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Welcome to 1957'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, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.

     

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Notes from 2008

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John Bullard ’57 M.Div. has just returned from a 13-day visit to Germany retracing the footsteps of Luther, Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn in Leipzig, Berlin/Potsdam, Wittenberg, Wartburg, Erfurt, Halle, Eisenach, Weimar, Erlangen, and finally Prague. A glorious trip which reminded him of dear Roland Bainton's lectures and books." He writes, “Our 50th Class Reunion in October, 2007, was a great success with about 40 out of our 72 surviving members returning. We led all YDS classes in Alumni Fund participation (95%).”

 

Wilys Claire and Jim Nelson ’57 B.D. remain in Tucson, AZ, but moved to a retirement home early in 2008. Jim continues to write and speak in the area of addiction and recovery, and savors memories of a grand 50th reunion last year.

 

 

Truman Stehr ’57 B.D. is finishing a 5-year project of writing a book on the history of his childhood denomination, The Evangelical Church. Truman is 6th generation Evangelical on both sides of his family. Its character changed in 1946 (when he was 14) by a merger with the United Brethren in Christ. Therefore, Truman’s book covers the years 1800-1946. Since his children were not born until the 1960s, he is primarily writing the book for them and other extended family relatives. The book will be self-published—100 copies—in hardcover. One of the most remarkable things about the Evangelical Church (founder, Jacob Albright) is that Albright was himself ordained by 14 individuals—all lay persons—who had been converted through his preaching. The Evangelical Church is very much a “Priesthood of All Believers” church.

 

Keith Stephenson ’57 B.D., ’59 S.T.M. retired from teaching Biblical studies in Nebraska and Indonesia 17 years ago. Keith loves the sciences but is still drawn to inter-faith affairs and to post-colonial Biblical hermeneutics (first effort: a 1975 study of Revelation 4-5, which forced listeners to recite Christo-centric parodies of America's patriotic icons). However, his chief delights are three kids and three grandkids designing and making furniture; and hiking in their back yard—Rocky Mountain National Park—with Jackie, his wife of 56 years.

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Notes from 2007

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In 1956 James W. Bowers ’57 Div. traveled to Denmark where he met his wife of 48 years, Jytte.  Having decided to go into teaching, he got an M.A. in English from the University of Redlands, CA and a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of Copenhagen. He has taught at several universities in the States and spent a year as a Fulbright professor of American literature at the University of Oulu in Finland.  His work eventually took him to China where his family Bowersattended church together with the live chickens that worshipers had brought along for their dinner. After the massacre on Tiananmen Square in 1989, however, they had to take refuge in CT for a while. Bowers taught an advanced writing course at Yale. They  could not, however, adjust to American life, so they returned to their engagement with the communist way of life, first in Czechoslovakia just after the Velvet Revolution. They witnessed the first Christmas during which the teachers did not have to wear ski masks while attending the church services.  Then they traveled to Lithuania where, as a teacher Bowers met students who could not even believe the opportunities that their freedom might bring. The Bowers later returned to Shanghai for a semester and were overwhelmed by the transformation that had taken place in the decade they were gone. Bowers and his wife have now retired to the cabin that he built himself in the woods of Spearfish, SD.

 

William G. Long ’57 M.Div. retired in 1994 after 37 years in higher education, including 20 years at Elon University in Burlington, NC, teaching political science and working as the dean of student life. Upon retirement, he moved to Beaufort, NC, a beautiful town located at the based of the Outer Banks of NC.  After going through a hip replacement, he elected to move back to a retirement community (Twin Lakes) in Burlington.  He and his beloved wife Marjorie, who passed in 1991, had four children.