1962 Class News

D. Donald and Gale Behrens Barich, both ’62, 9059 Avery, Broadview Heights, OH 44147, are both retired. Don practiced pediatrics for 35 years. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois. Gale taught on and off for more than 30 years. They have traveled to France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Croatia. They have been married for 43 years. Their son is Reed Barich, ’91. They have four grandchildren.

Alan Bedell, ’62, 4508 Winged Foot Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2290, retired after 20 years of working in business training in Grand Rapids. He now does resumes and personal marketing plans for people who have been “exited” from their careers as a result of globalization or age. Alan also worked for Hope College as a tenured faculty member. He volunteers at the Grand Rapids Bar and at the Dispute Resolution Center, and is serving as a docent at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. His wife, Nancy Lenz Bedell, ’63, is a voting rights activist. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Colorado. They volunteer at God’s Kitchen in Grand Rapids. They have traveled to Seattle, as well as Japan and Europe. They have been married for 42 years and have two sons.

James Brown, ’62, 338 Greenbrier Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, has been an attorney since 1965 and is now a senior partner with Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones. He practices municipal law and real property law. James serves as general counsel for many local governments in west Michigan and elsewhere in the state. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and was selected for The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. James served as chairman of the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission for 25 years and was chairman of the Grand Rapids Township Board of Zoning Appeals for 20 years. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He and his wife, Susan Keyes Brown, ’64, have two children, including Laura Brown Mutz, ’91. They also have two grandchildren.

Sharon Rinn Cathey-Gibson, ’62, 2550 Comstock Dr., Reno, NV 89512, is a visiting professor at the University of Nevada at Reno. She works with students on their theses and in the Reading Clinic. She was a teacher for 30 years, and also served as an elementary school principal. Sharon received a state award from the International Reading Association. She earned an Ed.D. degree. She has traveled to China, Japan, and Canada. She has seven grandchildren.

Dennis Cawthorne, ’62, 1351 Foxcroft Rd., East Lansing, MI 44823, is an attorney for Kelley Cawthorne PLLC. He has completed 16 years as chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Dennis was reappointed by the governor to a new six-year term on the commission in 2007. He has traveled to Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is married to Cynthia.

Barbara “Bitsey” Bitney Ciesel, ’62, PO Box 216, Lake City, SD 57247, is a deacon for the Diocese of South Dakota. She has been a member of Good Samaritan. She has also been involved with the Rural Office of Community Service board for eight years. Bitsey earned her master’s degree in pastoral ministries in December 2006. She and her husband, Conrad Ciesel, enjoy spending time with their family.

Gregory Eastwood, ’62, 2163 Harcourt Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106, currently is director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), after having served as interim president of CWRU from June 2006 through June 2007. Earlier this year, he was awarded the University Medal by the CRWU Board of Trustees. The award is given in recognition of leadership, dedication, and service to the university, to higher education, and to society. A physician, he previously served for over 13 years as president of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Greg also received Albion College’s Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming 2007. (See the Alumni Association News section of this edition for details.) He and his wife, Lynn Marshall Eastwood, ’64, have three daughters and four grandchildren.

Anne Notman Hartung, ’62, 1110 Pawnee Circle, SE, Salem, OR 97306, retired from an administrative position in the Department of Volunteer Services at Salem Hospital. She visited Croatia and Slovenia in September 2007 and has traveled to France, Great Britain, Hungary, and Poland in the last few years. Anne received a bachelor’s from Linfield College in 1995. Her husband, Ken, ’60, is working as a stockbroker for Paulson Investments. They have two granddaughters.

Robert Hubbard, ’62, 6846 Old Banyan Way, Naples, FL 34109, is retired. He has taken Bible study trips to Greece and Rome. Robert and his wife, June, have two children and three granddaughters. They spend their summers in Grand Rapids.

Michael Hutson, ’62, 2396 Ridge Dr., Troy, MI 48098, is an attorney with Hutson, Sawyer, Reilly, Rupp & Schroeder. A member of the Troy Planning Commission, Michael is also chairman of the Panel 56 State Bar of Michigan Grievance Board. A former special prosecutor for the Oakland County One Man Grand Jury, Michael previously was assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and served as president of the Oakland County Bar Association. He was also a legal columnist for a local newspaper and served as chairman of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. He has traveled to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Turkey. Michael and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons.

Harold Lamkin, ’62, 14234 Kerner Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48313, is self-employed as a computer systems analyst and programmer. He is an independent contractor, developing and maintaining software for the Detroit Retirement Systems. Harold retired from the State of Michigan as a computer analyst and programmer in 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University. He and his wife, Marjorie, have been married for 38 years.

Diana Stokes Leser, ’62, 4662 Heritage Dr., Bay City, MI 48706, is an associate professor of English and communications for Davenport University. She has traveled to China. Diana and her husband, Bill, enjoy spending time with their children and four grandchildren.

Janice DeCou Potter, ’62, 3449 Baronwood Blvd., Dayton, OH 45440, retired in June as a school counselor for Sugarcreek Local Schools in Bellbrook, OH. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Janice and her husband, John, won the “Apartment in Paris” auction item at the 2005 Albion Homecoming and had a great time on their trip. They also traveled to Italy in 2006. They have two children and five grandchildren.

William Richardson, ’62, 2321 Oakdale, Waterford, MI 48329, is a retired teacher. He is the chairperson for the Oakland University summer English Language Institute. William received the Distinguished Volunteer Award from Oakland University and a Distinguished Educator Award from Guizhou Province in China. He has traveled to China numerous times between 1988 and 2007. William earned master’s degrees from Michigan State University and Oakland University. He has four children including his son, David, ’93.

Claudia Ryan Smith, ’62, 15825 E. Echo Hill Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, is a professional artist, working in oil and mixed media. She also works as an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer. Claudia is a charter member of Fountain Hills Cultural Council. She is a member of the Fountain Hills Art League and is the chairperson for the St. Anthony on the Desert Episcopal Church Art Council. Claudia earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She also attended post-graduate classes in art. She and her husband, Richard, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.