Knox Magazine - Summer 2019

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1940–1942 Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1943 We are Knox. You are, too. Whether you attended Knox for one year, two years, or graduated with honors, you are a Knox alumnus/a. You are the best reflection of Knox College and the education it provides. So, keep us informed. Tell us what you’ve been up to, if you’ve been promoted or honored, or simply say hello. Here’s how: • Contact your Class Correspondent; • If you don’t have a correspondent, email, call, or “snail mail” us directly (see below); • Or have other media sources send us press releases, articles, and publicity. Please send information about births, marriages, and deaths directly to: Alumni Records Knox College, Box K-230 Galesburg, IL 61401-4999 Email: Send all other updates, correspondence, or questions to: Pam Chozen Class Notes Editor, Knox Magazine Knox College, Box K-233 Galesburg, IL 61401-4999 Email: Please note that Class Notes may be edited for space.

In early December, Art Holst reported that he and Elizabeth were in Fort Myers for the winter. He was very excited to be traveling to Philadelphia the next day. He wrote, “I will be honored at the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 8. There are about a dozen veterans invited from various wars, and I will be the only one from World War II. This is not for any heroism on my part; it is rather that I am a survivor of that long-ago conflict. As I go, I will remember, among others, my Knox classmates who are the real heroes and gave their lives in defense of freedom and to stamp out the evil that was threatening our world. Those of us who are still living need to keep the ‘light of memory’ burning. On a more personal note, I am now 96 and still play nine holes of golf as often as I can. Between Elizabeth and me, we have 10 children, 22 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren, and still counting. I feel privileged to have matriculated at Knox College, and I am thankful for the rich and wonderful memories.” Sadly, I learned that Art passed away less than two weeks after receiving the recognition at the Army-Navy game. ❯ News from Tom Howes includes a family reunion in November on the occasion of his 97th birthday. He was joined by his son and family from London, England, daughter Lynda and her husband from Calgary, and his nephew from Nevada. He reports he had a great birthday. He’s especially proud of his son and his grandchildren and credits their success to a good education, starting with his own at Knox College. Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1944 Barbara Lemke writes, “One of the fires in Southern California forced me to evacuate my house. Fortunately, it was only an overnight stay. In a few days, the evacuation order for my area was lifted. No houses burned near me, and for that, I am grateful. My health remains about the same. I am getting physical therapy for my balance as I have had several falls and had to call Life Alert because I couldn’t get up. Best wishes to all my classmates.” Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1945 Russ Freeburg has been busy writing in the past year. He says he started the New Year with the



publication in February of his memoir, Inside the Front Page. He writes, “It’s the story of my quarter of a century in journalism as a reporter, Washington bureau chief, and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune in a disruptive and changing media world that saw newspapers’ dominance surmounted by first television and then the digital age. Sadly, the strong and powerful newspaper industry that I knew and loved is fading away. I write about the presidents I covered. The book isn’t just about my career, however. I tell how I met Sally Woodford ’48 at Knox after World War II and married her. One chapter tells how Sally, despite the Cold War, coaxed the Russians into opening their embassy to the public for an afternoon to raise money for her women’s club charity for handicapped children. She suspected that thousands of people would come to unlock the mystery of what was behind the always shuttered windows of the building that was home to the USA’s philosophical enemy, and they did. Now, I’m in my mid-nineties, and Sally is gone. Still, Knox and our time there linger pleasantly with me.” Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1946–1947 Class Correspondent: Megan Clayton Knox College, Box K-210, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401, 309-341-7476,

1948 Jim Moser writes, “As time marches on, my current activity is reduced, but a bit of my time is spent in working with other Kodakers to record the company’s activities in covert aerial and space programs during the Cold War for the National Reconnaissance Office. Aside from that, memories of former activities are increasingly present. Many begin at Knox, which provided a true basic education, not just the vocational training for a successful career that many current schools offer today. The development of an inquiring mind and exposure to history, philosophy, literature, social studies, and the arts provide an essential and valuable base for our lives and careers. Many other memories concern life’s events and travels and have been saved in length by pictures and writing. My 39-year career at Kodak provided unlimited access to film, and I took advantage of it. Our travels in the U.S. and Europe have been described in detail and at great length, providing an insight to the places and cultures we enjoyed. Reading them brings them back, and adds to the pleasures of life in a fine senior facility with a number of friends. Hopefully many of my fellow alumni are as fortunate.” Class Correspondent: Sidney E. Norris 3135 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97405, 541-683-6160,

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