In Memoriam

Remembering members of the Kodai Community who have passed away

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others ~Rosa Parks


Nancy Hatch Dupree '44

I happened to hear on the radio today that the “grandmother of Afghanistan” died today, and knew immediately that they were referring to Nancy Hatch Dupree. Nancy was a member of the Class of 1944 and made a remarkable contribution to the Afghan people and their country. The Wall Street Journal has written a beautiful tribute to Nancy which you can find here:

Nancy died September 10, 2017 at the age of 90.

Herbert Zorn - parent

Herbert Zorn, age 95, died on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

For his obituary, click here.

Surviving Kodai family: wife Dorothy, children Becky Stilwell ’67, Paul Zorn ’68, and Steve Zorn ’70.

Philip Dailey - former staff, parent

Philip passed away peacefully at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 30, 2017. Philip was a loving and devoted father and husband, as well as an inspirational and dedicated teacher for over forty years. Philip taught English at KIS from 1987 to 1996. For Philip’s complete obituary, go to:

Surviving Kodai family: wife Betsy Miller Dailey ’77, children Grace ’07 and Jacob ’10, in-laws Rolland and Mary Helen Miller KIS Council and Parents and Grandparents, Matt Miller ’74, and Tim Miller ’76.

Marge Kurtz Ulrich '50

Marge Kurtz Ulrich passed away June 16, 2017 after a long and difficult illness. She spent most of her adult life in Rochester NY but moved several years ago to Pennsylvania to be near a daughter. Her husband preceded her in death and she leaves two additional daughters as well as grandchildren.

Surviving Kodai family: brother Richard Kurtz ’60.

Joanna Brown '48

Joanna Brown passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 in Sarasota, FL.

For her full obituary, click here:

Surviving Kodai family: brother, Russell “Rusty” Brown ’50.

Rebecca Wiebe-Freed '78

Rebecca Wiebe passed away on May 28, 2017.

Surviving Kodai immediate family: parents John ’47 FS & Carol FS,  siblings Wendell ’76, Roland ’76 & Carrie Granner Wiebe ’78, and Evelyn ’80

Luther Engelbrecht - parent, KIS Board member

Luther Engelbrecht passed away on April 17, 2017 in Seattle, WA.

Missionary, husband, father, pastor, India, member of the KIS School Board, Lutheran, Loch Ender, Krishnagiri depict a few aspects of Luther. His visits to Kodai seemed to coincide with Board meetings and “season.” We knew when Mr Engelbrecht was around thanks to his telltale laugh. He brought to and shared with the Kodai community his intelligence, service to the Loch End church, rallied with other parents to pull off the many duties taken on by parents in Kodai during season, and so much more. The Kodai community has lost another key member.

To read more about Luther, click here to go to his obituary.

Surviving Kodai family: children Martin ’72 FS, Lois ’73, Ted ’74 FS & Jacqueline FS, Claire ’76, Susheela ’77 and Carl ’80.

Paul Curtis '48

Paul Curtis passed away on April 2, 2017.

“Paul was a member of our Class of 1948 through all of the elementary grades, including the years through World War II, but he left in 1945 after 9th grade, and then did not return to India following his parents’ furlough, completing his high school in the US. Those of you who joined the class in late 1945 or 1946 or after would not have known him. Paul’s father died in India (in Vellore), and his mother in her later years married Mr. Essebaggers after the death of his wife. Paul was predeceased by his elder brother, Phil ’47, as well as his younger brother, Don ’53, but is survived by his sister, Jean ’51.” ~Bob Carman ’48, Class Rep

Surviving Kodai family: sister Jean Scott ’51, step-siblings Dorothea DeJong ’51, Margaret Dopirak ’54, Ted Essebaggers ’59, Mary Morris ’62.

Helen Conser Maybury '41 (and Woodstock School '42)
At KIS 1930-37

Helen died peacefully on February 14, 2017 at the age of 93. Helen was born February 12, 1924 in Poona, India, where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries for 37 years. She attended two international schools in India: Kodaikanal for her first 7 years and Woodstock through high school. In 1942, she came to the U.S. to attend Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, where she met her future husband, Robert Maybury.

When Helen was a junior, Robert graduated from college and joined the U.S. Navy. He was in the battle of Okinawa in April 1945. He returned at the end of WWII and joined the faculty of Eastern Nazarene College. Helen graduated magna cum laude from the college in June 1946 with a degree in English literature. She and Robert were married on June 1, 1946.

The couple lived in Quincy and Boston while Robert attended graduate school at Boston University and got his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1951. Robert then spent three years as a postdoctoral student at Harvard University working with Professor John T. Edsall. Three of their five children were born in Quincy: John in 1947, Rachel in 1950, and David in 1953.

In 1953, the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where Robert was a chemistry professor at the College of Idaho for one year. They then moved to Redlands, California, where Robert was a chemistry professor at the University of Redlands for 10 years. During that time, Helen and Robert had two more children: Ken in 1958 and Joel in 1959.

In 1963, the family moved to Paris, where Robert joined the science staff of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). During her time in France, Helen learned to speak French at the Alliance Française. She was also certified by École Britannique to teach English as a second language. She taught English to many adults while in Paris, in addition to raising her children.

In 1974, Helen and Robert moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where Robert became the Deputy Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology in Africa, while Helen taught English as a second language to adults and also worked with the American Wives Organization. Eventually, all the children returned to the US for college. Helen and Robert returned to Paris in 1980, where Robert served as Editor of the UNESCO periodical “Science and Public Affairs” until his retirement from UNESCO in 1982.

In 1982, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Robert was invited to join the Science Adviser of the World Bank as a consultant. Helen joined the World Bank Family Network and was an active committee member and officer, contributing to the advancement of women in developing countries through the Margaret McNamara Education Grants. She taught English as a second language and introduction to literature, inviting wives of World Bank staff members to her home for classes. As a result, she met and became friends with many women from around the world. She also taught English conversation to some of the Spanish-speaking staff at the Skyline apartment community where they lived in Falls Church, Virginia.

Helen learned the violin as a child in India and played for her school and college orchestras as well as for the community symphony orchestra in Riverside,  California. She continued to play the violin until her passing.

Helen wrote and published a book, For the Souls and Soils of India: From Ohio Farm Land to the Mission Fields of India, about her parents’ missionary work in India as told through their letters to her and to churches in the U.S., other family members, and close friends. This was a significant creative achievement in her life that allowed Helen to relive much of her youth through her review of these letters.

Helen was a beloved wife of 70 years, mother of five, grandmother of eleven, and great-grandmother of seven. She passed away on Valentine’s Day 2017 due to complications from lymphoma, which she fought successfully for many years. She was a gentle soul who was loved by all who knew her.

Anna Frantz - former staff
At KIS 1962-76, English Teacher

Anna Emily Frantz died on Thursday, February 2, at Palm Village, Reedley, CA. She was 88. Anna was born on October 31, 1928, in Shafter, CA. She was predeceased by her parents, Emil and Lydia Ratzlaff Frantz; brother Walter (Mary); sister Esther  (Frank Ediger); and sister Laura (Ernest Siemens). She is survived by five nephews and three nieces.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10, at 10 am at Palm Village, 703 West Herbert Avenue, Reedley, CA, in the Community Room.

Anna attended Maple School, near Shafter, CA, and graduated from Wasco High School. She graduated from Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS in 1951, and did post-graduate work at Fresno State University. She taught English at Immanuel High School and helped care for her mother, who’d had a stroke.

After her mother died, she took a position as an English teacher in India, at the Kodaikanal International School, a bold undertaking for a young single female in the early 1960’s. She influenced many students there for 14 years, taking sabbaticals to travel, which she found very fulfilling. She visited one nephew and his wife in Kinshasha, Congo, in the late 1960’s and another in Beit Jala, Occupied West Bank, Israel, in 1972.

In 1977 she returned to California and took teaching positions in Hemet and Earlimart. She moved to Fresno in the mid 1970’s and worked for Creative Teaching Associates.  She attended the Butler Mennonite Brethren Church. She volunteered at the Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop in Reedley and was a Bible Study Fellowship leader for many years.

Anna was a lovely, graceful, gracious person. Her warmth, great smile and impact on our lives will be missed more than we know.

Li-Chiang (Li) Chu - Woodstock alum and KIS friend

The sad news came this morning that Li died overnight in her home. She died peacefully in her sleep after an 8-month struggle with an aggressive form of stomach cancer. The burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, CA within the next few weeks.

From Li’s nieces, Yue-Roe Wu, Sharon Wu, Wendy Chu and Andrea Chu Adelmann, January 25, 2017

John Aung-Thwin '64

John died on January 14, 2017.

Surviving Kodai family: wife Evelyn ’64 and siblings Michael ’65 and Maureen ’66.

Martha Easter - former staff, parent
At KIS 1978-97

Martha passed away peacefully after a swift recurrence of cancer on January 8, 2017.

Surviving Kodai family: husband John (former staff, parent) and children Martha Jean ’83, Ian ’86 and Liz ’91.


Julia Fritz Shull
Younger sister of Theodore Fritz ’48

Word came from Julia’s niece that Julia passed away in December 2016.

If you know which class Julia was a member of, please contact KFI.

Tiku Mahadevan - former staff, parent

On December 28, 2016, Tiku left us. In accordance with her living will, Tiku’s mortal remains were donated to Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Surviving Kodai family: husband Philippe (former staff and parent) and Jai ’92.

Maryanna Cassady - former staff

Maryanna Shupe Cassady was born September 16, 1922 in Wytheville, Virginia. She married Melvin A. Cassady June 27, 1945.

Maryanna graduated from Berea College, received masters degrees at the University of Tennessee, studied pastoral counseling at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Hospital, Montclair in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Cassadys were Presbyterian Church (USA) missionaries from 1949-1989, 38 years in the Churches of North and South India; then two years as missionaries in residence of Louisville Presbytery and at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Maryanna worked in women’s evangelism, home economics, library and property administration, counseling service and education and nutrition.

Whatever the assignment the Cassadys primary objective was to share the Gospel and to be a Christian witness among those being served in the name of Jesus Christ.

They moved to Bristol Village in Waverly, Ohio in July 1990. Melvin died September 12, 2005 and Maryanna died December 13, 2016.

[Taken from the First Presbyterian Church, Waverly, Ohio bulletin for Maryanna S. Cassady.]
Margaret Sekhran - parent

Margaret passed away on December 3, 2016.

Surviving Kodai family: children Ajay ’83, Nik ’86 and Sarah ’91.

Stanley Vander Aarde - KIS Board, parent

Stan was born on September 26, 1931 and passed away on November 19, 2016. He was a resident of Orange City, IA at the time of his passing.

Surviving Kodai family: wife Darlene (parent), Paul ’76, Dave ’78, Debra ’80 and Mary Beth ’84.

TZ Chu, KWI and KIS Board (Woodstock grad)

An email came from TZ’s wife and daughter, sharing the sad news of TZ’s death on September 15, 2016.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of T.Z.’s passing at our home on Thursday, September 15.  He died peacefully surrounded by his family. T.Z. fought a valiant three year battle with first esophageal and then throat cancer.  He was admired and beloved by people around the world and his legacy will live on through his generosity of spirit and support.

Following a private service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, a celebration of T.Z.’s remarkable life will be held at Fremont Hills Country Club (12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills) on Friday, September 30 at 11am.  Please let us know if you will be joining us.

In lieu of flowers, T.Z. requested donations be made to Conquer Cancer Foundation’s International Program, which is fueling cancer research and pursuing dramatic advances in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of all kinds of cancer worldwide. This foundation’s work was important to T.Z., as his cancer and that of his sister are rare in the United States yet prevalent in Asia.”

Carol Hagstad Gallo '70

Carol passed away on September 9, 2016 at the age of 64. She was from Austin, TX. Celebration of Life was held on September 13th at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home Chapel in Pflugerville, TX.

Surviving Kodai siblings: Bill ’70 and Susan ’72.

Robert "Bob" Lowenthal '56

Captain Robert Lowenthal, age 78, passed away peacefully of dementia on September 6, 2016. Bob was born in July 1938 in Miami, FL to Robert and Emily Lowenthal. He was the eldest of three sons. Bob’s father was an oil refinery steam fitter and foreman working for overseas ventures of Texaco and Standard Oil Company. The family lived abroad for extended periods of time in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain and India. Bob returned to the USA to study aeronautical engineering at Georgia Tech, but, by his own admission failed to graduate due to “too much party time.”

After Georgia Tech Bob enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served as a rifleman. In 1961, he married Edwina Harris and they had two sons, Robert Jr. (deceased) and James Lowenthal. Upon completing his enlistment, Bob decided to pursue his passion for flying full-time, while quietly harboring a desire to become a NASA astronaut. Sadly, his marriage to Edwina did not survive his career change.

Bob’s Northwest Airlines employment began August 11, 1966 and like most NWA pilots of that era he began as a 727 Second Officer at MSP. During a chance encounter at a crew change, he met the lovely flight attendant Kathryn Steidl. They were a great match and Bob and Kathy married in 1969. The first major career leap was to Honolulu where they lived happily until the base abruptly closed in 1971. While Bob had to leave for Seattle, Kathy was deemed too late in pregnancy to travel, and stayed on to give birth to daughter Wendy in Honolulu. Mother and daughter met up with Bob in Seattle a week later.

Bob earned a math degree at the University of Washington while flying the line so that he could finally apply for the NASA astronaut program. All his application got him was a form letter NASA saying “Thanks for your application but we are swamped.”

With a second daughter Kristi in tow, the family moved back to the Twin Cities in 1981 as Bob checked out as Captain on the 727. In 1987 they pulled up roots yet again and moved to Mystic, Connecticut so that Bob could fly the DC-10 out of nearby Boston, and later make the short commute to JFK to fly the 747/400.

In addition to line flying, Bob assisted in the investigation of the 1989 Sioux City DC-10 crash. In 1989, he and daughter Kristi traveled to Alaska to search for the wreckage of NWA flight 4422, the flight that was rumored to have gold aboard. Their search is mentioned in a book called “Flight of Gold.”

In 1993 NWA pulled the plug again and closed the JFK base moving Bob to Detroit. Anticipating his approaching retirement, Bob and Kathy tested the waters at Colorado Springs, but eventually settled in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. On July 27, 1998 Bob put away his flight bag for the last time. During his career Bob acquired type ratings in the DC-3, B-727, B-747, DC-10, B-747-4 and logged copilot time on the Lockheed Electra.

Retirement didn’t slow Bob much. In 2003, he traveled to Mongolia with an expedition searching for Genghis Khan’s tomb. He also delved into the real estate business, flew recreationally, joined the Navy League and Rotary Club, and went on several summer tours as a pilot with the Collings Foundation’s restored WWII B-24 and B-17 aircraft.

Bob’s health started to fail in 2012, after Kathy had a devastating stroke. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathryn S. Lowenthal, his son Jim Lowenthal, daughters Wendy Simeur and Kristi Lowenthal, 7 grandchildren, and brother Dave Lowenthal. [Bob’s obituary was printed in the Retired Northwest Pilot’s Association’s Contrails magazine issue #201]

A shorter obituary can be found at

Surviving Kodai sibling: Dave ’64.

Ronald S Seaton - parent
in India: 1969-1994

Dr Ronald S Seaton of Penney Farms, FL died at the age of 90 on August 12, 2016.

Surviving Kodai family: Doug ’67, Paul ’69, Ron ’72 and Jonathan ’77.

Richard (Dick) E Dudley '47
in India: 1930-43

Dr Richard Dudley died on July 26, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Dick was born in 1930 in Tamil Nadu, India where his parents were Congregational missionaries in the village of Aruppakottai. He studied at Kodai School until the age of 13 and returned to the US with his family in 1943. From 1947-51 Dick attended Oberlin College and majored in history. In 1951 Dick returned to South India on a fellowship from Oberlin College’s Shansi Memorial Association. At Pasumalai High School he taught English and organized a living cooperative, a challenging experiment in promoting “the cooperative idea” which was currently in fashion at Oberlin) among students. He spent his third year at Gandhi Gram, helping to build a cooperative leatherwork center and interacting with diverse activitists in the Indian national development movement. In 1954 he returned to Oberlin for one more year to study and ot promote the Shansi program.

Dick fell in love with Anna Carol Kingdon, whom he had met singing in the choir at Oberlin and who also serve as a Shansi rep at OCPM Elementary School in Madurai. They were married by close friend and Shansi rep Dave Gallup (Parent). Together they moved to Berkeley where Dick embarked on a career as a scholar of Indian politics at UC Berkeley, and then professor of political science at Diablo Valley College.

There is much more, for his complete obituary, go to:

Surviving Kodai family: Winston ’40, Connie Rumely ’42 and Bob ’43.

Hunter Mabry - parent
in India: 1969-1994

Hunter, 82, died on Saturday, July 9, 2016, after a long struggle with chronic radiation damage to his intestinal tract many years ago. Hunter served at United Theological College, Bangalore under the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries where he helped train students at the B.D., T.Th. and D.Th levels. After his retirement from Global Ministries in 1996, he devoted much of his time and energy to voluntarism. He was one of the founders of the Virginia Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Justice and of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice. He participated actively in other social justice established organizations such as Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Virginia Organizing and initiated actions on issues such as restoration of voting rights and opening of job opportunities to ex-felons who have paid their debt to society.

Surviving Kodai family: wife Esther Mabry P, and children Philip ’82 and Ruth ’86.

For his full obituary, go to:

Betty Dyke - parent
in India: 1950s-1980s

Betty died on June 28, 2016.

Excerpts from her daughter Joyce’s posting on hers Facebook page:

“Betty Esther Golla Dyke was a strong and remarkable woman. A ‘precious sister’, faithful wife, incredible mother, loving grandmother and servant of Christ who walked through this life with a strength and dignity like none other. Until she could not speak clearly, she spoke blessings over each she met. Her heart was that all would know the joy of walking with her beloved savior. She sang until the end giving him praise with her final words. Today she has walked into the presence of her friend and savior Jesus Christ and is celebrating the first day of her eternal reward.”

Surviving Kodai family: children Nancy Dyke Keenan ’67, Bruce Dyke ’70, Elaine Dyke Silvis ’75, and Joyce Dyke Nealey ’79.

Margaret (Peggy) Heinemann Cihocki '65

Peggy died on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Excerpts from her brother Tim posted on his Facebook page: “With a heavy heart I have to announce that my older sister and mentor, Peggy Cihocki, died on Sunday, 5 June 2016. She was hiking and 3 km into the Sam Merrill Trail near Altadena in the Angeles National Forest of Southern California where she lived. The hike is considered moderately difficult by other hikers. There was absolutely nothing unusual about this hike for her. She sat down, casually mentioned that it was probably time for her to eat something, and then collapsed and was immediately unresponsive. Two of her friends present were doctors, so she was in good hands. Unfortunately, there was nothing to be done.”

Surviving Kodai family: siblings Tim Heineman ’67, Louise Heineman Riber ’73; neices Manju Heineman ’91, Brinda Heineman Burkhardt ’04.

Sita Mehta '79

Sita died on May 29, 2016 of a stroke in her home in Goa. One of her favorite charities was the Welfare for Stray Dogs in Mumbai.

Juanita (Jinny) Meinzen - parent

Jinny Meinzen passed away 6 April 2016 at the age of 94.

Juanita was the wife of the late Rev Luther Meinzen ’39.

Surviving Kodai family: children Michael ’65 (Rebecca Derr ’65) Meinzen, Daniel  ’67 (Jude Derr ’66) Meinzen, Jonathan ’70 (Jenny Holler ’70) Meinzen, and Ruth ’77 (Carroll) Meinzen-Dick.

For her full obituary, go to:

Maxine Patterson Bruner '36
in India: 1919-1935

Maxine Bruner, 97, died March 31, 2016. Born January 20, 1919 in the US to Irish missionaries, the Rev John and Eleanor Patterson.

Maxine lived in India from 9 months to 16 years of age. She attended Kodaikanal School, Palani Hills, South India. She returned to the US in 1935 and graduated from KU, where she met her husband of 57 years, Hugh H Bruner. She lived in Prairie Village, Kansas for 50 years serving as a committed volunteer for church and Scouts. She moved to Aberdeen Village, Olathe, Kansas in 2004.

For her full obituary, go to:

John Gordon Peery '53
in India: 1935-1953

Gordon was born September 20, 1935 and passed away March 10, 2016.

He was born in Guntur, South India, where his parents, Rev. John C. and Betty Peery, were lifelong missionaries. Gordon was a graduate of Kodaikanal High School in 1953, Newberry College, BS in Science in 1957, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, MDiv in 1960. He continued his love of learning with Bible studies, travels, stamp collecting, and most recently, colored pencil art classes.

Surviving Kodai family: sister Virginia Herlong ’59.

For his full obituary, go to:

Virginia (Ginny) Leora Schiefer - former staff
22 Dec 1941 to 28 Feb 2016

Ginny, 73, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 28, 2016, while at home. She was born December 22, 1941 in Clarinda, Iowa to the late Merle and Leora Goecker. On August 6, 1966 she married Carl L Schiefer FS.

Ginny was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Rato, Florida. In 2004, she retired after a 30-year teaching career as a Lutheran Elementary School teacher. Ginny was a master teacher and highly respected at the schools she served in Michigan, India, Hong Kong, and Boca Raton. She also served as a church organist, taught piano, and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, and singing in the church choir. She was an excellent home maker and enjoyed cooking unique meals including her specialties: Indian and Chinese dishes. She enjoyed traveling to many different states and countries and was privileged to live three years in India (1971-73), and ten years in Hong Kong.

Surviving Kodai family: husband Carl Schiefer (former staff).

For her full obituary, go to:

William (Bill) McClelland '40
19 May 1923 to 23 Feb 2016

Bill’s wife Betty shared that Bill died on February 23, 2016.

Surviving Kodai family: brother Dalton ’48.

For his full obituary, go to:

Mary Sandberg Lindell - former staff, parent
27 Oct 1924 to 25 Jan 2016

Mary died on January 25, 2016. She was born October 27, 1924 in Galesburg, Illinois, to Oscar and Esther Sandberg.

In 1957 she married Rev David Lindell. They served as missionaries in India until their retirement in 1991 when they settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in India, Mary taught school, directed theater productions and hosted many visitors. In 2014 Mary moved to the Augustana Apartments, where she enjoyed social activities and took an active role in worship services and Bible study groups.

Surviving Kodai family: children John Lindell ’78, Lisa Hoh ’81, and Mimi Lindell ’84.

For her full obituary, go to:

Norma Jane Humble - former staff, parent
15 Jul 1928 to 17 Jan 2016

Jane, age 87, of Dearborn, Michigan, passed away January 17, 2016 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born July 15, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan to Vernon and Helen Smith Hooper. On June 29, 1949 she married Harold Humble in Middleville, Michigan.

Jane was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven, Michigan where she sang in the choir, was active in United Methodist Women, and was a former Methodist District Chair. She was a talented artist and musician and was a member of the Lighthouse Quilt Guild. She played the xylophone, drums, organ and piano, and received many awards for her quilts and paintings.

She earned an Education degree from Western Michigan, a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse and retired as a media specialist from the Grand Haven Public Schools. She also assisted at a mission school in Kodaikanal, India, and volunteered for many charitable organizations while living there.

Surviving Kodai family: husband Harold Humble former Principal; and children Susan Sridharan ’70 and John ’73.

For her full obituary, go to:!/Obituary

Ruth Hattendorf - former staff, parent
19 Nov 1935 to 13 Jan 2016

Ruth Ann Schweppe Hattendorf died January 13, 2016. She was born November 19, 1935 to Arthur F and Jessie M Schweppe in Titonka, Iowa. Ruth married Norbert E Hattendorf ’49 on August 4, 1956 in Algona, Iowa. Their marriage celebrated the arrival of Nancy Ann Giehl, Paul Mahler and Andrew ’85. Ruth treasured her grandchildren.

She was a psychiatric staff nurse at Charles T Miller Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota, a nursing team leader at Boulder Community Hospital, and a home nurse with Boulder County Hospice. She was a nurse and instructor at KIS in 1982/83. Ruth and Norb retired in 1996. They spent time living in India, RVing across the US, Mexico and Europe. In 2004, when they were in their early 70s, they took up boating, completing the Great Loop and later took a small tug boat up the Inside Passage to Alaska.

Sadly, Ruth also began a journey where her family could not follow, into Alzheimer’s disease.

Surviving Kodai family: son Andrew Hattendorf ’85.

For her full obituary, go to:


Lois Perry Stewart - parent, grandparent
25 Sep 1936 to 24 Nov 2015

Lois was born on September 25, 1936 in Windsor, North Carolina to the late Lloyd Caswell Perry and Rena Elizabeth Jernigan Perry. Lois has been the adoring wife these past 58 years to the love of her life and devoted husband, David E Stewart Sr. They met in 1955 at Southeastern Bible College. On November 24, 2015 Lois was received into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and introduced to the glories of heaven.

Lois was faithful to her calling as a missionary to India for 50 years. She served as a mother, teacher, minister, hostess and much more. She and her husband, David, worked hand in hand with Indian believers in many ministries including building schools and churches where tens of thousands have heard about her precious Lord and continue to engender opportunities through the education of generation after generation.

Surviving Kodai family: husband David Stewart Sr Parent/Grandparent; children David Stewart Jr ’78 and Lisa Stewart FS, Anita Pipkin ’81, Lloyd Stewart ’84 and Kevin Stewart ’90; and grandchildren Emily Pipkin ’07, Andrea Stewart ’09, Caleb Pipkin ’10, Tiffany Stewart ’11, Joshua Pipkin ’15, Elija Stewart ’18.

For her full obituary, go to:

Gerhard (Gay) Johnson - former staff, parent, grandparent
In India: 40 years

Rev. Johnson, 89, died in Tucson, Arizona on October 31, 2015.

He and his wife Virginia “Ginny” Wehr Johnson worked together in India for 40 years. Gay was ordained as a Methodist pastor in India and became a pastor of both English- and Gujarati-speaking congregations. He pastored in Pune for 9 years, and was Chaplain at KIS from 1975-84.

Pastor Johnson, or PJ as we affectionately referred to him, was special and will be remembered every time I hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (or the hymn Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee), one of his favorite hymns. Pastor Johnson invited students into exchanges with him. He cared, and had an infectious laugh. He would pause in his schedule to take time to chat and connect with people. His love for God was an attraction. It was real. My faith was nurtured and encouraged because of PJ. He made a difference and impacted my world for good. ~Julie Nichol Stengele ’80, FS, P

Surviving Kodai family: wife Ginny Johnson FS/P/GP, and children Kathy Narney ’71, Joy Pickard ’73 and Alan Johnson ’79.

For his full obituary, go to:

Elizabeth Hannaford Banks MacRury - former staff
29 Mar 1916 to 13 Oct 2015

Beth, age 99, died on October 13, 2015 at the Wolfeboro Bay Center in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire after a period of failing health. Born March 29, 1916 in Fairfield, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Clifford S and Grace Hannaford Banks.

Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, majoring in Mathematics; her master’s degree from Columbia University in Administration; and completed her sixth year of study at New York University where she specialized in Child Development. She taught in the Fairfield School System for 8 years and was elementary school principal for 27 years. She also worked with native children at the Grenfell Mission in Labrador, and the Kodaikanal Mission School in South India. In addition, she worked with schools in the Orient, Australia, and New Zealand.

Beth believed one should help the community with whatever one does well and regularly did what she felt would make a difference in peoples lives.

For her full obituary, go to:

Ernest (Ernie) Wessley Nunn - parent, grandparent
In India: 13 years

Ernest Wessley Nunn passed away on September 28, 2015, just a few weeks short of his 83rd birthday, in LaFayette, Alabama.

Ernie was known as the “Gentle Bear” by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), where he worked for many years. He spent 12 years working for IRRI in various capacities, the longest as Director of Operations at headquarters (1989-95). He also represented IRRI as part of the All-India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project (1971-73) and as a research development specialist in Cambodia for IRRI’s then Training and Technology Transfer Department (1988). In 1996 he was a consultant for IRRI’s Central Research Farm. In 1997 he was a consultant in Cambodia for IRRI’s International Programs and Management Office.

After 13 years in India, he continued work with international crop research stations and lived in Zimbabwe and Indonesia.

Surviving Kodai family: children Ron Nunn ’76 and Anne Bredeck ’78.

For his full obituary, go to:

Katherine (Kathy) Belle Michalk - parent
27 Dec 1925 to 18 Sep 2015

Kathy passed away September 18, 2015. She was born December 27, 1925 to Maud (Rau) and Adolph Kicker.

Kathy enrolled in Harris Teachers College in order to fulfill her dream to become a teacher in the mission field. She met Theodore Michalk, a student at Concordia Seminary St Louis. Her wish to be a missionary was realized when Ted accepted a call to serve in India, and they married on 1 July 1945.

In October 1945 Kathy and Ted sailed from Boston to India. They remained in South India for 26 years. Kathy worked with Ted as they ministered to the people of Ambur, Pernambut, Krishnagiri, Kodaikanal and Nagercoil.

Surviving Kodai family: children Nancy Michalk ’64, Audrey Abel ’65, Grace Perez ’70, Judy Michalk ’72, and Paul Michalk ’74.

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Janet Storm Pengelley '48
6 May 1931 to 13 Sep 2015

Janet died peacefully on September 13, 2015. She was beautifully cared for in the Palliative Care Unit by understanding and skilled nurses who also ministered with kindness and consideration to the needs and questions of her family.

Much loved mother of Jenny, Kathy, Richard and Jo; grandmother of Emily, Ashleigh, James, Tim, Miriam, Oliver, Rebecca and Lara; and great-grandmother of Hamish, Oscar and another for whom she could not wait. She was a dear friend to many.

Theodore (Ted) William Fritz '48

Ted Fritz, age 86, died September 7, 2015 at Mt Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He was the son of Lutheran missionaries. He was born and lived 17 years in India. A veteran USAF. Graduate of Capital University in 1958. Ted taught at Marion Franklin High School and retired from Capital University in 1995.

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Gene Hennig '65, Chair KFI Board, KIS Council

KFI and the entire Kodai School community suffered a great loss in August 2015 when Gene Hennig ‘65 died after a twenty-one month battle with a brain tumor. Gene served the school and its alumni in many different capacities over the years. He was a prominent and valued member of the governing body of the school until his retirement in 2014; he was a founding member of KFI and thereafter its president. Earlier, he was an active member of the board of KW International (which supported both Woodstock and Kodai Schools). He received the Margaret Eddy Award, the school’s highest honor, in 2015.

Gene was also one of the founders of Bethania Kids, an American non-profit corporation that sponsors and supports a number of residential, care, and rehabilitation centers for orphaned, abandoned, and disabled children in South India (with two facilities in Kodaikanal) and that presently cares for over a thousand children. He was continuously involved in its operations from the time of its founding in 1987, recently serving as its chairman. He also served for some years as a board member of the Vellore Christian Hospital Foundation.

I first met Gene in the 1990s when we both served on the KWI board, the predecessor organization to KFI. Starting in 2005, we worked together closely and continuously, first to incorporate and organize KFI, and thereafter to manage it. At my urging, he succeeded me as president in 2009. I loved to remind him that he had the perfect profile to lead KFI: his parents were beloved missionaries who served for many years at Loch End; he had attended the Loch End School and then Kodai School for a total of eight years; and he was a successful and practical business lawyer who gave back to the community in many ways, not only to Kodai School but also to his church and his profession. He was an idealist, but a practical idealist who got things done.

During Gene’s tenure as President of KFI, he took on and completed many projects to benefit the school and its alumni. He always worked in a collegial manner, hearing out all people involved with patience and courtesy before making a decision. Perhaps his most notable achievement, however, was the contribution of a pipe organ for the Margaret Eddy Memorial Chapel, personally leading a fund-raising drive that raised more than $80,000 and overseeing the acquisition, restoration, transportation, and installation of the pipe organ in the chapel.

As many others would testify, Gene was a wonderful colleague and friend. He was pleasant and fun to be with. We often spoke on the phone for an hour or more, usually starting with whatever problem KFI was facing but sometimes wandering far afield. We attended the Kodai Reunions at Camp Kirchenwald every year, both of us opting to stay at the Mt. Gretna Inn rather than rough it at the camp. Five or six years ago we discovered that it was a great relief and pleasure in the early evenings to retreat from the hubbub of the reunion to the very comfortable front porch of the Inn and ruminate on KFI matters and the state of the world while we sipped single malt scotch.

Gene’s character came out in the way he dealt with the discovery of his brain tumor and its prognosis – with courage and good humor, sustained by family and faith. He made an effort to put people at ease in dealing with him, sometimes commenting that the bad news is that he has a malignant brain tumor but the good news is that his medication and treatment are not inconsistent with the use of moderate amounts of alcohol. He continued his work for KFI for months after his diagnosis until his term as president came to an end at the time of the 2014 reunion. He attended that reunion and was in fine form. We once again adjourned to the Mt Gretna Inn, this time joined by our friend and Gene’s classmate, David Morris, who himself was weakened, recovering from a debilitating illness. Once again, it took us till well past midnight to solve all the problems of the world.

Gene was a fine man and a good friend. He gave selflessly to his school and his community. He will be greatly missed.

~ John MacKay ’52

Surviving Kodai family: wife Kristie Hennig FS/P; children Katherine Teece ’98 and Emily ’04; and sister Anne Wunderlich ’69.

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Eunice Naumann Nissen '51
28 Oct 1933 to 19 Aug 2015

Eunice, 81, of Prior Lake was called to hear heavenly home on Tuesday, August 19, 2015 while visiting her childhood home in India. Eunice blessed all with her grace, strong faith, easy smile and heart-felt conversations.

Eunice was born on October 28, 1933 to Rev John and Marie Naumann, Lutheran missionaries. Eunice filled her life with service to others through music, teaching, ministry, and unwavering family dedication. While saddened by her passing, we are grateful for precious memories and confident in our eventual reunion in heaven.

Surviving Kodai family: siblings Helen Spitzack ’48, Miriam McCreary ’51, John Naumann ’58, and Walter Naumann ’63.

Ellen Doermann Hillmer '40
23 Nov 1922 to 4 May 2015

Ellen, age 92, of Cedar Falls and formerly Waterloo, died May 4, 2015 at New Aldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

She was born November 23, 1922 in Ambur, Chittoor District, South India, the daughter of missionary parents, Rev Carl M and Cora Knupke Doermann. Ellen attended high school in India and came to the US to attend nursing school in Milwaukee. She met her future husband, Rev Sigmund W Hillmer just before returning to India to be the Nursing Administrator for a hospital. The couple was later married on June 18, 1950 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2007.

Surviving Kodai family: brothers Ralph Doermann ’48 and Al Doermann ’51.

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Elizabeth (Esther) Vail Falk '38
28 Nov 1920 to 1 Feb 2015

Esther, 94, of East Dummerston, Vermont died February 1, 2015 at home.

Born in Bombay, India, the daughter of the late Charles E and Elizabeth Crane Vale, her father was a medical missionary in India, where she grew up. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her registered nurse certification from John Hopkins University. She married in 1949 in Lahore, Pakistan, where her husband worked in agricultural and economic development and she worked as a nurse in makeshift hospitals and refugee camps during the partition of India. In Lahore, she helped set up and teach at a nurses’ training school.

When the Falks came to Brattleboro, Vermont, Clarence worked at the Experiment in International Living and Esther worked at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She was active in community organizations and hosted hundred of people from around the world, many of whom she stayed connected to.

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James (Jim) Gordon Gosselink '49
14 Sep 1931 to 18 Jan 2015

Dr James Gordon Gosselink, age 83, passed away on January 18, 2015, in Austin, Texas.

Jim was born on September 14, 1931, in India to George and Christina Gosselink, who were missionaries in Iraq at the time. Jim married Jean Vining December 29, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia where they met while he served in the Army during the Korean War.  James and Jean Gosselink then moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where James completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Following completion of his degree, they lived in Miami, Florida and Binghamton, New York before settling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they lived until James retired from Louisiana State University. They then retired to Rock Island, Tennessee, living in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains until health issues forced them to move closer to family in Texas in 2010.  He was beloved by his family and was an example of patience, open-mindedness and above all, consideration for the world and the environment.

Jim’s academic and experienced leadership inspired students and colleagues for more than three decades. He was a leader in wetland ecology for more than 40 years as a scientist and a scholar and as a communicator of science. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific contributions on wetland ecology, and he has collaborated with virtually every federal agency responsible for managing wetlands in North America, and was awarded the National Wetlands Award in 2001. He co-authored one of the most widely read books on wetland ecology and management-Wetlands, now enjoying its fifth edition.The publication has become widely regarded as the premier reference book on wetland ecology, and it is perhaps the only book that synthesizes wetland ecology at a landscape scale. A colleague described him succinctly and precisely: “When Jim Gosselink speaks, everyone stops to listen.”

Surviving Kodai family: Charles “Chuck” Gosselink ’53.

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Antoinette (Toni) Tingley Schleyer - former staff
at KIS: 1975-1976

Toni Tingley, as she was known at Kodai School, of Foxborough, MA, died on October 12, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She was 69. She leaves her devoted husband of 29 years, John “Jack” Schleyer, 3 stepchildren, 5 step grandchildren, a brother and many other relatives. Toni was born in Biloxi, MS, but raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from Brown University and received a MEd from Lesley University. During the 1960’s and 1970’s she taught elementary education abroad in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and India. She was the Grade 2 teacher to the Class of 1986 during her year at Kodai School. Toni and Jack met at the International House in Providence, RI in 1981; were married in 1985. They both were faithful attendees at the Boston Chapter summer picnics.

Donald (Don) Oberdorfer '53, former staff
at KIS: 1939-1953 and 2002-2005

Don Oberdorfer, age 79, died in September 2014 in Russia while on a trip with his wife Betchen who was also on Staff at KIS as Career Counselor from 2002-2005. Don attended Kodai School as a student from Kindergarten to his graduation in 1953. He is survived by his wife Betchen (former staff), four children, seven grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He also left behind a huge collection of friends and acquaintances. Don is a man who touched everyone who met him. A memorial service was held in Roseville, MN, on 4 October 2014.

Sarah Dennison - former staff
at KIS: 1952-1957 and 1966-1984

Sarah E Dennison, age 95, of Lancaster, PA, died peacefully on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Willow Valley Communities. Sarah, born in Delaware, graduated from college with a teaching degree in 1940. She taught first grade for many years in Delaware before traveling to India in 1952 to teach at Kodai School. She was in Kodai for a 5-year term, teaching elementary classes before returning to the USA for a 9-year period. She then returned to Kodai School where she taught Grade 1, was dormparent for elementary students, and was the Elementary School Librarian at the time of her retirement in 1984. Sarah returned to KIS for the 90th Anniversary celebration of Kodai School. In retirement at Willow Valley she continued to enjoy working with children and teaching them to read as she volunteered at a nearby elementary school in Lancaster until she was 92 years old. Two sisters and three nephews preceded her in death; she is survived by a brother, three nieces, five nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Diane Carlson - former staff, parent
at KIS: 1978-1981

Diane Carlson, age 72, of Waconia, MN, died at home on September 4, 2014. A life-long follower of Jesus Christ, she was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She was active in many church activities. She married her high school sweetheart, Daniel Carlson, in 1962. During her 3-year term on staff at KIS, Diane was dormparent at Sherwood dorm to over 30 boys. After returning to the US in 1981, she was a tutor for many ESL students and other students in the local schools. She was a loving grandmother who loved hosting birthday parties and other family events. Diane is survived by her husband, Dan (former staff), their three sons: Dave ’84, Brian ’87 and Allen ’90, and many other relatives and dear friends.

Norbert (Norb) Hattendorf '49, former staff, parent
at Loch End School: 1937-1945 | at KIS: 1982-1983

Norb Hattendorf, son of Lutheran missionaries, was born in Nagercoil, India in 1932. He studied in the Koehne Memorial School at Loch End. He continued his education in the US at Saint John’s Academy and College, Winfield, KS; Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO; Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN. For a six-year period he taught at Concordia Academy, Saint Paul, MN, and was pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in that city. He then was pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO, for 34 years before retirement in Boulder. Norb enjoyed theology, reading, travel, motor homing in North America and Western Europe and sailing in his boats, “Maharani” and “Two If By Sea.” Norb died in Boulder, CO, in April 2014. He was survived by his wife, Ruth (former staff) at KIS; and three children including Andrew ’85, and seven grandchildren.


David Muyskens '47
at KIS: 1935-1947

The Rev. Dr. David P. Muyskens, Class of 1947, died at home on December 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ann, their 3 children, 3 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and his sister Bernice Muyskens, Class of 1940, Lettenmaier. David was born in India in 1930 to missionary parents. He came to the USA at age 17 to attend Hope College. He earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Seminary. During 40 years of ministry he served three Presbyterian Churches in New Jersey and a United Church in Fayetteville, NY. Growing up in India during the struggle for independence under Gandhi’s leadership contributed to a lifelong passion for peace and justice. He became active in the civil rights movement, mobilizing the local community and participating in protest marches. He fought world hunger through local CROP walks which he organized and served on the National Board of CROP. David and Ann received numerous citations from the community and church for their efforts to combat hunger and poverty and to work for peace and justice. David was a natural athlete who love tennis, cycling and skiing, and represented New Jersey in the National Senior Olympics.

David Nykerk '61
at KIS: 1954-1961

News has come of the mid September 2013 death of David Nykerk, a retired English teacher. David joined Kodai School in Grade 6 in 1955 and was at the school until his graduation in 1961. He taught English from 1966 to 2000 at Hinkley, Central and Rangeview high schools in Colorado. He also served on the Aurora Education Association Board from 1970-1973 and was President in 1971-1972. David is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.

Robert Bruce Cummings '53
at KIS: 1949-1953, Fall 1996

Bruce Cummings of La Porte, Indiana, died in September 2013. He was born in Moulmein, Burman to American Baptist missionary parents. He was also grandson and great-grandson of Baptist missionaries to Burman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol Grieves, and his brother Gordon ’57. He is survived by his wife, Louise (former staff), his brother, William ’54, two daughters, Lois Vertullo and Linda Young; two grandsons, a granddaughter and three great grandsons. After his graduation from Kodai School, Bruce received his B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University in entomology and insect ecology. He was employed for 40 years by the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources inspecting greenhouses and nurseries. Bruce loved God and was a choir member, deacon, trustee and a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in La Porte. He loved the outdoors, especially camping; was a Boy Scout leader for more than 40 years. During his volunteer semester at Kodai School, Bruce was involved in the hiking and camping programs as well as the activities of the school.

Tina Lalvani Lauto '81
at KIS: 1979-1981

To those of us who went to school with her, Tina, resident of Kennedy dorm at Kodai, was gorgeous, smart, funny, and slender, a gracious classmate, and faithful friend. As an adult she added layers of that beautiful, kind, compassionate, witty, loving persona onto whom she was as a child. Tina was athletic and art loving, serious and silly, creative and curious, fashionable and free all at the same time. At the Lauto home with it’s welcoming open door, she was the hostess par excellence, the stylish soccer mom and nice neighbor all in one. Those of us at her memorial quietly stood in shock and sadness with no comprehension of a person so swiftly snatched from us. Ellah Allfrey, editor, said it best that life often denies us understanding and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure. Tina Lalvani Lauto ’81, mother of Michele and Matteo, wife of 19 years to Nando, sister to Jetu, Andre and Sunita, friend to many, passed away in Los Angeles, California, on September 4, 2013. Submitted by Roxanna Khan ’82.

Edward (Ed) Krafft - former staff
at KIS: 1979-1981

Ed Krafft died on August 31, 2013 in northern Colorado at the age of 92. Born in Chicago, IL, he was a graduate of Concordia Teacher’s College, River Forest, IL and obtained his master’s degree from Washington University, Saint Louis, MO. In 1945 he married the late Winifred Schroeder Krafft ’40. Together they served Missouri Synod mission schools in South India for 16 years before returning to the US where he began a second career of teaching. Ed taught at the University of Northern Colorado’s Lab School for 20 years before he retired in 1984. He leaves behind 8 children including son Thomas Krafft ’83, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Ed & Winnie are remembered as the dormparents of East House during their two years at Kodai School.

Richard (Dick) Updegraff '46
at KIS: 1930’s-1946

Dick Updegraff died in August 2013 in Duluth, MN. Dick was born in 1928 to missionary parents in Miraj, Maharashtra. After graduating from Kodai School, he attended Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Dick served from 1961 to 1984 with the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ as a medical missionary in Turkey, Ghana and Liberia. His wife and fellow physician, Virginia preceded him in death in March 2013. He is survived by four daughters, Ruth, Karen, Gwen and Nancy as well as one son David.

Gerhard (Jerry) Tauscher '57
at KIS: 1947-1956

In August 2013 Jerry died of a massive stroke, suffered while he was at home in Deland, FL. Before his retirement had taught in both public and parochial high schools in Florida. Jerry left Kodai School at the end of his Junior year and graduated from high school in St. Louis while living in a YMCA and working in a hospital as a food server. He later graduated from Berea College, Berea, KY, in 1962. After teaching German and PE at Berea, he attended Springfield College, MA where he received a Master’s in Recreation Administration. He planned and developed the 170 acres known as Jackson Park for the Henderson County Recreation Department,FL where he was an athletic director. He is survived by his twin brother Wilfried ’58 in Bremen, Germany, and brothers Herman ’55 of Germany, and Rolf ’54 of Red House, WV, as well as his sister Helga Tauscher Wente ’51 of Bethel Park, PA.

Marjorie (Maj) StormoGipson '74, parent
at KIS: 1965-1974

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Maj modeled this for all of us. She knew what it meant to love and be fully alive. Maj, named for her mother and grandmother, was born in Kodaikanal in 1956 and spent most of her youth in India. At Kodai School Maj was enthusiastically involved in a variety of activities. After graduation from KIS she went on to the University of California in Santa Cruz where she met the love of her life, Justin Stormo. They were married in Stavanger, Norway on July 29, 1976. Maj graduated with highest honors from UC Santa Cruz. Justin and she both attended Dartmouth Medical School. After completing their internship, they did volunteer medical work in Nicaragua for two year. Maj completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco in 1989, by which time they had three children. The family moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID, in 1991 where Maj was a beloved pediatrician. Maj and Justin shared a passion for providing volunteer medical care to the under-served community in Latin America. Maj loved water activities of all kinds, especially with her family. She tragically died in July 2013 in a river rafting accident while with her family on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Maj is survived by her husband, Justin, their three children, Kenna ’98, Kate , Luke ’08, her mother, Marjorie Gipson, and her siblings, Tracy ’59, Marcia ’61, Reg ’63, Carol ’67 and John ’73.

James (Jim) Carman '78
at KIS: 1968-1978

Although born in Rochester, NY, Jim spent most of his youth in India where his parents, Bob & Lucile Carman ’48 & FS served at the Christian Medical Center, Vellore. Jim attended KIS from Grade 3. After graduating from KIS, Jim went on to Macalester College, MN where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology. He was happiest when he was helping others; he worked as an organizer for several nonprofit organizations, as a teacher and as a stay-at-home dad. He was truly engaged in the moment–everything he did was done with all his heart. Jim cared about peace, nature and everyone he knew; he was a warm, positive presence in so many people’s lives. Jim unexpectedly died in July 2013 of undetermined causes. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and their three children, his parents, Bob ’48 & Lu ‘FS, his brother Chuck ’76, sister Betsy ’80 as well as numerous other relatives from the KIS family; he was preceded in death by his brother Paul ’83. A remembrance ceremony was held at the Lyndale Peace Gardens in the Twin Cities.

Alice Tegenfeldt Mundhenk '62
at KIS: 1955-1961

Alice was born in 1945 in Kodaikanal and survived her twin sister who died about a month later. Her parents worked in northern Burma (Myanmar) and Alice began attending Kodai School from Grade 6. After studying at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, Alice worked as a linguist in Vietnam. She married Norman Mundhenk in Saigon. Norm and Alice worked for many years in Papua New Guinea, where Norm was a consultant for Bible translators. Alice studied early childhood education, taught preschool in Mount Hagen, and later went to Burma as a consultant. She worked there for about 15 years, founding the Yinthway Foundation, which focuses on early childhood issues. Alice died at home in Pearson Point, WA in May 2013. She is survived by her husband, six children, and her Kodai School alumni siblings, Ed ’56, Judy ’61, John ’64, Paul ’70 and David.

Walter Pringle - former staff
at KIS: 1967-1970

Walter was born in Port Huron, MI. His happy childhood was spent on his family’s wooded acreage which he explored with his dog. He enjoyed athletics, participating in baseball, football, track and field as well as boxing. He studied two years of pre-engineering before serving in the US Army from 1954-1956. After his military service, he continued his studies at Anderson College, Adrian College and Wayne State University where he received his Master’s degree in Educational Guidance and Counseling. It was at Anderson that he met and married Jacqueline Schieck ’57. After teaching junior high math for six year in East Detroit, he and Jackie went to Kodai in 1967 for three years. They were on the staff of Kodai School where Walter was Guidance Counselor and taught Math. After teaching seven more years in MI, Walt and his family moved to Camrose, AB, and he became a Canadian citizen. Walt died in May 2013 and was interned in the Camrose Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, son Gregory, two grandsons and other family members in both Canada and Michigan.

Keith DeJong '46, former staff, parent, grandparent
at KIS: 1939-1946; 1957-1993

Keith DeJong, born in 1928 at Kuwait City, Kuwait, to Reformed Church of America missionary parents, was a student at Kodai School from age 10 until he graduated in 1946. He excelled in academics, track, trombone and singing. Among his many Field Day feats, his record for the Rope Vault still stands; that unique KIS sport was retired. His fantastic tenor voice will long be remembered by all who heard him sing. After Kodai School, he attended Hope College, MI, graduating in 1951. After college, he had a two-year stint in the US Marine Corps, during the Korean Conflict, as a chaplain’s assistant. In 1957 Keith and his wife, Marcine, joined the staff at Kodai School where they raised their four childre:, Garry ’74, Bruce ’77, Dorothy ’78 and Jim ’80. Five of their eight grandchildren also attended KIS: Terah ’01, Hans ’04, Ketsa ’06, Leif ’09 and Andry ’11. His brothers David ’51 and wife, Dorothea Essebaggers DeJong ’51 and Garrett “Ed” ’54 are all part of the extended Kodai School Family. Keith, suffering from Alzheimer’s during his final years, died in peace and comfort in Waterville, MN on May 16, 2013. Interment was in Orange City, IA. Keith and Marcine were members of the KIS Shola Society and will long be remembered for their generosity to the KIS Music Department.

Marjorie Hoffman - former staff, parent
at KIS: 1950-1957

Marjorie Hoffman, widow of Nelson M. Hoffman, Jr., President Emeritus of Midway College, passed on to new life on April 13, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Marjorie and Nelson were on staff at Kodai School where Nelson was Bursar, forerunner to Finance Director. Born in Kansas, Marjorie earned a Baccalaureate degree at Asbury College. A published poet, she edited several literary magazines and achieved recognition for her critical ability. Marjorie is survived by her five children of whom the two older sons, Nelson M, III ’66 and Michael ’68 are alumni of Kodai School. A memorial service was held at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY on April 27, 2013.

Albert Shaw - former staff, parent
at KIS: 1957-1974

Al Shaw was born in Union City, NJ, and raised by his maternal grandmother in Valley Cottage, NY. He graduated from Rockland State Hospital Nursing School and then from Nyack Missionary Training Institute, where he met Bernice Garrison. After he proposed 3 times (!) they married in 1942 and sailed with their daughter, Peggy ’61, to India, where 2 more daughters, Lynette ’66 and Vivian ’68, were born. They served in Maharashtra as missionaries with the Christian Missionary Alliance until moving to Kodai in 1957 to teach in Kodai School and serve as dormparents at Longcroft. Al taught 7th Grade, high school Biology and First Aid, but his first and great love may have been hiking to Tope. In 1974 he and Bernice went to Quito, Ecuador to teach in the Alliance Academy. After their retirement in 1982, they moved to Portland, OR, to be close to their daughters and families. Al’s passion for healthy eating, exercise, good manners and correct grammar were matched by his lifelong belief in conservation (“Please turn off the light when you leave a room!”) and his love of God’s glorious creation. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Al died in April 2013.

Donald Curtis '53
24 Sep 1936 to 2 Mar 2013

Don was born September 24, 1936 in Willimantic, CT to Philip and Doris Curtis who served as missionaries in India. Don attended Wooster College, Ohio State University, and was employed as a steel representative by Republic Steel. He was also a US Army veteran and served during the Korean occupation.

Surviving Kodai family: siblings Paul Curtis ’48 and Jean Curtis Scott ’51.

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Diana Bohl - former staff
at KIS: 2000-2001

Diana Bohl, born in Tiffin, OH, died in February 2013 from complications of Alzheimer’s. Diana graduated from Heidelberg College and Northwestern University and taught in public schools in Ohio and Illinois before moving to Erie, PA, where she served on the faculty of Mercyhurst College. She was on sabbatical from Mercyhurst when she and her husband Adrian spent the academic year as volunteers at Kodai School. At KIS Diana helped with the development of the Student Resource Center. She retired in 2008. Diana is survived by her mother, her husband Adrian, two daughters, a granddaughter and siblings.


Ruth Esther (Chellie) Manley Rowland '39
at KIS: 1928-1939

Much loved Chellie, 91, went home to be with her Lord Jesus right after Christmas 2012. She was born in India to Dr. Charles and Mrs. Ruth Bass Manley, American Baptist missionaries based in Hanamakonda, AP. Most of her childhood was spent in India, where her two older brothers, Tracy, Class of 1931, and Charles, Jr., Class of 1937, gave her the nickname Chellie (short for Chellamma), “little sister” in Telegu. At age 6, she joined her brothers at Highclerc School at Kodaikanal where she participated in many music programs and plays. Her family vacationed in Kodai and Chellie was especially fond of rowing on the lake and hiking the hills. After her graduation in 1939, she attended Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, where she met her husband John Rowland. The two were married after she graduated in 1943. While Chellie was busy raising their growing family, John taught in Alton, IL, and was on the faculty of Gonzaga in Spokane and Washington State in Pullman before working for Boeing. Chellie and John were both active in church and were both involved in the ministry of music. Chellie returned to college in the 1970’s and became a music teacher in local schools. She was the choir director at her church. Her passion for family, music and faith showed in every aspect of her life. Chellie made it her mission to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”! Preceded in death in 1997 by her husband John, Chellie is survived by their children Gladys, John and Alice who continued support to KFI in their mother’s memory.

Gary Knapp - former staff
at KIS: 2000-2003

Gary passed away in December 2012 from an aorta dissection. He taught physics, woodworking, design technology, computer graphics and was Web Master at KIS. He later returned to Kodai to work on Ann Peck’s (former staff) efficient stove project, installing new stoves in villages houses around Kodaikanal. At the time of his death, Gary was planning to present a paper on the smokeless stove project in Cambodia in March 2013. Gary and his wife Loey moved to Montana in 2005 where he took up his interest in woodworking, building beautiful craftsman style clocks. He had just sold his 900th clock in November 2012. He is survived by his wife, Lois “Loey” Heibert Knapp ’67.

Jean Dettman - former staff and parent
at KIS: 1964-1967

Jean Emery Dettman, born in Toledo, OH, died in November 2012 in Hingham, MA. Jean and her late husband Paul were on staff at Kodai School where she taught French and Paul was the Bursar (Finance Director). She was active in her church. She was devoted to her family and was a life-long learner. Jean is survived by six children who are alumni of KIS, twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service was held in December 2012 at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Hingham, MA.

Harold Wolverton '37

Harold, known as Bubba, passed away in October 2012, two months shy of his 94th birthday. He was born in India where his parents were serving with the Canadian Baptist Ministries. He attended Kodai School and was in the Class of 1937. He was a radar technician in the Air Force in England during World War II, he received his post-secondary school education at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. He practiced dental surgery for four decades and was a Renaissance man who could fix anything and discuss matters of any kind. He will be remembered as a kindhearted and generous gentlemen. His generosity extended to KFI and KIS. He was a member of the KIS Shola Society.


Dorothy Harrison '41

Dorothy L “Dee” Harrison died on October 26, 2010 at the age of 86.

Dee was born in Muscat, Oman on December 13, 1924 to Paul and Regina Rabble Harrison. She married Marvin Harrison on May 14, 1944 in New York City. Dee was a homemaker and worked as an artist and musician.

Surviving Kodai family: sister Barbara Harrison Mulder ’42.

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