Alguire, Dr. Kathryn

Career / Academic – Class of 1991

Kathryn-Alguire1Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Alguire excelled in Science Olympiad at GHHS. She attended the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University where she was named Valedictorian and attained a Bachelor of Science degree. At MSU, she also attained her Medical Doctorate from the College of Human Medicine.

Katie continued with a residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and there received Resident of the Year Awards. She specializes in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Katie’s community involvement has included raising awareness among youth about health risks associated with tobacco use; raising awareness levels among various organizations regarding breast diseases, and assisting visually impaired students with coursework.

Currently, Dr. Alguire is an oncologist for the Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan and Medical Director for the Johnson Family Cancer Center in Muskegon. She serves on several boards. Her friends and co-workers admire her for her integrity, sensitivity, and the respect she shows to everyone. She enjoys reading and music and has competed in triathlons. She resides with her family in Grand Haven.

Anderson, Leonard

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1955

Anderson001Len Anderson was active in athletics and drama. He starred in track and was a member of the 1953 undefeated football team and the 1954 team that won the State Champion title. Len began college at the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Printing Management. He worked for Pippel Paterson Printing and Gilson Printing before becoming a partner with a newspaper & printing company named Whitelaker . He learned the brokerage business at H.B. Shaine before founding Anderson and Co., which later became part of Stifel Nicolaus.

Len saw the value of education early-on. He worked his way through high school and through college. A determined and hardworking businessman, Len continues to use his business acumen to create opportunities for others. His legacy of volunteer service and community involvement is inspirational to us all. With an overpowering desire to be productive, he has worked tirelessly to help make transformative changes in the lives of at-risk children and underprivileged families.  His advocacy and fundraising efforts for numerous causes have made an impact in his hometown of Grand Haven and surrounding communities.

Among the many boards and organizations he’s served are Grand Haven Community Hospital, NASD Conduct Committee, the Trelawny, Jamaica Clinic Project, Spring Lake Rotary, Grand Haven Community Foundation and the Grand Haven Schools Foundation.

Now retired, Len lives in Spring Lake with his wife Wanda. He enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Badcon, Donald

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1936

Badcon001Donald Badcon is being honored posthumously.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Michigan in 1940. He loved music and played French horn for four years in the University of Michigan Marching Band. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WW II.

For 30 years, Don was Sports Editor and one man Sports Department for the Grand Haven Tribune. He covered Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport contests. He was both a statistician and historian who compiled an extensive history of local sports information. He enjoyed playing tennis, ping-pong and basketball.

Don was a charter board member of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame and of our local YMCA. He was involved in the Boy Scouts for many years and organized the Tri-Cities Kids Baseball League in 1954. He was also a member and publicist of many organizations in promotion of sports.

On October 13, 2010, Don was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Hall of Honor in Lansing, MI.

Don is survived by his wife Winifred, who lives in Holland

Boruta, Dr. David II

Career / Academic – Class of 1988

Boruta_David_portraitDr. David Boruta II participated in numerous activities while attending GHHS and was a member of both Science Olympiad and swim teams. He attained his Bachelor of Science and Medical Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, graduating Magna Cum Laude and then with highest distinction.

David completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals in 2000 and his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of North Carolina in 2003.

Currently, Dr. Boruta practices as a gynecological oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also a Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine.  His research focus is on development and utilization of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the diagnosis and management of gynecologic malignancies.

David has been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Harvard Medical School Outstanding Teacher of OB-GYN and the University of North Carolina Fellowship Award for Teaching Excellence.

David resides in Lexington, MA and enjoys spending time with his family and attending his children’s school activities.

Flahive, Craig

Honorary Achievement for Contributions to GHAPS

Flahive002Craig is being honored posthumously. He distinguished himself as a trombone player and won a four year music scholarship to Michigan State University where he played in the marching band.

After teaching in Montague, he was hired by GHAPS to teach music. He was a band and orchestra teacher for 26 years before retiring in 1996. A large number of Craig’s students went on to study music at some of the finest colleges and universities. Many of his nominations came from former students who credit and praise Craig for his passion, high standards, humor and ability to bring out the best in everyone. A few of those thoughts follow:

“Mr. Flahive’s dedication to his students, his commitment to excellence, and his inspiring presence made us all want to be better.”

“His ability to encourage students to perform beyond their known abilities is unmatched.”

“…he was able to inspire an appreciation of music in those around him simply by allowing them to see the music in him.”

For over twenty years, Craig helped with the Fourth of July and the Coast Guard Festival pyrotechnic shows on Dewey Hill. He introduced special music to the festival shows which would be choreographed with various shells to create a unique fireworks experience. That legacy has produced one of the state’s premier fireworks displays.

Football Team

1953 Football Team

1953-Football-Team001-1024x356The 1953 Football Team is the only GHHS football team to go through the entire season without a loss or tie game. Coached by Gene Rothi and Don Constant, the team bonded both on and off the field. To this day, they remain friends, with some living in the area and others scattered throughout the U.S.

The team was recognized by the Detroit Free Press as Mythical State Champs in Michigan for 1953 and was ranked third in the state by the United Press. 1953 was also their first year playing Class A football.

Team members included:  Bill Anderson, Len Anderson, Chuck Arbogast, Bill Barger, Lamar Barger, Troy Barger, Chuck Benes, Joe Bernia, Ron Bloom, Marv Boerma, Peter Bol, Dave Botbyl, Lester Burch (Mgr.), Don Constant (Line Coach), Louie Coon, Don De Vecht , Gene DeKoyer, Jerry DeWitt, Bob Dykman, Pete Fisher, Mike Gruen, Chuck Jackson, Dave Klaassen (Water Boy), Ron Kline, Dave Lake, Bill  Mac Phee, Rich Marod, Bill Munch, Tad Murdick, Bob Newton, Ted Parker, Don Prelesnik, Bill Prince, Bob Purcell, Rudy Rebar, Gene Rothi (Head Coach), Ernie Rouwhorst, Jim Smith, Ed Suchecki, Roger Susterich, John Terrill (Mgr.), Bob Thomas, Gene Van Dongen, Jerry Warner, and Don Zysk.

Jacobson, Alvin E.

Service to GHAPS / Society – Class of 1940

Jacobson0011Al is being honored posthumously. At GHHS, he captained the football and basketball teams. Al enrolled in the pre-engineering program at the University of Michigan and the reserve officers training corp. In April, 1944, he graduated from submarine school as an ensign and was assigned to the USS Flier. On August 13, 1944, while on patrol in the Philippines, Al’s submarine hit a mine and sank. He was one of only eight survivors, making them the first Americans of the Pacific War to escape, avoid capture and return from a sunken sub. Al’s relentless pursuit of the sub’s location, and the documentation it produced, was credited with its discovery, sixty-six years later. The circumstances surrounding the survival of the eight have been the subject of three recent books and a documentary. Al, the last living survivor, passed away just months before the submarine was found.  One of Al’s sons and a grandson were with the divers and film crew when it was located. A memorial service was held August 13, 2010 for the families of the 78 men who lost their lives, giving these families the closure Al had wished for them.

In 1946, Al returned to the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Al was President of the Grand Haven Brass Foundry and a founding director and former Chairman of JSJ Corporation. He served as a trustee on numerous boards, was a Rotarian, and was involved in many community projects including Grand Haven’s brass river and sundial, YMCA, Ski Bowl and the GHHS pendulum project. The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce presented him with the Outstanding Citizen Award.

Al is survived by his wife Mary, two sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

Jonas, Honorable Susan A.

Career / Academic – Class of 1962

Judge-Susan-Jonas003Susan (Alt) Jonas was active in numerous activities at GHHS. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in English Education from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School.

Susan was a high school teacher for eleven years before attending law school. After graduation, she worked for Scholten Fant in Grand Haven, specializing in estate planning, family and municipal law. In 1990, she joined the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office where she was assigned child victims cases.

In 1993, Susan was appointed to the 58th District Court as Ottawa County’s first and only female judge. She has been re-elected to this position four times and served as Chief Judge for 14 years.

In the community, Susan Jonas has served as a trustee of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. She has also served as a board member on the League of Women Voters, Community Corrections, and Lakeshore Alliance Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. In 2002, she was selected as Counterpart’s “Woman of the Year.”

She lives in Ferrysburg with her husband and enjoys watching sporting events, gardening and visiting her new granddaughter. She lives in Ferrysburg with her husband and enjoys watching sporting events, gardening and visiting her new granddaughter.

Buekema, Christian F.

Career / Academic – Class of 1935

Beukema001Christian Beukema is being honored posthumously. At GHHS, he was active in choral and drama groups, activities which would carry-over into college. He entered Michigan State College in 1936 and majored in civil engineering.  His senior year, he was selected by the University’s ROTC Officer Staff as Cadet Colonel, the highest honor in the program and was also selected as a member of Excalibur, an exclusive society limited to 13 students who gave the College at least three years of outstanding leadership.

Following graduation in 1941, Chris married a college classmate, Betty Robertson of Highland Park MI. He started his career in engineering and management with U.S. Steel Corporation in the Limestone Division. That same year, he was called to service in the U.S. Armed Forces and served several assignments, including the European Theater until 1945, attaining the rank of Major.

Christian then resumed his career with U.S. Steel as a construction engineer and advanced to Vice-President of Michigan Limestone in 1954. After several promotions, eventually to Vice President and General Manager of Raw Materials and Lake Shipping, he retired in 1979. In 1974, Christian was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Michigan State University and proclaimed a Distinguished Alumnus.

Kent, Bob

Career / Academic – Class of 1961

Kent002Bob Kent excelled in three GHHS sports – football, swimming and baseball. He was a catcher on the baseball teams that set the state record for consecutive wins. Those teams were inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008 and into the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Bob was also an All-State diver and went on to become an All-American diver at Western Michigan University where he won three letters in swimming and diving. He was inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Bob was a coach and professor at Kalamazoo College from 1969-2003. He was the head men’s swimming and diving coach for thirty-five years, earning him the title of the “Winningest men’s swimming and diving coach in the history of the MIAA.” He coached twenty-five MIAA swimming and diving championship teams and made twenty-six trips to the NCAA Division III Championships and finished in the top ten thirteen times.  His swimmers and divers earned 335 All American certificates. Bob amassed a career record of 293-67 (0.814) including a MIAA mark of 166-11 (0.937). He was inducted into the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bob is retired and lives in Kalamazoo with his wife and enjoys time with his daughters and grandchildren.