Margaret, who went by the name of Ranny, died on April 7, 2014 at the age of 80. She was granddaughter of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company. Ranny received an honorary degree from Kalamazoo College in 2009, and her family foundation was a major benefactor to the College. She earned a B.A. degree from Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.) and was awarded honorary doctorates from many institutions of higher education. For 51 years Ranny served as a trustee for the Herbert H. and Grace A. Down Foundation, and she led the foundation as its president since 2000. She also served as a trustee of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation since 1962. Ranny was active in many important local, state, and national causes and strong believer in philanthropic collaboration.
Phil was awarded the David R. Whitwam Outstanding Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by Cornerstone Alliance, a business retention and expansion organization serving Berrien County, Michigan. Phil is treasurer of the Southshore Companies, a real estate investment and development team in St. Joseph, Michigan. He has been with Southshore for 30 years. Prior to that he was senior manager for Price Waterhouse for nine years. The Whitwam award annually recognizes a community member who has achieved success through corporate leadership and involvement in community improvement. Phil is a long time member of the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors and its executive committee. He also serves on the City of St. Joseph Planning Commission and the board of directors of the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Berrien Community Foundation, and is the co-leader on the Michigan’s Great Southwest Leadership Council’s Best Practice Governance, Government Support and Economic Development committee.
Amy is a fellow in the 2015-2016 Capital Executive Fellowship Program administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The sociology and anthropology major was selected last spring and has joined other fellows working as full-time staff members in California’s state assembly, state senate, executive branch or judiciary. They participate in policy making, program development, and program implementation and gain first-hand experience in governance and leadership. As part of her K experience Amy studied abroad in India and did an internship in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She received the College’s prestigious Senior Leadership Award and also received awards from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Department of Theatre Arts.
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.