Bill Dawson ’78

Bill was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career coaching cross country and track. Over his tenure he has worked with seven state champions, three state record setters and three high school All-Americans. Six of his athletes have gone on to earn All-American honors in college, including one national champion. Another athlete was overall national champion and an Olympian. Bill continues to teach math and coach at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.

David Gray ’81

David joined the economics department at the University of Ottawa in 1990. His research interests are in the areas of labor market policy–particularly unemployment insurance and programs for displaced workers such as work-sharing and retaining–and earnings mobility and inequality. He has worked on many research projects for Employment and Social Development Canada over the past 20 years, and was affiliated with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

His teaching activities include the standard introductory courses, probability and statistics, introduction to econometrics, and labor economics. He is the author of the study guide for the dominant undergraduate labor economics textbook in Canada. Since his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he has taught mostly at the undergraduate level. Although he is qualified to teach courses in French, and does so on occasion, he usually teaches in English to large classes comprised primarily of 18-year old students.  In 2010 he was nominated (along with eight others) as a finalist for TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition–the first economics professor to obtain that status. He was subsequently selected as the winner of the best teacher award at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

David received his B.A. in mathematics at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Michigan.

Sangeeta (Gandhi) Shah ’90

angeeta (Gandhi) ShahSangeeta is shareholder, co-chair of post-grant proceedings, and chief diversity officer in the Southfield, Mich., office for Brooks Kushman, a law firm focused on intellectual property rights. Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products. Sangeeta received her J.D. degree from Wayne State University and her B.A. degree in chemistry and economics from Kalamazoo College. At K she studied abroad in Caen, France.

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.

Samantha Whitney ’87

Samantha is the principal of Information. Intelligence. Insight., a boutique consulting firm focused on providing competitive intelligence services to corporate, professional services and law firms. Formerly the co-founder and managing partner of a research consultancy, Samantha has worked in a variety of professional services and corporate settings that include a large law firm, a global legal publisher and an executive search firm. During her tenure at the executive search firm, she was named the first non-revenue generating partner as a result of providing research services directly impacting the bottom line. At K Samantha majored in English and studied abroad in Caen, France. She received a Master of Information degree from the University of Michigan.

Rosemary (Tucker) Decker ’68

Rosemary died on June 24, 2016, from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident while on vacation with her family. Rosemary grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Natrona County High School, where she was seventh in her class of 783 students. At K she majored in English, studied abroad in Aix en Provence, France, and did her career service quarter in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Senator Milward Simpson. She wrote her Senior Individualized Project on the 18th-century poet Alexander Pope. One month after graduating in June 1968 she married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, Harold J. Decker ’67. Rosemary died one month shy of what would have been the couple’s 48th wedding anniversary. Rosemary earned a Master of Library Science degree from UCLA and worked in the Whittier (Calif.) Public Library as a children’s librarian. She and Harold returned to Kalamazoo in 1980. They raised three beautiful daughters. Rosemary was active in many civic and fundraising organizations, including, among others, Newcomers, Junior League, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League, and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board. She was an avid reader, gardener and skier. Above all, she loved family and friends. She is survived by her husband, their three daughters and three granddaughters, two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews and their children.

Anna Neatrour ’97

Anna is a metadata librarian at the University of Utah Marriott Library and is currently serving as interim director of the Mountain West Digital Library. She is a co-founder of Library Workflow Exchange, a website that collects workflows and best practices for a variety of technical services areas. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting. Anna has a M.S. degree in library science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Natalie Hickman ’09

NatalieHickmanNatalie and classmate Michael Kellogg ’09 were married on August 13, 2016. The wedding took place at a vineyard in Traverse City, Michigan. Many of their Kalamazoo College classmates were in attendance. Pictured (l-r) are: Adam Baranowski ’09, Jessica (Adams) Baranowski’09, Jerrod Howlett ’09, Matthew Goulet ’09, Natalie Hickman ’09, Michael Kellogg ’09, Nate Victor ’09, Erin (O’Brien) Victor ’10, Austin Zepeda ’09, Abby Ahlberg ’09, and Leslie Petrovich ’09. Photo by Krysta Jaye Photography.

Nicolette Hahn Niman ’89

Nicolette was an invited speaker and panelist during “Nobel Week Dialogue,” an event that occurred in Stockholm during the awarding of Nobel Prizes in early December. Some 20 panelists participated. Nicolette is a writer and environmental activist. She is the author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production (2014) and Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (2009), as well as numerous essays for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.