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   Dr. Claude Welch '45 B.D.

   18 Greenfield Circle, Apt. 2

   Freeport, IL 61032-3674



Class Notes

Welcome to 1945's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.


2010 Notes


George R. Bailey ’45 M.Div. is in the Woodlawn Commons Independent Retirement Unit (Susanna) of United Methodist set up known as Wesley. George is in good health for 91, except for poor eyesight. He walks a couple of miles a day for exercise, cares for a Memorial Garden and has a vegetable Garden. He is active at church and takes the Sacrament of Communion to the homebound. George also does volunteer tasks in his community and participates in rotary and keeps busy. He is fortunate to have good health and is happy.

Don Modisher ’45 B.D. and Carolyn now reside at 5031 Hillsboro Pk., Nashville, TN 37215, near daughter Christine. Don retired in l984 from WNY Conference of the United Methodist Church. Then they spent 24 years RVing between Tucson, AZ and Chautauqua Lake, NY. Don instituted a Chapel Program at the Voyager RV Resort, which continues today. Both Don and Carolyn enjoy reasonably good health and the friendship of many.


Sterling Whitener ’45 M.Div., ’52 S.T.M. and Barbara took a trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in June. They enjoyed the sights of the city and visiting some special friends. A highlight was seeing Sterling’s Bacon House roommate, Dick Hutcheson. Though they have kept in touch over the years since 1945, they have met only a few times.

Through correspondence during the years Sterling learned Dick served as mediator/consultant to the merger of the Southern Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church USA. He served briefly as Chief of Chaplains and demonstrated in his professional life the kinds of problem solving at which he was so accomplished.

Having known Dick’s first wife, Sterling was sad to learn of her illness with cancer and death. His subsequent marriage to Ann Rivers has been a great joy and fulfillment. They met this past June and found her support and help outstanding. A former college administrator, she is vibrant and talented, a great care giver and helper in his condition of parkinsonism.

Dick, with his wonderful sense of humor as always, shared his experiences as pastor in Vienna, VA. – an excellent lunch in a quiet restaurant – a great visit.