Class Notes • Seventies

Dennis Nagel ’70 has served for the past eight years as consultant, committee member and, most recently, as chairman of the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) Peer Review/Ethics Committee. The committee administers the Code of Ethics for MDA members through proactive policy, mediation and formal hearings.

Ralph DeJong ’79, an attorney with Gardner Carton and Douglas in Chicago, Ill., was appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School for the 2002-03 school year and taught a course on employee benefits law. Lynn Pals DeJong ’79 is active in music ministry at Peace CRC in South Holland, Ill., and continues to fit in watercolor study and painting as time allows.

Janet Knibbe Goodhoofd ’78 is working as a Christian psychotherapist in Oakville, Ont. It is her goal to integrate her professional skill and theory with her Christian faith perspective. She is grateful to Calvin for the early challenges of faith integration, which set the foundation for 22 years of practice in the field of social work.

Deborah Boonstra ’73, a math teacher at Calvin Christian Junior/Senior High School in Escondido, Calif., celebrated 20 years of teaching with the conclusion of the 2002-03 school year.

After 28 years of teaching, Dorothy Meyer ’74 is principal teacher for Presbyterian Day School in Belize, Central America.

Katherine (Trinie) Kleis Vander Ploeg ’79, a nurse midwife in Holland, Mich., received an Excellence in Nursing Practice Award from Sigma Theta in January of 2002.

Doug Vrieland ’78 is stationed aboard the USS Chancellorsville as a Navy chaplain. During this two-year assignment, his family continues to live in Charleston, S.C., where Robin McKittrick Vrieland ’79 is teaching math and science at Northwood Academy.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Larry Gruppen ’77 as chair of the department of medical education and as the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education. The medical school’s department of medical education is one of only seven academic departments of medical education in the country. Larry is a cognitive psychologist whose areas of research interest include the fundamental aspects of clinical reasoning and the evolution and assessment of medical expertise.

Barbara Swartzel ’78 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Troy, Mich.

Randall Vander Mey ’74 is in his 13th year of teaching English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. He has served as an elder for the past seven years at Hope Community Church. The College Writer, Randall’s new composition textbook, which he authored with Verne Meyer ’68, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.

Mark H. Verwys ’70, managing shareholder of the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of Plunkett and Cooney, P.C., has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist. Mark practices in a variety of areas, including product liability, professional liability, construction law, commercial litigation, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution.

Jack Beeksma ’77 is now in his 25th year of teaching in Christian schools and is presently teaching fourth grade at Cedars Christian School in Prince George, B.C. His wife, Mary DeRoo Beeksma ex’77, is a nurse in the labor and delivery ward at Prince George Regional Hospital. Jack and Mary have two children (ages 18 and 20) and recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They served in Nigeria as missionaries with Christian Reformed World Missions from 1985 to 1993. Jack and Mary would love to hear from other Calvin alums: jackb@cedars.bc.ca.