Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1966


ROBERT TILLER serves on the boards of directors of Churches for Middle East Peace and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. He is also a member of the Commission on Aging for Montgomery County, MD. He enjoys playing softball, growing...

Maryland Silver Spring, United States
Posted: 2011


RUTH BENNETT has become an Episcopalian since graduating from YDS. Having spent so much time in the UK in the last 40 years, she gradually made her way from the Methodist church there to the Episcopal Church (USA), and is very happy. She is a...

New Jersey Madison, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1964


J. BARRIE SHEPHERD is publishing his fourteenth book, Faces By the Wayside (Wipf and Stock, 2012). Following his Faces at the Manger and Faces at the Cross, this volume places the reader in the paths that...

IAN SIGGINS used Xlibris (October 2009) to self-publish his latest book, A Harvest of Medieval Preaching. The Sermon Books of Johann Herolt OP (Disciplulus).

J. BARRIE SHEPHERD is publishing his fourteenth book, Faces By the Wayside (Wipf and Stock, 2012). Following his Faces at the Manger and Faces at the Cross, this volume places the reader in the paths that...

IAN SIGGINS used Xlibris (October 2009) to self-publish his latest book, A Harvest of Medieval Preaching. The Sermon Books of Johann Herolt OP (Disciplulus).


Class of 1963


G. HOLGER (HOGIE) HANSEN and wife Anne celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in August. They still live in Swarthmore, PA, and are active in the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, where they also sing in the choir. Volunteer activities...

Pennsylvania Swarthmore, United States
Posted: 2011


ROB PETERS continues to consult with two congregational capital campaigns and to volunteer with the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. His remaining time is devoted to his woodshop, reading, and exploring family history...

G. HOLGER (HOGIE) HANSEN and wife Anne celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in August. They still live in Swarthmore, PA, and are active in the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, where they also sing in the choir. Volunteer activities...

Pennsylvania Swarthmore, United States
Posted: 2011


ROB PETERS continues to consult with two congregational capital campaigns and to volunteer with the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. His remaining time is devoted to his woodshop, reading, and exploring family history...

United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1962


We note with sorrow the death last April of our classmate Andrew Sorensen. He had retired from the presidency of the University of South Carolina and was about to become president of the Ohio State University Foundation. Our sympathy to Donna...

JIM WHITE of Colorado Springs joined KENT KELLER of Estes Park for backpacking and fly-fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park in August. Jim caught two trout, while Kent scaled two summits. Spouses Patti and Janet...

Colorado Colorado Springs, United States
Posted: 2011


DON SALIERS writes, “My wife, Jane, died in March after a four-year illness. Though emeritus, I have been back teaching and lecturing, writing and playing chamber music. Daughter Emily joined me in France following a Societas Liturgica Congress...

LARRY YOUNG continues to enjoy international builds with Habitat for Humanity, most recently in Guatemala. After a lifetime of mental exertion he finds physical activity refreshing and values the camaraderie of these builds. Locally he...

BILL GODDARD reports, “I am retired, living in Florida after 57 years in the pastorate. I have published three books: Wonderful Words of Life by Hope Publishing Co., The Seven Voices of God and Just Say The Words...

GEORGE DELLBRUEGGE reports that after three years of college teaching in the U.S., he returned to Germany where he served as a pastor, then as a theology professor, including two years in Tanzania. He and Sybille live in Neuendettelsau....

Neuendettelsau, Germany
Posted: 2011


JIM HALFAKER is a board member of Northwest Harvest, a food bank system in Washington State that distributed 26,000,000 pounds of food last year. Jim also mentors new development professionals. Having survived two major medical traumas this...

ALLEN HOLT and his wife, Katherine, live in Canby, OR. “We have three each, of offspring, in-laws, and grandchildren. We attend the church I served from 1962 to 1966 and are looking forward to our 50th anniversary in 2013.”

Oregon Canby, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID KOEHLER writes that he and Mary Beth are turning their 50th wedding anniversary celebration into a “Jubilee Year” of mini-celebrations before, and six months after, their wedding anniversary. Both plan to attend the class’s 50th year...

REG STACKHOUSE still teaches part-time at Wycliffe College in the Toronto School of Theology and for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. His number one activity is to be a caregiver for his wife of 60 years, Margaret, who...

Toronto, Canada
Posted: 2011


We note with sorrow the death last April of our classmate ANDREW SORENSEN. He had retired from the presidency of the University of South Carolina and was about to become president of the Ohio State University Foundation. Our sympathy to Donna...

JIM WHITE of Colorado Springs joined KENT KELLER of Estes Park for backpacking and fly-fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park in August. Jim caught two trout, while Kent scaled two summits. Spouses Patti and Janet enjoyed lunch with other backpackers’ wives.

DON SALIERS writes, “My wife, Jane, died in March after a four-year illness. Though emeritus, I have been back teaching and lecturing, writing and playing chamber music. Daughter Emily joined me in France following a Societas Liturgica Congress...

LARRY YOUNG continues to enjoy international builds with Habitat for Humanity, most recently in Guatemala. After a lifetime of mental exertion he finds physical activity refreshing and values the camaraderie of these builds. Locally he...

BILL GODDARD reports, “I am retired, living in Florida after 57 years in the pastorate. I have published three books: Wonderful Words of Life by Hope Publishing Co., The Seven Voices of God and Just Say The Words...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


GEORGE DELLBRUEGGE reports that after three years of college teaching in the U.S., he returned to Germany where he served as a pastor, then as a theology professor, including two years in Tanzania. He and Sybille live in Neuendettelsau....

Neuendettelsau, Germany,
Posted: 2011


ALLEN HOLT and his wife, Katherine, live in Canby, OR. “We have three each, of offspring, in-laws, and grandchildren. We attend the church I served from 1962 to 1966 and are looking forward to our 50th anniversary in 2013.”

Oregon Canby, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID KOEHLER writes that he and Mary Beth are turning their 50th wedding anniversary celebration into a “Jubilee Year” of mini-celebrations before, and six months after, their wedding anniversary. Both plan to attend the class’s 50th year...

United States
Posted: 2011


REG STACKHOUSE still teaches part-time at Wycliffe College in the Toronto School of Theology and for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. His number one activity is to be a caregiver for his wife of 60 years, Margaret, who...

Toronto, Canada
Posted: 2011



Class of 1961


BILL HUNTLEY has been the chaplain and professor of religion at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He is now professor of religion at the University of Redlands (CA), still teaching full-time: Old Testament, Hebrew (language), Asian Religions,...

CHARLES H. HARPER retired in 2000, after 39 years of pastoral ministry. This year he celebrated his 53rd anniversary with wife, Pat. Charles has a new book out (see Alumni Books section).

ELDON L. IRVING served in the local church for 45 years, the last 28 years as senior minister of First Christian Church in Duncanville, TX, a suburb of Dallas, before retiring in 2004. In 2011, he was awarded “The Distinguished Minister’s Award...

Texas Duncanville, United States
Posted: 2011


GAVIN MUNRO worked for many years in higher education after returning to New Zealand in 1961. He taught New Testament at the College at Glen Leith and at Knox Theological Hall serving as principal of the college for 10 years until the college...

New Zealand
Posted: 2011


JIM DAVIS worked at an historically black college, Wilberforce University, after two years as a UCC minister. He has served the University of Denver for 40 years as administrator, professor, and, now, dean of University College, the college of...

Colorado Denver, United States
Posted: 2011


REID HUNTLEY has integrated four “callings” (a la Richard Niebuhr’s definition of a call) in his career, including: (1) campus minister—special training at YDS; Danforth Foundation campus minister intern, University of Denver (one year);...

RICHARD L. DODDS continues a busy and exciting life in “retirement.” He just completed his 14th season since retirement as a National Park Ranger at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA. He is now serving a four-year term on...

Florida Penney Farms, United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, FRED BROOKS was honored with the first-ever Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service in recognition of his service to YDS over many years.

BILL HUNTLEY has been the chaplain and professor of religion at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He is now professor of religion at the University of Redlands (CA), still teaching full-time: Old Testament, Hebrew (language), Asian Religions,...

California United States
Posted: 2011


CHARLES H. HARPER retired in 2000, after 39 years of pastoral ministry. This year he celebrated his 53rd anniversary with wife, Pat. Charles has a new book out (see Alumni Books section).

United States
Posted: 2011


ELDON L. IRVING served in the local church for 45 years, the last 28 years as senior minister of First Christian Church in Duncanville, TX, a suburb of Dallas, before retiring in 2004. In 2011, he was awarded “The Distinguished Minister’s Award...

Texas Duncanville, United States
Posted: 2011


GAVIN MUNRO worked for many years in higher education after returning to New Zealand in 1961. He taught New Testament at the College at Glen Leith and at Knox Theological Hall serving as principal of the college for 10 years until the college...

New Zealand
Posted: 2011


JIM DAVIS worked at an historically black college, Wilberforce University, after two years as a UCC minister. He has served the University of Denver for 40 years as administrator, professor, and, now, dean of University College, the college of...

Colorado Denver, United States
Posted: 2011


REID HUNTLEY has integrated four “callings” (a la Richard Niebuhr’s definition of a call) in his career, including: (1) campus minister—special training at YDS; Danforth Foundation campus minister intern, University of Denver (one year);...

RICHARD L. DODDS continues a busy and exciting life in “retirement.” He just completed his 14th season since retirement as a National Park Ranger at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA. He is now serving a four-year term on...

Florida Penney Farms, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1959


Peter Hodgson and Eva continue to enjoy class reunions. After their YDS 50th reunion in 2009, they attended Eva’s 50th at Wellesley in early June. Both were splendid events with an enormous turnout and enthusiasm to match. Extending all these 50th reunion...

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 Oaknoll, 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...

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...

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...