Nancy died on January 24, 2014, at the age of 82. She was a former Kalamazoo College trustee (1978-1986) and a generous benefactor of the College. She and her husband, Tom, who survives, were ardent supporters of K, and the Woodworth Baseball Field honors their many gifts to that program, among others. Nancy was the daughter of Dr. E. Gifford and Love (Barnett) Upjohn and the granddaughter of Dr. Lawrence and Gratia (Clough) Upjohn. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan and received a degree in management training from Harvard-Radcliffe College. Nancy and Tom were married on June 26, 1954. Nancy spent the early years of her marriage teaching 3rd grade at Washington Elementary in the Kalamazoo Public School System. She was a devoted mother who organized the activities of her busy children while making time to serve her community. In addition to her service on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees, she was active in Girl Scouts, The Kalamazoo Service Club, and the Visiting Nurses Association. She was an enthusiastic hockey mom who attended most of her four sons’ games with bell in hand to announce their teams’ goals. After Tom retired from Graff Trucking, Tom and Nancy moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, where she was a volunteer docent at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. She also supported the Sanibel Playhouse, and became a member of the Captiva Island Yacht Club. Nancy was happiest at the bridge table or on the tennis court. These remained life-long interests for her both at Gull Lake and at her home on Sanibel.
Denise is the new Estes Valley Restorative Justice Program (EVRJP) Coordinator. EVRJP is part of the Estes Park (Colorado) Police Department and offers restorative justice services through community group conferences, community circles (parolee re-entry), and restorative community mediation. Its goal is to assist in identifying and repairing harm, preventing wrong-doing, and allowing citizens the opportunity to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner. Denise majored in international and area studies at K and studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador.
Stephen has been appointed city clerk of Hillsdale, Mich.. He is the first appointed city clerk in Hillsdale’s history, following the city’s recent charter change to make the clerk an appointed position, rather than elected. At K, Stephen majored in political science and religion. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton. He previously served as city clerk in Kalamazoo, Comstock Township (near Kalamazoo), and in Dayton, Ohio.
In April, Victor received a special award from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. The E. Lucy Braun Award of Appreciation acknowledged Victor’s work over the years on behalf of the university’s herbarium.
Mary has begun her one-year term as board of directors president of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). Mary is vice president of product management for OCLC, a global, nonprofit cooperative of libraries throughout the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. NFAIS is the nation’s leading membership association for the information services industry.
Matt is the new president and chief executive officer for Kalsee Credit Union in Kalamazoo. He had served as the chief operating officer for Kalsee since 2010. He has 13 years of experience in the banking industry. He earned his B.A. at K in economics and business. Matt is involved in a number of civic activities. He is a member of the KVCC Foundation Board of Trustees and vice chairman of the Michigan Credit Union League’s Greater Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions. His volunteer activities include serving as coordinator for Kalsee’s sponsorship of Gryphon Place’s annual Suicide Prevention Walk; serving on the golf outing committee at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan; and working at the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Melzer Pantry.
Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield, Mich.) presents the award-winning play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron), May 30 through June 15, and Lila (in the role of Gingy) will headline the cast of the production’s second weekend. Each weekend’s performance features a unique cast with a local celebrity. A former news anchor, Lila runs a production company, Lila Productions, and currently hosts the award-winning Discover Remarkable series on WXYZ. The Two Muses stagings are a collaboration with Closet NV to raise clothing donations for Dress for Success, a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire to help them thrive in work and in life. Lila is no stranger to hard work on behalf of important causes. She swam the Straits of Mackinac (a 5-mile swim) to raise money and awareness for Mentor Michigan, and each fall she climbs from one end of the Grand Canyon to the other (21 miles) and back again. In 2007, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. An avid motorcyclist, Lila was recently named Michigan’s Ambassador of Motorcycle Safety. She is active in many community and charitable organizations, serves on multiple boards, and is currently President of Kids Kicking Cancer. She’s also very involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She’s been a Big Sister for 20 years.
Peter was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the 13-member Health Information Technology Commission. The Commission is part of the Michigan Department of Community Health, and it facilitates and promotes the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of Michigan’s health care information systems. Peter is senior vice president of policy and data for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Previously, he served as vice president for Mission Health and Catherine McAuley Health System and as president of McPherson Hospital. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree at K in economics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. in health services management from Northwestern University.
Tim is the executive director of the Albion Community Foundation. He began his duties there in June. Tim grew up in Albion and graduated from Albion High School. At K he majored in music. He has worked in nonprofit development since graduation and earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in December of 2015. Prior to taking the position at ACF, Tim worked for the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Teach for America and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Betty died on August 31, 2014. She came to K as a transfer student from Northern Illinois University. At K she met her husband, classmate Hunter Wright, and they were married for 72 years. The couple operated an insurance business in St. Joseph, Mich., for 30 years. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Betty was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Child and Family Services Auxiliary, the Women’s Fellowship of Zion United Church of Christ (St. Joseph), the Krasl Art Center, and the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.