Don died on September 11, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from K. He was a member of the men’s Hornet tennis team and part of the 1956 undefeated squad. He also helped his father, Allen Stowe (a professor of chemistry at K from 1928 to 1957), run the National Junior Tennis Championships for many years. Don earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and was a chemistry teacher at Portage Central High School for 37 years. He also was a longtime tennis coach at the school. Don’s extraordinary ability in the classroom was recognized by the American Chemical Society (Kalamazoo Section) with a Science Teacher of the Year Award. Don combined his military service with his love of tennis. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and led his team to the First Infantry Division Tennis Championships in 1954. Don was involved in Boy Scouts and an active member of the Kalamazoo Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families. He had an avid love of photography and computers and designed the first web page for his church. Don is survived by his wife, Jan, their three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mary died on December 20, 2014, in an automobile accident. She was born and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in art and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. In the mid-1990s she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., and worked in various jobs before securing a teaching certificate. Most recently Mary worked for Easter Seals El Mirador as a counselor for intellectually disabled adults.
Russ served in Vietnam during the American war there. He and most of his men survived their service. It was in the United States that he suffered a gunshot wound during a robbery at the motel he owned and operated in Denver. He has since retired and enjoys life fully with his wife Cai Thi and their family. At K, Russ was a terrific runner and a you-can-do-it supporter of others, according to his cross-country teammate Don Schneider ’63. Don and Russ recently reconnected after 50 years. “Russ says he has slowed some,” wrote Don, “but you can reach him quickly via e-mail.”
Theresa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at K and her M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Social Work Clinical Leader at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Theresa became certified as a Treatment Specialist in Diverse Populations and works with the most complex cases within the hospital. She has 10 years of experience in direct practice with mental health and health care, and she has expertise in crisis management, solution-focused therapy, severe mental illnesses, diverse populations and trauma. Theresa has presented at national conferences and webinars discussing innovative social work models for healthcare, and recently she published an article in the journal Collaborative Case Management that introduces a new team-based model for managing difficult cases within a hospital setting. In addition to her social work practice, she has taught undergraduate psychology courses for five years as an adjunct professor. Theresa and Justin Horowitz have been together for 14 years. They have been married for more than five years. They are expecting their first child this fall.
Carol died on June 28, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, following a brief illness. She earned her B.A. at K in religion and studied abroad in Caen, France. She had recently retired from a 30-year career teaching first grade at Rosehill Elementary School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is survived by her two sons, Kyle and Kurt, and their spouses, Tayah and Christianne, respectively.
Bob and his wife, Sue (Wotila) Brackenridge ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 19 with family and friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are still active and healthy, and both attended the 2015 Homecoming in Kalamazoo. They also are planning a Michigan trip in May 2016 that will include stops at the Senior PGA golf tournament in Benton Harbor, the Michigan capitol in Lansing, and the Upper Peninsula. The latter is sure to rekindle memories of Bob’s “Soo to Kazoo in ‘62” cross-country relay with Coach Swede Thomas and Hornet harrier teammates.
Bob died on January 23, 2016. He grew up in Kalamazoo and at K majored in economics and business. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served for 23 years, and retired as a Captain in 1978. He piloted land- and carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft in the Pacific and North Atlantic for 10 years. He was an instructor in warfare tactics at the Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.) and the Naval War College (Newport, R.I.). Bob was Communications Commander in the Pacific Command during the Vietnam War era. He served as the Air Operations Officer on the USS Hornet for the Apollo 12 recovery mission in the South Pacific. He concluded his Naval career as Commanding Officer of a tactical air control group based in Norfolk, Va.,supporting NATO in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He was married to Ellen Jane Brooks for more than 50 years, until her death in 2006. They had two children. Bob married Bonny Turner, who survives, in 2013.
Kevin and his wife, Amy (Nosich) Dolhay ’95, live in Chicago and are busy raising their four daughters (ages 7 to 13). Kevin works for a software company with operations in Evanston, Illinois, and headquarters in Austin, Texas. You can reach Kevin at email@example.com.
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.