Lighting paths to peace is lifelong journey
THE SON OF HEIFER International
founders Lucy and Dan West, Philip West ’60 grew up on the
family farm near Middlebury, Ind.
As a junior at Manchester
College, the peace studies major
applied his farm skills as a
Seagoing Cowboy, tending to 28
heifers en route to poor Japanese
farmers struggling to recover from
World War II. He remained to
study Japanese at International
Christian University in Tokyo.
After graduation, West
completed his selective service as a
conscientious objector, teaching English in communist Poland
with Brethren Volunteer Service. He studied Chinese at Harvard,
earning his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history and East Asian
languages in 1971. His first book, Yenching University and
Sino-Western Relations 1916-1952, was nominated by Harvard
University Press for a Pulitzer Prize.
Throughout his career, West has broadened and enriched the
East Asian curriculum in university classrooms and in public
schools. He also has helped the State of Indiana establish a
relationship with Zhejiang Province in China, promoting
education programs and advising the state how to attract East
For 10 years, West led the Maureen and Mike Mansfield
Center at the University of Montana, named for the former
Senate majority leader and U.S. ambassador to Japan. He
continues on the faculty.
For his lifelong commitment to exposing the realities of war
and illuminating paths to peace, the College presented Philip
West with a 2011 Alumni Honor Award.
BY MELINDA LANTZ '81
Integrity, fairness guide pursuit of justice
HER RAZOR-SHARP LEGAL MIND and passion for fairness earn Marcia K. Sowles ’72 respect as an attorney for the U.S.
Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
With her MC degree (she
majored in mathematics and
history) in hand, Sowles
embarked on her legal education
at Valparaiso University Law
School. She then gained valuable
federal class action experience
and attention with Legal Services
in South Bend. In 1979, Yale
University selected her as one of
only 12 young attorneys in the
nation for its prestigious Master
of Law program.
Sowles then spent seven years
with the United States
Department of Energy, serving as
lead attorney in several complex cases against major oil
companies. She also had significant responsibilities in the DOE’s
two largest enforcement actions, each resulting in a judgment of
more than $1 billion.
She joined the Justice Department in 1987, serving as senior
counsel for more than 13 years, defending agencies against
constitutional and statutory challenges to federal statutes, and
administrative decisions and orders. She also works to enforce
regulations and remedy regulatory violations.
A loyal supporter of Manchester College, Marcia has served
on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Board of Directors and
mentors younger Manchester graduates in the Washington area.
For her deep sense of integrity and fairness, her lifelong pursuit
of justice, and her faithful service to Manchester College, Marcia
Sowles received a 2011 Alumni Honor Award.
BY MELINDA LANTZ '81
Compassionate medicine defines
DR. RICK MISHLER ’74 is a
world-recognized pioneer in
nephrology dedicated to
improving the lives of kidney
patients. He says the liberal arts education he received at
Manchester College helped
prepare him for that life.
He discovered a whole new
world on the North Manchester
campus. Mishler studied Russian
and embarked on a January
session course to Cold War-era
The academic rigors of his
biology-chemistry major prepared him for Indiana University
School of Medicine and a residency in internal medicine at
Michigan State University. After a nephrology fellowship at the
University of Wisconsin, Mishler joined the Arizona Kidney
Disease and Hypertension Centers in Phoenix.
There, he and colleagues developed a groundbreaking
procedure to correct vascular access problems in hemodialysis
patients. The outpatient procedure is more convenient, less
traumatic and less expensive than a hospital emergency room
procedure – and results in a better quality of life for dialysis
For more than 15 years, Mishler flew his plane to a remote area
of Arizona to treat Native American kidney patients who didn’t
have access to care. He also has traveled with the College’s Medical
Practicum during January session.
For applying his intellect and talent to forge new knowledge in
medicine, and for drawing upon his compassion in ways that
improve the human condition, Dr. Rick Mishler received a 2011
Alumni Honor Award.
BY MELINDA LANTZ '81