January 21, 2022

Class Notes & Obituaries

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This most recent batch of Class Notes and Obits were submitted before Oct. 1.

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Alumni Council message

The Spring of 2020 changed all of our lives significantly, and so it changed Alumni Council in ways we hadn’t imagined. We had planned to address student outreach, establish working sessions to effectively involve alumni in both student enrollment and career planning and identify ways for Council to better communicate—until we had to cancel our in-person meeting.

Since the cancellation of that meeting, this story is about what’s different now. By necessity, we put a halt to project planning and pivoted into a phase of re-invention, looking inward to revise our purpose and function in the face of a vastly different world. As 2022 dawns and we carefully return to an active planning and programming agenda, we do so from a new place:

  • We are separating our processes from our governance. We have both a fledgling standard operating procedures manual and a new constitution, emphasizing a mission to inspire alumni engagement through opportunities to connect with members of the Earlham campus and global communities to advance the interests of Earlham College.
    • This includes revised Council participation expectations that, making use of virtual meeting technologies, allows Council to draw its membership increasingly from the growing global community of alumni.
  • We have a new committee structure with fewer, focused and different standing committees and more emphasis on ad hoc opportunities to serve alumni and to connect them to the campus community in new ways.
  • We have come together for diversity and inclusion training, delivered by EC alumni experts and are engaged in revising and acting on steps that Council first committed to in the summer of 2020, namely, to put into practice our mission to facilitate the longstanding relationship between the College and its global, diverse alumni community.

For more information about Alumni Council, visit https://earlham.edu/alumni/get-involved/alumni-council/. Email us at [email protected].

Martha Henn and Wendy Smiseck

Class Notes

Alum name Class year Earlhamite issue Note Note type Obituary type Attached images Details
Kayla Trevino 2018 Winter 2022 issue I started the master's of science psychology program at Arizona State University in August. I'm on the fast track expect to graduate next summer. I will be getting married in March of 2022! General update More details
Chisama Ku Penn 2016 Winter 2022 issue In 2019, Chisama Ku Penn started Custom Tradition, a black-owned, fair-trade project based in Mexico that supports indigenous women artisans by working with them directly and providing them with access to a global market to promote their handicrafts. She is currently raising money to support this project so that she can continue to positively impact the women she works with in more ways than one. If you would like to support her, please take a moment to donate by visiting www.CustomTradition.com. General update More details
Chris Angell 2015 Winter 2022 issue This year I have two exciting announcements! First, in May, I earned my doctorate in biology at the University of Ottawa, where I studied aging in wild flies in beautiful (and mosquito-ridden) Algonquin Provincial Park. Second, after a long time away, I've returned to Earlham this fall as the biology lab and stockroom manager. I'm grateful to be back in my old department, but now on the "other side!" General update More details
Maya Reisman 2014 Winter 2022 issue I am currently living in Washington, D.C., where I graduated from American University Washington College of Law. I graduated with honors and received an award for my work in fighting the criminal system. I also had a couple of articles published in The Criminal Law Practitioner and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Journal on Social Justice. For those interested, the articles are titled: (1) "Eternal Punishment: The Cruel and Unusual Practice of Deporting Noncitizen Juvenile Offenders"; and (2) "A New Idea for the Education System in Maryland Juvenile Correctional Facilities."

In November, I found out that I passed the bar exam and began working as a trial attorney for the D.C. Public Defender Service (PDS). Working at PDS is not a dream come true, because it is better than any job I ever dreamed of. People living in poverty in the United States are faced with a number of indignities; not the least of which is the lack of control over their fate in the criminal system. In a system designed to further dehumanize and forever penalize poor people, the inability to choose who will defend you is an added affliction. As a public defender, I work to preserve my clients’ dignity and autonomy in a system that seeks to strip them of the few entitlements they have left.

I am committed to fighting the U.S. government every day for the rest of my career. I owe my grit and determination to the education I received at Earlham College. I will never be able to repay the professors and classmates who taught me the importance of being a catalyst for good.
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Arielle Webb 2014 Winter 2022 issue Arielle Webb, M.Ed., LMHC continues to pursue her career in mental health as a Youth and Family Mental Health Counselor at a 503(c) non-profit in the inland Northwest, United States. Arielle provides in-person and virtual individual, family and group therapy primarily to adolescents and children from underserved and marginalized rural communities. Providing a courageous and confidential space for youth to heal and prosper is important to Arielle; it is the "why" that fuels her commitment, despite the increased demands and challenges exacerbated by the global pandemic. To offset the demands, Arielle has found no shortage of hobbies to enjoy during her personal time. From the Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse, Arielle fully indulges the diverse terrain of the Northwest through mountain biking, backpacking, hiking and outdoor rock climbing. With snow on the horizon, Arielle looks forward to shredding the mountains on her snowboard! Although the global pandemic has posed both personal and professional challenges, Arielle is grateful for the unconditional support of her family, close friends, partner and beloved animal companion, Waffles, an 80 lb. brindle-colored French Bullmastiff. Sadly, Waffles passed away in May 2021 from bone cancer. Arielle looks forward to spending the winter holidays with her and her partner's family on the east and west coast (United States), respectfully. General update More details
Elizabeth Denny 2013 Winter 2022 issue Lizzy Denny graduated from the master's program at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California (another Quaker Institution) with a master's in advocacy and social justice with a global distinction. She was the only student earning the Global Distinction in all the College for the past two years. She is the state program specialist for Impact Justice in California. General update More details
Norah Doss 2012 Winter 2022 issue Norah Doss is living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her partner and her dog. She began teaching high school humanities at an independent school, and has even had current Earlham professor of English and convener of the Honors Program, Nate Eastman, meet with her students virtually! She remains an adjunct professor at Central New Mexico Community College. She spends her time knitting sweaters, hiking in the mountains and singing in local musical groups. General update More details
Archer Bunner 2011 Winter 2022 issue I am teaching at Richmond High School in Indiana, where I have been for 8 years now! I enjoyed visiting with folks for an off-campus "reunion" this past fall. Please, reach out if you are coming to Richmond and would like to hangout! General update More details
Megan Holthaus 2011 Winter 2022 issue I recently moved to Canaan Valley, West Virginia, to help start and run a ski resort – Timberline Mountain – with some of my friends. We're surrounded by plenty of rock climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and other spaces for outdoor adventures. I would love to host any friends from the Earlham community that would like to visit the area! General update More details
Donnie Smith 2011 Winter 2022 issue Hi Class of 2011,

It has been awhile since I have submitted a class update. I'm still on the West Coast living in Oakland, California and missing my days on the Heart. I have been here for 3 years and absolutely love the weather, people and the community that I have found. I'm still working in education and so happy to be in a community that is doing some amazing work. If any alums are in the Bay or Los Angeles areas please let me know because I would love to connect.

Missing you all and can't to see you all in 2026 for our 15 year reunion.
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Hannah Leifheit 2011 Winter 2022 issue In May, Hannah Leifheit began managing a food pantry outside of Philadelphia. She is very thankful to be a part of a dedicated team of people doing community-level, food access work guided by the needs of those the pantry serves. Give a holler if you're passing through! General update More details
Adam Tobin 2010 Winter 2022 issue After two reschedules and a year of waiting, I married my wife, Nora Conklin, on Aug. 29 in Baltimore. It was a dream come true and we were very lucky to have friends and family in attendance including Gabriel and Mariah Torres and Eric Holman '09. We are living in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Happy to host or meet up with any Earlhamites passing through or in the area! Marriage, General update More details
Max Crumley-Effinger 2010 Winter 2022 issue I am currently living in Blacksburg, Virginia and working with international students at Virginia Tech. I'm in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in international education at Loyola University Chicago, where I am also a member of the adjunct faculty in the School of Education. I am looking forward to gathering in-person with EC friends at a future Homecoming, and hope that can happen soon. General update More details
Adam Putnam 2007 Winter 2022 issue Sara Bohall Putnam '08 and I welcomed Charlotte "Lottie" Louise Putnam to the world on Valentine's Day 2021. I'm a psychology professor at Furman University in South Carolina, and Sara works for the biostatistics department at the University of Minnesota (remotely of course). Birth More details
Lydia Hamilton 2006 Winter 2022 issue I recently completed my doctorate in health behavior from the Indiana University-School of Public Health, where my research focused on human milk bank donation. I chat daily with my best friend and fellow Mountain Wilderness 2002 alum Shannon Effler, and am in frequent contact with Emily Steele, Hannah Swihart, and Kim Shipley '07. General update More details
Annika Taylor 2005 Winter 2022 issue Annika Taylor and her partner, Ross, welcomed a baby girl to the world on July 29, 2021. Eleanor Anne Whitmore-Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is looking forward to joining Earlham's class of 2043. Birth More details
Mandy Kelly 2004 Winter 2022 issue Mandy Kelly was born to Clifford and Patricia Kelly on Dec. 7, 1980, in Richmond, Indiana. She graduated from Union County High School with the class of 1999 prior to attending Earlham College, where she received an undergraduate degree in psychology. Mandy furthered her education by receiving a master’s degree in divinity in 2010. Mandy enjoyed crocheting, needle point, writing and spending time with her family and friends. More than anything, she loved raising her two sons and reading them special stories before bedtime. Mandy will be remembered as a loving mother, a wonderful daughter, a caring sister and friend.

In addition to her parents, Mandy is survived by her fiancé, Aaron K. Swindill; sons, Drake and Zander; sister, Lindsey M. Kelly; aunts and uncles, Glenn and Misty Woosley, Chris Woosley, John and Kim Woosley; special cousins for whom she thought the world of, Michelle L. Woosley, Michael G. Woosley; many cousins and special friends.

Mandy is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Pinny Kelly, and maternal grandparents, Bobbie and Gladys Woosley.
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Sarah Egolf-Tarr 2002 Winter 2022 issue I'm still loving working at Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (my tenth year!) and living in Broomfield, Colorado, with my husband, Andrew Tarr and rescue mutt, Mimi. I miss my Earlhamites and hope to cross paths with you soon. These days of change and disruption, I'm finding my EC education is coming in even more handy. I'm grateful to you for being a part of that. General update More details
Elizabeth Kimball 1996 Winter 2022 issue I am wrapping up my third year on the English faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia. My book, Translingual Inheritance: Language Diversity in Early National Philadelphia is out from University of Pittsburgh Press. It was featured on historian John Fea's blog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home, in which I gave an Earlham shout out (to the humanities curriculum of 1992-93)! (https://currentpub.com/2021/04/29/the-authors-corner-with-elizabeth-kimball/)

I also won a faculty award for innovation in civic engagement, for my partnership with a social services nonprofit. Those are the highlights of an otherwise rough year for all of us, especially students and teachers.
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Keiren Havens 1993 Winter 2022 issue I earned a master's degree in human resource development from Towson University! It’s been great to engage in practical studies after two (thought provoking and interesting) religious studies degrees. It’s helped me lead organizational change and embed equitable practices as the Chief Strategy Officer at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, where I have been for 11 years this month. I think I’m finally done with school, but never with learning. General update More details
Anne Conley-Goldstein 1993 Winter 2022 issue Hello to 1993 alumni! This year has been a roller coaster for my family and me! It started out with having brain surgery in January to remove a grade 2 benign meningioma tumor (probably linked to radiation treatment for leukemia when I was 3). Luckily, I had just resigned from a job with Riley Hospital (long story, but suffice it to say that it was not a good fit). By July, I was job hunting and ended up finding my dream job! I have a private practice again, but without all of administrative work and having to worry about how I am going to keep a steady caseload. It’s a company called LifeStance Health; I pay them to do the non-psychology things, and they feed me clients. I have to brag a little, because I requested a big office to fit all of my play therapy stuff and I got the corner office with 3 windows! Compared to the broom closets and caves I’ve worked in, it feels like I won the lottery! So the year has made a great turnaround and I am cautiously optimistic that I will be here until I retire. And speaking of turnarounds, my 17-year-old son Leo went from wanting to drop out of high school to being able to graduate at the end of this semester with a decent GPA. He blossomed last year with virtual learning. He’s applying to colleges that have strong programs for building a career in designing video games. Gideon (14) professes to hate his freshman year since he wants to stay home and spend the whole day engaging with online trash (think Reddit). He’s in three AP classes, two years ahead in math, and rarely gets anything but As, but calls his classes “pain, misery, awful and sadness.” Actually, he has a good sense of humor, which is helping him adjust. And last but not least in this very long update, my husband Marc has been working at Covance/LabCorp for several years now, putting in crazy corporate hours to promote the quality of drug testing trials and support coronavirus research.

I hope everyone is doing well and that I will see you at our next reunion. Happy holidays and happy new year, too!
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Aaron Brand 1993 Winter 2022 issue Long-time Texarkana Gazette reporter and feature writer Aaron Brand died on Oct. 1, 2021, at his home near De Queen, Arkansas. He was 50 years old.

He started working at the Gazette in 2002. Early in this career he covered business and was the lead reporter on the Army's plans to shutdown Red River Army Depot west of Texarkana – efforts that were eventually thwarted.

But most recently, and for most of his 19 years at the Gazette, he was a feature writer who covered local arts and entertainment and did critical reviews of movies, books and music.

"Aaron touched many lives in this community through his reporting and other contributions," said Texarkana Gazette Editor Les Minor.

He won numerous journalism awards for his writing in Texas and Arkansas and was well respected by his peers.

He covered the cultural core of Texarkana – Perot Theatre, Regional Arts Center, Texarkana Museums System, the Symphony -- and did so with passion, intelligence and a fullness that only comes with deep-seated interest and accumulated experience.

It didn't happen all at once.

Aaron was born on March 11, 1971, in Chicago and grew up in the Chicago Heights area.

He earned a bachelor's degree in English at Earlham College in Richmond and an M.F.A. in creative writing at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.

While living in Portland, Oregon, he worked helping autistic adolescents, a family member said.

"Aaron thought deeply about his subject matter, cared about words and was precise about using them," Minor said. "When he committed something to paper, we knew it would come in clean and would reflect his keen intellect."

But more important than his technical skills, Brand was a champion of the arts.

Marc-André Bougie, music director and conductor of Texarkana Regional Chorale & Orchestra, said he has known and worked with Brand for more than a decade.

"I can remember from our first encounter his commitment to journalistic excellence, sincere support for the arts, and warm and humorous personality," Bougie said. "This first impression was confirmed over and over again through the years, up to last week when he attended our Al Fresco concert.

"I texted Aaron the next day to thank him for the coverage and support, and we exchanged funny memes as we did so often, both looking forward to whatever would come up next. Aaron will be sorely missed by my wife Candace and I, and all of us in the Texarkana College Music Department and the Texarkana Regional Chorale."

Brand covered the arts community here with a thoroughness possibly unequalled in the newspaper's history, Minor said. Yet he wasn't tied to traditional and classical forms. He reviewed movies, recordings, books and kept his thumb on the pulse of the local music scene. He gave local theater its due. He often found humor hiding in plain sight and would incorporate it into his pieces. He could spot a trend a mile away.

During the pandemic, he chased down a variety of stories covering not only the medical and scientific aspects of COVID, but also how it was affecting lives of Texarkana people both here and abroad. He was very proud and was honored by the Arkansas Press Association for his works.

His versatility in finding and covering stories made him very visible in the community. He could cover just about anything, winning several awards for sports feature writing.

And as newspapers adjusted to the demands of these times, he voiced his concerns that the role of the writer should not be lost in the shuffle.

"Aaron challenged me on the digital growth of the paper to remain true to the craft and not let the technology diminish the role of the writer or detract from the newspaper's overall mission," said General Manager James Bright. "It is very rare you find people like that."

On a lighter note, Brand was a member of the Texarkana Gazette Corporate Spelling Bee team that competed and collected several championships over the years to raise money for local literacy efforts. He liked the stage and was a tenacious competitor.

When not writing for the Gazette, Brand worked as an adjunct instructor at University of Arkansas-Cossatot, teaching online courses in composition and literature.

"Aaron had been teaching online concurrent classes for the local high school for several years. As his supervisor, I know that he wanted to be physically present in the classroom, but he had such a phenomenal online presence and the students responded to him so well that I felt the need to keep him as an online instructor," said Crystal Sims, UA-Cossatot's division chair of general education.

"He thoroughly enjoyed working with the high school students. We recently changed the format of the courses and the works of literature being taught, and Aaron was so excited to read the new pieces and prepare to teach them to his students. He was also actively working with a full-time English instructor to develop a creative writing program so our students would have another outlet of expression. Aaron was loved by all of his co-workers, and we will truly miss him," Sims wrote.

Teaching ran in Aaron's family.

"Aaron had a special connection to our college as he was the second generation of Brands to impact our students in very special ways. We miss Laura Brand, Aaron's mother, and we are already equally missing Aaron," said Dr. Steve Cole, UA-Cossatot chancellor.

Brand loved animals, raised 4 donkeys on his small farm, along with some cats. At one point his menagerie included some goats and sheep.

Dr. Sunni Davis, a longtime family friend and colleague, remembers Aaron as a kind and gentle soul, but not much of a ranch hand.

"When he inherited a cranky pony, a bunch of irascible donkeys, a pack of rowdy dogs and an ever-increasing number of half-feral cats, I wasn't sure how this was going to go," she said.

Davis tells of panicked calls from Aaron for help with loose donkeys or sick dogs and the crisis was always solved. Aaron would gladly return the favor.

"He cared for the animals in the same way that he cared for everything else in his life -- with kindness and with passion. I think the donkeys filled a spot in his heart where horses would have gone in another lifetime. Where Aaron and I connected was with our shared love of anything horse racing.

"Aaron could spout off bloodlines and trainer stats as well as any writer for the Racing Form. He wasn't much interested in the betting side of the industry but he loved racing for the joy of the sport. He was a huge fan of Zenyatta, and at the time of his death we were engaged in shared dismay at the demise of Chicagoland's famed Arlington Park, a track we both knew and loved.

"I hope, Aaron, wherever you are right now, that you are swapping stories with some of those racing greats you watched when they made the history you knew so well," Davis wrote upon learning of Aaron's passing.

Brand was preceded in death by his mother, Laura Anne Cohrs Brand.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Ronald Allan Brand and Mary Rose Nichols of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his sister, Anna Livia Brand of Berkeley, California; and two nephews, Luka Brand Maddock and Artie Brand Maddock.
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Kristen Ball 1992 Winter 2022 issue Kristen Ball and Rik Cropley '91; Sara Acres Gelser Blouin '94, Peter Gelser '94 and Morgan Collins Miike '95 were amused to find that their kids Mason, Maia, and Alae ended up as friends and classmates at the University of Redlands in California. The kids are from Virginia, Oregon, and Hawaii respectively. Earlham really is everywhere! General update More details
Anna Simon 1991 Winter 2022 issue Anna Sher Simon is a full professor of biology at the University of Denver and has just published the textbook, Ecology: Concepts and Applications, 9th ed (Sher and Molles, McGraw Hill Publishing). The third edition of her other textbook series, An Introduction to Conservation Biology, 3rd ed (Sher, Oxford University Press), will be released early next year. Anna also led the team that was awarded $1 million for a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant this past summer – a program to support women faculty in STEM, with a particular emphasis on intersectionality. She also continues to publish research in ecology with her lab, which currently includes five graduate students and six undergraduates. Anna teaches a grad student statistics class and undergraduate classes in conservation biology. She credits Brent Smith, Earlham professor emeritus of biology, as the reason she is an ecologist. Anna, with her wife and son, welcome everyone to visit when they come to Denver! Links for the above textbooks and announcement of grant provided:
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/an-introduction-to-conservation-biology-9781605358970?cc=us&lang=en& https://www.mheducation.com/highered/product/1260722201.html https://www.du.edu/news/du-wins-nsf-advance-grant-improving-equity-stem
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Debbie Pierson 1990 Winter 2022 issue Debbie S. Pierson,, age 53, died Aug. 5, 2021, at Reid Health in Richmond.

Debbie was born on April 2, 1968, in Richmond to Larry Allen and Bonnie J. Whitton Pierson. She later moved to East Alton, Illinois before returning to Richmond. Debbie earned a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College and received a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana State University. She was the co-owner of Sage Squirrel Consulting. Debbie was a member of LifeSpring Church North in Richmond. She had served as Deputy Director of the Indiana Division of Aging from 2014 to 2018 and as a director of Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency. Debbie was also on the board of LifeStream Services, Inc. and Adult Day Care of Richmond, Inc. She was a vital part of bringing Dementia Friends Indiana to Richmond. She was an incredibly smart, driven, successful and independent woman. Above all else, Debbie treasured spending time with her family.

Survivors include her sisters, Sharon (Steve) Brown of Richmond and Sarah (John) Thomas of Frankfort, Kentucky; brother, Tim (Niki) Pierson of Richmond; aunt, Pat Luebbe; uncle, Tom (Carol) Whitton; nieces, Taylor, Debi, Jordan, Alyssa, Danica, and Anniston; nephews, Connor, Joshua, Christopher, and James; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
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Paul Gindlesperger 1989 Winter 2022 issue Paul Gindlesperger, "G-Man," age 49, passed away May 17, 2016. Beloved father of Kara, Brie Jost (Tyler), and Dax. Dear son of Paul and Lee Gindlesperger. Loving brother of John (Kristen) and Vicky Little (John). Loving uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to many. Paul truly lived his life to the fullest and will be greatly missed. Obituary Obituary for alum More details
Robert Strasser 1988 Winter 2022 issue Following a diagnosis with lymphoma in March, 2021, I went through surgery and chemotherapy. As of November, I'm celebrating three months in remission and rehabilitating while seeking a resumption to professional roles. I live currently in cohousing in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I enjoy developing my ideas on new studio art featuring themes in biology and natural history. Studio art at this stage of life is especially focused on drum making and biodiversity in tile, mosaic and spherical sculptural formats. Always a global thinker, I am glad for new opportunities and contact with other Earlhamites and the richness of my liberal arts roots and education. Contact by cell phone at 240-285-8199. Please view my diverse ceramics portfolio: http://rcsclay.com. General update More details
Rachel Buxbaum 1988 Winter 2022 issue I was sorry to hear that Guy Mentha passed away. He was my French professor at Earlham and I was very fond of him. I have been in contact with Sarah Hernandez and Lesli Rosier. General update More details
Laura Zimmerman 1988 Winter 2022 issue This year has been a big year for me. In July, I opened a private therapy practice as a licensed clinical social work therapist and am happy to report I love having my own practice and doing the work I do! In August, my first grandchild, Magnus, was born in Japan, but recently relocated with his parents to Montana. I'm thrilled to have them in the U.S. again and look forward to making lots of trips to Montana in upcoming years. Birth, General update More details
Rebecca Kuder 1988 Winter 2022 issue Rebecca Kuder’s essay, “A Trampoline,” was published recently in Los Angeles Review of Books (www.lareviewofbooks.org). The essay is part of a memoir about the house where Kuder grew up, which was burned down by the fire department when the town expanded the park next door. Her debut novel, The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival, was released in October 2021 from What Books Press. For more information, please visit www.rebeccakuder.com. General update More details
Belkis Gonzalez 1988 Winter 2022 issue The Earlham Wilderness Program was my first-ever wilderness experience, and ever since, I've been trying to fit as much wilderness as possible into my life. It's not the easiest task, given that I live in New York City.

In summer 2021, I made my third trip to Alaska, this time joined by my partner, Margarita, and our son, who is now 13 years old. Camping in Denali National Park was unforgettable, though the impact of climate change on the park is dramatic and dire.

Now, I'm back to teaching English in the City University of New York system, and squeezing in hikes in the Catskills whenever possible. Would love to hear from old Earlham friends!
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Rebecca Kuder 1988 Winter 2022 issue Rebecca Kuder’s debut novel, The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival, was recently published by What Books Press. From the description: “A tornado drops a young woman near the Eight Mile Suspended Carnival, with no memories and no name. The carnies adopt her and call her Mim. The carnival is a living beast: its spine the Tower of Misfortune; its arms the tents; its legs the rides; its blood the wine, food, and excrement flowing through carnies and guests. As Mim adapts to carnival life, she discovers she can see other peoples’ memories. She becomes entangled with the carnival boss and his intricate vendetta, and propels vengeance into motion. The Eight Mile Suspended Carnival is a swirling literary-fabulist tale of sexual awakening and noir revenge, where the machines that make dreams are assembled from meat and stardust.” For more information and to find out where to buy the novel, please visit www.rebeccakuder.com. General update More details
Burke Kaiser 1986 Winter 2022 issue I've had a long career in banking and now I'm retired. Outside interests continue to be ultrarunning, biking (road, mountain, and fat/snow), and golf (poorly...). General update More details
Elisa Juarez 1985 Winter 2022 issue I am currently living a creative, empty-nester life in Mansfield, Texas, with my husband Art. Our two daughters also live in Texas: one in Austin and the other here in Fort Worth, so we get to see them regularly. I have been my father's caregiver for the past eight years as he battles Alzheimer's. He is living across town in a memory care facility, but I am the only family member in the state so I take care of his affairs and visit him often. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so we moved her from San Antonio to a senior living community in Fort Worth, so our caregiving responsibilities continue!

I am a writer and graphic designer, and I published my first book last year: Soul Salsa: Learning to Savor Every Season (available on Amazon). I am working on another book about walking with my father through Alzheimer's. My website/blog is Spoonful of Salsa (www.spoonfulofsalsa.com).
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Luke Goembel 1984 Winter 2022 issue After earning a doctoral degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University (1992), I studied at NASA Goddard as a National Research Council Research Associate, then went on to the Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as a postdoc. I founded an aerospace business in 1997, patented a charged particle analyzer and designed and built space science sensors for NASA and other aerospace organizations until retirement. In retirement, as a concerned scientist and beekeeper, I became active in pollinator protection. I’ve volunteered my skills as a scientist to help pass laws that protect pollinators, such as Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Act of 2016, Maryland’s prohibition on the use of bee-harming pesticides on state-designated pollinator protection land and a bill that ultimately lead to a ban on the use of a bee-killing insecticide that is second only to neonics for its threat to bees (chlorpyrifos). I’ve spoken at the the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was a panelist at a Congressional Briefing for the Saving America’s Pollinators Act and continue to lobby both locally and nationally to improve the environment for bees. I am currently vice president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, an organization that won a Maryland League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award. General update More details
Nancy Nelson 1984 Winter 2022 issue Rev. Dr. Nancy Nelson, 70, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021 at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond.

She was born Nancy Jo Williams in Winchester, Indiana, on June 3, 1950, the daughter of Robert D. "Bob" & Phyllis C. McIntire Williams. Nancy was a 1968 graduate of Northeastern High School. She continued her education, earning her bachelor’s degree in religion and psychology from Earlham College and a master of divinity (with honors) from Earlham School of Religion. She also earned a doctorate of divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Nancy was a pastor, counselor and an educator. She first served at First Friends Meeting in Richmond, then Nettle Creek Friends Meeting in Hagerstown and Salem Friends Meeting in Liberty. She also served as a Peer Pastoral Counselor at First Baptist Church and was President of the Richmond Ministerial Association for a year's term.

While attending Earlham, Nancy was a career planning and placement counselor and a teaching assistant. She later served as director of service learning at Earlham College and as director of admissions and student development at the Earlham School of Religion and Bethany Theological Seminary.

Nancy believed in service leadership and served our community in several capacities. She was active on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Treaty Line Council, led Girl Scout troop activities and mentored many middle school children. She was a counselor at Birthright, a convener of The Justice for All Coalition in Wayne County and a moderator for the Church Mobilization Task Force.

Nancy's contributions were recognized by many. She received the Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, the Girl Scout Merit Award, The Human Services Award of Richmond and the State Community Service Award by the Governor of Indiana. She also spoke before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee about Earlham's student volunteer program and was invited to the White House to speak about service learning.

Nancy enjoyed being a mother, walking and hiking, gardening and traveling. She was a master gardener and formerly owned & operated a floral decorating business. She was a member of 4-H, the Petal and Stem Club and the Rodalla Home Ec. Club. She attended First Friends Meeting and First English Lutheran Church in the later years of her life.

Nancy will be missed by her children, Kiersten Aubre (’98), Sarah Radermacher (’00) & husband, Ryan, Robert C. Wood (’03) & wife, Giulianna, and Ryan J. Wood; grandchildren, Tuscan Aubre-Howard, Rowan Aubre-Howard, Chloe Radermacher, Kahler Radermacher, Luca Wood and Joseph Wood; brother, Robert D. "Bob" Jr. & Cathy Williams; sisters, Judi Smelser & husband, Rev. Richard Smelser, Rev. Mary Ann Randolph & husband, Gary Randolph; sister-in-law, Linda Parks; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Harry Nelson in 2016.
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Jeanne Angell 1983 Winter 2022 issue My year has been full of Earlham, as my youngest son, Joshua '22, is a senior biology major, and my oldest son, Christopher '15, started working in the Earlham biology department, managing the labs and field trips (and will be teaching a seminar in the spring). We visited in October and will go back out for graduation in May. The campus is beautiful, and Richmond is undergoing a bit of a revival!

I continue my work asexecutive director of Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, supporting businesses, managing beautification projects, and promoting the town as a shopping and dining destination. My husband Sam is an attorney, and has been defending clients on death row for the past 22 years.

I enjoy seeing Earlhamites in the Philadelphia region fairly regularly and look forward to hosting another in-person Earlham Day event when that is allowed!
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Wayne Hawk 1983 Winter 2022 issue Wayne Hock ('83) passed away July 13, 2020, while at home on hospice. Obituary Obituary for alum More details
Carol Pennock 1983 Winter 2022 issue Ned and Carol Daggy Pennock have had a year of transitions. Their first grandchild (Addison) was born on April 9, the same day Carol’s mom was admitted to hospice. Addison is perfect and was able to “meet” her great-grandmother on FaceTime. On April 13, AJ Stanley Daggy '47 died in Richmond, Indiana at the age of 95. AJ was laid to rest in the Earlham cemetery next to Carol’s dad – Jim Daggy '47 – and Carol’s grandparents and great-grandparents.

Ned has recently made the decision to pursue his love of photography as a small business venture (NedPennockPhotography.com or on Instagram @nedthephotodude). He’s been having lots of fun meeting new people while taking senior portraits, family pictures and all sorts of other photos. When he’s not taking photos of other people, you can probably find him in Indianapolis taking pictures of our granddaughter!
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Peter Moulton 1980 Winter 2022 issue I recently retired from the Washington State Energy Office, where I managed the policy section, and served as the state's lead on bioenergy and transportation electrification for the past 13 years. It's been exciting to support Washington's adoption of numerous, substantive clean energy and climate initiatives, but a better work/life balance is long overdue! Have enjoyed regular visits with Kirk Wright '81 and Allison Lew '80 in Portland, Oregon, and Mark Stackhouse '80 when he's passed through the Northwest to visit his daughter. Very sad that our 2020 reunion had to be canceled, and hope we can gather again in the near future! Any friends passing through the Puget Sound region are encouraged to get in touch. General update More details
Martha Sheldon 1980 Winter 2022 issue I finally made the move to Northern Ireland. Choosing to retire made the move easier along with having a British passport. The greatest gift my parents, Edwin '56 and Dorothy Hinshaw '56, gave me was my birth while they were studying at Woodbrooke in Birmingham, United Kingdom. I am in Coleraine, on the north coast, settling in to a new adventure. All are welcome! Guest rooms are available. General update More details
Dotty Doherty 1979 Winter 2022 issue We're moving to New Hampshire! After 22 years in Annapolis, Maryland, Jonathan '80 and I are headed to the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire. We are ecstatic to be living two miles from Ruth Fischer '81 and her husband Rick and plan to have many get-togethers. If you're in New England, come see us!

I am also thrilled to announce the publication of my book, Buoyant: What Held Us Up When Our Bodies Let Us Down, about a friend's and my journeys with chronic illness and how our friendship and the Chesapeake Bay sustained us. Writing it has been a 13-year project, so to have the book in hand is amazing. Learn more about it at dottyholcombdoherty.com.
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Julie Saeger Nierenberg 1979 Winter 2022 issue I am happy to have completed certification as a facilitator in the Before I Go Solutions method of end-of-life preparation. I have been increasingly focused on this area of education since 2012. My book entitled Daddy, This Is It: Being-with My Dying Dad was updated and republished in 2020 (including as an audiobook), and I consistently promote it to libraries, grief and bereavement professionals, and those who support the dying. See some of my work at endoflifesmatters.ca. For fun, I create visual art – mostly landscapes in watercolors and acrylics. Great fun! General update More details
Bruce Baizel 1979 Winter 2022 issue Lucy '80 and I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I work as General Counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department. Lucy works at the Santa Fe Ski Area. Well done to the women's volleyball team this fall! General update More details
Kandis Cunningham 1978 Winter 2022 issue Kandis Jo Washburn Cunningham was born on June 3, 1956, in Elkhart, Indiana to Gale and Wilma (Phillips) Wasburn, who preceded her in death. Kandis was the youngest of two girls.

Kandis went to Roosevelt Elementary, Pierre Moran Jr. High, and Central High School in Elkhart. In 1978, Kandis received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College. Kandis met the love of her life, Reginald B. Cunningham, in 1984 and they had their first date Dec. 7, 1984. They joined their hands in holy matrimony on May 29, 1988, and had two children, Artesia and Austen.

Kandis started her career at McDonald's Corporation as an assistant manager. She later worked at Elmhurst Hospital as a patient registration specialist. After Reginald and Kandis relocated their family to Bartlett, Tennessee, she began a career at Graceland where she worked in guest services and later became a VIP tour guide until her health failed.

Kandis’s passion was taking care of others. She had a love for being creative and for decorating. Kandis’s favorite holiday was Christmas when she could combine her creativity and decorating skills to bring the season to life in her home and the places she worked.

Kandis was preceded in death by her grandparents Irving and Annie Phillips, half-brother Michael Wasburn, sister-in-law JoAnn Burkhead, and brother-in-law Dirk Parker.

In the early morning of Jan. 16, 2021, Kandis peacefully answered God’s call. Kandis leaves to cherish her loving memory: husband Reginald B. Cunningham; daughter Artesia D. Cunningham; son Austen D. Cunningham; sister Kimberly (Al) Williams; father- and mother-in-law Lemon and Elizabeth Cunningham; sister-in-laws, Kathy Cunningham, Madalyn Parker, Stephanie (Tyrone) Woods, and Cindy Cunningham; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
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Jean Sheridan 1978 Winter 2022 issue I am currently retired, doing art journaling. You can find my posts on Facebook under a pen name, Ambika Wolf. Since 1979, I have been doing art and writing. General update More details
Prudence Haines 1977 Winter 2022 issue Prudence "Pru" Procter Haines, 66, died peacefully at her home in Wallingford, Pennsylvania on Oct. 27, 2021, after battling ovarian cancer for over two years.

Pru devoted her career to history and cultural institutions in the greater Philadelphia area. She served as Executive Director for the Japanese House and Garden, Historic Yellow Springs, Hope Lodge and Mather Mill. In addition, she developed educational programs for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hagley Museum and Library, and the Philadelphia History Museum. She served in curatorial roles for institutions in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Pru was a leader in her profession, active with the Association of Living Historical Farms and Museums, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, the Tri-State Coalition for Historic Places and the Philadelphia Museum Council. She was beloved by colleagues, holding high professional standards and mentoring newer colleagues towards successful careers.

Providence Friends Meeting in Media, Pennsylvania was Pru’s longtime spiritual home. Most recently, she served there on the climate crisis project and as co-clerk of the meeting. Pru also served on the boards of Delaware Valley Friends School, The School in Rose Valley and the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust.

Pru loved art, music, food and travel, but she was happiest with her family and outdoors in nature, and – of course – inviting people around her table with all the ingredients for conversation and merriment extending long into the night. She was an avid gardener and skilled at arranging flowers. She traveled across the country and worldwide to hike, backpack, canoe and identify wildflowers and birds.

Pru will be remembered for her strength, independence, fierce advocacy for her children, welcoming kindness, compassion, humor and her delightfully whimsical spirit. Pru leaves behind her husband Bruce; children, Jennifer and Samuel Haines; her mother, Winifred West; sisters, Ellen Wilson, Margaret Procter, Katharine Procter; and many nieces and nephews.
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Catharine Phillips 1977 Winter 2022 issue Rev. Catharine Seybold Phillips died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Nov. 4, 2021, from glioblastoma. With her at the time were her son Erik, daughter Sawyer, beloved husband Jeff and her cat Calliope. She also leaves behind her siblings Jane and Lane. She's preceded in death by her parents Marjorie and William, as well as many dear friends and pets.

Catharine was among the first wave of women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal church. After her 1984 ordination, she served in parishes in Lansing, Michigan, Boston and the Chicagoland area. A true Minnesotan and a graduate of a Earlham, Catharine had an affinity for listening in silence to the world around her. This paired with her call to walk with folks through times of joy, sorrow and all the in-between led her to pursue her degree in clinical psychology. Catharine supported many through her counseling and spiritual direction.

An avid poet and writer, Catharine wrote nearly every day for the past ten years, publishing her work to her blog, and recently in her book, Numbered Like the Psalms. More than anything else, Catharine was deeply loved. She lived her life with curiosity and whimsy, eager to see what comes next.
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Rick Burian 1976 Winter 2022 issue Being part of our virtual 45th reunion in October was very gratifying and brought back some wonderful memories and rekindled a few relationships. I laughed a lot with your stories of our time on campus and I had a few tears when watching the videos of our departed classmates and faculty. I was really impacted by what many of you shared about your experiences since we graduated. Thanks to all who participated. I missed hearing from those who did not attend and hope that you will join us for our next gathering. We plan to do another virtual reunion next year, but an on-campus gala for our 50th. Stay in touch. Submit a class note. Join our Facebook page. Support our class fund. Refer a student to the admissions office. Thanks for your involvement. General update More details
Kristine Kleifgen 1976 Winter 2022 issue Kristine “Moosette” Kleifgen, 64, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the La Porte Hospital.

On April 16, 1954, in Fort Wayne, Indiana she was born to Bill and Helen Kleifgen.

Kristine worked as a case worker for Child Protective Services until her retirement. She was a member of the women’s organization, P.E.O. and the P.N.A and P.R.C.U. clubs in La Porte. Kristine was also a member of Moose Lodge 2387 of Fremont and American Legion Post 257 of Fremont. She volunteered at the soup kitchen in Michigan City, Indiana for 9 years. She loved to read the newspaper and listen to the TV while she read. She enjoyed spending time with “Moose” at his lake house in Northeast Indiana, as well as traveling to David’s timeshare once a year in Sanibel Island, Florida.

Surviving is her significant other of thirty-three years, David “Moose” Bauerle.

Preceding in death were her parents, two brothers; Bill Kleifgen and Rick Kleifgen; and one niece; Sarah.
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