1991 – Spring ’22 Class Letter

Dear Class of 1991,

I’m hoping that by the time this Class Letter arrives Omicron will be further on the wane and a new variant won’t have cropped up to wreak havoc!

Thanks so much to everyone who was able to make a financial contribution in the past fiscal year for supporting the College, especially through donating to the Ripon Fund and participating in #OneDayRally. Your generosity enabled the Class of ’91 to contribute $25,638.32 in 2021 giving.

Save the Dates:

  • #OneDayRally is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2022. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Alumni Weekend: June 23-26, 2022.

On a fun note, the College’s interim president has a new Twitter: twitter.com/RiponPrez and Instagram: instagram.com/riponprez/ that you are invited to follow.

MARK SCOTT ’91 of Racine, Wisconsin, died Sept. 13, 2021. At Ripon, he majored in politics and government and played basketball. He worked as a procurement specialist with SuperValue, then with WE Energies. Since 2009, he worked with Miller Brewing, now Molson/Coors, most recently as senior category manager of capital expenditures. He loved all sports and watching Wisconsin teams. He coached and supported his children in sports and all other endeavors. Survivors include three children; and his companion, Jennifer Altenbach Maxwell.

Class Notes:
TINA BENSHEL ’91 writes: For the last three years, I have been working as an on-site Project Manager for The Ohio State University. We have been conducting a Department of Defense-funded study to ascertain if peer mentoring can reduce suicidal behaviors at a military installation. As of March this year, I will be working full-time in the Mental Health Clinic at Whiteman Air Force Base. My hubby and I are hoping our postponed 25th anniversary trip to Greece will be able to happen this year if the world ever settles on its new normal.

ERIKA DAVISON-AVILES ’91 writes: I am Co-founder and Head of Product for TempoPay. A new payment solution for employees to manage medical expenses not covered by traditional medical expenses. We are launching this July. On the family front, our family is doing well. My stepsons are at UW Milwaukee and Utah State. My daughter got married last May at the Paine ArtCenter in Oshkosh and lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. My son is serving with the 101st Airborne 3rd Brigade Combat Team. My husband, Kevin, and I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

KARL FELD ’91 writes: KARL is finally marrying Lindsay Gardner this October, after a two-year delay and multiple foiled attempts due to COVID-19. KARL was also recently admitted to the Raleigh Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution where he voluntarily serves as Communications Director. Check out the Facebook page at sarraleigh. He was also just accepted into the Cary, North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. His middle daughter, Amelia, graduates from high school this Spring. One left to go!

RICHARD KASSON ’91 writes: Entering my 25th year of practicing law here in San Antonio, Texas. It will be our 23rd wedding anniversary in April. My son, Pierce, is graduating high school and is mulling over the big college selection decision and my daughter, Hadley, is a freshman in high school. All good in Texas!

STEVE WOOLEY ’92 writes: I got to spend time with SCOTT BOBACK ’91 in August and saw firsthand the lab that he created and cared for over the years. I doubt there are many like it. Dr. SCOTT BOBACK ’91 Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was promoted this year to Full Professor of Biology at Dickinson College. As the son of a Ripon faculty member, I know what a huge accomplishment that is and should be recognized and celebrated.

SCOTT is doing great work at Dickinson – as a teacher and researcher. His devotion to teaching – something he picked up at Ripon – and research in animal ecology with a focus on constrictors are producing interesting results. Although I do not have any expertise on the topic, the fact that I read an article in which Dr. BOBACK was quoted means that he is recognized in the field.

More News: 

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Your 1991 Class Agents