Culver Fall/Winter 2019
TRADITION & TRANSITION The pairing of mission and reinvention
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The Pairing of Tradition and Transition I enjoy going back through the archives of Culver alumni magazines and reading the editor’s message. It’s like looking through a lens to the past which also illuminates the present. Recently I was reading the Winter 2014 issue entitled “It’s all about Transition.” The editor, Doug Haberland, found the dichotomy that is Culver very intriguing: “For a place that has remained so unchanged and so true to its founding father’s original intent for the past 119 years, it continues to re-invent itself and become reborn on a regular basis or as needed. How these two directions can continue to occur and the institution continue to be molded and re-molded, while remaining essentially the same is mystifying, yet admirable; confusing yet reassuring; simplistic yet complex; proactive yet reactive.” In the “Views and Perspectives” message from then Head of Schools John Buxton, this idea was re-enforced: “This is clearly the time of year when we are focusing on transitions. As summer gives in grudgingly to fall, and as we experience the natural rhythms of the school year moving us forward, we are reminded that the only constant is change. It’s what makes our lives exciting, complex and challenging.” Both Haberland’s and Buxton’s reflections drew me back to the present and the transition from summer to fall. Nature presents us with a model that is both predictable and uncertain — the mildness or harshness of each season has to be experienced, not simply predicted, and adjustments need to be made. There are unexpected storms and wind complemented by warmth, color, and growth. We adjust to the transition of the seasons but rely on the sequence and stability of the cycle. One doesn’t happen without the other. Recently, Vedette editor Apple Li ’20 asked me to talk about “the Spirit of Culver.” What started out as a 30-minute conversation stretched well over an hour, as we discussed the seminal Culver documents of the Spirit of Culver, the Code of Conduct, the Honor Code and the school’s revised mission statement, which are the fundamental underpinnings of Culver and have “challenged and enriched us” for more than 125 years, regardless of the external changes outside the school. The traditional annual ceremonies and symbols that Culver adults and students celebrate — Matriculation, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Graduation — remind us that we are always creatures in transition, moving toward the next stage of growth but firmly grounded by the Culver mission, an integral part of our DNA. Transitions are always in motion at varying degrees among Culver students and adults. The high challenge and high support they experience tempers the adjustments and helps them integrate more fully into the culture. This year three administrative transitions have taken place, with Dr. Doug Bird ’90 being named head of schools, Andy Seddelmeyer taking the helm as director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps and Col. Mike Squires becoming the commandant of cadets. Each of them has transitioned from one important role to another, which requires not only that they reconfirm their knowledge of Culver’s mission and traditions but also accept the change and inevitable transitions that will accompany that experience.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Culver Girls Academy, we also remember Mary Frances England’s unwavering belief in “every girl’s ability to find her voice and her place in whatever area of life she chose to pursue at a time when most did not,” and to do so by holding the ideals of service as their north star. Those traditions became deeply rooted, not only in the girls but also in CGA counselors like Nancy McKinnis, who worked under England for four years. Beth Schmiedlin, who introduced Nancy as the Dean England Day speaker, said Nancy would make Dean England proud “as she gently nurtures students to find their passionate cause, assists them in serving communities, enables students to think outside themselves and, on many occasions, has helped them to become trailblazers.” It is the Culver dichotomy that Haberland and Buxton identified: A school firmly anchored to its mission and traditions while also re-inventing itself as needed or required — the eternal pairing of tradition and transition. — Kathy Lintner
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HEAD OF SCHOOLS Douglas Bird Ed.D. ‘90
ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Chief Advancement Officer Holly Johnson
ALUMNI RELATIONS Director Alan Loehr Jr. Legion President Lara Smith Nicholson ‘86 Delray Beach, Florida CSSAA President Richard R. Waterfield W’85 Fort Wayne, Indiana Culver Clubs International President Charles Osborne ‘88 Atlanta, Georgia
COMMUNICATIONS Director of Marketing and Communications Scott Johnson Editor/Culver Alumni Magazine Kathy Lintner Asst. Director/Publications Jan Garrison Advancement Communications Manager Mike Petrucelli
England’s Lasting Legacy
Dean England innately understood that for girls to impact their community, they needed to have every resource available to them to find “a room of their own” through the prefect system of leadership, which in turn allowed them to serve with even more clarity and commitment.
Museum and Archives Manager Jeff Kenney
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Tony Giraldi ’75
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Building Community through Serivce Culver Academies hosted its first Community Service Day during the first week of school, with students traveling to several area locations to volunteer their time and talents.
Volume 95 / Issue 3 / Fall/Winter 2019
A Miracle around the World Kayla Miracle has been traveling around the globe with the USA wrestling team. She is now preparing to defend her 62-kilogram title in preparation for the Olympics.
Traditions & Transitions:
Douglas Bird ’90 Installed as Head of Schools
Departments i From the Editor 26 Sporting News
Family means everything to 1990 graduates Doug and Cheryl Bird. But family can take on several meanings when you are the new head of schools.
34 Alumni Class News
40 Culver Clubs International 44 In Memoriam
A Spirited Support of Culver A pillar of the Culver Mission is a focus for Fellowes
Jamie Fellowes ’64 finds that nourishing the spiritual growth of Culver students has been rewarding not only for them, but for him as well.
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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Douglas Bird ’90 Installed as 14th Head of Schools It was a busy Sunday when Douglas O. Bird, Ed.D.,’90 was officially installed as the 14th head of schools of Culver Academies during a combined special ceremony and opening convocation in the afternoon on Aug. 29, 2019. That evening, Bird welcomed the newest members of the student body to campus at the Matriculation Ceremony. Joining him on the Leadership Plaza at Logansport Gate were his wife, Cheryl Bird ’90, CGA Dean Lynn Rasch ’76, new CMA Commandant Col. Mike Squires, CGA Senior Prefect Ava Dauer ’20 (Lowell, Ind.) and CMA Regimental Commander Jed Henderson ’20 (Culver). Miles D. White ’73, chairman of the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, said at the installation ceremony that Bird had an “unprecedented background” as he steps into his new role at Culver. Along with his education credentials and military background, White said Miles White ‘73 the Birds are both Culver alumni, Culver parents, and their fathers are CMA graduates. There are also several relatives connected to Culver. Bird served as the director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps for two years before moving into the head of schools position, only the 14th to hold that position in 126 years. White said that Culver has always “emphasized academic preparation of the highest order, building the character of its students and cultivating their values.” All three “compose an integrated and comprehensive approach to education, built upon classical principles.” White stressed that Bird’s educational philosophies are “squarely aligned” with Culver’s, and told Bird there are four
vital Culver assets he can rely on as he begins his tenure: the school’s “versatile, talented, and committed faculty,” who provide their full support; “engaging, able, talented students” who are “already distinguished from their peers as young people who are willing to invest in their futures”; parents “who believe in a quality education for their children” and “agree with Culver’s high standards and objectives”; and an alumni body “uncommon in its love of alma mater and dedication to what we’re trying to do here.” Head of Schools Emeritus John Buxton, who served from 1999-2016, presented Bird with the medallion given to each new head of schools. Commissioned by Head of School Emeritus Ralph Manuel and originally presented to Buxton two decades ago, the medallion serves “as a reminder of the responsibility and the sacred trust that a new head assumes in leading Culver,” Buxton said. The medallion was to become “the tangible symbol for responsible leadership and accountability invested in the head of schools,” he told the audience. “It was to become another symbol just like the Logansport Gate, the Gold Stars, the Leadership Plaza, the Culver Seal, the Iron Gate John Buxton and the Graduation Arch, and the Culver Crest. The medallion is intended specifically to remind the head of schools of his oath of office, just as these other more public symbols remind all of you daily of our Culver Values and Virtues.” He also reminded the audience that each of them had a role to play in the ceremony — community partnership, and “as witnesses to the installation of Dr. Bird, they are cementing their support and commitment to being their best selves in support of this special institution.”
“ I am excited about the opportunity to lead an institution that has made a deep and personal impact on me and my family and partner with the many stakeholders in order to move Culver to new heights in the next decades.” – Douglas O. Bird ’90 In his address, Bird said that Henry Harrison Culver wanted to provide young men the opportunity “to focus on leadership development in order to be prepared for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America.” And, while the military system formed the heart of the school, the intention was not to train soldiers but to use the system to “shape their character in order to make positive contributions to society.”
As he looks to the future, Bird said he always comes back to the importance of the mission. “Leadership, responsible citizenship, and character development is absolutely what we should be about.” The mission drives everything else, he added, “our work in the classroom, leadership application in the dorms and barracks, and across all other endeavors at the school.”
The threads of leadership, responsible citizenship and character development are woven through the history of the school and they “serve as the foundation of the current Culver Mission that guides our work on a daily basis,” he said. The advancement of these pillars of our institution would not have been possible without the impact of Gen. Leigh R. Gignilliat and Dean Mary Frances England. Gignilliat’s 40 years as superintendent are marked by the ritual and pageantry still observed today and set “our tone, character and public image.” Dean England’s establishment of the girls school and prefect system gave girls “a voice in governing themselves, being trained in conflict resolution, problem solving and responsibility,” which culminated in “developing and nurturing the whole individual — mind, spirit, and body.” He thanked Manuel and Buxton for instituting major initiatives and programs that prepared Culver for the 21st century by “incorporating our rich history with more contemporary approaches to education.”
Head of Schools Doug Bird
But it is also important to aspire to new heights and make sure graduates are prepared to successfully tackle the challenges they will face in the future, he added. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead an institution that has made a deep and personal impact on me and my family and partner with the many stakeholders in order to move Culver to new heights in the next decades.”
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A Family Takes Many Forms Building a sense of Culver family is a major priority for Doug and Cheryl Bird.
And, of course, there is their extended Culver family: the people they went to school with, fellow parents, colleagues and their children’s friends. So, when Doug became the director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, it was an opportunity for all those “familial” connections to come together. Now, two years later, he is a few months into his tenure as the 14th head of schools. “The key thing that jumped out at us was the opportunity to reconnect and give back to Culver,” he said. “All through my professional life, I’ve been in a position to serve. Whether it’s in the Marine Corps or as a classroom teacher. To this point, I hadn’t been in a position to give back to Culver.” The summer camp director position offered the perfect chance to do just that. Doug was the principal at Center Grove High School at the time, but the lure of reconnecting was too great. “That’s the sweet spot for our family. We rarely go through a family dinner without stories about camp coming up,” Doug continued. “Summer at Culver is something our kids really enjoy and they’re passionate about. So being able to lead the programs that mean so much to our family — to our kids — is unique and was a big selling point.” The Bird family: (left) Parker, Brighton, Doug, Cheryl, and Jacob.
Family can have different meanings when applied to the right circumstances. There is your immediate family, your extended family, a family like a brotherhood, and a family of people who share a special bond. And family means a lot to Doug and Cheryl Bird. The Birds, both 1990 graduates of Culver Academies, are parents of Jacob ’20, W’16; Brighton ’23, W’18; and nine-year-old Parker. Along with being alumni and current parents, their fathers are CMA graduates. There are brothers, sisters, uncles and cousins with Culver connections.
“We asked our kids their thoughts because we knew the decision would have an impact on their Culver experience,” Cheryl added. At the time Jacob was a fourth classman and Brighton had three years of Woodcraft Camp under her belt. “They never hesitated. Jacob and Brighton understood what an amazing opportunity this would be for our entire family.” Doug and Cheryl want their kids to have as normal a Culver experience as possible. “That’s my number one priority right now,” Cheryl said. Since becoming the head of schools on July 1, Doug has been traveling, meeting with alumni, parents, and prospective families at events around the country. And more will be coming.
It’s important to make those Culver connections, he said, but it’s also important to make a broader audience aware of what Culver has to offer.
“ The key thing that jumped out at us was the opportunity to reconnect and give back to Culver.” – Doug Bird
“It’s important that we’re both involved in the outreach effort,” Doug said, adding that he and Cheryl have more work-related discussions because of “all of her experiences with Culver,” especially with CGA. “And I’ll give you my opinion,” she teased.
They both understand Culver is a team effort. “We’ve definitely embraced that,” he said. And that team effort can be on several levels. They both have friends, classmates that are friends, and parents who are friends. And, then, there are the times that just being present can mean a lot. Especially being a mom. “There are times, when a kid is having a bad day, I’ll just give them a hug,” Cheryl said. And when a friend’s daughter got hurt during a soccer game, Cheryl was texting the mother to let her know how she was. After the game, she checked on the girl and gave her a hug. “Her mom’s not here,” Cheryl said. “I would have done that regardless, just being a mom. I want to make sure all the kids are OK. I get that not all of the parents can be here.” Especially after Jacob went to the emergency room his first year at Culver. “I trusted the process and I trusted Culver,” Cheryl said, but she also understands the concerns of long distance parents. “I know what that feeling is.” They also believe being the head of schools provides an opportunity to build on their existing relationships. For the other parents and students, it is an opportunity for the Birds to “support them as they work through their Culver experience and give them perspective. I’m already getting a sense that we’re trusted because of that.” The relationships they have built span years, even with some of the kids and their parents. The Birds remember some of the current students when they were Woodcrafters. They know
others from Jacob’s football team and Brighton’s soccer team. The Birds hosted both squads for sectional draw watch parties during the fall season.
“Knowing many of these students since they were younger gives us a unique opportunity,” said Cheryl, a 1986 Woodcraft Camp graduate herself. “We don’t see these kids for just two, three, four years while they’re on campus. We’ve known them when they were Cubbies or Butterflies.” They are both looking forward to going on the Global Pathways Spring trip to Mexico. They went last year and “it was so worthwhile,” Cheryl said of the home-building project. “I really enjoyed that, getting to know the kids away from campus. I’m looking forward to having that experience again.” Now Culver is on the verge of a construction boom of its own. The Brian L. Reichart ’68 Shack will open shortly, followed by the construction of the Roberts Barrack and Lauridsen Barrack. Also, the Schrage Leadership Center will be built by Eppley Auditorium. As students, Doug and Cheryl enjoyed The Shack for one semester before it closed. And they know there are a lot of alumni who are looking forward to its reincarnation. “All the hard work has been put in place, with the initial planning, the thought behind it, the fund-raising, and we’re at the stage where the Shack is almost finished,” he said. “It’s exciting being able to see everything come together.” When all the construction is completed, it will provide the campus “with a defined residential district,” which Doug believes will “really continue to enhance our sense of community and bring people together. I’m glad that we’re able to move in that direction.” And building on that sense of family — the Culver family — is a priority for Doug and Cheryl Bird. – Jan Garrison
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Making Culver the Best Leadership Camp in the World Andy’s Reflection on Summer 2019
Editor’s Note: Andy Seddelmeyer’s path to Culver started back in Ohio in 1998 when he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and embarked on teaching fourth-graders in Columbus and Waverly, Ohio. Earning a master’s degree in educational administration and a superintendent’s license, he served as principal at Waverly Intermediate and then Primary School from 2003-2017. He also coached basketball (jv and varsity as an assistant and head coach) from 1999-2007. His wife, Julie (W ’89, US ’92), who currently is the Visit Coordinator for Admissions, encouraged him to look into Culver Summer Schools & Camps because Culver’s values aligned with his as both a teacher and a coach. Andy was hired as an assistant counselor at Woodcraft Camp in 2010, then Division 3 commander from 20112016, and Upper Schools director from 2017-2019. He was named director of CSSC in spring 2019. Julie’s family has had three generations attend Culver Summer Schools & Camps: Grandfather Harry T. Vallery NB ’35; his brother Robert N ’31; her father Michael Vallery W ’59; her brother Andrew SC ’83, W ’84, N ’87; and brother Lance SC ’83, W ’85. She and Andy’s four children are the fourth generation to carry on the family legacy: Drew (W ’16, ’21) is a second classman in Band and will be the first to graduate from both Woodcraft and Winter Boarding School; Kamm W ’20 is a current Drum & Bugle Corps member and an eighth-grader, and twins Wade (W ’21) and Reid (W ’21), are seventh-graders.
I honestly believe that Culver will change the world. The way in which Culver Summer Schools & Camps intertwines the personalities, backgrounds, languages, strengths and challenges of more than 1,300 children from around the world each summer to teach leadership is second-to-none. I immediately fell in love with the structure, organization and high expectations that were in place for my Woodcraft campers when I began my Culver journey in 2010. Although I initially struggled to learn the Culver way of making beds, folding clothes and memorizing all of the acronyms, I was in awe of the buy-in from the staff, students and their families. I quickly realized that Culver was able to teach more about leadership in six weeks than I was able to teach in nine months as a principal. As I reflect on my first summer as the director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, I realize that my pride in our program is stronger than ever. We owe such a debt of gratitude to all of the staff and students who helped make Culver what it is today. I am resolute on staying true to the Culver ideals that have been in place since 1902, but I am also searching for ways to improve our programs that will benefit our campers.
College Fair Night offered insights to the application process.
This summer Culver held its inaugural College Fair Night. College representatives from a wide-range of institutions visited campus and talked to our Upper Schools students about the importance and approach of finding the right fit for a university or college. After 45 minutes, we dismissed the second and third classmen and gave our first classmen the opportunity to dive deeper into the
I want each camper to be “weird” and help change the world one small step at a time.
John Zeglis W’61, NB’64 speaking on Real World Wednesday.
college application process. This group also had an opportunity to sign up for sessions to discuss college interviews and writing college essays. Students greatly benefitted from this event, but the college representatives also walked away with a greater understanding of the impact of Culver’s leadership program. By continuing to educate universities about our programs, students will have an advantage when applying to college. It is also important that our students understand the lifelong benefits of their Culver experiences. With that in mind, we started the Real World Wednesday program, a voluntary program where students heard from a CSSC graduate who went on to great success in his profession. John Zeglis (W ’61, NB ’64), along with two of his children Julie (W ’90, US ’93) and Mark (W ’88, NB ’91), talked to more than 230 students about how his time at Culver helped shape his success as a lawyer, president of AT&T and owner of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants NBDL basketball team. The students enjoyed his presentation about self-reliance, having the courage to try new things, form teams, and above all, learn from their failures. I pledge to work hard with our staff to catapult Culver Summer Schools & Camps into the position of being the best leadership camp in the world. To do this, we need to continue educating others about our camps, our curriculum and introduce them to our greatest advertisement: our students. The staff has committed to traveling and meeting prospective families. They will also visit universities to recruit summer staff members who are focused on finding the most qualified candidates who meet Culver’s high expectations. As a former teacher, coach and principal, my focus is on finding ways to improve each student’s Culver experience. I would like to share an excerpt from my Upper Schools Awards Ceremony speech, because it shines a light on my beliefs and expectations. As the director, the husband of a CSSC graduate, a father of four children and an educator, I look forward to carrying on the legacy that has been put in place by our previous staff and students. I am also looking for ways to improve our program that will cement Culver’s reputation as the best summer camp in the world.
At the beginning of camp, I referenced the movie “The Greatest Showman” and crafted my speech around the movie’s premise that brought many different individuals together from around the world who were seen as “different or weird.” Yet they found a way through leadership, communication, struggles and successes to create an amazing environment that people loved. Doesn’t that sound familiar? People were unsure at first. Scared. Concerned. Then they saw how amazing it was and fell in love with it. People who are unfamiliar with Culver tend to be skeptical about what we do and why we do it. I explain that we are often seen as “weird” for choosing to spend six weeks in the cornfields of northern Indiana. We choose to make beds, fold clothes, succumb to rules and give up our handheld technology. Weird! I implore campers to be weird. By this, I mean to be willing to do the extra things it takes to become a better person and to make those around them better. Be weird by doing things right. Be weird by shaking a hand and looking someone in the eye. Be weird by standing up for something that is right. Be weird by asking questions. Be weird by automatically getting in step with the person next to them. These are all Culver. I want each camper to be “weird” and help change the world one small step at a time. The world needs the next generation of worldwide leaders. Some of them might have a global reach someday or find connections in a smaller community. Yet, every single one of Culver’s campers can, and will, use their Culver experience as a way to make the world a better place. I would like to leave you with one of my favorite movie quotes from “Coach Carter,” which is based on the writings of Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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COL. SQUIRES IMPRESSED, SURPRISED BY CULVER report that predicts at what level they should be performing, and the Culver graduates were all “well above” their predicted levels. That is what drew Squires to Culver. He did have the opportunity to leave West Point, retire, and take a position in the business world. He does have a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, but he also knew a corporate job would not be as fulfilling as developing leaders at Culver Academies. Col. Michael Squires addressing the Corps of Cadets.
“ What I’ve been most impressed with is the level of concern students have for each other. Our students care for each other.”
When Col. Michael Squires first learned about Culver’s commandant of cadets opening, he sought out some of the school’s graduates attending West Point, where he was the brigade tactical officer. He wanted to know what they thought of their experience. “All of them just gushed about their experience, and how beneficial their time at Culver was,” he said. The same was true when he attended college conferences where Culver graduates from other schools were attending. He also looked at data that West Point collects from the cadets when they first
“I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team. I’ve always enjoyed being part of something bigger than myself, and the most memorable experiences have been with teams that possess the right character and values,” he said. “I found that at West Point. I found that in the Army. And then I found that here.” “This place has a great mission of developing young men and women; and it’s a place that does it with great values, character, and leadership. It was a great fit for what to do next.” Two big reasons are the maturity of the cadets and the level of concern students have for one another.
“ I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team. I’ve always enjoyed being part of something bigger than myself, and the most memorable experiences have been with teams that possess the right character and values.… I found that here.” — Col. Michael Squires
While he anticipated a “significant difference” in the level of maturity from the cadets at West Point and at Culver, it has turned out not to be that significant. “But what I’ve been most impressed with is the level of concern students have for each other. Our students care for each other, and they care for each other deeply. Almost as if they are close, close, close brothers,” he said. “And it has manifested in at least a half dozen instances where the students have come to the aid of their classmates.” When the students can take care of it — such as helping another student after a fall and cutting their leg — or if they need to get the assistance of an adult, they don’t hesitate in doing so, he explained. That level of caring isn’t something Squires experienced at West Point. It could be that the West Point cadets, who are 18 to 22, believe that each person is more capable of taking care of themselves. They will certainly help each other; but the level of caring and concern shown by the Culver cadets shows an even stronger bond. “That’s the biggest — and most impressive — observation I have,” he said. And, this comes from a man who has what the U.S. Army calls a “Jump Master’s calibrated eye.” It is a term related to officers who have been trained to inspect the men’s parachutes as they prepare to jump out of an airplane. It refers to checking the smallest details to make sure nothing is out of place. Now, as the commandant, Squires is still taking care of the “smallest details.” From
showing a cadet leader how to hold his saber properly during retreat to picking up a stray candy wrapper off the sidewalk, Squires sees and acts to correct those things that others may overlook. It is part of his training. It is also leading by example.
Col. Squires saluting a new cadet during matriculation.
And, he admits, it is also a little bit selfish. “It’s where I work,” he said of picking up bits of trash on campus. “I want where I work to look nice.” He also hopes that his actions and respect for the campus will rub off on others, making everyone’s walk a little nicer. “It’s all about what you want your community to look like.” Prior to his arrival at Culver, Squires served as the brigade tactical officer over West Point’s entire 4,400-strong cadet brigade with a staff of approximately 85 commissioned and noncommissioned officers. He was responsible for the academic, military, physical, and character development of all the cadets. He also served as a member of the superintendent’s strategic decision-making team. Along with serving at West Point, where he also graduated fifth in his class in 1998, he served as a junior officer leading a 39man airborne infantry unit in Kosovo and Tunisia. He then commanded a 135-soldier mechanized infantry company in Iraq. Next, he built a new airborne Ranger company
for combat duty in Afghanistan while commanding targeted raids in support of Joint Special Operations in that country. After that tour, Squires obtained his master’s degree from MIT, then taught advanced economics for three semesters at West Point in the Department of Social Sciences, where he received the William F. Murdy award for teaching excellence. Next, he became the garrison commander of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, responsible for 5,000 servicemen from four branches of the nation’s armed forces. The mission was readying the airfield for training and as a rapid deployment base. Following that assignment, Squires returned to West Point as tactical officer of a 1,100-member regiment before assuming the brigade tactical officer post. Despite that broad range of experiences, nearly five months after moving with his wife, Sarah, and children, Adeline, 13, and Declan, 11, Squires is happy to report, “I have not regretted a moment of it.” — Jan Garrison
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Dean England’s Lasting Legacy “Creating a Clear Sense of Self and the World”
Dean England Day Ceremony September 28, 2019 When Heather MacNab asked me if I was excited to speak about Dean England at this very special ceremony, I told her the truth: “Heather, when Dean Kelley invited me to speak, my heart skipped a beat.” I knew what this visceral reaction was all about, as it underscored the significance of my relationship to one the most important women in my life, Dean Mary Frances O’Callaghan England, or “Mai Fan,” as we called her. I also felt the weight of having to tell a personal story, one I knew I would not adequately capture in words. The privilege of the opportunity overwhelmed me.
Dean Mary Frances England at her desk
Editor’s Note: Dean Mary Frances England is remembered and celebrated for her work each fall with a ceremony in the Memorial Chapel, where a guest speaker shares a remembrance about her historical and personal impact, followed by a candle lighting ritual in her honor. This year’s speaker, Nancy McKinnis, one of the few remaining women whom Dean England hired, delivered a heartfelt speech about England’s fundamental impact on all parts of her adult life. Her sister, Beth Schmiedlin, gave the introduction. Nancy’s youngest daughter, Margaret ’16, a writing major at Ithaca College, is assisting Ginny Bess Munroe ’86 in her research and writing of the CGA history, and wrote her own reflection on Dean England’s lasting legacy. It struck me that two generations of “Culver daughters” were showing, not telling, how Dean England’s voice helped them find their own and reach out to help those around them do the same. Storytelling writ large. — Kathy Lintner
When I first came to Culver, I was not much older than you are now. I was a young 22-year-old graduate of St. Mary’s College with a bachelor of fine arts degree and certified to teach. I was naïve, innately shy, and idealistic. As I look back now, I truly had a foggy notion of who I was and only a vague understanding of the world I was about to enter. A wannabe artist, I had many dreams: to travel and to create and share ceramic sculptures, to teach art, and to bring the benefits of art making to those who might not have access to such a valuable means for expression. But, unlike some of my peers, I never thought to look for a real job in the spring of my senior year. In fact, my free spirit led me to a summer in northern New Mexico, with a small group of classmates and Holy Cross Sisters. We hiked Truchas Peak and taught catechism to children among six small isolated villages in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Weeks later, while sitting in the family room, hours after a long substitute-teaching day, the phone rang (there were no cell phones or internet). To my complete surprise, it was for me. It was Dean England from Culver Girls Academy. Her voice — unfamiliar, distinctive, and deep — brought me to my feet! I said nothing but my thoughts echoed her phrases, boarding school in Indiana, looking for a young college graduate, a counselor position, 50 girls in Linden Hall, Sister Margareta recommended me? “I hope you will decide to visit us,” Mary Frances England encouraged. She closed with a promise to send me the school prospectus. Through the strength and clarity of her voice and precise words, I could feel the power of her agency.
Reluctantly, I applied, and made my way through midwestern rural roads lined with Indiana corn to Culver for an intensive series of interviews. Although the campus beauty was breathtaking — fields of green grass hugged the fresh glistening lake water, joyous students in the field — I left Culver feeling it was not the place for me. It was far away from the rugged life I had witnessed and enjoyed among the villagers and sometimes mischievous children on the dusty roads of mountainous New Mexico. Days later when Dean England called my home in Pittsburgh, and in her strong committed voice offered me the counselor position, I stood up from my chair once again. Intrigued by the Culver mission but more interested in following my dreams, I told her that I had to take some time to think about it. Later that evening, I explained my dilemma to my father: “I always thought I would serve the poor.” He wisely served up a reflective question, “What makes you think these students do not need you, too?” My father, an artisan in Pittsburgh, a wizard of metals, who creates beautiful, decorative and architectural fixtures, explained, “I know poor people who are very happy and some wealthy individuals who are most unhappy. Try it. If you do not like it, you do not have to stay.” It was not my goal to work at a private boarding school, yet as the story unfolded, I learned that, luckily for me, a CGA counselor had resigned in late August. Dean England decided to take her time finding a replacement. She was still shaping the girls’ school foundation and did not want to rush the process. In its early formation, she believed it was important that girls had abundant opportunity to talk about important matters to young women a few steps ahead in life. On the male-dominated campus, she wanted female role models, willing participants in the collaborative efforts of developing leadership-training opportunities for CGA young women. I packed up my green Chevy Nova, and just before the leaves began to turn in October of 1980, I made my way to Culver. Little did I know that I was setting out for Ithaka. It was CGA’s 10-year anniversary. The prefect system of government was established and made way for the beginning formation of the girls’ leadership training. In the 1981 yearbook, they wrote, “The greatest accomplishment of the year was the new student leadership program led by Miss Trudy Hall. Girls trying for leadership positions were required to attend leadership-training sessions.” It did not take long for me to see purpose in the vision of Culver Girls Academy. As a teenager growing up in the 1970s, I was not alone in wanting what Dean England imagined for every girl. She was committed to each young woman and that she have every resource available to her, so that she may find her voice through the joys of reading, learning and leading. She empowered girls to participate in the making of CGA’s community because she knew that when communities thrive, individuals grow. They are given permission to have dreams but even more, they are given permission to pursue them. When I was in high school, pathways were merely grooves drawn in the sand. Competing voices on what girls could and should do were part of the ethos. For example, I loved playing sports! However, basketball was the only competitive girls sport at my school. Up until 1971, six girls played on the court, three offensive and
three defensive. Whose idea was it that girls were not capable of full court competition? Some in my mother’s generation thought too much athletic activity might hurt girls and reduce their chances of having children. These ideas were barriers to dreams I shared with many girls, as I imagined myself a professional athlete. The first female basketball team played in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and I wanted to be on that second team. But I had not a clue how to get there.
When I met Mary Frances England, she clearly fit my concept of an ideal leader, the consummate professional who had command and a clear sense of self and the world. Here is the information listed in her memorial program: Dean England served in the U.S. Navy (WAVES) from 1944-1946, earning the rank of lieutenant, junior grade from 1946-1953, a communications procedures analyst with the U.S. Signal Corps in Tokyo, Japan, where she met and married her husband, Maj. Sydney M. England, an Australian Army Officer. Following the end of the Allied occupation of Japan, she spent 11 years in Australia until Major England’s death in 1962. It was our blessing that Mary Frances England and her young son, Robert ’71, returned to Culver, where her mother and sister still lived. A woman of the world at a time when many women of her tenure were raising families at home, Dean England brought know-how to her founding role. Her appearance was impeccable, her white wavy hair always in place, and she consistently demonstrated the finest of social graces, and modesty; but above all, she was humble. At a time when Culver was not sure how to integrate girls on the campus, Dean England believed in the power of young people, both the girls and her staff. She was dedicated to keen observation, recognizing how an individual’s strengths were working in action. To this day, I can hear her voice saying, “Nancy, what made you stand out as a candidate was that you are an artist and an athlete; this is a rare and special combination.” No one had ever pointed this out to me. Her ability to note and reflect back to us those details about ourselves that we were not able to see on our own allowed her to bring out the best in her staff, setting high standards and modeling them. Dean England believed we had the capacity to meet these standards and the expectations were clear. She could draw the line squarely between what was negotiable or what was not, creating the right conditions for us to create from scratch and build with intention a comprehensive program for girls. For example, at every staff meeting we were encouraged to participate, weigh in with our thoughts. The first idea was never the last. She expected and challenged us to be critical thinkers. This was essential to the mission. She was always pushing closer to a fuller perspective that she, or one person alone, could not see. We were to carry the voices of the girls forward when they could not do it themselves. We were to observe, listen, learn, and above all, model the correct behavior.
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“(Dean England) empowered girls to participate in the making of CGA’s community because she knew that when communities thrive, individuals grow.… She believed in the capacity of every girl’s ability to find her voice and her place in whatever area of life she chose to pursue.” — Nancy McKinnis
In the book, Arms and the Boy, Leigh R. Gignilliat, who was Culver Military Academy’s legendary Commandant of Cadets and later Superintendent, wrote in 1915 about the ideal of service, “If he becomes a cadet officer, the ideal of service is ever before the cadet. He must work for the general good of his squad, his company, his battalion. He must learn that merely to command is insufficient, he must serve the best interest of those under him; must make some personal sacrifices of time and pleasure in order to do so.” Mary Frances England was the epitome of a servant leader. The ideal of service was ever before her. She imparted this to her staff and the young women. She believed in the capacity of every girl’s ability to find her voice and her place in whatever area of life she chose to pursue, at a time when most did not, and at a school where the foundation was just being laid. She shared Gignilliat’s values and understood that it is through the habitual practice of skills within the context of CGA that girls become more of who they are and want to be. The ideal of service is ever before the prefect, and in providing correct leadership training, it must be consistently modeled by the CGA staff. The prefect must work for the general good — her dorm, her committee, her school. She must learn that merely to be in charge and to hold a position is insufficient. She must serve the best interest of those around her and make some personal sacrifices of time and pleasure in order to do so. As Leigh R. Gignilliat pointed out, “You do the greatest good to the world when you live in it to serve your fellow men, your fellow women.”
We had a few good visits after that day but a few months later, she left Culver quietly and went to live with her son Rob — a final path in her journey. On July 9, 1996, at age 75, Mary Frances O’Callaghan England passed away. I think of Mai Fan often, the treasured memories written on my heart. She left a legacy for you and me, expressed most poignantly in the words she wrote in “Culver Daughters, Sing Thy Praise,” CGA’s Baccalaureate Hymn. It was her prayer for CGA and generations of Culver women. Remember Dean England’s wise counsel, her compassionate heart and her belief that girls have an equal right to enjoy all that Culver and the world offer young men.
Beneath the tall majestic oak, along these ancient wooded shores, Within these fond immortal halls, Culver daughters sing thy praise, for all our youth and yesterdays. Source of wisdom thee we praise, now hear our prayer and humble call. Embrace thy Culver daughters all. Make us ever fair and strong, Free from ills and want of wrong. Keep us true in all our ways. Culver daughters sing thy praise, for all our youth and yesterdays. — Nancy McKinnis, Master Instructor, Leadership Education
This is not easy. This is only right. This is what character looks like and what I learned from Dean England.
CGA Leadership: Creating a “Room of One’s Own”
One winter day in 1996, I was heading to the south entrance of the Humanities building. At that time, the post office was located on the basement level. In addition, there was a parking lot in that area on the west side of the Huffington library. Ahead of my stride, I saw Dean England moving slowly out of her car about to step on concrete brushed with patches of ice and snow. I was glad to see that she parked very close to the entrance. I called to her, “Hi Mai Fan!” As I hurried to join her down the slippery steps, I called “How are you doing?” She paused, her face withdrawn, and spoke softly, “Well, Nancy. I learned today that I have cancer.” My heart sunk. I wanted to sit down. I am sure my jaw dropped in disbelief. I whispered, “I am so sorry.” She explained that she had just come from the doctor’s office. It was not the right time to chat so I promised her that I would follow up and visit her.
In 1928, Virginia Woolf was invited to speak at the University of Cambridge about women and literature, where she claimed if women were to write good fiction, they would need a room of their own, just as men had been given. Her initial lecture later permutated into a piece of theory, A Room of One’s Own. The work was revolutionary for the time as Woolf devised an eloquent and compelling argument for why we need more stories for and about women, written by women. As she illuminated the ways women’s representation in literature is limited and predictable — wherein female characters are so often only explored through their relationship to men — Woolf made a case that there remains, “a vast chamber where nobody has yet been.” So, when I recently learned that one of Dean Mary Frances England’s favorite texts was Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” it was hardly surprising.
The next day, I went to her house, a small home tucked behind a larger one on North Shore Lane. I knocked at the door and she welcomed me in. A bit brighter, the first thing she said was, “I am so sorry. I did not mean to share such weighty news.” I felt her concern for me but I quickly reassured her that I was OK. I said, “What about you? How are you?” She replied, “Well, I do not know. I have to say, I feel unprepared. You are lucky that you have a religious faith to prepare you for moments like this.” Feeling quite inadequate and scared, I whispered, “I am not sure I know what I believe, but thank you for pointing this out to me.”
Just as Woolf advocated that women find those deficits in literature — the unexplored female plots and characters waiting to be written — Dean England identified a narrative that had yet to be told — the story of Culver Girls Academy. Though some anticipated England would fulfill the common trope, a finishing school for girls, England had a vision for an alternative possibility, “a room” for young women to begin exploring the most precious and complex narratives, the narratives that we call our lives. Woolf extends a hypothetical to elucidate her point: What if Shakespeare had
“Once a student does the necessary work of introspection and observation of her community — which she practices by earning her Crest — she can begin to consider how to further integrate and impact her community.” — Margaret McKinnis ’16
a sister with equally prodigious talents? Woolf posits her genius would remain dormant and die unexplored as she would have no resources to support her creative faculties. And England posed a similar question — that if such robust resources were afforded to young women, as they had been to the young men of CMA, what might be possible? As a 2016 CGA grad, now a senior at Ithaca College studying writing, I find myself engaging with CGA — its history and my time there — as I would a text, composed of content and form, to be read with care and criticality. I would consider myself a committed life-long reader, and I believe that a good reader is made, in part, by her habit of re-reading stories again and again to discover what she may have missed on her first or second read. We are perhaps never done getting to know a text — not because the story has changed but because we have. The same logic applies to my own understanding of CGA. Since graduating, I continue to read back over my Culver experiences, trying to understand the form my story lived in. My reflections can be clunky at times, the way we stumble over our words when trying to articulate the nature of something fundamentally complex, something that is felt, lived by the body before it is named. In fact, maybe the body really is the best-suited analogy for describing CGA (my time inside and out of it) and all the complexities that come with it. Like a body, CGA comprises many parts that work inside of systems to corroborate a whole. When the girls’ school was founded, one of the ways they individuated themselves from CMA was through their leadership system. Where CMA uses a military model to teach leadership skills, CGA adopted a prefect system that found its base from the British schooling system, though now it is has developed into something entirely its own. Through the developmental milestone woven into CGA’s curriculum, students engage with life’s hardest and perhaps most meaningful questions: What does balancing the needs of the self and the other look like? What does it mean to live in community? How do we collaborate in order to live collectively? How do we toggle between stability and change? Once a student does the necessary work of introspection and observation of her community — which she practices by earning her Crest — she can begin to consider how to further integrate and impact her community. The smallest way, though not by any means insignificant, to observe CGA and how it works is at the level of the individual and the role she plays. The prefect — whether she reports to a campus committee or to a position in her dorm — is perhaps the most basic unit used to measure CGA, and yet they are instrumental to every micro-movement that mobilizes this entire body. Prefects are the constituents of committees that have a particularized focus, which reflect the values and needs of the greater community, such as residential life, campus life, or leadership training and education. Committees mirror the way an organ specializes in performing specific needs for the body. Each committee is led by a chair who oversees the goals and objectives that are then supported
by and seen through by a prefect represented by each dorm. This design sets up a form for collaboration and extends the means for communication across the CGA student body.
Nancy and Margaret McKinnis
The chairs of these committees meet and coordinate through the CGA Council, which perhaps parallels the central nervous system of the human organism. After all, it is where the mind of CGA lives. It keeps memories from the past, archived by former councils; it observes and guides how these many systems work in tandem, taking feedback from the senses retrieved by the prefects and reported by the chairs; and it also has the capacity to practice the kind of curiosity essential to drafting visions threaded with alternative possibilities, for narratives that have yet to be written. And like any healthy and sustainable body, the system preserves its life-force through its many cycles and rotation. CGA lives by a three-term leadership rotation that creates opportunity for both stability and change. Students will try their hand at many roles that contribute to the overall functioning of the body while they are a part of CGA. The cyclical nature allows students to know intimately how significant each part is in serving the whole. If the prefect system creates the structure for relationships, it is then the CGA curriculum that bonds these relationships together like tendons that allow for connection and the muscular tissue that allows the body to move. The CGA curriculum imparts a skill set that allows young women to practice individuation. She will learn about her strengths at their optimal performance and at their thresholds through goals and objectives; she will learn the tenets of compassionate listening, the power of listening deeply, creating the means to dialogue across different points of view; she will learn the power of appreciative inquiry, generating meaningful ways of living in a community by capitalizing on what’s working well. Through this common vocabulary, found in both the content and form of the breathing body that is CGA, we know, discover, and innovate ways of being. And I think that is just what both Woolf and England had in mind. As a CGA student, I had the privilege of seeing inside this beautiful body, and what a precious gift that was. But there also remained another gift that I couldn’t quite anticipate when I walked through the Arch. I became aware of the outside of the body, and I’ve only begun to understand how its inside — the skills, habits, and values that make it work — is capable of moving in space. Yes, I will re-read this story many times and continue learning what it all means. But I do know this much: CGA has given me both the courage and patience to pursue Woolf’s “vast chamber where no one yet has been,” to write a story, like England did all those years ago, in my own voice that searches for interaction with a world that will always require the work of making and claiming. — Margaret McKinnis ’16
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Culver at a glance 2019-20
This yearâ€™s students come to Culver from
57 43% % 19 $ 12,500,000 %
in need-based aid and Distinguished Scholarships allocated in the 2019-20 school year.
of Culver families receive need-based financial aid.
Culverâ€™s programs continue to challenge students in the classroom and beyond:
Advanced Placement exams taken in 2019 with an average score of 4.1 out of 5
AP classes offered
high challenge/high support focus areas: Academic advising, peer coaches, block scheduling, tutorials, college advising, The Writing Center, Mentor/Mentee program
servant leadership character development
Integrated leadership curriculum focused on and
The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur: Programs crafted around action learning, including a gourmet coffee and tea shop, entirely
managed by students students
Global Pathways Spring Program: students travel the world each year participating in cultural exchange and service opportunities
Horsemanship: Teaching wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice on horseback since touting 17 presidential inaugural appearances
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A SPIRITED SUPPORT OF CULVER Fellowes strives to inspire Students to grow in their Faith
From left, Culver Protestant youth minister Daniel Hyer; the Rev. Dr. Sam Boys, director of spiritual life; Deby Fellowes, and Jamie Fellowes â€˜64. Spiritual education at Culver is an area of great interest for the Fellowes.
ames E. Fellowes, also known as Jamie Fellowes â€™64, got his first look at Culver as a summer camper, graduating after four summers from Woodcraft Camp in 1959. Those early summers at Culver were an awakening of sorts for the young boy.
“ My wife and I have had many advantages in life. We wanted to provide a promising boy or girl with a Culver educational experience” — Jamie Fellowes ’64 “Most of what we did had a competitive aspect to it,” he says. “I was naturally competitive and achievement-oriented, so Culver was a perfect fit for me. Each week I couldn’t wait until my Dress A uniform came back from the tailor shop so I could see how my new badges fit on the sleeve. I was proud to wear it, especially when my parents visited.” His early exposure to the competitive spirit of Culver would come in handy later. After Woodcraft, Fellowes returned to Culver winter school in the middle of his sophomore year. He was one of a few mid-term “plebes” spread across the campus. The strange new plebe system, combined with the social and academic challenges, made for an arduous introduction. “I had to work very hard to catch up and make new friends. My classmates had already established themselves, so this was a really challenging period in my youth,” he recalls. “I never became one of the ‘stars’ in the class of ’64, but I worked hard to do my best. I set goals and learned how to strive and keep going. If you keep striving at Culver, it eventually pays off.” This competitive spirit followed him into his family’s business. Fellowes joined The Bankers Box Company in 1969, a business his grandfather had co-founded in 1917. He served in various positions, leading up to its president and CEO 14 years later in a highly competitive office products industry. He repositioned the company as Fellowes Manufacturing Company in 1983, as the company expanded from Bankers Box products into new categories like paper shredders, binding and laminating machines, cellular accessories, and ergonomic workstation accessories. Jamie and his brother also led the company into global expansion, eventually reaching 17 country operations on five continents, from which 50 percent of the revenues came. In 2014, Fellowes passed the CEO baton to his son, John, after 31 years serving in this capacity. He currently serves as chairman of the board. “I attribute much of the grit required to build a global business to what I learned at Culver. There were plenty of setbacks and hard lessons in building a broadbased, global business, but the Culver experience taught me the disciplines of hard work and persistence. Culver gave me the confidence to believe we could succeed if we kept at it,” he notes. He also credits Culver for teaching him organizational skills, time management, critical thinking, and ethical principles. “Apart from my parents, Culver was the most formative influence as I was growing up.” In 2003 Fellowes received Culver’s Honorary Cum Laude award and then two years later he was asked to join Culver’s Board of Trustees. At the time, the By Example Campaign was in its early stages. In response to the campaign, Jamie and his wife, Deby, decided to endow a need-based winter school scholarship.
Jamie Fellowes ‘64 was in the crowd when one of his Culver scholarship recipients, Luther Jacobs ‘13, graduated from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.
“ I want to give back and serve as much as possible; Mr. Fellowes taught me that.” — Luther Jacobs ’13 (Fellowes Scholarship recipient)
“My wife and I have had many advantages in life. We wanted to provide a promising boy or girl with a Culver educational experience, a youngster who might not otherwise be able to afford Culver,” Fellowes said. The first scholarship student was Luther Jacobs ’13 of South Bend, Indiana. Luther’s family had emigrated to America from war-torn Liberia when Jacobs was quite young. He was an outstanding soccer player in the junior leagues in
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“I believe the Culver kids today have superior experiences because of the enormous developments in academics, athletics, and spiritual life, as well as many aspects of student life. Culver prepares high school kids for college and for life even better than in our days” — Jamie Fellowes ’64
South Bend and a good student. A coach/mentor took a special interest in Jacobs and recommended to his mother, who was working two jobs at the time, that she try to get her son to Culver. The timing worked perfectly for the Fellowes’ first scholarship. “Deby and I wanted to do more than just fund a scholarship. We sought a relationship,” Fellowes says. “Several times each year we shadowed Luther in his classes and on the soccer field to encourage him along. We became part of each other’s lives.” This first scholarship led to two additional endowed scholarships and more student relationships. A total of eight students have come to Culver through these scholarships, plus one for summer school. Fellowes notes that the scholarship program had an ancillary benefit. By shadowing the kids and establishing a relationship, it helped Fellowes understand Culver better and therefore serve as a Culver trustee more effectively. “In some respects, Culver is very much the same today as when I attended over 50 years ago. The Culver tradition and heritage have been carefully preserved. However, student life is a totally different experience, beginning with Culver Girls Academy, which came on stream a few years after we graduated. I believe the Culver kids today have superior experiences because of the enormous developments in academics, athletics, spiritual life, as well as many aspects of student life. Culver prepares high school kids for college and for life even better than in our days,” he observes. The Felloweses have continued in their relationship with their scholars after graduation. Jacobs graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2017. Fellowes was in the audience, cheering him along. He regards Fellowes as a mentor and friend. “He is still involved with my life. I went to him for advice about school, about work, about life generally. Our relationship has really grown, Jacobs says.
Jamie Fellowes ‘64 returns to Culver regularly to meet with his scholarship recipients and attend their classes.
“He treats me as not just another person but as one of his kids,” he added. “He takes time to meet with me and see if I’m doing well.” At one point, Jacobs visited the Fellowes Brands offices and fulfillment center to see the operation and meet the people there. That, Jacobs says, was incredibly valuable to him as he was taking a job as a fulfillment manager with Amazon. Another valuable lesson Jacobs learned: giving back. Jacobs is a volunteer at Turning Point School in Lawrence, Indiana. “I want to give back and serve as much as possible,” Jacobs says. “Mr. Fellowes taught me that.”
Something else Fellowes has emphasized, Jacobs says, is that successes are great, but failure is all right too, as long as you are learning and growing as an individual. That growth mindset applies to another area of interest for the Felloweses: spiritual life. They each made a life-changing profession of faith in the earlier years of their marriage and have directed much of their philanthropic activities to Christian ministries. They asked themselves how they might strengthen the spiritual component in the mind-spirit-body equation at Culver. In 2009 they endowed a position of Protestant youth pastor. “At Culver there is great emphasis on leadership, academics, and athletics — and that is a good thing — right up to the point where the spiritual side is marginalized,” Fellowes says. “The cultivation of the human spirit is every bit as important. The spirit shapes, guides, and directs us through life. It helps us appreciate truth and beauty. The presence of our human spirit is what separates us from other living creatures. In other words, this is important.” “A strong spiritual life program is particularly important to kids in boarding schools because family contact and support is often not around the corner,” he continues. “Things don’t always go well. The keen Culver competition in academics, athletics, and leadership can create pressures for our kids, leading to self-doubt, loneliness, and even depression. Our kids also sometimes deal with sad news from the home front. In short, teenage years are a difficult passageway. It is an important time to ground our kids in faith.” Culver now has regular spiritual life services for a variety of faith and belief traditions from Protestant, Catholic, Muslim and Jewish services to meditation and sacred flow yoga. There also is a Seeker service for students who wish to experience a different spiritual education. There are other activities with a spiritual focus that bring students and adult mentors together. Culver acknowledges the diverse faith backgrounds of families sending their children to Culver and encourages growth through regular participation. The Rev. Dr. Sam Boys, Culver’s director of spiritual life, is working to integrate spiritual life into the fabric of the whole week, not just on Sunday mornings for 45 minutes. He acknowledges that there are competing claims on our students’ attention, but notes spiritual life is making progress. “We have Bible studies, youth groups, small study groups, girls who meet for prayer, and boys who meet for pancakes and prayer once a week,” Boys says. In reflecting on his 15 years of service as a Culver trustee, Fellowes concludes, “It took me a while to figure out how I might bring value to Culver as a trustee. The school had changed in so many ways since my teenage years. But, in time I found some ways to serve, which have contributed to the mission and purpose of our great school. This has brought great satisfaction to both me and my wife.”
“ (The) teenage years are a difficult passageway. It is an important time to ground our kids in faith.”
— Jamie Fellowes ’64
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Responsible citizens and emerging leaders build community through
SERVICE I t’s a good idea to step back and reflect on the work one does to sharpen perspective and see the work with fresh eyes and new possibilities. Dean of Faculty Josh Pretzer did just that by pulling together a faculty/staff committee and giving them the charge to brainstorm new ways to improve the new student orientation process. One of the ideas was to create a day of service in which students could experience service directly on campus, in the town of Culver and in outlying areas as far away as South Bend. The next step involved logistics and how all of the moving parts would align to create a rich, meaningful experience for both students and adults.
During the summer, Nancy McKinnis, master instructor in leadership education, met with Becky Strati, student team placement coordinator, and they started to pull the threads together. McKinnis mapped out and shored up the off campus sites and Strati did the same with on campus sites. They coordinated with Student Life and created the program, schedule and student assignments. Faculty assignments were made within a hierarchy: field site leaders, region leaders in the town of Culver, on campus, and in South Bend and Plymouth. Members of Facilities, Transportation, FLIK Dining Services, and the Creative Services team contributed with their timely support and materials.
On Monday, Aug. 26, 138 Culver Academies students and 26 faculty members divided into 18 teams for the first Day of Service. The students were CGA sophomores and CMA cadets not involved with new student orientation. They spent the day working at 11 different sites on campus, the surrounding Culver community, and non-profit organizations in Plymouth and South Bend. The day started with a meeting in the Eppley Auditorium, where the students were asked to share their thoughts on “Why Service?” The discussion included references to the Logansport flood and how Culver has always stepped up to the occasion when called to serve. They then left with their teams to begin the work at their assigned site.
Cleaning picnic tables at the Culver Town Park.
Campus work included removing invasive plant species from the Bird Sanctuary, cleaning the military vehicles, and power washing the portable floor mats used to protect Fleet Gym. Several groups worked at the Culver Town Park weeding the rain gardens, raking up aquatic weeds along the beach, and washing the benches and picnic tables. Students at Miller’s Merry Manor played bingo with the residents and Campbell Overfelt ’22 played her harp. Members of the Band cleaned out a storage facility for retired faculty member Anne Duff. And several groups went to 110 Blackberry Farm, owned by Brian Christner ’79, to paint fences and pick blackberries for use in the Lay Dining Hall. Students and faculty members who went to Plymouth sorted clothing, restocked the food pantry shelves at the Marshall County Neighborhood Center and played games with senior citizens at the Life Enrichment Center. The South Bend groups sorted clothing and served lunch at the Center for the Homeless and mucked stalls at the Reins for Life riding center.
HERE ARE TWO EXAMPLES of the on-site projects students and faculty worked on as a team: From Farm to Fork in less than 72 Hours In less than three days, 63 quarts of blackberries went from farm to fork at Culver Academies. The berries were picked on Monday, Aug. 19, delivered on Tuesday, served in cobbler on Wednesday, with the remaining berries being turned into syrup for pancakes Thursday, or placed on the salad bar for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy.
The students and faculty who worked at the 110 Blackberry Farm.
“FLIK Independent School and Dining’s food philosophy strives to support local fresh produce daily. In some wonderful cases, we get to partner with local farms just like the 110 Blackberry Farm to help our guests enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Executive Chef Amy Collins said. “The students did an amazing job harvesting enough berries for all to enjoy in Head Baker Kim Rose’s delicious cobbler! It was our pleasure to play a small role and dish up the delicious results. We look forward to bringing many more opportunities to sample fresh and local fare for many seasons to come!” There were also enough berries left to make into blackberry syrup for the pancakes at breakfast Thursday morning, with more fresh berries being placed on the salad bar.
Miller’s Merry Manor: Seeing the Spirit in Action The group assigned to Miller’s had little to no experience in working with the elderly population, so before the trip, students spent time learning about the context and needs of the residents, as well as expectations for their time together. At first, students seemed a bit hesitant to engage with the residents and didn’t interact much with them. Then they began playing Bingo together and listening to their life stories. Students especially appreciated one WWII veteran, Jim DeWitt, who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and can still recall vividly the events of that fateful day. After a lunch break, students joined residents outside on the patio for refreshments,
Instructor Phil Cook picked the most berries
The blackberries were picked by students and faculty members during the Academies’ Day of Service. They went to the 110 Blackberry Farm just southeast of Culver on State Road 110. The u-pick farm is owned by Brian Christner ’79. The 63 quarts weighed 120 pounds and filled three five-gallon buckets, which Christner delivered to the Lay Dining Hall Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday morning, Kim and John Rose had rinsed the berries and were turning them into 14 pans of cobbler, with three pans being delivered to Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver for the residents to enjoy.
Spending time with the residents at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver.
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“During our visit, residents were asking many questions about what was going on in Culver. I felt like they really wanted to be a part of this community but are excluded because of physical issues. What if we could invite them to share their opinions, to give the younger generations some instruction? What if we could send them some copies of The Vedette or even read it to them? They are more capable than playing bingo. They are wise souls trapped in old bodies.”
Campbell Overfelt played her harp for the Miller’s Merry Manor residents.
and Campbell Overfelt brought her beautiful harp and played for the group — many of the residents really ‘lit up’ at the sound of music. When the bus arrived to take both students and adults back to campus, no one wanted to leave because they were having such a good time interacting with the residents. One student remarked to Rev. Dr. Sam Boys, director of spiritual life, that service in the community should be a regular schoolwide commitment every month, not just for one day.
“We will explore this topic by interviewing a new student at Culver, a Culver alumnus and an elderly person at Miller’s. This will not only give us a great chance to get a glance in elderly people’s wisdom, but also to pull them back into the community.
The first Day of Service was a success and set a benchmark for the future. In McKinnis’ words, “Essentially, we created an organization and modeled a productive day of working together in service of others. Our diversity was a strength — young and old, new and veteran faculty, seven academic disciplines all represented, working toward one common mission.” — Jan Garrison with contribution by Kathy Lintner
A few weeks after the Day of Service, one student, Shujing “Algae” Zhu ‘22, shared her thoughts about the visit: “Sophomore service at the beginning of this year was amazing. Beyond taking care of them and playing bingo with them, I’d never imagined talking to elderly people with such sharp minds. Our talk about dependency and independence really inspired me. My friend and I want to write a story about them for The Vedette.
Faculty and students at the South Bend Center for the Homeless
Canadian Thanksgiving for Everyone! This year, everyone was invited to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. And, by looking at the steady stream of people going through the buffet line, everyone accepted. The Canadian holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October. So on Oct. 14, the Lay Dining Hall staff provided turkey and all the trimmings to celebrate. A special buffet line was placed in the center of the dining hall with all the Thanksgiving staples: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, salad, and pumpkin pie. The campus connection started in 1996 when Wellness instructor Dan Davidge and Harbor Dorm counselor Carolyn Davidge invited a few Canadian students over to their home to celebrate. For a number of years, both the Davidges and Mike and Ann Norton would invite students to their homes until the numbers started becoming too large for two houses to handle. In 2012, the dinner was moved on campus after Kelsi Carr ’14 suggested turning it into a cultural exchange event. Davidge talked with Assistant Head of Schools for Learning and Leadership, Kevin MacNeil, about the concept and a campus tradition was born. From 2012 to 2018, the Canadian students invited a guest to the dinner, which included a brief history of the holiday. As the date approached this year, Davidge said the FLIK Dining Services staff offered to make the Monday evening meal a Thanksgiving feast so all the students could observe the holiday. The French Club put up decorations around the dining hall telling the students about the holiday. And the word certainly did spread, as the dining hall was busy throughout the evening. Davidge, MacNeil, and the 19 Canadian students, faculty, and staff gathered under the dining hall mezzanine to eat as a group.
All the students enjoyed Canadian Thanksgiving this year.
The Canadian holiday can be traced back to 1578 when explorer Martin Frobisher held a celebration thanking God for surviving the long journey from England to Newfoundland. Frobisher was searching for the Northwest Passage and his crossing of the Atlantic Ocean was fraught with peril, from icebergs to severe storms. When the French settlers and explorers arrived later, Samuel de Champlain copied the harvest festivals celebrated by the First Nations tribes. He called the celebration
“The Order of Good Cheer,” which took place on Nov. 14, 1606. Thanksgiving was officially declared a national holiday in 1879, but the October date wasn’t officially set by the Canadian Parliament until 1957. What is the difference between the Canadian and the United States traditions? “The big difference, in my mind, is people in the U.S. stuff themselves and watch football,” Davidge said. “We stuff ourselves and watch hockey.” — Jan Garrison
A Miracle Around the World
Photo by Richard Immel
Kayla Miracle â€™14 travels the globe as one of the most decorated women wrestlers in U.S. history.
Pardon Kayla Miracle ’14 if she has trouble remembering details of her recent travels. She has been on the road a lot the past few months. She has been to Lima, Peru; Budapest, Hungary; Sicily, Italy; and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in August, September and October alone. Her job? Wrestler. And what better last name to have than Miracle. Her Instagram and Twitter handles are @MiraculousKC. Miracle is a member of the United States senior women’s freestyle wrestling team. She is also on the U.S. women’s U23 wrestling team, meaning she is doing double duty right now. She won the senior title at Final X, the Team USA qualifier held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June. She defeated Mallory Velte in two straight matches. Velte defeated Miracle in the 2018 finals in the best-of-three scenario. That solidified Miracle’s travel schedule. First, to Lima, Peru, for the Pan-American Games Aug. 7-9. She defeated Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Columbia in a technical fall (12-0) for the gold medal.
“I had one more semester of college to finish for my degree,” Miracle said, “then I moved to Iowa City.” Working with Perry and the Brands is paying big dividends. Of the four women in the club, three made the senior USA team. Her typical schedule is lifting weights in the morning and wrestling “hard” Monday-Wednesday-Friday and working on her technique Tuesday-Thursday. Her focus now is on the Olympic team trials in April, where she will defend her position on Team USA. She receives stipends from HWC and the Sunkist Kids wrestling club. She also has a sponsorship deal with equipment maker Rudis, which supplies her with shoes, singlets, and warmup gear. The company carries a Kayla Miracle line, along with major wrestling names like Dave Schultz, Kyle Snyder, Cary Kolat, and Lincoln McIlray. While Miracle is traveling, she doesn’t get to do much sight-seeing. During tournaments, she has to stay focused on her matches. Generally, the people who wrestle the first day have time after to take in the sights, “but, so far, I’ve wrestled on the last day of each
Miracle is now one of the most decorated women wrestlers in U.S. history. She has collected national and world medals at the cadet, junior, U23, and senior levels. …It is just an extension of what she started at Culver, becoming the first girl to wrestle for the team and the first girl in history to qualify for the 2012 state finals in Indianapolis. Her next trip was to Sicily for the USA acclimation camp to prepare for the senior world championships in Nur-Sultan from Sept. 14-22. She didn’t wrestle as well as she wanted, finishing eighth overall. Missing the podium was “frustrating” and a “tough pill to swallow,” she said, because “I’m capable of winning.” But it also provided a lot of good things, giving her points to work on and helping her mature for that level on the world stage. Then she was off to Budapest for the U23 world championships Oct. 28-Nov. 3. She finished as the silver medalist, losing to twotime world champion Yuzuka Inagaki of Japan, 3-0, in the final. Up to the championship, Miracle had pinned every opponent. Now, Miracle is back in Iowa City, Iowa, where she trains with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. Former University of Iowa wrestler Mark Perry is the coach with Tom Brands (Iowa head coach) and Terry Brands (assistant coach) serving as advisors. Perry wrestled for the Brands, who wrestled for the legendary Dan Gable. She made the move to Iowa City after completing her collegiate career at Campbellsville University, where she wrestled for her father, Lee. She finished there becoming the first four-time national champion in women’s college wrestling.
tournament.” But there might be the occasional walk to get some fresh air, she added. Miracle is now one of the most decorated women wrestlers in U.S. history. She has collected national and world medals at the cadet, junior, U23, and senior levels. And she believes she will only get better. The 62-kg weight class is “perfect” for her. She doesn’t have to worry about making weight and she still has room to add a few more pounds in muscle. “I can still live my life,” she explained. It is just an extension of what she started at Culver, becoming the first girl to wrestle for the team. She wrestled at 103 her freshman year. Then, with a weight class change, she wrestled at 106. That is when she became the first girl in history to qualify for the 2012 state finals in Indianapolis. Her warmup partner for that tournament was Sarah Hildebrant, who wrestled at Penn High School. Hildebrant is also a member of the U.S. senior team. But keeping the weight off was too difficult, so Miracle bumped up to 120 pounds her junior year and finished her career at 126 pounds. When she thinks about her time at Culver today, Miracle said it’s the friendships that come to mind first. “It’s definitely the people,” she said. “Always the people. I miss them all a lot.”
CMA Rowing finishes in top five In October, CMA rowing traveled to Boston to compete in the largest regatta in the world, The Head of the Charles. This is the third time in program history. The event is held annually on the banks of the Charles River, sandwiched among the Harvard University, Boston University, and MIT campuses. More than 11,000 athletes from around the world competed as more than 300,000 spectators lined the banks of the river to cheer them on. With a limited number of 85 entries (accepted from more than 300 applicants), the men’s Youth 4+ race is incredibly competitive. The CMA boat had an exceptional row under gorgeous sunny skies and calm wind, managing to medal with a fifth-place overall finish, Culver’s best finish at the event to date.
CGA and CMA Soccer teams remain undefeated CMA Tennis highlights This season represented the program’s 16th consecutive Sectional and sixth consecutive Regional championship for long-time head coach Alan Loehr. The team’s season ended when they faced Munster and lost 4-1 in the Semi-state round. Four-year letter winner Niko Warnholtz ’20 managed to remain undefeated in post-season play, advancing to the Individual Singles and Doubles State Finals October 25-26. He fell to the then-undefeated Sajin Smith of Perry Meridian in the semi-final match.
Both the CGA and CMA soccer programs remained undefeated at home during their 2019 campaigns, and both teams fell in heartbreaking one-goal losses during IHSAA Sectional play. CGA drew a tough opponent in Mishawaka Marian in the first-round, falling 4-3. CMA cruised through the first two rounds, then faced North Manchester in the sectional championship. Falling behind 3-0 at the half, CMA came back to tie the game by the end of regulation. Each team scored a goal in overtime, sending the game to penalty kicks. North Manchester netted four shots while CMA hit three. Both CGA and CMA had players recognized by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association for athletic and academic accolades. CGA’s Heather MacNab ’20 (Carmel, Indiana) and Samantha Hazen ’21 (Papillion, Nebraska) were named to the 1st and 2nd All-District Teams, while 10 players received academic honors. CMA’s Luis Malanga ’20 (Bosques De Las Lomas, Mexico) and Joel Thompkins ’20 (Valparaiso, Indiana) were named to the 1st and 2nd All-District Teams, respectively, Ben Brummell ’20 (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) was named Top Team Player, and 12 players received academic recognition.
Culver Sailing team at the Girls National Invitational For just the second time in the sailing program’s history, Culver earned a berth in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Girls National Invitational. As the only event for girls high school sailing, the field contains the nation’s best girls 420 teams. Culver’s A boat consisted of Samantha Bialek ’20 and Mufei Li ’21. The B boat consisted of Sofia Dolan ’22 and Charlotte Jaqua ’20, with Carolina Jimenez ’21 and Isabelle Kanach ’21 rotating in as alternates. The boats combined for a score of 339.
CMA rower part of U.S. Team In August, CMA rowing’s Savas Koutsouras ’20 (Culver, second left) earned a spot on the U.S. rowing team going to the U19 Rowing World Championships in Tokyo. Koutsouras was a member of the men’s 8+ boat, coached by Harvard University men’s rowing coach Jesse Foglia. The U.S. boat finished second, 4.4 seconds behind first-place Germany.
CGA runner at the NYC Marathon
CGA Golf team goes to state finals
Julia Arnold ’20 (Valparaiso, Indiana) finished the Nov. 3 New York City Marathon in 3:59.51. It was her first marathon and she used the event to raise $8,435 for the Chicago Diabetes Project. Arnold was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was in middle school.
Junior Reese Wilson (Chicago) set a new course record at the Culver Academies Golf Course during the regular season. She fired a four-under-par 32 from the red tees. The record for CMA, from the championship tees, is 33, set last spring by Michael Perea ’19.
One of the primary ways to help control diabetes is through exercise. So, at age 11, she started running. She ran cross country and track for Valparaiso High School for three years before joining her sister, Sophia ’21, at Culver. As a repeat junior last year, she ran cross country in the fall and the 3200 in the spring. With her four years of high school eligibility completed, the CGA senior decided to run in support of the Chicago charity, which funds a new diabetes treatment program, Islets of Langerhans cell transplants. The research has had great success in trial cases and may become the standard care for brittle diabetics. Arnold does not qualify for the treatment. Since she was running as a member of a charity team, Arnold did not need a qualifying time for New York. But her finishing time made Arnold the second-fastest 18-year-old woman and she was 4,123 out of more than 22,000 women, all the while managing her blood glucose level for the 26.2-mile trek.
CGA golf earned its third consecutive trip to the IHSAA State Finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. CGA advanced after winning the LaPorte Sectional and Lafayette Regional titles. Wilson claimed low medalist honors at both tournaments. The team finished ninth overall at the two-day State Finals tournament. Wilson finished tied for ninth overall as an individual. The team will return four of its five players in the fall of 2020.
CMA triathlete represents U.S. in World Grand Final On Aug. 31, Sam Tullis ’22 (South Bend, Indiana) represented the United States at the International Triathlon Union’s World Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. Tullis (second left) was member of the 16-19 age group team that competed in the sprint distance event that took place on the shores of Lake Geneva. Over the course of four days, the event played host to more than 4,000 participants from 105 countries, making it the second largest triathlon event ever. Tullis, a three-sport student-athlete (cross country, swim, track) finished 15th overall in his age grouping, which contained more than 80 competitors. That earned him second-place for 2003 birth-year participants, and he was the top finishing USA athlete in the grouping. He finished the 750-meter swim in seventh place overall (10 minutes, 22 seconds), the 20-kilometer bike in 14th overall (00:29:32), and the 5K run 26th overall (00:19:59). Tullis, one of the youngest racers in the field, managed to stay in an elite group of five athletes throughout the swim and bike portions before dropping back over the challenging run course that contained several steep climbs featuring gradients of 15-17 percent. The bike course featured equally steep descents, some followed by sharp turns that proved detrimental to several racers. Tullis managed to successfully negotiate the technical portions, however, and completed the segment unscathed.
CulverAthletics.com Culver Academies has launched a new athletics website that provides users with a more user-friendly experience and functionality. CulverAthletics.com now serves as a one-stop shop for all things Culver Athletics. The new site offers user features such as: • Intuitive hover menus; • Team schedules that can be imported into personal calendars; • Comprehensive schedules (including pre-game and post- game coverage); • Livestream and/or other broad- cast information; • Searchable staff directory. This full-featured website is scalable, so it will be easy to follow on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. No mobile app is required. If you should experience any issues, or have comments or suggestions, please direct them to Kirk.Brown@ culver.org.
Tullis was a member the CMA cross country team that earned a berth at the IHSAA semistate for the second straight year.
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5 8 1. Alumni, parents and campers teamed up for the Alumni Comm Relay. 2. Chap Mitzell ‘74 W ‘69 joined the Drum & Bugle Corps 100th Anniversary festivities. 3. The flags of the states and nations represented at Culver Summer Schools & Camps. 4. Catherine Bentley Lyons ‘89 SS ‘87 (Deck 4) at the Homecoming Parade.
5. The Summer Cavalry riding in the Culver Lake Fest Parade. 6. Brian Kichler NB ‘98 W ‘95 got out his old D&B jacket. 7. Decoding is still an important part of the Alumni Comm Relay. 8. More alumni, parents and campers teamed up for the Alumni Comm Relay. 9. Al Harris, left, and Steve Haas H ‘64, both longtime D&B counselors, brought a photo keepsake of themselves and their fellow counselors.
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“The spirit shapes, guides, and directs us through life. It helps us appreciate truth and beauty. The presence of our human spirit is what separates us from other living creatures.” — Jamie Fellowes ’64
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5 4. Getting ready at D&B headquarters. 1. A classic D&B drum major look continues to appear at Culver Homecoming. 2. Samson Chiu NB ‘90 W ‘87 and Dave Fischer ‘92 W ‘88 recon- nected at the Drum & Bugle Corps 100th Anniversary dinner. 3. The Woodcraft Drum & Bugle Corps was the grand marshal of the Culver Lake Fest Parade in honor of its 100th anniversary.
5. Old friends got together again at the D&B 100th anniversary dinner. 6. D&B looking sharp at the Homecoming parade. 7. Tony Mayfield ‘65, former director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, his son, Ryan ‘94 NB ‘92 W ‘89, and his father Al Benham H ‘64. 8. D&B at the Lake Fest parade.
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Jacob Kohr ’07 and his wife, Mary Kohr, along with Allie Hinman ’05, Meredith (Kohr) Owen ’05, Joe Owen, Sarah Zerbe ’05, Katie (Webb) Jarman ’05 and Rob Jarman all flew to San Marcos, California to celebrate Ashley Van Sipma ’05 and Roger Herrera’s August 30th wedding.
1970s Huntley “Bud” Hornbeck ’71 was inducted into the Collier County (Florida) Business Hall of Fame at an October 24, 2019, event sponsored by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. For the third year in a row, Channing “Chap” Mitzell ’74 has been named to the Financial Times Top 300 United States investment advisors. Chap co-founded Windsor Wealth Management of Indianapolis in 1986. David F. Pendergast ’76 and Rhonda Carswell Anderson ’76 were married June 8, 2019 in a small, family ceremony on the Academies campus. Many alumni celebrated at
the reception afterwards, including sons, Tucker ’07 and Mitchell ’13, and sister, KC ’74. Rhonda retired in September 2018 from the U.S. Postal Service, the last 27 of which were spent as the clerk of the Culver Post Office. The Pendergasts reside in LaPorte, Indiana. Susan Campbell Thews ’77 has recently been named the director of auxiliary services at Culver Academies. Brian P. Christner ’79, owner of the 110 Blackberry Farm just southeast of Culver, participated in the Academies’ Day of Service in August (see story on page 22). Students picked 63 quarts of blackberries, weighing 120 pounds, which Christner delivered to
the Lay Dining Hall. They were served in cobbler the following day, with the remaining berries being turned into syrup for pancakes or placed on the salad bar for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy.
1980s J. Howard Grider ’83, who has worked at Covercraft Industries, LLC for 16 years, has been promoted to senior vice president of operations. He has a diverse accounting and business background, having worked in industry, government and public accounting for 25 years. J. Randall Waterfield W ’86 and Elizabeth Latz Zucker
SS ’91 share more than growing up together in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attending Culver Summer Schools & Camps. Each of them has been involved in the Young Presidents’ Organization, business owners who must apply for membership before age 45. Elizabeth works in St. Louis as managing partner at Interior Investments, the second largest Herman Miller furniture dealer, and became YPO’s 68th incoming international chairman on July 1. She hopes to raise the organization’s visibility by revising its branding. Waterfield, chairman of YPO from 2017-2018, works in New York City as a chartered financial analyst and chairman of the Waterfield Group, a diversified holding company that has interests in technology, real estate and asset management. Geoffrey S. Martha ’88 was appointed Medtronic president and a member of the Medtronic board of directors, effective Nov. 1, 2019. He is currently the executive vice president and president of Medtronic’s Restorative Therapies Group (RTG) — one of four Medtronic business groups — with more than $8 billion in annual revenue and approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. Rebecca Nowlin Sakayeda ’89 welcomed a son, Braven ToshioWilliam Sakayeda, on August 8, 2019.
1990s Frank J. DiStefano ’91 authored a book, “The Next Realignment,” which focuses on how and why our political parties are constantly destroyed and created anew and demonstrates what Americans can, and should, do as they navigate this moment of danger and opportunity. Christine Voreis Hides ’91 of Libertyville, Illinois, was commissioned as a deacon in the United Methodist Church on June 2, 2019. She serves as the Director of Christian Education at Kenilworth Union Church, where she leads ministries of faith formation with children and families. Mike Burkons ’93 is the newly elected city council member in Beachwood, Ohio. John Conlon ’93, the East Kentwood varsity boys’ soccer coach, was recently named a
member of the 2019 MIHSSCA Hall of Fame class. He has been the Varsity Coach at East Kentwood for 20 seasons and the girls’ varsity head coach for 17 seasons, during which the boys/girls have won 25 conference titles, 20 district championships, 9 regional championships, and 5 state championships. Conlon was named National High School Coach of the Year two times by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and one time by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. He was also three time President of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. Justin Pearson ’93 and his wife Leslie opened the Fayetteville Pie Company in January, which was born from a collaborative effort at another business they own, Vizcaya Villa, which caters weddings on weekends. Their best-seller is pulled pork and sweet potato pie.
Jerry Ney ’57 celebrated his 80th birthday in Culver on Aug. 28 at a party hosted by Café Max owner, Susie Mahler. A Culver resident, Jerry has volunteered in the Culver Museum, chaperoned student activities on campus, traveled abroad on Global Pathways trips, and developed a close relationship with Culver’s Chinese students.
Alison A. Spitzer SC ’93 is the president of Spitzer Management, Inc. in Elyria, Ohio. Sarah K. Swanger ’94 was named as health informatics solutions coordinator for Telligen, based in West Des Moines, Iowa. Lange W. Allen III ’95 was promoted to managing director of USAA Real Estate. Pratik M. Patel ’95 is a managing director at Arma Partners, a London-based financial advisory firm. Meyghan R. Hill ’96 received the 2019 EDGE award at the 9th Annual LA Design Festival awards. A model-turned-welder, she has built a provocative brand for herself that draws strength from her femininity and gives her creative license to explore. Anne Lathrop Snow ’96 and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Jacob Samuel, on Feb. 9, 2019. David P. Chen ’99 is working as a physician at Kaiser Permanente in southern California. Eric D. Nichols ’99 started a new job as BI Developer at J.W. Didado Electric in Akron, Ohio. Theodore T. Senasu ’99, a foreign affairs officer with the Department of State, has been assigned to the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.
2000s Bri Bell Bandy ’01 studied at the Guild for Structural Integration and is now a certified Rolf practitioner based in Austin, Texas. The Rolf method works on the web-like complex of connective tissues in the body to release, realign and balance it, resolving discomfort and alleviating pain. Rachel A. Couts Arndt ’02 is working in the Fulton County (Indiana) prosecutor’s office as the chief deputy prosecutor. Jared C. Craft ’03 has accepted a new position as corporate tax advisor with Grant Thornton in Atlanta, Georgia. James Koziarz ’03 and his wife, Danelle, were married on Sept. 7th at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. John Reynolds ’02 stood up as a groomsman. Jonathan Graves ’04 earned his second master’s degree in International Relations with a specialty in National Security and Asia in January. He worked for the Department of State for a year before transferring to DC to work in the Small Business Administration, where he is the Director of Development for the Literate Earth Project, which builds libraries in Uganda. William J. Murchie N ’04 married Sarah Conrow on Aug. 10, 2019 in Kansas City. Culver alumni in the wedding party included sibling Jessica
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Message from Legion, CSSAA, and CCI Presidents Our 14th Head of Schools, Dr. Doug Bird, has been introduced to many of you in this issue of the alumni magazine. The CSSAA and Legion Directors have had the opportunity to spend time with him at our recent summer and fall meetings, respectively. The goals of the alumni associations, as well as Culver Clubs International, align well with our school and camp leaders. Whether on campus or at events around the country and world, we encourage you to get acquainted with Dr. Bird and his wife, Cheryl ’90, whose personal perspective and experience with the school is well informed, whether as current parents of our summer and winter programs, or over 75 years ago when Cheryl’s father matriculated to CMA.
Lara Smith Nicholson ’86 President The Culver Legion
N. Murchie SS ’10, Barrick Bollman ’08 and Dan Schumerth ’06. Bill teaches math and coaches basketball for the Academies. He is also Naval 3 head counselor for the Upper Schools. Sarah is a Culver Fund officer in the Advancement office. Thomas Flanagan ’05 was listed in “Top Attorneys of North America 20182019 Edition of the Who’s Who Directories.” He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts. Ashley Van Sipma ’05 moved back to Chicago in 2017, after living in California for 12 years, to join the family business as a 5th generation jeweler. In August 2019 she married Roger Herrera IV in San Marcos, California with two of her best Culver friends, Meredith Kohr Owen ’05 as maid of honor and Allie Hinman ’05 as bridesmaid. Katie Webb Jarman ’05 and Sarah Zerbe ’05 were also present.
Ty Fujimura’s ’93 restaurant Entente, in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, has retained its Michelin star for a third consecutive year. The Michelin Guide also designated another one of Ty’s restaurants, Arami, a Bib Gourmand, giving special mention to its all-ice cream dessert menu.
Kyle Chen ’07, a registered patent attorney focusing on patents, patent litigation, and IP counseling, is an associate at the Chicago office of Honigman LLP. Julio Picard ’07, a real estate developer in Mexico, was promoted to managing partner of Inmobiliaria Positano. Leslie J. Ladd ’08 married U.S. Army Capt. Michael Owen “Momo” Kime ’10 on June 1, 2019.
Richard R. Waterfield W ‘85 President The Culver Summer Schools Alumni Association
Charles Osborne ’88 President Culver Clubs International
Charles Richard Lara Smith Nicholson ’ 86 Waterfield’ 85 Osborne ’ 88
Capt. James S. McLaughlin ’06 was one of 30 junior officers chosen from a field of 100,000 to receive the U.S. Army’s General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award on June 21. This award recognizes company grade officers who demonstrate the ideals for which Gen. MacArthur stood — duty, honor, country. The award promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership in the Army.
Colin Lasko ’08 married Kaitlyn Keelin at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame, the bride’s alma mater, on June 29, 2019. Groomsmen included CMA alumni Robert Brodell ’07, Raymond Gurnick ’08, Ryan Puccia’09, and Kent Turner ’09. Also in attendance were several Culver faculty and emeriti. The couple resides in Warsaw, Indiana, and both work for the hip joint reconstruction division of orthopedic medical device company
Zimmer Biomet, where Kaitlyn serves as a product manager and Colin as a project manager. Rebecca Rochelle ’08 is currently a student at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she is a member of the Honors Program and the OWLS (Older, Wiser Law Students). She is also a teaching assistant for Torts I. She participated in the Alternative Spring Break program, interning for the Salida, Colorado Public Defenders. During the summer after her first law school year, Rebecca studied abroad in Granada, Spain followed by an internship at the Santa Fe Conservation Trust.
2010s Hunter Dickens W ’07, N ’10 is working as a Biomedical Engineer in the Anatomic 3D Modeling Laboratory at Mayo Clinic — St. Mary Campus. He also spends time in surgery, because he creates the surgical guides used to rebuild the face,
spine, elbow, etc. The guides can reduce what was previously an 8 hour surgery down to a 4 hour surgery. Michael Kime ’10 — see Ladd ’08. David G. DeVries ’11 has accepted a job in San Francisico and works with the Acquisitions & Development team of Auberge Resorts, a luxury hotel company with 19 hotels located throughout the world. Andrea Simon ’11 is employed as a research coordinator in pediatric psychology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Phoebe A. Hall ’12 is teaching history and serving as the global studies coordinator at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. Danielle Krou ’13 is a design technician at MiTech Services, Inc. in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Michael Anthony ’14 joined the Golden Years Financial Advisors in January 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Furman University in 2018, where he received two bachelor’s degrees, one in business administration and one in Spanish, while also playing rugby during both the fall and spring seasons. He is bilingual and looking forward to using his Spanish language skills. Christine R. Beckmann ’14 has recently accepted a job at Culver, serving as a member of the Huffington Library staff.
Austin M. Daugherty ’14 works as a financial advisor with the Blaser Investment management Group in Burlington, North Carolina. Abel A. Barrera Duran ’14 began a new position as business intelligence developer at KSM Consulting in Indianapolis.
Keely M. Garrison ’15 graduated from Becker College with a BA in mental health counseling. She is currently working at Our Father’s House, a private, non-sectarian agency providing shelter and related services to homeless men, women and children, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Kayla Miracle ’14 won Final X to qualify for her first senior women’s freestyle world team. She defeated Mallory Velte, two matches to none, to earn the spot at 136 pounds. At the Pan American Games for Team USA, which were held in Lima, Peru, in August, she defeated two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Colombia to win her first gold medal at the Pan American Games.
Parker C. Saddler ’15 graduated in May with a BS in mechanical engineering from Miami University (Ohio).
David M. Zajac ’14 graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May and is working for Crown Quest Operating in Midland, Texas as a completions engineer.
Jaclyn E. Schutjer ’15 graduated with a BS in business degree, majoring in marketing, from Miami University (Ohio).
Brenden R. Brewer ’15 graduated with a BS in business in May from Miami University (Ohio), majoring in supply chain & operations management. Leah C. Crawford ’15 graduated in May with a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. Jeremy Dorrel ’15 graduated cum laude with a BS in business administration/ finance from the University of New Hampshire.
Viraj S. Sahgal ’15 earned a BS in business, with a focus on finance, in May from Miami University (Ohio). Josephine M. Schott ’15 earned a degree in hospitality management from the University of Denver this spring.
The Presidential Scholar Award program honors outstanding student academic
performance, combined with exceptional depth and breadth of interest and outstanding community service. The Ithaca College chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted four Presidential Scholars at its Fall Awards Ceremony on November 7, 2019. Margaret McKinnis ’16 was awarded the John Harcourt Scholar Award. Her major is Writing with a minor in Linguistics. She is currently working on her senior project, exploring how aspects of linguistics shape the way we give accounts through narrative. Michael T. Johnston ’16 was named to the dean’s list at Miami University (Ohio) for the 2019 spring semester, ranking in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within their division for second semester 2018-2019. Susan Westerman ’17 was named Captain of the Women’s Rowing Team at Lehigh University in October. She is a junior majoring in bioengineering.
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Twenty-four Horsemanship students, as well as mounts from the Culver stables, represented the Academies during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the 123-year old event held each winter in the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The Equestriennes and Troopers opened each rodeo session, January 25-27, 2019. Culver riders first appeared at the 1975 Stock Show and Rodeo; their 2019 appearance marks their fourth visit to this historic venue.
In addition to entertaining over 10,000 spectators during the weekend, the students and staff who accompanied them were guests of the Culver Club of North Texas at a luncheon hosted by Eric and Rachel Redington Werner ’93. Principal funding for the students and staff members to make the trip was provided by Jeb Terry ’70 and his wife, Trisha Wilson, as well as Jud Little ’65.
Above: The Culver Club of St. Louis hosted a home run event at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals. The event was made possible by current parents Matt and Emily David Gifford L ’91. Left: (L to R) Dylan Giacin ’17, Cheryl Wilkins Bird ’90, and Head of Schools Dr. Doug Bird ’90 joined the Culver Club of St. Louis for an outing at Busch Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Anne Fahim ’74 organized an outing with the Culver Club of Carolinas at a Holly Springs Salamanders game. Attendees enjoyed a casual evening of baseball to close up the training season. Pictured (L to R) are: Russ Oliver ’59, Susie Oliver, Eric Schneider, Kim Oliver Schneider ’83, Alex Johnson, N’02, and Christina Johnson.
The Culver Club of Indianapolis held an event at Hickory Hall Polo Club in August. Participating in the match were Austin Chandler ’10 and Natalie Hogan ’13. The Club is owned by the Chandler family and hosts summer meets that support local non-profit organizations. Pictured attendees are (L to R) Susan Biederstead, Woodcraft Counselor and Dr. Elizabeth Biederstead, Past Jr. Woodcraft parent.
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Culver-Mexico Generational event Friday August 30th hosted by Eduardo Wichtendahl ’91 and organized by Culver Club Mexico president Fernanda Gutierrez ’91 and vice president Marisol Quiroz ’92. In attendance were Tony Giraldi ’75, Chief International Officer and Karla Hernandez SG ’81, Associate Director International.
The Culver Club of Beijing hosted a parent dinner on Sept. 17, with Chief International Officer Tony Giraldi ’75 present. Beijing had a Culver gathering at a local restaurant sponsored by current and past parents. There were about thirty five people in attendance.
The Culver Club of Taiwan met on Sept. 23. Tony Giraldi ’75 Chief International Officer attended the event. Taiwan was attended by current and past parents as well as graduates and prospective students. There were about twenty five who attended. It was sponsored by past parents.
Manuela and Robert Kerr ’67 held an annual event at Will Rogers State Park this past July. The group created a tailgate event for a local polo match.
Head of Schools Dr. Doug Bird ’90 addressed Indianapolis area alumni, parents, and prospective families during this fall’s One Culver Reception. Dr. Bird discussed a variety of topics including his key priorities for the Academies.
The Culver Club Shenzhen event on Sept. 12 for a Culver Club dinner, attended by about twenty alums and sponsored by current and past parents. Chief International Officer Tony Giraldi ’75 attended the event.
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Frederick Irwin Fletemeyer ’38 (Company B) died Jan. 27, 2018, in Colorado Springs. He received his civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation and was deployed to the South Pacific as an ensign with the 101st Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). Fred served on Saipan and Okinawa, and after VJ Day he returned to his wife and young son Fred, Jr. He founded Fletemeyer Construction and built many churches, schools, and corporate buildings, including the Velodrome
Olympic Center in Memorial Park. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, as well as a brother, Richard ’55. John Frank Bonsib H ’38 died July 29, 2018, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He joined the Bonsib Advertising Agency, started by his father, Louis, and became president and chairman, making it the largest advertising agency in the state. After 25 years in advertising, John left the business in 1972 to found Citizens Cable Communication Inc. He was preceded in
death by his first wife, Nancy, and is survived by his second wife, Patricia, five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. John Prescott Doolittle W ’35, N ’39, ’40 (Company C), son of legendary aviator James Doolittle, died June 25, 2015, in Pebble Beach, California. Doolittle, a retired Air Force colonel, had been a part of the long campaign to get the Jimmy Doolittle Center built. He constantly promoted the center and attended numerous events. His father, Jimmy Doolittle, is best remembered as an aviation pioneer before World
War II, for leading the raid on Tokyo in April 1942 and leading the 8th Air Force during its aerial campaign against Nazi Germany. John was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla, and survived by two sons and two daughters. William John Elser ’40 (Artillery) died in Tucson, Arizona Jan. 4, 2018. He earned a BA in Economics at Harvard and an MBA in Accounting at the University of Michigan. In WWII he was a captain in Patton’s 3rd Army, Battle of the Bulge, and awarded The French Legion of Honor Chevalier. He ran
The obituary dates are from March 31, 2019 – October 1, 2019 an active CPA practice while also dedicating 65 years of service in Lions Clubs in Gates and Tucson. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, two sons, Tyler and Alex and a brother Bill ’40. John Gilbert Reese N ’40 died Nov. 20, 2018 in Newark, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II before receiving his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also received his law degree from Ohio State in 1952. Reese later became a founding partner at the Newark law firm Reese, Pyle, Meyer and was a director at Park National Bank. But he is better known for his philanthropic efforts in making his community a better place. Reese was a founding trustee of the Thomas J. Evans Foundation in 1965, as well as a key player in bringing The Ohio State University branch campus to Newark in 1971 and the Central Ohio Technical College, for which he served as trustee and chairman in the 1970s. His name adorns the event center on the COTC campus and the Newark hockey rink, along with his wife, Louella. He also helped to build more than 40 miles of bike trails in Licking County. Reese is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Howard Scott Hibbett ’40 (Band) died March 13, 2019. A Harvard graduate (undergraduate ’47, Ph.D. ’50), Professor Hibbett graced the
halls of Harvard for nearly 70 years. A prolific scholar and translator, he published numerous works on Japanese literature and trained generations of scholars. He is especially known for his translations of Junichiro Tanizaki, and in 2018 he was awarded the Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize from the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University “for lifetime achievement as a translator of the Edo period and modern Japanese literature.” He served as chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations from 1965-1970 and again in 1972, and he was director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1985-1988. Joseph Nixon Lutz N’43 died Jan. 5, 2017 in Wyoming, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara, and is survived by two daughters, one son, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Wade Henry Shuford ’43 (Band) died at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, July 27, 2019. He attended the University of Rochester, New York, School of Medicine and interned in radiology at the University of Virginia. He became professor of radiology at Duke Hospital, and in 1957 moved to Atlanta to be on the faculty at Emory University, teaching at Grady Memorial Hospital, specializing in cardiothoracic and vascular imaging. Henry is survived by Nancy, his wife, five children, 10 grandchildren,
two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one predeceased great-grandson. Bunn Sumpter Rhea ’44 (Troop) of Avon Lake, Ohio, passed away June 18, 2019. He graduated from Culver on D Day, June 6th, served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy in the Hospital Corps, the first in WWII and the Occupation Forces and the second during the Korean Conflict. Between wars, Bunn earned an AB in English at Colgate University in 1950 and later took a graduate marketing seminar at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1973), the latter fitting in with his eventual career in banking. He was active on the alumni committees for both Culver and Colgate for many years. He served as his class president at Culver until his death. He served as Grand Marshal in the May 2019 Alumni Reunion Parade, marching in his 75th reunion; he died four weeks later. Bunn will be remembered for his generosity, sense of humor, calm demeanor, and his love of tennis. He is survived by his wife, M.E., two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. John MacMorland Longway ’45 (Company C) recently of San Antonio, Texas died June 13, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy out of Culver and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserves for 20 years. He graduated from the University of Colorado and University of Michigan Law School and
then began his career as an attorney. John was an avid golfer, traveling the world playing golf. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a second wife, Elizabeth, and one daughter. He is survived by his son Robert and one granddaughter, Heather. Octavian “Bert” Bertea ’45 (Company D) died July 23, 2019, in Warren, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s degree from Kent State University. He retired from RMI and became general manager of the sodium and metals plants in Ashtabula. Bert served in the U.S. Army with the 8076th MASH Unit in Korea and remained with the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a full colonel. He is survived by his wife, Elizbeth “Betty,” three sons and five grandchildren. Daniel Deronda Stewart Jr. (H’45) of Lexington, Kentucky died June 13, 2019, just 2½ weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He attended Woodcraft Camp and the Summer School of Horsemanship, later serving as Director and Vice President of the CSSAA for nearly 50 years. He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1947 and Centre College in 1951 with honors in economics. Dan was very active in the Lexington Rotary Club for 45+ years, having served on the Board. He served as a Trustee of Midway University for 39 years and was Trustee and President of the Centre College Alumni Association.
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IN MEMORIAM He also was past President of the Kentucky Jaycees and Director of Jaycees International. He served as a Patron of the Kentucky Horse Park, where he supplied exotic horses from Austria and Russia, and was active in the World Equestrian Games. He served as Deacon, Elder, and Chairman of the Congregation at Central Christian Church; Vice President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; President of the Kentucky Independent College Foundation; and President and Director of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. Dan is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betsy, and a son, Daniel Deronda (Dee) Stewart III ’71. Charles “Chuck” William Goering H ’46, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, died March 30, 2019. He graduated from Wabash College in 1950, received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1952, and served in the Navy from 1952 to 1956. He owned Erlanger Lumber Co. until its sale in 1991. Chuck’s charitable work touched many in the Greater Cincinnati area with a focus on families, children and education. He served as president of the Wabash College board of trustees from 1990 to 1998. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Caroline, two sons, two daughters, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as a brother, John H ’50. He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert H ’43. Robert Charles Mybeck ’46 (Company D) of Hammond, Indiana died April 11, 2019. He graduated with a B.S.
from Purdue University and retired after 37 ½ years with NIPSCO. Bob was involved as a past president of Kiwanis Club, South Bend Valley A.A.S.R. ORAK Temple AAONMS in Michigan City, IN, Lodge 981 B.P.O.E. in Highland, IN, ORAK Chanters, North Lake County Shrine Club, North Township Scottish Rite Club, Indiana Harbor Lodge 686 F & AM, Highland, and Shrine Hospital Ushers and Shrine Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou, and a brother, Richard ’46. He is survived by one son and one daughter. Irving Key Baldwin ’47 (Company D) died Aug. 21, 2019 in his home in Clarkdale, Arizona. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, graduated from Stanford University and worked primarily in employee relations and contract negotiations, representing hotels and restaurants in Hawaii and California. Irving is survived by his three sons, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and companion, Debra A. Bond. Richard Blaine Madden N’47 of Ross, California, died Sept. 25, 2016. He graduated from Princeton University with a BSE degree in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-54 as a LTJG and head of CINPAC’s Political and Economic Intelligence. He earned a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School and began a 15 year career with Mobil in New York City, where he worked his way up
to Chairman of Mobil Estates. In 1971, the family moved to Ross, California where Dick became President and Chief Executive Officer of Potlatch Corporation, a Fortune 500 company in the forest products industry. Dick ran Potlatch for 23 years. In 1972, he joined the Board of the American Enterprise Institute and served there until his death. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan, two sons, two daughters and ten grandchildren. James Dick Sippel N ’47 died July 1, 2019, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned a BS degree in chemical engineering, followed by a five year commitment as a fighter pilot instructor in the U.S. Air Force. He spent his career in the petroleum industry. James is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susan; two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Barbara. He is survived by sons Brad W ’67, Phil, and Doug N ’86 and five grandchildren.
Freeland Harris Magruder Jr. N ’46, ’48 (Band) died July 10, 2019, in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he was the drum major of the Ole Miss Band. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne, and is survived by two daughters, one son, and six grandchildren.
Randolph Grady “Randy” Moore ’49 Troop II died May 6, 2019 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where he served as a Silver Spur and enjoyed his time caring for the Longhorn mascot “Bevo.” Randy also served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was very active professionally with many business ventures, including oil and gas, ranch and cattle operations, real estate and the ownership and management of numerous banks. But his real passion in life was being a cowboy, and more importantly, “hanging out” with cowboy friends whom he knew from all over the country. Randy was a steer roper and was the founding President of the Seniors Championship Steer Roping Association. The Cheyenne Frontier Days established an annual scholarship in Randy’s honor in 2005. He was also inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Randy is survived by four sons, including Randolph ’75, and four grandchildren.
Jerry Robert Snyder N ’49 died Dec. 9, 2018, in Naples, Florida. He earned a degree in business from Purdue University and lived, worked, and raised a family in Logansport before moving to Muncie, where he retired from GMAC after 35 years. In 2003, Jerry moved to Naples, Florida.
William “Bill” Walter Green, Sr. ’49 Troop I of Islesboro, Maine, died Sept. 1, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. Born in Cleveland, he followed his father, Albert R. Green, Class of ’24, to Culver, where he rode in the Black Horse Troop. Bill went to the University of Miami and then volunteered
for the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he was a decorated combat pilot and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He flew in the Strategic Air Command from 1953 until 1969, when he transferred to the Tactical Air Command for his first tour of duty in Southeast Asia. After retiring, Bill and Nancy lived on the island of Islesboro, Maine and Palm Beach, Florida. From 1920-2010 more than 10 members of the Green family attended Culver winter and summer schools. Bill is survived by five children: daughter Kimberley L ’77, Scott N’79, William Jr. H ’73, James K. ’70 (Battery C), and Candace; nine grandsons; five granddaughters and 20 plus great-grandchildren. Dr. John Joseph Lang N ’50 died Dec. 16, 2017. He was a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine and received an MBA from Washington University. John practiced radiology at St. Luke’s Hospitals where he was chief of radiology and at Southwest Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Frances, three sons, three daughters and 12 grandchildren. Culver graduates in the family include his father, the late John Jacob Langan W ’27 and his son-inlaw Stephen A. Birkmeier ’95, W ’91.
Dr. William Edward Greenway ’51 (Company C) of Vista California, died Aug. 27, 2019 in Oceanside, California. He graduated from the University of Michigan medical school in 1959. Bill enjoyed helping and caring for patients in his family medical practice for 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn, along with two sons, including Doug ’78, two daughters and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Charles ’19, brother Charles III ’43, and brother Tom ’51.
1957 in Panama City, Florida. Ken entered the Air Force through the ROTC program and after college served as an Air Force officer for thirty years. He also attended Interceptor Weapons school and was assigned various positions throughout his career in the Aircraft Control and Warning field. After his Air Force career, Ken worked at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Melbourne for fifteen years as test director for the Joint Star Program. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, son Roger ’78 and daughter, Linda ’80.
Robert “Bob” Marx Bath Esq. N ’51, W ’49, of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Lexington, Kentucky, died Sept. 6, 2019. A native of Henderson, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University Law School. Bob was a retired estate and gift tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, and later a practicing attorney and FINRA arbitrator in Lexington. He was active in recent years in promoting awareness, scholarship programs, and events in the Lexington area for Culver. He is survived by four cousins: Marci Moss of Houston, Texas, Trudy Wallace of Longview, Texas, Jill Hansen of Tucson, Arizona, and Neal Gumbim of The Plains, Virginia.
Ray John Hillenbrand ’52 (Battery A), W ’47 of Rapid City, South Dakota, died May 31, 2019. A 1956 Denison University graduate, with a major in mathematics, he also received a degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1957. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1960. He was the third-generation leader of Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville, Indiana, which his grandfather, John, had grown to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The business helped build a hospital, library and swimming pool in Batesville. The former Fortune 500 CEO dedicated his retirement years to helping out in his adopted community of Rapid City, where he lived for 40 years. He assisted on projects like Main Street Square and Collective Impact. Ray was also the driving force behind Prairie Edge and Sioux Trading Post and a downtown renaissance with the building of Main
Kenneth Roger McKean ’52 (Company D) died May 7, 2019 in Melbourne, Florida after a three year battle with cancer. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1956. He married Marlene Phillips in
Street Square. His behind the scenes involvement can also be seen in the still to be completed One Heart campus near downtown Rapid City, which is designed to be a resource center for the homeless. Ray is survived by his wife, Larita; three daughters Heidi, Margaret ’80, and Gretchen ’82, and one son John II W ’71. His father was an early Woodcrafter in 1918. Eleven cousins attended Culver from 1918-1979. William “Bill” J. Schatz II N ’52 died June 5, 2019, in Los Altos, California. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aeronautical engineering and earned a master’s degree at Cal Tech in mechanical engineering. Bill began working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he earned the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for “outstanding technical managerial achievements.” He worked on the Surveyor, soft lander to the moon, and the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, Galileo missions to the outer planets. In 1982, Bill accepted a job at Ford Aerospace in Palo Alto to work on propulsion systems for earth orbiting communication and weather satellites. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann, two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Robert Stockdale Telfer Jr.’52 (Battery A) of Princeton, Illinois died June 5, 2019. Bob was raised on a small farm in Bloomington, Indiana, studied at Purdue University and graduated from Middlebury
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IN MEMORIAM College in Vermont, where he participated in ROTC. He served two years as an active-duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army and became an Airborne Ranger in 1958. He was promoted to first lieutenant and taught winter warfare at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs and later served at Camp Hale. Bob worked in sales as a territory manager for John Deere from 1960 to 1971, then branched off to become a real estate broker with Bob Bird in Princeton, serving the Princeton community with integrity and conscientious attention. He was president of the Spring Valley Lions Club, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Bureau Valley Country Club. Bob and Kay were the 1979 Homestead Festival chairmen and were given the lifetime achievement award in 1997 of serving as grand marshals of the Princeton Homestead Festival parade. He was a faithful member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Bob is survived by Kay, his wife of nearly 60 years, two sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren. James Grant Laird N ’52 of Ashtabula, Ohio died Aug. 5, 2019. After graduating from Michigan State University, he began his career working at the family business, Laird Lumber Company. He also was in sales for Scott and Williams in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Laconia, New Hampshire. Lumber Yard. James was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and son, Richard. He is survived by his
children, James IV and Karolyn, and two grandchildren. Richard Gentry Roberts N ’52 of Brownsburg, Indiana died Sept. 12, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Kansas State University. He worked in agriculture as a salesman, farmer, and entrepreneur. Survivors include his wife, Dona, two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. George Henry Sanderson, Jr. ’53 (Company A) died July 4, 2019, in California. After attending Pomona College from 1953-55, he completed a BA in chemistry at University of the Pacific, spent one year at Dallas Theological Seminary, took a one-year graduate course in theology at Multnomah School of the Bible, then a master’s in environmental science at West Coast University in Los Angeles. He served in Korea as a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division from 1957 to 1959, where he taught chemical, biological and radiological defense. While serving in Korea, he started one of the first Boy Scout troops and helped to upgrade an orphanage in Seoul. He continued in Army Ready Reserves for 26 years and taught at the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Irwin, in 1983. George retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1986. George is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith; three daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.
Gordon Thurman West Jr.’53 (Battery B) of Wichita Falls, Texas, died July 12, 2019. He earned a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and worked as an independent oil producer in Wichita Falls since 1961. He served on the Culver Legion Board of Directors. He also had a great love for the Boys & Girls Club and was a strong contributor to their activities, earning the O.T. Josh Kimbrough Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gordon was also active as president of the North Texas Geological Society, as well as a director of the North Texas Oil and Gas Association. The West Foundation, established by Gordon, his two brothers, and a good friend in 1987, has a tradition of supporting the Wichita Falls Independent School District where their children were students. The West Teaching Excellence Award is given to 20 teachers every year to enhance their teaching and classrooms. Gordon served as president of the Foundation Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Gordon is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Alice; two sons, and three granddaughters. Dr. Lawrence Franklin Jelsma N ’53 died Aug. 8, 2018, peacefully at home on his Shelby County farm in Kentucky. His neurosurgery residency at Johns Hopkins University was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army, including a tour
of duty in Vietnam where he was a neurosurgeon at the 24th Evac. Hospital in Long Binh and earned a Bronze Star in 1971. For more than 70 consecutive years, he practiced neurosurgery in Louisville with either his father or brother. He wrote, often in collaboration with his partners, over 20 articles on various neurosurgical techniques and advancements. After renovating an historic house, he established residency in Shelby County and pivoted from medicine to dairy farming. At its peak, his registered Holstein herd ranked second in the state in milk production per cow. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Sherry, two sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren, as well as a brother, Richard W ’49. Charles Richard “Dick” Reddig ’54 (Band) of Saybrook, Ohio died Aug. 19, 2019. He graduated from Lehigh University, where he obtained an MBA, which prepared him for his career in business, Maxwell Industries, Inc., a machine tool business started by his father. Dick was an accomplished pianist, and for many years an avid tennis player and instructor. Dick was preceded in death by two daughters, Heather and Renee. He is survived by one son, two daughters, one stepson and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his longtime partner, Karen. Scott Wilson Phillips N ’55 died Aug. 24, 2018, in Indianapolis. He had a lifelong career in sheet metal supply and was a lifetime member of
REM EM BE R I N G T H E FA M I LY Sergeant Major Clarence Brumley Sprouse, died Aug. 14, 2018 after 93 years of adventure and achievement. Clarence served as an ROTC instructor at Culver from 1961-63. He was also the rifle coach and led the team to the state championship and to the national JROTC rifle match. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and became part of the 188th Airborne Infantry, serving in the Pacific. In 1949 he was sent to North Korea, shortly before the Chinese divisions crossed the Yalu River. In 1961, he was handpicked by the CIA to train the 1,400 Cuban expatriates who intended to invade Cuba. While in Vietnam, Clarence earned his second Silver Star and was awarded the Triple Combat Infantry Badge, an award restricted to Army enlisted soldiers who fought in ground combat in three different wars. Clarence finished his military career at Ft. Sam Houston and when he retired, he was the most highly decorated individual in the 5th Army with more than 80 decorations. He is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Adolph “Al” or “Sarge” Massa died April 16, 2019. He served in the army 26 years and fought in both WWII and the Korean War, earning the rank of master sergeant. He came to Culver in 1957 and worked as assistant motor sergeant and assistant ROTC instructor until 1963 and at the warehouse for three years. His two sons, Butch Massa ’61 and the late Charles “Chip” Massa ’64, graduated from Culver. He was known for his helpfulness, humor and service to others who needed help. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Angie, his oldest son, Butch, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Indiana Heating Association and Indiana Roofers Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Helen. William “Bill” Roper Sandifer II ’55 (Company C) died
He was preceded in death by son, Chip, whose obituary also appears in this issue. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy. Meredith Elaine (Weirick) Peltz, of Culver, Indiana died June 6, 2019 as the result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She spent 43 years at Culver in the sewing department, and was popular with students and faculty/staff. She is survived by two sons and two daughters; nine grandchildren, eight of whom attended Culver programs — Stephane L. (Tim) Haenes-Haupert W ’87, SSG ’90, ’92; Kristian R. Haenes W ’89, SSG ‘92, Ryan R. Haenes W ’88, NB ‘91, Heather B. Haenes W ’90, SSG ‘93, Shaun S. Haenes W ‘91, Billy A. (Jennifer) Rafferty W ’86, 91; , Brock A. (Amanda) Rafferty W ’89, ’94; and Dana L. Thomas W ’95, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Bernita Jo Kennedy died June 19, 2019, in Plymouth, Indiana. She graduated from North Liberty High School in 1964 and furthered her education at the Michiana Business College. She worked as a cook in Dining Hall, retiring in October of 2006. Bernita is survived by two sons Brian Rhode and Michael Rackley. six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one step-greatgrandchild Richard (Rich) Ermal Dean Warner, of Rich Creek, Virginia, died Sept. 26, 2019. He graduated from Knox High School and Wesley College in Union Mills, Indiana. He was an ordained minister with the Independent
June 28, 2019 in Evergreen, Colorado. Bill received his engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard during the Vietnam War, attaining the
Church of God in 1993 as well as in Madrid, Iowa and several churches in Indiana. He worked at Culver from 1980-1994, first as a custodian and custodian foreman, transferred to the warehouse, spent the last 10 years of his career in the Power House, retiring in 1994. He was a farmer for many years and continued to enjoy gardening during retirement. Richard is survived by his wife, the Rev. Bernice E. Warner, one daughter, three sons, one stepdaughter, two stepsons, twenty grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy, and one daughter. Beverly Jeanne Knittle Trone died Sept. 25, 2019, in Culver. She graduated from West Technical High School, in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University. She married Robert M. Geariety in North Olmsted, Ohio and they welcomed their son, Bradd, in 1961. Bob died in 1965. Bev met Pete Trone, a longtime Culver resident Woodcraft Camp director and admissions officer in 1972 and they were married August 18, 1974, in the Memorial Chapel. They spent 42 years in Culver until Pete’s death in 2016. They were both active in the Lake Maxinkuckee Yacht Club. Bev was also a longtime member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend. Bev started part-time as the secretary of the Academies’ library on Oct. 19, 1975 and became full-time in 1977. She retired in 1993. Bev was involved in Tri Kappa, Bible Study and various book clubs. Bev is survived by her son, Bradd of Tallahassee, Florida, and grandson James of Sanford, Florida.
rank of first lieutenant. Bill managed the Greystone Guest Ranch, which his parents founded, until 1981. He practiced ranching, land surveying and development for 40 years in Jefferson, Clear Creek and
Gilpin counties. Bill was active in his community including 20 years as a volunteer firefighter, attaining the rank of captain; and 50 years with the Evergreen Kiwanis Club, serving as president in 1987–88. He also
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IN MEMORIAM enjoyed participating in the Upper Bear Creek Association annual events. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; one son, one daughter and three grandchildren. Franklin Eugene Cox ’56 (Company A) of Dallas, Georgia, died May 28, 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University; a master’s degree in engineering from Florida State University; and a BA in fine arts from Kennesaw State University. Franklin
retired after 21 years of service in the U.S. Army as a major. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley; three sons, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Earl Sams Lightner ’56 (Company D) died May 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1956,
he served six months in the U.S, Army, then moved to New York City to join Merrill Lynch Investments Company. He worked with several businesses in Corpus Christi, Texas and became involved in many charities, including the Corpus Christi Symphony and Art Museum of South Texas. After relocating to Jackson, Wyoming in 1976, he continued his philanthropy by serving on the board and as president of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
William “Bill” Dennis Parsons ’56 (Battery A) died May 30, 2019. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1960, followed by an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1962. The early years of Bill’s career were spent at Hewlett Packard and then Bemiss Jason, both in Palo Alto, California. Later he and a partner, who both enjoyed woodworking, opened a furniture business called The Cube, in Los Altos, California where they manufactured modular furniture.
Earl was an accomplished sailor having owned and raced several sailboats in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Northeast US and Gulf of Mexico. He was a hunter of big game hunting in Africa, Alaska, British Columbia and Idaho and Wyoming. He is survived by his wife, Robin, one son, one daughter and two granddaughters, as well as a brother, Larry ’61.
In 1972, Bill and his family moved to Dallas for his final career change, where he partnered with his brother-in-law at The Cambridge Companies, a residential and commercial real estate company. He established and led the residential development side of the business for more than 15 years before launching his own development businesses,
Pebble Properties and Spyglass Hill Investments, which he held for more than 25 years. Bill developed tens of thousands of lots in numerous communities over his career. He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew, and is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Martin Shallenberger Brown ’56 (Troop A) former chairman and CEO of Tennessee distillery titan Jack Daniel’s, died Aug. 11, 2019, in Delray Beach, Florida. He was 81. Brown graduated from the University of Virginia in 1960 and received his MBA from Columbia in 1962. He started at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg but left to serve two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. Brown returned and settled in Nashville, working in the sales office at Jack Daniel’s. He served in many roles in the company until his retirement in 1986. As a second career, he became chairman of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., a British biotechnology company with a Nashville office. He led that company from its formative years through its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. He was consistently interested in entrepreneurial opportunities in Tennessee and served on the boards of diverse businesses. Brown also was committed to serving the broader community. He was an officer or board member of numerous local and national organizations, including the Land Trust for Tennessee, Southern
Environmental Law Center, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Fisk University, Montgomery Bell Academy, Harpeth Hall School, Cheekwood, National Parks Conservation Association, and Tennessee chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Several members of his family attended Culver, including his father, William L. L. Brown Sr. H ’20, great-grandfather George Garvin Brown II H ’25, and cousin Creel Brown Jr. ’27. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Betty Brown. He is survived by his four children: Martin, Eliza, Nina and Susannah and their spouses; nine grandchildren; sister, Ina Bond, and brother, Lee Brown ’54, and wife Margaret (Peggy), whom he married in 2018. Warren Duckworth Schnaiter N’57 died March 26, 2018 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana. He was the captain and quarterback of the Martinsville (IN) High School football team and the first Sporting News All-American high school football player in Martinsville’s history. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965 and was preceded in death by one granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; one son, one daughter, three stepsons, 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. William H. Bates Jr. ’57 (Company C, N’53) died Feb. 11, 2019 at his home in Greenwich, Ohio. He was a great stay-at-home father and volunteered for the Y.F.U.
program. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana. He is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo ’96. John H. Agee ’57 (Company D) died in Fremont, Nebraska, on May 2, 2019. He was a selfemployed salesman of grain trailers. He also owned American Road Equipment Company and Inferno Fireplaces. He was a member of the Studebaker Club and other car clubs. John is survived by one daughter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Richard Lewis Weyand T’57 died May 26, 2019 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1961 (BA Economics) and 1963 (MBA) and served honorably as a First Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Following his service, he returned to Michigan, where he worked as a manufacturer’s representative and developed and sold parts to the auto industry. Rich was an avid golfer, skier, polo player and collector of classic cars. He loved the outdoors, whether in his garden or the Wyoming Tetons. He is survived by his wife, Julie, two children and one granddaughter, as well as his brother, Paul ’55. John Dean Klump Jr.’57 (Battery A) died in Neskowin, Oregon Aug. 26, 2019. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he graduated from Illinois College, then traveled west, where he started work as a surety bond underwriter for U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty
Other passings of Culver alumni: Bryce Corydon Boothby ’42 June 17, 2015 Robert Earle Opie N’43 April 12, 2016 Ruth Dreyfuss Crane SSG ’71 June 23, 2016 William Bird Moore ’51(Company D) July 8, 2016 Doyle Jackson Smith Jr. N’55 July 18, 2016 Robert Lee Smith N’43 November 30, 2016 Robert Alexander King’49 (Company B) January 14, 2017 Robert Lundstrom Wixted N’52 January 16, 2017 Merle H. Miller Jr. H’48 September 24, 2017 James Russell Wall ’48 (Company B) February 17, 2017 Christopher Nakel W’71 May 12, 2017 Frank Marion Ewing II W’65 December 4, 2018 Wesley Christopher Marsh N’69 January 1, 2019 Niels Ortved Ewing N’53 March 10, 2019 Jeffrey David Farkas ’61 (Company B) April 8, 2019 Noel Douglas Pike W’49, N’52 April 21, 2019 John Joseph Flood N’43 April 23, 2019 Robert William Freitag’48 (Artillery) April 25, 2019 Robert Allen Kroblin (H’61) June 9, 2019 Richard Scott Drey N’70, ’72 (Band) July 31, 2019
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IN MEMORIAM Company. His knowledge of the bond business made John one of the two or three “go to” bond underwriting resources in the area. In Oct. 1985, John joined two longtime industry friends in founding Anchor Insurance and Surety, Inc. He was preceded in death by his daughter and is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy, one son, a niece and nephew. Thomas Gregory Greanias H ’58 died July 27, 2018, in Decatur, Illinois. He earned a BS at Millikin University in 1963 and an MBA at the University Notre Dame in 1974. He served his country as a U.S. Navy officer and participated in the successful mission recovery of Gemini 12 astronauts James Lovell and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. Tom is survived by his daughter, Amy Langner. Hiram William “Bill” VerMeulen ’58 (Band) died May 6, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. He worked for Wausau Insurance Company as a corporate salesman and in retirement, he enjoyed driving semitrucks for a U.S. Postal contractor. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Judie, three daughters and five grandchildren. Dr. James “Jim” Charles Malone ’58 (Troop B) died Aug. 3, 2019, in Valdese, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor and master degrees from Vanderbilt University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He worked as an audiologist for the Veterans Administration.
Jim is survived by his wife, Roberta; two children, and three grandchildren. John LaRoy Miller N ’60 of Westfield, Indiana, died Jan. 11, 2019. He was a 1963 graduate of Park School and a 1971 graduate of Purdue University. John served in Vietnam as part of the Mobile Riverine Force and retired from a career at Farm Bureau Insurance of Indiana in 2008. Since 2017, John served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, Indiana. Active in scouting, he served as the North Star District Chairman. John served three times as past commander and past chaplain for Broad Ripple Post #3 of the American Legion. He was also a 32nd Degree Master Mason within the Scottish Rite and member of the Murat Shrine. John was a longtime member and elder at Second Presbyterian Church. John is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Suzy), his children, Mark R. Miller NB ’88 and Matthew W. Miller NB ’91 and nine grandchildren. James Callan Chittim ’60 (Troop A) died Aug. 3, 2019 in Boerne, Texas. After earning a BS from Texas Tech, he went to Dallas to work for Collins Radio as a project manager. It was there that he met Joy Hamilton. They were married Oct. 18, 1969. Jim and Joy started a traveling dress bus business in Dallas, and they moved to Boerne in 1973. They had two children, James ’90 and Claudia’95. Jim had a passion for learning and inventing, including
trailer hitch supporters, cattle halters, goat halters, cattle lead ropes. When Jim and Joy decided to manufacture travel products, he designed the majority of the equipment needed for the factory. He went on to own several businesses, the last of which was Flying Circle Bag Company. Jim is survived by his wife Joy; his children, daughter-in-law, Christy Cummings Chittim ’92, and one grandson, Jack CMA ’21. Thomas William Maher N’60 of Kokomo, died Aug. 26, 2019, at his home. He attended Indiana University, then served with the Indiana National Guard for 6 years. For 30 years he was the co-owner of Maher’s Men’s and Ladies clothing store, and owner of Maher’s III Men’s clothing store in Kokomo. Tom also served as a substitute teacher for Kokomo Center School Corp, and as an aide in the Special Education Department. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren. William Phelps Foster Jr. N’60 died Aug. 27, 2019, at his home in Traverse City, Michigan. He earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Bill worked as an instructor at Culver and then in auto sales in Cincinnati. In 1974 he moved his family back to his ancestral home in Traverse City. Bill’s gregarious personality worked well with his successful sales career. While in Traverse City, he owned his auto sales business and
worked as a top salesman at Wares Auto and Marsh Auto. He enjoyed boating, fly fishing, swimming, sailing, woodworking and visiting his friends and family. He volunteered at Inland Seas Education of Suttons Bay and Grace Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife, Debby; two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren. Ronald Edmund Wiegandt N’61 died May 28, 2019 in Rockford, Michigan. He lived on and managed his family’s farm, Anada. He worked with his father and grandfather in the family business in Lansing (West Side Fuel Company) before opening his own business, Ron’s Service Center, in 1972. In 1990, he was chosen as Williamston, Michigan’s “Citizen of the Year.” Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon; two daughters and two grandchildren. Dale Wilmore McMillen III ’61 (Troop) died peacefully June 17, 2019 in Ft. Worth, Texas after a long battle with throat cancer. He graduated from Indiana University. Terry married Monica “Posy” Weilemann in 1964. While working for Central Soya, Terry and Posy spent time in Fort Wayne, Athens, Georgia, Lockhart, Texas, Orangeburg, South Carolina and then finally settled in Fort Worth in 1975. In his downtime, Terry loved fishing on the White and Norfork rivers in northeast Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Monica, one daughter, Meghan McMillen Hamilton ’87, one son, and
two grandchildren, as well as a brother, John ’62. His father, Dale Wilmore McMillen Jr. ’32, predeceased him. Thomas Charles Bishop W ’56, ’61 (Company B) of Logansport, Indiana, died June 27, 2019. He attended Manchester College until enlisting in the U.S. Army. Tom retired from Small Parts. He was a member of the Logansport Elks, holding several offices in the club over the years. He is survived by his wife, Vonnett, three daughters, and three grandchildren. John Byron Holmes ’62 (Company C) of Punta Gorda, Florida died July 31, 2019. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University. He worked at General Motors for the majority of his career and had a passion for cars. However, John’s real passion was boating. He was happiest on the water. He circumnavigated all of the Great Lakes at least once, as well as the “Great Loop.” John lifted the spirits of everyone he encountered with his quick wit. He was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Penny, his two daughters, Pam and Beth Guthrie, and his two granddaughters. Charles “Chip” Frederick Massa ’64 (Company D) died in Sierra Vista, Arizona Aug. 28, 2016. He graduated from Chico State University with a double major in physics and calculus. After exploring many
parts of the United States, he settled in Sierra Vista, where he lived for more than 30 years. He devoted the chief part of his career to ISEC as a civil service electronics engineer. He loved hiking and camping in the mountains or working on a project outdoors. He especially loved working with children, and he faithfully served in the children’s ministry of his home church of Calvary Chapel for almost 30 years. He is survived by two daughters, one son and two grandchildren, as well as a brother, Butch ’61. Dr. John Marston Finley ’64 (Battery B) died May 4, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Cornell and earned a bachelor degree with high honors in 1969. That same year, John enrolled in the Indiana School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1973. In 1978 John joined the staff of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Finley’s move to Ochsner and subsequent professional success led to his appointment as Director of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery. He was a strong advocate for medical outreach to those in Central America that lacked access to sophisticated medical care. From 1984 to 2002, Dr. Finley participated in medical mission trips that improved many individual lives and earned him Humanitarian awards from the Honduran military and the government of El Salvador. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Pam, three children and four grandchildren, as well as a brother, Bill H ’55.
William Leslie Barnes N’65 died Sept. 9, 2019 in Miamisburg, Ohio. He graduated from Ball State University. He became an automobile salesman and ran the Finance Department of Hatfield Ford and Tom O’Brien’s Northside Chrysler in Indianapolis. Eventually, he became the first Manager of the Joseph Airport Toyota Dealership in Dayton, Ohio. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. He is survived by one sister and two brothers. John Phillip Maull ’66 (Company A) died April 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his twin, Betty “Jean” Maull Schuster ’65, as well as a brother, Charles Maull IV ’60. He was predeceased by a sister, Ann ’60, as well as his father, Charles C. Maull, Jr. ’33, W’29, served the school for 24 years in a variety of roles. Jonathan Ellis Martin ’66 (Band) died Sept. 20, 2019 in Alexandria, Louisiana. He earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1971. His first home was in the small town of Ringgold, Louisiana, where he began his career working for his father at the family’s sawmill business and became the plant manager. In 1981, he directed the design and construction of the first oriented strand board (OSB) plant in the southern United States, and an adjacent hardwood sawmill in 1984. He also directed the design and construction of a plywood plant in 1995, the
first plywood plant built in the United States since 1981. In 2006, he directed the expansion of this plywood plant while also building a new OSB plant capable of producing twice the quantity of the one built in 1981. As Chairman of Martin Sustainable Resources, he finished his career with the completion of an OSB plant in Corrigan, Texas in 2018. His legacy will endure through the family business that is approaching its 100th anniversary. Under Jonathan’s leadership, the Martin family of companies received the Louisiana Lantern Award, which recognizes help in building the state’s economy, and was voted the Best Overall Business by the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. He served as President of the Hardwood Manufacturer’s Association, and the Chairman of the American Panel Association. He received the Alexandria Rotary “Service Above Self Award” in 2019. Jonathan was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. Jonathan also served on various boards for LSU’s College of Engineering and College of Business, as well as the Louisiana Technical and Community College. Since 1993, under his leadership, the Martin Foundation funded hundreds of scholarships and millions of dollars to help various charities. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maggie Burnaman Martin, PhD, two daughters, and six grandchildren.
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George Erwin “Win” Roulhac III ’69 (Battery C) of Greenville, Mississippi died Aug. 23, 2019 in a boating accident in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Win worked with Edward Jones Investments, where he was actively involved in the growth of the region and won several awards recognizing his success. Prior to moving to Greenville, Win was an institutional trader and top producer for ShearsonLehman Brothers in Houston, Texas and would have retired after 23 years with Edward Jones on September 1.Win is survived by his wife of 40 years, Allyn, one daughter Mary Allyn Hedges and two grandchildren.
Mike’s family stretches from the East to West Coast. They will miss the twinkle in his eye, radiating smile and his big bear hugs. A gathering was held in Hatteras, North Carolina, celebrating Mike’s life on June 23, 2018. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas ’67.
Edward Randall Simpson ’70 (Band) of The Villages, Florida, died Aug. 27, 2017. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired as an IT Manager responsible for distributing the Boston Globe and New York Times. Ed moved to The Villages in 2013 from Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Phyllis; two children, and two grandchildren.
Scott Eugene Thomson ’73 (Company A) died March 9, 2019 from heart disease in Kenilworth, Illinois. He graduated from The University of Colorado, and his professional life was spent at the Chicago Board of Trade as a day trader. He is survived by two brothers, including David N ’69, one sister, and five nieces and nephews.
Michael John Rosell ’70 (Company A) died March 14, 2018, in Warrenton, Virginia, surrounded by family. He spent his childhood traveling the world as an Army brat, developing his love of travel and history. He was an avid reader and could discuss battles from Ancient Rome through World War II. Mike was a true waterman, pulling crab pots or gill nets in Hatteras, North Carolina, to lobster pots in Eastport, Maine.
David Tomio Lindauer H’75 of Camby, Indiana died unexpectedly at his home on April 21, 2019. Dave served 16 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the rank of gunnery sergeant, followed by 14 years in the U.S. Army. He was a dedicated father to his two sons, David and Aaron, and spent many years as a board member of the Decatur Little League, as well as a Boy Scout leader for Pack #894.
Scott Matthew Wilson N’70 of Lubbock, Texas died Sept. 10, 2019. He attended LaRoche College and Slippery Rock University. He moved to Lubbock in 1981 and was a teacher and coach with the Lubbock Independent School District for 32 years. Scott is survived by his brother, Dr. Mark Wilson, sister Tracey Wilson and niece Libby Wilson Casper.
Dave worked at Comcast for 20 years before retiring in 2010, and spent his retirement volunteering at the V.A. Hospital, the VFW, and the Hiram I. Bearss #089 Marine Corps League, as well as being the primary caretaker for his wife. Dave is survived by his wife of 36 years, Liz, and two sons. Sanford “Sandy” David Lyons ’75 (Battery B) died July 20, 2019, in Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979 with an engineering degree. Sandy went on to serve his country for six years, the majority of his service spent in the 172nd Light Infantry, Arctic Mountain Brigade, Alaska, where his inventive logistical resupply became Army doctrine. Over the course of his service, he was awarded two Army Commendation medals, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal. Sandy had a career in the telecommunications industry. He started his career as a sales engineer with Siecor, and later became the CEO, leading the Corning/Siemens transition to Corning Cable Systems. He also ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 10th District. Along with two partners, Sandy created The River Group, a consulting firm for which he served as CEO, and helped build a world class firm. Sandy is survived by his wife, Catherine, and his three sons, Connor, Greyson and Benjamin. Victor W. Asante N ’77 died July 16, 2018 in Toledo, Ohio. Victor earned his BA in Busi-
ness Administration in Finance from Cleveland State University and his MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Most of Victor’s professional experience was spent in banking with Key Bank in the retail sector, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. Victor later joined INROADS to open the new office in Toledo, Ohio, and later became the first managing director for the newly established affiliate. He moved west to Arizona, and began working for Bank of America in Phoenix, where he became a national recruiter in credit card operations. Victor joined Dana Corporation in Toledo in 2000 as the corporate recruiter, and later became the director for diversity and recruitment at Dana Corporation. Sally Lynn Hansen L’82 died Sept. 13, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Chatard and North Central High School, where she graduated in 1985. She spent a year at Vincennes University. She loved family summer holidays at Lake Maxinkuckee and enjoyed trips to England, France, and Italy. Sally’s life changed after being diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy as a young adult. She spent the last years of her life at home with her two cats. Sally touched lives with her dry sense of humor, her outgoing personality and her grace. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Hansen, and two sisters.
Brian Edward Bauer ’84 (Battery C, H ’82) of Westerville, Ohio and formerly of Florida, died unexpectedly April 28, 2019. Brian attended Kent State University for two years before graduating from Valencia College in Orlando, Florida with a degree in accounting. A financial advisor and former business owner of B&B Respiratory in Daytona Beach, Florida, Brian was an avid fan of hockey and football, especially the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Buckeyes. He is survived by his wife of almost 17 years, Pamela, one daughter, Morgan SSG ’18 and one son, Blake, as well as brothers, Bruce W ’83, Christopher, and Joseph. His father, Ed ’60, predeceased him. Scott Asher Hornbeck ’84 (Battery B) died April 30, 2019 in North Ft. Myers, Florida. Among his survivors are his brother Bud ’71 and nephew Buddy ’06. Thomas David Kramer ’84 (Battery C) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died May 6, 2019. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 1988 and later earned an MBA from the University of Miami in 1997. Dave worked for Motorola Sales in their Latin American Division in Florida. For the past 18 years, he worked for WilTel, Level 3, and Century Link as a sales representative, sales manager, and engineer. After receiving his cancer diagnosis, he became active in the Boy Scouts as Cub Master to Pack 44 and Boy Scout Troop 153. He is survived by his wife, Kimberlie, one daughter, and two sons.
John Joseph Shoupe ’85 (Troop B) died July 5, 2019, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He earned an associate degree from Holy Cross College in South Bend and was employed at Basco Development LLC at Grace Manor and Parkside Apartments. John is survived by his two sons, Zachery and Henry; and his fiancée, Alyssa Bocanegra and her sons, Brayden and Brody. Brooke Brantingham Sontag ’91 (Atrium) of Tonganoxie, Kansas died June 12, 2019 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Brooke was born May 15, 1973 in Winfield, Illinois, the daughter of Richard and Teressa Brantingham of Culver, Indiana, formerly of Wheaton, Illinois. At Culver, Brooke rode with the Equestriennes, was Dorm Chair, and served on CGA Council. She was a graduate the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Brooke is survived by her parents; her husband, Geoffrey; three sons, Grayson, Gannon and Garrison; one daughter, Gabrielle, all of Tonganoxie; two brothers, Shawn (Karen) Brantingham of Topeka, Kansas, Jeffrey (Penny) Brantingham of Purcellville, Virginia; one sister, Michelle
(Steve) Sutton of Topeka, Kansas and several nieces and nephews. Many friends and Culver classmates gathered for a Celebration of Life at Culver’s Memorial Chapel on July 27th. Matthew Steven Haas W’00 of Indianapolis, Indiana died May 19, 2016. He taught motorcycle and small engine repair
at Central Nine Career Center and Ivy Tech. He previously worked for Dreyer Honda West and South, where he was a service manager. Matthew is survived by his wife, Shannon. James Patrick Hanning A’01 of Canandaigua, New York, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2019. He graduated from Delaware (Ohio) Hayes High School in 2000, where he was an active member of the JROTC program. After high school, he became a U.S. Marine, stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina and later with the Marine Reserves, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th
Regiment from Ohio. Jim received his BA in history from The Ohio State University in 2006. He had a remarkable enthusiasm for the American Civil War, military history and family genealogy. He is survived by one son, Matthew, parents William’56, W’50 and Ann, and siblings Elizabeth, John and Heather.
Trevis Glenn Welcome Joyner ’07 died May 9, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia from cancer. He was introduced to fencing at Culver and later went on to fence at Columbia when they won the Ivy League Championship in 2008. He had a double major of computer science and psychology. His career in education was spent at the KIPP schools in Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia, where he made a difference in his students’ lives and was praised by parents and colleagues for his dedication. He is survived by his wife, Maxine.
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he earliest Culver Christmas gathering took place in the early
1940s, when a carol service was held in the Music and Art Building on a Sunday evening, under the direction of Captain Payson. By 1944, the
gathering of the corps on the last Sunday evening before the holidays had become very popular.
Prior the Memorial Chapel opening in 1951, all large indoor gatherings took
place in the Recreation Building, where Christmas Vespers were held, and included the Culver Community Chorus, a vocal group comprised of singers from various local church congregations. The following year not only Culver’s band and choir, and the Culver Community Chorus performed but also Culver High School’s choral group, bringing the total number of performers to 200.
Through the decades, the service has continued to combine chronological
Scripture readings telling the story of preceding prophesies and Christ’s birth, with vocal renditions of hymns by Culver vocal groups and instrumental performances. For many years, individual taper candles held by attendees have lit the otherwise darkened chapel for “Silent Night.”
And so this year, as in many years to come, the Memorial Chapel will defy
the chill of winter in a time-honored paean to perhaps that warmest of holidays. The faces and specifics may change, but Vespers will ring with the anticipation of home fires, family faces, holiday cheer, and simpler delights recalled…along with the enduring legacy of a treasured Culver memory.
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