In Memory

William (Bill) Drier ’40

Bill died on April 18, 2017. He was 98 years old. Bill matriculated to K from Three Oaks (Mich.) High School. At K he earned his B.A. in chemistry, served as vice president of the senior class, was listed in the Students’ Who’s Who of American Colleges, was co-captain of the basketball team, and served as prescient of Century Forum and Hoben Hall. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University (1943). He served on a hospital ship in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he practiced medicine for 43 years.

Bruce Henry Cooke ’45

Bruce died on March 6, 2017. He came to K from Flint, Mich., and left prior to graduating to serve during World War II. After the war he trained as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Corps and earned a degree in geology from the University of Michigan. He received a master’s degree from the Episcopal Theological School (Cambridge, Mass.) and served as a college chaplain and in parishes in Michigan, Wyoming, Missouri, Iowa and Virginia. Throughout his ministry Bruce remained active in the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, attaining his general’s rank as Air Force chief of chaplains.  In his final tour of duty, from his office at the Pentagon, he directed the chaplain program for the entire Air National Guard.

Virginia Jean (Johnson) Stone ’47

Mrs. Stone passed away quietly on February 26, 2017.  She was a long-time resident of Kalamazoo, the widow of Wayne R. Stone ’47, and an active member of the Kalamazoo College community.  She served on K’s board of trustees from 1977 to 1982 and co-chaired the Special Gifts Committee of the College’s annual fund in 1978. She also served as a board member of the Kalamazoo College Women’s Council; as Secretary-Treasurer of the Kalamazoo College Alumni Club; and as President of the Alumni Association from 1974-1976.  In 1963, she chaired the Kalamazoo College Alumni Fair.

Prior to leaving Kalamazoo in 2003 to be closer to family, Mrs. Stone served as a board member of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo; the United Methodist Women; Child Guidance Clinic; Family and Children Services Agency; Ladies Library Association; and St. Agnes Board. She also was president and board member of the YMCA.  She is survived by her son, Dave Stone ’76; daughter-in-law Marty (Staff) Stone ’76; and daughter Patricia (Stone) Hulon, as well as by six grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Dave Stone at davewstone@hotmail.com.

Lois (Greene) Stuck ’47

Lois died on May 5, 2017. She was 91 years old. At K she majored in sociology. In 1948 she married David T. Stuck and they made Three Rivers, Michigan, their home. Lois loved Three Rivers and served on many committees and boards including the Three Rivers Health Auxiliary where she and Dave started the annual Lights of Love campaign. She and Dave had been married nearly 65 years at the time of his death. Lois was a Girl Scout leader and youth leader along with Dave at First United Methodist Church. She loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener. She longed to be on or in the water, the rougher the better. Her three children survive, as do seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Byron Newell ’50

Byron died on December 14, 2016. After his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Byron attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the class of 1950 and earned his B.A. degree from Michigan State University. He worked for The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo for 38 years as a personnel manager.

Joan (Robinson) Bergman ’50

Joan died on February 11, 2017. She matriculated to K from Estherville, Iowa, where, as a high school athlete, she participated in Midwest and National tennis tournaments. At K she majored in sociology and physical education. She was a member of the Spanish Club and an outstanding player on the women’s tennis team. In fact, she served as a tennis pro at Stowe Stadium in 1950 and 1952, and led Kalamazoo’s National City Tennis Team for four years. Joan married Fredrick Arthur Bergman (Aug. 9, 1952) and gave birth to their daughter, Rebecca, a year later. The family enjoyed badminton, golf, bridge and working together in the family orchard. Joan was a teacher at the  junior high and high school levels for 34 years, serving Plainwell, Portage, and Kalamazoo schools until her retirement in 1986. She especially loved teaching physical education and coaching at Hillside, Northeastern and South Junior High Schools in the Kalamazoo system. Joan moved to Estherville in 2002 to enjoy time together with her sisters.

Dan Gwyn ’50

Dan died on April 12, 2017. Dan graduated from Flint (Mich.) Northern High School in 1945 and then served in the U.S. Navy. At K he earned his B.A. in mathematics and participated on the Hornet track and field team. After graduation he joined his father’s sign painting business in Flint, eventually expanding it into Gwyn Truck Equipment, which he sold to Scientific Brake in the 1960s. Dan started a second career in accounting for small businesses and corporations through the franchise General Business Services, first in the Flint area and then in 1975 in the Traverse City area. He later formed his own company, Business Management Services, from which he retired at the age of 83.

Emily Collins Melson ’52

Emily died on April 18, 2017. Emily was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on September 22, 1929. She graduated from Port Huron High School in 1947 and earned her B.A. in psychology at K. At K she also was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma, the Overley Society and the Bridge Club. Emily married in 1952 and lived in and around Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Venice, Florida, in 1984. She is survived by her husband (they were married for 65 years) and their son and three grandchildren. In addition to bridge, Emily loved to play the piano and to play golf.

James Morrell ’53

Jim died on February 28, 2017. He was 86 years old. Jim grew up in Kalamazoo and during his four years a K was deeply involved in many activities. He was elected Freshman Class President and was a member of Pi Kappa Delta (president) and Century Forum. He served in the Student Senate and as editor of the Index. He participated in Forensics, Bridge Club and the WJMD radio station, and he earned a letter on the varsity Golf Team. “Kalamazoo College was a landmark in my life. It completely changed me,” he said. Jim graduated with a degree in history and speech. He served in the U.S. Army for two years following graduation. In 1955 he began a 31-year career with the Saga Corporation, a tenure that included two years (1955-57) managing the food service program at Kalamazoo College and various positions at the district, regional and corporate levels. He retired in 1986 as vice chariman. Jim served on the College’s board of trustees from 1985 to 2000. He and his wife, Marylyn (Eck) Morrell ’56, first met on campus in the fall of 1952. “The Kalamazoo College learning experience prepares the student not just to enter one field,” he said, “but to enter any field. That’s power.” Through his entire life Jim remained committed to the educational excellence of his alma mater.

Barbara (Vorce) Clark ’53

Barbara died on April 1, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo, and attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the class of 1953. She married Robert L. Clark in 1957. He preceded her in death in 2006. Barbara is survived by her two daughters, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donna (Houghtby) Haymans ’55

Donna died on February 24, 2017. She was 84 years old. In the early 1980s Donna served as Chorale Director at the College. She matriculated to K from Batavia, Illinois, and majored in music. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Delta, the Women’s League Council and the Bach Festival Chorus. She chaired the Overley Society and the College’s Carol Service.

Mary (Mertz) Covert ’55

Mary  died on April 2, 2017. She graduated from K with a B.A. in art. She also played tennis and participated in College Singers, the French Club and the Bach Festival Chorus. She continued her education at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, where she graduated (1958) with a Master of Divinity degree.  She married Richard Covert on August 6, 1961, and they have three children. She is survived by her husband and children and six grandchildren. Over the years, Mary enjoyed a career in making and teaching art, focusing particularly in ceramics, textile design and quilting. She was particularly known for her exploration of different art techniques and the sharing of her experiences and knowledge with other artists. Her work has been exhibited and sold at various art shows. She also was active in churches throughout her adult life, including singing in the choirs and being on committees.

Maybelle (Davis) Yarington ’57

Maybelle died on April 18, 2017. She attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. She was a talented artist and naturalist, who loved to cook and bake. She was predeceased by her first husband, Jon Faasen, with whom she had two daughters and a son, all three of whom survive. She also is survived by her husband David Yarington.

William Burrell Greene ’57

Bill died on February 1, 2017, in Meford, Oregon. He served in the U.S. Army in 1951-2, and then attended K as a member of the class of 1957. He earned his degree from Michigan State University in forestry management and then worked for the U.S. Forestry Service and Bureau of Land Management for 30 years.

William (Bill) Western ’59

Bill died on April 13, 2017. He matriculated to K from Watervliet, Michigan, and earned his B.A. in sociology. At K he played on the Hornet golf team and was a member of Century Forum and the K Club. He also earned his way through school by working for Saga Food Service. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army and then worked for 20 years for Saga before starting his own company, Western Food Services. He met his wife, Sue Montague, at K, and they married in 1962. Bill had a lifelong passion for golf. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Kalamazoo Country Club and was a member of the Golf Association of Michigan. He was a member of the Florida State Golf Association and a member of the Society of Seniors, an association formed to provide strong competition for the finest senior amateurs. He was also a member of the Mid-Amateur Committee for the United States Golf Association for more than 20 years.

Gerald Rothman ’59, E.D.D.

Gerald died on February 24, 2017. At K he earned his B.A. in psychology. He earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan, Kent State University and the University of Pacific. He spent his life working, studying and discussing his passions, which included helping others, ensuring a caring government and political system, Judaism, science, art, and music.  He was a lifelong avid reader and thinker. During the course of his career Jerry worked with the poor, with psychiatric outpatients, with elderly, and as a professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento.  He spent time on Boards of Planned Parenthood, Stockton Emergency Food Bank, Temple Israel, and the San Joaquin Commission on Aging. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue, two children and five grandchildren.

Linda Andersen ’63

Linda died on April 17, 2017. She was a professor emeritus of modern languages and literatures at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She also was instrumental in the development of international programs at CSUF, where she worked for 32 years and was awarded (2005) the College of Humanities and Social Science Outstanding Service Award. At K she earned her B.A. in French and studied abroad in Caen. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from UCLA. According to friend and classmate Don Schneider, Linda’s foreign study was a direct influence on her career as a teacher of French language and literature. Also, he said, “she was one of several students from Muskegon, Michigan, who started at K in 1959, thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of Larry Interbitzen and Dick Hudson, who had come to K a couple of years previous.”

Henry Hagemeyer II ’67

Hank died on November 27, 2016. He majored in biology at K and was an excellent student. He studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany, and attended the Wayne State University School of Medicine for two years. Hank was living in Hawaii at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Gale. Henry was an avid outdoor enthusiast, and he loved to cycle, swim and surf.

Ronald Shook ’69

Ron died on December 10, 2016, after a struggle with cancer. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. He then graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He spent his career owning and operating a video production company, and he was noted for producing videos for the Chicago arts and dance communities. His friend and classmate Peter Junkin wrote, “Ron and his suite mates stayed close for nearly 50 years and always enjoyed living in the present.”

Stephen Haughey ’75

Stephen died on April 10, 2017. At K he earned his B.A. in physics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. Steve was a very dedicated and well respected hardware engineer in Silicon Valley. His career spanned 38 years in numerous high-tech companies. He retired as a hardware director at Juniper Networks in 2014. Steve understood the importance of connecting people at higher and higher rates of speed and felt lucky to have worked at companies that built global networks during the networking revolution. His work provided a small piece of the world of technology we have today.

Christopher Banash ’79

Christopher died on May 14, 2017. He attended K and, later, Aquinas College. In the 1980s Chris worked at Crazy Larry’s Record Store in Grand Rapids, later moving to West Michigan Floral, and then Youngblood Automation, where he was a manager of sales.

Finneas Johnson ’20

Finneas Johnson ’20 died on December 4, 2016, shortly after his first full term at Kalamazoo College. At K he focused his considerable academic acumen in science and his athletic prowess on playing soccer for the men’s Hornet team (he started every game in his first year). Finn was passionate about soccer, science, family and friends.  Finn delighted in the mental and physical aspects of soccer and thrived on its competitive nature. Most of all he loved being part of a team and treasured the relationships he formed with teammates and coaches. Finn had an intense work ethic, set high expectations for himself, and was driven to succeed in all of his undertakings. A 2016 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC), Finn earned many academic honors. He completed his first semester at K with a 4.0 GPA. He had hoped to eventually earn a doctorate in microbiology and pursue a career as a research scientist. Finn had a bright, inquisitive and quirky mind. He asked questions others might not and was often reluctant to settle for answers he found incomplete. His not-so-secret ambition was to become the first person to achieve photosynthesis, hence his nickname, “Photo Finn”. In every pursuit, Finn’s greatest achievement was his ability to connect with people. Only 18 years old when he died, Finn nevertheless knew that life was best lived in community. He is remembered for his sly wit, charming smile, and budding sartorial style. Above all, he was loved for his generous spirit, humility and kindness. Finn struck an imposing physical presence and yet had a tender inner spirit that was evident to all who knew him. His mom, Jennifer Hall (an alumna of the class of 1993), often compared Finn to the classic children’s literature character, Ferdinand the Bull: a gentle giant who often wanted to sit just quietly and smell the flowers. Finn’s father is Bruce “Frisbee” Johnson, an alumnus of the class of 1976.