Jim Brown ’87

Jim has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of physics at Wabash College. He earned his B.A. in physics at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. Jim has taught at Wabash since 2003. And he won Wabash’s highest teaching honor in 2012. He has served in important leadership roles in the physics department, across the college, and in the scientific community, including as a science policy fellow at the National Science Foundation and as the director of MoNA (the Modular Neutron Array) project. He is the author or co-author of 80 peer-reviewed publications. Jim is currently on sabbatical at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He is doing research on the nuclear structure of the most neutron-rich nuclei achievable in order to understand the limits of stability of nuclei with vastly more neutrons than protons.

Don Croysdale

Don died on July 31, 2016. He attended K and graduated from the University of Michigan. During a business career that spanned 38 years Don worked as an investment analyst/manager and was subsequently the president of his own management company specializing in benefits administration and association management. Don received national recognition for his management and state legislative achievements from the American Subcontractors Association. He was an avid golfer and bridge player.

Barb Koremenos ’86

Barb is a University of Michigan political science professor who recently published a book with Cambridge University Press titled, The Continent of International Law: Explaining Agreement Design. In news related to her family, Barb’s delighted that her nine-year-old daughter, Selene, loves acting! Barb, her husband, George, and Selene normally live in Ann Arbor, but they are residing in South Bend for the year while Barb serves as a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute and Notre Dame’s law school.

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.

Julie Mehretu ’92

Julie is at work on two massive paintings (27 x 32 feet) commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She describes the works as the most American of her her paintings, ones that try to “make sense of where we are in our country right now.” She began work on them the day after the November 2016 national election. An article on Julie and these paintings appeared in the New York Times (“In an Unused Harlem church, a Towering Work of a ‘Genius’,” by Hilarie M. Sheets, August 3, 2017).