Author Archives: Jim Van Sweden

About Jim Van Sweden

Director, College Communications

Richard Schultz ’53

Richard died on November 17, 2015. At K he majored in economics. He served for 32 years as the general manager of WARU Radio in Peru, Indiana. Richard was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and a former member of First Baptist Church in Peru. He had been an active member of the Lions Club in Peru. He and his wife, Jeannette Norwood, who survives, were married on August 25, 1951. They have four children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Nathan White ’06

Nathan is the senior legislative manager for Access Now, a New York City-headquartered advocacy organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. A former communications director in the U.S. Congress, Nathan has shaped political and social issue campaigns across the United States and the Internet. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in political science, and he studied abroad in Hong Kong. He earned a master’s degree in global marketing, communications and advertising from Emerson College in Boston.

Laura Newland ’03

Laura is the executive director of the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA). She leads an agency that develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment and social services for the District’s older adults, persons living with disabilities and their caregivers. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Laura served as DCOA’s interim general counsel. She was appointed interim executive director in early November and named executive director in December. She has deep professional roots in advocacy. Prior to joining District government, Laura worked at AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly directing the Real Property Tax Project. She spearheaded the community advocacy and litigation strategy that led to significant legislative reform in 2014 and the creation of the Real Property Tax Lien Ombudsman. Before receiving her law degree (Georgetown University), she worked in a variety of nonprofit settings, spanning numerous issues that included domestic violence, jail-based voting and registration, and consumer protection. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Thailand.

Wilma (Fechter) Erway ’44

Wilma died on December 16, 2015. She grew up in Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from K. She earned a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin in 1945. That year she and Norman Erway were married at Stetson Chapel. Soon after the couple took jobs at the University of Chicago, his part of the Manhattan Project and hers in a toxicity laboratory. In 1947 the couple started a scientific glassblowing business in Oregon (Wis.), making and repairing scientific glass apparatus for the University of Wisconsin, other universities and laboratories all over the country and overseas. Wilma and Norman had three daughters, with whom they traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada. Wilma was an avid downhill skier, which she continued into her mid-80s. She also enjoyed cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater and flat water canoeing, camping, hiking, boating, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, hunting, visiting and photographing light houses, and collecting arrowheads.

Ryan Shockley ’00

Ryan has been promoted to managing director at First Reserve, a global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. He joined the firm in 2004 as an associate and returned as a vice president in 2008. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in economics and business, and he was a standout player on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ryan works in First Reserve’s Greenwich, Connecticut, office.

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.