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

Alfredo Ramon

Alfredo Ramon, who taught generations of Kalamazoo College students from 1958 to 1996 in K’s foreign study program in Madrid, Spain, passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 92, just days before an exhibition of his paintings opened at the Centro Cultural Nicolás Salmerón on 3 February. A professional painter, inspiring teacher, and genial lecturer, Alfredo embodied in his work and personality the history, spirit, culture, and character of Spain. He was an artist of great versatility who worked in a variety of media and subjects, from portraits to landscapes to street scenes. He also worked in diverse artistic areas such as restoration, stage and costume design, and poster painting. In the words of one of Madrid’s dailies reporting his death, he is perhaps best known for his street scenes of old Madrid which captured its soul and spirit and made of him a chronicler of the visual history of his adopted city. A master teacher, he conveyed to his Kalamazoo College and other American students the essence of Spain, past and present, through its artistic treasures. His classes in the Prado brought to life the glories of a Goya or Velasquez; a trip with him to Toledo resurrected the days of the Christian kings and El Greco. Alfredo was the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, and the list of his one-man shows dates from 1955 to 2015. His works are a part of permanent public and private collections in Spain and abroad, including Kalamazoo College, where he was well known as a visiting professor and frequent visitor. Alfredo Ramon was an esteemed colleague, a loyal and true friend of Kalamazoo College and its students. His contributions to the College and K students reach back to our first program in Madrid in 1958. In recognition of his achievements and role in the life of the College, Alfredo was awarded the degree Doctor of Fine Arts by Kalamazoo College in 1991. (Obituary by Joe Fugate)


Mike Paule-Carres ’14

In August Mike and Alex Ducoffe ’13 traveled to Ecuador to celebrate the marriage of Tobi Lobeda and Majo Garson. Mike and Alex know Tobi, a visiting international student who attended Kalamazoo College during the 2011-12 academic year. During the visit the three found time for a hike in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Pictured are (l-r) Alex, Tobi and Mike. “We are all even wearing Kalamazoo College soccer apparel,” wrote Mike. “I think this shows the solidarity of the relationships formed at K and how that K connection is felt in even the far reaches of the world.”

Isabel (Brown) “Brownie” Galligan

Brownie died on November 14, 2015. She served as secretary to the provost at Kalamazoo College from 1969 to 1987. Brownie’s maternal grandfather was the noted American artist George Errington. Her mother also was an exceptional artist, as was Brownie herself, who expressed her talent primarily in watercolor. She was fully involved with many activities at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. She met her husband, Edward, at Swarthmore College during World War II. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2011. They had two sons, Joe and Jim. Jim is an alumnus of the class of 1976.

Earl Velek ’52

Earl died on January 11, 2016. He majored in sociology at K. During the Korean War he was an officer in the Navy, serving as an Admiral’s Aide aboard heavy cruisers. He then worked as a stockbroker for 30 years in Minneapolis. Earl enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family. He and his wife, Sue, have four children and two grandchildren.

Walter Edmund Ash Jr. ’61

Walter died on August 5, 2015. He matriculated to K from Vicksburg (Mich.) High School. He earned his degree in biology and was deeply involved in theatre productions on campus. After graduation he attended Yale School of Drama for a year. On June 2, 1963, he married Lela Davis in Vicksburg. Walter followed his love of theatre as a freelance theatre director his entire career. He directed more than 100 plays in his lifetime and acted in many as well. He also was a founding member of the Festival Playhouse at Kalamazoo College. He was a true liberal arts spirit with many varied interests. He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the American Conifer Society. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather blessed with a very curious mind and insatiable love of the arts. Walter is survived by Lela, his wife of 52 years, their three children and two grandchildren.

William Bos Jr. ’50

Bill died on June 8, 2016, at the age of 89. He was a talented basketball player and tennis player in high school (Muskegon, Michigan) and he played tennis for the Hornets at K. He was a lifelong tennis instructor, who worked for Wilson Sporting Goods, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Dallas Country Club, where he often taught tennis to local sports celebrities from the city’s professional sports franchises (Mavericks, Rangers, and Cowboys), including Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy football coach Tom Landry, who called Bill “Coach.”

Mary Jane (Faugust) Thomason ’56

Mary Jane died on September 22, 2016. She attended K and graduated from the University of Michigan with a nursing degree. She worked at the infirmaries at University of California-Irvine and Irvine Valley College. She was an avid traveler, tennis player, backpacker and skier who loved the Sierras and the desert. She and her husband, Robert, were married 60 years and have four children and eight grandchildren.