Justine joined Glenpark Animal Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan, last summer. At K she majored in biology and studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. She earned her degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and graduated in May of 2013. After graduating from veterinary school Justine completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although she enjoys all aspects of medicine, Justine takes particular interest in internal medicine (respiratory and endocrine disorders) as well as neurology and ophthalmology. She has two furry children of her own at home, a three-year-old American Bulldog named Lucy and a one-year-old French Bulldog named Lola. In her spare time she enjoys running, particularly in races and triathlons, as well as camping, rock climbing, and baking.
In May Terri was appointed to the board of directors of LaunchPoint Corporation (Itasca, Illinois), a provider of cloud-based solutions, software and services for healthcare organizations. Terri has spent nearly 35 years working in the health industry, two-thirds of them working with health plans. She currently provides strategic healthcare consulting, due diligence and interim management services to both development-stage and mature health organizations. In addition, she is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital. At K Terri majored in biology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Jessie has a new job. She is associate program manager for medical education at Stryker Corporation.
Jack died on May 1, 2016. He was 83 years old. Jack was able to attend K because of a scholarship, and he loved the school. He met his wife Beverly (Nunn) Price ’57 on campus, and he served his alma mater throughout his life, both as an alumni trustee on the board and an enthusiastic admission volunteer with prospective students. In 2009 Jack received the Emeritus Club Citation of Merit Award, which honors those who have demonstrated affection for the College by their loyalty and involvement in its activities and programs. “K was dad’s only hope for a college education,” wrote his daughter, Julie. “He was brilliant but grew up during the depression, and his parents were very poor. The scholarship to K made his becoming a doctor possible.” Jack conveyed his love of K to his kids. Julie and her brother Andy are graduates, members of the classes of 1991 and 1983, respectively. Andy majored in economics and philosophy, and Julie majored in health sciences. Their older brother Ed also attended K (class of 1980) before leaving to pursue his degree in aeronautical engineering. At K Jack majored in biology and chemistry and earned a minor in philosophy. He was active in numerous student groups and co-curricular opportunities, including Phi Lambda, Phil Glee Club, Men’s Double Quartet, track, football and intramural sports. After graduating from K he earned his medical degree at Wayne State School of Medicine and trained at Grace Hospital in Detroit. Jack was an obstetrician/gynecologist at McLaren Hospital in Flint for 40 years; he served as Chairman of the OB/GYN Department of McLaren Hospital for more than 13 years. He was an assistant clinical professor at the Michigan State University College of Medicine. Jack served as the longtime medical director for Planned Parenthood in Flint, and he was an active member of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Genesee County Medical Society. He received many awards and honors, and volunteered for several hospital and community committees. He also helped establish the Wellness HIV- AIDS group for outreach to the HIV/AIDS community. Jack was an avid fisherman, stamp collector, choir singer, golfer and movie aficionado.
Mark is a clinical instructor at the Kois Learning Center in Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the Frances B. Vedder Society of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. He is a part time faculty member at Western Michigan University, where he also coaches the university’s rugby team. Mark practices dentistry in Kalamazoo. He earned his B.A. at K in chemistry and earned his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan (1981).
Keith is the founding director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. He studies computational biology, population genetics and bioinformatics, and he helps develop and test big data methods of DNA sequence analysis. He applies this work to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish). Keith has published more than 250 peer reviewed publications, as well as three books. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Oxford University (England) and an Allen Wilson Centre Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Auckland (Australia). He has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the American Naturalist Society Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a PhRMA Foundation Faculty Development Award in Bioinformatics, Honors Professor of the Year award at Brigham Young University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award. He recently was elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). At K, Keith majored in biology and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. After graduating, Keith served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Puyo, Ecuador. He earned his master’s degree (statistics) and his Ph.D. (biology and biomedical sciences) from Washington University.
Thomas received Virginia Tech’s 2015 Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior. Thomas received his D.V.M. degree in May. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He also earned a minor in Chinese and did his study abroad in Beijing, China. At VMCVM he was a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, received the Robert C. Brown Career Life Sciences Award in Leadership (2013 and 2014), and served as a research assistant, student member on the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine dean’s search committee, and as a student interviewer for the college’s class of 2018 applicants.
Last year Class Notes reported that David was named Physician of the Year in Sonoma County (California) for getting his small town of Healdsburg to raise the purchase age of tobacco products to 21 years. He said at that time that he hoped to make the change statewide within a year. Well, a year later he’s happy to report that this has happened. On June 9, 2016, California became the second state (after Hawaii) to set the tobacco purchase age to 21. Dave says it will make a huge difference in the health of the state! “And,” he adds, “It will spread nationwide soon. See what a K graduate can accomplish!”
Rob gave an interview on WUNC 91.5, North Carolina Public Radio, on May 18. He talked with radio host Frank Stasio about science in general and Rob’s latest book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart. An article on Rob will appear in the December issue of LuxEsto.
In September of 2015 Dianne transitioned from working full-time (for more than 16 years with HealthPartners Geriatrics as a nurse practitioner) to a new position as clinical assistant professor with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. There she teaches courses within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and maintains a Faculty Clinical Practice with HealthPartners two days a week. In November 2015 Dianne became president of Minnesota Nurse Practitioners, where she is leading the organization to expand networking and professional support for nurse practitioners statewide.
Dianne also returned to Spain for the first time since her study abroad experience in 1978. She and her husband, Wes, participated in a three-week bike tour of more than 400 kilometers through the region of Catalonia. Dianne continues to live in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with Wes. Their son, Taylor, is a recent computer and electrical engineering graduate from Michigan Technological University, now working in Helsinki, Finland, and their daughter, Katy ’12, is a master’s degree candidate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.