ObituariesRobert Hudson '35, on March 20, 2010. The Pasadena, California, resident was ninety-seven.
An economics major, Robert was on the football and track teams and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater, retiring from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander.
His interests included shipping, international trade, and the sea. He held managerial and administrative positions with Pacific Transport Lines, Matson Lines, and the Port of Los Angeles in California. He enjoyed wood-working and making furniture.
Robert's wife of sixty-six years, Isobel, died in 2008. He was survived by his son, Boyd; daughter, Noel; and two grandchildren.
Rupert F. "Andy" Anderson Jr. '42, on February 19, 2010. The Seattle, Washington, resident was ninety.
Andy was a biology major. He was captain of the basketball team, participated in Drama Club, and joined Phi Kappa Sigma. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Andy became a surgeon after earning his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He practiced medicine in Seattle for forty years.
Andy's wife of sixty-two years, Marty, died in 2006. He was survived by daughters Karen Dunlop and Linda Anderson, four grandchildren, and a great grandson. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Organization for Animal Help, Post Office Box 1603, Stanwood, Washington, 98292.
James J. "Jim" Jambor '42 P'77 of Dodge City, Kansas, on January 31, 2010. He was eighty-nine.
Jim was a double major, in philosophy and premedical studies. He was a member of the Middle Kenyon Association, wrote for the Collegian, and earned Phi Beta Kappa. Jim served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He went on to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, earning his medical degree with a specialty in dermatology. After practicing in Cincinnati, Chicago, and California, Jim settled in Dodge City.
His son Jon Jambor '77 described his father's love of music, noting that "his patients fondly remember sitting in his office, awaiting their consult, and being serenaded either on dulcimer, recorder, or keyboard." Jim also enjoyed photography, painting, crocheting, quilting, spinning, weaving, bluegrass music, puns, and writing limericks in English, Spanish, and French. After retiring, he began studying Hebrew. He enjoyed attending many classes at Dodge City Community College.
Jim was survived by his wife, Louise Hintermann; sons Jon and the Rev. Christopher Jambor; daughter, Ann Jambor; sister, Dorothy Pellegrin; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Manna House or Prairie Hospice Home Health in care of Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Avenue, Dodge City, Kansas, 67801.
Robert M. "Bob" Vance '42 P'73 of Matteson, Illinois, on May 28, 2010. He was eighty-nine.
Bob was a chemistry major. He joined Phi Kappa Sigma and was a member of the lacrosse and track teams. Bob was also news editor of the Collegian. Bob served for two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned a master's degree, in 1944, and a doctorate in organic chemistry, in 1949, at Western Reserve University. He spent his career as a chemist at Sherwin-Williams, in technical and management positions, and retired in 1983.
Bob was an active volunteer, a charter member of Faith United Protestant Church, and chair of the Matteson Public Library board of trustees. He loved tennis, golf, and doing research in genealogy.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Glassco Vance; his second wife, Elizabeth Tatum Dunn Vance; and his companion, Florence Oliver. He was survived by his children, Joan E. Vance '73, Stephen, and Timothy; stepdaughters Susan Sherk and Carolyn Roberts; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Catherine Fiala. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60601; Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Post Office Box 269, Alexandria, Virginia, 22313; or Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Street, Park Forest, Illinois, 60466.
Charles "Chuck" Rees Jr. '44, on June 2, 2010. The Evanston, Illinois, resident was eighty-seven.
Chuck was an English major and a member of Psi Upsilon. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Chuck spent his career in sales. He enjoyed travel, biking, crossword puzzles, reading, and good conversation.
His wife, Jayne, survives him.
Perry Williams 1944 of Ravenna, Ohio, on April 15, 2010. He was eighty-eight.
Perry joined Phi Kappa Sigma. He later transferred to Miami University, where he earned a degree in business administration. Perry served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and he later became a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Oak Rubber Co., where he was the sales manager of specialty products.
Survivors included Patricia, his wife of forty-four years; son, Michael Williams; daughters Holly Kreierhoff and Elizabeth Magrell; and six grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 250 W. Cedar Avenue, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266, or the Alzheimer's Association, Great East Akron Area Chapter, 1815 W. Market Street, Suite 301, Akron, Ohio, 44313.
John W. "Jack" Shepherd '45 P'74, on March 7, 2010, from surgical complications after suffering an aneurism. The Cincinnati, Ohio, resident was eighty-six.
Jack was an economics major. He joined Delta Tau Delta. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and went on to a distinguished career in advertising and marketing, living for much of his career in the New York City area. Jack was the advertising manager for Rubbermaid and retired as the marketing manager for American Home Products.
An avid boater, he was a commodore of the Minute Man Yacht Club of Westport, Connecticut.
His daughter, Sarah "Sally" Moss '74, recalled her father as "a typical man of the Greatest Generation." "He was the breadwinner. ... He was not real demonstrative, but he had a great sense of humor," she said. "He was definitely an advocate for the College. He encouraged me to apply there."
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, June, and his brother, Richard G. Shepherd '41 P'90. In addition to his daughter, he was survived by sons John Jr., Fred, and Stephen; six grandchildren; and his companion, Shirley Bernstein. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 15120, Chicago, Illinois, 60693.
Ralph A. Hageman 1947 of Oak Park, Illinois, on February 2, 2010. He was eighty-four.
Ralph left Kenyon in 1944 to serve in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater, including occupation service in Japan. He completed his bachelor's degree at Northwestern University and earned a master's in business administration at the University of Chicago. He taught in the Chicago Public Schools for more than twenty-seven years, retiring in 1985.
Ralph spent his summers in Sawyer, Michigan. An avid naturalist and gardener, he loved Lake Michigan, and finally managed to walk its entire shoreline.
He was survived by his wife, Margaret; children Carrie, Eric, Alan, Anita, and Ralph Hageman and Joanne Sullivan; sixteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
James Herold 1947, of lung cancer, on March 22, 2010. The Winnetka, Illinois, resident was eighty-four.
James was the president of Alpha Delta Phi. His education was interrupted by World War II, and James served as a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy. He went on to serve in the Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of commander. James finished his undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and graduated from the Loyola University Dental School in 1957.
He began his dental practice in Winnetka and continued for fifty years. He taught a course at Evanston Hospital for Northwestern University for twenty-five years and was a Sunday school teacher at the Winnetka Congregational Church for almost twenty years. James bought and remodeled several houses, including his final home, which was built in 1853. In Winnetka, he helped found Talent Limited, a community theater group. And he loved to sail.
"If he didn't know how to do something, he would jump in and figure it out," his daughter, Kimberlee Herold, told the Chicago Tribune.
James is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter; and sister, Phoebe Phelps.
Elroy Lehecka Jr. 1947, on January 6, 2010. The Cleveland, Ohio, man was eighty-four.
Elroy joined Phi Kappa Sigma. He became a carpenter, contractor, educator, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District administrator.
He was survived by his daughter, Deborah Hewitt, and son, Gary Lehecka. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22311, and the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 15120, Chicago, Illinois, 60693.
Don W. McCoy '47 of Akron, Ohio, on April 6, 2010. He was eighty-five.
Don played football and lacrosse and was a member of Beta Theta Pi, German Club, and Kenyon Klan. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as an officer aboard a destroyer, seeing action in the Pacific Theater. He earned a medical degree in 1951 at the New York Medical College.
During his fifty-year career as a physician, Don enjoyed a family practice in Akron. He helped found the family-practice residency program at Akron General Medical Center and served on the staff at Children's Hospital. He also taught family medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine from 1978 to 2005. He helped deliver thousands of Akron-area babies, retiring in 2005.
He was survived by Marylou, his wife of sixty-three years; brother, Jason; children Tom, Sue, Dan, and Kitti; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron General Medical Center, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron, Ohio, 44307.
Donald H. Radler 1947 of Cape Coral, Florida, on July 7, 2002. He was seventy-six.
Donald joined Sigma Pi. He left Kenyon in 1944 to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was later graduated from the University of Chicago. Along the way, he mastered six languages.
He was the author and co-author of several books, including The American Teenager (1957). He also wrote a number of screenplays for film and television. Donald was the director of the Purdue University annual science-writing workshop and the editor of the Purdue Research Foundation.
In a 1952 note to the College, he wrote, "Kicked around in movies, hospital administration, personnel administration, freelance writing, newspaper work, teaching and guidance work, and still moving. It's been a long haul from Kenyon in '44, but I still look back on it with pleasure, and often wish Uncle Sam had let me stay a while longer."
Jack Hart '48 of Fresno, California, on December 20, 2009. He was eighty-two.
Jack was a history major and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He attended Harvard Law School for one year and then entered a training program with the Bank of America. Jack worked for the bank throughout his career, during which he specialized in agribusiness. He spent time living and working in London. In 1970, he was appointed vice president of the bank, and served in that capacity for more than thirty years.
Jack also remained continuously involved with Kenyon, and received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1975.
C. Andrew "Andy" Fuller Jr. '52 on June 27, 2010. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, resident was eighty.
Andy was a political science major. He was a member of Middle Kenyon and took part in the International Relations Club.
He spent his career as an investment and bond trader. Andy retired early and became a twenty-nine-year volunteer at Courage Center, a Minneapolis-based rehabilitation center for children and adults with disabilities. He logged more than five thousand volunteer hours. Representing the center, Andy received an award at the White House in 1990 from President George H.W. Bush.
In the Courage Center handbook, Andy wrote, "What you do as a volunteer for a cause you believe in will challenge you, make you stretch and help you grow. In so many ways, you will gain more than you give."
He contracted polio as a teenager and lost the use of his left arm. His stepdaughter, Lark Lewis, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, "His family encouraged him to not let the disability stop him, and he wanted to pass that along to others." Andy had a gift for telling stories, said Gail Peterson, volunteer services director for the Courage Center. "He was very witty and extremely articulate," Peterson told the newspaper.
He was a member of the Nature Conservancy Minnesota chapter and was recognized for donating a permanent conservation easement on his property, which he described as "a little wildlife preserve." Andy loved travel; spending time at a family cabin in Pine Valley, Wisconsin; fishing and fly-tying; and the wilderness.
In a note to the College, Andy wrote, "I will always remember with delight the beauty of the campus from Middle Path on one of those lovely fall afternoons."
Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla ("Pepper"). In addition to Lark, he was survived by stepchildren Stephanie Brody, Sherry Lewis, Priscilla Garvan, and Hanley Lewis; and three grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Courage Center, Andrew Fuller Fund, Development Department, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55422.
David H. Lobdell '52, after a long illness, on May 3, 2010. The Bridgeport, Connecticut, man was seventy-nine.
David was a biology major. He was the editor of the Collegian in 1951-52 and served on Student Council. He earned a medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and served his internship and residency at the New York Medical Center, specializing in pathology. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha.
He began a long association with St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport in 1960. He became director and chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine shortly after he joined the hospital and continued in that role until 1995. He was senior attending pathologist from 1996-2003, and other physicians relied on his judgment in complicated cases. He also taught at the New York University School of Medicine, Fairfield University, University of Connecticut, and Quinnipiac College. He was the medical director of the St. Vincent School of Medical Technology.
David donated $1.5 million to the foundation in 1996. The clinical laboratory, which David helped design, was named in his honor.
William T. Goldhurst '53, of St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 2, 2010, of heart failure. He was eighty.
William was an English major. He also worked for the Collegian as a writer and editor. He went on to earn a master's degree at Columbia University and a doctorate at Tulane University. He began his career on the faculty at the University of Puerto Rico and moved to the University of Florida, where he taught American literature for thirty-five years. He received a Fulbright Fellowship and taught literature at the National University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
William was a widely published author-his books included the well-received F. Scott Fitzgerald and his Contemporaries (1963)-and he was an expert on Edgar Allan Poe.
Among his occasional guest columns for the Gainesville (Florida) Sun was a Christmas Day 1988 reflection on holiday caroling at Kenyon. "So there we were ... caroling for our college president in the light of a full moon, brightened and enhanced, or so it seemed, by the plump rise and fall of clean white snow," he wrote. He noted that the seven-man chorus was Jewish, including E.L. Doctorow '52. President Gordon Chalmers invited the group in for "milk and cookies, possibly to spare himself the pain of listening to another carol." The group went on to sing for English professor Phil Timberlake, "a favorite of all the students," who said when they left, "Don't go."
"We were seven Jews and a ukulele spreading warm feeling. ... That's what we were doing that night at Kenyon many, many years ago. Of course I can't speak for the Founder of Christmas, but my guess is, he would have approved."
The column was republished in the Christian Science Monitor in December 1990 and in Ohio Magazine in December 1992. The piece was read on the air on American Public Radio on December 25, 1990.
William was survived by his sons Barney and Rex; several grandchildren; and his brother, Richard Goldhurst '50.
Daniel Kramer '55 P'89, of Rosai-Dorfman syndrome, on March 11, 2010. The resident of Staten Island, New York, was seventy-five.
Daniel was a political science major. He played soccer, was on the Collegian staff, and participated in Student Council. He joined Middle Kenyon Association. Daniel became a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics. He earned a law degree at the Harvard Law School in 1959 and a doctorate in political science at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel taught political science at the University of Illinois, where he became active in the civil rights movement. He moved on to Richmond College, which later became the College of Staten Island. Daniel retired in 2000 as a professor of political science, continuing as an adjunct and emeritus professor and advisor. He wrote eight books and many articles on Constitutional law, participatory democracy, and public policy.
Daniel was active in the Staten Island Democratic Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and the Archaeology Society of Staten Island.
"He was always very active in politics, both local and national, and worked very hard for health reform until his death," said his wife, Richenda Kramer. "He was always able to appreciate two sides of every question, and he had close friends who held views opposed to his. He was always generous and had high moral standards, and I think he is typified by this dedication in one of his books: 'May (my grandchildren) live to see the day when a reasonable level of taxation is seen not as a burden but as a precondition to a civilized and humane society.'"
Mrs. Kramer added, "Dan was always very attached to Kenyon."
In a 1977 story about the Kramer family in the Staten Island Advance, Daniel said, "I try to teach by anecdotes and make politics alive and interesting."
In addition to his wife, Daniel was survived by his son, Bruce '89; daughters Tamsyn and Elspeth; sister, Judith Green; and five grandchildren.
Richard C. Fullerton '56, on May 2, 2010. The Beaumont, Texas, resident was seventy-five.
Richard was a chemistry major. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the Reserve Officers' Training Program. He played basketball for the College and fondly remembered a Lords game in which he was one of only three players who continued, gamely, after the rest of the team fouled out.
He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1957-59, trained as a pilot, and served at a radar station on the Japanese island of Sadoshima. In 1963, he earned a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Richard started his career at Republic Steel in Youngstown, Ohio, and went on to DuPont as a quality-control expert in Richmond, Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Beaumont. He retired in 1993 but continued working as a consultant.
He enjoyed travel, gardening, fishing, music, sports, spicy food, writing haiku, making birdhouses, and visiting family and friends.
Richard developed life-long friendships at Kenyon and savored his fortieth Kenyon reunion.
He was survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Richard K.; daughter, Becky; two grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth Facka. Memorial contributions may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 610 Trinity Street, Beaumont, Texas, 77701, or Doctors Without Borders USA, Post Office Box 5030, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741.
H. Alan "Hap" Pugsley '56, on April 16, 2010, while visiting relatives in Brunswick, Maine. The Jamesville, New York, man was seventy-five.
Hap was a history major and was a member of Sigma Pi. He was an instructor for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and, in 1959, moved to Syracuse, New York. He worked for thirty-three years for General Electric, retiring as human resources compensation manager.
As a younger man, he enjoyed skiing and later took up golf, managing to score two holes-in-one. He was a world traveler and a member of the Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Hap was survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters Katherine Myrick, Christine Pugsley, and Karen Relyea; brother, Earl Pugsley; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Loretto Foundation, 1305 Nottingham Road, Jamesville, New York, 13078.
Birchard A. Furlong '57, of multiple sclerosis, on February 2, 2010. He was seventy-four and lived in San Antonio, Texas.
Birchard was an English major and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was also a graduate of Harvard Law School. Birchard was a high school teacher for two years and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1962. He retired as a captain in 1982.
He was survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Jennifiere Furlong-Jones; son, Jonathan Furlong; and two grandchildren.
Douglas "Doug" W. Lawder Jr. '57 of Alamos, Mexico, on November 5, 2009. He was seventy-five.
Doug was an English major and the president of Psi Upsilon. He became a forest ranger and an advertising copywriter before earning a master of fine arts degree at the University of Oregon in 1968. Doug taught at Earlham College and later joined the faculty at Michigan State University, retiring from there as an associate professor of English emeritus in 1993. He was, for a time, the managing editor of the Northwest Review.
Doug was also a celebrated poet. His 1977 book of poetry, Trolling, was described by Choice as "a collection to savor ... and a book that all libraries with any interest in American poetry should acquire." His book Binoculars won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Contest of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies in 2000.
He read poetry from Trolling during a 1982 reunion visit to Kenyon. He was described, in the Alumni Bulletin, as "a powerfully built man" who spoke in "an almost whispery voice." One poem recounted a college road trip to the Florida Keys and a boat ride to Cuba, and the poem had an "eerie, surrealistic haze about it."
Doug's sister, Kay Lawder Ellyard of Berkeley, California, said the Kenyon experience was "very important in his life" and he made lasting friendships. "He was very influenced and challenged by the heady, intellectual climate there," she said. Doug turned to poetry, she said, after his experience in writing advertising copy was less than fulfilling.
In addition to his sister, Doug was survived by his daughter, Leland Hyatt; son, Douglass Lawder; two grandchildren; and a brother, Stan Lawder.
Russell V. "Russ" Grabb '58 of Santa Rosa, California, on June 25, 2010. He was seventy-three.
Russ was a physics major. He joined Phi Kappa Sigma. He later served as a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Russ worked as an electronics engineer and retired from his business consulting firm in 1997.
He enjoyed reading, flying airplanes, and spending time outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eric. Russ was survived by his wife, Gigi; daughters Marjorie and Michelle; and two grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Foundation at www.copdfoundation.org/help/donate.
William C. "Bill" Morrison 1958, on March 11, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia. He was seventy-four.
An economics major and a member of Psi Upsilon, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, assigned to Paris. He joined the Meat Importers Council of America, a nonprofit trade organization, in 1959 and became executive director, holding that job until he retired in 2001. He was known for his jovial character and networking skills.
Bill was survived by his sister, Nancy Arnold.
David Disney 1964, of myelodysplastic syndrome, on March 14, 2010. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, resident was sixty-seven.
David joined Sigma Pi. He attended Kenyon for two years before transferring to Carleton College, where he earned a degree in psychology in 1964. David then enlisted in the U.S. Army Artillery Officer Candidate School and graduated as a second lieutenant, later serving in Germany. David worked for Eastman Kodak for one year after leaving the service and before entering law school at Columbia University. He earned his law degree in 1971.
David joined the law firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He became a partner at the firm and retired in 2005 after building a national reputation as a bond counsel. He gave frequent lectures and published course materials on tax-exempt financing in Pennsylvania. His voluntary work included service to the American Civil Liberties Union, Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority, Harrisburg Area Board of Leadership, Planned Parenthood, and United Way.
He loved boats and being near the water, and he boated on the Chesapeake Bay. David was a member of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church.
David was survived by his wife, Dorothy; stepsons David Stewart and Michael Stewart; two grandchildren; brothers Robert and George; sister, Linda Bennett; and stepmother, Rosemary Disney Sherman. Memorial contributions may be sent to Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center for Research in MDS, One Charles Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201.
Benjamin R. "Ben" Medley '78, of Farmington, New Mexico, on January 31, 2010. He was fifty-three.
Ben majored in psychology. He played football and was a co-captain and named most valuable player as a junior and senior. Ben was a wide receiver and a defensive back. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi, the Kenyon College Chamber Orchestra, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Ben worked for the Weirton Steel Division of the National Steel Corporation and then for the Campbell Soup Company before he moved to Farmington and started an environmental consulting business. He was an avid golfer.
He was survived by his wife, Brenda; his mother, N. Jane Medley; brother, Michael; and sister, Melina Henceroth. Contributions in Ben's memory may be made to the N. Jane and Robert I. Medley Scholarship Fund, Steubenville High School: SHS Scholarship Fund, 420 North 4th Street, Steubenville, Ohio, 43952.
Hae Kyung "Helen" Oh McLean '80, on January 15, 2010, of complications related to leukemia treatment. The Washington, D.C., resident was fifty-one.
An English major, Helen embarked on a ten-year career as a broadcast and newspaper journalist. She then earned a law degree at Catholic University, in 1993. She worked for the Federal Communications Commission, recently for its Mass Media Bureau on cases involving the allocation of frequencies to broadcast radio stations.
She was survived by her husband of twenty years, Christopher A. McLean; daughter, Chloe S. McLean; mother, Jung Shim Oh; and brothers Mitch and Sunny. Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's memory to the Children's Inn, National Institutes of Health, 7 West Drive, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814.
Christopher D. "Chris" Conway '82, of Alexandria, Virginia, on June 17, 2008. He was fifty.
Chris majored in Russian, and he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He went on to earn his master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Middle East, in Germany, and finally at the Pentagon. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Chris was survived by his wife, Crystal Oliver; son, Steven T. Conway; father, John T. Conway; sister, Johannah Dottori; and brothers John, Daniel, Sean, and Thomas Conway. Memorial contributions may be made the National Brain Tumor Society via www.braintumorsociety.org.
David Lerner '86, on April 11, 2010, of prostate cancer. The Omaha, Nebraska, resident was forty-five.
David was a sociology major. He served as house manager of Farr Hall. He earned a master's degree in organizational development at Loyola University in Chicago, beginning his career as a management consultant. David rose to become president of the Chicago-based Human-Innovation.
David was survived by his wife, Stacy, and mother, Jean.
Anna E. Frutiger '09, on May 20, 2010, after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident was twenty-three.
Anna majored in molecular biology and played on the Ladies tennis team. She was a member of Zeta Alpha Pi, an upperclass counselor, and a senior admissions interviewer. Anna twice participated in the Summer Science Scholars program, and, in January 2009, she presented a research poster at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Boston.
At the time of her death, she was a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, following the career path of her parents, Richard Frutiger and Sara Wassenaar of Alma, Michigan. Anna was active in the dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta and the American Student Dental Association.
A mentor at Kenyon, Professor of Biology Harry Itagaki, recalled her as a good and dedicated student. "She was very upbeat, cheerful," he said. "A very giving person. Everybody liked her."
Anna was an occasional babysitter for Sonya and Rob Broeren of Gambier. Sonya '90 is senior assistant director of admissions, and Rob '91 is the assistant law director for Mount Vernon. "Anna was an incredibly generous and giving person," Rob Broeren said. "She spent spring break of her junior year working in a dental clinic in Nicaragua. I remember her always having a smile on her face."
Anna was the valedictorian of her class at Alma High School, where she played tennis and volleyball and was a member of the student council and youth advisory council. Knee injuries as a teenager brought an end to her dream of competing at the national level in highland dancing. Reflecting on her disappointment, she said in her Common Application, "My life settled into a new order. I played tennis at a competitive level, stayed involved with my dancing, and helped younger dancers learn the importance of hard work and dedication.
"People say everything happens for a reason and maybe that's true. When my life was turned upside down, I was crushed. As I look back now, I realize that everything is all right."
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alma.
In addition to her parents, Anna was survived by her brother, John; and grandparents Frank and Dottie Wassenaar. Donations in her memory may be made to the Gratiot County Community Foundation, 1131 East Center Street, Post Office Box 310, Ithaca, Michigan, 48847.
Donations for a Middle Path bench in her memory may also be made. Please contact Tom Anderson, Kenyon's director of development, at 740-427-5467 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gabrielle "Gaby" Lampert '13, on March 16, 2010. The New York City resident was nineteen.
Gaby's interests at Kenyon included art, modern languages, and philosophy. She valued academic freedom and welcomed the thoughts and views of her peers.
Her death was unexpected, said her father, Jonathan Lampert, a psychiatrist and family therapist. "She was a beloved young woman, a wonderful person," he added. Their Manhattan home was a gathering place for her friends. "People constantly came over, slept over. This was like a youth hostel, a drop-in center, and they ate a lot." His daughter was intellectually curious, modest, and "a whiz with languages."
In 2008, she worked with her father to develop Teen Instinct, a family-based pilot treatment program for troubled teens at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Gaby was a graduate of Friends Seminary in New York City. She was involved in peer counseling and tutoring and was a member of the Peace Club and codirector of Quaker Leadership. Audrey Reynolds, director of college counseling at Friends Seminary, shared a letter of recommendation she wrote for Gabrielle that described her as "a strong, independent, and opinionated young woman." Her teachers believed her to be a "true language learner," a voracious reader, and a sophisticated thinker. She was also a school mainstay in the visual arts.
She spent her high school summers studying in England, France, and Switzerland. In an essay, she said she had inherited her father's "zealous desire to know more personally other cultures." She added, "I've always loved literature because it animates the dirt of culture, the themes that people are reluctant to study or quick to ignore."
Gabrielle played guitar and piano and enjoyed live music.
In addition to her father, Gabrielle was survived by her grandmother, E. Louise Lampert. Memorial donations may be sent to the Maysles Institute, 343 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York, 10027.
John G. McCoy H'70, on April 4, 2010. The New Albany, Ohio, man was ninety-seven.
John was a 1935 graduate of Marietta College. A successful banker and noted philanthropist, he received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Kenyon as well as honorary degrees from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Marietta, Ohio Dominican University, and the Ohio State University (OSU). He began his banking career at City National Bank & Trust in Columbus in 1937. He became the chief financial advisor for the War Production Board during World War II and later rejoined City National Bank, where he eventually became president and chief financial officer. John is credited with developing a small bank into the regional banking powerhouse Banc One Corporation. Through innovative leadership, he helped develop the widespread use of credit cards, drive-up tellers, and automated teller machines.
John's many philanthropic interests in central Ohio included the Center of Science and Industry, Habitat for Humanity of Central Ohio, Kenyon, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and OSU. At Kenyon, he established the John B. McCoy-Banc One Distinguished Teaching Chair.
He was survived by his daughter, Virginia; son, John B. McCoy; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Beth Lomax Hawes H'94, after a stroke, on November 27, 2009. The Portland, Oregon, woman was eighty-eight.
Beth graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a sociology degree in 1941, and, in 1970, received a master's degree in folklore from the University of California at Berkeley.
She was a folk-music performer and preservationist and sang with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. She co-wrote the Kingston Trio hit "M.T.A." The daughter of folk musicologist John Lomax, Beth became director of the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Program in 1977 and worked to greatly expand its budget and its reach. President Bill Clinton gave her the National Medal of Arts in 1993, after she retired.
Her daughter, Naomi Bishop, noted that Beth was "very taken with the Kenyon campus and the Kenyon community."
In addition to Naomi, Beth was survived by children Corey Denos and Nicholas Hawes; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Janet Shriver Roelofs P'79, a gifted writer and valued colleague in the Office of Development, on March 31, 2010. The Mount Vernon woman was eighty-five.
Janet retired in June 1995 as director of grants and reports, said her son, Kemp Owyne Roelofs of New York City. She was the widow of Gerrit Hubbard Roelofs, a professor of English who died in 1985. They had been married for thirty-six years. Their son Hugh Cameron Roelofs '79 died in 2003.
She was a precocious student and a voracious reader, her son said. Janet was a private person, on the shy side, but "had a great sense of humor" in the company of friends.
Janet was reared in Dayton, Ohio, where she learned to read, write, and do basic arithmetic before she entered school. The family later moved to suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Janet skipped three grades along the way and enrolled in the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, at age fifteen. She went on to earn a master's degree in English literature at Johns Hopkins University, where she met her future husband.
Janet worked for the Johns Hopkins University Press before she and her husband moved to New Hampshire, where he took at job at the University of New Hampshire in 1950. They arrived in Gambier in 1957, when Gerrit Roelofs joined the Department of English. Janet was a freelance editor, joined the staff of the Kenyon Review, and later worked as a writer in the development office.
"She was a wonderful writer," said Douglas L. Givens, former managing director of the Philander Chase Corporation and former vice president for development. "She was a wonderful person to have in the office. She took an interest in everything. She loved the College and had a tremendous knowledge of the College and its history and traditions and programs."
In the late 1970s, Janet came up with a clever spin on the idea of endowed chairs to raise money for the construction of the Bolton Theater. Plaques on some chairs in the theater mark donors who agreed to "endow a chair." She later wrote the proposal that brought the College a $5.5 million grant from the Olin Foundation for construction of the Olin Library.
Kenyon historian Tom Stamp '73 described Janet as "incredibly smart," with a passion for the English language. "She was just a wonderful person," he said.
Janet was a quiet presence but her understanding and judgment of others proved valuable in an office where success hinges on personal relations, said Lisa D. Schott, former director of Alumni and Parent Programs and now director of the Philander Chase Corporation. "She didn't miss a thing," Schott added.
Janet rarely watched television and consumed three to five books each week, Kemp Roelofs said. She was a lifelong reader of the New Yorker, a magazine to which her father subscribed from its first issue, in the year she was born. She also loved the theater, and the family often traveled to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Edmund P. Hecht P'84, a professsor of German at Kenyon for nearly four decades, on April 15, 2010. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident was eighty years old and had suffered from leukemia for many years.
Kenyon's language lab was Ed Hecht's creation. For years, he was the technology expert in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He started the department's film collection and promoted its signature teaching method, the Kenyon Intensive Language Model (KILM). Hecht also increased the library's holdings of materials from his native Germany, brought renowned German writers to campus, and, during the height of the Cold War, promoted the study of the culture of the German Democratic Republic, East Germany.
Hecht is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Dolores, and by three children, Kristina, Kristopher, and Hollie '84, along with three grandchildren.
"What I most remember about Ed is his undying devotion to his students," said Professor of Spanish Linda Metzler, who had an office down the hall and was struck by the hours he spent preparing materials for classes. "He gave his students his all." When Hecht retired in 1999, after thirty-nine years at the College, alumni traveled from as far away as England to come to a tribute dinner on campus.
Hecht, who often rode his BMW motorcycle to campus, wearing a black leather jacket, could be a forbidding figure. "He was known for being testy," said Metzler, "but his testiness was always tempered with humor. He had a uniquely subversive and quirky sense of humor. At a department meeting, if we were arguing or in ill temper, he would say something so unexpected, so hilarious, and so perceptive, that we'd all break up and the tension would dissolve in laughter. And he'd sit there and twinkle, knowing that no one else could do that kind of thing."
Hecht was a very private man who handled a thirteen-year struggle with leukemia stoically, said his wife, Dolores. Some people thought him stern, and he was not "a social animal," but his quiet exterior hid a striking generosity, she said. Dolores, the director of medical social services at Knox Community Hospital for almost thirty years, recalls telling Ed about a poverty-stricken patient. "Ed sent her $100 every month, anonymously," she said. "He did similar things for a lot of people."
He could also be clownish, recalled Charles Piano, professor emeritus of Spanish, noting that Hecht enthusiastically supported KILM, which stresses high-energy, playful activities. "He did things that made KILM very popular among students. He got himself a little tricycle and would ride it into the classroom."
Born on May 10, 1929, Hecht spent his childhood in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany. His father captained a ship on the Kiel Canal, and Ed grew to love sailing. He did undergraduate work at the Universität Kiel, Germany, and the Universität Innsbruck, Austria, then came to the United States in 1954. The following year, he received a B.A. from Ohio University, where he met Dolores. He received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959.
Hecht taught at Columbia, Barnard College, and the Middlebury summer language program before joining the Kenyon faculty in 1960. "It's thanks to Ed and his persistence that we have a language lab," said Piano. "He designed it, he got the administration to back it, he researched and acquired all the equipment, and he took charge of it. It was a thankless task."
Hecht led efforts to incorporate multimedia technology in teaching, created the language department's film collection, and taught German cinema before it became fashionable. His efforts to improve the library's holdings included the acquisition of hundreds of works on East Germany, a country in which he had rare expertise and where he developed extensive professional contacts.
"Ed had a front-row seat to some of the most earth-shaking events of the twentieth century," from World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall, said Professor of French Mortimer Guiney. As a result, "he didn't just teach great works of German literature, he taught the whole culture."
Hecht organized a colloquium on East and West Germany in 1990, after the Berlin Wall fell. In 1965, he brought German novelist Günther Grass to Kenyon to receive an honorary degree, and he arranged a public reading by Grass and another noted German writer, Uwe Johnson. Two years earlier, he assembled a large exhibit devoted to the work of German playwright Bertolt Brecht. "Brecht inter Nationes," including more than a thousand items from theaters around the world, toured several cities during the next few years.
Hecht served as Kenyon's first director of international education, counseling students who wished to study abroad. He also administered the Middle East Program of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, which sent students to Beirut, Lebanon. He returned to Germany almost every summer to study and renew contacts with friends.
Hecht's family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.