In Memoriam Summer 2009
James M. Schooler Sr. of Durham, N.C., died Jan. 1, 2009. A retired principal with the Durham Public Schools, he was the recipient of the Durham Public Education Network’s 2006 Josephine Dobbs Clement Award for his many years as an educator. He was active with the John Avery Boys and Girls Club, and White Rock Baptist Church.
Emilie Sollars Lemen died Dec. 8, 2008, in Springfield, Ohio. A lifelong member of High Street United Methodist Church, she was also active with Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the Young Woman’s Mission. Early in her life, she was a teacher with the Washington Court House School System.
Julia Enck Sharrock Geary, formerly of Ashland, Ohio, died Aug. 8, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. A member of First Christian Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was the first woman president of the Ashland United Appeals Board.
Mary Catharine Grisso Geeting died Feb. 21, 2008, in Springfield, Ohio.
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio, Florence Gunsett Heffner passed away Nov. 2, 2008, in Haslett, Mich. An owner and operator of the Travelodge Motel, she also served 15 years as a substitute teacher with the Mansfield City Schools. Her memberships included St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, the Democratic Party and the American Association of University Women.
Jeanne Harris Roberts of Fredericksburg, Va., died Jan. 26, 2009. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Chi Omega sorority. During her career, she was a teacher, a price assistant with OPA and the alumnae adviser to the Chi Omega chapter at the University of Buffalo.
G. Alice Crauder, formerly of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away Jan. 15, 2009, in Kettering, Ohio. She was a teacher, principal and assistant administrator with the Mad River School System for 28 years. In 1969, she retired from Southdale School in Kettering after seven years and was a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church and Cypress Lake United Methodist Church.
Emma Heck Taussig died Feb. 12, 2009, in Westport, N.Y. She had a successful career as a social worker in child welfare and retired in 1984 from the Graham-Windham Child Care Agency, New York, N.Y. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan.
Gordon A. Carlson, formerly of Wadsworth, Ohio, died Oct. 10, 2007, in Bradenton, Fla. A member of the Presbyterian Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he retired in 1982 as a senior research associate with PPG Industries, Barberton, Ohio. He authored several technical papers and held 10 U.S. patents.
William E. Carlson of Accident, Md., died Nov. 1, 2008. He worked at Artisan Metal Works, the Federal Reserve Bank and the Brush Development Corp., before serving in the 99th infantry division and first infantry division with the U.S. Army during World War II. As a Lutheran minister, he pastored the three churches of the parish in Accident for 35 years before his retirement as pastor emeritus in 1989. He held many positions in the old West Virginia Synod and the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod, and was very active in community activities before and after his retirement.
Jean Hair Snell, formerly of Troy, Ohio, died Jan. 11, 2008, in Ft. Myers, Fla. A homemaker for most of her life, she taught business education with the Bethel Township and Troy school systems. Her memberships included the First Congregational Church of Christ in Sanibel Island, Fla., Delta Zeta sorority and the Troy chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Robert J. Marshall died Dec. 22, 2008, in Allentown, Pa. He was a professor of the Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill., before becoming president of the Illinois synod of the Lutheran Church of America in 1962. He was later elected president of the Lutheran Church of America. After 10 years, he stepped down to teach at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He was also a president of Lutheran World Relief, a finance moderator of the World Council of Churches and served on boards of various colleges, hospitals and social service agencies. Honorary national chair of “The Campaign for Wittenberg” between 1979-82, he was twice awarded honorary degrees and received the Class of 1914 Award. In 1978, Wittenberg established a scholarship in his honor.
Mary Crocker O’Shaughnessey passed away Feb. 11, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. A homemaker, she held membership at First United Presbyterian Church, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Way among other organizations. She also volunteered with many service organizations in her community.
Suzanne Bulkley Baker, Zanesville, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2009. Her memberships included St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Zanesville Art Center, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pioneer Historical Society and the Bethesda Guild. She was a substitute teacher with the Zanesville Public Schools and volunteered at the local hospital.
Alleen A. Johnson of Urbana, Ohio, died Aug. 23, 2008. A former teacher, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
Nedra Daley Dils, Dolores, Colo., passed away Jan. 21, 2009. She is one of 10 alumni who for more than 65 years continued a round robin letter tradition begun at the time of their graduation. Her rich and full life included being a homemaker, teaching English as a second language, writing stories, quilting, gardening and traveling.
Mary Crockett McClure died Feb. 1, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. A member of Oakland Presbyterian Church and Delta Zeta sorority, she was a teacher with the Springfield Local School District, retiring from Possum Elementary School in 1978.
Wray C. Smith ’46S, ’68H, Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Oct. 10, 2008. He was ordained in 1946 and accepted his first call as pastor at Second Trinity Lutheran Church in Dayton, Ohio. His second call was to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mansfield, Ohio, where he served from 1948 until his retirement in 1989. He was also the founder of Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Ashland. Following his retirement, he served as interim pastor and supply pastor at numerous congregations in northeastern Ohio. An active member of the community, he received many awards throughout his lifetime, including Outstanding Citizen of Ohio in 1988 and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Wittenberg in 1968.
John W. Boyer, formerly of Ohio and Wisconsin, died Oct. 3, 2008, in Jacksonville, Fla. A member of the Catholic Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served as a corporal/map draftsman with the intelligence section at Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters in Manilla during World War II. He was a vice president of sales with Sunoco Products Co. in Waukesha, Wis.
William D. Schaffer ’49S, a Lutheran minister, died Jan. 17, 2009, in Amherst, Mass. He served two churches in Detroit, Mich.: Advent for nine years and Cross of Glory for 33 years, retiring in 1991. He then moved to Massachusetts where he served as a supply preacher with several churches and became a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Holyoke. He was also a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity.
Allan H. Hauck, Racine, Wis., passed away Feb. 16, 2009. As a Lutheran minister, he served churches in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana. He was professor of religion and philosophy at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb., before becoming professor of religion at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., retiring in 1989 as professor emeritus. An author and lecturer, he was an internationally recognized authority on reply coupons. He served as editor of The Reply Coupon Collector and published a number of specialized catalogs and contributed regularly to philatelic journals and magazines. President of Collectors of Religion on Stamps and active in the Association of Lutheran Faculties, he was a devoted member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Kenosha.
Rachel Fralick Leimer of Slater, Iowa, died Feb. 15, 2009. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. From 1950-53, she was an instructor in biology at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. From 1972-74, she was a member of the faculty at Des Moines Area Community College. For 14 years, she served as a staff nurse in the special care nursery at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, retiring in 1986. From 1991-96, she was an employee of Slater Public Library.
Hamlin A. Smith of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Indian Head Park, Ill., died July 7, 2008. A member of the Lutheran Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served as a first lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired in 1990 as president of FCS Industries Inc.,
Jean Sieck Misch, formerly of Wapakoneta, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2008, in Otterbein, Ohio. A homemaker, she retired as a librarian and monitor with the Wapakoneta City Schools. A member of First English Lutheran Church, Chi Omega sorority, and the Helen Hunt Circle, she volunteered with the Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Edward T. Bloom passed away Jan. 19, 2009, in Avon Lake, Ohio. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and American Legion Post 211, he served with the U.S. Army Fifth division during World War II in North Africa and Italy. For more than 30 years, he was a manager with Fisher Body, a division of General Motors. He was an active volunteer with Avon Lake High School athletics.
T. Robert Bergman, Temecula, Calif., died Dec. 29, 2008. A member of Dorm League, he served as a seaman first class with the U.S. Navy during World War II. As an ordained Lutheran minister, he served churches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California.
John W. Brown of Alliance, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2008. A member of Hilltop Lutheran Church, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a torpedoman first class in the Pacific Theater, Guadacanal and Iwo Jima. He was formerly employed by the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office, General Motors, Westinghouse and Metal Forge Co., where he was a quality control manager.
Robert L. Whitenack, Evansville, Ind., died Jan. 21, 2009. A member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and Dorm League, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Islands. As an ordained Lutheran minister, he served as a parish pastor with the Indiana/Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 40 years, including churches in Madisonville, Ky., and Batesville, North Liberty, Hoagland, and Evansville, Ind. He retired in 1992.
David H. Clingman of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Jan. 1, 2009. During World War II, he served as a yeoman third class with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. He retired from Shawnee High School as a band and orchestra director after 32 years. His memberships included Central United Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, BPO Elks Lodge and the American Federation of Musicians.
John E. Robinson died on Dec. 25, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he enjoyed a successful career as a corporate attorney with Hughes Aircraft for 35 years.
Jeanne Wright Nichols died May 26, 2008, at her home in London, Ohio. For many years, she taught at Norwood and Frey Elementary Schools in West Jefferson, Ohio. Her memberships included the First Presbyterian Church, Chi Omega sorority, Delphian Literary Society, Friends of the London Pulic Library, the Madison County and Ohio Retired Teachers Associations and The Ohio State University Women’s Medical Service Board.
Clayton D. Rockhold Jr. of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Jan. 20, 2009. He was a sergeant in the military police for two years with the U.S. Army. His career included serving as a probation officer in the Clark County Juvenile Court, the athletic director at the Center Street YMCA, the assistant director for Camp Evergreen, a basketball official and a counselor at Clark County Joint Vocational School from where he retired in 1988 after 21 years. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, the Ohio Vocational Association and Elderly United of Clark County.
Patricia Graham Soquel died Jan. 26, 2009, in Akron, Ohio. A former employee of The Ohio State University Hospital and Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, she was a member of Chi Omega sorority.
Mary Sue Stegmier Welch, Cedar Springs, Mich., passed away Jan. 30, 2009. An elementary school teacher in East Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs, she continued to volunteer in the classroom following her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Richard T. Archer, Johnson City, Texas, died Jan. 3, 2009. A member of First Christian Church and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served as a sergeant with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He retired as manager of physical distribution from The Trane Co., Tyler, Texas.
Jean Degenhard Godard of Akron, Ohio, passed away on Feb. 17, 2009. A member of Faith Lutheran Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she enjoyed her many years of teaching in the Akron Public School System. As a volunteer, she was active with the Junior League of Akron, Keep Akron Beautiful and Hospice Care Center.
Marilyn Maus Scribner of Billings, Mont., died Nov. 26, 2008. Most of her career was spent in Dayton, Ohio, working at the YMCA and serving as director of aquatics with the City of Dayton and as a senior swimming instructor at Sinclair College. She moved to Billings in 2001, where she was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church. She was also a member of Delta Zeta sorority.
Donna Metzger Funk, Toledo, Ohio, died Dec. 18, 2008. She began her teaching career in Shelby, Ohio, before moving to the Maumee Schools. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she became a world traveler following her retirement.
Richard R. Johnston passed away Jan. 2, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, who served two combat tours in Vietnam and numerous overseas assignments in Korea, France and Germany. After retiring from the Army, he joined the family business, Don Johnston Insurance Agency. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Lions Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
William E. Norman of Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 23, 2009. A member of St. Teresa Catholic Church and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he served as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman in the South Pacific during World War II. His ribbons included the presidential unit citation with one star, the Asiatic-Pacific campaign ribbon with two stars and the Guam liberation ribbon. He retired from the Springfield News-Sun where he was a reporter for many years and later retired from the J.C. Penney Co. An active member of his community, he received the Lt. Henry Addison Beckley Award for distinguished service to community, state and nation with an emphasis on military and aviation-related activities. He played a leading role in establishing and supporting the Marine Corps Junior R.O.T.C. detachment at Springfield South High School, volunteering more than 4,000 hours of classroom time, assisting financially and serving as mentor to many.
Lucille Percier Thompson of Charlotte, N.C., died Feb. 24, 2009. She held several secretarial positions during her career, but her passion was art. She was a longtime member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists and the Charlotte Art Guild. In 1974, her piece titled “Charleston Flower Ladies” won Best in Show. Other memberships included the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
James H. Beck, Canton, Ohio, died Feb. 9, 2009. He practiced law for more than 50 years, volunteering his services for the A.C.L.U. His memberships included Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the Lions Club, the U.S. Power Squadron and numerous professional organizations.
Edward E. Huston of Naples, Fla., and Mariposa, Calif., died Nov. 16, 2008. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served as a captain with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk in Louisiana during the Vietnam War. He began his medical career in obstetrics and gynecology in Mansfield, Ohio, before moving to California in 1972 to continue his career with Kaiser Permanente. He retired in 1999.
A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Frederick C. Michelson of Waverly, Ohio, died Jan. 31, 2009. He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of Chillicothe, where he began his ministry in June 1959. He also pastored in Streetsboro, Canton, Akron and Austintown, Ohio, before retiring in 1999.
Carol Tygun Schutt of Sun City West, Ariz., and McFarland, Wis., passed away March 10, 2009. A speech therapist and high school English/study skills teacher, she worked for Racine County, the Racine Vocational School, St. Bonaventure High School and St. Catherine’s High School. She was a member of McFarland Lutheran Church.
John D. Lammi, Rockledge, Fla., died June 27, 2008. A former teacher and coach, he had been an addiction counselor for 20 years. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Thelma Steele Streber of Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2009. A registered nurse, she was a shift supervisor at Community Hospital, retiring in 1989 after 40 years of service. She was a member of Trinity Missionary Church and active with the Community Hospital School of Nursing Alumni.
James E. Kunde, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, died Feb. 10, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. His career in public service began with an internship with the city manager’s office in Dayton, Ohio, where he became the city manager. He was the first administrator of Jackson County, Mo., development director for Kansas City, program director for the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, director of the Public Service Institute of North Central Ohio and executive director of the Coalition to Improve Management in State and Local Government. He taught strategic planning, conflict management and other courses for the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. He served as a trainer/consultant on overseas assignments for SUPA in the Ukraine, Serbia and Montenegro. Also a consultant with countless city and county governments, he was a fellow of the National Academy for Public Administration. During his retirement, he operated an ESL program at Northwest Christian Church, where he was also a member. A Texas master naturalist, he volunteered at the Molly Hollar Wildscape in Veterans Park in Arlington.
Carl E. Beers of Englewood, Ohio, died March 9, 2009. In the 1960s, he was an educational adviser at the Advanced Teachers College in Kano, Nigeria, where he established an instructional material department. He taught school in western Pennsylvania for seven years and retired from the Dayton Board of Education in Ohio as an administrator after 28 years of service. A member of numerous professional organizations, St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Englewood American Legion Post, he received the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award in 1996 in recognition of his extensive volunteer service.
William R. Werst, Springfield, Ohio, died Nov. 24, 2008. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Mariana Islands and Saipan. He retired from the supply department at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. His memberships included Central United Methodist Church, St. Andrews Lodge #619 F&AM, Springfield Kiwanis, Sons of the American Revolution and the Clark County Historical Society.
Ned W. Landis, Roseburg, Ore., died Feb. 27, 2009. He served his country as the executive officer of the Coast Guard station on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, Calif. For most of his career, he served as a Lutheran minister at parishes in Oregon and Washington. An active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, he retired in 2005 from the Children Services Division.
Mary Smith Bruner passed away Jan. 9, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. After a successful business career, she began teaching in the Northeastern School District. During her 31 years as an elementary school teacher, she pioneered several classroom programs and was the recipient of a Martha Holden Jennings Scholarship Honor for exemplary teaching.
Robert E. Patterson Sr. of Marietta, Ohio, passed away Jan. 3, 2009. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. After working at B.F. Goodrich Tire Shop, he began his teaching career in New Carlisle, Ohio. He moved to Marietta Junior High School, retiring after 25 years. His memberships included the American Legion, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Church of Christ where he preached and was an elder.
A member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Lynne Harvey Grandstaff died Nov. 23, 2008 in Manassas, Va. Her career included working as a specifications writer and editor at the CH2M Hill engineering firm. She was a staff reporter, editorial page editor and managing editor with the Potomac News, winning four Virginia Press Association awards for editorial writing. She also was an information officer with the Northern Virginia Community College and an English teacher at Osbourn Park High School before joining the Washington Business Journal as a copy editor and Washington Technology Magazine as managing editor and production editor.
Allen M. Lehmkuhl of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Dec. 6, 2008. A practicing attorney, he had also served as a magistrate. He was considered a historian on the Civil War and World War II.
Linda Kransteuber Howe, Venice, Fla., died Nov. 6, 2006. The former owner of Office Outfitters, she recently worked in the health care field. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.
James E. Lear, Alliance, Ohio, passed away Feb. 28, 2009. A teacher and swim coach at Alliance High School for more than 31 years, he was the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He also coached the Elks summer swim team and little league baseball. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he had been active with the Ulster Project for many years, including two years as a director.
Charlotte Swann Nelson, Webster, N.Y., died Oct. 6, 2008. A member of Webster Presbyterian Church and Kappa Delta sorority, she taught biology for several years before becoming a homemaker. She was an active volunteer with many organizations in her community, including the Webster School District, Young Audiences and the Leukemia Association. In recent years she was a volunteer coordinator at the Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Jon R. Koppenhoefer of Springfield, Ohio, passed away March 8, 2009. A former interior design instructor at the Springfield Museum of Art, he had been a grants coordinator with the Springfield Urban League and Community Center.
Susan A. Schuyler died Feb. 8, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio, where she had been a travel agent for the past 20 years. She was a member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church, the Maple Grove Players Drama Group, the PAWS ministry and a choir.
Gregory A. Shannon passed away Jan. 31, 2009. He was self-employed as an accountant at Greg Shannon Accounting Services in Avon Lake, Ohio, for the past 30 years. His memberships included Holy Spirit Church and the AMVETS Club.
Phyllis L. Gresham, Ridgeland, S.C., passed away Nov. 7, 2008. She was an active member of Briarwood Church. An internal medicine and hypertension physician, she amassed many advanced degrees and honors.
Sissel A. Ekaas passed away June 24, 2005. Before her laudable service as the deputy special representative of the secretary-general for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritea, she had a distinguished career in the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as with her country’s government.
Anne Lipe Zielenbach, Hilliard, Ohio, died Sept. 1, 2008. A member of North Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Sigma Kappa sorority, she was employed by the J. Jill Store.
Florence Southerland MacLean passed away Nov. 20, 2008, in Springfield, Ohio. A business secretary, she was a clerk and legal secretary in the U.S. Civil Service at military bases in Alabama and South Carolina during World War II. In the early 1960s, she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in the Aerospace Technical Intelligence Center. Later she was a secretary in the Dept. of English at Wittenberg. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Woman’s Town Club.
Judith Kading Marlow of Howard, Ohio, passed away Feb. 9, 2009. Ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1998, she served the congregations of Messiah Lutheran Church, Moundsville, W.Va., and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, New Martinsville, W.Va., for 10 years until her retirement in 2008. In 2007, she opened Judy’s Place, a transitional home where women and their children are lifted out of domestic violence.
Brandon L. Barnett of Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2008. A warranty administrator with Konecrans, he loved baseball, and played and sang with a gospel group.