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Class Notes News and information for class notes, marriages, advanced degrees and deaths are compiled for News from Hope College by Julie Rawlings ’83 Huisingh. In addition to featuring information provided directly by alumni, this section includes news compiled from a variety of public sources and shared here to enhance its service as a way of keeping the members of the Hope family up to date about each other. News should be mailed to: Alumni News; Hope College Public Relations; 141 E. 12th St.; PO Box 9000; Holland, MI 49422-9000. Internet users may send to email@example.com or submit information via myHope at hope.edu/ alumni . All submissions received by the Public Relations Office by Tuesday, Sept. 18, have been included in this issue. Because of the lead time required by this publication’s production schedule, submissions received after that date (with the exception of obituary notices) have been held for the next issue, the deadline for which is Tuesday, Oct 30. 40s Clarence Hopkins ’48 of Holland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in August. Peter Warnock ’79 of Columbia, Mo., won the “Rookie Competitor Award” at the Missouri Atlatl Association’s event at the Cahokia Mounds World heritage site. An atlatl is a spear thrower, used by ancient humans before the bow and arrow. 50s Glenn Petroelje ’52 of Holland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. Vernon Hoffman ’56 of Grandville, Mich., retired after a 30-year career with Western Theological Seminary. 80s Suzie Ross ’56 of Lacey, Wash., started playing pickleball in 2007 when it was introduced in her residential community. She is now one of 75 club members and plays five days a week. On Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, she played in her third consecutive Washington State Senior Olympic Games, where she and her partner came in first place. She loves the competition and draws on her experience as a four-year tennis player at Hope. Veterans and Military Families.” Richard Williams ’75 of Albuquerque, N.M., provided the leadership of the New Mexico MainStreet Program, through which the first Native American MainStreet Program at Zuni Pueblo in the Trust’s history was established. The new partnership between the sovereign nation of Zuni, the state of New Mexico, and the Trust will explore the opportunities for community development within a new cultural community. There are currently 29 MainStreet and Arts and Cultural Districts in the state of New Mexico. Kay Maassen Gouwens ’77 continues to practice law in Anchorage, specializing in advice to Alaska Native health-care organizations. Peter Maassen ’77 of Anchorage, Alaska, has been appointed to the state Supreme Court by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. James Dykstra ’78 is serving as a specialized transition minister in the Reformed Church in America, and is currently with First Reformed Church of Wichert, in St. Anne, Ill. Paul Pratt ’78 of Wyoming, Mich., is the lead pastor of First Reformed Church of Grandville, Mich. Doug Koopman ’79 of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named executive associate to the president for communication and planning at Calvin College, working within the office of the president. Timothy Griffin ’80 of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named pediatrician-in-chief at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital and department chief at Spectrum Health Medical Group. Kirk Hoopingarner ’81 of Chicago, Ill., has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013. He is employed by the national law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP. Kevin Kraay ’81 of Zeeland, Mich., placed second in his age group in the Michigan Titanium Triathlon on Sunday, Aug 26. Patty Dryfhout ’81 Pratt of Wyoming, Mich., is the director of music at First Reformed Church of Grandville, Mich. Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens ’83 of Berea, Ky., is an associate professor of comparative literature, and scholar 60s George Boerigter ’61 of Holland, Mich., has helped start up companies in several countries, and the fruits of that labor are now resulting in weddings. He was the guest of honor at a large Chinese wedding with 1,200 guests in February 2012. In addition, he and his wife were the official witnesses and George gave the wedding speech to the entire gathering. In September, he will be the guest of honor in the United Kingdom for the daughter of the owner of another company. Landis Zylman ’61 of Holland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Glenn Pietenpol ’64 of South Haven, Mich., has been elected to the South Haven Community Foundation. Al Boers ’51 of Holland, Mich., pictured with Bill Vanderbilt Sr. ’61 , attended the London Olympics in July. This was the ninth Olympic event that Al has attended. He started attending the games in 1968 in Mexico City. He took a break when his four children were young, but started up in 1988 in Korea, then Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He enjoys the summer games, but did attend Salt Lake City winter games in Utah. His favorite location was Korea, where he stayed with a host family and was able to get immersed in the Korean culture. The track and field stadium events are his favorite. His wife, Elaine Groustra ’52 Boers, has attended several with him, as has Tom Bylsma ’86 . He has also been to three Pan-American games. 70s Jeff Winne ’73 is a furniture sales executive based in Charlotte, N.C., covering western North Carolina for Business Interiors by Staples. Robert Bruinooge ’74 moved to Pennsylvania in June of this year to take the call of co-pastor with his wife, Mary Jo Walters ’75 Bruinooge, to the Presbyterian Church of Osceola Mills, Pa. Mary Jo is also the chaplain of Windy Hill Village, a senior retirement facility in Philipsburg, Pa. Carol Hoekstra ’75 Sheets of Silver Spring, Md., who is the national director of social work, Department of Veterans Affairs, presented on a plenary panel at the 2012 National Association of Social Workers national practice conference, “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work” in Washington, D.C., to more than 1,000 social workers. The plenary panel was a critical component of the conference and “Building Hope with Honor for Jim VanderMeer ’76 of Holland, Mich., at left, was presented with an appreciation award by Hope’s head football coach, Dean Kreps, during a ceremony preceding the college’s Community Day game on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Holland Municipal Stadium. He was a member of the Hope football coaching staff for 27 seasons, and after retiring from the Holland Public Schools in 2006 taught in the college’s department of kinesiology. He retired from Hope this past spring as an associate professor of kinesiology emeritus. June 2012 October 2012 21 21
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