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Steve Brandes `99 – Wisconsin Herd Awarded N...
OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 4, 2023)- The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, was recognized as the 2022-23 NBA G League Franchise of the Year. This is the first time the Wisconsin Herd has won the league’s prestigious award since its inaugural season in 2017-18. The team was also awarded 2022-23 Promotion of the Year for the “Be the Light” Black History Month Celebration Platform.
“The Herd is honored to be recognized as Franchise of the Year and to receive the Promotion of the Year award,” said Wisconsin Herd President Steve Brandes. “This is a testament to the hard work our entire team put into making our fifth season our best season yet. We are so thankful to have such an amazing community including our partners and fans. We can’t wait to share this award with you.”
A selection committee comprised of league executives determined the winner of the Franchise of the Year award. All 30 teams were evaluated on the league’s core pillars: Compete with Intensity, Lead with Integrity and Inspire Play.
The Herd experienced significant growth and development last season, as the team saw a 17 percent rise in social media following across all platforms and a 17 percent surge in sponsorship sales for the 2022-23 season. The Herd drew large crowds at Oshkosh Arena playing before an average of 87 percent of capacity for 24 home games, selling out 11 of those contests, and more than doubling the number of sellouts from 2021-22. Wisconsin also set a single-game team attendance record on its fifth annual School Day presented by BMO, welcoming a franchise-best 4,138 fans.
The Herd was also recognized with the Promotion of the Year Award for its “Be the Light” Black History Month Celebration program presented by TDS Telecommunications LLC. The team partnered with artist Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter to paint 12 portraits of 13 influential Black leaders that were sublimated onto the jerseys worn by the Herd during the February 7th game and auctioned off to raise funds for the Harold Lefty Williams DARE2DREAM foundation. Wisconsin also facilitated a shoe-design workshop in collaboration with STEAM Revolt at Perry Tipler Middle School and displayed the 12 portraits at the UW-Oshkosh Steinhilber Gallery for the month of February. Former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith received a custom Herd jersey and shared it on “NBA on TNT,” live from their studio.
In Memorium – Martha J McCormick Cox `50
Martha Jane Cox
Martha Jane (McCormick) Cox passed away June 12, 2021 at 92. She is survived by 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was born and raised in Lisbon, Ohio and entered college at the College of Wooster in the class of 1950, she married in 1948, she finished her bachelor’s degree at Carnegie-Mellon and received her masters of library science at Kent State University after her youngest daughter had started kindergarten. Following her master’s degree, she enjoyed a 36 year career as a library administrator at Malone College and the Stark County Law Library in Canton, Ohio. She served in her church her whole life in many positions and leadership roles. She loved her Lord, family, learning, serving, gardening, and playing bridge.
Sarah E. N. Kohrs `01 – Poetry Chapbook Publ...
Chameleon Sky, a poetry chapbook written by Wooster Alumna Sarah E N Kohrs, was published in February 2023 as the 2022 Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Award recipient. She has over 100 publications of poetry and photography in literary journals, worldwide. Kohrs is also the recipient of five awards from The Poetry Society of Virginia in 2023, including the Judah, Sarah, Grace, and Tom Memorial poetry award.
LaTricia Mitchell `14 2023 MSW Student of the Year
The Wayne State University School of Social Work is proud to announce the 2023 MSW Student of the Year, LaTricia Mitchell (MSW).
LaTricia Mitchell (she/her/hers) is an MSW and Infant Mental Health Dual-Title Program student. She entered the MSW program with a BA in Africana Studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master of Divinity with emphasis in African American Church Studies with a wealth of professional experiences and has used her time in the program to further develop and hone her clinical skills. LaTricia participates in the Zero to Thrive Program at the University of Michigan, working in both the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic and Perinatal Women and Infant Clinic where she is gaining skills and clinical experience assessing women and children, cultivating therapeutic relationships, creating measurable treatment objectives, and implementing a variety of evidence-based interventions. LaTricia is a talented young scholar who is deeply thoughtful and reflective about the contextual factors affecting Black families raising young children and about the cultural strengths that Black families leverage to raise their children in the context of racism. She is a student member of MI-AIMH, NABSW, and NASW-MI. She is also a student leader in the Radical Social Work student organization and a student member of the MSW Curriculum Committee. She was also recently awarded the Advanced Clinical Social Work Fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.
Roomates meet in Honolulu
I met with my two time Wooster roommate and forever bestie, Felicia Lambe `05 where our kids got to meet in her beautiful Honolulu home. Check out my son’s COW shirt!
Pictured left to right: Felicia Lambe, Shoshana Raskas Aguilar, Felicia’s wife Kristen, child Andre, and baby Sebastian
In Memory of Josephine Hartmann Brenneman `65
Josephine H Hartmann (Brenneman), class of 1965, passed away on 1 December 2022. She was a wonderful wife and mother.
Brett Dawson ‘11 married Jessica Vargo on December 31, 2022, in Cleveland, OH. Pictured are Nicole Martin (LaPerna) ‘18, Matthew Martin ‘16, Elijah Bresley ‘11, Shane Legg ‘10, Benjamin Bellamy ‘12, Claire Bellamy (Lewis) ‘11, Miatta Cogar (Toothman) ‘11, Éowyn Bestor (Groves) ‘13, and Jordan Welker ‘11.
Karen Bunning `74 Announces Retirement
After retiring from the practice of law three years ago (April 2020), I have been able to devote more time to genealogy research. I enjoy finding “new” cousins. Over the decades my research has evolved from in-person visits to courthouses and archives to physically search large volumes and scroll through microfilmed records to doing DNA testing and internet searches. I also enjoy another area of “roots”, gardening. I favor perennial flowers and produce (asparagus, rhubarb).
Randall Pattee `84 Inducted Into American College ...
Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Randall Pattee on his induction as a fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).
The ACTL has a highly selective, invitation-only membership and is considered the most prestigious association for the Trial Bar in the United States and Canada. Membership cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyers in any state or province and invitations to become an ACTL fellow are extended only to trial attorneys “who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.”
Pattee, co-chair of Fox’s Product Liability & Mass Torts Practice, represents clients throughout the United States in product liability defense and business and commercial disputes. He has been national or regional counsel for manufacturers in the HVAC, transportation, food, industrial controls and processes, construction, agricultural equipment, pharmaceutical, consumer products and chemical industries.
Pattee earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from the College of Wooster.
In Memory of Dorothy Arnold Gerrity `77
We all remember Wooster fondly, and I myself took classes there as a senior at Wooster High School. There were numerous faculty members, including professor Floyd Watts, with whom we became family friends. …Dan Gerrity
Dorothy “Dottie” Gerrity
Repatriating to the USA
The Orr Family, Brittany 2010 and Patrick 2011 with our daughter Lillian, moved back to the US after living in Taiwan since 2011. We relocated to Charlottesville where Patrick got a job teaching 2nd grade and coaching lacrosse at Saint Anne’s Belfield School, and Brittany as Recruitment Coordinator at Southern Teachers Agency. We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new ones in the area.
Max and his wife Catherine welcomed their first child, Matthew Richard, in June 2022.
Wooster Baby Shower in SC
Wooster alum celebrating a baby shower in Charleston, SC together. Rebecca Henson (Haug)‘12, Denise Gosnell (Koessler) ‘08, Jesse Gaswint (father to be) ‘10, Kristine Gaswint (Mann)(mother to be) ‘10, Clare Walsh ‘13, Melissa Haug ‘12, Priscilla Haug ‘12.
In Memory of Jeanne Fegan Fallows `49
08/14/1927 – 11/22/2022
Jeanne Fallows, age 95, of Clearwater, Florida passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sylvanabbey.com for the Fallows family.
In Memory of Nancy Rue `68
Nancy H. Rue, 76, of Athens, Ohio passed away peacefully Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Canton, Ohio, on June 14, 1946, the daughter of Marian P. and W. Donald Huffman. She grew up in northeastern Ohio, but spent her adult life in Athens. She graduated from the College of Wooster in 1968 and received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University a year later. Following her mother’s career path in librarianship, Nancy enjoyed a successful career as reference librarian at Ohio University’s Alden Library, receiving the Outstanding Administrator award in 1991. She retired as the Associate Dean for Public Service after 35 years of service to the University Libraries. Connecting people with information was her passion as a librarian. She learned to play golf as a youngster, taught primarily by her father, and grew up on the family’s golf course in Austinburg, OH. She remained an avid golfer throughout her life. Nancy was the women’s champion at the Athens Country Club for more than 30 years and a six-time medalist in the Southeastern Ohio Women’s Golf Association tournament. An active member of the Country Club, she served as president of the Board of Trustees, president of the Women’s Golf Association, on various Club committees, and as the Club’s historian. Nancy was a generous benefactor to her alma maters, Wooster and Kent State, as well as to many local and national charitable organizations. She established a scholarship fund to honor her family, supported the Ohio University golf program, and local libraries. She enjoyed and appreciated her friends, especially those with whom she shared many happy times on the golf course and over card games or a glass of wine. Their support and love lifted her spirits through her final illness. She was preceded in death by her parents and her best friend of over 40 years Connie Stanforth and her husband William. She is survived by her husband, Charles V. Rue, Jr., of Athens; and by her brother, Donald S. Huffman and his wife Joanna of Vero Beach, FL; nephews Andrew Huffman and Nathan Huffman, great niece Callie and great nephew James Huffman, and her Stanforth family, Kirby and Will. Nancy’s final message to the world is this: Be kind and love each other. Doing good for others out of love and kindness is the true purpose of our existence: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” (S. Grellet)
Tributes and remembrance gifts in Nancy’s memory may be directed to the Huffman Family Scholarship Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), P.O. Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764, or the Ohio University Libraries through The Ohio University Foundation, P.O. Box 869, Athens, OH 45701, or (to benefit the Athens Public Library) the Betcher Memorial Endowment for Library Services, also c/o FAO in Nelsonville.
There will be a memorial gathering and celebration of Nancy’s life on Saturday, April 15, 2023, 3:00 PM at the Athens Country Club. Arrangements are by Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home where You may send a message of sympathy to the family at www.hughesmoquinfuneralhome.com.
David Clark Palmer June 7, 1930 – March 5, ...
David C. Palmer (Class of 1952) passed away at age 92 on March 5, 2023 from multiple health issues. He died peacefully at home with family at his side. He will be remembered for his kindness, respectful manner, and generosity as a loving husband and father, entrepreneur, business executive, and educator. David is one of a long line of the Palmer family who have benefited from the quality education at the College of Wooster and he was proud to support it with a generous gift/annuity. After his BA at Wooster he served in the US Army and then received an MBA degree at Cornell University. He worked for Eastman Kodak and then taught high school business at South Huntington School District on Long Island. Summers were spent operating Palmer Point Boats and Cottages on Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks. He was married to Joyce D. Palmer (deceased 2014) and leaves two children, Karen Joyce Palmer (Class of ’82) and Stephen Clark Palmer.
Betty Mabel (Hughey) ’55 Celebrates 90th Bir...
Betty Mabel (Hughey) ’55 celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends the weekend of March 12, 2023. Betty was joined at her party by her sister, Ruth Dever (Hughey) ’57 and her children, grandchildren and 2 new great-grandchildren! Betty resides in Euclid, OH and is active in her church, Eastshore United Methodist Church. She sings in her church choir and a community women’s choir. At a recent rehearsal the Director praised her for her amazing high G! She enjoys time at her cottage in Muskoka, Ontario with her family during the summers. She is always ready for a Cleveland Orchestra concert and a visit to the Cleveland Art Museum. She begins every day with a time of devotion and prayer. A voracious reader, she keeps up on current events and usually has a mystery novel by her side with the radio tuned to WCLV. The mayor of Euclid, Ohio, Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, attended her birthday celebration and presented a certificate to honor Betty’s many years of service to her community. Her family is blessed to have this amazing woman as our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother!
In Memory of Robert H Evans `60
Robert H. Evans
Robert Howard Evans died March 19, 2023.
Bob was born May 1, 1938, in Pittsburgh, PA to Howard John and Eugenia Wilson Evans. Bob grew up in Pittsburgh and DuBois, PA, graduating from Plum HS in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Mary, graduated from the College of Wooster where he received honors and the John F. Miller prize in philosophy, while serving as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. He attended the University of Indiana, and then received a Mellon Fellowship, and his PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh. He arrived in Duluth in 1964 to replace Henry Ehlers for a quarter at UMD, but Bob proved he was a natural teacher and together they developed a philosophy major where he taught across the curriculum throughout his 40 years on the faculty. Bob taught in the Rusty Ladies program and the Experimental Freshman Studies Program, served on the Athletic Committee, the Award and Honors Committee, and on the All-University Committee on Active Learning. He was Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts under Rip Rapp. Bob became the first Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Letters and Science, and Head of the Philosophy Department numerous times. He was president of the Duluth Chapter of the AAUP and served as the UEA legislative liaison. Bob served widely including being on the American Indian Advisory Board, the Medical School Admissions Committee, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, as the Director of the Center for Public Policy and on the St. Louis County Historical Society Board. Three different years he was Director of the Study in England Program and taught two other years in England for a program he loved. Bob had a wide variety of skills, from being the interim Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to earning a varsity athletic letter in college for wrestling, the latter being a story that he regaled to his children. He received the Jean Blehart Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Advisement Award for CLA. Even in retirement he continued to share his knowledge through courses he taught for the University for Seniors.
In Memory of Carlile B. Marshall ’71
Carlile Babcock Marshall died on February 7th, 2023 after a long illness. After graduating from Wooster, Carlile earned his MBA at Ohio State, and then his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. Carlile began his career at Public Service Electric and Gas Company, then pursued banking for the rest of his career.
Carlile was a very loyal alumnus of Wooster, and, at the drop of a hat, would drive from Summit, New Jersey, where he lived, whether it was to see a play on campus or attend a class reunion. He was a very generous donor to Wooster and established a scholarship in memory of his mother, Alexandra Babcock Marshall who also graduated from Wooster.
He was also the grandson of Colonel Guilford Babcock who was a trustee of Wooster from 1934 to 1943.
Carlile was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit, serving as a deacon for many years, and on many committees.
Pi Kappa Peanuts visit The Peanut Shoppe of Spring...
About a dozen Pi Kappa ladies from ’77, ’78, and ’79 gathered in Springfield, OH for a reunion hosted by Lisa Carter. We came across The Peanut Shoppe of Springfield and had to go in and sample the selection of peanuts and candies. Depicted are Joan Blanchard, Cindy Mache, Lisa Carter Sherrock, Gaye Kelly Robinson, Shelley Griewahn, Blake Fidler, Carol Bowers, and Cyd Raftus McDowell. Matt, the owner, is in the back!
Wooster Lunch in Asheville, NC
I connected with a group of Scots all living in the same retirement community in Asheville, NC. Many Wooster memories were shared. Libby ’90 is the President and CEO of the community. She started about 6 months ago and was quickly reached out to by the Scots living there to welcome her to their Wooster group.
Front Row L-R: Former President Henry Copeland, Marleen Varner ‘53
Back Row L-R: Amy Clarke ‘65, Ethel Brooking ‘61, Paul Seling ‘09, David Stewart ‘51, Libby Bush ’90 (CEO of the retirement community), Michael Clarke ‘65
Tracey Forfa `81, named as Director of the FDA Cen...
Tracey Forfa J.D.
Tracey Forfa, J.D., Named as Director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) – Forfa has been “… acting in the position since December 2022, when previous director Steven M. Solomon, DVM, MPH, retired from Federal service. She has been with CVM since 2002 and was appointed the Deputy Center Director in 2008. She also previously served as Acting Director in 2016 … Forfa is the first non-veterinarian to hold the CVM directorship. However, as recently determined by Commissioner Califf, when the center director is not a veterinarian, the agency soon will name a Chief Veterinary Officer to advise on a wide variety of veterinary issues … Forfa earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and her law degree from the University of Baltimore in Maryland …”
Web site: Source: February 17, 2023 FDA CVM Update, titled “Tracey Forfa Announced as New Director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine”, posted at
A brief biography of Tracey H. Forfa is posted at
Joey Gilmore ’16 and Morgan McDowell Marry
On June 25, 2022, Joey Gilmore ’16 and Morgan McDowell got married at Mohican Gardens in Loudonville, OH. Alumni pictured here are (L/R) Ethan Myers ’19, Drew Tornow ’18, Ashley Plassard ’18, Former Assistant Baseball Coach Frank Gamble, Legendary Former Head Baseball Coach Tim Pettorini, Tim Pettorini, Jr ’95, Tyler Schuch ’17, Cat Fiorito ’20, Molly (Laubernds) Margida ’16, Kaitlyn Rayl ’18, Jacob Solomon ’16, Jamie Lackner ’17, Joey Gilmore ’16, Morgan (McDowell) Gilmore, Zachary Woullard ’16, Kelli Baxstrom ’16, Hank Schlueter ’16, Kenny Reckart ’16, Michael Whitaker ’17, and Current Head Baseball Coach Barry Craddock ’94.
Michael A. Smith `93 Leads Third STEM Team to Inte...
Michael A. Smith
Hello Wooster Family and Dr. K.
I wanted to share with you that my Future City Middle School team won the World Championship in Washington DC in February. We now have won back-to-back international titles and the third time in five years. My team is now the winningest team in the history of this prestigious STEM competition.
I have coached our Future City team over the last 17 years. We have won the regional competition 12 times and been nationally ranked 1st (three times), 2nd, 4th, 6th, 11th (twice), 12th and 13th over those years.
This year’s team created the future city of Odesa Ukraine and then presented their project to the diplomats at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington DC (see attached Lancaster newspaper article).
While the competition is heavily dominated by engineering schools and science academies, we (a public school) are now on top of the ranks. I attribute a good deal of my teams’ success to the liberal arts education I received at Wooster. I remember the dean addressing us with our parents at freshman orientation. He said that Wooster will teach us not what to think but how to think. My dad (also a Wooster grad) cried at that moment. I was a Philosophy major and Economics minor at Wooster. While I have never had an engineering class in my life, I learned how to think, how to compete, and how to win an engineering competition.
You can learn about the competition at https://futurecity.org/.
Also see the FC Press Release
In Memory of Mark Schmiedl `77
Dr. Mark D. Schmiedl
Dec 25, 1955 – Mar 6, 2023
Dr. Mark D. Schmiedl, 67, of Sandusky, passed away Monday morning, March 6, 2023, at Providence Care Center, Sandusky, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 25, 1955, in Cleveland, the son of Antoinette (Mittiga) and Eugene Schmiedl.
Mark was a 1973 graduate of Rocky River High School. He then graduated from Wooster College. He continued his education doing pharmacology research at Case Western Reserve University then attended Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following an internship of internal medicine at The Cleveland Clinic and residency of emergency medicine at University of Chicago, Mark began his career at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, in 1986.
During his career at FRMC, Mark was a physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and president of ER DOC INC. He served as Co-Chief of Staff for two terms at FRMC. He was proud to be awarded Preceptor of the Year by his students. He retired in March, 2019, and was granted Emeritus status in recognition of 33 years of compassionate and dedicated service to FRMC and the local community.
He was a member of Rockwell Springs Trout Club and Mercedes Benz Club of America. Mark enjoyed fishing, boating, racing his 1962 190 SL Mercedes, learning, and teaching. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Mark is survived by his wife, Wendy (Schimmel) Schmiedl, whom he married May 11, 1996; mother, Antoinette Schmiedl; children, Samantha (Aaron Sostaric) Schmiedl and Matthew Schmiedl, all of Sandusky; brothers, Kurt (Beryl) Schmiedl of New Hampshire and Eric (Tammie Vasek) Schmiedl of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Schmiedl, in 2013.
Robert McCleary `78 Career Recap
In memory of Beth Irwin Lewis 1934-2023
Beth Irwin Lewis, 1934-2023
Noted scholar, cultural historian of German modern art, loving mother, equal partner, steadfast feminist, and committed organic gardener, Dr. Beth Irwin Lewis died March 3, 2023, in Oberlin, Ohio. In appropriate fashion, a woman who lived a life of her mind, defined and led by the independence of her thoughts and convictions, concluded her 8-year struggle with dementia with grace days after her 89th birthday.
Born in Mashhad, Iran, before the outbreak of World War II, Beth Louise Irwin held a global perspective on the intersection of politics, religion, and culture throughout her life. The daughter of missionaries Rev. J. Mark Irwin and Ruth Hoffman Irwin, her childhood was defined by vivid memories of Russian, German, British, and American interests in the oilfields of Persia, and her harrowing evacuation with her older sister, Mary Lynette, and her mother by merchant and prison transport ships across the Pacific between 1942-43.
Although she returned to Iran after the war, Beth came stateside and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The College of Wooster (’56) and completed her doctorate from The University of Wisconsin (’69) working with Prof. George L. Mosse. Beth met and married fellow graduate student D. Arnold Lewis in 1958, and their research travels over the next year through post-war Europe and the Middle East initiated a 58-year fruitful and loving partnership. She gave birth to daughter Martha and twin sons, David and Paul, published a comprehensive analysis of George Grosz, served on the Board of Education for the Wooster City Schools, co-authored as a Member of Session the 1979 report calling for gender equality in the language used throughout the Presbyterian Church, and held positions as Associate Director of Admissions, and Secretary of The College of Wooster all before her 48th year.
While granted the title, Affiliated Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Art History at Wooster, Beth navigated her own academic career, achieving international recognition for her scholarship and writing from 1982 through 2009. She was invited by UCLA as a Visiting Associate Professor for multiple years between 1982-1987, held the positions of Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center, Scholar in Residence at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton between 1989-1994.
Beth’s scholarship illuminated the intersections between power, politics, and art. She was keenly interested in public perception of culture and wrote foundational scholarship on the depiction of women in modern art. Her essay, “Lustmord: Violence against Women in Early Twentieth-Century German Art,” solicited invitations by Stanford, Harvard, Wisconsin, UCLA, Pomona, and Iowa, among others, for keynote lectures. She co-authored Persuasive Images: Poster of Art and Revolution with Peter Paret and Paul Paret (Princeton University Press, 1992), and her book George Grosz: Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic, first printed in 1971, was revised and reissued in 1991 (Princeton University Press) and has been translated into Italian and Japanese.
Following a decade of archival research, Beth completed her substantial work, Art for All? The Collision of Modern Art and the Public in Late-Nineteenth-Century Germany in 2003 (Princeton University Press). Her 448-page opus challenged the dominant Francophile narrative of modern art, positioning the role of mass art exhibitions and popular culture as central to the rise of German national identity, modernity, and the subsequent reaction of the European Avant-Garde. Upon publication, the book was hailed as “..the most innovative book on German art written in the last decade or so, and will certainly be the one that sets the standards while also formulating the questions for future studies.” (R. Heller)
Throughout her life, Beth remained keenly grounded and attuned to the interdependence of the earth and human life. The self-sufficiency that defined her childhood in the mission field was brought to annual cycles of sumptuous garden cultivation, harvesting, and canning, and early adoption of diets for a small planet. Among her children’s earliest memories are of forays into homemade yogurt, Tigers Milk with brewers’ yeast, and unending boxes of organic flour and heirloom grains from Walnut Acres. Her hands were never still, whether steeped in soil or enmeshed in a whir of knitting needles, the latter often while simultaneously reading or listening.
After 47 years of maintaining a 19th-century farmhouse in Wooster, Ohio, Beth with her husband, architectural historian Arn Lewis, moved to Kendal at Oberlin in 2011. She is survived by her sister, her three children, all architects, and four grandchildren: Astrid, Quinn, Sarabeth, and Maximo. At her dignified passing, she was encircled by her children and long-time friend Sara Patton. A memorial celebration of her life, spirit, and work is planned for this summer.
In Memory of J. Lee Kreader
Jan Lee Kreader
Jan Lee Kreader passed away in Los Angeles, CA, on February 26, 2023, after a long illness. Lee was born Edward Dale Cronk to Margaret Cronk on December 5, 1945, in Omaha, NE. In an act of love and self-sacrifice, Margaret relinquished her son for adoption to the Nebraska Children’s Home when he was several weeks old. Lee was joyfully adopted by his parents Helen and Colman “Mannie” Kreader in February 1946. Lee was raised through eighth grade in Dalton, NE, near the family’s wheat farm. They spent the winters of 1952 and 1953 in Tucson, AZ where Lee attended the Brandes School to recover from rheumatic fever he contracted in first grade. Lee’s family moved to Lincoln, NE, in 1959, when his father became the president of the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association. Lee loved music and played the accordion as a child, studied piano in high school, and attended Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO every summer. Lee graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1963 and went on to receive his B.A. in U.S. History in 1967, from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH.
Lee married his Rocky Ridge and high school sweetheart Barbara Barlow in 1967. Lee and Barb had two children, Benjamin Colman in 1969, and Eleanor Alice in 1973. After receiving a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Lee completed his M.A. in U.S History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and returned to the College of Wooster to teach history.
When Lee was drafted for the Vietnam War, he successfully petitioned to be classified as a Conscientious Objector on moral grounds. To fulfill his alternative service to his country, Lee and his family moved to Chicago in 1971, where he established and directed Sheridan Center, a bilingual social service and mental health center that provided a comprehensive neighborhood response to the needs of low-income children and families in the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field. Lee flourished at Sheridan Center and found his life’s calling assisting vulnerable communities and at-risk children, transforming his childhood aspiration to become a Presbyterian minister into a career in social service.
In 1975, Lee went on to direct Broadway Children’s Center before becoming Director of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s day care and after-school programs in 1980. After a brief tenure as the Executive Director of The Day Care Action Council of Illinois, Lee completed his Ph.D. in U.S. Social History from the University of Chicago in 1988, authoring his dissertation on the life of Isaac Max Rubinow, a leading theorist on the idea of social insurance during the New Deal. In 1990, Lee became Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ state-wide resource and referral project, helping families find quality affordable child care.
After Lee and Barb divorced in 1998, he embarked on a new chapter, moving to New York City to work as a Senior Policy Analyst and later Co-Director of Child Care & Early Education Research Connections at the National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. While there, he launched Research Connections which synthesized research on child care subsidy use and infant and toddler child care into a standard resource for professionals throughout the country. Soon after moving to New York, Lee met his life partner Kay Hendon, who shared his commitment to child care and early childhood education and his sense of adventure exploring the city’s endless cultural offerings. Lee embraced Kay’s family as his own and cherished his role in their lives, sharing his love and guidance with her children and grandchildren.
Lee inherited the “fiesta gene” from his parents and knew how to have fun. He loved cheering on his favorite teams – the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees. Lee also loved show tunes (preferably from Judy or Liza) and was known for his ability to spontaneously warble the perfect lyric to sum up any situation. He had an affinity for Siamese cats, collected cardinals, rubber duckies and wind-up toys, and found it hard to resist a good old-fashioned pun.
Lee was a loving father, grandfather, and partner. He was also a devoted friend who loved his friends as family. Having been an “only child” for seven decades, he was overjoyed to learn that he had six siblings – three brothers and a sister through his birth mother Margaret Cronk Wortman and a brother and sister through his birth father Joseph Grigalauski. Not long after the discovery in 2017, Lee was able to meet all but one of his siblings, as well as their extended families. He relished his new role as the older brother to his brothers and sisters and delighted in being an uncle and great-uncle to their many children and grandchildren.
Lee is survived by his former wife Barbara Skalinder of Highland Park, IL; his son Ben (Gary Trethaway) Kreader of Los Angeles, CA; his daughter Eleanor (Paul) Zwart and granddaughter Antonia “Nia” Zwart of Rohnert Park, CA; his brother Mike (Kathy) Wortman of Lincoln, NE; his sister Sue (Tom) Millsap of Lincoln, NE; his brother Mark (Deb) Wortman of Elkhorn, NE; his brother Paul (Sue) Wortman of Elkhorn, NE; his sister Kathy (Dan) Waldron of Loves Park, IL; his cousin George Bryan of Omaha, NE; and many treasured nieces and nephews.
Lee is also survived by his life partner Kay Hendon of New Haven, CT, and her family, including: daughter Sarah Hendon and grandson Sammy Hendon-Dahl of East Haven, CT; Sammy’s father Lawrence Dahl of Madison, WI; son Luke (Lara Loyd) Hendon and grandsons Liam and Emory Hendon of Cheshire, CT; granddaughter Annie Beckett of Boston, MA and grandson Taran Besant of St. Paul, MN, children of Kay’s late daughter Jean (Christophe) Hendon Besant.
Lee was preceded in death by his adoptive and birth parents; his uncle and aunt Donald “Swede” and Mildred Kreader; his granddaughter Helen Zwart; his brother Charles Grigalauski; and his niece Megan Boyer.
Remembering Mary Ann (Eberhart) Litchfield, Class ...
Mary Ann Pogue
Family and classmates gathered in Tucson, Arizona on February 25, 2023 to remember Mary Ann (Eberhart) Litchfield, Class of 1964.
Back row, l to r. Andrew Ellison (‘x90), Elizabeth (Eberhart) Glick (’81), Steven Glick (’79)
Front row, l to r. Tricia (Eberhart) Miller (’84), Karen Eberhart (’91), Mary Ann (Hartley) Pogue (’64), Audrey (Acton) Lewis (daughter of Mary Ann Litchfield), Art Acton (’64)
Woo at Stonehenge
A semi-chance encounter of Dave & Cheryl (Trautmann) Boop ’85, Pat (Murray) Wiedner ’60 (Cheryl’s mom), and Christopher Myers ’93 at Stonehenge last summer. (Cheryl sings with Christopher’s aunt in a choir that was in-residence at nearby Wells Cathedral.)
Wooster grads meet in Dayton
Dave Beckman ’84, Craig Elam ’10, and Araam Abboud ’19. All enjoyed an evening at a University of Dayton Flyers basketball game February 10th of this year. No matter how much time separates the graduation years the connection is strong.
McKenzie (Reese) Hull `19 Wedding
McKenzie Hull (Reese) ’19 married Brock Hull on August 13th 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio. Pictured are backrow L to R Eleri Miller ’19, Ashley Plassard ’19, Marija Cyvas ’19, Cami Miller ’20, Mayia Karayianni ’19, Anna Medema ’20, Womens volleyball coach Sarah Davis. Front Row: Eva Stebel ’19, Jordan Murray ’19, Erin Pascoe (Rajewski) ’19, Ksenia Klue ’18.
Obituary for Mary Lu Van Kirk Mertz, Class of 1950
Mary Lu Mertz
Obituary for Mary Lu (“Ghee”) Van Kirk Mertz
The Marriage of Julia Garcia and Patric Marshall, ...
We met freshmen year at The College of Wooster, but didn’t start dating until our junior year. After college, we had a long distance relationship between our home towns of Chicago and Milwaukee, which only became longer when Patric moved to California and I moved to Wisconsin for grad school. We got engaged in 2020, and married in September of 2022, with some of our closest Wooster friends in our wedding party and in attendance at our wedding. Wooster was integral in not only uniting us, but surrounding us by incredible friends who have become family over the years. We are forever grateful to the college for bringing all of us together.
In Memory of Sylvia Spencer Petrie ’53
Sylvia Spencer Petrie, 90, passed away on August 9th, 2021, at her Peace Dale home surrounded by members of her family. She was the widow of Rhode Island poet (and long-time University of Rhode Island faculty member) Paul Petrie. Sylvia was born on June 15, 1931 to Ruth Clark Spencer and Dr. Warren P. Spencer. She grew up in Wooster, Ohio, where her father was a professor of genetics at Wooster College. As a young child, she traveled with her mother to visit her mother’s birthplace of Rio de Janeiro, and this Brazilian connection has always been important to her.
Sylvia attended Wooster College where she was awarded the Netta Strain Scott Prize in art and earned a BA. She always looked back fondly on her time there. After graduating from Wooster, she made her way to the University of Iowa where she studied printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky. It was there that she met and married Paul, her late beloved husband of 58 years, who was studying creative writing. They fell in love over their shared love of music, singing the romantic songs of Rodgers and Hart together. She continued to devote time to her art while they started a family. Sylvia and Paul sometimes worked symbiotically in their art and poetry, with each occasionally drawing inspiration from the other’s work. She exhibited her artwork in many venues, including one-person shows in Providence, Boston and even England. She was a member of several artist groups, notably the Print Consortium and 19 on Paper. Her work ranged between realism and abstraction but it always revealed a strong love for nature and a sensitivity to the interplay of light and shadow.
Though an accomplished artist, she always put her family first. A devoted mother and grandmother, she leaves behind three children: Philip, Emily and Lisa, and their spouses, and five grandchildren whom she doted on. It is impossible to sum up anyone’s personality with just a few words, but like her beloved monoprints, we might paint in broad strokes—Sylvia was curious; Sylvia was compassionate; Sylvia gave what she had with very little thought for herself. She will be sorely missed by all of her family.
For condolences, please visit averystortifuneralhome.com.
Wedding of Meredith Eyre ’13 and Matthew Ger...
We were delighted to celebrate our wedding on July 9th, 2022, in the place where it all began: Wooster! Pictured here are a few of our friends, from left to right: Ben Robertson (’15), Katelyn French (’16), Taylor Thorp (’15), Ryan Kish (’15), Alex Chabraja (’16), Kelsey Jandrey (’13), Emily Lanzola (’13), Andrew Badger (’15), David Freund (’13), Alea Safier (’13), Anna Easterday (’13), Matthew Germaine (’15), Keely Pearce (’13), Meredith Eyre (’13), Emily Thornton (’13), Edmund Shi (’15), Adrienne James (’13), Jack Eyre (’15), Gwen Coddington (’13), Kate Sickles (’13), Elliott Valentine (’16), Whitney Sims (’13).
We had a mini Woo Reunion last weekend. All four couples met at Wooster.
Pictured are: Lois Drinkwater Thompson`73, Edward M Thompson `71, Kathy Echols Hooker `71, William J Hooker `69, Pam Young `71, David Wolf `71,
Not Pictured: Jim `71 and Marsha Ratty `72
Reverend Katie Buckley Harrington `00, new Senior ...
St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC, as the congregation’s Wooster alumni welcome our fellow alumna and new Senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Rev. Katie Buckley Harrington, ’00. Katie is currently the only female Head of Staff in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina. Other alums in this photo are, left to right, Beau McCaffray, ’76, Sue Purves McCaffray, ’76, Rev. Harrington, Phyllis Hancock Leimer, ’58, Jean Rupert Nickol, ’63, and Stephen Nickol, ’63. We are thrilled to have Katie here!
David Koppenhaver recognized for Excellence in Res...
Appalachian State recognized two faculty members with awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Pictured, from left to right: App State Provost Heather Hulburt Norris; Chancellor’s Award recipient Dr. David Koppenhaver, professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education; Provost’s Award recipient Dr. Maggie Sugg, associate professor and departmental honors director in the Department of Geography and Planning; and App State Chancellor Sheri Everts.
Obituary for Petra Martin, Class of 1970
Obituary for Petra (Kuchinsky) Martin
Alumni Weekend October 2022
A group of friends gathered at the home of Amy Clatworthy Daigle. Pictured from left to right – Holly Ferguson `97, Amy Sheldon Bainbridge `97, Jesse Buell Brugel `98, Megan McCabe Postal `97, Amy Clatworthy Daigle `97, Ashley Strigle `97, Liz Conrad Lalmoia `96, Mary Risley `05.
’63 Classmate visit
My wife and I took a road trip this month to visit John and Judy (Krudener) Konnert at their home in Reston, VA. It was a great visit. We talked about how we hope to see our ’63 classmates at our 60th reunion this June. See you there!
MIAMI, FL – January 23, 2023 – Cresa Miami, South Florida’s premier occupier-only commercial real estate firm, is pleased to announce that it has welcomed two new advisors to its team of experts. Alberto Martinez and Benjamin Kuhn have joined the firm to service office and industrial occupiers. This announcement comes on the heels of one of the team’s most successful years to-date, with over $160 million in transactions in 2022 alone.
“Now more than ever, tenants are in need of knowledgeable and loyal partners to guide them through the ever-evolving industry and help make their goals a reality,” said Jeff Hartsook, Managing Principal at Cresa. “With this in mind, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our team and for Benjamin Kuhn to be on board as our newest Advisor. Together, we look forward to building on our existing momentum in the dynamic South Florida market.”
Born and raised in South Florida, Kuhn has witnessed the city’s immense economic development firsthand. In his new role, Kuhn’s immediate focus is on business development and market research. Prior to joining Cresa, he served as a property manager for WaterFront Realty Group. Kuhn holds a BA from the College of Wooster where he studied Communications and Business Economics.
“2022 was a monumental year for the Cresa team in South Florida,” said Tim Rivers, Market Leader – Florida for Cresa. “Much like our roster of deals, our team and client roster continues to grow at an impressive rate across the state. With the recent addition of Bob Schneiderman in Boca Raton and Lauren Rizzo in our Tampa office, we’re excited to continue our momentum in 2023 and beyond.”
In Memory of Elmer E. Selby Jr.
Elmer E. Selby
Elmer Everett Selby Jr. age 92, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on November 2, 2022. He was the son of the late Elmer Everett Selby and Clara Summers Moist Selby and was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Ann Scheidemantle Selby of 54 years. Elmer is survived by his daughter Heather (Bruce) Smith of Davidson, NC, son Scott (Judy) Selby of Endwell, NY, son Craig (Nan) Selby of Ashland, OH, sister Clara (John) Kelly, grandchildren Kevin Selby, Emily (Andrew) Torba, Tyler and Jared Smith, Melanie Irvine-Selby, great-grandchildren Sophia and Samuel Torba, and sister-in-law Mariellen Burkhart as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Born on July 22, 1930, in Charleston, WV, Elmer grew up moving between his hometown and Carnegie, PA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The College of Wooster in Ohio and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Immediately following his final exam, Elmer flew to Pittsburgh to begin a very successful career with Westinghouse Electric Company. Shortly afterwards, he transferred to Westinghouse in Horseheads. There he rose from Assistant Engineer to Fellow Engineer, working with luminescent screens (awarded a patent), photosensitive surfaces, and clean manufacturing environments with assignments in both Engineering and Manufacturing Departments. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, a member of the American Society for Testing & Materials Committee, Chairman of the Task Force on Surface Examination, and more. During his 35 years of employment, he became involved in metallurgy and nondestructive analysis, was manager of the Chemical & Physical Laboratory, and was involved in Quality Control. One interesting accomplishment was his work on the camera Neil Armstrong used on the moon. Shortly after arriving in Horseheads, Elmer married his college sweetheart in 1955. They settled in Elmira and had two children, Heather and Scott. When Craig was born, they decided the house was too small and moved to Holiday Drive in Horseheads. After retiring, Elmer and Bev spent the winters in a condo in Seminole, FL near Bev’s mother and sister.
Elmer reached the rank of Eagle in his Boy Scout troop, being a role model for his grandsons to do the same. He enjoyed years of camping, hiking, and canoeing as well as earning merit badges. He eventually worked in leadership positions in Troop 33 of Elmira and became the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chairperson of 44 in Horseheads. He was awarded an outstanding service award for his untiring work with Boy Scout Troop 44 and the Claude V Furman Memorial Trophy from the Sullivan Trail Council for promoting “good camping and the love of nature”.
As an active member of the Presbyterian church, Elmer taught Sunday School and served as an Elder and a Deacon. He had a lifelong love for travel, having explored 49 states, Canada, and many European countries. He was also an avid reader of scientific journals and religious books. Elmer was an enthusiastic stamp and coin collector. As a member of basketball teams in college and at Westinghouse, he took full advantage of his 6’5” height. Spelunking was always an adventure and included repelling into shafts to measure rooms and corridors of many unexplored caverns, including a new area of Organ Cave. Other favorite activities included bowling, golf, high school track, and beating everyone in card games.
Elmer was well known as a caregiver. After his wife, Bev, developed Parkinson’s Disease, he retired early to travel with her and then to take care of her physical needs. During her 27 years of suffering, he never wavered in his care of her, showing everyone what it means to fulfill his marriage vow, “in sickness and in health”. A worship service celebrating Elmer’s life was held on Monday, November 7th. He was then laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads.
Wooster get together, Breckenridge, CO
I was lucky enough to enjoy a Wooster girls trip to Breckenridge Colorado with Monica Brym `98 and my daughter Elise `25.
In memoriam of Shirley J. Wright ’64
Shirley J. Wright of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away at home on Sunday October 9, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.
Daughter of Agnes and Joseph Wright of Burlington, New Jersey, she is survived by her beloved wife, Robin Rose, sisters-in-laws, Wendy Rose Sanchez and Charity Rose, nieces Becca Niendorff, Margaret Hageman, Sara Gardner, Mary Alice and Gabriela Romero Rose, nephews Stephen Niendorff, Harry Sanders, Ben Rose, Thomas Rose, Gabe Sanchez, Bobby Sanchez, and Julian Romero Rose. She is also survived by her loving brothers-in-laws, Richard Niendorff and Martin Sanchez and was pre-deceased by one additional brother-in-law, Charles David Rose. In her life, illness and death Shirley and her wife Robin were supported by many family members and a community of devoted and loving friends who are their extended family.
Shirley was educated at Burlington New Jersey High School, The College of Wooster, Northwestern University, and the University of Connecticut. She valued education and as a financial aid officer at UConn, Wheaton College and Brown University she was dedicated to making educational opportunities accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. After retiring as Associate Director of Financial Aid at Brown University, she worked for several years as the Scholarship Director at the College Crusade in Providence. Her passion for educational equity was palpable and through her work she helped transform the lives of countless students.
For the past eight years, she participated in the Grace Notes Singers group which sings for the terminally ill. She loved the women who sang and the compassionate work of the group. She served as treasurer and as a member of the steering committee.
Shirley was an avid reader who devoured three newspapers a day and countless books on a monthly basis. She cherished vibrant and thoughtful conversations about complex issues of social justice and politics. She loved canoeing and camping with friends, snorkeling, travel, walking the family pets and appreciating the natural world. She was a highly educated environmentalist and treasured her time in the woods, on rivers, in the mountains or in the presence of old growth forests. The natural world was her sacred space.
Shirley was committed to addressing issues of social justice and to making a positive difference in the world. She did so through her philanthropy, her service, and her daily interactions with others. Her generous spirit, compassion and ability to be truly present to others was a gift to many. The most appropriate way to honor her is by sharing your resources with organizations of your choosing or with: Save the Bay Rhode Island, Save the Bay Dr. Providence, RI 02905 or The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907.
A Celebration of Life service was held in her honor on Monday, October 17th.
In Memory of Robert Tignor
Robert “Bob” L. Tignor, 89 years old, passed away after a short illness on December 9 in his home in Princeton, NJ.
Bob, a dedicated father, husband, and scholar, was born in Philadelphia on November 20, 1933. His father, Bob M. Tignor, was the minister of the Yeadon Presbyterian church and his mother, Martha, taught high school Latin. The oldest of five, Bob was a natural leader whose work ethic emerged in childhood – from the classroom to the sports fields to his first job at the Breyers ice cream factory. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in 1955 and his Ph.D. at Yale University before joining the faculty at Princeton University, where he taught for 46 years until 2006. He was the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Emeritus, and a pathbreaking scholar of British colonialism and its aftermath, world history, and the modern histories of Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya. He was also affiliated with the Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Program in African Studies and served as director of the latter from 1970 to 1979.
As a teacher, Bob offered Princeton’s first courses in African history. As a scholar, he immersed himself in the study of the continent, learning Arabic and exploring new historical methods, including ethnographic accounts of the roles of the Kamba, Kikuyu and Maasai peoples of East Africa in the rise and fall of the British empire in Kenya. His research took him to Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, England, and Kenya, countries where he and his family would live during sabbatical years.
His 14 years as chair of the Department of History was considered transformative, as he helped push the intellectual frontiers of the department beyond Europe and North America. He supported the creation of new kinds of courses, in new fields, with connections and support for interdisciplinary international studies, especially in African, Asian and Latin American studies, and initiated graduate and undergraduate courses in world history. He focused on empire and capitalism before either topic was fashionable, writing seven books on African history. His book “Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World: 1300 to the Present” (Norton, 2002), a two-volume history of the world, is generally regarded as the defining scholarly work in the field and the leading college-level textbook on global history.
A full list of Bob’s publications and academic honors are included in the Princeton University obituary. [https://www.princeton.edu/news/2022/12/21/robert-tignor-distinguished-egyptologist-and-historian-wonderful-mentor-and]]
Beyond his own scholarship, Bob was a dedicated mentor to generations of undergraduate and graduate students in modern African history and modern world history. Among his graduate students, many of whom went on to prestigious academic careers, he is remembered for his wry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach.
The easy athleticism and competitive spirit that Bob showed as a child – from the swimming pool to the basketball court to the football field where he played quarterback on his intramural college team – continued into his adulthood. Among colleagues and friends, he was known as a fierce and fearsome tennis and squash player. His childhood loyalty to Philadelphia sports teams never wavered, and he was equally devoted to his Princeton Tigers as an adult. A passionate spectator, Bob’s game-watching moods ranged from sheer glee to total exasperation. He never shied away from letting the refs know when he disagreed with a call – which was not infrequently – or voicing his opinions when watching games on TV (and sometimes waking up his sleeping children in the process).
Bob was fair, honest, and deeply committed to helping others, most especially through education. Not one to slow down in “retirement,” he continued writing, publishing books on the Nobel-winning economist W. Arthur Lewis, a short history of Egypt, and a biography of Anwar al-Sadat. He also completed revisions of “Worlds Together, Worlds Apart” and wrote a companion volume. Bob continued his work as a member on the Board of Trustees for The College of Wooster, a role that brought him great pleasure. He volunteered as a reader for the blind; worked with struggling elementary school learners in the read-aloud program at a local elementary school, and helped women living in a shelter get their GED. Bob offered adult education lectures to the Princeton community and held advanced group history discussions in his home for a group of motivated high school students.
Among many things, his family will remember his commitment to summer vacations on Cape Cod spanning 60 years and countless trips taking children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the Brewster General store.
Bob’s wife of 66 years, Marian, suffered a fatal stroke on Dec. 15, just six days after Bob’s death. He was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey David Tignor, who died in 2003. He is survived by his brother, Richard Tignor; his sisters, Joan Tiernan and Judy Russo; his daughters, Laura Tignor and Sandra Selby and husband Trevor Selby; four grandchildren, Hilde McKernan, Sam Cobb, Owen Selby and Isabel Selby; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Harper McKernan.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton, New Jersey, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023.
Obituary Jay Sherwood
Jay Sherwood (’69) passed away in British Columbia in October, 2022. He is survived by wife Linda (’71) and his two sons and daughter-in-law. Following college, Jay and Linda married and moved to Montana for a few years, where Jay completed an AA in Surveying and worked first for the US Forest Service and later for a surveying firm based in Vancouver, BC. In the mid-1970s, Jay completed certification as a teacher at the University of Calgary and an MA in History at the University of Montana. During his three-decade career as a teacher-librarian in BC and Alberta elementary schools, Jay was heavily involved in school outdoor education programs and environmental studies. He shared his skills in snowshoeing, camping, canoeing, and hiking with many students over the years. After retirement Jay launched a second career as an author, making good use of his history degrees as he conducted interviews and researched materials about the history of surveying in BC in the early 20th century. To date, a dozen of his books have been published, with several winning awards.
Gregory Elected President of the Association of Me...
Jill Gregory `95 has been a practicing medical illustrator since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998, and has spent her entire career in academic medical centers in New York City. She started out as a staff medical illustrator at Beth Israel Medical Center, and is currently the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In this position, she creates visual materials for academic purposes: journal articles, textbook chapters, and in-classroom and online education. She also teaches classes and workshops in effective data visualization for medical and graduate students. She is especially interested in the intersection of medical illustration and instructional design, and believes that while the medical education field knows about and depends on imagery to teach, there is a vast opportunity for medical illustrators to go beyond image-making into influencing how content is taught.
Author Gary Pierce Brown `66
Gary Pierce Brown
I am a graduate of Wooster, class of 1966, and a retired pastor living in the Finger Lakes of western New York. My late wife, Martha Eshelman Brown (known as “Marty”), was in the class of 1965. My second children’s book, entitled Maggie of the Crooked Lake, a true story about my current dog, is about to be published, and is in memory of Martha.
My first children’s book, Willy of the Crooked Lake, was about a previous rescue dog we found, and it was published in 2015. This book was a fund-raiser to help complete a new shelter at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath, NY — we raised approximately $40,000 for that project, along with providing matching funds and connections that brought in tens of thousands more in support. I did book signings at the Lowry Center at a class reunion with the Willy book. Approximately 1800 Willy books have been distributed thus far. My wonderful collaborator and illustrator for the Willy book is an artist friend of many decades, Bonnie Mitchell, and the book was self-published.
Maggie of the Crooked Lake, also self-published and also illustrated by Bonnie, will be a fund-raiser for two organizations dear to my heart: CareFirstNY, a hospice organization headquartered in Painted Post NY, and Bampa’s House, a comfort care home located in Corning NY. CareFirst helped me take care of my wife when she was terminally ill in 2014, and the current headquarters of CareFirstNY is located on what was once my grandparents’ land, in a decommissioned school once named for my grandfather. Bampa’s House was created by the family of one of my high school friends and is located in my original home town of Corning. The rationale, in part, for the choice of the two agencies is that Maggie was picked out at the SPCA by my wife before her illness (and her care by hospice), and the story relates how I lost my wife and how Maggie then “rescued” me and became my dog.
Adam and Taylor Clark `20 Wedding
Adam Clark `20 and Taylor Wood `20 wedding was on October 15, 2022. Many Wooster Alumni were in attendance at the wedding.
Jake Cohen `21-kneeling, Justin Robinson `20, Adam and Taylor Clark (Wood)`20-bride and groom,
Seth Green `20, Morgan Barnett `21-bridesmaid, Kate O’Doherty `21-bridesmaid, Nick Straughsbaugh `20
“Most Interesting People of 2023”
Gabe Wasylko ’19 was named one of the “Most Interesting People of 2023” by Cleveland Magazine. Wasylko’s breathtaking images of Cleveland’s skyline have earned him more than 20 thousand social media followers. He also works as Destination Cleveland’s social media manager. https://clevelandmagazine.com/in-the-cle/people/articles/gabe-wasylko-most-interesting-people-2023
Photo Credit: Cleveland Magazine
Kenny Libben Elected to International Museum Board
Kenny Libben (2010) was recently elected to the board of the International Council of Museum’s committee for Regional Museums (ICOM-ICR).
Tierney Burnard Wedding 2022
Charlotte Tierney ’16 married Connor Burnard on April 2, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee surrounded by their cherished Wooster family.
Back: Kathleen Hogg ’16, Spencer Zeigler, Emily Hrovat ’16, Shannan Burrows ’17, Fox Dickey ’16, Dan Ludin ’17, Jen Whitehall ’18, Whitney Spaulding ’16, Gina Malfatti Brennan ’17.
Front: James May ’16, Leah Zavaleta ’16, Maddy Baker ’16, Sarah Van Oss ’16, Gillian Spangler ’16 (on Sarah’s phone), Tori Horvath ’16, Connor Burnard, Charlotte Tierney, Madeline Horvat ’17, Riley Bundren ’14, Jo Turner ’14, Levi Fawcett ’15.
On June 25, 2022 Von Chorbajian (Class of 2008) married his loving partner of twelve years Michael DiPietro in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The newlyweds were delighted to have so many Wooster alumni in attendance to celebrate and are grateful for the many years of close friendship.
Left to right Alana Cuellar ’09 and her husband Paul Howe, Paula Clark ’08, Kate Blair ’09 and her wife Maureen Sill ’10
Front row Joe Besl ’09 Laura Seaman ’09 and Caitlin Fetters ’09 – also in attendance were Julia Hendrickson ’08 and her husband Anthony Creeden
Class of ’17 reunion at Elchert and Fisher W...
Allie Elchert (’17) married Tanner Fisher in September 2022 at the Brengman Brothers Winery in Traverse City, Michigan. Many of their friends from Wooster were in attendance! Two of Allie’s bridesmaids, Clara Deck and Abbey Partika, graduated with her in 2017.
Pictured from left to right:
Back row: Warren Lewis (’17), Fritz Schoenfeld (’17), Giancarlo Stefanutti (’17), Garret Hodos (’17)
Front row: Jack Berthiaume (’17), Elena Soyer (’17), Lucy Heller (’17), Abbey Partika (’17), Tanner Fisher, Allie Elchert (’17), Clara Deck (’17), Lia Adams, Grace Gamble (’17), Sophie Nathanson (’17)
Eric Petry `14 Marries Rachel Meyer
Eric Petry’14 married Rachel Meyer on September 24, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by friends and family, including many fellow Scots.
Pictured from left to right: (Front row) Gina Christo ’14, Erica Rickey ‘14; (Middle row) Alex Dereix ‘14, Oliver Paul ‘14; (Back row) Dylan Jurcik ‘14, Rachel Meyer, Eric Petry ’14, Ian Wilson ‘14, Ryan Snyder ‘14
Also in attendance: Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr. ’69, Louisa Oliver ’68, Professor John Rudisill.
Suzanne McMillen Goerger
Suzanne McMillen Goerger passed away peacefully at her home October 4, 2022. Suzanne was born June 15,1954 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of The College of Wooster class of 1976 and North Carolina State University and dedicated her career in service to people who are challenged in life with developmental intellectual disabilities and/or mental illness. Suzanne had a gracious, generous and gentle heart and especially enjoyed the simpler things in life: a cup of strong coffee in the morning, a glass of wine shared with the company of family and friends, dinner parties, holiday get togethers, laughter, walks on the beach, floating in her kayak, a kiss on her cheek, a hug, and the giggles of her grandchildren who she loved most of all.
Paula Hykes Dowd ’55
Paula J. Dowd (nee Hykes) beloved wife of the late John C. “Jack”; mother of Lisa J. Schott (Stuart), Laurel K. Dowd, Julia D. Corcoran (Everard) and the late Robert C. Dowd; grandmother of Steven Schott (Valerie) and Lee Schott (Paia) and Claire Corcoran and Ellen Corcoran; great-grandmother of Evelyn and Rowan Schott; sister of the late Brian Hykes. Private burial was held at Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Honored Community Activist: Julialynne Walker
Julialynne Walker has had more careers than many could hope to have in a single lifetime. Over her decades of travel across the United States and Africa, she has been a teacher, lawyer, trailblazer, librarian, school administrator, public health professional. Now, she draws upon her rich body of experience to strengthen neighborhood cohesion in Bronzeville through community gardening as the manager of Bronzeville Growers Market & Agricademy.
Julialynne displayed her ability to change institutions early in life. She became the first graduate of the Black Studies program at the College of Wooster by challenging the college to formally recognize the importance of black history and culture.
After receiving her undergraduate degree, Julialynne moved to Africa to teach in Tanzania for three years in the early 70s. This experience taught her she needed to become better prepared if she was going to work towards systemic change in struggling communities. She returned to the United States and worked as a librarian at Cornell before obtaining her law degree from Northwestern in 1979. Afterwards she worked as a legal services attorney in Chicago for ten years before returning to education as an associate dean at Memphis State. During this time, she became involved with the liberation movement in South Africa and wanted to recommit herself fully to social change in Africa. So, she returned to Africa to oversee the School for International Training’s study abroad program in Zimbabwe and Ghana.
She moved to South Africa after the end of apartheid in 1994 and continued to contribute to social change in the region through conducting diversity and inclusion training and eventually AIDS advocacy. She stayed for 15 years before returning to Ohio.
After a whirlwind of a career abroad, Julialynne returned her focus to a practice that had always brought her stability and comfort throughout her life–gardening and farming. She began by volunteering in the community garden at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bronzeville, which her family had helped found over 100 years ago. She began by growing tomatoes for the church’s community lunch program and eventually establishing the Bronzeville Grower’s Market at 17th and Mt. Vernon, which is open July 1st – September 30th every Thursday from 3-6pm. The location was picked specifically because it is a food desert where there are few options for buying fresh produce in the area.
Always the teacher, Julialynne also established the Bronzeville Agricademy, which is a ten week gardening course that welcomes Bronzeville residents of all levels of gardening experience to learn the basics of sustainable food production and nutrition. A core component of the program’s approach is to help people develop relationships to support each other’s growth as gardeners. She continues to work to support the creation of a “healthy living corridor” within Bronzeville, where her former students can continue to expand their gardening capacity and begin to move into commercially viable urban farming.
As the pandemic has spurred a gardening renaissance, Julialynne has big plans to work with her growing network on addressing many of the barriers that have inhibited urban farming at the policy level. On June 29th, she will convene a first-ever meeting of community gardeners from the near east side at the Franklin Park Conservatory to discuss how they can combine their knowledge and person-power to expand the definition of what is possible for communities to achieve for themselves with regard to food sovereignty.
Julialynne Walker has one piece of advice for the young people she advises that is especially important during our era of rapid social and political change: “It is completely irresponsible for me to tell you what career path you should pursue. You cannot begin to anticipate how the world will change around you and what path it will take you on. Focus on your attitude and obtaining skills and the rest will follow.”
Post Pandemic Wooster Reunion
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.
Trip to Wooster
Had a wonderful trip to Wooster, perfect October gorgeous day on the steps of the Gault Alumni House!
Lizzi Beal `12 Marries Michael Bramer
Lizzi (Beal) Bramer ‘12 married Michael Bramer on June 25, 2022 in Louisville, KY.
Backrow from left to right, Ron Beal ‘84, Liz Striegl ‘12, Devin Grandi ‘13, Zoë (Zwegat) Schmid ‘14. Front row from left to right, Kelley Johnson ‘13, Lizzi (Beal) Bramer ‘12, Liz (Crannell) Pratt ‘11, and Jordan Dieterle ’13.
These graduates independently found their way to OceanView retirement community in Falmouth, ME and grouped-up when they learned of each other’s Wooster backgrounds. In early October, they hosted Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Quin Brunner, for a lovely breakfast of Wooster reminiscing.
Left to right: Quin Brunner (Assistant Director of Annual Giving), Alice Bredenberg’59, Carolyn Jenks’60, Stephen Jenks’61, Lyall Rogers’58, Judy Hyde’59, and also at OceanView but not pictured, Dick Hyde’57.
Emily Corwin, Class of 2013, married Joseph Thornton on October 15, 2022 with friends and family in attendance in southern Michigan. Three of Emily’s bridesmaids, Grace (Miller) Kramer, Keely Pearce, and Gwen (Symons) Coddington, graduated with her in 2013 from Wooster.
Pictured from left to right: Meredith Eyre (’13), Keely Pearce (’13), Emily Corwin (’13), Adrienne James (’13), Grace (Miller) Kramer (’13), Gwen (Symons) Coddington (’13), and Matthew Germaine (’15).
Frederick R Nobbs, Jr
Frederick R Nobbs, Jr, Class of 1959, BA Economics, and member of 2nd Section Kappa Phi Sigma & Wooster Swim Team, passed away October 14, 2022 in Doylestown, PA. He and his Wooster sweetheart, Priscilla (née Thorne), were married 62 years. Read full obituary at varcoethomasfuneralhome.com
In Memory of Jack Scaff ’57
|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.|
Jackie Straub McMakin — Obituary
Jackie McMakin died on October 2nd, 2022, at age 88 in Shelburne, VT. She left this world the way she tried to live in it – present, active, and mindful. Her last week was spent reading contemplative texts, taking long canoe rides in Lake Champlain, writing, corresponding with friends, walking in the forest, skinny-dipping in the Lake, listening to Verdi’s Requiem, and enjoying time with her children.
Jackie grew up in New Rochelle, New York, the daughter of Robert and Virginia Straub. There she met the three great loves of her life – religious studies, her husband Dave (they were the Presbyterian church youth group together), and music. At the College of Wooster in Ohio, she majored in religion, kept dating Dave, and directed the campus choral group. Her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Jackie and Dave were married after graduation, and she moved to Japan where Dave was serving in the Air Force. Called to service, she and Dave then moved to Taegu, South Korea where they worked at a Presbyterian mission for two years, helping that nation with its post-war healing and reconstruction. From there they took the trip of a lifetime, taking a year to explore Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt.
Jackie’s early passions were church and civil rights. Integration was on everyone’s mind in the early sixties, and Jackie helped create sister bonds between white and black churches in DC. This interest in what we have in common versus what separates us led to her focus on bringing together different denominations and faiths in ecumenical settings, a master’s degree in religion from the Catholic University of America, and teaching posts at DC-area seminaries.
Jackie and Dave joined the Church of the Savior, an ecumenical church on Massachusetts Avenue, and were active members there for many years. During this time, Jackie began to write professionally, publishing more than 130 articles in national religious publications, mostly on ecumenism, spiritual development, and lay leadership as well as co-authoring the Doorways to Christian Growth series of books with Rhoda Nary.
Later, she joined Sonya Dyer to create The Lab, a series of workshops focused on vocational discernment that started rooted in the Christian tradition but which they then broadened to include the full breadth and richness of human spiritual experience. With Sonya, she co-authored Working from the Heart.
In retirement, she and Dave moved from D.C to Vermont. For fifteen years, they would volunteer to help various communities overseas (in places as far-flung as South Africa, Australia, and Lithuania). Most recently, Jackie did a series of workshops for young people in Ukraine, an experience that gave her great joy but that has caused her concern as she has seen conflict envelop that country.
Jackie loved adventure. She and Dave took a big walk or bike ride every summer for more than two decades. Among many trips, they walked across Great Britain, biked from Amsterdam to Marseilles, and biked the length of the Danube.
On her 82nd birthday, Dave bought her an ultra-lite single-person canoe. It was her greatest joy to take that boat out on Lake Champlain during the summer and swim. She also had an abiding love of music. Her grandfather was a noted piano maker, and the apple did not fall far from the tree. Jackie played piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, harmonica, violin, and accordion as well as being able to sight read. Throughout her life, she enjoyed conducting choral ensembles.
In her final years, she became passionate about the environment, penning Our Defining Moment: A Pocket Guide to Creating the Future We Truly Want as well as the death-with-dignity movement that works to guarantee the right of people to choose how they die. She wrote about her commitment to this cause in Looking Forward: Discovering the Art of Dying Well, her final book. At the end of her life, she decided to, “choose her exit ramp from life and not wait until it is too late to make that choice” by voluntarily stopping to eat or drink (VSED), an option for which she was an advocate.
Jackie was preceded in death by Dave and leaves behind two children, Tom McMakin who lives in Montana, and Peg Marshall who lives in Pennsylvania
Tricia Hall ’14 and Andrew Collins ’12 were married on September 10, 2022, in a lovely ceremony in Georgetown, Maine. They were surrounded by friends and family, including the Wooster alumni pictured.
From left to right: Brett Hall (’16), Joe Skonce (’12), Katie (Heugel) Jankowski (’12), Lauren (Klingshirn) Manella (’14), Allison Chin (’14), Jocelyn Lion (’15), Devin Johns (’14), Mac Collins (’71), and Susan (Benson) Collins (’72)
In Memory of Matthew Bieniek ’85
Matt and I were married under Kauke Arch. We remained best of friends and were planning on retiring together. We had two sons that were Matt’s pride and joy.
Dereix Jurcik Wedding 2022
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
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.
Amy Cilimburg `87 on NPR – Inflation Reducti...
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”)
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.
3 Generations Of Wooster Alums Unexpectedly Meet
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.
Mark High ’76, recipient of Stephen H. Schul...
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 Reunion in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.
News Release – Paige Goldberg
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.
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.
Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries ...
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
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.
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
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
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.
Andrew and Madeleine Herst Wedding – 2021
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
Excited about my new genealogy business!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help fellow Wooster alums learn more about their family history!
New job and new home
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 email@example.com.
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).
Jenna E. Watt-Coaker ’85
Jenna E. Watt-Coaker
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.
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!
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)
Grandson graduation from College
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.
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.
Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits ...
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!
Voices of Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Portraits ...
|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
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
Obituary for Dorothy Morley Kantosky
Dorothy Morley Kantosky passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton with her devoted and beloved husband, Bill, by her side. Dorothy was born in Ashtabula, Ohio to Dr. John D. Morley and Genevieve Morley who predeceased her. Dorothy leaves her husband, Bill, her sister, Mary Morley, Her sister, Dr. Jane Kitchen, her brother, David Morley, and her cousins, Dr. Tom Morley and Molly Paccione as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was a proud graduate of the College of Wooster, of the University of Denver school of library science with a master’s degree and of the University of Akron school of law. In addition to working for both the Summit County and Montgomery County Prosecutors’ Offices as well as the Legal Aid Society, Dorothy was in private practice for several years. Dorothy proudly represented all her clients diligently and passionately. Dorothy retired in 2005 to kindly care for Bill’s dad.
Dorothy and Bill had a wonderful marriage of 48 years. They enjoyed traveling around the world on cruises and visiting with all her family members and with Dorothy and Bill’s close friends, Tom and Karen Crothers and Bonnie Shane. She will be most dearly missed by her husband who knows she will rest In peace after a full and kind life. May God bless Dorothy and take care of her. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to Ohio’s hospice of Dayton at 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420, which had taken good care of Dorothy or to Alzheimer’s which took her dear life. A memorial service will be held on May 28, 2022 at the Tobias Funeral Home at 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45249. Please contact Bill Kantosky at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Afghan Welcome Team
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 Memory of Virginia Manning Warren
Virginia Manning Warren passed away on March 01, 2021 following a stroke in September of 2020. The complete obituary can be viewed on Roysten Funeral Home, Middleburg,Va. web site.
I am living in Casper, Wyoming. Is anyone out here that would like to reconnect?