Anelle (Trumbull) O'Neil '41 was recently honored for her
longevity as a choir member at First United Methodist Church, Winfield.
Having joined the choir as a senior in high school, Anelle has been
a part of the group for 65 years. She has now decided to slow down
a little and is the church archivist. Additionally, she and her
husband, Ward, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb.
Hugh and Maxine (Beeman) Snyder '41, '43 will celebrate
their 60th wedding anniversary April 18, 2002.
Bernard Steiner '41 has been honored posthumously. On Aug.
7, 2001, the Bernard H. Steiner Memorial Pavilion was dedicated
at Waukegan (Ill.) Municipal Beach. Bernard had been a teacher of
instrumental and vocal music at schools in Waukegan and was assistant
professor of music and director of bands at the University of Wisconsin,
Parkside Campus. He had also directed the Waukegan Municipal Band
which played for the event. Former students Howard Klug and Mike
Bandman and colleagues Harry Begian and Tom Gillette were soloists.
Willeva (Headley) VanSickle '41 and her husband, Wilbur,
recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple has
been married since Oct. 25, 1941. After retiring from teaching school,
Willeva worked at McConnell Air Force Base and Boeing. Wilbur worked
at Beech Aircraft from 1943-1950 and at Boeing from 1950-1970. After
that he worked for the Burden school district, then for the City
of Burden, and then part-time at Wells Lumber Co. in Burden.
Frank Craig '44 celebrated his 80th birthday Jan. 6, 2002.
An open house in his honor was hosted by family members.
Jim and Nedra (McIrvin) Starkey '49, '48 have given up full-time
RVing and moved into a duplex cottage at Friendly Acres, Newton.
They note that the adjustment is difficult after 13 years of a great
feeling of freedom during which they visited more than 300 of the
country's 380 national parks and volunteered in many different settings.
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Dan Kahler '50 has recently had his first book published.
Successful Schools: Achieving Excellence Through STAR Theory came
out Nov. 28, 2001. With the thought, "B Brief, B Bright, B Gone!"
Dan's goal was to keep the book under 200 pages, so busy people
would peruse its 168 pages. He asks that everyone be sure to read
the introduction where he explains brevity. The book is dedicated
to the greatest person he has ever known, his wife, Violet.
John Henderson '51 and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary with a reception on Jan. 27, 2002, at Park
Place Christian Church, Hutchinson. John retired after 37 years
as business education teacher - Montezuma for one year, Howard for
five years, Larned for seven years, and Hutchinson for 24 years.
Joyce retired as a secretary for Hutchinson High School counselors.
Dale Snyder '51 received the Lyons Chamber of Commerce
Distinguished Service Award for 2001. Dale is the first second-generation
recipient in the award's 34-year history. His father, H. H. Snyder,
received the award in 1970. Dale is the retired president of Lyons
State Bank and current chairman of the board.
Mel Cheatham '55 is the 2001 recipient of the "Footsteps
of the Great Physician" award for missionary service, presented
by World Medical Mission. Widely recognized as a leading neurosurgeon
in the United States, Mel has served with World Medical Mission
in more than a dozen countries, including dangerous civil war duty
in Bosnia, Somalia, and Central America. He has also served those
who are impoverished in Zaire, snowbound in Far East Russia, and
quarantined in North Korea. The "Footsteps" award recognizes one
doctor among the hundreds who volunteer for missionary trips each
year through World Medical Mission, the medical arm of the international
relief organization Samaritan's Purse. It is given to a doctor whose
"example of humility, compassion, and commitment to the Gospel has
demonstrated to patients, colleagues, community, and family members
the love of God in Jesus Christ." The directors and staff of World
Medical Mission make the selection. Mel received the award on Oct.
13, 2001, during the 12th annual Prescription for Renewal, a conference
attended by about 400 doctors and spouses at the Billy Graham Training
Center near Asheville, N.C.
Jack Focht '57 was one of four Wichitans named as humanitarians
by the National Conference for Community and Justice. The award
was officially presented March 5, 2002, at the annual Humanitarian
Awards dinner. Selected individuals are outstanding business, community,
and student leaders who exemplify the organization's mission.
Jane (Rinkel) Grier '58 and Robert Skehan were married
July 28, 2001. Jane is retired from Hutchinson Community College.
Robert is retired from Crown, Cork & Seal, Sugarland, Texas.
Henry Cox '59 and his wife, Lois, celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2001. Henry served as a Southern
Baptist minister for 54 years in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, and
Kansas, retiring in 1990. He now serves as a pulpit supply minister
when needed. Lois taught school for 27 years in Arizona and Kansas,
also retiring in 1990. Their son, Robert, is a 1982 graduate
of Southwestern College.
Wilda (Bricker) Patterson '59 and her husband, Don, recently
donated 168 acres of land to the Community Health Foundation of
Arkansas City. Located two miles north of Arkansas City, the land
is slated to be the site of the new South Central Kansas Regional
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Benn Gibson '61 will retire at the end of the current fiscal
year. Since 1977 he has served as vice president for college services
at Southwestern College.
Jim Reed '64 has been named to the board of Mercy Health
Center in Manhattan.
Janet (Jewell) Sims '65 has been named Kansas Elementary
Principal of the Year 2002. She is the principal at Obee Elementary
Rod Strohl '66 has been promoted to executive director
of customer service for directory operations for SBC Corporation.
He will have credit and collection responsibilities in the 13 states
served by SBC. Rod has been with Southwestern Bell for 35½ years.
Jim Kline '67 received a master of arts degree in leadership
from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2001.
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Pat Byrne '70 was awarded the master of science in management
degree by The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., in November 2001.
Bernadette Bernally '75 has earned a master of public administration
(MPA) degree from the University of New Mexico. She is working with
the Navajo Nation on a staff that supervises over 500 programs.
Details are available at www.nndpm.navajo.org.
Pat Audley '77 teaches at Judge Riddel Boys Ranch, a facility
of the Wichita school district, and is also president of Artichoke
Inc., a sandwich bar he helped establish in 1984. The Artichoke
specializes in great sandwiches and spirits. It is considered an
Irish Pub, with the largest Blarney Stone in North America, said
to be taken from a chip from Blarney Castle, Ireland. There is
live entertainment on the weekends featuring Celtic, folk, bluegrass
and some alternative music.
Rod Kreie '77 has been named president of Southwest Bank,
Ulysses. He had previously had his own business as a certified public
accountant and served on the board of Southwest Bank since 1985.
Bradley Hammel '78 has been promoted to vice president
at Capitol Federal Savings. He joined Capitol Federal's financial
services department in July 2001as corporate reporting manager,
providing financial forecasting as well as product profitability
Timothy Detter, M.D., J.D., M.B.A. '79 has recently accepted
a position with West Houston Family Practice Associates. He completed
his family practice residency in June 2001 and passed the Family
Practice Board Exam in July. Tim and Waynette (Schoch) Detter
'78 reside in Houston, Texas.
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Jerre Nolte '80, pastor at Grace United Methodist Church,
Winfield, was the principal speaker at the Winfield celebration
honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fortunately that event
took place prior to Feb. 3, 2002. After church on that Sunday Jerre's
head was shaved when the church's senior high youth group met a
challenge and raised more than $1,000 through Super Bowl submarine
sandwich sales. Proceeds from the sale went to help underwrite the
group's summer mission trip to Cortez, Colo.
Jim Robinson '80 has been elected chairman of the board
of United Methodist Youthville. He has been on the board since 1985
and has served a previous term as its chair. Jim is a partner with
Hite, Fanning & Honeyman LLC, Wichita.
Rick Cotton '81 is in his seventh year as city administrator
of Clemson, S.C. During the past year he was selected to participate
in the South Carolina Executive Institute, an honor for a local
Keith Lowe '82 now works at Tremont Avenue Elementary School,
in Patchogue, N.Y., where he is the physical education teacher.
His wife, April, is a special education teacher at River Avenue
Elementary School, also in Patchogue.
Tom McNeish '83 of SkyeRock Networking is expanding his
operations to include fixed wireless broadband technology. This
technology will allow businesses and individuals to get online via
broadband radio waves. Equipment has been installed on the water
tower at Strother Field, the top of the State Bank building and
atop Christy Administration Building at Southwestern College.
Monty Lewis '86, head football coach at Southwestern College,
has accepted a position as offensive coordinator at West Texas A&M
University in Canyon, Texas. Monty will join the staff of former
Ottawa University coach Ronnie Jones, recently named head coach
at WTAMU. During his nine years at Southwestern Coach Lewis' teams
were 60-32, making him the winningest coach in SC history. He led
squads to conference championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Joy Palmer '86 and David Traylor were married June 9, 2001.
Joy is a clinical social worker at the Area Mental Health Center
in Dodge City. David is a pharmacist at Western Plains Medical Complex,
also in Dodge City.
Naomi (Synstegard) VonHollen '87 is a nurse practitioner
at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, Iowa. She has recently
passed board certification in advanced diabetes management.
Kelley Alexander '88 is semi-retired from Raytheon Aircraft.
She has worked and resided at Spring Hill Farm near Winfield for
the past 10½ years, where she currently serves as working manager
of the farm and ranch operation. Kelley and her mother, Marilyn
Alexander, co-own and operate Heritage House Bed & Breakfast in
Hazelton. In January 2002, Kelley came back to school at Southwestern
to earn her master of business administration degree in general
management. For information on Heritage House see www.kcisp.net/~heritagehouse/index.htm.
Maggie (Hall) Bicker '88 has accepted a position as a member
of the Winfield Main Street board of directors.
Andy Haskell '88 was recently promoted to executive director
of corporate and ticket sales for Arkansas Sports Entertainment.
Kelly (Day) Stewart '89 has been promoted to director of
community based services at Cowley County Mental Health Center,
where she has been employed for the past seven years. Kelly is married
to Terry Stewart '91. They have two children, Alexandra and
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Kathy (Kloefkorn) Gann '90 played Ouiser in the recent
Winfield Community Theatre production of Steel Magnolias.
Cramer Hass '90 has been promoted to vice president and
indirect lending manager at UMB Bank in Kansas City.
Mary (Simmons) Irvin '92 and her husband, Bill, celebrated
their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at their home. Their
children, Heather, Amy and Jeremy, hosted the event.
Seth Bate '93 has been named executive director of the
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Paul and Stephanie (Wall) Brown '93 '93 have moved to Pittsburg,
where Stephanie is serving College Heights United Methodist Church.
Paul continues to work as a motorcycle mechanic and is heading up
a new mission project called "Motorbikes for Zimbabwe." The goal
is to send six to eight older, rebuilt, Japanese-make motorcycles
to Zimbabwe where they will help pastors and missionaries travel
more rapidly to their churches and people. If anyone has old motorcycles
or parts to donate Paul may be contacted at email@example.com.
Margaret Robinson '93 has accepted appointment as director
of college services, effective July 1, 2002. Since 1987 she has
been director of financial aid at Southwestern College.
Kristy (Moran) Rodriguez '94 reports that she is teaching
mathematics and science at Sacred Heart Junior Senior High School
in Salina. She is also assistant high school girls' basketball coach
and head junior high volleyball coach. At home her husband, Matt,
and their two children, Haylie (21 months) and Rudy (7 months) keep
Terry Quiett '94, coordinator of academic technology at
Southwestern College, performed live - just Terry and his one-man-guitar-army
- Nov. 2, 2001, at the new College Hill Coffeehouse, 420 College
St. (just two blocks off campus). Another performance, on Dec. 8,
2001, provided students with a break from "finals crunch" and an
opportunity to hear some of Terry's original songs and sing along
with some holiday favorites. For MP3s and more information go to
Dena (Williamson) Allison '95, assistant director of financial
aid at Southwestern College, was the chairman of the kick-off event
to celebrate 125 years of service by Burden (Kan.) United Methodist
Lori (Bowman) Moulton '95 and Marty Moulton were married
Feb. 10, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City. Lori
is a first grade teacher with Ark City Christian Academy. Marty
is operations manager with Groendyke Transports.
Erika (Bumgarner) Spencer '95 received a master of education
degree in sport administration from Wichita State University on
Dec. 16, 2001. She is working in membership for the Wichita YMCA.
Chris King '96 was elected to fill one of three open seats
on the Burlington (Iowa) city council. From a field of six candidates,
he brought in 20% of the vote to finish in second place. Chris was
sworn in Jan. 2, 2002, to begin his four-year term.
Christene (Reedy) Smart '96 currently lives in Tulsa, Okla.,
with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters, Ivy (7) and Callie
(5). She is in graduate school, attending Northeastern Oklahoma
State University working on a master of science degree in counseling
psychology and eventually plans to obtain a doctor of philosophy
Judy (Hamm) Kunkel '97 and her husband, Steve, celebrated
25 years of marriage on Nov. 27, 2001. The couple was honored with
a party hosted by their daughter, Jennifer. Actually, the Kunkels
have been celebrating all year. Their goal has been to visit 25
Morea (Hammonds) Powell '97 is currently employed as a senior
accountant with Huhtamaki Worldwide Packaging. She lives in the
greater Kansas City area with her husband, Rob, and their children,
Colby (10) and Kelsi (13).
Brian Skibbe '97 is working for a German motion control
and design corporation in suburban Atlanta, Ga. His duties include
sales, engineering, and marketing.
Matt Biehler '98 served as assistant coach for the Conway
Springs High School Cardinals. That team is the 2001 class 3-A state
football titleholder. The Cardinals had a perfect 13-0 season.
Timothy Flanner '98 and Julie Latimer were married July
14, 2001, at Seminole Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. Timothy
is employed with Enviro Tech Landscaping and Julie works at St.
John's Hospital, both in Springfield.
Erin Galliart '98 and Lynn Packer were married Dec. 1,
Matthew Percival '98 was married to Heather Risley on Sept.
22, 2001. The wedding was held in Sterling. The couple now lives
in Tulsa, Okla.
Katherine Scraper '98 is the "Success for All" facilitator
at Frances Willard Elementary School, Arkansas City, and works on
assignment with the Benchmark Education Company. She is also the
author of six new publications: Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington
Carver and Matthew Henson (Benchmark Education Co., 2001); Horsing
Around: Making Sense of Everyday Idioms (Goodyear Books, 2001);
Take Five (Schooldays, Nov. 2001); and Mrs. Hetherington's Thanksgiving
Pageant (Pockets, Nov. 2001).
Derek Long '99 is currently a second-year student at Northeastern
State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah, Okla., and plans
to graduate in May 2004. He will then establish a private practice
Zachary Mathews '99 has been promoted to "Command Afloat"
with the United States Coast Guard. He graduated in June of 2000
from the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island, N.Y.
Currently stationed in San Diego, Zachary has been involved in escalated
security up and down the West Coast during our nation's heightened
security awareness after Sept. 11. This Command Afloat promotion
makes him commanding officer of his own cutter.
Shawn Papon '99 is pursuing a Ph.D. in wetlands ecology
and management at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His wife,
Carrie (Cook) '99, is enjoying her third year of teaching
sixth- and seventh-grade language arts in Columbia.
Mick Shaffer '99, along with Shelly Hansel of KAKE-TV, Wichita,
recently co-hosted the Miss Chisholm Trail Pageant. Mick, a former
employee of KAKE, is now a sports broadcaster/photographer for Metro
Sports in Kansas City.
Dennis Wilson '99 and Amy Clay were married Oct. 20, 2001,
at the United Methodist Church in Leawood. Dennis is a computer
programmer for Riverpoint in Overland Park. Amy is a sales representative
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Shay Beery '00 completed officer training school at Maxwell
AFB, Montgomery, Ala., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant
in the United States Air Force on Nov. 15, 2001. While en route
to her first duty station, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., she
and Larry Edwards '99 were married in Wichita on Nov. 19,
2001. Shay is currently serving as deputy financial services officer
in the Comptroller Squadron.
Aaron Judd '00 recently moved to Tulsa where he will continue
to run his interactive multimedia company, iGraphique. The company's
Web site is www.igraphique.com.
Mike Konrade '00 has been accepted into the Kansas Highway
Patrol Academy to become a state trooper. The academy began in January
and will finish in May.
Amie Liebau '00 and Isaac Ferguson were married Dec. 15,
2001, in Messenger Auditorium at Southwestern College. Amie is employed
at Wichita State University and Entercom Radio. Isaac attends Wichita
State University and is employed by Intrust Bank.
Andrea Schultz '00 reports that she has passed her RN boards.
She is now working at Salina Clinic as nurse to Ginger (Cauble)Senseman
'92, who is a pediatrician at the clinic.
Rich Bartow '01 and Kara Adams '02 were married Dec.
29, 2001. Rich is a student at Washburn University School of Law.
Kara continues as a student at Southwestern College and is practice
teaching during spring semester 2002.
Julie Brewer '01 and Simon Gray were married June 1, 2001
in an outdoor ceremony at Horizon United Methodist Center, Arkansas
City. Julie teaches at Jefferson Elementary School, Arkansas City,
and Simon is employed with Stellax Precision Machining in Wellington.
Rob Fry '01 and Teac Clark '99 were married Jan.
12, 2002, at McConnell Air Force Base.
Maren Harding '01 has been accepted to Texas A&M, Corpus
Christi, to work on a master's degree in biology. Part of her program
will be as a teaching assistant in either environmental science
or freshman biology.
Jeff Lowe '01 has received a graduate fellowship for the
2001-02 school year from the educational foundation of Phi Delta
Theta. He is a law student at the Washburn University School of
Kris Lewis '02 handled the statistics for a survey for Park
City. She noted that she had a 14 percent return rate, with an overwhelming
number of those responding indicating a desire for a city post office.
Julie Woolf '02 and Jarrett Griffin were married July 21,
2001, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Wichita. Julie is completing
a degree in health and physical education at Southwestern College.
Jarrett is a sales manager in Wichita and also an assistant to the
minister at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Ashley Boucher '05 had a short story, "The Guardrail,"
published in the 10th anniversary issue of The Claremont Review
(Sept. 2001). The Claremont Review is an international literary
journal published in Canada.
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Benjamin Cooper, Oct. 26, 2001, to David Anderson '85 and
his wife, Charlene.
Jacob Stephen, Aug. 29, 2001, to Greg Benton '87 and his
A son, Jan. 9, 2002, to Roberta (Dennett) Eves '89 and
her husband, Lance.
Lucas Robert, Nov. 14, 2001, to Robert and Donna (Hovey) Smith
Lindsey, Sept. 26, 2001, to Joe Luinstra '90 and his wife,
Blaine Matthew, Nov. 14, 2001, to Michelle (Cales) Cunningham
'94 and her husband, Scott.
Curtis Franklin Jr., May 3, 2001, to Curtis and Cetra (Oberhelman)
Horton '94, '95.
A son, Dec. 10, 2001, to Elaine (Stuckey) Roark '94 and
her husband, Christopher.
Reagan Elisabeth, Nov. 5, 2001, to Angela (Carra) Warburton
'94 and her husband, Steven.
Twin girls to Michelle Kincaid '95 and her husband, Michael.
Emily Danielle, Nov. 2, 2001, to Todd Randall '95 and his
Olivia Renee', Jan. 22, 2002, to Candace (Howell) Worsham '96
and her husband, Rodney, assistant director of admission
at Southwestern College.
Bridget Dawn, Dec. 4, 2001, to Dawn (Uplinger) Greb '97 and
her husband, Sean.
Jonah Stewart, Sept. 7, 2001, to Amanda (Folck) and Eli Jantz
Elam Noah, Sept. 25, 2001, to Jason and Jody (Miller) Case '98,
Nina Marie, Oct. 17, 2001, to Henry Tate '98 and his wife,
Charles Grady, Dec. 9, 2001, to Tim Capehart '99 and his
Ian and Trevor, Jan. 20, 2002, to Billie (Phillips) Martin
'99 and her husband, Cory.
A son, Nov. 21, 2001, to Lisa (Milner) Phillips '99 and
her husband, Mike.
Caleb Brian Paul, Nov. 11, 2001, to Angie (Edmonds) Traylor
'00 and her husband, Randy.
Gerald E. II, Aug. 30, 2001, to Gerald Gray '01 and his
Natalie Marie, Dec. 18, 2001, to Jennifer (Horn) Henning
and her husband, Tom.
Thaddeus Phillip and Sarah Antigone, Dec. 26, 2001, to Brendan
Jarvis '06 and his wife, Dianna.
Mary Katherine, Jan. 7, 2002, to Cynthia Leniton '06 and
her husband, RoLan.
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Alice (Dunkelberg) Kling '27 died Dec. 1, 2001.
Irene Murphy '27 died Oct. 31, 2001, at the age of 95. She
had been a teacher at Independence High School, National College
(Kansas City), and the Women's College in Oklahoma. She taught English
at the School of Engineering, University of Kansas, before becoming
head of the English Department at Baker University in 1957. She
retired in 1972 and was inducted into Baker University's Hall of
Fame for Outstanding Teachers in 1999.
Helen Owens '28 died Jan. 29, 2002, at the age of 97. She
had been a teacher in Jetmore and Leoti and then served as superintendent
of schools for Hodgeman County for five years, retiring in 1970.
Madge (McCandless) Slade '28 died Oct. 4, 2001, at the
age of 95. She had been a history teacher at Antrim High School
and was a fourth-grade teacher in the Great Bend school district.
Harriet (French) Gibbon '29 died Dec. 3, 2001, at the age
of 94. She had been a teacher in Valley Center, Howard, and Severy
(all Kan.). Survivors include her three daughters, Marcia (Gibbon)
Bartlett '56, Sarah (Gibbon) Fritze '57, and Harriet (Gibbon)
Wayne Maxwell '33 died Dec. 9, 2001, at the age of 90. He
and his wife, Esther (now deceased), were the founders of the Guardian
Safety Equipment Company in 1947. The business was later incorporated
as Wayest Safety Inc.
Thelma (Snyder) Ploughe '33 died Jan. 17, 2002, at the age
of 89. She had been a music teacher in the El Dorado, Kan., public
schools and a Christian educator at St. Paul's United Methodist
Church. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth (Ploughe) Klitzke
'55, and sisters, Ruth (Snyder) Johnson '31, and Pauline
(Snyder) Florian '38.
Lawrence Hickerson '34 died Oct. 11, 2001, at the age of
88. He was a retired accountant for the United States Postal Service
and had served in the Army for two years, attaining the rank of
sergeant. Survivors include his wife, Hazel (Deever) '35,
and a daughter, Shirley (Hickerson) Thompson '59. A son,
Ronald Hickerson '65, preceded him in death.
Ruth Smalley '34 died Jan. 28, 2002, at the age of 87. She
had been a bookkeeper for W. W. Virtue Mercantile Company, Coca
Cola Bottling Co., and the Dodge City Globe. She had also been a
schoolteacher in Hodgeman, Sumner, and Cowley counties. Survivors
include a sister, Grace (Smalley) Watt '33.
Maurice Smith '34 died Jan. 15, 2002, at the age of 89.
He was the retired owner and operator of the former Blackburn Cleaners
in Hutchinson, Kan.
Marguerite (Swanson) Zimmerman '34 died Jan. 24, 2002, at
the age of 89. Before her marriage she taught high school French,
Latin, and English in Scandia and Luray, Kan. She also taught journalism
and helped students publish a school newspaper in addition to directing
several school plays as drama coach.
Dwight Holt '35 died Sept. 6, 2001, at the age of 91. A
longtime resident of Oxford, Kan., he had farmed and operated Holt
Construction Co. Survivors include daughters, Beverly (Holt)
Flickinger '66 and JoAnna (Holt) Rankin '72.
Carl Zerger '36 died Dec. 8, 2001, at the age of 85. He
had been a teacher in several Kansas school systems and at El Dorado
Junior College. After moving to Colorado he taught in the Arvada
school system where an elementary school was later named for him.
Survivors include his wife, Berniece.
Wayne Brooks '37 died Nov. 7, 2001, at the age of 87. He
had been principal of the grade school at New Salem, Kan., and a
high school principal, coach, and bus driver at Cockerill High School
until 1941. Wayne then worked for Beech Aircraft Company for a short
time before going to work for Boeing in 1942 as a supervisor in
the materials department. He retired from Boeing in 1977. Survivors
include his wife, Ruby.
R. Milton "Milt" Stocking '37 died Nov. 24, 2001, at the
age of 86. He had been a music teacher in Kansas and Sacramento,
Calif., schools and retired after 23 years in the Palo Alto school
district. He had also been the director of the jazz band at Foothill
College in Palo Alto. Survivors include his wife, Martha.
Denzil Wilmoth '37 died Sept. 6, 2001. From 1942 to 1968
Denzil and his wife owned and operated a grocery store in Beaver,
Okla. Denzil also farmed and was very active in the Beaver Rotary
Club of which he was a charter member.
Oran Wadsack '38 died Jan. 11, 2002, at the age of 84. He
had worked as a schoolteacher in Atlanta, Kan., a certified public
accountant in Wichita, a regional postal service budget officer
in Chicago and Wichita, and a city auditor in Wichita. Survivors
include his wife, Alma.
Wreatha (Hesser) Etling '40 died Jan. 19, 2002. A homemaker,
she was 84. Survivors include her husband, Hoy.
Ellen (Steele) Parsons '41 died Nov. 17, 2001, at the age
of 82. She had been a teacher, practical nurse, and homemaker.
Ellis Shields '41 died Nov. 9, 2001, at the age of 82.
He had worked in an aircraft factory before serving in the Navy
in World War II. After the war Ellis taught at Louisiana State University
(Natchitoches); the University of Texas (El Paso); Pittsburg State
University; and Davis and Elkins College (Elkins, W.Va.). He was
ordained an Episcopal priest in 1972. Ellis served first as a supply
priest at Grace Church, Elkins, W.Va.; then as rector of St. Paul's
Church, Wheeling, W.Va.; and finally as rector of Christ Church,
Augusta, Ga. He retired in 1984. From 1993-1996 he was an honorary
assisting priest at St. Paul's Church, Athens, Greece.
Price Fugit '42 died Dec. 7, 2001, at the age of 82. A retired
United States Army captain, he had been a starting member of the
1939 NAIA national basketball championship team at Southwestern
College. Survivors include his wife, Lois, and his former wife,
Cecile (Mossman) Brewer '43.
Calista (Bender) Garey '42 died Jan. 12, 2002, at the age
of 81. She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught in U.S.D.
214 and a number of other Kansas communities.
Wilbur "Willie" Thornton '42 died Nov. 5, 2001, at the
age of 82. He was employed as a technical writer for CONVAIR Corp.
during WW II. Through the 1950s he was involved in real estate development
in the San Diego area and in 1960 began working for the California
Transportation Department as a real estate right-of-way agent. He
retired after working for Cal Trans for 22 years. Survivors include
his wife, Marjorie, and a brother, Bill Thornton '51.
Margaret "Ruthe" (Robbins) Duncan '43 died Dec. 8, 2001,
at the age of 81. She was a retired schoolteacher having taught
in La Crosse, Garfield, Pratt, and Great Bend (Roosevelt Junior
High) before retiring in 1982. Survivors include her husband, Vaughan,
and sisters, Alice "Lucy" (Robbins) Templer '39 and Wilma
"Billie" (Robbins) Beck '44.
Phillip "Phil" Chastain '46 died Jan. 16, 2002, at the
age of 79. A retired United Methodist pastor, he had served churches
in Towanda/Benton, Haven, Sterling, Pratt, Wichita, and Newton.
Survivors include his wife, Jane.
Marcella (Stewart) Roberts '48 died Nov. 1, 2001, at the
age of 76. She taught English and journalism at Southwestern College
and English at Mount Carmel in Wichita. Later she worked for the
Martens Companies as a commercial real estate appraiser. Survivors
include her husband, John, and a sister, Virgina Stewart '30.
Dean Rausch '49 died Jan. 6, 2002, at the age of 78.
Josephine (Bergner) Brenner '51 died Dec. 13, 2001. A homemaker,
she was 71. Survivors include her husband, David.
Marvin McKinney '53 died Nov. 12, 2001, at the age of 70.
A farmer and rancher, he is survived by his wife, Oreta (Newby)
Darlene (Van Buskirk) Bruner '65 died Dec. 8, 2001, at the
age of 77. Originally a teacher in the Moline, (Kan.) schools, she
later qualified as a special consultant in visual and auditory learning
programs for the handicapped and served in that role with the Butler
County (Kan.) schools. Survivors include her husband, Frank and
a son, Perry '78.
Dorothy "Dori" (Evans) Cooper '72 died Nov. 27, 2001. A
homemaker and certified public accountant, she was 50. Survivors
include her husband, Wilton '71, her mother, Verna Evans,
and sisters Mary Louise (Evans) Holcomb '56 and Elaine
(Evans) Clark '63.
Steve Rose '72 died Dec. 25, 2001, at the age of 51. At
the time of his death he was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance
Co. and active in the John Street United Methodist Church, New York
City. Survivors include his father, Dean Rose '49, his sister,
Sheryl (Rose) Berg '77, and his brother, Fred Rose '75.
Charles Vasey '76 died Dec. 2, 2001. Survivors include his
parents, Clyde and Lois (Dryden) Vasey '51, '49.
Cara Unruh '84 died Sept. 13, 2001. An employee of Central
Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, she was 40.
Myrtle Phillips, widow of Royce Phillips '27, died
during December 2000. Survivors include a son, Ronald Phillips
Edith Morton, widow of Ellis Morton '30, died Nov.
10, 2001. A former waitress, she was 89.
Fannie Watts, widow of Clurel Watts '30, died Oct.
7, 2001. A homemaker, she was 89.
Patience "Pat" Hagan, widow of Theodore "Carl" Hagan
'33, died Dec. 19, 2001. She was a teacher, homemaker, and business
owner. Pat and Carl owned and operated Hagan's Camera Shop, Newton,
during the 1940s and 1950s. They then moved to Boulder, Colo., where
they owned and operated carpet stores and lapidary businesses from
1959 through the 1990s.
Charles Walter, widower of Winifred (Smith) Walter '43,
died Jan. 3, 2002. He owned and operated Walter's Barber Shop in
Garden City, Kan., for 29 years, retiring in 1984, and at one time
was president of the Kansas Barber Association. Charles also worked
at one time as a farmer and for an oil refinery. Survivors include
his second wife, Marian.
Carole (Lumbert) Grant, wife of Jack Grant '63, died
Sept. 5, 2001, at the age of 61. She was employed at Webber Land
Company, Winfield, as an associate broker and realtor.
Warren Miley, husband of Louise (Hart; Covey) Miley '70,
died Oct. 16, 2001. He worked as a millwright for the New Era Mill,
Arkansas City, Kan., from 1948 to 1968. He later worked as a maintenance
man for Grief Brothers Corp. from 1968 to 1983.
Mitchell Musson, husband of Rita (Lewis) Musson '93,
died Nov. 10, 2001. He had been a re-work inspector at General Electric
for 15 years.
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See news of these present and former staff members elsewhere
in The Southwesterner:
Dena (Williamson) Allison '95 (see alumni notes).
Robert Bassford, professional studies lead faculty member
in the area of business administration, has recently accepted a
new position as director for training for Cox Communications. He
had been director of training for the City of Wichita.
Jackie Berryman, assistant professor of nursing at Southwestern
College, was awarded the Leader of Leaders Award at the joint state
convention of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students and the
Kansas State Nurses Association held in Topeka Oct. 12 and 13, 2001.
Jackie is a sponsor of the Southwestern College Association of Nursing
Students. Southwestern College nursing student Carrie Bloedel
'02, nominated her. Criteria for the award includes being involved
in the community, on campus, and in the student nurses' organization.
Tommy Bowlby, a former custodian at Southwestern College,
died Dec. 25, 2001, at the age of 54. He had recently been employed
as a receiving clerk at Gibson's Discount Store in Dodge City, Kan.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie.
Mike Conway has been named the new head football coach of
the Southwestern Moundbuilders. He has been an assistant coach in
the Big Ten, a professional football player with the Buffalo Bills,
and head coach at Olivet Nazarene University.
Benn Gibson '61 (see alumni notes).
Monty Lewis '86 (see alumni notes).
Terry Quiett '94 (see alumni notes).
Chansanouk Sengchan, former food service employee at Southwestern
College, died Nov. 9, 2001, at the age of 20. He was a second-year
student at the University of Kansas.
Barbara Shively, former director of financial aid at Southwestern
College, was honored by Burden United Methodist Church on Jan. 20,
2002. That Sunday was celebrated as "Barbara Shively Day," honoring
Barbara for her 60 years of service as church organist.
Cindy Venn, formerly part of the admission office staff,
played Shelby in the recent Winfield Community Theatre production
of Steel Magnolias.
Julie Voelker-Morris, formerly with the drama department
at Southwestern College, continues as a master's candidate in the
arts and administration program at the University of Oregon. She
was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship by the university for
the 2001-02 school year.
Jerry Wallace, archivist at Southwestern College, spoke
at the Augusta Public Library on Jan. 14, 2002. His talk centered
on his work with the National Archives in Washington, D. C. During
2002 Jerry will also be working with the Augusta Public Library
and the Augusta Historical Museum as a mentor on preservation.
Rodney Worsham (see births).
(Contact faculty, staff, and students at Southwestern College,
100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156-2499.)
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Wilma Birdzell died Dec. 2, 2001, at the age of 69. Survivors
include her husband, Lloyd.
Leonard Brant of Winfield died Dec. 3, 2001, at the age
of 83. After serving in the United States Army he had been employed
by the civil service department at McConnell Air Force Base. Survivors
include his wife, Marjorie.
Joe Carlile died Jan. 18, 2002, at the age of 79.
Mabel Cobb died Dec. 31, 2001. A retired chief telephone
operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone, she was 96. Survivors
include her sons, William Cobb '56 and Rhea Cobb '56.
A grandson, Joe Cobb '83 was one of the pastors presiding
at Mabel's funeral service.
Brenda Cochran of Walnut Valley Travel Service and a member
of the Winfield Main Street board of directors, was awarded the
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce customer service award for September
Julia Coe turned 100 on Dec. 20, 2001. The occasion was
celebrated with a reception hosted by her daughter, Cynthia Newton.
Richard Cook died Jan. 7, 2002, at the age of 67. He had
practiced law in Arkansas City, Kan., and later served as district
judge in Cowley County, retiring in 1998. Survivors include his
Dean Dellenbach died Jan. 19, 2002. A farmer and independent
handyman, he was 82. Survivors include his wife, Glenna.
Betsy Drennan was selected as the January 2002 Winfield
Main Street Volunteer of the Month. She serves on the design committee,
works in the office, and often creates the office window displays.
Maxine Finch died Dec. 9, 2001, at the age of 80. Survivors
include a daughter, Bobbie (Finch) Ramsey '92.
William "Bill" Fiske died Nov. 10, 2001, at the age of
88. A former employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., he was
88. Survivors include his wife, Vera, and a son, Richard "Rick"
Mary Gordon died Oct. 21, 2001, at the age of 78. For 45
years she had served along with and in support of her husband, Robert
Gordon, who was a minister in the United Methodist Church. Survivors
include a son, Mark Gordon '70.
Beatrice "Bea" Hamlin died Jan. 2, 2002. A homemaker, she
was 85. Survivors include her husband, Melvin.
Doris Hodge died Nov. 13, 2001. A retired teacher for Rice
County, Nickerson, and Hutchinson schools, she was 88.
Fred Holinsworth died Oct. 1, 2001. The sexton of Lone
Star Cemetery, Pretty Prairie, Kan., he was 73. Survivors include
his wife, Margaret.
Glenroy "Jim" and Marjorie Leayman celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children, grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren. Following five years as a flight engineer
with the United States Air Force, Jim worked as a final assembly
inspector at Boeing for 27 years, retiring in 1977. Marjorie is
Marguerite Klingenberg died Oct. 28, 2001. A retired executive
secretary for the Cowley County Farm Bureau, she was 82. Survivors
include a son, Gary Klingenberg '65.
Melody Krueger played Clairee Shelby in the recent Winfield
Community Theatre production of Steel Magnolias.
Donald "Don" Matlack died Dec. 26, 2001. A retired attorney
of the Matlack Law Office, he was 72. Survivors include his wife,
Ruth McLean died Oct. 29, 2001. A homemaker, she was 87.
Eugenie Mayorkas died Dec. 26, 2001. The former owner and
operator of The Book Nook, she was 88.
Lawrence Miller died Jan. 28, 2002. A veteran of the United
States Army and retired farmer, he was 81. Survivors include his
wife, Patricia, and a daughter, Marlene (Miller) Finney '99.
Martin Munz died Dec. 13, 2001. A former mechanic, machinist,
and welder at the repair shop in Hudson, Kan., he was 83. Survivors
include his wife, Myrl.
Tom and Marty Nuckols celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
with a reception. The couple was married Jan. 12, 1952, in Sacramento,
Calif. Their son, Mark '85, was a Centennial Scholar at Southwestern
Floyd Pinnick died Jan. 13, 2002, at the age of 88. He
was president of the Grant County Bank from 1954 to 1984 and chairman
of the board until his death.
Jack and Shirley Pringle were married Dec. 24, 1951. They
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during the holidays with
a family get-together.
Shelia Ratzlaff, pastor at Burden United Methodist Church,
was a featured speaker at the Kansas East and West Conferences'
Church Secretaries Convention, Oct. 4-5, 2001.
Paul "Sandy" and Ruby Stuber died Nov. 17, 2001. Sandy
was 93. Ruby was 90. They had farmed near Wilmot, Kan., for 57 years
before retiring and moving to Winfield in 1993.
Duff Wagoner, a retired United Methodist pastor, died Oct.
Mae Walker died Dec. 8, 2001, at the age of 95. She will
be remembered by generations of Moundbuilders as the co-owner, with
her husband, Glenn, of the Walker College Hill Grocery.
Velma Lunt Wallace was one of four Wichitans named as humanitarians
by the National Conference for Community and Justice. The award
was officially presented March 5, 2002, at the Annual Humanitarian
Awards Dinner. Selected individuals are outstanding business, community,
and student leaders who exemplify the organization's mission.
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Jason Coy, assistant professor of history, has been informed
that a paper that he presented at the Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär
Conference (a conference on early modern Central Europe) last May,
titled "Our Diligent Watchers and Informers: Denunciation, False
Accusation, and the Limits of Authority in Early Modern Ulm," has
been selected for inclusion in a published collection of articles
from the conference. The paper concerns the role of popular participation
in official law enforcement efforts during the Reformation period,
and is based upon sixteenth-century criminal prosecution records
from the municipal archives in Ulm, Germany. The forthcoming volume
will be titled Ways of Knowing and will be part of the Studies in
Central European History series edited by Roger Chickering and Tom
Brady and published by Brill Academic Publishers (scheduled to go
to press in fall 2002).
Wendy Dackson, visiting assistant professor of philosophy
and religious studies, had a book review of Raymond Plant's Politics,
Theology and History published in the Autumn 2001 issue of Journal
of Church and State.
Charles Hunter, professor of biology, has been appointed
a visiting professor of biology for this summer at the Oregon Institute
of Marine Biology (University of Oregon) in Charleston, Ore. He
will be teaching a course on adaptations of intertidal animals.
Dawn Pleas-Bailey, vice president for student life and dean
of students, spoke to 250 student officers, faculty advisors, and
student life personnel as the keynote speaker at Baylor University's
Student Leader Effectiveness and Development Spring Kick Off Seminar
Bhaskara Rao, associate professor, chair of mathematics,
and Phillips Professor of Mathematics, presented an invited colloquium
talk, "Solving Linear Equations: Generalized Inverses of Matrices,"
at the Wichita State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Feb. 8. Rao also is author of a book, The Theory of Generalized
Inverses Over Commutative Rings, being published in about two months
by Gordon and Breech Science Publishers, London and New York. He
and Ruediger Gobel of the University of Essen are authors of "Strictly
Nonzero Charges," a paper accepted for publication by the Rocky
Mountain Journal of Mathematics in its November 2002 issue.
Marguerite Regan, assistant professor of English, delivered
a paper at the annual conference of the Western chapter of the American
Society for Eighteenth Century Studies during its meeting Feb. 15-16
in Los Angeles. The paper is titled "Imagining the Vegetarian 'Hindoo'
in Eighteenth- Century British Literature."
James Schuppener, professor of music, Charles Yingling,
assistant professor of music, and Eugenia Oi-Yan Yau, assistant
professor of music, represented Southwestern College at the Oklahoma
Music Educators conference in Tulsa Jan.17 and 18 where they met
with music educators and prospective Southwestern College students.
They represented the college in a similar fashion Feb. 21, 22, and
23 in Wichita at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference.
Tim Shook, associate professor of music, gave several piano
pedagogy workshops and concerts in Malaysia and Singapore during
his sabbatical there during the fall semester. Shook was in Malaysia
Sept. 11, giving him an interesting view of how the world views
Jerry Wallace, Southwestern College archivist, was selected
by the Kansas Historical Society to participate in their archival
mentoring program. Wallace also met with the board of the Cowley
County Historical Society to discuss various archival matters. For
the second year, he served on the committee responsible for staging
the successful Winfield History Day on Jan. 26.
Michael Wilder, professor of music, served as a visiting
evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music Feb.
17-20 at Bluffton (Ohio) College, and will do the same April 21-23
at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Eugenia Oi-Yan Yau, assistant professor of music, sang at
a master class held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing
as part of a winter workshop for singing teachers at Kansas State
University Feb. 9. In addition, Yau will present a lecture-recital
at the annual Great Plains Chapter of College Music Society (CMS)
March 22- 23 at Wayne State (Neb.) College. CMS is a consortium
of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians
and scholars interested in all disciplines of music. This recital-lecture
is drawn from Yau's doctoral dissertation and is titled "Tasteful
Accessibility! Examining a Mixture of Both Traditional and Contemporary
Properties on Six Maxims of De La Rochefoucauld by Robert Xavier
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Alumni Recognition Awards
Lyle Kallenbach '61, Bartlesville, Okla., and Brad Bruner
'81, Wichita, were presented the Alumni Recognition Award during
Southwestern College Homecoming festivities. The award, instituted
in 1975, honors alumni who voluntarily support the college and their
community through time, talent, and resources. Two such awards are
presented annually. Kallenbach is a senior research chemist for
Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville. Through his connections
with Phillips, Kallenbach was instrumental in securing state-of-the-art
scientific equipment for Beech Science Center and Mabee Laboratory
Complex. Bruner, an orthopedic surgeon, is a strong supporter of
SC's athletics programs. He travels to the SC campus from his Wichita
office several times a month to help maintain the physical health
of Moundbuilder athletes.
The Ambassador Award is given to friends of Southwestern College
in recognition of service to the college and a creative contribution
to society. The Andreas and the Samuels, though not SC graduates,
have served the college and the Winfield community. Both couples
are Winfield residents.
Warren and Colleen Andreas' support of the college has spanned
decades. Warren served for many years as the college's attorney
and is currently a member of its board of trustees. Colleen's contribution
to the college include gifts to the Beech Science Center in memory
of her uncle and aunt, C. Norris and Fern Rabold.
Drs. Chandy and Shanthi Samuel are strong supporters of many
Winfield area charitable institutions, and their support of the
college reflects that philanthropic spirit. They have given to numerous
efforts of the college including funding for Beech Science Center
and the nursing program. Additionally, they provide scholarship
funding for students in the United States and India and have been
involved in SC's programs for international students. "One of the
ways the quality of a cause can be judged is by looking at the quality
of the people who support it," says Merriman. "We are honored by
the interest and involvement of Warren and Colleen and Chandy and
Shanthi. It's a privilege to honor them in return."
Servant Leader Award
Dorsey F. Elliott, Garden City, received the Servant Leader
Award during Homecoming 2001. Instituted in 1987, the Servant Leader
Award, is one of Southwestern's highest honors. An expert in the
use of planned gifts, Elliott began selling securities in 1965 after
teaching public school and helping work the family farm. He has
since created trusts and annuity arrangement to make 20 significant
gifts to support United Methodist institutions. He has also provided
investment advice and leadership to these institutions "Dorsey is
a wonderful friend of United Methodist higher education and, I think,
provides a great example of how 'win-win' gift planning can assist
both individual and institution," says Dick Merriman, president
of Southwestern, shown presenting the award.
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