Volume 31 Number 4 Spring/Summer 09
In this Issue
- Family Squabbles
- Confronting Conformity
- Caution, Not Crisis
- Tooning Up
The Editor's Page
- Boiling Points
- Letters to the Editor
Along Middle Path
- Moon Walking at Philander's Phling
- Nayef Samhat Appointed Provost
- In and Out at Kenyon
- Kenyon in the News
- The Hot Sheet
- A Stitch in Time for Winter
- Gambier is Talking About...
- Sound Bites
- What's your Kenyon Quotient?
- Sports Round-Up
- How the South Won
- Kenyon bids farewell to four veteran professors
- Transformed by time
- Not in my Job Description: Radio Nights
- Burning Question for Jay Corrigan, Associate Professor of Economics
- Sparking Sparks
- Singing from the Roots
- Alumni Digest
The Last Page
- The Back Cover
G. W. "Bill" Gulick 1940, on February 22, 2007. The Columbus, Ohio, resident was eighty-eight.
Bill was a member of Psi Upsilon. He was the fourth person in his family to matriculate. Bill left Kenyon to serve with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, leaving the service as a commander. After the war, he completed his bachelor's in marketing and business administration at Ohio State University.
Bill went to work developing mass transportation systems with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Lake Shore System, Greyhound, and the Greenlawn Co. He later became the president and general manager of America Bus Tours. Friends described him variously as "Big Bill" and "Wild Bill," and as a man with a knack for storytelling and dedication to his family.
He asked that no flowers be sent in his memory, suggesting instead that mourners "love your families and friends more."
His wife, Mary, died before him after forty-five years of marriage. Bill was survived by daughters Gretschen Harris and Ann Gulick, sons George Gulick Jr. and Scott Gulick, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Arvid L. Laurila 1940, on November 30, 2008. The Katy, Texas, resident was ninety.
Arvid left Kenyon and went on to graduate from Western Reserve University Dental School. He served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps during World War II in the Pacific theater.
He worked as a dentist in the Conneaut, Ohio, area for decades, retiring in 1980. He then moved to Parsons, Kansas, and ran a ceramics shop with his wife, Phyliss, for twenty years. Arvid loved to fish, golf, and travel, and he was a sports fan.
Arvid was survived by his wife; children Sharon Wiegand, John Laurila, and Don Laurila; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Norman Reed '40, on January 26, 2009. The Fort Pierce, Florida, resident was ninety-one.
Norman was a political science major and a member of Middle Kenyon Association. He graduated with highest honors and went on to earn a master's from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Harvard University in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces as a communications officer in the Pacific theater during World War II.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, he worked in the insurance business in Toledo, Ohio, including running his own agency. In 1963 he took a job in Columbus, Ohio, as an administrative assistant in charge of research and analysis in the Ohio Department of Mental Hygiene and Corrections. In 1965, he became an administrative assistant in the office of the Republican State and Central Committee. During the Nixon administration, he was appointed to the White House Council on Aging. He retired as an administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Norman was active in Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, in 2008. Norman was survived by his son, David Reed; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Andrew's, 210 S. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida, 34950.
James T. Wilson '42, of LaGrange, Illinois, on October 20, 2008. He was eighty-eight.
James was a member of Sigma Pi. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a first lieutenant during World War II. He earned a law degree from Northwestern University Law School in 1949. He worked for the Washington National Insurance Co. in Evanston, Illinois, where he was promoted to assistant counsel in the legal division in 1961. He later founded the law firm Wilson & Wilson.
James was active in the community, serving as president of Kiwanis of LaGrange; village prosecutor for Western Springs, Illinois; school board member; and as elder at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs.
His wife, Mary Anne, wrote to Kenyon, "Jim enjoyed his four years at the College and the excellent education he received there. He always said you couldn't help but learn when there were only nine students in your class."
James was survived by his wife, children Marcia Magon and William Wilson, and two grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, 5250 Wolf Road, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558, or to the Southwest Suburban Center on Aging, 111 W. Harris Avenue, LaGrange, Illinois, 60525.
Robert L. Baxter '43, of Bluffton, South Carolina, on December 18, 2008. He was eighty-nine.
Bob was an economics major. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and an assistant manager for the Lords baseball team.
Bob worked as the sales manager for automotive-parts distributor Unit Parts Corporation in Buffalo, New York. His career included time as vice president for marketing of the Spray Products Corporation in New Jersey, and as the sales manager for the Fruehauf Trailer Company in Detroit, Michigan. He retired as the advertising sales manager for Business Journals Inc. Bob was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the U.S. Power Squadrons, a volunteer boating safety and instruction organization. He loved golf and was always willing to play a few holes with Kenyon friends.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Sarah, with whom he had four daughters.
James H. Grove '43, of Granville, Ohio, on February 19, 2009. He was eighty-eight.
James was a biology major and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from the Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1946.
James went on to a career as a radiologist, becoming chief director of radiological services at Pawating Hospital in Niles, Michigan. He was a member of the Berrien County Medical Society and was a fellow in the American College of Radiology.
He appreciated antique clocks and was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He was also a president of the local chapter of the National Association of Investors Clubs.
James was survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Dorothy; children Carolyn Grove, Patricia (James) Fink, Virginia (John) Jerzykowski, Jennifer (Peter) Eckel, James Grove, and Katherine (Mohammed) Ayshi; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters Ruth and Rebecca Grove. Memorial donations may be made to the Residents Assistance Fund, Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road SW, Granville, Ohio, 43023.
Robert C. Hoffman 1945, of Mayhurst, Oregon, on October 29, 2008. He was eighty-five.
Bob was the third member of his family to attend Kenyon. He left in 1942 to join the U.S. Army Air Forces. He served three years during World War II and returned for duty during the Korean War. Bob earned a bachelor's in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1950.
Bob worked at the Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation in Pasadena, California, for twenty years. In the early 1970s, he formed the R.C. Hoffman Company, an engineering manufacturers' representative company. He sold the company in 1988, retiring to Los Osos, California. He and his wife, Jean, moved to Oregon to be near their daughters. His family described him as a truly good person with strong family values, an incisive mind, and a great sense of humor.
Bob is survived by his wife of fifty-five years; daughters Carol Gross, Diana Hoffman, and Joanne Hoffman; brother, Lathrop Hoffman; and two grandchildren.
Allan Hauck '46, on February 16, 2009. The Racine, Wisconsin, resident was eighty-three.
He was a Spanish major. Allan was a member of the Middle Kenyon Association and was a Lords football manager. He worked in the Peirce Hall servery as a student. Allan was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1947, he earned a master's in theology at Wittenberg College, and, in 1950, added a doctorate in theology at Hartford Seminary.
His work as a pastor took him to churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. In 1958, he began a teaching career, including ten years as a professor of religion and philosophy at Midland Lutheran College. He moved to Carthage College in 1968 as a professor of religion and remained there until he retired in 1989. At Carthage he was much involved in campus life and beloved by many students. Allan was active in the Association of Lutheran Faculties and had served as its president.
He became a student of world religions and a world traveler. He met Mother Teresa while studying in India, and he visited the Holy Land at least thirty times. His quest for knowledge included postgraduate studies at Union Theological Seminary; the University of Mexico; New York City College; Brown University; Yale University; the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon; and Sri Venkatesuara University in Tirupati, India.
Allan wrote Calendar of Christianity, about the origin and meaning of Christian holidays, and contributed to The Story of Religion in Kenosha.
In a 1997 interview with the Kenosha News, Allan said, "We in the Christian church should be talking about all the things we have in common, more concerned with the betterment of humanity. That is the Christian message, not what you call yourself."
He had a keen interest in numismatics, philately, and travel. And he was widely recognized as an expert in reply coupons, which are coupons that can be exchanged for postage in foreign countries. He was editor of the Reply Coupon Collector from its inception, in 1954, until 1994. Allan was also president of Collectors of Religion on Stamps for twenty years. He wrote a regular column for Global Stamp News.
He was known as a family man, with considerable wit and intellectual curiosity. His wife, Shirley, said, "Allan was an outstanding person and is terribly missed by all who knew him."
In letters to the College, Allan discussed his time at Kenyon during "the war years." In 1995, he wrote, "It's always a joy to walk down Middle Path and remember the many friends I made during those hectic years. Many times a boy would be there only one term before going to war."
Allan was survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters Deborah (John) Wiersum and Tamara (Todd) Jerred; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. Donations in his name may be sent to Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5601 Washington Road, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 53144.
Harry G. Ziegler '46, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, on January 19, 2009. He was eighty-three.
Harry was an economics major. He played football and baseball and was a member of Psi Upsilon. Harry had served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service as a radioman during World War II in the Pacific theater.
He had been a self-employed manufacturers' representative, selling recreational equipment. He was the owner of H.G. Ziegler and Associates. Harry was a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster and a member of Advent Episcopal Church. He was also an avid golfer and stamp collector.
Harry was survived by his wife, Patricia; sons John (Leslee) Ziegler and Jeffrey (Eileen) Ziegler; daughter, Julie (Alan) Falls; and six grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be sent to ALS of Michigan, 4359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan, 48075.
Domnern Garden '48, on January 19, 2009, after hip surgery. The Bangkok, Thailand, resident was eighty-one.
Domnern was known as Robert D. Golden while at Kenyon, where he was a member of Sigma Pi and worked on College publications. He entered Kenyon when he was sixteen and graduated at nineteen. He later graduated from Harvard Law School.
He was recruited to work at Jorgensen & Co., an intellectual property law firm in Thailand, in 1952. He became a senior partner in the firm, which is now called Domnern Somgiat & Boonma. Domnern was required to change his name when he became a naturalized Thai citizen in 1957. He also taught law at Thammasat University. In addition to practicing law, Domnern was a translator and lexicographer. He was well known for co-editing the Thai-English Dictionary. He also translated The Politician and Other Stories by Khamsingh Srinawk.
Paul Russell, a director of the Pacific Legal Group, said Domnern took pride in being "a good Thai" and spoke and wrote Thai "probably better than any other foreigner ... who was not born there."
Domnern was survived by his wife, Rareun, and children Sansang and Po Garden.
Richard A. Becker 1949, of Delray Beach, Florida, on May 10, 2002. He was seventy-five.
Richard was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He left Kenyon to join the U.S. Army and served for eighteen months. He received a reserve commission in the U.S. Air Force. He later founded Richard A. Becker & Associates.
Berry W. Allen Jr. '50, of Marco Island, Florida, and Indian Head Park, Illinois, on November 23, 2008. He was seventy-nine.
Berry was an economics major. He was a member of Psi Upsilon and played football. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s.
He went on to own and operate the Illinois Food Corp. before it joined the AIMS Corp. Berry was also the co-founder of the American Limousine Corp. He served on the board of the Rich Port YMCA in Illinois.
Berry was survived by his wife of forty-five years, Sandra; daughters Debbie Sheperd and Wendy (Seabury) Davies; son, Berry III; and six grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be sent to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida, 34105.
Henry "Bud" T. Barratt 1950 of Shaker Heights, Ohio, on February 7, 2008. He was eighty.
In Cleveland, Bud worked as an agent for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co. and Security Mutual Life Insurance Co. He was a member of the Cleveland Skating Club, Print Club of Cleveland, and the Hermit Club. He was an active supporter of the arts. Bud and his wife of fifty years, Margaret, were supporters of the Singing Angels, an organization aimed at involving youth in music and social activities.
Bud was survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren.
Robert Bruce McFarland '50, on November 22, 2008, of stomach cancer. The Boulder, Colorado, man was seventy-nine.
Bob majored in biology and graduated with honors. He played on the golf and soccer teams and was a member of the Middle Kenyon Association. He was also on the Collegian staff.
After graduating with honors from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1954, Bob interned at the San Francisco Hospital in California. He later served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps as a battalion surgeon. He attended the Navy School of Preventative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and later served as the director of the Streptococcal Epidemiology Unit in Bainbridge, Maryland. He completed a pathology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver. Starting in 1961, Bob had a private practice in internal medicine in Boulder. He retired as a physician in 1994.
Bob was the chief of staff at Boulder Memorial Hospital, director of the Boulder Methadone Program, and assistant professor in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Colorado. During a brief stay in Kansas City, Missouri, he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He was a jail physician in both Boulder and Kansas City. He also served as a consultant to the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Lame Deer, Montana.
Bob was a compassionate community activist and in 1970 founded the Boulder People's Clinic, for the treatment of low-income people and the uninsured. He was the clinic medical director. He also founded the Boulder Valley Clinic, which was the first Colorado abortion clinic, and the Parenting Place, which provides support services for parents.
He completed eighteen years in the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as a commander.
Bob was enthused about politics and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1980 as a member of the Citizens Party. He was a dedicated antiwar activist and often wore a tri-cornered hat and Minuteman uniform during protest events.
He also served on the vestry of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Boulder, as a counselor for the Kenyon Career Network, and as an advocate of environmentally sustainable practices. In a letter to the Kenyon Alumni Council, Bob wrote that "environmental and population pressures are the overwhelming issue of our society-now and forever."
A physician colleague and longtime friend told the Rocky Mountain News that Bob was at the top of his list of "exceptional people." That friend described Bob as "irascible, stubborn, lovable."
Bob was survived by his wife, Zoe; daughter, Laura Mann; son, Bruce McFarland; four grandchildren; and sister, Lee Murray. Memorial donations may be made to Parenting Place, 1235 Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302.
David B. Pauly 1950, of Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 3, 2008. He was eighty-three.
David also attended the University of Cincinnati. He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
He was survived by his wife, Peggy; son, David Pauly Jr.; daughters Cindy (Jamie) McCloud and Pamela Pauly; three grandchildren; and brother, George Pauly. Memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45263.
Willis "Bill" J. Wendler Jr. 1950, P'75, GP'04, on February 8, 2007. The Palm Coast, Florida, resident was seventy-eight.
Bill was on the swimming team and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He earned a medical degree at the New York Medical College in 1952 and obtained a certificate in anesthesiology. He was fond of traveling.
He was survived by his wife, Mary; son, Willis J. Wendler III '75; and granddaughter, Carolyn Wendler '04.
Thomas C. Woodbury '50, on July 28, 2008. The Wellfleet, Massachusetts, man was eighty-one.
Thomas was an English major who went on to earn a law degree at New York University. He had been a student at Bard College and served two years in the Merchant Marine before arriving at Kenyon.
He had law offices in Chappaqua and White Plains, New York, and was active in civic affairs in Chappaqua and Ossining, New York. He had been director of the Horace Greeley Education Fund and treasurer of the Human Rights Clearinghouse in New York. Thomas was also a member of the Interfaith Council in Ossining. He was involved in local Democratic Party politics. He wrote books on real estate and corporate law.
Thomas was survived by his wife, Hanni.
Peter O. Knapp '52, P'81, of cancer, on February 8, 2009. The Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, resident was seventy-eight.
Peter was a history major. He played on the Lords basketball team and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He earned a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Korean War.
Peter enjoyed a long career in banking in Ohio, working in Cincinnati and Dayton. He retired as regional executive vice president for credit administration for Key Bank. He devoted time and energy to many arts and philanthropic organizations. He had served as president of the Dayton Metropolitan YMCA, was a trustee for the Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges, and was on the boards of Grandview Hospital and Dayton Art Institute, among others. He was a vestryman at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakwood, Ohio.
Peter was survived by his wife, Barbara; children Curtis Knapp '81 and Elizabeth Morris; and two grandchildren.
H. Grant Sullivan 1952, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He was eighty-four.
Grant was a member of the Glee Club and was involved in theater productions. After two years at Kenyon, Grant transferred to the University of Michigan and graduated in 1952 with a degree in psychology. Grant had served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a radio mechanic and communications clerk. He later began a career in social work, initially serving U.S. military personnel in Korea and Japan as a field director for the American Red Cross and then taking a job as a social worker for the Social Services Department of Contra Costa, California.
Grant earned a master's in social work from the University of Michigan in 1970 and moved to Victoria in 1972. He worked for the Family and Children Service agency and then established a private practice as a counselor specializing in sex therapy. In 1985, he helped found AIDS Vancouver Island, an AIDS service organization, and became its executive director. He marked these milestones in his life: sobriety in 1977; Canadian citizenship in 1980; confirmation as a Roman Catholic in 1982; commitment to life partner Charles Joerin in 1985. Grant and Charles were fond of camping and road trips.
"There are the memories of serving lunch in the Commons to James Thurber, who was to kneel at the feet of Gordon Keith Chambers to receive an honorary degree, of a small group of us listening to Dylan Thomas read a number of poems on death," Grant wrote in a 1992 letter to the College. "There was a closeness between students and faculty socially and academically that I never was to experience again."
Donations in his memory may be sent to Kenyon College, College Relations Center, Gambier, Ohio, 43022.
Michael William Brandriss '53, of Saratoga Springs, New York, on December 6, 2008. He was seventy-seven.
Michael was a biology major and graduated with honors. He played on the Lords basketball team and was a member of Delta Phi.
In 1957, Michael earned a medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. He was an intern and assistant resident at Johns Hopkins University and went on to work at Baltimore City Hospitals and the National Institutes of Health. Michael became an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was proud of his role in developing the Infectious Disease Unit at Rochester General Hospital, where he was an attending physician. He had authored or co-authored more than fifty scientific papers.
He loved to spend time with his family, taking camping trips and coaching Little League baseball.
On Thanksgiving, he was fond of repeating this Ogden Nash verse: "Here lies my past, Goodbye I have kissed it; Thank you, kids, I wouldn't have missed it."
Michael was survived by his wife, Nancy; children David, Mark, and Peter Brandriss, and Deborah Brandriss Sullivan; and four grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be sent to The Smile Train, via www.smiletrain.com/goto/mike.
Alan C. Holliday '58 P'85, of Hingham, Massachusetts, on January 5, 2009, of pulmonary failure. He was seventy-two.
Alan was a history major. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and was involved in theater and radio. He later served in the U.S. Army Reserves and began an advertising career in New York City.
He became known for his high energy and for what the Boston Globe called his "irrepressible spirit." In 1968, he co-founded what has become a venerable advertising firm-Hill, Holliday, Connors and Cosmopulos-in Boston. But he became disenchanted with handling business details and left the agency after a short time. He went to work for other ad agencies while pursuing his interest in religion and business ethics as a student at Harvard Divinity School. Alan earned a master's in theology in 1983. He then became an educator at Boston University, where he was an associate professor of advertising, faculty adviser for AdLab, the university's student-operated ad agency, and a mentor to many students.
Jack Connors, a former business partner, said, "Alan was very bright and a very strategic thinker, but he also had kind of a gee-whiz quality to his life. He was a complete and total optimist."
A former Boston University colleague, John Verret, described him as a charming gentleman. "He was one of the smartest men I've ever known," Verret told the Globe. His daughter, Sarah Holliday Weiss of Ypsilanti, Michigan, told the Globe that her father was a beacon for ethics and influenced a new generation of ad executives to pursue "something with a higher calling."
At home, her father was known for his wit and creativity. He was called the "human thesaurus" for his command of the language, Weiss said. Alan played clarinet and was a jazz aficionado with an extensive music collection.
Alan was survived by his wife, Lucy; sons Daniel '85 and Thompson Holliday; Weiss; and five grandchildren.
Bob Mosher '58, of multiple myeloma, on January 29, 2009. The San Francisco, California, man was seventy-one.
Bob was a mathematics major. He was a member of the Debate Society and president of the Archon Society. He also worked on the staff of the Collegian. Bob was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Bob earned a doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962 and then taught at Northwestern University and California State University at Long Beach. He was the co-author of the 1968 college textbook Cohomology Operations and Applications in Homotopy Theory. The book was reprinted in 2008. He also wrote the high school textbooks Intermediate Algebra for Today (1974) and Algebra and Trigonometry for Today (1976). Bob had developed a keen, early interest in computer science.
He lived for several years in the 1970s and 1980s with his family in Mexico, returning to the United States to develop a career in financial services and then real estate in San Francisco. He took pleasure in nurturing young minds and that extended to his role as a mentor for young real estate agents. Bob was involved with Up On Top, an after-school program for elementary school children.
Classmate Clifford Slayman '58 H'91 remembered Bob as a gifted mathematician with "an absolutely first-rate intellect." Bob mastered both chess and bridge, games he played frequently. As a student, he sometimes played two games of chess simultaneously, and he sought on- and off-campus bridge competition for the game he played two or three times a week.
Bob was survived by his wife, Miko, and daughter, Jennifer (Eric) Rowe. Donations in his memory may be made to Up On Top, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California, 94109.
Michael J. Foort '60, of Chicago, Illinois, on February 16, 2008. He was sixty-nine.
Michael was an economics major. He was a member of the Kenyon Singers, Kenyon College Choir, Dramatic Club, U.S. Air Force ROTC drill team, Pre-Law Society and Middle Kenyon Association.
After Kenyon, Mike worked for Allstate Insurance in Chicago.
William A. Warnes 1960, of pulmonary fibrosis, on April 29, 2008. The Arlington, Virginia, man was sixty-nine.
William was a member of Sigma Pi. He went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962.
He was a co-founder of Marketing International Corp., which helped run pavilions for U.S. exhibitors at international trade fairs. Before he started the business with his wife, Carolyn, he had worked for twenty years for the U.S. Commerce Department organizing international trade fairs.
William was survived by his wife and sons Brent and Garrett Warnes.
Charles J. Barker '63 of Rancho Cordova, California, on June 28, 1998. He was fifty-seven.
Charles was a political science major. After Kenyon, Charles earned a master's in Russian studies at American University.
He served as an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves and later became the owner of T&J Rail Services, a transportation company. His interests included photography and railroad history.
Paul E. Halpern '70, of pancreatic cancer, on December 9, 2008. The resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was fifty-eight.
Paul majored in classics. He was president of Psi Upsilon and a member of the Knox County Symphony, Kenyon String Ensemble, Lectureships Committee, Student Council, Campus Senate, Academic Affairs Committee, Publications Board, Photo Association, Poetry Workshop, Filmmaker's Workshop, and the Reveille yearbook staff. He was Reveille editor in 1969. He also was a volunteer in the Head Start Program.
After Kenyon, Paul completed a master's in fine arts at Ohio University and worked in the Ohio University Film Program as a teaching assistant. Paul later worked as a writer and editor for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; in film production and as a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.; and as a freelance writer and editor in Canada. While in Colorado, Paul was active in the local Buddhist community. While in Washington, he was active in the D.C. Statehood Party.
His notes to the College over the years were peppered with humor and often ended with the admonition, "Don't forget to eat." He once wrote, "At last count, I was surviving. I am now enduring and, to my surprise, seem also to be prospering. And if you don't believe me, ask the blind man on the corner; he saw it all."
A tribute to Paul posted on a Buddhist community Web site said, "Learned and refined-a man of letters and language. Deep intellect, inquisitiveness, worldly knowledge."
Paul was survived by his wife, Faye.
Robert D. Fazzaro, '70, of Vineland, New Jersey, of cancer, on November 9, 2008. He was sixty.
A chemistry major, Bob was named the outstanding senior in chemistry and received the American Chemical Society Award, the American Institute of Chemists Medal, and the Chemical Rubber Company Award. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Bob was in the ski club and played intramural sports.
He earned a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and certificates in internal medicine and pulmonary disease. He opened a medical practice with a specialty in pulmonary medicine in Millville, New Jersey, in 1979. He was named the 1996 Physician of the Year in Cumberland County by the Center for Home Health Development in Princeton. In 2003, Bob was named medical director at Lincoln Specialty Care, a long-term care facility and rehabilitation center in Vineland.
Bob also served in the Air National Guard Reserve as a flight surgeon. He enjoyed outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, flying his airplane, gardening, and golf. He was fond of strolling the boardwalk in Ocean City.
Bob was survived by his children Maria Johns, Laura Fazzaro, and Joseph Fazzaro; sisters Mary Cugliari and Margaret Lozano; brother, James Fazzaro; and a grandson. Contributions in his memory may be made to Millville Senior High School, in care of the Robert D. Fazzaro Memorial Scholarship, 200 Wade Boulevard, Millville, New Jersey, 08332.
Eric R. Thruelsen '76, of East Lyme, Connecticut, on October 8, 2008. He was fifty-four.
Eric majored in English. He played on the Lords football, soccer, and tennis teams.
He worked as an editor for the Bureau of Business Practice in Waterford, Connecticut, and as a staff writer for the Boston University Office of Public Relations. Eric later became president of T&T Type, a publication production company, in Connecticut. In 1982, he described his role with the company as "founder and helmsman." During his career, he worked as a writer, technical publisher, and software and technical engineer in Connecticut and Florida.
His sister, Karen Ettlin-Thruelsen, described him as "a passionate sailor, musician, bicyclist, reader, and dog lover." She added that Eric was "extraordinarily talented and intelligent" and "possessed an unparalleled knowledge of the English language."
Eric was also survived by his sister Anne J. Thruelsen and a niece. Memorial donations may be made to the Eric R. Thruelsen Memorial Fund at Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741 and firstname.lastname@example.org; or to the Eric R. Thruelsen '72 Scholarship Fund at the Loomis Chaffee School, 4 Batchelder Road, Windsor, Connecticut, 06095.
William R. Piar 1980, on January 10, 2009. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, man was fifty.
Bill was a member of Beta Theta Pi and played Lords football as a linebacker for two years.
He loved his family, sports, and his dog, Sassy.
Bill was survived by children Megan (Mike) Replogle, Erin Piar, Courtney Piar, and Whitney Piar; a grandson; parents Ronald and Jean Piar; brother, Michael Piar; sisters Rhonda (Jim) MacAndrew, Madalyn Piar-Katter, and Jacqueline (Cyrus) Thomas. Memorial contributions may be sent to 4-H, care of Knox County Community and Natural Resource Development, 1025 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050.
Rebecca Piatt Ettling 1982, on August 19, 2008. The Charleston, South Carolina, resident was forty-seven.
Rebecca was a chemistry major. She was a member of the Kenyon Christian Fellowship and the Chapel Choir. She left the College in 1980 and then earned a bachelor's degree from Marietta College and a master's degree from Duquesne University.
Starting in 2006, Rebecca was a science teacher at Fort Dorchester High School. She had moved to Charleston in 1997 and worked as a bio-research lab assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina. She had previously worked as a chemist at the Institute of Biochemical and Medical Research at Harvard Medical School.
Rebecca was described by her family as a scientist and teacher by vocation and an artist by avocation, with an infectious smile and great energy. Rebecca was a committed Christian. She married John Ettling '81 in 1987.
She was survived by her husband; daughter, Alice; parents Joseph and Pauline Piatt; and brothers Joseph and Lee Piatt. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Hospice of Charleston, 3870 Leeds Avenue, Suite 101, North Charleston, South Carolina, 29405; Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, South Carolina, 29425; or Darkness to Light, 7 Radcliffe Street, Suite 200, Charleston, South Carolina, 29403.
Patricia Henry Kwacz '84, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 9, 2008. She was forty-seven.
Patricia majored in political science. After graduating from Duquesne University Law School in 1988, she practiced law in New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. She became a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm Austin and Henry.
She is remembered by family and friends as a witty and loving person who remained courageous while battling illness. Her husband, Rick Kwacz, said she showed compassion and generosity to family and friends during her illness and inspired and supported others along the way. In comments during her funeral, Rick said his wife had shown "strength, courage, determination-words you might associate with a professional boxer."
In addition to her husband, Patty was survived by her parents, Mary and John Henry; brothers Chris, Brian, Austin, Mark, Doug, and Tom; and sister, Clare Dougherty. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Sylvester Cancer Center in Memory of Patricia Kwacz, Post Office Box 016960-M867, Miami, Florida, 33101.
Michele M. Allen '87, of Waite Hill, Ohio, on February 11, 2009. She was forty-four.
Michele was a chemistry major and was a member of the Kenyon Christian Fellowship. She later earned a master's in business administration from John Carroll University and a master's in library science from Kent State University.
She had worked at Lakeland Community College and taught at Bryant Stratton College. She was a member of Tantrika International, a yoga advocacy and instruction organization. Michele also enjoyed tournament bridge, crocheting, and reading, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Michele was survived by her mother, Julia Allen, and brother, Kenneth Allen. Donations in her memory may be made to Morning Star Church of Christ, 7725 S. Ridge Road, Madison, Ohio, 44057.
Jennifer J. Ehret '90, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on November 20, 2008. She was forty-one.
Jennifer was an anthropology major and graduated with honors. She was a member of the Student Alumni Association. She earned a master's in Mesoamerican archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She was an archaeologist who had worked as a field crew supervisor for Penn. She did field work in Belize and Honduras. She spoke fluent Spanish.
"She was full of energy," said her father, Richard Ehret '52. "She was very adamant about giving to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and SPCA (Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals)."
Jennifer was survived by her parents, Richard and Jane Ehret, and her brother, Jonathan (Laura) Ehret.
Madeleine B. Bahar '05, of complications of plasma cell leukemia and bone marrow transplant, on February 9, 2009. The Potomac, Maryland, resident was twenty-five.
Madeleine was an art history major. She was a member of the Black Student Union, the Late Night Programming Board, and the Snowden Program Board. She was an upperclass counselor, a REACH mentor, and a WKCO disc jockey. She earned a graduate degree in museum education from George Washington University.
Jane Martindell, dean for academic advising and support, remembered Madeleine as a very open and warm person with friends from all walks of life. "It's a great loss for the Kenyon community," Martindell said. "She was really beloved by her classmates."
Melzetta Moody '05 of Oakland, California, said Madeleine was a strong mentor to underclassmen. She had a rare wit that shaped the senses of humor of her friends. "She was one of the funniest people I have ever met," Moody said. "She would never allow herself to be sad. The way she dealt with her illness, she would never tell us when she was struggling. I knew she was hurting, but she would never let us see it. Her purpose in life was to be a positive influence on others."
Madeleine loved Kenyon, Moody said, and had returned to Gambier every year since graduation. "Kenyon was a huge part of who Maddie was."
In one of her last blog entries, Madeleine wrote, "I feel awful for how frustrated I've been these past weeks. I have to remember that God loves me always and will never leave my side."
She was survived by her parents, Laurel and Hadi Bahar, and siblings Philip, Stephanie, Martin, and Claudia Bahar. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800, Alexandria, Virginia, 22303.
William R. Transue H'82, on February 3, 2009. The Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, man was ninety-four.
William was the Peabody Professor of Mathematics from 1945 to 1966. When he received his honorary degree in 1982, College President Philip Jordan said, "You were architect and foundation builder for our outstanding mathematics library. Your continuing research won you a second year at the Institute for Advanced Study, a Fulbright in Italy, and an NSF (National Science Foundation) fellowship in France, but your chief activity was teaching." Jordan called him an inspiration to students.
William graduated from Lafayette College and was a Rhodes scholar in France. He graduated from the Institute for Advanced Study and earned a doctorate in mathematics from Lehigh University. After leaving Kenyon, William became professor of mathematics at the State University of New York at Binghamton, until he retired in 1983.
He enjoyed classical music, gardening, and math puzzles.
While in France as a young man, he met his wife of sixty-nine years, Monique. She died in 2005. He also survived the deaths of two sons. He was survived by his son, John Transue; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
George A. "Tad" Mosel H'85, of Concord, New Hampshire, on August 24, 2008.
Tad was a former Kenyon Festival Theater director. He was a dominant scriptwriter in the early years of television. His play All the Way Home won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1961. The play was an adaptation of the James Agee novel A Death in the Family.
With writers Paddy Chayefsky, Gore Vidal, and Rod Serling, Tad was credited with creating the so-called golden age of live television, the New York Times reported. Live dramas were a mainstay of prime-time television during a decade beginning in 1947. Tad wrote more than two dozen original scripts for shows including Playhouse 90, Studio One, and the Philco Television Playhouse, the Times said. He also adapted the Robert Sherwood play The Petrified Forest for television. In 1967, he wrote the screenplay for the film Up the Down Staircase.
In a 1997 interview with The Vault, the journal of the Archive of American Television, he said the young writers of his era had focused on the theater. But television provided an opportunity. "No self-respecting writer would deign to write for television," he said. "Even drunken screenwriters wouldn't write for television. So who was there left? It was us. It was kids who would work for 65 cents."
Tad was a native of Steubenville, Ohio. He attended Amherst College before enlisting in the U.S. Army after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He returned to Amherst after World War II, graduated, and went on to attend the Yale Drama School and Columbia University.
Kenyon Festival Theater was founded in 1979 as a summer theater that survived for five years, drawing audiences from around the state and featuring performances by Paul Newman '49, Joanne Woodward, Jane Curtin, and Allison Janney '82. One of the founders of the festival theater was Ted Walch '63, who confirmed Tad's death for the Times.
George H. Christman Jr., pioneering athletic trainer at Kenyon and consummate caregiver, died on January 25, 2009. The longtime resident of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was seventy-two.
George worked at the College for thirty-six years. He was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.
"He was special," said Tracy Schermer, retired College physician. "It's a tremendous loss for all of us because he was truly a caregiver. He was quite a man and devoted his life to Kenyon."
George arrived at Kenyon as athletic trainer and assistant to the athletic director in 1966. He started here during the infancy of collegiate athletic training, Schermer said. George "did it all." He covered games, helped with physical rehabilitation, drove team buses, and repaired equipment. He even tackled plumbing problems. George also helped create an athletic trainer internship program. He retired as rehabilitative therapist in 2002.
George earned a bachelor's in education at Kent State University and a master's in education at Bowling Green State University. He later became a certified athletic trainer and massage therapist.
George met Charlotte Robinson, who worked at Kenyon for almost forty years, when he went to the accounting office with a question about his paycheck. They were married for thirty-six years. She retired from Kenyon as fiscal computer records supervisor in 2007. "He liked helping people," she said. "He gave his all to do that. The words I hear from people who describe him are caring, kind, and gentle. That probably sums it up."
"He was Kenyon through and through," Schermer said.
George was also survived by daughters Cheryl (Gary) Taylor of Columbus; Nancy Yandle of Meridian, Idaho; Sue (Robert) Willing of Delaware, Ohio; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 1373 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio, 43212, or to the Delaware County Special Olympics, 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio, 43015.
Sheryl A. Furniss, who retired from Kenyon in 2003 after many years as a secretary in the Department of Political Science, died on February 10, 2009. The lifelong resident of Mount Vernon was sixty-seven.
She is remembered as a beloved member of the political science family at Kenyon and a friend to students. Joseph Klesner, professor of political science and department chair, described her as an extremely loyal person who "made the department her home and ... made us all feel welcome in it."
Sheryl retired as secretary for the international studies program and Political Science Department. She arrived at Kenyon in 1966 and worked for about a year as a secretary to Dean Almus Thorp of the Divinity School at Kenyon College. She returned in 1969 as the secretary to Doris Crozier, dean of the Coordinate College for Women, and worked in the Office of the President and the Off-Campus Studies Office until settling in at the Department of Political Science in 1973. While in the Political Science Department, she also helped as the secretary for the Public Affairs Conference Center, which ended in 1985.
Klesner said Sheryl was familiar with all hands at the College and was invaluable at arranging meetings and events. "She established a broad network of friends," he said. "She knew exactly who to call, who would get it done, and who would get it done efficiently. She was very good at it."
Sheryl's son-in-law, Scott Craigo of Mount Vernon, remembered her as a friendly person who was generous with her time. "She was willing to do anything for anybody," Craigo said. "And she was very genuine." The College "was almost like a family to her," he said. "She loved Kenyon and she loved working there. She talked about it a lot."
Sheryl's husband, William W. Furniss, died in 1996. She was survived by her mother, Margaret Durbin; daughter, Heidi (Scott) Craigo; stepson William (Melinda) Furniss; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gay Street Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050.
Irving Kreutz, who served on the faculty in the Department of English in the 1950s and was the managing editor of the Kenyon Review, died on August 1, 2008, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Irving worked at the Kenyon Review from 1958 to 1960. He had earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate at the University of Wisconsin and returned there in the 1960s as a member of the English faculty. He was married for sixty years to Barbara McLaughlin Kreutz, who had been an assistant vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr College. She died in 2003. The couple had a summer residence in Rhode Island for fifty years.
Irving was described by his family as gentle and kind. He was the author of the mystery novel The Womanless Wedding.
He is survived by his children Nicole MacInnes, Gregg Kreutz, Charlotte Kreutz, and Libby Kreutz; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.