In Memorium, Fall 2009
Rachel Jones Lane, formerly of Xenia, Ohio, died July 4, 2009, in Lebanon, Ohio. A member of the Xenia Church of Christ, she was a school teacher and basketball coach for many years. She also owned and operated Orchard Lane.
Robert T. Powell died May 1, 2009, in Lima, Ohio. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in Australia, the Philippines and Nagoya, Japan. In 1946, he founded the Powell Co., retiring in 1988. He held various positions in the International Sanitary Supply Association, was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and the Delphos American Legion.
Robert L. Klausmeier passed away June 11, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. In his early years, he was a civil engineer, welfare counselor and teacher at Parker High School in Dayton, Ohio. Later he served numerous churches as a minister throughout Indiana and Ohio, as well as serving as a professor of psychology and religion at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. He was the minister at numerous churches in Springfield, retiring as minister emeritus of High Street United Methodist Church. In retirement, he taught and counseled with the Springfield Public Schools. A 32nd degree Mason, he was chaplain with the Ohio Masonic Home for several years. In addition, he published numerous articles in Methodist religious publications.
Mary G. Sipes, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., died Nov. 17, 2006. She worked at several mental hospitals and psychiatric clinics for children before becoming a psychiatric social worker at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Paulette Cavagnet Spassoff died April 2, 2009, in West Palm Beach, Fla. A former French teacher, she was a member of the Unitarian Church.
Martha J. Wickham, Muncie, Ohio, passed away April 20, 2009. She taught home economics at schools in Leipsic, Ohio, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich., before being recruited to be director of the Home Management House at Ball State University. During her 31-year tenure there, she held positions as director of women’s activities, assistant dean of women, assistant dean of students and associate dean of students, from which she retired in 1976. Her memberships included High Street Methodist Church, Chi Omega sorority, the Y.W.C.A., Altrusa and the Riley Jones Club. She also served as an officer of the American Association of University Women and the Indiana Association of Women Deans and Counselors.
Ruth Yake Ermel of Carmel, Ind., died June 14, 2009. A member of Hazel Dell Christian Church and Kappa Delta sorority, she enjoyed golf, cards, gardening and winters in Florida.
Frances Repp Klesa, Stow, Ohio, died April 2, 2009. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She retired as a teacher from the Stow Schools in 1971.
William S. Rothe of Apple Valley, Calif., passed away Jan. 16, 2009. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served in the U.S. Army medical corps in the Pacific during World War II. A physician in general and family practice for 45 years in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Pomana, Calif., he was also a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Robert C. Turney died Feb. 19, 2007 in Indianapolis, Ind. He was employed as a chemist and purchasing agent at Lilly Industrial Coatings Co. Following his retirement in 1984, he spent winters in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. An avid golfer, his memberships included Sunnyside Road Baptist Church and several choral groups.
Mary Smith Wilcox of Dublin, Ohio, died June 3, 2009. A retired school teacher, she was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chi Omega sorority and Northwestern Women’s Club.
Donald L. George, Columbus, Ohio, passed away on May 10, 2009. A member of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he served as a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Korean Medal. A manager with the General Motors Insurance Corp. and a realtor with King Thompson, he was also a member of dance clubs, senior centers, the Northwest Lions Club and the National Leadership Honor Society.
Robert M. Lewis, Upper Arlington, Ohio, died March 25, 2009. During World War II, he served as an officer with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He worked as the assistant men’s physical director at the Central Y.M.C.A. before becoming a member of the faculty at Columbus South High School, where he taught physical education and history, and coached track and field and football. In 1955, he began a career as a home builder and developed, owned and operated two mobile-home parks. During his retirement years, he began a woodworking business.
Regina Kalos Prueter, Akron, Ohio, died Sept. 2, 2008. An active member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Akron, she was also involved as a 4-H leader for many years. She retired as a teacher from Lakemore Elementary School.
Robert E. Bornemann died May 3, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pa. A member of Dorm League, he had served as parish pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park, N.J., before becoming professor of Hebrew and Old Testament for 41 years at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He was also the director of the seminary choir from 1955 to 1990. A gifted musician who played the piano, recorder, organ and harpsichord, he was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Germantown.
Formerly of Findlay, Ohio, Rosemary Rakestraw Pratt died July 4, 2009, in Missouri City, Texas. She taught kindergarten with the Findlay Schools for more than 20 years and was a member of the First Lutheran Church and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. In her earlier years, she was a Campfire leader, and an avid knitter and sailor. Her greatest joy was spending summers at her cottage on Lake Erie.
Joann Tarbutton Minnick of Springfield, Ohio, died April 11, 2009. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she taught at Olive Branch and Tecumseh High Schools, and the Springfield City Schools G.E.D. program. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Young’s Jersey Dairy and as a sales representative with V.I.P. Resorts/Beaver Valley.
Margaret Borst Braumiller, Springfield, Ohio, died May 10, 2009. A member of the First United Church of Christ and Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she once taught elementary school in Columbus, Ohio, for several years.
Clifford H. Fox of Laguna Niguel, Calif., passed away April 29, 2009. During World War II, he served with the first division of the U.S. Marines in the Pacific where he participated in the Guadacanal campaign. He later joined the presidential guard protecting President Roosevelt at what is now Camp David. He began working at Calvert Fire Insurance Co. in 1949 and was transferred to California in 1952. He later became a claims supervisor with Ohio Casualty Insurance Co. where he spent the remainder of his career.
Nancy Schmidt Furay of Springfield, Ohio, died July 12, 2009. Her memberships included Covenant Presbyterian Church and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She also served as past treasurer of the Clark Memorial Home.
Richard K. Byerman of Springfield, Ohio, died July 10, 2009. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Philippine Islands. He retired from SPECO as a quality control engineer with 28 years service. An avid golfer, he was also accomplished at bowling, archery and bridge.
Charlotte Meyn Chaffee, Erie, Pa., died April 5, 2009. Her family operated five Holiday Inn Hotels in Jamestown, N.Y., and Erie, Edinboro and Oil City, Pa. She was an accomplished and gifted vocalist and vocal coach who served in the Luther Memorial Choir and was a frequent soloist with the Luther Memorial Concert Series. She was active in the Arts Council of Erie and was honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. A founder of the Luther Memorial Learning Center, she was also a member of Luther Memorial Church and the Tuesday Morning Music Club.
Laddie E. Farish of Portland, Ore., died Feb. 11, 2009. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was president and owner of Pacific Consolidated.
Richard G. Stolzenbach of Andover, Conn., and formerly of Wethersfield, Conn., passed away June 13, 2009. A member of First Congregational Church and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a partner with Stolzenbach Inc. and was active with the American Legion, the Andover Senior Citizens and the Newington Ski Club.
Don E. Moore Jr. of Upper Marlboro, Md., died April 12, 2009. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He began his career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, before going to Health and Human Services from where he retired in 1986.
Joseph W. Pival, Lexington, Ky., died April 17, 2009. He taught in the Fayette County Schools for 29 years before his retirement. A founding member of the Lexington Philharmonic, he was a conductor of the Lexington Youth Orchestra that played for President Kennedy.
Robert N. Anderson Jr. of Congers, N.Y., passed away on May 5, 2009. A member of All Saints Church in Valley Cottage, N.Y., and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He began his career at New York Telephone (now NYNEX) in 1953, retiring as director in 1992.
Formerly of Washington, D.C., David B. Orr died July 7, 2009, at his home in Fredericksburg, Va. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he was a highly regarded research psychologist, who had an outstanding career in the private sector and with the U.S. Dept. of Education. He specialized in education, social science research and evaluation projects. A nationally recognized expert in time-compressed speech as a learning tool, he taught extensively at several Washington, D.C., area universities, and authored several books and numerous articles in professional journals. He traveled widely, cultivated a lifelong interest in music and supported the performing arts in Fredericksburg, Washington, D.C., and Chautauqua, N.Y.
Ludwig E. Becker of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Greenport, N.Y., died May 6, 2009. He served as a communications yeoman with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock and the U.S.S. Coral Sea in 1946-48. He then joined his family’s business, F.W. Engels Inc., and worked there for more than four decades. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Fred D. Potts, Nancy, Ky., passed away March 21, 2009. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the paymaster’s department with the U.S. Marines. His career included teaching at the high school level in Springfield, Ohio, and retiring after 34 years as a computer programmer with Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was a foster parent, a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, an accomplished pilot, a scuba diving instructor, a long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and a swimming instructor at the Y.M.C.A.
Joseph H. Beaver Jr. of Westminster, Md., died May 8, 2009. He taught English and coached soccer in the Carroll County School System from 1956 to 1962. He then joined Union National Bank as a branch manager and later became a vice president and board member. He served as the bank’s president from 1971 to 1996. His memberships included St. John Catholic Church, Phi Mu Delta fraternity, the Greater Westminster Development Corp., Carroll County General Hospital, the Carroll Community College Foundation Board and the county’s Economic Development Commission.
Jack T. Lawrence of Canal Fulton, Ohio, died May 31, 2009. A member of the Barberton Church of Christ and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army. He retired from Diamonite in Shreve. His interests included roller skating, sailing, biking and golf.
John W. Hayes III passed away June 1, 2009, at his home in South Easton, Mass. He retired as a vice president of the North Easton Savings Bank in 1986 and continued as incorporator until his death. He loved to golf, and was a member of Christ Congregational Church and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Leslie Kennedy Jr. of Medina, Ohio, passed away May 13, 2009. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he retired from Ameritech with 38 years of service. He was an avid hunter and golfer.
Donald L. Kyle, Akron, Ohio, died June 13, 2009. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He spent the majority of his career in the insurance business.
George C. Shoemaker of London, Ohio, passed away March 21, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy 1948-49 and as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After 35 years of employment, he retired as fleet manager from the Dial Corp. His memberships included St. Patrick Church, American Legion Post 105, the London Jaycees and the London City Council.
Elizabeth Leffler Szabo, Youngstown, Ohio, died Nov. 8, 2008. At one time she was the executive director at the International Institute.
Jean Matsumoto Baird, Wooster, Ohio, passed away April 19, 2009. Before beginning her career with the City of Wooster, she taught English and speech at Shawnee Local High School. In Wooster, she was the community services division manager, director of service, director of service/development and director of administration, retiring in 2001. She was known for her tireless volunteer activities to improve the quality of life for everyone. Her memberships included Gamma Phi Beta sorority and numerous community organizations. She was the recipient of many awards and honors: the Women of Achievement Award, the Main Street Wooster Award, the Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame, an international Athena award, Quotarian of the Year and a Heroes award by the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Formerly of Detroit, Mich., Judith A. Perry died April 11, 2009, in Sebring, Fla. She was an office clerk for Wicks, Brown and Williams at the time of her retirement. Her memberships included First United Methodist Church, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and Sebring Lakes Poets.
John P. “Jack” Agle, Columbus, Ohio, passed away April 30, 2009. He worked as a civil engineer for several consulting firms before retiring as vice president of facilities with Equitable Federal Savings, Lancaster, Ohio. His memberships included Columbia Heights Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Clark Lodge #101, Grand Lodge of Ohio, F&AM, Yorkrite Bodies, Scottish Rite, FFA, 4H and served as a scout master with the Boy Scouts of America.
Gerald R. “Jerry” Lorentz of Bellville, Ohio, died June 23, 2009. His memberships included Little Washington Congregational Church, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Ohio Genealogy Society, First Families of Ohio and the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio. A teacher and coach at Troy High School and with the Mansfield City School System, he retired in 1989. He was a United States Tennis Association professional and was inducted into the Lakewood Racket Club Tennis Hall of Fame. Other interests included boating, motorcycles, camping, traveling and golf. He was a master singer and was accomplished in both guitar and piano.
James L. Wallace of Grand Rapids, Mich., died April 11, 2009. A member of Dorm League, he co-founded Big Bear Land Management Inc. in 1975. He served as its president until he sold the business in 1993, but he continued to work for the firm until his retirement in 2003.
Arnold L. Tiemeyer died May 31, 2009, in Norristown, Pa. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he began his career with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a parish pastor in Waterloo, Iowa, and Chicago, Ill. For 17 years, he worked at the national office, rising to assistant executive director for the Division for Missions in North America. From 1985-95, he was president of Lutheran Home at Germantown, a social services agency in Northwest Philadelphia. In 1989, he proposed opening Betak, an AIDS facility, which closed in 1997. From 1995 – 2000, he was vice president for senior health at the Jefferson Health System before becoming interim director for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania. In June 2008, he resigned after nine years on the board of the Philadelphia Senior Center. His many awards included an honorary doctorate of divinity in 1985.
Natalie Howard Wheeler died in Columbus, Ohio, on April 29, 2009. She worked at Ohio Bell and wrote for the Columbus Dispatch before moving to the Troy Daily News where she co-authored two popular weekly columns. She was also a teacher with the Troy Public Schools and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. An avid golfer and tennis player, she won many championships.
James E. Kunde, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, died Feb. 10, 2009, in Arlington, Texas. A proud father with extensive family ties to Wittenberg, James began his public service career with an internship in the city manager’s office of Dayton, Ohio, where he eventually 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 taught in the ELS program at Northwest Christian Church that was founded and administrated by his wife of 48 years, Diana Hudson Kunde ’63. A Texas master naturalist, he volunteered at the Molly Hollar Wildscape in Veterans Park in Arlington.
Catherine Kayuha Marcia of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, passed away April 4, 2009. She taught art with the Lewiston Porter School System in New York, the Park School of Buffalo and the Aurora and Chagrin Falls School Systems in Ohio. She was also a skilled weaver, painter, illustrator and potter.
Phi Kappa Psi fraternity member, Ted Morford of Bozeman, Mont., passed away July 12, 2009. He worked with the Kirby Co. and R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co., before becoming the owner and president of Big Sky Racks, a business that makes specialized vehicular gun racks for law enforcement and the sportsman.
Berle J. Nash of Pendleton, Ore., died May 11, 2009. A member of the Catholic Church, he served as a clerk in the U.S. Army at Ford Ord in California. He began his career as a county assessor in Linn County before teaching high school art and history, and serving as a counselor in the Athena-Weston Schools for 28 years. After his retirement in 1995, he taught for four years at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and was a manager at Inland Northwest Musicians.
Edward G. Lowry Sr., Sidney, Ohio, passed away April 22, 2009. He began his teaching career at Fort Loramie High School before becoming a math, science and history teacher and the principal at Fairlawn High School. Following his retirement from education in 1987, he worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation until 1999. He was a life member of the Ohio Education Association, Antioch NSF and the Republican Party.
Kathleen A. Hogan of Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 18, 2009. She was a nurse for the Junior Vocational School for 21 years, retiring in 1988. Her memberships included St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
David L. Grabowski of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., passed away May 20, 2009. A member of the Christian Church and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he won numerous awards and owned several business including Caribbean Hotel Services and Regency Software. He was also prominent in the business association dedicated to renovating Ft. Lauderdale beach and volunteered with many local charities.
James T. Holcomb, Hamilton, Ohio, died March 11, 2007. He had retired as an industrial arts instructor from New Miami High School. Following his retirement, he was a sales representative with Coldwell Banker Realty.
Craig Edwards, Bluffton, Ohio, died June 14, 2009. He was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America in July 1971 and served churches in Mansfield, McClure, McZenna and Lakeville, Ohio, prior to his retirement in 2003. He also served on the Ohio Council of Churches for six years during his career. He was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.
Kathryn Deaner Perkins, Benton Harbor, Mich., passed away July 14, 2009. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she taught mathematics for 27 years at various levels and served as a school counselor for 20 years at Forest Hills Central Woodlands and Central Middle School. She was a devoted member of Calvary Non-Denominational Church where she was involved in the youth program and prison ministry fellowship.
Terry A. Kesler, Lima, Ohio, died May 14, 2009. A charter member of the Lima Astronomy Club, he had a love for dogs and for all things of nature.
Charlotte Weatherspoon Harris, Alliance, Ohio, died May 12, 2009. A licensed social worker at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, she was involved in many charitable causes and attended St. Luke Church.
Steven R. Allen passed away on May 2, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. He began his career at newspapers in Bucyrus and Xenia before working at the law firm of Berger, Newmark and Fenchel for 25 years. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Carl P. Berwaldt, Lexington, S.C., died May 12, 2007. At one time he was a vice president with the Thomas Somerville Co., Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Stephen P. Forsberg died March 2, 2009, in Washington, D.C., where he had lived and worked at many of its businesses and organizations for more than 20 years. He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church.
Rebecca L. Miller died April 28, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. For many years she served as a soccer coach with the CYO League.