Alexandra Foley Altman ’97

lexandraAltmanAlexandra joined classmates, friends and their families for a summer picnic in Battle Creek, Michigan. Adults (l-r) included: Michael Ejercito, Karen Reed ’97, Miguel Aguirre, April Riker ’97, Alexandra, Chris Altman ’97, Angela Pratt Geffre ’97, Dan Geffre, and Paula Feddor Frantz ’97. The kids (l-r) included: Felicity, Dante and Sierra Ejercito; Santiago and Felix Aguirre; Maeve Altman; Connor Geffre; and Ryan and Max Frantz.

Robert Schrag ’71

RobertSchragRobert has published a coloring book for adults titled Color Me Chilled Out: Coloring Pages for Meditation and Relaxation. Robert has spent more than 40 years teaching about visual and verbal messages in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. But he has spent more than 60 years doodling and coloring and writing poetry. “Doodling and coloring are visual poetry,” he wrote. “I am thrilled that adults are finally reclaiming these visual delights that we usually leave in the hands of children. Their importance became even clearer to me while recovering from chemotherapy and my stem cell transplants. Coloring became an island of calm purpose in those otherwise trying times.” Color Me Chilled Out is Robert’s effort to share that “island of calm purpose.” And apparently it is working. With nothing but word-of-mouth publicity, Color Me Chilled Out sold more than 7,000 copies during the first month it was available.

John William Thompson ’60

John died on January 23, 2017. He matriculated to K from Indiana, and at K he majored in economics and business. He continued his education at the University of Chicago School of Law and after graduation began his lifetime career in commercial banking. John was an avid sports fan, particularly fond of the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing. John is survived by his two daughters and his son and several grandchildren.

Laura Furge, Associate Provost and the Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Professor of Chemistry

From the “It’s a small world” department: Laura was hiking in early April the Chapel Trail in Sedona, Arizona. She happened to be wearing a T-shirt with the K logo. Two women she passed on the trail inquired if the shirt was related to Kalamazoo College. Turns out the two women–Larissa Miller Bishop ’96 and Stephanie (Gorman) Foote ’96–are alumni classmates, and both know Carrie (Graveel) Diegel ’96, a mutual friend of all three hikers. What prompted Laura’s recollection of the incident was a similar occurrence on a glacier trail in New Zealand, involving Holly Gillis ’09 and Jeff Palmer ’76. Holly remembered Laura; Laura remembered her recent story of Hornets crossing paths. Pictured in Arizona are (l-r): Laura,  Larissa and Stephanie.

Virginia (Dye) Martin ’39

Virginia celebrated her 100th birthday on February 28, 2017. At K she majored in English and was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma. Her favorite memories of K in the late 1930s include homecoming, the Washington Banquet, May Fete and the annual Christmas Carol Service. A favorite class was Kathryn Hodgman’s “Art Appreciation,” which often included a tea. Orange and black run deep in her bloodlines–her father, Clark Dye, was a student athlete at K, and her mother, Maizie Slocum, was the daughter of Kalamazoo College president A.G. Slocum. How her parents met she describes as a “romantic and serendipitous story. Clark had broken his leg playing football for K,” explained Virginia. “President Slocum invited him to live with his family until his leg healed, and that was how he met the love of his life, Maizie!” Congratulations on your birthday, Virginia.

L. James Wetherbee ’46

Jim died on September 4, 2016. He was 93 years old.  Jim matriculated to K from Kalamazoo. At K he majored in history. He married classmate Marilyn Sharp on September 8, 1945 and they moved to Northport, Michigan, in 1972. Marilyn died in 2015. Jim was a gifted artists and shipwright and was employed for many years as a commercial artist and boat builder. He is survived by his daughter and two sons, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Bethany Johnson ’07

Bethany Johnson joins Texas State UniversityBethany, an alumna of the Kalamazoo College art department, has joined Texas State University this fall as assistant professor in the School of Art & Design. After graduating from K, Bethany earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as a lecturer after completing her MFA. In her tenure-track position at Texas State, Bethany will continue to develop her own creative work alongside her coursework in drawing and two-dimensional design. The piece pictured above is titled “We Live on a Planet.” You can see more of Bethany’s work at

Judith (Brown) Holbrook ’62

Judith (Brown) Holbrook ’62, 77, of Milwaukee, died Nov. 4, 2017. A granddaughter of Allan Hoben, Kalamazoo College president from 1922 to 1935, she had been a teacher, volunteer accountant, tax preparer and arts patron and was a passionate fan of the Green Bay Packers. Friends praised her as brave, intelligent and talented. Survivors include her four children: Julie Holbrook, Lindsay Hammerer and Peter and Chadbourne Holbrook; sister Barbara Brown; brother Tom Brown; and nine grandchildren.

Joy Campbell ’96

Joy Campbell ’96 has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service in World Language Education from the Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA), in Joy Campbellrecognition of exemplary service to the association and the profession at large. She has been executive associate director of Michigan State University’s Center for Language Education and Research since 2004. In addition to working at MSU, Campbell has taught in France and Morocco, where she served in the Peace Corps, and has been a volunteer teacher and tutor for various organizations including Global Volunteers and The Reading People. Campbell has chaired MSU’s World Languages Day since it began in 2005. Each year, it brings high school students from all over Michigan to MSU to explore world languages and cultures. She also served as the MIWLA coordinator for the State Continuing Education Clock Hours program for 13 years, facilitating professional education credits for well over 1,000 language professionals.