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REVEALING DENISON’S BEST-KEPT SECRET
PLUS RETIREMENT APPROACHING, NANNETTE MACIEJUNES ’75 REFLECTS ON HER ARTS CAREER COVERING INTEL: DENISON JOURNALISTS STEP OFF THE HILL AND INTO A CHANGING COMMUNITY
BY TOM REED, PHOTOS BY JAMES SCHULLER
THE VEIL OF SECRECY SURROUNDING THE AWARDING OF THE PRESIDENT’S MEDAL,
THE BIG REVEAL BEHIND DENISON’S BEST-KEPT SECRET
IN 1985, ADDS TO THE DRAMA AND INTRIGUE
ickie Walker sits near the rear of a crowded Swasey Chapel waiting for the secret she’s been keeping from her only son to be revealed. One by one, the names of this year’s eight President’s Medal recipients are read aloud to rousing applause. Vickie and her husband, Eric, join in each ovation. Ray Walker, a charismatic and trailblazing senior at Denison University, is seated across the chapel from his parents. For all of his academic success and campus involvement, he’s not sure his achievement over the past four years rises to the level of a President’s Medal, the most prestigious honor a Denison student can receive. It’s already been a chaotic and emotional week, one that began with Vickie hospitalized for a short spell and Ray twice leaving campus to be at his mother’s side in Columbus. Making small talk in her hospital room, Ray mentioned the upcoming Academic Awards Convocation on April 22, and Vickie listened without a trace of emotion, wearing a hospital gown and her best poker face. “We wanted him to have that moment of surprise,” she recalls, “and I wasn’t going to ruin it for him.” The veil of secrecy surrounding the presentation of the President’s Medal, established in 1985, adds to the drama and intrigue of the annual ceremony. Parents of the winners are notified days in advance — but in keeping with university tradition, they’re expected to keep the news quiet, waiting for the moment President Adam Weinberg drapes medals around the necks of those select few students. These vows of silence can lead to unforgettable moments — and produce the rare occasion where a recipient is frantically summoned to Swasey from across campus. As Friday morning unfurls, Ray’s parents inform him of their intention to attend. He pleads with them not to. He doesn’t want them to be disappointed if his name isn’t called. So begins a day of surprises.
OF THE ANNUAL CEREMONY.
ABOVE: Vickie Walker waits inside Swasey Chapel, where she knows a secret her son is about to find out. LEFT: Hannah Gilson ’22 reacts to hearing her name called as a President’s Medal recipient.
Masters of confidentiality
“THEY DIDN’T GO TO DENISON TO BE TOGETHER, THEY WENT
TO DENISON BECAUSE THEY
ix minutes after the ceremony concludes, Hannah and Sophie Gilson receive a message from their mother, Suzanne Harrington. There is no text, only an emoji of a woman’s mind being blown. “That’s a good estimation of how she’s feeling,” the sisters agree. Most parents would be thrilled with one child receiving the school’s preeminent student award, one that former Denison University President Andrew DeRocco once likened to a Rhodes Scholarship. Suzanne Harrington and David Gilson are parents of two President’s medalists. Identical twins no less. Hannah and Sophie were born seven minutes apart, which is roughly the same amount of time between their trips to the chapel stage to collect their awards. First-born Hannah, the day’s first President’s Medal recipient, fights back tears as she is presented with her prize. She makes eye contact with Andrew Katz, the advisor who helped her become a research assistant for the Lugar Center in Washington, D.C. “He was sitting right in my line of sight and I kept looking over to him and thinking, ‘You are responsible for this,” Hannah says. The primary criteria for President’s Medal selections is largely academic along with some combination of community service, work in the arts, leadership, athletic achievement, contribution to community discourse, and enlargement of Denison’s global perspective. The Gilsons went about satisfying many of these categories in similar fashion. Each is a dual major in economics and political science. Each is a student orientation leader. Each is involved in the arts, participating in Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Singers. “Sophie is enthusiastic, reliable, ambitious, and wicked smart,” wrote Heather Pool, the program director of philosophy, politics, and economics, and an associate professor in politics and public affairs, in her letter of recommendation for the award. “From her first moments on campus, it was clear Hannah was well organized and eager to make a mark on this community,” wrote Katz, chair of political science and director of the Lugar Program in Politics and Public Service. The President’s Medals make for a wonderful early birthday present. The twins turn 22 a few days later. David and Suzanne already were planning to visit their daughters when they were informed of the honors and asked not to spoil the surprise. Suzanne, a psychotherapist, and David, a former dean of student affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Music, “are literal pros at confidentiality,” Hannah says. “They must not have told anyone else in the family because otherwise I think I would have heard.” Hannah will teach English in Bulgaria after graduation as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, while Sophie is applying for positions in the field of public policy and considering graduate school, her mother says. “They didn’t go to Denison to be together,” Suzanne says. “They went to Denison because they believed it was the right place for each of them as individuals. It couldn’t have turned out better.”
BELIEVED IT WAS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR EACH OF THEM AS INDIVIDUALS.”
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Sophie and Hannah Gilson react to a message from their mother, Suzanne Harrington.
“I FEEL LIKE I’M NOT A CONVENTIONAL LEADER — SOMEONE WHO’S OUT FRONT. I TRULY HAD NO IDEA I WAS GOING TO WIN THIS.”
A storyteller’s tale
s the name Sarah Hume is announced, applause fills the chapel and necks crane to find her in the audience. A few seconds pass and nobody stands up to claim the award. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting winner is across campus on a call, discussing a journalism fellowship she will be doing in Kentucky. Sarah is a gifted storyteller, and the day she won a President’s Medal is going to make for a memorable first-person account. One of Sarah’s friends inside the chapel rings her: “You will never believe this.” Obviously, Kari and Steven Hume can be trusted with a secret. Sarah’s parents were coming to Denison from suburban Detroit that night for her final performance in the American Roots Ensemble, in which she plays the standup bass. Mom and Dad were worried if they were spotted on campus six hours early for the ceremony, it might give away the surprise. Their daughter’s wide range of interests — international studies, journalism, literature, geology, bluegrass music — made her a strong candidate for the President’s Medal. “Sarah represents an ideal of Denison’s liberal education, as she has pursued her interest in human rights by seamlessly integrating an international studies major and narrative journalism concentration,” wrote International Studies Program Professor Taku Suzuki. In 2022, Sarah published a story chronicling the environmental hazards of strip mining in central Ohio for Belt Magazine. One of the article’s main sources, who developed black lung while repairing machinery for the digs, was so moved by the piece that he’s asked family members to place a copy of it in his casket when he dies, wrote Jack Shuler, chair of the journalism major. While Sarah isn’t present for the medal ceremony, words of praise from her professors are read to the crowd. About 30 minutes later, she arrives at Swasey in time to receive her medal from President Weinberg as her friends cheer. “What I don’t have anymore are all the nice words we spoke about you,” Weinberg tells Sarah. “But I will get those to you.” ISSUE 2 2022
Portrait of a well-rounded student
aculty Chair Jeff Thompson reads aloud from the letters of recommendation for Liam Jeanette. His research in the fields of computer science and physics are vast and his contributions to the symphony orchestra as a violinist are considerable. But in a ceremony built around surprise, Liam, of Wheaton, Illinois, has managed to keep one his talents hidden away from most students and faculty members at Denison. He’s an accomplished artist whose charcoal drawings of people, pets, homes, and historic architecture have been earning him commissions for years. “Most people at Denison don’t know,” Liam says. “I hadn’t taken an art class here until this year, so I don’t think it’s well known.”
ABOVE: Liam Jeanette ’22 and President Adam Weinberg are all smiles on a day eight seniors receive President’s Medal awards.
Liam has combined his love of art and science to produce some astonishing work in the classroom. He’s digitized the landscape paintings of Bob Ross and used linear vector quantization to create alternative expressions of the artist’s work. “Liam blended the marriage of advanced artificial intelligence and artistic analysis so seamlessly to make the two disciplines feel like lifelong siblings,” wrote Matt Kretchmar, chair of the Department of Computer Science. Liam plans to pursue a PhD in quantum physics at Duke after spending a year at the University of Maryland. “He was a very gifted student from the time he was young,” says his father, Michael. “But he’s also a very hard worker. He puts everything he has into whatever he’s working on.” DENISONMAGAZINE.COM
Walking on air
he bedroom alarm clock of Jusang and Eunjeong Moon has been set for 1:30 a.m. The South Korean family doesn’t make a habit of waking up in the middle of the night, but Mom and Dad aren’t going to miss the opportunity to watch their daughter Sueshin receive her medal. “ W hen we heard the news about the prestigious award, we were so happy that we felt like we were walking on air,” wrote Sueshin’s parents in an email translated by her older sister. Nobody among the Class of 2022 President’s Medal honorees has literally — or figuratively — come further to earn the honor. Sueshin endured a trying first year at Denison in which she struggled to adjust to the food and culture, and considered transferring. “During a lengthy conversation with me, her early record as a nascent campus leader here persuaded her of the value of keeping Denison as her college home,” wrote Political Science Chair Andrew Katz. “When Sueshin realized the impact she could have on campus and the role she could play as a student leader over
her four years, her commitment to Denison was cemented.” Sueshin excelled in the classroom and within the Denison community, even when she was 6,700 miles from campus. She spent her junior year at home in South Korea, learning remotely due to the pandemic, and working multiple jobs to help support her family. There’s a 13-hour time difference between Granville and Seoul, meaning she was sometimes interacting with instructors and students in the wee hours of the morning, says Sueshin, a philosophy, politics, and economics major. For someone who once thought of transferring, Sueshin has immersed herself in campus life, joining multiple organizations, governance committees and student support groups. She plans to work for an American-based company in Seoul for two years, her sister wrote, before returning to the United States to attend law school. “I feel like I’ve gained so much, primarily relationships with professors, faculty and my peers,” Sueshin says. “This award is chosen primarily by professors and faculty members, and it means so much to be recognized by so many people.”
RIGHT: Sueshin Moon ’22 takes a selfie with a friend.
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Head and shoulders above
ttorney Lisa Dunn is used to getting answers. On the day her daughter, Ariela Katz, receives Denison’s highest student honor, she is juggling a schedule filled with depositions in order to make time to watch the ceremony. Her legal work produces more complete answers than her deposition of her daughter. “I was trying to find out if she was going to the event on Friday,” says Lisa, of Deerfield, Illinois. “She gave me a detailed schedule of her week through Thursday. It’s supposed to be a surprise so I couldn’t say, ‘What are you doing Friday?’” Ariela is present at Swasey Chapel to hear her name called. So is her sister, Talia, a sophomore at Ohio State University, who makes the drive from Columbus to attend the ceremony. A double major in economics and global com-
merce, Ariela was departmental fellow in two academic departments, a head tutor, a captain on the swim team, and the president of Hillel, a Jewish student organization. “Ariela stands head and shoulders above her classmates in the 2022 cohort of global commerce majors for the breadth of her leadership, involvement, and success in the classroom and across campus,” wrote Karen E. Spierling, director of global commerce and professor of history. The daughter of Lisa Dunn and Harold Katz will serve as a corporate analyst for JP Morgan Chase in Chicago. “Ariela is the student professors call on because one knows she has done the work and is prepared,” wrote Jessica Burch, an assistant professor of global commerce. “She is the student who models for others what it means to be studious, mature, and responsible.” DENISONMAGAZINE.COM
Among the top 1 percent
itting in the chapel pews, Max Sternberg has a hunch he’s about to celebrate the achievements of a good friend. Earlier in the week, his swim coach Gregg Parini strongly encouraged all team members to attend the awards ceremony. Meanwhile, his parents, David and Robin, are sitting in their living room in California, watching the ceremony on a computer secure in the knowledge they let nothing slip. Max’s father has a penchant for inadvertently foiling surprises. “I’ve not been letting David call Max before the ceremony,” Robin says from the family’s Bay Area home. “He could say something that would give him a clue.” Max is caught off guard as his name is called. For his parents, the highlight of the ceremony is the praise from his swim coach, which is read to the audience. “When measured by work ethic, commitment, and integrity, Max ranks among the top 1 percent of all the student-athletes and students I’ve worked with in my 36 years in higher education,” Parini wrote. Like all medal winners, Max and his time management and organization skills are lauded. Majoring in the philosophy, politics and economics program requires a heavy course load. Max not only thrived academically, but played viola for the string chamber ensemble and put in long hours as a swim team captain. “But becoming an effective leader demands more than hard work and competence, it also requires an ability to connect with others with genuine empathy,” Parini wrote. “Gregarious by nature, Max is a thoughtful and insightful young man who cares deeply about his community and the people within it.”
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Big goals and great dreams
ix recipients sit on the stage facing the chapel audience. The hourlong ceremony is almost over and Ray is still in the crowd, thinking his parents might have made the drive to Dension to celebrate the achievements of others. That’s when Faculty Chair Jeff Thompson reveals the final winner: Rayshon Cornell Walker. The chapel erupts in rapturous applause. Ray’s father stands and yells, “Yes, sir,” repeatedly. Vickie tries to catch her son’s attention, waving to him as he makes the short jaunt to accept his medal. Several fraternity brothers shout out their fraternal call and Ray cups his hands around his mouth and returns the call. “To round it all out like this, I don’t have the words,” Ray says. “A lot of this isn’t about me, that’s what I want people to understand. This is about my professors, it’s about the contacts that I’ve made and the relationships I’ve built. This medal is for all of them.” Faculty members describe the double major in communications and anthropology/sociology as a visionary, the first dedicated video journalist for The Denisonian, a student who had “big goals DENISON MAGAZINE
ABOVE: Ray Walker, bookended by parents Eric and Vickie, poses for photos after the ceremony.
and great dreams of what he wanted to accomplish,” wrote Brandon Morgan, the assistant director of athletic communications. Ray’s engagement with faculty members and students is so lengthy — he’s a member of the University Conduct Board and the Antiracism Task Force as well as a vice president for the Black Student Union — that he’s selected to serve on the Denison Board of Trustees. As one of just two recent student trustees on the board, Ray is tasked with maintaining connections and representing student interest for the next two years. In July, he will begin work at the NBC News Bureau in New York, where he will serve in a variety of roles. “I got here and made the best of my experience, and it’s been one of the most transformative experiences of my life,” Ray says of his time at Denison. “I wouldn’t have changed the people I’ve met and the classes I’ve taken for the world.” Ray looks outside the chapel doors and sees his proud parents waiting. He spots other President’s Medal recipients talking to faculty members and students. He steps outside into the afternoon sun, eager to see what other surprises await. DENISONMAGAZINE.COM
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Refreshing: Samuel Taggart ’14 landed his dream job. You could say it’s all downhill from here. See page 58
Keep Reading 12 powered by “and”
What makes a Denison education unique? It’s how our students embrace the “and,” President Adam Weinberg says.
18 The Hill
A student embraces the challenge of publishing; we discover the scent of Granville; Denison Magazine writers eat way too much ice cream in the name of research; Big Red athletics has a banner year.
33 Open Mic
Two professors share one teaching position — and a special appreciation for the humble turtle.
& 46 CLASS NOTES 60 IN MEMORIAM
This award is so tightly guarded that one of its winners missed the ceremony at Swasey Chapel. READY FOR LAUNCH
Four ways Denison is countering the perception that liberal arts colleges don’t prepare students for careers. OFF THE HILL
40 Student journalists dig into one of Licking County’s biggest news stories — Intel’s planned $20 billion semiconductor plant.
72 Last Word
A modest bench with a fascinating history. Because of publishing deadlines, we’re bound to be a bit behind. Please email us with anything we’ve missed at email@example.com.
ON THE COVER: The 2022 President’s Medal winners, clockwise from left: Sueshin “Sarah” Moon, Hannah Gilson, Ariela Katz, Liam Jeanette, Sarah Hume, Sophie Gilson, Max Sternberg, Rayshon Walker.
Denison is a college powered by the word “and” HILL SIDE CHAT
Adam Weinberg, President
enison is a college where the experience is shaped by world-class academics and co-curricular involvements. It is a place where you can compete at a national level in athletics and study abroad, pursue an artistic passion and still major in any academic discipline, and have friends who share your world views and friends who have different world views. At Denison, students can explore existing interests and develop new interests that will become lifelong passions. We are a college where you can receive a life-shaping liberal arts education and be prepared to launch quickly into a career. In other words, we are a college powered by the word “and.” We are a place that does not force students to make false choices. We give students an education that develops “the whole person.” Our students have a fantastic four-year experience that unlocks their potential to be the architects of their lives. What does this look like in 2022? This edition of the magazine celebrates the power of “and” in several ways. I want to mention two. First, there is a fun article on our Presidential Medal winners. This is an award we first gave out in 1985. Each year, we recognize a select group of seniors who have achieved at the highest level academically and contributed to the Denison community through involvement in athletics, the arts, community service, or campus discourses. The awardees represent the unique combination of interests our students explore during their time on The Hill. And they are not alone. When I talk with students, I am always struck by the innovative mix of courses or majors they are pursuing. I am also inspired by their range of co-curricular interests. In late spring, I asked one of our music majors how they wound up at Denison. The student explained that they had almost committed to a conservatory, but then they visited Denison. This student talked about walking into the new Eisner Center for the Performing Arts, meeting our music faculty, and feeling the wonderful sense of community and friendship that permeates our campus. They realized they could come to Denison and have it all. In addition to pursuing their passion for music, this student is also a varsity athlete, a global commerce major, and a tour guide.
Every college has high-achieving students. What makes Denison unique is that our students truly embrace the “and” principle. This has always been true about Denison, and it remains so today. Second, we profile four centers that help students blend a life-shaping liberal arts education with preparation for careers. Our work on career preparation starts with a deep grounding in the liberal arts. Students’ minds are expanded as they take classes across academic disciplines that expose them to a wide range of ideas and ways of seeing the world. They are mentored by world-class faculty who help them reflect on big questions about the lives they want to live. They are pushed in the right ways by their peers. They grow as they live together in residential halls, study abroad, play sports, participate in the arts, and join student organizations. And at Denison, we build on the liberal arts foundation by giving students specific skills and experiences they need to pursue professional interests. Over the last six years, we have developed a series of centers to help students explore careers; prepare to compete for internships, jobs, and graduate programs; and launch quickly and successfully into lives and careers. The article in this issue explores these centers, including the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration, Denison Edge (which is an extension of the Knowlton Center), The Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement, and Red Frame Lab. One of my favorite programs is called The Journey Program. It is a multi-day program that helps students reflect on their talents and interests and starts the process of identifying career options. Students finish with a career journey roadmap. The program is designed for sophomores to help them get started and broadly focused. What I admire about this program is how it blends the liberal arts with career exploration. It encourages students to take a wide range of classes, major in anything they want, and pursue co-curricular interests, and then use the four centers to fill in the gaps. It is the “and” principle at work. I hope you enjoy this edition of the magazine. As I complete my ninth year at Denison, I feel honored to be a Denisonian. This is a great college, and I am grateful to be able to serve it.
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PERCEPTION THAT LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES ARE IVORY TOWER
ACADEMIES THAT DON’T PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH MUCH IN THE WAY OF CAREER PREPARATION.
STORY BY TIM FERAN
ven in higher education circles, “there’s been a false choice between a liberal arts and a preprofessional education,” Adam Weinberg says. When Weinberg was named Denison University’s 20th president in 2013, he spent the first couple of years listening and learning. Talking with recent alumni, “over and over I heard that their launch was more difficult than it needed to be,” he says. It became obvious that the school — which had always done well at providing a life-shaping education — could and should devote more resources to help students unlock their potential in the years that lie ahead, Weinberg says. Within a few years, Denison had launched or reinvigorated an impressive array of initiatives that help students and recent graduates answer three interrelated questions: • What kind of life do I want to lead? • How do careers and professions fit into those lives? • How do I use my time in college to develop the skills, values, habits, experiences, and networks to get started? “I’ve been impressed and grateful at how quickly the faculty came on board,” Weinberg says. “Alumni were amazing, too, providing early financial resources that allowed us to take some risks. They, and parents, have stepped up in finding great internships as well. “People always said that Denison had a great alumni and parent network,” he says. “Nothing exemplifies this better than how far we’ve come in the last five years.” Unique among liberal arts colleges, Denison’s efforts to provide pathways to students don’t end at graduation. “This is not a four-year but a nine-year effort,” Weinberg says. “Our goal is that, at their fifth reunion, our graduates will have successfully launched into their lives. Getting a job is not that challenging. It’s harder to get a life.” There are four key centers that work alongside the academic experience to support students as they prepare for life beyond The Hill.
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Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration BURTON D. MORGAN CENTER
In 2016, the school’s career center was renamed after the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation pledged a $9.3 million gift to create a permanent endowment. “Fifteen years ago, Denison’s career center was peripheral to the student experience, with four or five people on staff,” says Associate Vice President for Career Development Laurie Kamerer. “They spent most of their time helping seniors put together a resume.” Today, the Knowlton Center is a bustling office in the middle of campus, with 18 employees. “Now our staff spends most of their time helping students discover their passion and coaching them on how to map that passion to internships and jobs. This is a generation that has very little intent to work in one place for 30 years,” Kamerer says. “So they’re looking at the first thing on the journey.” The career coaches begin working with students from their first semester on campus and stick with them through at least the first five years after graduation.
“But there’s no expiration date on our services. We get calls from alumni 20 years out who are making big career changes, too. We add more and more resources on that front every year,” Kamerer says. The center has invested heavily in technology and resources, including a virtual career center and job board, assessment instruments, research tools, and alumni mentoring platforms. By joining what’s known as a Career Community, students are provided the tools, resources, opportunities and people they will need to launch careers in such areas as financial services; consulting and business; health care and clinical research; marketing, sales, and communication; nonprofits, education, and government; technology, data, and science; and visual, written, and performing arts. “We meet with 90% of students by their senior year,” Kamerer says. “Ultimately we’re trying to convince 2,300 students a year to take it on almost like another class.”
Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement FELLOWS HALL
300 MARCONI BOULEVARD, DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS
UNIQUE AMONG LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES, DENISON’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE PATHWAYS TO STUDENTS DON’T END AT GRADUATION.
Launched in January 2021, Denison Edge gives students practical training and skills to help them succeed in whatever job they may pursue. “This is really President Weinberg’s brainchild,” says Eric Lloyd, executive director of Denison Edge. “During the first winter break of Covid, as many other schools did, Denison had an extended winter break. We didn’t want students sitting idle that long, so we offered some programs that would give them practical job skills to complement the liberal arts skills of problem solving, communication, and critical thinking.” Once students have met with a career coach to identify their passions and strengths and explore potential career paths, they may find their way to Denison Edge, where they are taught both hard and soft business skills, as well as technical and data skills that are crucial to their field. Next, students receive hands-on experience through sponsored projects and internships. Training programs cover a wide range, from an eighthour introduction on using Excel spreadsheets to a 30-hour course in understanding financial and managerial accounting. “For each program, we have a panel of industry experts who work with us,” Lloyd says. The programs are offered both in person (at the Denison Edge offices across the street from Nationwide Arena), or virtually. The Columbus location, while unusual for a Denison organization, “is part of (President Weinberg’s) vision to forge a closer connection between Denison and Columbus,” Lloyd says. Only a year in, the program is already showing impressive results. “We’ve been talking to a lot of central Ohio employers to keep a pulse on the suite of skills that are most in demand,” he says. “A lot of them ask if we can send someone in to upskill their employees.”
In 2016, the Gilpatrick Center for Fellowships and Student Research was rededicated as the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement in honor of philosophy professor Dr. Anthony Lisska. Primarily focused on advising and supporting students, faculty, and alumni in academic pursuits, the Lisska Center helps those applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships; coordinates Denison’s Summer Scholars program; provides funding for student research and travel; and sponsors various multidisciplinary programs and events. Every summer, more than 120 students receive funding to support independent research alongside a faculty member. “The Lisska Center acts as a bit of an incubator for students,” says Administrative Director Suzanne Shoger. “We support them not just in what they’re going to do after they graduate, but what they can do right away. By the time students are seniors, they’ve already had research experience or received fellowships for focused academic study in the U.S. or abroad.” “How these experiences build on each other is really helpful in early on getting the students to be self-reflective and think about their academic experiences, their background, their upbringing,” says Adam Davis, director of the Lisska Center. “Some students do more than one summer program,” Davis says. “That’s really important in enabling them to try more in-depth research to see if they want to pursue a graduate degree. It’s also very useful when applying for jobs to have that hands-on research experience. So it serves as a great launching pad for a graduate degree or work as a scientist, for example.” He says the Lisska Center, like so many other parts of Denison, works at building relationships that last many years, including post-Denison. “A big part of what we do is provide one-on-one support,” Shoger says, “meeting students where they are as early and often as possible.”
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Red Frame Lab
SLAYTER HALL STUDENT UNION “We don’t have a major in entrepreneurship,” says Red Frame Lab Director Steve Krak. “And yet something like a quarter of Denison alumni identify as entrepreneurs.” At Red Frame Lab, students explore and develop those entrepreneurial skills, engage with visiting entrepreneurs, and learn business and design fundamentals. Launched in August 2017, Red Frame offers immersive workshops, startup weekend programs, pitch competitions, alumni entrepreneur summits, and one-on-one coaching, among other activities. A core element is the introduction to design thinking, a powerful user-centered problem-solving approach that’s used across all career sectors. “This is a learning laboratory,” Krak says. “You’re not here to get grades; you’re not going to get fired. You are here to explore, create and learn.” Student employees of the Red Frame Lab are part of RED (Research, Engagement, and Design) Corps and receive training and experience as design consultants
for Denison itself. Another key component of the center is Red Frame Lab Consulting, where experienced mentors guide student teams using design thinking to address real problems for actual clients. Projects range from two weeks to an entire semester, and students progress over a four-year path as consultants, senior consultants, managers, and senior managers. Since the summer of 2020, this program has served more than 88 clients locally and across the country. Red Frame also provides students access to a massive collection of professional contacts. “Rick’s network is amazing,” Krak says, praising Rick Coplin ’85, the center’s entrepreneur coach. “I often challenge students to ‘Stump the Band’ (with Coplin) — pick a subject and he’ll know someone and connect you.” One recent graduate used her experience with Red Frame to create her own marketing business. “Her first client was one she had worked for at Red Frame,” Krak says. “She’s been killing it ever since.” •
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New day, new beginning —Unofficial though it may be, it’s still Denison tradition: During the wee hours of Commencement morning, seniors gather at the hill across from Sigma Chi and wait for the sun to peek over the trees lining Deeds Field-Piper Stadium. On May 14, members of the Class of 2022 celebrated their last Denison sunrise with tears and hugs, tightly packed on the grass, as if tethered by the moment.
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Yazmina Ameerah Salahuddin-Robinson ’22 MAJOR: International Studies
Yazmina Salahuddin-Robinson’s intense curiosity about languages and cultures drew her to the international studies major. She sees herself as a citizen of a global world — while at Denison, she studied both Chinese and Japanese and has been exploring other cultures through writing. During her senior year, she wrote and published the first in a planned 13-book series in which each book focuses on a character from another part of the world.
What’s your best advice for other entrepreneurs? Believe in yourself. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence, and I would be upset when I read a negative comment about my book. Then I realized what a significant accomplishment this was.
Now I feel more confident in my book and what I did. It gives me faith in myself to keep learning and growing in my work. Plus, don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help! — Ginny Sharkey
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What did you learn about yourself as you wrote your book? “What I like the most is writing about something that doesn’t exist. I’m writing descriptions of planets, and creating new art. And I discovered that I’m an entre-
preneur. I’m independent and I’m motivated to work for myself. I learned that writing and publishing a book is about a lot more than having a story to tell. Besides writing, there’s editing, illustrating, and marketing. I like the challenge of learning new things.
Found The Jones desk This Eastlake style desk, with its characteristic carving, paneling, and hardware, was the last word in 1890s furniture when Monomoy Place was at its fashionable peak. That’s when John Sutphin Jones first became Granville’s Gilded Age tycoon and flaunted it by remodeling his in-laws’ house, where he’d been living with his bride, Sarah Follett, and her parents. Jones went on to create his own estate at Bryn Du, east of the village, and when he died in 1927, his widowed sister lived at Monomoy until her death in 1932. Jones’ will stipulated that Monomoy Place would become “a home for elderly indigent ladies” when his sister Maggie died, but that funding withered during the stock market crash in 1929, and eventually, the property was sold to Denison in August 1935. Denison needed to quickly convert Monomoy into much-needed temporary women’s housing in time for the start of classes that fall, so the contents of the house were sold to locals to make room for student furnishings. Forty-five years later, President Bob Good and his wife, Nancy, saved Monomoy Place from being razed and turned it into the president’s residence in 1979. Their budget for this project was thin, and by the time it was habitable, there was little money left to furnish the enormous house. Nancy Good put out a call to townspeople, asking for anyone who still had original objects from the 1935 estate sale to consider donating them to the historic house. This past winter, local resident Joe Sinsabaugh and his sisters donated to Monomoy Place this desk, which their mother Marie had purchased from a local antiques dealer around 1972. None of the Sinsabaugh children attended Denison, but having grown up in the community, they’ve appreciated the benefits the college has brought to local culture and prosperity. It seemed right to them that their mother’s handsome desk would return to its original setting.
Zhuzh up your plate Show you’re #DenisonProud with a stylish spirit license plate frame. This high-end, perfectly chromed frame comes in two options — a classic frame or an alumni frame. Roll with Denison wherever you go! You can buy one (or both) at shop.denison.edu.
Granville is lit On the shelves at Goumas Candyland, we discovered an unassuming soy candle labeled “Granville,” which naturally raised the question: What does our quaint town smell like? Spark up the wick and you get your answer: subtle, some hints of floral, a gentle scent that brings peace and serenity to any space. Grab one of these and welcome a piece of Granville home.
Inscriptions By Casey Land ’22
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The trees were always separate, here before us and remaining long after. From inside looking out, or from the walkways built just for us, it is not at first apparent that these trees have born witness to all those mornings we woke and spent the day seeking rest again, the afternoons spent outside praising the sun. All our lives framed by the trees that radiate green in the warmer months like a reward. There is no way to know how the trees record what they’ve seen, but their presence reminds us of what we inscribe in ourselves, as they inscribe the weather in their rings — permanent, endlessly circling the past, keeping memory alive.
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Casey Land ’22 is an English and environmental studies major from Villa Hills, Ky.
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The Office Knapp 209B
THE CLASSIC OFFICE OF JOHN JACKSON, DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMERITUS, BLACK STUDIES
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BY JAMES G. HALE ’78
The office-within-an-office of John Jackson looks like, and is, a sanctum: books tightly shelved and loosely stacked, artifacts like talismans on the surfaces. True to its occupant, it’s a quiet space — personal, distinctive. Knapp 209B holds nearly a half-century of Jacksonian history, and echoes with the close conversations, mentoring, and political strategizing with students and colleagues who have sat across from his desk, experiencing what emeritus Bill Nichols describes as Jackson’s “tact and great gentleness” as well as his reliable moral compass. Jackson’s first Denison office had an unobstructed view of the Welsh Hills from the fourth floor of Slayter. He came from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, hired as associate dean of chapel, and his first few years were busy with preaching and teaching and advising student volunteers in DCA, the Denison Community Association. He and his wife, Rita, were also the young parents of a baby boy. Jackson was initially appointed in the religion department, not Black studies, a program which had begun in 1968 in the form of evening classes taught by Bill Nichols and Jack Kirby. It wasn’t until 1978, when Jackson was elevated to dean of chapel, that President Robert C. Good convinced him to stay on at Denison while he pursued his doctoral studies, and to help further develop the nascent Black studies program. In this incremental way, Jackson found his work and purpose shaped. His entire life before divinity school had been spent in Alabama, including his undergraduate years at Miles College, a historically Black liberal arts institution with roots, like his own, in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. When he was young, his grandmother opened his eyes to the contradictions of slavery in a country that declared itself a place of freedom. In college he was strongly influenced by reading James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power, which brought deeper meaning to his study of religion. And he recalls how the daily realities of apartheid in South Africa moved him to decide that his academic background in religion and sociology “had little meaning without exploring movements for social justice.”
OBJECTS: A few of the pocket-sized objects on display, these from Rwanda, Kenya, Mexico, and possibly Granville.
His path through religion grew in complexity, and in this unlikely, predominantly white northern university, Jackson sensed opportunity. Denison was a small community still very early in its journey with multicultural engagement. It was open to possibilities, but there were plenty of awkward and arduous hurdles. He was not a rabble-rouser, but neither did he back down in a challenge. He was looking for ways to effect change, and with a largely supportive administration, Denison was a place he could put his skills and beliefs into practice and speak truth to power. As a boy in Opelika, Jackson learned early that entering the front door of the pharmacy could be an invitation to trouble, but he knew he could use the side alley and knock on a window to get his family’s prescriptions. Looked at in this way, Jim Crow Alabama could be a proving ground for risk assessment and creative problem solving. Jackson’s experience and disposition alerted him to the power in careful deliberation. His colleague and
friend Bill Nichols underscores this point: “John’s background is in the South. And I think that prepared him to recognize hidden danger. He worked with indirection, not trying to be a hero.” Building coalitions with common interests is not only Jackson’s style, it’s how things get done in an institution. His commitment to the mutual support between Black studies and women’s studies has been a model at Denison through the decades, and an early policy success is one of his most enduring. Having convened a small group of faculty to develop a plan from an idea, Jackson helped guide Denison to adopt a diversity requirement as part of its general education standards. In 1979 this was a first in American higher education — a bold accomplishment for Denison and an example for many other institutions. When the requirement was omitted in a curriculum restructuring in the early 2000s, Jackson and allies came back with the existing “Power and Justice” requirement, an update and recasting of the original plan. Persistence, vigilance, and pressure carefully applied: some of the lessons of John Jackson as he retires this spring. His legacy is now a part of Denison’s DNA: a community more thoughtful, more aware, more humane, and stronger.
A HALF-CENTURY OF HISTORY: Treasures abound in Jackson’s office.
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Three Tigers puts out the fire BY JAMES G. HALE ’78
enerations of Denison volunteer firefighters remember running to the station at the foot of college hill and suiting up for a fast ride with the siren on, in one of the pumper trucks or rescue vehicles gleaming in the four-bay garage. Denison students and professors made up most of the Granville fire department in 1885 when it was first formed, and with the tallest buildings in the township, Denison has always had a serious stake in its success. A few years ago, the fire crew moved to a large new station on South Main Street in November 2020, leaving all that square footage on North Prospect for life enhancing instead of life saving. Three Tigers Brewing Company and Mai Chau restaurant were already across the street, in the space that was formerly Del Mar, and before that, Granvilla Pizza. It started with the Mai Chau food truck in 2013, the inspiration of Scott Wilkins after two years teaching in Vietnam with his wife, Ashley. Viet-style street food from the truck was as popular back home as he thought it would be, and by 2015, with the added vision of partners Lonnie Hill and Rick Moller, Mai Chau established a small sit-down restaurant. Very quickly, the three partners acted on a mutual vision of taking it to the next level with a brew pub, and by 2016, Three Tigers Brewing was opened in the adjoining corner space.
The variety of spices and hops has been a big hit, but the quarters were too small to expand, so when the 6,000-square-foot fire house directly to the west became available, the three partners were ready to pounce. The sight now of gleaming stainless steel brewing tanks from the sidewalk is reminiscent of the well-tended fire trucks, and everything about the new operation more or less triples their former capacity, including seating, staffing, kitchen space, and beer production. On fine days, the large windowed bays are opened to the sun and air just like the fire station used to do.
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Are you ready to add sprinkles? With the weather finally warming up, we ventured to four frozen treat destinations to try out some of the best sweets in the city. Belle’s Bread Tucked in a strip mall off Old Henderson Road, you’ll find Kenny Center Mall, dubbed the “Japan Marketplace.” There’s a grocery store, sushi to go, a Japanese restaurant, a ramen spot, a gift shop, and the purpose of our visit: a Japanese bakery. At Belle’s Bread, the shelves are lined with pillowy milk bread and classic French desserts with a Japanese twist: think matcha cake rolls and Nutella kitty buns. But we were here for the frozen treats, which were plentiful — and often green. Since we started our day at breakfast time, we opted to try the ice cream-stuffed crepes along with the classic matcha soft serve and shaved ice options. The treats are delicious and unique — you can take the safe route of vanilla ice cream or venture into the experience of red bean paste and mochi nestled in matcha soft serve.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at the North Market Next up, we visited Jeni’s amid the hustle and bustle of the Arena District. A Columbus institution turned national chain, Jeni’s launched its first ice cream shop, called Scream, in 1996 right here in the North Market. Before getting our next scoop, we cleansed our palette with some food from around the world. The North Market, a collection of diverse merchants and vendors, boasts a variety of cuisines — Vietnamese, Indian, Somali, Nepali, Italian, Moroccan, and more. The spice levels of the food put our stomachs to the test, so we were ready for some ice cream to cool it down. We tried the adventurous Everything Bagel flavor that broke the internet (and tastes exactly as it sounds) and the more classic Milkiest Chocolate. You can even grab a pint of Sunshine (yes, this is an actual flavor) to turn your day around. Jeni’s has something for everyone, making it the perfect treat to enjoy with friends.
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CRMD Our third stop of the day is a relative newcomer to the Columbus ice cream scene: CRMD opened in the Short North in 2019. The small shop is painted black and boasts cheeky neon signs and vibrant ice cream — think blue cookies and cream, charcoal-infused black vanilla, red fruity pebbles, and more. We sampled a variety and enjoyed the ice cream — fruity pebbles was a favorite — but the star of the show was the puffle, your new favorite ice cream vehicle. This tasty, puffy waffle takes a few minutes, but it’s worth the wait. It arrives warm and slightly crisp on the outside with a pillowy center. The perfect complement to cold, creamy ice cream. If you’re looking for some ice cream during an evening out, CRMD can’t be beat: They’re open until midnight on Friday and Saturday!
Whit’s Frozen Custard We can’t do an article on frozen treats without mentioning our local Whit’s. An oldie but a goodie, Whit’s Frozen Custard opened its doors in Granville in 2003. It recently moved down the street from its original location, but don’t worry — you can still get all your favorites there. You can try the flavor of the week, wolf down a famous Whitser, sink your teeth into a Whittie or — if you’re feeling #DenisonProud — score a Big Red.
BRAIN FREEZE: Denison Social Media Manager Anthony Ledgyard cools down with a piña colada popsicle before swearing off ice cream for the near future.
Oh, and Whit’s Frozen Custard is now in 10 states, so you can always have your Whit’s about you! Dulce Vida We ventured across the street to Dulce Vida, a Mexican artisan ice cream shop, for our final stop of the day. To be honest, we weren’t sure how we were going to eat any more ice cream, but we knew we had to try it for the sake of this article. Even our dairy-free friend powered through!
BY TABY ARTHUR FOGG ’14 AND ASESHA DAYAL ’17; PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK DEMICHAEL ’13
With over 40 unique ice cream and popsicle flavors, we had plenty to choose from. We tried the strawberries & cream, mango chile, strawberry, and piña colada popsicles. We’re happy to report that these popsicles were remarkably drip-free (aka kid proof). The music in the shop created a happy atmosphere and the staff was warm and welcoming. It was the perfect way to end the day and, believe it or not, the popsicles were so good that we finished them all. Although we went for the popsicles, Dulce Vida also serves a variety of other treats and snacks, including churros, chapurrado, tamales, elote, and more. If you’re in Columbus, stop by one of their four locations.
“We have a really talented group and I was lucky to inherit seven seniors who were driven and motivated in light of the last two years.”
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New coach, same old winning ways Eric Koch replaced a legendary figure, but showed in his first season there’s no substitute for success.
regular-season titles and 11 trips to the NCCA quarterfinals. (Caravana spent three years coaching a Virginia boarding school before returning to Denison in 2009.) Koch was familiar with Caravana and his legacy, having coached against him several times while at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Some new coaches like to distance themselves from the preceding one, but Koch reached out to Caravana, meeting him for lunches and asking him to address the team before its rivalry game with Ohio Wesleyan. “He is a really cool and unique resource,” Koch said. “I felt like there was nobody better to offer some perspective and help set the tone for a game like that.” Senior Michael Bomes said Koch used the offseason to build relationships with individual players, easing the transition between coaches. The biggest adjustment for the team was the style of play. Koch is defensive oriented and his schemes are different from those employed by Caravana. Nonetheless, the Big Red scored 323 goals, third-most in the program’s history. The new coach tapped into the seniors’ desire to make up for the missed opportunities caused by the pandemic, Bomes said. “We lost in the Elite Eight our freshman year, and then we were kind of robbed of two years of lacrosse,” Bomes said. “There (was) a hunger to get back to the tournament. (Coach) has definitely done a good job of recognizing our goals and understanding we have a high expectation here.” —Tom Reed
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HIGH-POWERED: Eric Koch is a defensiveminded coach, but the club’s 323 goals were the thirdmost in Denison history.
Eric Koch was 7 years old when his predecessor, Mike Caravana, took charge of the Denison men’s lacrosse team. It’s never easy to follow a longtime coach, especially one who had a run of success that began about the same time Homer, Bart, and the rest of The Simpsons hit television screens in 1989. Entering his first season, Koch knew he would make some tweaks and changes to the way Caravana ran the Big Red program. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the winning. Koch, 39, led Denison to an NCAC tournament title — the school’s seventh championship since the conference tourney format began in 2013 — and to the third round of the Division III NCAA tournament. The club finished with a 16-5 mark, the fifth-most wins in the program’s history. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Koch said. “We have a really talented group and I was lucky to inherit a group of seven seniors who were driven and motivated in light of the last two years.” The Big Red reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in 2019 and opened the following year 4-0 before the season, and just about everything around it, was halted due to the pandemic. The squad played just 10 times in 2021, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament in what would be Caravana’s final game. The legendary coach won 320 games in his time at Denison, which began in 1990 and produced 15 NCAC
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Virus can’t stop march to record Tim Cianciola established a new Denison mark for career
wins despite losing parts of two seasons to the pandemic. Tim Cianciola finished his Denison tennis career as the all-time winningest men’s singles player. He also wasn’t a bad recruiter. Cianciola’s early success in the Big Red program and his praise for university life convinced his older sister, Hannah, to transfer from George Mason University to Denison, where she played three seasons on the women’s tennis team. His younger sister, Sydney, also couldn’t resist the gravitational pull of her brother and the Denison experience. She’s heading into her senior season on the women’s team. “I visited here and really liked it and I think Hannah saw how much fun I was having and how good the team was and decided to transfer,” Cianciola said. “Sydney didn’t originally want to come to the same school as her brother and sister, but she’s really enjoyed a lot of success here.” The challenge for men’s tennis coach David Schilling is recruiting another player and leader as influential as Cianciola, who graduated in the spring of 2022. His combination of talent, temperament, and self-belief drove the Big Red to a 2022 NCAC team title and helped the program reach the third round in the Division III NCAA Tournament. Cianciola, the two-time NCAC Player of the Year, eclipsed the school record for career singles wins with 67, an honor previously held by Lee Hays (63 victories) from 1996-99. The achievement is made more impressive by the fact that Cianciola and the Big Red were limited to a combined 20 matches during his sophomore and junior seasons due to the global pandemic. As a senior, Cianciola also established a new single-season mark for doubles-match wins (28), with the old mark of 23 set in 2006. He qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles tournament in both events, reaching the quarterfinals in each. Schilling said Cianciola’s confidence and competitiveness helped transform him into a two-time Division III All-American. Sometimes, those traits can be a detriment in a team environment, Schilling said, but that wasn’t the case with Cianciola, a Canfield, Ohio, native and the son of two former collegiate players. His mother, Susan, taught him the game, and is a longtime tennis instructor in northeast Ohio. “A lot of the best tennis players are very edgy,” said Schilling, who spent 20 seasons as an Ohio State University assistant coach before being named Denison’s DENISON MAGAZINE
head coach in 2020. “Tim has that edginess when he’s competing, but he doesn’t necessarily have it against our teammates. He helps lift the spirits of everyone on the team.” Cianciola has the option of returning for one more season because the NCAA granted a fifth year of eligibility for athletes impacted by pandemic-related cancellations. But Cianciola, who graduated with a degree in biology, is eager to start his career in the medical field. “I really like helping people and taking care of people,” he said. “That’s what I want to do with my life.” —Tom Reed
REPEATING HIMSELF: Tim Cianciola was a twotime NCAC Player of the Year for the Big Red.
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A Big Red banner year
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Denison athletics cemented its spot atop the North Coast Athletic Conference standings in 2021-22 with a new conference record of 190.5 points — blowing away the previous record of 179 points set by the Big Red more than two decades ago. The eight league titles spanned: • Baseball • Women’s soccer • Women’s volleyball • Men’s swimming and diving • Women’s golf • Men’s lacrosse • Men’s tennis • Women’s tennis Denison also posted 14 additional top-five finishes to win its league-topping 18th North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship. In all, Denison leads the way with 165 team championships during the NCAC’s 38 playing seasons. Go Big Red!
The Telling Down from such heights and up from depths beyond measure the old ice slowly now quicker than the stones can hold it knows its path like the one note of a bird flown beyond us in ages since we’ve forgotten the wind holds us in its heavy sleeves so sorry now at the pace of our elders’ tongues down the valley it is going the clocks have stopped it is happy to be finished almost there singing the song no one heard the last time either when the rains began.
David Baker David Baker retired from Denison in May 2021 after 38 years, though he continues to teach two spring semester courses each year. Baker will give a public reading from his new book Oct. 8, 2022, at Denison. To hear him read The Telling and speak about his retirement and this poem, visit denison.edu/magazine.
This poem first appeared in Raritan and will be reprinted in Whale Fall (W. W. Norton, July 2022).
Sharing love for tutelage, turtles BIOLOGY PROFESSORS, MARRIED TO EACH OTHER AND THEIR WORK, DISCUSS THE UNIQUE ROLE OF A SHARED TEACHING POSITION. FEW WORDS FROM TWO OF OUR PRO -
fessors of biology who have shared a single teaching position for the past 22 years, Geoff Smith and Jessica Rettig. Both are married — in fact, to each other. Together, they teach Ecology and Evolution, Vertebrate Zoology, and Population and Community Ecology, and have also taught courses on writing focusing on infectious disease (Rettig) and climate change (Smith). They are both partial to turtles. In addition, they share the raising of two sons, a sort of long-range biological experiment. Another shared commitment is observing the life in and around murky wet habitats. Did we get that right?
Rettig: We’re ecologists as well as biologists, so we often study fish, frogs, toads, tadpoles, insects, turtles, and other animals that, yes, live in ponds. We came to Denison in the fall of 2000, and our shared position in biology covers a single full-time teaching load. Early on, we were each expected to develop independent scholarly programs and publish like a full-time faculty member to receive tenure. So, we mainly pursued our own separate research through tenure. It’s only in the past five or six years that we’ve more intentionally coordinated our research. Smith: The shared position has had a lot of advantages, including allowing us to be very engaged with our sons — one or the other of us coached the boys’ soccer teams for many years, volunteered in their classrooms, and traveled with them for games or band activities. And they’ve both been involved, usually voluntarily, in our field work here at Denison, but also in a project in north-
ern Indiana where we studied turtles. Both boys have pursued science — one in biology and one in chemistry. Rettig: Sharing this position has also made it possible to team-teach more easily, which we typically do with our upper-level classes. In part this is because we both bring our own expertise and interests to these courses. For example, I’ve spent a lot of time doing research on fish so in Vertebrate Zoology it makes a lot of sense to have me use that expertise to teach about the fishes (and there are a ton of fishes). Meanwhile, Geoff has spent a lot of time doing research on amphibians and reptiles, so he teaches about those animal groups. Another example is that I focus more on predation, where Geoff ’s emphasis is competition. Also, I don’t like snakes; Geoff is comfortable with snakes. Smith: We also team-teach these courses because we both really like them — they were inspired by similar courses we took as undergraduates at Earlham. To be honest, neither of us wanted to be the person who didn’t get to teach those courses, so team-teaching lets us both teach some of our favorite topics. Because we both had undergraduate experiences that emphasized engaging students in hands-on science, we have similar ideas about how the courses should run. That’s not to say we don’t have “discussions” about how the course should go, of course. Do your natural dispositions play a part too? Rettig: Especially when we team-teach the students do identify differences in us — for instance, students report that Geoff is more organized when he lectures and has a dry sense of humor, while I am more likely to veer off track at times in lecture and am viewed as more energetic. Each student might connect better with one or the other of us — that’s good, and overall students report they find it positive to engage with two professors in a single course.
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You’ve been on sabbatical this spring, and will have a Bowen Faculty Fellowship leave in the fall. Where is your research taking you? Smith: Recently we’ve been studying how restored or newly created habitats are colonized by animals and plants, and how those biological communities develop and mature over time. We can observe this firsthand at the Granville Schools Land Lab, a cool space near Denison that happens to have four recently established ponds. The Land Lab was established by Granville High School students in Jim Reding’s AP Environmental Science class. They worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to convert several acres of agricultural fields around the Granville Intermediate School into a variety of prairie and other terrestrial habitats, and four ponds or wetlands. We were involved in the project early on.
Rettig: It’s a great opportunity for us to work together and use our complementary skills, interests, and research expertise. We also use the Land Lab to do ecology research with individual Denison students (such as summer or senior research), with Granville High School students, as well with our classes. The Land Lab is a nice supplement to Denison’s Biological Reserve where we also conduct research. In some ways, the BioReserve gives us a view of how the Land Lab might look in 50 years or so. Smith: The Land Lab really presents a rare chance to follow the development of the ecology of habitats from scratch: When do animals first arrive? How do their numbers change and how does the variety change as the community develops? We’ve been studying the ponds to see how aquatic insects and crustaceans use the ponds, and we’ve started exploring how turtles use the ponds and move among them.
Rettig: Much of our sabbatical is being spent examining data on aspects of these aquatic insect communities in these ponds and on microscopic crustaceans there. We’ll continue our studies of the turtles too. Time to talk about turtles.
Jessica Rettig & Geoff Smith
Rettig: Turtles are just cool creatures — I’m amazed that turtles arrived so quickly to the new ponds in the Land Lab. Given how humans have manipulated the landscape to make life hard for a turtle — by filling in or draining wetlands and ponds, putting barriers between ponds and lakes (roads, subdivisions), destroying nesting sites — I am impressed by their tenacity. Smith: Turtles were really important to my development as a biologist and as an ecologist. As an undergraduate I began research on turtles as a first-year student in a vertebrate zoology course I was taking from the professor who became my mentor, John Iverson. We took a field trip to the northern Indiana field site I mentioned earlier. I then worked with John researching turtles in Nebraska, Mexico, and the southwest U.S. I’ve continued to work with John on turtle projects for the past almost 30 years and we are still writing up the results. The Land Lab has given me the opportunity to explore turtle ecology locally.
Jessica Rettig and Geoff Smith have shared the same Denison teaching position for two decades.
Jessica, if you could be any biological organism, which would it be? Rettig: Honestly, I am not good at deciding favorite things. Geoff, your turn. Smith: I’m not sure — I’d probably say a human.
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BY CHRIS DEVILLE PHOTOS BY JAMES SCHULLER
‘I didn’t know I was an art kid’ As she prepares to retire from the Columbus Museum of Art, Nannette Maciejunes ’75 reflects on the path that led her there.
h e n sh e a n n o u n c e d h e r impending retirement in February after nearly 20 years as executive director and CEO of the Columbus Museum of Art, Nannette V. Maciejunes ’75 was widely praised as a transformative figure — a vibrant leader who brokered the acquisition of monumental collections and consistently worked to make the museum more accessible to the community beyond experts and elites. That impact would not have been felt without Maciejunes’ own life-changing experience at Denison, where she majored in art history as an undergrad and later returned to teach classes and manage the Denison Museum on sabbatical from her graduate studies at the Ohio State University. Maybe art history was always Maciejunes’ destiny. Her schoolteacher parents were a history buff father and an art enthusiast mother who filled their Bexley home with replicas of famous sculptures such as Michelangelo’s David and Rodin’s The Kiss. But when she arrived on The Hill in 1971, Maciejunes was majoring in plain old history. “I didn’t know I was an art kid at the time,” she recalls. That changed when she found her way into an art history class and was captivated. “She just fell into art history,” remembers Steven
Rosen, a former Denison professor and Maciejunes’ academic advisor. Young Nannette made a huge impression on him, and not just because one day she showed up at his office and plopped a furry creature down on his desk — Max, a pet New Zealand red rabbit she’d received as a gift from a boyfriend. “She was perfect,” Rosen says of Maciejunes. “By perfect I mean she was so bright and so aware and so interested in so much stuff that nothing escaped her view.” For Maciejunes, who views herself as bad with other languages, art history became a way to connect with other eras and cultures on a visual level. The change in majors also made sense socially because she was making the rounds in the downhill section of campus, largely populated by music, dance, theater, and art students. In that downhill world, the launch of an art gallery in Burke Hall in 1973 was a big deal. “With the opening of a new museum on campus, that gave lots of kids a different slant on the usual mechanics of getting a degree,” Rosen says. For art history students, the facility now known as the Denison Museum instantly became a venue for hands-on experience. Volunteering there as a junior and senior, Maciejunes picked up the practical skills of running a museum, including how to hang labels and create archival records. Looking back on that time, she reflects, “It probably had a far greater impact on me than I realized.”
“In an ideal world, an undergraduate learning experience should be about opening up your mind and teaching you to think and ask questions and wonder and want to explore the world,” Maciejunes says. Some of the general perks of a liberal arts education laid groundwork for her career, too. Her first experiences abroad were a series of three-week January school trips that took her to London, Paris, and Florence — a prologue to professional travels that would one day send her as far as Russia and Chile. Furthermore, the breadth of a liberal arts education mirrored the multi disciplinary approach needed to manage an institution like the Columbus Museum of Art. “In an ideal world, an undergraduate learning experience should be about opening up your mind and teaching you to think and ask questions and wonder and want to explore the world,” Maciejunes says. Ann Rectenwald Hoaglin ’71, who did not overlap with Maciejunes at Denison but later worked closely
with her as a CMA trustee and board president, believes Denison had exactly that kind of impact on Maciejunes. “She came up through this art history background, so she knows that, but what’s been the most remarkable about Nannette is that she has been able to broaden her skill at being an administrator, a manager, somebody who could look at the broader organization and not just concentrate on art,” Hoaglin says. “I really credit Denison with giving her those skills.” Denison also provided the connection that led to Maciejunes’ employment at the Columbus Museum of Art in the first place. By 1984, Rosen had moved on from Denison to become the CMA’s chief curator, and he jumped at the opportunity to bring Maciejunes on board as a curatorial assistant when an employee from a sepa-
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Nannette Maciejunes ’75 speaks to staff during a recent visit to the Denison Museum. For art history students like Maciejunes, the launch of an art gallery in Burke Hall in 1973 instantly provided a venue for hands-on experience.
rate department threatened to hire her if Rosen didn’t. When asked about giving her a foot in the door at the workplace that would define her career, Rosen demures. “She didn’t need a foot in the door. She just knew exactly what she wanted to do, and she jumped right into it.” That first CMA gig led to a brief stint as the head curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tenn., from 1989 to 1990, but Maciejunes was soon back in Columbus working her way toward roles as the CMA’s chief curator and, starting in 2003, executive director and CEO. Hoaglin remembers a telling exchange during the hiring process: “She just doesn’t seem like an art museum director,” one board member mused, to which another replied, “Isn’t that great?” Upon her return from Memphis in 1990, Maciejunes
opted to raise her own family in Granville — partially because she and her husband like the area, and partially because it created a nice buffer between home and work life. They continue to live within walking distance of the Denison Museum. After retiring in November, Maciejunes expects to stay busy. She wants to write more books, including one about vernacular photography. She plans to keep teaching part-time in Ohio State’s Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. And she’s looking for ways to benefit her community through supporting causes that matter to her, such as LGBTQ rights. “I think part of a Denison education,” Maciejunes says, “is (learning to ask): How do you help others? How do you make the world a better place?” •
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BY LORI KURTZMAN PHOTOS BY ALAN MILLER & LORI KURTZMAN
Off The Hill AND INTO A COMMUNITY THE REPORTING PROJECT AT DENISON IS PUTTING HEART INTO LOCAL NEWS — AND TELLING ONE OF LICKING COUNTY’S BIGGEST STORIES
“I’m not against progress,” says Vanhoose, 73. “But I think people need to (remember) that people live out here.”
“W BEARING WITNESS: (Top right) Standing in her living room, Vanhoose shares her feelings about the Intel project with (clockwise from bottom left) Molly Born, Pol Le ’25, and Faith Boirard ’25.
e’re about four or five minutes away,” says Molly Born, easing her car down a rural Licking County road, about a dozen miles west of Granville, Ohio. “So keep your eyes peeled for Barbara’s.” Faith Boirard and Pol Le peer through fogged windows. It’s a frigid April afternoon, and gray clouds hang heavy in the sky. Born, a West Virginia-based journalist and Denison’s 2022-23 Mellon Fellow for Journalism, rolls past a series of dark blue signs, past a house half collapsed by a bulldozer, past a new mound of soil. When an aging white farmhouse appears on her right, she turns into a dirt driveway and shuts off the car. “Do you have any questions for me as you go in, or are you feeling pretty good?” she asks the first-year students. “Good,” echo Boirard and Le, as they head into the home of Barbara Vanhoose, where they curl up on a floral living room couch and spend an hour listening to a master storyteller share what it’s like to have one of the world’s largest technology companies moving into the neighborhood.
INSIDE SCOOP: (Top left) Barbara Vanhoose, 73, greets Denison journalists at her back door in rural Licking County.
“I’m not against progress,” says Vanhoose, 73, looking out at the freshly turned land across the street, now clear of the crops and trees that have been framed by her window for decades. “I’m not against success. But I think people need to (remember) that people live out here.” Ever since Intel announced its plans in early 2022 to build a $20 billion semiconductor plant in Licking County’s Jersey Township, things have been changing quickly in this quiet central Ohio community. The development promises to wildly transform a large patch of countryside, swapping farms for factories and creating thousands of much-needed jobs for the region. Nearby residents have both cheered and jeered the landmark investment and what it will mean to their individual and collective lifestyles. It’s a big news story, to say the least. Too big, really, for any single news outlet to cover, and too complex, too nuanced, to paint with sweeping strokes. That’s where Born and Boirard and Le — along with several others from The Reporting Project at Denison University — have stepped in to offer a deep local look into the story.
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In 2020 Denison approved a new journalism major and minor and, separately, launched The Reporting Project, the manifestation of an idea long volleyed between visiting assistant English and journalism professor Doug Swift and Jack Shuler, the director of journalism at the college. The news site — supported in part by the “Writing in Place” initiative, a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — addressed two pressing goals for Denison and the community: creating a space to share stellar student and faculty storytelling while also helping to fill the local news gap left behind by shrinking news organizations. “It’s always been a bit of us dreaming what we would want to have and us thinking about what it could actually be now and in the moment,” Swift says. “We look out on the media landscape today and see resources for local newspapers getting smaller and smaller and the need for more local journalists continuing to grow.” “Rather than running away from it, we kind of jumped right into it,” Shuler says. “It seems to me like a natural fit for a small liberal arts college. We want journalists who can see the world from a lot of different perspectives; we want journalists who can talk to lots
“Our journalism is about connection with the community.”
ON ASSIGNMENT: Boirard and Jen Clancey ’23 tour Sand and Sip Rustic Wood Workshop in Johnstown, Ohio, with one of its owners, Amy Kent.
of different kinds of people; we want people who know how to research and read about things that they know nothing about and then actually understand them and then be able to talk about them.” The site took root in 2021 with a series of written and audio stories called Black Lives in Licking County, a collaboration among The Reporting Project, the NAACP of Licking County, and the local newspaper, the Newark Advocate. Student reporters immersed themselves in worship services and protests and joined a group of women at Cedar Hill Cemetery celebrating the life of an overlooked Black author, Gertrude Dorsey Brown. “We did four stories over the month of February 2021, and it was a lot of work just to pull those off each week,” Shuler says. “But I saw that as an amazing opportunity to see what we could do. The students were really into it, and we knew that it was the kind of journalism that we want to produce — rather than telling a community what they want, actually going into the community and asking them what they want, and collaborating with them to tell stories.” And so when Intel announced in January 2022 that it
would be investing in two new computer chip factories on 1,000 acres in Licking County — “monumental news for the state of Ohio,” Gov. Mike DeWine declared — it felt only natural to dive into what those headlines meant for people within that community. By then, The Reporting Project had gained two additional leaders: Born, the Denisonian advisor whose reporting resume includes a six-year stint at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and former Columbus Dispatch editor Alan Miller, who joined Denison’s journalism program full-time after teaching parttime at the college for more than 20 years. Both were eager to load students into their cars to explore the development site just a few miles down the road. “That’s the thing about journalism, right?” Shuler says. “We can do as much as we want in a classroom, but really you learn by doing and by exploring. And I think that’s what The Reporting Project does best.” Some days that’s meant shuffling through the mustard yellow carpet in Vanhoose’s living room, and other days it’s meant grabbing coffee with a local real estate agent to find out how Intel’s plans are already elevating nearby housing prices. One afternoon, it meant a trip
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to the Sand and Sip Rustic Wood Workshop on Duncan Plains Road, where Miller, Boirard, and junior Jen Clancey stood in the chill of a century-old barn asking its owners what they thought of the Intel development. (“Might as well accept it and move on,” was the reply.) “I love the way our students are getting in the middle of it, not looking for good guys or bad guys,” Swift says. “Our journalism is about connection with the community.” “I really like to get off The Hill and learn more about the community that we are actually in,” says Clancey ’23, a psychology major with a concentration in narrative journalism. “I feel like it just connected me to a bigger purpose of being here. I’ll talk to my friends, and they’ll say, ‘What did you do today?’ and I say I went to a local woodworking business in Johnstown, Ohio, and I feel like it adds a bit more meaning to my day.” It gives added meaning to her stories as well. A key intention of The Reporting Project is to give standout stories an audience that goes well beyond the classroom. Stories that appear on the site have been picked up and splashed across the pages of the Newark Advocate and the Columbus Dispatch. “I tell students both in class and through The Reporting Project that there is no good reason I should be the only one who sees your good work,” says Miller, who will continue focusing on Intel coverage as part of a course he’s teaching in the fall of 2022. “It frightens some of them, to be honest. When you have an inkling that 100,000 people or more might be reading your story, then the stakes are much higher, and you have to get it right. I love that accountability aspect of our goal to see students published. But I also love seeing their work … what a thrill that is to have that byline, and it’s also great for their resume.” It also makes journalism real — quickly — for The Reporting Project’s interns. This is not an academic exercise in interviewing or a lesson in inverted pyramid structure. This is knocking on the doors of strangers and asking if you might come in — and then finding
and sharing the meaning in what they tell you. “When I was coming into Denison, I wanted to make sure, regardless of what capacity, I was connecting with the community and giving back in some way,” says Boirard ’25, who grew up in North Attleboro, Mass. “It’s really nice that we get to do this — we can connect with the community and hopefully give back with some good writing, some good documentation.”
“We can do as much as we want in a classroom, but really you learn by doing and by exploring. And I think that’s what The Reporting Project does best.” For Pol Le ’25, of Vietnam, who joined The Reporting Project in 2021 as a first-year student majoring in economics and journalism, it’s been a rewarding experience, if slightly nerve-wracking. The day she walked into Barbara Vanhoose’s house, she was entranced by the woman’s energy, by the way she wove together tales of wildlife and ghosts and first meeting her husband, and Le, pretzel-legged on the couch, her notebook spread across her lap, embraced the moment of living in someone else’s life. “At first it was scary, of course,” Le says of approaching people for a story. “But the more I reach out, the easier it becomes. I realize people are really willing to talk to me — they have important stories to share. “To an international student like me, it’s really an honor. It’s hard to describe it. Every time I go out, I feel like I’m going to a new world. I don’t know who I’m going to talk to, I don’t know what will happen, but people will tell me their stories and I can expand my world in a new way.” •
CHANGE HAS COME: Dark blue zoning signs line Green Chapel Road across from Vanhoose’s home.
ClassNotes WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE CLASS NOTES AND OBITUARIES AT DENISON.EDU/ MAGAZINE
1940 Paul Vick, of Rochester, N.Y., is the son of Robert Vick ’40, who perished in a plane crash in 1947 along with his wife and 3-year-old son. Paul was the sole survivor of the crash and has written a book about his experience, Where The Cotton Grows.
1950 Marjorie Willcox Townsend, of Windsor, Ohio, writes: “I am living on the farm I worked for 50 years. I loved raising pigs, but now my daughter is raising beef cattle and taking care of me. I consider myself very fortunate.” 1951 Dave Hart, of Laconia, N.H., writes that his legs stopped working last February. “Learning to walk again. From waist up, systems are normal, from waist down, legs are improving. Have moved to Taylor Community’s Assisted Living unit. Otherwise, I am enjoying life.” 1952 Donald Stewart Howland, of Columbus, Ohio, has retired. 1957 Jane Erb Brenner, of Oakland, Calif., is self-employed as a calligrapher-designer in her home studio.... Elizabeth Leuba Petersen, of Durango, Colo., has retired.... Susan Hoover York, of Mill Valley, Calif., has retired. 1958 Carol Allaback Haywood and her husband, Ed, of Elyria, Ohio, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 6, 2021…. William S. Robertson, of Medina, Ohio, has retired. 1959 Beryl Komjathy Hogshead, of Houston, writes that she and her sophomore year roommates in Deeds Hall (Sara Nuzum Burchard ’58 and Nancy Minter Klein) had a rendezvous in Chicago in October 2021. “Sixty-five years after leaving Denison we gathered to chat, to recall Denison challenges, and to rejoice over our enduring friendships.”… Suzanne Roberts, of Venice, Calif., writes, “This time in life is often one of loss which makes my friendship with Denison roommate, Nancy Jo Burns Strause, such a treasure. Over the miles as well as years, we have more in common than not.”
1961 David Bollman Brown, of Swansboro, N.C., writes that his book, Devil’s Den: Marines War in Lebanon 1983, qualified as a 2021 Award Finalist and
received a silver medal award at the Military Writers Society of America 2021 awards banquet. Devil’s Den tells the story of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (1/8) sent on a peacekeeping mission in Beirut that turned into a war zone during their deployment…. In Boston, Charlie Dumbaugh is chief executive officer of CCD Associates and writes that he still lives on the most photographed street in the United States. 1962 Mark Campbell Dowie, of Point Reyes Station, Calif., is executive producer of Talking Point Radio, and a producer of audio documentaries, podcasts, and the syndicated radio program On The Fly.... Amy Jean Redmon-Norwood writes that she is retired from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sixty-five years after leaving Denison we gathered to chat, to recall Denison challenges, and to rejoice over our enduring friendships. —BERYL KOMJATHY HOGSHEAD ’59
1963 John Oliver Hand, of Washington, D.C., writes that his essay, “Littera Scripta Manet: Holbein the Calligrapher and His Inscriptions,” was published in the exhibition catalog Holbein: Capturing Character…. Patricia Palmer Miller, of Williamston, Mich., has retired. 1964 Robert Lawrence Jeanne writes that he is long-retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison but continues to publish scholarly papers in his field, the behavior of social insects. After completing 32 American Birkebeiner XC ski races in Hayward, Wis., he finally stepped down this year to shorter, less demanding courses, preferring to go out on a positive note rather
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than a stretcher. He does keep active with gardening, biking, and hiking. He took up photography way back when as a means of documenting insect behavior, but in recent years has been on a quest to see if he has any hidden artistic talent. If he does, it remains very well hidden, he says, “but the chase is fun nevertheless, and the pixels are free.”
several sales positions, and leadership roles in various apparel companies — he’s still involved with helping an entrepreneurial enterprise specializing in creating self-reliant, green energy for commercial businesses, and is spending retirement “helping homeless children and their families find homes, jobs, and a stable, sustainable lifestyle.”
1965 Susan Dickey Dahm, of Oak Park, Ill., writes that she has retired and lives eight blocks from her daughter and family and enjoys seeing her two grandchildren.
1966 Frank (Stan) Clauson has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in urban planning. 1967 Richard Cole Anthony, of Naples, Fla., just privately published his second book, stories and anecdotes of his generation from a personal perspective, with all proceeds going to cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston…. Alan W. Shevlo worked the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 as a cue card holder. Summer Of Soul, a full-length documentary of that event, won the 2021 Oscar as best documentary feature. Alan appears for two seconds from the nose down. 1968 Alan Robert Bedford, of Gray Court, S.C., is a life underwriter (contractor) for GPM Life Insurance Co…. Ronald Gordon Couch is finally retiring after 51 years as a lawyer, four years of which he spent as an Air Force JAG captain and the balance of which he was primarily a solo practitioner. Ron and Sharon plan to resume travel abroad and domestically in their 1974 Silver Streak Continental Supreme pulled by a King Ranch Super Duty!... Jeffrey G. Richards of Takoma Park, Md., is the author of multiple short story collections, fiction, essays, and cowboy poetry. His newest is Everyone Worth Knowing (Circuit Breaker Books, June 1, 2021). 1969 Milton Samuel Camhi, of Danville, Calif., celebrated 50 years of marriage to Kathy on Valentine’s Day 2021. They share fond memories of her coming out to visit Denison from Rochester, N.Y., during a fall football weekend in 1968, and she still has the necklace he bought her at Aileen Dunkin gift store in Granville.... Christopher Lee Campbell, of Traverse City, Mich., is a lawyer at Legal Services of Northern Michigan. He writes that his office moved and his bicycle commute tripled. But the joy of living in a smaller community is being able to bike to work…. Cathleen Malloy Felger, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., writes that she has retired and is living the good life of golf, tennis, and pickleball.... Jeffery Michael Ferguson, of Colorado Springs, is a professor at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs…. Jim Serianni, of Viera, Fla., writes that after a lengthy career included a stint as a college advisor at University of California, Berkeley, work in
1970 Elly du Pre, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the program manager for a national program that accredits university personnel preparation programs as well as organizations and schools for the blind. She writes: “I retired from executive leadership jobs but really enjoy staying in touch with what I love and the many great colleagues by doing what I’m doing now.”… Barbara (Bobbie) Wood Larson and Andy Larson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2021 with their two children and five grandchildren.... Jack Treharne writes that he has retired after 45 years of medical practice, most recently as a physician and partner of Tuscawilla Family Practice Group P.A. in Winter Springs, Fla., and that he is now treating high-risk Covid patients as outpatients with intravenous monoclonal antibodies…. Carol Voegele Wood, of Shelby, N.C., retired in 2015 from Bank OZK after a successful 32-year career leading banking operations for First National Bank of Shelby which was purchased by Bank OZK in 2013.
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1971 Judith Ellen Dilworth writes that she is happily retired after working over 40 years in microbiology in clinical laboratories. She bakes bread, reads mysteries, and tries to stay free of Covid. She moved to a condo outside of Toledo, Ohio, in 2020 and had full sun for a very small garden last summer. She reports that life is good…. Win Horner Grace, of Columbia, Mo., is working part-time as a business specialist at University of Missouri.... Roger L. Heaton, of Cape Coral, Fla., has retired…. Donald Earle Moore writes that in November 2021, he was re-elected to another four-year term on the Cortland City Council. 1972 Margaret Eberly writes that for the past 12 years she has lived in a small village that is an artists’ colony just south of Guadalajara, Mexico. She was a stage manager at their English theater, but now she is a producer. During Covid quarantine she began painting with acrylics using the beautiful colors of Mexico. She now donates 100% of her sales to a Guadalajara NGO that helps poor women who have breast cancer. She hopes to continue her world travels.... Susan E. Engle writes that the second book she’s written for the Change Maker series from Bellwood Press, John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie: A Man, a Trumpet, and a Journey to Bebop, was published in February 2020 and, like the first book, has received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Biographies (borrowed from Granville Public Library) were some of her favorite reading as a child, she says, and “it’s a joy to be adding to the genre!”… Robert Louis
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Sarvis, of Shaftsbury, Vt., has retired…. Steve N. Siegel, of Dayton, Ohio, is an attorney at law at The Siegel Law Firm LLC. 1973 Jane Demos Coop, in her retirement, has volunteered to vaccinate anyone in Memphis, Tenn. She writes, “I am available to excavate dinosaurs...with 15 years of experience. I am taking courses to finish up my Gemology Institute of America certification to be a gemologist. Hope to get into dog training...and if traveling becomes safer I’ll probably do more of it.”… Dave Jossi has retired as senior director of client services with Hughes Network Systems, Germantown, Md…. Eric Miller, of Moorestown, N.J., writes that he went back to writing after the death of his wife, and has published a novel, Hula Girls. He would love to hear from anyone from the old days.... Phil Jacobs reports that members of Denison’s Delta Upsilon fraternity class of 1973 gathered at Lake Keowee, S.C., last October to honor and celebrate the life of their fallen friend, Tony Gilene, who passed away earlier in the year. Present for the event were Mike Beck, Ed Exler, Mark Trumbull, Pat Shouvlin, Grant Levitan, Steve Layman, Phil Jacobs, Ted Gulyas, and Larry Shumar…. Sarah Frances Mitchell, of Philadelphia, is the campus minister to graduate and international students at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship…. Robert Van Horn Palmer writes that he retired following 26 years as a music critic and editor at the Democrat and Chronicle (D&C Digital) in Rochester, N.Y. 1974 Dave Abbott, of Cleveland, has retired as president and executive director of the George Gund Foundation as of Dec. 31, 2021…. Barbara Jane Anderson, of Lake Forest, Ill., is still serving on the board of directors of CenterStage Theatre, currently in the role of board secretary. In addition, this summer she will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, her fifth Shakespeare in the Parks’ six-week (August-September 2022) tour of parks in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, and will be co-producing Chicago playwright Doug Post’s musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, helping her husband, Northwestern alum Edward Kuffert, who will be directing and choreographing the show….Paul Coleman retired in 2019 as the library director at the University of Central AsiaNaryn Campus…. Susan Straker Holdren, of Zanesville, Ohio, retired from her career in higher education to devote her energies to keeping her parents’ vision alive. Susan, the president and executive director of the J.W & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation, oversees the yearly distribution of funds to nonprofits, educational institutions, and governmental agencies, primarily in Muskingum County. In partnership with the Muskingum County Community Foundation, the Straker Foundation is launching Make Muskingum Home, a talent attraction and retention program in 2022. Other funding support has resulted in outdoor recreation programs, poverty and homelessness abatement, and initiatives that address educational gaps.
Moved to the lake as old pilots need to do. But in the spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsberg keeping work and private practice going as long as I am curious, capable and helpful. —ROB BENSON ’75
1975 Rob Benson writes that he retired from airline flying after 37 years. “Moved to the lake as old pilots need to do. But in the spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsberg keeping work and private practice going as long as I am curious, capable and helpful.” He is currently working as a licensed professional counselor and owner of Altus Counseling Services PLLC, Spring, Texas…. Nancy E. Chorpenning, of Babcock Ranch, Fla., is the founder and managing director at C-Suite Advisors, a virtual learning and support community exclusively for women entrepreneurs. Their programs include CEO School for Women, The Confident CEO Circle, and Smart Book Nerds Virtual Bookclub.… Ron Cruikshank, of New York City, writes that he was recently elected vice chair of the Board of Trustees of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago…. Stephen Hood Curl has been teaching watercolor painting at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto since 1991. He had a solo show of his watercolor paintings in March of 2022. Wine was served, which he says surely helped him sell 15 paintings…. John L. Daly, of Chelsea Mich., writes that for the 16th year, Denison ATOs gathered in Wilkesboro, NC for the four-day Merlefest Music Festival. Those present included Steve Curl, John Daly, Ray Yourd, Neil Smith ’76, David P.B. Stephens ’76, Mark Beckstrand ’77, Fred Harned ’77, Andy Gamble ’78 and a group of friends and spouses…. Susan Barnish Kunzmann, of Long Lake, N.Y., is a
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library assistant at CVW Long Lake Public Library…. Gary C. Morgan, of Bedford, N.H., has retired…. In Washington, Stan Soloway was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, where he is also a fellow. 1976 Jill Goubeaux Clark, of Cleveland, has retired…. Carley Evans writes that she retired in April 2020 from a 25-year career as a medical speech language pathologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. Carley also shares that she continues to write novels and has published 13 via Amazon’s publishing service…. Lindey Carver Fitzgerald, of Hiawassee, Ga., recently retired…. Joseph P. Heider, of Medina, Ohio, is a wealth advisor and president at Cirrus Wealth Management…. Florence Jacqueline Jain, of Columbus, Ohio, has retired…. Kathy Lynn Kin, of Forest, Ohio, is a retired teacher and a certified lay pastor at Forest United Methodist Church…. Morris Murray has retired as a senior account executive with Cuna Mutual in Lutherville-Timonium, Md…. Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA, retired from clinical medicine on March 11, 2022. His career spanned 42 years as a cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiologist providing operating room care for over 20,000 patients. Dr. Spiess has focused his research on blood, oxygen supply and demand, blood substitutes, and ways to improve patient safety for better outcomes. He published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts, 47 book chapters, and seven textbooks, and has lectured on every continent except Antarctica. Although retired from clinical operating room care, he continues to conduct national and international research projects, produce patent pending technologies, and is a major part of the CrisiScience think tank on Covid therapies. He is particularly proud of training over 1,100 U.S. and NATO special forces combat medics during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has moved from Florida and now resides with his wife, Heather, in Palm Springs, Calif. 1977 Chris Abood, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, writes that after 15-plus years with the Children’s Hospital and the Office of Community Relations, he has retired from the Cleveland Clinic. He says his days are now taken up with volunteer work and connecting with community partners as well as playing some golf and a mean game of pickleball. He continues to see many Cleveland-area Denisionians, including Frank Floyd ’76, Bill Mulligan ’76 and Peter Brodhead ’76.... William Wesley Deichler, of Dallas, has retired…. Carolyn Kubasta Grenfell is the director at the Tutoring Center at Medina City Schools Foundation…. Allen Christian Petersen, of East Granby, Conn., is the president and owner of AdEMbroidery, Inc. 1978 Robert W. Boross has enjoyed a 45-year international career as a jazz and tap dance professor, teacher, choreographer, and author. He has held professorships at many universities including the University of California, Irvine, where he was head of jazz and
tap dance, and Shenandoah Conservatory, where he was the musical theatre dance director. Some of his accomplishments have been leading Dance Day 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., guest cultural artist at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and as a featured commentator in the award-winning 2021 documentary Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance. Robert is now giving his wellworn knees a break with his teaching as adjunct professor of dance and musical theatre choreographer at Monmouth University in New Jersey…. In Yorktown, Ind., Sarah Schade Bowman has retired…. Marie Phelan Fuger, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has retired…. Jane Barkley Lowry recently moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to work as a regional director of development for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and is looking to connect with other alumni in the Bay Area. 1979 Martha Baker Alexander, of St. Petersburg, Fla., is a delivery lead at Tech Mahindra…. Nancy Haas Burroughs, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has retired…. In Boston, David Evans is the owner of Evans ADR…. Charlie Ingram, of Erie, Pa., was recently named membership director of the Process Equipment Manufacturers Association…. In Indianapolis, Amy Wynne MacDonell is serving on the national Garden Club of America’s Scholarship Committee, which funds approximately 60 scholars each year in areas such as landscape, horticulture, botany, environmental studies, and international studies.... Paul G. McCoy, of Pomfret Center, Conn., is a leadership director at MAK as well as a full-time PhD student.
1980 Nan Carney-DeBord, associate vice president and director of athletics at Denison, was named NCAA Division III Women Leaders in College Sports Nike Executive of the Year in 2021…. Charlotte Hamilton, a library generalist with the Charleston County Public Library in Mount Pleasant, S.C., writes, “Thank you Denison University, in and outside the classroom, an abundant garden. The seed is suited to the soil… with friends and dear ones to hold close for always.”… Amy Michelle Lecocq writes that she and her husband, Rick, have moved to Oakley, Utah, “where we are gracefully (hopefully) retiring and I have become Momma to 3 goat kids. Our 2 actual kids live in the Park City-Salt Lake City area as well.”… Robert “Mike” Michael LeMaster, of Chicago, is president and CEO of Black Star ACA, a one-stop shop helping businesses to value, dispose of, and acquire quality heavy used equipment and specialty items. He says he is “enjoying building our business with my sons and a great team!”… Also in Chicago, Lisa Stokes Seifried writes that she is an Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) certified docent and serving on an exploratory committee to form a Greater Chicago Docent Consortium where volunteer educators can share information and ideas within their field. She’s held various roles with
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the AIC and presented at the National Docent Symposium in Cincinnati in 2015…. Michael Vogan is a teacher at RSEC in New Hampshire. 1981 John Haynes, a geology professor at James Madison University, and his wife, Maribeth Mallon Haynes, write that they “met up with retired Denison Geology Professor Dr. Robert Malcuit and his wife, Mary Ann, while they were passing through Virginia. Dr. Malcuit was John’s advisor and so instrumental in the success John has had thus far.”… Maribeth Mallon Haynes, of Charlottesville, Va., is the facilities coordinator at Darden Business School.... Lisa Briganti Rath writes that she lives in Baja California, Mexico, and has been working as a background actor for TV shows and movies, including Selena: The Series (Netflix), Coyote (Paramount), and The Rescue (Amazon).... Sharon Stocker, senior research assistant at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded the Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the president of Greece after making several groundbreaking archaeological discoveries in Pylos that are shaping our understanding of ancient Greece.... Rod Williams has retired as a trainer with the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Newark, Ohio. 1982 Julie Ashworth Glover, of Bend, Ore., has retired. She is a former attorney and data privacy consultant.... Jim Goodspeed is a physician at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.... Suzanne Landon, of Fremont, Calif., writes that she has recently retired from her position as senior director, network processing PMO at Visa. She’s now enjoying time hanging out at the ranch with her horse, resuming old hobbies and spending more time with friends and family.... Laurie Watters Nassif moved from Denver, to Laguna Beach, Calif., a year ago, and is hoping to start traveling again with her company, Cousins Tours…. Rachel Baker Newman, of Dayton, Ohio, is a teacher at Archbishop Alter High School…. Morgain Lehman Smith, a Pi Beta Phi member, married Matthew Joel Robinson in Vero Beach, Fla., on October 10, 2021. They have relocated to Vero Beach, Fla., and are happy to be back on the East Coast after many years of living in the West.... Tina Marie White-Huddleston has a business, Tina’s Dance Studio-One, which celebrated its 40th anniversary with her annual recital June 4-5, 2022. Marriages: Morgain Lehman Smith and Matthew Joel Robinson married Oct. 10, 2021. 1983 John Dean Cramer is vice president for marketing and communications at Connecticut College…. Caroline Hackenberg Fabian, of King of Prussia, Pa., writes that she and Jim have been married for 26 years. Their son, Andy, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh last spring and he is an advisory associate with KPMG. Their daughter, Ellen, is a junior at Pitt, studying abroad in London this semester. They downsized this summer and are enjoying being empty nesters for the most part.
Thank you Denison University, in and outside the classroom, an abundant garden. The seed is suited to the soil… with friends and dear ones to hold close for always. —CHARLOTTE HAMILTON ’80
She hopes to see some Denison friends soon…. Thomas Andrew Glass, of Baltimore, is an addiction counselor for Resource Group in Towson, Md.… Jeffrey Lawrence Wessel retired in January 2020. 1984 Britton Richard Creelman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston, Ill. He is also a practitioner in a Phase 2 clinical trial using psilocybin to treat depression.... John Kropf has written his third book, Color Capital of the World: Growing Up with the Legacy of a Crayon Factory, published by the University of Akron Press, to be released November 2022…. Lisa Dawn Flowers has retired and relocated to Atlanta.... Patrick Lord Sullivan, of Lakeville, Conn., is the managing editor at the Lakeville Journal…. Steve Tortolani, of Barrington, R.I., was one of three local business leaders honored with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout award by the Narrangansett Council, Boy Scouts of America.… Michael Logan Willis has retired from the Federal Express Corporation. 1985 Ellen Katherine Hedlund, of Peoria, Ariz., is a project manager for the office of the president at Paradise Valley Community College.... Caitlin Craig Lynch, of South Kent, Conn., is the vice president of development at San Miguel Program…. Charles Hancock Owens, of Buffalo, N.Y., is a senior development and U.S. relations ambassador at Shaw Festival Foundation.
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Mountaintop honor for late friend Fraternity brothers Jay Snouffer ’83 and Scott Aiken ’83
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scale new heights in tribute to Henry Galleher ’85 BY STEVE WARTENBERG
s Jay Snouffer ’83 began the long ascent up Mount Massive in Colorado, memories of fraternity brother Henry Galleher ’85 propelled him ever upward through the thinning air. Galleher, a Colorado resident and avid runner who loved the outdoors, died in 2019 from colon cancer. Snouffer, of Baltimore, and Scott Aiken ’83, of Pittsburgh, dedicated their August 2021 climb up the 14,429-foot mountain to their friend, and to raise awareness for the Henry Chalfant Galleher Endowed Scholarship Fund at Denison and the importance of colonoscopies. Snouffer, executive vice president/financial advisor of Ghingher Snouffer Wealth Management of Janney Montgomery Scott, first encountered Galleher in high school, when they played soccer for rival Baltimore schools. “I was a senior right-side defender, and Henry was a little blond sophomore playing left wing,” Snouffer says — which meant he had to cover Galleher. “It quickly became clear he was so much faster, I ran to the rest of the defense and begged them for help.” The two reconnected on The Hill, where Galleher joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and eventually selected Snouffer as one of his two big brothers. At Denison, Galleher was a star on the lacrosse team and loved nothing more than setting up teammates for a shot on goal — “totally matching his personality, always doing right by others,” Snouffer says. “Henry was one of the nicest, kindest, and most generous individuals that any of us had ever met. He continued with sports and fitness his entire life, and he was a leader by example for me.” Snouffer climbed past the streams on Mount Massive, up through forests and above the tree line into lush meadows filled with wildflowers and a few mountain goats. He thought of Galleher’s passion for the outdoors. The last mile was the most difficult, a slow trudge through the scree gravel and steep rocks.
But the reward awaited Snouffer and Aiken at the top. “It was such a wonderful feeling to get to the summit, a combination of the joy of the accomplishment, along with a smile and tear thinking about Henry,” Snouffer says. “Then a chuckle when I got out our fraternity shirts and Scott and I put them on and unfurled the sign for the scholarship fund. It was the perfect way to remember Henry.”
MILE HI: Scott Aiken ‘83 and Jay Snouffer ‘83 decked out in their Sigma Chi shirts at the top of Mount Massive.
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1986 Elizabeth Williams Daugherty, of Rochester, Minn., is director of strategy management services in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic…. Holly Ann Kantor, of Revere, Mass., is a clinic director and physical therapist at Motion PT Group…. Jeffrey Alan Masten is a professor of English and gender and sexuality studies at Northwestern University…. Nazeema Mohamed is the executive director at Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement…. Michael Scott Saarlas, of Decatur, Ga., works for the U.S. State Department…. Kirk Lloyd Villaloboz, of Pickerington, Ohio, has retired. 1987 Courtney Rice Bosca, of Gahanna, Ohio, is the president/founder for Youth Across Borders, Inc. She asks that anyone looking to volunteer with young people living with HIV give her a call…. Laura Kriska has written a book titled The Business of WE: The Proven 3-Step Process of Closing the Gap Between Us & Them in Your Workplace, published by HarperCollins Leadership, January 2021…. Randall Warren May, of Geneva, Ohio, is a senior pastor at Geneva United Methodist Church…. Joshua Stephen Rodefer, of Macon, Ga., is a psychology professor at Mercer University…. Bryan Christopher Williams is the chairman for the Summit County Republican Party in Akron, Ohio. 1988 Kelly Dwyer Brown is the workers compensation and safety manager for the City of Newton, Mass.... Christine Manak Edmonds, of Lexington, Mass., is a merchandise buyer at Wilson Farm…. In Chicago, Michelle Vilcheck Warner is executive director of CEO Perspectives with Corporate Leadership Center and the founder and principal of MMW Advisors LLC. 1989 Patricia Thelen Doherty, of Natick, Mass., is the vice president of schools and community development at Special Olympics Massachusetts…. Gerald Michael Edmonson, of Orlando, Fla., is vice president of rental sales and marketing with Marriott Vacations Worldwide…. Stacy B. Hess, after eight years at Microsoft, has joined Avanade as senior director, business applications solution lead. In December, she launched Women in Technical Sales at Microsoft, a global community of women in technical sales and their allies whose mission is to educate, inspire, and engage more women in pursuing careers in technical sales…. Andrew Wilson Jacobs is CEO of Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pa…. Tracy Christine Law, of Cincinnati, is an upper school faculty member at The Summit Country Day School.
1990 Matthew E. B. Brotmann, of Pound Ridge, N.Y., is general counsel at Equinor Wind US…. Gary Richard Fanger, of Rockville, Md., is president and CEO at Rise Therapeutics, LLC.... Christopher Todd Lacy is a senior vice president and managing partner at GreenStory Global Pool and Spa Filtration…. Martin Strang Skrelunas, of New Canaan, Conn., is self-em-
ployed as an architectural preservationist.... Vandana Sood is the owner and president of Vandana Sood, DMD, LLC, in Leesburg, Va.... Francine Poel Stone, of Wilmington, Del., is a senior director at Optum…. In Spokane, Wash., James Edward Tender is the head of Saint George’s School. 1991 Jim Cox, the Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas, wrote the book The Political Arrays of American Indian Literary History, which challenges conventional views of the past century of Native American writing, bringing Native American Renaissance and post-Renaissance writers into conversation with their predecessors.… John Melcher, of Traverse City, Mich., was recently named CEO of Crystal Mountain.... Shannon Joseph Salser, of Cleveland, is a senior associate at New York Life Insurance. 1992 Becca Deen was named the interim associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington…. Narayanan Lakshmanan is the technology head of banking and financial Services at Virtusa. 1993 Michael Bevan, of Darien, Conn., is associated with private equity at General Atlantic…. Megan Doyle Cover is the new head of Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, Tenn…. Kirk Andrew Hendricks, of Dublin, Ohio, is the CEO at Westwater Supply Corp…. Jamie Deahl Klingner, of Herndon, Va., is a senior project manager at ICSolutions.... Brian Kent Lovins, of Maumee, Ohio, is a principal at Justice System Partners.... Jennifer Martone is a senior advertising representative with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. She writes that on May 23, 2021, she completed the North American Championship Ironman 140.6 event in Tulsa, Okla., took fourth place in her age group, and qualified to compete in World Championship IRONMAN race in Kona, Hawaii, in 2021…. Doug Toft, of Wilmette, Ill., writes that his essay, “Splitting the Middle,” was accepted and published. 1994 Elizabeth Lantz Brown owns and operates her own practice, Elizabeth L. Brown, MD, PLLC.... Alexander Chloros, of Attiki, Greece, is a director with PwC Greece…. Elizabeth Miller Hildebrand, of Centerburg, Ohio, is a tax analyst for H&R Block…. In Rocky River, Ohio, Sonja Ann Jarmoszuk-Carter, is a pediatric dentist…. Penny Annett Myers, of Wilmington, N.C., has retired…. Lisa Ann Robertson-Crist was promoted in Georgia’s Department of Family and Children’s Services to social services C.R.E.W. program coordinator 3…. Katherine Campo Royster, of Phoenix, is executive vice president of marketing with 3B Medical Inc.... Christina Green Smith, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., recently published two books, West of You and Getting Jinxed. She’s currently at work on her third book.... Kristin Leibole Taylor joined the executive board of Stop the Movement, an organization whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking in Tampa, Fla.
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1995 Amanda Seil Brieger, of Barrington, R.I., is the director of sales and marketing at Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies.... Rachel Jude Falleroni writes that in 2021 she and her cat Desdemona relocated to Denver, and launched Ivy Lane Media, a media consulting firm specializing in content strategy, platform and content development, and consumer marketing.... Darius Cosmin Gavris, of Cleveland, is a managing partner and senior I/O psychologist at CCG Consulting Group…. Katherine Juhl Griffiths, APR, has been promoted to principal at Irvine, Calif.-based Tripepi Smith…. Richard Elliot Vander Klok is a language arts teacher at Jenison Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Rich is on the board of directors of the Michigan Education Association and is also president of MEA Region 9 in West Michigan. Rich and his wife, Jayne, celebrated their 20th anniversary in March.... Adero Robinson was named vice president and executive director of City Year Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.... Karen Schory Stevenson moved back to Ohio after being away for more than 20 years and now works at the Cleveland Clinic in neurology as a clinical research coordinator with deep brain stimulation and Parkinson’s disease research. 1996 Rachel Berger Connolly, of Brookline, Mass., completed her PhD in 2019 at Columbia University and now works with NASA Science as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab.... Marguerite Petersen Swellie, of South Park, Pa., is a casualty broker at RT Specialty. Births: David Matthew Robertson and Michelle Mathieson, a son, Alexander Matthew, June 2021. Also, a son, Luke Richard, July 2016. 1997 Patricia Klei Barribeau, of Sun Prairie, Wis., is a pediatric research administration manager at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.... Amy Cane Dolzine, of Aurora, Ohio, was recently promoted to become the Microsoft Alliance relationship director for the Americas at Ernst & Young LLP. She also successfully campaigned and was elected to a four-year term on the Aurora City School District Board of Education. This was her first political campaign as a new citizen naturalized in 2016.... Daniel James Olds is associate vice president for development at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. 1998 Jefferson Navicky, of New Concord, Ohio, writes that his third book, Antique Densities: Modern Parables & Other Experiments in Short Prose, was published in September 2021 by Deerbrook Editions. 1999 William Osborn Barnhill, of North Reading, Mass., is a fishery biologist at NOAA Fisheries…. Anna Spain Bradley, vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion and professor of law at UCLA, writes that she recently published Human Choice in International Law (Cambridge University Press), and was elected vice president of the American Society of International Law in 2021…. In Cleveland, Michael Bush is director of U.S. fleet sales with Uveye…. Valerie Ebert, of Tucson, Ariz.,
is associate chief medical officer and senior director of medical necessity review at Banner Health, where she co-leads a group of more than 30 physician advisors. She writes that she was a pediatric hospitalist who transitioned into hospital administration as a physician advisor at Banner Health in 2015…. Benjamin Kesler Herrington, of Chicago, is seeking to launch a venture that was on hold due to Covid and other unexpected (and expected) disruptive events globally, and would eagerly welcome qualified people with an interest in making the world a better and safer place and reducing the needless suffering caused by prescription (and other) drug addiction. “Ideally,” he writes, “this person also could act as CFO, CTO or Chief Medical Officer or advise on these types of issues and assist with preparation of a fully worked out business plan and seed funding pitch deck.”… Dwight Robert Meyer is an adult programming and outreach coordinator at Ashtabula County (Ohio) District Library.... In South Africa, Sakhile Mangaliso Mniki is a damages and customer service manager at JD Group.... Julia Clough Tonti, of Pittsburgh, is the director of field sales at OneCause. Marriages: Dwight Robert Meyer and Heather Harrison, June 26, 2021.
2000 Thomas Adam Bridge, of Washington, D.C., left his position as a founder of Technolutionary LLC in April 2021 to become principal product manager for Apple Technologies at JumpCloud! He works with Julie Hertzberg ’06 there, making remote work possible for businesses and institutions during the pandemic and beyond.... Karen Patti Deutsch is chief operating officer at Promise Fund of Florida, whose mission is to help women overcome financial and cultural barriers to improve health equity and reduce deaths from late-stage breast and cervical cancer throughout South Florida.... Hilary Hauser, of Columbus, Ohio, is a talent acquisition manager with Vertiv.... Courtenay Pfeif Macaulay, of Lexington, Ky,. is an instructional specialist at The Lexington School.... Jason Lee Pierman, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is the manager at Special District Services, Inc. 2001 Kelly Pustay Ostrout, of Canton, Ohio, is a school psychologist at Plain Local Schools…. In Columbus, Ohio, Mark A. Snider has been re-elected to a three-year term as a directing partner at law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. 2002 In Detroit, K.C. Crain, CEO of Crain Communications, is also publisher of Automotive News as of September 15, 2021.... Stephanie Rae McMahan is an education programs business manager at The Centers in Cleveland.... Laura Williams Sanders, of Ithaca, N.Y., is director of operations at Experience! The Finger Lakes…. Robin Lin Townsend, of Auburn, Maine, is a substitute teacher at Lewiston Public Schools.
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No gavel required Molly Johnson’s aim as judge: ‘leave the world a better place than I found it’ BY ANGELICA WISENBARGER ’13
RE YOU READY? HEY, ARE YOU READY for this? Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?” Molly Johnson ’05 jogs through the cold of early morning, Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust in her headphones setting the tone for a long day to come. Phones at the courthouse have been ringing all morning, journalists pressing staff about tonight’s high-profile domestic violence case. Review of a Court of Appeals opinion must wait; the police need a warrant for a drug case. Legal education seminar prep, suffragette costume fitting, political events — she might make it home after 8 p.m. for a dinner of chips and salsa. For the Mahoning County Court #5 judge, youngest to sit on two Ohio Supreme Court Commissions, a lot will happen in a day. Johnson, full of music, characterizes the trajectory of her life with a line from the Pet Shop Boys: “I never dreamt that I would get to be the creature that I always meant to be.” Studying communication, Spanish, and philosophy at Denison before pursuing law, Johnson developed her knack for reaching an audience, for making connections, for negotiating. In 2018, no matter of luck, she emerged from a hotly competitive six-runner election with a fresh title: the Honorable Molly Johnson. Spanish holds a special place for Johnson, who honed her skill abroad with professors Bernadita Llanos and Fernando Blanco. Today she sits on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Language Services. Its mission features a phrase that resonates throughout her work: facilitating communication. Johnson says of Spanish in the courtroom, “Appearing in court is intimidating for most people — let alone having to communicate in your non-native tongue. Being able to meet (people) in their native language is an incredible feeling.” When freshly minted lawyers step up to brave their new world, Johnson is there to help them on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Its mentorship program pairs new, often overwhelmed lawyers with seasoned professionals. Johnson’s service on both commissions and her work as judge reflect her sense of purpose: “My goal in life is not to be perfect but to leave the world a better place than I found it.” For those more interested in the crass material trappings of justice, Johnson says, “I do own a gavel. Fortunately I have never been forced to use it.”
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2003 Andrea Markey Arnett, of Ashland, Ky., is the director of volunteer services at Community Hospice.... Steven Kyle Brockett, of Boston, a managing director at First Republic Bank.... Blake Skogland, of Seattle, is the Washington-area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.... Rebecca Turk Demetriou writes that after working for over 10 years in a high-end residential design firm, she has established a full-service interior design firm, 2 Chicks Design Co., in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla…. Stephen Lahiff Nery writes that he has three young daughters with his wife, Heather, and lives just outside Annapolis, Md. 2004 Carter Douglas Bennett, Sacramento, Calif., is a senior housing specialist at the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development…. Meghan Henning, an associate professor of Christian origins at the University of Dayton, specializes in New Testament and Early Christianity, and earned her doctorate in New Testament from Emory University. Her most recent book, Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christianity (Yale University Press), is the first major book to examine ancient Christian literature on hell through the lenses of gender and disability studies.... Kimberly Anne Lee, of Hilliard, Ohio, is a hearing examiner at the State Medical Board of Ohio.... Amanda Wieland West is a teacher at Zionsville Community Schools in Indiana. 2005 Emily Rena Culp, of Cleveland, is a pastor at St. Paul’s Community United Church of Christ.... Kevin John Hospodar, of Canonsburg, Pa., is a partner and head of marketing at Steady State Media…. Austin Marie Lamb is a senior vice president at Golin.... Gratia Trahan Lee writes that she recently returned to Michigan after 20 years on the East Coast and is working for a nonprofit that works to create more equitable systems, specifically related to food access.... In New York, Tracy Lynch Parness is the northeast actuarial and analytics practice leader for Lockton Companies. Births: Jillanne Schulte Wall and Brian Wall, a son, Wells Allan, on November 22, 2021. 2006 In New Orleans, Jenny Fox Daniels is a lead corporate marketing brand specialist at LCMC Health.... Orvis Milner Fuller has accepted a position as the manager of classical programming at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Milner lives in Indianapolis, with his wife, Mary Jo, and two girls, Eleanor and Eliza....In Boston, Lou Sorgi was recently promoted to senior counsel with the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP.... William Jason Stotts, of Canada, is a psychotherapist and has a private practice. Births: Joe and Susan Moser Norkus, a daughter, Noel Rollins, Aug. 12, 2021.
2007 In Tunisia, Wanessa El Amri, writes that since 2015, she has been the country coordinator for Tunisia at the Department of International Cooperation of the Principality of Monaco…. Julissa Barajas is an executive consultant with Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City, Calif.... Eric Scott Clough, of Chicago, is a manager of financial analysis at SP Plus Corporation.... Mark Linsenmeyer Dunbar writes that in 2020, he became a partner in Legacy Financial Inc., a financial planning group focused on multi-generational wealth building.... Nolan Douglas Lancaster is a retail operations coordinator at Greenstock Nurseries in Australia.... Sitanshu Deepak Shah, of Mumbai, is a partner at Bain & Company, India…. In Chicago, Lauren Snider is a senior supervisor with rEvolution Sports Marketing.
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Marriages: Julissa Barajas and Anthony Avalos, May 12, 2021. Births: Jeremy and Elizabeth Anderson Rockman, a daughter, Dylan Beverly Estelle, June 22, 2021. 2008 Chandra Ann Leenheer is the outbound student mobility manager for 360 International at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.... Amanda Styles, of Alexandria, Va., a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, was awarded the Congressman James Sener Award for Excellence in Marine Investigations for 2020. The Sener Award honors and recalls Virginia Congressman James Sener’s contribution to the safety of mariners, vessels, and the marine environment by recognizing truly exceptional marine casualty investigations.… In Washington, D.C., Polly Webster is vice president of federal affairs with the Association for Accessible Medicines.... Jessie Kanelos Weiner, of Vincennes, France, writes that she published The New Victory Garden 2022 Wall Calendar (Universe) and her work has recently been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and Forbes. She teaches drawing and illustration at the Paris College of Art and on Skillshare…. In Columbus, Ohio, Maura Meredith Williott is the owner and interior designer at The Home and Haven Co. Births: Mary Kidney and Chris Nelson, a daughter, Evelyn Sara Nelson, born January 7, 2022. 2009 In Miami, Albert Roberts Christian left a successful decade-long career in scientific diving and started a business working for himself as a freelance instructional designer, designing and developing eLearning…. In Dallas, Sarah Wilson Lott is general counsel at Estacado Interests, a real estate development firm.... Charlie Pugsley, of Clintonville, Ohio, created Bookspace during the summer of 2015 as a “way to get different books — ones not always sold at major retailers or others that might be classified as ‘radical’ — to people looking to educate themselves or become more aware of the world around them.” Bookspace was recently featured in the Columbus Dispatch.... In Charlotte, N.C., Kelsey Kane Seidler is a content strategist at American City Business Journals.
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Births: Justin and Sarah Wilson Lott, a son, Reed Douglas, Nov. 11, 2020.... Shea McMahon and Julie Dean McMahon ’10, a son, Dean Kirkpatrick.... Jenna and Trevor David Smith, a daughter, Eleanor Smith.
2010 Molly McCue Haseley, of Noblesville, Ind., is a seventh-grade math teacher at The Orchard School…. Safia Khan was appointed chief of staff/assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2021, and currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the largest national technical assistance provider on issues related to domestic violence.... Eric McChesney writes that he, a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the Ohio State University writing his dissertation on college experiences and environments that contribute to the development of pluralism orientation in STEMM students. His research has been published in Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development…. In Washington, D.C., Kristine Perry writes that she started working at the Environmental Law Institute in the Spring of 2020 as a staff attorney and is “interested in advancing human rights in the environmental context, with a particular focus on gender and disability.” She works primarily on international issues, with a focus on Latin America, with current projects in Columbia and Peru, and one more broadly with the UN Environment Programme.… In San Francisco, Ali Roberts is a program manager in marketing partnerships for Airbnb.... Rachel Christine Voelkle-Kuhlman graduated with an M.S. in creativity and change leadership at SUNY Buffalo State College in May 2021. Births: Robert and Emily Julian Hogan, a son, Peter Robert, March 27, 2021.... Julie Dean McMahon and Shea McMahon ’09, a son, Dean Kirkpatrick.... Matt and Kayla Jerome Pinto, a son, Gianni Matthew, May 11, 2021.
2011 Kelsy Marie Espy, of Conshohocken, Pa., is a visiting professor at Ursinus College.... Mac Kelly, who earned his J.D. in 2016 from Case Western Reserve University, is an associate attorney with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus, Ohio.... Allison Kranek, who recently earned her Ph.D. in writing studies from the University of Illinois, is director of the Writing Center at the Ohio State University.... Alper Tuzcu, an assistant professor in the electronic production and design department at the Berklee College of Music, writes that he was recently featured in NPR and the BBC, and his music has reached almost 5 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music, with more than 1.5 million listeners globally. He also writes that he is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards), and graduated from Berklee College of Music magna cum laude degree in 2015 after winning a scholarship at the Umbria Jazz Festival.
2012 Megan Bertrand is chief academic officer at Flying Classroom in Opa-Locka, Fla.... Anna Louise Boudoures is an associate director of global market analytics and business intelligence in immunology at Abbvie in Mettawa, Ill.... In Illinois, Angela Marie Coderre is a senior manager of strategy for US Foods.... In Miami, Joro Forman is an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.... Lucas Graham, who earned an RN degree from Ohio University-Zanesville, and an MS in nursing (FNP) degree at the University of Toledo, is a family nurse practitioner with Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, Ohio…. In Washington, Alex Hardt writes that he earned his master’s in computer science in 2020 from the Naval Postgraduate School.... Emily Miller Lewis is a medical laboratory scientist in microbiology at CompuNet Clinical Laboratories.... Rob Moore, of Columbus, Ohio, wrote about the consequences of weed legalization and was published in the Ohio Capital Journal…. In Ohio, Christina Marie Myers is a fifth-grade teacher at Dublin City Schools.... Christina Jarvis Nannos, of North Hollywood, Calif., released a book about her journey with Lyme disease called Tick Tock, It’s LYME O’clock: A Warrior’s Guide to Reclaiming Health & Happiness. Christina has over 12 years of personal experience battling this invisible illness and wrote this book so others can apply her advice and jump-start their own healing.… Stuart Kanahele Jeffers, of Columbus, Ohio, is a program manager at Huntington Bank.... In Toronto, Colleen Russo Johnson is the co-founder and chief scientist of OK Play.... Amanda Pfister Tangredi is a Spanish and English teacher at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Ky., and is working on her second master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. She also serves as chair for the World Languages department and is the sponsor for a chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica…. Jing Zhu is a manager for data science at Capital One in Virginia. Marriages: Luke Avery and Jane Zelenkov, June 1, 2019. 2013 Jeanine Suzanne Cerney, of Cleveland, is a director of programming, partnerships and community engagement at INTRO Cleveland/Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors.... Bernardo Feitosa is a regulation specialist with ANTAQ, Brasilia, Brazil, which belongs to the Brazilian government and regulates waterborne transport in Brazilian and neighboring waters, including private and public ports, inland navigation, cabotage, and deep sea shipping, he writes.... Hilary Zdanowski Hanrahan, of Louisville, Colo., is a consultant with Slalom…. In Chicago, Kelsey Ingram is a senior content editor with MCI USA…. In New York City, Tyler King, who is working on his MBA degree from Columbia University, is an associate director with Newmark.... David Charles Locke, of Chicago, is a senior director of demand generation at TrueData…. Tyler Yozo Miyawaki, of Easton, Pa., is the research and development chief of staff at Sanofi Pasteur…. In Washington, D.C., Courtney Vinopal is a breaking business news reporter
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at Quartz…. Angelica Wisenbarger has earned her PhD in classics from the University of Cincinnati in 2021 and has been painting game birds. Marriages: Hilary Zdanowski and Casey Hanrahan, Aug. 21, 2021. Births: John and Kathryn Reynolds Passen, a son, John “Jack” Wilkie, May 1, 2021. 2014 Meghan Lynn Edwards, of Chicago, is a content marketing specialist at Brunswick Corporation.... Catalina Esparza is a human resources generalist at Leica Microsystems in Deerfield, Ill.... Emily Elizabeth Fanti, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., recently married and is a law student at St. John’s Law School.... In Paris, Clara Desiree Lang-Ezekiel is a freelance artist…. In Chicago, Jessie Mack is director of development for Urban Prep Academies.... Jé-Vonna Sampson, manager of borough relations and member programs at NYC & Company, was named one of Destinations International’s 2021 30 Under 30 recipients, recognizing her as one of 30 future leaders of the destination organization industry…. Meghan Neuenschwander Stava, of Madison, Wis., is a customer account manager with Quad…. Justin Weiss was announced as a new addition to NASA’s senior staff in June 2021. Marriages: Maggie Hopson and Benjamin James, Oct. 16, 2021.... Meghan Neuenschwander and Thomas Stava, April 17, 2021. 2015 Ian Raphael Barry was named by NJ Family Magazine as one of the Top Kids’ Docs of 2021 in New Jersey. He writes that while at Denison, he worked closely with Drs. Eric Winters and Brian Hortz and their passion and influence led him to continue on to a career in sports
medicine. After graduating from Denison, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated with a doctor of chiropractic degree. He then returned home to northwest New Jersey to join the Advanced Performance and Rehabilitation Center in Short Hills, New Jersey, a sports and family chiropractic office associated with the New York Jets, NY Redbulls FC, and New Jersey Devils. He reports it’s been great clinical experience the last few years even with Covid throwing in a few speed bumps here and there.... Madeline Bruneau Dix, of Gibsonia, Pa., is the alumni coordinator at the School of Nursing at University of Pittsburgh, Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement Division…. Franklin Gaglione, who earned his M.S. in higher education and policy from Northwestern University in 2019, is now an associate director of admissions for Lake Forest College.... Alexandra Bradley Sullivan, of Philadelphia, is the director of operations at Gradfin.... JT Tannahill was recently accepted into the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, where he will pursue an executive MBA…. In Boston, Dale Ziobro is a senior consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Marriages: William Bogdan and Hannah Flynn ’16, September 2021. Births: Teresa Smit Gaglione and Franklin Gaglione, a daughter, Margaret, Sept. 8, 2021. 2016 Hailey Bruce, of Petoskey, Mich., earned her master’s in elementary education from the University of Central Florida in 2020 and is a fifth-grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier School.... Kyle Matthew Gasaway is an analyst in leadership development at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Arlington, Va.... Madelyn Rose Kern, of Chicago, is a physician assistant at Northwestern Medicine…. Trevor Earl Masters
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Dream job is all downhill Samuel Taggart ’14 mixes business, pleasure as ski magazine editor BY STEVE WARTENBERG
covery Communications in Manhattan, and began skiing regularly again. A family friend (Michael Radutzky, a senior producer at 60 Minutes) asked Taggart to describe his dream job: “My response was, I’d like to travel, to write and tell stories, take photos and, if I could ski too, that would be perfect.” This set his current trajectory in motion. Taggart applied for and was awarded a six-month internship at Powder, a since-defunct ski magazine based in San Diego. This was followed by a winter season at Monarch Mountain near Salida, Colorado, where Taggart parked cars — and skied every day. He was then hired as digital editor of Denver-based FREESKIER, was promoted to managing editor, then editor-in-chief in 2021. “It has been a bit of a trial by fire,” he says. “You’re never quite ready for what’s thrown at you, but you learn to figure it out.” While he still loves to write and take photographs, Taggart now enjoys working with contributors to FREESKIER. “I really like stepping back and being more of a curator than a doer, and giving these talented people an opportunity to shine.”
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Samuel Taggart ’14 backcountry skiing outside of Silverton, Colorado.
t’s easy for Samuel Taggart ’14 to imagine his version of the perfect day. It begins on a big mountain covered in a couple feet of fresh powder. “I’m with a group of friends, feeling each other’s good energy and vibing off of that, and having this opportunity to be out in these beautiful spaces,” he says. After combining lots of persistence and a little luck, Taggart, 30, now finds himself enjoying plenty of perfect days as the editor-in-chief of FREESKIER magazine. He travels the world, skiing, taking photos, and writing stories. “When I see my words and photographs together in a story, I still get emotional,” he says. “That was the dream and I’m doing it.” Taggart grew up in Summit, New Jersey. He learned to ski during the annual family vacation to Colorado and fell in love with gliding down mountains. At Denison, the English major was arts and life editor of The Denisonian. “I only skied once while I was in Ohio,” he says. After graduation, Taggart worked in sales for Dis-
is a software engineer at Goldman Sachs, New York, N.Y.... Rebecca Sammie Rabb, of Chicago, is a solutions architect at project44…. Aedin Brennan Rajput, of Fairport, N.Y., who earned her MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School in 2019, is a program finance specialist with L3Harris Technologies.... In Washington, D.C., Logan Smith is a grants manager with Fund for Global Human Rights.... In Los Angeles, Omar Vargas is a media buyer for Scale Media.... Chelsea Winebrener, of Columbus, Ohio, is a resolutions assistant with the Legislative Service Commission. Marriages: Stephanie Antonetti and Edward Bailey ’17, Dec. 18, 2021. 2017 Brian Paul-Hamilton Allen, of New York City, is a philanthropy consultant at CCS Fundraising.... In Arlington, Va., Daniel Thach Critchfield is a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.... Liza Haggenjos, who recently earned her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, is now beginning her three-year residency in family medicine at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio…. James Le, who earned his master’s in computer science at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2020, is a data advocate with Superb Al Inc., San Mateo, Calif…. Joel Lohoua, who earned a master’s in health care administration from Otterbein University in 2019, is a regional development project manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio…. Philip Vasilios Papaioannou is at the University of Michigan for Internal Medicine for his residency training…. Marc Andre Weaver is a theater teacher at Independence Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas. Marriages: Edward Bailey and Stephanie Antonetti ’16, Dec. 18, 2021…. Vanessa Gibson and Michael Grandison, July 31, 2021. 2018 Ryan David Brown, of Columbus, Ohio, is a financial advisor at The Granville Investment Group…. Kalie Anastasia Crago, of Dublin, Ohio, is a program associate at PBS.... In Richmond, Va., associate attorney Jazz Khaira is a new addition to the staff of the law firm of Gentry Locke in its energy and environmental practices…. In Chicago, Bennett Kushnick is assistant direc-
tor of leadership annual giving at the University of Chicago Law School.... Margarita Uriostegui, of Waukegan, Ill., is a college counselor at Schuler Scholar Program. 2019 Ian Decker is working on his master’s in journalism at the University of Maryland…. Brandi Lin Hart is pursuing a master of science in library and information science at the University of Illinois and is an ACRL Spectrum Scholar awarded by the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association…. Rebecca Xian Lind, of Washington, D.C., is an associate at the US-Taiwan Business Council....Mackenzie Andrea Mason, of Hume, Va., is a warfare systems certification analyst at VTG.
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2020 Elizabeth Caroline Beach, of Cincinnati, is an analyst at NielsenIQ…. In Washington, D.C., Jordan David Beck is a scientist at PPD, which is now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific…. Sydney Chandler is an IPM specialist with Gotham Greens in Sparrows Point, Md…. Scotia McMullen is a customer relationship specialist with Benchmark Digital Partners LLC in Mason, Ohio…. Erin Allison Stewart graduated from Denison a semester early and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. During the pandemic, she worked on the Las Vegas Strip as a singer and a gondolier at The Venetian Resort, and in September she moved to Chicago, and was in the world premiere of The Black Knight, a new play by Angeli Primlani. 2021 Lindsey Dias Bulls, of Pikesville, Md., is an analyst at NielsenIQ…. In Chicago, Max Curtin is a financial product consultant with Morningstar Inc.... Fatimah Elghazawi, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, is a grants and marketing coordinator with Asemio, as a part of the Venture for America Fellowship.... Sarah Hendricks is an admission counselor at Denison.... In Baltimore, Benny Mandelbrot is a third-grade teacher with the Baltimore City Public Schools....Thomas Wilson Mitchell, of Columbus, Ohio, is the human resources coordinator at the Nathan Wasserstrom Company…. Emma Jane Woerner is a risk analyst at Willis Towers Watson.
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Jane Bryson Klunder, 104, died Oct. 20, 2021, just three days after celebrating her 104th birthday. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Denisonian staff. Preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Klunder ’35; she is survived by her son, David Klunder ’66, and her grandson, Steven.
Jean Wilson Stockfleth, 103, of Austin, Texas, died Nov. 14, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; she is survived by her son, Carl, her daughter, Alice Hayward, and two grandchildren.
Mary “Virginia” Lay Barhoover, 101, of Medina, Ohio, died July 3, 2020. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and glee club. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul Barhoover ’41, and her daughter, Virginia Tovar; she is survived by her daughter, Diana Winkel, and her son, Bruce.
Justin “Jup” Cowger, 95, of Brunswick, Maine, died July 17, 2019. Preceded in death by his parents, Winslow and Mildred Cowger; his first wife, Evelyn; second wife, Paula; third wife, Doreen; and his brother, Wright Cowger. He is survived by his daughter, Rosslyn “Lyn” Pacella Adams; sons, Joel and Scott Cowger; stepsons, Stuart, Peter, and Jon Burnett; stepdaughters, Becca Heenie, Charlotte Burnett, Jan Doukakis, and Julie Duisenberg; 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Joan Stimson Brennan, 96, of Lafayette, La., died April 14, 2022, just four days shy of her 97th birthday. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Bud” Brennan; survivors include her daughters, Barbara (Steve) Johnson ’71 and Nancy (K Collins) Brennan; son, Charlie (Neale) Brennan; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
ole) Freed; dear grandmother of Kelly and Brian; great grandmother of Londyn, Chloe, Jasiah, and Ysrael. Mary Hull Groat, 93, of Baldwin, N.Y., died Sept. 5, 2017. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, and her parents, Thomas and Julia Hull; she is survived by her husband’s sister, four nephews, and three nieces. Mary “Poppy” Jackson Meyer, 97, of Montevallo, Ala., died April 20, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; she is survived by her son, Scott. John Frank Peters, 97, of Alliance, Ohio, died Nov. 28, 2021. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. and Anna (Baka) Peters. He is survived by his wife, Madge (Patterson) Peters, whom he married May 15, 1948; his children, Suzanne Peters Clark, Joan Huffman, and Todd (Mary K.) Peters; grandchildren, Christopher (Peggy), Steven (Flor) and Ryan ( Jessica) Clark, Andrea and Brian Huffman, and Jack Peters; and great-grandson, Braeden Hawley.
Betty “Bet” Dancey Godard, 96, of Akron, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 2021. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and the Denisonian staff, and earned a Denison Alumni Citation in 1997. Preceded in death by her husband, Fred, and her son, Thomas; she is survived by her daughters, Susan Dudas and Atchara Gary, sons, Tim Godard and Tanios Viviani, and six grandchildren. Courtland “Court” Hungerford, 96, of Akron, Ohio, died Sept. 17, 2021. He was a member of the Navy V-5/V-12 program. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Courtland Hungerford, and his wife, Jean Mcintosh Hungerford ’47. Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca Hungerford and Roberta Nixon, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Barbara Armstrong McDonald, 94, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Jan. 18, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Phi Society, and the Denisonian staff. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry; she is survived by her son, Bruce.
Arthur Campbell, 96, of Berlin, Md., died March 10, 2020. He was a member of the Navy V-5/V-12 program while at Denison. Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Jo Andrews, his wife, Nancy, and his sister, Joyce Campbell; he is survived by his daughter, Julie Phillips, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Louis “Lou” Raymond, 98, of Salem, Ohio, died Sept. 4, 2021. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, concert choir, and the Navy V-5/V-12 program. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Blanche Raymond; his brothers, Edward and Donald; and his sister, Mary Lou Cowan. Survivors include his wife, Aimee, his son, David, his daughters, Catherine Hale and Lisa Raymond Smith ’86, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Phyllis Dininger Freed, 97, of Palm Gardens, Fla., died April 8, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd G. Freed Sr.; daughter of the late Nelson and Louise (Wright) Dininger; loving mother of Lloyd Freed Jr. (Rick) and Thomas (Car-
Priscilla Brown Tanner, 95, of Jacksonville, Fla., died March 18, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas.
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Bonnie Davis Finney, 93, of Newark, Ohio, died Oct. 20, 2020. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Audrey Davis, her husband, William, and daughters Karen Zabel, Molly Ewing, and Paula Tittle; she is survived by daughters Michele Wells, Nancy Loughman, and Ruth Stockum, sons, Mitchell, William III, John and Stephen, 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and her loving cat, Kimba. Joan Gloeckler King, 95, of Naples, Fla., died Aug. 16, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Baker King ’49, daughter, Mary Hurula, and her brother, John; survivors include her daughters, Robbin Haeberlin and Anne King, and two grandsons. Janet Benya Mannino, 94, of Willoughby, Ohio, died May 24, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Elizabeth Benya, and her husband, Bill; she is survived by her daughters, Marie Hickey and Barbara Curran, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Marjorie Crangle McFarland, 89, of St. Louis, Mo., died May 14, 2022. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and remained actively involved for life. While in college she also got her pilot’s license, which she did not tell her family about until the following Thanksgiving dinner. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Doris Crangle, and older sisters, Barbara Ferguson and Judith Rose; she is survived by her sons, William C., Jeffrey W. (former spouse Sofia), and Samuel A. McFarland (Lori), grandchildren Saga S. (Peter Li) and Axel R., and two great-grandchildren. Thomas Jeremy Williams, 95, of Columbus, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Dr. Lowell Lehenbauer, and by his older brothers, Clyde E. Jr and Dr. Sam B. Williams. He is survived by his children, Thomas J. (Phyllis) Williams III, Elizabeth Williams Greiner, James B. (Mary) Williams, Dr. Donald C. (Audrey) Williams, and Martha McElwain; and several treasured grandchildren.
Irving Diemer, 91, of Willoughby, Ohio, died Jan. 16, 2019. He was a member of the Navy V-5/V-12 program. Preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Corrine Diemer, his wife, Patricia, his son Kurt, and his brother, Edmund; he is survived by his son Dale; daughters, Lori Diemer and Niseema Diemer ’89; and two granddaughters. John Dill, 95, of Clearwater, Fla., died Aug. 23, 2021. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Navy V-5/V-12 program. Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Gladys Dill, and his wife, Dorothy; he is survived by his daughter, Susan Staker, two grandchildren, and his sister, Joan McQueen.
James “Jim” Mills, 94, of Lower Salem, Ohio, died Sept. 17, 2021. He was a member of the Navy V-5/V-12 program. Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Olive Mills; he is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two sons, James and John Mills, two daughters, Alison Dunlap and Meredith Weimer, 10 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and his sister, Julia Mills Littlejohn ’48. James “Jim” Sutherin, 97, of Willoughby, Ohio, died Nov. 12, 2021. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Denisonian staff, the varsity men’s baseball and basketball teams, Varsity D-Association, and received a Denison Alumni Citation in 1989. Preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Francis Sutherin, and his wife, Dona Basler Sutherin ’51; he is survived by his son, Dan, daughter, Sharna Sutherin ’78, four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Margaret “Joy” Blackadar Dean, 92, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Aug. 26, 2021. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Harriet Blackadar, and her four brothers, Alfred, Walter, Gordon, and John; she is survived by her husband, John, her son, Steve, daughter, Nancy Johnson, and her five grandchildren. Robert “Bob” Fleming, 93, of Moline, Ill., died Aug. 25, 2021. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Dorothy Fleming; he is survived by his wife, Caroline, daughters, Susan Schuler and Mary Francis, sons, William and David, four grandchildren, and his brother, Richard Fleming. Charles “Chuck” Gleason, 92, of Dahlonega, Ga., died May 15, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and concert choir. Survivors include his son, Tom Gleason ’77, and his daughter, Leslie Gleason Garwood ’74. He was preceded in death by his stepsister, Penny Slayton Goodell ’52. His wife, Janet Mathis Gleason ’51, died just hours after him on May 15, 2021. Benjamin “Ben” Gregg, 94, of Littleton, Colo., died July 31, 2021. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, concert choir and glee club, varsity men’s track and field team and the D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Artemesia Gregg, and his wife, Margery; he is survived by his daughter, Ann Jasper, sons, Steve and Scott, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Guy Porter, 94, of Charleston, W.Va., died Nov. 16, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and concert choir. Preceded in death by his parents, G. Callie and Abby Porter, and his first wife, Betty Lee; he is survived by his second wife, Carmel, sons, Jim and David, daughter, Shari Shull, stepsons, Don, Charles, and John Barber, step-daughters, Susan Perry, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
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Lois Dixey Reinehr, 91, of Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, died July 19, 2020. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Violet Dixey, and her husband, Richard; she is survived by her sons, William and Thomas, daughters, Dixie Fout and Kay Reinehr, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Janice “Jan” Thorpe Sand, 92, of Florence, Ore., died July 24, 2020. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and glee club. Preceded in death by her parents, Hillard and Melva Daub Thorpe 1919, her first husband, Richard Arms, her second husband, Ralph Sand, son Alan Arms, and her brother, John Thorpe ’53; she is survived by son David Arms, and her sister, Carole Thorpe Karl ’52.
Thomas “Tom” Apter, 92, of Loveland, Colo., died July 2, 2019. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Helen Apter, and his sisters, Ellen Liljedahl and Janet Trubee; he is survived by his wife, Alice. Betsy Sparks Deyo, 92, of Louisville, Ky., died April 30, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Chloeanna ( James) Sparks; she is survived by her husband of almost 74 years, Franklin E. Deyo; daughters, Linda (Christian) Maguire and Sharon ( James) Waterbury; four grandchildren, and four geat-grandchildren. Janet Mathis Gleason, 91, of Dahlonega, Ga., died May 15, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and concert choir. Survivors include her son, Tom Gleason ’77, and her daughter, Leslie Gleason Garwood ’74. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Gleason ’50, just hours prior to her own death. John Houk, 92, of Suttons Bay, Mich., died Aug. 1, 2021. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and John Houk, his wife, Mary Erler Houk ’51, and his sister, Betty Miller; he is survived by his sons, Jim and Bob Houk, daughter, Becky Shookman, six grandchildren, including Charlie Houk ’15, and two great-grandchildren.
Lewis Lefkowitz, 90, of Nashville, Tenn., died Sept. 26, 2021. He was a member of the American Commons Club and concert choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Blanche Lefkowitz, and his younger sister, Emily Hexter. Survivors include his wife, Judy, sons, David, Jerry, and Paul, and three grandchildren. Jane Hickenlooper Oberlin, 86, of Littleton, Colo., died Sept. 7, 2016. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Bourke and Verna Hickenlooper, her second husband, Russel Oberlin, and son Russel; she is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Page and Patricia Hearn, son, David, and three grandchildren. Kay Pendleton Orlans, 92, of San Antonio, Texas, died April 16, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Orlans, her parents, and a sister. She is survived by two children, Lynn Elizabeth Meadow and Robert Keith Shaw-Meadow (Susan); three stepchildren, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one nephew. Edmund “Ned” Paca, 92, of Plain City, Ohio, died Oct. 8, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harriet and John Paca, his wife, Maxine, and his sister, Beth Hilkert. Survivors include his daughter, Marcia Johnston, his son, John, and four grandchildren. William “Bill” Timmons, 92, of Coshocton, Ohio, died May 14, 2020. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Mary, four daughters, Mary King, Janie Hough, Lisa Gibson, and Laurie Sarsfield, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his brother, Bob Timmons, and his sister, Anne Marshall. James Willis Toy, 91, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Jan. 1, 2022. Preceded in death by his mother, Imogen Hamblen Toy, father, James Toy, and stepmother, Ruth Rickett Toy; he is survived by his half-siblings, Nancy Ruth Young and David Henry Toy (Hazel); nieces, Annette Homiller (Dan) of Georgia and Karen Downs; grandnephews, Samuel Homiller (Roo), James Homiller (Maggie), and Kenneth Downs; and grandniece, Laura Downs. Other survivors include longtime dear friends Jim Kangas and John Alderman of Flint; Tom Nickey, Jay Aiken, Rick Krupinski, Scott Dennis, and Jim Etzkorn, all of Ann Arbor; Michael Gowing of Pinckney; and so many more friends near and far.
Hilda Stewart Jain, 92, of San Jose, Calif., died April 29, 2020. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Ed Jain ’52, her sister, Betty Stewart Ferguson ’41, and her brothers, John Stewart ’38 and Bruce Stewart ’45; she is survived by her sons, Douglas Jain and Gregory Ramar, and her daughters, Karen Saling and Barbara Hopper.
William “Bill” Jaquith, 91, of Summerfield, N.C., died March 10, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Jaquith Patterson ‘53, and his first wife, Jacqueline Dutro ‘53. Survivors include his second wife, Beth, five sons, Todd, Ross, Kent, Craig, and Reid, and grandchildren including Cole Jaquith ’20.
Charles “Chuck” Dold, 91, of Champaign, Ill., died Sept. 2, 2021. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the varsity men’s track and field team and the
Clyde “Barrie” Bedell, 90, of Oxnard, Calif., died July 10, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Florence Bedell; he is survived by his son, Evan, daughter, Megan, two grandchildren, and his younger brother, Jeffrey Bedell.
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D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Norman Dold 1921 and Helen Shumaker Dold 1921, his sister, Mary Ann Dold, and his brother, John Dold ’56; he is survived by his wife, Diane, son, Charles III, daughters, Nancy Dold, Carolyn Stecher, and Sharon Dold, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his brother, Bob Dold ’60. Irvin “Irv” Harlamert, 91, of Waynesville, Ohio, died Sept. 29, 2021. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the varsity men’s track and field team, D-Association, concert choir, and received a Denison Alumni Citation Award in 2012. Preceded in death by his parents, Theresa and Irvin Harlamert Sr., and his sister, Ann Harlamert Simms ’56; he is survived by his wife, Barbara Peters Mosher-Harlamert ’53, sons, Bruce Harlamert ’88 and Henry Harlamert, daughter, Laurie Harlamert Juergens ’92, step-daughter, Julia Krabacher, seven grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren. Elizabeth Orr, 91, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died Jan. 25, 2022. Preceded in death by her brother, John B. “Buck” (Donna) Ward, Jr., and her daughter Martha. She is survived by her brother, William C. (Mary) Ward; her children, David Jr. (Sharon), Katherine, Jane (Randy) Thompson; her grandchildren, Mary (Dave) Horschler, Philip (Claudia) Thompson, David John (Lindsay) Orr, Halle Thompson, Hilary Snider, Sarah (Cody) Ridenour; and seven great-grandchildren. Sylvia L. Ross, 91, of Reading, Pa., died May 5, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn C. and Lucy K. (Breneman) Ross, and her sister, Helen Mallon. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Hey, as well as her niece, Linda Mallon, and nephews, Stephen Mallon and Glenn Jones, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Louise Davis Smith, 85, of St. Charles, Ill., died March 13, 2017. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Ray Smith, and a daughter, Wendy Smith. Survivors include daughter Kimberly Baldwin, and sons, Christopher and David Baldwin. Marilyn “Lynn” Gonia Weber, 87, of Milwaukee, died Jan. 13, 2017. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Verona Gonia, her husband, Donald, and her son, Peter; she is survived by her daughters, Valerie and Lisa, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Mary Congleton Erf, 89, of Bloomfield, Conn., died July 13, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, Harriet and Ernest Congleton, her husband, Robert, grandson, Robert Kyle, sister, Ernestine, and brother, Edward; she is survived by her sons, Robert “Keith” and Frank Erf, daughters, Karen Doolittle and Kate Margolese, and 10 grandchildren.
William Gleason, 90, of West Chester, Ohio, died Oct. 7, 2021. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the varsity men’s football team and D-Association. Preceded in death by his wife, Susan; he is survived by his daughters, Caryl Blozie, Anna Slagle, and Patti Mirolo, and his sons, Thomas and William Gleason. Winifred Woods Gulyas, 90, of Cresskill, N.J., died May 2, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Davis Woods and the former Charlotte Elizabeth Basham; she is survived by her husband, Stephen, daughters, Winifred Gyongyi Gulyas and Melinda (Allen) Dugan; and grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth (Liza) and Steven (Vanya) Dugan. Marcia Rouse Haynes, 90, of Port Huron, Mich., died May 13, 2022. Preceded in death by her husband, N. Fred Haynes; she is survived by her children, Carol (Robert) Krashen, David (Heather) Haynes, and Julie (Brian) Beaty; grandchildren, Nicole (Krashen) Smith, David Smith, Michael Krashen, Natalie Haynes, Jacob Haynes, Alexandra Beaty, and Nolan Beaty; and great granddaughter, Emma Grace Smith, as well as several nieces and nephews. William “Bill” Malcomson, 89, of La Conner, Wash., died Aug. 10, 2021. He was a member of the Denison Campus Governance Association. Preceded in death by his wife, Laurie, and his partner, Barbara Bell; he is survived by his sons, Scott and John, daughter, Christi, five grandchildren, and his stepfamily via Barbara, Steve and Carolyn. Jane McCallister Porter, 90, of Dayton, Ohio, died Aug. 8, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, the Denisonian staff, concert choir, and was part of the club sailing group. Preceded in death by her parents, L.S. “Mac” and Mary McCallister, her husband, Bob Porter, and son Dave; she is survived by sons Jim and Rick, and five grandchildren. Ethel “Marlene” Schulte Sheehan, 88, of Santa Barbara, Calif., died Jan. 28, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack; she is survived by her daughters, Denise and Deborah. Jacquelyn Sovulewski Walker, 90, of Putney, Vt., died March 23, 2022. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Walker; she is survived by her beloved husband of 36 years, Steve Anderson, children Linda Penn, Sharon Walker, and Keith Walker, and stepchildren, Judy Anderson, Teja Anderson, and Daniel Anderson. Grace “Bambi” Nelson Williams, 90, Yellow Springs, Ohio, died March 13 2022. At Denison, Bambi met both her first and second husband, Dr. Francis Trueman Williams Jr. ’53, known locally as “Frank.” Bambi and Frank married for the first time in 1953 and remained friends and co-parents for 18 years following a peaceful dissolution in 1985, and then remar-
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ried at Hospice of Dayton, four days prior to Frank’s death in 2002. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jennie Anita Westlake Findley; daughter, (Stephanie) Samantha Williams Eckenrode; son, Frank Whitaker “Whit” Williams; granddaughter, Miriam Eckenrode Saari, and her husband, Aaron; and grandson, William Polo Chaikwang.
Jo Ann Larick Asher, 88, of Carey, Ohio, died Oct. 10, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Peg Larick, and her husband, Chuck; she is survived by her son, Charles “Kent,” daughter, Amy Carr, two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Elizabeth “Ann” Elliott, 89, of Cincinnati, died July 18, 2021. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Betty Beardsley Freer, 89, of New Braunfels, Texas, died Sept. 29, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, Orville Beardsley 1928 and Ethel Piggot Lewis 1928, her husband, Tom Freer ’54, and her brother, Bob Beardsley; she is survived by her son, Tom, daughters, Nancy Freer, Patty Freer, and Barbara Cauthen, three granddaughters, and her sister, Judy Beardsley Updegrove ’67. Joan Trittipo Perkins, 89, of Newark, Ohio, died Sept. 3, 2021. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and concert choir. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillian and James Trittipo 1923, and her second husband, Shelmerdine. The Rev. John W. Sloat, 89, of Zelienople, Pa., died April 28, 2022. He was a member of the American Commons Club, a progressive non-Greek fraternity. He met Helen Burdick Sloat ’54 at Denison, and they were married in 1955. He was preceded in death by Helen and by a sister, Barb (Donald) Deer; he is survived by his three children, Linda (Ron) Burig, Laurie (Mitch) Silverstein, and David (Amy) Sloat; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Harriett Faxon Stone, 89, of Granville, Ohio, died Nov. 17, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She started her career at Denison on Nov. 28, 1983, as executive secretary for the Presidential Search Committee, and was promoted to director of alumni affairs in March of 1984. She retired as director of alumni affairs in 1994. Survivors include her son, Bruce, and daughters, Julie Stone, Susan Miller, and Kate Stone Bolger ’88. Dorothy Nauman Wyckoff, 89, of Tryon, N.C., died May 7, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, Suzanne and John Nauman, her husband, Eugene Wyckoff, and her sister, Patricia Kramer; she is survived by her four nieces and nephews.
James “Jim” Brophy, 87, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Aug. 4, 2021. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Pi Delta Epsilon, the Adytum staff, ROTC, concert choir, and glee club. Preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Catharine Brophy, and his brothers, Rex and Tom; he is survived by his wife, Margaret, son, Howard, daughters, Margaret Kowal and Kay Baer, and eight grandchildren. John Carlson, 87, of West Lafayette, Ind., died July 18, 2020. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Society, and Dean’s List. Preceded in death by his parents, Valdemar and Lillian Carlson, his wife, Jean, and his sister, Paula; he is survived by his daughters, Robin Butler and Marjorie Davis, five grandchildren, and his lebenspartner, Ingrid Clever. Thomas Steeds Clark, 89, of Novelty, Ohio, died April 17, 2022. Preceded in death by his wife, Early Morrison; he is survived by his children, Tom Jr., (Patti) Lesley-Clark Smith (Richie) and Dianna Clark Akers ( James “Boss”), and seven grandchildren. Nancy Barber Hopkins, 88, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., died Sept. 24, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and Wayland Barber 1929, and her first husband, Bob Pole; she is survived by her second husband, Mike Hopkins, daughter, Cynthia Bertsch, son, Robert Pole III, stepdaughter, Laurie Plumb, nine grandchildren, including Alex Pole ’12, and nine great-grandchildren. John MacDonell, 91, of Lima, Ohio, died Aug. 24, 2021. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and concert choir. Preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Alexander MacDonell, his brother, Sandy MacDonell ’51, and his sister, Jean MacDonell Weis ’59; he is survived by his wife, Sally, son, George, daughters, Sara MacDonell, Mar y Marinelli, and Elizabeth MacDonell, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Mary Lee “Tinker” Edwards Tyndall, 87, of Lakewood, Ohio, died Oct. 29, 2021. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie and David Edwards, and her older brother, David; she is survived by her son, Robert, daughter, Marjorie Hoelker, stepdaughter, Gail Tyndall, and six grandchildren. Robert Winship, 89, of Orange, Calif., died Feb. 14, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, varsity men’s lacrosse team, and Varsity D-Association. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Winship ’51. Survivors include his second wife, Carol, and his daughter, Amanda.
Jean Burton Clifton-Beach, 84, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died July 18, 2019. She was a
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member of Delta Gamma sorority and the club cheerleaders. Preceded in death by her second husband, Thomas Clifton, her third husband, Clayton Beach, her daughter, Sharilyn Lowney, and son Kenneth Norman; she is survived by sons Craig and Doug Norman, stepson, Thomas Beach, and stepdaughter, Monica Abrew. William “Bill” Fosdick, 87, of Tucson, Ariz., died May 19, 2021. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Elizabeth Fosdick, and his first wife, Joanne; he is survived by his second wife, Cindy, son, Robert, daughters, Susan, Lynda and Janet, six grandchildren, and his sisters, Elizabeth Carter and Margaret Young. Jean Newkirk Hoffman, 88, of Greenville S.C., died April 24, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Al Hoffman, and a brother, Richard M. Newkirk; she is survived by two children, Robert Hoffman (Priscilla) and Betsy Houck (Stokes); five grandchildren, Brett Hoffman (Leslie), Blake Hoffman (Christopher), William Houck, Lee Houck, and Mary Houck; a great-granddaughter, Blythe Hoffman; and her brother, Jim Newkirk (Myrna). Charles “Chuck” Mann, 82, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Jan. 29, 2017. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and concert choir. Preceded in death by his wife, Harriet; survivors include his daughters, Susan Vargo and Carol Shutters, son, Charles, and six grandchildren. Jeanne Rogers Tauscher, 86, of Maitland, Fla., died Sept. 26, 2020. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Survivors include her husband, Don, children, Heidi Tauscher, Brett Tauscher, Katy Piumelli, and Paul Tauscher, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by granddaughter Tiffany Tauscher.
Martha “Marcy” Mallory Campbell, 86, of Pleasant Valley, Conn., died Oct. 18, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Margaret Mallory, and her husband, Jack; she is survived by her son, John, daughters, Amanda Campbell and Linda Brierty, four grandchildren, and her brother, Ed Mallory. Barbara Rasor Dysinger, 86, of Findlay, Ohio, died Nov. 1, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, concert choir, and glee club. Preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Violet Rasor, her husband, Jim, her brother, Ralph Rasor ’54, and her brother, Philip Rasor ’55; she is survived by her son, Matthew, daughter, Carrie Bice, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Mary Susan “Sue” Gillespie, 86, of Vero Beach, Fla., died April 17, 2021. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and concert choir. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Florence Gillespie.
Nanette Schmidt Prosser, 86, of Pinehurst, N.C., died April 24, 2022. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Sam” Prosser ’56. She is survived by her son, Matthew Prosser ’80 and daughter, Michelle Ingersoll, along with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. James Abbott Schautz, 87, of Norwell, Mass., died March 26, 2022. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anne Schautz; his wife, Barbara Schautz, and a granddaughter, Jessica Peterson; he is survived by his daughter, Betsy Schautz Peterson, grandson, Beck Peterson, sister, Barbara Laney, and girlfriend, Janet Smith. Cynthia “Cyndy” Sheldon, 85, of Bellingham, Wash., died May 11, 2021. She was a member of Denison concert choir and the women’s club dance team. She is survived by her niece, Heather Haldeman, and many friends. Eugene Francis “Frank” Slater, 85, of Forest Lake, Minn., and Port St. Joe, Fla., died March 2, 2020. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Patti, son, David, daughter, Carrie Duffy, three grandchildren, brother, Dick Slater, and his sister, Julie Terrell. Sally Schafer Wenaas, 86, of Tucson, Ariz., died July 27, 2021. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Clara Schafer, her husband, John, and her son John Jr.; she is survived by sons Jeff and Greg, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and her brother, Thomas Schafer.
Reita Lois Lambrecht, 86, of Sarasota, Fla., died April 30, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, Della W. Countryman and Joseph B. Johnson; she is survived by her husband, Richard (Dick) Lambrecht, her son, Michael J. Beals ( Julie), her stepson, Richard Lambrecht, III (Emily), stepdaughter, Gretchen Lambrecht, and seven step-grandchildren. Ruth Johnston Rockel, 83, of Milford, Ohio, died Jan. 16, 2020. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and concert choir. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and her brother, Glenn Johnston; she is survived by her sons, Charles and David. Edward Wish, 85, of New Castle, Pa., died Aug. 13, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Florence Wish, and his wife, Deanna; he is survived by his loving companion, Faith Hassan, his daughter, Merit Phillips, son, Michael, five grandchildren, and his sister, Anne Wish.
James Bedford, 84, of Saegertown, Pa., died Nov. 5, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.G. and Florence Bedford, and is survived by his wife, Judy, sons, Joe and
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Jason, daughter, Jill Waterhouse, three grandsons, and his brother, John Bedford. Nannette Spurlino Byrum, 85, of Centerville, Ohio, died March 31, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, Pascal and Helen (Smalley) Spurlino; she is survived by her children, Elizabeth (Mike) Szaruga and Michael (Tracy) Byrum; grandchildren, Phillip and Erin Szaruga, Katherine, Christopher, and Meagan Byrum; brother, Cy ( Joanne) Spurlino, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Barbara “Barb” Nelson Clagett, 82, of Roscommon, Mich., died Oct. 3, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity. Preceded in death by her father, Harry Nelson 1938, her mother, Marjory Bird Reiss 1936, her second husband, Tim, and her sons Edward Clagett and Brad Ordway; she is survived by her nine children and stepchildren, Jeff Oppermann, Darby Ryon, Jen Oppermann Dickerson ’89, Pat Ognisanti, Marcy Flora, Jane Laing, Steve Ordway, Jill Burch, and Polly Harding, numerous grandchildren including Libby Dickerson ’21, several great-grandchildren, and her brother, Jim Nelson ’62. Robert “Bob” Frary, 83, of Winter Park, Fla., died April 26, 2021. He was a member of the American Commons Club and Delta Chi fraternity. Sankey MacDonald, 86, of Uniontown, Pa., died Aug. 26, 2021. Preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Martha MacDonald, his brother, William, and his infant sister, Julia Ann; he is survived by his wife, Margaret, sons, William and Brian, daughter, Katherine Weil, and two grandchildren. Donald “Don” Rhoad, 82, of Cincinnati, died Dec. 20, 2019. He was a member of the American Commons Club. Survivors include his wife, Helen Bird Rhoad ’60, sons, David and Robert, daughter, Karen McDowell, and seven grandchildren.
Claire Armstrong, 82, of New Providence, N.J., died July 31, 2021. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nobel and Edna Armstrong. She is survived by many cousins and friends. Frederick “Fred” Giffin, 82, of Tempe, Ariz., died March 13, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa. Preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Sarah Giffin, his wife, Marty Knapp Giffin ’61, and son Shawn; he is survived by son Frederick Scott and two grandsons. Roy Clifton “Cliff ” Jenkins, 83, of Sunnyvale, Calif., died Sept. 10, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the varsity men’s track and field team, and D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Edna and Roy Jenkins Jr., his brother, Donald Jenkins, and his grandson, Nicho-
las Jenkins; he is survived by his third wife, Betsy Moore, son, Colin, daughter, Annie, his stepson, Samuel Hanes, three grandchildren, and his sister, Patricia Good. Virginia Bowman Mikesell, 82, of Staunton, Va., died July 10, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Emmert and Elizabeth Bowman, her husband, Leo, and granddaughter Candace Mostellar; she is survived by her sons, Richard and David Mikesell, daughter, Cindy Gillespie, two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren. Patricia “Pat” Barkley Petro, 82, of Fenton, Mich., died Oct. 1, 2020. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Survivors include her daughters, Catherine Reed-Voorheis and Julia Garvey. Ann Elizabeth Thomas, 84, of Franklin, Tenn., died May 8, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents, Everett Benjamin Grigbsy and Mildred Crow Grigsby, her father-in-law, Marvin C. Thomas, and mother-in-law, Irene Harruff Thomas; surviving are her husband of 61 years, John Marvin Thomas, as well as three daughters, Deborah Ann Grimm (Casey), Amy Elizabeth Thomas Mitchell (Paul), and Sarah Thomas Clemmons (Charles); six grandchildren; her brothers-in-law, Richard L. Thomas (Helen), and Joseph H. Thomas (Ellen); as well as many beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Burnet Clark, 82, of Hawley, Pa., died Oct. 24, 2021. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, varsity men’s soccer team, varsity men’s tennis team, and the Varsity D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Burnet and Jane Clark; he is survived by his wife, Suzanne, his sons, Stephen, Christopher, Jonathan, and Matthew, and 13 grandchildren. Joyce Frederick Christensen, 82, of Atlanta, died Aug. 15, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Survivors include her husband, Tom, daughters, Suzanne and Nancy, son, Thomas, and seven grandchildren. Kathleen “Ann” Seeley Daub, 79, of Hudson, Mich., died July 27, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents, Dana and Kitty Seeley; she is survived by her husband, Bill, son, William, daughter, Elisabeth, two grandchildren, and her siblings, Dana Seeley Hirth ’64 and Crosby Seeley. Mary Hook Davidson, 81, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Jan. 14, 2021. She was a member of Phi Society. Preceded in death by her parents, Norris Hook and Charlotte Collins; she is survived by her daughters, Pamela Waldorf and Camilla Bennett, son, Christopher Bennett, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Judy Shadel Lowe, 82, of Indianapolis, died Nov. 11, 2021. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma
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sorority. Preceded in death by her husband, John; she is survived by her daughters, Cathy Haffey, Jenny Riegner, and Katy McPeek, son, John Jr., nine grandchildren, and her sister, Sue. Sheila Kane Strenkert, 82, of Naples, Fla., died Oct. 31, 2021. Preceded in death by her parents, David and Mildred Kane; she is survived by her husband, Bill, sons, William and Paul, daughter, Martha Anderson, eight grandchildren, her brother, David, and her sister, Kathleen Dell.
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Frank Sturgell, 81, of Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 4, 2020. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, sons, Brad and Geoffrey Sturgell, stepson, Scott Mitchell, stepdaughters, Judy Mitchell and Annette Storey, four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 10 great-step grandchildren, his sister, Ruth Greenway, and his brother, Steve Sturgell.
James Robert “Bob” Dewey, 80, of Petersburg, Tenn., died Dec. 19, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marie Dewey. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, sons, James and David Dewey, stepson, Timothy Hobbs, two granddaughters, one step-granddaughter, and one step-grandson. Linda Lees, 81, of Essex Junction, Vt., died Dec. 17, 2020. She was a member of the concert choir. Survivors include her sister, Cynthia Lees. David Brooke McConnell, 81, of Martinsville, Va., died April 7, 2022. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. I.W. McConnell and Mollie; his sister, Drew Crags; brothers, Colin and Brian. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, sister, Dawn Sawyer, and brother, Devin McConnell. Sandra Staff, 82, of Lake Bluff, Ill., died April 9, 2022. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Staff (Sharon Vogel); nephews, Thomas J. Staff, Brian P. Staff, Michael J. Staff, and niece, Megan Bartling; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
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Sara Leonard Taft, 81, of Traverse City, Mich., died Aug. 6, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Survivors include her husband, David, son, Kingsley Taft, daughters, Amy DeLossa and Elisabeth Muhlner, and seven grandchildren. Kay Pierson Wightman, 81, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 26, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Glen Pierson 1927 and Frances Pierson, her first husband, Bill Manion ’63, and her second husband, Fred Wightman; she is survived by her sons, John Manion and Michael Manion ’93, daughters, Sue Manion Wynne ’91 and Ginny Manion Bryan ’91, two stepdaughters, Sandra and Barb Wightman, and 13 grandchildren including Jane Wynne 2023.
Ronald S. Beard, who assumed a leadership role at Denison as a student that he maintained even as he rose to prominence in the legal realm, died April 9, 2022. Voted president of the 1961 class, he served the university in many capacities, including more than three decades on the Board of Trustees, during which he was its chair for five years. Beard, 83, donated his time, money, and his ability to network on Denison’s behalf. Although his responsibilities as a lawyer and legal strategist in Los Angeles were consuming, Beard relentlessly advocated for his alma mater. He organized reunions. He endowed scholarships. He helped navigate Denison through challenging years in the 1990s. “He was a great champion for the college,” says Julie Houpt ’75, a lawyer and former Denison vice president for institutional advancement. “He always said yes whenever he could.” The Scarsdale, New York, native earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics before attending law school at Yale University. Beard joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles as a partner in 1971 and eventually became its chair 20 years later. “He was a man of great character and was known for his uncompromising integrity,” says Kenneth Doran, who worked alongside Beard for two decades at the law firm and followed him as its chair in 2002. “Being around Ron made you comfortable, made you see the bright side of things.” It was in Los Angeles where Beard, Houpt, and fellow alums Paul Hylbert and Dean Hansell connected and became active in the local chapter of the Denison Club in the 1980s. Beard had already begun his 35-year run on the university’s board of trustees, starting in 1975. His leadership was particularly influential during some lean years for Denison in the 1990s, Houpt says. Mary Jane Armacost ’62 spent more than two decades on the board with Beard, and recalls his skills as a negotiator and a unifier. “Ron worked closely with both the administration and the board to build a strong and very relevant position for Denison’s future,” Armacost wrote in an email. Beard, a vice president of the Alumni Society and National Annual Fund chair, proved to be a savvy recruiter. He helped establish an academic pipeline from Southern California to Granville, Houpt recalls, and wanted to expand the university’s footprint with scholarship offers to international students. This past semester, 18% of students at Denison were from outside the United States. Granted life trustee status in 2010, Beard frequently spoke of the value of a liberal arts education, says Karin Paridee-Beard, his wife of 35 years. She often attended board meetings and reunions with her husband, and she remembers it wasn’t uncommon for fellow Denisonians to recognize him in an airport. After leaving the law firm, Beard worked as a consultant and legal advisor for Zeughauser Group in Laguna Hills, California. One of his great passions was golf, and he enjoyed few things more than playing the sport with his wife. Beard is survived by his wife, his three children, Karen, Dana, and Jon, and his grandchildren. — Tom Reed
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Stephen “Steve” Burnett, 78, of Brecksville, Ohio, died April 30, 2020. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and ROTC. Preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Marguerite Burnett; he is survived by his daughter, Jaclyn Heming, and his three grandsons. Bruce Burrows, 79, of Hyattsville, Md., died July 22, 2021. He was a member of the American Commons Club, ROTC, concert choir, and the Denison Singers. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Mae Burrows; he is survived by his son, Derek, daughter, Chandra Knabel, a grandson and granddaughter, and his sister, Marabeth Hobgood. Frederick Semler “Sem” Dieterich, 82, of Hope Valley, R.I., died Sept. 16, 2021. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, varsity football team, and the D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Dorothy Dieterich, and his third wife, Kayte; he is survived by his son, Rick, daughter, Kim Dieterich Sablich ’90, and three grandchildren. Melayn Dorfler, 79, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died June 20, 2021. Jean Wiley Navarre, 80, of Buffalo, N.Y., died Oct. 14, 2021. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Harold Wiley and Mary Moore; she is survived by her son, William Navarre, and two grandchildren. Thomas “Tom” Warm, 82, of Mustang, Okla., died Aug. 17, 2019. He was a member of the American Commons Club. Survivors include his second wife, Kimie, and his nieces and nephews.
Romine James Foster, 79, of Stuart, Fla., died April 15, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons, Ian, Eli, James, and Liam; sister, Susanne; and brother, Kipp.
Whyndham “Scott” Bowman, 82, of Brownsville, Pa., died Oct. 21, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was preceded in death by his parents, Whyndham and Sara Bowman, and his wife, Melinda Wardwell Bowman ’65. Survivors include his sons, Matthew and John, his daughter, Ames Bowman Shea ’90, and four grandchildren. Edgar “Ed” Harris, 78, of Wallingford, Pa., died Aug. 9, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, varsity men’s lacrosse team, and D-Association. Survivors include his wife, Ann, daughter, Lindsay Friel, and son, Edgar “Ted.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Margaret Harris. Nancy “Jeannie” Ketchum, 78, of Portland, Ore., died Aug. 27, 2021. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi soror-
ity. She is survived by her close friend, Tami Ritacco, and many others. Daniel “Dan” Robertson, 79, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., died Aug. 7, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Margaret Robertson, and brother Reuben Robertson III; he is survived by his daughter, Sara, and brother George Robertson.
Thomas Sands Baker, 78, of Pennington, N.J., died April 19, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Louise, and second wife, Carole; he’s survived by his wife, Susan, his three children, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, his brother, A. David Baker, and niece. Donald “Don” Head, 76, of Portland, Maine, died Aug. 31, 2021. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Doris and Clarence “Bud” Head; he is survived by his second wife, Caron, daughter, Amy Green, son, Donald Alexander Head, four grandchildren, his sister, Marjorie Head, and his brother, Joseph Head.
James Chase, 74, of Cary, N.C., died Feb. 25, 2020. Preceded in death by his wife, Martha; he is survived by his daughter, Laura Hartman, his sons, Daniel and Mark, and his sister, Hilda Pracht. Elizabeth Folkers Crawford, 76, of Upton, Mass., died Sept 17, 2021. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Preceded in death by her parents, Kern and Margaret Folkers, and her brother, Donald Folkers; she is survived by her husband, Christopher, daughter, Meredith, and two grandsons. Carole “Cappy” Payne Knuti, 76, of Chicago, died Aug. 12, 2021. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Survivors include her husband, Bob Knuti ’64, son, Matthew, daughter, Ellen, and siblings, Nan, Jack, Jim, Jay, and Jeff.
Douglas “Doug” Currie, 75, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died July 23, 2021. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marion Currie; he is survived by his brother, Charles. John Stapleford, 74, of Newark, Delaware, died Aug. 25, 2021. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, varsity men’s lacrosse and soccer, and D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Frederick Stapleford, and his brother, Fred Stapleford ’67; he is survived by his wife, Linda Ellison Stapleford ’70, son, Tom, daughter, Liza, two grandchildren, two half-sisters, Irene Stapleford and Kate Crawford, and his dog, Stretch.
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Robert Andrew Ballas, 75, of Newark, Del., died April 5, 2022. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ruth Ballas, and his wife, Karen; he is survived by his two older siblings, Richard Ballas and Elaine Leece, his three sons, Brad Ballas, Bryan Ballas, and Rob Ballas, his daughters-inlaw, Cary Ballas (McMillan) and Pam Ballas (Chomyn), and several grandchildren.
Priscilla Bratcher, 71, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died March 16, 2021. Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and June Bratcher; she is survived by her daughter, Rosalind Schwartz, sister, Meredith Bratcher, and her brother, Stephen Bratcher. William “Bill” Connelly, 72, of Falls Church, Va., died May 19, 2021. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, son, Ryan, and daughters, Emily and Halley Mae. Leslie Oldacre Hill, 72, of Alden, Mich., died Nov. 4, 2021. Preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Doris Oldacre, and her husband, Daniel; she is survived by her son, Ryan, daughter, Lindsay, three grandchildren, and her siblings, Kip Oldacre, Del Dempster, and Sharon Moorman. Duane “Dewey” Lanham, 72, of Niles, Ohio, died Aug. 23, 2021. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, varsity men’s track and field, football and lacrosse, and D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, James Lanham and Ruth Ann Paul; he is survived by his wife, Arlene, sons, Eric and Jason, five grandchildren, and his brother, Dirk Lanham.
Frederick Crandall Heuchling, 66, died April 21, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Heuchling, his children, Frederick Heuchling, Scott Heuchling (Ashley Warnick), and Barbara Heuchling; brothers, Bob Heuchling and Geoff Heuchling; and granddaughter, Ava Heuchling. Mary Katherine “Kathy” Poese, 70, of Knoxville, Tenn., died June 11, 2021. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; she is survived by her daughter, Jama Rinehart, and her son, Taylor Rinehart.
Katharine “Katie” Harriss Howard, 68, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., died Sept. 26, 2021. She worked on the WDUB. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Loretta Harriss. Survivors include her husband, Bill, daughter, Valerie Boudas, son, Matthew Boudas, and her brother, John Harriss.
Gail Snodgrass Meinke, 66, of Mint Hill, N.C., died Nov. 19, 2020. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, Crossed Keys, and concert choir. Preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Pauline Snodgrass, and her son, Ryan; she is survived by her husband, Jim.
Jane Taft, 65, of The Villages, Fla., died July 31, 2018. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, Pi Mu Epsilon, Mortar Board, varsity women’s basketball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball teams, and D-Association. She was preceded in death by her father, William Taft, and her mother, Ellen Visscher. Survivors include her sister, Margaret Taft Considine ’76.
Hollis Clare Resnik, 66, a long-reigning star of Chicago theater, died April 17, 2022. Survivors include her parents, Betty and Reginald Resnik, brothers, Paul and Mark Resnik, and sister-in-law, Mary Resnik.
Robert “Rob” Hereford, 65, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Feb. 25, 2021. He was a member of the men’s varsity lacrosse team and the Varsity D-Association. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ann Hereford, and his sister Marguerite Hereford; he is survived by his second wife, Cheryl, his sons, William, Mason, and Saint, his daughter, Molly, his brother, Frank, and his sister Sarah Rick.
Tracy DeWitt, 60, of Monroe, La., died Feb. 11, 2019. He was a member of the varsity men’s football team, D-Association, and the Black Alumni Association. Survivors include his wife, Mary, son, Tracy, and daughters, Christina and Amber.
Dorothy M. Breen, of East Greenwich, R.I., died Dec. 7, 2020.
Harold Brady DuBois, 63, of Kent, Ohio, died May 6, 2022. He’s survived by his wife of 37 years, Lisa, of Kent; his daughters, Hali (Thad) Bell and Hana (Kevin) Brammeier; and grandson, Logan Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredric and Marilyn DuBois. William Lee, 60, of Williamstown, N.J., died April 27, 2020. He was a member of the varsity men’s soccer team and D-Association. Preceded in death by his father, William; he is survived by his mother, Josephine Lee.
Peter K. Gersky, 61, of Woodbury, Conn., died April 21, 2022. He was treasurer of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; his children, Lindsay, Jessica, and Will; his brothers, Michael (Michele) Gersky and Joe (Nancy) Gersky; his father-in-law, W.T. Cashman II; brothers-in-law, Tim (Fran) Cashman, and John (Marcy) Cashman; and his sister-in-law, Alison (Vin) Contento; and nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen J. Gersky Sr., his mother, Judith Head, and his mother-in-law, Diana Plumb Cashman.
Andrew “Andy” Blau, 58, of Naples, Fla., died Aug. 10, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Blau; he is survived by his mother,
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Elizabeth Blau, daughters, Emily and Anne, significant other, Katie Frank, and his brother, Christopher. Douglas “Doug” Slater, 57, of Pacifica, Calif., died Aug. 19, 2020. He is survived by his parents, Mary Patricia and Carlton Slater, and his significant other, Molly Barrons.
Donald Andrew “Andy” Bailey, 57, of Berwyn, Pa., died Sept. 30, 2021. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and WDUB, and worked at the Bandersnatch. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Bailey, and is survived by his father, Donald Bailey, his second wife, Maureen, sons, Cal and Sean Bailey ’22, daughters, Eliza and Jane Bailey ’23, and his sisters, Lisbeth Veghte, Barbara Bailey, and Virginia Crockett. David “Dave” Reid, 58, of North Hampton, N.H., died Oct. 2, 2021. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, varsity men’s baseball, and the D-Association. He is survived by his stepmother, Sarah Reid, his wife, Robin Peterson Reid ’84, daughters, Kendra Reid Toy ’15 and Hadley Reid, his granddaughter, Addison Toy, and sister, Sarah Reid Green. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Reid, and his father, David Reid.
Gladys Graham, 56, of Baltimore, Md., died Oct. 1, 2021. She was a member of the Black Alumni Association. Preceded in death by her father, Lewis Graham, her cat, Radar, and her dog, Nelson Mandela; she is survived by her mother, Scharleen Graham, three sisters, Natlie Hankerson, Lisa Vaughn, and Erica Harrison, her brother, Dion, and her best canine buddy, Miles Davis.
James “Jim” Stodghill, 50, of Goshen, Ky., died Dec. 31, 2016. Preceded in death by his father, Bill; he is survived by his mother, Nancy, his wife, Cathy, daughter, Sarah, son, Jack, and his siblings, Jeff, Sarah and Sam. James Campbell Morison, 55, of Savannah, Ga., died April 27, 2022. He was a loyal member of Phi Delta Theta. Survivors include his mother, Gay Morison, and sister, Ginger Morison Flynn.
Catherine “Cathy” Royse Kelly, 54, of Garden City, N.Y., died Oct. 12, 2021. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Survivors include her parents, John and Priscilla Royse, her husband, Thomas Kelly, sons, John and Michael, her sister, Ellen Lavoie, and her brother, John Royse ’84. Gregory Scott Waitley, 55, of Vernon Hills, Ill., died April 25, 2022. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Gretchen, and their children, Samantha and Jack; parents, Allison
and Alan Waitley; brothers, Steven Waitley and Mike (Sally) Waitley; parents-in-law, June and Fred Vorlop; his wife’s siblings, Elizabeth (Brad) Hilbelink and Fritz (Michele) Vorlop; and many others.
Michael Ray Hensley, 60, of Atlanta, died May 2, 2021. He is survived by his son, Micah (Marissa); daughter, Mariah; Sheila, his wife of 34 years; his mother, Jo; brothers, Lawrence Hunt (Erica), Chuck Hunt (Vickie), and TJ Hunt (Cheryl); and numerous other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Hensley.
Todd Huth, 51, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Sept. 29, 2021. He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity. Preceded in death by his mother, Jane Huth; he is survived by his father, Gerry Huth, son, Landen Huth, and his sister, Taryn Burkhart.
David “Dave” Tucker, 49, of Sausalito, Calif., died Aug. 15, 2021. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the varsity men’s football team, and the D-Association. Preceded in death by his brother, Mark Tucker ’91; he is survived by his parents, Mike and Susan, his wife, Sabine, and his daughters, Secoya and Autumn.
David Lubitz, 47, of Columbia, Md., died May 29, 2021. He was a member of the Denisonian staff, WDUB, and the Jewish Alumni Association. Survivors include his parents, Saul and Ruth Libitz, his wife, Jennifer Brush Lubitz ’98, daughters, Allison and Natalie, and his brother, Michael.
Matthew “Matt” Orenstein, 36, of Providence, R.I., died Sept. 25, 2021. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth Orenstein and Barbara Feibelman, his wife, Kimberly Starbuck, sister, Clare Feiner, and his dogs, Cisco and Zuke.
Margaret “Peg” Healy, 87, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., died Nov. 11, 2021. She was a trustee at Denison University from 1990 to 1998 and president of Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa., from 1995 to 2001. Preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Nora; she is survived by her sister Eileen and Nora’s partner, Teresita Gonzalez.
Renee M. Lamb, 59, of Newark, Ohio, died April 14, 2022. Renee served Denison as a building services assistant, primarily in Burton Morgan, for four years. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, George Lamb; daughter, Ashley Lamb; grandson, Cole Smith; mother, Sandra Biddle; sister, Theresa Glassburn; and several cousins, aunts, and uncles. In addition to her father, Charles Holtz, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tim Glassburn.
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Edward “Ed” Atwood, 98, of Southbury, Conn., died May 4, 2021. He was a professor in the economics department at Denison from 1950 to 1952. Preceded in death by his wife, June, and his son Jeff; he is survived by his son Terry, two granddaughters, a great-grandson, his significant other, Berni Walter, and her children and grandchildren.
Tommy Ray Burkett PROFESSOR EMERITUS, ENGLISH
Thomas “Pop” Eshelman, 93, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., died July 24, 2021. He was an assistant professor in modern languages at Denison University from 1964 to 1969. Preceded in death by his parents, Winifred and Harry Eshelman, and his wife, Doris; he is survived by his sons, Raoul, Nicholas, Kristian, and Jan, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and his brother, Ray. Errol Schlabach, 75, of Campton, N.H., died Aug. 19, 2018. He was a clarinet and saxophone instructor at Denison. He is survived by his wife, June Louise Schlabach; daughter, Corrine Frances Schlabach, and her fiancé, Ian MacDonald; mother-in-law, Frances Schacher; sisters, Carol (Larrel) Berg and Julie (Rod) Flinn; brothers, Dick, Jim, and Tom Schacher; and many other friends and relatives. Charles Wyatt, 78, of Nashville, Tenn., died Aug. 6, 2021. He was an assistant professor in English at Denison from 1999 to 2002, returning in 2006 as a visiting assistant professor until 2010. Survivors include his sons, Peter and Alexander, and two grandchildren. Richard “Dick” Peterson, 84, of Newark, Ohio, died Sept. 16, 2021. He retired from Owens Corning Fiberglass after 32 years of service and began working in security at Denison in 1995, retiring in 2001. Preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Anna Peterson, his brothers, Jim Esmont and Larry Esmont, and his sister, Marlene Merrigan; he is survived by his wife, Linda, daughters, Joyce Benson and Patty Phillips, son, Mike Cronin, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
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John “Jack” Scanlon Sr., 77, of Newark, Ohio, died Oct. 1, 2021. Jack was a part-time security monitor with Denison from 1995 to 1999. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Scanlon, and daughter Kimberly; he is survived by his wife, Sharon, son, John Jr., daughter Pamela, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, his brother, Robert Scanlon, and his sister, Joann Carruba.
Louise Weil, 74, died May 30, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Arnold Byer and Gordon “Buddy” Weil, Jr.; mother of Amy Byer, Allyson (Steve) Gwozdz, Gordon (Kathy) Weil III and Robert (Ceci) Weil; sister of Sandy (Cantor Abraham) Lubin; grandmother of Poppy and Benjamin Gwozdz, Jeffrey (Rebeca Caro) and Aaron Weil, Jonathan, Brandon (Allycea) and Kevin Weil; aunt of Shary (Dr. Marc) Levitt, Stephanie Lubin and Harlan (Becky) Lubin.
I N MEMO RIAM
Emeritus professor Tommy Ray Burkett, who endeared himself to the Denison community through his love of Shakespeare and his spirit of inclusion, died November 15, 2021 at the age of 90. From chairing academic committees to supporting calls for social justice, the Texas-born Burkett related to people across the socioeconomic spectrum. He built friendships with faculty members and students, often hosting them for weekend gatherings, and developed connections with workers on the periphery of the London theater scene, gatekeepers who would give Burkett’s students behind-the-scenes access on his many trips to England. He joined the English department at Denison in 1963 and remained an asset to the university long after his 1993 retirement. “I often tell people, what I learned at Denison is that if I worked hard and kept the greater good in mind, I could do and be anything I wanted,” writes author Pamela Houston, ’83. “Tommy Burkett was the cornerstone of that training. He taught me to be a teacher, and teaching is by far the most important work of my life.” Burkett was eager to please even as a child growing up in Henderson, Texas, where each year he accepted his father’s challenge of eating a raw jalapeño pepper to toughen him up. “He would run out of the house screaming with tears in his eyes, but he always ate it,” says his son, Thomas, who taught for 34 years in the Granville school system. After earning his undergraduate degree in English at Rice University, Burkett attended the University of Kansas before joining the English department at Denison. Areas of expertise included 18th century satire, Shakespeare, and the history of language. He served as chair of the English department and as chair of the Academic Affairs Council. He also led presidential search advisory committees, which selected Robert C. Good and Michele Tolela. Burkett and his wife, Karolyn, backed the fight for equal rights among students and embraced the influx of women in the Denison faculty in the 1970s. The couple was renowned for hosting weekend get-togethers in their homes, some of which included Egyptian- and nautical-inspired themes. Karolyn held annual women’s-only Halloween parties, where they watched Dracula, starring Frank Langella. “They were kind, they were welcoming, and they were the best kind of Baptists I ever met in my life,” says former English professor Anne Shaver. “Faculty members who didn’t have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving were always welcomed in their home.” Burkett’s affinity for Shakespeare and English history saw him guide more than 40 trips to London, where students, faculty, and members of the Granville community attended plays. His vast network of English acquaintances afforded his guests entry into worlds not seen by average tourists. Nicknamed “Papa” by his friends, Burkett rode across campus and through Granville in roomy Cadillacs with the license plate IPAPAI. He is survived by Karolyn, their four children (Thomas, Jeff, Kris, Mandy), and seven grandchildren. —Tom Reed
THE LAST WORD
Seniors, take your seat BY JAMES G. HALE ’78
ne of the five principles of feng shui tells us to take the commanding position in a room. The seat facing an entry gives you control over your space: You’re the first to see who’s coming, so you’re not taken by surprise. This is a good way to increase your sense of readiness and confidence, which lowers your stress. Good qi will flow. If you’re an older sibling in the family car or a college senior, “command position” is the time-tested way to display your exquisite and hard-won status over the sad striving of your inferiors. The class of 1905 understood this principle when they gifted the perfect throne to future Denison seniors. Wanting the best, they hired architects Richards, McCarty, and Bulford of Columbus (the firm behind Beth Eden, Stone Hall, King Hall, Burton Hall, Columbus Museum of Art) to design a senior bench from a block of fine-grained hard blue limestone, approximately 2x3x7 from Rumer and Blyth, who ran the Lincoln Stone quarry in Fulton, Ohio. The hefty block arrived at the top of the hill — no small effort — on June 6, 1905, with a bill marked “no charge” because
of a mix-up at the quarry with the stone originally selected. Dunzweiler Bros. cut and set the minimalist stone bench into its place, which was for a short time on the south side of Doane Academy, before its auspicious move in front of Talbot Hall, where sidewalks from Talbot’s two entrances met in a perfect curve. Total cost: $72. Good qi energy flowed for more than 60 years in that spot, aligned with the academic quad’s social flow, pre-Slayter. The bench was iconic during those decades to members of each successive senior class and ambitious underclassmen. The place to see and be seen. The place to meet between classes to hang out, gossip, and complain about assignment deadlines. It also became a favored spot for fraternity men to “pin” their gals, and other romantic folderol. The stone isn’t as cold as you might think. When the day came in 1967 to demolish Talbot Hall to make way for Knapp, the 1905 bench was in the way of progress. Having been nudged aside for construction, it never again regained its position or stature. Today, crowded and downward-sloped across from the chapel walk clock, it’s the antithesis of feng shui. It not only blocks the flow of good energy, it discourages actual sitting. How many rising seniors does it take to lift a half-ton limestone block and restore the throne to its rightful place? Careful with your fingers.
GLORY DAYS: The 1905 bench in its former power position.
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