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UPDATES 1920 None
BIRTHS 1920 None
DEATHS 1920 None
UPDATES 1934 Rev. John P. Galbraith, 103 years old, is the sole remaining founding member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). After Muskingum he attended Westminster Seminary and pastored OPC congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He then served as General Secretary for Home and Foreign Missions committees until 1961 when he began full-time service as General Secretary for Foreign Missions, a post he held until his retirement in 1978. In retirement, he remained active with committee service.

In 2011, at the 75th anniversary of the OPC, then 98-year-old Rev. Galbraith delivered a stirring address. He is much-loved and much-honored by members of the OPC and is often called “Mr. OPC.”  6/16
BIRTHS 1930 None
TRIANGLE DEATHS 1933 Mary Sloan Collier, May 6, 2015, Freemont, California.  5/15
    1934 Louise Haag Oleynik, March 24, 2015, Michigan.
Louise, 102 years of age, leaves behind her sisters, Elsie Haag Goerke '41 and Margaret Haag Smith '39.  Also surviving are nieces Lynn Smith Beard '63 and Sue Ellen Smith Barnhizer '66.  She was predeceased by her husband, John. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.  4/15
    1935 Vera Unger Polen, March 9, 2015, Windermere, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clelland and is survived by her daughter Donna Polen Berry '76.  11/15

Elizabeth B. “Betty” Curry
, May 6, 2015, Sebring, Ohio. 
Born in Buena Vista, Pennsylvania, on August 6, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Rev. George and Effie Madge Brown.Betty was a 1931 graduate of Elyria High School and furthered her education at Muskingum College, graduating in 1935.She was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in East Liverpool, and the Rebecca Griscom Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Betty started her career in the Elyria schools teaching there from 1935 to 1940.After moving to East Liverpool in 1940, she taught in the Wellsville system from 1943 to 1945, then moved into the East Liverpool system at the former Lincoln School.Betty relocated to the Hudson, Ohio area with her husband “Mac”, where she taught at the Cleveland Boys School from 1963 to 1975.Betty and “Mac” returned to East Liverpool in 1975 and she finished her teaching career as a home tutor, retiring in 1986.  Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew A. “Mac” Curry, on November 12, 2004.The couple married June 21, 1940.She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Current Morrison '72 and son-in-law, Wayne D. Morrison '72;  her husband, Rev. Wayne D. Morrison, of Eaton, Ohio, three grandchildren, Amy Morrison, of Columbus, Ohio, Emily Morrison of East Alton, Illinois and Jennifer Heilbrunn, and her husband, Chris, of Columbus.There are also three great-grandchildren, Tyler Matthew Heilbrunn, Elijah Vincent Heilbrunn and Persephone Ann Morrison, and beloved nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her siblings, James Dowling Brown '24, Madge Brown Shaw '20 and Fanny Brown Sandrock '28.  This obituary provided by the family.  5/15
    1936 Aldo L. Picetti, August 16, 2016, Caldwell, New Jersey.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Picetti Goepfert '69.  10/16

Margaret Beal McBride
, April 5, 2016, Huron, Ohio.
She was predeceased in death by her husband, James H. McBride '35.  4/16

Anna Graham Chicka
, February 5, 2016, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.  2/16
    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
    1938 Mary Collins Bull, June 29, 2016, Yellow Springs, Ohio.  7/16
Mary Eleanor (Collins) Bull, age 100 years of Yellow Springs, Ohio, passed away peacefully June 29, 2016 at the Friends Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. Eleanor, the only daughter of the late Harvey and Nellie Collins, was born on April 1, 1916, at her family’s home on the Routzong Road, north of Xenia, Ohio. She completed grades 1-8 at Collins School on W. Enon Road, starting a year earlier than she was eligible; without her, there would not have been enough children to keep the one-room school open.

Eleanor often traveled to school on her pony; but evidently, the pony didn’t like school, because it often escaped the pony shed and went home on its own. Eleanor graduated from Xenia Central High School, and in 1938 graduated from Muskingum College with a B.S. degree in Music Education. She taught music for three years in South Solon, Ohio – fulfilling the school board’s requirement that she start a school band. She taught for a year in the early 1960’s at Clifton School.

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

Anna Melick Mumford
, February 15, 2016, Marion, Iowa.  3/16

Hilda Graham Buyok
, May 12, 2015, Monroeville, Pennsylvania.  5/15
    1939 Margaret Taylor Courtwright, March 4, 2017, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, John C. Taylor '37, Carl E. Taylor '37, and Gordon Taylor '44. Margaret is survived by her sister, Gladys Taylor McGarey '41.  3/17

Betty Luce Sager
, April 21, 2016, Perryopolis, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Sager Knox '64.  4/16

Frances DeRolph Gregory
, January 31, 2016, New London, Ohio.  2/16

Ruth Mowder Paine
, February 9, 2015, Beallsville, Ohio. 
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Herman.  5/15

Martha Ryan Kissmeier, January 25, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Erik.  2/15

updart UPDATES 1947 THE PEACOCKS 1THE PEACOCKS 2William (Bill) V. Peacock and his wife, Beatrice (Trixie) Almy Peacock, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 29, 2015. They met at Muskingum, where Trixie was an FAD and Bill was a Stag. 8/15
BIRTHS 1940 None
DEATHS 1940 Ethel Rainey Ward, May 12, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland.  5/17

R. Keith Schaffner
, July 29, 2015, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Z. Joanna Schaffner Baun '37 and John Perry Schaffner '50.  5/16

Sarah Alexander Pearce
, April 30, 2015, Greensboro, North Carolina.  5/15
    1941 Everett L. Woodcock, September 29, 2017, Asheville, North Carolina.  10/17

Sarah Frances Crothers Amspoker
, November 1, 2005, Peoria, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Amspoker '41, and brother-in-law, Harold Amspoker '39. Sarah is survived by her children, Harry Amspoker '71 and Judith Amspoker Siehl '65.  8/17

Lowell G. McCoy
, March 15, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel C. McCoy 1912 and Bessie Watt McCoy 1911, and his sister, Ruth McCoy Kloepfer '35. Lowell is survived by his siblings, Elverne McCoy Tipton '43, Bess McCoy Manney '44, Mary Esther McCoy Barnes '45, and Pressley McCoy '48.  7/17

George E. Aitkin
, April 22, 2017, Overland Park, Kansas.  5/17

Eleanor Sperry Kobe
, January 25, 2017, Carmel, Indiana.  1/17

James A. Applegate
, October 17, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
James was preceded in death by his brother Francis A. Applegate '34 and sister-in-law Mary Yerian Applegate '28, and he is survived by wife Marcia K. Applegate.  10/15

Vivian Cizeski Holvenstot
, August 8, 2014, Santa Barbara, California.  7/15

Margaret Wilson Shannon, June 4, 2015, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.  6/15

William J. Fisk, May 10, 2015, New Concord, Ohio.
Dr. Fisk was Professor Emeritus of History.  From 1946 to 1987, he served Muskingum as professor of history, dean and vice president, and in 1977 received Muskingum’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest alumni honor.  He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Sprague Fisk '42; and their children, Elizabeth Fisk Bouyer '87 and John Fisk '89.  5/15 

Allan D. Simpson, April 27, 2015, Sperryville, Virginia.
Allan was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Yund Simpson and a son, Heath R. Simpson '66.  Surviving are their other children, Allan B. Simpson '69, April Marie Simpson Heddleston '75 and Scott Simpson '70.  5/15

Dorothy McClave Ballantine, February 23, 2015, Steubenville, Ohio.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Ballantine '40.  Surviving are two sons, Douglas Ballantine and Bradley Ballantine, both of Columbus, three grandchildren, and a brother and sister.  3/15
    1942 Ruth Oherson Anderson, May 11, 2017, Butler, Pennsylvania.  5/17

Betsy McComb Everett
, April 22, 2017, North Canton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Everett '41, and her sister, Jean McComb Burns '39.  5/17

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

Arthur R. Kirk
, February 27, 2016, Grove City, Ohio.  3/16

Irene Henderson Way
, January 2, 2016, Savannah, Georgia.
Grace Irene Henderson Way was born May 15, 1919. She was a graduate with a B.A. in Education. She taught elementary education in New Concord, Clyde and Granville, Ohio and in Savannah, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Way, Jr.; her parents, A. Y. Henderson '14 and Agnes Paxton Henderson '16; and a sister, Ruth Henderson '40. She is survived by two sons, Walter H. Way, III, and Warren H. Way; a sister, Christine Henderson Visnich '59; and a brother, Bruce Henderson '56.  1/16

Virginia Brugger Welty
, September 9, 2015, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Welty, parents George Brugger 1903 and Bess Johnston Brugger 1903 and sister Eleanor Jane Brugger ’39.  10/15

Beatrice Sprague Fisk
, August 14, 2015, New Concord, Ohio.
Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Fisk '41 and is survived by her children, Elizabeth Fisk Boyer '87 and John Fisk '89.  8/15

Jane McMillan Ward, June 6, 2014, Lakeville, New York.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Allen Ward.  She is survived by a son, David Ward, and two daughters, Ann Ward Mathias '75 and Alice Ward Dillon, as well as five beloved grandchildren, two special great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends of all ages.  Jane moved from Ohio to Lakeville after marrying Allen in 1948. She was an active member of Lakeville United Church of Christ. As her family grew up, she worked as a substitute elementary school teacher, played piano accompaniment for school choruses and gave piano lessons in her home. Jane's love of God, life and music was evident in her generous, positive spirit and the great number of people who called her "friend." Her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were her pride and joy. Jane especially treasured her Muskingum memories and enjoyed attending reunions and keeping in touch with classmates over the years.   This obituary provided by the family.  2/15
    1943 John N. Walker, October 7, 2017, McDonald, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Sandra Sager Nicholas '61.  10/17

Donna Noble Marconette
, June 15, 2017, Hillsboro, Ohio.  6/17

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

Jean Prouty Walker
, March 28, 2016, San Jose, California.  7/16

Olive Ruth Henderson Smith
, February 21, 2016, Monroe, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harry L. Henderson 1906, her siblings, M. Elizabeth Henderson Fleming '36 and H. Paul Henderson '33 and her nephew, Robert A. Fleming '63.  5/16

Martha Moore Herrling
, March 25, 2016, Oneonta, New York.  4/16

Nellie Albanese Harris
, March 26, 2016, Rockville, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest L. Albanese '31, and sisters, Ruth Albanese Fornatara '34 and Naomi Albanese '39.  4/16

Helen M. Andrews, August 29, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio.
Helen continued her education, after receiving a bachelor of science in Education at Muskingum, at Ohio University in Athens as served as Dean of Students in Lindley’s Hall.  She was also honored “Teacher of the Year” in 1980.  8/15

Helen Roy Huntoon, January 26, 2015, Bellingham, Washington.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her siblings Alexander McElroy Roy '35, Katherine Roy Short '39, Martha A. Roy '35 and her father, Mark S. Roy '05.  She is survived by her brother, Mark Roy, Jr. ’45.  2/15

Ruth Ann Boyd Walls, January 14, 2015, De Graff, Ohio. 
Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard.  Among those surviving is her daughter, Terri Walls Marratta '74.  1/15

Marie Miller Hubert, December 12, 2014, Torrington, West Virginia.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Fred.  1/15

Kathryn Heppel Williams, December 19, 2014, Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Among those surviving is her companion, Jerry.  1/15
    1944 Margaret McCall Ferguson, February 17, 2017, Traverse City, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest W. McCall 1917, husband, David A. Ferguson '46, and sister, Dorothy McCall Shadle '46. Margaret is survived by her son, Robert L. Ferguson '73.  3/17

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

Rea Joy Wise
, July 2, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Ruby Wise '37 and Eloise Wise '35. She is survived by her sister, Jean Wise Feddersen '49.  7/16

Larry Ayers
, February 13, 2016, Salisbury, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Dean Ayers '45. 2/16

Dorothy Slater Scott
, February 17, 2016, Willoughby, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Scott '49, and brother, Robert W. Slater '48. 2/16

Robert R. Russell
, June 1, 2015, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Ruth.  8/15

Benjamin K. Furry, May 10, 2015, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 
Benjamin is survived by his wife, Eleanor.  6/15

Marjorie Pettay Millet, February 12, 2015, Troy, Ohio.
Majorie is survived by her son and four daughters.  She was a very active member of First United Methodist Church in Troy.  2/15
    1945 Jean Curtis Ewing, January 27, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ewing '43.  2/17

Dwight W. Somerville
, September 14, 2016, Shelby, Ohio.  9/16

Doris Kallenberg Lambert
, April 27, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Kallenberg Cooper '45.  5/16

Ralph Rahmes
, February 2, 2016, Fort Myers, Florida.  2/16

Jay A. Buxton
, October 13, 2015, Salisbury, North Carolina.  1/16

George A. McKinley
, May 6, 2015, Lititz, Pennsylvania.
George is predeceased by his mother Lillian Arnold McKinley 1904, sister Ruth McKinley '35 and brother Frank Arnold McKinley '37. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou and sister Margaret McKinley Geran '41.  12/15

Gene A. Purdy
, September 15, 2015, Detroit, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her brothers William and Thomas Purdy and is survived by her sisters J. George (Margaret) Purdy and Grace A. Erwin.  9/15

Helen Gormley Tousignant,
November 27, 2014, Hamilton, Montana
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Tousignant '43.  2/15
    1946 Ruth White Rose, October 6, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison O. Rose '32.  10/17

Marjorie C. Hanes
, July 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  7/17

Robert L. Hamilton
, February 23, 2017, Cherokee Village, Arkansas.  4/17

Mary McDowell Rhinehart
, March 2, 2017, Steubenville, Ohio.  3/17

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

Nella Shanks McCrory
, September 8, 2012, Rogers, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McCrory '43.  7/16

John "Merle" Rife
, March 2, 2016, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret Rife Blackburn '50.  3/16

Marion Norton Dodson
, December 4, 2015, Houston, Texas.
Marion is predeceased by her husband Parker Dodson '46.  12/15

Patricia Durbin McCombs
, March 24, 2015, North Platte, Nebraska.  5/15
    1947 Dorothy Knouff Sivard, June 23, 2017, Fair Oaks, California.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis Sivard '52.  7/17

Polly Barron Duff
, June 22, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Francis C. Duff '44.  7/17

May Ireland
, April 7, 2017, Indiana, Pennsylvania.  4/17

Barbara Perrin Dunn
, February 22, 2017, Brattleboro, Vermont.  3/17

Frances Elliott Zellar
, February 24, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ina Elliott Helquist '44, and is survived by her granddaughter, Allison Flower Reed '03.  3/17

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

William R. Campbell
, April 18, 2016, Salisbury, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Campbell '48.  4/16

Jean Caulton Crawford
, January 7, 2016, Farmington, Michigan.
CRAWFORD, Jean C., age 90, January 7, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Willard '50. She was the mother of Kenneth (Paula) and Connie (Michael) Craig and grandmother of Ryan, Jenny, Justin, Amanda and great-grandmother of Brayden and Cullen.

Read the full obituary here.

Mary Orr Clyne
, November 6, 2015, Hammond, Indiana.
Mary was predeceased in death by her husband Kermit and is survived by her son Kevin Clyde and daughter Carol Clyne Offutt.  12/15

Mary Jean Hill
, November 7, 2015, Monroe, Ohio.
Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents Ralph John Hill and Josephine Orr Hill and sister Reverend Doris J. Hill.  11/15

Jane McFeely Woodward
, August 11, 2015, Hilliard, Ohio.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Woody.  8/15

James I. Doi, June 5, 2015, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. 
James was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.  7/15

Judith Hill Cox, June 18, 2015, Stow, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Judith’s sons, Kevin Cox '75 and Steven Cox '73.  6/15

Gene McIlvaine Koehler, May 29, 2015, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Gene was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, and her parents, John McIlvaine '17 and Geneva Montgomery McIlvaine '18.  Surviving are their children, Geneva Koehler Yelle '78 and Raymond Koehler '76 and a brother, John McIlvaine '55.  6/15

Renee Joseph Powell, May 5, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii. 
Renee is survived by her sisters, Gail Joseph St. Clair '54 and Lynn Joseph '67.  6/15

Joanne Williams Pleska, February 15, 2015, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Paul Pleska.  She arranged Muskingum alumni events in the Cleveland area and is survived by her sons, Kenneth and Robert. 3/15
    1948 Helen HovisHelen Brown Hovis, July 18, 2017, Ithaca, New York.

Our beloved mother and grandmother, Helen Brown Hovis, 92, of 302 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca, N.Y. (formerly of Indiana) passed away Tuesday, July 18, after taking a fall while on a walk outside.

Born June 20, 1925, Helen was the daughter of Elinor Allison Brown and Milton Ruffner Brown. She was the bright spot in our lives, an inspiration to all and will be missed terribly.

Helen graduated from Indiana High School, received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College and her master’s degree in home economics education from Penn State University. She taught home economics in York, P.A., then became a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1959, retiring in 1988.

She was predeceased by William Hovis, her husband of 55 years and her brother, Milton Brown. She is survived by her daughters, Christine Hovis Sukel '83 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Kathryn Hovis Younger '87 and husband Todd Younger of Locke, NY and her five grandchildren: Zachary, Griffin, Spencer, Ellie and Abby; sister LaRue Kensey of Clymer, Pa. and sister-in-law Irene Brown of Indiana.

Read the full obituary here.   7/17

Helen Addicott Rhodes
, February 8, 2017, Evertt, Washington.  4/17

Arlene Aldrich Rapp
, October 19, 2015, Warren, Pennsylvania.  6/16

C. Trafford Dick
, April 1, 2016, Zanesville, Ohio.
He is survived by his son, Trafford Dick '79.  4/16

Julia Ferguson McClurg
, March 19, 2016, East Windsor, New Jersey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Anderson Ferguson '18 and David Ferguson '17, her brother, David Anderson Ferguson '46, and her son, Mark R. McClurg '74.  3/16

Sara "Sally" Brown York
, February 10, 2016, Akron, Ohio.
She was predeceased in death by her father, Reverend Joseph Brown '21.  2/16

James S. Bates
, January 27, 2016, Danville, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fee Bates '48.  2/16

James R. Allen
, August 13, 2015, Norwich, Ohio. 
James is survived by his wife, Doris Finley Allen '46; a daughter, Katherine Allen Gerber '94G; a sister in law, Bernice Finley Litt '55; a niece, Susan Litt Ballantine '82; and a nephew, Gordon F. Litt '80.  He was preceded in death by his son, James P. Allen '70; his brother, Phillip F. Allen '54; and a nephew, David W. Litt '78.  8/15

Rex B. Hoon, April 9, 2015, New Concord, Ohio. 
Rex Boyce Hoon, 93, died peacefully at home.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, war hero, football coach, teacher, volunteer, philanthropist, music lover, outdoor and travel enthusiast and friend to many. Rex served our country in World War II as an army rifleman from May, 1943 until October, 1045.  He was a decorated member of the “Fighting 36th,” Company F, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, which saw extensive action in Italy and France.  He was awarded the Purple Heart as a result of being hit by shrapnel Campagnatico, Italy on June 17, 1944.  He was honored with the Bronze Star for action in Velletri, Italy.  On July 29, 2009, Rex received the Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor Award, paying tribute to soldiers who fought in World War II to liberate France. He is survived by his wife, Joan Spillman Hoon '51, his sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Patricia Hoon and Greg and Sandra Hoon; eight grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Hoon Shepherd; his brothers-in-law, Frank Wright and John William Spillman; his sister-in-law, Rachel (Spillman) Sweeney; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Deborah Cay Hoon; his brother, Sterling Evans Hoon '36; his sisters, Evangeline (Hoon) Shooter and Alice Ruth (Hoon) Wright '41; his brothers in law, Howard Shooter, Lloyd P. Shepherd, Howard Bigony, Charles F. Spillman and William E. Green; and his sisters-in law, Leah (Spillman) Bigony, Louanna (Spillman) Green, Elnora Hoon, Glenna Spillman, Gladys I. Spillman and Freda Maxine (McCune) Spillman. Memorial contributions in Rex's name may be made to the Athletic Fund at Muskingum University, 163 Stormont Street, New Concord, Ohio 43762; The Wilds, 14000 International Road, Cumberland, Ohio 43732; New Concord United Methodist Church, 20 East High Street, New Concord; or the New Concord Fire Department.  4/15

Robert W. Cope, January 17, 2014, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  3/15

Helen Coleman Fordyce, February 2, 2015, Jacksonville, Texas
A long-time piano teacher, Helen was organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville for 60 years. She is survived by her husband, Robert Fordyce '55.  2/15

James H. Wilcoxon, January 13, 2015, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Hope Johnson Wilcoxon '47, and his brother, Willis E. Wilcoxon '49.  Among those surviving are his son, James Wilcoxon, Jr. '71, his sister-in-law, Louise Goehring Wlicoxon '49 and his nieces, Susan Wilcoxon Hite '70 and Sally Wilcoxon Lathrop '76.  1/15
    1949 Marianne Ulbrich Campbell, August 30, 2017, Chillicothe, Illinois.
She is survived by her husband, Mel Fox Campbell.  9/17

Esther Lewis Waddell
July 28, 2017, Saint Clairsville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.R. Waddell.  7/17

Ella Berresford Waltz
, July 10, 2017, Tucson, Arizona.
Ella passed into God's embrace peacefully at the age of 90. She was born in Beaver, PA to Paul and Edna Berresford. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH and her master's degree in library science from Kent State University. Ella began her teaching career in Wintersville, OH in 1949 and taught in northern Ohio until becoming Librarian at Bay Village High School.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Berresford of Tucson, stepdaughter Connie Coffin, stepson Robert W. Waltz, five step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren.

Read the full obituary here.  7/17

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

Paul Pashkevich
, September 25, 2016, Parkersburg, West Virginia.  10/16

Betty Hamilton Henschel
, July 13, 2016, Willoughby, Ohio.
Betty Henschel (nee Hamilton), age 88, passed away July 13, 2016. Beloved wife of Bill. Loving mother of Steve (Gail), Barb (Bob), Judy (Joe) and Kurt (Susan). Cherished grandmother of 15, great-grandmother of 12. Betty and Bill met at Muskingum College and were married at the end of their junior year.

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

Raymond K. Janson
, March 7, 2016, Canton, Ohio.  3/16

George R. Waddell
, May 25, 2015, Saint Clairsville, Ohio.
He is survived by wife Esther G. Lewis Waddell.  1/16

Margery Roe Perrin
, November 13, 2015, Avella, Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased in death by her cousin Donald V. Roe '56 and survived by her sisters Carol Lee Roe Ball '60 and Donna Roe Williamson '62, sons Richard L. Perrin and David Perrin and cousin Marian Roe Fleming '49.  12/15

Kenneth E. Nolin
, September 15, 2015, Washington, Pennsylvania.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Rosella Hutchison Nolin '46, brother Wallace H. Nolin '51 and sister Ruth L. Nolin '48. He is survived by his sister Nancy Nolin Mast '54, three daughters, son, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  11/15

Donald R. Jameson
, October 17, 2015, Wooster, Ohio.
He is survived by wife Mary Ellen Baldridge Jameson '51.  10/15

David R. Markley,
November 7, 2014, Bellevue, Ohio
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret McFadden Markley '49 and is survived by his sister Mary Laura Markley '48.  David is also survived by his sons Bruce '77 and David Jr. '74 and daughters-in-law Kathryn Ann Power Markley '75 and Susan L. Cook Markley '88.  He was in the U.S. Army and served in World War II.  9/15

George M. Cook
, May 19, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
George is survived by his wife Nancy Campbell Cook and children Debbie (David) Beachler, Cindy (Joseph) Totten, Mimi (Michael) Loughead, and Chester R. (Mary Louise) Babst, III.  9/15

Ruth Ann Couillard Graham
, April 17, 2015, Locust Grove, Virginia.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, J. Courtney Graham.  4/15

Lois Copeland, March 14, 2015, Toledo, Ohio.
Lois was predeceased by her parents, Lois McKirahan Copeland '18, and Raymond Copeland '16. Her brother, William Copeland '46 survives as do nieces Patti Harris Spengler '71 and Linda Copeland '71.  She was predeceased by her brother Clarence Copeland '43 and a sister, Ruth Copeland Harris '42.  4/15

Lawrence W. Kukura, January 19, 2015, Brookfield, Pennsylvania.  1/15

Norma Fay Magneson, January 9, 2015, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Berney.  1/15

Leah Rickert Goddard, January 13, 2015, Canfield, Ohio.
Leah was preceded in death by her husband, Arden.  1/15

UPDART UPDATES 1952 Joyce Davidson is finishing two years study with ScreenwritingU in California and will begin marketing her screenplays. She has nothing but high praise for the teacher, Hal Croasmun, and his wife, Cheryl Croasmun, for the outstanding program they have developed. She was the oldest in the class and one of the hardest workers. Joyce can be reached at  5/17

Joyce Williams Davidson
published her third historical novel in February, 2015. Along Sunken Roads is set during the Civil War and tells the story of a young planter from Hibernia, Florida, who fought with J. E. B. Stuart and the slave his helped escape, who fought for the Union Army. Joyce can be reached at  4/15
    1955 Marilyn Ansevin Austin has published a children’s book, Caddy’s Adventures, which tells the story of a young kitty named Caddy who, according to Marilyn, “(of course) thinks out loud and in English, so we know what she is thinking and what she says.She is very curious and has many adventures which conclude in her learning something about the world around her and reinforces the theme of acceptance - even though she is not perfect - and love and caring from her mistress and her companion pet named The Dog.”  Illustrated by Kendra Kirkpatrick and published by SBPRA, Caddy’s Adventures is available from Amazon.  2/15
BIRTHS 1950 None
DEATHS 1950 Howard J. Brackett, July 25, 2017, Solomons, Maryland.  8/17

Shirley Jorgenson Fodor
, March 2, 2017, North Olmstead, Ohio.  5/17

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

John Merle Rife, Jr.
died March 2, 2016 at the age of 90. He served Muskingum as a Trustee from 1988-2000, and as an Emeritus Trustee from 2000-2016. A World War II United States Navy pilot and instructor, he earned a Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the History Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1958, where he taught for nearly four decades, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1994.

He was a committed volunteer leader in his community, serving as President of the Indiana County Tuberculosis Society for more than a decade and then as Vice President of the newly-created Southwest Pennsylvania American Lung Association. He also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Four Footed Friends animal shelter and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the J.S. Mack Foundation. He chaired a major fundraising committee for Graystone Presbyterian Church, which led to the founding of St. Andrew’s Village continuing care retirement community in Indiana, and he was a member of the original fundraising committee for the Indiana-area drug and alcohol crisis center.

Mr. Rife was preceded in death by his wife Wanda Petty Rife. He is survived by his daughter Roseann P. Rife of Hong Kong, his son John A. Rife, of Salineville, Ohio, and three grandchildren: Ryan Stokes, Cameron Rife and Nicholas Rife.  8/16

William G. Wiley
, February 18, 2016, Washington, Iowa.  8/16

Doris Kallenberg Lambert
, April 27, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Kallenberg Cooper '45.  5/16

Harold J. Stullenburger
, March 29, 2016, Millville, New Jersey
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Cook Stullenburger '51.  4/16

Audrey Christensen Adams
, February 19, 2016, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  3/16

Lois Ellifritz Peirce
, January 17, 2016, Springfield, Virginia.  2/16

David S. Hogg
, November 14, 2015, Dayton, Ohio.
David, a WWII U.S. Air Force veteran, is survived by his three children, niece Karen Badzik Zollars '69 and four grandchildren.  11/15

Mark L. Hall
, August 4, 2015, Warren, Ohio. 
Mark is survived by his wife, Marilyn Miller Hall '51.  8/15

Beverly Bell Runkle, March 10, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Runkle ’48.  6/15

Doris Williams Purdom, June 10, 2014, Powell, Ohio. 4/15

William J. Bline
, March 26, 2015, Newark, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Bill’s wife, Maxine.  4/15

Robert M. Napier, March 23, 2015, Vero Beach, Florida.
Bob is survived by his wife, Doris Watson Napier '51.  4/15

Clarence “Clancy” Biegler, March 15, 2015, Columbus, Ohio
Clancy became assistant to the president at Muskingum in 1962 and later served his alma mater as alumni  development director, director of admissions and as director of development and planned giving.  He retired from Ohio State University as director of development for the College of Agriculture, and served a fundraising consultant.  Clancy was a four-year letterman in both football and track at Muskingum and in 1987, was inducted into Muskingum’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was a World War II veteran and also enjoyed an earlier career as a teacher and coach. At both Muskingum and Baldwin Wallace Colleges, he coached football, swimming and track. In retirement, Clancy enjoyed many hobbies and was an active member of  a number of Masonic charities. He served on the board of the Gladden Community House and persuaded COSI to  use parts of Central High School in their new facility. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Leeper Biegler '49 and sons Chad A. Biegler '76 and Kent D. Biegler '79.  4/15

Duncan R. McQueen, March 10, 2015, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Rev. McQueen graduated from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained into the priesthood in 1954. He worked at St. Martin’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, was rector of St. Mary’s Church in Warwick, Rhode Island, and served as dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Suva, Fiji.  He served as rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Worcester, Massachusetts before becoming rector of Trinity Parish. He retired in 1996 and was predeceased by his wife, Pat. He is survived by four children and their families. 4/15

William  (Bill) F. Ruby, February 14, 2015, Murray, Kentucky.
Bill served in the Marine Corps from 1943 – 1946 in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.  He was a World War II veteran. Bill then began his career with Goodyear in 1950, retiring 36 years later in 1986. He worked in middle management at the Goodyear plants in Akron, Ohio; North Chicago, Illinois;  and Norfolk, Nebraska.  While at Muskingum, Bill played center on the basketball team and led the nation in field goal percentage his senior year. He was invited to try out with the New York Knicks.  He was inducted in 1985 into the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame and the John Glenn High School Hall of Fame in 2010.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Shields Ruby, son David, and daughter Diane.  3/15

Gloria Schadel Southam, September 18, 2014, Brecksville, Ohio. 
Gloria is survived by her husband, Donald.  1/15

    1951 Nancy Burgum Fletcher, September 1, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.  9/17

Marilyn Miller Hall
, June 19, 2017, Warren, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark L. Hall '50.  6/17

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

Russell W. Brown
, January 31, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Joan "Jil" Lofstrom Brown '52.  2/16

Carl R. Johnson
, November 29, 2015, Whiteville, North Carolina.
Carl is survived by his wife Brenda.  12/15

John A. Mowder
, November 12, 2015, Westerville, Ohio.
A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, John is survived by his wife Donna Jean Durigg Mowder '52, daughters Jane Mowder and Susan Mowder and sister Miriam Mowder Stubbs '48.   11/15

Mary Skinner Cowgill
, November 7, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio.
She preceded in death by her mother Margaret Gillespie Skinner '42 and survived by relatives Charles R. Cowgill '97 and Courtney Cowgill Dye '00.   11/15

Helen George Thomas
, July 11, 2015, Cary, North Carolina.
Helen was predeceased in death by her husband William and is survived by her sister Marian Rase and sons David and Steven Thomas.   10/15

Fred Elder
, March 29, 2015, Webster, New York.
He was predeceased by his wife Sally and is survived by his children Debbie (Galen) Mattice, Valerie Elder, Peter (Pam) Elder, and Heather (Jim McNeil) Elder. He retired from the Xerox company with more than 100 patents.  9/15

Dale Eugene Rice
, August 18, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Dale is survived by his wife, Maxine.  8/15

Glendon K. Saultz, April 30, 2015, Enon, Ohio. 
Glendon is survived by his wife, Helen.  7/15

Billie Jean Slocum Lewis, May 25, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Billie Jean’s husband, Harvey.  6/15

Ivor M. Rusk, Jr., February 10, 2015, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Ivor earned an MBA from Rutgers University and is survived by Loretta Vandagriff Bowman. 2/15
    1952 Barbara Hart Christy, September 29, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona.  6/17

Margaret Lobaugh Gallaghe
, January 8, 2017, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Lobaugh '22 and Helen Burns Lobaugh '25. She is survived by her siblings, H. Bruce Lobaugh '52 and Kathleen Lobaugh Gavey '56.  5/17

George M. Foliart
, April 24, 2017, Fort Myers, Florida.  5/17

William R. McKenzie
, April 5, 2017, Greensboro, North Carolina.  4/17

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

C. Robert McCullough
, July 17, 2016, Burton, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hoag McCullough '51.  7/16

Marion Hasson Caldwell
, December 31, 2015, Rockville, Maryland.
On Friday, December 31, 2015, Marion H. Caldwell died peacefully at Montgomery Hospice Casey House in Rockville, Maryland. Born in 1930 in Dravasburg, Pennsylvania. She was the loving wife of the late Frederick Caldwell. Beloved mother to Judith Caldwell Cochrane (Ed) of Darnstown, Maryland, and Don Caldwell (Laurie), of Chevy Chase, Maryland. She will be missed by a host of family and friends.

Read the full obituary here.  7/16

C. Robert Bennett
, April 10, 2016, Strongsville, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Miller Bennett.  4/16

Jean Campbell Clark
, March 14, 2016, Fremont, Ohio.  3/16

Fred G. Raines
, September 23, 2015, Evertt, Washington.  3/16

K. William Harper
, January 13, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona.  2/15

Paul R. Fahringer
, October 22, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally McBride Fahringer.  2/16

Richard V. Moore
, May 24, 2015, Roswell, Georgia.
Among those surviving is Richard’s son, Gregory Moore '90.  5/15

Ervin M. Leonhard, December 12, 2014, Dayton, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Ervin’s wife, Sandy.  5/15

Dr. George R. Swan, February 7, 2015,  Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Swan practiced general surgery for 32 years in Massillon. He is survived by his wife, Shirley and three children.  His sister-in-law, Julia Swan '54 survives and he was predeceased by this brother, Dr. Thomas D. Swan '51. 2/15

Suzanne Hull, December 31, 2014, East Lansing, Michigan.
Am ong those surviving is Suzanne’s husband, Jerome.  1/15
    1953 Mary Jane Barrick Walcutt, October 1, 2017, Newark, Ohio.  10/17

Marilyn Shellito Nichol
, September 6, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Nichol '53, and her sisters, Carolyn Shellito Phillippe '53 and Shirley Shellito Coulter '51.  9/17

Joseph R. Palmer
, March 10, 2017, Columbus, Ohio.  3/17

June Michael Vickers
, June 24, 2016, Columbus, Indiana.  1/17

Nancy Meyer Dupper
, June 6, 2015, Dennison, Ohio.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald M. Dupper '51 and a daughter, Donna Dupper Beckner '75.  Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Dupper Stahlnec ’73 and Bonnie Dupper Gifford '76.  6/15 

Robert D. Archer, April 16, 2015, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Martha Heller Archer '55.  4/15

John Floyd, January 11, 2015, Chico, California. 
John was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Dunley Floyd '51.  1/15
    1954 Janice Naumann Brown, October 9. 2017, Syosset, New York.  10/17

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

Barbara Green Beighley
, June 16, 2016, Mansfield, Ohio.  6/16

Betty King Rinald
, December 31, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  5/16

J. Richard Hershberger
, March 12, 2016, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

J. Richard Hershberger
Dr. J. Richard Hershberger, Presbyterian minister, died on March 12, 2016. He was born on November 7, 1932 to Walter and Mabel (Yoder) Hershberger in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Boardman High School (Boardman, Ohio) and Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio), where he met Nelda Heitman Hershberger, his beloved wife of over 60 years.

While at Muskingum, he was a member of the 1953 TKA National Champion debate team. Dr. Hershberger earned masters and doctorate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and from San Francisco Theological Seminary, respectively, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service degree from Muskingum in 2005.

Read the full obituary as published here.  5/16

Sheldon S. Campbell
, September 28, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  2/16

Joanne Conley Alwine
, January 15, 2016, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased by her parents, Winifred Elizabeth Dew Conley '26 and Dale E. Conley '27. Joanne is survived by her brother, John “Jack” Conley '53, her niece Linda Conley Seitter '82 (Jeff '84) and her grandniece Kim Seitter '14.  2/16

Harold Hutchison
, July 6, 2015, Lombard, Illinois.
He is preceded in death by his sister Fannie M. Hutchison '52.  10/15

Edwin C. Johnson
, June 10, 2015, Clyde, North Carolina. 
Edwin is survived by his wife, Sara, and his brother-in-law, Bill Lovejoy '51.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Johnson Lovejoy '52.  6/15

Jeanette Chaney Shrimplin, January 20, 2015, Carroll, Ohio.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence.  1/15

Nancy Lannert Zook, December 19, 2014, Springfield, Ohio. 
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jack.  1/15

    1955 Shirley Ferguson Fuller, September 11, 2017, Erie, PA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Lincoln McConnell Ferguson '27 and Dr. Cuyler N. Ferguson '27, her brother, Rev. Richard Ferguson '52, and her relatives, M. Luella Pollock Laing 1917; Ms. Lucile V. Pollock 1917; H. Paul McConnell ’36; Virginia McConnell Thoerner '33; and Mark R. Ferguson '81.  9/17

C. Bruce Haning
, July 19, 2017, Lancaster, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Aken Haning '56, and children, Tim B. Haning '78 and Tracy Haning Tolley '92.  7/17

Mary Hoovler Brook
, July 12, 2017, Butler, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Mehaffey Hoovler '27, and her brother, Lee Hoovler, Jr. '60.  7/17

Sylvester (Jack) Miller
, March 25, 2017, Port Washington, Ohio.  3/17

Carl F. Bell, March 20, 2017, Martinsburg, West Virginia.
He is survived by his siblings, Duane Bell '52 and Elizabeth Bell Quinn '59.  3/17

Robert S. Kuhn
, March 10, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cooper Kuhn '54.  3/17

Ruth Casler Standiford
, January 11, 2017, Dallas, Texas.  1/17

E. Kay Noble Ballantine
, February 24, 2016, Glenford, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Buck" Ballantine, and survived by her son, Kenneth R. Ballantine '77, daughter-in-law, Susan Litt Ballantine '82, and granddaughter, Abigail Ballantine Pardon '12.  3/16

Laurel Sherman Letler
, March 13, 2014, Hanover, New Hampshire.  3/16

Joan Gabbert Hawkins
, November 25, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
Joan Marie Gabbert Hawkins, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2015 at First Community Village in Upper Arlington. She was a member of the FAD Sorority at Muskingum University and the P.E.O. Sorority locally. Joan was an active member of several churches in the various communities in which she lived. And, she was a life-long avid reader. Joan is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Earl; daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Paul Devlin of Baldwinsville, New York and Colleen Hawkins Heacock '82 and Jeffrey W. Heacock '76 of New Concord, Ohio. Also surviving are grandchildren, Shaun and Casey Devlin, and Megan and Justin Heacock; as well as one brother, Jack Gabbert of Carmel, Indiana; one sister, Linda (Paul) Puffenberger of Ft. Myers, Florida; one sister-in-law, Dolores Hileman of Westerville; and several nieces and nephews. Joan was preceded in death by her parents.

Read the full obituary as published in the Columbus Dispatch here.  12/15

J. Robert Park
, September 12, 2015, Hilliard, Ohio.
He was an Ohio Bell/At&t retiree with more than 40 years of service. He is survived by his daughters Mindi (John) Kell and Melynie (Keith) Burkhart and grandchildren John Alexander and Chrysten Kell. J. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Jodelle.  9/15

Marilyn Carroll Emery
, November 11, 2012, Washington, Pennsylvania.  2/14
    1956 Jane Stiers Swanson, October 16, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin Swanson '57.  10/17

William R. Barks
, August 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  8/17

Effie Hamman Schlumbohm
, June 14, 2017, Spring Hall, Florida.  6/17

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

Sherman P. Liddell
, September 11, 2016, Powell, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fredolf Liddell '40. Sherman is survived by his wife, Muerl Machan Liddell, and children, Sharon Liddell Buda '82 and Sherman Liddell '79.  9/16

William A. Larrick
, June 17, 2016, Mentor, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William '30 and Margaret Stoehr Larrick '31, and his sister, Darryl Margaret Larrick Timken '54. William is survived by his wife, Jane Anderson Larrick, and sister, Jeune Larrick Tingle '57.  9/16

G. Read Backus, April 19, 2016, Sylvania, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Jane Birtcher Backus '56.  4/16

Robert Linder
, November 28, 2014, Flagstaff, Arizona.  3/16

Robert W. Bates
, July 5, 2015, Berea, Kentucky. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Joan.  7/15
    1957 Jerry J. Moffitt, June 5, 2017, Saint Petersburg, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Karol MacKenzie Moffitt '60.  6/17

Sarah Lamont
, July 6, 2016, Delmont, Pennsylvania.  2/17

Fred Seidel
, November 28, 2016, Bellaire, Ohio.  1/17

Jane Barber Gibson
, February 28, 2016, Hudson, Ohio.  6/16

Arthur H. Macqueen
, May 4, 2016, Towson, Maryland.  5/16

Isabel Teare Lamerdin
, January 11, 2016, Novato, California.  3/16

Mary Lou Chambers Clarke
, April 30, 2014, Grapevine, Texas.  4/15

Beverly McMorris Lloyd, February 21, 2015, Newton Falls, Ohio.
Beverly was an elementary school teacher at Warren City Schools for more than 25 years and was a member of the DAR, Warren Education Association, and Cross Trailers Square Dance Club. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Lloyd, Jr. '57, whom she married in 1955. Surviving are sons Robert, Russell, and Richard. 2/15

Mary Lou McCombs McBurney, March 28, 2014, Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, Robert McBurney '57, and children Jamie Diana McBurney '82 and Robert A. McBurney '79. Also surviving is daughter-in-law Carol Forshey McBurney '79 and grandchildren Christine McBurney Mast '01, Robert A. McBurney '05, and Kelly E. McBurner '07.  2/15

William H. Wanger, December 14, 2014, Alna, Maine.
Among those surviving is Bill’s wife, Joyce.  1/15
    1958 Robert J. Malone, November 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Griest Malone '58.  11/16

Christine Dickson Walsh
, November 11, 2015, Fairhope, Alabama.
She is survived by her husband Frank Walsh.  12/15

William D. Lawless
, August 10, 2015, Coshocton, Ohio.
William is survived by his wife, Carol Schumacher Lawless.  8/15

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

Dean Edward Bechtel
, January 29, 2015, Frederickson, Ohio.
Dean is survived by his wife, Betty, and three sons.  11/15

Phyllis A. Modie
, April 23, 2015, Barnesville, Ohio.  4/15

ARROW UPDATES 1961 Harry Dr. Harry “Bing” Blewitt, a native of Struthers, Ohio, went on to receive his PhD from Ohio University. After 3 years with DuPont as a research Chemist and 7 years teaching Chemistry at Tarkio College in Missouri, Bing began his career at the University of Alabama in 1975 with a joint appointment in the Chemistry department and the New College program.

Over his 30 year teaching span, he influenced thousands of UA student with his sage advice, his love and understanding of the natural world and his innovated and engaged teaching style. Bing retired from UA in 2005. However, he continues to be actively involved in science education, teaching Chemistry at American Christian Academy and volunteering daily at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, contributing nearly 6000 hours.

In 2015, family, friends, colleagues, and former students contributed a substantial sum to honor the career of Bing and to promote the education of students enrolled in the New College program. The Harry “Bing” Blewitt Endowed Scholarship is designated for students enrolled in the New College program with a depth of study (major) in the natural sciences and will be awarded annually, beginning in 2016.  6/16
    1962 Travis and BrooksTravis and GrantAlan Travis, pictured with County Commissioner Paula Brooks, was awarded a plaque for 50 years of service from the Columbus Bar Association. He is married to Fiona Henderson Travis.

Travis is also pictured with Dennis Grant, a member of the Muskingum's board of trustees and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, who was also recognized for 50 years of service.

Judge Travis was also given a special proclamation for his service as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio and a Prosecuting Attorney where he argued two cases in Washington D.C. before the United States Supreme Court. He was also a Common Pleas Court Judge and a Judge on the State of Ohio Court of Appeals where he also filled in for a Supreme Court Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. Judge Travis was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a visiting judge and is serving in the Ohio Judicial System and community.  10/15
    1963 On September 24, Glenn Ross Hodges was presented the 2016 Community Service Award at the annual meeting of the Kansas City Medical Society held at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He can be reached at  9/16

After 'retiring' a year ago, Marilyn Dambach Ruppart has returned to the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan in an interim position as the Director of Admissions, N-Grade 3. The full staffing of the department enables her to work part time, primarily conducting tours of the school and interviewing applicant families. Marilyn is welcoming the prospect of a 'balanced' life' - and is looking forward to a '63 Kianu reunion to be held in September. She can be reached at  8/16

In July, Marilyn Dambach Ruppart retired from her position as Lower School Chair at the Rudolf Steiner School, New York, NY. Throughout her career, Marilyn has served in administrative capacities in five independent schools in the greater New York City area, three of which have been Waldorf (Steiner) schools.

In January 2016, Marilyn will be going to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, India to work with The Bhavishya School. This new endeavor is an initiative of the Salagramam Ashram, led by Swami Sandeepananda Giri. In this school, the Swami seeks to integrate the educational perspectives of Rudolf Steiner, J Krishnamurti, Lev Vygotsky, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Interfaith pursuits, based upon the recognition of and mutual respect for the common spiritual core and goal of Love and Light inherent in various spiritual traditions, has been a longstanding interest of Marilyn. Her attendance at the Parliament of World Religions in October further solidified her commitment to this as the theme of her next life chapter. The mission of the Bhavishya School and the inclusive nature of Hinduism provide an exciting, personal and professional match for her.  11/15

has published his second book, The Daily Nugget; Motivations for Basketball Coaches and Everyone Who Loves the Game, which is available at or Amazon.  The book is the first resource that helps coaches put a motivation and relationship system in place for their team and distills Jim’s more than 50 years of experience into a comprehensive 365-day guide.  Jim’s company, Solution-Based Basketball, provides resources and support for basketball coaches.  He is a consultant to Nike and other sports companies, a motivational speaker, past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, where he is also on the board of directors. An all-time top Division III coach, he taught and coached for over 40 years at Muskingum and is the author of The Golden Whistle ~ Going Beyond: Journey to Coaching Success.  4/15

JUDY RICHJudy Rich has retired to live in Alabama near her sisters and is writing her third novel. She has published Like Sheep and Like A Fox. Both mysteries feature Pastor Suzanne, who encounters quirky characters and intriguing situations in the churches she serves. Judy can be reached at  4/15

      Choosing and Using Handplanes book coverJ. Norman Reid has published two books. A murder mystery novel set on Capitol Hill, “The Hero of Gucci Gulch” features a public interest lobbyist as an amateur sleuth who solves a murder and unravels intrigue involving climate change deniers. “Choosing and Using Handplanes” (the cover pictured right), published by Cobbler Mountain Press, is intended for the beginning handplane user and explains how to set up and use handplanes in woodworking.

Both books are available on Amazon. Reid can be reached at  7/16

    1969 Larry ThompsonAfter graduating Muskingum in 1969, Larry Thompson received an MA in African Studies at Ohio University in 1970. He was a conscientious objector and did his alternative military service with the Mennonite Central Committee, which included a year in Grenoble, France and several years teaching in the DRC Congo, all in French.

After more than 20 years in Seattle, he returned to the Midwest to St. Louis to be near younger family members. His career provided him the luxury of lots of world travel and an ongoing interest in exploring the world, and he continues a life-long interest in ham radio and world band radio. Larry can be reached at

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Joel N. Allen
and Lidia H. Allen have established the Dr. Gordon L. Griffith Endowed Scholarship for Physics and Engineering Science. The purpose of the scholarship is to help make it possible for deserving and qualified students with a bent for physics and/or engineering to attend and to prosper at Muskingum. Dr. Griffith was head of the Physics Department for most of his 24-year career from 1962 to 1985 and was an extraordinary teacher: extremely knowledgeable, demanding, wildly enthusiastic about his field and profoundly respected by his students. It is his legacy that is being honored with this scholarship.  4/15
MARRIAGES 1964 Mary Phillips Arnett was married on July 28, 2015 to Rev. Franklin Sparks '57. They live in Springfield, Ohio.  10/15
BIRTHS 1960 None
DEATHS 1960 Sharon Anderson Speck, July 14, 2017, Worthington, Ohio.
Sharon Jane (nee Anderson) Speck, age 79, of Worthington Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Sharon was born on April 28, 1938 to the late Charles and Mary Jane (nee Velliquette) Anderson in Port Clinton, OH. She graduated from Port Clinton High School. Through a combined program at Muskingum College and Case Western Reserve University, Sharon earned her BSN to become a Registered Nurse.

After marrying Samuel W. Speck '59, Sharon worked as a public health nurse in Boston while Sam completed his doctoral classes. Traveling to Africa with her husband to continue his dissertation research, she served as Director of Nursing in Malawi African Mental Hospital. After returning to New Concord, OH, Sharon worked part time as a nurse in Zanesville and Cambridge, as a staff nurse in the Muskingum College Student Health Clinic, and served nine years on the Zanesville-Muskingum County Board of Health.

Read the full obituary here.  7/17

Edgar L. Kohler
, May 8, 2017, New Stanton, Pennsylvania.  5/17

Larry Osborne, May 8, 2017, New Albany, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Steka Osborne '57, and wife, Elizabeth Weeks Osborne '67. He is survived by his brother, James R. Osborne '52.  5/17

Patrick J. Kelley
, April 11, 2017, Carnegie, Pennsylvania.  4/17

Mary Stonemetz Hartman
, January 29, 2017, Miami Lakes, Florida.  3/17

Arthur R. Clemenson
, February 1, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.  2/17

Nancy May Griffo
, January 3, 2016, Petaluma, California.  11/16

Natalie Chambers Walters
, June 18, 2015, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania.  7/16

Roberta A. Benson
, March 12, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  4/16

Elaine Brown Kelvington
, March 22, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by husband Dr. James R. Kelvington '58.  10/15

Daniel E. Hennessey
, January 4, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Daniel’s wife, Linda, and his brother, Patrick L. Hennessey '72.  1/15
    1961 Patricia Jones Goodwill, July 20, 2017, Tampa, Florida.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret Jones Russell '61.  8/17

Anna McCabe Womer
, March 27, 2017, Coshocton, Ohio.  4/17

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

C. Larry McCormick
, September 3, 2016, Georgetown, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tobey McCormick '59.  9/16

Charles G. Kettlewell
, August 31, 2016, Winchester, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Kettlewell '45, and his sister in law, Jean White Kettlewell '45. Charles is survived by his wife, Gail Biery Kettlewell.  9/16

Wendy Cook Posavac
, May 21, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee.  6/16

E. Kay Noble Ballantine
, February 24, 2016, Glenford, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Buck" Ballantine, and survived by her son, Kenneth R. Ballantine '77, daughter-in-law, Susan Litt Ballantine '82, and granddaughter, Abigail Ballantine Pardon '12.  3/16

Anthony Stanchina
, February 24, 2016, Moneta, Virigina.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye Turner Stanchina Mechem '27, and step-father, Paul Mechem '35. He is survived by his sisters, Shirley Mechem Falck '55 and Janet Mechem Schwartz '58, and his son, John C. Stanchina '87.  3/16

Herbert "Tim" Jones
, February 9, 2016, Zanesville, Ohio.
He is survived by Marlene Wiseman Jones '62.  2/16

Mardie Wertz Robinson
, January 16, 2016, Casper, Wyoming.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bufford "Boots" Robinson '60.  1/16

Brenda Hall Schoener
, November 30, 2015, Severna Park, Maryland.
Brenda served as an educator in Ohio and Pennsylvania. After retiring, she and her husband W. Terry Schoener '60 created Backpack Buddies of Anne Arndul County, Inc., a non-profit corporation to help provide for students attending Tyler Heights Elementary School. Brenda was also an active volunteer and member for the Literacy Council, Meals on Wheels, Caring Connection, and within A.A. Co. Schools as a Right Start Advisor. She is survived by her husband, children Halle Schoener Randles '86, Matthew H. Schoener '88 and Bradley C. Schoener '98, son-in-law Steven G. Randles '85, and granddaughter Clare S. Randles '11.  12/15

Elizabeth Montgomery Schrock
, April 15, 2015, Santa Paula, California.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Dr. Jon (Larry) Schrock '61; their daughter, Jana Schrock Lord '99; and a nephew, Roderick Montgomery '90. She was preceded in death by Jesse. L. Montgomery '61 and Virginia Simpson Montgomery '56.  4/15

V. Kay Weeley Russell, January 7, 2015, Creston, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Kay’s husband, Richard.  1/15
    1962 Suzanne Faris Shadley, October 11, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She is survived by her husband, John R. Shadley '63.  8/17

John “Jack” Rukenbrod
, April 30, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio.  5/17

Don R. Connors
, March 19, 2017, San Jose, California.  4/17

Donald L. McKendry
, March 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester W. McKendry '33, and sister, Betty McKendry '63. Donald is survived by his wife, Jean Welker McKendry '63, and children, Craig A. McKendry '93 and Julie McKendry Matheny '94.  3/17

Janet Skuce CooperJanet Skuce CooperJanet Skuce Cooper
, February 28, 2017, Santa Rosa, California.  3/17

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

David Budbill
, September 26, 2016, Montpelier, Vermont.  9/16

Clarence A. Ogletree
, July 10, 2016, Batavia, Ohio.
Clarence fell asleep in death Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the age of 76. As an elder in the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for 47 years, Clarence loved sharing in the volunteer ministry and teaching others about the bible. He is survived by his wife Carolyn (lovingly referred to for 53 years as "My Bride"), son Kevin (Lori) and daughter Kimberly Doughman (Seth).

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

Estella P. Knapper Sooy
, March 22, 2016, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  4/16

James D. Armentrout
, August 2, 2015, Tupelo, Mississippi.  2/16

Robert McDonald
, June 27, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
Bob is survived by his wife, Pat.  7/15

William Don “Bill” Ferguson,  March 26, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
Will “Bill” Ferguson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cornelia Bridges Ferguson '60.  Bill retired in 2012 after a 50-year high school and college mathematics teaching career. He was an accomplished musician, spending 20 years as a trumpeter with the Rick Brunetto Big Band. He is also survived by a son and daughter, and three grandchildren. 4/15

Donna Sue Mallett Randles, January 31, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Donna is survived by her children, Lisa Randles Norris '89 and Steven G. Randles '85, her son-in-law Tim Norris '90, her daughter-in-law Halle Schoener Randles '86 and her granddaughter, Claire S. Randles '11.  2/15
    1963 Judith Knight, May 20, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L. Coleman Knight and Dorothy J. Knight, and is survived by her brother, L. Coleman Knight '67.  5/17

Howard W. Davis
, October 27, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  11/16

James E. Kiser
, June 16, 2016, Rancho Mirage, California.  7/16

William LePage
, May 17, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  5/16

Patricia Lewis Fox
, March 6, 2016, Dayton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Brown Lewis '30, and is survived by her sister, Judith Lewis Craig '61.  3/16

Jack W. Neuer Jr.
, November 17, 2015, Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife Dianna Neuer and uncle Keith Kunkel.  12/15

David C. Kier
, September 25, 2015, Grafton, Ohio.
He is survived by his daughter, son and three grandchildren.  11/15
    1964 Dorothy Woerner Wolfley, December 16, 2016, Beavercreek, Ohio.  7/17

James A. Wilson
, May 25, 2017, Vero Beach, Florida.  6/17

Eran Dague Severn
, December 10, 2016, Bismark, North Dakota.  2/17

Patricia Robinson Jones
, March 16, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Jones '63.  5/16

Margaret Renton Malmberg
, April 7, 2016, Belfast, Maine.  5/16

Lee E. Stierwalt, February 3, 2016, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  2/16

Ann Eggers Kolesar, December 22, 2015, Boulder City, Nevada.  1/16

Bruce A. Hinderliter
, November 20, 2015, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Mann Hinderliter '64, two daughters and four grandchildren.  11/15

Daniel K. Nixon
, North Olmsted, Ohio.
Daniel is survived by his wife Carolyn Faunce Nixon.  10/15

Wilford S. Hill
, September 10, 2015, Senecaville, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by his wife Judy Lucas Hill and survived by his son Scott (Tammy) Hill. Wilford was a co-owner of the company L & H Tractor Sales in Caldwell, Ohio for more than 30 years.  9/15

Diana Kline Schein,
March 25, 2015, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Diana is surved by her husband of 47 years, Dr. George Schein, and siblings Jeffrey Kline, Cathy Rainaldi and Robert Kline. She received her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an elementary teacher in Wilkinsburg and was office manager for her husband.  4/15
    1965 Wendy Weaver Pinhey, April 9, 2017, Lake Ridge, Virginia.
She is survived by her husband, David W. Pinhey ’62.  4/17

Robert K. Orndoff
, August 20, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  9/16

Pamela J. Hollister
, February 21, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio.  6/16

Douglass S. McDonald, October 5, 2015, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Douglass was preceded in death by his father, Frye McDonald '31, and his uncle and aunt, Charles McDonald '24 and Bessie McDonald Stouder '29. He is survived by his sisters Marilyn McDonald Stark '65 and Joanna McDonald Carroll '74 and cousin Dorothy McDonald Shields '52.  12/15

Ted A. Cooper, March 19, 2015, Wintergreen Resort, Virginia. 
Ted is survived by his partner, Luis R. Lugo.  6/15
    1966 Susan Glause Finley, May 8, 2017, Marietta, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her brother in law, James Allen '48, and relatives, David W. Litt '78 and James Phillip Allen '70. Susan is survived by her husband, Allen R. Finley '64, sisters in law, Bernice Finley Litt '55 and Doris Finley Allen '46, and relatives, Gordon F. Litt '80, Susan Litt Ballantine '82, Abigail Ballantine '12, Kenneth Ballantine '77, Wade H. Litt '11, and Katherine Allen Gerber '94G.  5/17

Carl N. Ball
, October 13, 2016, Belpre, Ohio.  10/16

James A. Haueter
, August 20, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona.  3/16

Deborah Powers Oliver
, February 4, 2016, Theresa, New York.  2/16
    1967 Gerald M. Eisaman, December 18, 2015, Hempfield, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his children, Adam G. Eisaman '98 and Amy Eisaman Nutting '96.  4/16

Paul Mikulak
, March 17, 2016, Hartland, Wisconsin.  4/16

Carl D. Navarro
, April 8, 2015, Brooklyn, New York.  6/15

Margaret Mitchell Alford, January 9, 2015, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Among those surviving is Margaret’s husband, John.  1/15
    1968 Florence Romeo Stoneberg, August 24, 2017, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, John F. Stoneberg '66.  9/17

Janice Beahm Feltz
, March 12, 2017, Naples, Florida.  5/17

Richard D. Sorg
, September 1, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Benson Sorg '66.  9/16

Ross F. Jones
, July 29, 2016, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ross Frank Jones, of Cincinnati, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 surrounded by family in the comfort of his home, following a valiant, eight-year battle with cancer. He was 45 days shy of his 70th birthday.

Ross was born on September 13, 1946 in Newark, Ohio. Following college at Muskingum University, he married Rebecca Kifer Jones '69, and together they had two children, Wendy and Scott. Ross re-married to Valerie Arnold in 2002. Ross worked in supply chain logistics at Procter & Gamble for 34 years until his retirement at age 54, when he embraced a full life of golfing, golden retrievers and glasses of Chardonnay, and continuing to exceed all expectations in his role as an awesome husband, dad and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross Franklin and Rhea Belle of Granville, Ohio and St. Cloud, Florida.

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

John E. Kettle
, December 31, 2014, Carmel, Indiana.
John is survived by his mother, Betty Root Kettle, wife, Margaret Shaw Kettle, and daughters, Jennifer Kettle Gosset and Rebecca Kettle Martinez.  11/15

Susan White Allen
, September 6, 2015, Mercer, Pennsylvania.
Susan, member of the sorority Delta Gamma Theta, is survived by her three children Reverend Brett (Debra) Carl, Lindsey (Collin) Haggas and Brook (Koa Ragudo) Carl, her sister Betty Lingle, niece Deborah Lingle Clark '94, and eight grandchildren. She is also daughter of late Bernard E. White '35.  9/15

Douglas A. Perrine
, December 12, 2014, Spotswood, New Jersey. 
Douglas is survived by his wife, Bernice.  4/15

Kenneth D. Kearsh, February 8, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Kenneth Dean Kearsh was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.  After teaching on Long Island, he started a successful franchise, building and selling Shoreline Boat Trailers. He returned to Zanesville where he spent the next 45 working in finance, 26 of those as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He served many years on the boards of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville and the Animal Shelter. He also served as an Ohio High School Football official. He is survived by two sons.  2/15
    1969 Danny E. Shade, July 17, 2017, Mansfield, Ohio.
Danny E. Shade, 71 of Mansfield passed away on Monday July 17, 2017 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Danny was born April 25, 1946 in Shelby to the late Willis Eugene and Norma (Harriff) Shade. He was first married to Linda Kay (Donnenwirth) Shade on Sept. 23, 1967 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2000. On Jan. 2, 2003 he married Vicky (Conn) Shade who survives.

Danny is also survived by sons Timothy, William, and Mark all of Mansfield; granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth Shade of Mansfield; step children John Grewell and Tracy Howell; brother David (Cheryl) Shade of Shelby; and former brother and sister in law Mike (Darla) Donnenwirth of Bucyrus and Saundra (Randy) Keith of Mansfield.

Read the full obituary here. 7/17

Allan C. Christman
, November 14, 2016, Williamsville, New York.  7/17

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

Judy Cottrell Stafford
, March 31, 2016, Peru, New Jersey.  4/16

Janet Frame Morgan, January 15, 2016, Quaker City, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry F. Morgan '72, and sister, Galen Frame '54.  1/16

Robert F. Adams
, May 5, 2015, Norwich, Ohio. 
Robert was born in Zanesville, Ohio on February 12, 1936, the son of the late Robert and Mabel (Durant) Adams. He graduated from Lash High School in 1954 (the last Lash graduating class) and from Muskingum with a degree in speech communication.

Retiring in 1997 as vice president of development for the Toledo, Ohio Promedica Health Systems, he began his career as a writer for the Zanesville Signal and Times Recorder. He was then employed as publisher of a small chain of weekly newspapers in northwest Ohio winning a number of awards in Ohio Newspaper Association competitions. In post-retirement, he served a short time as director of the Zanesville/Muskingum County Visitors Bureau and as executive director of the Zane State College Foundation.

He was an avid sailor, enjoyed spending time on the ski slopes with his wife and family, travelling and, with the help of his wife, caring for their farm.  5/15

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Hall Adams '69, he is survived by two children, Julie Ann Keirle of Norwich and her husband, Mark; and R. Gregory Adams '81 of New Concord and his wife, Eileen McComb Adams '80; granddaughters Chelsea Adams of Annapolis, Maryland; and Clare Adams of Arvada, Colorado; two sisters, Barbara White (special friend Bob Welsh) and Nancy (Bill) Black of Zanesville and several nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be observed May 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church on North 6th Street, Zanesville. A family private ceremony will be observed at Zanesville Memorial Park where a plaque will be placed at the family grave site.

Memorial gifts may be made to St James Episcopal Church, 155 North 6th Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701; or New Concord College Drive Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 2 West High Street, New Concord, Ohio 43762.  This obituary provided by Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home.  5/15

Ruth Reed Liggett, January 23, 2015, Dennison, Ohio. 
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Willard.  2/15

UPDART UPDATES 1971 Bruce Parmelee with community memebers of Hillah, IraqBruce Parmelee recently retired from a 15-year career in International Development focused on post-conflict community resettlement and recovery. Pictured with Bruce (wearing a black shirt and sunglasses) are community members of Hillah, Iraq, where he worked as a civilian and completed a new waste system as a way to improve living conditions in this southern Iraq community. He can be reached at  4/16

Al Blosser
announces his retirement from the Ford Motor Company after 26 years. Al was part of the team that brought the Ford Mustang to Flat Rock, Michigan. In retirement, he hopes to improve his golf game and dote on his 3 grandchildren. He can be reached at  2/16
    1972 Tony Campolo was inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was honored with the "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" Award.  4/16

Linda Whitehair Alfman
has officially retired from teaching. She keeps busy with amateur radio related activities and belongs to three clubs and the ARRL. Linda is the ARRL Ohio Public Information Officer as well as ARRL Assistant Section Manager for 22 counties in Southeastern Ohio. She is a Trustee for the Guernsey County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Celtic Society of Southeastern Ohio, the alternate Public Information Officer for the Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency and the Guernsey and on the Noble Counties Long Term Recovery Committee. Linda has served as the Newsletter Editor and Public Information Officer for the Cambridge Ohio Amateur Radio Association for 10 years. She can be reached at  12/15
    1973 Glen A. Martin, PhD recently completed an elected one-year term as President of the North Carolina Psychological Association. He will continue to serve the state-wide association as its Past-President through June 2017. Glen is retired from a 30-year career as a psychologist at the University of North Carolina Counseling and Wellness Center and is now in private practice. He and his wife, Lynn Morris Martin, live in Chapel Hill, NC. They can be reached at  7/16

Barbara PazeyDr. Barbara Pazey
serves as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Special Education and Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. She can be reached at  12/15

    1974 Larry RayThe George Washington University School of Law Dean Blake D. Morant presented Larry Ray with the Excellence in Teaching Award celebrating his 30 years of teaching. Larry began teaching mediation and now is Senior Professor teaching negotiation. He has now taught over 2,500 law students. Students praise his teaching as innovative, exciting and immediately useful in the workplace as well as home.

Larry hails from Ohio, graduated (1974) from Muskingum University and Capital University School of Law (1977). He served as Columbus, Ohio, Prosecutor directing the first in the nation criminal mediation program. He served as the first director of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution and the first director of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).

Today, Larry lives in Washington, D.C. He also teaches business negotiation at Capital University School of Law; is a Senior Instructor at the American Management Association (AMA); Arbitrator at FINRA; Executive Coach at various federal agencies; and on the DC Mayor’s Advisory Board.  5/17

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,", October issue. Larry 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
    1979 Digging for Ancestral Gold book coverLaurence Overmire published his 10th book, Digging for Ancestral Gold: The Fun and Easy Way to Get Started on Your Genealogy Quest. This How-To book shows how exploring one's family history and genealogy can be suspenseful, exciting and richly rewarding, not to mention how meaningful it can be for the entire family. He has an easy 6-step plan to help you find your ancestors quickly.  9/16

Laurence Overmire
published his 9th book, The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet's Journey Through Scotland, May 27. Written as a travelogue, diary, poetry, history, and genealogy book, he traveled through Scotland to discover and learn more about his Scottish heritage, including the discovery of being a descendent of an iconic poet, Robert Burns.  4/16

Michele L. Kuhar
retired from teaching in the Brunswick City Schools with more than 28 years of experience as a music teacher and teacher-librarian in several private schools and districts in Ohio.  7/15
MARRIAGES 1974 Deborah Bush and Ronald J. Harden wedding photoDeborah Bush married Ronald J. Harden, a retired businessman and friend of R.C. Sproul, in Dr. Sproul's church on April 25, 2015, Sanford, Florida. After the death of their respective spouses in late 2012 and early 2013, Deborah and Ronald feel blessed to have found love again. Her Muskingum roommate, Joyce Wannacott Barrett, and Joyce's husband, Donald Barrett, were in attendance. Deborah can be reached at  9/16
BIRTHS 1978 A grandson, Thaddeus Kuiper, was born on February 18, 2015 to Eavon Lee Baker Mobley.  Thaddeus joins his sister, Natalie, and a cousin Gavon Mobley.  Eavon can be reached at  6/15
UPDART DEATHS 1970 Janis Spraque Pfuhler, June 7, 2017, Hawley, Pennsylvania.  6/17

Rozell Hill Duncan
, August 15, 2016, Fairlawn, Ohio.  8/16

Wayne M. Murfree
, November 6, 2015, Oxford, North Carolina.
He is survived by daughters Marisa Roberts Russell and Jacklyn Murfree, brother B. Gerald Murfree and three grandchildren.  11/15
    1971 Lynn Gustafson Ashton, May 24, 2017, Beaufort, South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Ashton '71.  6/17

Patricia Holton Reese
, February 22, 2017, West Farmington, Ohio.  3/17

Florenco “Flo” Little Rankin
, November 30, 2016, North Canton, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, David A. Rankin '69.  12/16

Julie Raica Gartenberg
, January 23, 2015, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.
Julie was preceded in death by her husband, Michael.  2/15
    1972 David B. O’Dell, June 20, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas O’Dell '72.  7/17

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

David K. Amstutz
, April 1, 2016, Perrysburg, Ohio.  4/16

E. Lynne Frye Swingle
, April 4, 2016, New Philadelphia, Ohio.  4/16

Michael Paul Morrison
, March 28, 2016, Blacklick, Ohio.  4/16

Terry J. Naponic
, November 21, 2014, Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  2/16

Thomas M. Gelbach
, April 23, 2015, Canton, Connecticut.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Lesbia.  4/15

Jerald Lee Hess,
February 5, 2015, Medina, Ohio.
He had retired from a career as an underwriter in commercial lines insurance, specializing in energy. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Adkins Hess '74, and their children, Janet Hess Anderson and Jerald R. Hess, and four grandchildren.  3/15
    1974 Janet Hamilton Lowery, July 2, 2016, Fresno, Ohio.  7/16

Paul G. Kulp
, April 11, 2015, Finleyville, Pennsylvania.
Paul was preceded in death by his aunt, Betty Grace Garrison Cupoli '39.  4/15

Katherine Knurek Martin
, December 1, 2014, Macedonia, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Katherine’s husband, Kenneth, and their sons, Kenneth V. Martin '11 and Hugh J. Martin '07.  1/15
    1975 Michael C. Strohl, May 6, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio. 
Among those surviving are Michael’s wife, Patsy, and their son, Jon Strohl ’00.  5/15
    1976 Robert E. Sutton, April 26, 2017, Cherokee, Alabama.  5/17
    1977 Harvey “Chris” Taylor, January 15, 2017, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Taylor Yates '03.  1/17

Melinda Kerr Dillard
, April 25, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky.  2/16
    1978 Martha McConnell Hatcher, May 6, 2016, Edinburg, Ohio.
She is survived by her son, Andrew R. Hatcher '01.  5/16
    1979 Brent W. Yager, October 3, 2017, Marion, Ohio.  10/17

Heather Broadhurst
, May 17, 2017, San Diego, California.  5/17

John D. Robinett
, May 8, 2017, New Albany, Ohio.  5/17

Thomas L. Tykodi
, March 29, 2016, New Albany, Ohio.
He is survived by his sister, Tamara Tykodi Seifert '80, and brother in law, Matthew P. Seifert '78.  4/16
ARROW UPDATES 1980 Julie Blankenship earned her master's degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University in May, 2014, and began a new position as executive director of Hospice of Morrow County, Incorporated in January, 2015. She can be reached at 4/15
  1981 Chuck Tuttle has accepted the position of CEO of the Cleveland Christian Home effective October 1. He can be reached at  10/16

Rev. Cheryl Montgomery
begins service as the transitional pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Mahopac, New York on October 1, 2016. Cheryl can be reached at  8/16

Renold Capocasale, founder and CEO of Flowmetric, Inc., received the Hepatitis B Foundation 2016 Community Commitment Award for his unwavering support of nonprofit organizations in the community, including the work of the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, the foundation’s nonprofit research arm.  3/16





RON EDGINGTONRon Edgington has joined Mediu LLC as vice president of professional services.  In the new job, Ron will expand and productize the company’s professional services and contact center offerings by assessing the needs of the market and developing tailored services and custom applications to address those needs. Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from The Ohio State University and his master of information, strategy systems and technology degree from Muskingum. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Renee, and their six children.  4/15


    1985 Gary J Collins is Director of Finance for West County Health Centers, Inc. located in sunny Sonoma County, CA. Gary left the corporate sector for the non-profit setting after 25 years in senior leadership and expat roles which took him to Belgium, Italy, and most recently, Shanghai, China. He enjoys giving back to the community he lives in, Timber Cove located along the Pacific coast, and enjoys biking, hiking and is actively involved with other nonprofits in Sonoma County. He completed a Century ride recently and looks forward to exploring the California coast in the coming years. Gary can be reached at  6/16

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

and her husband, Mark Gibson '84 gathered with some fellow Muskies to celebrate Mark's 50th birthday and who were also celebrating their 50th birthdays.  The group met on August 3, 2014 in Dundee, Ohio.  Pictured are Sherri with Terri Leatherman Hall '86 and Brenda Kinsey Metzger '86.  1/15




    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  10/16

Stephanie Kleinschmidt
recently accepted the position of USA and Canada Non Production Purchasing Manager and Supplier Diversity Lead with Dana Holding Corporation. Dana is an American worldwide supplier of powertrain component. Stephanie can be reached at  7/16

Younger Sukel and FrontMuskie alums in the City of Light! Here, on top of the Eiffel Tower, are 
Kathy Hovis Younger '87, Christy Hovis Sukel '83 and Torie Rundels Front '87 - MUS with a K, KIN with a G, MUS with a KIN with GUM USKINGUM - Muskingum!!  11/15

Jeff Heller
is the founding member and Principal Partner at Innovative Maintenance Solutions.  Based in Indianapolis, IMS is a full service provider of maintenance services for commercial, industrial and retail businesses throughout the Midwest.  He can be reached at  10/15
    1988 Benjamin E. Davis was named President of the IPC Employee Relief Fund, Inc., a not for profit organization. This non-profit organization was established in February 2000 to assist local employees in the publishing industry manage personal financial crisis. Benjamin can be reached at  10/17

Benjamin E. Davis
has been named the General Manager and Senior Director of Newspaper Operations for the Anderson Independent Mail (part of the USA Today Network) located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Independent Mail is a daily newspaper serving Anderson County, South Carolina and parts of northwestern Georgia. He can be reached at  5/17

Bobb Robinson
is currently Visiting Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Ohio University (Athens). He has previously taught at Jacksonville University (FL), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Frostburg State University (MD). Bobb can be reached at  9/16

Cathi Gallup Sapp, Carla Stalder Wiltshire, Leilani Joven Pelletier, and Jodie Hough MillerClassmates Cathi Gallup Sapp, Carla Stalder Wiltshire, Leilani Joven Pelletier, and Jodie Hough Miller celebrated their 50th birthdays on a western Caribbean cruise.  8/17

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  10/16

UP ARROW DEATHS 1980 Gary L. Gibson, September 20, 2013, Caledonia, Ohio.
Among Gary’s survivors is his wife, Beth.  10/14
    1981 Peggy Jo Hill, February 27, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  3/17

Cynthia R. Funk
, August 4, 2015, Beverly, Ohio.  8/15
    1982 Doris Ray Yerrall, September 14, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio.  4/16
    1987 Bret E. Schaffner, February 26, 2017, Cary, North Carolina.  3/17

Lisa Remmert Forgrave
, February 23, 2017, Somerset, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Remmert '63. Lisa is survived by her husband, Jeff Forgrave '03G, her children, Cort A. Forgrave '14 and Ali A. Forgrave '14, and her cousin, Troy Dupler '00.  3/17

Martha Smith Geib
, April 5, 2015, London, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Martha’s husband, Marshall.  4/15
UPDART UPDATES 1993 Julia Barber ‘92 and Jeffrey Wilner were engaged on February 15, 2017. They are planning a July 2017 wedding.  2/17

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  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

Bradley LaguschBradley J. Lagusch
has been selected as executive director of the Toledo Bar Association. He has 20 years of experience at the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). His experience at the OSBA includes serving as Marketing Manager and Director of Marketing. Bradley is currently the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Ohio Insurance Agents Association. He began his position at the Toledo Bar Association June 6, 2016. Bradley earned his Master in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and the Ohio Society of Association Executives.  7/16

Kristen Dietiker
is the Chief Information Officer for Menlo College, a small undergraduate liberal arts college in Atherton, CA. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, she was an IT Director at the University of Washington in Seattle.  6/16

Craig McKendry
has been named treasurer of the Sandy Valley Local School District.  Previously, he taught at the Green Local School District and worked in the treasurer’s office of  the Northwest Local School District during as part of an internship that qualified him for his treasurer’s license.  Craig earned his master’s degree from West Virginia University.  8/15

Heather Wile Dolen has been named partner at McLain, Hill, Rugg and Associates in Newark, Ohio.  She joined the firm in 2007 as audit manager.  As a partner, she will oversee the audit department and continue to serve clients throughout southeastern Ohio.  In addition to the accounting and business degrees she earned from Muskingum, she holds an associate degree in accounting from Zane State College. She is a certified public accountant in Ohio and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.  1/15
    1995 Susan Meyer was promoted to Cardiovascular Research Program Manager of the research program for the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her new role includes oversight of the program administrative operations, the Heart Center Intramural Funding Program, and the NIH/NHLBI funded T32 Training grant providing post-doctoral training in congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease.  10/15

Arjun Jolly
has moved to Singapore from Houston and would like to connect to Muskingum alumni who either live in or visit Singapore.  He can be reached at  4/15


    1998 Jared FarleyJared A. Farley is now the Associate Professor of Political Science at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. As part of his duties, he holds an honorary commission as a Lieutenant Colonel and an aide-de-camp to the governor of New Mexico. 9/16

Jared A. Farley
 is now Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a small, private Roman Catholic liberal arts college.  9/15
    1999 Jason Schatzel received a new five-year contract to remain as treasurer for Canton Local School District. His new contract with the Canton Local Board of Education starts Aug. 1, 2017. Prior to joining the Canton Local staff, Schatzel had been treasurer for Minerva Local School District.  5/16
UPDART MARRIAGES 1996 Charlee Biddle, Jessica Biddle, Sharla Collinsworth, Jeff Denney, Arianna DenneySharla Collinsworth married Jeffrey Denney on May 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in a private ceremony in Galloway, Ohio. In the photo from left to right: Charlee Biddle, Jessica Biddle, Sharla, Jeff, Arianna Denney.  7/16
TRIANGLE 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
ARROW DEATHS 1990 Curtis R. Wells, July 29, 2017, Big Prairie, Ohio.  8/17

Madaline Buffington Pepper
, April 17, 2017, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.  4/17
    1991 Amy Rice Forshey, August 18, 2016, Upland, Indiana.  9/16

Jean M. Muransky
, August 6, 2016, Youngstown, Ohio.  8/16
    1995 Douglas M. Larkin, June 12, 2017, Burke, Virginia.  6/17

Robert C. Weikel
, March 8, 2017, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  3/17
ARROW UPDATES 2000 Marigold Marsh earned her Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry in 2001, Master of Divinity degree in 2003, both from Ashland Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2005 from United Theological Seminary. Currently, she is doing chaplaincy at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center (SEORMC) in Cambridge, Ohio. She can be reached at  2/16

Caryn Burns Reynolds
, BA Liberal Arts Music, is the newly appointed Institutional Research Analyst at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She will be overseeing institutional accreditation for HLC and NASM, as well as developing public facing institutional data reporting and academic program review.  1/16
  2004 Kristin Losey Williams has been appointed Executive Director of Career Services for University College at Kent State University. She can be reached at  11/15

Seth McKinney
received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, in 2013.  The focus of his graduate work was on community economic development, explicitly connecting human and environmental prosperity as interdependent, mutually necessary, and synergistic.  He also earned a graduate certificate in environmental management in 2013 through the Program on the Environment, University of Washington.  3/15
    2005 Erin Klenk Molden has accepted the biotechnology faculty position at Miami Valley Career Tech Center and will begin teaching junior and senior high school students starting in August, 2015.  7/15
    2006 Justin Kume and FamilyIn July, Justin Kume accepted the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance position with The Ohio State University Athletics Department. In this role, he is a member of the Compliance Office’s Senior Leadership Team and serves as the primary compliance contact for the Football program.  8/17

Molly Sout
recently relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan and is working for the Spectrum Health Foundation as a Grant Writer.  11/16

Nate StrumNate Strum
has recently been hired as Director of Economic Development for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce in Newark, Ohio. In this capacity, he also serves as Executive Director for GROW Licking County, the County's Public-Private Partnership for economic development focusing on creating new, family-sustaining job opportunities in the County. Nate can be reached at  9/16

Alainna Amicone Durfee
has been named president of Zanesville Sport’s Inc., doing business as the Fieldhouse Family of Companies. She was previously Vice President and Director of Marketing.  6/16

Laura Pettis Wentworth
was hired as full time faculty for the Teacher Education Department at Ohio University, Athens. Laura teaches early childhood courses in creativity, children's literature, foundations of early childhood, and also leads a course abroad in the country of Belize. She can be reached at  10/15

Trista SmithIn summer 2015, Trista Smith studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature in the Old World rain forests and diverse cultural environments of Thailand.  Trista, a teacher at Edwards Middle School in Medina, Ohio, took the graduate course as part of Miami University's Earth Expeditions program.  9/15
    2007 Brandon Collins got a promotion as a Procurement Analyst for the Bureau of Reclamation Upper Colorado Region in Salt Lake City.  He can be reached at  9/15
    2008 Nicklaus HessNicklaus Hess was announced as Ohio ACOFP’s Young Family Physician of the Year. He was honored at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium held April 22. Nick thinks fondly of Muskingum all the time and is very thankful because he says he wouldn’t be where he is without Muskingum.  4/16

Marc Behrendt
is visiting assistant professor in the department of biological Sciences at Ohio University. 4/15

ALEX LEUCHTAGAlex Leuchtag has joined the law firm of Day Ketterer Ltd. as part of its merger with the employment law firm of Andrews and Wyatt.   Alex works with self-insured and state-funded employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims in various courts throughout the state and hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. He also assists employers in the defense of Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) claims.  Day Ketterer is a Crain's Cleveland Top 30 law firm with Ohio locations in Canton, Hudson, Toledo, Akron and Youngstown.  1/15

    2009 Julie Travaglini is now the Education Program Director for Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at  11/16
    2010 Maxine Katz is currently working as a sales supervisor for Macy's in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also working on her Master's Degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources at University of Maryland University College.  8/17
    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

Nicole Wiard Duffy
has been a biology and anatomy teacher at Central Crossing in Grove City for the past 5 years. During this time, she earned a master degree in school counseling through Dayton University. Nicole married Jacob Duffy on June 28, 2014. She can be reached at  7/16

Shea GrovesIn summer 2015, Shea Groves studied diverse terrestrial, coastal, and coral reef communities in the Central American country of Belize.  Shea, a recruiter and educator at Advanced Testing Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio, took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.  9/15
ARROW MARRIAGES 2005 Denise Allan married Timothy Taylor on June 18, 2016 at Norris Lake in Tennessee. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio. Denise is a 4th grade teacher at Reynoldsburg City Schools and Tim works for Nationwide Insurance.   8/16
    2006 Allison Avolio WeddingAllison Avolio married Seth Binder on November 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA surrounded by family and friends. Shannon Poole '06 and former MU Student Life employee Gina Tamburro were members of the wedding party. Other Muskies present included Professor of History Dr. Laura Hilton, former Student Life employee Kerry Guerard, and current Dean of Students Susan Waryck.

The couple currently lives in Baltimore, MD where Allison serves as the Director of Residential Life at Johns Hopkins University and Seth is a Program Manager and Research Associate at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at  3/17
    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  1/17

Clara and John WarnerClara Pearch
and John Warner '13 were married on August 8, 2015 at the Kent State Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio. John and Clara met at a music theater camp at Muskingum and were involved in Muskingum's music program throughout their college careers. Graduating with music education degrees, they are both currently teaching in the Claymont School District. Clara teaches K-3 general music, and John teaches 6-12 choral music.   9/16
    2011 Keri Hand married Joshua McCrabb on April 22, 2017. She can be reached at  4/17
    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   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  12/16

Katrina Baker Miller
married Matthew Miller on October 11, 2014.  The couple live in Cambridge, Ohio.  3/15
    2014 Clara Christmas married Nicholas Lambes '16 on May 21, 2016. In the wedding party were groomsmen Robert Blake Nessleroad '16, Spencer Hughes '15, Andrew Emrick '14, and Jonathan Malcolm '15. Bridesmaids included Clara Roberts '13, Krysten O'Connell '14, Glorianna Christmas '14, Chunyuan Wang '16, and Megan Naglich '16.  4/17
UP ARROW BIRTHS 2000 Lily Marian GrovattLily Marian was born to Katie Zeitz Grovatt and husband, Darren, on April 6, 2015.  They live in Punta Gorda, Florida.  10/15

Keaton DanielKeaton Daniel was born to Joe Snider '01 and Stacey (Dragosin) Snider on October 2, 2014.  He was nine pounds, 10 ounces and 22 inches long. Keaton joins siblings Mason, Porter and Brielle. Stacey can be reached at  9/15
    2001 Ryan Christopher Rae was born on August 15, 2016 to Carrie Cook Rae and her husband, Evan. Ryan joins a sister, Sophia.  8/16

Graham David was born on July 4, 2015 to Bryan Donaldson and wife, Melissa.  7/15
    2002 Addilyn Marie was born March 6, 2016 to Kim Raymond Pulley and Vance Pulley '98. She joins a sister, Kinley, 4.  4/16

Kayden Robert was born to Jodi Kusmer Moss.  Jodi can be reached at  5/15
    2004 William "Will" Dodds was born April 23, 2016 to Drew Dodds and Holly Dodds. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.  5/16

Mollie was born on August 18, 2015 to Cameron Drake '05 and Lori Torrens Drake.  She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.  10/15

Grace Hollie was born on April 22, 2014 to Jessica King McAlarney and her husband, Kyle.  Jessica can be reached at  7/15
    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

Hackett Andrew was born on May 26, 2015 to Becka Hackett Lash and her husband, Andy.  Hackett weighed nine pounds and was 20 inches long.  He joins a sister, Aria.  7/15
    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

Zayne KanaZayne Euphrates Edward Kana was born on May 3, 2016 to parents Sarah Postlethwait and husband, Bayhas Kana, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Zayne weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.  7/16

Samuel Samuel Jacob Dietz, born January 31st, 2015 at 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 22 inches long, was born to Caroline (Padro) Dietz, PhD and Ben Dietz.  9/15

EVAN TIMOTHYEvan Timothy was born on April 3, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. to Brandon Clay and his wife, Christina Eichenauer Clay. The couple's first son weighed six pounds, one ounce and was 18 1/2 inches long. 4/15


    2010 Erika Clegg Rohrig and Joseph Rohrig '09 welcomed their first little boy Joseph Roen into the world on October 13, 2016.  10/16
    2011 Rory Jackson (Muskingum University Class of 2037) was born to Katrina Housley Riggle.  Rory joins a brother.  8/15
    2015 Ethan Janes VanDineAlex '14 and Taylor VanDine gave birth to Ethan James VanDine on October 4, 2016.  2/17
ARROW DEATHS 2004 Jennifer Campbell Kunze, September 25, 2015, Alberta, Canada.
She is survived by her parents Donald and Karen Campbell, husband Nick Kunze and brother Jason Campbell.  12/15
    2009 Christopher D. Perkins, June 5, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  6/16
    2011 Lily S. McKee, March 19, 2015, Washington, D.C.  3/15
    2013 Donna McGrath, October 25, 2016, Somerset, Ohio.  10/16
    2014 Jeannie Kopko DeSanto '14G, July 10, 2016, New Albany, Ohio.  7/16
Faculty & Friends
UPDATES   Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Muskingum in 1997, received a Life-Time Achievement Tony Award on June 12. One of the nation’s most renowned Broadway composer-lyricists, Harnick was in residence at Muskingum in March 1997 and his visit culminated in a revue of his work (Harnick acted as master of ceremonies) with faculty and students performing from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, A Wonderful Life, and Fiorello! He was awarded an honorary degree on May 11, 1997, at undergraduate commencement.  7/16
BIRTHS   Lily Catherine was born on April 16, 2015 to Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Limle and his wife, Grace. Lily weighted seven pounds, four ounces and was 21 inches long.  4/15
DEATHS   James D. Waite, August 3, 2017, Cumberland, Ohio.  9/17

Cindy Schaefer Harp
, June 2, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She is survived by her daughter, Tina Harp Lavy '92.  6/17

Joseph B. Elkins
, May 5, 2017, Sugar Land, Texas. 
Joe Burton Elkins (affectionately known as “Uncle Joe”), 88, born on March 28, 1929, in Stephenville, Texas, passed away on May 5, 2017, in Sugar Land, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tiffie and Hazlewood Elkins, his brother and sister-in-law Gene and Louise Elkins, his sister Meredith Elkins, and his nephew Tom Elkins.

He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Jimmy & Karen Elkins and their children Cody and Nick, Mark & Kelly Elkins and their children Rebekah, Luke, Jake, Colton, and Sarabeth, Laura Christopher and her children Taylor, Evan, Megan, and Julianne, John Elkins, and Joan Elkins. Also, there are numerous friends throughout the United States, from Texas to Ohio to Maine to Georgia. In fact, there are friends are all over the world, from Brazil to Thailand to England to Poland.

Uncle Joe was Professor of Philosophy at Muskingum College. Moving to New Concord, Ohio, he found his teaching home until his retirement. During this time, his impact touched the lives of many students and faculty. His wisdom, kindness, and generosity were willingly given to everyone as evidenced by the outpouring of love from all corners of the world over the years.

Read the full obituary here.  5/17

Reginald Olson, March 23, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.  5/17

Charlotte Evans
, April 17, 2017, Naples, Florida.  4/17

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.  12/16

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

Esther Wilson Henning
, September 16, 2016, Columbus, Indiana.
She was director of the Muskingum College Health Center from 1970 to 1987. She is survived by daughter Beverly Wilson Brown '76 and son Galen R. Wilson '78.

Read the full obituary here.  9/16

Robert E. Fellers
died June 29, 2015, at the age of 88. He served Muskingum as a Trustee from 1987- 2005 and as an Emeritus Trustee from 2005-2015. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Bowling Green State University and was a World War II United States Navy Veteran.

Beginning in 1965, he owned and operated McDonald’s restaurant franchises in Zanesville and Cambridge, Ohio for nearly three decades. He was dedicated to bettering his community and its surrounding area, and was a leader in many civic and service organizations. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for more than four decades and a champion of the Zanesville Museum of Art.

Mr. Fellers was preceded in death by his wife Leona. He is survived by his daughter Debbie Moore and his son Doug Fellers, both of Zanesville; six grandchildren: Angela Hammer, Nicole Moore, Ian Fellers and Ellie Fellers, all of Zanesville, Mac Fellers of Columbus and Zack Fellers of Odenton, Maryland; and three great-grandchildren: Jaiden, Myleigh and Weston Hammer. 8/16

Dr. Stacia Ann Straley
, June 27, 2016.
Dr. Straley was Associate Professor Emerita of Political Science.  8/16

Karen Neff Cowden
, July 10, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
Karen was a former employee of the bookstore.  8/16

Dr. Carol McKay
, January 25, 2016, Brocton, New York.
Dr. McKay was a former member of the faculty.  3/16

Harry "Scoop" McKiahan,
August 25, 2015, New Concord, Ohio.
Scoop retired from Muskingum in 2002 after 20 years of service as a plumber.  He was also a volunteer with the New Concord Volunteer Fire Department.  He is survived by his wife Peggy. He is also survived by his daughter Gwyn McKirahan Griffiths '88 and two other children. 8/15

Susan A. Bonath, June 19, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio. 
Susan retired from Muskingum in 2014, having served as an administrative assistant.  6/15

Dr. William J. Fisk '41, May 10, 2015, New Concord, Ohio.
Dr. Fisk was Professor Emeritus of History.  From 1946 to 1987, he served Muskingum as professor of history, dean and vice president, and in 1977 received Muskingum’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest alumni honor.  He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Sprague Fisk '42; and their children, Elizabeth Fisk Bouyer '87 and John Fisk '89.  5/15 

Howard V. Evans, April 27, 2015, Naples, Florida.
Howard was a professor of history and academic dean at Muskingum. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, who was a professor of German at Muskingum. 4/15

Dr. David B. Watermulder, April 11, 2015, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. 
Dr. Watermulder is survived by his wife, Trustee Emeritus Ruth Gullyes Watermulder '44.  4/15

John S. Kuhn, February 28, 2015, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
John was visiting assistant professor of theatre at Muskingum and served for the past 11 years as artistic director of Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.  He had taught at other universities, including Ohio State and its branch campuses.  John is survived by his wife, actress Cate Blair-Wilhelm, one daughter and two sons. 3/15

Merrill Crandell, December 4, 2014, Memphis, Tennessee.
Merrill was a member of the mathematics faculty at Muskingum and was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn.  1/15