1940'sBill Maxwell ’41 and his wife, Dorothy, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on December 4, 2012. They married in a midnight ceremony in 1942, delayed due to a snowstorm that held up the minister. The couple currently lives in Clare, Mich.
1960'sJudith (Centa) Meyer ’63 was re-elected for a fourth term on the North Idaho College board of trustees. She has served as a trustee for nearly 20 years. Meyer believes that education is vital for better community citizenship. She plans to expand the role of the North Idaho College to meet the governor's objective of having 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 with college certificates or degrees by 2020.
Bruce Timmons ’64 was the subject of a magazine article ("Man Behind the Law," by Zach Grochow) that appeared in the September 27, 2012, issue of Bridge Magazine. Timmons is a Michigan House Republican staff member of the House Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since an internship in 1967. The article traces the source of Timmons' interest in politics to a class at Kalamazoo College. He has served under 12 different house speakers and six governors. During that time his work has been incredibly varied across a fundamental theme--the study, analysis, and explication of law and legislation. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.
Rick Toman ’69 retired from the practice of law and is living in Mission Viejo, Calif., with his wife of 36 years, Maryavis. Their daughter Kate Toman Moriarty resides in Framingham, Mass., and their son RJ recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he played quarterback.
1970'sBob Brown ’70 is president of Friends of Oak Ridge Cemetery in Niles, Mich., (a group he joined in 2004) and is leading its effort to make the cemetery's history more accessible to the public by cleaning and restoring gravestones. Recently, the Friends filled in a blank Civil War inscription that had been empty for 114 years. After spending most of his career as an entomologist in Riverside, Calif., plus a few years in North Carolina, Bob now resides in South Bend, Ind.
David Thoms ’70 was re-elected for a one-year term as president of the Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe. Thoms did his Kalamazoo College study abroad at l'Universite de Caen, France. He is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group at the law firm Miller Canfield.
Kathy Ledesma ’71 works as the national project director for AdoptUsKids. The organizations raises public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive parents in the U.S. and assists with efforts to recruit, retain, and connect prospective foster and adoptive parents with children needing care. Ledesma has worked with child welfare since 1973. She previously served as president of the National Association of State Adoption Program Managers and on the executive committee of the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance.
Edie (Smith) Trent ’71 is the legislative aide/constituent services director for Michigan State House Representative Sean McCann of Kalamazoo. In this capacity, she directs the activities of the 60th District Services Office. The DSO is a nonprofit corporate entity that was established in 1973 to provide Kalamazoo area residents with direct access to their government and to increase the responsiveness of the government to their needs and concerns. Services are provided without fee on a non-partisan basis. Edie writes that it is a great job for her.
Mike Holmes ’75 announced his retirement from coaching high school football soon after finishing his 25th season at Muskegon (Mich.) Catholic Central. The MCC Crusaders won six state titles under Holmes' direction in 1990, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2006, and 2008. He finished with 212 career wins. Holmes played football in high school and at K. He is also a teacher at MCC and will retire from that post at the end of the school year.
Peter Tippett (M.D., Ph.D.) ’75 received the first ever Leadership in Health Care Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tippett is the chief medical officer for Verizon and vice president of the Verizon Incubator. He was cited for his work to improve transparency and reward innovation through the modernization of the exchange of health information technology. Tippett is responsible for many innovations that have helped drive down health care costs and promote quality of care for both employers and consumers. He served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005 guiding U.S. efforts in health care IT and information security. InfoWorld cited him as one of the 25 most influential chief technology officers in 2002. He also is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Susan L. Dobrich ’76 has been named to Michigan's 2012 Women in the Law list by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly. She was one of 20 women selected, based on her accomplishments in private practice and business and her work as a social advocate. Dobrich currently works as a judge in the Cass County Probate and Family courts.
Michael Berkow ’77 is the senior federal criminal investigative executive in the United States Coast Guard. He provides executive direction, leadership, and management of Coast Guard Investigative Service. Berkow assumed command of CGIS in November. He has more than 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer and executive. He earned his B.A. from K in sociology with a public policy concentration. He earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a master's degree in leadership and management from Johns Hopkins University. Berkow is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
1980'sDanny Agustin Flores ’80 wrote and published A Compilation of Ligno-Cellulose Feedstock and Related Research for Feed, Food, and Energy. The book is a monograph collection on research in feedstock animal nutrition. Flores' research specialty is sustainable feeds use and animal production, particularly in the developing world. He lives in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
Susan Lunte ’80 has received the Higuchi-Kansas University Endowment Research Achievement Award, which is considered the state of Kansas' most prestigious recognition for scholarly excellence. The award includes a citation and $10,000 for ongoing research efforts. Lunte is the Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She also directs the Ralph N. Adams Institute for Bioanalytical Chemistry and the recently announced COBRE Center for the Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Michael Cooney ’83 has been appointed to the board of trustees of Vangold Resources Ltd. Vangold has a 95 percent interest in three prospective gold properties in Papua New Guinea. Cooney graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. in physics.
Amy Courter ’83 is a major general in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the newly elected president of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association (IACE) board of directors. She is the first woman to hold that position. During her two-year term of office, Courter will help create and implement short-term and long-range goals designed to strengthen the IACE program. This includes expanding other countries' involvement in the program and the organization's financial partnerships nationwide. The IACE Association was established in 1948 to develop aerospace leaders of tomorrow through air cadet exchanges and cultural education. The program offers leadership development with a global perspective by promoting international understanding, goodwill, and friendship among young people with an interest in aviation. Currently, 20 nations are IACE Association members. Courter was CAP's national commander from 2008-2011 and is a current member of the Kalamazoo College board of trustees.
Jeff Curry ’83 was named vice president of operations at United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Ind. He is responsible for operational efficiency and for designing and implementing systems for high quality service.
Dan Talayco ’86 was appointed to the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) technical advisory group. Talayco is a senior architect at Big Switch Networks, leading efforts to help partners design and implement OpenFlow networking software. Talayco graduated from K with a degree in mathematics and computer science.
1990'sLaura Bassett ’92 is an associate at the Detroit office of the law firm Miller Canfield. She recently was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Michigan Women in Finance, a nonprofit educational and professional networking organization for women in the finance industry. At Miller Canfield, Laura advises public entities on a range of financing and related legal matters. She has particular expertise assisting financially distressed municipalities and school districts. After graduating from K, she earned a J.D. from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Jessica Halonen ’94 co-organized the exhibit "XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art" at the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, Calif., in fall 2012. Halonen is an artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She lives and works in San Antonio and Austin. You can see her work at her website.
Cara (Marker) Daily ’96 and her husband, Gordon, and son, Quentin, hosted the Hornet volleyball team overnight during an October 2012 trip to Cleveland for competition at Hiram College. As a volleyball player for the Hornets, Cara earned All-American status and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She is the owner of her own pediatric psychology practice, where she hosts student interns and externs from Kalamazoo College, among other schools. All team members were housed comfortably in her converted convent home located minutes from downtown Cleveland. The team departed after a delicious home cooked brunch and went on to compete well at Hiram. Said Coach Jeanne Hess: "We all had a great time, and are so grateful for the Daily family's generous hospitality!"
Martin Mechtenberg ’96 was recently awarded the Grand Prize for Notre Dame's 2012 Shelters For All design competition, which is focused on housing for the global urban poor. As a result of the competition, Mechtenberg traveled to Uganda to build several structures related to food and water security. He did this work in conjunction with a regional technical institute and Makerere University. Mechtenberg received his architectural license in early 2012, and he runs a small studio focused on ecological design and research in Worcester, Mass.
P. Haans Mulder ’97 is an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C. He recently co-wrote an article with his associate Jessica Arends for the Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, a journal for attorneys. The article is titled "Estate Planning for Digital Assets: Are You Incorporating This Into Your Practice?" Mulder has a master's degree in the science of taxation, is a Certified Financial Planner, and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning/elder law and business law.
Andrew Schleicher ’97 recently completed tweeting the entire three-year Revised Common Lectionary, which is a cycle of texts from the Bible. There are typically four assigned passages for each Sunday or holiday, one each from the Gospels, from Psalms, from other Old Testament books, and from the epistles in the New Testament. Schleicher tweets two quotes from each passage. On two occasions Schleicher's lectionary tweeting has been recognized for excellence in social media work for the Methodist church at large by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. He was the first person to receive such honors when the category was created in 2009. Andrew is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. In his appointed position as freelance church communicator he provides writing and editing services to various general agencies of the denomination. In December he expanded his work to include compiling online commentaries.
Allison Cole ’98 finished a primary care research fellowship and joined the faculty in the department of family medicine at the University of Washington. When she's not busy with work, Allison loves to spend time outside with her husband and two boys (who are pictured at left).
Megan McKnight ’99 has been named a"Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an attorney in the law firm Plunkett Cooney's banking, bankruptcy and creditors' rights and commercial litigation practice groups. She represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a variety of disputes, actions, and litigation. McKnight received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003.
Thomas Pool ’99 recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Washington in Seattle. His work focused on river conservation. He is currently studying the health of rivers in southern France, near Toulouse, but he hopes to return to the northwestern United States after his post-doctoral work. He is pictured at right.
Kirsten Weir ’99 is the winner of the 2012 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in the children's science news category. The awards are administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for professional journalists to honor distinguished reporting for a general audience. Weir received the award for her article "Uninvited Guests," which appeared in the April/May 2012 issue of Current Health Kids. In a way that appeals to children and adults alike, the article describes the parasites and microbes that live in and on our bodies. Said Weir: "Kids often seem to think that science is something that happens in a laboratory or a faraway place. I loved that this story underscored how much is still unknown about the organisms living right under our noses (not to mention the rest of our bodies)."
2000'sMaryJane Valade ’01 and her husband, Chris Hester, welcomed twins Ethan and Laurel (photo at left) to Denver on July 22, 2012. In March MaryJane will mark five years as the curator of exhibits at the Aurora History Museum.
Stephanie Bonne ’02 and her husband, Jeremy Roe, announce the birth of their second son, Colin. He was born August 1, 2012. The family lives in St. Louis. Stephanie is on the faculty at Washington University Medical School in the section of Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care Surgery. She recently completed her board certification in both general surgery and surgical critical care. Jeremy is a trademark attorney at Anheuser-Busch.
Kate Jenks ’02 "keeps on keepin' on," wrote Professor of Biology Paul Sotherland, who recented bumped into Kate's blog. Jenks recently received a Ph.D. in the organismic and evolutionary biology/wildlife and fisheries conservation programs at the University of Massachussetts. She is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of New Hampshire's department of natural resources and the environment. Her research compares historical and modern survey data of small mammals on multiple mountain ranges in the Great Basin of the western United States. She's investigating species distributions and community compositions during the last century.
Ricky Styes ’02 and his wife Maggie welcomed their second child into the world. Bridget North Styes was born on August 17, 2012. Her big sister, Reagan, was happy about the arrival of her baby sister and was also the deciding factor on her name, according to Ricky.
Steven Yeun ’05 stars in the cable television hit The Walking Dead, the largest audience-getter of any television show this past fall. Yeun was profiled in a column called "Download" in the editorial section of New York Times (October 28, 2012). He was asked what he was currently reading, to which he replied "I'm in the middle of reading a book called The Women Were Leaving the Men. It's a collection of short stories by Andy Mozina, who was one of my professors at Kalamazoo College. He really pushes the boundaries of story telling."
Matt McKillop ’06 is a senior associate for Pew's States' Health Care Spending project, a joint initiative with The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, that analyzes health care spending across the 50 states over the past decade, delves into the factors driving up costs, and examines the effectiveness of cost-containment efforts. McKillop coordinates the project's research on cost-containment strategies. Previously, he conducted research on other state fiscal issues, such as pension and retiree health care benefits and states' budget balancing measures. Prior to his work at Pew, he led advocacy and community organizing campaigns for So Others Might Eat, a nonprofit organization that serves poor and homeless residents of the District of Columbia. McKillop earned a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University. His B.A. from K is in political science.
Rob Morrison ’06 and Emily Fraser '09 were married on September 1, 2012, under the ministrations of Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft (former chaplain at Kalamazoo College) at Stetson Chapel. They had their reception at the Rose Street Market in downtown Kalamazoo, and several K alumni were part of the wedding party and in attendance. It was a beautiful day, with the couple surrounded by friends and family from far flung corners of the country and world, including Washington, Arizona, New York, Germany, and Bolivia. Both feel blessed to have been able to share the day with such wonderful people. Pictured are (l-r): Meike Wittmann, Rob Foley '09, Pablo Duchen, Heather Abraham '05, Kim Morrison, Rob Morrison '06, Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Emily Fraser '09, Jon Fraser, Naseem Mazloom '09, Erin Agee '06, and Elissa Cahn.
Bridgett Blough ’08 has taken to the streets, selling farm-to-table products out of her Organic Gypsy food truck. Blough, a certified natural chef, builds her menu by visiting area farmers and creating meals out of the products they have available. The truck's offerings change as products go in and out of season.
2010'sEric Aiken ’10 and his wife, Emily, will serve in the Peace Corps as English teachers in Ecuador. Scheduled to leave January 15, 2013, and return April 3, 2015, Eric and Emily invite their K family to follow their journey on their blog.
Alexander Arbour ’11 was awarded the 2012 Dean's Scholarship in recognition of his academic achievements by the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Arbour was elected to the post of treasurer for the first-year day division by his peers.
Rosanna Shoup ’11 used last summer to wear out some shoe leather--or hiking book leather to be precise. Shoup walked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, which closely follows the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The trail's southern terminus is on the United States and Mexico border, and its northern terminus is in British Columbia, Canada. The 2,663-mile trek ranges in elevation from sea level to 13,153 feet and passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks.
Mike McCann ’12 is a sports update announcer on 97.1 FM, CBS radio in Detroit. McCann, a self-described "Post-college pre-graduate student with a passion for all things sports," covered Hornet sports for The Index and called the play-by-play for countless online broadcasts of Hornet sports events during his time at K. Mike also writes a sports blog. Read his thoughts on athletics and other topics.
Zac Menzer ’12 screened his Senior Individualized Project documentary, Reviving Newark through Community Capitalism, in Newark, Ohio, in October. The Granville, Ohio, native, who is passionate about both business and media, fused these interests in his 50-minute-long documentary that covers Newark's economic history and the role of community capitalism in the economy.
1930'sDonald Anderson ’33 died on October 8, 2012, in Green Valley, Arizona. He was 100 years old and would have turned 101 the following month. Anderson earned his B.A. in political science at Kalamazoo College and his law degree from the University of Michigan (1936). He subsequently opened a private law practice in Kalamazoo. In 1949, he was elected to the position of Probate and Juvenile Court Judge of Kalamazoo County. He held that position until 1961, when he became Director of Children's Charter of the Juvenile Courts of Michigan, a research and advocacy organization studying the Juvenile Court processes. His studies led to reforms in the Michigan Juvenile Court system still in use today. In 1971, Anderson was elected Circuit Court Judge in Kalamazoo County, the position from which he retired in 1983. He was a Navy veteran of World war II, a former President of Kiwanis, and a long-time member of the Gull Lake Country Club. Most important to him was his family, which included two children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Just five days before his death, he and his wife, Ruth Schlobohm Anderson, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Since Don's retirement, the couple has resided in Green Valley. In addition to his wife and other family members, Anderson is also survived by his sister-in-law and fellow 1933 classmate and centenarian, Virginia Van Peenen. She and Don starred in the Kalamazoo College play, Hopson's Choice, in their senior year at K.
Marian (Randall) Fullenwider ’37 died September 4, 2012. After earning her degree at K, the Pontiac, Mich., native graduated from Wayne State University with a master's degree in secondary English education. She taught school in Detroit, Hazel Park, and Trenton, Michigan. A library enthusiast, she was a member of the board of trustees of the South Lyon Library and the Salem-South Lyon District Library.
1940'sArdith (Quigley) Charleston Reed ’48 died at home with her family around her on December 21, 2012. She was 85. She earned her B.A. in music and enjoyed a long and accomplished career as a music teacher. Ardith was an accomplished who loved music, literature, children, and nature. She spent her life sharing these loves with others. She moved to the Chicago area in 1977 to continue her teaching career at the Music Institute of Chicago, from which she retired in 1987. She continued to teach privately until 2011.
Thomas Nowlen ’49 died on November 16, 2012, in his hometown of Benton Harbor. After graduating from Benton Harbor High School (1944) he joined the U.S. Navy. He graduated from K with a degree in economics, and he was a member of the Hornet tennis team. After graduating he worked for Nowlen Lumber Company. He was a member of the Home Builders of America and the Benton Harbor Exchange Club. He also was a longtime member of Peace Temple United Methodist Church, where he coached basketball for youth programs. He remained an athlete his entire life, playing tennis and racquetball. He was an avid skier and accomplished sailor, building his own Lightning Class sailboat and racing it numerous times.
Janet Ann Sharpe ’49 died in Traverse City, Mich., on October 4, 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and went on to a career in elementary education. She loved the outdoors, lakes, and animals.
1950'sElizabeth (Ensenberger) Carmody Moore ’51 died December 17, 2012, at her home in Denver. She was 81. A native and longtime resident of Bloomington, Ill., Elizabeth lived in Evanston, Illinois, and Florida before moving to Denver. At K, she played on the varsity tennis team. She was a talented seamstress and later an exceptional quilter, who also loved reading and watching sports. A spirited, independent-minded woman, Elizabeth championed individuality in everyone.
Marilyn (Shell) Burns ’52 died on July 24, 2012. She attended K and earned her bachelor's degree (English) from Michigan State University. She married Roger Burns in 1953 and worked for many years as a florist. She loved to knit and garden.
Howard Merchant ’53 died December 6, 2012, in St. Joseph, Mich., at age 82. He earned his K degree in chemistry, served his country in the U.S. Army, and worked for Whirlpool Corporation as an engineer for more than 30 years, retiring in 1989. He received the Elisha Gray II Award from Whirlpool and was awarded several patents. He was a mentor to many young people he worked with. Howard was a member of the St. Joseph Elks and First Congregational Church. He also enjoyed traveling and gardening.
Catharine Ann (DeKoning) VanDyke ’54 died in Holland, Mich., on October 25, 2012. She attended Kalamazoo College and later worked as an accountant at Holland Hitch. She also worked at Steketee's in Holland.
Jurgen Diekmann ’56 died August 26, 2012, at age 77. A native of Ludwifshafen, Germany, Diekmann earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at K and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He retired from DuPont Chemical Company in 1992 after a 33-year career. He enjoyed many sports and excelled in tennis and soccer.
1960'sJames Mack Rigterink ’61 died December 12, 2012. He was 73. In addition to his degree (biology) from K, Jim earned degrees from Western Michigan University, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida Southern College. He moved to Florida in 1968 and was a professor at Polk State College for 35 years. Jim loved to laugh and tell jokes. A huge Detroit Tigers' fan, he was often seen at Lakeland spring training practices. He also refinished furniture and read extensively.
Philip Presley ’63 died December 28, 2012, in Manchester, New Hampshire at age 71. He attended Johns Hopkins University after earning a degree in mathematics at K. During his career he worked as an actuary for the Texas Department of Insurance, the New Hampshire Department of Insurance, and the American Mutual Life Insurance Company. Philip enjoyed travel and and was also an avid rock collector and reader.
Daniel Druckenbrodt ’66 died September 19, 2012, at age 68. He attended Kalamazoo College, was a native of Kalamazoo, and a music lover.
John McKnight (M.D.) ’67 died September 4, 2012. He was 67. McKnight matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Petoskey (Mich.) High School and at K earned his B.A. in biology and studied abroad in Meunster, Germany. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School. He worked at the Burns Clinic in Petoskey for several years and later at the Emergency Room at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac for more than 30 years. He was an avid mountain biker. He loved to read, play the banjo, and he enjoyed blue grass music.
Jan Waling ’67 died on November 29, 2012. He earned his B.A. in physics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He lived most of his adult life in California, and returned to Northern Michigan following his retirement. He lived at Lime Lake and combined his love of electronics by serving as a sound engineer for live performances. He's remembered for his sense of humor and smile, his ability to make musicians feel and sound great, and his generous caring nature.
1970'sKate Plaisier ’77 died August 29, 2012, at her home in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in biology at Kalamazoo College and later graduated from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, completing residencies in general, child, and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She was board-certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and had a private practice in Washington, D.C. Plaisier was an assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, teaching psychopharmacology and child and adolescent psychiatry. She also created a Children's National Medical Center psychiatry clinic in Laurel, Maryland., and led and participated in research on bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She received a national teaching award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2007 in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to medical education, and was elected a Fellow by the APA board of trustees in 2011 in recognition of significant contributions to psychiatry.
1980'sMark Rizzo ’84 died on September 28, 2012. He was 50. Rizzo graduated from Kalamazoo College with a B.A. in mathematics. He was deeply involved in change ringing and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. Rizzo earned an M.S. from Northwestern University. He loved spending time with his boys and family, cooking, Boy Scouts, change ringing and mathematics. He is survived by his wife, Andrea, and his three sons.
FriendsSteven Little Tyler died on December 13, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Steve served as the Kalamazoo College men's golf coach from 2004 to 2011. He was born to Mary L. and James C. Tyler on November 1, 1965, in Kalamazoo. From a very young age, Steve was passionate about people, friends, and golf. He attended Kalamazoo Public Schools, Barbour Hall, and graduated from Hackett Catholic Central (1984) where he was a captain on the golf team and led the Irish to four straight trips to the state finals. Steve attended Colorado State University. He was a member of the CSU golf team and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1989. Following graduation he traveled in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. He returned to Kalamazoo where he started his life in the golf business, which he pursued for 21 years. He earned his PGA Class A professional classification in 1993. Steve was the vice president of the Michigan PGA Assistant's Association in 1990 and 1991. He obtained his first Head PGA position at The Moors Golf Club in Portage, Mich., in 1993 and served the membership there until 2003. Steve moved to The Prairies in 2004 and then to Milham Park Golf Course as director of golf for the Kalamazoo Municipal Golf Association. Steve served the community in many ways. He was a member of the Kalamazoo Friends of Recreation Board and also assisted the Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo organizations in whatever capacity he could.