Harold and Mary Ellen (Meador) Deets '43, '43 celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8, 2002. Harold retired from
Beech Aircraft Corp. as vice president, material and production,
after 45 years of service. Mary Ellen retired as an executive secretary
and administrative assistant after 37 years, also at Beech. They
continue to live in Wichita and have been active charter members
of East Heights United Methodist Church and its chancel choir for
56 years. They also have a Colorado mountain home, which provides
much pleasure and relaxation for summer visits. Volunteer service
on church and other organization boards and committees along with
maintaining the home and taking care of personal matters consumes
most of their days.
Howard and Gweneth (McDonald) West '48, '53 hosted the April
2002 gathering of retired pastors in the Kansas West Conference
at their home in Caldwell.
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John and Betty (Porter) Versnel '50, '51 celebrated their
53rd wedding anniversary on Dec. 17, 2001.
Bob Sneller '51 was inducted into the Cowley County Community
College Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 9, 2002. He is also a member
of the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Herb White '51, optometrist in Dodge City, was the recent
recipient of the Kansas Optometric Association's 2002 Distinguished
Service Award. He was presented with the award Friday, April 12,
2002, at the association's annual convention in Topeka. The Distinguished
Service Award acknowledges individuals for their contributions to
patient care and to the betterment of optometry in Kansas. White
was recognized for 50 years of service with the association, his
community involvement, and his long-standing efforts with the Kansas
Lions Sight Foundation.
Evelyn (Hamlin) Smith '52 and her husband, Melvin, celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on April 6, 2002. Their children
and grandchildren hosted a country buffet at the family farm in
honor of the event.
Charlotte (Anderson) Lawrence '53 and her husband, Melvin,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception on March
2, 2002. Charlotte retired from USD 465 (Winfield) after 37 years
of employment. Melvin continues to work full-time after 34 years
with Wilson Oil Co.
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David Nichols '60, vice president for academic affairs
at Southwestern College, has been selected to participate in the
"Slavery Debates: Problems in Slavery Studies Today" at Columbia
University. The competition for the seminar was intense and David
was one of only 30 historians selected.
Larry Williams '60 was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators
(KMEA) Hall of Fame during a recent workshop in Wichita. Larry has
taught music in the public schools in Ottawa, Topeka, Lawrence,
Winfield, and Kansas City. In addition to working at Southwestern
College, he has been on the faculties at the University of Kansas
and Baker University, where he is currently an adjunct professor
of music. Of note is the fact that his father, Ross Williams
'35, and his former teachers, Al Hodges '36, Leoti Newland
'37, and Howard Halgedahl, were former recipients of this honor.
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David Dolsen '62 will be moving from his current responsibilities
as special assistant to the president at Southwestern College to
supervisor of plant operations. In addition to the duties normally
associated with this position, he will be involved in large purchasing
Armand Hillier '62 retired at the end of the school year.
Having coached at Oxford, Armand went to Augusta in 1968 to coach
basketball and cross-country and teach government and history. In
1971 he became athletic director. During his tenure he has helped
Augusta host a total of 78 post-season events under the Kansas State
High School Activities Association. On May 17, 2002, in conjunction
with the 4A regional track meet, the stadium at Augusta High School
was dedicated in his honor.
Bruce Williams '62 is currently teaching orchestra and strings
in the public schools of McAllen, Texas. Additionally, he plays
viola in the Valley Symphony Orchestra. He was recently invited
by the Kansas Music Educators Association to be the clinician and
conductor for the statewide Kansas Middle/Junior High School Orchestra.
The orchestra program was held on April 20, 2002, in Hutchinson,
where Bruce taught in the 1970s. Approximately 95 students from
orchestras throughout the state were under his direction.
Nancy (Okerburg) Kerr '64 was the soprano soloist for the
64th annual presentation of the Messiah by the Reno Choral Society.
Jonathan Brown '65 is in his second year at Lyndon High
School. He is the head high school football coach and the middle
school boys track coach. During the school year he teaches American
history and American government. During the summer he is the driver
education instructor. His 2001 football team was 9-2, and Jonathan
will be an assistant coach for the East in the 2002 Kansas Shrine
Bowl this summer in Pittsburg.
Ruth (Barker) Thomson '65 celebrated her 90th birthday on
April 25, 2002. For 31 years Ruth taught in the elementary schools
of Winfield and the surrounding areas. She enjoys hearing from her
David Grove '66, high school principal at Valley Falls the
past seven years, has accepted a two-year contract as superintendent
of USD 338.
Nelson Warren '67 is a teacher and debate coach at Frederic
Remington High School, Whitewater. His debaters won the 3-2-1A state
championship during January 2002.
Julia (Lauver) Lambert '68 recently retired after working
33 years for the state of Kansas. A reception in her honor was hosted
by the staff of the Winfield SRS office.
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Jim and Cherlene (Hodges) Graves '70, '70 have moved to
Salina, where Jim is serving Church of the Cross United Methodist
Roger Moon '70, associate professor of theatre and
speech and director of the theatre program at Southwestern College,
offered the seminar "Preaching With Passion" during April 2002.
The sessions were designed to train pastors to allow their feelings
to be expressed as they speak, so that sermons and scripture readings
have life and passion.
Sherry (Galloway) Willis '70, '95 is teaching preschool
and K-6 music at South Haven School in South Haven. She is also
a director for BeautiControl Cosmetics.
Gary L. Robbins '72, CAE, has been honored for 20 years
of service as executive director for the Kansas Optometric Association.
He was recognized at the association's annual convention in Topeka
in April 2002.
Brad Weigle '72 has filed to run as a Democratic candidate
for the U.S. Congress in Florida's District 13 which covers most
of the area south of Tampa Bay including Terra Ceia, Bradenton,
Sarasota, Arcadia, and the Gulf beaches. His campaign is structured
as the "E" ticket-"join us for the ride of your life." The base
of the pyramid is formed by the four main E words: Education, Elders,
Environment, and the Economy. When all four programs are responsible,
responsive, and of high quality, everyone wins and people's needs
are met with compassion and cooperation, Weigle's campaign stresses.
Lyn (Gagnebin) Bement '73 is teaching Spanish at Shenandoah
University, Winchester, Va. Her husband, Doug, is site manager of
the Avtex Superfund Site in Front Royal, Va. Their son, Bret
'05 was the Jinx mascot for the 2001-2002 school year.
Ted Hresko '73 has been promoted to a GS-15 position and
is now assistant special agent-in-charge of the Honolulu Field Office
of the United States Secret Service. That office is responsible
for most of Asia and all of the Pacific Rim.
Mike Allen '74, director of the Center for Conservation
Biology, Plant Pathology and Biology, University of California,
Riverside, was a presenter at the spring 2002 seminar series of
the Center for Environmental Analysis, California State University,
Los Angeles. His topic was "Environmental Change in Multiple Species
Habitat Conservation Planning: Scientific Issues Pitting Dynamic
Systems Against Static Expectations."
Steve Stone '74 has been named to the new position of vice
president and chief financial officer for newspapers and shared
services at Morris Communications, Augusta, Ga. Steve will be taking
on responsibilities generated by the company's Project STAR (Shared
Technologies and Resources) initiative, a recently launched program
designed to analyze company operations for improved efficiencies.
Jim Banks '75 was presented the Silver Beaver Award by the
Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council at the council's annual recognition
dinner. The award is the highest honor that the council can bestow
on an adult Scout leader.
Daniel Jones '75 performed his original composition "Ye
Are Gods" in Wellington at First United Methodist Church (8:45 service)
and First Presbyterian Church (10:30 service) on Sunday, Jan. 27,
2002. The title is derived from Psalm 82:6 ("I have said, 'ye are
gods, and all of you are children of the most high.'"). The work
is Daniel's first in 15 years.
Beverly (Jarboe) Grunder '77, '91 was honored at the Kansas
Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference and Competition held
Feb. 28 and March 1 in Salina. As advisor for the PBL chapter at
Cowley County Community College, she was named Outstanding State
Advisor of the Year. She will be honored again at the national conference
in Nashville, Tenn., June 23-26, 2002. Eleven students from the
Cowley chapter placed in the state competition.
Steve Short '78 has opened a clinic at the Family Health
Center in Council Grove, and is available once a month to see patients.
With his main practice in Manhattan since 1995, Steve is a pulmonologist
specializing in respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis,
and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Jeanne (Baker) Dexter '81, formerly with the business department
at Southwestern College, recently received the Professor of the
Year award at Florida State University-Panama City Campus.
Molly Allen '82 has been in practice in psychology in Wichita
for 10 years. On April 1, 2002, she and three other psychologists
opened a new Wichita psychology practice: River Park Psychology
Kent Bunting '85 received a Ph.D. in American Studies from
St. Louis University in May 2002. His dissertation was titled "The
Koan of Seiwa En: History and Meaning in the Japanese Garden at
the Missouri Botanical Garden." Randy Smith '85 has opened Kansas
Water Gardens in Winfield. He does design work and constructs ponds,
waterfalls, and rock beds, all with appropriate trees and plants.
Callie (Gaede) Seaton '86 was the featured artist during
February 2002 at the Coffeyville Center for the Arts. Her paintings
were then on exhibit at College Hill United Methodist Church in
Wichita from March 10 through April 12.
Maggie (Hall) Bicker '88 is the artist that made it possible
for Dave Lennox and his cat to look out over 8th Ave. in Winfield.
The duo are located in the upstairs windows of Finney Heating and
Gary Podschun '88 is currently serving as an organizational
development consultant to the International College of Surgeons
and its International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, Ill.
His primary work involves the creation of the History and Preservation
Society, a new initiative for the college.
Stephen Peebles '89 was named the F.A.C.A. (Florida Athletic
Coaches Association) Outstanding Assistant Coach for 2001-2002.
The award is given to assistant coaches who have made outstanding
contributions to their sports over the years. Steve was one of 10
coaches, in all sports, to be so honored in the entire state. He
has coached football and taught math for the past 13 years at Manatee
High School in Bradenton, Fla.
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Mark Detter '91 was recently elected to his second term
as president of the Rose Hill Chamber of Commerce. He continues
to serve as city administrator for the city of Rose Hill.
Marilyn (Alexander) Dill '91 is retiring after 30 years
in the public education system of Kansas. She has spent the last
14 years at Cowley County Community College where she has been associate
dean of instruction since 1999. She will be moving to New Mexico
where her husband, Gary, has been selected as the new president
of the College of the Southwest.
Dan Lara '91 and Amy Rohrback were married Nov. 10, 2001,
in Prairie Village. The couple resides in Alexandria, Va., where
Amy is a purchasing agent for the Navy Federal Credit Union, and
Dan is press secretary for U. S. Rep. Jim DeMint in Washington.
Dan Smith '92, a chiropractor in Derby, is the team doctor
for the middle school and high school wrestling teams.
Trevor Leffingwell '93 has opened Crop Risk Management,
a crop insurance sales and service agency located in Elkhart.
Rhonda Beeson '94, now a graduate of the University of Kansas
School of Medicine, has fulfilled a childhood dream. She has returned
to Arkansas City and set up a family practice at the Summit Clinic.
Terry Quiett '94, coordinator of academic technology at
Southwestern College, performed songs from his two CD releases,
as well as some brand-new never-heard-before tunes, at College Hill
Coffee on April 5, 2002. You can read the latest TQ info at www.quiett.com.
Tina (Kelley) Stoppel '94 received her master's degree in
science management from Friends University on May 11, 2002.
Kerrie Bennett '95 and Michael Pleasants were married May
9, 2002. Kerrie graduated from the Medical College of Virginia with
a master of physical therapy degree and is a physical therapist.
Michael received a bachelor of science from Old Dominion University
and is a partner in Barton & Bod.
Shawn and Jennifer (Russom) Love '95 run White Tiger Tae
Kwon Do in Winfield. Tae Kwon Do is an art, skill, and lifestyle
that does not embrace violence. It is a form of self-defense that
encourages students to believe in themselves, instills good health,
and promotes positive behavior. Shawn has been with the Winfield
Police Department for six years and has recently been promoted to
master patrolman. Jennifer is a health consultant at Healthways
through William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, in charge
of the Cowley County Health Department Cardiovascular Disease Grant
and the first female reserve firefighter in Winfield.
Judith Groves '97 has been named in the 2002 edition of
"Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities."
She was one of 34 students selected for this honor at Wichita State
University where she is a graduate student majoring in curriculum
David Battin '98 graduated from the University of Kansas
School of Medicine on May 18, 2002, with an M.D. degree. He will
spend the next three years in Wichita as a resident in internal
Lisa (Ashenfelter) Braun '98, director of athletic training,
clinical education, and assistant athletic trainer at Southwestern
College, received her master's degree in exercise physiology from
Wichita State University this spring.
Burt Humburg '98 graduated from the University of Kansas
School of Medicine on May 18, 2002, with an M.D. degree. He will
be moving to Minneapolis, Minn., where he will begin a seven-year
residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Sue (Ready) Saia '98 has been named dean of student life
at Cowley County Community College. In this position she will be
responsible for housing, counseling, ADA, health services, and student
Yvonne (Bannon; Downen) Branine '99 has accepted the position
of director of assisted living and home health at Presbyterian Manor
in Arkansas City.
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Seth Naughton '00 graduated with a master of science degree
from West Texas A&M University and has recently accepted a position
as an athletic trainer for Healthsouth in Lubbock, Texas.
Todd Fagan '01 recently passed the NATABOC exam and is now
a certified athletic trainer. Todd has accepted a summer athletic
training internship with the Dallas Cowboys and will work training
camp and preseason for the NFL team.
Joey (Wilkinson) Hobbs '01 recently passed the NATABOC exam
and is now a certified athletic trainer.
Stacy Kahrs '01 and Travis Charbonneau were married Nov.
3, 2001. Stacy is a registered nurse at Salina Regional Health Center.
Travis is a truck driver for Kahrs Harvesting and Chaffee Trucking.
Amy (Monical) Roberts '01 recently passed the NATABOC exam
and is now a certified athletic trainer. She also accepted a graduate
assistant athletic training position at Ohio University and will
begin work on her master's degree this summer.
Brooke Youle '01 has received word she will be doing a
rotation with the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.
This work is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for her
doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Kansas.
Sherri Bradley '02 has accepted a graduate assistant athletic
training position at the University of Arizona and will begin work
on her master's degree next fall.
Jeff Fluty '02 passed the NATABOC exam and is now a certified
athletic trainer. He also has accepted a graduate assistant athletic
training position with Southwest Missouri State and will begin work
on his master's degree next fall.
Kristin Kraemer '02 will attend graduate school in physics
at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
James Larson '02 will attend graduate school in environmental
engineering at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.
David Madrigal '02 and Jennifer Sanders were married March
Scott McLean and April Adams '02, '02 were marred July 28,
Josh Sears '03 is the new youth director at the United Methodist
Church in Hillsboro.
Amanda Bennett '05 has joined the staff of Grace United
Methodist Church, Winfield, as education coordinator. A sophomore
at Southwestern College, she continues her studies in the area.
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Jack Lawrence, Jan. 31, 2002, to Laurie (Koester) Ebenkamp '87
and her husband, Greg.
Wesley Allen, Nov. 26, 2001, to Mark and Julie (Underwood) Detter
Shay Dean, Feb. 3, 2002, to Tammy (Gatton) Pippitt '92
and her husband, Stacy.
A son, Feb. 12, 2002, to Chris and Angela Farmer '93, '97.
A daughter, April 14, 2002, to Craig and Kelle (Goertz) Thompson
Daigen Scott, April 5, 2002, to Lori (Bowman) Moulton '95
and her husband, Marty.
Téa Cameron, March 5, 2002, to Greg and Tina (Kelley) Stoppel
A son, March 29, 2002, to Stephen and Zee Butler '97, '97.
Rivyr Shields, March 8, 2002, to Troy Smith '97 and his
Chloe Elizabeth, Sept. 15, 2001, to Nathan and Tania (McLean)
Turner '00, '00.
Gabriella Rae, April 5, 2002, to Amanda Lampe '02.
Andrew Johann, April 19, 2002, to Kerry (Conner) Schnackenberg
'02 and her husband, John.
Aria Anna, Feb. 6, 2002, to Arlen Sheldon '02 and his wife,
Abryana Nicole, March 22, 2002, to Jake and Elva (Saenz) Boling
A daughter, Feb. 27, 2002, to Rand Parker '04 and his wife,
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Freda "Bea" (Alexander; Boles) Cook '25 died March 19,
2001, at the age of 100 years, 4 months and 4 days.
Zelman Zimmerman '29 died Feb. 18, 2002. She began her teaching
career in the Sunny Hill one-room school in Sumner County, Kan.,
and later taught in the Belle Plaine school system. She then moved
to the Wichita public schools, where she was a teacher and administrator
for the remaining 46 years of her career.
Irene (Thackrey) Gafney '30 died Feb. 13, 2002. A former
schoolteacher, she was 94. Survivors include a sister, Vera (Thackrey)
Helen (Force) Courtright '34 died April 18, 2002, at the
age of 89. She had been an entertainment director for the USO during
World War II and then taught for 12 years with the San Diego, Calif.,
Clay Smith '35 died March 5, 2002, at the age of 87. Clay
learned to play baseball in the mid-1920s by watching his father
play. When he was 12 years old, he spent 25 cents on a book titled
"How to Pitch" that would forever change his life. He later played
for Southwestern College before going to the Shell Dubs, a semi-professional
team from the Shell Oil Company Refinery in Arkansas City, in 1934.
He then signed with the Fargo Twins, a farm team of the Cleveland
Indians. In 1938 he was called up to the big leagues and spent eight
years playing with the Indians and Detroit Tigers. Among the high
points of his career were the four innings he pitched against the
Cincinnati Reds in the 1940 World Series. He pitched against such
baseball greats as Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and, in 1946, was
with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization when Jackie Robinson was
signed to become the first black player to play in the major leagues.
He later returned to Cambridge, Kan., to become a farmer and rancher
and a rural letter carrier. Survivors include a son, Alan '66.
(Also see Eldearia (Rymph) Smith '62 below).
George Brooner '36 died Feb. 25, 2002. He had been a 40-year
employee of Phillips Petroleum.
Burnita (Ormes) Morrison '36 died March 28, 2002. A retired
elementary school teacher, she was 87. Survivors include her children,
Ann (Morrison) Berlin '67, Richard Morrison '66, Steve
Morrison '69, and Keith Morrison '73.
James Ingram '37 died April 24, 2002, at the age of 88.
He began his career as a teacher for the Spivey, Kan., schools and
retired as a supervisor for Cessna, Hutchinson, Kan.
Forrest Nash '37 died March 23, 2002. Retired after 29 years
as a Nazarene pastor and 14 years as a district superintendent,
he was 86. Survivors include his wife, Belle Marie.
Jane (Roth) Wiens '38 died Feb. 19, 2002. Survivors include
her husband, Ed.
Agnes (Nurse) Axline '41 died April 12, 2002, at the age
of 86. She was a teacher for more than 30 years and taught all grades
except kindergarten. She served as principal in Lake City, Mulvane,
and Medicine Lodge. Survivors include her sisters, Virginia (Nurse)
Cummins '42 and Thelma (Nurse) Chatham '39.
Edna (Waddell) Hobbs '44 died March 1, 2002. A retired
teacher of Wichita Public Schools Homebound, she was 83.
Robert Dobson '46 died Feb. 20, 2002, at the age of 79.
He was the owner of Dobson Decorators until his retirement. Survivors
include his wife, Betty; a son, Michael '72; and a daughter,
Diane (Dobson) Eskridge '68.
Emily (Bernstorf) Frazier '46 died March 18, 2002, at the
age of 77. She taught seventh- and eighth-grade English in Hutchinson,
Kan., and later served as a substitute teacher in Winfield. She
served on the Winfield Board of Education from 1969 to 1997 (28
years), one of the longest terms ever. Survivors include sons Graham
Frazier '90 and Farley Frazier '75.
Rachael (Fieser) Kyle '50 died Feb 20, 2002. A former schoolteacher,
bookkeeper, and homemaker, she was 74. Survivors include her husband,
Loren, and their daughter, Sondra (Kyle) Stonebraker '75.
Medrith (Robinson) Whitney '51 died March 14, 2002. A retired
Wesley Medical Center registered nurse, she was 72. Survivors include
a daughter, Mary (Whitney) Kutz '79.
Rodney Maynard '56 died Feb. 27, 2002, at the age of 78.
A former B-17 pilot with the Army Air Corps, he was an electronics
engineer and worked for many of the electronics and airplane companies
in Wichita. Survivors include his daughter, Misty Maynard '75.
Marian (Ibach) Rowe '56 died Feb. 15, 2002, at the age of
92. For several years she taught English at Cambridge High School
and then worked as a librarian and teacher at Butler County Community
College in El Dorado, Kan. She retired in 1973.
William Copeland '60 died Feb. 18, 2002. A teacher at Jefferson
Elementary School in Arkansas City, he was named the master teacher
of USD 470 in 1972. Survivors include his wife, Wilma.
Eldearia (Rymph) Smith '62 died Feb. 3, 2002, at the age
of 85. During her 43-year career Eldearia taught school in Udall,
Cambridge, Latham, Arkansas City, and Atlanta. Her husband, Clay
'35, died March 5, 2002. (See above) Survivors include a son,
Peggy (Prouty) Burns '84 died March 29, 2002. A former employee
of Good Samaritan Village and Walnut Hill Nursing Center, she was
48. As a volunteer at the Kansas Veterans Home, Peggy received a
state award for volunteer work from the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Patrick.
Raymond Welch, husband of Irene (Fooshee) Welch '33 died
Jan. 1, 2002. He was a retired employee of Mobil Oil in Augusta,
Stanley Asbury, husband of Martha (Logsdon) Asbury '46,
died April 30, 2002 at the age of 79. He had been an engineer with
Cities Service Gas Company (later known as Williams Pipeline) until
retirement. From 1989 to 1999 Stanley was part of the National Network
of Observers, consisting of over 11,000 persons nationwide. The
precipitation data they collect is sent to the Weather Data Library
at Kansas State University.
Anthony "Tony" Goetz, husband of Anna (Smith) Goetz '52,
died April 16, 2002. A farmer and television repairman, he was 81.
Earl Saxon, husband of Margaret (Weigle) Saxon '55, died
Dec. 12, 2001. While a student at Southwestern College he served
the Burchfiel and Bluff City Methodist churches. He went on to a
career in the oil industry as a landman and after retirement earned
a master of divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology.
Mary Hearn, wife of Jack Hearn '57, died March 11, 2002.
James Smith, husband of Linda (Graber) Smith '65 died Jan.
31, 2002. From 1957 to 1984 he worked as a welder at Smith & Moon
Manufacturing and was well known in the Winfield area as a poultry
and wildlife propagator. In 1988 he started Smith Fire Extinguisher
Service, retiring in October 2001.
John Bruing, husband of Shirley (Kidewell) Bruing '70 died May
5, 2002, at the age of 76.
Glenn DeMeritt, husband of Regina DeMeritt '96, died April
7, 2002. He was 63.
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See news of these present and former staff members elsewhere
in The Southwesterner:
James Altendorf, formerly of the chemistry department at
Southwestern College, died March 28, 2002, at the age of 74. With
a long career in academia, the position he held immediately prior
to his 1990 retirement was dean of the junior college at Wentworth
Military Academy in Joplin, Mo. Survivors include his wife, LaVonne.
Rick Cowlishaw will join the biology faculty of Southwestern
College for the 2002-03 school year.
Teri Davis (formerly Hackler) received the doctor of education
degree in educational administration and leadership from Kansas
State University in May. Teri is currently director of the teacher
certification and preparation program and clinical professor of
psychology at Tulane University. She started the program in the
fall of 2001. At Southwestern College she was assistant professor
of education and director of the early childhood education program.
She also was instrumental in the founding of Grace Little Builders
Preschool, a lab preschool.
Jeanne (Baker) Dexter '81 (see alumni notes).
Mikel Dexter, former comptroller at Southwestern College,
is now corporate controller for One Source, an industrial wire and
David Dolsen '62 (see alumni notes). Roland Elliott '37
(see alumni notes).
Cynthia Evans, admission counselor at Southwestern College,
has decided to go to graduate school in the area of museum collections.
John Griffin, planned giving consultant to Southwestern
College, and his wife, Jill, have a son. Austin Griffin was born
March 6, 2002, and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Daryl McWhirt, director of plant operations at Southwestern
College, will be leaving his employment with the school this summer.
Roger Moon '70 (see alumni notes).
David Nichols '60 (see alumni notes).
Terry Quiett '94 (see alumni notes).
James Strand, former professor of organ at Southwestern
College, will perform the consecration recital on the new pipe organ
at First United Methodist Church, Winfield. The organ is named in
honor of E. Marie Burdette, organist emeritus at the church
and longtime faculty member at Southwestern College.
Sarah West, admission counselor at Southwestern College,
is leaving the college to pursue a career in interior design.
Joetta Wigger, financial planner in the admission office
at Southwestern College, will be getting married in June 2002 and
relocating to Tulsa with her new husband.
Larry Williams '60 (see alumni notes).
(Contact faculty, staff, and students at Southwestern College,
100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156-2499.)
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Norman Albright died Feb. 25, 2002. He had worked at Albright
Investment Co., Inc., in real estate, insurance, appraising and
as a mortgage loan underwriter, retiring as president of the business.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn.
Barney and Dixie Akers were married March 22, 1952, and
recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their sons, including
Mark Akers '79, hosted the event.
Bob Baer will retire from full-time ministry during summer
2002. He and his wife, Cheri, were honored with a retirement reception
on June 16, 2002, by the Clay Center United Methodist Church.
Harold Barber died March 26, 2002. A retired farmer, he
was 93. His wife, Maurine, died March 30, 2002. A homemaker,
she was 89.
Dorothy Clark, spouse of Rev. Leonard Clark, died April
John "Tom" Dimit died March 26, 2002. A retired employee
of Rodeo Meats in Arkansas City and employee of the Winfield school
district, he was 73. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, and a
son, David '76.
LeRoy Dreier died April 17, 2002, at the age of 64. He was
the owner of Squealer's Junction (a hog feeding operation) and was
a former coach at Strong City High School, Marion High School, Ottawa
High School, Salina South High School, and Peabody High School.
He was also a former assistant coach at Hesston High School and
coached for one season at Bethel College. Survivors include his
wife, Sandra, and a daughter, Janelle (Dreier) Wilke '80.
George Duncan died Feb. 6, 2002, at the age of 92. Survivors
include his wife, Fern.
Logusts (Helzer) Dutcher died April 11, 2002. A retired
registered nurse, she was 83.
LaVern (Strobel) Ely died March 12, 2002. A homemaker, she
was 77. Survivors include her husband, Eugene.
Myrl Gillespie died Feb. 11, 2002, at the age of 75.
Al Guernsey was the winner of the $1,000 prize, payable
in Winfield Chamber Bucks, in the 2002 Great Ball Drop. His was
the first of thousands of numbered golf balls to make it down the
77 steps in the event co-sponsored by Southwestern College and the
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. His daughter, Ruth '05,
is a freshman at Southwestern College.
William "Bill" Hill died March 1, 2002, at the age of 82.
Bill worked for International Harvester in Oklahoma City and Davenport,
Iowa, before moving back to Arkansas City and working for Cosby
Robe Insurance Agency and later Union State Bank. He retired as
executive vice president of the bank in 1987. He is survived by
his wife, Jean.
Francis Hunt died March 16, 2002, at the age of 86. From
1950 until 1972 he operated Hunt's Jewelry Store in Winfield. Survivors
include his wife, Emily, and a son, Terry '62.
Lorene Johnson was 80 years old on Feb. 27, 2002. The following
Sunday her children and extended family were invited to attend the
worship service at the Plevna Community Church and a special dinner
Erma May Keely died March 10, 2002, at the age of 86. A
homemaker, she had also worked part-time as a sales clerk at J.
C. Penney in Winfield.
Thelma Lanier died April 11, 2002, at the age of 94. A farm
wife, she had also been an elementary school teacher and a substitute
teacher during World War II when she often rode to school on horseback
to comply with gasoline and tire restrictions.
Mildred (Osborn) Martin died Feb. 15, 2002, at the age of
94. She had been assistant cashier at Citizens State Bank in Atlanta
for 15 years and then a teller at First National Bank in Winfield
for 28 years. She retired in 1986.
G. D. McSpadden died March 15, 2002, at the age of 83. He
worked at farm implement stores and at Beech Aircraft before serving
in the Navy during World War II. After the war he attended college
and law school. In 1950 he opened a law practice in Winfield and
later joined with Warren Andreas to form a partnership that ended
with G.D.'s retirement in 1987. He served as the attorney for Southwestern
College for several years and was active in many local civic and
educational activities. Survivors include his wife, Sula, and a
son, Steve, emeritus trustee at Southwestern College.
Everett Mitchell, retired United Methodist pastor, died
Feb. 13, 2002. In addition to other appointments, he had served
Douglass and Winfield First United Methodist churches.
Vicki (Watson) Mount died April 22, 2002, at the age of
52. She was a secretary at SMR Builders in Winfield and also worked
part-time at Webber Land Company and for the Burden schools. Survivors
include her husband, Terry, and children, Shawn Mount '99
and Randi (Mount) Carpenter '01.
Shelia Ratzlaff, pastor at Burden United Methodist Church,
was the speaker at Eagle Nest, Inc. Her topic was "Debt Is Disobedience."
Shelia is vice president of the Winfield Ministerial Alliance, a
chaplain at William Newton Memorial Hospital, serves on the board
for SAFE Home of Cowley County and on the Sunflower Outreach Board
for eastern Cowley County.
Dave Seaton, publisher of the Winfield Daily Courier, was
named KPTS Channel 8 Volunteer of the Year. He was recognized at
a celebration held April 30, 2002, at Larkspur Restaurant in Wichita.
Margaret (Whitaker) Wilken died Feb. 22, 2002. A homemaker,
she was 76.
Melissa Williamson was owner of the second ball down the
77 steps in the 2002 Great Ball Drop. She won a KANZA/SC gift bag.
The event is co-sponsored by Southwestern College and the Winfield
Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Cindy Ball, grants coordinator, received her master of
arts degree in anthropology from Wichita State University in May.
Dick Barnes, associate professor of management and economics
at Southwestern College, was a presenter at the spring 2002 seminar
series of the Center for Environmental Analysis, California State
University, Los Angeles. His topic was "Pollution Caps With Trading
Permits: Creating Optimal Environmental Outcomes Using Market Driven
Lisa (Ashenfelter) Braun '98 (see alumni notes).
Troy Boucher, professor of English and chair of the English
department, recently received notification that his short story,
"Deep Water," has been accepted for publication in The Chiron Review.
The Chiron Review publishes a quarterly review of contemporary creative
writing-fiction and nonfiction. Past contributors to the review
include Felice Picano, William Stafford, Charles Bukowski, Marge
Piercy, Ed Field, Will Inman, Wilma McDaniel, Erskine Caldwell,
and James Broughton. The CR reaches more than 2,000 readers, and
is published in St. John, Kan.
Barbara Corvette, associate professor of business, is serving
as guest editor for a special conflict edition of Sociological Practice:
A Journal of Clinical and Applied Sociology (peer-reviewed and refereed,
published by Kluwer Academkic/Plenum). In the edition, which will
be published in September 2002, will appear articles by Corvette
as well as by Phil Schmidt, professor of history, and Dan
Daniel, professor of English. Schmidt's article is titled "The
Electoral College and Conflict in American History and Politics";
Daniel's is "Hands: Visible and Invisible." Title of Corvette's
contribution is "The Juxtaposition of Ideology and Structure in
Criminal Justice." Corvette has also published two more Internet
continuing legal education courses-one on tax law and another on
Jason Coy, assistant professor of history, has been awarded
a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Erfurt (in eastern
Germany). The Maria Sybilla Merian Stipendium will allow him to
spend summer (June-July) 2002 working on his manuscript, consulting
with Hans Medick (a famous German social historian on their faculty),
and working in the archives in Ulm.
Dan Daniel, professor of English, has been invited to participate
in the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, "Medicine,
Literature and Culture." Taking place in Hershey, Penn., the institute
is designed to provide a practical, pedagogical, and critical grounding
in the field of literature and medicine (with "literature" to be
understood as including cultural studies, American studies, and
other related interdisciplinary areas such as feminist studies and
performance studies). Additionally, he was a presenter at the spring
2002 seminar series of the Center for Environmental Analysis, California
State University, Los Angeles. His topic was "Integrating the Environment."
Three Southwestern College science students are recipients of research
experience for undergraduates (REU) grants, and will spend their
summers in scientific research. Aron Fast '04, Hesston, will
study atmospheric chemistry at the University of Colorado. Fast
is a biochemistry major and will be working on the optical properties
of atmospheric aerosols. Luke Vierthaler '03, Dodge City,
is in Charleston, Ore., studying animal physiology at the Oregon
Institute of Marine Biology. He is one of eight SC students who
will study at OIMB this summer. Vierthaler is majoring in biology
with a minor in environmental studies. He will be researching the
comparative aspects of invertebrate respiratory pigments. Nathanael
Wheatley '03, Cherryvale, will study soybean-based polymers
at Pittsburg State University. Wheatley will do testing on various
aspects of the material, including flexibility, strength, durability,
viscosity, and blending of several types of polymers.
Munir Hassan, assistant professor of finance, has been
involved in several conferences. At the annual conference of the
Midwest Business Economics Association, Chicago, Feb. 27-March 1,
2002, he was chair of a session, "Business Economics." At the 38th
annual meeting of the Missouri Valley Economic Association, Feb.
28-March 2, 2002, in Memphis, Hassan was chair of a session, "International
Trade: Factor Costs, Law of One Price, Real Exchange Rates," and
an official discussant of a paper. At the Eastern Economic Association
Conference held in Boston March 15-17, 2002, he chaired six sessions:
"The Well Being of Children," "Education Issues," "Studies of Economic
Growth," "Exchange Rate Determination," and "Industry Studies: Services."
At the same conference he was an official discussant for three papers.
At the April 10-12, 2002, meeting of the National Social Science
Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hassan made a conference presentation
and was chair of a session, "Business Paper on International Trade."
Brenda Hicks, director of admission, presented a session
at NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
in San Antonio in September titled "Forecasting for the Future:
Developing Student Interest in Our Profession."
Julie Morgan '03, Mulvane, has been named the Coin World
2002 Margo Russel Journalism Intern. She joins the Coin World staff
in Sidney, Ohio, in mid-June for a 10-week writing and editing internship.
In addition to gaining practical experience in news gathering, writing,
and editing, Morgan will be a member of the team that attends and
covers the American Numismatic Association 110th anniversary convention
in New York City in August.
David Nichols, vice president for academic affairs and dean
of faculty, has been selected to participate in the "Slavery Debates:
Problems in Slavery Studies Today" at Columbia University. Nichols
was one of only 30 historians selected to participate in this highly-competitive
Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life and dean
of students, attended the New Senior Student Affairs Institute on
Leadership Effectiveness in Washington D.C. The institute was sponsored
by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and
included vice presidents of student affairs and deans of students
from 30 colleges across the country.
Steve Rankin, associate professor of religious studies and
campus minister, read a paper, "A Perfect Church: Toward a Wesleyan
Missional Ecclesiology," at the March 2002 Wesleyan Theological
Society meeting in Hobe Sound, Fla. The paper has been accepted
for publication in the spring 2003 Wesleyan Theological Journal.
Bhaskara Rao, associate professor of mathematics and chair
of the mathematics department, is the author of the newly-published
book, "The Theory of Generalized Inverses Over Commutative Rings."
It is volume 17 in the series "Algebra, Logic and Applications."
The book will be especially useful for those dealing with matrices
over polynomial rings, principal ideal domains, and integral domains.
It will also be of interest to mathematicians working in g-inverses
of matrices, algebraists, control theorists, and economists. It
can be used for graduate courses on g-inverses or as a sequel to
undergraduate algebra and linear algebra courses. Gordon and Breech
Science Publishers in England is the publisher.
Moira Rogers, associate professor of international studies
and modern languages, has received a research fellowship from the
Georg-Eckert Institut for international textbook research in Braunschweig,
Germany, for her project about Newtonianism in children's literature.
The fellowship is for one month in the summer of 2002 and can be
renewed in the future.
Patrick Ross, assistant professor of biology, was awarded
his doctorate by the University of California - Santa Barbara.
Beth Sheppard, reference/automation librarian at Southwestern
College, read a paper titled "Behold Your Son: John 19:26-27 and
Guardian Relationships in the Roman World" at the National Society
of Biblical Literature meeting held in Denver (Nov. 17-20, 2001).
She also was part of a group presentation, "Life at a Small College
Library," April 4 at the Kansas Library Association's Tri-Conference
meeting in Wichita.
J.A. (Andy) Sheppard, assistant professor of philosophy
and religion and associate dean of faculty, is author of "Revisiting
Roger Bacon's 'De Signis'" in "Collectanea Franciscana" (Rome 2003).
Michael Wilder, professor of music and chair of the performing
arts division, served as an accreditation evaluator for the National
Association of Schools of Music in a visit to the University of
Wisconsin, Green Bay in April. He will further serve the association
by participating in advanced evaluator training this fall in New
Orleans. Wilder represented the performing arts division and college
in accepting the 2001 Cultural Leadership Award presented by the
Winfield Chamber of Commerce in February.
Dan Williams, assistant professor of theatre design, was
awarded a Mary Jane Teall Award in a ceremony in Wichita on Sept.
17, 2001. His set design for the show "Tru" was selected as one
of two winners in the Best Set Design category.
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Two longtime Southwestern College trustees were honored
for their service during Founders Day activities April 20. A.J.
(Jack) Focht '57 (shown here) and Yvette LeersKov Gardner
were on the board from 1990 to 2002, the maximum term allowed by
bylaw. Gardner was unable to attend the Founders Day banquet. Focht,
who has chaired the academic affairs committee and been a member
of the executive committee, credited Southwestern with much of his
professional as well as his personal success. "At SC," he said,
"the most important thing I learned was that I was an important
person and a capable person."
Outstanding teachers were honored April 27 at the induction ceremony
of the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame. Selected for
the hall of fame were (left to right) James Dole '58, Ken
Forsyth '61, and (right) Dan Kahler '50. Sharilyn
Hill '87 received the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education.
Masterbuilders, the six seniors who best exemplify the spirit of
Southwestern College, are chosen by their peers. Honored by the
class of 2002 were (left to right) Rachel Stueve, Katie Woodrow,
Shelley Good, Branden Banks, Mike Ziser, and Lisa Reynolds. Valedictorians
of the class were Christopher LittleCook, Ryan Rising, Melissa Strauss,
and Karen Wilder.
Setting the Tempo: Music Group Honors
SC Grads Three Years Running
For the third year in a row, a Southwestern College alumnus has
been honored by the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA). Larry
Williams '60 was inducted into the KMEA Hall of Fame during
its state convention in February. Ken Forsyth '61 was named
the group's 2001 Kansas Outstanding Music Educator, and David
Will '71 was the 2000 Kansas Outstanding Music Educator. Williams
has spent 35 years teaching every level of instrumental music, including
a stint on the Southwestern College faculty, and currently is an
adjunct professor at Baker University. He credits his success to
other hall of fame members from Winfield and Southwestern, including
his father, the late Ross Williams '35, and Al Hodges
'36. His mother, Agnes Williams, continues to live in
Winfield. Other Moundbuilders in the KMEA Hall of Fame include Leoti
(Hall) Newland '37 (inducted in 1983) and Wendell Hodges
'47 (inducted in 1989).
Former Builders Building Audiences In
Two native Kansans and Southwestern College alumni are making a
difference in the cultural climate of the state of Virginia. In
April, Don Smith '82 was named the statewide director of
marketing for Virginia Opera based in Norfolk. Just a month later
Joe Cobb '83 was named director of public relations/marketing
for the Roanoke Symphony. Now in its 28th season, the Virginia Opera
is the 14th largest opera company in the U.S. and the only company
that performs in three separate venues. Cobb's responsibilities
with the Roanoke Symphony include implementing a comprehensive marketing
plan for the symphony's 50th anniversary season in 2002-03. Smith
and Cobb each were elected president of the Student Government Association
while they were students. In addition, they were selected as Storbeck
Scholars in memory of former Winfield resident Todd Storbeck. Smith
most recently served for three years as the executive director of
Arts Partners in Wichita. He is the son of Mary Lois Smith '47,
Liberal, and the late Jack Smith. Cobb most recently served as associate
pastor for Derby Woodlawn United Methodist Church. He is the son
of Bill and Marilyn Cobb, Wichita, who attended SC during the 1950s.
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