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Hope College December 2013 : Page 22

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 or submit information at update . All submissions received by the Public Relations Office by Tuesday, Oct. 29, 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, Feb. 25. Gratitude for Selfless Service Retirement takes all sorts of forms. For Dave Vanderwel ’67, it involved two-and-a-half years of full-time service to his alma mater . Just two weeks after retiring as executive director at Geneva Camp and Retreat Center at the end of April 2011, he was back at work, serving at Hope on an interim basis as vice president for college advancement. His tenure was only interim technically, with Vanderwel graciously staying at Hope for the next 30 months, concluding his service later this month. Along the way, he provided crucial and effective leadership during an active period that included the launch and pursuit of the A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign, development of the college’s branding and integrated marketing initiative, and reorganizations to make the most of the staff. And he did it with heart. Vanderwel’s time in the role followed a long history of service to Hope. He was assistant director of admissions from 1971 to 1973 and director of campus life and associate dean of students from 1973 to 1984. He was also resident director (head resident) in Kollen Hall while pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary. He subsequently served as managing editor of CRC publications for a decade before joining Geneva in 1994. Marv Kragt ’49 of Grandview, Wash., along with 94 veterans of World War II, recently toured the war monuments in Washington, D.C., through the Inland Northwest Honor Flight Network of Spokane, Wash. Dave Vanderwel ’67 is portrayed along with his wife and their physical and spiritual journey in China and Saudi Arabia in the book 47 Houses On The Long Journey Home, which his wife wrote. L. James Harvey ’52 of Caledonia, Mich., has been elected to the Coaches Hall of Fame at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, Calif. He coached from 1953 to 1957 and in that time his football teams (six-man) won three championships. Douglas van Gessel ’52 of Artesia, Calif., has been appointed by the Reformed Church in America to be the chaplain to the retired pastors and their 30s Myron Kollen ’36 of Kalamazoo, Mich., turned 100 years old on Friday, Aug. 23, with a celebration held in his honor on Sunday, Aug. 25. He has chronicled the events of his life (as well as the story of the Kollen family’s emigration from Overisel in the Netherlands to Overisel, Mich., where he was born) in the monograph It’s hard to grow old with a dimple in your chin: A letter to my family . 40s Ken Weller ’48 made presentations to the staff of the NCAA and small-college presidents in August at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of NCAA Division III. President emeritus of Central College in Pella, Iowa, he was a key person in the early years of the organization and is frequently referred to as a “founding father.” 50s James Bennett ’50 of Sheldon, Wash., and Louise VanBronkhorst ’52 Bennett celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in September. Gordon De Pree ’52 of Jefferson, N.C., Reputation and Trust Key in Alum’s Gift Intentions Hope’s strong reputation is one of the reasons Dan Clifford ’68 chose Hope for his undergraduate experience in 1964. That sentiment hasn’t changed. Today, Dan and his wife, Nancy, want to help maintain and enhance Hope’s reputation as well as support its mission by including the college in their estate plan. Dan and Nancy also trust that Hope will find an appropriate use for their funds. “The college and the Board have done a good job in the past with its resources, and we’ll trust that to continue in the future,” says Dan. Hope is grateful to all of the 700-plus members of the Dimnent Heritage Society for their generosity in supporting the students and faculty of the college. Throughout the college’s history, planned gifts from friends like Dan and Nancy have helped shape the character of Hope College and its community. Nancy and Dan Clifford For more information contact: John A. Ruiter, J.D. Dir. of Development and Dir. of Planned Giving Voice: (616)395-7779 E-Mail: 22 News From From Hope Hope College College News

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