Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1976


RICHARD COGLEY has just completed a lengthy tenure as chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University where he teaches the history of Christianity in Europe and North America. Before coming to SMU, he taught at...

Texas University Park, United States
Posted: 2011


JEANNE DEVINE is now at Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, and is thrilled to be near her grandchildren. As an alumna of Yale College ’72, she volunteers with the Yale Alumni Schools Committee to recruit high school seniors for...

Texas Austin United States
Posted: 2011


NORMA COOK EVERIST returned to Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA, in autumn 2011 after a guest professorship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, last spring. This will be her 33rd year as professor of church and ministry. Norma...

Iowa Dubuque, United States
Posted: 2011


DOUGLAS HALVERSON lives as an Anglican Benedictine in Menomonie, WI. He served until spring 2011 as the Oxford University Alumni Society secretary for Minnesota/Western Wisconsin and has been a university chaplain, professor, and Benedictine...

Wisconsin Menomonie, United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE GROB is the executive director of the North Florida Susan G. Komen affiliate. Previously, he spent five years implementing an HIV and AIDS prevention education program through the Anglican Church in South Africa. He has been involved in...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


DICK CLAY practices law in Louisville KY. His wife, Elizabeth, a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is active at Louisville’s Second Presbyterian Church. They have a son at Connecticut College, one at Columbia College in...

Kentucky Louisville, United States
Posted: 2011


BEVERLEY A. NITSCHKE, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical studies and historical theology, has served for years as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in both campus and congregational...

Petawawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2011


EARL E. JOHNSON served as the national spiritual care coordinator for the American Red Cross from January 2002 until summer 2011. He deployed 53 chaplains via the American Red Cross Disaster Response to the tornado-stricken Midwest and South....

LEE HARDGROVE has retired from United Methodist ministry and U.S. Army chaplaincy after three years of active duty including a tour in Afghanistan. He and his wife have moved to Rhode Island to be near family. They enjoy touring the Newport...

Rhode Island United States
Posted: 2011


PAIGE LINDSEY SMITH enjoyed time spent with Janet Edwards in September when she attended son Fitz’s Pittsburgh wedding, a Buddhist-Mexican-Native-American-and-even-sorta-Jewish ceremony in the back yard of the kids’ rehabbed house in North...

RICH ISRAEL has spent most of the last 35 years in Cleveland, OH, in ministries relating to social justice including working for school desegregation and public education, advocating for the elderly in long-term care, and running an agency that...

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011


RICHARD COGLEY has just completed a lengthy tenure as chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University where he teaches the history of Christianity in Europe and North America. Before coming to SMU, he taught at...

Texas Dallas, United States
Posted: 2011


JEANNE DEVINE is now at Berkeley United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, and is thrilled to be near her grandchildren. As an alumna of Yale College ’72, she volunteers with the Yale Alumni Schools Committee to recruit high school seniors for...

Texas Austin, United States
Posted: 2011


NORMA COOK EVERIST returned to Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA, in autumn 2011 after a guest professorship at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, last spring. This will be her 33rd year as professor of church and ministry. Norma...

Iowa Dubuque, United States
Posted: 2011


DOUGLAS HALVERSON lives as an Anglican Benedictine in Menomonie, WI. He served until spring 2011 as the Oxford University Alumni Society secretary for Minnesota/Western Wisconsin and has been a university chaplain, professor, and Benedictine...

Wisconsin Menomonie, United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE GROB is the executive director of the North Florida Susan G. Komen affiliate. Previously, he spent five years implementing an HIV and AIDS prevention education program through the Anglican Church in South Africa. He has been involved in...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


TOM NEILSON is currently senior pastor of First Congregational UCC, Council Bluffs, IA, after two years of semi-retirement in Texas. He has worked in human rights and outreach in Latin America for 28 years with International Christian...

Iowa Council Bluffs, United States
Posted: 2011


DICK CLAY practices law in Louisville KY. His wife, Elizabeth, a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is active at Louisville’s Second Presbyterian Church. They have a son at Connecticut College, one at Columbia College in...

Kentucky Louisville, United States
Posted: 2011


BEVERLEY A. NITSCHKE, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical studies and historical theology, has served for years as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in both campus and congregational...

Petawawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2011


EARL E. JOHNSON served as the national spiritual care coordinator for the American Red Cross from January 2002 until summer 2011. He deployed 53 chaplains via the American Red Cross Disaster Response to the tornado-stricken Midwest and South....

California Berkeley, United States
Posted: 2011


LEE HARDGROVE has retired from United Methodist ministry and U.S. Army chaplaincy after three years of active duty including a tour in Afghanistan. He and his wife have moved to Rhode Island to be near family. They enjoy touring the Newport...

Rhode Island United States
Posted: 2011


PAIGE LINDSEY SMITH enjoyed time spent with Janet Edwards in September when she attended son Fitz’s Pittsburgh wedding, a Buddhist-Mexican-Native-American-and-even-sorta-Jewish ceremony in the back yard of the kids’ rehabbed house in North...

Alabama United States
Posted: 2011


RICH ISRAEL has spent most of the last 35 years in Cleveland, OH, in ministries relating to social justice including working for school desegregation and public education, advocating for the elderly in long-term care, and running an agency that...

Ohio Cleveland, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1974


C. ARTHUR BRADLEY served for 20 years in pastoral ministry in Connecticut. At YDS Arthur’s studies in American civil religion and black and women’s theology proved helpful in the second half of his career as he moved from pastoral ministry to...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JACK A. SAARELA began a term in August as interim pastor at the Lutheran campus center at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania after completing a two-year stint as the interim Lutheran pastor at Luther House at Yale. This marks his 26th year...

Pennsylvania Wyncote, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL HEATH has launched a new website, www.revmichaelheath.com, as part of his counseling center, Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Services, that allows visitors to more easily access his mental health segments on...

C. ARTHUR BRADLEY served for 20 years in pastoral ministry in Connecticut. At YDS Arthur’s studies in American civil religion and black and women’s theology proved helpful in the second half of his career as he moved from pastoral ministry to...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


JACK A. SAARELA began a term in August as interim pastor at the Lutheran campus center at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania after completing a two-year stint as the interim Lutheran pastor at Luther House at Yale. This marks his 26th year...

Pennsylvania Wyncote, United States
Posted: 2011


MICHAEL HEATH has launched a new website, www.revmichaelheath.com, as part of his counseling center, Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Services, that allows visitors to more easily access his mental health segments on...

New York United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1973


Paul R. Baxter continues to pastor First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange, Ga. where he has been since 1983. In an effort to be a “peacemaker” in the “worship wars” the church is now providing “Three For All” Services: A traditional (8:45), blended (11:00) and...

WILLIAM L. MARTIN retired in 2010 from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Westborough, MA, where he served as priest for nearly a decade. He and his wife, Gail, have moved to Jim Thorpe, PA, and William currently serves as part-time priest-in-...

Pennsylvania Jim Thorpe, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1972


BRUCE SCHUNDLER and wife Sara are still working as seasonal park rangers for the National Park Service. They retired from the “real world” in 2005 when The Schundler Company was sold. Bruce had been President/CEO of the company for 27 years. “...

United States
Posted: 2011


JIM TURNER retired as chief counsel of the Committee on Technology in January 2009 and immediately joined the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities as senior counsel and director of energy programs. See www.linkedin.com/...

BILL SOMPLATSKY-JARMAN was recently awarded the William Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Environmental Justice by Presbyterians for Earth Care. His work in caring for God’s creation dates back to 1988 when he was asked to...

BRAD HOLT is a college professor in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Minneapolis, United States
Posted: 2011


WILLIAM S. BEERY is “tapering down” into retirement by building a house with a dock on the coast of North Carolina, close to the Intra Coastal Waterway (the gateway to the Atlantic). He does part-time consulting in executive and organizational...

North Carolina United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE SCHUNDLER and wife Sara are still working as seasonal park rangers for the National Park Service. They retired from the “real world” in 2005 when The Schundler Company was sold. Bruce had been President/CEO of the company for 27 years. “...

United States
Posted: 2011


JIM TURNER retired as chief counsel of the Committee on Technology in January 2009 and immediately joined the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities as senior counsel and director of energy programs. See www.linkedin.com/...

Virginia McLean, United States
Posted: 2011


BILL SOMPLATSKY-JARMAN was recently awarded the William Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Environmental Justice by Presbyterians for Earth Care. His work in caring for God’s creation dates back to 1988 when he was asked to...

United States
Posted: 2011


BRAD HOLT is a college professor in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Minneapolis, United States
Posted: 2011


WILLIAM S. BEERY is “tapering down” into retirement by building a house with a dock on the coast of North Carolina, close to the Intra Coastal Waterway (the gateway to the Atlantic). He does part-time consulting in executive and organizational...

North Carolina United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1971


WILL WILLIMON is looking forward to retirement in a couple of years after long service as a university chaplain and now a United Methodist bishop.

RICH REIFSNYDER is a Presbyterian pastor in Pennsylvania.

BOB JONES is serving a church in Dayton, OH and undertaking intentional interim ministry training.

Ohio Dayton, United States
Posted: 2011


DEAN DENNISTON, JR. is retired from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he was director of civil rights.

Massachusetts United States
Posted: 2011


DAN AND SUSAN ‘69 GARRETT are now both retired from serving as United Methodist clergy.

BENJAMIN AUNE is president and CEO of Operation Access, a San Francisco nonprofit that arranges donated surgical care for low-income, uninsured patients living in the Bay Area. Since OA’s founding in 1993, over 8,000 patients have received free...

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID L. WHEELER is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Portland, OR. He has taught systematic theology in the U.S. and Latin America. Wife Carol has worked in mental health administration. Children Clare and Micah are musicians in New...

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


WESLEY H. POLING finished a 10-year stint as president of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY, in the summer of 2004. Since then, he has been serving as director of capital giving for the graduate school as a member of the Yale...

Connecticut United States
Posted: 2011


WILL WILLIMON is looking forward to retirement in a couple of years after long service as a university chaplain and now a United Methodist bishop.

Alabama Birmingham, United States
Posted: 2011