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1950  1960  1970  1980  1990  2000  2010

Events

Weddings  Births and Adoptions 

In Memoriam

Faculty and Staff Board of Trustees Alumni - 1930 Alumni - 1940 Alumni - 1950 Alumni - 1960

Alumni - 1970 Alumni - 1980 Alumni - 1990


1950s

  • Alice T. Young ’50 says she volunteers with Meals on Wheels once a week.

  • Donald Schultz ’50 writes that he is “bumping along” at age 92 and marveling at how Ursinus College is growing. “Keep going, Bears!”

  • Donna (Webber) Donelan ’52 says that at age 91, she still enjoys painting watercolors, reading, and talking with old friends.

  • Isobel Helffrich Beaston ’54 writes that she is a resident of Granite Farms Estates and lives on the same floor as fellow Bear alumnus Bill Hilliard ’69. “We proudly wear the red, old gold, and black!”

  • Joe Donia ’57 and his wife, Deanne Farese Donia ’58, report that they have two great-grandchildren, Cole and Paige.

  • Philip G. Lewis III ’54, of North Hollywood, Calif., says he is thankful for his Ursinus education. He walks 2,000 steps a day and volunteered calling Episcopal church parishioners supporting female Senate candidates

1960s

  • Alan C. Hill ’61 says that after graduating from Ursinus, he served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and retired in 1983. He got his merchant marine officer license and went into civil service logistics for the Navy for another 24 years before retiring again to a part-time Sears Hardware job to help get his three daughters through college. He has four grandchildren.

  • Anthony “Tony” Motto ’67 reports that he and his wife, Sandy, are heavily involved with martial arts. They have attained black belt status in Okinawa karate and pressure point fighting. He is retired from the Marine corps and the University of Virginia.

  • Barbara (Bogel) Ackerman ’62 writes that she is looking forward to her 60th reunion. She is keeping busy with her rotary club and has four grandchildren.

  • Bernard Master ’62 has served on the board of trustees for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for 16 years. On May 14, 2021, it unveiled its new Dr. Bernard Master Aviary.

  • Charles Schaal ’64 reports that he and his wife, Patricia Lore Schall ’66, are both retired and enjoying life.

  • Gayle (Gordinier) Roper ’62 is celebrating a 50-year career as the author of more than 60 books. Her latest novel is called Sea Change and her “book of the heart,” A Widow’s Journey, continues strong as does the Widow’s Journey conference that was inspired by the book.

  • James Long ’67 has been retired 20 years from a 35-year tenure as a math and physics teacher at Danville High School.

  • Laurence R. Test ’62 says he is living in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, but still visits his home of 56 years in Hawaii several times a year.

  • Paul Winters ’66 worked for five years in field sales for IBM, 20 years in national account marketing for AT&T, and 12 years at Vanguard. He retired as a certified financial planner in 2011 and his grandson, Jacob Griste, is a member of the Ursinus Class of 2023.

  • Roger L. Dreyling ’63 is almost retired. He lives in a secluded home that he and his wife, Andrea, had custom built 23 years ago. He enjoys spending time with their three young grandchildren and his hobbies are birding and photography.

1970s

  • Bruce Albert ’71 says he retired from competitive running and now runs for his health and to keep in shape for senior slow pitch softball. He enjoys playing the guitar, writing music parodies, and sharing nature with his wife.

  • David Masiak ’74 retired from his cardiology practice in July 2020.

  • Gregory Wenhold ’75 celebrated his 42nd anniversary of his ordination in June 2021 and the 10th anniversary of the founding of his nonprofit, 4:13, which assists children in emerging nations who struggle with the effects of poverty.

  • Jeff Karpinski ’70 says he and his wife, Chris Gerber ’73, are riding out the pandemic at home, staying distanced and safe, and holding virtual visits with our daughters and grandson. He reports that he and Chris are retired and he’s looking forward to a belated Class of 1970 reunion.

  • Pamela Ricci Shannon ’75 is enjoying her first full year of retirement from the William Penn Charter School after 45 years of teaching and coaching. An avid gardener, she loves spending time in her gardens and still practices yoga and tai chi.

  • Rodney K. Miller ’73 was elected president of the Susquehanna, Pa. chapter of the Military Chaplains Association of the United States.

1980s

  • Dean Mioli ’83 had published an article, “How to use a CRT to outstretch the SECURE ACT,” in the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council Journal. He was awarded the accredited estate planner (AEP) designation on May 7, 2020, and is one of only 2,000 designees in the U.S.

  • Mark B. Woodland ’80 began a new role as chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. He says his involvement in student government at Ursinus, specifically on the student faculty administration relations committee (SFARC), sparked his interest in leadership and involvement.

1990s

  • Kate (Phillips) Johnson ’93 and Derek Johnson P’21 are proud parents of a new Ursinus graduate, Johnathon Parker Johnson ’21.

  • Orie V. Kristel ’97 reports that he remains busy with his applied social science market research firm, Illuminology, in Ohio. He says his first taste of applied psychology came from helping Prof. Cathy Chambliss evaluate the experiences and satisfaction of clients at a local behavioral health center.

  • Robin (Baker) Wolfington Halaycio ’94 is a special education advisor with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • Shawn A. Glancy ’92 is pursuing his master of divinity at Lancaster Bible College and plans to graduate in May 2021.

2000s

  • Amber Frame Stevenson ’03 has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of healthcare management in the Reh School of Business at Clarkson University.

  • Ara Brown ’00 and spouse, Nola-rae Cronan ’01, recently moved to Southern California where Ara is now the Upper School director at Polytechnic School (Pasadena) and Nola-rae is the Head of School at Carlthorp School (Santa Monica). They are excited to connect with any former, current, or future Bears in the Los Angeles area.

  • Caroline E. Diehl Gentilcore ’09 has been elevated to partner at Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP. She is an attorney in the firm’s Philadelphia office, where she exclusively defends workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers and insurers in southeast Pennsylvania and throughout New Jersey.

  • Jeff Brace ’03 was elected chair of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners for 2021

  • Jullien Searfoss ’05 graduated from Alvernia University with honors, earning a doctoral degree in leadership. Her dissertation was titled, “The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Styles, and Gender of Superintendents in Pennsylvania Public School Districts.”

  • Meredith Saba ’03 is currently living in Cairo, Egypt, and is teaching at the American University in Cairo. She previously worked as a science librarian at the University of California, Davis and at the United Nations Library in Vienna, Austria. She is currently pursuing doctoral degree after earning two master’s degrees.

  • Rebecca Cohen Kasen ’07 was appointed director of advocacy at Disability Rights Michigan.

2010s

  • Shayann Ramedani

    Shayann Ramedani ’17, now in his second year of medical school at Penn State University, co-authored “Out of Plain Sight: Reflecting on America’s Underlying Despair” for Central PA Magazine.

  • Christina Jarjisian ’18

    Christina Jarjisian ’18 independently published a young adult novel, Dispatch. More Info

  • Cydney Van Dyke ’13

    Cydney Van Dyke ’13 has been named associate pastor at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Conn. Cydney most recently served as an associate pastor with the New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ in East Greenville, Pa.

  • Daniel J. Brogan ’16 is a doctoral student at the University of California San Diego.

  • Elizabeth Henry ’17 graduated top of her class with a master’s degree in forensic science from Drexel University College of Medicine in May 2021, with a concentration in molecular biology. She is beginning a new career as a forensic biologist in Dallas, Texas, for the Dallas County crime lab.

  • Emily van Mulbregt ’17 is a primate keeper working with great apes at Zoo Atlanta and would be happy to connect with any alumni in the Atlanta area.

  • Hanxiang Alex Wang ’10 recently completed a three-year emergency medicine resident program at the University of Connecticut and accepted an offer as attending physician at Mayo Healthcare System in Minnesota. After graduating from Ursinus, he worked in Europe for a year before joining the Peace Corps in El Salvador helping locals with environmental conservation, water supply construction, and poverty reduction. He earned his doctoral degree in medicine from Ben Gurion University School of Medicine in Israel in 2017 and was an ER physician and frontline healthcare worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Jill M. Lawrence ’17 serves on the board of several organizations for her graduate school, including those involved with social activism. She says that after she earns her Ph.D., her goal is to go on to teach at the undergraduate, graduate, or medical school level and she’s passionate about helping other disabled students succeed.

  • Karina Marks Disarufino ’15 was selected as a 2021 EC&M (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) 30 Under 30 All Star. EC&M is a national magazine and this award highlights up-and-coming electrical professionals who demonstrate innovation, outstanding work ethic, and technical savvy.

  • Kirsten Biehl

    Kirsten Biehl ’17 received her certified public accountant license in Pennsylvania in July 2020.

  • Kisha Patel

    Kisha Patel ’17 graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and passed the North Carolina Bar Exam. She is starting a career as a family law attorney in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Krystina Bayer

    Krystina J. Bayer ’17 is finishing her bachelor degree in primary school education in Freiburg, Germany, in the Summer 2021 and will begin her masters degree at the SRH university starting in the fall of 2021 in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Rachael Frawley-Smida ’14 and Gregory Smida ’13, who got married in Bomberger Hall, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in June 2021.

  • Rachel Smith Pendragon ’11 has completed a master of teaching and learning with distinction (highest honors) from the University of Canterbury.

  • Sabrina (McGettigan) Pfeiffer ’14 and husband, Eric Pfeiffer ’13, says she has moved back to the Collegeville area and looks forward to walking around campus with her family.

  • Samantha E. Crossan ’19 recently became engaged to Danny Gingher.

  • Stephanie Schmidt ’13 recently completed a physician assistant fellowship in neonatology at ChristianaCare Hospital in Delaware and is continuing there as a full-time physician’s assistant. She is one of the first neonatal PAs at ChristianaCare.

Weddings

  • White Bradley wedding

    Samantha White ’17 and Bryan Bradley ’17 were married September 26, 2020.

  • Atkinson Tegtmeier wedding

    Brad Atkinson 09 and Tate Tegtmeier were married September 12, 2020.

  • Bennett Brennan wedding

    Erin Bennett ’15 and Joseph Brennan were married July 3, 2020.

  • Schlegel Wheeler wedding

    Luke Schlegel ’17 and Veronica Wheeler were married October 24, 2020.

  • MacFeeters Johnson wedding

    Lyndsay MacFeeters ’10 and Evan Johnson were married September 12, 2020.

  • Maeve Flynn ’14 and Jared Thomas Fallt

    Maeve Flynn ’14 and Jared Thomas Fallt were married on July 11, 2020

  • Robert Frank ’70 and Carolyn Frank were married June 12, 2021.

Births and Adoptions

  • Alison (Nolan) Sukolsky ’11 and Todd Sukolsky welcomed a daughter, Blaire Koki’o, on January 17, 2021.

  • Andrew Clark ’09 and Faiza Mirza welcomed a daughter, Maryam Josephine, on August 17, 2020.

  • Dana Feigenbaum Jackson ’15 and Kyle Jackson welcomed a daughter, Taytam Maize, on September 25, 2020.

  • Kathryn Pall Devlin ’12 and Daniel Devlin ’12 welcomed a son, Jack Michael Devlin, on October 2, 2020.

  • Lauren Perotti ’06 and Sam Brody ’07 welcomed a son, Michael James, in June 2020.

  • Mary Kate (McCrea) Nolan ’14 and David Nolan ’14 welcomed a son, Theodore David, on August 20, 2020.

In Memoriam: Faculty and Staff

  • Donald Holly Fortnum

    Donald Holly Fortnum died February 2, 2021. Fortnum taught chemistry at Ursinus from 1958-65. He was a professor emeritus of chemistry at Gettysburg College.

  • Marge Watson ’52, the legendary coach who started the women’s lacrosse program at Ursinus, pa...

    Margery “Marge” Johnston Watson ’52 died December 5, 2020. Watson was the legendary coach who started the women’s lacrosse program at Ursinus and was integral to the college’s legacy of women’s athletics. Under her guidance, the lacrosse team became a nationally recognized power and her overall win total and winning percentage (.896) still rank second in NCAA history. As a student, she played field hockey, basketball, and softball for the legendary Eleanor Frost Snell, who eventually encouraged Watson to bring a new sport to campus.

 

In Memoriam: Board of Trustees

  • Berman Museum of Art Pfeiffer Wing

    Henry “Hank” W. Pfeiffer ’48 H’08 died November 5, 2020. Pfeiffer was a trustee emeritus recognized for his years of distinguished service to Ursinus College and its board of trustees. The Henry W. ’48 and June Pfeiffer Wing at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art bears his name.

  • Llewellyn “Llew” P. Smith

    Llewellyn “Llew” P. Smith ’72 died December 10, 2020. Smith served on the Ursinus Board of Trustees from 2004-12. He was involved on board committees focused on athletics, enrollment management and marketing, and social responsibilities/student life, and was a member of the President’s Council.

  • Marilyn Stoughton Lewis, Ursinus Trustee Emerita

    Marilyn Stoughton Lewis died December 7, 2020. Lewis was an Ursinus College trustee emerita, former Pennsylvania state representative, and generous benefactor. A standout civic leader, Lewis and her husband, the late Andrew “Drew” L. Lewis Jr., a former U.S. secretary of transportation, donated $4 million to Ursinus for the construction of the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House, which is named for Drew Lewis’s late sister, Floy Lewis.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1930s

  • Roger L. Wardlow ’39 died December 23, 2020.

  • Sarah “Wilhelmina” (Meinhardt) Hess ’36 died March 9, 2021.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1940s

  • Alan H. Crosby ’43 died August 1, 2021.

  • Anita (Mann) Masters ’48 died May 10, 2021.

  • Bernard D. Karasic ’49 died October 30, 2020.

  • Betty M. Cowell Pickell ’46 died September 25, 2020.

  • Catharine “Kitty” Schellhase Anderman ’48 died October 17, 2020.

  • Edith (Neely) Crews ’48 died August 5, 2021.

  • Elizabeth M. “Betty” Wartman Warner ’49 died October 11, 2020.

  • Florence “Betty” E. Knoll Streich ’43 died January 2, 2021.

  • Harriet Lois (Conner) von der Tann ’48 died February 6, 2021.

  • Helen C. Southall Schenk ’49 died November 20, 2020.

  • James L. Boswell, Jr. ’44 died February 25, 2021.

  • Jeanne H. Heal Wilfon ’49 died January 18, 2021.

  • June Meunier Johnson ’42 died December 4, 2020.

  • Kenneth M. Kron ’48 and V-12 Program died November 25, 2020.

  • Margaret “Peg” (Hewitt) George ’49 died July 2, 2021.

  • Mary Ann (Boyer) Shaw ’49 died May 13, 2021.

  • Nancy W. Williams Healey ’49 died May 1, 2020.

  • Richard H. Whitney Sr. ’49 died November 22, 2020.

  • Thomas F. Kimes ’49 died February 2, 2021.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1950s

  • Beverly J. Tuttle Willever ’51 died October 9, 2020.

  • Carolyn H. (Herber) Christ ’52 died July 15, 2021.

  • Chet Frankenfield ’55 died March 27, 2021.

  • E. Kenneth Shelly ’56 died November 28, 2020.

  • E. Tama Williams ’59 died April 10, 2021.

  • Eleanor “Teddy” Rapp Clark ’56 died February 8, 2021.

  • Elizabeth “Betty” M. (Weaver) Heimbach ’55 died June 28, 2021.

  • Ethel Lutz Pollock ’55 died December 22, 2020.

  • Florence Mabel (Faust) Johnson ’51 died July 14, 2021.

  • Florence Tindall Clemens ’55 died January 30, 2021.

  • Frank J. Schiesser Jr. ’50 died January 29, 2021.

  • Harral A. Redden Jr. ’58 died December 7, 2020.

  • J. Robert Burns ’59 died April 30, 2021.

  • Jean E. Bohner Weller ’52 died November 4, 2020

  • Jeanne C. (Cilley) Smith ’52 died April 16, 2021.

  • John C. Stoner Jr. ’55 died May 2, 2021.

  • John W. “Jack” Eckersley Jr. ’58 died September 20, 2020.

  • Margaret “Peggie” (Kelly) Formisano ’54 died July 18, 2021.

  • Marguerite “Peggy” A. Montgomery ’55 died April 22, 2021.

  • Marjorie Ross Reinhardt ’55 died February 2, 2021.

  • Mary Lee Hess DeWitt ’53 died January 13, 2021

  • Naomi Faust Isaac ’56 died October 8, 2020.

  • Patricia R. Richardson Adson ’51 died October 1, 2020.

  • Raymond R. “Roger” Drechsler ’51 died October 8, 2020.

  • Richard E. Eshbach ’54 died May 4, 2021.

  • Robert W. Fehnel Sr. ’52 died March 2, 2021.

  • Robert “Bob” J. Williams ’53 died January 7, 2021.

  • Robinson G. Fry ’52 died January 10, 2021.

  • Ruth “Ricky” G. Bauser Brewster ’56 died February 6, 2021.

  • Salvatore “Solve” M. Serra ’51 died February 1, 2021.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1960s

  • Carol A. (Heffelfinger) Thesieres ’61 died July 8, 2021.

  • Carol A. Boucher ’66 died January 4, 2021.

  • Charles E. Fox ’62 died May 10, 2021

  • Daniel N. Karsch ’63 died July 23, 2020.

  • Dianne Regester Fischer ’65 died October 25, 2020.

  • Donald E. Norris ’66 (Evening) died October 29, 2020.

  • Douglas J. Harper ’62 died February 24, 2021.

  • Edward “Eddie” T. Fischer ’69 died July 2, 2021.

  • Elaine L. Heasley Quick ’61 died December 16, 2020.

  • J. Donald Zulick ’64 died May 9, 2021.

  • Jesse C. Moore ’64 died December 14, 2020.

  • John D. Ruth ’63 died March 27, 2021.

  • John “Jack” C. Maynard ’65 died November 11, 2020.

  • Martin “Marty” L. Dresner ’61 died December 21, 2020.

  • Neal Daub ’68 died November 30, 2020.

  • Robert A. Gladstone ’64 died August 25, 2020.

  • Robert L. Hohn ’62 died December 25, 2020.

  • Robin S. Miller ’69 died September 13, 2020.

  • T. Craig McKinney ’63 died January 14, 2021.

  • Terence “Terry” J. Kearney ’63 died July 9, 2021.

  • Thomas C. Johnson ’62 died December 5, 2020.

  • Thomas W. Winchester, Sr. ’60 died January 24, 2021.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1970s

  • Christine “Tina” V. Oschell ’76 died April 13, 2021.

  • David E. Harner ’74 died July 22, 2021.

  • Dennis L. Alderfer ’75 (Evening) died July 16, 2021.

  • Edward L. Beach, III ’73 died January 27, 2021.

  • Howard M. Ayers ’74 died March 1, 2021.

  • Joan T. Billison ’72 died July 1, 2021.

  • John S. Barber ’74 died January 17, 2021.

  • Judith S. (Schramm) Westrate ’75 died December 14, 2020.

  • Kathleen “Kathy” (Jameson) Moult ’76 died July 10, 2021.

  • Rhonda L. Mowday ’73 died July 15, 2021.

  • Richard L. Lang ’73 died September 6, 2020.

  • Seth A. Bakes ’75 died August 7, 2020.

  • William J. Komarnicki ’74 died July 15, 2021.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1980s

  • Albert L. Snedaker III ’80 died December 29, 2020.

  • Lynn M. Grieco ’89 (Evening) died September 10, 2020.

  • Matthew W. Flack Sr. ’81 died February 2, 2021.

  • Patricia A. Loefflad Laird ’82 died February 2, 2021.

  • Richard E. Dillon ’87 died November 15, 2020.

  • Scott I. Fleagle ’80 died July 24, 2021.

  • Thomas M. Dougherty ’81 died December 15, 2020.

 

In Memoriam: Alumni - 1990s

  • Erika M. Rohrbach ’90 died January 31, 2021.

  • Francis A. “Franky” Pettolina, III ’95 died March 22, 2021.

  • Kimberly A. (McGuckin) Leach ’92 died March 15, 2021.

  • LaBelle M. Mitchell Zeider ’93 (Evening) died November 26, 2020.

  • Warren R. Strouse ’93 died January 18, 2021.

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