DePauw M A G A Z I N E
IN THIS ISSUE: Plight of the Honey Bee / The Prime Ministerâ€™s Legacy / 21CM / ARTifacts / and more
Look Listen & DePauw Alums in the Visual and Musical Arts
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Humberto Barreto Barreto is the Q. G. Noblitt professor of economics and management at DePauw. He was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami. He is teaching the fall semester for Semester at Sea, as he also did in 2005.
Barreto and wife Tami.
am confronted by too much good fortune to deny it. I am on sabbatical this fall, teaching on a floating university. My students have almost boundless energy and curiosity. My classroom onboard offers challenges – you can’t use the internet to get the latest data or show a short video to demonstrate a point, and there are distractions galore – but my students, who are creating a price index to compare costs of living, will collect data at each port on five products of their choosing. They will understand what price indices do and their drawbacks in a way that cannot be duplicated in the typical college setting. (Follow our voyage here: semesteratsea.org/ voyages/fall-2019/.) Our first stop was Gdansk, Poland, so I emailed a Polish student of mine, Michal Opieczonek, from my days at Wabash College, where I taught before joining DePauw. My spouse Tami and I met Michal and his mother, Gabriela, at Neptune’s Fountain in Gdansk. They travelled from Katowice in southern Poland
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to the Baltic coast. We had a wonderful dinner and the next day we gave them a tour of our ship, the MV World Odyssey. We went to Sopot, a nearby beach town, and took a train to Malbork Castle (for photos, visit tiny.cc/polandF19). Michal translated because his mom does not speak English. I was born in Cuba and I was flooded with memories of translating for my parents. It’s hard work. There was much to see and learn about Poland! I was like a little kid in a candy store. I thought much about squaring obvious signs of economic progress with the fatalistic, pessimistic Polish psyche. With indicators pointing up and construction everywhere, Poles deny that times are good, or even getting better. At one point, I asked Gabriela if she thought she was lucky. I expected her to say no, but she sighed and said she could not answer that question. After millennia of invasion and the trauma of World War II followed by Soviet communism, it’s best to expect the worst. Later, when a student stopped by my office hours on Deck 7 aft, we paused
to admire the endless wind turbines on the Baltic Sea. I will take my Law and Economics students to Gibraltar to learn about border conflict after reading an article on border walls. Tomorrow, students in my Development course will discuss Portuguese and Spanish exploration in the New World and Far East in David Landes’ “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some are So Rich and Some So Poor,” then they will explore Iberia to see for themselves what Landes was saying about these cultures. Landes ended his book with, “In this world, the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive.” I am positive that I am lucky.
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STAFF Mary Dieter University editorial director firstname.lastname@example.org 765-658-4286 Kelly A. Graves Creative director email@example.com Donna Grooms Gold Nuggets editor firstname.lastname@example.org Contributor: Kate Robertson ON THE COVER: Jazz trumpeter Pharez Whitted ’82 and Chicago’s El train make beautiful music together. Photo by Magnus Contzen.
The Bo(u)lder Question
The Book Nook
Letters to the Editor
1,000 Words’ Worth
Leaders the World Needs
Editor’s note: There’s no better way to illustrate the mastery of the 18 visual and musical artists featured in this issue than to show you and provide a way for you to listen to them. That’s why this issue is heavy on photographs and light on copy – and why you’ll find an internet link for each artist that enables you to see or hear their artistry. We hope you’re eager to learn about their pathways too, and encourage you to visit bit.ly/fall19mag, where you’ll find a profile of each of the artists. FALL 2019 DEPAUW MAGAZINE I 3
DEPAUW DIGEST Fundraising Campaign, Largest in History, Exceeds Goal The Campaign for DePauw, a fundraising drive to enhance DePauw students’ experiences, raised $383.1 million, exceeding its goal by 28 percent. More than 18,000 alumni and friends made gifts to the campaign, which generated the largest sum in the university’s history. The campaign concluded June 30 and the gift total was announced at an Oct. 3 dinner in the R. David and Suzanne A. Hoover Hall, a dining and meeting facility built with campaign funds. The campaign sought support for five priorities: Student access, student engagement, academic life, improvements to campus facilities and annual giving. As a result: • $95 million were raised for need-based financial aid. • More than 100 new scholarships were created. • $17.3 million were added to the Rector Scholarship Fund, ensuring that full-tuition merit scholarships can be awarded to 10 incoming students a year. • $39.8 million were given for student engagement, such as off-campus study, the Honor and Fellows programs, student internships, student-faculty research and athletics programming. • $71.6 million are available for academic program support and related purposes, including faculty development; the Robert C. McDermond Center for Management & Entrepreneurship; the Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media; the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics; the 21st Century Musician Initiative at the School of Music; and Roy O. West Library. • $91.5 million were raised for campus improvement, including construction of the dining hall, Reavis Stadium, the James G. Stewart Plaza and its fountains and the Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion; renovation of indoor athletic facilities and the Welch Fitness Center; and creation of the Ullem Campus Farm and Center for Sustainability. “The Campaign for DePauw allowed us to cultivate and invest resources that give all of our students ample opportunities for leadership development,” campaign co-chair Sarah Reese Wallace ’76 said. “This includes leadership developed through interacting in very small classes with bright students and top-notch professors, leading
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in student organizations on campus and participating in professional internships or research.” Co-chair R. David Hoover ’67 agreed, saying, “These types of leadership experiences through both academics and applied learning are made possible at DePauw through the support of thousands of alumni and friends who believe in this university and support it through their philanthropic giving.”
R. David Hoover ’67 and Sarah Reese Wallace ’76 at Oct. 3 dinner.
What Makes You GOLD WITHIN? A new branding campaign celebrates DePauw’s successful alumni and students and recognizes the distinctive qualities of a DePauw education – the characteristics that make members of the DePauw community “Gold Within.” The campaign was kicked off recently when 31 billboards were erected across metropolitan Indianapolis to tell the success stories of 20 alumni (with some repeats) and the prospects of a successful future for eight students, all thanks to their DePauw education. “We want young people who are considering higher education to recognize that DePauw alums find professional success and also enjoy a lifelong feeling of connectedness with something larger than themselves,” said Deedie Dowdle, vice president of communications and marketing. “Gold is more than our school color; a DePauw education epitomizes the gold standard for academic excellence. The tagline takes advantage of DePauw’s name – that is, the “Au” within the university’s name is the chemical symbol for gold. “On campus and after graduation, our students and alumni carry DePauw’s gold within for the rest of their lives.” The concept of “Gold Within” recognizes that alumni had varied experiences at DePauw but share a common bond, Dowdle said. “Individuals’ experiences vary greatly, depending on the times, a student’s classes, professors, peers, housing choice and innumerable other circumstances,” she said. “But all of our alums share the common experience of a superior education and DePauw’s connectedness, the intangible force that makes them ‘Gold Within.’ We hope our alumni will tap into that and we hope prospective students will recognize that they, too, can pursue the distinctive experiences afforded by a DePauw education and explore personally what ‘Gold Within’ means to them.” Dowdle said that the university is designing merchandise, such as T-shirts, that will bear the “Gold Within” tagline and be available for purchase.
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DEPAUW DIGEST Second New Residence Hall Gets the OK; CEMP Progresses
Setchell ’96 Heads West
As construction proceeds on a new first-year residence hall at Olive and Locust streets, the DePauw Board of Trustees in October approved construction of a second residence hall, as well as extensive renovations to Roy O. West Library. The first building, which is expected to open in time for students to occupy it next school year, will provide 152 student beds, most of them in double rooms. The four-story, 60,400-square-foot building will cost $23.4 million. Hogate Hall will be torn down to make room for the second residence hall, a $17.7 million project set to be completed in 2021. The campus master plan calls for construction of two more residence halls, which – if approved by the board – would come online in 2022 and 2023. The board also approved a complete renovation of Roy O. West Library. Its interior will be demolished and rebuilt to include new mechanical, electric and lighting systems as well as new finishes and a reading room. Demolition will begin immediately after commencement and take 12 to 13 months, said Warren Whitesell, associate vice president of facilities management. The plan is to undertake “a really pressing construction schedule” so the library will be unavailable for only one academic year, he said. During construction, its staff and contents will be relocated, largely to Prevo Science Library. Meanwhile, work on the Campus Energy Master Plan continues, though the most visible step – installation of underground piping that occurred over the summer – has concluded, except for connections to buildings throughout campus. Installation of LED lighting is ongoing and a solar array is set to be installed on the south side roof of the indoor tennis facility, Whitesell said.
Like a relief pitcher who comes in in the ninth to preserve the win, Steve Setchell ’96 took over in May 2018 as the top staffer working on the successful Campaign for DePauw. With the win secured – the campaign concluded June 30 with a record-breaking total of $383.1 million raised – Setchell has ended his 20-year career with DePauw to join Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Setchell, who played baseball at DePauw and graduated with a degree in English composition, returned to his alma mater to work sequentially in admissions, annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, campaign management and alumni engagement. He also chaired the university’s 175th anniversary committee. Cara Brumby Setchell, dean of experiential education, executive director of DePauw’s Hubbard Center for Student Engagement and Steve Setchell’s wife, also is leaving DePauw, where she has worked since 1999.
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BOOK NOOK Is a recent read occupying your thoughts? Has a book indelibly imprinted your life? We want to hear from you. Send your recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We’re Reading by Keira Amstutz '91 Jean Thompson’s “The Year We Left Home” traces members of the small-town Erickson family in their search for fulfillment and happiness as they grow up and ponder the best place to build a future. The story asks readers to consider the enduring, uniting power of place – why we choose or are forced to leave home and when we decide to return. The book is a comprehensive, multi-vocal testament to the many ways we experience urban and rural spaces today. That is why I am asking Hoosiers across the state to read this book in 2020 as part of our One State/One Story initiative. The aim is to help us consider what unites and divides us across urban, rural and suburban lines – something worth pondering anywhere in our nation. Amstutz is president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Humanities Council, which will host a weekend retreat about “The Year We Left Home” March 27-28 at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw. For more information, go to indianahumanities.org/.
The Book Nook features notable, professionally published books written by DePauw alumni and faculty. Self-published books will be included in the Gold Nuggets section.
The President’s Bookshelf
by D Mark McCoy
I recently learned that a favorite composer, Osvaldo Golijov, has written a new work based on “Falling Out of Time” by David Grossman. That piece led me to the literary source and, while the subject matter (grieving over death) is not easy, this is undoubtedly the most unusual and powerful work I have read in a long time. Given the difficult subject matter of that text, I also might recommend a different impactful work, “The Second Mountain,” by David Brooks. This book so moved me I wrote last year’s convocation speech on it. A life of purpose is the goal of a liberal arts education and Brooks essays this beautifully in this thoughtful and lasting work.
Connie Campbell Berry ’67 “A Legacy of Murder”
Robert Burleigh ’57 “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War”
Susan Diamond Riley ’85 “The Sea Island’s Secret”
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DePauw M A G A Z I N E
IN THIS ISSUE: The Sweet Taste of Success / Parallel Paths / Entrepreneurship: Three Takes, Three Tracks / and more
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TO THE EDITOR: I enjoyed the article on Kristie Carter (The Sweet Taste of Success). So often stories in the magazine are the same about many successful people that were of privilege. This article warmed my heart and made me proud to be a DPU graduate. I am a huge fan of Dr. Lemon. I was not your typical DPU kid. I didn’t like the academic component of school and struggled mightily. I took Intro to Econ from Dr. Lemon and enjoyed the class like none I had had at DePauw. I went to Lemon to suggest I wanted to major in economics. He rolled up his sleeves to figure it out and orchestrated eight econ classes over the next three semesters to get me through it in four years! Gary kicked me in the butt when I needed it and became a lifelong friend. In 2002 he asked me to help him with a management fellows student … I was working at a boutique commercial real estate firm; internships were not done at our small firm. For Lemon, I
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Six outstanding individual athletes and others who have contributed to DePauw athletics were inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 28. Individual inductees and their sports are Amy E. Hasbrook ’00 (posthumous), women’s basketball; Prudence Dix Hilger ’57 (posthumous), women’s cross country; Natalie Shaffer Govert ’05, women’s cross country and track and field; Ryan M. Sipe ’05, baseball; Bradley K. Stevens ’99, men’s basketball; and Anton A. Thompkins ’91, men’s soccer. The 1983-84 men’s basketball team and its head coach D. Michael Steele also were inducted; the team made it to the 1984 NCAA Final Four for the Division III Championship, in which it lost in the semifinal but won the consolation game. Also inducted was Rex A. Call, director emeritus of sports medicine.
asked if we could afford an intern. Scott Shelbourne (a graduate of Warren Central like Kristie) worked for me for a couple of months. Some 17 years later Scott has gone from my intern to my employee to my partner at Cushman & Wakefield. He effectively runs our business as I wind down a successful 33-year career. My son, Jack, now works for Scott. I like to say Scott was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally! It all started when I, as a lost 20-year-old junior, knocked on Gary Lemon’s door and asked for help. Great article. Kristie is a rock star. – Thomas Tunnicliff ’80 I picked up a copy of the summer issue and read it sometime over the
summer. Letters to the editor included praise for the spring issue, which I presumably saw but don’t recall. In glancing through the summer issue, however, it seemed to deserve fulsome praise, too. I wound up reading most of the summer issue – which is unusual – and I thought it was very, very good (and interesting). Congrats. – Bruce Stinebrickner, professor of political science Lee Beltrone (’64, Leaders the World Needs) might be interested to know that in November 1946 the troopship General Walker carried a few Army officers’ dependents from San Francisco’s Port of Embarkation to the Western Pacific. The destination for my
family was Manila, but we first stopped in Yokahama … We unloaded some troops there and, when their area was empty, we dependents were allowed to visit their quarters and to see the frames for the quadruple-decker cots that Ms. Beltrone studies. … I’d like to tell Mr. and Ms. Beltrone “Right on!” They are preserving fascinating material, and I’d love to hear the stories of the soldiers they’ve identified, though I suspect that their canvas is younger than the World War II canvas that lined the frames I saw. It’s intriguing to know that the General Walker still existed, at least as late as 1997. Thanks for quite a trip down Memory Lane! – Edith B. Welliver, adjunct professor of German, 1983-98 At an overnight recruiting event at DePauw in 1959, an upperclassman talked with me into the night about spending his junior year in Austria. I came home and informed my parents that I wanted to go to DePauw and spend my junior year in Europe. They told me that we probably couldn’t afford it. Fortunately, a scholarship meant I could go to the school of my dreams. My junior year at Durham University in England changed my life, my view of the world and my desire to travel. All thanks to some man whose name I could not remember. Earlier this year, I decided to try to find him. A man who handled alumni relations for DePauw Delta Upsilon graduates provided a list of 90 fraternity members from the time
period. I picked four names, learned from the alumni office that one had died, but wrote the other three. Two days later, Dr. Stephen Fox ’60 responded that “I am the man.” He did not remember me or the incident. Of course. He was the giver and I, the receiver. The receiver of a gift always remembers the generosity. The giver tends not to find the act that memorable. We have talked now by telephone and have shared our love of history and writing. We have bought each other’s books. Thank you, Dr. Fox, for taking the time that night to enlighten the farm boy a bit more of the ways of this big world. – J. Dennis Marek ’64 Close inspection of the photo of the 1969 reunion class that appeared in the summer issue will show a toy poodle named Teddy listed as an honorary alumnus. In 2014, about 20 Dekes – and Teddy – held a mini-reunion at DePauw. When two men walked out
of the Walden Inn, Teddy stood up on his hind legs, and one of the men said, “I love that dog.” Someone asked if I knew who that was; I did not. She told me it was Brian Casey, then DePauw’s president. When my wife suggested that Teddy send a thank-you note to President Casey, he “wrote” in part: “My dad Phil graduated from DePauw University in 1969; his brother Dave graduated from DePauw in 1964; his sister Nancy graduated from DePauw in 1961; his father Al graduated from DePauw in 1930. Oh, how I wish you had a school of obedience so I could follow in their footsteps at DePauw!” Dr. Casey responded in a handwritten note that he was conferring the status of honorary alumnus on Teddy, who wears his reunion ID when he volunteers weekly as a therapy dog at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. – Phil Scheidt ’69 Editor’s note: We had inquiries about Paula DiLeo, whose artwork appeared on the cover of the summer issue. DiLeo is a self-taught multimedia artist who says she hopes her designs brighten a room and touch a chord of emotion. Her work can be found at etsy.com/shop/ AGirlAnOwlAndACat?.
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LOOK By Mary Dieter
It may relax or rouse us, stimulate or stir us. Art is elucidating and confounding, calming and thought-provoking. We may love it or hate it, but we are rarely neutral about it. DePauw’s campus is awash in art, from the studios in the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, where art students find space to spread their wings and open their minds, to Peeler’s professional galleries and the Galleries at Emison, where pieces and objects from DePauw’s extensive art collection and visiting exhibitions are put on display. The following pages depict the work of a handful of visual artists who have studied art and other disciplines at DePauw. Take a look …
To learn more about these artists, visit bit.ly/fall19mag.
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Erwin “Skip” Brea ’16 DI G ITA L A RT I S T
(Photo: Andrew Turner)
Uses graphics, photos, paintings and other sources to create collages that recast the fate of downtrodden subjects of earlier works.
“Seeing the positive more than the negative is what pushes me forward. We live in a time where social media and negativity seems to be getting more attention than reality and positivity. So, I’m a firm advocate for peace, love and equality for all.”
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Uses her identity as an Afro-Latinx painter to tell stories about marginalized people. LOOK: adalillama.tumblr.com/portfolio (Photo: Jonathan Espinosa)
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Adalky Capellán ’13 PAIN TE R
“My artwork deals a lot with layering and identity and understanding people in the community and politics in a very simple way. … I feel like I have two different identities. When I go home, I only speak Spanish to my parents. When I go to other spaces, I’m speaking English and I’m doing other things. I feel like, as my identity is layered, the work that I do is very layered.”
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Rob Harrell ’91 C A RT O O NIST A ND GRA P HIC NOV E L IST (Photo: Linda Striggo)
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“I’ve had a very good life, a very blessed life. The cancer thing obviously was a big speed bump, but I worry ... Have I had it too good to be able to write meaningful work? It’s not like I’m trying to write the Great American Novel. I’m writing middle-grade books. But I want them to have impact; I want them to help.”
Deborah Bushouse Thenen ’04 CLAY ARTI S T
(Painting: Katharine Taylor)
“I love that my art can give that bit of happiness to someone over and over again, allowing them a happy way to start their day. I find that, with art, the message is interpreted differently by each viewing individual and doesn’t necessarily transfer the artist’s intended message. But isn’t that what makes art interesting and fun?”
Creates functional ceramic pieces and seeks opportunities for “problem-solving with clay.”
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Carianna Arredondo ’14 M I X E D M E D I A ARTIS T
Infuses her paintings with unusual materials that connect to her life; pairs poetry with painting to describe her “abstract, intuitive process.”
“The series that I created that had corn flour and sand is very much about a memory that I had, growing up in Texas, as a very young child pretending to make tamales out of sand. Usually that’s something that, during the holidays, the mother’s side of the family will facilitate. But my mother is European, so we didn’t partake in that. There were different parts of my parents’ culture that I always wanted to participate in but didn’t necessarily get to. So I literally use materials from different aspects of my culture to create work about those memories or those processes.”
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Masa by Carianna Arredondo Que masa, quĂŠ mĂĄs jealous of the little chicana girls who make tamales with their abuelitas y tias
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hermanas their christmastime assembly line their ring of aromas and laughter and song my doughy fingers and toes grasping at sand on the beach digging and kneading wet corn flour and stuffing my tamal with seashells and sticks I do not know where I belong and the waves, they crash into my little body and drag me beneath the surface of my deepest desires
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Deonna Craig ’04 PA I N T E R
Abandoned a lucrative business career when creativity beckoned.
“I want to be able to have a conversation about the art and tell a story. The art is very personal and whenever I take you around to look at my paintings you get a piece of me, but also hopefully it’s a mirror so that you get one little nugget and think about it and maybe even call me to talk about it.”
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Nancy Lyon Miller ’64 S CUL P TOR
Uses gourds and found objects to create sculptures; covers stones with Japanese mulberry paper to create paperweights.
“One way of describing me and how I approach things is, you’ve heard the expression ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees?’ Well, my version of that is I can’t see the forest for the veins on the leaves on the trees.”
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Timothy Joseph Allen ’92 F I GUR AT I V E OIL PAIN TE R
Prefers painting from life as he pursues “a convincing reality” that “allows me to indulge in the creation of flesh tones, voluminous forms and diaphanous skin.”
“Talent and passion are always welcome additions, but experience has taught me that getting the most from my creative process means having the discipline to get in the studio and the determination to work through the inevitable challenges.”
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21CM: Enhancing Careers and the Community Through Music By Sarah McAdams
Top: Peter Nicieja ’20. Middle: Anna Roth ’20. Bottom: Mark Rabideau.
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Musicians have always had to be entrepreneurial. But it used to be that music students “were expected to learn that magically on their own or to learn it in real time,” said Mark Rabideau, director of DePauw’s 21st Century Musician Initiative. The initiative, known as 21CM, was created to change that, to prepare students in DePauw’s School of Music not only to make music, but to make a living. The initiative is the eighth of DePauw’s centers that provide cocurricular programming and exploration activities for students, especially those participating in the Gold Commitment. Commitment students must pursue certain activities to be eligible for DePauw’s guarantee that they will be in a positive outcome – a job, fellowship or graduate school – within six months of graduation or DePauw will find them a first job or bring them back for a tuition-free term. 21CM was launched in 2013 to enhance the School of Music curriculum, with the goal of creating entrepreneurial professionals prepared for today’s music world. Judson Green ’74 and Joyce Taglauer Green ’75 donated $15 million to establish the initiative, which teaches music students about community engagement, audience development, business and entrepreneurial skills and advocacy. “Music is embraced throughout every culture without boundaries,” Rabideau said. “We live in an increasingly connected world, which offers influence and inspiration for opening our imaginations, as technology provides unprecedented access to global audiences. “Yet it has never been more of a struggle for musicians to make a living at their art – at least when following traditional paths.” Peter Nicieja ’20, a baritone voice student with a double major in communication, said the approach has had a profound effect on him. “After engaging with 21CM, students will likely never look at their instruments the same,” he said. “Instead, they will see the countless
opportunities to use their musical talent and personal skills to make lasting impacts.” Nicieja said the most exciting aspect of 21CM is learning skills in leadership and creativity in the classroom and applying them to the real world. In his Entrepreneurship class taught by Rabideau, he worked with fellow students to create a music-related, multimedia project that raised more than $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The following semester, I took the skills I learned from professor Rabideau’s class and hosted a similar event for WGRE 91.5 that featured live musicians and collected school supplies for Greencastle students.” Senior Anna Roth, a mezzo-soprano studying vocal performance and minoring in German language, said she has developed confidence in her ability to navigate the modern music industry because of her involvement in 21CM. If students pay attention to the details of their 21CM classes, “not only will they grow as artists and widen their perception
of what is possible, but they will acquire the skills and experiences necessary to build confidence and ensure their success as professional musicians,” she said. Students outside the School of Music also benefit from 21CM through “opportunities to explore their own personal creativity – a critical attribute of leaders the world needs – through artistic experiences, career-building workshops, inspired talks and winter-term courses,” Rabideau said. In addition, 21CM has spawned an online music magazine, 21CM.org, and Music on the Square. 21CM.org provides resources to help professional and aspiring musicians thrive, not just survive, in the modern musical landscape. It offers, among other things, tips to help musicians find their niche; profiles of musicians
finding their way; and events notices. Music on the Square, located in a former Goodwill store on the Greencastle square, has performance and rehearsal spaces and offers programming by Communiversity, a DePauw-Greencastle collaboration; storytellers; faculty recitals; student performances; and more. The Greens purchased the building and gave it to DePauw with the hope that music and the arts strengthen the fabric of the community.
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Listen By Mary Dieter
Music inspires us and moves us. Produces euphoria; provokes tears. Sets our feet tapping and our hearts pounding. Induces shivers.
From exultant opera arias to plaintive Negro spirituals, from jazz to classical, rock to folk, music makes us feel, makes us think, makes us whole. DePauw has a long and storied history of producing magnificent musicians and splendid singers who have pursued their art at the renowned School of Music, which teaches not only the art of musical performance but, through its 21st Century Musician Initiative, the business as well. Other DePauw alum started in different disciplines or have taken detours before finding their way to music. Hereâ€™s a cross-section of DePauw alumni who have made their careers in music and made our lives better for it. Take a look â€Ś and a listen.
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Jon Silpayamanant ’96
C ELLIST, C O MPO SER A ND MU LT I- INSTR U M E NTA L IST
“Discovering a new style of music is always just one of the most amazing things for me. … It’s just the discovery of new things and new culture and the wonderful thing about that is I always know it’s going to be a bridge into learning about other people too, because you can’t just learn the music and not learn something about the people who make the music.”
(Photo: Linda Striggo)
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Pharez Whitted ’82 JAZ Z TR UMP E TE R
Juggles a rigorous performance schedule with teaching music to youths and youngsters, earning him “Chicagoan of the Year” honors.
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“Music is like sunshine. A beautiful mountain scene. I’ve seen Mount Fuji, and it’s like that. it’s like a beautiful blue sky. It’s like the wind blowing by you in the summer. There are so many things. The smile of a child. It’s what changes your life at the right moment. It’s beautiful, and it’s life. It’s even the sad things. It’s everything. … Music is one of the closest things to the spiritual, like love is. ... It takes you places. It lifts you up. It inspires you. It makes you want to live. It makes you want to treat people better. It makes you want to hug your family and be a better person. It makes you want to try.”
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Pamela Coburn ’74 S O P R AN O
Performed worldwide to acclaim before returning to DePauw as a visiting professor who stayed 13 years. “I feel closest to God when I am performing. … I just feel what I have is a gift and so, when I’m singing, I give it back to the audience, trying to touch someone’s life in some way to have music or what I’m singing help them lessen whatever crisis or concerns they have that day. That’s kind of what it does for me. It fills me up so that I can give it out again.”
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Rafael Toro-Quinones ’96 ˜ C O NDU C T O R
Translated his dual loves – music and flying – into a conducting career in the U.S. Air Force.
“Just like we exercise and we push our muscles, I think of the heart – the emotional heart – as a muscle. Music allows me to push and exercise my heart. And I just feel better after that exercise.”
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Mark Bransfield ’90 I N DIE F OL K ARTIS T
Inspired by a tenuous family connection to an Antarctica explorer to write, sing, play percussion and record songs on “The Bransfield Strait” album.
“Music definitely calms my mind and takes me away to another place. Sometimes in life I think we all think about things too much and you can ruminate and think, think, think, think, think. Music is really an escape from that. It’s like this deep expression of a human’s inner life.”
Listen: store.cdbaby.com/cd/thebransfieldstrait (Photos this spread by Linda Striggo) (Photos this spread: Linda Striggo)
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Alicia Berneche ’93 S OP R A NO
Has performed internationally, specializing in contemporary works. Wrote lyrics for an opera that premiered in Milwaukee in June.
“Performance is 99 percent preparation. So if I have done my job correctly, if I have put in the hundreds of hours of learning, memorizing, staging, language work, working on the acting and the character, if I’ve done all that work, when I step on the stage I am so safe and loved and happy and blissful. I am in my element.”
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Judson Green ’74 JA Z Z P I A NIST
“If you have a foundation and you’re going to play a 32-bar tune, and you’re going to play it very simply and we agree on the time and the key, we even agree on the leader … then, at least in jazz, you’re basically free to do anything you want to do. And each musician can be as creative as he or she wants to be, but they have to align themselves with the few principles – the foundation that I’m talking about – in order to enable creativity, in order to encourage it. I liked the beauty of that.”
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Believes jazz offers leadership lessons that he practiced as a successful businessman.
Joshua Thompson ’04 CL AS S I CAL P IAN IST
Plays a repertoire of music by composers of African descent. “Growing up, I would hear, ‘oh, you do classical music; you’re trying to be white.’ Or ‘black people don’t do that.’ I’m like, ‘no, we do; you just don’t know who they are.’ I didn’t know who they were. But now that we do know, there’s a sense of pride that I find with audiences who look like me. … I’m always nervous that they’re not going to like it, because who likes classical music when you can listen to hip-hop or reggae or jazz or blues? But it’s that look on their face when it’s something that’s written by someone who looks like them.”
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Kari Nelson ’13 M US I C A L P E R FOR M E R
Performed as a Kit Kat girl and doubled as a clarinetist in an 18-month national tour of “Cabaret,” then reprised the role at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. “Music has been the center of my life for most of my life and I think that I process things through music. … Music is just kind of how I think and how I function. I can’t think of my life without that.”
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C EL L IST
“Music is a combination of a lot of things. It’s physical. It’s mental. … You’re listening. You’re using all of your senses to follow with everybody, to keep the music together. I think it’s a good thing to keep your brain sharp.”
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1,000 WORDSâ€™ WORTH
New York artist Andrei Krautsou painted four silos at U.S. 231 and Veterans Memorial Highway in Greencastle with iconic Indiana images. The violin on the silo second from the right is a nod to the DePauw School of Music. Photo by Joel Bottom.
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1. HELLMUTH WOLFF ORGAN The family of J. Stanford Smith ’36 in 2003 donated this concert organ, which was designed and built by Hellmuth Wolff & Associates and installed in the Kresge Auditorium in the Green Center for the Performing Arts. 2. FLUMMERFELT PIANO The family of the late Joseph Flummerfelt ’58, called “the pre-eminent American choral conductor of his generation” by the New York Times, donated his piano; awards, including a Grammy; photos;
concert programs; and other memorabilia to the university in August. 3. T.C. STEELE PAINTING A teenaged T.C. Steele spent summer 1863 studying under Joseph Tingley, a professor at Indiana Asbury University. Steele, later celebrated as a Hoosier impressionist, returned to Greencastle several
times to paint portraits, including one of Washington C. DePauw, for whom the university was renamed. DePauw has 13 Steele paintings in its collection, including “Afternoon at House of the Singing Winds,” a 1908 work donated by Betty Davis ’54 and David W. Givens. 4. DEAGAN MARIMBA Ed Richardson ’90 donated this one-of-a-kind marimba to DePauw in July in honor of Stephen Hanna, a former percussion professor whom Richardson credits as an influential teacher. 5. TRASIMENO PITCHER An archeological dig conducted in Italy by DePauw students, under the direction of classical studies professors Rebecca Schindler and Pedar Foss, rendered this Roman ceramic water pitcher that dates to the first century CE to the second century CE. The pitcher was found on the sub-floor of the bath house of the Gioiella-Vaiano Villa site during the 2018 Trasimeno Archaeology Field School. Photo by Rebecca Kerns ’19. 6. RUSSIAN ICONS Religious icons produced in the Orthodox tradition are vehicles for the divine essence of the depicted biblical figures. Earl Bowman Marlatt, a member of the Class of 1912, donated a collection of
Russian icons to DePauw.
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Legacies: A Prime Minister’s Visit Leads to Three Generations’ Choice of DePauw By Mary Dieter An ocean and more than 60 years apart, British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan inadvertently influenced – in a sixth degree sort of way – the decision by two first-year students to attend DePauw University. Paul and Sara Das ’23, twins from the Chicago suburb Villa Park, are legacy students, the progeny of Andrew Das ’87 and grandchildren of Rebecca Zabel Das ’63. The progression that resulted in four individuals from three generations choosing DePauw was sparked when MacMillan, prime minister from 1957 to 1963, visited his mother’s Spencer, Indiana, childhood home. MacMillan was the second son of Helen Belles Hill MacMillan, whose father, Joshua Belles, graduated as a medical doctor from Indiana Asbury University in 1851. On a June day in 1958, MacMillan delivered the commencement address at his grandfather’s alma mater. (He returned to DePauw to speak in 1968.) It so happens that a teenaged Rebecca Zabel was invited by her Brownstown, Indiana, neighbor, Loretta Kline Baker ’32, to travel to Greencastle for the commencement. “I was absolutely thrilled to death,” Zabel Das said. “How could this school get the prime minister of England to be their graduation speaker?” She visited campus, witnessed MacMillan’s speech in Blackstock Stadium and decided on the spot that DePauw “was just where I was going to go to college. That was it.”
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She studied education at her father’s behest, but disliked the idea of teaching. After graduation, she participated in a labor exchange and went to work as a typist in Germany. There she met Ajit Das, a draftsman from Calcutta, India. Marriage followed, then son Andrew. Years later, Andrew began a quest for the right place to study a pre-med curriculum. His mother didn’t push DePauw, but he took a close look because of the school’s good track record with placing graduates in medical school. He moved from Houston to attend DePauw and earned a biology degree, but an early philosophy class altered his path. He ultimately received graduate degrees from Yale University and Union Theological Seminary and is a professor of religious studies and assistant dean of faculty for assessment and accreditation at Elmhurst College. Several DePauw professors influenced his career path. “I got to speak to an upper-level evolutionary biology class for Wade Hazel and another in geology for Fred Soster. I think that got me thinking in terms of a career in the academy,” Das said. “My teaching method as a professor was shaped by my experience in (biology professor Robert) Stark’s class.” And philosophy professor Marthe Chandler “got me hooked on the humanities. She always treated us as budding philosophers, as conversation partners … Now I see my students as conversation partners as
well. My undergraduate experiences also shaped me as a professor of undergraduate students.” Nearly 30 years later, Andrew’s twin children were thinking about college. His older son looked at DePauw but ended up at DePaul University. (Paul loves to tease his brother that DePauw’s “W” stands for “winner,” while DePaul’s “L” stands for …
well, you get it.) Father and twins all agree; Dad did not push DePauw but left the decision up to his kids. “They visited the campus and it seemed like home to them,” Andrew Das said. “I didn’t push it. I said, ‘You can go wherever you want to go. It doesn’t matter to me; wherever you think is best.’ But DePauw
sold itself as the best.” Paul, who wants to study computer science, decided first. He was struck by DePauw’s rigorous academics, beautiful campus and people “who could be your substitute family.” Sara mulled her decision a little longer and, “once again, she followed me,” said Paul, who is 12 minutes older.
Sara plans to study the pre-law curriculum. “Not only did they have exactly what I needed,” she said, “they also provided exactly the money that we needed to go, to take advantage of the opportunities.” For Amanda Ryan, DePauw’s executive director of admission, “there is nothing more exciting than welcoming a legacy family back to campus and seeing the joy it brings our alumni to have their children going through the process at DePauw. As we work with students, it is incredibly rewarding to witness their realization that they will create their own path and leave their own legacy, carrying on their family tradition but in their own unique way. At DePauw, a place that prides itself on family and community, our legacy students enhance that experience, not just for themselves but for our entire campus community.” DePauw, Andrew Das said, “brings together quality people and that makes for quality relationships, so my kids have always been around DePauw alum through childhood. Maybe it’s something lingering in the back of their minds that this is an incredible school and a very close knit community. … “It’s a great story across the generations. It’s typical DePauw.”
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DePauw alumni attending the celebration for Darel Lindquist ’68 included Warren R. Onken Jr. ’69, Timothy S. Feemster ’68, B. Thomas Boese ’68, James M. Tomsic ’69, William L. Crist ’69; Eric V. Lortz ’68 and Eric Robertson ’68.
Lewis F. Matuszewich received the Newsletter Editor Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association. The award is presented in recognition of Lewis’s 20 years of service as editor of The Globe, the newsletter of the association’s international and immigration law section. He is a senior partner with the law firm of Matuszewich & Kelly LLP in Crystal Lake and Chicago. Barbara Walton Blankinship is living in assisted living in Colorado Springs. She wants to keep in touch with her DePauw friends and ask that they write her at 2305 Patriot Heights, Building 1, Room 1011, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Her phone number is 719-313-6852.
1968 Football teammates, family, classmates and friends of Darel Lindquist ’68 gathered on campus in July for “Darel’s Last Seminar,” a celebration of his life. Lindquist died in April. (See photo.) Robert E. Shelby retired in May after 34 years as a private-practice marriage and family therapist. His article, “White Privilege, Pathological Shame and Guilt, and the Perversion of Morality,” was published in June in “Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Addressing Diversity in Clinical Practice.” In July, he competed in the U.S. Fencing Association’s national tournament and placed 10th in Veterans 70 Epee, earning a D classification.
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Richard E. Wehnes ’69 and B. Thomas Boese ’68.
1969 Richard E. Wehnes and B. Thomas Boese ’68 met again this year, wearing their DePauw biking jerseys, while biking in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a non-competitive bicycle ride. This was Rich’s 10th RAGBRAI and Tom’s second. (See photo.)
1972 William P. Hamilton IV retired from medical illustration and recently ended 17 years as a volunteer in wilderness search and rescue, for which he was given outstanding service awards by Marquette County and Michigan Sheriff ’s Search and Rescue. He is past president of Vesalius Trust, a grant and scholarship program for medical illustration students and researchers. He
Members of the 1969 Sigma Nu fraternity celebrated their 50th reunion in Las Vegas June 1719. Those attending included Bruce A. Buhrandt, Gregg A. Dobbin, Russ Zink, John C. Campbell, Theodore M. Solso, Stephen M. Murray, Frank J. Cercone and Russell C. Sklenicka. is chair of the board of directors and president of the Association of Medical Illustrators. His work has appeared in numerous medical, veterinary and popular publications over a 45-year career as a medical illustrator and author. He and his wife, Jackie, live in Crested Butte, Colorado.
1974 Class of 1974 members of DePauw’s Association of Afro-American Students gathered for a reunion in West Orange, New Jersey. (See photo.)
1975 Mark Ulmschneider and Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider received the
2018 Outstanding Philanthropy Award in November from the Northeast Indiana chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. We apologize for mistakenly reporting in the last issue that Mark A. Emkes had won the award. Two couples who met at DePauw and married became family when their children were married June 29. Brad J. Kinsey and Christine Hewlett Kinsey, both ’76, are the parents of Julia Kinsey, who was married to Tyler Ballentine, son of Anne Christy Ballentine ’86 and Jeffrey R. Ballentine ’86. (See photo.)
1977 G. Steven Ritter is the chief executive
officer of the Center for Team Excellence. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst College, where he earned the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of the 2009 Amazon Top 50 Business Book “Team Clock: A Guide to Breakthrough Teams;” the 2014 release “Useful Pain: Why Your Relationships Need Struggle;” and the 2019 publication “The 4 Stages of a Team: How teams thrive … and what to do when they don’t.”
1979 Meg Kissinger Boynton rounded up three classmates June 8 to make a video about their memories of their late friend Scott Hamilton ’81, who died of cancer 28 years earlier. Scott’s mother, Laurie Hooton Hamilton ’58, said the project “just shows the depth of friendships formulated at DePauw.” Meg was editor at The DePauw when Scott was sports editor, and they shared a love of the Chicago Cubs.
1980 Gregory L. Holzhauer was selected by his peers at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman PA for inclusion in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”
1985 Lee C. Banks, Treg W. Balding ’88, Andrew J. Paine III ’91 and William “B.J.” Griffith ’04 gathered at The Country Club in Cleveland for their annual golf game and dinner, where they award the coveted Tiger Pride Award to the man who has exhibited the most courage and perseverance during the day’s golf game. The award features a photo of coach Nick Mourouzis that was originally given to Lee by M. Scott Welch ’82. (See photo.)
Jane Crandall Curtin ’91
Class of 1974 members of the Association of Afro-American Students’ reunion. Those attending included Cheryl A. Paul, Karen F. DeGazon, P. Bai Akridge and spouse Carrie Johnson Akridge, Rocharda Moore Morris and W. Charles Bennett.
1986 Albert L. Lilly III is the assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at Marian University in Indianapolis. In addition to his work with the instrumental music program, he arranges the music for the marching shows, is director of the brass choir and is the applied instructor for trumpet and horn students. He also is artist/clinician for Vincent Bach trumpets, a division of Conn-Selmer.
1991 Jane Crandall Curtin qualified for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After 36 holes of qualifying and surviving a playoff, she qualified for match play. She was the youngest player, having turned 50 a week before the tournament. She says golfers love turning 50! Jane was a member of DePauw’s women’s golf team from 1987-91. (See photo.)
DePauw alumni attending the wedding of two DePauw couples’ children included Kristan Knoble Rice ’86; Amy Robb Bolazina ’84; mother of the groom Anne Christy Ballentine ’86; parents of the bride Christine Hewlett Kinsey ’76 and Brad J. Kinsey ’75; David W. Kinsey ’11; Donald “Tony” Bolazina ’84; father of the groom Jeffrey R. Ballentine ’86; Andrea Adsit Edwards ’85; Pamela Kinsey Lungmus ’79; Mary Helmen Kinsey ’79; and Stanley B. Kinsey ’76.
Class of 1991 members of Alpha Phi traveled from all over the country for a reunion in Nashville in May. (See photo, next page.)
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GOLD NUGGETS 1998 Danica Rodemich Mathes, a partner at Bell Nunnally, is listed in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” She has been listed every year since 2007. She is a branding and creativity attorney focusing on intellectual property, entertainment, advertising and new media law. (See photo.)
1999 Class of 1991 members of Alpha Phi traveled from all over the country for a reunion in Nashville in May. Attending were Ellen Gould Pointner, Julie Janzaruk Jones, Stacy Wilson McCann, Kristin Norene O’Neil, Tanya Mattern Heinrich, Victoria “Tia” Schultz Phillips, Laura Frigo Kearney, Katharine Jonas Kleck, Elizabeth A. Lee, Sarah A. Mcllroy, Kristine Miller Calo, Heidi Shays Heinbaugh, Drewry Simpkinson Wolf, Michelle L. Carnahan, Amy Clendening Makice ’92, Christina Bill Ladas, Melanie Gough Fauth and Laurel Addison Newman.
Corrie Klopcic Chumpitazi, associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, received the Norton Rose Fulbright Excellence in Educational Research Award in May. The award is given to a faculty member for sustained, exemplary educational contributions. Corrie is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Emergency Medicine and has published research in pediatric sedation and analgesia. (See photo.)
Danica Rodemich Mathes ’98
Corrie Klopcic Chumpitazi ’99
Eileen Emison Booth and her daughter Collette have written a book, “The History of Greendale for Kids,” about the history of Greendale, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel carried a story about them. Eileen is an adjunct instructor of art history at Alverno College.
2004 Michael S. Bergerson Jr. is a civil and criminal litigator and a partner in the South Bend office of Barnes & Thornburg. (See photo.)
Michael S. Bergerson Jr. ’04
Lucas T. Buchler ’09
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Capt. S. Zachary Marusa participated in the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. He was part of a 600-troop parachute jump re-enactment of the invasion forces. Zach completed four deployments to Afghanistan as part of the 75th Ranger Battalion and served as aide-de-camp
for the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers. Joshua A. Thompson was named the Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship winner for 2020 by the Indianapolis Arts Council. He is known in Indianapolis as the barefoot pianist for his penchant of performing in unusual socks, but no shoes.
2005 Amanda Hartman McLellan is the assistant director for discovery and technology services at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership, with a concentration in higher education. She is a Rotarian. She and her husband, Jason, are celebrating five years of marriage. Abigail Poyser Kouznetsov and her husband Anatoli announce the birth of their daughter, Clara Kelshaw Kouznetsov, on May 24. They live in Chicago with their son, Max, 3. Abby is an audiologist and product manager at the hearing aid manufacturer Phonak.
2007 Courtney S. Figg and Travis Lynch were married at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis June 2. (See photo.) Elizabeth A. Haneline volunteers as records and research director for 325Kamra.org, an international organization that reunites Korean adoptees with birth families through DNA.
2009 Lucas T. Buchler is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center. He recently
Molly Borter Horstmann ’11
Laura Kissinger Earman ’11
completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver. (See photo.)
She is the marketing communications director at SmarterHQ. (See photo.)
Sarah M. Grant starred in September in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Windy City Playhouse in Chicago. Beth A. Towle earned a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University in May. She is an assistant professor of English and associate director of the Writing Center at Salisbury University in Maryland.
2010 Amanda C. Fisher completed her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literature at Indiana University in June. She and her husband live in western Texas, where she promotes literacy and teaches. Andrea M. Stathopoulos has received a science and technology policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She will be working in the office of the assistant director at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
2011 Molly Borter Horstmann was recognized by TechPoint and the Indiana Business Journal as a member of TechPoint’s Tech 25 Class of 2019.
DePauw alumni attending the wedding of Courtney S. Figg ’07 and Travis Lynch included Genevieve M. Espinoza ’07, Corinne A. Wagner ’07, Jill Turner Lee ’07, Morgan May Sparks ’05 and Mary Palecek Satchwell ’03.
Matthew T. K. Brauer is an assistant professor of French at the University of Tennessee. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2018. He will teach and continue his research in North African literature and culture with advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Laura Kissinger Earman was inducted in May into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Miami Valley Schools in Dayton, Ohio. She lettered in soccer and basketball in high school and was a four-year letter winner in soccer at DePauw. Laura and her husband, Michael, live in Boulder, Colorado, where she is the associate director of engagement at Leeds School of Business. Laura is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration and training to run her fourth marathon. (See photo.)
A group of DePauw alumni spent Labor Day weekend in Colorado. Those visiting St. Mary’s Glacier included Adam M. Gilbert ’10, Siobhan M. Deis ’11, Sarah E. Anderson ’13, Laura A. Pearce ’10, Rebecca L. Trowbridge ’10 and Melissa J. Yahne ’10.
2012 Shelton L. Graves earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Davis D. Yu is an attorney with California firm of Kahana & Feld LLP in its business and litigation and labor and employment litigation groups. Jazzkia M. Jones ’17
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GOLD NUGGETS 2017 Jazzkia M. Jones is pursuing a master’s in higher education management at the University of Pittsburgh. (See photo, previous page.) Alexander J. Ruger studied desert and marine landscapes in Baja last summer. He is a geoscientist and a park education assistant at National Parks Service. He lives in Richmond, Indiana, and is a graduate student at Miami University’s Global Field Program. Elisabeth S. Wilson has earned a master’s degree from North Dakota State University. Her thesis was titled “Nesting Cavity Temperature Impacts the Nesting Choice and Development of the Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee.” She is a research and evaluation manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services. (See photo, previous page.)
DePauw Magazine marks the death of alumni, faculty and staff members and friends. Obituaries do not include memorial gifts. When reporting a death, please send as much information as you have about the person and his/her affiliation with DePauw to Alumni Records, DePauw University, P.O. Box 37, Greencastle, Ind. 46135-0037 or to email@example.com.
James R. Zigler, 100, West Unity, Ohio, Aug. 12. He was an account auditor.
Doris Stewart Strother, 100, Kansas City, Kansas, July 22. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Elizabeth Jones Hocker Englehart, 99, Jeffersonville, Indiana, June 28. She was a community volunteer. Survivors include a granddaughter, Mary C. Kosinski ’02.
Jean Turner Hatch, 99, Downers Grove, Illinois, July 16. She was a member of Alpha Phi and a community volunteer. Survivors include a daughter, Nikki Hatch Munch ’66, and a granddaughter, Kerry Cragin Biskelonis ’08. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward N. Hatch ’42.
James F. Sears, 98, Brownsburg, Indiana, Sept. 6. He was a member of Delta Upsilon; a Rector scholar; and a businessman.
John J. Wittich ’44, DePauw’s former dean of admissions and the retired president of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, died Aug. 2 in Champaign, Illinois. He was 97. Wittich, who was a Rector scholar and a member of Sigma Chi, oversaw the Rector Scholarship Foundation from 1952 to 1961. He received an alumni citation and an honorary degree from DePauw. Responsible for interesting numerous young people in DePauw, Wittich developed a warm relationship with the students whom he called “my kids.” For many, the friendship continued far beyond their shared DePauw experience. Don Hamilton ’57 and Emily “Laurie” Hooton Hamilton ’58, for example, in spring asked alumni to communicate with Wittich by sending messages in care of Wittich’s daughter Jane Tock. Tock said that her father received more than 200 “very personal, very loving messages. This relationship with DePauw University and these alumni was uncommon – and beautiful.” The Hamiltons also asked alumni to honor Wittich with a contribution to the John Wittich Endowment Scholarship. The Class of 1957, which had established a scholarship fund in 2007, renamed it in 2012 to honor Wittich. (Contributions may be sent to the John Wittich Endowed Scholarship, DePauw University Office of Development, 201 E. Seminary St., Greencastle, IN, 46135.) Wittich served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He earned a doctorate degree from Stanford University. In addition to heading admissions at DePauw, he was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of the Pacific and an administrator at the College Center of the Finger Lakes in Corning, New York, before becoming president of MacMurray. After retiring, he continued his involvement in college administration as a fundraiser and consultant in central Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Leah Elliott Wittich ’44, whom he met when they were students at DePauw.
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1945 Marie Freeman Holcomb, 94, Hendersonville, North Carolina, May 26, 2018. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a community volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger S. Holcomb ’42. Sheila Tourtelot Burris, 94, Elgin, Illinois, Jan. 28. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi; a junior high school math teacher; and a statistician.
1947 Martha Carver Mehling, 94, Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 11. She was a member of Delta Zeta; an executive secretary; and an accountant. Winifred Halls Isaacson, 94, Chicago, July 28. She was a member of Delta Zeta and a school secretary. Jean McArthur Coffey, 93, South Bend, May 29. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. Survivors include her sons, Richard A. Coffey ’73 and Thomas O. Coffey ’74. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Coffey ’48. Dorothy Walsman Burkhart, 93, Crozet, Virginia, July 31. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta; a secretary; and a flight attendant.
1948 Joan Squier Fowler, 94, Visalia, California, July 4. She worked as a secretary.
1949 James E. Bamberger, 92, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Aug. 11, 2018. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a division sales manager. Survivors include his wife, Beth Denton Bamberger ’50. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph W. Bamberger ’48, John Bamberger ’49 and Charles W. Bamberger ’50, and sisters-in-law, Wilma Moenning Bamberger ’48 and Norma Peabody Bamberger ’49.
Phyllis Banker Voelz, 92, Columbus, Indiana, May 23. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Survivors include a brother, Edward K. Banker ’48, and a niece, Judith Banker Castellini ’81. She was preceded in death by a nephew, John B. Banker ’77. Joan Bethel Huestis, 93, Lexington, Kentucky, Sept. 6. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta; a retired school teacher; and a community volunteer. Survivors include a brother, James E. Bethel ’49. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank S. Huestis ’49, and a sister-in-law, Priscilla Griswold Bethel ’49. Judith Jackson Hanson, 92, Augusta, Georgia, Aug. 3. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, John L. Jackson, Class of 1889; her father, John S. Jackson, Class of 1917; her brothers, John S. Jackson Jr. ’42 and Peter K. Jackson ’44; and a sister-in-law, Jean Cooley Jackson ’44. Thayer E. Merrill, 93, Phoenix, June 13. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta; a marketing director; and a real estate manager.
1950 Earl R. Brown Jr., 94, Indianapolis, June 22. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha; a Rector scholar; and a radiologist. Survivors include a son, Robert L. Brown ’71. Philip L. Hayes, 90, Lewisville, Texas, Aug. 2. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha; a salesman; and a lay minister. Survivors include a niece, Carrie Hayes Huff ’70; nephews, Thomas H. Hayes ’76 and William F. Hayes Jr. ’71; and a niece-in-law, Bonnie McBane Hayes ’72. He was preceded in death by his brothers, George H. Hayes ’43 and William F. Hayes Sr. ’47. John F. Heise, 91, Park Ridge, Illinois, May 26, 2018. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and a business executive.
Lucinda Kretschmer Wellwood, 91, Elmhurst, Illinois, July 8. She was a member of Delta Gamma and a community volunteer. Survivors include a sister, Marie Kretschmer Gierke ’44.
Gregory L. Smith, 89, Indianapolis, July 26. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and a business owner. Survivors include his wife, Mabel Schloot Smith ’52, and a son, Bradley W. Smith ’76.
Barbara Vyse Olson, 91, Prescott, Arizona, May 4. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and a community volunteer. Survivors include a son, Thomas H. Walker ’75.
Janet Sollitt Scholtes, 89, Mishawaka, Indiana, June 30. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a community volunteer who received the Women’s Fest Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service.
1951 Mary Dail Keil, 89, Fort Worth, Aug. 12. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma; an elementary school teacher; and a community volunteer. F. Mary Robinson Ferguson, 90, Indianapolis, May 28. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a vocal music teacher. M. Lois Toole Adams, Mesa, Arizona, Sept. 10. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and a travel agent manager. Survivors include a daughter, Deborah J. Adams ’74.
1952 Suzanne Franzen Kraft, 89, Indianapolis, Aug. 14. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a sales representative for American Airlines. Richard W. Loring, 90, Las Cruces, New Mexico, June 7. He was a psychotherapist in private practice and a member of the Men’s Hall Association and the Washington C. DePauw Society. Survivors include a son, Steven J. Loring ’76. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Teetor Loring ’52. Jacqueline Owens Van Wagner, 88, Findlay, Ohio, July 16. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include a sister, Dorcas Owens Kerr ’48. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Van Wagner ’52. Anne Rudy Kooy, 89, Edgeley, North Dakota, July 9. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judith Rudy Fentress ’59.
Betty A. Sereno, 88, Paradise Valley, Arizona, July 13. She retired as an administrative assistant for the American Library Association. Survivors include a cousin, Carol Ronchetto Somers ’52.
1953 John C. Golba, 87, South Bend, July 13. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a high school guidance director. Ann McQueen Thompson, 87, Columbus, Indiana, May 23. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and the Washington C. DePauw Society and a community volunteer. Survivors include her husband, Glenn W. Thompson Jr. ’52; a brother, C. Richard McQueen ’58; a daughter, Debra Thompson Vaky ’76; a son-in-law, Peter C. Vaky ’75; and a granddaughter, Katherine A. Vaky ’14. Merle H. Miller Jr., 86, Bloomington, Indiana, Sept. 24, 2017. He was a member of Delta Chi and a financial consultant. William K. Oliver, 88, Seatac, Washington, Aug. 15. He was a member of Sigma Chi and an orthodontist. Survivors include a son, Mark K. Oliver ’79, and a daughter, Lynn Oliver Kohlwes ’81. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Cook Oliver ’53, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Cook Riegert ’51. Martha York Driscol, 87, Indianapolis, June 14. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a retired professor of nursing at the University of Indianapolis.
1954 Mary Arganbright Nomady, 86, Terre Haute, May 21. She was a member of Delta Zeta and a retired assistant organist for the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. Marcia Dalton Smith, 86, Powell, Ohio, Aug. 14. She was a community volunteer. Victor A. Lawrence Jr., 87, Dayton, Ohio, June 9. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a dentist. Karin Mattson Neimeyer, 87, Minneapolis, Aug. 25. She was a member of Alpha Phi; an elementary school teacher; and a community volunteer.
1955 JoAnne Bauer Taylor, 86, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, July 4. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi; an elementary school teacher; and a community volunteer. Survivors include her husband, Otis E. Taylor ’55, and a sister, Maryan Bauer Tebbutt ’60. Robert M. Clark Jr., 88, South Bend, July 15. He was a member of Sigma Nu; a teacher; a coach; and a guidance counselor. Survivors include his sons, Robert M. Clark III ’83 and Thomas J. Clark ’85. Elizabeth Hardy Holland, 86, Indianapolis, Sept. 1. She was a member of Delta Gamma; an artist; and an interior decorator. Survivors include a son, Steven T. Holland ’80. Sally Hendricks McDade, 86, Phoenix, July 2. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and a counselor for Planned Parenthood. Jose S. Ribares, 86, Fort Myers, Florida, July 21, 2018. He was a member of Sigma Nu; a Rector scholar; and a business owner. Survivors include a foster brother, Stephen H. Stout ’63. He was preceded in death by his foster grandfather, Joseph L. Stout Sr., Class of 1900; his foster father, Joseph L. Stout Jr. ’30; his foster mother, Helen Hill Stout ’30; and a foster uncle, Hiram M. Stout ’26. FALL 2019 DEPAUW MAGAZINE I 47
GOLD NUGGETS James D. Zachritz, 86, Centerville, Ohio, Aug. 1. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi; a Rector scholar; and an attorney. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Calkins Zachritz ’60; a daughter, Susan Zachritz Kelleher ’86; and sisters-inlaw, Jacqueline Calkins Parish ’63 and Margaret Calkins Schneider ’65.
Prudence Dix Hilger, 84, Centennial, Colorado, Sept. 4. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a teacher and a community volunteer. She was inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 28 for women’s cross country. Survivors include a daughter, Mary E. Stumpp ’83; cousins Edna Dix Crocker ’58 and R. Victor Dix ’56; and cousinin-law, David A. Crocker ’59.
Marian Davies McGinnis, 84, Valparaiso, Indiana, July 17. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi; co-founder and president of a job training company; and a community volunteer.
Joan Venema Duininck, 85, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Aug. 21. She was a member of Delta Zeta.
J. Raymond North Jr., 85, Rockville, Indiana, July 5. He was a member of the Men’s Hall Association; a high school teacher; a public relations director; and a farmer. Survivors include his wife, Sue Sappenfield North ’56; a daughter, Patricia North Harvey ’80; and granddaughters, Kimberly Newnum Fitch ’03 and Dana N. deVeer ’13.
Nancy Hadley Wilhelm, 83, Clear Lake, Indiana, May 25. She was a member of Delta Gamma; a high school teacher; and an office manager. Survivors include her sons, Steven J. Wilhelm ’84 and Randall H. Wilhelm ’86, and a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Mitchell Wilhelm ’86.
Elizabeth Pfeffer Allen, 85, Summit, New Jersey, Aug. 17. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Washington C. DePauw Society and a former member of DePauw’s Board of Visitors. Survivors include a sister, Louise Pfeffer Steele ’64. Janet Wilson Hess, 85, Muncie, May 8. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and a community volunteer. Survivors include a son, David R. Hess ’78; a daughter, Joan Hess Hamilton ’80; and a son-in-law, Lance L. Hamilton ’77. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Hess ’55, and a sister, Carolyn Wilson Grace ’48.
G. Robert DeLong, 83, Exeter, New Hampshire, June 10. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Washington C. DePauw Society; a Rector Scholar; and a pediatric neurologist. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ade DeLong ’57, and a sister, Helen DeLong Gilbert ’60. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Wagoner DeLong ’32.
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Jon B. Myers, 82, West Columbia, South Carolina, Aug. 2. He was a member of Delta Chi; a Rector scholar; and a consulting psychologist. Survivors include his wife, Judith Simpson Myers ’58, and a son, Scott C. Myers ’82.
1959 Charles F. Keller, 86, Mount Dora, Florida, July 4. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, serving as its president in 1958, and a real estate appraiser. Jack E. Ulery, 83, Oak Harbor, Washington, Aug. 4. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and an insurance company manager. John P. Williams, 82, Barrington, Illinois, May 19. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Washington C. DePauw Society and had a career in real estate. Survivors include his wife, Mary Walbaum Williams ’59; a sister, Carol Williams Stelle ’60; daughters Katherine Williams McEnroe ’82 and Kristin Williams Harding ’84; and a son-in-law, Eric F. Harding ’84.
1960 John R. Giesecke, 80, St. Johns, Michigan, Aug. 21. He was a member of Delta Chi and a business owner. Survivors include a son, Michael J. Giesecke ’92. Judith Helmerich Clem, 81, Hot Springs, Arkansas, April 17. She was a member of Alpha Omega Pi and a registered nurse. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joanne Helmerich Brennan ’60. Peter N. Kiger, 80, Dunreith, Indiana, Aug. 19. He was a member of Sigma Chi and Phi Beta Kappa; a Rector scholar; and a naturopathic doctor. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl W. Kiger Jr. ’33. Survivors include a sister, Gretchen Kiger Cryer ’57. Gene L. Mullins, 81, Muscatine, Iowa, Aug. 6. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a business manager. Thelma Jean “TJ” Price-Papillo, 81, Dobbs Ferry, New York, July 23. She was a member of Delta Gamma, the Washington C. DePauw Society and Phi Beta Kappa; a social worker; and a therapist. Robert C. Young, 81, Bedford, Kentucky, July 7. He was a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society; a high school teacher; a case manager for migrant workers; and a dealer in rare and used books.
1961 Mary Rutt Cheek, 80, Palmyra, Virginia, July 20. She was a member of Alpha Phi. Survivors include her husband, Paul A. Cheek ’61. Jeanne Edmonds Fronske, 79, Mesa, Arizona, March 29. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta; an artist; and a professor of art at Arizona State University. Merrill “Mac” Main, 79, Park Ridge, Illinois, July 29. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a human resource professional. Survivors include
a daughter, Michele Main Valenzia ’90. Margaret Maroney Sanders, 78, Altamonte Springs, Florida, Feb. 18, 2018. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta; a medical credentialing specialist; and a community volunteer. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Joyce Ragland Maroney ’58. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard F. Maroney ’57. Thames L. Mauzy, 80, Warsaw, Indiana, Aug. 30. He was a member of Delta Chi; a business owner; and a real estate agent.
1962 James B. Drew, 78, Chicago, May 16. He was a member of Sigma Nu and a selfemployed clinical social worker. Survivors include a sister, Jeannette E. Drew ’64, and a brother, Wendell R. Drew ’67. Lee B. Ross, 79, Cumberland, Maryland, June 2. He was a member of Sigma Nu and professor emeritus of psychology at Frostburg State University. Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Wilson Ross ’63; a brother, Stephen M. Ross ’63; a sister-in-law, Karen Franzen Ross ’63; a nephew, Nathan M. Ross ’90; and a niece-in-law, Cheryl Noel Ross ’90. He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie J. Ross ’37. Herbert J. Spier Jr., 78, Indianapolis, May 22. He was a member of Sigma Nu and an independent insurance agent. He was inducted in the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 for his participation in men’s basketball. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lorton Spier ’62; a daughter; Tracy Spier Osborn ’86; a sister, Nancy Spier Null ’59; a brother-in-law, John S. Null ’61; a grandson, Michael J. Spier ’16; and a nephew, John D. Null ’84.
1964 Barbara A. Hartman was incorrectly listed in the summer issue as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. We regret the error.
Stephanie Smith, 76, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Feb. 1. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and associate director of planning and marketing for the University of Michigan Health System.
1965 Barbara L. Baldridge, 75, Salinas, California, May 2. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa; a college professor; and a business analyst. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Baldridge Drucker ’63. Joan Davidson Stoneking, 76, Anchorage, Alaska, June 30. She was a member of Delta Zeta; a special education teacher’s assistant; and a community volunteer. Charles M. Plummer, 75, St. Augustine, Florida, July 7. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and a professor and a research administrator at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also consulted with the Challenger Center for Space Age Learning, an educational outreach program of NASA. Kent R. Wilton, 76, St. Louis, Aug. 15. He was a systems engineer with IBM; worked in sales; and was a wine consultant.
1966 Ann Roettig Becker, 75, Kettering, Ohio, Sept. 7. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and a retired high school teacher.
1967 Frederick E. Bachert, 74, Greenville, South Carolina, May 26. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and a businessman. Survivors include his wife, Constance Nagle Bachert ’67. Sandra Yates Janzen, 73, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 1. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and the Washington C. DePauw Society and a registered psychologist.
1968 Jerrold M. Barton Sr., 73, Wheaton, Illinois, June 9. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and a teacher and coach. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Sweeney Barton ’69; a sister, Nancy Barton Bavisotto ’63; a brother, Terrence R. Barton ’60; and brothersin-law Gerald O. Sweeney Jr. ’74 and Brian P. Sweeney ’80. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gerald O. Sweeney ’43, and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Young Sweeney ’45. John P. Douglass, 73, North Oaks, Minnesota, June 8. He was a Rector scholar; a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society; and a consultant. Survivors include a daughter, Heidi L. Douglass ’00. Steven P. Grossnickle, 72, Cedar, Michigan, Aug. 27. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Beta Kappa; a Rector scholar; and an ophthalmologist. Survivors include sons Brian M. Grossnickle ’05 and Eric M. Grossnickle ’04; a brother, Bruce P. Grossnickle ’74; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Sankey Grossnickle ’73; and a nephew, David M. Grossnickle ’03. James W. Smith, 73, Urbana, Illinois, July 23. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. Survivors include a brother, Andrew H. Smith ’66. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jamie Hammack Smith ’33, and a brother, John H. Smith ’62.
1969 James T. Burden, 69, Tarzana, California, Jan. 2, 2017. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. Martha Gilbert Lamprecht, 71, Nashville, Tennessee, July 6. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and had a career in business management and office systems. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles W. Gilbert ’45 and Betty Gunn Gilbert ’45.
James E. Ooton, 72, Sarasota, Florida, April 24. He had a career in banking.
Robert T. Fasola, 65, Indianapolis, Feb. 21. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi.
Paul W. Maddrell, 71, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Sept. 1. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta; an artist; musician; and a business manager. Joyce Moore Fry, 81, Crawfordsville, Indiana, July 12. She was a musician and minister of music at First Baptist Church for 47 years. James J. Roscoe, 70, Lexington, Kentucky, May 23, 2018. He was a member of Delta Chi; an attorney; and a banker.
1971 Carol R. Hansen, 70, Skokie, Illinois, May 19. She was a member of Delta Gamma and a graphic designer. Jeffrey L. Krolick, 71, Wawarsing, New York, April 27. He had a career as a musical and entertainment director. Constance Marks Matlock, 69, Columbia, Tennessee, May 17. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and a high school teacher. Survivors include a sister, Julia Marks Meadows ’72. She was preceded in death by her mother, Julia Wilcox Marks ’50.
1973 Charles H. Bark III, 67, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 29. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a television news director. Survivors include a brother, Douglas J. Bark ’76.
1977 Lynn Miller Nichols, 64, Phoenix, June 20. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi; a registered nurse; and a community volunteer. She was preceded in death by an aunt, Esther Jacobs Miller ’39. Steven L. Reff, 65, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Aug. 27. He was a member of Sigma Nu who had a business career with IBM; he loved the Cayman Islands and was a dedicated scuba diver. Survivors include his wife Patricia Smith Reff ’77, sister-in-law Melissa Smith-Hazen ’76 and brother-in-law James W. Hazen ’76.
1981 Robert D. Kelly, 60, Henrietta, New York, Aug. 1. He was a senior programmer analyst. Survivors include a sister, S. Jill Kelly Lazzell ’83. He was preceded in death by his mother, LaDonna McNeff Kelly ’71.
Karen M. Richards, 54, Glenside, Pennsylvania, Aug. 3. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi; a Rector scholar; and a biochemist.
FRIEND Nancy E. Perry, 75, Cloverdale, Indiana, June 5. She retired from DePauw.
1974 Alan L. Cole, 74, Venice, Florida, Sept. 1. He was a medical technologist. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Cole ’33. David P. Johnson, 66, Terre Haute, Aug. 24. He was a teacher and a business owner. Survivors include his wife, Candy Darnell Johnson ’77.
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Art History Fellow Curates Egyptian Exhibit from the DePauw Art Collection By Tiffany Miller ’18
y experience as the Arthur E. Klauser Collections and Community Outreach fellow opened my mind about museum collections, the preservation of objects and research in collections. In September 2018, I learned that DePauw possesses ancient Coptic textiles that date to 400 and 500 CE Egypt. These woven wool and linen cloths, likely clothing embellishments, are DePauw’s oldest art objects. My love of art of the Mediterranean and background in art historical research and museum studies led to a discussion with Craig Hadley, then director and curator at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, in which I was assigned a curatorial project about the textiles, their function, provenance and history.
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For six months I researched and planned an exhibit for last spring, spending time with the textiles to determine their subject matter and dates, photograph them and learn proper storage and display. This was an indispensable experience, working handson with objects that I had admired since learning about them in an art history class. It was extraordinary for me, as a fellow, to put my own plans and ideas into action, guided by the museum staff and my previous years of working at Peeler. I learned how to make display stands, wall text and labels; what goes in to naming and choosing objects for an exhibit; and how to upload information into the PastPerfect museum database. The galleries at DePauw are remarkable because students and professors can access
and study the entire art collection, whether on display or not. I wanted to curate this exhibit to show off objects that have not been on display for almost 50 years, and to get more people interested in learning about the collection. I similarly focused on this for my senior art history thesis, for which I wrote about under-researched Medieval manuscripts in the art collection; during my thesis presentation, I emphasized the value of letting students and staff see and touch them (with gloves, of course). My studies as an art history major and museum studies and Italian double minor have prepared me for my career in museums. I was lucky to gain experience at Peeler since my sophomore year as a work-study student, then as a summer research fellow and recently as a year-long fellow working with a great museum staff. Staff members mentored me and taught me the behind-the-scenes aspects of academic museums and museum departments, while letting me gain curatorial, educational and registration experience. With my fellowship ended, I headed off this fall to graduate school to Syracuse University, where – with a full-ride scholarship for my dual master’s in art history and museum studies – I will focus on Italian Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque (Caravaggism) art; their receptions, preservation and placement in museum collections in the 21st century; and collections management. My time at DePauw convinced me of my place in the museum field and gave me experience I can use for the rest of my career.
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Decades from DePauw, Alum Finds New Way to Love Literature
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ark Payne ’71 was contentedly enjoying retirement from a career as a commercial construction contractor when a neighbor nudged him. Would he, asked the woman with whom he had a “library-centric friendship,” raise money to build a new library for their little burg of Interlochen, Michigan? She had seeded the effort with a gift of $500,000. “That was a commitment that I respected and I felt that, with her commitment at that level, maybe I’d help out,” he said. So Payne, who was an English literature major at DePauw, evolved from being an avid reader and frequent user of Interlochen’s library to chairman of a capital campaign. “I had never done it and I really had no interest in doing it,” he said. “This is totally out of anything that I would ever have anticipated participating in.” He took classes in fundraising and mounted a campaign that raised $3 million, $800,000 from grants and foundations and the rest from nearly 800 donors. Checks came from as far away as California and Florida, but virtually all donors had some sort of connection to Interlochen, a popular spot for summer vacations. The town, best known for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, is in the northwest part of lower Michigan. (If you think of lower Michigan as a left-hand mitten, it’s roughly where the pinkie would be.)
The old library, a pole barn erected in the mid-1980s, hosted book clubs, children’s programs and community events, Payne said. But it was structurally insufficient to hold the area’s annual snowfall of 150 inches. “The doors didn’t work in the winter and it had a lot of problems. But, you know, it was a library. So in a small community it was a big deal.” Many people were skeptical when the campaign began, sure the property taxes they pay as part of the Traverse Area District Libraries would rise. But “this was all privately funded. This had no impact on our taxes whatsoever,” Payne said. “That was a big selling point in our fundraising.” He ultimately toiled for five and half years, with the first 18 months or so
spent organizing for the public campaign that lasted about four years. The result – a 10,000-square-foot, energy-efficient structure that houses thousands of volumes and accommodates events for Interlochen’s 600 residents and their neighbors – opened last December. “Mark’s vision and determination took the concept of a new library from idea to reality,” said Andrew Morrison, Payne’s summer neighbor and the father of Drew Morrison, a member of DePauw’s Class of 2019. “Mark has made a difference and positive contribution to the lives of these people. A small, semi-isolated town now has a remarkable new library, thanks in large part to Mark Payne.”
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