In Memory

Louis Andrews ’50

Louis died on August 12, 2014. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his high school graduation in 1944. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Kalamazoo College and later graduated from Ball State University. Louis founded his own insurance agency, Andrews & McFadden, and later became president of the merged O’Rourke, Andrews, and Maroney, Inc. insurance agency, one of the largest in the state of Indiana. He was a gifted athlete and an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing bridge, poker, kuda, and other card games; rooting for the New York Yankees; reading; being with friends; and most of all, spending time with his family.

Arthur Bennett (Ben) Schram Jr. ’58

Ben died on August 15, 2014. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from his hometown of Jackson, Mich. He earned his B.A. in political science and after graduation studied law at the University of Michigan. He spent his career assisting congressional representatives and committees on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Ben had a passion for history and collecting. His home was affectionately known as the Schram Museum.

Nancy (Cummings) Labb ’58

Nancy  died on September 9, 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science at K. She received a Master’s degree in public administration from Governors State University. She was active in civic affairs and a champion of the under-served throughout her adult life in Chicago and Park Forest, Ill.

Carla (Schweinsberg) Hilbert ’59

Carla died on August 17, 2014. She was born in Bay City, Mich., and attended Kalamazoo College. She worked as a social worker in Saginaw before moving to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the United States Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms. She was a longtime advocate for women and children.

David Rector ’66

David died on September 16, 2014. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in physics and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. David worked for the State of Michigan for 30 years. He enjoyed photography, woodworking, crossword puzzles, and music, and he loved visiting Torch Lake and traveling. David was very active in class of 1966 activities (rarely, if ever, missing a reunion or other opportunity to gather with classmates) and he loved his alma mater.

Andy Beierwaltes ’67

Andy died on April 7, 2014. He came to K from the University of Michigan University High School, attended for two years, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. He worked for the Oakland Country Planning Commission (cartography and land use inventory), for Mortenson, Meiers, Squire, Smith, Inc. (residential and urban recreation systems planning), and Commonwealth Associates (regional transmission systems planning). He later became self employed as a custom landscape architect in the Ann Arbor area, where he worked most of his life. He loved reading, history, and he was a talented artist.

Erick Smith ’67

Erick died on September 3, 2014. He came to K from Addison, Mich., majored in mathematics, and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He later earned a Master’s degree in math from Michigan State University. He served as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. His life pursuits alternated between his academic interests and farming. He purchased a farm in Brooktondale, N.Y., where he and his family grew strawberries for 17 years. He returned to academia at Cornell University, earning a Master’s degree in agricultural economics and a Ph.D. in mathematics education. He then moved to Chicago and taught math education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. But he missed the rural life and returned to his farm in Brooktondale and taught briefly at Cornell and Ithaca College. He began farming full time with Cayuga Pure Organics, a farm he developed and grew that was committed to locally produced, sustainable, organic food.

Dennis Fransted ’73

Dennis died on July 16, 2014. He attended Michigan State University and was selected for the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he became proficient in Russian and Bulgarian. He was then stationed in Ankara, Turkey, for four years with Army intelligence. After the Army, he graduated from Kalamazoo College (B.A., anthropology) and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He was hired to do research for the National Park Service on Anasazi sites in New Mexico and Arizona, and then worked for the Navajo Tribal Health Department. Dennis was an excellent linguist and behavioral scientist, and was known for being a food and wine connoisseur.

Ed Coyle ’74

Not long ago BeLight learned about Ed’s untimely death. He passed away on November 27, 2012, due to a stroke. He was very active in sports during his time at K, playing football and running track and field. He was a political science major and earned a teaching certificate. Ed had a varied career as a teacher, insurance broker, and computer salesman. He had many health issues culminating with a kidney transplant in the year before his death. Ed is survived by his sister, Helene Lapp, and he is missed by his two sons, Ed and Andy Coyle, and his 4 grandchildren, Maelynn and Gage Coyle, Caleb Coyle, and Kaiya Singleton.

 

Jane Case-Smith ’75, Ph.D.

Jane died on July 31, 2014. At the time of her passing, she was professor and director of the Program in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine, Ohio State University. A highly regarded educator, Jane was co-editor and author of a widely adopted textbook: Occupational Therapy with Children, now in its sixth edition. At Kalamazoo College she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. she earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Western Michigan University and her doctorate from the University of Georgia. Jane was considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in pediatric occupational therapy and rehabilitation. She was a respected clinical scientist and grant reviewer. At the time of her death she was principal investigator on two NIH-funded studies. She won many awards and was named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997. She is survived by her husband and their two sons.

Cheryl Hanna ’88

Cheryl died on July 27, 2014. She was a professor at the Vermont Law School and a well-known legal analyst. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in anthropology and sociology and earned her law degree from Harvard. After working as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, Hanna began her teaching career at Vermont Law School in 1994. She often offered legal commentary to the Vermont media on a wide range of topics. Those included the death penalty, abortion, the First Amendment, and the legal fight to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. She was known for making recondite legal language accessible to lay audiences and for elucidating the impact of legal decisions on everyday people. Hanna was active with the Girl Scouts and with Council for the Future of Vermont. She was elected the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Richard and Barbara Snelling Center for Government in 2010. She also had served on the board of trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and as a member of the Vermont Gender Bias Study Implementation Task Force. Hanna also was a recipient of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award by Vermont Women in Higher Education. She is survived by her husband, Paul Henninge, and their two children.