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Class Notes: Fall 2017

What’s new with our alumni

The Class of 2017 had a number of legacy graduates who gathered for photos just before Commencement at Ravinia Festival Park on Saturday morning, May 13.

The Class of 2017 legacy graduates included: Eric Arnold ’17, Elinor Chalmers ’17, Paul Dunham ’17, James Haney ’17, Ryan Keast ’17, Joshua Mason ’17, Alexander O’Grady ’17, Marina Rawlings ’17, and Nadeige Uwamba ’17.


Doris Beatty Lindner writes from Hilton Head, South Carolina: “We love visitors. Although officially retired, I volunteer weekly at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic here. Lake Forest College was a great experience in education.”


Marian Morris Lies writes that her husband, Arthur Lies, Jr. ’51, died on January 14, 2016 “from complications due to advanced Alzheimer’s. We moved from Chicago to Kingsford, Michigan in December 2012 to be closer to our children.”


A celebration was held on April 23, 2017 to commemorate Reverend Dr. Frank T. Mohr, Jr.’s retirement as pastor at The Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida.

Wally Askins writes: “Have joined Trieste M. Askins (nee Oliveri) ’54 in that place Forester couples go, The Lantern, for a drink and thereafter unknown.”

Albert Niemi retired in 1989 and is “enjoying it,” he said. “I recently moved to The Clare”—a retirement community near Chicago’s historic Water Tower.

Carl Scichili writes: “Enjoying my 88th birthday today and relishing in my son Michael’s quest for an MBA at U of Penn‘s Wharton School. Had occasion to have lunch with Mike Dau at The Lantern for a three-hour reminiscing time. I had the opportunity of coaching Mike when he first came out of the Marines and I was an assistant coach for football, under Al Hanke, while I was still in the Navy stationed at Great Lakes.”


Henry “Hank” Reinke won the 2016 DeGelleke Award from the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Industry. The award is given annually to recognize a member who has made important contributions to the industry and the association. Reinke said he “felt terrific” about receiving the prestigious honor.


Norm Crampton wrote Manners! I Know, Right? (May 2017 by Wyatt-MacKenzie) “with huge help from an advisory panel of millennials at Indiana University in Bloomington, where I now live. This small reference book answers many of the questions that millennials have about doing well and doing good as they go forth in careers and further education.”


Ted Sares won his fourth consecutive Grand Masters Class of the Elite Powerlifting Federation in Johnston, Rhode Island in April. “Still lifting and still loving it,” he writes.


John Dragisic retired in 2011, a year after selling his company to an investor group. “I spend a lot of time on the golf course, and reading books on history and economics,” he said. “Sue and I enjoy seeing our two daughters and six grandchildren, and we winter in Delray Beach, Florida.”


Tim Nenninger received a Lifetime Achievement Award “for 46 years of sustained professionalism and distinguished service to the National Archives and the field of military history” during the Archivist’s Achievement Awards held in College Park, Maryland on May 11, 2017. { WHAT’S NEW WITH OUR ALUMNI Class Notes


Dr. Bonnie Scott writes: “I am still the transitional senior minister here in New Haven, Connecticut at The United Church on the Green, and loving it!”

Bob Verdi received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism by the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2016.


Ned Bigelow writes: “All is well and we look forward to seeing as many members of the Class of ’68 as possible at our 50th. Impossible to believe it’s been 50 years.”


Howard Lowe is retired, living in Tucson, and “staying active working part-time for Apple and the Boston Red Sox. In touch with alums Larry Lynch ’69, Jim Hunter ’71, Victor Vare ’69, and Janet Lee Beach ’71.”

Janay Haas writes from Ashland, Oregon that “2016 was a busy year at the keyboard.” She wrote the fifth edition of the Oregon Department of Human Services guide on grandparent rights (published by AARP), finished the second edition of “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon” (Oregon Legal Guides), and the sixth edition of “Legal Issues for Older Adults” (Oregon State Bar). In 2017, she will tackle a new landlord-tenant guide and a guide on end-of-life decision-making.


Mike Maiman submitted this photo of Richard Maiman ’67 (from left), Dennis Maiman ’72, Fred Broda ’68, Andy Russo ’70, and Mike Maiman ’70 holding his granddaughter Hunter—a prospective Forester Class of 2039 (100 years after Great Grandfather Captain Elmer Maiman USN ’39 graduated from the College). “This was the 33rd year of annual family vacations on Sanibel Island, Florida for the Forester friends,” Mike writes.

Susan Katz Hoffman, a shareholder in Littler’s Philadelphia office, has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star among 319 total attorneys nationwide.


John Parry writes: “My interest in the social aspects of sports began many years ago with my Honors Thesis at Lake Forest College at a time when the sports world was going through the upheavals of the civil rights movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Professor Steamer, who was the chair of the government department, was my thesis advisor. This year I returned to my interest in sports. I am hosting a website and blog— called Sportspathologies.com—and have a book coming out entitled The Athlete’s Dilemma: Sacrificing Health for Wealth and Fame (Rowman & Littlefield June 2017).”


Bill Stroh welcomed granddaughter Georgina Stroh Libbey, who was born on March 31, 2017. “She is all smiles and beauty,” Bill writes.


Robin (Sawyer) Stearman, Ben Sandmel ’74 and Robin Press ’73 enjoyed JazzFest in New Orleans, May 2017.


Jennifer McCartney Rumbough has retired from teaching, but has “picked up new challenges with sports and some small volunteer jobs,” she said. “We’re spending our winters in Florida and are happy to be in Massachusetts during the summers. We enjoy having time with our children and grandchild, Missy. Cheers to all!”

Martin Kafina writes: “Enjoying living close to Walden Pond here in Massachusetts; married for 30 years. Two sons are 26 and 23 years of age. I will be recognized for Achievement in Immunology at my 35th year medical school reunion at SUNY Downstate.”


Nancy Reid Walker writes: “My husband, Bob Edwards, passed away in 2013 from cancer (from smoking, so please don’t). I met a widower, Matt Walker, and we decided to ‘put a ring on it,’ as the youngsters say, last year. We both work for the same engineering firm, although Matt is a surveyor. I have adjusted to living on a farm where we raise hay for the cows that call it home. Life is good.”

Howard Molen writes from Normandy Beach, New Jersey: “The response to fellow alumni calling 914-381-8550 and playing catch-up has been amazing. I have engaged many for very relevant trivia and faculty updates. Forty years—wow. To all alumni: be well and stay well. All the best.”

Holly Rotman-Zaid works with people experiencing homelessness at Housing Forward in Maywood, Illinois as the outreach and engagement manager. She writes: “So fortunate to be able to be doing this work!”


Caryl Weisbecker Riley shares that her son, Connor Riley, was drafted in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels. “Told Lake Forest College we needed to have a baseball team again!”


Josy Bellalta writes: “I look back on Lake Forest College days as a great launching pad to what I do and enjoy today. My husband and I run our own landscape architecture firm in Chicago, live in Oak Park, rest in Michigan, enjoy watching our three children grow and thrive, and manage to travel to see family and friends in Chile, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US. We have very good fortune and our health. What else could I want?”

Dennis Lambert and his wife, Debbie, have been living in Phoenix since 2000. He was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church in 2014 and has since become a writer. In his first novel, The Table, (June 2017), firstcentury Christianity and presentday musical aspirations meet in the story of a miracle table built by the grandfather of Jesus Christ. “It’s a work of inspirational fiction,” he writes.


Muffy Paquette sent this photo of alums who gathered in Boston for the funeral of Wendy Spinney Smith ’82. Wendy’s husband was Mark W. Smith ’83. “It was a beautiful service for Wendy and the number of Foresters who attended the wake and/or service was amazing,” Paquette wrote. “Wendy was smiling down, for sure.”


On Valentine’s Day in 2017, New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey celebrated the release of her 17th novel, Miranda and Caliban, a deconstruction of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.


Alexander Kramer recently left the private equity world and is now CFO of Community AIDS Network, a $60M non-profit serving patients and clients in more than 24 offices across the state of Florida.


On March 28, 2017, Courtney Wright was featured in a Chicago Sun-Times article: “A Chicagoarea businesswoman hopes to make manufacturing cool again.” In 2016, she bought Gemini Builds It (F/K/A Gemini Moulding). Since the deal closed, she saved 60 jobs, bought a business to close the gap on outsourcing, and offers 401K and continuing education to the staff. Gemini is housed in a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing center in Elgin, Illinois, but Courtney has her mind set to double the growth of the business in a year and bring the sales team to Chicago.

Vicki Angel Hagan and Lori Tisinai ’95 enjoyed meeting at the Milwaukee Yacht Club’s Roaring ’20s party on March 18.


In March, Heather Brown was elected as the Director of Membership and Outreach for the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. “In addition, I will continue on as co-editor of the Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education for a second three-year term,” she said.


Shirin Mobasheri Pope writes: “Greetings! After being gone from Chicago for 12 years due to my husband’s Air Force career, I’m finally back home and loving it! The Air Force has taken us all over the world and allowed us to be so fortunate to see and be exposed to so many wonderful countries and cultures! In those years away, I invented a neck pillow for children called Petit Somme Neck Pillow and established an online company. I’m looking forward to the upcoming Lake Forest College Homecoming and hope to see many familiar faces!”


On May 28, Christine McLaughlin Petrillo finished the Buffalo Marathon in just over five hours. Christine and teammates are planning on doing Buffalo and Chicago in 2018 and hope to complete marathons in all 50 states.


In January 2017, Rob Holland began a master’s program at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, where he will be receiving a master of global management. “My focus will be on sustainable real estate development in emerging and frontier markets,” he writes.


Lee Taylor welcomed Huxley Dean Taylor, who was born on Dec. 20, 2016. 2004 (Kathryn) Leigh Stapleton is the Director of Public Engagement and Outreach at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, “a small US government international aid agency that fights poverty through economic growth,” she writes.

Nijee Sharma Luthra is completing her neurology fellowship at University of California-San Francisco, where she joined its esteemed faculty in July 2017.


Christa Winikates and her husband, Dave, welcomed their newest member, a healthy baby boy, on June 23, 2016. Logan Jay joins his older brother, Dylan James.


Jennifer Rice Schmidt writes that she married John Schmidt in Keystone, Colorado, on December 3, 2016. Foresters in attendance included Sally (Sara) Bevis ’07, Katherine Stankewicz Boun ’07, Christina Mesker Johnson ’06, Elizabeth Mabs Eaton ’07, and Peter Morrison ’09.


Angela Birts graduated from San Jose State University on May 27, 2017 and earned an education doctorate (EdD).

Mikhail Mekaelian published his first book, Choose to Rise: The Victory Within.

Leslie (Christopherson) Renkens and her husband, Eric, welcomed their second child, Finn Lewis Renkens to the world on November 11, 2016. “Big sister Georgia is smitten with her little brother.”


In March, while attending SXSW in Austin, Texas, Hannah Michal and fellow classmate Ashleigh Martinez reconnected at the Spotify brand experience and met new friend Maggie Hennessy ’14.


Evan Bell writes: “Hello Foresters! I am currently living in San Jose, California, where I have worked as a senior auditor for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for the past three years. I am currently learning Spanish (¿Qué pasa, clase de 2010?), as well as studying to become a Certified Internal Auditor. On June 10, I finished my first 5K ever (with more to come)! Finally, I will be traveling to India in January for the first time ever, and I’m looking forward to it. Overall, life is good!”

Penina (Green) Noonan welcomed Daniel Noonan, born November 25, 2016 at 7 lbs. 5 oz. 19.5 inches long.