1987 – Fall ’20 Class Letter

Hello Class of 1987!

As always, we hope this note finds you and your families well as we navigate through these strange times. Despite the challenges of job security, working from home, dealing with our kids’ online learning, social distancing, etc, there have been many bright spots. For us, we’re reminded of the enduring friendships that we made many years ago with our classmates. We’ve hosted several Zoom happy hours and invited any of our classmates to join in – that’s the beauty of a small school – no matter how long it’s been, we’re happy to reconnect. Follow the Ripon College Class of 1987 Facebook page for future call info and join us! Pictured below from top left to bottom right: BILL TOURLAS ’87, CHRIS TEMPLETON ’87, DORRIE SMITH SCRANTON ’87, and ALICE LIGHTNER JOHNSON ’87.

Class News:

MICHELLE MARTIN ’87 of Madison, WI, is cleaning out her childhood home and continually discovering a trove of memories – her elementary school valentines, all her college papers, every summer letter received from college friends, and some really awesome original vinyl too. We hope she’s bringing those albums to our next reunion dance party!

ANDREW IRVING ’87 changed jobs earlier this year and was adjusting to the challenges of teaching 10 to 12 year-olds in French – a dramatically different experience from university students – even before classes went online. He’s also mastered 10,000 piece puzzles and has “adopted” a family of woodchucks that have taken up residence in his garden.

ALICE LIGHTNER JOHNSON ’87 of Saint Paul, MN, has put her estate sale business on hold and spent the summer teaching socially distanced stand up paddleboard lessons at her family cabin in the Northwoods of Minnesota.

KIA KJENSRUD ’87 is living in Oconomowoc, WI and working as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

DORRIE SMITH SCRANTON ’87 just recently celebrated an amazing experience – piloting a hot air balloon over her hometown of Woodstock, CT. After apprenticing for months, she finally took the reins this August, calling it “both peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.”

We always look forward to hearing from you, and please keep sending us your news and updates. 

Your Class Agents,