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HERITAGE:

Henrietta Poppen Trenery '34 is retired from her career in nursing education and administration. She lives in Grand Rapids.

Although he retired from the political science department at the University of Michigan in 1987, Samuel Eldersveld '38 still teaches regularly and continues to write. He is publishing a book on China this year. He makes annual trips to the Netherlands with his wife, Els, a Dutch citizen.

Cornelia de Jong De Lange '38 taught classes at Calvin and at Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids before a 1992 car accident and subsequent surgeries left her unable to walk. She earned a master's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University and attended Colgate University in the 1970s with grants from the National Science Foundation.

Dale '49 and Dorothy Lindemulder Van Hamersveld '50 have been active in the Committee for Women in the Christian Reformed Church for 25 years. Both have served as elders at Third CRC of Kalamazoo, Mich. Before retiring, Dale was owner of Van's Furniture Company in Kalamazoo.

Mae Van Dyk Rooy '49 taught third and fourth grade in a small American school in the Netherlands and taught English in the bicultural center of Patagonia, Argentina, before moving to Buenos Aires, where she represented her Iglesias Reformadas on several interdenominational committees. Mae now lives in San Jose, Costa Rica, with her husband, Sidney Rooy '50 SEM '53. There, she taught music for three years in the church-sponsored Christian school and now gives piano lessons and directs the church choir.

The paintings and drawings of Alice Talen Hertel '46 have been featured in art shows at San Juan College in New Mexico, the Mariological Society in Ohio, and the Holland Art Museum. She and her husband, Jerry Hertel '41, live in Holland, Mich.

Lambertus Smith '40 served as Executive Officer for Personnel and Administration at the Pentagon as part of the Army Air Corps and specialized in life insurance administration. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Edwin Walhout '44 SEM '48, a retired minister, recently published a book, Revelation Down to Earth (Eerdmans). He and his wife, Alma Danhof Walhout '47, live in Grand Rapids.

Since his 1985 retirement from full-time ministry, William Vander Hoven '45 has been sworn as a Sheriff's Deputy in the Mounted Division of Newaygo County, Mich. He also has served as an agent in the Crime Victims' Bureau and frequently serves as an interim pastor in the Christian Reformed Church.

Robert Joling '48 retired in 1999 after a 50-year law career. He was a municipal court judge and a trial lawyer and also served as an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine teaching medical law. Bob was president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in the mid-1970s. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Green Valley, Ariz.

Gerald Bosch '40 was Director of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School Education Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania before his retirement in 1983. "I love to work in my flower garden, I still teach adult Sunday school class, and serve as chaplain of our Lancaster (Penn.) Rotary Club," he writes.

Grace Huitsing '46 was an associate professor of English at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. She continues to teach English as a second language to refugees and immigrants through a program at Wheaton (Ill.) Christian Reformed Church. She planned to return to China this summer to teach with the English Language Institute.

 

FIFTIES:

Mary Jane De Weerd Byker '59 retired last spring from Hudsonville (Mich.) Christian School, where she started her career in 1956. She also has taught at Ontario Christian School in Calfornia, began the kindergarten program at Manhattan Christian School in Montana, and taught remedial reading at Lansing Christian and Westside Christian schools before returning to Hudsonville. Her husband, Willis Byker '59, owns Byker Realty Co. in Hudsonville.

Arnold Snoeyink '58 has been a Prison Fellowship volunteer at Ionia (Mich.) Prison for 25 years. He retired from teaching history at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

J. Robert (Bob) Halma '57 recently authored his second book, The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History with Pennsylvania State University Press.  Bob is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.   

William Stob '52 serves as a visiting preacher at churches in Florida and Michigan and regularly teaches a Calvin interim course. He and his wife, Delores DeWitt Stob '52, live in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Theodore De Jong '52 taught junior high at Timothy Christian Schools for 37 years. Since his 1989 retirement, he has been the senior exhibit developer at Scitech, an interactive science and technology museum in Aurora, Ill. He lives in Winfield, Ill., with his wife, Eleanore Roeters De Jong '52.

Betty Geenen Beyer ex'56 has retired after 25 years of service at West Ottawa Public Schools in Holland, Mich.

Harlan Schram '57 retired last year as manager of facilities engineering at Wolverine WorldWide, Inc. He lives in Holland, Mich., with his wife, Marjorie Ann Knoop Schram '54, and serves on the diaconate of Christ Memorial Church. His congregation, he writes "has more Calvin alums than Hope alums and is reputed to be the largest 'Christian Reformed' congregation in the Reformed Church of America."

Connie Scheurwater '59 has spent her last ten summers teaching English in China, and has volunteered as a teacher's assistant at Crownpoint Christian School in Crownpoint, N.M. She is retired from her job as registrar and administrative assistant at Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids.

Evert Vermeer '59 recently was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Grand Valley State University in recognition of his long career in social work in Kent County, Mich. As director of the county's Department of Social Services, Evert started "Who's My Daddy?", which establishes paternity for out-of-wedlock newborns and has been implemented in many other states. He also helped to establish Grand Valley's School of Social Work. He and his wife, Mary Ellen Kloet Vermeer '71, live in Grand Rapids.

Daniel DeVries '58 is a partner physician in Healthquest Surgical in Grand Rapids, where he lives with his wife, Marian Cooper DeVries '58.  

Chester Alkema '54 is professor of art and design, emeritus at Grand Valley State University. He wrote 14 books on art education and more than 60 journal articles. In the 1970s, Chester won the Michigan Art Educators Association's "Teacher of the Year" award, and received Grand Valley's first "Distinguished Contribution to a Discipline" award in the 1980s. He lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Catherine Velzen Drukker  ex'53 is a retired teacher and librarian for the Eastern Christian School Association in New Jersey.

W. Thomas DeVries '51 returned last April from his 17th trip to Cuba in 16 years. He provides leadership training and counsel for the Christian Reformed Church there. He and his wife, Evelyn De Young DeVries '50, live in Grand Rapids.

Roy Gritter '51 volunteers at least 20 hours a week at Hanauma Bay on Oahu working on plumbing, painting, carpentry and debris pick-up and serving as a docent in the nature park's education program. He lives in Honolulu.

Margaret Smith '59 retired in June 2000 after 43 years of teaching at Cutlerville Christian School. She's spending her retirement volunteering, reading and traveling.

Rod Jellema '52 is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland. He is finishing a revaluation of New Orleans jazz from 1895-1930 and recently completed a new book of poetry. He spends most of the year in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Over the last ten years, Ty Hofman '48 SEM '51 writes, "I have survived two cancers, one 'inoperable and untreatable,' and numerous complications. Not being able to preach, I have turned to writing. The present project is 'The Story of the CRC in Canada,' a history from 1905 to the present." Ty and his wife, Cobi Jorritsma Hofman '50, live in Grand Rapids.

Martha Hanstra Baas '50 preaches one Sunday each month at her retirement home in Grand Rapids and continues to take seminars to maintain an active status as a registered nurse.

Since completing his doctoral work at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1965, Sidney Rooy '50 SEM '53 has lived and worked in South and Central America, first as a missionary pastor and then as a professor of church history and missions at the Instituto Supeiror Evangelica de Estudios Teologiicos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1992, Sidney and his wife, Mae Van Dyk Rooy '49, "retired" to San Jose, Costa Rica, where Sidney continues to teach.

Donald Jeffer '52 is the retired owner and president of Huntsinger & Jeffer, an advertising and fundraising agency in Richmond, Va.

Ken Van Dellen '58 recently worshiped at a tiny church called "House of Prayer," near Moi University in Kenya. "You may be able to recognize the only Calvin alum in the crowd," he wrote. "During the service, I recounted that I had prayed for the people of Africa fifty years ago with my Sunday school, and my host (also my Head of Department at Daystar University) responded that it was his grandparents and parents I was praying for. They were moved."

Alvin Hinders '52 recently moved to Chimney Rock, N.C., after a career in emergency medicine. He remains on the board of directors of the hospital in Fulton, Ky., where he once was chief of staff and director of the emergency room while maintaining a surgery practice and a family practice.

Jeneveine Candler '54, music historian for Calvin College's library and music department, frequently performs vocal solos for churches in the Grand Rapids area. She also has led seminars on Black American composers of classical music and on women in music, and she serves as chair of the Bach Lunch Series at St. Cecilia Music Society.

A. Natalie Van Vliet Boonstra '53 teaches art and Spanish at the newly-formed, 25-student Covenant Christian High School in DeMotte, Ind.  "I learn more every semester of the language and world of the man I was married to for 43 years, Rev. Juan Boonstra '51 from Argentina," Natalie writes. Juan's Back to God Hour radio and television messages are still being aired throughout South America and Central America.

Lois Brinkman Groenenboom '55 is a retired technical specialist in the laboratory of Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she lives with her husband, Carroll Groenenboom '53.

Gordon Gritter '51 continues to provide part-time consultation in forensic psychiatry, which includes evaluation of mental competence, care and treatment as they relate to criminal and civil law. After 24 years in private practice, community mental health and university teaching, Gordon became clinical and medical director of Atascadero State Hospital, California's primary hospital for criminal offenders needing psychiatric care. He retired in 1996.

 

SIXTIES:

Dorothy Hoekema Graham '67 runs a small consulting firm in England specializing in software testing, test automation and inspection. She recently received the second annual European Excellence Award in Software Testing at the EuroSTAR Conference in Software Testing in Barcelona, Spain. In 1999, her second book on the subject was published. Dot lives near Manchester, England with her husband and two sons.

Ron Kooistra ex'61 is an air monitoring unit manager for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing, Mich.

In 1992, Evangeline Magee De Master '62 took a three-year hiatus from teaching to write the story of John Meyer, a Dutch survivor of World War II. Not Yet tells how Meyer escaped from the Spandau forced labor camp by running across the German/Dutch border as Nazi soldiers shot at him. Evangeline now teaches English and drama part time at Mount Vernon Christian  School in Washington.

Keith Hoekwater '61 retired last spring after teaching math at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Christian High School for 36 years.

Lane Veltkamp '62 is a professor in the psychology department of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

David Tanis '62 received two teaching awards last year from Grand Valley State University, where he is an associate professor of chemistry. He won the only Outstanding Teacher Award and one of two Glenn Niemeyer Teaching Awards. David lives in Holland, Mich. with his wife, Judith.

Donald Drenth '61 last year retired as band director at South Christian High School in Cutlerville, Mich. after 39 years in Christian education. He and his wife, Sue McBride Drenth '59, live in Caledonia, Mich.

Former Calvin music professor John Worst '62 and former Calvin education professor Myra Kraker '68 married in October, 2000. John recently composed a four-movement trio for clarinets and bassoon that premiered at the annual Grand Rapids Arts Festival in June. He continues to teach a section of Introduction to Music each semester and also works for the local classical music station as a Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra concert reviewer and as producer of a half-hour show on 20th-century art music.

Henry Baron '60, retired Calvin English professor, participated in Friesland's "grand three-week long reunion party." Henry gave a public speech in the capital, Leeuwarden and another speech, along with the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, on the occasion of the publication of the Frisian-English dictionary; preached at a Frisian ecumenical service; participated in a forum on education; met the Queen; was interviewed on radio, television and newspapers; published articles in Frisian journals and newspapers; translated a book of Frisian stories; and was included in a book of Frisian immigrant stories.

After 12 years on the board of trustees, James Holtvluwer '63 was elected Supervisor of Georgetown Township. He lives in Jenison, Mich.

Johannes Morsink '63, a professor of political philosophy at Drew University in New Jersey, won the school's Bela Kornitzer Award for his book The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting & Intent. The award is given periodically to students or faculty who publish non-fiction deemed outstanding by a panel of Drew faculty.

Lucille Dreyer Van Den Berg '63 spent 38 years teaching elementary-school children before retiring from the West Ottawa Public Schools in Holland, Mich. She now volunteers at Holland Community Hospital and the Holland Civic Theatre.

Vernon Gort '63 finished 38 years of teaching last spring in the Forest Hills school district near Grand Rapids.

After 19 years as publication manager for GEMS (Calvinettes) Girls' Clubs and managing editor of Touch magazine, Carol Meyer Smith ex'61 now is the organization's leadership manager. She trains and encourages local regional GEMS counselors.

Audrey Litland Kooyenga '61 is the learning disability / resource teacher in the Kirby School District #140 in Orland Park, Ill.

Gracia Bouwman Ellwood '61 has publications out this year: The Uttermost Deep: The Challenge of Near-Death Experiences with Booklight Publications, and The Wisdom of Daughters, an anthology including two of her essays, with Innisfree Press. She lives in Ojai, Calif.

Jay Van Hook '60 retired after 25 years on the faculty of Northwestern College in Iowa to move to Florida, where he now teaches part time in the philosophy department and honors college at the University of Central Florida. Mary Westra Van Hook '60 is director of the University's School of Social Work.

Kenneth Dobbs '61 is a child abuse specialist in the Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office.

Harriet Kruis Farwell '60 just retired from the St. Joseph (Mich.) School System after 20 years as a school social worker. She is a leader in the Stephen Ministries at St. Joseph Christian Reformed Church.

Harriet Ostindie Borgman '60 has coordinated three wheelchair drives in northern Michigan for Joni Eareckson Tada's "Wheels for the World" ministry and went on a wheelchair distribution trip to Lima, Peru last year. Harriet is a retired teacher in McBain, Mich.

Duane Kuik '60 taught for 26 years at a number of Christian schools and colleges before working as a clinical psychologist. He and his wife, Connie Vander Starre Kuik '53, live in Grand Rapids.

Robert Rozema '63 recently retired as educational editor at the Christian Reformed Church's Board of Publications. He now does freelance editing and is enjoying his four newborn grandchildren, including triplets. He lives in Spring Lake, Mich.

 

SEVENTIES:

William Katt '76 has received the Outstanding State Leadership Award for "dedication and service to the nation's defense bar." William is president of the Milwaukee law firm of Leib & Katt, S.C. and is immediate past state representative to the Defense Research Institute, which presented the award. William and his wife, Gloria Schuil Katt '78, live in Brookfield, Wis.

Louann Van Der Wiele ex'72 was promoted to Assistant General Counsel - Product Litigation and Discovery for Daimler Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Wayne State University Law School graduate was previously Senior Staff Counsel at the firm, where she has worked for 12 years. She lives in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

David Agema '71 has been a pilot with American Airlines since 1978. As a fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force, he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. David lives in Grandville, Mich.

R. H. "Bear" Berends '73  and Alan Exoo '70 play folk and traditional music in the Michigan-based group Beats Settin' Home. They recently released their second CD, Down the Road.

Jane Zylstra Ophoff '70 was promoted to the rank of Master of Tae Kwon Do as a fourth-degree black belt. She teaches classes at Master Yu's Martial Arts Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Theodore Vogel '74 recently was named vice president for taxes and tax counsel at CMS Energy Corporation. He is returning to CMS after a year as vice president and tax counsel of DTE Energy Co. Theodore earned his law degree and an MBA in finance from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Bethany Navis Vogel '79, live in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Barb Matheis Van Howe '76 and Jim Van Howe '78 live in Palos Heights, Ill., where Jim is an investment representative for Edward Jones. He previously taught at a number of Christian schools. Barb writes that she has "worked in Calvin's library, for lawyers, dentists, clergy, another college, and a not-for-profit organization as director of development."

Dean Ellens ex'77 began serving as registrar of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., in January of 2000. He previously was registrar and women's tennis coach at Calvin. Rosemary Bultman Ellens ex'74 now works part time for Life Network Inc., which provides housing and hope for single pregnant women and teens. She previously worked in Calvin's Conferences and Campus Events Office.

Robert Sweetman '77 is the first holder of the H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Robert has been the Senior Member in the history of philosophy at ICS for ten years. The position was named for H. Evan Runner HON, longtime Calvin philosophy professor.

 

EIGHTIES:

Joyce Hutt '81 MAT '92 just completed 18 years working for the Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, where she teaches in the special education reading resource lab at Pace High School.

Darryl Davis '89 is finishing his Master of Fine Arts in theater performance at the University of Florida, where he has dozens of stage credits. He hopes to teach college theater and continue acting and directing.  

Randall Epema '87 has been promoted to manager of business relations for Quixtar, Inc. He previously held a variety of Internet-related and catalog positions with Amway Corp.

Rich Lodewyk '88 was recently promoted to weekend sports anchor at KULY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fargo, N.D.

Barbara Bandstra Newman '84 recently published the book Helping Kids Include Kids With Disabilities through CRC Publications. She is a teacher consultant in special education at the Christian Learning Center in Grand Rapids. Barbara lives in Holland, Mich. with her husband, Barry.

Sondra Dunn Sula '83 has written 11 children's books with three currently in publication: Katie and the Ogre, The Expanders: Quest for the Flubulator, and Briny Town: Shark Showdown, co-written and illustrated by her "artist/paleontologist husband," Rob. Books are available through the publisher's website at www.long-hill.com.

Tim Nesseth '81 just completed his 25th year with United Parcel Service in Grand Rapids, where he has been in management for 16 years. His wife, Beth Berends Nesseth '81, worked for 24 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools and now is an administrative assistant for the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.

Philip Nykamp '89 is an associate with the law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea & Kelley, LLP in Long Island, N.Y. He specializes in environmental law.

Tom Sinke ex'82 was recently named associate at A.M.D.G. Architects, Inc. He has been a senior architect there for three years.

Beth Maclay Doriani '83 is vice president and dean of academics at Montreat College in Montreat, N.C.

 

NINETIES:

Michael Burgess, Jr. '92 earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan last spring. He now is an assistant professor of music in the voice department at the University of Texas - San Antonio, where he lives with his wife, Andrea Beute Burgess '91, and their two children.

Four members of Calvin's class of 1990 had a mountaintop reunion in Colorado last September. Jim Koops, David Zylstra, Joel Muller, Peter Klaver and David Niewiek camped and climbed Mt. Sneffels, one of the state's "Fourteeners" with an elevation around 14,000 feet. Muller lives in Littleton, Colo. The others all live in the Grand Rapids area.

Dan Veltkamp '91 co-owns a landscaping business in Portland, Ore., and serves as an accompanist and choir director in his church. His wife, Cindy Spronk Veltkamp '91, recently left her job as a part-time human resources specialist to stay at home with their two children.

Brent Dykstra ex'92 recently was named associate at A.M.D.G. Architects in Grand Rapids. He has been a staff architect there for four years.

Marc Houck '94 earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Biola University last May.  Marc finished a 13-month residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii, and now is assigned to Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.

Steve Ritsema '90 is a banking center manager for Fifth Third Bank in Grand Rapids. His wife, Jennifer Bruinius Ritsema '92, recently started a home business with Tastefully Simple, a company that markets gourmet food items through taste-testing parties.

Karen deGroot '98 has quit her job as a nursing home recreation therapist in Minneapolis to teach English with the English Language Institute / China for the current school year.

Tom Laarman '93 is a wireless technology consultant for Plante & Moran, LLP, a certified public accounting and management accounting firm. He lives in Stevensville, Mich., with his wife, Christa Kasik Laarman '92, and their two children.

Dave and Mary Bloem Rozendal, both '94, have moved to Huntsville, Ala., where Dave works as a human resources manager for Hart & Cooley, Inc. Last fall, Mary earned her master's degree in reading from Grand Valley State University. Before their move, she taught fourth grade part time at Beaverdam Christian School in Hudsonville, Mich.

Mary Beth Hutt Tanis '98 recently received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She works for Good Samaritan Ministries in Holland, Mich.

Cheryl Alberda Bratt '90 has joined the Seattle pediatric practice of her father, Bernard Alberda '60, after completing her pediatric residency last summer at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Cheryl's husband, Joel Bratt '91, teaches English at Shoreline Christian School.

Suzanne Lunde Berg '95 completed her master's degrees in public health and social work from the University of Michigan last December. She now lives in Denver, where she works in Kaiser Permanente's prevention department.

Tracy King Sybesma '93 earned a master's degree in communications last spring from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn. She is an adjunct professor at Northwestern College, also in St. Paul.

After earning his M.D. from the University of Southern California, William Watts '97 is continuing studies as a pathology resident at the University of California - Los Angeles. He played soccer with the USC club team and was an assistant coach of the school's women's team.

Kimberly Wedeven Segall '93 received her doctorate in English from Northwestern University last spring. She hopes to publish a book on South African literature and performance soon. William Segall '93 teaches in Chicago. They both returned recently from three years living in Iraq, India and South Africa.

Natasha Bajema '98 won the German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation for 2001-2001. She will be working at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety in Berlin and researching German nuclear energy policy. Next summer, she plans to return to the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., to complete her master's in international policy studies.

David Baar '96 has earned his professional engineer registration in Michigan and works for the process engineering department of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber in Grand Rapids.

Benjamin Lipscomb '96 has won one of 35 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for graduate students studying topics of ethical or religious values.  Benjamin, a student at the University of Notre Dame, is researching the concept of law in moral philosophy.

Mark Hoeksema '90 was awarded the "Outstanding Resident of the Year" award by Huron Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Systems Surgical Staff. He and his wife, Christine Tahl Hoeksema '89, live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

 

AUGHTS:

Sarah Reynolds '01 has won a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at the University of the Andes in Bogata, Colombia, where her grandfather, a former Michigan State University economics professor, helped to establish the Economic Development Institute in the late 1950s.

Virginia Parish '00 has begun graduate school at Michigan State University in public administration and international development. She has received a Fellowship of Language and African Studies through the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development and will be a teaching assistant in the political science department. Virginia recently completed a one-year term with AmeriCorps in a micro-credit program to help low-income Dallas residents start or expand businesses.

 

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