Stephaine died on November 21, 2015. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh. At K she majored in philosophy and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduation she settled in Portland, Oregon, where she became a distinguished state and national leader in vocational rehabilitation. Her work created opportunities for people with disabilities, including psychiatric disabilities, to live and work independently. She also was an award-winning quilter. She designed, sewed by hand and exhibited many of her beautiful creations. She loved to travel and had visited India, Egypt and China among other countries. She also loved to cook and preserve her family’s history. When she died she was in the process of completing a family cookbook titled Food is Memory.
Conrad, a retired Baptist minister and missionary who dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice and peace for all people, died on January 26, 2016. He attended Kalamazoo College and later received his divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Interdenominational Divinity School (Atlanta), Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, Mass.), and at the Episcopal Theological School (Cambridge, Mass.). Conrad was a Conscientious Objector during World War II and entered into military alternative service with several organizations, including the YMCA and the National Forest Service. For 54 years he served the American Baptist Churches USA in many capacities. He retired from the ministry in 1994. He was married for 50 years to Ora Helen (Smith) Browne until her death in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Catherine. Conrad’s family includes five children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Carrie and Adam Troyer ’05 got married in Punta Cana (the Dominican Republic) in January. They were thrilled to have a number of fellow Hornets attend. Pictured are (l-r) Liz Okey ’07, Nate Troyer ’02, Sara (Kellogg) Troyer ’03, Garrett Weatherhead ’03, Lindsay (Basler) Weatherhead ’05, Adam and Carrie, Anny Price ’05, Ed Thomas ’05 and Bridgett Blough ’08.
Alexandra joined classmates, friends and their families for a summer picnic in Battle Creek, Michigan. Adults (l-r) included: Michael Ejercito, Karen Reed ’97, Miguel Aguirre, April Riker ’97, Alexandra, Chris Altman ’97, Angela Pratt Geffre ’97, Dan Geffre, and Paula Feddor Frantz ’97. The kids (l-r) included: Felicity, Dante and Sierra Ejercito; Santiago and Felix Aguirre; Maeve Altman; Connor Geffre; and Ryan and Max Frantz.
Jerry died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on September 28, 2016, in Cairo, Egypt. He taught in the classics department at Kalamazoo College from 1966 to 1970.
Jerry was born in New York City and attended Regis High School in Manhattan. He graduated from Iona College (New Rochelle, New York) and accepted a fellowship in Latin and Greek from the University of Chicago in 1965 where he earned a master’s degree.
After his four years teaching at K he returned to the University of Chicago to work in administration. He and his partner, Bill (who died in 1992), left Chicago and went to the West Coast where Jerry entered the corporate world as an executive with Hughes Aircraft. Jerry also earned a Ph.D in comparative literature from the University of Southern California.
Jerry and Bill moved to Milwaukee where Jerry worked with Miller Brewing. His last position was with the State of Maryland as a personnel director. He retired at the age of 62 and moved to Cairo, visiting the United States for several months each year. Jerry is survived by his partner, Ashraf, and his brother, Gregory, who is a professor at the University of Michigan.
April and her husband, Miguel Aquirre, and their (very proud) little boy, Santiago, welcomed to the world Felix Francisco Aguirre Riker on July 29, 2016. The family lives in Royal, Oak, Michigan. April is a business analyst for DXC Technology, supporting General Motors Financial Latin America Operations.
Barbara died on April 1, 2017. She was born in Kalamazoo, and attended Kalamazoo College as a member of the class of 1953. She married Robert L. Clark in 1957. He preceded her in death in 2006. Barbara is survived by her two daughters, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ione, wife of the late Haydn Ambrose, died on August 25, 2017. She was known and beloved by many at the College, where her husband served in several positions during his 21-year career at K, including assistant to the president for church relations, dean of admission and financial aid, associate director and vice president for development.
Robert E. Powell ’64, 74, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Sept. 29, 2017. He earned his bachelor’s in physics from Kalamazoo College, a master’s and Ph.D. in physics from Case Western University, and a master’s in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. The son of an Air Force officer, he lived in France, Libya, Germany and many parts of the United States while growing up. He was an advocate of system thinking to raise the consciousness of individuals, teams and organizations and support more fulfilling, prosperous and sustainable lives.
David W. Kent, 69, died Feb. 6, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was a student at Kalamazoo College when a diving accident left him a quadriplegic. However, he was determined to resume his studies, graduating from K and going on to Michigan State University, where he earned his medical degree. For more than 30 years, he was a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, practicing in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Missouri. He was able to help his patients overcome their physical challenges through his own example, skills and leadership. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sondra Rhone-Kent. Survivors include his sister, Nancy Kent-Koenig.