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Career and Personal Updates


Tom Schwalbach ‘60 BS has been selected for his sixth Hall of Fame induction, this time for the Rockford (Mich.) Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Schwalbach was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

Gary Adams ‘60 BS, ‘65 MAE was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to St. Ignace, Michigan’s athletic programs. He started the St. Ignace Little League program in 1957 and he has coached football, basketball and baseball and has also been a referee and umpire for 38 years. Today he enjoys attending every local sporting event possible.

Katherine “Kay” Mattson ‘62 BS is the recipient of Delta Kappa Gamma Michigan State Organization’s Lifetime Service Award. She taught reading at Marquette schools for more than 30 years. One of her more recent projects involves sewing and donating beautiful handbags to be raffled off to help fund school and teacher support projects.

Lowell A. Larson ‘65 BS, ‘98 MA taught for 31 years and was an assistant principal of Marquette Senior High School for four years prior to retiring in 2000. A licensed contractor, he has continued to build and remodel houses after his retirement. His passion for improving wildlife habitat at his two camps led him to invent a tree nut planter so that he could plant thousands of oak and chestnut trees on his land in an ergonomically friendly way, without having to continually bend over. He worked with Invent@NMU and received a patent for his invention, the SQUIRREL, in 2021. His product is sold online at nutplanter.com and via an international supply company based in Mississippi.

Jayne Martin ‘66 BS has written Mistletoe the Kissable Moose. The children’s book was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. She and her husband, James ‘66 BS, ‘69 MA, reside in Washington. They both previously worked as teachers in Alaska for 30 years.

Dennis Daulton ‘70 BS retired at the age of 75 after practicing for 50 years as a Massachusetts licensed funeral director and embalmer. He also was a representative and technical advisor for the Dodge Company, a supplier to the funeral profession, and has written more than 100 human interest and technical articles published in Dodge Magazine. He met his wife, the former Janis Easey of Bellevue, Mich., on a blind date in 1968 while they were students at NMU. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. They will continue to enjoy all that living near the ocean in Rockport, Mass., has to offer, along with traveling to Texas more often to watch their grandsons participate in high school sporting events. 

Kathleen Yaggie ‘72 BS has been developing custom property trading board games for over 30 years.  She has worked with Hasbro, USA OPOLY and Late for the Sky Productions. Her business, All Sports Marketing, USA LLC, develops games for community organizations, municipalities, individual business and non-profit organizations. She and her husband, Anthony, have been married since 1969.  They enjoy spending time with their three great sons and nine wonderful grandchildren. 

Patrick Dragon ‘74 BS, a nationally recognized ceramics artist, has moved back to Marquette. He had his work in the first American White House collection, the Smithsonian, and represented the city of Marquette as the first exchange artist in 1993. He recently retired from public education, teaching elementary and high school.

Martin Wojciechowski ‘75 BS has had a 20+ year career as professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught plant biology, evolution and genetics and studies plant diversity and evolution with international collaborators. He has held previous positions at the University of Arizona - Tucson and the University of California - Berkeley. He is also associate dean in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He lives in Tempe, Ariz.

Kim Van Osdol ‘75 BS retired in 2021 after a 45- year banking career. The majority of his career took place in the Upper Peninsula. 

Dennis Hawk ‘76 BS is retired from the chiropractic profession. He now enjoys doing sport photography for Atlanta area rugby teams. 

David Bradshaw ‘76 BS, is an NMU Sports Hall of Fame inductee. 

James Johnson ‘77 BS celebrated his 40-year anniversary of owning Casa Calabria in Marquette since July 1981. 

Joseph Genovese ‘73 BS, a retired fish biologist from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, resides in Marquette with his wife, Paula. 

Dale Miller ‘77 BS is retiring from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office after 43 years. Most recently, he served as captain of the Road Patrol Services Division, where he was in charge of road patrol, 13 substations, aviation, K-9, and multiple other units including drones, crash investigators and traffic and reserve. He previously worked for the department as detective Sgt. He and his wife, Lorinda, whom he met while attending NMU, reside in Oscoda County, Mich.

Nikki Nanos ‘78 BS coaches people in public speaking and is an inspirational and mindfulness speaker. Over the last few years she has received two certifications as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher. 

Dave Anthony ‘78 BS has been appointed to the Natural Resources Commission, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board and Michigan Craft Beverage Council. Dave and wife, Susie, were the previous owner/operators for Northern Sun Winery in Bark River, Mich. Dave is a former Michigan State Representative for the 108th District and former Director of Community Development and Government Affairs for the Hannahville Indian Community.

John Gall ‘79 BS recently retired from Profile Mfg. Inc. as vice president of sales. Through his passion for the outdoors, he became actively involved in Safari Club International for 11 years. During this time, he served as a chapter president and sat on the International Board of Directors. He has enjoyed participating in hunting adventures around the globe.

Vincent Doyle ‘82 BA has retired from advertising with Ford Trucks for more than 35 years. He has relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas, to enjoy sailing during the winter months, but plans to visit Michigan in the summer and fall.

Stephen DesJardins ‘83 BS has been awarded two different Fulbright scholarships. With the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Portugal, he will research how the Portuguese access and enrollment system may be amplifying labor market inequalities in the country. As a Fulbright Specialist to Finland, he will spend six weeks in-country studying the effect of the recent introduction of tuition fees for international students on their enrollment, college success and labor market outcomes.

Steven Girard ‘83 BA recently became senior counsel in the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of the law firm of Warner Norcorss + Judd. 

Ronald Malzahn ‘84 BS recently retired from the Department of Defense after 35 years of service as a computer specialist. He resides in Pickerington, Ohio.

Steven Snowaert ‘85 BS, ‘99 MPA has retired from the Ishpeming Police Department. He was appointed as chief of police for the City of Ishpeming (Mich.) in 2017. He was a police officer for a total of 39 years, holding positions at Marquette City Police and NMU Public Safety before ending his career in Ishpeming. He is pictured with his grandchildren.

Timothy Easterwood ‘86 BS was appointed to the Michigan Early Stage Venture Investment Corporation Board of Directors. He is the founder and CEO of BizFleets, LLC in Birmingham, Mich.

John W. Sundelius ‘86 BS, PE retired in January 2022 as director of Public Works/city engineer from the City of Kaukauna, Wis., after more than 35 years. John was proud to have overseen the construction the city’s new municipal services building and new fire station during his last years of employment. 

Chris Friel ‘87 BS has been promoted to director of client success at DATAMARK, the public safety geographic information systems team of Michael Baker International. 

Christopher Germaine ‘08 BS is the new CEO of Lake Superior Community Partnership. He was previously senior redevelopment ready communities planner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 

Stacy Bouman ‘09 BS has been promoted to branch administrative officer at Range Bank. She will oversee the Dickinson and Brown County Deposit Services staff.

David Erdal ‘09 BS has been named vice president of compliance at Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation, headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill. 

Rachel Simonsen ‘09 BS has been promoted to chief operations officer at Range Bank. She joined the bank in 2010.

Zachary Bennett ‘10 BA has accepted an assistant professor of history position at Norwich University in Vermont.

Derek Mohr ‘11 BFA is a developer for Mighty in the Midwest, a digital strategy, design and technology company in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Susan Fawcett ‘12 MS is a research botanist at University and Jepson Herbaria at the University of California - Berkeley.

Heath Gorney ‘12 BA is an appraiser for the City of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Megan Porter ‘12 BS is a public health educator for Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She resides in Augusta, Maine.  

Jennifer (Jarvis) Pallme ‘12 BS earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis - University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2018. She married the love of her life, J Pallme, on July 4, 2020 at her family’s camp in Wetmore, Mich. The couple resides in Memphis, Tenn. 

Victoria Arnold ‘14 BS has started a pediatric community-based occupational therapy practice in Spokane, Wash. Her practice, GRIPS, is an acronym for the type of services she offers - Gymnastics, Rehabilitation, and Independence Programs. She was recently awarded a grant to promote the inclusion of children with developmental disabilities into the community.

Kelsey Lynch ‘14 BS has been promoted to NMU alumni relations coordinator. She and her husband, Dan ‘08 BS, ‘17 AAS, welcomed baby Rudy Lynch on April 21, 2020.

Courtney (Brown) Kelly ‘14 BA has been working as a professional costume designer for 11 years and has just earned an MFA in costume design and technology from the University of Illinois. She has also been a virtual teacher at Imagine Learning for more than five years. She and her wife, Mary, reside in Bay City, Mich. 

Alysa Diebolt ’15 BS, had work accepted and displayed in the 2021 ArtPrize, held annually in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her “Lost Time Gained” is a collection of 17 clocks that represent the 17 months Michigan was under emergency order for the COVID-19 pandemic. Diebolt said, “We have all lost time during the pandemic. Time from friends, family, and our community. For so many, time has been cut off altogether through tragic deaths that occurred too soon in many lives. For many, the time we gained with our housemates in lockdown would not have happened if it weren’t for the pandemic. I encourage you to get lost in the time you have with the people in your life right here, right now, every day.”

Kirby Frantti ‘15 AS, ‘16 BS has been promoted to road patrol sergeant at the Ishpeming Police Department.

Madeline Neubauer ‘16 BS graduated from pharmacy school in May 2021. She started working at the inpatient pharmacy at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, then became faculty and assistant director of patient care at 12th St. Health and Wellness Center, a student-run free clinic.

Daniel Bell ‘16 BS manages his own real estate investment company. He previously worked in Air Force Special Operations. He and his wife, Melanie, were married this past October and reside in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Kall Morris Inc (KMI) has been recognized with a 2022 Best Small Business Award, presented by 

Michigan Celebrates Small Business. KMI is an orbital debris research and solution development company focused on Active Debris Removal for keeping space clear for all. Troy Morris ’16 BS, Austin Morris ’18 BS and Adam Kall ’18 BS founded and run the organization. 

Cassidy Hinshaw ‘17 BS is a digital marketing specialist for Krueger International in Green Bay, Wis. 

Teressa Savastano ‘19 BS has worked at several facilities and with various different animal species including song birds, black bears, elephants, hippos, kangaroos, giraffes, lions, tigers, cougars and more, doing conservation education and animal husbandry. 

Norveig Olson ‘19 BS is working as a guide for the National Park Service. 

Krys Belc ‘19 MFA is the author of The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit. His work has appeared in Granta, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus and elsewhere and has been anthologized in Best of the Net 2018 and Wigleaf Top 50. He has won contests for Redivider and Pigeon Pages. Belc lives in Philadelphia with his family and works as an educator in a pediatric healthcare clinic.

Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner ’19 BS, a former NMU track and field athlete, ran her first Boston Marathon this year, as a member of the Native Women Running group, to increase representation of Indigenous women in the running community by encouraging and featuring their involvement. “I ran in prayer for healing. I carried the medicine, kept my spirit and thoughts good, represented my truth and courage,” she wrote.

Ryan Grim  ’20 BS is Marquette’s new chief of police and harbor master. He previously served as lieutenant and acting patrol captain. 

Cailey Wagner ‘20 BS has been hired as the athletic director of Grayling High School.

Drew Harbrecht ‘20 BS is a field claims representative for Farmers Insurance. 

Grace Bishop ‘21 BS is a biology and science teacher at Gaylord High School.

Taylor Story ‘21 BS has been hired as the middle school social studies teacher at Forest Park School. She and her husband, Codell, reside in Channing, Mich. 

Haley Prappas ‘21 BA is communications coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Curtis Golden Pettit ‘21 AA is the owner of Kid Saints Style, a brand marketing consulting firm based in Chicago, Ill. 

Former Halverson alumni ot Outhouse/Pipers Alley met in Grayling, Mich., for the 38th consecutive year on Columbus Day weekend, "to gather around the fire and embellish memories of their formative years and see who can stay up later than 10 pm." The good friends made over their 1976/1983/84 years in Marquette include: Half H Smith IV, Bob Macdonald, John Borowski, Mike Celovsky, Scott Lattimore, Mike Miller, Tom Gallagher, Mark Dresler (deceased 2015), Gary Cline (deceased 2010), Kelly Stanley, Dave Boldt, Paul Nelson, Chris Batchik, Mike Grade and Tom Walencewicz


Marriages & Births


Aaron Swanson ‘06 BS and Kellie Braam were married October 2, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Kathleen T. Kerr ‘12 BSN and Troy Ludwig were married on Grand Island in Christmas, Mich., August 20, 2021, the hottest day of the summer in the U.P.! They live in Chelsea, Mich. (A)

Kelly Latvala ‘13 BS and Kyle Olson were married at Edinburgh USA Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, Minn., on August 7, 2021. (B)

Alex Nye ‘14 BS, ‘16 MS and Emma (Finkbeiner) Nye ‘16 BS were married in Marquette on February 5, 2022 on a beautiful, snowy day. (C)

Ellen DiGiacinto ‘15 BS and Logan Davis were married in Norrisville, Md., on April 24, 2021. (D)

Mark Galus II ‘01 BS and wife, Emily, welcomed daughter Nora Vivian on October 1, 2021.

Melissa (Schultz) Martin ‘09 BS and husband, Andrew, welcomed son Aaron Charles on October 28, 2021. 

Genevieve Morgan ‘13 BS and husband, Joseph, welcomed son Ethan Everett on December 15, 2020. 

Daisy Yonkas ‘15 BS welcomed baby Lily Lu on July 25, 2020.

In Memoriam


Anita Sikorsky ’42 AB, October 25, 2021, Sparta, Mich..

June Altmann ’47 BS, January 9, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Patricia Birch ’49 BS, July 9, 2021, Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla.

Ida Medlyn ’49 BA, March 14, 2021, Bloomington, Ind.

Dorothy Brown ’53 BS, November 18, 2021, Venice, Fla. 

Stewart Olmstead ’53 BA, January 27, 2021, Foley, Ala.

Donald Peterson ’54 BA, ’62 MA, March 25, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Arnold Ahonen ’56 BS, July 6, 2021, Olivehill, Tenn.

Pauline Johnson ’56 BS, March 27, 2022, Hancock, Mich.

Janice Hustad ’57 BS, January 27, 2022, Tucson, Ariz.

Gordon Kauppila ’58 BS, October 31, 2021, Calumet, Mich. 

Carl Lemin Jr. ’58 BS, ’65 BS, October 7, 2021, Kingsford, Mich.

Mary Hughson Moran ’58 BS, November 19, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Linda Givens ’59 BS, ’62 MAE, February 2, 2022, Hancock, Mich. 

Donald Johnson ’59 BS, June 1, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Barbara Brainerd Muniz ’59 BA, November 15, 2021, Albuquerque, N.M. 

Roger St. John, ’59 BS, February, 20, 2022, Milford, Mich. 

Dolores Quaal ’59 BA, August 14, 2021, Brookfield, Wis.

Julian Vandecaveye ’59 BS, May 20, 2020, Perkins, Mich.

Elmer Aho ’60 BS, ’66 MA, February 20, 2022, Gwinn, Mich.

Robert Morrison ’60 BS, ’65 MA, December 10, 2021, Munising, Mich.

Joseph Etienne ’61 BS, December 19, 2021, Charlevoix, Mich.

Robert Norden ’61 BS, ’65 MAE, December 16, 2021, Calumet, Mich. 

Wayne North ’61 BS, December 16, 2021, Green Valley, Ariz.

Alice Bergeron ’62 BS, July 24, 2021, Rapid River, Mich. 

Peter Johnson ’62 BS, ’88 MAE, June 10, 2021, Norway, Mich.

William Mason ’62 BS, March 31, 2022, Kinross, Mich.

Richard Brown ’63 BS, February 8, 2022, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Edward Farrell ’63 BS, ’64 MA, October 13, 2021, Fenton, Mich.

Ronald Foisie ’63 BS, October 30, 2021, Traverse City, Mich.

William Holm ’63 BS, December 17, 2021, the Villages, Fla.

John Bonsall ’64 MA, June 7, 2021, Okemos, Mich. 

Robert Buchner ’64 MA, January 21, 2022, Alpena, Mich. 

Ed “Billy” Demuse ’64 BS, February 27, 2021, Menominee, Mich.

Frederick Garnell ’64 BS, January 14, 2022, Hancock, Mich. 

Harry Hannula ’64 BS, July 13, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Dawn Kangas ’64 BA, ’67 MA, March 28, 2022, Champion, Mich. 

Judith Racine ’64 BS, January 14, 2022, Memphis, Mich.

Robert Olivanti ’64 BS, ’72 MA, December 27, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Sandra Neibaur ’65 BS, ’81 MAE, March 22, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Richard Lehto ’66 BS, October 5, 2021, Ishpeming. 

Mary Lewis ’66 BS, June 5, 2021, Calumet, Mich.

Richard Neva ’66 CAPS, February 21, 2022, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Edward Bissell ’67 BS, December 10, 2021, Oscoda, Mich. 

William “Jack” Craig ’67 BS, April 21, 2021, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Paul Jokely ’67 BS, September 13, 2021, Antigo, Wis. 

Louise Waisanen ’67 BA, June 16, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Judith Houck ’68 BS ’69 MA, December 3, 2021, Lincoln City, Ore.

David Lahtinen ’68 BS, March 5, 2022, Gladstone. Mich. 

John Mendler ’68 BS, October 16, 2021, South Lyon, Mich.

Paul Menhennick ‘68, December 23, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Thomas Sullivan ’68 MA, November 25, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich. 

James Vermeulen ’68 BS, January 23, 2022, Menominee, Mich.

Marilyn Butson ’69 MA, October 27, 2021, Ironwood, Mich. 

Phyllis Coombs ’69 BS, August 4, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Ruth Zimmer ’69 MA, November 21, 2021, Ontonagon, Mich.

Leenamari Bowers ’70 MA, September 7, 2021, Canton., Mich.

David Frizzo ’70 BS, October 4, 2021, Green Bay, Wis.

Rosemary Smale ’70 BS, ’86 MAE, March 16, 2022, Gwinn, Mich.

Edwin Jachimski ’71 MAE, March 26, 2022, Negaunee, Mich.

Lawrence Easley ’72 BS, September 16, 2020, Wayne, Mich. 

Thomas Clark ’72 BS, March 18, 2021, Drummond Island, Mich.

Sara Doubledee ‘72 BS, ‘74 MAE, former dean of Graduate Studies, February 23, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Carolyn Garvaglia ’72 BS, ’78 MAE, January 15, 2020, Niagara, Wis.

John Kronquist ’72 BS, December 2, 2021, Copper Harbor, Mich.

Joyce Milligan ’72 BA, ’75 MAE, January 28, 2022, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 

William Manko ’72 MAE, December 27, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich. 

Craig Mitchell ’72 BS, June 8, 2021, Peck, Mich.

Kurt Beuthin ’73 BS, ’75 MA, February 20, 2022, Charlevoix, Mich. 

Loretta Grabrick ’73 BS, October 24, 2021, Gillette, Wyo. 

June Paprukilo ’73 BS, March 26, 2022, Menominee, Mich. 

Judy Summer ’73 BS, ’79 MAE, October 14, 2021, Iron River, Mich. 

Michael Ternus ’73 BS, November 29, 2021, Marquette, Mich. 

David Ward ’73 BS, July 25, 2021, Munising, Mich.

Michael Youngberg ’73 BS, June 24, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Christopher Rau ’74 BS, January 4, 2021, Encinitas, Calif.

Patricia Gauthier ’75 BS, July 16, 2021, Kingsford, Mich.

Randall O’Donnell ’75 BS, February 14, 2022, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Judith Holappa ’76 BS, November 15, 2020, Rochester, Minn. 

Anna Strand ’76 BSN, March 3, 2020, San Pedro, Calif. 

Edward Bundshuh ’77 BS, October 13, 2021, Ypsilanti, Mich. 

John Dahlbacka ’77 BS, November 5, 2021, Hurley, Wis.

David Goethe ’77 BS, December 2, 2021, Mesa, Ariz. 

Katherine Hendrick ’77 BME, February 19, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Gary Qualmann ’77 BS, February 12, 2022, Viola, Mich.

Terrence Benike ’78 BS, March 28, 2022, Escanaba, Mich. 

Jill Beree ’78 BS, October 3, 2021, Missoula, Mont.

Delores Heard ‘78, March 26, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Michael Wilkinson ’78 BFA, March 25, 2022, Haslett, Mich.

Debra Wormwood ’78 BS, December 4, 2021, Milwaukee, Wis.

Robert Asiala ’79 BS, November 8, 2021, Hancock, Mich.

Sandra Dooley ’79 CER, December 14, 2021, Harvey, Mich.

Douglas Harris ’80 BS, ’82 MS, October 4, 2021, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 

Linda Spigarelli ’80 BS, October 16, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Robert Barfile ’81 CERT, December 15, 2021, Iron Mountain, Mich. 

Jennifer Jezylo ‘81 BS, NMU biology professor, October 25, 2021, Sagola, Mich.

Paul Walker ’81 BS, October 26, 2021, Tallahassee, Fla.

Judith Bevier-North ’82 BS, January 11, 2022, Howell, Mich.

Jill Krah ’82 AS, December 6, 2021, Marquette, Mich. 

Robert Voakes Sr. ’82 VOC, January 26, 2022, L’Anse, Mich.

Laura Woolard ’82 BME, February 9, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Michele Ardini ’83 AB, December 12, 2021, De Pere, Wis.

Jeffrey Dewitt ’83 VOC, ’99 VOC, April 3, 2022, Marquette, Mich. 

Terri Hilsabeck ’83 BS, May 13, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Sylvia Krieg ’83 CERT, January 16, 2022, Gwinn, Mich. 

William LaMere ’83 VOC, February 8, 2022, Greenville, Mich.

Debra Pascoe ’84 BS, November 22, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Jeanne Harsila ’84 BS, December 15, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Erin Adkins ’85 BS, December 9, 2021, Palmer, Alaska. 

Ronald Jobin ’85 LPN, March 6, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Rita Svelty ’85 BS, January 20, 2022, Gwinn, Mich.

Sandra Bouchard ‘86 VOC, retired food service, December 23, 2021, Sands Township, Mich.

Michael Guizzetti ’86 VOC, June 21, 2021, Gwinn, Mich.

Nancy LaPine ’87 VOC, December 25, 2021, Beaver Grove, Mich. 

Susan MacDonald ’87 CERT, ’92 CERT, March 13, 2022, Negaunee, Mich.

Mary Wright ’87 MA, November 15, 2021, L’Anse, Mich.

David Bruce ’88 BS, December 22, 2021, Rochester, Mich.

Kathryn Perry ’88 AT, December 9, 2021, Sedalia, Mo.

Carol Peltier ’89 BS, ’00 MAE, October 29, 2021, Bark River, Mich.

Lori Anderson ’90 BME, December 12, 2021, Gladstone, Mich. 

Robert Hemmila ‘90 BS, retired electronic engineer from WNMU-TV 13, October 11, 2021.

Karl Roemer ’90 BS, March 1, 2022, Stephenson, Mich.

Gerry Pillow ’91 CER, January 4, 2022, Negaunee, Mich.

James Anderson ’95 BS, ’96 MPA, July 20, 2021, Gwinn, Mich.

Kurt Franz ’95 BS, March 31, 2022, Burr Oak, Mich.

Sandra Lee Lampinen ’96 AB, October 26, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Lori Butler ’97 AB, November 6, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich. 

Toby Rickett ’97 BS, November 3, 2021, Fishers, Ind.

Adam Gustafson ’98 BS, January 10, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Lois Maki ’98 CERT, March 6, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Connie Davidson ’99 MAE, March 12, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Johnna Therrian ’00 BSN, January 10, 2022, Canton, Mich.

Barbara Schouten ’01 BS, December 26, 2021, Marquette, Mich. 

Richard Sgarlotti ’01 EDS, February 5, 2022, Quinnesec, Mich.

Michael Kivela ’02 BS, October 3, 2021, Lake Linden, Mich. 

Casey Massie ’02 BS, October 13, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Lisa Potter ’04 BS, December 16, 2021, Tomah, Wis. 

Terese Weisenberger ’04 CERT, November 8, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

Brendon Krause ’06 BS, February 10, 2022, Marquette, Mich. 

Andrew Kuhn ’06 BS, February 2, 2022, Bridgman, Mich.

Kenneth Kasten ’07 BS, June 2, 2021, Breitung Township, Mich.

Evan Petroff ’21, March 28, 2022, Kingsford, Mich.


John X Jamrich

Former NMU President John X. Jamrich Dies at Age 101

Former Northern Michigan University President John X. Jamrich passed away February 20, 2022, in Savannah, Ga., at the age of 101. He served as NMU’s eighth president from 1968 until his retirement in 1983. His 15-year tenure—the third-longest of any Northern president—was marked by tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs and community outreach.   

“Dr. Jamrich was the president who handed me my degree at commencement when I was a Northern graduate,” said NMU President Kerri Schuiling, a ‘73 graduate. “In his 101 years, he set the example of what it means to be a lifelong learner. He was a dedicated Wildcat throughout his time as president and thereafter. Under his leadership, Northern enjoyed many remarkable achievements. We owe him a deep debt of gratitude for the foundation upon which the university continues to build today.” 

According to John X. Jamrich: The Man and the University, Northern’s physical campus grew substantially under his leadership, with construction of the Learning Resources Center, Jacobetti Skills Center, PEIF and Cohodas Hall. It was also a time of new university-business partnerships, the start of women’s athletics, student protests, union organization and—near the end of his term—financial hardship due to state budget cuts. “John was personally on top of everything during his presidency,” said History Professor Emeritus Russell Magnaghi, the book’s author, in a Northern Magazine story on Jamrich’s 100th birthday. “In fact, it’s hard to find things that were happening on campus during his administration that he wasn’t involved in. He wasn’t concerned about looking for another job and was completely devoted to NMU. He fulfilled the philosophy of Edgar Harden of turning Northern into a quality undergraduate/graduate institution.” In A Sense of Time: The Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan University, Magnaghi wrote that Jamrich had to navigate the transition from a unilateral presidency, where all decisions were made from the top down, to one of shared governance. 

Northern remained an integral part of Jamrich’s life after he retired. He was an active musician and even wrote a 10-minute composition for the NMU centennial celebration. 

Jamrich was born in Muskegon Heights, Mich., but spent several years on a farm in his parents’ native Slovakia. He was fluent in multiple languages, from Slovak and Bohemian to German. He also learned Russian while working with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Alaska as a liaison weather officer, translating forecasts to the Soviet squadron during World War II. 

“During his military service, Jamrich acquired his middle name,” states Magnaghi’s book on his NMU presidency. “U.S. Air Corps paperwork required a middle initial. Jamrich had no middle name so he just made an X. When further pressed for a complete name, he randomly selected Xavier.” Jamrich and his wife, June, who passed away in April 2020, were longtime philanthropic supporters of NMU. They established the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowed Music Scholarship, which the family has requested those wishing to express sympathy for John’s death consider supporting, and the John X. and June A. Jamrich Family Art Endowment. In addition, they helped to sustain a variety of scholarships and funds over the years, and gave to the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, the DeVos Art Museum, NMU Athletics and many other programs and initiatives.

Dr. Jamrich’s obituary can be viewed at canaletonella.com/obituary.

In Memoriam: Friends

John Berens, former history professor, January 19, 2022, Green Bay, Wis. 

Maynard Bowers, emeritus biology professor, September 22, 2021, Canton, Mich.

William Farley, emeritus education professor, October 26, 2021, Marquette, Mich. 

Virginia Grundstrom ‘42 BS, ‘64 MA, emeritus faculty, January 19, 2022, Marquette, Mich. 

Ruebin Gustafson, former NMU maintenance and heavy equipment, February 25, 2022, Gwinn, Mich.

Joseph Healy, retired senior tradesman carpenter and mason of Plant Operations, December 15, 2021, Harvey, Mich.

Florence Keller, retired member of Maintenance/Operations, December 13, 2021, Marquette.

George Madosh, retired heavy equipment operator/landscaping specialist of Plant Operations December 27, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Tim “Mac” McIntosh ‘73 BS, former “voice of NMU hockey,” October 20, 2021, Escanaba, Mich.

Robert McGinty, retired math professor, March 7, 2021, Gladstone, Mich.

William Mutch, emeritus mathematics faculty, January 9, 2022, Chico, Calif. 

Jean Paquette, retired secretary, November 5, 2021, Harvey, Mich.

Barbara Patrick, emeritus faculty and former athletic director, November 5, 2021, Marquette, Mich.

William Ralph, emeritus physics professor, February 4, 2022, Marquette.

Peter B. Smith, emeritus speech, language and hearing science professor, February 15, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Dennis Staffne, emeritus art and design professor, February 15, 2022.

Lyman Stanton Walker, retired assistant vice president of Business and Finance, March 10, 2022, Remus, Mich.