Scott ’76 and Carol Pfeifer Strawn ’75 Call Wittenberg Their Second Home
If Scott and Carol Strawn could relive a time in their lives, they would certainly consider their Wittenberg years. Ardent supporters of their alma mater with their time, talent and treasure, Scott and Carol look back at their college days as providing a foundation not only for their professional success but their personal lives as well.
“Wittenberg provided an opportunity to grow, learn and develop before stepping into the ‘real’ world,” said Carol, who majored in business administration at Wittenberg. “It also afforded a foundation for thinking, exploring and decision-making as one moves along through the trials of life.”
“Family members, including our son John ’07 and more than 20 who have attended Wittenberg, have had the greatest impact on my life,” added Scott, a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and also a business administration major. “Influences that started in college and continue today are the relationships I have developed at Wittenberg.”
Their love of the place is evident in their actions. In addition to volunteering at various college fairs in and around Cleveland to assist with university recruitment efforts, Scott and Carol are also founding members of the Parents Leadership Circle as well as members of the Benjamin Prince Society and Parents Executive Committee. Scott is also active with Beta Theta Pi. Their dedicated service recently made them the clear choice for the university’s most prestigious alumni prize, The Class of 1914 Award, given to individuals from the university community who have served Wittenberg above and beyond what might be expected of any contributor to the college’s welfare.
As a self-employed CPA, formerly with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. and Reliance Electric, and active member of the Greater Cleveland Boy Scouts, Scott provides advisory services for small businesses and individuals. Carol is a daycare teacher and kindergarten aide following a 10-year career in the mortgage lending industry. Together, they never pass up an opportunity to share the Wittenberg story with others. “It’s important to emphasize the importance of passing on knowledge and the traditions of Wittenberg to young alumni,” Scott says. “In so doing, the torch will burn brightly for generations.”