Helene experienced a crazy year in 2013. First she sold two young adult contemporary books, the first of which, These Gentle Wounds, was published by Flux on May 8 of this year. Then, in December 2013, she and her husband, John, brought their daughter Keira home from Bulgaria. Helene still lives in Nashville, works in marketing, and assumes that 2014 will probably be just at frantic.
Robert died on October 19, 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in chemistry and after graduation attended medical school at the University of Alabama and Northwestern University. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern Medical School in 1944. He served as a physician in the U.S. Navy assigned to the first Marine Division in the Pacific theater. He married Martha Lysne, August 21, 1943, in Batavia, Illinois. She predeceased him on May 15, 1996. Robert was a family physician in private practice for 44 years in Rockford, Illinois, during which time he delivered 3,000 babies. He was a member of Christ Church Unity of Rockford. A highly civic-minded man, Robert received many awards for his service, and he was a member of the board of directors of many organizations. He was president of the Illinois Academy of General Practitioners, vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and president of the Winnebago County Public Health System. He also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the N.W. Area Agency on Aging. He was on the initial committee that started the Center for Learning in Retirement 20 years ago. Robert was a curious, funny, avid learner and a compassionate, unfettered soul with a keen interest in cosmology, body and mind medicine, religion, and spirituality. He made personal connections with his patients that lasted well after his retirement.
Harriett died on February 2, 2015, at the age of 99. She began her studies at Kalamazoo College in January of 1933. She majored in English and became president of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Delta. During 1935 and 1936 she was editor of The Index. She earned straight As, completing her degree in three years. Harriett worked as a newspaper reporter on The Ionia Sentinel, then edited for the textbook division of Harcourt, Brace & Company in Chicago before moving to Hollywood, California, where she met and married Ben Lindsey. Subsequently, she wrote articles for The East Whittier Review and became active in church and community affairs.
Yvonne died on March 12, 2015. She matriculated to K from Lombard, Illinois. She majored in sociology and later earned two master’s degrees (education and library science) from the University of Oklahoma. She worked in the personnel field in Chicago before she married Frederick Lee Hinchee in June 1958. She was a homemaker and, later, a librarian, serving as branch manager of the Shawnee (Oklahoma) Public Library, a post from which she retired in 2005. She was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church and throughout her life was active in many civic organizations and causes. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Alice died on August 9, 2015, in The Dalles, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and later married Gordon Dudley, with whom she had two sons. They enjoyed camping and exploring the West, and lived both in Oregon and Boston. After a divorce, Alice lived with her sons in Portland, where she earned a master’s degree in social work (Portland State University) in 1971. She dedicated herself to raising her two sons and to a career in social work, first in Salem and then in The Dalles. She primarily worked in the Oregon Children’s Services Division in The Dalles, where she served as an administrator. She positively influenced the lives of many children in foster care. She loved to play golf and bridge. Alice is survived by her two sons and three granddaughters.
Madame Gollé, widow of M. Maurice Gollé, who for many years was director of the Kalamazoo College foreign study program in Strasbourg, passed away on October 18, 2015, in Strasbourg at the age of 92. She frequently interacted with and came to know many Kalamazoo students over the years because of her warm, outgoing, and easily approachable personality. She had a wonderful sense of humor and could always be counted on to have an interesting joke or humorous story to relate. She liked to entertain, was an excellent cook (as anyone who enjoyed the hospitality of her home would confirm), and a passionate dog lover. A wonderful wife, mother and friend, she was preceded in death by her husband and one son and is survived by two sons and the deceased son’s wife and their families. (Obituary by Joe Fugate, professor emeritus of German, and director emeritus of foreign study)
Class Agent (1963) Don Schneider sent the following note about his classmate: “After Dennis retired from Penn State University a few years ago, he and his spouse, Pat, talked about moving and nothing happened. Not until 2015, when they decided on another university town, sold the State College house, and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. However, they found no housing there quite what they wanted, so they contracted to have a house built and traveled ’homeless’ for 4 months. Destinations included the family cottage in Northern Michigan, Canada, and France. They are now settled into their new home and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Wendy died on March 11, 2016. At K she earned her B.A. in psychology and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. She completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985. Wendy was employed as a counselor for many years with the Center for Life Management in Derry, N.H., and was most recently employed with the Counseling Center of Nashua, N.H. She loved hiking and was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. She also enjoyed reading and Contra dancing and was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester N.H. Wendy is survived by her son and daughter and granddaughter. She was predeceased by her husband in 2008.
Rosemary died on June 24, 2016, from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident while on vacation with her family. Rosemary grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Natrona County High School, where she was seventh in her class of 783 students. At K she majored in English, studied abroad in Aix en Provence, France, and did her career service quarter in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Senator Milward Simpson. She wrote her Senior Individualized Project on the 18th-century poet Alexander Pope. One month after graduating in June 1968 she married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, Harold J. Decker ’67. Rosemary died one month shy of what would have been the couple’s 48th wedding anniversary. Rosemary earned a Master of Library Science degree from UCLA and worked in the Whittier (Calif.) Public Library as a children’s librarian. She and Harold returned to Kalamazoo in 1980. They raised three beautiful daughters. Rosemary was active in many civic and fundraising organizations, including, among others, Newcomers, Junior League, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League, and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board. She was an avid reader, gardener and skier. Above all, she loved family and friends. She is survived by her husband, their three daughters and three granddaughters, two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews and their children.
Jim died on October 3, 2016. He was the son of Raymond Hightower, who was a professor of sociology and dean at Kalamazoo College and a Kalamazoo City Commissioner and Mayor. Jim’s mother, Jeanne Matthews Hightower, was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist. Academics were central in the family that included three boys, all of whom graduated from K.
At K Jim majored in economics. He met his future wife, Sharon Wiley ’59, the first day of classes. They married in 1957 and moved to California in 1959. Both Jim and Sharon received degrees from Claremont Graduate University. Jim earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics. He taught at the University of Richmond for three years and, in 1969, began his 35-year career in the California State University system, which included teaching and administrative positions at CSU-Fullerton and in the CSU Chancellor’s Office. He is survived by Sharon, his wife of 59 years, their son, daughter-in-law and grandaughter, among other family members.