Chad Carlson ’03
Chad Carlson ’03 who has been a member of the Hope College kinesiology faculty since 2014, has become the third generation in his family to achieve the rank of full professor at Hope. His grandfather Dr. Lamont Dirkse ’50, who taught at Hope from 1964 until retiring in 1992, was promoted to professor of education in 1975 (Chad’s grandmother and Lamont’s wife, Ruth De Graaf ’50 Dirkse, also served at Hope, on the staff of the Academic Support Center from 1986 to 1992). Chad’s great-grandfather,
Dr. Clarence T. De Graaf, Ruth’s father, who taught at Hope’s high school and then the college from 1928 until retiring in 1972, was promoted to professor of English in 1942.