In Memory

Alice Louise Schumacher Ash ’46

Alice died on March 12, 2016. She attended K up until the time she met her eventual husband, Robert Ash Sr. They were married in January of 1944. In the early 1950s Alice worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at Orin R. Ash & Son Auto Dealership in Three Rivers. She also worked as a librarian at Warren Woods (Mich.) Community Schools and also at Pinckney (Mich.) Community Schools. The couple moved to Saginaw and spent 14 years there while Robert was superintendent of schools. When Robert retired in 1985 they moved back to Three Rivers to live on the family farm. Alice loved working and restoring the family farmhouse and caring for her vegetables and flower gardens. For most of her life she enjoyed sewing and making most of her own clothes. She is survived by her husband and their two sons, one grandson and one great-grandson.

Thomas Froom ’49

Thomas died on April 12, 2016. At K he majored in psychology. He served in the Navy during World War II and enjoyed a long career in the packaging industry. From 1971 to 1985 he ran Rendoll Paper Company in Rochester, New York. Thereafter he continued in the ice cream carton business, using one of his two patents, until he retired at 72. He was a long time member of the Tennis Club of Rochester, where he played until well into his 80s. He sang in the Mountain Rise United Church of Christ choir until a year ago, and was an active church member there for more than 40 years.

Marilyn (Knight) Underhill ’52

Marilyn died on February 13, 2016. She matriculated to K from Fort Wayne, Indiana. At K she majored in Spanish and was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma and the Kalamazoo College Choir. Marilyn had a love for volunteering and serving others through her work as a Girl Scout camp counselor and leader, Camp Fire leader and board member, and American Red Cross volunteer worker for victims of tornadoes. She also enjoyed volunteering with Special Skaters Society for mentally and physically challenged children and tutoring mathematics students in GED programs. For 13 years she was a counselor at Woman’s Resource Center in Sarasota, Florida, where she also served on the board of directors. Marilyn enjoyed working on genealogy, particularly her research on a great-great grandfather from the Isle of Man. She also enjoyed traveling as well as doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

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.

Jack Price ’54, M.D.

Jack died on May 1, 2016. He was 83 years old. Jack was able to attend K because of a scholarship, and he loved the school. He met his wife Beverly (Nunn) Price ’57 on campus, and he served his alma mater throughout his life, both as an alumni trustee on the board and an enthusiastic admission volunteer with prospective students. In 2009 Jack received the Emeritus Club Citation of Merit Award, which honors those who have demonstrated affection for the College by their loyalty and involvement in its activities and programs. “K was dad’s only hope for a college education,” wrote his daughter, Julie. “He was brilliant but grew up during the depression, and his parents were very poor. The scholarship to K made his becoming a doctor possible.” Jack conveyed his love of K to his kids. Julie and her brother Andy are graduates, members of the classes of 1991 and 1983, respectively. Andy majored in economics and philosophy, and Julie majored in health sciences. Their older brother Ed also attended K (class of 1980) before leaving to pursue his degree in aeronautical engineering. At K Jack majored in biology and chemistry and earned a minor in philosophy. He was active in numerous student groups and co-curricular opportunities, including Phi Lambda, Phil Glee Club, Men’s Double Quartet, track, football and intramural sports. After graduating from K he earned his medical degree at Wayne State School of Medicine and trained at Grace Hospital in Detroit. Jack was an obstetrician/gynecologist at McLaren Hospital in Flint for 40 years; he served as Chairman of the OB/GYN Department of McLaren Hospital for more than 13 years. He was an assistant clinical professor at the Michigan State University College of Medicine. Jack served as the longtime medical director for Planned Parenthood in Flint, and he was an active member of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Genesee County Medical Society. He received many awards and honors, and volunteered for several hospital and community committees. He also helped establish the Wellness HIV- AIDS group for outreach to the HIV/AIDS community. Jack was an avid fisherman, stamp collector, choir singer, golfer and movie aficionado.

Gail (Greenman) Wagner ’54

Gail died on May 17, 2016. She graduated from K with a degree in art. After raising her family she worked full time at Magna Donelly Corporation in Holland, Mich., until her retirement at the age of 73. She loved to cook and to garden. She is survived by her two sons and daughter.

Robert John VanderVeen ’55

John died on April 28, 2016. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Schoolcraft (Mich.) Community Schools. At K he played football and basketball until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a water specialist, purifying water for the military hospital during the Korean War. John graduated from Western Michigan University (1958) and earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University (1968). He had a long career in teaching and coaching in the Michigan communities of Eau Clair, Haslett and Hastings. John was a devoted family man. He and his wife Alice, who survives, have two sons, many grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Douglas Steward ’58

Douglas died on May 8, 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at K and spent most of his life in St. Louis, Michigan, where he taught history and coached basketball and football. He started his teaching career at Saranac High School, where he coached all sports and served as the athletic director. Doug was a track and field starter official for 40 years and also was an active referee/official for football, cross country and volleyball. He and his wife Julia were married for 49 years until her death in 2003. Doug loved spending time with his grandchildren and especially loved watching them in their school activities.

Walter Edmund Ash Jr. ’61

Walter died on August 5, 2015. He matriculated to K from Vicksburg (Mich.) High School. He earned his degree in biology and was deeply involved in theatre productions on campus. After graduation he attended Yale School of Drama for a year. On June 2, 1963, he married Lela Davis in Vicksburg. Walter followed his love of theatre as a freelance theatre director his entire career. He directed more than 100 plays in his lifetime and acted in many as well. He also was a founding member of the Festival Playhouse at Kalamazoo College. He was a true liberal arts spirit with many varied interests. He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the American Conifer Society. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather blessed with a very curious mind and insatiable love of the arts. Walter is survived by Lela, his wife of 52 years, their three children and two grandchildren.

Jack Foreman ’65

Jack died on April 9, 2016. At K he majored in mathematics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He later earned master’s degrees from Purdue University and George Washington University. He started his career with the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and served his country as a scientist. In 1985 he left the government to work for General Electric in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He loved his work and was sad to retire when he was diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. During the course of his life, Jack wore many hats. He taught Sunday school for adults, he worked with the Boy Scouts as a troop leader for many years, and he coached his children’s many soccer teams even though he had never played it himself. He loved to be outdoors–gardening in the yard was a great pastime–and he loved to travel, returning to Muenster many years after study abroad to share that experience with his wife of 50 years, Helen, and friends. He had an insatiable desire to keep learning, and he loved to read. He is survived by his wife and their two children and one grandchild.

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.

H. Thomas Francis ’71

Tom died on March 6, 2016. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in African studies. He studied abroad in Sierra Leone, and he traveled extensively throughout North and West Africa while there. He later completed a master’s degree at Western Michigan University in counseling and student personnel (post-secondary). A dedicated advisor and administrator, Tom spent his professional career guiding students at Kalamazoo College for ten years and then at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he served as director of career services, for 18 years.

In 1972 Tom volunteered to serve in West Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps and he assisted farmers with grain storage in Dahomey (now Benin). The Peace Corps experience reinforced his belief in service to others, the innate goodness of people, and the importance of experiential education. That legacy lasted a lifetime, as did the impact of a life-threatening tropical parasite in 1974, which forced his evacuation to an Army Hospital in West Germany and later to Walter Reed Hospital and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Tom confronted his many health challenges with a gentle strength over the decades, but his heart finally failed him. He is survived by his wife, their two children and three grandchildren.

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.

Mary Collier, former professor of psychology at K

Mary died on February 24, 2016. She was 96 years old. She was born and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and was a long-time resident of Paris, Ontario. She earned her B.A. at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), her M.A. at Radcliffe College (Cambridge, Mass.) and her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). She taught at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. She served as an assistant professor of psychology and professor of psychology at K from 1961 to 1972.