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Horizons - Summer 2018

June 15, 2018


Karin Blythe ’08 and Darian Richardson, St. Cloud, Minnesota, February 2016.

Austin and Madison Vanriper ’15 Henry, Archie, Missouri, October 2016.

Justin ’15 and Alexandria Krabbenhoft ’16 Kaminski, Rogers, Arkansas, Sept. 2, 2017.

Cody Phillips ’15 and Kaitlin McGlynn ’12, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Nov. 25, 2016.

Corrie Olford and Jessi Eide ’15, Perry, Iowa, Sept. 10, 2016.

Jacob and Kylie Parks ’13 Verhagen, Osborn, Missouri, April 2013.

Jerry ’55 and Mary Jo Mader ’55 Rhodes Wolfe, Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 19, 2018.


Nick ’58 and Merilou Gilmore ’58 Hartwig will celebrate their 60th anniversary June 29, 2018.

Fred ’52 and Gwen Kimball ’52 Howes will celebrate their 64th anniversary Aug. 21, 2018.


Louis ’04 and Gretchen Bloom ’04 Johnson, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jet, born Aug. 8, 2016.

Dakota Little ’13, Sigourney, Iowa, Rory, born July 27, 2016.

Adam and Kasey Johnson ’08 Steen, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Maverick Kai, born Sept. 5, 2017.

Jacob and Kylie Parks ’13 Verhagen, Osborn, Missouri, Ty, born July 23, 2016.

Brandon and Brooke Johnson ’04 Wright, Clive, Iowa, Zander Edward, born April 7, 2017.


Gladys Fee ’59 Amsberry, Urbandale, Iowa, March 6, 2018.

William “Bill” Barlow ’75, Atlanta, Georgia, Feb. 28, 2018.

Tracey Caldwell ’96 Bergeron, Middleton, New Hampshire, April 20, 2018.

Robert Berkins ’75, Southbury, Connecticut, April 28, 2018.

Tamara Diamond ’66 Bingham, Del City, Oklahoma, March 22, 2018.

Evelyn Butrum ’68 Brightman, Chariton, Iowa, May 7, 2017.

Rogene Boren ’49 Colby, Seibert, Colorado, Nov. 27, 2017.

Ann Everett ’00, Lamoni, Iowa, March 24, 2018.

William Fox ’39, Republic, Missouri.

Lysle Gilmore ’36, Hagerman, Idaho, Jan. 19, 2018.

Barbara Phillips ’69 Hamann, St. Joseph, Missouri, Feb. 28, 2018.

Kazuichi Hamasaki ’48, Wailuku, Hawaii, Sept. 4, 2017.

Robert Harder ’58, Annapolis, Maryland, May 15, 2018.

Peggy Harder, Annapolis, Maryland, May 10, 2018.

Joseph Holst Jr. ’54, Spokane Valley, Washington, March 8, 2018.

Doris Engelhard Jackel, San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 27, 2017.

Dana Keller ’42, Gretna, Nebraska, Jan. 2, 2017.

Clifton McArthur ’48, Bayfield, Colorado, Sept. 11, 2015.

Pete McArthur ’72, Bayfield, Colorado, 2015.

Eileen Diggle McPhie, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, Dec. 5, 2017.

William “Bill” M. Miller ’49, Fairland, Oklahoma, May 4, 2017.

Donald Northey ’73, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 2, 2012.

Donna Gossadge ’58 Payne, Lamoni, Iowa, May 13, 2018.

Howard Raines ’56, Fanshawe, Oklahoma, Oct. 30, 2008.

Marvin K. Richter ’64, Kent, Washington, Sept. 11, 2017.

Mark Wellington ’83, Edmond, Oklahoma, April 9, 2018.

Anna Elizabeth Gunzell ’45 Wikoff, Blue Springs, Missouri, March 23, 2018.

Edmund Wong ’43, Kaneohe, Hawaii, April 23, 2018.


Dr. Cara Calloway ’03 Young was awarded the Rising Star Faculty award at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference in Indianapolis April 21, 2018. This award is given annually to one early career nurse practitioner faculty who exemplifies excellence in teaching, research and practice.

Donan Cruz ’07, head coach for the Grand View University men’s volleyball team, led the Vikings to a NAIA National Invitational Championship April 21, 2018.

Karin Blythe ’08 is the manager for refugee services with Lutheran Social Service in St. Cloud, Minnesota: resettlement, social services, immigration, trafficking victims, after-school education and housing. Karin provides services for newly arrived families after years of waiting in refugee camps and helps educate the community about the growing refugee crisis and the importance of U.S. involvement in providing a safe haven for refugees from around the world.

Tiffany Sinnott ’07 illustrated a children’s book in collaboration with a friend. The book, entitled Let’s Have a Staycation!, will be published this summer.



After an extensive national search, American Public Media Group (APMG) named Michael Lewis ’90 as the company’s new senior vice president and general counsel March 7, 2018.

APMG is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national programming creation, and distribution and innovative digital, social and mobile services in one organization.

“As a public radio listener for my entire adult life, I am excited to be joining such an important voice as American Public Media Group and such an important effort as public broadcasting,” Lewis said. “APM’s and MPR’s (Minnesota Public Radio) mission of assisting our audiences to enhance their lives, expand perspectives and strengthen their communities thrills me, and I cannot wait to get to work.”


Laurie Adkins ’86 McElderry‘s novel Love and Other Hot Beverages (written under the pen name Laurie Loft) was published by Riptide Publishing. The novel is a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the Gay Romance category with the winner being announced in June. The book is available from Riptide as well as Amazon and other retailers.


Ric Hettrick ’74 recently retired from Preferred Risk/Guidance Insurance Company after 40 years with the company. Ric was the Senior Vice President of Sales for the western half of the United States.

Rob Johnson ’76, will be retiring at the end of 2018 after a successful 42-year career. Rob is the Global Director for Health, Safety and Environment for an oil and gas company in Houston, Texas. He has earned certifications as a certified safety professional and a certified hazardous materials manager. He attributes his success to the educational foundation he received at Graceland: “Thank you Graceland (College)…It would not have happened without you!”

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