DePauw Magazine Spring 2024

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DePauw M AGAZINE INSIDE: Belonging at DePauw 18 Creativity on Display 28 Total Solar Eclipse 34 Spring 2024 Momentum
million gift
tradition and innovation Story on page 14.
OPENERS 2 President’s Message 4 Connected with DePauw 6 Editor’s Page DIGEST 8 Events and Collaborations 9 Published and Produced 10 Freedom of Expression FEATURES 12 Making an Impact 18 Threads of Gold 28 Creativity 34 Path of Totality ALUMNI 42 Alumni Connections 43 Class Notes 47 In Memoriam Contents Cover: Students in Tenzer Technology Center at Roy O. West library. Inside cover: The DePauw women’s basketball team hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. The Tigers lost to Hope College in round two and finished the season 22-8. Outside back cover: Outdoor classes signal spring. Photos: Brittney Way Cooper 1 SPRING 2024

President’s Message


What a joy to be on campus this spring! We started the spring term off with a bang (and a lot of gold and black confetti) with the announcement of $200 million in gifts to support the DePauw Bold & Gold 2027 strategic plan, including $64 million directed to the launch and continued success of the Creative School (which will open officially this Fall 2024). Most of these $200 million gifts are allocated to our endowment and greatly enhance our ability to support students, faculty, and programs into the future – just as gifts invested previously in our endowment by so many of you, and generations of alumni and friends, are supporting our students, faculty and various programs today. These gifts (and every gift no matter the size), phone calls, emails, campus visits, positive comments to a friend or colleague or prospective student, interns hosted, social posts liked and shared, and notes of encouragement sent to a DePauw student, staff, or faculty member, are a testament to the importance you place on a DePauw education and your enduring commitment to Old Gold. Each member of our community is important and contributes something special to DePauw. I am eternally grateful to lead an institution with such a devoted, enthusiastic, and philanthropic community. Thank you for all you do!

I look forward to May when we celebrate the graduating class of 2024, a class with whom I have a very special bond. The class of 2024 and I came into DePauw together and entered DePauw

at the height of the pandemic. The students graduating in 2024 stuck with us that first very challenging year on campus and have been leaders in reactivating DePauw’s cocurricular and social vibrancy. In so many ways these students embody our founders, who believed a great university would rise from their hard work and dreams – our university is stronger today because all of us, our students in particular, believe in our educational promise that a liberal arts college education matters now more than ever.

Bold dreams have propelled DePauw forward since 1837. In the words of my inauguration address: “And Still We Rise.” While holding steadfast to our core foundation as a college of liberal arts and sciences, we are leaning full steam ahead into the 21st century. I know some of the changes we have made in the past year have been hard and feel like a loss to some. There are certain changes at my alma maters to which I am still adjusting! And yet, as I have the chance to meet prospective students and families, they have expressed their excitement for what they are seeing from and hearing about DePauw. Similarly, I have heard from presidential colleagues across the country who have


written notes and emails of congratulations for our amazing gift announcement which, I have told them, I hope spurs similar gifts to other liberal arts colleges.

The traditions that have enabled DePauw’s success for 187 years are strong today. As we move forward together, I invite any feedback or suggestions from you regarding how best to advance the interests of our great university to both retain our incredible traditions and innovate to prepare students for the challenges ahead. Once again, thank you for being part of the vibrant community that makes DePauw University so special. I hope to see many of you back on campus this summer for your reunion or in the fall as I continue my visits to meet you where you live. I look forward to staying connected in the days, weeks and months ahead.

And, in the words of one of my favorite songs from the golden disco age of my youth: “ain’t no stopping us now!”

With warm regards,

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STAFF Vice President for Communications and Strategy and Chief of Staff Sarah Steinkamp Senior Director of Communications Bob Weaver ’93 Creative Director Kelly Graves Alumni News Editor Donna Grooms EDITORIAL BOARD Emily Chew ’99, associate director of strategic communications and donor relations; Scott Cooper, project manager; Amy Kwas ’93, vice president for development and alumni engagement; Gaelyn Sicher-Ford, director of enrollment marketing strategy; Drew Humphrey ’07, university writer; Brittney Way Cooper, university photographer. ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Casey Patrick, George Spencer Access a digital version of DePauw Magazine at CONTACT Email: Spring 2024 Vol. 86 / Issue 2 DePauw M AGAZINE DePauwUniversity depauwu DePauwUniversity

Robert Prange ’27

How did you find out about DePauw?

Mom is a ’97 alumnus. I was considering nursing or a pre-med program and was pretty much set on a couple of schools in Florida. Mom dropped a hint, just a nudge. She said, “Have you thought about DePauw?” (Note: Mom doesn’t remember this dialogue!) I had not thought about DePauw. I ended up visiting, twice actually, once for the Monon Bell and another for an official visit.

Was there something that sealed the decision for you?

DePauw drew me in with its flexibility. I didn’t have to get slotted in a nursing or pre-med program right away. I think I want to be a PA in pediatrics, but DePauw gives me the opportunity to take a little time if I need it to explore. Then I can decide. When I came for my official visit, I did some informational meetings and they even gave me a list of classes to take that matched my educational goals.

How are you staying active outside of the classroom?

I’m busy. I tried out for baseball. It was a bit of a longshot, but DePauw gave me an honest look and I appreciate that. I am joining the volleyball club soon which sounds like a ton of fun.

Anything else?

I’m also playing tenor sax for the Pep Band.

What would you tell a high school senior thinking about DePauw?

Come visit. For me, it was so much more than I expected. It’s a truly amazing school that has the resources to help you make the most of it.

Decatur, Illinois


Since our founding, the university has enrolled some of its most outstanding students with the help of DePauw alumni and friends. If you know a student you think would excel on DePauw’s campus, please let us know by visiting or email

“When he visited he saw the same things I did when I stepped on campus: a warm place with a flurry of activity, smart students, challenging academics, a beautiful and inclusive campus, and people who cared. Robert visited twice more (bringing two friends from his high school – who have also since become Tigers) before he made his formal decision to attend DePauw.

Before he signed his acceptance for early action, I sat him down to make sure he didn’t feel parental pressure. He told me that he had found his fit and was independently making the decision to attend DePauw. Inside I was elated. He never looked back and even participated in the Bob Hershberger Servicio Program over the summer, traveling to Costa Rica with other DePauw students. I jokingly say that he has more DePauw swag than I do. He is definitely Gold Within!”

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Pictured above: Raphaella Prange ’97, Robert Prange ’27 and sister, Suzanne Prange.


TWO YEARS AGO, we conducted a survey, asking our alumni readers for feedback on DePauw Magazine. A few themes emerged. You asked for insight into what’s going on around campus. Many of you wanted to know more about campus leadership. And many wanted to know more about the general health and well-being of DePauw.

Some of these desires are served by alumni e-newsletters, direct mail, our social media feeds and websites. And some are served by this magazine. Recent issues have highlighted big campus events, including the successful reopening of Roy O. West Library and the exciting launch of the School of Business and Leadership. And we’ve shared stories that highlight the good work of faculty, students and staff in the areas of wellness, study abroad and, in this issue, the common threads of belonging across generations of DePauw students. We continue to receive feedback. Some comments are general, such as “I read every issue cover-to-cover,” and “I love the photography in DePauw Magazine.” And some comments are specific wants, such as “I want to hear more about alumni reunion weekend,” or “I want to know what classes and individuals are contributing to campaigns.” Thank you for each and every comment. We want to keep a finger on the pulse. Toward that end, we’ve created a new survey to get a sense of what kind of information you’d like to see and where. We’ve kept it short and offered space for comments. If you have a few minutes, we’d love to hear from you. Thank you for your loyalty to DePauw!

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AMY KWAS ’93, vice president for development and alumni engagement. Amy served as the vice president of development at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the past seven years. Previously, she spent 12 years as the executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter. Amy graduated from DePauw with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and earned a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

“With immense Tiger Pride and incredible enthusiasm about

DePauw’s future,

I look forward to leading its development and alumni engagement division. Dr. White’s leadership, an extraordinary cabinet, and the Bold and Gold 2027 strategic plan make this the perfect time to engage DePauw’s incredible alumni in strengthening the university’s future through philanthropy.”

Pre-College Programs: The DePauw Summer Experience

THE DEPAUW SUMMER EXPERIENCE will again offer 10 sessions of two-day overnight experiences, welcoming rising sophomores through senior students from surrounding areas and Indianapolis. A diverse slate of courses includes an emphasis on creativity, technology, innovation and college readiness. Courses are taught by DePauw professors, alumni and staff. A great example is a class led by the Pulliam Center’s Larry Abed where students will learn studio production, interviewing techniques, basic scripting, lighting, audio, camera, editing and directing. No previous experience required. If you have a grandchild, child, niece or nephew who might have an interest, check it out! Registration runs through mid-May.


WGRE Celebrates 75 Years on Air

WGRE, DePauw’s campus radio station, is Indiana’s oldest FM college radio station. Celebrities and public figures from near and far are showing their appreciation and support by recording promos that appear on air throughout the year. Those who have given WGRE a shout-out include Jelani Cobb, writer for the New Yorker and dean of the Columbia Journalism School; Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times; members of the bands Wilco and the Wallflowers; Governor Eric Holcomb; Sally Shapiro of Shapiro’s Deli and more. Celebrations are planned for late April and Alumni Reunion Weekend. Celebrate now by listening to WGRE, 91.5.

Fulbright Award

DAVID ALVAREZ, associate professor of English and director of the Global Studies program, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar award for the 2024-2025 academic year. He will spend the year teaching at Ghent University in Belgium and extending his scholarship on 18th century literature and religious tolerance. Professor Alvarez plans to use this opportunity to build exchange in Europe that will benefit DePauw faculty and students for years to come.

Poetry on the Moon

PROFESSOR JOE HEITHAUS landed on the moon in February with the Odysseus lunar lander, the first soft lunar landing in 50 years. Heithaus’s poetry and editing are part of a worldwide project, Lunar Codex, launching art-filled digital time capsules to the moon – and beyond.

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JP Morgan Recognizes Justin and Darrianne Christian ’95

FINANCIAL SERVICES GIANT JP Morgan sent a film crew to campus and the international headquarters of BC Forward, the IT consulting and workforce fulfillment services firm founded 25 years ago by Justin Christian. The crew interviewed Justin and Darrianne Howard Christian to learn more about their success story, commercial banking and corporate responsibility. BC Forward is both a client and services partner of JP Morgan.

Greencastle, DePauw Collaborate

THE CITY OF GREENCASTLE and DePauw University have embarked on a process to address infrastructure needs within the city of Greencastle related to housing, recreation, education and aesthetics. In the summer of 2023, the collaboration was awarded a $250,000 planning grant from the Lilly Endowment to develop a master plan that includes the downtown-toDePauw corridor and other key areas. This plan builds upon earlier work associated with a Stellar Communities grant a decade ago. A particular focus is providing additional marketrate housing for the local workforce, including teachers, fire and police departments and, of course, DePauw employees. This spring, DePauw will submit an application to support projects that would result from these planning grants.

Watch the video:

The BC Forward story is one of entrepreneurial success, family, the extended family of an alumni network and a deep and empathetic commitment to others. Nowhere is that commitment to others more evident than in BC Forward’s intentionality in hiring a diverse, global workforce to serve a diverse, global clientele, and in Justin and Darrianne’s philanthropic contributions to DePauw. @DePauwU


What I’m reading right now

Bob Weaver ’93, senior director of communications

“Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey” by James Rebanks

What are we putting in our bodies? What are we planting in our garden this year? What kind of environment will we leave behind for our children? The dust jacket of “Pastoral Song” caught my eye at the library perhaps because of these questions that sometimes swirl in my head. With a closer look, I saw an endorsement from Wendell Berry. That was enough to compel me to pick up the book.

In “Pastoral Song,” James Rebanks profiles a connection to his family’s farm spanning three generations. It’s very much a story about growing up in England’s Lake District and the relationships between family, neighbors and the land. It’s also a tight examination into how farming has radically evolved in that short span and Rebanks’ effort to understand the change and find that connection to the land he feels has been lost.

I’m not sure if I was looking for perspective or a new inspiration. Maybe both. I’m glad that I happened upon James Rebanks. He’s reflective and, I think, very fair in his assessments. I have found myself and my relationships in some of his stories. And living in the Midwest, surrounded by thousands of acres of farmland, I can’t help but think I’ll have conversations with Rebanks as I go about daily life. Highly recommend.


Paul Bible, assistant professor of computer science

“An Open Guide to Data

Structures and Algorithms” with Lucas Moser

Derek Ford, associate professor of education studies

“Teaching the Actuality of Revolution: Aesthetics, Unlearning, and the Sensations of Struggle”


Jamie Berglund Siebrase ’06

“Tonight! A Bedtime Book”

In this twist on goodnight books, a boy imagines he is many different animals at bedtime. Along the way, he learns about their lives and habitats.

Ian B. Davidson ’80

“Tableaux Del Norte”

Davidson’s work for solo oboe was published by TrevCo Music Publishing.

Angela Beauchamp ’86

“Eleanor Roosevelt on Screen: The First Lady’s Appearances in Film and Television.”

Addresses the moving image record of the most important American woman of the 20th century.

Rev. Jonathan Martin

“The Book of Waiting”

DePauw’s associate chaplain and director of the Center for Spiritual Life shares reflections on Advent and Christmas.

Michael Sinowitz, professor of English

“Finding Meaning in Wine: A US Blend”

Eliza Brown, associate professor of music

“Bird Song,” commissioned by the Walden School Faculty Commissioning Project and “sussurra,” commissioned by Classical Music Indy

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DePauw Conversations Spotlight: Freedom of Expression

University builds dialogue among peer communities

The heart of a liberal arts education is the free exchange of ideas as we engage in teaching, learning, scholarship and service. To live up to the mission of the university and the ideals of DePauw’s statement on freedom of expression, we engage in education, reflection and dialogue on the topic. Over the last few years, we have invited others to join us.

In this spirit, the university has hosted two important events focused on free expression and academic freedom. University presidents, student affairs leaders, academic officers, diversity officers, faculty members and students from across the state and Midwest convened at DePauw in hopes of creating a new model for one of the most important issues facing colleges and universities today.

In November of 2022, President Lori White hosted university presidents and key institutional leaders in an event co-sponsored by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Bipartisan Policy Center, who authored the report “Campus Free Expression: A New Roadmap.” The event was supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. and brought national speakers to deliver keynote addresses, followed by case study discussions and breakout sessions.

And in February of 2024, DePauw brought undergraduate student leaders from across Indiana to campus for a two-day workshop focused on freedom of expression on college campuses. The workshop included interactive, team-based work; keynote speakers with expertise on freedom of expression and dialogue; and discussion led by DePauw faculty and staff. President White cites these events as “an important part of our civic mission to

“ ... an important part of our civic mission [is] to prepare students for participation in our pluralistic democracy.”

prepare students for participation in our pluralistic democracy.”

These events and partnerships highlight the importance of a unified commitment to promoting free expression, academic freedom and constructive dialogue on college campuses.

As we move forward, DePauw will continue to serve as a leader in this critical conversation. We will build upon the success of these events and the insights gained from our distinguished guests, ensuring that students, faculty and staff remain at the forefront of shaping the future of higher education. Thanks to this ongoing dedication of our entire community, we uphold our civic mission and prepare students for meaningful engagement in our diverse and ever-evolving democracy.

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Making an Impact

As alumni of DePauw University, we have always cherished the transformative power of our alma mater’s liberal arts education.

Now we have even more reason to celebrate as DePauw continues an exciting journey of innovation and growth, thanks to a monumental $200 mllion investment.

On February 7, President White announced gifts of $150 million from a single donor and $50 million in supporting matches from other donors to champion the goals of DePauw’s strategic plan.

The DePauw campus community gathered to celebrate the announcement of transformative gifts made to the university.
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A Vision for the Future Inspires

At the heart of this transformative moment lies a vision for the future, an unwavering commitment to enhancing the DePauw experience, and a commitment to the traditions and innovations that will ensure future generations of students benefit from a truly exceptional education.

This investment supports all four goals of the DePauw Bold & Gold 2027 Strategic Plan: academic renewal, a vibrant and exemplary student experience, a commitment to institutional equity, and a focus on financial and operational stewardship that ensures DePauw’s future as a flourishing university.

Elevating Excellence in Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience

Central to DePauw’s strategic plan is the creation of the three-school model, which includes strengthening the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, founding the new School of Business and Leadership and, this fall, launching the Creative School (see photo essay, p. 28). This investment in the Academic Renewal of DePauw is poised to further elevate our academic offerings, providing students unparalleled opportunities to deeply engage with their chosen fields of study. From small class sizes to personalized mentorship, DePauw will continue to uphold its reputation for academic excellence and innovation.


Investing in Student Success

A cornerstone of the $200 million investment is a focus on student success. By expanding access to scholarships and financial aid, DePauw reaffirms its commitment to making a transformative education accessible to students. Additionally, investments in student support services and experiential learning opportunities will empower students to thrive inside and outside the classroom.

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Fostering Innovation and Research

As we look to the future, DePauw is dedicated to fostering innovation and research across all disciplines. This investment will support faculty research initiatives, interdisciplinary collaborations and state-ofthe-art facilities, positioning DePauw as a hub of intellectual inquiry and discovery.

Building a Stronger DePauw and a Stronger Community

These gifts will support DePauw through endowed funds dedicated to operational excellence, workforce development and deepened connections with the alumni and Greencastle communities, to ensure that DePauw is a preferred employer and flourishes in every sense.


A Bright Future Ahead

We can take great pride in DePauw’s rich history and enduring legacy. With this historic investment, the DePauw community can look forward to the continued evolution of our alma mater and the profound impact it will have on future generations. Together, let us celebrate this transformative moment and reaffirm our commitment to the enduring values of a DePauw education.

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Threads of GOLD

Where did you go to school?” It happens all the time. Two strangers realize they both went to DePauw and easily fall into conversation, no matter that they graduated 10, 30 or 50 years apart from one another. There is something about DePauw and the experience that makes it feel like DePauw becomes part of us and our identity. What is this elusive quality and how is it that we become part of DePauw?

Where do we create these bonds? It has to be that process when we open ourselves to others and share in community. At DePauw, these communities – from classrooms, to clubs, to Greek houses, to athletic teams – overlap and intertwine. To explore this question, we invited students and alumni who have never met but who share at least one common thread to discuss their own experiences and what it means to find a sense of belonging at DePauw.

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J.R. Foster ’02 and Meredith Sierpina ’24


J.R. Foster played soccer, ran track and was later inducted into DePauw’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Now as president and CEO of a commercial real estate company in Cincinnati, he is constantly trying to recreate his alma mater’s “secret sauce” to attract and develop leaders like DePauw does.

“I haven’t been able to put my finger on it, but when I meet DePauw folks across the country, whether they’re 80 years old or 18 years old, there is a unique commonality within them that allows you to have a strong, like-minded conversation,” he says.

He knows it’s a mixture of like-mindedness and open-mindedness. And he knows that students who thrive at DePauw work hard and have a sincere interest in learning from other people. They want to be shaped not by one thing but by many things. To Foster, it’s an elusive quality, one you can’t distill into some catchy marketing slogan.

Foster chose DePauw over Division I schools because he wanted to be more than an athlete in college, and he was. DePauw helped him build a strong network of friends from across the country, representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Many of those classmates are still his best friends.

Senior Meredith Sierpina also has that elusive DePauw quality Foster recognizes. She is the captain of the cross-country and track team. She is a presidential ambassador, works in admissions and is part of student government and Alpha Chi Omega. She is dedicated across the board. Early on Sunday mornings, when most of her classmates are still in bed, Sierpina and her teammates are out running. She calls her team the backbone on which she has built her college experience.

“At DePauw, you’re not just going to be a student-athlete. You’re not just going to be a student. You’re going to be involved in all other aspects because that’s what being a DePauw student is all about – that well-roundedness,” she says. “Hence the reason I may be a little bit too

over-involved on campus these days.”

The characteristics that link DePauw students have been tested throughout the school’s history, most recently by the global pandemic. As a highschooler from Rhode Island, Sierpina had visited campus and reveled in how friendly everyone was and how they seemed to love being at DePauw. But as a first-year student in 2020, she was part of a class marked by social distancing, a limited number of students on campus and a general apprehension about what the future might hold.

“It made me question being here. I was already going out of my comfort zone to be at a small school in Indiana away from my family. I wasn’t clicking well with a lot of people,” she says. And the salt in her wound: athletics had been canceled for the entire year.

But by the fall of 2021, things had begun to turn around. “Everything came together to build this new, better and brighter future these last three years,” she says. “When I was making more friends and able to go out into the DePauw community, it showed me that love once again and made me really grateful that I stayed.” Today, she’s not ready to leave but says she will take the DePauw community with her upon graduation in 2024.

How does DePauw create a sense of belonging strong enough to endure just about anything? It seems the secret sauce is the students themselves. DePauw steadfastly knows who it is as a liberal arts college, and so it attracts the kinds of students who feel like they belong here. Their energy, openness and aspirational spirits connect them.

“If you’re coming to DePauw, you will experience an immediate sense of belonging and commonality among your peers,” Foster says. He goes on to offer advice to future DePauw students. “Come in with an open mindset that you’re going to have the best experience of your life because DePauw is a game changer. It’s a life changer.”

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Growth Through Curiosity SISTERS IN GREEK LIFE

Matigan Williams ’24 and Holiday McKiernan ’80

When Holiday McKiernan was considering where to go to college, she wanted more than an academic fit. “I was looking for both a place to live and where to anchor myself, and the place was DePauw,” she says.

McKiernan began classes in the fall of 1976. At that time, being Greek was almost synonymous with being a DePauw student so she naturally went through sorority rush. She had a neighbor back home whom she admired immensely. This helped her make a decision. “I wanted to belong to AXO in part because of JoAnn Gardner,” she says, and so McKiernan joined Alpha Chi Omega.

Forty years later, Matigan Williams was starting her DePauw career but in very different circumstances. It was 2020, and Greek recruitment relied on unpredictable home Wi-Fi connections and Zoom calls with potential sisters who could be hundreds of miles away. Through the process, Williams took a leap of faith and chose AXO, too.

“During Covid, we were connected even though we didn’t really know each other,” Williams says of her sorority sisters. “Then coming back to campus in the second semester, I instantly had a group of 20 girls.”

Being in a sorority or fraternity means you are inherently part of a larger community that spans many generations, but Greek life


is only a sliver of what defines the DePauw experience. McKiernan says that a fierce sense of curiosity is also key.

“We know that we are unfinished – and never finished – and somehow curiosity and being open to courses and people will further shape us on our journey,” she says. “It’s a laboratory for experimentation to test out who each of us is and what we value, discovering what it is that really lights us.”

An Old Testament class at DePauw with Dr. John Eigenbrodt changed how McKiernan thought about religion and faith and set her on a new path. Studying abroad in Vienna and Budapest in the fall of 1978 changed her worldview. “I became personally aware that there were a lot of different ways to do things and to live.”

After graduation, McKiernan continued her journey in law school. She got married and raised three children. Her long career in Indianapolis included being in private practice focusing on taxexempt law and working for Alpha Chi Omega before retiring from the Lumina Foundation, a foundation focused on higher education access and success, in 2023 as its general counsel and COO. Williams has been experimenting as well. As a senior in high school, she knew she wanted to study political science, but she didn’t want to limit herself to just knowing peers in her program. At DePauw, she joined AXO, studied abroad in Oxford, tried out various clubs and interned with the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

“At Prindle, I was talking to biology majors and history majors. Being able to converse with them and find common ground made me feel like I belonged here on campus and had found a niche part of the DePauw experience that I could grow within as well,” Williams says. Through these conversations and those with her professors and other peers at DePauw, she has learned the value of listening. It’s a common skill among DePauw students, one that allows you to remain open to new perspectives and other people’s passions. Listening encourages growth.

“DePauw is a step to helping us figure out who we are,” McKiernan says. Now 43 years after her time in Greencastle, she is still listening and exploring who she might become.

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The Confidence to Try PEELER RATS

Elisa Monroe ’24 and Rebecca Zucker ’14

When Rebecca Zucker was a studio art and art history student at DePauw, she practically lived at Peeler, drawing, painting and sculpting. She attended as many visiting artist talks, film screenings and poetry readings as her punch card could handle. Her roommates even hung out in the studio to study and write papers while Zucker threw clay. This affectionately nicknamed “Peeler rat” even stayed on as an Efroymnson fellow for a fifth year at DePauw.

Zucker refers to Peeler as a “purposedriven building,” which it is. It is the hub of the university’s galleries and museums, whose purpose is to inspire and engage audiences through collections, exhibitions and public programming, stimulating the spirit of inquiry. For many art students like Zucker, Peeler was also a microcosm of DePauw, providing a place where students feel safe to try new things, to fail, and to grow.

After graduation, Zucker worked in the registrar department of a major gallery in New York City. The experience was endlessly refreshing and adrenaline driven, but it wasn’t overwhelming for her. “It was an opportunity that I let myself be open to because I had the DePauw foundation that I did,” she says.

Elise Monroe came to DePauw with her sights set on a biochemistry degree, but through exploring other interests in a true liberal arts fashion, she found herself far from the chemistry lab. Today, she is an art student spending much of her time at Peeler. This spring, she will graduate with degrees in studio art and global French studies.

“The environment at Peeler is one where you

know you can do anything you set your mind to,” Monroe says. She told her adviser, Lori Miles, that she wanted to move to a new city and do some kind of internship in a creative field, but she would need help. Her adviser made her feel confident that her dream could happen and helped her apply for a grant to help fund her summer internship in Cincinnati. Monroe also spent a semester in Paris in an immersive study abroad program. “I took all of my classes in French, including two studio art classes and an art history course.”

Both women say the people at Peeler make the facility what it is. A decade apart in age, they

easily share stories about Lori, Misti, Jerry, John, Meredith and others. Peeler is a tight-knit community, not only because students spend so many hours there but also because they discuss their work with others, often during critiques.

“There is something special with the discourse we get to create both casually and with the intention that we do with certain projects,” Zucker says. “I work with artists in a city where you have to build your studio from nothing. I think back all the time to how lucky we were to have this great facility,” says Zucker, who now is a registrar/ archivist at New York City’s Karma gallery and works closely with artists.

At work recently, Zucker was asked to submit a quote that means something to her. She quoted Lori Miles, professor of art and art history. “I carry Peeler conversations with me,” Zucker says.

Years later, Miles’ words are still sticking with students. During Monroe’s introduction to sculpture course, Miles told the class, “Add and never subtract from your work.”

“That has impacted every single artistic project I have done,” Monroe says. “That piece of advice has changed my life and also convinced me to try anything.”

In other buildings and in other departments, DePauw professors might say this same thing in different ways. Having the bravery to take your own path comes out of the environment that DePauw fosters, where paths can look quite different and still be at home at DePauw.

Beautiful Peer Pressure THE NEWCOMERS

Greg Schwipps ’95 and Agha Moiz Moshin ’26

DePauw’s campus is far different from the places many of our students call home, and yet they discover that they belong here. Greg Schwipps was one of those students.

“It was a two-and-a-half-hour drive away, but I might as well have been on an international flight,” he says.

Growing up in Milan, Indiana, Schwipps’ world was small. His rural community’s population was just 1,529 when he graduated from high school, the same school that won the 1954 Indiana basketball championship and inspired the movie “Hoosiers.” His mother taught first grade, and his father was a farmer and welder. People in Milan were predominately white and shared many of the same beliefs and experiences.

“That was my world. I came to DePauw not knowing DePauw but also not knowing a lot about anything but that corner of Indiana and that particular lifestyle,” he says. College opened Schwipps’ eyes to what was possible. After graduate school at Southern Illinois at Carbondale, his journey brought him back to DePauw in 1998 to teach. Today, he is the Richard W. Peck Professor of Creative Writing and Associate Chair of the English Department. He says he continues to be transformed every day by learning about his students’ lives. He notes the classes he leads frequently include students from small towns like his own and large metropolises on the other side of the globe.

Agha Moiz Mohsin also chose a college that is vastly different from where he grew up. His home in


Lahore, Pakistan, is 7,370 miles from Greencastle and hums with the activity of 14 million people. When he decided to come to DePauw, he had never even been on campus. Nonetheless, Mohsin says, “Greencastle is perfect.”

Mohsin and Schwipps’ admiration for their home away from home isn’t mostly about the bucolic campus, insulated by its red brick and treasured history. It’s more about the people.

Like all DePauw students, Mohsin was paired with a student mentor when he started his first year. He and Olivia Cornejo had nothing in common, but she was kind. She helped him understand American norms, gave him rides to Wal-Mart and told him which class to take to fulfill a certain requirement. Olivia helped Mohsin find friends, and then they became friends.

When Schwipps started at DePauw, the friends he made were already hatching plans for the future while he hadn’t

even learned how to be a student yet. “There’s a certain sort of beautiful peer pressure here. I thought, if I don’t come up with a plan, if I don’t aim high, I’m going to be the only person who doesn’t have something cool in the future.”

Three decades later, Mohsin had a similar experience. “The first thing I realized when I got to campus was how ambitious everyone else was around me,” he says. “I felt pushed in a good way.” He met students in the Management Fellows and Science Research Fellows programs. People around him were applying for internships and doing summer research projects, and alumni were coming back to campus to give exciting talks. DePauw’s culture inspired him to become more ambitious about his own career and to challenge himself academically.

All those benefits aside, Mohsin does miss some things about life in Lahore. “The only thing open when I’m driving back to the Delta Upsilon house from the library after midnight with my friends is Taco Bell. And trust me, I’m tired of eating Taco Bell,” he says with a laugh.

The business hours in Greencastle might never change, but the spirit of that notion can be a good thing. DePauw is changing in many exciting ways with the launch of the School of Business and Leadership, a major gift announcement (see this issue) and the planned fall launch of the Creative School.

There is a more diverse student body than when Schwipps was enrolled – but that student body remains the same in the most important ways. “The students in the classroom feel like DePauw students – driven, eager to learn and usually just pleasant to be around,” Schwipps says. “DePauw is still rooted in what it always has been and that makes it easy for me to feel like this is my place. It has always been my place.”

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One that spans the arts and touches every discipline at DePauw. The creative impulse (as well as the creative process, collaboration, improvisation) is shared by biochemists and composers, sociologists and filmmakers, educators and sculptors, computer programmers and novelists and arts entrepreneurs. I’m a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker, actor and musician, and my experience tells me that there are no novels without research, no films without technological innovation, and no performance without an audience brought together by designers, marketers, financiers, painters, carpenters and electricians. Our world can be a confusing place. Though we are all utterly interdependent, we sometimes forget that fact when we attempt to silo ourselves from one another. Creativity won’t let us forget. And DePauw takes this truth seriously, both its impulse and its application. With an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, a three-school model that brings together the liberal arts and sciences, creativity and media, business, leadership, and entrepreneurship, and a Creative School that underscores collaboration and multidisciplinary exploration, DePauw convinces us that the creative spark ignites, and in fact unites, us all.

WHITE, professor of English and director of the Film and Media Arts Program

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2024 Juried Student Art Show Katherine Field ’25 Untitled, 2023 Mixed media
“The Creative School is where diverse talents and modes of expression find a home and a laboratory –built to encourage the kind of student explorations and collaborations that are at the core of today’s arts and media cultures.”

CHRIS WHITE, professor of English, director of the Film and Media Arts Program

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The fall launch of DePauw’s new Creative School will complete the formation of the three-school model of liberal arts and sciences education envisioned in the Bold & Gold 2027 strategic plan. The fall 2024 issue of DePauw Magazine will provide an overview of the Creative School featuring exciting perspectives on programs, interdisciplinary opportunities, space renovation plans and more.

“Arts events like the Spring Creative Convocation and the eclipse–inspired ‘Hidden Sun’ evening of poetry, music, and science underscore the value of collaboration across many disciplines.”
– MARCUS HAYES, dean of the Creative School
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The Path of Totality

The DePauw campus celebrated a rare celestial event when the path of totality of a solar eclipse crossed central Indiana. While astronomers of every stripe descended upon the Hoosier state for one day in hopes of getting the best view, the campus community came together in the weeks preceding the event to contemplate the sun, the moon and the stars, and how they relate to the human experience. Whether inspired by a total solar eclipse, an eclipsethemed poetry reading, a southwestern desert observatory or our own campus physics and astronomy facilities, DePauw turns its attention to the heavens to consider both the scientific and ethereal nature of the cosmos. Starting with the big event first …

Image: Bailey’s Astral Lantern, a predecessor to modern astronomy phone apps, showed students the constellations at McKim Observatory. See the video:
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The Day: April 8, 2024

As envisioned on March 31, 2024.

There’s no doubt about it. Our sun was the star of the show. Just as warm-up acts precede the headline act, the DePauw community spent the weeks, days and hours ahead of April’s total solar eclipse revving up for the long-expected blackout. Students spun like heavenly bodies at a dance party the day before. Poetry readings teased out secret meanings of the solar spectacle. Special lectures by physics and astronomy professors delved into the clockwork geometries of orbital mechanics. Suddenly everyone knew words like umbra, penumbra and corona.

Eclipse devotees attended a Classics department lecture on the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek star clock of mystifying complexity. This mechanical marvel predicted eclipses decades in advance. Even the Economics department got into the act with a talk on how solar events impact commerce.

From 1:49 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. on Monday, April 8, the rhythm of life slowed, especially during the brief totality that began at 3:05. Necks ached. Eyes squinted. With luck, viewers saw stars and Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Mars aligned with the sun.

When darkness fell, feelings of awe, humility, and perhaps dread shoved away any thoughts of homework or exams. Soon light crept back. Many onlookers doubtless sighed with relief – no dragon in the sky had devoured our life-bringing star.

In the end, science prevailed. “A solar eclipse proves the model we created of the Earth going around the sun and the moon going around the Earth is the way things are,” says Howard Brooks, chair of the Physics and Astronomy department.

“Anytime you look up in the sky and look at the universe, it’s a humbling experience. I think that’s a good thing,” adds physics and astronomy professor Alex Komives.

As sure as the sun sets, no one alive today will see Indiana’s next total solar eclipse in 129 years, six months and nine days on October 17, 2153.

A Beautiful Object

Shown is DePauw’s 3:1 scale model of an object called the Antikythera Mechanism. Its inspiration was an object found at a Greek shipwreck, estimated to be from 2 B.C. This cosmic calculator could tell you, with one turn of the dial, the positions of the sun, the moon, the phases of the moon, the positions of all five planets and it could predict both lunar and solar eclipses. Watch professor Pedar Foss explain:

Hold up your phone’s camera to the QR code and select the URL that appears.


The Truth About Quasars

Solar eclipses come and go, but quasars, pulsars and blazars get scrutinized by DePauw scholars all the time.

This otherworldly research happens on Mt. Hopkins in southern Arizona at VERITAS, the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System. Every summer physics and astronomy professor Mary Kertzman and assistant professor Avery Archer take students there.

The seven telescopes at VERITAS (the word means “truth” in Latin) zero in on gamma rays hurtling toward Earth from other galaxies. This super-energetic form of light is expelled by supermassive black holes. Their pull is so fantastic they suck matter – and light – down their gravitational wells. Then something unknown happens. “Somehow that material gets transferred into quasars –jets of high-energy gamma rays directed towards us if the geometry is right. We’d like to understand the fundamental physics involved in that,” says Kertzman.

Only a handful of facilities in the world study quasars and their kin. VERITAS is the only site in the U.S. that does this research. “To have DePauw’s name on virtually every publication from VERITAS is a good thing, and to have DePauw students, all undergraduates of course, going there is a huge thing,” she says.

The students are all physics and astronomy majors. “It’s a lot of fun and a good experience to take them there to look at these extreme phenomena,” says Archer.

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Student researchers among the 350 individual mirrors of one VERITAS telescope array. Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Arizona.

For Heavenly Views

Curiosity seekers got a treat at the McKim Observatory the weekend before the eclipse. They climbed its spiral oak staircase and peered out three porthole windows on the way to its second floor. Having risen a few feet closer to the heavens, under the domed ceiling they beheld McKim’s 12-foot-long Clark Refractor telescope.

With its gleaming metal fittings, this elegant instrument – Indiana’s oldest working telescope –might have reminded McKim’s first visitors of the latest marvels in a Jules Verne novel or H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”

Physics professor Mary Kertzman sometimes tells astronomers from other colleges that DePauw has a Clark telescope. “Their jaws drop and they gasp, ‘Oh, my gosh, you have a Clark!’ They’re that rare,” she says.

The telescope’s 9.53-inch-diameter lens remains world-class thanks to its clarity, and the telescope delivers images of planets and nebulae as amazing as those revealed by a 21st century instrument. Where it once served in active astronomical research, technological advances – like the VERITAS array (p. 37), and space-based telescopes like the Hubble and James Webb – combine with increased local light pollution to limit McKim’s role to that of a teaching facility.

Built in 1884, McKim is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The stucco-covered brick building, with its distinctive aluminum dome and octagonal tower, was controversial when it was built, thanks to its then-remote location on a 120acre farm named University Park. Later, DePauw nixed a plan to relocate the entire campus to that property, originally purchased by the university with that goal in mind. Then in 1914 and 1915 the stellar outpost found itself in the middle of a six-hole golf course. Today it nestles near the historic Northwood residential neighborhood off Franklin Avenue on Greencastle’s northeast side.

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When Halley’s Comet last swung by Earth in 1986, McKim hosted hordes of evening visitors. For the chance at a moment’s glimpse through the telescope, they waited in a line that wound down the street.

Because the totality of this year’s eclipse was only about four minutes, the physics and astronomy department opted against viewing inside McKim. Instead, the DePauw community was encouraged to gather in and around Bowman Park.

Top: Visitor ticket Above: Detail of Clark Refractor telescope. Right: Detail of timing mechanism. Top right: McKim Observatory in1885. Far right: McKim Observatory at night.

The Hidden Sun: Haiku exhibition

Haiku inspired by the solar eclipse brought poets together on March 13. Dubbed “The Hidden Sun” by organizer Joyce Brinkman of Brick Street Poetry, the exhibition proved that brevity is the soul of wit –these traditional three-line Japanese poems always have 17 syllables written in a five-seven-five pattern.

“We are connected to the sun and moon. Great haiku comments on nature to give insight into human nature,” says Brinkman.

Poet Alex Komives, who is also a professor of physics and astronomy, contributed a haiku. “There’s a lot of beauty in physics. It lends itself to poetic expression,” he says. “Playing with words to me is as interesting as playing with numbers. It’s different, but there’s a lot of commonality in both.”

The authors, many of whom are alumni or students, also read their works at a livestreamed March event in Thompson Recital Hall that featured performances by local musicians. A sampling:

Blinded by the moon

Can’t see the light of our Earth

Still can’t see myself

– Yiran Zhao, DePauw student from China

moon’s smoke shadow drifts

dark visits untarnished earth people cover eyes

– Joe Heithaus, professor of English

Keep your favorite saint

Like embers in your pocket

See God lights our path

– Eugene Gloria, professor of English

Behind an eyelid

Barely containing itself

Careless dahlia

– Alex Puga, professor of Hispanic Studies and director of the Hispanic Studies Program

solar sea urchin splayed kaleidoscopic spines

pierce my drunken eyes

– Alex Komives, professor of physics and astronomy, director of DePauw University

Nuclear Physics Laboratories, distant relative of Nicolaus Copernicus

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THROUGH THE PANDEMIC and much of her stint as executive on loan for the World Economic Forum, Phyllis Barkman Ferrell worked from her home office. The former Lilly executive sits at a small desk tucked next to kitchen cabinetry – with island space to spread out nearby. Among the small collection of items near the desk is a framed picture of her DePauw graduation, Ferrell on stage, shaking hands with then-president Robert Bottoms.

DePauw pride is always visible in and around the Ferrell household – Phyllis and husband Dave ’92 both have DePauw license plates and Phyllis recently upgraded hers to read “ATIGER.” School spirit and the “DePauw Never Quits” mindset are also part of the Ferrell makeup. Phyllis has been a lifelong learner, taking a sabbatical from Lilly to earn her MBA from Stanford University and, more recently, earning her doctoral degree in public health from Indiana University.

Through a long career at Lilly and beyond, Phyllis has remained connected to her alma mater. Early on, she was a member

of her sorority’s house corporation and a frequent volunteer for mock interviews and résumé preparation with DePauw students. Through years of raising two children and advancing in her career, the connection evolved to take on other forms including financial support, endowing the Women in Economics and Business group, actively supporting the Management Fellows Program, and serving on the School of Business and Leadership steering committee.

The relationships from those early DePauw days are still evident if you talk to Ferrell for even a few minutes. She stays connected to her sorority sisters, many of whom also married in the DePauw family. And she stays connected to DePauw faculty friends. “Gary Lemon was one of my best friends, going back to my time as an undergrad. I’ve stayed in touch with so many – Sandy Smith, Mary (English) Dixon, Alan Hill, Jeff Gropp, just to name a few. And, more recently, President White and Dean John Clarke.”

What good fortune that she found DePauw on a loosely planned “side-trip”

“So much of it started here –the personal and professional.”

– Phyllis Barkman Ferrell ’94

campus visit. “So much of it started here –the personal and professional,” says Ferrell. “The Pi Phi front porch was the setting of my pinning ceremony and marriage proposal.” She passes on lessons learned as a Rector scholar and management fellow, including life lessons learned along the way. “I learned so much at DePauw, curricular and extracurricular. I was the sorority treasurer, overseeing the operation, budget and staff of a 70-woman household. I always had a good interview story to share based on that experience alone! I love coming back to DePauw and sharing and learning.” What good fortune for DePauw.

Phyllis is the Chief Impact Officer of StartUp Health’s Alzheimer’s Moonshot.

Phyllis Barkman Ferrell ’94 Global Health Leader, DePauw Loyal 42 DEPAUW MAGAZINE

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Louette Hartmann Ames’s husband passed away in January 2024. He was a WWII, Korea and Vietnam Marine veteran who served in the USMC for 26 years. He was Sgt. Maj. to Brig. Gen. Chesty Puller, provided security detail to Adm. Nimitz, greeted Queen Elizabeth on her trip to Chicago, was among the first Americans to enter the Forbidden City, prepared for the landing on Kyushu, Japan, and took the surrender of the Japanese forces at the French arsenal in Tun Jisa, China.

Dennis Priser was elected to the Kettering Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame as a Fairmont (Ohio) high school coach of girls’ soccer.


Two DePauw basketball and track teammates recently met near Santa Barbara in October. Jon E. Lundquist ’64 and his wife, Cindy (married 58 years), visited Robert (Bob) E. Hutto ’64 and Robyne Hutto (married 50 years). Jon and Bob were roommates for away basketball games and track meets from 1960-64. They were roommates in Bloomington for their first year of medical and law school and played AAU basketball there. After graduation, both entered the military for service in Vietnam. Jon served 20 years active duty before retiring as an orthopedic surgeon from the Air Force. Bob served 20 years in Navy JAGC before retiring. Each went into private practice after the military, Jon as an orthopedic surgeon in Oregon where he settled near Cottage Grove, and Bob as a litigation attorney in Seattle for 15 years and then Santa Barbara for 13 more years. The DePauw experience means being friends for life for two small-town Indiana boys (Jon from Battle Ground and Bob from Tipton).

Paul Shimer was awarded a permanent plaque on the Wall of Honor by the town of Vernon, Connecticut, for more than 20 years of community service, including membership on the Vernon Town Council.


David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, Emeritus, retired from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law.


Tom Kurt, Daniel C. Blaney and Emily Doyle traveled to Briar, Ireland, in August. Tom and Dan first met in

September 1963 when they pledged Alpha Tau Omega. They remained friends throughout the years. Dan hopes Emily (12) will apply to DePauw. Tom Kurt is a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Daniel C. Blaney is a resident of Morocco, Indiana.

Barrie Peterson promotes the legacy of famous sculptor and furniture designer Isamu Noguchi, a 1922 LaPorte High graduate. He is also working with Dr. Maya Angelou’s foundation to memorialize the tenth anniversary of her passing.


Peter N. Thompson, emeritus professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, published the fifth edition of “Minnesota Practice, Evidence.” He has co-authored books on mediation, class actions and trial practice. His co-authored article “Disputing Irony: A Systematic Look at Litigation About Mediation,” will be featured in the Oxford Press.


Marcia Cope Fleischman has selfpublished her fourth book. She was the co-pastor at Broadway Church in Kansas City, Missouri, for 30 years. She considers herself a Christian mystic. After a double lung transplant, she started painting images of angels. Her fourth book of illustrations contains different images of God and explores how our images affect our lives.

Vicki Zink Thompson retired after 27 years as an elementary school secretary, tends to nine grandchildren, cares for members of the community through her volunteer efforts and in her spare time makes good use of the painting class she took at DePauw.

Chris Maron conceptualized and led an effort to build more than 150 walking trails in the areas surrounding Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont. He was with the Nature Conservancy for 30 years.


Jay Frye was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its 2024 inductee class. (See photo.)


Steven Rales won an Oscar in the best live-action short film category, alongside director Wes Anderson, for “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.”

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Jon E. Lundquist ’64 and Cindy Lundquist with Robert (Bob) E. Hutto ’64 and Robyne Hutto. Sigma Nu alumni Parke M. Brewer ’75, Kenneth N. Hitchner ’76, Gary E. Thompson ’75, Scott Tomlinson ’79, Rebecca A. Brewer ’73 and Jonathan C. Beasley ’77. Former DePauw basketball players attending Jay Frye’s induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame were (from left to right): Gary Pittenger ’73, Jim Powers ’78, Jim Callane ’64, Jay Frye ’72, Jack Hogan ’67, John Chin ’74 and Roy Simpson ’71.


Neil L. Marchese is the author of “The Wooden Swords,” published by Palmetto Press. It is available at

Roland Rust was named by as a Top 100 Best Scientist in Business and Management worldwide, based on works cited. He is currently Distinguished University Professor and David Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing at the University of Maryland and serves as vice president of publications for the American Marketing Association.

Michael Slocum is recipient of the 2023 Herbert B. Chermside Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration. Mike says he is “honored to receive this recognition for my very long association with SRAI and the efforts I have put in to help the Society remain the premier organization supporting research administrators worldwide.”


Four Sigma Nu Little 5 champions, Parke M. Brewer, Kenneth N. Hitchner ’76, Jonathan C. Beasley ’77, Scott Tomlinson ’79 and fraternity brother Gary E. Thompson ’75 reunited in August. They were joined by Parke’s sister, Rebecca A. Brewer ’73, and other friends for a 250mile weeklong Carolina Trailwinds “Michigan Cherry Coast” cycling tour. The Sigma Nus had not all pedaled together since a Little 5 alumni race two decades ago. (See photo, previous page.)

Ellen Husselman England collaborated with Barbara Olenyik Morrow to tell the story of England’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Brandon ’32 and father, William Hussellman, in a recently published book, “Army Guy, Red Cross Gal: The Lives and Letters of Two Small-town Hoosiers Who Helped Win World War II.”


Denise Leuthke Taylor is a volunteer for the Grand Rapids Sister Cities International organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in Perugia, Italy, in November 2023, representing Grand Rapids at a booth at the Fiera dei Morti, she was talking to some American visitors from Arizona and they realized they all had attended DPU! (See photo.)


Kevin L. Bazur was named attorney advocate of the year by KIND (Kids

in Need of Defense), Newark, New Jersey. KIND provides pro-bono legal representation to immigrant youth who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. Kevin lives in New York City.


Elizabeth Bottorff Ahlemann received the National Genealogical Society’s 2023 Family History Writing Award for her article, “A Family for Mary (Congleton) Bottorff, 1814 - 1885.”

The article traces the ancestry of Liz’s great-great-grandmother and her family, from pre-Revolutionary Pennsylvania to Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana, where the Congletons settled in 1817. The article was published in the December 2023 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, which features a cover photo of four generations of Mary (Congleton) Bottorff’s descendants: Liz’s great-grandfather, grandfather, father and sister.

Charles D. Brooks is the president and a consultant of Brooks Consulting International. He was named the top cybersecurity expert to follow on social media. He was also named “Cybersecurity Person of the Year” by Cyber Express, “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year” and a “Top 5 Tech Person to Follow” by LinkedIn.

Glenn E. Davis, a partner at HeplerBroom law firm, was named Best Lawyers in America’s 2024 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for his work in litigation-antitrust. This is his 11th time being named a Best Lawyers St. Louis Lawyer of the Year

Maurie Jones Phelan received the William D. Jenkins Outstanding Professional Award from the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence. Maurie retired as vice president of finance and operations, closing out 20 years with the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation. She continues to serve in a volunteer role as a trustee of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.


Ian B. Davidson wrote a solo for the oboe, “Tableau del Norte.” It was published by TrevCo Music Publishing. (See Digest, page 9.)


James R. Beyer returned to full-time labor and employment this fall after a two-year hiatus to write a legal fiction novel. Jim is employed by Axiom Global as a senior labor and employment counsel providing full-time labor and employment law services to Hilton. Jim

Lambda Chi fraternity brothers in Florida, November 2023. Attending the long weekend were (left to right): Jerry A. Bryce ’82, Scott A. Hime ’80, Richard J. Hoge ’82, Kenneth D. Randall ’82, Christopher W. Bear ’82, Robert A. Frauenheim ’82, Susan Clift Gislason ’82, Timothy S. Maloney ’82, Mitchell Gordon ’82, Dave Gislason ’82, John A. Harcourt ’82, Christopher O. Gentry and James R. Beyer ’81.

is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also teaches employment law as an adjunct professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In November 2023, he joined a group of his Lambda Chi fraternity brothers in Florida for a long weekend.

Martha Weber Victor has been named Event Manager for Lunds & Byerlys Food Holdings, Inc. in Minneapolis.


In November 2023, the Lambda Chi Alpha class of 1982 met on Singer Island, Florida. They were hosted by brother Bob Frauenheim at the Ritz Carlton. Together they enjoyed pickleball, golf, fishing, hoops, pool and great food. It has been 45 years since they first met freshman year. (See photo.)


Jeanne Blum Lesinski is a writer and has published books in the children’s market and worked in freelance writing and editing. She wrote the second poem in “Tethers End,” “Flight,” while she was a DePauw senior when her roommate (Elise Schaaf Kermani ’83) and she spent a weekend in her hometown of Michigan City. Jeanne says, “The weekend was memorable. And the poem still takes me back to that time and the oceanic feeling it inspired.”


Andrew Buroker and Susan Buroker celebrated the marriage of daughter Abbey Buroker ’17 to Ben Geier on September 30 among family and friends at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.

Susan Cislak McNulty celebrated marriage to James McNulty in Richmond, Virginia, in November of 2022. The wedding party included Mark Small ’78 and Dr. Mark Grimm ’78. James attended DePauw from 1976-78 and is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.


Wendi Taylor Nations is the chief marketing officer of The Conference Board, a nonprofit think tank and business membership organization.


Angela Beauchamp published “Eleanor Roosevelt on Screen: The First Lady’s Appearances in Film and Television.” Angela teaches film history and serves as the Film and Digital Arts Department administrator at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.


Susan Barkley Rice was sworn in as the

Denise Leuthke Taylor ’76, Robert H. Osha ’89 and Stephanie Stutsman Osha ’88.

25th president of the American Probation and Parole Association in June. She currently resides in Peru, Indiana, where she was Chief Probation Officer for over 30 years before entering the private sector.

Chris Adams and Vivian Adams spent six days with Julie Camarillo and husband Joe Cootey on the big island of Hawaii. Chris and Vivian recently retired from teaching positions in New Mexico. Julie currently teaches English in Hawaii.


Thomas E. Braden was inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry. He has been a leader in information technology for over 25 years. He is vice president of information technology at Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc.

Martin L. Ellis played an August concert of interstellar movie compositions on the Spreckels Organ, the world’s largest outdoor organ, in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Martin, director of music/organist at the First United Methodist Church of Vancouver, Washington, selected themes from “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park” and other movies as the focus of the evening. The sponsors of the concert were Charles E. Ballinger ’57 and his wife Venita. However, neither Martin nor Charles knew each was a DePauw alumnus until after the concert when they met for the first time. After the concert, Charles learned that Martin’s roommate at DePauw was Charles’ nephew, Stephen P. Summers ’90, now of Orlando, Florida.

DePauw alumni gathered at the home of Troy Smith ’90 and Pamela Anderson Smith ’90 to watch and celebrate as the Tigers beat Wabash in the 2023 Monon Bell football game. Although Marvin’s didn’t deliver, the group enjoyed homemade GCBs and cheese fries to

honor the tradition. (See photo.)

Vikash Yadav, professor of International Relations at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, published his third book, “Liberalism’s Last Man: Hayek in the Age of Political Capitalism” (University of Chicago Press, 2023). The book was recently reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Vikash holds a master’s in social science from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Joshua T. Block is the group executive producer for Bloomberg Industry. He won the company’s first Emmy Award. The honor was bestowed on October 28, at a ceremony hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Joshua was recognized for his 2022 video on New York City’s broken property tax system.

Michelle R. Johnson is the new director of development for TNC Latin America. Michelle leads the Latin America Development team in the design and implementation of TNC’s fundraising strategy. She says she could not have done this without DePauw’s mission trips, study abroad and Spanish program. Michelle has a distinguished career in designing and leading transformative fundraising initiatives for higher education and not-for-profit organizations. She is passionate about developing a sustainable Latin America, where she has spent most of her career raising money in and for the region.


W. Bret Baier, chief political anchor at Fox News, has been selected for membership in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

Matthew C. Kincaid received the prestigious award of Trial Judge of the Year from the Indiana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


Dr. Cynthia McGarvey was featured in Neurology Today for her braininspired artwork and cello playing with the Indianapolis Philharmonic and others. She maintains a professional practice with a large neurology practice in Indianapolis.

Jerimi J. Ullom has joined the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg as a health-care and public finance partner in their Indianapolis, Indiana, office.


Greg Aimonette has been named managing partner of the Chicago office of Yost & Baill, LLP.


Kemp E. Jaycox has self-published a memoir entitled “A Race Against Time: A Memoir About MS, Love, Loss and Life Lessons.”


Jamie Lewis Mitchell and Michael J. Curley attended the annual holiday mixer hosted by Jamie’s firm, One Step Capital, at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. They each have their own financial services businesses. Mike manages money for high net worth investors in Vero Beach, Florida, via Morgan Stanley. Jamie raises money for investment funds out of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – a true testament to the lasting personal and business relations forged at DePauw.

Danica Rodemich Mathes was recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. She is an attorney with Bell Nunnally and specializes in entertainment law.

Paul M. Roeder has been promoted to EVP Communications, Disney Entertainment Studios, International and DTC. He is responsible for the development and implementation of global communications strategies for Disney’s studio entertainment division and its collection of world-renowned film studios.


Corrie Klopcic Chumpitazi has assumed the role of Duke University School of Medicine’s Chief of Emergency Medicine and Professor

of Pediatrics. She is a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. She lives in Durham with her husband Bruno and their three children.


Matthew Yoder and up to seven DePauw alums from ’97-’00 got together for the 25th year in a row to watch the NCAA tournament. It is a tradition that began at Delta Upsilon fraternity in 1999 and has continued in earnest with the same group. Families get together, and the group, which has had as many as 15 in attendance, keeps getting together. Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Grand Rapids, South Bend, Rhode Island and Vegas have been venues.


Bradley T. Camden is the interim chief financial officer for Kemper Corporation.


Brendan Rodman, Jon Liang ’01 and Alby Miller ’99 met in Chicago for the last night of Dead & Company’s tour. The meetup honored Ryan McGuffey ’01.


Mary Kay Huse is the general manager and president of Indy Ignite, the first women’s pro volleyball team in Indianapolis.


David Grossnickle is an assistant professor in the natural sciences department at Oregon Institute of Technology and is co-author of a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The study reveals that species with new and different traits are often the lineages that survive catastrophe or extinction events.


Emily Parsons is the director of the Oasis Program and an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Ashley Holland was named curator and director of curatorial initiatives of Art Bridges Foundation.

Lindsey Stanley Michaelides is the founder and chief executive officer of Strongsuit, a venture-backed start-up. She was profiled in Fortune magazine.

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DePauw alumni attending a Monon Bell viewing party include (back row, left to right): Troy Smith ’90, Shelly Evans Leonida ’90, David O’Brien ’90, Michael Webber ’90, (Front row, left to right): Sarah Elliott Biles ’90, Pamela Anderson Smith ’90 and Andrea Smith-Ignelzi ’90.


Chris Bannister joined Bank of Blue Valley (HTLF) as senior vice president and head of commercial banking. Chris lives in Kansas City with his wife, Kathryn Magill Bannister ’06, and their two sons, Benjamin and William.

Brian Culp was one of the creatives behind the recent State Farm Super Bowl commercial starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. The spot was one of the highest ranked commercials in the game, including voted #1 in the USA Today Ad Meter, the yearly poll of the general public. Brian is a group creative director at Highdive, an independent ad agency in Chicago, Illinois. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Maggie C. Tresslar ’06, and their two children.

A new streaming broadcast, FFA Live! Inside Convention, was launched at the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in November 2023. FFA Live! was made possible by DePauw alumni Nicole Pence Becker, host, owner and operator of Pence Media Group (PMG); Lisa Chambers Wallace, marketing and PR strategist at PMG; Jennifer Jessen Bostrom ’07, grassroots strategist at PMG; Melissa Walpole Mattingly ’07, marketing and event strategist at PMG; Alexis J. Manor ’22, strategic account coordinator at PMG; Nicole K. Halper ’05, director of creative strategy at iNNOVATIVE; and Sarah E. Russell ’19, creative copywriter at iNNOVATIVE.

Jamie Berglund Siebrase published “Tonight! A Bedtime Book.” She is the author of three guidebooks, including “Hiking with Kids, Colorado.”


Matthew Fosheim celebrated his one-year anniversary as an associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he works in the real estate practice group of their Dallas office. Matthew graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in May 2022.

Brittany Graves Mann, with a colleague, started an independent small business incentives procurement and location consulting firm. The firm, Business Growth Consultants (BGC), exists to advise companies with evaluating their labor, growth and location decision trajectories. Brittany also secured her real estate license for use in commercial office, industrial and land transactions in 2020 and utilizes that in advising location decisions and site selections.

Susanne C. Kerekes was appointed

assistant professor of religious studies at Trinity College. Her current research explores Buddhism, material religion and contemporary religious practice in Thailand, especially those involving amulets, magic and spirits. She has conducted participant-observer ethnographic research in Bangkok, Thailand, for more than a decade.


Kathryn G. Denton is the marketing operations campaign manager at Omada Health.

Erica Griffin Kwiatkowski was named Optometrist of the Year by the New Hampshire Optometric Association.


Brice S. Bledsoe is director of business development for SMG Fire, a leading life safety company that specializes in providing comprehensive safety solutions to large retailers nationwide.

Michael D. Reed was named a shareholder of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C. He practices in the areas of warehousing, logistics and transportation law out of the firm’s Chicago office.

Thea Warren Simpson started a new business, Equipped to Flourish, a fully virtual lactation support company with an innovative, holistic approach to help families thrive.


A group of DePauw alumni gathered to celebrate the wedding of Brianna Jewell Berry and Brandon Newhart (See photo.)


Jade Carrington Powers is a curator of contemporary art at Birmingham Museum of Art.


Kerrigan J. Clark is a painter based in Indianapolis, Indiana. His artistic process uses nontraditional methods of oil painting mixed with collage to portray landscapes and otherworldly places. He returned to his hometown, Cumberland, Indiana, as a solo guest artist at the C. William Gilchrist Museum in September. Kerrigan’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States and is in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally. While attending graduate school, he founded Racecar

Factory, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Indianapolis.

Kayla Kottra and Logan LaCross got married on October 14, in Traverse City, Michigan.


Dominic J. Miranda and Abigail M. Hess ’20 were married September 9. Dominic is a sports anchor at WTHRTV in Indianapolis. (See photo.)


Grace Haigh Burris and Nick Burris wed and were joined by Michael Lepean ’20, Sydney Secuskie ’20, Jason Miller ’20, Annie Stevenson ’19, Ali Bush ’19, Katie Noble ’21, Betsy Beggs ’21, Megan Galle ’19, Sarah Wilder ’19, Meredith Breda ’20, Taylor Matthews ’20, Matty Tinkle ’20, Hannah Adams ’18, Nick Bowman ’20, Peter Haigh ’12, Maggie MacPhail Gray ’15, Sarah MacPhail Crafton ’13, Colleen Morris ’19, Allison Harvey ’22, Jack Monovich ’20, Sam Dougherty ’21, Caroline Schmerge ’21 and Amanda Showalter ’21. (See photo.)

Brianna Jewell Berry ’11 and Brandon Newhart ’11 wedding. Attendees included, left to right, top row: Cody Glover ’09, Daniel Burke ’09, Larry Summers ’09, Kathryn Denton ’08, Brianna Berry ’11, Zac Stockton ’09, Sarah Anderson Hannan ’13, Charlie Nelson ’09, Justin Sikes ’08, Kathrine Burke, Amber Peckham ’09, Melissa Yahne ’10, Laura Pearce ’10, Ashley Nelson ’10, Morgan Grant ’10, Siobhan Deis ’11.

Dominic J. Miranda ’19 and Abigail M. Hess ’20 wedding. DePauw alumni attending included (front row): Dominique M. Page ’20, Sarah M. Ramsey ’20, David C. Hess ’85, Abigail Hess Miranda ’20, Dominic J. Miranda ’19, Tanner J. Cleveland ’20, Ashley T. Mager ’20; (middle row starting to the right of David Hess’ head) Shelby B. Bricker ’20, Todd M. Cleveland ’90, Marissa C. Ramon ’20, Zachary J. Williams ’19, Mahayla C. Roscoe ’20, Robin Hutton Labus ’20, Sydney E. Wysong ’20, Polly Clutts Ascher ’92; (back row) Nathaniel J. Spangle ’19, Emily L. Stevens ’20, Theresa R. Weigel ’20, Kathryn M. Flynn ’20, Nathan G. Stapleton ’21, Chad N. Sellers ’20, Blaine S. Brutus ’19, and Matthew J. Labus ’19. Not pictured: Jacob G. Weber ’19, Michael Tate Stone ’19, Brooks A. Hepp ’19, R. Kincade Jones ’19, Andrew R. Bichey ’19, Jalen M. Friendly ’20, Susan Sampson Riefe ’85, David D. Riefe ’85 and Cara Hess Jones ’88. Grace Haigh Burris ’20 and Nick Burris ’20 wedding.

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Virginia Garcia Roman, 95, Hutchinson, Kansas, April 23, 2022. She worked for attorneys and the local telephone company. After retirement, she worked part time for First Federal Savings and Loan. She was an avid Kansas University basketball fan. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.


Rebecca Wray Degitz, 102, Crawfordsville, Indiana, August 17. She was an active member of community organizations. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Degitz O’Connor ’69.

Charleen Seibel Sessions, 101, Sarasota, Florida, December 9. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a teacher, librarian, community volunteer, and homemaker. She loved reading books and established book clubs everywhere she went. She was a world traveler and visited most of the US states as well as countries in six of the seven continents. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Sessions ’44


Calvin P. Owen, 100, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 17. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was a professional engineer and a business owner. He was a community volunteer and a board member of several organizations. He enjoyed playing tennis and entertaining family and friends. Survivors include a greatgranddaughter, Kelsey J. Owen ’23; and a great-grandson, Travis M. Owen ’21


Margaret Allsopp Barger, 97, Marion, Ohio, November 24. She was a member

of Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a junior high school librarian. She enjoyed bird watching, swimming and reading. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Allsopp Grissinger ’48

Helen Estwing Gallant, 98, Stratham, New Hampshire, October 27. She was a member of Alpha Chi. She loved and played classical music, and enjoyed gardening, swimming and traveling.

Ruth Bergstrom Grauer, 97, Wausau, Wisconsin, December 2, 2022. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She was a community volunteer. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and gardening. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold A. Bergstrom ’52

Nancy Hull McCracken, 97, Robinson, Illinois, November 13. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, an actuary and a high school math teacher. Survivors include a daughter, Marsha McCracken Voigt ’74. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis (Bill) A. McCracken ’48


Mary Noll Beyersdorfer, 97, Englewood, Florida, July 2. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a teacher. She enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with family and friends.

Howard W. Eloe, 98, Idaho Falls, Idaho, October 1. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He had a career as a development officer in education. He was a community volunteer and held offices in many organizations. He enjoyed golf, fishing, puzzles, and historical and archeological reading. Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Eloe ’72.

Ruth Sheaffer Schueler, 97, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 24. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a devoted community volunteer.

Catharine Manhart Walton, 96, Greencastle, Indiana, June 29. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was an elementary school teacher. She ran the Red Cross Learn to Swim program at the local Robe-Ann Park and operated a nursery school from her home for several years. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Walton McKee ’77; and a son-in-law, Mark E. McKee ’74. She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Heritage Manhart, Class of 1917; a brother, Joseph H. Manhart ’52; and a sisterin-law, Lila Hanna Manhart ’56


Thomas G. Bittles, 96, West Lafayette, Indiana, October 9. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was an administrator for Purdue University Business Services. He enjoyed being outdoors, boating and camping. He also enjoyed traveling to Europe and Alaska. Survivors include a son, Michael J. Bittles ’79; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Delator Bittles ’78. He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Bittles Sr., Class of 1918; his mother, Mary Gainey Bittles, Class of 1918; and a brother, James A. Bittles Jr. ’43


John W. Morris, 97, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 29. He was a member of Sigma Chi and a Rector scholar. He was a high school history teacher and head of the social studies department. He enjoyed sharing his love of history, gardening, and weaving baskets and appreciated a good limerick. Survivors include a son, Frank W. Morris ’77; and daughters, Amy Morris Glennon ’79 and Betsy Morris Lesch ’80. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Trittipo Morris, Class of 1912; and an aunt, Ann Trittipo, Class of 1912

Herbert G. Paton, 96, Centennial, Colorado, July 30. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was a physicist and had a career in sales and management with an electric-technology company

that made precision measuring instruments. He enjoyed hunting, skiing, fly-fishing and playing tennis.

Judson P. Spore Jr., 94, Huron, Ohio, August 4. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and a Rector scholar. He was an attorney and retired as a judge to the Perrysburg (Ohio) Municipal Court. He was a member of several professional organizations. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Simpson Spore ’50


JoAnn Givens Baker, 93, Columbus, Indiana, September 6. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a community volunteer. She enjoyed bridge and golf. Survivors include sons Jeffrey B. Baker ’77 and Eric G. Baker ’86; a granddaughter, Amy Baker Hale ’04; a grandson in-law, Grant Hale ’99; a grandson, Joseph Givens Baker ’08; and a sister-in-law, Beverly B. Baker ’59. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brevoort Baker II ’51; and a sister, Jean Givens Boll ’52

Lindsey Parker Bozeman, 94, Longview, Texas, September 21. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was a volunteer with her church and college sorority. She enjoyed bridge, needlepoint projects, travel and time with her family.

William F. Hayes Sr. ’47, 98, Studio City, California, January 12. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, a Rector scholar, a 1978 Alumni Citation recipient and the 50th reunion class speaker. He was an actor and singer. He began his career in show business in a national tour of the musical “Carousel” and on Broadway in “Me and Juliet.” He made his debut in television in 1949 as a singer on popular variety shows. He continued his television career in the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” over five and a half decades in 2,141 episodes. He will be remembered for his top-selling 1955 single, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” Survivors include sons Thomas H. Hayes ’78 and William F, Hayes Jr. ’71; a daughter, Carrie Hayes Huff ’70; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie McBane Hayes ’72. He was preceded in death by brothers Phillip L. Hayes ’50 and George H. Hayes ’43

Norval B. Stephens Jr. ’51, 94, Barrington, Illinois, October 17. He was a devoted friend of DePauw University. He was a pillar of both the university and Barrington, Illinois. Stephens, a lifelong DePauw supporter, received the Old Gold Goblet in 1994. He served on the Board of Trustees since 1983. He was a leader in the Delta Tau Delta national fraternity and championed Greek life. His commitment earned him numerous accolades, including the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s outstanding Greek volunteer of the year. Stephens is survived by his wife, Diane Forst Stephens ’51, and children Jill Elizabeth, John Gregory, Katherine Stephens Weidner and James Norval ’86. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Jean Stephens. Others preceding him in passing include his brother and sister-in-law, John L. ’53 and Kay Leonard Stephens ’53. He is survived by 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.



Gloria Lindquist Daily, 92, South Bend, Indiana, October 9. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a community volunteer. She and her husband visited 38 countries and all 50 states. She enjoyed church work, reading, walking and bicycling. Survivors include a sister, Nancy Lindquist Temple ’58; a nephew, Peter R. Temple ’86; a great-niece, Madeline A. Temple ’16; and a niecein-law, Paige Pace Temple ’86. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren D. Daily ’51, and a brother-inlaw, Richard M. Temple ’52

Robert E. Lee, 92, Burlington, Wisconsin, October 19. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He had a career in construction supply sales. In retirement, he enjoyed watching high school basketball, golfing and playing bridge. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth J. Lee ’47

David H. Leonard, 94, Fort Myers, Florida, October 19. He was a member of Sigma Nu. He was a businessman.

Marilyn Smith Steele, 93, Tucson, Arizona, December 30. She was a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a teacher. She was an avid history buff and volunteered at the Historical Society, including writing children’s books on local history. She enjoyed classical music and reading. Survivors include her husband, Howard E. Steele ’52; a daughter, Barbara Steele Kniskern ’76; and a granddaughter, Nicole Kniskern Sillery ’05

M. Irene Cattran Stephens, 92, Lafayette, Indiana, May 8. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a professor and a specialist in childhood language acquisition and disorders at Purdue University and Northern Illinois University. Survivors include stepson John Faulkner ’80 and stepdaughter Kathryn Faulkner Boyle ’84. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benton H. Faulkner ’52


Truman L. Brandt, 92, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 12. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Washington C. DePauw Society and a Rector scholar. He had a career in finance. He enjoyed traveling both in the United States and abroad. He enjoyed gardening, running and spending time with his dogs. He was preceded in death by his brother, James A. Brandt ’54, and a cousin, Norman H. Hake ’50

Robert Lewis, 92, Greenbelt, Maryland, September 6. He was a member of the Men’s Hall Association and a Rector scholar. He was a Unitarian Church minister and guest speaker. Later he trained to be a Goodwill Industries executive but returned to the church. When not preaching, he had many part-time jobs.

Althea Rautenberg Smith, 91, Sun City, Arizona, August 8. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was an interior decorator. She was a member of many different groups, a community volunteer, and an accomplished watercolor painter. She enjoyed the arts, sports and reading. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Rautenberg Matheson ’47 and Margaret Rautenberg Speth ’45.


Joan Westmen Battey, 91, Kansas City, Missouri, January 18. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and a former member of DePauw’s Board of Visitors. She was an active community volunteer. She enjoyed golf and travel in both the United States and abroad. She was preceded in death by her father, Horace O. Westmen, Class of 1917; a brother, Robert T. Westmen ’49; a sister, Janet Westmen Taylor ’49; and a brother-in-law, James A. Taylor ’49

Larry W. Schumacher, 91, Savoy, Illinois, October 1. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He was a real estate broker and appraiser. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, chess, golf and travel.

Gerald R. Vare, 91, Carmel, Indiana, August 31. He was a Rector scholar and a member of the Men’s Hall Association. He retired from Eli Lilly after 33 years. After retirement, he taught college algebra in universities in Indianapolis.


John N. Chapin Jr., 90, Lewes, Delaware, November 12. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He was a litigation consultant.

Marjorie C. Crichton, 91, Northbrook, Illinois, September 16. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She was a junior high school teacher of foreign languages. She enjoyed traveling and experiencing new cultures. She loved music and was a member of the Northwest Choral Society for over 40 years. She enjoyed being out in nature, walking and birdwatching.

Ray Dirks, 89, Manhattan, New York, December 9. Ray was “arguably Wall Street’s most famous analyst,” Bloomberg News said at one time.

William L. Luckenbill, 89, Burlington, Iowa, October 2. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He had a 40-year career teaching music. He was an organist and choir director and enjoyed visiting senior citizens centers to play the piano and lead sing-alongs.

Gretchen Strasma Rauschenberg, 90, Columbus, Ohio, January 8. She was a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a high school and university teacher and a published author. She was a community volunteer. Survivors include a cousin, Norman E. Strasma ’55. She was preceded in death by her brother, John D. Strasma ’53

Martha Blair Williams, 90, Houston, Texas, December 4. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a first grade teacher. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge and volunteering.


Myrna Mansfield Allshouse, 89, Montpelier, Vermont, September 15. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a teacher and later worked as an insurance claims adjustor. She was a talented watercolor painter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle F. Allshouse ’57

Susan Steinhauer Hettinger, 89, Tryon, North Carolina, November 19. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a special education teacher. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge and volunteering. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl W. Steinhauer ’29, and her mother, Margaret Rohwedder Steinhauer ’29.

Robert “Dinty” Johnson, 89, Fort Collins, Colorado, September 2. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa and a Rector scholar. He was an orthopedic surgeon and cofounded the Orthopaedic Center of the Rockies in 1969. Survivors include his wife, Ginny Milbacher Johnson ’56; a son, Thomas W. Johnson ’84; and a sister, Ann Johnson Tudor ’58. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Jane Johnson Adair ’62; and a sister-in-law, Martha Milbacher Hess ’63

Nancy Fenwick Schuler, Fairfax, Virginia, October 30. She was a

member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a community volunteer. She and her husband traveled both for work and pleasure.

Clark E. Taylor, 89, Needham, Massachusetts, October 1. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He was a Rector scholar. He helped develop the College of Public and Community Service, which is now the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was a social activist. He and his wife created a partnership between their church and a village in Guatemala providing educational, housing and clean water support. He was a cyclist, and enjoyed walking and camping. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Orr Taylor ’58


Robert F. Endicott, 87, Lake City, Minnesota, November 30. He was a Rector scholar and a member of Sigma Nu. He had a successful dental practice. He enjoyed woodworking and playing the piano.

Larry K. Hardin, 88, Eaton, Ohio, October 8. He was a member of Delta Chi. He was a Rector scholar. He had a career in computers with IBM. He was active in church and community organizations.

Joy Uphaus Holthouse, 88, Richmond, Indiana, October 4. She was a member of Alpha Phi. She was employed by Holthouse Furniture and an insurance company before becoming a financial manager. She was a community volunteer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Holthouse ’57

Thomas L. Holthouse, 88, Richmond, Indiana, September 2. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He worked at Holthouse Furniture as manager for 33 years before retiring and selling the company. He was a member of the boards of various community businesses and organizations. He was followed in death by his wife, Joy Uphaus Holthouse ’57. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald J. Holthouse ’59.

Merle D. Lehman, 88, Murrieta, California, September 12. He was a member of the Men’s Hall Association and Phi Beta Kappa and a Rector scholar. He was a United Methodist minister serving churches in Texas, Indiana and southern California. He taught World Religions in several community colleges. He was an accomplished musician and played trombone and piano.


Judy Blang Locke ’58, 87, Decatur, Illinois, October 18. Preceded in death by her husband, Dr. G. Richard (Dick) Locke ’58, and eldest son, Dr. G. Richard (Rick), Judy leaves behind a profound legacy of service and dedication. A proud alumna, Judy was deeply involved in her community and alma mater. She served on various committees, including the Board of Visitors and the National Annual Fund Executive Committee. Judy’s contributions to Greek life and her role as co-chair of the 50th class reunion highlighted her commitment to fostering connections. In recognition for her outstanding service, she received the DePauw Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2014.

Judy’s devotion extended beyond academia. After raising her four sons, she embarked on a distinguished public service career, notably as the first female president of the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners. Her 30-year tenure saw transformative projects, including the creation of the Scovil Park Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Illinois.

In addition to her husband Dick, Judy was preceded in death by her eldest son, Dr. G. Richard (Rick) ’83 and her younger brother, Curt Blang ’64. She is survived by sons Dr. Jon Locke ’85 and his wife Kathy Galliher Locke ’85, Dr. Mark Locke ’87 and his wife Sarah Bovaird Locke, J. Michael Locke ’89 and his wife Heather Whittemore Locke ’93, and Rick’s wife, Jean Locke. Judy was blessed with 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John A. Morehead, 87, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 31. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He had a career with the United States Navy. He was an active volunteer in many local and international service groups. Survivors include sons Scott A. Morehead ’83 and Christopher J. Morehead ’84; a daughter, Sarah Morehead Combs ’87; and a son-in-law, Stephen N. Combs ’87

David J. Petterson, 87, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 19. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the Washington C. DePauw Society. He was a financial advisor. He was a former director of alumni relations at DePauw. He enjoyed a good laugh, a good glass of wine, and time with his family and friends.

Robert F. Pollock Sr., 90, Franklin, Indiana, August 16. He was a United Methodist minister serving churches in Indiana and Illinois. He was dean of students at the University of Evansville from 1970-75. He was a sports fan and an accomplished musician. He and his brothers formed the Pollock Brothers Quartet and recorded several CDs, performing at revivals across the country singing gospel music.

Paula Weir Powell, 87, Naples, Florida, November 16. She was a member of Delta Gamma and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a community volunteer. She was a gardener, painter and talented seamstress. Survivors include her

volunteer. Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Williams Cluskey ’82. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Williams ’55.


Ann McClanahan Gilchrist, 85, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 24, 2022. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a teacher and later director of chapter services for the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda. She was committed to the AOII sisterhood and held many leadership roles.

Ernest G. Hawes, 85, Silver City, New Mexico, March 10. He was a retired teacher and principal. He enjoyed fishing, camping, walking his dog and attending his grandchildren’s baseball games.

chief executive officer at Sargent & Greenleaf Company, an international lock and security firm. He traveled to numerous countries and continents and enjoyed learning about different cultures. He was a sports fan, active in his church, an avid reader and enjoyed time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson Morgan ’61; a sister, Emily B. Morgan ’63; a sister-in-law, Karen Johnson Spoerl ’58; brother-in-law, Glenn H. Spoerl ’58; and a nephew, Christopher R. Spoerl ’81. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William H. Oberholtzer ’53; and a sister-in-law, Judy Johnson Oberholtzer ’54

husband, William R. Powell ’57; a daughter, Karen L. Powell ’91; and a brother, John C. Weir ’60

Charles B. Shroyer, 87, Noblesville, Indiana, October 11. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He had a career with 3M company. He was instrumental in the inception of youth football programs and also coached youth baseball. He enjoyed traveling and boats and was an astute historian. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles H. Shroyer ’32

Thomas B. Stogdill, 88, Bluffton, Indiana, August 10. He was a member of Beta Theta Phi. He was a physician, specializing in family medicine. He was a community volunteer, a member of professional organizations, a published writer and author of two books.

Ann Thomas Wade, 87, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 5. She was a member of Alpha Phi. She was a second grade teacher and a community volunteer. Survivors include sons Thomas M. Wade ’85 and Stephen C. Wade ’87; a sister, Eleanor Thomas Nash ’56; and a niece, Catherine Pelham ’86 She was preceded in death by a sister, Audrey Thomas Pelham ’54; and a brother-in-law, Michael T. Nash ’55

Lou Hart Williams, 88, Brighton, Michigan, September 29. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a teacher, personal fitness coach, master gardener and community

Charles G. Huizenga, 86, Dedham, Massachusetts, December 16. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a Rector scholar. He was a pathologist and chair of the department of pathology at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, from 1973 to 2006. He enjoyed time with his family, playing cards, skiing and biking. He especially enjoyed giving golf lessons.

H. Jack Klingensmith, 86, Osprey, Florida, September 5. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Beta Kappa. He was an attorney and represented clients for more than 40 years before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit, and all federal and state courts in Florida. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Klingensmith ’64

C. Sumpter Logan, 86, Asheville, North Carolina, November 21. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was employed by GTE and served in several management positions. Survivors include his wife, Linda Ware Logan ’61; sister-in-law, Julie Ware McClure ’59; and brother-in-law, David McClure ’59. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Kenneth Ware Class of 1925

Jerry W. McGreer, 86, Birmingham, Alabama, November 10. He was a member of Sigma Nu. He was a businessman and a master kitchen designer. He enjoyed working on cars, trains, playing sports and music.

Jerry A. Morgan, 85, Athens, Georgia, September 29. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and a Rector scholar. He held many jobs and ended his work career as president and

Phyllis Taylor, 86, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, January 15. She was a teacher, school administrator, accomplished musician and world traveler. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Taylor, son Michael and daughter-inlaw Tamara Taylor, and grandchildren.


Janet Steventon Campbell, 84, Crawfordsville, Indiana, October 1. During her life, she served as a probation officer, a school teacher, a church choir director, a music teacher and a church pianist.

Gayle Hibberd Coonen, 85, Kenosha, Wisconsin, August 7. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was a high school teacher of foreign languages. She was a caregiver for many family members. She enjoyed playing tennis and playing the piano with her husband. She was active in many community organizations. Survivors include a sister, Barbara Hibberd Podlach ’58. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garey W. Coonen ’60

Joyce Mendenhall Moore, 85, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, December 6. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She was an accomplished cornet player and taught trumpet students and was the drill team instructor for the local high school band. She enjoyed gardening and flower arranging. She was a community volunteer. Survivors include her husband, Larry G. Moore ’60.

Margaret Tomlin, 85, Westfield, Indiana. February 24. Margaret studied elementary education at DePauw and was an active member of the Noblesville community.

M. Jane Bowman Wells, 84, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, December 28, 2022. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and the Washington C. DePauw

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Society. She was a professor at Gordon College. Survivors include a brother, C. Thomas Bowman Jr. ’58.

Tom H. West, 85, Palm Harbor, Florida, October 26. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a Rector scholar. He was a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society. He was a general and vascular surgeon. He enjoyed painting, reading, fishing and traveling.

Sandra Major Wiese, 85, Kirtland, Ohio, October 31. She was a member of the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a math and piano teacher. She was a community volunteer and involved with numerous music groups. She enjoyed gardening, tennis, sewing, playing games and cooking. Survivors include daughters Kristin Wiese Lillibridge ’86 and Heidi Wiese Kolderup ’88


John R. “Jack” Graham, 82, Hudson, Ohio, December 5, 2022. He was a member of the Men’s Hall Association and a Rector scholar. He was a professor of psychology at Kent State University. He wrote a graduate-level textbook on personality assessment which has been in continuous publication since 1977.

Donald R. Joyner, 84, Joplin, Missouri, January 13. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a Rector scholar. He was a physician in private practice. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, tennis and water recreation with his family.

Judith Burt Mizaur, 83, Ramona, California, October 10. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was an editor, a realtor and an accomplished salesperson. She enjoyed the outdoors, animals, art and music. She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Leete Burt ’29, and a brother, David L. Burt ’57.

John W. Ropa, 84, Middleton, Wisconsin, November 22. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was an employee of Abbott Laboratories for more than 30 years working in the international trade division. He was a writer and gardener.

Phillip R. Sams, 85, Naples, Florida, January 27. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and a Rector scholar. He was a business owner and a community volunteer. He enjoyed boating, golfing and walking. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Sams Healy ’62; a nephew, Gregory A. Pitner ’86; and a niece, Jennifer Pitner Stecco ’89

Richard L. Schaefer, 84, Beavercreek, Ohio, October 4. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He was a business owner. Survivors include a daughter, Katherine S. Schaefer ’90

Carolyn Johns Sekerak, 83, Clancy, Montana, July 22. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was an accomplished pianist and played for church services, funerals and weddings. She taught piano lessons in her home four days a week for 20 years.


Susan Minnich Carter, 82, Tampa, Florida, September 6. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She enjoyed reading, traveling and learning new languages.

James C. Dillon, 83, Carmel, Indiana, November 15. He was a professor of medicine at Indiana University. He had a lifelong commitment to public service. Survivors include his wife, Susannah Harger Dillon ’60; a brother, Daniel C. Dillon ’64; a son, William C. Dillon ’87; a daughter-in-law, Sarah Clark Dillon ’87; a sister-in-law, Catherine Hash Dillon ’65; a granddaughter, Julia C. Dillon ’17; a grandson, John C. Dillon ’19; and a nephew, David C. Dillon ’91. He was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Christian Dillon ’31; and his mother-in-law, Isabelle Haverstick Harger ’33

Frank F. Kemp Jr., 83, Kansas City, Missouri, December 6. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He had a 35-year career with JCPenney Catalog. He enjoyed working in his yard, playing tennis, and entertaining family and friends playing the piano. Survivors include a son, Christopher F. Kemp ’97; a daughter, Carolyn Kemp Gates ’98; a sister, Katherine Kemp Mendenhall 61; and a brotherin-law, George A. Mendenhall ’61

John B. Noll, 82, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 6. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He earned his medical degree from Case Western followed by a long career in the Navy. He retired to Wilmington to be near family. He is survived by his sister, Mary Noll Piller ’59, and his daughter, Kathryn Noll Webster ’92

Joseph L. Sanders, 83, Willoughby, Ohio, December 28. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a Rector scholar. He retired as a professor emeritus from Lakeland Community College. He was a published author and expert on the genre of science fiction.

Linda Carter York, 83, Greencastle, Indiana, October 1. She had a career with IBM and later worked in administration at the Indiana Correctional Facility in Rockville, Indiana. Survivors include a sister, Karen Carter Selman ’64


Brent C. Bundy, 82, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 16. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He had a career in sales and consulting. He was a community volunteer.

Margaret Hendrick Dowd, 81, Portage, Michigan, November 15. She was a member of Pi Phi. She was a high school English and French teacher. She enjoyed gardening, collecting Indian artifacts, tutoring French, raising Shetland sheepdogs and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, Allen J. Dowd ’63

Michael J. Garber, 82, Carthage, North Carolina, October 18. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He was a pastor and author. He enjoyed golf, poetry, books, dogs, motorcycles and fast cars.

Donald H. Gauger, 83, Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 8. He was a member of Sigma Nu. He had a career in banking. He enjoyed sporting events, household building and repair projects, and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Susan Baeurle Gauger ’62, and sisterin-law, Bonnie Tall Gauger ’60. He was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Gauger ’60

Mary Libby Hunt, 81, Glenview, Illinois, July 21. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a bacteriologist and worked for the National Institutes of Health. She enjoyed entertaining, sewing, knitting and classical music. Survivors include her husband, Roger S. Hunt ’65

John B. Lindamood, Canton, Ohio, January 21. He was a member of Sigma Nu. He attended Case Western Reserve law school and practiced law in Canton, Ohio, until his retirement. Survivors include his partner, Jane Nicholson; a daughter, Jennifer Lindamood Darnall ’85; a son-in-law, Matthew S. Darnall ’85; a sister, H. Muriel Lindamood Henry ’69; a granddaughter, Nicole E. Darnall ’16; and cousins, Charles R. Moffett ’69, Christine Moffett Brain ’61 and Danielle E. C. Brain ’93. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beth Beyer Lindamood ’35; his maternal great-grandparents, John and Mary Neufer Cooper, Class of 1879;

his maternal grandparents, Vera Cooper Beyer, Class of 1906 and August C. Beyer, Class of 1907; and maternal aunt and uncle, Mary Cooper Moffett ’32 and Rexford W. Moffett ’32

Thomas A. McElhaney, 82, Huntington, Indiana, October 10. He was a band director for 32 years. He and his wife owned Korner Kupboard in Huntington. He was known for his woodworking and made many pieces of furniture. He enjoyed traveling and he and his wife visited 12 countries and all 50 states. Survivors include a son, Douglas McElhaney ’88

Virginia Jones McKinley, 82, Creve Coeur, Missouri, July 31. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a graphic designer. She was a community volunteer.

Donald C. Richter, 80, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, July 28. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was an optometrist and spent 52 years practicing alongside his father and brother. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Survivors include a brother, Dennis G. Richter ’70, and a niece, Holly Richter Hardin ’98


L. Terry Chappell, 81, Bluffton, Ohio, February 12. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a Rector scholar. He was a physician in family practice, an author and a community volunteer.

Donna Lavorini Doberstein, 79, Evanston, Illinois, August 20. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa. She started her career as a research librarian. Later, she was the co-founder and president of CDK Mortgage in Evanston, Illinois. She was an active member of her community.

Craig R. Hassler, 81, Columbus, Ohio, August 30. He was recognized as a pioneer of safety pharmacology and directed multiple studies that led to increased safety of drugs, automobiles and other areas of everyday life. He enjoyed traveling, ice skating and skiing.

David E. Hausmann, 81, Sarasota, Florida, August 25. He spent his career in design and worked at the National Endowment for the Arts. He retired from the U.S. Department of Labor as art director for OSHA. In retirement, he enjoyed woodturning.

Michael D. Ratcliff, 81, Miamisburg, Ohio, January 26. He had a career in local government. He was a community volunteer. He enjoyed soccer and


fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Ziegler Ratcliff ’65


Nicholas P. Andes, 80, Centreville, Maryland, September 27. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He worked in advertising and marketing. He was a woodworker, swimmer, bridge player and sports fan.

John R. Dunnick, 80, North Olmsted, Ohio, July 7. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He had a career as a banker. He was a devoted sports fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Kannenburg Dunnick ’66

Patricia Henderson, 79, Kansas City, Missouri, January 19. She was a member of Alpha Phi. She enjoyed traveling and music. She was a community volunteer. Survivors include a daughter, Amy Baumgartner Hutton ’04

Robert D. Hisrich, 79, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, February 1. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He was a former member of DePauw’s Board of Visitors. He was the Bridgestone Chair of International Marketing and Global Management Center at Kent University. He authored or co-authored more than 35 books and wrote over 300 articles on entrepreneurship.

Ellen Elizabeth Clark Nelson, 79, Madison, Wisconsin, February 1. She was a stained glass artist and was dedicated to serving in the arts, at school and community centers in Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is survived by husband, Bob, brother Tom, son Michael (Marcy Cheeseman), daughter Susan (Mark) Little, a grandson, brother and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard T. Roessler, 79, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 21. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He was an emeritus professor at University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions for 39 years. He spent his career developing programs to help people with chronic illnesses and disabilities stay in the workforce. He was the author of three textbooks and numerous articles and book chapters. His teaching and research helped shape the field of rehabilitation. Survivors include his wife, Janet Williams Roessler ’66; a daughter, Jennifer Roessler Schultz ’92; and a brother-in-law, Robert D. Gray ’63 He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph H. Roessler ’36; his mother, Kathryn Talbert Roessler ’35; and a sister, Karen Roessler Gray ’63.

Patricia Beadles Yu, 79, Madison, Wisconsin, October 3. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was the founder of the Tai Chi Center of Madison and Tai Chi Health. She pioneered the integration of tai chi into Western exercise therapy. She was an accomplished musician, poet and gardener.


Carole Thorlton Gorsich, 78, Naperville, Illinois, April 23. She was a member of Alpha Phi. She was an art teacher and a community and church volunteer. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, baking, bird watching and making memories with her family. Survivors include a niece, Kristine Thorlton Batross ’88, and a cousin, Pamela Loveless McRae ’67. She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes King Thorlton ’28; a brother, J. McRae Thorlton ’61, an aunt, Edris King Loveless ’28; and a cousin, James K. Loveless ’57

Robert O. Hausser, 77, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 22. He was an engineer and maintenance foreman. He enjoyed international travel and spending time outdoors. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Hausser ’36, and his mother, Dorothy Oakes Hausser ’36

Gordon L. Jones Jr., 78, Austin, Texas, November 14. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He was an attorney and practiced law in Texas.

James A. Readey, 78, Upper Arlington, Ohio, August 11. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and a Rector scholar. He had a career in law, mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, tennis and basketball.

Thomas R. Trager, 79, Denver, Colorado, May 14. He was senior university counsel for California State University. He served on several professional boards.


Juliann Bergmann, 77, Phoenix, Arizona, April 3. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Washington C. DePauw Society. She was a freelance writer and owner of JB Writes. She was the daughter of Dr. Fred Bergmann, professor of English at DePauw for 46 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, John F. Bergmann ’73, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Harrison Bergmann ’75

Virginia Small Bird, 77, Portage, Michigan, January 9. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. She used her passion for dance to help children in the Portage elementary schools through the Magical Movement program, which reinforced reading skills through choreographed movements. Later in life, she dedicated her time to fitness instruction. She enjoyed lap swimming, reading, book clubs and walking. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert P. Small ’30, and her mother, Mary Baldwin Small ’32.

John W. Payne, 77, La Grange, Illinois, November 1. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He was an obstetrician/ gynecologist. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren and was a wonderful storyteller. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Treptow Payne ’70; a daughter, Katherine Payne Wahrhaftig ’03; a brother, James W. Payne ’68; a sisterin-law, Pat Treptow Danch ’68; and a father-in-law, William E. Treptow ’45 He was preceded in death by his motherin-law, Mary Moore Treptow ’44


June Scott Barber, 76, Crown Point, Indiana, January 9. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. She was a high school mathematics teacher. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, playing golf, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Barber Bubp ’96. She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Barber ’66.

Morton L. Carmichael, 76, Richmond, Indiana, October 31. He had a career in banking and real estate. He had many interests including fishing, golf, cooking, the outdoors and playing games.

Lawrence M. Kaczka, 77, Highland, Indiana, January 25. He was a business owner. He was a world traveler and an avid sports fan. He was a community volunteer and coached youth sports. Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Kaczka Valliere ’94

Judith Degitz O’Connor, 76, Yellow Springs, Ohio, September 2. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was the assistant dean of admissions at Antioch University and retired from Wittenberg University where she worked in administration. She enjoyed traveling and watching Wittenberg basketball and football. She was a community volunteer.


Jeff L. Saylor, 75, Burnettsville, Indiana, November 16. He was a

member of Delta Chi. He was a design artist as well as working in the family business. He enjoyed community service, running and history.


Linda K. Hughes, 73, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 26. She was a member of Delta Gamma. She was an attorney and practiced as a deputy with the Indiana State Public Defender. In retirement, she pursued her love of animals, horticulture, music and the arts.


Wendy Sanders Robinson, 72, Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 18. She was an educator and former superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools. Survivors include her husband, James A. Robinson ’72

Laura Carlstedt Rush, 72, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 6. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a senior actuarial assistant. She enjoyed board games, playing bridge and animals.


Tansy Reece Wells, 86, Greencastle, Indiana, October 4. She was an elementary school teacher. She loved sharing children’s literature with her children, grandchildren and every child met.


Susan Compher Brubaker, 68, Crystal Lake, Illinois, January 15. Sue taught elementary school. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Brubaker, ’77, a Sigma Nu. Her brother, Bud Compher ’80, also attended DePauw. Sue leaves behind three children and six granddaughters.


Douglas J. Kroc, 71, Brattleboro, Vermont, September 25. He spent over 40 years as an educator and was a leader throughout the school district where he taught. He enjoyed music, golfing, camping, biking, kayaking and fishing.


Shatrese M. Flowers, 50, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 6. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a former member of DePauw’s Board of Visitors. She was a judge for the Marion County Superior Court.

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Matthew D. Coffey, 48, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 28. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was a service dispatcher with Tyson Foods. He was a sports fan and enjoyed the outdoors.

Christopher L. Condict, 48, Fishers, Indiana, November 17. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was self-employed. He enjoyed boating and sports, especially football. Survivors include brothers Curtis D. Condict ’00 and Kevin W. Condict ’94, and a sisterin-law, Charee Campbell Condict ’94


Kristen R. Allen, 38, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 24. She was a member of Delta Zeta. She was a software developer for companies in Indianapolis.


Tiffany Tran, 31, Noblesville, Indiana. September 16. Tiffany was a dedicated ICU nurse at Eskenazi Hospital for six and a half years and was working on a Master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. She is survived by


her beloved husband Andrew “Andy” Jennings, her son Emerson “Emmy” Jennings, her parents, two sisters, and several others who loved her dearly.


Sharon E. Chiong, 59, Hayesville, North Carolina, December 11. She was head coach of DePauw’s women’s track and field team and men’s crosscountry teams from 1988 to 1991. After retirement, she worked for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and published a book of poetry.

Sherre L. Custis, 66, Greencastle, Indiana, February 13. She worked for the DePauw School of Music as the faculty secretary and assistant to the associate dean for 14 years.

Betty Sims Foxx, 92, Greencastle, Indiana, December 1. She was a receptionist at several residence halls at DePauw for 15 years.

Marien McClaine Giddings, 96, Greencastle, Indiana, October 11. She worked in DePauw’s business office as a secretary and receptionist and later as secretary to the controller. Survivors include a son, Michael L. McClaine ’78

Jere David Field, 75, Monroe, Georgia, October 5. He was a professor of English at DePauw and taught literature and creative writing. In 2007, David funded the Mary Rogers Field Distinguished University Professorship, a gift that would bring nationally recognized and practicing writers to DePauw as visiting faculty members. He enjoyed traveling, music and bird watching. Survivors include his wife, Dianne L. Hardin ’80. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marion C. Field ’08, whose name was later added to the professorship fund name.

Robert Stark, 78, Tucson, Arizona, November 27. Dr. Robert Stark was a cherished biology professor and department chair at DePauw University. Despite his relocation to Arizona, where he pursued his love for golf and wildlife, his heart remained tied to his decades-long tenure at DePauw.

A dedicated mentor and teacher, Bob shared his passion for neurobiology and marine life with students, earning recognition for his outstanding service with the Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award. Born on June 6, 1945, in Washington, D.C., Bob grew up exploring nature with his siblings, embodying both responsibility and adventurous spirit.

Bob met his wife, Eva Mae Stark, at Westminster College, marking the beginning of a 60-year partnership. He is survived by Eva, his daughter Susan, son David, three brothers, two sisters and five grandchildren. Bob’s legacy extends beyond academia, as he imparted a sense of curiosity and compassion to all who knew him.

Gregory M. Stephan, 72, Greencastle, Indiana, September 27. He worked at the Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media for over 30 years. He was a community volunteer. He enjoyed road trips, camping and visiting historical sites and lighthouses.



June 6-9, 2024

The Alumni Board and GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Alumni Board invites all alumni and celebrating classes ending in 4 and 9 + the Class of 2023.


• Campus Walking and Trolley Tours

• Tigers After Dark: Karaoke Night

• President’s Breakfast

• Alumni College Keynote Panel and Book Signing

• Alumni College Short Film Screening and WGRE Open House

• All-Alumni Evening Entertainment: Bluewater Kings Band


Family Weekend

Sept. 20-21, 2024

Old Gold Weekend and Alumni Awards

Sept. 25-28, 2024

Monon Bell Classic at DePauw

Nov. 16, 2024

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