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The Face of Culver James Henderson W’47, ’52 Culver Plays Well on the World Equestrian Stage

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Senior Ciel-mates, left to right, Kenzie Ungar (Massillon, Ohio), Katie Bradford (Holland, Mich.) and Anna Haldewang (Syracuse, Ind.) check out the great outdoors from their dorm window.


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James A. Henderson W’47, ’52

At Fall Parents Weekend in October, CEF Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson was honored as Culver’s first Graduate of the Decade. But that title only tells the last 10 years of the Henderson story. There is more.



Through the years, his dedication to the school and its students has been earmarked by responsibility, achievement, and leadership. Jim Henderson has led by example – selflessly and without peer. Often described as ‘the face of Culver,’ Jim Henderson is Culver at its very best.

Rooted in Culver In his Graduate of the Decade address, Jim Henderson shares his thoughts on Culver and how his commitment to this school was formed by what he observed as a youngster during the war years.


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Culver was on the world equestrian stage for only a few minutes – but it was enough to create memories to last a lifetime. And the value of the exposure to Culver’s equine reputation – priceless!

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Letters to the Editor Views & Perspectives A Splash of Summer Fall Sports Roundup Alumni Class News Passings in Review Culver Club News And One More Thing . . .

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Graduate of the Decade James A. Henderson W’47, ’52 in front of the house on Academy Road where he grew up, now home to Head of Schools John and Pam Buxton. Henderson also lived in the house to the east before this one was built. Photo by Staff Photographer Gary Mills.

Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual – mind, spirit, and body – through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character.

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Corrections & Clarifications Winter/Spring 2010

On page 19 of the Winter/Spring 2010 issue, it was Bob Bath W’49 that helped to defray expenses for Culver’s appearance at the World Equestrian Games.

New Beginnings

Miles White ’73 assumes the chairmanship of the CEF Trustees. Alumni Aid Haiti Recovery

Henderson the benefactor I’ve never met Jim Henderson, but he is my benefactor in at least three very important ways. First, I never would have had the chance to attend Culver were it not for the leadership and generosity of people like Mr. Henderson. His financial addition to my parents’ love and desire is what made it happen for me. How can I measure the impact that this generosity has had on my life? Second, my current employment with Cummins, Inc. is due largely to Mr. Henderson’s many years of leadership at Cummins. Every day that I come to work, I am living in his legacy – a legacy that is very active and visible in the current values and success of Cummins.

Third, and equally important, with the completion of the Columbus Town Commons, I am certain that my children will spend parts of their rainy days playing on the indoor playground. This playground will bear the names of two key benefactors: Jim and Toots Henderson. I am so thankful for the impact that he has had on my life. And I am very glad that he will continue to play an important leadership role with the Academies. Jahon Hobbeheydar ’91 Columbus, Ind.

We’re back! Thank goodness you returned the Culver Alumni Magazine to print. It is so much more enjoyable to relax and read the magazine than to sit and strain in front of a computer screen. Never give up the print edition!

In the same issue, in Alumni Class News (page 34), John McLemore ’53 started his independent finance company before going to work for a Louisville bank. And he was employed as a chemical dependency counselor.

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Print demise exaggerated I missed your “Words from the Editor” in the Culver Alumni Magazine. The reasons for the demise of that wonderful publication are understandable, but its seasonal arrival in this household is sorely missed. The entire content was always of great interest. Cory S. Kammler ’45 Jensen Beach, Fla. Editor’s note: Mr. Kammler and other readers of Alumni magazine will be relieved to know the magazine (obviously) is back in print. And while there may be future issues that will be online only, there was never any intention to completely do away with the printed Alumni magazine.

Richard N. Wiernik N’62 San Diego, Calif.

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a word from the


For everything there is a season . . . W

e got our first flurry of snow on Nov. 5 and I awakened Saturday to more than an inch of soft whiteness.

Editor Doug Haberland, Editor (574) 842-8365

My yard in Plymouth was a beautiful carpet of white with the snow sticking to the limbs of the trees. And when the sun came up, the brightness of the glistening snowcovered trees in the distance against the cloudless icy-blue sky was well worth waking early for. I had planned to finish raking and mulching leaves and getting my yard prepped for permanent winter. The snow was gone by noonish, but the leaves below were now soggy. That chore got pushed back to Sunday and into the next week. It’s that time of year in Indiana when you can have a frost or freeze warning one day and it can be 60 degrees and sunny a few days later. Fall rains can turn to snow flurries if the temperature is just right. And if the lake effect kicks in, there’s a chance for even more snow, though it seldom lasts long this time of year. We all know winter is coming, and some are far less excited about it than others. But the fall – with the harvest, the turning (and falling) leaves, the hunting season, and the crisp mornings and sweatshirt evenings – is to be enjoyed. The transition from season to season happens gradually, but some transitions are more abrupt and some not near as pleasant. Take the passing of a friend . . . That first transition came July 13 with the death of George Steinbrenner W’44, ’48 (page 46). As news of the death of “The Boss” spread, Culver phones began to ring. The connection between Steinbrenner and Culver was well-established and the media were looking for reaction. Before the day was over, five TV stations – including two from Indianapolis – had come to campus to interview Head of Schools John Buxton and capture video. Steinbrenner had shared much with Culver during his life, and even in death he was sharing the limelight with Culver. Culver’s second transition came July 28 with the passing of Geoff Wilkins, “The Voice of Culver” (page 11). I spent the last fifteen years working alongside Geoff in the football press box. He was the public address announcer; I helped run the clocks and scoreboard. The recent football season was very different for me, for a lot of people. Geoff had a great sense of humor and there was no pun too bad or no joke too corny for either of us. We laughed a lot and we laughed hard; and we got the job done. Lastly, I note the passing of former Alumnus magazine editor Jim Coppens (page 11) following a two-year battle with cancer. Coppens hired me in October 1992 as editor of the magazine, but we worked together only a year before he moved on. He followed his passion – acting – and became executive director of the South Bend Civic Theatre. I regret our time together at Culver was so brief; I could have learned much more from him.

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by John N. Buxton Head of Schools

From every perspective, a remarkable journey W hat a spectacular fall we are having. This is the 117th time Culver has opened its doors to a new year. It is hard to fathom what this must have looked like in 1894 when Culver started this remarkable journey, but today it looks absolutely spectacular – from a number of perspectives.

We are just returning to earth after the completion of the By Example Campaign, and it is hard to imagine a more successful or positive result. There is not a single person knowledgeable about secondary or higher education who doesn’t consider this accomplishment ground-breaking. People simply marvel at what our Culver family did for their school. In this time, with these challenges, with so many competing needs in the conversation – Culver crafted the second leg of the Academies long-term strategic planning outcomes and capitalized the Academies. The first goal was sculpting the enrollment – summer camps and boarding school – and building waiting lists for all Culver programs. Capitalizing Culver was next. The third, still in process, is the branding and marketing of Culver. We are too great an institution with too special a legacy of excellence not to be better known in the United States, and around the globe.

Gold Award from CASE (Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education) for excellence in fund raising, besting Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Texas. The final honor came when Culver was chosen as the best manager of a small endowment in the country by the Foundations and Investment Money Management group at its 10th Annual Awards banquet in San Diego earlier this fall. So, we had the people to complete the campaign, the plan to raise the support for endowment, and the wherewithal to manage the investments our donors had made in Culver, prudently and successfully. This is just the starting point. Add to this Culver’s visibility as a leader in the educational workplace. There has rarely been a major regional conference or national conference in the last five years that has not featured Culver as a major presenter. Culver’s faculty, staff, and administrators are highly-prized as speakers and participants when it comes to setting up a conference. That speaks volumes for the high regard in which this faculty and school are held. Culver’s approach to curriculum development and to the professional development of its faculty is considered exemplary in the secondary school world. The success of the By Example Campaign allowed us to sculpt the endowment to ensure that faculty salary systems, promotion models, and creative approaches to curriculum are all in place and are supporting the best practices in education. This identity has contributed significantly to Culver’s high profile and has also made

Rema From where I sit, I see the beginnings of a tipping point for recognition taking place: Culver’s winning of the trifecta of financial performance. Having a graduate win the Seymour Preston Award for outstanding philanthropy (Frank and Jane Batten) started the streak. We followed that honor when we were awarded the Grand

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Perspectives ‘Whether we are assessing academic results or the prowess of our artistic or athletic endeavors, Culver is excelling and making headlines.’ Culver an especially attractive destination for serious and talented faculty members.

ans have all carried the Culver banner with pride and a high level of performance.

Student performance has also been peaking. Whether we are assessing academic results or the prowess of our artistic or athletic endeavors, Culver is excelling and making headlines. Our Lancers and Equestriennes rode beautifully in the World Equestrian Games in late September. This was the first time the WEG had been held in the United States, and our students played a major role in the opening ceremonies. They were spectacular and more than held their own with the professional riders. Culver’s fall sports teams captured five sectional titles, two regional crowns, and one of our young women won the state championship in cross country. Our theatre and choral programs have been invited to participate in important international competitions and our dancers, sailors, and our equestri-

Even our celebrations have been extraordinary. We broke with tradition and named a Graduate of the Decade this fall when we named James A. Henderson W’47, ’52 our first recipient of that honor. Jim certainly deserved more than simply graduate of the year recognition after all he and his family have done for Culver. So we had a special all-school meeting and the students acted as our proxies in thanking Jim (and Toots) for all he has meant to Culver. And in typical fashion, the students’ warm reception, their creative approach to honoring a fellow and former Culver student, and their heartfelt thanks to Mr. H. carried the day. Excellence was evident in every aspect of that celebration. Culver is truly a great school. Academically, athletically, in the arts, and in all our extracurricular activities, Culver has set the

standard. As important to Pam and me, our students and faculty are out-performing with a sense of pride and confidence. Furthermore, they seem to be having fun all the while. When one walks our campus, she or he gets a clear sense of the happiness of the people here. Students are happy as are the adults. Everyone appreciates it when a plan comes together. We also have great confidence in our alumni, our parents, and friends. How could we not? They have invested in, participated in, and trusted in Culver. They have motivated us with their support. They have entrusted us with their children and grandchildren. They have enabled and encouraged us, just as good leaders are supposed to do for their charges. Culver operates from a position of strength, regardless of the perspective from which you choose to view the Academies. That is the perfect backdrop for the start of any year!

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear, here with Head of Schools John and Pam Buxton, were special guests of the Academies Sept. 24 for a dinner at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Ky., to kickoff Culver’s participation at the World Equestrian Games.

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Parents auction items go up for bid –

Sisters Nancy Witty (left) and Mary Ruth Staadt, both from Rockville, Ind., admire the 26-inch diameter Bahama Blue Gemstone Globe. At right, Kim White of Lake Forest, Ill., wife of CEF Chairman Miles White ’73, models a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey signed by several team members. Both items were part of the live auction. Photos by Gary Mills and Doug Haberland.

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and Annual Fund prospers! T

he 2010 Reflections of Excellence Auction was a big success, contributing more than $550,000 in net proceeds to Culver’s Annual Fund to support student financial aid, faculty salaries, and academic, leadership, arts, and athletic programs, Co-chairs Sharlene Miclot and Sallie Jo Mitzell reported. Held on Oct. 1 in the John W. Henderson Multipurpose Center, the auction offered parents, faculty, staff, and friends an opportunity to bid on an array of terrific items in a wide range of categories, including Culver memorabilia, vacation getaways, home and garden, tickets to professional and collegiate sports events, and the arts. Among the fabulous items up for auction this year were a custom-made golf cart, a beautiful 26-inch diameter Bahama Blue Gemstone Globe on an Ambassador Gold Stand, a Chicago Blackhawks jersey signed by the National Hockey League champions, a set of 12 antique, blue and cream-colored Culver dinner plates created in 1932, and the ever-popular dinner with John and Pam Buxton! For weeks in advance, bidders were able to visit Culver’s website to look at digital color photos of hundreds of auction items posted online in order to plan their bidding strategies. On the night of the auction, more than 900 people packed the arena to bid in person. As always, the big winners were those who attended the event and mingled with the crowd and the Culver students who benefit directly from the Annual Fund! For example, the thrilling “Raise Your Paddle” for scholarships generated $117,000 in just a few minutes! The early Table

Sponsors of the Auction were also responsible for an additional $147,000 in matching funds earned through the Batten Leadership Challenge. The auction is a major bi-annual event sponsored by the Culver Parents Association to benefit the Annual Fund. Culver is extremely grateful to the Auction Committee chairs, Sharlene Miclot and Sallie Jo Mitzell, the parent volunteers from the CPA, Annual Fund/Auction Coordinator Judy Campbell, and the rest of the Culver Development staff for their dedication and hard work. – Bob Quakenbush Development Communications Coordinator

The Reflections of Excellence auction put smiles on a lot of faces, and netted the Annual Fund more than $550,000. Enjoying the evening are, from top to bottom, Culver parents Bill and Wendy Brewer of Libertyville, Ill.; parent Cindy Toth of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and auction co-chairs Sharlene Miclot (left) and Sallie Jo Mitzell.

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Academies’ honors top faculty/staff and retirees for 2009-2010


n addition to student awards, the end of the 2009-2010 school year also was a time for recognizing the dedication and service of the Academies’ faculty and staff, and the retirement of three instructors. The top faculty awards and those honored follow: The Major General Delmar T. Spivey Award for Teaching went to math instructor Matt Boland. Named for Culver’s sixth superintendent, The Spivey Award recognizes and encourMatt Boland ages superior teaching among younger, promising members of the faculty. The recipient is selected by the Academic Department chairs. Boland joined the Mathematics Department in 2007. He earned his teaching endorsement from the University of Nebraska and completed a Master’s Degree of Education at Adams State College. His areas of study and teaching interest include mathematical pedagogy, math history and literature. Boland is the head junior varsity volleyball coach. Wellness instructor and head trainer Dan Cowell, a 24-year veteran of the faculty, was named the The Kaser Scholar. Given by the parents and classmates of Mark B. Kaser, valedictorian of the Class Dan Cowell of 1975, following his untimely death at Culver’s 1976 Commencement, the award is presented to a faculty member whose scholarly interests, enthusiastic teaching, sympathetic understanding, and wise counsel combine to inspire students and kindle a zest for life and learning.

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Cowell was hired in 1986 as an athletic trainer and Wellness instructor, but during his tenure has served many roles. He brought the American Red Cross Bloodmobile to Culver in 1988 and continues to serve as cochairman. Cowell was the first director of the Outdoors Challenge Course (1995-98) and in 2000 became the director of the Siegfried Fitness Center. In 2005, he returned to teaching and athletic training. A graduate of John Carroll University, Cowell earned his master’s degree at Miami University of Ohio. He later obtained a master’s degree in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania. The recipient of the John R. Mars Faculty Merit Award was John Oberwetter, who retired at the close of the 2009-2010 school year after nine years on the faculty. The Mars Award was established in 1983 by the Board of Trustees to honor the 10th superintendent and to perpetuate the example of his positive relationship with students throughout his 41-year long career. The award goes to the member of the faculty/staff who best exemplifies the ideals of Culver and John Oberwetter Dean Mars. Oberwetter joined the English Department in 2000, has been associated with the Humanities program since then. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. He taught English at a junior boarding school in Connecticut and then earned his master’s degree in curriculum and teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Oberwetter has sponsored the Film Club, Amnesty International, and the senior class.

Emeritus Faculty The Board of Trustees established emeritus status in 1983 as a way of honoring longtime service to the Academies. Such status

is conferred on faculty/staff who are retiring and who have served at least 20 years at Culver. In June, Janet Kline and Janice Weaver retired with a combined 59 years of service. Janet Kline has a tenure of 32 years combined in the prep school and summer programs. In 1977 she founded and then directed the Girls’ Woodcraft Camp, a position she held for Janet Kline eight summers. In 1982 Kline joined the Academies as a CGA counselor and also taught psychology and leadership. She became an associate director in the Admissions Office in 1984, serving for 17 years. In 2000, she became an associate director of College Advising, and also returned as director of the Woodcraft Camp for five summers. Kline is a previous recipient of the John R. Mars Award and the first faculty/staff member to twice be chosen by the student body as the recipient of the Ralph N. Manuel Award for Teaching Excellence (2010 and 2003). Janice Weaver joined the Science Department in 1983. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind., before earning a master’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University. During her 27-year Culver career she has taught chemistry, an elective geology class, and served as an adviser to Science Research Honors students. With the Janice Weaver transition to an Active Chemistry curriculum in recent years, she worked as a field test instructor and adviser, teaming with engineers, teachers, and cur-


Current riculum specialists to help plan a better way for students to be introduced to science and chemistry. Weaver has also been involved in Indiana University’s Princeton Earth Physics Program (PEPP) and operated an on-site seismograph used to monitor activity in the New Madrid fault zone. Data from the Culver seismograph is shared with researchers at Indiana University and other schools.

Williamson Fellows The 2009-10 Williamson Fellow Awards honorees were Dominica Petulla and Andy Strati. The Williamson Fellowship was established in 2004 by J.D. Williamson ’63 and his wife, Judy, as a way to reward faculty who have an impact on the education and personal development of Culver students. This award includes an honorarium to motivate and retain bright, young teachers. Williamson Fellows are highly motivated, involved in extra-curricular activities, stand out as student mentors, and rise through the ranks of the academic leadership systems. Petulla joined the Department of Modern & Classical Languages in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in Spanish

from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Petulla is currently working on a second master’s degree in ESOL from the School for International Training. She previously taught Spanish in California, New York, and Wisconsin. Petulla also is a co-adviser to the CGA Honor Council. Strati has been a member of the Humanities Department since 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Manchester College with an emphasis in American Andy Strati History and American Government. Strati spent 15 years teaching and coaching at high schools in South Bend and Goshen. He currently teaches American Studies and International Relations. Strati also is the offensive coordinator for the varsity football team and is an assistant coach for the freshman boys’ basketball. Additionally, he is co-adviser of the Culver Military Honor Council.

Manuel Awards The Manuel Award is presented annually to the male and female faculty or staff member who, in the opinion of the student body, best exemplifies the ideals of Culver. Manuel was president of the Academies from 1982 to 1999. Janet Kline becomes the first two-time winner, having also been selected in 2003, and is joined by Humanities instructor Richard Battersby. Battersby joined the Humanities Department in 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in history from the State University of New York. His areas of study and teaching interests include American and Richard Battersby European history. Battersby served 16 years in the Royal Air Force as a flight commander and instructor, and an aide to a four-star general at NATO headquarters in Brussels. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he is an assistant coach of the Quiz Bowl team.

Dominica Petulla

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Horsemanship instructor Robin Siems, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Reserves, was honored for his military service at the first CMA Garrison Parade in April 2010. Siems had recently returned from a year in Afghanistan, his second deployment overseas. He also spent a year in Iraq in 2006. During his latest deployment, several students of the horsemanship program kept the grass mowed and painted his Plymouth home and garage to say thanks for his service. The gesture was even more meaningful since Siems’ house was burglarized while he was overseas.

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Faculty, Staff & Retiree Notes Three faculty members were honored with newly endowed faculty chairs as the 2010-11 school year unfolded. The chairs were created through endowments established during the By Example Campaign and were enhanced by the matching funds provided by the Batten Leadership Challenge. Science instructor Sandy Schriefer was presented the Ralph E. Dittman Academic Chair in Science. The chair honors Dr. Dittman ’65 and was endowed by his wife, Terry Huffington Dittman SS’70. Dr. Dittman had a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Houston. When he developed Parkinson’s Disease in the late ’90s he became involved with molecular biology at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he is active in stem cell research. Kevin Danti received the Arthur G. Hughes Chair in Humanities. Johanna Hughes Trickovic’63 represented the Hughes family at the mid-September 2010 presentation. The Hughes Chair was endowed by J. Mark McLaughlin ’48 to honor Hughes, who served as an English instructor from 1945-73 and was a former department chairman. Ning Schultz was named the inaugural holder of the Mary Patterson Schlangen Chair of Chinese Studies during Spring

Parents Weekend in April. The endowed chair is provided through the generosity of William Schlangen ’47, who chose to honor his wife, a former teacher, by recognizing the commitment of other outstanding teachers. Schultz taught at universities in China and the United States before joining the Academies’ faculty in 2004 and founding the Chinese language program. She has served as a liaison with The Shanghai Foreign Language School, chaperoned Spring Break in Mission trips to China, developed the Confucius Classroom in collaboration with the Global Studies Institute, and taught Chinese to campers during the summer. John Yeager, Ed.D., the director of Culver’s Center for Character Excellence, has teamed up with two consultants to write “SMART Strengths: The ParentTeacher-Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Young People.” Based on the on-going and intensive effort to bring positive psychology into all aspects of school life at Culver, the book shows how teachers, parents, and coaches can work together by playing to each others’ strengths to bring out the best in them and the young people they serve. The book will be available through Amazon as of Feb. 1, 2011 (price to be

determined). Ordering inquiries may also be sent to Yeager at In August, Band Director Maj. Bill Browne returned to Washington, D.C., where he participated in a reunion of the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own.” Former members of the U.S. Marine Band were invited to perform two concerts in the Summer Concert Series, one on the steps of the Capitol Building and one at the Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument. Maj. Browne played in the Band from 1972-76. Many of the members had never met, or hadn’t seen one another since leaving the Band. The Rev. Thomas E. Haynes, a member of the Academies Math Department, has been ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church. He has been involved with the Spiritual Life program at the Academies for several years. Haynes serves as Assistant Director of Spiritual Life and will continue teaching math. He also serves as the pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Culver.

During Alumni Reunion Weekend in May, The Legion bestowed Culver rings on three 25-year employees. With Head of Schools John Buxton, left to right, are Lee Willhite, Linda Harness, and Linda Browne. Willhite is the director of Food Services and his family has been associated with Culver since 1951. Harness is a line service supervisor in Food Services and responsible for over 37,000 box lunches a year. Browne is a teaching associate in the Huffington Library and the mother of two Culver alumni.

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Deaths in the Family Jim Coppens, former magazine editor Former Culver Alumnus Magazine editor Jim Coppens, 64, died Aug. 12, 2010, after battling cancer for two years. Mr. Coppens spent 1977-93 with the Academies before moving on to become executive director of the South Bend (Ind.) Civic Theater. He retired from the Civic in June 2009, leaving a legacy Jim Coppens that included the physical and artistic expansion of the program. A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Coppens taught Latin and coached at a LaPorte, Ind., Catholic boarding school (1968-77) before joining the Academies staff as director of public relations and editor of the magazine. Under his leadership, the magazine won several national awards from the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE). Under his direction the Civic increased its audience from 3,000 people in 1995 to 25,000 in 2008 and its budget from $35,000 in 1995 to $750,000 in 2008. The theater won the Indiana Community Theatre association’s state competition three times, including in 2007 for “The Gin Game,” in which Mr. Coppens was awarded best male actor in a lead role. Mr. Coppens is survived by his wife, Linda Sanfratello-Coppens; a son, brother, sister, granddaughter, and five step-grandchildren.

“Voice of the Eagles” Geoff Wilkins Public address sports announcer Geoffrey T. Wilkins, 48, “The Voice of the Eagles,” died July 28, 2010. Mr. Wilkins had served as the official sports announcer for Academies’ football, boys’ and girls’ bas-

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ketball, baseball, and lacrosse since coming to Culver in 1992. He was committed to the coaches and students, and his dedication and support helped enhance the experience of every Culver athlete and fan. Mr. Wilkins had attended Southern Illinois University, where he majored in sports management. The son of the late George Wilkins Jr. ’50, he is survived by his mother, Frances of Culver; a brother, George III W’69 of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and two sisters, Elizabeth Wilkins of DeKalb, Ill., who was the director of Naval Band in the early 1990s, and Cheryl Bird ’90 of Fishers, Ind. Visitation and services were held in the Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made in his memory to The Culver Educational Foundation. A memorial service was held Sept. 18 in the Memorial Chapel for retired Army Lt. Col. Alan G. Cornett. Mr. Cornett died Aug. 29, 2010, in Broadnax, Va. He was 90 years old. Mr. Cornett was a World War II and Korean War veteran, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. He served the Academies from 1966-83 in various capacities – including assistant to the commandant, manager of the Tailor Shop, Laundry and Uniform departments, and Company C counselor. He is survived by a son, Alan Jr. of Anoka, Minn.; two daughters, Sandy Doncal and Vivian McDonald; two grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian, and a son, Michael. A former director of data processing, Bernard A. Stukenborg, 71, of Goodson, Mo., died Aug. 22, 2010. Mr. Stukenborg served as supervisor and director of data processing from 1965 to November 1973. He retired as data processing manager from Ancilla College in nearby Donaldson, Ind. Surviving are his wife, Margaret; four daughters, two sons, a brother, 19 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Margaret R. Graham, 97, the widow of Col. Gerald Graham, died Aug. 14, 2010,

in Bozeman, Mont. Col. Graham, who died in August 2006, was the director of horsemanship from 1957-68, during which time his wife provided a home away from home for countless Troopers. Mrs. Graham was a former teacher in Atlanta and worked as a recreational and arts and crafts director at camps in Georgia and North Carolina. Surviving are two daughters, Gerry Gram ’60 of Bozeman and Eley Kuchar ’67 of Crown Point, Ind.; five grandchildren, among them Charles Kuchar ’02 of Atlanta; and five great-grandchildren. Culver resident Esther L. Overmyer, 92, who spent 29 years working at Culver Military Academy, died July 13, 2010. Mrs. Overmyer’s career spanned 1937 to 1968 in several departments: the print shop, Military Science and Tactics, the Stenographers’ Department, and finally the Superintendent’s Office during the Dodson years. She and her husband, Russell, who survives, also owned and operated a laundromat in Milford, Ind. Also surviving are a daughter, sister, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Marie G. Kose, 93, who worked in the Uniform Department and as a telephone operator for Culver Military Academy for 21 years, died April 27, 2010, in Muncie, Ind. Mrs. Kose is survived by two daughters, a sister, four grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is the widow of William, who died in 1993. Anna M. Knepper of Culver died Feb. 28, 2010. She was 73. Mrs. Knepper was employed from 1974-96 in Accounting and Administrative Services. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; two sons, Brad W’75 of Sandwich, Ill., and Chad W’79 of South Bend, Ind.; a stepson, stepdaughter, and eight grandchildren. Emma C. Hepler, 93, of Plymouth, Ind., died Feb. 25, 2010. Mrs. Hepler worked in the Admissions Office from 1934-45. She is survived by two daughters, three grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. Mrs. Hepler was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence. Culver Alumni Magazine


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New CMA cadets tried their hand at maneuvering the Naval School cutters on Lake Maxinkuckee to get a sense of the strength and teamwork involved when cadets used similar boats to save residents in 1913 during the Logansport flood. New cadets were then bussed to Logansport to see where the actual flooding took place. That evening, Aug. 23, the Matriculation Ceremony and Opening Convocation were held, officially beginning the 2010-2011 school year.

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Remembering Dean England

Classes at the Academies began Aug. 24 with 789 students enrolled representing 39 states and 27 countries. Culver’s 117th school year began officially on Aug. 23 with the traditional Matriculation Ceremony for all news students followed by the Opening Convocation in Eppley Auditorium. The 2010-2011 student body includes 448 boys and 341 girls. There are 541 returning students and 248 new students (154 boys and 94 girls). There are 148 incoming freshman, 66 new sophomores, 33 new juniors, and one post-grad student.

The Sept. 19 Dean England Day Ceremony commemorated the ideals Mary Francis England demonstrated that formed the foundation of the girls’ school. With

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Frank Batten Day Celebrated Frank Batten Day was celebrated on Sept. 9 and the second Thursday of September was designated as the annual recognition of one of Culver’s most distinguished alumni. To honor the memory of Batten N’40, ’45, the Culver flag will fly at half-staff for 24 hours and the Corps of Cadets will dedicate its weekly Retreat Ceremony to his memory. Batten, who died Sept. 10, 2009, was an emeritus trustee and his financial support provided the Batten Scholars Program, the Batten Fellows Program, the Batten Teaching and Learning Initiative, and the Batten Leadership Challenge.

the beginning of each school year, the CGA Council coordinates a ceremony honoring the founder and recognizing nearly 100 new girls. Each girl receives a pin bearing England’s initials, signifying that they are now part of the Culver and CGA family. This year’s speaker was Janet Kline, who retired in June 2010 after 32 years with the prep school and Woodcraft Camps.

The Honor Guard, dressed in period uniforms, marches past Founder’s Rock during a special Retreat Ceremony on Sept. 30. The ceremony commemorated the 117th anniversary of the school, which opened Sept. 23, 1894, with 45 students.

The Gable Tennis Complex is one of seven tennis complexes to receive the 29th annual U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Facility Award, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Culver officials were honored Sept. 5 at the semiannual USTA meeting in New York City. The 15-court Gable Tennis Complex rejoined the USTA’s long and distinguished tennis service sites by designing and building a first-class tennis facility for high school students, a USTA press release stated. Culver has provided tennis courts since 1920 and hosted the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships from 1928 to 1942.



Commencement 6 members of the Class of 2010 collect Academies’ 8 highest honors T hree CMA first-classmen and three CGA seniors were honored at the June 6 Commencement Convocation with the most prestigious and coveted of Culver Academies’ student awards.

Alex Canacci (Co. C) was named the recipient of the YMCA Cup. A cadet captain and the Regimental Commander at CMA, Canacci is the son of Ronald and Donna Canacci of Culver. He is attending the U.S. Military Academy this fall. Established in 1915, the YMCA Cup is presented annually to the CMA cadet who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of Culver. Irena Balzekas (Tower) was awarded the Superintendent’s Bowl. Established in 1972, the award is presented annually to a CGA senior in recognition of her leadership, example, influence, and total record of achievement. Balzekas is the daughter of Stan ’72 and Sigita Balzekas of Hinsdale, Ill., and matriculated at McGill University. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (Co. B) received the Van Zandt Key as well as the Chambers Award. The Van Zandt Key is awarded to the first-classman who, by his effort and

example, has increased an awareness of moral and spiritual values among the Corps of Cadets. The Chambers Award, established in memory of Cal. C. Chambers ’08, recognizes the first-class cadet who has distinguished himself with a combination of excellence in scholarship and athletics. The son of Rodolfo Arroyo Vieyra and Maria Yamin Morales of Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, Arroyo Yamin is a freshman at Princeton University.

Madeleine “Maddie” Balchan (Court) was also a dual winner, being named the winner of the Mary Frances England Humanitarian Award and the Jane Metcalfe Culver Bowl. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, Balchan is the daughter of Douglas and Jane Balchan. She is a freshman at Washington University. The England Humanitarian Award is named for the founding director of Culver Girls Academy and dean of the girls’ school from 1971-1984. It is presented to the graduating senior who, by her acts, has revealed an exemplary concern for others. The Metcalfe Culver Bowl recognizes the CGA senior who has distinguished herself in the classroom and on the athletic field.

The recipient of the McDonald Award was John Lewis (Co. C). Lewis is the son of Air Force Lt. Col. John Lewis, a 1985 Academies alumnus stationed in Stelzenberg, Germany, and Theresa Lewis of Dallas. Established by Edwin C. McDonald ’15, the award is presented to the first-classman who, by his individual work, example and inspiration, has contributed materially to the betterment of cultural life at Culver. Lewis is an English Speaking Union scholar and spending the 2010-11 school year at Cheltenham College in England. He will enroll as a freshman at Emerson College in Boston in 2011-12. Asia Ingram (Ithaka), daughter of Janine Ingram of Chicago, was the recipient of the Arthur G. Hughes Award. Ingram, a member of DanceVision, is attending the University of Rochester this fall. Established in 1974 by the graduates of Culver Girls Academy and honoring Culver’s first chair of the Fine Arts Department, the Hughes Award is presented to the graduating senior who has revealed the most exceptional concern for cultural life at the Academies.

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Student Notes

With a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, Adriann Negreros ’10 (Warsaw, Ind.) was valedictorian of the Academies Class of 2010. Negreros, now a freshman at Harvard University, also earned the Jonas Weil Academic Achievement Award ($3,000) as the valedictorian and received the Scholarship Medal for being the cadet achieving the highest cumulative GPA during his second- and first-class years. Bo Pang (Shanghai, China) was the salutatorian with a 3.98 GPA and also received a $2,000 Weil award. Pang is studying this fall at the University of Chicago.

Freshman Victoria Jennings (Rochester, Ind.) shows her mother Judith Jennings all the bells and whistles on the stair-stepper. During Fall Parents Weekend, students in Nathaniel King’s kinesiology class took their parents on a guided tour of a typical day, which begins in the Siegfried Fitness Center with a 20-minute cardiovascular workout.

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Kathy Mahoney watches as her son Declan McInerney ’14 (Oak Park, Ill.) does some computing on his laptop during Fall Parents Weekend. The two were in the Physics First class taught by Mark Prochaska, Ph.D., where they investigated accelerated motion.

The Alfred J. Donnelly Scholastic Award for 20092010 was presented to senior Deborah OhianiJegede (Munster, Ind.) for a grade-point average of 3.95. Established in 1979 and given in memory of Culver’s long esteemed math teacher, counselor, and dean, the Donnelly award is presented to the CGA senior who has attained

the highest academic average in her final two years at Culver. Ohiani-Jegede is a freshman this fall at Washington University. In June, the Mark Todd Berger Scholarship was presented to Mike Geiger ’11 (Guilford, Conn.). Funded by the Berger family, the scholarship honors the memory of Trooper Berger, who died April 7, 1988, of his first-class year from congenital heart disease. Geiger is involved with the Model United Nations, Campus Activities Board, and Student Council. He has participated in golf, hockey, and crew. He is a recipient of the Thomas Hyde Medal for best new cadet in the Infantry. Sihua Qiu ’10 (Manilla, Ind.) was the 2010 recipient of the Tiffany Powell Leadership Award presented at the JuniorSenior Tea during Commencement Weekend. The award was established in 2000 in memory of Powell ’98, who died tragically July 16, 1999. The Class of 2000 established the award to honor Powell’s outstanding example as a leader, In addition to excelling in leadership in the dorm, on campus, and in the community, the criteria calls for the recipient to be a strong student academically and involved in extracurricular activities, especially athletics and the arts.

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Culver’s participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for 2010-11 is Anisa Holmes ’12 (Naperville, Ill.). Conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the National Achievement program was created in 1964 to honor academically talented black American high school students. The 1,600 students selected as outstanding participants are in the top 4 percent of the more than 160,000 students who requested consideration.

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Seniors Alena Faust (Charlottesville, Va.) and Peter Bin (Canton, Mich.) were recognized at the September Academic Convocation as National Merit Semifinalists. They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationally who will now compete for about 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards worth $36 million to be awarded in the spring. The Academies claimed two of the 11 semifinalists’ slots

available to the 26 boarding schools in the selection region.

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In September, first-classman Jackson Anderson (Mission Hills, Kan.) was named the recipient of the 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern Scholarship and Rowing Award. The award is presented annually to a senior on Culver’s crew team who best exemplifies the traits of dedication, honesty, joyfulness, respect, and integrity exhibited by Stern. Andrew Stern ’98 was killed Sept. 16, 2004, in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. He was the first Culver alumnus to die in the service of his country since the Vietnam War.


Current Alumni collectors invite others to help museum tell Culver’s story


f its first year is any indication, the Culver Academies Museum & Gift Shop is going to be an increasingly busy place. But then, as volunteer Bill Githens points out, the museum portion of the operation at 102 South Main Street in downtown Culver “has been 116 years in the making.” The Museum & Gift Shop opened in October 2009 and has since become a destination for local schoolchildren, Culverarea service clubs and organizations, and, of course, many students, faculty, and alumni from both the boarding school and summer camps. The museum is the culmination of over a year’s worth of planning and execution with the purpose of promoting, preserving, promulgating, and interpreting the history of the Academies, Summer Schools, and Woodcraft Camp.

Githens W’61, ’65 and Jerry Ney N’56, ’57. The duo also are among the most prominent collectors of Culver memorabilia in the country. Ney followed his father, a 1924 graduate, to CMA. After spending most of his career in the family’s department store business, Ney became a stockbroker. Looking to retire about 18 months ago, “I could think of nothing better or more satisfying than moving to Culver as a volunteer at the museum as well as assisting in the Culver Alumni Office.” By coincidence, both Ney and Githens, a retired banker and former Culver Legion president, were both living in Texas at the time of their retirement and decided – independently of one another – to retire to Culver and work with the museum. Githens’ father was a 1933 Naval School alumnus, as is his son, Jonathan W’03, ’97.

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“The Academies are so rich in history and tradition,” Ney said, “and the museum gives us an opportunity to let the public view some of that history.” Both men have provided a number of artifacts for the museum collection, and also have put to use their knowledge of collecting to make vintage Culver items available for sale. This has provided a rare venue for fellow collectors or casual shoppers to purchase Culver antiques ranging Jerry Ney N’56, ’57 and Historian Robert Hartman review a piece of from postcards to catalogs and Culver history at the museum. china to silver pieces, alongside the array of current items offered by the gift To promote and preserve that history, shop. The museum also welcomes collector’s the museum is looking for artifacts from vintage items “wish lists.” Culver’s past – many of which may be in the possession of alumni – to help tell the The growing assortment of Culver memorarich and varied story of Culver through bilia, as well as the many items acquired over permanent as well as rotating exhibits. the years by Culver historian and archivist Several alumni have already provided such items, and chief among them are two very active volunteers with the museum,

Bob Hartman, provides ample material for some special displays at the museum in the months ahead. In fact, it was Hartman’s first

efforts at a museum, located in the former Armory, which helped lay the foundations for the present facility. “The Armory Museum brought together the first real collection of memorabilia in a central location. Even in failure, it proved there was interest on the part of alumni, students, and visitors,” Hartman said. “Culver’s history is remarkably rich and the museum is the trigger that detonates memories of alumni of all classes. I watch as visitors look at the displays, and then engage in subliminal Bill Githens W’61, ’65 recollections that make their past become alive again. The Culver Museum is not simply a collection of memorabilia; it is a repository of memories,” he said. One of those memories – a small portion of Col. Edward Payson’s beloved train collection – was available for public viewing for the first time since the celebrated layout was dismantled and boxed up some 25 years ago. Future exhibits are slated to showcase Culver’s rare stamp collection, vintage Culver postcards and dance cards. Through such exhibits and various community activities, the museum, a member of Culver’s Chamber of Commerce, “is educating people about the history of the school on an unprecedented level,” Githens said. The Academies’ facility is also available for private functions and group tours by contacting Kenney at (574) 842-8176 or e-mail at That’s also the way to contact the museum to donate artifacts and vintage items, which are tax deductible. – Jeff Kenney, Museum Curator Editor’s note: Jeff Kenney is employed part time by the Academies as the museum curator. In his spare time Kenney is the editor of The Culver Citizen.

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Summer 2010 teems with pleasure and provides big returns


n aimless summer may do more harm than nine months’ of study and system can correct. Culver Summer Naval School gives a boy healthy outdoor life teeming with pleasure and giving big returns in health, muscle and genuine refreshment. The above quote is from a 1906 newspaper advertisement. Although the modern camper would argue that video games and texting are anything but aimless, we can all agree that a summer at Culver – whether boy or girl – provides a Culver-branded blend of challenge, friendship, and pride. This summer, in particular, graduated 146 first-classmen and 92 Gold C’s who are now members of the alumni association and with anticipation to receive that first piece of mail as a Culver Summer Camps alumnus/ae. 2010 is no 1906, or a 1975 for that matter, but it still holds the tradition of Culver’s most basic institutions that make young people return summer after summer. The friendship, competition, learning, and achieving were still evident throughout the campus. BSA Headquarters The Saturday Council Fires continued to bring the past to life in our most natural way of storytelling. Sunday Garrison Parades brought everyone together to continue Culver’s history and tradition. Culver also had the pleasure of a few special guests this summer. Through the efforts of the Culver Summer Schools Alumni Association board, professional fencer Alexandre Ryjik taught for

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two weeks as a guest instructor to work alongside Culver’s fencing coach, Rebecca Schneider. Ryjik is the founder of Virginia Academy of Fencing. At age 17, he earned a Master of Sport in Fencing of the U.S.S.R. In the U.S., Ryjik coached at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is currently Professor of Fencing at American and George Mason universities. Also making an appearance July 24 were executives of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to help Culver dedicate its new Scouting Headquarters. The BSA also celebrated its centennial this year with a national jamboree in Virginia bringing together over 40,000 scouts from across the nation and abroad. Brian Kasal, a regional member of the national BSA board, spoke at Culver’s dedication on behalf of Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca. Also in attendance were Jim Welborne, LaSalle Council president, and Arne Landsverk, LaSalle Council Algonquian District director. The Scouting Headquarters was donated by the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation, of which the president is a 1939 Woodcraft graduate. The American Camp Association (ACA) also celebrated its centennial this year. Brigitta Adkins, executive director of the Indiana Section, visited campus to receive a plaque of recognition from Culver. Culver has been an accredited camp through ACA since 1959. As Culver continues to bring in children from around the world, time has come to create a new line of promotional videos. Culver hired Magic Hour Productions from Indianapolis to spend 30 of

The last of the major visitors this summer was no surprise. In fact, he is around most of the time. Stepping down as The Culver Educational Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees was James Henderson W’47, ’52 after 30 years of service to the schools and camps as a trustee, board president, and chairman. With his love and talent, he helped Culver achieve a record-breaking capital campaign among American secondary schools, along with his generous gifts to the campus and programs. In his honor, a day at camp Members of Deck VI, celebrating its 30th anniversary, step out at the Summer Homecoming was dedicated to Mr. Henderson and was announced at the Garrison Parade.

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the 42 days of camp capturing “the Culver difference.” You can see a preview on Culver’s front page at The company will produce about 20 new short videos for the camps, which will be added to the website and eventually produced on DVD with the segments from Culver Academies.

Final Garrison Parade. From now on, the last Sunday of the six-week session will be Jim Henderson Day with recognition at that evening’s Garrison Parade. By way of summary, total six-week camper enrollment for Woodcraft Camp and Upper Camp was 1,375 campers. This is the largest enrollment in the past 20 years and fifthlargest in the last 40 years. 822 campers came from 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico representing 60 percent of the camper population, while 553 campers (or 40 percent) came from 35 countries. And all this was accomplished by 382 staffers working the six-week camps. Haberland photo.

With the books barely closed on the 2010 camp session, planning has already begun for 2011. With the anticipation of new promotional videos, a new camp brochure, an enhanced application process, and continual enhancements to programs, 2011 will surely be another great summer at Culver. Some 60 family members attended the First Continental Congress.

The lineup for 2011 will be similar to 2010, starting in the spring with the Mini-Woodcraft Camps in April and May. In mid-June, the second annual Junior Woodcraft Camp for ages 7-9 will introduce camp to our younger campers – the Hummingbirds and Chipmunks. Woodcraft Camp and Upper Camp will begin on June 24, 2011, and end Aug. 5-6. Two sessions of Family Camp will follow on August 7-13 and August 14-20. The season will end with another session of Mini-Woodcraft Camp and a Halloween Camp in October.

Chief Z and some of his Indian dancing protégés provide entertainment at the meeting of the First Continental Congress.

For details about Culver Summer Schools & Camps, please visit the website at Haberland photo.

–Weston Outlaw W’95, NB’98,’00 CSSC Marketing Coordinator

See page 41 for more on the First Contiental Congress.

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Forward Kimberly Grover ’12 (Culver) winds up for a shot on goal. Grover scored five goals during the season. The Eagles won the soccer sectional , outscoring their opponents 10-0, before losing in the regional to eventual state champion South Bend St. Joseph’s.

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Sports Waverly Neer claims elusive XC state title as fall athletes collect 5 sectional trophies


Waverly Neer ’11 gave Culver, the fans, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association all something to cheer about at the 30th anniversary of the girls cross country state meet. Neer (Russiaville, Ind.) captured her first state title on Oct. 30, winning the second-closest girls’ finals in history. Neer’s victory capped off a fall season that saw the Eagles walk off the fields and courts with a total of seven championships. The girls and boys cross country teams, girls and boys soccer teams, and boys tennis team all won their respective sectionals, and the girls cross country and boys tennis claimed regional titles as well.


Kaye Sitterley ’12 (Mooresville, N.C.) finished second for CGA and 93rd overall in 20:09.8. CGA placed 21st and was the only team from north-central Indiana to qualify for the state meet.

The 2010 CGA golf campaign finished much like the 2009, with No. 1 Brenna Newell ’11 reaching the regional level, but the team falling just short of advancing out of the Warsaw Sectional.

The Culver boys took first in the sectional, edging Rochester, 53-55, with three top 10 finishers. Austin Welch ’11 (Winnetka, Ill.) claimed fourth; Leopoldo Burguette ’13 (Mexico City) was fifth; and Riley Thompson ’13 (Orangeville, Ontario) placed ninth.

Newell (Frankfort, Ill.) led the team with an 89 at the sectional. CGA finished in fourth place with a 397, 10 shots behind Plymouth. The top three teams advanced to the regional. Newell went on to shoot a 93 at the East Noble Regional.

At the Culver Academies regional, the Eagles advanced with a second-place finish, just four

The golf team finished with an 8-3 dual match record and a third-place finish in the 28th annual CGA Invitational.


Neer’s victory – by just seven-tenths of a second – was her first individual gold medal in either cross country or track after four runner-up finishes. She clocked an 18:17.5 over the 5,000-meter Terre Haute, Ind., course, outlasting Bloomington South sophomore Nicole Lucas (18:18.2).

points back of Maconaquah. Welch finished in sixth, Burgete 11th, and Thompson 15th. The team was unable to advance out of the New Prairie Semistate, finishing 14th. Welch was the highest individual CMA runner, finishing 33rd.


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Waverly Neer ’11

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Boys Tennis The CMA tennis team captured sectional and regional titles before its season ended against a strong Valparaiso team, 4-1, in the South Bend Semistate. The No. 2 doubles team of Jack Mitzell ’12 (Westfield, Ind.) and Kord Golliher ’11 (Peru, Ind.) accounted for Culver’s lone point.

The Eagles finished the year at 14-8 behind Kevin Park ’11 (Naperville, Ill.) at No. 1 singles.

Boys Soccer The CMA soccer team finished the season at 8-8-2 after dropping a 3-1 decision to Portage in the Valparaiso Regional. Manuel Ituarte ’13 (El Paso, Texas) scored the unassisted goal. It was the second time in two weeks the Eagles had faced Portage, losing 4-1 in the first contest. The Eagles played some of their best ball of the year in their two sectional shutout victories. CMA defeated Oregon-Davis, 9-0, and then blanked Kouts, 5-0, in the championship game. Fernando Perez scored twice against Kouts and Tim Jeffirs ’11 (Argos, Ind.) was in goal for both games.

Girls Soccer The CGA soccer team fell in the regional, and it took the eventual state champions to beat them. After beating the Eagles, 6-0, South Bend St. Joseph’s ran the table to win the state title. CGA had lost during the season to the Indians, 4-0, but were hoping to change the outcome after two sectional shutouts at Argos. The Eagles defeated LaVille, 7-0, in the first game and ousted Plymouth, 3-0, in the championship.

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CMA won the sectional with victories over Knox (5-0) and Rochester (4-1). The team then defeated Plymouth (3-2) and Penn (3-2) to capture the regional title. The team had been 0-5 in 3-2 matches during the regular season.

The boys regional tennis champions are, left to right, Aaron Arvizu ’13, Will Stackhouse ’12, Arturo Lizarraga ’13, Jack Mitzell ’12, Kevin Park ’11, Wilson Wu ’12, Quinlan Smith ’13, and Kord Golliher ’11.

On the season, Kylee Shipley ’11 (Culver) led the team with 22 goals and one assist. Dineo Mmutla ’11 (Soweto, South Africa) had 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists. Goalie Jasmine Solola ’13 (Munster, Ind.) recorded 67 saves while giving up 33 goals on the season.

Football The CMA football team battled injuries as much as their opponents as several players were forced to sit out during the season. For example, fourth-classman Hayes Barnes (Culver) took over the quarterbacking duties when Tom O’Neill ’11 (Naperville, Ill.) injured his knee and was relegated to wingback. The Eagles finished with a 4-7 record, advancing to the second round of the Class 3A sectional before being eliminated by Andrean. The Eagles recorded regular-season victories against North Judson (20-19), West Noble (20-0), Fairfield (40-13), and defeated Knox (28-13) in the first round of the sectional.

Volleyball CGA volleyball finished with a 16-9 record against some very strong competition. The Eagles notched victories over Argos, North Judson, East Chicago Central, OregonDavis, and South Bend Washington during the regular season. The team’s season ended in the Plymouth Sectional with a 3-0 loss to St. Joseph’s, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15.

Sailing The sailing team was on the road almost as much as on the water, traveling to Sheridan Shores, Ill., Grosse Ile, Mich., and Traverse City, Mich., this season. The teams of Zach Grant ’12 (Columbia City, Ind.)/ Sidney Finan ’11 (Chicago) and Joel Florek ’12 (Marquette, Mich.)/Nelson Collet ’12 (Leawood, Kan.) dominated the top of the A and B fleets at the regattas. At the Culver Regatta, the team took trophies in every division as well as first- and second-place team awards. Culver also qualified for the Great Oak Regatta in New Orleans. – compiled and written by Jan Garrison

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James A. Henderson W’47, ’52 Graduate of the Decade Responsibility, Achievement, Leadership Are the Hallmarks of His Limitless Devotion

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n many ways one simply cannot say enough about Jim Henderson. In another, there’s no need to say a thing – both because his achievements and contributions are so well known by everyone here, but, also, because it’s all been said before. In fact, just about everything you need to know about Jim was summarized with impressive concision in The Vedette almost sixty years ago:

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“If The Vedette were given over to sobriquets, we might call Jim Henderson ‘Mr. Go-Getter’,” the author wrote, though he went on to note that this moniker, “Would not be significant enough – there is too much in Jim’s personality for that.” The author then summed up his case on Jim: “His formula for success is a simple one – he does exceptionally well in everything he attempts.” In the years since, the whole world has seen the clear truth of this observation. But no one has had the privilege to see it more clearly – or benefit from it more thoroughly – than those of us at Culver. Jim has done it all – and he’s done it all extraordinarily well. I can’t possibly cite all of his achievements – to do so would be to stand up here reading page after page, like a filibuster. So, let me give you the broad brush, for starters. • Here at Culver, Jim graduated Cum Laude in 1952, after serving as editor-in-chief of The Vedette, a varsity tennis and basketball player, a first lieutenant and battalion personnel officer, and recipient of the Chicago Tribune Junior ROTC Medal. • He then matriculated at Princeton University, where he earned a degree in public and international affairs, and was active in a variety of student organizations. • After college, Jim next chose to serve his country, joining the Navy in 1956. He achieved the rank of lieutenant, and was an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. • Jim then moved on to Harvard Business School, where he was the Student Body President, and graduated with High

‘His formula for success is a simple one – he does exceptionally well in everything he attempts.’

Distinction as a Baker Scholar – in the top 2.5 percent of his class. He stayed on at Harvard as a faculty member for a year before moving to Cummins Engine Company in 1964. • He joined Cummins as assistant to the chairman, Irwin Miller. He then proceeded to work his way through virtually the whole company – as head of personnel, public relations, the company’s foundation, and its manufacturing operations – before becoming president, then chief executive officer, then chairman of the board. That’s the resume. Or, at least, the main categories of the resume – as you’ll see, there’s a great deal more. And they don’t get much more impressive. But, with Jim, there’s always more – as The Vedette noted all those years ago – and it always comes back to where it all began – right here, at Culver. There are three main themes running through Jim’s story – and he defined them best himself, in a piece he wrote in 1993 called “Why Culver.” In it he identified three critical and inextricably linked aspects of a Culver education: responsibility, achievement, and leadership. I’d like for us to look at Jim’s life and contributions through the lens of these values, which are such a part of this institution and of his life.

First, Responsibility.


o understand what this means to Jim, we need only look at the kind of commitment he’s brought to every involvement in his life. Once Jim Henderson is on board, he’s there to stay. Consider the record:

Serving in the Navy, 1956

• The institution to which he’s given the least time – in years, if not hours – is Cummins. . . which he served for only thirty-four years. • His relationship with Princeton, which he still serves as an emeritus trustee and active fund raiser, is more than fifty-three years old. • He met his wonderful wife, Toots, fifty-six years ago, and last year they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. • And, of course, then there’s Culver – which has been a part of his life for, essentially, all of his seventy-five years.

Editor’s note: This tribute honoring Trustee Emeritus Jim Henderson was delivered by incoming CEF Chairman Miles White ’73 to the Board of Trustees and their guests at the dinner meeting on May 7, 2010, in Culver. The tribute was researched and written by Rick Moser of Abbott’s external communications staff. Miles White is the chairman and CEO of Abbott, a global health care firm.

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• And he comes by this trait honestly – his father, John Henderson, spent sixty-two years serving this institution. The Henderson family has been a core part of Culver, for the vast majority of its existence – since 1919. And that family and Culver tradition has been so deeply ingrained in Jim that, I’d have to say, he doesn’t know how not to assume responsibility for the things he cares about. He understands what Jim Henderson and his father, John W., fragile and valuable a fixture at Culver for 62 years. things our institutions are, and the kind of care and commitment it takes to keep them healthy and working for the people they serve. And he’s been remarkably generous in giving his talent and commitment to many organizations over the years, including service on seven corporate boards of directors.

Next, Achievement.

• The campaign had the unheard goal of $200 million. It was so successful that the goal was raised to $300 million. • It ultimately generated $376 million, making it the most successful campaign in the history of American secondary education – and a foundation that guarantees the financial health of our school for many years to come. Culver now has the fifthlargest endowment among U.S. prep schools, up from fifteenth. • And he did the same thing for Princeton, heading a five-year campaign beginning in 1981 that exceeded its $350 million goal by almost 20 percent. • He presently serves as chair emeritus for the Princeton Aspire Campaign. It aims to raise $1.75 billion – one shudders to think what it might actually bring in with Jim on board. As Jim said in his remarks to the Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools in 1995: “Major gifts to educational institutions don’t just happen. . . They happen because someone asked for the gift and asked effectively.” And he practiced what he preached. There’s simply no way to say “no” to Jim Henderson when he’s selling something he believes in. It’s not a question of whether you’ll give – it’s just a question of how you’ll give him what he’s looking for.


As John Buxton describes it, he has a way of getting the person who’s thinking about giving $2,500, and hoping he won’t be asked for $25,000, to give $250,000. . . and feel good about it. He’s the irresistible force.

As Jim noted in an interview for Culver’s centennial, in 1994, there are “two key elements” for a school like Culver: “Qualified students and the endowment.”

As Princeton’s alumni publication put it, after describing how he coaxed an $800,000 gift from an alumnus who started out with a “maybe some day” attitude, “Thus Jim Henderson. . . ended the Campaign the way he began it – with warmth, grace, charm, humor, hard work, and solid accomplishment.”

gain, as The Vedette observed all those years ago, Jim does “exceptionally well in everything he attempts.”

I’ve already noted his scholarly achievements. To these, he added a wealth of gold, silver, and bronze medals, and held offices in virtually every organization he joined. But accomplishments of this kind were so routine for Jim that they’re simply a given. I’d like to call out an area in which his achievements stand alone.

He’s been a tireless supporter on both fronts. But I’ll focus on just the second – fund raising – to illustrate his remarkable abilities. Jim is, simply, unparalleled as a fund raiser – which means as a pillar of the institutions he serves. Consider what he’s achieved: • He got started back in 1961, not even a decade after graduating, serving on Culver’s “Program for Excellence” campaign, to raise the then-impressive sum of $5 million. • In 1983, then as president of the Board of Trustees, he led the “Choices for Culver” campaign. The effort started with the ambitious goal of $47 million over five years. It raised more than $60 million – then a record among independent schools. • Which brings us to By Example – the campaign Culver began in 2004. Jim, as chairman of the Board of Trustees, served as co-chair for Principal Gifts – the pace-setting major donations that kick off a campaign before it goes to the larger body of potential givers . . . in other words, the “by example” part of By Example.

And it’s because he appeals to the donor’s better self. How does one sit across from Jim – who never stops giving – and say that you can’t, or won’t, or that you’ve done enough?

“Solid accomplishment” – I should say so. A few more examples: • Starting right here, Jim was named the Best All-Around New Cadet in Company C. • He was chosen one of America’s Outstanding Young Men in 1971. • He was the first recipient of Culver’s “Look of Eagles Award,” and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1985. • In 1995 he received the Seymour Preston Award from the Council for Advancement & Support of Education, for exhibiting “exceptional commitment and leadership to his institution.” • In 1999 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a recognition that has been bestowed on six U.S. presidents and multiple Nobel Prize winners, among other distinguished recipients, for work that “has made a lasting impact on humanity.” • And, in acts of extreme understatement, he received top recognitions from both Culver and Princeton for his “exemplary and sustained service to Annual Giving.”

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His desire to protect and advance them draws him, continually, into their leadership. Because, as the ablest person around, that’s how he can best serve them. Jim, himself, put it very simply: “I believe everyone who can do so should be involved in some way to make the society in which we live a better one.” So he does. That is the pure essence of Culver’s Servant Leader philosophy. To me, it’s the foundational value of our school, and Jim is its epitome.

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Perhaps the ultimate example came during a time of crisis, many years ago now. It was a difficult time for institutions like Culver – private school enrollment and support was dropping, particularly for boys’ schools with a military cast, like ours was. At the same time, the Academies suffered a rare failure of leadership. Jim was then a trustee. Seeing the school’s need, he leapt into the breach.

And, finally, Leadership.


’m not aware of anything that he was ever involved in, in which Jim was not a major player or the leader.

From editor-in-chief of The Vedette, to Honor Guard, president of the Culver Legion Board, of the Princeton Board of Trustees as well as ours, of capital campaigns, search committees for new leaders of Culver and Princeton, and, of course, the leadership of a great American corporation, Cummins. I find that, in discussing Jim’s commitment and his achievements, his leadership has already been thoroughly explored. In fact, in Jim’s life, these attributes are all one and the same. His sense of responsibility inspires him to assume leadership. And those two, together, spur him on to ever greater achievement.

‘I believe everyone who can do so should be involved in some way to make the society in which we live a better one.’ What is most important about Jim’s leadership is not so much its many incarnations as its singular and consistent nature. Jim is not so much a leader – the one out in front – as he is a servant leader, the one looking out for the welfare of everyone else. It’s a Culver ideal that we all know well – but Jim is its perfect embodiment. His leadership derives from his love of the institutions of which he’s been part, and of the people for whom they exist.

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Jim led a group of four committed men – including Bill Culver – in a crash campaign to save the school. They met in Indianapolis, in marathon sessions in which they’d grab a few hours of sleep on the hotel floor, then get back to work – to chart the course that would restore Culver to its best self and to enduring strength. As former Head of Schools Ralph Manuel wrote to Jim some years ago: “Someday I do hope you get the recognition you deserve for quite literally having saved this institution . . . “The only appropriate recognition I can think of would be to borrow a line which is written on Webster Hall in Hanover, New Hampshire. “It states very simply, ‘Dartmouth: Founded by Eleazar [El-ee-ayzer] Wheelock; Refounded by Daniel Webster.’ We need only substitute Henry Harrison Culver for Eleazar Wheelock and Jim Henderson for Daniel Webster.” Well, that day has come. And I am very proud to be a part of it – to be able to recognize Jim Henderson for all that he’s done – and for all that he is. It’s like celebrating Culver itself – this wonderful institution that’s meant so much to all of us here. Because Culver is simply inseparable from Jim Henderson, and vice versa. Culver is a place of family tradition. But three fami-

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At the Graduate of the Decade Ceremony during Fall Parents Weekend, CEF Chairman Miles White ’73 presented Henderson with the Logansport Medal for ‘life-saving service to Culver.’ Henderson is the sixth alumni recipient of a Logansport Medal. The medals were originally presented to the cadets who were members of the 1913 Logansport Flood rescue team.

Jim Henderson exits Memorial Chapel with Grand Marshal David Sampson following the June 5 Baccalaureate service. Henderson, chairman emeritus of the CEF Board of Trustees, delivered the Baccalaureate addressed to the Class of 2010.

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“Their influence in the affairs of the school,” he said, “has always made for betterment and growth . . . Their interest and loyalty have been constant; and so generous and well directed have their efforts been that the school, its cadets and patrons, have come to look upon them as a very part of the mould from which Culver men are cast.”

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Jim was formed in that mould. And, as he always does, he’s made it even better. Today, he is – absolutely – the ideal of the Culver man or woman . . . the model we hope the students that Culver is shaping today will aspire to.

Jim Henderson was honored by Culver Summer Camps at the last regular garrison parade. After serving as honorary reviewing officer, Henderson was presented an honorary mace and joined the drum major of the Naval Band. Together, they marched the Naval Band to Sally Port for the traditional playing of ‘Anchors Aweigh.’

lies stand above all others in the tale of the school’s success over the past 116 years. The first, of course, is the Culver family, itself. The second is the Fleets and Gignilliats, who’ve been such a vital part of the institution for so many years. And the third is the Hendersons. Jim’s father, John, actually belongs among the founders, having come to Culver in its, and his, youth. It was later said of John Henderson – and by no less an authority than E.R. Culver – that, “when you visit Culver groups, you find out that John Henderson is Culver.” But John Henderson was a part of the school for a mere sixty-two years. Jim is at seventy-five and counting.

You simply cannot lead a more first-rate life than Jim Henderson has. His accomplishments across multiple fields – education, politics, business, public service . . . at all levels, from a small school in Indiana to a global corporation . . . are exemplary. They show what a life, well dedicated and lived, can amount to. And it all started here, at Culver, where Jim learned what matters most. He never forgot those lessons or where they came from. As Jim put it: “Culver provided just the right influences in my life at just the right time, and these experiences and lessons have been by far the most important in my life.” That’s why we know that, of all the things to which he’s given himself, the one that matters most to him will always be this one, Culver – after Toots and their family, the truest center of his exemplary life. In a publication called, “Culver Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” Ralph Manuel spoke of Culver striving to achieve, “The classical Greek ideal . . . the growth and development of the spirit and the whole person.” Jim personifies that ideal and the ethos behind it. He is truly a man in full: educator, athlete, author, social analyst, businessman, philanthropist, mentor, visionary, strategist, friend, leader, and – first, last, and always – family man.

He grew up here. In a publication from Culver’s centennial, Jim recalled his idyllic boyhood here: “Growing up as a Culver faculty brat was a delight,” he wrote. “The tight-knit community provided warmth and caring from faculty and students alike, and the campus meant adventure – what more could a young boy want?” He was raised in the very house where the head of schools now resides. It is simply not possible to be more Culver than Jim Henderson.

In 1929, while dedicating the school’s then-new library, E.R. Culver spoke of alumni who had served in The Great War, World War I:

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Not only did all four of his children – Jim, John, Jeff, and Amy – attend the Academies (though it cost him the Henderson Ice Rink and a hockey program to make it happen), a total of twenty-nine Henderson family members, from his brothers to his grandchildren, have been Culver students, while two others have been staff members. Jim Henderson sits near the Legion Building as artist John Boyd Martin works on a preliminary drawing. The Kansas portrait artist was commissioned to paint Henderson’s portrait. The portrait is one of several special ways the school is honoring Henderson for his service and dedication.

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Following the Graduate of the Decade ceremony, Jim and Toots Henderson walked through a corridor formed by cadets on one side and girls on the other. The line of students followed the sidewalks outside Eppley Auditorium.

In its resolution naming Jim the first recipient of its “Look of Eagles” Award, the board noted that: “he has an extraordinary capacity for leadership . . . he exemplifies a zest for service and a unique ability to envision and develop new ideas and plans . . . he has brought to Culver’s universe a momentum unequaled in previous years . . . his wise counsel and deep commitment to Culver have been a great inspiration to faculty, students, graduates, and trustees . . .” and concludes by recognizing his “outstanding leadership and limitless devotion to Culver.” This captures so much of what Jim has been to our school. But, naturally, he said it best himself:

of learning into their hearts, that learning should live in their presence in the person of some man or woman whom they can love and must admire; whose force touches them to the quick.” Jim has been that person for so many – and for Culver itself. He’s been that person for me. No other individual has shaped this institution more than Jim has during my lifetime. Jim was already on the Culver Legion Board when I enrolled as a student in 1968. He became a trustee before I graduated. For me, then – as for virtually all of us here – Jim has always been there. And he and Culver have been inseparable in our minds . . . and in fact. Jim Henderson is Culver . . . at its very best.

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Jim Henderson’s deep commitment to Culver was nourished by the values, ideals, and character he witnessed growing up in the mid-’40s

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Editor’s note: Honored during Fall Parents Weekend as Culver’s first Graduate of the Decade, the following is an edited version of Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson’s address at the Oct. 1, 2010, all-school convocation.

It has been a great privi-

lege for me to be actively involved in Culver for many years. I do have a long perspective on Culver. I would like to tell you about why I am so passionate about Culver. Our early history is instructive in understanding Culver. Henry Harrison Culver founded our school not in Young Jim Henderson the east, but in the midwest. This region valued the pioneer traits that flourished here and then spread south and west as the population spread. Those values included self-reliance, independence, toughness, hard work, making it on your own, taking risks, faith in the honesty and trustworthiness of human nature, and faith in country and in God. We attracted students from all over the country to both our summer camp and high school programs, although not many from the east where most of the other prep schools were located. Many successful families from the midwest and southwest and west sent their children. It was a twoday train trip for students from Louisiana and Texas and the Northwest. It must have been a very long trip for our Mexican students, who started coming to Culver over a hundred years ago. These families were headed by self-made, independent men, and they expected their offspring to achieve by virtue of performance and hard work, as they had. Culver was not a school for the already-established elite. In many ways you can see that Culver values were those of our country. The early leaders chose a military model probably growing out of the Civil War experience, when most of the soldiers on both sides left callings as farmers and small businessmen and lawyers and politicians to defend their respective causes

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– Union and Confederate – and then returned to civilian pursuits. So Culver was not a West Point clone, but rather was based on the concept of citizen soldiers – ready to serve if needed. This military structure naturally placed an emphasis on leadership, discipline, and doing things right. It also brought a practical approach to our Culver education of getting things done and doing so through teamwork. Uniforms also had an advantage. There are no Gucci or Brooks Brothers uniforms at Culver. Parents’ economic and social distinctions are not so obvious when everyone wears the same uniform. Effort, ability and leadership are what count – making Culver a meritocracy. Finally, our early leaders sought out gifted teachers at the most respected colleges and universities in order to build a faculty here equal to the best anywhere and to bring a curriculum of the same quality. When I entered Culver, an impressive number of our faculty held degrees from the finest universities here and abroad. The founding family took an active interest in Culver and established the basic building blocks. B.B. Culver Jr. ’29, who chaired Culver’s board for twenty-six years, said at the installation of Ralph Manuel as Culver’s head in 1982, “Character, integrity and respect for God and country are ideals that have been a hallmark of Culver training from the very start.” The Culver family also brought fiscal responsibility and established the importance of building a campus of beauty and distinction that would help inspire and motivate both faculty and students. We owe much to the Culver family. Fortunately they are still active and influential. So the Culver I personally came to know in the mid-’40s as a “faculty brat” combined Culver’s commitment to prepare its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society with academic preparation of the highest order, led by a wise and committed faculty.

John W. Henderson and the family pet

I have come to realize that my strong commitment to this school lies in what I observed during the war years when I was just a youngster at Culver. I saw Culver’s ideals in action in both our summer and winter programs. I saw seventeen- and eighteen-year-old young men leading their peers with confidence and maturity beyond their years. The war undoubtedly influenced them. They knew what was ahead. Over six thousand Culver men fought in World War II, many on the front lines within months of graduation from Culver. The student leaders impressed me greatly and became the basis of my continuing vision for Culver.

‘The student leaders impressed me greatly and became the basis of my continuing vision for Culver.’

I also saw students doing what was right, even if it wasn’t the easy thing to do. Today we call that character – the wisdom and values to figure out what’s right and fair – and the physical strength and mental courage to embrace it. As part of developing character, we ask you, our students, to think • about honor and integrity – being a person who can be trusted. • about dependability – carrying out responsibility to the best of your ability, not letting anyone down. • about servant leadership – treating all others regardless of their station in life with respect and courtesy and caring. • And about doing your best with relentless determination to achieve your goals and your team’s goals and to make things happen.

Meals weren’t very relaxed. We sat ramrod straight, were plebes for our entire first year, and didn’t fraternize with old men. Early in my first year the noncommissioned officer in charge of our assigned Toots and Jim table directed me to draw my hand down across the edge of the table. I was nervous and sweating. The moisture from my palm darkened the white tablecloth. The non-com told me that I had dirty hands and to report to the regimental commander. The next step after that would be to make the long walk down the center aisle of the mess hall (which ran full length east-west) to go up to the balcony and wash my hands – very embarrassing for a young plebe who was trying very hard. I was both angry and scared. But I marched up to the regimental commander, and reported as directed. He looked at my hands and said, “Your hands are not dirty, return to your seat.” He then made it clear to our company commander (but not to me, of course) that he expected no repeat from Company C. No more harassment. I have never forgotten how each officer performed. My active involvement on the board started at the beginning of a difficult time for Culver and, indeed, for all of education. The Vietnam War and the social unrest of the ’70s had caused our enrollment to fall. We were losing money, falling behind in maintenance and beginning to lose good faculty. It was a tough time. Even though respected voices counseled giving up the military and becoming like other prep schools, concentrating on academics, our board of trustees decided we would not give up the military structure of our boys’ organization, although many military schools did so. We decided we would not abandon preparing students for responsible citizenship and leadership in society, which has become the centerpiece of our mission statement.

Each of you students here today and all alumni have examples of leadership from Culver. I have mine. In my day, we marched to every meal and sat in the same chair with a student officer in charge at each end of the table.

Jim and son Jeff ’83 at the Winged Messenger

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which appear on the plaza: duty, courage, honor, wisdom, service, moderation, truth, and justice. Effective leaders in the world and at Culver are guided by those virtues and values. We are pleased with the performance of our student leaders, and the way their performances have been steadily getting stronger in recent years.

Captains Toots, Jim, and a crew of grandchildren We needed students, and we added young women to our student body. The world was just awakening to the longsuppressed capability of women to lead as well as men. We decided on a structure that would give our girls the same opportunity to exercise constructive leadership as the boys had, without competing with boys. So we added them not as cadets in Culver Military Academy but in their own organization – Culver Girls Academy – with its own leadership structure. Some years ago I attended a recognition for women in industry with a Cummins’ officer who was being honored. The speaker said one thing that has stayed with me since: “Unfortunately in today’s world a woman must outperform a man in an equal position to get proper recognition – fortunately that’s easy to do.” We’ll never know this at Culver because of our separate leadership structures. Student leadership exercised by both boys and girls is what distinguishes Culver from many other fine educational institutions. No other school can compare with Culver in student leadership. Some of the finest schools have sent delegations here to learn from us – almost always without success because they don’t have the structure, the tradition, the experience, or the buy-in. Most of us who graduated from Culver find the subject of leadership one that still interests us. The more we see of the world the more we understand the importance of leadership and Culver’s mission. In fact, leadership is a trait we cherish at Culver. At our fiftieth reunion my class gifted the Leadership Plaza just inside Logansport Gate which you students pass virtually every day. We did so because our class still embraces the cardinal virtues and Culver values we learned here and

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The world is increasingly multicultural, and a great strength of Culver is that we attract students from all over the world. Our students have the advantage of understanding and respecting other cultures at an early age. A group of parents from other countries told me this summer that they chose Culver because of what Culver stands for and expressed the hope that their children can absorb our values and practice them in their own countries. That’s a great endorsement and a great responsibility! A classmate of mine at our fiftieth reunion said graduating from Culver was the most difficult thing he had done in his entire life. That startled me, but it made me think. Culver is demanding; life is demanding. Attending Culver is great preparation for life. We have made major strides in strengthening Culver in recent years. John Buxton has proven to be just the right leader for Culver at just the right time. He has a deep understanding of effective secondary school education and a deep commitment to Culver’s mission. He and Pam bring a warmth and sense of community to this campus and to our Culver constituency that is both genuine and unusual. They get energy from you students – a key to their success. We have just completed a capital campaign focused on building our endowment. Our success will permit us to continue to invest in our superb faculty. Our increased endowment has also permitted us to extend financial aid to more young people who are willing to take

on the challenge of a Culver education as you students have. We have the most talented and the most capable students we have ever had at Culver. They buy in to Culver’s unique approach to education of the whole person and to student leadership. Our board of trustees is made up of wise, committed, and generous volunteers who care deeply about Culver and are as committed to the Culver mission as (chairman of the board) Miles White, John Buxton, and I are. Current and former board members contributed over seventy percent of the funds committed to Culver in this campaign – an incredible number. Our alumni and parents boards have the same talent and commitment. Our alumni, parents and friends came through magnificently in this campaign to help us set the record for fund-raising campaigns among private secondary schools. First place pleases us, too. Culver people are pretty competitive! Every great educational institution requires continuous support. Inflation eats away at financial strength; buildings and sports facilities wear out; new knowledge is discovered that requires new teachers and facilities; competition comes after our people as we increasingly are recognized as the best; and more and more bright and committed children who are potential future leaders are born to those who need financial aid. As strong as Culver and others are today, the very best institutions like Harvard and Princeton learned a hard lesson in the recent downturn that financial strength is fragile. Culver requires your consistent and generous support now and in the years ahead so future students can benefit from a Culver education. While I am grateful for this recognition today, I accept it not because I made great things happen at Culver but because a great Culver team – made up of administration, faculty, students, parents, and alumni – made it happen. I am pleased to be part of that team.

Chairman emeritus Jim Henderson, who played the pivotal role in starting the Culver hockey program, dropped the puck Nov. 6 to start the 34th hockey season.

Alumni Reunion Weekend to honor Hendersons The yearlong celebration of Jim and Toots Henderson’s contributions and dedication to Culver will come to a close during Alumni Reunion Weekend on May 20-22, 2011. This will be the perfect opportunity for Culver alumni to return to campus and thank Jim Henderson and his wife for their many years of service to the Academies and Summer Camps. Since May 2010, Henderson has been honored by the CEF trustees, Summer Camps commissioned a march in his honor, was named Graduate of the Decade at Fall Parents Weekend, had his portrait commissioned, and was recognized most recently for his contribution to the hockey program. And a new auditorium will be named after Toots Henderson. As details are finalized for the May celebration, information will be shared via the website, @Culver, and other venues.

Jim and Toots with their children and grandchildren, Scotland 2009

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At The World Equestrian Games Three months of practice pay off for 40 Culver riders with lifetime memories, international exposure, and pride of accomplishment By Sharon Biggs Waller


here’s that special moment in every child’s life that he or she will always remember. For some sixty Culver riders, musicians, and members of a Color Guard the memory that will linger in hearts and minds forever came September 25 at the opening ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. That appearance – before an international equestrian audience at a sixteen-day event being held in the United States for the first time – culminated hundreds of hours of practice spread out over four months and two school years. For all involved, it was an arduous task, and one that each participant will tell you was well worth the effort. The venue and the scope for Culver riders was unlike anything the equestrian program has ever been involved with: Twenty-five thousand people for the opening ceremonies, a worldwide television audience, more than 500,000 spectators over sixteen days watching eight hundred athletes and nine hundred horses representing sixty countries compete for championships in eight equestrian sports – and all of it happening in the United States for the first time. Director of Horsemanship Instruction Mark Waller and Lynn Rasch ’76, assistant dean of girls and Equestriennes coach,

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were tasked with preparing the horses and riders to carry forty American and forty Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) flags in two drill team performances. It was a huge undertaking. “You have to remember that the Culver horses are school horses; they aren’t show horses and athletes like most of the horses at WEG,” Waller said. “They aren’t used to performing in front of huge crowds all the time. So the students had an even bigger challenge. And despite this, they all handled everything beautifully – students and horses.” Waller and Rasch started preparations after April Parents Weekend in the spring of 2010 by having practices with the entire group and getting them used to riding together and riding one-handed with the flags. “We took some of the riders to the May 2010 Indianapolis 500 parade and they carried flags,” Rasch said. “These were the younger, less experienced riders and they did a great job.” In August 2010, twenty Equestrienne and twenty-five Lancers returned to campus one week early with the athletes to begin their intensive training for WEG. The first week back the students had a few twice-aday practices and then practiced every day after school for the next five weeks. During

that first week Rasch enlisted the help of Culver’s ropes facilitator for teamwork exercises (dismounted without horses) and the group had a training session with the sports psychologist so that they could visualize a successful performance at WEG. During the five weeks of practice leading up to WEG, Rasch and Waller helped the students with the two different movements to be performed, worked with the horses to get them used to the different sized flags, the flags snapping in the wind, and worked on desensitizing the horses with security vehicles’ lights and sirens. Waller had a soundtrack of applause made which helped the horses to get used to the anticipated audience of twenty-five thousand at WEG. Corporal of Horse Tim Puddifoot from London’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment arrived on campus September 19 to help polish the student’s skills and then accompanied the riders to games. “An (HCMR) instructor comes every year (to Culver), and I was fortunate to come this year,” he said. “I have to say I’ve been very impressed. At the Household Cavalry we train two hours a day for our performance ride; these students train two times a week. And they do extremely well, especially for teenagers.”

When Equestrienne Genevieve Gurnick ’11 (Olmstead Township, Ohio) heard that Culver was going to ride in the World Equestrian Games she was surprised and excited. “But then I Genevieve Gurnick ’11 immediately thought ‘can we actually do this?’” she added. “I knew about WEG because I have been riding for a while. I didn’t really know what to expect besides a ton of people and the world’s best riders. But once I got there I was speechless with how much bigger it actually was.” Lancer James Dodge ’12 (Springfield, Illinois) said WEG “didn’t mean anything to me really. They told us it would be the ride of our lives and I didn’t think anything of it. None of us had ever heard of it James Dodge ’12 so I assumed it would be some small little thing in Kentucky. And then I was really surprised!”

breakfast, and headed to the park where they would ready their horses, practice, and then care for their horses. After lunch the students studied, prepped horses, shined their boots, got their horses ready again, rode in dress rehearsal, cared for the horses again, returned to the hotel for a late dinner, and went straight to bed. “The days were long but it was all worth it,” Gurnick said. But there also was time to explore and shop. “Like all girls, I checked out the great shopping, but my friends and I amused ourselves by trying to get golf cart rides from the athletes of different countries,” Gurnick said. “South Africa, Britain, and the United States were the countries who most commonly gave rides.” “We had part of one day to explore the park and I wish we had more, but I went to a lot of stands (vendor and exhibitor booths) looking at tack and such because we couldn’t get into other countries’ barns,” Dodge said. “I also cooked risotto with a French chef at the Normandy stand, which is where the next games will be held.”

Arriving in Lexington on September 21, the daily schedule for the Culver students was grueling. They awoke at 5:30 a.m., ate

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‘I have to say I’ve been very impressed. At the Household Cavalry we train two hours a day for our performance ride; these students train two times a week. And they do extremely well...’ – Corporal of the Horse Tim Puddifoot Culver Alumni Magazine


Culver students and staff were able to catch up with some friends. Rough Rider clinician Ricky Suarez, who had visited Culver in January 2010, was performing with Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey, whose information booth was right next to Culver’s. The students had fun meeting his new rosin back horse, Sugar, an American Cream Draft. Another Culver clinician, Captain Dickie Waygood, the former riding master from the Household Cavalry in England, was at WEG, too. Waygood worked with the students in the fall of 2008 and was at WEG as the chef d’equipe of the British dressage team, which won team silver and an individual silver.

ever I forced them to release me. So we flew back to the warm-up rings five minutes before we went on. I mounted up and did the second movement still sick, but I knew if I didn’t go back out there I would regret that for the rest of my life.” About twenty-five minutes prior to Culver’s entry into the arena for the opening ceremony and their first movement, an Equestrienne horse shied when practicing a warm-up movement and the rider was unseated and fell off. The horse bolted from the warm-up arena down toward the cross country course and back to Culver’s temporary stabling. 

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“He could have been mistaken for Secretariat,” Rasch said. “Mr. Waller “There are a lot of challenges and and I looked at each other and shook funny stories I could tell but one our heads. I think that we were pretty that really sticks out is the horse that certain that we would have to go into A dismounted Color Guard raised and lowered the American flag, the I rode, whose name is Polly, is just Kentucky flag, and the FEI flag during the opening ceremonies of the the arena with one less horse. After massive, and whenever we would World Equestrian Games. Members were left to right, Lancers William about ten minutes, we were told by mount up people would always point Brewer ’13, Andrew Kilbourne ’13, Peter Foersch ’13, and Noah radio that the horse had been caught. and giggle at her size,” Gurnick said. Woolfolk ’12, followed by Commander Lawrence Dann-Fenwick ’11. Over the horizon we see a rider on “That always gave us a good laugh.” the horse. It’s the father of one of was getting me off Polly. So I went on but There were also some tense moments. the Lancers. He was surrounded by four as soon as I got out they pulled me off and Twenty minutes before the opening cermounted Kentucky State Police! We were rushed me to the health center to try to emony began, Gurnick had a coughing able to get the young lady mounted, get figure out what was wrong with me. But attack. “I still went out and rode. Nothing continued on page 36 of course being the most stubborn person

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Moving to the familiar strains of Sousa’s ‘Black Horse Troop March,’ the Lancers and Equestriennes perform a ‘wagon wheel’ at the opening ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games.

An Added Presence for the Equestrian World to See Beyond an appearance in the opening ceremonies, the Academies and Summer Camps admissions office realized the added benefit of a continued presence at the World Equestrian Games by having a display booth in the Equine Village for the duration of the sixteen-day event. It was a unique opportunity to introduce Culver and its programs to people from the United States and international countries. The booth was well situated in the Equine Village: right outside the entrance to the International Museum of the Horse and in front of the Village Arena, site of a number of daily demonstrations. The ten- by twenty-foot area was filled with four-color photographic banners: two of horsemanship and two of summer camps and the boarding school. The display also included uniforms worn by both Woodcraft and Upper campers, said Academies Admissions Counselor Savannah J. Kranich ’05, who manned the booth for much of the event. Kranich is also the assistant coach for the Equestriennes. “We also had a collage of photographs that best represented what Culver is all about, along with three summer camp displays, one for Woodcraft Camp, Upper Camp, and a

general summer schools and camps. We gave out Culver shopping bags, which were very popular, DVDs, brochures for both summer camps and the boarding school, and campus maps,” Kranich said. “It was a very positive experience because of several different factors,” said Director of Upper Camp Coleman Knight, who was one of several Academies and summer camps admissions representatives who assisted at the booth during the event. “Many people who saw our students perform felt compelled to stop by and tell us how well they did. It happened over and over again every day. It was incredible. I also had people comment on how well the students cared for the horses and how gentle they were with them.” Knight said there were visitors with past connections to Culver, some were alumni from Kentucky but many were from all over the country. “Some didn’t realize we were there and were delighted to see us,” he added. “And we had tons of interest from people who wanted to know more about us. People visited the booth from Germany, Spain, France, Australia, and other countries, as well as from many states in the United States. We had one person stop by and say they had an interview at

Culver in a couple of days. It was just a very gratifying experience.” The booth was open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the games. With more than 500,000 attending WEG, a variety of people – all ages, gender, and nationalities – visited the Culver booth. Many walked up not knowing who Culver was, but walked away considering the school for their children or grandchildren. Many people were interested in the leadership system and how it molded young men and women to be responsible citizens. “Parents were interested to learn that the leadership system starts as soon as you step on campus, whether you are a nineyear-old Woodcrafter or a teenager at the Academies or Upper Camp,” Kranich said. “Overall, everyone seemed amazed at all Culver’s special and unique opportunities. Exposing Culver to so many people in the opening ceremonies was a once in a lifetime opportunity, being able to continue that throughout the sixteen days of the WEG, was incredible. I believe that everyone’s hard work and diligence has and will continue to pay off.” – Sharon Biggs Waller Culver Alumni Magazine


her in the ring outside of the main arena, and she was able to ride.” Waller and Rasch had their riders wellprepared. “It was just like a normal practice until we got to the national anthem,” Dodge said. “That’s when it hit me that this was the real deal.” Both Dodge and Gurnick said their favorite moment was when the national anthem began to play and the entire crowd stood up, singing, watching them carry the United States flags. “It was magical to see all of those people and be able to lead in the American flag,” Gurnick said. “Right after the first move when the national anthem started we could stop and take it all in,” Dodge said. “It was an amazing moment. Seeing all of the people and then having them cheer for us was incredible.”

On September 26, the Lancers and Equestriennes – each accompanied by nineteen musicians from the Lancer Band – put on their individual team rides in the performance arena of the Equine Village. It marked the first time that all three had performed together off campus. “Both groups did great,” Waller said. “The performances had never been better. They all really rose to the occasion, and Dean Rasch and I were very proud of them all.” Following the performances, the students and adults involved were feted at a barbecue at Walnut Hall Farm. Alumni, parents, and patrons also gathered September 24 at a formal dinner at Spindletop Hall, which also included school administrators, trustees, and the Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear and his wife Jane. Editor’s note: Sharon Biggs Waller is a freelance writer and children’s author. She has written for various national equestrian publications and is a riding coach. Sharon and her husband, Culver’s Director of Horsemanship Instruction Mark Waller, reside in Chesterton, Indiana.

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Five boys from the Black Horse Troop were on foot in the arena as the Color Guard putting up the American, FEI, and Kentucky flags under the supervision of Sergeant Major Brett Rankert, adviser to the Color Guard.

Members of the Lancer Band provided musical accompaniment for the Lancer Platoon and for the Equestriennes when the two groups performed individually on Sept. 26. Those performances marked the first time the three groups had performed together off campus.


Class News

Alumni Class News Class news published in this issue was received and processed as of Aug. 31, 2010. Alumni Class News for the Academies and Culver Summer Schools & Camps are combined under the graduation year. Names in bold italics designate those who are Summer Camp alumni.

1941 70th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Clyde E. Noble of Athens, Ga., is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Georgia and the recipient of membership in the International Mozart Society of Cambridge, England. Clyde is a co-founder of the Classic City Band of Athens, and the founder/director of the reactivated Regiment Band of the 37th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, which performs with original pre-1865 brass and percussion instruments. Retired from the Air Force, Clyde makes CDs containing the band music of North and South from the Civil War era.

1945 Corydon S. Kammler missed his reunion in May, but his thoughts and memories of those four great years at Culver are “enjoyably crowding my mind . . . Imagine, 65 years and it is still clear as a bell.” Cory is living in Jensen Beach, Fla., with his wife, Argie, and enjoying family and friends.

Nathaniel W. Stroup married Virginia Hume in Nov. 27, 2009, and they are living in Petoskey, Mich. John W. Webster (N’48) sends best wishes from Irvine, Calif., “the best place ever.”

1950 Franklin C. Ellis Jr. (W’46) of Green Valley Lake, Calif., missed his 60th reunion in order to be in Vermont for the birth of a grandson. In May, Edward D. Nusbaum returned to Logansport, Ind., after working five months as a neurologist and psychiatrist at a Helena, Mont., hospital. Robert Rockwell of Indianapolis still operates “Wacko Cars & Boats Ltd.,” which deals in used Ferraris and Cadillacs.

1951 60th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Was it you? That’s the question posed in chapter four of Gunnar Jenson’s latest book, “Gunnar’s Learning Curves,” published on-demand and available via The chapter recalls an incident at Culver when he and some Battery B buddies planned to go AWOL and rendezvous at Logansport Gate. Gunnar writes, “Several of us met under the lights and were on the verge of walking out when it struck me to ask aloud, ‘Will my father still have to pay my tuition if I leave?’ ‘Yes,’ someone answered, emphatically. ‘I know for sure he’ll still have to pay for the whole year.’  ‘Well,’ I thought aloud, ‘I can’t do that to my father. I’m going back.’ All of us went back.’” Gunnar remains grateful to this day to whomever it was who had the right answer that night. Was it you? If so,

1948 Joe M. Dearmin continues to serve as chairman of the board of the 1st National Bank of Odon, Ind. Charles F. Stevens (N’46) is now living in the Memory Care Unit of a facility in Chandler, Ariz.

George E. Mastics (N’47) is serving his fourth term as port commissioner in Palm Beach, Fla. He’s been practicing law for 54 years. James C. Rikhoff of High Bridge, N.J., retired in April 2009.

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Jazz musician Paul Winter H’56 returned to campus Aug. 30 with the Paul Winter Consort for the first Huffington Concert Series performance of the school year. Winter, a member of the Culver Arts & Letters Hall of Fame, invited students from the orchestra and band to join him in the Multipurpose Building where he helped them listen to and experience their instruments in new and creative ways.

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Class News 1965 David C. Peck is retired and living on a golf course in Homosassa, Fla.

1966 45th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011

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Thomas W. Bachman continues to raise race horses and grapes in Petaluma, Calif. David R. Estes celebrated his one-year anniversary on Feb. 18, 2010. He and wife Kathleen reside in Casselberry, Fla. Head of Schools John Buxton with (left to right) 1960 reunion committee members Bill Gram, Gerry Graham Gram , and Jim Buresh (president and reunion chair), and Legion President Russell Sheaffer ’81. Also honored but not pictured were classmates Henry Weaks and Bob Benson.

the South Bend, Ind., author would like to hear from you.

1954 Mason C. Clingan Jr. is retired in Eagle, Idaho, and has been ordained as a deacon of the Anglican Church of North America. George H. Haines Jr. retired as a distinguished research professor from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University (in Ottawa, Ontario) in August 2009. He is now working three days a week at a food bank. Philip S. Justice Jr. of Littleton, Colo., is surviving despite rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoarthritis of the spine, diabetes, diabetic ulcers, COPD, and a torn rotator cuff. He is receiving treatment at the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center. Widowed since 2006, Robert W. Maxwell has taken up condo living in Fullerton, Calif. He enjoyed last Thanksgiving with roommate Dick Gutenkunst ’53 and John ’54 and Tracy Bodenmann.

1957 Kenneth P. Csernai (N’52) sold his sports and trophy business in 2007. He lives in Big Rapids, Mich., where he officiates high school volleyball, baseball, and softball. Paul M. Steinle of Ashland, Ore., joined forces with five professional media managers and educators to form Valid Sources, a

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non-profit organization that identifies and promotes ethically-balanced journalism. Valid Source’s initial project is to assess the business health and reporting focus of local newspapers across the United States, which brought him to Culver during Summer Homecoming Weekend in July.

1959 Attorney James A. Metcalfe (N’57) of Virginia Beach, Va., retired May 1, but was appointed an unpaid Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. He successfully argued a case in the 4th Circuit in June with another case pending. He and his wife Lisa also spent two weeks in China.

1961 Gold Anniversary 50th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 John Ruan III of Des Moines was named vice chairman of the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June. John is chairman and CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems. With 3,300 trucks and 5,100 trailers, Ruan Transportation is the 31st largest for-hire trucking company in the U.S. and Canada. Michelle and Robert B. Tanner of Arlington, Mass., hosted the CMA hockey team, coaches, and a contingent of parents during a mid-December trip to New England.

James M. Shellenberger (W’60) is retired and living on the Indian Creek River in Cocoa, Fla., with his wife, Julie. Steven A. Zanetis (N’64) and his wife, Vicki, recently vacationed in France and Italy, taking the Orient Express from Paris to Venice. Steve’s Olney, Ill., company, Tri-State Producing and Developing, drilled two deep wildcat test wells in Kansas last year and continues to develop properties in southern Illinois.

1968 Andrew H. Hodgkin of Barrington, R.I., is serving as the Chief of Staff for Gov. Donald Carcieri of Rhode Island. Andy previously served as chief legal counsel for the governor from 2003-07. He left the administration in 2007 to start his own law firm, with a focus on state and federal regulatory issues and private business transactions.

1969 Thomas P. Bleck is the associate chief medical officer, in charge of critical care, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and professor of neurological sciences, neurosurgery, internal medicine, and anesthesiology at Rush Medical College. Tom married Laura Friedland on July 13, 2008, and they live in Evanston, Ill. From 2003-05 Tom served as the founding president of the Neurocritical Care Society, an international organization promoting research and care for critically ill patients with diseases and injuries affecting the nervous system.


Class News 1971 40th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Robert Baer wrote a piece in the Feb. 27, 2010, issue of The Wall Street Journal on how stepped-up surveillance technology may be tipping the scales in the cat-andmouse game between spies and their targets. Baer, who resides in Berkeley, Calif., is a former CIA field officer assigned to the Middle East, and the author of “See No Evil” and “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower.”

1973 Jeffrey A. Kirn (N’71) and Mary Drennan were married July 10, 2010, and are living in Columbus, Ohio. Jeff is president of A.R. Harding Publishing Co., a national outdoor magazine and book publisher.

From the Legion President Alumni volunteers are vital and can contribute in many ways The four major volunteer boards – Board of Trustees, Legion, CSSAA, and CPA – meet biannually in conjunction with the Parents Auction, which occurred the weekend of Oct. 1. This is a wonderful opportunity to check that the work of each organization is aligned. Our primary objective as a board is recruiting, educating, supporting, and rewarding class volunteer leadership teams. This is an urgent matter. Legion members who are so inclined should step forward to play a role in the development of their class, whether that is ensuring regular class communications, getting classmates together for reunions on and off campus, or increasing the number of classmates participating in your annual fund drive.

Alumni Events on Campus

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March 11-12, 2011: 18th annual Legion-sponsored Ethical Decision Making seminar for the Class of 2011. Alumni interested in learning more about this program should contact the alumni office. Tom Sullivan ’60, on campus in May for his 50th reunion, presents Company C. Commander Capt. Tyler Korellis ’10 with The James ‘Jimmy’ H. Howell Jr. Saber, establishing a new tradition in Company C. Sullivan donated a saber carried by his cousin, James ‘Jimmy’ H. Howell Jr., a 1947 Company C graduate. Howell, a pilot during the Korean War, was killed in combat on July 1, 1953. The saber will be engraved with Howell’s name and will remain in Company C to be carried by future unit commanders. Howell’s picture and biography also became part of the unit lounge. Korellis carried the saber in the Final Garrison Parade and, at the conclusion, presented it to the next company commander in a solemn ceremony.

May 18-22, 2011: Reunions for the “1” and “6” classes, featuring the Golden Anniversary Class of 1961 and the Silver Anniversary Class of 1986. Germane to the statement above, we will begin securing the leadership teams for the “2 and 7” reunion cycle classes in January 2012. Another important initiative is enhancing the reunion experience for returning Legion members. Our reunion atten-

dance each May is well above industry standards, so we have established an excellent foundation over the last 25 years. With survey data from attendees combined with the hard work of Legion directors and everyone on the Culver staff, our objective is to make each of your reunions not only worth your time, energy, and resources, but also memorable. Can’t make it to reunion? Be a part of our “field force,” and enjoy Culver in your communities by engaging in Culver Club leadership and activities. (See the Culver Clubs International section in this magazine issue.) The alumni website presence, and specifically the Legion brand, is constantly under the microscope. I want to assure you that Legion directors are working closely with Academies communications staff, so that basic information is always updated. Proactive use of social media and any other electronic resources also are front-burner topics. Ninety-one percent of your board attended the October meeting. Your representatives are taking their responsibility seriously.

Russell W. Sheaffer ’81 Mahtomedi, Minn.

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Class News and the law, and ski patrol advice. Richard was vice president of the Northwest Ski Countil in 2009-10. Professionally, he has represented those with claims against insurance companies and their insured for the past 10 years.

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Bob Benson ’60, fourth from left, and his sister, Jane, the children of Dean Ernest and Ruth Benson, made a $400,000 gift to professional development during the By Example Campaign. That amount was matched by the Batten Leadership Challenge, resulting in an $800,000 gift to support the Academies faculty. The Bensons’ gift was recognized during Alumni Reunion Weekend in May. Present for the presentation were, left to right, Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner, Science Department Chair Phil Blessman, Master Instructor in Language Tom Thornburg, Master Instructor in Humanities and Program Chair Jacquie Erwin, Ph.D., and Academic Dean Kevin MacNeil, Ph.D.

1977 Andrew W. Fiske (W’71) of Vero Beach, Fla., is the first distributer in the United States for Konia Water Products. Sold throughout Europe and Australia, Konia’s atmospheric water generators capture the humidity in the air similar to dehumidifying but with greater production. The water is then sanitized and filtered to bring distilled quality water to a variety of dispensers. Konia Water of Florida Inc. is currently setting up dealer networks.

1978 In March, Jaime Azcarraga (W’72) of Mexico City represented Mexico at the Nations Cup qualifying round in Wellington, Fla., where he hooked up with former Director of Horsemanship Jeff Honzik (W’60, H’65). There were only six clean rounds (no jumps or rails down) out of 55 in the preliminary round. In this qualifying round, Jamie got sixth in the jump-off. Mary J. (Henderson) Bowman earned her master’s degree in divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., in May 2010.

1979 In December 2009, classmates Dorothy Held of Belmont, Mass., and Susan

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Hamilton Kremer of Stow, Mass., and her husband, Bruce, hosted CMA hockey players, coaches, and parents for a reception and dinner during their tournament trip.

1980 In January, Sharon L. Moist of Bozeman, Mont., was on campus to speak to CGA seniors as part of the Senior Seminar Series. This series of discussions and presentations focuses on such post-Culver issues as personal safety, managing and overcoming fears, hazing, and personal finance. Sharon assists entertainment professionals in reducing stress and balancing their personal/ professional lives.

1981 30th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Bruce M. Jones of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, has joined GetJar as senior developer evangelist. GetJar is the world’s second-largest app store, and Bruce will lead all aspects of developer relations. Bruce has over 20 years of progressive technology experience and was previously with Santa Clara, Calif.-based EventRadar. Richard H. Rizk of Portland, Ore., is the Far West Ski Association’s Safety Person of the Year. He developed a winter safety speaker awareness series which addressed winter driving, terrain park safety, ski risks

Chris Steely announces the release of a new book “GPS for Success: Goals & Proven Strategies for Success . . . from the Industry’s Leading Experts.” Chris is the CEO and founder of the GPS Business Group, which focuses on business and personal effectiveness and success. As such, Chris has shared the stage with numerous world-class presenters, facilitators, and business leaders, and has co-authored “GPS for Success” with Steven Covey, John Gray, and Les Brown. He also is a proud uncle of a CGA freshman. Daniel S. Sullivan (W’78) of Anchorage is the Alaska attorney general. Former Gov. Sarah Palin made the appointment and Dan was confirmed by the Alaska Legislature in June 2009.

1984 A son, Alexander, was born Feb. 2, 2010, to Stacey R. Scaravelli of Denver.

1985 Francis K. Ellert (N) of Culver was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for 2009 by the United Way of Marshall County at the state leaders conference in Indianapolis. Despite a declining economy, Francis and his team exceeded the campaign goal of $375,000 by $45,000. Actively involved in the community, Francis was also the GOP candidate in the 17th District for the Indiana House of Representative in November’s general election.

1986 Silver Anniversary 25th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Bradley S. Butcher and his wife, Stephanie, announce the Nov. 8, 2009, birth of Tate Bradley. The Butcher family, which includes son Blake, lives in Franklin, Tenn.


Class News 1987 Timothy J. Roth (W) and his wife, Staci, of Middlebury, Ind., are parents of a daughter, Lucy, born April 23, 2010. That makes the Academies new faculty mentor Bill Roth ’63 a grandpa.

1988 Sarah C. Kendrick Kline (W’86, SS’89) spent six hours in Culver this summer visiting her sister, Cindy Seley, who teaches Spanish at the Academies. Sarah is a godparent to her sister’s children and returned for the baptism of the youngest. Sarah lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband, Matt, who is stationed with the U.S. Navy, and their daughter, Madison, born Dec. 12, 2009. Alise F. Hunt Larder is the mother of Vivian, born Feb. 23, 2010. She joins sister Sophia (2) at home in Mililani, Hawaii.

1989 Tabitha K. Grubbs (W) became the bride of Mark Meier on Feb. 8, 2010. The newlyweds live in Greenfield, Ind.

1991 20th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 A son, Charles, was born Nov. 11, 2009, to Becky and N. Jeremy Duff of Washington, D.C. The paternal grandparents are Anne Duff and the late Charlie Duff, former Academies Fine Arts instructors. Eduardo Wichtendahl Palazuelo is making a name in the Latin culinary world with his innovative Mex-Thai cuisine – a fusion of Mexican and Thai cooking. Educated in Switzerland and Cornell University, Eduardo is the owner and executive chef of the Zibu restaurant in Acapulco. His creative gastronomic talent was recognized when he received, from Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the national award for restaurant merit (provided by the National Restaurant Association of Mexico) in the category of Innovation.

From the CSSAA President Recapping and prioritizing initiatives Our fall meeting time was spent recapping important metrics from the most recent summer session, then prioritizing short- and long-term initiatives. Those metrics are available upon request of the alumni office in the “CSSAA 2010 Annual Report.” Over a year ago, the board shared with you initiatives we are supporting: building endowment for key staff positions to ensure continuity and attract quality instructors, building Naval Band scholarship endowments, enrollment at 1,300 or more each summer, establishing a comprehensive web-based admissions, marketing, staff recruiting, and staff retention; establishing leadership succession plans in key staff roles, facilities upgrades in the Woodcraft Camp, to include the museum and a new lodge; and building a comprehensive advancement model involving alumni, development, communications, admissions, and the senior summer camp staff to foster greater affinity and involvement from our summer alumni and parent body.

Board Updates Your governing board welcomed Richard A. Heise W’78, the parent of three current Woodcrafters, as a new director at our fall meeting. As always, nominations are open. Beyond the initiatives noted earlier in this message, the number one objective of my presidency is to increase the engagement of our summer constituency. The ways to do this are too numerous to mention in the space allowed; however, let me recap two events that indicate progress.

Thirty-two of these “first families of Culver summers” sent representatives to the First Continental Congress, July 16-17, 2010. Important briefings were provided to ensure all the participants had corresponding information. Indian Lore Director Dick Zimmerman and several of his Master Dancers invoked the Great Spirit upon the group asking for their wisdom. The participants broke into five deliberation groups and returned with recommendations regarding the summer leadership program, enrollment, international vs. domestic recruiting, and strengthening summer alumni relations. The passion, insight, and love for our school was palpable among the group. Perhaps the best part of the Congress occurred before the representatives arrived on campus, as they engaged in updating and working on their Culver “family trees.”

Homecoming 2010 We intentionally added current patrons to our marketing plan. An event that has drawn 350-400 alumni in recent years saw attendance rise to 650 registrants. So the preliminary empirical data is good, but we know we have to continually work on the programming to entice your return.

The First Continental Congress We identified 57 families who have had or currently have a family member in the Woodcraft Camp or Upper Schools.

Phil Sbarbaro W’59, N’63 CSSAA President

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Class News

1992 Olga Ananina Rodriguez (PG) and her family have moved from New Jersey to Tokyo, Japan, where her husband, Javier, works for Goldman Sachs. The couple have two children.

1993 Jim and Bridget A. (O’Connell) Collins (W’88, SS’89) are parents of Matthew, born March 17, 2010. Matt joins brothers Jimmy (7), Thomas (5), and Jack (3) at home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

1994 Meghan W. Myers Litzenburger and her husband, Gow, are living in Harbor Springs, Mich., following their Nov. 6, 2009, marriage. Meghan’s Maid of Honor was Meggan Sloan Bird ’95. Brent T. Wunder and his wife, Lyndsy are parents of their second child, a daughter, Cora, born March 8, 2010. Brent was promoted in October 2009 to state manager for Absolut Vodka in the state of Florida. The family lives in Lithia, Fla.

1995 Andy and Jennifer (David) Dorrel (SS) announce the birth of their son, Elliot, on Feb. 3, 2010. Elliot joins older brother Owen at home in Culver, where Andy is

an Academies’ Humanities instructor and the head CMA football coach. Ryan S. Harris and his wife, Allison, are parents of twins Will and Paige, born April 16, 2010. The Harris family lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., where Ryan is the vice president of sales and marketing with Feldeman Design-Building.

1998 Matthew and Jocelyn J. (Bletzinger) Colletti are parents of son Max, born Nov. 20, 2009. They live in Newton, Mass. Kevin Houben (see Christos Boundikas ’00). William G. Packard III (W’93, NB’94) completed his MBA at the University of Virginia in May. Trey and his wife, Caroline, live in Charlotte, N.C.

1999 Ryan J. Wittig is a major account executive with Ricoh Business Solutions in Boston. He sells technology, consulting, and outsourcing services for document management to healthcare organizations in New England. He received Ricoh’s Diamond Elite award in 2009 after finishing the year in first place in the healthcare division, as well as ranking fifth in overall sales in the United States.

2000 Christos Boundikas and Kevin Houben ’98 have co-founded University Junk Removal. The company gives students a chance to work and pay for tuition and have a chance for a scholarship. Molly E. Jones Sandlin is working on her master’s degree in education administration at Tennessee State University. She has been a preschool director for the last four years. She and her husband, Micah, have a son (2) and live in Goodlettsville, Tenn. Alexis D. Shields graduated from Naturopathic Medical School and has opened a private practice in Portland, Ore. Robert S. Ward graduated from the New College School of Law in San Francisco in 2008. He graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in history. A son, Lane, was born March 28, 2010, to Drew and Julianna (Ilg) Warnick. The Warnicks live in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Julianna works in the marketing department for the Hyatt Corp.

2001 10th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Emilio Sabbatini is enrolled in the MBA program at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. April Scott-Read became the bride of Ross Read on May 21, 2010, in Alsip, Ill. Several Culver alumni were in attendance.

2002 Agustin Guitierrez-Lizaur (W’97, N’00) has been accepted to the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He had been with GE Mexico. Haberland photo.

Jeffrey R. Kuhns earned his law degree in May 2010 from Whittier Law School and is now studying for the California Bar exam. At the Rally of the Classes May 22, 2010, hosted by The Culver Legion, the Butler Award was presented to a trio of 1970 alumni. Flanked by Head of Schools John Buxton (far left) and Legion President Russell Sheaffer ’81 (far right) are recipients (left to right) Jim Gault ‘70 (Reunion Gift Chair), Rick Jennings ’70 (Reunion Chair), and Roscoe Howard ’70 (Class President). The Butler Award is named for Sam Butler’47 and honors alumni/ae for their faithful, generous, and extraordinary contributions to the school. The award was created and endowed by Joe Levy ’43.

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Class News Juan C. Garcia (W’99, NB’02) has debuted his first CD, “Between Two Worlds/Entre Dos Mundos?” Juan earned a civil engineering degree and master’s degree from Purdue University, then took time off to travel. He began to write songs for guitar, settled in Highland Beach, Fla., and began to pursue some personal goals, one of which was recording an album. You can sample his music at Patricia A. Newton (SS’04) has been a community and youth education Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, where her service will end this fall. Her final project has been raising money for school buildings in a small bush village outside town. Her parents, Jeff ’70 and Beth Newton visited during Culver’s spring break. Classmates Alan Shaw and Haley Swindal are living their dream! Both are now Actors’ Equity card-holders. Alan opened in May in Stephen Schwartz’s “Children of Eden” in Astoria, N.Y., and then began rehearsals and production for “The Sound of Music.” In April, Haley completed a production of “Nine” and followed that with a performance in “Cabaret” at the Surflight Theatre in New Jersey.

2005 Forward David T. de Kastrozza signed to play hockey with the South Carolina Stingrays after graduating from the University of Maine. Rachel C. Evans has completed her first year in pursuit of a Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Mercer University College of Pharmacy. Rachel spent a year with the English Speaking Union program before entering Agnes Scott in the fall of 2006. She transferred to Mercer in 2009. Eric R. Grimes (N) received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University in 2009. In addition, he is a 2007 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Eric worked as a police officer for the I.U. Police

Department as well as for the town of Culver before being hired in July 2010 by the Westfield (Ind.) Police Department as a full-time officer. W. Wickliffe Kelley II (N’02) is stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Denver as a deputy flight commander. In June, he graduated from the Air Force Military Intelligence Course. S. Luke Palder works in San Francisco for, a non-profit startup that connects marginalized people with jobs over computers, creating new jobs abroad that allow businesses in the U.S. and elsewhere to grow. Ashley M. Van Sipma (W’00) is co-editor of DITZ, a college project that developed into a working business and online magazine. The website is William B. Welch II is a marine engineer with the Military Sealift Command and left this summer for the Persian Gulf aboard the USNS Arctic to resupply naval war ships. Bill graduated in January 2010 from the New York Maritime College with a bachelor’s degree in facilities engineering and also received a commission as an ensign in the Naval Reserve.

2006 5th Reunion • May 20-22, 2011 Homecoming • July 22-24, 2011 Michael J. Dixon is living in Orlando, Fla., and working through January 2011 as an intern in the merchandising department with the College Disney Program. Elizabeth M. Kinsey has graduated from Northwestern University and is working in New York City for IMS Health. Liz is in the consulting division in the pricing and reimbursement department.

2007 Allison A. Osborn is a junior at the Maryland Institute College of Art, pursuing a major in painting.

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Reunion Weekend 2010 was one of firsts for Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner, shown here on the back of Dave Stinnett’s Harley-Davidson. Stinnett ’75 of New Lenox, Ill., a former student of Lintner’s Myth & Legends class, took Lintner on her first motorcycle ride and also her first ride in a helicopter, Stinnett’s 1956 Bell.

2008 Davidson College junior Joon-Hyuk “Andrew” Ma has discovered a love for filming. He has made a 30-minute documentary on the first African-American scholar athlete in North Carolina, a promotional video for a food initiative group, an educational film on racism, and spent part of the summer in Ghana taking a look at the paradox of the free trade agreement. He spent the rest of the summer backpacking in his native Korea. Winger Vincent P. Saponari will be playing hockey this season with Dubuque (Iowa) of the United States Hockey League. Vinny played college hockey at Boston University and was drafted in 2008 by the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL in the fourth round.

2009 Jared P. Beers and David Gerths are playing hockey at the University of Notre Dame. Both played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League before enrolling in August.

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Passings in Review Death notices published in this issue were received and processed prior to Aug. 1, 2010. Full obituaries are limited to alumni who have died within three years of the publication of this issue.

Fred Jester ’25 died May 23, 2010, in Dallas. Mr. Jester owned and operated the Jester Insurance Agency for almost 50 years. He attended Cornell University and graduated from Lehigh University. Surviving are two sons, two daughters, a sister, seven grandchildren, and 10 greatgrandchildren. John L. Cooper N’30 died March 24, 2008, in Westwood, Mass. Mr. Cooper had a 35-year career at Massachusetts Financial Services, retiring as chairman in 1978. A Yale University graduate, he was a World War II veteran. Survivors included his wife, Marie; two sons, a daughter, sister, and nine grandchildren.

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Greenfield, Ind., philanthropist George M. Waddell W’30, NB’32, ’34 (Band) died Jan. 18, 2010, in Mount Dora, Fla. The president of the family business, Waddell Company, he also served on the Greenfield Area Medical Center and Historical Society boards, according to his published obituary. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as district chairman and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. Mr. Waddell was also very active with the Rollins College alumni, where he graduated in 1938, and subsequently served on its Board of Trustees. He is survived by

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his brother, Dean Waddell ’39 of Mount Dora, and nephews Castner Waddell N’60 of Mount Dora and Dean Waddell N’66 of Farmers Branch, Texas. Ira H. Lohman Jr. N’31 died March 13, 2010, in Cupertino, Calif. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Lohman graduated summa cum laude from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, and later obtained a master’s degree from Washington University. During World War II he worked for the Department of the Navy before being called to active duty in the Army in 1942, serving as a major with the 234th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in India. In 1951, Mr. Lohman joined IBM in Endicott, N.Y., where he worked in product engineering for the B-52 guidance system. He was promoted to director of IBM’s Development Lab in San Jose, Calif., which developed hard disk drive technology, and retired in 1979. In retirement, he founded Lohman Photography with his wife, Louise, and they traveled the world taking photographs that he printed and sold at art shows. In addition to his wife, Mr. Lohman is survived by three daughters and a son, Guy N’66 of San Jose; a brother, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Charles W. Cole Jr. ’33 (Co. A) died July 18, 2010, in South Bend, Ind. Mr. Cole was graduated from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering in 1939, and returned to South Bend to join his father in the firm Chas. W. Cole & Son, Engineers & Architects, retiring in 1973. During World War II he served in Indiana and Alaska with the U.S. Navy’s Eighth Construction Battalion. Throughout his life he traveled extensively. Students at Indiana University-South Bend and Purdue University have been beneficiaries of scholarships established by Mr. Cole and his father. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren. William E. Buxton ’36 (Troop) died Jan. 31, 2010, in Tacoma, Wash. Mr. Buxton graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1940. He graduated from the Army Air Corps flying school as a second lieutenant in 1941. He was a fighter pilot, flying the P-51D Mustang, and attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was the squadron commander in the 2nd Air Commando Group in the China-BurmaIndia Theater. Lt. Col. Buxton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Hearts. After the war, he served in the Reserves for five years. Mr. Buxton

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was a stock and commodities broker with E.E. Buxton & Co., and, in 1957, he was named a general partner of Mitchell, Hutchins & Co., a New York Stock Exchange firm. He was skeet champion of Tennessee, also skeet champion of Tri-State (Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi), according to a published obituary. He tied for second in a national skeet (20-gauge) competition in Dallas, shooting 99 of 100 clays with a borrowed gun. He is survived by his wife, Laura of Memphis, Tenn.; his son, Robert ’65 of New York City; two daughters, and his five grandchildren. Emil Vaughan Szafir ’36 (Troop) died Feb. 12, 2010, at his home in Austin, Texas. Mr. Szafir was studying chemistry at MIT when he volunteered for the U.S. Army, serving from 1941-45 as a first lieutenant in the Pacific as with the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron. After the war, he graduated from the University of TexasAustin with a degree in botany in 1947, and did graduate work at the University of Edinburgh and UT-Austin. Mr. Szafir worked as a research scientist, teaching and serving as a member of the Botany Department at UT-Austin. He was an active member of the National Orchid Society. A past president of the Heart o’ Texas Orchid Society in San Antonio, Mr. Szafir was an active judge and board member at the time of his death. In 1967, he was a founding member of KMFA, the public, classical music station in Austin. He was also a former board member of Ballet Austin and a business partner in High Fidelity Inc. for many years. Mr. Szafir is survived by a brother, Alex Jr. ’45 of Beaumont, Texas, and a sister. Edgar A. Cotton ’37 (Band) of Houston died Jan. 17, 2009. Mr. Cotton was employed by Amoco Oil Company for 32 years as a paleontologist. He was a graduate of the University of Houston. He was an Army captain during World War II. Survivors include two daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Remi J. Gits Jr. ’37 (Artillery) of Columbus, Mont., died Feb. 1, 2010. A longtime resident of Burr Ridge, Ill., Mr. Gits was a past president of Gits Brothers Manufacturing. He served as head of

Apache Enterprises Group for a few years and then went on to other business interests as president of Gits Enterprises. He attended Purdue University. Mr. Gits was a World War II veteran, serving in the South Pacific as the commanding officer of the 4th Field Artillery Sound Ranging Platoon. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; six daughters, a son, three sisters, two brothers, including Edward ’40 of LaGrange, Ill., and five grandchildren. Former Berea, Ohio, Citizen of the Year C. Bruce Hardy NB’37 died March 25, 2010. Mr. Hardy was a graduate of DePauw University and began his advertising career with Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio. He played clarinet in the Front Street Five Dixieland Band, performed in theater, and sang in the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival. Mr. Hardy served on the Berea City Council in the 1980s, including one year as president. He was a board member of the Berea Historical Society, Tri-City Senior Center, and also involved with the Boy Scouts, YMCA, and other civic endeavors. Mr. Hardy taught a language course at Baldwin-Wallace’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, and a class on doggerel and limericks. Surviving are a daughter and two sons, including Scott N’70 of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and a grandchild. Henry A. Biedenharn Jr. ’38 (Artillery) died March 23, 2010, in Monroe, La. Mr. Biedenharn was active in many civic endeavors including the establishment of the Monroe-West Monroe Jaycees and the Northeast Louisiana State College (ULM) Boosters Club. He served as a regional director of the Boy Scouts of America, and a charter member of Public Affairs Research of Louisiana. He was also past president of the Louisiana Soft Drink Association. Mr. Biedenharn was a Navy flight instructor during World War II. He attended the University of Virginia. His grandfather, the first bottler of Coca Cola, appointed him the president of Ouachita Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc. Mr. Biedenharn served as CEO and chairman of the board of that company as well as Biedenharn Realty Co., Inc., Harn Corporation and Biedco Corporation. He served on the board of directors of

three banks and the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation. Surviving are his wife, Doll; three sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, including Keith Biedenharn ’81, a stepgrandson; 20 great-grandchildren, and a stepgreat-grandchild. James K. Weber Jr. ’38 (Troop) of Louisville, Ky., died Feb. 7, 2010. He attended Washington and Lee University, where he was the first freshman elected to the student council. He also attended Centre College before serving as an Army lieutenant in World War II. An avid horseman, Mr. Weber took first place at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and was known as “The Boy Wonder of the ’30s” for his elite riding abilities, according to his obituary. At Camp Carolina, the Jimmy Weber Riding Trail was named in his honor. He was a former chairman of the Oxmoor Steeplechase and a steeplechase rider for many years at Oxmoor and other steeplechase events. He was a foxhunter in the Long Run Hunt Club, and the longest standing member of the Rock Creek Riding Club. Mr. Weber also was proprietor of Buechel Bowling Lanes and was president of the American Bowling Association. Survivors include his three sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Herbert L. Cramer Jr. N’35, ’39 (Co. D) of South Bend, Ind., died Feb. 9, 2010. Mr. Cramer served as vice president of the Legion Board of Directors (1983-84) and was president of the Culver Military Academy Alumni Association of Northern Indiana. He attended Indiana University. During World War II, he entered the Army as a second lieutenant in the infantry and transferred to the Air Force. Mr. Cramer began his career in Elkhart, Ind., with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and received his CLU in 1959. He was a past president of the Elkhart County Life Underwriters Association, North Central Indiana CLU Chapter, South Bend Life Underwriters Association, and was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Mr. Cramer was a member of the board of the South Bend YMCA, where he served as treasurer and secretary as well as a past president of the board of YMCA Camp Eberhart. He was Culver Alumni Magazine




George Steinbrenner W’44, ’48 One of Culver’s most recognizable public figures was a ‘devoted friend’ With the death of George Steinbrenner W’44, ’48 on July, 13, 2010, Culver lost one of its most recognizable public figures. But Culver is left with wonderful memories and two lasting and perpetuating legacies: the contributions Mr. Steinbrenner made to the campus, to students, and the greater Culver community, and the sharing of his children and grandchildren.

sonally to support and improve it. The world lost a ‘character guy’ who did more than his fair share of helping those less fortunate than he was. We all are saddened by his passing, and we will miss him.” The “hope to win” and “zeal to dare” instilled during four years as a Culver cadet were only the beginning of a competitive edge that would lead Mr. Steinbrenner to a career encompassing both industry and the world of sports.

What Mr. Steinbrenner did to or for major league baseball will be a topic long debated. Newspapers from coast to coast were filled with a review of his illustrious and controversial career as owner of the New York Yankees for 37 years. But what he did for Culver is undeniable, Members of the Eagles football team wore ranging from the obvipatches in memory of the late George M. ous – the Steinbrenner Steinbrenner III and the late Geoff Wilkins (page name etched in granite 11), both of whom had an impact on Culver and on plaques -- to and the athletic program. Culver received 300 the sublime – scholarof the GMS patches – which were also worn by ships for students and the New York Yankees and their farm teams in a helping hand to memory of ‘The Boss.’ Craig Mitzell ’76 obtained employees and local the patches from classmate Hank Steinbrenner residents of whom ’76, who asked the patches be worn by Culver’s the general public had football, track, and baseball teams. Culver is the little knowledge.

Continuing a summer school tradition begun by his father, Henry, a 1919 Summer Naval School graduate, George Steinbrenner graduated as a Woodcraft Gold C Beaver in August 1944 and enrolled as a Bandsman in the Culver Military Academy the next month. At CMA, he lettered with the varsity football and track teams. Under legendary coach Mike Carpenter he was the only organization outside of the Yankees to be star hurdler on the “Today, Culver CMA track team. allocated the patches. Academies lost a A member of the dear friend, a generous benefactor, and a Infantry Honor Guard, he graduated a wonderful embodiment of the Culver value lieutenant from the Band and matriculated system,” Head of Schools John Buxton said at Williams College. in a prepared statement. Generous with his time as a leader in Aside from the physical structures bearing numerous organizations, he served as the Steinbrenner name, “George believed a trustee of the NCAA Foundation, so much in this school that he entrusted his the Baseball Hall of Fame, the USO four children to it. They in turn entrusted International, and was a chairman of the their children to Culver; and the result has U.S. Olympic Foundation. been a special family affair with one school He maintained an active involvement with that now spans generations,” Buxton said. Culver over the next 50-plus years. His Sharing the impact Mr. Steinbrenner had on generosity touched nearly every facet of Culver with five TV stations during the day school life, from the athletic program to – including two from Indianapolis – Buxton graduation weekends to scholarship for said, “Culver lost a graduate who understood both summer and Academies students. the power and influence of a school like He is a member of the Culver Chapter Culver and who was willing to sacrifice perof the Cum Laude Society and was

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Culver’s Man of the Year in 1970. He served as president of The Culver Legion in 1969-70. A former trustee of The Culver Educational Foundation for many years, he was an emeritus trustee. In May 1994, Mr. Steinbrenner was an inaugural inductee into the Academies’ Athletic Hall of Fame. In October 1997, he delivered the keynote address for the Black Horse Troop Centennial Celebration. As a result of a generous gift from the Steinbrenner family, the Steinbrenner Recreation Center was dedicated in July 2000. Another generous gift resulted in the construction of the Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2007. The allweather track surrounding Oliver Field is a Steinbrenner gift. In a 2007 letter to a Culver friend Mr. Steinbrenner wrote: “Culver had a huge impact on me and I will remain faithful forever and my commitment will never waiver. I have had a great deal of good fortune in my life and being in a position to share that good fortune has been a privilege and an honor.” Mr. Steinbrenner is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Henry “Hank” Steinbrenner W’70, ’76 and Harold “Hal” Steinbrenner ’87; two daughters, Jennifer Swindal ’77 and Jessica Steinbrenner ’82; and five grandchildren, Julia “Haley” Swindal ’04, Stephen Swindal ’07, Elizabeth Molloy ’06, Jennifer Molloy ’08, and Robert Molloy ’10. Information from The Culver Citizen and South Bend Tribune contributed to this obituary.


Passings an active volunteer with several local hospital fund drives, the South Bend Symphony, the St. Joseph County Scholarship Foundation, and served with several United Way campaigns. Surviving are his wife, Donnabelle; two daughters, two sons, including Philip ’80 of Bel Air, Md., three stepchildren, 10 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and five stepgreat-grandchildren. Clark W. Biedel W’36, H’39 died April 26, 2008, in Bremerton, Wash. A well-known physician, Dr. Armand G. McHenry Jr. N’39 of Monroe, La., died July 9, 2010. Dr. McHenry was the last in a direct line of physicians practicing in Monroe whose careers spanned more than 130 years. He received both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Tulane University. After medical school, he interned at Charity Hospital and was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army following World War II, and was discharged as a captain. He taught pathology at LSU Medical School before returning to Monroe in 1951 to enter into private practice with his father in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. He published numerous scholarly medical articles in journals in the United States and Europe. The Ouachita Parish Medical Association honored him with the Doctor of the Year and he received the Mother Gertrude Hennessy Humanitarian Award from St. Francis Hospital. Dr. McHenry also was an avid hunter, fisherman, farmer, and outdoorsman. He bred and raised pointers for over 60 years and authored two hunting books. Surviving are his wife, June; a son, daughter, and five grandchildren. Harry H. Rybolt N’39 died May 31, 2010, in Indianapolis. Mr. Rybolt worked at Rybolt Heating Company for 45 years and served on the Board of the Heating and Ventilating Association for many years. He was a professional engineer in Indiana and Florida. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the Army in World War II in the South Pacific. Surviving are his wife, Harriett “Hodgie”; a son, three daughters, a sister, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Frank C. Marshall ’40 (Artillery) died Oct. 24, 2009, in Newport Beach, Calif. He was graduated from Menlo College in Menlo, Calif. A retired colonel, he served in the Army in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1980 as a selfemployed Realtor. Beginning in 1929 he and his family sailed actively for Newport Harbor Yacht Club, later owning many boats and remaining an active member. He was also active in a number of philanthropic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Chris; five sons, 12 grandchildren. Edwin J. Sommer Jr. N’40, ’40 (Co. A) of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Naples, Fla., and Peoria, Ill., died April 9, 2010. Mr. Sommer was graduated from Harvard University in 1944. While at Harvard, he studied field artillery in ROTC for three years. In 1945, he served in the Philippines and Japan, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. Mr. Sommer was graduated from Harvard Law School in 1949 and retired as a partner in the law firm Davis, Morgan, Witherell in Peoria in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter, three sons, among them Gregg W’67, ’73 of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Jim W’45, ’50 of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Preceding him in death was a brother, Murray W’38, ’43. Donald P. Ford ’41 of Houston died June 4, 2010. He attended the University of Wisconsin and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ford served during the Korean War as a major and paramedic with the 6th Air Rescue Squadron in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Pepperell U.S. Air Force Base. He did his residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University and practiced in Houston for more than 35 years. Dr. Ford was a professor of surgery at Baylor until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Mimi; three daughters, and six grandchildren. William W. Dazey ’42 (Artillery) died May 5, 2010, in Denver. Mr. Dazey served in World War II in Europe as a combat officer with the Third Infantry Division. He was among the first soldiers present at the capture of Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s home and military headquarters in

Austria. Later, Mr. Dazey served at Gen. Eisenhower’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. He attended Ohio State and Washington universities. Surviving are his wife, Helen, and three sons. A former vice president of The CSSAA and a board member, William W. Gresham Jr. N’42 died Feb. 24, 2010, in Indianola, Miss. Mr. Gresham was the president of Gresham Petroleum Company and Gresham Service Stations, Inc., both in Indianola. He is an officer and director of Gresham-McPherson Oil Company, Greenwood & Belzoni Delta Terminal, Inc., Indianola Insurance Agency, Inc., and Double Quick, Inc. Mr. Gresham is a past president of the Indianola Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi Petroleum Marketers Association, and Mississippi Propane Gas Association. He previously served as director and vice-president of Petroleum Marketers of America Association in Washington, D.C., and as past director of the National Propane Gas Association. He is a past chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, he served on the board of directors of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, The University of Mississippi Foundation, and on the UM Business School Advisory Board. He also is a past member of the Mississippi Ethics Commission and the board of trustees of Mississippi College. Mr. Gresham was a Navy veteran of World War II and was on active duty with the National Guard in the Korean Conflict. The Mississippi Army National Guard promoted him to major general in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Ann, four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Allen M. Hermann ’42 (Co. A) died April 7, 2010, in Scottsdale, Ariz. David A. Pugh N’42, ’44 (Co. A) of Lake Oswego, Ore., died May 17, 2010. He was a graduate of Yale University and began a career in architecture in San Francisco with Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 1952, he joined the SOM team in Portland and became a partner in 1963. According to his obituary, Mr. Pugh left his footprint on the Portland cityscape along with other cities, nationally and internationally. He retired

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in 1984 and watercolor painting became his passion. The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology nourished his artistic skills, as did his worldwide travels. Mr. Pugh is survived by his wife, Pat; two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Van R. Brown N’43 died July 7, 2010, in St. Louis. Mr. Brown attended Denison

University and was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. There are no immediate survivors. He was predeceased by a brother, Dirck N’45. Robert E. Everett W’44 died Dec. 1, 2007, in Traverse City, Mich. Mr. Everett graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh in printing management and was employed by the Bookwalter Company. He joined C.J. Krehbiel Company of Cincinnati in 1977 as sales manager. He is survived by his wife, Julie; a daughter, son Ted W’73, N’76 of Cincinnati; and four grandchildren. Robert C. Frankenberg H’44 of Barrington, Ill., died Feb. 25, 2009. Mr. Frankenberg was raised in Chicago and was in the first graduating class of South Shore High School. His wife, Marjorie, survives.

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Hall M. Smith ’44 (Co. D) died June 26, 2010, in Milwaukee. Mr. Smith was educated at Miami University and worked as an architect in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and in Chicago before moving to Milwaukee, where he taught 25 years at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters, a son, and a brother, Graham Smith ’46 of Branchville, N.J. Nelson D. Abbey Jr. ’45 (Troop) of Perrysburg, Ohio, died Feb. 1, 2010, at his summer home on Pelee Island. Mr. Abbey attended Case Institute of Technology and led the family business, Abbey Etna Machine Company, into international markets as president and chairman. He loved to travel and lived with his family in Switzerland, Paris, and Spain. Mr. Abbey is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Nelson W’65, ’72 of Monclova, Ohio; Robert ’75 of Toledo, Ohio; and Malcolm W’71; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Lee ’83.

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Howard L. Richards Jr.’45 (Band) of Winter Park, Fla., died Jan. 27, 2010. Mr. Richards was the composer of dozens of works for orchestra and chamber ensembles as an engineer with RCA during the company’s “Living Stereo” years. A graduate of Rollins College, he earned degrees in composition and music and received a Fellowship at Florida State University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in composition. He had numerous choral works published as part of the Robert Shaw Choral Series, which were recorded in 2009 and were being prepared for release by his record label Navona at the time of his death. In addition to his musical work, Mr. Richards was an engineer for IBM for almost three decades. He served in the military during World War II and the Korean War. Blinded during a surgery in the early 2000s, Mr. Richards continued his musical work and to travel worldwide. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a brother, and a sister. Donnelly J. Sweeney ’45 (Troop) died March 20, 2007, in St. Lucie, Fla. Donald C. Voth ’45 (Co. B) of Fort Myers, Fla., died Feb. 25, 2009. Mr. Voth was a sales executive at Electromelt, a division of Akron Standard Mold. He attended Valparaiso University and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Surviving are two daughters, a sister, and granddaughter. Richard L. Green N’46 died Feb. 5, 2010, in Zephyr Cove, Nev. Paul D. Moffett W’46 died March 3, 2010, in Indianapolis.

Robert L. Shoemaker (Band) NB’45, ’46 died Aug. 3, 2010, in Carmel, Ind. Dr. Shoemaker attended DePauw and Indiana universities and received his doctor of optometry degree from Pennsylvania State College of Optometry. He served in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He was Indiana Optometrist of the Year in 1970 and president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry, 1979-80. Dr. Shoemaker was an accomplished photographer and won numerous photography awards. He is survived by his wife, Alice, and two sons. John F. Beecher Jr. N’47 died April 6, 2010, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Mr. Beecher served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked in the Nuclear

Department at both Purdue University and the University of California-Santa Barbara. Survivors include his wife, Betty; two sons, a sister, a grandson, and stepgrandaughter. A Cuban native, Jose M. Casanova’47 (Troop) of Miami died March 26, 2010. Mr. Casanova was the former national chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. He also was executive director of the Inter-American Bank under President Reagan. Survivors include his wife, Alicia. J. Richard “Rich” Hamilton NB’47 of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, died Feb. 14, 2010. Mr. Hamilton was a retired lawyer and former managing partner for the Cleveland firm Baker Hostetler. He also served on the board of directors of many current and former Cleveland corporations. Mr. Hamilton received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. After two years in the Air Force, he earned his law degree at The Ohio State University. He joined then-Baker Hostetler & Patterson in 1956 and retired in 2007. Mr. Hamilton played jazz and Dixieland trombone in venues all over the greater Cleveland area. He was a member of the Hermit Club of Cleveland and a founding member of its Jazz Orchestra. He was also a member of the Night Owls Band. Mr. Hamilton played his trombone, wrote skits, directed, and served as judge of the Grand Assize, a gathering of Cleveland’s most influential political and business professionals. He is survived by four children, including Jeffrey ’73 of Davisburg, Mich., Thomas ’77 of Peabody, Mass., and Susan Kremer ’79 of Stow, Mass.; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Preferred memorials to The Culver Educational Foundation for the Col. Payson Naval Band Endowment. John S. Pflueger Jr. ’47 (Troop) died March 22, 2010, in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Pflueger served as vice president of sales and advertising of Pflueger Fishing Tackle, which was founded by his grandfather. After serving two years in the Navy, he graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and then joined the family business. After retiring, he resumed his business career with William H. Walker at Ken-Ed Cabinet Company until his final retirement. He was an avid boater

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and a 35-year member of the United States Power Squadron. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, a daughter, a sister, and seven grandchildren. Albert M. Lechner N’47, ’48 (Co. B) died March 30, 2010, in Northbrook, Ill. Albert was an avid sailor and a longtime member of the Chicago Yacht Club. Surviving are a son, two daughters, a brother, Charles W’50 of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Norman M. Mann ’48 (Co. A) died April 13, 2010, in Hopkins, Minn. T. Thayer Johnson N’44, ’48 (Co. B) of Brevard N.C., died March 11, 2010. Mr. Johnson was a mining engineer, educated at Princeton University, the University of California-Berkeley, West Virginia University, and West Virginia Tech. He is survived by wife, Marie; a son, sister, and brother. David Donosky N’49 of Dallas died in October 2009. John H. Coolidge Jr. ’50 (Artillery) of Sarasota, Fla., died Sept. 1, 2009. Mr. Coolidge was the regimental commander and winner of the YMCA Cup. James R. Sowers ’50 (Artillery) died April 8, 2010, in Indianapolis. Charles “Chuck” J. Mrizek Jr. ’50 (Band) died Feb. 7, 2010, in Sequim, Wash. Mr. Mrizek graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He served with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Tachikawa AFB, Japan, and later served on reserve duty in California. Mr. Mrizek earned a master’s in business administration from Golden Gate College, built a mobile home park, and worked for 30 years at McClellan AFB in Sacramento. He is survived by wife, Barbara Ann; three sons, a brother Ed ’52 of Gardnerville, Nev., 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Theodore J. Turchon N’47, ’50 (Artillery) of Bel Air, Md., died April 30, 2010. R. William Babcock ’51 (Artillery) died April, 30, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. William C. Baker N’49, ’51 (Co. A) died May 17, 2010, in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Mr. Baker graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in accounting, and from the University of Texas Law School with honors. He became a trial attorney in the Admiralty and Shipping Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In 1959, he entered private practice, which took him to Wynne, Jaffe & Tinsley in Dallas, and led him to become general manager of the Texas Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. He became general counsel and later president of Great Southwest Corporation, which developed projects including Six Flags of Texas, Georgia, and Mid-America. In 1967, Mr. Baker relocated to California as president of Macco Corporation, where he developed such projects as Coto de Caza, Rancho California, and Scripps Miramar Ranch. Since then, his business career has included serving as president and/or CEO of Del Taco Corporation, Red Robin International Santa Anita Companies, and Callaway Golf. He was also chairman of the board and a founding shareholder of Coast Newport Properties, which sold to Coldwell Banker in 1999. Mr. Baker also served on the boards of Public Storage, California Pizza Kitchen, Javo Beverage Company, and Pepperdine University among others. He is survived by his wife, Janice; his son, William Jr. ’75 of Powder Springs, Ga.; four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Robert A. Sturgeon N’48, ’51 (Co. B) died Jan. 22, 1010, in Palm Coast, Fla. Edwin S. Robertson W’47, ’52 (Artillery) died Feb. 12, 2010, in Greencastle, Ind. He graduated from Denison University and served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and practiced in Indianapolis for 40 years. In retirement, Dr. Robertson served the community with Donated Dental Services and volunteered at the Dental Society office. He served as Alumni Adviser for the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Denison University and was the longest serving treasurer of the ONAMIC Investment Club. Survivors include two daughters and six grandchildren. Ramon M. Arechabala H’53, ’56 (Troop) died Feb. 10, 2010, in Miami.

Thomas G. Hermann ’53 (Troop) died April 18, 2010, in Westlake, Ohio. Mr. Hermann retired as a partner of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, where he established and managed the Toxic Tort Litigation practice. While with the firm, Mr. Hermann became chairman of the Section of Science and Technology of the American Bar Association and was the co-author of “Standards of Practice for Lawyers and Doctors,” which was adopted by all local bar associations and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine. Before becoming an attorney, he was a circulating nurse in surgery, an M.P. with the U.S. Army occupation forces in Germany, a radio disc jockey and television announcer locally, an advertising copywriter, a patrolman on the Cleveland Heights Police Department, and an insurance claims manager. He was an honors graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University. Mr. Hermann is survived by his wife Barbara; a son, daughter, a granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Former Legion vice president, board member, and Atlanta Culver Club president W. Bruce Schaefer Jr. ’53 (Co. A) of Clarksville, Ga., died March 26, 2010. Mr. Schaefer attended Clemson University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1957. He also was captain of the 1956-57 Clemson golf team. He received a commission in the U.S. Army from Clemson and served in 1957-58. Mr. Schaefer worked for The Trust Company of Georgia and then in the investment business, retiring from Dean Witter in 1996. He served as an officer of the National Association of Security Dealers, president of the Atlanta Quarterback Club and the Lakeside (HS) Touchdown Club, and was a member of the Jaycees and the Capital City Club. Mr. Schaefer is survived by five children, a sister, and 13 grandchildren. Joseph N. Weatherby H’53 died March 29, 2010. He was a political science professor for 30 years, teaching at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, at the time of his death. He is survived by a son, James N’82, ’87 of College Station, Texas; two daughters, Holly Weatherby SS’81 of Darien, Conn., and Ann Weatherby ’89.


Bert F. Winston Jr. ’53 (Artillery) of Segovia, Texas, died March 7, 2010, in Denver. He attended the University of Houston before entering the U.S. Army. He then joined the Army Reserves before going into investments and real estate. He and his wife established The Bert and Deborah Winston Scholarship Endowment for athletes at the university. Mr. Winston also was a member of the International Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years. In Hunt, Texas, Mr. Winston owned and operated The Hunt Store for several years in the early 1980s, served on the boards for the Sterling-Turner Foundation and the Hill Country Youth Ranch and was a supporter of Schreiner University, the Peterson Regional Medical Center, Friends and Faculty of Ingram Tom Moore High School, the Hunt VFD, as well as many other charities throughout the state. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; four sons, two daughters, a sister, a stepson, 11 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Carl P. Horneman N’54, ’57 (Co. B) of Elkhart, Ind., and Miami died Jan. 28, 2010. Mr. Horneman taught Spanish at Goshen (Ind.) High School from 1964 to 1984 and remained involved with his sister in a family farm partnership in Illinois. He graduated from Wabash College and received his master’s from Indiana University. He is survived by a sister and a stepbrother. John H. Olson ’54 (Troop) died April 17, 2010, in Fort Madison, Iowa. Jonathan J. Geisel ’56 (Co. D.) died May 31, 2010, in Lansdowne, Pa. Surviving are his wife, Helen; two daughters, three brothers, including Phillip W’53, H’59 of Waynesboro, Va.; and five grandchildren. P. Michael Hatch ’57 (Band) died May 8, 2010, in Redington Shores, Fla. He was a graduate of Manchester College and Ball State University. Mr. Hatch is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, a son, Michael W’83 of Redington Shores, Fla.; and five granddaughters. Stephen C. Noel W’57, NB’60 died March 14, 2010, in Muncie, Ind. George V. Woodling Jr. H’57 died April 12, 2010.

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Richard S. Anderson Jr. W’58, N’61 died Nov. 16, 2009, in Altadena, Calif. Jeffrey D. Cropsey N’58 of New Canaan,

Conn., died July 5, 2010. Mr. Cropsey received his degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, graduating with honors. He received an MBA from Stanford University in Operations and Systems Analysis and began working for North American Rockwell. In the late 1960s, he transitioned to public accounting, working the next 18 years, for Deloitte & Touche of New York City and Phoenix, Ariz., and then KPMG in New York City, making partner at both firms. From 1990-2000, he held the positions of Senior Vice President, CFO, and Member, Board of Directors for two New York based re-insurance companies. Then he returned to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he advised and worked on insurance-related projects. He is survived by his wife, Betsy, and a son. Mark C. Raclin H’58, ’60 (Troop) died Oct. 22, 2009. Jorge A. Silva Jr. ’59 (Troop) died Feb 8, 2010, in Ocala, Fla. A native of Cuba, he was a member of the Cuban Bay of Pigs exile invasion force, Brigade 2506. As a frogman, he was one of the first to reach the Cuban shore, where he was captured and spent 20 months as a political prisoner. News of Mr. Silva’s death resulted in an exchange of e-mails between his Culver classmates and Troopers, in which he was remembered

as “always a fine, fun-loving person and a credit to the Black Horse Troop in every way.” He attended Georgia Tech University. He is survived by two daughters, and five granddaughters. Mr. Silva was preceded in death by two brothers, Mario N’61, ’61 and Pedroso W’54, ’61. William R. Wenneker ’59 (Artillery) died April 21, 2010, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Mr. Wenneker received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business at Tulane University. He was the co-principal of Wenneker Management. Mr. Wenneker and a brother previously owned and operated the family shoe business, growing it from two stores to six stores before selling in the mid-’80s. Their clientele included such notable people as Lucille Ball, Bear Bryant, and Adolph Rupp. He is survived by his companion, Nancy Weber; two sons, a brother, and a granddaughter. Samuel R. Reese III ’61 (Co. C) of Austin, Texas, died May 20, 2010. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Reese attended the University of Texas. He was a draftsman with the Texas Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, and two sisters. He was predeceased by a brother, David ’59. Kenneth M. Robbins II N’63 of Circleville, Ohio, died Oct. 22, 2009. James L. Sharp ’64 (Co. D) of San Antonio, Texas, and Mound, Minn., died March 4, 2010. Upon graduating

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from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics, Mr. Sharp enlisted in the military and served with the 11th Armor Cavalry Brigade, 6th Air Cavalry, in Vietnam. He was promoted to captain and earned a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. Following his military career, Mr. Sharp joined General Mills, Inc., and spent 36 years in the food industry. During this time, he expanded his responsibilities and joined C.H. Guenther and Son in 1997 as an officer and vice president of purchasing. Mr. Sharp also was involved with The Minnesota Head Injury Foundation, San Antonio Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, a son, two sisters, his stepmother, and five grandchildren. Jerrald P. Evoritt ’65 (Troop) of Sugar Land, Texas, died May 6, 2009. Survivors include a brother, Richard N’55, ’58 of Fort Worth, Texas. Steven K. Horner ’65 (Band) died March 2, 2010, in West Lafayette, Ind. He had resided the last 10 years at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette. Mr. Horner received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, where he was a member of the Purdue Glee Club and Army ROTC. He also was the campus squash champion. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and received the Army Air Medal and a Bronze Star for flying helicopters in Viet Nam. He joined MBAH Insurance Co. and then received his Casualty Property and Casualty Underwriters degree in 1981, retiring as a partner. Mr. Horner was active in the community, serving as president of the Home Hospital Board, a solicitor for the Purdue University Fund Drive, and was chairman of the Finance Committee for the Greater Lafayette United Way. Surviving are his mother, Janice Horner of Indianapolis; a son, and two sisters. His father, John ’37, preceded him in death. Robert L. Rudolph II N’65, ’68 (Co. A) died June 25, 2010, in Parkersburg, W.Va. He was a general/vascular surgeon in the Parkersburg/Marietta area. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from

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Marietta College and his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1980. He then completed his general surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 1985 and a vascular surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine Methodist Hospital in 1986. He is survived by his wife Nannette; six daughters, among them Molly Rudolph W’89 of Marietta; three sons, two brothers, two sisters, and seven grandchildren. Daniel L. Fischer N’66 of Wapakoneta, Ohio, died Feb. 4, 2010. A graduate of Ohio University, he devoted his career to the family business, Wapakoneta Machine Co., serving as president and CEO since 1997. He was past president of the Machine Knife Association. Mr. Fischer was an accomplished guitarist and singer. Surviving are his wife, Nancy; a daughter, a sister, and two brothers. James B. Hoesel W’66, ’71 (Co. D) died May 15, 2010, in Knox, Ind. An Eagle Scout, Bruce D. McDonald ’66 (Band) of Speedway, Ind., died March 31, 2010. Mr. McDonald obtained a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and completed his Juris Doctorate at Indiana University School of Law in 1974. He practiced law in Princeton and Evansville and was elected Gibson County Court judge. He later joined the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration in Indianapolis and spent 25 years writing case decisions. Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Diana; two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Michael B. McCue N’69 died Feb. 11, 2010, in Harrisburg, Pa. Mr. McCue was a 34-year employee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he was the Soundboard Technician on the House Floor. He is survived by his father, John, a state representative, and a brother, Patrick W’69 of Augusta, S.C. George M. Barrett ’70 (Artillery) died Jan. 21, 2007, in Swannanoa, N.C. Surviving were his wife, Tanya; a daughter, two sons, two sisters, and a brother.

Jeffrey S. Evans ’75 (Artillery) of Valparaiso, formerly of Lafayette, died July 19, 2010. Mr. Evans worked at McGill’s Manufacturing in Valparaiso, then as a test driver for Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette. Surviving are his mother, Roiann Lee of Clearwater, Fla., and a sister. Nicholas A. Simeri ’77 (Co. A) died April 17, 2010, in New Carlisle, Ind. Kathleen D. Jones Davit ’81 (Court) died July 16, 2010, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Mary A. Geiler W’82, SS’85 of Indianapolis died May 25, 2010. Lori E. Shaffer SS’83 died Jan. 22, 2008, in Dublin, Ohio. Ms. Shaffer formerly worked in the emergency room registration department for Riverside Hospital and was self-employed in the cleaning business. She is survived by a son, Joseph, of Hilliard, Ohio; her mother, Carolyn Eastep of Dublin; and two brothers, including Roger NB’90 of Dublin. J. Blake Ellison A’91, ’93 (Artillery) died Oct. 24, 2009, in Virginia. Mr. Ellison attended Brigham Young University and served a two-year mission for his church in Norway. During college, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving from 1999 to 2003 at Marine HQ in Washington, D.C., and with security at Camp David. After the service, he finished his degree in sociology at BYU and moved to Virginia to work security. Survivors include a brother, Trevor H’92 of Baltimore. Benjamin D. Falk A’00 of Algonquin, Ill., died April 3, 2010. Mr. Falk was employed by JP Morgan Chase in Elgin. He attended DeVry in Addison. Surviving are his mother, Patricia Falk; his grandparents, stepgrandparents, a half-brother, and a half-sister. Zachary J. Ellsworth W’01 of Plymouth, Ind., died May 1, 2010. Mr. Ellsworth was a 2008 graduate of Plymouth High School. He is survived by his parents, Stanley J. and Sandra K. Ellsworth of Plymouth, and two sisters, Brittany Ellsworth ’03 of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Courtney Ellsworth SS’03, ’06 of Indianapolis.



Culver Clubs International

Yeager has teamed up with two consultants, who have also worked with Culver instructors on campus, to write “SMART Strengths: The Parent-Teacher-Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Young People.” Based on the on-going and intensive effort to bring positive psychology into all aspects of school life at Culver, the book shows how teachers, parents, and coaches can work together by playing to each others’ strengths to bring out the best in them and the young people they serve. “Culver clubs are the lifeblood of alumni who have local, national, and global connections that can help spread the ‘strengthsbased approach’ to education,” Yeager said. “It is the perfect venue for sharing how Culver has been incorporating this approach into all aspects of school life here and at the same time supporting the model with other independent and public schools throughout the country.” In each city, there will be a presentation to the respective Culver Club members; a luncheon with civic, business, and educational leaders; and a session with the general public. If you, your Culver Club, service clubs with which you are involved, or educational communities to which you are connected are interested in having Yeager visit your area, contact Stephanie Heckaman at (574) 842-8331 or The book will be available through Amazon as of Feb. 1, 2011 (price to be determined). Ordering inquiries may also be sent to Yeager at

From the CCI President

• Arizona • California • Colorado • Florida • Georgia • Illinois • Indiana •

Culver Clubs Call to Arms Nearly everyone I speak to who has had a Culver Experience in the summer or winter school programs, or as a parent, has a positive and meaningful story to tell about how that experience affected them. It still amazes me how a tiny school in the cornfields of Indiana can mean so much to so many. Culver is unique in a special way that is difficult to describe to those unfortunate people who have not enjoyed the experience. Despite the many people who have meaningful stories about their Culver experience, we are still in need of more leaders, venues to host events, and interesting event concepts. Consider this your “call to arms.” Contributing your time and creativity via this avenue may be a simple and cost efficient way to repay the school that now means so much to you as an adult. Not to mention we have a blast at our events and you are missing out if you have not attended one yet!! Simply contact the alumni office if you are interested in helping or have an idea for an event. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteer leaders who valued their Culver Experience enough to give their time, Culver Clubs International continues to thrive. Quite simply, Culver Clubs would not exist without our alumni and parent volunteers. In the last year,

we have hosted 60 events in the US and abroad. This has been a very good year for the clubs and the tireless efforts and commitment of our club leaders is inspiring. Our focus has been and will continue to be to host quality events that attract participants from a wide range of ages and interests. Recent events were “suite” at a White Sox game hosted by the Chicago Culver Club, a Rangers game hosted by the North Texas Culver Club, and the New York Yankees Spring Training game hosted by the Steinbrenner family and the Tampa Culver Club are evidence of that effort. If you have not been to a club event, please join us at one of the upcoming events which can be found by clicking the alumni link at In the meantime, enjoy the photo display of recent Club events around the world.

Kevin Henderson W’86, ’91 CCI President

Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Missouri • New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Oklahoma

As part of introducing his new book to the public, John Yeager, Ed.D., the director of Culver’s Center for Character Excellence, will be addressing Culver Club groups across the country beginning in February 2011.

Washington • Seoul, South Korea • Taiwan • Mexico City • Monterrey, Mexico • Guatemala City, Guatemala • Shanghai • London •

Yeager taking ‘SMART Strengths’ book tour to Culver Clubs in 2011

• Oregon • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • Tennessee • Texas • Virginia •

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Asian trip includes events in six cities – plus Geneva D uring a three-week visit to Asia in August/September, Tony Giraldi ’75, the director of International Advancement, met with graduates, past and current parents, and prospective families in a series of Culver Club events hosted in Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Manilla, and Jarkarta before a final stop in Geneva, Switzerland. Giraldi was in Seoul with members of the Korea Culver Club. The Korean group is one of the most active Culver clubs in the world, Giraldi said. The event was organized by Korea Culver Mother’s Club President Geun Hee Kim and Legion Board member Jin Lee ’83. On Aug. 24, 17 guests attended the first gathering of the Beijing Culver Club hosted by current parents Ping Huang and his wife Aiping Zhang “Lilly,” parents of Steven ’12. Among those attending was Hao Wu ’09, who is a student at Northwestern University.

new families interested in camp and two for the boarding school. Hostess Lilly Huang was elected president. The Huangs moved back to Beijing from Chicago over the summer after Ping Huang served several years as China’s consulate general for the Midwest. In his new position with the Chinese government he is responsible for all Chinese consulates worldwide. 

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At the meeting of the Shanghai Culver Club on Aug. 22 there were a record 40 participants – current and past parents and alumni. This was the fifth annual China Culver Club luncheon, and it has grown from just five people attending the first meeting. The president of the Shanghai Club is Culver parent Jian Cui. Hosts for the other Asian events were: • Parents Paul and Sophia Huang in Taipei

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Our Beijing families, current and past parents, and graduates are very excited about having their own club, Giraldi said.

• In Manilla, current parent David Peabody, son of Terry Peabody ’58 • Current parents Ross ’83 and Jennifer Koller in Geneva. Jennifer is the club president. This was the second event and there were 13 Swiss campers last summer.

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“The families here are passionate about Culver and, like all of our parents worldwide, talk about the major changes they have witnessed in their children,” he reported.

There were 13 Chinese campers here this past summer. During the Beijing dinner (and at the event in Shanghai), Giraldi challenged each family to recruit at least one new Summer Camp family from China for the 2011 summer. They were excited about the challenge and within days Giraldi said he had received five calls from

• Jakarta Culver Club President D.J. Mear Jr. ’93

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Clubs Carolina Culver Club BBQ, July 31, 2010

South Florida Culver Club, U.S. Polo Championship Game, March 28, 2010

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Members of the varsity polo team participate in the opening procession before the U.S. Polo Championship Game

Culver Georgia Club, Student Send-off, Aug. 14, 2010

Join us for these Culver Club Events! Culver Club of Chicago – College Basketball Northwestern University vs. Ohio State University • Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, 5:00 p.m. Including pre-game “chalk talk” with Northwestern assistant coach and Culver alumnus Mitch Henderson ’94

Tampa Culver Club – Annual Spring Training Baseball Event New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals • George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Fla. Saturday, March 5, 2011, 11:00 a.m. Contact Stephanie Heckaman at (574) 842-8331 or

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And one more thing... Honorary Cum Laudes challenge graduates to give back, do more By Doug Haberland


hanking Culver for whom they are, giving back to Culver, and helping those less fortunate or less gifted were common threads running through the remarks of the most recent Honorary Cum Laude recipients. Indiana Appeals Court Chief Justice John G. Baker ’64 and U.S. general counsel Don Fox ’75 were honored at the June 5 Commencement Convocation, at which time each addressed the Class of 2010, their parents, guests, and the faculty/staff. Unlike a college or university, Culver Academies cannot grant honorary degrees. Instead, the Culver annually recognizes two alumni who, by dedication and personal commitment, have brought distinction to themselves and to society. “As a professional reader and writer, for this is what an appellate judge does,” Baker credited Culver and “its dedicated faculty” for improving his reading skills and his diction. “The importance of the lessons taught and the values instilled are as much a part of me today as they were when I attended this academy,” Baker said. “You, too, will take the valuable lessons and John G. Baker ’64 values that you have learned while here. You will remember that diligence and hard work are essential for you to succeed; you will recall the importance of teamwork and how much others will depend upon you doing your very best. You will summon up the discussions about ethics, integrity, and candor in years to follow. You will be

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challenged to help others less fortunate or less gifted. You have come to know that the greatest intentions mean little in relations to your actions. . . Therefore, take these values with you,” he said. Appointed by then-Gov. Evan Bayh, Baker has served on the Court of Appeals since 1989 and as chief judge since 2007. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University. Baker has served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs for 30 years and for three years at the I.U. School of Law in Bloomington. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, he is an Eagle Scout and a supporter of Academies Boy Scout Troop 209. Fox spent 22 years in the Pentagon before becoming general counsel for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. His office establishes and maintains ethics rules and uniform standards of Don Fox ’75 conduct for nearly four million civilian employees and members of the military. Fox is a former counselor in Naval Company 3 and also was a Specialty Camp instructor. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina with degrees in economics and international studies, received a juries doctorate from Wake Forest University, and a master’s degree in comparative law from the George Washington University. Fox began his career in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, retiring as a commander from the Naval Reserve.

Fox defined servant leadership as the expectation that Culver graduates will use their gifts and talents to serve others. “The common denominators among these diverse career choices are the honor and integrity with which they have been pursued and a keen awareness that none of us would have accomplished what we have professionally or be the people we are without Culver,” he said. “All of us who graduate from Culver have done so because of the generosity of someone else. It may have been your parents, or Frank Batten, or, if you were like me, it was someone you never met who endowed the scholarship without which we could never have had this experience. You can and should give back to Culver with your time and your talent, but also resolve right now that you will help make it possible for another young man or woman to share some part of the Culver experience,” he said. One of the legacies of the Class of 1975 is the Kiser Scholar award, which recognizes excellence in teaching and is given in memory of Fox’s Culver and University of North Carolina classmate Mark Kiser. The class valedictorian and a Morehead Scholar, Kiser was killed in a car crash the night before Commencement in June 1976, one year after his own graduation. “For me and for many of my classmates, Mark’s death was the deepest emotional pain we had ever experienced in our young lives. With that pain also came the realization that all he would have accomplished and what he would have done for Culver would not come to pass – unless others among us challenged ourselves to do more than we ever thought ourselves capable.”

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