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Faculty members Chad Gard and Xenia Czifrik live good life at the Hole in the Woods Farm

INSIDE: Memorable months for campers and alumni


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S ustainability In Pursuit of

With Chris Kline ’82 as director, the Academies is pushing forward on multiple fronts with sustainability initiatives — from recycling and protecting the lake to creation of a pollinator prairie and a food hub concept. Along the way, environmental principles are being integrating into our curriculum and student life activities as Culver “educates its students to be responsible citizens.”

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The Hole in the Woods Gang Dividing their time between the classroom and their 35-acre organic farm, Chad Gard and Xenia Czifrik are doing their best to live the sustainability dream. Their goals are to be net producers — producing more than they consume — and collaborate with nature.




Letters to the Editor

3 Editorial 4 Views & Perspectives 18 Athletic Highlights 38 Alumni Class News 44 Culver Clubs International 46 Passings in Review

Good summer all around 2015 was a memorable summer for campers and alumni marked by a dedication, special recognitions and ceremonies, inaugural use of the Summer Schools Portal at graduation, and homecomings for several affinity groups. A good time was had by all!

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On Our Cover The Culver Gothic image of Chad Gard and his wife Xenia Czifrik was taken by Lew Kopp W’66, ’71 of the Communications staff. Members of the music and science faculties, respectively, the couple live a sustainable lifestyle on their Hole in the Woods Farm.

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

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Big Little memory I enjoyed the article on Jud Little and especially liked the pictures of Jud with his parents, probably his plebe year. In June 1964, Jud’s parents invited my father and me to Culver to view some admissions films. Russell (former football coach and alumni director) and Myra Oliver were there to show the films. I fell in love with CMA then. Jud and his father brought me in the fall of 1964. Lloyd Noble II ’68 Tulsa, Oklahoma

The good ol' days Although it has taken me the slower pace of summer to finally enjoy the (Spring 2015) Alumni magazine, what a fabulous read it was! I felt as though I had attended Culver at the ideal moment in history (1979 to 1983) to meet some of the greatest leaders and human beings in the school’s history. I was saddened to see that my friends Prudy (Linsenmeyer) Hammonds ’80 and Bill ’83 Linsenmeyer lost their father, but I was pleased to read of his wonderful gift to the aviation program. What a fitting legacy! To see all Lynn Rasch has accomplished was fantastic. She began her Culver career my freshman year (1979-80) and joins some of my favorites in Horsemanship: “Sarge” Hudson, to whom my family gave a mule when I graduated since he had ridden one in the Army. (He named her Minnie Pearl!); Col. Wofford, an interim riding coach in 1979; and the dedicated Maj. Honzik. I was fortunate enough to be on the first Equestrienne squad in 1979 and will never forget those exciting, early days.

Dean England’s tribute was well-deserved. Between her leadership and the magnanimous examples set by Deans Mars and Nagy, the early ’80s at Culver were a time none of us will ever forget. Of course, the biggest star of all is our classmate Sen. Dan Sullivan. Even as a freshman, we all knew Danny would rise to the top in whatever he chose. He has done a great service to his alma mater and his country. Please keep bringing us such inspiring stories about our beloved school and its graduates. This issue will, no doubt, go down as one of the best.   Patti (Hart) Smallwood ’83 Nashville, Tennessee

Well covered The Summer 2015 issue of the Alumni magazine is full of wonderful stories, but what got me were the cover and back cover photographs. Jud Little’s generosity and caring is beyond measure. The lives he has impacted will go on and on. The picture of Claire Marshall and its story exemplify the feelings of connection alumni have with the place. I last set foot at Culver as a Horsemanship instructor at the end of the summer of ’58. I had been a Summer School of Horsemanship cadet and was a Woodcrafter. Now, 57 years later I still feel that unbreakable connection to Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee. Thank you for keeping all of it alive with stories and reminders about today and yesterday.

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ADVANCEMENT OFFICE ALUMNI RELATIONS Director Alan Loehr Jr. Legion President Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock '76 (U.S. Army, Retired) Falls Church, Virginia CSSAA President E. "Ted" Foster W'89 Columbus, Ohio

COMMUNICATIONS Director/Strategic Communications Bill Hargraves III ’77 Editor/Culver Alumni Magazine Director/Publications Doug Haberland Asst. Director/Publications Jan Garrison Website Manager Trent Miles

DEVELOPMENT Director Mike Hogan Director/Annual Fund Thomas Mayo ’75

Kent H Blacklidge H’56, Ph.D. Kokomo, Indiana INTERNATIONAL OFFICER Tony Giraldi ’75


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A Word from the Editor Psychic Income It got me thinking about some of the intangibles that come with my job that can be easily overlooked or taken for granted. One of the real perks of being editor of Culver Alumni Magazine is that unexpected phone call — usually from an alumnus or alumna — with a question or a request. Usually they are reacting to something read or seen in the magazine that has triggered a memory or a comment or looking for a long-lost classmate. In recent weeks I’ve had several of these “psychic” events. And while they may have seemed like distractions at first, I can honestly say I enjoyed the diversion, the quest, and the satisfaction that each provided — for me as well as for the caller.

By Doug Haberland Editor

My colleague Jan Garrison recently wrote an article for the Culver news blog ( on a St. Louis Cardinals baseball executive who spoke to one of our economics classes. In his remarks the exec made reference to “psychic income,” defined as “the personal or subjective benefits, rewards, or satisfactions derived from a job or undertaking as separate from its objective or financial ones.”

For example, I received a call from a genealogist in Texas who was working on a project for a ’63 alumnus. The graduate’s father, who did not attend Culver, was killed in World War II. The genealogist had the deceased father’s 1936 yearbook and wanted to include a 1963 Roll Call in the family material she was gathering. We were happy to oblige. But as it turned out, we had no valid address or recent information on our alumnus. The genealogist, of course, knew all about him. The alumnus granted her permission to share his information with us and we were able to reestablish a Culver connection with him. Then, there was the caller asking about a photo of his late cousin who was a goalie on the first CMA hockey team. The photo was to be a gift for the caller’s son, who is a goalie for the Milwaukee Junior Admirals and will be playing several games at Culver in February. We provided

the caller with a copy of a photo from the 1976-77 Roll Call, which he also showed to his aunt, the mother of the deceased graduate. Here’s what he had to say about the exchange: “For me, a big part of the story is that Culver went from nowhere to a national powerhouse in hockey. My son has moved to Milwaukee to pursue the dream of playing college and professional hockey. And now things come full circle when he plays on your ice. It’s actually quite emotional for me, though I can’t exactly explain why. Culver’s reach and renown are sufficient to pull this family together in an unexpected way, from around the country. And I am grateful for that!” A photo in a recent issue prompted a phone call from a 1969 Summer School for Girls graduate. She recognized some of the girls and wondered about her roommate, whom she had lost touch with. A quick check of the alumni database and I’m able to provide her with contact information. In the process, she also sends a class news item updating us on her whereabouts and life. These informal associations often turn into casual friendships with Culver as the common denominator. And it is especially rewarding to meet these individuals when they return to campus. It doesn’t take much time to fulfill such a request: a little research, a couple of phone calls. The challenge of finding the answer is often as much the motivation as the request itself. Getting paid to make people happy and connect them with Culver, that’s not a bad gig!

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

Doug Haberland, Editor (574) 842-8365

Views & Perspectives A commitment to excellence is

By John N. Buxton Head of Schools

Last year brought the retirement of some very important senior faculty members who had been giants in their own right. Al Clark retired leaving a hole not only in the Mathematics Department but also significant shoes to fill as the only leader ever of the hockey program. Fred Haase left as the Chairman of the Modern and Classical Languages and also as only the third golf coach in the history of the school. He would be impossible to replace. Blair Clark retired along with Al, and people realized that another great supporter, a fixture in the library, and a person devoted to students had moved on. Bruce Burgess retired after a long career in the Modern Languages program and many years as a coach and supporter of significant extracurricular activity at the school. We also saw Doctors Warren Reiss and Mike Deery move into retirement after nearly 40 years. All of these people who could never be replaced had to have new and talented people in place to carry on their work. This was not a matter for serious consideration the

day after they left; there had to have been a process in place to find the people who could sustain what they had built. In Al Clark’s case, we celebrated the passing of the torch from Al to a wonderful group of new coaches by having a Hockey Reunion during the summer (see page 20). Nearly 200 people showed up to honor Al and Blair and to thank them not only for his knowledge of x’s and o’s, but for the valuable lessons in life, leadership, and service that they had demonstrated, by example. There were wonderful stories that came out of that reunion weekend, but the most compelling was that the faculty and staff's most important responsibility is modeling the way. Our faculty and staff must be the exemplars, and when we hire their replacements, we must hire people who understand and are committed to exactly the same principles. This is true of all of the people we have brought in to carry on the work of Al and Fred and Blair; of Warren and Mike and Bruce. And while the early

‘There is something very special about this school that draws people to it. They understand that there is an importance about what we do that transcends academics, athletics, and even the arts.’


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a commitment to sustainability returns would be way too premature to be definitive, we are very excited about the talents and philosophies our new teachers, coaches, administrators, and medical staff are sharing with us. Sustainability goes far beyond our carbon footprint or our commitment to making sure this planet is going to be here for coming generations. It is about the financial sustainability of the school. It is about the sustainability of our human resource at the school. It is about the sustainability of our buildings and infrastructure, all issues we must focus on, on a daily basis. We have to be cognizant of the responsibility to sustain what our predecessors, our alumni, and our families have helped to build. We have to sustain relationships with those who are committed to Culver. We have to sustain our commitment to honor and integrity in all of our dealings with our students, our employees, and our graduates. Culver is a beacon in what is a very challenging world. Culver is also an exemplar in that world. The work that we have done and we will continue to do together is work that will resonate positively in our families, our communities, and our society at large. We could not be more proud of the commitment we have made to sustainability at Culver. That may be one of the reasons that Jim and Mary Power decided to leave the very successful school they currently run and move to Culver, Ind. There is something

An influx of enthusiastic new students is a sign of Culver’s sustainability. In August, 236 first-year students were officially welcomed by Head of Schools John Buxton and other administrators, plus the regimental commander and senior prefect, at the annual Matriculation Ceremony and Opening Convocation. Each new student’s Culver career begins with a walk through Logansport Gate.

very special about this school that draws people to it. They understand that there is an importance about what we do that transcends academics, athletics, and even the arts. When one commits to excellence, one is committing to sustainability. You have all helped sustain Culver, Pam, and me over these last 17 years. Never once did we imagine that Culver men and women would not be there for their school. You are the most

important component in the sustainability equation. You keep the school strong, support the school, guide the school, and enrich the school with your thoughtful participation. Thank you for being there for Culver and for us over these past 17 years. Thank you for making sustainability a reality for your school.



CulverCurrents James Power named the 13th Head of Schools ‘I consider myself extraordinarily lucky’ Photos provided.

W’46, ’52, and an 11-member Campus Advisory Committee, plus the aid of an outside consultant. “Jim was the first person we met,” White said, “and he was characterized as the top candidate in North America.” The list was pared to 30 and then to two finalists who were interviewed in a daylong process in South Bend by the trustee and campus committees. Support for Power after that meeting was overwhelming, White said.

James Power will assume his duties as Head of Schools on July 1, 2016.

On July 17, James P. Power, 57, was introduced to faculty, staff, and employees as the 13th Head of School of Culver Academies. Power will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2016. The announcement was made public by Miles D. White ’73, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Culver Educational Foundation, during Summer Homecoming Weekend, which coincided with the town of Culver’s Lakefest weekend. “We wanted him here this weekend to get a flavor of summer camp and the lake community,” White said. Power will succeed John Buxton, who announced his retirement in April. He and his wife, Pam, continue to serve the Academies through the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year. Buxton has led the Academies since 1999. “I consider myself extraordinarily lucky,” said Power, who was present with his wife, Mary. In brief remarks, Power said he expected to be meeting five or six people over coffee. Instead, late on a Friday afternoon nearly 200 people turned out in Eppley Auditorium. That says a lot about Culver, he said. “We have found exactly what we wanted in the next generation of leadership for our schools,” White told those gathered in Eppley. “Jim Power has all the concern and character you value.” White said that more than 200 names were vetted during the 10-month process by a 12-member Trustee Search Committee, headed by White and Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson


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A native of Philadelphia, Power is currently the principal of Upper Canada College in Toronto, serving in this role since 2004. Founded in 1829, UCC is a leading International Baccalaureate World School, with about 1,200 boys in grades K-12 from 25 countries. Power was the headmaster of Georgetown Preparatory School near Washington, D.C., from 1993 until 2004. From 1986, he was at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, a co-ed boarding school, having served as an English teacher, coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, English Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean. During his tenure at UCC, Power served as President of the Board of the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), and as a trustee of the International Coalition of Boys Schools and of the Canadian Educational Standards Committee. He was a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship participant in 2003. Recognized for his years of distinguished service as a head of school, Power serves on the faculty of the Institute for New Heads of the National Association of Independent Schools. Power holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross. His work toward the degree James and Mary Power included one year at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He also was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from Boston College in English and a doctorate (Ed.D.) from Boston University in Educational Leadership. Mary Power is a summa cum laude major in the Classics from Holy Cross. She has a master’s degree from Harvard University, School of Public Health and a Master in Information Science from the University of Toronto. The couple have five grown children ranging in age from 18 to 25.

$10 million dollar men. That sounds good. Inspired by the 50th reunion total giving of $8.028 million of the Class of 1964 the previous year, the Class of 1965 banded together to raise a golden anniversary reunion total giving of $10.370 million. “It was just a phenomenal leadership effort starting with class gift chairs Bill Osborn and Lindsey Parris,” said Thomas Mayo ’75, director of The Culver Fund. “By personal contact with his classmates, and the strength of his own commitment, Bill got the class to the point where the $10 million was in sight. He then sat down with classmate Michael Huffington during reunion weekend, and Huffington generously offered to issue a matching challenge to get the class to $10 million. Huffington announced his challenge at the class dinner on Saturday night of reunion weekend. The class responded with an additional $1.4 million in commitments after reunion, which was more than matched by Huffington to get the class to over $10 million.” More important than the numbers, perhaps, is the breadth of what classmates supported at Culver: • A $2 million bequest to support scholarships for inner city students. • 2015 Culver Graduate of the Year Jud Little ’65 supported the riding hall and four student scholarships. • A $600,000 estate bequest was earmarked for the Black Horse Troop. • A $100,000 gift funded the return of competitive marksmanship to Culver.

Photo by Camilo ‘Mo’ Morales.

Class of 1965 exceeds $10 million in 50th Reunion Total Giving

The Golden Anniversary Class of 1965 raised $10.37 million, helping to set a fundraising record for The Culver Fund in 2014-15.

• Huffington continued his support with gifts for the renovation of the Huffington Library and donation of 26 pieces of artwork to be displayed in the library. Estate gifts and bequests made up a nice part of the class 50th reunion total giving, Mayo said, adding that many classmates like to include Culver in their estate plans after they have made provisions for the care of their families. The class made a big commitment to The Culver Fund, generating over $671,000 to exceed the $500,000 goal. The Culver Fund supports annual budgetary priorities for student financial aid, faculty salaries, and programs such as athletics, the Fine Arts, and spiritual life.

“In an ideal world, we would like to see each 50th reunion class raise at least $500,000 for The Culver Fund because it supports the strategic priorities of the school,” Mayo said. “By exceeding their goal, the Class of 1965 helped the 20142015 Culver Fund set a record for its fundraising year.” “The money raised supports Culver students and achieving these fundraising numbers is a remarkable demonstration of the seriousness with which alumni take their obligation to care for the school which belongs to them,” Mayo said.



CulverCurrents The survey says: 92% would highly recommend Culver, but alumni network’s purpose unclear Thank you for helping to shape the Culver Alumni Network! In our Spring 2015 issue we asked and encouraged our alumni to complete an electronic survey involving questions about the Culver Alumni Network. To those who participated, we say “Thank you!” The survey was sent to some 11,000 alumni email addresses and we had a response rate of 34 percent – 3,489 responses. Moreover, alumni took additional time to provide more than 17,000 responses to open-ended questions, which makes the data even more substantial compared to closed-ended statements.  “As always, Culver alumni answer the call when the school asks for their assistance,” said Alumni Relations Director Alan Loehr. “The data gathered is so rich and timeless and it brings value to multiple departments as we strive to improve the lifelong Culver Experience for our constituents.”  To date, Measuring Success (the independent third party conducting the survey), the Advancement team (Alumni, Communications, and Development), and the Culver Legion have gathered and analyzed the initial data from the survey. In October, Measuring Success representatives briefed the CEF Board on the survey progress. Among the highlights:

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if they would recommend Culver to a friend, 92 percent of alumni agree or strongly agree that they would highly recommend Culver to others. However, when asked how the Culver Alumni Network can help their life, only 42 of alumni agree or strongly agree on the clarity and purpose of the Culver Alumni Network. •


“The survey results clearly shows that our alumni desire personal connections that relate to their preferences, affinities, and life stage they are presently in,” said Bill Hargraves ’77, the school’s director of Strategic Communications. “This means it is imperative that Advancement manages and analyzes the data properly to find the resources capable of providing personal, customized resources to our alumni.”

state which areas are more actively involved and interested in attending social events.

From the survey, Measuring Success provided Culver with a robust analytic tool that enables data to be shaped and analyzed based upon the demographics and responses. For instance, it can now be proven that the Culver Network Value Perception depends on school type. The results indicate that CGA alumnae understand the value of the Culver Alumni Network significantly more than the CMA or CSSC alumni. Other analyses show by

A more complete review and recommendations will be shared in the Spring 2016 issue. In the meantime, we thank you for participating in this important study and we are encouraged that your feedback will help shape the Culver Alumni Network, the resources, and the staff required to provide a meaningful experience and value for our alumni.

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This type of data will give the Advancement team insight in determining where and what type of alumni network events should take place that will maximize alumni participation.


Tyler Sorg ’15 rises to the peak in state speech I.U. freshman now hosting Sunday morning radio program The road to success was a short one for Tyler Sorg ’15, who went from speech team rookie as a sophomore to Indiana state champion as a senior — the Academies’ only state champion in anything for 2014-15. Sorg, now a freshman at Indiana University studying broadcast journalism, won the state title in Radio.

“Tyler had a lot of untapped potential as a freshman,” Trevathan said. “As the school year wound down, I realized he was a kid with a good voice who wasn’t afraid of performing in front of people.” As a sophomore novice, Sorg won the sectional title, placed 11th at state, and was named the team’s Most Improved. As a junior, he was second at the sectional, fourth at the state, and the team’s Most Valuable Player. In his senior year, he again was the sectional runner-up and MVP, but capped his career by walking off with a state title. Photo provided.

“Tyler became Culver speech’s seventh state champion because of his diligent work ethic and his positive response to his teammates pushing him,” head coach Mitch Barnes said. “Although he never won a regular-season tournament during the season, he placed at eight tournaments and repeated as sectional runner-up. The competitiveness among his teammates honed his skills throughout the season and helped him peak at the right time.”

“It was a very competitive applicant pool and I’m sure having a state title on my resume must have helped,” Sorg said. “I will also be given opportunities to call sporting events for the university on the FM station. I am also getting involved with the student television station as a reporter and Big Ten Network Student U.”

In a September email, Sorg said speech didn’t lead to his decision to pursue broadcast journalism, but it did confirm that decision. “More than anything, speech helped me build self-confidence,” Sorg said. “Shortly after I began I was already noticing the affect speech was having on me. I was happier, doing better in school, and all around more driven to succeed.”

2015 state speech champion Tyler Sorg with head coach Mitch Barnes following the state forensic tournament last spring. Sorg is the fourth individual state champion for Barnes, who was named to the Indiana High School Forensic Association Hall of Fame in September. Barnes has guided the Academies’ speech team for 19 years, during which Culver has claimed two team state titles and a runner-up, plus four individual state runners-up and two national qualifiers.

He has already parlayed that confidence and his radio presence by being selected for a Sunday morning sports show on the student radio station, The show focuses on I.U. athletics, the NFL, and fantasy football.

A resident of Fort Wayne, Ind., Sorg had never done any public speaking until he joined the team as a third-classman after being encouraged by Brad Trevathan, his ninth-grade Humanities teacher and an assistant speech coach.

As a team, Culver had seven finalists and placed third among AA schools and fifth overall in the Indiana High School Forensic Association state tournament. David Brown ’15 (Granger, Ind.) was state runner-up in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking. Other finalists were Brown and Lauren Engelbrecht ’15 (Crown Point, Ind.) – third in Memorized Duo; Alice Dendy ’15 (Oxford, United Kingdom) – fourth in Radio; Ethan Carter ’16 (Aurora, Colo.) – fifth in Poetry Interpretation; Juchen “Frank” Zhang ’16 (Hefei, China) – fifth in International Extemporaneous Speaking; and Erin Luck ’15 (LaPorte, Ind.) – sixth in Humorous Interpretation.

Tyler is also an alumnus of Woodcraft (2010) and the Naval School (2013). He is the son of Todd Sorg ’86 and the grandson of John Sorg, a longtime Culver Summer Camps swim instructor. —Doug Haberland, Editor




Leadership, courage, and teamwork Replica 1913 cutter and Logansport Gate represent ‘the seminal story of One Culver’ Haberland photo.

now, the Gate bears the seals of all three Culver programs — Culver Military Academy, Culver Summer Schools & Camps, and Culver Girls School. (See photo on back cover.) Culver cadets accomplished this heroic feat by doing what they had been trained to do. Fox said they applied the same lessons being taught in the summer leadership courses “that a team can accomplish far more than any one person, and that a successful team requires individuals who know how to follow and how to play the role required to help the team.

The Logansport Flood of 1913 – ‘the seminal story of One Culver’ – was celebrated and remembered at a ceremony July 18 involving summer first-classmen, alumni, and parents. Helping to illustrate the magnitude of the accomplishment was a replica of a Naval cutter, the boats used in the historic rescue.

A history lesson and the replica of a 1913 Naval cutter were used July 18 to usher in “the seminal story of One Culver.”

“The names of those Culver boys in the boat faded long ago from anyone’s memory but their deeds will live on forever, as will the brotherhood and sisterhood between the young men and women of the three schools represented by these seals on Logansport Gate,” he said. “As we leave here today,” Fox concluded, “my hope is that our first-classmen take these lessons to heart and will be prepared to act nobly, responsibly, and swiftly when the need arises — just as those cadets did in 1913.” —Doug Haberland, Editor Photo by Heather McColly ’12, Communications Summer Intern.

First-classmen, alumni, and parents gathered at Logansport Gate “to remember and celebrate a story of leadership, courage and teamwork,” Director of Summer Schools & Camps Don Fox said in his welcoming remarks. The history lesson came in the retelling of the 1913 Logansport Flood rescue — when 60 CMA cadets, 45 of whom were Naval School veterans, manned four Naval cutters and worked 36 hours straight in the icy waters of flood-ravaged Logansport, Ind., to save 1,500 residents. Helping to illustrate the magnitude of that accomplishment was a replica of a 1913 Naval cutter. The original boats were 28 feet long, weighed 2,000 pounds, and required 10 oarsman and helmsman to maneuver. Construction of the replica was commissioned by Jim Dicke II W’59, ’64 of New Bremen, Ohio, and gifted to the Academies. Dicke is an emeritus trustee of The Culver Educational Foundation. Logansport Gate was a gift of the residents of the city to the school in 1914 in appreciation for the life-saving efforts. And


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The story of the Logansport Flood and a replica of a 1913 cutter were on display on the lakefront near the Naval Building during the Saturday of Summer Homecoming. The replica was commissioned by CEF Trustee Emeritus Jim Dicke II W’59, ’64 of New Bremen, Ohio, and gifted to the Academies.

Woodcraft’s Hegeler Kitchen is a recipe for success The Julius W. Hegeler II W’39 Kitchen at the Orthwein Dining Hall at Woodcraft was dedicated on July 18, but the impact of the facility on the young campers and staff was almost immediate.

“The man up here is a hero,” said CEF Chairman Emeritus James Henderson W’46, ’52, citing Hegeler’s service to his country as well as to Culver. Photo by Trent Miles.

On this day, gratitude was served up in generous portions for Hegeler and Lois Wise, the secretary of the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation. They cut the ribbon dedicating the facility, were serenaded by members of the Woodcraft choir, and were presented a huge handmade card signed by hundreds of campers. With the kitchen, Woodcraft has a larger range of fresh and just-cooked food choices for campers and staff. Everything is now cooked on site, plus the serving lines and flow have been improved. Previously, food was prepared on the main campus and delivered to Woodcraft. “As many of you know, Woodcraft is schedule driven,” Woodcraft Director Heike Spahn said. “Last summer, it took about two hours to get everyone — 700 campers and 200 staff members — through the lunch line. Thanks to our new kitchen, everyone is through with lunch in an hour. … Not only are they getting through the line quicker, but the campers are having a much better dining experience.”

Julius W. Hegeler II W’39 is all smiles after he and Lois Wise cut the ribbon to dedicate the Hegeler Kitchen at the Orthwein Dining Hall at Woodcraft Camp on July 18. Wise is the secretary-treasurer of the Julius W. Hegeler Foundation. Joining them are, left to right, CSSC Director Don Fox, Woodcraft Director Heike Spahn, CEF Chairman Emeritus Jim Henderson, Development Director Mike Hogan, Food Services Director Lee Willhite, and Wellness Director Dana Neer.

With that extra time, Spahn said they have added an Advanced Choir class during lunch time and have more flexibility for units with special activities. “It also means that the campers get to enjoy eating with their friends without being rushed,” she said. “Culver is based on relationships, and we are building relationships in the dining hall.” And then there’s the food. “The campers love the food,” Spahn said. “Preparing the food on-site means the food is hot, the quantity is accurate, and the variety is much improved. We now have pre-made sandwiches — turkey, ham, wraps — which are a huge hit. And maybe the best thing overall is campers are actually eating the food they put on their trays. Full stomachs yield happy campers.”

Hegeler was an Air Force fighter pilot during the Korean War, flying 70 combat missions. The Hegeler Kitchen is the latest in a list of gifts to Culver that includes renovation of the Woodcraft counselors headquarters for the Cardinals Wing; restoration of the Indian Crafts Building; establishment of a Summer Schools & Camps Program endowment; construction of the Boy Scout Headquarters at Woodcraft; new fitness equipment for the Siegfried Fitness Center and an equipment maintenance endowment; and the addition of the Julius W. Hegeler II Wing to Argonne Dormitory. — Doug Haberland, Editor



For '65 Troopers, Homecoming is Golden by Doug Haberland, Editor Bruce Ekstrom H’65 had a trip planned to Lake Como, Italy, but “instead I’m on Lake Maxinkuckee.”


Trooper Guy Pellissier of Dijon, France, was scheduled to return to Culver for the first time since the summer of 1965 until a postponed flight scuttled his plans.

But it didn’t wreck the weekend. As Culver horsemen, the ’65 Troopers were able to put Mercer’s accident into perspective. “It’s a horse being a horse,” said Jeff Honzik H’65, who was the Academies’ Director of Horsemanship from 1980 to 1988. “I want to thank all who made it for the reunion,” Honzik posted afterward on the Summer Troop’s 50th Reunion page. “It was beyond my wildest expectations and it was absolutely a thrill to see everyone – even Gregg Settle.”

in the horse industry with 168 harness racing titles to his credit. “Culver had more influence on me than any place I have ever been.” The irony of the weekend was that the influencing for the reunion came largely from Mercer, who scoured the Internet looking for lost members of Summer Horsemanship ’65. He, Bill Danielson (North Ridgeville, Ohio), and Honzik, who spends his summers in Culver and winters in Delray Beach, Fla., began contacting fellow alumni a year before, using a three-touch process to get as many back to Culver as they could.

A loving irreverence exists among this band of brothers. Sarcasm and borderline insults abound because they care deeply about each other. It’s men in their mid- to late-60s trading verbal barbs and jokes, reliving the memories of those days when, as teenagers, they slept in canvas tents, saddled up for a six-day, 125-mile Troop hike, and absorbed all that Culver had to teach them about horses, about life, and about themselves.

“We tried from every angle we could to let them know there was a group that would like to see them again,” Mercer said of Ekstrom the search. To build enthusiasm and connection, they created a Facebook page where they posted vintage photos, movies turned to video, memorabilia, and updates.

“Culver taught me far more about life than horses,” said Ekstrom, who lives in Ocala, Fla., and has made his living

“Working on the reunion gave me the opportunity to speak with so many of my fellow troopers,” Danielson said.

Photo by Jake Marohn, Florida.

And Ron Mercer, who was one of the motivating forces in finding and encouraging his bunkies to return for the ’65 Troop’s 50th Summer Homecoming, had a horse rear up and fall backward on him while here, resulting in multiple fractures to his face, shoulder, arm, and ribs. (Mercer vacationed in Italy in October, but still faces some issues. He’s had two surgeries and may face a third. He does physical therapy twice a week and has limited use of his left arm. “I’m hanging in there,” he said. “I have six to eight guys who check on me regularly. It’s nice to have friends like that.”)

In a Facebook post, John Vanada (Tangier, Ind.), who was two horses behind Mercer during the Friday trail ride, called it “the worse wreck I’ve witnessed in 60 years on horseback.”

The Troopers, left to right, are Tom Miroballi, Rob Atack, John Vanada, Bruce Ekstrom, Rick Clevenger, Dave Monroe, Bill Danielson, Jeff Honzik, Dick Lester, Tom Dues, Gregg Settle, and Dave Utterback. Atack is H’64, all others are 1965 Summer Horsemanship alumni. Missing in action was Ron Mercer.


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“Many of us are in contact due to the reunion. And we have laughed time and again.” Of the 29 who graduated in 1965, five are deceased and Honzik two could not be found. Thirteen of the remaining 22 were back for the weekend, many for the first time or the first time in a long time. “It made me feel awesome,” Ekstrom said, “that guys I hadn’t seen in 50 years wanted to get together. I am as excited as a kid at Christmas.” “This means absolutely everything,” said Tom Miroballi (Lisle, Ill.), who had not been back since 1965. Though the riding hall and stables have changed and the Trooper tents are long gone, “it’s basically the same place,” Miroballi said.

“The personalities are the same. You pick up with good friends right where you left off; didn’t miss a beat. The memories have faded, but now they have been renewed. They all come flooding back.” David Monroe (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) didn’t realize 50 years had passed until he was contacted. He has been involved with horses on the West Coast and “it’s great to be back at Culver.”

Photo by Heather McColly ’12, Summer Communications intern.

“Ron had put so much time and energy into finding people and getting them to come,” said Rob Atack, a ’64 Trooper from Santa Cruz, Calif. “I probably would not have come had Ron not convinced me.

Dick Lester, Ron Mercer, and Gregg Settle, left to right, enjoy catching up on the last 50 years at Trooper 65 headquarters.

Preparing for the trail ride, Monroe made the observation that he and others were using mounting blocks to get in the saddle, something they didn’t need 50 years ago. The spring may be gone in the legs of these horsemen, but not Monroe in their hearts. The ’65 Troop set up their bivouac in the yard at Honzik’s home on Indiana 10, complete with a couple of brown canvas tents pitched in the corner with a U.S. flag planted between them. Dubbed the Mercer Memorial Tents, despite the boasts and the bravado, no one chose to forego the air-conditioning for a steamy, buggy night in a tent. But the tents were there and the 1965 Troopers were together again. That’s really all that mattered.

Ready to hit the trail are, left to right, Bruce Ekstrom, Rob Atack, John Vanada, and Ron Mercer.



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Together again at Homecoming 2015 are, left to right, Annie O'Connell, Grace Heimbach, Lauren Abaunza, Gabby Simon, Shae Feldman, Lexie Zrelak, and Cally McGee. All graduated from Deck V in 2014, except for Feldman who was Deck I and Zrelak who was Deck VI. Several of them also were Upper Camp staff this past summer.

2. Golden Anniversary alumnae from the 1965 Summer School for Girls at Friday’s event were, left to right, Emily Moore Sturman, Ellen Gilliland Wadsworth, and Susan Kuck Fantz. 3. Mary Lynn (Nichols) Harper SS’85 (left) and her nephew and niece, Peter Talbot W’13, ’17, and Kaitlyn (Talbot) Nickell SS’07, are all dressed up and ready for Homecoming parade. 4.

Representing the 2015 Golden Anniversary class of the Naval School are, left to right, Paul Hunsinger, Fred Johnson, Ken Marshall, Nelson Nave.

5. Kathleen Lach-Rowan SS’80, Kristin (Helmer) Allen SS’78, Sally Smith Wall SS’79 pore over scrapbooks and memorabilia at the Culver museum.

290 Summer Alumni Attending 108 Guests Attending 33 States Represented 15 Deck VI Alumnae 13 Countries Represented (Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, England, Guatemala, Jordan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland)

12 1965 Horsemanship Alumni Attending Grand Marshals Susan Kuck Fantz SS’65 (Lima, Ohio) Emily Moore Sturman SS’65 (Indianapolis)

6. Deck 6 alumnae back for their 35th reunion included, left to right, Ann Kiley Schneider SS’75, Elizabeth Button Ballew SS’80, Barbara Myers Untermann SS’90, Jennifer Gordus SS’90, Margaret Dinwiddie Burk SS’89, ’91, Anna Campbell SS’04, Danielle Vrenna Callaghan SS’90, Patrice Coady SS’89, Marianne Pripps SS’71. Pripps was an ESOL instructor in the summer of 1980, living in the Deck 6 dorm, so she felt a part of Deck 6 that first year or two. 

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Photos 1, 3, 4, and 6 by Doug Haberland. Photos 2 and 5 by Heather McColly ’12, Communications Summer Intern.

Dan Stewart Jr. H’45 (Lexington, Ky.)


Highlights of Summer Schools & Summer Schools Portal unveiled at 2015 graduation Garrison photo.

History was made at the 2015 Culver Summer Schools & Camps graduation as 103 Gold C Woodcrafters and 160 Upper Schools first-classmen passed through the Culver Summer Schools Portal for the first time. “We wanted a way to mark this huge milestone not only in the campers’ lives but also in the lives of their families who supported them along the way,” CSSC Director Don Fox ’75 explained. “There needed to be a portal to symbolize their Culver journey from camper to Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni and alumnae. “The creation of this portal holds great meaning for our Culver graduates and is now and forever a part of Culver Academies,” Fox said. There are many milestones and passageways at Culver that are marked by portals, from the boarding school Matriculation Ceremony at Logansport Gate to the Iron Gate and Graduation Arch. Culver Summer Schools & Camps, the third component of the Culver Academies, has for decades graduated thousands of first-classmen and Gold C Beavers and Cardinals, but without its own unique portal until this summer, he said.

As each Woodcraft Gold C Beaver and Cardinal passed through the summer portal, he or she was greeted by CSSAA President Ted Foster W’89 and Joey Dellaria Jr. NB’08, the Woodcraft Military Assistant.

‘You are the first, and always will be,’ Summer Camps Director Don Fox said of the 160 Upper Schools’ first-classmen who graduated through the Culver Summer Schools Portal in July.


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The iron portal, adorned with the CSSC seal, was designed and built specifically for present and future boys and girls who enter as campers and emerge as alumni of Culver Summer Schools & Camps, Fox said.

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Photo by Emily Hernandez '14, Summer Communications Intern.

Photo by Bunk1 photographer Haley Gresham Stanish ’85.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence congratulates a member of the Naval School following a Summer Garrison Parade in July. Pence was accompanied by his wife, Karen, (behind him in blue) and several staff members.

At left, Emily Ann (Snell) Myers W’00 (Owenton, Ky.), granddaughter of Maj. George Runkle, presents the Runkle Sword and Belt to Amalia Hurtado Chamorro SS’15 (Managua, Nicaragua) at the Upper Camp Retreat on July 21. Myers is the daughter of Peggy Ann Runkle Winkle ’78. The sword and belt is awarded to the Deputy Commander for Girls to wear during the time she fulfills that position. Runkle was a World War II veteran and served 20 years with the Army, retiring in 1961. He was a member of the Academies faculty/staff for 16 years as an ROTC instructor, counselor, and history instructor. As Military Coordinator for the Upper Camp from 1991-96, Runkle was instrumental in the girls being fully integrated into the Upper Camp military program.

An affirmation of Culver's rejuvenated aviation program, this past summer Robert ‘Bo’ Adams A'15 (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) became the first Aviation cadet since 2005 to receive his Gold Wings for obtaining a private pilot's license. A first-classman, Adams did all of his flying during the summer sessions. He was introduced to flying in Woodcraft's Basic Aviation class. Aviation Director Mary Kaye Welch does the honors during the Upper Camp Retreat.



CulverSports — Compiled and written by Jan Garrison

Cue up “We Are the Champions” by the rock group Queen because Culver Academies certainly had its share of postseason tournament winners this fall. Chief among them was the CMA tennis team and No. 1 singles player Sam Concannon ’16 (Indianapolis).

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Concannon wins state singles tennis crown, leads team to state finals; sectional titles also claimed by both soccer teams, CGA golf, and football

Concannon captured the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s individual crown with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 victory over Steven Christie of Indianapolis North Central. He finished the season 28-0, winning every match in straight sets. “I worked hard all year to get back here, and I can’t think of a better way to go out my senior year,” Concannon, who was state runner-up in 2014, told The Indianapolis Star. Concannon was captain of a CMA team that made its second straight trip to the state finals (the final eight teams). It was the first time since 1995-96 that any school had made back-to-back trips to the state tennis finals. CMA lost to Jeffersonville, 3-2, to end a season that included sectional, regional, and semistate titles.

Concannon finished 87-7 for his career and was named the Player of the Year by The Star. All seven players received either all-state or honorable mention recognition.

Sam Concannon of Indianapolis finished his senior season 28-0 and captured the state singles tennis championship. Concannon was also named Player of the Year by The Indianapolis Star.

Volleyball in a rebuilding mode

CMA Soccer claims first title since 2010

CGA Soccer wins on penalty kick

Wins over South Bend Washington, Culver Community, LaVille, and New Prairie were among the highlights for the volleyball team, which continued its rebuilding project in 2015. The team improved its record and raised its level of play despite four first-time players.

Culver Military Academy won its first sectional title since 2010 with a 3-2 victory over host Warsaw. The Eagles advanced to the championship game with a 4-1 win over NorthWood and a semifinal victory over Plymouth, 2-1.

Goalie Hannah Fisher stopped a penalty kick and Natasha Wanless buried her shot to give CGA soccer a 5-4 win over Warsaw and its first sectional title since 2010.

One of those freshmen, Grace Farrall, was named the team’s Most Improved Player. Paige Murphy, a first-year sophomore, received the Coaches’ Award. Kayla Trefren, who led the team in kills and blocks, was the Most Valuable Player.


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It was the first Class 2A sectional crown for the team, which was led by Adrian Juraidini’s two goals in the championship, including the game-winner. Mauricio Bailleres added a goal on a free kick. David Wright was in goal. In the regional, the Eagles fell to Elkhart Memorial, 2-1, in the first round. CMA finished with a 15-3 season record.

CGA came from behind twice, survived overtime, and took six penalty kicks before securing the title. Juniors Kennedy Kubica and Jordan Blackburne each scored two goals during regulation to keep CGA in the game. CGA lost in the first round of the regional to eventual state runner-up Penn, ranked No. 19 in the country by USA Today. The team finished with an 11-2-2 record.

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Bremen, Ind., senior Lauren Read was named to the 2015 all-state girls’ golf team, the first CGA player since 2003 to earn that honor. Read led CGA to its third consecutive sectional title.

CGA Golfers in a three-peat Led by all-state player Lauren Read ’16, the CGA golf team captured its third consecutive sectional title. The team shot a 363 total on the Beechwood Golf Course in LaPorte, Ind., for an amazing 39-stroke advantage over runner-up LaPorte. Read shot an 82 on the par-74 course for second place with junior Hannah Brumback tied for third at 84. Amanda Kurteff finished with an 89. The team posted a 12-2 dual match record.

Cross Country runners advance to semistates

Gridders peak at right time

The CMA cross country team advanced to the New Prairie semistate after taking third place in the regional, which was run on Culver’s five-kilometer course. Zach Dunlap was the highest-placing Eagle, coming in 12th at 16 minutes, 48.1 seconds. Shane Pursch finished 18th and Justin Matei was 21st in the 89-runner field.

The football team hit its stride at exactly the right time, claiming its second Class 3A sectional championship with a 23-21 victory over the Garrett Railroaders. The first title came in 2000 when assistant coach Ibrahim Fetuga ’01 was a senior. The 2000 season was also the first played under the lights at Oliver Field.

At the semistate, Dunlap finished 47th out of 176 runners. His time was 16:44.2, nearly four seconds faster than his regional time. Mary Terhune was the only CGA runner to advance to the semistate. She finished 104th out of 178 runners with a 21:11.2. Both teams finished third in their respective sectionals. Dunlap paced CMA with a seventh-place finish. He was followed by Matei, Hallin Burgan, Shane Pursch, and Jose Figueroa. Terhune led CGA, finishing sixth in a field of 57. CGA’s top five runners included Annie Shea, Stephanie Ma, Jozie Gregg, and Chase Cortes.

CMA advanced to the title game with a 57-28 romp over Lakeland in the semifinals and a 24-21 come-from-behind victory over Fairfield in the first round. The Fairfield victory was also coach Andy Dorrel’s 100th career win in 18 years at the helm of the Eagles. That put Dorrel in the record books with Russ Oliver (138 career wins) and Dave Nelson (110) as among Culver’s top coaches. Dorrell has coached both of CMA’s sectional champions. The season ended with a 21-14 loss to Mishawaka Marian in the regional. The Eagles finished 7-6.

Read was named to the 2015 all-state team, becoming just the second player in CGA history to receive the honor. The first was Caroline Haase ’03, who received the honor four times.

Sailing moves forward Starting the season without a permanent head coach, it was uncertain how successful this year’s sailing team would be. But the sailing program put together a great season, highlighted by a ninth-place finish at the Great Oaks Qualifiers. The team focused on continued development, not only bringing on new sailors but also increasing racing exposure for all. The top honors went to Andrew Crowell and Logan Kephart for the Most Improved Boat; Oscar Casas and Neri Min for the Most Valuable Boat; and John Henderson and Annie Evans received the Jonathan Livingston Seagull Award.




More than 200 players, family, and friends c What Coach Clark says …

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“It’s turned into a pretty emotional day for me. The theme that seems to be coming up tonight is that I don’t say very much, so I’m going to make up for the last 40 years. I got a lot of stuff to talk about.”

come to Culver, has been special, very rewarding. I’ve loved almost every minute of it.” “It is the quality of the individual graduating from Culver, not necessarily the quality of the hockey player that is graduating from Culver, which is ultimately going to be most important thing.” “This is a group of individuals that anyone would be proud to associate with. You look around this room and I feel pretty proud to have been a part of your lives and your development.” “I’m a very competitive person, still. If we play golf, I am going to want to beat you to a pulp on the golf course. If I can.”

Former Prep players, left to right, Connor Bartelman ’13, Connor Kucera ’10, Luke Kucera ’11, Tieg Alward ’11, and Mark Siatta ’11 join Coach Clark for a keepsake photo.

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“I am confident we have the pieces in place to make the program even better than it has been and move forward with the goals and ideals that are the Culver way.”

“This program did not get where it is just because of me. There’s a lot of people who’s done a lot of things to make this program everything that it is today. I have had the pleasure over the years to coach with a number of very dedicated and talented people … “We tried to establish a tradition of working hard every day … doing things the right way, having respect for people, respecting your opponent, respecting the game.” “Culver’s a special place and the opportunity I’ve had to teach the type of students, the type of individuals who


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Cutting the ribbon for the new girls hockey locker room are former players, left to right, Jessica Priewe ’01, Lea Armendariz ’01, Molly Engstrom ’01, Katie Maroney ’03, and Ali Turney Jones ’01 with daughter Skala.

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About Coach Clark … “Al Clark has some of the fiercest pride I have ever seen. But pride and ego aren’t the same things. Pride is in his work ethic and his ethics itself, in his program, his school and how you guys represented yourselves … pride combined with competitiveness.” – John Bacon (former intern and assistant to Clark in 1986-87)

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“It’s not the opportunity to make millions as professionals, but the opportunity to go to college and play hockey and get an education. … For allowing us the opportunity and providing girls who love hockey with vision, passion, and the desire to go somewhere in their lives, and to enjoy the game along the way, thank you Culver. We are tremendously grateful. — Molly Engstrom ’01 (U.S. Olympian and head girls’ hockey coach at Kimball Union Academy)

Barry Richter ’89 skates among a group of youngsters during a youth hockey clinic. The session was available to hockey alumni children and select Upper and Woodcraft campers. Joining Richter as instructors were Karch Bachman ’15, Kevin Dean ’87, Nic Dowd ’08, Molly Engstrom ’01, John Michael Liles ’99, Gary Suter ’82, and Ryan Suter ’03.

other, and in the Culver hockey program. He made us believe because he believed in us … and we believed in him.” — Jim Schacht ’81 (Alumni Hockey Reunion Chair)

Whether he liked it or not, Coach Al Clark was the center of attention for much of the weekend, and rightly so. Clark retired in June as after 38 years as a hockey coach, math instructor, and athletic director.

“Al Clark is a man of conviction, dedication, focus, determination … he made us believe in ourselves, in each

“Al Clark’s legacy is the people in this room. You are his legacy, and the reason is, he has imbued in you the values that for 40 years have made this the finest hockey program in America. And the reason that is important is that you turn around and you give those values to the people you coach, the people you teach, the people you lead in your corporations, and perhaps most importantly, your kids, the next generation. And your kids will pass it on to the generation after that. And that legacy will outlive us all.” — Bacon “Culver hockey was important to each and every one of us, and no one is more important to Culver hockey than Coach Al Clark.” — Schacht



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S ustainability Academies pursues opportunities to conserve and protect resources

Sustainability Director

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t its core, something is sustainable if it can continue indefinitely. From a management standpoint, a sustainable business or institution — one, like Culver, built for the long haul — is one that not only pays attention to the financial bottom line, but also maximizes environmental and social components in its operations. In the context of our environment, sustainability implies we should leave our place — campus, community, country, and planet — better than when we found it. Sustainability adherents believe conservation and stewardship are admirable traits that should be promoted and valued. Culver’s Mission Statement captures this concept succinctly when it states we educate students to be responsible citizens. In this light, Culver has been sustainable, before sustainable was cool. The founders of the Woodcraft Camp were also early leaders in the national conservation movement. In 1987, the Academies, recognizing the value a healthy lake has to our school and community, became a founding partner in the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council (LMEC). So, what does sustainability really mean for Culver? According to Head of Schools John Buxton: “Culver’s mission to develop responsible citizens includes an obligation to integrate environmental stewardship and sustainable practices in all that we do. To this end, Culver strives to conserve and protect natural resources and support their sustainable use; minimize waste and emissions from our operations to the maximum extent practicable; and educate and raise awareness throughout our community by integrating environmental principles in curricular and student life.” While Culver can point to some impressive accomplishments over the years regarding sustainability, we still have some work to do to benchmark and measure our performance. Culver’s

Sustainability Leadership Team (SLT) is currently developing these metrics, which along with implementing a sustainability plan, will enable us to determine progress toward our sustainability goals. Certainly sustainability is about leadership. At the national and international level, business, governmental, and educational leaders must navigate the many resource and climate challenges our world will face in the coming decades. Sustainability principles will be crucial to finding solutions to these challenges; young leaders, including Culver graduates, must be part of this solution. Frankly, at Culver, our community expects us to be environmentally responsible. Teaching and modeling sustainability principles at Culver is foundational to preparing young people to lead and to be responsible citizens in this dynamic and changing world. For Culver to continue to develop as a leader in environmental sustainability, we must be able to “walk the talk.” Educational institutions and businesses recognized as sustainability leaders invest in their infrastructure and programming with a long-term perspective. One investment mechanism Culver is currently evaluating is called a Green Revolving Fund (GRF). A GRF is a selfmanaged fund used to finance energy and water efficiency projects. The fund loans money to specific projects, which then repay the loan through an internal account transfer from savings achieved in Culver’s utility budget. Such funds are increasingly common with colleges and universities but rare at the secondary school level. An opportunity for leadership awaits! To illustrate sustainability today at Culver, we share four initiatives: our pollinator prairie, Lake Maxinkuckee, a food summit/hub, and recycling. Each of them illustrates how Culver students, faculty, and staff, in collaboration with other agencies and individuals, are exploring and pursuing sustainability.

Sustainability Leadership Team The Sustainability Leadership Team (SLT) meets monthly. Its purpose is to provide advice and guidance to the Sustainability Director and the Head of Schools on sustainability matters. SLT members for 2015-16 are: Commandant Captain Mike Neller Dean of Girls Lynn Rasch ’76 Academic Deans Kathy Lintner, Kevin MacNeil, and Josh Pretzer Facilities Director Jeff Kutch Facilities Project Coordinator Darrell Garbacik Food Services Director Lee Willhite and Assistant Director Carol Buchanan Acting Director of Advancement Mike Hogan Science Instructor Eric March Summer School Director Don Fox ’75 Strategic Communications Director Bill Hargraves ’77 Co-chairs of Student Green Life Committee Stephanie Ma ’16 (Indianapolis) and Ethan Carter ’16 (Aurora, Colorado) Join our Alumni Advisory Committee Do you have experience or training in developing sustainability projects in your business or community? Do you have success stories or best practices to share? Pitfalls to avoid? Would you like to share your knowledge with Culver’s Sustainability Leadership Team?  Culver is establishing an Alumni Advisory Committee on Sustainability. The intent is to tap our alumni network to provide advice and guidance to Culver’s sustainability team. If you are interested in participating or know someone who might be, contact Chris Kline at chris. or (574) 261-2740.

For more information, check out Culver’s sustainability blog (

LEFT: The Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) is one of many beneficiaries of the Academies’ sustainability initiatives. Haberland photo.



Sustainability Director Chris Kline ’82 stands in an area north of the old airport that will become part of an expanded pollinator prairie.

Director Chris Kline ’82

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by Doug Haberland, Editor When it came time to consider hiring a sustainability director to coordinate and oversee the Academies effort, Chris Kline ’82 was the logical choice. “He’s a Culver guy with impeccable academic credentials and a career in sustainability,” Head of Schools John Buxton said. “Chris is a Culver parent who is energized by the idea of working with students and sharing his vision. “If we expect our students to become responsible citizens and leaders, they need to understand the concept of sustainability in all areas of life. We needed to start their training and awareness process now,” Buxton said. “We want Chris to help lead the integration efforts linking leadership with sustainability and social entrepreneurship.”   Hired in June 2014, Kline is working with various campus stakeholders to lessen Culver’s environmental footprint and to provide educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. He is also a senior instructor in the Leadership Department, teaching an eleventh-grade course on Ethics, Character and Leadership. As the son of a retired instructor, a graduate, and a Culver parent, the dual roles are an opportunity for Kline to give back to a place that “is in my blood” and to put his professional experience to work in and out of the classroom. “I’ve had the opportunity to work in the private (fifteen years) and public (eleven years) sectors on various projects and challenges we now consider to be part of sustainability. I feel I can bring this experience to Culver,” Kline said. “For eight years I worked as a staff member on a U.S. Senate Committee charged with conducting investigations into many environmental issues. I learned much about environmental laws and regulations, but more importantly how to be persistent, careful, and skeptical. 

In the private sector, I had responsibility for the business unit. Nothing focuses the mind so much as having to meet a bottom line. I try to put these experiences to use in the classroom and in my role as Sustainability Director.” Prior to joining Culver, Kline was a principal and director of Business Development for Cardno JFNew, an environmental consulting and restoration firm in Walkerton, Indiana. Kline ensured his unit’s revenue met financial targets. He also managed federal contracts with the Department of Interior and General Services Administration. During his tenure with JFNew, Kline also served as regional director and federal practice team leader. Kline graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. After graduating he worked as a research associate for the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies. In 1989, he joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs in Washington, D.C., and worked eight years for former U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio. Kline returned to Culver in 1998 to join his father, Robert, in NorCen Insurance, a business started by his grandfather in 1923. From there, he moved to Tecumseh Professional Associates Inc. as a project manager and policy analyst. Kline earned his MBA at the University of Notre Dame during this time, joining JFNew in 2006. His mother, Carolyn Kline, retired after twenty-three years with the Academies as an English instructor and CGA Dean of Girls (1990-94). His grandmother, Ruth Kline, worked in the business office during the 1970s. Kline is the father of daughters Maeve W’09, ’14 and Nora ’19 and sons Francis ’15 and Patrick W’13, ’17. Former Communications Intern Meagan Maes contributed to this article.




Pollinator Prairie

WILL TOUCH MANY Multiple groups involved with creating a future research lab for students and Woodcraft

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hen Reilly Combs ’16 (LaPorte, Indiana) first learned about the connection between native wildflower prairies, pollinator species, and our food supply, he wanted to do something about it.


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“The world’s population continues to increase and we have to find a way to feed everyone. Creating habitat for pollinator species is a critical part of addressing this issue,” Combs said recently. “Plants need pollinators.”

Part of the Academies’ graduation requirement is to complete a community service project, so Combs began working with Chris Kline, Leadership Department instructor and the Academies’ Sustainability Director, to determine what he could do.

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About the same time, Scott Fetters, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Private Lands biologist for northern Indiana, approached the Academies with information about the FWS Pollinator Program. “I knew the Academies had some property that had great potential to be converted to prairie. With its education mission, I thought it would be a great match for our program,” Fetters said.

that acre-and-a-half prairie will be enhanced with a diverse native wildflower seed mix and an additional three acres of pollinator habitat will be created on the south side of Indiana 10 adjacent to the original project. The expanded prairie will enable students to conduct a wider array of natural area observations and research. As the project moves forward, it is attracting additional interest and support around campus. As part of their Service Leadership project, cadets Nate Prikkel ’16 (Dayton, Ohio) and Shane Halfenberg ’16 (Los Angeles) are building approximately 100 habitat boxes which will be installed throughout the Academies’ campus, including the periphery of the new pollinator prairie. The Academies’ Boy Scout Troop 209, under the guidance of Deputy Commandant Colonel Warren Foersch (USMC, retired), will be clearing some invasive Autumn Olive that is encroaching on the prairie.

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Located just a few hundred yards from the Woodcraft Camp, the prairie is ideally suited to serve as an outdoor lab for the 725 campers there, said Woodcraft Camp Director Heike Spahn. “This prairie will be a great resource for campers taking any of our nature classes. In addition, I’m expecting we’ll incorporate the plants from the prairie into our Indian lore curriculum,” she said.

Academies’ Grounds Department Director David Blalock (center) shows Reilly Combs (left) and Shane Halfenberg a diagram outlining the new pollinator prairie. The project is a joint effort of the Academies, the Fish & Wildlife Service, Indiana DNR, Ducks Unlimited, and Culver’s Boy Scout troop.

All of this was of great interest to Academies’ biology teacher Kris Little ’75. In 2008, Little was responsible for creating an acre-anda-half native prairie just north of Fleet Field. “Establishing native plantings around campus just makes good sense,” Little said. “In addition to creating habitat for pollinator species, like bees and butterflies, native plants improve soil health, filter storm water, sequester carbon, and are more drought and disease resistant than non-native or ornamental plants.” Little and fellow biology teacher Eric March regularly take students out to the smaller prairie to illustrate various ecological principles. Little recounts that it took a good bit of education to convince various Academies officials to permit the original prairie to be created. Of particular concern was potential risks to the Bird Sanctuary if prescribed burn-offs would be used to maintain it. “We still haven’t cracked that nut,” Little said. Fast forward to the fall of 2015. Now, with support from FWS, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Ducks Unlimited,

Culver Academies seniors, left to right, Reilly Combs, Nathan Prikkel, and Shane Halfenberg locate stakes around the perimeter of a new pollinator prairie for future habitat boxes. The three are involved as part of their senior community service project, a graduation requirement.

In addition to helping with some of the field work, like marking the boundary and preparing the project area, Combs is putting together educational material for use at Woodcraft. “I’m really excited to see this project take off,” said Combs, who plans to study to be a physician’s assistant in college. “I can’t wait to come back to Culver over the next few years and see how the prairie develops.” — Chris Kline ’82




Hole in the Woods Farm Faculty couple are living a balanced and bountiful life

It is not too far from the Culver Academies — only about a ten- to fifteen-minute drive. You are likely to drive past it altogether, as the farm cannot be seen from the road. However, once you discover the “hole in the woods” and then follow the long and winding two-track, there is no mistake that you have arrived. It is a kind of through-thewardrobe-to-Narnia experience as you then come upon the first garden — wildflowers where Black-Eyed-Susans turn to face the sun. The log cabin, set behind the flower garden, invites you with its front porch and swing. The thirty-five-acre Hole in the Woods Farm is the home of Culver faculty members Chad Gard and Xenia Czifrik. Chad Gard and Xenia Czifrik A faculty member since 2005, Gard teaches Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and gives private lessons in percussion and music composition. Czifrik joined the faculty in 2004 and teaches physics. In addition to their many responsibilities as


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instructors, they maintain their organic farm. “We simply work all of the time,” Gard said, “but enjoy the work.” The farm was purchased and planting began in 2010. In the summer of 2011, Gard and Czifrik were married on their farm. “(At the farm), we use terms like sustainable, natural, organic, authentic, and intentional, and focus on good stewardship,” Gard explained. “I often think of it as ‘fair,’ as in we’re doing what we do in a way that impacts as little as possible other people’s and other living things’ ability to do what they do. “Another way I think of it is (that) we’re attempting to be net producers. Everyone is a consumer. You actually can’t live without consuming. And our economy is completely dependent on the consumer. Xenia and I aren’t there yet; but our hope is that at some point we will produce more than we consume, which is the balance all of humanity would need to reach if human society is to be truly sustainable on the Earth,” Gard said.

All Photos provided

By Kristen Counts

The farm is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). “It sets high standards for organic practices and professional development,” Gard said, “CNG is billed as the grassroots alternative to USDA organic.” Gard first became interested in organic farming in 2007. He read “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” by Barbara Kingsolver, which led him to decide to try to eat a diet completely supplied by local organic farmers for one year, including produce he planned to grow in his own small organic garden. Gard remembers the results: “My blood levels were better. I felt better. I taught better.” Czifrik remembers a “doggie play date” early in their relationship where Gard had prepared a simple dinner of grassHoney with hyssop fed beef roast (from a local farmer) and purple heirloom potatoes (from his garden). “They tasted so real!” Czifrik said. Perhaps the dinner took her back to her childhood, a period when she spent much time on family farms in Slovakia. This was where Czifrik first gardened. She said that both sets of grandparents lived on homesteads where they grew or raised most of what they ate. She recalled that her grandparents bought very little from the store. “One of the main philosophical things for our farm is that everything has multiple purposes,” Gard said. “For example, we are building a fence for the dogs that will also be an arbor for hardy kiwi and also a shade structure for mushrooms.” In a fenced garden plot, ducks eat insects off of potato plants while also providing eggs, fertilizing the ground, and eating some of the weeds. The ducks are removed from the plot for a certain time period before the harvest.

Gard and Czifrik clearly are passionate about living in a way that is intentional and is mindful of the earth’s resources. A few more examples of how they carry this out: • They have a geothermal system for heating and cooling, which uses much less electricity than the more commonly used systems. • A wood stove provides some heat for the house as well as being used for some cooking. • They do not have garbage pickup. “Instead, we compost (via our worm bin) everything we can and recycle almost everything else,” Gard said. “I haul all of the non-compostable, non-recyclable garbage to a transfer station about once a year.” The couple produced one-twelfth of the garbage as the average two-person American family this past year, even though their waste includes that which comes from the farm. Hole in the Woods Farm is very much involved in supporting several local organizations. The couple have donated gift certificates, body care products, and art to fundraising efforts including the Culver Academies’ parents auction, the Boys and Girls Club’s fundraiser, and the Moontree Festival at nearby Ancilla College. Many tubes of lip balm have been donated for the participants of the Lake Maxinkuckee Triathlon. Gard and Czifrik also sell their produce and products at the Culver Farmers’ Market as well as selling produce to the Culver Academies. Produce and products include 275 varieties of vegetables and fruits, duck eggs, honey, cutting flowers, and body care products.

“When you strive to collaborate with nature, you learn to be mindful of the seasons, the needs of a myriad of living things, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of an ecosystem. It is a humbling experience to serve something greater than we are instead of trying to conquer it with invasive procedures,” Czifrik said. “We’re pretty close to where we could eat almost entirely (our complete food intake) from our farm,” Gard said. “During the summer months, we probably get about eighty percent of our food from our farm with eighteen percent coming from other local sources. The remaining two percent is the occasional meal out or things we simply can’t produce ourselves, such as salt, vanilla, exotic spices, etc.” The couple purchases their meat from local organic farmers. “During the school year, the farm probably provides about twenty percent of our diet. … The reality of being Culver faculty finds us on campus through most meal times, so the bulk of our food comes from the dining hall,” Gard said.

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Editor's note: Freelance writer Kristen Counts is frequent contributor to Culver Alumni Magazine. A Culver resident, she and husband Nick Counts, Math Department Chair, are parents of Ruthie, a Woodcrafter.




e k a L axinkuckee M HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORITY Integrated into the science curriculum, the lake serves as real-life classroom By Chris Kline '82 We sail on it. We swim in it. We walk by it and gaze at it. Perhaps the most common bond we who love Culver share is our interaction with and appreciation for Lake Maxinkuckee. We share that bond with Henry Harrison Culver, who in an 1893 interview described some of his earliest memories with the lake: I spent the whole summer (of 1883) by the side of the lake. I fished nearly all day, and lived in a tent. When fall came, I was a different man, it had such a glorious effect on my health that I determined to acquire property here. Lake Maxinkuckee is a 1,864-acre kettle lake created approximately 15,000 years ago by the receding glaciers.


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Kettle lakes are depressions in the earth’s crust left behind after partially buried ice blocks melt and the depression is filled with water. The lake is 2.6 miles long and 1.6 miles wide with a maximum depth of eighty-eight feet and an average depth of twenty-four feet. (Source: Lake Maxinkuckee Watershed Management Plan, page 11.) We also know much about the ecology of Lake Maxinkuckee. Between 1899 and 1985, seventeen scientific investigations were conducted on the lake. The most extensive survey of the lake was that of the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, which maintained a field station on the lake between 1899 and 1914. From 1965 to today however, the lake has had over sixty individual research studies done by various organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana University,

member John Babcock ’56, with board members including former trustees B.B Culver and John Henderson and Superintendent Ralph Manuel, LMEC/LMEF has undertaken an intensive, methodic effort to steward the lake and its watershed. The Academies and LMEC built the first man-made wetland in the state (the Wilson Wetland, just east of the Bird Sanctuary, in 1987), according to current LMEC Director Kathy Clark, “From this major undertaking, the Academies has always been a valuable member of the LMEC, trading concerns, ideas, and solutions for everything involving the lake’s ecosystems and its preservation,” Clark said. “Either through their volunteer efforts working on the council, mutual projects, or through their financial support, they have never let us down.”  As the watershed’s largest landowner, the Academies has shouldered the responsibility well, added LMEC Board Chairman Allen Chesser. A review of LMEC/LMEF board members from 1982 to the present is testament to the deep involvement the Academies has had with the organization over the years. More than thirty Academies faculty, staff, or alumni have served on one or both boards over the years. Current Academies representatives on the LMEC include biology teacher Eric March and Grounds Supervisor David Blalock.

Armed with this wealth of research and testing, the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council (LMEC) has been instrumental in protecting and preserving the lake and its watershed for more than thirty years. Today, due to these efforts, Indiana’s second-largest natural lake is judged to be in an almost pristine state by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Founded originally as The Lake Management Committee in 1981, the LMEC and its fundraising arm, the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund (LMEF), have had a close, mutually beneficial, and productive relationship with the Academies. First chaired by retired Academies faculty

Blalock said several positive steps have been taken over the years to benefit water quality in the lake. “Probably the most significant thing we have done is to almost completely eliminate phosphorous-based fertilizer from our grounds maintenance activities,” he said. “We took

EagleCam photo by Lew Kopp W'66, '71

and Purdue University as well as many studies commissioned by the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council.

March, an LMEC member for four years, integrates the lake into his courses’ curriculum “directly and indirectly. Directly, we go out and do water sampling, as well as testing some of the wetlands. Indirectly, we discuss the past eutrophication of the lake, the decision to install wetlands, and the impact that the wetlands have on the quality of the water in the lake. … All the students are aware of the lake, but almost none of them have any idea how much work goes into keeping the lake in the pristine condition it is in. They are always amazed at the fact that a wetland can do so much to keep the water quality high. It’s fantastic to be able to give the students a real life example to illustrate the concepts that we’re talking about.”



Photo by Eric March.


Kirby Hart and Marina Fernandez de la Cuesta perform water-quality testing as part of their biology class.

Despite these successes, more remains to be done. Throughout the Lake Maxinkuckee watershed, pollutant runoff from agricultural practices as well as storm water runoff from ongoing development and associated hardscape represents a continuing threat to the ecological health of the lake. In this regard, the Academies has an opportunity to continue to exercise leadership in the stewardship of the lake. March would like to see some attention given to the waterfront. “We have a lot of cement break walls, and I’d love to see those turned into rocky coastline to help break up the wave energy as well as provide an opportunity for wildlife to come ashore. It would make the shoreline more aesthetically pleasing as well. I would also like to see more raingardens and bioswales to help absorb some of the runoff from the large expanses of grass we have on campus before it gets to the lake.” These ideas, collectively referred to as green infrastructure, are increasingly common in communities which value lakes and rivers. An appropriate next step for the Academies would be to develop a green infrastructure plan which would apply


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biological and engineering analysis to areas around campus to identify green projects to implement. Such a plan which would help address what is done with storm water and waste water is particularly important given the plans to continue expanding the Academies’ infrastructure. Certainly these thoughts were far from H.H. Culver’s mind as he fished the banks of Aubbeenuabbee Bay more than 130 years ago. However, the leadership and foresight he demonstrated in founding the school will continue to be called upon to steward this beautiful resource now and into the future. Photo by Eric March.

this step more than ten years ago, after water-testing data showed heavy phosphorous loading into the lake. More recent testing has shown those levels to be dropping. … I’m also quite proud of the numerous steps we have taken to manage the impacts on the lake from our horsemanship activities.”

Tori Styers inspects her catch during her biology class at Lake Maxinkuckee.




Managing campus waste is a shared responsibility Photo by Communications Summer Intern Luke Buxton.

Camp. While recycle containers are ubiquitous across campus, there is still an opportunity to expand our program more comprehensively to individual dorm and barracks’ rooms. While Culver is diverting more from the landfill than ever before, there is substantial room to improve. Our goal is to soon institute zero waste events and programs.

Woodcrafters learn the value of recycling.

Managing the amount of waste created by an institution of Culver’s size is not easy. Tons of waste are generated here every week. Unneeded stuff has to go someplace – whether it is a landfill, waste-to-energy facility, reused, or recycled. From a sustainability perspective, Culver’s mission implies we cannot be of the mind set of simply “throwing things away.” Our greatest challenge in managing waste is creating a sense of shared responsibility for what we produce and consume. We have a number of programs in place to manage our waste and minimize what we send to the landfill. Key among these programs is recycling. In place since the early 1990s, the program expanded beyond the barracks and dorms this past summer to Woodcraft

Another significant step in Culver’s efforts to reduce the waste sent to the landfill took place in the winter of 2013 with the installation of an industrial strength food pulper in the Dining Hall. This machine enables the Food Services staff to grind up a significant portion of our food waste, which is then transferred to a compost pile maintained by Facilities. Our goal is to develop a quality compost material that could be used in our landscaping or as part of a revitalized community garden. Finally, some material can’t be composted, traditionally recycled, or sent to a landfill. For more than a decade, Culver has been responsibly handling this material through a partnership with the Marshall County Solid Waste District. As a result, a large amount of e-waste, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, tires, chemicals, paint and other material have been diverted from the landfill and appropriately recycled, managed or disposed. This largely behind-thescenes effort is the result of much hard work by the Facilities staff. — Chris Kline ’82 CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE


Waste & Recycling BY THE NUMBERS

26 tons

of paper/

cardboard were recycled in 2014, up from 12.3 tons in 2010.

Aluminum/plastic recycling (mixed) increased from 5.6 tons in 2010 to

18 tons


of waste was

composted in 2015, up from

6 cubic yards in 2013.

more than 4

in 2014.

24 cubic In 2013-14,

large dump truck loads of electronic

equipment were recycled.

30,000 fluorescent bulbs 127 large appliances 1,400 tires

and ballasts have been diverted from landfills since 2005.



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were disposed

of in the last ten years.


Crowdfunding TO SATISFY


In 2014, providing Woodcraft campers with refillable water bottles eliminated the purchase of more than 13,000 disposable plastic water bottles in one summer. This program would have been even more successful had there been a method of filling the reusable bottles more easily. To address this and other funding issues, Culver has developed the crowdfunding site which allows donors to support specific projects and programs and have a direct impact on current students’ experiences. Green Life, the student environmental group, and Sustainability Director Chris Kline ’82 are behind the effort to raise funding for water stations on campus and for gooseneck faucets in bathrooms, both of which will allow students to refill water bottles more easily. Cole Winchester (Plano, Texas) created a video for the website as part of his Senior Service Practicum. The goal is funding for seven water stations on campus at a cost of $2,000 each, plus another 30 gooseneck faucets

at $200 each. That would provide for one faucet in each main dorm and unit bathroom, plus one in each Woodcraft unit. As of Dec. 1, the crowdfunding site had surpassed its $10,000 goal by raising $10,611 with 10 days still to go. The full $20,000 needed was a second-tier goal, said Culver Fund Officer Katie Taylor ’11, who was heading the Development Office effort.

of all donations go directly to the project and the donations are tax deductible. The Academies is the first secondary school to use crowdfunding. To donate to the water station/faucet project, or to learn more about the Academies’ other crowdfunding opportunities, visit

Besides the benefits to students and to the environment, there are inherent benefits to the donor, Taylor noted. Impact Culver allows people to target their donation to specific projects and see their donations at work within the year, Taylor said. Plus, 100 percent

For more about the Academies’ other crowdfunding opportunities, visit CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE



Food Hub

Photo by Trent Miles.

AT THE CENTER OF A SOLUTION that within a thirty-mile radius of Culver are situated major producers of eggs, milk, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Much of that produce goes into national, instead of local, markets. From that session, faculty and staff began participating in a broader community discussion about food. These discussions are expected to lead to a communitywide Food Summit, to include farmers and other local food producers, schools, restaurants, business leaders, and local officials.

One possible outcome of these various forums would be for a local Chef Larry Surrisi takes a group of Mennonite farmers on a tour of the Dining Hall kitchen. The area farmers may or regional food hub to become provide fruits and vegetables in the future. established in our community. A food hub is a market mechanism Certainly food unites us at Culver, where our dining services which enables local food producers to sell their produce to the team prepares and serves hundreds of thousands of meals every hub, typically a for-profit business. Large consumers, like the year. Like anywhere else, Culver’s food must be reliable, safe, Academies, would have an easier time purchasing locally grown nutritious and enjoyable. Unlike many institutions, it serves a food through this one-stop-shop market. Food hubs are develrange of palates – international and regional, young and old. oping around the country. Three exist in Indiana: Indianapolis, This past summer, a faculty panel addressed food issues at Culver. Lafayette, and Bloomington. Chef Larry Surrisi and faculty member Chad Gard (profiled on Another action from these meetings is an ongoing discussion page 28) discussed some of the challenges of making our dining with area Mennonite farmers and the Food Services staff about services more sustainable. Among the questions asked was how the farmers providing the school with a regular supply of locally to provide more locally grown food for our school and in the grown fruits and vegetables. broader community where faculty and staff live. Panelists noted


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Tracy Fox, a Registered Dietitian and a nutrition and agriculture policy expert, is working with Academies’ staff, students, and parents, as well as the larger Culver community to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

“Education and collaboration are the first steps in implementing projects or initiatives,” Nowalk said. “By working together with other high schoolers to better understand this issue and how it can be tackled, we can have a positive effect on our community.”

“Culver offers a unique setting to promote local, healthy foods,” Fox said. “From the Academies’ dining services, to the local community schools, to the food pantry, we have some great options to help local and regional farmers find outlets for their foods while at the same time helping those most in need make ends meet.”

— Chris Kline ’82

Studies show that we eat better and waste less when we know and are connected to where our food is produced, Fox added. Culver continues to explore the broader question of food security/insecurity through several Humanities courses. For the last six years the Global Studies Institute has participated in the World Food Prize Conference. Last year’s conference at Purdue University was an eye-opener for Senior Prefect Clare Nowalk ’16 (Culver). As part of her Service Leadership Practicum, she is now coordinating a student food summit involving area schools to discuss food issues. “The speeches I heard and the conversations I participated in exposed me to a reality … poverty, low mortality rates, food insecurity, disease, inequality, malnutrition — they’re all connected. This realization not only broadened how I view hunger and undernourishment on a global scale, but opened my eyes to the fact that these issues are also prevalent within our local community and that it is just as important to solve the issue here as anywhere else.

A food hub is a market mechanism which enables local food producers to sell their produce to the hub, typically a for-profit business. Large consumers, like the Academies, would have an easier time purchasing locally grown food through this one-stop-shop market.



eggs fruits & Veggies meats & Poultry Brans & grains

local farm supply

common market Food hub Open accountable relationship based mission driven

hospitals local demand

grocers community

groups workplaces



ClassNews Photo contributed.

Class news published in this issue was received and processed as of September 30, 2015. Class news for the Academies graduates and Culver Summer Schools & Camps alumni is combined under the graduation decade. Names in bold italics indicate those who are alumni of CSSC.

1960s Robert C. Goodwin W’55, ’60 of South Windsor, Conn., is still working in psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and in private practice. He missed his 55th reunion, but is already looking forward to the 60th. E. James Breech W’56, ’61, founder of Cougar Global, a leader in the ETF portfolio management industry, recently completed a transaction that enabled all his investors to get liquid. James and Vicki are staying on to take the company to the next level. The couple live in Orono, Ontario.

Ross Chapin ’71 and Eric Phoun ’03 joined the same adult rowing team at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle without knowing they both took their first strokes on Lake Maxinkuckee. They soon figured out their shared past, and dug up their varsity sweaters for a picture on the boathouse dock. Ross is a managing director at Parametric, an alternative investment manager, and Eric is a manager in the international tax practice for KPMG. Even though they hadn’t rowed since Culver, they both raced in the same shell at the U.S. Rowing Northwest Masters Regatta and earned a bronze in the Mixed 8+.

1950s Robert M. Neff ’53 details his memories of Naval School in the summer of 1949 and his 1949-50 plebe year at CMA in six chapters of his e-book “Imperflections.” “I’m sure things have changed (but) thanks for the memories,” writes Robert, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant living in Powell, N.Y.

Stanley K. Henshaw ’56 is enjoying retirement with wife Charlotte in Pittsboro, N.C. He continues to do a little consulting from home for the Guttmacher Institute in New York.

A. Carson Smity N’53, ’55 is healthy and practicing law in Amarillo, Texas.

Thelma and Frederick R. Willkie ’57 downsized and moved from North Carolina to Wichita, Kan., to be closer to children and grandchildren. The Willkies celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 4, 2015. “It’s not age, it’s attitude that counts,” Fred writes.

Robert H. Bon Durant W’51, ’56 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is looking forward to a good turnout for his 60th reunion in May 2016.

“When do we ever learn?” asks Joe M. Inabnett N’56, ’58 of New Orleans. He has retired from law practice, but still goes to the office.

Reporting from Grand Blanc, Mich., Richard C. Hockstad ’55 is “loving Del Webb and all that goes with it.”


William H. Friedman W’51, ’56 enjoyed the summer in Maine with family and plenty of lobster, boating, and golf. Bill and Hilary spend the rest of the year in St. Louis.

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Arthur W. Campbell NB’61 of San Diego came out of retirement to play polo in a memorial tournament honoring a close friend and then wrote an article for the July 2015 issue of POLO Players’ Edition magazine. Art retired from polo in 2013 after a fall injured the nerves in his shoulder. Jules R. Heritier W’57, ’61 lives in Santa Cruz, N.M., with his wife, Linda. He paints six hours a day, working on commissioned portraits, and writes. His second book, “River of Lost Souls,” is due out in February 2016. Russ also gets up at 4 a.m. every day and runs four miles. Michael E. Bussard ’63 of Murfreesboro, Tenn., authors books on ammunition and shooting. He got reconnected with Culver through an inquiry from a Texas genealogist who was researching his father, who was killed in World War II.

1970s Roger J. Karny ’70 of Denver retired after 30 years with the Adams County Department of Social Services. He is now embarking on a writing career on topics such as history, politics, religion, philosophy, and himself! Anthony W. Black ’78 is the general counsel for the Arkansas Department of Information in Little Rock.

Donald Kojich ’78 retired on Sept. 11, 2015, as the chief relations officer at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Don writes he is “looking forward to flexibility and freedom in my life” as he and Betty transition to Champaign, Ill.

1980s Alexandra Michelle Red ’85 is a poet and teacher with a Master of Fine Art in creative writing. She is a Seattle Arts and Lectures Writer-in-Residence and her poems have been published in The Pitkin, Quay, and SNReview. She is one of seven founding members of the Oratrix Spoken Word.

FROM THE LEGION PRESIDENT Strong giving percentages say ‘we have a great school' My last message addressed “resolving the paradox.” That paradox is the divide between what we believe are extraordinary Culver experiences vs. the low average participation percentage in our annual Culver Fund campaigns. We made headway in fiscal year 2014-2015 (which ended June 30) moving from 22 percent to 26 percent participation. Thank you. Over 70 percent of the last year’s Culver Fund gifts were between $1 and $250. Your gift, and every gift, makes a difference.

Nadezhda “Nadia" (Robinson) Sexton ’86 lives in Jersey City, N.J., with her husband, Dan, and two stepsons. Nadia works from home for Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest foundation dedicated to foster youth.

Strong annual giving percentages and volunteering within your classes or at local Culver Clubs are perhaps the most visible way to say “we have a great school” to a large audience.


In addition to these themes, your board hosted class volunteers and Culver Club chapter officers for its annual Volunteer Leadership Weekend at its September meeting. And we welcomed five newly elected Legion directors to the board: Meg Dinwiddie Burk ’91 (Indianapolis), Kim Hinshaw Tharin ’91 (Chicago), Bobby Christoph ’96 (Miami Beach, Fla.), John Akalaonu ’98 (Naperville, Ill.), and Katie Anderson ’02 (Chicago).

Todd D. Pohnert W’86, ’90 is a warrant officer and lives in Hattiesburg, Miss. He is training for a triathlon. Eric A. Sisley W’85, ’90 of Pasadena, Calif., has started playing wheelchair rugby. He has been a quadriplegic since suffering a spinal cord injury in a bike accident in June 2014. Eric was a coffee roaster, artist, and athlete prior to the injury. The Canlis Restaurant in Seattle received national attention in September for an act of kindness. Owned by Brian Canlis ’96, the award-winning restaurant closed to the public in the aftermath of a tour bus accident and instead provided food and water to first responders, city officials, and the media during the incident. The crash of a tour bus and an amphibious Ride a Duck vehicle resulted in the deaths of four people and dozens of injuries. The family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1950.

A year ago, I relayed to you that nearly 4,000 unique (no double counting if you attend multiple events) guests attended Culver events on and off campus. In 2015, and with three months to go as of my writing this piece, we will be well over 4,000 unique guests. Over the last two years, Culver Clubs have held events in 41 cities, including multiple international locations.

Thanks again for your participation in the Measuring Success Survey. In my next message, you will hear more about the survey results and the action plan that is developing around what we learned from you. Our hard work with the current students and most recent graduating classes also is paying dividends, so I will update you on those results, too. The Culver Legion is on the march. If you are not already involved, I hope you will re-engage in some manner, so that our alumni can play the significant role they should in the nurturing and growth of our great school.

Maj. Gen. Richard J. Sherlock ’76, USA Ret. Fairfax, Virginia

Rick is a retired major general with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. He is president and CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services. Rick and his wife, Lyn, are parents of two daughters.




Photo by A. Paul Pare W’62, ’67.

This also makes former Co. C counselor John Liles a grandpa.

2000s Margaret “Maggie” (McDowell) Holcombe SS’01 and husband Brad welcomed Molly to their family on July 13, 2015. The Holcombes live in Atlanta. Sherria M.L. (Snyder) Saafir ’01 and her husband, Bilal, are moving from Boston to Atlanta, where Sherria will pursue nonprofit opportunities. They both served in the Peace Corps and were married in July 2012. While in Boston, Sherria worked on her master’s degree at Brandeis University.

Grant Van Der Jagt ’96, founder and president of Denver Property Management, has been named one of the Denver Business Journal's 40 best business people under the age of 40 for 2015. Grant’s business was among the first to respond to technological and ideological changes in the industry, including the value of branding. Married and the father of a 10-year-old son, Grant is the son of Peter Van Der Jagt NB’56 of Denver.

Jeremy R. Blechman W’99, NB’02 and Amanda Soled were married Aug. 15, 2015, in Manhattan, N.Y. Jeremy is a senior analyst in revenue management for JetBlue Airways. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he also earned his MBA.

In August, Caroline (Haase) Hegg ’03 was appointed head women’s golf coach at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga. Caroline had been the assistant coach at Purdue University, her alma mater, for the past five years. She played four seasons for the Boilermakers and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. At Culver, Caroline was the Indiana state high school girls’ champion in 2001 and all-state all four years. Ana Martin ’03 and Howard A. Smith were married on Aug. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. They were high school sweethearts; Howard living in Chicago and Ana at CGA. The couple live in Chicago and have a son, Logan, who was born in June 2014. Julia Haley Swindal ’04 of Tampa, Fla., was associated with a Tony Award-winning production at the June Tony Awards in New York City. “Something Rotten” received 10 nominations with actor Christian Borle receiving the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

Haberland photo.

Tifiany Walker ’92 with her daughter, Lauren Hutchison ’16, prior to the Dean England Day Ceremony. Walker, who owns her own hospital/ healthcare staffing and recruiting business, was the featured speaker for the annual event. She is also the mother of cadets Nicholas Walker ’17 and Joseph Hutchison ’18.

Brittney A. (Epley) Rahn W’98, ’02 introduces Sophia Anne, born July 14. Brittney and her husband, Martin, reside in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kelly E. Lichter ’97 founded the Mason Classical Academy, a K-12 public charter school in Naples, Fla. The school is affiliated with Hillsdale (Mich.) College and opened in fall 2014 with 414 students in K-6 and expanded to the 10th grade this fall. Kelly also was elected to the Collier County School Board. Adam and Laura R. (Buonanno) Isaacson SS’98 celebrated their one-year anniversary on Aug. 2, 2015. They are living in Noblesville, Ind. John-Michael Liles ’99 and wife Erin welcomed Ava Holladay into their world on June 23, 2015. They are living in Denver.


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An open house in May marked the official debut of a collection of 26 pieces of artwork donated by Michael Huffington ’65 (center). The artwork is on permanent exhibition on the first floor of the Huffington Library, which also has undergone extensive renovation, also a gift from Huffington. Looking over the exhibition with him are Bob Nowalk, Visual Arts coordinator and curator of the Culver art collection, and Susan Freymiller, library director.

Haley is also a producer of “The Lion,” written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, which received a Drama Desk Award. Henry “Frankie” Brun ’05 started the school year as the new head track and field coach at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Frankie spent the summer as the head counselor of the Drum & Bugle in the Woodcraft Camp. Previously, he was an associate track coach and recruiting coordinator at Adrian (Mich.) College. Frankie was an All-American in track at Alma College and served in the U.S. Air Force from 2005-10. Desma L. Jones ’05 and Tom George were married March 28, 2015, in Plymouth, Mich. Rachel (Rosencranz) Shikhman ’04 served as a bridesmaid. The couple are living in Northville, Mich.

Meredith C. (Kohr) Owen W’00, ’05 of Indianapolis received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2013. She graduated from DePauw University in 2009. With only six weeks training, David Sky H’03, ’05 completed the Iron Man Triathlon in Muskoka, Toronto, Canada in August. David finished the 100-mile bike ride, 2.5mile swim, and marathon in 14 1/2 hours. David is an MBA student at the University of Chicago.

Celine Henke SC’06 is playing intercollegiate polo for Texas A&M University. Caitlin R. Oleksa ’07 graduated with honors in June 2015 from Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Caitlin is attending Tech School at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, and will begin work as a signals analyst at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage in February 2016. She is a 2011 graduate of Clarkson University, where she played hockey. Samantha Fremer ’08 is a production assistant on the Roundabout Theatre revival of “On the Twentieth Century,” a musical comedy in its first Broadway revival with actress Kristin Chenoweth. The musical received five Tony Award nominations in June but no statues.

FROM THE CSSAA PRESIDENT Summer of ’65 classes set a homecoming record A “Big 15” to the Summer School Class of 1965 for turning out the largest 50th homecoming of a summer class in history. In particular, kudos are extended to horsemanship school volunteers — Bill Danielson, Jeff Honzik, and Ron Mercer — for their leadership and energy in that effort. Despite weather that pushed the parade from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, the alumni battalion still turned out over 200 participants for its pass in review. In recent messages, you have been briefed on the two task forces your board has led in conjunction with the summer schools and camps leadership: The first advised school leadership on matters of diversity. The second provided guidance relevant to the impact of balanced calendar school systems. We will go back to the basics for 2015-2016, focusing on matters related to our advancement efforts with you — communication, alumni relations, development, and admissions. Crowdfunding is a major initiative with summer alumni and subsequent messages will tell you what those campaigns are and will be supporting. At the CSSAA annual meeting on July 17, four new directors were ratified: Robert Boos N’85 (Belleair, Fla.), Peter Lacy N’87 (Carmel, Ind.), Anne Cooper W’84, SS’87, ’89 (Chicago), and Emily David Gifford SS’91 (Springfield, Mo.). Finally, your association was led by Susan Ellert SS’85 the last two years. She was energetic, passionate, and generous. She deserves our appreciation and congratulations for a job well done.

Ted Foster Edward “Ted” Foster W’89 Columbus, Ohio

Ted and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three sons, the oldest of whom, Teddy, is in Cub Division 3. Ted is the managing partner of the Group 90 Companies, a Columbus-based real estate development and management business.




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Terri Roberts (center), mother of Ross Dale ’08, with alumni who played in the Ross Dale Memorial Polo Match during Reunion Weekend. Each participant received a polo print from Mrs. Roberts to commemorate the event. Participating, left to right, were Niccolo Verrecchia H’12, ’15, August Scherer ’10, Devin Vass ’10, Stephen Lacy ’10, Jeff Markle ’00, Terri Dale, Alex Markle W’04, ’08, Austin Chandler ’10, Enrique Ituarte ’09, Zehao ‘Kevin’ Quan ’15, and Luke Merrick ’15. The alumni match honors Dale, a polo player and member of the Black Horse Troop, who was killed in a November 2009 motorcycle crash.

Ashlyn L. Ayres ’09 and David Ellington were married July 25, 2015, in Atlanta on the anniversary of their first date. They met at Furman University in the summer of 2012. Ashlyn is a mental health counselor.

Scholarship to study at Noor Majan Training Institute in Ibri, Oman. Maddie will receive a year’s worth of Arabic instruction condensed into a summer, then spend a year at Qatar University in Doha.

Katie Barnes ’09 is a digital media associate with ESPN and a contributor to espnW. com, a website devoted to female athletes. Katie’s first post was in mid-September on “How the women of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ are redefining femininity” and she had authored three others through October. Katie is living in Bristol, Conn., headquarters for ESPN.

David G. DeVries ’11 rowed in the Royal Henley Regatta in London in July with the Yale crew team. David’s dad, George ’77, brother Bryan ’13, and sister made the trip to see him in action. David had a finance internship in Boston for the balance of the summer.

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Nelson Collet ’12 and Battery B classmate Brandon Grieves ’12 were in the same company this past summer at an Army Cadet Leadership Course. Nelson is a senior at Princeton University.

James A. Dodge W’07, ’12 and Andrew Wildermuth ’14 were members of the Colorado State University polo team that came from behind to beat Texas A&M, 20-17, and win the men’s NCAA championship. It was

a remarkable victory for a team without a coach and which had not won the title since 1999. Manuel A. Ituarte ’13 of El Paso, Texas, plays collegiate polo for Southern Methodist University in Dallas and participated in the NCAA Final Four. Bryan G. DeVries ’13 had a finance internship in Boston and then traveled to London to see his brother David ’11 row in the Royal Henley Regatta. Bryan spent the rest of the summer in London for a finance class at the London School of Economics.

Sporting an orange-lined jacket – Frank Sinatra’s favorite color – Kurt Elling NB’85 showed off his vocal ability and his wardrobe at the Sept. 24 Huffington Concert Series. The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist kicked off Fall Parents Weekend on the Eppley Auditorium stage by reinterpreting some of the legendary crooner’s classic hits in celebration of Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Photo by Lew Kopp W’66, ’71.

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Marilyn and Bob Moist ’54 enjoy a moment amid the beauty of the Chicago club’s event at the Chicago Botanic Garden in June.


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Library staffer Becky Strati (right) connects at the One Culver Indianapolis event with graduates Meg Richardson ’15 (left) and Helen Weinberg ’14, who are both students at Butler University. The girls were among nearly 200 alumni, parents, and friends — including prospective students and their families who attended the mid-September event at Meridian Hills Country Club. Head of Schools John Buxton updated the gathering on the latest news and status of the Academies and was joined by about 25 administrators, faculty, and staff.


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The Robert Walker family from Fishers, Ind., with Summer Camps Director Don Fox ’75 at the Indianapolis One Culver event last month. From left are Robert Walker ’95, his wife Lisa (foreground), Christine Walker SS’92 of Chicago (Robert’s sister), Robert and Lisa’s son Robby W’15, and Fox. The Walkers are also the parents of Lauryn, a CGA freshman. She was not present; it was a school night, after all.




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About 30 people beat the July heat at the Capital City Culver Club’s pool party. The group represented alumni ranging from 1956 through 2010, plus some of their parents and children. The afternoon/ evening event was hosted by Dan Gilbert ’69 and included grilled food and a picnic-style dinner.

Four decades worth of Culver graduates are represented in this photo from the New York City Happy Hour on July 31. From left to right are Gregg Vier H’88, ’91, Bill Short ’69, Edgar Fernandez ’03, and Arnoldo Porras H’83, ’87.


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165 Culver baseball fans helped the South Bend Cubs set a single-season attendance record on June 19. Though the record was later surpassed, Culver played an integral role in the game as Cole Payne ’15 threw out the opening pitch and a Culver Color Guard carried the colors.

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Sheila Strow Yale ’61 was honored in September with Culver Club International’s James M. Moss Award for Development. As a faculty daughter, Yale was one of the early females to attend Culver Military Academy and may have been the first female graduate to pass through the Iron Gate. In those intervening years, she has been active as the longtime leader of the South Florida Culver Club. The award honoring the late James Moss ’42 is made annually to an individual who has made a significant commitment to furthering the development of CCI. Head of Schools John Buxton made the presentation at the September CCI Volunteer Weekend.

Matt Kelley ’88 and Culver Fund Officer Leann Weatherby SS’86, ’88 look at photographs during the Culver Club of Chicago event at the Ani restaurant on Oct. 8. About 45 attended the tasting and happy hour at the restaurant owned by Ty Fujimora ’93. Kelley resides in Evergreen, Colo., but happened to be in Chicago on business. They were looking at photos of Mexico and a past Culver Club event at the Chicago Botanic Garden taken by Robert Potter III W’71, ’76, who also took this photo.

Culver alumni and parents gather for dinners in Taiwan (above) and Shenzhen, China, during an October visit to the Orient by Chief International Officer Tony Giraldi ’75.



CulverPassings Death notices published in this issue were received and processed as of July 31, 2015. Information is gleaned from published obituaries, newspaper stories, and information found in the alumni database. Death notices and obituaries are limited to those alumni who have died within three years of the publication date of this magazine.

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Rancher, philanthropist, and scouting benefactor, Elliott W. “Chope” Phillips ’35 (Troop) of Amarillo, Texas, died April 26, 2015. In 1942, Mr. Phillips enlisted in the Army, attended Officer Candidate School in Miami, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He returned to Amarillo to lead training at the Bivouac Camp and received winter training at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, Colo., and Aviation Corps training in San Antonio. He purchased his first ranch (Old Ranch) in 1945 near Maes, N.M. He rode horses and helped friends with their cattle work, mostly branding, into his early 90s. Mr. Phillips was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association and the Cimarron Maverick Club. He was a member


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of the Boy Scouts of America and awarded its highest honor in 1998, the Silver Buffalo. He is survived by his three children, among them daughter Julie Puckett ’76 of Amarillo; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

years as an executive in DuPont’s Textile division during its innovation of synthetic fibers. He finished his career as co-owner of Barrington Yarns, Inc., a textile yarn brokerage. Mr. McLoughlin is survived by a daughter, son, and three grandchildren.

Carroll M. McLoughlin W’37 of Barrington, R.I., died June 3, 2015. Mr. McLoughlin graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He was a three-time letter winner as quarterback of the Colgate Raiders football team. His education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a corpsman and pharmacist’s mate in the Navy. He spent his career in the textile industry, working many

Robert Y. Copeland ’38 of Frederick, Okla., died Nov. 25, 2013. Mr. Copeland served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of second lieutenant, then served stateside during the Korean War. He continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was discharged as a captain. He returned to Frederick, working the Copeland Buick Agency and the Hotel Frederick. During the ’70s, he served as

interim minister for many churches. Mr. Copeland also worked as advertising manager and later as general manager for The Frederick Leader, retiring in 1990. Survivors include his wife Mary Frances; two sons, and six grandchildren. Allen M. Katz ’38 (Co. B) died March 1, 2015, in Concord, Calif.

John Troster N’37, ’39 (Co. C) died Jan. 11, 2014, in Atherton, Calif. He traveled widely in the mining business and with amateur (ham) radio for 54 years. He was a previous contributing editor to QST, the leading U.S. amateur journal. Mr. Troster was a graduate of Dartmouth College and a Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife, Marguerite; two sons, and a daughter. James B. Frankel ’40 (Artillery) of San Francisco died Feb. 2, 2015. Mr. Frankel graduated from the Naval Academy and Yale Law School, and, at age 66, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was involved in a wide range of civic and environmental causes in the Bay Area and nationwide. Surviving are his wife, Louise; two daughters, a son, two brothers, and five grandchildren. Sterling J. Nicholson Jr. ’40 (Artillery) of Minneapolis died Feb. 1, 2015. Mr. Nicholson served with the Army in World War II and was assigned to the 78th Infantry Division, 309th Field Artillery Battalion, which was active in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Germany. As a First Lieutenant Aerial Observer, he participated in 147 combat missions. His plane was shot down on April 11, 1945, and he was left for dead on a German battlefield. A German girl found him, fetched a pastor to give him aid, and a German doctor treated him until American troops arrived. Mr. Nicholson graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1946 and worked as an international economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Legislative and Tariff Policy Division, in the Office of International Trade Policy while continuing graduate studies in economics at the American University of Washington, D.C. He is survived by five children, a brother, two sisters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Linford S. Macdonald ’41 (Artillery) of Verona, Pa., died April 10, 2015. Mr. Macdonald retired from the Army and Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel. He was a graduate

of the University of Pittsburgh and retired from the Parker/Hunter Investment Firm. Surviving are his wife, Pat; a daughter, and three grandchildren.

John W. Cooper N’43 of Naples, Fla., died May 29, 2015. A Navy veteran, Mr. Cooper served on the destroyer O’Bannon in the South Pacific during World War II and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business. He spent 37 years with the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, one of Chicago’s top trust departments, and became a vice president and director of the Institutional Trust Counsel Office. Mr. Cooper served on the Employee Trusts Committee of the American Bankers Association for 12 years, was former chairman of the Midwest Pension Conference and a chairman of the Profit Sharing Research Foundation. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University and a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He is survived by two children, a sister, and two grandsons.

Frank E. Gilkison H’43 of Muncie, Ind., died March 20, 2015. A longtime attorney, Mr. Gilkison was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and served as an Air Cadet in 1944-45. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence at the Indiana University Law School. He became a partner in the Muncie firm Beasley & Gilkison in 1955, retiring in 2012. In more than 60 years of law practice, he served as Muncie City Attorney (1998-2011) and Circuit Court Probate Commissioner in 1953-54. Mr. Gilkison was former president of the Muncie Bar Association, and a member of the Indiana State and American Bar associations, Indiana Trial and American Trial Lawyers associations, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was also a Life Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, which recognized him as its “Legendary Lawyer” for 2014, the only attorney in Delaware County to ever win the award. Surviving are his wife, Donna; four daughters, two stepsons, 10 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Oldest WWII fighter ace attended CMA in the ’30s Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frederick “Fritz” Payne Jr. — America’s oldest surviving fighter ace — died in August at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home at the age of 104. Gen. Payne attended Culver Military Academy before entering the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1930. Survivors include a son, Dewitt Payne ’61 of Kingsport, Tenn.

He entered combat at Guadalcanal in September 1942, claiming his first halfshare of victory on a Japanese bomber on Sept. 14 followed by a solo victory two weeks later. Then a major, Payne added four more victories between Oct. 18 and 23. He left combat and subsequently served as commander of his unit (VMF-212) and later commanded Marine Air Group 23.

The title of American Fighter Ace is given to pilots who have shot down at least five enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Gen. Payne was credited with 5½ kills while flying in the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II.

In addition to Guadalcanal, Payne saw combat at Kwajalein, Hollandia (now Jayapura, Indonesia) and Guam. He was made a lieutenant colonel in 1943, and later served in Korea with the 1st marine Air Wing in Korea. He also was responsible for planning and control of land and air elements in atomic weapons testing during 1957.

Gen. Payne resigned from the Naval Academy after two years and earned his degree at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation, he resigned his Army ROTC commission and entered the Marine Corps aviation cadet program in July. By Dec. 8, 1941, his Marine unit was headed to sea on the aircraft carrier Saratoga.

Gen. Payne retired in 1958 with the rank of brigadier general. He later worked for Southern California Edison, building a helicopter division that monitored power lines and electrical facilities from the air. Gen. Payne helped plan the construction of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. He retired from Southern California Edison in 1976.



Passings Robert G. Moore N’43 of Scott Township, Pa., died March 11, 2015. Mr. Moore served in the Pacific with the Navy Amphibious Forces during World War II. His career began at Eat’n Park Restaurants in 1951 and he retired after 39 years in 1990 as president. Surviving are his wife, Claire; three sons, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A member of the famed undefeated Culver Crew of 1943, Charles P.E. von Wrangell ’43 (Co. D) died March 2, 2015, in Moorestown, N.J. Mr. von Wrangell, the team captain in ’43, and fellow rowers reunited following their 50th Culver reunion and would compete in the 1994 Masters Nationals and the 2000 Veterans Henley Royal Regatta in England. He also is a member of the Culver Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. von Wrangell earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and received his master’s degree at Princeton University. He retired in 2010 after a career that included employment with Sperry Gyroscope Company, Sikorsky Aircraft, Dunlap and Associates, and RCA (later bought by GE and then Lockheed-Martin), and a number of small, innovative companies. Mr. von Wrangell is survived by his wife, Mercedes Herrera.

Archibald J. Kingsley W’40, N’44 died March 17, 2015, in White Stone, Va. Mr. Kingsley enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He graduated from Hobart College and spent 34 years as a commercial airline pilot flying DC3s with Capital Airlines. He finished his career with United Airlines, flying DC10s on the Chicago to Maui route. Mr. Kingsley also was a horseman, a sailor, played amateur adult hockey, was a motorcyclist, and obtained his commercial captain’s certification to pilot river vessels over 100 tons. He is survived by his wife, Louise; four sons, two daughters, a brother, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Robert N. Suhr W’41, ’45 (Artillery) died April 14, 2015, in Marietta, Ga. He is survived by two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren. James O. Wells Jr. NB’45 died March 31, 2015, in Rochester, Ind. Mr. Wells was a veteran of the 114th Army ground force band which toured in Europe during the occupational phase. He graduated from Earlham College with a degree in economics, spending two summers studying in Mexico


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City. He worked for B.F. Goodrich, in procurement for the military at Wright Patterson AFB, and built a housing development with his dad and brother. He graduated from the Valparaiso University Law School and established The Wells Law Office in 1966 in Rochester. Mr. Wells retired in 2014, having served Fulton County as prosecuting attorney from 1967-74 and 1977-78. Surviving are his wife, Christine; five children, 16 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

James E. Keith NB’46 of Houston died Oct. 25, 2014. Dr. Keith was a World War II Air Force veteran. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Wabash College, a master’s degree at Purdue University, and a doctorate at the University of Chicago. His career in nuclear chemistry at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston spanned the years of the U.S. Space Program and the Cold War. Surviving are his wife, Rose; a sister, and five stepchildren. John W. Bower W’44, N’47 died April 10, 2015, in Auburn, Ind. A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Bower served in Army Quartermaster Corps from 1952-54. He worked for Messenger Corporation in Auburn for 20 years, rising to the position of vice president, and spent 17 years with Stump Printing in South Whitley, Ind. Active in Republican politics, Mr. Bower served as a DeKalb County publicity director, precinct committeeman and was elected as a representative to the Republican State Convention in 1967. He also served on the Auburn Board of Zoning Appeals for 35 years. Surviving are his wife, Esther; a son, daughter, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Henri M. “Tim” Favrot Jr. ’47 (Co. B) of New Orleans died May 10, 2015. Mr. Favrot received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Tulane University School of Architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. He was a first lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. In 1970, he co-founded Favrot and Shane Companies. Mr. Favrot was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013. His civic and professional activities included past president of the New Orleans and the Louisiana chapters of the American Institute of Architects, past chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission and the Louisiana Architects Selection Board,

current member and past vice president of the board of the New Orleans Museum of Art, past board member and member emeritus of the Tulane University Board of Administrators, current board member of the National World War II Museum He was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Tulane School of Architecture in 1985 and Tulane’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year in 1997. Mr. Favrot was named one of the Ten Outstanding Persons of the New Orleans area by the Family Service Society of New Orleans in 2001, and a role model of the New Orleans area by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans in 2002. Surviving are his wife, Kay; four children, a sister, 12 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. John R. Van Keppel ’48 (Artillery) died June 12, 2015, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas and serving in the Army at the end of the Korean War, Mr. Van Keppel returned to Kansas City. He was active in community activities over the years, serving as a football coach to his sons’ teams, helping to start the Heart of America Soccer Association, and as a member of the Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Surviving are four children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Joe Netick Jr. ’48 (Artillery) died May 8, 2015, in Charles City, Va. He earned his undergraduate and his M.D. degrees at Tulane University and began his medical career in Wharton, Texas, where he established a successful dermatology office. Dr. Netick was an Air Force veteran, serving one tour in Japan, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and two daughters. John S. Brumback Jr. ’49 (Artillery) of Orlando, Fla., died May 20, 2015. Mr. Brumback was a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Business School. He also served two years in the Army in Germany. He began his entrepreneurial career at Martin Marietta working on classified defense projects. He then entered the construction business and oversaw the building of hundreds of homes in Central Florida. Mr. Brumback served a term in the Florida House of Representatives (1963-65) before buying land near Fort Pierce and building XRX Groves into a successful distributor several types of citrus internationally. He sold the grove in 1983 to become a bank director and to manage the family businesses. He is survived by three daughters,

among them Christine SS’89 of San Francisco, a sister, and two grandsons. He was predeceased by a brother, Charlie ’46, and his father, John, who was the valedictorian of the Class of 1910. Michel T. Huber ’49 (Troop) died May 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. Mr. Huber was a longtime class agent and class volunteer. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as president of his class and obtained a master’s degree in communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He was an Air Force veteran, serving as a lieutenant with the air police in South Dakota and Guam. Mr. Huber began his career as a news reporter in Portsmouth, Ohio, before returning to Penn, where he worked for 30 years in development, much of it as the director of alumni relations. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, sister, and two grandchildren. Dr. Marion M. Church ’50 (Troop) died April 19, 2015, in Little Rock. Dr. Church graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock with a medical degree in obstetrics and gynecology. After two years in the Army, he began his

medical practice in North Little Rock with his father. Later, he went into an OBGYN partnership in North Little Rock and Baptist Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff and on the Credentials Committee before his retirement in 1994. Dr. Church is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, two daughters, a brother, and seven grandchildren.

Leonard E. “Dick” Richardson Jr. N’48, ’50 (Co. B) died July 10, 2015, in Newark, Ohio. He was a former class volunteer and reunion chairman. Mr. Richardson attended Denison University until going to work for his father at RichLoaf Bakery. He served as president and board chairman until the company was acquired in 1971. He also served as president and chairman of the board of The Glouster Community Bank, retiring in July 1998. He was a board member of the Glouster Community Bank/United Bancorp of Martins Ferry for 47 years. Mr. Richardson also spent 20 years as vice chairman and director of Great Lakes Bankers Bank of Columbus. Surviving are his wife, Sharon; two sons, including Leonard III “Ric” N’73 of Newark; two daughters, two sisters, and eight grandchildren.

Joseph A. Sugar Jr. W’45, ’50 (Troop) of Columbus, Ohio, died May 7, 2015. Mr. Sugar attended Princeton University, where he captained the varsity golf team and was vice president of his senior class. He briefly served in the Army before returning to Columbus and opening a variety of restaurants and bars. He eventually founded Sugar Food Corp., an innovator in customized food service distribution. The company operates today as The SYGMA Network, with annual sales in excess of $5 billion. Mr. Sugar was an accomplished amateur golfer, competing in the 1958 USGA Amateur Championship and the 1984 U.S. Senior Open. As an owner of thoroughbred horses in Ohio, he won Horse of the Year honors with Major Adversary in 1995. His thoroughbred racing interest also led to his executive leadership at Beulah Park Jockey Club. Mr. Sugar is survived by his wife, Mimi; three children, two brothers, Jim ’52 and John ’55, both of Columbus, two sisters, seven grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren. George N. Spiros W’45, ’50 (Artillery) died May 2, 2015, in Utica, Ill. He was a retired concessionaire for Starved Rock Lodge and Restaurant and a former Golden

Deaths in the Family A memorial service was held Oct. 17 at Memorial Chapel for Dolores “Dorry” Mitzell of Culver, who died Sept. 23, 2015. Mrs. Mitzell worked as a library assistant from 1964 to 1993.

Ind., Katherine Mitzell Fagan W’01, ’06 of Los Angeles, Channing “Jack” W’07, ’12 of Chapel Hill N.C., and Ashton Duke of Culver.

She came to Culver in 1961 when her husband, Channing, accepted a teaching position at Culver Military Academy. Mrs. Mitzell worked at the Academy Library and developed fond relationships with students, alumni, parents, and friends of her husband, her children, and grandchildren. She often baked cookies for the students to help them transition from home to Culver and welcomed many of them into her home over the years.

A longtime employee of the QM Store and the Campus Bookstore, Lorraine R. Thomas, 90, of Culver died Sept. 19, 2015. She was hired in 1967 at the QM and moved to the Bookstore in 1976, working there until her retirement in 1992. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mitzell is survived by sons Craig W’71, ’76 of Culver and Channing “Chap” W’69, ’74 of Westfield, Ind., and a daughter Cathy Mitzell Duke ’70 of Culver. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Karen Mitzell of Greenfield,

A former CGA resident director, Marion E. Samuel, 91, of Lafayette, Ind., died Aug. 17, 2015. In 1978 she became the first AfricanAmerican counselor and served through 1984. She also worked the summer camp sessions during her tenure.



Mrs. Samuel was a 1946 graduate of the Clotilde School of Design and attended the Art Institute of Chicago for two years, graduating in 1958. She later attended Indiana University. She was a clothing designer and had owned and operated two clothing stores in Chicago. Surviving are a daughter, two brothers, two sisters, and two grandsons. A daughter and son preceded her in death.

•••• Former Academies’ photographer Gary F. Mills, 68, died July 23, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. Mr. Mills was with the Communications Department from 2002 until retiring in 2012. A native of Martinsburg, W.Va., he was a freelance photographer for 25 years and a former staff photographer for the South Bend Tribune. He is survived by his son, father, and former wife. Funeral services were in Martinsburg. CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE


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Optical. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; four sons, four daughters, a brother, 29 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Edward S. Brown ’55 (Co. A) of Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 9, 2014. He attended the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University and served with the Army in Europe. Mr. Brown was a computer programmer and systems analyst, working internationally with GE and Honeywell. Mr. Brown was a pilot, race car photographer, driving enthusiast, avid traveler, long time soccer referee, and several times a congressional candidate. He is survived by his sister, Catherine, and his first wife, Janet Logan. Edward R. Loring ’55 (Troop) died March 9, 2015, in Basel, Switzerland. His wife, Dr. Maya Mueller, survives.

Austin C. Jump N’56 died Nov. 17, 2014, in Spring Hill, Fla. His wife, Sandy Bujno, survives. Glenn F. Bastian W’52, ’57 (Artillery) of Weldon, N.C., died June 4, 2015.

Gloves boxer. There are no immediate survivors.

William E. Weber NB’50 of Dunedin, Fla., died April 5, 2015. Kenneth F. Bergeron ’52 (Band) of Overland, Park, Kan., died June 19, 2015. Mr. Bergeron graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy. During his career, he owned and operated nearly 20 auto dealerships nationwide. He also owned K.A.L. Leasing Company, dealing in cars, trucks, and equipment in the United States, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada. Mr. Bergeron also had served on the National Auto Advisory


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Committee. He retired in 1986, but remained active in the community as a director of the Mark Twain Bank and the Ronald McDonald House, among other involvements. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased in 2011 by a son, Kenneth II ’79.

Leonard K. Eichorn N’52 of Solon, Ohio, died July 23, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Babette. Also surviving are a daughter, Holly Baker W’86 of Solon, and a son, Philip W’83, N’84 of Medina, Ohio. James P. Dougher ’53 (Troop) died July 12, 2015, in Valley City, Ohio. Mr. Dougher was a graduate of Kent State University and an Army veteran. He was an owner of Rooney

Ernest F. Hardee ’58 (Troop) died June 23, 2015, in Portsmouth, Va. Mr. Hardee graduated from Old Dominion University with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was selected as First Citizen of Portsmouth in 1997. He served on many boards and committees, having held positions with Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Salvation Army, Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation, the Bon Secours Maryview Hospital Corporate and Foundation, and TowneBank. Mr. Hardee also served as District Governor of Lions International and was a driving force in the formation and success of the Lions Medical Eye Bank. He is survived by his wife, Tracy; two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Robert K. Lindgren ’58 (Troop) died June 9, 2015, in Helena, Mont. As a Trooper, Mr. Lindgren rode in the 1957 Presidential Inaugural Parade of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in commercial printing management. He served in the Army Signal Corps from 1963-68 in Germany and at command headquarters. After the service, Mr. Lindgren worked in the printing industry in Montana, including a 14-year partnership in Thurber Printing Co. in Helena. He sold the business and worked with the county tax department and

was elected county auditor. Mr. Lindgren also served his community in a number of other volunteer and paid positions. Surviving are his wife, Charmaine; two sons, a daughter, brother, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. George P. Robbins III ’58 (Troop) of New Orleans died April 7, 2015. Mr. Robbins graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for his father’s firm, Robbins and Robbins, before starting his own electrical supply representative firm, Mackenroth and Robbins, then RedmannRobbins, and eventually joining the Siemens Corporation, retiring in 2003. He was a member of many carnival organizations, most notably with REX/School of Design. A gourmand and wine enthusiast, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Patricia, to the great wine-pro- ducing regions of Europe and California. In addition to his wife, Mr. Robbins is survived by four sons and seven grandchildren.

Gary A. Billiard NB’59 of Norwalk, Ohio, died May 14, 2013. For many years he was president of Northern Ohio Stone in Flatrock, Ohio, a family-owned business. In recent years, he was president of Skidabrader LLC, an airport and highway texturing contractor. He is survived by his wife, Stasia; a son, daughter, and three grandsons. Allen V. Buresh W’60 of LaGrange Park, Ill., died June 5, 2015. Mr. Buresh worked behind the bar at Buresh’s Lobster House, the former longtime Brookfield restaurant at Prairie Avenue and 31st Street. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; two brothers, Jim ’60 of Agoura, Calif., and Richard ’63 of Brookefield, Ill.; two daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren. James W. McCloskey N’60 of Belleville, Ill., died April 19, 2015. Mr. McCloskey received a degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and served one Vietnam tour as an ROTC Naval Officer aboard the U.S.S. Mt. Baker. He began his career in the chemical industry at Hooker Chemical in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He worked as a chemical engineer at Rollins Environmental Services in Baton Rouge, La., and at Sverdrup Corporation in St. Louis, retiring in the 1990s. He and his wife, Lynn, were also involved in the management of the historic Owens family tree farm in Evergreen, Fla. In addition to his wife, Mr. McCloskey is survived by a brother and sister.

Carlisle F. “Fred” Rueger Jr. ’61 (Band) died April 6, 2015, in Sun City Center, Fla. Mr. Rueger was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a captain. He was a retired Certified Public Accountant. Surviving are his wife, Marie; a son, Chris ’92 of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three daughters, a sister, stepson, and eight grandchildren. Charles W. Fisher ’62 (Band) died April 8, 2015, in Meadville, Pa. Mr. Fisher served in the Air Force and was active in the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. He is survived by a son, daughter, a brother, John ’66 of Sherwood, Ore.; and five grandchildren.

Robert R. Bigelow Jr. H’63 of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died June 27, 2014. Mr. Bigelow graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Union Carbide in Oak Ridge as a software engineer, retiring after 45 years. Mr. Bigelow was certified as a Professional Engineer and was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was recognized for Technical Achievement in 1993. He is survived by four siblings. John M. Harroun H’65 died July 26, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. Raymond M. Maddox NB’66 of Muncie, Ind., died March 31, 2015. Dr. Maddox practiced dentistry in Rushville and Hartford City for over 40 years. He was past president of the Indiana Dental Association, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy; president of the American College of Dentistry, Indiana Foundation; and treasurer of the International College of Dentistry, Indiana Foundation. He graduated from Taylor University and from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1975. Surviving are his wife, Kay; a daughter, son, a brother, Gary W’66 of New Castle, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Charles B. McQuoid II ’67 (Co. D) of Kirksville, Mo., died April 2, 2015. From 1969-72, Mr. McQuoid served in the Air Force as a Pararescue Specialist, where his main duty was as a medic for a helicopter rescue unit. He served tours in Korea and Vietnam achieving the rank of sergeant. He was the recipient of two Silver Stars, two Air Medals, and a Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1977 he obtained a bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) from Marietta College, majoring in accounting, math, and eco-

nomics. He rowed crew for Marietta College, where his 1973 Men’s Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight was a Dad Vail Regatta winner (the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the United States). Mr. McQuoid is survived by a daughter, son, three siblings, and a granddaughter. Rodney D. Bains ’68 (Co. C) died April 13, 2015, in Madison, Ala. Mr. Bains was employed by the Social Security Administration for 31 years and served as the district manager of the Social Security Office in Cullman, Ala. He also was a disability advocate with Hunter Horton and Associates for 10 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Bains is survived by his wife, Deborah; two sons, a daughter, brother, granddaughter, stepmother, stepbrother, and stepsister. H. Collins Wight Jr. W’63, ’68 (Artillery) of West Jefferson, Ohio, died May 30, 2015. Mr. Wight’s career was in banking for Franklin Federal and PNC banks. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in East Asian Studies. Surviving are two sons, four grandchildren, his stepmother, Ching Wight; two half-brothers, including Henry Wight W’80, and a halfsister.

E. Hunt Augustus II N’69 of Coral Gables, Fla., died April 13, 2014. Illness forced Mr. Augustus to retire in 2007 after many years of service to the Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla. In retirement, he published two World War II historic fiction novels and created countless graphic arts projects. Mr. Augustus was a graduate of Duke University and the University of Miami’s Rosenthiel School. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Augustus, and three sisters, among them Linda Taft ’79 of Cleveland and Diane Augustus SS’72. David G. Hoesel W’65, ’70 (Co. C) died Aug. 30, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. A graduate of Ball State University, Mr. Hoesel worked as a chef for private chartered cruises and at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. He also worked as a supervisor at St. Paul’s Retirement Center. He is survived by his wife, Martha; a daughter, son, a sister, Sara SS’68 of Indianapolis, and three grandchildren. A brother, James ’71, is deceased. CULVER ALUMNI MAGAZINE



Corrections & Clarifications On page 39 of the Summer 2015 issue, the name of Paul Krystosek was misspelled in the photo identification.

A past president and vice president of the CSSAA Board, Robert W. Nebergall NB’72 of Tulsa, Okla., died May 9, 2015. Dr. Nebergall practiced orthopedic surgery, with a specialty in sports medicine, for over 25 years in Tulsa. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University. Dr. Nebergall is survived by two sons, a daughter, and his parents. Peggy R. Frey-Brack SS’73 died June 14, 2012, in Flint, Mich. Survivors included her husband, Philip Brack.

Philip C. Schmoll W’70, ’74 (Troop) died May 14, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Schmoll worked for his father’s commercial and industrial park on the northeast side of Indianapolis. During that time he learned the residential and commercial construction business and trade, becoming an accomplished carpenter, framer, and custom woodworker. In 1990, the family moved to Tampa, Fla., where he continued in the residential building business. Surviving are his wife, Peggy; three daughters, three grandchildren. During his Culver years, his mother, Margorie Schmoll, worked as a desk clerk at The Culver Inn. Christopher B. Lowenstine N’75 of Valparaiso, Ind., died April 11, 2014. Mr. Lowenstine began his career as a professional competitive snow skier, was manager at Marshall Field’s Oriental Rug department, and served as an account manager with Lexus Nexus/Reed Elsevier, where he serviced their NYPD account. He attended Indiana University, Valparaiso University, Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich., and served with the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Lowenstine of Valparaiso; and brothers, John N’70 of St. John, Ind., and Richard N’72.


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Christopher C. Kremski W’75, ’80 (Co. A) of Fort Myers, Fla., died July 1, 2015. Mr. Kremski had been supervisor of the city’s South Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant for more than 20 years. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and did post-graduate work at the University of Florida. He enjoyed acting in community theatre. Surviving are his parents, two brothers, including John ’77; a stepson, and a step-granddaughter. Miguel Angel Senior Jr. ’80 (Troop) of Windemere, Fla., died June 13, 2014. Pedro Antonio Roldan A’84 of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, died April 1, 2015. Mr. Roldan worked for United Parcel Service. Survivors include a sister. Nicholas P. Jeannides ’95 (Artillery) of Lake Forest, Ill., died July 5, 2015. Mr. Jeannides was a steel sales executive at Nova Steel Inc. in East Chicago, Ind. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago in 2000. Surviving are two daughters and a son, Berenger W’11 of Hinsdale, Ill.; his parents, a brother, two sisters, and a grandmother. Susan M. Riley W’96, ’01 (Tower) of Ypsilanti, Mich. died Aug. 14, 2015, at the Henry Ford Health Center in Detroit. Ms. Riley recently graduated from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she earned a nursing degree. She was employed as a registered nurse at Henry Ford. She worked previously at the Center for Family Health and the University of Michigan Reproduction and Endocrinology Department. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Nancy Riley of Jackson, Mich., and her paternal grandmother. Nancy Riley worked in the Academies’ Admissions Office from 1991-01.

Assistant Dean of Girls Anne (Schneider) Kelley ’94 first worked in the Development Office (1998-2002), where she had oversight of Culver Clubs. She then became a CGA counselor with the establishment of Ithaka Dormitory. Her time in the Development Office was omitted in the Summer 2015 issue. The two-page photo of Commencement on pages 18-19 of the Summer 2015 issue was taken by Lewis Kopp W’66, ’71. Also, the following corrections were omitted from the Summer 2015 issue: On page 9 of the Spring 2015 issue, that is Lt. Gen. John W. Carpenter III who is congratulating the Summer School for Girls graduates. Carpenter, an Air Force veteran, served as superintendent of the Academy from 1970 to ’74. The error was pointed out by Pete Whitney N’70, ’72 (Greensboro, N.C.), whose father, Capt. Alden Whitney ’36, was the director of Summer Schools from 1970-81. The Equestriennes received their first invitation to a Presidential Inaugural Parade in 1985. The date was incorrect on page 22 (Spring 2015). The 1985 inaugural parade was the only one to be canceled because of the weather — which was minus-22 with a wind chill of minus-45, according to Jeff Honzik W’60, H’65, who was director of horsemanship at the time. Tony P. Hall W’51 of Dayton, Ohio, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, not the U.S. Senate as stated in the listing on page 29 (Spring 2015). He represented the Third District for 24 years. On page 36 (Spring 2015), the name of Michelle Weeks ’05 was misspelled in the caption of the Kerner Cup photograph.

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