Virginia (Dye) Martin ’39

Virginia MartinVirginia (Dye) Martin ’39, 101, of Kalamazoo, died May 15, 2018. Born in Rochester, New York, she was the granddaughter of Kalamazoo College President Arthur G. Slocum, who served from 1892 to 1912. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben William Martin. Survivors include daughters Patricia A. Wilson and Phyllis A. Zimmerman and three grandchildren.

Beverly J. Frick ’50

Beverly J. Frick died Jan. 25, 2019. She was a graduate of Paw Paw High School and attended Kalamazoo College. She had four children and actively volunteered with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Van Buren Historical Museum. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Mattawan, National Federation of Republican Women, Van Buren County Historical Society, American Legion Auxiliary and the National Republican Committee.

On April 21, 1951, Beverly married William L. Frick who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Malia Johnson ’07 and William Sbach ’07

Malia and William were married on July 26, 2014. Malia works as a curatorial assistant at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and as a baker for Albemarle Baking Company. William is working on his doctorate in political theory at the University of Virginia. Malia earned her bachelor’s degree in American history; she studied abroad in Rome, Italy. William earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he also studied abroad in Rome. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto. Malia and William live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dennis Lamb ’63

Dennis and his wife, Pat, recently moved from University Park, Pennsylvania, to Fort Collins, Colorado. It may have been weather related, albeit not in the way one might think. Dennis may have been seeking more exciting weather. He majored in physics at K and did his senior thesis on thunderstorms, which marked the beginning of a career in weather. He joined the meteorology department at Penn State in 1986 and retired as a full professor in 2008. The following two years he spent writing a book on the Physics and Chemistry of Clouds. Now comes the recent move to Fort Collins. According to class agent Don Schneider, Dennis confessed that the weather in central Pennsylvania was seldom to his liking (not enough thunderstorms?). Dennis did a winter sabbatical in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and loved all the snow. He and Pat have a cottage on Crystal Lake near Benzonia, Michigan, where they can be found a few weeks every summer. You can reach Dennis at

Judith Sweitzer Larson ’58

Judith died on June 27, 2014, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, of complicatons related to cancer. She was born in Kalamazoo and matriculated to K from Richland, Michigan. She earned her B.A. at K in English and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of Illinois. She worked at various jobs in education, banking and financial services, and real estate. Judith was committed to civic engagement. She served as a volunteer in the League of Women Voters as well as in several leadership positions in her local Episcopal churches. She epitomized the liberal arts lifelong learner. After retirement she and her husband, Robert, enjoyed adventure and world travel. They visited every continent, included the Antarctic, to study art, geography, and history. Often their travels took them to remote and uninhabited sites far from traditional tourist paths. On their 50th wedding anniversary, Judith and Robert hiked a volcano in Costa Rica. Judith particularly used her travels to cultivate her knowledge of art. She attended live performances at great concert halls around the world, and she visited art museums and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She is survived by her husband, two children, and a grandson.

Jeffrey Edward Boyd ’80

Jeff died on August 19, 2015, at home in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after a short illness. Jeff matriculated to K from Spring Lake, Michigan, and earned his B.A. in psychology. He was well-known and highly regarded in the automobile industry, working in a wide range of positions from retail sales and management to advanced electric vehicle manufacturing, network development and distribution. He played a key role in developing business and effectively managing dealer operations for several dealerships and dealer groups across the United States. Until his death, Jeff was employed as chief operating officer at Kia Motors Adria Group (KMAG) in Slovenia. Jeff is survived by his wife, Ying Feng-Boyd, and her children; his parents and seven siblings; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Richard Schultz ’53

Richard died on November 17, 2015. At K he majored in economics. He served for 32 years as the general manager of WARU Radio in Peru, Indiana. Richard was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and a former member of First Baptist Church in Peru. He had been an active member of the Lions Club in Peru. He and his wife, Jeannette Norwood, who survives, were married on August 25, 1951. They have four children, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Robert Beacham ’94

Robert wrote, “During my stints in the military, work force, and time at K my undefined mental health issues prevented me from being the student and friend that many wished me to be. My mood and emotional swings from hyperactive to hyper recluse made me a difficult and annoying person to gauge. Currently I am doing much better, and working with the VA health system has helped me identify what I can control and where I need help. I regret not being able to connect more meaningfully with classmates at K. I have learned a great deal about the impact of anxiety as it pertains to me. My anxiety led me to study topics and prepare for tests like a person collecting a pile of ping pong balls with their arms. Short term one may be able to have some success, but seconds later the pile will cascade leaving one’s arms empty. Anxiety impaired my cognitive retention capabilities, and this failure to internalize information amplified my anxiety levels, leading to the feeling of being a fraud. I eventually found the time to deal with these core issues. I am proud of my service, proud of my time at K and wanted to share this to show perceived failures can become soundings of your true nature.”