William Farragher ’49, creator of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube trademark, gave a presentation called “Memories of a Lifetime” for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society of Youngstown, OH, in October 2015.
Richard Jackson ’53 published The Rules, a book of tips for those beginning their careers.
Ted Pollard ’55, of Middletown, OH, retired from the news business (Cox Newspapers Ohio and The Kansas City Star), and was honored to have his two-act play, “Grant’s Wish,” stage-read by actors in a performance at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center under the auspices of the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative and the Cincinnati Arts Association. A number of OWU grads attended the event. It was Ted’s first try at playwriting, and he hopes the work will be produced at the high school or college level.
John “Larry” Hill ’57, a semi-retired surgeon and professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, was named Professional of the Year by the International Association of Who’s recognizing academic inventors who demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Paul is a professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute.
Gloria Fox Wendel ’60 was featured by the Times Bulletin in Van Wert, OH, for her 55-year tenure as the organist at First United Methodist Church.
Sandra Walker Kelly ’61 received the Indiana Achievement Award for Distinction in Community Leadership.
Paul Schimmel ’62 was elected to the National Academy of Inventors, a distinction recognizing academic inventors who demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Paul is a professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute.
Flora Cunningham ’64, director of the Oneonta’s City of the Hills chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s barbershop singing group, was selected as the group’s 2015 “Sweet Adeline of the Year.” She was awarded a certificate and pin in September at the 2015 Vocal Fest music education weekend in Albany, NY.
Edward Miller Jr. ’64 was elected to the board of directors for EnGeneIC Ltd., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company.
Herbert Cady Jr. ’65 retired in December 2015 from a 41-year career as a pediatrician. He now plans to spend more time learning how to write fiction.
Carl Good ’66 presented on the Rotary International’s drive for the total eradication of polio at the Wellesley Community Center in Wellesley, MA, in October 2015. Carl has participated in polio eradication missions in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Nigeria, and he is the Polio Project chairman for his Rotary district.
James Hammann ’67 performed in an organ recital at St. John’s By the Campus church in Ames, IA, in November 2015.
Nancy Peace ’67 was named to President Obama’s Presidential Emergency Board No. 249, a group intended to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the New Jersey Transit Rail and some of its employees. Until 2014, Nancy was executive director of the Massachusetts Education Partnership.
Jo Lynn Davidson Andrews ’70 celebrated 41 years as a speech language pathologist in Sheridan, WY. She retired from her position at the Child Development Center in August 2015.
Jan Witold Baran ’70 published the sixth edition of his book The Election Law Primer for Corporations in September 2015.
Geoffrey Greif ’71 published his newest book, Adult Sibling Relationships, with Columbia University Press. This is his third book focusing on horizontal relationships. Geoffrey is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Ivan Owen Jr. ’71 was named Salesperson of the Year by Consumers Interstate Corporation of Norwich, CT.
Paul Greve Jr. ’73 completed six years of Anglican theology studies and was ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne, IN, in July 2015. Classmate Rev. James M. Long was the homilist. He was ordained early this year to the priesthood, serving as an assistant priest at Trinity Church in Fort Wayne.
Gael Bissell ’75 was named conservation manager at Vital Ground Foundation. She will lead the organization’s land conservation efforts to protect and restore grizzly bear populations in Montana, Idaho, and other parts of North America.
Winona “Winnie” Wellman Zimberlin ’75 moved her law office to Manchester, CT, from Hartford. She focuses on disability and education law. Her son Russ joined her practice, focusing on disability, criminal, and real estate law.
Deborah Brautigam ’76 published her latest book, Will Africa feed China? Deborah is a professor and director of the China Africa Research Initiative in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Theresa Cropper ’76, chief diversity officer at Perkins Coie law firm in Chicago, has been named to the Hall of Fame of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.
Anne Kleindienst ’76, a shareholder with the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the categories of Corporate Law and Franchise Law. Best Lawyers is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
Gregory Moore ’76, former editor of The Denver Post, was a speaker at the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast in Delaware, OH, in January.
Jon Peterson ’76, county treasurer of Delaware County, OH, and pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, leads a volunteer-run men’s shelter called A Place of Warmth in Delaware. Michael Newcomb ’73 volunteers at the shelter; the two men have been friends since meeting as fraternity brothers at OWU 40 years ago.
Jack Salerno ’76 is now executive vice president of Triton Systems Inc., a business development company.
Ted Daniels ’77 was named editor of Mansfield News Journal.
Jill Ewing Freeland ’77, lead real estate agent of Freeland Marketing Group, opened her own brokerage, Freeland Realty Group. Her “boutique” brokerage specializes in executive and luxury real estate. Jill has been a realtor for over 15 years in the affluent suburbs surrounding Columbus. She works with her CPA husband, David, and one of her three sons, Stephen.
Tom Jolly ’77 was named associate managing editor for newsroom print operations for The New York Times. In announcing Jolly’s appointment, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said: “As night editor for four years, he was instrumental in expanding the news desk’s role beyond print. As sports editor, he began a run of creative sports coverage that continues unabated, including our landmark coverage of concussions in sports. I’m excited that Tom will now be a key player in the next step of our evolution.”
Thomas Rosenberg ’77, a partner in Roetzel’s Columbus, OH, office, has been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
Christina Smith ’77 joined the structural engineering firm Nishkian Monks as administrative assistant in Bozeman, MT. Smith previously spent over 30 years working for Prugh & Lenon Architects PC as a business manager.
Gail Wendt Hutton ’79 was appointed head of lower school at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD. Garrison Forest School is an independent K-12 all-girls day and boarding school with a coed preschool, located outside Baltimore, MD.
Morton Bouchard III ’80 received the honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York Maritime College in January.
Gregory Cielec ’80 published the novel A Poem on a Bar Room Wall, which is available at gregcielec.com.
Dan Dupee ’81, chairman of the Coalition for Christian Outreach in Pittsburgh, PA, published It’s Not Too Late: The Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith (Baker Books).
Howard Eberly ’80 will retire from his position as a coach and teacher at Southeast High School in Bradenton, FL, at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Bridget Donnell Newton ’80 was reelected mayor of Rockville, MD, in November 2015.
Wendy Weinheimer Graeb ’81 was named executive director at The Connection for Women and Families in Summit, NJ.
Robert Hanna ’81 was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2016. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Gregory Johnson ’81 was the featured artist at Salt Pond Visitor’s Center in Cape Cod, MA, in February.
Byron Pitts ’82, co-anchor for ABC’s “Nightline,” spoke to students at North Carolina State University about race in America in January.
Carson Reider ’82 was named director of administration for the Neuroscience Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Carson and his wife have three sons and reside in Upper Arlington, OH.
Alberto Schlageter ’82 was appointed to the board of directors for Canacol Energy Ltd., an exploration and production company.
Stephen Tull ’82 presented a lecture on the United Nations as a part of the 2016 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series in Delaware, OH.
Jay Vidovich ’82 was named the new head men’s soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
Thomas F. R. Clareson ’83 was selected as the 2014 recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award from the American Library Association, recognizing his career in cooperative/collaborative preservation initiatives. Thomas is senior consultant for digital and preservation services at LYRASIS, the largest U.S. cultural heritage network. He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy.
John Doody ’83 is the founder of Piada, a fast-casual Italian food chain based in Columbus, OH. The company announced a new round of investment to fuel its growth from Greenwich, CT-based Catterton Partners, a private equity firm.
John Milligan ’83 was named CEO of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Steven Ulfelder ’83 appeared in the author/celebrity series at Marlborough Public Library in Marlborough, MA, in November 2015. He is the author of four mystery novels.
Rocco Donnino ’84 is executive vice president of corporate development at AppRiver, a leading provider of email messaging and cloud security solutions, which has confirmed its first distributor agreement in France. Professional software distributor Watsoft has agreed to add AppRiver’s entire security suite to its portfolio. In addition, the nonprofit Rocco founded, Cow Harbor Warriors, recently donated $75,000 to Northport, NY, area veterans’ charities for the second year in a row. The organization also provided a service dog to a Marine Corps veteran through their partnership with Paws of War. Veteran Frank Giarmida was presented the dog at a Patriots-Giants NFL game in November.
Dean Hood ’86 was named assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Charlotte 49ers.
Bob Fernandez ’87 published The Chocolate Trust: Deception, Indenture and Secrets at the $12 Billion Milton Hershey School, a book about the troubled history and questionable care at one of the world’s richest child care philanthropies, financed by the profits of Hershey chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cups. He is a long-time business writer with the Philadelphia Inquirer and lives in Yardley, PA, with wife, Mae, and three sons, Zack, Luke, and Seth.
Anne Flanagan ’87 is the author of “Artifice,” a play that OWU’s Department of Theatre and Dance performed in February. Anne participated in an audience discussion at OWU following one of the performances.
Darrel Gibson ’87 is now senior director of development at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Tracie Winbigler ’87 is now chief financial officer of REI, an outdoor specialty retailer in Seattle.
Terri Bigio Fraser ’89 displayed her work at the Art Space at the Somerset County, NJ, Warren Township library branch in January. The exhibit was titled “The Light from Behind.”
Alaska Black Hults ’90 defended her dissertation in June 2015 and graduated from Pennsylvania State University in August. She then joined the faculty of Brigham Young University as assistant professor of teacher education in the TESOL K-12 program. Her dissertation is titled “The Dialogic Construction of Bilingual Literacies, Disability, and Inclusion by Content-Area Teachers.”
Todd Showalter ’91 was named a managing director at Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, IL.
William Day ’93 was featured in ARTCHASER Magazine’s second volume.
Victoria Hawes Gearity ’93 was featured in River Journal Online for her work as mayor of Ossining, NY.
Jessica Battle ’94, who recently stepped down as Coronado High girls’ lacrosse coach in California, was named one of 22 coaches of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Kevin Manzel ’95 is the director of innovation at The Teaching Company (Chantilly, VA), where he leads the market and customer research efforts for audio- and video-learning series The Great Courses.
Thomas Hughes ’96, lead pastor of Christian Assembly Church in Los Angeles, CA, has published a book titled Curious: The Unexpected Power of a Question-Led Life.
Mindy Alexander McCall ’96 was hired as vice principal of Lincoln Elementary School in New Brunswick, NJ.
Adam Rosen ’97 is now executive vice president of Casamigos Spirits Company, a new importing company from the team behind Casamigos Tequila.
Joy Twesigye ’98 joined Baltimore Healthy Start as executive director. Baltimore Healthy Start is committed to reducing infant mortality by improving the health and well-being of women and their families through the provision of comprehensive, supportive services offered in the communities where they live.
Mark Wade ’99 was featured in The Newark Advocate on December 13, 2015, for his many affiliations as a musician.
Joseph Bishara ’00 directed Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” at The Ohio State University Mansfield campus in November 2015.
Eric Weldele ’00 is now a partner at Capitol Partners, LLC, in Cleveland, OH.
Greg Mack ’02 was named to the “2015 Top 10 Stylish Male Scientists” list by future-ish.com.
Ramon Pitter ’03 is now vice president of corporate and business development for Seacorp Holdings, a shipping and logistics group based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Rachel Choto ’04 is now director for student support services at the University of Chicago, where she helps undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students.
Jada Hamilton ’04 was named to Stony Brook University’s 2015 “40 Under Forty” list. Jada is an assistant attending psychologist in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
John Schlegel ’05 joined real estate firm Transwestern as executive vice president of Tenant Advisory Services.
Brian Small ’05 was named Dartmouth assistant men’s lacrosse coach. He worked as an assistant coach at OWU from 2008 to 2009.
Kristen Cemate ’06 is now an associate attorney at the Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd., Chicago office.
Salman Toor ’06 was featured on artnet.com for his work as a contemporary painter. His recent exhibition, “Resident Alien,” was displayed at Aicon Gallery in New York.
Pooja Dutt ’09 was interviewed by Be Your Own Muse, a website dedicated to telling stories of inspiring women, in October 2015.
Hanwen Bai ’11 completed Ph.D. research that was published in Nature Genetics, the most prestigious research journal in genetics. Hanwen explored how benign brain tumors become malignant and presented his research at an international conference in Canada in February.
Meredith Dargusch ’11 had an exhibit of her art displayed at Kendal in Granville, OH, in January and February.
Kristen Lear ’11 received a 2016 Ecological Society of America Graduate Student Policy Award.
Emily Yaksic ’11 made her directorial debut as director of “Charlotte’s Web,” which ran at the Marion Palace Theatre in Marion, OH, in February.
Jillian Ristau ’12 joined the Kind Mind Center in Hibbing, MN, as a therapist.
Michael McLean ’13 is now senior legislative assistant for congressman Pat Tiberi.
Andrew Rossi ’13, a theater and geology major at OWU, was hired by the Wyoming Ad Council and has partnered for an advertisement for the latest Pixar film.
Andrew Winters ’13 is now interim head coach of Capital University’s men’s basketball team.
Jason Bogdany ’14 was promoted to development associate at Cleveland Play House, America’s first professional regional theatre and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Jason completed a summer internship at CPH as his senior capstone experience at OWU and is a former marketing apprentice and operations assistant with the company.
Sophie Crispin ’14 was featured in The Gargoyle, the magazine of the University of Wisconsin Law School, as the recipient of the Stearns-Shaw Scholarship.
Jamie Richardson ’14 is now head cheer and dance coach at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, KS. Jamie was a health and human kinetics major and an OWU cheerleader for four years.
Ryan Haddad ’15 was the star actor in a solo show called “Hi, Are You Single?” at Dixon Place in New York City in November 2015. The show explores the issues of sex, love, and disability in the gay community.
Victoria “Buzzy” Biddinger ’15, former cheerleading captain at OWU, is now a cheerleader for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.
Debbie Force ’75 was married to Gilles Morin on August 14, 2015, in New York City.
Tory Lee ’09 was married to Hugh Churchill II on November 14, 2015, in Worthington, OH.
David Martz ’95 welcomed a son, Oscar Guerrero Martz, on January 26, 2016.
Eimile Tansey ’98 and Michael Nagro ’96 welcomed a son, Hawk Tansey Nagro, on January 4, 2016.
Jennifer Walker-Feheley ’99 and her husband Brendan welcomed Teagan Allette Feheley on December 29, 2015.
Courtney Fry Camillus ’00 and John Camillus ’98 welcomed a daughter, Lucy Madeleine Camillus, on January 6. Also celebrating is aunt Heather Fry ’99.
Mollie McCready Holleran ’00 and her husband Michael welcomed twin boys, Alexander and Cooper, on December 4, 2015. Mollie and Michael also have a 2-year-old daughter, Madison.
Stephen Loppnow ’00 and his wife Erica Wernsmann welcomed a daughter, Wren Elizabeth Loppnow, on January 31. Also celebrating is aunt Sara Loppnow Bellisario ’97.
Nicole Farrell ’03 and her husband Chris Tsitouris welcomed daughter Grace Sloane Tsitouris, on October 3, 2015. Also celebrating are aunt Whitney Deel Farrell ’10, uncle Drew Farrell ’10, and aunt Wendy Farrell Yoder ’07.
Jamie Laudenslager ’04 and her husband Greg Leimbeck welcomed a son, Drew Leimbeck, on January 3.
Dae Won Goldenbaum-Yang ’05 and his wife Laura Goldenbaum-Yang welcomed a son, Drew Goldenbaum-Yang, on December 15, 2015.
Lindsay Hansen Jones ’05 and her husband Luke welcomed a son, Caleb Benjamin Jones, on December 29, 2015.
Brooke Coale Krapf ’05 and her husband John Krapf welcomed a son, Freddie Krapf, on November 26, 2015. Also celebrating are grandmother Sharon Smithey Coale ’72, aunt Brittany Coale ’07, uncle William Coale ’02, great-aunt Deborah Smithey Durham ’74, and cousin Courtney Durham ’12.
Blaire Hayden Bartish ’07 and her husband Dave Bartish welcomed a son, Louis “Louie” Edward Bartish, on December 1, 2015.
Amanda Brumenschenkel ’07 welcomed a son, Taylor Allen Cabana, on November 26, 2015.
Jason Mojzer ’11 and his wife Jamie Mojzer welcomed a son, Hank Michael Mojzer, on December 24, 2015. Also celebrating are aunts Heidi Griffith Romero ’97 and Lisa Lublin Foster ’95.
Kale Booher ’12 and his wife Morgan Booher welcomed a son, Cade Michael Booher, on January 7.
Rachel Lindley Jameson ’38, of Hendersonville, NC, October 27, 2015, at the age of 99.
Gordon Hill ’39, of Ashtabula, OH, January 15 at the age of 98. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Peavey Hill ’41, brother Robert Hill ’37, sister Catherine Hill Townsend ’31, and three cousins, Raymond Harley ’35, Rowland Harley ’31, and Alfred Hill ’32. Gordon was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Josephine Townsend Herron ’41, of Centreville, MD, January 8 at the age of 96. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Herron ’42, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Frances Fearheiley Johnson ’41, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, November 16, 2015, at the age of 95. She was preceded in death by sister Elizabeth Fearheiley Jacobson ’44, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Mabel Bersuder Monguillot ’41, of New Orleans, LA, December 5, 2014, at the age of 95.
Virginia Todd Kneeland ’42, of Crosby, MN, January 23 at the age of 96. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Emagene Forsyth Neasse ’43, of Scottsdale, AZ, died on October 7, 2015, at the age of 93. She was predeceased by her father, Harry Forsyth ’21. She is survived her husband of 71 years, Robert Neasse ’43. She is also survived by daughters Angela Neasse Layton ’67, of New River, AZ, Christine Pytlarz, of Scottsdale, AZ, and Tamora Clay Bauserman, of Marysville, OH. She was the grandmother of four and was to become a great grandmother in March of 2016. Emagene was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
A speech and drama major, she served on OWU’s student council and as president of Women’s Student Government Association. She was a member of Theta Alpha Phi and Mortar Board in addition to her sorority. After graduation she worked for OWU, traveling and recruiting potential students. Emagene spent most of her life in Columbus, OH, and Marysville, OH. While there she sang in the church choir and volunteered at church. For many years she organized blood drives for the American Red Cross in Marysville. She and her husband moved to Cave Creek, AZ, in 1991 to be near family. She was a member of P.E.O. and North Scottsdale United Methodist Church.
Rosemary Cook Norrick ’43, of Indianapolis, IN, December 1, 2015, at the age of 92.
Elizabeth Dreisbach Vogt ’43, of Marblehead, OH, November 30, 2015, at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by husband Carl Vogt ’43, mother Ara Frazer Dreisbach 1911, and cousin Dorotha Diehlman Keene ’34. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Dale Walrath ’43, of Manhattan, NY, December 31, 2015, at the age of 94. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Howard Dawson ’44, of Cincinnati, OH, December 14, 2015, at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bell Dawson ’44, and son Daniel Dawson ’75. He was a member Delta Tau Delta fraternity and The OWU Tower Society.
Marion Kramer Hatfield ’44, of Naples, FL, December 7, 2015, at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman Hatfield ’44, and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Lucile Hatton Gregg ’45, of Columbus, OH, November 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Gregg ’47, and cousin Rachel McCarty Dodd ’35. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Martha Henry Lowery ’45, of Missoula, MT, January 1 at the age of 92. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Marjorie McFeely Miller ’46, of Cypress, TX, October 25, 2015, at the age of 91. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Janet Smith Cederquist ’47, of Wheaton, IL, January 31 at the age of 91. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
Martha “Mickey” Dowler Diem ’47, of Bay Village, OH, died on February 13, 2016, at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her husband, William Diem ’45, her mother, Aveline Dowler ’21, a brother, Hugh Diem ’44, an uncle, Kirk Thomas ’21, and a cousin, Harlan Kirk ’28. She was survived by three sons, James Diem ’74, John Diem ’70, and Bill Diem ’69, a daughter, Priscilla Diem ’78, a granddaughter, Jenny Kirsop ’08, a grandson, John Kirsop ’10, and a niece, Ruth Diem ’72.
Born in Athens, OH, on July 11, 1924, she graduated from Athens High School in 1942 before attending OWU. She was proud of her affiliation with Ohio Wesleyan University. She was the fourth generation of women in her family to graduate from OWU, and her daughter Priscilla became the fifth and her granddaughter Jennifer the sixth. She was elected to several terms as alumni trustee of the university and was named a life trustee in 2000. She married William Roy Diem Jr. on August 25, 1947, and was the mother of four children, running her household until becoming a teacher when her children started leaving high school. She taught mathematics at Parkside High School in Westlake, OH, and later taught at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the churches to which she belonged in Marion, Canton and Bay Village, OH. She served as a deacon and elder at Bay Presbyterian Church. Martha, known as Mickey to friends and family she knew while at OWU, enjoyed being with people, traveling, working crossword puzzles and reading mystery books. She maintained a lifelong friendship with her pen pal Megan Holmes in Wales that began when she was in junior high school. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, and her brother Jack. Survivors include her children, William Roy Diem III (Sylvie) of Le Port-Marly, France, John Charles of Grand Rapids, MI, James Garrett (Nancy) of Newberry, MI, and Priscilla Sue of Bay Village, OH; brothers, Tom W, Dowler of Fort Worth, TX, and James K. (Marcia) Dowler of Buckeye, AZ; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Sidner Timmons ’47, of Huntsville, OH, October 30, 2015, at the age of 89.
Mary Jo Buvinger Wolters ’47, of Columbus, OH, November 20, 2015, at the age of 90. She is survived by daughter-in-law Carol Dittrick Wolters ’73 and by Carol’s mother, Catherine “Kitty” Urton Dittrick ’42, with whom she shared lunch and dinner for several years in their Columbus retirement home. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Mary Jo was a lifelong resident of Dayton, OH, until moving to Columbus in 2012. She was an elementary school teacher in the Dayton Public Schools for 22 years. Mary Jo is survived by her sons, John and Scott Wolters, Scott’s wife Beth, a daughter, Martha Patton, Martha’s husband Michael, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Sally Rickey Copp ’48, of Lebanon, OH, October 17, 2015, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Copp ’47, brother Frank Rickey ’42, brother-in-law Ralph Copp ’43, and three sisters, Frances Rickey Griffin ’33, Julia Rickey Peebles ’35, and Josephine Rickey Copp ’44. She is survived by nephew Charles Hurth ’58.
John Gherlein ’48, of Pepper Pike, OH, January 7 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Mills Gherlein ’47 and daughter Ann Gherlein Vaughn ’74. John was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Ezra Luessen ’48, of Wyoming, OH, January 31 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by sister Evelyn Luessen Sargent ’39. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Richard Mead ’48, of Brookside, NJ, December 19, 2015, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Lois Hawley Mead ’50.
Paul Taylor Jr. ’48, of Surprise, AZ, August 9, 2015, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by brother Edwin Taylor ’38, and is survived by sister Miriam Taylor Hyde ’41. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Homer Timson ’48, of Richmond, IN, January 6 at the age of 89.
Patricia Clarke Braun ’49, of Bolivar, OH, October 5, 2015, at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her husband Alan Braun ’50, and is survived by cousin Martha Clarke Lindberg ’52. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
Virginia Colbeth ’49, of Ridgewood, NJ, November 25, 2015, at the age of 88. She is survived by sister Evelyn Colbeth Plunkett ’52 and niece Susan Plunkett Fasano ’78. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Mary Jo Miller Cox ’49, of Cridersville, OH, November 11, 2015, at the age of 89. She is survived by her husband, Jack Cox ’48. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Robert Hall ’49, of Hayesville, OH, December 17, 2015, at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Bruce Hall ’49. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Martha Tuttle ’49, of Urbana, OH, November 23, 2015, at the age of 88.
Arden Duwe Parrish ’50, of Rocky River, OH, January 23 at the age of 87. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Milton Robinson ’50, of Ashtabula, OH, January 16 at the age of 88. He is survived by three daughters, Erica Robinson Mitchell ’78, Mary Robinson Pera ’80, and Amy Robinson ’83; son-in-law Richard Pera ’77; two granddaughters, Whitney Mitchell ’08 and Anne Mitchell ’12; and niece Paige Robinson ’02. Milton was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Ned Speasmaker ’50, of London, OH, January 25 at the age of 89. He is survived by cousin Mary Jo Jones Kennedy ’50. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Jean Branscomb Williams ’50, of Winston Salem, NC, January 14 at the age of 87. Jean was a member of the OWU Tower Society and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
James Edwin Wyant ’50, of Lancaster, OH, July 16, 2015, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Wyant ’50 and is survived by son Daniel Wyant ’89. Jim was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a banker for over 40 years. Jim was an avid golfer; he grew roses, did woodworking, collected antiques, and loved chocolate.
Eleanor Henderson Doelling ’51, of Greenville, SC, January 14 at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by mother Marion Beetham Henderson ’24 and sister M. Carol Henderson Barrows ’62. She is survived by sister Helen Lou Henderson Amos ’55. Eleanor was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Harlin “Tom” Hamlin ’51, of Kettering, OH, October 29, 2015, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Hazelwood Hamlin ’52, and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Walter Johnson ’51, of Palm Harbor, FL, December 29, 2015, at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by brother William Johnson ’55. He is survived by daughter Gloria Johnson ’71. Walter was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
John McConnell ’51, of Minneapolis, MN, December 12, 2015, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Murphy McConnell ’51, and is survived by a sister, Barbara McConnell Hull ’42. John was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Alice Backman Westfall ’51, of North Lewisburg, OH, November 1, 2015, at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband, John Westfall ’51, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Forrest Brower ’52, of Skillman, NJ, October 1, 2015, at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Coulter Brower ’52. He is survived by daughter Catherine Brower Zettler ’78 and nephew Nathaniel Barber ’12. Forrest was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Kermit Darkey ’52, of Westminster, CO, December 29, 2015, at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Darkey ’51, and is survived by sister Louise Darkey Walbridge ’54. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Edward Evans ’52, of Marysville, OH, December 25, 2015, at the age of 85. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Barbara Wright Fisher ’52, of Charlottesville, VA, October 8, 2015, at the age of 85.
Lois Lindsay Gerken ’52, of McCandless Township, PA, November 7, 2015, at the age of 85. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Richard Logan ’52, of Galion, OH, January 18 at the age of 87.
Helen Simester Long ’52, of Saint Simons Island, GA, on November 20, 2015, at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by father Ralph Simester ’23 and two aunts, Elsie Simester Garden ’23 and Edith Simester Roeder ’24. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Long ’51; two sons, Ross Long ’78 and James Long ’81; daughter Lucy Long ’79; and granddaughter Alicia Long ’07. Helen was a former member of the OWU Board of Trustees and Alumni Board of Directors, as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Jane Lindenmeyer McGinnis ’52, of La Jolla, CA, November 6, 2015, at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband, Robert McGinnis ’52, son David McGinnis, and daughter Sharon McGinnis DaSilva.
Marilyn Newman ’52, of Wolcottville, IN, January 9 at the age of 86. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Richard Paxton ’52, of Valparaiso, IN, December 16, 2015, at the age of 87. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Charles Wagner ’52, of Arlington, MA, January 11 at the age of 86.
Jack Young ’52, of Portsmouth, OH, January 31 at the age of 85. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Benjamin Kistler ’53, of Fredericksburg, VA, November 11, 2015, at the age of 84. He was a member of Beta Sigma Tau fraternity.
Mary Booth Murray ’53, of Frankfort, MI, November 30, 2015, at the age of 84. She is survived by her husband, James Murray ’55; son, Robert Murray ’82; two nephews, Glenn McCaslin ’82 and Ian McCaslin ’14; and niece Nora McCaslin Alastra ’94. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority.
Linda Rodee Recker ’53, of Mount Pleasant, SC, December 23, 2015, at the age of 84. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Robert Wood ’53, of Marco Island, FL, November 7, 2015, at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his mother, Orne Erwin Wood ’18, and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Virginia Buddie Harchol ’54, of Irvine, CA, December 5, 2015, at the age of 83. She is survived by her husband, Richard Harchol ’54, and sister Dolores Buddie Smolan ’58. Virginia was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Geraldine Strother Wade ’54, of Ft. Thomas, KY, October 18, 2015, at the age of 83. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
William Barnett ’55, of Zanesville, OH, January 11 at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Brush Barnett ’26, and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Milton Irvin ’55, of Easton, MD, November 25, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Judith Judge ’55, of Sonoma, CA, November 27, 2015, at the age of 81. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
J. “Blair” Webster ’55, of Maumee, OH, October 28, 2015. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
James Gest ’56, of Bellevue, WA, died on November 21, 2015, at the age of 82. He is survived by a brother, Neil Gest ’57, and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Jim was born April 3, 1933, in Springfield, OH, and was the third son of Neil C. Gest, Sr. and Anamae Baxter Gest. He grew up in Mechanicsburg, OH, and was an outstanding high school football player.
He married Beth Mclaughlin on June 10, 1966, and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary next June. Jim is survived by his wife Beth, daughter Amy, son Jim, Jr., daughter-in-law Carri, grandsons Joshua and Bradley, granddaughter Courtney, brother Neil and his wife Betty Carol, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Bill and Don Gest.
Jim owned a business consulting business for many years in Bellevue, WA, which he sold upon his retirement in 1996. His wife Beth retired from teaching the same year so they could travel and spend time at their island retreat in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island in Puget Sound. Jim’s favorite mantra was “When are we going to the island?” He loved to hike anywhere a good path or trail was available, either in the Cascades or the Sound.
When a new restaurant or brewpub was discovered, he was sure to notify his friends. Dim Sum and Vietnamese food were a special favorite. At home you would frequently find Jim taking over as chef in the kitchen preparing one of his own specialties. Jim was a lifelong sports enthusiast, especially baseball and football. When fall arrived you find him avidly following his favorite college team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite professional team. When football season was over, he waited patiently for baseball spring training to commence and would follow the Seattle Mariners and other teams for the remainder of the year.
Jim’s winning smile and his love of family and friends will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. A memorial has been established at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle for James Edward Gest with all funds going to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute.
Phyllis Hunter ’56, of Chandler, AZ, December 26, 2015, at the age of 81. She was preceded in death by mother Mildred Hunter, Class of 1916, father Robert Miller Hunter, 1917, and brother Robert Hunter ’46. She is survived by nephew Burtch Hunter ’90, cousin David Huit ’58, and sister-in-law Judith Bridge Hunter ’58. Phyllis was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Charles Irish ’57, of Medina, OH, October 12, 2015.
William Morris ’57, of Gallatin, TN, January 14 at the age of 79. He was a member of Beta Sigma Tau fraternity.
Jon Weingart ’57, of Akron, OH, December 11, 2015, at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Ledman Weingart ’29. He is survived by his wife, Jane Hlavin Weingart ’57, and two brothers, Ned Weingart ’60 and David Weingart ’62. Jon was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Ramon Jordan ’58, of Jamestown, NY, September 25, 2015, at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by aunt Maretta Jordan Rice ’21. He is survived by sister Marianne Jordan Harrington ’66 and son Thomas Jordan ’81. Ramon was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Katherine Van Brimmer Stock ’58, of Miami Township, OH, January 21 at the age of 79. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Judith “Judy” Davis Whitacre ’58, of Arlington Heights, IL, October 29, 2015, at the age of 78. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
James “Jim” Wight ’58, of Bluffton, SC, October 31, 2015, at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Baltzly Wight ’58, and daughter Lisa Wight Dobinson ’87. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
John Gutknecht ’59, of Beaufort, NC, November 3, 2015, at the age of 78. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and the OWU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dundas Grant Peacock ’59, of Greenville, SC, December 21, 2015, at the age of 77. He is survived by two brothers, Andrew Peacock ’62 and Alan Peacock ’72, and sister Sheila Peacock Allen ’65. Grant was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Joseph Banks ’60, of Columbus, OH, October 25, 2015, at the age of 77. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Benjamin DeGraff Jr. ’60, of Rockingham, VA, December 18, 2015, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Frey DeGraff ’60, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Richard “Dick” DeHaven ’60, of Escondido, CA, October 26, 2015, at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Bette Viall DeHaven ’61, and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Dick was a member of the OWU Athletic Hall of Fame.
William Nelson ’60, of Murrells Inlet, SC, December 12, 2015, at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Nelson ’61 and James Nelson ’61.
Henry “Hank” Cramer ’62, of New Salem, MA, October 16, 2015, at the age of 77. Henry was preceded in death by mother Helen Madden Cramer ’23 and brother H. Leslie Cramer ’52. He is survived by two brothers, Earl H. Cramer ’50 and Chester D. Cramer ’63. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
George Nichols ’62, of Colorado Springs, CO, January 3 at the age of 75. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Thomas Nims ’62, of Westerville, OH, November 8, 2015, at the age of 75. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
George Speese ’62, of Delaware, OH, January 9 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by mother Ruth Hamilton Speese ’27 and son George Speese ’79. George was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Franklin “Del Stumbo” Stambaugh ’62, of Kettering, OH, January 4 at the age of 77. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Daniel Ellison ’64, of Steamboat Springs, CO, October 3, 2015, at the age of 73. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Barbara Gibson Bates Smullen ’65, of Rochester, NY, December 29, 2015, at the age of 72. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Bates ’63, and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Paula Thomas Livingston ’67, of Towanda, KS, January 27 at the age of 69. She was preceded in death by father Paul Thomas ’27 and uncle Harold Thomas ’25. Paula was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Carol Graham Schellenger ’67, of Bradenton, FL, January 20 at the age of 70. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Gary White ’67, of Waxhaw, NC, November 20, 2015, at the age of 70. He was a member of Chi Phi fraternity.
Martha Hart ’70, of Aurora, OH, on January 18 at the age of 67. She was preceded in death by father James Hart ’37. She is survived by son James Hart ’98, brother James Hart ’73, sister-in-law Mary Ellen Hart ’73, and aunt Elizabeth Hart Raup ’51. Martha was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
David Nelson ’70, of Marion, IN, November 9, 2015, at the age of 67. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Douglas Noe ’70, of Petersburg, VA, November 27, 2015, at the age of 67. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Lee Roblin ’71, of Penfield, NY, January 3. He is survived by brother John Wesley Robin III ’67, and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Carl Schroeter ’73, of New York, NY, January 25. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Dennison “Denny” Griffith ’74, of Columbus, OH, January 18 at the age of 63. He was preceded in death by father Floyd Griffith ’50. He is survived by mother Sally Kreidler Griffith ’50 and sister Anne Griffith Barrus ’80. Denny was a member of The OWU Tower Society and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Philip Valenziano ’75, of Colts Neck, NJ, December 12, 2015, at the age of 63. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Jeffrey Foerster ’76, of West Stockholm, NY, November 23, 2015, at the age of 61. He was a member of the OWU Athletic Hall of Fame and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Marilyn Miller ’76, of Ashland, OH, December 3, 2015, at the age of 61. She is survived by sister Maryjane Miller Hotaling ’83, brother-in-law Clark Hotaling ’83, and nephew Jackson Hotaling ’17. Marilyn was a teacher with Ashland City Schools for 35 years. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Erik McWilliams ’81, of Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, and Topanga, CA, died on January 9, 2016, at the age of 57. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Erik was fondly known to his patients as Dr. Erik and ran his practice out of his own healing arts center, Therapeutic Bodywork, in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, CA. His uncompromising and passionate drive to heal patients through the various modalities of Eastern medicine inspired all who were lucky enough to know him.
With a great sense of humor and deep passion for excellence, Erik often used the term “awesome” to express his enthusiasm for life. He will be lovingly remembered as the blond, athletically gifted 6’2” Viking Warrior who lived his life with integrity and honor.
Erik was born in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Sigrid B. McWilliams and the late Gordon B. McWilliams, and had resided in the Santa Monica area for the past 14 years. In 1977, Erik graduated from Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA). In 1981, he received a B.A. in Botany from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a vital member of both the varsity football and lacrosse teams.
Erik is survived by his mother, Sigrid B. McWilliams, of Williamstown, MA, his sister Anne Tantalo and her fiancé, John Pritchard, of Williamstown, MA, his sisters Karen McWilliams of Williamstown, MA, and Lué McWilliams of New York City, his niece, Sirianna Santacrose, of Williamstown, MA, and many dear cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a fund to be used for those who need Eastern medical care and cannot afford it. Checks can be made out to Master Hong Center and mailed to: c/o McWilliams, 138 Bulkley Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 For more on Erik's life, please visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/erik-mcwilliams-obituary?pid=1000000177385384
Merilyn Wilber ’86, of Little Compton, RI, December 12, 2015, at the age of 51.
Anthony Romanelli ’92, of Galena, OH, November 20, 2015, at the age of 46. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Brandon Sega ’13, of Columbus, OH, on December 23, 2015, at the age of 25. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Sydney Kay Durfey, of Delaware, OH, January 4 at the age of 74. She worked as secretary to the athletic director for 30 years.
Evelyn Hardesty Fisher, of Hilliard, OH, December 24, 2015, at the age of 80. She worked for Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Chloe Hedges, of Springfield, OH, November 2, 2015, at the age of 80. She worked for 23 years as a cook.
Paul “Tate” Holt, of Delaware, OH, November 11, 2015, at the age of 89. He was the manager of the OWU bowling lanes for several years.
Monique Lemaitre Leon, of Pittsburgh, PA, November 5, 2015, at the age of 81. She was a former professor.
Peggy Lusk, of Clarendon Hills, IL, April 27, 2015. She was a faculty member and a resident counselor in Austin Hall during the 1950s.
Peter Manicas, of Honolulu, HI, December 27, 2015. He was a former professor.
Leonard “Len” N. Russell, of Coldwater, MI, October 17, at the age of 93. During his 31-year tenure with OWU, Leonard was a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He mentored students who would become science and math teachers upon graduation, and since 1957, directed the Summer Institutes of the National Science Foundation. He also served for many years as faculty marshal and as secretary of the faculty. During the years OWU had a nursing program, Len taught a highly successful physics course tailored especially for nursing students. A devoted teacher and scholar, he received the Adam Poe Medal at his retirement in 1985 as professor emeritus. At a 2015 lecture at OWU, William Hsiao ’59, a preeminent economist at Harvard University, remembered how Dr. Russell mentored and advised him when he was a student. Others recall how Len lived a life based on the principles of humility, honesty, integrity, and compassion.
Len was one of two sons born to Alger and Marguerite Russell. His brother Harold, a civil engineer, died in Vietnam. His 1940 enrollment at Kalamazoo College in Michigan was interrupted by his service in the Air Force after Pearl Harbor, piloting a B-25 aircraft. He was awarded the Purple Heart for bringing his 6-man crew home safely when their plane was seriously damaged over China. Len returned to Kalamazoo post-war to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics in 1947 and to reunite with his fiancé Lavon Woodward. They were married in 1947 at Trinity Methodist Church in South Bend, IN, before moving to Columbus, OH, where Len completed a Ph.D. in nuclear physics at The Ohio State University in 1952. He worked at Monsanto in Miamisburg, OH, before joining the OWU faculty in 1954.
Len was a long-time active member of William Street United Methodist Church, serving in numerous capacities, including as a member of Bill’s Bells, a hand-bell choir. He also was a lifelong member of Kiwanis and was a skilled fisherman, canoeist, and gardener.
Len and Lavon, who passed in 2009, are survived by two daughters, Linda Russell Kuivinen and Janet R. Messaros; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Martha Jean Wilson, of Radnor, OH, December 11, 2015, at the age of 96. She was retired from food service.
Judith Hall, wife of professor emeritus David Hull, January 6 at the age of 75.
Marjorie Young Force ’51 and Debra Force ’75 for the loss of Marjorie’s husband and Debra’s father, Frank Force, December 12, 2015, at the age of 90.
Ronald Mayer ’51 for the loss of his husband of 52 years, Allen Fuller, August 9, 2014.
William Miller ’61 for the loss of his wife, Alicia Miller, February 2.
Sue Seeger Wiemer ’65 and Elizabeth Wiemer Freeman ’96 for the loss of Douglas Wiemer, Sue’s husband and Elizabeth’s father, November 13, 2015, in Toledo, OH.
Celeste DeBold Cherol ’73 for the loss of her son, Johnathan Conrad Cherol, October 28, 2015.
Beth Wittman ’74 for the loss of her father, Howard Wittman, October 13, 2015, at the age of 89.
Cheryl Daniels Medley ’76 for the loss of her husband, Charles Medley, January 19 at the age of 65.
Betsy Drew Dunn ’78 and Andy Dunn ’79 for the loss of Andy’s mother and Betsy’s mother-in-law, Sylvia Guild Dunn, October 31, 2015.
Jane Gumley Janiak ’78 and her sons Brian Janiak ’12 and Christopher Janiak ’08 for the loss of Jane’s father, Irwin Gumley, January 27, at the age of 88.
Ellen Defenderfer ’13 for the loss of her sister, Sarah Defenderfer, February 6.
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