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Class Notes 2016


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

In 2011, at the 75th anniversary of the OPC, then 98-year-old Rev. Galbraith delivered a stirring address. He is much-loved and much-honored by members of the OPC and is often called “Mr. OPC.”  6/16
BIRTHS 1930 None
UPDART DEATHS 1935 Vera Unger Polen, March 9, 2015, Windermere, Florida.
She was predeceased in death by her husband Clelland and is survived by her daughter Donna Polen Berry '76.  11/15
    1936 Aldo L. Picetti, August 16, 2016, Caldwell, New Jersey.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Picetti Goepfert '69.  10/16

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

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

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

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

Anna Melick Mumford
, February 15, 2016, Marion, Iowa.  3/16
    1939 Betty Luce Sager, April 21, 2016, Perryopolis, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Sager Knox '64.  4/16

Frances DeRolph Gregory
, January 31, 2016, New London, Ohio.  2/16
UPDATES 1940 None
updart DEATHS 1940 R. Keith Schaffner, July 29, 2015, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Z. Joanna Schaffner Baun '37 and John Perry Schaffner '50.  5/16
    1941 James A. Applegate, October 17, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
James was preceded in death by his brother Francis A. Applegate '34 and sister-in-law Mary Yerian Applegate '28, and he is survived by wife Marcia K. Applegate.  10/15
    1942 Virginia Pfischner Ford, September 22, 2016, Huntington, West Virginia.  10/16

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

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

Virginia Brugger Welty, September 9, 2015, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Welty, parents George Brugger 1903 and Bess Johnston Brugger 1903 and sister Eleanor Jane Brugger '39.  10/15
    1943 Jean Prouty Walker, March 28, 2016, San Jose, California.  7/16

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

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

Nellie Albanese Harris, March 26, 2016, Rockville, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest L. Albanese '31, and sisters, Ruth Albanese Fornatara '34 and Naomi Albanese '39.  4/16
    1944 Donald M. Castor, October 8, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Luella Pollock Laing '17 and Samuel McPherson Laing '12, his brother, Edwin Bryce Castor '50, and his cousin, Jane Marie Castor Hosey '44. Donald is survived by his wife, Jane Laing Castor '48, his sister, Janice Castor Heston '48, his cousin, Anna Castor Glenn '42, and his son, Kim Castor '88.  10/16

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

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

Dorothy Slater Scott, February 17, 2016, Willoughby, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Scott '49, and brother, Robert W. Slater '48.  2/16
    1945 Dwight W. Somerville, September 14, 2016, Shelby, Ohio.  9/16

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

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

George A. McKinley, May 6, 2015, Lititz, Pennsylvania.
George was predeceased by his mother Lillian Arnold McKinley 1904, sister Ruth McKinley '35 and brother Frank Arnold McKinley '37. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou and sister Margaret McKinley Geran '41.  12/15
  1946 Irene Porteus Buxton, November 5, 2016, Warsaw, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Gene Porteus Buxton '46.  11/17

C. Eileen Stillion Taylor
, October 10, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  10/16

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

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

Marion Norton Dodson
, December 4, 2015, Houston, Texas.
Marion is predeceased by her husband Parker Dodson '46.  12/15
    1947 Mary Shaw Robottom, September 14, 2015, Garland, Texas.  12/16

Bill Oshima
, September 24, 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  10/16

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

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

Read the full obituary here.  1/16

Mary Orr Clyne, November 6, 2015, Hammond, Indiana.
Mary was predeceased in death by her husband Kermit and is survived by her son Kevin Clyde and daughter Carol Clyne Offutt.  12/15
    1948 Arlene Aldrich Rapp, October 19, 2015, Warren, Pennsylvania.  6/16

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

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

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

James S. Bates
, January 27, 2016, Danville, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fee Bates '48.  2/16
    1949 Paul Pashkevich, September 25, 2016, Parkersburg, West Virginia.  10/16

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

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

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

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

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

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

Donald R. Jameson
, October 17, 2015, Wooster, Ohio.
He is survived by wife Mary Ellen Baldridge Jameson '51.  10/15
BIRTHS 1950 None
updart DEATHS 1950 Joseph B. Glass, November 14, 2016, Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Florabel Glass Patton '34, Herbert M. Glass '36 and Samuel Glass ’38. He is survived by his wife, Joann Best Glass '47.  12/16

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

Gordon H. Brevoort
, November 11, 2016, Manahawkin, New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Allison Brevoort '49.  11/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David S. Hogg
, November 14, 2015, Dayton, Ohio.
David, a WWII U.S. Air Force veteran, is survived by his three children, niece Karen Badzik Zollars '69 and four grandchildren.  11/15
    1951 Bob Stevenson, October 5, 2016, The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Keller Stevenson '53, a niece, Donna Stevenson Runzo '72, and a nephew, John P. Runzo '73.  12/16

Charles R. Meyer
, November 7, 2016, Lexington, North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Susann Taylor Meyer '47, and wife, Julianne Myer Meyer '50. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Meyer Thompson '76, and sister Mary Ann Meyer Ferguson '64.  11/16

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

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

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

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

Helen George Thomas
, July 11, 2015, Cary, North Carolina.
Helen was predeceased in death by her husband William and is survived by her sister Marian Rase and sons David and Steven Thomas.  10/15
    1952 C. Robert McCullough, July 17, 2016, Burton, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hoag McCullough '51.  7/16

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

Read the full obituary here.  7/16

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

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

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

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

Paul R. Fahringer
, October 22, 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally McBride Fahringer.  2/15

    1953 Nancy Meyer Dupper, June 6, 2015, Dennison, Ohio.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald M. Dupper '51 and a daughter, Donna Dupper Beckner '75.  Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Dupper Stahlnec '73 and Bonnie Dupper Gifford '76.  6/15

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

John Floyd, January 11, 2015, Chico, California. 
John was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Dunley Floyd '51.  1/15 
    1954 Janet Butte Christman, October 7, 2016, Schenectady, New York.  10/16

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full obituary as published here.  5/16

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

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

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

    1955 E. Kay Noble Ballantine, February 24, 2016, Glenford, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Buck" Ballantine, and survived by her son, Kenneth R. Ballantine '77, daughter-in-law, Susan Litt Ballantine '82, and granddaughter, Abigail Ballantine Pardon '12.  3/16

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

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

Read the full obituary as published in the Columbus Dispatch here.  12/15
    1956 M. Lenore Erb McIntosh, November 27, 2016, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Robbins Erb '30.  12/16

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

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

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

Read the full obituary here. 10/16

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

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

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

Robert Linder, November 28, 2014, Flagstaff, Arizona.  3/16
    1957 Jane Barber Gibson, February 28, 2016, Hudson, Ohio.  6/16

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

Isabel Teare Lamerdin
, January 11, 2016, Novato, California.  3/16
    1958 Robert J. Malone, November 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Griest Malone '58.  11/16

Christine Dickson Walsh
, November 11, 2015, Fairhope, Alabama.
She is survived by her husband Frank Walsh.  12/15
    1959 Dean Edward Bechtel, January 29, 2015, Frederickson, Ohio.
Dean is survived by his wife, Betty, and three sons.  11/15
UPDART UPDATES 1961 Harry Bing BlewittDr. Harry “Bing” Blewitt, a native of Struthers, Ohio, went on to receive his PhD from Ohio University. After 3 years with DuPont as a research Chemist and 7 years teaching Chemistry at Tarkio College in Missouri, Bing began his career at the University of Alabama in 1975 with a joint appointment in the Chemistry department and the New College program.

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

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

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

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

After 'retiring' a year ago, Marilyn Dambach Ruppart has returned to the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan in an interim position as the Director of Admissions, N-Grade 3. The full staffing of the department enables her to work part time, primarily conducting tours of the school and interviewing applicant families. Marilyn is welcoming the prospect of a 'balanced' life' - and is looking forward to a '63 Kianu reunion to be held in September. She can be reached at  8/16
    1967 Choosing and Using Handplanes book coverJ. Norman Reid has published two books. A murder mystery novel set on Capitol Hill, “The Hero of Gucci Gulch” features a public interest lobbyist as an amateur sleuth who solves a murder and unravels intrigue involving climate change deniers. “Choosing and Using Handplanes” (the cover pictured right), published by Cobbler Mountain Press, is intended for the beginning handplane user and explains how to set up and use handplanes in woodworking.

Both books are available on Amazon. Reid can be reached at  7/16
    1969 Larry ThompsonAfter graduating Muskingum in 1969, Larry Thompson received an MA in African Studies at Ohio University in 1970. He was a conscientious objector and did his alternative military service with the Mennonite Central Committee, which included a year in Grenoble, France and several years teaching in the DRC Congo, all in French.

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

Read the full update here.  2/16
MARRIAGES 1964 Mary Phillips Arnett was married on July 28, 2015 to Rev. Franklin Sparks '57. They live in Springfield, Ohio.  10/15
BIRTHS 1960 None
UPDART DEATHS 1960 Nancy May Griffo, January 3, 2016, Petaluma, California.  11/16

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

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

Elaine Brown Kelvington
, March 22, 2015, Erie, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by husband Dr. James R. Kelvington '58.  10/15
    1961 Richard Cameron, December 3, 2016, Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Moore Cameron '33.  12/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brenda Hall Schoener
, November 30, 2015, Severna Park, Maryland.
Brenda served as an educator in Ohio and Pennsylvania. After retiring, she and her husband W. Terry Schoener '60 created Backpack Buddies of Anne Arndul County, Inc., a non-profit corporation to help provide for students attending Tyler Heights Elementary School. Brenda was also an active volunteer and member for the Literacy Council, Meals on Wheels, Caring Connection, and within A.A. Co. Schools as a Right Start Advisor. She is survived by her husband, children Halle Schoener Randles '86, Matthew H. Schoener '88 and Bradley C. Schoener '98, son-in-law Steven G. Randles '85, and granddaughter Clare S. Randles '11.  12/15
    1962 Clyde D. Everett, October 25, 2016, Uhrichsville, Ohio.  11/17

Melville C. Fordyce
, October 2, 2016, Supply, North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Robb Fordyce '61.  11/16

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

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

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

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

James D. Armentrout
, August 2, 2015, Tupelo, Mississippi.  2/16
    1963 Howard W. Davis, October 27, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  11/16

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

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

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

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

David C. Kier
, September 25, 2015, Grafton, Ohio.
He is survived by his daughter, son and three grandchildren.  11/15
    1964 Patricia Robinson Jones, March 16, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Jones '63.  5/16

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

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

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

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

Daniel K. Nixon
, North Olmsted, Ohio.
Daniel is survived by his wife Carolyn Faunce Nixon.  10/15
  1965 Robert K. Orndoff, August 20, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  9/16

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

Douglass S. McDonald, October 5, 2015, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Douglass was preceded in death by his father, Frye McDonald '31, and his uncle and aunt, Charles McDonald '24 and Bessie McDonald Stouder '29. He is survived by his sisters Marilyn McDonald Stark '65 and Joanna McDonald Carroll '74 and cousin Dorothy McDonald Shields '52.  12/15
    1966 Carl N. Ball, October 13, 2016, Belpre, Ohio.  10/16

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

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

Paul Mikulak
, March 17, 2016, Hartland, Wisconsin.  4/16
    1968 Richard D. Sorg, September 1, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Benson Sorg '66.  9/16

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

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

Read the full obituary here.  8/16

John E. Kettle
, December 31, 2014, Carmel, Indiana.
John is survived by his mother Betty Root Kettle, wife Margaret Shaw Kettle, and daughters Jennifer Kettle Gosset and Rebecca Kettle Martinez.  11/15
    1969 Eric F. Kohlmyer, November 14, 2016, Pine Bush, New York.  11/17

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

Jean Beucler Evans
, October 4, 2016, Mystic, Connecticut.
She is survived by her husband, David J. Evans '68.  10/16

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

Janet Frame Morgan
, January 15, 2016, Quaker City, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry F. Morgan '72, and sister, Galen Frame '54.  1/16
UPDART UPDATES 1971 Bruce Parmelee and community residents in Hillah, IraqBruce Parmelee recently retired from a 15-year career in International Development focused on post-conflict community resettlement and recovery. Pictured with Bruce (wearing a black shirt and sunglasses) are community members of Hillah, Iraq, where he worked as a civilian and completed a new waste system as a way to improve living conditions in this southern Iraq community. He can be reached at  4/16

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

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

Barbara PazeyDr. Barbara Pazey
serves as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Special Education and Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. She can be reached at  12/15
    1974 Larry Ray has recently published two articles: “Communication Causes Conflict (Sometimes)” can be found on the TASA website and "The Unfulfilled Dream of Community Policing,", October issue. Ray is a 1977 graduate of Capital University Law School and is self-employed in Washington, D.C. practicing mediation and negotiation. He serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School.  11/16
    1979 Digging for Ancenstral Gold book coverLaurence Overmire published his 10th book, Digging for Ancestral Gold: The Fun and Easy Way to Get Started on Your Genealogy Quest. This How-To book shows how exploring one's family history and genealogy can be suspenseful, exciting and richly rewarding, not to mention how meaningful it can be for the entire family. He has an easy 6-step plan to help you find your ancestors quickly.  9/16

Laurence Overmire
published his 9th book, The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet's Journey Through Scotland, May 27. Written as a travelogue, diary, poetry, history, and genealogy book, he traveled through Scotland to discover and learn more about his Scottish heritage, including the discovery of being a descendent of an iconic poet, Robert Burns.  4/16
MARRIAGES 1974 Deborah Bush and Ronald J. Harden wedding photoDeborah Bush married Ronald J. Harden, a retired businessman and friend of R.C. Sproul, in Dr. Sproul's church on April 25, 2015, Sanford, Florida. After the death of their respective spouses in late 2012 and early 2013, Deborah and Ronald feel blessed to have found love again. Her Muskingum roommate, Joyce Wannacott Barrett, and Joyce's husband, Donald Barrett, were in attendance. Deborah can be reached at  9/16
BIRTHS 1970 None
UPDART DEATHS 1970 Rozell Hill Duncan, August 15, 2016, Fairlawn, Ohio.  8/16

Wayne M. Murfree
, November 6, 2015, Oxford, North Carolina.
He is survived by daughters Marisa Roberts Russell and Jacklyn Murfree, brother B. Gerald Murfree and three grandchildren.  11/15
    1971 Florenco “Flo” Little Rankin, November 30, 2016, North Canton, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, David A. Rankin '69.  12/16
    1972 Mildred Miller Wright, July 9, 2016, Cooperdale, Ohio.  7/16
    1973 Constance Virginia Giles, August 12, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland. 11/17

Mary Bartlett Reynolds
, October 18, 2016, Topsham, Maine.  11/16

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

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

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

Terry J. Naponic
, November 21, 2014, Jeannette, Pennsylvania.  2/16
    1974 Janet Hamilton Lowery, July 2, 2016, Fresno, Ohio.  7/16
    1977 Melinda Kerr Dillard, April 25, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky.  2/16
    1978 Martha McConnell Hatcher, May 6, 2016, Edinburg, Ohio.
She is survived by her son, Andrew R. Hatcher '01.  5/16
    1979 Thomas L. Tykodi, March 29, 2016, New Albany, Ohio.
He is survived by his sister, Tamara Tykodi Seifert '80, and brother in law, Matthew P. Seifert '78.  4/16
UPDART UPDATES 1981 Chuck Tuttle has accepted the position of CEO of the Cleveland Christian Home effective October 1. He can be reached at  10/16

Rev. Cheryl Montgomery
begins service as the transitional pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Mahopac, New York on October 1, 2016. Cheryl can be reached at  8/16
    1983 Renold Capocasale, founder and CEO of Flowmetric, Inc., received the Hepatitis B Foundation 2016 Community Commitment Award for his unwavering support of nonprofit organizations in the community, including the work of the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, the foundation’s nonprofit research arm.  3/16
    1985 Gary J Collins is Director of Finance for West County Health Centers, Inc. located in sunny Sonoma County, CA. Gary left the corporate sector for the non-profit setting after 25 years in senior leadership and expat roles which took him to Belgium, Italy, and most recently, Shanghai, China. He enjoys giving back to the community he lives in, Timber Cove located along the Pacific coast, and enjoys biking, hiking and is actively involved with other nonprofits in Sonoma County. He completed a Century ride recently and looks forward to exploring the California coast in the coming years. Gary can be reached at  6/16
    1986 Phillip KanePhillip Kane is now the Chief Commercial Officer, Key Markets for Pirelli S.p.A. He is living and working in Milan, Italy.  12/16
    1987 After graduation, Kim Marty Stallons received a Master's degree from Nicholls State University in 1998 and an Education Doctorate at St. Louis University. She is a mother of a 14 year old daughter and works as an elementary school principal in St. Louis, Missouri. Kim can be reached at  10/16

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

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

Jeff Heller
is the founding member and Principal Partner at Innovative Maintenance Solutions.  Based in Indianapolis, IMS is a full service provider of maintenance services for commercial, industrial and retail businesses throughout the Midwest.  He can be reached at  10/15
    1988 Bobb Robinson is currently Visiting Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Ohio University (Athens). He has previously taught at Jacksonville University (FL), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Frostburg State University (MD). Bobb can be reached at  9/16
    1989 Deanne Snedeker Medina recently accepted a position as the Supervising Attorney for CALA (Community Activism Law Alliance) in Chicago, Illinois. CALA unites lawyers and activists to help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. As Supervising Attorney, Deanne oversees all of the staff attorneys and manages litigation and advocacy issues. She can be reached at  10/16
UPDART DEATHS 1982 Doris Ray Yerrall, September 14, 2015, Cambridge, Ohio.  4/16
updart UPDATES 1993 David TinkerDavid Tinker, CFRE, was recently named to the inaugural class of the International Distinguished Fellows Program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This program spotlights individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions. He is one of six fellows from across the globe.

David is Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA and is an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University’s Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program. He has worked in fundraising since 1990 and has raised millions of dollars in donations for human service, health and educational nonprofits in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  12/16

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

Kristen Dietiker
is the Chief Information Officer for Menlo College, a small undergraduate liberal arts college in Atherton, CA. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, she was an IT Director at the University of Washington in Seattle.  6/16
    1995 Susan Meyer was promoted to Cardiovascular Research Program Manager of the research program for the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her new role includes oversight of the program administrative operations, the Heart Center Intramural Funding Program, and the NIH/NHLBI funded T32 Training grant providing post-doctoral training in congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease.  10/15
    1998 Jared FarleyJared A. Farley is now the Associate Professor of Political Science at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. As part of his duties, he holds an honorary commission as a Lieutenant Colonel and an aide-de-camp to the governor of New Mexico.  9/16
    1999 Jason Schatzel received a new five-year contract to remain as treasurer for Canton Local School District. His new contract with the Canton Local Board of Education starts Aug. 1, 2017. Prior to joining the Canton Local staff, Schatzel had been treasurer for Minerva Local School District.  5/16
UPDART MARRIAGES 1996 Charlee Biddle, Jessica Biddle, Sharla Collinsworth, Jeff Denny, Arianna DenneySharla Collinsworth married Jeffrey Denney on May 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in a private ceremony in Galloway, Ohio. In the photo from left to right: Charlee Biddle, Jessica Biddle, Sharla, Jeff, Arianna Denney.  7/16
UPDART BIRTHS 1999 A baby girl, Genevieve Katherine, was born to Katie Wirt and her husband Andrew on November 4. She joins big sister Vivian.  11/16
UPDART DEATHS 1991 Amy Rice Forshey, August 18, 2016, Upland, Indiana.  9/16

Jean M. Muransky
, August 6, 2016, Youngstown, Ohio.  8/16
UPDART UPDATES 2000 Marigold Marsh earned her Master of Arts degree in Christian Ministry in 2001, Master of Divinity degree in 2003, both from Ashland Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2005 from United Theological Seminary. Currently, she is doing chaplaincy at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center (SEORMC) in Cambridge, Ohio. She can be reached at  2/16

Caryn Burns Reynolds
, BA Liberal Arts Music, is the newly appointed Institutional Research Analyst at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She will be overseeing institutional accreditation for HLC and NASM, as well as developing public facing institutional data reporting and academic program review.  1/16
    2004 Kristin Losey Williams has been appointed Executive Director of Career Services for University College at Kent State University. She can be reached at  11/15
    2006 Molly Sout recently relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan and is working for the Spectrum Health Foundation as a Grant Writer.  11/16

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

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

Laura Pettis Wentworth
was hired as full time faculty for the Teacher Education Department at Ohio University, Athens. Laura teaches early childhood courses in creativity, children's literature, foundations of early childhood, and also leads a course abroad in the country of Belize.  She can be reached at  10/15
    2008 Nicklaus HessNicklaus Hess was announced as Ohio ACOFP’s Young Family Physician of the Year. He was honored at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium held April 22. Nick thinks fondly of Muskingum all the time and is very thankful because he says he wouldn’t be where he is without Muskingum.  4/16
    2009 Julie Travaglini is now the Education Program Director for Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at  11/16
    2011 Nicole Wiard Duffy has been a biology and anatomy teacher at Central Crossing in Grove City for the past 5 years. During this time, she earned a master degree in school counseling through Dayton University. Nicole married Jacob Duffy on June 28, 2014. She can be reached at  7/16
UPDART MARRIAGES 2005 Denise Allan married Timothy Taylor on June 18, 2016 at Norris Lake in Tennessee. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio. Denise is a 4th grade teacher at Reynoldsburg City Schools and Tim works for Nationwide Insurance.  8/16
    2009 Lindsey Cox Green was married to Daniel Green on August 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The couples lives in Denver, Colorado where Lindsey is a teacher for the Denver City Schools. Prior to that, Lindsey taught English in Abu Dhabi for three years. Lindsey is the daughter of Steve Cox '80 and Dixie Blackstone Cox '80.  12/16
    2010 Clara and John WarnerClara Pearch and John Warner '13 were married on August 8, 2015 at the Kent State Performing Arts Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio. John and Clara met at a music theater camp at Muskingum and were involved in Muskingum's music program throughout their college careers. Graduating with music education degrees, they are both currently teaching in the Claymont School District. Clara teaches K-3 general music, and John teaches 6-12 choral music.  9/16
    2012 McKensie Smith Shiplett and MuskiesMcKensie Smith Shiplett married Jim Shiplett on June 18, 2016. In attendance were Michelle Cochran '12, Kaci Huffman '13 and Lauren Tullis '13. McKensie currently is a teacher at Fairless Elementary teaching second grade and resides in Canal Fulton, Ohio. She can be reached at 10/16
TRIANGLE BIRTHS 2000 Lily Marian GrovattLily Marian was born to Katie Zeitz Grovatt and husband, Darren, on April 6, 2015. They live in Punta Gorda, Florida.  10/15

    2001 Ryan Christopher Rae was born on August 15, 2016 to Carrie Cook Rae and her husband, Evan. Ryan joins a sister, Sophia.  8/16
    2002 Addilyn Marie was born March 6, 2016 to Kim Raymond Pulley and Vance Pulley '98. She joins a sister, Kinley, 4.  4/16
  2004 William "Will" Dodds was born April 23, 2016 to Drew Dodds and Holly Dodds. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.  5/16

Mollie was born on August 18, 2015 to Cameron Drake '05 and Lori Torrens Drake.  She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.  10/15
    2006 Twin girls Annalise and Raeya were born to Vincent Bettinazzi.  11/16
    2007 Zayne Kana baby photoZayne Euphrates Edward Kana was born on May 3, 2016 to parents Sarah Postlethwait and husband, Bayhas Kana, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Zayne weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.  7/16
    2010 Erika Clegg Rohrig and Joseph Rohrig '09 welcomed their first little boy Joseph Roen into the world on October 13, 2016.  10/16
    2011 Rory Jackson (Muskingum University Class of 2037) was born to Katrina Housley Riggle.  Rory joins a brother.  8/15
updart DEATHS 2004 Jennifer Campbell Kunze, September 25, 2015, Alberta, Canada.
She is survived by her parents, Donald and Karen Campbell, husband Nick Kunze, and brother Jason Campbell.  12/15
    2009 Christopher D. Perkins, June 5, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  6/16
    2013 Donna McGrath, October 25, 2016, Somerset, Ohio.  10/16
    2014 Jeannie Kopko DeSanto '14G, July 10, 2016, New Albany, Ohio.  7/16
Faculty & Friends
UPDATES   Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Muskingum in 1997, received a Life-Time Achievement Tony Award on June 12. One of the nation’s most renowned Broadway composer-lyricists, Harnick was in residence at Muskingum in March 1997 and his visit culminated in a revue of his work (Harnick acted as master of ceremonies) with faculty and students performing from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, A Wonderful Life, and Fiorello! He was awarded an honorary degree on May 11, 1997, at undergraduate commencement.  7/16
UPDART DEATHS   Brad McFadden, November 29, 2016, Dillonvale, Ohio.  12/16

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

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

Read the full obituary here.  10/16

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

Read the full obituary here.  10/16

Esther Wilson Henning
, September 16, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  9/16

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

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

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

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

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

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