Vivian Mitchell Prindl, 107, died Feb. 2, 2019, in Hudson Falls, New York.
After graduating from high school in 1930, Vivian attended a business high school, studying shorthand and typing, earning money for tuition to attend Kalamazoo College. At the time of her death, she was believed to be the oldest living K graduate.
She met her future husband on a train traveling to Arizona. She was living and working there and he was working on his master’s degree at the University of Arizona. They married in August 1938 in Detroit.
Vivian and Frank first settled in Decatur, Illinois, where they started their family. In 1944, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where Frank taught at the University of Kentucky and Vivian became an elementary school teacher. They lived in Germany from 1957-59, where her husband was Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy and she taught kindergarten.
In 1961, the Prindls moved to Hudson Falls after Frank was chosen to be one of the founders of Adirondack Community College. Vivian soon accepted a position at Sanford Street School in Glens Falls, where she taught third grade for 16 years, retired and then returned as a part-time volunteer for an additional 25 years, taking time off to travel.
Every year since 1950, she spent her summers at the family cottage in Sutton Bay, Michigan. This past summer, she was invited to speak at the Traverse City District Library to a group interested in her secrets of living a long and productive life, and the Traverse City mayor presented her with the key to the city in recognition of her lifelong volunteerism and dedication to teaching.
The Vivian Prindl Outreach Prize is awarded annually by the Trinity College of Music in London, England, and a scholarship fund has been established in her name at Wayne State University in Michigan.
Vivian is survived by her son, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends.
Sophie Katz Mordis, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died Aug. 8, 2018. She attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the class of 1941. She was married for 59 years to the late Robert Mordis. They had two children, a son and a daughter.
Robert B. Stewart III, M.D., died Nov. 2, 2018. He attended K before enlisting in the U.S. Navy shortly after the U.S. entered World War II. He served for four years and was selected for a Victory program through which he earned his medical degree. During the Korean War he returned to the Navy and served four years as a ship’s surgeon. After his honorable discharge at the rank of lieutenant commander, he practiced medicine in a private practice for many years. After retiring, he and his wife, Joanne, moved to Maine. Robert read throughout his life, especially enjoying the works of Robert G. Ingersoll, whose creed reads “Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to help make others so.” He and Joanne were married for 73 years and raised six children.
George Christensen, of Louisville, Kentucky, died on June 22, 2017.
Charles Barnes, 91, of Kalamazoo, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to Kalamazoo where he graduated from Kalamazoo College. While at K, Charles met Dona R. Weidman and they were married on Sept. 12, 1948. Charles served as president of Barnes Printing Co., and was active in the Downtown Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Senior Services and the Gull Lake Country Club and Yacht Club. He enjoyed summers at Gull Lake, sailing trips in the British Virgin Islands and celebrating holidays and birthdays with family and friends.
Charles was preceded in death by Dona on Nov. 6, 2013. He is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Beverly J. Frick died Jan. 25, 2019. She was a graduate of Paw Paw High School and attended Kalamazoo College. She had four children and actively volunteered with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Van Buren Historical Museum. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Mattawan, National Federation of Republican Women, Van Buren County Historical Society, American Legion Auxiliary and the National Republican Committee.
On April 21, 1951, Beverly married William L. Frick who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Martha Morrison Gearhart died Dec. 10, 2018. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, attended Kalamazoo College and Wayne State University, and received her degree in education from the University of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Martha worked as a teacher in the Livonia School System and the Lansing Public School System, and served as a volunteer for the Red Cross and Sparrow Hospital. She retired after a serious head injury in 1997. Her continuing strength despite health challenges inspired those who knew her.
Nancy West Mann ’57 died Nov. 20, 2018. She graduated from K with a degree in English and earned her master’s degree in the discipline from Cornell University. While at Cornell, she met her husband, Michael Mann, while marching at a peace rally in support of the civil rights movement. They were married six months later. Upon graduating, they moved to Newton, Massachusetts, where Mike accepted a job as a professor at Boston College. Nancy was very involved in local politics and served as the chairperson of the Newton School Committee for eight years. She was actively involved in the METCO Program, which is a voluntary program intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity and reduce racial isolation by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities.
Upon Mike’s death in 1985, Nancy worked as an arbitrator for the Industrial Accident Board in Boston. Her desire was to help people who had been hurt on their jobs obtain financial compensation from their employers. She deeply believed in equality and fairness. Nancy’s hobbies were reading, church and politics. Nancy is survived by her two children and two grandchildren.
David Osmun, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.
David was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He attended Kalamazoo College, graduated from Western Michigan University and received his MBA from Michigan State University. He was a hard worker who retired as a marketing director from Upjohn International after 25 years. While there he received the W.E. Upjohn Award. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed staying active by running and playing tennis. He also took great interest in history, was an avid reader and kept decades of personal journals. He traveled internationally and lived abroad for several years with his family. On Nov. 11, 1967, he married Joan Osmun, who survives. He is also survived by three children and five grandchildren.
David Spieler died Nov. 26, 2018. He is survived by his ex-wife, three children and four grandchildren. At K, David majored in mathematics and philosophy. He was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, the French Club and the WJMD radio station. He wrote for The Index and played on the Hornet men’s tennis team.
Rosemary Luther DeHoog of DeWitt, New York, died Oct. 25, 2018. At K, Rosemary was one of the most dominant women’s tennis players in school history. She played No. 1 singles for the Hornets and won the conference singles championship in each of her four years, helping her team win the conference championship in each of those years. In 1959, she won the Sue Little Sportsmanship Award and made the semifinals of the Women’s National Collegiate Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a charter member of the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduating from K, Rosemary did graduate work in physical education at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin. She also taught at Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania before beginning her career in central New York.
From 1972 through 2004, Rosemary was the head tennis professional at Drumlins Tennis Club. She taught physical education classes as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and coached the women’s tennis team at LeMoyne College, leading that team to two conference championships in the three years she coached. Syracuse University recently renamed Court 1 at Drumlins “The Rosemary DeHoog Court” in her honor.
In 1993, she became president of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association Eastern Division. The USPTA awarded Rosemary with the Tex Schwab Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and later inducted her into the USPTA Eastern Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was the first woman named a master professional, the highest title given by the USPTA. This ranked her among the top five percent of tennis teaching professionals. Rosemary worked closely with one of her favorite players, Billie Jean King, and together they advanced many initiatives on behalf of women in tennis. In 2017, her hometown of Muskegon inducted her into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Alan L. Miller, of Grand Ledge, died Jan. 13, 2019, in Lansing. Alan was born in Kalamazoo and grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College. He also attended Marshall University and graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in public administration. Alan managed the budget for the Detroit Police Department before moving to Grand Ledge where he did the same work for Eaton Rapids Public Schools. Alan loved journalism and after retirement started writing and reporting in the Grand Ledge Independent. He served the Grand Ledge community through various boards, bringing years of experience and valuable insight, most recently serving as a commissioner in the development of a new charter for the City of Grand Ledge. He was a member of the Grand Ledge Lions Club. He also enjoyed traveling, music and art. He loved to cook and was famous for the cookies he made and looked forward to working together with his grandsons on woodworking projects. Alan is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Cecil; two children and two grandchildren.
A memorial was held by Peace Corps alumni in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, to honor Gary Rector, who died on Sept. 17, 2018.
Gary grew up in a musical family in Kentucky and graduated from Kalamazoo College where he excelled in neglected languages. After graduation, Gary worked at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. He then applied to the Peace Corps. He requested a non-European country and thus began his long relationship with Korea. He served as a public health worker in Cheongdo, a small village outside Daegu. After the Peace Corps, Gary created language learning materials, worked as a copywriter, editor and translator, and eventually established his own company for writing and editing. He became a Korean citizen in 1994. In his early years in Korea, Gary fell in love with farmer’s music and devoted himself to learning to dance and play the changgu (hourglass drum).
Christopher Rowe, of Cincinnati, died on Dec. 3, 2018. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Dr. Helen Asbury, and two cherished children. He had many wonderful memories of his life in Kalamazoo.
Jean M. Calloway, retired Kalamazoo College mathematics professor, died Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 95. Born in Indianola, Mississippi, Jean attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his master’s degree in 1949 and his Ph.D. in 1952.
Jean taught at Carleton College from 1952 to 1960. In 1958, he was invited for a year to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was involved in the School Mathematics Study Group creating “New Math” text books for elementary schools.
Jean was the Olney Professor of Mathematics at Kalamazoo College from 1960-1991 and was considered the father of the present day math department. While at K, Jean served on the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and was author and administrator of the undergraduate assessment examination. His publications included Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics in 1964 and Fundamentals of Geometry in 1973.
A world traveler, Jean had the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Mombasa, Kenya, working on the African Mathematics Project in 1965. In 1983, he was one of two faculty members from Michigan selected to join a higher educational mathematics delegation to the People’s Republic of China, where the team met with Chinese mathematics educators and government officials.
Among his many talents, Jean was an accomplished pianist and introduced hundreds of mathematics students to opera by organizing trips to Detroit for the annual visit of the Metropolitan Opera during his years at K.
After retiring from the College, he spent 1991-1992 in charge of volunteers for the first Gilmore Keyboard Festival. As the Olney Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Jean was awarded the 1994 Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, loved singing in the church choir and served on the vestry. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Anne Marie Whitney Calloway, whom he married June 21, 1952. He is survived by two daughters.