hillman Advocacy Program. He also sits on the board of directors for the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.
Stephen Vance ’95 , a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission, has been selected as the 2009-2010 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the United States Sentencing Commission. The Supreme Court Fellows Program was created in 1973 to provide promising individuals with a first-hand understanding of the federal government and judicial branch. As a fellow at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Vance will conduct legal research concerning sentencing guideline issues and legislative directives pending before the commission. His fellowship began this fall.
Nicholas Coutsos ’96 has been appointed to the leadership and management team of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Coutsos is deputy associate minister for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Prior to this position he served as counsel to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Before working for former Chairman John Kerry and current Chair Mary Landrieu, he was an attorney in the business counsel practice group of Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Alexandra (Foley) Altman ’97 wrote, "Chris and I are still enjoying life in Chicago. Our daughter Maeve is 3 years old, and I am home full time with her now, while continuing to do some consulting. I am honored to have joined the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board, and getting back to campus a few times a year is a real treat. Please continue to support your alma mater. I encourage you to connect with the great things happening both there and in your region, and hope to see you at an alumni event soon."
Becky Anderson ’97 is a medicinal chemist turned professional portrait photographer. You can access her blog, where you'll find she makes good use of her alma mater's campus for a background.
Mathew Calvert ’97 married Miyuki Shimabukuro on June 20, 2009, at the Glessner House Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Many college friends attended. The couple honeymooned in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, before returning to Chicago. Guests include (l-r): Front row, L to R: Matt Lango '97, Matt Priest (K'97), Nate Vercauteren '97, Brian Tallerico '97, Alyssa (Stone) Hayes '97, John Hayes '96, Miyuki Shimabukuro, Mathew Calvert '97, Jason Hughes; back row, L to R: Jon Mastantuono '97, Todd Thompson '97, Elizabeth Lindau '97, Andy Carra '97, Sam O'Connor-Divelbiss '97, Megan O'Connor '97, Whitney Waara '97, Nicole (McIlroy) Steeves '98, Gwen Steeves, John Cunningham '99, Alexandra (Foley) Altman '97, Chris Altman '97, Peter Knight '95, Colin Sheaff '97, Lisa (Rohde) Knight '97, Audra Eisin-Banazek '97. Not pictured: Alexis (Frankfort) Leverenz '97.
Andrew Schleicher ’97 began as director of services for the United Methodist Christian Educators Fellowship in June. He continues to write freelance as a journalist and for adult curriculum. Andrew also provides communications consulting. And, he is a probationary deacon and director of evangelism and communications for West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Visit http://ajscom.wordpress.com for more information.
Monique (Labadie) Soranno ’97 shared the news of the birth of her little girl: Giada Vianne. Giada was born in late February and, wrote Monique, "she is a joy incarnate and is constantly being entertained by her older brother, Ben, who just turned 5. David and I are still in Michigan, and I am about to venture into becoming a business partner...scary, but really fun." Email monique@modave.net
Ryan Fischer-Harbage ’98 teaches courses on nonfiction book proposal writing. He edited books for Little, Brown & Company and the Penguin Group before joining Simon & Schuster to help create and launch a new imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment. Fischer-Harbage edited Peter Singer's The President of Good & Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush, Farah Ahmedi's The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, and the Pulitzer prize winning Betrayal: The Crisis of the Catholic Church. His opinions on books have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Poets & Writers, Publisher's Weekly, and many others.
Rebecca Flintoft ’98 and her husband Richard Blake announce the birth of their son Eliot Carter Blake-Flintoft on May 11, 2009. They live just outside Boulder, Colorado, and Becca works as the director of housing and auxiliary services at the Colorado School of Mines. Email Rebeccaflintoft@yahoo.com
Jamila Gaskins ’98 will document her cross-country bicycle journey (12,000 miles) as a way to raise awareness of persons living with HIV disease and as a way to encourage HIV prevention for women. You can learn more about her project here. Email jkgaskins@projectonethemovie.com
Amanda Lichtenstein ’98 returned to East Africa for a second time (13 years ago she studied abroad in Kenya as a "K" student). This time she was there to do a poetry/theater project with teenagers. She wrote to Professor of English Gail Griffin: "I just wanted to say thank you for urging me to sign up for that 8 AM Swahili class back in 1996. I am in love with the language all over again and plan to go back in December to take intensive Swahili classes at the Kiswahili Language Institute in Zanzibar."
Kent Dolbee ’99 was inducted into the Battle Creek (Mich.) Lakeview High School Athletic Hall of Fame in September. He played four years at No. 1 singles in tennis for the school. He was a four-year All-City champ and was state champ his senior year when he went 28-0. He also was a stand-out on the Hornet tennis team.
Laura Lam ’99 is the City of Kalamazoo's new community development manager. Prior to accepting this post, Lam had worked nearly eight years in San Jose, Calif., most recently as manager of that city's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. She formed coalitions to build safe neighborhoods and strong neighborhood associations. Her San Jose initiative recently won a National League of Cities' Gold Award for Municipal Excellence. At "K" Lam majored in human development and social relations, studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and participated in the Building Blocks neighborhood revitalization program.
Liesl Leary ’99 works for ENLASO Corporation, a multilingual localization company that specializes in software, web sites, marketing communication, training and other translation services. Leary is an expert in business process redesign and enterprise account management. She speaks six languages and earned her degree in international studies-East Asia.
Jennifer (Stefanski) O'Guinn ’99 and her husband, Dave, welcomed their daughter, Alexis Abigail Margaret O'Guinn, on May 27, 2009. Alexis joins proud big brother Connor, with whom she is pictured. Email joquinn@fbtlaw.com
Jakob Ostien ’99 received a dual Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and computer mechanics from the University of Michigan and is now back to work at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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2000's

Rebekah (Merkel) Mullaney ’00 recently completed writing and illustrating a children's book titled Azuki Loves Green Tea. This full-color illustrated children's story tells about a cat who works at a green tea shop in Kyoto. The cat teaches children about the three main types of green tea and the process farmers use to grow and produce green tea in Japan.
Emily (Swendson) Fey ’01 was promoted to senior associate at the law firm Swendson/Menting Law Ltd. in Oconomowoc, Wis. Fey concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, and probate and trust administration. She earned her J.D. from Drake University. She is a member of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club and lives with her husband Brian in Delafield, Wis.
Mary (Hofmeister) Carvalho ’02 wrote to introduce the newest addition to the Carvalho family. "Marcelo is six months old and growing like a weed. We live in the Houston area where Thiago works as an engineer at Shell." Mary completed her Ph.D. and started a new job as a biostatistician for NASA.
Laura Mannion ’02 received a juris doctor degree from New England Law / Boston in May. While earning her degree, Mannion was recipient of CALI Awards in Law and Ethics of Lawyering and Criminal Procedure. She volunteered with the New England Innocence Project, Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the National Lawyers Guild.
Kim Thompson ’02 earned a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is serving as an intern with the World Resource Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Libby Rhee ’03 is running the ING New York City Marathon on November 1. She's hoping to raise $2,500 on behalf of Team for Kids! and that organization's work to prevent childhood obesity, a condition that has tripled in the U.S. since 1980. Team for Kids helps the New York Road Runners Foundation deliver running-based fitness programs to 75,000 at-risk school children each week. You can keep up with Rhee's training and running blurbs here or make a donation here(her marathon entry number is 424983).
Adrienne Beller ’04 married Artie Knack on August 15, 2009. Adrienne is in her final year of law school at Wayne State University. She has been working for the past three and a half years for a law firm and hopes eventually to become a partner. Her husband works at Henry Ford Hospital as a speech pathologist and is working on a Ph.D.
Jessie Geiger ’04 wrote, "I had a wonderful time at the May alumni event in San Francisco, sharing memories and catching up on the exciting advancements of the College. It was truly an honor to be among such successful and supportive alumni."
Hilary Stratton ’04 married high school sweetheart T. Kelly Olson on June 6, 2009. Hilary also recently completed her M.S. in psychology and is working toward her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Idaho State University. The photo shows her friends wearing their best "K" College thinking faces (l-r): Megan Featherstone '01, Erin Ashmore '04, Kristin Alt '03, Rex Hamilton '69, Hilary Stratton '04, Amy Slingerland '04, Tessa Betts '04, Leeanne Stratton '01, and Becca Tipton. Email hilarystratton@alumni.kzoo.edu
Benjamin Busman ’05 received his D.O. degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine on May 7, 2009. He has begun a residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut (Farmington).
Shelby Butler ’05 had her Peace Corps service in Madagascar cut short in March when the Malagasy president was overthrown by an opposition movement that eventually gained the support of a portion of the military. "After my evacuation to the U.S. i was fortunate enough to find new employment at an independent school in Mississippi," wrote Butler. "I began teaching 7th and 8th grade Spanish here this fall." Email shelbyrene@gmail.com
Kelly Clapp ’05 is in her fourth year of graduate school at the University of Michigan, working on her Ph.D. in pharmacology. She recently had a paper accepted into the Journal of Biochemistry. The paper's title is "Dynamic Cycling with Hsp90 Stabilizes Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Through Calmodulin-dependent Inhibition of Ubiquitination." Email kelly_clapp@yahoo.com
Alyxe Lett ’05 returned from three and a half years of Peace Corps service in Guatemala in May 2009. "I am now beginning my graduate studies at Brandeis University (Waltham, Mass.)," she wrote, "in the Sustainable International Development master's program. If any of my friends are ever in the Boston area, give me a call and we can catch up." Email alyxe_lett@yahoo.com
Allison Okuyama ’05 married Nathan Garrett Frazier on April 20, 2009. The couple live in Lafayette, Louisiana, where Frazier has established his law practice.
Cara Jaye ’06 received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree on May 15, 2009, from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kim Juwong ’07 studied abroad in Beijing, China, and returned there shortly after her graduation in 2007. She teaches English and encounters a surprisingly large number of "K" grads in China. In this photo she and two classmates Chris Lee (middle) and Lauren Beattie (second from right) are sandwiched between two of their Chinese roommates from study abroad. Kim is second from left. Email kimberly.juwong@gmail.com
Peter Schneider ’07 wrote, "I have been studying for a master's degree in sport and exercise psychology this last year at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. After taking a year to work and audit classes at the University of Bonn in Germany, I discovered this wonderful program through a Finnish friend and have been thrilled with my decision. I lived during the summer in Columbus, Ohio, to be with my girlfriend but used the time to work on my thesis, which concerns improving team cohesion among a young boys soccer team in Finland with players of many nationalities. We have used the construct of "Self-Talk" as an intervention to turn negative thoughts about one's position on the team and toward teammates into a positive thought process. This fall I start a six month study at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and will hopefully begin a Ph.D. next year to study the effects of sport and exercise and its positive influence on mentally ill patients. If you're in Europe and want to meet up, or if you need a place to stay, don't hesitate to write me. I've included a photo of my campus in central Finland." Email pejaschn@jyu.fi
Rohan Krishnamurthy ’08 is a current M.A./Ph.D. student in musicology/ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York). Recently, his project "A New Design of the Ancient Mridangam" was awarded first prize in the 2008-2009 Eastman New Venture Challenge. The New Venture Challenge is a contest to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas in music. It gives students the opportunity to develop a business plan that could result in the launch of a new entrepreneurial enterprise. As first prize winner, Krishnamurthy receives $2,000 to help launch his new venture.
Emma Perry ’08 currently lives in Boston, where she and Rob Atwood '07 attend Boston College. Emma is working on a Ph.D. in English literature, and Rob is completing a MSW in clinical social work. Contact them (perryem@bc.edu or atwoodr@bc.edu); they'd love to catch up with alums out east.

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In Memory

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1930's

Harriet (Richman) Fullerton ’30 died on May 28, 1009. At "K" she majored in mathematics and served as the treasurer of Kappa Pi. She also was a member of a group called One-Act Plays. She was an employee of the Pharmacia & Upjohn Foundation.
Lera (Seeley) Clark ’37 died on October 10, 2008. She served as secretary for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ and lived in Alma, Michigan, at the time of her death.
Maude Southon ’37 died on April 6, 2009. After graduating from "K" she earned degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for many years in Cleveland, Ohio, before returning to live and work in her home town of Kalamazoo. She is survived by a sister and two brothers and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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1940's

Maxine (Thompson) Hopkins ’40 died on May 22, 2009. She lived in Denver and had been the president of Protecto Wrap Company.
Raymond Lewis (Jr.) ’45 died on January 10, 2009. He attended Kalamazoo College but left to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Nicolas Beresky ’48 died on August 24, 2009. He came to "K" from Chicago, majored in economics, and played basketball and tennis. He was a member of K-Club, the Pan American Club, Sigma Rho Sigma, and the Index staff. After graduation he was a small business owner and president of Transco.
Jeanne (Simon) Kelly ’49 died on May 31, 2009. She earned her B.A. in English and was a member of Kappa Pi. After graduating she married James R. Kelly, Sr., and they settled in Smoke Rise, New Jersey, and raised their family--two daughters and a son.
Ruth (Gordon) Pilcher ’49 died on July 29, 2009. She matriculated to "K" from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and, after earning her B.A., was granted a Graduate Nurse diploma and R.N. certification from the University of Illinois Cook County School of Nursing. She later became a Certified Nurse Midwife, graduating from the Maternity Center Association in New York City in 1955. The next year Pilcher was appointed as an instructor in nursing at Columbia University. She married Roy Pilcher in 1955. After Roy's graduation from Union Theological Seminary (1957) the couple left for Southern Rhodesia to do missionary work. They and their three children returned to the U.S. in 1965.
Glennon Ryan ’49 died on June 22, 2009. He came to "K" from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned his degree in economics. He also participated in varsity track and intramural swimming and volleyball. He lived in Florissant, Missouri, at the time of his death.

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1950's

James Kneller ’50 died on January 19, 2009. He came to "K" from Dowagiac, Mich., and majored in economics. He was a member of College Singers and played intramural softball and basketball. He was a manager at ConAgra Foundation and lived in Saginaw, Mich., at the time of his death.
Jack Porter ’50 died on September 7, 2009. He matriculated to "K" from Grosse Pointe, Mich., and majored in economics. He also played Hornet baseball, worked for the WJMD radio station, and participated in intramural football. After graduation he worked for Reader's Digest and the Reader's Digest Foundation.
Kenneth Hutton ’51 died on April 18, 2009. He matriculated to "K" from Chicago and earned his B.A. in biology (he later earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University). At "K" Hutton was a member of the International Relations Club. He worked as a professor at San Jose State University, and he lived in Palo Alto at the time of his death.
Daniel Larkin ’52 died on January 17, 2009. He lived in Aiken, South Carolina.
Louis Stolle ’53 died on May 12, 2009. He lived in Monroe, Mich., at the time of his death. At Kalamazoo College he majored in history and economics and participated on the Hornet cross-country team. Stolle earned a master's degree from University of Michigan and was a teacher in the Monroe Public Schools.
Gail Smith ’54 died on January 25, 2009. She earned her degree in art and was very active in co-curricular activities during her undergraduate days. She was a member of College Singers, president of Kappa Pi, and vice president of the Trowbridge House Council. Her career was teaching, and she taught throughout the U.S. and the world, including Illinois, California, Colorado, England, France, and Spain. She also worked for Colorado Mountain College. Smith was an artist, skier, environmentalist, outdoor advocate, and lover of music.
Gordon Noble ’55 died on April 6, 2009. He came to Kalamazoo College from Vicksburg, Michigan, and majored in chemistry and French. He was a member of Phi Lambda, WJMD, the College Players, and the French Club. He earned a master's degree from Western Michigan University. Noble was a science and mathematics teacher in the Middlebury (Ind.) Community Schools.
Jesse Schwoebell ’58 died on August 10, 2009. He attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the Class of 1958 and later served as minister for the Arden United Methodist Church.

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1960's

Donald Fonda ’60 died on October 11, 2008. He attended Kalamazoo College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary. He was a pastor at the Federated Church.
Joanne (Lent) Hyames ’60 died on August 11, 2009. She came to "K" from Detroit, Michigan, and majored in sociology. She was vice president of Trowbridge House Council and served as treasurer, vice president, and president of Eurodelphian Gamma. She also was a member of Spanish Club, Inter-Society Council, Carol Service, the Democratic Model Convention, and the May Fete Committee. She married James Hyames in August of 1960 and worked as a juvenile justice worker for more than 30 years, retiring in 2000. She lived in Mt. Pleasant (Michigan) at the time of her death and is survived by her son and grandchildren.
Shirley (Wright) Bursey ’62 died on April 11, 2009, from peritoneal cancer. She came to "K" from Rochester, New York, and majored in English. She later earned a master's degree in social work and focused her career in the field of community mental health and counseling. At "K" Wright was involved in many activities. She was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma, Student Senate, French Club, International Relations Club, and the Model Democratic Convention. She was president of Alpha Lambda Delta and chair of the Peace Corps Committee and the Campus Fund Drive. She studied abroad in Caen, France.
David Mead ’62 died on May 27, 2009. He majored in biology and was a member of Phi Lambda. He also earned a M.A. in computer science from Kansas State University. He was employed at NCR for many years and retired as a software engineer from AT&T after that company acquired NCR. Mead enjoyed a lifelong interest in nature and wildlife. After he retired he took numerous trips to Africa, the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands with the Sedjwick County Zoo in Wichita. He was an accomplished amateur painter. While at "K" he studied Chinese with Dr. Chen, and this led to a lifelong interest in the structure and vocabulary of many languages. Other members of Mead's family who attended Kalamazoo College include his father, Darwin Mead '32, sister, Betsy Mead Pifer '65, brother-in-law, Jim Pifer '65, nephew, Andy Pifer '92, and Andy's wife, Christina Perry Pifer '91.
Charles Hackney ’64 , former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, died on August 3, 2009, in East Lansing. He came to "K" from Dexter, Mich., and earned his B.A. in political science. At "K" he was a member of Century Forum, Student Senate, Inter-Society Council, Men's Joint House Council, and the Model Republican Convention. He wrote for Index and Boiling Pot. He studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, and completed a Senior Individualized Project titled: "Determining the effect of the Constitutional Convention in the Michigan Republican Party." Hackney earned his J.D. from University of Michigan. He served as assistant attorney general for more than 40 years. He became chief for five divisions in the attorney general's office, including Elections, Agricultural, Lottery, and Criminal Appellate divisions. He concluded his career as one of the principal attorneys responsible for ensuring the State of Michigan's continued collection of tobacco settlement funds, which are critical to the State's budget. In addition to his public service, Hackney served as an elder and deacon in his church, president of the East Lansing School Board, and coach to many youth athletic teams. He was a regular blood donor, worked on Habitat for Humanity, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2006 and died of complications relating to the disease.
Richard Blackmer ’65 died on January 19, 2009. At "K" he majored in physics, did his foreign study in Erlangen, Germany, and was a member of the Delmega Society and the band. His SIP thesis was titled "Measurement of Magnetic Fields Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance." He co-founded an Astronomy Club at Kalamazoo and later another one in Fairbanks, Alaska. His search for knowledge ranged from modern space exploration to the study of Sanskrit. His keen interest in music (he played base guitar and sousaphone) led him to study the relationship between mathematics and music. In high school he ground his first of several telescope lens, an academic research passion that culminated in a master's thesis titled "Mining the Asteroids" at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He worked for 25 years as the lead cartographer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough of the Bureau of Land Management. Richard was one of several family members with roots in Kalamazoo College. His mother (Ruth Smith Blackmer), sister (Marji Blackmer McAvoy), and cousin (Michael Miller) all attended "K."
Jerre Wilgus ’66 died July 24, 2009. He attended "K" and Oakland University. He studied classical piano, but his dreams of a career in music were cut short by an accident that damaged the nerves in his hands. Wilgus was a Freedom Rider in the South during the civil rights struggle. He worked for many years in the Upjohn Company's clinical research unit. Later he worked as a wine appreciation teacher at D&W Market, Tiffany's Spirit Shoppe, and Salut Fine Wines.
Gary Webster ’67 died on August 14, 2009. He came to Kalamazoo College from Birmingham, Michigan, and majored in political science. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where he met his future wife, classmate Karen Strom. They married in 1968. Webster worked in the city government of Pontiac, Michigan, from 1968 to 1979, rising to the position of deputy city manager. In 1979 he became the city manager for Wood River, Illinois. In 1984 he became the village manager of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and served in that position for 22 years. He was considered an outstanding village manager, known for his ability to bring diverse groups together to work for shared goals. He guided Glen Ellyn through many capital improvements, residential developments, and commercial projects. Upon retirement, he and Karen moved to Tucson, Arizona. Webster is survived by Karen, their son Adam and daughter Jordan.
Doug Mernitz ’68 died on August 10, 2009. He came to "K" from Alma, Michigan, and majored in political science. He was a member of the Sherwood Society and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army and then earned a master's Degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. Doug married classmate Janice "Bonnie" Koltko '68 on January 3, 1968. Their daughter Heather (class of 1996) was born in 1974, and their daughter Whitney (class of 2000) was born in 1978. The marriage to Janice ended in divorce in 1994. Doug married Bonnie Ernestine King in 1998. Doug joined the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in 1971 and began what would be a lifelong career dedicated to the development, financing, and construction of affordable housing. Following his retirement (January 2002) from active State service, Doug continued to work on specific projects,helping to rehabilitate and extend the useful lives of developments now serving a new generation of Michiganders. Following his cancer diagnosis, Doug moved to the Hospice House and had the gift of time to appreciate and enjoy visits, phone calls, and cards from his wide circle of family and friends. While at Hospice House, Doug wrote to LuxEsto. "Living wakes are really neat," he said. "In the last few weeks I have been constantly surrounded by my loved ones and have hosted a seemingly endless parade of visitors.Thanks for all the great memories. My friend Ann [Forster Lyon '69] thought my writing might be a fun human interest piece, and I sure would rather appear as a class note than an obit in a couple of months." Doug's words were published as a class note on the College's web site. Pictured in the photo taken at Hospice House are (l-r): back row--Doug's friends Keith Lyon '68 and Ann; middle row--daughters Heather and Whitney and their mother Bonnie; and front row--Doug.

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1970's

Nile Mayer ’72 died on July 8, 2009. He came to "K" from Bronson, Michigan, and attended three years as a pre-med student. He returned to Bronson and worked as a gladiola farmer for several years before working in construction and carpentry. Woodworking was his passion and hobby as well as his occupation.
David Lilly ’73 died on May 5, 2009, of pancreatic cancer. He was the owner of Dalsand Computers. His life was music, and music was key to his life. David sang with the St. Petersburg (Fla.) opera company, and he was a soloist in several churches in Florida and Georgia. He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip, and is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandra Kovarbasic Lilly '74, and sons Eric and Evan. David is also survived by a grandson, Jakob Max Lilly. "He relished his days at 'K' and the friends we made there," said Sandi.
David Webster ’73 died on June 25, 2009. He earned his B.A. with a major in chemistry, graduated magna cum laude, and was captain of the Hornet cross-country team. He went on to earn his master's and Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating with his doctorate he moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, and began his career in research and development for Asgrow Seed Company, creating international breeding programs for dry beans and peas. His research in plant genetics led to the development of many varieties of disease resistant beans and peas, and both his scientific and educational work has helped make possible a reduction of pesticide use and the creation of safe and nutritional crops for consumers. Webster was an avid traveler. At "K" he did his foreign study in Julich, Germany, and his plant breeding work took him to France, Italy, Spain, England, Belgium, Korea, Chile, Peru, Australia, and New Zealand. He also took great pleasure in tending his own garden. In true liberal arts fashion, Webster was an enthusiastic reader, preferring history and biography. He also was an elite athlete who ran, bicycled, or swam nearly every day. He enjoyed skiing and hiking, too. He is survived by his wife Char, daughter Rachel, and stepchildren Leah and Austin.
Glen Sherrod ’76 died on April 27, 2008. He majored in philosophy. He was living in Kalamazoo at the time of his death.
Colleen (Aalsburg) Wiessner ’76 died on August 5, 2009. She majored in sociology. After graduation she earned a master's degree (political science) from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She also earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from Teacher's College Colombia University. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State, and she participated in ministry with her husband of 33 years, the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Wiessner, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Cary, N.C. Colleen was an activist, writer, scholar, and facilitator. She is survived by her husband, two sons, her parents, siblings, and many other relatives, friends, and collaborators.
Martha Dewey ’77 was killed in an automobile accident on June 26, 2009. She earned her B.A. at "K" with a double major in English and music. In 1981 she received Masters of Art and Religion degree from Yale Divinity School and began the Ph.D. program in speech communications at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Dewey was a lifelong musician and dramatic artist with a profound interest in religious liturgy. She worked as a musician and musical director in numerous productions at the Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse, New Vic Theatre, Augusta Barn, and Saugatuck Red Barn theatres. As a student at Yale she received the Tew Prize for Outstanding Ability in Literature (1979-80). After graduating she remained at Yale as a lecturer in religion and the arts for the Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts. In 1984 she was an instructor in voice and choral music for the theatre at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, part of the National Theatre Institute. From 1985 through 1991 she was an instructor, teaching assistant, staff consultant, and assistant course director in public speaking for the department of speech communication at the University of Illinois-Urbana. She also served as director at the Music Theatre Workshop. In 1991 she moved to Ithaca, New York, to be an instructor in speech communication at Ithaca College and guest musical director at the Cornell University Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance. She co-founded the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble that year and received the university's James A. Perkins Award for Interracial Understanding and Harmony. In 2005 Cornell honored Dewey with the Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Award, citing her contributions to changing the climate for women at Cornell. She is the daughter of Robert Dewey '42.
Kevin Moody ’78 died on July 19, 2009 after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. He earned his B.A. in history and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He played baseball for the Hornets and was an outstanding football player. In 1975 he rushed for 152 yards in a game versus Illinois Benedictine (the seventh highest single game total in school history). He also rushed for 148 yards vs. Olivet in 1976, the ninth-highest total. Moody graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1981, and that same year married his wife, classmate Nancy (Nolan) Moody '78. They have two children, Nolan and Maureen. Moody earned a Fulbright Scholarship and studied international law and economics at the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1982. Three years later he joined the law firm of Miller Canfield in Lansing, where he soon became a partner. He practiced in the areas of state gaming law, health care and insurance law, state regulatory law, and Native American law. He has been nationally recognized for his expertise in Native American law.

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2000's

Anne Lazerwitz ’03 died on August 5, 2009, following a courageous nine-month battled against brain cancer. She earned a B.A. in art and art history and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. After graduating she taught English in Japan for two years. She returned to the U.S. (Cleveland, Ohio) to be with her husband Joe Medici '03. She managed the Nighttown Jazz Club and was working toward a graduate degree in art and art therapy. She is survived by her husband, her parents, and her sister and brother.

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