January 2010

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1950's

Gary Morrison ’57 , Olivet College's men's golf coach and former men's basketball coach, will retire on July 1, 2010. During his 30-year career on the basketball sidelines, he coached three MIAA championships and recorded 294 wins. He's coached men's golf for 35 years, and his teams have notched 17 MIAA championships and eight NCAA Division III National Championships. He also coached baseball at Olivet for 15 seasons, winning the MIAA in that sport in 1981. His 21 total conference titles make him one of only 10 coaches in MIAA history to win more than 20 championships. Morrison was an All-MIAA performer in three sports during his Hornet years.

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1960's

Elizabeth (Hayne) Babcock ’60 is happy to report that she has published a 600-page book, Magnificent Mavericks, the story of the Navy and civilian team at China Lake, Calif., from 1948 to 1958. One of the heroes of the book is Dr. L.T.E. Thompson, the first technical director at China Lake and the founder of the department of physics at Kalamazoo College! The book is available through the China Lake Museum Foundation (760.939.3530).
Ray Comeau ’63 received a link from a friend (who happened to know that Ray loved the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson) to Emerson's address delivered to the senior class of the Harvard Divinity School in 1838. Ray began to wonder if he had read the essay as a sophomore English major at "K" in the fall of 1960. Over all these years he'd kept a copy of his Emerson textbook from that American Lit class. He dug it out and "Sure enough," he writes, "a few paragraphs into the essay, I saw the first faint pencil underlinings made by me as a 19-year-old kid. I was amazed he even read the entire essay, 34 paragraphs spread over 17 pages. As I leafed through the pages, I was astonished at what he had thought significant. I could not believe that the passages that he had underlined, asterisked, and circled still stood out as highly significant to me today, almost 50 years later." Comeau wrote this blog post in September 2007; you can read it in its entirety here. For more recent entries check out Comeau's blog site. Comeau is the author of There Must be a Better Way.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’64 Alumni who returned for their 45th reunion: First Row (L to R): Cindy McIntosh, Paul McIntosh '64, Elaine Bugoski '64, Luella Mast '64, Susan Cooper '64, David Clowers '64, Bruce Timmons '64, Lary Smith '64
Second Row (L to R): Melinda Marsh '65, Mike Moore '64, Dawn Larson Atkinson '64, Sandy Nordin Anderson '64, Bill Beverly '64, Pauline Milnarik, Barbara Smith
Third Row (L to R): Joan (Van Deusen) West '64, Karen Foxworthy Craig '64, Bruce Marsh '64, Gary Blough '64, Ken Kooiman '64, Ron Milnarik '64, David Yeager '64
John Bolin ’65 , Professor Emeritus of Theatre, recently retired from Berea (Kentucky) College after 39 years of service to the theatre program and the college. During this time he directed 49 productions; designed the first theatre major curriculum; consulted on the design of Berea's Jelkyl Drama Center; and served as the director of the theatre laboratory, associate dean for general education, and dean of the faculty. He and Sandra (Blaine) Bolin '65 continue to reside in Berea. Email johnsbolin@gmail.com
Don Schmidt ’67 , a principal in the Kalamazoo office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, received the 2009 Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award from the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The honor is given to a person whose lifetime achievements exemplify the highest level of accomplishment in representing municipal interests. Schmidt is recognized as a preeminent authority on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act, and he provides training and advice to municipal attorneys and officials throughout the state.
Kirby Douglas Lassiter ’68 has retired after 37 years of teaching. He's kept busy. In the year and a half of his retirement he has authored two novels: Paladin, a murder mystery about corruption in Chicago; and Parable of the Tooth, an existential mystery in search of "truth." He writes to help support the four kids (one adopted from Guatemala) under 13. The books are available at amazon.com and kdlassiter.com. Email kdlassiter800@aol.com
Ralph Wellington ’68 was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation. Selection for this honor is determined through an extensive peer-review survey in which more than 24,000 leading attorneys confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Wellington is Chairman of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. He was recognized in an independent survey of Fortune 1000 companies as one of only 78 attorneys selected worldwide for providing superior client service. He also has been a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers since 1999. Wellington was named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer," and was among the top 100 in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, for business litigation every year from 2004 to 2009.
Russ Boltz ’69 has moved to Laguna Beach,California. He practices law in both California and Michigan. Email rboltz@boltzlawnet.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’69 Alumni who returned for their 40th reunion: First Row (L to R): Jim Cameron '69, Ann Haight '69, Ronni Brownlee, Nicole Cooperrider, Connie Kennedy '69, Nancy Day Eden '69, Nancy Gilbreath '69, Gayle Elliott Venner '69, Guy Venner, Christine Rettich Wilcox '69, Lynne Carlson Sheaff '69, Rick Halpert '69
Second Row (L to R): Chester Gawin, Jane Peterson Gawin '69, Marci Cameron '70, Sue Krezoski '69, Pat Bauer '69, Pete Cooperrider '69, Gail Benson '69, Bonnie Wachter Swenby '69, Dave Strome '69, Carol VanLuvanee '69, Guri Chambers Edoff '69, Jim Edoff '69
Third Row (L to R): Dean Johnston '69, Don Wahr '69, Mary Wahr, Bob Foxworthy '69, Chris Steele '69, Marcia Steele, Sandy Meyer '67, Chuck Meyer '69, John VanLuvanee '69, Carol Burt Carra '69, Phil Carra '69, Max Garriott '69
Fourth Row (L to R): Nick Brownlee '69, Bill Weiner '69, Cindy Newman Bohn '69, Lee Tichenor '69, Tim Lavalli '69, Dave Tidwell '69, John Krezoski '69, Terry Brown '69, Linda Whitlock-Brown, John Pacay '69, George Drake '69
Elizabeth (Lindemann) Malone ’69 has recently published a book titled Debating Climate Change: Pathways Through Argument to Agreement (Earthscan Publications, Ltd., November 2009). Malone is a staff scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, Md. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland. In a recent blog she talks about applying the principles outlined in her book to the recent Copenhagen meeting on climate change.

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1970's

Michael Leib ’70 , a shareholder at the Southfield (Mich.) based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C., was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. Attorneys featured in Michigan Super Lawyers are nominated through a survey of attorneys, direct contact with law firms, and a review of trade journals, periodicals, databases, and online resources. A panel of top attorneys in each respective practice area evaluates the candidates. Final selection is then made by dividing the candidates by their firm size and selecting the top 5 percent. Leib practices in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.
William Zoerhof (D.D.S.) ’71 has practiced dentistry in northern Michigan for 30 years. The Petoskey (Mich.) native has operated an office in nearby Harbor Springs and opened a second office in Alanson, Mich. Zoerhof was the subject of a news feature that appeared in the October 10, 2009, issue of the Petoskey News-Review.
Linda Hunt Greenhaw ’72 is a senior lecturer-in-law at Washington University in St. Louis Law School. She has taught courses in constitutional law and in the first amendment and religion. She is a self described "church person," and her faith is a vital part of her life. She is married to a minister in the United Church of Christ who is the president of Eden Theological Seminary. She's also a new blogger on the occasionally highly-combustible combination of law and religion. "Law and religion have each been a major part of my life and identity," she wrote in her first blog entry, a special to the St. Louis, Missouri, Post-Dispatch. "I've thought they have gone together rather well. But this makes me different than many lawyers and law professors, as well as from most church folks. A hybrid. And I've been living in law schools and seminaries, the academic sides of law and religion--so I want to warn that I can get rather wordy, theoretical and argumentative. Next time, I want to talk about the case of whether the U.S. government violates the establishment clause of the first amendment by maintaining a large cross on land it owned until recently--and why it matters who can sue about it."
Larry Pfaff ’73 is an associate professor of psychology at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University. He has co-authored an article that will appear in the Journal of Psychological Type. The article is titled "The relationship between personality type and 360-degree evaluation of management skills." Email drlarry@att.net
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’74 Alumni who returned for their 35th reunion: First Row (L to R): Will Brown '74, Helen Brown, Maud Schaafsma , Mary Cisar '74, Barb Collins '74, Lynn Fencl Pike '74, Dave Magerlein '74, Carol Kahler '74, Pam Brown Gavin '74
Second Row (L to R): Don Swartwout '74, Susan Howard '74, Diane Kiino '74, Carolyn Sevin '74, Frank Jefferis '74, Andrew Soria '74, Chris Pearson Petzke '73, Glenn Grunewald '74, Kathy Scanlon '74, Sidney Mueller '74
Third Row (L to R): Mary Paschke '74, Jeff Paschke '74, Tom Sweenie '74, Melissa Eddy '74, Roger Petzke '73, Dave Elrod '74, Sue Webster
Fourth Row (L to R): Mike Mueller '74, Maria "Bio" Benson '74, Betsy Feiker '74, Anne Broker '74, Carol Markov Bast '74, Phil Kraushaar '74, Mark Willmarth '74, John Collins '74, Kurt VanMeter '74, Bill Pielemeier '74
John Davies ’75 created and executive produces two hit MTV series--Run's House, now in season six, and Daddy's Girls, in season two. His new documentary, Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, will premier on Showtime early this year. Email jdaviesprod@earthlink.net
Stacy (Semenczuk) Shrode ’77 , a mathematics teacher at Kimberly High School in Combined Locks, Wisconsin, has achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Like board certification in medicine or accounting, national board certification is teaching's highest professional credential. All 50 states and more than 700 school districts recognize NBPTS certification as a mark of distinction. About 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are NBPTS-certified.
Timothy Meier ’78 wrote, "After being commissioned (no prior service!) as a Captain in the U.S. Army Chaplaincy at age 50 three years ago, I survived 90 days of Chaplain Basic Training and less than a year later was sent to Iraq for a year. My orders ended July 22, 2009, and my orders for a deployment to Kosovo started July 23, 2009. How's that for 'dwell time?' I'm slated to be here in Kosovo until next August. Anyone interested in my antics can check out my blog, Curmudgeon: An Unlikely Army Chaplain. Blessings to one and all! Email cptdrfrtim@gmail.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’79 Alumni who returned for their 30th reunion: First Row (L to R): Ken Lampar '79, Deb Grace '79, Kate Sakal '79, Lee Bendekgey '79, Pamela Price Baker '79, Tom Campbell '79, Carla Sykora '79, Bob Sykora '79
Second Row (L to R): Mark Caruso '79, Doris Helbig '79, Janet Palmgren '79, Ken King '79, Jean Kuipers '79, Anne Dickinson '79, Barb DeRose '79, Mary Seaberg King '79, April Kenworthy Cafmeyer '79, Barb Willison Sanders '79, Dave Blackburn '79
Third Row (L to R): Todd Piper '79, Jay Kirkman '79, Tris Palmgren '79, Janis Exner '79, Vanessa Taphouse Fuson '79, Mark Dion '79, Jane Woodworth Pettit '79, Liz Cohen '79, Chris DeRose '79, John O'Brien '79, David Nelson '79, Elizabeth Johnson '79, Jeff Yourick '79
Fourth Row (L to R): Ed Becher, Dave Galindo '79, Tony Woods '79, Steve Maughan '79, Don Bennett '79, Joe Nuyen '79, LaMar Hill '79, Kieran Beer '79, Steve Baker '79, Bob Weinstein '79, Doug Doetsch '79, Mark Davis '79, Howie Beemer '79, Tom Glenn '79
Anne Dickinson ’79 is the founder and president of East Beckwith Associates, a money management and financial services firm serving individuals, families, and small businesses in Hudson, Massachusetts, and surrounding towns.

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1980's

Kelly Flint ’80 is a successful New York vocal artist, writes Class Agent Scott Loveridge. You can find her website (and hear some of her work) here.
Wendy Smith ’81 , is pictured with her children at a graduation ceremony. Smith is one of several alumni looking for former classmates in the Ann Arbor area. Email wendysmith@comcast.net
Ralph McDowell ’83 was named chairman of the executive management committee of the Detroit-based law firm Bodman LLP. He joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. McDowell focuses his legal practice in debtor-creditor rights and commercial bankruptcy work. Bodman is one of Michigan's leading business law firms with 142 lawyers and four offices. It is one of only five law firms in Michigan to achieve the highest possible ranking for commercial litigation services from the prestigious journal Benchmark Litigation.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’84 Alumni who returned for their 25th reunion: First Row (L to R): Marian Heller '84, Marshall (Williams) Walters '84, Joseph Hosner '84, Jonathan Cunningham '84, Lila Lazarus '84, Marc Lefton '84, Griffen Rizzo, Grant Rizzo, Mark Rizzo '84, Karl Rizzo, Rachel Woods, Theo Zacher, Julia Woods
Second Row (L to R): Laura Caruso Pratt '84, Adam Gravely '84, Mark Gabriel '84, Chris Beiting '86, Maura Johnston '84, Beth Moffatt '84, Mary (Haug) Johnson '84, Andrea Rizzo, Cliff Mulder '84, Brenda Hudson Mulder '84, Steve Zacher '84, Susan Woods '84, Amy Oberholtzer '84
Third Row (L to R): Anne Dueweke '84, Linda Stevens '84, Anne Bacon Klein '84, Sue Murray '84, John Krueger '84, Jack Carpenter '84, Patti Carpenter '84, Steve Leuty '84, Stanley "Chip" Ames '84, Mel Scullen '84, Lynda Becker Gomi '84, Stacey (Christman) Pniewski '84, Jane Kiel '84
Fourth Row (L to R): Dale Smith '84, Jim Ham '84, John Harju '84, Tom Klein '84, Mark Bangs '84, Russell Canning '84, Gerard Fancovic '84, Paul Karr '84, Gregg Schuetz '84, Liane (Ellwood) Quinn '84, Greg Brooks '84, Howard Tejchman '84, Mark Abeles-Allison '84, Mike Pniewski '84
Lynda (Becker) Gomi ’84 has been in the U.S. for five years, following 18 years in Japan. Lynda used her (temporary?) time in the U.S. to pursue a Master's in Theology degree from Drew Seminary. She graduated in May 2008. She currently works for the United Methodist Church New York Annual Conference, coordinating the Learning Center. Email lynda@mbc.ocn.ne.jp
Diane (Harbaugh) Pierson ’86 has joined Copyright Clearance Center (Danvers, Mass.) as vice president of marketing. She is responsible for guiding the company's overall marketing and product management operations. Pierson was formerly director of product value and global client development at LexisNexis.
Kyle Bisceglie ’89 was a member of a team of lawyers that won a $44 million jury award in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico in Albuquerque for client Guidance Endodontics LLC. The jury found for Guidance on two claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and willful breach of the New Mexico Unfair Trade Practices Act. The verdict is reputed to be the largest current standing verdict in New Mexico state or federal court history. Bisceglie works for New York-based law firm Olshan, Grundman, Frome, Rosenzweig & Wolosky.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’89 Alumni who returned for their 20th reunion: First Row (L to R): Stephanie Hakim '89, Natalie (Zielkowski) Escandon '89, Joan Kargul-Baldiga '89, Karen Hare '89, Nicolette Hahn Niman '89, Russell Cooper '89, Angela Cunningham Junga '89, Siggi Classen '89, Cathy Fortney '89, David Polstra '89, Protima Richard '89, Elise (Nigro) Nanos '89, John Nanos '89
Second Row (L to R): Kit Almy '89, Heather Laymon Tanja '89, Debbie (Nute) Long '89, Larry Schlessinger '89, Laura Livingstone-McNelis '89, Jim Gardner '89, Todd Houldsworth '89, Tom Burkart '89, Liz Giffels '89, Claudine Woods '89, Bryan Droste '89, Todd Ross '89, Joel Ashton '89, Brad Shively '89
Third Row (L to R): Kerry (Bruce) Carpentier '89, Sheridan Davis '89, John Dickason '89, Scott Kelly '89, Chris Light '89, Aime Burns-Harring '89, Michael Swirtz '89, Molly McAuliffe '89, Jay Rapp '89, Janine Velasco '89, Robert Velasco, Ryan Nordberg '89, Dan Coats '89
Fourth Row (L to R): Becka Knox Clifton '89, Mark Fischer '89, Annemarie Fischer '89, Michael Lunney '89, Melinda Rito, Chris Rito '89, Sarah Colegrove '89, Karen Weaver Granata '89, Rene Greff '88, Matt Greff '89, Surendar Purohit '89
John Nanos ’89 launched a start-up company called Nanosystems, Inc., in 2005. In four years it has become a multimillion dollar venture that is helping the environment. The company makes polyurethane foam--used in scores of products from surfboards, ear plugs, and wound dressings--and a quarter of its chemical components are made from plant-based materials rather than oil. And Nanosystems is working to increase that proportion of components derived from natural sources--soybeans, corn, and other vegetables. Nanos' success drew the attention of Inoac Corporation, a Japan-based leader in the polyurethane industry. The two firms formed a 50/50 joint venture in 2008 to develop and sell unique foam products, with particular emphasis on expanding in the medical market.

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1990's

Bob Springstead ’90 is an attorney in Fremont, Michigan. He manages the family's law firms in that town and in Hart, Mich. He also was the subject of a recent (and inspiring) article that appeared in the Grand Rapids Press. The story ("386-pound Fremont lawyer's path to better lifestyle leads him to Grand Rapids Marathon") written by Howie Beardsley is one of weight loss, healthy living, discipline, and love. In less than a year, the former Hornet offensive tackle lost more than 60 pounds and has participated in several 5-K and half-marathons. In October he tackled his biggest challenge--a full marathon, providing the occasion for the article.
Gerry Gleason ’92 , a resident of the law firm Miller Canfield's Troy (Mich.) office, specializes in criminal and civil litigation and has handled cases in federal court and various courts across Michigan. He has personally tried more than 180 jury trials to verdict. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association board of directors. He was recently named a Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star."
Kate Warner ’92 is the artistic director at New Rep (New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, Mass.). The opening production of the 2009-2010 Downstage @ New Rep Season was 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron '83. Here's an excerpt of Kate's letter to Friends of the New Rep. "This production means a lot to me on several levels. I attended Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1988-1992. Lisa Kron was there sometime before me. (And, she loves it when I remind her that she graduated much earlier than I did.)

The women who come from Kalamazoo College have the reputation of being particularly interesting, outgoing, strong, vibrant,and outspoken. Maybe it's because 'K' College has been co-ed since shortly after its 19th-Century founding, or because freshman orientation includes an outward bound-type program, or because junior year is spent abroad. Personally, I think it's the incredible professors we have there, including Gail Griffin who has written several books about teaching, teaching women, and teaching at Kalamazoo.

A few years ago I was visiting Megan Carney, my best friend from 'K,' in Chicago, and she had a copy of Lisa's work. I couldn't put it down. I had heard of Lisa, certainly, but after I read 2.5 Minute Ride, I was an avid fan. I love her writing. I love her sense of humor and ability to illuminate poignant moments. My theatre director Ed Menta introduced us over e-mail, and I began asking if she would write a 10-minute play for the festival I was producing in Atlanta. She has been a wonderful inspiration and friend ever since, and I am thrilled that we are able to share her incredible personal story with you at New Rep.

I met Adrianne Krstansky when I went to direct for my alma mater several years after graduation. Adrianne was teaching in the Kalamazoo theatre department and was very kind when she was unceremoniously given a roommate and officemate. We shared faculty housing for what we called the 'Winter of our Discontent' because it was the snowiest February that Michigan had experienced in 30-something years, and that's saying something. And now, the small world of amazing Kalamazoo College women has brought us together again..."
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’94 Alumni who returned for their 15th reunion: First Row (L to R): Sydney Denawetz, Kelly (Roberts) Denawetz '94, Ryan Denawetz, Lisa Buchinger Aldrich '94, Sindhu Raju '94, Cole Olson, Jessica (Deretchin) Olson '94, Caelin Olson, Deanne Bartkowiak '94, Kevin Dolhay '94, Rebecca Joyce '94, Ben Hale '94, Heather (Justus) Spencer '94, Amy Lancaster McFarland '94
Second Row (L to R): Seth Denawetz '94, Sonja Dean '94, Amy Henthorn '94, Wendy Bamberg '94, Jennifer Amundsen '94, Elizabeth Ross '94, Curt Korten '94, Jerome Korten, Laura Korten '94, Dana Bourland '94, Amber Yampolsky '94, Robert Gorman '94
Third Row (L to R): Danielle Seabold '94, Togan Capozza '94, Emily Rose Merrell '94
Jeff Daly ’95 recently finished producing a short film called STUCK. He wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film, which is now being submitted to festivals. Email jeff@dalydose.com
Jamie Elsila ’96 is a member of the scientific team at Goddard Space Flight Center that discovered glycine of extraterrestrial origin in samples of comet dust collected from the edge of the solar system. Glycine is an amino acid used to make proteins, the fundamental molecules of life. The discovery raises tantalizing questions. Were some of life's building blocks formed in space and delivered to earth by meteor or comet? How many other planets in addition to earth may have been seeded from space with chemicals essential for life? How widespread is life and in what various forms might it exist. Elsila is the lead author of papers on the research that appear in Meteoritics and Planetary Science and Chemical & Engineering News.
Christa Clapp ’97 wrote, "My husband and I moved to Paris recently, so I could take a post with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, working on analysis for the international climate change negotiations. We have easily adapted to life in Paris, enjoying great wine, cheese, and bread. My husband, Andre Aasrud, is also happy to be a bit closer to his native Norway." Email christa.clapp@gmail.com
Jen (Korb) Janke ’97 wrote, "We welcomed our baby girl, Mara Grace, into the world last March. I'm having an amazing time staying home with our three children and getting to be their first teacher." Email jen.janke@juno.com
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’99 Alumni who returned for their 10th reunion: First Row (L to R): Tim McNinch '99, Elisabeth McNinch '99, Cari Pattison Riley '99, Jennie-Dare Baumgartner '99, Melissa Cook Zarow '99, Kelly (Collins) Latchana '99, Celia Marsh '99, Jodie Lawton '99, Dave Latchana '99, Megan McKnight '99, Jennifer Kite '99, Sarah Smathers '99, Aine Jameson, Natasha Ghazi Bagdasarian '99, Pat Jameson '99, Steve Jett '99, Joanna Catalfio Collins '99, Mariam El-Shamaa '99, Samantha El-Shamaa
Second Row (L to R): Martin Blumentritt '99, Lisa Bares '99, Jacqui Pursel Bittas '99, Amy Shrock '99, Chris Dragisic '99, Kyla Wonderleigh Shope '99, Jenn Combes '99, Jason Johnson, Heather Johnson '99, Erin Killian '99
Third Row (L to R): Michael Haedicke '99, Chris Nicholas '99, John Hach '99, Bijana Devo '99, Rachael Kulick '99, Dan Moore '99, Stephen King '99, Katie McLeod '99, Kelly Waterstredt '99, Vahan Bagdasarian '99
Fourth Row (L to R): Tatyana Guifarro '99, Heather Warren Berry '99, Collette (Thomas) Nicholas '97, Andrew Terranella '99, Jeff Myers '99, Jason Reed '99, Erik Karell '99, John Latham '99
Aileen Wagner ’99 and Brian Fowler '99 welcomed their son, Aaron Josiah Fowler, to the world on September 16, 2009. The family lives near Columbus, Ohio. Brian works for the Ohio Department of Health, and Aileen works for McGraw-Hill. Email aileenwagner@yahoo.com
Ashlea (Turner) Walter ’99 and her husband, Chris, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Wren Sabina. She was born on May 24, 2009, in Traverse City, Mich. Ashlea now works from their home in Traverse City designing, writing, and green business consulting. Email ashleajane@hotmail.com

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2000's

Nicholas VanDerSchie ’01 received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in August 2009. He is the director of marketing for Broker-Dealer Solutions at Morningstar, Inc., a global investment research firm. Nicholas lives in Chicago with his wife, Stephanie Miller '01, and their son, Andrew. Email vanderschie@gmail.com
Hallie Falquet ’02 earned her Masters in Investigative Reporting from the Philip Merill College of Journalism in 2007 and has since been working as an assistant editor for Random House Publishing in New York City. Email hallie.falquet@gmail.com
Timothy Gutwald ’02 is an associate with the Kitch Law Firm in Detroit, Michigan, and had his article, "EMTALA's Muddy Waters: Making Hospitals Sing the Blues," published in the November edition of the American Health Lawyers Association Connections Magazine. Email tgutwald@gmail.com
Ricky Styes ’02 and his wife Maggie announce the birth of their daughter. Reagan Judith Styes was born on September 22, 2009, and, according to her dad, "can't wait to start her freshman year at 'K' in 2027." Email rlstyes@gmail.com
Sarah Cwiek ’03 joined Michigan Radio as its new Detroit reporter covering the city's economy, politics, culture, and other relevant issues. She had previously worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer. There she contributed spot news and feature stories to NPR for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day.
Sean Mann ’03 is the driving force behind "Let's Save Michigan," a grassroots campaign to inspire Michiganders to advocate and get informed about legislation and policies that will help cities attract a talented workforce necessary for a diverse 21st century economy. A goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of having communities with the quality-of-life elements that people seek, including vibrant arts and cultural activities, walkable neighborhoods, jobs, and a strong education system.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’04 Alumni who returned for their 5th reunion: First Row (L to R): Erica Bills '04, Abbie VanDerWege '04, Adrienne Knack '04, Brett Stinar '04, Allison Edwards '04, Shena Mathew '04, Sarah Houston '04, Ryan Lapham '04, Katie (Frank) Motyl '04, Chris Motyl '03, Carla Kaiser '04, Ryan Hatch '04, Abhi Kundi '04
Second Row (L to R): Elli Toskey '04, Jocelyn Moore '04, Anne Swanton '04, Jill (Sakolove) Ortiz '04, Nena Wendzel '04, Carol Flanigan '04, Emily Boehm '04, Brittany Edwards '04, Max Cherem '04, Nora Hauk '04, Megan Ender '05
Third Row (L to R): Karen Nave '04, Andrew Alexander '04, Steve Blum '04, Jessie Geiger '04, David Poytinger '04, Marla Hahn '04, Leah Harris '04, Erin Ashmore '04, Marissa Trevino '04, Carolyn DeWitt '04, Matt Pieknik '04, Tessa Betts '04, Danny Menzo '04
Brian Weitzel ’04 is an economics teacher (Chippewa Valley High School, Shelby Township, Michigan) and a photographer. He recently received the opportunity to shoot a few photos of the vice president of Re.Source Partners, Mike Loria, for a piece in the Wall Street Journal on outsourcing CFOs. His photo made the cut and was published. You can fine the article and picture here.
Caitlin Cornell ’05 completed a Master's in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2009. She teaches English as a Second Language in Chicago, where she lives with her fiance James "Woody" Woodfork, Jr. '05. Caitlin and Woody are planning a September 2010 wedding in Stetson Chapel. Email caitlin.n.cornell@gmail.com
Jen Renema ’05 wrote, "In May, I graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, receiving my M.Div. The day of my graduation I received a call to be the associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, Kansas (ELCA). I was ordained on June 28 at St. James Lutheran Church in Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan." Email jlrenema@hotmail.com
Kristin (VanAsperen) Haglund ’06 is the communications director for McManus & Sinclair Wealth Management in Augusta, Georgia. She is responsible for client communications and service.
Rebecca Frost ’07 recently received her first publication--a short essay in the online literary journal, Brevity. Email rfrost@mtu.edu
Sakhi Vyas ’08 is working on a Master's in Marketing Management at IE, a world-renowned business school in Madrid, Spain. She is a member of a class of 123 representing 39 nationalities. Each class member speaks an average of 2.75 languages and has lived/worked/studied in an average of three countries. Sakhi writes: "Well, the big picture is that school is school around the world. I used to feel this way in China [study abroad] but never more so than now. There have been a few weeks when I've quite literally seen nothing more than my apartment, the school, the sidewalk on my way to and from these two locations, and the grocery store. I could just as easily be in Kalamazoo or Beijing or the south pole of the moon if there was a university there!...The coursework is challenging. However, 'K' prepared me well for heavy workloads. In fact, I don't find the actual amount of homework/preparation to be especially overwhelming. The difficult thing for me is the method of teaching by case studies. For most classes we have a case study which relates to the topic for the day. All case work is to be done in our pre-assigned groups. So nearly everything I do is with six other people. It didn't sound so bad at first--I started out the course with six instant friends. But try splitting a two-page marketing report between seven people. Yikes! To be honest, these are papers that I could punch out in an hour or two on my own. We spent EIGHT days on the first one...and now I see that the assignment is so much more than a two-page paper. The main challenge was getting seven opinions into a cohesive two-page report. The point is, I wouldn't be surviving the more technical classes without the tough study habits I developed at 'K.' However my paper-writing skills are being seriously tested. Instead of the long research papers that I enjoyed (usually), this case-study analysis is a whole new world of writing."
Juli Scalf ’09 is working as a "Scholar Coach" with the Schuler Foundation in Waukegan (Illinois) High School. She is one of 13 recent graduates working in this particular Americorps Program, which focuses on preparing and placing students from underprivileged and underserved backgrounds into highly selective colleges. "The majority of my day at work is filled with reading tutoring lessons with Schuler Scholars," she wrote. "For 20 minutes twice a week we meet with sophomores to boost their critical reading and analytical skills. We read books of their choosing with a few 'strongly suggested' books of my choosing. Juniors and seniors who are still struggling with reading speed and comprehension stay in the program throughout high school. After-school classes focus on time management, public speaking, ethics, and writing. I will also teach a seminar to a small group of juniors. The other part of my job is chaperoning. We go to operas, musicals, other theatre productions, museums, college fairs, and campus visits."

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In Memory

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1930's

Evelyn (Dayton) Rye ’31 died on October 11, 2009. She majored in French and later returned to "K" and worked as a secretary.
Mildred (Spitler) VanderBerg ’38 died on September 19, 2009. She matriculated to "K" from Hart, Michigan, and majored in English. She did graduate work at Western Michigan University. At Kalamazoo College she played on the basketball team all four years. She was a member of the Eurodelphian Society, the vice president of Mary Trowbridge Hall, and the Senate Social Chairperson.

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1940's

Cornelia (Johnson) Keizer ’40 died on October 22, 2009. She majored in education at "K," was a member of Alpha Sigma Delta and the College Singers. She did graduate work at Western Michigan University and was a teacher at Kalamazoo Christian High School.
G. Daniel Wood ’40 died on December 4, 2009. The 1940 graduate served as chaplain of the Emeritus Club for many years. He was an outstanding Hornet athlete in football, basketball, and track. He led the Hornets to five MIAA titles and won the league's first-ever Most Valuable Player award in 1939-40. In football he played every minute of every game for three years. He was inducted into the Kalamazoo College Sports Hall of Fame in October 1989. He is survived by his wife Helen, his children Charles, Daniel, Kathleen, Michael, and Douglas, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Frank Towsley ’41 died on May 13, 2009. He majored in physics and was active in many co-curricular activities, including Phi Lambda, band, the Caduceus Society, and Phi Kappa Alpha. He earned a master's degree at the University of Illinois and worked at the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.
Virginia (Hobbs) Bolf ’44 died on July 14, 2009. She lived in Florida at the time of her death.
Daniel Nichoson ’48 died on January 28, 2009. He majored in economics and devoted his career to sales. He also owned and operated a furniture business.
Russell Strong ’48 died on October 2, 2009. He majored in English, wrote for the Index, and was a member of Sigma Rho Sigma. After graduation Strong earned a master's degree in sociology from Western Michigan University. He worked for WMU as a senior development officer, retiring in 1992. He also served as secretary, editor, and historian of the 306th Bombardier Group Association.
Eva (Demars) Ditmars ’49 died on September 30, 2009.
Roger Shoemaker ’49 died on November 2, 2009. He majored in physics at Kalamazoo College.

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1950's

B. Robert Chamberlain ’50 died on May 21, 2009. He matriculated to "K" from Constantine, Michigan, and majored in chemistry. He ran track and cross-country and participated in intramural sports.
Everett Bierema (Jr.) ’51 died on November 9, 2009. He majored in economics at "K", played baseball and ran track, and was a member of the "K" Club and Sigma Rho Sigma. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era and was a salesman for LSI/KALA for 44 years.
Richard Dillman (M.D.) ’51 died on October 18, 2009. He majored in biology and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan School of Anesthesiology. He was licensed to practice medicine in seven states. He died at his home in Hamburg, Mich.
Barbara (Baum) Gutermuth ’51 died on June 28, 2009.
Dorothy McCarthy ’51 died on November 16, 2009. She came to "K" from Connecticut and majored in sociology. She was active in many campus organizations including the Religious Activities Committee, Educational Policies Committee, Phi Kappa Delta, Inter-Society Council,College Players (president), Eurodelphian Gamma (secretary), College Singers, and the Index. She was the chief executive officer of the Plymouth Bay (Mass.) Girl Scout Council.
Joan (McGeachy) Hinz ’52 died on October 10, 2009. She earned her degree in Spanish and later earned a Master of Library Science degree at Western Michigan University. As a student at "K" she participated in Spanish Club, Alpha Sigma Delta (president), Women's League (treasurer), Student Senate (secretary), and Model Convention (vice-chair). Hinz served as a reference librarian at Kalamazoo College from 1970 to 1987.
Doris (Christensen) Beebe ’54 died on October 22, 2009. She attended "K" as a member of the Class of 1954. She went on to a career as a professional organist.
Allen Harris ’55 died on September 16, 2009. He worked for Henry Ford Community College.
John Yonker ’55 died on September 16, 2009.
George Hayne ’58 died on October 15, 2009. He majored in physics at "K" and earned his Ph.D. for Yale University. At "K" he participated in Student Senate, Joint-House Council, Judicial Council, Choir, WJMD, and the Index, serving as an officer in many of these organizations. He was a member of Sigma Rho Sigma and Phi Beta Alpha. In his career he worked as a physicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Hayne was diagnosed with ALS a year before his death, and the progression of the disease was rapid and devastating. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Maher Hayne '58, their daughters and sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Mary (Hahn) Sumner ’58 died on August 28, 2009. She attended Kalamazoo College and earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University.
Fred Tivin ’58 died on March 27, 2009. At "K" he majored in chemistry and went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Illinois. He worked as a research manager for Procter & Gamble Company.

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1960's

Kisti (Heerens) Beckwith ’66 died of cancer on September 29, 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. She is survived by her husband (and classmate) Sidney, and their three children. Also surviving is her father, Robert E. Heerens, class of 1938. Kisti lived in Los Fresnos, Texas, at the time of her death.
Charles Hiddema ’66 died on July 2, 2009. He majored in biology and studied abroad in Munster. He owned and operated CS Bonsai and was a member of both the Ann Arbor and West Michigan Bonsai Club. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and their three children.
Michael Harrelson ’69 died on March 3, 2009. He attended Kalamazoo College and was a member of the Class of 1969.

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1970's

Judith DeJong ’71 died on October 29, 2009.
Edmond Nondorf ’74 died on September 18, 2009. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and then for many years worked as high school history teacher. He also coached football, basketball, and track. He is survived by his two children.
Tom Magill ’75 died on October 5, 2009. He was a graduate of University of Detroit High and matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Birmingham, Michigan. He majored in economics and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and moved to Atlanta in 1978, where he joined the firm of Carter, Ansley, Smith, and McLendon. In 1996 he formed his current firm, Magill and Atkinson. Magill was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carol Brock, and their three children.

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2000's

Adrienne Manarina ’03 died on October 31, 2009. She matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Northville, Michigan, and majored in economics. She studied abroad in Trinidad.
Daniel Seth Yaniglos ’06 died on October 28, 2009. He studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, and graduated with a B.A. in history. He loved playing ice hockey and participated on his high school team and on "K" College club hockey teams. Yaniglos also loved camping and backpacking. He hiked in New Mexico, Isle Royale, and Canada, and in 2007 he hiked the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

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