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Stephaine (Parrish) Taylor ’74

Stephaine died on November 21, 2015. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh. At K she majored in philosophy and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduation she settled in Portland, Oregon, where she became a distinguished state and national leader in vocational rehabilitation. Her work created opportunities for people with disabilities, including psychiatric disabilities, to live and work independently. She also was an award-winning quilter. She designed, sewed by hand and exhibited many of her beautiful creations. She loved to travel and had visited India, Egypt and China among other countries. She also loved to cook and preserve her family’s history. When she died she was in the process of completing a family cookbook titled Food is Memory.

Todd Jensen ’87

In December Todd was appointed president of Healthcare Trust Inc. Prior to the appointment he served as the company’s vice president and chief investment officer. Todd has almost 25 years of experience in the financing and development of commercial real estate, with more than 20 of those years focused exclusively on the development, leasing and capitalization of healthcare-related real estate. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

James Allan ’39

amesAllanJames will celebrate his 100th birthday next month on March 16. James majored in sociology at K, earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He retired as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Not long ago his daughter Joan called Lisa Murphy ’98, the College archivist, seeking information on her father’s time at K so that she could put together a book to give him at Christmas. “I found tennis and Glee Club photos of him as well as a bunch of newspaper articles from The Index that she was able to put into the book,” says Lisa.  “The family also purchased a 1938 yearbook for him on eBay, which he is holding in the photo.” Joan was kind enough to ask her father some questions for Lisa. Turns out that James was a Hornet tennis player for legendary coach Allen Stowe. Lisa wondered if he had any special memories of Coach Stowe or the team. “Yes,” says James. “One afternoon the coach asked me to warm up with a female tennis player.  The rest of the team sat on the bleachers and watched.  I served the ball gently to her and it came back hard and forceful.  I knew I was in trouble.  We played a few sets, all of which she won.  After the sets I found out she was the United States female tennis champion, and I had been set up.  My teammates and coach were laughing, so did I.  She played well.” What James recalls most about his coach was his extraordinary kindness. “He taught chemistry. It was odd that he never played tennis, just coached it.” His favorite class and professor? “Dr. Dunsmore [Religious Studies] was my favorite professor,” says James.  “He was my counselor as well and guided me through graduation.  My favorite class was sociology.” K sends James a early happy-100th-birthday wish.

Bill Dawson ’78

Bill was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career coaching cross country and track. Over his tenure he has worked with seven state champions, three state record setters and three high school All-Americans. Six of his athletes have gone on to earn All-American honors in college, including one national champion. Another athlete was overall national champion and an Olympian. Bill continues to teach math and coach at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.

Edward Moticka ’66

dwardMotickaEd is the author of the recently released book A Historical Perspective on Evidence-Based Immunology. The book highlights the evidence supporting immunology concepts commonly taken for granted, including results of hypothesis-driven controlled scientific experiments. Ed is professor and chair of basic medical sciences at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Mesa, Ariz.). His book was released on December 18, “the same day that ’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opened in theaters,” he wrote. “It is only coincidence that the figure on the cover looks like the Death Star.”

Patricia Johnson ’71

Patricia  died on February 25, 2016. She was 66 years old. At K she earned her degree in German and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. After graduating she enjoyed a 43-year career in the Portage (Mich.) Public Schools, where she taught German, history and social studies. She retired in 2015. Pat enjoyed knitting and was an avid sports fan. She loved the “Mike and Mike” television/radio program and would record it every day to watch when she got home. She was a strong supporter of Kalamazoo College and a former student and dear friend of Joe Fugate, professor emeritus of German and former director of the foreign study program.

Chris Tucker ’82

Chris is a fellow in the formulation science group (FSG) within Dow Chemical Company’s research and development function. He is responsible for technical leadership for the FSG. Chris joined the central research function within Dow in 1982 after graduating from K. He has worked primarily in the area of colloid and interface science including new surfactant synthesis, ionomers, microemulsions, consumer and industrial product formulation, reaction media, nanoparticle synthesis, enhanced drug solubilization, drug delivery and high throughput research. Over the course of his career he has worked on R&D projects with nearly every business within Dow. He is author of more than 40 publications and patents. At K, Chris majored in chemistry and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

Dennis Lamb ’63

Class Agent (1963) Don Schneider sent the following note about his classmate: “After Dennis retired from Penn State University a few years ago, he and his spouse, Pat, talked about moving and nothing happened. Not until 2015, when they decided on another university town, sold the State College house, and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. However, they found no housing there quite what they wanted, so they contracted to have a house built and traveled ’homeless’ for 4 months. Destinations included the family cottage in Northern Michigan, Canada, and France. They are now settled into their new home and can be reached at lno@psu.edu.”

Michael Nelson ’73

Michael died on December 27, 2015. He majored in history at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He then earned two master’s degrees: one in history from Montana State University and the second in library science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as a librarian for Montana State University and Montana Tech in Butte. In 1984, Michael moved to Laramie to work for the University of Wyoming as a reference librarian. He was working as a collection and development librarian at the time of his death. Michael married Joyce Collum in 1991 and they had two sons together, Matthew and Mark. Michael and Joyce later divorced but remained very close friends. Michael volunteered for Big Brothers and Sisters in Laramie. He loved the outdoors, walking, hiking and cross-country skiing. He loved trains and shared his love of railroading with his son Mark. He often took his son to the footbridge over the tracks to watch the trains. His greatest joy in life was being a father and a grandfather to his grandson Benjamin Matthew.

Nick Carlin-Voigt ’04

Nick has been named the head coach of the University of Portland (Ore.) men’s soccer program. For the past four years Nick has been the associate head coach for the UCLA Bruins. He has helped build championship programs at UCLA and at George Mason University. At those two schools Nick brought in nationally-ranked recruiting classes each of the past seven seasons, including the nation’s number one recruiting class each of the past three seasons at UCLA. At Kalamazoo College Nick earned his B.A. in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an All-American goalkeeper on the Hornet men’s soccer team, for which he was four-year starter and a two-year captain. Nick holds the Hornet record for shutouts and saves. Following his graduation from K, Nick had a short playing stint (cut short by a knee injury) with Cruz Azul Oaxaca of the Mexican Second Division. From 2002-05, he played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he set franchise records as a goalkeeper for wins and shutouts during the 2004 season. He also saw time on trial with Osnabruck of the German third division in 2006.