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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, May 7, 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, July 9. Lubbers, Prins and chapel every morning. Be there or be in trouble. We are thankful to Hope for all the fine response to Jesus’s call to love one another, to work for peace and justice. Thankful, too, for the opportunity to establish the Felicia Hrbek Saunders Scholarship Fund for prospective nurses. We welcome Hope visitors with a note from their pastor, we offer among others a day at the Smithsonian.” Gordon Laman ’56 of Holland, Mich., has written a book titled Pioneers to Partners The Reformed Church in America and Christian Mission with the Japanese . He and his late wife, Evon Southland ’57 Laman, were missionaries for 43 years in Japan, where he wrote one book and many journal articles, all in Japanese. He also taught for 21 years at the Tokyo Union Seminary. He received the distinguished alumni award from Western Theological Seminary on Monday, May 13. 60s George Boerigter ’61 of Hudsonville, Mich., was elected to the board of directors of Preferred Produce, an organic greenhouse start-up that focuses on close to market food production. He is also the driving force behind a recently created New Mexico firm called The Start-Up Factory, an innovative way to transfer technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. The Start-Up Factory has licensed eight different technologies from UNM and Sandia Laboratories and created four brand new start-ups. He and his wife and their company, SoundOff Signal, are also the sponsors of the new Bakers Breakfast Lecture Series at Hope featuring well-known business speakers aimed at the local business community. The first speaker was James Hackett, CEO at Steelcase, on Monday, April 1. Tom Bos ’61 of Holland, Mich., and his wife, Jane Dykhuizen ’71 Bos , were honored with G.W. Haworth Strength of the Community Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom has traveled all over the world with Rotary International and Jane was called “a lifelong community champion” for her work in various organization in the community. Their children were also honored at the event for their services to the community. Beverly Bosch ’63 Accardo of Grand Blanc, Mich., reports that she stays busy playing the piano and taking care of her garden and pool. She also enjoys being “Nana” to two beautiful grandchildren. Priscilla DeJong ’63 Brink of Marshfield, Wis., reports that she and her husband, Bruce Brink ’60 , are fortunate to be able to travel and spend time in Arizona. They love seeing their children and six grandchildren. They do volunteer work at their Presbyterian Church and in the community. Jack Cooper ’63 of Grand Rapids, Mich., served two Reformed churches in upstate New York from 1966 to 1983. He returned to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he served at the Fifth Reformed Church in a variety of 40s Gordon Brewer ’48 was the honorary starter for the 122nd Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Field Day hosted by Hope on Thursday-Friday, May 2-3. He was Hope’s track and field coach for 33 years. The recently renovated track and field complex is named in his honor. Their career journeys have differed, but the three alumni who received awards during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 27, share many qualities: tremendous expertise combined with humility, the ability to share the gifts that others have given to them, appreciation for those in their lives, and a strong work ethic. In their individual remarks during the event, they also celebrated the role that Hope had played in shaping them, expressing appreciation for positions until his retirement in 2011. Ralph Houston ’63 of Holland, Mich., is a substitute teacher and plays “Taps” at military funerals. He has five children, two biological and three adopted. Marcia Swets ’66 Buck of Holland, Mich., spoke on “Water – We Can’t Live Without It” at the Woman ’s Literary Club meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. She is the director of program operations at Aqua Clara. James Pierpont ’66 and Judith Rogers ’67 Pierpont of Chicago, Ill., and Orono, Minn., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March. Teunisje Velthuizen ’66 of South Bend, Ind., was recognized as an honorary canon of the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 27. She was recognized for her ministry that has exemplified the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for the work of the church. ( NfHC apologizes for the error in her note in the previous edition.) John Mulder ’67 of Louisville, Ky., has published Finding God: A Treasury of Conversion Stories (Eerdmans), which has won a Silver Nautilus Award for books on spirituality. Patricia Canfield ’69 Crist of Reidsville, N.C., volunteers at Caswell Parish Food Pantry, and participates in the local library and other church activities. Mary Ellen Atkinson ’68 Hindson of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., reports that she is happily retired, has two lovely grandchildren, and children living in Texas, Washington, Utah and New York. the college’s blend of academic excellence, liberal arts breadth, vibrant Christian faith, and caring and dedicated community. From left to right are Joel Schoon-Tanis ’89 of Holland, Mich. (Distinguished Alumni Award); Dr. James Boelkins ’66 (Meritorious Service Award); and J. Scott Carpenter ’87 (Distinguished Alumni Award). More about each is available online, as are videos featuring their reflections during the banquet. hope.edu/pr/nfhc Linda Patterson ’68 Miller of Glen Mills, Pa., is a professor of English at Penn State Abington. She was recently named the Penn State Laureate for the Humanities for 2011-2012. Carol Schakel ’68 Troost of Scotia, N.Y., received the Schenectady Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for work in ReStore (a store run by Habitat) and volunteer of the Year in 2011 for work as an usher at Proctors Theater. Pamela Reynolds ’68 VanderWeele of Shippensburg, Pa., spent one month building a Habitat house in Hobbs, N.M., with the Care A Vanners RV group. She is currently a water safety volunteer at Lake Texoma in Denison, Texas. Bruce White ’68 of Gilbert, Ariz., retired from private dental practice in 2009 and is an adjunct professor at A. T. Still University Dental School in Mesa, Ariz. 50s Harold Saunders ’52 and his wife are currently in Switzerland. He writes, “26 grandchildren later with memories as green as the Swiss countryside of D. Ivan, Sylvio Scorza ’45 of Orange City, Iowa was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the commencement ceremony of Northwestern College on Saturday, May 11. He taught at Northwestern from 1959 to 1990. He was paralyzed from the chest down his senior year at Hope as the result of a traffic accident. He graduated from Western Theological Seminary and earned doctorates from Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Illinois. Since retirement he has continued to take classes at Northwestern and has earned 220 credits, taking classes from all subjects. He also celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, March 21. 70s Stanley Sterk ’70 was appointed the managing partner of the Grand Rapids office of Ferris, Busscher & Zwiers, CPAs of Holland, Mich. In the past Stan was an instructor at Hope 1974-1975, Michigan State University 1975 and Grand Valley State University 1976. He also has been active in the trade associations related to construction. He served on the Michigan Association of Home Builders board of directors for 30 years, and has been the secretary and treasurer of the Western 22 22 News News From From Hope Hope College College
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