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|Betsy Quick||1,967||Death||**Note to Editor: This is an death notice for Richard Quick, class of 1966**
Richard Quick ,'66, passed away on February 14, 2021 due to complications of Parkinson's Disease.
After graduation from Earlham, Richard attended Reed College where he obtained a MAT. He began teaching in the Detroit Public Schools in 1967 and initially taught high school biology at a multicultural school where he stayed for more than 15 years. He then changed direction and moved to a position at a magnet school where he taught computer science for the remainder of his 39-year career. He felt that both experiences were challenging and valuable.
Retirement meant travels, both abroad and domestic. Richard and Betsy traveled to more than 10 countries and were always eager to visit family and friends in other states. He continued to be involved with Detroit Audubon Society where he was always a board member and sometime president. Birding continued to be a favorite activity, but he also found time to work on his 1957
MGTD with help from the classic car group he joined. Golf was another favorite past-time for Richard and Betsy, as well as vacations in Michigan's upper peninsula and Mackinac Island.
Richard leaves behind a loving family--wife, Betsy (Britton, class of '67); daughter, Amanda, son-in-law Brian, and grandson, Zachary; and son, David.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
|Elisa Juarez||1,985||General update||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 Ft. Worth, so we get to see them regularly. I have been my father's caregiver for the past 8 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 Ft. Worth, so our caregiving responsibilities continue!
I am a writer and graphic designer, and 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).
|Pat McBee||1,969||General update||Pat McBee '69 and her husband Brad Sheeks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 27 2021. The occasion included a weekend at their home in Newtown, PA, with 20 extended family members from around the country and a Zoom party with 75 participants from all phases of their lives. Pat's Earlham roommate, Maryanne Kephart Michaels '68 and her husband Patrick Michaels participated from their home in Santa Rosa, California.||||772|
|Carol Garza||1,954||Obituary submission||Carol C. Garza was born Deborah Caroline Coggeshall on August 16, 1932 in Norristown Pennsylvania, to Agnes Coggeshall (Woodman) and Edwin Coggeshall. She was an only child who grew up on a farm and played piano every day, often accompanying her father who played violin. She attended George School, a Quaker school in Newtown, PA. Carol was described as "ahead of her time." She earned her bachelor's degree at Earlham College at a time when only 1% of women attended college. She met her husband, Jaime Garza Garcia, in a communal Quaker household where they both lived. They were married on December 20, 1958. After having lived only in Quaker communities, she moved to Jaime's native Mexico, living in Mexico City. There she became fluent in Spanish and raised three children until Jaime's job transferred him to Massachusetts. They settled in Sharon, MA where Carol continued raising her children and playing piano every day. She enjoyed playing bridge, taking long walks, riding her bike, and volunteering in schools. Later in life, she also enjoyed going to the senior center and attending her grandchildren's many performances. Carol was very active in politics, serving as co-president and then treasurer of the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters, attending all Town Meetings, and eventually working as the administrative assistant to the town finance committee of Sharon. Carol also provided child care to the local churches and temples for 30 years. Carol always welcomed others and frequently had extended family members living in her home. On May 12, 2022, Carol passed away peacefully, lying next to her husband, in the home they shared for over 50 years. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Jaime; her children, Laura Grenier and her husband Steve, Benjamin Garza, Sylvia Garza and her husband D. Sean Tobin; and her grandchildren, Alec and his wife, Ki'ami, Jaclyn and her husband, Mike, Caroline and Valerie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA Care Network Hospice, Needham, MA Visiting Hours: Friends are invited to pay their respects on June 12, 2022 from 12-2 pm, followed by a short, "Quaker style" circle to hold her in the light, at 28 Keith Terrace, Stoughton, MA.||||1284|
|Gary Rogers||1,971||Obituary submission||Gary Laurance Rogers, 70, Mooresville, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Gary was born to John and Elizabeth (Pennington) Rogers on November 16, 1948 in Colfax, Washington. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1966 and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1979. He married Karen L. (Wilcher) Rogers on July 27, 1974.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of nearly 45 years, Karen Rogers of Mooresville; two loving children, Eric (Crystal) Rogers of Mooresville and Lora (Shaun) Guernsey of Martinsville; seven grandchildren, Makenzie, Tayla, Cole and Tyler Rogers and Chelsea, Kendall and Oliver Guernsey; three sisters, Christy Wampler, Wendy Pallman and Amy Paddock; three brothers, John, Mark and Doug Rogers. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Currently, Gary was working as an Analyst and Programmer for Key Benefit Administrators in Indianapolis for 8 years. He was a member of Central Indiana Folk Music Society. He was a very kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was always a seeker of knowledge. He enjoyed music and song writing. He played multiple instruments with the banjo, upright bass and guitar being his favorites.
Family and friends may show their love and support from 4-8 p.m on Tuesday, May 21st and 10:30 -11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. Reverend Brandon Sichting will officiate Gary's celebration of life service at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at Jones Family Mortuary. Gary will be laid to rest in White Lick Cemetery in Mooresville.
To send a condolence to the family or share a story about Gary, please visit: www.jonesfamilymortuary.com
|Gerald Bakker||1,920||Obituary submission||Gerald “Jerry” Bakker died peacefully in the early morning of Monday, November 7, 2022 at American House of Holland. His smile, laughter and love for his family and those caring for him was a part of who he was until the end, even though his memory had faded and he could no longer speak the words.
Born on May 19, 1933 to Simon and Mary Bakker in Cicero, IL, Jerry attended Chicago Christian High School and Calvin College, where he met his wife Barbara (Verbridge) Bakker when she asked him out during counter-courting week. Six months later, they were engaged, and after graduating from Calvin in 1955, he headed to University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana to get his Ph.D. in Chemistry while Barb finished at Calvin.
They were married on June 8, 1957 in Kalamazoo, MI and began their life together that would span 65 years, beginning with Jerry’s postdoctoral work at the University of Kansas in 1958. Jerry then landed his first teaching job as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Earlham College, Richmond, IN in 1959. They had only planned to stay in Richmond for a year or two, but instead stayed at Earlham until his retirement after 36 years in 1995.
While at Earlham he taught Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, a religion and science class and a course he taught with his dear friend, Len Clark, every year from 1968-1995, Philosophy of Natural Science. He and Len co-authored a textbook of the curriculum in 1988.
Jerry created a teaching consultant position in 1975 and became the first to hold the two-year job which provided faculty members with the opportunity to seek advice and evaluation. In 1986 Jerry focused his attention on building Earlham’s Ford Knight grants. The grants were designed to encourage professor research with the focus on involving students in the process.
He was Associate Academic Dean, Acting Provost and led foreign study trips to Scandinavia in 1966 and 1971, and did a 50-year reunion trip to Scandinavia in 2016, and in 1995 led the Japanese SICE foreign study trip before retiring. He was a life-long educator, and taught not only at Earlham, but University of Illinois, Hope College, Calvin University and Grand Valley State University.
He was loved by his students for the thoughtful and intentional ways he involved them not only in learning, but in life. He and Barb would take students on weekend ski trips to Michigan and host his advisees for spaghetti dinners with his homemade French bread at the house that they designed and built in Centerville, IN. He had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, and loved to laugh and smile.
He was recognized by one of his Earlham students, who made a donation in his honor to name the renovated Chemistry floor after him in 2013. The dedication reads Jerry Bakker was a dedicated and inspiring professor, enriching student’s lives through his teaching and mentoring. For chemistry majors fortunate enough to have had him in class, he instilled the wonder and joy associated with practicing chemistry as well as an understanding of the rich opportunities chemistry provides for improving our world.
After his retirement from Earlham, he and Barb retired to Grand Haven, MI where they had a house in the Wilderness Association with access to the beach on Lake Michigan where he often swam, dug in the sand with his grandkids and great grandkids, paddled his kayak, and flew his many kites. He and Barb took many bike trips including internationally. They loved to travel together which they did often. He was a wonderful singer, and sang throughout his life, and in retirement was a part of the Holland Chorale, Calvin Alumni Choir and LaGrave Church Choir. He cared deeply about social justice and environmental issues and had many articles published and research cited. As one final gift to science and research, a whole-body donation was made through MedCure.
Jerry was a husband and partner to Barbara, father to Anne Bakker (Tom Davelaar), Holland, MI and Mark Bakker of Grand Haven, MI; Grandfather to Andrew Ko Gras (Julia Fleming) Colorado Springs, CO and Lauren Anne Wandell (Brandon Wandell) Perrysburg, OH; Great Grandfather to Evan, Theo and Owen Wandell; Brother to Marion Nordhof, Wharton, TX, Bob Bakker (Eloise) Orlando, Florida; Brother In-law to Jim Verbridge (Becki) Akron, OH; Uncle to Donna Molegraaf (John), Spring, TX, Richard Feyen (Peggy) Alaska, WI, Audrey Watson, Seattle, WA, Michael Feyen (Deanna) Wharton,TX, Mary Brown (Jim), Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dirk Bakker (Rebecca), Grand Haven, MI, Mary Vandenbosch, Grand Haven, MI, Doug Bakker (Kristen) Cedar Lake, IN, Pam Sellers, Muskegon,MI, Steve Verbridge (Michelle), Marquette, MI, Suzanne Adel (Brian), Pasadena, CA and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Simon and Mary Bakker and brother Richard Bakker.
A special thank you to Pastor Chad Boersma, the staff at American House of Holland (Lighthouse and Bay Pointe), Holland Hospital and Hospice of Holland for their wonderful care during the past six weeks, and for sharing their meaningful and touching stories about their time with Jerry.
There will be a celebration of Jerry’s life at LaGrave Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday Nov. 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation prior to the service at 10:15 a.m. and at a luncheon following.
Gifts can be made in memory of Jerry to the Gerald Bakker Collaborative Research Fund at Earlham College 801 National Rd. West, Richmond, IN 47374.
|Ann Campbell||1,956||Obituary submission||Ann Perry Reynolds Campbell (born 6/11/1937), of Williamston, MI, fought cancer to a draw on September 27, 2021, surrounded by family. Ann embraced life, squeezing out every drop of happiness and soaking up every ray of sunshine she encountered. Born in Woodstock, CT, to Jotham Gay and Susan Sumner Reynolds, Ann is pre-deceased by her parents and brother Joe.
She was the ninth generation of her family to grow up on Lyonsdale Farm in Woodstock. She attended and graduated from Woodstock Academy, and moved to Richmond, IN to attend Earlham College. Ann met Fred Campbell at Earlham when she was managing the student cafeteria and Fred applied for a job in the kitchen.
They married in 1960, after graduating from Earlham, and enjoyed living in many states during their 61 year marriage. Ann’s inquisitive mind and natural sense of humor led her to enjoy employment ranging from educational research helping to design the original Head Start Programs at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock; to serving as purchasing director for the Michigan Cancer Foundation in Detroit; to working in hardware stores; and her starring role as a simulated patient in the medical, nursing and veterinary schools at Michigan State University. Ann’s creative passions and innate joy led her to make friends everywhere she lived, and to be an active community volunteer.
Ann was an Advanced Master Gardener, through the MSU extension program, and couldn’t pass a garden without pulling weeds. Ann was also a Master Thrifter whose turn signal automatically started blinking for a yard sale. During the last 20 years while living in Williamston, MI, Ann participated in Shagbark Questers historical society; restoration of the one-room Branch School; garden clubs at the local, state and national levels; Williamston Kiwanis, many Red Cedar Jubilee celebrations, the Williamston Depot Museum, food bank and more.
Ann is survived by her loving husband Fred Campbell, son Craig Campbell (Peggy), daughter Judi Lintott (Richard), and four adult grandchildren, Ian Campbell, Griffin Campbell, Emily Lintott and Susan Lintott. A celebration of Ann’s life, along with dedication of a community memorial garden to be created in her honor, will be held in early summer 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s name to Ann Campbell Memorial, Williamston Area Beautification Fund, PO Box 116, Williamston, MI 48895.
|Peter Moulton||1,980||General update||Greetings! This may be a couple days late, but thought you might still like to squeeze it into the next Earlhamite... Peter
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, 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...
|Stephen Harlan-Marks||1,974||Obituary submission||Teacher, coach, singer-songwriter, state half mile champion, soccer aficionado, volunteer and devoted husband, father and grandfather Stephen Harlan-Marks died on January 25, 2022 of Lewy Body Disease at the age of 69. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Raptor Center (raptor.umn.edu). A R.I. native, Stephen taught in Il. for 5 years before moving to Minneapolis in 1980, teaching English at Spring Lake Park High School for 28 years, during which time he also started the girls’ soccer program, served as yearbook advisor, and chaired the English Department for 11 years. The consummate educator, Stephen's passion for the humanities and the power of the written word, and dedication to the pursuit of excellence were contagious, and he continued to mentor and support students after his retirement in 2008 as a faculty member at MCTC. An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Stephen self-released 5 albums of original material that he performed regularly around the Twin Cities. He also shared his music at church (UCC New Brighton and Plymouth Congregational), and continued singing and performing for others until the final months of his life. He is survived by his wife Patricia Harlan-Marks (EC 1974), sons Christopher (Caroline) and Timothy, sister Dana Marks, grand-daughters Nellie and Sadie, and numerous former students and Humphrey International Fellows whom he truly embraced as his own family. Stephen's family will remember his willingness to hug and express his love, his tireless efforts to do right by the people he cared about and contribute positively to the world around him, and, most of all, his music. Thank you for building us this house of cards. We know the sun will rise tomorrow and we'll face it with your love.||||1032|
|Mary Carol Heywood||1,957||Obituary submission||Mary Carol Myers Heywood passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2022. Carol was predeceased by her husband, David (“Dave”) Heywood (1933-2017), and sister Alice Myers DeBlase, and is survived by her brother, Alan (Barbara) Myers, and her three children: son, Steve (Carolyn) and children John and Julia; son, Alan (Marianne) and children Paul (Cori), Joanna, Louisa, and Anne Marie; and daughter, MaryAnne (Lee) Standeford and children Kimberlee and Krista.
Carol was born to Chauncey Elihu and Edna Mae (Kenyon) Myers on August 31, 1935. She proudly grew up in Carmel and spent her childhood riding horses, farming with Percheron draft horses, raising Chester White pigs on her family farm, and participating in 4-H club competitions at county and state fairs. Carol graduated from Carmel Schools in 1953 and attended Earlham College, where she graduated with a degree in biology in 1957. At Earlham, Carol met her husband, Dave, whom she married on June 22, 1958.
Carol enjoyed recounting fond memories of her childhood in Indiana, and though she spent most of her adult life living in Washington State, Carol always felt most at home on the farm in Indiana. Her favorite stories included “beating the boys” in a pony race and driving a team of horses as she helped her father around the farm. Carol enjoyed taking her children and grandchildren for summer visits to “the farm.”
Carol and Dave moved to Bellevue, Wash., in 1964 and to Kirkland, Wash., in 1970, where she and Dave raised their children and where Carol remained living in their family home for almost 52 years. Carol maintained a lifelong connection to horses, riding on trails in nearby Bridle Trails State Park for over 40 years with her children and, later, grandchildren. Carol and Dave were also longtime members of Eastside Friends Meeting, a Quaker organization in Bellevue, Wash.
Carol was a proficient downhill skier, a sport she learned as an adult, and enjoyed spending weekends skiing at Steven’s Pass with her family. Carol was a skilled teacher and, after retiring from school teaching to raise her children, took up ski instruction at Steven’s Pass for many years. She and Dave also traveled widely through Europe and to Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Kenya, and China. Most recently, Carol enjoyed returning to Alaska with her extended family.
Carol’s grandchildren were her true joy and they are grateful to have been raised with “Gramma’s” devoted care and attention. As a grandmother, she instilled in her grandchildren the importance of clear handwriting and excellent grammar in lessons she referred to as “Gramma’s Grammar.” Carol especially loved doing puzzles and playing word games with her grandkids. Carol and Dave were also known to be the most dedicated fans at their grandchildren’s wide array of sport competitions and musical performances. In recent years, Carol developed a passion for Gonzaga University basketball while two of her grandchildren attended the school.
Carol was the keeper of the family history, recording and remembering all birthdays, on both sides of the family. She will be missed by her family and friends, particularly for her wisdom, countless stories, and many talents as a gardener, seamstress, and baker, as well as her loving devotion to her family.
Two memorial services will be held. The first service will begin with a visitation from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by the service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Gray Friends Church, 4810 E. 146th St., Noblesville. The second service will be at noon on Sunday, June 26, at Eastside Friends Meeting, 4160 158th Ave. SE, Bellevue, Wash.
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