October 25, 2020

Class Notes

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  • John “Jack” Kleinheksel’64 holds two national awards that recognize professional accomplishment and community leadership and service. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, the National Eagle Scout Association’s honor, which recognizes scouts who have reached the highest level of success in their fields and demonstrated a strong record of volunteer leadership and service in their communities. He also holds the Robert E. Burt Boy Scout Volunteer Award from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, a national award that recognizes its members for distinguished service to scouting.


  • Carl Dahl’71, Sun City Center, Fla., is a duplicate bridge tournament player. He recently went over 10,000 master points to earn the Platinum Life Master designation in bridge.
  • After working in six Asian countries since 1977, Boon Kang’73 moved to San Mateo, Calif, in March. He says, “Grandparenting two in California and two in New York City can be especially rewarding and challenging given the Covid-19 shelter-in-place.” But he felt important when his 3-year-old granddaughter in Brooklyn asked him to read Peppa Pig during one of their FaceTime video sessions.
  • Ruth Wingeier’77, Long Prairie, Minn., retired in January from her career as a nurse-midwife in central Minnesota after delivering 2,000 babies. She worked at the local hospital from 1982 to 2011, when she started a private home birth practice to serve families without health insurance. She particularly enjoyed practicing functional medicine with her primary care clients and will miss working with the families she served for so many years. However, she is now enjoying being able to sleep at night and having time at home with her husband. Having to “shelter-in-place” has helped the transition to retirement immensely. She and her husband stayed busy making maple syrup in the spring, caring for their large vegetable garden in the summer, canning and freezing produce, making firewood, and all the things that go with living off the land. They also host guests at the post-Civil War log cabin on their property through Airbnb. They were lucky to travel to Italy and Greece (where they studied the Mediterranean diet) last September and hope to camp, canoe, cross-country ski, and travel more when the pandemic has eased.


Dennis Moore, who taught in Beloit's English department from 1968-87, celebrated Father's Day in ... Dennis Moore, who taught in Beloit's English department from 1968-87, celebrated Father's Day in June with his family on Beloit's campus lawn at a physical distance from family members hailing from Madison. Dennis and Helen Damon-Moore’80, of Evanston, Ill., are shown in front of the World Affairs Center.

  • Derek Grossman’80, Traverse City, Mich., gave up his full-time (nocturnal) hospitalist practice and is now working part-time in multidisciplinary, non-opioid pain management, utilizing osteopathic manipulative medicine.
  • In February, Doug Hoyt’87, East Dundee, Ill., along with his wife and daughter, were part of a mercy medical team through the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod doing community health education in Lima, Peru. They helped deliver health education on a variety of topics in underserved communities in Lima.
  • Patrick Cornbill’88 published a comedic memoir about the time he dropped dead of a heart attack called Serious as a Heart Attack under the pseudonym Jeffrey Hornbull. The book is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.


Class of 1995 Beloiters Erin Riley, Gaby Flores, Juli Amato Kirby, and Jodie Bultman got together... Class of 1995 Beloiters Erin Riley, Gaby Flores, Juli Amato Kirby, and Jodie Bultman got together for a girls trip in February.

  • Alan Gorenstein’90, New Milford, N.J., has received his second patent, which focuses on increasing credit approval likelihood where information is limited, such as for low-income families and those with unpredictable incomes. The U.S. Patent Office has also recently published another of Alan’s patent applications, which provides an innovative and secure remote voting option. Alan is executive director and head of marketing analytics for J.P. Morgan Chase and serves on Binghamton (N.Y.) University’s Data Science Advisory Board.
  • Julie Lawrenz’92, Chicago, Ill., started teaching special education in January at Davis Elementary School in Chicago.
  • In October 2019, Dana Jensen’96, Arlington, Va., started working as a senior industrial policy analyst for the U.S. Air Force Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis, where he conducts all-source intelligence analysis of the aerospace supply chain.


Alaska's leading LGBTQ+ organization, Identity, Inc., has welcomed Laura Carpenter'01 as its new ... Alaska's leading LGBTQ+ organization, Identity, Inc., has welcomed Laura Carpenter’01 as its new executive director.

James Burling'07 and Laura Damon-Moore'08 of Madison, Wis., are shown with their daughter, Lilly,... James Burling’07 and Laura Damon-Moore’08 of Madison, Wis., are shown with their daughter, Lilly, at the Rostra Beloitensia rock near Eaton Chapel in June. They joined Laura's parents, Dennis Moore and Helen Damon-Moore’80, for a distanced but celebratory Father's Day on Beloit's campus.

  • David Malek’00 is a contemporary artist living and working in Poitiers, France. The Ribordy Thetaz Art Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland, featured a solo exhibition of his new paintings from February to May 2020. The exhibit, called “Binaries,” was David’s second at the Ribordy Thetaz.
  • Meghan Melloy Melo’05, Raleigh, N.C., has started a position with the North Carolina Division of Employment Security as an appeals referee. She will be adjudicating unemployment benefits appeals.


  • In August, Alex Brower’10, Milwaukee, Wis., announced his candidacy for a seat on the Milwaukee Public School Board District 5 for the April 6, 2021 election. Alex is an educator, teacher’s union officer, and a community leader.
  • Patrick Kenny’11, Monroe, Wis., was named girls basketball coach for the Monroe High School Cheesemakers. Patrick also teaches social studies at Monroe.
  • Christina Moore’13 has received a highly competitive Global Health Fellowship from the Public Health Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washington University’s Brown School of Public Health, where she earned her master’s degree after completing nursing school, made the announcement. The fellowship is for one year with a possible extension to three years. Christina has started virtual training and will be working in Nairobi, Kenya, on HIV epidemiology with the CDC’s Monitoring and Evaluation team.
  • Hanamori Skoblow’14, Columbia, Miss., is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. In her spare time, she helps her partner with his podcast about emerging writers in creative writing Master of Fine Arts programs around the country. One of their recent guests was fellow Beloiter Sasha Debevec-McKenney’12.
  • Samuel Borgos’16, Brooklyn, N.Y., received his Master of Arts in Labor Studies in June from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
    In May, Stephanie Rosenwinkel, Austin, Texas, graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center with her Master of Health Administration degree, before starting in June as a project manager for One Medical Passport, a company that develops ambulatory software.
  • Devin Anderson’18, Racine, Wis., was featured as hero of the week in June by the Shepherd Express, an alternative Milwaukee-based publication. Since 2019, Devin has worked for Wisconsin Voices, serving as lead organizer for the African American Roundtable. In that role, he works on engaging community members and partners in campaigns around improving the quality of life for African Americans in Milwaukee. His involvement in the Liberate MKE campaign, started in 2019, earned him the newspaper’s attention. Liberate MKE is a collaborative group asking that the Milwaukee Police Department’s budget be reduced 25 percent and the funds reallocated to public health and housing cooperatives.

Also In This Issue

  • DeVon Wilson’90 and his team ramped up their efforts to retain and recruit underrepresented students.

    Helping Students Succeed in a New Reality

  • The busy streets of Galway City in Ireland.

    The Quiet Moments In-Between: My Brief But Spectacular Time In Ireland

  • Helen Damon-Moore administers the Inside-Out Program at Cook County Jail on behalf of DePaul University.

    They Said, ‘We Need Soap’


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