Harry Palmer died on September 3, 2017. He was 97 years old. Rev. Harry attended and graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and chose to preach in small-town churches during his pastoral career, including congregations in Indiana, Maine, New York and West Virginia.
Margaret (Lewis) Stone passed away peacefully on December 1, 2017. Margaret earned her master’s degree in education from Penn State University in 1955 and taught vocal and general music for 17 years in Smethport, Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1971 and taught music education at Kent State and the University of Akron for many years.
Wilbur “Bill” Waaser, 95, passed away on December 18, 2017. Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a 1st Lt. ferrying Bell P-39 Airacobras from the continental US to Alaska as part of the Lend-Lease program with the Russians during WWII. After the war, Bill earned a master’s in business and marketing from Syracuse University, taught marketing at Utica College, and then went into educational sales until his retirement in 1988.
Ruth (Donley) Barker, 92, died on January 11, 2018. Ruth was an art teacher at a Christian school, a successful artist and a jeweler. She is survived by her college sweetheart and husband of 70 years, Bill Barker ’48; sons, Bill and Checker; daughter, Laurie; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren as well as nieces Jane (Stevenson ’55) Zike; Suzanne (Stevenson ’58) Burton; Donna (Bedford ’61) Doig; Ruth (Bedford ’64) Steiner, and nephews James Stevenson ’63, and Thomas Stevenson ’69. She was preceded in death by sisters Marjorie (Donley ’30) Stevenson and Janet (Donely ’35) Hess.
Gordon Hosmer passed away on October 13, 2017, at the age of 91. Gordon entered Houghton in 1942 but left in 1944 to enter the Navy, the Seabees Division, where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. At the conclusion of the war, he returned to graduate from Houghton any6d then went on to earn a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. After teaching for one year, Gordon became an agent with New York Life Insurance Company, where he continued to work for 55 years.
Myrtle (Grody) Vanderlip passed away peacefully on December 30, 2017. After graduating from Houghton, Myrtle earned her MA in library science from the University of Michigan and spent her career as a librarian at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Mary Louise (Armstrong) Shenk died on July 5, 2017, a day after celebrating a spectacular evening of fireworks with family. She was 90 years old. Throughout her career, Dr. Shenk brought her love of world travel to thousands of students as a ninth-grade global studies teacher.
Marjorie (Lawrence) Kellogg, 91, passed away on November 13, 2017. Marjorie received a bachelor’s degree from Houghton and a master’s degree in French from Middleburg College. She taught French and Latin at the high school level as well as French at Houghton. She is survived by her sons, Roger and David ’79; daughters, Judy Trentini and Sharon Freeman ’82; her sister, Esther (Lawrence ’57) Swimley; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many niece and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Meredith ’49, in 2012; two brothers; and two sisters-in-law.
The Rev. Beverly J. Barnett, 89, passed away on August 3, 2017. Beverly was a 1949 graduate of Houghton, where he met his wife of 69 years, Margie (Miller ’49). He attended Asbury Seminary before joining the United States Air Force as a chaplain. After 28 years of active duty, Beverly retired as a lieutenant colonel, highlighted by his key role in establishing a church in Nagasaki, Japan. In 1992, he received a doctorate from Westminster Seminary and was a Presbyterian presbyter in northern California. Beverly is survived by his wife; his son and daughter, Mark and Deanne; brothers Gordon ’44 and Robert ’52; six grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Lucille (Barnett ’47) Beach, and two brothers, David ’54 and Glenn ’48.
Retired Covenant minister Harold Nelson, 95, died on July 29, 2017. Prior to his 38 years of pastoral ministry, Rev. Nelson served as a boiler technician second class in the US Navy for three years in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
Dorothy “Dot” Vogel passed away on April 24, 2017, at the age of 99. Dot earned her RN from Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and spent her 30-year career at the United Methodist Mission Hospital (now called Espanola Hospital) in Espanola, New Mexico.
Marguerite (Krause) De Ruiter died on December 25, 2017, at the age of 87 years. After graduating from Houghton, Marguerite married her college sweetheart, John, and moved to Madera, California, where she began her career as a math teacher in both middle and high school. With time out for raising a family, she retired from 30 years of teaching in 1991. Marguerite is survived by her husband of 64 years, John De Ruiter ’52.
Paul LeVan, age 86, died on September 9, 2017. Rev. LeVan earned a master’s of divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and spent his career as a Baptist minister.
Vernon Alexander passed away on September 28, 2016. Following Rev. Alexander’s graduation from Houghton, he earned a master’s of divinity and a doctorate of the science of theology from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He also graduated from Hayward State University with a bachelor’s degree in vocational counseling. Vern served as a pastor in California for 20 years and then started his own business in vocational counseling with injured workers. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria (Moschen ’52) Alexander.
Gerald McGraw passed away in July of 2017. He was 85 years old. Dr. McGraw attended several schools of higher learning after his graduation from Houghton, earning his master’s degree from Wheaton College, his MDiv. from Chicago Divinity Graduate School, and his Ph.D. from New York University. He pastored for 12 years in Christian and Missionary Alliance churches before serving the remainder of his career as a professor at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha (Swauger ’56).
Winifred (Simpson) Straub passed away on September 1, 2017. She was 95 years old. Winifred was an elementary school teacher and assisted her husband as he pastored in the Wesleyan Church for 32 years. For eight years, she was District Director of Wesleyan Women International for the Central New York District of the Wesleyan Church and served in various other capacities in the district.
Marilyn (Strong) Flint passed away on October 13, 2016. Marilyn taught music at Wilson Central School in Wilson, New York. She also taught private piano lessons and was the choir director at Grace Baptist Bible Church in Newfane, New York, for over 45 years. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her siblings, Robert W. Strong ’40, Janice (Strong ’43) Sandle and Donald Strong ’50, and a granddaughter.
Lois (Burls) McKnight died on February 2, 2018, at the age of 84. Lois was a teacher in Massena, New York, and at Trenton Christian School in Trenton, Ontario. She dedicated her life to raising her children and faithfully serving her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her children, Joelle (McKnight ’81) Pember; Glenn McKnight ’84; Esther (McKnight ’89) Shultz; and Karen (McKnight ’92) Hotchkiss, as well as 10 grandchildren including Rebekah Pember ’10, Nathan Pember ’12, Ella Hotchkiss ’18 and Julia Hotchkiss ’21; many nieces and nephews including great-niece Alyson DeMerchant ’18; and a sister. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Martha (Gifford) Harris passed away on March 17, 2017. She was 80 years old. Martha was a library media specialist for the Penn Yan School District, Dundee High School and Keuka College.
Mary (Stickels) Maude, 80, died on January 3, 2017, after a short illness. She had many happy memories of her days at Houghton and greatly enjoyed the reunion she attended a few years ago.
Katherine “Kay” (Nightengale) Seawright passed away on May 29, 2017, at the age of 80. Kay was a wife, mother and public health nurse retiring in 1998. In her retirement years, Kay formed and led two peripheral neuropathy groups. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard “Dick” Seawright ’58.
Rebecca (Thurston) Leach died on September 26, 2017. She was 77 years old. Rebecca’s nursing career spanned 43 years, and, during that time, she established home health care agencies in several counties in southeastern Kentucky, earning her the honorary position of “Kentucky Colonel” by former governor of Kentucky Louie Nunn. Following her time in Kentucky, Rebecca ran the long-term home health care program in Cortland, New York, for 24 years before her retirement. She is survived by her husband, William; son, Paul; and sister Nancy (Thurston ’59) Marantis.
Judith “Judy” (Lightcap) Richard, age 75, died on August 13, 2017. Judy received her M.Mus. degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory (now Johns Hopkins University) and taught on the music faculty of Philadelphia College of Bible. She was an accomplished musician and valued co-laborer with her husband in his three pastorates and two interim pastorates.
Dorothy (Boyd) Zuver passed away July 18, 2017, following a lengthy illness. After graduating from Houghton, Dorothy went on to SUNY Geneseo to receive her master’s degree in special education and spent her teaching career at Angelica/Genesee Valley Central Schools (Angelica, NY, and Belmont, NY). She is survived by two sons, current Houghton College custodial employee James “Jamie” Zuver and Chad Zuver.
Milton Scott, 75, passed away on November 9, 2017. After his Houghton graduation, Milton spent two years in Colombia, South America, with the Peace Corps and then earned his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School. He worked in finance for many years at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, then at Advest, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later, he went on to work for the National Fatherhood Initiative. Milton is survived by his wife, Christie (MacKintosh ’64).
Tom Danney died on August 5, 2017. He was 73 years old. Rev. Danney was the longtime pastor of the First Reformed Church in Nyack, New York.
Arthur “Bob” Gregory passed away on March 12, 2016. Bob joined Aramco, a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company, in 1980 and worked in Dhahran in the security department as a forensic science consultant until his retirement in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Lois; his brother, Rick; and his sister, Annie (Gregory ’69) Ives.
Joy (Klotzbach) Yousey, 66, passed away on November 29, 2017. Joy was a kindergarten teacher at Oakfield-Alabama Central School in Oakfield, New York, until her retirement in 2006. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Klotzbach ’41.
Robert Chironna, MD, died on December 14, 2017, at the age of 65. “Dr. C” attended New York Medical College and completed his medical residency at the Rusk Institute/NYU Langone Health Center in New York City, New York. He was a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center for 31 years. Robert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara (Austin ’77).
Lola (Cripps) Marshall, age 64, died on August 24, 2017. Active in her community, Lola was a member and past president of the American Legion Post #120 Auxiliary; past president of the Wayne County ALA, 7th District ALA Auxiliary; and chairperson of the Empire State Girls State for three years. In 2015, she retired from the IT department at the Wayne ARC in Newark, New York.
David Swartz passed away on August 10, 2017. David was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. He spent his career teaching fifth grade in a low-economy school and retired in 2008. David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dr. Linda (Lytle ’74) Swartz.
Wendy (Ristau) Nelsen passed away on August 29, 2017. After working for several years as a medical technologist, Wendy found her true calling in the field of elder care. She served in various positions at Country Meadows Retirement Community of Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the past 21 years, most recently as the Director of Resident Services. Wendy is survived by college sweetheart and husband, John Nelsen ’85; a son, Jonathan; a sister, Tammy Ristau; a brother, Todd Ristau ’91; two nephews;
Jacob “Jake” Auerbach died on January 17, 2017, in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was 27. He worked in hotel management and enjoyed playing the drums and the guitar. Jake is survived by his parents, Susan (Kaltenbaugh ’77) and Gary Auerbach; a sister, Jennifer Gadsby; a brother, Joshua Auerbach; his grandmother, Jean (Walker ’46) Kaltenbaugh; and uncles, Robert W. Kaltenbaugh ’69 and Ray Kaltenbaugh ’73 as well as cousins Michele (Kaltenbaugh ’97) Mumford and her husband, Jason ’97; Mark Kaltenbaugh ’02 and his wife, Nina (Johnson ’03); and Lisa Kaltenbaugh ’00. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Robert “Bob” A. Kaltenbaugh, UWC.
Jane D. Andrews passed away on February 8, 2017, at the age of 75. Jane began her career in the education field by teaching French at the Orchard Park School System in Orchard Park, New York. Later, she enjoyed more than 10 years of service in the Houghton College library.
Former associate professor of music and voice Gloria McMaster Juhn passed away peacefully on July 23, 2017. She was 90 years old. Gloria taught music and voice at the high school and college levels, serving the Rochester Public School System, Youngstown State in Ohio, SUNY Geneseo and Houghton College. Eventually, she became a private teacher at McMaster Music Studio. During her singing career, she was recognized for her operatic performances in New York and Florida and once
RICHARD “DICK” GOULD ’61
The year was 1968, and Dr. Richard “Dick” Gould ’61 set foot on the campus of his beloved alma mater, not only as an alum, but now as a new faculty member. Little did this linguistically gifted scholar know that Houghton would remain his home—through a career that spanned more than 40 years as professor of classics—until his passing on January 5, 2018.
Though a man deeply fascinated by mythology and history, Dick could never have predicted becoming such an intricate part of Houghton’s lore. He regaled Greek students with Halloween stories and baklava and choruses of “Agios, Agios, Agios” (“Holy, Holy, Holy”). Latin students recall his fondness for the Wheelock’s Latin text as well as his affinity for puns, such as “semper ubi sububi” (“always wear underwear”). It was impossible not to smile at his resonant, full-body laugh when something (including his own puns) amused him.
Dick was a man of deep, abiding compassion and scholarship. This quiet collector of facts and knowledge devoted much of conversation to listening—so much so that one waited with bated breath for his thoughtful response. Colleague and friend Dr. James Wolfe remembers “30 years of a million conversations” with the beloved classics professor. Dick was also fully committed to the success of his students and colleagues, ever willing to lend a hand, which he also viewed as an act of service to God. Joel Tate ’95 recalls him as “erudite and kind, thoroughly a scholar and thoroughly a believer.”
Dick earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University, where he also completed a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He taught at Hobart and William Smith College before returning to Houghton. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Barbara; a brother, Paul; and reunited with his second brother, Thomas, within hours of Tom’s passing. Dick is survived by a sister-in-law, Sylvia; his niece, Julie; and a nephew, David.
REV. WARREN M. WOOLSEY ’43
“Brilliant but humble, orthodox but ever charitable, deeply convicted but infinitely gracious; an incomparable blessing to and builder of the Houghton community both near and far.” These words were shared by Houghton community member David Huizenga in tribute to Rev. Warren M. Woolsey ’43, professor emeritus of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Houghton College, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2017. He was 95 years old.
From 1966 to 1992, Woolsey taught New Testament theology, Christology and missiology at Houghton College. “Anyone who experienced his courses knew that they were getting the best,” remembered emeritus associate professor of missions Dr. Paul Shea ’69. His most memorable course was Life of Christ. Students from all majors—and even community members as adults—scrambled to get in. “My chance to take it was the fall of my senior year, and I still have the frayed notes!” said Shea. “They are well worn because I’ve used them over and over again in 45 years of ministry.”
“Besides being an excellent teacher, I was always impressed by his quiet, encouraging manner,” Colleen (Muckey ’81) Richards recalled. While Woolsey was serious about the subject matter he was teaching, “his keen intellect and his humor made every class enjoyable,” wrote Dr. Priscilla (Chase ’84) Thibault. “He had a quiet intensity, and it was always great when a smile could be detected under that grey and white beard,” said Jennifer (Deal ’89) Becker. “He was the kind of professor whose very presence in the classroom made you hungry to walk closer to God in your faith,” recalls Houghton College Equestrian Director Emeritus, Jo-Anne (Olsen ’69) Young.
Warren Woolsey’s life and legacy has spanned continents—he served in Italy during WWII as an Air Cadet, then spent sixteen years in missionary service in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a Bible teacher, evangelist and college president. The last 26 years of his career was spent serving the students at Houghton College. During that time, he wrote Bible commentaries on First and Second Thessalonians and was honored by the Houghton College Department of Religion and Philosophy with the establishment of the Woolsey Lecture Series in Theology and Culture.
He is survived by three children, Dr. Stephen A. Woolsey ’73; Dr. Matthew Woolsey ’76; and Ruth Woolsey-Strand ’81; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Keifer ’77) Woolsey, as well as eight grandchildren, including Stephen J. Woolsey ’08; Jesse Woolsey ’10; Naomi Woolsey ’10; Lydia Strand ’13; and Mary Strand ’15, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Daniel Woolsey ’77, and a granddaughter, Molly Woolsey. He was followed in death by his wife of 71 years, Ella (Phelps ’43) Woolsey, on March 29, 2018. Please see the next issue of Houghton for an extended
DANIEL WOOLSEY ’77
Retired professor of education Dr. Daniel Woolsey ’77 died October 21, 2017, following a decade of decline due to frontotemporal degeneration.
Dr. Woolsey taught in the Houghton College Education Department from 1991 to 2009, and, for 18 years, he shaped, mentored and delighted hundreds of Education majors. His popular Children’s Literature class was a celebrated favorite. “Children’s Lit was a dream come true for me!” wrote Heather (Terry ’96) Gillham on the occasion of Dr. Woolsey’s retirement in 2009. “He read out loud to us in class! Out loud! In college! I loved it!”
Dr. Woolsey’s love of literature and his passion for teaching literacy to children was contagious. He not only showed his future teachers how to connect with their students through literature but also reminded them of the value literature could have in their personal lives. “Before the semester began, I wondered how a class about literature would pertain to me as a future math teacher,” confessed Rebecca Calhoun ’08. “To my surprise, not only was the class relevant, but it also helped me rediscover my love of reading that had been lost for several years.”
He is survived by his wife, Kathie (Keifer ’77); his children, Caitlin Woolsey and Jesse Woolsey ’10; two granddaughters; two brothers, Dr. Stephen Woolsey ’73 and Dr. Matthew Woolsey ’76; a sister, Ruth Woolsey-Strand ’81; and four nieces and two nephews including Steve Woolsey ’08, Naomi Woolsey ’10, Lydia Strand ’13 and Mary Strand ’15.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Molly Woolsey, in 2016 and followed in death by his parents, Rev. Warren Woolsey ’43 and Ella (Phelps ’43) Woolsey.
KATHERINE “KAY” (WALBERGER ’43) LINDLEY
She was “Saint Katherine of Houghton” to some dedicated history and political science majors; to others, she was “Dr. Mrs. Katherine Lindley May She Live Forever.” To the thousands of underclassman who were challenged and stretched in her Western Civilization class, she was “Dr. Lindley.” Friends, colleagues and loved ones called her “Kay.” Former Chair of the Division of History and Political Science at Houghton College and Professor Emerita of European history and political science, Dr. Katherine “Kay” (Walberger ’43) Lindley passed away March 8, 2018. She was 95 years old.
One of the most respected and beloved members of the Houghton faculty since her arrival in 1963, Dr. Kay Lindley was a “firm but fair” teacher, and her reputation for academic rigor is the stuff of legends. What made her the recipient of Student Senate’s first “Teacher of the Year” award, though, was how much she cared for those she taught. “When I was studying with Dr. Lindley, and long after, I was sure I was the best, brightest and most beloved student she had ever had,” said Gary Bahler ’73. “Later, I met others who thought they were her best, brightest and most beloved student. This led me to realize that one of Dr. Lindley’s great gifts as a teacher was to make so many of her students feel this way.”
Always a champion for the liberal arts, Dr. Lindley invested herself in teaching her students to write well and think critically. ”Her phrase ‘Think, people!’ was an invitation as much as a call to action to dig deep, mine every resource, throw aside temptation to take an easy path, and, well, think,” related Martha Manikas-Foster ’82. “To her, the thinking was the thing,” said grandson and current Dean of the Chapel Dr. Mike Jordan ’99. “It was not so much where you landed as why you landed there.”
Kay is survived by daughters Lois (Lindley ’71) Jordan Esq.; Margaret “Marty” (Lindley ’72) Koch; and Eileen (Lindley ’77) Williams and a son, Dr. Mark Lindley ’79 as well as grandchildren including Dr. J. Michael Jordan ’99 and Dr. Miriam (Koch ’99) Gerber. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Lindley, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Mathematics; Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics.
Generous friend to the college Madelyn Johnson passed away on October 21, 2017. She was 93. Madelyn joined the Houghton community after World War II, when her husband, Richard “Dick” K. Johnson ’53, enrolled in the college on the GI bill. While not a Houghton graduate herself, she helped to put Dick through school, and the couple spoke fondly and often about their time at Houghton. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Malcolm Wetherbee, 88, died on December 26, 2017. Dr. Wetherbee was a professor and then chair of the psychology department at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts; taught in the Peace Corps in Tunisia; and was a volunteer faculty member at both the Oglala Lakota College and the Haskell Indian Nations University. He also taught at Boston University, Boston Conservatory of Music and Berklee College. Dr. Wetherbee was instrumental in helping his sister, Marjorie Wetherbee ’61, establish an endowed scholarship, the Marjorie Wetherbee International Student Scholarship, which provides financial aid annually for international students wishing to attend Houghton. He was predeceased by his sister, Marge.
STORER W. EMMETT
Medical missionary, world traveler and former Houghton College physician Dr. Storer Emmett embarked on his final journey Friday, August 25, 2017. He was 84. Storer was saved at a young age and felt God’s call to medical missions as a teen. His passion for medicine and the gospel resulted in years of faithful ministry around the world.
Serving first in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in a mission hospital as well as a medical officer for the government of Southern Rhodesia, he then journeyed to Haiti where he frequently performed emergency surgeries at the Wesleyan hospitals throughout the country. In 1976, the Emmett family traveled to Houghton, New York, where he served as a family practitioner with the Northern Allegany Medical Group, and as the Houghton College physician for 13 years.
It was while working to meet the medical needs of the people in rural Allegany County that he established the Houghton Medical/Dental Team. Beginning in 1977, Dr. Emmett joined Wesleyan missionary, Rev. Henry Ortlip ’40, on his rounds to the Wesleyan Churches in the mountains of southern Haiti to provide medical care to the people. Dr. John Nystrom joined a year later to provide dental care. Thanks to the faithfulness of Dr. Emmett and so many others, the team will be taking their 40th annual trip to Haiti this year.
Dr. Emmett is survived by his wife, Wilma; children Bethany (Emmett ’81) Harter, Esther (Emmett ’83) Slauson, S. William “Bill” Emmett III ’86, and Dr. Faith (Emmett ’87) Fisk; nine grandchildren including William Slauson ’12; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews including Stephanie (Emmett ’90) Paschalis; and great-nephew Timothy Paschalis ’20.
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