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Class Notes 2014


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UPDATES 1920 None



Nancy Fern Norris White, December 22, 2013, Coshocton, Ohio.
Nancy, who was 107, was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd.  1/14

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Elizabeth Reid Balentine, April 30, 2014, Youngstown, Ohio. 
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Balentine.  5/14


Marjorie Emma Sherman, August 17, 2014, Newark, Ohio.
Marjorie was the wife of Ed Sherman,, who served Muskingum for 34 years as head football coach, athletic director and a member of the faculty, and who preceded her in death.   Marjorie was 100 years old at the time of her death.  At Muskingum, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in  biology and married Ed that year and devoted her life to caring for her family. She enjoyed traveling and reading and was particularly intrigued by history and archeology. She also enjoyed doing research, regardless of the topic. During her collegiate career she was a member of the Delta Club.  She is survived by her sons, Leigh Sherman ’62 and Pat Sherman ’61, a granddaughter, Bridgett Sherman ’96, and a daughter-in-law, Susan Somers Sherman ’62, as well as five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  8/14

Ruth Ranson Gault, April 20, 2014, Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Among those preceding Ruth in death are her husband, James D. Gault and her mother and father, Mary McCreary Ranson ’07 and Neal Alexander Ranson ’07.  Among those surviving are her son, James D. Gault ’66, a grandson, Nathan D. Gault ’96 and a sister, Mary Neal Ranson Mills ’48.  5/14  


Alice Smith Moody, April 28, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.  5/14

Eleanor Pospisil Hadsell, February 20, 2014. 
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, William.  3/14


Mary Wilson Felton, July 10, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin.  7/14

Vera Kirkwood Duff, March 24, 2014, New Concord, Ohio.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin, and among her survivors is her son-in-law, Kenneth R. McGee ’70, and her grandchildren, William M. McGee ’97, Danielle McGee Killian ’96 and Christie Pulley McGee ’95.  4/14

Elizabeth Bay McGrew, January 11, 2014, Mansfield, Ohio.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Chester.  1/14


Alberta Muhleman Adams, August 13, 2014, Naples, Florida.
Alberta was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Adams ’38 and her brother, Thomas M. Muhleman ’41.  Among those surviving is her sister, Julia Gooding Rippe ’42.  8/14

Marie Simpson Bond. April 2, 2014, Warren, Ohio.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde.  4/14

BETTY GRACE CUPOLIBetty Grace Garrison Cupoli
, February 20, 2014, Columbus, Ohio. 
Born, January 1, 1919, in New Concord, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Vito, and is survived by her son and daughter, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous other family members and dear friends. A graduate of New Concord High School, Betty graduated from Muskingum with double majors in English and music. At Muskingum, Betty was a member of the FAD sorority and Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), the international music honorary society, and was a founding member of SAI’s Columbus Alumnae Chapter, where she served as president from 1981 to 1983. She also served as the charter's permanent by-law chairperson. Betty was an accomplished pianist and violinist, performing on the violin with various orchestras beginning at the age of 14 and most recently with the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra. She retired from teaching in 1980, after 25 years at Columbus East High School, where she taught English, speech and debate and was a tireless champion of competitive forensics.  During that period, speech and debate were integral parts of the East’s  tradition, with many students qualifying for innumerable district, state and national competitions. She was instrumental in East's participation in the National Forensic League (NFL) and the school received the NFL’s prestigious Diamond Key Award. In 1987, Betty was inducted into the Ohio High School Speech League’s Hall of Fame.  She was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church for more than 50 years, where she began the first women's choir in the Diocese of Columbus.   2/14




Ralph B. Hawthorne, December 28, 2013, Green Valley, Arizona.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Vickers Hawthorne ’40, and a sister, Wilelmina Hawthorne Jay ’49.  1/14



updart DEATHS 1941

Margaret Thorpe Swartz, July 15, 2014, Houston, Texas.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Henry.  7/14

Thomas M. Muhleman, July 7, 2014, Houston, Texas.
Among Thomas’ survivors is his wife, Inez, and his sisters, Alberta Muhleman Adams ’34 and Julia Muhleman Gooding Rippe ’42.  7/14

Betty Jerrow Schnee, May 18, 2014, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 
Among those preceding Betty in death were her husband, William, and her sister, Clara Laverna Jerrow ’35.  5/14


Mary Shoup Robertson, April 6, 2014, Malvern, Ohio. 
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey.  4/14

Donald M. Azallion, April 5, 2014, Dillonvale, Ohio. 
Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann.  4/14

Helen Johns MacAllister, February 14, 2014, Amherst, Ohio. 
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William.  2/14

Martha Underhill, December 10, 2013, North Canton, Ohio.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur.  12/13

Martha Belt Taylor, April 9, 2010, Bellaire, Ohio.  12/13


Betty Briggle Freshwater, November 5, 2014, Delaware, Ohio.  11/14

Betty Kindig Burton, May 2, 2014, Penney Farms, Florida.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Burton ’42.  10/14

Donald L. Stahl, September 25, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Donald’s wife, Thelma, three grandchildren, Kerry Emlich Haddox ’79, Michelle Lowell Body ’84 and D. Michael Haddox ’79, as well as a great grandchild, Andrew H. Body ’13.  10/14

Wilbur F. Simlik, February 12, 2014, Vista, California.
Wilbur was a 1991 recipient of Muskingum’s Distinguished Service Award.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel.  5/14

Matilda Morris, January 10, 2014, Meadville, Pennsylvania.  1/14

Lois McAllister Rogers, December 1, 2013, Shaker Heights, Ohio. 
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Edward.  12/13


Mary MacDonald Russell, August 25, 2014, New Concord, Ohio.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Russell ’48, and her siblings, Robert MacDonald ’41, W. Edgar MacDonald ’48 and Martha MacDonald Hecker ’40.  9/14

Norman A. Johnson, July 16, 2014, Youngstown, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Norman’s wife, JoAnn.  7/14

Ruth Keller Jones, June 1, 2014, Pensacola, Florida.  7/14

Keith W. Keidel, January 6, 2014, Skillman, New Jersey.  2/14

Frances Stingel Grafton, January 6, 2014, Ashland, Ohio. 
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore.  1/14


Sara J. Bowers, September 19, 2014, St. Petersburg, Florida.  9/14

Hilda McNinch Draher, August 16, 2014, Canton, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Hilda’s husband, Homer.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth McNinch ’46.  8/14

Margaret Bradley Pettengill, February 13, 2005, Wooster, Ohio.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Beaton Pettengill ’45.  7/14

E. Jean Chambers, March 22, 2014, Zelienople, Pennsylvania.  4/14


Kenneth C. Shelly, November 24, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife,, Mildred.  To view the obituary, click here. 12/14

Wilda M. McNinch, September 6, 2014, Canton, Ohio.
Wilda was preceded in death by two sisters, Hilda McNinch Draher ’45 and Ruth McNinch ’46.  9/14

Rosella Hutchison Nolin, July 20, 2014, Claysville, Pennsylvania. 
Rosella is survived by her husband, Kenneth Nolin ’49, and her sister, Ada Margaret Hutchison ’45.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Susannah McKeown Hutchison ’19 and Harry Hutchison ’16 and an aunt, Rosella McKeown Hutchison ’21.  8/14

Doris Holsinger Kennedy, June 14, 2014, The Plains, Ohio. 
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon.  6/14

Mary Ann Bode, August 9, 2013, Davidson, North Carolina.  3/14

Charles A. White, February 4, 2014, Normal, Illinois.
Charles is survived by his wife, Lois McCulloch White ’42.  2/14

Betty Winfield Johnston, Palm Springs, California.  1/14


Ralph McCleery, July 7, 2013, Wooster, Ohio.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Eaton McCleery ’44 and a sister, Margaret Ann McCleery Wolverton ’44.  Among those surviving are his daughter, Phyllis McCleery Franks ’78 and son-in-law, James Franks ’76.  8/14


David H. Copeland, October 8, 2014, Newark, Ohio.  12/14

Margaret Phelps Adams, November 15, 2014, Providence, Rhode Island.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.  12/14

Kathryn Stanton Heald, June 6, 2014, Grand Junction, Colorado. 8/14

Ruth L. Nolin, July 8, 2014, Washington, Pennsylvania. 
Among those surviving are Ruth’s sister, Nancy Nolin Mast ’54 and her brother, Kenneth Nolin ’49.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Wallace H. Nolin ’51.  7/14

James R. Hardesty, August 4, 2014, Lancaster, Ohio. 
Among those surviving are James’ wife, Mary, and their daughter, Mariam Hardesty Diehl ’78.  3/14

Margaret Gordon Rambo, March 7, 2014. 
Among those preceding Margaret in death were her parents, Andrew W. Gordon ’20 and Elizabeth Finley Gordon ’19.  3/14


Helen Coffman Jones, September 22, 2014, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jones ’47.  10/14

Sally Sutton Stevens, June 6, 2013, Lake Ridge, Virginia.  2/14

James W. Caton, January 30, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is James’ wife, Diana Eskey Caton and their son, Mark Wesley Caton ’76.  Preceding James in death was a son, Matthew C. Caton ’78.  2/14

Michael A. Condio, January 29, 2013, West Palm Beach, Florida.  12/13


Joyce Williams Davidson’s book, Moss Grove, the sequel to Olivia's Favorites, an historical novel set in 1898 Pennsylvania, has been available since last December on Amazon. She hopes to publish a Civil War novel in 2014. Joyce can be reached at  1/14


Doug Brackenridge has received the 2014 Best Utah History Article award from the Leroy S. Axland Memorial Foundation.  Doug’s article, titled About the Worst Man in Utah: William R. Campbell and the Crusade Against Brigham H. Roberts was published in the Journal of Mormon History Winter, 2013 edition.  10/14 


Rena Glover Goss and her husband, Larry, have moved to Hudson, Ohio to be closer to their daughter and her family.  On June, 7, 2014, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.  Their wedding in 1964 was held in Adena, Ohio.  Rena can be reached at 12/14



BIRTHS 1950 None
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Gloria Schadel Southam, September 18, 2014, Willoughby, Ohio.  10/14

Bettie Marshall Coburn, January 29, 2014, Conneaut, Ohio.
Bettie was preceded in death by her husband.  9/14

Carl E. Spragg, August 15, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Dovenbarger Spragg ’51.  He is survived by their children, Marilyn Spragg Jenrette ’75, Carolyn Spragg Castor ’75, Lori Spragg Beery ’82, John E. Spragg ’77 and Ralph W. Spragg ’79, as well as a niece, Kathy Jo Spragg Rhee ’70 and a son-in-law, Andrew B. Beery ’82.  8/14 

Benjamin P. Davies, March 20, 2014, North Canton, Ohio.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce.  4/14

Mary Bryson Neff, March 9, 2014.  3/14

George J. Demis, December 27, 2013, Bolivar, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Dennis’ wife, Bessie.  1/14

James F. Forgave, December 14, 2013, Newark, Ohio.
Among James’ survivors is his wife, Barbara.  12/13

Karl Y. Streng, Jr., May 7, 2013, Cleveland, Ohio.
Among Karl’s survivors is his wife, Mildred.  12/13


Frank Dauria, Jr., November 11, 2014, Hamburg, New York.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and is survived by their son, James M. Dauria ’71.  11/14

Donna Shelly Mengert, September 27, 2014, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Donna’s brother, Kenneth C. Shelly ’46.  10/14

Barbara Grimm Engelhardt, September 20, 2014, Austintown, Ohio       
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Louis F. Engelhardt.  9/14

Beverly Casey White, August 11, 2014, Dallas, Texas.
Among Beverly’s survivors is her husband, Mark.  8/14

James F. Clark, March 24, 2014, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  6/14

Francis S. Norris, May 21, 2014, Sebring, Ohio. 
Francis is survived by his wife, Eileen.  5/14

Norma Davis Wright, February 17, 2014, Issaquah, Washington.  2/14

Milton W. Patterson, March 19, 2013, Corona Del Mar, California.  2/14

Kenneth E. Grice, December 26, 2013.  1/14


Donald C. Pinhey, November 13, 2014, New London, Connecticut. 
Donald’s survivors include his wife, Frances Sengleitner Pinhey ’49, and his siblings, Patricia Pinhey Garrett ’56 and David W. Pinhey ’62.  12/14

Harry E. Byers, October 6, 2014, Celina, Ohio.
Harry is survived by his wife, June.  10/14

Ruth Alice Backstrom Brown, September 21, 2014, Columbus, Ohio.
Ruth served as Treasurer and Financial Secretary of the Shady Lane Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio for over 50 years. Among her family survivors are her husband Robert J. Brown ’52, sister Eva Backstrom Marsico ’58, sisters-in-law Patricia Sharp Brown Bell ’50, Margaret Brown Sims ’53 and Lucille Becker Sharp ’49. Among her family members preceding her in death are daughter Karen Brown Rowe (06-2014), father-in-law Rev. Lewis R. Brown ’25, brother Rev. Dr. Robert E. Backstrom ’55, brothers-in-laws Joseph L. Brown ’50, Donald W. Sharp ’49 and James R. Sims ’53 and nephew Thomas L. Sims ’80.  10/14

Mary McArn Yanchus, July 13, 2013, New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  2/14

Richard Warrender, February 5, 2014, Pownal, Vermont. 
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Joan.  2/14

William Howard Scheuerle, February 15, 2014, Tampa, Florida.
William earned his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and his doctoral degree in Victorian Literature from Syracuse University in 1964. He taught at Westminster College in Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1958. In 1964, he became an assistant professor of English at the University of South Florida (USF), where he rose to the rank of professor.  He was then named professor emeritus, retiring from teaching in 2003. During his 46-year career at USF, he served as university marshal, associate vice president of academic affairs, acting vice president of academic affairs, acting director of the graduate school and dean of undergraduate studies. Upon retiring as dean in 1994, he was honored with the title Dean Emeritus. William is survived by his wife, Dr. Jane Frances Scheuerle, his daughter and her husband, their son and his wife and their children.  2/14


William R. Yaggi, July 30, 2014, New Philadelphia, Ohio. 
William was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis.  8/14

Billy D. Pfoutz, July 12, 2014, Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Billy is survived by his wife, Ann.  7/14


Ivan “Ike” Farrah, August 23, 2014, Louisville, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Ike’s wife, Jan.  8/14

Janet Deterding Wire, March 28, 2014, Inverness, Florida.  4/14

Thomas D. Clark, March 28, 2012, Elburn, Illinois.  3/14


Marilyn Carroll Emery, November 11, 2012, Washington, Pennsylvania.  2/14

Richard L. Stephenson, December 6, 2013, New Philadelphia, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Richard’s wife, Virginia.  12/13


Donald G. Yates, July 28, 2014, Broadview Heights, Ohio.
Among Donald’s survivors is his wife, Eileen.  8/14

Mary Lyon Mace, July 4, 2014, Yorktown, New York. 
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Bill.  7/14

William A. High, April 27, 2014, Byesville, Ohio. 
Among William’s survivors is his wife, Marjorie.  5/14

Artha Stoner Marmaduke, November 30, 2013, Bath, Ohio. 
Artha is survived by her husband, Ron.  4/14

William D. Vosel, March 23, 2014, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 
Among Williams survivors is his wife, Mary Ann Murphy Vosel ’58.  4/14

Robert W. Zinsmeister, February 17, 2014, Middlefield, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Robert’s wife, Marjorie.  2/14

Benjamin Dow Davis, December 16, 2013, Vero Beach, Florida.
Survivors include Benjamin’s wife, Virginia Rodgers Davis ’57, and their son, Benjamin Edwin Davis ’88.  1/14

Robert E. Swanson, November 25, 2013, Sarasota, Florida.  12/13


Robert G. Douglas, April 28, 2014, Suwanee, Georgia. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Virginia.  5/14

Walter A. Bistline, April 26, 2014, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. 
Walter is survived by his wife, Margaret.  5/14

Mary Katherine Hutchman, September 23, 2013, Jamestown, New York. 
Among Mary’s survivors are her siblings, Sara Hutchman Patterson ’51, William D. Hutchman ’57, Gracie Hutchman Scott ’64, Ann Hutchman Brown ’46 and John D. Hutchman ’61,  Among those preceding her in death were her parents, Mary Ogilvie Hutchman ’21 and Paul Eugene Hutchman ’22, as well as siblings Paul Eugene Hutchman ’53, Daniel Hutchman ’51, E. Joan Hutchman ’59, her uncles William D. Ogilvie ’28, Donald M. Ogilvie ’38 and an aunt, Kathryn Ogilvie Olson ’26.  12/13   


Gordon W. Kunde, May 18, 2014, Howy-in-the-Hills, Florida. 
Gordon is survived by his wife, Zora.  5/14

Gary L. Pike, January 1, 2014, Lisbon, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Gary’s wife, Judy.  2/14

Robert D. Ransom, February 17, 2014, Gahanna, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Robert’s long-time companion, Carole Klostermeyer Roberts '59, his son, Robert D. Ransom ’84 and his brother, Charles W. Ransom ’60.  2/14

C. Malcolm Fellows, February 3, 2014, Brilliant, Ohio.
Among Malcolm’s survivors are his wife, Elaine; a sister, Sandra Fellows Jeffers ’63 and a brother-in-law, Lyle Gunning ’59.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Fellows Gunning ’60.  2/14

Barbara Averell Haley, November 1, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Jules.  12/13


Joanne Beranek, April 5, 2010, Canfield, Ohio.  11/14

Kathryn Tavenner Tillett, August 1, 2012, Delaware, Ohio.  7/14

G. William Thompson, April 26, 2014, White Cottage, Ohio. 
Among William’s survivors are his wife, Nancy Clarke Thompson, their children, Tracie Thompson Hill ’94, Ted C. Thompson ’88, Timothy G. Thompson ’86 and Tara Thompson Poorman ’84, as well as a son-in-law Thomas C. Poorman ’84.  Among those preceding William in death were his father, Glenn G. Thompson ’26.  5/14

David R. Sargent, September 22, 2013, Lexington, South Carolina.
Among David’s survivors is his wife, Carolyn.  12/13


C. Granger McKinney, Managing Director-Investment Officer of Wells Fargo Advisors in Columbus, has been recognized by the firm with the Wells Fargo Advisors Spirit award, given in tribute to Granger’s personal and professional achievement. Granger, who is also a member of the firm’s exclusive Premier Advisor program was presented with the Spirit award during a recent Wells Fargo Advisors conference in Colorado Springs.  The presentation included a video of Granger’s life including testimonials by friends, relatives and colleagues about his personal achievements.  Granger resides with his wife in Worthington, Ohio. To see the complete news release from Wells Fargo Advisors, click here.


JIM MURDOCKJim Murdock has "unretired" by returning to work as Controller of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  SCUP is a national membership organization of more than 5000 higher education professionals and develops individual and organizational capacities to strength and transform institutions of higher education.  Jim can be reached at  4/14


Jacquie Boris Jones was honored at the 34th graduation ceremony of Keystone Montessori School in El Cerrito, California with the creation of the Jacquie Jones Scholarship Fund.  In her work as head teacher there since 2009, Keystone’s owner/business manager said Jacquie had  “enriched Keystone’s program and set a precedent above and beyond our highest expectations.”  The scholarship will benefit families with financial need.  Jacquie is now a volunteer educational consultant for the school.  7/14 






William R. Dessecker, June 8, 2014, Green, Ohio.
Among those surviving is William’s wife, Jane.  7/14

Thomas T. Zastudil, June 23, 2014, Marengo, Ohio.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary.  6/14

Suzann Yaschay Shearer, May 20, 2014, Richmond, Virginia.  6/14


Robert William Ferguson, August 14, 2014, Lewiston, Idaho. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Linnea.  8/14

Joseph A. Henderson, May 28, 2014, Coshocton, Ohio.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Ruth Price Henderson ’64.  6/14

Mary Branstool Eldridge, February 23, 2014, Greenville, North Carolina.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, David.  3/14


Virginia Belle Fritz, July 5, 2014, Roebling, New Jersey.
Virginia retired from Warren Snyder School in Bristol Borough after 28 years, moved to Tennessee and eventually settled in Roebling, New Jersey. She was a member of the Saints Francis and Clare Parish, taught CCD there and was professed to the Franciscan 3rd Order.  Among those surviving are her son, Mark, and his wife; two grandsons; her brother, Elwood;  her sister, Gloria and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. 7/14


David T. Mackay, October 20, 2014, East Palestine, Ohio.
Among those surviving is David’s wife, Karol.  10/14

Raymond W. Rhoades, October 3, 2014, Sevierville, Tennessee.  10/14


Judith Wegenek Paplow, October 6, 2007, Denver, Colorado.  12/14

Fred E. Baxter, October 8, 2014, Wexford, Pennsylvania.
Among those surviving is Fred’s wife, Stephanie.  10/14

James Edward Slocum, May 13, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 5/14

Joseph F. Crawford, February 8, 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland.  2/14

Charles B. Coad, January 11, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.  1/14


Jean Biggs Lower, March 12, 2014.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Francis R. Lower ’52.  3/14


William F. Ruschhaupt , M.D., March 1, 2014, Moreland Hills, Ohio.
William was an internist and specialist in vascular medicine and chairman of Global Patient Service at the Cleveland Clinic. Among those surviving is Williams wife, Susan.  Among those preceding him in death were his father, William Ruschhaupt ’36 and a brother, Thomas H. Ruschhaupt ’71. 3/14


Jean Ellen McGinley Carnahan, June 8, 2014, Bolivar, Ohio.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Rick.  7/14

Patti Oberholtzer Llewellyn, January 21, 2014, Houston, Texas.
Among Patti’s survivors is her husband, Richard.  2/14


WAGGONER AND SAMPSONJean Ann Kornbau Waggoner and her former college roommate, Susan Zimmerman Sampson, recently participated in a one-week Road Scholar hiking trip to the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by their husbands, they hiked in Banff and Yoho National Parks. Both Jeanne and Susan are retired.  Jeanne can be reached at wwjkw67@GMAIL.COM.  9/14










THOMAS W JOHNSONThomas W. Johnson has been appointed chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio by Governor John Kasich.  As chairman, Johnson now leads the 320-person agency overseeing the regulation of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water and commercial transportation companies in Ohio.  Previously, Thomas served for 22 years in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing Southeastern Ohio.  After leaving elected office, Thomas served as Governor Bob Taft’s director of the Office of Budget and Management from 1999 to 2006. There, he earned praise for crafting fiscally responsible budget policies and Ohio’s School Facilities Program. He also reviewed and made policy recommendations regarding the PUCO’s budget and Ohio’s transportation budget.  4/14




Rose M. Grant Tyson
retired in 2012 after 32 years with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board as an attorney advisor and as associate director - office of apeals counsel.  Prior to that, she was employed as a civil division trial attorney for a municipal government and as a criminal prosecutor for a county government.  She can be reached at 4/14


DEBORAH BUSHDeborah E. Bush is managing editor of Dentist Profit Systems LLC and grant coordinator of The Preeclampsia Foundation.  She can be reached at  5/14







DONALD L BARRETTDonald  L. Barrett retired in 2008 after 32 years with the Columbus Health Department as the food safety education coordinator and registered sanitarian for the Environmental Division.  He now works with the Giant Eagle grocery stores as the food safety/safety specialist for Ohio. Don was also recently elected to serve on the Ohio Retail Food Service Advisory Council.  He can be reached at  1/14


RICK HILLRick Hill is now the pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown.  He is also starting a new church, Jubal's Nation, which is a folk church that uses folk music from Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary; as well as traditional folk music to explore the themes from scripture. Rick can be reached at  4/14


JEFF HEACOCKJeff Heacock has been inducted into the West Branch High School Hall of Fame.  A 1972 graduate of West Branch, Jeff was quarterback of the varsity football team and was a letterman in football, basketball and track.  He was also captain of the football and basketball teams and received honors in All-Area, All-District and All-Ohio athletics.   As a student-athlete at  Muskingum, Jeff served as captain of the football team, was named first team in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) for two years, MVP in the OAC, first team All-American, and was named Muskingum Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1976.  He later served as Muskingum’s head football coach for 26 years and athletic director for seven years.  Today, he is Muskingum’s assistant vice president for student affairs.  . Jeff joins his two brothers, Jim ’70  and Jon ’83, and their father, Clint, as members of the West Branch Hall of Fame. 9/14 


Tim Campbell retired from his teaching position with the Columbia Local Schools in Columbia Station, Ohio.  He had 37 years in the classroom, and, at the time of his retirement, was chair for the English Department. Tim can be reached at 6/14


Deborah Wheatley Nemo has retired from the Marion City Schools after 35 years of teaching and is now a university supervisor in education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  8/14

Nancy Stillman Gulden has retired from the Olmsted Falls City Schools in Ohio after 36 years of teaching.  She plans to pursue college level instruction or student teaching supervision.  Until then, travel is in her immediate plans.  She can be reached at  7/14

Donald W. Majcher has been named chief executive officer and managing partner of BDS, Incorporated, a business advisory and growth services firm in Westlake, Ohio.  In his new role, Donald will work with clients in the areas of strategic planning, operations, capital connections and financial restructuring.  In November, 2013, he was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores, a group of individuals recognized by the Governor of Ohio with the state’s most distinguished honor, The Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore. Membership in the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodores is only possible through appointment by Ohio’s Governor in recognition for outstanding contributions to the economic development of the State of Ohio.  7/14


Mark Thomas and his wife, Ronda Lee Thomas ’80, have moved from Tempe, Arizona, to the greater Boston area.  Mark has accepted the position of director of the library for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Center for Urban Ministerial Education.  The center is located in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  4/14


DONALD L MASONDonald L. Mason has been named to the 2014 Board of Directors of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce. He is Of Counsel attorney with Roetzel and Andress, LPA, where he focuses his practice on energy and environmental policy, with an emphasis on regulated public utilities and oil and natural gas development.  3/14







KEVIN PECKKevin Peck was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame at the Ohio State High School Wrestling Tournament. Kevin, who was a member of Muskingum’s OAC championship wrestling team in 1979, coached for 21 years and was the head coach at Licking Heights High School and Westerville South High School. He retired from teaching in 2012 after 32 years. His son, Nate Peck ’15 is a junior at Muskingum and is a member of the cross country and track teams.  3/14






David Briggs
is theatre director for the City of High Point, North Carolina, a member of the board of the High Point Arts Council and is a member of the NC Presenters Consortium.   He can be reached at ]:  2/14

Donald L. Mason, of Roetzel and Andress, LPA, has been named to the 2013-14 list of Who’s Who in Energy, published by American City Business Journals. The list is comprised of key players in the energy field from across the United States, including top executives representing exploration, production, distribution, law and more.  Don focuses his practice on energy and environmental policy, with an emphasis on regulated public utilities and oil and natural gas development.  Don earned his law degree from Capital Law School. 12/13



BIRTHS 1970 None

Charles L. Herron, May 19, 2014, Trinway, Ohio.  5/14

James P. Allen, January 30, 2014, Newark, Ohio.
James is survived by his wife, Pamela, and his parents, Doris Finley Allen ’46 and James Allen ’48. He was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Allen Gerber ’94G.  2/14


Erika Holmstrup Steinbauer, March 3, 2014, Ocean Grove, New Jersey. 
Among those surviving is Erika’s brother, Robert M. Holmstrup ’68.  4/14


Terry E. Morgan, December 9, 2013, Quaker City, Ohio. 
Among Terry’s survivors is his wife, Janet Frame Morgan ’69, ’05G.  12/13. 


, November 8, 2013, Bath, Ohio. 
Deborah is survived by her husband, Michael Busta.  Michael can be reached at 12/13


Paul N. Gard, November 22, 2014, Canton, Ohio.
Among Paul’s survivors is his wife, Darleen.  12/14

Timothy W. McKee, December 3, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.  12/14

Deborah Ray Smith, February 7, 2014, Adairsville, Georgia.  3/14


Hilma Rehard Thomas, June 7, 2014, Coshocton, Ohio.
Hilma was preceded in death by her husband, William.  6/14


DIANE HATHEWAY DANNEMANNDiane Hatheway Dannemann, October 20, 2014,  Wallkill, New York
Survivors include Diane’s husband, Kevin F. Dannemann, mother-in-law Sally French Dannemann ’67 and brother-in-law Thomas E. Dannemann ’73.  10/14


Linda S. Carroll, March 1, 2013, Silver Springs, Maryland.  2/14


Michael T. Kreke, September 13, 2014, Fairfield, Ohio.
Michael is survived by his wife, Cyndi.  9/14


Becky Dearing Wall, vice president and treasurer at Dearing Compressor and Pump Company in Youngtown, Ohio, has been named Woman of the Year by the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Club for National Business Women’s Week. Becky runs the company, which was founded as Dearing Compressor by her grandfather, with her brother, Rick.  10/14

ADAMS AND TRIPLETTGreg Adams has been selected as the 2013 Child of Appalachia honoree by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.  The Child of Appalachia initiative is designed to instill Appalachian Ohio's citizens with pride in their region and confidence in their ability to succeed. As a fulltime volunteer director for the Ohio Appalachian Business Council, Greg has supported the incubation of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, a regional economic development organization and JobsOhio Network partner. He is also a successful entrepreneur, launching and building Resource Systems with fellow Muskie Larry Triplett, seen here at right. In addition to service on a variety of boards and civic groups, Greg is the CEO of TDPI Ventures and has served as mayor of New Concord since 1986.  The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundation creating opportunities for Appalachian Ohio's citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. Each year, the foundation recognizes its Child of Appalachia honoree, an outstanding individual for his or her work in giving back to Appalachian Ohio.  12/13


DONNA MILLER KRIVASDonna Miller Krivas has been working for the last year as an IT consultant based in Phoenix, Arizona, following more than 20 years in project and program management. Donna is employed by Forsythe Technology and spent the last year commuting to the San Francisco Bay area each week to work with a major financial services client.  She welcomes the opportunity to connect with fellow Muskies at  7/14


Scott David Johnson completed a master’s degree in special education in December, 2013 and has accepted a new teaching position in special education at the New Haven School in Nelson County, Kentucky.   He can be reached at  7/14


Joe Perorazio now lives in Smyrna, Tennessee with his partner David Gray and is employed as a cataloger with Ingram Content Group in nearby LaVergne.  Joe can be reached at  7/14

Benjamin E. Davis has been promoted to senior director, Newspaper Operations for the Anderson Independent Mail, an E. W. Scripps newspaper located in Anderson, South Carolina. This promotion follows a 26-year career working in various roles for Scripps’ Treasure Coast Newspapers, an E. W. Scripps newspaper located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Benjamin can be reached at  7/14






Gary L. Gibson, September 20, 2013, Caledonia, Ohio.
Among Gary’s survivors is his wife, Beth.  10/14


Phillip Wayne Morrow, June 7, 2013, New Philadelphia, Ohio.  1/14

Alec Beam Kirby, January 13, 2014, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Among those surviving iis Alec’s wife, Mary Ellen.  1/14


Eric Green, November 11, 2014, Champaign, Illinois.  11/14

Karen Manning Semersky, October 10, 2013, Monclova, Ohio.  5/14

updart UPDATES 1993

DAVE TINKERDave Tinker ’10G, CFRE has received the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award from the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He was given this award for his work raising millions of dollars for charity, for his published articles on fundraising and technology and for teaching fundraising at numerous local, regional, national and international conferences.  Dave is vice president of advancement for ACHIEVA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as an adjunct faculty member of Muskingum's Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program and an instructor for the Muskingum Analysis Certificate Program. 12/13


AMY PALMER HAINESReverend Amy Palmer Haines has been appointed as the new assistant to the district superintendent for the Northwest Plains District of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Amy has served churches in Northwest Plains District for the past 15 years as a United Methodist minister. She and her family reside in Ottawa, Ohio, and Amy can be reached at  7/14


CHRIS WOOLARDChris Woolard, director of accountability for the Ohio Department of Education, has earned the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) 2014 State Data Leader Award.  He was recognized for his efforts to ensure that Ohio educators have easy access to timely, relevant student data and for the training necessary to use the data in the most useful and efficient way.   DQC’s recognition program awards policymakers, district leaders and advocates who have demonstrated a focus on using education data to support families and educators in their efforts to improve student achievement in four categories.  3/14


Jim Johnson has accepted the position of director of information and educational technology in the Morgan Local School District in McConnelsville, Ohio. At Muskingum, he earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science with a secondary education certification.  He also holds a master of education degree from Ohio University in curriculum and instruction with an education technology specialty. Jim completed his doctoral degree at Indiana State University in curriculum and instruction with an education technology specialty.  He can be reached at  4/14

JOHNS KELEEYReverend Ellie Johns-Kelley has joined The Presbyterian Foundation as Ministry Relations officer, serving the Northeast. Ellie will partner with pastors and other ministry leaders to create or enhance their stewardship programs and assist donors in meeting their philanthropic and financial goals. Following her graduation from Muskingum, Ellie earned her master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2000.  She and her husband are living in Pittsburgh.  1/14


DEVOLL WEDDINGDoug Devoll married Michelle Watson Devoll, and the wedding party included Tricia Hunt ’92.  10/14









Jennifer Zornow
married Jeff Allen on April 5, 2014, in Pismo Beach, California. Victoria Paul Dean ’94 and Danielle Logsdon Steinhouser ’95 attended the wedding.  Jennifer can be reached at  5/14


Elliott Grey Hastie was born on October 4, 2014 to Allison Hastie and her partner, Aimee Brown.  Allison can be reached at  11/14


Craig M. Daniels, May 22, 2014, Cambridge, Ohio.
Craig is survived by his wife, Vicky Costanzo Daniels ’93.  6/14


Roberta Ratcliff Howard, September 12, 2014, Chandlersville, Ohio. 
Roberta earned her master’s degree in education at Muskingum and was a member of the education faculty at Muskingum for six years. Among those surviving is her husband, Dave.  9/14


Adam R. Tilton has completed a master of science degree in management in human resources.  12/13


JOSE FELICIANOJosé Feliciano, Jr. has been reappointed to the Ohio Commission on Hispanic-Latino Affairs (OCHLA) for a three-year term which began on October 20, 2014.  He first became a commissioner last fall and earlier this year was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Roundtable. Among his many contributions to the Hispanic community, José has served two terms as president of the Young Latino Network, which is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and was a community partner for Convención Hispana 2013.  José is employed as a business analyst for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) and serves on a committee at GCRTA assisting in the recruitment of a diverse workforce. 10/14









ANTHONY RILEYAnthony Rileyis pursuing a master’s degree from the Global Field Program at Miami University.  As a part of that work, he spent the summer of 2014 studying diverse terrestrial coastal and coral reef communities in Belize. Anthony is a biology teacher at Athens High School in Athens, Ohio.  10/14


JUSTIN KLUMEJustin Kume is now director of compliance in the athletics department of Florida State University.  11/14


Caroline Jeannette Padro Dietz has graduated from The Ohio State University, earning a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a specialization in immunology.  At Muskingum, she earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. The title of Caroline’s dissertation was A Study of the Distal Molecular Mechanism by which Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptor Stimulation on a B Cell Regulates IgE Production. During her time in the laboratory of Dr. Virginia M. Sanders, Caroline earned numerous travel awards and honors and regularly gave talks at national conferences. Her work resulted in a first author publication the Journal of Immunology, titled Adrenergic Regulation of IgE Involves Modulation of CD23 and ADAM10 Expression on Exosomes and several review articles. Caroline is married to Ben Dietz.  1/14


Marc Behrendt earned his doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Ohio University in May, 2014.  His dissertation was titled Nature of High School Students’ Experiences at a Biological Field Station.  He is now a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Marc can be reached at  5/14 


ESCHBAUGH WEDDINGAllison Wills-Eschbaugh married Jared Eschbaugh ’10 on September 13, 2014.  Muskies in the wedding were Amanda Chema ’11, Kaitlin Jenkins and Travis Roach. Jared is working at OhioHealth as a paramedic and is opening a gourmet popcorn company in Granville.  Allison is a physical therapist at Emeritus of North Hills in Zanesville.  She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Ohio University in May, 2014.  Allison can be reached at 10/14






Jeffrey Storz
married Alice Queen-Storz on September 14, 2013.  Muskies in the wedding were Mark Steiner ’10, Katie Stoneman ’10, Chelsea Conley ’12 and Forrest Wright ’12.  Jeffrey is working at the J. M. Smucker Company in its research and development corporate department.  His wife is working for the Victim Assistance Program in Akron as a court advocate.  She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Akron University in 2013.   5/14


Amber M. Casteel Haramy married Johnathan K. Haramy on August 1, 2014.  9/14


Kerrigan was born on April 8, 2014 to Julie Buttolph White and her husband, Paul White.  8/14


Ethan Michael was born on July 19, 2014 to Eric M. Adkins and his wife, Amy M. Tarquini Adkins ’04. Ethan was born at 4:51 a.m., weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce and measured 19 inches.  Eric can be reached at  8/14

Maddex Robert born January 10, 2014 to Matthew Schreiber and his wife, Ami. Maddex was 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.  4/14 


HANNAH SANCHEZHannah Caroline was born on December 3, 2014 to Heather Frese Sanchez.  Hannah joined her big brother, Jonah Andrew, and was 7 pounds, 6.2 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long.  12/14




OLIVIA ERDMANOlivia Elizabeth was born on April 18, 2014 to Amanda Erdman and her husband, John.  Olivia joins a big sister, Maryn, age 6, and two brothers, Josiah, age 4 and Owen, age 2.  Amanda can be reached at  11/14





Luke Steele was born on August 22, 2014 to Mark Hall and his wife, Stephanie.  Luke joins a sister, Laurel.  Proud grandparents are Larry Hall ’78 and his wife, Susan.  Grandpa Larry can be reached at  10/14

Leah Anne was born on April 25, 2014 to Crystal Miller and her husband, Derek.  Leah joins 3-year-old brother, Eli.  9/14

Hudson was born on March 9, 2014 to Stephanie Flammang Krall and her husband, Billy.  7/14


ISAAC WILLIAMSIsaac Rodger was born on June 20, 2014 to Kristin Williams and her husband, Lucas.  Isaac, who joins two brothers, weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 20-1/4 inches long.  The family resides in Kent, Ohio.  7/14


Caleb Alexander was born on April 14, 2014 to Erica McDaniel Mackley and her husband, Benjamin.  Among the many proud relatives are great-grandparents Joe McDaniel ’56 and Pat McDaniel ’60.  Erica can be reached at  7/14

LUCAS BRIAN Lucas Brian was born to Carrie Wilson Scheetz on September 13, 2013.  Lucas weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.  Carrie can be reached at  4/14


Luke Michael was born on September 10, 2014 to Alainna Amicone-Durfee and her husband, Zach Durfee ’10.  Luke is the little brother to Sophia, 3, and Zoe, 2.  9/14

JACK BENNETTJack Bennett was born on October 23, 2013 to Samantha Eubank and her husband, Alex, in Columbus, Ohio. 7/14






Lillian Marie was born on April 1, 2014 to Stephanie Cattran and her husband, Kevin.  7/14


Colt Charles was born on April 18, 2014, to Jessica Swann Youngen and her husband, Thad.  Colt, their second child, was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces.  Jessica can be reached at  7/14

updart DEATHS 2004

Jolene C. Craig, November 21, 2014, Marietta, Ohio.  12/14


Melody Shiere Dickey ’12G, October 19, 2014, Tippecanoe, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Melody’s husband, Kris.  11/14

Faculty & Friends

George "Sonny" Alfman and his wife, Lyn, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on December 29, 2013.  Sonny worked at Muskingum for 12 years as broadcast engineer for WMCO radio and TV, from which he retired in 2006.  12/13


Lillian Rose was born on November 18, 2014 to Samantha Hannan and her husband, Patrick.  Lillian was 19 ½ inches long and weighed six pounds nine ounces.  Samantha works in Physical Plant.  11./14


Dr. Javad Habibi, November 23, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Dr. Habibi was a professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department at Muskingum.  Among those surviving is his wife, Gity, and their children, Marjan Habibi ’89 and Mark Habibi ’93.  12/14

Timothy Taylor, November 6, 2014, Newark, Ohio. 
Timothy was a lecturer in Graduate and Continuing Studies.  11/14

Alice Gates, October 27, 2014, New Concord, Ohio.
Alice worked as an accounts payable clerk in Muskingum’s business office. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.  10/14

Carolyn Graves Crandell, August 27, 2014, Marietta, Ohio.
Carolyn was a member of the faculty at Muskingum.  Among those surviving is her husband, Merrill Crandell.  9/14

Wendell W. Litt, June 9, 2014, New Concord, Ohio.
Wendell is the father of Muskingum University Trustee and past Alumni Council President Gordon F. Litt ’80, who survives.   Also surviving are Wendell’s wife, Bernice Finley Litt ’55; daughter, Susan Litt Ballantine ’82; son-in-law, Kenneth R. Ballantine ’77 and two grandchildren, Abigail Ballantine Pardon ’12 and Wade H. Litt ’11.  Preceding him in death was a son, David W. Litt ’78.  6/14

George H. Heilmeier, April 21, 2014, Plano, Texas.
George was an electrical engineer who in the 1960s helped invent the liquid crystal display (LCD) technology that is now used in telephones, watches, computer monitors and flat-screen televisions.  Among those surviving are his wife, Janet Faunce Heilmeier ’61, their daughter and three grandchildren.  5/14 

Fred J. Sharkey, February 11, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Fred worked in Muskingum’s Physical Plant department.  Among his survivors is his wife, Kathy.  2/14

Roberta Smith, January 20, 2014, Jupiter, Florida. 
Roberta was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Arndt Poland '09.  2/14

Esther Harding Browning, January 24, 2014, New Concord, Ohio.
Esther retired from Aramark Food Service in 1999 after 38 years of service.  She was known to many students as “Grandma.”  1/14

Mary C. Jones, December 15, 2013.  1/14

Patricia Ann Ellertson, January 4, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio. 
Pat served Muskingum as director of public relations for 29 years, and also as a professor of speech and communication.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jud.  1/14