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Ed Coyle ’74

Not long ago BeLight learned about Ed’s untimely death. He passed away on November 27, 2012, due to a stroke. He was very active in sports during his time at K, playing football and running track and field. He was a political science major and earned a teaching certificate. Ed had a varied career as a teacher, insurance broker, and computer salesman. He had many health issues culminating with a kidney transplant in the year before his death. Ed is survived by his sister, Helene Lapp, and he is missed by his two sons, Ed and Andy Coyle, and his 4 grandchildren, Maelynn and Gage Coyle, Caleb Coyle, and Kaiya Singleton.

 

Bobby Pennington ’01

Bobby (and, to a lesser extent, the extraordinary streak of consecutive conference titles by the Hornet men’s tennis program) is the subject of a short feature on the Colgate University Raider website. Bobby is in his ninth season coaching both the Colgate men’s and women’s tennis squads. “I was fortunate enough to play four years for the Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team,” he is quoted. He was captain his senior year and part of an All-American doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli ’01. Bobby’s major at K was English.

Megan Garn ’12

Megan is a rural education associate in Denver, Colorado, with Community Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities, tools, and strategies to develop other nonprofits and community groups throughout Colorado. Megan grew up in the suburbs of Denver; she earned her bachelor’s degree from K in art and art history and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. She also serves as a board member for Perspective: Cherry Arts Young Professional Board. Megan hopes to someday combine her passion for the arts and social justice. When not in the office, she enjoys being outside in any capacity, whether that be hiking, camping, rock climbing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, or skiing, and of course she loves going to all the art museums and shows in Denver.

Nancy Rye ’87, M.D.

ancyReyeNancy has been appointed to an adjunct faculty position at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Nancy earned a master’s degree in public accounting and is a C.P.A. After working at Plante & Moran for three years she returned to Wayne State University School of Medicine and earned her medical degree. Nancy completed her residency in Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich. She has been in private practice in Traverse City (Mich.) for 15 years and will have medical students join her in her practice and experience small town medicine. At K Nancy majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Kate Markiewicz ’04

Kate has been named a senior fellow by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. KSTF fellowships support teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kate teaches at Boston Latin School in Boston, Mass. She graduated from K with a B.A. in chemistry and physics. She studied ion-selective electrodes in Kalamazoo, modeled solar coronal loops at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, and worked with graduate students in a chemistry lab in Erlangen, Germany.

Kate moved to Boston to pursue graduate work in chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her first year there, Kate worked as a teaching assistant. “Working with students was extremely rewarding and was what I enjoyed most.” Kate left MIT to work as a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School System and as head coach for the Boston Latin School Science Olympiad team. “I discovered that high school students were a lot of fun.”

Kate completed her master’s degree in education through the Boston Teacher Residency and the University of Massachusetts-Boston and began teaching full time at Boston Latin School in 2007. Kate has presented the results of her teacher research at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Science Teachers Association Conferences in Boston, New Orleans and Philadelphia, respectively.

Jane Case-Smith ’75, Ph.D.

Jane died on July 31, 2014. At the time of her passing, she was professor and director of the Program in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine, Ohio State University. A highly regarded educator, Jane was co-editor and author of a widely adopted textbook: Occupational Therapy with Children, now in its sixth edition. At Kalamazoo College she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. she earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Western Michigan University and her doctorate from the University of Georgia. Jane was considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in pediatric occupational therapy and rehabilitation. She was a respected clinical scientist and grant reviewer. At the time of her death she was principal investigator on two NIH-funded studies. She won many awards and was named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997. She is survived by her husband and their two sons.