Class Notes

 Deaths

* As a member of Otho Winger Society, this donor included Manchester in an estate plan or established a deferred gift with the University.

1930s

*Lois Berkebile ’38 Roop of North Manchester, Dec. 16, 2019

1940s

Mildred Young ’41 Hansen of Saint Joe., Ind., Feb. 9, 2020

Thelma Wright ’41c Studebaker of New Carlisle, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2019

*Virginia Shideler ’42 Crim of Greenville, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2019

Kathryn Gillespie ’42c Huntington of North Manchester, May 4, 2020

Hazel Snavely ’44 Heisey of Bridgewater, Va., April 27, 2017

Mary Jane Hathaway ’44c Peeler of Fort Wayne, Oct. 22, 2019

Lee Franklin “Pete” Rish ’44c of Wabash, Ind., May 11, 2020

Ethel Filbrun ’45c Koons of Phoenix, Ariz., May 26, 2019

Rev. L. Byron Miller ’46 of North Manchester, Feb. 5, 2020

Jeanne Huffman ’46 Nelson of Mishawaka, Ind., Jan. 16, 2020

Lois Mow ’46c Snavely of Lewisburg, Pa., March 31, 2018

Martha Burnett ’47c Eaton formerly of Elwyn, Penn., Sept. 21, 2019

June Mathias ’47 Grove of South English, Iowa, Nov. 28, 2019

Louise Hull ’48c McNelly of Brookville, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2020

Gene Palsgrove ’48 of Modesto, Calif., Nov. 25, 2019

Inez Keltner ’48c Pierce of Stockton, Ill., March 16, 2020

1950s

Ernest Barr ’50 of North Manchester, Nov. 24, 2019

Dean Brubaker ’50c of Goshen, Ind., May 14, 2020

*Vernon Campbell ’50 of Goshen, Ind., Jan. 11, 2020

Richard “Dick” Capin ’50 of Garrett, Ind., Oct. 3, 2019

John Hahn ’50 of Zion, Ill., April 27, 2020

Eugene Wort ’51 of Huntertown, Ind., May 21, 2020

Janet Miller ’52c Kagarise of Brownsburg, Ind., June 24, 2018

Gene Porter ’52 of New Port Richey, Fla., March 10, 2020

Margaret Farrington ’53c England of Nappanee, Ind., Oct 1, 2019

Carolyn Warner ’53c Parmerlee of Syracuse, Ind., Dec. 11, 2019

David Campbell ’54c of Defiance, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2020

Bert Riley ’54 of Lubbock, Texas, October 27, 2019

Jobie Riley ’54 of Elizabethtown, Pa., Oct. 21, 2019

Barbara Bodenmiller ’54 Williamson of Durand, Mich., Nov. 7, 2019

Cloyd Dye Jr. ’55 of Mount Summit, Ind., March 10, 2020

Robert Beall ’57 of Lafayette, Ind., Jan. 3, 2020

Jean Brand ’57 Bowman of Waterloo, Ind., Dec. 1, 2019

Mary Thompson ’58c Diefenbaugh of Huntington, Ind., Jan. 11, 2020

Charlene Bright ’58c Hodson of Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2019

Robert Kinnison ’58 of West Milton, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2019

Margaret “Elaine” Wear ’58 Rodkey of Butler, Ind., Dec. 22, 2019

Ruth Dunn ’58 Roetter of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2019

Janet Elaine Waechter ’59 Leonhard of North Manchester, April 18, 2020

Hattie McInnis ’59 Robinson of Hattiesburg, Miss., May 4, 2020

*Rolf Theen ’59 of Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 16, 2019

John Weeks ’59 of Fishers, Ind., Jan. 25, 2020

1960s

Barbara Bender ’60 of Niles, Mich., Feb. 18, 2020

Janice Briggs ’60 Reese of Winter Park, Fla., Nov. 24, 2019

Donald Deweber ’61 of Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2019

Nancy Hoff ’61 Endress of Bridgewater, Va., Dec. 10, 2019

Jean Wright ’61 Hostler of Rome City, Ind., Dec. 30, 2019

Alice Mae Sampson ’61c Keller of Greenville, Ohio, March 19, 2020

Verne Leininger ’61 of Goshen, Ind., Oct. 14, 2019

Bonnie Smith ’62 Hollis of Plano, Texas, March 2, 2020

Thomas McDaniel ’62c of Muncie, Ind., Dec. 5, 2019

Janet Hammond ’62 Wood of Akron, Ind., Jan. 8, 2020

Carolyn Brayton ’63 Dodge of Fort Wayne, March 9, 2020

Terry Clark ’64 of Muncie, Ind., March 31, 2020

William Duell ’64 of Canton, Ohio, May 14, 2018

Tania Bowyer ’66c Mayer of Westlake Village, Calif., Nov. 29, 2019

Robert Scheer ’66 of Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 15, 2019

Loretta Schick ’67 Blair of Tremont, Ill., Oct. 31, 2019

Rose Makemson ’68 Clair of Imler, Pa., Dec. 7, 2019

Donald Dice ’68 of Peru, Ind., Jan. 31, 2020

Sharon Hornish ’68 Emrick of Williamston, Mich., March 29, 2020

Thomas Stiver ’68 of Syracuse, Ind., Nov. 8, 2019

Lucille Azbell ’69 Dull of Fort Wayne, Jan. 18, 2020

Charles Shroyer ’69 of Sweetser, Ind., Nov. 19, 2019

1970s

Roger Haupert ’71 of Fort Wayne, Nov. 18, 2019

Daniel Kiracofe ’71 of Cooper City, Fla., Dec. 13, 2019

Rex Wieland ’71 of North Manchester, Feb. 22, 2020

Susan Niksch ’74 of Westville, Ind., Oct. 11, 2019

Deborah Morrison ’75 Keener of Auburn, Ind., Feb. 15, 2020

Rebecca Wentzler ’75 Slentz of Butler, Ind., Dec. 29, 2019

Sandy Chalfant ’79 Hadley of Albany, Ga., Dec. 23, 2019

1980s

Grace Schrock ’81 Morentz of Richmond, Ind., Feb. 15, 2020

John Sellers ’81 of Greensburg, Ind., April 15, 2020

Dale Rice ’82c of Huntington, Ind., April 20, 2020

Edward “Ed” Robinson ’84 of Carmel, Ind., Feb. 24, 2020

2000s

Joshua Archer ’14 of Fort Wayne, Dec. 29, 2019

Friends of Manchester

Robert Coplen of Fort Wayne, July 27, 2018

Imogene Lois Dahl of La Porte, Ind., March 25, 2020

Robert Dell of McPherson, Kan., Jan. 16, 2020. He was a longtime Church of the Brethren pastor who taught religion and philosophy at Manchester for seven years.

Billy Jansen of DeMotte, Ind., Jan. 26, 2019. Billy was the spouse of Miriam Penning ’51c Jansen, who passed away in 2014.

Dr. Earl Kaylor, Jr. of Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 8, 2020. Earl was married to Harriet Beahm ’51 Kaylor.

Dorothy Whitmore of North Manchester, Nov. 4, 2019

Kenneth Roeh of Madison, Wis., Nov. 7, 2019

Class Notes


1940s

David “Dave” Lower ’41 of Wildomar, Calif., celebrated his 100th birthday in October. A World War II veteran and retired science teacher, Lower was featured in a local television news story.

1950s

Wendell Dilling ’58 has been a volunteer research advisor for chemistry students at Central Michigan University for the past 29 years. He was a research chemist at The Dow Chemical Co. for 30 years. Wendell recently won eight medals in the indoor Michigan Senior Olympics, including silver medals in the shot put, triple jump, 60-meter low hurdles, and 800-meter and 1500-meter runs in the men's 80-84 age division. He also won bronze medals in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes and 400-meter run, and he placed fourth in the long jump and 1500-meter power walk.

The Indiana Historical Society honored Shirley Ogle ’59 Willard as a Golden Hoosier in June 2019. She was recognized for her work to preserve the Potawatomi Trail of Death history and for her work with the Fulton County Historical Society. Shirley contacted all 26 counties on the 660-mile forced removal known as the Trail of Death and had historical markers placed at all the camp sites of the two-month trek. She also released a book in December, Fulton County, Indiana – The Luckiest County in the World.

1960s

Larry Smucker ’63 of Lakeland, Fla., was awarded the Nancy Thornberry Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Polk Senior Games.

Ruthann Knechel ’64 Johansen of Granger, Ind., co-authored with E. Jane Doering When Fiction and Philosophy Meet: A Conversation with Flannery O'Connor and Simone Weil, published by Mercer University Press.

Réné Calderón ’66 and Karen Gorden ’71 Calderón celebrated 53 years of marriage. Réné also received the Revelation 7:9 Award from the Intercultural Ministries Advisory Council of the Church of the Brethren. 

Curt-KeimCurt Keim ’67 of Green Valley, Ariz., is board vice president and chief grant writer for the Sahuarita Food Bank and Community Resource Center. The retired dean of Moravian College, Keim was featured recently in the Green Valley News.

Michael “Doc” Emrick ’68 of St. Clair, Mich., was inducted into the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame.

1970s

Alan L. Flory '70 and Barbara J. Clark ’73 Flory of Apple Valley, Calif., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 20, 2019. The Florys met at Manchester and married in the old North Manchester Church of The Brethren. 

Karen Horn ’71 has published her book, Why Talk is Cheap: Employee Engagement and the Bottom Line. It is available through Amazon and other booksellers.

Richard Gregg ’72 and Sheila Paul ’74c Gregg, who met as students at Manchester, along with their daughters, Brooke Gregg ’02 Hughes and Ashley Gregg ’07 Vice were featured in The News Sun of Howe, Ind., for their long careers in education. Collectively, the Gregg family has spent more than 100 years as educators. Now retired, Richard and Sheila live near Howe. Brooke is a counselor for the Northwest Allen (County) School District and Ashley is dean of students at Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School in Albion, Ind.

Lisa Bok ’75 Hatcher was elected president of the Indiana State Medical Association. She works as a family medicine practitioner in Columbia City, Ind.

Kay-Ball-Evans-wedding-photoKay Evans ’75, daughter of Helen Brubaker ’44 and T. Quentin Evans,’45, married Gary Olund on July 27, 2019, at their home in Porter Beach, Ind. Kay retired in September 2018 after a 40-year leadership career in higher education, health care and human services development.  

Mark-HuntingtonMark Huntington ’76 of North Manchester, dean for natural and health sciences in the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences and professor of exercise and athletic training, retired at the end of this academic year. Mark joined the faculty in 1984 and was instrumental in founding athletic training education at Manchester. Under his leadership, athletic training at MU earned accreditation and became a master’s degree program.

Julie Garber ’79, program director for the Community Foundation of Wabash County, received the Indiana Early Learning Champion Award for her work to establish and grow high-quality opportunities in early childhood education.

Sarah Kurtz ’79 of Merced, Calif., was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her contributions to the gallium indium phosphide/gallium arsenide photovoltaic cells and for her leadership in solar-cell reliability and quality.

1980s

Steve-NaragonSteve Naragon ’82 of North Manchester, professor of philosophy at Manchester, retired at the end of this academic year. Naragon majored in philosophy as an undergraduate and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 1987. On the faculty at MU since 1991, Naragon specialized in modern philosophy with an emphasis on Immanuel Kant and German philosophy. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. 

Cook-Huffman,-CeliaCelia Cook-Huffman '86 became the vice president for academic affairs at Manchester University on March 23. She has been at Juniata College since 1990, serving as the associate director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies until 2015, when she became Juniata's assistant provost. Celia earned her master's degree from Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

1990s

Jared Sponseller ’96 was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of First State Bank in Middlebury, Ind.

Stacy Horner ’96 Young became president of Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Mich. in January.

2000s

Aja Michael-Keller ’06 was promoted to executive director of marketing and communications at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne.

Farida Adam ’08 is the associate director of development at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Drema Sizemore ’08 Drudge of North Manchester has published her first novel, Victorine. It is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Sam McFadden ’08 is pursuing an MBA degree at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This summer, he is completing an internship with the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

Valerie Vance ’08 of Huntington, Ind., has earned her National Pharmacy Technician Board Certification.

Daniel Jones ’09 of Fort Wayne welcomed his daughter, Lily Marita, in April.

2010s

Malika Adam ’10 was promoted to manager at KPMG US in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Corinna Klawon ’10 of Wilmington, N.C., began working as a national corporate account manager at Johnson & Johnson.

Kristi Sattison ’10 McCart has been a contestant this season on the television show, “The Biggest Loser.” Kristi is a partner in the Riverview, Fla., law firm of McCart & Tesmer.

Andy Williams ’10, a former Manchester University cross country and track student-athlete standout, earned a spot in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the marathon event.

Andrew Durham ’11 was named 2019 Center Township Employee of the Year. He serves as comptroller at the Center Township Trustee’s Office in Kokomo, Ind.

Cambria Teter ’11 Kolter married Ryan Kolter on Dec. 15, 2019.

Dr.-Erin-Cole-and-RaysJason Ray ’11 and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their daughter, Tegan Drew, on Feb. 21, 2020. Delivering Tegan was Dr. Erin Cole ’11, a close friend and roommate of Jason’s their senior year at Manchester. Jason is an attorney in Union County, Ind., where he serves as chief deputy prosecutor.

Brooke Walters ’11 Tapper and Benjamin Tapper ’12 of Indianapolis welcomed their son, Kymani Truth Tapper, in December.

Zachary Washington ’11 became finance manager at Tom Kelley Cadillac in Fort Wayne.

Reily Blatz ’12 Frankum is the communications director for the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

Emily Overlander ’12 is the controller and audit risk manager at Security Federal Savings Bank in Logansport, Ind.

Benjamin Tapper ’12 is the associate for resource consulting at the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis. In January, he facilitated a panel discussion commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. Ben holds master’s degrees from Indiana University and Christian Theological Seminary.

Justin Weber ’12 and his wife, Kelsie, of Laotto, Ind., welcomed their daughter, Nora Mae.

Matthew Helm ’13 graduated from Indiana University with his Ph.D. in genome, cell and developmental biology in May 2019. He is employed with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in West Lafayette, Ind.

Jeremiah-SandersJeremiah Sanders ’14 was awarded first place in the 2019 Opera Ebony Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. A baritone, Jeremiah earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from Butler University.

Kylie Planck ’14 West
and her husband, Evan, of Valparaiso, Ind., welcomed a baby girl, Evelyn, in April.

Alison Senesac ’14 of Atlanta, Ga., became a style assistant at ABN Style Design LLC.

Breegan Andersen ’15 is an ecologist coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture in Little Rock, Ark. She holds master’s degrees in public affairs and environmental science from Indiana University.

Tiffany-ClarkMichael Love ’15 and Tiffany Clark ’16 Love were married on October 5, 2019, with numerous MU friends attending. The couple would not have met were it not for Manchester, wrote Tiffany. “We loved our time at MU.” 

Claire Miller ’16 McNamara married Colin McNamara on Aug. 31, 2019, in Granger, Ind. She is an admissions counselor at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.

Nick Baker ’18 of Carmel, Ind., has earned his master’s degree in sports informatics at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. He completed his master’s degree consultancy project last summer with the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, analyzing basketball shot location data. He now does contract work for the NCAA’s rules enforcement division.

David Alvarez ’19 is student life/membership coordinator for the Unity Performing Arts Foundation. The foundation supports the Voices of Unity Youth Choir in Fort Wayne.

2020s

Keiton Hall ’20 accepted a position as an audit associate at RSM in Atlanta, Ga.