Volume 32 Number 3 Spring/Summer 2010
In this Issue
- Hardwood Heroes
- You Do What?
The Editor's Page
- Up, Up, and Away
- Letters to the Editor
Along Middle Path
- On Location
- A Door to the Past
- Teacher, Scholar, Leader
- Beauty Queen
- Bic Band Beat
- In and Out at Kenyon
- The Hot Sheet
- Gambier is Talking About...
- What's your Kenyon Quotient?
- Kenyon in Quotes
- Last but not Least
- Sports Round-Up
- In from the Fringe
- Recent Books by Kenyon Authors
- Language of Death
- Can restored wetlands make up for the loss of natural systems?
- Not in my Job Description: Cover to Cover
- American Thinker
- Arguing with Tradition
- Alumni Digest
The Last Page
- Back Up: Or, how I learned to steer a college division by driving a tractor-trailer.
Guy D. Conover M '38, on December 9, 2005. The Newport Beach, California, resident was eighty-nine.
Guy joined the Middle Kenyon Association. He left Kenyon after two years and received a certificate in marine and electrical engineering from the California Maritime Academy in 1938. He earned a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1942. Guy served as a chief engineer in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1942-51. He then worked for General Electric as a contract administrator, retiring in 1976. In 1961 he embarked on a thirty-five-year career in real estate.
He was an avid sailor and swimmer. He volunteered with the Sea Scouts, as a mathematics tutor at the Shalimar Learning Center, and as a peer counselor. During a burial at sea, his ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean.
Guy was preceded in death by his wife, Mae, and a daughter, Jean. He was survived by daughters Helen and Anne. Donations in his memory may be sent to Think Together, 2001 E. 4th St., Suite 200, Santa Ana, California, 92705.
John V. Sammon '38, of Bay Village, Ohio, on December 8, 2005. He was eighty-nine.
John was a biology major. He joined Beta Theta Pi. He also participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, and Glee Club. John earned his dentistry degree from the Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He served as a captain in the U.S. Dental Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater, from 1942-46. John had a dental practice in Berea, Ohio, retiring in 1991.
His wife of fifty-five years, Eileen, died in June 2009. John was survived by his sons John, James, and Robert Sammon; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Poor Clare Nuns, 3501 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44111.
George W. DeVoe '40, on December 18, 2009. The Cincinnati, Ohio, resident was ninety-one.
George was an economics major. He later served for more than four years as a U.S. Army combat infantryman and scout in World War II. He fought in battles in the Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Ardennes and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional courage.
He worked in industrial sales for the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. and was later vice president of sales for Trumbull Supply and Manufacturing Co. In 1976, he became a self-employed industrial sales representative, continuing until his retirement in 1983.
George was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He lived most of his life in Warren, Ohio, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckeye Club, the Trumbull County Historical Society, and the Trumbull Country Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed tennis and card games.
George was preceded in death by his wife of forty-six years, Betty, and an infant daughter. He was survived by his daughters Ann DeVoe and Jane Shaw and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1350 E. Market St., Warren, Ohio 44483.
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, serving as 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, Echo Morrissett Davis, said, "Kenyon was very dear to my husband's heart."
He is survived by his wife and daughter, Susan Davis Herring.
Donald B. Kuethe '44, of a heart attack, on October 26, 2009. The Tilton, New Hampshire, man was eighty-eight.
Don was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He also attended Kent State University and the Harvard Business School. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Don built a career in sales and marketing in material handling, working as vice president for several companies. He also served as president of the Material Handling Institute. He retired from I.E.W. as vice president in 2001.
Don enjoyed golf, bowling, reading, and American history. He was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, and was survived by his children, Donna and William Kuethe. Memorial donations in his name may be made to New Hampshire Veteran's Home Activities Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton, New Hampshire 03276.
Carl E. Cassidy '46 of Manchester-by-The-Sea, Massachusetts, on December 11, 2009. The physician was eighty-five.
Carl was a biology major. He joined Delta Phi. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943-45 and 1949-51. Carl earned a medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1948 and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
His private medical practice was focused on diseases of the thyroid, and he wrote and had published many papers in the field of endocrinology. Carl served as a program director for the Postgraduate Medical Institute in Boston and Waltham and was the director of the New England Journal of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program. He was also a clinical professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Carl was a member of the Army and Navy Club, the Longwood Cricket Club, and the Singing Beach Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. A supporter of the College, Carl requested that memorial donations be made to Kenyon, Office of Development, Gambier, Ohio 43022.
Joseph D. Dury Jr. '47 of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on November 6, 2009. He was eighty-seven.
Joseph was an economics major. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and was the tennis team manager. He had served in the U.S. Army before enrolling at Kenyon.
He started his career at Fidelity Bank but turned his attention to the steel industry, where he became manager of sales at the Rosedale Foundry and Machine Company. Joseph later took on the challenge of marketing in the coal industry. He retired as the vice president of A.D. Properties.
Because of his strong personality and decisiveness, Joseph was known by friends as "Gruffy Bear" but having a heart of gold.
Joseph's passions were tennis and model railroading. He was a founder of the Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club and was dedicated to model-train building throughout his life. He was also a member of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society.
He was survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Margaret, and his son, John Cameron Dury.
William C. Hull '48 of Rocky River, Ohio, on October 19, 2009. He was eighty-five.
William was a biology major. He joined Delta Tau Delta and played on the golf team. He started his career with Pfizer, Inc., but soon found a career in securities sales at Pierre R. Smith and Co.
William was survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Margaret; children Victoria Vincent, Harry Hull, David Hull, and Dwight Hull; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 18001 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
Eric Propper '49 of Wallingford, Connecticut, on November 20, 2009. He was eighty-one.
Eric was a physics major. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, the lacrosse team, and the Flying Club. In 1949, he flew a plane over the Denison College campus, dropping leaflet invitations to Denison women to the Kenyon fall dance.
He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as a navigator from 1951-53. He later served in the Air National Guard. Eric worked as an aeronautical engineer and held management positions at Revere Corp. of America. He retired in 1986, then established his own company, PropAir Aviation Services. He later became an aviation consultant.
Eric was a lifelong aviation enthusiast and traveler. He and his wife, Rosemary, visited fifty states and six continents. He was also active in civic groups, serving as president of the Wallingford Rotary Club and Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen.
He was survived by his wife of fifty-five years; children Eric and Katharine Propper; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations in Eric's name may be made to the All Saints Memorial Fund at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 65 North Main St., Wallingford, Connecticut 06492.
Robert W. "Bob" McLain '50 P'75 of Massillon, Ohio, on October 4, 2009. He was eighty-three.
Before coming to Kenyon, Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, seeing action in the South Pacific. He was an economics major. Bob joined Delta Tau Delta.
Bob worked at the McLain Grocery Co. for thirty-seven years. He represented the fourth generation to operate the family store that opened in 1884 and ran for 103 years. In 1983, he became president of McLain Grocery and helped the company merge with Fleming Foods. He received industry awards for outstanding leadership and loyalty in the grocery business.
Bob was a generous contributor to many local charities and a continuous supporter of Kenyon.
He was survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Jacquie; children Robert McLain, Gretchen Larman '75, Susan Friedman, David McLain, and Stephen McLain; ten grandchildren; sister, Betsy Humes; and brothers Bill and Stephen McLain. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to Massillon Women's Club, 210 4th St. N.E., Massillon, Ohio, 44646, and to Spring Hill Historic Home, 1401 Springhill Lane NE, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
Richard F. "Dick" Merian '50 P'73,'75, on October 21, 2009. The Kingston, Tennessee, man was eighty-one.
Dick was known as Richard Zeigler when he enrolled at Kenyon. He was a physics major. He played on the football team and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949 and graduated from jet fighter school two days before the outbreak of the Korean War. He served in Korea for ten months and in the Air Force for ten years. He was a fighter pilot and then became a physicist with the Air Force Special Weapons Center, where he studied nuclear radiation and participated in nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific. He earned a master's in physics from Boston University while in the service.
In the private sector, Dick joined national-defense contractor EG&G and played a role in the development of the first radar-black airplane. His career in management led him to leadership roles at companies in California, New Mexico, Texas, and Tennessee. He retired as senior vice president at Applied Research Laboratories in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dick returned to Tennessee, where he enjoyed boating, travel, and woodworking. He never lost his love of flying and built his own plane, using it for trips around the country with his wife, Sally. He was a generous supporter of Kenyon.
Dick was survived by his wife; daughters Michelle L. Oelrich '73 and Susan Merian Tresch; sons Jeffrey H. Merian '75 and Joel Rosenberg; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and brother, Robert Merian. Memorial donations may be made to Kenyon College, College Relations Division, Gambier, Ohio, 43022, or to the Roane County Heritage Commission, P.O. Box 738, Kingston, Tennessee 37763.
Peter J. Seoane Jr. '50 P'82, on October 26, 2009, of cancer. The resident of Timonium, Maryland, was eighty-two.
After graduation from high school, Peter joined the U.S. Navy, where he played saxophone in the Navy band. He was a political science major at Kenyon. He joined Phi Kappa Sigma and played lacrosse. After graduation from Kenyon, Peter was recalled by the Navy for duty during the Korean War, serving until 1952. He later studied business at the University of Michigan.
Peter took a job at the Mead Paper Co. in Baltimore and, later, the White-Rose Paper Co. He worked there until his retirement as vice president of sales and general manager in 1994.
His interest in music never wavered. He was a big-band and Hollywood-musical aficionado and taught jazz at the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He was a longtime member of the Tired Businessmen, a Dixieland band.
Peter was a daily parishioner at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, Maryland.
In a note to the College, his wife, Margaret, said, "He loved Kenyon so much."
He was survived by his wife of fifty-one years; son, Peter J. Seoane '82; daughters Lisa Fazio and Mary Claire Finnegan; five grandchildren; brother, Charles Seoane; and sister, Rose Marie Seoane.
Judson St. John M '50 of Naples, Florida, on November 4, 2009. He was eighty-three.
Judson enlisted in the U.S. Navy after completing high school, serving from 1944-46, including service on a transport ship in the South Pacific. He attended Kenyon for two years. He was part of the swimming and diving team and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan.
Judson spent a thirty-eight year career with American Home Products, starting in sales and rising to the position of president of Ayerst Laboratories, later Wyeth-Ayerst. He retired in 1989.
Judson enjoyed the outdoors, participating in fishing, golf, hunting, and swimming. He was a naturalist and loved animals, particularly dogs. He was a member of the Purple Martin Society. He also collected nautical art.
In a letter to the College in 1986, he wrote, "I hope that ... Kenyon College is as great as I always knew it."
Judson was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-four years, Grace, and was survived by his son, Burke, four grandchildren, and brothers Richard St. John and Harold St. John '49. Memorial donations in Judson's name may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60018.
Lyman D. White '50 of Elkhart, Indiana, on September 14, 2009. He was eighty-one.
Lyman was a member of Psi Upsilon. He left Kenyon after one year to join the U.S. Navy in the closing days of World War II. He served on ships under the command of polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and twice made the crossing into Antarctica, earning the Order of the Penguin. He treasured his Navy experience.
Lyman finished his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and began a career in advertising in the employ of the influential advertising executive Leo Burnett, first in Los Angeles and then in Chicago. He later moved to Elkhart and worked first at Excel Industries and then at local hardware stores, where his problem-solving skills and home-repair expertise were appreciated.
He loved photography, sailing, flying private aircraft, playing guitar, woodworking, and making wine and beer. Some of his photos ran in local publications.
Lyman was survived by his wife, Nancy; children Susan, Melissa, and Phillip White; stepson, David Steele; brother, David White; and sister, Priscilla White. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Elkhart County, 2901 E. Bristol St., Suite C, Elkhart, Indiana 46514.
Richard "Dick" Collin '54 of Birmingham, Alabama, on January 19, 2010. He was seventy-eight.
Dick was an English major. He joined the Middle Kenyon Association. After graduation, he started a career in the book business, as a trade salesman in New York. He went on to earn a doctorate in history at New York University and in 1966 joined the faculty at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, which became the University of New Orleans in 1974. Dick was emeritus professor of history.
He was a leading expert on Theodore Roosevelt and had a special interest in the Panama Canal. He wrote Theodore Roosevelt's Caribbean and other books on the Roosevelt era.
Dick was described by friends as both a scholar and bon vivant.
He was believed to be the first newspaper restaurant critic in New Orleans, starting in 1972 with the New Orleans States-Item. He was hired by the newspaper after the success of his 1970 book The New Orleans Underground Gourmet, a guide to New Orleans restaurants still in print after revisions.
The book "sold like hotcakes," a peer critic said in a story about Dick in the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. "Everybody was talking about it."
Former Baton Rouge States-Item editor Charles Ferguson told the Times-Picayune, "He was the first and in many ways you could say the most influential" newspaper restaurant critic in the city. "At that time, we thought we were a restaurant town. But the profusion of really good restaurants occurred after he became the critic. It was the first time New Orleans restaurants had been held to a standard of performance."
A friend and former student, Michael Ledet, described Dick as a "magnificent teacher, very dramatic" and known to have fun and don costumes in the classroom. Students "really loved him, a lot more than the restaurants did."
With his wife, Rima Reck, professor of comparative literature at the University of New Orleans, he also wrote the classic New Orleans Cookbook, published in 1975 and still widely popular. The couple also wrote The Pleasures of Seafood and The Strausbourg Goose.
Dick and Rima traveled the world and shared a love of art, culture, food, and music. After Rima died in 1998, Dick wrote Travels with Rima, a marriage memoir.
Dick moved to Birmingham after Hurricane Katrina.
John P. "Jack" Niemann '58, of cancer, on November 25, 2009. The Bristol, Virginia, man was seventy-two.
Jack was an economics major. He joined Delta Phi and the Drama Club. He embraced intramural sports. He later earned a master's in business administration from Columbia University. Jack served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea from 1960-63, achieving the rank of captain. In Korea, he directed supply operations in Osan and took an interest in a local orphanage.
After the war, Jack became comptroller at Corning Glass Works and retired from the Sara Lee/Electrolux Corp. in 1995.
Jack took part in the Washington County Historical Society, the Abingdon Kiwanis Club, and the Virginia Highlands Festival. He took on a leadership role at the historical society library, where he introduced the computer, set up a database, and uploaded more than a million entries to help in ancestry research. At his memorial service, a colleague at the historical society said, "It is impossible to impart the full scope of what Jack accomplished at the library."
He was survived by his wife of forty-three years, Rubinette; children John Niemann and Beth Starkey; and two grandchildren. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Washington County Historical Society, 306 Depot Square, P.O. Box 484, Abingdon, Virginia, 24212, or the Old Glade Presbyterian Church, 33234 Lee Highway, Glade Spring, Virginia 24340.
Grant A. Mason Jr. '59, P'89, after an extended illness, on October 19, 2009. The Massillon, Ohio, physician was seventy-one.
Grant was a zoology major. He was a co-captain of the swimming team and was later inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He joined Beta Theta Pi. He was president of the Kenyon Klan and vice president of the Pre-Medical Club. Grant earned a master's in anatomy at the University of Kansas in 1961 and went on to the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1965. He completed his residency in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital.
He was a co-founder of the North Canton Medical Foundation. He practiced medicine with the foundation and at Aultman Hospital until his retirement in 2006. Grant served as president and medical director for the Stark County Board of Health. He was the attending physician for Stark County basketball tournaments, state swimming championships, NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships, and the 1976 men's Olympic swimming team when the team trained in Canton.
He enjoyed family vacations at Hilton Head, South Carolina. After he retired, Grant relaxed at his Florida home, read, and spent time with his family and friends.
In a note to the College, his wife, Janet, said, "Grant remained loyal and loved Kenyon." He was buried in his Kenyon necktie.
He was survived by his wife; children Grant Mason III, Hannah M. Costin '89, Andrew Mason, David Mason, Elizabeth Boone, and Jennifer Lewis; sister, Virginia Cochran; and eleven grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Grant's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 4682 Douglas Circle NW, Canton, Ohio 44718.
Morris H. Roberts Jr. '62, of a heart attack, on November 11, 2009. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, marine biologist was sixty-nine.
Morris majored in biology. He was a member of Alpha Lambda Omega, part of student government, and the manager of several sports teams. He went on to earn a master's and doctorate in marine biology at the College of William and Mary.
He taught at Providence College and then worked as a researcher for a private company in Florida. He later returned to William and Mary, where he joined the faculty and did research in toxicology. He became head of the Department of Environmental Sciences. After retiring from the college, he and his wife, Beverly, ran two pet stores.
In a story published in the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, his daughter, Jean Shock, said, "He passed on the concept of caring for other people and doing things that were right to do even if it was hard."
William and Mary Dean John Wells told the newspaper, "He was an internationally known authority on issues related to the early development of marine organisms and the effects of environmental conditions, natural and man-made, on critical, underlying processes."
Morris was involved in the Elizabeth River Project, an ongoing effort to restore the river to environmental quality. He also devoted himself to organic gardening, landscaping, and woodworking.
Morris was survived by his wife of forty-six years; his daughter; two grandsons; and sister, Anne Creveling. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Virginia, 23061, or to the Elizabeth River Project, Admiral's Landing, 475 Water St., Suite 103 A, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704.
Alan M. Reich M '64, on December 8, 2009. The Hollywood, Florida, physician was sixty-six.
Alan joined Sigma Pi and the Pre-Medical Club. He left Kenyon after three years to pursue his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine. He interned in surgery at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in New York City.
He practiced medicine for thirty-three years at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and served as chief of the medical staff. He also served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force.
He was survived by his wife, Leslie; children Jessica Blaze and David Reich; five grandchildren; sister, Jacqui Long; and brother, Gary Reich '68. Memorial donations may be made to the Alan Reich Fund at the Memorial Foundation, 3711 Garfield Street, Hollywood, Florida 33021.
John H. Burt H '67 of Marquette, Michigan, on October 20, 2009. He was ninety-one.
John was named a College trustee in 1966. Throughout his fifty-year career, the retired bishop of Ohio for the Episcopal Church dedicated himself to social reform, including racial and gender equality. John's work brought him honorary degrees from Amherst College, Kenyon, Youngstown State University, and the Virginia Theological Seminary.
After graduating from Amherst and the Virginia Theological Seminary, John served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he became chaplain at St. John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown, Ohio, where he played a role in the racial integration of the community and was awarded the Arvona Lynch Human Relations Award. He was the founding president of the Youngstown chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1957, he became the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, and transformed the church into an active voice for social change in the country.
He was elected bishop of Ohio in 1967 and served until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure, he spoke out against the Vietnam War. He traveled to India for an international peace symposium, the first in history to bring together leaders of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, and Taoist traditions. He was among the first advocates for the ordination of women to the priesthood, and he ordained eight women. John was deeply committed to improving relations between Christians and Jews.
In a 1995 letter to Philip Jordan Jr., then Kenyon president, John noted that he had served on the search committee that selected Jordan and added, "In my seventeen years as leader of the Episcopal church in northern Ohio, I have never been less than proud and grateful for the witness of the College-a school from which my own father graduated and loved." John's father was Bates G. Burt 1902.
John was survived by his wife, Martha; daughters Susan Burt, Emily Betinis, Sarah Burt, and Mary Laird; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Donations in his name may be made to High Rocks Educational Corporation, HC 64 Box 7058, Hillsboro, West Virginia 24946.
Richard C. Caldwell '67, of cancer and Parkinson's disease, on February 19, 2010. The Vero Beach, Florida, business executive was sixty-five.
Richard was an English major. He joined Alpha Delta Phi and played on the lacrosse team. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-72, reaching the rank of lieutenant during the Vietnam War, where he was an artillery forward observer and earned the Air Medal for heroism. He then earned a master's in business administration at Emory University.
He began his career at Container Corporation of America in Chicago and, in 1975, joined the Harris Trust & Savings Bank. At Harris, he became an executive vice president and was manager of the trust division. He also worked as head of Harris Investment Management and was chairman of the Harris Trust Co. of Arizona. He joined PNC Bank in Philadelphia in 1990 and became chief executive officer. Richard moved to Vero Beach in 1998, when he was named president and CEO of PNC Private Bank of Florida. He was also a director of Dinguss-Rum Properties, a development and mining company in West Virginia.
Richard loved to golf and was a member of the U.S. Seniors' Golf Association. He was a lifelong boater and navigated along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes on the family boat, Orbiter. Richard was also an accomplished fly fisherman.
He was known as honest, wise, and witty. He handled illness with uncommon grace and quiet strength.
Richard was survived by his wife of forty-two years, Judy; daughter, Jennifer Chambers; parents Robert and Patricia Caldwell; brothers Robert and James Caldwell; and sister, Patricia Bender. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard C. Caldwell Jr. Donations in Richard's memory may be sent to the Community Church "Onward Together Campaign," 1901 23rd St., Vero Beach, Florida, 32960; Indian River Medical Center Foundation "21st Century Capital Campaign," 1000 36th St., Vero Beach, Florida, 32960; and the VNA and Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.
David B. Thomas '69 P'06 of West Chester, Pennsylvania, on August 17, 2009, after a long illness. He was sixty-two.
David majored in English. He played on the football, lacrosse, and soccer teams. He joined 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 '06, 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.
Richard Walters M'71, of diabetes-related complications, on September 27, 2009. The Boone, North Carolina, artist was sixty.
Richard attended Kenyon for two years before completing his bachelor's degree at the Ohio State University. Richard lived in Massachusetts and Tennessee before moving to Asheville, North Carolina, and then Boone, in 1982. He pursued his love of sculpture and enjoyed collaboration with other artists. He turned to painting after failing health limited his sculpture work. He also devoted much of his time to helping people recover from alcoholism.
He was survived by his son, Jesse, and his brother, David. Memorial donations in Richard's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Memorial Donations, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.
Robert A. Goldwin H'76, former associate professor of political science, on January 12, 2010. The Bethesda, Maryland, resident was eighty-seven.
Robert was on the Kenyon faculty from 1966-69. He brought the Public Affairs Conference Center (1967-87) to Kenyon. He left the College to become dean at St. John's College, where he worked until 1973. He was a former White House official and a leading conservative scholar.
He then became a special advisor to U.S. NATO Ambassador Donald Rumsfeld for a year before joining the staff of President Gerald Ford as a special consultant. He has been described as the intellectual-in-residence at the White House. While there, he also served as a special assistant to Rumsfeld when Rumsfeld was secretary of defense. Robert was a resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute.
In a note to the College, Jane and Donald K. Bandler '69 H'06, Robert's daughter and son-in-law, said, "We have lost a remarkable patriot, scholar, leader, and a true role model. Bob treasured dearly his family, his friends, and colleagues." They added, "He led an exceptionally fulfilling life."
In a reflective column on Robert's life on the Web site of the National Review, Tevi Troy wrote, "Goldwin was a little-noted but crucial figure in the development of a mature conservative movement."
He edited more than twenty books on American politics, including a ten-volume American Enterprise Institute series called Constitution: A Decade of Study of the Constitution.
Robert had been a lecturer in political science at the University of Chicago before arriving at Kenyon. He earned a bachelor's degree at St. John's College and a master's and doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. Robert served as an enlisted man and officer in the U.S. Army Cavalry during World War II, engaging in combat in the Philippines.
In a memoir he wrote in 2009, Robert said, "I was pleased with my Kenyon colleagues and the students and the poli sci curriculum. We even got a new son-in-law out of our Kenyon venture."
In addition to Jane Bandler, Robert was survived by daughters Nancy Harvey and Liz Goldwin; son, Seth Goldwin; sister, June Ellis; and ten grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Cornell Capa H'94, on May 19, 2008. The New York City resident was ninety.
When Cornell received his honorary doctor of arts degree at Kenyon, he was described by the College as "a singular voice for the power of photography."
The native of Hungary served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and later joined Magnum Photos, an agency co-founded by his brother, photojournalist Robert Capa. Cornell enjoyed a twenty-year career at Life magazine and covered events in the Soviet Union and Middle East and American politics. In 1974, Cornell founded the International Center of Photography, where he was director, in New York City. He promoted the photographic image as an agent of change, a practice he called "concerned photography."
Andrew W. Partsch '05, on November 22, 2009. The Columbus, Ohio, man was twenty-seven.
Andrew was a philosophy and psychology major. He was an admissions volunteer.
He worked as a research associate at the Center for Learning Excellence at the Ohio State University, where he was pursuing a doctorate at the College of Education and Human Ecology.
Andrew was survived by parents, Donald Partsch and Barbara Ford; stepfather, Byron Ford; brother, Jonathan Partsch; and partner, Andrea Halco. Donations in his name may be sent to the Director of Donor Relations, Office of Development, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022.
William T. "Bill" Dameron, former head librarian, on December 14, 2009. The Gambier resident was eighty-five and had a history of strokes.
Bill was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces, a patron of the performing arts, and a collector of books and music with epicurean tastes. Foremost, he was a librarian and served Kenyon in that role from 1970-86.
"I saw him as the grand old librarian-a real librarian, in the historic sense of what a librarian does and knows," said Jami Peele, who was hired by Bill for the circulation desk in 1977 and is now the faculty grants and fellowships coordinator. Bill hired Donna Wilson as director of technical services in 1985, and they became longtime friends. Wilson said, "Bill had very high standards, both personally and professionally, which he maintained throughout his life."
Bill directed the library during the construction of the Olin Library and influenced the internal planning as designed by architects Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott. He oversaw the transfer of about 260,000 books into the new building in 1986. He had a keen interest in the library's special collections and archives and spearheaded acquisition of the typography collection of items relating to the history of books and printing.
College historian Tom Stamp '73 was a sophomore when he met Bill and came to know him as someone who "cared intensely about books and about the written word" and as a "wonderful librarian." Based on instructions from Bill, Stamp oversaw the donation to Kenyon of many books of poetry, including significant first editions, and albums featuring jazz, musical theater, and opera from Bill's collection.
His love of the performing arts helped define his life. Bill saved the programs from every production he attended. He was often seen at musical and theatrical productions at Kenyon and in Columbus, a tradition that started in 1939, when he saved nickels from his school milk money to collect enough for a ticket to see Helen Hayes perform on stage in Cincinnati, where he grew up after moving from Long Island in New York. The greatest day of his life, he told friends, was when he saw the actors John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier in separate Shakespearean dramas on the London stage while stationed in England during World War II.
Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Forces, on the crew of a B-17 bomber nicknamed the Shady Lady. He participated in D-Day operations in 1944 and later earned a Purple Heart medal for wounds suffered from shrapnel. He "cut a dashing figure in his flight jacket," Stamp said.
Bill went on to graduate from Columbia University in 1950. He later earned a master's in English and a master's in library science at the University of Michigan. He worked for General Electric in Cincinnati, the Public Library of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan Law Library before arriving at Kenyon.
In recent years, Bill became close friends with Gambier carpenter Jack Esslinger, who had done some work on Bill's home. Bill treated Esslinger as a son and they enjoyed weekly lunches. "He was a very thoughtful and considerate friend, but a private and reserved person. Very intellectual," Esslinger said. "He was very well-read, with a vast collection of books and a music collection. But our relationship wasn't so much intellectual as it was a strong, human bond. I will miss him like a father."
Mary Lou Lockard, executive assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students, of cancer. The Gambier woman died at sixty-three on January 10, 2010.
Mary Lou was married for forty-one years to J. Thomas Lockard '67, retired director of capital funds. She worked at the College for eighteen years before retiring in April 2007. She worked with five of Kenyon's deans of students, with most of that time spent with now-retired dean Donald J. Omahan '70. "She was the anchor," Omahan said.
Mary Lou was "caring and giving," Tom Lockard said. "She was a peacemaker. She always wanted to help people make things right. When students had a problem, any kind of conflict, she tried to solve it. She was a surrogate mom to lots of people. And she tried to help the deans as much as she could."
Indeed, Mary Lou was adept at working with students in finding answers to questions and solutions to problems, and she created lasting friendships with many alumni, Omahan said. "Well beyond the many skills she displayed daily in her excellent work in the Office of the Dean of Students, Mary Lou was a most caring and compassionate human being," he said.
"More often than not, she assisted the student in taking responsibility for reaching his or her own solution to the matter at hand," Omahan said.
Mary Lou was soothing and supportive, according to Larae Bush Schraeder '97, a student worker in the office and later a close friend. Mary Lou's desk was the first, comforting stop for students who found themselves in trouble and summoned to the dean's office. "She had a big heart," Schraeder said. "She was always understanding rather than judgmental."
The "quiet, humble strength" that Mary Lou displayed through the years of her illness reflected modesty and down-to-earth values, Schraeder added.
All comers to the office were treated with the same respect and kind attention. "Mary Lou truly exemplified the best of Kenyon and the Kenyon spirit of caring, support, and service to others," Omahan said.
In addition to Omahan, she worked with student deans Thomas J. Edwards, Craig Bradley, and Tammy Gocial, along with acting dean Cheryl Steele.
"She was such an amazing woman," said Gocial, who is now the associate vice president for academic affairs at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. "She had strong character. She was incredibly genuine. She was very dedicated to the students and the people she worked with."
Mary Lou was born in Elmira, New York, grew up in Lima, Ohio, and graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968 with a degree in home economics and child development. She worked as a legal secretary for firms in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio, and as a teacher in Athens, Ohio, before joining Kenyon in 1989.
Tom Lockard met Mary Lou as a blind date at a Kenyon dance weekend. They clicked, although Tom was fond of quipping, "It still hasn't worked out."
They were members of the Lincoln Highway Association, dedicated to exploring the old roadway from New York City to San Francisco along the original U.S. Route 30.
Avid boosters of Kenyon athletes, the Lockards were, in 2002, named co-winners of the William A. Long Memorial Award at Honors Day. Mary Lou was proud of the award, which is given to community members who make outstanding contributions to "developing and clarifying the role of athletic play and competition in the life of the College." Ladies basketball was a favorite, and the couple attended a game about a week before her death.
Mary Lou received high praise for her exemplary service during year-end employee-recognition programs. "Her superb ability to undertake many demanding tasks simultaneously, to manage a complex schedule ... and to maintain a professional office environment are matched only by her engaging wit, her pleasant personality, and her sincere and caring approach," Omahan said in 2004.
In addition to her husband, Mary Lou was survived by her daughter, Laura Lockard; grandsons Gus and Nash; mother, Myra Philpott; and sister, Barbara Roy. Donations in Mary Lou's memory may be sent to the Mary Lou Lockard Scholarship Fund, Development Office, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022.