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John Braun '62 is professor emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He recently spent four years in Kyoto, Japan, teaching at Kansai Gaidai University and studying the art of rakugo storytelling. He and his wife, Rosemary Vander Maat Braun '64, will soon celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Gary Bouma '63 recently was appointed Associate Dean of Arts at Monash University, Australia's largest university. He also serves as an associate priest at St. Martin's Anglican Church in the Diocese of Melbourne.

Tjalle Vandergraaf '63 is a senior scientist and project manager at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in Pinawa, MB, and also serves as an adjunct professor at Providence College and Seminary.

Dennis Roosendaal '60 just completed 40 years of teaching math at Shoreline Christian School near Seattle, Wash., where he lives with his wife, Lavonne Likkel Roosendaal '60. Dennis also serves as the school's athletic director.

Phyllis Huizenga Fritzsch '62 is a kindergarten teacher at Calvary Christian Academy in Warwick, N.Y. She was recently listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Bill Van Dokkenburg ex'60 is president of Bouima-Betten Corp. in Lafayette, Ind. He and his wife, Janice Vlietstra Van Dokkenburg '63, are helping Sunrise Christian Reformed Church there build new facilities.

Donald Agema '62 retired in 2000 after teaching math for 37 years in Christian schools, most at Ontario (Calif.) Christian School. He now teaches math courses at Citrus College and Chaffey College in southern California, where he lives with his wife, Nelva Schierbeek Agema '60.

As a professor of education at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, John Van Dyk '61 wrote Letters to Lisa: Conversations with a Christian Teacher and The Craft of Christian Teaching: A Classroom Journey.

Ray Bouma '65 and Barbara DeLeeuw Bouma '61 are volunteering with Christian Reformed World Missions in Guam and Bangladesh.

Richard Baker '61 just finished a four-month trip around the United States. He is a retired senior design engineer in Los Angeles.

Gerald Harms '63 teaches history at the Christian high school in Pella, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Marilyn Visser Harms '60.

Mary Venema Swierenga '63 received her doctorate in ministry last spring from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. She continues as the Pastor for Outreach and Adult Discipleship at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, Va., where she lives with her husband, David Swierenga '63.

Martin Oordt '60 is professor emeritus of the University of Lethbridge (Alberta). In 1997, he bought Lethbridge Living magazine and continues to publish it with his wife, Mary Stremler Oordt '58.

Johannes Kerssies '63 and Joyce Huizenga '60 recently moved to Collingwood, Ont., where Johannes is pastor of the local Christian Reformed Church.

Martheen Baas '62 has been accepted as a career missionary to Monterrey, Mexico, with the Presbyterian Church in America. She'll direct an English language program for six of the National Presbyterian Churches there. She has been working as a school counselor in Montgomery, Ala.

Andy Ooms '63 is on an 18-month assignment teaching Engish to university students in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, for English Language Institute China. He usually lives in Pine, Arizona.

Roger Becksvoort '63 recently retired after 37 years of teaching in Christian schools, most recently in Holland, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Patricia Blaauw Becksvoort '66.

In 20 years with the Anchorage (Alaska) School District, Ellen Schripsema Sharpe '63 has taught more than 1,000 students to play string instruments. "My love of chamber music, fostered by 'Uncle' Leo Cayvan at Calvin, has expressed itself regularly in string quartets," she writes. She also occasionally plays in the Anchorage Symphony and in Trinity Christian Reformed Church, where she is a liturgist and Sunday school teacher. She is married to Jon Sharpe '67.

Anita Wolthuis Shoemaker '63 expects to be moving to Lansing, Mich., to help her son plant a new church, Vineyard Ministries. She is a retired schoolteacher in Holland, Mich.

James De Roos '62 is chair of the mathematical sciences department at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife, Lois Pulis De Roos '62.

Delores Ammon Greig '60 retired recently after 19 years of teaching second and third grades at Allendale (Mich.) Elementary School.

Merl Alons '61 has served for 40 years in Christian school administration. He currently works at Sheboygan County (Wis.) Christian High School.

In 1996, retired pastor Harold De Jong '61 and his wife, Dena, sold their home near Olympic, Wash., and moved to British Columbia, where they and their two sons' families pooled their resources to buy a hobby farm near Chilliwack. Farm duties are shared with Trent and Jacqueline Jansen De Jong, both '84, who also live on the farm. This allows Harold to volunteer at the local Christian retirement center and serve part time as minister of pastoral care at Second Christian Reformed Church in Abbotsford, B.C.

John Jellema '60 is a professor of education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Robert Otte '63 is the media specialist at South Christian High School in Grand Rapids.

Harrison Sikkenga '62 retired last year after 38 years in Michigan public education. He taught secondary math in the Mona Shores Public Schools and was a field representative for the Michigan Education Association, for which he also served on the board of directors.

Gertrude Kortman Van Tol ex'60 works part time as a nurse at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Mich. She and her husband, Cornelius Van Tol '60, live in Norton Shores, Mich.

Arnold Essenburg '61 recently completed 40 years of medical research with Parke-Davis / Warner-Lambert / Pfizer. He was involved in the discovery of Lipitor, for the treatment of atherosclerosis, and Occupril for hypertension. He and his wife, Marilyn Apol Essenburg '63, live in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tena Hettinga Mejan '63 is a middle school social studies teacher at the Christian school in Ontario, Calif., where she lives with her husband, Theodore Mejan '63.

Gordon Buys '63 is the recruiting manager for Christian Reformed World Missions. In 1999 he started a Summer Service Ministries Grant program that offers up to $1,200 in tuition relief for students who participate in a summer ministry of at least seven weeks. Gordon and his wife, Florine Van Andel Buys '63, live in Grand Rapids.

John Klanderman '61 has retired from his private practice as a licensed psychologist in southern New Jersey and has moved to Philadelphia. He still is a professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and coordinates the school's Psychology Training Program.

As a Biblical researcher, Albertha Kuiper '60 analyzes the Greek of the book of Matthew to produce a structural semantic analysis to be used by translators. Albertha works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and lives in Catalina, Ariz.

Norma Vander Wel Baas '62 retired last year from teaching in the Bellflower (Calif.) Unified School System.

Clarence Doornbos '62 just retired after 37 years of teaching in Michigan, California and Iowa. He most recently taught music at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Clarence and his wife, Janice Jouwstra Doornbos '62, live in Caledonia, Mich.

Eleanor Gordon '61 taught high school art and English for 31 years in the Grand Rapids area, mostly in the Northview school district. She's now retired.

George Berkompas '61 works as a senior scientist and head of seafood inspection for the National Food Processors Association. He conducts workshops with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and sea grant universities to train retail seafood handlers and regulatory investigators in evaluating seafood quality. George also coordinates the collaborative Salmon Control Plan to examine 98 percent of commercially produced canned salmon for compliance with federal regulations. He and his wife, Gertrude Stadt Berkompas '62, live in Edmonds, Wash.

John Meyer '63 is pastor of McBain (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church. All four of his daughters and his wife, Mary Ann Uken Meyer '63, are alumnae.

Six years ago, Martha Vander Eyk '63 opened a private vocal studio in Grand Rapids and now has 15 students. She also works as the business manager of a community counseling center.

Glen Boelema '61 recently completed 38 years of teaching at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He and his wife, Janet Vander Woude Boelema '60, plan to retire in Abbotsford, B.C., to be near their four children and two grandsons.

Louis Bouwkamp '60, is continuing his studies in systematic theology and philosophy. He has served as pastor in three Reformed Churches of the Netherlands.

Abraham Nauta '60 retired in 1996 from general practice medicine and staff physician at the Workman's Compensation Board in the Netherlands.

Allen DeWeerd '63 is a master plumber with DeWeerd and Van Dyke Plumbing and Electric in Hudsonville, Mich. He and his wife, Donna Petersen DeWeerd '66, have five children who all graduated from Calvin.

Jack De Roo ex'60 owns Re/Max of Holland, Mich., where he also acts as a broker and realtor.

Henry De Bolster '60 was the founding president of Redeemer University College in Ontario. He has completed the book Stepping Forward in Faith, a memoir of his years there, from the 1974 beginnings of the school until his retirement in 1994.

Lois Ooms '67 coordinates the community health program at the Africa Inland Church Litein Hospital in western Kenya. She helps train community health workers and traditional birth attendants, administers a mosquito net program to reduce malaria, and supervises a community-based de-worming project. Lois also assists local AIDS counselors. "We see the Lord's blessing as our work is expanding in the communities around Litein and now we are receiving requests for help from other Christian hospitals and even a few government ones," Lois writes.

Barbara Duimstra Voskuil '62 has retired after nearly 30 years of teaching elementary students in the Grandville (Mich.) Public Schools. Her husband, Lyle Voskuil '61, is a retired school psychologist. Last year he started L.V. Services, a licensed professional psychological testing service for charter schools in Michigan. He employs six other retired school psychologists.

Donald Scott '62 and Jean Borst Scott ' 76 took a choir and orchestra from Grand Rapids Christian High School on a concert tour in Austria and Italy last June. Both are retired teachers.

Marianne Veenstra DeVries ex'60 retired last year from her job as a licensed marriage and family therapist at Pine Rest's Holland Clinic in Michigan. She had also worked for Lutheran Adoption Services and Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids. Her husband, Michael DeVries '58 BD'61, is working on a book about the early years of Pillar Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich.—his last congregation before his retirement last year.

Tom Steen '68 was one of eight finalists for the Boys' Soccer National Coach of the Year, an award given by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Tom played on Calvin's soccer team and has taught in Calvin's physical education department. He now teaches P.E. at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, specializing in teacher education.

James Veltman '62 owns Veltman Planning and Design Group in Las Vegas, Nev. He's also the chairman of the Las Vegas Task Force for New Church Development and serves as elder in the Mountain View Presbyterian Church.

         
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