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Post Pandemic Wooster Reunion
2018
Kathmandu, 0
Wooster Encounters

Shiwani Varal

Class of 2018
Kathmandu, 0
Wooster Encounters

I had a post-pandemic Wooster reunion with my host family (Friends of International Students) in the UK. This is their second visit to the UK. My host mom, Mary Stockton, and my host sister, Elizabeth Perkins, came to visit me in England; we spent ten days exploring New Quay (the southwest coastal city of England). My host sister Elizabeth is currently studying abroad at Goldsmiths University in London.

 

Sincerely,

Shiwani

Weddings and Marriages

Alexandra Dereix

Class of 2014
, 0
Weddings and Marriages

Groom Dylan Jurcik (’14) and Bride Alex Dereix (’14) surrounded by their friends and fellow Wooster alumni: 

(Back Row) David Hirsh (’15), Audrey Kramer (’14), Erica Rickey (’14)

(Middle Row)  Anya Cohen (’14), Gina Christo (’14), Patrick McGowan (’15), Eric Petry (’14)

(Front Row) Hugh Reynolds (’15), Allie Miraldi (’14), Groom, Bride, Kevin Dinh

Death
1960
, 0
In Memoriam

Jack Scaff

Class of 1960
, 0
In Memoriam

Jack Scaff M.D. , Class of 1957,  died Monday, September 26th in Honolulu Hawaii where he had practiced as a cardiologist.  In the 1970’s he began the Honolulu Marathon that featured the rehabilitation of his cardiac patients.  He is survived by his wife, Donna, his sons Jack III and Kawika, two granddaughters, his sister, Anne (Class of 1960) and brother Walter.

Published Author
1996
, 0
Professional Achievements

Meredith Spitzmiller

Class of 1996
, 0
Professional Achievements

Class of 1996 Alumni, Meredith Rucker Spitzmiller has published a multiple point of view thriller novel, THE FAIR OAKS FOUR, under the pen name Mere Walton. Available now at Amazon.

Professional Achievements

Amy Climburg

Class of 1987
Missoula, MT
Professional Achievements

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It is real hot in the American West right now. August was the hottest month on record in parts of Montana, and it’s not letting up. Some areas are seeing 100-degree temperatures in September for the very first time. Climate forecasts project more heat waves in the future, so air conditioning is just going to become crucial in places where people have never needed it before. Here’s Montana Public Radio’s Aaron Bolton.

ALYSSA ALSOP: We have, like, 16 fans going.

AARON BOLTON, BYLINE: Alyssa Alsop lives in a subsidized apartment complex just 17 miles from Glacier National Park. There’s no air conditioning here. And she says it’s been so hot inside, her 1-1/2-year-old daughter has been sick.

ALSOP: And then she started puking every night, probably a good three times a night. And I’m like, she’s too hot. I would give her three, four cold baths, but how many times can I do that?

BOLTON: Alsop eventually took her daughter to the emergency room because she couldn’t stop vomiting.

Cathy Whitlock, a Montana State University professor who wrote Montana’s climate change assessment, says some are suffering more than others.

CATHY WHITLOCK: It affects the old and the very young, people far from services, people with health conditions, people who live in poverty that don’t have access to cooling systems.

BOLTON: Whitlock says summers like these will only become more common in climate models.

WHITLOCK: So that covers large areas of Montana, and I think it’s probably our No. 1 concern about climate change going forward.

BOLTON: Amy Cilimburg at the nonprofit Climate Smart Missoula is trying to help spur heat adaptation in Montana. Cooling centers don’t really work in rural areas with dispersed populations, so more people will need home air conditioning.

AMY CILIMBURG: It’s not just a comfort thing. It’s actually essential to have the ability to cool your – the place that you sleep, right?

BOLTON: Cilimburg has been working on helping low-income people get AC for about a year, but…

CILIMBURG: How do we actually fund this?

BOLTON: The most climate-friendly option is heat pumps, which also provide air conditioning, but can cost thousands of dollars.

CILIMBURG: It’s complicated. And it – you know, these new heat pumps cost money. So that’s where the Inflation Reduction Act is just really exciting.

BOLTON: The Inflation Reduction Act President Biden signed last month earmarks $4.3 billion for rebates to help low- and middle-income homeowners swallow the upfront cost of installing a heat pump. Cilimburg’s organization is preparing to help people navigate the new rebates and pick up additional costs. And a little AC makes a big difference. Alyssa Alsop in Columbia Falls was finally able to install a window air-conditioning unit, despite it being against her apartment complex rules.

ALSOP: I – we put that in yesterday, and it feels a lot better in here.

BOLTON: Yeah. How hot was it getting in here?

ALSOP: I would say more than probably a hundred degrees. You know, it was to the point where you couldn’t sit in here.

BOLTON: Alsop says with the cool air blowing, her daughter slept through the night without puking for the first time in days. Whether the Inflation Act’s incentives will lead landlords to outfit more apartments like Alsop’s with air conditioning remains to be seen.

Diego Rivas with the nonprofit Northwest Energy Coalition says the federal government is still hashing out exactly what those incentives will look like.

DIEGO RIVAS: But hopefully, with the IRA, these investments become, you know, cost-neutral, so to speak.

BOLTON: How effective the legislation is in helping Montanans get air conditioning depends on how much this Republican state cooperates with the Biden White House, whether they can efficiently help people and landlords access the federal funding with minimum hassle.

For NPR News, I’m Aaron Bolton in Columbia Falls, Mont.

(SOUNDBITE OF THE HALIFAX PIER SONG, “STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR”)

 

Professional Achievements

Nick Jones

Class of 2005
, 0
Professional Achievements

Nick Jones has been named Vice President of Community Wellness and will focus on the Columbus residents’ health through the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF) program.

The HNHF initiative promotes positive health outcomes in the community by targeting affordable housing, education, health and wellness, community enrichment, and economic development across central Ohio.

After launching on Columbus’s southside, the HNHF program has expanded to the Linden area, and with Jones’ leadership, will supplement and expand upon the bold vision of the One Linden plan with Jones overseeing community relations, social determinants of health and social justice-related projects.

Professional Achievements

Lisa Walsh

Class of 1991
Norwalk, CT
Professional Achievements

I work for Maplewood Senior Living as Marketing Project Manager and went to one of our communities in Darien, CT to meet the son of a resident. I interviewed him to get a testimonial about the experience he’s had in finding a home for his father. We had an excellent half-hour chat, however I needed to get a photo of he and his father.  As his father was heading off to dinner,  the subject came up that we had communities in Ohio. I said I went to college in Ohio and the father said he did too,  at The College of Wooster.  I said so did I and then the son piped up – me too!

Edward Powers, the father, was class of 1948 and it was when Independent Study was first introduced and where he also met his wife. His son, Randall Powers, was in the class of 1973. Here we are at Maplewood at Darien in the library.

 

From Left: Lisa Walsh ’91, Edward Powers ’48, and his son Randall Powers ’73 at Maplewood of Darien.

Professional Achievements

Mark High

Class of 1976
Grosse Pointe, MI
Professional Achievements

Mark High, a member in the Detroit office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, has been named the recipient of the 16th Annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section. This prestigious award honors Michigan business lawyers who consistently exemplify the characteristics the Business Law Section seeks to foster and facilitate: the highest quality of professionalism, the highest quality of practice, and an unwavering dedication to service, ethical conduct, and collegiality within the practice of law.

High specializes in business transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate governance. He has worked at Dickinson Wright for 37 years. Before joining the firm, High spent time clerking for the Ohio State Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court with the late Justice David D. Dowd, Jr. High then practiced law at a Toledo-based firm before moving to Dickinson Wright.

Throughout his distinguished career, High has counseled small and medium-sized entities in several industries to help with transactions ranging from $5 million to $150 million, along with Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson Controls and multiple other Tier One automotive suppliers. He also assisted many foreign entities with their U.S-based operations. He has a special affinity working for Canadian clients.

High joins other experienced and accomplished business law attorneys who received the Schulman Award, including many leading business law attorneys in Michigan he looked up to in the 1980s. Some of High’s most substantial contributions to the Business Law Section include roles as chair and council member of the Business Law Section and a founder of the Section’s Small Business Forum. He has repeatedly served as an instructor at the Section’s annual Business Law Institute as well.

“I remember attending the Section meetings when I was a young lawyer and (legal leaders and former Schulman recipients) Verne Hampton, Cy Moscow and others were leading the way,” High said. “The Section was still in its infancy then and I was amazed at the opportunities members had to help change (business) law for the better by being involved.”

High grew up outside of Cleveland before attending The College of Wooster for his bachelor’s degree and Duke Law School for his J.D. He quickly gravitated to the transactional side of business law because it gave him the opportunity to help clients move forward in a positive direction. “Litigation was never for me,” High said.

As a council member and Section chair in the mid-2000s, the Grosse Pointe Park resident was focused on expanding the Section’s reach, especially with small-to-mid sized firms outside of the Detroit and Grand Rapids markets. He presented educational sessions with colleagues as a spin-off of the Business Law Institute in such communities as Traverse City, Kalamazoo, and Midland.

While High helped to educate his legal colleagues as an instructor, he learned a few things along the way as well. One year he hosted an Institute training in Midland on November 15 and was surprised that only a handful of lawyers had shown up. A local attendee filled him in. “I learned that you never schedule anything in that part of the state on the first day of (firearm) deer hunting season,” High says. “We never made that mistake again.”

In addition to High’s work with the state bar’s Business Law Section, he has been involved in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and its Model Shareholder Agreement Task Force. High has served for over 10 years as President of the Canada – United States Business Association. He also is a former co-chair with the U.S. Law Firm Group’s Corporate and Securities Committee, a former member of the Business Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and a former member of the Alumni Board at The College of Wooster. He has served on the boards of Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Detroit Wine Organization.

As a result of his involvement in the Section, High recommends that business-focused attorneys of all ages throughout the state become involved to support their network building and continuing education. “It has been very useful to know the lawyers within the Section and I have actually completed many deals with them,” High said. “Having those strong relationships supported my practice and therefore my clients because it has made so many of these transactions smoother.”

The legal field also demands that its leaders set an example for future attorneys as well, High says. “We work in a profession where we have an obligation to give back and the entire process is very rewarding,” he added. “The people involved with the Section make it very easy for us all to benefit. Plus, it’s great to see the knowledge seamlessly passed from one generation to another.”

High will be introduced at the Schulman Award Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Section’s annual meeting on October 7 in Grand Rapids. Former junior high classmate and long-time Dickinson Wright colleague Timothy Stoepker will introduce High at the Annual Meeting.

Wooster Encounters

Irwin Reese

Class of 1975
New York, NY
Wooster Encounters

This past weekend, a few Wooster graduates and I met at the home of Eric Meyer ’75 and Pamela Placeway Meyer ’75 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The evening was filled with food, laughs, and reminiscing!  Also in attendance were Erie Mills ’75, Rod Kennedy ’77 and Caroly Meyer ’68.

Front Row: Pamela Meyer ’75, Eric Meyer, 75, Carolyn Meyer ’68.

Back Row: Irwin Reese ’75, Rod Kennedy ’77, Erie Mills ’75.

Professional Achievements

Paige Goldberg

Class of 2015
Chicago, IL
Professional Achievements

Paige C. Goldberg focuses her practice on Professional Liability, Product Liability, General Trial Practice, as well as Civil Rights, and Governmental matters. She received her J.D. in 2018 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her B.A. in 2015 from the College of Wooster.

Weddings and Marriages

Zachary Kelly

Class of 2014
, 0
Weddings and Marriages

Maggie Connors ’16 and Zachary Kelly ’14 married on August 10, 2019, in Burlington,  Vermont.  There to help make the day memorable were many wonderful friends and family, including numerous College of Wooster alumni, all pictured.

In the first row (left to right): B. Slone ’16, Maggie Connors ’16,  Joanne Elder (Slocum) ’54,  Zachary Kelly ’14.

Second Row:  Katie Kelly ’11, Laura Elder-Connors ’82, Ellen Elder-Joseph ’88, Tim Stehulak ’13.

Third Row:  Kristen Connors ’12, Nathaniel Boyer ’14, Victoria Salemme ’16, Katie Pistilli (Hall) ’16, Adam Jankowski ’13, Katie Jankowski (Heugle) ’12.

Professional Achievements

John Manchester

Class of 1979
Island Lake, IL
Professional Achievements

As some know, I have become very active  relating to my Scottish heritage, and am the Secretary of the International Clan MacFarlane Society.  I was just recently accorded the honor of being named a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an organization granted a Royal Charter in 1783 by George III (just about the time they had to admit they lost the war and acknowledged our independence).  The Society is dedicated to the history and archaeology of Scotland, and operates out of offices in the Scottish National Museum (which it founded).

2010 Montana Trip
2010
Hopkinton, MA
Professional Achievements

Jonah Comstock

Class of 2010
Hopkinton, MA
Professional Achievements

Scot Band bandmates Jake Briggs, Amy Cohen, Jonah Comstock, Emily Howard, and Ryan LeBlanc, all class of ’10, reunited in May for our first group trip since COVID. We spent three days at Glacier National Park (pictured) and another three days in Bozeman, Montana.

Scotland Hike
1974
Greenville, SC
Professional Achievements

Jeff Steiner

Class of 1974
Greenville, SC
Professional Achievements

My wife, Heidi, and I had the privilege of hiking from Glasgow to Inverness on the West Highland and Great Glen Ways of Scotland in May.  We were able to celebrate our 70th birthdays and 48 years of marraige in the land of the Macleod Clan.  My kilt was the best piece of hiking gear I took and stimulated a lot of conversations.

2nd Masters Earned
2002
Bridgeville, DE
Professional Achievements

Stefine Pitzer-Jarrell

Class of 2002
Bridgeville, DE
Professional Achievements

I just earned 2nd Master’s degree this time in Special Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. I am still teaching at Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Georgetown, DE.

Thoughts on Our 50th Reunion
1972
Oakland Park, FL
Wooster Encounters

James Sentman

Class of 1972
Oakland Park, FL
Wooster Encounters

Received from Jim Sentman for 1972 Class Notes:

Our reunion days, June 9 – 12th, were filled with so many brief moments of shared discovery and rediscovery that I want to write them down before I forget them.  Our paths crossed again on a weekend of poignant, funny, and even random events that I treasure.  Was the best one talking to Dr. Gordon Collins at our Coccia House pizza party?   Or perhaps the many of us moved by the bag piper at the Memorial Service?    Maybe a random statement over a breakfast?   Finding a lost twin in Luce Lounge among the snacks & the drinks & the fellowship?

Sunday morning the congregation at Westminster House had invited all alumni to attend a special worship service at 10 a.m., but by 11:45, I returned to a deserted Luce Hall, to discover I was surely the last man standing in celebration of our 50th reunion.  At Westminster, alumni were invited to speak about our spiritual journey in connection with Wooster, and four of us spoke.  I want to share with you what I expressed.

I defined the Holy Spirit as that divine spark within each of us humans that creates potential connections between us.  I testified that I experienced that spark as a boy of 17, who came to Wooster for an education, but discovered a life changing culture among the students and professors I met.  More importantly that spark was very much alive during Alumni Weekend when, over and over again, a decades old experience was relived among you my classmates and me.    Old friendships, long dormant, came alive again.  New ones formed.  I know Wooster is indeed a real community of caring and supporting people.   Apparently, that did not end on graduation day.

As if in affirmation of all I’d said, it turns out during the worship service a stranger I was sitting with at Westminster House turned out to be Professor Vivian Holliday of the Classics Department, who had taught me Mythology in 1971.   I began to weep when I rediscovered her and was able to thank her for all she gave to me decades past.

I hope that any of you whom I spoke to during our reunion knows exactly what I mean by a brief connecting moment we had that weekend.  I would love to share them all here in this message.   But, instead, I hope that each of you will get to your laptop and send in some special memories either of this June 2022 at Wooster or perhaps from our shared days long ago.

 

Jim Sentman

 

Weddings and Marriages

Andrew Herst

Class of 2016
Leawood, KS
Weddings and Marriages

Bride and Groom – Andrew (’16) and Madeleine Herst, joined by many Wooster Alumni.

Back Row:  Jimmy Kocab ’17, Aiden Conley ’16, Jack Marousek ’18, Kevin Gould ’18, Jack Whalen ’18, Rachel Keeney ’16, Matt Keeney ’16

Middle Row:  Hannah Ayer, Nick Halle ’16, Catherine Herst ’14, David Smith ’16, Taylor Bowen ’16, Caroline Click ’17

Bottom Row:  Sebastian Northup ’16, Vivian (Tuttle) Hughes ’54, Jeanne (Tuttle) Herst ’49, Groom-Andrew Herst ’16

Professional Achievements

Katie Grafer

Class of 2000
Charlotte, NC
Professional Achievements

After 20 years in marketing, most of it in financial services, I decided this spring to explore a new career path by following my passion. I have been interested in genealogy ever since I had to interview grandparents for a high school project. In April I started Digging for Roots LLC, a genealogical research company, and I finally know what it’s like to look forward to going to work every day! Check out my website at www.diggingforroots.net or email me at katie@diggingforroots.net. I’d love to help fellow Wooster alums learn more about their family history!

Professional Achievements

Jennifer Hughes

Class of 1997
, 0
Professional Achievements

Some sad news to begin – My dad, Neil Cameron Hughes ’59, passed away from ALS in December 2021. At Wooster, he was a staff assistant for the Wooster Voice, an athlete on the track and field team, the sports editor of the Index, and a member of the Second Section. He was a great adventurer who joined the Navy, worked at the World Bank and traveled around the world for decades, earned two master’s degrees and wrote two books.

Inspired by my amazing dad, I decided to make at least one of my dreams come true. Owning a bookstore on Block Island, RI is an economically impossible feat, but this spring, I got close with a new job at Brown University in Providence, RI. I’ll be moving up to Pawtucket, RI in July and hope to meet Wooster alumni in the area. All are welcome to come visit. Shoot me an email at jhughes@scoutliterarymedia.com.

Professional Achievements

Ruth Isaacson

Class of 2002
, 0
Professional Achievements

Maslon LLP in Minneapolis is pleased to announce the addition of Estate Planning attorney Ruth Isaacson to the firm. Ruth works with families and individuals to create estate plans that address their unique needs, as well as guiding clients through the process of probating and/or administering an estate after a death in the family. Her expertise as a trusted advisor is enhanced by her prior work as a family law litigator, where she represented high-net-worth individuals in contentious legal disputes.

Ruth earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, after studying sociology at The College of Wooster in Ohio (Class of ’02).

In Memoriam

Jenna E. Watt-Coaker

Class of 1986
, 0
In Memoriam

Jenna E. Watt-Coaker (nee Flack), age 59 of Bedford Heights., Ohio, died April 14, 2022. Beloved wife of Evan W. Coaker; loving mother of Laren A. Watt of Bedford Hts.; loving daughter of Carol Flack and Bruce Flack (Carly); dear sister of Brian (Laura), Adam (Kate) and John Flack; dear stepdaughter of Sharon Flack; dear aunt to 7 nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Jenna’s life was held at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118. Interment, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

https://obits.cleveland.com/us/obituaries/cleveland/name/jenna-watt-coaker-obituary?id=34396910

 

Julia Huber

Class of 1957
, 0
In Memoriam

Julia Jane McMillen Huber, class of 57, passed away 11/24/2021.  She was the beloved wife of Joe Huber, Jr. for 57 years and the mother of sons Joseph, an Intel engineering manager and John, a private school headmaster.  Active and leading in many organizations, particularly in her Presbyterian church where she initiated many new programs and was running the Sunday school until two years before her death.  Julie enjoyed developing and giving talks on historical items and edited her husband’s books and papers till the end.  Besides her sons and daughter-in-laws, Julia leaves five grandchildren.

A Stone Wedding!
2008
Delray, FL
Weddings and Marriages

Aaron Stone

Class of 2008
Delray, FL
Weddings and Marriages

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)

 

 

Professional Achievements

Virginia Everett

Class of 1961
, 0
Professional Achievements

In May 2022,  Virginia Sauerbrun Everett’s  grandson,  Andrew Everett,  graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Physics from Kenyon College.  He will attend graduate school in Engineering at Washington University,  Missouri.

Church
1985
, 0
Professional Achievements

martha lucius

Class of 1985
, 0
Professional Achievements

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.

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.

Professional Achievements

Pamela Young-Wolff

Class of 1971
Sunriver, OR
Professional Achievements

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!

Professional Achievements

Kathy Hooker

Class of 1971
Flagstaff, AZ
Professional Achievements

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.

Obituary for Nancy Rose Ludowise
1965
Statesboro, GA
In Memoriam

Nancy Ludowise

Class of 1965
Statesboro, GA
In Memoriam

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

In Memoriam

Dorothy Kantosky

Class of 1965
Dayton, OH
In Memoriam

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 william.kantosky@yahoo.com for further information.

Afghan Welcome Team
1988
Lewis Center, OH
Professional Achievements

Patrick Schmitz

Class of 1988
Lewis Center, OH
Professional Achievements

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.

In Memoriam

Virginia Warren

Class of 1962
Middleburg, VA
In Memoriam

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.

Wyoming
1976
, WY
Personal Updates

Elizabeth DeMarsh

Class of 1976
, WY
Personal Updates

I am living in Casper, Wyoming. Is anyone out here that would like to reconnect?

Publications
1977
Albuquerque, NM
Professional Achievements

Roderick Kennedy

Class of 1977
Albuquerque, NM
Professional Achievements

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.

SB and Celeste
2012
cleveland, OH
Weddings and Marriages

Sam (SB) Tannenbaum

Class of 2012
cleveland, OH
Weddings and Marriages

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).

Weddings and Marriages

Lauren Grimanis

Class of 2012
Berkeley, CA
Weddings and Marriages

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.

Checking in….
1966
Ann Arbor, MI
Personal Updates

Ken Fischer

Class of 1966
Ann Arbor, MI
Personal Updates

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.

Birth of Son
2006
San Diego, CA
Births and Family

Kristin Roscoe

Class of 2006
San Diego, CA
Births and Family

Kristin (Welk) Roscoe ‘06 and Eric George Roscoe (‘07) celebrated the birth of their son George Roscoe, on October 17, 2021.

APEX
1975
Chagrin Falls, OH
Professional Achievements

Robin Harbage

Class of 1975
Chagrin Falls, OH
Professional Achievements

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.

Looking for you
1966
Crook of Devon, Kinross, Scotland, 0
Personal Updates

Walt Hopkina

Class of 1966
Crook of Devon, Kinross, Scotland, 0
Personal Updates

Hello,

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.

Onward,

Walt

 

Adventure travels with Peggy
1980
Lake Placid, NY
Professional Achievements

MARGARET "Peggy" MACKELLAR

Class of 1980
Lake Placid, NY
Professional Achievements

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 peggymackellar58@gmail.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.

Professional Achievements

Carol Jennings

Class of 1966
Washington, DC
Professional Achievements

My second poetry collection, The Sustain Pedal, has just been published by Cherry Grove Collections. First book, The Dead Spirits at the Piano. 

In Memoriam

Margaretta Bunning

Class of 1974
Newark, OH
In Memoriam

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

Obituary for Jane Stowe Marks
1946
Rochester, NY
In Memoriam

Jane Marks

Class of 1946
Rochester, NY
In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam

Fern Harris

Class of 1948
Castle Rock, WA
In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam

Karen Verprauskus

Class of 1963
Santa Cruz, CA
In Memoriam

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.

Professional Achievements

Austin Holter

Class of 2010
Johnstown, OH
Professional Achievements

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 aarondorksen24@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronDorksen.

Vaughn ’69
1969
Cincinnati, OH
Professional Achievements

Gretchen Vaughn

Class of 1969
Cincinnati, OH
Professional Achievements

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 vaughng@nku.edu 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

Book Publication
1993
Oxford, OH
Professional Achievements

Alea Henle

Class of 1993
Oxford, OH
Professional Achievements

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

Obituary for Sharon Jones
1965
Chicago, IL
In Memoriam

Sharon Jones

Class of 1965
Chicago, IL
In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam

Joan Chellis

Class of 1953
Southport, NC
In Memoriam

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

Obituary for Mary Candland
1958
Lewisburg, PA
In Memoriam

Mary Candland

Class of 1958
Lewisburg, PA
In Memoriam

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

In Memoriam

Nancy Caldwell

Class of 1962
Pasadena, CA
In Memoriam

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.

In Memoriam

Eleanor Wagner

Class of 1963
Edina, MN
In Memoriam

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.