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Class Notes 2017

 

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1920-1929
UPDATES 1920 None
MARRIAGES 1920 None
BIRTHS 1920 None
UPDART DEATHS 1920 None
1930-1939
updart UPDATES 1930 None
MARRIAGES 1930 None
BIRTHS 1930 None
UPDART DEATHS 1936 Aldo L. Picetti, August 16, 2016, Caldwell, New Jersey.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Picetti Goepfert '69.  10/16
    1937 Carol Roman Clendenen, January 18, 2017, Eureka , California.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Phyllis Roman '33 and Emerson Roman '30.  2/17
1940-1949
UPDATES 1940 None
MARRIAGES 1940 None
DINGBAT BIRTHS 1940 None
updart DEATHS 1941 Eleanor Sperry Kobe, January 25, 2017, Carmel, Indiana.  1/17
    1942 Mary White Evans, February 18, 2017, Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, James A. White 1898, siblings, Jean White Kettlewell '45, Marjorie White MacDonald '48, and Thomas White '40, husband, R. Winslow Evans '42, and brother in law, Kenneth V. Kettlewell '45.  2/17

Joseph J. Taber
, December 29, 2016, Washington, D.C.  2/17

Lillian Duncan
, December 22, 2016, Killbuck, Ohio.  1/17

Virginia Pfischner Ford
, September 22, 2016, Huntington, West Virginia.  10/16
    1943 John H. Glenn, December 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
Senator Glenn was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Sprout Glenn 1919, his mother and father in laws, Margaret Alley Castor 1917 and Homer W. Castor 1919, his sister and brother in laws, Jane Castor Hosey '44 and James Hosey '45, and his nephew, James Walker Hosey '73. He is survived by his wife, Anna Castor Glenn '42. He served as a University Trustee since 1968 and as a Distinguished Alumni Professor in Public Affairs since 1998.

Read the full obituary here.  1/17

Robert C. Lawrence
, December 8, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Lawrence Platt '73.  12/16
    1944 Marietta Adams Van Fossen, January 17, 2017, Mount Vernon, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, W. Perry Adams '38, and brother, J. Robert Adams '50. Marietta is survived by her sister in law, Jean McCormick Adams '51.  1/17

Donald M. Castor
, October 8, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Luella Pollock Laing '17 and Samuel McPherson Laing '12, his brother, Edwin Bryce Castor '50, and his cousin, Jane Marie Castor Hosey '44. Donald is survived by his wife, Jane Laing Castor '48, his sister, Janice Castor Heston '48, his cousin, Anna Castor Glenn '42, and his son, Kim Castor '88.  10/16
    1945 Jean Curtis Ewing, January 27, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ewing '43.  2/17
  1946 Irene Porteus Buxton, November 5, 2016, Warsaw, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Gene Porteus Buxton '46.  11/16

C. Eileen Stillion Taylor
, October 10, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  10/16
    1947 E. Grace Zimmerman Day, December 18, 2016, Gnadenhutten, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Zimmerman Baker '47.  1/17

Mary Shaw Robottom
, September 14, 2015, Garland, Texas.  12/16

Bill Oshima
, September 24, 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  10/16
    1949 Constance Boyd Cross, January 28, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Boyd '21 and Georgia Gillogly Boyd '21.  1/17

Sara Young Doughty
, December 6, 2016, Spring Hill, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Brownlee Young '24, and sister, Linda Young Griffith '53. She is survived by her husband, Donald D. Doughty '50.  12/16

Paul Pashkevich
, September 25, 2016, Parkersburg, West Virginia.  10/16
1950-1959
UPDART UPDATES 1950 None
MARRIAGES 1950 None
BIRTHS 1950 None
updart DEATHS 1950 Barbara Silk Stanley, January 15, 2017, Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Barbara Silk Stanley, beloved wife and companion of 66 years to her husband Rev. Arthur Stanley '50, mother of three wonderful children Bruce, Mark, and Kathleen, Grandmother to eight cherished Grandchildren, and Great-grandmother to her first great-grand son, Nicolas, died peacefully Sunday morning January 15, 2017 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, after a struggle with a weakened heart.

Barbara was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, graduated Cum Laude from Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, and majored in early childhood education. Later she earned a Master’s degree in her field at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked professionally as a kindergarten teacher and director of a YWCA pre-school program and served six years from 1972 to 1978 as the Kindergarten Teacher of the Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, Korea. In retirement, Barbara stayed active as a volunteer in social service programs and enjoyed traveling.

She is remembered at Loomis Village in South Hadley where she and her husband were residents for 10 years for her leadership of the monthly Writers Group, as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee, and for her friendly, outgoing supportive personality. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the LOOMIS FRIENDSHIP FUND or to an institution dedicated to Early Childhood Education of one’s choice. A Memorial Service is planned for Loomis Village on Saturday, January 21st at 2pm in the auditorium. A private family Interment will take place in the Springtime.  1/17


Ann McKee Manazir
, December 12, 2016, South Burlington, Vermont.  1/17

Joseph B. Glass
, November 14, 2016, Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Florabel Glass Patton '34, Herbert M. Glass '36 and Samuel Glass ’38. He is survived by his wife, Joann Best Glass '47.  12/16

Patricia Cooke Burns
, July 27, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Kenneth Cooke 1914.  12/16

Gordon H. Brevoort
, November 11, 2016, Manahawkin, New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Allison Brevoort '49.  11/16
    1951 Alfred M. Smith, November 28, 2016, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  12/16

Bob Stevenson
, October 5, 2016, The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Keller Stevenson '53, a niece, Donna Stevenson Runzo '72, and a nephew, John P. Runzo '73.  12/16

Charles R. Meyer
, November 7, 2016, Lexington, North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Susann Taylor Meyer '47, and wife, Julianne Myer Meyer '50. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Meyer Thompson '76, and sister Mary Ann Meyer Ferguson '64.  11/16
    1952 Starling D. Green, February 18, 2017, Duncan Falls, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Nolajean Rankin Green '52.  2/17

Arden Birbeck Duffy
, September 15, 2015, East Liverpool, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Birbeck '38, sisters, Joyce Birbeck Caldwell '49 and Susan Birbeck Cornwell '54, and niece, Druscilla Caldwell Greaney '74.  2/17
    1953 June Michael Vickers, June 24, 2016, Columbus, Indiana.  1/17
    1954 Barbara Farris Capitano, April 22, 2015, Tampa, Florida.  2/17

William F. Emlich
, February 1, 2017, Centerburg, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Thomas Emlich '53, children, Kerry Emlich Haddox '79 and William Emlich, Jr. '82, and son-in-law, D. Michael Haddox '79.  2/17

Janet Butte Christman
, October 7, 2016, Schenectady, New York.  10/16
    1955 Ruth Casler Standiford, January 11, 2017, Dallas, Texas.  1/17
    1956 Doris Birtcher Backus, January 2, 2017, Toldeo, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Birtcher '27, and her husband, G. Read Backus '56.  1/17

Lola Herriott Thomas
, December 23, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Ned Thomas '59, and her sister, Linda Herriott Dietz '69.  1/17

M. Lenore Erb McIntosh
, November 27, 2016, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Robbins Erb '30.  12/16

Elizabeth Acker Head
, November 4, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio.  11/16

Mariann Sherick English
, October 31, 2016, Point Marion, Pennsylvania.  11/16

John T. Brewer
, September 23, 2016, Avon, Ohio.
82, of Avon, formerly of Rocky River. Beloved husband of Joan Caughey Brewer '56 for 60 years; loving father of David N. (Amy R.), Douglas G. (Mary M.) and James W. (Teresa J.); fondly remembered by grandchildren, Martha Motley (Scott), Dana Rymarczyk (Kevin), Erin, Hanna Marino (Paul), Ethan (Ashley), Dalton and great-grandchildren, Connor, Carter, Chase and Riley; dear brother of the Rev. Clair H. Brewer Jr. '52 and sister-in-law Janis Ashdown Brewer '52.

Read the full obituary here. 10/16
    1957 Sarah Lamont, July 6, 2016, Delmont, Pennsylvania.  2/17

Fred Seidel
, November 28, 2016, Bellaire, Ohio.  1/17
    1958 Robert J. Malone, November 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Griest Malone '58.  11/16
    1959 Richard C. Esler II, January 1, 2017, Springfield, Massachusetts.  1/17

Gary A. Schwab
, May 22, 2016, Mercer Island, Washington.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Mae Wood Schwab '27 and L. Delmont Schwab '29, and his uncle, William R. Schwab '26.  1/17
1960-1969
UPDART UPDATES 1960 None
MARRIAGES 1960 None
BIRTHS 1960 None
UPDART DEATHS 1960 Arthur R. Clemenson, February 1, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.  2/17

Nancy May Griffo
, January 3, 2016, Petaluma, California.  11/16
    1961 James E. Rench, December 12, 2016, Covington, Ohio.  12/16

Richard Cameron
, December 3, 2016, Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Moore Cameron '33.  12/16
    1962 Alan C. Travis, January 5, 2017, Dublin, Ohio.
Alan is survived by his wife, Fiona Henderson Travis '62.

Read the full obituary here.  1/17

Clyde D. Everett
, October 25, 2016, Uhrichsville, Ohio.  11/16

Melville C. Fordyce
, October 2, 2016, Supply, North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Robb Fordyce '61.  11/16
    1963 Howard W. Davis, October 27, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  11/16
    1964 Eran Dague Severn, February 1, 2017, Bismark, North Dakota.  2/17
    1966 Carl N. Ball, October 13, 2016, Belpre, Ohio.  10/16
    1969 Harry Lagerman, December 21, 2016, Antigua, Guatemala.  1/17

Eric F. Kohlmyer
, November 14, 2016, Pine Bush, New York.  11/16

Ruth Ann Simcox
, October 3, 2016, Springfield, Missouri.  10/16

Jean Beucler Evans
, October 4, 2016, Mystic, Connecticut.
Jean Noyes (Beucler) Evans, known as Jeanie to many, passed from this life to more life on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, after a valiant 5-year battle with Multiple Myeloma before succumbing to Ovarian Cancer.

She was born in Englewood, N.J. to Margery and Douglas Beucler on Dec. 22, 1946 and was raised in Leonia, N.J. A graduate of Leonia High School, she helped celebrate her 50th reunion last fall by compiling and emailing classmates' bios helping to build momentum for the reunion.

She was a member of the Kianu Club, whose sisters and those of rival sororities provided her with lifelong friendships. She taught elementary school for 20 years beginning with 3rd grade in Haverford, Pa. Jean taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, completing her career with kindergarten, but her favorite was 3rd. Jean is survived by her husband, David '68; her son, Daniel "Dan"; her daughter, Rebecca "Becky"; her son-in-law, Rob; and grandson, Rowen; her brother, Dwight and his wife, Barbara; and niece, Linda; and nephew, Geoffrey.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16
1970-1979
UPDART UPDATES 1974 Larry Ray has recently published two articles: “Communication Causes Conflict (Sometimes)” can be found on the TASA website and "The Unfulfilled Dream of Community Policing," intowner.com, October issue. Ray is a 1977 graduate of Capital University Law School and is self-employed in Washington, D.C. practicing mediation and negotiation. He serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School.  11/16
MARRIAGES 1970 None
BIRTHS 1970 None
UPDART DEATHS 1971 Florenco “Flo” Little Rankin, November 30, 2016, North Canton, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, David A. Rankin '69.  12/16
    1972 Mildred Miller Wright, July 9, 2016, Cooperdale, Ohio.  7/16
    1973 Constance Virginia Giles, August 12, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland. 11/16

Mary Bartlett Reynolds
, October 18, 2016, Topsham, Maine.  11/16
    1977 Harvey “Chris” Taylor, January 15, 2017, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Taylor Yates ’03.  1/17
1980-1989
UPDART UPDATES 1981 Chuck Tuttle has accepted the position of CEO of the Cleveland Christian Home effective October 1. He can be reached at Tuttle929@aol.com.  10/16
    1986 Phillip KanePhillip Kane is now the Chief Commercial Officer, Key Markets for Pirelli S.p.A. He is living and working in Milan, Italy.  12/16
    1987 After graduation, Kim Marty Stallons received a Master's degree from Nicholls State University in 1998 and an Education Doctorate at St. Louis University. She is a mother of a 14 year old daughter and works as an elementary school principal in St. Louis, Missouri. Kim can be reached at Grlzrul68@yahoo.com.  10/16
    1989 Deanne Snedeker Medina recently accepted a position as the Supervising Attorney for CALA (Community Activism Law Alliance) in Chicago, Illinois. CALA unites lawyers and activists to help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. As Supervising Attorney, Deanne oversees all of the staff attorneys and manages litigation and advocacy issues. She can be reached at dlsmedina@yahoo.com.  10/16
MARRIAGES 1980 None
UPDART BIRTHS 1980 None
UPDART DEATHS 1980 None
1990-1999
updart UPDATES 1993 Eric LooneyEric Looney attained his real estate sales associate license in October of 2015. Currently, he is an agent with RE/MAX Allegiance in Delaware, Ohio. Eric can be reached at ericlooney@remax.net. 2/17









David TinkerDavid Tinker
, CFRE, was recently named to the inaugural class of the International Distinguished Fellows Program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This program spotlights individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions. He is one of six fellows from across the globe.

David is Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA and is an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University’s Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program. He has worked in fundraising since 1990 and has raised millions of dollars in donations for human service, health and educational nonprofits in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  12/16
UPDART MARRIAGES 1990 None
UPDART BIRTHS 1999 A baby girl, Genevieve Katherine, was born to Katie Wirt and her husband Andrew on November 4. She joins big sister Vivian.  11/16
UPDART DEATHS 1990 None
2000s
UPDART UPDATES 2006 Molly Sout recently relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan and is working for the Spectrum Health Foundation as a Grant Writer.  11/16
    2009 Julie Travaglini is now the Education Program Director for Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at julietrav24@gmail.com.  11/16
    2011 Shea GrovesIn summer 2016, Shea Groves studied Borneo’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and developed new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation in Borneo. Shea, a corporate recruiter at Advanced Testing Laboratory and informal educator at the Cincinnati Zoo lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program.  1/17
UPDART MARRIAGES 2009 Lindsey Cox Green was married to Daniel Green on August 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The couples lives in Denver, Colorado where Lindsey is a teacher for the Denver City Schools. Prior to that, Lindsey taught English in Abu Dhabi for three years. Lindsey is the daughter of Steve Cox '80 and Dixie Blackstone Cox '80.  12/16
    2010 Thomas Hammond and Taryn Pinnick Hammond were married June 4, 2016. Thomas can be reached at thomas.hammond@nationwide.com.  1/17
    2012 McKensie Smith Shiplett and MuskiesMcKensie Smith Shiplett married Jim Shiplett on June 18, 2016. In attendance were Michelle Cochran '12, Kaci Huffman '13 and Lauren Tullis '13. McKensie currently is a teacher at Fairless Elementary teaching second grade and resides in Canal Fulton, Ohio. She can be reached at mrsmith3225@gmail.com.  10/16
    2013 Heath and Morgan HolmanMorgan Murray Holman was married June 18, 2016 to Heath Holman and are now expecting a little girl and future Muskie (Ava) on May 8th, 2017. She can be reached at nl_mholman@seovec.org.  12/16
TRIANGLE BIRTHS 2006 Andrew and Michael HottAndrew William HottKimberly and Matthew Hott '08 welcomed their second son, Andrew William, on October 18, 2016. Their three year old Michael loves being a big brother! 2/17






Sophia Grace DixonIsaac Dixon
and his wife Ellie welcomed their second child, Sophia Grace, on January 25, 2017.  1/17












Twin girls Annalise and Raeya were born to Vincent Bettinazzi.  11/16
    2007 Ella Louise Triskett was born on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00pm to Kevin Triskett and his wife. Ella is their first child. Mom, Dad and baby girl are home, well and very happy.  2/17
    2010 Erika Clegg Rohrig and Joseph Rohrig '09 welcomed their first little boy Joseph Roen into the world on October 13, 2016.  10/16
    2015 Ethan James VanDineAlex '14 and Taylor VanDine gave birth to Ethan James VanDine on October 4, 2016.  2/17
updart DEATHS 2013 Donna McGrath, October 25, 2016, Somerset, Ohio.  10/16
   
Faculty & Friends
UPDATES   None
MARRIAGES   None
BIRTHS   None
UPDART DEATHS   Pam Pollock Schultz, December 21, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  1/17

Martha T. Hornbeck
, December 18, 2016, Whitehall Pennsylvania.
She served Muskingum as an associate professor.   1/17

Russell V. Brown
, December 28, 2016,New Concord, Ohio.
Russ served the University as Professor of Spanish for 32 years.  1/17

Brad McFadden
, November 29, 2016, Dillonvale, Ohio.  12/16

Charles W. Humes
, November 1, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona.  11/16

Betty Miller
, October 15, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
Betty was the Secretary to the Director of Student Affairs, a position she held for twenty-four years. Betty later worked five years as a part-time secretary in the Athletic Department. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christina Miller '81, and is survived by her son, L. Brent Miller '83.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16

Dr. Raymond D Rataiczak
, October 14, 2016, Cumberland, Ohio.
Dr. Rataiczak was Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Science Division of Muskingum University. He led the development of four new academic programs – Engineering, Nursing, Information Systems, and the Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology (MISST), directed the MISST program, and chaired the Informatics Department. He also served as the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer and as the Special Assistant to the President for Regional Technology Partnerships. He is survived by his children, Michael P. Rataiczak '97 and Heather Rataiczak Traver '94.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16