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


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


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



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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


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


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


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


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


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


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



BIRTHS 1950 None
updart DEATHS 1950

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


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


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


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


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


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   


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


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


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






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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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






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

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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


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








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


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



TRIANGLE BIRTHS 2003 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 

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

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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




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