Richard Burnham ’61

Richard died on December 21, 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and then earned a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. He worked for two Kalamazoo based law firms before beginning his own private practice in Paw Paw, Michigan. He was engaged in several civic organizations and enjoyed landscaping, cars, and tending to his saltwater aquarium. He also opened his home to more than 100 rescue dogs, some of which never left.

Scott Garcia ’91

Scott was named assistant vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors (Aspen, Colo.). Scott earned his B.A. in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Scott also is a lieutenant and 11-year member of the Basalt (Colo.) and Rural Fire Protection District. He and his wife and their three children live in Basalt.

Gary Babcock ’60

Gary died on June 27, 2015. He came to Kalamazoo College already fascinated by technology and physics. In fact, he helped pay his way through K by building vacuum-tube volt meters during summer vacations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and took a job with the Naval Air Weapons Research Station in China Lake, California. His primary career focus was on computers. After Gary retired from China Lake in 1984, he lived briefly in Fairfield, Iowa, where he studied transcendental meditation. Returning to California after a couple of years, he worked for several contractors as a computer troubleshooter and photographer. Gary loved chamber music, reading, taking wildflower photographs and learning new things. His favorite occupation in recent years was playing with his beloved grandchildren, Svetlana and Dalton.

Kevin Ferguson ’81

Kevin died on October 2, 2015. At K he majored in economics and business, studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, and played on the Hornet tennis team. He served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1982-1988 and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. Kevin also served his country as a diplomatic special agent for the U.S. State Department from 1986-1993. In 1996 he earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School. Kevin loved books and had many interests, including travel, art, golf and spending time with his daughter, Mara.

Edith (Hoven) Strome ’45

Edie died on December 29, 2015. She and her husband Forrest, who survives, met as freshmen at Kalamazoo College. Edie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She and Forrest married shortly after their graduation and were wed for 70 years. They have two children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Edie was a consummate homemaker and a gracious hostess to friends from the First Baptist Church of Rochester (New York) and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Group. She served as a volunteer for many years at Strong Memorial Hospital and the Fairport Baptist Home, where she was a member of the Women’s Service Board.


William Borough ’50

Bill died on January 27, 2016, at age 90. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He matriculated to K after the war and majored in chemistry. He worked for Bendix as a senior chemist. Bill married Virginia O’Boyle in 1951, and they were married for 65 years. Bill retired to Deerfield Beach, Fla., in 1978 where he worked as an artist and became involved in many civic organizations. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Helen. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Douglas Steward ’58

Douglas died on May 8, 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at K and spent most of his life in St. Louis, Michigan, where he taught history and coached basketball and football. He started his teaching career at Saranac High School, where he coached all sports and served as the athletic director. Doug was a track and field starter official for 40 years and also was an active referee/official for football, cross country and volleyball. He and his wife Julia were married for 49 years until her death in 2003. Doug loved spending time with his grandchildren and especially loved watching them in their school activities.

R. Scott Vogel ’84, D.O.

Scott has practiced family medicine in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, for the past 19 years. He and Beth (Fiore) Vogel ’85 have been married for 29 years, and they have three adult children, all of whom attended (or attend) Kalamazoo College: Harrison ’11, Nikko ’12 and Roderick (Grahm) ’16. “Before moving to Mt. Pleasant, our family lived and went to school in Bavaria,” wrote Scott. “We have since maintained many old and cultivated many new relationships throughout Germany that have enriched our lives in innumerable ways. Kalamazoo College has helped open our minds to these and numerous other experiences. It as truly lived up to its claim of creating a learning environment so that we can be at home in the world.”

Michael Reilly Jr. ’85

Michael  died on January 18, 2015. He came to K from Brother Rice High School (Birmingham, Mich.). He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his law degree from Cooley Law School (1989) and was employed by the State of Michigan as an assistant attorney general. Mike was known for his love of travel, hunting, and the outdoors. An avid scuba diver, he spent many of his days at one of his favorite places, the Saint Clair River in Port Huron.