1963 Class Notes

Carole Evans Alm, ’63, 10106 Del Monte Dr., Houston, TX 77042, has been a residential real estate agent for 30 years. She was accepted into the Spiritual Direction Institute for a three-year program. Carole volunteers as a spiritual companion at a halfway house for women. She is also on the advisory board for CanCare, an organization providing support to patients and their families who are going through cancer treatment. She makes frequent trips to Denver, CO, and Sedona, AZ. She has also traveled to Ireland. She was married to Joseph Pascoe in 2003. She has two grandchildren.

Diane Cooper Best, ’63, 348 Carol, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, retired as an educator. She is writing a book on personal and social responsibility after creating and teaching a class by that name at the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center. She is married to Raymond.

Christopher Boys, ’63, 138 Jenckes Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865, is a health care executive with The Stonington Group, A Partner for Solutions. He is involved with the United Way, City Year, and Explorer Scouts. He has four children.

William Bremer, ’63, 173 Topaz Way, San Francisco, CA 94131-2535, is a retired pediatrician. He is a member of the church council of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of San Francisco. He has taken courses at the local community college including German, astronomy, music appreciation, and piano.

Polly Howe Clemo, ’63, 369 Lake Forest Dr., Bay Village, OH 44140, is the vice president for marketing and development for The Benjamin Rose Institute, where she has worked for 14 years. It is a non-profit organization that serves the elderly of Greater Cleveland. A board member for several organizations, Polly received the Frances Payne Bolton Award from the Junior League of Cleveland for her involvement in the Greater Cleveland community. She was also named a Woman of Professional Excellence by the YWCA and was named Trustee of the Year by the Center for Health Affairs for service as a trustee to MetroHealth Hospital System. She has three grandchildren.

Cathy Noble Downs, ’63, 1935 Teal Lane, Boise, ID 83706-4049, retired from teaching. She works at the Idaho legislature from January to March. A trustee for a private school, she also volunteers at The Cabin, a writing and reading center. She has traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. She has two children and two granddaughters.

Pat Hamilton Duguid, ’63, 1600 Noble Rd., Leonard, MI 48367, retired after 30 years of teaching in the Detroit Public Schools and Rochester Community Schools. She travels to France each year to visit her son and his French family. She spends time every summer with Karen Evans-Such, ’63, Jan Hover Preston, ’63, Judy Maschmeyer Poole, ’63, and Meredith Woods, ’63, and their families.


M. Jane Conklin Eaton, ’63, 298 Vine Hill Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95065-9654, is a life scientist research assistant in the pathology department at Stanford University. She has worked at Stanford for 35 years. Jane and her husband, James, are caretakers for a good friend with bipolar disorder. She has a grandson.

Karen Evans-Such, ’63, 898 Lenna Keith Circle, East Lansing, MI 48823, is retired after 38 years as a social worker. She is developing a small private practice in social work. She and her husband, Gerald, ’63, enjoy vacations and spending time with their two granddaughters.

Mary Ann Lyons Greeves, ’63, 5024 Wissioming Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816, retired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. She recently completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage. She hiked with a backpack, staying each night at hostels. The route begins in St. John Pied de Port, France, and ends at the cathedral in Santiago, Spain. She is married to Bob.

Paul Haight, ’63, 18130 N. Shore Estates Rd., Spring Lake, MI 49456, is an osteopathic physician with Mercy Health Partners. Paul received the Service Above Self award from Rotary International in 1999. Previously the chief of medicine and chief of staff at North Ottawa Community Hospital, Paul is a past president of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine. A pilot for 40 years, he flies a Cessna 337. He is a past president of the Flying Physicians Association, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1997. Founder of the Trelawny Outreach Project in Trelawny, Jamaica, he has completed 14 years of volunteer service in Jamaica. He has traveled to 54 countries and 120 world heritage sites. He has also traveled to all 50 states. He and his wife, Sharon Farthing, ’64, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2004 in Hawaii with their family. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Jerry Heiman, ’63, 7020 Carter Rd., Beulah, MI 49617, retired from his practice in oral/maxillofacial surgery in 1998. He serves on the river care board of Conservation Resource Alliance and on the boards of Platte Lake Improvement Association, the Benzie County EMS, and the Benzie Historical Museum. He is past president of Midland Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has taken fly fishing trips all over the world. He and his wife, Barb, have also traveled to all of the continents but Antarctica. They have been married for 40 years. They have two children, including Matt Heiman, ’94, who is married to Karrie Zeits Heiman, ’95. They also have three grandchildren.

Yvonne McRoberts Hooker, ’63, 309 S. Marina, Prescott, AZ 86303, has been a teacher at Yavapai College for 35 years. She has also been a volunteer at Friendly Pines Camp for 38 years, where she teaches sewing. In 2008 there were more than 100 campers ages 5 to 14 sewing every other day making a wide variety of projects. Yvonne is a member of the American Sewing Guild and the Prescott Antique Auto Club. She is also involved with the Prescott Coach and Camper Club and the Prescott Hiking Club. She has traveled to Northern Ireland and China. She has two children.

David Johannides, ’63, recently retired from health care management at United Healthcare. A resident of Louisville, KY, he is a volunteer with Middletown United Methodist Church and Habitat for Humanity. He is also active in the local University of Michigan Alumni Club.

Stephen Jones, ’63, 1721 Bonnie View Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48073, is an attorney with Beier Howlett P.C. He is involved with Boy Scouts. He is also active with First Congregational Church. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and three granddaughters.

Stephen Kinsley, ’63, 494 Washington Rd., Grosse Pointe, MI 48230-1618, is a partner and shareholder in Kluczynski, Girtz, Zamler & McCubbrey, P.C. He has served on the Attorney Discipline Board as a panelist and judge for the last 10 years. He and his wife, Karen, have three grandchildren.

Loretta “Lori” Carney Konecki, ’63, 1044 Santa Barbara Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, is an education professor at Grand Valley State University. She received the Phi Delta Kappa service award in 2006. She has traveled to Japan, China, and the Philippines and across much of the U.S. She and her husband, Don, have converted their lawn into tree and perennial gardens that are better for the environment. They have a daughter.

Janice Ross Law, ’63, is the author of a fourth book, Capitol Cat & Watch Dog Unite Lady Freedoms. This children’s historical fiction book is set inside the U.S. Capitol. Her 2006 nonfiction book, Yield: A Judge’s Fir$t-Year Diary, was a finalist for one of Texas’ major literary awards. She lives in Houston, TX.

Bruce and Deborah Hutchings Martens, both ’63, 3934 Puma Dr., Avon Park, FL 33825, are retired. Bruce works on an electrical crew from their church for Habitat for Humanity. He also serves on the Staff-Pastor-Parish Relations Council for their local United Methodist Church. He sings in a local barbershop chorus. Deb is a member of the county quilt guild and enjoys sewing. They have traveled in their RV to most of the continental United States, as well as Alaska and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. They sing in a choral group in their community. They have six grandchildren.

C. Robert Maxfield, ’63, 26530 Dundee Rd., Huntington Woods, MI 48070, is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University. He spent many years as a K-12 educator, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Robert was honored as Michigan’s Superintendent of the Year in 2004. He retired from Farmington Hills Schools in 2005, where he served as superintendent for 12 years. He served as moderator of the Congregational Church of Birmingham in 2006-07. He has taken cruises of the Baltic, the Eastern Mediterranean, Alaska, and the Danube River. Robert and his wife, Sara Meriwether Maxfield, ’64, have been married for 43 years and have two children and four grandchildren.

Marcia Tjossem Muller, ’63, 596 Brookmeade Court, Beavercreek, OH 45434, is vice president of university advancement at Wright State University. She recently completed Wright State’s first comprehensive campaign, exceeding the goal by more than 200 percent. Marcia serves on boards for the American Red Cross, Human Race Theatre, Dayton Visual Arts Center, and the Engineers Club. She is currently the president of her P.E.O. chapter. She has traveled to Eastern Europe and has also cruised to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Russia. She and her husband, Michael, have seven grandchildren.

Pamela Purslow Orton, ’63, 37 Norton Ave., Guilford, CT 06437, is the executive director for the Guilford Center for Children. There are plans to open a new expanded center in 2009, after which she will retire. She has traveled to Turkey, Greece, Egypt, China, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Hungary, and Germany. She has helped to raise two grandsons.

Susan Dayton Parsons, ’63, 121 Sinclair SE, Port Charlotte, FL 33952, and her husband, Gerald Parsons, ’62, keep busy with several rental properties. They have recently traveled to Italy, Greece, and Egypt. They have been married for 45 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Bob and Mary Maynard Place, both ’63, 394 Allview Rd., Westerville, OH 43081, are retired. Bob retired in 2007 as a chemistry professor at Otterbein College, and Mary in 2008 as a psychiatric social worker at Harding Hospital at The Ohio State University. They recently took a six-week, 9,000-mile automobile trip to Seattle, British Columbia, and four national parks. They also travel to Florida every January and February. They have a daughter.

Judy Maschmeyer Poole, ’63, 41715 Onaway Dr., Northville, MI 48167, is a retired teacher. She traveled to Israel and France in 2007. She is a master gardener.

George Ransford, ’63, 2500 Fox Run Lane, Magnolia, AR 71753, works part-time as a research and development chemist with Evonik Foams Inc. He serves on the board of the South Arkansas Symphony. George is also a volunteer for American Field Service (AFS) as a liaison for local host families and their exchange students. He has traveled to Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Holland. His wife, Barbara Pearson Ransford, ’66, retired in 2007 after 35 years of teaching French. They have two children.

Jan Parmelee Taylor, ’63, 130 Lakeshore Dr., Brooklyn, MI 49230, retired in 2001 from Huron Public Schools as a Spanish teacher. She started a business for teaching Spanish to adults called “Tree of Life Communications” in Jackson and Lenawee counties. Jan has attended two Christian Writers Conferences and participates in a writers’ group in her community. In 2006 one of her stories was published in When God Steps In—True Stories of Transformation by God’s Grace. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Israel. She is an elder with the Presbyterian Church and is also involved with St. Rita’s Catholic Prayer Group. She and her husband, Eddie, have been married 45 years. They have two grandsons.

Judy Wyant Viaches, 2951 Country Club Way, Albion, MI 49224, is a retired teacher for Jackson Public Schools. She is married to Don.

Carol Voights, ’63, 12873 Cedar Creek Rd., Wellston, MI 49689, retired after 30 years as a teacher. She also spent several years as a community worker in Appalachia. Carol is doing volunteer work to establish a free health clinic in her county, works on the Literacy Council, and directs the community chorale. She is active with the Manistee Peace Group, Project Read, and the Manistee Arts Institute. An organist and choir director for her church, Carol is past director for the White Lake Chorale and the Manistee Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband, Jack Hengartner, were married in 2005. Between them they have 10 children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Carol Price Walters, ’63, 43 Imperial Dr., South Burlington, VT 05403, retired as a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont. She and her husband, David, celebrated their 20th anniversary with a trip to England on the Queen Mary 2.

Mary Jane McDonald Williams, ’63, 7042 Ulrich St., Dexter, MI 48130, is a former faculty member at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She also was an associate research editor for the Middle English Dictionary at the University of Michigan. She volunteers in her church’s office. Mary Jane has also served as “house hostess” at the Woman’s Council Building in Bay View for the last two summers. She has a son.

Susan Bitzer Williamson, ’63, 1284 Hickory Hill Dr., Rochester Hills, MI 48309, retired in 2003 as a school administrative assistant. She worked at Somerset Schools for 17 years. Susan is president of her P.E.O. chapter. She is also a poll worker for all elections. She creates flower arrangements for her church and helped raise money for the senior center. She and her husband, Mark, have traveled with the Nomads group to Scotland, Alaska, Colorado, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. They have been married for 44 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Meredith Woods, ’63, 2131 Glencoe Hills #8, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, works in real estate, doing management and leasing for homes and condos. She gets together often with several of her Albion friends, including Karen Evans-Such, ’63, Pat Hamilton Duguid, ’63, Pat Hover Preston, ’63, and Judy Maschmeyer Poole, ’63. She also keeps in contact with Judy Schnell Stone, ’63.