Volume 32 Number 2 Winter 2010
In this Issue
- The Kenyon Compendium of Astounding Records
- Inside the Washington Insiders
- White Out
The Editor's Page
- Being There
- Letters to the Editor
Along Middle Path
- Into the Wild
- Geek Chic
- Unsung Moments in Kenyon History
- In and Out at Kenyon
- The Hot Sheet
- Gambier is Talking About...
- Kenyon in Quotes
- Creature of Habit
- Sports Round-Up
- Junk and Dreams
- Recent Books by Kenyon Authors
- "It began to rain cows"
- Joining the Top Ranks
- Why Don't We See More Plays by Women?
- Not in my Job Description: A Dancer's Muddy Boots
- Power of the Moving Line
- Alumni Digest
The Last Page
- From the Hill to the Hill
Perry H. Davis II M '42, on January 19, 2009 after a long illness. The Redondo Beach, California, man was eighty-eight years old.
Perry was a member of Sigma Pi. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in World War II, during which he became an officer with an anti-tank company. He participated in the Normandy invasion.
Perry remained active in the military through the Army Reserve, in which he earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. He worked as a civilian public information officer for the Army Corps of Engineers. He was also a freelance journalist and co-authored the book Your Assignment Overseas . Perry later made industrial documentary films.
In a note to the College, Perry's wife of sixty-two years, Eloise, said, "Kenyon was very dear to my husband's heart."
He was survived by his wife.
Horace P. Lyle Jr. M '44, of Munster, Indiana, on December 2, 2007. He was eighty-six.
Horace spent one year at Kenyon, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, and then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He went on to Purdue University as a mechanical engineering major and graduated in 1946.
He worked for the Northern Indiana Public Service Company and retired in 1983 as vice president of electrical production after forty years. He was a member of St. Thomas More Church for more than fifty years. Horace was a baseball fan. He also loved taking Caribbean cruises and touring ship engine rooms.
Horace's wife of sixty-two years, Julia, died on June 29, 2009. He is survived by children Dorothy Anderson, Mary Anne Plunkett, Kathy Achterman, John Lyle, and Janey Maddock, and nine grandchildren.
David S. Cooper '47, of Waianae, Hawaii, on May 11, 2009. He was eighty-five.
David was a biology and chemistry major. He was on the swimming and track teams and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, the Pre-Medical Society, and the Kenyon Singers. He left the College in 1943 to join the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. While in the service, he kept Kenyon in his thoughts, writing in a letter to the Alumni Office, "It means a great deal more than I can say to be able to keep in touch with Kenyon as I knew it and as it must still be."
David earned a medical degree in 1951 and joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He retired as a colonel.
He was survived by his wife, Kyong Ja; daughter, Amy Carson; and two grandsons.
Eugene J. "Gene" Barnett '48, of Mansfield, Ohio, on October 6, 2009. He was eighty-five.
Gene joined the U.S. Army Air Forces after high school during World War II and was sent to Kenyon to study pre-meteorology. After completing one year, he transferred to Yale University. He was then called to duty as a communications officer and was sent overseas to support the occupation of Japan. He returned to Kenyon and earned a degree in physics. He was a member of the Middle Kenyon Association.
Gene became an electrical engineer and worked for Westinghouse Electrical Corporation for forty years. He designed electric ranges and dryers. He retired in 1988.
Gene enjoyed cultivating flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables. And he was an avid golfer. He was also a skilled carpenter and built a second story to his home and a garage. He was a member of the First Congregational Church for more than fifty years.
He was survived by his wife, Betty; children Cheryl Adair, Marcia Scurfield, and Steven Barnett; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Donations in Gene's memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 780 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, Ohio, 44906.
Clitus H. "Clite" Marvin III '48, of Dayton, Ohio, on August 4, 2009. Clite, eighty-five, suffered a heart attack on the ship Queen Victoria and died in Bruges, Belgium.
Clite attended Princeton University and transferred to Kenyon. His education was interrupted by World War II, and Clite joined the U.S. Navy and served as an officer aboard several destroyers and other ships in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was an economics major and a member of Psi Upsilon and the golf team.
He worked for several years as a salesman for the W.H. Marvin Company in Urbana, Ohio, before beginning a career as a stockbroker with McDonald & Company, a Cleveland, Ohio, securities firm. He retired in 1999. He enjoyed golf, skiing, playing the piano, and the study of languages.
Clite was survived by his brother, Charles N. Marvin '52; sister, Seascholls Starks; former wife, Catherine Bieser; children Clitus H. Marvin IV and Courtenay M. Adams; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield, Ohio, 45504, and Christ Episcopal Church, 409 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio, 45505.
George L. Striebing '49, on May 27, 2009. The San Diego, California, man was eighty-four.
George was an economics major who graduated in three years with the help of summer courses at the University of Colorado. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and played on the football and lacrosse teams. He was known as "Middle Leonard's Don Juan."
He worked in sales with the Sinclair Refining Company in Denver before shifting to a career in real estate as manager of the Moore Realty Company. He moved to La Jolla, California, to manage Art Leitch Realtors, and then to San Diego, where he became vice president of Realty Executives.
George enjoyed skiing and golf, and was a member of the Optimist Club. He was a generous supporter of Kenyon and a defender of the fraternity system. In a letter to the College in 2002, he noted, "I thoroughly enjoyed my Kenyon experience and I would hope fraternal life remains in Middle Leonard and the College."
William R.D. "Bill" Wilson '49 of Houston, Texas, on September 19, 2009. He was eighty-five.
Bill was a modern languages major. He participated in football and track and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, serving as its president. Bill arrived at Kenyon in 1942, but joined the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. He returned to the College in 1946.
Bill later joined Wheeling Steel Corporation and worked in West Virginia, Michigan, and Texas. In 1953, he began a career with Swagelok, manufacturer of gas and fluid systems components, in Houston. He founded the W.D. Wilson Company of Pasadena, California, the San Diego Valve and Fitting Company of San Diego, and the Arizona Valve and Fitting Company of Scottsdale as Swagelok distributors. Bill moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1969 and worked for the Crawford Fitting Co., retiring in 1989. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he stayed for twelve years before moving to Texas.
His family hosted three international exchange students over the years and embraced those students as family members. Bill enjoyed golfing. He was an active member in the Episcopal Church wherever he lived.
Bill was survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Anne; children James Wilson, Katharine Orton, Joseph Wilson, and Benjamin Wilson; and twelve grandchildren.
William K. Hass '50, of Tenafly, New Jersey, on July 6, 2009. He was seventy-nine.
William was an English major. He was a member of the Middle Kenyon Association and editor of the literary magazine HIKA . He earned his medical degree in 1954 from the University of Michigan Medical School and retired as a professor of neurology at the New York University Medical Center. He was the co-author of the book Aspirin, Platelets, and Stroke . He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
William enjoyed classical music, fishing, gardening, photography, and poetry, which he wrote.
In a note to the College, his wife, Barbara, said, "Kenyon had a great influence on Doc. He had a great affection and pride for his teachers and years at Kenyon."
In addition to his wife, he was survived by his children Carolyn Gollance, Wendy Gottlieb, and David Hass, and eight grandchildren.
The Rev. Thomas E. Vossler '50, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, on August 31, 2009. He was eighty-six.
Thomas left Findlay College in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He spent fourteen months in the European theater, reaching the rank of sergeant.
He majored in religious studies and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He later attended Bexley Hall Episcopal Theological School, graduating in 1951.
Thomas was ordained in the Diocese of Ohio and served as a rector at Grace Church in Toledo until 1954. He attended courses in pastoral care at the University of Michigan Hospital and became a certified chaplain. He became rector of Saint Alban's Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and served until 1985. Thomas then retired to Hendersonville, where he served as a priest at the Church of Transfiguration for five years and as associate chaplain at Pardee Hospital.
A 1985 story about his retirement in the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, included this comment from a parishioner: "He is a man of rare humility, dedicated service and, above all, humanity, always ready with sympathy, counsel, and assistance in personal emergencies."
Thomas enjoyed playing bridge, music, swimming, and travel.
In a note to the College sent two months before his death, Thomas said, "We have fond memories of our years at Kenyon and share them with family members and friends."
He was survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Patricia Simmons Vossler; daughters Susan Williams and Sarah Wright; sons Daniel T. Vossler and F. Jonathan Vossler; brothers A.S. Hoover and F. Jerald Vossler; sister, Jean Steiner; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Transfiguration Organ Fund, 72 Charles St., Saluda, North Carolina, 28773, or Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, North Carolina, 28731.
Joseph L. "Jody" Taylor '52 on September 11, 2009, of post-polio syndrome. The Delray Beach, Florida, resident was seventy-eight.
Jody was a history major. He was a member and officer of Sigma Pi and wrote for the Collegian . Jody earned a master's degree in architecture at Kent State University.
He built a career in the planning and design of medical centers and research facilities. He provided leadership at a number of businesses around the country, including Perkins and Will in Washington, D.C., and HOK in St. Louis, Missouri. He retired in 1990 as senior vice president and director of health care design at Cannon Corporation in Grand Island, New York.
He had contracted polio when he was fourteen and coped with limited use of his arms later in life. Jody enjoyed painting, reading, sailing, and travel.
A former classmate, Marvin B. Ellis '52, described Jody as "always upbeat, congenial and laughing."
Jody was survived by his wife of fifty years, Anaka; daughters Leslie and Tanya; and four grandchildren.
W. Roger Levering '54, of Bay Village, Ohio, on July 5, 2009. He was eighty-four.
Before enrolling at Kenyon, Roger served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. At Kenyon, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He went to law school at Tulane University and began a career as an investment banker for the Ohio Company, where he became vice president. Roger retired in 1983.
Roger was a member of the Kenyon Alumni Association, and a trustee of the Bay Village Presbyterian Church. He owned and piloted an airplane from 1978 until his death. In a 1999 note to the College, Roger said he was "still flying my airplane at least three times a week … a rewarding endeavor and a strong discipline."
His wife, Marian, died in 1994. Roger was survived by his son, William Levering Jr.
H. Richard Holt '56, on August 28, 2009, of cancer. The Earlysville, Virginia, man was seventy-five.
Richard majored in mathematics and graduated magna cum laude. He was a mathematics and English tutor and worked as a laboratory assistant. Richard was also a member of Beta Theta Pi. Richard earned a master's at Johns Hopkins University in 1965.
He worked as a mathematician for the applied physics laboratory at Johns Hopkins in the mid-1960s before taking a job in 1968 in Anchorage, Alaska, promoting economic development in rural Alaska. He later worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, retiring in 2001 as an operations research analyst.
He was survived by his wife, Jan; children, Cynthia Favret, John Holt, and Lisa Titcomb; and five grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741.
Charles W. Mignon '56, of Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 25, 2009. He was seventy-five.
Charles was an English major and a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He also participated in the Drama Club, Kenyon Singers, and Pan Hellenic Council.
He served in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. He later earned a master's in English from the University of Connecticut and then a doctorate in English and American literature in 1963 from the same university. He was a scholar in the field of early American literature and taught at the University of Illinois and then the University of Nebraska, retiring as a professor of English in 2000. Charles was a senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Poland in 1972-73.
Charles received the Nicholas Powell Award from the United States Tennis Association for tennis umpiring, a task he performed for many years, including at the professional level.
He was survived by his wife, Mary Ann Killian Mignon; sons Paul K. Mignon '82 and Edward T. Mignon; and four grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation, 010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508.
James E. Lees '62, on September 4, 2009, of complications from a stroke suffered in August. The Solon, Ohio, man was sixty-nine.
James was a biology major. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and was chapter president for two years.
He attended the University of Minnesota and Harvard University and earned a master's in business administration at Case Western Reserve University in 1981. He worked at the Cleveland Clinic for thirty years, starting as a research administrator and advancing to the positions of director of clinic administration and director of operations. He oversaw major expansion projects. James retired in 1993 as chief administrative officer.
James loved to fish on the Arctic Circle and make Beaujolais wine. He was known for his large vegetable garden, cultivation of graft-modified trees, and annual apple harvest followed by the making of cider. He was a member of the American Horticulture Society.
James was survived by his wife of forty-five years, Charlotte; daughters Allison and Shannon; and two grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44103, and Harvest for Hunger, 1331 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.
Stephen C. Herbst '63, of New York City, on November 12, 2008. He died on his birthday at age sixty-seven.
Stephen was a member of Sigma Pi and wrote for the Collegian.
David "P.G." Thomas '69, of West Chester, Ohio, on August 17, 2009, after a long illness. He was sixty-two.
David majored in English and played on the football, lacrosse, and soccer teams. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, the Chase Society, and the Kenyon Klan.
During his career, he worked for financial institutions, most recently as vice president of commercial lending for the First National Bank of West Chester. He had also worked in banking in Wilmington, Delaware, and San Francisco, California. He was a past president of the American Institute of Banking. He also served as a regional board member of the American Red Cross.
David was a talented athlete and remained active in sports, including basketball- and soccer-coaching duties with his children. He was known as an avid reader, fabulous dancer, and an expert in the carving of jack-o'-lanterns and building of sand castles. David was also known for his dry wit, kindness, and patience.
He was survived by his wife of thirty years, Michele O'Connor Thomas; children David II, Meghan, Kevin, and Bridget Thomas; mother, Annalou Thomas; brother, Richard Thomas; and sister, Victoria Vaught. Donations in his memory may be made to the RET Thomas Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 14 Wells East Dr., Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29926.
Armand A. "Tony" Amadei '72, of Reading, Massachusetts, on August 10, 2009. He was fifty-nine.
Tony was a political science major and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He participated in track, Kenyon Singers, and WKCO radio.
Armand was survived by his brothers Albert Amadei Jr. and Arthur Amadei, and sisters Anita Amadei and Arlene Amadei. Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215.
Russell Kingsley Arthur '76, on September 29, 2009, after a long struggle with myotonic dystrophy. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident was fifty-nine.
Kingsley majored in English and was a member of Alpha Sigma Chi. He played in the String Ensemble and the Knox County Symphony. He later attended the Central Ohio School of Massage and earned a massotherapy license from the Ohio State Medical Board in 1984. He worked with the Mount Vernon Developmental Center and the JCPenney Health Club in Columbus.
He enjoyed coin collecting, playing violin, camping, and caring for his pet turtle, Chin.
Kingsley was survived by a son, Ananda Li Arthur; a grandson; mother, Charlene Arthur; sisters Elizabeth Jane Arthur and Rebecca June Arthur; brothers Kenneth A. Arthur, Kevin J. Arthur, and Kerwin J. Arthur; and girlfriend, Brenda Algire. Contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, Ohio, 44805, or the Alzheimer's Association, Mansfield Area Regional Office, 780 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, Ohio, 44906.
The Rev. George H. Tavard H'65 of Brighton, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2007. He was eighty-five years old.
A Roman Catholic priest and a leading theologian, George was known as an interpreter of the Roman Catholic ecumenical movement and an early supporter of allowing women to enter the priesthood. George received an honorary doctorate from the Bexley Hall Seminary, recognizing his scholarship and lasting contribution to the openness of the Roman Catholic Church.
Born in Nancy, France, George was educated at the Catholic Institute in Paris and the Catholic University in Lyons. He came to the United States in 1952 and quickly became identified with American academic and ecclesiastical life. George taught at Assumption College, Pennsylvania State University, and the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, from where he retired as a professor emeritus in 1990.
Junzo Shono H'78, of Kawasaki, Japan, on September 21, 2009. He was eighty-eight.
Junzo was an eminent Japanese author and member of the Japan Art Academy. Among his books is Gambia Taizaiki, or Sojourn in Gambier, a collection of short stories on American life based on his experiences at Kenyon while on a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. Junzo and his wife, Chizuko, spent the 1957-58 academic year at Kenyon, where he kept a detailed journal of his observations. In later years, he wrote more stories about his life at Kenyon and his friendships with people he met in Gambier, according to the author and translator Wayne P. Lammers.
"The American journey may be called a watershed experience for Shono, and the work that came out of it saw him further refining an autobiographical and largely documentary writing style," Lammers wrote.
Cy Wainscott, former managing editor of the Kenyon Review, of cancer, on September 27, 2009. The Gambier, Ohio, man was seventy-four.
Cy was managing editor of the Kenyon Review for more than five years, retiring in 1998. He was the former managing editor at the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for more than twenty years and helped usher in the computer era of newspaper production. He was a copy editor there when he met his future wife, then-reporter Judith McCluskey, a Gambier native.
As a copy editor, he was "very meticulous and very impatient with people who weren't—and I wasn't," Judith said. They married in 1965. They left the Plain Dealer in 1984 and, although Cy kept a hand in journalism for years to come, he always harbored a flame for newspaper work. "He missed that terribly," Judith said.
"He was very much a newspaperman of the old sort," said the Rev. Donald L. Rogan, professor emeritus of religious studies and Cy's friend, neighbor, and fellow member of Harcourt Parish at the Church of the Holy Spirit. "He was droll. He had kind of a glimmer and a twinkle to him. He was very intellectual, very artistic."
After leaving the Plain Dealer, Cy worked for three years as the assistant vice president for university relations at Kansas State University.
He was never shy about emerging technology. From 1988 to 1991, he worked as a consultant for Atex, a software-development firm prominent at the time for its work with print media. He traveled the country and the world, advising newspapers about improving operations through technology. His stops included newsrooms in New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, and Sweden. He worked as an independent newspaper consultant from 1991 until he was hired by the Kenyon Review in 1993.
"He knew the ins and outs of publishing better than anyone I've ever known," said David Lynn '76, editor of the Kenyon Review and professor of English. "He was a perfectionist who strove to make the Kenyon Review the best it could possibly be."
Cy was also the advisor to the Collegian. He earned the praise of Elizabeth Bennett '96, who commented about his role at the student newspaper in a 1998 Alumni Bulletin story. "Cy is one of the best mentors a student could have," Bennett said. "He taught me a lot about ethics and the basic principles of journalism. To me, that is what Kenyon is all about—good teaching."
His writing was typically clean and lucid, Judith said, and sometimes poetic. "He was a very romantic person," she added. Some of that romance was instilled when Cy was a youngster in Illinois, spending time in his family's movie theater. Cy favored the romantic comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. "He never lost his taste for that," Judith said. "If life didn't quite turn out that way, you can always hope that it would."
Cy anticipated his death but not, perhaps, the speed at which it arrived. He was awaiting the delivery of a favorite recording from his past, God's Trombones, African-American sermons in verse set to music. "He very much wanted to hear that again," Judith said.
He earned a degree in English at Wartburg College.
Cy is also survived by his mother, Frances Wainscott Grantham, and his sister-in-law, Judy Wainscott, both of Fairborn, Ohio.