Sarah Estes ’98

Sarah published her first book of poetry, Field Work, and it won the Cider House Review Editor’s Prize. The book has garnered critical acclaim in several publications, and Sarah has done several appearances for the iconic Los Angeles Beyond Baroque reading series. Her work has also appeared in Agni, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Cimarron, Crab Orchard Review, Field, The Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, Psychology Today, Scientific American, Southern Review and elsewhere. Sarah has taught poetry and composition at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Young Writers’ Workshop and Tsurumaru High School in Kagoshima, Japan. She was a creative nonfiction fellow with Think, Write, Publish. She has worked with other writers as well, including New York Times columnist David Brooks (as an early reader for The Social Animal), social scientist Jonathan Haidt and the novelist Jonathan Franzen. “I was born in an unincorporated rural area outside of Peoria, Illinois,” Sarah writes, “and have lived in countries as far afield as Belgium and Japan. This has given me an unusual perspective on the rural/urban experience and the differences between liberals and conservatives–an uncommon vantage point that I bring to bear on my work in both poetry and nonfiction. I’ve enjoyed being able to work on a broad range of projects, and I try to bridge the seemingly disparate worlds of science, parenting and the arts.”

Tim Chapman ’78

TimChapmanTim died on August 28, 2016, at his childhood home in Dearborn, Michigan, with his family by his side.  For three decades he’d suffered from multiple sclerosis and bipolar disorder, and recently from kidney failure, which led to his death after he decided to stop dialysis.  He was an English major at K and did his foreign study abroad in Hannover, Germany.   After graduation Tim joined VISTA and was an organizer for the Auburn-Gresham community on Chicago’s south side.  He then moved to Boston where he worked for the author and home-schooling advocate, John Holt, while rehabbing a three-story brownstone he co-owned.  During this time he was married to Cindy Froeber ’79.  Returning to Michigan, he lived independently or with others, until his physical condition required assisted living.  Before his disabilities prevented it, Tim taught German with Dearborn Public Schools and worked other jobs.  He was enthusiastic about all he was involved in, and made friends wherever he went.  His family and others remember Tim as a highly-intelligent, fun-loving, and gentle soul who, despite a hard life, always remained kind and cheerful. Donations in Tim’s memory can be made to Habitat for Humanity Detroit (14325 Jane Street, Detroit, MI 48205)

Teresa Kline ’80

Teresa is the new president and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan, and she is the executive vice president of Henry Ford Health System. She began her work with HAP in November after serving as a health care consultant for two years in Atlanta and, prior to that, working as a top executive for several for-profit health insurance companies. At K Teresa majored in biology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.

Dale Norton ’73

DaleNortonDale was co-recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, presented at the 97th Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December. Dale is a partner (with his brother Ken ’71) at Kendale Farms in Bronson, Michigan. He is a board member and past president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association and is chair of the Michigan Swine Health Committee. He was appointed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Ag Commission, and  served as a member from 2005-09. Dale has been involved in the pork industry at the state level for more than two decades. At K Dale majored in political science and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

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.”

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.

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.

Todd Thompson ’97

Todd is an associate professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he recently was awarded a Distinguished Faculty Award by IUP’s University Senate. At K Todd majored in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his M.F.A. in writing (School of the Art Institute) and his Ph.D. in American literature (University of Illinois at Chicago). His recent publications include the book The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire as well as a number of articles, editions, and book chapters. He recently was awarded a Peterson Fellowship, an archival research residency at the American Antiquarian Society.

Paul Shapiro ’70

Paul’s performance in Sam Shepard’s play Fool For Love became a tribute to the actor-playwright’s life and legacy when Shepard died during the play’s run. Paul appeared in a production (ACT-A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington) that ran from July 29 through August 6. Paul is pictured in the poster’s background at right. Shepard wrote a total of 55 plays during his career.

Mildred Jane Moore ’40

Mildred Jane Moore ’40, 99, of Holland, Michigan, died Nov. 14, 2017. A native of South Haven, Mich., she earned a bachelor’s Dorothy Jane Mooredegree in history from Kalamazoo College and a master’s in English at Western Michigan University. She taught high school in Kalamazoo and Imlay City, Michigan, and later volunteered for many years as a teacher of English as a second language. A recipient of the Kalamazoo College Emeritus Club citation, she was a member of Al-Van Humane Society and organizations promoting foreign study and adult literacy. Survivors include her husband of 75 years, Lansford “Bud” Moore 40; sons John and Thomas Moore; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.