Paul died on March 6, 2014. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, and his war experiences precipitated his lifelong advocacy for peace and justice. After the war he graduated earned his B.A. in sociology from K and then earned his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His thesis advisor there was the noted theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Paul was ordained in the Community Baptist Church of Montgomery Center, Vermont in 1954. He also served American Baptist churches in Cleveland and Norwalk, Ohio. He was granted standing in the Congregational Church (known today as the United Church of Christ) in 1962, and he served UCC churches in Parkman, Brecksville, and Youngstown, Ohio, where he was instrumental in establishing a chapter of Habitat For Humanity. At the age of 55 Carpenter returned to school, achieving a master’s degree in community counseling. He concluded his career ministering successfully to persons suffering with mental illness in the Youngstown community.
Last October Anna took part in the “3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge: South America,” a trek up three mountains in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile to support women, girls, and conservation. She raised $5,000 (her team together raised just under $80,000) for the Peaks Foundation. The funds will support local nonprofits in the communities that Anna visited during her climbing/fundraising endeavor. The Peaks Foundation offers challenges around the world. Its aim is to motivate, inspire, and empower women worldwide to reach their full potential. Since 2007, the Peaks Foundation has invested more than $1 million to organizations in India, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, and Tanzania. Anna is pictured on the summit of Cerro Oportus in Chile.
Paloma works for the U.S. Department of State as an information officer on the organization’s foreign disaster assistance response team. She is based out of Washington, D.C. and has an apartment there. She has been in Liberia and Sierra Leone for most of the past 10 months working on the Ebola response. The photo shows her in Liberia crossing the river from Bong County to Gbarpolu County to visit a community care center. She still had a hour hike once she hit the shore. She writes a blog about her work.
Recently Paloma wrote her alma mater about one of those K connection moments she experienced in Africa. “Do you remember Deogratias ’Deo’ Niyizonkiza, who spoke at Kalamazoo during the Spring of 2011? Wanted to tell you that I met the co-founder of Deo’s organization, Village Health Works,–Dziwe Ntaba–here in Liberia, Dziwe accompanied Deo to Kalamazoo and remembers receiving a cozy. big black K sweatshirt. He is here as an employee of the NGO International Medical Corps that we (USAID) have funded and that has contributed an amazing amount to the Ebola response.”
Paloma also visits Kenya whenever she can. She did her K study abroad in Nairobi and returned to the country for her SIP. During those sojourns she got to know seven children whose education and care she continues to support. “I’ve been granted two weeks leave to fly to Kenya to spend with the seven kiddos,” she wrote last June. “They remain my personal priority–I still speak to them every few weeks and they are growing fast. They are doing well, studying hard, and I can’t wait to hug them for a few weeks.”
President Barack Obama announced in January the nomination of Myra to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At Kalamazoo College Myra majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. After working for three years at the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth Shaw, Myra came to Indiana in 1983 and joined the law firm of Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan. She served as director of health care policy for Indiana Governor Evan Bayh before being appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1995. She left the Supreme Court in 1999 to return to private practice at Ice Miller, where she handles commercial litigation. In 1999 she was selected to serve as the chair of the newly created Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues to lead the commission’s efforts to study and make recommendations on increasing gender and racial fairness in the legal system.
A former resident of St. Joseph, Michigan, John received the Distinguished Alumni award from the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. He has built a professional polling firm, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, that has helped candidates, associations and corporations with message development and strategic planning. His firm has offices in Montgomery, Alabama; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Lanai, Hawaii. He now serves as one of the main pollsters and strategic consultants for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to his polling career John was a campaign operative who worked for Democratic Party strategists James Carville and Paul Begala in U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign. He began his political career as an aide to David Wilhelm at Citizens for Tax Justice and the AFL-CIO, before managing campaigns in five states. At K he majored in political science and economics and studied abroad in Italy. John lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and four children.
Darrin is one of 20 20-somethings featured in a recent article (“Twenty in Their 20s”) that appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business. Darrin is the state representative for the 23rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Margaret, who went by the name of Ranny, died on April 7, 2014 at the age of 80. She was granddaughter of the founder of the Dow Chemical Company. Ranny received an honorary degree from Kalamazoo College in 2009, and her family foundation was a major benefactor to the College. She earned a B.A. degree from Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.) and was awarded honorary doctorates from many institutions of higher education. For 51 years Ranny served as a trustee for the Herbert H. and Grace A. Down Foundation, and she led the foundation as its president since 2000. She also served as a trustee of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation since 1962. Ranny was active in many important local, state, and national causes and strong believer in philanthropic collaboration.
Gary was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). CDAM is one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the criminal justice system in the state. In addition to serving on the board, Gary represents criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City, and Marquette. “I am really honored to be a part of such a dedicated group of professionals,” said Gary. “CDAM members are committed to defending the accused in Michigan and supporting and defending our Constitution. They serve a critical role in the criminal justice system and provide a tremendous service to the public.” Gary has dedicated his entire career to the justice system, first as a F.B.I. special agent and then as a criminal defense attorney. “I get asked about that transition a lot,” Gary said, “and I tell people that my belief in the criminal justice system is common to both efforts. I worked hard as an agent to enforce the law and defend our Constitution, and now I work just as hard on the other side to defend our Constitution and the accused. No matter how zealously I defend my clients, the system is designed to produce a just result. And most of the time it works.” Gary is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C., in Grand Rapids and Fremont, Michigan.
Allison is working on applying to law school and eventually pursuing a career in advocacy. In the meantime she works as a legislative intern for Michigan State Senator Steve Bieda. She is also a teaching assistant at Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools, and she does some freelance editing as well.
Brittany earned her B.A. degree in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in public policy and urban affairs.