September 2010

CLASS NOTES

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1930's

Fern (Ball) Persons ’31 celebrated her 100th birthday on July 27. She earned her degree in French and was an actress at one time in her career. Happy birthday, Fern!

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1940's

Louise Goss ’48 and Frances Clark were subjects of a recent news article. The New School for Music Study, which Clark and Goss co-founded, recently celebrated its 50th birthday with a three-day party that featured, appropriately, a great deal of wonderful music.

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1950's

Marylou (Howell) Crooks ’56 will celebrate 23 years of marriage with Mark Follansbee (retired United Church of Christ minister) on November 8 this year. "My daughter, Merriam Rink, is married to Peter Rink, and both are graduates of Hope College," wrote Marylou. "They have three children, the eldest of whom starts her sophomore year this fall at Drake University. My son lives near us here in Vermont. I retired in 1996 from my 16-year job as an administrative assistant in the Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ. I substitute regularly at the organ at our UCC church. Thank you, Henry Overley. And Mark and I love living in Vermont!" Email marylou.crooks@gmail.com
Justin Ruhge ’56 and his wife Ann traveled to Athens, Greece, and Istanbul, Turkey, on a 10-day cruise of the Aegean and the Greek Islands in April and May. A stop at Kusadasi, Turkey, to visit ancient Ephesus was included in the trip. The traveling continued despite labor strikes (Greece) and volcanoes (Iceland). Justin published two books in 2009 to mark the 240th anniversary of the Spanish settlement of Upper California. The titles are: The Royal Ranchos of the Spanish Missions of Santa Barbara County and The Royal Presidios of California. Email jaruhge@hotmail.com

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1960's

Ray Comeau ’63 is retired, yet working. He and his wife, Christine, serve at the Endeavor Academy in the Wisconsin Dells, a place they went to visit for 30 days 13 years ago and never left! Ray is a prolific writer, and you can read his work at his website and his blog.
Ken Elzinga ’63 continues to work full time as an economics professor at the University of Virginia and was recently featured in a story that appeared in the College's e-magazine, BeLight. He is a successful mystery author whose book is used in many introductory economics courses.
John Grandin ’63 has been half-time at the University of Rhode Island for the past year. He now has a great transition team in place for the International Engineering Program and is feeling comfortable about leaving. His career in international education would never have occurred without his "K" College roots and his foreign study in Germany in the summer of 1960! John and his wife are rebuilding their place in Maine and will be having fun with their grandchildren in Rhode Island.
Marvin Hage ’63 is making the transition from full-time faculty at Duke Medical School to part-time volunteer work. He has been a top-rated doctor in North Carolina for a number of years.
Mary Brown ’65 retired as the director of four different libraries in New York and then proceeded to work in the Antarctic for six months! Quite an adventurer! She now lives in Saranac Lake, New York. She is an EMT for the Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks and the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert Phillips ’65 sent the following contact information:
7906 East Las Piedras Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85266 Email phillips#desertextrusion.com
Charlotte (Hauch) Hall ’66 will retire as Orlando Sentinel Editor and Senior Vice President, a position she has held since 2004. Her last day will be October 1. "I love my newsroom, but the time is right. I'm very happy, and Bob may be even happier." Read the story here.
Jenny (Smith) Sanderson ’66 wrote, "Bill [Class of 1967] and I have both retired now after living and working for 37 years at The Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania. Our children are grown and we had a free choice of where to be, so we have moved back home to Kalamazoo, actually not to far from our childhood neighborhoods. We are getting settled in, still unpacking boxes, enjoying the new kitchen and looking forward to a new studio/garage, in progress soon. There will be lots to do, with siblings close by, art work and tutoring, college activities and several theater and music opportunties...and, of course, lots of travel to see the kids and grand kids."

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1970's

Timothy Howlett ’70 , an attorney with Dickinson Wright, again was named as one of the Top 100 of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive Magazine. The Top 100 were selected based on a number of criteria, including CV analyses, evaluations by clients and peers, and research by the staff of Lawdragon, an online legal news and lawyer ranking site. Howlett is a member in the firm's Detroit office, the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Leader, and a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He counsels employers on a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues and represents employers in all types of employment litigation. Email thowlett@dickinsonwright.com
David Thoms ’70 has been elected to a one-year term as president of the board of directors of Alliance Francaises de Grosse Pointe, an organization that celebrates French culture, past and present. Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group at the law firm Miller Canfield. He lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
John Twist ’70 lost his wife of 32 years, Caroline Robinson, to lung cancer in January. They have four children: Mary, 24, a doctoral candidate in analytical chemistry at Loyola University; Brooks, 22, a partner in his father's business; Barbara, 20, an aspiring filmmaker in her junior year at University of Michigan; and James, 18, a soldier in the U.S. Army. John continues his MG sports car business in Grand Rapids, Mich., which he started with Tom Lange '71 between Harmon and Hoben residence halls in May, 1971, when, John writes, "I should have been attending classes."
David Campbell ’71 is the subject of an article that appeared in the DesMoinesRegister.com. In addition to sharing other interesting facts, it explains why all Iowans should care about Campbell's research, which has taken the inquisitive explorer to all seven continents.
William Urton ’73 wrote, "I'm currently helping my wife set up her information services business. You can read about the details here." Email William.Urton@gmail.com
Barbara (Uhlig) Ostroth ’74 hosted a reunion of 1970s-era Kalamazoo College theatre arts alumni at her Teaneck (N.J.) home last May. Pictured are (l-r): front row--Ann Gary '78, Dave Fultz '74, Ed Ungemach '75; second row--Joseph Bigelow '74, Kenneth Winter '74, Ricki (Klein) Singer '76, Tom Cooperman '74, Larry Gamble (former professor, technical theatre); third row--Beth (Towner) Morrill '75, Barbara (Uhlig) Ostroth '74, Tim House '72; fourth row-Paul Hamilton '74; back row--Jane Ann Crum '73 and Clair Myers (former professor and department chair, theatre arts)
Joseph Folz ’75 has been appointed General Counsel of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), headquartered in Atlanta. In his role, Folz will lead PCNA's legal department and serve as corporate secretary, reporting directly to the president and CEO of PCNA. Folz spent the last two years at a Chicago law firm counseling several vehicle manufacturers on franchise, distribution, and trade regulation law. Prior to that he spent 29 years with Volkswagen Group of America, where he led the legal department and oversaw government relations, product liaison, vehicle regulations, aviation, and corporate diversity initiatives.
Ron Wallace ’76 released a new novel titled You Can't Sleep in Restaurants: (What Happened the Week David Fun England Went Off his Pills?). It tells what happens when a man who happens to have schizophrenia meets the girl of his dreams. You can read more in this issue of BeLight's "In Print." Or check out Wallace's website. His previous works include 17!; Halloween 1971; Earth High School: Fun Ideas to Save the World; and E.D. Gopher.
Addell (Austin) Anderson ’78 is the director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center. She was formerly executive director of the Woodward Heritage Organization in Detroit. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in theatre from Michigan State University. She has taught at several colleges and universities and has won awards for her work as director of Michigan AmeriCorps Partnership.
Elizabeth (Moehle) Johnson ’79 is an attorney in Plymouth, Mich., and the current chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners and the Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County. Johnson earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law.
Mary (Seaberg) King ’79 and her husband, Ken King, and her siblings and spouses hosted a party at the Kings' house to celebrate Mary's mother's 90th birthday on August 21. Along with many others, there were ten "K" grads in attendance (l-r): Ken King '79, Rollin Marquis '79, Nancy Nelson '79, John Baumgartner '78, Karen King '77, Carole Poplowski '79, Colin Baumgartner '05, Mary Seaberg King '79, Mary's mother Helen Seaberg, Liz Moehle Johnson '79, and Gail Schultheiss Scherer '79. Email kingmarys@aol.com

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1980's

Paul Anderson ’81 has been the head coach of the Los Alamos (NM) High School Girls Track & Field team for the past 12 years. His 2010 squad won the AAAA State Championship for the second consecutive year! Email andersonp25@yahoo.com
Susan (Williams) Ueland ’81 and her husband, Scott, circumnavigated the globe in their 43-foot sailboat, Quixotic. It took 10 years...and, yes, they completed the voyage in 2007, but we just now came across the article about their adventure in the Traverse City Record-Eagle. And we thought you might enjoy it.
Tad Schmaltz ’83 and his wife, Louise (Bowser) Schmaltz, both members of the Class of 1983, moved from North Carolina To Michigan. Tad is finishing 21 years at Duke University and joined the philosophy department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Tad and Louise have a daughter, Johanna, who received her B.A. in chemistry from North Carolina State University. Their son, Sam, graduated from Northern High School in Durham, N.C., and started Eastern Michigan University this fall. Email tad.schmaltz@duke.edu
Marian Heller ’84 will play flute in the "Passion Through Performance" Concert that takes place on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 7:30 PM at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. "I'd love to share this experience," she wrote, "and invite you to join us. This concert will feature delightfully diverse, exquisite performances by members of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA). It will be an evening filled with joy, great music, and camaraderie. Tickets are $30, with a $6 convenience fee for phone/web orders. The Carnegie Hall box office is located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue." The concert is being presented by ACMA. Email sgmarian@gmail.com
Timon Corwin ’86 is the managing director of tennis at two tennis centers in Wisconsin: Western Racquet Club (Elm Grove) and Moorland Park Tennis Center (New Berlin). He and his family have relocated to Wisconsin from Florida, where he worked for the United States Tennis Association. Timon is a former coach of the Kalamazoo College Hornet men's tennis team and athletic director.
Eric Kreilick ’86 has been appointed executive director of Land's Sake, an organization in Weston (Mass.) that runs a public farm, hosts educational programing for all ages, maintains the town forest for recreational and production uses, and cares for both public conservation and private land. He earned his Master's degree in environmental studies at the University of Montana (2001)and has worked recently on behalf of sustainable agriculture, alternative land tenure arrangements, education, and human rights. You can read more here.
Barry Brown ’87 was named "Outstanding Teacher" at Missouri Southern State University during May 22 commencement ceremonies in Joplin, Mo. Brown teaches English and philosophy. He earned advanced degrees from University of Rochester and has been a member of the Missouri Southern faculty for many years. One student nominating Brown wrote, "I think the classes I took with Dr. Brown...changed the way I thought about myself and the world."
Jonathan Tay ’87 is the medical director of Reno Cyberknife at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was named a 2010 Health Care Hero by Nevada Business Magazine, which annually honors significant contributions to health care in northern Nevada. One of 10 medical professionals honored, Tay was recognized for his work in the health-care technology and research category. Since arriving at Reno Cyberknife in 2005, Tay has implemented a number of cancer-treatment techniques. He also has developed cancer clinical trials and other research projects. All proceeds from the Health Care Heroes event benefit health care students at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Touro University. Reno Cyberknife uses a state-of-the-art robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and benign tumors in the head, neck, and body with sub-millimeter accuracy and without incision or sedation. In partnership with Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Reno Cyberknife is part of U.S. Radiosurgery, a national leader in innovative health care and research-driven protocols. It was one of the first facilities in the world to install the next generation Cyberknife system, which decreases treatment time in half.
Craig Tooman ’88 has joined Ikaria as senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for all financial functions, as well as information technology services, for the New Jersey-based biotherapeutics company. Tooman has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and joins Ikaria from Enzon Pharmaceuticals where he was executive vice president of finance.

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1990's

Tracy Bedford ’90 writes a 'Blog called "Yarnaholic." Its entry for May 17 will fascinate many "K" readers because in it she describes the trials, tribulations, joy, and sense of accomplishment of that group of graduates sometimes referred to as "Everything-but-the-SIP." Tracy's blog has had more than 2,000 visitors from more than 61 countries!
Amy (Judd) White ’90 is the manager of Chemical Bank's Trust Site in St. Joseph, Mich. She received her doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is president of the Women's Service League, a member of the St. Joseph Rotary Club, and a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Probate and Estate Planning Section.
Michael Winkelman ’91 and Kelly Clapp '05 swam in the Motor City Mile on July 7. The charity swim in the Detroit River benefits Livestrong. Email winkelm@bgsu.edu
Daniel Boecher ’92 has joined Lake City Bank in Warsaw, Indiana, as assistant vice president and commercial banking officer. Boecher is board chair for Downtown Elkhart (Ind.) Inc., chairman of Elkhart County Horizon Project, and serves on the City of Elkhart Stabilization Project.
Chad Goodwill ’92 published his first book: Uncivilized: Pursuing a Shameless Faith. "It is a non-fiction, Christian living book that encourages people to live a life that is an authentic expression of who they are, as opposed to being influenced by the opinions of others," wrote Goodwill. The book has a website. Goodwill is currently living in Kalamazoo with his wife Jennifer (Birtles '93) and their three daughters. Email chadgoodwill@mac.com
Craig Ortsey ’93 completed his Ph.D. in political science at Indiana University this past May. Email ortseyc@ipfw.edu
Tim Streeter ’94 released his first album on June 15, a piece of news "which I am certain will shock most of my classmates!" he wrote. "The album is called 'The Experiment' and was released under the artist name 'T Street Players.' It offers a unique blend of pop, rock, and soul that I like to call 'melting pop.' I arranged and produced all the music, composed all of the lyrics, and performed all lead and background vocals. 'The Experiment' is available on iTunes and samples of every song are available here. Of course, I still have my job at Accenture, but I am branching out a bit on this one...which is what a liberal arts education is all about I suppose!" Email tstreeter2007@comcast.net
Jennifer Miller Gaubert ’96 is an associate with MDRC, a public policy research firm. She and her family are based in Muscat, Oman, and welcome news from other "K" grads currently in the Middle East. Email jmillergaubert@hotmail.com
Mary Helen Diegel ’97 won the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for Southeastern Michigan during the 2009-2010 school year. In the spring, she was informed that she received the Livonia (Michigan) Public Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2010-2011 school year. During this past summer she did curriculum work developing Advanced Placement History lessons using primary sources. That work was supported by a Library of Congress grant.
April Keaton ’97 has been named manager of office administration for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. She is responsible for various aspects of administration including volunteer committee management, technology, vendor procurement, office operations, and assistance. April has 13 years of administrative and managerial experience in the legal, consumer retail products, and financial services industries. She earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Indianapolis.
Regan Murray ’97 has been named assistant professor of psychology at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to Briar Cliff, she taught psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and was a research fellow at the University of Michigan's Addiction Research Center. Regan holds a master's degree and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University.
Andrew Schleicher ’97 was ordained a deacon in full connection with the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church last May. He continues to live in Nashville, Tenn., and serves as Director of CEF Services for Christian Educators Fellowship of the United Methodist Church. Andrew also keeps a blog for which he received a third-place award from the Associated Church Press this year. Email a-schleicher@alumni.kzoo.edu
Bijana Devo ’99 is a doctor of naturopathic medicine at the Pacific Compounds Pharmacy Wellness Office in Hillsboro, Ore. She received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine, where she did an extensive internship in women's health. She is a licensed acupuncturist and blends eastern medicine with western natural medicine to create deep, lasting change for her patients.
Sarah Goralewski ’99 wrote, "It's been a year of exciting changes! In October 2009, our son Lukas Michael Weinmann was born. For the time being, I'm taking a break from the urban planning professional world to take care of Lukas full-time. And after six years in the blustery San Francisco Bay area, it's off to Milwaukee. Any 'K' alums in the Badger State?" Email sarah.goralewski@gmail.com
Ethan Graf ’99 has returned to small college life, but his time as a tenure-track assistant professor. Since July 2010 he is the new molecular neurobiologist in the biology department at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Email egraf@amherst.edu
Megan McKnight ’99 joined the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest's oldest and largest law firms. She represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a range of disputes, including loan defaults and workouts, complex collection actions, business fraud and other misconduct, real estate disputes, and non-complete and unfair competition claims. She earned her law degree from University of Michigan Law School.
Erin Siegl ’99 and Jay Gesin have moved with their sons, Will and Finn, to Ripon, Wisconsin. Erica has joined the faculty of Ripon College as visiting instructor of sociology. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jay is currently completing coursework at UW-Whitewater for teaching certification in English for 6th through 12th grade.

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2000's

MaryMargaret (Margy) Belchak ’00 and her family are celebrating the arrival of a new baby girl. Rosemary (Rosie) Grace Goldstein was born on February 23, 2010. "Big brother Frankie loves his new baby sister," wrote Margy. "Come say 'Hi' to us if you're in Chicagoland!" Email margybelchak@yahoo.com
Allegra Lingo ’01 is co-founder of Rockstar Storytellers, a group of 12 pushing the ancient art of storytelling in eclectic new directions. Check out the story on Minnesota Public Radio news and be sure to give a listen to Allegra.
Stephanie Bonne ’02 and her husband, Jeremy, had their first child, a boy, on May 29, 2010. "His name is Evan," wrote Stephanie, "and he's healthy and happy!" Stephanie is a chief resident in the UIC-Metro program in General Surgery in Chicago and will finish in June of 2011. Email stephkzoo@hotmail.com
Rebecca Littman-Smith ’02 will move to Helsinki, Finland, this fall. She received a Fulbright Grant to study Finnish architecture for a year. Rebecca graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master's degree in architecture in 2009. Email k98rl02@alumni.kzoo.edu
William Malatinsky ’02 lives in Seattle and works as a naturalist. In Uzon, a work of fiction published in the summer 2010 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review, he writes about a rising moon, a Russian river, and Elena I. Ulinov.
Louis Caldwell-McMillan ’03 is a staff attorney for St. Louis Children's Health Advocacy Project (SCHAP) at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. SCHAP is a groundbreaking partnership between St. Louis-area medical and legal providers that helps low-income parents improve health outcomes for their children by helping them navigate often complex government and community systems. Prior to working in SCHAP, Caldwell-McMillan worked for two other pediatric medical-legal partnerships in Cleveland and Ann Arbor.
Amber (Terry) Hupp ’03 has been hired as an assistant professor of chemistry, a tenure track position, at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. She focuses her teaching and research on analytical chemistry. Hupp was a visiting assistant professor at Holy Cross in 2009-10. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from "K" and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University.
Sean Mann ’03 aims to keep young people in Michigan. That's his job for his organization Let's Save Michigan. His pastime is keeping people at play in Detroit, in part through a neighborhoods teams soccer league he organized. That effort was featured in a recent Michigan Public Radio story.
Matthew Pearl ’03 graduated from Yale Law School this summer. He will begin a judicial clerkship in October 2010 with the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, a federal district judge for the Northern District of New York. After completing his one-year district court clerkship he will clerk for the Honorable Harris L. Hartz, a federal circuit judge sitting on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Email matthew.pearl@yale.edu
Jacob Bolton ’04 has done some writing of late, including the article Thriving During Transitions in Church Leadership in The Presbyterian Leader, a website focused on Presbyterian Church leadership matters. He also occasionally writes devotions for a website geared toward teens. "Every two years the denomination has a huge meeting called the General Assembly," he wrote to "K" education professor Olga Bonfiglio. "In an effort to encourage younger folks (18-25 year olds) to participate in the assembly, the role of Young Adult Advisory Delegate was created. I also wrote the ten-day YAAD devotional."
Miles Rogers ’05 has received one of seven Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships at Western Michigan University. The Warren (Mich.) native conducts research on pathogenic E. coli organisms that produce Shiga toxin, which causes infections associated with significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Rogers was a distinguished doctoral student for the WMU Department of Biological Sciences in 2009 and received the Graduate Student Award for Teaching Effectiveness for biological sciences in 2010, a Graduate Student Travel Grant in 2009, and a Graduate Student Research Grant in 2010. Frostic Doctoral Fellowships are given annually by the university's Graduate College.
Nicholas Beimer ’06 graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in June. He received the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. He will intern at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor and complete a residency at University of Michigan.
(Lt. ) Ryan Thomas Buckley ’06 received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Michigan State University in May. He began a transitional internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Julia (Littell) Gray ’06 and Andy Gray celebrated their wedding on June 19, 2010, at their home in Ithaca, N.Y. The celebration took place 16 months after being legally married in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during Mardi Gras. "K" graduates in attendance included (l-r): front row--Tess Killpack '06, Rachel Tepfer '09, Stacey Steep '06, Dan Blustein '06, Morgan Hague '06, Julia and Andy, Aaron Ries '06, Becca Raymor '06; back row--Ian Neill '06, Phil Gray '09, Eric Larson '06, Rob Treadwell '06, Aaron Aupperlee '06, Cole Hardy '06, Krister Karlsson '06, Eric Horsch '06, Patrick Tobin '06, and Ian Littell '09. Photo courtesy of Christopher Chenier. Email juliasusanngray@gmail.com
Megan (Zumwinkel) Taylor ’06 sends the following contact information: 8676 Yukon St., Apt. 103, Arvada, CO 80005. Email mzumtaylor@gmail.com
Brandon Faber ’07 is off to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, to study during the next two years for a Master's degree in music with a specialization in orchestral conducting. Brandon was the only student chosen for this conductor-in-training post, where he'll work with German-born conductor Johannes Muller-Stosch. Muller-Stosch is director of orchestral studies and professor of conducting at the conservatory. He also serves as music director and conductor of the Holland (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra. Brandon is pictured in his 20-year-old Crown Victoria, a key part of his great adventure of traversing the country for the first time. He stayed with friends in Chicago, Des Moines, Boulder, and Las Vegas before arriving at new home Long Beach.
Karman (Hamlin) Kent ’07 described one of those "small world" incidents that involved her and her husband (and classmate) Caleb. "Two of our friends (both postdocs at University of North Carolina, one of them working in Caleb's lab) got married last weekend. As the bridal party processed, I saw that Amanda Palumbo '05 was a bridesmaid. Turns out she and her boyfriend, Matt Graves '04, met the couple in graduate school at Michigan State. Matt had been at the bachelor weekend with Caleb a few weeks prior, but I hadn't put it all together until I saw Amanda walking down the aisle. Amanda was a roommate of a former teammate and Matt recounted the first time he met me--on the quad during volleyball preseason in a traditional 'team bonding' exercise involving colored Saran Wrap. We had a great time reconnecting and reminiscing about all that makes 'K' amazing!" Karman recently started a new job at the Morehead-Cain Foundation. "I recently worked on a presentation for a UNC global task force that included the associate provost and several deans of UNC colleges. I researched best practices in study abroad pre-departure preparation and re-entry support for undergraduates at nine colleges or universities. One of them, of course, was 'K'! I was proud to share all the amazing things 'K' is doing to lead the way in study abroad." In the photograph are pictured (l-r) Amanda, Matt, Caleb, and Karman. Email karman.kent@yahoo.com
Julia Anderle de Sylor ’09 was accepted into a dual Master's program for French-German studies at the Sorbonne (Paris, France) and the Universitaet Bonn (Germany). It is a two-year program, the first of which she'll spend in Paris and the second in Bonn.
Katie Prout ’09 is the new volunteer coordinator for Ministry with Community, a daytime shelter that provides food and other basic services to central Kalamazoo's homeless, poor, mentally ill, and hard-to-serve adults. She recently served as a youth development worker and assistant site coordinator at Kalamazoo Communities in Schools.

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2010's

Lisa Gernand ’10 lives in Seattle, Washington. Email lisagernand@gmail.com
Samantha Shaw ’10 married Ian Gonzales, a biochemistry honors graduate from New Mexico State University, on July 3 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sharing a passion for science and public service, both are attending Michigan State University's College of Humane Medicine. They began their education there in August.

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Friends

Andre Heintz was awarded the decoration Chevalier dans l'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur on July 9, 2010, the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Caen. Generations of Kalamazoo students knew Andre Heintz as a teacher and Resident Director in our program in Caen and as a visiting professor at Kalamazoo College. He has the unique distinction of being associated with Kalamazoo College since the inaugural summer program in Caen in l958. In addition to his distinguished record as an educator in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, he has long been recognized for his role in the French resistance and the events following the invasion of Normandy, in both of which he is a recognized expert. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and publications about these events, has lectured widely about them, and despite his 90 years continues to serve as advisor and guide to visiting delegations, researchers, and student and tour groups. He is also associated with the splendid Memorial Museum in Caen, in the establishment of which he also played an important role. His honors and recognitions include the rank of Commandeur des Palmes Academiques, Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Merite, the Medaille du Combattant Volontaire de la Resistance, as well as the Grande Medaille de la Ville de Caen, which he also received on July 9th. In honor of his many achievements and long association with Kalamazoo, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kalamazoo in l990.

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In Memory

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1930's

Sarah (Watson) Stroud ’34 died on June 6, 2010. She earned her B.A. in history. Later she earned a Master's degree (1955) from Western Michigan University and a doctoral degree (1966) from Michigan State University. She began her education career as a junior high school teacher in the Vicksburg Community Schools and Kalamazoo Public Schools. She joined the faculty of WMU's University High School in 1955 and was appointed professor of teacher education in 1971. She retired with emerita status in 1976 after 21 years of service at WMU. She was active in the National and Michigan Education Associations and the National and Michigan Association for School Counselors and Deans.
June (Wilcox) Hedges ’39 died on August 13, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her B.A. in English and was one of the first women hired into the accounting department of The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo. She served as president of the American Association of University of Women.

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1940's

Eugene Rowe ’41 died on June 4, 2010. He earned his Bachelor's degree from "K" in chemistry and completed graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked as an aerospace physicist for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Ohio for 30 years. He died at his home in Billings, Montana.
Burke Vanderhill ’41 died on May 24, 2010, at home in Westminster Oaks, Fla. He grew up in Bellaire, Mich., where his father was telegrapher and station agent for the Pere Marquette Railroad, later the Chesapeake and Ohio, inspiring his son's lifelong interest in trains and railroads and his love of geography. Vanderhill attended "K" and earned his B.S. at Michigan State. He earned a Master's degree from University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. (Geography) from University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and joined the Florida State University Geography Department in 1950. He enjoyed a 45-year teaching career at FSU, retiring in 1995. His research interests varied, but his primary focus was on the northern fringe of agricultural settlement in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and later Alaska. He camped in these areas many times with his family.
Gregg Ziegler ’47 died on June 22, 2010. He earned his degree in economics and business and then returned to his family business: Zeigler's Ace Hardware in Elgin, Illinois. Ziegler was past director and vice chairman of the Ace Hardware board of directors as well as past president of the Elgin Businessmen's Association. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Michael VanderKley ’49 died on July 11, 2010, at age 86 in Cottage Grove, Ore., where he lived on his ranch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and son Chris. Two sons, Jeff and Scott, survive.

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1950's

Lynette (Minzey) Cassady ’50 died on August 9, 2010, in South Bend, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor's degree in mathematics, and she was a lifelong resident and active community volunteer in South Bend.
James Stewart (Jr.) ’50 died on May 17, 2010. He was 82 years old. Stewart was the longtime owner of Stewart-Clarke Furniture Store in downtown Kalamazoo. He began working as a salesman at the store in 1948, while still a "K" economics and business major.
Stanley Michael (M.D.) ’51 died on June 30, 2010. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Illinois after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight officer. He majored in chemistry at "K" and attended University of Michigan Medical School, graduating in 1955, the same year he married Ellen M. Griner. They had two children, Mary and John. Michael maintained a private practice (family medicine) in Traverse City for more than 40 years, retiring in 1994. He continued working for several years following his private practice for the Urgent Care System maintained by Munson Medical Center as well as for the State of Michigan. He loved to fly and maintained his private pilot's license for many years. He also was a life member of the Elks Club and Central United Methodist Church.

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1960's

Jan (Gregory) McGee Strauss ’62 died on August 10, 2010, at her home in Brunswick, Maine, where she had lived since 2007. She was 70. Previously, she lived in Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., where she worked mostly as an administrative assistant and computer analyst for organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, CBS, and T. Rowe Price.
Liesel Flashenberg ’67 died on August 3, 2010, just two short months after having received a diagnosis of stage-four lung cancer. Flashenberg was the founder of Through the Kitchen Door (TTKD), a nonprofit organization in the greater Washington, D.C., area that recruits low-income women who have recently immigrated to the U.S. and their children to participate in hands-on cooking and life skills workshops. Her programs have empowered many persons with the knowledge and skills to find employment, and perhaps more importantly, cook economic, healthy meals for their families. Above all else, Flashenberg emphasized that all meals be consumed at the table, with family. "Liesel forever remains a catalyst for change in America," wrote a correspondent for Food to Plate, a well-known Maryland organization. She was also a warm host to Kalamazoo College students, maintaining her connection to the College by providing her home as a homestay for students during trips to the D.C. area, as well as offering internship opportunities as recently as the past year. Toni Skalican '11 (who wrote this obituary and is pictured at right in the accompanying photo) participated with TTKD last summer as the nonprofit's youth program coordinator. Flashenberg is survived by husband Daniel Nachigal, and sons Ariel, Julian, and Mischa Nachigal. A memorial celebration of her life took place at the St. Paul's Center in Rock Creek Cemetery. In the photo, Flashenberg is in the center, wearing the red T-shirt and red hat.

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1970's

Alex Dalrymple ’76 died on May 14 2010. He matriculated to "K" from Port Huron Northern High School where he was a standout athlete in three sports (football, basketball, and tennis). At "K", the political science major played basketball and tennis. He was the school's first NCAA tennis All-American. After graduation he earned his J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing. In 2001 he was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame.
Laura (Green) Minkus ’78 died on August 11, 2010, after a long illness. She earned her Bachelor's degree in French. Laura is survived by her husband of 30 years, David Minkus '78, their two sons, Aaron (28) and Benjamin (26), her mother, sister, and many other relatives and friends.

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2000's

Stephen Pitcairn ’09 died on July 25, 2010, a stabbing victim in a robbery in the Baltimore neighborhood where he lived. Pitcairn came to Kalamazoo College from his hometown of Tequesta, Florida. He majored in economics and business and completed an internship at the Orthopedic Biomaterials Research Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. There he conducted a longitudinal X-ray study of prosthetic hip stability, and he worked on a second study that focused on the body's cellular response to hip transplants. He was a member of the Hornet Ultimate Frisbee Team. For his entire junior year he studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He was fluent in Japanese and was teaching himself Chinese. After graduating from "K" he returned to Japan to continue stem cell research that had been the basis for his Senior Individualized Project. He worked there for a year, and when he returned to the United States he was hired to work in the breast cancer research laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Institute for Cell Engineering. He was planning to enroll in medical school there. Baltimore police have arrested and charged two people in connection with the crime.

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Friends

Peter Boyd-Bowman died on July 1, 2010, in Amherst, New York, at age 85. A distinguished linguist born in Japan, he moved to Canada at the outbreak of World War II, later graduating from the University of Toronto and Harvard University. He joined Kalamazoo College in 1955 and became chairman of the foreign language department. In 1965 he moved to the University of Buffalo, where he directed its program for critical languages, and co-founded the Association of Self-Instructional Language Program, still in use at many colleges and universities today. Boyd-Bowman authored many books, articles, and reviews, delivered global lectures, and made significant contributions to the field of modern language teaching. An expert on the Spanish language, he engaged in a life-long project to establish the lexicon of New World Spanish and its evolutions. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and one son.
Harry Ray , Kalamazoo College Professor Emeritus of Music, died on May 29, 2010 at age 90. Born in Kalamazoo, Ray became a talented musician at a young age. He earned Bachelor's degrees in art and music from Yale University, a Master's degree in music from University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in music from Indiana University. He served as professor of music and piano at "K" from 1951 to 1984. During his time at the College, he taught many music courses, gave private lessons, and directed the Kalamazoo College Music Center. He was also a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Beatrice Ray, who was also a piano faculty member and often performed with him as a duo. His enthusiasm for piano instruction and solo performance continued after his retirement, matched only by his love of travel. During his retirement he took trips throughout the Midwest and Canada.

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