Richard Baldwin, PhD


Richard Baldwin, PhD

Career/Academic Accomplishments—Class of 1959

Dr. Richard Baldwin has demonstrated his love for education and dedication to children with special needs throughout his illustrious career.

A 1959 graduate of Grand Haven High School, Richard went on to pursue a career in special education. He received both a bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s of arts degree from Western Michigan University before completing his Doctor of Education degree from Kansas University in 1973.

Richard developed a passion for working in special education—specifically with hearing-impaired children. After many years of teaching young students, and upon completion of his doctoral degree, he went on to become an assistant professor at Kent State University and then at Texas Tech University.

In 1990, Richard was appointed as the Director of Special Education within the Michigan Department of Education, where his decades of teaching guided him to lead integration and inclusion efforts for special needs students. He retired in 1977 and pursued his dream of writing mysteries (21 to date).

During his career, Richard received numerous awards and commendations.

John Angus, PhD


John Angus, PhD

Career/Academic Accomplishments—Class of 1951

Dr. John Angus’ study of chemical engineering has been as complex and faceted as the field itself. A 1951 graduate of Grand Haven High School, John went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, followed in immediate succession by a master’s degree and a PhD in the same field.

John’s career has been dedicated to the study of natural materials and their conductive properties. His body of work has introduced new and ingenious tools and processes for science and industry as well as consumer electronics and equipment. Currently, John is an Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he is leading a study on charge transfer between objects of identical composition with varying size and surface roughness.

John’s body of research and published works span nearly five decades. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received many honorary academic acknowledgments, including an Honorary ScD and AIChE from Ohio University, where he is also a Fellow and member of the Electrochemical Society.

The Reverend, Dr. Bradford Nihl Henderson

Career / Academic – Class of 1982

Rev. Dr. Bradford Henderson '82When Brad Henderson graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1982, even he could not envision how many lives he would touch, and how far away.

The GHHS honor student and three-sport athlete is now known as The Rev. Dr. Brad Henderson. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 2000.

Henderson’s passion is working with teenage kids. He is president and founder of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, a nonprofit charity that serves children in Pittsburgh and Haiti. It is the largest youth network in any single city in the country. He became actively involved in the lives of Haitian orphans in 1990 and, through fundraising efforts, supports the daily needs of 148 children in three orphanages.

He has taught courses in Student Ministries at Geneva College and Trinity Seminary.

Henderson also serves as the volunteer chaplain for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.

Just four years after graduating from Grand Haven High School, Henderson established “Surf City,” a week-long summer camp for middle-school students along the shores of Lake Michigan. Over 18,000 children have attended the camp and he has raised over $1.1 million for scholarships.

He has received numerous awards for his volunteer efforts, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2006 and the State Farm Go to Bat Award from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015.

Henderson is an avid triathlete, twice competing in and finishing the Hawaiian Ironman World Triathlon Championships. While competing in and finishing 10 Ironman Triathlons he has raised $2.9 million for orphaned kids in Haiti and needy kids in Pittsburgh.

David MacKenzie

Career / Academic – Class of 1979

2016 Dave MacKenzie PhotoDavid MacKenzie’s educational roots stretch back to Grand Haven High School and clearly primed him for business growth.

MacKenzie is the founder of Hortech, one of the country’s largest and most progressive wholesale ground cover nurseries. He also formed LiveRoof Global, LLC (a subsidiary to Hortech), the leading horticultural science company in the green roof industry; and LiveWall, LLC, a successful sister company that offers full vertical gardens that can be shipped anywhere in the world from headquarters on M-104 between Spring Lake and Nunica.

After graduating from GHHS in 1979, MacKenzie attended Hope College and earned a biology degree. The knowledge served him well.

The Nunica resident is recognized nationally as an expert in his field. His experience with plants and horticulture helped him to significantly improve green roofs as a key component in responsible green building design.

MacKenzie has authored four books on ground covers and has published several articles for the commercial horticulture industry and is an active photographer and lecturer. He has earned recognition as a voter favorite in Art Prize, an international art competition, and his installations have earned top 25 and top 20 finishes in two Art Prize events.

He serves on the Meijer Gardens Horticultural Committee and board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.

Anthony Radspieler, PhD

Career / Academic – Class of 1943

Anthony Radspieler, PhD '43Anthony (Tony) Radspieler didn’t just do well, he did it better. The youngest son of Austrian immigrants, Tony felt driven to succeed. He graduated from 8th grade from Stone School at the age of 11 and from Grand Haven High School at the age of 16.

Too young to enroll in college, he joined the Merchant Marines as a radio officer and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After military service, he attended Michigan State University. Radspieler earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology in 1950 and his PhD in economics, in the German language, at the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1954.

Like much of his life, Radspieler’s first job focused on helping people. Working with the American Friends Service in Germany, he helped re-settle WWII refugees and later worked with the High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, establishing new refugee eligibility procedures in accord with the Geneva Convention.

In 1959, he was appointed to the Foreign Service staff of the State Department in Washington as an economic research adviser, and, in 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed him as U.S. Economic Consul to Germany. He continued in the State Department as a regional and international economist and Senior Policy Analyst. He spent many years at the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. as an economist at the Department of Policy Planning. He wrapped up 41 years of federal service working on foreign trade issues with the Census Bureau, focusing on the impact of NAFTA on the U.S. Economy.

Even though he traveled to far-away lands during his career, Radspieler never forgot his family. He would always bring special gifts upon his return home.

The gift he leaves now, is his legacy. Anthony Radspieler passed away on August 8, 2013 at the age of 87.

Goodman, Steven D.

Career / Academic – Class of 1977

steve_goodmanDr. Steven Goodman has devoted his career to helping children fulfill their potential through education.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/special education in 1981, a Master of Arts in psychology in 1991, and a PhD in psychology in 1999 from Western Michigan University.

He began his career in education with Ottawa County Community Mental Health agency as a counselor for adults with severe mental impairments and behavioral problems, and then worked as both a teacher and teacher consultant through the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. From there he went on to train current and future teachers for the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University and as an adjunct professor for undergraduate and graduate psychology and education at GVSU.

In his 33-year career, he has contributed numerous articles to the body of scholarship on education and worked with both the federal and state departments of education to transform educational practices for the benefit of teachers and students alike. His current roles as (1) the Director of Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) through the Michigan Department of Education as well as (2) a Partner in the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) make him a nationally recognized expert on improving student reading and behavior outcomes and in demand as a teacher, author, and lecturer throughout the United States.

Irish, Jonathan PhD

Career / Academic – Class of 1994

jonathan_irishAs it did for many of its members, the national champion GHHS Science Olympiad teams of 1993 and 1994 helped Jonathan Irish discover an affinity for science that grew into a career.  Now an Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a co-founder of Cytobank, Inc., a platform for scientific “big data” analysis, Dr. Irish graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Honors Biology. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University in 2004 and worked there as a postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor through 2011. His research has revealed the basic workings of the immune system and identified changes in the activity of individual cells that lead to therapy resistance in leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, and brain tumors. He has studied and taught around the world and authored numerous publications. At Vanderbilt, he heads a research team dedicated to using single cell biology and innovative computational tools to identify safe and effective therapies tailored to the biology of each patient’s disease.

Van Dyke, PhD., David

Career/Academic Accomplishments – Class of 1987


David Van Dyke is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Masters of Arts program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College.

The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist operates a private practice, Summit Clinical Services, and specializes in work with children, adolescents and their families.

David was an Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Chicago for 12 years. He has also taught at the Chicago Center for Family Health, MacNeal Hospital and the University of Georgia. He is also the Senior Partner of Systemic Solutions, which provides psychologically informed training for businesses and nonprofits in the Chicago area, and is an editorial reviewer for publications including the Journal of Systemic Therapies.

He received his B.A. from Wheaton College, his M.S. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. His high school activities included the Science Olympiad team and he was also captain of both the football and baseball teams his senior year. He resides in Wheaton, Ill., with his wife and family.

Howell, Christopher

Career/Academic Accomplishments – Class of 1988

Christopher_HowellChristopher Howell is the Chief of Police for the District of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department. He previously served the department as Deputy Chief and as a Detective, Sergeant, Task Force Agent assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

His expertise is in the investigation of local, national and international drug and weapons trafficking and surveillance, and he has coordinated multinational, multi agency teams of up to 150 agents and officers. His cases have been featured on such television shows as The FBI Files and America’s Most Wanted. He has worked as part of the Police Intelligence Group and Insular Investigation Unit under the direction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and has worked numerous undercover and covert surveillance assignments, in addition to providing expert testimony in state and federal courts.

Christopher’s many awards and honors include recognition from the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Empire State College graduate will be moving back to the area this summer with his family.

Fix, M.D., Megan

Career/Academic Accomplishments – Class of 1994

Dr.-Megan-Fix-2012-2Former Grand Haven High School Homecoming Queen and Science Olympiad standout on the 1993 and 1994 National Champion Teams, Megan Fix, M.D., earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she also earned her medical degree in 2003.

Currently, Megan is the Associate Residency Director and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. From 2003-07, she completed a Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was chief resident from 2006-07.

Additional positions Megan has held include the Director of Medical Student Education at Maine Medical Center and Assistant Professorships at Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The recipient of many awards and honors, Megan lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband and family.