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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, Feb. 26, 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, May 7. Three Alumni to receive Awards The Hope College Alumni Association will honor three alumni during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 27. The association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to J. Scott Carpenter ’87 of Alexandria, Va., and Joel Schoon-Tanis ’89 of Holland, Mich. The association will present a Meritorious Service Award to Dr. James Boelkins ’66 of Jenison, Mich. The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in recognition of the awardees’ contributions across decades or even across a career to society and service to Hope. The award, inaugurated in 1970 and presented during the college’s Alumni Banquet, is the highest honor that alumni can receive from the college’s Alumni Association. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes a person’s contributions to Hope and its alumni through notable personal service and long-time involvement with the college. The award is presented to both alumni and friends of the college. in Tashkent, Uzbekistan has his name on it. He preached in several churches and spoke at the Christian hospital in Gwangju, where he and his wife, Ruth Slotsema ’52 Nieusma, lived, worked and raised their family. Robert Hamilton ’55 of Glenwood, Iowa, was listed in Who’s Who as the leader of religious education for 2012. Bill Heydorn ’55 of Belvedere Tiburon, Calif., reports that he has continued to work as a hospital surveyor for Joint Commission International. In 2012, he had the opportunity to survey 11 hospitals in eight countries, including South America, the Middle and Far East and he looks forward to returning to those areas in the new year. Richard Decker ’56 of Deerfield, Ill., was an invited guest and plenary speaker during the 40 th anniversary of universal screening of donor blood. The two symposiums were the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of Liver in Taiwan, and “Turning Science into Caring in Latin America” in Panama. He was one of three scientists to develop the first sensitive blood test for hepatitis B at Abbott Labs 42 years ago. Carol Houghtaling ’58 Brinkerhoff and her husband celebrated 54 years of marriage in August. J. Scott Carpenter ’87 Joel Schoon-Tanis ’89 Dr. James Boelkins ’66 30s Julia Finlay ’30 of Sturgis, Mich., was a special guest at the Constantine Alumni Banquet held on Sunday, Oct. 14. She taught in Constantine and Sturgis for 34 years. Andrew Vollink ’38 of Indian River, Mich., turned 100 years old on Saturday, Dec. 8. Carpenter is in his second year as deputy director with Google Ideas of Google Inc. Google Ideas is Google’s think/do tank. Its mission is to explore how technology might enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability and repression. His time with Google follows more than 25 years of service with an international focus in both the U.S. and abroad. Schoon-Tanis is an artist whose creativity has found expression— and has earned acclaim—in multiple media. Among other accomplishments, he has shown his paintings around the United States as well as abroad; he has contributed illustrations to more than half a dozen books for children; and he was the creator and writer of the award-winning children’s television program Come On Over! Boelkins was provost and a professor of biology at Hope from 2002 until retiring in 2010. He worked in higher education administration for 39 years, including 25 years as the chief academic officer at Hope and other institutions. In retirement he has been serving Hope as executive secretary for the college’s Presidential Search Committee. Biographical sketches of all three alumni are featured on the college’s website. hope.edu/nfhc “Traveling Tales” for preschoolers, narrating for department of the blind projects, and writing gardening and green living articles for the church newsletter. Mary Gouwens ’63 De Young of Arvada, Colo., and her husband, William De Young ’64, work in the Grand Teton National Park from May to October and then usually spend some of the winter in Mexico. Marietta Workman ’63 Driscoll of Muskegon, Mich., is serving on the board of directors for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County. She is an elder at the First Presbyterian Church and does volunteer fundraising for the Child Abuse Council. John Dunn ’63 of East Lansing, Mich., was inducted into Sparrow Hospital’s Hall of Fame in 2012. He was also named Michigan State Medical Society Foundation Mridha International Physician Volunteer of the Year in 2011. David Fugazzotto ’63 of Birmingham, Ala., plans to retire at the end of this year after working more than 40 years in pediatric practice. He has been listed in “Birmingham’s Best Doctors” for six consecutive years. Bruce Gillies ’63 of Bradenton, Fla., retired as Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York in 2011. 40s Bob Barkema ’47 of Holland, Mich., celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends on Saturday, Nov. 30. Marian Korteling ’47 Levai of Jacksonville, Fla., continues to work at a mental health clinic for children and adolescents and enjoyed a family cruise in July 2012 to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras in addition to St. Maarten. George Zuidema ’49 of Holland, Mich., retired from the Board of Directors of Ottagan Addictions Recovery (OAR) after 12 years of service. 60s Douglas Neckers ’60 of Perrysburg, Ohio, was written up in the fall issue of the Bowling Green State University alumni magazine. He is the McMaster distinguished research professor emeritus of photochemical sciences. David Bolhuis ’63 of Hudsonville, Mich., retired after 46 years of teaching, has published two books on local history and is in the Hudsonville High School Hall of Fame. Priscilla DeJong ’63 Brink of Marshfield, Wis., reports that she is thankful to be able to travel and to be with family and friends, and continues to volunteer at her church and in the community. The local photography club challenges her as she learns new techniques. C. Heidi Heideman ’63 Byrne of Hastings, Mich., retired after working at Thornapple Manor Medical Care Facility as their health and education director after 33 years, but does some part-time work for the Manor. She has been working as a nurse for 52 years. Donna Davis ’63 of Cedar Falls, Iowa, reports that she is enjoying volunteer projects, reading for her local library’s 50s Dick Nieusma ’52 of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his son traveled to Seoul, South Korea in October 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Korean Dental Mission for Christ, which Dick founded. About 30 full-time missionary families and hundreds of short-term dental personnel are serving from Mongolia to Africa, treating patients and training local dentists, hygienists and lab technicians. A large training center June 2012 April 2013 21 21
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Three Alumni to receive Awards
The Hope College Alumni Association will honor three alumni during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 27.
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