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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 alumni@hope. edu or submit information via myHope at . All submissions received by the Public Relations Office by Tuesday, Sept. 17, 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. 29. great-grandchildren on a cruise to the Bahamas. Robert Strabbing ’47 of Zeeland, Mich., celebrated his 90th birthday in August with an open house. 50s Robert Kisken ’59 of Glenrock, Wyo., has his collection of rodeo clown photographs on display at the Museum of the American Cowboy. The exhibit is featuring almost 40 photographs of clowns, but also includes 317 rodeo shots complete with some landscape shots. Caron VandenHoek ’67 Farmer of Muskegon, Mich., performed the Noon Organ Concert at Pillar Church on Wednesday, Aug. 14, premiering a commissioned piece by Stephen Paulus with the ending arranged by Caron due to Stephen’s untimely stroke and prolonged illness. Her husband, Floyd Farmer ’67, and Caron commissioned the second movement of Baronian Suite , a tribute to Michael Barone’s leadership on Pipedreams on NPR. The movement, titled A Refined Reflection, complements company in 2008, where he continues to write proposals, occasionally winning and managing a contract. He works from home 90 percent of the time, and notes that it is the perfect retirement job, assuming one still wants to work after age 65. Jane Heerema ’62 Perry has moved from Buffalo, N.Y., to Chicago, Ill., to be close to family. Clifford Cross ’63 and his wife, Melodie Grevenstuk ’64 Cross of Venice, Fla., celebrated their 50th anniversary in June. Gene Allen Klaasen ’63 of Holland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Jack Siebers ’63 of Holland, Mich., was recently named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list. He is a the first movement Blithely Breezing Along that was originally commissioned by the American Guild of Organists. She studied piano with Charles Aschbrenner and studied organ with Huw Lewis following a teaching career at Muskegon Public Schools. corporate law specialist with Foster Swife in Holland. Ronald Plasman ’64 of Zeeland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Robert Schrotenboer ’65 of Zeeland, Mich., and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Graham Duryee ’66 has retired as managing broker for the Greenridge Realty of Holland, Hamilton and Saugatuck/Douglas offices and accepted a management position with VIP Realty in Naples, Fla. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson ’67 of Kentwood, Mich., is the author of From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans 60s Robert Bratton ’60 of East Aurora, N.Y., and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Jerry Hill ’61 Atascadero, Calif., is currently working for a small systems developer, Avum Inc., managing web sites for the U.S. Navy, including a web application to capture volumes of personal information for those who wish to join the Navy for security sensitive positions, and the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting Case Management System. He left CSC in 1997 and consulted for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, then for Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, after which he consulted for aerospace companies. He joined a friend’s 40s Raymond Lokers ’40 of Hamilton, Mich., competed in the National Senior Games in bowling and golf. He won gold in both events. Harriet Hains ’47 Heneveld and her husband Lowell Heneveld ’47 celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in July and Lowell’s 90th birthday with a family reunion of 20 children, grandchildren and two Christian Liberal Arts Education Put to Use Dr. Linda Provo ’71 Fulton has put her liberal arts education from Hope to good use. As a freshman, Linda planned on becoming a teacher. Once she started taking education classes, however, Linda realized that teaching wasn’t for her. She graduated with a Classics major and a minor in geology. Linda went on to earn a master’s and Ph.D. in geology and had a long, successful career as a geologist at Exxon. Later in life, she began taking organ lessons and eventually earned an undergraduate degree in music. Today she enjoys playing for her church in Ripley, Ohio. “I was fortunate and blessed that Hope enabled me to have a rewarding career and life,” says Linda. “I benefited so much from having a liberal arts education with a Christian emphasis.” Hope is grateful to all of the 700-plus members of the Dimnent Heritage Society for their generosity in supporting the college. Throughout its history, planned gifts from friends like Linda have helped shape the character of Hope College and its community. Dr. Linda Provo ’71 Fulton For more information contact: John A. Ruiter, J.D. Dir. of Planned Giving Voice: (616)395-7779 E-Mail: June 2012 October 2013 23 23

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