Steven D. Adams ’76

Steven died on December 1, 2014. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business, and he studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He also was a fine Hornet football player and wrestler who won the Opie Davis Award in 1976 for Most Outstanding Athlete. After graduation he earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, where he served on the school’s Law Review. He was an accomplished attorney and a member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law, Probate & Estate Planning, and Master Lawyer sections. Steven founded Stellar Building and Development in Hazel Park (Mich.) and ran it with his three brothers for more than 25 years. Steven gave of his time, money, and spirit, providing many hours of pro bono legal services, youth coaching, and mentoring. He was the first in his family to attend Kalamazoo College, starting a proud tradition that his extended family carried on with Derek Adams ’97, Rebecca Adams ’03, Matthew Kaiser ’04, Meghan Adams ’07, Jessica (Adams) Baranowski ’09, and Adam Baranowski ’09.

Ronald Edward Williams ’69

Ronald, a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force, died on February 2, 2015. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Segovia, Spain. Ron enjoyed a long and successful career in the USAF, beginning as a Second Lieutenant and eventually graduating from the Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air War College. Throughout his career, he served at air bases in Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. In 1997 renal failure forced an early retirement from the military. He subsequently received a kidney transplant which enabled him to enjoy travel throughout the world as well as many hobbies, including rebuilding and driving classic cars. In 2002 he met and married Mariela Velazquez in Buenos Aires. Their daughter, Catherine, was born in 2003. In 2007 Ronald was diagnosed with inoperable cancer that eventually metastasized throughout his body. Despite the cancer he lived an active life and above all else was devoted to his wife and daughter.

Patricia Jean (Christensen) McCarthy ’49

Patricia died on July 31, 2015. She matriculated to Kalamazoo College from LaPorte, Ind. Before and after her marriage, she had a diverse career as a clothing buyer and fashion consultant for a Midwestern retailer. She also worked as an office manager for a large medical practice in Falls Church (Va.) and as a manager of Reston’s (Va.) Visitor Center. After her marriage to John W. McCarthy, Jr., they traveled extensively throughout the world in support of his career as an employee of the U.S. Department of State.


Jean Folz Riser ’41

Jean died peacefully in her home with family present on the night of July 20, 2015. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Jean earned her B.A. from K in biology. Later, while attending the University of Michigan’s summer graduate biology program at Douglas Lake, she met Nathan (Pete) Riser, her future husband. After completing her M.A. (zoology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied and became a certified medical technologist at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. During World War II she worked in a pathology lab near Lansing, Michigan. Her enthusiasm for that work was evident in her stories and detailed knowledge of pathogens. Before moving to Damariscotta, Maine, Jean spent more than 50 years in the Boston area, as a hospital pathology lab volunteer, a college anatomy instructor, a Girl Scout troop leader, a conservation advocate and a docent at the Peabody-Essex Museum of Salem, Mass. She was a lifelong learner, an avid naturalist, birder, photographer and hiker. Past 90, she was still able to walk two miles and to enjoy identifying fauna and flora. Jean was a world traveler, who took great pleasure in attending international scientific meetings with her husband. She also enjoyed living in New Brunswick and in New Zealand during sabbatical years, as well as participating in an East African ornithological safari and a South Seas sailing adventure. Throughout her life Jean maintained detailed records of natural history, family health, travel and other events of interest. In addition, she possessed encyclopedic knowledge on a great variety of topics from Asian art to Wagnerian opera to European history to scientific discoveries. Her daughter once said, “She was Google before Google.” Several of Jean’s relatives have K connections. Her mother Ruth Desenberg Folz attended K for a year. Jean’s first cousin, Samuel Folz, was a member of the class of 1947. And Jean’s daughter Claire graduated in 1967. Jean was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Patrick Condon ’70

Patrick died on September 30, 2015, in Carlsbad, California. He grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where his youth was characterized by his insatiable liberal arts curiosity, voracious reading and eclectic sense of humor. At K, he majored in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He studied for his Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego and focused his research on English and Irish literature. He did not complete his Ph.D. but instead went on to Bolt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. He passed the bar in California and after clerking, began to practice appellate law in the North County. He always tried to apply his skill as a lawyer to cases in aid of the poor and downtrodden. He helped a lot of people who would never have received justice without him.

Sarah Allexan ’11

alebKlineSarah and Caleb Kline ’13 were married on September 26, 2015, and the happy event drew many Hornets from multiple generations. “We got married at Waldenwoods Resort in Hartland, Michigan,” wrote Caleb. “The weather was beautiful.” And so was the K crowd (especially the bride and groom). Pictured are (l-r): Brian Paul ’87, Genevieve Leet ’11, Michael Hartman ’86, Tova Berg ’11, Jenifer Hartman ’86, Alex Smith ’13, Audra Hudson ’16, Rachael Hartman ’14, Ellen Connor ’13, John Kline ’86, Shelbie Burris ’13, Josh Hampton ’13, Caleb Kline ’13 (Groom), Sarah Allexan ’11(Bride), Brain Bazzel ’11, Dalton Simancek ’12,  Margie Andreae ’86, Hannah Kline ’18, Amanda Patton ’13, Nora Cullen ’13, Miles Tyrer-Vasell, Gina Massari ’13, Justin Leatherwood ’13, Colin Brummel ’11, David Dimcheff (K cross country coach), and Ben Hulbert ’13. Sarah matched for her medical residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at University of Michigan. She and Caleb are moving back to Michigan!

Eli Savit ’’05

Eli and Amanda Kelly Rice were married on June 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Eli is a senior adviser and counsel to Detroit’s mayor, Mike Duggan. Amanda is an associate in the Detroit office of the law firm Jones Day. The couple met in Washington and both served in clerkships at the Supreme Court there–she with Justice Elena Kagan and he with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both of those Supreme Court justices attended the wedding. At K Eli majored in political science. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Joseph Garrison ’66

Joseph died on September 30, 2016. At K he majored in economics, and he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He also served as president of the class of 1966. After graduation he earned a postgraduate degree from the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He spent his career in the financial industry in New York City.

John William Thompson ’60

John died on January 23, 2017. He matriculated to K from Indiana, and at K he majored in economics and business. He continued his education at the University of Chicago School of Law and after graduation began his lifetime career in commercial banking. John was an avid sports fan, particularly fond of the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing. John is survived by his two daughters and his son and several grandchildren.