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The College of Wooster magazine may be interested in doing a story on Church. Church Bar’s is a cocktail bar tucked into a not-so-swanky neighborhood with the tagline “filled with the spirits”.
There are three partners of this classy cocktail bar. Opening is slated for July. The managing partner is an ex-seminarian who studied at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, when they came out. That was frowned upon so Chelsea Gregoire (they/them) found community where they could– by bartending, servant leadership and hospitality. Now Chelsea has received local and national awards, opened 18 bars in the last 5 years (trans/non-binary). Marisa Dobson, she/her nationally known PR professional and our brand evangalist (gay). I am the third partner, Martha Lucius, she/her, class of 1985, Economics Major, Religious Studies minor. Owner and operator of two restaurants, presently restaurant consultant & coach., soon to be community curator ( straight). We are creating a new inspired and inclusive hospitality. We are purposely acknowledging inequities in hospitality, breaking open the conversation, and boldly determined to rebuild the industry. We know humanity and equality needs to be acknowledged, and rewarded.
Would love to share more if you are interested.
I was inspired to share my story after seeing A’Janay Nicholson (2022) graduate this week. She is an adopted daughter in my life. I introduced her to Wooster, and Wooster found a way for her to attend with a full-ride. Visiting Wooster reminded me of how much we were taught to quietly choose a better path for the world. Walk lightly on the Earth and be the change we want to see. I feel that more than ever with Church, and A’Janay inspired me to know Wooster is alive and well and lives in the spirit of it’s student body. Thank you to President Bolton for getting to know A’Janay and listening to her during the four years she attended.
I can be reached at 410.963.6431 or email@example.com
Our friend and author Kathy Hooker (Eckles), class of ‘71 and my husband, photographer David Young-Wolff (Wolff), class of 71, assisted by Bill Hooker, class of ‘69, and I, Pam Young-Wolff (Young) class of ‘71, have collaborated on a book that was recently published called “Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits of Beauty.”
In “Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits of Beauty,” Kathy interviewed grandmothers, mothers, and daughters from twenty-one Navajo families. The time we spent with them was so memorable and they opened up about how they have been shaped by powerful cultural and historical forces—and by their love for each other. David then photographed the women in their surroundings which adds to understanding these strong, beautiful women and their lives.
Along with the stories Kathy included informative chapters about Navajo history and culture, including the coming-of-age ceremony (kinaaldá), the tale of Changing Woman, the Long Walk and Fort Sumner, boarding schools and education, the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, and sheep and wool-weaving.
The book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Soulstice Publishing and the Wooster bookstore. This project was definite one of the highlights of our lives and it was such fun collaborating with Wooster alumni!
Aaron Stone (2008) was married on February 20, 2022 to his lovely bride Kathryn Seevers in Delray Beach, Florida.
From Left to Right: Jason Stewart (2010), Kevin Kordalski (2011), Grant D’Augustine (2008), Aaron Stone (2008), Kathryn Seevers, Alan Wedd (2008), Matthew Dominski (2008)
|After living and working on the Navajo Reservation during the late 1970s, my husband Bill (’69) and I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona. He practiced dentistry, and I taught middle-school students English and history. Having a deep interest in how Navajos utilized their land, I published Time Among the Navajo: Traditional Lifeways on the Reservation. In 2009 David Young-Wolff (Wolffie,’71) asked me a visionary question. He announced, “Krinkle, if you do another book, could I do it with you?” David, a well-known professional photographer and his wife Pam (’71) lived in Santa Monica, California. At that same time, I had been thinking about a book on Navajo women. I broached the idea to David and Pam about interviewing and photographing Navajo mothers and daughters. Thirteen years later, David, Pam, my husband Bill, (our technology expert,’69), and I collaborated to publish Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits of Beauty through Soulstice Publishing. We traveled to the Navajo Reservation twelve times to interview and photograph two, three, and four generations of these remarkable women. The four of us along with Soulstice Publishing created a valuable work that honors wise, resilient, and knowledgeable mothers and daughters, and preserves the changing ways of Navajo living.|
Nancy Rose Ludowise, 77, of Columbus, Ohio took her last breath on April 17, 2021. She was born May 1, 1943 in Akron, Ohio and was the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Harry and Mrs, Bertha Rose. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Martha Louella Timmons and her brother, Harry David Rose, Jr. She graduated from Old Trail High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of Wooster and her Master’s of Natural Science degree from the University of Wyoming. She devoted her life to a teaching career and she loved her students, from her early years teaching Special Ed through her substitute teaching as a retiree. She impacted so many lives in a positive way- listening, guiding, instilling curiosity, and believing in the potential of all people. She created a life of love and adventure with her husband, Jim, and her three children, Christine, Benjamin and Jennifer. Nancy cherished being a grandma to her grandsons, Cameron and Parker, and their lives have been so greatly enriched by her. She was a trailblazer for her time, passionate about social and environmental issues and equal rights for all- and campaigned tirelessly for causes dear to her heart- be it re-introducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park, or electing a woman into the White House. She had a strong faith and belief- she was brave and bold and feisty- she did things her way all up to the very end. A memorial service will be scheduled later on in 2021, time and place to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective at 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123.N
Dorothy Morley Kantosky passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton with her devoted and beloved husband, Bill, by her side. Dorothy was born in Ashtabula, Ohio to Dr. John D. Morley and Genevieve Morley who predeceased her. Dorothy leaves her husband, Bill, her sister, Mary Morley, Her sister, Dr. Jane Kitchen, her brother, David Morley, and her cousins, Dr. Tom Morley and Molly Paccione as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a proud graduate of the College of Wooster, of the University of Denver school of library science with a master’s degree and of the University of Akron school of law. In addition to working for both the Summit County and Montgomery County Prosecutors’ Offices as well as the Legal Aid Society, Dorothy was in private practice for several years. Dorothy proudly represented all her clients diligently and passionately. Dorothy retired in 2005 to kindly care for Bill’s dad.
Dorothy and Bill had a wonderful marriage of 48 years. They enjoyed traveling around the world on cruises and visiting with all her family members and with Dorothy and Bill’s close friends, Tom and Karen Crothers and Bonnie Shane. She will be most dearly missed by her husband who knows she will rest In peace after a full and kind life. May God bless Dorothy and take care of her. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to Ohio’s hospice of Dayton at 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420, which had taken good care of Dorothy or to Alzheimer’s which took her dear life. A memorial service will be held on May 28, 2022 at the Tobias Funeral Home at 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45249. Please contact Bill Kantosky at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
I was called to lead a Welcome Team for resettlement of an Afghan refugee family. After three months of training, fund-raising, managing delays, praying, changing partner agencies, and dealing with a few more delays, our church team helped a family move into their new home in Central Ohio on April 1. It has been humbling and inspiring to work with a dedicated and talented team from St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, which put its faith into action. Our partner agency, the Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and its staff have been remarkably dedicated, and most of all the young refugee couple and their four small children have shown incredible strength and perseverance. This has been a tremendous growth opportunity for all involved. I would recommend it to anyone, especially other Wooster alums. Our experience at a college with a vibrant international community makes us uniquely situated to interact and co-labor with new neighbors from around the globe.
Virginia Manning Warren passed away on March 01, 2021 following a stroke in September of 2020. The complete obituary can be viewed on Roysten Funeral Home, Middleburg,Va. web site.
I am living in Casper, Wyoming. Is anyone out here that would like to reconnect?
Foundation Press, has just published the Eighth Edition of Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, authored by Andre A. Moenssens, BettyLayne DesPortes and Roderick Kennedy. This book has been a solid primer on forensic science since the early 1970’s, and has served as a class text for law schools as well as a reference for lawyers and judges. Judge Kennedy is also a co-author of Nita A. Farahany, Roderick T. Kennedy & Brandon L. Garrett, “Genetic Evidence, MAOA, and State v. Yepez,” 50 N.M. L. Rev. 469 (2020). (Available at: https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/nmlr/vol50/iss3/7) Rod served as local counsel in the Yepez case in the New Mexico Supreme Court. He is a retired Chief Judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, and occasionally teaches Scientific Evidence Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Sam (SB) Tannenbaum
We had a beautiful outdoor, interfaith, queer ceremony and reception outside of Cleveland in August (between Covid surges). Pictured are Robyn Van Dusen-Trem (’11), Allie Curtze (’12), Allison Wadleigh (’10), Abby Harris-Ridker (’13), Celeste Tannenbaum (’13), Sam (SB Loder) Tannenbaum (’12), Hope Hunter (’19), Henry Potts-Rubin (’20), Greer (Morgan) Friedrich (’12).
Lauren Grimanis ’12 and Karl Ruter ’10 celebrated their wedding in California in July 24, 2021.
We had a small ceremony at our house in Berkeley, CA and then enjoyed time with our families (and our mountain bikes) in Lake Tahoe. Highlighted in our ceremony was our Wooster meeting story – meeting for the first time at practice for the club ice hockey team. Karl played forward, Lauren played goalie….and Karl couldn’t get a puck past Lauren.
Ken Fischer here. I can report that I’m in good health, happily married to Penny going on 56 years, teaching Arts Leadership at Univ of Michigan, doing volunteer work with arts and social service nonprofits, having fun with my memoir “Everybody In, Nobody Out,” visiting our son Matt and his family in California, and looking forward to our in-person reunion whenever we determine it’s safe to hold it.
Kristin (Welk) Roscoe ‘06 and Eric George Roscoe (‘07) celebrated the birth of their son George Roscoe, on October 17, 2021.
During the summer of 2021, I had the opportunity to work with Savannah Sima (’23) on an APEX project. After several years of facilitating racial allyship study groups, my co-facilitator, Bill Shaul, and I decided to enlist the talents of a Wooster student to research resource materials and develop a website (www.racialallyship.org) as a self-study tool for youth and young adults to engage in learning about systemic racism and the impacts in many areas, including education, housing, criminal justice, and healthcare. We were delighted with the results of Savannah’s work and realized again the immense value that Wooster provides both in personal development and in the larger world.
Over the past few years, while I have served as the informal, the interim, and now the official Class Secretary, I have looked for ways to keep us connected. And a way to revive the site that the College helped us create before our 50th.
This updated electronic version of Class Notes is supposed to make things easier, but I’ve had major trouble getting into it.
When the expanded Reunion Planning Team meets on Monday afternoon, Connecting will be on the agenda. If you happen to find this note before then (or even afterward), I would appreciate hearing from you to see if it works for you.
I’m on Walt@Wooster.scot
In any case, I’ll send out a survey on how we can connect in a way that works for people approaching very late middle age.
MARGARET "Peggy" MACKELLAR
I am leading two expeditions to Tanzania again in 2023. In February 2023, I am organizing a safari trip to 4 National Parks, including 3 nights in tented camps in the Serengeti (think glamping). In August 2023, I am organizing an expedition which will have 3 days of safari (including walking safari while climbing Mt. Meru, 14, 800 ft), and a 7 day trek of Kilimanjaro (19, 340 ft). The climbing expedition is fully porter and guide supported. Please check my guiding business website, www.adkallseasonsguideservice.com for more information or email me if you are interested in either trip. My personal email is email@example.com.
Currently, I still work 4 days a week as a dental hygienist in Lake Placid, NY. I ski, snowshoe, hike, paddle, etc as much as I can.
My second poetry collection, The Sustain Pedal, has just been published by Cherry Grove Collections. First book, The Dead Spirits at the Piano.
Margaretta Bunning, 96, died peacefully at her residence on 7 June 2020. Margaretta was born 22 August 1923 to the late Helen M. (Kinsey) Simmers and Christian E. Simmers (formerly Dappen) in the house built by her great-grandfather in Frys Valley, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In a life as long as hers, Margaretta experienced much. She was a farm girl during the Depression and rode a school bus to town for education. In the winter she sometimes stayed with her grandmother in Gnadenhutten to get to school easier. During World War II, Margaretta attended The Ohio State University, but when at home she sometimes helped at the Dennison railroad depot canteen, called “Dreamsville USA” by the soldiers it served. While at OSU, Margaretta met C. Russel Bunning or “Russ”. They shared an interest in co-operatives. Russ helped form a housing cooperative “Rochdale” for men students and Margaretta did likewise for women students at “Pinedale”. After her graduation from OSU, Margaretta and Russ married 24 June 1945 at the Sharon Moravian Church in Tuscarawas County. At first Margaretta was a teacher, but when Russ moved with his employment, she focused on being a housewife and mother. No matter where she lived, however, Margaretta had a large garden and canned much food for the family. Other constants were church and civic activities. During and after Russ’ employment with Farm Bureau/Nationwide Margaretta was involved with Farm Bureau activities. She was an original member of Farm Bureau Advisory Council #20 and attended until it disbanded decades later. While her girls were in school, there was PTA; then 4-H. Margaretta was a leader for both. Even when she returned to teaching, Margaretta continued to participate in Licking County League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women (AAUW), CROP and a foreign affairs discussion group. She earned a Masters Degree in Teaching in 1974 from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. Margaretta retired from the Heath City School District in 1986. She taught most of the time at Garfield Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. As a member of Second Presbyterian Church for 66 years, Margaretta was involved in nearly every aspect of church work. She was a Deacon, an Elder and president of the Board of Trustees. She taught Sunday school, Youth Club, Bible school and Bethel Bible classes. She was also active in a church discussion group. In 1989 she became a Stephen Ministry participant. Margaretta served on several staff search committees and was active in Presbyterian Women. She received a PW honorary life membership in 2011. Margaretta belonged to a Circle and attended denomination-wide PW events. Margaretta enjoyed many things including reading, traveling to visit friends and relatives in the U.S.A. and Europe and hosting them in return, listening to classical music on WOSU-FM, collecting cat figurines and rooting for the OSU football team. Margaretta was a great party-giver and hosted countless birthday, anniversary and holiday parties. She was always happy to be surrounded by her family, especially the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Margaretta was kind and loving and will be greatly missed by friends and family. She is survived by three daughters: Helen (David) Skeese of St. Louisville, Virginia Moody of Huber Heights and Karen Bunning of the home; eight grandchildren: Charlotte L. Skeese of Newark, Elena M. Skeese of St. Louisville, Margaret (Joe) Slabaugh of St. Louisville, Russel (Danielle) Skeese of Newark, Tom (Marleah) Klingler of Sparta TN, Amy (Stephen) Marlowe of Dayton, William (Nancy) Klingler of San Diego CA and Virginia Cruea of Tipp City; thirteen great-grandchildren: Presley and Jordan Slabaugh of St. Louisville; Savannah and Nathaniel Skeese of Heath and Carter and Levi Skeese of Newark; Shiloh and Lily Klingler of Tennessee; Emma and Hannah Marlowe of Dayton; Allison and William Klingler of CA; Dylan Cruea of Tipp City; and one great-great grandchild, Keyaira Skeese of Heath; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaretta was predeceased by her sister, Mary M. Huggins; and one great-grandson. Due to pandemic restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 428, Newark OH 43058-0428. Margaretta donated her body to The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Subsequently burial will be at the Clay-Union Cemetery in Gnadenhutten OH. Sincere thanks to the many people who have offered prayers and support, including Hospice of Central Ohio who gave Margaretta care in her final days. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com
Jane Stowe Marks passed away on August 5, 2021 at the age of 96. Jane was born in Churchville to Lester and Aldyth Stowe. Also predeceased by 2 loving husbands William Hartman and Carl Marks; brother Dick Stowe; niece Laurie Stowe. Survived by daughter Beverly Petrocco; son Bruce Hartman; nephew Richard Stowe; stepdaughters Patti Bookbinder and Jeanie Schmeichel; grandchildren Joelene Nelson, Shannon Fader, Jennifer Hartman, Kimberlee Clarey; 5 great grandchildren. Jane lived a full life as a wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher and minister’s wife. Her deep faith and involvement in the church was at the core of who she was. She played piano, had a beautiful singing voice, loved to travel, knit and crochet, and was a great cook and baker (pies were her specialty). She was a strong woman who was also kind, compassionate and caring – always thinking of others. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID virus the family has decided to postpone a service until a later time. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jane Stowe Marks please visit our Sympathy Store.
Dorothy Jean Campbell Hallett, age 94, passed away at home on February 14, 2020. Dorothy was born August 29, 1925 in Kunming, China, the second oldest of four children to missionary parents Rev Kenneth and Dorothy C. Campbell. She was home-schooled and attended Shanghai American School. When the family returned to Seattle, Washington, she graduated from Roosevelt High School. Dorothy attended the College of Wooster, Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish, Summa cum Laude and made many lifelong friendships. As a young graduate in Seattle, she took a course in secretarial skills at Broadway Technical School and was working as an elevator operator at the former Edmund Meany Hotel when she met a handsome attorney named Frank S. Hallett, Jr. They were married in 1948 in a ceremony officiated by her father, and began a long and happy marriage of nearly fifty-one years in the town of Castle Rock. Dorothy shared Frank’s love of horses and the outdoors, and she devoted her life to the service of her family, home and community. She led groups such as Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls, Rainbow Girls, and AFS for the sake of her children and was very active in Castle Rock Women’s Club, PEO, Cowlitz County Historical Society, Eastern Star, and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She maintained a keen interest in politics and current events and participated in her community through both Castle Rock and Kelso United Methodist churches, United Methodist Women, the Castle Rock Library and the Castle Rock Fair. Throughout her life Dorothy had a great love of reading for knowledge and pleasure and enjoyed very much her many travels. She found great pleasure in getting to know people and learning their life stories. She loved jokes and always tried to bring a new one to her group at the Castle Rock Senior Center. Dorothy always wanted to get out and do things. She attended community concerts, lectures and many sporting events and performances. She always had a sympathetic and listening ear for others and many people will miss her cheerful presence. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Frank, infant daughter Deborah Jean, her parents, and brothers Wallace, Kenneth, and Edward. She is survived by her children Mary Perillo, Seattle, Richard Hallett, Castle Rock and Nora Hallett (Jack Brummel), Olympia. She also leaves grandchildren Leanora, Xina (Chrystian), Garrett, Elena, Gina (Jason), Aubrey (Morgan) and Brett, as well as six great grandchildren, three nephews and four nieces. She will be laid to rest in Castle Rock Community Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in her name to support educational scholarships for young women to PEO, Chapter CO, 1002 N 18th, Kelso, WA 98626. A funeral service for Dorothy will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 am at Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church, 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA 98626.
Karen Skonberg Verprauskus March 9, 1941 – March 19, 2021 45 Year Resident of Santa Cruz, Karen Verprauskus passed away at Dominican Hospital following a brave and much too brief battle with a very aggressive form of leukemia. Born Karen Edna Skonberg in Basking Ridge, New Jersey to parents Dorthy and Andrew Skonberg and older brother Andrew on March 9, 1941. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday.
Karen earned a BS in Economics at The College of Wooster in Ohio in 1963. She then moved to Hartford Connecticut and took a position in the IT Department at Cigna Insurance Company where she designed computer programs that ran on IBM 360 and RCA2000 computers. She supervised eleven “coders” who reduced her designs to program punch cards and large reel magnetic tapes for the computers.
It was in Hartford that she met her husband, Frank Verprauskus. Karen and Frank were married on May 27, 1967 in Basking Ridge. In 1969, she and Frank moved to San Jose California where she took a position with the IT Department at the County of Santa Clara. Among other duties she put the Sheriff’s Department computer on-line with the FBI computer in DC, at that time a quite new concept. Her sons, Andy and Peter, were born in 1970 and 1972 and she shifted her focus to “domestic engineering” to give them a good start in life. The family moved to Santa Cruz in 1976 where Karen and Frank started ALTEN of Santa Cruz – Monterey, the first licensed solar company in Santa Cruz County. Karen helped ALTEN sell and install over 150 solar thermal heating systems for domestic hot water, pools and home interiors over the next three years.
Karen’s next career move was into teaching. She went through a two year credential program (Masters equivalent) at UCSC and began teaching at Mission Hill Junior High School where she taught advanced mathematics and Algebra and became Chair of the Math Department. She became renowned for her problem of the week exercises which required application of mathematical theory to practical problems. Students often came back to tell her how they had applied the techniques learned from her on college problems and work related problems as they started their careers. A talented and accomplished musician, Karen could play any type of keyboard instrument; from a grand piano to a four-manual pipe organ. She was the lead trombone player in her High School and College bands’ and the pianist in a dance and party quintet that played gigs in central and northern New Jersey.
She and her husband Frank were avid travelers with destinations to over seventy countries including Peru, China, Tibet, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Curaçao, Belize, Japan, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Morocco, South Africa, Taiwan and most countries in Europe. Karen and Frank owned several rental apartments throughout Santa Cruz which Karen managed personally with a level of care and attention for the people living there that brought her invitations to birthday parties, quinceañeras, christenings and even weddings.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Verprauskus, of Santa Cruz, her son, Peter Verprauskus, his wife, Tina Chen, and granddaughters Emma and Keira Verprauskus of Moraga, California, her son, Andy Verprauskus, his wife, Michaelanne Ehrenberg and granddaughters Siena and Giada Verprauskus of Mercer Island, Washington. She also leaves many loved and loving nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives, neighbors and friends who will keep her in their hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Santa Cruz Symphony or The Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Karen’s name would be appreciated.
Austin Holter will soon have a much shorter work commute, but his to-do list will be considerably longer. A Wooster High School search committee has selected Holter from a pool of 25 applicants to be the Generals’ new head football coach, superintendent Michael Tefs confirmed Thursday afternoon. The Wooster Board of Education is expected to approve the recommendation at its meeting March 15. Holter will succeed Doug Haas, who resigned in January after compiling a 59-36 record over nine seasons. The 32-year-old Holter, who already lives in Wooster, had been commuting nearly 70 miles each way to Denison University in Granville, where he was the offensive coordinator.
A 2010 College of Wooster graduate, Holter was a record-setting quarterback for the Fighting Scots. “I’m absolutely honored to be recommended to be Wooster High School’s next football coach, but recognize there’s still another step,” Holter said. “The board of education still needs to make its decision on the recommendation and I respect that process. “I would love to have the opportunity to serve the Wooster community,” Holter added. “Coach Haas did an unbelievable job with the program, which started with Dr. Tefs making the right hire and supporting him. Doug left some big shoes to fill, which the next coach can hopefully build upon and add his own flair. I’d be extremely honored to be that guy.”
Wooster athletic director Joe Rubino said last week that the Generals’ search committee came up with a unified vision of what they wanted in the school’s new football coach. “We were looking for someone who not only can lead a winning football program, but also be a great communicator and establish a top-notch football culture here,” Rubino said. “When you have someone who took the program as far as Doug Haas (won or shared six OCC titles, five playoff trips), you don’t ask candidates, ‘What needs to change?” “You look at it and say, ‘What has Doug left us that we can build on?’ We wanted someone with the depth of knowledge and experience to be very successful; someone who will put kids first and do a great job.” Mike Schmitz, who recorded a 78-54 record as The College of Wooster head football coach from 2000-2012, believes his former quarterback fills all the qualities Wooster High was looking for. “It’s an absolute home run hire,” Schmitz said. “First and foremost, Austin is just a great person. He’s impressive in so many ways. “He’s a person of impeccable character and a great family man. His family had already chosen to make Wooster their home before this even came up so he’s committed to living here. And he just has an infectious enthusiasm for life and coaching that make young people want to play for him.”
Someone asked Schmitz how he thought Holter would handle adversity as a high school head coach, which involves different challenges than being a college assistant. “Austin was our quarterback, which means there’s a lot of chaos on every play,” Schmitz said. “There’s a lot of information that needs to be processed and you have to put your teammates in the best position to succeed. “He was able to do that and he just has the right temperament to be a leader. He not only knows the Xs and Os, but with his recruiting background at Denison I think he’ll be able to recruit the hallways of Wooster High School and get kids to want to play for him.” Holter will need the extra time his shorter commute allows to lead a program for the first time. Despite being a rookie head coach, Holter will bring a wealth of experience to Wayne County’s biggest high school. Denison has recorded a 51-20 record since 2013 when Holter became offensive coordinator under head coach Jack Hatem. It’s the best stretch in program history.
Since 2016, Denison averaged 36.5 points per game, while posting a record of 31-10 with two NCAC titles. Denison’s 2020 season, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would have been Holter’s 11th season at Denison. He was the Big Red quarterbacks coach his first three seasons, then spent the last seven as the team’s offensive coordinator. The 2018 Denison squad earned a share of its first NCAC title since 1986 and made the program’s first playoff appearance in 33 years. The Denison offense set numerous program marks, including points per game (39.7), touchdowns (60) and total offense (5,000). Holter-coached quarterbacks rank first, second and fifth on the DU all-time passing yards list. “I have absolutely loved my time at Denison,” Holter said. “It will always hold a special place in my heart.” Holter spent three seasons as the Fighting Scots’ starting quarterback, becoming a two-time All-NCAC selection. In 2009, he set school records with 2,873 total yards of offense (now third-best) and 2,106 passing yards (now No. 6). He ranks third in career total yards (7,459).
A native of Johnstown, Holter has a graduate degree from Ohio University in sports administration. The Wooster search committee narrowed the original list of applicants to 10 candidates, who were given interviews. The list was then pared down to finalists Holter, Brent Besancon (former Smithville, Rittman, New London head coach), Luke Durbin (former North Ridgeville head coach) and Keaton Leppla. Besancon and Leppla were both assistants on Haas’ staff. Director of secondary education Rich Leone said part of the committee’s recommendation is to also hire Holter as an alternative education/in-school suspension teacher, which will fill a position that was held by a recent retiree. “We are very excited and really looking forward to the possibility of Austin coming to Wooster High School,” Leone said. “He was a College of Wooster all-star, his resume at Denison is as impressive as any I’ve ever seen and he’s a great person.” Holter’s Wooster connection has remained strong while coaching at Denison.
In addition to attending college here, Holter and his wife, Dr. Sara Wiswell, have lived in Wooster since 2018. They have a 19-month-old son, Emmett, and are expecting a daughter in May. Wiswell, who’s also a COW grad, is a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology with the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster. “Wooster is a very special place,” Holter said. “To get involved at a much deeper level, and help mold young men at the high school level and even get involved with the middle school and youth league, would be a great opportunity.” Aaron Dorksen can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronDorksen.
Greetings Wooster Alumni! Michael Hatton (Theatre & Dance Program Head, NKU) and I have organized this program with the support of CCSA (The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad). Michael, being a Board Member with CCSA, will serve as the Program Director for Scotland: Hearth and Home, while I will serve as Leader/Faculty. I encourage you to post this more widely than just the 1969 class notes page. While this is not an academically credited program, we are open to any participant of a certain maturity! CCSA is extremely helpful and will answer any questions about the program specifics, as they arrange all accommodations, transportation, including international flights as desired.
For more information, please contact me at email@example.com More information can be found here. The application deadline of October 1, 2021. Please contact me with questions! Gretchen Gretchen Hill Vaughn ’69 Professor Emeritus Theatre & Dance Program Northern Kentucky University
Here’s some information from a member of the class of 1993, Alea Henle: It’s been a busy year publication-wise! This past fall, the University of Massachusetts Press published my non-fiction book Rescued from Oblivion: Historical Cultures in the Early United States. I’ve also started writing and indie publishing contemporary fantasy. Swan & Shadow came out earlier this year. The short description is: Swan Lake + The Magic Flute set on a modern (pre-COVID) college campus. It draws in part on memories of Wooster! https://books2read.com/b/bzjBPG
CHICAGO, IL — Sharon Jones, 82, passed away on May 12th, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. She was born September 11, 1938, in Lima, Ohio to Alice and Ernest Williams and spent much of her life in Waynesfield, Ohio, before moving from the area in 2000. Her late husband, Dr. Dan Jones, died in 1974, forcing her to raise their two sons on her own.
She was a lifelong educator, spending nearly 30 years as a teacher at Waynesfield Goshen Local Schools. Upon retirement, she moved to Columbus and spent an additional 10 years teaching adults from other countries how to speak English. She placed a huge value on education and earned undergraduate degrees herself from Bowling Green and the College of Wooster and a Masters degree from the University of Dayton. For her lifetime commitment to education, she was given the opportunity carry the Olympic Torch during the national torch relay in 2002, prior to the Salt Lake Winter Games. Sharon loved to travel and explore the world. She lived in Thailand and Korea for a time after college and explored much of Europe and Asia through the years. Later in life, she became an avid Ohio State football fan and season ticket holder.
She is survived by two sons, Michael (Diana) in Portland, Oregon and Dan (Stefani) in Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren – Sarah, David and Emma; and her brother Larry (Karen) Williams who resides in Columbus. To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by The Lima News from Jul. 12 to Jul. 13, 2021.
Joan Marie Winter Chellis died May 23, 2021 in Southport, NC. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Henry Frank Winter and Marie Elizabeth Menges Winter on September 19, 1931. She spent her childhood on Wooster, Ohio and graduated from Wooster College. She married Kenneth Edward Chellis in 1953. They lived in numerous places during the almost 60 years together. They lived in Ohio, Florida, Germany, New Mexico, and Washington. After Ken’s death in 2013, Joan moved to St Louis to live next door to her brother, Dr. Henry Frank Winter, Jr. Most recently she lived near her brother John F. Winter in Southport, NC.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Patricia Winter Reader, of Akron, OH. She is survived by her two brothers and two brothers-in-law, Terry Chellis of Wooster, OH and George Raeder of Akron, OH. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joan will be buried near her husband in the Medical Lake Military Cemetery near Spokane, WA. Online condolences for Joan’s family may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com. Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service – 1411 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 (910) 457-6944
Mary Candland, of 125 Stein Lane, Lewisburg, died at the Heritage Springs Memory Care peacefully and surrounded by family on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Mary was a creative, curious, energetic, and adventurous person. She was a woman of the community while a world traveler. She was known for her contributions to a variety of Lewisburg communities, from the Cub Scouts to the League of Women Voters to the Woolies.
She was always creating, and her range was broad. Drawing and painting, developing photographs, woodworking, pottery, quilting and sewing, weaving and spinning, raising Basset hounds, these were just a few of her interests and talents.
Mary Elizabeth Homrighausen was born Nov. 29, 1936, in Indianapolis. She was the fifth child of what would be six, of Ruth Willa Strausberger and Elmer George Homrighausen. The family moved two years later to Princeton, New Jersey, when her father joined the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary. Mary grew up with her five siblings at the Deans’ House on the campus of the seminary. Mary graduated from Princeton High School in 1954, from which she was all-state in field hockey while winning the school’s Latin prize, and from the College of Wooster in 1958, where she studied art and psychology.
During the summer of 1958, she undertook a job as a research assistant in psychology at Princeton where she met a student, Douglas Candland, who was writing his doctoral dissertation. They were married on June 18, 1959. The ceremony was in Miller Chapel on the campus of the Seminary led by her father and the president of the seminary, the Rev. Dr. John McKye. They moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, when her husband was awarded a grant for postdoctoral training. Mary became a member of the Medical illustrations group at the Medical School of the University. Several of her drawings of surgeries and anatomical parts are republished in medical encyclopedias.
In 1960 they accepted a position for her husband at Bucknell, which would remain their homestead. Their first home, with their month-old son (Kevin), was a rental at 1414 Market. With the birth of a second son (Christopher) they moved to a home in Lochiel, and with a third son (Ian) to their long-time home, known as the Muffly-Loughead-Purnell home on Stein Lane, Lewisburg, in 1968. Mary undertook printmaking with Marvin Lowe and Neil Anderson, winning an all-state art award for her work, joined the Baptist Church Choir, and was active in the Susquehanna Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild. Mary was an early member of the League of Women Voters, a group supported by her for more than 50 years. She designed the Facts for Voters and the Voters Guide which, for each election, provided information provided by candidates as to their policies.
In 2003 Mary was awarded the first Jill Reynolds Service award for her editorial service and graphic design of League publications. For 10 years, Mary served as art director of Bucknell Publications. One of her tasks was designing posters for campus lectures and events. Eventually, she was asked to deny requests to draw them, as their quality and originality encouraged students and faculty to remove them from announcement boards in order to decorate their rooms and homes. With Janet Weis she designed potential logos for the Weis Center. The one chosen graces the north wall on the center and at Ms. Weis’s suggestion also appears on programs and advertisements of events.
Following her years at Bucknell, she prepared brochures, ads, and newsletters for a variety of local nonprofit groups while deepening her own interests in textiles. Her husband and family spent year-long appointments at other universities, moving the family for year-long appointments. Mary undertook the logistics for the family and enjoyed these experiences at Tulane, Stirling (Scotland), Cambridge (England), and Berkeley. When the children were grown, she joined her husband and supplied supplemental artwork on his working trips studying free-living primates in East and Central Africa and Madagascar. When one of her sons was married to an Indonesian citizen, Siti Nurjanah, travel to meet new relatives in that country and South East Asia was added.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas, after a marriage of 62 years interrupted by her death; son Kevin (wife Katie; grandchildren Emma and Fiona) of San Francisco and son Christopher (wife Siti Nurjanah) of Wellesley, Mass. She was predeceased by son Ian of Lewisburg. She will rest at the family plot in Lewisburg Cemetery between son Ian and, in time, her husband. A date of a gathering to celebrate her life will be announced later. The family sends its very deepest gratitude to the staff of Heritage Springs Memory Care who cared for her tirelessly during the last two years of her debilitating dementia. Arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Published on March 23, 2021
Nancy (Nana) Anne Caldwell, of Pasadena, passed peacefully among family and friends on Friday, August 13, 2021. The daughter of Nancy and Powell Awbrey she was born July 8, 1940 in Parsons, Kansas. Her childhood days were filled with family gatherings, church, friends, trips and entertaining. She earned her B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the College of Wooster. And, earned her M.A. and Marriage and Family Counselor license in the State of California.
Nancy met her future husband, Larry Caldwell while attending the College of Wooster. She lived in London for two periods where she became a great fan of brass rubbing in the days when that was still done partly by standing on rickety wooden ladders, in cold stone country churches. She also lived, with her young family, in McClean and Reston, Virginia, where she took up quilting and touring our nations early history with her young sons and husband. The couple eventually settled in Altadena, California, where Nancy raised three children: Stuart, Ethan and Trevor Caldwell.
Nancy taught middle school in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and worked for a number of years at J. Herbert Halls and Valle’s Jewelers in Pasadena. In every position she held she was known as a true people person. She had the rare gift of remembering who she met and personal details about them. She was a people person at heart.
Nancy was active in the Presbyterian Church throughout her life. She taught Sunday School, served as Deacon and as a Ruling Elder. She was unobtrusively devoted to God, developed deep friendships through congregation, and advocated for an inclusive church. The mother of boys and sister of brothers, she could hold her own on a hike or watching a basketball game but was quick to make female friends and dote on her granddaughters, nieces, and the daughters of others, given the chance. Forever a child of the Sunflower State, she would light up when presented with her favorite flower. She and her family spent many summers making memories in the lakes, rivers, and mountains of the Colorado Rockies, where she returned with frequency as a devoted daughter to her elder mother and companion to her brother in his later years.
Part-time family historian and a full-time nurturer of others, her legacy includes dynamic and successful grown children and their growing families, multi-generational friendships, and many hearts touched. Nancy was a devoted mother to her three sons, the joy of her life; and loved being “Nana” to her adored grandchildren. She was a passionate basketball fan, rooting for her sons at La Salle High School and at Occidental College, but also the Kansas Jayhawks and the Los Angeles Lakers. She was a loyal friend throughout her life, always making friends readily and easily. She enjoyed entertaining and many close and lasting friendships. She is survived by her three sons, Stuart Caldwell, Ethan Caldwell and Trevor Caldwell; her honorary son, Jeff Randall; her loyal daughters in law, Briana, Lisa and Loriann Caldwell; her seven grandchildren; and her many friends.
Her brothers, Stuart and John predeceased her. Services will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Pasadena Presbyterian Church or the Ranch House, Memory Care at the Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena, California. Published by Whittier Daily News on Sep. 5, 2021.
Audiologist, author, activist, artist, and loving mother and grandmother, Eleanor “Elly” Ruth Wagner was born in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept. 17, 1941. Raised in Houston, PA, Elly graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. In 1965, while registering voters in Montgomery, AL, she attended a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that inspired her lifelong activism. She worked tirelessly to make the world a better place, consistently championing the causes of social justice, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, non-violence, and climate stabilization and sustainability. In 1971, she moved to Edina where she made her home, raised her children, and cultivated the garden that was her pride and joy later in life. She worked as an audiologist at Park Nicollet Medical Center for over 40 years, specializing in patients with tinnitus.
Elly was an author, publishing 3 books including Lavender Reflections, a book of affirmations for lesbians and gay men, published in 1995. Her other professions included photography, gardening herbs and flowers, crafting, and she was a vendor and then president of the Hopkins Farmer’s Market. Elly was a skilled musician who brought people together through music and song. She was active in her local community, including the Lyndale United Church of Christ, Grandmothers for Peace, MN Herb Society, and several writer and book groups.
She died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on Sept. 23, 2021 at home, surrounded by family and friends. Predeceased by her parents Homer and Louise and brothers David and William, she is survived by her sister Lois, brother Paul, long-term friend Kathy, sons Glydewell (Cynthia) and Keith (Jennifer), and 4 grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for October 9, 2021 (details at summitfuneralandcremation.com). In lieu of flowers, please make tributes to Lyndale UCC on Elly’s behalf.
Janet Senne, of Sandusky, a woman of many interests and involvements, died peacefully at Portland Place December 3. She was 94 years old. She was born January 8, 1921 to Francis and Norma Kuhn in Tiffin, Ohio. A graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, she originally came to Sandusky for work as a draftsman during World War Two. Following her marriage to Donald on May 1, 1949, she turned her attention to child rearing and community engagements. As a continuous member of Grace Episcopal Church, she served as a volunteer and longtime manager of its Thrift Shop. With the help of supportive friends, she actively attended services until recent weeks. Janet’s involvement in local cultural and historical groups was widespread and enduring. She was a multi decade member of the Erie County Historical Society. And, in no particular order of priority, was also a longstanding member of AAUW, the Old House Guild, the Follett House Museum, Puppeteers of America, and Serving Our Seniors.
In creative pursuit of her historic interests, she often provided live character portrayals of notable women in church and local history. Additionally, for many years she manned and promoted the Historical Pavilion at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and assisted Don delivering Meals on Wheels. Still further, she was a Campfire Girl leader and avid puppeteer, providing countless performances for church and community groups.
She is lovingly survived by her son, Steven (Judi) Senne; son-in-law, Tom Stuck; grandchildren, Jolyn (Blair) Russell, Jacob (Elisha) Stuck, Michael (Amy) Stuck, Ann (Craig) Murray and Rachel Stuck; great-grandchildren Keane, Syden and Palen Russell; Henry Stuck; Nolan, Graham, and Paige Murray She was preceded in death this year by Donald Senne, her husband of 65 years, a daughter, Mary Stuck, in 2006, and brothers, Robert Kuhn and James Kuhn A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 11, 2015, in Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. The Rev. Jan Smith Wood will officiate. Memorial contributions in Janet’s name may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, or to Serving our Seniors, 310 E. Boalt St., Sandusky, OH 44870. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling the arrangements. Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting www.toftfh.com.
Ann Coffman Hunter
Hello from Ann Coffman Hunter. Last spring, Dick and I moved to a retirement community just north of Baltimore. Fortunately, our house sold in three days, but the whole process, which would have been tough under normal circumstances, was grueling, especially since Dick was still recovering from his extensive back surgery in January. However, it was all worth it, because we love Broadmead, which was started by Quakers and has mostly one story homes and a huge campus with hiking trails. I have plenty of room to garden and get to talk to lots of people who stop by when I’m happily digging in the dirt.
During downsizing I read all the letters I had written to my parents; it was like reading an epistolary novel. I learned that it had taken “a village” (second floor Babcock) to get my IS in, one day late. I remembered that a few people had helped me, but I had told my parents about every single person who stopped by to type, proofread, collate, whatever I needed. Though you may not remember, I just want to tell you all how grateful I am for such kind and helpful friends.
We’ve had it bit of contact with Elden Schneider and Lydia Robertson Brown locally, and also with Dori Hale, but we will be glad when we can see more of you, virtually or in person.
I’m retired twice! I began work as a Children’s Librarian in my hometown library, Herrick Memorial Library, in August 1973. Grew up in Wellington, Ohio, from the age of 10. Working with kids and books was inevitable, my two loves. I continued working there for 29 years – many generations! Retired for one year to see what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up!’ For 9 months I attended nursery school, volunteering then assisting part time. Had to get back to books and people. Began work in 2002 as Children’s Associate in Ashland, Ohio, public library. Retired in July 2011, partly because I realized it was getting hard to keep up with the kids! After about 3 years, I couldn’t hike or maintain my flowerbeds anymore. Too hard physically to bend, sun & heat intolerance. Turns out I have Sjogren’s Syndrome, probably began in childhood, including fibromyalgia, couple other autoimmune disorders. What a way to spend retirement – indoors or in shade, puzzle books, music CDs, etc. Facebook has become a life saver. Catching up with so many parents & kids from libraries, former school friends, aunt & 3 cousins; siblings on west coast seem to be involved with themselves and partners. So, here I sit typing to you! That’s my life in a nutshell since COW graduation!
David G. Johnston
David G. Johnston passed away unexpectedly on September 23,2021 in Pittsburgh, PA at the age of 62. David will be remembered for his warmth, kind spirit and generous compassion for others, and his love of family. Although he didn’t have a lot of material goods, he shared his time and energy with anyone in need.
David was born to Marion (Northup) and James R. Johnston in Sewickley, PA to where he developed an abiding love for Pittsburgh. He was an avid fan of all the Pittsburgh sports teams, starting with the Pirates and his admiration for Roberto Clemente. David then lived in Carlisle PA where he was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. Following his father’s footsteps, he participated in scouting and camping and developed his love of nature – including a trip to Mexico to see the solar eclipse.
He graduated from the College of Wooster where he found life-long friends. David moved to the Boston area where he lived for over a decade, making many friends. Throughout that decade, he rarely missed a weekend volunteering at his local church food bank. Before leaving Boston, David graduated from Tufts University with a Master’s in Urban Planning and worked as a procurement specialist. In 1995, David returned to Pittsburgh where he continued this line of work for the county and the city and helped to raise his beloved twins, Martin and Emily.
Of all the qualities that David possessed, what has impacted those around him the most are his positive attitude and friendly disposition. He was amicable and easy-going; he could strike up a conversation with anyone – from the bus driver on his route to his work colleagues to the regular customers at the local diner. David was known for his strong tennis game with impossible serves. He was competitive in ping pong and volleyball, where he would dive into a creek to retrieve a wayward ball, all to make people laugh. He loved to tease his four sisters and was a good storyteller always finding the humor in human predicaments. He had a fierce love of dogs – even though his dogs were never well trained. He loved bluegrass music and enjoyed his nieces and nephews.
As a man of faith, he found his involvement with the East Liberty Presbyterian Church meaningful, serving as Deacon and volunteer. Because of his faith, he anticipated a happy reunion with his loved ones. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his twin children Emily (Ryan) Provolt and Martin (Haley) Sasso, siblings Jennifer McKenna, Gail Viscome, Ann Johnston and Lucy Johnston-Walsh, 11 nieces and nephews and four great nieces and nephews.
A small service will be held starting at 11:30 Monday September 27 (including a zoom link on the website at the funeral home – D’Alessandro, 4522 Butler St., Pittsburgh PA) and another service later in the fall in Carlisle at Second Presbyterian Church. Zoom Info: Topic: Johnston Funeral Time: Sep 27, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 816 1584 1927. Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kWmYUBgDH To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Glen Johnston please visit our Sympathy Store.
David M. Kinney
Dave Hay ’77, Rob Rutan ‘77, Dave Luken ’77 , Bob Dyer ’77 , Tom Farquhar ’77 , and Mike Kinney ’76 enjoying a 4 day rafting and camping trip on the Colorado River in Utah earlier in September. Other than hairlines and waistlines not much has changed.