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Wendy Oslund-Morrow ’83

Wendy died on March 11, 2016. At K she earned her B.A. in psychology and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. She completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985. Wendy was employed as a counselor for many years with the Center for Life Management in Derry, N.H., and was most recently employed with the Counseling Center of Nashua, N.H. She loved hiking and was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. She also enjoyed reading and Contra dancing and was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester N.H. Wendy is survived by her son and daughter and granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband in 2008.

David Best ’94, D.O.

David is a board member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association and an instrumental member of its Task Force on Safe Opioid Use, which submits recommendations to Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. Opioid abuse has become a crisis in Michigan and nationally. David wrote a viewpoint in the Lansing State Journal titled “Medication-assistance treatment (MAT) for opioids.” In it he states the importance of MAT as the standard of care for opioid use disorder, clarifies (and decries) the reasons for its underuse, and applauds the allocation of new funding that, in part, will make MAT more widely available.

Sarah Allexan ’11

alebKlineSarah and Caleb Kline ’13 were married on September 26, 2015, and the happy event drew many Hornets from multiple generations. “We got married at Waldenwoods Resort in Hartland, Michigan,” wrote Caleb. “The weather was beautiful.” And so was the K crowd (especially the bride and groom). Pictured are (l-r): Brian Paul ’87, Genevieve Leet ’11, Michael Hartman ’86, Tova Berg ’11, Jenifer Hartman ’86, Alex Smith ’13, Audra Hudson ’16, Rachael Hartman ’14, Ellen Connor ’13, John Kline ’86, Shelbie Burris ’13, Josh Hampton ’13, Caleb Kline ’13 (Groom), Sarah Allexan ’11(Bride), Brain Bazzel ’11, Dalton Simancek ’12,  Margie Andreae ’86, Hannah Kline ’18, Amanda Patton ’13, Nora Cullen ’13, Miles Tyrer-Vasell, Gina Massari ’13, Justin Leatherwood ’13, Colin Brummel ’11, David Dimcheff (K cross country coach), and Ben Hulbert ’13. Sarah matched for her medical residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at University of Michigan. She and Caleb are moving back to Michigan!

Richard Timmer ’53

ichardTimmerRichard died on February 8, 2016. He matriculated to K from Grand Rapids (Mich.). He earned his degree in biology and played for the Hornet football team. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He later worked as an assistant professor of anatomy at the University of Colorado Medical School. He loved the state’s natural beauty and often returned to visit. In the late 1960s he served as associate dean of medicine at the University of Louisville and at UTMB. He also traveled the country on behalf of the National Institutes of Health, evaluating federal funding for medical schools. In the late 1970s he left administration to practice family medicine in Fredericksburg, Texas. He continued private practice in Houston and San Antonio until the early 1990s, when he retired and returned to his beloved mountain home in Colorado.

Clint David ’77

Clint has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomies due to breast cancer. Clint is the managing partner of the Dallas, Texas, office of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. At K Clint majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. He is deeply involved with the Dallas-area community. He is a member of the CEO President’s Club, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenhill School for 15 years and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Katina Bitsicas ’11

Katina lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she is an assistant teaching professor of digital storytelling at the University of Missouri. At K Katina earned her B.A. in art and participated in the GLCA Arts Program (New York City). She earned a post-baccalaureate degree from from SACI in Florence, Italy, and a M.F.A. from the University of South Florida. Katina’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and she has exhibited in multiple venues and festivals such as The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida; Project Space Kleiner Salon in Berlin, Germany; Index Art Center in Newark, New Jersey; Tractionarts in Los Angeles, California; and AIVA Video Art Festival in Finspång, Sweden.

Marcia (Featherston) Ventura ’80

Marcia is now senior vice president of Invest Detroit. Marcia’s areas of responsibility include the institution’s new markets tax credit program and commercial real estate transactions. She has more than 20 years of commercial lending experience working in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Marcia majored in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Mary (Seaberg) King ’79

Mary has been a senior vice president at Invest Detroit since 2009. Invest Detroit is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and a leading source of private sector financing to support economic and community development in underserved communities, primarily in Detroit. Mary manages Invest Detroit’s core city strategic fund (designed to provide lending to priority commercial real estate projects in Greater Downtown Detroit), the nonprofit predevelopment loan fund, and the new markets tax credit program. Mary also leads the efforts for Invest Detroit’s CDFI / CDE relationship management. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, she was vice president of commercial lending at Detroit Commerce Bank. At K Mary majored in political science and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned a M.B.A. at the University of Michigan.

Beverly Quist ’68

Beverly was honored in April with the 28th Annual YWCA Mohawk Valley Outstanding Woman Award. It was the first time the award was conferred in the social justice category. Beverly is professor emerita of criminal justice at Mohawk Valley Community College. At K she majored in French and studied abroad in Caen, France. She earned a M.A. in sociology from Cleveland State University.   She started law school but did not like it and left after her first year. Beverly is grateful for her varied work history (internships at training schools for delinquent girls, social work, bank teller, Kelly girl, development officer, staff on projects including women’s equity, national security, and the Cleveland Martin Luther King celebration) and travel (living in France and even taking a ride on the Marrakech Express).  She directed the Criminal Justice Program at Notre Dame College of Ohio and was an adjunct instructor in Cleveland-area colleges.  In 1989, she decided to take a leap into the unknown by applying for a position at Mohawk Valley Community College.  At MVCC she developed courses in restorative justice, mediation, juvenile delinquency, and ethics in criminal justice and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beverly has served on the boards of The Peacemaker Program, YWCA Mohawk Valley, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Justice Studies Association, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, Women’s Employment and Resource Center, the MVCC Professional Association, and WomenSpace.  “Kalamazoo College has been incredibly important to my development as a person (and, eventually, as an academic),” she wrote. “I spent my career service quarter at the Michigan Girls Training School in Adrian.  This experience was transformational, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.  I did my senior project on the treatment of delinquent girls at the Institut Saint-Jean-Eudes in Caen, France, comparing my experiences and making observations.  Kalamazoo College is about social justice, and so are its graduates!”

Elizabeth (Ryder) Napier ’72

lizabethNapierElizabeth, a professor of English and American literatures at Middlebury College, has written and published the book Defoe’s Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self (University of Delaware Press). According to the publisher, “The book focuses on the pervasive concern with narrativity and self-construction that marks Defoe’s first-person fictional narratives. Defoe’s fictions focus obsessively and elaborately on the act of storytelling—not only in his creation of idiosyncratic voices preoccupied with the telling (and often the concealing) of their own life stories but also in his narrators’ repeated adversion to other, untold stories that compete for attention with their own.” At K Elizabeth majored in English and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.