Looking Back on the Buxton Years
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Table of Contents Saying Goodbye to
With this issue we bid a fond farewell to John and Pam Buxton, who led the Academies for the last 17 years. The list of accomplishments and impact the two have had on the Academies, on the town of Culver, and on Marshall County is substantial. Always looking to the future, John Buxton led by example and challenged himself every day to make Culver better. And throughout his tenure there was one constant: Students first.
Retired and Remembered In addition to the Buxtons, seven faculty-staff members retired after the 2015-16 school year with emeritus status. Together, these individuals totaled 210 years of continuous service. This group includes the duo of Maj. Bill Browne (35 years) and Linda Browne (32), Joe Horvath (34), Kathy Lintner (31), Steve Schumerth (29), Candy Koehn (25), and Doug Haberland (24).
‘Down to earth, casual, open and honest’ is how 2016 Graduate of the Year U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan W’78, ’83 was described at ceremonies during Alumni Reunion Weekend. At the allschool meeting, the junior senator from Alaska shared life lessons learned at Culver and in Washington, D.C.
2 Letters to the Editor 3 Editorial 4 Views & Perspectives 12 Sports Highlights 44 Alumni Class News 50 Culver Clubs International 52 Passings in Review
Honored to Serve
On Our Cover While they were always on the go, the Buxtons also took time to smell the roses, to enjoy the little things. This photo of John and Pam in a reflective moment was taken by Director of Strategic Marketing Bill Hargraves W’72, ’77.
Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual – mind, spirit, body – through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character.
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Remembering Hartley I read in the Spring 2016 Alumni magazine that John Hartley had passed away. I was a student in his British Literature class during the late 1960s. We always called him Captain Hartley because he had been a captain in the English army, I presumed during the Second World War. He always took a great and personal interest in his students, including me. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and delight in the subject matter made his classes interesting. He will be missed. Roger Karny ’70 Denver
The Culver Adventure Editor’s Note: The following letter was written to a young man about to enter his third class year at Culver Upper School and become the third generation to attend Summer Schools & Camps. Written by his uncle, a graduate of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, it details what the boy can expect during his first summer. It was sent to us by the boy’s mother, who spent years listening to the stories told by her brother and father about their Culver Summer experiences. I have been wanting to speak with you about the adventure you are about to embark on at Culver. Let me start by saying that you are a very lucky young man. Culver was probably the single most important personal experience I had while growing up. It taught me about discipline and accountability and teamwork and the freedom that comes with commitment. It taught me about the world, because you are going to meet people from everywhere across the globe. It taught me
about the pursuit of a single goal; you will hear about the “E” award when you get out there and get to pursue that with your Company. And most of all, it was fun. It’s a gorgeous campus and sports playground; with rules. Follow the rules; don’t forget that. Which brings me to this: I’m your uncle and I love you. But I think it’s very important for you to understand at this point in your life is that all of the great things you have already accomplished thus far will not mean squat when you go back to school in the fall as a sophomore. They are in the past, and will have little bearing on your future. You have an opportunity to do something special with your talents and abilities. You are a natural leader and a solid athlete. But you are not great; not yet. To be great you have to stand the test of time and continually improve. To be great you have to be committed to your long-term goals and do what it takes to reach them. That means sacrifice and discipline and maturing before your peers and competitors are ready to. Culver will help you in these respects. You will be challenged, and questioned, and pushed in some areas that might make you a little uncomfortable. Embrace it. You are in the one percent that get this kind of opportunity. When they tell you the first week about some of the things that will get you sent home from camp, don’t doubt it. You will have the opportunity to learn some life skills that might be the difference between making All-Area or All-State or All-American; a college scholarship or paying your own way; or being an Olympian or not. Dream big! Most of all, my nephew, it is going to be a really fun summer. I’m very excited for you and I’m looking forward to planning a visit for one of the garrison parades. Culver remains to this day some of the fondest memories of my life. And pretty soon you will know what reveille, the “E,” and “big 10: are all about. If you have any questions before you leave let me know.
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ADVANCEMENT OFFICE ALUMNI RELATIONS Director Alan Loehr Jr. Legion President Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock '76 (U.S. Army, Retired) Falls Church, Virginia CSSAA President E. "Ted" Foster W'89 Columbus, Ohio
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INTERNATIONAL OFFICER Tony Giraldi ’75
A Word from the Editor The Buxtons stop here … and so do I Photo by Tammy Durbin.
This is a very special issue of Culver Alumni Magazine in so many ways. Obviously, this issue bids goodbye and good luck to our retired Head of Schools John Buxton and his wife Pam. It is my sincere hope that this issue does justice to the accomplishments and impact they had on the Academies. They touched my life in a positive way, and the lives of thousands of Culver people. This issue also honors our faculty and staff retirees, stalwart veterans in key roles such as Maj. Bill Browne and his wife Linda Browne, Kathy Lintner, Joe Horvath, Steve Schumerth, and Candy Koehn. These are big shoes to be filled. We also pay tribute to our 2016 Graduate of the Year, Sen. Dan Sullivan W’78, ’83, the junior senator from Alaska, as well as the graduating Class of 2016 and the 2016 reunion classes.
By Doug Haberland Editor
And after almost 24 years, it is also my last issue as the Editor of Culver Alumni Magazine. By the time you read this I will have retired. My desk will be cleaned off and tidied up (for a change), my personal belongings and Culver memories boxed up. “Out of the office” will pop up on email and voicemail will instruct you who to call.
I consider myself very fortunate to have had two rewarding and fulfilling careers — one in newspaper journalism and another in educational journalism. Both of them provided me with the opportunity to stretch, to grow, and to challenge myself as a person and as a professional. I have spent most of my life in two very different Indiana cities — though they are only 70 miles apart. I have made lifelong friends in both and have had the good fortune to work with consummate professionals who taught me a lot and took their work seriously — but were always able to enjoy a good laugh. I have met extraordinary people (usually of the everyday variety) and have been a witness to and a chronicler of history. I have been able to share stories about amazing people, places, and things. Though not an alumnus, after more than two decades of being infused and involved with the Academies — its alumni, parents, faculty, staff, employees, and students — and all that this place is, I cannot help but think that “no matter where I roam, ’tis Culver, Culver, Culver.” It has been a personal honor and privilege to be your Editor. Thank you for the opportunity, for your friendship, and for your unfailing love and support for Culver. Happy Trails …
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Views & Perspectives (in the rearview mirror)
John Buxton leaves Culver having made great strides This final Views & Perspectives is an edited version of the address Head of Schools John N. Buxton made to The Culver Educational Foundation Trustees and Trustee Emeriti at the May 7, 2016, meeting.
he goal for any Head of Schools, in my mind, is to reduce matters to their most simplistic form and then act on them honestly and objectively. So this is how it all began and what I have learned in the process. Eighteen years ago I had only heard of military schools three times, not counting Norwich, the Service Academies, and OCS (Officer Candidate School). The first was when a young man from southern California walked into my Admissions Office at St. Paul’s School and told me he wanted to apply for our 10th grade. He went to CMA and wanted to leave. “I want to attend Stanford and your school gets more kids into Stanford than mine does,” he said. “I might have a better chance if I did not spend so much time marching tours for demerits.” I had no concept of “tours” and why anyone would do this. I loved his honesty and goal orientation and I admitted him. He went to Stanford; and we became lifelong friends. The second was when my youngest brother became a part-time athletic trainer at Fork Union Military Academy
while doing graduate work. Pam and I spent a day touring the school. It just seemed like so many schools we had seen.
should consider looking into carefully. They were the salesforce sent to recruit me. Pam and I visited the campus, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The third was in the recurrent radio ads I had heard while driving from New Hampshire to New York City for St. Paul’s trustee meetings. An upstate military school promised parents it would fix their broken children and return them as men. I remember thinking this sounded like a short-term strategy, but also that St. Paul’s had a few who might benefit from the program as advertised.
Two things happened between my appointment as the new Head of Schools and my first day. The first was I had the opportunity to focus the academic work I was doing, while on sabbatical studying for my doctorate, on the subject of the military as a leadership model for teenagers. Second, I realized I needed to understand the specific challenges of Culver. I had to understand where the school had been in order to determine where it might go. Then I needed to set goals, create a plan of action, and chart the course to reach that destination. I understood that leadership was not only about having a vision; it was also about moving the proverbial needle. I realized that my job had two components: to create the picture that would go on the front of the puzzle box and then to make the picture come to life. But this picture had to include trucks, horses, parades, a saber manual, and rank and promotion — all things not in my playbook!
None of these memories were still with me when I received a call from a search firm in 1998 asking me if I would be interested in applying for the job as president of Culver Military Academy. I responded that I did not believe I was properly trained to be the president of anything and did not have the background or credentials for leading a military school. I added that I worked closely with a lieutenant colonel I had great respect for, who ran our facilities program, and might be the perfect person for the job. The call lasted all of two minutes. However, in the next three weeks I received calls from an architect I respected, another head of schools I admired, and a business leader whose judgment was sound. All said that Culver represented an opportunity I
So I hit the books. I researched adolescent pro-social development and compared that model to classic military models. I read extensively all the leadership literature I could find; I read West Point’s 10-year accreditation
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document, and I studied Peter Senge on Systems Thinking and Ichak Adizes on Change Management and Managing Corporate Lifecycles. I read the Lencioni books on organizational dysfunction, and compared the traits of his leaders and leadership teams to those in my new environment. Most importantly, I focused on the concept of mission. As a long-time educator, teacher, and coach, I understood mission well. I realized that your philosophy needed to be fully aligned with your values, your policies, and your programming.
For instance, would we be first and foremost an academic school, as Culver had advertised for more than a decade? If we were, why were we spending so much time on marching and tours or leadership classes and not APs? Did we care about the character of our students or just their behavior? Did we care about our students’ and staff’s health? What were the outcomes we sought? We said we were a “whole person” school interested in “mind, spirit, and body,” were we serious or was it simply code for classes and sports? I realized that to compete in
‘I realized that to compete in this 21st Century market, we had to be distinctive. And we needed to provide solutions for today’s problems …’ I also remembered reading that when the Culver family decided to create a boys’ school in Indiana, H.H. Culver was clear that it would not be Norwich or a West Point or Annapolis. It would always be Culver’s own brand of military school. I had to be clear in my own mind first what that meant, and that brought me solidly back to what we should aspire to be. Culver already had a storied history and values and principles that had served the school well for over 100 years. But given what I had learned, we needed more clarity, intentionality, and, most importantly, a system for measuring our progress. We are, after all, what we measure. (I learned that and so much more from Jim Henderson.) We needed a mission that the school’s leadership — the trustees, my leadership team, and I — could endorse and embrace without reservation. I understood that everything hinged on mission. We had to get that right. Every word of the mission statement had to carry weight and imply direction.
this 21st Century market, we had to be distinctive. And we needed to provide solutions for today’s problems, not those of the Cold War or Vietnam era. I had been taught in 30 years of being a leader of programs and departments in a boarding school that the old adage was true: If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there. I wanted to go somewhere special/distinctive. Regardless of what we say actually matters, what we spend our time on is what actually matters. Are they aligned? I did not know exactly where I was going, but if we were to have a chance of being a wholly integrated program, where everyone in the school was pulling in the same direction, we needed an unambiguous mission. I wanted people in our school to know the what and the how, and I knew how to operate a school. But much more important was helping them understand the where and the why. So, I needed to figure out this military, acronym-driven, behaviorally-motivat-
ed culture that was so foreign to me because “No culture worth mentioning is built and sustained accidentally.” My family had had a long tradition of service in the military and in the helping professions — medicine and education. I had always been taught that if you seek to lead, seek first to serve. I have always had great respect for the military and its traditions, but I believed there was a distinct difference between Boot Camp and OCS. I also understood there was a difference between working with teenagers and young adults. Fourteen-year-olds did not, in my experience, need to be torn down and then rebuilt. They needed challenge and support in equal measures. Then they would thrive. I envisioned more of the OCS or Senior ROTC leadership model than the survivor model for Culver. In the forefront of my mind, we were preparing young people for leadership, people who would be able to carry out mission guidance. I kept thinking about the difference between an order simply to “take that hill” and one prescribing “advance 300 meters, take a left, do an accountability check, proceed to the north …” I also had been taught never to underestimate the importance or value of support staff, especially sergeants and chief petty officers. You need good people surrounding you and you need to train them on the mission. I understood that Culver needed to be committed to teaching 21st Century skills so we could develop critical thinkers, team members who cared for one another, problem-solvers, communicators, and, more importantly, people of character who would work hard, take others seriously, and tell the truth. This was my working definition of leaders and leadership. Now I needed to figure out what this would look like lived and in a military school. During that early period I was channeling Plato’s Citizen Soldier, Aristotle’s concept that “We are what we
Photo courtesy of Jim Brooks ’66.
repeatedly do,” and Harvard philosopher William James and his seminal essay (and speech) in the early 1900s entitled The Moral Equivalent of War. William James was a pacifist, yet he understood that there were certain virtues our society needed that, unfortunately it seems, only can be honed in the context of war. He suggested a utopian vision in which our country would find other ways to ensure that young men would learn the ideals associated with militarism. During the two decades surrounding James’ speech, hundreds of military schools were established – Culver among them — partly as a response to his clarion call for some formal instruction in the ideals and virtues that sober young Americans in preparation for service to their society and the Republic. These encouragements, in partnership with the teachings of Thomas Dewey’s experiential learning theory — and the pride Americans had in the truly American approach to education exemplified at our military colleges — resulted in the popularity of military schools (450 of them) in the United States at that time. Now I had a mission. I now sought more operational guidance. Enter the CEF Board of Trustees. Another piece of advice my lieutenant colonel friend gave me was to choose a school that had a board that would challenge and mentor me … one with whom I could partner. He reminded me that if I found myself working with a mediocre board, I would be frustrated, bored, and difficult to work with. I needed to be both inspired and taught. First, I needed to learn everything about what had made and still was making Culver great. Then I needed people working with and guiding me to be leaders themselves. Culver’s Board of Trustees provided the perfect opportunity for me. You were the people who welcomed us warmly, tolerated my certainty, and
For 17 years John Buxton embraced Culver, and The Culver Educational Foundation trustees embraced him. With Buxton at the CEF trustee dinner in May are, left to right, Trustee Emeritus Jim Dicke W’59, ’64 and trustees Craig Duchossois ’62, and Jim Brooks ’66.
led us graciously. You were always respectful and helpful and kind. Who could not succeed with such support? Your example was leader/philanthropist/volunteer; and it impressed us and clearly raised our game. Just as no virtue is a virtue by itself; no leader is a successful leader without great team members. You were that team for us. Why was this so important to us? We could see how much you loved this school, and we committed ourselves to doing whatever we could to help make and keep Culver great. I knew that if we were not moving this institution forward, we were moving backward. We owed it to you and to this special school to move it forward. I then remembered my first three encounters with military prep schools and realized what they had misunderstood: First, we could not take quality time from hard-working cadets and ask them to walk mindlessly around a square. We could not afford to lose great young men simply because we could not align our outcomes with their goals. And, we could not run a student leadership system based on trust by “keeping the dogs on the proverbial leash.”
Second, we could not afford to lose the opportunity to brand and sell our product by being unremarkable. Our BEHAG (big hairy audacious goal) was to ensure that when a visitor from outer space landed on the Culver campus — in a classroom, on an athletic field, in a barracks room, or in the faculty lounge — and looked around for a minute or two, he/she would exclaim: “This must be Culver!” Third, we could never position ourselves using negative language. We would celebrate retention, never talk about attrition. We would talk about Culver only as a destination site. We would imagine the possible for our students, our faculty, and our families. And we would ensure that every faculty and staff member and every student understood it was a privilege to be part of Culver. Everything would have a positive cast. When we focus on the simplicity on the other side of all of this complexity, we focus on mission and operational excellence. Who are we? What do we want to be? How do we get there? The answer was clear — together.
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Kaser Scholar is Brad Trevathan; Spivey Award goes to Becky Strati At the May 28 Commencement Convocation, the most coveted of Academies’ awards for the faculty/staff were presented to a quartet of dedicated educators who represent the qualities that have been valued for so many years by Culver students – superior teaching, wise counsel, sympathetic understanding, and positive relationships. Maj. Bill and Linda Browne, who are retiring (see page 28), received the John Mars Award; Brad Trevathan was named the Kaser Scholar, and the Spivey Award was awarded to Becky Strati. The following are the edited introductions provided by Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner. Every school should have a campus character – in the very best sense of that word, a teacher who is talented, gives generously of his time, and who makes a lasting difference in young people’s lives. Culver is fortunate to have had a number of them over the years, including Senior Instructor in Humanities Brad Trevathan, the 2016 Mark B. Kaser Scholar. Established in 1977, the Kaser Scholar is presented to a member of the faculty who has inspired students and kindled a zest for life and learning. The recipient is selected by the seniors and first-classmen. The award is given by the parents and classmates of Mark B. Kaser, valedictorian of the Class of 1975, following his untimely death at Culver’s 1976 Commencement. The term “scholar” resonates strongly with Trevathan, said Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner. “He is one of the most voracious readers and intellectually curious people I have ever known. It’s not unusual for him to do research on his own, ranging from editorials, articles, magazines, and leave a copy on your desk or flood your email. He is excited about ideas and wants you to be too. And he wants to know what you think and engage in a dialogue, even if you agree to disagree.” Lintner said Trevathan has taken advantage of more professional development
opportunities in his 26-year tenure than anyone on the faculty. The topics have ranged from world religions to world history and philosophy to the study of Hebrew. In his classroom, he creates “an environment for students to own their education by developing essential academic skills and organization, as well as Trevathan honing their verbal ability to express themselves with confidence,” Lintner said. Trevathan’s students respond with admiration, noting that “he is kind, engaging, a little crazy but awesome. He is extremely good at meeting with students to review essays, talk about active reading skills, explain concepts in multiple ways and will rearrange his schedule to make himself available outside of class.” Trevathan has taught the full range of courses, including both world and American history, as well as senior electives in World Religions, Philosophy, and Racism in America. But the course he has shaped the most is Ninth-Grade Humanities,
where he has served as level coordinator and mentor to new faculty and interns teaching the course. He was a regular facilitator at the annual Multicultural Awareness Retreat and the No Labels group. Trevathan has also been a longtime assistant coach of the Speech team. Trevathan joined Culver’s History Department in fall 1990. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Emory University and his teaching certificate from the Indiana University School of Education. In 2002, he completed a Master of Arts degree in history and theology from Valparaiso University. Trevathan currently serves as chair of the teacher representatives committee of the Indiana Association of Independent Schools.
Becky Strati, the Delmar T. Spivey Award winner, can best be described as a powerful search engine with a heart; she is someone who doesn’t know everything but knows where to find everything. Her smile “is the hallmark of who she is — warm, inviting, encouraging, caring and fun,” Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said. “When you are in her circle of influence, you feel like you are the only thing that is most important to her … and you are.” Named for Culver’s sixth superintendent, the Spivey Award recognizes and encourages superior teaching among younger, promising members of the faculty. The recipient is chosen by the Academic Department Chairs. The award was established in 1967 by Drs. Richard ’20 and Rudolph Light ’27. With her arrival in 2008, Strati launched a search-and-learn initiative about all things Culver. She put the information gleaned to use as she stepped into the classroom to teach a new curriculum. Her resilience and open-mindedness with both her students and colleagues helped her hone her skills and suggest curricular changes, all with her characteristic positivity and poise, Lintner said.
In a concerted effort to learn more about the adult community and campus dynamics, she joined committees and teams that focused on both adult and student learning. She became an avid reader and researcher on specific issues these groups would be discussing, and that energy and interest earned her the respect of her peers. For the last two years Strati has been an integral part of the freshStrati men/fourthclassmen interdisciplinary LLL (Living, Learning, Leading) course, composed of teachers from Wellness Education, Library, Student Life, Spiritual Life, Academic administration, and Leadership. It is an integrated experience focusing on essential questions that create a deeper understanding of the Culver mission. Lintner said, “She has taken on the role of being the Renaissance person in the group, because she has done a deep dive into the most current reading on all of these questions, and become the go-to colleague that others turn to with questions and comments. She has energized the thinking of the group, which has led to even more creative approaches and collegial sharing.” Strati earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Manchester College and a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University. As a reference librarian she works with students on class projects and assists honors candidates with their research process. Strati is on the Evening Learning Support team, the Academic Advising team, and is an adviser to the CGA Honor Council. Prior to Culver, she spent eight years as a reference librarian with a public library and three years as a school librarian. Her husband, Andy, is a Humanities instructor and coach, and they are the parents of Lizzie Strati ’16.
Manuel Awards to Nowalk and Carrillo As selected by the student body, the 2015-2016 recipients of the Ralph N. Manuel Awards were Robert Nowalk of the Fine Arts Department and Jackie Carrillo, Ph.D., of the Science Department. Named in honor of the former President of the Academies, who served from 1982 to 1999, the Manuel Award is presented annually to a male and Nowalk female faculty or staff member who best exemplifies the teaching ideals of Culver. Nowalk joined the faculty in 1996 after 21 years as an educator and artist in Dayton, Ohio. An instructor in Visual Arts, he has also served as director of Arts and Crafts at Woodcraft since 1998. Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said, “As an artist and teacher, (Bob)
believes that the arts open the learner to the richness of human expression in many cultures and peoples. The artist, as both teacher and practitioner, is the visible link to nurturing the learner’s creative process. He lives this credo through his work as a classroom teacher, Visual Arts Coordinator, and curator of the Culver Carrillo Collection.” Carrillo joined the Science Department in 2012 as the Lab Director and soon moved into the role of a chemistry instructor. Teaching was new to her, explained Lintner, but she immersed herself in discovering what it means to be a good teacher at Culver – talking with colleagues, observing, receiving feedback, and working hard to hone her skills.
Standfast is Outstanding Counselor Company A counselor Geoff Standfast was named the recipient of the Mike Reynolds Family Endowment Award as the most outstanding CMA counselor for 2015-16. The award was made at the May 14 Alumni Reunion Garrison Parade.
Corps. Standfast served in many staff and leadership positions in the United States and overseas and continues to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Hired in August 2013, Standfast was on weekend assignment the day of the presentation. Accepting in his stead were his wife Caren, an Academies math instructor, and their five children, including his stepdaughter Annie Shea ’16.
A native of Lawrence, Kan., Standfast established roots Standfast in northern New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Marine
The Reynolds family — Michael ’72 and Deborah “DK,” and their son, Kleberg ’11 — established the endowment to assist in finding, retaining, and educating the best CMA counselors. The unit counselor is vital to the educational process and to all aspects of a young and impressionable student’s life on campus.
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Among the 1991 classmates enjoying the OneCulver event during Alumni Reunion Weekend were, left to right, Tony Prpic (Euclid, Ohio), Kevin Henderson (Denver), Corey Rhodes (Scottsdale, Ariz.), and Todd Moutardier (Phoenix)
2. James Dunlap ’56 and retired Col. Dartanian (Doc) Warr ’76 share a laugh during the alumni reunion dinner.
3 Each year the Legion presents the Samuel Coles Butler Award and the Joseph H. Levy Jr. Award to reunion classes for their faithful, generous, and extraordinary contributions to the school. The Butler Award goes to a class beyond its 25th reunion. The Levy Award is for a class within its first 25 years after graduation.
For 2016, the Butler Award was shared by the classes of 1956 and 1986. The Class of 1956 exceeded its $70,000 Culver Fund goal, with $85,125 in gifts received as well as a record seven estate gifts totaling $2 million. The Class of 1986 also exceeded its fund-raising goal. Two anonymous matching gifts were made, with the class members achieving both in a great example of leadership and teamwork. The class exceeded its $100,000 goal, reaching $123,063. And the 35 percent class participation goal was shattered by a 60 percent mark, which is a record for a 30th Reunion class. The Levy Award went to the Silver Anniversary Class of 1991, which ran past its $40,000 goal with a giving total of $71,395. And this year the class’ annual scholarship came on line, which benefitted two students in 2015-16.
3. Representing the Class of 2011 at the Friday OneCulver Reception were, left to right, Allison ‘Alex’ Rudolph (Bloomington, Ind.), Alyssa Weeks (Virginia Beach, Va.), Deanna Dilts (Carmel, Ind.), Cricket Gullickson (Fitchburg, Wis.), Laura Freymiller (Fitchburg, Wis.), and Stephanie Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.). 4. Alan Austin ’66 (Atherton, Calif.) is looking sharp and feeling good in his uniform from his cadet days. Behind him are his fellow Golden Anniversary alumni. 5. Duncan ‘Doc’ Holland ’81 (Newberg, Ore.) receives his diploma from Head of Schools John Buxton before going through the Iron Gate for the first time during his 35th reunion weekend. 6. Meaghan (Stafford) Thompson (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and the Silver Anniversary Class of 1991 doff their hats as they Pass in Review to a round of applause. 7. Dr. Bill Hanning W’50, N’54, ’56 (right) was honored during Alumni Reunion Weekend in May for his longtime and dedicated service to the Legion and to Culver. Hanning’s Culver legacy includes roles as that of a Summer School assistant counselor, a member of the Legion board (1998-2002), the leader of his class and Culver Clubs International, and a counselor and a director for Culver Summer Schools & Camps. Hanning ‘virtually defined the role of class president,’ said Legion President Rick Sherlock ’76, who presented him with a one-of-a-kind commissioned piece. 8. Peter Gatti (Austin, Texas) enjoys a good laugh with his ’71 classmates while forming up for the Alumni Pass in Review. 9. Jimmy Frickey ’91 (Estes Park, Colo.) and John Clendenin ’64 (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) epitomized Friday’s OneCulver event. Clendenin, counselor of the Band unit from 1987-2005, recognized Frickey, but they had no past history. They began chatting and had a ‘nice Culver and life conversation,’ Clendenin said. Now, that’s what OneCulver is all about! All photos by Doug Haberland except where noted
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Junior Addison Coy claimed the state 300-meter hurdles championship June 3, breaking her own school record in the process. Coy took first with a time of 43.24 seconds, almost a full second ahead of the runner-up. In doing so, the Barrington, Ill., resident broke her own record of 43.93 set earlier this season. Coy is now the third member of the Culver Girls Academy track program to reach the top of the podium, joining Alex Banfich ’08 (1600 and 3200) and Waverly Neer ’11 (1600 and 3200). Running at the boys state finals the following day was the CMA 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Hallin Burgan ’17 (Mount Vernon, Ill.), Zach Dunlap ’17 (Barrington Hills, Ill.), Callaway Bird ’18 (Sturgis, Mich.), and Shane Pursch ’18 (Tippecanoe, Ind.). Dunlap also ran in the 1600, finishing 17th in 4:25.67. Pursch finished 12th in the 800, running a 1:57.81. Both runners were faster than their established seed times. During the season, Eric Burns ’16 (New Car-
Joe Sterner third at Youth Nationals Joe Sterner ’16 (St. Charles, Ill.) finished third at the Youth National Championships in single sculls on June 11, competing in three races in two days and facing 23 competitors. Sterner completed the 2000-meter course in West Windsor, N.J., in 7 minutes, 25.398 seconds. Sterner, who will be rowing at the University of California-Berkeley next season, also finished third at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship in Cincinnati on May 22. Both the CMA and CGA Varsity 4+ rowing teams qualified for the National Scholastic Rowing Championships. However, the national championships regatta fell on the same weekend as Culver Commencement,
Photo by David Lawrence, Assistant Track Coach.
Addison Coy crowned state 300-meter hurdles champion
Addison Coy leads the way as she heads into the home stretch in the 300-meter hurdles at the Kokomo Regional track meet.
lisle, Ind.) erased a 103-year-old record in the long jump that was set by Phil Stiles in 1913. Stiles’ mark of 23 feet, 7 inches was the national scholastic record for 31 years and the Indiana high school record for 45 years. Burns broke the record on April 16,
going 23-8¼ at the Prep Invitational at Lawrence Central. Burns also owns Culver’s indoor record, setting that mark at 22-10½ during the new Balance Indoor Nationals in New York on March 11. That record was originally set at 22-3 set in 1937.
so neither team participated.
Zach Moffett to play collegiate baseball
Rowing for the CMA Varsity 4+ were Harrison Elliott, Brent Raver, Michael Johnston, and Alex Kerr. Alexander Coleman was the coxswain. The boys finished third. The CGA Varsity 4+ boat finished fourth. In the boat were Mary Jane Wilkerson, Peyton Frank, Reina Carroll, Kieran Hussey, and Sarah Hickey (coxswain).
The baseball team will be sending one player on to the collegiate ranks. Zach Moffett (Liberty, Ind.), who received the YMCA Cup over Commencement weekend, will attend Wabash College and will play for the Little Giants.
CMA Varsity Lacrosse loses in semifinals CMA varsity lacrosse team lost to eventual state champion Indianapolis Cathedral, 12-10, in the semifinals June 3. Entering the tournament, the Eagles (14-4) were ranked third in the state, Cathedral (20-3) was second, Carmel (17-7) was first, and Hamilton Southeastern (17-4) was fourth. The varsity team was comprised entirely of underclassmen. Three players, attack Cameron Chauvette, goalie Reeves McKenney, and defensive middie Nicholas Cefalu, received state honorable mention.
The Culver Military Academy Prep lacrosse team finished the season 20-3 and was ranked fifth in the nation after capturing two of the biggest tournaments. CMA won its third consecutive Midwest Lacrosse Tournament in early May, then finished the season taking the Inter-Ac Challenge two weeks later.
Prep Lacrosse 5th nationally; Walker named Player of Year The CMA Prep lacrosse team celebrates winning the Inter-Ac Challenge championship. This title, along with the Midwest Lacrosse Tournament championship, carried the Eagles to a 20-3 season.
Adding luster to that ranking was the naming of Ethan Walker ’16 as the All-USA Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year by USA Today High School Sports and American Family Insurance. Playing in the attack position, Walker scored 108 goals and 53 assists in his final season. The Eagles defeated St. Xavier, 18-4, and Brother Rice, 10-3, to take the Midwest title. The Inter-Ac Challenge featured victories over Germantown Academy (15-4), Lawrenceville (14-3), and 8-7 in the championship against Haverford School. Walker was also named First Team AllMidwest along with middie Jackson Reid, defenseman Liam Duff, and long-stick
middie Alex Johnson. Honored at the InterAc Challenge were attacks Walker and Wheaton Jackoboice, middie Alex Simmons, faceoff specialist Brett Handsor, defensemen Liam Duff and Jacob Kanak, and goalie Matthew Schmidt.
All three of Culver’s losses came against teams ranked in the national top ten. Two came on the Eagles’ East Coast trip to start the season.
CGA Lacrosse loses four games by a goal
CGA softball on the comeback trail
CMA Golf ousted at regional level
The CGA lacrosse team won its first six games but stumbled at the end of the season, finishing 10-7. Four of those seven losses were by just a goal.
Losing just one player to graduation, the CGA Softball team has a lot to look forward to after completing a 13-7 season. Madilyn Billings (Oak Lawn, Ill.), who pitched and played second base, graduated in June but a strong core featuring junior Allison Stathakis (Northville, Mich.), sophomores Emily Lipsett (LaPorte, Ind.) and Gabrielle Slykas (Frankfort, Ill.), and freshman Hanna Cash (St. John, Ind.) has the team wellpositioned for the future.
School ended May 29, but the CMA varsity golf team stayed after school and finished second in the Warsaw Sectional. That earned the Eagles a trip to the June 9 regional, where they finished eighth to end the season.
Korryn Brewer ’17 (Cincinnati) was named first team all-state and Anne Marie Wright ’16 (South Bend, Ind.) was named to the second unit. Wright was also named an Academic All-American by U.S. Lacrosse. Brewer, Wright, and Annie Shea ’16 (Culver) were named all northern region. Brewer and Annie Evans ’17 (Zionsville, Ind.) played in the national high school junior/ senior showcase tournament during the NCAA women’s lacrosse championship. And Grace Kelly ’18 (South Bend, Ind.), Ellie Tice ’19 (Kokomo, Ind.), and Lauryn Walker ’19 (Fishers, Ind.) played in the freshman/ sophomore showcase during the state tournament.
Shortstop Lipsett was named the Max Preps/ National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week in early April after going 16-for-16 in the first four games of the season. She reached base safely all 18 times at the plate, scoring 11 runs on four doubles, one triple, and a home run. It was the second time she had received the honor.
In the sectional, CMA shot a 313 at the Rozella Ford Golf Club, finishing 10 strokes behind champion Columbia City. Secondclassman Kirby Hart (Lafayette, Ind.) paced the team with a 75, followed by Lake Genenbacher ’18 (Decatur, Ill.) with 78 and a 79 by Liam Diebel ’16 (Winter Park, Fla.). During the season, the team captured the CMA Golf invitational after a weathershortened nine holes. CMA also won the Concord Invitational and finished second at the Twin Lakes, Marshall County, and Peru invitationals. CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE
John and Pam model a pair of matching Culver varsity athletic jackets during the 2014 Live the Legacy Auction.
Saying Goodbye to
Buxtons A master at building trust and confidence, John Buxton has changed Culver in a transformational and evolutionary way
fter seventeen years as Head of Schools, there was no jog to the finish line for John Buxton; that is not his style. It was pedal to the metal, and the last couple of months were not without trials and tribulations â€” including he and wife Pam packing and moving for the first time in seventeen years. John Buxton challenged himself and his team every day to make Culver better. He led by example, driven by a singular purpose: students first.
uring an interview, Pam Buxton says that one difference in retirement will be “not being surrounded by people and the students who give us so much of our energy.” Days later, while addressing faculty, staff, and hourly employees at his annual year-end wrap-up session, John Buxton explained, “our energy comes from the students; the support comes from the trustees.”
In The Vedette, Buxton attributes “his long tenure to planning, getting stuff done, successful team building, and most important, trust. If you can create an environment where there is trust good things happen.” CEF Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson W’47, ’52 agrees. “John Buxton has always been a student of leadership and has proven to be a master at building trust and confidence in the Culver constituencies.” Communications Archives photo 2009.
Not surprisingly, these energizing students had an equally good sense of the Academies’ twelfth Head of Schools and his wife as their Culver days were winding down.
An astute observation from Vedette authors Suraag Srinivas ’16, Peter Talbot ’17, and Reilly Reinhold ’18.
Responding to questions at his June meeting with the Advancement staff, Buxton explained the essence of his Culver experience. “If you do something purposeful, especially around education, it’s not that hard. There is no secret sauce,” he said. Buxton explained that the key is to concentrate on a set of principles and stick to them. Do what you have to do to reach the objectives you want to obtain. Be consistent, find a credo that everyone believes in “and do it.”
“There are a lot of schools who want to do it right, but don’t have the courage. We have permission; it’s what we do,” Buxton said. “Know who you are, beLeaving the All-School meeting, John Buxton chats with a couple of CGA coeds as he returns to his office. have according to who you are, and what you want to “The final lap of a 17-year marathon is both exhausting and exhilbe. If there is one rule, it is the Golden Rule,” he said. arating,” stated an article in the May 2016 Vedette. “As one nears the final turn, runners are apt to do one of two things: Either look “Schools can get better at what they are doing. But you can’t be all back over their shoulder, see the distant competition and relax, to everyone, so be relevant.” or push forward, indifferent to one’s successes and constantly looking toward the finish line and beyond. It is no surprise that Going forward, Buxton said relevance is Culver’s greatest opporthe Buxtons have chosen the latter as they near the end of their tunity and irrelevance its greatest threat. time at Culver.”
“To be sustainable, you have to be relevant. Relevance takes work. Being irrelevant leads to extinction,” he said. Culver’s firm foundation is built in the values that everyone was throwing out in the 1960s, Buxton said.
Culver “will be changing dramatically (in the next twenty years), and we have to change dramatically. We have to become a better version of what we are.”
With that academic attitude came a stronger sense of community. The All-School meeting, for example, was created “to make everyone aware that you are part of something larger than yourself,” Buxton told the student newspaper. It was one of several traditions initiated during the Buxton years to make the campus community stronger and more inclusive. Others included the Matriculation Ceremony, the Faculty Handshake after Baccalaureate, and a finely-crafted and reflective Commencement address. That inclusiveness, appropriately, extended to the employee holiday party that welcomed Culver’s hourly employees and was catered by an outside entity instead of the Dining Hall staff. It included the creation of faculty and staff benches honoring 25-year employees. Always student-focused, it may never had been more inclusive than when two cadets walked hand-in-hand at Fall Ball.
As leaders, as the Number One in loco parentis, the Buxtons set the tone and the example for the students as well as the faculty and staff. They were omnipresent — at athletic events, at concerts, recitals, ceremonies, exhibitions, competitions. Some of it was because, as the Head of Schools, they John and Pam Buxton talk with students during a reception in the Alumni Lounge. were expected to be there. But the ones that really counted — especially to the students — were when A lot of good things happened during the Buxton years, and the the Buxtons were in attendance because they wanted to be there. value of them were not lost on the most important recipients — Students knew and appreciated the difference. the students. “Culver is our home away from home,” Clare Haldewang ’15 Good things happen, Buxton continued, when you pay attention said. “Well, the Buxtons are the parents of our home away from to the details. The Vedette authors note that “this is what separates home. All 800 of us.” the thinkers from the doers on our campus … and the Buxtons have encouraged us to become both.” Speaking at a presentation to the Buxtons from young alumni from 2000 to 2016, Haldewang said “I thank you for being on The young journalists observed that Buxton fought “against the the sidelines. I thank you for welcoming us into your house. I tide of traditional teachers and traditional classrooms” to create thank you for the many Tower of Terror speeches, and, most of the Culver he and his leadership staff envisioned. all, thank you for being who you are: kind, genuine, supportive, and so much more … The result is “a team of educators (among) the finest in the world,” according to The Vedette. “Any Culver student can tell Development Officer Ibrahim Fetuga ’01 echoed that sentiment: you that classrooms at Culver are unlike most any high school “On behalf of the graduates from the classes of 2000 to 2016, we student’s experience … There is a mutual respect to be found say thank you for always putting us first.” between students and teachers that gives academic life the attitude it needs for continued success.”
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THE COMMUNITY The impact of the Buxtons stretched beyond the friendly confines of the Academies campus. The lines between the Academies and the town were blurred; the vision was 20/20. There was less them and us, less town and gown. “Relations with the surrounding community have grown more dramatically than in any other era in (the school’s) 122-year history,” Editor Jeff Kenney wrote in The Culver Citizen.
John Buxton addresses the audience during a CMA commissioning ceremony.
THE PARTNERSHIP For Culver students, most of whom are growing up away from their parents and siblings, having a family-oriented environment has always been important. The involvement of the head of schools and his wife as key players goes back to the era of Superintendent General Leigh Gignilliat and his wife, Mimi. The Buxtons, however, took it to a different level, serving as the surrogate parents to every student, all students. It was rare, outside of office hours, that you would not see the Buxtons together – from All-School meetings to athletic events, from Garrison Parades to concerts and recitals. “It was a great thing for our kids to see a working relationship among a couple,” Pam Buxton said. Of their partnership, John Buxton said, “Pam is the focus knob, the trusted adviser, the other point of view, and the carburetor. She is the balance in the perspective, the best objective bystander, and the person who can fill in the holes in my approach to life. She is my best friend, and best friends are important because it can be an isolating experience running any organization unless you have a best friend.” “I think because it was both of us that it resonated a bit more,” Pam Buxton said. “Both of us doing (Culver) together and doing different things as well.”
“It was always clear to us that the symbiosis of town and gown is an absolute fact of life,” Buxton told The Citizen. “As the town goes, so the school goes.… You want to create an environment where people want to help and support the community, and it goes both ways. The Academies gets great support from this community. “If you think about Culver as where you live, and the Academies is domiciled here and all the people who care deeply about the summer schools, the boarding school, and the town of Culver, all of our goals and objectives are pretty much the same,” Buxton said. At the forefront of this collaboration is Relay For Life. Launched by Academies’ students, Relay was and remains a communitywide event. Local youth and Academies students have also joined on projects benefitting residents through yard work and painting. Academies and Culver Community High School students have combined forces for communitywide clean-ups, Halloween parties, and caroling at the town’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Culver Community students accompany Academies students on the spring break trips to Mexico.
“We’ve always felt that wherever you live, you try to work with the people who share the space and make it better.” — John Buxton Academies adults have also been involved in the local efforts at many levels, as has the Academies. The school’s involvement ranges from providing a building for the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council to hosting the Culver Boys and Girls Club auction, from co-sponsoring Marshall County Leadership to CYCO, the Culver Youth Community Organization, a joint venture of the service clubs from both schools. The Buxtons’ involvements were simply a personal extension of the Academies’ servant leadership philosophy.
n May, a Resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees of The Culver Educational Foundation bestowed the title of Head of School Emeritus on John Buxton for his extraordinary service and exemplary leadership as Culver’s 12th Head of Schools. An excerpt of that resolution follows, focusing on the accomplishments and personal attributes that the Board of Trustees considered most significant.
… ‘for extraordinary service and exemplary leadership’ nity communications fun with weekly all-school meetings, leaving a school community proud of its tangible success and with confidence and strength for a bright future …”
Academies photo by Jan Garrison.
“Whereas, Mr. Buxton has left an indelible imprint on every facet of the Academies, including the record-breaking By Example Campaign, the Batten Leadership Challenge, a clearly articulated Faculty Rank and Promotion System, increases in enrollment and retention for the boarding and summer schools, the formation of the Center for Leadership and Character, a $4 million increase in The Culver Fund campaign, a fourfold increase in the endowment to nearly $400 million, the creation of the Global Studies Institute and The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, and “Whereas, Mr. Buxton has overseen numerous campus improvement projects via renovation or new construction to include the Academies Golf Course, Woodcraft Camp, the White-DeVries Rowing Center, Robert C. Vaughn Stables, Jud Q. Little Riding Hall, Memorial Chapel, Gable Tennis Center, Lay Dining Center, Crisp Visual Arts Center, Huffington Library, Roberts Hall of Science, Dicke Hall of Mathematics, Hegeler Wing of Argonne Dormitory, miles of underground upgrades “Whereas, Mr. Buxton distinguished Culver via his leadership in national and regional circles in the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Association of Boarding Schools, the Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States, and “Whereas, Mr. Buxton is a visionary educator and outstanding administrator who has drawn a virtual roadmap of institutional leadership, articulating the value of coordinate education at Culver, introducing and refining a superb teaching and learning model, stewarding our financial resources and Culver’s heritage, enhancing Culver as a premier leadership laboratory for its students, and “Whereas, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton have created a lasting and positive institutional culture, ensuring that every student would be known personally by as many adults as possible by creating an effective mentor-mentee program. They retained and added rituals and ceremonies to reflect the cardinal virtues and values of our school, retold Culver stories to enhance institutional pride, made commu-
John and Pam Buxton each were honored June 14 with the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the highest civilian honors that can be bestowed by the Governor of Indiana. The Sagamore is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or governor. The awards were conferred in a small ceremony in the Head of Schools’ office. The Buxtons are among the few husband-wife teams believed to receive individual Sagamore of the Wabash awards at the same time. The state does not keep a composite list of recipients, and the awarding is left to the discretion of each governor. Nomination of the Sagamore was made through the efforts of Jeff Honzik H’65, Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman (son of Eugene Chipman NB’44, ’45), Rick Sherlock ’76, Director of Publications Doug Haberland, and the office of Indiana State Sen. Randy Head (18th District).
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Haberland photo 2007.
IN RETIREMENT “We’re sad we’ll have to leave this community, but we need to be closer to our grandkids,” Pam Buxton said. “We have a wonderful relationship with our grandchildren even though we don’t see them” that often. The Buxtons’ seven grandchildren, ranging in age from six to twenty, live in North Carolina and the Boston area.
Speaking at the Culver Kiwanis Club, Head of Schools John Buxton brings the membership up to date on the latest news and events at the Academies.
Pam Buxton carved out her own territory, sitting on the boards of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth and the Marshall County Community Foundation. She also teamed with several women to create LIFT, a non-profit organization to support and mentor area women.
It is close to all the things they love — family, old friends, the mountains, and the ocean.
“We’ve always felt that wherever you live,” John Buxton added, “you try to work with the people who share the space and make it better.”
“It’s gratifying to know we’ve made an impact.” — Pam Buxton
In May, CEF Trustee John Zeglis N’64 hosted an appreciation event for the Buxtons at his Lake Maxinkuckee home in which ten service clubs, organizations, foundations, and other local entities thanked the Buxtons for their support.
Owning and maintaining a home, mowing a yard, will be new — but welcome — experiences for the couple after what John Buxton calls “forty-seven years of assisted living.”
“Some of the work Carol and I most admire about this couple was actually done outside the Academies; namely, their support and service on behalf of not-for-profits throughout the community and the county. “It was a very special demonstration of what Pam and John have said all along — that the strength of the Academies lies in the strength of the community in which it operates. We will miss their special brand of citizenship,” Zeglis told The Culver Citizen. The accomplishments and involvements of the Buxtons were recognized on a statewide scale in June when each was presented with a Sagamore of the Wabash award. One of the highest civilian honors that can be bestowed by the Governor of Indiana, the Sagamore is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state.
Retirement for the Buxtons will take them back to New Hampshire where they will experience several firsts in their shared life. They have purchased thirty-two wooded acres (the first real estate they have ever purchased) and on it are building the first house they will ever own. (They will rent a home in the interim.) Though secluded, their new property is only a few miles away from the state university and an hour from Boston’s Logan International Airport.
They will enjoy their privacy, walks in the woods, and getting involved in the community once they are settled. In the meantime, there will be trips to North Carolina, to Montana (where Pam would live if it weren’t so far from the grandkids), and to the Isle of Man, where they have a home. “I know we’ll keep in touch with a lot of people,” Pam Buxton said. “But we’ll miss Culver.” — A special thanks to The Vedette and The Culver Citizen for material used in this article.
Culver Archives photo.
The Buxtons dress the part for the October 2009 festivities celebrating the new stables and the renovation of the riding hall.
More on news.culver.org For more perspectives and information on the tenure of Head of Schools John Buxton, visit the Culver news blog at news.culver.org. There you will find an Online Extra â€” a question-and-answer session with John Buxton â€” and additional reflections on his impact and legacy from faculty, staff, and boarding school professionals.
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Pam shares her
time and talents with many
Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
‘It’s gratifying to know we’ve made an impact’
During the Matriculation Ceremony, Pam Buxton welcomes each new student as they process through Logansport Gate and across the Leadership Plaza
focused on the Academies’ students, but Pam Buxton found her own niche and made her presence felt. “I didn’t realize it was going to be such a joint relationship here,” Buxton said. “I wish I would’ve done this at St. Paul’s.” Her Culver role began when John first invited Pam to join him on the Reviewing Line for a Garrison Parade. Culver as a joint venture wasn’t planned, but “it felt good, actually working together at the same job and feeding off each other,” she said. “It was a different relationship than most schools are used to seeing.”
By Doug Haberland, Editor “Maybe there are no allergies in New Hampshire,” Pam Buxton says optimistically, running a tissue across her nose on a muggy June afternoon. Her comment instantly conjures up a scene from “The Wizard of Oz”: “John, we’re not in Indiana anymore.” Indeed, the Buxtons are not in Indiana anymore, but their impact on the Academies and on the town of Culver will not soon be forgotten. Much of that impact was made as a team and was
Pre-Culver, Pam’s career had been in pulmonary rehabilitation, but that wasn’t an option at the Plymouth hospital. “I’m glad I gave that (career) up and had the opportunity to get 100 percent involved with Culver,” she said. Devoting herself to Culver was like a second career and “it was a great thing for our kids (Culver students) to see a working relationship among a couple.” But she didn’t stop there. Pam Buxton blazed her own trail, lending her time and talents to many. Her medical background led her, logically, to the board of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. She also had
Campus Perspectives… “John Buxton has always been a student of leadership and has proven to be a master at building trust and confidence in the Culver constituencies. His leadership has been classic. He took our Statement of Mission and Principles, revised it to reflect what he and our team thought was important, and used it to bring us all together. It guides us every day. He embraced our faculty and staff and has led them in a process of continuous improvement which has made us stronger in all aspects of our school.
“First of all, John admired the impact the Black Horse Troop had on the Academy in its early history and today. He has always been a supporter of the Horsemanship Department, Troop, and Equestriennes. There is no way to remember all his contributions to our efforts. The number one accomplishment is we have two full Troops and a very productive department and program.” — Ed Little, Director of Horsemanship Operations
Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
���John and Pam are a true partnership of two strong individuals. They are boarding school people in the best sense — focused 24/7 on the development of our students. They get energy from our students and not all educators do. They are champions of student leadership and whole person education which sets our school apart. They have done this while bringing a warmth to Culver we didn’t always have. Culver is a happy place. Our students knew the Buxtons had their collective backs while at the same time always insisting on high standards and maintaining Culver traditions. “John and Pam have proven to be the right team, at the right moment, and in the right place. We are fortunate they chose Culver.” — Jim Henderson W’47, ’52, CEF Chairman Emeritus “I believe the arts have flourished since John and Pam arrived. Scheduling more time for rehearsals, spotlighting music at all-school meetings, constant encouragement, and the Buxtons’ mere presence at our concerts and recitals – these were all actions that characterize how John and Pam worked to carefully nudge a wonderful school community into becoming a wonderful artssupporting school community, where young musicians have felt both nurtured and valued. This, and the insistence that Culver is one family regardless of how you slice it, are hallmarks of the Buxton era.” — Bill Browne, Coordinator of Vocal & Instrumental Music “The Buxtons are a team and they modeled that strength for the entire Culver community every day of the last 17 years here. The notion that no one is an island unto himself. It is only the combined ideas and strength of the whole that can effect positive, sustained change. The common weal comes before self, followership precedes leadership, mutual respect and commitment — no matter how difficult — will prevail in the end. For me, they were always the exemplars of community leaders who drew us all together under one mission, one Culver.” — Kathy Lintner, Principal and Dean of the Faculty
The Buxtons enjoy the festivities of Final Ball. In the foreground is CMA Commandant Capt. Mike Neller.
“John Buxton has many admirable traits but I have always been very impressed with his stamina. Not just from the point of view of his ability to work so many hours and be so productive but more from how it never seems to affect his mood. It doesn’t matter when I call him with an issue, sometimes at zero dark thirty, or how often, I can always count on a very upbeat, ‘Hi Mike, what’s up?’ on the other end.” — Capt. Mike Neller, Commandant of Cadets “When I think of Culver, I think of leadership. John Buxton embodies leadership. When I was president of ISACS, with its 235 Midwest independent schools, John was chairman of the board. Not only was he more than sound on financial matters, he was able to lead people through matters by adding innovative thinking to best practice. Most importantly, he always led from an ethical base. I can’t imagine a better role model for young people in school than John Buxton. Culver was very lucky to have him at the peak of his career.” — Keith Shahan, Former President of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE
a seat on the Marshall County Community Foundation board, where she chaired the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Working on the MCCF grants had her meeting different people and learning the area, she said.
But by that second year, she had been diagnosed with her own cancer and was the event’s keynote speaker. She remembers it was dark as she started to speak and had to use a flashlight. “It was good I couldn’t see faces,” Pam said. “It was emotional.”
She got involved with the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council, eventually serving as president. “It is important to educate the community on the importance of a healthy lake,” Pam said, noting what a tremendous asset it is to town and lake residents as well as the Academies.
“How strange to now be a survivor,” she said. “You are just thankful for all the support. If you are ever sick like that, this is the place to be.”
Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
Buxton partnered with several women to form LIFT (Lending Inspirational Friendship Together), a non-profit Culver organization designed to support women in the area through mentoring,
After seventeen years in Indiana, “I do feel like a Hoosier,” Pam said, noting she grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and how nice it has been to be back in the Midwest. But she views retirement “as another really fun, great adventure. Culver represented another great adventure. We are not people with routines.” This year, instead of packing for the family vacation in June, the Buxtons were packing — and sorting — for their move to New Hampshire. They will be renting a house while waiting for their home to be built. As boarding school lifers, it will be the first time they have owned real estate or a home. “Owning our own home is a big first. Taking care of lawns, fixing a roof, all that stuff will be brand new,” she said. Ironically, their final departure from Culver was also a first.
Like Culver, the Buxton residence was a home away from home where students were invited to relax, play games, eat, and enjoy a homelike atmosphere.
volunteering, and providing resources. It is an effort she would like to establish once she is settled in New Hampshire. And there was Relay For Life. Initiated by an Academies’ student in 2008, Culver Relay For Life “became an unprecedented communitywide event” as every “sub-community of Culver — town, Academies, lake, and surrounding community — partnered to fight a universally devastating disease,” stated The Culver Citizen. “It made me so proud and thankful that we have students who understand and appreciate the community,” Pam said of that first year.
“May was something major every weekend … the busiest of our seventeen years,” she said. They had planned to be packed by the first of May; it didn’t happen. (Editor’s note: Understandably, it is hard to sort and pack when going-away gifts are coming at you from every direction.)
“We will have a Culver house throughout the house,” Buxton said. “It will take a year to build our house and then we’ll get involved with the community, like we did here,” Buxton said. They will not be far from the University of New Hampshire, where she looks forward to taking some classes and attending seminars. Looking around the ground floor of Huffington Library, bathed in light and overlooking Lake Maxinkuckee, Pam Buxton dabs her eyes with a second tissue. “It’s going to be strange not being here.
Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
We will miss that feeling of just being around so many different kinds of people. I am going to miss the diversity. I will miss the kids, a lot. They are so smart and so in tune. I will miss being a part of such an amazing organization. The essence of Culver is what I will miss,” she said. “This is a place that everyone should experience because it makes you feel great about teenagers and how adults and students can work together. “It’s gratifying to know we’ve made an impact.”
— An article in The Culver Citizen by Editor Jeff Kenney contributed to this story. At an unseasonably brisk 2016 Alumni Reunion Weekend, Pam Buxton introduces a 1966 alumnus to members of the 2016 Regimental Staff.
Time is a precious gift The timing was perfect. As June Week came to a close, faculty, staff, and hourly employees gathered in Eppley Auditorium to honor the Buxtons for their tireless and selfless efforts the past seventeen years. “Now the home team gets a chance to salute you,” Dean of Faculty and Principal Kathy Lintner said. “On behalf of a grateful One Culver,” she presented the Buxtons with a Southern Calendar Clock, a Model 4.5, crafted in 1886 with solid walnut and in pristine working condition, making it 130 years old. “You have contributed a new chapter to Culver’s history,” Lintner said, “and when you leave town in July, heading east and looking forward to your next adventure together, you will literally carry a piece of Culver history with you. “When they arrived in 1999, we were separate; now we are more whole,” Lintner said. “It only seemed fitting that the best gift we could choose for them links them directly back to the heritage of the Culver brothers, who overcame adversity, farm failures, and business declines, but never lost faith that they would be successful.” “I can’t imagine a more perfect gift. We love clocks,” John Buxton said gratefully.
He explained that “the other half of the team is home watching people pack.” Timing being critical, the moving company’s semitrailer was parked in front of Henderson House. Buxton expected it to be loaded and pulling out later that afternoon en route for New Hampshire. This clock “is the perfect symbol for the way we think about life at Culver,” Buxton said. “It reminds us that seventeen years passed like that,” he said, snapping his fingers. “All the more reason to take care of business with the time available. “You people have really worked hard and made a difference for Culver. Thanks for doing that.” Buxton said he found “an appetite for improvement” when he arrived. Things were OK, but there were also things that needed to be addressed on several fronts. “There was never any hesitation. You were up for the task.…And it never spilled back on the kids or the staff.…Progress takes time, ergo the calendar clock.” — Doug Haberland, Editor Editor’s note: The clock presented to the Buxtons was one of five purchased previously by Jim Henderson from a clock dealer in Beech Grove, Indiana; the best of the group was selected for the Buxtons. A free-will donation from faculty, staff, and hourly workers raised nearly $3,000, which covered the cost of the clock and provided a $1,000 donation to a John and Pam Buxton fund designated to help Culver students. CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE
In May, honorary membership in the Culver Legion was extended to three employees for 25 years of service to Culver. The distinction includes public recognition at an all-school Ed Little meeting and the gift of a Culver class ring or cash equivalent. Hired in 1991 and honored in 2016 were Candace Koehn, Humanities/Latin instructor, also was the Intern Program coordinator 2001-07; Ed Little, Director of Horsemanship Operations; and Susie Weldon, Operations Manager for Food Services. Fred Haase was inducted into the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June. He retired from Culver Academies as teacher and golf coach in 2015. However, in his Fred Haase retirement, he will be coaching golf at the Webb School in Knoxville, Tenn. Nicholas Kent, a history faculty Intern in 1998-1999, has been named Deputy Head of School at Jakarta Intercultural School. JIS is a pre-kindergarten through 12 school of 2,400 students serving the children of expatriates living in Indonesia. Nicholas, his wife Erin, and daughter spent the last 10 years at Concordia International School in Shanghai, most recently as the high school principal.
Admissions counselors Scott Joyner and Emily Ryman attended the Town School for Boys School Fair in San Francisco where they reconnected with two alumni now working in admissions. Emily Thews Bainbridge ’06 is with Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where she is also working on her MBA. H. O’Neal Turner III ’00 represented Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is an Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and varsity boys’ lacrosse coach.
Corrections & Clarifications The photo on page 44 of the Spring 2016 issue was taken by Camilo “Mo” Morales. Morales is the Company C counselor and a tremendous contributor to the Alumni magazine and Culver’s photo archives. Ben Colman ’65 of Dexter, Mich., a longtime professional photographer, educator, and student of the medium, observed that the tagline on the Ansel Adams’ photograph (page 32) should have read El Capitan. Adams photographed the prominent feature in Yosemite National Park many times. To clarify, retiree Nancy Kersey worked at The Culver Inn during high school (page 24, Spring 2016). The day after she graduated from high school, she went to work for Col. Henderson in the Admissions Office. She is now living with a daughter.
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Faculty and Staff Notes
We wish the very best to our retiring faculty staff
In addition to the retirement of Head of Schools John and Pam Buxton (page 14), seven faculty-staff members retired with emeritus status. Together, these seven individuals totaled 210 years of continuous service to the Academies. This group includes the duo of Maj. Bill Browne (35 years) and Linda Browne (32), Joe Horvath (34), Kathy Lintner (31), Steve Schumerth (29), Candy Koehn (25) and Doug Haberland (24). Additionally, College Advising Director Deborah â€œCorkyâ€? Miller-Strong retires after 11 years and Assistant Director of Admissions Rheta Bradke with 10.
couple Mars Award honors Long-serving retires after 67 years Bill Linda Browne of combined service Retiring after a combined 67 years of service to the Academies, Maj. Bill and Linda Browne were the recipients of the John R. Mars Award for 2016, but actually it is only one award because they are a collective noun. “You can’t think of one without the other, and their names are strung together in sentences without a pause between the words,” Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said at the May 28 Commencement Convocation. Bill Browne is ending a 35-year career with Culver, and Linda Browne 32. “Together they have had an impact that is truly infinite on the lives of students, parents, colleagues, and friends,” Lintner said.
Head of Schools John and Pam Buxton added: “Bill and Linda shined brightly as a couple who led by example. They will be remembered as people who served the Academies well, led, cohered, and inspired us all by their selflessness. It was our honor to serve with them.”
Those who know the Brownes best — their children — had this to say about their parents:
Maj. Bill Browne: Culver’s Pied Piper
“The most beautiful part of what they’ve done is that no credit has been asked for, no gain expected in exchange,” said son Michael ’97, a former Bandsman. “But the impact they’ve made will return tenfold. Their consistent, patient, and kind approach to nurturing the best in everyone is something that speaks to anyone with a heart. Their lessons show that being a quality human being with compassion can bring out the best in everyone, even if you can’t carry a tune.”
Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said Maj. Bill Browne “is one of those extraordinary people who can do 12 or more things simultaneously but with lighthearted and sometimes slapstick humor that gets everyone over the hurdles. He’s a masterful musician but has the patience and passion for leading students to levels that they could never have dreamed of before. In that respect he has been Culver’s Pied Piper.”
Daughter Amy Mason ’94 recalls her parents driving eight hours to see a former student perform at a summer camp. “Whenever I run into people wearing Culver attire, I am always proud to share that I am Major and Mrs. Browne’s daughter, and then the stories begin,” she said. The Brownes also have three grandchildren, who look forward to spending more time with them.
“Music under his direction pours forth from every corner of the campus,” Fine Bill Browne Arts Department Chair Cathy Duke ’70 said. “He is both juggler and an expert musician in his own right!” Browne, a Master Instructor and the Music Area Coordinator, joined the Academies in summer 1981 as the director of the Naval Band, having taught music for several years in public schools in South Carolina. There is virtually no area of music at Culver that he has not been involved with — he has directed bands and orchestras, taught leadership, music history, music theory, songwriting, and given countless private lessons. He coordinates and hires the adjunct music teachers who give private lessons on campus. He often directs the pit orchestras in the Academies’ musical productions and assists with outdoor education programs. Browne was a key player in getting Culver involved with the Military Band Festival.
He is “all in” all the time, thoroughly engaged with his students and colleagues, Lintner said. “His home away from home has been the M&A.… He lives and breathes music and his students, in whom he has instilled a love and passion for beauty and music, are his true opus.” Here is what two former students said about him: “The little building filled with old pianos and tapestries, and most of all, Maj. Browne, became a place where I could find an order to the chords in my heart,” said Anna Christina Betektin ’13. “After all, we had time and Major was always there, making sure that we were all OK … that we were in tune, that we focused, that we never stopped loving music. … The cello became my singing voice, a joyful noise; as joyful as Major himself. Major showed me that I, too, could have joy. For that, and many other things, I am grateful.” Roosevelt Boykins ’96 wrote: “I was always watching Maj. Browne and how he loved and adored his family. His children and wife had to fight against his love of Culver and his love of music. I studied music in college, joined the glee club, listened to the classics, and even played in some bands. … I have three sons, two of whom are in the band, reading music, playing music and loving music. There has always been a song in my heart, but it’s not every day that someone like Maj. Browne comes along and knows the very note to play so the song sounds better.”
‘All of us could stand to be a little more like her’ Prior to coming to Culver, Linda Browne taught elementary school in Richmond, Ind., and Fairfax, Va., and established the tutoring program at the South Carolina Children’s Home in Columbia, S.C. Those wonderful qualities often associated with elementary teachers are all signature strengths for her — care and compassion, consideration for others, diligence, attention to detail, collaboration, and love of learning. They are part of who she is and how she interacts with students of all ages, according to Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner. Browne began her Culver career in the Accounting Office from 1984-93 before transitioning to the Huffington Library. In 1996 she and a colleague developed and implemented the Information Literacy class. They gave each of their students personalized attention and held make-up sessions for those who needed additional help. Browne also served as a liaison with the Humanities Department, monitoring the progress of the ninthgraders so adjustments could be made to the course. When some English as a Second Language students needed intensive oneon-one daily tutoring if they were to succeed at Culver, Browne customized lessons and spent hours in preparation. That ESL experience piqued her interest, and when she was approached by the Director of International Academic Achievement to teach an English Studies class and work individually with students, she jumped at the opportunity and loved the work. Browne has also been a mother figure and mentor to hundreds of Culver
Bandsmen who needed the TLC that only she could deliver. She knew whether they needed a cookie, a hug, or a gentle nudge. Homesick plebes always found their way to the Browne house. And she is the Band’s Number 1 fan, present at all of the performances and events, and cheering them on. She is also known for her countless acts of encouragement for her colleagues across campus. She notices when someone seems tired or discouraged and thoughtfully comes to the rescue. She is a compassionate listener whom people seek out for advice. Lew Kopp W’66, ‘73.
For many years he played in, managed, and conducted the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest. Maj. Browne plays Principal Horn in the Kokomo Symphony and Kokomo Park Band, and performs regularly with the North American Brass Company, as well as several regional bands and orchestras.
After working in the Huffington Library for many years as a staff member and teacher, Browne excitedly took on the challenge of developing a new class for the international students, who immediately fell in love with her. “She quickly became a grandmother figure for the students,” colleague Cathy Tulungen said. “She is so organized and thoughtful,” Tulungen said. “Never drawing attention to or wanting attention for herself, her heart and mind are constantly thinking about others and how she can help them. All of us could stand to be a little more like her — a little more gentle, a little more thoughtful, a little more organized, a little more patient, a little more thorough, and a lot more loving.”
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Principal/Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner joins the pantheon of Culver giants Kathy Lintner’s course as an innovative and creative educator was charted while still in college. Her letter of application to Dean Ernest B. “Benny” Benson in the spring of 1973 noted that:
[My mentor] and I have worked to develop an inter- disciplinary approach to teaching Humanities classes. We have expanded from the traditional use of literature alone as a key to understanding human nature and human dilemmas. Literature is used as a primary source, but it is supplemented with the study of music, art, philosophy, religion, and architecture.
Forty years on, this vision has been realized. The Humanities curriculum is a fitting legacy to this dedicated educator and leader who retires after 31 years of service to the Academies, 23 of which were spent as the Dean of Faculty, making her the longest senior level female administrator in the Academies’ history. One of the first women on the faculty, Lintner came to Culver in 1973 as an Assistant Instructor in English after graduating from Ball State University. She left in 1976 to pursue a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. She taught English for eight years in the Knox Community Schools, serving as the president of its teachers’ union, before returning to Culver in 1988 as a Senior Instructor. Lintner was promoted to Master Instructor in 1990 and awarded the Eugene C. Eppley Endowed Chair of English in 1992. A year later, she was promoted to Dean of Faculty and later Dean of Faculty and Principal of the Academies upon completion of her principals’ licensure through Indiana University. A gifted teacher, Lintner seemed destined for a leadership role that would give full expression to her range of talents and enthusiasms. Writing of her interest in the Dean of Faculty position, Lintner was characteristically direct:
I see Culver’s potential smoldering under layers of inertia. The Dean of Faculty’s first job should be to facilitate positive change. Before that can happen, however, a sense of trust must be nurtured between faculty and administration. It is vital that faculty view me as an active listener, one who can empathize but not necessarily agree, one who can clarify issues and work toward resolution. I have been engaged in this process this whole year [but] talking, of course, must be translated into action.
I offer you three precious commodities — my time, my energy, and my loyalty.
Dean Kathy Lintner (center) with Academic Dean Kevin MacNeil (left) and Head of Schools John Buxton.
In her senior administrative role, Lintner has masterfully guided the Culver faculty, supporting the professional growth of each faculty member; recruiting, hiring, and training new faculty; and leading the Academic Department chairs. In her 23 years as Dean of Faculty, Lintner has served on dozens of faculty committees, partnering with administrators and faculty members to design learning experiences for students and faculty. Throughout her tenure, she has remained centered on students, serving as a guide to them on their own hero’s journeys. Lintner and colleague Richard Davies, Ph.D., created Culver’s first interdisciplinary course, Mythology and Literature. She has taught this course since 1992. Over the past decade Lintner has also served as the founding Chair of the Duchossois Family Scholars Program. Twenty years later, those “precious commodities” are clearly evident. But no one succeeds for such a long period at such a high level without reciprocal commitments from family, friends and colleagues. Once featured “At the Head of the Class” in the Parent Newsletter, Lintner named her husband Fred as the person who has most influenced her life and career. “He is my anchor, cheerleader, and best friend,” she said. “I could not do this job without his wise counsel and support.” Fred Lintner retired in 1998 as Culver’s Director of Development. The Lintners have two sons, Steven ’75 and John “Pat” ’76, as well as three grandchildren: Bess Lintner Boswell ’02,
No Blisters, No Bliss As the 2016 Baccalaureate speaker, Dean of the Faculty and Principal Kathy Lintner had much in common with the graduates-to-be seated before her in Memorial Chapel. Chris Lintner W’92, ’97, and Christa Lintner Santos, who attended Specialty Camp; and a great-grandson, Hao Wen “Charlie” Chen ’16. The rising Dean of Faculty Josh Pretzer noted that Lintner has hired over three-quarters of the current Culver faculty “and through her deliberate feedback and leadership of the department chairs, Kathy has elevated the level of teaching for every faculty member under her charge. Kathy has led through the deep, personal relationships she forms with each faculty member — learning their personal journeys and quickly becoming part of each as a mentor, guide, and friend. She often says Culver is at its best when someone needs support; that is only true because Kathy is at the helm pulling the team together. Kathy has taught me how to be a reflective practitioner, to lead from the heart, the importance of ‘we over me,’ and to take action, reminding me frequently that ‘hope is not a strategy.’ Upon retirement, the Queen Dean will join the pantheon of Culver giants as one who always lives the values and virtues of Culver.” “Kathy has been at the very center of the academic narrative these past many years,” said Academic Dean Kevin MacNeil, “especially important in the development of the teaching and learning model and the rank and promotion system. Ours has been a true partnership, with much given and much received. With humor, wit, intelligence and heart, Kathy has managed ‘the human side of change’ — by far the most difficult. Without her wise counsel and warm friendship, my days will be diminished.” Head of Schools John Buxton wrote, “Consider this: how many times have you heard the phrase ‘Kathy and Fred’? How about ‘Kathy and Kevin’? ‘Kathy and Josh’? ‘Kathy and fill in the blank?’ As though they are one person. She has become so instrumental in the functioning of the school and so much a part of the fabric of the community that her name has become a collective noun. The reason is that she completes people. She does not compete; she completes. Kathy leads by serving, and her leadership begins and ends with relationships. There is no more trusted companion, friend, mentor, or guide. She is part of that glue that holds things together and without which, so many things at Culver would not have been possible. That makes her very special indeed.” — This article was based on information provided by Head of Schools John Buxton, Academic Dean Kevin MacNeil, Ph.D., and Josh Pretzer, who will succeed Kathy Lintner as Dean of Faculty.
After 43 years in education – 31 of those with the Academies — Lintner is retiring “and you are graduating and heading off to college. We are both at a life juncture where time seems to be fluid, not chronological — that odd point of confluence where we are simultaneously looking back at the trajectory of our Culver experience, anticipating a much needed summer break, but also trying to savor every single moment of this important weekend. We long to leave but hold fast to the familiar; count down the final days but grieve for the imminent separation. We are on a similar journey.” Then, Lintner got down to the “real truth … the rest of your life is one big elective. Graduation is not the terminus of your experience; it is the terminal of your success going forward. “You have relied on mentors in all areas of your life who cared, listened, and helped you find your own voice.” Lintner said. Quoting Yoda, who said, ‘You must unlearn what you have learned,’ Lintner continued, “You applied your critical thinking skills to the task and transformed yourselves, not only in the classroom but on the athletic fields, in the dorms/barracks, making the virtues living realities in your life.” But, Lintner reminded, you do not have to walk your path alone; “every hero has companions who complement his strengths and challenges.” “No matter what life path you choose, you can’t have bliss without blisters,” she said. “And there are lessons in suffering that you can’t learn any other way. Loss is an integral part of life, just as joy is. You can’t have one without the other. The biggest challenge is to learn to accept the sorrows of the world by choosing to live in joy. “The last part of the journey — returning home — is an act that you will experience repeatedly in your lives. You’ll discover that home can be a literal place, like your hometown, or it can be centered in the heart of another person, your faith, or a home away from home — like Culver. It’s a place where you feel known and are known by others. Above all, it helps you realize that you must be in service to something larger than yourself in order to find lasting meaning. Commitments that you make and honor will continually reshape the narrative of your life.”
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Words of retiree Joe Horvath echo across the campus As a gift to the Class of 2016, Joseph Horvath, a 34-year veteran of the Academies’ faculty, addressed the graduates at the May 28 Commencement Convocation. A former member and head of both the History and Humanities departments who also taught Russian, Horvath was a coach, a long-serving intern coordinator, a friend to people across the campus, and one of the first recipients of the prestigious Batten Fellowship. Head of Schools John Buxton called Horvath “a true Culver exemplar (and) the perfect person to deliver this address. Consider this,” Buxton said, “a gift to you on the eve of Joe’s retirement.” Horvath focused his remarks on the “echoes that ring true to so many of us at Culver” and what they represent. “More often than not,” he said, “(echoes) serve as reminders of where we have been and where we are headed.” Horvath then verbally meandered the campus, visiting the Math, Science, Modern Language, Fine Arts, Athletic Joe Horvath and Humanities departments, dropping the names of colleagues along the way while having fun with plays on words customized for each.
• The challenge for each of us, as we put thoughts and dreams into action, is how we handle the triumphs and disasters encountered along the way. “How we handle each will echo loudly who we become,” Horvath said. • “Use this weekend to celebrate your parents and grandparents, your sisters and brothers, your counselors and coaches, your military mentors and resident directors, and perhaps even a teacher or two.” As his professional and personal journey across campus came to a close, Horvath “heard and saw the echoes of the distant and recent past. Names commemorating sacrifices and achievements of those who walked before us are etched on Chapel, Legion, and memorial walls; on athletic plaques and trophies; on monumental halls and buildings, and even faintly scratched on benches and trees and desks.” In the end, Horvath realizes the echoes proclaim that “history is for all ages.” “I finally understood since, you see, I am but a simple student of history. So ladies and gentlemen, and most especially to you, the Class of 2016, I implore each and every one of you to go out and make some history!”
Steve Schumerth, Instructor in Leadership Steve Schumerth retires from the Academies with 29 years of experience, the last 13 as an instructor in the Leadership Department, where he taught the sophomore classes and assisted with the Senior Practicum.
Horvath shared several personal observations that he deemed useful for the soon-to-be graduates: • “I would suggest that the starting point in any endeavor is important,” he said, noting how, as a new teacher, he missed the opening day of classes at Culver because he thought the schedule was a misprint. “I mean, who holds classes on Labor Day? I soon discovered that Culver did. An inauspicious beginning … you bet. My initial days at Culver did not echo favorably.” • Learning is a lifelong process, but sometimes learning is not so rigorous. Sometimes learning is but a truism in life that has not been explored. • “It’s not have a good life, it’s live a good life,” Horvath said, sharing how he had been corrected by a challenging student.
Schumerth joined the staff in August 1987 and served 16 years as the counselor of Battery C before transitioning to the classroom.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and with an advanced degree from Valparaiso University. Schumerth taught in private schools at the middle school/junior high level and worked in
the mental health field for a number of years before coming to Culver. Over his years, Schumerth has coached football, basketball, and baseball, and leads a weekly student Bible study. He and his wife, Sue, are parents of five alumni children — Amanda ’07, Daniel ’06, Angela ’04, Christopher ’03, and Shane ’02 (deceased). Schumerth also has written a book, which is yet unpublished.
Candace Koehn, Mentor Instructor, Modern & Classical Languages Candy Koehn cast a wide net during her 25-year Academies teaching career. And in addition to the lives touched here, she had previously taught for 16 years in Ohio. Joining the English Department faculty in 1991, she has taught British Literature, Myth and Literature, and World Literature. She then transitioned to the Language Department and has taught Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Koehn served as co-adviser for the CGA Honor Council (1991 to 2010), as a member of the Duchossois Scholarship selection committee, Faculty Intern Coordinator (2000 to 2007), a Faculty Marshal (2002 to 2013), and as study hall proctor for the CMA A and Prep hockey teams (2001 to 2012). Additionally, she has been honored with the Mark B. Kaser Award (1998), the Frank Smathers Jr. Chair of English (1999), the Ralph N. Manuel Award (2001), and the Dean John R. Mars Award (2005). In 2009, Koehn was named a Batten Fellow and Mentor Instructor, one of the seven faculty members designated with that status. Koehn earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Bowling Green State University.
Writing Culver’s first draft for 24 years The first time Doug Haberland’s name appeared in the Culver Alumni Magazine as editor was December 1992. It was the Annual Report issue, when the magazine was combined with the Annual Report. Lists of numbers and names – important, but not much of a debut for the new editor. But the second issue, March 1993, covered the sudden death of football coach Dave Nelson ’53 and the disappointment of the Black Horse Troop and the Equestriennes not being invited to ride in President Bill Clinton’s first Inaugural Parade. And so the original plan for the spring issue was scrapped. So goes the news. Often, the best laid story ideas often end up being pushed aside by reality. That is the world journalists live in. Haberland has lived that life since graduating as a history major from Ball State University. Haberland spent much of his newspaDoug Haberland per career working for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette as a sportswriter, copy editor, state editor, and columnist. He came to Culver Academies in the fall of 1992 to be the editor of the then Alumnus magazine, suceeding Mary Ellen Hamer. He has been editor all of his 24 years on campus. The indoor graduation in 1993, centennial celebration in 1994, the CGA 25th anniversary (which happened within months of Dean Mary Frances England’s death) in 1996, the return trip to the Inaugural Parade in 1997, the transition from Dean Ralph Manuel to Head of Schools John Buxton in 1999, the 2002 centennial celebration of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, the Woodcraft Camp centennial and 40th anniversary of CGA in 2012, and John and Pam Buxton’s retirement have all been chronicled under Haberland’s watch; along with numerous other notable events. Newspapers are called the first draft of history. For the Culver faithful, that first draft has been the Culver Alumni Magazine. It’s only fitting that a history major has been at the helm for nearly a quarter of a century. —by Jan Garrison, Editor of news.culver.org
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C MA Faculty Daughters Reunite Haberland photo
Valuable assets that are still paying great dividends
Outer circle, clockwise, beginning at lower left: Anne Pare Chastain ’73, Kris Nicholson Roopenian ’74, Mary Scruggs Spencer ’67, Harriet Scruggs O’Neil ’66, Kathryn Teach Craddock ’63, Jane Benson ’62, Greta Hughes ’59, Susan Helber ’67, Frances Chesser Bowers ’71, Jean Maull Schuster ’65, Jo Hughes Trickovic ’63, Eley Graham Kuchar ’67, Gerry Graham Gram ’60, Brenda Kowatch Madala ’72, Barbara Moore Linhart ’61, Maggie Sollenberger Craig ’69, and Petra Nicholson ’72. Inner circle, clockwise from left: Kay Covington Yendes ’60, Mayra Perez Arriete ’71, Vicki Helber ’68, Susan Roos ’72, Tis Tanner Free ’71, Sheila Strow Yale ’61, Dee Gleason Stinson ’62, Mary Todd Platt ’61, and Mary Strow ’64.
By Katie Taylor SS’10, ’11 Development Staff Officer
The weekend of May 13-15 was an exciting experience for me. I would be reuniting with my class for the first time since graduation five years ago, and I also came back to Culver last year as a member of the Advancement team.
Getting a chance to see my 2011 classmates was certainly a moment I had been anxiously awaiting for weeks; but I also treasured my opportunity to peek into the reunion events for the CMA coed graduates. The schedule for this group included a roundtable discussion among the returning classmates, a breakfast with Culver’s current faculty daughters, as well as a reunion brunch. As I infiltrated their events to socialize among the coeds, it amazed me how naturally we could converse considering our difference in years, yet I had fully anticipated that there would be elements of the Culver experience that
would ring true from generation to generation. However, this group of women had quite a unique story to tell. CGA graduates like myself had often heard about the faculty daughters that first introduced CMA to a coed learning environment. But it wasn’t until I met some of the CMA coeds that I really considered the distinctive journey that a young woman studying among a school of young men would have in comparison to the diverse learning environment that Culver provides today and that I experienced. Not only did CMA deliver great value to the young women who attended in
This unique bond differs from what you would find at Culver Academies today. During the ’50s and ’60s, a time when the girls’ school was just building its foundation, it meant a great deal more for the young women to come together and bond due to their shared circumstances. These women can be viewed as the start of a new era for the school. Today’s Culver Girls Academy now might be described as our pride and joy, as no other school in the
Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
CMA Coed Daughters Petra Nicholson ’72, Susan Roos ’72, Brenda (Kowatch) Madala ’72 (left to right) at the Saturday brunch.
“It taught me confidence. Being put into this environment, you could either sink or swim, and we had to swim,” explained Gerry (Graham) Gram, CMA ’60. She also found it easy to relate to men and valuable that she gained so many young men as friends during her time here. In fact, her combination of last names is a result of that experience. Cadet Bill Gram ’60 sat behind her in class, “leading to an embarrassing moment during roll call”; he eventually became her husband.
The CMA Coed Daughters paraded as a unit and received an enthusiastic welcome. Passing in Review are, left to right, Mary (Sollenberger) Craig ’69, Eley (Graham) Kuchar ’67, Susan Helber ’67, and Jane Benson ’62 (far right, foreground).
A notable example of what influence this demographic had was discussed by Jane Benson, CMA ’62. She relayed to the 38 women present, “I will never, ever forget the influence of being a part of a community of women.… I am very involved in women’s movements, promoting equality.” Benson also cited her female classmates as a source of camaraderie and solidarity during her time at Culver.
this transitional time period, but the coeds themselves proved quite valuable to the school as well. It had been increasingly difficult to attract new faculty and staff to work at the school; faculty wanted their daughters to receive the equally high-quality and demanding education that their sons could receive, so the introduction of these young women to CMA benefitted the school in both enrollment and staffing needs.
nation focuses on leadership specific and separate to females quite like Culver has. The original pioneers of this new era in Culver’s history found it necessary to compete in order to prove themselves among their male counterparts. However, this did not put the women at a disadvantage, it only encouraged them to aim high in their achievements.
This type of zealous antagonism that the CMA coeds had to overcome most notably would echo their later ambitions in life to become high-achieving women in the workforce. Many of the coeds would describe the tension toward them in the classrooms to be more of a hesitance rather than a resistance. It created a need to earn positive recognition among their peers. For example, Greta Hughes, CMA ’59, has spent the past 35 years teaching engineers, an overwhelmingly maledominated field. “Occasionally they would ask about my background,” to which she would reply about her experience at an all-boys school. One of her male students responded, “And so, you spent the rest of your life getting even with us.”
C ‘ ulver Daughters Sing Thy Praise’
My small glimpse into the lives of the CMA coeds was enlightening and often came with these humorous vignettes that these women could reflect on with one another. I find it so heartwarming that Culver still recognizes these women as graduates of CMA (although I did enjoy the reprinting of their diplomas to include female pronouns in place of the standard-issue documents they received at their time of graduation). The experience these women had was very different from today, and this stems not only from generational changes and an increase in the female demographic at Culver, but largely with the installation of a separate school, Culver Girls Academy. Haberland photo.
“It was such a great weekend! Hearing the stories from others who went before us was eye-opening and, personally, I feel like I met an incredible group of strong women who all seemed to agree that Culver uniquely set us up to be able to move about more freely in a man’s world. Thank you all! – Kristin (Nicholson) Roopenian ’74
“As much as I loved seeing the girls from my era, I also enjoyed meeting and hearing from those girls who came after me.” – Kay (Covington) Yendes, CMA ’60
“Everything was amazing and the Academies made us feel like royalty. The coeds were very thrilled with everything! Enjoying a special reunion event at the Culver Museum are, left to right, Sheila (Strow) Yale ’61, Gerry (Graham) Gram ’60, Greta Hughes ’59, Kay (Covington) Yendes ’60, Barbara (Moore) Linhart ’61, and Mary (Todd) Platt ’61.
Females were always held to the same academic standards as males from the time the school began to admit girls. Now it is a defining characteristic worth mention that the Academies appreciates the difference in male and female relationships, and how these differences factor into each school’s leadership structure, unit/dorm environments, and living expectations. While I am always going to be irrefutably proud to be a graduate of CGA, I think we can derive many valuable tokens from the adventures the coeds of CMA shared with one another. Editor’s note: Katie Taylor SS’10, ’11 joined the Development Department in July 2015 as a Culver Fund Officer, working with recent graduates and current students, as well as managing Culver’s crowdfunding platform, Impact Culver. She graduated from Miami University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Legal Studies. In addition to her work in the Development Department, Taylor is the Assistant Sailing Coach and assists with the CGA Drill Team.
– Jean (Maull) Schuster, CMA ’65
“Seeing our best friends from long ago in such a beautiful setting was fun, emotional, and so heart-warming.” – Johanna (Hughes) Trickovic, CMA ’63
“I certainly thank everyone who worked so hard to provide us a lovely weekend full of memories old and now new! It is always a treat to be on campus. I am hard pressed to decide if I enjoy being in familiar places or the opportunity to discover new facilities. We were so thrilled to be in the White- DeVries Rowing Center and the Crisp Center.” – Eley (Graham) Kuchar, CMA ’67
Comments gleaned from emails to the Alumni Office and Facebook posts.
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Graduate of the Year Sen. Dan Sullivan ’83 shares life lessons learned at Culver and in Washington by Kathe Brunton
n May 14, Culver Academies honored Dan Sullivan W’78, ’83 as the Graduate of the Year for 2016. In 2014, Sullivan won election as the junior U.S. senator from Alaska. Culver Alumni Magazine profiled his journey to the highest legislative body in the country in the Spring 2015 issue. Now, we take a look at his first year as a senator — what he’s learned, what he’s done, and what he hopes to accomplish. In presenting the Graduate of the Year award, Head of Schools John Buxton noted that Culver graduates “are our proxy in the world. Not all hit their stride at Culver, but some do. And this one did.” Buxton added, “Dan is a down-to-earth, casual, open and honest person. He exemplifies our virtues and values.” Sullivan followed with an inspiring talk. We are pleased to present a portion of his acceptance speech in this issue. It just may be true that “nice guys finish last.” Dan Sullivan W’78, ’83, for example. A humble, truly decent person. Yet he is dead last among his peers. Still, considering his colleagues are members of the august body of the United States Senate, being at the end of the roll is not a bad thing. In fact, he seems to enjoy the notoriety. “The Senate has a rather arcane system for seniority,” he laughed. “You’re looking at senator number 100 out of 100.” Just over a year into his first term as Alaska’s junior senator, Sullivan isn’t letting a little thing like lack of seniority get in the way of moving his state and the country forward. “A big part of your life here is committee assignments,” he said, in a phone interview. “I was very fortunate to get named to the four committees that I requested. These are important to me because they reflect not only my own background and experience but also issues that are important to Alaska.” Those committees are Senate Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, and Environment of Public Works. Sullivan is pleased that the first bill he co-sponsored, the Clay-Hunt Suicide Prevention Act for veterans, not only was passed into law, but that he was invited to the White House to attend the signing ceremony.
Photos courtesy of Sen. Sullivanâ€™s Office.
Visiting Alaskan high school students meet with Sen. Sullivan this past spring in front of the Capitol. Photos courtesy of Sen. Sullivanâ€™s Office.
Staff photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
he following is excerpted from Dan Sullivan’s acceptance speech as the 2016 Culver Graduate of the Year. It was presented May 14 in Eppley Auditorium before an all-school assembly attended by students, alumni, faculty, and friends.
LIFE LESSONS LEARNED AT CULVER Culver Graduate of the Year speeches are like when your parents ask you if you want a piece of advice. The question is a mere formality because you’re going to get it anyway! So this morning, I thought I’d emphasize three life lessons that I learned at this incredible school on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.
Graduate of the Year Dan Sullivan ’83 with his daughter Isabella (left) and his niece Ingrid Sullivan, both of whom are rising seniors in CGA. Ingrid is the daughter of Dan’s brother Thomas Sullivan ’82. The Sullivans are a three-generation Culver family, the patriarch being Thomas Sullivan ’55.
First, seek out mentors for advice and guidance. Decade after decade, Culver is blessed with a world-class faculty. Many of the best teachers I’ve had in my life were my Culver professors. It’s your job to seek them out, work them hard, and learn from them.
Being a senator, especially a new one, involves continual learning on the myriad topics and issues that face the country. Sullivan has found that when he wants to delve into the heart of any matter, he can call on a number of experts.
Here’s a truism that most people don’t realize. Most successful people want to help the next generation but you need to ask. So get in the habit of seeking guidance and wisdom from your elders whether here at Culver, in college, or your professional career. I guarantee you’ll benefit from it like I have. Second, take risks and do not be afraid to try new experiences, even if you might fail. With all its sports and arts programs as well as extracurricular activity, there is no better place in the country to test your limits than at Culver.
Sullivan also has been working diligently on combatting domestic violence issues, something he focused on when he was Alaska’s Attorney General. He’s already authored one bill that was signed into law by the President; another has been passed by the Senate and is working its way through the House. “More broadly,” he said, “I’ve been very focused on doing what I campaigned on. I think the people should expect that from their elected officials.” A big challenge for Sullivan in this new role is coordinating his family, which is now spread from coast to coast. He, of course, is in Washington, D.C., every week but tries to get home most weekends. His wife Julie and youngest daughter Laurel, now a high school sophomore, are in Anchorage. Middle daughter Isabella is a senior at Culver, and oldest daughter Meghan will be a sophomore at Stanford University in California. “The Sullivan family during the week has the East Coast, the Midwest, West Coast, and the Pacific Northwest all covered,” he said, adding, “I spend a lot of time on airplanes.” But whether he is in D.C. or Alaska, Sullivan is in awe of the mantle he carries as a U.S. Senator. “When you look at the history of the Senate, you can see the years, the decades and the centuries of this country. Even the desks in the Senate. I was shown the desk of Jefferson Davis. It has a big knot in it. During the Civil War, a Union soldier came in and put a bayonet through it. That kind of history is so real. To be a part of this institution, it’s an honor.”
Staff photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.
“You can literally ask any expert on any topic in the world to get you more up to speed,” he said. “That’s a real opportunity and a privilege, and I’ve tried to take advantage of that.”
When I attended Culver I did not always live by this advice. I played a lot of sports. Football was my passion. But I also really admired the Fine Arts Head of Schools John Buxton congratulates Alaska Sen. programs. I Dan Sullivan ’83, Culver’s 2016 Graduate of the Year, folwent to all the lowing the presentation of a Culver eagle at the all-school Dancevision assembly during Alumni Reunion Weekend. performances and high school musicals, which were so professionally done with wonderful performers like (Leadership Department Chairman) Dr. (Stephanie) Scopelitis, who was a classmate of mine. But I never had the guts to actually try out for any of these shows. The closest I came was taking Mrs. Duke’s dance class, where I believe I got a grade of C but almost certainly deserved a D. So, Mrs. Duke (Cathy, CMA ’70), thank you for that kind grade and saving my GPA! I’m glad to say that Culver finally now has a Sullivan who can dance beautifully – my daughter Isabella.
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When I did take this advice and tried new things, it almost always worked out well for me. Take lacrosse. My senior year I joined the brand new Culver lacrosse club. We were a ragtag bunch – a collection of football and hockey players more interested in decking members of the opposing team than scoring goals. So we didn’t win a lot of games, but we sure had fun. And now look at lacrosse at Culver, both for boys and girls — some of the best players in the country. I’m proud to be part of that tradition. My third and final piece of advice is this. Be confident in and embrace your Culver friends and Culver values — both will be with you for life. I still keep in close contact with many of my Culver classmates. But it’s not just the classmates — it’s the idea of joining the Culver family, and once you go here you’re part of it forever. Let me tell you a story. I live in an amazing, beautiful state — Alaska. In 2013, my daughters, wife Julie, and I made the decision together that I was going to run for a U.S. Senate seat. This was a bit of an intimidating undertaking. If you fail, it is a very public failure. I remember going to our campaign kickoff event with my wife and daughters, asking my wife, nervously, “What if no one shows up?” Well, the people of the great state of Alaska did show up. But you know who else showed up? The Culver family. We had Culver graduates from many classes from across the country, most of whom I didn’t even know, who reached out to my campaign and asked how they could help. It was humbling. It was the Culver family in action trying to take care of one of its own. I’ll be forever grateful.
CULVER VALUES The values you learn here will also stay with you forever, even if you don’t realize that right now. Three Culver values that have had a profound impact on me are: patriotism, service, and action. There are few if any schools that emphasize love of country and respect for the military more than Culver. Look at the Gold Star Ceremony. I’ve been a Marine Corps officer for over two decades, and the seed to join the few and the proud was planted right here. The idea of service is also part of the fabric of Culver. You see it everywhere on campus from the Logansport Gate to the Memorial Chapel. No matter what field you are looking to pursue after Culver and college, it’s critically important to find ways to serve your fellow citizens. Service deepens the bonds of civility and cohesion in our society — something we need a little more of right now. But most importantly, serving others will bring you personal satisfaction. I’ve seen it over and over in my life. And as you go through life, you will too.
Alaskan Sen. Dan Sullivan speaking at a press conference. Joining him at the far left is Sen. John McCain (Arizona) with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire).
And service to others — whether as a doctor, teacher, member of the military or yes, even a politician — requires action … another Culver value. From my own experience, I can tell you, there are two kinds of people in this world: talkers and doers. Be a doer. Just look at Culver’s history and alumni — we produce doers. Don’t be afraid to take action in service of others, even if you will be criticized, which you inevitably will. The Culver values of patriotism, service, and action are summed up with typical gusto by former President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech he gave over 100 years ago called “Citizenship in a Republic.” I’d like to close with a passage from this famous speech and I’d like you to remember it, especially later in life, when you are serving others according to values you’ve learned here, and yet some of your fellow citizens might not always agree with you. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Thank you again for this great honor. Keep up the great work. I am so proud of all of you – students, faculty, and this great institution.
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Causing a Stir Katherine Erwin, a junior Woodcraft Camper, races across the Henderson Parade Field, causing a stir among the lake gulls. The photo was shot by her grandmother, instructor Jacqueline Erwin.
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Class news published in this issue was received and processed as of April 30, 2016. Class news for the Academies’ graduates and Culver Summer Schools & Camps is combined under the graduation decade. Names appearing in bold italics indicate those individuals who are alumni of CSSC.
A group of mid-’70s alumni gathered in Annapolis, Md., in May for a surprise 60th birthday party for Terry Smith ’74. The event was organized by his daughter, Kennedy. Joining in the fun are, left to right, Paul Seel ’72, Andy Wagner (former English teacher and Company A counselor), John Bollman ’75, Bob Gage ’73, Miles White ’73, Connie Carter ’75. Terry Smith ’74, Gene Needles ’73, John Garrett ’74, Jim Hulbert ’74, and Mike Jakubowski ’71.
1940s Elwood H. “Bud” Hillis W’38, ’44 of Windsor, Colo., lost his wife, Carol, in August 2015. He is in assisted living and celebrated his 90th birthday last March.
1950s Roberto A. Calderon ’50 enjoys fishing and the good life in Costa Rica. He welcomes a call or email from classmates. J. Edward Bing N’51, ’53 and his wife, Jan, made a trip back to Culver early this year,
attending church, stopping at many of the new buildings, and enjoying the “rain swept campus.” Jeb has been editor of the Pleasanton, Calif., weekly newspaper since 1987. Lewis M. Steel ’54 of New York City, published “The Butler’s Child” with his coauthor in June (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). The autobiographical story tells how a privileged white child grew up to be a civil rights lawyer. Lewis also reflects on his years as a Culver cadet. As a civil rights lawyer, Lewis was mentored by NAACP General Counsel Robert Carter, one of the architects of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Robert E. Clements Jr. W’52, ’57 is still running stock market money, dividing his time between La Quinta, Calif., Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, with wife Margie.
Lloyd W. Hisrich ’57 is in his 48th year as the Batesville (Ind.) High School public address announcer for athletics. Henry F. McFarland ’58 is retired from NIH and living in Naples, Fla. He now has a small consulting business focused on clinical research in multiple sclerosis. Culver’s 2008 Graduate of the Year, Terry Peabody ’58 was featured in Falconer, published by the Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Terry was cited for his successful international business ventures; his family-operated New Zealand winery, Craggy Range, was named New World Winery of 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In the article, Terry said the discipline and regimentation of CMA “put me on a new path. I realized the benefits of discipline, hard work, and concentration. It was important for me because I learned how to train and lead others.”
Bob Williams ’58 is an executive producer in Los Angeles. He has been directing and producing TV specials with Jimmy Osmond. They did "The Osmond 50 Anniversary" and “Jerry Lewis Live,” both from Las Vegas for PBS. They also did "The American Entertainment Awards," a "Tribute to Andy Williams," and a Broadway retrospective.
FROM THE LEGION PRESIDENT Expectations and alumni participation are on the rise Musings as I man the grill at our annual summer Capital City (Washington, D.C. area) pool party.
1960s Norman Mears ’66 of Raleigh, N.C., has published his first book, “Experience the Living Christ! Learning to Live in the Presence of God.” The book is a guide for those who desire to know the Lord more intimately and dwell in the presence of God more completely. James M. Shellenberger W’60, ’66 and his wife, Julie, are retired in Vero Beach, Fla. Dr. John C. Burnett Jr. ’67 credits his Culver experience for research advances he has made in the preclinical development of a designer peptide, which was engineered for the treatment of heart failure to delay disease progression. John and his wife, Linda, live in Rochester, Minn.
1970s Karen S. Carswell ’74 is the softball coach at Plymouth (Ind.) High School. Karen played softball for CGA and Purdue University. She continued playing from 1978-95 and was a member of two ASA Indiana champions during that time. KC previously coached JV softball for Plymouth in 1993 and has coached ASA Travel Softball. She also is a licensed state official in volleyball, basketball, and softball. KC was enshrined in the Academies’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Douglas A. Cook W’71, ’75 married Sara Proctor on Dec. 18, 2015. The newlyweds live in Germantown, Tenn.
660 alumni from the 1 and 6 classes, plus at least 60 more from surrounding classes, attended Alumni Reunion Weekend in May. Fifteen years ago, we were drawing 550 attendees; now 650 is the norm. In all, we now welcome over 1,200 guests annually for this special event. In May, rings recognizing 25 years of service to Culver were presented to Candace Koehn, Master Instructor in the Classical and Romance Language Department; Ed Little, Director of Operations for the Vaughn Equestrian Center and our Horsemanship programs; and Susie Weldon from the Food Service and Catering Departments. By vote of your board members, rings and honorary membership in The Legion were extended to Pam and John Buxton, recognizing their extraordinary service, and to Doug Haberland, who retired after over 23 years editing our award-winning alumni magazine. We also recognized other longtime faculty and staff members who retired in June. They are featured in this issue. Two years ago, 22 percent of alumni participated in The Culver Fund campaign. As the fiscal year closed in late June, our participation rate was 28 percent. We are headed in the right direction the last two years. During Reunion Weekend, we welcomed new Legion Board directors Evan Heckaman ’06 (Bradenton, Fla.), Howard Mosley ’77 (Naperville, Ill.), and Andrea Weaks Tabler ’81 (Palm Desert, Calif.), who will start their terms in September. We also applauded the work of directors Stan Balzekas ’72 (Chicago), Jennifer Kline Morgan ’84 (Carmel, Ind.), and Alan Simonini ’71 (Cornelius, N.C.), who completed their terms. As I move to the Immediate Past President role, I leave knowing that empirical data tells us the level of involvement among alumni has risen in recent years, and is likely to increase under the capable leadership of your new president, Dr. Anna Kantzer Wildermuth ’83 (Lafayette, Ind.). Anna and her husband, Michael, have had two children graduate, Andrew ’14 and Maddy ’16, and their third, Bella, is a CGA senior, so they are fully invested in Culver today. I am enthusiastic about the Legion’s future. Our efforts in collaboration with the Culver Clubs International (CCI) organization are equally exciting. CCI still has the entrepreneurial spirt that has guided much of its work for the last 25 years. I encourage your involvement.
Maj. Gen. Richard J. Sherlock ’76, USA Ret. Fairfax, Virginia
Rick is a retired major general with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. He is president and CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services. Rick and his wife, Lyn, are parents of two daughters.
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High Seas, the website and mobile app development and design agency founded by Michael L. Myers NB’84, ’88, has celebrated its 11th year in business. The firm, located in Sausalito, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., specializes in sophisticated custom solutions for businesses, with particular expertise in the eHealth and FinTech fields.
The Class of 1995 came out strong for the 2016 Junior Woodcraft Camp. Together for the closing ceremony are, left to right, Lindsay (Combes) Ray ’95 with daughter Nora, Lindsey (Martin) Pick ’95 with daughter Ainsley, Chad Reynolds ’95 with children Linda Kate and Arthur, Bobby Delgado ’95 with wife Frida and Quetzalli and Josh Clemons ’95 with children Jack and Kate.
1980s Ray H. Bauer A’80 retired from the Tennessee National Guard as a major in December 2015 after 36 years. He served in Iraq (2003-04) and Afghanistan (2009-11). Ray spent 10 years in the medical field, 10 years in combat arms, and 16 years as a logistician. He lives in La Vergne, Tenn., and works for SIMS Recycling Solutions, a global electronics leader. Bradley F. Burns ’81 of Las Vegas has been promoted to Rangemaster at Front Sight Firearms Institute. He is responsible for supervising 40 students at a time as they receive defensive handgun training at the 550-acre facility. Brad is also still flying the Gulfstream V, 550, and 450 as a captain for NetJets Aviation. Deacon Patrick Moynihan ’83, president of The Haitian Project, was the special guest in March on the Friday edition of “Word to Life” aired on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. The live segment was hosted by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. THP serves students through Louverture Cleary School, a coeducational Catholic School in Haiti, with which Pat remains heavily involved.
L. Shannon Graves W’83, NB’86 completed his first year this spring as Head of School at Island School in Lihue, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. His three children — 18, 14, and 9 — and wife Maria are enjoying experiencing the new school, friends, experiences, and location. Dillon M. Dalton ’87 is a senior vice president and head of business banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Indiana, Ohio, metro Chicago, and downstate Illinois. Dillon lives in Valparaiso, Ind., with his wife, Cara, and two daughters. The family volunteers for relief work in Haiti, Mexico, and other troubled areas.
The Wilton, Conn.-based Blue Buffalo pet food company donated food for life to a non-profit shelter in Norwalk, Conn., in February 2016. David M. Petrie ’89, president of the company and the Blue Buffalo Foundation, said in an online post that it was “a no brainer for us to jump on board and participate.” The donation was in response to an 11-year-old leukemia survivor whose “Make-a-Wish” was to create a puppy playroom instead of asking for something for herself.
1990s As an executive with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL, Jamie Spencer ’91 is used to spending time on the ice. This past winter, however, he took a dive through the ice for a good cause. Jamie participated in the 2016 Polar Plunge at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, an event that raised $14,000 locally for the Special Olympics. Statewide, 30 plunges raised over $1.2 million. Jeremy Church ’93 has been named a partner at WordWrite Communications,
Sporting their Culver sweaters, volunteer Shack chaperone Jerry Ney W’56, ’57 and Yuanyuan He ’16 (Shanghai, China) are all smiles. Yuanyuan had just learned that she was named to the Culver Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, an academic honors organization for seniors. Photo provided.
in addition to his existing role as vice president of media and content strategies at the Pittsburgh-based public relations agency. Jeremy worked in the Academies’ Communications Department from 200208 as the public relations manager and also coached boys’ hockey. He lives in suburban Pittsburgh with his wife, Rebecca, a former stewardship coordinator in the Academies’ Development Office, and their two sons. Marshall L. Stocker W’87, H’89, ’93 successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “The Prices of Freedom,” and was awarded a Doctor in Philosophy/Economics degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Marshall continues to travel the world managing an emerging and frontier market mutual fund for Eaton Vance Investment Managers in Boston. Matthew B. Stockton ’93 and his wife, Mary Ellen, are parents of a daughter, Margaret, born in December 2015. The couple also have a son, George (5), and live in Avondale Estates, Ga. Matt was deployed twice in 2015 to Guinea as part of the Center for Disease Control’s Ebola response.
2000s Courtney Temple W’96, ’01 left the private sector and has returned to Capitol Hill as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Sen. Thom Tillis from North Carolina. Courtney lives in Washington, D.C.
John Brumley W’99, N’02 has been awarded a full fellowship Ph.D. to study Empowerment Informatics at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Empowerment Informatics supplements and extends human functions and enables technology to work in harmony with humans. Justin received a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of California-Davis in 2009, and a master’s degree in Media Art Design from UCLA in 2015. He was in Japan in May for an exhibition of a UCLA research project, the purpose of which was to help humans understand the grammar and meaning of bird songs.
FROM THE CSSAA PRESIDENT Directors note progress in health and safety, curriculum, equipment The deadline for this article precludes me from providing a complete summary of our 2016 Homecoming Program. I will share with you highlights from that event in my next message, including reaction to our latest addition, the alumni version of the Communications Relay (Naval School), Great Race (Girls School), and Pegasus (Aviation and Horsemanship School) competitions. Enrollment will exceed targeted goals for the 2016 summer, especially in the Woodcraft Camp. Your board also has been impressed with the amount of attention senior staff has been giving to health and safety awareness among staff and students. The most tangible evidence of this initiative is the addition, after renovation of existing square footage, of an appropriate Health Center for the Woodcraft Camp. Advances in curriculum and equipment also support Culver’s objectives in this area. Roots run deep with the CSSAA directors, with nearly everyone a second-generation graduate and, in some cases, third- and fourth-generation representatives for their family and Culver. While we help advance the Summer Schools and Camps, I am confident our group also serves as custodians of Culver traditions. There are many issues about which we are offering advice and counsel to the school leadership – the impact of balanced school calendars on the six-week program, branding, engaging, and educating our summer alumni so that they might share their time, talent, and treasure, and the list goes on. The most important thing we can do, and it is something every alumnus/a can accomplish, is encouraging friends, families, associates, and acquaintances to look at Culver for their children. All you have to do in most cases is direct them to www.culver.org. We will welcome, pending the Association members’ (present for Homecoming) ratification vote, two new directors to the CSSAA governing board, Greta Jacobson Peralta W’90, SS’93 (Mexico City) and Julie Zeglis Potter W’90, SS’93 (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Finally, it was a privilege to be among the first volunteer groups to greet Culver’s 13th Head of Schools, Jim Power. All of us can take great pride in knowing that our outstanding summer programs provide Power and his wife, Mary, their first exposure to Culver’s mission in action.
Ted Foster Edward “Ted” Foster W’89 Columbus, Ohio
Ted and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three sons, the oldest of whom, Teddy, is in Cub Division 3. Ted is the managing partner of the Group 90 Companies, a Columbus-based real estate development and management business
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’83 tops ’92 in March Matchup Bracket mania of a sort broke out this spring among the Classes of the 1980s and 1990s, and in the end, it all benefitted Culver. Alumni and alumnae from the two decades duked it out for March Matchup, a class participation giving challenge from the end of February through March. The Class of 1983 came out on top as overall champion, edging the Class of 1992, which won its decade.
After a summer internship in 2015, Kacie Hermanson ’12 landed a full-time gig with Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif. Kacie shared a past drawing from a “Star Wars” themed episode, adding, ‘I'm getting much faster at drawing and more and more of my designs are being instantly approved instead of being sent back to me for revisions, which is always a good feeling. I definitely have a moment at least once a week, standing on the rooftop patio of our building, looking at the hills in awe and disbelief that I get to work at this studio.’
In February, Stefan Wynn ’03 took over the reins as town manager in Albion, Ind. Albion is the county seat of Noble County with a population of about 2,500. Stefan graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his master’s in public administration in 2013 from Indiana University-South Bend. He previously was the executive assistant to the CEO of a chain of convenience stories. Stefan and his wife, Autumn, have two daughters. In addition to his day job in Chicago as a logistics broker, Andy Bahr ’04 is the founder of a startup called “Black Box” that helps Chicago-area diners solve the “Where should we eat tonight?” dilemma. The website is www.123blackbox.com.
Rocco J. Carbone III ’04 works at a midsized law firm in St. Augustine, Fla., and is in the process of becoming an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Reservist. Rocky is a litigator and focuses on education law. He graduated from law school in 2011 after a year working as a longshoreman and caddy. His undergraduate degree is philosophy and religion. Jordan Knox W’00, ’05 and Jennifer Stephens were married on Jan 2, 2016, in Indianapolis and are living in Muncie, Ind. Jordan’s best man was Gregg Couch ’05.
In all, 409 donors gave $110,093 to The Culver Fund. Overall, the competing classes increased their participation rate from 10 to 23 percent (1980s) and 8 to 18 percent (1990s). More significantly, these two decades raised the overall Culver Fund giving participation rate for all alumni/ae by nearly 4 percentage points. Every gift counts, and when donors team together and their gifts are combined, it makes a difference. “I was very excited to see the enthusiasm with which the classes embraced the challenges in support of Culver,” said Thomas Mayo III ’75, Director of The Culver Fund. Thanks again to the 1980s and 1990s for playing along, but especially for truly significant support of the young men and women, faculty, and staff at Culver.
A Good Luck Hug Catherine Bevil â€™16 (Omaha, Neb.) hugs Director of College Advising Corky Miller-Strong during the Faculty Handshake after the Baccalaureate Ceremony. Miller-Strong retired after spending 11 years at Culver. Bevil will be attending the University of Chicago.
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Chicago OneCulver brought together several generations of Culver alumni and parents. In this photo, left to right, are Kim Grover W’07, ’12, Robin Miller Bartelman, Marin Barnes W’07, ’12, and Christine Rae DeYoung. Bartelman and DeYoung each had three children who attended the Academies.
Photo by Mike Petrucelli.
Some 65 Culver alumni, parents, and friends gathered at the Chicago Botanical Garden in June for another enjoyable event amid a beautiful venue. Among those in attendance were, left to right, Chad Fiala ’03, Mike Bacino ’90, Brian Ray ’94, and Steve Kime ’75.
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Enjoying the South Bend Cubs minor league baseball game are, left to right, Dana Clevering, Michele Trusty, and Lori Elliott. Dana and Michele work at the Health Center. Lori is a math instructor. The Culver event in June attracted over 120 faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. The Academies also provided the Color Guard for the pre-game ceremony.
Wellness instructor and hockey coach Dan Davidge (left) with former player Jeff Slinde ’03 at the Chicago OneCulver event. At the far right is Jeff’s brother Mike Slinde.
About 65 people gathered at The Francisca Club on March 8 for a San Francisco OneCulver event. The featured speaker was architect Jay Turnbull ’56. Among those attending were, left to right, Bob Bartlett ’91, Jessica Roberts ’98, Ibrahim Fetuga ’01, and Susan Walker ’01.
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This spring, the Beijing families hosted a Culver Club dinner with a number of current parents and students in attendance, plus some of the new students for 2016-17. A lengthy Q&A followed the meal, according to Tony Giraldi ’75, Chief International Officer, who is seated in the second row.
Spanning 50 years are, left to right, Bob Bundy ’99, Ken Ackerman ’49, John ‘Wes’ Polsley ’99 and his wife, Emily. The quartet was among two dozen people at a Central Ohio Culver Club Happy Hour April 28 at the Brazenhead Irish Pub in Grandview, Ohio.
The Culver Club of Culver celebrates the end of the school year with a reception for emeritus retirees and a social gathering at the Crisp Visual Arts Center.
Getting reacquainted at the Culver Club of Nashville event at the Belle Meade Country Club are, left to right, Alex Master ’09, past parent Leslie Bass, and Philip Spenser ‘Mac’ Lewin ’08. The cocktail reception attracted about 30 people who heard Richard Patton ’80 speak on the changing pace of education.
The Board of Directors of the Culver Club of Culver conferred emeritus retirees with ‘full and lifetime membership’ in the Culver Club of Culver at a June 5 reception at the Crisp Center. Retirees present were, left to right, Bill and Linda Browne, Doug Haberland, Kathy Lintner, and Steve Schumerth The social event also included an opportunity to view the Three American Photographers exhibit in the gallery.
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CulverPassings Death notices published in this issue were received and processed as of April 30, 2016. Information is gleaned from published obituaries, newspaper articles, and records found in the alumni database. Full obituaries are limited to those alumni who have died within three years of this publication.
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S. Scott Ulrey W’32 of Wilmington, Del., died Dec. 3, 2015. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Engineering, Mr. Ulrey entered the Army as a second lieutenant. As a captain, he was a company commander during the D-Day invasion, the liberation of France and Belgium, and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from DuPont after 40 years. In retirement, he achieved the status of Life Master in bridge in 2000. The son of former CMA instructor S.S. Ulrey, Mr. Ulrey is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren, including Scott S. Ulrey of Madison, Wis., a 1987 Specialty Camper; and a great-granddaughter. Mr. Ulrey was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Francis J. “Jack” Bittel ’34 (Co. A) died March 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. He was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Bittel was
Vice President of Sales when Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company closed in 1977. He later owned F.J. Bittel and Company and worked until he was 95. Surviving are his wife, Carol; a son, Frank N’69, ’71 of Dublin, Ohio; two daughters, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
mander of Special Forces in Vietnam. Col. Rheault spent 32 years with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, rising to president. Upon retirement, he was actively involved with the community. Surviving are his wife, Susan; five children, a brother, and several grandchildren.
Marc D. Leff ’34 (Co. C) died in January 2013 in San Diego.
E. Jackson Brendamour W’40 of Cincinnati died Oct. 2, 2015. He is survived by three sons, 11 grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren.
Edward J. Mitchell Sr. ’36 (Band) of Greensboro, N.C., died Nov. 30, 2015. Mr. Mitchell was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Philippines. He retired as superintendent of the U.S. Post Office after 33 years. Surviving are two daughters, two brothers, a sister, eight grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Robert B. Rheault W’39 died Oct. 16, 2013, in Owls Head, Maine. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served 26 years in the Army, retiring in 1969 as Com-
John E. Greenwood ’40 (Artillery) of Alton, Ill., died April 11, 2016. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Mr. Greenwood was a B-17 navigator in the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group during World War II. He flew 34 missions earning an Air Medal, four Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Presidential Citations. He was the founder and a board member of the 8th Air Force Memorial Museum. Mr. Greenwood was a registered rep-
resentative of the New York Stock Exchange and worked as a stockbroker in St. Louis and Alton. He also was involved in the community through a number of social organizations. There are no immediate survivors. Richard H. Hinchcliff Sr. N’40 of McLean, Va., died March 13, 2016. Mr. Hinchcliff was the executive director of the Regular Common Carrier Conference and director with the American Trucking Associations after being vice president of the family trucking business. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the National Defense Transportation Association and the Central States Motor Freight Bureau. He served in World War II as an ensign in Naval Intelligence. Mr. Hinchcliff was a founding board member of McLean Community Center and helped found Old Firehouse Recreation Center. He graduated with honors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an aeronautics degree. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, sister, and a grandson. Robert M. Ramsay ’40 (Troop) died March 7, 2016, in Middleburg, Va. He attended the University of Virginia where he played varsity golf. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a first lieutenant in the 1st Cavalry Division, 5th Cavalry Regiment, and seeing action in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Ramsay was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Army Combat Infantry Badge. After the war he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and obtained his professional engineering license. Returning to Birmingham in 1951, Mr. Ramsay founded Banks, Ellett and Ramsay, Inc., a mechanical engineering and contracting company, and served as president for 30 years. In 1958, he purchased Birmingham Lead and Smelting Company and served as president. In 1972, his engineering firm purchased Shook and Fletcher Air Conditioning, Inc., and Banks, Ellett and Ramsay became the largest mechanical contractor in Alabama. In 1982 he and a son founded Superior Mechanical, Inc. and Mr. Ramsay served as president and CEO for 17 years until his retirement. At the time of his death, he was the board chairman of Ramsay-McCormack Land Company. Surviving are his wife, Joan; five children, among them Robert Jr. W’62,’ 66 of Birmingham, Richard W’69, and Rhoda Abdo SS’70 of Birmingham, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ramsay SS’79.
David F. Sadler ’40 (Band) of Kalamazoo, Mich., died March 6, 2016. After serving in World War II, Mr. Sadler earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He taught at Hamline University, the University of Minnesota, the General Motors Institute of Technology and Western Michigan University. He was a faculty member of the WMU English Department for 29 years, served as chairman, and retired in 1984. Mr. Sadler is survived by his wife, Catherine; four sons, three daughters, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Robert H. Herbst II ’41 (Troop) of Portland, Ore., died March 5, 2016. Mr. Herbst served in the Pacific during World War II with the Army as a second lieutenant and again in the Korean War. He played collegiate hockey at the University of Illinois. He spent most of his career in the wood products industry, first in Chicago, then moving to Portland in 1972. He is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, four stepgrandsons, and three great-grandchildren. Robert K. Lewin W’41 of Cincinnati died July 2, 2015. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Lewin graduated from the University of Cincinnati, joining Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1954. He worked for the Gantz Agency in University Heights before started his own agency, the R.K. Lewin Agency, Inc. in 1979 and moved his office to downtown Cincinnati. Mr. Lewin was a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table and a member of the Estate Planning Council and the Greater Cincinnati Venture Group. He was also a member of the Society of Financial Professionals. In his later years, he brought speakers into finance classes at the Lindner College of Business. Surviving are four children, among them Barbara Haines SS’77 and Jane Lewin W’77, and three grandchildren. Wesley E. Davis ’42 (Band) died Dec. 4, 2015, in Okmulgee, Okla. Mr. Davis was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp and the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1965 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his late wife spent over 50 years working with the Boy Scouts of America. A daughter, sister, and several grandchildren survive.
Frank Widmer Jr. ’42 (Co. D) of Englewood, Fla., died Dec. 19, 2015. Mr. Widmer was a graduate of Babson College and served during World War II with the 13th Division Army Infantry and the 326th Army Airborne. He owned and operated a Ford Lincoln-Mercury Dealership in Saranac Lake and LeRoy, N.Y. Later, he was in financial services. Surviving are a son, two daughters, a sister, three grandsons, and two greatgrandchildren. John S. Bransford Jr. W’43 died June 2, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War and graduate of Vanderbilt University, Mr. Bransford was an entrepreneur, starting successful companies in manufacturing, health care, and online database publishing. In 1958, he co-founded the Durango Boot Company in Franklin, Tenn., serving as director and president until it was sold to the Georgia Shoe Company. Between 1968-78, Mr. Bransford coauthored “The Wakefield Report,” which provided insight into the rising health care costs which led to his founding of American Health Profiles, Inc., which developed systems for providing health screening/physical examinations on a massive scale. He later became president of Occupational Health Services. Survivors included his wife, Nell; two sons, including Robert ’76 of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, and five grandchildren. Murray B. Chidester ’43 (Artillery) of Brentwood, Tenn., died Jan. 11, 2016. Mr. Chidester was an Army veteran of World War II, a mechanical engineer, and a real estate developer. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. During World War II, he was stationed in occupied Germany. After the war, he owned Chrysler-Plymouth and International Truck dealerships in Canon City, Colo., before moving to Dearborn, Mich., to work for the Ford Motor Company as an engineering manager. In Asheville, N.C., he constructed and owned several Hardee’s restaurants. He also built custom homes and taught the engineering technology curriculum at AB Technical Institute. Mr. Chidester is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. A longtime volunteer, Culver Club leader, and class president, James W. Goettle W’38, ’43 (Artillery) of St. Helena Island, S.C., died April 7, 2016. Dr. Goettle was a physician and served as a pilot in the field
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Passings artillery during World War II. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Cincinnati, practicing as a family physician in Tulare, Calif., for many years. He was president of the Medical Society and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goettle was named Tulare Man of the Year in 1966. He practiced medicine until his 90th birthday in July 2015. He is survived by his wife Bette Jane; two daughters, Kim Handy ’72 of St. Helena and Dana Cuccia SS’73 of Vail, Co., two sons, Bradley W’69 of Westminster, S.C., and Maj. Brooks W’72, ’77 of the Air Force; and four grandchildren. Frederick J. Kress II ’43 (Troop) died Oct. 21, 2015. A brother, Robert ’45 of Chesterbrook, Pa., survives. Portrait painter L. Comer Jennings Jr. ’44 (Co. B) of Atlanta died March 6, 2016. Among the influential Atlanta-area individuals painted by Mr. Jennings were President Jimmy Carter, Bob Woodruff, and Chet Atkins. Mr. Jennings spent his college years at Princeton and the University of North Carolina, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Emory University. He served in both the Coast Guard and the Navy toward the end of World War II and then spent several years in the advertising business in Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlanta. Mr. Jennings continued to dream of becoming an artist, attending the New School and the Art Students League in New York. In Atlanta, advertising gave way to art and he flourished, becoming the South’s preeminent society portrait artist. Portraits by Mr. Jennings of founding CGA Dean Mary Frances England and CEF Board Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson, as well as two landscape works, are part of the Culver collection. For over 30 years, he was a parttime teacher and a board member at the Atlanta College of Art. He also served on the board of directors of the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Mr. Jennings is survived by two sons and five grandsons. Roland P. McClamroch Jr. ’44 (Artillery) died March 30, 2016, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. McClamroch was the founder of WCHL radio, a two-term Chapel Hill alderman, and mayor from 1961 to 1968. He was a former Jaycees Man of the Year and Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year. Mr. McClamroch was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he
earned a business degree from the University of North Carolina. He founded Carol Woods and served as chairman in 1993 of Triangle Service Center Inc., a subsidiary of the Research Triangle Foundation. He and a partner also started the Village Advocate, which was sold to the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer in 1996. His wife, Elizabeth, survives. Charles R. Mohler N’44 of Stevensville, Mich., died Dec. 22, 2015. He was a graduate of Findlay College and a Korean War Air Force veteran. Mr. Mohler retired in 1995 from Whirlpool Corp. with 39 years as an accountant. He is survived by his wife, Pat, five children, a sister, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Judson W. Turton ’44 (Co. A) died Dec. 8, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Turton was a World War II Army veteran of the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and made his career as a paper sales representative. Surviving are two daughters, a sister, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. George A. McClure Sr. N’42, ’45 died Jan. 30, 2016, in Indianapolis. A graduate of Geneva College, Mr. McClure worked for the Penn Central Railroad, retiring from Amtrak as a Hearing Officer in 1990 after 44 years of railroad service. Mr. McClure enjoyed racing and won his class in The Sebring 12 Hour Race in 1958. Surviving are his wife, Marian; two children, and two grandchildren. Lester J. Powlen Jr. N’45 of Hagerstown, Md., died April 11, 2016. A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Powlen worked at Powlen Cadillac-Oldsmobile before serving in the Army (1957-63) as a helicopter pilot, retiring as a major and serving in the Army Reserves until 1977. From 1972, he owned and operated Powlen Equipment Company, Inc., in Baltimore, until retiring in 2003. Among his social and civic involvements, Mr. Powlen was president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and a member of the Northeastern John Deere Industrial Dealers Association, where he served as a past president. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Lester III N’75 of Stafford, Va., David N’81 of Charlotte, N.C., and Michael N’84 of Denville, N.J.; a daughter Julie Tosh SS’79 of Hagerstown; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Matthew N’72.
Thomas J. Eby Jr. ’46 (Artillery) died April 17, 2016, in Lafayette, La. Mr. Eby graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology and went to work for the Leflore County Gas and Electric Company in Poteau, Okla. From there, he moved to Tyler, Texas with Sohio Petroleum, working in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma until 1960. He then worked for Texas Pacific Oil Company and Terra Resources before becoming an independent petroleum geologist. Mr. Eby is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, and four grandchildren. Seymour B. Johnson ’46 (Artillery) died Feb. 10, 2016, in Indianola, Miss. Mr. Johnson graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in farm management, and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1952. He returned to Indianola and worked in the family businesses and was instrumental in forming numerous farmrelated enterprises. Mr. Johnson served in numerous leadership roles within the state of Mississippi and on national committees under multiple presidential administrations, assisting in trade agreements. He was particularly proud to have played an instrumental role in the 1985 Farm Bill. His work with legislative and regulatory powers resulted in him receiving the Delta Council Lifetime Achievement Award and the Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Delta Aquaculture in 2006. Progressive Farmer named Mr. Johnson its 1983 Man of the Year in Service to Mississippi Aquaculture. Seymour is survived by his wife, Joan; three daughters, Leslee Linn SS’71, Lynn Johnson SS’71, and Gay Johnson ’76; and four grandchildren. William A. Stone H’46 of San Francisco died Jan. 25, 2016. Mr. Stone graduated from Yale, where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs, the university’s famed a cappella singing group. He graduated from Harvard Business School and went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He spent his professional life in real estate development and as a broker. In the late 1960s, he was president of Gulf+Western’s New York real estate division, where he oversaw the construction of 1 Central Park West (now known as the Trump International Hotel and Tower). Mr. Stone is survived by his wife, Kristina; two sons, two stepsons, a brother, and five grandchildren.
James H. Daughdrill Jr. W’47 of Memphis, Tenn., died May 3, 2014. Dr. Daughdrill was the president of Rhodes College from 1973 to 1999, during the time U.S. News & World Report ranked the school among the nation’s best liberal arts college for the first time. During his tenure, the school changed its name from Southwestern at Memphis, built 11 buildings, and increased the endowment from $6 million to $225 million. He also had distinguished careers in business and religion. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Daughdrill received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Davidson College. At age 25, he became president of Kingston Mills, Inc., manufacturers of broadloom carpeting. He left business to attend Columbia Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude, with a Masters of Theology degree. He served as minister of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, and later as Secretary of Stewardship for the Presbyterian Church in the United States before coming to Rhodes as president. Survivors included his wife,
Libby; three children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. William D. Dwyer N’47 of Springfield, Mass., died Feb. 11, 2015. Upon graduating from Princeton University, Mr. Dwyer entered The General Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained as a priest in 1955 into the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. He served from 1960–63 as Priest-in-Charge of St. Christopher’s in New York City. He served as Vicar of St. Stephen's Church in Boston from 1963–81 and as Rector of St. Peter’s Parish in Springfield from 1981–92. Surviving are his wife, Utako Shiraishi; two sons, a daughter, and five grandsons. Claude K. McCan Jr. ’47 (Troop) died April 8, 2016, in Victoria, Texas. Mr. McCan received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He played polo at Yale and continued to play in south Texas. He was a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattlemen’s associations for many years and a longtime director of the board of the
Deaths in the Family Nancy Ann Curtis, who was an assistant manager of The Culver Inn and retired from The Shack in 2007, died May 14, 2016, in Plymouth, Ind. Mrs. Curtis also waitressed at the Culver VFW and the Corner Tavern, was co-owner of the Nan-E-Lou restaurant (now Café Max), and later co-owned Smith and Smith Furniture. She is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, among them Kristi Sprout ’08 of Indianapolis, Keaton Smith ’11 of Indianapolis, and Kortney Smith ’13 of South Bend, Ind., and five great-grandchildren. A daughter-in-law Jackie Smith, gift manager in the Development Office, also survives.
•••• Jimmy M. “Jake” Jacobson, 76, of Monterey, Ind., died May 3, 2016. Mr. Jacobson retired from the Academies in 2006 after 25 years as a plumber. He is survived by his wife, Rose; three sons, two daughters, two sisters, 12 grandchildren, and 13 greatgrandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held June 1, 2016, for Mary Kowatch, who died April 26, 2016. Mrs. Kowatch was employed as the supervisor at the QM/Book Store from 1968-1990. She is survived by her husband, Ed; three children, including Brenda Madala ’72 of Argos, a sister, Linda Lane, a former manager of Administrative Services; and five grandchildren.
•••• Larry R. Lowry of Culver died March 17, 2016. Mr. Lowry retired from the Academies in 2009 after 18 years in the Facilities Department. An Army veteran (1954-56), he first retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 40 years. Surviving are his wife, Sherry; six children, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
•••• William “Bill” Wagner of South Bend, Ind., died March 1, 2016. The president of Frick’s Driver Education School since 1971, Mr. Wagner taught driver’s training at the Academies from 2000 until his death. He was a former coach and teacher with the
First Victoria National Bank. He was a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, serving in Japan and Korea during the occupation. Mr. McCan was general manager of the McFaddin Ranch as well as the WelderMcCan Cattle Company partnership in Woodsboro, Texas for many years. In longhand, he wrote three historical novels. Surviving are his wife, Julie; two sons, a sister, and three grandchildren. Joseph L. Wells ’47 (Troop) of Siasconset, Mass., died April 3, 2016. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in political science, Mr. Wells then graduated from the University of Virginia Law School. He subsequently went to Artillery Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant, serving three years in military intelligence in New York City. His professional life began in 1957 at the New York law firm of Shearman and Sterling. Four years later, he joined the Swiss pharmaceutical company J.R. Geigy as general counsel of its U.S. affiliate and would work in Tokyo, Basel, Switzerland; and Toronto, where he served as chairman of the board and president of Ciba-Geigy Canada from 1987-92.
South Bend Community School Corporation. His wife, Jo Lynn; a daughter, two sons, two grandchildren, a sister, and brother survive.
•••• Susan B. Young Schwarz, piano accompanist to the modern dance and ballet classes from 1980-83, died on Jan. 29, 2016, in Rockville, Md. During her years with Culver she also regularly attended José Garzon’s AP Spanish class. Mrs. Young is survived by a son, Josh Young W’79, ’83 of Chevy Chase, Md., a daughter, and three granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anton Ralph Schwarz (2014), and her father, Dr. Donald D. Bower NB’19.
•••• Lyle R. Mayhew, 72, of Syracuse, Ind., died Dec. 15, 2015. A three-year member of the military staff, Mr. Mayhew was an Army veteran and retired in 2003 from Dana Corp. after 30 years. He is survived by two sons, two sisters, two brothers, a stepdaughter, stepson, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Mr. Wells is survived by his wife, Erika; a son, daughter, and seven grandchildren. John M. Zimmerman N’47 of Crete, Ill., died Feb. 4, 2016. An Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Zimmerman began his career as a salesman with Diagraph Bradley of Herrin, Ill., a printing and graphics company. He later became supervisor of salesmen and then office manager, retiring in 1990. Mr. Zimmerman then became a certified massage therapist for the underprivileged and disabled, retiring in 2008 for health reasons. In the 1960s, he was police and fire commissioner and an alderman in Country Club Hills, Ill. Surviving are a daughter, son, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. John P. Brownrigg ’48 (Co. A) of Kiel, Wis., died March 10, 2016. A graduate of Hanover College, Mr. Brownrigg was president and owner of Sheboygan Paint Company from 1952 to 2001. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, a son, Brock ’69 of Elkhart Lake, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren Thomas A. Greenway ’48 (Co. C) died Dec. 27, 2015, in Oxford, Miss. Mr. Greenway attended Colgate University and the University of Michigan. He spent three years in the Army in Germany during the Korean
War. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, a son, two brothers, including William ’51 of Riverside, Calif.; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A Ph.D., Paul Vance Jr. NB’48 of Newark, Del., died Aug. 26, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Helen; three sons, and six grandchildren. Charles P. “CP” Ferdon ’49 (Band) died Feb. 26, 2016. Dr. Ferdon graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1953 and Washington University in 1957 with a Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree. After serving two years in the Army he established a dental practice in Shalimar, Fla., where he practiced general dentistry for 35 years until retiring in 1996. Dr. Ferdon served two terms as an elected member of the Okaloosa County School Board. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. Frederic T. Shallenberger Jr. N’49 died Jan. 28, 2016, in Caledonia, Ill. Mr. Shallenberger started working at Metal Cutting Tools right out of high school and retired as vice president of engineering. He acquired several patents in cutting tools and did consulting work for many years after retirement. He is survived by five children,
a sister, brother, 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. Federico W. de la Vega ’49 (Troop) died Dec. 17, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. An influential businessman in the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez area, he was elected an honorary member of Culver’s Cum Laude Chapter in 2004. Mr. de la Vega was the founder of Grupo de la Vega, a successful Juarez, Mexico, consortium that employed 3,000 people. He also was the former owner of the Cobras and the Indios de Ciudad Juarez soccer team. Mr. de la Vega also helped establish the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, where he was the first president of the council. He also served 25 years as chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Technology and Higher Studies of Monterrey’s Juarez campus. He helped create a scholar fund and also was dedicated to medical and social support of the community. Mr. De La Vega is survived by his wife, three children, among them son, Artemio N’78, ’81 of Dallas; and six grandchildren, including Alvaro Navarro ’11 and Myriam “Pita” Navarro ’13. Henry R. Bishop Jr. ’50 (Artillery) of Sun City, Ariz., died Feb. 15, 2016. Mr. Bishop attended Michigan State University. After two years in the Army, he became co-owner of a medical records company in Detroit.
He later moved to the Phoenix area where he pursued a long and successful career in car sales management. Surviving are his wife, Lucy; three sons, a sister, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Henry Sr. W’21, ’26. Paul M. Earl ’51 (Band) of Gloucester, Mass., died Oct. 4, 2014. A daughter survives. Peter A. Strunk W’47, ’51 (Co. C) of Cincinnati died Dec. 16, 2015. An Army veteran, Mr. Strunk earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He spent 31 years with IBM as a senior systems analyst. A former president of the Cincinnati Culver Club, he is survived by his wife, Sally; a son, daughter, brother, and granddaughter. Willard H. Hagenmeyer Jr. ’52 (Troop) died Dec. 24, 2014, in Titusville, Fla. Mr. Hagenmeyer was captain of the jumping team, a Lancer lieutenant, and a member of the polo team. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering and spent a five-year tour as an Air Force helicopter pilot with three years in Spain. Returning to the United States, he earned a master’s degree from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering and spent 32 years with the firm, including nine in Venezuela, before retiring in 1994. Surviving are his wife, Starr; son, Dr. Willard III ’77 of Bremen, Ind., daughter Dr. Starr Holland ’79 of Savannah, Ga., a sister, and eight grandchildren. Jack W. Thompson ’54 (Co. D) of Birmingham, Mich., died Feb. 1, 2016, in Naples, Fla. Mr. Thompson earned degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He had a successful career in which he traveled the globe. He retired at the age of 42 as the Vice President of European Joint Ventures at N.A. Woodworth Company and became an accomplished entrepreneur. He is survived by his wife, Rosalyn; three daughters, a sister, and four grandchildren. George H. Allen III N’54, ’55 (Co. B) of Tyrone, Ga., died March 24, 2016. He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in economics. Mr. Allen had a career in industrial sales and management, was a patent holder, and business owner of CorrTrol International. He also served as chief of several Volunteer Fire Departments and was active in Gideon’s
International. Surviving are two sons, two daughters, two sisters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Grayson G. Hanahan ’55 (Troop) died Jan. 1, 2016, in Mount Pleasant, S.C. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Hanahan attended Duke University Law School followed by service in the Army. He was a member of The Society of Colonial Wars, The Society of the Cincinnati, The Huguenot Society, The Charleston Club, and The St. Cecilia Society. Mr. Hanahan enjoyed his summers in Cedar Mountain, N.C., where he was a trustee emeritus of Faith Memorial Chapel. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and was predeceased by brothers James ’46 and Roger ’47. Kent C. Owen N’55 of Bloomington, Ind., died Dec. 5, 2015. A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Owen worked for the original Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia. He taught literature and writing at Albion College, Earlham College and Indiana University, worked at the Agency for Instructional Television, and was published in the American Spectator and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Owen wrote the history of the I.U. Greek System and edited “The Bicentennial Report on the American College Fraternity in the Year 2000.” He is survived by his wife, Suzann; a daughter, son Jordan N’83 of Traverse City, Mich., and a brother. James P. Calahane N’52, ’56 (Troop) of San Ramon, Calif., died Feb. 11, 2016. Mr. Calahane is survived by his wife, Martha, four children, four siblings, and six grandchildren. James R. Winchester W’55 died April 11, 2014, in Pendleton, Ore. Mr. Winchester was a musician and songwriter whose works were recorded by artists such as Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers, and Emmylou Harris. He fled to Canada in 1967 to avoid the draft and became a Canadian citizen. Mr. Winchester was later granted amnesty and was able to perform in the United States, returning permanently in 2002. His first appearance in the U.S. was a sold out performance in Vermont in 1977. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2007. Mr. Winchester continued to record and perform throughout the United States and Canada, releasing his 10th studio album, Love Filling Station, in 2009.
Michael R.N. McDonnell ’58 (Troop) of Naples, Fla., died Feb. 4, 2016. According to his obituary, Mr. McDonnell was “a pillar of the local legal community,” serving as a lawyer for 46 years. He established his own practice in 1970 and represented pipe bomb killer Steven Benson in Collier County’s most famous murder trial. Mr. McDonnell was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served two tours in Vietnam, attaining the rank of captain. He graduated from the Stetson University Law School. His wife, Nina, survives. Melville R. Rose ’58 (Co. B) of Houston, died Dec. 21, 2015. Mr. Rose graduated from Southern Methodist University and ran the family manufacturing business in Dallas. He later co-founded the Dallas Lone Oak Polo Club and played throughout the Southwest and England. After an injury ended his playing career, he developed and operated an independent oil and gas exploration business for 35 years. In his retirement, Mr. Rose studied at the Glassell School of Art in Houston and was recognized by critics and the art public for his painting. Surviving are his wife, Jacquelyn; a sister, stepson, and stepdaughter. Donald A. Alch ’59 (Co. A) died Feb. 28, 2015, in Ballwin, Mo. He is survived by a daughter, a brother, Wayne ’49 of Baton Rouge, La.; and three grandsons. Ronald M. Prange N’59 of Columbus, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2016. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Prange worked in production and direction at WBNS-TV. He was responsible for shows like “Luci’s Toy Shop,” “The Early Show with Flippo the Clown,” and “The Woody Hayes Show.” He also worked in production and sales at WCMH-TV in Columbus in the 1990s, producing Arthritis and Muscular Dystrophy telethons. His former wife, Ruthann, and a brother survive. Edwin A. Clements Jr. N’57, ’60 (Co. A) died Dec. 22, 2012, in Boynton Beach, Fla. Mr. Clements attended the University of Arizona. He worked for Third National Bank in Nashville, Tenn. In 1970, he started Kwik Change in Orlando, Fla., and then moved to Aspen, Colo., where he built condominiums and ranched. In 1979, Mr. Clements moved to Delray Beach, Fla., where he was a Realtor for Koch Realty. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, daughter, two stepdaughters, a brother, and six grandchildren.
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Passings 2012. He was a graduate of the Berkeley School of Optometry and a Vietnam War veteran. His daughter, mother, two brothers, and a grandson survive. Jerry G. Stephenson ’66 (Co. C) of Jasper, Ga., died May 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Bessie; two sons, a brother, and sister. John B. Breckinridge Jr. ’67 (Co. A) of Lexington, Ky., died Dec. 23, 2015, in the Philippines. Richard Y. Fitton ’67 (Co. A) died Feb. 13, 2012, in Clearwater, Fla. A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Fitton worked in the insurance industry. Surviving are his wife, Linda; three children, his mother, two sisters, a brother, and two grandchildren.
Robert C. Lowe Jr. ’60 (Co. C) of Greenville, Ill., died Jan. 12, 2016. After a twoyear stint in the Navy, Mr. Lowe worked at Coats Steel Products in Greenville, S.C. Two sisters survive. James O. Randel ’60 (Co. B) of Atlanta died March 18, 2016. Mr. Randel had a 45-year career in the financial industry. He received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy and later graduated from Columbia Business School. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a first lieutenant. Surviving are his wife, Sandra; two daughters, and a granddaughter. Donald L. Reed ’60 (Band) of Hamilton Lake, Ind., died Jan. 7, 2016. Mr. Reed was a real estate broker and was a landowner/ landlord in Hamilton and Pleasant Lake, Ind. He had attended Indiana University. Surviving are his wife, Margo; two sons, two sisters, a brother, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. William J. Sconce ’60 (Artillery) of Lyndeborough, N.H., died Jan. 5, 2016. The recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Mr. Sconce studied physics at the California Institute of Technology and worked in a crystalography laboratory. A Vietnam Army veteran, he returned to Louisville, Ky., and began a long career in computer science, founding Industrial Specialties. He and his wife, Janet, who survives, moved to New Hampshire in 1979 and he became the product manager for the RSTS Group at Digital Equipment Corp. He worked for DEC, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, dividing his time between software
engineering and flight instruction. He held his commercial aviation, instrument, and instructor’s license. He was an avid motorcyclist, was a hot air balloonist, and a skydiver. Dr. James E. Evans ’62 (Band) of Jackson, Ohio, died Oct. 16, 2015. Dr. Evans was an optometrist in Jackson and Vinton counties for four decades. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired in 2005 after 34 years with the Ohio Air National Guard. Dr. Evans graduated from Ohio University with a degree in zoology. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in June 1970. During his career, Dr. Evans was active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Milton Banking Company and the Wellston Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by sons Brian ’94 and Regin ’98, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Vern R. Hanft ’63 (Co. C) died Aug. 19, 2015, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. He was a former resident of Muscatine, Iowa. Herbert A. Tripp III ’65 (Co. B) died April 19, 2016, in Whitehouse, Texas. Tim J. Burst W’62, ’66 (Troop) died April 21, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. His wife, Jean Mangu, survives. Scott E. Little W’66 of Sapulpa, Okla., died April 30, 2016. He is survived by a daughter, sister, and his former wife. An optometrist, Dr. Edward “Randy” Nell ’66 (Co. E) of Atherton, Calif., died May 28,
Edward R. “Ned” Wright ’67 (Band) died Aug. 5, 2015, in Milwaukee. He was an avid rock climber and established a worldwide reputation as a climber and author under the name “Magic Ed.” Mr. Wright and his wife, Tami, who survives, lived near Monterrey, Mexico for several years, where he became an expert on many climbing routes which he discovered and trail-blazed. He was an Eagle Scout and attended the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, two sisters, two brothers, Steve ’71 of Eugene, Ore., and Chris “Harry” ’75 of Bethesda, Md.; and two grandchildren. Mr. Wright was predeceased by his father Harry “Kiki” ’35, and uncles Samuel ’33 and Sidney ’41. James R. Hart ’68 (Artillery) died March 18, 2016, in Dawsonville, Ga. Mr. Hart graduated from The Citadel with a business degree and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Air Force. At The Citadel, he served as the Regimental Sergeant Major his junior year and a company commander his senior year. Mr. Hart was a combat pilot during the Vietnam War, flying the F-4 Phantom. After the war he was promoted to captain and flew the F-5E to simulate the Mig-21 in air combat training in Nevada. He left the Air Force for a 36-year career with Delta Airlines as a pilot and flight engineer, retiring in 2014. Surviving are his wife Anita; a daughter, son, brother, John “Jack” ’61; and a sister. George M. Myers N’68 died Feb. 14, 2016, in Fairfax, Okla. Mr. Myers moved to Oklahoma in 1990 where he owned and operated Myers Operations, an oil production company. He is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and a sister.
Lucius O. Hamilton III ’72 (Artillery) of Carmel, Ind., died Feb. 17, 2016. A brother, Russell ’66, is predeceased. Judith C. Cook Albright ’76 (West Lodge) of Madison, Conn., died March 30, 2016. She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, held a master’s degree in nursing, and was on the faculty at Three Rivers Community College where she taught nursing and was a recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award. Surviving are her husband, Charles; two daughters, her father, Edwin ’48 of Mansfield, Ohio; and an uncle, John ’46 of Oro Valley, Ariz. Michael Borkowski ’79 (Co. A) of Winnetka, Ill., died Dec. 2, 2014. Survivors include his wife, Denise; a son, daughter, his mother, and a brother. Paul A. Dean ’79 (Troop) of Lenexa, Kan., died Dec. 18, 2015, after a four-year battle with ALS. Mr. Dean earned his bachelor’s and MBA from Rockhurst University. During his career, he owned and managed a basement foundation company. In 2004, he became a mathematics teacher at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., and, in 2012, students and faculty presented him with the Sullivan Award for Teaching Excellence. Surviving are his wife, Sandee; a daughter, two sons, his mother, three sisters, Lorelei Dean SS’72 of Kansas City, Mo., Linda Dean-Kennedy SS’73, and Melanie Dean-Handley SS’74; a brother, stepdaughter, and two grandchildren. Donald T. Stull ’82 (Artillery) of Roseburg, Ore., died Dec. 12, 2015. A graduate of the University of Oregon, earning degrees in communications, English, and a master’s degree in secondary education. He taught and subbed at high schools in and around Eugene/Springfield and at Pioneer Pacific College. Mr. Stull was a digital media sales consultant at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Alisa; a daughter, son, two sisters, a brother, a half brother, half sister, and four granddaughters. Devin A. Simon W’83, NB’86 of Evanston, Ill., died March 18, 2016. Winner of the Commander’s Cup for sailing, Mr. Simon spent a summer as a counselor. He attended Kansas University and pursued a career in the hospitality industry, becoming an associate sales director for Hyatt Hotels. He is survived by his wife, Kerri Ann; a daughter, his mother, father, a brother, ChrisJon W’82 of Evanston, Ill., a stepsister, stepbrother.
Damien W. Christian ’93 (Artillery) of Vancouver, Wash., died Dec. 11, 2015. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, where he roomed with Mike “Duke” Ellington ’93, and became a co-owner of Six Degrees Restaurant in Seattle in 2000. Mr. Christian entered law school in 2001 and returned to Longview to work for Fibre, a company his family co-founded. He then graduated from the Western Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu and became a professional chef in 2008. He was banquet chef at Timberline Lodge before being offered a teaching position at Mount Hood Community College. Health issues forced an early retirement in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Tina Marie Parker, and a son. Gerald G. Warner W’95, ’00 (Band) of Burr Ridge, Ill., died Jan. 21, 2016. He attended Waukesha (Wis.) Technical College in preparation for joining the family business. Surviving are his father, Gerald W’60, ’65 of Bonita Springs, Fla., and his mother, Elaine Robinson of Burr Ridge, Ill. Skylar A. Evans W’05 of Plymouth, Ind., died April 14, 2016, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Mr. Evans is survived by his mother, LuAnn Troup Evans SS’70, ’81 of Plymouth, who formerly managed the Culver Campus Store; his father and stepmother, Michael Evans and Cindy King of Kirklin; two brothers, a sister, and his maternal grandmother. Christian T. Burns N’15, of West Lafayette, Ind., died May 31, 2016, in automobile accident. The 17-year-old son of Eric ’73 and Marti Burns, he would have been senior at West Lafayette High School, where he played football, ran track, and was an accomplished student. He was a member of a high school relay team that was to run in the state track finals on June 4. He was a proud graduate of the Naval Company One, where he excelled in leadership and athletics. He will be remembered for creating random hilarity among his friends, taking those in-need under his wing, and demonstrating audacious strength and toughness. He had a gift with young children in showing both love and firmness. Also surviving are brothers Alexander N’04 and Stewart N’07, a sister, Sarah SS’10; and his maternal and paternal grandmothers.
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Looking Back The 1987 Roll Call paid tribute to the Shack in its final year of operation with a two-page spread. In this photo, Deidre (Gerbeth) Sullivan ’89 “waits patiently in line at the Shack for her tray of food.”
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“My name is Wayne Firestone with the Class of 1941. I have just returned from my 75th Reunion at Culver at which time I attended services in the Memorial Chapel. I am sure many did not realize that the pews we sat in were not there in ’41. The building was not built until after World War II. We had church services in the gym across the way sitting on folding chairs.
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We graduated in May, and many of us headed off to college, Purdue University for me. Then that same year, we had the 7th of December, which pretty much upset our world for us. Having survived the war in Europe, I returned to school under the GI Bill, graduating from Business School at Indiana University, and Law School at Northwestern, before going into banking. I was married with two children, our son Steve N’71 graduating from CMA in 1973. My wife, Betty, died in 1999 from brain tumors, and I have re-married with Linda. I have been blessed in knowing two wonderful, caring, and loving women. Getting back to Culver, we have consistently supported the school financially. One year, we established a fund which included an annuity. I encourage all alumni to do the same in providing financial support to our school.” Best wishes . . . Wayne Firestone W’36, ’41 (Company C) West Lafayette, Ind.
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Below: Retired History Department Instructor David Sampson shares a moment with Sen. Dan Sullivan. Sampson made the trip from Bloomington, Ind., to witness his former student being named Culver’s 2016 Graduate of the Year.
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