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Class Notes through 1989

(received as of June 1, 2012)

1953

Don Bronkema has retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

Robert Lee Jennings planned and performed in a musical vespers worship service at Fairhaven Residence in Whitewater, Mich.

Niel Johnson, a Harry Truman impressionist, was named one of this year’s 50 Missourians You Should Know by Ingram’s (Missouri’s Business Magazine).

1955

Karl Mattson, former Gettysburg College chaplain and founder of the Center for Public Service, received the honorary doctor of divinity degree from the college.

1958

John Sutherland married Gail Kline on April 14, 2012.

1959

George Kutsunis celebrated 50 years as an independent business owner of Four Seasons, Geneseo, Ill. His daughter, Katherine Kutsunis ’91 Andrios has been running the company (six locations in Illinois and Iowa) for 20 years.

1960

David Carlson is clinical pastoral educator at Mercy & Unity Hospitals, Fridley, Minn.

George Prescott was elected 2012 commander of Chicago Sail and Power Squadron, a fraternal recreational boating group affiliated with U.S. Power Squadrons.

1961

Esther Nelson Redelsheimer’s book, Life’s Best Gifts, was published by Tradewinds.

1963

Richard Stahl’s poem, Wilfred Owen’s War, was printed in the program for the Quad City Symphony’s Masterworks V, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a work that weaves in some of the poems of WWI soldier-poet Wilfred Owen.

1964

Gerald Hubbart retired after serving 22 years as a judge in the State of Florida’s court system; he now works as a mediator.

1965

Janice Edmund Maurus is the writing center coordinator at Hostos Community College, Bronx, N.Y.

Judy Anderson Schultz retired from the book buyer position at the Gustavus Adolphus College bookstore.

1966

Diane Gustafson Hill was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the distinguished philanthropist award.

1968

John Nabity received the Viking of Distinction award in the North High Hall of Fame for outstanding leadership in the Omaha, Neb., area.

 

1971

Barbara Anderson Bruneau accepted the call to serve as pastor of Blair (Wis.) Lutheran Church.

1972

Steve Keuer was appointed president and chief medical officer for Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Tyler, Texas.

Mark Schersten was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Siena Heights University, Adrian, Mich., where he has taught philosophy for the past 27 years.

1973

Drew Boster joined Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, Calif., as vice president, institutional advancement.

Phillip Hoffmann has retired after 27 years as a foreign service officer with the State Department; he served as a minister-counselor at the Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, during last year’s disasters.

1976

Deb Parkhurst Green has retired after 24 years as children’s services coordinator at the Iowa City (Iowa) Public Library.

Valerie Munson is a professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale.

1977

Gregory Day has been named choral artistic director for the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale, a professional adult community choir based in New Lenox and Frankfort, Ill.

Dan Gottschling was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

1978

Joseph Bruno has been elected the 18th president of Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio.

Tracey Kuehl retired as director of the Family Museum, Bettendorf, Iowa.

1979

Leslie Westa Kolterman was appointed assistant dean for development and alumni affairs at Boston University School of Public Health.

Lowell Nelson was ordained as a pastor and now serves Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Neb.

Shelby Olson was promoted to senior consultant for Right Management, Fairfax, Va.

1980

Steven Betts joined the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University as its senior vice president and managing director of assets.

1981

Sonya Swanson Lindquist was appointed executive director of the East Madison Monona (Wis.) Coalition of the Aging.

Kyle Pasewark joined Greenfield Labby LLP, a law firm in New York, N.Y.

 

1982

Gary Aiken married Tamara Bailey on March 11, 2012.

Suzanne Dell-St. Clair is associate development director-public health and preventive medicine for the Kansas University Endowment Association, Kansas City.

Mary McCowin-Goering coordinates community education seminars about immigration law in the Chicago area as an of-counsel attorney for Lake Bluff, Ill.-based BENNU Legal Services.

Cindy Parchert is finance director for the City of Rock Island.

Robert Polansky was promoted to executive director of Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, Ill.

Deborah Haertjens Struck is acquisition staff specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Mark Watka was promoted to global health and safety director for Environ International Corp.

1983

John Burns is vice president sales at Central Garden and Pet Co.

Lu Ann Burfield Schieferdecker won the retail category in an entrepreneurial contest called the Henry and Stark Counties Fast Pitch Contest. Her new business, Lu Ann Specialties, in Galva, Ill., sells locally produced foods and goods for corporate and individual gifts.

Joseph Spratt is senior country program manager with the U.S. Security Assistance Command for the Country of Kuwait.

1985

Donald Faust is total loss claims adjuster with Sentry Insurance, Davenport, Iowa.

Christopher Jannes, a shareholder in the Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, Iowa, has received the AV® Preeminent™ rating by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.

1986

Steve Lund, professor of English as a second language, was named 2012 Teacher of the Year at Arizona Western College, Yuma.

1987

Renee Burghart Aller is controller–Davenport Works at Alcoa, Inc., Bettendorf, Iowa.

Darrin Good was named the associate provost and dean of sciences and education at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.

Robin Natzke is associate director of business development at Kraft Foods, Glenview, Ill.

1989

Karyn Fritz Brown adopted 4-year-old Anderson Diwas Brown in February 2011.