ObituariesRt. Rev. Lane W. Barton '23 B'24 on January 5, 1997. He was ninety-seven and a resident of Vancouver, Washington.
A magna cum laude graduate of Kenyon, Lane was a member of Beta Theta Pi and captain of the football team. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I with an Ohio railroad artillery battery in Europe. After completing his studies at Bexley, Lane was ordained to the priesthood of the Protestant Episcopal Church and began his ministry in Ohio. In 1946, while serving at Grace Episcopal Church in East Orange, New Jersey, he was elected to be the bishop of the Missionary District of Eastern Oregon, a post he held until his retirement in 1968. During his tenure, he built numerous new churches throughout the district, built up the endowment fund, and expanded both the physical plant and scope of activity at the district's camp, Ascension Summer School, at Cove.
Lane is survived by two daughters, Mary Clare Barton Faust and Catherine Barton Morosoff; two sons, George S. and Lane W. Barton Jr.; twenty-one grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascension School Fund, established in honor of Lane, c/o Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 620, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.
Robert T. Haase '32 on April 10, 1996, of injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident. He was eighty-four and a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
A physics major and Phi Beta Kappa inductee at Kenyon, Bob was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma (then Zeta Alpha) and the College choir. During the Depression, he worked for enterprises run by his uncles--pumping gas and toiling on a looseleaf-tobacco auction floor. In 1936, Bob took a clerical job with the U.S government in Washington, D.C., and studied statistics. He was a junior statistician before World War II, then served in an anti-aircraft gun battalion as a warrant officer in Europe. Following the war, Bob worked for the Social Security Administration and then the Veterans Administration as a statistician. He later joined the U.S. Navy, Facilities Engineering Command, as a statistician and retired from that post in 1980.
Bob is survived by three daughters, Camilla B. Haase, Sara Haase Fink, and Eleanor T. Haase; two grandchildren; a brother, Richard J. Haase; and a sister, Eleanor Haase Phillips.
Henry E. Schmidt 1934 on May 24, 1996. He was eighty-five and a resident of Mount Dora, Florida.
A native of Xenia, Ohio, Hank attended Kenyon for one year and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University. A textile salesman throughout his career, he retired as president of M and H Fabrics Limited.
Hank is survived by his wife, Marjorie Kiser Schmidt; a daughter, Shirley Schmidt Tinsley; a son, Ernest R. Schmidt; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, William E.Schmidt.
C. Kinder Sherk 1936 on December 20, 1996, after a long illness. He was eighty-two and a resident of Houston, Texas.
A philosophy major at Kenyon, Kinder was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. A thirty-one-year employee of National Supply Company, a division of Armco Steel, he worked in Toledo, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Houston, Texas, before retiring in 1979.
Kinder is survived by his wife, Margaret Beck Sherk; two daughters, Gretchen Sherk McAffe and Christine Sherk Carlisle; three sons, Thomas K., William C., and Richard C. Sherk. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 420, Houston, Texas 77057, or to the American Cancer Society, Box 570127, Houston, Texas 77257-0127.
Paul E. Thompson '37 on October 24, 1996. He was eighty-one and a resident of Keene, New Hampshire.
At Kenyon, Paul was a psychology major, Phi Beta Kappa inductee, and member of Sigma Pi. He earned a master's degree in 1939 and a doctorate in 1952 from Case Western Reserve University. Paul worked successively as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Akron, Ohio, a child psychologist in the Canton, Ohio, public schools, and a professor of psychology at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.
Paul is survived by a son, Douglas N. Thompson '76; two stepsons, Nicolas and Gregory C. Packan; and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alstead Village Library, Alstead, New Hampshire 03602.
Howard K. Morgan '38 on November 8, 1996. He was seventy-nine and a resident of Huron, Ohio.
An economics major at Kenyon, Howard played football and joined Beta Theta Pi. He earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1939. A U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, Howard was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander. In an active and varied business career, beginning on Wall Street before returning to the Midwest, he had been president of several businesses, including Consolidated Chemicals and Wallace Expanding Machines. Howard served on a number of corporate boards, including those of BancOhio and the Joslin Clinic.
A generous and long-time supporter of the College, Howard was a former member of Alumni Council and Parents Advisory Council and for many years the president of the Sarasota, Florida, Regional Association. He also served a five-year term as class agent and stints as an officer of the Firelands and Indianapolis regional associations. Howard won Kenyon's Distinguished Service Award in 1983.
Howard is survived by a daughter, Hannah Morgan Lochner; three sons, Christopher C., Howard "Chuck" Morgan Jr. '72, and William J. Morgan '77; thirteen grandchildren; a brother, William Morgan; and a niece, Pamela Morgan Lutz '73. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 315 WayneStreet, Sandusky, Ohio 44870, Firelands Community Hospital, 1101 Decatur Street, Sandusky, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Rodney Morison III '39 on December 17, 1996, of cancer. He was seventy-eight and a resident of Ramona, California.
Rod entered Kenyon after winning numerous state and local scholastic awards in mathematics and physics as a student at Mount Vernon (Ohio) High School. Graduating cum laude with high honors in chemistry, he went on to graduate studies in chemistry and physics at Ohio State University. In 1941, Rod joined a nucleus organization that became the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University. He participated in the development and testing of the radio proximity fuse, a top-secret weapon that permitted anti-aircraft shells to reach their targets with a high rate of accuracy. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1943, Rod accompanied the variable-time fuzes into combat in the Mediterranean theater. Honors he received for his work included the Navy Bureau of Ordnance Exceptional Service Award and the Joint War Department-Navy Department Certificate of Appreciation. Rod's later career included research and development posts with the Applied Physics Laboratory, General Motors Research Laboratory, Walter V. Sterling, and Garrett AiResearch Manufacturing Company. He was granted three patents over the years.
Rod is survived by his wife, Diana Poole Morison, and two sons, Scott E. and Rodney Morison Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to the San Diego Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6699 Alvarado Road, Building II, Suite 2301, San Diego, California 92120, or the San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Street, San Diego 92103.
W. Donald McNeill '40, the College's most celebrated athlete, died on November 28, 1996, of pneumonia. He was seventy-eight and a resident of Vero Beach, Florida.
A native of Chickasaw, Oklahoma, Don attended Oklahoma Central State Teachers College before transferring to Kenyon to play tennis. An economics major, he was undefeated in singles play between 1937 and 1940 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. In 1938, Don joined the world tour and played in Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, and the Netherlands. That same year, he won both the singles and doubles titles at the French Open. Don defeated Bobby Riggs in the final of the French Open in 1939; Don also won the U.S. Open at Forest Hills, New York, in 1940. Although World War II interrupted Don's tennis career, he won four consecutive Argentinean national singles titles as a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Argentina. In 1950, he won his last major title--a second U.S. National Indoor crown--after which he had a three-decade career as an advertising executive in New York City.
Don was inducted into the National Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1978. Awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by the College in 1984, he was among the first inductees into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
William F. McMurry '43 grew up with Don in Oklahoma City andattended the same high school. "He was responsible for bringing Carl B. Mitchell '44, my doubles partner, and me to Kenyon," he recalls. "Don was a great guy, known for his sportsmanship. I'm so glad I was able to talk with him last August and to tell him again how much I appreciated all he did to help me."
Don is survived by three daughters, Melinda McNeill Kaiser, Margaret McNeill-Law, and Holly McNeill; four grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Helen Wolff. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2701 North Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407.
Rev. Dr. Hunsdon Cary Jr. B'40, H'59 on October 23, 1996, following a lengthy illness. He was eighty-seven and a resident of Richmond, Virginia.
A 1934 graduate of the University of Virginia, Hunsdon attended Bexley Hall as a member of the Class of 1940 and completed his studies at the Theological Seminary of Virginia. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity by Kenyon in 1959, and he was later appointed an honorary canon of Trinity Cathedral in Miami, Florida. Ordained in 1940, Hunsdon served churches in Toledo, Sandusky, and Youngstown, Ohio, before being called to Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. In 1973, he received the American Jewish Committee's Sylvan Cole Human Relations Award in recognition of his efforts against bigotry and intolerance and his contributions to better understanding among residents of Palm Beach County, where he lived. In addition to a distinguished career in the church, Hunsdon had a history of association with organizations dealing with the disadvantaged.
Hunsdon is survived by his wife, Dorothy Plummer Cary; a daughter, Elizabeth Cary Pierson; a son, Hunsdon Cary III; two brothers, George Douglas Miller Cary and Randolph Jefferson Cary; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Anne Cary Tilton, Mary Cary Babiak, and Helen Cary Stewart. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Fund, 1600 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227.
Richard C. Hamister '42 on December 4, 1996. He was seventy-seven and a resident of Palo Alto, California.
A psychology major and Phi Beta Kappa inductee at Kenyon, Dick was a member of Delta Phi. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in psychology. Dick served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, winning both a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. After earning a doctorate from Stanford University in 1949, he went on to become a psychologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. For thirty-nine years, Dick worked in clinical practice there, often turning down promotions because he preferred direct patient contact to administrative duties.
Dick is survived by his wife, Sue Hamister; a daughter, Marcia Hamister Sabastia; two sons, Victor and Phillip Hamister; four grandchildren; two brothers, Donald B. Hamister '44 and Kenneth C. Hamister '48; and several nieces and nephews, including Frank M. Hamister '70. Another brother, David K. Hamister '51, died in 1995. Memorial contributions may be madeto the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, 645 South Bascom Avenue, San Jose, California 95128; ACT of San Francisco, 30 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108; or Semper Virens Plant-a-Tree, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, California 94043.
John T. Tyler '43 on July 19, 1996, of cancer. He was seventy-five years old and a resident of Parma, Ohio.
At Kenyon, John was a member of the swim team and Sigma Pi. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army military police in France. After the war, John attended the Duke University School of Forestry before beginning a printing career in Durham, North Carolina, where he worked for the Herald-Sun newspapers. He later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for the Plain Dealer in the composing room for twenty-four years.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Pearce Tyler; two daughters, Karen Tyler Strazar and Allison Tyler Jancsi; a son, Rodney Tyler; seven grandchildren; three brothers; and three sisters. His late sister Mary Tyler Thornton was the wife of the late Charles Thornton, a long-time member of the College's biology faculty. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017.
Charles W. Coolidge 1945 on November 19, 1996, of cancer after a brief illness. He was sixty-nine and a resident of Columbia, South Carolina.
Charles attended Kenyon in 1945 and 1946 and then completed his undergraduate education at Oberlin College. He earned his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1953 and his doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1958. From 1949 to 1951, while his father, Kenyon Professor of Chemistry Walter H. Coolidge, was ill, Charles was a visiting instructor of history at Kenyon. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina (USC), where he taught for forty years and served as director of undergraduate studies and as director of graduate studies. For a number of years, Charles was the academic adviser to all history majors.
Known as "Mr. Carolina" to his colleagues and students, Charles is remembered as a professor whose first love was teaching. For his efforts in USC's classrooms, he was recognized with the Russell Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1961 and with the Distinguished Service Award of the USC Educational Foundation in 1990.
Charles is survived by his brother, Edwin C. Coolidge '45; a sister, Cynthia Patrick; and a niece and two nephews.
Kenneth E. Burke '47 on August 14, 1994. He was seventy-three and a resident of Modesto, California.
A biology and chemistry major and Phi Beta Kappa inductee at Kenyon, Ken played basketball and tennis and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and Nu Pi Kappa. He went on to study medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, graduating in 1948. From 1955 through 1957, Kenserved in the U.S. Air Force, holding the rank of captain. A specialist in internal medicine, he then practiced in Modesto until his retirement.
Ken is survived by his wife, Betsy Lambert Burke; two daughters, Susan E. and Julie B. Burke; three sons, Stephen C., David J., and Douglas Burke; and eight grandchildren.
David C. Brown '48 on August 12, 1996. He was seventy-seven and a resident of Northville, Michigan.
A psychology major at Kenyon, David was a member of Beta Theta Pi. At the time of his death, he was retired from the Department of Social Services in Wayne County, Michigan. Earlier in his career, David held positions with the Chrysler Corporation and the Kern Company Department Store.
David is survived by a brother, Paul Brown, and a sister, Katharine Boelter.
John Morgan Swope '48, a long-time College staff member, died on January 28, 1997, of cancer. He was seventy and a resident of Gambier.
A romance languages major at Kenyon, John was active in the French and Spanish clubs, Nu Pi Kappa, the Kenyon College Dramatic Club, the Kenyon Singers, and Delta Kappa Epsilon. A College employee from 1982 until his retirement in 1992, John held positions in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies and, for many years, the Department of Music.
After teaching at Miami University and pursuing graduate study at the University of Paris, he took up postings as assistant to the cultural attache and as program officer with the Fulbright Commission at the U.S. embassy in Paris. John then joined the Foreign Student Department of the Institute of International Education, serving as chief of orientation.
In 1963, he was named the first director of international activities at Yale University. John worked with students and faculty members going abroad, as well as with those coming to Yale from abroad. He was voted assistant secretary of the university in September 1970, a position he held until moving to Ohio. Before joining the College staff, John managed the Knox County office of the Central Ohio Legal Aid Society.
"John brought a rare combination of meticulousness, life experience, and grace to his work in the music department," said Associate Professor of Music Benjamin Locke. "He served as the department's ambassador in his work with the public, outside artists, and especially the students who regarded him as a friend."
John is survived by nieces Marnee Swope Colburn, Sally Swope, and Susan Swope Dunlap and his former sister-in-law, B.J. White. Memorial contributions may be made to the John H. Dunlap IV Scholarship Fund--which honors the memory of John "Ian" Dunlap '87, stepson of Susan Swope Dunlap--in care of the Office of Development, College Relations Center, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623, or to Hospice of Knox County, 302 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.
Arthur W. Sherwood '51 on December 20, 1996. Friends said that Art, who had been battling prostate cancer for a year, took his own life. He was sixty-nine and a resident of Baltimore, Maryland.
At Kenyon, Art was an English major, editor of The Collegian and Reveille, and a member of the varsity lacrosse team and Delta Phi. He studied law at the University of Maryland and earned admission to the Maryland bar in 1953. Art was best known for his creation of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which he served as director from 1970 to 1980. The organization, incorporated in 1967 and dedicated to preserving the bay, has grown to be a $10-million operation with eighty thousand dues-paying members. An advocate of active environmental protection long before it was in vogue, Art wrote Understanding the Chesapeake in 1973 and launched an educational program that continues today, with thirty-six thousand students and teachers from Virginia to Pennsylvania leaving the classroom and studying on the bay each year. Active in local politics, he ran for mayor of Baltimore in 1967 but lost, perhaps because he held too many controversial views, including the opinion that the United States should withdraw from Vietnam and return military and political responsibilities to the indigenous people. His early career included working as the Maryland director of the Federal Housing Administration and a period in Washington, D.C., as special assistant to the administrator of the U.S. Housing and Home Finance Agency. Returning to Baltimore, Art was appointed to a position on the city's three-member Board of Elections, where his investigation into vote tampering and influence peddling by the board led to a series of reforms. For the past ten years, he had worked as a part-time community arbitrator in Baltimore County, judging juvenile misdemeanor cases.
Art is survived by his wife, Suzanne Ruth Sherwood; a brother, Donald H. Sherwood; and a sister, Frances Sherwood Stevenson.
Thomas H. Creighton '52 on February 6, 1997, after a long illness with emphysema. He was sixty-nine and a resident of Kensington, California.
An English major at Kenyon, Tom began his business career with the Knox County Savings Bank in Mount Vernon. He and his wife, Catherine Borowski Creighton, whom he married while he was a student, lived in Gambier for several years. After moving to Berkeley, California, in 1957, Tom worked first in banking and then for the East Bay Library systems, retiring from the Alameda County Library in Dublin. In retirement, he and Catherine collected art, especially works by Californian and Japanese artists.
In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by his mother, Lucille G. King, and a sister, Anne G. Fortunato. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2171 Junipero Serra Boulevard, Daly City, California 94014.
Robert G. Busacker '54 on September 5, 1996. He was sixty-four and a resident of Madison, Wisconsin.
A mathematics major and a member of the Archon Society at Kenyon, Bob graduated summa cum laude with high honors. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1957, during which time he became a coauthor of an early text in graph theory, Finite Graphs and Networks. Following further graduate work and a stint on the staff of the Operations Research Office at Johns Hopkins University, Bob worked in computer programming for eighteen years for the State of Wisconsin, most recently in the Department of Public Instruction.
Bob is survived by his wife, Claire Smith Busacker; two sons, James and Edward Busacker; a stepson, David Watterson; a brother, August Busacker; and five grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Ralph Treitel '56 on September 23, 1996, following a long illness. He was sixty-two and a resident of Columbia, Maryland.
An English major and a winner of the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry at Kenyon, Ralph participated in dramatics, intramurals, and the English and philosophy clubs and served as coeditor of The Collegian and Hika. Following his marriage in 1963 to Margot Palmer, he and his wife joined the Peace Corps and taught in Yoruba, Nigeria, until 1965. After attending Stanford University, Ralph earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and subsequently joined the Social Security Administration as a research analyst. He was an editor and writer for the Little Patuxent Review, a literary magazine, and host of a television show of the same name featuring the art and history of Howard County, Maryland. Ralph also taught a history class at Howard Community College and wrote film and theater reviews for several newspapers, including the Columbia Flier, and several plays.
Ralph was noted in Columbia--to which he and his family moved in 1969, wanting to be part of the vision for the planned community--for dressing as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for the annual Longfellow Fourth of July Parade. In a tribute, journalist Diane Brown wrote, "Ralph was one of those guys some called simply 'interesting' because they didn't know what else to call him. He always expanded the too-tight box some thought he fit in."
In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by his mother, Esther Cohen; two daughters, Hannah Treitel Cosdon and Amanda Treitel Tschirgi; and three grandchildren.
David G. Borman '59 on December 20, 1996, of cancer. He was fifty-nine and a resident of Iowa Park, Texas.
A biology major at Kenyon, Dave was a member of the Pre-Med Club, the swim team, and Beta Theta Pi. He went on to graduate from Thomas Jefferson Medical School and complete his internship at Scott Air Force Base Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. Dave was a general medical officer there until 1966, when he took up an orthopedic residency at Southwestern Medical School and Parkland and Scottish Rite Hospitals in Dallas, Texas. He began his orthopedic practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1970. From1985 to 1990, Dave was chief of surgery at Bethania Hospital there; he became assistant chief of surgery at Wichita General Hospital in 1995. Since 1971, he had served as examiner for the Texas Department of Health Chronically Ill and Disabled Children's Service. Dave had also been medical director for North Texas Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center for sixteen years. In addition to medicine, he loved ranching, the outdoors, and music. He was a founding member of the Pacemakers Jazz Band, for which he played keyboards.
At a memorial service, a fellow physician, V.C. Saied, noted, "Dave was scheduled to have a bone-marrow transplant in two months, and, attesting to the fact that he was universally liked, the bone-marrow donor drive brought in 517 donors, the largest turnout in Baylor Hospital history. Although Dave never got his transplant, he'd be pleased to know that this effort will no doubt save someone else's life in the future."
Dave is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Brown; his wife, Marsha; four daughters, Leslie Gauthier, Susan Veitenheimer, Karen Maxton, and Laurie Portmann; a son, Scott Borman; a sister, Dianne Dewey; and twelve grandchildren.
Jeffrey R. Butz '69 on October 18, 1996, of lymphoma and complications of AIDS. He was forty-nine and a resident of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
A mathematics major at Kenyon, Jeff was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship. He went on to earn his master's degree and doctorate in mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. After teaching at the University of Oklahoma, Fordham University, and Rice University and working at the Argonne National Laboratory, Jeff became a professor of mathematics and computer science at Bridgewater State College, where he worked until his death. He also wrote extensively about the Hilbert space-operator theory.
Jeff's many interests encompassed the American Contract Bridge Association and the American Mathematical Society. At Kenyon, his chief extracurricular activity was the debate team, which was very successful during his tenure. Classmate Richard A. Baehr recalls, "Jeff was my debate partner from 1967 to 1969, and he was probably more responsible than I for all the trophies that once graced the case in Peirce Hall."
Jeff is survived by his parents, Carol and Donald Butz; a brother, David Butz; a sister, Donna Butz Ross; and a niece and a nephew.
Ronald J. Churchwell '75 on November 4, 1996, of heart failure. He was forty-two and a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Ron majored in economics at Kenyon and went on to earn an M.B.A. from Indiana University. At the time of his death, he was a consultant in operations improvement at KPMG Peat Marwick. He previously worked in the finance department at Rockwell International in Troy, Michigan, and Paris, France. He also served as chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors at Nakatan Horizon Industries.
Ron is survived by his wife, Marianne Pettee Churchwell; hismother, Kathleen Lloyd Churchwell; two daughters, Allyson and Claire Churchwell; a brother, Thomas Churchwell; and a sister, Maureen Churchwell Khadder. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb Counties, 29350 Southfield Road, Suite 110, Southfield, Michigan 48076.
Steven B. Currier '82 on December 27, 1996, of cancer. He was thirty-seven and a resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
An economics major at Kenyon, Steve served as treasurer of the Social Board and as a resident advisor. He was a member of Delta Phi, holding the offices of treasurer, secretary, and house manager. Steve, who earned an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, was vice president of corporate banking for Bank One in Akron, Ohio, at the time of his death. He had previously worked for Huntington Bank and Coopers and Lybrand. Steve was a past president of Young Friends of the Cleveland Art Museum.
Steve is survived by his wife, Sharon Castle Currier '82; his parents, Jane Rowden and Philip R. Currier '56; a brother, Paul A. Currier; two sisters, Diane E. and Julia A. Currier; and his paternal grandparents, Gladys and Everett Currier. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven B. Currier Memorial Fund, c/o Bank One, 8501 Tanglewood Square, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023.
Benjamin A. Quarles H'70 on November 16, 1996. He was ninety-two and a resident of Mitchellville, Maryland.
After graduation from high school, Quarles worked as a waiter and porter for five years until a friend encouraged him to go to college. He entered Shaw University in 1927, graduated as valedictorian in 1931, and went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. As a researcher and writer, Quarles was interested in the contributions of blacks to American society. His first book, published in 1948, was a still highly regarded biography of Frederick Douglass. After holding a deanship at Dillard University, Quarles joined the faculty at Morgan State University, where he introduced students to untouched sources of African-American life. His books include Lincoln and the Negro, The Negro in the Making of America, Black bolitionists, Allies for Freedom: Blacks and John Brown, and Black Mosaic. Quarles was awarded seventeen honorary doctorates.
Quarles is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Roberta Knowles and Pamela Quarles; three grandsons; two brothers, Henry and Lorenzo Quarrels; and a sister, Ann Silvera.
Genevieve L. Hayes on January 9, 1997, following a long illness. She was eighty-nine years old and a resident of Coral Springs, Florida, and Gambier, Ohio.
A long-time resident of Gambier, Hayes had been the bookkeeper for Schlariet Trucking and a volunteer at Knox Community Hospital. She and her husband, former Village Market proprietor James Hayes, were well-known to generations of Kenyon students.
Hayes is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mary EllenSchaefer; four sisters, Margaret Magill, Agnes Fernandez, Mary Alice Schordorf, and Dorothy Kempton; and one granddaughter, Andrea Schaefer.
Samuel S. Lord, vice president for finance at Kenyon from 1967 until his retirement in 1987, died February 24, 1997, at his home in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Lord, who had been suffering from cancer, was seventy five.
A native of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Lord was a 1942 graduate of Allegheny College. He began his career with Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation but quickly moved to Talon, Inc., the Meadville-based zipper manufacturer. After eleven years there, ending as assistant director of market research, Lord joined the L.L. Lord Company, a plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning firm, as vice president and treasurer.
In 1959, Lord came to Kenyon as purchasing agent. He won promotion to business manager and then in 1963 to the newly created post of treasurer-business manager, which he held until being named vice president for finance in 1967. Lord served as the College's acting chief executive officer from May through August of 1968, in the interim between the presidencies of F. Edward Lund and William G. Caples '30.
In recognition of his retirement, Lord was awarded an honorary doctor of laws at Commencement 1987. The citation for the degree, read by Professor of Psychology Emeritus Charles E. Rice, noted that Lord's arrival on campus signaled the introduction of a new word into the Kenyon vocabulary, No, and went on to proclaim that "that first decade of Nos enabled the next two decades of unprecedented expansion, in which your intelligence and skill financed and supervised more construction than in any other era of the College's history."
"Without question, Sam's greatest gift to Kenyon was his creation and oversight of our budget process, the foundation of our financial strengths today," observes Vice President for Finance Joseph G. Nelson, who came to the College as comptroller in 1978 and says he often marvelled at Lord's ability to review a complex report and "cut to the heart of it" almost instantly. "He examined every proposed allocation from the viewpoint of how it would improve Kenyon."
"Sam had a sense of the demands that might be made of me as his successor," Nelson adds, "so on his last day of work--June 30, 1987--he sent me a memo. It read, 'If it isn't in writing, I didn't agree to it.' I can't tell you how useful that memo was in my first year as vice president."
Although he never met Lord, President Robert A. Oden Jr. says the former vice president's influence can still be felt at Kenyon. "Rarely does the senior administration meet without mention of the fiscal course set by Sam Lord," he notes. "It was he who urged upon the College its strict attention to the difficult but central issue of budget discipline."
Outside the immediate Kenyon community, Lord found time to be involved in a number of activities that contributed to the quality of life in Knox County. He served for many years on the board of Mount Vernon's former Martin Memorial Hospital and thenas a member and president of the board of its successor, Knox Community Hospital. Lord was also a former chair of the Budget Committee of United Way and a former board member of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.
Lord is survived by his wife, Nadene Wright Strome Lord; three daughters by a former marriage, Rebecca Lord King '73, Katharine Lord Fannin, and Martha S. Lord; three stepchildren, David W. Strome '72, Barbara Strome Christiansen, and Margaret Strome Davisson; a brother, Dick S. Lord; and seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sand Hills Hospice, 5 Aviemore Drive, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28474, or to the Samuel S. Lord Memorial Fund, Office of Development, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.
Other deaths. We have been notified of the deaths of the following alumni for whom no further information was available. Readers who can supply details are encouraged to send the information to the attention of Linda Michaels, Office of Public Affairs, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623.
James R. Goldsborough '48, date of death unknown.
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