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Carol Flanigan ’04

Carol has been named director of annual giving at Olivet College. She is responsible for the management and coordination of all giving efforts for the College’s annual giving program. Before taking the position at Olivet College Carol served as the executive assistant to Boston University’s assistant vice president for development. She earned her B.A. at K in English and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.

Heather Booth ’00

Heather submitted a class note and photo that explained the somewhat delayed timing of her latest publication. “About five years ago, I signed a contract for my second book on librarianship for teens,” Heather wrote. “Shortly thereafter, we learned we were expecting our second child. Only one of the projects could be put on hold, so at long last, The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services has been published by ALA Editions. This collection of essays and instructions on teen librarianship is a part of ALA’s long standing and well respected ‘Whole Library Handbook’ series. The project that could not be put on hold, Thora Violet, is now four-and-a-half years old, made of pure joy, and a great friend to her elder sister Julia, who is six. Also this spring, Paul and I bought our forever home, and are enjoying the sense of community here in Westmont, Illinois.” Thora Violet and her mom are pictured with mom’s new book.

Daniell Mattern ’70

Daniell received the Margaret McLean Coulter Professorship at the University of Mississippi. Daniell, who joined the “Ole Miss” faculty in 1980, was chosen for this endowed chair “as a result of his outstanding achievements in research about organic electronic materials and his unparalleled success in teaching a difficult branch of chemistry to a myriad of UM students,” said a UM news release. An organic synthetic chemist who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry, Daniell has a long record of instructional excellence, having received the university’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1992 and the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year in 1998. He also is an accomplished cellist (playing with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra) and has written a few “Ten-Minutes Plays” that have been produced by Theatre Oxford. Daniell earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.

Leona Lousin Mirza ’66

Leona continues to teach mathematics and statistics at North Park University in Chicago. Last September she was honored by the Armenian International Women’s Association, Chicago chapter, as one of two Women of the Year.  Her sister was the other awardee.  One month later the Illinois Council of Teachers of  Mathematics honored Leona with the Fred Flener Award for contributions to mathematics outside the classroom.  In 1995 ICTM had awarded Leona the Max Beberman Award for College Mathematics Teacher of the Year.

Scott Whitbeck ’04

Scott is the new head coach of the Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. He has served as the head coach at SUNY New Paltz for the past eight seasons. This past season Scott led both the New Paltz men’s and women’s teams to second-places finishes in the SUNYAC championships, the school’s most successful swim season in its history. Prior to New Paltz, Scott worked as an assistant coach at University of Massachusetts and the College of Wooster. At K he was a two-time Academic All-American, team captain, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner, and team Most Valuable Swimmer. He still holds K records in the 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyles. Scott majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned a M.B.A. and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.

Frederick Strobel, former Stephen B. Monroe Professor of Money and Banking

FredStrobelFred, who taught economics and business administration at Kalamazoo College for two decades (1974-1994), died on December 22, 2016. He was 79 years old.

Born and reared in Quincy, Massachusetts, Fred earned a bachelor’s degree (accounting) and M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and he earned his master’s degree (economics) and Ph.D. (economics) from Clark University. He served as a lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clark University, and he was a professor of economics for three years at Holy Cross College. Prior to joining K’s faculty he served as senior business economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. At K Fred was the Stephen B. Monroe Professor of Money and Banking. In that position he developed meaningful relationships with executives in the banking industry, and he planned and presented the annual Monroe Seminar on campus. That day-and-a-half event–“a vital, enriching contribution to the department and the College as a whole,” according to Fred’s colleague, Professor Emeritus of Economics Phil Thomas–featured a prominent keynote speaker and always a capacity audience. Fred, too, used the occasion to deliver major talks on the economic outlook of the region, country and world.

He was a prolific scholar who published articles in Business Week, The American Banker, The Eastern Economic Journal and the Journal of Economic Issues. He was a much sought-after viewpoint writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, the Detroit News and other daily newspapers, and he was a frequent radio talk show guest on the subjects of the decline of the middle class and the creation of a two-class society in the United States. Fred wrote two books, Upward Dreams, Downward Mobility: The Economic Decline of the American Middle Class (1993) and The Coming Class War and How to Avoid It (1999). His thinking was prescient; according to Phil: “His books identified and documented the decline of the middle class long before the issue entered the national consciousness and policy debate.”

In 1992 Fred received a six-week appointment as visiting professor of economics at Moscow State University, where he taught a course in money and banking to a group of 60 Russian undergraduate and graduate students.

In 1994 Fred became the William G. and Marie Selby Chair of Economics at the New College of the University of South Florida in Sarasota. He taught there until his retirement in 2008.

Fred is survived by two daughters, Heidi Strobel and Gretchen Strobel. Heidi is a K graduate, class of 1990. A memorial service for Fred will occur in Stetson Chapel on Saturday, February 25, at 3 p.m. A reception in the Olmsted Room will follow the service.