1950'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’50 Alumni who returned for their 60th reunion: First Row (L to R): Jo Anne Dalrymple Nelson '50, Dona Barnes '50, Mary Joslin Discher '50, Barbara Schreiber Hamlow '50 Second Row (L to R): Maurice Nelson '50, Charles Barnes '50, Wendell Discher '49, Roderick Hill '50, John Overley '50
Charlie Stanski ’50 is a 2011 inductee into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. That organization's annual awards banquet will be held in Indianapolis in March. Stanski played football and basketball for the Hornets and was inducted into the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame in October 1988. He is the first post-World War II athlete named to All-MIAA teams in both football and basketball. He helped "K" to MIAA football titles in 1946 and 1948, and was named the All-MIAA quarterback in 1948. In basketball he was All-MIAA in 1948 and led "K" to the championship in 1950.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’55 Alumni who returned for their 55th reunion: First Row (L to R): Chuck Seifert '55, Joyce Seifert, Mary McDonald Kugler '55, Mary Killeen Limmer '55, Helen Steinhilber, Sue Pirnie Millar '55, Sally Seifert Styers '57 Second Row (L to R): Marilyn McFadden, Gladys Lyon Fox '55, Phyllis Lemon, Lawrence Dieterman '55, Don Steinhilber '55, Mary Lou Schofield Smith '55, Chuck Millar, Stephen Styers '55 Third Row (L to R): Dan McFadden '55, Jack Bowen '55, Tim Lemon '55, Chuck Morello '55, Tom Smith '55, Unknown Guest
Lloyd Patterson ’56 wrote, "I continue to work to some degree--primarily in health care (dentistry)--and as a civil mediator. My wife, Elizabeth, was very ill from cancer but has become cancer-free. I have a new grandson, Hunter, and a granddaughter who is in college, and another grandson who is 26 years old and runs a fishing charter service as a captain. Of all the schools that I have attended, Kalamazoo College stands out to be the very special one."
Fred Gaiser ’59 has published a new book, Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Ministry (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010). The publisher's web site writes the following: "Gaiser offers a close theological reading of biblical texts on health and healing, engaging questions of contemporary theological and pastoral concern. [He] considers fifteen key Old and New Testament passages, examining their significance for the church's understanding of healing and its ministry today. He explores issues such as God's role in healing; the relationship between healing and prayer; the place of healing in biblical theology; God's healing and medical science; the healing work of Jesus; healing, salvation, and cure; the relationship between sickness and sin; and healing under the sign of the cross."
1960'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’60 Alumni who returned for their 50th reunion: First Row (L to R): Ann Wagner Inderbitzin '60, Patricia Wentworth '60, James Hunter '60, Gail Wruble Berry '60, Susan Eichelberg '60, Evanna Adams Harden '60, Peggy Holman Rogers '60, Jim Van Zandt '60 Second Row (L to R): Ann Faragher '60, Joy Crothers Angel '60, Nancy Blackwood Kless '60, John Brenneman '60, Judy Pavia McCabe '60, Jim McCabe '60, Roy Carlson '60, Maxine Molander, Rod Wilson '60, Sylvia Pixley, Ellie Miller '60 Third Row (L to R): Nancy Vots Smith '60, Gary Miller '61, Priscilla Price Tedesco '60, John Kless '60, John Ducmanis '60, Eileen Wilkinson, Sue Metz Crowley '60, Art Crowley '61, Lance Molander '60, Allen Pixley '60
Fourth Row (L to R): Donald McClure '60, Daniel Gilman '60, Regan Smith '60, Rosemary "Posy" Luther DeHoog '60, Bruce Rank '60, Robert Westin '60
Ray Comeau ’63 recently posted a blog titled Pensees. In it he makes a brief reference to his experience at Kalamazoo College, particularly foreign study. Email email@example.com
Don Schneider ’63 and classmate Dennis Lamb and their wives, Pat and Jean, rendezvous annually, and the 2010 event took place in Thurmond, Maryland. Wrote Don: "After tromping five miles through Catochin Mountain Park, near Camp David, and a tasty dinner at the Cozy Restaurant, we retired early to the nearby inn and slept soundly before breakfasting and rushing off to other matters."
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’65 Alumni who returned for their 45th reunion: First Row (L to R): Jack Bamberg '65, Marie Bamberg, Kay Seaman Lewis '65, Liz Yael Meyer '65, Diana Besemer '65, Barbara Arnold '65, Kathy Richner Locke '67, Susan Gibson Hice '65, Neale Hice, Betsy Mead Pifer '65, Jim Pifer '65 Second Row (L to R): John Million '65, Connie Million, Lynn Beatty, June Stealy '65, Nancy Lafuente '65, Sally Haney Puterbaugh '65, Billie Jane Rapley Boyle '65, Sean Boyle, Martha Merson Frost '65, Margaret Neelands Walker '65, Gustav Walker Third Row (L to R): Jim Albert '65, Robert Sibilsky '65, Rebecca Sibilsky, Michael Wade '65, Melinda Ray Marsh '65, Helen Strong Foreman '65, Jack Foreman '65, Mary DeVries, Tom DeVries '65, Linda Phillips, Tom Hipple '65
Fourth Row (L to R): Doug Locke '65, Bruce Marsh '64, Betsy Walker, John Long '65, Jan Hessler '65, Nancy Loebe Hessler '68, Galen Pletcher '65, William Shea '65, Robert Phillips '65, Jack Lintner '65
Fourth Row (L to R): Doug Locke '65, Bruce Marsh '64, Betsy Walker, John Long '65, Jan Hessler '65, Nancy Loebe Hessler '68, Galen Pletcher '65, William Shea '65, Robert Phillips '65, Jack Lintner '65
W. Wallace Kent ’65 retired as the Tuscola County (Michigan) Probate Judge on December 31. He was elected to the judgeship in 1977 and served for 34 years. Before his election he practiced law for about nine years. A native of Kalamazoo, Kent attended "K" for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served from 1961-64. After that he returned to "K" and then earned his law degree from University of Michigan. In retirement he plans to organize his photographs and travel with his wife, Cathy.
Ron Armstrong ’66 is in the Peace Corps, serving a two-year assignment as a community health worker in the island country of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, became an independent nation in 1980. Armstrong wrote, "My primary work is to create and implement projects to work cooperatively with local villages and local government organizations to improve the health of the people of Vanuatu. I'm stationed on the island of Emau, right off the northeast coast of the island of Efate. The objective conditions of life are quite simple -- no electricity, some solar power availability for charging a mobile phone, no refrigeration, no motorized vehicles on the island of Emau. I currently live in a 10-foot by 12-foot bungalow with a single window and no table or chairs. I sit on the edge of the bed, or turn the big yellow bucket upside down for a place to sit. There are six different villages with a total of about 600 people. They spend six hours or more per day working in their gardens to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare enough food for their families. Many are struggling with weight problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other hazards of life brought by 20th century commerce. The Peace Corps has a lot of work to do here."
Andy Morikawa ’66 retired on December 31. He had served as executive director of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley for 13 years. Andy has devoted his career to serving non-profit organizations. Following graduation, Andy and his wife (and 1966 classmate) Susan Kammerer served in the Peace Corps as teachers in the Republic of Belau, Micronesia. As executive director of New River Community Action during the 1980s, Andy helped organize or direct the Free Clinic, the local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity and the SHARE food program, and the Community Sentencing Program. He moved on to be director of World SHARE in California, but returned to the New River Valley to assume leadership of the Community Foundation. That Foundation was established in 1994 as a not-for-profit public organization. Andy became executive director in 1997. At the time the foundation had three endowed funds totaling $46,000. Under his leadership the foundation has grown to 121 funds totaling $5.8 million. The foundation has awarded more than $1.86 million in grants and scholarships to Virginia's New River Valley. Andy has served as a trustee on nonprofit boards including, locally--the Women's Resource Center, the New Mountain Climbers, and Sustain Floyd; regionally--the Center for Innovative Leadership; and nationally-- the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He is a working group member of the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network, an international program funded by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation. He also is a faculty member advisor for Via International. He does consulting work for community groups in governance and board development. He and Susan plan to continue to live and work in the New River Valley and be involved with community service.
Robert Neuman (Ph.D.) ’66 has completed a new book designed to help middle and high school students prepare for the rigors of college. The book is called ARE YOU REALLY READY FOR COLLEGE: A COLLEGE DEAN'S 12 SECRETS FOR SUCCESS--WHAT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DON'T KNOW. Neuman is a former associate dean for student academic development at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). During a career that spanned 25 years he advised thousands of students through the college academic process. His "12 strategies" help students become better organized and avoid common mistakes.
Jay Harvey, ’67 longtime entertainment editor at the Indianapolis Star wrote a blog titled Real Acting Up Close in which he describes acting with the late David Thayer '64 in the Kalamazoo College production of An Enemy of the People in November 1963. It's a fine piece on the key characteristic of a gifted actor.
Joel Thurtell ’67 has published his latest book Shoestring Reporter: How I Got to be a Big City Reporter Without Going to J School and How You Can Do It Too. Midwest Book Review gives Shoestring five stars and called it a "top pick."
Matt Anderson (Ph.D.) ’68 is one of the new team of associate deans serving in the business college at Michigan State University. He is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty Excellence Advocate.
Janet (McClelland) Bolin ’68 has completed her first book, Dire Threads, and it will come out in June. Her husband, Bruce '68, will have one of his photos published in The Complete Book of North American Butterflies, which will come out the same week as Dire Threads. And there's more publishing news in the family! Bruce and Janet's niece, Elyse Fenton, was one of six authors short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Janet is nearly finished with her second book, due to Penguin in early June.
John Kriekard ’68 was appointed interim superintendent of The Deer Valley (Arizona) Unified School District in January. He is expected to serve until a new superintendent is in place by July 1. Kriekard served as superintendent of Paradise Valley Unified School District from 2003 through June 30, 2009, when he retired. While there, he supervised more than 3,000 employees and 33,000 students at 48 schools. He began his career as a middle school teacher before moving to Arizona in 1977.
1970'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’70 Alumni who returned for their 40th reunion: First Row (L to R): Nelson Slavik '70, Barbara Harris '70, Shirley Thompson '70, Iris Mechigian Gruhl '70, Susan Stuckey Thoms '70, Jean Broadwell White, Kristin Thompson Colgren '70, Diana Slavik Murray '70, Nancy Butine Krapt '70, Sherry VanWelden Williams '70, Lauren Orr '70, Kathleen Griffin '70, Nancy Sinclair '70, Carolyn Brown Murphy '70 Second Row (L to R): Barry Smith '70, Dick Obrig '70, Steve Landstreet '70, Robert Cinabro '70, Nancy Noblett '70, James Rosenberg '70, Margaret McAllister '70, Cindy Lord Harrison '70, Claudia Collins Vianello '70, David Kessler '70, Gail Moore Taschner '70, Jean Beyer Rogers '70, Linda Lewellen '70, Mike Schonfeld '70 Third Row (L to R): Jayne Current Brown '70, Margaret Nichols '70, Robin Hughes Gleason '70, Bunkie VanderSalm '70, Bob Barnhart '70, David Thoms '70, Jan Williams Ferrell '70, Elizabeth Williams '70, Fred Taschner '70, Sid Weseman '69, Regg Wilson '70, Jim Lippincott '70 Fourth Row (L to R): Tim Howlett '70, Karen Kurtz Spielman '70, Naomi Traut Seppala '70, Gregg Seppala '70, Stephen Elwell '70, Bill Struck '70, David Harrison '70, John Ferrell '69, Ed Kerman '70, Doug Dickerson '70, Chris Dickerson '68, Marci Buchmueller Cameron '70, Jim Cameron '69, Raymond Thurnes '70, Dan Briggs '70 Fifth Row (L to R): Stephen McGuire '70, Robert Vianello '70, Lee Belfield '70, Keenan Simpson '70, Bruce Sherwood '70, Myron Sayles '70, Pat Huston '70, Michael Leib '70, Henry Williams '70, Joseph Muenzer '70, Margie Lister Muenzer '70, Roderic Krapf '70, Cheryl Lyon-Jenness '70
Paul Shapiro ’70 is the Seattle Academy's arts department head, and the Academy's arts program recently received the award for being the nation's outstanding arts program! Paul is a former Ringling Brothers clown, actor and director, winner of the Winifred Ward Award from the American Theater Association, and founder of Shakespeare on the Green. The Academy's arts program was recognized for having an outstanding record of overall excellence in the categories of faculty and student achievement, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations, continuing growth and development, and state and national recognition.
Kathleen (Hall) Ledesma ’71 is a national project director for AdoptUsKids, which raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive parents for children in the public child welfare system, and assists states, territories, and Native American tribes in their efforts to recruit, retain and connect prospective foster and adoptive parents with children. Prior to joining AdoptUsKids in 2008, Ledesma worked for many years for the public child welfare systems in the states of Oregon and Washington, with two private adoption agencies, and as on-site director for a 100-bed facility for orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected children and youth in Chiapas, Mexico. Ledesma has served as President of the National Association of State Adoption Program Managers and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance. She received her M.S.W. degree from Portland State University.
Charles Burling ’72 is a dentist in Dowagiac, Michigan. He has practiced for 35 years and was recently inducted into the prestigious International College of Dentists, a feat achieved by fewer than 10 of Michigan's 1,800 dentists last year. Burling is as active in his professional life as he is in his community, where he serves on the City Council and chairs the Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital board. In May 2010, he gave Dowagiac its 12th public sculpture, Tuck Langland's On With Life, during the city's annual Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.
Constance (Strong) Morrison ’72 has a son named Steve who wrote a piece for the blog--Write, Writer, Writest. It's a fascinating story and includes the interesting higher education journey of his mom. You can read the piece here.
Gail Raiman ’73 is vice chair of the Arlington (Va.) Arts Commission and part of a public/private team that worked to create the Artisphere, an exciting new arts space with three theatres, three galleries, a ballroom, and outdoor terrace all used to showcase an eclectic mix of thought-provoking, weird, and wonderful arts activities. Gail is also now serving a three-year term on the Artisphere's board of directors.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’75 Alumni who returned for their 35th reunion: First Row (L to R): Mary Hess '75, Colleen Bjerke '75, Nancy deSolms Heerde '75, Fred Bimber '75, Ann Shetzer '75, Sharon Kilgore Pierson '75, Linda Temple Taylor '75, Tom Taylor '75 Second Row (L to R): Mark Jackson '75, Mary Miller '75, Lisa Becker Smith '75, Lynn Emrick Minnig '75, David Remick '75, Cheryl Collins Schrot '75, Dale Shimp '75, Robin Maiville '75, Luanne Smith Schonfeld '75, Charline Schmidt Wilson '75 Third Row (L to R): Gary Rintelmann, Nancy Daum '75, Tala Munther Davidson '75, George Baldwin '75, Stephen Haughey '75, Doug LaFontaine '75, Will Jaynes '75, Mary Ellen Ratuszny '75, Jo Ann Copeland Moore '75 Fourth Row (L to R): David Smith '75, Charles Parks '75, Jeffrey Barbour '75, John Barta '75, David Kurtz '75, Robert Wade '75, Frank Reynolds '75, Norm Neher '75, Debra Leonard '75
Thomas Flynn ’75 is the new director of economic development for Loudoun County, Virginia. He began his work in November. Prior to that position, Flynn had been for the past six years the economic development director for Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a board member of the International Economic Development Council and holds a professional economic developer certification from the group. He has worked as an adviser to the Urban Land Institute and as a jury member for the All-America City Award, a program by the National Civic League that recognizes 10 communities each year for their civic work.
Martha (Staff) Stone ’76 has joined the law firm of Orgain Bell & Tucker as a senior associate at its offices in The Woodlands, north of Houston, Texas. She practices primarily in the areas of consumer and commercial litigation, insurance defense, construction law, and appellate law. She earned her master's degree from University of Michigan and her J.D. (cum laude) from South Texas College of Law.
Jennifer (Clarke) Philipps ’79 and her husband, Jeff, recently purchased The Sports Page, a sports bar and restaurant in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan. It's a fun place to get together with other alumni in the area! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1980'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’80 Alumni who returned for their 30th reunion: First Row (L to R): David Bach '80, Meg Mattsson '80, Colleen Kuhnlein, Christa Leibold Bono '80, Charlie Bono '81, Diane Dupuis '80, Fiona Carey '14, Scott Loveridge '80, Kayla Bodzin Vodnoy '80, Ann Oswald Benett '80, Carolyn Dunlap '80, Maureen Mickus '80, Kim Sullivan Aldrich '80, Carla Hammersley '80 Second Row (L to R): Mike Stier '80, Jerome Kuhnlein '80, Scott Vance '80, Jill Latta '80, Carolyn Smith '80, Paula Kalevas '80, Terri Kline '80, Kay Lincoln McLaughlin '80, Karen Brown '80, Dianne Willer-Sly '80, Jeanne Koistinen Hicks '80, Randy Hicks '80 Third Row (L to R): Joel Menges '80, Larry Bell '80, Kristin Comstock Mosblech '80, Laurie Pickford Angelo '80, Bruce Maylath '80, Marty Biland, Debra Tokarski Yourick '80, Rick McLaughlin, Harvey Ballard '80, Doug Steel '80, Carol Tiefenthal Paxton '80, Kevin Large '80 Fourth Row (L to R): Keith Baum '80, Gregg Landick '80, Tiller Otis Landick '78, Jerry Angelo, Robert Wheeler III '80, Alan Biland '80, Tom Zietlow '80, David Albertson '80, John Faul '80, Don Knoechel '80, Andrew Stuart, Thomas Paxton '80, Karl Siebert '80
Kevin Johnson ’80 has joined Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy as a long-term substitute teacher in chemistry. Formerly an adjunct professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut, Kevin earned his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan.
Jeffrey McQueen ’81 designed and created a flag of the "Second American Revolution," which the Boston Herald calls the new symbol of the Tea Party movement. Jeff added a Roman numeral "II" to the center of the 13 stars in Betsy Ross' flag, and the design has spread across the country. After losing his job as director of international sales in the global auto industry, Jeff started a website to promote his flag, and in 14 days had orders from all 50 states. His flag has appeared on the front page of the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and several other newspapers. Wrote Jeff: "This flag first appeared worldwide on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews, CBS, ABC, BBC, and HNK on January 19, 2010, when I smuggled 300 into Senator Scott Brown's victory rally. The flag also appeared in Showtime's cable program Weeds (episode seven). The flag appears almost daily on FOXNews. Many folks in New York City call it the '911 Flag' since the Roman numeral looks like the Twin Towers," he added. "The Gun Owners of America have called it the 'Second Amendment Flag.' To many in the Tea Party movement, my flag symbolizes the 'House of Liberty,'(with the numeral 'II' and the 13 stars) because there were two times 13 came together for mankind--one being the Last Supper, where a faith was born on a foundation of love, and the second occasion when 13 colonies came together to draft a Constitution framed in freedom. With a 'foundation of love framed in freedom' the House of Liberty was built for all mankind." Jeff is a direct descendant of John "Peter" McQueen, who served in the first American Revolution with Colonel John Williams of Salem, New York.
Bill Thies ’82 and classmate Bill Wilson have released an album of original instrumental music they wrote and recorded in collaborative sessions that occurred in Thies's Kalamazoo basement. The name of the project is Midnight Sky and it's available on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada. Release through Amazon.com will soon follow. All proceeds from the project will go to charity: Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (emergency food assistance) and the Women's Resource Center in Petoskey, Michigan (shelter, counseling, and violence prevention).
John Bradley ’83 and his partner, Charles Keenan, were married in a solemn high mass at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York on October 16, 2010. They were thrilled that Beth (Dettman) Goodrich '83 and Anne-Louise Marquis '84 made the journey to New York and were able to join them. After the wedding John and Charlie took a trip to England visiting some favorite sights last seen on foreign study with a backpack. "We decided that this time hostels were no longer the way to go," wrote John. He and Charles still live in Jersey City, New Jersey, and when John isn't researching and performing early choral music he works in the graduate admissions office for the Gallatin School at New York University. In September, John's early music vocal ensemble Polyhymnia was awarded a prestigious New York City Department of Cultural Affairs grant to support their concert series in New York. John would love to hear from classmates either in the area or visiting, email@example.com. Pictured are (l-r): Charles Keenan, John Bradley, Anne-Louise Marquis, Beth (Dettman) Goodrich. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Cooney ’83 in March 2009 led a successful contested proxy contest for election to the board of directors for NEMI Northern Energy & Mining, Inc. He is now chairman and CEO.
Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83 has been named secretary of the State Bar of Michigan's governing body of the Tax Section, known as the Tax Council. Gandhi is a Partner in the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in its Tax Appeals Department. She lives in West Bloomfield, Mich.
Johanna Jozwiak-Stover ’83 has become a partner with Currie Kendall PLC in Midland, Mich. Since joining Currie Kendall in 2006, Jozwiak has represented individuals and business clients in a wide range of legal matters, including family law, civil litigation, creditors' rights and appellate law. Her appellate law experience goes back more than 20 years and includes hundreds of cases in the Michigan appellate court system. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the Wayne State University Law School. She is active in the community, including involvement with the Lake Huron Presbytery, the Midland County Probate Juvenile Care Center, Family and Children's Services of Midland (which she serves as vice president of the board), and Midland County 4-H.
Ralph McDowell ’83 has been named chairman of the executive management committee at the law firm of Bodman LLP in Detroit. McDowell has spent his entire legal career with Bodman, joining the firm following his 1986 graduation from Detroit Mercy School of Law, magna cum laude. McDowell focuses his legal practice in debtor-creditor rights and commercial bankruptcy work, representing clients in the financial services and automotive industries, among others. As chairman, McDowell will lead Bodman's Office of the Executive, which manages the day-to-day business affairs of the firm's 140 attorneys in Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, and Cheboygan, Michigan. Read more about McDowell.
Colin Morris ’83 is CEO of Sonshine Communications, a Christian-based public relations, marketing, and advertising agency that he owns with his wife, Bernadette, in North Miami Beach, Florida. Their son, Stephen, is quarterback with the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’85 Alumni who returned for their 25th reunion: First Row (L to R): Mark Hornyak, Karl Hornyak, Celilia Hornyak, Michael Brooks '85, Mary Kavanaugh-Gahn '85, Suzanne Hiyama Ross '85, Stephanie Weber Walbridge '85, Pamela Bell '85, Mark Rolain '85, Cori Beckwith '85, Aline Lindbeck '85, Pamela Stevens '85, Pamela Frederickson Owens '85, Mari Simeck '85, Jeff Rubin '85 Second Row (L to R): Thomas Hornyak, Mary Mancewicz Hornyak '85, Becky MacDonald '85, Ellen McWatters Erickson '85, Mick Reilly '85, Todd Nowlen '85, David Foy '85, Jill Koch Rolain '85, Jill Koch Rolain '85, Elaine Gardner Hausmann '85, Eva Wofsy Gaber '85, Cleo Chivikas Connolly '85, Becky Odenwaller Piscitelli '85, Carolyn Dadabay '85 Third Row (L to R): Judy Hehs '85, Nancy Stright Butler '85, Mark Butler '85, Michael Azar '85, Andrea Zotovas '85, Jacqui Asher Kelly '85, Brian Zehnder '85, Carol Scamehorn '85, Karen Klein Fitzpatrick '85, Rachel Robinson '85, Elizabeth Fiore Vogel '85 Forth Row (L to R): Daria Caliguire '85, Bradford Smith '85, John Galindo '85, Jack Buckley '85, Mark Wilson '85, Chris Tower '85, Martha Roberts '85, Jim Hurlbert '85, Mary Ryan Karges '85, Michael Ungar '85, Kathy Sprout Proffit '85, James Boshoven '85, Joana Krueger Mottonen '85, Ronald Yakubesan '85
Loren Andrulis ’86 is a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, and he's just been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2011. Andrulis, who is new to the list this year, was recognized for his work in securities law. He concentrates his practice on business law, chairs the firm's Business Start Ups and Early Round Financing Practice Group, and serves on the Management Committee. He is also recognized as a Super Lawyer in Michigan.
Sarah (Schaeffer) Bernard ’86 is an actress, marketing professional, product developer, real estate agent, and mother of three living in St. Louis. She has appeared in television commercials (L'Ecole Culinaire), films (Up in the Air), training and marketing videos (Helzberg Diamonds, Ralston Foods), and an infomercial (Identigene/Rite Aid). She's also performed with Blue Man Group in Las Vegas and with the Love Note Singers, a group that sings mostly Broadway tunes for people in retirement centers. She was the subject of an interview in stltoday.com.
Joe Schodowski ’87 is president of Shelving, Inc. He has become a member of Vistage Michigan, a chapter of the world's leading chief executive organization that provides business leaders with access to new business perspectives, innovative strategies, and actionable items. Schodowski is a second-generation co-owner of Shelving, Inc., the company founded in 1960 by his parents. The company's corporate offices are located in Auburn Hills. It also operates a distribution center in Madison Heights and manages two e-commerce stores: www.shelving.com for the commercial market, and www.TheShelvingStore.com for the consumer market.
Jennifer Smith ’89 is working in Los Angeles as a design assistant to celebrity designer Angela Dean. Jennifer has worked on outfits worn by Patti LaBelle and Queen Latifah for the 2010 BET Awards, Anita Baker's upcoming album promotion, and Diane Reeves' concert wear, among other projects. She also works as a designer of luxury lounge and infant wear at Barefoot Dreams. She is looking forward to being joined this winter by her family, who are currently living in Korea. Her daughter and son are competitive tennis players for the Korean Junior National Team. Email email@example.com
1990'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’90 Alumni who returned for their 20th reunion: First Row (L to R): Jocelyn Thompson Clark '90 and family, Zachary Van Sweden, Denise Miller '90, Leah Tardiff, Hannah Tardiff, Luke Patton-Van Buskirk, Stuart Patton-Van Buskirk, Alex Patton-Van Buskirk, Cameron Miller, Alex Miller, Renee Speh '90, Tony Miller Second Row (L to R): Joe Tardiff '89, Janice Koehler Tardiff '90, Emma Tardiff, Lynn Whitcomb, Laura Patton-Van Buskirk, Ian Bunker, Barbara Chatametikool '90, Alex Bunker, Kitzia Bunker, Naomi Segal, Alisha Rohde '90 Third Row (L to R): John Meehan Jr. '90, Lori Weisgerber McConnell '90, Kathleen Buday '90, Jeff Bainbridge '90, Karla Hoffmann Berk '90, Kathy Pao Xu '90, Missy Stenger Erickson '90, Krissy Spillard Steele '90, Mill Meneilley '90, Cassandra Grobbel Budzik '90, Laura Amendt '90, Colleen Cosgrove Hegg '90, Bill Brinkmeier '90 Fourth Row (L to R): Tim Fuller '90, Adam Arnett '90, Nina Schneider Arnett '90, Jennifer Joyce Catalano '90, Susan Halasz Kreckman '90, Sue Hostetler Anzaldi '90, Teresa Johnson Klaassen '90, Joanne Alig '90, Cristin Reid '90, Kristin Moss '90, Ethan Segal '90, Miho Segal, Robin Lake '90, Eric Hegg '91 Fifth Row (L to R): Lynn Mawhinney Daly '90, Paula De Vos '90, Brita Muller '90, Annelise Berger '90, Geoff Price '90, Wayne Edington, Alice Smith Edington '90, Eileen Bell Moulin '90, Michele Giffels Rivkin '90, Charles King '90, Katy Stahl Loebrich '90, Megan Norman Roth '90, Paula Costantini Fries '90, Darcy Long '90 Sixth Row (L to R): Mary Gerdes Kendrick '90, Chris Kendrick, Tom Westphal '90, Edward Gent '90, Chris Steck '90, Robert Springstead '90, Frederick Moulin, Charles Rider '90, Paul Amodei '90, Andy Bradford '90, Timothy VanDenBerg '90, Rich Marion '90, Jeff Royce '90, P.J. Streng '90
Matt Longjohn (M.D., M.P.H.) ’93 is the senior director of chronic disease prevention for the YMCA of the USA. In this newly created role, Longjohn will lead development and dissemination of innovative programs and initiatives in the area of chronic disease prevention, including diabetes, cancer survivorship, and childhood obesity. Longjohn is the founding executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, and he is a longtime champion in the public health profession. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Pam (Hall) O'Connor ’94 was appointed a Michigan Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust's Board of Advisors was established in 1966 to increase its direct contact and communication with state and local constituents. The Board is composed of two advisors from each state and 12 at-large advisors. O'Connor's company, Preservation Practices, works with regional clients on nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and federal and Michigan Rehabilitation Tax Credit applications. She is a former chair of the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission, and Immediate Past President of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. She also chaired the MHPN public policy committee.
Beth (Low) Washington ’94 and her family are pictured with President Barack Obama when President Obama spoke at the Kalamazoo Central High School graduation ceremony in June 2010. Beth's husband, Von Washington, is the principal at Kalamazoo Central High School.
Athanasios "Tom" Anagnost ’95 has accepted the position of head women's soccer coach at Miami (Fla.) University. Stafford has been head women's soccer coach at Central Michigan University for two years, leading the Chippewas to back-to-back Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. In the 2009 season, Tom coached the Chippewas to a school-best 17-4-3 record. CMU had an 18-game unbeaten streak during the season and also posted 13-consecutive shutouts. Prior to CMU, he was head coach for eight years at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and spent time coaching high school programs at Flint Powers Catholic, Saginaw Heritage, and Bay City John Glenn, all in Michigan. Tom was a three-time Division III All-American at Kalamazoo and spent time playing for the Chicago Power of the National Professional Soccer League and the Michigan Bucks of the United States Indoor Soccer League.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’95 Alumni who returned for their 15th reunion: First Row (L to R): Jenn West Jawahir '95 and Kathryn Jawahir, Sara Frier '95, Makeda Martin, Amy Nosich Dolhay '95 and family, Amy Butera Koffler '95 and Hannah Koffler and Sam Koffler Second Row (L to R): Kathy Bradshaw '95, Dafina Lazarus Stewart '95, Sara Foster '95, Amie Breithaupt Byholt '95, Gretchen Jacobson Parsons '95, Amy Goode Albert '95 Third Row (L to R): Amanda Eldridge Howard '95, Michael Howard, Theresa Gutierrez Mull '95, Nancy Walkup '95, Mary Siwajek Klahorst '95, Ryan Kaltenbach '95, Peter Knight '95, Becca Beebe Morehous '95, Debrah Ramsay '95
Seamus Mullen ’96 competed against "Iron Chef" Cat Cora on the September 19 episode of "Iron Chef America," on the Food Network. The secret ingredient to their battle was barracuda. Chef Mullen, who owns and operates the Spanish restaurant "Boqueria" in New York City, previously competed in the Food Network's "Next Iron Chef" season two. Unfortunately, he lost a close match to Iron Chef Cora. But watch for the leftovers...er...reruns!
Jeff Sokol ’96 has been named head football coach of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terra Haute, Indiana). He spent the last 11 seasons as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at the University of Chicago. Prior to his Chicago experience, Sokol spent one season at Case Western Reserve University as the recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach, two seasons as a graduate assistant at Defiance College, and one year as wide receivers coach at Kalamazoo. He completed a master's degree in education from Defiance in 1999. He inherits a Rose-Hulman program that has recorded five consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1986-90, including a 6-4 mark in 2010.
Yann H.H. van Geertruyden ’96 has been named a partner in full-service international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Based in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, Yann concentrates on public-private real estate development partnership transactions. Formerly a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Connie Mack, he earned a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in Washington.
Haans Mulder ’97 is an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C. (Holland, Mich.). He was named a 2010 Rising Star in the area of business/corporate law by Michigan Super Lawyer Magazine. Candidates were chosen based on 12 criteria of peer recognition and professional achievement. He also co-authored an article with an associate, Nicholas R. Dekker, for The Michigan Business Law Journal. That article is titled "Social Networking: Your Business Clients and Their Employees Are Doing It--Are You Advising Your Clients on How to Manage the Legal Risks?" Mulder has a Masters in Tax, is a Certified Financial Planner, and concentrates his practice in the areas of business law and estate planning/elder law. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
April Riker ’97 and her husband, Miguel Aguirre, of Royal Oak, Michigan, became the very proud parents of Santiago Andres Aguirre on November 6, 2010. April has worked for EDS and Hewlett Packard for 13 years in the Detroit area. She now manages a software development laboratory, supporting Ally Bank Latin America.
Nicole (McIlroy) Steeves ’98 wrote, "We are happy to welcome Desmond Albus Howard Steeves, born December 20, 2010. He joins his 5-year-old sister, Gwendolyn Piper Steeves, who has already decided to go to 'K'."
Kathryn (Huskey) Soulier ’99 has been elected a partner in the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn. Kathryn practices in the Corporate and Securities Department in the firm's Kalamazoo office, concentrating on patent preparation and prosecution in life science, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological arts, with a focus on domestic and international patent filing and regulatory compliance. She earned a J.D. degree, cum laude, from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
2000'sHomecoming Reunion Class of ’00 Alumni who returned for their 10th reunion: First Row (L to R): Sarah Neidert and Baby, Adam Neidert '00, Jennifer Baker, Ashton Baker, Nick Brown '00, Vicky Brown, Heather Booth '00, Thora Booth Zaremba, Jeannette Cooper Srivastava '00, Sophia Srivastava, Margy Belchak '00, Rosie Goldstein, Mandy Brookins Blinn '00, Cameron Blinn, Mike Blinn, Miles Blinn, Dan Appledorn '00, Miles Appledorn Second Row (L to R): Megan Faurot '00, Patrick Nyman '99, Edwin Nyman, Amanda Solem '00, Olga Radkevich-Brown, Prashant Srivastava, Bobby Goldstein, Frankie Goldstein, Lavinia Reynolds, Carrie Snochowski Reynolds '00, Juliana Mamou, Luke Mamou, Ed Mamou '00, Annalee Slingerland Appledorn '00, Joshua Childers, Stella Sarut-Childers Third Row (L to R): Kenneth Bark '00, Jeff Arenz '01, Joshua Arenz, Jacob Arenz, Kelly Kearney Arenz '00, Grace Arenz, Tina Borlaza '00, Colleen Bouren '00, David Bouren, Catherine Lancaster '00, Amy Latham Mervak '00, Robert Hilliard '00 and Baby, Patricia Marcoux Hilliard '00 and Child, Jessica Emhof Fowle '00, Nathan Fowle, Todd Fowle, Dylan Burnette and Oliver Burnette, Paula Sarut '00 and Jonah Sarut-Childers Fourth Row (L to R): Casey Bear '00, Korin Szopo Arvila '00, Makenzie Olson Clement '00, Zach Schroeck '00, Amanda Redman '00, Ellen Miller Brouwer '00, John Cunningham '00, Andrew Schook '00, Elly Rifkin, Joe St. Jean '00, Melissa Anderson Sloatman '00, Larry Sloatman, Gillian Hooker '00 Fifth Row (L to R): Geary Priehs '00, Tressa Galvin Priehs '00, Alex Luttschyn '00, Brian Arvila '00, Jeff Marinucci '00, Simone Lutz '00, Rachel Preisser, Jonathan Preisser '00, Erin Diviney Chun '00, Laura Maxson Lynch '00, Jennifer Lanphear '00, Karen Schieferstein Munoz '00, Becky Hodkinson Ong '00, Beth Hodgkiss-Lilly Hagesfeld '00, Rebekka Hoffmann Mehl '00
Jennifer Kim ’01 and her husband, Dennis '00, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Elizabeth Mina Kim. Ava arrived on September 18, 2010. "She is such a wonderful blessing," wrote Jennifer. The Kim family currently lives in the Tampa Bay area. Dennis recently completed his fellowship in allergy/immunology. Jennifer is completing her third year in pediatrics at the University of South Florida. She will remain as chief resident next year. Email email@example.com
Sarah (LaBeau) Delahousse ’02 defended her dissertation--Female Detectives, Female Criminals: An Examination of Crime, Modernity and the New Woman in Early French and American Crime Films in the U.S. During the 1910s--on August 23. And she gave birth to her son, Timothy James, on October 3. Timothy is doing well, and Sarah enjoys being a mom and having a Ph.D.
Sara (Church) Nicholson ’02 was married to Robert Nicholson (Alma College, Class of 2004) on June 19, 2010, in Ann Arbor, where they had met five years previous. Several "K" students, alumni, and faculty were on hand for the celebration, including (l-r): Emily Guzman and Darren Clark (both Class of 2013) and Ashley Frantz Jones, Susan Smith, Maureen Kelly, Sarah (LaBeau) Delahousse, Sara (Church) Nicholson, Erin Thoresen, Carrie Hintz, and Brittany Nestell (all Class of 2002). Dr. Gail Griffin contributed her creative touch to the festivities. Shortly thereafter, Sara and Rob added to their family by adopting two kittens, Jacques and Amelie. The Nicholson family currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Rob is completing his anesthesia residency and Sara practices tax and real estate planning law. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca (Bielang) Stafford ’02 married Damian Stafford (left photo) on October 9, 2010. A number of alumni (right photo) attended the festivities, including (l-r) James Cicola, Erika Korowin, Eve Khlyavich, Michelle Harburg, and Cristina Calcagno. Becky and Damian are pictured in the second photo.
Marla Hahn ’04 and David Poytinger were married in Stetson Chapel on June 26, 2010. They celebrated with their favorite "K" crew (l-r): back row--Oliver Young, Paul Schramm, Carol Flanigan, Emily Boehm, Ryan Lapham, Claire Tobin, Leah Harris, Sarah Kolascz-Arrell, Deborah Hahn '74, Gary Hahn '71, Blake Hurt; front row--Drew Brockington, David and Marla, Shena Mathew, Julie Hurt, and Katie Elci. Email email@example.com
Zachary Mondrow ’04 is the new cantor at Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach in south Florida. After "K," he spent one year in Jerusalem becoming immersed in Hebrew and the Jewish lifestyle. He recently graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Paul Schramm ’04 won a GreenGov Presidential award as a member of the "Green Dream Team" for his work as an author of an inter-agency Federal Government report on the human health effects of climate change. The report was released last April. Schramm attended the awards ceremony at the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., where the team was presented the award by the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Schramm also won an individual award for his work on this report from the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control.
Matt Cameron ’05 is a third-year law student at Wayne State University and a founding member of Penny Seats Theatre Company, a new nonprofit outdoor summer theatre in Ann Arbor. Matt participated in numerous main stage and blackbox shows at "K" and was a member of the improvisational troupe Monkapult.
Homecoming Reunion Class of ’05 Alumni who returned for their 5th reunion: First Row (L to R): Kate McCracken '05, Amanda Palumbo '05, Molly Shotwell Kriesel '05, Rachel Badra '05, Alison Mizen '05 Second Row (L to R): Megan Johnson Arcé '05, Colin Baumgartner '05, Elizabeth Fulton '05, Tiffany Antor Cole '05, Kelly Clapp '05, Lauren Yagiela '05, Tania Iqbal '05 Third Row (L to R): Anny Price '05, Joshua Vandeburgh '05, Charles Fulton '05, Tyler Pray '05, Carrie VanDerZee '05, Andrew Kurtz '05, Noelle Cotey '05
Benjamin Taylor ’05 was recently promoted to General Manager after only four months as Assistant Manager at Qdoba Mexican Grill in Denver, Colorado. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay (Dinges) Booth ’06 and Shaun Booth celebrated their wedding on September 24 in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with an outdoor ceremony officiated by John Mach '06. "K" graduates in attendance included (l-r): John, Lisa Ludwinski '06, Lourin Sprenger '06, and Briana Kleidon '06. Email email@example.com
Lisa Dellacqua ’06 has joined the Peace Corps and left for Africa. She recently wrote, "Thank you for everything; I am sure my acceptance into the Peace Corps would not have happened without my 'K' College experience."
Jessica Pearson ’06 is in her fifth year at New York University, working on a joint Ph.D. in history and French studies. "I received a Jeanne Marandon Fellowship for dissertation research in French history," she wrote, "and will spend the year in the archives in Paris and Aix-en-Provence researching France's role in the development of social pediatrics in francophone Africa after World War II. I also spent part of this past summer in Dakar, Senegal, doing additional research for the project." Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Thomas ’06 loves Nantes, France, the city in western France about 30 miles from the Atlantic coast where she's been living for four years. Kate recently shared the reasons behind her love affair with the country in Europe Up Close: An Insider's Travel Guide.
Peter Schneider ’07 has been awarded the first international master's level double degree at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. The degree was awarded in the field of sport and exercise psychology. A double degree is jointly organized by two or more institutions of higher learning and leads to two degree certificates. In Peter's case the partner institution was the University of Leipzig (Germany). According to Peter, the double degree has been a great benefit for his career. He is at work on his Ph.D. at the University of Leipzig and he was also offered a part-time program assistant post in the international network of universities that offers the double degree program in sport and exercise psychology. In addition of the University of Jyvaskyla and the University of Leipzig, these include Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Thessaly (Greece).
Lindsey Smith ’07 has joined the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her primary practice will be commercial litigation. Before joining the firm, Smith worked as a student attorney and project assistant for the Frank J. Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School. During her undergraduate years she worked as an intern for Rayman & Stone, a Kalamazoo law firm. The Health Science and Economics & Business major earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2010. Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., was founded in 1902 and employs more that 100 attorneys in six Michigan locations.
2010'sEmilia LaPenta ’10 spent the summer after graduation in Vermont working at the Weston Playhouse. She's currently the literary intern at the prestigious McCarter Theatre (Princeton, New Jersey). She's also got her sights set on a cross-cultural theatre opportunity, the kind that ignited her passion at "K". "I find myself reflecting on my experiences abroad in Kenya quite often," she wrote. "Working with artists in Kenya was one of the most galvanizing experiences I have ever had. I had the opportunity just before Christmas to meet with the two men who run the Sundance Theatre Lab (a fabulous organization dedicated to developing new work and new talent. I learned about their East Africa Lab in Kenya. Part of our conversation focused on the possibility of me joining them in Africa for two weeks this summer. Being able to attend this lab would be important for me. Sundance Theatre Lab is the best organization for fostering new theatrical work, and its commitment to cross-cultural collaboration speaks directly to my own interests."
FriendsSierra Imanse is a sophomore at "K." Her coffee mug was "kidnapped" and taken across international boundaries. It's not as serious as it sounds because the culprit was her father, Curt Imanse, who took it to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, where he worked (and needed a coffee mug) for four months.
1930'sMary (Halford) Vinton ’37 died September 9, 2010, in Kalamazoo. She emigrated with her parents from England to the Kalamazoo area in the early 1920s. She taught English at South Junior High School in Kalamazoo for nearly 30 years, and she was an avid gardener.
1940'sMargaret Keefe ’41 died on September 6, 2010. She earned her bachelor's degree from "K" as an English major, and she did graduate work at University of Chicago. Keefe had a lifelong career as a librarian in Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois, retiring in the 1980s from the Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library as head of reference services. After she retired, she volunteered for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, the pediatric unit of an Oak Park hospital, the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts library.
Margaret (Blymeir) Lee ’43 , professor emeritus and administrator at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, died September 13, 2010, at the age of 88. She earned her bachelor's degree at "K" as an English and history double major. She earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of education in administration of pupil personnel services and counseling psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Lee was an elementary and junior high school principal in the 1940s and 1950s. She joined the Northwestern faculty in 1958 as an assistant professor and later became a full professor, teaching classes in educational psychology, counseling and personnel services, human development, and secondary education instruction. In 1979, she was appointed associate dean for student affairs and undergraduate programs at the School of Education and Social Policy. She also was a very popular undergraduate and graduate adviser who over the years kept in touch with many of her former students.
Jane Mary (Burns) Kimmel ’45 died October 6, 2010, at her home in Paw Paw (Mich.). She was 86. She had been a lifelong Paw Paw-area resident and was a member of numerous civic organizations, including the board of education and hospital auxiliary.
Robert (Bob) Chittenden ’48 died on December 16, 2010. He was 87. Chittenden earned his bachelor's degree in physics and was an avid amateur radio operator. He passed his licensing requirements at age 15 and was a radio operator during World War II. He was a laboratory technologist in the clinical medical field for many years.
Marcia (Barnes) Bertsch ’49 died on January 1, 2011, at age 85 at her home in Porter Hills, Michigan. She attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from the Butterworth School of Nursing in Grand Rapids and Albion College. She started her career as a maternity nurse at Butterworth in the early 1950s. She discontinued her nursing career to raise a family and then returned to maternity nursing at Blodgett Hospital until her retirement at age 77.
1950'sHarry Lincoln Brown ’50 died on December 6, 2010, at his home in Memphis, Tenn. He was 87. Brown was born in Otsego, Michigan, and was a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps and Navy. He earned his B.A. in economics and business, and he owned New South Sales, an automotive parts sales company. He enjoyed exercise and activity with his many friends at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis.
Gloria Ann (Matson) Mills ’53 died November 17, 2010, in Allegan. She was 79. Gloria was married to Kenneth Mills '51, who survives. She was an active volunteer with the John F. Kennedy Center School in Kalamazoo and with the Kalamazoo Association for Retarded Citizens.
Thomas Niedringhaus ’53 died October 22, 2010, in Las Vegas at age 79. He graduated from "K" with a B.A. in economics and business. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University and served two years in the U.S. Army. He worked in Virginia for the federal government for many years as an environmental scientist.
Frank D. Ward ’54 died on December 9, 2010. He earned his B.A. in history and a master's degree in education (Western Michigan University). He worked as a teacher for Clintondale Public Schools in Detroit and then for the Broward County Schools in Florida. He was an avid reader and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Kalamazoo. Ward also was an active and proud "K" alumni member.
1960'sGerry Harsch ’60 died on September 16, 2010. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Saginaw (Mich.) and graduated with a B.A. as a physics major. He received a master's degree in landscape architecture and urban planning from Michigan State University. He taught at MSU for a period of time. Harsch worked for more than 45 years as a planner, for the City of Charlevois, Garfield Township, and Traverse City. He also started two businesses: Land Planning and Design Associates and, more recently, Heritage Window Works. The latter reflects his passion for woodworking and historical restoration projects.
John Dancer Mason ’63 died on January 15, 2011, in Boston at age 69. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon, two children, and 12 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Matthew. John earned his B.A. in economics and business. At "K," he lettered in basketball and baseball. After earning a Ph.D. in economics (Michigan State University) he moved to Hamilton, Mass., where he began a 39-year career as a professor at Gordon College. John helped organize and then served for many years as secretary-treasurer of the Association of Christian Economists. He also served for many years on the board of the Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston. In addition to teaching, John's research focused on finding solutions for the problems of the inner city.
Richard Harvey Bradley ’66 died December 7, 2010. He earned his B.A. in mathematics at "K" and earned an M.S. in computer science from Penn State University. Bradley was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Lucent Technologies, where he worked for 30 years. He loved music and played violin in a symphony orchestra and in several choirs. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, a sister and a brother.
Elizabeth (Barnhart) Cump ’67 died December 19, 2010, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, following a brief illness. "Betsy" received her B.A. degree in biology and then worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago before raising her family in Hinsdale, Illinois, and studying ceramics. In 1998 she moved to Chapel Hill to work as a graphics professional in the marketing department of an architectural firm in Durham.
1970'sLester Adkin ’70 died in early November, 2010, at his home in Cadillac, Michigan, where he had been a dentist for many years. A native of South Haven, Michigan, Lester was active in church, school, and service organization activities, and was a member of the Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department near Cadillac.
Jacalyn (Hart) Hadden ’78 died on December 24, 2010, at age 54. She earned her B.A. in sociology. She worked for Consumers Energy for more than 20 years, most recently as vice president of state government affairs, and was recognized by her peers as a top lobbyist in the state. At the time of her death she was on staff with the Republican Michigan House of Representatives.
FriendsMarcelle (Garson) Dale died on Thursday, October 28, 2010. From l956 until her retirement in l985 she introduced French language and culture to generations of Kalamazoo College students. Mme Dale, as she was universally addressed and referred to, was born in Algeria, then a part of the French North African Colonial Empire. She received her initial degrees (BA, BS, MA) at the University of Oran and a BA and MA from Western Michigan University. Though she always considered herself French, she grew up bilingually in both French and Spanish. While serving as an interpreter for the American forces during World War II she met her late husband, Mason. A couple totally devoted to each other, Mason nevertheless proved to be one of her more challenging students when it came to mastering the French language. In both temperament and appearance, Marcelle embodied the attributes often associated with her Mediterranean heritage. She was a commanding presence in her classroom, thoroughly aware of even the smallest nuances. Her strongest expression of disappointment or disapproval was probably her withering "monsieur" or "mademoiselle," which quickly got the attention of all concerned. Vivacious and friendly, she was a dynamic and dedicated teacher, much admired and respected by her students, who knew that she genuinely wanted them to learn. In recognition of her gifts as a teacher she was the first member of the faculty to be awarded the Florence J. Lucasse Distinguished Lectureship for excellence in teaching (1980). In her acceptance lecture she said, "The teacher's role is above all else to awaken and maintain that which is most marvelous in people, their curiosity..." The many inquiries about her at the 2010 Homecoming are a strong testimony to the respect, admiration, and affection with which she is remembered by former students. In addition to her husband Mason, she was preceded in death by her son James, her daughter Monique, and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by one brother and one sister, four grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. (This obituary was written by Joe Fugate, professor of German language and literature, and director of foreign study, emeritus, and a colleague of Mme Dale from 1961 to 1985.)
Sara "Sally" Davis died October 22, 2010. She was a longtime friend of Kalamazoo College, serving as past Women's Council president, 1833 Society member, and Stetson Society member. Memorials may be directed to the Women's Council Scholarship.
Berne Jacobs (Ph.D.) died on November 28, 2010. He completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Michigan, receiving a Ph.D. in psychology in 1959. He met his wife, Jo, at Michigan, and the two were married on June 23, 1956. They lived in Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1962, while Berne taught at the University of California. In 1963, they moved to Kalamazoo where Berne became a member of the psychology department at Kalamazoo College, serving periodically as department chair until his retirement in 1994. During his 31-year tenure at "K," Berne, who was hired as an experimentalist, introduced Humanistic Psychology into the curriculum. Humanistic Psychology was a better fit for the classically-trained Berne, who became a valued mentor for many students. His focus was always on students and what would best help them become more effective human beings. Berne's first love was his family, his second was teaching. He acknowledged the unique qualities of all of his students and took time to know them as people. He wanted them to succeed in their studies, in their professions, and in their lives, and he was willing to do whatever he could do to help make that happen. He knew that success was measured not by achievements alone, but mostly by the ability to integrate all facets of one's life into a satisfying whole. His colleagues treasured Berne as a steady presence when turbulence arose. Fellow psychology professor Lonnie Supnick described Jacobs' ability to defuse an overly-long, tedious departmental meeting (with the other psychologists snapping and snarling at one another) by leaving the room on some errand and then re-appearing, whistling "Rocky Raccoon." The tension, Lonnie reported, melted away, and perspective was regained. Berne was, truly, one of the gentlest of men, and one of the most trusted. He was both funny and wise. He is survived by his wife, Jo, a sister, Jan (John Smith), of Petoskey, Mich.; and three children: Becky Jacobs of Appleton, Wis.; Scott Jacobs (and Amy) of Ann Arbor; and Katie Jacobs (and Judy Worden) of Kalamazoo. The family requests memorial donations be directed to: The Kalamazoo College Fund; The United Negro College Fund; or the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. (This obituary was compiled by Marigene Arnold, professor of anthropology and sociology, emerita, and a colleague and friend of Dr. Jacobs from 1973 to 2010.)
Ned Ovid Spiess died on January 11, 2011, in Lakeland, Florida. He was 92. He attended the University Illinois and served during World War II at Percy Jones Hospital (Battle Creek, Mich.). He continued his federal service for more than 30 years and then worked for Kalamazoo College for 10 years before retiring to Florida in 1986.
Melvin J. "Cy" Tessin (Ph.D.) died October 13, 2010, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Cy was personnel director at Kalamazoo College from 1973 to 1977. He was 82 years old at the time of his death.
Gerard Thomas died on November 19, 2010, at home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The long time friend of the College had an extraordinary commitment to the city of Kalamazoo and volunteered his time to many different organizations and causes. He was raised in Rome, New York, and studied at Phillips Academy, Andover. He studied at Harvard until he enlisted during World War II. After the war, he returned to Harvard, and he then earned his law degree at Cornell University. In 1956, he began working for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, where he worked until his retirement in 1988. Thomas helped the city of Kalamazoo in many ways: working to desegregate area schools as the President of the Kalamazoo Board of Education, working as one of the first outside directors of the Stryker Corporation, serving on the boards of YWCA, Planned Parenthood, St. Luke's Church vestry, Fidelity Saving Bank, and Lakeside for Children.