Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1959


ROY NYERE continues to be involved in the local church and especially in interfaith activities. Roy calls himself a “progressive Christian,” as over against the Republican Party approach that Roy claims “wants to take us back to medieval times...

ANNE WIRE and husband Hugh were in Korea and China this summer, giving some lectures and teaching rural teachers oral English, respectively. Anne has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). They still live in Berkeley just north of the...

California Berkeley, United States
Posted: 2011


DON SKINNER spent the summer globe-hopping and church-salvaging. His local church, a small UCC congregation, verges on coronary arrest, and he’s been engaged in the ecclesiastical version of CPR. Don writes, “Sadly, the 800-pound gorilla in the...

GRAHAM RIGHTS has been facing the move of his wife, Sybil, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, to the Special Care Unit at Salemtowne (a Moravian retirement facility in Winston-Salem). She adjusted to her new location the very first day and has gained...

North Carolina Winston-Salem, United States
Posted: 2011


KYOKO KOMATSU ISHIKURE had a very successful charity art auction for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Kyoko is very grateful for all the artists who donated their works of art, 20 from Switzerland, eight from the UK, two from the USA...

KEN KUNTZ and Ruth keep busy with reading, travel, committee assignments, and coping with their inbox of emails. Also in their retirement residence (Oaknoll) they take part in a water aerobics class thrice weekly, and Ken enjoys playing the...

Iowa Iowa City, United States
Posted: 2011


PETER C. HODGSON and wife Eva attended Peter’s 55th reunion at Princeton on May 26-29. It was his first college reunion in 55 years and a very rewarding experience to see old friends and meet new ones. In April they participated in a Road...

United States
Posted: 2011


RALPH BARLOW responded to Yale President Levin’s invitation to address the search committee looking for a new Divinity School dean. He recommended that the new dean build on Dean Harry Attridge’s contributions and move in the direction of...

In retirement, BOB GARTMAN and his wife, Patty, report that their children and their families are doing well. Both have now been retired for 12-15 years. Bob writes, “It’s been a good time of life. We’ve traveled much, enjoyed having our...

ROY NYERE continues to be involved in the local church and especially in interfaith activities. Roy calls himself a “progressive Christian,” as over against the Republican Party approach that Roy claims “wants to take us back to medieval times...

ANNE WIRE and husband Hugh were in Korea and China this summer, giving some lectures and teaching rural teachers oral English, respectively. Anne has a new book out. (see Alumni Books section). They still live in Berkeley just north of the...

California Berkeley United States
Posted: 2011


DON SKINNER spent the summer globe-hopping and church-salvaging. His local church, a small UCC congregation, verges on coronary arrest, and he’s been engaged in the ecclesiastical version of CPR. Don writes, “Sadly, the 800-pound gorilla in the...

United States
Posted: 2011


GRAHAM RIGHTS has been facing the move of his wife, Sybil, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, to the Special Care Unit at Salemtowne (a Moravian retirement facility in Winston-Salem). She adjusted to her new location the very first day and has gained...

North Carolina Winston-Salem United States
Posted: 2011


KYOKO KOMATSU ISHIKURE had a very successful charity art auction for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Kyoko is very grateful for all the artists who donated their works of art, 20 from Switzerland, eight from the UK, two from the USA...


Class of 1958


JUSTO GONZALES has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). The Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH) has just opened a Justo L. González Center for Latino/a Ministries, now being housed at the Orlando Campus of Asbury...

TED KLEIN retired in 2001 after 38 years teaching philosophy at TCU. He moved from a fairly large home near TCU to a condo in downtown Ft. Worth. It is in the block just north of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in which Ted...

Texas Fort Worth, United States
Posted: 2011


JUSTO GONZALES has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). The Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH) has just opened a Justo L. González Center for Latino/a Ministries, now being housed at the Orlando Campus of Asbury...

Florida Orlando, United States
Posted: 2011


TED KLEIN retired in 2001 after 38 years teaching philosophy at TCU. He moved from a fairly large home near TCU to a condo in downtown Ft. Worth. It is in the block just north of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in which Ted...

Texas Ft. Worth, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1957


HAROLD C. DOSTER has completed a power-point presentation on the Brush Run Church, first church of the Disciples of Christ (site between Bethany, WV and Washington, PA). A voice narrative will soon be with these pictures and captions. He is...

RICHARD HIERS has written an article, “Ancient, Yet Strangely Modern Laws: Biblical Contract and Tort Jurisprudence,” that is to be published this fall in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. The article is a revised version of a chapter...

HAROLD C. DOSTER has completed a power-point presentation on the Brush Run Church, first church of the Disciples of Christ (site between Bethany, WV and Washington, PA). A voice narrative will soon be with these pictures and captions. He is...

United States
Posted: 2011


RICHARD HIERS has written an article, “Ancient, Yet Strangely Modern Laws: Biblical Contract and Tort Jurisprudence,” that is to be published this fall in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. The article is a revised version of a chapter...


Class of 1956


ELLEN ALTER’s husband, BOB ’55, died June 19, 2011. In April, while Bob’s quality of life was still good, they visited family and friends in northern India. “We had a wonderful three weeks with our oldest son, Steve,...

VERLYN L. BARKER lives in Denver, CO, and keeps active in a local UCC congregation, the Westar Institute and Center for Progressive Christianity, Democratic politics, and support for President Obama. She enjoyed a week in Denver with ...

Colorado Denver, United States
Posted: 2011


DONALD F. BEISSWENGER lives in Nashville, TN. He married his current wife, Judy, after the death of Joyce. Donald writes, “It takes energy to keep in touch with 10 children and 13 grandchildren all over the world.” Don and Judy work with...

Tennessee Nashville, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID E. DURHAM has been a pastor for two years and parts of two others in Great Britain. This past year, he and wife Kathy were in England again when a colleague there died and David stepped into the breach as pastor of a Methodist...

MATTHEW FONG is on the fundraising committee of the San Francisco Chinatown YMCA and is an advisor for the Fong Family Association. His son, two daughters and their families, including five granddaughters, all live in San Francisco and are all...

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


ROBERT GENTRY died August 2, 2011, in Sugarland, TX. He had a long record helping the weak and oppressed in his ministry as a United Methodist minister in Texas. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and their three children: Felicia Gentry...

Texas Sugarland, United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN GORSUCH, after years as a parish priest, teamed with wife, Bev, a psychotherapist, to found an ecumenical spiritual center in Seattle. They then spent eight years at the East-West ashram in California before moving to Bellingham, WA. They...

Washington Bellingham, United States
Posted: 2011


TED HALSTED helped dedicate a retreat lodge in memory of his parents, Rev. Alfred and Florence Halsted, at a United Methodist camp and retreat center in northern Michigan. He plays violin in a community orchestra and lives in Richmond, IN. Ted...

Indiana Richmond, United States
Posted: 2011


RUTH FERGUSON HOOKE received the Amherst, MA, Human Rights Commission award for “a lifetime of working for peace and social justice.” Ruth was cited, along with all the 1950s YDS women graduates, as “a woman of courage . . . a pioneer . . . a...

Massachusetts Amherst, United States
Posted: 2011


FREDERICK F. JOHNSON and his wife, Joan, live at the World Tennis Center in Naples, FL, and participate in the local Episcopal church.

Florida Naples, United States
Posted: 2011


HENRY J. KEATING lives in Winston-Salem, NC. Hank says he has had “more good years with eight grands and six super adult brothers’ and sisters’ children.” Hank is engaged internationally.

North Carolina Winston-Salem, United States
Posted: 2011


CHARLES A. KENNEDY teaches adult education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, and does supply preaching and work with the NH Bible Society. He created a web site “arabkitsch.com,” a database of popular American sheet music since 1790...

New Hampshire New London, United States
Posted: 2011


WILLIAM R. MARLOW and wife, Betty, live in Riverwoods, a United Methodist retirement community in Lewisburg, PA. They are active in the local UM church, and Bill keeps in shape with water volleyball. He participated in a volunteer mission...

Pennsylvania Lewisburg, United States
Posted: 2011


GEORGE MITCHELL and wife, Genia, wish she didn’t have progressive cerebellar ataxia and that four-year-old grandson Isaac didn’t have Prader-Willi Syndrome but are thankful they can do genealogy, enjoy Brit comedies, read P.G. Wodehouse, work...

Texas Denton, United States
Posted: 2011


FRANK MULLEN, former class agent, now has an assisted living apartment in Friends Fellowship Community, a Quaker retirement community in Richmond, IN. Frank continues to be his cheerful self and sends classmates greetings. Frank and fellow FFC...

Indiana Richmond, United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN NUTTING has a new address and lives in Ormond Beach, FL.

Florida Ormand Beach, United States
Posted: 2011


ALBERT PENNYBACKER recently relocated to Richmond Place in Lexington, KY, a multi-level independent living retirement community, which provides added care for Martha. He continues to direct the summer New Clergy Program at Chautauqua...

Kentucky Lexington, United States
Posted: 2011


NICHOLAS PIEDISCALZI lives in Aptos, CA. “We enjoy our new community, being close to children and grandchildren, and being members of a vibrant, open and affirming congregation that works continuously for peace and justice. Nicholas does some...

California Aptos, United States
Posted: 2011


DON PRESLAN has resigned as class agent after five years of faithful service in which the Class of 1956 posted an outstanding record of Annual Fund support. Don and wife, Jean, enjoy two months each summer at their cabin (which they built in...

WILLIS ROSCOE RILEY lives in Mashpee, MA, enjoys good health and family connections, and is active with Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing as a construction worker and with a local UCC congregation.

Massachusetts Mashpee, United States
Posted: 2011


JAMES A. SCOTT is retired in Vermont. He enjoys travel with his wife and attended her 55th Yale School of Nursing reunion.

Vermont United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID B. WAYNE lives in a house in Rowe, MA, that he and his wife (now deceased) built in the 1970s. For a number of years, he participated in the Pioneer Valley Symphony as a violinist. His son, daughter-in-law, and grandchild live in the...

Massachusetts Rowe, United States
Posted: 2011


RONALD WOODRUFF lives in Woodstock, IL. Ron is senior fire chaplain of McHenry County in Illinois, has three grandsons and is active in Habitat for Humanity, a food pantry, and the Heifer Project. “I’m so busy I don’t have time to commit a...

Illinois Woodstock, United States
Posted: 2011


ROBERT W. NORTHRUP writes, “After my work in Japan for 10 years and 20 years as executive for the Japan North American Commission on Cooperative Mission, I was the director of Sendai Student Center for a year.” Bob and Shio live in Chapel Hill...

North Carolina Chapel Hill, United States
Posted: 2011


BOARDMAN W. KATHAN served since 1986 as archivist of the Religious Education Association, with four collections at the YDS library; presented a paper on “Horace Bushnell and the RE Movement” for the R.E.A.; completed three entries for the...

Netherlands
Posted: 2011


JIM PHILLIPS is fortunate enough to live in Hamden, CT, not far from YDS. Reports Jim, “I head over there from time-to-time to find out what’s going on. In that way, I keep from becoming (I hope!) a dinosaur.”

Connecticut Hamden United States
Posted: 2011


ELLEN ALTER’s husband, BOB ’55, died June 19, 2011. In April, while Bob’s quality of life was still good, they visited family and friends in northern India. “We had a wonderful three weeks with our oldest son, Steve,...

VERLYN L. BARKER lives in Denver, CO, and keeps active in a local UCC congregation, the Westar Institute and Center for Progressive Christianity, Democratic politics, and support for President Obama. He enjoyed a week in Denver with ...

Colorado Denver United States
Posted: 2011