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PATHWAYS TO A HEALTHY CULVER Health & Wellness Programs Have Employees and Students Ahead of the Pack

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The Culver community pays tribute to our fallen veterans and alumni during the Gold Star Ceremony.

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Michael Kim ’00 • Brighton, Colo. One thing I miss the most now (but like everyone else back in 1996-00 couldn't wait for it to be over) was the ceremony, pomp, and circumstance afforded to what should be truly meaningful days like Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Unless you join the military, you will never again get the opportunity to participate in something that so beautifully honors our men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice in defending this great nation. This becomes more and more apparent to me as we, as a society, seem to lose our perspective on things we should really value like courage, honor, and sacrifice. Sadly, in the adult world, Veterans Day is a footnote on the evening news. Memorial Day is more akin to National BBQ Day. Now I would give anything to go back and stand in formation just one more time at the Veterans Day ceremony, hear the 21-gun salute, smell the smoke from the 105s, savor the very discomfort that I once used to dread, just to pay tribute to our fallen. I would pay a hefty price to be able to participate once more in the Gold Star reading at the chapel. That's the stuff I miss most … the things that truly meant something, even though we didn't realize it at the time. I always make sure to head to the Legion Memorial whenever I go back, just to salute the stars. Editor’s note: Michael is a police officer with the Commerce City Police Department outside of Denver.

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he latest reiteration of health and wellness at Culver stands apart from all others in scope and comprehensiveness. Students are involved in an integrated curriculum and lifestyle involving every adult they come in contact with. Employees, from the administration to the hourly workers, are healthier and happier thanks to annual screenings, wellness initiatives, and a free on-site clinic.

Putting lessons to good use Culver’s health and fitness emphasis sparked a lifestyle and a career for Christine Hannon ’05. And the b spot girls – four alumnae from the early ’90s – have combined their Culver backgrounds and launched a website that reviews and rates beauty products.

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Endowing the invisible

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The late Cortlandt Dietler ’40 understood the value of taking care of the physical plant. As a result, he has provided Culver with an unprecedented endowment for buildings and grounds maintenance that is ‘off the charts.’

Alejandro Arroyo Yamin '10 leads the way in a cross country meet from his Culver days. Yamin is now a senior member of the Princeton University cross country team. Cover design by Scott Adams of Scott Adams Design Associates of Columbus, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minn.


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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Editor Just asking … Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoy reading the magazine. Tons of great stories and happenings within the Culver community.

With gratitude Thank you for publishing my World War II story. I have not been back to Culver since my 60th reunion (2000). It is difficult to get to Culver from Minnesota for this 91-year-old, but I would like to try and get back one more time. My years there helped shape my life and are remembered as some of the best. John McCallister W’36, ’40 Stillwater, Minn. & Marco Island, Fla. Editor’s note: The story of Mr. McCallister’s involvement during World War II with breaking Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code ran as a Web Extra in the Spring 2013 issue. In case you missed it, you can access it easily at, your campus news connection.

Karen Brun, Past Parent (Henry Brun ’05, Krystal Brun ’07) Oscoda, Mich. Editor’s note: While smaller photos and smaller type have not been a conscious decision, there are always a lot of Culver stories to tell. We are trying to keep the length of our articles in check so that we can continue to display the wonderful photos of the campus and our students. With all that in mind, Culver Alumni Magazine will be undergoing some design changes and we are also trying to strike the right balance between writing and photography.

on page 48, the name of a surviving son, John Becker N’83 of Carmel, Ind., was misidentified in the obituary of E. Allen Becker NB’55. The late Mr. Becker was a former summer staffer and had served on the CSSAA Board of Directors.

on page 49, the name of the late John E. Boudler N’55, ’58 (Troop) was misspelled. Mr. Boudler died Oct. 14, 2012, and spent his career in the petroleum and energy industry.

on page 51, the dates of service for the late Ken Trickey Sr. were incorrect. He was a summer camps staffer for 16 summers between 1951 and 1983. It is his surviving son, Ken Trickey Jr. of Evansville, Ind., who was a Woodcraft staffer and Division 7 commander from 2002-08.




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Making Healthy Changes but I am sure some smokers used it as an incentive to kick the habit. Now employees have smoking-cessation classes. That’s a good thing. Not long after arriving at Culver I became aware that there had been an indoor rifle range in the lower level of the Steinbrenner Recreation Center. It was no longer used and, eventually, the area was reborn as the Siegfried Fitness Center.


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While some may lament the loss of the rifle range, I see that as symbolic of how needs and values have changed at Culver over time. I’m not sure how often the rifle range was used, but I do know that the fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends. At certain times of the day it is crowded with students and/or adults. That’s a good thing. The fact that it is free to all employees is even better.

I am also reminded how fortunate I am to work in an environment that places such an emphasis on my health, that of my colleagues, and of every student here. The ability to get up from my desk, walk out the door into the fresh air, and stroll along the lakefront is an amazing perk – one that doesn’t cost anything and brings great rewards in physical and mental rejuvenation. If there is anything contagious at Culver, it is the overriding feeling one gets that this is a healthy place to be. That’s a good thing.

For those who enjoy shooting, Culver now has a skeet range, and that’s a good thing. The Communications Office is located on the back side of Main Barrack near, as I have been told, what used to be one of the infamous Butt Rooms, where cadets were permitted to smoke. Those days are long gone. There are no Butt Rooms. Since the late 1980s there has been no (sanctioned) smoking on campus for students or employees. It still happened – and probably still does –

I had some tests done recently for an insurance policy application. I was weighed, measured, had blood drawn, and answered a battery of questions about my health and habits. The process reminded me how fortunate I am to not have any serious issues. That’s a good thing. But it also made me aware that my weight and cholesterol are higher than they should be and I need to better address those issues.

Cigarettes are easy to spot in this iconic photograph of cadets by Alfred Eisenstaedt, published in the June 19, 1939, issue of LIFE magazine.

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

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Nurturing and support are repaid by many in many ways As we were preparing to close the year and graduate the newly-minted Legion members from the Class of 2013, I received two communications from people I admire. One came from a gentleman and friend who was celebrating his 80th reunion in May 2013; and the other from our departing commandant who had come across an appropriate message while reading the 1913 Roll Call. Both inspired me. Our graduate from the Class of 1933 wrote that if he had been able to travel back to Culver for his reunion, he would have hoped to share three important observations with these soon-to-be graduates:

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• The precepts of faith, honesty, courage, and good will have brought success and happiness to hundreds (thousands) of Culver graduates. • The leadership principles of Gignil- liat, Rossow, England, Henderson, Whitney, and Mars will serve you well. • Cherish your Culver education – nurture it and support the great institution from which it came. The second piece from the 1913 Roll Call was written by Marcus Selden Goldman, Class of 1912, and was titled “Farewell to Culver.” Our commandant thought it would be interesting to compare the thoughts of graduating first-classmen 100 years apart. Goldman began the piece: Farewell to thee, O Culver! May the years bring honor, yea, and glory unto thee, And therefore unto us thy loyal sons! Yet may it not be all from thee to us, But something even from ourselves to thee:


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And he ends by saying, Our hearts say not “Farewell,” but pledge to thee again Allegiance and a love that shall not die Until we bid farewell to all the world, And so perforce to all our loves and thee. Culver has a way of staying with you. Pam and I see this daily, not only with the students and adults who live and work here, but also and most dramatically with the alumni and alumnae with whom we meet. Even our parents see early on that there is something enduring and special about this place. The challenges and the lessons, as well as the landmarks, frame and inform one’s experiences after the Iron Gate and the Arch. Or as our 1933 alumnus put it, “the precepts, principles, and education” of Culver are what will enrich your lives. At the risk of playing unfairly with another’s book title, I could opine that, “all you ever needed to know, you learned at Culver.” Maybe that is why so many are so grateful and, therefore, so committed to Culver. In the past year Culver has been the beneficiary of thousands of wonderfully selfless gifts. Leading the charge has been our parents who decided to step up and make a difference in The Culver Fund. We had 13 percent of parents making annual fund gifts in 1999, and moved that percentage as high as 65 percent a few years ago. This year, however, the parents adopted a “This is Culver!” mindset and locked in a whopping 83 percent participation rate, excluding their contributions to the successful “Live the Legacy” auction. All told our parents were directly and indirectly involved in accounting for close to $2 million for their school.

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Certainly not to be outdone, and especially since Culver continues to be a competitive place, the seniors and first-classmen achieved 100 percent participation in the Beason Leadership Challenge for giving to The Culver Fund. They also raised a significant amount of money for their class gift, creating a fund to support students in their final year who might need financial assistance in purchasing a class ring or being involved in special senior activities. Their selflessness and thoughtfulness has echoes of the “precept of Good Will.” Nurturing and supporting one’s institution happens in so many important and meaningful ways here. There are also the results of the Summer Schools & Camps’ Culver Fund. Every year graduates and past participants from the Woodcraft Camp or the Naval School, the Summer Horsemanship program, Aviation, and the Girls’ School give generously of their time and financial resources as examples of the reminder to give from “themselves to thee” (Culver). They want to ensure that today’s campers have the same opportunities they enjoyed when they were here. Their affection runs deep. This past year – the year of the great Centennial celebrations (1913-2013) – we experienced acts of love and generosity that made these reminders from times past come to life, starting with the dedication of the White-DeVries Rowing Center. Later, alumni came forward to help us build the Woodcraft Centennial Amphitheater, to dedicate an academic chair in honor of Robert B.D. Hartman, to create a new teaching and learning endowment, and to create new scholarships for deserving students. Then the 50th Reunion Class

presented as its class gift a $5 million endowment to fund faculty support through the Exemplar Fund – the Class of 1963’s approach to paying back a faculty that had led and mentored them. These are the gifts that sustain and inspire us. They make it possible for us to build for the future with confidence and resolve. They remind us that as members of the Culver community you are never alone.

tenance and repair. You can read more about this on page 42 of this issue, but suffice it to say Cort’s gift has the ability to be transformative. Clearly the message since the beginning has been clear: Culver takes care of you and then you repay the debt in any way you can – “from we to thee.” Some have the capacity to make a monumental

“These are the gifts that sustain and inspire us. They make it possible for us to build for the future with confidence and resolve. They remind us that as members of the Culver community you are never alone.” Then there are those remarkable acts of kindness and vision that transform us. Cortlandt Deitler ’40 made such a gift in his estate plan. A trustee emeritus, Cort understood from his days on the Buildings, Equipment, and Grounds Committee and from a lifetime of experience as a business owner that there are aspects of running a plant or major operation that are not attractive to most donors. Maintenance and the physical plant fall into this category. They are extremely important to the sustainability of any school, but usually they are funded by bond issues and debt. Knowing this, Cort made an unprecedented provision in his will to endow the campus main-

difference, but there are many others who can make their difference as our seniors and first-classmen and their parents did this year, one donation at a time. Others support Culver by having children here or by volunteering their time. There are many ways to give back, and we appreciate them deeply. In fact we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our extended family and by the commitment “to nurture it and support it” shared by someone who has watched over his school lovingly and steadfastly for more than 8o years. I could not have said it better myself. Thank you all for taking care of Culver.

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Bill, Sue Roth retire with combined 61 years of service Coleman Knight and Jo Click also close book on Culver careers Haberland photo.

“It was a year of lasts, and I’d been saying goodbye for some time,” Roth explained later. “I’ve loved my students, my colleagues, and of course, the very essence of Culver. But I had made myself ready. It wasn’t a shock to leave, simply the right time to close the door.” Helping to close that door was his wife, Sue Roth, who joined the Administrative Services department in 1996 and became the director two years later. In 2009 she was named director of Internal Resources and shortly after became director of operations in the Alumni Office. Prior to her arrival at Culver she was a marketing manager for a South Bend, Ind., insurance firm. She was a facilitator for Culver’s Teen Talking Circle, scorer for the Culver swim teams, and a Quiz Bowl reader.

The retiring husband-and-wife team of Bill ’63 and Sue Roth pose following the Commencement Convocation. Bill Roth’s 44-year teaching career ended in a whirlwind as he celebrated his 50-year Culver reunion in April and gave the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2013 on June 1.

The close of the 2012-13 school year brought with it the retirement of four members of the faculty/staff who left totaling more than a century of Culver experience. Ending their Culver careers were Humanities instructor Bill Roth and his wife, Sue Roth, the director of Alumni Operations. Also retiring were L. Coleman Knight, director of Upper Camp, and CGA Counselor Jo Click. A 1963 Culver graduate, Bill Roth joined the faculty as a History Department instructor and swimming coach in 1967, having graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The holder of the Vlasic Chair of Teaching, Roth most recently taught the 10th-grade Humanities course, Global Perspectives. For several years he served as level chair for the Modern History and Global History courses for 10th-graders. In addition,


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Roth was a pioneer for the ninth-grade America’s Challenge for the Contemporary World course and has taught the European History AP course. Roth was the CMA swimming coach (1967-75 and 1988-92), Company B counselor (1977-85), a College Advising counselor (1991-94), and adviser to the Alliance for Student Harmony in the 1990s. Roth also served as president of the Culver Cum Laude Society and was the director of the Specialty Camps from 1985-88. The end of the school year was a whirlwind three weeks for Roth, who celebrated his 50th Culver reunion in mid-May with his classmates, then put an exclamation point on his 44 years by giving the Baccalaureate address during Commencement Weekend.


Jo Click joined the staff in 1986, when her husband, Master Sgt. Mark Click, took a position as a tactical officer. She worked summers with the Woodcraft program for 12 years, serving as an administrative assistant, assistant program director, and operations director. She also served as an assistant Ropes Course/Fitness


Current Center coordinator. In the prep school, Click was the administrative assistant for the Department of Leadership before joining the Student Life program in 2002 as the counselor in Court dorm. She has served on the Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee, the Intra-campus Wellness Committee, and the Spiritual Life Committee. She and her husband, Mark, who retired in 2006, have three children and three grandchildren.


Since 2004, L. Coleman Knight had served full time as the director of Upper Camp and as a Culver Summer Schools & Camps assistant director. Previously, he had worked Culver Summer Camps, starting as a counselor in Specialty Camp (1974-97), Upper Camp counselor (1977-78), and as Upper Camp senior counselor (1979-88). He was appointed the director of Upper Camp in 1989. When Knight accepted the full-time position, he brought with him 41 years of teaching (math, science and English), guidance, and administrative experience at schools in Ohio and Baltimore. That experience included three years as a Battery A counselor from 1972-75. Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Muskingum College and a master’s degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University.

Baccalaureate speaker Bill Roth ’63 urges seniors to ‘discover your passion’ “Class of 2013, we have arrived at last. This is our time!”

me to identify my passion – conveying my skills, enthusiasm, and knowledge to others.

For 2013 Baccalaureate speaker Bill Roth, that comment was an appropriate beginning to the conclusion of his Culver career and that of the 210 seniors and first-classmen seated before him. There is no one on the campus more familiar with Culver and its students than Roth. A 1963 Culver alumnus, he is one of the few faculty members to celebrate his 50th Culver reunion before his retirement. Roth retires after 44 years as a Humanities instructor, coach, and counselor. His wife, Sue, also retired with 17 years of service. Their Culver roots extend to their children: Andy ’89, Tim W’86, and Melissa ’95. For the last three years Andy Roth has been the counselor Company B, the same unit led by his father from 1977 to ’85.

“I hope that you will discover your passion as early in life as I did. I also hope that you find a life partner as supportive of your passion as Sue has been for mine.”

In his introduction, Head of Schools John Buxton said Roth “is the perfect person to share his thoughts about Culver and the challenge facing our students as they both prepare to depart a place they have come to know as home.” Home was where Roth took his audience: “If I could get you all out of this crowded chapel and into my living room at home – just you and me – this is what I would say: “God has blessed me. I’ve lived a charmed and very fortunate life,” Roth said. “Summer jobs at pools, lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons, and coaching an age group team led

Roth shared that his dad had a deep respect for Culver and attended in 1916. Both of his brothers were here in the ’50s, “but I was the only one to go through the famed Iron Gate with a diploma in hand.” Roth reminded the graduating class that Culver had taught them to make and keep commitments, to take risks, and be passionate about their studies and activities. “Our faculty and staff have nurtured and encouraged you. They’ve tolerated your impulsiveness and allowed you to fall on your face – knowing that you could and would rebound,” he said. “You’ve been both followers and leaders and Culver’s Cardinal Virtues are etched in your minds. You’re prepared to seek your passions.” As they move on, Roth cautioned the graduates not to expect to duplicate the Culver experience. “It won’t ever be like this again and what you need to understand and remember is it’s not supposed to be. You must move on. … “As this magical weekend moves along, embrace this as our time. We commence together to the next chapter of our journey.”

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Academies honors top educators/staff for 2012-2013 With the end of the school year, the dedication of Culver’s faculty and staff was publicly recognized at the June 1 Commencement Convocation with the awarding of the following honors.

sympathetic understanding, and wise counsel combine to inspire students and kindle a zest for life and learning personified by Kaser. In 2013, Richard Battersby, senior instructor in Humanities, was honored as the individual who best mirrors those qualities. A 16-year veteran of the Royal Air Force, Battersby joined the Humanities Department in 2001. He currently teaches 11th-grade Humanities (American Studies with Advanced Placement U.S. History) and serves as the 11th-grade chair. In the classroom, a student wrote that Battersby “makes expectations clear, teaches you exactly what you need to know, and … helps you learn from your mistakes.” As a barracks inspector (BI) in the Band, he was described as “someone who … is always there with [your] best interest at heart and supports and cares for [you] like no other teacher.”


ited for her warmth and caring, as well as her support of the Academies’ diversity program, French instructor Angela Barton was named the recipient of the Major General Delmar T. Spivey Award. Named in honor of Culver’s sixth superintendent, the Spivey Award recognizes and encourages superior teaching among younger members of the faculty. The winner is chosen by the Academic Department chairs. Barton joined the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in the fall of 2010. She spent her sophomore year of college at the University of Caen in France and earned a master’s degree in French Culture. She then spent three years in Rennes, France, where she taught at a university, a political science institute, and an international business grande ecole.

Battersby earned a bachelor’s degree in history in the United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in history from the State University of New York. He is married to Humanities instructor Catherine Battersby and they have two children, Erin Brady ’06 and Lucy Battersby ’15.


Her department chair said Barton “has created a challenging learning environment filled with kindness and encouragement.” In addition to her teaching, Barton has provided invaluable support for diversity work at the Academies and will be taking over the Multicultural Awareness Retreat in September. She also is a regular contributor to Culver’s Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee.

Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said Montgomery is focused “on a commitment to a student-run approach to leader development … constantly challenging all cadets to strive for what is good and best in themselves and in what they are doing, and he is first and always a staunch advocate for excellence in all he does.”

She is the mother of an 8-year-old daughter.


he parents and classmates of Mark B. Kaser established The Kaser Scholar award in 1976 following the untimely death of the Class of 1975 valedictorian. The award is presented to the faculty member whose scholarly interests, enthusiastic teaching,


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im Montgomery, counselor of Troop B, was the recipient of the John R. Mars Faculty Merit Award. The award honors a member of the faculty or staff who has established the most positive and constructive relationship with students and best exemplifies the ideals of Culver and Mars, who served the Academies for 40 years as a counselor, language instructor, and the tenth superintendent (1976-82).


Montgomery joined Student Life in 1990 as a Military Tactical Officer for the Band and Black Horse Troop.


In 2001, he became counselor of Company A, moving to the Black Horse Troop in 2004. He has been the counselor of Troop B since 2007 and deeply involved in the Horsemanship Program and the Lancer Platoon. He has accompanied the Black Horse Troop to three Presidential Inaugural parades.

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He attended Ball Montgomery State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Bethel College. Montgomery is married and the father of three, including Heather ’02 and T.J. W’99.

Manuel Awards to Carrillo and Staley The 2012-13 recipients of The Manuel Award were science chair Chris Carrillo, Ph.D., and math instructor Erin Staley. The award is presented annually to a male and female faculty or staff member who, in the opinion of the student body, best exemplifies the ideals of Culver. The honor is named for Ralph N. Manuel, president of the Academies from 1982 to 1999. Staley joined the faculty in 2008 and teaches Algebra I and serves as the Algebra I level leader. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education and a bachelor’s degree in Math and Statistics from Miami University. Staley also recently completed a master's degree in Secondary School Administration from Jones International University. She is a JV tennis coach for both boys and girls. A member of the Science Department since 2010, Carrillo earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii. He currently teaches chemistry and serves as the department chair. His research interests include climate change and aquatic ecosystems, carbon dioxide solution chemistry in seawater, and photosynthesis, respiration and physiology of algae.

The Honorary Cum Laude recipient for 2013 was Brian L. Reichart ’68 of Elwood, Ind., pictured here with his wife, Selita. Reichart is the president and CEO of Red Gold. A family-owned business, Red Gold is the largest privately-owned tomato processing company in the world with products in 50 states and 16 countries. He and his wife are parents of Beau ’99 and Colt ’01. Reichart received the honor and addressed the student body at the Commencement Convocation June 1.

2013 class gift provides $15,500 for Culver rings As its gift to Culver, the Class of 2013 leaves behind an endowed fund of $15,500 to provide financial assistance to rising seniors and first-classmen who need help in purchasing their cherished class rings. The intent of the Class of ’13 leadership is to provide funding for at least one first-classman and one senior annually. There will be an application and blind review process overseen by Culver Fund officer Bob Shriner and the student council officers to determine the awards. CMA class representative Collin Parker ’13 (Warsaw, Ind.) said, “We will encourage the Class of 2013 to generously give to this fund for years to come and carry on the tradition of giving back to Culver.”

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Photo Grant Munroe ’87 of CGM Photography, Culver.

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he most coveted and prestigious of student awards were presented to four first-classmen and four seniors from the Class of 2013 at Commencement awards ceremonies. The top student award-winners are nominated and selected by a vote of the faculty and staff.

Alex Ding (Ithaka) was awarded the Superintendent’s Bowl. Established in 1972, the award is presented to a CGA senior in recognition of her leadership, example, influence, and total

record of achievement. Ding will be taking a gap year and enroll at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2014. She is the daughter of Drs. Juren Ding and Feng Wang of Edina, Minn. Ding

Having received her diploma from Head of Schools John Buxton (back to camera), an excited Anna-Christina Betekhtin heads for the Graduation Arch and her future.

Established in 1915, the YMCA Cup was presented to the CMA cadet who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of Culver. This year’s recipient is Caleb Jadrich (Battery B), the son of Duane and Sara Jadrich of Brownsburg, Ind. Jadrich received a Morehead -Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. Jadrich

Established by Edwin C. McDonald ’15, the McDonald Award goes to the first-classman who, by his individual work, example, and inspiration, Newton has contributed materially to the betterment of cultural life at Culver. The 2013 recipient is Todd Newton (Battery C) of Lakeville, Ind., son of Terry and Lissa Newton SS’83. Newton will attend DePaul University.

CGA’s Mary Frances England Humanitarian Award is presented to the graduating senior who, by her acts, has revealed an exemplary concern Berger for others. The 2013 recipient was Jordan Berger (Ithaka) of Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Jonathan and Jamie Berger. Berger will be a freshman at Cornell University. England was the founding director of Culver Academy for Girls and the dean of the girls’ school from 1971-84.

Culver resident Mary McKinnis (Linden) received the Arthur G. Hughes Award, which is presented to the graduating senior who has revealed McKinnis exceptional concern for cultural life at Culver. McKinnis will attend Furman University. She is the daughter of Scot and Nancy McKinnis, who is a master instructor in the Center for Leadership. The award was established in 1974 by the graduates of CGA to honor the first chair of the Fine Arts Department.

Photo Grant Munroe ’87 of CGM Photography, Culver.

Commandant Col. Kelly Jordan admires a crystal eagle, given to him by the Buxtons as a going-away gift. Jordan is leaving Culver after five years to become dean of students at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Ind.

Bryan DeVries (Battery A) is the recipient of The Chambers Award, which recognizes the first-class cadet who has distinguished himself DeVries with a combination of excellence in scholarship and athletics. DeVries, the son of George III ’77 and Jan DeVries of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will be taking a gap year before attending the University of Southern California. The award was established in memory of Cal C. Chamber, a 1908 alumnus.

The Jane Metcalfe Culver Award recognizes the CGA senior who has distinguished herself in the classroom and on the athletic field. The award went to Joy Shen (Atrium), daughter of John Shen and Lining Yu of Oviedo, Fla. Shen will be a freshman at the University of Chicago. Photo by Natasha Lambrechtse/Communications.

Aaron Arvizu Arguelles (Co. B) was the recipient of the Van Zandt Key, which is presented to the first-classman who, by his effort and example, has Arvizu increased an awareness of moral and spiritual values among the Corps of Cadets. Arvizu is the son of Sergio ’78 and Gloria Arvizu of Skillman, N.J., and will matriculate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Joy Shen ’13, the Metcalfe Culver Award winner, with Dean of Girls Laura Weaser after Commencement. After 30 years in Student Life, the last 11 as the dean of CGA, Weaser will be transitioning to the College Advising office in 2013-14.



Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Notes

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Ed Little, director of horsemanship operations, was featured in the New Mexico Military Institute’s online alumni publication in May. Little is a 1971 graduate of the NMMI high school in Roswell, N.M., and graduated from the junior college in 1973 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas. Little worked as a developer and builder in Midland, Texas, and worked the family ranch prior to coming to Culver in 1991. He played varsity polo at NMMI and played professionally from 1976-91.

Legion honors 19 employees with 25 years of Culver service In May, 19 faculty/staff members and employees received honorary membership in The Culver Legion for having completed 25 years of service. Recipients received a Culver ring, or a gift of equivalent value to those who are Culver graduates. Honorary membership to faculty began in 1987 and was extended to all Academies employees in 2005. The individuals were honored May 15 at an all-school assembly and represent nearly 500 years of accumulative service. Recipients and their departments in alphabetical order are:

Cheryl Adams (Athletics/Administrative Services), Bob Albert (Warehouse), Bruce Burgess (Language), Tony Clemons (Utilities), Tom Duckett (Leadership), Nancy Czarnecki (Laundry), Leola Fields (Dining Hall), David Girard (College Advising), Tim Hawkey (Custodial), Gary Hinton (Wellness Education), Kristen Little ’75 (Science), Lynn Rasch ’76 (Student Life), Judy Rochford (Library), Sue Roth (Alumni), Joyce Roush (Language), Steve Schumerth (Leadership), Chris Sheppard (Post Office), Tom White (Building Maintenance), and Mike Woods (Dining Hall).

Robert B.D. Hartman, center, is honored at an all-school meeting May 3 with the introduction of the Robert B.D. Hartman Chair for Excellence in Teaching. A gift of CEF Chairman Miles White ’73 (left) and his family, the endowed chair will be awarded to that faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to and an understanding of Academies’ history and values. At right is Head of Schools John Buxton.

Leadership ethics instructor Ray Gleason, Ph.D., participated March 13 on “The Dead End” on Blog Talk Radio in New York as part of a panel of writers discussing the influences of Irish culture on American society. Gleason’s second book, “The Violent Season,” which came out in paperback in April, tells the story of his generation caught up in Vietnam War through a collection of stories spanning from the humorous to the tragic, from the routine to the heroic.  Robert “Doc” Shriner, a senior health instructor and Culver’s first athletic trainer (1969-80), has been inducted into the Mishawaka (Ind.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Shriner also served as a summer camps instructor from 1974-81. He went from Culver to Mishawaka, was named athletic director in 2008, and retired in 2011. His son, Robert is a Culver Fund officer.


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Student Notes With a grade-point average of 3.98, Lori Bin (Canton, Mich.) graduated as the valedictorian of the Class of 2013 and recipient of the Jonas Weil Award. Bin, who will matriculate at Princeton University, also received the Alfred J. Donnelly Scholastic Award as the CGA senior with the highest academic average in her final two years at Culver. In addition, Bin received the Tiffany Powell Leadership Award. The recipient is a senior who has excelled in leadership, is strong academically, and involved in the campus community. The award was established by the Class of 2000 to honor Powell ’98, who died tragically in July 1999.


The salutatorian/Jonas Weil Award winner was Mariah Walzer (Hesperia, Mich.), with a GPA of 3.96. Walzer will attend Hamilton College. Established by Jonas Weil ’54, the Weil Award provides a monetary award to the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class.

•••• Keunwoo “Ted” Kim (Seoul, South Korea), with a GPA of 3.91, received the Scholarship Medal. The medal is awarded to the cadet with the highest cumulative grade-point average in his second- and first-class years.





The Quizbowl team placed 73rd at the


The Silver Bowl for the boys’ military unit with the highest grade-point average for the school year went to Company A with a 3.45. The award was established in 1938 by E.R. Culver III. Ithaka’s 3.53 GPA garnered the Benson

256-team National Championship in Atlanta in May. Teams needed to win six of their 10 preliminary matches to advance to Sunday’s playoffs, and after seven rounds, the Eagles had a 3-4 record. Behind Adam Freymiller ’13, the team racked up three wins in a row, including a 280-250 victory over 26th-ranked Ridgewood, N.J. Culver entered Sunday’s playoffs ranked No. 97 and ended up tying for 73rd. Freymiller led the team with 58.0 points per game, ranking him 39th among the 1,265 players in attendance. Teaming with Freymiller were Muriel Weathers ’15, John Van Duyn ’14, and Franklyn Ndubuisi-Obi ’13. Culver finished the season with a record of 86-52. 

Bowl for Academic Achievement as the CGA dormitory with the highest academic average for the year. The award was established in 1977 by a former cadet in memory of Dean Ernest B. Benson.

Twenty members of the Academies Choir performed June 22-26 in Rome at the Festival Corale Internazionale Di Roma. The group was accompanied by director Stacey Warren and seven other parents/

The recipient of the 2013 Mark Todd Berger Scholarship was Peter Bogle Jr., a second-classman from St. Charles, Ill. Funded by Berger’s parents and brother, David ’83, the scholarship is awarded annually to the rising first-classman who best exemplifies Mark Berger’s qualities of courage, concern, pleasant nature and positive outlook. Born with congenital heart problems, Berger died in April 1988. Despite his health issues, he was in the Troop, earned a 3.0 grade-point average, and served as a student trainer.

the member schools of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools.

•••• Daniel Gaynor ’13 (Seattle) was the recipient of The MacArthur Award. Presented by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, the honor goes to an outstanding first-classman among

•••• Six Academies graduates will spend the 2013-14 school year studying in the United Kingdom Britain as part of the English Speaking Union. ESU provides 50 scholarships annually to 61 American preparatory schools to study in some of Britain’s most prestigious public (private) schools. Culver has been associated with ESU for 19 years. Academies recipients are: Polo Burguete (Mexico City), Kennedy Donnelly (Denver), Eleanor Logue (South Bend, Ind.), Tim Newton (Lakeville, Ind.), Maria Solis (Cancun, Mexico), and Katrina Weil (Cary, Ill.).


chaperones. The choir began rehearsals months ago, including songs in Latin and Russian, and joined four other high school choirs to form a 150-voice Festival Choir that sang at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican and in a final concert in the Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

The Jud Little Scholars and NRHyA (National Reining Horse Association youth) members who rode in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade were featured in an article in the NRHA Reiner, the magazine dedicated to promoting the reining (ranch-type) horse. Endowed by Jud Little ’65, the merit-based scholarships support students from Oklahoma interested in the Academies’ equestrian program. The first scholarship was awarded in 2008-09 and during the 2012-13 school year there were five Little scholars – two seniors, two sophomores, and a freshman.

Eleven students spent six weeks of their summer in either France or Spain as members of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. As a total immersion program, students live with a host family and are not to speak English. Eight will be studying in four Spanish cities: Rebecca Carballo (Milwaukee), Erica Oosterhoff (Momence, Ill.), and John Van Duyn (Wheaton, Ill.) in Ciudad Real; Paige Baldacci (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Alan Simonini (Cornelius, N.C.) in Valencia; Michael Anthony (Wakarusa, Ind.) and Natalie Schurr (Oregon, Wis.) in Oviedo; and Allison Baker (Culver) in León. Studying in France are Sina Hartung (Ulm-Lehr, Germany) in Saumur and Emily Hernández (Pueblo, Colo.) and Bella Lee (Darien, Ill.) in St. Brieuc.

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CGA lacrosse again wears state crown The Culver Girls Academy lacrosse team captured its seventh state title in 12 years with a 9-8 win over Carmel June 1. Erin Thomas ’15 (Westfield, Ind.) scored a goal off a pass from Kelsi Carr ’14 (Kitchener, Ontario) with 3:34 left to break an 8-8 tie. The Eagles led at halftime, 5-3, and led 7-4 after a Morgan Osborn ’13 (Culver) goal. But Carmel slowly climbed back and tied the game with less than five minutes remaining. Olivia Rabbitt ’13 (Annapolis, Md.) led CGA with three goals. Annie Morsches ’13 (Columbia City, Ind.) and Thomas each added two goals. Clair Fay made 10 saves. Rabbitt and Morsches were two of the five Indiana high school girls recognized as All-Americans by US Lacrosse. Culver had previously won the championship in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Eagles finished with a 21-1 record.

Rugby goes 8-1 for the season The boys rugby team finished just one game short of making a return trip to the state tournament, losing, 12-10, to eventual Division II state champion Arsenal Technical of Indianapolis. CMA advanced to the championship with a 17-10 regional victory over Angola. The team finished with an 8-1 record. Earning all-state honors were Pete Hamm ’13 (Mansfield, Texas), Edmond Hogan ’14 (Itasca, Ill.), and Francis Cislak ’14 (Indianapolis). Caleb Jadrich ’13 (Brownsburg, Ind.), Ben Mavroudis ’13 (Arusha, Tanzania), and Eric Maudhuit ’13 (Paris) were named academic all-state.


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Kelsi Carr '14 avoids a defender in the state title game with Carmel.

Sharff advances to golf regional; team 15-1 for season Second-classman Ben Sharff (Deland, Fla.) qualified as an individual for the Warsaw Regional after he shot a 74 at the Stonehenge Golf Club in the Warsaw Sectional. After shooting a 49 on the front nine, Sharff came back to shoot an even par 35 on the back nine, finishing with an 84. At the sectional, the team failed to advance after finishing fourth with a total of 328, nine strokes out of the running. Sharff ’s 74 was a competitive best and he finished fourth overall. The team finished 15-1 in dual matches, losing to Penn in the final match of the season.

CGA tennis fights weather, injuries Between bad weather and injuries, the CGA tennis team cobbled together a winning record and sectional and regional titles. The team lost matches to snow, wind, and rain, and lost players to injuries ranging from shoulders, backs, and ankles, to even a concussion. But the varsity team got healthy just in time for the state tournament run, managing to win the sectional and regional crowns before dropping the semistate match to fourth-ranked Penn. CGA won its ninth consecutive sectional title with wins over Knox (4-1) and Rochester (5-0). The girls continued with a 4-1 victory over Peru in the first round of the regional and a 3-2 victory over Plymouth for a second straight regional crown. The team finished with an 11-4 record overall.


Sports Junior Leah Heckaman places 5th in state discus, 10th in shot put

Her throw of 134 feet, nine inches in the discus preliminaries guaranteed Heckaman a spot on the awards stand. Her toss of 41 feet, 1.25 inches in the shot put gave her a spot in the finals but fell five inches short of earning another trip to the podium. Heckaman (Plymouth, Ind.) set the school record in the shot put (42 feet,

CMA Prep repeats as NALI champion Culver Military Academy Prep captured its second consecutive North American Lacrosse Invitational title with a 19-10 victory over The Hill Academy May 19. The team advanced to the championship with a 17-5 victory over Upper Arlington (Ohio). CMA first-classman Zach Currier (Petersborough, Ontario) led the Eagles with nine goals and five assists on the weekend. He was named the tournament’s most valuable player and led the all-invitational team. He was also named an Under Armour All-American. The Eagles finished the season 18-2 and were ranked fifth in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and seventh by US Lacrosse. The team’s two losses came to Hill midway through the season and then-No. 1 Boys Latin during the spring break trip to Baltimore/Washington, D.C.

2.5 inches) at the Rochester Sectional. She won both events at Rochester and at the Warsaw Regional on her way to qualifying for the June 1 state meet. Heckaman was a big reason why CGA captured the Rochester Sectional title on May 14. CGA also got points from Amber Cowell ’14 (Culver), who won the 300-meter hurdles and was a member of the 1600-meter relay team. Joining Cowell on the relay team were juniors Motunrayo Adenuga (Tecumseh, Mich.), Hannah Buggeln (Valparaiso, Ind.), and senior Laura Ma (Indianapolis). Their time of 4:10.39 set a school record.

The Culver Military Academy varsity 4+ rowing team of Bryan DeVries ’13 (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Nicholas Payne ’14 (Jonesville, Mich.), Tanner Grant ’14 (Culver), Daniel Gaynor ’13 (Seattle), and coxswain Sarah Stackhouse ’14 (Riverview, Fla.) finished third in the Grand Final of the Scholastic National Regatta in Pennsauken, N.J. The team was undefeated heading into the Grand Final, having won the Midwest Scholastic in Cincinnati to advance. Culver Girls Academy’s varsity quad team of Lauren Robinson ’13 (Los Angeles), Danielle Rassi ’13 (Milford, Ind.), Brittany Courteau ’13 (Allendale, Mich.), and Kristen Trefren ’15 (Hotchkiss, Colo.) reached the Scholastic Nationals semifinals. The team was undefeated up to that point and the Midwest Scholastic champion.

Baseball team wins two in extra-innings

Photo by Camilo 'Mo' Morales.

Making her third trip to the IHSAA girls track and field finals, junior Leah Heckaman finished fifth in the discus, good enough for a spot on the podium (the top eight places), and 10th in the shot put, just inches out of all-state contention.

CMA 4+ rowers finish third at national regatta

The CMA baseball team reached the sectional championship game after playing in two extra-inning nail-biters. In the Mishawaka Marian contest, the Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-5 win. After falling behind 11-4 to Jimtown, the Eagles scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to send the game into extra innings. The Jimmies took a 12-11 lead in the ninth, but the Eagles came back to tie. Then CMA captured the victory with a walk-off home run by Trent Kolden ’13 (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Eagles dropped a 9-2 decision to St. Joseph in the championship game, finishing the season 14-7.

— written and compiled by Jan Garrison

Kyle Bartelman rounds third after hitting a home run in the baseball sectional title game.

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The Pathways a Healthy


he health and wellness of Culver students have been of the utmost concern since the school opened its doors in 1894. Through the years, innovations, philosophies, and even fads have taken Culver down various paths – many of them short-lived though well-intended. The approaches to student wellness have changed as medical science and society changed, but Culver’s ultimate goal has never changed: to take care of its students – mind, body, and spirit — and to prepare them to be at their very best. The latest reiteration stands apart from all others in scope and comprehensiveness. Student health and wellness can no longer be defined as the “disease of the week” in health classes or the “throw the ball and kick it” philosophy of physical education. Today, Culver’s program provides an integrated curriculum that empowers students to become aware of, to assess, and to form and improve their well-being – physically, emotionally, mentally, morally, spiritually,

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and socially. The program is a part of the classroom, the athletic teams, the living units, the dining hall, and the fitness center. It involves every student and every adult who is involved with a student.

The following stories detail how the health and wellness umbrella encompasses the curriculum, daily life, and employees, and how healthy living and lessons in leadership have inspired five alumnae.

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Equally significant, the education of the whole person has become the education of the whole community. Wellness initiatives and health screenings for all employees – from the chief administrators to the hourly workers – have people thinking smart and taking better care of themselves. It is resulting in detection instead of treatment, fitness regimens, a free on-site clinic, and savings for Culver and employees in medical insurance premiums.



Raising Employees'

By Kristen Counts “If you want your employees to be productive, they have to be well.” With that simple and direct premise, Head of Schools John Buxton explained how Culver adopted “a broad vision of wellness” in 1999 for all of the people in the community. In the ensuing years, wellness initiatives at Culver and health insurance cost control have proven to have a symbiotic relationship. And after eight years of working on providing wellness and controlling health care costs, Buxton said “the aggregate savings have been somewhere in the area of fourteen to fifteen million dollars.”

Lake Max Triathlon, 2012


Health and Awareness While Driving Down Costs

What is remarkable is that the “think tank� behind it all was not a consulting firm. A template was not adopted from another school or business. All of the ideas that led to the control of health insurance costs were generated at Culver. The community members who were and are still involved include the Accounting Office, Human Resources, faculty, academic administrators, the wellness director, and the Faculty/Staff Affairs Committee, among others.

“Because of Health screenings, people aware of their physical state of bei “At one time, Culver utilized a partial self-insured arrangement, which is a very common method larger employers use to finance their health insurance program,” Human Resources Director Diane Avery said in an email message. “Culver hired a professional administrator to manage the program and pay claims. Along with the outsourced administration, Culver also purchased stop-loss insurance, buying high deductible and aggregate policies from an insurance company to protect Culver against catastrophic claims.”

“The first time we did the screening, it was not very popular,” Buxton said.

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Avery said, “At first, everybody thought that their employment would be dependent on screening results. They did not like it. Then, people got excited about it. … Now, people get upset if you even mention taking screening away. Ninety-nine percent of employees participate in the screenings.” “Because of those screenings, people have become much more aware of their physical state of being,” said Director of Wellness Dana Neer, who is happy to host the screenings in the Siegfried Fitness Center. Buxton recalled an employee who went in for screening the first year. After being tested, he was immediately sent for further medical care, ultimately having life-saving triple bypass heart surgery. “(The screenings and exercise opportunities) began to get people into the habit of taking responsibility for their own health,” Buxton said. To make wellness more attainable for its employees, Culver allows faculty and staff to exercise during the workday, as their schedules permit. Hourly employees are able to exercise for thirty minutes twice weekly at the fitness center while still receiving wages for that time, Avery said.

The social culture of exercising was a motivating factor for faculty member Kevin Danti, seen here with workout partner Elizabeth Gorecki, a senior from LaPorte, Ind.

At this point, Buxton said Culver was underfunded. “We knew we had the opportunity to manage our own health. We knew we could do things to control our own health . . . What we found, from research, that saves money in the health care system, is early diagnosis,” Buxton said. “We decided that everyone (all faculty/ staff and insured adult family members) would be screened (yearly) or pay full cost (for their health insurance).” Campuswide wellness screening was initiated in 2002. Avery said that with the help of the Faculty/Staff Affairs Committee, HPN Worldwide of Elmhurst, Illinois, was chosen to oversee the screenings. HPN provides health care cost control and employee wellness programs among other services. At a screening, each participant has body measurements (height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure) taken that indicate overall health. The individual also has blood drawn to screen for high cholesterol, diabetes, and other indicators of illness. Additionally, a questionnaire is filled out by each participant in order to assess daily habits, such as diet, exercise, and tobacco use. Results and recommendations are mailed to each participant and are entirely confidential.


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As a result of the implementation of these cost-saving and wellnesspromoting efforts, Culver’s health insurance claims went down. Jeff Lawler, an employee benefits consultant with Risk Strategies Company, worked with Culver so it would qualify to sign on with an insurance carrier. Lawler said Risk Strategies “worked to make Culver ‘low risk’ to insure and attractive to companies like Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS).” In 2008, Culver began to participate with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and this association continues. “Culver has done an excellent job of being good financial stewards when it comes to their employee benefits program,” Lawler said. Buxton said, “there are about ten boarding schools out of the three hundred (in the United States) that are able to provide excellent health benefits to employees. Culver is one of them.” He added that Culver has gone seven years without requiring an increase in employee contribution to the health insurance program. If you have crafted a good health insurance program, it is only natural for other employers to want to use it for their own employees. “One way we measure our outcome is if we are leading others,” Buxton said. “(Our health insurance program) has become a template that others have started to use.” Lawler confirmed that he is familiar with businesses who are modeling their employee health insurance programs after Culver’s.

people have become much more being.” Director of Wellness Dana Neer A more recent change to health care provision at Culver has been the addition of an on-site clinic in November 2011. Buxton said an insurer/alumnus of the school suggested the on-site clinic, which “cuts costs dramatically because (the claim) doesn’t go through insurance. It almost cut our claims by thirty to forty percent. The clinic doesn’t make money, but it allows employees to access care easily, when they otherwise might not go. It’s a quality of life issue. If people are experiencing wellness, they will be better workers.” Avery added, “If you’re an hourly employee, there’s a lot of money lost in a day to take time to go to a doctor. So they (often) don’t. When they go to the on-site clinic, they don’t have to clock out.” The clinic is run by a third party (OurHealth Physician Group) and is available for use by all full-time faculty and staff and their spouses who participate in the health insurance program. “In the last renewal for medical insurance, there was an eleven percent reduction in rates to Culver,” Avery said. “Because of the reduction in rates, we were able to cover costs for building the clinic.” The clinic is conveniently located in a renovated older home on North Terrace Drive within the boundaries of the campus. The facility provides employees with a convenient yet private setting in which to receive a variety of medical services.

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain costs U.S. businesses more than sixty-one billion dollars a year in lost worker productivity. Neer said that they do see some people with chronic pain. Sometimes, he refers them to medical professionals in South Bend. Employees with chronic pain also use the swimming pool, Neer said, adding that a morning aquatics class is in the works. In addition to individualized consultation in the fitness center, Culver employees are offered a variety of classes and programs. Exercise programs include Zumba dance, cardio class, yoga, rowing, spinning, and TRX. (TRX, Total Body Resistance Exercises, is a suspension system that uses body weight to develop overall strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability.) Weight loss programs and fitness incentive programs are also offered.

Visits to Clinic by Ailment

from November 29, 2011 — September 30, 2012

Simple Routine 22% Ex: Allergies, sinusitis, acne

A wealth of wellness options There is a wealth of people and building resources providing wellness services all over the Culver campus. After the on-site clinic got started, Buxton and his team realized an in-house opportunity. “We wanted to match up the on-site clinic with the fitness center,” Buxton said. This allows for an individual who is a patient at the clinic to be referred to the fitness center for services that can be provided there, when deemed appropriate for the patient’s condition by a physician. Employees can enjoy this option as it is convenient and free. However, it is not compulsory. Neer explained that this process begins with a referral from the clinic’s doctor; however, referrals can also be received from offsite doctors. “A lot of people come down (to the fitness center) without a referral,” Neer said. “Athletic trainers are here to help the adult population as well as the students.” Initially, the employee will participate in a two-week plan that covers the topics of nutrition and exercise. During the two weeks, fitness center employees evaluate feedback from the participating employee. “Then, we send them in different directions depending on what they want to do,” he said. “Some options are classes and catered workouts for an interest the person has. Nutrition counselors can speak to them. Exercise programs are primarily endurance and strengthbased. We want them to be able to do their work at Culver and then have energy for when they go home.”

Nurse Visit 29%

Complex Routine 30%

Ex: Blood pressure check, lab draw

Ex: Annual exam, Chronic disease maintenance

Simple Urgent 17% Complex Urgent 2%

Ex: Strains/sprains, sore throat, rashes

Ex: headache, chest discomfort, nausea

Carol Buchanan, assistant director of Food Services, participated in the Fitness Center Challenge, an incentive program which helped her reach her health and fitness goals. “The Fitness Center Challenge is a thirty-six week commitment. Each entrant decides how many miles they want to walk, run, bike, etc., each week. At the end of thirty-six weeks, there will be prizes given to those who completed their specified miles,” Buchanan shared via email. “What I enjoy in the fitness center is seeing relationships form and take place,” Neer said. “I like to see someone from Humanities

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working out next to a person from Facilities. I like to see them appreciate what each other does. That may not have happened otherwise. I love the teaming up and relationship building.”

to students. Neer said, “It really provides a healthy environment to the campus.”

That relationship-building was a key factor in helping Humanities Instructor Kevin Danti stick with his workout regime. “I did not work (one-on-one) with (a staff member), but found that the staff, environment, and people all formed a culture that encouraged me to be more health aware and consistent in my workouts,” Danti said via email. “Frankly, there was a great social component. I liked visiting with the regulars and enjoyed becoming one myself – almost like Norm from the ’80s show ‘Cheers.’” When a group of employees expresses an interest in a program to address a particular health problem, they are heard. Avery said, “We have capabilities to do just about any specialized (health education) program for which there is a need.” When an idea is

Yet another component of the wellness offerings is the Culver Employees Association, which is also directed by Neer. The activities that are offered address physical and social aspects of wellness. Events are planned that give employees and their families opportunities to have Christmas, tailgate, and end-ofyear parties. Employees also have the opportunity to canoe, hike, bike, and play volleyball together. There is a wine and cheese social, a bowling night, and a crime chase event. Neer said, “Some events are a collaboration with community organizations – like the Lake Max Triathlon.” He added that the Academies partnered with the Antiquarian & Historical Society of Culver to provide a moonlight canoe paddling experience for employees and community residents.

“I don't believe this ever would have happened in any other business venue."

Human Resources Director Diane Avery

presented by employees, Human Resources outsources to an independent company. “They provide curriculum and training for an individual, and then (a Culver employee) teaches it,” she said. Smoking cessation is an example of one program that was offered to employees and mentored by an employee. The importance of a healthy menu in the dining hall is not forgotten at Culver. The Wellness Department works with the dining hall staff to provide healthy meals for Culver students, employees, and their families. “Our food should be for energy,” Neer said. “Food should be fun. It should be culturally social. It can be all three on a routine basis.” Director of Food Services Lee Willhite said, “We’ve always tried to have something nutritious available for (students, employees, and employees’ families). I wanted to move it up another level, so we hired a chef in April 2011, with the support of administration.” With the addition of a chef in the kitchen, pre-packaged foods have been greatly reduced. “We really concentrate on cooking from scratch, because it’s healthier for you,” he said. “The chef and staff are very creative in using the fresh foods that are available to them.” Currently, there is a vegan soup offered at lunch, a vegetarian option offered at each meal, and organically grown vegetables and fruits are being introduced. Herbicide/pesticide-free vegetables that are grown on campus at Fleet Field are also utilized during the summer and fall seasons. Willhite also mentioned the addition of gluten-free products, soy milk, and preservative-free deli meats. With all of the opportunities that faculty and staff have to exercise and eat well, they also have the opportunity to be a good example


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Culver employees have many opportunities to improve individual wellness. They also have many wellness offerings extended to their family members. Health insurance costs are in good control, thanks to the teamwork of employees at Culver. “I don’t believe this ever would have happened in any other business venue,” Avery said. “John (Buxton) is a true mentor. You can come to him with an idea; and he’ll let you take that idea, develop it, grow it, and let you see it to fruition.” Medical care is an ever-evolving establishment in the United States. Common practice can quickly become dated. Research moves forward at a rapid pace, giving us more and more options. The relationships between our health care systems are always changing. Federal legislation can change very quickly with widespread effect. All employers will have a challenge in providing affordable health care to their employees in the future. “It’s hard to read the tea leaves in health care,” Buxton said. “We follow the legislation very closely.” Avery keeps herself educated on health care trends and the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. Culver is on a healthy track and will continue to rely on its best resources – innovative thinking and teamwork – to extend the highest quality of affordable health care for its employees and their families well into the future. Editor’s note: Kristen Counts is a frequent contributor to Culver Alumni Magazine. A Culver resident, she is the wife of Academies Math Department Chairman Nick Counts, and they are the parents of daughter Ruthie, a Junior Woodcrafter.

Clinic site has cared for many through the years

Operated by OurHealth, a third-party health service provider, two-thirds of Culver’s eligible employees are utilizing the on-site clinic, Human Resources Director Diane Avery said. The clinic is available to full-time faculty, staff, and hourly employees and their spouses who are enrolled in the health insurance program.

The Officers’ Club to many, a faculty/staff residence to several others, the whitestucco house on North Terrace Drive has been reborn as the Academies’ on-site clinic. Now, the renovated site caters to employees as a provider of physician and health care services.

Avery said in November 2012, one year after the clinic was opened, patient satisfaction surveys indicated that 76.5 percent rated their “overall experience” at the clinic as “excellent,” and 20.6 percent rated their “overall experience” as “good.” Built in 1923, the building was originally the home of Colonel Charles C. Chambers,

general primary OurHealth's appointment responsiveness to patients care services are Excellent Excellent also offered. Some 60.8% 76.5% medical procedures Good Good that can be con20.5% 29.8% ducted at the clinic Average Average 2.0% 6.2% include EKG testFair 0.9% Fair 2.3% ing, strep testing, immunizations, Poor 0.0% Poor 0.9% pregnancy testing, 0.0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 0.0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% and female health exams. Most rouAt an end-of-year employee meeting, a 1908 alumnus and the secretary of The tine lab services are also available at the Head of Schools John Buxton shared that Culver Educational Foundation board clinic. Most common acute and maintethe clinic’s hours of operation had been (1933-53). The home transitioned to an nance generic medications are available at expanded by four hours a week to provide Officers’ Club in 1931 for use by military the clinic at no cost. more availability for members of the employees and their faculty. spouses. The single-family The clinic is staffed dwelling was by a part-time physidivided into upstairs cian, a part-time and downstairs nurse practitioner, apartments in the and a phlebotomist/ 1940s and over the medical assistant. years it has been Together, they faculty/staff housing provide a variety for the Marses, Parés, of options for Duffs, Ducketts, patient care. Montgomery, Clicks, Burgesses, Employees can go to Tosis, Moores, King, the clinic for a fortySurovchak, Milburys, minute compreand others. hensive evaluation/ annual exam. Urgent – Kristen Counts and care services and Doug Haberland Patients' rating of overall OurHealth experience

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Wellness Educa

Touches Every Student, Every and from Every Direction

Student health encompasses physical, emotional, mental, m

The lakeside is a favorite place for joggers and runners like Waverly Neer ’11, who now runs for Columbia University.


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moral, social, and spiritual

by Frederick Karst Today’s Culver students are facing new challenges in a world that has become increasingly complex and encourages lifestyles that take emphasis away from exercise and other healthful behaviors. Adding to the demands is a student body that draws young people from all over the world, bringing with them greater diversity and a variety of backgrounds, each of which may produce habits and expectations different from those that existed in the school’s early years. “Wellness continues to evolve here at Culver,” said Dan Davidge, chairman of Wellness Education. “The wellness education program now consists of four years in the classroom with a concerted effort defined by the acronym PEMMSS – for the physical, emotional, mental, moral, social, and spiritual health of the individual. When people think of someone who is healthy, they often default to just physical health. That is only one component of our studies here. There is so much more that goes into it, especially at a boarding school with students so far away from home.  “When Culver is at its best, our students are learning a great deal about wellness from more than just the work in a classroom. I see them taking what they are learning in theory from our curriculum into real laboratory situations on campus. Students are having to make important health decisions constantly. We in the department don’t consider ourselves the only wellness instructors on the campus either. Our coaches, teachers, counselors, staff members, and administration all take an active role in educating and assessing our students’ PEMMSS health. We rely on a teacher to notify a counselor when they see a student struggling with emotional issues, just as much as we do when they miss a homework assignment.” 







the relationship between exercise, nutrition and cardiovascular health, stress and resiliency, sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies, as well as the problems associated with the use of drugs and alcohol.


PEMMSS encompasses each student's well-being: physically, emotionally, mentally, morally, socially, and spiritually.

There have been some changes. Soft drinks have disappeared from the dining hall, where the keynote is healthful foods and beverages. The endeavor is directed not only toward students but also toward faculty and staff, whose lives have been affected by some of the same forces that impact upon young people. Interestingly, renewed attention to wellness at Culver comes at a time when physical education is losing ground in public schools in the wake of efforts like “no child left behind” and other budgetary constraints. Students encounter an academic phase of the program each year, Davidge explained, beginning with a half-year classroom introductory course two days a week in the ninth grade. At the sophomore/third-class level, the program expands to four days a week, and students are introduced to the scientific and psychological aspects of health, including epidemiology, 


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Eleventh-graders, during two-day-a-week sessions, learn skills and earn certification as life guards or study principles of life fitness with an emphasis on CPR certification, which, incidentally, qualifies those who opt for summer work in those areas. Seniors and first-classmen meet five days a week for one term looking at a number of health issues from a global, national, and community perspective with an emphasis on the question, “Why do we do what we do?” Students reflect on their own choices along with studying some of the poor health choices people are making, leading to such issues as the nation’s obesity crisis.  The section on the college binge drinking scene is a favorite of the students, too. “We want them to take a look at where they are headed and what choices they will be faced with” Davidge said. “The goal is to study a topic right now that may nudge a better health choice in the future for our students.” 

John Yeager, director of the Center for Character Excellence, confers with students in the fitness center.

Davidge is in his fourth year with the program and became the chair in 2012-13, succeeding John Yeager. A key figure in the development of the effort, Yeager first met Head of Schools John Buxton fifteen years ago when Yeager served on the faculty of Boston University. Buxton was still with St. Paul’s School and doing graduate study at B.U.

Yeager followed Buxton to Culver and, alongside veteran health/wellness instructors and former department chairs Dan Cowell and Mike Chastain, worked to shape the Culver program to what he describes as a “continuous improvement model.” Yeager succeeded Chastain as director of Culver’s wellness education program from 2008 to 2012. Yeager’s current role as director of Culver’s Center for Character Excellence supports groundbreaking work in wellness education that involves harnessing the insights of neuroscience and behavioral economics as to how adolescents think to enable them to develop better critical thinking skills. One scholar, New York University’s John Haidt, likens the way the brain works to the metaphor of a rider and an elephant. Yeager said, “Commonly, the thought process is automatic, like the elephant, but with the intervention of slow, reflective, and effortful thinking, it becomes like the rider who makes reasoned choices. There is a constant interplay and tension between both, competing for our attention.”



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Sometimes it is not possible to predetermine the outcome of choices, as decisions often have to be made quickly, he added.  Culver is unique in pioneering a wellness program involving critical thinking. “We want our students to become wise and informed decision-makers by better understanding how they think. We believe no one else is doing it at this level,” Yeager said.

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“The goal of wellness extends to every part of life and every area of campus,” emphasized Fitness Center/Wellness Director Dana Neer. “The job descriptions of the former athletic officers in CMA units have been rewritten to enable them to become wellness officers, similar to the CGA wellness prefects.” The aspect of the PEMMSS program that Neer heads is shaped by a Wellness Committee, consisting of twenty members of the faculty and staff from almost every department at the school who meet monthly, while some subcommittees meet daily. A primary goal is to bring people together and build the relationships to support the renewed effort to nurture mind, body, and spirit throughout the campus. “One notable shift in young people’s fitness goals is an awareness of cardiovascular health, with a perceived change away from lifting weights among young men to build muscles, transferring

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attention to the most important muscle of all, the heart,” Neer said. Most Culver students have adopted a cardiovascular regimen. Seventy-five percent of students participate in sports or a conditioning sports program, he said. “The remaining students participate in fitness activities, involving a forty-five-minute workout, four days a week to supplement the classroom participation required


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Evidence also comes from the fact that many alumni avail themselves of the opportunity to return to campus to use the fitness center and the participation of alumni in the Lake Max Triathlon, which Neer organized and is now in its second year. From its inception, Culver has emphasized the development of the whole person, Neer said, and the school named its first psychologist to the staff in the 1920s, adding and adapting to its fitness program over the years.

Dan Davidge, Wellness Education chairman

The current program also helps by identifying any serious problem a student might have. In terms of a physical problem, the family usually knows about it, and an injury or other urgent health problem is promptly addressed, he said. Emotional problems usually are dealt with after a student tells a counselor or if the counselor is advised of a possible problem by a teacher.

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Fitness Center/Wellness Director Dana Neer

of all students,” Neer added. Students enjoy considerable freedom to manage their own workouts. Other aspects of the wellness program include attention to nutrition for students who participate in sports that include “performance bundles” for athletes before they compete. “The majority of Culver students have always been fit, but the recent efforts appear to be enhancing the tendency toward a healthy lifestyle and attitudes. Feedback from alumni suggests that the goal is meeting with success,” Neer said.

Neer, who spent twenty-nine years as a pastor prior to coming to Neer, twenty-nine years as a pastor prior tothe coming to Culver,who alsospent emphasized the significance of directing program Culver, also emphasized the significance of directing the program toward the staff and faculty as well as the students – the entire toward the staff and faculty as well as the students – the entire Culver community. Culver community. Pointing out that there are many things to do at Culver, Neer Pointing therearise are often. many things to dolife, at Culver, Neer observed out thatthat choices In his own he reflects at the observed that choices arise often. In his own life, he reflects end of the day about “what I was able to accomplish today.”at the end of the day about “what I was able to accomplish today.” Based on that simple criterion, Culver students appear to be Based onthe thatchallenges simple criterion, Culver students appear to be meeting in effective ways. meeting the challenges in effective ways. Editor’s note: Culver resident Frederick Karst is a freelance writer and a Editor’s note: Culver to resident is a freelance writer living frequent contributor CulverFrederick Alumni Karst Magazine. He is the former publishandof aThe frequent contributor to Culver Alumni Magazine. He is the former er Culver Citizen and the father of David Karst ’95. publisher of The Culver Citizen and the father of David Karst ’95.

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Hannon Style by Christine Hannon ’05 I never studied exercise science. I haven’t even taken a science class since AP Physics my junior year at Culver. I certainly didn’t plan to become a personal trainer. I wanted to be a spy. Life, however, does not move in a linear fashion.

Photo courtesy of Christine Hannon '05.

"I aim to make fitness fun and challenging, as Culver did for me."

— Christine Hannon '05

In my professional field of health and fitness, I am largely self-taught. Sure, I dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s with my certifications for liability and insurance purposes, but most of my fitness knowledge comes from daily reading of various industry publications, interactions with some of the best professionals and coaches in my field, and from my own athletic endeavors. It also comes from my diverse interests in the arts, politics, and travel. I attribute much of my success in my continuing education and my clients’ results from the foundation laid at Culver and its health and wellness program. Culver’s mission emphasizes the development of mind, body, and spirit, and its wellness program is testament to that creed. I can teach a client to squat properly in one session and I can teach a monkey to entertain that client while he squats during subsequent sessions. It takes more, however, to train the client to show up consistently, to show up and smile, and to eliminate, change, and/or improve habits at home when no one is watching. Culver taught me how to educate my clients. It met me where I needed to be met and pushed me to tap into that extra ten percent as often as possible. It changed my behaviors and created habits. Culver provided a structure for me to get enough sleep at night, although I think I slept less at Culver than in college or even while working on a political campaign. It provided balanced meals in the dining hall, although I was quite fond of the cookie dough cyclones from Renfroes, which, thankfully, is now a bike shop. It required that I show up and move every afternoon between class and supper, whether on the field, in the gym, or on the dance floor. The opportunity to be an athlete was one of the greatest components of Culver. It was one of the reasons I chose to attend rather than stay home in New Jersey. At Culver, I could run, dive, dance, and lift. Because there were so many sports and intramurals to choose from, it wasn’t necessary to be a lifelong athlete to make a team. My sophomore year, I wanted to try something new – either fencing or diving. I decided on the latter. Since graduating from Culver, I’ve continued to pursue new physical challenges from a marathon to powerlifting. It’s easy to make time for those physical pursuits because a work-life balance became an established habit at Culver. Athletic agility transcends the field to life. Being a successful athlete at Culver required more than a great game-time performance. It meant meeting your academic obligations on time so that you could focus on the game. It meant eating well because food is fuel. It meant performing under pressure and picking up your teammates when they stumbled. Being a Culver athlete meant creating a support network within a network. Culver athletes are busy, obstacles are just another part of the day, and experiences are shared amid classes, dorms, units, clubs, and teams.

When coaching a weight-loss client, I cannot focus on only the physical metrics. I have to address any psychological obstacles and create a support network. I seek to build a team around every client with friends, family members, and peers with similar goals. I need to be as flexible and agile as my client, recognizing both the art and science of strength. A mind-body-spirit approach yields infinitely greater results than one that is measured only by a scale. I aim to make fitness fun and challenging, as Culver did for me, and structure training sessions as though I’m choreographing a dance. It’s about moving better in training and in life. By using weights to strengthen the body, I increasingly demand more of my clients, thus honing the mind and spirit. In the summer of 2012, I had the great opportunity of training a Culver alumnus. Training him was a little different than others because, more often than not, I had to be the little voice in his ear saying “slow down” and “that’s enough.” We alumni are very goal-oriented, but like we always tell the senior class, it’s important to enjoy and make the most of the process. When reminiscing about our Culver days, he remarked, “[The Culver] fitness center is where my rifle range used to be.” While Culver’s values and lessons have been steadfast, its facilities and programs have progressed significantly over the years. Since graduating from Culver, I have had the privilege of teaching at Culver Summer Schools & Camps. During those sunny months on Lake Maxinkuckee, I was able to experience the progress of Culver’s wellness program and contribute to it. I enjoyed the fresh produce from the Academies’ garden served in the dining hall. I incorporated strength training for Upper Camp swimmers. One of my swimmers asked me to talk to her unit about making healthy food choices in the dining hall. I corralled runners at the Woodcraft track meets. I even was able to teach spinning classes for faculty and staff during the lunch hour. Health and fitness has been a growing trend in the United States and Culver is taking the lead among its peers in secondary education. Culver alumni will continue to be successful if they remain as agile as they did in their student years on the playing field. Are you in a fitness slump? Harken back to your Culver days. Whether you were in the best shape of your life as a Culver Eagle or you were a little soft around the edges from the temptation of late nights and ice cream, the lessons apply:

1) Set just one goal at a time; write it down.

2) Make it a daily habit.

3) Have a contingency plan.

4) Tell everyone your goal.

5) When you fall down, get back up and go after it again.

About the author: Christine Hannon graduated from Culver Girls Academy in 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Lehigh University in 2008. She currently trains clients in the Columbus, Ohio area and online at When she is not training clients, she is picking up heavy objects to earn her elite total in powerlifting or seeking salsa dance floors in new cities. culver alumni magazine



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by Kathe Brunton Necessity isn’t the only mother of invention. Sleep deprivation plays a pretty good part, too. At least, that’s what sparked a unique idea for Susannah Bowles Neville ’91. A resident of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Neville, along with Culver alumnae — Michelle Moncrief W’86, ’92 (Fort Worth, Texas), Sarah Bernstein Tennyson ’92 (West Dundee, Illinois), and Shannon Bush Rudnicki SS’90 (Loveland, Ohio) — are partners in a new web-based business venture called b spot girls. The idea germinated about four years ago following the birth of Neville’s second child — and plenty of sleepless nights. “I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘Oh, no, I need an eye cream,’” Neville said. “So I went online to see what type I should buy.” What she found, instead, was an absolute overload of products and information scattered across hundreds of beauty review websites. “I couldn’t figure out which one to buy. I thought, ‘This is crazy!’” she said. “Later, I wondered, ‘What would be helpful to women like me who want to buy a beauty product but not spend money on something that’s not going to work?’”

Moncrief suggested the name b spot girls, “because it’s kind of catchy,” and contacted a friend about creating the website. “All this happened within minutes while we were sitting there having dinner together,” she said. “Frankly, it sounded like fun,” Tennyson added. “Susannah had given me a book years ago called “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me.” When she brought up this idea, I immediately flashed back to that book. I told her, ‘You are bringing that book to life in a much more modern twenty-first century way.’” A short but task-filled four months later, launched on the Web. “I don’t know what we thought, that there would be fireworks or something when we went live,” Neville laughed. But at their respective computers, each tracked the steadily growing number of visitors to the site.

“We all learned about team building and leadership from a young age at Culver. We know how to work together as a team and how to communicate. We stick to our agendas and schedules, and we are organized. The biggest thing for me is that we are working together to reach a common goal.”

During the May 2012 Culver reunion, Neville found herself at the Culver Marina with Moncrief, Tennyson, and Rudnicki. She started talking about her idea. Right away, the response was fast and additional ideas dominoed.

“We just wanted to hit 500,” Neville said. By day two, they had reached it. “There was a sense of relief. And we got good feedback in those first days. We replied to all of them because we wanted people to know we were reading their comments.”

— Shannon Bush Rudnicki W’88

Moncrief recalled, “Susannah told us how she had been researching the BB creams, which took off a year ago in America. She was trying to find different reviews but could never find what she wanted. She said, ‘I’m thinking about starting a company called Beauty Spot where women test products and write reviews.’ We all came on board immediately. There was no question.”

Today, b spot girls is a beauty product review website unlike anything else out there in cyberspace. Each month, the four women select eight products that they incorporate into their daily routine. At the end of the testing period, the women write individual reviews, which are published on the website along with a one- to five-star rating. “On many of the review websites that I visited, I could tell the product was used maybe once or twice. The whole idea for b spot girls is to use the products long enough to see real results or to be able to determine if it’s not worth the money,” Neville said.

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So far, the “girls” have tested and reviewed dozens of products for the skin, face, eyes, hair, lips, and nails, covering a wide range of price points, from Almay and Maybelline to Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, the price of a product appears to have no correlation to its effectiveness. “We had tested a moisturizer that cost $195,” Neville said. “I loved it at first, then my skin started drying out. So I’m sticking with my tried and true six dollar product that I get at the grocery store.” “That’s why I get so excited about it,” Tennyson added. “It’s ridiculous to spend two to three times as much on something.”

Working together for a common goal They may not always like the same products, but each b spot girl readily points to their shared history at Culver as a significant contributing factor to their growth and success. “The main thing I learned at Culver was respect,” Moncrief said, “and I think that plays a big role in this business. It’s not unusual for us to have completely different opinions about the products, but we respect each other’s perspectives.” “Team building and leadership,” Rudnicki added without hesitancy. “We all learned about team building and leadership from a young age at Culver. We know how to work together as a team and how to communicate. We stick to our agendas and schedules, and we are organized. The biggest thing for me is that we are working together to reach a common goal.” Tennyson said, “Culver teaches perseverance and resilience. I remember in summer camp one year, I wanted to earn my C every week, but in the fourth week I didn’t get it. … But what are you going to do? Quit? You say, ‘OK, I didn’t get it this week but I will try for next week.’ That’s a great life lesson.” Some people might advise against close friends going into business together and, in fact, Neville was cautioned on that very fact. “People told me that being in business with friends can get dicey at times. But it’s easy to be in business with Michelle and Sarah and Shannon because, number one, I trust them. We have that collective sense of trust and we truly enjoy each other’s company, and that’s huge,” she said. “And this is an outlet for each of us. We are at the same stage in life, with young children. Our minds are usually focused on our family. But this is something we can do for each other and for other women and even girls.” “I don’t know that I could do this with another group of people,” Rudnicki added. “It’s more than just the website. We share each other’s triumphs and challenges.” Because the four women live in four states, they meet on Google Hangout. They select products to review and discuss the pros and cons of recently tested items.


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But, “It’s way bigger than just the four of us,” Rudnicki said. “We have had great support from many other Culver grads.” Culver, in fact, is a recurring theme in their conversations. “After one of our hangouts, we have all shared an inside joke or a memory,” Moncrief said. “We get the job done, but we never forget our roots. There’s never a meeting that goes by that there’s not some sort of Culver comment.” “We have been friends for so long,” Tennyson added. “I’ve known Shannon and Michelle since I was eleven, and I met Susannah when I was fifteen. For all of us to have stayed so close for so long is amazing. There have been blips along the way, but we have powered through.” Rucknicki said, “I have always loved the way Culver made me feel a part of something. And that feeling gave me more selfconfidence to take risks. Had I not gone to Culver, I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to do something like this.” Currently, the b spot girls are thrilled at the attention they are starting to garner. Beauty companies are inundating their post office box with products – although, as Neville stresses, their reviews are always impartial and independent, and they do not get paid for them. The women also are working on getting website affiliates so that, eventually, a reader will be able to click on a product and be directed to a separate site to purchase. b spot girls would then receive a small percentage of that purchase from the manufacturer. It’s been an exciting first year, and one that has confirmed Neville’s initial feeling about her partners. “I knew I had the right group right away. They are responsible, reliable and smart. And there’s a lot of humor in this. It’s a blessing to have such good friends and to be able to do this with them.” And if she’s having any sleepless nights these days, it’s not because of b spot girls. “I never have to worry about the others meeting their deadlines,” Neville said. “And they’re honest in their reviews. I trust that they have tested the products. I don’t get bogged down in the minutia of management. The things I worry about are the big picture things, like where are we going next?” Pretty far, it seems.

Editor’s note: The parent of a former Woodcrafter, Kathe Brunton is a freelance writer living in Edwardsburg, Michigan. She is a frequent contributor to Culver Alumni Magazine, most recently writing about “The Magic that is Woodcraft” during the centennial celebration.

Susannah Bowles Neville ’91 (Tower) Children: Evelyn (4) and Henry (2) Husband: Jon Neville ’89 Before b spot girls: Museum curator and teacher “The writing classes that I had at Culver have helped me with b spot girls. I love to write and my Culver teachers furthered that interest. They encouraged students to have big ideas and to lead. Their confidence in our ability to succeed was very empowering.”

Michelle Moncrief ’92 (Tower) Attended: Woodcraft and Upper Camp Children: Carly (6), Campbell (4), and Charlie Blue (2) Before b spot girls: Licensed interior designer/ business owner “When we first came to Culver, we didn’t really know what we were about to experience. It’s the same with b spot girls. None of us really knew what we were doing and yet we put our brains together and it just took off.”

Sarah Bernstein Tennyson W’87, SS’90, ’92 (Court) Children: William (7) and Spencer (6) Before b spot girls: elementary teacher, currently a part-time reading interventionist for public schools “Culver friendships are my most valued, and I look forward to reunion each year. Drinking a margarita in the right place at the right time last year led me to this exciting new endeavor with b spot girls. You never know where a reunion weekend will lead!”

Shannon Bush Rudnicki W’88 Attended: Upper Camp; Woodcraft counselor in 1994-95 Children: Emma (6) and Will (2) Husband: Mike Rudnicki ’92 Before b spot girls: Wealth management associate/ trust officer “Culver is near and dear to my heart. I met my husband there. We got married there. We baptized our first child there. Now that I am so closely connected with my Culver friends through b spot girls, this has been one of the happiest times of my life.” culver alumni magazine



Class News

1920s Walter G. Lacy Jr. N’29 has been posthumously inducted into the Texas Banking Hall of Fame. Mr. Lacy, who died in 1987, was president of Citizens National Bank of Waco, Texas, from 1946-76, succeeding his father and grandfather. Mr. Lacy was also involved in numerous civic efforts in Waco. The award was accepted by his son, David Lacy N’74, president and CEO of Community Bank & Trust of Waco, which was founded by his father in 1952.

1930s Arthur F. Korf ’36 is 95 and “going great” in Scottsdale, Ariz.

1940s William C. Arthur ’40 says the snows of Peterborough, N.H., are slowing him down some. William N. Hamilton ’40 visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in April at the invitation of veterans with “Honors Flight” of Fort Worth, Texas. Edward S. Kaplan ’44 of Carson City, Nev., vacationed in March at Carmel, Calif., on the ocean with his best friend Mosey Covington. Thomas C. Casey ’47 continues to work as a registered investment adviser in Newport Coast, Calif. He travels and plays bogey golf. Paul L. Deutz Jr. ’47 and his wife, Dorothy, have some health issues and are taking it one day at a time in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. William H. Kyle W’41, ’47 reports all is fine in Palm Desert, Calif. He sees George Gallagher ’46 each week at Rotary Club and Tom Casey ’47 when he comes to the desert.


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Class news published in this issue was received and processed as of May 31, 2013. Culver Class News for the Academies graduates and Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni is combined under the graduation decade. Names in bold italics indicate those who are alumni of CSSC.

Composing beats decomposing, says William P. Perry ’47 of Great Barrington, Mass. Bill’s latest orchestral work, “Silent Film Heroines,” will premiere in October. It features Wallis Giunta of the Metropolitan Opera, who will record the piece for Naxos Records. H. William Porterfield ’47 remains in good health following a heart valve replacement in 2010. A retired plastic surgeon and CEO of a physician-owned managed care organization, Bill and his wife, Linda, reside in Keswick, Va. William Sinclaire ’47 has gotten out of the ranching business in Sedalia, Colo. He and Joanna still have the house and acreage to enjoy. C. David Emhardt ’48 has been honored for his 50 years with the Indianapolis law firm of Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP in Indianapolis. During his tenure the firm grew from four attorneys to over 30. Dave was also honored during his career as a Sagamore of the Wabash. He and wife Ann live in Indianapolis. John S. Kitts-Turner ’49 reports the Alachua, Fla., community band will be performing another of his compositions. George E. Mastics N’47, ’49 is chairman of the board of commissioners running the Port of Palm Beach District and is in his 17th year as port commissioner. He and Carole reside in Palm Beach, Fla. William M. Teich W’42, N’47, ’49 of Tampa, Fla., is retired after 55 years in the hospitality business.

1950s C. Alexander Brassert Jr. N’49, ’51 and his wife, Hong, live in Paris and Vietnam and speak a lot of French. They travel a lot because daughter Celeste ’83 lives in Auburn, Ala.; Desiree ’87 in Quepos, Costa Rica; and Alexandra W’96 in Sydney.

“Change can be good!” writes C. Tull Monsees ’51 after he and his wife, Carol, moved to a senior residence in Evanston, Ill. It’s about two blocks from where he lived when he attended Culver. James F. Morrison W’47, ’51 is president of The Glenview, one of the few residentowned continuing care retirement communities. Jim and Myra enjoy Naples, Fla. Their grandson was a counselor this past summer in Woodcraft Camp. Kenneth E. Serra ’51 had his right leg amputated and is living in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Thanks to the help of good professionals, Kenneth F. Bergeron ’52 is back on track following a stroke in the summer of 2012 that had him incapacitated for eight months. Ken and Claudia live in Leawood, Kan. George H. Betts W’47, ’52 of Worcester, N.Y., watches the years go by and misses a number of classmates. James C. Burt N’48, ’52 is writing a book on the chemistry involved with typhoons and hurricanes. He and Mary live in Salem, Ore. Raymond L. Hockstad W’46, ’52 is enjoying retirement life in Surprise, Ariz., with his wife, Catherine. G.A.N. “Gus” McFaddin ’52 reports all is well in Beaumont, Texas. W. Travis Selmier N’48, ’52 and wife Elaine have left the cold and snow for Scottsdale, Ariz. William J. Veach N’50, ’52 has retired from the family business, Veach’s Toy Station, in Richmond, Ind., and passed management onto his son. R. Payson Fugitt ’53 has been retired since 2002 from Raytheon Company as a design engineer. He and Mary spend six months in Middletown, R.I., and six months with the grandchildren in Idaho.


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Willard D. Campbell Jr. W’52, N’56, ’58 continues to keep his eight classic cars in good running condition in Dallas. He also volunteers at the police station and church. Bernardo Quintana ’59, board chairman and CEO of Empresas ICA, has received the National Engineering Award from the President of Mexico Enrique Nieto. The award is given by the National Association of Engineers and Architects of Mexico to distinguished professionals who collaborate in the fair and sustainable development of Mexico. A CEF trustee, Bernardo was honored by friends and family following the ceremony. In 1976, his father, Bernardo Quintana Arrioja, received the same award. A member of the first CMA drill team, Mike Schrage ’66 meets with the Regulation Drill Team following its Reunion Weekend performance. Schrage and his wife, Jill, established an endowment to provide funding for travel, repairs, and support involved with the CMA drill teams. He is the president and CEO of Centier Bank in northwest Indiana.

Charles M. Hale ’53 and wife, Kaaren, live in London and summer in Nantucket. Charles enjoys helping and watching Polar Capital grow as a leading asset management boutique. John G. Gourlay Jr. ’56 and wife Anna spend most of their time in Oxford, Miss. James B. Medland W’50, ’56 sold his business in January 2013 and retired to Phoenix with his wife, Kay. Edgar B. Vandiver III W’52, ’56 has retired as director of the Center for Army Analysis, ending a 28-year tenure. Hundreds gathered at a special ceremony to recognize Vandiver’s service and dedication to improving the defense community’s ability to analyze its requirements and priorities and help decision-makers make the best choices. In his remarks, Vandiver noted his association with the Army began when he started Junior ROTC at Culver as a fourth-classman. James-Paul Brown W’51, N’54, ’57 was a featured artist over the summer at the 29th annual Central Coast Wine Classic in Avila Beach, Calif. The Wine Classic ben-

efits performing arts organizations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Jim and Juliet live in Carpinteria, Calif. Kingsport, Tenn., residents Robert N. Jameson Jr. W’54, N’57 and wife, Mary Katherine, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2012 on an Atlantic crossing. Following a 28-year career, Bob retired as director of finance and administration for Eastman Fine Chemicals. He also is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Bob served on the Culver Naval School staff (1959-61) teaching sailing and seamanship. Paul Steinle ’57 has co-published with his life partner, Sara Brown, Ph.D., the book “The Power and Purpose of Journalism,” which documents the current state of American journalism. The book was a culmination of a 13-month, 31,000-mile research road trip which took them to all 50 states. They created the website www. and profiled some of the best local journalists in the nation. The couple worked many years in journalism themselves; Paul in broadcast journalism and Sara in newspapers.

1960s The municipal water-wastewater operator school Robert A. Funk ’60 has directed for the last 25 years in McClellan, Calif., converted to a non-profit and is now receiving educational grants. Bob is now dealing with the constant fund-raising effort. After owning his own architecture business for 25 years, Stasz Gorski W’64, ’68 has sold the practice to his partner and retired. Stasz and his wife, Katherine, live in Champaign, Ill., where he volunteers for three organizations, plays golf, and reads, with a special interest in architectural history. Robert W. Milner ’68 was named the Volunteer of the Year at the Lawton (Okla.) Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce dinner in June 2012. Bob, a vice president of City National Bank, was cited for his work in legislative affairs on the Chamber’s behalf. D. Stephanson Roon ’69 of Los Gatos, Calif., has had a busy year. He and Louise celebrated their 40th anniversary in July 2012, he held his first grandson in February 2013, and in April was part of the management team that took a startup company public on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange. culver alumni magazine



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1970s After 32 years, Thomas S. Allen ’72 of Shaker Heights, Ohio, retired as national director of Key Private Bank’s Ultra Affluent Wealth Management Group and joined Hartland & Co. as partner and senior managing director in the private client group. Tom advises large, multi-generational families on inherited wealth and philanthropic options. Known as “Papa” to three grandchildren, Marc A. Ward N’67, ’72 has 28 years with the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and is “going strong.” David Lacy N’74 accepted the posthumous award at the induction of his father, Walter G. Lacy Jr. N’29, into the Texas Banking Hall of Fame. David is the president and CEO of Community Bank & Trust of Waco, founded by his father in 1952. Walter Lacy, who died in 1987, was president of Citizens National Bank of Waco, Texas, from 1946-76, succeeding his father and grandfather.

Thanks to Dr. Alan Glombicki ’73, Ed Petrus ’73, and the 65 individuals who finished the 5K Chip Somerville ’73 Memorial Fun Run/Walk, $1,950 was raised for The Culver Fund during the Reunion Weekend event. Glombicki and Petrus provided $6 per kilometer for every participant who finished the course. The 5K attracted 83 alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

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Edward R. Vrablik II ’77 has received the NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) Chicago Region 2012 Leadership in Life Award. Vrablik

is the managing associate of Rabjohns Financial Group/New England Financial and was honored at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in November 2012.

1980s Sarah Martin Abernathie ’81 is buying her mother’s stationery and gift shop in Richmond, Va.

Stacy (Kohlhagen) Dibbell ’73 is congratulated by Legion President Whitney (Kolb) Alvis ’96 as she steps through the CGA Graduation Arch during Reunion Weekend. Alumnae of the Class of 1973 had the opportunity to walk through the Arch, which was not introduced until 1975. Others who took advantage of the opportunity were Jane (Barnhill) Bechtel, Carol (Rose) Kahn, and Barbara (Newill) Klatt.


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Peggy S. Bushey ’81 is president of the Cavetown Planing Mill Co., which was started by her great-great-grandfather in Cavetown, Md., in 1881. The firm has two retail hardware stores, a roof truss operation, and a custom millwork plant. Peggy and her husband live on a small farm. Tom C. Lloyd W’75, H’78, ’81 is director of the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, where he works to improve the U.S. healthcare system through innovative projects. Tom and his wife, Hilda, live in Franklin, Tenn., and have two daughters in college.

Richard H. Rizk ’81 married Jill Chickering on Sept. 22, 2012, and the newlyweds are living in Portland. Rich coached Special Olympics downhill skiing over the winter and he and Jill sponsored a team in April that skied to defeat ALS. James G. Schacht W’76, ’81 and wife Sara are busy in Indianapolis with four teenagers. Three of the four were at Culver this past summer and Tommy, 14, will be a fourth-classman in the fall. There are numerous visits and trips to Café Max and Papa’s. Su Ling Parker ’89 is practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Naples, Fla. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ahmed L. Qureshi ’89 returned in April from a 12-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and is assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Irfi completed his Ph.D. in May at Kings College, University of London.


Class News Keith Krizman W’84, ’89 and Kristin Shepard Krizman W’85, ’90 of Chicago are parents of a daughter, Emma, born Dec. 6, 2012. Kristin and Keith were married Aug. 27, 2011, at the Culver Memorial Chapel.

1990s Chicagoans Kristin Shepard Krizman W’85, ’90 and Keith Krizman W’84, ’89 are parents of daughter Emma, born Dec. 6, 2012. Kristin and Keith were married Aug. 27, 2011 at the Culver Memorial Chapel. Luis E. Ochoa Raynal H’88, ’90 of Chihuahua, Mexico, studied for his master’s degree in Finance at the University of Chihuahua and is coaching for a living. Luis is married and the father of three. Carolyn R. Williams ’90 married Daniel English on Sept. 30, 2012. They live in Palatine, Ill., where Carolyn teaches second grade. Carolyn’s CGA roommate, Melissa (Miller) Proctor ’89, was her maid of honor. Katherine Schneider Captain SS’89, ’92 and her husband, Seth, welcomed Caleb into their world on April 1, 2013 (no fooling!). The Captains live in Chicago. Jonathan W. Barada W’90, NB’93 is now with Franklin College (Indiana) as the associate vice president for development and campaign director. Jon most recently worked for Butler University as senior director of development and leadership giving and previously was associated with Indiana University. Adam F. Stockton ’95 has co-created and illustrated “You’re Only Human,” a book about life from the perspective of the GEICO gecko. Adam has worked on several GEICO commercials, is ad director for The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., and has also done commercials for Walmart, ESPN, and Comcast. James K. Rusk ’96 and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of Charles, born Jan. 12, 2013. The family lives in Huntington Woods, Mich.

FROM THE LEGION PRESIDENT A healthy lifestyle includes making a difference On campus, the faculty and staff refer to the last two months of each school year as the “spring gauntlet,” because of the multiple activities and events culminating in Commencement Weekend. My final months as Legion president have been emotion-filled: gathering with classmates during the Relay For Life to remember and celebrate a classmate; watching a favorite faculty member, Dan Cowell, honored as he achieved mentor instructor status; presenting Culver rings to members of the faculty and staff who have now served for 25 years; enjoying another record-setting turnout for Reunion Weekend; and greeting the 210 members of the Class of 2013, many of whom I have come to know well, at the Graduation Arch and Iron Gate. In keeping with the theme of this magazine, I like to think the Culver experience provides to each of us what one Culver friend refers to as “the life extension plan.” Finding balance in my own life is something that always seems to be a give and take. In addition to taking time for regular physical activity, I believe it is important to step back and assess where our real responsibilities lie and where our time can impact others in a positive way. “We should aspire to inspire before we expire.” (Anonymous). I encourage each of you to spend time on the things that make a difference in the lives of others as part of a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for making a difference by responding to the Legion Board’s annual Beason Challenge with 100 percent participation in The Culver Fund this year. That 100 percent earned class members and their Culver Fund gift an additional $10,000 challenge grant. That’s two graduating classes in a row with total participation, a powerful statement about the health of our school in the eyes of its most recent products. I encourage your visit to the alumni pages at, where you will see multiple opportunities to engage and involve yourself in the life of the Academies. In particular, One Culver events with Pam and John Buxton will be coming to Washington, D.C., New York City, California, and several Culver Clubs in the Midwest. Finally, let me introduce your new president, Alex Kurrelmeier ’83. Alex is one of Culver’s most active and steadfast volunteers, as well as the parent of a CGA graduate and two current cadets. He and his wife, Stephanie Scopelitis ’83, live in Chicago with their two middle-school sons. We Are Culver!

Whitney Kolb Alvis ’96 Norman, Okla.   Whitney is an attorney in Norman, Okla., where she lives with her husband, Mike, and their three children. She is the 82nd president of The Legion and the second CGA graduate to serve in this role. culver alumni magazine 39


For your convenience, www.culver. org/alumni is the preferred method for updating your personal records at Culver, as well as sharing class news, address changes, and death notices. Email is acceptable, as well; the address is The mailing address is Alumni Office, 1300 Academy Road #132, Culver, Ind. 46511-1291.

Dawn M. (Minas) Brockey ’98 and husband Larry are the parents of twins. Zach and Mia were born Jan. 10, 2013. Dawn owns the Culver Coffee Company in Culver and coaches CGA softball. Brandon Chuang W’94, ’98 has been nominated for a James Beard Award for his 2012 profile of Blood & Sand chef Chris Bork. The Beard award is often called “the Oscars of the food world.” The other nominees are Alex Halberstadt of the New York Times Magazine and GQ Magazine’s Brett Martin. Brandon lives in St. Louis and writes a monthly how-to column for FEAST magazine.

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On behalf of the Class of 1993, Bill Bundy accepts the Joseph H. Levy Jr. Award from Legion President Whitney Kolb Alvis ’96 during Reunion Weekend 2013. The award honors a class within its first 25 years after graduation for faithful, generous, and extraordinary contributions to Culver.

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Class President Bill Barnes (center) and Charles Goldman accept the Butler Award on behalf of the Class of 1948 from Legion President Whitney Kolb Alvis ’96 during Reunion Weekend. Named for Sam Butler ’47, the award is presented annually to a class beyond its 25th reunion that exhibits faithful, generous, and extraordinary contributions to the school.

Ryan K. Miller ’98, former head prep hockey coach at CMA, has joined the University of Massachusetts-Amherst hockey staff as an assistant coach. Miller, a 2003 graduate of the University of Vermont, coached the CMA Prep team to No. 10 in the nation and a record of 28-11-3 in his first season. The year before, Ryan coached the U16 team to a No. 11 national ranking and a 30-9-4 record. Ryan, who also served as an Academies’ admissions counselor, and his wife, Jessica, are also parents of a daughter, Emma, born April 29, 2013. It’s their second child.

Carlton L. Buck ’00 of Knox, Ind., graduated in December 2012 from Indiana University-South Bend with a bachelor’s degree. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Whitmer N’00 deployed to Afghanistan in April 2013, with the 5th Special Forces Unit, Fort Campbell, Tenn. After graduating from the College of Wooster, Phi Beta Kappa in 2006, Andrew studied Russian in Vladimir, Russia. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he learned Arabic. Andrew’s mother, Nancy White Whitmer, attended Culver Summer School for Girls in 1968. Oliver J. Nelson A’00, ’02 is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and deployed in Afghanistan. Todd and Ashleigh E. (Sheppard) Norris ’03 are parents of a son, Landon, who was born Feb. 29, 2012. The family lives in Valley Park, Mo. John P. Rankin ’03 and his wife, Jenna, are parents of a daughter, Sadie, born April 5, 2013. The Rankins live in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Brooklyn L. (Wheeler) ’03 and William Raney celebrated their first anniversary on June 23, 2013. They married atop Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H., after meeting at a karaoke bar. Katie Maroney ’03 was a bridesmaid.


Class News Colin E. Lasko ’08 is doing a co-op year at Zimmer Trauma in Warsaw, Ind., as a research engineer. He will return to Case Western Reserve University in spring 2014 to complete his degree in biomedical engineering. Colin also recently was published for the first time in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

FROM THE CSSAA PRESIDENT A lot gets packed into a short six-week summer The Summer Schools & Camp season has come and gone, and, as always, seems like it was too short. But in that time we managed to pack a lot of great things into our time at Culver.

Kyler V. Scott ’08 of Park City, Utah, has finished up his senior year with the Webster University golf team. Kyler played football for a season at Indiana University (place kicker) and then decided he needed a change of scenery and of sports. He arrived with no formal golf training, playing only one season at Culver. But Scott brought a physical approach to golf that was rooted in his football days that earned him the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor in 2012.

One high point of this summer for everyone was the dedication at our annual Homecoming festivities of the Woodcraft Centennial Amphitheater. After talking about the amphitheater for so long, it was really wonderful to not only see it finished, but also to see it filled with campers and parents. It was ready the first day of Woodcraft Camp and has already become a wonderful part of the landscape. The amphitheater was built as a monument to Woodcraft’s 100-year legacy, which was celebrated in grand style during the summer of 2012. One thing the amphitheater and Woodcraft have in common is that they both would not have been possible without the contributions from everyone involved, from alumni and parents to Culver staff. So on behalf of the Culver Summer Schools Alumni Association board, I thank you all for your support, whether it was financial, material, or through your time. Without you, the summers at Culver would not be as special.

Jon R. Brown ’09 is spending the upcoming year in Bahrain studying behavioral and cultural factors that may contribute to the increased risk of noncommunicable diseases.

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Air Force Airman James R. Kephart III W’03, A’06, ’09 has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Patrick Shanahan ’12 and his father, Tom, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice was at the Shanahan’s home for a fund raiser for the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. The U.S. flag was carried by Patrick in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade. He will be a sophomore at Santa Clara University, where he was named outstanding Army ROTC freshman cadet.

One more thing about the amphitheater that is so important and reflective of the overall Culver summer experience, whether it’s Woodcraft, Upper Camp, or Junior Woodcraft Camp: It is outdoors. There are no giant screens, snack machines, or hot dog stands surrounding it. Our nearly 1,400 campers each year are mostly up and moving, getting exercise, breathing air that hasn’t been recycled through a compressor, and they aren’t staring at a computer or television screen all day long. Health and wellness are built in to CSSC’s programs as part of the fun. That makes them fitter when they get back home after the summer, but helps form good habits early, which will benefit them down the road. I will leave it at that, although I could go on about all the great things that happen every summer at Culver, but I don’t have nearly the space to do so. Suffice it to say that once again, 1,400 campers have once again had the Culver Experience we have all come to know and love.

Susan Ellert SS’85 Culver, Ind. Susan resides in Culver with her husband, Francis N’85, and their four children – each a current summer camper. Susan has been a member of the CSSAA board since July 2004. culver alumni magazine



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Cortlandt Dietler’s ‘off the charts’ gift contributes to a healthier campus Fund endows buildings and grounds maintenance By Jan Garrison Assistant Director of Publications The late Cortlandt S. Dietler’s greatest gift to Culver Academies is the one you’ll probably never see, hear, feel, smell, or taste – even though it impacts each of those senses during your time on campus. And that is the way the 1940 graduate wanted it to be.

If the physical plant is not operating properly, the learning environment is affected, Kutch said. And with miles of water pipes, sewer lines, and electrical conduits running underneath the campus and inside the buildings, there is always the potential for something to break down.

A pioneer in the Colorado oil and gas industry, Dietler, who died in 2008, established an endowed building and grounds maintenance fund with such wide ranging parameters that Facilities Director Jeff Kutch said it is “off the charts” when it comes to keeping the Culver campus healthy.

Kutch said the Facilities Department uses the motto of “clean, safe, comfortable.” This allows the educational process to continue without interruption. And the costs of doing so runs the gamut from major renovation work inside a building to buying a new vacuum. The way Dietler established the fund gives Culver the flexibility needed to meet its goal.

With 1.25 million square feet of conditioned (for use by people) space to maintain, repair, and clean every day, Kutch said the Dietler Fund is unprecedented. “He realized all of the campus is important,” Kutch said. “(The fund) gives you the ability to do the right thing when the right thing is needed.” Retired Facilities Director Hal Weitgenant said Dietler “was the biggest backer I ever had” while he was chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee of The Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. “He kind of adopted us.”

But his gift definitely fills a very big and constant need –a need that never goes away. Keeping the Culver campus healthy is an everyday, year-round job. Because, if the campus isn’t healthy, the students, campers, and employees using it can’t perform at their best.

The simple reason the campus physical plant is an afterthought for most people is that the facilities “are invisible” when they are running properly. The only time people think about the buildings are “when the roof leaks or the electric is out,” Kutch said. But Dietler understood that. “He was a champion of that cause.”

“It’s not very often you find someone who realizes the impact of maintaining your facilities has on students, faculty, and staff. It affects their comfort and productivity,” Kutch said. “Mr. Dietler is one of those rare people who understood that. He got it.”

Weitgenant said Dietler told him of his intention to establish the fund, but said the fund “far exceeded” Weitgenant’s expectations. “He just fell in love with Facilities,” he said. “I don’t know why, exactly. He just appreciated the way Culver Facilities operated.”


Dietler understood that establishing a fund to maintain Culver’s physical plant wasn’t glamorous. There is no place for a named plaque when you’re doing replacement and repair work. But Dietler didn’t care. “He wasn’t that type of person,” Weitgenant said.

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If you are considering making a gift to Culver through estate plans, please contact our Planned Giving Office.

Dale Spenner, Director (574) 842-8181

Death notices published in this issue were received and processed as of April 30, 2013. Information is gleaned from published obituaries, newspaper stories, and information found in the alumni database. Full obituaries are limited to those alumni who have died within three years of this publication.



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Passings in Review the White Pine in northern Minnesota. In 1985, he received the Nature Conservancy Oakleaf Award and, in 1987, the Chevron Award for service in the cause of conservation. He was a life trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where he served as a Board Chairman and on the Accessions Committee. Surviving are three daughters, a brother, and seven grandchildren. George F. Schreiber Jr. ’30 (Troop) died Nov. 7, 2011, in Kent, Wash. A. Chapman Isham Jr. ’31 (Co. E) died Jan. 15, 2012, in Bedford, Texas. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati Medical School, Dr. Isham practiced psychiatry in Lubbock and the DallasFort Worth area. He painted as a hobby and pursued it full time upon his retirement in the 1970s. He won numerous awards for his watercolors and was Artist of the Year in Grand Prairie (1995). A son, daughter, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive. Willis J. Oliver ’31 (Troop) died Aug. 16, 2010, in Jamestown, N.Y. For most of his career Mr. Oliver had been a selfemployed mechanical engineer. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a granddaughter, and his companion, Sue Rollman of Mayville, N.Y.

John E. Andrus III ’28 (Co. F) of Wayzata, Minn., died Dec. 27, 2012 at the age of 103. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Mr. Andrus attended the University of Minnesota Law School and practiced law in Florida until World War II. He served in the South Pacific as an artillery and staff officer. Following the war, he established the Deep Draw Corporation in Minneapolis, a metal fabricating plant that he headed for 30 years. He was a

Director and Chairman Emeritus of the New York based Surdna Foundation, Inc.; a Director of the Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial in Yonkers, New York and the John E. Andrus Memorial in Hastingson-the-Hudson, New York. He was a member and chairman for two years of the Board of Governors of the Nature Conservancy, a trustee of the Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and led a program for their establishment of

Samuel H. Williams Jr. W’35 of Lynchburg, Va., died April 5, 2012. Mr. Williams graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a degree in classical languages and from Rutgers University’s Trust Banking School. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS New Mexico and the USS Canberra in the Pacific, obtaining the rank of lieutenant. He began his banking career with Wells Fargo in San Francisco, returning to Lynchburg in 1947 to spend the next 40 years serving as a trust officer and vice president with The First National Bank of Lynchburg (currently SunTrust). There are no immediate survivors.

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John A. Cable W’36 of Chesterfield, Va., died Sept. 2, 2011. A graduate of Lehigh University, with a degree in industrial engineering, Mr. Cable spent three years with the Army in Chemical Warfare Service. He joined the U.S. Ceramic Tile Company in 1947, serving in various capacities until being elected chief executive officer in 1956, a position he held until he orchestrated the sale of the company in 1979. Mr. Cable became chairman of Newell Porcelain Company in 1989, which produced heavy-duty porcelain insulators for the electrical utility industry, retiring in 2000. He was a generous contributor to numerous charitable, educational, and arts organizations, both personally and through the John A. Cable Foundation, which he established in 1986. He is survived by a daughter, a son, Philip ’70 of Evanston, Ill.; two grandchildren, and three stepgrandchildren. Robert Bracken N’37 of Frankfort, Ind., died Jan. 6, 2013. Mr. Bracken was an attorney from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. He was prosecuting attorney for one term and served as attorney for the Frankfort School Board for 22 years. He graduated from Wabash College and Harvard Law School. Mr. Bracken was an Army veteran (1943-46) serving as a second lieutenant in the Medical Administrative Corps. Surviving are his wife, Margaret; a son, daughter, and granddaughter, Meg Porter SS’97, ’99 of Culver. John G. Maycox Jr. ’37 (Co. D) died Jan. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; four daughters, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Carl A. Shem Jr. ’37 (Artillery) of Atlanta died Feb. 18, 2013. Mr. Shem spent his career in advertising, working for large agencies during a post-WWII economy when television was advertising’s new creative challenge. He entered ROTC in the advanced Field Artillery at Cornell University School of Mechanical Engineering. He served four years in the Army, leaving as a captain. Five children and four grandchildren survive.


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John G. Norris ’39 (Troop) died April 3, 2013, in Rapid City, Mich. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Norris was a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, among others. He graduated from Columbia University (1948) and joined the firm of Graham Parker as a management consultant, which led to assignments in Brussels, Paris, and Japan. In the ’60s, he took a management position with a Chicago firm and divided his time between that and operating a Christmas tree farm in Michigan. He is survived by two daughters. Howard F. Wallach ’39 (Artillery) of Los Angeles died April 1, 2013. Originally an internist, Mr. Wallach became a successful hotel operator and real estate developer before moving to Los Angeles in 1964. There, he resumed his medical career, becoming a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He was a graduate of Northwestern University and received his medical degree at the University of Illinois. He practiced psychotherapy until 2010. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a daughter, two sons, three stepchildren, five grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Longtime class secretary, Scott L. Taliaferro H’35, ’39 (Troop), PG’40 of Abilene, Texas, died Dec. 24, 2012. An independent oil operator, Mr. Taliaferro formed Scott Oils, Inc., in 1972, Texas Drilling Company in 1974, and TDC Engineering, Inc., in 1975. He was a former president of the Petroleum Club of Abilene and Abilene Philharmonic, served on the State Commission of Judicial Conduct, and was an Abilene city councilman. He also was a board member of First State Bank of Abilene and an executive with Independent Bankshares, Inc., (ISBI) from 1980-2000. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in chemical engineering. His time at Yale was interrupted by World War II, and he served as a first lieutenant in the Army First Cavalry Division, Pacific Theater, and Japan, from 1943-46. Mr. Taliaferro

was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Surviving are his wife, Patty; sons Scott Jr. ’71 and Dr. Leigh ’73, both of Abilene, and seven grandchildren. William J. Gardner H’38, ’40 (Troop) died April 14, 2013, in Williamsburg, Va. Mr. Gardner was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying in the Pacific Theater. After the war he graduated from Yale University with a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering. He joined Cummins Diesel Co. in 1957 as director of manufacturing services, responsible for the development and deployment of the machine tools used in diesel engine production. In 1967, he became vice president and general manager of the Stanadyne Chicago Division in Wheaton, Ill., where he retired in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Edward C. Gits Sr. ’40 (Troop) died Dec. 21, 2012, in LaGrange, Ill. Mr. Gits was vice president of sales of Gits Brothers Manufacturing Co., founded by his father in Chicago in 1910 and which continues to operate as Gits Manufacturing Co. in Creston, Iowa. He attended the University of Notre Dame until 1942 and then served in Europe as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Armored Division. He led reconnaissance patrols in France, Belgium and Germany. Surviving are three daughters, a son, Edward Jr. ’77 of Baton Rouge, La., a brother, two sisters, and a granddaughter. A brother, Remi ’37, is predeceased. Stanley Maly Jr. ’40 of Lincoln, Neb., died Jan. 13, 2013. Mr. Maly was a World War II veteran and president of Capitol Supply Co. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Former Regimental Commander and recipient of the YMCA Cup, Richard D. “Dan” Maxson W’36, ’41 (Co. C) died April 24, 2013, in Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Maxson also was a 1997 inductee to the


Culver Athletic Hall of Fame (football and basketball) and a 2011 recipient of the Stensgaard Award. He attended the University of Texas and was appointed by future President Lyndon B. Johnson to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942, playing football and track. Graduating in 1945, he served in the Navy in the Pacific on board the USS Pittsburgh and the USS Los Angeles. Mr. Maxson began his career with Humble Oil and Refining Co. (later Exxon) in 1947 as a gas engineer with responsibilities for the design, construction, and operation of gas processing and treating plants, gas pipelines, and off-shore production facilities. He retired in 1983 as division engineering manager of the Production Department in Houston. Surviving are his wife, Wanda; two sons, and three granddaughters. He was predeceased by a brother, Willis “Bill,” the 1939 regimental commander. James R. “Mike” Nelson ’41 (Band) died Dec. 22, 2012, in Manassas, Va. He followed a career in aviation that included positions as an Air Force pilot, government engineer, and international diplomat. Mr. Nelson graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1944 and retired from the military as an Air Force lieutenant colonel in 1967. He later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, served as a U.N. adviser to Turkey, and represented the U.S. at the International Civil Aviation Organization. Surviving are three sons and two grandchildren. Harry A. Stout ’41 (Artillery) died Feb. 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. Mr. Stout was the third-generation owner of Stout’s Shoes. A graduate of Princeton University, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying a B-24 and obtaining the rank of major. After college, he carried on the family business, retiring in 1997. Surviving are six children, 18 grandchildren, and 31great-grandchildren. Samuel L. Savidge Jr. H’40, ’42 (Artillery) of Seattle died Jan. 15, 2013. Mr. Savidge was president of S.L. Savidge Inc. from 1955 until the business sold

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in 1979. The automotive business was founded by his father and was an exclusive provider of Chrysler cars and trucks to western Washington and Alaska, growing to be the fifth-largest Chrysler retailer in the United States. Mr. Savidge and other Seattle businessmen also formed the Northwest Forum, a social organization that promoted sharing in business and professional fields and would grow to attract many of Seattle’s prominent business leaders. A graduate of Harvard College, he also served two years in the military during the post-war occupation of Japan. Two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren survive. Asa B. Allen ’43 (Co. A) died Feb. 4, 2013, in Key Largo, Fla. The son of former Louisiana Gov. Oscar “OK” Allen, Mr. Allen was a World War II veteran and a graduate of Boston University. He is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Retired Army Col. Alfred R. “Bud” Kitts ’43 (Artillery), the son of former faculty member Col. Isaac Kitts, died Feb. 26, 2013, in Newville, Pa. The Regimental Commander in his first-class year, Col. Kitts served 32 years in the military with assignments in the Pacific during World War II, the Indo-China Theater, Iran, Germany, and throughout the United States. He retired in 1976 from the Carlisle Barracks Army War College. In the military, he rode for the Army Equestrian Team and qualified for the American Olympic Equestrian team. In retirement, he raised horses, judged equestrian events, and founded the equestrian program at Wilson College. Col. Kitts is survived by his wife, Gretchen; a son, daughter, brother, and two grandchildren. John Newell III ’43 (Troop) died Feb. 14, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. A former Legion board member and recipient of the Stensgaard Award (1998), Mr. Newell was a Tank Platoon leader in Gen. Patton’s culver alumni magazine



Third Army in World War II. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the Bronze Star and two Battle Stars for ground combat, and was hospitalized for a year. His career was in manufacturing, new product development and sales, serving as general manager for Clevite Corp.’s Aerospace division, which produced the fuel cell electrode for NASA’s Apollo missions and Lem Space Capsule. He also was director of marketing for Clevite’s Automotive Parts Division. In Florida, Mr. Newell was a consultant with AIRCOA and a land planner and developer. He also opened Florida’s first Orvis store in 1977. He is survived by his wife, April; two sons, including Dan W’65, ’73 of Dallas, six grandchildren, two stepchildren, and two stepgrandchildren. A brother, Charles ’44, is predeceased.

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Thomas W. Perry ’43 (Co. A) died Feb. 8, 2013, in Boston. He had been a member of the History Department faculty at Boston College since 1964. In 1997, he and colleague John Heineman were chosen for the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, given by students to distinguished faculty members and advisers. The duo taught a popular course in European history. He retired in 1998 as an associate professor. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, where he received his doctorate. Mr. Perry is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters, three sons, including Charles ’78 of Leominster, Mass.; a brother, William ’47 of New York City; and five grandchildren. Thomas J. Carney N’42, ’44 (Artillery) died Feb. 3, 2013, in Golden, Colo. Mr. Carney was a retired attorney, past president of the Colorado Bar Association, and a former member of the Colorado Racing Commission. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Mr. Carney’s legal career included criminal and civil trial work. He spent the last seven years representing Coors Brewery as the company expanded nationwide. He graduated on D-Day 1944, was drafted into the Army, commissioned a second lieutenant, and assigned to the 351st Field Artillery Battalion in Weisen-


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berg, Germany. Surviving are his wife, Mim; a son; daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A former Co. A captain, Robert G. Morris ’45 of Toledo, Ohio, died April 4, 2013. Mr. Morris practiced law in Ohio from 1951 until his retirement in 2005. He was a graduate of the Toledo College of Business Administration and the college of law. He served for more than 22 years as trustee of the Lucas County Chapter of the American Heart Association and was a recipient of the American Heart

Association Time, Feeling and Focus Award for outstanding volunteer service. Surviving are his wife, Janet; a daughter, son, and three grandchildren. Pierre L. Steward W’45 died Oct. 22, 2010, in Winter Park, Fla. Mr. Steward was educated at Stetson University and the Stetson University Law School. He served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant. In 1960, he began practicing law with his father and brother as Steward & Steward, Attorneys at Law. In 1965, he was admitted to practice before the


Passings U.S. Supreme Court. He is survived by his wife, Sue; a son, daughter, and four grandchildren. James H. Stoehr Jr. N’45 died Feb. 12, 2013, in Cincinnati. Mr. Stoehr was the former president of the Cincinnati Floor Company and later Robbins Inc., a hardwood flooring and sports surfaces manufacturer. He earned a degree in engineering from Brown University and served as a pilot in the Air Force, achieving the rank of first lieutenant during the Korean War. He is survived by three children, two stepsons, a sister, and six grandchildren. Neil A. Buckley Jr. ’46 (Artillery) died Jan. 5, 2013, in Middletown, Ohio. Mr. Buckley is survived by his wife, Meredith; a daughter, and grandson. Willis E. Harvey N’47 of Maineville, Ohio, died Dec. 13, 2012. Surviving are his companion, Susan Jackson; four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A former Culver Summer Camps sailing instructor and summer resident, Charles B. “Bill” Howard N’47 of Prescott, Ariz., died March 28, 2013. A graduate of Butler University, Mr. Howard was a state representative in Indiana from 1960 through 1964. In 1968, he began a career in security sales in Phoenix, and soon became involved in commercial real estate. He was instrumental in the founding of Scottsdale Christian Academy. He is survived by daughter Juli Howard SS’78 and son C. Matthew N’78, both of Prescott; and two granddaughters. Jack G. Huddleston ’47 (Co. D) of Eden Prairie, Minn., died Jan. 19, 2013. Mr. Huddleston had a 39-year career with 3M, rising to the position of division vice president. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemical engineering and the University of Illinois. He served two years with the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Survivors include his wife, Mary; a sister, and granddaughter.

George M. Kilmer ’47 (Co. A) of Marion, Ind., died Aug. 6, 2012. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Kilmer was a corrective therapist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center until his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Gloria, and a sister. John E. Crimmel Sr. ’48 (Co. B) died Jan. 13, 2013, in Naples, Fla., where he has practiced family dentistry since 1972. He graduated from Indiana University and served as a lieutenant in the Army Quartermaster Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Crimmel received his dental degree from Indiana University in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, son, a brother, Clyde ’50 of Callasassie Island, S.C., sister, and two grandchildren. A brother, Henry ’46, and his father, Henry ’17, are predeceased. John E. Reardon ’48 (Artillery) of Madison, Ala., died Dec. 21, 2012. Mr. Reardon graduated from Louisiana State University and earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech University. His career began at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle and moved to Hughes Aircraft in Birmingham, Ala. In 1970 he and his partners started Remtech Inc. Mr. Reardon was an expert on plume radiation and the “go to man” for NASA and Boeing for the Saturn V and all space shuttle programs, according to his obituary. He is survived by his wife, Pat; three sons, among them, Michael H’70; three daughters, including Elizabeth “Lisa” Reardon SS’72; a stepdaughter, stepson, a brother, Patrick ’38, of Houston, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Anthony J. Rose N’46, ’48 (Artillery) died Jan. 30, 2013, in Independence, Ohio. A graduate of Case Institute of Technology, Mr. Rose served in the Army. With his brothers-in-law, he led the A.J. Rose Manufacturing Company in the metal stamping industry until retiring in 2001. He had served in a variety of capacities, including president and CEO. Mr. Rose is survived by his wife, Florence; seven children, among them A. Jay Jr. ’80 of Brecksville, Ohio; and 23 grandchildren.

Richard S. Barrett ’49 (Troop) of Ryan, Okla., died March 25, 2013. A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in animal husbandry, Mr. Barrett was active on the college rodeo circuit. In 1952 he was named the World Champion College Bareback Rider, World Champion College Team Roper, and won the title of World Champion All-Around College Cowboy. In 1953 he won the bareback title again. Mr. Barrett was a former president of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and went on to win numerous titles after his college rodeo career was over including the winning of the Wild Bill Hickok Buckle in 1954. He was a founding member and vice president of the American Paint Stock Horse Association, which became the American Paint Horse Association in 1965. His passion for horses continued in the show ring with the horses he raised on his Oklahoma ranch. Survived by his wife, Mary Ruth; two sons, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Norman D. Nichol N’49 died Dec. 29, 2012, in Westlake, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, Patricia, three sons, two daughters; four stepchildren, seven grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. Thomas D. Goder ’50 (Co. C) died Feb. 10, 2013, in Clarksville, Tenn. Mr. Goder’s career included a move to Clarksville in 1970, when he accepted a position with Schult Manufactured Homes. He also worked in Saudi Arabia for three years as an aircraft maintenance contractor for the military. He retired from the Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Department after 15 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army with the 26th Infantry stationed in Bamberg, Germany. After returning from the Army, he graduated from Indiana University. Mr. Goder is survived by two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. James E. Watkins Jr. N’50 of Yorktown, Ind., died April 7, 2013. A graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Watkins was commissioned as second lieutenant in the

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U.S. Air Force, serving in the Strategic Air Command until 1957. He also served in the Air Force reserve, attaining the rank of captain and retiring in 1969. He returned to Muncie, Ind., and entered the family business, Elm Ridge Memorial Park, as director of operations. He retired in 1990 as president and sole owner. He had served as president of both the Indiana Cemetery Association and the American Cemetery Association. Mr. Watkins was instrumental in the merger of the American Cemetery Association and the National Association of Cemeteries, creating the present day International Cemetery and Funeral Association. He was awarded the American Cemetery Association Distinguished Service Award, the industry’s highest award, and in 1989 he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash. Surviving are his wife, Carol; two sons, and four grandchildren. Joseph T. McCaughey ’51 (Artillery) of Neenah, Wis., died July 7, 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University, he was an Army veteran of the Korean War and spent his career in the auto industry. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two daughters, and five grandchildren. G. Gregory Halstead W’52 of Overland Park, Kan., died July 15, 2012. Mr. Halstead will be remembered for bringing Jardine’s Jazz Club to Kansas City in 1992. He was a founder of the Kansas City Originals Restaurant Association. Mr. Halstead is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, a sister, and three grandchildren. David W. Delph N’53 died April 2, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. He studied at Indiana University in addition to Indiana Central and Butler University before being drafted into the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. After his military service, Mr. Delph joined Iowa Beef Processors as a vice president and assumed the presidency of its wholly owned subsidiary, the Denison Hide Company. He is survived by four sons, a brother, Charles W’57 of Oshkosh, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Brother Thomas ’53 is predeceased.


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Dennis E. MacLain ’53 (Co. D) died Dec. 30, 2012, in Laguna Beach, Calif. A professional engineer, he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his graduate work in soil and foundation engineering and transportation engineering at MIT. He had over 40 years of water resources engineering experience, including seven years as a consultant, 12 years as general manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, and 11 years as a design engineer with the California State Water Project. As general manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County he directed completion of a $103 million pipeline project. Mr. MacLain is survived by his wife, Fran; four children, a sister, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Timothy M. Taylor N’56 of Benton Harbor, Mich., died Feb. 17, 2013. Mr. Taylor was employed by Teledyne Control Systems Division in El Segundo, Calif., where he helped in the engineering for the Lunar Landing System for the Apollo Moon Missions and worked on space and defense systems for the military and space programs. He joined Whirlpool Corp. in 1973, retiring in 2004 as regional financial vice president and controller of Latin America. Mr. Taylor graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, studied advanced engineering at the University of Michigan, and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is survived by his wife, Laura; three children, a sister, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren.

Raul P. Brostella ’54 (Artillery) died Dec. 27, 2012, in Panama. Mr. Brostella was port director of Panama and a former Panamanian ambassador to Germany. A brother, Miguel ’54 of Panama, survives.

George A. Bolton W’53, ’59 (Co. A) of Frederick, Md., died Oct. 24, 2012. Mr. Bolton was a retired Eastern Division Technical Manager with Trelnco, Inc., a division of B.F. Goodrich/RPM. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and received a master’s degree in foreign trade from Thunderbird School of International Business in Phoenix. He is survived by his wife, Sally; a son, daughter, brother, and two grandchildren.

A. Phillips Hosler N’54 of Greenville, S.C., died Dec. 31, 2012. Mr. Hosler was a graduate of Purdue University and a member of the Purdue Men’s Glee Club. He served in the Navy from 1960-1966, graduating from Officer’s Candidate School with the rank of lieutenant. He joined the family heating and air conditioning business in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was active in the business and community for 25 years before moving to Greenville in 1991. Mr. Hosler is survived by his wife, Carolyn, son Paul W’84 of Addieville, Ill., a sister, and two granddaughters. An Indianapolis dentist, Stephen K. Bailie ’56 (Co. C) died Jan. 14, 2013. Dr. Bailie was in a private dental practice from 1966 through 2012. He graduated from Indiana University and the I.U. Dental School as first in his class. He also was a graduate of the I.U. Orthodontic program. He is survived by his wife, Barb; a son, daughter, a brother, Michael ’55 of Palm Springs, Calif., and four grandchildren.

Jefferson D. Putnam H’59 of Doniphan, Mo., died Dec. 16, 2012. Having worked for Culligan for several years, he opened his own water treatment company, H2Ozarks. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; two sons, two daughters, three sisters, and 10 grandchildren. Dennis A. Underwood W’56, N’59 of Maryland Heights, Mo., died Jan. 6, 2013. J. Russell Hulse N’60 of Anderson, Ind., died April 26, 2012. Mr. Hulse was a 1982 graduate of Ball State University. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a senior project engineer at Delco Remy for 36 years before retiring in December 1998. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Jo; a son, brother, and two granddaughters.


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Passings and with special ops in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. From 1980-84 he served as the Whitley County (Ind.) Court judge, beginning a private law practice in 1984. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Purdue University and graduated from the School of Law at Valparaiso University. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two sons, a daughter, two brothers, including Jules ’61 of Santa Cruz, N.M.; two sisters, and five grandchildren. David A. Reid W’59, ’63 (Co. A) of Palm Harbor, Fla., died Aug. 25, 2011.

An accomplished musician and teacher, William D. Tanner NB’61 died April 5, 2013, in Plymouth, Ind. Mr. Tanner graduated from the Indiana University School of Music with a degree in music education. His instruments were piano and trumpet. He was a member of the Singing Hoosiers and the Marching 100. Mr. Tanner taught in the Triton and Oregon-Davis school systems and at studios in South Bend, Ind., and Plymouth. He played professionally, starting with a jazz trio and later played with several South Bend bands, taking part in the Park Concert series and the Elkhart Jazz Festival. He was the organist and choir director at the Plymouth First Presbyterian Church from 1969 until his illness forced him to retire. Surviving are his three sons, a sister, and 10 grandchildren. Attorney David A. Heritier ’63 (Troop) died in Columbia City, Ind., Oct. 13, 2011. Mr. Heritier served in the Army with the Military Police in California

John J. Russell W’63 of Winamac, Ind., died July 18, 2012. Mr. Russell was the former owner of Russell’s Old Trading Post in Winamac, as well as the former owner of Mandarino’s Restaurant and the Pizza Haus. He most recently had been employed at Sander’s IGA as a meat cutter. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; five children; a sister, two stepdaughters, and 12 grandchildren. David L. Cornwell W’56 of Annapolis, Md., died Nov. 2, 2012. Mr. Cornwell was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Army from 1966-68 as an Operating Room Technician with the 71st Medivac Hospital in Vietnam. He was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1976) and to serve on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also served on the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation. According to his obituary, he was instrumental in bringing the issue of smokestack emissions from coal electricity plants to the attention of Congress and introduced resolutions on dolphin kills resulting from Japanese fishing practices. Following his government service, he was

a domestic and international consultant in the private sector. In later years he worked with the Fordham Brewery and the Rams Head company. He attended Hillsdale College in Michigan, The American College of Monaco in Monte Carlo, and Indiana University. Mr. Cornwell is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter, son, a brother, Steve ’59 of Fairfield, Fla.; a sister, Becky Boyd SS’68; and two granddaughters. Joseph C. Fowler Jr. ’65 (Artillery) died Feb. 16, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Fowler formed Fowler Insurance Inc. and Fowler Enterprise Properties in 1982. He later formed Consolidated Union, which merged with three other insurance agencies. A former Indiana YMCA state champion in racquetball, he was president of the Logansport (Ind.) Family YMCA during the fund raising and construction of its racquetball courts. Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Malinda; two daughters, a son, his mother, two sisters, and three grandchildren. W. Lewis Brown ’66 (Co. D) of Louisville, Ky., died Nov. 7, 2012. Mr. Brown was a retired attorney and clerked for Judge Charles M. Allen. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Kentucky School of Law. Mr. Brown was a former board member of Kentucky Muscular Dystrophy Association, Metro United Way, Hosparus, and a former president of Historic Homes Foundation. Surviving are his wife, Margaret, three daughters, his mother, Mrs. E. Logan Brown Sr., of Shelbyville, Ky., and a brother, Logan ’65 of Houston. Richard S. “Steve” Hoesel W’66 of Culver died Jan. 12, 2013. Mr. Hoesel worked in information technology, specializing in IBM mainframes, and technology consulting. He was a graduate of Purdue University and served in the military. Surviving are his wife, Cathy EpleyHoesel; three stepdaughters, Lindsey Epley W’00, ’05, Brittney Epley W’98, ’02, and Brooke Epley W’98, ’02; two sisters, and his stepfather, John Daly of Florida. culver alumni magazine




Mark D. Bodem ’68 (Co. C) died Dec. 26, 2012, in Indianapolis. Mr. Bodem was a computer manager for Conseco. He had attended Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis. Surviving are his wife, Debra; a daughter, and six grandchildren. Stephen S. Painter ’69 (Co. A) of York, Pa., died June 17, 2011. Mr. Painter worked as an engineer for Comcast Eastern Division Business Services, as a corporate director of engineering at Susquehanna Communications, and as a technical engineer at Cable TV of York. He designed and built the York head-end data facility. Mr. Painter was certified in business management and engineering courses at York College and the Pennsylvania State University. Survivors include his wife, Marcia; three daughters, two brothers, a sister, and five grandchildren. Daniel P. Lake ’71 (Co. B) of Santa Monica, Calif., died Dec. 22, 2012. Survivors include his wife, Robyn; his father, William Lake ’45 of McLean, Va.; and two brothers, Peter ’76 of Charlotte, N.C., and William ’69 of Montgomery Village, Md. George W. “William” Thomas ’72 (Artillery) of Marietta, Ga., died Dec. 7, 2012. He was a graduate of Georgia Southern University and received a master’s degree in accounting at Georgia State University. Mr. Thomas was a methodical researcher and loved history, especially his family’s history. His paternal grandmother’s family was one of the first 300 families to settle Texas in 1824, earning him the honor of being named a descendent of “Austin's Original 300.” He is survived by his parents, George ’48 and Anne Thomas of Gainesville, Ga.; and a sister. Candace E. (Wills) Wollston SS’80 (Deck 4) died Christmas Day 2012 in Raymond, Maine. A graduate of Denison University with a degree in economics, Mrs. Wollston also studied at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. She began her career in financial analysis and private business, but returned to school for an education degree and


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Deaths in the Family An employee of the Uniform Department in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Joan Zink of Plymouth, Ind., died June 2, 2013. Survivors include two sons, Ron ’69 of Rochester, Ind., and Rex ’76 of Ray, Mich.; a daughter, seven grandchildren, among them Sarah (Wyne) Barber ’96; and four great-grandchildren.

•••• Lorene L. DeWitt, 96, died May 26, 2013, in Culver. The widow of Howard W. DeWitt, she worked for Culver from 1949 to ’83 as a telephone operator, in Data Processing, Administrative Services, and Admissions. She is survived by a daughter; two sons, a brother, nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

•••• Former staff member A. Edward Couch III, 83, of Topsham, Maine, died Jan. 19, 2013. Mr. Couch was director of Development in 1971-72 and served as assistant

pursued a career in elementary school teaching. Mrs. Wollston is survived by her husband, Jack; two sons, her parents, William and Barbara Wills; three brothers, among them David ’73 of The Woodlands, Texas, and Peter ’88 of Glenview, Ill.; and two sisters, including Kathy ’85 of Yamouth, Maine. David J. Gray N’77, ’81 (Band) died in December 2012 in Aptos, Calif. Jeffrey D. Robertson W’86 of South Bend, Ind., died Feb. 22, 2013. Mr. Robertson’s happiest memories involved teaching children the history of Indian culture through native dances as an Indian Lore instructor with Culver Summer Camps, according to his obituary. The

to the superintendent for external affairs from 1972-74. He also was an ordained minister. Mr. Couch held administrative positions at Oberlin College, Simpson College, and Yale Divinity School. In 1984, he became president of Yankton College in Yankton, S.D. Mr. Couch also served as a minister in California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, New York, and Ohio. As a young adult he had baseball tryouts with the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. He received a letter of encouragement from Branch Rickey, baseball executive with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mr. Couch is survived by his wife, Marguerite; four daughters, among them Pamela Couch ’73 of San Jose, Calif., Jennifer Couch ’74 of Brunswick, Maine, and Heather Lloyd ’75 of Kennebunk, Maine; and five grandchildren.

highlight of his experience was performing the Flaming Hoop Dance at a Council Fire with his brother, Chris W’84 of Culver, and father, John of Plainfield, Ind., a longtime Woodcraft staffer. Also surviving are his mother Norma Lucas of Culver; brothers Dylan NB’06 and Joshua W’99, three sisters, including Hannah (Robertson) Schwanekamp W’00; and his grandmothers, among them Elizabeth Davis of Culver.


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Indy, Chicago One Culver events draw 450-plus One Culver events in Indianapolis and Chicago drew more than 450 alumni, parents, and prospective families – plus two dozen faculty and staff members attended each event.

The One Culver video was shown at each venue, followed by a lively question-andanswer session conducted by Head of Schools John Buxton.

John and Pam Buxton are flanked by Elvia Solis (left) and her daughter Angela Solis ’08 at the One Culver event in Chicago. Haberland photo.

Buxton said the video reiterates that “no matter what someone’s experience at Culver is, whether it’s Troop, hockey, Summer Naval Band, or Leadership Committee for Africa, the principles and objectives are the same. … The Culver brand of whole person education and our interest in developing leaders of character remain consistent through all of our programs.” Members were also reminded that Culver’s goal is to grow their respective Culver Clubs and support them “in having more wonderful events.” The April 12 event at The Bridgewater Club in Indianapolis was attended by about 200, including former trustees, and past directors of The Legion and CSSAA. Several prospective families were also present and were able to interact with Admissions representatives and faculty/ staff members in attendance. Meg Dinwiddie Burk ’91, president of the Indianapolis Culver Club, presided over the evening. Attendance at the Chicago event on April 4 at the Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook, Ill., was around 250. Another 24 faculty/staff members were present, plus several trustees, Legion board officers, including incoming president Alex Kurrelmeier ’83; CSSAA board members, and members of the Culver Parents Association board.

Andre W’53, N’56 and Julia Lacy (seated) with Denis ’57 and Judith Drysdale at the Indianapolis One Culver event.

The venue was outstanding and attendees were in no hurry to leave, according to CCI Coordinator Maria Benner. Chicagoans were welcomed by Scott

Arquilla ’69, who was pinch-hitting for Katherine Schneider Captain ’92, president of the Culver Clubs International board, who was home with her newborn.

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Asian clubs mark 10-year anniversaries Culver clubs in South Korea, Shanghai, and Taiwan each celebrated their 10th anniversaries with dinners and ceremonies in early June. International Director Tony Giraldi ’75 represented the Academies at the birthday celebrations.

The Taiwan Culver Club recognized its 10th year with an intimate dinner and afternoon festivities over two days. The events were sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Huang (parents of Christi ’10 and Alice ’13) and Mr. and Mrs. Chang (parents of Ricky Chang ’16). 

scheduled events include: Sept. 13 – The Central Ohio (Columbus area) Culver Club will host a Friday tailgate party prior to Saturday’s Ohio State Buckeyes at California Bears football game at the home of Dick and Louesa Foster. For details contact Magen Runyan ’03 at Sept. 24 – The Oklahoma Culver Club sponsors a trip to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Through the decades Hangar One has housed the aircraft of such aviation greats as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, to name a few. The museum also chronicles the incredible aerospace heritage of Tulsa and features a planetarium in which you can savor your cocktails and hors d’oeuvres “under the stars.” Online registration coming soon!

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In Seoul, some 80 alumni, parents, current and incoming students and families were on hand as the Korean Culver Club marked its first decade. The focal point of the evening was an ice sculpture on the center table. The event was sponsored by the Culver Korea Parents Association.

The Shanghai Culver Club celebrated its anniversary on June 8 with 65 attending. The event was sponsored by new incoming parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yelong Wang.

Plan now to attend a Culver Club event

Sept. 24 – One Culver event in Washington, D.C. Tentative location: The Army and Navy Club, 6-9 p.m. Korean Culver Club celebrates its 10th birthday.

CINCINNATI – In May, a group from the Cincinnati Culver Club attended an “Evening with Mark Twain” and had the opportunity to visit backstage with Hal Holbrook ’42 following the performance. Club President Mike Rudnicki welcomes your contact at or via the club’s Facebook group. NORFOLK, Va. – About 20 members and guests of the Culver Club of Hampton Roads, Va., enjoyed a private suite with all the trimmings for the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball victory over the Toledo Mudhens at Harbor Park on April 28. Area alumni, parents, and friends can contact club President Alise Larder ’88 at WASHINGTON, D.C. — Still savoring the excitement from the Culver’s Black Horse Troop and Equestriennes appearance


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in the presidential inaugural parade, more than 25 members of the Capital City Culver Club gathered April 19 at the prestigious Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. To get involved contact Pete Collins ’77 at HOUSTON – Gorgeous weather greeted 26 Houston Culver Club attendees April 14 for their first polo event at the familyfriendly Houston Polo Club. Culver devotees of all ages enjoyed early access to the polo grounds and delicious Mexican fare from a Houston favorite, Berryhill Catering, while taking in an exciting polo match from their reserved viewing area on the Players Lawn. Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for April 6, 2014. For more information contact President Vicky Greene at

Sept. 25 – One Culver event in New York City. Tentative location: The Harvard Club, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 – Culver Club of Chicago at the Goose Island Brewery for a reception-style cocktail party beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 – Enjoy a hayride and bonfire at the Indianapolis Culver Club’s second annual Fall Family Fun at Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville, Ind. Dec. 1 – Indianapolis Culver Club brunch (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at the Indiana State House. Sponsored by Judge John Baker ’64. Dec. 15 – The Culver Club of Culver celebrates Christmas Vespers followed by a reception. To keep on top of all upcoming Culver Club events visit

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Golf Outing Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 Mystic Hills Golf Club, Culver A Pete Dye-designed course 9:00 a.m. shotgun start All proceeds benefit The Culver Fund Cost:  $150 per person

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The Family Foundation Seminar at Culver has a singular goal: to bring Culver families and friends, who have a Family Foundation or an interest in creating one, together for a weekend of presentations by experts in the fields of family wealth and foundation management.

Hole Sponsorships $200 (includes Personalized Culver Banner) For additional sponsorship opportunities or more information contact Julie Crews Barger at (574) 842-8272 or

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