A life well-spent honors teaching
‘back then’ and for generations
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST and
philosopher William James said,
“The greatest use of life is to
spend it for something that will
Herbert E. Chinworth ’42x has
used his life well. Building on his
own Manchester experience, Chinworth
served on a landing craft for the
U.S. Navy during World War II,
earned a master’s degree in
chemical engineering and then
climbed The Dow Chemical
Company ladder to supervise its
catalyst plant in Ludington, Mich.
All along his journey, Chinworth never forgot his Manchester education. Like generations of Manchester students, he studied
with faculty who stoked his curiosity and stretched his mind.
When the College issued a donor challenge to build a new
Science Center, Herb and Arlene Chinworth saw an opportunity.
They honored one of Herb’s mentors, chemistry Professor Harry
R. Weimer ’29, by funding a wing in his name.
They didn’t stop there. In the spirit of “Science is a Verb” (an
active verb) in the Manchester vernacular, the Chinworths also
funded a high-tech laboratory and classroom equipment for
The couple’s generosity stretches to an endowed scholarship
and gifts to the Pathways program – and in remembering the
“peas and carrots” annual sustenance of The Manchester Fund.
At Commencement 2012 this spring, the College awarded its
“dear friend” Herb Chinworth an honorary Doctor of Science
degree “in recognition of life of ability and conviction and a life
BY MELINDA LANTZ '81
Improving the human condition,
from the White House
AT THE AGE OF 31, Dustin
Brown ’99 is one of the
youngest senior executives
in the U.S. Office of
Management and Budget. In his office in the Executive Office of the President complex, his long work
weeks immerse him in federal
programs that improve the
lives of millions of Americans.
As deputy assistant
director for management,
Brown heads the Office of
Performance and Personnel Management, strengthening dozens of
federal programs. His efforts improve living conditions in low-income
urban areas, lower the violent crime rate in Native American communities and increase renewable energy use in U.S. homes.
“Dustin has made real and lasting contributions to improving
the effectiveness and efficiency of government to better deliver for
the American public,” says Mark Bussow, performance team
leader for the Office of Management and Budget.
With his Manchester degree in political science (and a Spanish
minor), the Fulbright recipient studied international relations in
Ecuador and then earned a master’s degree in public
administration at Syracuse University’s Maxell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Brown and his wife Heidi Howiler ’98 Brown make their
home in Maryland with their two young sons, Noah and Emery.
They remember their alma mater with annual gifts to The
Last fall, Manchester honored Brown with its first Young
Alumni Impact Award for continuing to live out the Manchester
Mission in his professional and personal life after graduation and
continuing to make a significant impact on the world.
BY CHAZ BELLMAN ’13
Commitment to inner city challenges
sends alumna to Principal’s Office
RA’CHELLE SPEARMAN ’03 is poised and confident as the leader of
the Imagine Schools on Broadway in Fort Wayne, despite continual
interruptions from those tall and small.
As the principal strolls a
hallway of the charter
school, a distraught young
girl approaches, announcing
she has searched and
searched and cannot find
the $4 she brought for the
school book fair. Spearman
offers up the necessary funds from her own purse.
After all, the child wants to
Spearman quickly found
her niche in charter schools. As she approached her MC
graduation, she committed early to a new Fort Wayne inner city
charter school, wanting to teach in her hometown. But plagued by
enrollment and financial challenges, the school closed the following
year. She taught at another charter, and then took some time off to
decide if this path was the right one for her. In the end, Spearman
realized her commitment is to charter schools and to helping inner
city children succeed, child by child.
When Imagine Schools opened its charter in Fort Wayne,
administrators turned again to Spearman for the classroom.
Before long, she was in the Principal’s Office of the 420-student
elementary school. She’s also key in bringing year-round school to
Fort Wayne – the first such program in the city.
Spearman remembers her MC training and mentoring. She says
her professors gave her a sturdy foundation to stand on in times of
BY KATHRYN MILLER ’13