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David Schwartz ’81 retired from the Department

1979 Hey ’79ers…GUESS WHAT!? IT’S OUR 40TH CLASS REUNION THIS FALL!!! Before we all get too old to even remember we went to Knox, isn’t it time to rekindle those old memories? You know—studying into the wee hours of the morning, sprinting across campus to catch food service before they closed, falling asleep in the library and drooling into your econ book. Ah, the memories. I hope that we can get as many as we can to come back. I know for sure that I will be there, along with Eric Jackstadt, Rollie Thomas, and Jim Nehf. Make your room reservations fast! See you the first weekend of November. ❯ On a sad note, Karen Pierson Thomas shared this belated news: Carlen Arnett passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on December 20, 2016. (Karen saw a notice in the Friends of Writers blog, which is affiliated with Carlen’s MFA program at Warren Wilson College.) I’m pretty sure that Carlen was still married at the time of her death to Keith Parker ’82. They lived in Port Jefferson, New York, and had one son, Theo. Carlen’s friends held a fundraiser to plant a tree in her memory. The sugar maple tree is at Cloverdale Park in Highland Park, Illinois, across the street from where Carlen grew up and next to a tree that Carlen had planted after she lost her mother. There is a memorial plaque there. ❯ That’s about it from me. Hope to see you in the fall. Kisses! Class Correspondent: Brian Cox 618-406-7014


Greetings from the Class of 1980. Hope all is well. ❯ Judy Heitman Miller writes that in September 2018, she was promoted from legal services director to executive director of Administer Justice, a legal aid serving the Chicago collar counties. Her role will include expansion of the organization to open new legal aids across the country. ❯ Kurt Pearson has enjoyed retirement. After he completed a two-volume work on the Swedish community in his hometown called Swedenberg, the town has become interested in its Swedish roots, and the Crystal Lake Park District and Crystal Lake Historical Society have planned a Swedish Midsommar event this June with folk dancing, live music, lectures, crafts, and displays. When that is complete, Kurt and wife Jodi hope to spend some time abroad. ❯ Peter Jackson’s day job is VP for ecommerce at Napa Home and Garden, based in Atlanta. Through the magic of the internet, he gets to work remotely from tiny little Rockdale, Wisconsin. This allows him to pursue his passion of making pottery (at least part-time) in his studio. Peter’s work can be found online at Napa also imports and wholesales a line of pottery he designed, which he makes in Honduras with a group of potters he has worked with for the past 20 years. Peter makes at least one trip a



year to work with the potters there. He is also involved with a group called Potters for Peace, which works with potters in Nicaragua, and helps promote ceramic water filter technology worldwide. He and Megan just celebrated their 25th anniversary last June, and their two kids have grown up and flown the coop. Eli is 24 and has become a certified arborist in Asheville, North Carolina. Zoe is 20 and a junior at University of Denver, where she was just accepted into their 4+1 program for a master of social work degree. Peter is touch with Steve ’83 and Linda Mugnaini McMillan ’81 and got to see quite a few Knox friends at their house in December. ❯ Carol Runyon writes that 2018 was full of changes but was a blessed year. Carol’s mother, B.J. Naffziger Marion ’51, passed away in January 2018. They enjoyed attending Knox alumni lunches together in Phoenix over the years. Carol turned 60 in May and did a “staycation” in Scottsdale with friends and family. Her son moved up to Flagstaff to attend college, so she is now officially an empty-nester. Carol is still in apartment property management and loves her job. Her mortgage is now paid off, so she started 2019 out with a bang! Carol enjoys hiking, biking, and just chilling out on her time off. ❯ Marsha Sanders McCormick welcomed her second grandson on September 12, 2018. His name is Lincoln Maxwell. His older brother, Terrence, turned 5 on January 19. She is still at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri. She and husband Jay celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2018, and spent a beautiful four days on Mackinac Island, Michigan. ❯ As for me (Roy), I celebrated my 60th birthday and beating cancer in Scottsdale during New Year’s 2018. Great to see lots of friends and family. Steve Holmes and his wife, Brenda, made it out. Great fun! Class Correspondents: Roy Brandys 1818 Feather Nest Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613-1414, Joe Moore 1431 West Fargo, Chicago, IL 60626-1810, 773-848-5796,

1981 Belinda Morrill married Neal Anthony Meader, a lovely Englishman, on February 14. She plans to move her private practice in geropsychology to Palm Springs. Daughter Hannah Rose Turner has started her third year of college in the Pacific Northwest. Isn’t life grand? ❯ Paul Martin writes, “Over the past three years, wife Nanci and I have had two daughters get married, with the third now planning an October wedding. We were also blessed with twin grandsons last November and expect a granddaughter in a few weeks. Both of our law practices are rolling along, but Nanci is eyeing cutting back to help with all the grandbabies. We plan to see the Stones at NOLA Jazzfest in May, and Matt Luetger and wife Alice and Craig Murphy ’80 and wife Mary

will visit us later that month on the way to their own New Orleans vacation. We also hope to get up to Chicago this year for a visit with the usual Knox suspects!” ❯ Mark Chelmowski shares, “Last fall, Mike Takehara, Chris Daniels, Nolan Hetz, and I got together with Reed Graf in Mequon, Wisconsin. We watched the Brewers in the playoffs and had a great time reminiscing. Reed has had some serious health issues this past year but subsequently had a well-attended book signing in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, to introduce two delightful children’s books that he’s written: There Is a Mouse in My House and A Tale of 4 Tails. Anyone looking for fun books to give as a gift or for something to read to grandchildren can order them at” ❯ Jennifer Eich writes, “I’ve returned to teaching Latin American literature and Spanish language full-time after a year of sabbatical and three years as an associate dean in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University. Currently, I’m in charge of our modern languages major program and enjoy making the 3-4-hour commute only twice a week. My husband (now an associate dean at Occidental College) and I participated in an alumni gathering at a larger L.A.-area brewery run by a Knox alum, and it was great fun sharing our stories of Flunk Days, especially as a great range of ages was present. I have an article on Culture Clash’s play Chavez Ravine coming out, and I’m working on a book manuscript about noted and unknown colonial and modern Latin American and LatinX women.” ❯ Warren Krup writes, “I look forward to retirement in a couple years and spending time with my seven grandchildren. I’m fascinated reading Tom McMillan’s trip reports, which provide proof that retirement is not just shuffleboard and bingo. Running and participating in the leadership team for the BQ2 Marathon—the nation’s top Boston Marathon qualifier, which draws runners from all over the country with a few from other countries as well— helps keep me active in the running community and in shape. One of my 2-year-old grandsons ran the Fox Valley Progressive Kid’s Marathon in fall 2018. During the summer, we ran a mile on 25 different days and then on the day of the race we ran the last 1.2 miles, allowing him to complete his first marathon. His mile runs were actually running about a quarter to a third of a mile and then doing a run/walk until we completed a mile. It was a lot of fun. I hope you are all healthy and enjoying time with your families.” ❯ Lisa Gould writes, “I did notice that we were particularly silent in the most recent edition. I have never contributed, because I don’t feel that I have anything particularly newsworthy to contribute but perhaps this is my opportunity. Since graduating from Knox, I earned a M.D./Ph.D., followed by surgical residency. I have worked as a reconstructive plastic surgeon for 20 years now, providing care to the underserved. As associate medical director of the South Shore Health Center for Wound Healing (Weymouth, Massachusetts), my practice focuses on a surgical approach

Profile for Knox College

Knox Magazine - Summer 2019  

Knox Magazine - Summer 2019