Alumni came home to Kettering to reminisce and re-aquaint

By Website Administrator | May 20, 2002

Kettering/GMI alumni came from across the United States May 17-19 to re-acquaint with old friends and reminisce about their college experiences.

Kettering/GMI alumni came from across the United States May 17-19 to re-acquaint with old friends and reminisce about their college experiences. Participants enjoyed a classic car show and, for the first time, an all-Corvette car show. The Bulldog Lacrosse team played a home game against Alma College (they lost 9 to 7), and Kettering President Dr. James E.A. John welcomed international and Golden Circle Alumni to his home for special celebrations. Alumni Reunion Chair Don Barefoot '77, tied the past and present together by reflecting on how Kettering is similar to what many alumni remember as General Motors Institute. He also told those assembled at the reunion banquet Saturday, May 18, at the Flint Golf Club, how Kettering/GMI has evolved over the years from a single corporate sponsor to multiple corporate sponsors; from an academic curriculum focused predominantly on automotive engineering to one that includes Applied Mathematics and Environmental Chemistry; and from a one-building campus to the present campus that includes a recreation center, residence hall, administrative building and soon, a second academic building. The highlight of the weekend the alumni awards for professional and personal achievement. Recognized were:

  • Richard Allen Smith '62, of Rochester Hills, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award for an exceptional career and involvement with the Alumni Association at Kettering.
  • Paul Tosch '62, of Bloomfield Hills, who received the Management Achievement Alumni Award.
  • Dr. Patrick Atkinson '91, of Grand Blanc, who received the Engineering Achievement Alumni Award for his work as an educator and researcher at Kettering University.
  • Frank Krohn '77, of Canton, who received the Human Relations Alumni Award for his inspiring unity in the workplace.
  • John M. Cachat '82, of Cleveland, who received the Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award for exceptional career achievement.
  • Don Barefoot '77, of High Point, North Carolina, who received the Kettering Alumni Service Award for his outstanding volunteer service to the university.
  • Robert Evangelista '89, of Westland, Mich., who received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Alumni Award for his contribution to management methodology.