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The CGA Journey Celebrating a Shared History with a Bright Future inside: Dedicated to the Visual Arts and Remembering Dean Mars

It’s officially 2012 and with the coming of a new year comes the launch of a redesigned Culver website. What’s New? • Easy and quick navigation

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Alumnae representing four decades were on campus in October as Culver celebrated the 40th anniversary of Culver Girls Academy and the remarkable accomplishments of its students and alumnae. Various contributing authors have written about this weekend of renewal, reflection, and reacquaintance.

Dedicated to the Visual Arts A new era in the visual arts is unveiled as Harry L. Crisp ’53 and his family, along with other donors, provide a beautiful, functional environment for students and teachers that also showcases the school’s private art collection.

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32 Alumni Class News 40 Passings in Review 47 Culver Clubs International

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Remembering John Mars The 40-year tenure of the late Dean John Mars is remembered and revered. Dean Mars is credited with saving the Academies ‘at a time of great duress’ when he stepped out of the classroom in 1976 to become superintendent.

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On Our Cover Designed by Scott Adams of Scott Adams Design Associates (Minneapolis/Columbus), the cover represents 40 years of coeducation and the promise of the future as CGA moves into its fifth decade. Photos on the back cover are from the CGA 40th anniversary in October.

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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Corrections & Clarifications In the Fall 2011 issue, Maj. Gen. John Peabody W’72, ’76 was the guest speaker for Gold Star Ceremony. His rank was incorrect in his Class News item (page 42). 2010-2011 Kaser Scholar Catherine Battersby teaches European Studies and freshman Humanities, as well as the interdisciplinary spring break course in Italy and oversees the Honors program in Humanities. Her classroom responsibilities were incorrect on page 8 of the Fall 2011 magazine.

Exemplary! I have been reading the Alumni Magazine (formerly the Alumnus) for almost 80 years. Never have I seen an issue that more exemplifies what the words Culver Academies mean than the recent “State of the Art” edition (Fall 2011). What a marvelous marketing tool it is as well. Congratulations to you and your great staff. Martin L. Koether ’33 Juno Beach, Fla. P.S. The bronze sculpture “Eve,” donated to the school by Koether, is now on display in the Deer-Zink Gallery of the Crisp Visual Arts Center. The bronze was created in 1923 by Mario J. Korbel, a Bohemian living in the United States.

On page 53, the unidentified girlfriend of Luke Palder ’05 was right under our nose! It’s Kelsey Wick, who is an intern at the Academies this school year. Wick lives in Benson Dormitory and is teaching freshman Humanities.

The Class News item on page 40 should have read: F. George Holt ’54 and wife

The cutoff date for obituaries in the Fall 2011 magazine was incorrect. That section included death notices for alumni that had been received and processed as of May 31, 2011.

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First Class Read

The Fall 2011 issue of Culver Alumni Magazine was one of the finest issues of a school magazine that I have ever seen. It was full of information about Culver today that would make a graduate of 1941 want to return for another year. Congratulations on a superb job, and don’t let the recent graduates talk you out of the printed version.

Jan Garrison’s @Culver is a fine (electronic) publication. It is absolutely first class. My Summer Cavalry tent mate Kraig Adler called after seeing my comments on the presentation of the stall in the Vaughn Stables honoring Robert Feeley (Alumni, Fall 2011). Kraig went out of his way to say how impressed he is with the Alumni Magazine. I look forward to reading every issue, great work.

Jim Kresl ’41 Long Beach, Calif.

Fred Cuthbert II H’57, ’59 Sea Island, Ga.

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Susan live in Hemet, Calif. George became a grandfather for the fifth time in October 2010, but it was his first granddaughter.

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A Word

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Sharing the Good News The week before Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to attend a CASE conference for publications professionals in San Francisco. CASE is the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and about 115 publications directors, magazine editors, communications directors, and public relations and media relations professionals were on hand, coming from throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, Denmark, Singapore, and the West Indies.


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While most of those attending represented colleges and universities, there were at least eight of us who worked for independent schools, ranging from K-8 day schools to college prep boarding schools. Such gatherings are always invaluable as they tend to affirm the things you are doing right and that your professional situation isn’t all that different than the next person’s. The exchange of ideas is invaluable with people who understand the work you do and the challenges you face. Not many of the people I talked with were familiar with the Academies, however, and that is where the real enjoyment comes. Casual conversations turned to jaw-dropping, deer-in-the-headlight stares when I talked about the recent completion of a $300 million capital campaign, a horsemanship program, a Global Studies Institute and the Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur, endowed merit scholarship programs, two ice rinks and five hockey teams, and a lakeside campus with amazing facilities. And then there’s the Culver Summer Schools & Camps …

Explaining the difference between the CMA and CGA leadership systems was a topic, as was the celebration of 40 years of Culver Girls Academy. You will find the highlights and photos from that October milestone on the pages of this issue. A celebration that I didn’t mention in San Francisco was that of the life of John Mars, who died in late August. Dean Mars was retired by the time I came on board in 1992, but I was fortunate to meet him upon a subsequent return to campus. We maintained sporadic but meaningful correspondence over the years. The last note I received from Dean Mars, dated May 28, 2009, is posted prominently in my office. It is in response to the coverage of his 90th birthday celebration in the Alumni magazine, and it speaks volumes about this Culver man: “While flattered and honored,” Dean Mars wrote, “I feel a bit embarrassed by so much attention by simply having had another birthday, over which I had no control, for which I can take no credit, and which is yet another gift from God.” Gracious and complimentary, that is the Dean Mars we know. He was a gift in his own right.

Your Thoughts? We want Culver Alumni Magazine to be more interactive with our readers. If you see or read something you like, let us know. If you have a story idea or have a story to tell, we’d like to know that, too.

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Inspirational leadership one of the many gifts that has shaped Culver

By John N. Buxton Head of Schools

This letter comes closely on the heels of the holiday season and is, therefore, appropriately themed for the time of the year when we give thanks for special moments, positive decisions, great people, and certainly for meaningful gifts. We have much to be thankful for at Culver, and a great deal of it has been chronicled in this magazine and its past few issues. After a summer of record enrollment and the opening of Culver’s 118th school year, we dedicated the retrofitted Eppley Hall of Science as our new Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Center for the Visual Arts in early October. The following weekend we celebrated a birthday — CGA’s 40th! We also dealt with the challenging news of the passing of John Mars, one of Culver giants. Two of these events, however, deserve a few additional paragraphs of reflection. Both were special gifts. Both involved courageous action. Both were stories of important and exemplary people; and both came at a time when the Academies needed inspirational leadership. Both were decisions made by the trustees, and each decision was instrumental in saving the school, or at least contributing to its well-being. They both occurred in the turbulent 1970s, a time when schools all over the country were struggling to find their true identities and a sense of equilibrium. The context for the first gift is the constricted economy of the ’70s and the consequent struggle for revenue for most U.S. boarding schools. Public schools were enjoying great popularity, and single-sex boarding schools were losing enrollment. Rampant inflation was driving tuitions higher, and competition with the public


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sector necessitated expensive upgrades in antiquated facilities. There was also the nagging educational question of whether single-sex schools were doing their students a disservice by not offering them a coeducational experience during their adolescent years. The main driver of coeducation, however, was clearly enrollment. Offering admissions to the daughters and granddaughters of the loyal alumni of these prestigious all-male schools would effectively double the candidate pool. This had the benefit of ensuring both strong numbers and improved quality for the candidate pool. It also would allow fathers and daughters to share a bond available only to their sons heretofore. Still, the decision to “go coed” was not a no-brainer. Many worried about the reaction or over-reaction of a loyal and generous, all-male alumni body. Would giving be negatively impacted? Would important traditions die? Could a coed school offer what a strong all-male bastion had been delivering for nearly 80 years? Boards all over the country agonized over the decision. Most schools and colleges’ trustees decided to admit girls (or boys, depending on the gender of the single-sex school) and simply conduct business as usual, just making sure to change the bathroom facilities in the dorms. All except Culver. Through a combination of vision, attention to the voice of the faculty, the credibility and instincts of a strong female administrator in Mary Frances England, and the wisdom of the trustees to listen, Culver decided to build on strength and to create a second leadership academy — Culver Academy for Girls. Such a unique approach would allow Culver to continue to offer separate

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leadership training to boys and girls in gender-appropriate systems. 40 years later Culver has a system in place for the leadership education of young women that is an exemplar for other schools, even single-sex girls’ schools. The decision to make Culver a coordinate school may have saved CMA and certainly created a model for the education of girls that has proven its worth over four decades. (Currently Culver has 452 cadets and 350 young women enrolled, and the systems — CGA and CMA — are thriving in tandem.) The context for the second life-saving decision is the challenging time in the early 1970s when schools across the country were trying to cope with the social revolution that was occurring mainly in colleges but also being felt by boarding schools. Established institutions were under attack. Adults had been labeled as the enemy and irrelevant. Teenagers and young adults were experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and schools and communities were uncertain how to respond. Many schools had experienced almost wanton disregard for the rules, a lack of respect for the traditions, and an inappropriate questioning of the practices and priorities of the school. The response was to get a new sheriff to “clean up Dodge.” Many well-intentioned boards of excellent schools decided to mandate respect, to return to a clear “consequences for actions” model with zero tolerance for bad behavior. They hired heads of schools whose express purpose was to enforce the rules. The result of these decisions has been described as a perfect storm or, sometimes, a train wreck. Two powerful forces clashing over strongly-held principles

Head of Schools John Buxton introduces a quartet of student leaders who spoke to guests during Eugene C. Eppley Club Day on Nov. 3. The Eppley Club comprises benefactors who have made commitments to Culver through their bequests and other estate planned gifts. (See page 46)

create a zero sum game with winners and losers. The final outcomes are a loss of respect and trust between two important parties: the administration and the students. This may be a reasonable description of Culver in the mid-1970s, when the CEF Board of Trustees realized that “might cannot make right.” The leadership at the time was failing, and the board recognized the need to make a change. But who could step in and rescue the school, rebuild the trust, and create the new foundation for the future? Enter John Mars — longtime teacher, counselor, coach, and dean. Dean Mars becomes the reluctant hero in this story. He does not covet the position. He cares only about the health of his school and the well-being of his friends who have lost confidence in their employer. He realizes he may be the only one in a position to do something, but he remains a humble man who never believed he was better suited to the task than the next person. Respectful, hard-working, and eminently truthful, John Mars steps into the role, does what he can, and with the full support of the trustees, he saves Culver.

This fall John Mars passed away quietly in his home in Florida. He did so with little fanfare. Actually, he did not want to trouble anyone with the news of his illness. He died surrounded by his loving family, and he died loved and respected by generations of Culver graduates and employees. His memorial service in the Memorial Chapel was a splendid affair, replete with the pomp and circumstance fitting a dignitary. The Burial Mass was solemn yet personal and warm, and the procession from the Chapel, befitting a hero. We said goodbye to Dean Mars in perfect Culver style. The gifts of CGA and John Mars are two very special blessings we gave thanks for this year, and this is the perfect time to recall how fortunate we have been to have had the courageous and visionary leadership we had that helped us navigate the challenging times so we could experience the wonderful success we enjoy today.

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John Mars Remembered and Revered

“Heroes of Culver, leading us on with glorious honor, in battle won. Lord may we carry their guidon true, through age never ending with valor new.”


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– Ye Men of Culver

The character, contributions, and 40-year career of the late John R. Mars were remembered Sept. 1, 2011, at a Mass of Christian Burial in Memorial Chapel, followed by interment at Culver Masonic Cemetery. Mr. Mars, 92, died Aug. 26 in Florida with his family at his bedside. In his eulogy, Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson called John Mars “one of Culver’s most important leaders,” serving (as superintendent) from 1976 until 1982 at “a time of great duress in education. Without John’s leadership, Culver would not be the strong and unique school it is today.

“John’s ability to inspire grew when he became a counselor. He was committed to excellence and high standards and conveyed the expectation to his students that they should pursue both vigorously. Many achieved more than they thought possible,” Henderson said. But despite the great work he had done already at Culver, he made his greatest

Bill Roth ’63, who rejoined the History Department faculty early in Mars’ tenure as superintendent, remembered him as “an easy man to work for. His expectations were clear, and his support was unconditional and enduring. Above it all, John was modest to a fault. While he is a true Culver hero, John would never accept that title.”

Without John’s leadership, Culver would not be the strong and unique school it is today. – Jim Henderson, Chairman Emeritus

“There is no doubt in my mind that John saved Culver,” Henderson said. Fresh out of Brown University, Mr. Mars joined the Culver Military Academy faculty in 1941 as a Spanish and French instructor as well as a coach. He left the school briefly in 1943 during World War II, serving with the U.S. Army’s 10th Armored Division. He resumed his duties at Culver in 1944. “John Mars came to Culver because he was impressed by what Culver stood for and because it fit his own beliefs,” Henderson said. “He was also impressed by the teachers at Culver and their commitment to high standards and to the intellectual growth of their students. John shared their strong commitment to scholarly pursuit. He always cherished his close personal and professional relationships with his beloved colleagues on the faculty, and he never lost his intellectual curiosity.” As CMA began its transition from adult tactical officers to counselors Mr. Mars became a counselor for Battery B, one of the many times he was a pivotal figure in a time of change for Culver.

mark as superintendent. Once again, it was a time of great change at Culver as well as in the nation and the world. Henderson recalled the early ’70s and the student unrest sweeping across the campuses of the country sparked by the Vietnam War. “Culver was not immune,” he said. In response, the Culver superintendent at the time came down harshly on students, and even faculty, to control what he perceived as negative influences from the outside. The faculty was in great pain, students were angry, and the mood reached Culver alumni. The trustees intervened, asking Mars to become Culver’s superintendent. “It was not a job John wanted, but he answered Culver’s call as he always had,” Henderson said. Henderson credited Mars’ success to “his relationships with people … He cared deeply about each person associated with Culver – alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and the employees who make this place work each day. He made time to spend with whomever needed it … But it was students who had a special call on John’s time. Culver Girls Academy was in its infancy, and John embraced CGA totally and helped it prosper.”

Speaking directly to the students before him, Roth said, “John Mars set the bar for Culver faculty. It wasn’t his scholarship in Romance languages that was so profound. It was his love for his students that set the mark. Know today, that he is with us at Culver. His spirit resides in your teachers, your coaches, and your counselors. “You witness his legacy each day in your units, classrooms and on the playing fields. John was the paramount teacher, coach, counselor, and mentor. Above all, he loved his family, his students, and his colleagues. His zest for life was exciting. We celebrate his life today because he’s left so much behind as a model for our lives. “Although you may have never known John Mars, you know his spirit. It is, indeed, the spirit of Culver.” John Mars is survived by two sons, Anthony “Tony” W’62, ’67of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. J. Peter “Pete” W’64, ’69 of Boulder, Colo., and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, who died in October 2007.

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Crisp Visual Arts C Dedicati For instructors and students, the Crisp

Visual Arts Center is a blank canvas, a sketch pad of unused pages, a piece of clay to be taken from imagination to the kiln, a dream fulfilled with a future yet to be fully realized.

“The students and faculty who learn and work in this wonderful space will surely be inspired by the commitment to excellence that this space represents: the attention to detail, the appropriate and creative use of space, and the quality of workmanship. “More important, is the reminder of the commitment of the Crisp and other Culver families to both the well-being of the school and of those who live and work here. This expression of generosity and care for their school will remind us all of the vital partnership we have with our alumni.” – Head of Schools John Buxton


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In use since Oct. 10, the Crisp building is everything Culver’s visual arts instructors have ever wanted in a teaching environment. In addition to the obvious – a Mac lab with 14 stations, 15 pottery wheels and three kilns, a darkroom with 14 enlargers, two galleries, and an auditorium – there are the more subtle enhancements: adequate lighting (and the ability to control it), spacious classrooms with built-in storage cabinets, dedicated offices and personal studios, a ventilation system, overhead projectors, and ample electrical outlets.

“I have a sink in my classroom,” beamed instructor Audrey Blessman. “I taught art and had no sink!” “Fancy blinds may not be essential, but they optimize my teaching,” said art instructor Jack Williams, who had been teaching his classes in the Naval Building. The new classrooms provide Williams the opportunity to “give my students everything I know. I don’t have to hold back. The space makes that possible. It makes my job so interesting and exciting because I can execute what I can imagine. “It is a fantastic time to be an instructor at Culver in the visual arts,” he said. And it didn’t take students long to appreciate their new surroundings.

Presiding over the ribbon-cutting of the Crisp Visual Arts Center are, front row, left to right: Harrison Dickens ’14, Harry Lee Crisp III ’88, Carole Crisp Schwarm, Carole Crisp Kuntzen, Cyndi Crisp Dickens, Cheryl Crisp Rabbitt, Harry Crisp ’53, Cathy Crisp Newbold, Cara Crisp Sims, Ryan Rabbitt ’12, Olivia Rabbitt ’13; second row, CEF Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson ’52, CEF Chairman Miles White ’73, Pam Buxton, Head of Schools John Buxton, and Fine Arts Chairwoman Cathy Duke ’70.

Center’s ion Draws Crowd “Rosemary Berkel Crisp, my girlfriend, wife of nearly 48 years, has been gone nearly four years now. I was blessed with a perfect marriage. She was an outstanding registered nurse, mother, lover of Culver, artist, and Culver board member. … I know she is with us today. I am the other partner of this team.

“It feels wonderful to finally have a facility to call home. It is comparable to a college School of Art, in that there is a definite community under one roof which is passionate about the same field of study. Having this space will make creating portfolio pieces much easier as I apply for college. I am elated to have been present for such a significant change in Culver’s visual arts program,” said Kacie Hermanson ’12 of Culver.

“Culver was academically a challenge. Cold winters were more than the weather. Sometimes talking to the statue of Helen of Troy was the most sympathy I received that day.

That sense of community is equally appreciated by the visual arts instructors.

“Culver taught me leadership, structure, discipline, character, hard work, and a burning desire to succeed in the future – It all served me well.

Williams senses already that students are more willing to take an artistic risk without the fear of the reaction of non-art students. “Students have taken ownership of the building and it, in turn, has taken ownership of them,” Williams said. “The building is the additional faculty member … warm and welcoming, it embodies all the virtues you want in a colleague.”

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Blessman appreciates having her colleagues close – whether it’s sharing a cup of coffee in the morning, collaborating on a project, or reflecting at the end of the class day. And as an artist-teacher, she also appreciates the solitude and quiet her private creative space provides. “Having a studio/office next door is great,” said Blessman, who used to have to work on her own artwork in her classroom along with her students. Recently, she came into her studio at 11 o’clock and painted until 1 a.m. “It’s such a gift. It’s my little escape.” “To have studios where we produce art,” muses Bob Nowalk, coordinator of the

“There is a lot to Culver. Don’t miss any of it.” – Harry L. Crisp ’53

Visual Arts, “what an amazing link for our students to see us do art.” If you teach piano, you have to be able to play the piano, and play it well, Nowalk explains. “The same is true of art or photography. If you’re not part of that creative journey, how can you relate to and teach kids?” Nowalk adds that the space and amenities are also being used to enhance the curriculum of other disciplines. Science will be teaching an engineering course in the arts center and Innovation and Design, a class on the creative use of the Internet, will also meet there. “If this building isn’t accessible it isn’t anything,” Nowalk said. And as curator of Culver’s art collection, Nowalk is thrilled with the two galleries that allow the school’s treasures to be properly displayed and appreciated in one

“Rosemary Crisp was innocent, yet knowledgeable; soft, yet strong; joyful, yet suffering. She did everything with God’s will in mind. … Education, one of my parents’ endeavors, allowed mom to serve on committees and boards for many colleges and universities, as well as Culver Academies. Both mom and dad encouraged all six of us to attend Culver. Now three generations (18 family members) have attended or are now attending Culver, and there are still more grandkids to come. “Because of the success of our father and the family business, and the impact Culver Academies has had on our family, they are able to gift to you a new Visual Arts Center. Enjoy it, and remember each moment can lead to an opportunity. Do your best; one individual can make a difference.” – Cyndi Crisp Dickens SC’77, a Culver parent and daughter of Harry and Rosemary Crisp

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Donors to the Crisp Visual Arts Center Randy Deer N’48 and Wayne Zink Janet and Jim Dicke II W’59, ’64 The Efroymson Family Fund Following the dedication, trustees and guests tour the Crisp Visual Arts Center.

Reuben H. Fleet Foundation Fund at San Diego Foundation Martha and Alex Rochelle ’65 Valri and L. Bond Sandoe Jr. ’51 Rosemary and Mark Schlachter NB’63 The Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Mary and Fritz Wolfe ’47

location instead of being hidden in nooks and crannies all over campus, much as the art instructors and their classes had been. While pieces from the collection will rotate in and out, a portion of the permanent collection will always remain in the galleries as a teaching aid for various classes, Nowalk said. Like any move to a new home, there is a period of adjustment and “so much to do,” Nowalk said. Sporting a yellow vinyl apron and unable to sit still, he opens a large box recently shipped from an alumnus. Inside are nine woven Navajo rugs dating from the 1870s through 2000. “Certain donors have been waiting for us to have a place to exhibit such items” where they can be preserved and protected, Nowalk said. “We are getting things that further enrich the curriculum. “You just can’t help but be happy to start the day in this building. What an incredible gift. It’s good for kids and it’s good for Culver. “We have a lot going on in the classrooms,” Nowalk said, “and in a building that, in itself, is a work of art.” – Doug Haberland, Editor


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“The name over the door is different, but the spirit in which this building is being dedicated remains the same. The generosity from everyone who donated to this project will bear fruit in oil, in clay, in watercolors, and in photographs, … More importantly, this facility will bear fruit in the countless young lives that will be inspired and enriched through Culver’s first-class visual arts program.”

“I am thrilled to hear the unfolding conversations between our Visual Arts faculty and other departments, igniting a renewed enthusiasm for collaboration across disciplines. This is an exciting step forward for our community, and validation of the importance of sharing the arts in our world.”

– Miles White ’73 Chairman of the CEF Board of Trustees

– Cathy Duke ’70 Fine Arts Department Chair



Culver Wins 7 Telly Awards Online videos capture the ‘pace, sizzle, quality, and breadth’ of the summer experience Explaining and capturing the excitement and the depth of the Culver Summer Schools & Camps experience for the uninformed and unfamiliar have always been a challenging assignment. But if pictures are worth 1,000 words, then the Summer Camps’ award-winning online videos are speaking volumes.

The Communications Department paired with Magic Hour Productions Inc. of Seattle to create a series of online videos designed for parents and campers who are unable to make a visit to Culver. The results garnered a silver Telly Award and six bronzes in the online video category at the 32nd Annual Telly Awards in New York City in June. A silver Telly went to Communications and CSSC for the “School of Horsemanship” recruitment video. Bronze Tellys were received for the “CSSC Overview,” “Culver CSSC Teaser Trailer,” “Upper Camp Overview,” “Woodcraft Camp Overview,” and “The Culver Experience.” Culver also was awarded a bronze People’s Telly for the “CSSC Overview,” which was voted on by the public through YouTube. Founded in 1979, Telly Awards are the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos, and films.

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“For the first time we have a summer video that really shows what a Culver summer is all about – the pace, the sizzle, the quality, excellence, and breadth of the programs,” said Bill Hargraves ’77, Culver’s director of Communications and Strategic Marketing.


Hargraves said Magic Hour’s strengths were its “editing and keen insight into storytelling. The videographers were able to get parents and campers to talk at an emotional level about what interests them.” The videos, which are posted on the CSSC website ( continue to receive a positive response, said Tony Mayfield ’65, director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps. The online videos provide “a youthful, new, and exciting approach to telling our story,” said Mayfield. The Summer Schools staff is also using the videos at camp fairs, alumni and Culver Club events, and sharing copies with parents upon request. Mayfield said viewers relate well to the videos because campers and parents personally share their experience. Headed by Ryan McKeever, Magic Hour is a creative film and video production group whose clients include Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Seattle Mariners,

Seattle Seahawks, Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, Costco, and Alaska Airlines. Created in 1992, Magic Hour has also received Emmys, Clios, ADDYs, and a Cannes Film Festival Gold Lion for its work. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this year’s Telly Awards were one of the most competitive in the history of the awards, according to the website. Fewer than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Telly Award entries are evaluated to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Culver Summer Camps was in good company, as this year’s winners included Michigan State University, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Fox Sports Net, Nickelodeon, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

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Student Notes Katrina Weil ’13 (Cary, Ill.) has been selected by competitive audition from choral high school students across the United States to sing in the 2012 American High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall, Feb. 9-13, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames. Senior Michelina Carbone won the Youth Reining Class at the Quarter Horse Congress in October 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. There were 48 entries in the class and Carbone won on her horse, Wound by Juice. Carbone (South Bend, Ind.) is one of the co-captains of the Equestriennes. The Congress is one of the world’s largest single-breed horse shows with more than 8,500 Quarter Horses and 650,000 Quarter Horse enthusiasts attending.


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Senior Brianna Trappe, 17, was first runner-up in the 2011 Miss Blueberry Pageant and was also voted Miss Friendship by the other contestants. The Plymouth,

Ind., resident was awarded a crystal bowl and a $750 scholarship for second place and an additional $100 for being named Miss Friendship. Seventeen Marshall County girls vied for the opportunity to preside over the 2011 Blueberry Festival on Labor Day Weekend, one of the largest festivals in the state. The CMA Marching Band performed in the Blueberry Parade on Labor Day.

Dean England remembered

E Award goes to Naval 1

Dean Mary Frances England was always looking to enhance the experience of Culver Girls Academy students, and in the process, she enhanced the experience of Culver faculty members as well. That was the message Fine Arts chair and dance instructor Cathy Duke ’70 shared with CGA students and guests at the annual Dean England Day Ceremony at the Memorial Chapel on Sept. 18.

Naval 1 claimed the coveted E Award at the conclusion of the six-week summer camps session. Troop captured the Pegasus Award. The Great Race was won by Deck 5, as well as the Athletic and Naval banners, and Naval 1 captured the Communications Relay and the Naval Banner.

The ceremony celebrates England’s impact on the founding of the girls school and the community. Duke, who was a faculty daughter, graduated from CMA two years before the first Culver Academy for Girls graduates received their diplomas. “I often heard about the early challenges facing CAG and Dean England, and was impressed that Dean England maintained her vision and composure during trying times,” Duke said.

Performing a scene from Thornton Wilder’s Love and How to Cure It are, left to right, Carol Alban, Denver Blackson, Kathryne McDougal, and Shaun Schneider.


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Crown Prince Alexander II of Yugoslavia and Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine with Global Studies Institute scholars during their Oct. 21 campus visit. It was Prince Alexander’s first visit to campus since he was a fifth-classman in 1959-60.

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In September, senior Monica Weaser was named the recipient of the 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern Scholarship and Rowing Award. Stern, a 1998 graduate, was killed while serving in Iraq on Sept. 16, 2004. He is the only Culver graduate to die in the Global War on Terrorism. The family established the scholarship in 2006. The scholarship is given annually to a member of crew who best exemplifies those traits Stern exhibited: dedication, honesty, joyfulness, respect, and integrity. Weaser is a co-captain this season and helped CGA qualify for the national meet last spring

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The Midwest Network Cooperative, a group of area technology companies, has joined resources to construct an integrated high-speed fiber and wireless solution servicing the Culver Academies and eventually the greater Culver community. “A key component of the Academies’ curriculum is leadership, so taking the lead in extending the Midwest Network Cooperative’s offering to the Academies and surrounding community was an easy decision,” said Larry Emmons, director of Information Technology at the Academies. “Having the additional bandwidth and an alternative last mile is proving to be worth the investment.”

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Class of 1963 nears $5 million goal As new graduates, the Class of 1963 put together $1,396, which has grown over the years to $131,399 to be used to recognize worthy faculty, thanking them for their work and service to Culver. With added gifts during the By Example Campaign, the ’63 class gift has grown to more than $4 million with a goal of raising $5 million by the 50th Reunion in May 2013.

The 2011 Exemplar Fellows below are, first row, left to right, Jacquie Erwin, Stacey Warren, and Kim White; second row, Igor Stefanic and Dan Davidge. Exemplar Fellows are chosen from among those faculty and staff with from 10 to 25 years of service.

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Faculty, Staff & Retiree Notes Chinese instructor Ning W. Schultz was selected as the Chinese Teacher of the Year of 2011. Schultz received the award at the annual Indiana Foreign Language Teachers (IFLTA) conference on Oct. 29 in Indianapolis. Schultz came to Culver in 2004 from Washington, D.C., where she taught five levels of Chinese at Sidwell Friends High School and initiated the Chinese program for the middle school there. Prior to that, she taught Chinese at Bemidji State University. Schultz is also the director of Confucius Classroom at Culver and the sponsor of the Chinese Culture Club on campus. She is also an international coordinator, mainly for Asian students, and becomes a translator and ambassador whenever Chinese language is officially needed.

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On Sept. 1, five additional Class of 1963 Exemplar Fellows were named, joining Humanities Instructor Ed Kelley (center, second row), who was the first selection in 2009.

J.D. Williamson ’63 (center) is surrounded by the Williamson Fellows for 2011. First row, left to right, Jen Cerny, Catherine Battersby, Gabrielle DiLorenzo, and Josh Pretzer; second row, John Buggeln, Rev. Tom Haynes, Richard Battersby, Andy Strati, and Gary Christlieb. Absent is Dominica Petulla, who is on sabbatical. The Williamson Fellowship was established in 2004 by Williamson and his wife, Judy, as a means of rewarding faculty who have had an impact on the education and personal development of Culver students. The award includes an honorarium

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2011 Williamson Fellows Awarded

Dale Spenner, director of planned giving, was a co-presenter at the 37th Annual CASE District V Conference in Chicago on Dec. 12. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is an international association of educational institutions. District V represents six states in the Midwest. At last year’s CASE V conference, the Academies received the 2010 Gold Award for the Best Program in Planned Giving. Spenner shared his template and the steps taken to make the program successful. Co-presenting will be André R. Donikian of Pentera Inc., the planned giving marketing company that created much of the communication materials.

to motivate and retain bright, young teachers. Williamson Fellows are highly motivated, involved in extra-curricular activities, stand out as student mentors, and have risen through the ranks of the academic leadership system. culver alumni magazine




Fall brings changes for athletic teams Change was in the air this fall sports season. Temperatures dropped from the low 90s in August to the lower 40s in October. The season also brought several changes in the state tournament alignments for soccer, football, and tennis. The biggest change was dividing boys and girls soccer into two classes, with Culver being classified as a large school. The re-alignment of boys tennis gave CMA the opportunity to host the sectional, regional, and semistate at the Gable Tennis Complex. And the football realignment put South Bend St. Joseph’s and Mishawaka Marian back into the Class 3A, Sectional 17 grouping.

But Culver teams still brought home some significant hardware, winning the boys tennis sectional and regional titles, the boys sectional and regional cross country titles, and girls cross country sectional crown. Leopoldo Burguete ’13 (Mexico City) also qualified for the state cross country championship.

Cross Country At the state meet, Burguete finished 89th among the field of 196 runners, covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:48.2 (5:24/ mile pace). He qualified for the state meet with a 15th place overall (16:07.8)

Pierre Byrne (with ball) turns the corner as running mate Ralph Laux (10) leads the blocking.

at the New Prairie Semistate. That came after winning in the Academies’ sectional (16:41.2) and regional (16:35.8) crowns. His first-place finishes led Culver Military to both team titles. The top 15 individuals and the top six teams advanced to the state meet at Terre Haute, where the Eagles finished 13th. Culver Girls Academy finished eighth among 20 teams at the semistate after winning the sectional title and finishing second in the regional. The top runner for the Eagles was Taylor Stuewe ’13 (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), who finished 23rd with a time of 19:44.9 for the fivekilometer course.


The boys and girls cross country teams relied on tight group running for their success this season. CMA placed six runners in the top 20 in the sectional and in the top 27 in the regional. CGA placed seven runners in the top 20 at the sectional and in the top 27 at the regional.

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Soccer Under the new two-class playoff system, CMA and CGA teams were placed in the large school division (where Culver was the fourth-smallest in the 146-team division). Both teams lost in the second round of their sectionals.

Football Injuries throughout the season forced a young Eagles team to move several inexperienced players into slots on both sides of the ball. Those growing pains resulted in the team dropping five of six games during the middle of the season. Three of those losses came by less than a touchdown. But the added game experience resulted in a three-game winning streak over Sheridan, Fairfield, and Knox at the end of the season. The 44-12 victory over Knox came in the first round of the Class 3A sectional. CMA then hosted No. 4 St. Joseph’s in the second round. The Eagles led 9-7 at the half before costly turnovers contributed to a 35-15 loss. The Eagles were led offensively by Ralph Laux ’12 (South Bend, Ind.) with 684 yards rushing and four touchdowns, followed closely by Pierre Byrne ’14 (South Bend, Ind.) with 667 and eight TDs. Connor Frantti ’13 (Spring Grove, Ill.) caught 18 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns, and quarterback Hayes Barnes ’14 (Culver) completed 55 percent of his passes (73-of-132) for 976 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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The changes in the boys’ tournament saw the Academies host the first three rounds of the state tournament for the first time.

CMA’s season ended with a 5-0 loss to the host Warsaw Tigers, finishing with an 11-5-2 season record. CMA advanced to the second round with a 2-0 victory over Plymouth. Prior to the season-ending loss in the sectional, the Eagles had notched six straight victories. Andrea Lin ’12 (Burien, Wash.) goes low to keep the volleyball in play. Lin was one of four seniors for the CGA squad.

The Eagles marched through the sectional with 5-0 wins against Rochester and Knox. The team captured the regional title with a 5-0 sweep of Wabash and a 4-1 win over area rival Plymouth. Hosting the semistate did not provide any advantage as the Eagles lost to No. 8 Penn, 4-1. The Eagles finished the season with a 15-6 record and were ranked 25th in the state.

Volleyball The volleyball team finished with a 25-6 record under coach Matt Boland, setting a new standard for the most wins in a season. The previous high was 16 wins. The team, which loses just four seniors, also won the Wawasee and LaVille tournaments. The team advanced to the second round of the sectional with a three-game, straight-set win over Jimtown. The girls lost in the semifinals to Plymouth, 3-1, to close their season.

If any team was bitten by the injury bug, it was CGA soccer. Losing two of its leading scorers and a top defender resulted in the Eagles going 4-10-2 for the season. The girls lost to NorthWood in the second round of the playoffs after receiving a first-round bye. The team graduates six seniors.

CGA golf The CGA golf team finished the season with a 9-7 dual match record and a fifth-place finish in the Warsaw Sectional. The team had a low nine-hole score of 187 and low 18-hole score of 384. Senior co-captain Kiira Vazales (Petoskey, Mich.) carded the low nine-hole individual score with a 43, and junior Samantha Seibel (Defiance, Ohio) scored the low 18 with an 86. Seibel also had the low individual average of 94.8 for 18 holes. Freshman Mackenzie Toth (Ann Arbor, Mich.) advanced to the regional tournament after winning a three-way playoff for the last individual slot at the sectional. Playing her first year of competitive golf, Toth shot a 99 at the regional in a constant drizzle. Written and compiled by Jan Garrison

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CGA Today the Journey

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Why celebrate forty years? Because every generation

to have ever attended this school is represented and they are giving back to our world – and we need to acknowledge, recognize, and celebrate their work. This weekend is an opportunity to reflect upon the journey and what we have learned along the way.


To the graduates of the ’70s, you were the pioneers and forerunners of the school. You created a basic leadership structure, fostered the beginning sense of Weaser community, and offered the first student voice to the CGA system.

With the graduates of the ’90s the entire campus came together as one school. For the first time CMA and CGA partnered and worked together, building bridges and programs that served the greater community. You also saw the shift from the CGA staff providing leadership training to our girls to our student leaders training one another.

To the alumnae of the ’80s, you were instrumental in establishing an identity for our school and you added more depth to the initial leadership structure. More importantly, your decade saw program developments that provided training for leaders and their roles.

And in the 2000s our alumnae grew that basic leadership structure established by Dean England into a fully developed program with more than 130 leadership positions. You took more ownership of your school and the opportunities to

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apply your leadership skills through real world partnerships outside of Culver … Leadership Committee for Africa, Relay For Life, and senior leadership practicums. Today CGA is a model for all other schools in the country – because nobody is doing what we do to prepare young women as leaders. Congratulations CGA!

—Laura Weaser, Dean of Girls (From October 14, 2011, Opening Remarks)



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Alumnae Alumnae Reflect,, aT 40th Reflect Celebration Reconnec, Weekend &&Renew Renew By Kathe Brunton An early, crisp September morning, and Gayle Stants roused herself from sleep. It wasn’t easy. The bed was warm, her room was cool, and the outside air, she knew, would be crisp. But this was the first day of the first year for the fledging Culver Academy for Girls, and it was her responsibility to wake up her dorm mates. To accommodate this inaugural class in 1971, Culver had converted an old motel (with all rooms opening to the outside) into a dormitory. Stants stood before her door and sleepily pulled it back— and was met with the surprise of her life. There before her in the parking lot were a dozen or so Culver cadets from the marching band. As soon as they saw her, they jumped into a lively rendition of the U.S. Navy fight song, “Anchors Aweigh.” “I’ll never forget that,” Stants Hendrix ’72 (Woodland Park, New Jersey) said. “All the girls woke up and looked out and were giggling. For the boys to get up that much earlier to come play for us and welcome us, it was very heartwarming and quintessentially Culver. We knew there was a sense of whether girls should be at Culver. But there was a lot of welcome, too, especially from the boys.” For Stants Hendrix, that memory has endured for forty years. She was pleased to share it over the weekend of October 14-16, 2011, when nearly 120 alumnae gathered on campus to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Culver Girls Academy.

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Coming Back Whether the attendees journeyed from just down the road in rural Indiana or from 4,000 miles and halfway across the Pacific, the fortieth anniversary weekend was marked by a sense of warmth for the past, excitement for the present, and hope for the future. “I feel like I was part of the early creation of the girls school, and I guess that’s why I came,” said Carol Kahn ’73, who traveled from Manchester, Michigan. “There’s a spiritual connection that I have. This place was instrumental to me as a teenager going through very difficult times. I had teachers here who guided me and directed me in some very important ways.” Nan Matteson ’75 (Cincinnati) “hadn’t been back to campus since my graduation, except for getting married here. I’m passionate about supporting girls and women, so when I heard about this celebration, I knew I had to be here.” During her freshman year, Angie Fulton ’98 was part of the one hundredth anniversary of Culver. In her junior year, she helped celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of CGA. She also has attended her five- and ten-year reunions. “The difference about this event is that it’s all girls,” said Fulton, who has been the counselor of CGA’s Benson dorm since 2004. “Most of the other alumni events are by class, but this is bringing women back from the first year to now. I think that’s a wonderful difference and something to embrace and celebrate.” Cymber Sitchler Conn ’84 traveled 4,300 miles from Hakalau, Hawaii, to attend the celebration and to pass along a message from one generation to the next.

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“When I came back in 2004 for my twenty-year reunion, I was in the Chapel having a quiet moment. A man came in and sat with me and said he was there to attend his fiftieth reunion. He told me that when he was a senior in 1954, a Culver graduate from 1904 approached him. That older graduate told (the 1954 cadet) that he had come back for the reunion specifically to pass knowledge on from generation to generation. And he told him he needed to do the same. So there he was in the Chapel, passing that message along to me. Now I want to pass my knowledge on to the next generation and I will tell them to do the same.” Senior Monique Novoa (Chicago) took that message to heart and is already excited at the idea of sharing her own “future wisdom” with upcoming classes. “My ten-year reunion will be the golden anniversary of CGA,” she noted. “I’m already giving advice to the freshmen, so by the time I come back for the fiftieth, I’ll have ten years of experience in the outside world to pass along. I’m beyond excited.”

Strengthening the CGA Network The annual Culver alumni reunion brings together the graduates of individual classes spaced at five-year intervals. Reunion 2012, for instance, will include all classes ending in “2” and “7.” Time on campus is precious and the desire to interact with current students often doesn’t shift into reality. But a hallmark of the CGA fortieth weekend was the opportunity to mix and mingle with alumnae from across the decades as well as with current students, to help form and solidify a CGA network that encourages women to reach out to each other for friendship, advice, and assistance. CGA Dean Laura Weaser elaborated. “I believe this weekend will provide a wonderful springboard for networking possibilities in the future,” she said. “I’m hopeful that in partnership with the Alumni Office we’ll identify ways for alumnae to engage across their classes and decades within reunion weekend events. It is clear that this facet of the anniversary weekend was a success and recreating similar opportunities for our alumnae in the future seems logical.” A resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Joan Hibbard Prescott ’77 added, “This weekend is girls only and that makes it even more special. We’re able to talk more about the growth of the girls school and the great advances they’ve made, which are amazing. It sends more roots when you can share with alumnae from other classes.” For Mary Quella ’05 (Warsaw, Indiana), the chance to network was a significant motivator in attending. culver alumni magazine



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Then and Now Many of the alumnae delighted in talking about the differences between when they were students and now. “There’s a huge difference, especially in the leadership positions,” Provost said. “I think we had seventy-some graduates in our class and now there are 130 leadership positions among 343 girls.” Karin Noyes Moreno ’90 (Coppell, Texas) stated, “These girls are so much more prepared than I was. Culver is doing an excellent job. It’s incredible. Yesterday I was listening to some of the current students and I was dreaming about my nine-year-old daughter being here someday.” For Matteson, the basics of being a girl in uniform at a boarding school haven’t changed. She laughed as she said, “I saw a student and she had a Hello Kitty bow in her hair. It was just like when I was here, how can we make ourselves individual in a uniform?” Haberland photo.

“I’m really looking forward to the panel discussions and hearing what everyone has to say — networking with them, getting tips, advice, mentorship, maybe. Even if they can’t help me professionally, but within Culver or personally, it’s nice to have someone older to go to who’s not a family member, to be able to seek an outside opinion,” she said. Almost to a person, the alumnae brimmed with eagerness to describe what their Culver experiences were like, to tell of their life’s journeys, and to share what they’ve learned along the way. An actress in New York City, Haley Swindal ’04 said, “I came back because my Culver years were some of the greatest of my life and I wanted to impart to these girls how lucky we all are to be a part of Culver and how it can help us in the real world. What we learned here, we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. There are so many parts of my life — perseverance, motivation, goal setting, virtues — that I learned here. I want to tell the girls how we can use this experience for the rest of our lives.” Betsy Briggs Feighan ’79 (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) wants to tell the girls “that they should find what they are passionate about and pursue that. I want them to know that when you leave here, the sky’s the limit but you do need to set limits because there’s too much out there. It’s better to find out what you want and what you are good at and do that.” “The older graduates need to talk and communicate with the younger ones about what a special place Culver is, the lifelong friends you make,” said Renee Provost ’83 (South Bend, Indiana). “You may not always realize it when you’re here, but once you’re gone, you get it.” From Itasca, Illinois, Karolee Beer Matrisciano ’79 participated on the Women in Non-Traditional Careers panel. She commented, “I wanted to show the girls that there are other opportunities out there for them. I’m a twenty-year police officer and it’s been really rough living in a man’s world. But there is a place for women and if they put their hearts to it, they can do anything.” Timika Shafeek-Horton ’86 came to the celebration from Charlotte, North Carolina, with a special message for minority students. “One reason I came back was because it offered the opportunity to interact with students. I thought there might be some who are like me, which is one of a few. I wanted them to see that there were folks like them who went to Culver and where they are now,” she said. The alumnae’s messages were eagerly soaked up. Senior Desirae Major (Olathe, Kansas), who attended the Women in Science panel, noted, “There are so many opportunities for women in science now and it was fantastic to hear from the (different) generations what they’re involved in. I plan to go into engineering or something in the sciences, and hearing these women made me love science and engineering even more. It was so fantastic asking them questions.” Yet the sharing wasn’t just one way. Matteson was awed by comments from current students during a panel presentation. “One of the girls talked about how she feels the traditions of CGA are living and breathing, that they are not archaic. I thought, wow, that is so cool because as people we are always evolving; even in our fifties we are evolving. The world changes and you have to change with it, but tradition is important. Tradition keeps you grounded. It gives you a foundation even as you are evolving,” she said.

Alumnae attending CGA’s 40th anniversary celebration.

As a former rower and the only girl on the crew team, Kahn was impressed by the number of sports opportunities available to the girls today, as well as the growth of the dance program and the new Crisp Visual Arts Center. (See story on page 8). “The evolution of the dance program is just unbelievable,” Kahn said. “And the new arts place with the collection of items gathered from interesting places — we would never have dreamed of that back then. I’m just so glad to see the arts growing here.” Along with many others, Stants Hendrix pointed to the differences in technology between then and now. “All we had was a telephone,” she said. “It was a very insulated place. We had no sense of the world at large and now they really do seem much more in touch.” Recalling her best times at Culver, Chicagoan Katherine Schneider ’92 added, “It was knowing that you could walk out your door and there was that possibility of something amazing happening, whether it was playing volleyball down by the lake or going into the dining hall and having something funny happen. There was that constant possibility of something happening that would be interesting and fun and memorable. I really felt the absence of that when I left Culver.”

Leading Culver Forward For Culver Girls Academy, the past is rich, the present is vibrant, and the future is full of promise. P.J. Osgood ’91 (Chicago) reflected, “When I was fourteen, I picked Culver. I never realized at thirty-eight how important Culver would be to me today. It’s not something that once you graduate, it stops having an impact. It becomes more valuable to you. For anybody who is thinking of attending Culver, I would tell you that it’s a decision that . . . you won’t even see the full value of until you’re gone. It’s a gift that keeps giving.”

“The potential for the future of CGA over the next 10 years is incredibly exciting and almost limitless. The program continues to evolve organically with new initiatives created through the collaboration among the young women and the staff.” Local resident Anne Kelley ’94, counselor of CGA’s Ithaka dorm since 1998, added, “Someone said earlier that Culver is a state of mind, and that’s so true. When you meet someone from here, you know they understand that. It’s also a safe place to take risks. It’s safe to fail and learn from failure. Culver tries to help kids figure it out before something bombs. There’s a lot to learn from making mistakes and this is a safe place to do that.” For her part, Osgood anticipates great things for Culver’s future. “I love the fact that CGA is its own entity, separate but coordinate schools,” she said. “We are a vital part of Culver. I’m excited to see what happens in the next ten years, the next forty years.” Dean Weaser agreed. “The potential for the future of CGA over the next 10 years is incredibly exciting and almost limitless,” she said. “The program continues to evolve organically with new initiatives created through the collaboration among the young women and the staff. The young women definitely lead their program and their school. With their passion and heart, CGA will continue to grow in amazing ways and, in turn, touch the lives of others in significant ways across the globe.” Editor’s note: Kathe Brunton is a freelance writer living on a country acre in Edwardsburg, Michigan. She credits her twenty-year career to a former coworker who recognized and encouraged her love of writing. Her son has participated in the Woodcraft program, and she is honored to be asked to help tell the inspiring stories of Culver.

Sally Hodder ’72, Hildy Teegen ’83 provide keynote remarks at CGA’s 40th “Looking Back … Leading Forward,”the CGA 40th Anniversary Celebration weekend, featured keynote addresses from two noteworthy alumnae – Dr. Sally Hodder ’72 and Hildy Teegen, Ph.D., ’83. Hodder, the senior prefect for the Class of 1972 and Culver’s first female Graduate of the Year in 1996, spoke at the opening all-school convocation, telling students that Culver has provided them the tools to find their passion in life. Hodder is director of HIV Programs and Vice Chair of the Department Dr. Sally Hodder ’72 of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Teegen is the dean of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. She was the founding director of The George Washington University’s Center for International Business and Research in Washington, D.C. In her keynote address at the October 15 session on The Culver Network, Teegen shared how she, as a Culver woman, had fulfilled the promise of her education and leveraged all the opportunities that Culver students enjoy. To read edited excerpts from both of these alumnae, visit Hildy Teegen ’83

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Voices of CGA 1 of A History Culver Girls Academy

The following excerpt is from the introduction to “Voices of CGA: A History of Culver Girls Academy” being authored by Ginny Bess Munroe ’86 and her mother, retired librarian and Master Instructor Emeritus Joan Bess. Commissioned by the Academies, the book is targeted for publication in spring 2012. The purpose of the book, Dean of Girls Laura Weaser said, is to carry the history of CGA forward from its founding through the ensuing forty years. And the Besses were a logical choice. “Joan Bess had a personal friendship with Mai Fan (England) and worked with (former librarian) Bert Jones. Ginny is a product of CGA and is in the publishing business.” As a retired faculty member and CGA alumna, we have been a part of Culver for three decades. Many things happened at Culver in our time on campus, and we have always valued our Culver experiences. However, upon venturing into the basement of the Admissions Office, where files, pictures, and numerous hours of research awaited us, and as we talked to faculty, alumni, and people associated with these past forty years, what we learned is that our own experiences at Culver would be transformed into something far more


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powerful than we imagined. What we discovered is that delving into Culver’s history is a labor of immense proportions, and the journey one takes with this labor is more than the sum of its parts. It is more than the tedious labor

of reading thousands of memos, files, correspondences, Vedette newspapers, Alumni magazines, and so on. It is more than the phone calls, interviews, follow-ups, and fact-checking. It is more than the labor of the writing itself. It is truly a labor of love. Indeed, we fell in love with Culver all over again. In the summer of 2010, Dean of Girls Laura Weaser arranged for us to meet with a group of people interested in this project, two of whom had already done a great deal of research: Culver’s retired humanities instructor Dave Sampson and 1972 Culver Academy for Girls graduate Petra Nicholson. This is when that transformation began. We were immediately inspired by Dave and Petra’s early research, and we knew the task of writing this history would be filled with stories from years gone by. Dave and Petra awakened in us a strong curiosity and desire to learn more of the history of women at Culver. They did more than just point us in the direction.

With their own passion about Culver and its history, they showed us how this would be a labor of love. At that same meeting, we reminisced about how far CGA had come, how different it was today from those early years.

England and the many who followed in her footsteps. You’ll hear the voices of some of those who were the first to graduate from CGA and those who are shaping its future today. You’ll hear the voices of men and women alike. You’ll hear about the struggles, the triumphs, the successes, the failures, and the changes of an everevolving CGA. In short, you’ll hear many

of the voices of those who span our fortyyear history. CGA evolved over these forty years, but much like its counterpart in CMA, that Culver spirit that so many talk about after walking through the Graduation Arch or Iron Gate has remained unchanged. The spirit of Culver reflects the greatest voice of them all and it pervades any discussion or study of Culver’s history. It is perhaps this spirit of Culver that has shown us how both CMA and CGA as separate schools have become one in spirit. We hope that with the history of voices we present to you in this book, you will reconnect with your own experiences at Culver and reconnect with the spirit of the place that makes its history so special.

As we talked about how things such as leadership looked so differently today, it became clear to all sitting at the table that there had been many voices that contributed to the evolution of CGA. Nancy McKinnis, CGA’s leadership instructor, announced with great passion that what has occurred over the years is a sort of rising of voices. Thus, our title was born. After many months of research, we have learned about the many voices of CGA. The voices of CGA cannot always be distinguished based on gender, race, or age. They are both female and male. They are of experience, but they are also of youthful goals and dreams. The voices that tell the history are the voices of those who had a vision for CGA. They are the women who attended Culver and they are of those who taught and coached at Culver. There are the voices that guided the school as administrators, the voices of counselors, parents, and patrons. We see them as inclusive. This is what Culver is about, inclusiveness, collaboration, and voice. Truly, if we have done our jobs with this presentation of CGA’s history, you will hear those voices rise up over the decades. You’ll hear the voice of Mary Frances

About the Authors Joan Bess retired in 2008 as the Academies’ head librarian with 27 years of service as an assistant and head librarian. Bess served on many boards at Culver such as Faculty Executive Committee and Curriculum Studies, and she was a faculty representative for the Honor Council. Joan is married to Larry Bess who served the Academies as athletic director, financial aid director, and as an admissions counselor and director of admissions. They live in Culver and all of their children – Julie Bess ’83, Larry Jr. ’85, Ginny Munroe ’86, and Angie Martin ’87 – are alumni.

Ginny Bess Munroe, daughter of Joan and Larry Bess, is a 1986 Culver Girls Academy graduate. Ginny received her Bachelor of Art degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. Munroe has owned her own company, Deadline Driven Publishing, since 2001, editing consumer books, higher education books, and online college courses. Ginny serves on the Culver Town Council and is active in local charities. Her husband Grant Munroe ’87 owns and operates Culver Lodging Realty and CGM Photography.

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A first-year teacher in 1973, Dean of Faculty Kath those first female students melded with Dean Engla

By Kathy Lintner Principal and Dean of Faculty Walking across campus on a warm October afternoon, I passed and greeted cadets and coeds as they strolled together to classes. It all looked and felt quite normal, but on the heels of the fortieth anniversary weekend of the founding of Culver Academy for Girls, I could not help but think how special it truly was – one Culver. Two coordinate programs but one Culver. The phrase “We’ve come a long way, baby” popped into my mind, and I smiled. Dreams do come true, but not without vision, commitment, and hard work.

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In late March Doctor Sally Hodder, the CAG Senior Prefect for the Class of 1972, asked me to join her and some classmates for a dinner in New York to discuss the forty-year weekend. As I listened to their reminiscences about how they had all come to Culver in the fall of 1971, what struck me was the diversity of reasons: a few had attended Summer School and thought the boarding school would be an extension of that; a few had a family tradition of their fathers, brothers, and uncles attending Culver; one was local and had been told Culver was accepting girls; and another was the daughter of a Culver administrator. Yet regardless of how they had found their way to Culver, they shared a common bond – they were looking for something


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different, to be a part of a new adventure. For these young women to leave their hometown high schools their senior year to attend a new girls academy in Indiana was, quite simply, an act of faith. That faith was melded to the vision of Dean Mai Fan England, a Culver daughter herself, who became the first dean of girls and forged a leadership system that matched the needs and opportunities for young women. In the early 1970s this was a very unique step, to have a girls school founded as a coordinate program alongside the long-established military system for cadets. For the first few years it was certainly a bumpy ride. There were cadets who were very supportive of girls, and classroom teachers who welcomed and mentored them. There were also those cadets and adults who voiced their negativity, often in front of the girls. It was an organic part of the initial growing pains of a new school. The girls themselves were remarkably resilient and determined. When I was hired as a new English teacher in 1973, I lived in a West Lodge apartment. I will always remember that I was greeted in the parking lot by a welcoming crew of girls who picked up boxes and moved me in, then took me to the Shack for dinner, where I met Mary Baker for the first time. The girls, who came from Texas, Aruba, Ohio, and California, then proceeded to tell me exactly what they thought I needed to know about being an effective teacher at Culver and getting along.

For the most part, they were right on. I have to say that it was better than any formal orientation I received and much more useful. All that first year they kept a watchful and protective eye on me. It was only years later that I realized that they knew what it meant to be new and a female minority on campus; they were stronger as a group because they supported one another and charted a smart way forward. They wanted a Culver education and the opportunities that came along with it, and they worked hard at getting it. They also paid it forward for a young, first-year female English teacher who needed some help. When I left Culver in 1976 to attend graduate school at Notre Dame, the entire school was in transition. Several faculty members had left, the superintendent had been replaced and CAG had changed its name to Culver Girls Academy. Yet Mai Fan navigated the way forward for the girls school and helped it put down some firm roots. Girls were finding their voice in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in leadership roles, and they were being accepted to competitive colleges. They had not just survived, they were thriving. In the twelve years before I returned to Culver in 1988, CGA built on its successes and continued its trajectory of growth. There was more of a sense of social and academic integration between CMA and CGA. The classrooms in particular were more normalized than they had been in the ’70s. Girls were just as much stakeholders

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hy Lintner offers a unique perspective of how ‘an act of faith’ by and’s vision to forge a school ‘fit for the citizenship of the morrow.’ Mary Frances England

in what was discussed or decided as the cadets were. With the separation of Culver from the JROTC program and the establishment of a Department of Leadership, all students were expected to learn how to become effective leaders. In the twenty-three years since then, there have been touchpoints that have confirmed CGA’s acceptance and growth. In 1994 when CMA celebrated its centennial, the young women of CGA were right beside them, cheering. Two years later in 1996, when CGA reached its twenty-fifth milestone, the cadet and CGA leaders designed a yearlong slogan of “silver anniversary,” which reflected a true point of historical integration. The recent CGA fortieth birthday weekend gave the school community and alumnae time to look back and take stock of the tribulations and triumphs that have led to this moment. Stories were shared and relived, career guidance and wisdom were freely given, alumnae mixed with the girls, retired and current faculty/staff, and left campus with a sense of pride, of being part of something larger than themselves, making history. Yet it also helped foment new ideas about how to lead forward and chart the way to broader horizons to the twenty-first century. I have been lucky enough to witness much of the growth and maturation of CGA, first as a young teacher and then as the dean of faculty and principal for the past nineteen years. I just received

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my twenty-five-year Culver ring, and as I look at the CGA Crest, it reminds me of how rich the journey has been. What seemed like a dream in 1971 has now become a successful reality. But the journey is never over. As Sally Hodder reminded us in her speech, “Culver is a place where it is safe to take chances, try new things, push yourself but where you own the outcome, leaving (you) with the responsibility for your triumphs and tribulations. . . . It extracts a complete accountability.” We have the ability to dream but also the responsibility and accountability for making it happen. If the next forty years are as adventurous and fruitful as the first forty, the best is yet to come.

Editor’s note: In two tours of duty Kathy Lintner has accumulated 25 years of years of service with the Academies. In 1993 she was appointed Dean of Faculty and principal in 1995. She continues to teach a senior Humanities elective, Myth and Literature, a course she and retired colleague Richard Davies, Ph.D., created and debuted in 1992. Lintner earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University, a master’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, and completed nearly all of her doctoral work in English from Notre Dame. Her husband, Fred Lintner, retired in 1998 as Culver’s Director of Development emeritus.

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The CGA Journey

40. Faculty daughters begin attending CMA (1957)


39. Study on co-education launched (1968-70); trustees vote to establish a girls school headed by Mary Frances England 38. The CGA Ring 37. CAG athletic program in 1972 consists of basketball, fencing, and volleyball 36. Keeper of the Book tradition 35. New Lodge, now known as Benson, opens (1973)

34. Culver Academy for Girls becomes Culver Girls Academy (1975) 33. CGA Baccalaureate Hymn performed for the first time (1975)




32. Senior girls gain full access to Beason 31. Camille Calman ’79 is first female valedictorian

Greatest Hits*

10. Renovation of Moncrief (2004) 9. Resident Directors 8. CGA Advisory Council (2009) 7. CGA Fashion – from Handiwipes to spring/winter kilts 6. CGA Numbers – from 77 (1971), to 265 (1996), to 343 (2011) 5. Dean England Day (1997) to recognize her memory and life’s work 4. The Graduation Arch replaces the “break in the hedge” in 1975 3. The Leadership System -- taking the lessons and tools from the prefect system into the real world 2. CAG Crest (1972)/Crest Ceremony (1987) -- as the school has evolved and changed, the Crest remains a symbol of what CGA stands for

1. 40 amazing years of CGA! *As compiled by the Luncheon Planning Committee with input from the CGA staff and CGA Council.

Culver Daughters:

Sing Thy Praise 30. Dancevision established (1977) by Cathy Duke ’70 29. CGA Honor Council 28. CT/Argonne converted to girls’ dorms (Tower, Court, Atrium, Ciel) 27. Equestriennes founded (1978) and becomes CGA’s first honor organization (1982) 26. Leadership rotations increased from one to three (1985-86)

Women of Culver. 1894 - 1971 By CGA Dean Mary Frances England

25. Sally Hodder ’72 named first Woman of the Year at CGA’s 25th anniversary 24. Phones installed in each dorm room (1997) 23. Treasured Memory, written by CGA seniors, debuts during Silver Anniversary 22. Culver Women’s Celebration established (2002) 21. Leadership Committee for Africa established (2004) 20. Linden divided into Linden and Ithaka dorms 19. CGA Drill Team established (1999) as girls’ only military unit 18. CQ revised (2007) 17. Junior/Senior Tea

16. Spring Break in Mission to South Africa takes CGA leadership system abroad 15. 3 CGA seniors organize first Relay For Life (2008) 14. 1959 classmates Jean Curry and Greta Hughes become first women to walk through Iron Gate at their 50-year reunion (2009) 13. CGA Council 12. Senior Waltz 11. Jane Doehrman Eberly ’73 is first female Legion president

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By Miles D. White ’73 I was a cadet, in my junior year, when the Culver Academy for Girls opened in 1971. We were accustomed to the all-boys culture we’d known to that time – but bringing young women into our school changed it immediately, and very much for the better.

The addition of the girls school made the Culver universe a richer and altogether finer place. This is to take nothing, of course, from the great institution it was; but I cannot conceive of another single move that could have had such a powerful and positive effect upon our school. The atmosphere on campus changed palpably on that first day of the 1971-72 school year. There had been a few girls at Culver previous to the opening, the daughters of faculty and other members of the Culver family; but they had been a very small feminine minority in a very masculine environment. The opening of the girls academy put young women on an equal footing with the cadets and offered an importantly different tone and vision for our school. Their addition did nothing to lessen the excellence of the military school system in which the boys were still educated. But they helped make the Sparta that Culver had been into more of an Athens. It went from being a place of male discipline and competition for its own sake, to one where those attributes served the goals of a larger, more balanced society. While the opening of Culver offered the young women who joined our community the opportunity to access our school’s wonderful resources and traditions, it helped us cadets to grow into not just men, but gentlemen. It gave a new and fuller meaning to such core Culver values as respect and honor. It had a gentling and ennobling effect, which helped make Culver the school of which we’re all so rightly proud today.

Editor’s note: Miles White was an infantry battalion commander and CMA crew captain. He was named chairman of The Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees in May 2010. He is the chairman and CEO of Abbott. He and his wife, Kim, reside in suburban Chicago and have three sons, all of whom attended Culver.


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‘… weaving through obstacles and achievements’ By Jane Doehrman Eberly ’73 Dean England told me that one person could not possibly solve all the problems in need of solutions, and an effective leader tackles one or two. Culver and CGA are fortunate that she focused her energy on establishing a girls’ school in 1971. She actually realized the vision of H.H. Culver, who had considered a college for women on Lake Maxinkuckee, but opted for a military school for boys instead. Many years later Head of Schools John Buxton reminded the trustees of the importance of taking time to reflect so we have a deeper appreciation of what we’ve learned and how to continually improve. “Looking Back … Leading Forward” was in every way a perfect celebration and opportunity to reflect and honor CGA’s past and imagine its future. Celebrating forty years of CGA, my roommate from 1973 and I happily witnessed how much had changed while recalling what we missed. (The conclusion regarding the latter was The Shack and Mary Baker. We also advised current CGA students to drop the notion of reintroducing the Handiwipe dress to the wardrobe.) Dean of Girls Laura Weaser reminded CGA students and gathered alumnae that life’s path is never straight. This prompted me to focus on Culver’s journey through its last four decades, weaving through both obstacles and achievements. In 2000, greeting my daughter as she walked through The Arch, I was filled with happiness and gratitude recalling my class’ “walk through the hedge.” Now firmly rooted in its traditions, CGA is stronger and more vital today than on its first day in 1971. CGA students led our celebration with confidence and grace, fulfilling our founder’s vision of a unique school where young women

achieve their “faithful best,” not by blending into CMA but by benefiting from their individual strengths and each other’s. Together they make Culver its best! Editor’s note: Jane Doehrman Eberly ’73 was one of the original 100 CAG students. She served as president of her senior class, a member of the Personnel Committee, CAG Planning Board, and participated in modern dance. She and her husband, Reed H. Eberly N’67 live in Chicago and are the parents of Elizabeth ’00; Katherine, and Drew, all of whom attended Culver’s summer programs. She was the first woman president of The Culver Legion and is currently an officer of The Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. Eberly also is a member of Culver’s Honorary Cum Laude Society. culver alumni magazine


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For CGA senior Phoebe Hall, playfulness connects alumnae through the decades By Phoebe Hall ’12 Culver Girls’ Academy’s fortieth anniversary weekend brought together women from four decades, from established career women to those still adjusting to a kiltless collegiate wardrobe. A celebration dedicated to the playful reinterpretation of tradition and the lively exploration of the past, the anniversary highlighted some of the defining characteristics of CGA, its penchant for evolution, the student-driven nature of its customs, and the spirit of its student body, past and present.

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Not only accepting of changes that have occurred, CGA alumnae have presented themselves as willing to take an active role in catalyzing changes in how student life is organized. This is epitomized by the CGA Advisory Council, a group formed with the intent of tracking the successes and strengthening it still more. The weekend, though full of reminiscing, included no pining for the past (although many would welcome the return of the Handiwipe uniform dress), and was as much a celebration of a shared future as it was a commemoration of a common history. Though administrators, teachers, and counselors must be included in order to accurately represent the evolution of CGA, most stories were told from a student’s perspective, whether by current girls or by those who passed through the Arch decades ago. In preparing the event,


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it became very clear that we were continuing a long-established CGA tradition of allowing students to plan and own the traditions and celebrations they would partake in. Student organizers had the distinct feeling that their work would set a precedent for the events scheduled to take place at decade-long intervals, a feeling that inspires ownership while requiring that individuals think in terms of timeless values and commonalities rather than in that which is transient. Despite being a serious affair, marked by the remarks of distinguished women across many fields, playfulness was a part of many aspects of the anniversary. Playfulness may be the single strongest common thread uniting CGA with its

alumnae population. Though it is impossible to explain any young woman’s CGA experience without addressing the transition from youth to womanhood, alumnae and students alike treated girlhood with all the reverence due to it, celebrating it alongside maturation as a key element of the girls’ program. Whether laughing over decades-old, though still hilariously relevant, nicknames for the boys’ living units or sharing memories of slumber party-like dorm life, most everyone reconnected with her inner girl, treasuring the strength of friendship and the boundless capacity for joy and enthusiasm often associated with that particular state. As a senior, I participated in both the planning and execution of the weekend. I was poised to analyze the experience as both an insider and outsider, as someone who could identify (at least to a small degree) with the bigness of the world, and who could begin to predict how I would use my time at CGA in the future, but also as someone still unprepared to enter the world I had begun to quantify, someone in touch with the idea of legacy, but still benefitting from the legacies of others. Editor’s note: Phoebe Hall is a senior from Deer Creek, Wisconsin. She was the first rotation Leadership Training Prefect Chair and is now the Benson Dorm Chair. Hall is the co-editor of The Quill, co-chair of Leadership Committee for Africa, treasurer of the Model United Nations team, and a fencer.

More than $250,000 raised for The CGA Leadership / Leaders-in-Residence Program Haberland photo.

During the CGA 40th Anniversary Celebration it was announced that $263,000 had been raised toward a $500,000 goal for the establishment of the CGA Leadership and Leaders-in-Residence Program.

The program will host women from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of life experiences that will enhance the learning within Culver Girls Academy by connecting students to female role models who are making a difference in our ever-changing world. This program will also provide multidimensional opportunities ranging from lectures and small group discussions to leadership programs and initiatives. The series will touch the lives of all the CGA students.

C. Sarah Czastkowski Green ’77 talks with Linden girls about life after Culver. Haberland photo.

The CGA Leadership and Leaders-in-Residence Program will complement the valuable life skills developed through the CGA Leadership program. An important component of the development of CGA students as leaders is the opportunity to engage in a variety of leadership experiences and to interact with accomplished women who can serve as an inspiration to them. This endowed program will bring to campus programs and influential women who serve as real-life examples for the young women of CGA as they strive to visualize themselves as women leaders.

Women in Science was one of seven alumnae panels that brought CGA students and career women together for informal discussions.

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Class news published in this issue was received and processed as of Sept. 30, 2011. Culver Class News for the Academies graduates and Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni is combined under the graduation decade. Names in bold italics indicate those who are alumni of CSSC.

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Julius W. Hegeler II W’39 and Lois Wise, secretary of the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation, pose with new equipment in the Siegfried Fitness Center. The foundation provided the lead gift for an endowment that will provide replacement fitness equipment. The pair was on campus in September for an appreciation/ recognition event.



Arthur F. Korf ’36 was unable to make it back for his 75th reunion but reports he is blessed at 93 with “reasonably good health; still driving and walking.” Art sends his appreciation to the Buxtons and staff for “raising to new heights the Culver we love,” to Jim Henderson “for all of his devotion,” and Col. Henderson for signing him up in the fall of ’33.

Dr. Thomas B. Brumley W’55 received the Distinguished Physician Award from Blanchard Valley Health Systems in July. Tom practiced ophthalmology in the Findlay, Ohio, area for more than a decade before retiring. He is co-founder of the International Vision Volunteers, which helped build a hospital in Zambia. Blanchard Valley represents 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

1940s John H. Ford N’39, ’40 of Greensboro, N.C., remains in uniform occasionally, performing Honor Guard duty at military burials. John L. Parker N’47, ’48 enjoys sailing out of the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario on the 27-foot Albin 82 Motor Sailer he refitted last winter. He and Nancy toured the Baltic in July, visiting St. Petersburg and its palaces.


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Scott H. Banninga N’55, ’57 is a volunteer with special needs high school students in Youngstown, Ohio. He is studying with the Assemblies of God Church. Robert E. Clements Jr. W’52, ’57 of La Quinta, Calif., continues to manage private investment trusts as well as Sunshine Suites resort on Grand Cayman Island. Phillip J. Klein W’53, N’55, ’57 is nearing retirement in Evanston, Ill., but still consulting when hobbies and travel don’t interfere.

Robert A. May ’57 and wife Lou Adele celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Their children and their families hosted a party at their Beeville, Texas, home.

1960s Robert A. Funk ’60 of McClellan, Calif., was selected for the 2011 Education Award by the NESHTA Board of Directors. NESHTA, based in Phoenix, is a non-profit educational society for environmental, safety, health, and other technical training and adult education professionals. In September, Phil Sbarbaro W’59, N’63 placed sixth in men’s saber at the Veterans World Championship fencing tournament in Limoges, France. In the 60-70 age group, Phil defeated seven fencers before losing in the final eight to a New Jersey fencer, the world champ the last two years. He and Judi toured the country after the tournament.


Class News Phil qualified by finishing second in his age group in Reno, Nev., in July and is currently ranked third nationally. John R. Hargrove ’65 (Boca Raton, Fla.) has completed his third term as chairman of Butler University’s Board of Trustees. John says the experience whetted his appetite to explore philanthropy and non-profit board effectiveness to the extent that he is pursuing a graduate degree in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Oilman and horseman Jud Little ’65 was the cover story in the January 2011 newsletter for the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. The article tells of Jud’s love for horses and his prep school alma mater, which led to the creation of the Jud Little Scholarship for rural Oklahoma students interested in attending the Academies. A CEF trustee, Jud is the CEO of the Quintin Little Company and owner of the Jud Little Ranch. B. Douglas Cameron H’68 (Rockford, Ill.) was presented a belated Gold Tuxis by Troop counselor Biff Green H’73 during a summer visit. David B. Newell W’64,’68 is now the director of market strategy and analysis for Rolls-Royce Defense Sector. He and Sharon live in Zionsville, Ind., and, with all three children grown and selfsustaining, David gets to spend more time flying single-engine planes again. He is also the president of the RollsRoyce Heritage Trust, Allison Branch.

FROM THE LEGION PRESIDENT Pausing to reflect on the impact of the experience This space is typically used by the Legion president to update the alumni body on current happenings at Culver and to let everyone know that your Legion Board is busy doing work that benefits each and every one of you. While all is well at Culver, and we are still hard at work, I would like to use this space to discuss a slightly different, but related, topic. As I prepare to attend the memorial service for fellow classmate Nathan Tutt ’96, I find myself reflecting on just how the Culver experience affects each of us. In times of crisis, it never ceases to amaze me how Culver people rally around one another. This phenomenon crosses all Culver contingencies, as alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and other friends of both the prep boarding school and summer camps respond the same. While I am unable to put into words exactly what I mean, I believe each of you reading this knows in your heart exactly what I mean. There is an x-factor, something that can only be experienced, not explained, a bond. This bond is not limited to those we knew during our time on campus. Through my volunteer work with Culver, I have experienced this bond with so many across each Culver contingency and through every generation. During this holiday season, I hope you took a moment to pause and reflect on your Culver family and how they have impacted your life. Why do any of us volunteer for Culver? Why do any of us donate to The Culver Fund? While I cannot speak for each of you, I know that I do so in hopes of making the Culver experience available to future generations, so that they too will have the benefit of a Culver family. I have had the opportunity to get to know many current Academies students quite well – my daughter is a Junior Woodcrafter – and I interact with faculty, staff, and parents on a weekly basis. I can assure you that Culver people still have that bond, that x-factor, that each of us hold dear. We Are Culver!

1970s John R. Graham N’66, ’70 coached the Longwood University Rugby Club to the Division 3 national championship over Occidental College, 36-24. Division 3 rugby consists of 150 teams across the United States. John and his wife, Dian, live in Farmville, Va. Richard S. Hutchinson ’72 says his business, representing Voice Over Talent, has done well despite the economy. Richard and his wife, Ginabeth, live in Atlanta. They have a daughter at the Atlanta International Business School and a son at The Galloway School.

Whitney Kolb Alvis ’96 Norman, Okla. Whitney is an attorney in Norman, Okla., where she lives with her husband, Michael, and their three children. She is the 82nd president of The Legion and the second CGA graduate to serve in this role.

Leadership teams from the “3” and “8” classes will be forming in January 2012 preparing for the May 2013 Reunions. There are multiple volunteer roles to be filled. Your class and Culver need you.

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Members of the Class of 1963 were on campus in September for the recognition of five additional Class of 1963 Exemplar Fellows (see page 13). Present for a reception honoring the faculty members were, first row, left to right, J.D. Williamson, Mike Atkinson, and Dick Swennumson; second row, John Bartlett, Jay Ambrosini, and Bill Roth.

Donald Kojich ’78 has been promoted to vice president for Marketing and Communications at the University of Illinois Foundation. Don was recognized for his contributions and efforts over the past three years and for his commitment to excellence on behalf of UIF. Don and his wife, Betty, live in Champaign, Ill. Frederick W. Sliger ’79 married Lisa Hickman on Aug. 20, 2010, at Valparaiso University. Attending were classmates Tim Boos, Dan Brooks, and Karolee Beer Matrisciano. The newlyweds reside in Chesterton, Ind.


After 26 years, John Fisher NB’74 retired in July from the U.S. Navy with the rank of master chief petty officer. John worked in crypto intelligence. He was stationed in Fort Gordon, Ga. His father, Robert NB’42 of Loveland, Colo., was on hand for John’s retirement, but brother Tom NB’72 of Boulder, Colo., was unable to attend. Michael Eyre W’71, N’72, ’75 reports from Lithia, Fla., that his daughter, Jane, completed her eighth summer at Culver Schools & Camps and is now a first-year sophomore at CGA. After 33 years of service, Maj. Gen. Richard J. Sherlock Jr. H’75, ’76 retired from the U.S. Army on Sept. 27, 2011. He was feted at the Monthly Retirement Review in Washington, D.C., conducted by the Old Guard, with a reception at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club. Marine Corps Maj. Peter B. Collins W’72, ’77 and the Culver Class of 1977 represented the Academies Sept. 17 at an Arlington National Cemetery ceremony for the U.S. Air Force 43rd Bomber Group. Peter spoke about Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Col. Jay Zeamer, a 1936 CMA graduate. Peter will retire Jan. 1, 2012, from the Marines as a brigadier general.


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Dr. G. Alfred Dodds III ’80 of Ann Arbor, Mich., chaired the American Heart Association’s Washtenaw County Heart Ball Amore del Cuore (Love of the Heart) in October. Al has been a cardiologist with Michigan Heart P.C. at St. Joseph Mercy Health System since 2000. He has special interests in adult congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. Sarah Urban Johnston ’81 and her family have left Chicago for the mountains and fresh air of Park City, Utah. Sarah says husband Jim and their four daughters (ages 8 to 15) have “settled in and love the slopes.” Walter G. Fluegel ’82 of Cape Coral, Fla., recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Masters in Business Administration. Geno’s outstanding academic achievement earned him induction into the Golden Key International Honour Society. He currently serves as the Community Development director for Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where he manages the Building, Planning, Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Environmental Sciences divisions. Gary L. Suter ’82 was one of five players inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last fall. Gary’s 17-year NHL career included 844 points (203-641) after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in the ninth round (180th overall) of the 1984 NHL

Entry Draft. He made an immediate impact with the Flames en route to winning the Calder Trophy in 1986, which marked the first time an Americanborn player was named the NHL’s top rookie. A staple on the Calgary blue line (1985-1994), Gary set a career-high in assists (70) and points (91) in the 1987-88 season and helped the Flames to the franchise’s only Stanley Cup a year later. He spent three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks (1995-98) and four years with the San Jose Sharks (1998-02) before retiring. Stephanie Scopelitis SS’79, ’83 and H. Alex Kurrelmeier W’79, ’83 were married in the Memorial Chapel on July 11, 2011. The newlyweds are living in Libertyville, Ill. In ‘Now What?’ (SokheChapke Publishing), J.R. Harding II ’84 and his wife and co-author Erika Richards-Harding ’84 describe JR’s journey from adolescence to adulthood via quadriplegia, according to a news release. JR’s book describes his journey from trauma to triumph; how he was sustained by his family’s love, sacrifices, courage for “tough love” and vision for his future, and how he was supported by friends, personal care assistants, administrative assistants, coaches, administrators, and strangers. Without them, JR says, he wouldn’t be able to share his story. A Ph.D., JR lives in Tallahassee, Fla., where he is program administrator at the Florida Department of Education and an advocate for accessibility for the disabled. Rajiv Chopra ’89 and his wife, Gauni, are parents of a son, Vikram, born March 15, 2011. They, along with daughter Annika (20 months) live in Chicago. Fletcher C. Gensamer W’84, N’87, ’89 (Jersey City, N.J.) has formed his own advertising agency in New York City, Gensamer & Company Marketing Communications, LLC. Fletch says his “Culver leadership training, along with my subsequent business training, will serve me well.”


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FROM THE CSSAA PRESIDENT 1990s Elizabeth W. Hardaway W’85, ’90 married Derek Dillman on July 16, 2011, in Culver Memorial Chapel. Members of the wedding party included father of the bride, Julian Hardaway ’39, brother Andy Hardaway ’88, Chad Kamrow W’84, NB’88, ’89, and Allen Babcock N’97. The newlyweds are living in Anaktuvuk, Alaska, where Beth is teaching. A son, Graham, was born May 31, 2011, to Rachel and John D. Schurz ’91 of Lafayette, Ind. John is president and general manager of WASK Inc., a TV-radio company. After 14 years with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL, James R. Spencer ’91 has taken a position with Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment as executive vice president of sales. Jamie is responsible for the strategic vision and operations of the entire consumer sales function of TBSE, with specific focus on all St. Petersburg Times Forum properties, which includes the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), Tampa Bay Storm (Arena Football League), concerts, and events. Michelle B. Moncrief Coleman W’86, SS’87, ’92 and her husband, Kirk, are parents of a daughter, Charlie Blue, born Jan. 3, 2011. She joins a sister (5) and brother (2) at home in Fort Worth, Texas. Russell S. Guzior ’92 is hockey coach at Mount Carmel High School in suburban Chicago. Guzior played for Marist, leaving to spend his senior year at CMA. He was an 11th-round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 1993 and played at Providence College for four years before starting a pro career that lasted eight seasons. Kevin J. Ray W’88, A’91, ’93 is the manufacturing manager at the Arlington, Texas, facility within the PepsiCo Worldwide Flavors division. Kevin began his PepsiCo career in December 2002. Claudia E. Chittim McFarland SS’91, ’95 has completed her second graduate degree from the McCombs School of

July 2012 Woodcraft Centennial promises to be a hallmark event Your CSSAA and CEF boards – along with Culver staff – are busily working toward the 2012 Woodcraft Centennial. The centennial promises to be a hallmark event, with remembrances back to 1912. At the Woodcraft Camp there will be a special museum to showcase the history of the camp from the Daniel Carter Beard days to the present. We are expecting a fabulous Indian lore pageant and some really fun surprises for all. So please mark your calendars for a truly fabulous weekend July 20-22, 2012.

One Culver The Summer Annual Fund is an opportunity for alumni/ae, parents, grandparents, and friends of Culver to participate in the continued success of Culver and its world-class summer programs. As I indicated in my previous letter, we continue to encourage everyone to help us succeed in that goal. As part of this effort, there is a renewed drive to encourage both summer and boarding school alumni to participate in their local Culver Clubs. Culver Clubs are an incredible opportunity to introduce families to Culver. Both the summer and Academies’ admissions staffs are coming to a meeting in your area soon. There have already been some very successful club meetings in Ohio and Oklahoma. At our spring board meeting we passed a couple of very exciting initiatives. We are always looking for meaningful ways to make summer homecoming a more meaningful experience with better quality events. In addition, the programs at Culver are always being reviewed for enhancements and improvements. Here are just some of the initiatives to look for in the future: • Summer Concert Series with national artists in Eppley Auditorium • An aviation initiative that will enhance the current program We are continuing staff re-alignment, emphasizing better communication between the board and the staff. That same emphasis on improved communication has led us to use social media to interact with summer alumni/ae.

Looking for a few good men and women We are excited about all the new possibilities and improvements at Culver. If you were here prior to 1979, you might remember the TAC officer program. Culver is bringing it back to campus – as well as other wonderful traditions. If you’re a teacher, a coach, or a graduate student who is looking for a meaningful way to give back, there’s no better place than Culver. We hope you will encourage anyone you might know who would like to participate as an instructor or a counselor next summer, to please contact the summer staff. We are always looking for remarkable and talented people to join the summer staff for the “seven best weeks of your life” as a fellow former staffer recalls it. See you at Culver next summer!

Stanley A. Mefford W’71, NB’74 Allen, Texas culver alumni magazine



Business at the University of Texas-Austin in technology commercialization. Claudia spent the past two years at the National Science Foundation as a Commercial Reviewer for SBIR Phase 2, where she helped fund 10 technologies with 500k investments on the federal level. She is also commercializing technologies with Manifold Technologies, a company she co-founded.

Photo courtesy of Leslie (Cleveland) Hague ’75

Class News

In August, Adam F. Stockton ’95 embarked on a one-month film shoot with Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), filming five Geico gecko commercials throughout the U.S. The rest of the time Adam is filming commercials in Virginia and riding herd on two rambunctious boys. Kathleen C. Noble Weitz ’95 and husband, Roger, are parents of a son, Frederick born June 9, 2011. The family lives in Omaha, Neb. Whitney Kolb Alvis SS’92, ’96 and her husband, Mike, are parents of a son, Duke, born Aug. 31, 2011. He joins sister Michel (8) and brother Teg (6) at home in Norman, Okla. Whitney is the current Legion president and the second woman to lead the Academies alumni association. Andy Seth ’96 was named one of three finalists nationwide for “Volunteer of the Year” by the editors of Investment News. He was in New York City for the awards ceremony. In addition, Andy had the honor of ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock market on Sept. 15. Daniel E. Kopp W’94, N’98 and his wife, Marisa, have moved to Chicago. Lee Ann Zahrt Wright W’93, ’98 has joined the Academies Development Office as an Annual Fund officer. She and husband Steven live in Winamac, Ind., and have been married two years. NHL defenseman John-Michael Liles ’99 is skating this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A September article in the Toronto Star noted that he is “revved up’ for the 2011-12 season. The article traced John-Michael’s Culver connection and his love of off-road and swamp riding


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Two former CGA soccer players competed on the college level in September when Deanna Dilts ’11 (left) and Courtney Hague ’09 squared off. Each was a starter for their respective team, as Marian and Dilts emerged with a 2-0 victory. in the 2006 Rubicon “Ruby” Jeep he modified with his dad, John Liles, a former Company C counselor.

2000s William D. Lott W’96, ’01 is operating and managing several real estate situations in south Fort Worth, Texas. Willie says the “town is jumping.” Margaret K. McDowell SS’01 became the bride of William Holcombe on Sept. 3, 2011, in Atlanta. Maggie is a certified public accountant with Turner Broadcasting and was the first female regimental commander of Culver Upper Camp. John P. Trummer III W’96, N’98, ’01 graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2010. After passing both the Massachusetts and Michigan Bar exams and being admitted to practice in both states, he returned home and opened a solo law practice in West Bloomfield, Mich. John’s practice areas include student loan counseling, civil rights advocacy, and criminal defense. Michael R. Doroghazi ’02 and Bethany Craig were married May 7, 2011, in

Chardon, Ohio. Mike received a degree in management from Case Western Reserve University and is studying for an MBA at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management. Mike is an intern in supply chain management at the Cleveland Clinic. Heather M. Montgomery W’96, ’02 married Robert Widner on Sept. 17, 2011 in Memorial Chapel. Heather is the daughter of Troop B counselor Tim Montgomery. Groomsmen were brother T.J. Montgomery W’99 and Oscar Perez ’03. Richard Francis W’79 officiated the ceremony. Robert K. Byla ’04 hosted some Culver alumni for a concert at a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Attending were Isaiah Brooms ’96, Marco Puccia W’00, ’05, and Zaid Husain ’05. Robert is an administrative assistant at the State Department and sings covers of Sinatra and other pop/jazz greats at high-end venues in D.C. Kelsey L. McKee W’00, ’04 and Greg Ladd ’04 were married July 16, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. Kelsey’s maid of honor was Andrea Jackson ’04 and August Lauridsen ’04 was an usher.


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Stuart L. Palder ’05 has moved his companies ( and ProofreadingServices.Us) from San Francisco to Culver, Ind. Luke’s girlfriend of three years, Kelsey Wick, is a Humanities intern at the Academies. An article in the September issue of USA Hockey outlined the family tradition in the NHL of Blake D. Geoffrion ’06, who plays for the Nashville Predators. Blake is a fourth-generation player, continuing a lineage began by his great-grandfather Howie Mortentz, and grandfather “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, both Montreal Canadiens’ legends. Mortentz played on three Stanley Cup champions and was the first player in the NHL to have his number retired. Boom Boom is credited with inventing the slap shot. Katherine C. “Casey” Hicks W’03, ’07 graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and is pursuing a Fulbright Scholarship. Her proud father is Chris Hicks ’68. Jacob P. Hollingsworth N’04, ’07 was selected to attend the Indiana State Police Academy. He completed his degree in computer science from Indiana University, has obtained his pilot’s license, attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and became an I.U. police officer. Jake also finished four years of Air Force ROTC and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. In July, Spencer M. Hall ’08 won the 2011 Temple Challenge at The Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames in Henley, England. Spencer is a sophomore at the University of California-Berkeley and was a member of the 2011 Freshmen Rowing team. His eight-man boat had an undefeated season,

winning the PAC 10 title in May and the IRA National Championship in June. Spencer is the son of Tom ’75 and Marcia Hall, grandson of Edson Murray N’42, and brother of Trevor Hall N’10. Richard A. O’Neill H’05, ’08 is a senior at Lake Forest College and a public service intern in the Department of Housing and Economic Development for the city of Chicago under the Rahm Emanuel administration. Charles L. Phelps ’08 has been appointed the First Captain/Brigade Commander at West Point. He’s the second CMA regimental commander to lead a service academy in less than two years. Keegan

NCCC) Pacific Region, wrapping up 10 months of community service nationwide. Working through FEMA and grassroots organizations, the Pacific Region’s 28 teams provided support and countless volunteer hours to residents of Missouri and Montana devastated by natural disasters.

2010s At Culver’s Summer Homecoming 2011, Jackson Berry N’10 received his certificate of graduation and, as an Honor Naval School, Jackson received a certificate authorized by the Department of the Navy showing that he had completed the accredited course of study. Jackson was

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Bradley C. Carter H’05 (Crown Point, Ind.) was among 30 students who participated in the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity Summer Institute sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court. Brad is a 2011 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in political science. He is now attending the Valparaiso (Ind.) University School of Law.

Juwan Brescasin ’11 (left) and Mike “Momo” Kime ’10, who played together for the CMA Eagles football team, met on the gridiron this past season as Northern Illinois faced the U.S. Military Academy. Brescasin is a red-shirt freshman wide receiver and Kime the starting center. The Huskies prevailed, 49-26.

Kinkade ’06 was named the Brigade Commander at the Naval Academy in January 2010. Furman University junior Ashlyn I. Ayres ’09 spent her summer living in the slums of India where she worked with victims of sex and human trafficking, teaching the women skills such as sewing and English so they can integrate into society and escape a life of prostitution. Ashlyn’s work was done through the organization Rahab’s Rope.

unable to graduate with his class in 2010 due to a severe injury suffered in the fifth week of camp. He was also recognized for his perseverance, his dedication to recovery, and his family and friends who have helped him during his 12-month recovery. Jackson is a freshman at Ball State University studying elementary education.

Thomas T. Shafer ’09 was among 256 graduates from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (AmeriCorps culver alumni magazine



Witnessing historic events inspires Lynch-Kimery ’98 to ‘make things right’ was difficult. She overcame this, though, with help from teachers and mentors of the program. “At first I was afraid to even go to the grocery store, yet the support staff was incredible. Being completely immersed into society helps too,” she said. This wasn’t the first time that LynchKimery had been thrust into an unknown culture. Her father got a teaching job as a professor at a university in Akita City, Japan, when she was 10. After living in Malaysia, Lynch-Kimery and her family made the move to the small community surrounded by rice fields.

By Kelly Norton ’07 Culver alumna Melody Lynch-Kimery ’98 joined the Japanese Exchange Teaching program (JET) two years ago because she wanted to give back to all those teachers that had helped her when she was growing up in Japan. But all that changed on March 11, when an earthquake struck the town where Lynch-Kimery lived. She was in her apartment building on the 10th floor at the time. She made it down the stairs to the ground floor, where she witnessed her building swaying back and forth. In her state of shock she was reminded of a similar feeling 10 years earlier: LynchKimery witnessed the devastation at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attacks. She had an internship in Washington, D.C., at the time, and had taken the Metro to work that day. Being on the train, LynchKimery had no idea that the first Trade Center tower had already been hit. People on the train were herded out onto the street, where everything was “complete


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and utter chaos.” When a section of the Pentagon collapsed everyone, including Lynch-Kimery, started to run. “Just to see such a strong building cave in like that was devastating,” Lynch-Kimery said, remembering the ordeal.

Although the small town wasn’t accustomed to foreigners, she started taking Japanese lessons with the principal of the school. One of her teachers made a huge impact on Lynch-Kimery, though, and she still remembers him to this day. “I realized as I got older what an awesome job that he did for me,” she said. “I always wanted to go back to that community and say thank you to that teacher for all he did for me.”

She called the experience “eye opening” and it made her appreciate living in the United States. The people around her, although diverse and from different backgrounds, bonded together and gave her a renewed sense of hope. Lynch-Kimery was only 20 at the time. These experiences stayed with her when she joined the JET program in 2009. She started out teaching students at three junior high schools from rural areas of Japan. JET is a government initiative program that helps put English into Japanese schools. The program recruits teachers from all over the world. Lynch-Kimery had taken college courses in Japanese, but had not spoken the language in over seven years, so the transition into both the culture and language

Lynch-Kimery got her wish: when she returned to work for the JET program she was assigned to work with the children and teachers at the school in Akita City where she grew up. She even had the chance to personally thank the teacher who made such an impact on her.


Culver has always been a big part of her life and a place that she still calls home. Lynch-Kimery’s mother, Mary LynchWeirich, is a music instructor in the Fine Arts Department, and sisters Annie Lynch W’95, ’00 and Emma Lynch ’06 are alumnae. “It’s hard to explain, but I see reminders of Culver everyday in my life. Living in Japan with all the honor, rules, and tradition, it helped me to see the big picture and how greatly I was impacted,” she said. The work is far from over in Japan, and Lynch-Kimery hopes to make it back to the place she calls “her second home” this year. She hopes to put together a charity concert around Christmas time, inspired by her love of music. of the earthquake. While the run was only created four days before the actual event, over $500 was donated to Lynch-Kimery hopes to have another race at the one-year anniversary.

She and her husband, Jason, live in Indianapolis, where she currently works at Marian University as the director of the 21st Century Scholars program.

“It’s hard to explain, but I see reminders of Culver everyday in my life. Living in Japan with all the honor, rules, and tradition, it helped me to see the big picture and how greatly I was impacted.” spirits were so amazing; it really made me feel a sense of hope,” she said. “I really felt that sense of community.” It was this sense of community that inspired Lynch-Kimery and fellow JET teachers to develop the “Fruit Tree Project.” After the earthquake, many residents in the smaller rural communities were eating only bread and rice. Fruit in Japan is something that many cannot afford. By collecting more than $24,000, organizers were able to purchase the fruit and deliver it to the affected areas. Lynch-Kimery and a few JET teachers also created the “Five to Survive” five-mile run/walk on the one-month anniversary

The hard work of those helping to clean up the devastation of the earthquakes received national recognition by NBC Nightly News, which created a “Making a Difference” segment to highlight the relief efforts of American JET teachers. While being followed around by cameras took a little time to get used to, LynchKimery said she was glad that the earthquake got the recognition it deserved. Throughout all of the devastation, the sense of leadership and community reminded Lynch-Kimery of those “instilled values” learned back in her days at Culver. She said that her time at Culver inspired her to “reach out to people and to make things right.”

Photo courtesy of Melody Lynch-Kimery

While the aftermath of both the attack on the Pentagon and the earthquake were devastating, Lynch-Kimery chooses to remember the reactions of the people affected, not the devastation. “Everyone’s

Melody Lynch-Kimery ’98 in the days following the earthquake. The clean-up and damage can be seen on the opposite page.

Editor’s note: Kelly Norton is working in the Culver Summer Schools & Camps office. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a degree in journalism and public relations. She ran track for Ole Miss, competing in the long jump and triple jump. Norton grew up in Culver and is the daughter of Mike and Ann Norton. Her dad is a veteran Academies hockey coach and the associate athletic director, and her mother is an Admissions counselor. culver alumni magazine




Death notices published in this issue were received and processed as of Sept. 30, 2011. Full obituaries are limited to those alumni who have died within three years of publication of the next available magazine.

Passings in Review

John P. Hacker Jr. ’36 (Co. D) of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Atlanta, died April 20, 2009. Survivors included two sons, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Walter J. Jung Jr. ’36 (Co. B) died July 22, 2011, in Mandeville, La. He spent his career in the insurance industry in New Orleans before retiring in 1990. Mr. Jung was a decorated World War II veteran. Following five years in the Army, he graduated from Tulane University with a degree in political science. He is survived by a son, daughter, and five grandchildren. Laurence B. Leigh Jr. ’36 (Co. C) of Colorado Springs, Colo., died July 3, 2011. Mr. Leigh was retired from the Colorado State Highway Department


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as the utilities engineer for the Southern District. He was a longtime member and past president of the Cheyenne Mountain School Board in District 12. Mr. Leigh graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a fighter pilot with the 456th Squadron on Iwo Jima. Surviving are his wife, Helen, two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Donald E. Savage ’36 (Co. D) died Aug. 4, 2011, in Chico, Calif. Mr. Savage was a published mystery author with one novel in 1982 and short stories appearing in mystery magazine monthlies. He attended the University of Michigan and was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are a daughter, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

Richard H. Carter ’38 (Co. C) of Tucson, Ariz., and Fostoria, Ohio, died Aug. 23, 2011. Mr. Carter graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with membership in three honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts), Sigma Xi (science), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering). He worked for the United Aircraft’s Vought-Sikorsky division as an aircraft engineer designing guided missiles and became co-manager of that division in Connecticut. In 1947 he returned to Ohio and joined his father at Fostoria Pressed Steel Co. Mr. Carter also was involved in the formation of Tri-County National Bank, as a director of Mennel Milling Co., the Seneca Radio Corp. (WFOB), and Aro Corporation of Bryan, Ohio, among others. He was


Passings also a trustee of Wilberforce University. Survivors include his wife, Ann; a son, Richard “Rick” Jr. W’61, ’67 of Findlay; a daughter, two sisters, and a granddaughter. His father, Russell Carter, was a 1911 CMA alumnus. Karl Brenkert Jr. ’39 (Co. B) of Sun City West, Ariz., died May 19, 2011. Mr. Brenkert was the holder of several patents in the motion picture projector industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and belonged to the Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society. He completed his master’s degree and doctorate at Stanford University. He served as the Dean of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. His legacy, according to a published obituary, will live through his work with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the textbook he authored titled “Elementary Theoretical Fluid Mechanics.” He received the Distinguished Engineering Service award from the State of Mississippi and was listed in “Who’s Who in America.” Mr. Brenkert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, among them Karl III ’65; two daughters, a sister, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Thomas H. Shinkle N’35, ’40 (Artillery) of Deerfield, Ill., died Feb. 8, 2011. His wife, Priscilla, survives. A son, T. Hale Jr. N’63 is deceased. Charles H. Ames N’43, ’46 (Co. B) of Tiburon, Calif., died July 30, 2011. A former Culver Club leader and ’46 class secretary Mr. Ames was retired from the law firm of Chickering and Gregory in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford University and was Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his law degree at Yale. He served in both the Army and the Air Force, where he achieved the rank of second lieutenant. He is survived by a daughter, Kristin. Thomas J. Beall ’47 died May 29, 2011, in Auburn, Ga. Mr. Beall was president of the T.J. Beall Company, founded by his father in 1936. He remained active in the business until two months before his death.

He was a graduate of Emory University at Oxford, where he was captain of the wrestling team. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; four children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. J. Wesley Bearden II W’47 died Nov. 11, 2010, in Sarasota. Fla. A member of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, he was the founder and organizer of the popular annual Jazz Caravan. Mr. Bearden was a graduate of Stanford University and served two years in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his longtime companion, Grace Dimich; four daughters, a brother, two sisters, and three grandchildren. William R. Cree ’47 (Troop) of Abilene, Texas, died Sept. 4, 2011. Mr. Cree brought his family’s oil business to Abilene in 1952, the same year he graduated from the University of Texas with a geology degree. An active supporter of Abilene’s civic progress, he was the driving force behind the development of the Cree-Sykes field in northeastern Runnels County. His wife, Amber, survives. Harold C. Durke ’47 (Co. B) of San Antonio died Feb. 5, 2010. The Rev. Robert Charles Hall Jr. ’47 of Irvington, Va., died April 13, 2011. Mr. Hall graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in philosophy. After 15 years in the advertising business in Baltimore and Richmond, Va. Mr. Hall attended Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., in preparation for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. After ordination in 1968, Rev. Hall served as associate rector of St. James in Richmond, Va., for six years and as rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington for 21 years. In retirement he moved to White Stone, Va., and remained active teaching and preaching at churches throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. He was also active in prison ministry. Surviving are his wife Lenore “Lee”; four sons, a sister, and four grandchildren.

Former Legion senior vice president (1972-74) B. Ketmann Barber ’48 (Band) died July 22, 2011, in Ocala, Fla. Mr. Barber was the original farm manager at Kinsman Stud Farm, served as executive director of Florida Breeders Sales Co., executive director of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders Association, a scout for the New York Yankees, and worked in public relations for Kinsman Hotels in Ocala. He served on the board of directors for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Marion County Homeless Coalition and Central Florida Community College Foundation. Mr. Barber was a founding director of the Marion County Literacy Council and the Francis Marion Military Academy. Surviving are a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. William A. Cargile W’44, N’48 died March 23, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Cargile was graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in engineering and was accepted into the Naval Officer Training School. He set the gunnery record, and achieved the highest grade then yet recorded for the naval flight program. Mr. Cargile was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was assigned to squadron VA-34, USS Saratoga, Mediterranean Fleet as a fighter pilot and special weapons officer. After leaving the Navy, he founded Cargile, Inc., which designed and manufactured cutter boats. In August 1977, he captained a 30-foot cutter, The Spirit of Nashville, with a crew of two, and made a record-setting voyage across the North Atlantic from New York to Paris. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; three sons, two stepchildren, a brother, John N’43; four grandchildren, and four stepgrandchildren. He is predeceased by a brother, Neil Jr. N’44. J. Richard Cary H’49 of Lutz, Mich., died Aug. 3, 2011. His career was spent as a chemist with several companies, including Plough, Inc. and Noxell Corp. He also managed the family cotton farms in Missouri. A graduate of The Citadel, Mr. Cary was a veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Shirley; a daughter, and two grandsons.

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Harry B. MacCallum ’49 (Troop) died July 25, 2011, in Clermont, Fla. Mr. MacCallum spent 50-plus years in the insurance business in Michigan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and later in Orlando, Fla. He was graduated from the University of Michigan. Surviving are his wife, Jean; two sons, two daughters, a brother, sister, two granddaughters, and two step-grandchildren. Harrison A. Smitson Jr. NB’49 died Aug. 12, 2011, in Carmel, Ind. Mr. Smitson was a former Culver Summer staffer, member of the CEF Board of Trustees, and past president and board member of the Culver Summer Schools Alumni Association. He also was president of the Maxinkuckee Country Club and maintained a home on the lake. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. After obtaining a master’s degree from Purdue in industrial management, Mr. Smitson began a career with Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind., retiring in 1997 as president of Cummins Mid-States Power, Inc. in Indianapolis. His civic involvements in Columbus and Indianapolis were extensive. Mr. Smitson is survived by three sons, R. David W’70, N’73 of Zionsville, Ind., Harrison III “Chip” W’73, N’76 of Carmel, and John R. W’79, ’83 of Zionsville; a brother, Robert NB’52 of Muncie, Ind.; and 10 grandchildren, six of whom have attended Culver Summer Schools & Camps. Elon A. Abernethy H’49, ’50 (Co. D) of Raleigh, N.C., died Dec. 3, 2010. R. Donald Harvey Jr. ’50 (Co. A) of Rome, Ga., died March 23, 2011. Mr. Harvey’s career was spent in the textile industry ending with a long tenure with Burlington Industries in Rome, Asheboro, N.C., and Tralee, Ireland. He received a bachelor’s degree in textile engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Harvey is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter, son, and three grandsons.


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Robert W. Howard N’50 of New Castle, Ind., died June 23, 2011. Mr. Howard served as director of Boys Flat at the Youngstown, Ohio, YMCA’s Camp Fitch for eight years where he hand-built the Chapel in the Woods. He also served as executive director of the YMCAs in Piqua and Lima, Ohio, and in New Castle, where he started the preschool program. He retired from the organization in 1999. While serving the YMCA and New Castle community he was honored with the Citizen of the Year award. Mr. Howard was a U.S. Army veteran and graduated from the University of Toledo. He was a founder of what is now Life Stream Services in Yorktown. Surviving are his wife, Sally; a son, daughter, and four grandchildren. William J. Nelson ’51 (Artillery) of Buchanan, Mich., died Aug. 9, 2011. Mr. Nelson was active in transportation, serving as a partner in the former Nelson Transfer, which operated in Buchanan for over 60 years until 1984. Thereafter, he operated in South Bend, Ind., providing transportation services by rail for the Hummer and Postal Jeeps. He attended Western Michigan University. Surviving are his longtime companion, Irene Hay; a daughter, Bobett Kelley ’79 of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sons, two brothers, and four grandchildren. Richard K. Phillips ’52 (Co. B) of Souderton, Pa., died July 27, 2011. Mr. Phillips was a district sales manager for PPG Industries for 27 years, retiring in 1988. He was recognized as an expert on the junior Packards of the 1930s. A published author, he wrote several chapters of the Packard book edited by Beverly Raye Kimes. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in business, Mr. Phillips served in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a captain. Surviving are his wife, Margaret; three daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren. Mr. Phillips was predeceased by a brother, Thomas ’47. Donald E. Roembke H’52 of Angola, Ind., died June 11, 2011. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Roembke was a firefighter in Fort Wayne, Ind., and retired as a captain

with 21 years of service. He retired as building superintendent of the Grand Wayne Center with 16 years of service. Mr. Roembke is the past president of the Kekionga Long Rifle Association and the founder of the Miami Alliance, a French and Indian War re-enactment group. He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie; three sons, a daughter, a sister, a stepson, two stepdaughters, 20 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. William A. Sampson II ’53 (Troop) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., died July 28, 2011. John A. Sbarbaro N’53 of Lakewood, Colo., died Aug. 30, 2011. Dr. Sbarbaro was a world renowned expert in the field of tuberculosis. During his career he worked with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Institute of Allergy/Infectious Disease and the Institute of Heart/Lung, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration. He authored 18 book chapters and more than 160 journal articles. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College, a medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. From 1965 to 1986, Dr. Sbarbaro served in several capacities at the Denver Department of Health and Hospitals, but primarily as the director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Since 1969, he served in many capacities at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, where he held professorships in the Departments of Medicine and Preventive Medicine and finished his career there as the Medical Director of University Physicians, Inc. Since 2008 he had been the medical director at the Leprino Foods Company. He retired in 2000 as a colonel in the Army Reserve/Medical Corps. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; two sons, John W’76, N’80 of Lakewood, Colo., and Anthony W’78, H’82, ’78 of Sherman, Texas; a daughter, Anne Steputis W’83, SS’87 of Arvada, Colo.; a brother, Phillip W’59, N’63 of Vienna, Va.; sister, and


Passings Turner D. Griffin Jr. ’54 (Artillery) died Sept. 10, 2011, in San Antonio. A 1958 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Mr. Griffin was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the artillery. He served in command and staff assignments throughout the States and posted overseas to Korea, Italy, Germany and Zaire. His primary duties were aviation related and he served two combat tours in Vietnam. His citations included The Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 22 Air Medals, The Combat Infantryman Badge, The Master Army Aviator Badge, The Defense Meritorious Medal and The Legion of Merit. While in the service, he obtained an MBA from Long Island University. Mr. Griffin retired after 26 years with the rank of colonel. From 1983 to 2006 he was an admissions officer for West Point. Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. seven grandchildren, among them Sara Sbarbaro W’04, SS’08, Gina Sbarbaro W’07, SS’10, and John Sbarbaro W’09, N’03. Three nieces also attended Culver. James H. Scott ’53 (Troop) of San Antonio died Marcy 30, 2011. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Scott was graduated from the University of Texas and spent 20 years in systems analysis, sales management, and consulting for Coopers & Lybrand. From 1980 to his retirement in 1995 he worked on the family ranch near San Angelo, Texas, where he was active in the symphony association and museum of fine arts. Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Patsy; a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Charles L. Steiner N’53 died July 29, 2011, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Mr. Steiner was vice president of NSK Corporation in Ann Arbor for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received a master’s degree in business from the University of Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Stella; three sons, a brother, sister, and four grandchildren.

Frederick R. Dickenson Jr. ’55 (Troop) died Sept. 19, 2011, in Barrington, Ill. The recipient of the Chittim Crop as a member of the Black Horse Troop, J. Courtney Montgomery ’55 (Troop B) died June 18, 2011, in Grove City, Pa. He retired in 2003 from Montgomery Truss and Panel of Grove City, working for the family business since he was 12. Mr. Montgomery attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. A daughter, sister, and two brothers survive. Albert W. Runser II ’57 (Co. C) died Jan. 14, 2011 in Cranberry Township, Pa. Surviving are his wife, JoAnn; a son, daughter, and grandson. David M. Cobin ’62 (Co. A) died May 21, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Cobin taught law at Hamline University Law School. He was the founder and director of the Hamline-Hebrew University Joint Program in Law – first a summer program on law, religion, and ethics and more recently a program on Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions. Mr. Cobin maintained strong ties to the state of Israel and close friends and colleagues there

whom he invited to Minnesota to teach at Hamline Law School and in the Twin Cities and Jewish community. Just days prior to his death he had received the John Wesley Award for faculty at a dinner where family and special friends cheered his accomplishments. He was a founding member of Beth Jacob Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Susan: a son, daughter, sister, and four grandchildren. Charles E. Springmyer W’56, ’62 of Cincinnati died May 14, 2011. Mr. Springmyer was a past employee of the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Office, owner of Springmyer Communications, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Survivors include his wife, Susan; two daughters, a son, sister, and five grandchildren. Norman J. Landry Jr. N’65 of Houston died Aug. 20, 2011. Mr. Landry was the president of Standard Printing, Inc. He was graduated from Tulane University and served in the U.S. Navy as a ship’s navigator. He also was an Eagle Scout. His wife, Betty, survives. John B. Woodruff Jr. W’59, ’66 (Co. C) died Aug. 23, 2011 in Columbus, Ga. Mr. Woodruff was president of the Rosemont Shopping Center, Inc., vice president of Woodcrest Enterprises, and trustee emeritus of the J.W. and Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation. He joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1973, graduating from Columbus State University the same year. He is survived by his wife, Dean; two daughters, a son, stepson, sister, brother, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, J. Barnett W’37, ’41 and a brother, Stephen W’59, ’65. Peter C. “Clint” Frampton W’67 of Mansfield, Ohio, died Feb. 7, 2011. Mr. Frampton was an accomplished carpenter and owner of Frampton Building and Remodeling. He was a member of Diamond Hill Cathedral where he helped with church meals and plays and ran the AV equipment each Sunday. Mr. Frampton won the church Chili Cook-off this past fall. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; culver alumni magazine




four daughters, two sons, two sisters, including Tracy Williams SS’77, ’80 of Alexandria, Va., a brother, Robert W’64 of Los Angeles/Roanoke, Va.; and four grandchildren. His father, “Pete” ’41, preceded him in death. Stephen K. Cummings ’69 (Co. A) died March 16, 2011, in Newport Beach, Calif. David E. Harrington ’72 (Artillery) of Largo, Fla., died May 25, 2011. He attended the University of Arizona and over the last 25 years Mr. Harrington toured hundreds of battlefields in North America and Europe. Always first to go off the beaten track, Mr. Harrington climbed down a mountainside in Italy, was lost for a day, and reappeared strolling down the center of Monterrosso, according to his obituary. A bass guitarist, he played in several bands at Culver and in Chicago, Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida. Surviving are his friend, Barbara Thomas, and two sisters.

Robert Schmidt N’74 died June 11, 2011, in Plymouth, Minn. Mr. Schmidt was a self-employed computer consultant. He was graduated from Michigan State University with an English major and received his master’s degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Schmidt was formerly a branch manager at First Investors in Houston, and a grant consultant for the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. Surviving are his father, Harry of Butler, Pa.; brothers Andy N’73 of Red Wing, Minn., and his twin, Reed N’74 of Plymouth, and a sister. Nancy I. Wickwire ’86 (Tower) died June 6, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Ms. Wickwire had lived in Prescott, Ariz., for the past four years and had struggled with poor health much of her adult life. She is survived by her mother, Joy Branhall, two brothers, including John ’79 of Chino Valley, Ariz.; and a sister.

Arthur T. Bernstein ’89 (Troop A) of East Dundee, Ill. died Jan. 2, 2011. Mr. Bernstein was an attorney. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents, Dr. Sidney S. N’56 and Gwen Bernstein; a sister, Sarah Tennyson SS’90, ’92 of West Dundee, Ill.; and several Culver cousins. Kyle W. Pound ’02 of Flossmoor, Ill., died July 14, 2011. He is survived by his mother, Kathryn; brothers Kolin ’06 and Karson ’10, and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Bennett J. Rolfes N’10 died Sept. 21, 2011, in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was a freshman at Dowling Catholic High School. Master Rolfes was a 2011 graduate of St. Augustin Catholic School where he participated in everything from in-service projects to Mock Trial to musicals. He is survived by his parents, Pat and Kelle Rolfe; a sister, brother, paternal grandfather, and a grandmother. Wesley D. Houseton ’10 (Band) of Chicago died July 31, 2011. His mother, Lenise Arnold, survives.


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CEF Trustee H. Ward Lay ’64

Southern Gentleman and Renaissance Man

Mr. Lay served as a vice president and trustee of The Culver Educational Foundation for more than 25 years and was the longtime chairman of the Building, Equipment, and Grounds Committee. The family name graces the Lay Dining Hall and the Lay Student Center. He was an honorary member of Culver’s Cum Laude Society.

Pepsico). He attended Southern Methodist University and worked with Pepsico until 1970, when he left to begin a career as an investor and entrepreneur in many different fields, both domestic and foreign. Mr. Lay was co-founder of a major Mexican holding company with interests including Pepsi-Cola and 7-Up bottling operations, sugar refining, and mineral water distribution.

He had been an associate director of the Graduate School of Business at SMU and served on Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture’s development council. Mr. Lay also was active in the Dallas community, serving as director of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, chairman of the New Year’s Day parade (1990), board chairman of the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation, Haberland photo.

The Culver flag flew at half-staff the week of Oct. 30, honoring the memory and contributions of H. Ward Lay ’64, who died Oct. 28, 2011, at the age of 66. A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Dallas on Nov. 1.

In 2009 Mr. Lay also established the Sally and Ralph Manuel Endowed Scholarship Fund for Alumni Children and Grandchildren. This endowed scholarship provides financial support for students who are the descendants of Culver alumni. Head of Schools John Buxton described Lay “as a person who loved his family, loved life, and loved Culver. He was a special combination of southern gentleman and Renaissance Man. We will miss his spirit. We have lost a great Culver man.” In a message to classmates, Trustee Emeritus Jim Dicke II ’64 wrote that Mr. Lay “worked tirelessly to create a campus that was relevant for today's needs, but always with an eye for the architectural integrity that was established by the Culver family.” The Lay Dining Hall renovation in 1986 was a gift to the school in memory of Herman W. Lay Sr. by his wife, Amelia Lay Hodges, and son, H. Ward Lay Jr. H. Ward Lay Jr. and his mother also dedicated the Lay Student Center in memory of H. Ward Jr.’s son, H. Ward III ’84, who died just weeks after his graduation from the Academies. H. Ward Lay Jr. moved to Dallas in 1962 when his father merged his Lay Company with the Frito Company (and later into

The late trustee H. Ward Lay ’64 with the dining hall’s Mary Baker, (now retired) during a campus visit in 2004.

In 1998 Mr. Lay bought a large ranch in Argentina’s Lake District of Patagonia and converted it into a guest ranch for fly fishing and hunting. In 2003 he extended his interests in Argentina when he cofounded Andeluna Cellars in Mendoza. At the time of his death Mr. Lay was the chairman and chief executive officer of Lay Capital Group L.L.C., an investment management company. He also was a co-founder of two airlines, a construction company, and owned a commercial beef cattle and feed crop operation in Texas.

and a member of the Board of Governors of the Dallas Symphony Association. Surviving are two sons, Jesse of Dallas and Malibu, Calif., and Lyndon of Dallas; a daughter, Harper Lay at home; sisters Susan Atwell and Dorothy Lay SS’70, both of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

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Deaths in the Family Lewis K. “King” Moore A memorial service for Lewis Kingsley “King” Moore was held Oct. 8 in Culver Memorial Chapel. A 40-year veteran of the Academies History Department, Mr. Moore died July 30, 2011, in Springdale, Ark. He was 87. Mr. Moore retired from the Academies in 1992 after four decades as a history instructor and department chairman. He also served as an instructor in Culver Summer Schools from 1957-71. During his tenure, Mr. Moore held the Vlasic Endowed Chair of Teaching and the Eppley Chair of History. He was a graduate of Tufts and Boston University. After being discharged as a Naval Reserve veteran during World War II, he married Eleanor Hawes, who preceded him in death in 2003. He later married Frances Brock, who survives. Also surviving are daughters Barbara Linhart of Culver and Bonnie Chandler ’75 of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

•••• A memorial service was held in Memorial Chapel for Frank M. Stubblefield Jr. of Culver who died Friday, June 24, 2011. Mr. Stubblefield was active in the community, with the Academies, and the Culver Club of Culver. He is survived by his four children, Frank III H’74, W. William N’76, John N’77, and daughter, Kathleen Sweeney SS’71; a sister, four grandchildren, among them William “Bo” Stubblefield NB’03 and J.W.C. “Sam” Stubblefield NB’06; and a great-grandson.

•••• Catherine “Kitty” Whitney, widow of former Summer Schools Director Capt. Alden Whitney, died Aug. 10, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla. She and her husband came to Culver in 1970 when he retired from the U.S. Navy. Capt. Whitney ’36 served as director of Culver Summer Schools from 1970-81. Mrs. Whitney was a member of the Culver Military Academy Alumni Association and the Wednesday Literary Club of Culver. She was involved in the Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Navy Relief. Mrs. Whitney attended the University of MarylandCollege Park and St. John’s College in Annapolis. She is survived by three children, Pamela Dollear of Fort Pierce, Fla., Alden “Chip” Jr. of Vero Beach, Fla., and Peter ’72 of Greensboro, N.C.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998.

•••• Troy Douglas Ratliff, 58, of Culver died Aug. 2, 2011. Mr. Ratliff had served as the night officer-in-charge from 1993-98. He is survived by his wife, Lori; two sons, two daughters, his mother, a brother, and four grandchildren.


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•••• A former Culver auditor, Robert W. Ott, 93, of Frankfort, Ind., died July 14, 2011. Mr. Ott worked in the Accounting Office from 1936 to 1974. In retirement, he also worked part time in the early 1980s. He is survived by four sons, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandchild.


Clubs International

Tulsa Culver Club event sets standard for future events TULSA, Okla. – Showing their excitement and support, more than 60 people attended the Tulsa Culver Club International event Nov. 4 at the Summit Club. The evening was one of never-ending energy, thanks to the time and effort of local/area volunteers. The Tulsa event was organized by Oklahomans Celeste Siegfried Bendel SS’72 and Rick Orthwein N’76. Joining them as co-hosts were fellow-Sooners Jud Little’65, a CEF trustee, and Legion President Whitney Kolb Alvis ’96. CSSAA President Stan Mefford W’71, NB’74 of Texas also attended. “The Tulsa event is an excellent example of the advancement model at work, and something we are striving for in every Culver community.” Chief Advancement Officer Michael Perry said.

Culver’s Advancement and Admissions offices came together for the event, which personified what Culver would like to accomplish at key CCI locations throughout the country and the world. The Tulsa and Oklahoma constituency is recognized as an area that applauds and recognizes the advantages of The Culver Experience. It is anticipated that other Culver Clubs will look at the success of

‘The Tulsa event is an excellent example of the advancement model at work, and something we are striving for in every Culver community.’

Highlighting the evening was the awarding of an Upper Camps scholarship to Neelie Cook, 13, of Jones, Okla. Described as “an accomplished rider,” Neelie was the guest of George and Anne Marie Burns, parents of Meaghan Burns ’13, also of Jones. Meaghan is one of two current students attending the Academies on a Jud Little Scholarship. Bendel and Orthwein spearheaded a fund-raising effort to support the summer scholarship, which Neelie Cook won via a drawing.

Culver Club fulfills its pledge Many years ago the Culver Club of Culver made a bold and generous commitment to refurbish a Culver Woodcraft cabin at a cost of $25,000 – no small task. To honor the memory of one of its members, the fund-raising effort was dedicated to the memory of Chris Stubblefield, wife of the late Frank Stubblefield, a key member of club’s leadership team and a staunch Culver supporter. This past summer a scavenger hunt featuring the pirate ship Ledbetter and an island festival buffet at the Naval Building generated $4,500 and completed the commitment. For its effort, the club received a note of appreciation from the CSSC, as well as the boys living in Cabin 42 of the Drum & Bugle Corps, with each of the 11 boys signing the thank-you note. – from Dick Swennumson ’63, president, Culver Club of Culver

the Tulsa event as a prototype and catalyst for similar gatherings that will benefit constituents and prospects. In addition to Perry, Culver was represented by Admissions Director Mike Turnbull, Summer Camps Director Tony Mayfield ’65, Director of International Advancement Tony Giraldi ’75, and Summer Admissions counselor Emily Ryman SS’70.

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Coming to a Culver Club near you … Culver alumni in Culver Clubs around the country have planned a number of terrific events and you’re invited. New events are being added all the time, so be sure to check and click on Alumni Events and Registration for more information.

Culver Club Events with John Buxton Indianapolis - March 8, 2012 Chicago - March 16, 2012 Columbus, Ohio - April 5, 2012

Among those attending the Yankees-White Sox game in Chicago in August were, left to right: Bob ’87 and Ashley Kime, Chet Marshall ’73, and Steve Kime’ 75.

SMART Strengths with John Yeager Coming this spring to: Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Detroit

Old Guard Luncheon Quail Ridge Country Club Boynton Beach, Fla. Jan. 27, 2012 (11 a.m.)

South Florida Culver Club Gulfstream – Day at the Races Hallandale Beach, Fla. Jan. 29, 2012

South Florida Culver Club Yankees Preseason Game Lunch 11 a.m.; Game 1:05 p.m. Tampa, Fla. March 9, 2012

South Florida Culver Club International Polo Club Wellington, Fla. April 1, 2012

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CCI Roundup Members of the Culver Club of Louisiana sold out a block of 20 tickets in October for a performance by Hal Holbrook ’42 in “Mark Twain Tonight” at the Baton Rouge River Theater. The Culver group dined at the City Club of Baton Rouge before the performance, after which they were able to meet Holbrook back stage. On Sept. 3 the third annual Culver Club event was held in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by Summer Camp parents Ross H’80, ’83 and Jennifer Koller. Director of International Advancement Tony Giraldi ’75 said the event was very successful with Swiss, French, Italian, Iranian, Spanish, and American families in attendance. The Swiss Culver Club has set a goal of 30 campers for summer 2012. Giraldi said 17 campers attended last summer as a result of the 2010 event.

Scott Arquilla ’69 and his wife, Maggie, during the seventh-inning stretch at the Yankees-White Sox baseball game in Chicago in August.

Enjoying the day with Culver alumni and friends in Central Ohio were Tamela Flowers Collins ’85 and husband, Terrance.

Dick Foster ’61 with son Ted Foster W’89 at the Central Ohio CCI event in Columbus on Sept. 9, 2011.

And one more thing…

Woodcraft Camp Looking for Historical Items Woodcraft Camp is interested in your artifacts and memorabilia to add to an exhibit commemorating the 100-year anniversary.

The Nature Museum will become a walk-through exhibit of a century of Woodcraft from May 2012 through August 2012, said Woodcraft Director Sonny Adkins, who is heading up the project. (The Woodcraft Camp Centennial will be celebrated July 20-22, 2012, during Alumni Homecoming Weekend.)

Items may be donated to the camp’s permanent collection or loaned for the summer, he said.

If you have something you’d like to share, contact Adkins at or by phone at (574) 842-8120.

Adkins has plenty of Woodcraft photos for the exhibit, but is in need of artifacts, keepsakes, memorabilia, and mementoes. He is especially looking for items from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. “Anything visual will be fantastic,” Adkins said. He’s interested in such items as C cards and pins, jackets, uniforms, patches, crafts, awards and ribbons, sweatshirts and other Woodcraft clothing, letters from campers, promotional materials and pamphlets. The late John Mars, superintendent emeritus, during his stint as Woodcraft commandant, circa 1955. Culver Archives


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The official Alumni Magazine of Culver Academies.

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