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Doug Anderson '47

Doug Anderson '47 recently received the Marvin Stovall Citizen of the Year Award, the highest honor given by the Arc of Nebraska to recognize exceptional commitment and impact beyond his community. Doug, of Lincoln, Neb., brought positive change as a result of serving on the Lincoln and the state Arc boards. At Cornell he was a theater and economics major who wrote a thesis on business organization and financial management of community theaters. His career was in selling group insurance and union-negotiated insurance plans, including a policy for Hollywood movie directors. Doug directed community theater as an avocation.

Doug Anderson

Barbara Buhrnsen Klump ’57

Barbara Buhrnsen Klump ’57,an active organist and teacher in the Los Angeles area, will play a pre-convocation recital and perform at Cornell’s Homecoming Convocation Oct. 13 during her 50th reunion. She was formerly the organist for the world’s largest Methodist congregation, the Highland Park United Methodist Church on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Other career highlights include playing at the Vatican in 1990 and 1999 and becoming the third American woman to play a concert at the Festival International de l’Orgue Ancien in Sion, Switzerland. In 1997 Barbara took a concert tour through Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Barbara Klump

Jane Welgos Sidwell ’69

Jane Welgos Sidwell ’69,of Longboat Key, Fla., is president-elect of the National Board of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. After practicing for 20 years in the field of behavioral health, she completed a nursing degree and began work in hospice and palliative care. In 2001 she completed a fellowship in palliative care at Harvard University, while developing an in-patient palliative care service at a Houston hospital. Jane credits her “continued ‘contributions’ and involvement in this field to my Cornell experience and the passion for ongoing learning and service!” Her daughter, Kara Klatt Moore ’98, is married to Tom Moore ’96.

Jane Sidwell

Professor Marcus Pohlmann ’72

The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) recently inducted Rhodes College political science Professor Marcus Pohlmann ’72 into its Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame. Marcus is one of four inaugural inductees and is serving a two-year term as president of the AMTA. He initiated Rhodes’ mock trial program in 1986–87. Besides being tied with the University of Maryland for the most national championships (4) and national final round appearances (7), Rhodes now also holds the record for the most consecutive national championship tournament appearances at 21 straight. Marcus, of Cordova, Tenn., recently served as a consultant to help start a mock trial program at Cornell.

Marcus Pohlmann

Sheila Troy Kinsey ’73

Sheila Troy Kinsey ’73 spoke before Congress in February to raise awareness of acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), an eye disease caused by wearing soft contacts in showers, hot tubs, pools, lakes, or other water sources contaminated by acanthamoeba. She represented AK patients for the Prevent Blindness America Foundation, advocating a House bill requiring contact lens manufacturers to issue warnings about water dangers on their products. Sheila was diagnosed in 2001 by doctors in California and later moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa, to be near AK specialists in Iowa City. After five corneal transplants she’s optimistic that one more surgery will restore most of the vision in her affected eye.

Sheila Kinsey

Commander Michael Ford ’82

Commander Michael Ford ’82 turned over command of the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin in May 2006 after a two-year tour of duty that included deployment to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He now serves as senior nuclear engineer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Mike has served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and received an M.S.E. in engineering management from The Catholic University of America in 2000. He is married to a senior Navy Judge Advocate, Commander Noreen Hagerty-Ford, stationed in San Diego.

Michael Ford

Gilda Vinzulis Boyer ’84 and Barry Boyer '84

Gilda Vinzulis Boyer ’84 was selected as one of the Corridor Business Journal’s Women of Influence for 2007. She has chaired numerous boards in the Cedar Rapids area, and Cornell is among the clients in her law practice at Shuttleworth and Ingersoll. She is married to Barry Boyer ’84, president and CEO of Van Meter Industrial in Cedar Rapids and a member of the advisory board of Cornell’s Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy. They have two children, Erik and Lauren.

Gilda & Barry Boyer

Brennen Dicker ’91

After college Brennen Dicker ’91 worked at the Sports Channel in Chicago and later as a producer at PBS. At age 25 he produced “Sacred Hearts,” an independent film that won awards at film festivals around the country, including the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. He incorporated a production company in the late ’90s and directed and produced commercials and long form videos. The former theater and English major now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kelly, and baby daughter, Alexandra. He is the business developer for Crawford Communications, the largest post-production facility in the Southeast, and is active on the executive committees of two boards in Atlanta.

Brennen Dicker

Kelly Lear-Kaul ’94

Kelly Lear-Kaul ’94 is a world-class competitor in the Ironman Triathlon—a grueling event that comprises a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike trek, and a 26.2-mile run. In 2006 she placed first in her age group at the Ironman Switzerland, and second in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. She practices medicine as a forensic pathologist in the Arapahoe County, Colo., coroner’s office. “My husband Corey (’94) was a huge support through all of my training and racing,” she says. “I could not have done it without him.” Corey’s band, flinchpoint, plays in the Denver area and will tour the Midwest this summer.

Kelly Lear-Kaul

Michelle DuPree Mullin ’03 and Matthew Mullin ’04

Michelle DuPree Mullin ’03 earned a master’s degree in geology at Ball State University and works as a geoscientist with Weston Solutions, an international private consulting firm. Her job includes helping companies clean up pollution on their sites. Matthew Mullin ’04 has completed coursework in the master’s degree program in South Asian religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. While waiting to take his exit exam he has been pursuing a career in photography and tutoring. They purchased a townhouse in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills last summer.

Michelle & Matthew Mullin