Nancy died on September 9, 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science at K. She received a Master’s degree in public administration from Governors State University. She was active in civic affairs and a champion of the under-served throughout her adult life in Chicago and Park Forest, Ill.
Jollie died on January 11, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in sociology and was captain of the College’s men’s tennis team all four years he played. After leaving K he followed his dream to fly by enrolling in the Boeing School of Aeronautics. After graduating from BSA he worked for Pan Am Airlines as a meteorologist in Trinidad and Miami. He returned to Kalamazoo to work for Globe Construction Company. He married Susan Jean Hicks in 1958, and they raised five children.
David died on March 13, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in psychology. He did graduate work in astronomy and literature at the University of Illinois in Springfield. For 38 years he worked for Illinois Bell, serving as district manager of operator services in the Chicago area and downstate Illinois. He was very civic minded and served on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Peoria County and the Board of Goodwill of Sangamon County. He loved astronomy, photography, and nature.
Bob died on August 21, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics at K, and he earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Michigan. In 1947, he began his career in various research and management positions at the U.S. Naval Ordinance Test Station in China Lake, California. In 1959, Bob made the decision to use the computer and engineering skills he developed while working for the Navy to create his unique, high speed magnetic core computer. He made the decision to resign from his civil-service position and moved his family to Orange County. He formed Orange County’s first home grown computer company, Decision Control, Inc. of Newport Beach. His highly successful company merged with Varian Associates, Inc. Bob left Varian to launch numerous other high-tech companies. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, flying, hiking and traveling with his family. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Bill died on November 22, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Bill majored in biology at K and was a member of the Hornet cross-country team. Following graduation he worked as a high school math and biology teacher. He then joined The Upjohn Company and worked in the pharmaceutical company’s research, clinical research, and regulatory affairs divisions. He was awarded the company’s prestigious Upjohn Award. Bill enjoyed singing, working with golden retrievers, traveling and summers by Lake Michigan.
James will celebrate his 100th birthday next month on March 16. James majored in sociology at K, earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He retired as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Not long ago his daughter Joan called Lisa Murphy ’98, the College archivist, seeking information on her father’s time at K so that she could put together a book to give him at Christmas. “I found tennis and Glee Club photos of him as well as a bunch of newspaper articles from The Index that she was able to put into the book,” says Lisa. “The family also purchased a 1938 yearbook for him on eBay, which he is holding in the photo.” Joan was kind enough to ask her father some questions for Lisa. Turns out that James was a Hornet tennis player for legendary coach Allen Stowe. Lisa wondered if he had any special memories of Coach Stowe or the team. “Yes,” says James. “One afternoon the coach asked me to warm up with a female tennis player. The rest of the team sat on the bleachers and watched. I served the ball gently to her and it came back hard and forceful. I knew I was in trouble. We played a few sets, all of which she won. After the sets I found out she was the United States female tennis champion, and I had been set up. My teammates and coach were laughing, so did I. She played well.” What James recalls most about his coach was his extraordinary kindness. “He taught chemistry. It was odd that he never played tennis, just coached it.” His favorite class and professor? “Dr. Dunsmore [Religious Studies] was my favorite professor,” says James. “He was my counselor as well and guided me through graduation. My favorite class was sociology.” K sends James a early happy-100th-birthday wish.
Jack died on April 9, 2016. At K he majored in mathematics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He later earned master’s degrees from Purdue University and George Washington University. He started his career with the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and served his country as a scientist. In 1985 he left the government to work for General Electric in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He loved his work and was sad to retire when he was diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. During the course of his life, Jack wore many hats. He taught Sunday school for adults, he worked with the Boy Scouts as a troop leader for many years, and he coached his children’s many soccer teams even though he had never played it himself. He loved to be outdoors–gardening in the yard was a great pastime–and he loved to travel, returning to Muenster many years after study abroad to share that experience with his wife of 50 years, Helen, and friends. He had an insatiable desire to keep learning, and he loved to read. He is survived by his wife and their two children and one grandchild.
Rebecca died on October 18, 2015, in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from K with a B.A. in psychology and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. After graduation Becky moved to Washington, D.C., and attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she was a member of the law review (J.D. 1979). Throughout a distinguished legal career, Becky specialized in commercial real estate leasing, franchising, and related transactions. She wrote frequent articles regarding commercial leasing, and she served on the editorial board of Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy and Shopping Center Legal Update. Prior to her retirement in 2011, Becky was a partner for many years at Shulman, Rodgers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A. Becky was married to F. John Oshoway ’73 from 1972 to 1980.