Orville Strohl '31, former president of Southwestern College,
and his wife, Marjorie, welcomed the year 2000 with a family gathering
at their home. They held a prayer service and at midnight celebrated
Holy Communion at a historic altar using cups made of olive wood
from Bethlehem. The service was the culmination of a four-day "family
retreat" in which the Strohls visited the elderly and shut-ins,
volunteered at a food bank and held nightly discussions on topics
related to faith and family.
Vern Livengood '39 was honored Jan. 16, 2000. That Sunday
was declared Vern Livengood Day at Grace United Methodist Church,
Winfield, and marked Vern's 70 years in ministry. During those years
he served Grandview-Prairie View, Burden, Lindsborg, Scott City,
Wichita Bethany, Wellington, Concordia First, Liberal First and
Anthony United Methodist Churches. After his retirement he served
as pastoral visitor for Grace United Methodist Church.
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Pauline (Schlenz) Salser '42 reports that in late summer
1999 she concluded a 25-month tour with the Peace Corps. She served
as an agriculture volunteer in Morocco.
Marvin and Betty (Eckl) Bean '43 '50 celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a trip to Florida and a Christmas Eve dinner
at home with their family, which includes Marla (Bean) Thomas
'78, Bob Bean '82, and Paul Bean '85. Marvin and
Betty were married Dec. 24, 1949, in Hoisington, Kan.
Genevieve "Genny" (Jones) Newton '47 has been teaching private
piano, organ, cello, and accordion for 39 years. For the past 20
years she has been living in a log cabin. Additionally, since 1959
she has been an organist, pianist, clavinovist, and handbell director.
In October 1999 she joined the First United Methodist Church of
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Jim Blakey '52 and his wife, Ardeth, celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a family dinner during the Christmas holidays.
Jim and Ardeth were married Dec. 28, 1949, in Winfield.
Wendell Piehler '58 has received word that he is included
in the 2000 Millennium Edition of Who's Who in America. In October
1999 he retired from Yale University after 20 years of service,
first as assistant university organist and concluding as business
manager for the Yale Medical School development offices. This past
year he and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary
with trips to Hawaii and to Bermuda. He continues as organist and
choir director at Temple Mishkan Israel, Hamden, Conn., and assists
with the music program at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green
in New Haven. His most recent project has been the renovation of
First United Methodist Church's organ in Lyons, where he received
his first training from the late Thelma (Ham) Ernst '30.
He is a cancer aurvivor and would like to hear from classmates.
He recalls the good times as a Campus Player when at Southwestern
in the 1950s.
Larry Young '59 retired from full-time ministry with annual
conference in June 1999. As Larry had once commented that serving
Riviera United Methodist Church was like being the ringmaster of
a multi-ring circus, his retirement event was titled "Under the
Big Top." The décor included a circus tent, a clown, a ringmaster,
balloons, and other circus decorations. His wife, Jean, continues
to work in her psychotherapy practice.
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James and Bonnie (Jandreau) Hittle '61 '62 celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children.
The couple married Feb. 11, 1950 in Clovis N.M. James was an elementary
principal and teacher for USD 259 (Wichita) for 23 years. Bonnie
was an elementary teacher at Towanda Grade School for 36 years.
Both are retired.
Jerald Lovejoy '62 reports that he has retired after many
years of public school teaching in Peabody and Meade, and at Prospect
High School in Mount Prospect, Ill. He is currently living in Tulsa
and enjoying his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and weekly
classes with the elderly at University Village in Tulsa.
Murl Webster '66 has been named administrator of Valley
Manor nursing home in Protection, Kan.
Kay (McDermeit) Harris '67 was recently promoted to department
chair of allied health at Northeastern Oklahoma College in Miami,
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Blair Denny '70 completed the Kansas City Southern Railway's
engineer training program in Shreveport, La., on Nov. 5, 1999, and
received his federally certified locomotive engineer's license.
He now operates trains between Kansas City and Havener, Okla. Blair
formerly owned and operated Winfield Charter Company, a charter
bus service. Blair and his wife, Deanna, a student at Pittsburgh
State University, live in Pittsburg
Frieda Lindburg '70 performed an AIDS benefit and a Christmas
concert in Kiel, Germany, during December 1999. She is slated to
perform a solo recital, accompanied by Priscilla Hearn, in Kassel.
They will also be doing various other concerts.
Robbie (Gilger) Banks '72 was awarded Winfield First National
Bank's First Citizen Award for October 1999. The former owner of
Cunningham Music Co., Robbie is presently music director at First
Presbyterian Church. She directs the chancel choir, the bell choir,
and children's choir. Additionally she has been involved in many
civic organizations, Horsefeathers and Applesauce Summer Dinner
Theatre, and the Winfield City Band. The First Citizen Award is
given monthly to a person who has made significant contributions
and achievements to the Winfield community.
Gage Overall '72 and his wife of 20 years, Richelle, are
very busy raising four kids - Jennifer (19), Bryce (16) and Kaitlin
and Bradley (13). After Southwestern Bill went to work for Farmland
Industries for eight years, then at Jenkins Music for nine. He is
currently working for Beneficial Lighting in Liberty, Mo., as sales
manager. Richelle is a special education coordinator for North High
School, Lee's Summit, Mo., and is pursuing a specialist degree in
her field. The family has attended Lee's Summit Christian Church
(Disciples) since their marriage. Bill has been director of music
there and for the past two years has taken on the added responsibility
of the handbell choirs.
Bob and Jacque (Striegel) Nation '74 '76 celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their older
children, Rachel Land and R. J. Nation. Bob and Jacque were married
Dec. 21, 1974, in Wichita.
Terry Deschaine '77 was selected from among 68 original
applicants and named chief executive officer for Girard (Kan.) Hospital
District #1. He began his duties Jan. 24, 2000. Before moving to
Girard Terry had been administrator at Fredonia and Wellington.
Steve Wilke '78 will take a new position as vice president
for enrollment management, planning, and new programs at Southwestern
College. He had been vice president for enrollment management and
institutional planning and dean of students. He will begin his new
duties at the end of the 1999-2000 school year.
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Sue (Day) Simmons '81 has joined the staff of Southwestern
College as director of conferences and summer programs. She comes
to Southwestern from Commerce Bank in Winfield. Sue is very active
in civic affairs and is now concluding her year of service as president
of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Her job will have three
facets: (1) coordinating the services offered to persons and organizations-on
campus and off -who want to use college facilities; (2) for marketing
the college and its facilities (Winfield and Wichita locations)
to organizations needing space for meetings; and (3) serving as
a catalyst and support for faculty and administrators who wish to
develop programs and conferences that bring the public to our campus.
Cassandra (Holdeman) Stallman '82 finished in the top five
from a field of 20 competitors in the Kansas Jaycees Outstanding
Young Educator competition. She is currently teaching third grade
Charles Elder '84 and his wife, Anne, are enjoying life
in England. Charles is currently working as the press and publications
manager at Bournemouth University, one of the United Kingdom's leading
vocational universities. Anne is a general practitioner in the village
of Wimborne on the outskirts of Bournemouth, a major seaside resort
on the south coast. At home they are kept busy by their daughter
and son, Hannah (8) and Jake (6), but would welcome e-mail at email@example.com.
Sherri Ashlock '86 married Lee Pahcoddy, Jr., Sept. 26,
1998, and moved from Wichita to the Lawrence area. Sherri is enjoying
taking care of her new family, Cassie (15) and Bubba (14). Lee is
employed at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.
Genavie Royalty '87 reports from Paraguay that she continues
to work as a missionary at the Hospital of Clinicas where she is
ministering among children with leukemia. She has also become involved
with some mobile clinics run by Christian Communities Clinics and
the Methodist Church.
Darren and Dana (Bigham) Tinkler '88 '90 have built a new
house and moved to Clearwater. Darren is manager of the information
systems department at Cessna Aircraft and Dana has started a dance
center in Clearwater. They are kept busy by their three boys: Jake
(6), Joshua (5), and Justin (3).
Johnny Williams '88 lives in Dallas with his wife, Trish,
and their three children: Catherine (7), Evan (6), and Lorenzo (3).
Johnny is the founder and president of Total Assets Recovery, Inc.
a Christian asset management company. You can visit the company
Website at www.tari1.com
Jerry Burns '89 and his wife, Rocio, have taken new jobs
and moved back to Denver after four years in Minneapolis. Jerry
is with Ann Allott and Associates, PC, practicing immigration law.
Rocio transferred within Norwest/Wells Fargo Banks for a position
in employee benefit services. On Dec. 22, 1999, the couple departed
for a 16-day trip to Lima, Peru, to spend time with Rocio's family.
They also took a side trip to Machu Picchu.
Steve Peebles '89 is in his eleventh year of teaching at
his alma mater, Manatee High School. In June 1993 he received his
master's degree in educational leadership from Nova University and
in March 2000 he received an educational specialist degree in elementary
education from the same institution.
Suzanne Underwood '89 has finished a master of arts degree
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently an academic
advisor at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Kim (Tarrant) Wedel '89 reports that she is finishing a
master's degree in educational leadership and will be graduate from
Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., in May 2000. (see
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Tim Bob Kitsmiller '90 is now a sales representative for
KRGI Radio in Grand Island, Neb. He is happy to be starting a new
career and to be near his wife's (Cindy's) family.
Cristina (Huaroto) Markley '90 has accepted a new position
as a reading resource teacher with Hollywood Central Elementary
School. She is also in school and hopes to graduate in the year
2000 with a master's in elementary education. Her husband, Mark
'89 continues at Turnberry Isle Resort as a golf pro. They have
two children, Samantha (6) and Andrew (3).
Matthew Babcock '91 and Rachel Overstreet were married May
29, 1999. The couple honeynooned in Cancun, Mexico, and is now at
home in Wichita.
Michael Norton '91 and Angela Gottlob were married Dec.
4, 1999. Mike is an assistant vice president, comptroller/cashier
at First National Bank in Winfield. Angela is the assistant director
of pharmacy at William Newton Hospital, also in Winfield.
Trevor Leffingwell '92 has joined an insurance agency as
a licensed agent. He received his license in October 1999 and is
licensed in Kansas and Oklahoma. He and his wife, Paula, have moved
to Elkhart where Paula is teaching English at the high school.
Charles Rowley '92 is the new pastor of Manter United Methodist
Church. He is also serving as associate at Johnson First United
Hazel Wessels '92 graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 11, 1999, with a master of
arts degree in Christian education. She is currently children's
minister at Mulvane Christian Church.
Tim Bumgarner '94 has signed a one-year contract to play
for the Topeka Knights of the Indoor Football League. He competed
against 41 others for one of the five available spots on the team.
Tim is also the football coach at Central High School, Burden.
Terry Quiett '94, coordinator of academic technology Southwestern
College, and Greg Zuck, library director at Southwestern College,
presented a paper, "Flying Pigs: Engaging Interactive Multimedia
Web Instruction," in November 1999 at the prestigious Syllabus Education
Technology Conference in Boston.
Kim (Brewster) Wilson '94 has been invited to be part of
a Habitat for Humanity International 16-18 member team which will
spend three weeks in Ghana, Africa, building houses. The trip will
be from May 11 - June 1, 2000.
Jennifer Dunn '96 and Justin Begnoche were married May 3,
1997. Jennifer is working for Riley County Community Corrections
as an intensive supervision officer. Justin and Jennifer are building
a new house in Clay Center.
Holli Beale '97 and Shane McCormick were married March 20,
1999, at First United Methodist Church in Winfield. After a honeymoon
cruise in the Bahamas, the couple is at home in Wichita.
Kristin Nelson '97 and Bradley Ward were married Aug 7,
1999. Kristin is employed with Farmers Insurance as an agent/office
Tyson Marrs '97 and Veronica Schmeidler were married July
31, 1999. After a honeymoon to Moorea, a French Polynesian Island
in the South Pacific, the couple is at home in Lincoln, Neb. Both
attend the University of Nebraska, Tyson in the dental school and
Veronica in the area of dental hygiene.
Sam Ellis and Stacy Welk '98 '97 were married Dec. 4, 1999,
at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas. They honeymooned
in Cozumel. Sam continues to work in the finance and investing business
for Merrill Lynch. Stacy is director of student programs and resources
at Cedar Valley College and was recently voted in as secretary at
Wesley Rankin Community Center. On Feb. 1, 2000, they will be moving
to a BIG house in Dallas and invite their friends to visit.
Katrina Wollard '98 spent summer 1999 working with Chosen
People Ministries Summer Training and Evangelism Progam (STEP).
STEP is an evangelism program continuing the heritage of Jewish
and Gentile believers committed to bringing the Gospel to the Jewish
people. Katrina's participation was an outgrowth of her enrollment
in the New Testament Missions class as a student at Moody Bible
Institute in Chicago.
Jeff Crocker '99 is now recruiting students on a part-time
basis for the Wichita Professional Studies Centers. He is focusing
on the area of human resource development. At the same time he is
pursuing a master's in human resource development at Webster University.
Jeff's full-time job is as a captain with the Wichita Fire Department.
Beth Erickson '99 has moved to Manhattan, and is currently
attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.
Dena Ensign '99 and Matthew Kelly were married Nov. 20,
1999, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita. Dena is a cosmetologist
with Hairafter Studios. Matt is employed as a teacher/coach at Heights
Derek Reinhardt '99 and Jennifer Stevens were married June
19, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in LaCrosse. Derek is attending
Fort Hays State University, majoring in physical education. He is
employed with the LaCrosse unified school district as an assistant
football coach, basketball coach and a substitute teacher. Jennifer
is also attending Fort Hays State University. She is majoring in
marketing and working for an express delivery service in Hays.
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Bruce DeHaven '70 and his wife, Kathy, have adopted a baby
girl, Annie Maude. Born in Colombia March 23, 1999, she joins a
Mickie McCorkle '85 and her husband, Ed Friesen, are the
parents of a daughter, Rebecca Ann. She was born Dec. 30, 1999.
Sean Taylor '85 and his wife, Patty, are the parents of
twins, a daughter, Jaden Frances, and a son, Jack Michael, born
Dec. 14, 1999. Jaden weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces and was 18 inches
long. Jack weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce and was 18 inches long.
Laura (Hoag) Hand '87 and her husband, Brian, are the parents
of a daughter, Brailee Anne. Born Nov. 15, 1999, she weighed 8 pounds
3½ ounces and measured 19½ inches. She was welcomed home by a sister,
Janice (Simmons) Miller '87 and her husband, Charlie, announce
the birth of their daughter, Addyson Nichelle. Born Dec. 3, 1999,
she weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and measured 19½ inches long.
Sherrie (Johannes) Trask '87 and her husband, Dennis, former
resident director at Reid Hall, announce the birth of their son,
Luke Andrew. Born Nov. 25, 1999, he weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and
was 20½ inches long. He joins a brother, Ben.
Kathy (Boone) Hitz '88 and her husband, Alan, had their
third son, Jacob Alan, on Sept. 2, 1999. Although he arrived eight
weeks early, Jacob weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces and was 17¾ inches
long. He was welcomed home by his two brothers, Colin Glen (5) and
Caleb Boone (3).
Frank Lolar and Letetia Quarles '88 '98 are the parents
of a son, Chance Gracen, born Dec. 23, 1999. He weighed 8 pounds
13 ounces and was 20½ inches long.
Scott Sweetwood '88 and his wife, Renee, announce the birth
of their daughter, Candace Renee. Born Oct. 30, 1999, she weighed
5 pounds 8.5 ounces and was 16¾ inches long. She has a sister, Andrea
Mike Metcalf '89 and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of
a son, Riley. Born Sept. 3, 1999, he weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces.
Kim (Tarrant) Wedel '89 and his husband, Don, announce the
birth of a son, Nicholas Reed on Feb. 13, 1999. He was welcomed
home by his brother, Gregory Scott (3). (see also alumni news)
Michelle (Neel) Ridder '90 and her husband, Matthew, are
the parents of a daughter. She was born Jan. 6, 2000, and weighed
6 pounds 15½ ounces.
Doug Stanton '91 and his wife, Micael, are the parents of
a daughter, Madeline Victoria. Born Dec. 9, 1999, she weighed 7
pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Roger Crossman '92 and his wife, Michele, announce the birth
of their daughter, McKenzi Nichole. Born Jan. 10, 2000, she weighed
6 pounds 12 ounces.
Suzanne (Spainhour) Gentry '92 and her husband, Brian, are
the parents of a daughter, Anna Jane. She was born Dec. 7, 1999.
Anna weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 19½ inches long.
Shawn Brack '93 and his wife, Brooke, announce the birth
of their daughter, Tye Elayne. She was born Nov. 30, 1999.
Chad Hittle '93 and his wife, Shauna, announce the birth
of a son, Matthew Ryan, on Oct. 31, 1999. He weighed 7 pounds 12
ounces and was 20 inches long.
Denny and Kerrie (Parsons) Bryant '94 '97 are the parents
of a son, Derek Gene. Born Jan. 14, 2000, he weighed 7 pounds 9½
ounces and was 19¾ inches long.
Lucinda (Pontious) Comstock '94 and her husband, Matt, are
the parents of a son, Gavin Matthew. He was born Jan. 13, 2000.
He joins sisters Breana and Ashton.
Jason Crossman '94 and his wife, Traci, announce the birth
of their daughter, Paije Louise. Born Oct. 3, 1999, she weighed
8 pounds 4 ounces and measured 20 inches. She joins a brother, Nathaniel
Kim (West) McMurry '94 and her husband, D. J., are the parents
of a girl, McKelvie Rose, born Nov. 23, 1999. She weighed 8 pounds
11 ounces and was 20½ inches long at birth. Kim teaches English
at Greensburg High School while D. J. is the Pratt County appraiser.
Kelli Jean (Schanbacher) Wilkerson '94 and her husband,
Terry, are the parents of a daughter, Kylie Jene'. Born Dec. 22,
1999, she weighed 7 pounds 1.2 ounces and was 20¼ inches long.
Courtney Brown '95 and his wife are the parents of a daughter.
Born Jan. 11, 2000, she weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 15 inches
Dale Dolezal '95 and his wife, Michele, are the parents
of a daughter. Born Nov. 11, 1999, she weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces.
Curt Minner '95 and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of
a daughter, Mackenzie Jo. Born Dec. 24, 1999 she weighed 7 pounds
14 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Billy and Jennifer Morris '95 '95 have a girl, Antoinette
"Toni" Maxine. Born Aug. 8, 1999, she weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces
and was 20 inches long. She joins a sister, Alexandra (5).
Brenda Crowe '96 and her husband, David, are the parents
of son. Born Dec. 15, 1999, he weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces.
Maria (Doffing) Ehmke '96 and her husband, Dan, announce
the birth of their daughter, Makayla Marie. She was born Nov. 15,
Michael Agpoon '97 and his wife, Robin, announce the birth
of their daughter, Lauren Nicole. Born Dec. 1, 1999, she weighed
6 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 inches in length.
Melissa (Dick) Green '97 and her husband, Carter, announce
the birth of their daughter, Catherine Rhiannon. Born Nov. 26, 1999,
she weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 20½ inches long.
Brandon and Donnelle (Bergeson) Sommer '97 '97 are the parents
of a son, Orion Louis. Born Dec. 26, 1999, he weighed 8 pounds 15
Angela (Wright) Dial '98 and her husband, Ryan, are the
parents of a daughter, Nichole Ann. She was born July 5, 1999.
Amy (Slingsby) Otey '98 and her husband, Rick, are announce
the birth of their son, Joseph James. Because Rick is stationed
in Turkey with the United States Air Force, military families expecting
between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31 were asked to go to Germany to deliver
because of the uncertainty of Y2K in Turkey. Therefore, Joseph was
born at 4:01 a.m. on Dec. 31, 1999, in Landsthul, Germany. He weighed
7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20¾ inches long.
Ben and Freedom Brass '99 '98 are the parents of a daughter.
Born Nov. 18, 1999, she weighed 8 pounds.
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Thelma (Keating) Stephens '24 died Jan. 4, 2000, at the
age of 99. She had been a teacher in Liberal and other area schools.
Survivors include a brother, Charles Keating '39.
Velma (Achenbach) Elmore '26 died Nov. 12, 1999, at Share
Medical Center in Alva, Okla. A homemaker, she was 96.
J. W. "Bill" Powers '27 died Dec. 13, 1999, at the age of
94. A teacher and coach in several western Kansas towns, he returned
to Winfield in 1944 to be an Internal Revenue Service agent. In
1947 he bought a local real estate and insurance firm and was a
businessman and civic supporter until retirement in 1980. An avid
supporter of Southwestern College athletics, the Hall of Fame room
in Stewart Field House is named for Bill. Survivors include his
wife, Mary, a daughter, Marilyn (Powers) McNeish '54, a son,
Louis, and a stepson, Larry Hatteberg.
Clara (Barnett) Hamm '29 died Nov. 22, 1999, at the age
of 94. A devoted farm wife, she was active in Tisdale United Methodist
Church. Survivors include a son, Robert, and a daughter, Maxine
(Hamm) Mikesell '59.
Earl Ames '30 died Dec. 14, 1999. Survivors include his
wife of nearly 65 years, Anna.
Sherlah (Jarvis) King '30 died Dec. 1, 1999. A homemaker,
she was 91. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (King) Austin
Madge (Butler) Waters '31 died Jan. 5, 2000, at the age
of 90. She had been a schoolteacher in Yates Center and St. John.
Edna Pearl "E. P." Gillingham '34 died Jan 8, 2000, at the
age of 87. A former resident of Hutchinson, Kan., she had been an
agent for First National Travel in that city and later worked as
a mayoral secretary in Palm Springs, Calif.
Robert Hamilton '34 died Jan. 10, 2000. He worked as a welfare
worker in Cowley, Cherokee, Sedgwick and Logan Counties. During
World War II he served as American Red Cross field director at Camp
Hood, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Jeanette, and a brother,
John Hamilton '33.
Clay Hildinger '34 died June 2, 1999, at the age of 88.
He was a resident of Phoenix at the time. Burial was in Nash, Okla.
William Fletcher '36 died Jan. 6, 2000. A farmer, he was
Martin Ossowski '36 died Oct. 24, 1999, at his home in Millbrae,
Calif. Survivors include his wife, Eileen, to whom he had been married
for 60 years.
Helen (Wright) Floyd '40 died Nov. 2, 1999. Survivors include
a brother, Rufus Wright '36. Gerald Beach '41 died Jan. 13,
2000. A farmer, Farley Machine Shop accountant, and General Electric
employee, he was 87.
Lola (Mathews) Jones '41 died Dec. 27, 1999, at the age
of 85. She had been a schoolteacher in Cambridge, Kan., and later
in Castro Valley, Calif.
Mark "Grant" McIntosh '41 died Nov. 1, 1999. A retired insurance
agent for Harvest Life Insurance Co., he was 79. Survivors include
his wife, Eula; sisters, Ruth (McIntosh) Clair '39, Margaret
(McIntosh) Wilson '40, Elinor (McIntosh) Aiken '43, Janice (McIntosh)
Korchak '45, Ruth (McIntosh) Clair '39, Margaret (McIntosh) Wilson
'40, Elinor (McIntosh) Aiken '43, Janice (McIntosh) Korchak '45,
and Martha (McIntosh) Black '47.
Evangeline Jackson '44 died Jan. 18, 2000, at the age of
2000. She had been employed as a caseworker at the Methodist Children's
Home Society of Michigan in Detroit in 1946. In 1948 she moved to
Chicago where she was employed by the Chicago Child Care Society
as a case worker and student supervisor. In 1961 she moved to Ponca
City, Okla., and was employed as a social worker in the district
child welfare office of the Oklahoma Department of Public Welfare.
She later moved to Stillwater and served as district supervisor
for a five-county child welfare district from 1963 to 1969.
Eva (Morris) Hodges '46 died Jan. 27, 2000. A retired teacher,
she was 79. Survivors include daughters, Wendy (Hodges) Estes
'67 and Cherlene (Hodges) Graves '70.
Richard "Dick" Hoover '47 died Jan. 6, 2000, at the age
of 73. Beginning his career in the oil industry in 1949 as a geologist,
he founded Chief Drilling Co. Inc. in 1957. He later expanded his
business to include hotels, restaurants and banking. He was active
in many petroleum organizations on the state and national levels.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly.
Eva (Metzer; Brewer) Watson '51 died Dec. 3, 1999 at the
age of 87. She worked as a schoolteacher in several locations before
signing on with USD 470, Arkansas City, in 1946. In the Arkansas
City district she taught at Pershing and Frances Willard and was
the principal at Sleeth. Later she taught at Arkansas City Junior
High School before retiring in 1972. Survivors include a daughter,
Bena (Brewer) Harper '58.
Wanda (Miller) Cowles '52 died Dec. 7, 1999, at the age
of 69. A former schoolteacher, she also worked as a missionary in
Chicago, and in various positions in YMCA installations in Colorado.
Later she worked as a certified nurse's assistant, an emergency
medical technician, and an operating room technician at Estes Park
Medical Center. In her "retirement," she worked at the Harmony Foundation,
Rapid Transit Rafting Co., and Estes Valley Home and Garden Center.
Survivors include her husband, George.
Harry Shetlar '56 died Jan. 1, 2000, at the age of 68. He
was a certified public accountant in partnership with Edward B.
Stephenson and Co. until retirement. Survivors include his wife,
Sharon (Skinner) Shetlar '85, professor of nursing, associate
dean of faculty, director of assessment and director of summer programs
at Southwestern College, and a daughter, Shannon (Shetlar) Ryan
Phillip Bradley '57 died Nov. 24, 1999. A dentist in the
Winfield community since 1960, he was 67. Survivors include his
wife, Morea; a son, Randy Bradley '76; and daughters, Morea
Powell '97, Marci Heck '80, Paula Bradley '80 and Penny Fell '87.
Coma Jones '57 died Jan. 15, 2000. She was 90.
Judith (Peterson) Daeschner '59 died Jan. 12, 2000, at the
age of 62. She had been a teacher at Wanamaker and Pauline South
Elementary Schools in Topeka. She retired in 1999.
Pearl Blue '61 died Dec. 22, 1999. A retired teacher, she
Florence (Regnier) Jump, wife of F. Russell Jump '18, died
Dec. 16, 1999, at the age of 101. With her husband she founded Arotex,
a uniform manufacturing company in Wichita. There she designed uniforms
for hotels, restaurants, clubs, medical clinics, and managed the
factory until it was sold in 1962. Later she did volunteer work
with Wesley Hospital and the Salvation Army. The Jumps had recently
celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary.
Ansel Tobias, widower of Helen (Monore) Tobias '26, died
Jan. 11, 2000. A farmer and owner of Tobias, Birchenough & Wright
Redi-Mix, he was 87. Survivors include his second wife, Beulah.
Pleasant Rice, husband of Esther (Merriam) Rice '41, died
Oct. 21, 1999. He was 97.
William Chapman, husband of Rosemary (Templin) Chapman '48,
died Nov. 19, 1997.
Mary Webster, wife of Marvin Webster '51, died Jan 21, 2000.
Donald Clark, husband of Donna (DeWitt) Clark '61, died
Dec. 30, 1999. He had been a teacher in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Arkansas
City, Kan. He was then assistant dean of Maple Woods Community College,
Kansas City, Mo., and dean of technical occupational education at
Houston Community College. He was then employed by Conoco until
retirement in 1994.
Jorge Sturich, husband of Terri (Sinclair) '95, died Dec.
11, 1999. A physician in Winfield since 1987, he was 45.
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Brandi Biddle and her husband, Brian, are the parents of
a daughter born Nov. 10, 1999. She weighed 8 pounds 2½ ounces. At
Southwestern Brandi was director/lead teacher for the Grace Little
Builders Preschool and EduCare Center.
James Carpenter died Dec. 25, 1999, at the age of 55. The
husband of Donna Carpenter, a member of the SC custodial staff,
he was a security guard for Burns Security of Wichita. In addition
to his wife, Donna, survivors include a daughter, Stacy '02.
Jeff Crocker '99 (see alumni notes).
Lewis Gilbreath, former dean of students, director of admissions
and director of development, has taken pictures of barns since the
early 1970s. Twenty to 30 of those picures were displayed in conjunction
with the Barn Again! exhibit at the Winfield Public Library.
Jean (Nettrouer) Glasgow-Smith, former Book Cave employee,
died Nov. 28, 1999. Survivors include her husband, George.
Wallace Gray, former SC professor of philosophy, and his
wife, Ina Turner Gray, participated in a "Christmas Around the World"
program at South Vernon School in Winfield.
Marvin Hafenstein has decided to retire this spring from
his position as vice president for new ventures and director of
George Heinrich, who has been a member of the Professional
Studies Academic Committee, recently retired from Boeing. He is
now serving as a consultant to recruit students for the Professional
Study Centers in the area of production management and manufacturing
technology majors as well at APICS, ASQ, and SME certifications.
Eleanor Hoag, formerly of the English Department at Southwestern
College, died Jan. 22, 2000. She was a resident of Fort Collins,
Colo., at the time.
Mike Hostetler, former SC admissions counselor, is currently
a vice president at Lewis and Clark University in Lewiston, Idaho.
Vernon Jellison, former SC electrician, and his wife, Elva
Jo, celebratd their 35th wedding anniversary with an open house.
Dianne Mitchell has joined the admission office as recruitment
coordinator. Dianne comes to Southwestern College from Wellsboro,
Penn., where she worked at Eagle Family Foods for 20 years, most
recently she served as human relations assistant.
Diane Okeson, formerly a member of the SC nursing faculty,
has been appointed to the Kansas State Board of Nursing by Gov.
Bill Graves. Diane is currently dean of nursing and allied health
at Pratt Community College.
Jennifer Schaller is the new assistant to the registrar
at SC. She began her duties Nov. 22, 1999. She is a graduate of
Kansas State University and was previously employed by Gilliland
Printing, Arkansas City, where she was an electronic pre-press technician.
Sue (Day) Simmons '81 (see alumni notes).
Earl Spidel will retire this spring from the Office of Institutional
Advancement. He has been at Southwestern College for 30 years in
a number of significant roles, including vice president for business
Orville Strohl '31 (see alumni notes).
Auden Tarin, former SC food service employee, and Christina
Allen are the parents of a son, Marco Antonio. Born Nov. 2, 1999,
he weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. He has
a sister, Alissa (2).
Dennis Trask (see births under Sherrie Trask '87).
Nancy Wessling, formerly with the Professional Studies Centers,
has joined the staff of Pittsburg State University. She is the director
of Wichita academic outreach.
Tracy Frederick, assistant professor of speech and director
of forensics, has been named Pi Kappa Delta Governor of the Plains.
As governor her responsibilities will include distributing information
among schools and working as a liaison between the executive committee
of Pi Kappa Delta and its members. Tracy also presented two papers
at the Organization for the Study of Gender and Language. She joined
other presenters and members from all over the nation at the conference.
Her first paper, titled "Sounds of Silence: the Gender Based Experiences
of Women in Intercollegiate Debate Forensics," looked at how women
are treated in debate and forensics. The second paper was titled
"You've Come a Long Way Baby: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1898) and
Hillary Rodham Clinton (1996) Address the World." It asked if women
are facing and speaking about the same issues as they did a century
ago. In addition, Tracy presented a paper and chaired a panel at
the National Communication Association in Chicago. The paper, titled
"Making It Special: Making a Difference," dealt with making the
events in debate and forensics more dynamic, and changing them to
fit the needs of society.
Reza Sarhangi, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics,
and Dan Daniel, professor of English, made integrative studies
presentations at a conference in Mexico. Additionally, Reza made
an additional presentation this past fall (1999) at the University
of Wisconsin at Madison.
Andy Sheppard, assistant professor of religion and philosophy,
presented a paper at the Conference on Christian Philosophy at Franciscan
University of Steubenville, Ohio, in September 2000. This topic
was "John Duns Scotus' Theory of Names."
Beth Sheppard, acquisitions/serials librarian and adjunct
professor of religion and philosophy, is scheduled to present a
paper on "Pontius Pilate and the Roman Trial of Christ in the Fourth
Gospel" at the regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
in March 2000. Additionally, she has been informed that she will
be recommended positively to receive her doctorate from Sheffield
Greg Zuck, library director, and Terry Quiett '94,
coordinator of academic technology, presented a paper, "Flying Pigs-Engaging-Interactive-Multimedia
Web Instruction," in Nov. 1999 at the prestigious Syllabus Education
Technology Conference in Boston.
Martha Butler, professor of nursing and director of the
nursing program, has been elected chairperson of the nominating
committee of the Kansas State Nurses Association. The KSNA is the
professional organization for registered nurses in Kansas, representing
more than 27,000 RNs.
Scott Dalrymple, assistant professor of business and director
of the business administration program, is author of "Building Wichita:
The History of Star Lumber & Supply Co.," to be published in December
by Wichita State University's Center for Entrepreneurship.
Michelle Rosell, assistant professor of psychology, will
present two papers at The National Institute for the Teaching of
Psychology (NITOP) conference Jan. 2-5 in St. Petersburg Beach,
Fla. The presentations are based on class activities she developed
with colleagues. In the first activity, students first work with
contrasting bits of folk wisdom and gradually begin working with
actual psychological theories. In the second activity, students
create a three-dimensional origami model of the brain for use in
James Strand, professor of music, will give his retirement
organ concert March 16, 2000. He will be in Oberland April 1 and
2 for workshops and a "Three-Ring Circus" (harpsichord, clavichord,
and organ concert) on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Wilder, professor of music and chair of the performing
arts division, attended the National Association of Schools of Music
(NASM) conference in Chicago Nov. 19-23. The music program at Southwestern
College joined with this organization in 1929. Wilder was invited
to participate in a workshop designed to train visiting evaluators
for the accreditation process that will occur in conjunction with
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Stanley Asbury, husband of Martha (Logsdon) Asbury '46,
was honored by the National Weather Service in November 1999. Retiring
after 10 years of service, he has provided daily precipitation (rain
and snow) readings for the Cambridge (Kan.) area. He was a part
of the National Network of Observers, consisting of over 11,000
persons, who sent the data to the National Climatic Data Center
and to the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University.
William "Bill" Baucus died Dec. 14, 1999. Formerly of Winfield
and Arkansas City, he was a resident of Taos at the time. Survivors
include his wife, Caroline.
E. Ruth Bradbury died Nov. 29, 1999. A former receptionist
for Dr. B. A. Nickels and employee of Brad's Magneto Electric (both
in Winfield), she was 92.
Glenn Bruington died Jan 26, 2000. A repairman and operator
for Gas Pipeline Co., he was 66. Survivors include his wife, Lois,
and their daughter, Lori (Bruington) Kerr '90.
Ronald Carrell died Dec. 18, 1999. A retired United States
Air Force master sergeant and part-time teacher for Cowley County
Civil Defense, he was 66. Survivors include his wife, Dava, stepson,
Charles Simonton '82, stepdaughter, Mona (Simonton) Anz
'78, and a sister, Billie Holman, former natural science division
faculty assistant at Southwestern College.
Dorothy (Records) Charlton died Dec. 29, 1999. A homemaker,
she was 91. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Charlton '60,
professor of English and African studies at Southwestern College.
Natalie (Mathews) Clinton died Nov. 12, 1999, at the age
of 87. A retired junior high school English teacher she taught at
Dodge City for six years and in Hutchinson from 1966 to 1983. Survivors
include a son, L. Dewitt Clinton '68.
Helen (Macredie) Crews died Dec. 16, 1999. A retired florist
and Macredie Flower Shop owner, she was 79. Survivors include her
Iris (Tyler) Dittmann died Dec. 7, 1999, at the age of 78.
A former executive secretary and homemaker, she was 78. Survivors
include her husband of 56 years, J. Paul Dittmann.
Debbie Dumler, Kansas history teacher at Lyons Middle School
and mother of Kasey Dumler '01, was one of the teachers involved
in the planning of the Millennium Olympics at that institution.
The Olympics were an initiative to improve attendance and minimize
discipline problems on the last school day before Christmas Break.
Each of the 21 groups had a different mascot taken from a Kansas
school, including Southwestern College. Teams began by researching
the mascot, the school connected with it, and the county in which
the school is located. The teams then competed in games based on
Family Feud and Jeopardy and completed a word puzzle. All had a
Kansas theme. Volleyball and basketball along with various computer
games were available during the lunch period and a movie was shown
in the cafeteria.
Hettie Easterly died Dec. 2, 1999. She had been an elementary
teacher in the Wichita Public Schools.
J. Raymond Eggleston died Dec. 2, 1999. A retired lawyer,
he was 93. Survivors include his wife, Josephine.
Betty Estes died Feb. 1, 2000. A homemaker, she was 64.
Survivors include her husband, Herman, and their daughter, Julie
(Estes) Appleton '88.
Imelda (Harra) Farmer died Jan 5, 2000, at the age of 59.
At the time of her death Imelda was senior vice president and a
broker at J. D. Reece. She worked first for Coldwell Banker where
she began as a sales associate and then became a broker sales manager.
She was also a certified instructor for Coldwell Banker University
and active in many business and civic organizations. Survivors include
her husband, Doug, and sons, Chris '93 and Patrick '00.
Wilbur Floyd died Jan. 3, 2000. The retired owner of the
A. F. and A. market, Goddard, Kan., he was 80.
Lila (Griffiths) Gates died Nov. 18, 1999. A retired elementary
schoolteacher, she was 96.
Laura Zweibel died Dec. 12, 1999. A homemaker, she was 102.
Lucile (Hiller) Hoar died Dec. 29, 1999. A farmwife and schoolteacher,
she was 89.
Robert "Bob" Hutto died Dec. 31, 1999, at the age of 69.
He had owned and operated Hutto Printing in Winfield, Kan., before
retirement in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Dollie, and their
sons, Ron '77 and Mark '82.
Lila (Cardwell) Ingvaldson died Nov. 26, 1999. A co-founder
of The Travel Company, Wichita, Kan., she was 75.
Morris Jarvis died Nov. 22, 1999, at the age of 64. A certified
public account, he had been a senior partner with Edward B. Stevenson
Co. for 33 years. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and his mother,
Mildred "Milly" Johns died Jan. 28, 2000. A homemaker and
former schoolteacher, she was 77.
Irene Kelly died Feb. 1, 2000, at the age of 81. She was
a housewife, and with her husband, Earl, a rancher. Survivors include
her husband and a daughter, Patsy (Kelly) Johnson.
Helen Loomis died Nov. 13, 1999, at the age of 94. A graduate
of Washburn University School of Law, she spent 10 years as a law
clerk on the Kansas Supreme Court. During World War II she served
as acting dean of the Washburn University School of Law.
Andrew and Janelle Martin have a new daughter, Katherine
Marie, "Katie." Born Nov. 8, 1999, she weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces
and was 21 inches long. Her brothers Jacob and Zachery welcomed
her home. Grandparents are former Southwestern College president
and first lady, Carl and Mary Lou (Bauer) Martin '60 '60.
Don Mawdsley died Jan. 4, 2000. Formerly with Mawdsley Upholstery
in Winfield, he was 58. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth
(Mawdsley) Blomgren '71.
Edna (Volkman) Moore died Jan. 22, 2000. The former Moore
Flowers owner and founder and teacher was 98.
Laura Olberding died Dec. 19, 1999. The retired owner of
Laura's Hair Shoppe, she was 71.
Sam and Milla Owen, pastors at Solomon and Bennington United
Methodist Churches, are the parents of a son, Brantley James. He
was born Nov. 18, 1999.
Kenneth Palmer died Nov. 13, 1999. A rancher, teacher, and
coach, he was 63. Survivors include his wife, Ann, and their daughters,
Rhonda (Palmer) McAllister '82 and Joy Palmer '86.
Sara Plett died Dec. 30, 1999. A retired Wichita State University
mental health technician program administrator, she was 85.
Willie Schultz died Nov. 11, 1999. A retired farmer and
cattleman, he was 79. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, and their
daughter, Judi (Schultz) '69.
Aaron Shetlar died Jan. 5, 2000, at the age of 36. An employee
of the Jenny Clarkson-St. Christopher's Agency in New York, he was
a home finder for foster children. Survivors include his partner,
Bryon Hamilton, his mother, Sharon (Skinner) Shetlar '85,
professor of nursing and associate dean of faculty at Southwestern
College, and a sister, Shannon (Shetlar) Ryan '91.
Newton Smith died Dec. 1, 1999, at the age of 78. A veteran
of World War II and the Korean War, he had been a physician and
surgeon with the Ark City Clinic since 1951.
Marjorie (Hallcroft) Smoot died Nov. 8, 1998. She was the
mother of Leroy Smoot '56.
Ruth (Evans) Watts died Jan. 9, 2000, at the age of 74.
A retired registered nurse, she had worked at hospitals in Independence
and McPherson (both Kan.) and at the Hutchinson Clinic and St. Elizabeth
Hospital, both in Hutchinson. Survivors include her husband, Raymond.
Sarah Wilke was the featured mission speaker for the Kansas
West United Methodist Women at their annual conference, Sept. 24-25,
1999, in Augusta. Sarah is the executive director of the Wesley-Rankin
Community Center in Dallas.
James Wilson died Nov. 22, 1999, at the age of 59. He began
his career as a machine operator at DeCoursey Cream Co. from 1960
until 1963. He was then a draftsman/engineer at Beech Aircraft from
1963 to 1971, before coming to work at the Binney & Smith (Crayola)
plant in Winfield where he became a department manager and later
the plant manager. After the closing of the Binney & Smith plant
he worked at Raytheon Aircraft in Wichita. Survivors include his
Thelma (Monzingo) Witter died Dec. 21, 1999. The widow of
J. C. Witter '31, former Southwestern College employee, she
was 91. Thelma had been music teacher at Jetmore, Fowler, Niotaze,
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Jones '51 was awarded the Southern California Leadership Network
Founder's Award Dec. 7, 1999. Jones was commended for his service
to the leadership organization from its inception in 1989, serving
in such capacities as first chair of the board of directors, and
president from 1992-1997.
Jones spent 36 years with the National Conference of Christians
and Jews (now the National Conference for Community and Justice),
as regional director for Kansas and Kentucky, as Southern California
executive director, and in various other roles. While in Southern
California, he helped build an organization recognized for its pioneering
efforts to reduce prejudice and foster intergroup understanding.
During his tenure with NCCJ, Jones, along with Ray Remy, then president
of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, brought together a
diverse group of community organizations to develop a new network
of leaders for the region. They incorporated Leadership Southern
California in 1989. It is now know as the Southern California Leadership
By 1999, the Southern California Leadership Network had more than
250 alumni who had participated in its eight-month program of innovative
leadership development for mid-career professionals aimed at creating
and training an effective, interactive network of exemplary, culturally
diverse leaders within a five-county Southern California region.
"I am very proud and pleased with what we have built over the past
decade," writes Jones. "The new name is a reflection of our plans
to expand the program offerings and to become a highly effective
network, assisting our graduates and community leadership to resolve
Jones is currently serving as Founding President of the organization
and will develop a new concentrated program for senior executives
from public and private sectors.
Jones' other honors include the Mayor Tom Bradley Human Relations
Trophy; John Anson Ford Life Achievement Award from the Los Angeles
County Commission on Human Relations; the Hollzer Award from the
Jewish Federation Council, the Max Bay Award from the American Jewish
Committee; the Golden Aztec Award from the Mexican-American Opportunity
Foundation; Community Service Award from the Los Angeles Urban League;
Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award from the Los Angeles
YMCA, and the Building Bridges Award from the Interreligious Council
of Southern California.
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