Volume 35 Number 2 Winter 2013
In this Issue
- The Nugent Years
- Inspector Gadget
- Hip Hop Sure Shot
- Everlasting Speech
The Editor's Page
- Letters to the Editor
- The Not-So-Super Market
Along Middle Path
- Gambier is Talking About...
- Test your KQ
- Late Night Nosh
- Anatomy of an Athlete
- Kenyon Now
- Margin of Error
- Kenyon in Quotes
- The Hot Sheet
- Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
- Recent Books by Kenyon Authors
- Internalize This
- Trees of Life
- Class Notes
- Sight Unseen
- See How She Runs
- Alumni Digest
The Last Page
- As technology advances...how could it affect the evolution of species? Let's take a look ahead...
George E. "Casey" Seitz '43, on September 22, 2012. The Mount Vernon, Ohio, resident was ninety-one.
He joined Delta Tau Delta. He also attended the Ohio State University. Casey served in the U.S. Merchant Marine for four years during World War II, surviving a torpedo attack and a shipwreck while in the Military Sea Transport Service.
Casey became a farmer and later worked for Sears Roebuck and Company in Mount Vernon. He joined the Ohio National Guard and became a full-time administrative supply technician, retiring in 1981 after twenty-seven years of duty. As a member of the military color guard, he played Taps at many military funerals in Knox County.
Casey was an outdoorsman. He loved horses and was a member of the Mohican Saddle Club. When he was seventy-five, he took part in a 100-mile horse-back ride in Indiana. Casey was a longtime member of the Monroe Grange.
He became a teacher's aide. Casey was an active Episcopalian and taught Bible study. He also played guitar and enjoyed singing.
He was survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, David Seitz; daughters Barbara Seitz, Patty Todd, and Paula Stamp; seven grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother, Thomas Seitz; and sister, Lucy Pierce. Gifts in his name may be sent to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 100 E. High St., M ount Vernon, Ohio, 43050.
Myron C. Monck '44, on October 25, 2012. The Anderson, South Carolina, man was eighty-six.
Myron was a chemistry major. He played Lords baseball, basketball, and football and was on the Collegian staff. He joined Sigma Pi and became fraternity president.
He worked for many years as a development engineer specializing in latex chemistry and technology for B.F. Goodrich and later retired from the Parke-Davis Honea Path Plant.
Myron was survived by his wife, Violet; son, James Monck; daughters Donna Monck and Terry Draeger; brother, Jim Monck; and sister, Mirni Kelly.
William C. Seiler Jr. '44 P '78, on June 1, 2012. The Naples, Florida, physician was eighty-nine.
William earned his medical degree at Western Reserve University in 1946. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1943-46 and 1947-49.
He opened a pediatric practice in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1951 and continued there until he retired in 1984. He was the construction manager at Battery Park Marina in 1985-86 and then worked as a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Ohio for ten years beginning in 1986.
William served on the board of education for Perkins Local Schools and was on the boards of trustees at the Ohio Veterans Home, Ohio Pediatric Society, First Congregational Church, Sandusky Yacht Club, Erie United Fund, Erie County Heart Association, YMCA Sandusky, Erie County Mental Health Board, and Northwest Ohio Health Planning. He loved to explore the world and had a passion for fishing and boating. He was a member of the Catawba Island Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Marathon Yacht Club, and Sandusky Power Squadron.
William was survived by Doris-Marye, his wife of sixty-two years; daughters Margaret Redman and Nancy Cottrell; sons William Seiler III '78 and Thomas Seiler; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Thomas O. "Tom" Murphy '47, on July 6, 2012. He was eighty-nine and lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Tom was an economics major. He joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and was on the football and track teams. Tom served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, from 1943-45. He started at Kenyon with the Class of 1945 and graduated with the Class of 1947. He earned a law degree at Western Reserve University in 1950.
Tom spent his summers during college and law school as a seaman aboard Great Lakes freighters. In his law career, he represented ship owners and underwriters in maritime personal injury, cargo, collision, and U.S. Coast Guard matters. He was the lead attorney for ship owners and underwriters in the stormtossed loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald freighter on Lake Superior in 1975. He was general counsel of the Lake Carriers' Association. Tom retired in 1992.
He had a lifelong commitment to support those with special needs and served on the board of the Community Living Corporation, a nonprofit organization that serves those with special needs in Mount Kisco, New York.
Tom was predeceased by his wife, Mary, in 2002, and was survived by his sons Stephen Murphy and Thomas Murphy; daughter, Elizabeth Sanborn; six grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Ketchum.
Raymond G. Ferrell Jr. '48, on March 29, 2012. He was ninety and lived in Cleveland, Ohio.
He joined Delta Tau Delta. Raymond served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He worked for many years for Conrail, and he was, for a time, a yard conductor for the New York Central Railroad.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha, and daughter, Kathleen. He was survived by sons Patrick, Timothy, and Michael Ferrell; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Peggy Keech.
Arden R. Grover 1950 P '84, on October 18, 2012. The Midland, Texas, resident was eighty-six.
He worked on the Collegian and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon. Arden graduated from the St. Paul College of Law in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Battalion during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat. He rose to the rank of captain.
After the war he visited Texas and decided to stay. With two friends, Arden formed the GMK Oil Company in Midland and became company president. He went on to become a principal in several oil and gas ventures in the U.S. and Canada. Arden then founded Grover Oil and, later, Grover-McKinney Oil. After retiring from Grover-McKinney, Arden formed Grover Family and then, with his wife and children, the oil-and-gas-drilling company Bedford Investments.
Arden served on the boards of many companies as well as the Independent Petroleum Association of America and other industry associations. He was the past president and lifetime trustee of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. Arden also devoted his time and effort to a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland Memorial Foundation, United Way, YMCA , Midland Cancer Society, Midland Regional Airport, and the Salvation Army.
He founded the Inquirer's Book Club and was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Midland. As a young man, he played semi-professional hockey for a short time.
Arden was survived by his wife, Rosalind; sons Arden Grover Jr., Jeffrey Grover '84, and David Grover; daughter, Rossen Grover; five grandchildren; sister, Margaret Holper; and brother, John Grover. Gifts in his name may be sent to Midland Memorial Foundation, 2200 W. Illinois Ave., Midland, Texas, 79701.
John P. "Bud" Jayme II '50, on September 11, 2012. The Wainscott, Long Island, man was eighty-three.
Bud was a political science major. He joined Psi Upsilon and became president. He served in the U.S. Army.
He embarked on a career in sales, working for Western Brass Mills, Williams and Company, Duiron Corporation, Salsbury Sales, and Continental Radiant Glass Heating, where he became secretary-treasurer and worked with Richard "Dick" Needham '53, who was company president. Later in his career, Bud started a transport service called Jayme Jitney that served the elderly in the New York City area.
Henry W. "Hank" Roberts '50 P '85, on July 31, 2012, of congestive heart failure. The New Haven, Indiana, man was eighty-four.
Hank was a political science major. He played Lords basketball and joined Phi Kappa Sigma. He also studied business at Indiana University. Hank served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Hank began a career in trucking services and transportation management with the Interstate Motor Freight System in Cleveland and then worked at the Fruehauf Corporation in Detroit from 1959-72, the Bendix Corporation in Fort Wayne from 1972-77, and for Peter Eckrich and Sons in Fort Wayne from 1977-86. He was later president of Personal Marketing Systems, a welcoming and relocating service, and vice president of Newcomers Service, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He retired in 2002.
In Fort Wayne, he was involved with Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center. He served on the Kenyon Alumni Council and Parents Advisory Council.
Hank was survived by his wife, Rosemary; son, Tim Roberts; daughter, Melinda Haines '85; and four grandchildren.
Frederic "Fred" L. Lothringer '54, on March 11, 2012. He was eighty and lived in Staten Island, New York.
Fred joined Psi Upsilon. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska.
Fred was a contractor and home builder before joining Supermarkets General Corporation, where he became a construction coordinator. After retiring in 1989, he became known as "The Birdman" who created "spectacular birdhouses," including replicas of homes, according to his daughter, Cary Lothringer. In a note to the College, Cary said of her father, "He was the kindest, classiest, coolest guy ever."
He was preceded in death by Jacqueline, his wife of fifty-four years. He was survived by his daughter
Albert D. Purvis Jr. '54, on June 13, 2002. The Clearwater, Florida, resident was seventy.
Albert joined Delta Phi. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, in 1955. He served in the U.S. Air Force as commander of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the "Hurricane Hunters," in the late 1960s and 1970s. He reached the rank of colonel in 1977.
Alois "Al" E. Gibson 1955, on September 9, 2012. The Indianapolis, Indiana, physician was seventy-eight.
Al played lacrosse and baseball and joined Delta Tau Delta. He graduated from Indiana University in 1955 and the University of Indiana School of Medicine in 1958. Al completed his general surgery residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis in 1960 and orthopedic surgery residency at St. Vincent and Indiana University Affiliated Hospitals in 1963.
Al joined the staff at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Indiana, in 1963 and was chief of surgery in 1984-85. He was part of a private practice in Richmond. Al was a former president of the Indiana Orthopedic Society and Indianapolis Orthopedic Club. He was a consultant for the Crippled Children Program from 1967 84, a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Wayne County, and was named physician of the year in 1989 by the Community Council on Disability Awareness. Al was also an attending physician for the 1987 Pan-Am Games in Indianapolis.
He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1994 after devoting 29 years to high school sports. And Al was a former Little League and Colt League baseball coach. He served as a major in the Indiana National Guard. He enjoyed travel, woodworking, and sailing.
Al was survived by Jean, his wife of fifty-four years; sons Mark, David, Dan, and Paul Gibson; daughters Karen Ruhl and Susan Albert; and six grandchildren. Gifts in his name may be sent to the St. Vincent DePaul Boulevard Place Food Pantry, 4202 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46208.
Alan R. Kidd Jr. '55, on September 14, 2012. The Yorktown, Virginia, resident was seventy-eight.
Alan was a political science major. He played football, worked on the Collegian staff, and joined Alpha Delta Phi. He later earned a master's in business administration at Golden Gate College and an associate's degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alan served three tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as a transport pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a major in 1976, after twenty years of service.
Alan formed an advertising agency in Hampton, Virginia, and later worked as a design engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding. He retired in 1999.
He was survived by Sue, his wife of forty-seven years; son, Alan Kidd III; daughter, Kristin Kidd; brother, Jim Kidd; and five grandchildren. Gifts in his name may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, Virginia, 23692; or to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, Colorado, 80112.
Jack W. Knudson '57, on May 17, 2012, of a heart attack. He was seventy-six and lived in Solon, Ohio.
Jack was an economics major. He joined Sigma Pi and worked on the Collegian staff. He was elected to Student Council. Jack earned a master's in business administration at Western Reserve University in 1951.
Jack worked for SOHIO as a maintenance engineer and safety director, the Sun Financial Corporation, and Chemical Bank of New York, where he became senior vice president of Chemical Financial Services and vice president for information technology, retiring in 1992. He started a second career with H&R Block and worked there for twenty years.
He was a gold life master in bridge and enjoyed bowling and golf. Jack was a fan of Cleveland professional sports teams and the Ohio State University Buckeyes.
"Jack was so proud to have been a graduate of Kenyon College," his wife, Barbara, said in a letter to the College. She and her husband had recently recalled Kenyon Dance Weekends with "the Les and Larry Elgart Orchestra in the Great Hall, the young men in their white dinner jackets and the girls in their formals ... the keg parties and the milk punch party on the football field." Jack was, she said, "a wonderful husband and father."
He was survived by his wife; children Janus Kurzmann, Keith Knudson, and Traci Hiatt; three grandchildren; and sister, Linda Johnson. Gifts in his name may be sent to Memorial Fund of South Euclid-Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1534 S. Green Rd., South Euclid, Ohio, 44121.
Paul Gates Bertram Jr. '58, on October 7, 2012. The resident of Marietta, Ohio, was seventy-five.
Paul graduated from the Ohio State University in 1959 and the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1962.
He became a prominent lawyer in Marietta and was involved with a number of businesses, including his own law firm, Bertram Development, Eagle Realty, Dime Bank, Magnum Magnetics, HiVac, Metal Tech, Mole Master, Two Rivers Realty, and Quantum Leasing, among others. The Marietta Chamber of Commerce named him the business person of the year in 1994.
Paul was survived by Janice, his wife of fifty-four years; sons Paul Bertram III and Seth Bertram; seven grandchildren; and sister, Marilyn Bertram. Gifts in his name may be sent to First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, Ohio, 45750.
Richard W. Arndt '59, on July 22, 2012. The Denver man was seventy-five.
Richard was a history major. He joined Middle Kenyon Association.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-63, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He then earned a master's in education at the University of Denver before joining the Peace Corps, assigned to Colombia in 1965. He earned a doctorate in Latin American studies at the University of New Mexico in 1970. Richard taught at the University of Utah before joining the Denver office of ACTION , a federal agency that at the time managed the Peace Corps and the VISTA volunteer program, in 1975. He became a Peace Corps recruiter. He retired in 1990.
Richard was survived by his wife, Judy Haddow; stepson, Geoffrey Vernon; and sister, Annie Ottersberg.
John H. Teare '63, on October 26, 2012, of lung cancer. The Rockport, Maine, man was seventy-one.
John was an English major. He played lacrosse and soccer and joined Alpha Lambda Omega. He served in the U.S. Army, where he learned Portuguese and Spanish. John earned a master's in journalism at the University of Michigan in 1968.
His career in journalism included time with the Associated Press bureau in Lansing, Michigan, where he met and married reporter Jacqueline Korona. John was a reporter for the Lansing State Journal, managing editor of the Pacific Daily News in Guam, and a reporter for the Gannett News Service bureau in Washington, D.C. For Gannett, he wrote extensively on the national forests and the Bureau of Land Management. He then went to work as a writer for the Wilderness Society. John became a freelance writer in the late 1990s. He was also active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
John was a loving caregiver for his wife, who has multiple sclerosis. He was survived by his wife and sister, Patricia. Donations in his memory may be sent to
the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123.
John P. Flanzer '70, on August 30, 2012, at Northwestern General Hospital in Chicago. He was sixty-three and lived in Morrisonville, New York.
John was an English major. He joined the Chamber Singers and debate team and served in the Campus Senate. He earned a master's in journalism at Northwestern University in 1974.
He worked as a high school English teacher and in television news and program managing before moving to Plattsburgh, New York, in 1979 to take a management job with Mountain Lake PBS. He was a familiar on-air face during PBS fund-raising programming and his off-camera duties included programming development and selection. He later worked for NBT Bank.
John served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and was honored in 1973 for his contributions as a volunteer in community mental health services. He was a life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs.
He was survived by his mother, Gloria Flanzer; children Andrew, Tristan, and Samantha Flanzer; brother, Peter Flanzer; and sister, Jane Flanzer. Memorial donations may be sent to Behavioral Health Services North, Twin Oaks Community Residence, 75 Oak St., Plattsburgh, New York, 12901; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr., Lake Placid, New York, 12946; or Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton, New York, 13617.
James "Jim" Dunning '72 P '99, on July 12, 2012. The Hilton Head, South Carolina, resident was sixty-two.
Jim was a religious studies major. He joined Alpha Delta Phi and participated in the Dramatic Club.
He embarked on a career in social services and law enforcement. He served as the sheriff of Alexandria, Virginia, for twenty years after first being elected in 1985. As sheriff, he was committed to fair and equitable treatment for all prisoners, who variously included convicted spies and suspected terrorists, according to the Associated Press. Jim directed a jail staff of about 175. Alexandria's jail gained national accreditation from the American Correctional Association during Jim's time in office. He had also worked as a federal probation administrator, parole officer, and drug-case worker.
Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, and travel. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.
He was survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Elizabeth Dunning Goldblatt '99; son, Christopher Dunning; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, who was a murder victim. Gifts in his name may be sent to the James and Nancy Dunning Memorial Fund, Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22302; or Pavilion, 241 Pavilion Place, Mill Spring, North Carolina, 28756.
L. Christian "Chris" Eberle '74, on August 20, 2012. The Portland, Oregon, man was sixty.
Chris joined the Peeps. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture in 1977.
He began his career in residential and commercial design and interior architecture in Portland in 1978. Chris took a leadership role in the American Institute of Architects and had an interest in legislative affairs. Chris devoted time and effort to community action agencies working to eradicate poverty in Oregon. He consulted on a number of affordable housing projects and community-development facilities projects.
Chris was known as a supportive friend with a boyish sense of humor and an appreciation of design and beauty.
He was survived by his wife, Marianne Dwyer '74; daughter, Clare Eberle; mother, Virginia Eberle; grandmother, Margaret Buchanan; brothers Kurt Eberle and Guy Eberle; and sister, Karen Eberle. Gifts in his name may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 832, Salem, Oregon, 97308.
Edward P. Kelly '77, on June 27, 2012. The Spring Lake, New Jersey, lawyer was fifty-seven.
Edward played football and tennis. He earned a law degree at Delaware Law School. He was a founding partner of a New York law firm, and his career spanned thirty years.
Edward enjoyed tennis and running and ran in three marathons. He was for years a coach of youth community and school sports teams. And he was a fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants, attending two Super Bowls and a World Series game along the way. Edward was a third-generation member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
He was survived by Alison, his wife of thirty years; sons William Kelly IV and Michael Kelly; daughter, Katherine Kelly; mother, Grace Bast; brothers William Kelly III, Robert Kelly, Richard Kelly, and Michael Kelly; and sisters Ellen Gerard, Elizabeth Kelly, and Elaine Giuliano.
John H. Lerch '79, on August 9, 2012, after an extended illness. The resident of Novato, California, was fifty-six.
John graduated from Montana State University in 1984 with a degree in animal science. He helped manage the family ranch and worked on other ranches in Montana. He later lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years and worked in home construction, retiring in 2006. John was interested in and installed rain-catchment systems.
He was known as a man of compassion and integrity and was a frequent volunteer for community projects. John served on the board of KWMR-FM and was an on-air voice on the What's New program with a new-music theme. "Everybody deserves music" was one of his favorite sayings. He coached Little League baseball.
John was survived by his partner, Laura Sherman; son, Jesse Lerch; mother and step-father Mollie and James Dickenson; father, William Lerch; and sister, Elizabeth Oxley. Gifts in his memory may be sent to KWMR-FM, 11431 State Route One, Suite 8, P.O. Box 1262, Point Reyes Station, California, 94956; West Marin Senior Services, 11435 California 1, Point Reyes Station, California, 94956; or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, California, 94952.
Tinkham "Tink" Veale II H '81, on September 18, 2012. The Gates Mills, Ohio, man was ninety-seven.
Tink was an industrialist, philanthropist, and horseman.
He was chairman and president of Alco Standard Corporation from 1965-71 and chairman until 1986, when the company had more than $8 billion in annual revenue, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Tink believed in "corporate partnerships" and the company acquired about 175 businesses with about 16,000 employees in the U.S. and Europe by 1987.
The Veale Foundation he created channeled millions of dollars into philanthropic causes. His familiar toast was, "Friendship, friendship, good old-fashioned
He was survived by his daughters Harriett Leedy and Helen Gelbach; son, Tinkham Veale III; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Gifts in his name may be sent to Gates Mills Historical Society, P.O. Box 191, Gates Mills, Ohio, 44040.
Susan T. "Suzy" Greenberg '90, on August 16, 2012, after collapsing during an exercise workout. The Minneapolis woman was forty-four.
Suzy was a studio art major. She joined the Peeps and was involved in Hillel House activities. She earned a master's in fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1998.
Suzy founded the Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC ) in 2001, and the gallery became "a mainstay of the Minneapolis art scene," according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. She also founded the cooperative Rosalux Gallery. She was an active art collector and mentor to young artists. The Star Tribune described Suzy's own art as conceptual in nature, "including light boxes and other ephemera that she constructed."
A spokesman for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Rob Davis, told the newspaper, "In a gallery you want great lighting, a great support staff, and a good crowd, and Suzy did all of those things in spades." The SooVAC executive director, Carolyn Payne, said, "Her commitment never stopped once she invested in an artist." Her death was a shock to her staff, given Suzy's evident physical fitness.
In a tribute story posted by the MinnPost news Web site, writer Andy Sturdevant observed, "It's amazing to consider the breadth of talent she nurtured in her role at SooVAC , the gallery she helped build." The gallery was home to memorable shows as well as performances and group exhibitions. "It's hard to overstate what a contribution she made to the Twin Cities art community over the past decade."
She had exhibited her work in 1992 at the Silvermine Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Greenwich News described her as "a sculptor working in wood, metal, and fabric." Later that year, Suzy was included in a feature story in the Stamford (Connecticut) Advocate as one of several artists with a studio at the Loft Artist Association in Stamford. "Greenberg is a 24-year-old artist with lots to say about the battle of the sexes, and she does it with humor and a hip 1990s sensibility," the story said. The newspaper described her work as "colorful and slightly bizarre."
Suzy was survived by her partner, Tod Lane; father, James Greenberg; and sister, Nancy Pomagrin.
Paul A. DeTrano '98, on September 2, 2012. The Chicago resident was thirty six and drowned in Lake Michigan at Holland, Michigan.
Paul was an economics major. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was studying law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Paul was a senior analyst for defined benefits at Xerox Services for five years and worked as a lead analyst for defined benefits at Aon Hewitt from 1998- 2007. He had planned on a law practice focused on labor and employment issues.
He was an avid runner and twice competed in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He enjoyed travel. He was a raconteur known for his quick wit. He had a generous spirit and made friendships easily. "The biggest risk in life is that you'll waste it," his brother, Marc DeTrano, said. "Paul traveled the world, studied, and had a good job, and did not live a life stuck in the closet. He got to do this thing his way and along the way he made some great friends."
Paul was staying at a rented beach house while visiting Holland with friends on Labor Day weekend. He was last seen walking on the beach and was initially reported as a missing person, according to Fox 17 News in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office reported him to be in good health
and good spirits. Foul play was not suspected and alcohol was not involved in the drowning, investigators said.
He had expected to graduate from law school in December. "He was feeling really positive about that, really excited about being done and looking for other opportunities," his friend Kathleen Friend told Wood TV 8 News in Grand Rapids.
Paul was survived by parents Mario and Valerie DeTrano and his brother. Gifts in his name may be sent to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 200 West Jackson Boulevard, #2200, Chicago, Illinois, 60606, or the Ronald McDonald House, 1301 W. 22nd St., Suite 905, Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523.
Andrew J. Bobick '00, on October 13, 2012. The Olympia, Washington, man was thirty-four.
Andrew was a biology major. He earned a master's in environmental science at Evergreen State College in 2003.
He worked for the U.S. Forest Service at the Payette National Forest in McCall, Idaho, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, before taking a job with the Parks and Recreation Department in Olympia. He loved the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest.
Andrew was survived by his parents James and Sandra Bobick and brother, Michael Bobick. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Kenyon College, Development Office, 105 Chase Ave., Gambier, Ohio, 43022, or to a favorite environmental organization.
Letitia "Tish" Baldridge H'90, an emerita trustee of Kenyon College, died on October 29, 2012, in Bethesda, Maryland. She was eighty-six.
Tish served as a trustee from 1976-93 and became an emerita trustee in 1993. She was an author, etiquette advisor, and business executive as well as the chief of staff for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the New York Times reported. After leaving the White House, in 1963, she founded a public relations and marketing business.
Tish wrote a syndicated column on contemporary etiquette and wrote Letitia Baldridge's Complete Guide to Executive Manners. She also wrote books on her time in the White House, including In the Kennedy Style: Magical Evenings in the Kennedy White House.
"There are major CEOs who do not know how to hold a knife and fork properly, but I don't worry about that as much as the lack of kindness," she told the Times in 1992. "There are two generations of people who have not learned how important it is to take time to say ‘I'm sorry' and ‘please' and ‘thank you' and how people must relate to one another."
She had for years taught a class on etiquette for members of the Kenyon senior class.
"She was whimsical and irreverent, enlivening many a board meeting," Trustee Emeritus Gerald Fields '62 said. "A great Kenyon lady, she remained an ardent supporter of the College throughout her life."
Tish was survived by her husband, Robert Hollensteiner; daughter, Clare Smyth; son, Malcolm Hollensteiner; and seven grandchildren.
Lois Williams Brehm, an accomplished musician and longtime adjunct member of the Kenyon music faculty, died on October 10, 2012, in Ashfield, Massachusetts, where she had moved late in life to be near her family. She was eighty-four.
Lois was married for sixty-two years to Carl T. Brehm Jr. H'95, who taught economics at Kenyon from 1963 to 1995. He died in 2011 at eighty-six.
As a musician, she had no fear, Professor of Music Dane Heuchemer said. "You just couldn't rattle her. She was an accompanist of great ability. She had superb musicality and a very refined feel for the keyboard. She was really advanced."
With her husband, she built a harpsichord. At Kenyon Lois taught the harpsichord and organ and played at numerous events. She also performed solo recitals and played in a number of local ensembles. Lois was a featured performer with the Knox County Symphony. And she gave private piano lessons. "She loved it," her daughter Barbara Curtis P '12 '16 said. "She enjoyed working with young people. She was always grateful for ending up in Gambier."
Lois began playing piano when she was five and by the time she was twelve started her career as a teacher, giving lessons to other children and saving money for her college education. She graduated from Drake University and later earned a master's in music at Indiana University. Her favorite composer was J.S. Bach.
After the family moved to Gambier, Lois took part-time jobs at Chalmers Library and at the Kenyon Review. She also worked as the organist at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Loudonville and at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.
Her work in music at Kenyon and as a teacher of music theory and history at Mount Vernon Nazarene University defined her professional life. She worked closely with Kenneth L. Taylor, professor of music at Kenyon from 1966 until his death in 1993. With Taylor she performed in the Gambier Baroque Ensemble and Musica Tranalpina.
"I worked with her on both organ and harpsichord, and she was able to change from one instrument to another nonplussed," Heuchemer said. Lois was at ease leading an ensemble and at one time joined him in a trio. "There wasn't much she couldn't do," he said. "Her students were always well-prepared."
Her keyboard skills and musical knowledge "supported nearly every aspect of the curriculum, including faculty research, undergraduate instruction on piano and organ, and accompanying countless student and faculty recitals," said Benjamin R. Locke, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Professor of Music. "Her devoted contributions to the department laid the foundation for higher standards of musical performance for our students that are well in evidence today."
Locke remembers a "no-nonsense" teacher who nevertheless related well to students "and brought out the best in them." She also had a great sense of humor, Heuchemer said. "We had a lot of fun," he added.
She is survived by daughters Barbara Brehm Curtis and Susan Hall; four grandchildren, including Adam Curtis '16 and Ian Curtis '12; and brothers Paul Williams, Jack Williams, and Joseph Williams. She was predeceased by brother Lowell Williams. G ifts in her memory may be made to the Kenneth Taylor Concert Series, through the Development Office, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 43022.