Tim died on August 28, 2016, at his childhood home in Dearborn, Michigan, with his family by his side. For three decades he’d suffered from multiple sclerosis and bipolar disorder, and recently from kidney failure, which led to his death after he decided to stop dialysis. He was an English major at K and did his foreign study abroad in Hannover, Germany. After graduation Tim joined VISTA and was an organizer for the Auburn-Gresham community on Chicago’s south side. He then moved to Boston where he worked for the author and home-schooling advocate, John Holt, while rehabbing a three-story brownstone he co-owned. During this time he was married to Cindy Froeber ’79. Returning to Michigan, he lived independently or with others, until his physical condition required assisted living. Before his disabilities prevented it, Tim taught German with Dearborn Public Schools and worked other jobs. He was enthusiastic about all he was involved in, and made friends wherever he went. His family and others remember Tim as a highly-intelligent, fun-loving, and gentle soul who, despite a hard life, always remained kind and cheerful. Donations in Tim’s memory can be made to Habitat for Humanity Detroit (14325 Jane Street, Detroit, MI 48205)
Born and reared in Quincy, Massachusetts, Fred earned a bachelor’s degree (accounting) and M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and he earned his master’s degree (economics) and Ph.D. (economics) from Clark University. He served as a lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clark University, and he was a professor of economics for three years at Holy Cross College. Prior to joining K’s faculty he served as senior business economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. At K Fred was the Stephen B. Monroe Professor of Money and Banking. In that position he developed meaningful relationships with executives in the banking industry, and he planned and presented the annual Monroe Seminar on campus. That day-and-a-half event–“a vital, enriching contribution to the department and the College as a whole,” according to Fred’s colleague, Professor Emeritus of Economics Phil Thomas–featured a prominent keynote speaker and always a capacity audience. Fred, too, used the occasion to deliver major talks on the economic outlook of the region, country and world.
He was a prolific scholar who published articles in Business Week, The American Banker, The Eastern Economic Journal and the Journal of Economic Issues. He was a much sought-after viewpoint writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, the Detroit News and other daily newspapers, and he was a frequent radio talk show guest on the subjects of the decline of the middle class and the creation of a two-class society in the United States. Fred wrote two books, Upward Dreams, Downward Mobility: The Economic Decline of the American Middle Class (1993) and The Coming Class War and How to Avoid It (1999). His thinking was prescient; according to Phil: “His books identified and documented the decline of the middle class long before the issue entered the national consciousness and policy debate.”
In 1992 Fred received a six-week appointment as visiting professor of economics at Moscow State University, where he taught a course in money and banking to a group of 60 Russian undergraduate and graduate students.
In 1994 Fred became the William G. and Marie Selby Chair of Economics at the New College of the University of South Florida in Sarasota. He taught there until his retirement in 2008.
Fred is survived by two daughters, Heidi Strobel and Gretchen Strobel. Heidi is a K graduate, class of 1990. A memorial service for Fred will occur in Stetson Chapel on Saturday, February 25, at 3 p.m. A reception in the Olmsted Room will follow the service.
Bill died on April 18, 2017. He was 98 years old. Bill matriculated to K from Three Oaks (Mich.) High School. At K he earned his B.A. in chemistry, served as vice president of the senior class, was listed in the Students’ Who’s Who of American Colleges, was co-captain of the basketball team, and served as prescient of Century Forum and Hoben Hall. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University (1943). He served on a hospital ship in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he practiced medicine for 43 years.
John died on June 23, 2017. He matriculated to K from New York City and stayed for three years before leaving in 1943 to join the Army. He worked in field hospitals in Europe for the remainder of World War II. John received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1950 and spent nearly a decade in family practice in Fishkill, N.Y., where he founded the Mid-Hudson Medical Group. He returned to New York in 1960 for a residency in pediatric medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and then another residency at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University (N.Y.U.). He joined N.Y.U.’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in 1965 and practiced there until his retirement in 2012. John specialized in rehabilitative medicine and wrote many books on the psychological origins of chronic pain. His most widely known title was the best-selling Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. His other books included The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain; The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders; and Mind Over Back Pain. John returned to K’s campus in 2000 to deliver the commencement address, “Stronger Than We Think.” During that visit he said: “In addition to academic studies, which were top flight [in my time] as they are now, Kalamazoo College was music, art, theatre, the social graces, and gentleness. It was a great introduction to the adult world I was about to enter.”
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 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.
Elaine died on March 29, 2015. She attended K and graduated from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland and worked as a research librarian in the Montgomery County (Md.) library system.
Edward died on July 5, 2015. He graduated from K with a major in biology, and he earned his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he trained as an orthopedic and hand surgeon. He returned to Kalamazoo and practiced orthopedic medicine and surgery for 35 years in Kalamazoo and in the Three Rivers, Michigan, area.
Jon announced his plans to retire in late June as president and CEO of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership (Wyomissing, Pa.). Jon has served in that position for 11 years. His career began in the mid-1970s when he became marketing director of the Public Broadcasting Service station WXXI TV 21, Rochester, N.Y. Jon worked in various areas of the country, including Rochester N.Y., with American TV and Communications, which merged into Time-Warner Cable in the early 1980s. Jon worked for cable TV for a time in San Diego. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Sierra Leone.