Class Notes • Sixties

Lou '62 BD'67 and Mary Anne Hall Wagenveld '62 decided on early retirement to care for Lou's 99-year-old mother at her home in Holland, Mich. The Wagenvelds served for 35 years with Christian Reformed World and Home Missions in Argentina, Los Angeles, El Salvador and Mexico. In June, Lou received his doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. He jokes that he had to retire in order to find time to finish his final focus paper, a research project for the new ministries of the Christian Reformed Church in the Borderplex of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez. Lou is now doing a study of Hispanic ministry potential for Classis Zeeland, and also coordinating with the El Salvador Country Team and CRCNA agencies on raising reconstruction support for the Christian Reformed Church in El Salvador. Their eventual retirement destination is Escondido, Calif.; four of their five children live in that state.

Roger Steenland '60 earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1964 and recently retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz. He met his wife, Ann, at Calvin, and she is also retired from a career as a psychiatric nurse in the Washington, D.C., area. He is a volunteer for hospice at the Tucson Medical Center and a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Tucson.

After teaching 37 years for the Wayland Union Schools in Wayland, Mich., Ken (known as "Mountain" during his years at Calvin) Kolk '66 retired at the end of the 2002-03 school year. After announcing his retirement, Ken was honored for his work for the Michigan Education Association for the past 30 years by receiving the Herman Coleman Human Relations Award and Region 9's Distinguished Service Award. Ken plans to continue teaching for Kellogg Community College as an adjunct professor of history and spend more time riding the rail-trails in western Michigan with his wife, Judy.

After almost 30 years of West Coast living in British Columbia, R. Wayne Kooy '67 followed his wife, Mary Appel Kooy '67, to Toronto — when he was able to negotiate a transfer. Wayne is a captain with Air Canada on the B767 and flies primarily across North America and Europe, having been with the major airlines since 1973. Mary teaches both pre-service and graduate courses in language and teacher education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She has research projects both at the university and in the Netherlands. For the last three years, she has co-edited an international journal titled L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature. She is currently on her first one-year sabbatical and writing a book on her research on women teachers, book clubs and professional knowledge.

Ray Kieft '64, a one-time president of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, was appointed interim president of Metropolitan State College of Denver. Kieft, a senior policy analyst and academic officer for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, was president of Mesa State from 1989 to 1996. He left Mesa to become president of Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., where he stayed until 1999.

Henneke Van Der Sluys '68 works five months of the year as a full-time psychiatric social worker in Montreal, Quebec. The remaining seven months she devotes to developing her art career. Her paintings are exhibited in Galerie Michel-ange in Old Montreal.

Arnold Baker '64 of Holland, Mich., received the Michigan Dental Association's highest honor when he was presented with the 2003 John G. Nolen Meritorious Award. The award was presented during the MDA's 146th annual meeting in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of the art and science of the dental profession.

Donald Greydanus '66 of Kalamazoo, Mich., received the 2003 William B. Weil Jr., M.D. Endowed Distinguished Pediatric Faculty Award from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for "national and international contribution to the field of pediatrics and adolescent medicine." Greydanus is professor of pediatrics and human development at MSU and pediatrics program director at MSU/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.