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.

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.

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.

Sherwood, Lynne

Career / Academic – Class of 1959

Sherwood001Lynne Sherwood was the GHHS Class of ‘59 Valedictorian who went on to Stanford University where she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics. In 1963, she was one of eight of the first women admitted to the MBA program at Harvard Business School. All eight graduates were featured on the cover of the July 4, 1994 issue of Forbes magazine. Lynne graduated in 1964 with an MBA in finance.

Joining Goldman, Sachs Co. of New York in 1965, Lynne served as securities analyst, vice-president and associate director of research and consultant on special projects. She was the first woman MBA to be hired by the company.

In 1981, Lynne joined the JSJ Corporation Board of Directors. She returned to Grand Haven in 1997 to take an active role in the management of JSJ Corporation. She served as the Corporate Secretary from 1997-2005 when she was elected Chairman.

Her background in finance and engaging, hands-on approach is a true asset to the many boards and organizations she serves, allowing them to fulfill their mission more effectively. She is chairman and trustee of the JSJ Foundation, and trustee of Michigan Colleges Foundation, Alma College, and Grand Haven Area Community Foundation where she served as chairman from 2003-2005.  She is also treasurer of the Grand Haven Rotary STRIVE program and a member of the board of directors of the Spring Lake District Library where she served as president and currently serves as treasurer.

Lynne has been the recipient of many awards including, in 2003, United Way’s G. W. Haworth Strength of Community Award to recognize her leadership, spirit of volunteering, philanthropy, and community decision making and Counterpart’s Woman of the Year in 2006.

Miedema, Jill Feyen

Career / Academic – Class of 1997

JMiedema-headshotcloseupAt GHHS, Jill Feyen was a key member of the Science Olympiad team. She also sang in the choir. She is proficient in piano, dance, flute and voice. Jill earned her B.A. in Spanish from Calvin College in 2001, where she received the Elsa Cortina Outstanding Senior Award.

In 2005, Jill earned her M.D. from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, where she received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship for Medical School. She was elected Chief Resident for the Sparrow Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and did a rotation in Ecuador, serving a hospital caring for the underserved where only Spanish was spoken. She graduated from the residency program in June, 2008.

Jill and her husband Chris welcomed their first child, Kaitrin, in July, 2008. The Miedema family lives in Minneapolis; where Jill works as a Family Practice Doctor at NorthPoint Clinic, which provides healthcare to the underserved.

Robinson, David B Ph.D.

Career / Academic – Class of 1992

David-Robinson-016-w_view_of_labweb2While a GHHS student, David was a standout on the Science Olympiad teams of the early 1990s. He also ran track and played soccer. At Dartmouth College he earned a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics, graduating summa cum laude in both majors. For his thesis, David designed a phase-locked loop controller for atomic force microscope.

David then traveled to Stanford University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002. His dissertation was titled, “Kinetics of electron transfer through organic monolayers on electrodes.” While at Stanford he helped develop and understand the best known organic monolayer tunneling barrier for silicon surfaces. He also invented electrochemical nanofabrication techniques.

Today, David works for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, where he is a Senior Member of Technical Staff and manages two laboratories. He has been the principal investigator of efforts to product optimized nanopore architectures for super capacitors, developed tough lipid vesicles for mass transport control in microfluidic devices, discovered new catalysts for controlled silica nanofabrication based on diatom biochemistry, and other important discoveries.

Timberlake, James

Career / Academic – Class of 1970

James-TimberlakeJames Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning and internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its research, innovation and inventive design.

Mr. Timberlake received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 1982-83.

Mr. Timberlake is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and Endowed rofessor in Sustainability at the University of ashington College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He has served as Eero Saarinen Distinguished Professor of Design at Yale University, Max Fisher Chair at the University of Michigan, and has taught at rinceton University and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions.

Timberlake and his partner, Stephen Kieran, were the inaugural recipients of the prestigious Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows. In 2008, Kieran-Timberlake received the Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed on a firm by the American Institute of Architects.

He co-authored Manual, The Architecture of Kieran-Timberlake (2002), refabricating ARCHITECTURE (2004), which examines how manufacturing methodologies are poised to transform building construction, and Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture (2008), a case study of a single building which naugurates a new, more efficient way of constructing offsite through the use of building information modeling and ntegrated component assemblies.

Recent projects include the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University, the Center City uilding for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cellophane House, an off-site fabricated dwelling commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, and a housing prototype for the Make It Right Foundation.