Frank F. Ake '34 on February 25, 2004. He was ninety-one and a resident of Akron, Ohio.
At Kenyon, Frank was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and served as president in his senior year.
Following graduation, he served during World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.
Frank spent his entire career with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, retiring in 1974 from a position in store and service equipment sales.
A long time supporter of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, he served on its board, its executive committee, and as its president. He also served on the board of Litchfield Rehabilitation.
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. Brazell; and two sons, John R. Ake and Frank F. Ake Jr.; a grandson, William H. Ake; and a sister, Catherine Bronson. Memorial contributions may be made to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44303; Rockynol Retirement Community, 1150 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44313; or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44313.
Thomas F. Hudgins '36 on April 8, 2004. He was eighty-nine and a resident of Seneca, South Carolina.
Following his graduation from Kenyon, Tom went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. He pursued a career in public accounting, retiring as a partner in 1982 from Harris, McMillan, Hudgins, and Company. Tom was a past president of the Greenville Symphony and past president of the South Carolina Association of CPAs.
Survivors include a daughter, Katharine H. Beck-Joye; two sons, Thomas M. and Edward H. Hudgins; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northhampton Road, Seneca, South Carolina 29672.
Arthur H. MacLeod 1936 on December 31, 2003, following a short illness. He was eighty-nine and a native of Washburn, Wisconsin. He was returning to live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the time of his death.
Arthur attended Kenyon for two years and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He also attended the University of Wisconsin.
He spent his working life as a salesman for several companies in the Midwest and East Coast. He moved back to his home town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1996 and then to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998.
Arthur was interested in the history of northern Wisconsin and spent many hours researching at the Chippewa Valley Museum and the Washburn Historical Museum. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was active in writing and documenting the many industries of Eau Claire and Washburn.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Jacobs and Louise Dunn; a son, Arthur W. MacLeod; six grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Wishart. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washburn Historical Museum, One East Bayfield, Washburn, Wisconsin 54891.
Mason Hooker Lytle Jr. '39 on April 29, 2004, of pancreatic cancer. He was eighty-six and a resident of Kettering, Ohio.
At Kenyon, Hooker was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the golf team, and the staff of the Collegian. Golf remained a life-long pleasure. He was engaged in alumni activities and was always interested in encouraging young men and women to attend Kenyon.
During World War II, Hooker served with the 75th Infantry Division.
Hooker began his career with Buckeye Tools Corporation and later went to work for Manpower Inc. He retired from Manpower in 1982 as vice president of sales.
For over twenty years, Hooker volunteered for the Mobile Meals program.
Hooker was eulogized as being a man of many loves-his family, his community, his church, and his college. "Hooker was a gentle man, who loved people, eager to make friends and a master at keeping them. In his mind, there were very few conflicts that could not begin to be resolved over a friendly round of golf and perhaps a beverage or two of an Anglican variety afterward," said Rector John F. Koepke III.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Sara Kimmel Lytle; two daughters, Connie Mereness and Sally Parkin; one brother, George T. Lytle '41; a sister-in-law, Marianna Kimmel Oliver; grandchildren, Heather L. and Scott T. Mereness; Ross K., Alan C., and Ryan L. Parkin; and great grandchild, Caroline Grace Mereness. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3739 Summit Glen Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45449, Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church Book of Rembrance, 33 West Dixon Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45419.
John D. "The Hug" Huggins '41 on December 2, 2003. He was eighty-six and a resident of Apopka, Florida.
John had lived in Florida since 1980. He was retired as the vice president of sales and marketing for Hamilton Watch Company.
Survivors include his wife, Lee; four daughters, Judie Urban, Mindy Clay, Kimberly Walter, and Lisa Huggins; one son, John W. Huggins; twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
William Flynn '42 on July 19, 2003. He was eighty-three and a resident of Lambeth House in New Orleans, Louisiana.
At Kenyon, William was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, serving as vice president in his senior year, Ryebucks, and Student Council. He was on the swimming and football teams. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
William worked in sales for American Can Corporation.
He is survived by his wife, Rae Flynn; a daughter, Judith Flynn Verret; a son, William T. Flynn; grandchildren Judson Flynn, Erin Flynn Picolo, Aimee Verret Stricklin, Jordan Verret Bertrand, and Scott Verret; and great-granddaughter Audrey Flynn.
Robert W. Davis '44 on January 22, 2004. He was eighty-one and a resident of Tellico Village in Loudon, Tennessee.
Bob was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Kenyon Singers, Hika, and the Letterman's Club. He played basketball, football, and lacrosse. Because of World War II, Bob graduated in 1943 under the war-time accelerated program with a degree in mathematics. He served as a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he earned his M.B.A. at the University of Michigan.
Bob pursued a career in accounting, both as a teacher and as a CPA. He taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Christian University in the College of Accounting and Auditing. He worked for Coopers and Lybrand, one of the "Big Eight" accounting firms, and retired as a partner of Price, Waterhouse, Cooper.
He served as a financial adviser to the Dallas Summer Musicals.
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Huber Davis; three sons, James H., Robert W. Jr., and Dan W. Davis; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Reeves; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720, or to the Chancel Choir Fund, Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City, Tennessee 37771.
Frazer L. Ford Jr. 1944 on January 23, 2004. He was eighty-two and a resident of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Frazer, known as Boots, attended Kenyon from 1940 to 1943. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot, flying bombers over the Pacific.
Boots was vice president of Ross-Frazer Supply Company for forty-four years.
His community service included serving as president and chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army; executive board member of the Pony Express Council of Boy Scouts of America; a member of the board of directors of the Performing Arts Council; member and president of the Downtown Lions Club; board member and chamber diplomat of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce; United Way fund chairman; board member of the St. Joseph Country Club; nine-year board member of the Automotive Wholesalers Association of Missouri and Kansas; and president of the Automotive Association of St. Joseph. He also served on the board of the Y.M.C.A. for twenty-one years and was involved in several membership and fundraising campaigns.
Boots is survived by his wife, Julie Ness Ford; three sons, David L., Richard H., and W. Frazer Ford; three grandchildren, Natalie H., Austin W., and Everett F. Ford; four stepchildren, Steven Ness, Sally Ness King, Gretchen Ness Brewer, and Gregory Ness; and nine step-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Family Y.M.C.A., c/o F.L. Ford Jr. Y.M.C.A. Youth Programs, 315 South Sixth Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501.
Roger W. Handwork '44 on February 23, 2004. He was eighty-two and a resident of Golden, Colorado.
At Kenyon, Roger was a member of Delta Phi fraternity, the Philomathesian Society, and the track team. A philosophy major, he returned to Kenyon following World War II to earn his degree in 1948. He went on to earn a master's degree from Claremont Graduate School.
Roger was retired from the Social Security Administration.
Survivors include his wife, Muriel; and two sons, Frank and Bryan Handwork. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 17707 West 16th Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401.
F. Richard Weaver '44 on March 16, 2004, after a short illness. He was eighty-one and a resident of Mansfield, Ohio.
Richard was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Kenyon and served as president of the student assembly as well as president of the
Kenyon Klan. After graduation he took advanced studies at the American Institute for Foreign Trade at Thunderbird Field I in Phoenix, Arizona. He then went to work in Honduras for the United Fruit Company. He later joined the Tappan Company, which had employed his father and where he worked prior to enrolling at Kenyon. He retired from Tappan's international division in 1986.
Richard is survived by his wife, Eloise; a stepson, Lyndon A. Schmaltz; a niece, Sally Bratton; and two nephews, John and Eric Bratton.
John L. Eberwine 1954 on December 8, 2002, of lung cancer. He was seventy and a resident of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Rockville, Maryland.
John attended Kenyon for two and a half years and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He completed a bachelor's degree in Germanic languages and literatures in 1954 at the University of Michigan.
John was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He served with the U.S. Army Intelligence School for two years in Stuttgart, Germany. He was honorably discharged from service in 1956.
He then became a German teaching fellow of the University of Michigan, earning his master's degree in Germanic languages and literatures in 1958.
John joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1959, working in West Berlin and Bonn, Germany, and Washington, D.C., for over twenty-two years. He retired in 1983 and was honored with the Intelligence Commendation Medal. In retirement, he worked as a contract employee for the CIA in Washington until 1991.
John is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Janice Wortman Eberwine, and two daughters, Catherine Eberwine Miller '83 and Mary Eberwine Brandt; and one brother, Craig G. Eberwine.
William L. Culbert III '56 on March 24, 2004, following a long stuggle with cancer. He was seventy and a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Bill was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. Following graduation from Kenyon with a major in French, he earned a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
He spent six years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving active duty aboard the battleship USS Iowa for two of those years.
After a successful career in banking, Bill retired in 1982 as vice president and senior manager of State National Bank of Connecticut, where he had worked for twenty-three years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sandra Pray Culbert. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, Inc., 1111 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside, Connecticut 06878.
Frank W. Knecht III 1959 on January 28, 2004, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was sixty-six and a resident of Youngstown, Ohio.
Bill attended Kenyon for three years and went on to graduate from Youngstown State University (YSU) in 1960. He was of an entrepreneurial nature and owned and managed the Kenyon Shop, which provided sandwiches and other fare to students. He was also College social chairman.
After a seventeen-year career with IBM, Bill bought Wendell August Forge, Inc. based in Grove City, Pennsylvania. A unique industry, operated to this day without machinery, the forge company produces hand-hammered gift items and corporate recognition awards. The company has a second facility and showroom in Berlin, Ohio.
Bill was active in civic affairs in both Youngstown and Grove City and served on the board of trustees of both Youngstown State University and Grove City College. He also served on the Boardman Board of Education and the Boardman Civic Association. He was honored by YSU with its Distinguished Citizen Award in 2001 and with an honorary doctorate in humane letters when he was Commencement speaker in 2002. With his wife, Connie, he was given the Leadership Mahoning Valley Civic Leadership Award in 2003.
In addition to his wife of forty-three years, V. Constance Ralston Knecht, Bill is survived by a daughter, Deborah Fetter; a son, F. Wilson Knecht IV; and six grandchildren.
Maynard H. Murch IV '67 on March 3, 2004. He was sixty and a resident of Kirtland, Ohio.
At Kenyon, Maynard was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, serving as secretary in his sophomore year and president in his junior year. He was also advertising editor of Reveille during his junior year. He served in the 107th Division of the Ohio National Guard.
At the time of his death, Maynard was president and chief executive officer of Maynard H. Murch Company, the firm he joined in 1968. Since 1976, he was vice president of Parker/Hunter, Incorporated, a successor firm to Murch and Company, Inc. He was also chairman of the board of Robbins and Myers, a post he had held since 1979. In addition, he was a director of United Screw and Bolt Corporation and Lumitex, Inc.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Judith Crawford Murch; a daughter, Kelley Murch Corrigan; a son, Maynard H. Murch V; a brother, Robert B. Murch; a step-grandson, Ian Holtz; and a cousin, Creighton B. Murch. Memorial contributions may be made to the Museum of Natural History, One Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
Harry H. Goetchius '73 on April 30, 2004, of a stroke. He was fifty-one and a resident of Strongsville, Ohio.
Harry was a member of the Kenyon swimming team for three years and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
At the time of his death, he was in his thirtieth year with the Hallmark Corporation as area real estate and site development director. In 2001, Harry was awarded the highest honor in his field, the R.B. Hall Award.
Harry was an organ donor and the family was told that his organs saved four people's lives in the twenty-four hours after his death.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Vaughan Goetchius, and two sons, Glenn W. and Richard V. Goetchius.
Deceased alumni for whom we have no additional information
John T. Kirby '44, date of death unknown.
John C. Roak Jr. '56, date of death unknown. No known survivors.
Marilyn V. Yarbrough, a Kenyon trustee since 1993, on March 9, 2004.
Yarbrough, a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was well known for her work on race and gender discrimination, sports law, and legal education. She was a 1966 graduate of Virginia State University and earned her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1973. She began her teaching career two years later at the Boston College Law School. She went on to teach law at the University of Kansas, where she also served as associate vice chancellor for research, graduate studies, and public service.
Yarbrough subsequently joined the faculty of the College of Law at the University of Tennessee, serving as a professor as well as the dean. She later held the William J. Maier Jr. Chair in Law at West Virginia University. In 1992 she held a visiting chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as the William Rand Kenan Jr. Visiting Professor of Law, before joining the faculty the following year.
A former editor of the Black Law Journal, Yarbrough wrote scholarly articles on gender-equity issues in collegiate sports, African-American female athletes, employment discrimination, school reform, child custody, and women and the law. She was active in legal-education circles. In addition, for a number of years she served on the Pulitzer Prize board.
As a Kenyon trustee, Yarbrough was a member of the board's committees on curriculum and faculty as well as information technology. She was the College's 2001 Commencement speaker. Yarbrough was also a Kenyon parent. Her daughter, Carla Ainsworth, a magna cum laude graduate in the Class of 1995, and a star swimmer, is currently a resident in family medicine in Seattle, Washington.
Mary Russell Brown Dvorak, innkeeper of the Russell-Cooper House on East Gambier Street in Mount Vernon, on March 1, 2004. She was sixty-one.
She was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Sullins College in Bristol, Tennessee, where she earned an associate's degree.
Mary returned to Mount Vernon eight years ago to be the innkeeper of the Russell-Cooper House, the family home of six generations. She was active in Mount Vernon affairs, serving as president of the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was a member of the Lucy Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mount Vernon-Knox County Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her husband of forty years, F. Thomas Dvorak '63; two daughters, Anne Marie Dvorak Howell and Jennifer Dvorak Sparks; three grandchildren, Jeremy and Jillian Howell and Danny Sparks; two sisters, Sarah Shaw and Louise Hoogenboom; and five nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward Opera House, 8 West Vine Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, or at the website, www.thewoodward.org.
Christopher J. Duckenfield, professor of mathematics at Kenyon from 1971 until 1976, on April 21, 2004, after a long battle with cancer. He was fifty-nine.
A native of Shaw in Lancashire, England, Duckenfield graduated from St. Peter's College, Oxford University, in 1966 and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut in 1969. He joined the faculty of Clemson University in 1978.
Affectionately known to his staff at Clemson as Dr. D., Duckenfield led many computer initiatives at the university. At the time of his death, he was the vice provost for computing and information technology.
Chris is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Marty Duckenfield; a daughter, Lesley Duckenfield Hartland; two sons, Mark and Paul Duckenfield; two grandsons, Jack A. and Chad P. Duckenfield; his mother, Ida Duckenfield; and a sister, Linda Hastings. Memorial contributions may be made to the C.J. Duckenfield Scholarship at Clemson. Make checks payable to the Clemson University Foundation in memory of Christopher Duckenfield and send to P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, South Carolina 29633. Condolences may be sent to the family at 105 Fort Rutledge Road, Clemson, S.C. 29631
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