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Timeka Rashid

Class of 1999
Professional Achievements

In May the oldest son of Timeka (Thomas) Rashid99 and Abdul Rashid 94 graduated from the US Airforce Academy. The village that supported him for his time in Colorado Springs are fellow Woo grads

Pia (Edmonds) Long 97 , Heather (McCone) Hustwitz 98 and Ron Hustwitz 95

 

Frederick Downs

Class of 1954
In Memoriam

(Updated with funeral details.)

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved Fred. He died peacefully in the early morning of May 19, after days of vigil by our daughter Susan and me, as well as visits from our sons, Rick and Milton, their wives Sadhana and Sara, and our grandchildren, Arjun and Julia. I know Fred was comforted by having his family with him during his final days.

Fred lived a full and adventurous life, always game to meet and overcome challenges. He leaves behind rich legacies. These include his deep commitment and service to the people of North East India, as well as his extensive contributions to theological education at the Eastern Theological College, in Jorhat (Assam, India), and at the United Theological College in Bangalore (Karnataka, India). He also made important contributions as a church historian, by helping to incorporate the history of Christianity in North East India into standard Indian Church History. Significantly, he was an early proponent of introducing and supporting doctoral level research among North East Indian students to study the history of Christianity in their region.

Freds humor, wit, and story-telling will be greatly missed. Once, Fred recalled a saying among the hill folk where he grew up in North East India, that a tiger gives you a great ride守ntil you fall off! It has been a wild ride for us in his final days and we managed to hang on until now. Fred will live on in the lives of those he taught, and in the hearts of those who knew him well.

A memorial service will be held on July 26, 2024 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA). The family will provide further details, including how to watch a live stream of the service, as soon as plans are finalized.

 

Please join us in celebrating the life of

Dr. Frederick Sheldon Downs

February 15, 1932 – May 19, 2024

Memorial Service

Friday, July 26, 2024, at 1pm

Followed by a reception with light refreshments

Binkley Baptist Church
1712 Willow Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

For Freds friends and family around the world
the service will be live streamed online

Freds family invite you to read

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Virginia Everett

Class of 1961
Professional Achievements

Virginia Sauerbrun Everett’s ’61, Grandson-in-law, Jacob Hailperin-Lausch ’17, has been appointed to the City of Mentor, Ohio Board of Building and Zoning Appeals.

A seven member Board appointed by the City Council that determines whether or not to grant variances from the Building and Zoning Code.

Professional Achievements

Clinton Baugess

Class of 2006
Professional Achievements

After nearly 14 years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I am returning to Ohio for a position in the Oberlin College Libraries. I am living in Westlake, Ohio, and looking forward to reconnecting with Wooster classmates.

Wayne Cornelius

Class of 1967
Professional Achievements

Wayne Cornelius ’67, Distinguished Professor emeritus of Political Science at UC San Diego, has received the 2024 Career Achievement Award of the American Political Science Association, for outstanding scholarly publication, teaching, professional service, and public scholarship that has advanced the understanding of immigration and citizenship in political life. The award will be presented at APSA’s 120th annual meeting in Philadelphia, September 6, 2024.

Jacob Hailperin-Lausch

Class of 2017
Weddings and Marriages

Jacob Hailperin-Lausch and Katharine Everett were married on September 9, 2023 at the Mayfield Club in Cleveland. They met at the 91勛圖厙 and both graduated from the class of 2017. At their wedding they were joined by several Wooster alumni: the grandmother of the bride, Virginia Everett; the groomsmen, Alex Pearson and Marc Manheim, also from the class of 2017; and the mother of the groom, Kristen Hailperin-Lausch.

Graham Rayman

Class of 1985
Professional Achievements

Rikers: An Oral History authored by Graham Rayman ’88 and Reuven Blau, was named a finalist last month for the Gotham Book Prize, which recognizes the year’s best books about New York City.

Weddings and Marriages

John Mayfield

Class of 1963
Weddings and Marriages

On April 6, John Mayfield (Wooster College, Class of 1963) married Carlene Miller (Smith College, Class of 1965) in Saint Edwards Episcopal Church, San Marino CA. Both were previously widowed, and currently live in MonteCedro retirement community Altadena CA where they met.

David MacMillin

Class of 1951
In Memoriam

David M. MacMillin, 94. Died Dec. 26, 2023 Class – Wooster 1951x BS degree Northwestern University in mechanical engineering.Married for 72 years to Mary Billett, Wooster class 1951. Three children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Professional Achievements

Susie Yoder

Class of 1975
Professional Achievements

Martha (Gazlay) Conley, Beth Parmenter, Polly (Wood) Dean and Susie Yoder reconnected for an early 50th alumni reunion in Charlottesville, Virginia. Susies daughter needed someone to dog sit for a month, she volunteered, and invited her friends to join her. We talked constantly, looked at pictures, went sightseeing, and had an amazing time together. It is never too late to reconnect with your friends who have shared experiences with you. We were sad we couldnt find some of our friends to join us, but theres always another year. Regarding the picture, we thought the woman taking the photo at Monticello, didnt think too kindly of Thomas Jefferson.

Brenda Major

Class of 1972
Professional Achievements

For her pioneering and decades-long body of work on the psychological impacts of prejudice and discrimination, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has elected Brenda Major, a distinguished professor emerita in UC Santa Barbaras Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. For a scientist, NAS membership is among the highest honors worldwide.

I was blown away, overjoyed, shocked and thrilled, Major said about receiving the news on a morning call from the academy. Its a highlight of my professional life.

Major is one of the worlds experts on the psychology of stigma. Her distinguished achievements in the field include research, writing and teaching about the psychological and physical impact of being a target of prejudice and discrimination. Traditionally, psychological research on prejudice focused on understanding its causes; why, for example, some people are disliked and discriminated against because of their race, gender or religion. Major took a different and initially unconventional approach, studying people on the receiving end of prejudice how they perceive and cope with being a target of social stigma and discrimination and the impacts on their psychological well-being and physical health.

That has been the focus of my work throughout my entire career, she said, adding that she has also written extensively about factors that shape perceptions of fairness more generally, as well as the psychological effects of practices to reduce discrimination, such as diversity initiatives and, more recently, anti-bias policies.

All of us at UC Santa Barbara join in congratulating professor Major on this well-deserved honor and milestone achievement, said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. Election to the National Academy of Sciences is a testament to Brenda’s renown among her colleagues, and affirmation of her pioneering research contributions. We could not be more proud of her accomplishments and career commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, notably in the areas of the psychology of stigma and psychological resilience.”

Many of Majors theoretical and empirical contributions have become seminal works in the field, noted Shelly Gable, department chair and professor. Her work is noted equally for its intellectual rigor and societal importance. We are thrilled to have her as a colleague, and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is incredibly proud to congratulate her. This prestigious honor recognizes her scientific contributions and commitment to making our society a better place.

Established as an Act of Congress signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is a private nonprofit institution. Its members serve as pro bono advisors, “providing independent objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology [and] scientific advice whenever called upon by any government department.

Major was among the 120 new domestic members added this year after a formal process of nomination, vetting and election by existing members. Overall, the academy consists of more than 2,600 U.S. citizens and more than 500 nonvoting international scientists. Counting living and deceased, Major is the 50th member of NAS affiliated with UCSB as their primary institution.

Major joined UCSB in 1995 and retired from teaching in 2023. She continues to write and is currently working on a paper about how anti-bias norms affect perceptions of the authenticity of praise to members of marginalized groups.

Professional Achievements

Libby Bush

Class of 1990
Professional Achievements

Raleigh, NC May 21, 2024 LeadingAge North Carolina, a leading advocate for continuing care retirement communities in North Carolina, is pleased to announce the election of two new at-large members to its Board of Directors. These new board members bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives that will help steer LeadingAge North Carolina towards continued growth and innovation in the coming years.

“Our new board members bring exceptional expertise and unique insights that will be invaluable as we navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Tom Akins President and CEO of LeadingAge North Carolina “Their proven leadership will greatly enhance our strategic direction and commitment to excellence. We are thrilled to welcome them to our team.”

Libby Bush is President and CEO of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC.Prior to joining Deerfield in 2022, Libby was the chief executive officer for Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, Virginia. Prior to that, she was chief operating officer for Ingleside, a multi-site senior living organization in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region. Over the last thirty years, Libby has served in multiple administrative positions in Life Plan Communities. Richmond, Virginia, was home for 20-plus years, where Libby spent her professional life at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Libby completed evaluator training for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, and has served on community and association boards, most recently as Chair of LeadingAge Virginia. Libby attended the 91勛圖厙 for undergraduate studies and received her masters degree at the University of Maryland at the Erickson School.

Marianne Ratcliffe is President and CEO of Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC. She joined Carol Woods in 2021 after a career in senior health services, most recently with Piedmont Health Services, Inc. where she developed Piedmont Health SeniorCare, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE is a full-risk model of care providing frail seniors with comprehensive medical and social services needed to age safely in their community. Prior to Piedmont Health, Marianne worked as a program manager for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and was a program officer for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In both roles she focused on initiatives supporting healthcare access for vulnerable populations. Marianne is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned her masters degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is an adjunct professor at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

LeadingAge North Carolinais an association of member retirement communities across North Carolina, including continuing care retirement communities (also known as life plan communities) and affordable housing providers. It serves as the state affiliate of the national LeadingAge, based in Washington, D.C.

LeadingAge North Carolina leverages the collective voice of its members to advocate for the needs of older adults in North Carolina. Its mission is to catalyze the development of innovative communities dedicated to promoting healthy aging in society.

A key aspect of LeadingAge North Carolina’s mission is linking expertise with communities to empower their members for success. Through collaborative efforts, LeadingAge North Carolina organizes continuing education opportunities to help staff of retirement communities maintain their professional licensure and certification. These efforts culminate in the Annual Conference and Expo held each May.

In addition to education, LeadingAge North Carolina fosters a statewide support network for staff through a leadership academy, leadership retreats, and other gatherings.

Weddings and Marriages

Nicolas and Emily Neary

Class of 2013
Los Angeles, CA
Weddings and Marriages

Nicholas Neary ’11 and Emily Williams Neary ’13

Weddings and Marriages

Albert Darling

Class of 2013
Weddings and Marriages

Waverly Hart ’20 and Albert Darling ’16 were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, OH on May 4, 2024. Pictured from left to right are Zoe Covey ’21, Sabrina Helck ’22, Nick Shiach ’20, Julia Garcia-Marshall ’16, Patric Marshall ’16, Miki Rae ’20, Noelle Rotte ’20, Albert Darling ’16, Jackson Todd ’21, Waverly Hart ’20, Sam Casey ’21, Aedan Pettit ’20, Connor O’Keeffe ’19, David Westcott ’19, Simon Weyer ’19, Grace O’Leary ’20, Kayla Bertholf ’22, and Emma Busch ’21. Not pictured are Ruku Borah ’16, Daniel Boyce ’16, Rebecca DeWine ’09, Mark DeWine ’09, and Andrew Gold ’19.

Ruth Mock

Class of 1965
In Memoriam
Ruth Woodruff England Mock died on April 28, 2024 with her husband of nearly 60 years by her side.

She was born in New Jersey on March 27, 1943. She married Gary N. Mock, her high school sweetheart and was a mother of three sons; Kevin Gary Mock (wife Frances, sons Jackson and Quince), Darin England Mock (wife Shannon, children Stephen and Martha Anne), and Brian James Mock (children Grady, Roman, and Peri). She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Elizabeth Carolib Baughman (husband Jim).

An educator with a Bachelor of Music Education from the 91勛圖厙, she taught band and chorus for 27 years in public schools. Her last 20 years were as band director at Apex Middle School, building the band almost from scratch to an accomplished ensemble with Superior ratings (the highest) at competitions for 16 years. She also taught music education courses at Clemson University, UNC-CH, and Meredith College and taught oboe privately for over 45 years. With a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from Converse College, she played oboe professionally and for fun until age 80 including many years in the Second Wind Quintet. She loved conducting at Glenaire for ten years and would direct any choir that would let her.

As a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, she was an Elder, a member of the Sanctuary Choir, bell choir, founder and director of the brass choir for 25 years, pianist, Sunday School teacher, and general music stand mover. She volunteered to sing and play oboe for Transitions Life Care (hospice) patients for 12 years.

Her athletic endeavors began by making the All-Star field hockey team in high school and included excelling at tennis in the Senior Olympics, whitewater canoeing, driving every manner of boats with precision, and water skiing every summer from the age of 5 to age 80.

A woman of many talents, she could operate a backhoe, cook, bake, sew, knit, braid rugs, refinish furniture, re-cane chairs, paint, garden, and keep meticulous family records. She often took matters into her own hands, including getting a CDL to drive the activity bus for the Apex Middle School band.

Her summers were spent on an island on the Delaware River (Thomas Island) where her family first camped over 100 years ago. Accessible only by boat, the family cabin was a retreat filled with endless projects, Hellgrammiting (catching a clawed centipede for fishing) and her dominating competitive games of Scrabble, Spades, Bridge, and Pinochle. When the day was done, her favorite pastime was to sit on the front bank with Gary and watch the sun set on the river.

She was a force of nature and the winds at Lake Gaston, Thomas Island, and Raleigh will surely be quieter without her.

A Witness to the Resurrection service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, on Thursday, May 9th. Special music will begin at 1:30 PM. The service will begin at 2 PM, with a visitation to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh.

Tom Reinsma

Class of 1963
Professional Achievements

Grand Haven, MI – Thank you to all who joined [the Grand Haven Chamber] Thursday evening for our Annual Chamber Celebration. This celebration welcomes the Chamber’s new board chair, serves as the official graduation ceremony for Leadership Connect, and awards individuals in our community for their significant contributions to Northwest Ottawa County.

Congratulations to Ashley Latsch from the City of Grand Haven, awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Curtis, Young Professional Award. Congratulations to Chris Streng of Great Lakes Financial Insurance Agency, awarded the Spirit of Community Award. Congratulations to Tom Reinsma of Scholten Fant, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

We are fortunate to have such incredible leaders in our community as we have in Ashley, Chris and Tom says Chamber President, Mark Allen. The Chamber thanks them for their past, present and future contributions to Northwest Ottawa County.

 

 

John Rudge

Class of 1964
In Memoriam

John Francis Rudge, 80, of Cumming, died Monday afternoon, November 21, 2022, at his home following an extended illness. John was born on April 9, 1942, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Edson Fieldhouse and Corrine Louise (Dodd) Rudge. John was raised in East Palestine, Ohio, and graduated from East Palestine High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and history from the 91勛圖厙. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1969. He met his wife, Esther, and they were married on June 20, 1969. He enlisted in the army and was stationed at West Point, New York, where John worked as a dentist for the United States Military Academy. After John and Esther enjoyed living in West Point, they returned to Canfield, Ohio, where John ran a private dentistry practice for over thirty years. John served as a dentist in the Air Force Reserves for 20 years. He served in Desert Storm in Arkansas as a dentist for the Air Force Reserves. Near the end of his military service, he worked as the commander of the medical corps at the Air Force Reserve Base in Vienna, Ohio. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air Force Reserve. John enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, music, gardening, boating, and waterskiing on Berlin Lake and Lake Lanier. He taught his children, grandchildren, and friends to waterski. He spent many hours completing genealogical research to fill in gaps in his family tree. John was a member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church, where he served on the session and various committees. He later joined Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. In retirement, he served as an English as a Second Language teacher to adult students and enjoyed serving the community. John is survived by his wife Esther; three children, Dr. Laura Peterson of Roswell, Georgia, Dr. Kristin Delahanty of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Brian Rudge of Dublin, Ohio. John also leaves his sister, Carol Ann Cicconetti of Portland, Oregon; his sister Janet Lynn Parker of Ashburn, Virginia; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The military honors will be completed in Canton, Georgia, at the Georgia National Cemetery. Funeral services will be held at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, on December 9, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

David Jordan

Class of 1959
In Memoriam

David Dave Jordan, a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne, VT passed away peacefully on April 19, 2024, after complications from a fall. Dave is survived by his wife of 62 years Nicola H Jordan as well as son Dean Jordan and his spouse Adriana and grandson Ryan and son Bret Jordan and his spouse Jennifer and grandchildren Madeleine, Charlotte, and William. Dave was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on August 19, 1937. He attended grade schools in 10 cities across the country from Chicago, IL to Richland, WA, because of his fathers work on the Manhattan Project. He finished high school in Wilmington, DE and in 1959 graduated from the 91勛圖厙 in Ohio before earning a PhD from Ohio State in 1965. After college Dave became an organic chemistry professor at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam NY where he lived and taught for over thirty years before retiring in 1996 to devote more time to his passion for building, fixing, and painting, as he was skilled in both woodworking and watercolors.

He also spent many hours researching genealogy and set up a website focused on specific parishes in Finland, through which he maintained contact with relatives and friends.

Dave was enthusiastic about tennis and golf throughout his life and had a lifelong love of the Adirondacks that began with family vacations in his youth and continued with support for environmental causes as a resident of northern New York for many years. Known for his sharp mind and dry wit Dave will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Margaret Hydorn

Class of 1945
In Memoriam

ST. ALBANS – Margaret G. Hydorn, 99, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 29, 1924, in Franklin, NJ, the daughter of Millard and Frances Goldsmith. She graduated from Newton High School in 1941 and the 91勛圖厙 in Ohio in 1945. Margie’s love language was music. She would regularly gather her family together to sing around the piano and encouraged them all to make music a part of their lives. She had a lovely voice, played piano beautifully, and was the organist and music director at Grace Linn Methodist Church in Hartland for many years. Margie was a teacher all of her life. She taught her children to sew, to bake, to identify the birds and wildflowers, to garden (though she was always the best gardener of them all!), and to put food by. She led 4-H clubs, gave piano lessons, and taught 6th grade in public schools in New England and in New Mexico, including on the Navajo Reservation. In her later years she taught English as a Second Language and led a Bible study into her 90s. Margie had an abiding faith in God and expressed that not only through her music, but also in the generous support she and her husband Bill gave to many charitable organizations and by extending hospitality to anyone who needed a cup of tea, a meal, or a place to stay. So many have received this hospitality and all will remember her fondly. She is survived by her daughters: Mary Jane Sorensen and husband Earl, Elizabeth Gagnon, and Sarah Hydorn and husband Peter Armstrong; daughter-in -law Donna Farrell; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband, William Hydorn; her daughter Susan Hydorn; her son, Thomas Hydorn; her son-in-law, George Gagnon; and two sisters, Mary Struble and Amanda Farrell. A memorial service will be held at Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 Seekins Street, Hartland, at a date to be determined. A committal will be held by the family at the Maine Veterans Blue Star Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Tissues Country Estate in Athens for the loving care they gave Margie in her last months. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to your favorite charity in Margaret’s honor because she strove to make the world a better place by supporting worthy causes her entire life. To leave a message of kindness or to share a memory, please visit www.shoreynichols.com. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pittsfield. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Margaret, please visit our floral store.

Dale Osterman

Class of 1977
Wooster Encounters

Went to my first ever masters swim meet in Auburn, Alabama wearing my Wooster swimming & diving t shirt and end up talking to fellow Swim Team mate Ted Hammond for 5 minutes before asking when he graduated (1976) and then ask his name before finally realizing exactly who he was & that we were swim team mates at Wooster! Ted traveled from neighboring Georgia & then set a national USMS record for 100 free in 70-74 age group at this meet! I had another Wooster swim team shirt with me that I gave to Ted !

Thomas (Tom) Johnson

Class of 1977
In Memoriam

The Reverend Thomas E. Johnson, Jr. May 4, 1955 April 13, 2024 The Reverend Thomas E. Johnson, Jr. died April 13, 2024, at Canterbury Place of heart failure following a stroke. He was 68. Born May 4, 1955, to Thomas E. and Dolores Johnson, he grew up in Wilkinsburg. His parents raised him with a strong belief in the power of education and sent him to Shady Side Academy, where he graduated in 1973. At Shady Side, he recalled, I learned to read well, write well, speak well, and think well, all so that ultimately I could live well. After his graduation from the 91勛圖厙 in 1977, Reverend Johnson returned to Shady Side, where he served over the course of many years as an English teacher, coach, dorm parent, counselor, and trustee. As the head varsity boys lacrosse coach, Reverend Johnson instilled in his players a sense of sportsmanship, integrity, and other life lessons, and he led them in volunteering regularly at Rainbow Kitchen. His iconic pre-game rallying cry says it all: Take care of yourself, take care of your teammates, and the rest will take care of itself! With a looming presence and a booming voice, he continued to offer inspiring invocations and benedictions at Shady Side events until his death. Reverend Johnson later earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. It was there that he formed his sense of vocation and met Jodie Moore, his partner and dearest friend, with whom he co-founded The Neighborhood Academy in 2001. Over the course of two decades, with their shared passion for educating underserved youth and breaking the cycle of poverty, they built the school from a small program for a handful of students in a renovated warehouse to a beautiful new facility in Garfield for more than 150 middle and high school students. He and I were the most important people in one anothers lives, says Mrs. Moore. We believed that we were called to be together, not just to found the school but to complete one another in some way. At his core, Reverend Johnson was a profound thinker, philosopher, and empathetic man with a deep and abiding faith formed in the crucible of African American struggle and spirituality. His faith and his relationship with God informed everything he said and did, whether he was preaching, teaching, coaching, or just talking with a friend. Never one to allow obstacles to get in his way, he was fond of saying, God hasnt brought us this far to kick us to the curb. An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, he served at Allegheny United Church of Christ and East Liberty Presbyterian Church before turning his attention to become Head of School at the Neighborhood Academy. Even as he led the school, he continued to serve the congregation at the Community of Reconciliation. At the time of his death, Reverend Johnson was in the process of starting another school, the Mon Valley Boys Academy, where he had already worked with the first cohort of students in a summer academy and a subsequent tutoring and mentoring program. A transformational educator and leader, Reverend Johnson was recognized for his accomplishments with the Andrew Matheson Award from FAME, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the General Synod United Church of Christ Excellence in Teaching Award, the New Pittsburgh Couriers Man of Excellence Award, and an honorary PhD from Bethany College. Reverend Johnson is survived by his partner and dearest friend, Jodie Moore, and her family, and by his cousin, Helen Ford, and her children John and Sonya Ford, along with the hundreds of individuals to whom he was a treasured pastor, teacher, coach, mentor, and friend. While he never married or had children of his own, he is also survived by countless students who cherished him as a father figure, from the summer programs he ran in the 1990s, to Shady Side Academy, the Neighborhood Academy, and the Mon Valley Boys Academy summer program that he launched in 2023. Friends will be received Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at John A. Freyvogel Sons Funeral Home at 4900 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 18 at 11:00 am at Third Presbyterian Church, 5701 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh. Following a private interment, friends are invited to a reception at The Neighborhood Academy, 709 North Aiken Avenue, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions in Reverend Johnsons honor may be made

Professional Achievements

Cindy Mache

Class of 1978
Professional Achievements

My husband and I visited Nancy and Bill Huffman last month in Naples Florida for a Spring Season baseball game and some shopping. Always fun to catch up with Wooster Friends.

Christine Smith

Class of 1973
In Memoriam

Christine Schneider Smith, 72, of Fremont passed away Monday, April 8, 2024 at Banner Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. She was born August 27, 1951 in Bucyrus, the daughter of Frank A. and Jeanette A. ( Hall) Schneider. Christine was a 1969 graduate of Fremont Ross High and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from 91勛圖厙 in Spanish Education and a Master’s Degree from University of New Mexico. She taught locally in the area schools. She was The President and founder of CASS Enterprises. She married Mark Smith on December 28, 1979 at Trinity United Methodist in Fremont. Christine was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and served several years with Kairos Prison Ministry, and a founding member of Sandusky County Positive People and the Fremont Ross Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund. Surviving is her husband Mark of Fremont; sons Chad (Sarah) Gulf Breeze, FL and Ryan Elyria OH grandsons Andrew (Emma Lee Segura) Fremont and Kyle (Samantha) Rossford, Great Grandson Cooper, brother Bruce (Sher) Schneider of San Antonio, TX and sister Carol (Tod) Mazzocco of Orlando, FL and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund or Donors Choice. Memorial Services will take place at Grace Lutheran Church in May.

Professional Achievements

Shirley Walker

Class of 1976
Professional Achievements

Shirley Walker ’76 will be one of 100 buglers performing in the Gettysburg Cemetery on June 8, 2024, as part of 100 Nights of Taps.

She has a Master in Music degree from Cleveland State University, a Bachelor of Music Education from the 91勛圖厙, and with an Associate in Arts from Cuyahoga Community College. She remains the conductor of the Historic Medina Symphony Orchestra/Symphonia of the Western Reserve continuing her third decade leading the organization.

Mrs. Walker, a trumpet professional, has taught general music, band, and strings in the Ohio Public Schools. She is retired since 2019. She has also taught at the ACSI Association of Christian Schools International Conventions and was Humanities Adjunct Faculty in Humanities for Indiana Wesleyan University. Shirley was named into the Who’s Who of Professional Business Women of America, and was honored to be a Torchbearer for the Salt Lake City, Utah 2002 Olympics. In September of this year, she will proudly accept the induction into the West Technical High School of Cleveland, Ohio Hall of Fame.

Mrs.Walker has been honored for her volunteerism, dedication, and community service for the Military. She was designated as an honorary member of The Medina County Marine Corps League in 2001. Mrs. Walker is proud to have served closure for soldiers and families through TAPS since she was aged fourteen.

She is proud to serve through Taps for Veterans and formerly, Bugles Across America. As a civilian bugler for the military, Mrs. Walker performed with forty buglers at Arlington National Cemetery for the 100th celebration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Professional Achievements

Crystal Koenig

Class of 2007
Professional Achievements

Dr. Susan Clayton was my undergraduate advisor at The 91勛圖厙, and she played a major role in my decision to pursue a PhD. I’m now an assistant professor of anthropology at Southern Utah University (SUU), and I love my job. SUU recently invited Dr. Clayton give the keynote speech at our annual Festival of Excellence, which showcases research and artistic accomplishments by the campus community. It was great to hear an update on Dr. Clayton’s research on psychology and climate change, and we even squeezed in a short hike at Zion National Park!

Lillie Trent

Class of 1958
In Memoriam

Lillie Elizabeth Trent, also known as Madame Lillie Jackson, passed away on Tuesday March 19,2024 in Martinsburg, WV. Born in Harlem, NY, Lillie grew up in Lambertville, NJ and received two master’s degrees, one from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and another from Middlebury College in Vermont. She taught French at South Hunterdon Regional High School in West Amwell Twp. for 20 years. She was also an adjunct professor at two colleges in the Washington, DC, and Virginia areas. A scholarly person and valedictorian of her high school (Lambertville High School) and college (Wooster, Ohio), Lillie loved teaching French and interacting with her students. She was a pillar of her community and the first teacher in Hunterdon County to initiate trips overseas for her students during Easter breaks. She also enjoyed classical music, the opera, playing her piano and doing crossword puzzles form the NY Times. She lived in Paris, France for a total of 16 years where she was a bi-lingual secretary for the Liberian Embassy. She lived in Washington DC for 26 years before moving to Martinsburg, WV in 2020, where she lived with her daughter Evelyn. Daughter of the late William H. Trent and Evelyn Haynesworth Trent, she is survived by her daughter Evelyn L. Jackson, two sisters Barbara H. Trent, Ruth Ann Trent, her brother William R Trent, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Although she suffered with dementia and other medical issues, she enjoyed her life to the fullest and will be terribly missed by family and friends. Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear. “l will always love and miss you mom for you were the light of my life. Until we meet again. Rest ln Peace.” Rena

David MacMillin

Class of 1951
In Memoriam

David M. MacMillin, 94, passed away peacefully while surrounded in the love of his family at RiverMead Lifecare Community in Peterborough, NH.

David was the third of four children to Howard MacMillin and Corinne (Miller) MacMillin and was born and raised in Mt. Gilead, OH, later relocating to Wilmette, IL. He attended the 91勛圖厙 in Wooster, OH where he met, Mary. He transferred to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Dave and Mary were married in 1951.

Dave, Mary, and their children lived in Evanston and Wilmette, IL while he designed motion picture cameras at Bell & Howell. In 1966 they moved to Ridgewood, NJ when he worked for Becton Dickinson as a director of new product development until 1985. In the early 1970s they began vacationing in New Hampshire in the New London area and built a second home near Twin Lake Village.

After his retirement, Dave followed his passion for the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings. After training at Yestermorrow Design/Build School, he designed and built a new home on Cape Cod in Chatham, MA where he and Mary moved in 1986 and another home on Little Lake Sunapee in New London, NH where they lived full-time starting in 1998. He also designed and oversaw construction of buildings for the American Youth Foundation in Tuftonboro, NH and the New London Historical Society. Dave and Mary moved to RiverMead in Peterborough, NH in 2016.

Dave, along with Mary, was always deeply involved in the church, especially the choral music ministry, including church choirs at First Baptist and St. Andrews Episcopal churches in New London. Their love of singing also led them to participate in numerous other choruses. They enjoyed their devoted group of life-long friends from college, church, music, and tennis. Dave was also an accomplished woodworker and photographer, enjoyed golf, sailing, and being a DIYer, and was an avid ping pong player.

What brought Dave his greatest joy was the cacophony while being surrounded by his entire family at the beautiful homes he built on the Cape and in New London. He was affectionately known as Mac to his grandchildren. He had a wry sense of humor that he maintained until the very end.

David is survived by Mary Billett MacMillin, his wife of 72 years. He is also survived by his son, Scott MacMillin (Kristine) of Plymouth, MA and his daughters, Martha MacMillin (George Plesko) of Sharon, MA and Katherine Thomas (Michael) of Springfield, NH. David had seven beautiful grandchildren including Eric MacMillin, Brian MacMillin, Stephen Plesko, Corinne Plesko, Dean Thomas, Clay Thomas, and Andrew Thomas and two great-grandchildren of whom he was very proud. He was predeceased by his sister and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held in New London at a date to be determined in spring of 2024.

Donations may be made in memory of David to the American Youth Foundation [ayf.com].

Frances Johnston

Class of 1961
In Memoriam

Dr Frances J Johnston Obituary We regret to announce the passing of Frances Johnston on November 3, 2023 at age 84. Frances suffered from a brief illness before being moved to Casey House hospice facility in Rockville, MD where she passed peacefully. Frances was predeceased by her mother Margaret and her father Joseph. She is survived by her sister Mary H Smith, nephew David L Smith (spouse Kristin L Smith nee Kratochvil), nephew Mark C Smith, and grandnephew Christian J Smith. Frances was a long time resident of Rockville, MD and was very active with her condominium association at Grosvenor Park. She also served as a long time donor to her Alma mater at Wooster College. After a long career at ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), she often volunteered at the Music Center at Strathmore as well as Anderson House museum in Washington DC. She had a vast appreciation for the arts and history, and was an avid tour guide for visiting family and friends within the greater Washington area. A private family service will be held at a later date.

James McCorkel

Class of 1961
In Memoriam

Roy James McCorkel Jr died at home on February 3rd surrounded by family. He was 84. The third generation Roy McCorkel, he went by Jamie in his childhood and then by Jim. Jim was a lifelong sociologist both by hobby and by profession. He was fascinated with and delighted by people, often turning around to watch the audience instead of a movie, and attending the circus right into his older years. He made friends quickly and easily, and had a knack for letting his friends know how much he enjoyed and appreciated them.

Jim was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Swarthmore, PA. When he was one year old his parents bought a small woodlot in central Pennsylvania and named it the McCorkel Tree Farm. His family shared this Quaker summer community with family and lifelong friends. He spent time at the Tree Farm nearly every year of his life, in his later years devoting significant efforts towards removing invasive species. His children and grandchildren inherited his devotion to the Tree Farm, spending time every summer on the land that has been tended to by five generations of McCorkels.

His early life was shaped by exposure to other 91勛圖厙s. His fathers international non-profit work led Jim and the family to spend a year in Switzerland when he was in middle school and a year in India in high school. Jim attended the 91勛圖厙 and spent his junior year of college in Ghana immediately following Ghanas independence from Britain. He climbed mountains and whitewater rafted in Nepal, Tanzania, and North Carolina. His daughters childhoods were made richer by his stories (and slideshows) of his many adventures.

Jim became politically engaged while pursuing his PhD in medical sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he led the student organizing effort to repeal the Speaker Ban Law. He was also an active member of Students for a Democratic Society. He remained politically active throughout his life, particularly around feminist and environmental issues, attending marches in Washington DC and locally, donating to progressive political candidates, and keeping up on current events.

Early in his career Jim taught sociology at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL) and at Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN). He then focused his career on graduate medical education at teaching hospitals such as Mt Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY), Winthrop University Hospital (Mineaola, NY), Jersey Shore Medical Center (Neptune, NJ) and Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, VA). He was especially proud to be a pioneer in training doctors on how to talk to patients about sexuality.

After Jims first marriage to Christine Hasenmueller ended in 1975, he married Jan Kline and they started a family together on Long Island, NY. Although he didnt become a parent until age 45, becoming a dad brought out his youthful side. He was a wonderful, playful, and engaged dad. He entertained his daughters Charlotte and Hunter over long car rides with stories and songs, read them books, took them on adventures, and provided an example of gentle, steady, and tender parenting that they both model in their own parenting today.

Jim moved to central New Jersey after his divorce from Jan in 1995 and began to build the relationships that would define the final decades of his life. He worked on local environmental rights issues through Citizens for Informed Land Use, picketed for abortion access, helped preserve the famous Eero Saarinen Bell Labs building from demolition, and dug deep into many precious friendships. He was an involved member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, at times chairing the Social Action Committee and the Dialog Committee. It was through UUCMC that he met his wife and the love of his life, Elizabeth Spellman Dean.

Liz and Jim first lived together in a house that Jim passionately renovated, incorporating elements of his favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. They then moved into Lizs 1840s farmhouse in Holmdel, NJ, which they enjoyed together until they moved to Shadow Lake Village in Red Bank in 2015. In all of these homes they loved hosting friends and family, gardening, cooking, and bird watching.

In his retirement Jim started practicing qi gong and quickly decided to become an instructor. He credited qi gong with keeping him healthy through his 60s, 70s, and early 80s. He practiced every day, usually outdoors, and he loved sharing qi gong with friends and family. He taught for many years at senior centers, cancer survivor groups, parks, and around the pool at the McCorkel Tree Farm. During his treatment for stomach cancer in 2017, he practiced qi gong during his chemo infusions.

He loved visiting with family in Cape May Point, Maine, Nova Scotia, Boston, Vermont, Philadelphia, Central PA, Seattle, Pasadena, and Colorado. Vibrant and delicious family gatherings always included walks, arts, cooking, reading, spending time in nature, and doing qi gong together.

For all of his adventures, Jim was a creature of habit. He ate cereal with blueberries every morning for breakfast. He ate salad with lunch and dinner every day. He went for a long walk every day the weather allowed and often spent his walks catching up with his sisters or daughters over the phone. He had a predictable sweet tooth and a secret chocolate stash. He valued simple living. He had a relentless optimism that carried him through lifes challenges with a contagious upbeat attitude.

Jim was an exceptionally lovely man. We are fortunate to have had him in our lives.

He is survived by his wife Liz Dean; his sisters Mary Lou Rozdilsky and Betty Ann Jansson; his daughters Charlotte McCorkel and Hunter McCorkel; Lizs children Debby Dean, David Dean, Abby Dean, and Libby Dean; and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft, NJ, on April 6, 2024, at 2pm.

Helen "Betty" Budd

Class of 1947
In Memoriam

Budd, Helen E. Betty (nee: Guinther), 98, of Lebanon, passed away on December 15, 2023 at Otterbein Lebanon. She was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated from the 91勛圖厙, like her parents, Larry and Helen (nee: Morgan) Guinther.

She worked in Cleveland as a chemist and executive secretary, before meeting Walter Renwood Budd Jr. They moved to Parma, Ohio and had sons Larry and Bob. She retired as a school librarian and traveled the world, including Italy, Switzerland, 91勛圖厙, England and France, as well as the Middle East, Australia, China and Japan. She moved to Lebanon, Ohio, to live near her granddaughters, Lisa, Allison and Morgan. She was active with the Red Hat ladies and attended Lebanon Presbyterian Church before moving to the Otterbein retirement community.

Preceded in death by Ren and her parents. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Larry and Martha Budd of Lebanon, OH and Bob Budd and Dee Hall of Beverly, MA, as well as her granddaughters and grandson Ryan Budd.
91勛圖厙ation, Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 10 AM until 11 AM with funeral service immediately following, all at the Otterbein United Methodist Church Chapel. Interment will be on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Fairview Cemetery in Galion, OH. Any memorial contributions could be made to Otterbein SeniorLife, 585 N. State 741, Lebanon, OH 45036 or to Hospice of Dayton. Arrangements by the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home.

Stephen McClellan

Class of 1961
In Memoriam

Dr. Stephen Steve McClellan, 83, of The Villages, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, July 15, 2023, under Hospice care with his wife, Jill, by his side. Steve was born February 12, 1940, in Fostoria, Ohio, to Charles and Faye McClellan. A stand-out student-athlete, Steve lettered in multiple sports at Fostoria High School and went on to play baseball and football at The 91勛圖厙. For many years, Steve was the all-time leading rusher for the Scots and was inducted into The 91勛圖厙 Hall of Fame in 1974. It was in Wooster that Steve met the love of his life, Jill. They were married in 1962 and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June. Steve completed his Doctorate in Higher Education at Michigan State University in 1967 and then began his first career working in University Administration at several higher education institutions, including Tulane University, University of Texas, and Florida State University. Steve and Jill returned to their Ohio roots and moved their family to Findlay in 1979 where they owned and operated Indian Lake Manor which began Steves second career in Health Care Administration. He would go on to work in a number of hospital systems including Mount Carmel in Columbus, Ohio, Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens, New York, and Kalida Health in Buffalo, New York. Steve and Jill initially retired to Apple Valley in Howard, Ohio, before moving to The Villages, Florida. For Steve, family was everything and he was the biggest fan of his children, Scott, Chad and Robyn; never missing an athletic game or dance recital. Regardless of the event, Steve was always there supporting and encouraging his kids. Steve was a lifelong learner and a voracious reader. From history to business, fiction to nonfiction, Steve could always be found with his beloved books and paper and pen by his side. He was a great writer of poetry, having many poems published in The Villages Daily Sun newspaper. Jill was his favorite muse and the inspiration for many of his poems and writings throughout his life. Left to forever cherish Steves memory are his wife, Jill; son, Scott (Melinda) McClellan of Hillard, Ohio; son, Chad (Melissa) McClellan of Tallahassee, Florida; daughter, Robyn McClellan of Seaford, New York; grandchildren, Devon McClellan, Kayla McClellan, Graham McClellan, all of Hilliard, Ohio; Cole Hennessy and Braden Hennessy both of Seaford, New York. Steve was preceded in death by his parents and sister Bonnie Mutzabaugh. A Celebration of Life will be planned for the near future.

Robert Weinberg

Class of 1961
In Memoriam

Robert (Bob) M. Weinberg passed away peacefully with loving family around him on June 17, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Bob crept into retirement starting with his move to Seattle in 2003. While most of his Seattle time was spent in a volunteer capacity working on various civic issues, he could be referred to as the Sentry for the universal public good. Bob was a man of extraordinary talent whose professional career, supported by his MBA and JD from Harvard, was primarily in Boston. He did however, begin his public service career working at the Executive Office of the President under the Johnson Administration. When that assignment was complete, he moved to Boston and became the head of the public policy staff of former mayor, Kevin White. Bob used his keen strategic instinct and progressive values to skillfully navigate between the political and business worlds of the city. He continued to serve Boston as the Founding Director of Public Management and professor at Boston University. Before leaving BU, Michael Dukakis appointed him as Chair of the Massport Board. But perhaps one of his most lasting legacies will be Post Office Square Park, an urban oasis for the enhancement of the urban public realm. The qualities that once made him one of the citys most impactful civic leaders remain in abundance. If one visits Boston and take(s) a walk downtown, through the Leventhal Post Office Square Park, to the concessions at the restored South Station and then across the Seaport District to the harbor, with Logan Airport in the distance, you would be experiencing the work of many people, but much of it exists because of the inspiration and drive of one man: Bob Weinberg, as written by author, James Aloisi. Post Office Square could be thought of as Bobs signature piece in his immense professional portfolio. Bob was the first president of Friends of Post Office Square, a position he held for 22 years. During that time, he became involved with the national organization, City Parks Alliance, and served in various Board positions. In recognition of his many years of service and his personal commitment to improving urban communities through parks and green space, the Alliance has created the Robert Weinberg Scholarship at City Parks Alliance for a graduate-level student majoring in urban policy with applicants drawn from universities through the US including HBCUs. This will make it possible for the scholarship recipient to attend the Greater & Greener 2024 conference in Seattle. Its yet again, an example of his legacy living on. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Jeannie Butler, daughter Katy Weinberg, son David Weinberg, and daughter by marriage, Jill Butler. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him but his influence will be felt by many for years to come. A private Celebration of Life will be held in Boston at a later date.

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Megan Doney

Class of 1997
Professional Achievements

My memoir-in-essays, Unarmed: An American Educator’s Memoir, won the Washington Writers Publishing House 2024 nonfiction prize. It will come out in October.

Stemming from the terrible aftermath of surviving a school shooting, the book interrogates the illusions of safety we all live with in our public and private lives.

Bailey Bowers

Class of 2017
Weddings and Marriages

Bailey Bowers ’17 and Jordan Shusterman ’17 were married on August 13, 2023 at Jorgensen Farms in Westerville, Ohio. Pictured (from left to right) are Claire Trescher ’16,
Stephen Schreiber ’17, Jason Rhee ’17, Michael Whitaker ’17, Jackson Groat ’17, Bailey Bowers ’17, Jamie Lackner ’17, Jordan Shusterman ’17, Skylar Ruprecht ’17, Cat Fiorito ’20, Conor Maley ’17, Bailey (Williams) Pituch ’17, Emily Hatcher ’17 and Sarah McGrath ’17. Jack O’Neill ’17 was also in attendance. The wedding festivities were marvelously photographed by Jessica Love ’04.

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Dan Shortridge

Class of 2002
Professional Achievements

Dan Shortridge x’02 has coauthored his third local interest book about Delaware, this one a history book titled “Lost Delaware.” Published by The History Press, it chronicles more than 70 vanished places, businesses, and institutions from First State history, including stories of a neighborhood wiped out by flooding, a nightclub turned into a children’s museum, a closed synagogue, and multiple mansions lost to fire or development. The coauthor is his wife, Rachel Kipp, and this is their third book together.

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Christopher Walker

Class of 1992
Professional Achievements

It is my great pleasure to let everyone know that my third novel, Don’t Falter, is officially released and available in the UK, Ireland and USA, published by Black Spring Press.

Many thanks to fellow alumni Paul Gunning (92), Pete Kostos (91) and George Bell (79) for sending their congratulations. And many thanks, as always, to my IS advisor, Prof Debra Shostak, for her guidance, her encouragement (and her patience, one suspects) when I first began writing at Wooster.

Don’t Falter is the story of Anna Fetlock, a schoolgirl learning to spy in a surveillance-heavy UK. Her parents, unbeknownst to Anna, belong to a secret underground sheltering a pair of environmental protestors fleeing prosecution. When the harboured couple are driven from a hidden room at the Fetlocks house, Anna faces an impossible decision does she choose her family or the state?

With thanks and best wishes and happy reading
Chris

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Michele Johnson

Class of 1971
Professional Achievements

Linda (Barth) Craft (1970) and Rick Craft (1969) joined my husband Bruce Johnson and me on a trip to France this fall. We spent several days in Strasbourg where Linda and I had spent the summer of 1969 with other Wooster students as part of the Wooster in Strasbourg program. The four of us found the school, College Lucie Berger, where we had lived during our time in Strasbourg, and we reconnected with a French woman with whom we had become friends in 1969. What fun we had reminiscing about the summer of 1969. The Crafts and the Johnsons have remained dear friends since our college days!

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Erin Hickey

Class of 2009
Professional Achievements

Friends Anna (Fleming) Kegel, Natalie Offen and Erin (Powell) Hickey met up in Gig Harbor, WA in March 2024 (all 2009 alums)

Rachel Eby

Class of 1954
In Memoriam

Rachel Eby, 89, died in her sleep at the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. She was born on July 28, 1933, in North Adams, Mass., to Edward Morris Collins and Francis Fairley Collins. She was the middle of three daughters who were followed by a son. Her father was a college professor who built a camp on Crescent Beach at Lake Willoughby the year she was born. Rachel was predeceased by her parents; her older sister, Ann; and Anns daughter, Susan. She is survived by her husband, John Eby; her younger sister, Mary Collins Eby (married to one of Johns brothers); her brother, Donald Collins; her five children, Kenneth Mitchell-Eby of Barton; Eileen Eby of Daventry, United Kingdom, Paul Eby of Powhatan, Va., Eric Eby of Amesbury, Mass., and Brian Eby of Haverhill, Mass.; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rachel graduated from high school in Granville, Ohio, where her father was teaching at Denison University, and then entered Wooster College in Wooster in the Class of 1954. There she majored in biology and played French horn in the marching band where she met John Eby. They were married at the end of their junior year, taking advantage of married student quarters on campus, which were no longer in use by students in the GI Bill of Rights. The next year she was invited to the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated with high honors. Her graduation gown served well as a maternity outfit, and Kenneth was born in July. The next five years were spent in Rochester, N.Y., where John worked on a doctorate in physics and Rachel produced two more children. Then they rented a house in Marblehead, Mass., for a year while John went to work for Sylvania Lighting Products. They bought a house in Ipswich, Mass., the next year where they lived for 37 years. Two more children were born, the last on New Years Day in 1965. Rachel joined the church choir in Ipswich and started taking singing lessons from a local teacher. A little while later she joined the Tanglewood Chorus, the vocal music branch of the Boston Symphony. She was dropped after three years because her voice didnt blend well with the other singers and was advised to study with a professional singer. So, she did, and she joined the Newburyport Choral Society, a large local community chorus, and Cantemus, a serious vocal ensemble. For the rest of her life singing was a passion and she was an outstanding member of community choruses and church choirs wherever the family lived. In Ipswich she also served as a Sunday school teacher and a group leader for Brownies as well as knitting and taking up quilting in a serious way. After enjoying the Collins family camp on Lake Willoughby almost every year of her life, in 1991 she fulfilled a long-time desire to own property in Vermont when a renovated farmhouse from the 1840s came on the market in Irasburg. This was used for weekends and vacations, particularly when Rachel joined the annual celebration of music at the Barton United Church. When John retired from Sylvania in 1997, the couple moved to Irasburg house, and in 1998 the house in Ipswich was sold. In 2006 the decision was made move to Wake Robin in Shelburne. The pattern for the next 12 years was six summer months spent in Irasburg, followed by six months as snowbirds in Wake Robin. In Irasburg, Rachel continued to participate in church work and choir at the Barton Community Church. She also worked with the Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the Old Stone House Museum as well as creating a torrent of knitting, quilt design and construction projects. At Wake Robin she joined the chorus, enjoyed English country dancing, took oil painting classes and worked with the fiber arts committee on knitting and quilting projects. On two occasions she had a show of her quilts on the walls of the Gentry Gallery. She also sang in the Shelburne Methodist Church choir and participated in worship and study there. The loss of her memory was a decades-long process and testing showed no medical causes other than senile dementia, with no path to recovery. Gradually she was stripped of the experiences of a lifetime and of her artistic outlets until all she had left was her voice and her memory of tunes that let her participate in singalongs. For the last four years of her life, she was confined to Wake Robins memory care unit where the constant care and attention of the staff was marvelous, particularly through the time of the COVID-19 epidemic. She died just three days before her 70th wedding anniversary and now is waiting, with her personality restored, for the remainder of the family to join her. Celebrations of her life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 1 p.m. in the Barton United Church, as well as on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, at 2 p.m. in the meeting room at the community center of Wake Robin in Shelburne. All are welcome, and donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Doctors Without Borders.

Vivian Alfreda Aldridge

Class of 1948
Elmsford, NY
In Memoriam

March 5, 1928 – May 19, 2023

Aldridge, Alfreda Diggs ~
Passed away quietly on May 19, 2023. Born in Chicago, IL to Dr. N. Alfred Diggs & his wife Carrie Simpson, Alfreda was educated in the public schools of Chicago. Matriculated at Wooster College in Ohio, Graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago and received her MA in English and Drama from New York University.

After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts In NYC she toured England in “Anna Lucasta” for a year, ending the run at The Prince of Wales Theater in London. Desiring to work in TV production she found as an African American and a Woman in the 50s the greatest challenge was getting hired by a TV station. Despite the obstacles presented and after unbelievable efforts on her part, she finally joined CBS-TV answering fan mail on The Garry Moore show” in 1953 where she learned the art of Television Production. Alfreda retired after 40 years as a Freelance Associate Director/Producer of mostly live TV shows, many of which took her around the world. Her last career was as a Real Estate Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential in Briarcliff Manor from which she retired in February of 2019.

Alfreda spent over 10 years as a Guide at Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate and was on the Benefit committees of several local charitable organizations.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Ira F. Aldridge, and her Sister Virginia L. Diggs. Alfreda is survived by her Step Grandson, Oliver Sloman, Cousin, Gina Gunn and her family and many friends. She will be buried with her husband at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, NY.

At her request there will be no service, there will just be a brief graveside gathering.

Labyrinth
1956
Redfield, SD
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Eleanor Harle

Class of 1956
Redfield, SD
Professional Achievements

At age 88 I built this labyrinth myself, out of 18 pound stones, last summer. 30 each side. Classic 5 round labyrinth in my back yard. Open to public. RedfieldLabyrinth.com.
It was built in response to Lamentations 3:22-26 and total healing of bladder cancer and covid.
I also received a Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership from Dubuque Seminary in 2022 and now function as a Lay Pastor in the great Presbytery of South Dakota.

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nurene armajani

Class of 1964
Professional Achievements

Hi – It’s been about 55 years since I wrote anything. But retired at last, gives some time! I’ve been living in Deventer, a beautiful old Hansiatic city in the east of the Netherlands since 1984. Good health is a gift for which I am daily grateful. Since Jan 2022,, when a friend for whom I was caring died, I am leading a very lazy life, enjoying having time to do whatever pleases me;

  • that is a lot of gardening – I live in a condo and have for many years taken care of the borders around our block. We have welcomed newcomers to take a space of the garden, but no takers. So I get to do whatever I want, and have been experimenting these last 5 years with different methods, sowing and gathering my own seeds, taking cuttings, and being constantly surprised at the beauty of the smallest things. Since I have a lot of time now – the garden has been looking not bad at all.
  • teaching my last small painting/drawing class weekly ( all 5 of us are oldies, our elder being 95, but are going strong).
  • cleaning out all my art materials – the big work is finding good ‘homes’ for it all.
  • two weeks in Stockholm and a month in Luang Praabang, Laos visiting my son Arjan, wife and 2 kids who were on a world trip July 22-July23. How I loved the country! Enjoyed it totally.
  • another month last november in LA visiting them again at home. I hadn’t been to the States since covid,
  • singing in two choirs
  • quitting all (well almost) volunteer work
  • reading, walking, visiting friends, hanging out…

So let me know if you want a coffee with tart and a walk around an old medieval town. It would be great fun to see any old classmate who happens to remember me. Or to hear from the old crowd about what is going on in your part of the world. +1 6 4648 2941. call or app,text or mail.

Anne Jolliff

Class of 1957
In Memoriam

Anne Willson Eubank Jolliff

Facilitator, Appreciator Extraordinaire!

Anne Willson Eubank Jolliff was born on September 19, 1935 to missionary parents in Chefoo, China. Her family returned to the United States two years later and she spent her childhood as the daughter of a preacher in a series of West Texas towns including Coleman and Menard. She walked roof-tops with her brother, nailed her sundress to a sandbox, and spent her summers living on the Eubank family ranch in Brown County where she taught herself how to drive on the long, narrow dirt lane that led in from the highway. She wasnt allowed to pull out onto the main road, so boy, could she drive backward!

Anne (with an e) attended Brownwood High School for two years, and in 1951, at the age of 15 she took a solo train trip across the country to Massachusetts to attend boarding school at Northfield.

She went on to get a Bachelors degree in Geology from the 91勛圖厙 in Ohio. While serving on the student council there, she met James Walter Jolliff, a theater major, who quickly switched majors to pre-med to be a more eligible suitor. The two married in 1957 and continued to live in Ohio where Anne got her Masters in Education from Case Western Reserve and taught 4th grade in Cleveland as Jim completed medical school training.

The couple moved to San Diego, California where Anne had their first son, David, in 1965. She almost, but didnt quite, lose the stroller down the big hill that led to the ocean. Two years later, they moved to Waco, Texas to be near Annes parents, her brother, and their beloved family ranch near Brownwood.

Anne had a second son, Rob, in 1967 and a daughter, Jenny, three years later. By then, shed already become an active parent volunteer at St. Pauls Episcopal School. She spent her spare evening hours sewing or perusing AAA maps and tour books, plotting out the two-week family driving vacations which took the Jolliffs to all but a handful of states over the course of a dozen years.

When her children moved on to Vanguard Preparatory School, Annes energy went with them. She served on the board for many years, including as the head of the Chairperson. In her iconic green (and then yellow) Suburban, she became the much loved unofficial bus driver of countless soccer teams, the Lady Vikings basketball team, and the German Exchange Students.

Anne was a genuine appreciator and supporter of Wacos performing arts, regularly attending plays, musicals and symphony performances at MCC, the Civic Theater, and Baylor University. For more than two decades following Jims death in 1993, she volunteered as a docent at the Art Center Waco, The Mayborn Museum, and the Historic Village. She was also a hard hat supporter of the Cameron Park Zoo during many phases of its construction.

Anne loved to travel. Her globe-trotting journeys with her family and friends took her to five continents and more than three dozen countries including England, India, Chile, Norway, Estonia, Morocco, Switzerland, and, of course, China. She came home with folk art and beads to decorate her walls, and filled album after album with collages of photos from her travels.

Most summers, Anne attended a week-long field school dig sponsored by the Texas Archaeology Society. She delighted in conjecture and speculation, and especially loved to engage young people in mind-bending conversations about books, natural history, and the universal what if?

Working with complex spatial relationships came easily to Anne, and she gladly shared her architectural enthusiasm and skills with friends and family. In the 70s she designed an addition to her own house on Chateau Avenue and remodeled every room to have tons of built-in cabinetry and shelving. She moved on to design a new second floor for her parents ranch house plus two remodels for her friends down the street. In the 80s, she was a key figure in the designing of the Mayborn and Jaworsky Center buildings on the Vanguard campus, and when her son, Rob, built his house a decade later, she was right there, ready to pore over possible layouts with him.

Anne prided herself on her ability to whip around and get things done. She mowed her own lawn, cleaned her own gutters, trimmed her own bushes, and used her carpentry skills to build both bookshelves and the attics in which to put them! She had an absolutely astounding ability to sew anything she could imagine. From curtains, bedspreads, pillows, and stuffed animals to tailored suits, formal dresses, Halloween costumes, and reupholstered armchairs, nothing was beyond her. In fact, only a few weeks before she passed, the two most precious things she wanted from her old apartment were her Singer Featherweight sewing machine and her bucket of tools!

Family was always Annes priority. She fully embraced her role as Grannie Annie, caring for her granddaughters, Emily, Brooke, and Rebecca, many days a week for years and visiting Springer, her grandson in Alaska, every chance she got. She became a second mother to many friends and neighbors as well. Children were always welcome in her yard, in her house, and in her cookie cans (which was a good thing because she had an insatiable sweet tooth and needed their help depleting the resources).

Anne Jolliff died peacefully of natural causes Wednesday, January 3, 2024. Weve all been so fortunate to have her facilitating and appreciating the good things in our lives. Lets picture her now, off on her next great adventure, steering her celestial Suburban through the sky!

Annes ashes will be strewn in the bluebonnets on the Aunt Hill at the family ranch this spring.

Anne was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Broocke Eubank last fall; and her husband, James Walter Jolliff. She is survived by her son, David Broocke Jolliff, his wife, Kerri (Missy) Bullard Jolliff, and granddaughter Brooke Bailey Jolliff; son Robert Bransford Jolliff, his wife, Michelle Myers Jolliff, and granddaughters Emily Anne Jolliff and Rebecca Marie Jolliff; daughter Jennifer Anne Jolliff, her partner, Ian Moore and grandson, Springer Fenn Moore; and her brother-in-law, David Llewellen Reed.

 

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Lin G Davis

Class of 1966
Professional Achievements

Tidal Echoes Literary & Arts Journal 2023 honored Lin

In 2015, Lin returned to the classroom as a student of creative writing. (Alaskans over 65 can take courses free at the University of Alaska.) Writing skills learned at Wooster and love of poetry via Professor Raymond McCall and Miss Mateer gave Lin a lyrical way to share her LGBTQ experiences. The 2023 Tidal Echoes Journal featured two queer artists, Chloey Klaak Shaa Cavanaugh, and 80 year-old Lin, proud to share her Pantoum for Pulse Orlando. Among other poems, the journal includes her piece about working at Chicagos Beacon Neighborhood House with a team of Wooster students and Rev. Ray Day.

Professional Achievements

Sarah McCrea

Class of 2016
Twinsburg, OH
Professional Achievements

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Sarah McCrea of Warrensville Heights High School in Ohio has received a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program award.

As a Fulbright recipient, McCrea will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and abroad. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their classrooms in the United States, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars and educators to their school or campus and encouraging their colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. governments flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program.

For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.

Weddings and Marriages

Jared Berg

Class of 2017
Shaker Heights, OH
Weddings and Marriages

Left to right: Austin Russell ’19, Harper Jones ’19, Marco Sapien ’17, Mariel Ward ’19, Lauren Pugliese ’17, Andrew Klein ’19, Julia Rothschild ’17, Emily Donato ’16, Jared Berg ’17, Adam Richert ’19, Matt Witt-Kelly ’17, Maria Witt-Kelly ’17, David Coen ’82, Claire Smrekar ’19, Onyx Marosi ’17, Chrissy O’Grady ’17, Michael Berg ’84

Professional Achievements

LuAnn Duffus

Class of 1981
Niceville, FL
Professional Achievements

My hubby Keith and I moved in 2021 to the Florida panhandle (near Destin!!) so that I could take an MBSE Systems Engineering position with the USAF. I love the job, the people and the mission. The only downside is that I miss living close to my kids. We travel frequently back to Ohio and try to catch up with Wooster friends when we do.

Weddings and Marriages

Brigitte Galauner

Class of 2018
Findlay, OH
Weddings and Marriages

James Austin and Brigitte Galauner (both Class of 2018) were married on October 14th, 2023, in Olmsted Falls, OH. Alumni in attendance were (from left to right): Nathaniel L瓣ngle-Moore (’18), Jackson Groat (’17), Becca Hotz (’18), Janel Romagnoli (’18), and Dora Snow (’17).

In Memoriam

Barbara Honhart

Class of 1964
Laingsburg, MI
In Memoriam

On November 23, 2023, Barbara Ann Honhart passed away peacefully at her home. She was 81. Barbara was born February 15, 1942, in Anderson, Indiana.

Barbara grew up in Hanover, Indiana, and attended The 91勛圖厙 in Ohio. At Wooster, she earned a B.A. in psychology, and met her husband, Fred. The couple celebrated their 57th anniversary last August. She later earned an M.A. and PhD from the University of Iowa. Professionally, Barbara taught psychology at both Lansing Community College and Baker College in Owosso and Flint, Michigan. She moved into college administration at Baker, eventually becoming Vice President for Academics for the Baker College system.

Barbara was heavily involved in the community and her church. She enjoyed reading, traveling, going to shows, watching sports, playing with her grandchildren, and spending time with her pets. She is survived by her husband, Fred, her sister, Marilyn, her sons, David and Stephen, daughters-in-law Jena and Niki, and her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Abby, Katherine, and Matt. Services will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral home in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, December 9th, with a visitation from 10 am to 12 noon and the service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Davies Project or The Greater Lansing Food Bank.

In Memoriam

Judith McFarland

Class of 1964
Grafton, WI
In Memoriam

Judith (Judy) Cornell McFarland was born on December 10, 1942 in Glens Falls, New York and died on September 7, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Judy was the only child of Richard (Doug) Walter Cornell and Ruth Colvin Cornell. Although her parents were not college educated, they worked in payroll management and bookkeeping and encouraged their daughter to pursue higher education. Her parents love of numbers and order rubbed off, and she graduated from the 91勛圖厙 with a degree in mathematics. She met her husband, James (Jim) Thomas McFarland, at the 91勛圖厙, and they married on June 13, 1964.

Before she became a mother, Judy worked as a math teacher to support her husbands graduate education. Once her children were of school age, she returned to part-time teaching as a substitute teacher, math lab coordinator, tutor, and adjunct university instructor. She loved helping people overcome the fear of math and gain confidence in their ability to calculate percentages, make sense of word problems, and solve for the value of x.

When her husband of twenty-five years died in 1990, she went back to school to get a masters degree in computer science. She built a second career for herself with ProServices, a medical billing firm. She retired early, at 63, and that second career provided her with financial security for the rest of her life.

As a mother, Judy nurtured, protected, and proudly loved her children. She helped them with homework, baked them the best chocolate chip cookies in the world, taught them to drive, and walked with them as they faced the ups and downs of their lives as adults. Judy considered her children to be her greatest legacy.

Judy loved travel, particularly long adventures by train. She loved the beauty of the Oregon coast. She loved talking with her friends and entertaining acquaintances with her sharp wit. She loved to read and think. And as evidenced by her interest in everything from hybrid vehicles to sock knitting, she loved learning. She loathed bad grammar and the film The Wizard of Oz.

Judy is survived by her daughter Colleen Rademaker and son-in-law Robert Rademaker of Bowie, Maryland; her son Kevin McFarland-Porter and daughter-in-law Theresa McFarland-Porter of Rochester, New York; and by three grandchildren David, of Denver, Colorado, Ross, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Elizabeth of Vienna, Virginia.

Her family is particularly grateful for her companion and helper, Christa Runde, and for Susan Borkowsky at Alexian Village who helped her to maintain as much of her fierce independence as possible in her later years as she encountered more health challenges.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 AM at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1100 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Immanuel Presbyterian Church or Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

In Memory of Paul E. Bushnell `53
1953
Bloomington, IL
In Memoriam

Paul Bushnell

Class of 1953
Bloomington, IL
In Memoriam

BloomingtonPaul E. Bushnell, age 93 died October 15, 2023 at Martin Health Center, Westminster Village. He was born May 2, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Paul Palmer and Mildred (Shackleton) Bushnell who preceded him in death as did his brother Walter Bushnell (Peg), Denver, CO. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lyon Bushnell, and four children, Paul Timothy Bushnell (Yuping Han) Cincinnati, OH, Anne Lyon Bushnell (John Schepers), St. Paul, MN, John Ellsworth Bushnell, Santa Barbara, CA and Sarah Bushnell McManus (James), Normal, IL and four grandchildren, Henry Bushnell, Boston, MA and Benjamin Bushnell Brooklyn, NY, and Oliver McManus and Declan McManus, Normal, IL.

Paul grew up in Wooster, Ohio and attended the 91勛圖厙 where he met Dorothy Moore Lyon. They married just after graduation in June 1953. During what would have been his sophomore year at college, Paul spent time abroad traveling with his parents to Afghanistan. His father was a professor of education at the 91勛圖厙 and was recruited by the U.S. State Department to head an American-style school in Kabul. During that year, Paul also travelled on his own through many historic cities of India and the Middle East before returning to Wooster after his fathers death.

He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan followed by Yale Divinity School and finally, Vanderbilt University in Nashville,TN, where he was drawn to participate in several of the lunch counter sit-in protests and organizing meetings of the local civil rights movement.

In 1966 Paul was hired at Illinois Wesleyan University, and in 1968, he introduced one of the first courses in the country in African American history. He specialized in American history, particularly the history of religion, the American Revolution, and the nineteenth century, as well as African American history.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2023 at Evelyn Chapel on Illinois Wesleyan University campus followed by a reception.

Professional Achievements

Lizzie Newton

Class of 2004
Raleigh, NC
Professional Achievements

Lizzie Newton, class of 2004, joins the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) as the new Director, Marketing & Communications. She moves into this role following her work as VP, Strategy at Walk West, where she led the creative department and won several American Advertising Awards (ADDY). Lizzie continues to combine brand strategy and art business, having received her masters from Sotheby’s Institute, London and majoring in Art History at Wooster.

Spanning over 5000 years of art history, the NCMA’s permanent collection includes notable works by Picasso, O’Keeffe, Richter, Wiley, and more. The Museum’s campus touts one of the nations largest art parks with 162+ acres of trails, public art, and performing arts amphitheater. NCMA is also home to a 40,000 volume art research library and national internship program. (Shameless promotional plug: hop over to to learn more).

Please reach out if you find yourself in Raleigh – always welcome the chance to catch up or talk all things art!

Wooster Encounters

Anna van der Burg

Class of 1978
Cheshire, CT
Wooster Encounters

A group of us met in Montreal for a mini 45th reunion in September. Joining in the fun filled weekend were Evie Ziegler, Bev Dale, Phyllis Vandenberg, Julie Atkins-Hastie, Mary Atkins (79), Anna van der Burg, Steve Hastie, John Vandenberg and Andrew Saslow.

Pi Kappa Peanuts in Atlantic City, NJ
1978
Atlantic City, NJ
Wooster Encounters

Cindy Mache

Class of 1978
Atlantic City, NJ
Wooster Encounters

A group of Pi Kappa Peanuts from Classes of ’77, ’78, & ’79 met for our annual gathering. This year we went to Atlantic City, NJ to the home of Gaye Kelly Robinson (’78). We had a boat ride, went for walks on the beach, did a little shopping, and caught up with each other. Always a fun time!

Front Row: Kimberly Lavin Greenlaw (’78), Cyd Raftus McDowell (’79), Nancy Toll Huffman (’78), Shelley Griewahn (’79), Blake Fidler (’77)

Back Row: Gaye Kelly Robinson (’78), Diana Dewey Emanuele (’78), Wendy Beatty-Burg (’78), Cindy Mache (’78), Lisa Carter Sherrock (’79)

In Memory of Alec Burns `12
2012
Silver Springs, MD
In Memoriam

Alec Burns

Class of 2012
Silver Springs, MD
In Memoriam

Alec Michael Burns, beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and friend to many, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack on August 25 at the age of 33.

Alec was a graduate of the Bullis School and the 91勛圖厙. He was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic fan of the Capitals and the Nationals. Alec was thrilled to have a chance to hold the Stanley Cup when the Caps won it in 2018. He very much enjoyed his meaningful job with the Fairfax County government as a benefits administrator.

Many have described Alec as loving, caring, kind, steady, sweet, fun, funny, gentle, reliable, warm, welcoming and possessing a wry wit. Our favorite, which we believe best sums him up, is Alec is a quiet leader. Alec is survived by his parents, Bill & Sue Burns, brother, Chris Burns and beloved sister-in-law, Allyson Follett Burns. He will be deeply missed.

Alecs Memorial Service will be held on September 30 at 1:00pm at the Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, Maryland. We welcome anyone whose lives were touched by Alec to join us in person, or via Zoom, and hope that you will share your memories of him.

Professional Achievements

Laura Kuster

Class of 2010
Pittsburgh, PA
Professional Achievements

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) is delighted to announce it has hired Laura Kuster as its new program and education manager.

“I see this as a way to maximize GASP’s greatest strength; our staff – its experience and talent, GASP Executive Director Patrick Campbell said. Laura is a well-connected, outgoing educator and strategic thinker and I personally cant wait to see how her skill set and passion for advocacy and education help GASP continue to grow and more effectively serve our local communities.”

While the position is new to GASP, Kuster is not: She has served as the nonprofits part-time educator since 2019. Prior to her tenure at GASP, she worked as the YWCA Greater Pittsburghs health equity specialist.

Kuster earned her undergraduate degree from The 91勛圖厙 and a masters degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

I’m grateful for this opportunity to dedicate more time to projects that bring GASP closer to our local communities, she said. I’m looking forward to getting to know more colleagues in the advocacy arena as well as residents interested in our regional air quality and finding creative ways we can work together to improve conditions for us all.

GASP President Jonathan Nadle lauded the hire, saying the additional full-time position will allow the organization to expand its educational and outreach offerings in local environmental justice areas.

Laura has done amazing work for GASP as a part-time educator, spearheading our Fresh Voices for Clean Air initiative and taking the lead on the creation of air quality resources for local elected officials, he said. We cant wait to see what she adds to our organization as a full-time staff member. We are fortunate to have her working with us.

Professional Achievements

Brittany Bullard

Class of 1996
Wooster, OH
Professional Achievements

Friends from the class of `96 were given a tour by Admissions to check out all the new and exciting changes at Wooster.

Back row: Sadie Mahoney, Lavonne Urban, Brittany Bullard, Kim (Reid) Laster

Front row: Pandora (Clark) Cunningham, Beth Wilsee-Sims, Angela (Massoni) Kates

Professional Achievements

Breanna Bertacchi

Class of 2015
Chicago, IL
Professional Achievements

(OOFD) is a Chicago based nonprofit that leads bike adventures to immerse and educate in local history and nature. Funded in 2015, OOFD welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to join in immersive, inclusive, and educational bike camping adventures. Volunteers aim to deepen your reverence for the region by exploring local trails while learning about the 91勛圖厙, history, and habitats native to the beautiful Lake Michigan area and beyond.

In 2022, Breanna was unanimously elected to serve as President of the Board. Breanna is the first president of the board that is not a founder.

 

Wooster Baby Shower in Kent, OH
2005
Silverlake, OH
Births and Family

Laura Andrews

Class of 2005
Silverlake, OH
Births and Family

Wooster alum celebrating a baby shower in Kent, OH together. Nell Morgan Vitale (Schieber) 04, Laura Andrews (mother to be) 05, David Spano (husband and father to be), Christine McEvoy Prusa 05.

In Memoriam

Ronald Youngblood Jr.

Class of 1989
Phoenix, AZ
In Memoriam

Ronald Edwin Youngberg, Jr., 55, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away unexpectedly at home on March 26, 2023. He was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he graduated from Carmel High School in Mundelein, IL, in 1985. He attended the 91勛圖厙 in Wooster, OH, before heading west to Arizona in 1988. While in high school, one of his first jobs was working for a local catering company, and upon arrival in Arizona, he started his long career in the food and beverage industry where he made many life-long friends. Over the course of his career, he worked at many different establishments/companies around the Valley as well as in Nevada and California, including Minder Binders, Rockin Rodeo, R.T. OSullivans, Mickeys Hangout, Iguana Macks, Coach & Willies, Kona Grill, SOL Mexican Cocina and Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar. Most recently, after a break from the industry during COVID, he was happy to be back doing what he loves with the opportunity at Bourbon and Bones.

Rons life-long passion was cooking; he was always trying new recipes or spice rubs or cooking techniques. He could take a taste of something and name what spices were in it or tell you what to add to improve it. In recent years, he added smoking meats and baking to his repertoire, though he still considered the original Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies the best dessert! If you were lucky enough to have Ron cook for you, you knew you were in for a treat. It wasnt a family birthday celebration without Rons perfect steak, and his chimichurri sauce was a Christmas specialty. A family tradition was trying to stump Ron each year with a new Christmas cooking toolhe usually won!

Ron was a loyal friend and was always very focused on helping others. During his high school years, he volunteered at the local hospital, and he completed his service project to meet the requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boys Scouts of America. He supported various causes over the years, including volunteering at food pantries, participating in walk-a-thons, and often raising funds for different charities, including various military causes to support our veterans.

Despite living in Arizona since 1988, Ron was a die-hard Chicago sports fan, always rooting for Da Bears, Da Cubs, Da Bulls and Da Blackhawks, though he did enjoy attending a few Phoenix Rising matches with his friends.

Ron is survived by his sisters Carole Youngberg, Paula Webb (James) and Patricia Andrew (William), nieces Kathryn Andrew and Kelly Andrew, and nephew William Andrew Jr., as well as his maternal uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Rosalin Youngberg. Services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the many charities Ron supported over the years, including: Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrf.org), Pat Tillman Foundation (www.pattillmanfoundation.org), or St. Marys Food Bank (www.firstfoodbank.org). And the next time youre eating out at a local restaurant, please raise a glass to Ron. Godspeed, Ron.

Personal Updates

Chuck Booth

Class of 1974
Windham, CT
Personal Updates

I retired at the end of May, 2022 after 38 years as a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. I celebrated my retirement by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this past February (2023), followed by a 5-day safari in northern Tanzania and a few days in Istanbul. I’ve spent the summer sailing on Long Island Sound dingy-racing on the Mystic River. I think I’m getting the hang of being retired.

In Memoriam

Cynthia Chase

Class of 1962
Laurel, MD
In Memoriam

Cynthia (Jean) Rice Chase, 82, of Laurel, Maryland, passed away peacefully at her home on June 11, 2023, after a long illness. Her devoted and loving husband and daughters were at her side.

Cynthia was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to Mary Faber White and Kenneth William Rice on August 22, 1940, the oldest of two daughters. From age 11, she was raised by her father and his second wife, Mary Thelma Rice.

In 1962, Cynthia earned a degree in English from the 91勛圖厙 in Ohio, where her future husband, Phillip John Chase, was also a student. They were married July 14, 1962, at Stone United Methodist Church in Meadville. Daughter Margaret Lucetta was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. Daughter Rebecca Lynn was born in 1966 in Wooster, Ohio. In 1967, the family settled in Laurel, where Phil had taken a position with the National Security Agency (NSA).

In 1981, Cynthia also joined NSA as a Japanese linguist, after amassing 60 credits of language and economics courses while caring for her young daughters. She served in that role for 25 years. In the 1990s, she joined St. Philips Episcopal Church, where she sang alto in the choir; volunteered for Winterhaven, a faith-based homeless shelter; taught Sunday school; helped organize and teach at Camp St. Philips; and assisted with the churchs annual Main Street Festival Book Sale and Holly Days Bazaar. She was also a dedicated volunteer at Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS) for many years. As a champion for the mentally ill, those with autism, and the most vulnerable in society, she supported many charities and causes throughout her life.

Cynthia and Phil were married for more than 60 years and were each others best friend and constant companions. They enjoyed walking their dogs, traveling, planting roadside flowers, Polka and square dancing, and playing Wordle together. They also often visited the Chase family farm to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, hiking, and reunions with relatives and friends. With their daughters families, they regularly celebrated family birthdays, special occasions, and holidays and vacationed in Lewes, Delaware and Maine. Cynthia was especially close to and spent a lot of time with her oldest grandson, Andrew, whom she often tutored after school.

Cynthia was a voracious reader and maintained detailed journals throughout her life. She loved to write letters, short stories, and poems including haikus, some of which were published. She maintained two blogs for years, And Deliver Us from Meadville and Life in Merlin, which had loyal followings. Her entries were filled with humor, wit, and interesting stories about everyday life. She also enjoyed playing the piano and was interested in almost everything, including history, current events, social justice, civil rights, environmental issues, folklore and 91勛圖厙, religion, politics, language and literature, and music. Her love of music included many types, from Appalachian folk and bluegrass to international, classical, and choral music (especially King’s College Choir).

Her family and friends remember her as a thoughtful and private person, brilliant, funny and fun to be around, generous, and principled. She was known for her unusually clever puns and mastery of word games and puzzles but never one to toot her own horn. She was beloved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Cynthia is survived by her devoted and adoring husband, Phil, and daughters, Margo (Michael) Rice and Becky (Thomas) Fowler; grandchildren, Andrew Rice and Nathaniel and Mariel Fowler; sister, Barbara Rice (Ronald) Moline, and two half-sisters Cecilia (Azzam) Muhanna and Margaret (Russell) Taylor; sister-in-law, Cathryn (Stanley) Piekarski; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends. Another half-sister, Evelyn (Gary) Flowers, and a brother-in-law, Joseph David Chase, preceded her in death.

In Memory of Peggy McAnlis Mueller
1958
New Philadelphia, OH
In Memoriam

Margaret (Peggy) Mueller

Class of 1958
New Philadelphia, OH
In Memoriam

Margaret Mueller, 87, a resident of New Philadelphia died peacefully on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 after a brief illness.

Peggy grew up in Barberton, Ohio, the daughter of the late James Sleath and Margaret (Antles) McAnlis. She graduated from Barberton High School and the 91勛圖厙. Upon graduation, she married Ernest L. Mueller of Sugarcreek, who was serving in the US Air Force. They recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Ernest J. Mueller of St. Louis, MO, a daughter, Elise (Kenneth) Lab, two grandchildren, Audrey L. (Kyle) Mattevi of New Philadelphia, OH and Frederick L. Lab of Delaware, OH, and one great granddaughter, Madelyn Mattevi. Additionally, Peggy is survived by her brother Dr. John (Joan) McAnlis of Wadsworth, OH and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Mary Kathryn (Kate) Mueller.

Peggy taught high school mathematics in the United States, Okinawa and 91勛圖厙. She made a home for her family at each of the 10 Air Force bases where Ernie was assigned. Peggy was a talented cake decorator and created numerous wedding cakes for her family and friends. Peggy and Ernie traveled extensively throughout their lives visiting every continent but Antarctica. She had a tremendous passion for genealogy. She made many trips to Salt Lake City and other locations throughout the world collecting information on not just her family, but assisted others in searching for their family histories as well. Peggy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia. She was extremely involved in the running of the Clothes Closet there. Peggy was also a member of the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society and College Club. In 2012, she was awarded the Zeisberger-Heckewelder Award by the Tuscarawas Historical Society.

Her dedication, her insight and passion will be greatly missed by many.

Weddings and Marriages

Ashley Tornow

Class of 2019
Twinsburg, OH
Weddings and Marriages

(Back row left to right): Eleri Miller 2019, Cami Miller 2020, Eva Stebel 2019, Ashley (Plassard) Tornow 2019, Non alumni, Taylor Mathews current assistant volleyball coach and class of 2018, Marija Cyvas 2019, Mayia Karayianni 2019. (Front row left to right): Erin (Rajewski) Pascoe 2019, McKenzie (Reese) Hull 2019, Jordan Murray 2019, non alumni, Anna Medema 2020, Gab Basinski 2019. Not pictured but in attendance, Head Volleyball Coach Sara Davis.

(Left to right): Joey Gilmore 2016, Brian Tornow 1991, Drew Tornow 2018, Ethan Myers 2019, Michael Houdek 2017. Not pictured but in attendance Jake Kail 2017 and Former Head Baseball Coach Barry Craddock.

In Memoriam

Barbara Waesche

Class of 1952
Irvington, NY
In Memoriam

Barbara was born on May 3, 1930, in Geneva, NY, to Coleman Hale Mallery and Lucy Gertrude Kleckler. She is survived by her children, Johan Herman (Susan) de Roos of Cincinnati, OH, Leslye de Roos (Joel) Rood of Chapel Hill, NC, and David Mallery de Roos of Irvington, her grandson, Timothy Hale Rood, of Venice, CA, and granddaughter, Anneke Elizabeth Rood of New York, NY.

Barbara excelled at academics, athletics, studied piano and cello, and she enjoyed riding through the fields and woods on her beloved quarter horse, Stacy. She graduated with honors from The 91勛圖厙, in Wooster, OH, where she lived in the French House. There she developed her love of all things French and was inspired to spend a summer in France following WWII building houses for those displaced by the war. At Wooster, she met and married John George de Roos, a Dutch immigrant, with whom she had her three children. While he attended law school, she worked for the Red Cross in New York. They moved to Irvington in 1961. Following his death in 1988 she married Donald Waesche, with whom she shared a deep love and ten very happy years before his passing.

Barbara had an inquiring mind, artistic eye, creative hands, and a quick sense of humor. She found expression in painting, sculpting, designing costumes for IHS drama productions, gardening, arranging flowers, and doing household repairs. She was an active member of the Irvington Garden Club, the Thursday Club, The Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations. She was also a devoted member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Irvington, where she sang for several years in the choir and served on the church’s vestry.

Wooster Encounters

Laura Lindauer

Class of 1987
Chardon, OH
Wooster Encounters

We had a mini reunion in Pensacola today.

Shelley Sanders Zuckerman, 85, Dave Sanders, 59, Margie Sanders, 59 and Laura Schwartz Lindauer, 87.

The photo was taken on August 12, which also happened to be Dave and Margies 65th wedding anniversary.

In Memoriam

Stuart Hills

Class of 1955
Sarasota, FL
In Memoriam

Stuart Lee Hills, 8/18/32 – 8/2/23. A devoted father, grandfather, husband, friend, civil rights activist, and acclaimed professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University passed away peacefully in Sarasota, FL on August 2, 2023 at the age of 90.

One of four children of the late Frederic and Mildred Hills, Stuart was predeceased by his wife of 61 years Wilma, and is survived by his sons Darrick (Mary Ann Schoenberger), Marc and Michael (Laura McDonald), five grandchildren: Samuel, Elizabeth, Bridget, Matthew, Zaeda, and one great grandchild, Piper.

Born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, Stuart spent most summers as a child with his beloved aunt and uncle in Vermont. After high school, Stuart found his way to Ohio where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the 91勛圖厙 in 1955. It was at Woosterwhere he first met Wilma during an orientation exam when he asked his future wife to borrow a pencil. Years later it was revealed to his boys that their father had purposely broken his pencil as a ruse to speak with the lovely Wilma Smith. Stuart would go on to earn his Masters and PhDin Sociology at Indiana University. Stuart held part-time teaching positions at Central Michigan University and Indiana, and became a father for the first time.

In 1962, a full time position in the sociology department became available at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio where Stuart threw himself into his teaching, scholarly research, and raising three active sons. In 1971, Stuart accepted a faculty position at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he was honored with multiple teaching awards, wrote four books in the fields of Criminology and Sociology, and served both the St. Lawrence and Canton communities with distinction until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure at St. Lawrence, Stuart was able to bring his family on his sabbaticals, including memorable stays in Seattle and at the American University in Leysin, Switzerland where he shared with his wife and young sons many memorable experiences in the Swiss Alps, as well as in France and Italy.A lover of sports throughout his life, Stuart was a constant presence at St. Lawrence hockey, football, and basketball games, and was always willing to let his three sons tag along.

Stuart was at his best in the classroom where he thrived as a teacher and is still fondly remembered by his former students for his engaging lectures and for occasionally arriving to class in costume and beginning his lecture in full character.

During Stuarts time in northern New York, he was able to embrace his love of nature and the outdoors with frequent family snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sailing, canoeing, hiking, and camping trips in and around the Adirondack mountains. In retirement, Stuart focused his energies on wood carving and became a highly skilled carver with a special affinity for bird and holiday carvings. Stuart also took on the challenge of learning the craft of building wooden boats and successfully built a beautiful wooden Adirondack canoe and a sailboat that he affectionately named the Little Green Heron.

After enduring the cold winters of the North Country for over two decades, Stuart and Wilma moved to Sarasota, FL to enjoy the sun and warmth on the Gulf Coast. Stuart was active with the Sarasota Sailing Squadron; he continued to enjoy his carving hobbies while also volunteering at the Pelican Mans Bird Sanctuary and the Sarasota Audubon Nature Center where he served as a docent and authored Birding Hotspots of Sarasota so he could share his love of birding with the greater Sarasota community. Sarasota also proved to be a great starting point for the many cruises that he and Wilma enjoyed over their retirement years as well as a perfect vacation spot for visits by his children and grandchildren.

Stuart is greatly missed by his family, his former students and faculty colleagues, and the many friends that he made during his remarkably well-lived and impactful life. In lieu of flowers,memorial donations may be directed to the Sarasota Audubon Celery Fields Nature Center atsarasotaaudubon.org.

Wooster Encounters

Robert Sturtevant

Class of 1975
Plymouth, IN
Wooster Encounters

Original Slater House Alum in the early 70’s

Current, Left to right, Bob Sturtevant (75), Roger Sturtevant (74), Vanessa Piala (74), John Hallowell (75), Sam Patterson (75) and front Howie Cohen (75.

The group travelled throughout PEI for the week of July 17-24. Many memories shared.

Roommates reunite in Ohio
1971
Columbus, OH
Wooster Encounters

Jean Woessner

Class of 1971
Columbus, OH
Wooster Encounters

Michele (Mickie) Burden Johnson (71) and her husband, Bruce Johnson, hosted Jean Wilkerson Woessner and Bill Woessner (both 71) at their home in Columbus in May 2023. Michele and Jean were hall mates as freshmen and roommates as juniors at COW; Michele was a bridesmaid at Jean and Bills wedding, and they have remained lifelong friends.

Weddings and Marriages

Anastasia Wallace

Class of 2012
Plainfield, IN
Weddings and Marriages

Anastasia (Ana) Wallace ’12 married Jonathan Williams in Delaware, OH on March 18th, 2023.

In Memoriam

Virginia Allen

Class of 1952
Columbus, OH
In Memoriam

Dr. Virginia G. Allen peacefully passed away at Wesley Glen 0n Thursday February 16th, 2023, at the age of 92. She is proceeded in death by her husband Dr. Edward Allen. Virginia is survived by her brother Fred Garibaldi (Carol), son Patrick Allen, (Connie) (grandson, Henry), stepson Brett Allen (Terri), (Grandson, Austin).

Virginia was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 5, 1930. She attended Mount Lebanon High School, where French was her favorite subject. This whetted a life-long love of travel. Virginia graduated from the 91勛圖厙, and later earned a masters degree at Western Reserve University. She then became a third-grade teacher in Rocky River, Ohio. In 1961 she attended a summer program in Maine for French teachers that changed her life. There she met Dr. Edward Allen, who convinced her to come to The Ohio State University and enroll in his PhD program. In addition to being Virginias advisor he also became her husband. On June 7th, 1968, she received her PhD and on June 8th, she and Dr. Allen were married.

As a professor, Virginia conducted research in ESL, working with migrant and refugee children. In 1983, with a colleague, she published the book, The Language Arts. She had an amazing ability to engage with people and immediately see what was special about them. It was almost impossible to come away from a conversation with her without feeling better about yourself. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, and educator who will be deeply missed.

In Memoriam

Daniel Robert Crawford

Class of 1969
Natick, MA
In Memoriam

Daniel Robert Crawford, 75, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, July 17,2023. He was born October 30, 1947 to Robert and Ruth Crawford in Oakland, CA. Dans family of origin was a Navy family so they moved several times before settling in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Dan graduated with Honors in 1965 from Cuyahoga Falls HS, from the 91勛圖厙 in 1969, from the University of Rochester in 1972 and Leslie College, Cambridge in 1987.

Dan loved being an educator. His second Masters degree in Special Education allowed him to teach and tutor Special Education students until he retired in 2010 and began his study of economics. He administered and wrote for the blog angrybear.com which was cited by Paul Krugman in the New York Times and honored as one of the best economic blogs on the internet several years running.

Family and friends who loved Dan spoke of his kindness and gentle strength, his great sense of humor, beautiful gardens and the well-earned devotion of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, children Melanie, Adam and Nathan, sister Yael Crawford and brothers Scott Banks and David Banks.

Services will be held at 11 AM Sept 23, 2023 at First Parish Sherborn, Sherborn MA.

 

Donations are welcomed for Good Shepard Hospice, Wayland MA.

Professional Achievements

Steven Sievert

Class of 1987
Massillon, OH
Professional Achievements

When at Woo (mid-80’s), I was a DJ at WCWS as well as Ichabod’s (later The Underground, idk what it is now.) Some folks may recall our experiment at the radio station with doing a daily morning show known as “The Woo Crew.”
In the 90’s, I worked as a professional radio DJ but found it too constraining. Playlists… ugh.
Now I play what I want as a DJ on YouTube and Patreon going by the name of Corner DJ. (I live on a corner. Clever, huh?)
Check out my webpage, which is my YouTube page: CornerDJ.com and enjoy some musical flashbacks!

Patricia Ann Dressler

Class of 1953
Copley, OH
In Memoriam

Obituary

Patricia Ann (McLaughlin) Dressler, 92, of Copley, Ohio passed away at the home of her daughter, on Thursday, May 18, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Massillon, Ohio on January 12, 1931 to D. Deane and Eleanor (Pearson) McLaughlin. In Massillon she met the love of her life, David, graduating with him from Massillon Washington High School in 1949. After spending a year at Wooster College, she transferred to The Ohio State University. She and David were married in 1953 and she received a BS in Nursing in 1954. Upon graduation she worked as a school nurse in Columbus until David completed dental school in 1956. David served as a dentist in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1959, and in 1960, they moved to Copley, where David established his dental practice.

In addition to raising five children, Pat loved attending the many activities of her children and grandchildren, attending over 5000 events, encompassing athletics, band and choir concerts, plays and musicals. She was a wonderful host of dinners, parties, and picnics at their home. A member of Copley United Methodist Church since 1960, she led and served in many ways childrens music, choir, handbells, UMW, liturgist, and annual conference delegate. Pat also served the community – as PTA president, the Dental Auxiliary, which provided dental health education through marionette presentations to area schools, the Pilot Club (focusing on brain trauma awareness), as well as helping David with the Amateur Radio Clubs for Copley-Fairlawn Schools, and with the Academic Challenge competitions at Copley High School. Pat was also gifted at needlepoint and cross stitch. She and David were avid Ohio State fans, impressing the hospice nurses with her rendition of the fight song and alma mater.

She was preceded in death on October 14, 2018 by her loving husband of 64 years, David Dressler, brother James A. McLaughlin on January 27, 2023, brother-in-law James Gest, brother-in-law Donald Dressler, sister-in-law Dorothy Dressler, daughter-in-law Michele Dressler, niece Jennifer Orr, and great-grandson Gabriel Dressler.
She is survived by children, Jane (David) Richard, of Copley, Scott (Debora) Dressler, of Copley, Charles (Kelly) Dressler, of Wadsworth, Ohio, Barb (Dave) Knabe, of Copley, and Susan (Craig) Zeerip, of Fremont, Michigan; grandchildren, Steven (Amanda) Richard, Katharine (William) Wobser, Emily (Brent) Shearer; Abigail (Cody) Valiante, David (Marie), Daniel (Sofia) and Andrew (fianc矇e Colleen) Dressler; Ryan (Kelly), Michael (Jen), and Kevin (Theresa) Dressler; Connor and Carson Knabe; Justin (Jena), Brandon (Joanna), Collin (Mariah) Zeerip and Lauren (Elijah) Olsen; Jacob (Erika) and Jared (Hope) Greissing; and 19 great-grandchildren, Jack Zeerip, Theodore Dressler, Briana Zeerip, Sawyer Dressler, Eleanor Zeerip, Adeline Zeerip, Remington Dressler, Hailey Zeerip, Everly Olsen, Solomon Dressler, Ambrose Dressler, Bea Zeerip, Ava Greissing, Lillian Olsen, Owen Dressler, Isaac Zeerip, Giada Valiante, Maddox Dressler, and Dominic Dressler, with three more due this year.
She is also survived by her sister Beth Gest, of Issaquah, WA, sister-in-law, Susan McLaughlin of Morgantown, WV, nieces Amy Gest, of Seattle, WA, Beth McLaughlin, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Lisa Orr of Pittsburgh, PA, Beth Dressler Boykin, of Louisville, KY, and nephews, James Gest, Jr. of Sammamish, WA, Alex McLaughlin of Charleston, WV, Douglas Dressler, of Carrollton, GA, in addition to many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the home hospice staff of Cleveland Clinic Hospice, especially Donna and Ashley, for their loving care.

 

Professional Achievements

Kelly Trail

Class of 2006
Beavercreek, OH
Professional Achievements

In 2023, after working in Higher Education for 15 years, I left the University of Dayton to take a role as the Director of Higher Education and Assistance for Allegiant Global Partners, where I still get to work with colleges and universities to support their international travel insurance and assistance needs. This change has allowed me to work remotely full-time, which has been fantastic with my two school-aged children at home!

In Memoriam

Marie Schumann

Class of 1966
Camden, ME
In Memoriam

Marie passed away early Monday morning July 10, 2023, at Harbor View Cottage, where she had spent the last 4 years. with the care givers who loved her. Her time with Alzheimers finally over.

Maries career spanned 28 years with Time/Life, except time off to live in Greece for a time, from Researcher to Picture Editor of Life Magazine. A time she treasured.

Marie loved animals, especially horses and her beloved cats, probably more than humans. However, her empathy and love of good friends and family was inspiring.

In the summer months she could always be found in her garden.

Wanting to give back in her retirement years she spent several years with Freedom Riders helping challenged children and adults to ride horses.

Everyone Marie touched was made better for it. As her nephew said to me Words fail to describe the beauty and joy Marie brought to all our lives, making us richer, happier and more fulfilled for knowing and loving her.

She and Peter sailed together for many years, and both agreed it was one of the very best things they did. The times of pure beauty with sailing friends was priceless. In sailing they discovered Maine.

Marie is survived her husband Peter, sister Nancy, Sister-in-law Anne and nephews Will, Brian and Gordon.

No memorial service is planned. Memorial contributions in her honor can be made in Maries name to the Alzheimers Association.

In Memoriam

Rachel Wynn

Class of 0
Cantonsville, MD
In Memoriam

Rachel Linnell Wynn died peacefully in her sleep at 104 years old on May 19, 2023 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Maryland. She was born in Wendell, Idaho on November 11, 1918, to the Reverend E. Payson Linnell and Pearl Huston Linnell. Her brother, Albert Payson Linnell, predeceased her in 2016. She was the beloved wife of John Charles Wynn (JC), who predeceased her on March 31, 2009. They met as students at the 91勛圖厙 and were married in 1943. Rachel is survived by their three children: Mark Wynn (spouse, Barbara) of Arnold, Maryland; Martha Borland (spouse, Robert) of Butler, Pennsylvania; and Maryan Ainsworth (spouse, Charles) of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In the early years of her marriage, Rachel focused on raising her young family and supporting JC’s work in the Presbyterian church. When the family moved to Rochester, New York in 1959, Rachel embarked on her professional career. She taught high school history and received a master’s degree from the University of Rochester before finding her calling as a guidance counselor. She retired in 1983. During her retirement years, she pursued interests in weaving, photography, and the genealogy of the Linnell family. She produced a book on the Descendants of Robert Linnell, first published in 1985 and founded the Linnell Family Association that continues to this day.

Summers were spent at their beloved home at Cranberry Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Rachel and JC eventually moved to Columbia, Maryland near their son Mark, and then to Charlestown Retirement Community in 1991. At Charlestown, Rachel was remained active with the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County and the P.E.O. sisterhood and served on the Residents’ Council. She will be interred at the Cranberry Lake Cemetery, New York, alongside her beloved husband, JC Wynn.

Professional Achievements

Russ Phifer

Class of 1974
West Grove, PA
Professional Achievements

I will be accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Health & Safety Division at the Fall ACS meeting in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the best I could do in chemistry at Wooster was a “C” in Chemistry for Non-Science Majors because of my failure to grasp the nuances of calculus. My History degree wouldn’t normally lead to career in the sciences, but apparently the value of a liberal arts education at Wooster doesn’t restrict you to a particular field. My path has occasionally taken twists and turns, but it has led to a 40+ year career in environmental health & safety and my current “retirement” job as Executive Director of the National Registry of Certified Chemists.

Wooster Encounters

David Martin

Class of 1983
Clearwater Beach, FL
Wooster Encounters

Geoff Jones and David Martin, freshman year roommates in Armington second section, second floor, recently had a chance to meet and chat along with 300,000 other people at the Indianapolis 500 in May. A great opportunity to re-connect and catch up 44 years after meeting during move-in day 1979. Looking forward to meeting again at next years race.

40 years and counting
1983
Clearwater Beach, FL
Wooster Encounters

David Martin

Class of 1983
Clearwater Beach, FL
Wooster Encounters

Jim and Barb Hazel (Oetting) recently stopped by Clearwater for a quick visit on their way home from a cruise. Great chance for former roommates and friends to catch up and share some memories.

 

In photo: David Martin 83, Jim Hazel 83, Barb Hazel (Oetting) 83, Tara Martin (Mahlerwein) 82.

Wooster in Cape Cod – 40th
1982
Cape Cod, MA
Wooster Encounters

Tara Martin

Class of 1982
Cape Cod, MA
Wooster Encounters

August 2022

Tara Martin (Mahlerwein), Miram Englund, Margy Meghdadpour and Deb Albert (Allenby) gathered in Cape Cod for a mini-40th reunion. Lobsters, beach walks, and lots of stories made for a great fall weekend before classes resumed in September. Thanks to the COW bookstore for help with the Woo swag to make the reunion complete.

Roomie Reunion `95
1995
Arlington, VA
Wooster Encounters

Shannon Washington

Class of 1995
Arlington, VA
Wooster Encounters

We had a roomie reunion last October when Cheryl (Becker) Conrad and Shannon (Dodds) Washington drove to Arlington, VA to visit Michelle (Varughese) Edwards. Great times and memories shared!

Personal Updates

Kip '77 and Becky '78 Coerper

Class of 1977
Hope Valley, RI
Personal Updates

Becky has retired from being Rector of wonderful St. James’ Episcopal Church for the past 13 years in the beautiful Village of Skaneateles, NY. We are moving to Hope Valley, Rhode Island to be near our son, Ben, his wife Rachael, and 3 yr. old grandson, Milo. I am looking forward to helping Ben on his organic Livestock farm – Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, RI – “Healthy Land, Healthy Animals, Healthy People”. We trust the Lord will have more things for us to do in the future, but are happy to take a break for awhile.

Patricia Snook

Class of 1949
New York, NY
In Memoriam

SNOOK–Patricia Hartley, 95, of New York, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 17th, 2023. Daughter of the late Ruth and Lyman Hartley of Washington Heights (Manhattan), she graduated as Valedictorian of the Barnard School for Girls, earned a bachelor’s degree from Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio, (Class of ’49), and two masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Social Work from Columbia University.

She served as a Sunday school teacher for nursery school and kindergarten at The Riverside Church in the early 1960s, then as Headmistress of the Little Flower Montessori School in the 1970s, then as a paralegal, and finally as a psychiatric social worker. In her retirement, she was an avid supporter of the New York Historical Society (NYHS), where her husband, John, served as a docent.

She loved going to the theater, to museums, attending Sunday services at The Riverside Church, reading the NY Times, and spending time with her family at Sebec Lake in Maine, and with neighbors at Columbus Park Towers in NYC. Her son John accompanied her for many of these activities, and he was the greatest caretaker one could ask for, always by her side for the last years of her life.

She is survived by her children John, Curtis, and Catherine, daughter-in-law Abigail Snook, son-in-law Steven Branda, her grandchildren Aaron, Sage, Mary, Mel, and Jasmine, nephews Jay and Jim, and nieces Julie, Anne, and Jessica. A memorial service will be held on July 29th, 2023 at 11am in Christ Chapel at The Riverside Church in New York City. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the NYHS, nyhistory.org.

Cindy Mache at 45th Reunion
1978
McLean, VA
Personal Updates

Cindy Mache

Class of 1978
McLean, VA
Personal Updates

Cindy retired from Verizon in 2019 and is now volunteering at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She and her husband, Michael Sullivan, live in McLean VA.

Personal Updates

Marina, Nora, Mary McGrew, Lari, Kisinger

Class of 1978
Wooster, OH
Personal Updates

Marina McGrew is teaching art in a local Waldorf school on a volunteer basis. She also teaches at Sunbridge Institute and does teacher training. Marina is doing pottery, book binding, photography and painting.

Nora Lari is going between Lima, Peru and Boca Raton LF, New Mexico, and soon, New Haven, Ct. She is a part-time doctor in Florida. Nora hopes to travel more! (Europe, North Africa, Australia …)

Mary Kisinger is semi-retired, working part-time for her small New Hampshire town. She’s waiting for Joe (hubby) to retire. Mary enjoys gardening, playing with her dog, Tuli, and remodeling her “ancient” house. Mary would like to retire in Southern Europe soon!

 

Personal Updates

TIm Wozniak

Class of 1978
Brownsburg, IN
Personal Updates

Tim is a retired chemist. He is a carpenter (framing/finishing) for Habitat for Humanity and Servants at Work. Tim is a USA Cycling National Official. He also travels to Indy car and INSA races. Tim enjoys woodworking and drinking bourbon at his lake house.

Personal Updates

Julie Courtney

Class of 1978
Cumberland, MD
Personal Updates

Julie is married to Robert (Bob) Courtney. She was a Chemistry Major and the first student under Dr. Paul Gaus (retired). Julie worked five years for Hercules, Inc. as a Chemist and in Program Management. She then chose to be home raising three awesome humans! Interests include promoting healthy choices partnering with Shaklee Co., directing handbells, managing twenty rentals, coordinating care for Bob’s Mom and tutoring middle school math.

Trivial note: they’ve never moved since married in September of 1978!

Larry Lane at Wooster 45th Reunion
1978
Gaithersburg, MD
Personal Updates

Larry Lane

Class of 1978
Gaithersburg, MD
Personal Updates

Larry Retired in 2019 from Montgomery County Health and Human Services. He is moving from Gaithersburg, MD to Beltsville, MD. Larry is also learning to restore old automobiles and he is continuing his real estate management business. Larry enjoys traveling and maintaining physical activity pursuits.

Wooster Encounters

Nancy Toll Huffman

Class of 1978
Westlake, OH
Wooster Encounters

Joan, Sue and Nancy were assigned as roommates on 3rd Main of Holden Hall and are still in close touch with each other. They look forward to each of our Wooster reunions. Nancy retired as a speech language pathologist from a school district. Since then she has been busy volunteering, traveling and taking care of her darling grand-daughter. She tells us she still likes her husband of 41 years, Bill Huffman, Wooster Class of 1977.

E. Seling `05 and Fantasy Football
2005
New Orleans, LA
Personal Updates

Eric Seling

Class of 2005
New Orleans, LA
Personal Updates

I finished 5th place in my fantasy football league this year.

Personal Updates

Bob Courtney

Class of 1978
Cumberland, MD
Personal Updates

Bob is still working as a safety engineer and hazard analyst for Northrop Grumman Defense now for forty-three years. He travels and is training the next generation of analysts. He is still married to his lovely Wooster bride, Julie Buda Courtney.

Wooster Encounters

Class of 1978 45th Reunion

Class of 1978
Wooster, OH
Wooster Encounters

The Class of 1978 gathered at Luce Hall during our 45th Reunion. In addition to the wonderful lectures, panel discussions and other celebrations hosted by the 91勛圖厙, we had some of our own activities. Activities included a Winery Tour & visit to Lincoln Way Vineyards, an Artists and Writers Show in Luce Hall, a Remembrance/Memorial Service hosted by Jon Fancher, and of course: Coccia House Pizza & gathering around a firepit!

Much fun was had by all! 91勛圖厙 our facebook page to see some of the photos and comments!

Personal Updates

Jon & Mary Bates Fancher

Class of 1978
Rocky River, OH
Personal Updates

Mary is researching her Welsh family history after a 36 year career as a public school music teacher. Jon volunteers at a local performing and visual arts education center following retirement from a 31 year pastorate in suburban Cleveland. They live in Rocky River, Ohio.

A Different Breed of Healing
1967
Portland, OR
Professional Achievements

Wayne Cornelius

Class of 1967
Portland, OR
Professional Achievements

Wayne Cornelius is now a full-time volunteer at acute-care hospitals and clinics in the Portland, Oregon area, providing canine therapy to many different types of patients, their relatives, and medical staff. He and his white Labrador “Bentley” work with trauma victims in emergency departments, post-surgical patients in ICUs, women in labor & delivery, oncology infusion patients, autistic children getting vaccinations, and anyone else who may need de-stressing and support in their recovery. They also provide palliative and end-of-life care. They de-stress TSA agents at the Portland airport during peak holiday travel periods. With Bentley along to demonstrate, Wayne lectures on the basic science and best practices for canine therapy at the Oregon Health Sciences University’s medical school and the School of Nursing at the University of Portland. “It’s much better than retirement!” he says.

Professional Achievements

Colleen Burkett

Class of 2006
Lockport, NY
Professional Achievements

MIDDLEPORT Royalton-Hartland High School teacher Colleen Burkett was recognized as Outstanding High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Western New York American Chemical Society (WNY ACS).

The ACS is the worlds largest scientific society and one of the worlds leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

I am honored to be recognized as the Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year by the American Chemical Society, Burkett said. I have been a member of this professional society since college and have seen so many wonderful educators and scientists recognized for their efforts in their field of expertise. I am honored to be included in that list of individuals!

Burkett received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 2006 from the 91勛圖厙. Following this she joined the University of Arizonas Surface and Imaging Facilities as a research assistant. She completed her Masters in 2017 at Arizona and began as a chemistry teacher at Royalton-Hartland High School in January 2018.

Superintendent Jill Heck remembers fondly when Burkett came to work for the district, She was experienced, knowledgeable and had such a great background in chemistry from her work in the field. We were fortunate to get her on our staff, and she will continue to be an asset to Roy-Hart Central School District in the future.

Burkett also teaches both Regents Chemistry and College Chemistry through Niagara County Community College. She has developed a new curriculum through a professional development grant and implemented a modern classroom format often referred to as Flipped Classroom, with student-centered self-paced learning.

She has ensured that her students meet academic benchmarks while remaining up-to-date and well-informed on science industry topics and progress.

The single best thing about being an educator is seeing the lightbulb moment for a student, she said. Its the moment that they finally make a connection between something were learning and a real-world phenomenon. Its the moment that they finally grasp a difficult topic weve been working on for a while. I know most of my students wont go on to study chemistry beyond high school, but I love getting kids excited about science in their real lives and I hope they carry this enthusiasm with them into the future.

Burkett is known for offering support to her fellow teachers at Roy-Hart with her expertise in digital tools and learning management systems. She is very dedicated to her students, colleagues and the community. Burkett is grateful for the support she receives in return.

This award also made me incredibly thankful for a supportive administration, she said. My principal, Gary Bell, and superintendent, Jill Heck, have given me the freedom to explore new and interesting teaching methodologies in my classroom and we see it paying off dividends in the way my students are motivated to learn! A big thank you to Sarah English from Sweet Home High School, who has been a great mentor over the past five years. It would also be remiss of me to not thank my parents, Thomas and Cynthia Burkett, who were excellent examples of dedicated educators in the Western New York region.

Elaine Baran Black ’93
1993
Lawrenceville, GA
In Memoriam

Elaine Black

Class of 1993
Lawrenceville, GA
In Memoriam

Elaine Baran Black ’93 died of colon cancer during the early hours of the morning on Friday, April 14, 2023. She was 52 years old. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Kevin Black, her daughter Meryl Black, her father Edward Baran, her sister Caroline Fleming, several in-laws, 5 nieces, 1 great-niece, numerous cousins, and two cats.

Elaine was admired for her wry humor and forthright demeanor. With a passion not only for travel but also for travel planning, she set foot in 17 different countries and arranged for her family to have off-the-beaten-path adventures along the way. She enjoyed an active life. She swam and dove competitively, acted in community theater, made photo books, volunteered at the elementary school, and was once even a TV game show contestant.

Having graduated from the 91勛圖厙 and going on to earn a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Florida, Elaine put librarian skills to work serving communities throughout Georgia and beyond, eventually working as the Director of Children and Family Services for the Georgia Public Library Service. A strong advocate for family literacy, she participated in and designed library programs for children, teens, and adults. Upon retirement, she received well wishes and congratulations from libraries and librarians all over the U.S.

Elaine was a dear and kind person, a dedicated wife, and an outstanding mother. She left her mark on the world in so many ways, and the world is a better place because she was here. Her life ended far too soon, but she made the most of the abbreviated time that she did have. She is already deeply missed.

There will be no immediate funerary services because Elaine generously donated her body to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA. When the college holds a memorial service for donors and their families, more information will be forthcoming as to time and place.

Elaine specifically requested that her obituary read “In lieu of flowers, go check out a book.”

A Phi Delt Sigma Gathering
1986
Cleveland, OH
Wooster Encounters

John Murphy

Class of 1986
Cleveland, OH
Wooster Encounters

A group of guys and their wives met for a (chilly) spring cookout at the Menoes’ home.

from left
Andy Nicholson ’89
David Knowlton ’89
Greg Giuliano ’87
Tom Moore ’87
Wes Johnston ’89
Mike Menoes ’87
Alison (Stenta) Johnston ’89
John Murphy ’86
Nora (Land) Murphy ’86

Professional Achievements

Steve Brandes

Class of 1999
Oshkosh, WI
Professional Achievements

 

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 leagues 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 cant 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 leagues 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 thePromotion of the Year Awardfor 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 Memoriam

Martha Jane Cox

Class of 1950
Woodland Park, CO
In Memoriam

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 91勛圖厙 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.