Emeriti Club Citation of Merit

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The Emeriti Club Citation of Merit honors those who have demonstrated affection for the College by their loyalty and involvement in the activities and programs of Kalamazoo College. The 2021 recipients of the Citation of Merit award are Harry Garland ’68 and Richard Compans ’63If you know someone like these individuals, please nominate them today!

Harry Garland

Harry Garland ’68

Harry Garland ’68 was born in 1947 and raised in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. He graduated from high school (Grosse Pointe University School) in 1964 and headed west, drawn by Kalamazoo College’s smaller size, proximity to home, and reputation for excellence in the sciences.

Science…and so much more. Garland, a mathematics major at K, was (and still is) a proud member of K’s Delmega Society. He played clarinet in the Kalamazoo Band and learned to play the organ in Stetson Chapel. Playing the organ and arranging music for the organ remain hobbies of his to this day.

He also served as station manager for K’s radio station, WJMD, for which he designed and built much of the studio equipment. He and several classmates also enjoyed experimenting with the IBM 1620 computer in the basement of Bowen Hall, a seemingly minor part of a college experience that ended up having a major influence on his eventual career direction.

Mathematics and science as well as the Delmegas were key influencers of his K career. “The camaraderie of the latter and the demanding academic courses from now legendary professors like Jean Calloway, Jeff Smith, Wayne Wright and Frances Diebold made K a great four years of my life.”

Garland earned a PhD in biophysics (1972, Stanford University). Stanford invited Garland to join its faculty of electrical engineering, where he developed the first courses on microprocessor system design and published a textbook in the field. He was appointed assistant chair of the department.

“I enjoyed my work at Stanford,” Garlan said, “but had a desire to start a company.” In 1976 he co-founded with a Stanford colleague Comemco, Inc., a company that introduced many of the technologies that led to the personal computer reveloution.

After selling the company Garland established a new research and development center in Silicon Valley for Canon, Inc. Among other advancements the center introduced the first digital X-ray system for general radiography in the U.S.

Garland left Canon in 2002 to assist his wife Roberta in the company she had started, Garland Actuarial LLC. The couple continue to manage the company, and its clients include Costco, Williams-Sonoma, and, most recently, the US Department of Treasury.

Garland served on K’s board of trustees from 1987 to 2005 and is currently a Trustee Emeritus of the College.

“The biggest impact K had on me was to teach me how to think,” he said. “To this day, when I encounter a tough problem I can feel my mind trying to mimic the brilliant logic of Jean Calloway or the problem solving ability of Wayne Wright.”

Richard Compans '63

Richard Compans ’63

Richard W. Compans ’63 is a retired professor (virology, microbiology, immunology) and researcher whose long career of scientific inquiry focused on influenza and other enveloped RNA viruses, vaccine development, and improvements in vaccine delivery. During more than five decades of teaching and research Compans has received many honors, culminating in the R.W. Compans Annual Seminar sponsored by the microbiology and immunology department at Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.).

Compans was born in 1940 in Syracuse, New York, where he lived until the age of 18. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College in 1959 from St. Joseph, Michigan. He was impressed by the College’s reputation and his campus visit. And he enjoyed the school’s proximity to his family’s St. Joseph home. At K he majored in chemistry and cited “Organic Chemistry” and Kurt D. Kaufman as his favorite class and professor, respectively. A particularly fond undergraduate memory was “the summer study program after my second year,” he said. “It motivated me and classmate John Grandin to spend a year as students in Bonn, Germany, and pursue foreign travel opportunities.” The legacy of his peripatetic undergrad journey is evident in his postgraduate scientific career: he taught and collaborated in scientific projects throughout the country—including La Jolla, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta; and Washington, D.C.—and the world, including Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

After earning his BA (chemistry) from K, Compans completed a PhD (virology) from the Rockefeller University in New York City. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Australian National University in Canberra. He began his teaching career in 1969, first at the Rockefeller University, then at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he directed the Cell Biology Graduate Program, and finally at Emory University, where he chaired the department of microbiology and immunology and directed the university’s Influenza Pathogenesis and Immunology Research Center.

Compans continues to travel, interact with and advise scientific collaborators, and edit manuscripts, all activities he enjoyed during his career. In fact, he served as editor or on the editorial boards of several prestigious publications, including the Journal of Virology, Virus Research, and Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. He also served on many scientific committees in the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

He says the excellence of K’s undergraduate education had the most significant impact on his life, “enabling my acceptance into an outstanding graduate program.”


 Past Recipients

The name of the honoree is listed alphabetically, followed by class year and the year the award was bestowed.

A

Harold Brainard Allen ’21 (1977) #
Harold Byron Allen ’24 (1975) •
Ray T. Allen ’30 (1990)
Donald T. Anderson ’33 (1984)
Hugh V. Anderson ’43 (2007) #
Helen W. Appeldoorn ’29 (1981)

B

Justin Bacon H’33 (1966)
Marston S. Balch ’23 (1975)
Robert S. Barrows, Sr. ’42 (1993)
Elinore Hoven Basnett ’43 (1997) #
H. Lewis Batts, Jr. ′43 (2001) •
Jean McColl Batts ′43 (2001)
Harold D. Beadle ’25 (1980)
Russell J. Becker ’44 (2007)
Donald R. Belcher ’09, H’44 (1967)
Robert T. Binhammer ′51 (2004)
Betty Hoben Brown ’33 (1987)
Earl H. Brown ’23 (1976)
Harold W. Brown ’24 (1975) •
William Buchanan ’14 (1965)

C

I. Carl Candoli ’50 (2006) •
George F. Cartland ’24 (1980)
Coleman Caryl ’14 (1971)
Ruth Scott Chenery ’24 (1975) #
Barbara Goodsell Clark ′47 (2007)
Frances O. Clark ’28 (1983) •
Orval S. Clay ’40 (1992)
Versa V. Cole ’27 (1982)
Joyce Kirk Coleman ’66 (2018) #
Maynard M. Conrad ’36 (1995) #
Laurence A. Cook ’30 (1990)
John N. Cooper ’35 (1988)
Helen Coover ’33 (1984) #
Richard B. Crandell ’32 (1985)
Alma Smith Crawford ’27 (1985) •
William H. Culver ’42 (1994 posthumously)

D

Albert L. Deal ’37 (1988) #
Rosemary (Luther) DeHoog ′60 (2011)
John M. Dentler ’48 (2014)
Karen (Lake) De Vos ’59 (2010) #
Robert D. Dewey ′47 (2003) #
Lewis L. Dipple ’27 (1979)
Gordon Dolbee ′50 (2005) #
Mildred Doster ’30 (1990) •
Donald B. Doubleday ’26 (1989)
William C. Drier ’40 (1992)
Marion H. Dunsmore ’20 (1972)

E

Frances Eldridge ’14 (1969)

F

George Ferguson ’13 (1973)
Robert F. Finlay ’35 (1988)
Elizabeth Stetson Fleugel ’17 (1971)
James H. Fowler ’56 (2009)
Marlene (Crandell) Francis ’58 (2009) #
Elsie Herbold Froeschner ’35 (1997) •

G

Ilse Gebhard ’62 (2015)
Alfred J. Gemrich ’60 (2018) #
Walter A. Good ’37 (1996) •
William E. Good ’37 (1996) •
Barbara Goodsell Clark ’47 (2007)
Agnes Grenell Goss ’12 (1967)
Louise L. Goss ′48 (2001)
Leslie F. Greene ’35 (1994)
Frederic Groetsema ’31, H’53 (1991)
Martha Guse ’37 (1989)

H

Mildred Gang Hackney ’28 (1988 posthumously)
Charlotte (Hauch) Hall ’66
Caroline Richardson Ham ′48 (2005) #
Mildred Tanis Harris ’18 (1979)
Lois Stutzman Harvey ’29 (1993) #
Ruth Demme Hayes ’37 (1996)
Don W. Hayne ’32 (1996)
Robert (Red) Heerens ′38 (1999)
Marilyn Hinkle ′44 (1999) #+
Paul S. Hiyama ′49 (2011)
Winfield J. Hollander ’28 (1982)
Richard C. Howlett ’41 (1995)
Richard Hudson ’18 (1973)
Winthrop S. Hudson ’33 (1983)

J

Anna Monteith Johnson ’15 (1968)
Charles K. Johnson ’32, H’50 (1982)
Pauline Byrd Johnson ’26 (1977)
Warren C. Johnson ’22 (1977)

K

Phillip A. Katzman ’27 (1981)
Leland J. Kerman ’16 (1974)
Roy G. Klepser ’33 (1986)
Ruth Knoll ′58 (2013)
Thomas E. Kreilick ’60 (2016)
Edith Kuitert ’41 (1998)
Louis C. Kuitert ’39 (1997)
Charles J. Kurtz 1894 (1965)

L

Tom Lambert ’63
John P. Lambooy ’37 (1992)
Louis Levin ’29 (1981)
Shirley Payne Low ’26 (1984)

M

Jacqueline Buck Mallinson ’48 (1998) •
Margaret Hootman Marsh ’41 (1995)
Gertrude F. McCulloch ’16 (1970)
Jeriene Ward McKee ’35 (1991)
Marion (Poller) Meyer ′49 (2013)
Richard Meyerson ’49 (2006)
John D. Montgomery ′41 (2001) •
Jane Merson Moore ′40 (2002)
Lansford J. Moore ′40 (2002)
Andrew F. Murch ’29 (1987)

N

Carl Norcross ’23 (1974)
Peter H. Norg ’27 (1983)
Louise Northam ′36 (2005) #

0

Kiyonao Okami ’40 (1998)

P

Jane (Hunter) Parker ’48 (2010)
Mary Frances Miller Patton ’36 (1991)
Clifton W. Perry ’22 (1979)
Fern Ball Persons ’31 (1987)
Oscar J. Peterson ’15 (1969)
Eleanor (Humphrey) Pinkham ′48 (2008) +
Ernest E. Piper ’14 (1969)
Robert Poel ’62 (2015)
John G. Polzin ’47 (2006) #
Jack Price ’54 (2009)

R

Ruth Goss Eldridge Ralston ’17 (1976)
Charles A. Randall ’36 (1991)
Mabel Benson Ratcliffe ’13 (1973)
Murray Rice ’19 (1972)
Eleanor Currey Rich ’19 (1974)
Bess Freeman Rickman ’16 (1980)
Gladys Martin Rowland ’14 (1970)

S

Curtis W. Sabrosky ’31 (1985)
Carl E. Schweitzer ’36 (1993)
Chuck Seifert ′55 (2013)
Mildred Welsh Shackleton ’15 (1972)
Luel P. Simmons ′42 (1993) #
Marian Wilson Simmons ’42 (1993) #
B. Thomas Smith ′55 (2010) #
Gordon V. Smith ’28 (1986)
Mary Lou (Schofield) Smith ’55 (2010) #
Marian (Hall) Starbuck ′45 (2008) #
Katharine L. Swift ′31 (1998)
Russell T. Snip ’40 (1992)

T

Edward “Ned” Thomas ’29 (1997)
Betty Shaler Thompson ′41 (1999)
Louis T.E. Thompson ’14 (1967)
Royena Hornbeck Tice ’26 (1978) #
Dee Tourtellotte ’25 (1978)

V

Edward A. VanDyke ’42 (1994)
Merrilyn (Cigard) Vaughn-Hoffman ’58 (2014)
Charles J. Venema ’33 (1994) #
William Venema ’59 (2017)

W

Lillian Kroegen Walcott ’11 (1971)
William H. Weber ′39 (2003)
Charlotte Rickman Wiedoeft ’32 (1989)
Monroe J. Wilcox ′21 (1972)
George W. Williams ′41 (2002)
G. Daniel Wood ′40 (2002)
Helen Cary Everett Wood ′22 (1986)
William P. Woodard ′18 (1968)
Diane Dugas Worden ’59 (2016)
Donald T. Worth ′40 (2004)

Y

Eugene G. Yehle ′41 (2003)
Mildred Hoff Yehle ′43 (2003)

Z

Wendell C. Zeluff ′36 (1993)


Received Distinguished Achievement Award
# Received Distinguished Service Award
+ Received Weimer K. Hicks Award