Class Notes – 1960-1969
Jack Winters ’61 received the Cliff Dochterman Award from the Findlay (OH) Rotary Club. The award recognizes a Rotarian who acts as a role model and renders distinguished and dedicated service to the Boy Scouts of America. Both Jack and the award’s namesake, Cliff Dochterman ’47, are OWU alumni and members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. (12/22)
James Charlesworth ’62 (foreground) received his third honorary doctorate, from Athens University in Athens, Greece. He was lauded for his publications and service related to Judaism and Christian origins. He is the author of 90 books and editor of The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, two volumes, and The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, now more than 10 volumes. The most recent volume, published in December, is Thanksgiving Hymns and Related Documents, the hymnbook of the Essenes living near the Dead Sea at Qumran and elsewhere. He is pictured here in the Sacred Hall of Athens University. (5/23)
James Charlesworth ’62, president of the Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins, and director and editor of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project, has been working in Israel, editing some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and finishing his biography of Jesus. He submitted to OWU Magazine an article that begins: “After receiving an uplifting honor from OWU, George Conrades ’61, who put the medal around my neck, formerly the president of my fraternity (Beta Theta Pi) and president of the student body his senior year, and then chairman of the Board of Trustees, asked me as he drove me to the Columbus airport, ‘Jim, what do you find among the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls concerning the belief in a resurrection after death?’ James answers that question in the article “The Dead Sea Scroll Entitled ‘On Resurrection’ (4Q521): A Tribute,” which you can read at owu.edu/magazine/DSS. (12/22)
Jo Ann Kiser ’62X has received favorable reviews from Midwest Book Review and others for her first book of short stories, The Guitar Player and Other Songs of Exile, published by Atmosphere Press. Jo Ann’s “rich and varied life” has included being a “checker” at The New Yorker, completing a dissertation on Proust at the University of Chicago, and teaching at Morehead State University in Kentucky and Tennessee Tech. (12/22)
Gates Vrooman ’64 published Like a Mountain Stream, Family Adventures, Friendships, and Spiritual Growth at the YMCA of the Rockies. An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, he and his wife, Nancy Vrooman ’64, vacationed and volunteered at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, for many years, and this book follows their journey. Learn more at amazon.com/author/gatesvrooman. (5/23)
Timmen Cermak ’67 published Marijuana on My Mind: The Science and Mystique of Cannabis, a book explaining the effects and mysteries of marijuana. Timmen is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction medicine. (5/23)
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