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November 2015

Classes of 1975 & 1977

The Day School family extends its deepest condolences to James Kluger 1975 and Robert Kluger 1977. Their father, Kurt Kluger, passed away on November 27th. Kurt was born June 6, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived in Newburgh most of his adult life. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and served on the USS Sangay. Kurt attended the University of Evansville where he met his wife, Marilyn Marshall. They were married on June 16, 1950. In 1964 he established the Newburgh Country Store where he was proprietor until his retirement in 2007. Kurt is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn Kluger, his two sons, James and Robert (Susan Kay), six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and sister, Dolores M. Siltanen (James).
 

Class of 1989

Andy Storms has led an interesting life since he left Day School in 1989. After graduating from Indiana University Honors Division with a degree in Economics and Criminal Justice, he spent a few years in the corporate world where he discovered interactive media development. Through his late 20s, he developed interactive media at work while building and running a commercial recording studio as a side project. Around 30, when the dot-coms crashed and public confidence in all things computer-related waned, he was forced to reevaluate, and found himself soul-searching by a campfire in the Allegheny Mountains in New York. There, he reconnected with his love of design, which traces back to learning to think outside of the box with Bob Berridge in his Creative Research and Development class at EDS.
 
Andy now operates Technical Softgoods in Seattle, developing products for customers and taking them through production (TechnicalSoftgoods.com). He mostly works in technical carry, designing backpacks and carrying cases for various industries, which involves everything from patternmaking and sewing, to welding and machining, to CAD, 3-D printing, and prototyping in all sorts of materials. He also invented and patented a dog sleeping bag that attaches to a people sleeping bag (BarkerBag.com) His other pet project is IndigeniusDesigns.com, a fair-trade sewing co-op in a tiny town in the Yucatán state of Mexico that he started in 2009. He his happily in love and married to a girl from St. Louis, whom he met in Seattle. They have two really great dogs, Travis Barker, and Abraham Lincoln.
 

Class of 2005

The class of 2005 had their ten year reunion over the Thanksgiving holiday at the Bar Louie in Evansville. Thanks to Patty Daywalt (Stallings) for organizing her reunion and bringing her classmates together! Back row left to right: Brian O'Neill, Justin Hawkins, Mark Lewellyn, Aaron Black; middle row: Caitlin Walker Miller, Molly Snider, Patty Daywalt (Stallings), Kati Schultheis; front row: Megan Canada, Layton Moss
 

Class of 2010

Few of us ever land our “dream job” in the entire span of our careers, let alone one month out of college. But Day School lifer and alumnus, Fred Folz, Jr. did, and six months later is happily working at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures, and builds advanced rockets and spacecraft.
 
Upper School Mathematics teacher, Rebecca Tackett remembers Fred fondly. “He really pondered ‘the why’ behind a lot of the skills I taught him. I actually had to go search out a proof for several things in Calculus just for him!”
 
As SpaceX’s Ground Support Equipment Engineer, Fred is responsible for building cryogenic and structural support systems for the stands on which rockets are tested. Fred puts that into more basic terms for those of us who didn’t earn a degree in Applied Mathematics or Mechanical Engineering: “I build the systems that feed the engines fuel and keep them from flying away while we test.”
 
SpaceX is a non-governmental, private space exploration company founded by Elon Musk in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets, specifically Mars.
 
“When I was studying to be an Aerospace Engineer, all of my classmates followed the projects SpaceX was working on. I never thought I would actually be a part of them. This is the rock-star of the industry,” Fred says excitedly.
 
However, with a track-record as impressive as his, it is no wonder that SpaceX came calling. During his time at Vanderbilt, Fred helped his Aerospace Club team win the annual NASA Student Launch competition three years in a row. Fred graduated in May of 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He started at SpaceX in June 2015.
“I’ve always had a passion for taking on difficult challenges,” says Fred. When asked how his early formation at Day School helped him in his current pursuits, Fred answers this way: “The time I spent at Day School was integral in getting into SpaceX. I learned how to learn at Day School. It’s where I developed that passion for being challenged, and it was that early educational rigor that pushed me to taking on a difficult major at college.”