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The Palm Beach County Medical Society has established a scholarship fund in honor of Dick Van Eldik '50, who lives in Atlantis, Fla., with his wife, Carol Smeelink Van Eldik '48.

Le Roy Lewis '59 owns Glick Enterprises in Galena, Ill. He and his wife recently adopted two girls from Russia and Romania.

Betty Hook Van Soelen '57 worked for 29 years in special education at the high school in Hanford, Calif., where she lives with her husband, Gerald Van Soelen '57.

Norma Omta Friend ex'54 makes quilts for Birthright and volunteers at Sunnyside (Wash.) Christian Thrift Store and as a girls' club counselor at her church. She retired from 20 years in elementary education and was church bulletin secretary for 37 years.

Matthew DuPree '52 now is the president of the North Central Illinois Labor Council, the central labor council for the 39 AFL-CIO union locals in Chicago's far western suburbs. He has served as a vice president of the 80,000-member Illinois Federation of Teachers since 1978 and is staff coordinator for West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571 of the American Federation of Teachers. He lives in Glendale Heights, Ill.

Ronald Stob '57 is author of a number of travel books and is the president of Raven Cove Publishing in Greenback, Tenn.

K. Grant Taylor '57 teaches chemistry in the Institute for Molecular Diversity and Drug Design at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Lester Van Essen '57 is pastor of First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing, Ill.

Lewis Arkema '58 recently retired after 43 years in Christian education, most in administration. He served for seven years as a district coordinator in Sioux Center, Iowa, for Christian Schools International.

Responding to recent school tragedies, Norman DeJong '57 has written Teaching for a Change: A Transformational Approach to Education (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 2001). He and his wife, Wilma Vandeguchte DeJong '55, live in Howard City, Mich.

James Sikkema '57 retired from 43 years of teaching chemistry and physics at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., and now is a full time landscaper for local nursing homes and a nearby golf course. He and his wife, Ruth Essenburg Sikkema '65, live in Jenison, Mich.

Mary Piersma Leep ex'51 volunteers for Right to Life of Michigan and teaches 4-year-olds in her church's Story Hour ministry. She lives in Grand Rapids.

Barbara Ekema Wymore '53 is the head of music at Sultan's School in the Sultanate of Oman. Previously, she taught music at Cairo American College and was director of the Chamber Choir of Oman. Barbara also is the organist at the Protestant Church of Oman.

Anita Cooper Brink ex'57 just retired as assistant director of nursing at Christian Rest Home in Grand Rapids.

Retired pastor Peter Sluys '59 and his wife, Ruth, specialize in "hospitality visits" in central Alberta. Peter also serves in interim pastorships.

Carol Schemper Kamp '59 earned her music degree last spring from Trinity Christian College and now teaches piano in Palos Heights, Ill.

Lawrence Pipe '56 is a retired physician in Coldwater, Mich.

Robert Niewenhuis '59 spent 31 years in research and teaching at medical schools in Cincinnati and Philadelphia before his recent retirement to Grandville, Mich., with his wife, Faith Tubergen Niewenhuis '57.

Ronald Scheeringa '56 is a founding partner of Indiana Medical Associates, a 50-physician group in Fort Wayne, Ind. He also is director of the Cardiac Transplantation Program at Lutheran Hospital Heart Center.

Hilda Wabeke Ray '56 serves as board chairman and alto soloist for the Walker County (Ala.) Christian Chorus and as trustee for the endowment fund of the NinetyNines, also known as the International Organization of Women Pilots. She has been a member for nearly 30 years. Hilda is a retired hematology supervisor at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Ala.

Janyce Van Valkenburg Wiersema '55 worked in nursing for 43 years before retiring. She now is Coffee Break director, Bible study leader and organist at her church in New Era, Mich.

James Kok '56 is director of care ministries at Crystal Cathedral Congregation in Garden Grove, Calif. "The burning passion of my life," he writes, "is the International Conference on Care and Kindness which I produce each March at the Crystal Cathedral. This is an intensive campaign to increase the level of effective care and kindness produced by Christians." James and his wife, Linda Peters Kok '61, live in Bellflower, Calif.

Rose Hoitenga Kossen '56 serves as elder chair in the Department of Congregational Care at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.

Abel Geertsema '59 will be returning to school administration this year, serving as part time administrator of Oak Harbor Christian School in Oak Harbor, Wash. Abel is the retired superintendent of Ripon (Calif.) Christian School.

Hendrik Hart '59 retired last spring after 35 years as a professor at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.

Cora Vogel '57 recently spent four years in Micronesia as an English teacher at Pacific Islands Bible College under the auspices of Christian Reformed World Missions. In June of 2000, she moved to Albuquerque, N.M.

Gerald Van Soelen ex'57 served as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator in Hanford (Calif.) Joint Union High School for 30 years and has been a long-time leader in the First Christian Reformed Church of Hanford, where he lives with his wife, Betty Hook Van Soelen ex'57. Gerald also has served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army for more than 30 years.

Ryan Tolsma '58 practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years in Redlands, Calif., where he lives with his wife, Miriam Boven Tolsma '59.

Willis Alberda '59 recently retired from the faculty of Dordt College after serving 37 years as professor of mathematics and Dean of the Natural Sciences. He also served 30 years as a councilman in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Joanne Kimm Alberda '60.

Helen Van Dyk Evenhouse '59 retired in 1999 after teaching for 13 years in Ebenezer Christian School in Ellsworth, Mich. She now works part time as a tutor for SLD Learning Center in Grand Rapids. She and her husband, James Evenhouse '57, live in Grandville, Mich.

Beth Ritsema Noble '57 gives private violin lessons in Jacksonville, Fla., where she also plays in the St. Augustine Orchestra.

Janice Meeter Quere '57 taught math at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa, where long-time friend, Terry Holtrop Hoekstra '51, taught English. "Terry's dad served a CRC in East Cleveland while we were in West Cleveland, and then both our dads served in New Jersey," Janice explained. Now they're also in the same book club.

Jim Grit '56 retired last spring after being teacher and administrator at Celeryville Christian School outside Willard, Ohio, for 42 years. Barbara Dommisse Grit '55 retired from teaching there in 1998 and now works in a flower shop. "She loves it!" Jim writes. "Flowers don't talk back, and she doesn't have to convince the customer to take the product."

Alyssa Van Til '57 recently retired from Unity Ministry in Palo Alto, Calif., where she lives with her son and granddaughter. Now Elissa is a collage artist. "I call it sacred or spiritual collage," she writes, "because every piece comes from the flow of Spirit and often has words that draw us more deeply into our praise and expression of God."

Jennie Visser '56 has retired after a 38-year teaching career. She helped to establish three Christian schools in Ontario and also taught in New Mexico, New Jersey and Illinois. Jennie now lives in Dundas, Ont.

Martin Dykstra '57 volunteers for Lake Worth Christian School, where he previously served as school board president. He is a retired medical technologist in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Ruthanne Drukker Dykstra '57.

After spending 46 years teaching in Christian schools in the Pacific Northwest, Lawrence and Harlean Stremler, both '57, have spent most of the last decade teaching English in China. "The opportunity to share the love of God and his care for (the students) was our greatest moment of joy," they write. The couple lives in Lynden, Wash.

Kenneth J. Van Dellen '58 spent four months last year in Nairobi, Kenya, as a volunteer visiting lecturer at Daystar University. He was a professor of geology at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. He and his wife, Pearl Kiel Van Dellen '52, live in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.

Edward Muller '56 serves on the board of Partners for Christian Development. He and his wife, Marcella Van Hove Muller '52, live in Portage, Mich.

John Arnold ex'59 just finished working in Soldotna, Alaska, building residences for students at Alaska Christian College. He has volunteered for two years at Covenant Heights Christian Conference Center as a handyman and builder. He lives in Arvada, Colo.

After 35 years as missionaries in Japan and Philippines, Gerrit '59 and Helen Reinsma Koedoot '58 have settled in Spring Lake, Mich., and Bradenton, Fla.

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