Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1979


JIM HACKNEY is managing partner of Alexander Haas, a nonprofit fundraising consultancy, and has become a trustee of the American Craft Council, the oldest nonprofit in the nation cultivating and promoting awareness of fine craft.

RON HOOKER preached at Bethany Memorial Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bethany, WV, where classmate SCOTT THAYER serves as pastor and chaplain at Bethany College, to open the 2011-12 academic year. He also talked to...

United States
Posted: 2011


JIM HACKNEY is managing partner of Alexander Haas, a nonprofit fundraising consultancy, and has become a trustee of the American Craft Council, the oldest nonprofit in the nation cultivating and promoting awareness of fine craft.

United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1978


Kevin closed up shop on his 30 years of educational fundraising at two independent schools and three colleges, and opened a new shop as a fundraising consultant affiliated with The Compass Group, a national firm based in Wash, DC. Kevin is pursuing...

Wife Sarah retired after a career as a middle school English teacher in the public schools; she likes working in the yard and has a part-time job at the information desk in the public library. Daughter Shannon, 31, graduated with honors and highest distinction...

I've been serving at Burke UMC, a large congregation in the DC suburbs, since 2007; my thinking now is to stay til 2017. I'm transitioning into personal and professional coaching, having become a BCC (Board Certified Coach) and working now towards ICF (International...

After a quite spectacular midlife crisis, my life has happily settled down to one of great satisfaction...and thus reasonable happiness. I hold the Perkins Chair of History at my old alma mater: The Hill School, where I teach history and philosophy. Boarding...

Twelve years serving as Senior Minister of First Congregational Church in Riverside, CA, an hour inland for L.A. Had the privilege of officiating at my 25 year old son's wedding in December.

After 36 years serving five different parishes in Ohio, I will retire on June 10 and relocate to Canton, MI. Jane and I have already bought our house there, two miles from our daughter's family, and we are eagerly looking forward to watching our two year old...

In my 8th year leading the UCC in Massachusetts – and loving it. Devote about 20% of my time working on climate change regionally, nationally and interdenominationally. Two foci: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline (In August 2011 spent 3 nights in Washington DC jails...

To say I am chagrined that it has been so many.many years since I have communicated with the faithful class secretaries would be an understatement. But here is a brief (well...it is not so brief...you may wish to drastically edit it!) account of the 36 years...

Richard and Susan Holmer stopped by for a visit yesterday out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fading memories were reignited, with visions of YDS yesterday resurrected in our hearts and minds. Richard has hardly aged a bit!

I'm completing my 12th year as pastor at Westport UMC following stints in NYC and Long Island. Our daughter Olivia just graduated Boston University and has a job (thankfully) in Florida; Will is in his freshman year and loving BU. Sara continues in her work as...

Still at it - year 16 in Oregon-Idaho Conference UMC, strengthening local congregations through experiences of Christian community provided by Camp/Retreat Ministries - 7 sites, 100 employees, 600 volunteers each year in some spectacular locations! Come and see...

If anyone has been wondering what Jack Krch has been up to the past 35 years, visit him at pastorjackkrch.com. Bring your own coffee.

Thomas Lloyd’s new choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was selected as one of only sixty new compositions out of a pool of 1,618 proposals to receive a grant from New Music USA’s inaugural project grants program.  The grant will fund a commercial recording by...


Class of 1977


BETSY DAVIDSON SLOANE is working in Cambridge, MA, on the staff of King’s Chapel Boston. She is married to writer/ teacher Wic and has two adult children, both of whom live in the Boston area.

Massachusetts Cambridge, United States
Posted: 2011


KRISTIN FOSTER AND FRANK DAVIS celebrated the marriage of their older daughter, Tyler, this summer in Minneapolis. Kristin is now serving on the YDS Alumni Board.

CHRIS GLASER started a weekly blog in February entitled, “Progressive Christian Reflections.” He posts on Wednesdays at www.chrisglaser.blogspot.com. He contributed an article on lections for World AIDS Day to a new...

BRUCE SYLVESTER, another of our prolific writers, says, “I write to you today from Trieste, Italy, where I am spending the week for no good reason except that it is here, on the Adriatic, and my house in Hungary is lovely but landlocked. So I...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


ANN OWENS BRUNGER writes that after graduation she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. She’s had diverse ministries and began as the director of an older adult center in Ridgewood, Queens. Moving to Tennessee, she was pastor of...

Tennessee Knoxville, United States
Posted: 2011


LEONARD HUMMEL sends warm greetings to our class from Gettysburg, PA, where he is professor of pastoral theology and pastoral care at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Teaching both in the areas of religion and health, as well as pastoral...

Pennsylvania Gettysburg, United States
Posted: 2011


DIETER KUCHENBECKER is a pastor in the parish of Schalmersdorf, about 40 miles north of Hamburg, Germany. He is married to Hannelore, an architect. Their daughter, Irene, is 15 years old. He hopes to be present for our 35th cluster reunion in...

Germany
Posted: 2011


PATRICIA LULL is now the executive director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, a Minnesota nonprofit that connects congregations around justice and anti-poverty concerns. She writes, “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to live out my...

Minnesota Saint Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


WILK MILLER wrote on one of the occasionally rainy days in San Diego that the church he pastors, First Lutheran Church, serves a morning meal each Friday for 266 persons, and another meal on Mondays. In addition...

California San Diego, United States
Posted: 2011


STEVE SPRINKLE is in his 18th year at Brite Divinity School and is enjoying a sabbatical year. Steve has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). In addition to his work with the Academy of Religious Leadership and the Association of...

Texas Fort Worth, United States
Posted: 2011


SUSAN KLEIN had a great sabbatical at Eden Seminary in St. Louis as pastor-in-residence and is now back at St. Alban’s Church in Westwood, across the street from UCLA. Among other ministries, she is now ministering in the largest women’s jail...

California Westwood, United States
Posted: 2011


ELEANOR SCOTT MEYERS has been retired for years and lives at Pilgrim Place, an ecumenical community of retired persons in Claremont, CA. She reports that people come to PP from many walks in life; however, everyone there has been in some form...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


KENDRICK NORRIS graduated in May from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He is now a certified Jungian Analyst and continues as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT, where he has served for 34 years....

Connecticut Guilford, United States
Posted: 2011


BETSY DAVIDSON SLOANE is working in Cambridge, MA, on the staff of King’s Chapel Boston. She is married to writer/ teacher Wic and has two adult children, both of whom live in the Boston area.

Massachusetts Cambridge, United States
Posted: 2010


KRISTIN FOSTER AND FRANK DAVIS celebrated the marriage of their older daughter, Tyler, this summer in Minneapolis. Kristin is now serving on the YDS Alumni Board.

United States
Posted: 2011


CHRIS GLASER started a weekly blog in February entitled, “Progressive Christian Reflections.” He posts on Wednesdays at www.chrisglaser.blogspot.com. He contributed an article on lections for World AIDS Day to a new...

United States
Posted: 2011


BRUCE SYLVESTER, another of our prolific writers, says, “I write to you today from Trieste, Italy, where I am spending the week for no good reason except that it is here, on the Adriatic, and my house in Hungary is lovely but landlocked. So I...

Hungary
Posted: 2011


ANN OWENS BRUNGER writes that after graduation she was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. She’s had diverse ministries and began as the director of an older adult center in Ridgewood, Queens. Moving to Tennessee, she was pastor of...

Tennessee Knoxville, United States
Posted: 2011


LEONARD HUMMEL sends warm greetings to our class from Gettysburg, PA, where he is professor of pastoral theology and pastoral care at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Teaching both in the areas of religion and health, as well as pastoral...

Pennsylvania Gettysburg, United States
Posted: 2011


DIETER KUCHENBECKER is a pastor in the parish of Schalmersdorf, about 40 miles north of Hamburg, Germany. He is married to Hannelore, an architect. Their daughter, Irene, is 15 years old. He hopes to be present for our 35th cluster reunion in...

Schalmersdorf, Germany
Posted: 2011


PATRICIA LULL is now the executive director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, a Minnesota nonprofit that connects congregations around justice and anti-poverty concerns. She writes, “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to live out my...

Minnesota Saint Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


WILK MILLER wrote on one of the occasionally rainy days in San Diego that the church he pastors, First Lutheran Church, serves a morning meal each Friday for 266 persons, and another meal on Mondays. In addition, this compassionate community...

California San Diego, United States
Posted: 2011


STEVE SPRINKLE is in his 18th year at Brite Divinity School and is enjoying a sabbatical year. Steve has a new book out (see Alumni Books section). In addition to his work with the Academy of Religious Leadership and the Association of...

Texas Fort Worth, United States
Posted: 2011


SUSAN KLEIN had a great sabbatical at Eden Seminary in St. Louis as pastor-in-residence and is now back at St. Alban’s Church in Westwood, across the street from UCLA. Among other ministries, she is now ministering in the largest women’s jail...

California Westwood, United States
Posted: 2011


KENDRICK NORRIS graduated in May from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He is now a certified Jungian Analyst and continues as the senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT, where he has served for 34 years....

Connecticut Guilford, United States
Posted: 2011


After fifteen years as Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church - Sharon Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia, I retired in September, 2013 and moved to Connecticut. Its good to be back near my alma mater!

We are making our way, it seems, into the journey to retirement from full time work. It is hard for me to believe we are really at that point in our lives, but herewith is the evidence.  of us Some of us will reinvent ourselves.  And some will continue doing what we...

Chris Glaser has blogged “Progressive Christian Reflections weekly for three years at: http://chrisglaser.blogspot.com  with 100,000 visitors, not including 400 weekly subscribers. Posts are archived by...

Gregory Robbins continues to serve as chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver and as Director of Anglican Studies Program at the Ilif School of Theology.  In June 2013 he was installed as Honorary Canon Theologian at St. John’s...

Wilma Reichard noted how delightful it is to read the names of our classmates and think back to our time together.  She retired from her work at Stanford Medical Center on Valentine’s Day 21013. She had served for 23 years at both Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard...

Joy Bussert is currently residing in Northfield, Minnesota while serving as an Interim Pastor for the SE MN Synod of the ELCA. She enjoys the rolling river bluffs of southeastern Minnesota. She finished, but has never published, her doctoral dissertation from Union Seminary,...

Mary Kay Will has retired and moved back into her home in Upland, CA. She faces, “the daunting task of downsizing---donating, recycling, and throwing away the accumulation of many years. “  She is grateful for her 4 siblings who have been very supportive as they have...

Patricia King in her first offering for Class Notes, wrote thoughtfully about the unexpected things that have happened to her, and hopes fulfilled and unfulfilled.  Her vocations and fields of expertise are numerous and impressive : teaching, medicine, policy...

Rachelle Birnbaum retired on September 1, 2013, and moved to Southbury, CT, close to family. She loves being retired and is now close enough to attend YDS Convocations, which she did this past Fall.