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Ramses Clements ’10 and Mikayla Miller’s wedding took place at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, OH. Ramses said, “It was an absolute blast having all of the Woo family there to celebrate our big day. Fifteen years of friendship all thanks to Wooster.” Wedding party included Christopher Malone ’10, Mike Ruttinger ’05, Amanda Artman ’10, Jon Mathis ’10, Jazmin Malone, Dana Obery ’13, Brian Swan ’10, Rob Kelm ’07, John Obery ’10, Derek Calhoun ’11, Bryan Albani ’10, Ashton Deist ’10, Liz Pratt ’11, Megan Croke ’10, Joe Rodella ’11, Sarah Palagyi ’10, Jesse Gaswint ’10, Julie Rodella ’10, Kristine Gaswint ’10, Storm Tropea ’10, Mike Francescangeli ’10, Chip Hanson ’82 and Nic Coggins ’12.
Sally Carol (McComas) Mueller (x’55) sloughed off the earthly bonds of pain and infirmity that had held her so cruelly for these last several years and slipped into the realm of the stars at 11:10 pm on October 16, 2021 at The Arbors of Fairlawn. As much as she wanted to have died at home surrounded by her family, in the end, it was just not possible. After two excruciating weeks that no pain medication could touch, she was finally granted an hour of ease before slipping away with her hospice nurse and an aide at her side.
She would tell you that we should not be sad for her – that she has had a wonderful life and been so very lucky – she has loved and been loved – she has wonderful children and grandchildren of whom she is so very proud – she has enjoyed the benefits of education and travel, a mother who was an amazing role model, a big brother who looked out for her, and a father who loved her.
Sally was born to James R. McComas and Evelyn (nee Swan) McComas (later Gilbert) on her Grandfather Swan’s farm just west of Apple Creek, Ohio on May 16, 1933. Her two older brothers, Harrold (“Mac”) and Stan, were at the circus with an aunt when she burst on the scene. All have predeceased her.
The family of five lived on the multi-generational farm during the height of The Depression until big brother, Mac, was ready to attend high school at which time they moved into Apple Creek proper. When Mac was ready to attend Wooster College they moved into Wooster. Sally was nine years Mac’s junior, so her formative years were spent attending Wooster’s Bowman Street School and Wooster High School, graduating in 1951. She then began at The College of Wooster as a theater major. In her spare time, she majored in playing bridge with her girlfriends (aka “The Amazons”) at The Shack.
While in high school, Sally met and fell head over heels for a very handsome guy with a devilish grin, John N. Mueller of Burbank, Ohio. They were engaged in 1953 and Sally left college to work to earn money for “their future”. The couple married on June 13, 1954. As A1C Mueller was stationed at Fort Belvoir near Washington DC, they made their first home together in a studio apartment in Arlington, VA. After the USAF, they returned to Ohio, moving to Akron, so John could use his GI Bill to attend the Akron Art Institute in pursuit of a BFA. Two children then followed five years apart, Susan and Jay, thus making Sally’s life complete as “all she ever wanted to be was a wife and mother.”
In truth, Sally was a stay-at-home-Mom who rarely stayed home. You would find her at her kids’ school selling Savings Bond Stamps, acting as room mother, volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader, serving as PTA President, attending every concert or play or sporting event her kids were involved in. She was a Band Booster, a car-pool driver, a chaperone. Her kids’ friends mattered to her and they became “her kids,” too.
Sally proudly also served both her church and her community. As a lifelong Methodist, she had the family join Christ Methodist Church in 1958 and she took her vows very seriously: “to support it with her prayers, her presence, her gifts, and her service.” Through her 53 years of membership, she was involved in Child Study Club and the Home Builders Class (later called The Builders Class) where she met many dear and lifelong friends. She took her turn teaching Sunday School (both children and adults), helped with Vacation Bible School, and served on many committees including Staff-Parish Relations. As much as she served the church and demanded weekly family attendance, she also willingly and openly struggled with her faith; unsure about God and Jesus, she did believe strongly that her life was touched by Grace.
As a lifelong Democrat, she worked hard campaigning for the candidates of her choice, helping with voter registration, and taking her turn as a poll worker on Election Day. She was happy to drive folks to the polls and made innumerable get-out-the-vote phone calls. She was particularly proud of the work she did with a community organization called West Side Neighbors that helped break red-lining in housing in the Akron area. All of her life she championed rights of workers, women, persons of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. She believed in being an educated and active citizen and tried to instill those values in family, friends, and sometimes perfect strangers. In her retirement she volunteered to read weekly for the blind on radio station WEYE and to help staff the information desk in the Summit Metro Parks F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.
Sally was a huge supporter of both the performing and visual arts. She did not consider herself “artistic”; she’d say, “My husband is the artist!” Instead, she called herself “the world’s best appreciator.” And she was. She believed in buying local, original art and supporting local theater. She loved jazz, and modern art, and all kinds of music, even discovering late in life that she really enjoyed opera performances in the “The Met: Live!” series shown in theaters. She believed in showing up to support art, and artists, and took great delight in being invited to “hang” with her kids in places where new music was being made.
Sally considered herself a “lifelong learner” – “it is a good day if you learn something new!” – she would say, but most of us knew her as a teacher. After Jay was in school full time, she went back to college at Akron U and finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, graduating Cum Laude in spite of the D’s in Latin she had to drag behind her from her Wooster College days. Later, she also earned a Masters’ degree in Education. From January, 1972 until her retirement 28 years later, she taught in the Springfield Twp. Local Schools, first at Milroy and then at Schrop. Her subjects were 5th and 6th grade mathematics and literature/reading. An early adopter of technology, she introduced the first computer to her classroom in 1982 followed by an Apple IIc in 1985. She dearly loved her team of teaching cohorts and served for a time on the contract negotiating team for her union with whom she had a great deal of fun.
After husband John, her deepest love, died in 1980, Sally reinvented herself as a completely independent woman; she joined a singles bridge club in Kent and The Museum Contemporaries of the Akron Art Museum, she made new friends, she traveled (travel is educational, you know) and, in retirement, helped found a Book Club at her church that continues to this day. She is remembered by many for her iconic “Sally Red” glasses that matched her lipstick, her done nails, and her red cane. If you ever frequented The Amber Pub or early Ken Stewart’s, you probably knew her – it was her Thursday routine.
At the age of 88 many have preceded her in death: her beloved John, her parents, her brother Harrold and his wife (sister of the heart) Hazelyn (Melconian) McComas (both ’48), brother Stanley McComas (’50), her dear daughter-in-law, Jennifer Chin, and many friends and family too numerous to name.
Family was everything to her and, much to her delight, Sally became a grandmother seven times over. Left to celebrate her amazing courage, strength, patience, positivity, and love for life are her children: Jay & Julia (Herdina) Mueller and Susan (Mueller ’77) & Arthur Baranoff & Jane Hull; her grandchildren, Sarah Baranoff-Chin (’03), Stefan & Lori Baranoff, John J. Mueller, Mary Mueller (Grant Wilkie), Margaret (Mueller) & Adam Reed, Mark Mueller, and Emmaline Mueller.
She will be remembered fondly by her Swan Cousins, her niece, three nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews, her partner in travel and trouble, Marian Steinert, and many, many friends, colleagues, and classmates. She also leaves three half-sisters by her father’s second marriage, Charlotte Rollie, Barbara Greathoue and Nancy Jobe.
Her last days were not easy, but they were made more bearable by the devoted care of her daily helpers Melissa and Tera to whom the family is ever grateful, her evening “rotation” of Nikki, Marquita, Nola, and Sa’Maiya, her hospice staff led by Kathie, and her hospice nurse, Christine, who was with her at the end.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she offered us this:
“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist…” ~ Jack London
Remember Sally by wearing red in her honor. In lieu of flowers, contributions to UMCOR, The Akron Art Museum, your local NPR station, or The Children & Teachers Foundation of the Chicago Teachers Union are humbly requested.
There are multiple stars in your crown, Sally. Well done, good and faithful servant. From dust you have come and to dust you shall return. May your name be written in the stars and your dust become stardust. §
Cremation has already taken place. A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, Nov 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon) at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main Street, Akron, OH. The venue requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination OR a negative test within the last 72 hours in order to be admitted. They will be checking at the door. The family is requiring masks be worn. The service will also be live-streamed on both Zoom. Link information in the online obituary at:
Second picture: Matthew Parmelee (’17), Nick Ryan (’16), Kelsey Clark (’16), and myself playing in the DC rec league. Note the Woo gear y’all sent us!
First picture: Kelsey Clark (’16) and myself coaching kindergarteners in the local recreational league in Alexandria, VA.
Sunshine and smiles, Suzanne Gamble was a model of joy, positivity and love to all who knew her. Nicknamed “Sunny” Suzanne by her grandmother, she drew friends, coworkers, and family to her warm personality even as she battled cancer for over twelve years.
Suzanne was born on March 2, 1969, in the Cleveland area to Tom and Mary Ann Stibbe. After completing her biology degree at the College of Wooster, she pursued a Masters in entomology at the University of Georgia where she met her future husband Doug Gamble also of Cleveland. As a graduate student, Suzanne notably discovered the Rheocyclops (R. Carolinianus), a copepod that was later verified as a new genus by the Smithsonian Institute.
Following graduate school, she and Doug moved to Mississippi and then Wilmington, NC. Suzanne concentrated on raising their two boys while gardening, reselling furniture and antiques, and collecting bug specimens which she preserved in the kitchen freezer. Eventually, a part-time sales position turned into a twenty-year passion at Cape Fear Jewelry & Antiques where Suzanne specialized in identifying designer and unusual pieces, and enthusiastically explaining the entomology of insect jewelry to collectors.
Just like the dragonfly, Suzanne’s known spirit insect, she was a transformational and inspirational example of strength, courage and grace as she pursued a life that never bowed to either pain or disease. With her ready smile, open heart, generous spirit, faithful friendship and forgiving nature, Suzanne Elizabeth Gamble, aged 52, passed in comfort surrounded by family on October 27, 2021.
Suzanne is survived by her devoted husband of 25 years, Doug Gamble (Wilmington) and two beloved sons, Devin (19) and Paul (12), her mother Mary Ann Stibbe of Leland, sister Sarah (Constantine) Damaskos of Montclair, NJ, sister Jennifer (Ravi) Rajan of Yardley, PA, brother Matthew (Fancy) Stibbe of Penn Valley, CA, eight nieces and nephews as well as her most faithful friend and mentor, Pait Skipper (Wilmington).
Services will be held in Wilmington, NC at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2 pm. Immediately following, family and friends are invited to a reception and repast at the church. Calling hours are Thursday, November 4 from 2-4 pm at Andrews Mortuary. To join the Friday service online, go to https://boxcast.tv/view/suzanne-gamble-memorial-service-386262
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare Center, the Zimmer Cancer Center or the blood bank or hospice of your choice.
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John A. Townsend, 83, formerly of Washington and Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania, died Friday, October
15, 2021, after suffering a fall and brain hemorrhage in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born July 27, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of three sons of Albert McMillan Townsend and
Margaret Miller Townsend.
Townsend was a 1956 graduate of Marietta High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960
from the College of Wooster where he was President of his Senior Class. He earned a Masters degree in
Business from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and started at the University of Virginia
for his Juris Doctorate. However, he wanted to train horses so he transferred to the University of
Pittsburgh where he graduated in 1965.
Townsend was a long-time lawyer in Washington County in the firm McIlvaine, Allison &Townsend and a
former Assistant District Attorney under Harold Fergus before becoming President and General Manager
of The Meadows Race Track. He retired from The Meadows to focus on raising, breeding and racing
Standardbred harness horses on Rising Wind Farm in Meadow Lands and Bancroft Farm in Avella. During
this time, he bred or campaigned several outstanding pacers, trotters and champions including Esquire
Spur, Roydon Lad, Angela Ty, Land Fire, and Stubby B. Townsend was a voracious reader, typically consuming three or four books per week and generously
sharing his notes and copies of books with friends. He was active in supporting Meadowcroft Village
which was founded by his uncles, Hall of Fame Horseman Delvin G. Miller of Meadow Lands and Albert
Miller of Avella. When a resident of Washington, he could often be found at Jake’s Newsstand, picking
up dinner at Pizza with a German Twist, or working out and regaling others with stories of great
Americans and novels at the Cameron Wellness Center. He was a lifelong Democrat and active in Robert
Kennedy’s and Barack Obama’s campaigns for U.S. President, as well as his son Bill’s 1992 Republican
campaign for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 20th District.
Townsend was a great supporter of the EB White Society of Avella. He met John Mattox who was the
Owner and Director of the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio and was instrumental in
writing to the President of Ohio University in order to get an Honorary Degree for Dr. John Mattox for
his lifelong work in preserving the Underground Railroad in Ohio. He was previously married to Miss America 1963, Jacquelyn Mayer Townsend. They have two children,
Bill Townsend (Katrina) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kelly Townsend Cook (Kenneth) of Ozark, Missouri,
and five grandchildren, Colton Townsend, Pierce Townsend, Daryn Rostic, Alayna Rostic, and Samuel
Rostic. He is survived by a brother, Alden Townsend (Ann). A younger brother, Timothy Townsend (Janice), is previously deceased. A memorial service is planned for spring 2022.
Marty Lattman, head coach of Morgan’s club team, shares the same attitude toward Morgan preserving and continuing to fill the big shoes the team of the 1970s left behind.
Lattman’s experience with collegiate lacrosse spans over five decades as he played against Morgan in the 1970s while attending Wooster University in Wooster, Ohio.
Lattman’s goals for the team align with Johnson’s. Both want to preserve the history lacrosse had on Morgan’s campus, but they also want for the team to gain exposure and compete like they once did.
Lattman also desires to see his players get “to have access to athletic facilities” and have the same amenities as all the other sports teams at Morgan.
Thomas “Tom” John Henderson, 69, of Washington DC, was welcomed into heaven on Sunday, October 3, 2021. He was born on June 2, 1952, in Greentree, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh) to the Rev. J. Hubert Henderson and Eleanor (Allen) Henderson. After graduating from Keystone Oaks High School, he attended the College of Wooster, earning a Bachelor of Arts before attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, he witnessed an abuse of power by a police officer during a protest and was arrested after asking for the officer’s badge number. The charges were subsequently dropped when the officer didn’t show up at trial. From that impactful moment on, Tom continued to be a life-long champion of civil rights, equality, and justice for all. After earning his Juris Doctor in 1977, he was hired by Neighborhood Legal Services of Pittsburgh, where he worked for six years providing assistance to those facing and fighting housing discrimination. He next founded the Law Offices of Thomas J. Henderson in 1983 to continue pursuing his commitment to civil rights, justice, and equality, during which time he also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 1990, Tom became Chief Counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC. While at the Lawyers’ Committee, he litigated numerous cases on education, environmental justice, voting rights, employment, and housing discrimination. He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and wrote more than 50 briefs for the Court in other cases. He also argued cases before state level supreme courts and before the federal level appellate courts. Tom testified before House and Senate committees of the U.S. Congress on matters of federal housing policy, briefed members of Congress on public policy and supporting legislation, and even advised White House staff on policy positions. In 2008, Tom rekindled his private practice, rebranded as the Henderson Law Firm, while concurrently serving as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Sanford Heisler Law Firm in Washington, DC. Here he once again worked tirelessly and fearlessly on civil rights, consumer, and employment-discrimination cases. After many years as part of the civil rights community, he naturally found himself in mentorship positions to others. Graciously offering advice, wisdom, and assistance, many of his friends and colleagues fondly remember Tom for how generous he always was with his time and expertise. In short, Tom was an attorney par excellence, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and its nuances. He lived as he worked, carrying a strong moral vision, true integrity, and a passion for justice. He accomplished much in his life but was never one to grandstand – always humble, authentic, and compassionate. Tom’s dynamic career in the law was balanced by his interests in the arts and farming. He enjoyed the museums and theaters near Washington, DC, just as he did the fields of West Virginia and Ohio. He supported budding artists, playwrights, and actors as their careers developed, in addition to spending time with fellow farmers in the fields bailing hay and tending to cattle. He enjoyed creating artwork himself, finding peace and relaxation through watercolors and sketching, with ambition to one day meld works of iron. Tom, above all, loved his family. He came from a strong, close-knit family and made it a priority to be with them as much as possible. He was naturally the central figure in family gatherings, with a unique ability to make everyone laugh at themselves through his legendary, sharp wit – sharp in that it was smart and wise with a playful bite. At the center of his life were his children: Randy, Teisha and Bryce-Edward. He loved being with them, treasured the deep conversations they had, and rarely passed up an opportunity to challenge them to become better versions of themselves. Tom also cherished spending time and talking with his siblings and their spouses, Robert (Susan), Marjorie (Edward), and Richard (Sheila), always showing genuine concern for what was happening in their lives.
Tom is survived by his aforementioned children, Randall Henderson of Washington, DC, Teisha Weatherly of Los Angeles, CA, Bryce-Edward Weatherly of Seattle, WA; his brothers and sister, Robert Henderson of Wadsworth, OH, Marjorie Johnston of Mount Lebanon, PA, Richard Henderson of South Lyon, MI; his nieces and nephews, Robert (Kathy) Henderson, James (Beth) Henderson, Jennifer (Philip) Sabes, Jonathan (Darlene) Henderson, Amy (Matthew) Keller and James Johnston; along with great-nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Hubert and Eleanor Henderson, and his former wife, Shirley Ann Henderson. The family will be holding a private memorial service next summer in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) in Tom’s honor. PRRAC is a civil rights law and policy organization based in Washington, DC. An organization that embodies the work that Tom dedicated his life to.
Thomas John Henderson Online Memorial: https://www.forevermissed.com/thomas-john-henderson/about
William L. Morris, 92
Birmingham, AL – William L. Morris, 92, formerly of Poland, OH, passed away on Friday evening, October 15, 2021, at his home in Birmingham, AL.
William, known by his family as “Bill,” was born February 22, 1929 in Langeloth, PA, the son of the late William and Frances (Roper) Morris.
He attended The College of Wooster in OH, graduated from Grove City College in PA, and later from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s in Business Administration.
Bill served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict.
He retired as Vice President of Industrial Relations for Universal Rundle, New Castle, PA, enjoying a 30-year career as a human relations professional.
Bill was a member of SCORE, a volunteer CASA advocate, a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State football teams, and enjoyed playing weekly penny poker with his buddies from his retirement community.
He was a devoted husband to his wife, Elva, for 45 years and a loving father who faithfully provided for his family. He delighted in his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He showed great interest in each one and was always ready with a word of encouragement or advice when needed. He freely dispensed business counsel that had a profound effect on many and positively shaped careers, including those of his children and grandchildren.
Outgoing and friendly, Bill never passed someone without a warm hello and was kind to everyone. He regularly expressed gratitude for all he had, crediting the good Lord for his blessings, and others always knew that he appreciated them.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Susan (Newt) Crenshaw of Colorado Springs, CO, Linda (Marc) Miles of Birmingham, AL, and Hank (Sara) Morris of Poland, OH; eleven grandchildren, Drew (Mindy) Crenshaw, Zach (Elizabeth) Crenshaw, Luke Crenshaw, Jensen Crenshaw, Katie (Chris) Osterlund, Emily (Stephen) Chestnut, Abbey Miles, Bennett Miles, Cole Morris, Hope Morris, and Grace Morris; three great-grandchildren; in addition to many friends, his physicians, and the staff at Danberry Retirement Home in AL, where he lived for 13 years.
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, the former Elva L. Morris, who died on April 27, 2006.
Family and friends may call on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main Street in Poland. There will be a funeral service celebrating Bill’s life at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with his son-in-law, Newt Crenshaw, officiating. Interment will follow in the Poland Riverside Cemetery, Poland with full military honors with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ellsworth V.F.W.
The family requests that material tributes can take the form of contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Bill.
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Thomas R. Justice, age 86, of Damariscotta, Maine passed away peacefully of natural causes on October 15, 2021, with family by his side at Durgin Pines nursing home in Kittery, Maine.
“I love my life, my friends and family” he was known to say and certainly lived that way. Born in 1935 in Niagara Falls, NY to parents Arlene and Thomas Justice, Tom and sister Nan grew up in a lively neighborhood, embraced by grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. He was an avid athlete, co-captained high school basketball and football teams, was named All American and enjoyed making “moves that would dazzle you.” An eager and enthusiastic learner, he became the president of the Niagara Falls High School honor society, attended Princeton University, received his BA from the College of Wooster, attended Augustana Theological Seminary, and ultimately earned his MA from Boston University in English Literature.
After marrying his college sweetheart, Marilyn Brown, they moved to Wolfeboro, NH to raise three children: David, Ann, and Jane. There he taught high school English, coached basketball and football until his career took them to the land of his forefathers, England. In England their fourth child, Ian, was born as Tom worked for EDC (Education Development Center), studying the British open classroom educational system. Returning to the States, he completed his career in Waltham MA with a fourteen year stint teaching elementary school. At that time, his second wife Carol Justice took him to the tranquil setting of Dunstable, MA; a stepping stone to relocating to the region of dreamy coastal Lincoln County, ME. Those who knew him best remember his wild side that cooked up quirky ideas, like riding a toboggan down a hillside while sitting in a rocking chair. They also remember his sensitive, innocent side that marveled at the migration of monarch butterflies or stood in awe of the canopy of brilliant stars bedecked in the night sky.
Tom was a nature enthusiast at heart, stayed fit by leading an active lifestyle, owned a landscaping company, played pick-up basketball, and ran the Boston Marathon. He was inducted into both the Niagara Falls High School and The College of Wooster Athletic Halls of Fame. He enjoyed sailing on Lake Champlain with friends, canoeing in the Allagash region with family, and hiking any mountain with a view. His favorite pastime was fly-fishing with his sons in the Maine woods and hearing loons call or the white throated sparrow’s clear song ringing out on a still day. He loved classical and folk music, often playing guitar and singing with friends. After retiring and relocating to Nobleboro, ME, he sang with the Hearts Forever Young community and with the Damariscotta UU church choir.
He was especially known for his charisma, lively discussions and love of conversation, taking time to share a drink at the pub, meet friends for coffee or savor lunch at the Inn Along the Way. He enjoyed companionship and had a knack for keeping life-long friends, such as Conrad Putzig, Bob Reber, Charlie Doherty, and Kay Demmon. His adventuresome but thrifty spirit led him on a journey to Normandy France in his early seventies, where he stayed in youth hostels and delved into historic sites. He always felt lucky in life and liked helping others, be it delivering a meal, laughing heartily together, donating to charities, or driving –at age 82– the elderly to appointments. After fifty years, he reunited with college classmate Alice (Kris) Cunningham on the dance floor and spent the next ten years dividing winters and summers between Austin, TX and Maine. The bond that unfolded between Tom and Kris was like a fairy tale, an epic love-story, bringing out the best in both. Up until the age of 84, he still had spunk to play pick-up basketball with his buddies at the Damariscotta YMCA, but the lure of dancing would get him up and out of bed in his final days.
Tom is survived by his four children: David Justice of Durham, NH; Ann Justice, her husband Paul Graham, of Saint Louis, MO; Jane Justice, her husband Ian Owens, of Essex, MA; and Ian Justice, his wife Dinora, of Newton, MA; two grandchildren: Johnny Owens and Arvo Justice.
A memorial service will be held in March 2022 at the Inn Along the Way, Damariscotta. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a contribution to the Inn Along the Way: P.O. Box 113 Damariscotta, Maine 04543 www.innalongtheway.org Phone: (207) 751-6261. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
James Earl Hughes
HUGHES, James Earl, 90, of Richmond, Virginia, departed this earth on September 12, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents, Col. Clayton Earl and Martha Hipp Hughes; and his beloved wife of 56 years, Dr. Carol Caswell Hughes. Jim is survived by his daughter, Susan Hughes Grymes, her husband, Stokes Grymes, their sons, William Atkinson, Jim Atkinson, Tommy Grymes and Alex Grymes and Alex’s wife and daughter, Meg and Palmer Grymes; Jim’s daughter, Barbara Hughes Earp, her husband, Ray Earp, their sons, Raven and Malachi Earp, their daughter, Melissa Thomas and her husband, Chris Thomas; and “honorary daughter,” Gloria Crook, her children, Hank Crook, Regina Clarke and Sophia Clarke and their families. Jim is also survived by his best friend, Mildred Privott, who entered his life and brought so much happiness when joy seemed improbable.
The only child of a military family, Jim was born at Schofield Air Force Base in Hawaii on March 16, 1931. He moved frequently during his youth, living in at least 15 states before graduating from high school in 1951. From the age of 10, Jim attended numerous military boarding academies. Jim first discovered Richmond during the summer of 1945 when his father was stationed at the Byrd Airfield Base, training fighter pilots and overseeing the closing of the military base at the end of WWII. Jim contracted polio during junior high school, while living at Fort Crook in Nebraska, but was lucky to remain largely unaffected by the disease until much later in life.
Jim first joined the military during high school as a member of the Army Reserves in Montgomery, Alabama so he could fly planes with his father. He worked in Greenland during the summer before college as a shipping clerk, then attended a year of college at Wooster in Ohio in 1951. He worked for the military in Newfoundland, rebuilding runways and auditing equipment at the Stevensville Air Force Base. Jim later joined a second branch of the military, this time the Marines. He completed boot camp at Paris Island in South Carolina and combat photography school in Pensacola, Florida. He was honorably discharged from the Marines several years later to attend college under the G.I. Bill.
Jim met his wife, Carol, while attending George Washington University. During college, Jim continued to serve his country by joining yet a third branch of military, this time the Air Force Reserves. Following graduation from George Washington, Jim and Carol married and moved to New Hampshire, where Jim attended the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. Jim and Carol settled down in Richmond, Virginia, following the birth of their first child. Once in Richmond, Jim again joined the military, this time serving in the Virginia Air National Guard. Jim received a master’s in commerce from the University of Richmond and worked as an auditor at the Bank of Virginia. He was later employed as Vice President and General Auditor at Southern Bank, where he worked for 18 years. Jim finally retired following yet another 18 years of service as the Senior Internal Auditor with E.R. Carpenter & Company.
Throughout his adult life, Jim valued service to his community and teaching young people. He served on the Henrico Industrial Development Authority, including a position as Chairman, before resigning in 1979 after moving to Ashland. While in Ashland, Jim served in a similar capacity in Hanover County for a number of years. Jim taught courses for the American Institute of Banking in several locations across the country and taught night classes in accounting at Randolph-Macon College and at Fort Lee.
Jim was a devoted family man. Having lived all over the country, he truly appreciated the roots he and Carol established at their home in Ashland, where they remained for 30 years before ultimately retiring to Westminster Canterbury in 2009. Jim was an avid music lover. He particularly enjoyed “dark” classical ensembles, which would often be heard emanating loudly from his home study. Jim loved photography, capturing images whenever and wherever he went throughout his entire lifetime. A history major at George Washington, Jim retained a keen interest in history, reading historical books during his leisure hours whenever possible. He loved overly healthy salads, chocolate milkshakes and hard candies. He was easy to please and hard to ruffle, a gentleman in every respect and a prince among men. He valued character over pomp and was impressed by service more than by means. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A graveside service will be held in Hollywood Cemetery on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. in the Spiritual Center at Westminster Canterbury. Masks will be required at this service. The family requests that all guests for the memorial service be vaccinated to ensure the safety of the residents and staff of the Westminster Canterbury community. The family would particularly like to express our deepest appreciation to the entire staff of the first floor of Parson’s Healthcare for taking such good care of our father during his final years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Westminster Canterbury Foundation.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Oct. 17, 2021.
- Jill Currie Reeves, class of 1984 and parent of Gordon Reeves, a senior at Wooster, and Susannah (Brown) Schiller, also class of 1984, recently downsized and moved to a 55 and over community in Urbana, Maryland. It wasn’t until after Jill and Susannah attended a few book club meetings that they realized not only had they both gone to the College of Wooster, they lived in Douglass Hall the same year and graduated in 1984! Now they are “neighbors again,” having fun doing activities together in the area! Susannah’s husband, Scott Schiller, class of 1982, also joins in for pickleball.
Mortenson, Frederic Joseph (Joe) Phd
September 30, 1941 – July 13, 2021
Joe was born in Englewood, New Jersey and passed away at his home in Bodega, California with his wife,
Hazel, by his side.
He leaves behind his son Leif, twins from a previous marriage (Ben and Kisa), sibling River, nephews and
nieces, cousins Karel and Ellen, grandchildren and other extended family, as well as many friends and
Joe received his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan, starting his animal
studies with electric fish. He then taught at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent University and
conducted field studies on birds and skates in Nova Scotia. While there, he visited Sable Island and
observed seals, developing a life-long passion for pinnipeds (i.e., seals and sea lions).
Joe moved to California where he lived on a communal sheep ranch in Bodega. There he met and
married Hazel. For a time, he worked in San Francisco’s Presidio with the Gulf of the Farallons National
Marine Sanctuary. He worked with Stewarts of the Coast and Red Woods where he trained volunteers to
observe harbor seals and protect them during pupping season. He also worked with the Fort Ross
Conservancy on a project he initiated to train volunteers to observe the Steller and California Sea Lions
at Fort Ross using telescopes and binoculars. Both of these projects led to the creation of longitudinal
data bases about these populations which Joe analyzed, and continue to be used to protect these
threatened species to this day.
Joe wrote Animal Behavior: Theory and Research, Whale Songs and Wasp Nests: The Mystery of Animal
Thinking and co-wrote the Field Guild to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast with Sarah Allen and
Sophie Webb, which is a natural history guide put out by University of California.
Joe was a life-long learner who shared his passions with family, friends, and students. He was a fixture
on the coastal headlands where he could be found watching seals and sea lions on Seal Rock from his
perch on Bodega Head and ripping out invasive ice plant. He loved biking around Sebastopol in search of
yard sale treasures; hiking the sheep filled meadows on the ranch; writing in his 8×10 ft iShack;
researching in local libraries; and wandering among the red wood trees. He had a great sense of a
humor and a belly laugh that could fill a room. He cared deeply for the earth, its flora and fauna and his
Please consider Joe’s legacy and make a donation to a charity that celebrates his passions, such as the
Stewarts of the Coast and Red Woods or the Memorial Hospice which helped care for Joe at home
Niles K. Reimer
|Niles Kinney Reimer passed peacefully into heaven and met his Lord Jesus Christ on December 21, 2019 with his son and grandson at his side, at Bonell Community Nursing home, Greeley, Colorado at age 92. Niles is survived by his children, Mark (Marcie) Reimer, their children, Luke, Joel (Lexi), and Melanie; Martha (Craig) Allan, their children Katie and Mark, Becky (Rollie) Trapp and their children Ben (Megan Barnes, fiancée), Jake, and Ellen. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane Washburn. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann (Dickason) Reimer and his youngest daughter, Beth (Elizabeth). Niles was born in Holyoke, Colorado to Charles and Helen (Kinney) Reimer on June 17, 1927 and grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado. After graduating from high school, he served in the Merchant Marine as a radio officer at the end of World War II, and during that time he committed his life to following Jesus Christ. He attended Wooster College, Ohio, where he met his life partner, Ann, and married her in 1953 after graduating from college. He attended Princeton Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained in Ft. Collins in 1955. He and Ann traveled to Ethiopia in 1955 to begin serving with the Presbyterian church (PCUSA) in Southwestern Ethiopia with the Anywaa people. Niles developed a deep love of the Anywaa people and spent the rest of his life in service to them and to sharing the message of Jesus Christ. He worked as an evangelist, in church planting, pastor training, and Bible translation. He had the joyful experience of being part of the translation team that completed a translation of the Bible into the Anywaa language in 2013. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in language development from Mekane Yesus Seminary in 2009. Niles was generous with others, a rigorous thinker who was widely read and informed, and excelled at reaching out to others to help or connect with their lives in meaningful ways. He loved to talk and tell stories, had a great enjoyment of life and laughter, and he threw himself into serving Jesus Christ and others all his life. His personal discipline and dependence on God, along with the care of his dedicated wife, enabled him to achieve many things while managing Type 1 diabetes and impaired vision. He always loved music, particularly hymns, classical, and spirituals, had a clear tenor voice, and played the trumpet. In his last years, he loved attending both Cornerstone Community Church and the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, and had a wide circle of friends from both churches who helped support his deep desire to remain living independently in his home as long as possible. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2019 at the Cornerstone Community Church, 1321 9th Avenue in Greeley, Colorado. Memorials may be sent to Niles Reimer Memorial-Gambela Church Project, Cornerstone Community Church, 1321 9th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631, to support construction of an expansion of the Anywaa church in Gambela, Ethiopia. The family would like to thank the many friends in Greeley who supported Niles: The Keefer family, his Monday prayer group including Paul Leavitt, Pastor Mike Fitzsimmons, who was a constant guide and help, Lila and John Trull, his neighborhood friends, Good Samaritan Services, Pathways Hospice, the church communities of Cornerstone Community Church and the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, and the loving staff at Bonell Nursing Home, who cared for Niles in his last days. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Niles Kinney Reimer please visit our Sympathy Store.|
Glenn D. Meier
|Mountain View, California – Glenn D. Meier, age 80, of Mountain View passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, after battling prostate cancer. Glenn was born on September 29, 1939, in Wayne County, Ohio, and was the son of Glenn E. and Edith (Schnell) Meier. He is survived by daughters Denise (Collin) Klepfer of Berthoud, Colorado and Janine (Michael) McCurdy of San Jose, California and son Aaron (Beth) Meier of San Jose, California. He had five grandchildren Amanda, Alicia, Jennifer, Alec and Ben and two great-grandchildren Wesley and Lucas. A brother Charles Meier of Arizona and sisters Virginia John of Federated States of Micronesia, Rosemary Franceschini of Oregon and Kathy Miller of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen and daughter Rachel, a sister, Jane Elizabeth and a brother, James Lee. Glenn was a 1957 graduate of Dalton (Ohio) High School, where he was enrolled in the Vo-Ag program and was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Glenn and Gwen relocated to California in the 1960’s with their two young daughters. A daughter and son were added to the family in California. He worked for 40 years as a computer programmer in multiple industries such as the City of Mountain View, Glorietta Foods, and Hewlett Packard to name a few. He was a dedicated donor of whole blood over his lifetime. Baseball was one of the things Glenn loved, particularly his Oakland A’s. Glenn was a person who touched everyone he met. He was known for his kindness, generosity, honesty and work ethic. He will be greatly missed by many people. Contributions can be made in Glenn’s honor to the American Cancer Society.|
|John Warren was the Floyd family historian, often bringing large envelopes of newspaper clippings to holiday gatherings. He could trace his Floyd ancestors back nine generations to County Donegal in Ireland. A longtime resident of Ben Avon, he lived in a house built in 1901 by his grandfather. For decades, he helped assemble the Hunter Clan for reunions on the grounds of the Deer Creek United Presbyterian Church. Mr. Warren, 71, died unexpectedly on August 21, after a brief illness. The son of the late Dorothy Floyd Warren and Charles Bradley Warren. He is survived by his sister, Charlotte W. Marson; and nieces, Laura Marson and Joanna Marson, all of Charleston, South Carolina; as well as longtime companion, Anita Reed of Ben Avon. A soft-spoken man, he was active with Community Presbyterian Church in Ben Avon, Amnesty International and various environmental organizations. John brought a passion for helping others and making the world a better place to those and many other works. He attended the College of Wooster and graduated from Duquesne University. As a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he performed national service for two years at a children’s home in Philadelphia. He then taught elementary school for seven years before transitioning to a career in information technology. John was a well-read man who enjoyed Pirates baseball and walks through historic sites such as Allegheny Cemetery. He loved to organize outings with his cousins, Peter Burk of O’Hara Twp. and Steve Kaufman of Castle Shannon; these trips usually ended with a visit to a nearby microbrewery. Mr. Warren was buried in the family plot at Deer Creek cemetery. Charitable contributions in his memory may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church, 7501 Church Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Arrangements entrusted to McDONALD-LINN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE. Memorial Service, Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, August 7, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Please wear a mask. Published on August 1, 2021|
Richard L. Van Deusen
|Mystic – The Rev. Richard Lorenz Van Deusen, 96, of Mystic died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at Apple Rehab in Mystic. He was born May 1, 1925, in China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, the Rev. Courtland C. and Mary (Lorenz) Van Deusen. He grew up in Tsingtao (now Qingdao), China. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts in 1943. Richard served in the 397th Infantry in World War II. He was on the front line in northern France for 70 days, was captured with the whole F Company, and spent 97 days as a POW in Germany. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio in 1949, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey in 1952. He was ordained a Presbyterian Minister in Columbus, Ohio in 1952. Richard served in pastorates in Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. He was the organizing pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Groton and was pastor there from 1962 to 1972. He retired to the Mystic area in 1990 where he remained active in church and community service. He served as guest pastor to area churches, served on committees of Presbytery, was a volunteer at Mystic Seaport for twelve years, and was an active member in Rotary Club of Mystic (a past president). He was an avid sailor, tennis player, and chess player. He loved to travel, especially to China. He returned there five times with tour groups. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia V. Bumps and her husband Don of Dowelltown, Tenn.; his son, David P. Van Deusen and his wife Barbara of South Windsor; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife of 52 years, Alayne Palmer Van Deusen; by his second wife of 16 years, Lois Teft Van Deusen; and by his son Richard L. Van Deusen Jr. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, with a reception to follow at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 310 Fort Hill Road, Groton. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church or Apple Rehab, 28 Broadway, Mystic, CT 06355. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home in South Windsor is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com. To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by The Day on Jul. 20, 2021.|
Lawrence D. Rupp
|Lawrence Rupp, ’58. Our second Korea-era MAW member is Larry Rupp of New London, New Hampshire. Larry was born and raised in Wauseon, Ohio and graduated from high school there in 1951. Faced with the prospect of being drafted by the Army for the Korean War, Larry sought to control his destiny and joined the Coast Guard soon after graduation. Following boot camp in Alameda, California, Larry was assigned to sea duty out of Sand Island Coast Guard Station in Honolulu. He served as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class aboard the USCGC Ironwood (WLB-297NRPN), a buoy tender serving in what was then known as the “Pacific forward operating area.” This vast territory included outlying areas in the Pacific, many of which were still occupied by the U.S. as a result of WWII, including Okinawa, the Caroline Islands, and Guam. The ship’s primary mission was to remove, rehabilitate, and replace buoys in various ports. Larry also spent four months in Yokosuka, Japan while the Ironwood was being repaired. Following his tour in the Pacific, Larry was transferred to Woods Hole Coast Guard Station on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While there, he began to think about college and a local woman recommended that he consider the College of Wooster. After his discharge, he enrolled at Wooster in the fall of 1954. Larry majored in History. During this time, the College required attendance at four mornings a week “Chapel Talks.” In 1957 or 58, Larry attended a Chapel Talk that featured an expert on environmental issues and the problems associated with overpopulation and Peak Oil. The discussion struck a chord with Larry, sparking a lifelong interest in population and environmental issues. While at Wooster, he purchased and sold 250 copies of a book, published by the Medical Research Press, called “Sex Without Fear,” which discussed birth control, a slightly subversive activity at that time. The copy he donated to the Library appeared in the catalogue, but never showed up on the shelf. Following graduation in 1958, Larry studied theology and sociology/psychology and graduated from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In particular, he focused on issues associated with the intersection between science and faith. After five years of a combination of parish work and and graduate study at Boston U. School of Theology, and another five years of teaching college Sociology, Larry pursued a career in public health with a rewarding 23-year career with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He spent 10 years involved in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and another 13 years building a Trauma System for eight hospitals and fifty percent of NH population, and upgrading training for every level of EMS from First Responders through Advanced Trauma Life support for Surgeons. Larry retired in 1993 and has kept busy as an activist on population stabilization, reproductive rights, and immigration issues. He also taught classes on Population and the Environment at the local branch of the University of New Hampshire. Hi Pete, I see the Spring MAW Newsletter featured Glenn Cronin, and it has rung a bell with me. During my Soph. Year at W. I lived off campus in a private upper floor residence. In a room across the hall lived another student, who I saw very little of, except to say HI as we passed in the hall/stairway. I kept my nose to the grindstone that year, and one semester got all grades in the A category, and I was also Dating . Glen, a year ahead of me, I think seemed also to be hard working/studying, with his door seldom open. Also, If you are still thinking of publishing info about me, there is a way to add some Korean/Mash related information. The Korean MASH concept of quickly identifying and rapidly transporting the severely injured to a specialized unit/hospital that could immediately provide definitive surgical care (The Golden Hour) in order to save many lives, had never been implemented in the civilian world prior to1980. The problem was civilian hospitals were competing “for profit” entities, and the standing order to ambulances was “Take the Injured Patient to the Nearest Hospital”, where many/most died for lack of Golden Hour surgical care. There were very few Emergency Room Specialists at that time. The ERs were mostly staffed by all the MDs in the hospital taking turns being the “ER Doc”. In 1980 there were only two Trauma Centers in the US, one in Chicago, and one in Maryland. The surgeon in charge of the Chicago Trauma Center was placed in charge of a Federal Program, with $$$. He came to NH Public Health, Emergency Medical Services and said IF they would designate a Level 2 Trauma Center in Manchester, and one in Nashua, between competing Protestant/RC hospitals in each city, he would provide a million dollars to NH to upgrade training at every level of Emergency Medical Services. A million $ may not sound like much today, but for NH EMS in 1980 it as a LOT of money. NH Public Health/EMS accepted the offer, created a Region Two Council of twenty eight persons from the Eight Hospitals/Ambulance Services/RedCross/ETC. from the Region, which was the southern populous part of the State with eight hospitals that served fifty percent of the state population. They devised a process and designated the Protestant Hospital in Manchester and the RC Hospital in Nashua as Level II Trauma Centers. Crucial to the selection was the hospital TRUE level of interest and the willingness of Surgeons to answer the call to come at all hours when needed (Workable Field Triage Protocols were yet to be created!). It was at this point that I was transferred from my work in the Program on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, to the position of Regional Coordinator for Region Two, to implement this grant program. My primary duties were as Executive Secretary to the 28 person Regional Council and its Committees, and to administer the funds for upgrading training for every level from EMS First Responder to the Advanced Trauma Life Support course for Surgeons/ER Docs. Along the way, about 1985, before the small compact defibrillators we know today were available, I also made the arrangement for the first public use of an automated defibrillator In NH. But that’s another story. Larry in New London NH|
Edward F. Willey
|Edward Frank (Ned) Willey 85, passed away at his Maple Knoll home in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, July 23, 2021. Edward was a loving husband to Janet Barto Willey for 62 years. He was a wonderful father to David E. Willey (Allison) of Sebring, Florida, and Wendy W. Shoger (Kris) of Cincinnati, Ohio. He cherished his grandchildren Alexis, Cameron, Landon, Karsen, and Marika, and was awaiting the arrival of his first great-granddaughter in January. He is survived by his brother, Larry Willey (Joan). His accomplishments were many. Ned was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Defiance for 73 years. He served as a Deacon, Elder and Clerk of Session for many years and taught senior high Sunday School. He traveled to Mexico on a mission trip to help build a church in a remote area of Mexico. Ned graduated from Defiance High School (1954), pre-dental education at the College of Wooster (1956) and University of Michigan School of Dentistry (1960). Ned practiced dentistry for 41 years in Defiance, Ohio. He was a second-generation dentist practicing for 25 years with his father, Edward P. Willey, D.D.S. Dr. Ned taught a generation of children in Defiance to swim at Kingsbury Pool. He continued to be the Red Cross Supervisor for swimming certification for many years. Dr. Willey was a past president of Maumee Valley Dental Society, Ohio Academy of Practice Administration, Defiance Kiwanis Club. He was the first president of the Defiance YMCA. His greatest joy was participating in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He and Janet enjoyed traveling, golfing and sailing with close friends, and the University of Michigan athletics. He and Janet relocated to Cincinnati in 2008 and he thoroughly loved his carefree life and new community of friends at Maple Knoll Village. Dr. Edward Frank Willey left a legacy of excellence in spiritual life and family life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Queen City Hospice or Maple Knoll Communities.|
Scott R. Culler
|Congratulations to Scott Culler who was named the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2021 Award for Creative Invention! This award recognizes the work of a single inventor for the successful application of research in chemistry and/or chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people. Scott’s innovation on 3M abrasive products was the basis of the award. The award will be presented at the ACS meeting in Atlanta this fall. Scott and Susie Estill’s daughter Katrina will graduate from Wooster this year.|
David C. Searfoss
|Searfoss, David Charles, 80, died on Thursday March 19, 2015 with his family by his side. He was born on August 6, 1934 in Doylestown, PA, where his father was a Presbyterian minister. David Charles was also a minister in The United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church USA. He was minister at Calvin Presbyterian in Louisville for 25 years. David was a joyful man and a faithful servant of the Lord. He is preceded in death by his parents, David Arthur Searfoss and Loraine Tallakson Searfoss. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Muriel Lawley Searfoss, and their five children: Kristin, Sarah Searfoss Paddon (Jonathon), Anna Searfoss Kammerer (Scott), David Paul Searfoss (Amy), and Rebecca Searfoss; and six grandchildren, Emily, Kristin, Jacob, David, Nathaniel and Lucy. The visitation will be on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane. The funeral service will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Episcopal Church Home Chapel, 7504 Westport Rd. “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to His Holy Name. For His anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5|
Samuel W. Sisko
|On January 8, 2021, at 12:20 a.m., Samuel Willaman Siskowic of San Diego, California, entered the gates of Heaven free from pain and life’s struggles, to be reunited with his precious parents, his big brother, John, and his beloved son, Danny.Sam’s life began on September 7, 1933, in Struthers, Ohio, the second son born to John and Martha Willaman Siskowic. He attended St. Nicholas Elementary School and was a 1951 graduate of Struthers High School, where he excelled in football and is in the Struthers HS Athletic Hall of Fame. Sam was an outstanding student and was Salutatorian of his graduating class. He missed being Valedictorian because of the only “B” he got in high school, given to him by his U.S. Government teacher, Mr. Siskowic, his father!He continued his education at the College of Wooster, where his father and older brother had attended, and his two younger brothers would eventually also attend. While at Wooster, he played football and was an All-Ohio Conference linebacker for three years.Upon his college graduation in 1955, he joined the United States Marine Corps and reported to Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, CA, as a 2nd Lieutenant. After becoming Captain and fulfilling his duties, he left the service and was employed by Standard Oil of Ohio, and later as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He then worked for the City of San Diego until he retired in 2000.He was Catholic by faith and a devoted husband to his wife, Polly Faubel Siskowic, whom he married in April 1989. In addition to Polly, he is survived by son Steve (Caroline) Siskowic of Texas; daughter Dawn Siskowic of Santee, CA; stepdaughters Renee Andrade and Maureen Judish; stepsons Tim Faubel, Peter Faubel and daughter-in-law Liz Siskowic, all of San Diego; brothers Dave Siskowic of Colorado and Paul (Cheryl) Siskowic of Ohio; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John, and son, Dan.At Sam’s request there will be no service. Donations in Sam’s name may be made to the Cancer Society. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2021.|
Brian E. Stevens
|WOOSTER – Brian E. Stevens, 69, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Wooster Community Hospital. He was born August 19, 1950 in Mineola, NY, the son of Robert Edwin and Sybil Strickland Stevens. Brian was a 1972 graduate of the College of Wooster and was a beloved high school Social Studies teacher at Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio from 1972-2003 where he served as Head Boys Soccer Coach from 1987-2004 with an overall record of 349-65-50. His coaching awards included National Soccer Coaches Association National High School Coach of the year in 1995, 3 time Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the year, he was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002 and College of Wooster Barrett Coach of the year in 2001. He served as President and Executive Director of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Brian is survived by his children Tyler (Amy) Stevens of Louisville, Kentucky and Kathleen (Joe) Prudell of Corvallis, Oregon; grandchildren Liam Stevens and Ronan Purdell; siblings Christine (Jeff) Cornelius of Kay Largo, Florida and Robin Gigax of Wooster; nieces Debbie Danforth and Dale Young, and nephews Brian and Travis Gigax. He was preceded in death by his parents and long-time companion, Marilyn “Mimi” Tissot Berman. Private family services will be held at a later date. McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.|
Joseph R. Durham
|Joseph R. Durham has been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Environmental Law)|
Brian L. Heater
|I received this great news from Mauve Kinch ’77 and Brian Heater ’77, “We still live in Gainesville, VA just outside of Washington DC. We love the cultural offerings available to us, including a recent concert at the Kennedy Center by a Chicago jazz group conducted by our classmate Steed Cowart ’77. Great time to catch up and tell lies! We also recently drove out to Wooster for the 25th anniversary concert by Brian Dykstra and Thomas Wood. Brian is continuing to teach Technology Education at the middle school level and Mauve is staying way too busy as a retiree. We travel pretty much every summer with Germany three summers ago, Scotland last summer, including a stop at Dunvegan Castle, the seat of Clan McCloud and England this coming summer.”|
Robert L. Hoffee
|Wooster – In the early hours of May 12, 2021, Robert Lee (Bob) Hoffee broke free of the bondages of Multiple Sclerosis and joyfully ran through the Gates of Heaven to meet his Savior. Bob was born March 19, 1949 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, to Robert Griffin and Lauretta Haegle Hoffee. On March 30, 1975, Bob married Linda Windsor. She survives. Bob is also survived by two sons, Robert (Kelly) Hoffee of Millersburg and William (Rachel) Hoffee of Wooster; Five grandchildren, Toren Hoffee, Marris Hoffee, Sloane Hoffee, Maxwell Kane and Jacob Kane; His sister Vickie Hoffee; niece Valerie (Bruce) Scott; and great niece Katelyn Scott, all from Illinois. Bob will be missed by his much loved canine companions Ainsley and Aiden. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Marcus Keener. Bob was raised in Fairfield, Illinois and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1967. Shortly after graduation Bob joined the Navy, serving as a Fire Technician on the Guided Missile Cruiser Chicago CG11. After serving, Bob worked for Birdwell Oilfield Services as a logging Engineer and Sales Representative until retirement. After retirement, Bob enrolled at The College of Wooster, graduating in 1991 with a degree in Geology. Bob enjoyed playing cards online, listening to books on tape and viewing services from his church. Services will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with Pastor Doug Gray officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Cremation will follow and private interment will be at a later date. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Rd., Cleveland, OH 44131 in hopes that there will soon be a cure for this debilitating disease. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com. Published on May 13, 2021|
Courtney J. Miller
|Courtney J. Miller is an intellectual property attorney in Ulmer’s Columbus office who focuses on U.S. and foreign patent procurement, IP portfolio management, patent opinions, technology development and commercialization, technology transactions, and various regulatory issues involving medical devices. A registered patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience, he counsels clients in a wide variety of industries, and has experience in biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, medical devices, drug delivery systems, welding and joining technologies, and consumer products. Before practicing law, Miller worked as a research scientist in the biotechnology and medical products groups at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster and his J.D. and LL.M from Capital University Law School.|
David A. Wolff
|A loving husband, parent, grandparent, educator, research scientist, and volunteer, Dr. David Alwin Wolff died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family in Plymouth, Massachusetts on March 10, 2021. He was 86. Dave was born on November 2, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio to Alwin Emil Wolff and Marion Perkins Wolff. He grew up as an only child in Brunswick, Ohio, where both his parents had strong roots, and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1952. He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in 1956. He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959, which included work in a medical lab in Germany. He then attended the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Dave began his professional career at Ohio State University. During his tenure there (1965-1978) he was promoted from Assistant to Full Professor of Microbiology. He earned a distinguished teaching award in 1974. He later worked as a Medical Manager and Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland (1978-1997) and Associate Director of Medical Research Service and Rehabilitation Research Service for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC (1997-2002). Dave was a caring, loving person, with sparkling eyes who was dedicated to his family and passionate about his role as an educator and researcher. He was an active member of the community throughout his life. His volunteer work included serving as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and president of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), coaching baseball and soccer, and volunteering at a local hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. He was a devoted Boy Scout leader who embodied the Scout Law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Dave lived life to its fullest. He loved hiking, camping, kayaking, sailing, and watching the sun set over the water. He enjoyed tinkering on his antique cars, cooking, and making his own wine. There was no home improvement project he couldn’t tackle. He traveled extensively for work and leisure. His destinations included China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Canada, much of Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and all 50 states. In recent years he enjoyed trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Italy with his children and grandchildren, to whom he was a proud “Papa.” Left to cherish his memory are his wife Linda Diane Wolff (nee Heding) and their children Andrew Vincent Wolff (wife Jennifer Wolff) of Norfolk, Massachusetts, and Lauren Mariruth Wolff (husband Kevin Kvalstad) of Santa Monica, California. He is also survived by two children from his previous marriage to Carol Anne Wolff (nee Kish): Kurt David Wolff (wife Amy Ventura) of Denver, Colorado, and Christopher Morris Wolff (wife Linda Wolff) of Tigard, Oregon. His six grandchildren, Emma, Violet, Ethan, Miles, and Gavin Wolff, and Victor Kvalstad, will also cherish his memory. A private family burial was held on March 13, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org). To plant a tree in memory of David Alwin Wolff, please visit our Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by planting a tree in memory of David Alwin Wolff.|
Marshall Myron Wright
|Marshall Myron Wright, age 92, went to sleep in the Lord on February 16, 2021 at 2:48 p.m. Marshall was born in the rural farming town of Pierpont, Ohio to the parents of Cyrus Butler and Marilla Lewis Wright. The Wright family was one of the five original families to settle in the town of Pierpont. The large family farm was ran with the help of seven children: the farm was the life blood of the family. Each child including Marshall, would rotate every seven weeks into the house to have a turn helping their Mother with the inside chores as the remaining siblings would continue life on the farm. This depression era life and work ethic instilled in him during his younger life, continuing with him into his adult life. Called to World War II, he would serve his country with great pride and he considered his military service with the United States Army one of his many great accomplishments. Marshall was the sole owner of two patents still on file with the US patent office in Washington, DC. He would later pursue his education with the assistance of the G.I. Bill, graduating from the College of Wooster, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary College and Washington Missionary College for Seminary. Sixty-One years ago, this big-hearted country boy would meet a big-hearted city girl city girl from Arlington, VA, June Lederer. Marshall and June would soon marry on February 12, 1960. The two would go on to raise four wonderful children as Marshall worked as a minister and Christian Records for 38 years and would spend summers assisting with various blind summer camps throughout the eastern United states. Marshall was a witness for Christ in his everyday walk with the Lord and through his faithful giving to various religious evangelistic endeavors. Marshalls memory and impact will not be forgotten by anyone who knew him. He was a bright beacon of hope in the ever darkening world as we know it today. The verse that will remain with us all till Jesus comes is Romans 14:8: “If we live, we live with the Lord, and if we die we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” (NIV) He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy, Merton, Eber and his wife Celia Wright; brother-in-law, Loren Ring all of Pierpont, OH; and sister-in-law, Laura Dain Wright of Natick, MA. Survivors include his loving wife, June Wright of Murphy, NC; his children and spouses, Jack and Naliza Neal of Looneyville, WV, Wayne and Laura Wright of Murphy, NC, Ken and Ruth Wright of Indio, CA, and Lori and Jeff Patterson of Copperhill, TN; grandchildren, Chloe Neal, Crystal Neal, C.J. Neal, Obadiah Wright, Abigail Wright, Matthew Wright, Andrew Wright, Rebecca Wright, Scot Brunner, George Brunner, Sara Brunner, Jason Brunner; great grandchildren, Sophia Wright and Max Wright; brother, Bruce Wright of Nantick, MA; sisters and brother-in-law, Nancy Ring of Pierpont, OH and Marcia and Allan Schulte of Sarasota, FL. Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Robert Fancher andMr. Jeff Patterson officiating. Music will be provided by Scot and Sara Brunner. Interment will follow in the Mobile Baptist Church Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard. For those desiring, the family request that donations be made to the Marshall Wright Cohutta Springs Camp Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 12000 Calhoun, GA 30703 or online at www.ultracamp.com. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements. Published on March 18, 2021|
Roderic L. Owen
|An update from Roderic Owen, Staunton, VA: I retired from Mary Baldwin University (formerly College) in May, ’21 after many years of service and was honored to receive various awards and accolades. I was inducted as an Honorary member of the Carpenter Society, recognized by the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, and given the Sankofa Ally Award from the Office of African American Affairs & Inclusive Excellence. I also was asked to give the 2021 Commencement address* and during the ceremony I was given the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award by President Pamela Fox. At another campus event (to honor retirees) I was recognized by the Dean of Arts and Sciences for my four decades of service to the Liberal Arts. In short, my colleagues were very kind, and both individually and collectively they showered me with diverse forms of recognition. I now face my greatest challenge: clearing out 41 years of files and books by no later than mid-July! All kidding aside, retirement will include the following: enjoying being a Taid (grandfather in Welsh), participating in various Welsh choral and cultural events; travelling –both domestic and international (the UK and India); day-hiking in the Blue Ridge Mtns; making a local move to another house; and continuing to engage in community service activities through a civic club. Note: my wife (Linda Riedesel Owen ’77) joins me in this next episode in the adventure of life….. and we both welcome making connections with fellow Wooster alum during retirement. * if interested in reading my speech and viewing photos, go to: https://marybal|
John W. Zion
|Former Tuscarawas County commissioner, civic leader and educator John W. Zion has died at age 92. The New Philadelphia resident died Monday, March 8, in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover. Retired Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas Judge Roger Lile had Zion as his English teacher his sophomore year. “He’d also talk about history, so he provided a good foundation for when I went to college,” said Lile, who now resides in Dover. “He was always fun to be around and just a pleasant, easy-going person,” Lile said. “I think that he really lived a long time because he didn’t get excited and upset about something he couldn’t take care of doing. He was great as one of our three county commissioners we worked with during the annual budget process, and later the renovations to the courthouse. It really made much nicer conditions for the jury. My courtroom had been the law library for years before being converted into Courtroom No. 2.” After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1946, Zion enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1946-1947. He then obtained his Bachelor of Education Degree from the College of Wooster and later his Master’s in Education and also his Educational Specialist endorsement from Kent State University. Zion spent 20 years with the New Philadelphia City Schools District as an educator and later seven years as Athletic Director. He later turned his focus to the administrative side of education and worked for 20 years with the Tuscarawas County Board of Education as a supervisor. Zion also was a civic leader, serving on New Philadelphia City Council and later serving three terms as a Tuscarawas County Commissioner. He was active in the community at the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia, and a longtime member of the New Philadelphia Lions Club, a diehard Quaker sports fan and member of the Quaker Club. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed attending auctions and collecting Degenhart Glass. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, the former Georgia Fitch, whom he married on New Year’s Day in 1949; their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be led by Pastor Brandon Keck, on Wednesday, March 17, at 1 p.m. in Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory in New Philadelphia, where calling hours are one hour prior to services. Attendees must wear masks and observe social distancing. Memorial contributions in Zion’s name may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 201 West High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.|
|This is to inform everyone of the death of my wife (Kerri (Ford) Ross (81) earlier this week after a brief illness).|
Thomas J. Geyer
|Dr. Thomas J. Geyer died at home on July 27, 2019 lovingly cared for by his wife of 33 years, Anne Huggins Geyer, and his two daughters – Elizabeth Anne Geyer and Renée Frances Geyer. He lived his last months with amazing grace and in a state of gratefulness for his family, friends and for his life. Tom was born in Berwyn Pennsylvania in October 1955 to Charlie and Hattie Lu (Rogers) Geyer. He was the fifth of 6 brothers and sisters – Charlie Geyer, Pleas Gyer (Scott), Fran Pestello (Fred), Ruth Shaw (Frank); and Helen Geyer (Mark Anthony). They and their children’s visits, love, and shared memories uplifted Tom’s spirit during his life and last months. Tom graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Wooster College (Ohio) in 1983. He then went on to the University of South Carolina where he earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry and met and married his wife Anne. He did a postdoctoral fellowship for the Navy for a year and then taught Chemistry at the Naval Academy in Annapolis for two years. He next worked in industry for several years, first in Durham NC, then in Fredericksburg VA. His work involved monitoring air emissions. Eventually he went back to the role he most enjoyed and taught high school chemistry at Fredericksburg Academy. He got great joy from his students, no matter their level of interest in chemistry. Tom was a member in Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg VA.; an avid fan of Philadelphia sports and was always interested in continuing to learn, particularly about science and history. He had a wonderful dry wit. He was a kind, humble man who will be missed by many. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will take place later, likely in the spring. The family is grateful to all the support they have received. If contributions wish to be made to Wooster in honor of Tom, please direct them to the Crandall House Scholarship.|
David J. Slobodien
|David J. Slobodien Family-first world explorer, avid reader and lifelong learner One month before the Summer of 1952, the lives of Sally and Howard Slobodien were immeasurably changed when they brought the first of four beautiful sons into the world. With sparkling blue eyes and a wry smile, over the next 68 years, David Joseph Slobodien would capture the hearts and minds of many with warmth, grace, intellect, and passion. His warmth and passion were embodied by his unwavering, everlasting love for his life partner, Bonnie MacMillin, with whom he fell head over heels in love as freshmen at the College of Wooster in 1970. By June 1974, they were husband and wife – a union of best friends that would last 47 years. This young, married couple began their life together in St. Louis where Dave earned JD and MBA degrees from Washington University in 1977. By the time they returned to Metuchen, NJ, they were the proud parents of three beautiful children: daughter, Anne, and twins, Mark and Phil. After a successful career as a corporate attorney with Dun & Bradstreet, Dave began an exciting new chapter of world travels, doting on their children, celebrating the arrivals of five grandchildren, and achieving a sub-10 golf handicap. Dave was the embodiment of a joiner, a doer, and a leader. Would you serve on our board, Dave? Sure! How can I help? Starting with the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and Metuchen-Edison YMCA, Dave’s presidencies of the Black Tie club (Washington, DC), the Metuchen/Edison Exchange Club, the Metuchen Hunt & Riding Club, and the Windstar Club Charitable Foundation would create lasting, meaningful changes. The Windstar on Naples Bay Country Club benefited from his eight years of service. Opera Naples was looking forward to his leadership as Treasurer. A recent appointment to the Bayshore/Gateway Local Redevelopment Advisory Board was yet another nod to his influence and community impact. Dave and Bonnie explored the world by air, land, and sea. An avid reader and lifelong learner, Dave enjoyed spirited conversations on topics ranging from politics and law to cooking and popular culture. Dave craved new experiences, foods, and ideas. Dave is survived by his life partner, Bonnie; three adored children and their spouses (Anne and Jimmy Hauer of Rockville, MD; Mark and Rachael of Alexandria, VA, and Phil and Shannon of Midlothian, VA); five loving grandchildren (JP, Lexi, Michael David, Mackenzie, and Anna Claire); three brothers and sisters-in-law (Don and Amy, Dan and Sandy, and Doug and Elaine); his Aunt Gail and Uncle Stan; niece Kelly; and nephews Ben, Brook, Robin, Lee, and Christopher. Dave defined his own life as family-first. He was faithfully devoted to Bonnie, to his children and their children, his brothers, and his aunt and uncle. Family was – and would always be – his Number One priority. Cremation was immediate and private. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Windstar on Naples Bay on November 13, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dave’s memory to the Windstar Club Charitable Foundation, 1700 Windstar Blvd., Naples, FL 34112-4200. To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by The Star-Ledger from May 22 to May 23, 2021.|
Charles E. Thorne
|Man, I couldn’t have picked a better time to relocate to Northeast Florida! My wife Amy and I moved down here to our condo in St. Augustine, FL in August where the breeze is strong, beaches are beautiful and it’s relaxed compared to the martial law of Maryland! I’m a Realtor here and it’s unbelievable how many people are moving to Florida and how much new construction there is! There are a few alums around, Andy Dykstra ’93 in Ponte Vedra and Ken Klein ’91 is down the coast by a few hours. If there are any alums closeby give me a shout!|