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Welcome to 1964'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.



Notes from 2008


Don Alexander ’64 B.D., ’65 S.T.M. retired in the fall of 2002 after 30 years at Oklahoma City’s First Christian Church.  In April 2008, he delivered the Griggs Lecture at Tulsa’s First Church on “The Christological Dilemma” based on his book Isn’t That What We’re Supposed to Believe?  


Richard Bell ’64 B.D., who lists his email address as rbell@wooster.edu, was twice in South Africa where he was teaching after retirement from The College of Wooster.  He has published a book with Rowman and Littlefield, entitled Rethinking Justice, Restoring Our Humanity (2007) along with publishing several articles.  He is teaching an African Philosophy course at Wooster in the Fall of 2008.


After two decades as a public health nurse, Lois Capps ’64 M.A.R. became a Member of the U.S. Congress serving in the House of Representatives from the 23rd Congressional District of California.  She replaced her husband Walter Capps ’65 Ph.D. who died in his first term.  She has been elected five times to serve her district.

Ginna Coultrap Kline ’64 B.D. is now retired after a few years as a DCE and many years as a preschool teacher.  She and her family have lived most of the time in Minneapolis, MN.


B. Darrell Jackson ’64 B.D. retired from the Research Staff of the Missouri House of Representatives at the end of 2003.  He worked for the House for 27 years, 23 of them as Director of Research.


Robert C. (Bob) Johnson ’64 B.D. and his wife Connie have both retired (she from business school admissions office at Duke University, and he from parish ministry and from diocesan administration for the Episcopal diocese of North Carolina).  They are comfortably settled in Durham, NC, near their two grown children and three grandsons.  David Price ’64 B.D. is their congressman, and their neighborhood theologian is Stanley Hauerwas ’65 B.D.


Max Jones ’64 B.D. and his wife Suzanne continue to live in Granbury, TX. This past year he has worked part-time as a fundraiser for the Phillips University Legacy Foundation in Enid, OK. He is currently serving as the Transitional Minister of the First Christian Church in Mineral Well, TX.


Burke Long ’64 B.D. is the Kenan Professor of Humanities and Religion Emeritus at Bowdoin College, having retired from teaching in 2002.  He maintains a campus office and has been completing various research papers. In the Fall of 2005, he was Visiting Professor of Old Testament at YDS.  He and Judith Holstein ’63 M.Div. have five grandchildren.


Susan and John McCabe ’64 B.D. celebrated 33 years of marriage. Their first grandchild is now three years old, and, at age 69, John completed 15 years as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, and retired.  He is redirecting his efforts towards healing through spirituality. Aimee is an actor and Yoga Instructor in NYC. Mike is married to Laura Leffler and is a 3rd year Neurology Resident in Minneapolis. Jennifer, Evan and Mikey are also in the Minneapolis area. Susan and John continue to live in Olathe, KS, and their home church is Grace UMC, Olathe.


Dick Miller ’64 M.Div. thinks it has been at least 25 or perhaps 30 years since he’s contributed anything to class notes, and since there is a space limit, he’ll make this brief.  Dick came out as a gay man in 1982, resigned from his pastorate in Maryland, separated and later obtained a divorce from Page, and moved to San Francisco where he developed a successful gardening business.  Then in 1987 he was recruited back into the ministry, now as openly gay and as a gay activist in the church and wider community and ended up serving as pastor of Disciple congregations in Eureka, San Jose, and finally La Puente, CA before retiring and moving to Albuquerque in 2003, where he continues to enjoy exploring the nearby wilderness areas.                


Jerry Murphy ’64 M.Div. served a number of Christian Churches in Ohio, retiring in 2003. He has remained active in church work doing interim work for UCC and Christian churches.  He and his wife live in Bay Village, OH.


Harry Parrott ’64 B.D. served four congregations in the course of 37 years.  He also served two years in Church of Scotland parishes and three years on the staff of the American protestant Church of the Hague.  They live now in Penney Retirement Community near Jacksonville, FL. They are engaged in political and community activities. 


Jane Hanger Seeley ’64 M.A.R. works as the Director of Family-Community Programs at East Side Neighborhood Services in Minneapolis. She and her husband Bill are fully engaged in family and community life.  Bill is an attorney and teaches at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.


David A. Schattschneider ’64 M.Div. retired in 2001 after teaching church history (20 years) and serving as Vice-President and Dean (13 years) of the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA.  His wife Doris retired in 2002 as Professor of Mathematics at the Moravian Historical Society (www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org).


David H. Smith ’64 B.D., who recently retired from the Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, has been appointed as Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.


The beauty of New Hampshire in the fall is more important than ever to Lee VanBremen ’64 B.D. and his wife as Lee continues to recover from surgery in addition to living with Parkinson’s Disease for about 15 years. All of this is requiring some lifestyle changes but they are grateful for their friends and family, including six grandsons. The oldest is a sophomore at Duke, three live in London with their parents and two are in Wellesley, MA. All of them spend as much time as possible in New Hampshire. Jane continues to enjoy working as the clinical supervisor for Good Beginnings, a parent support program in Claremont, NH. Lee serves on the boards of three not-for-profits and as treasurer of the local Democratic Party. As he finishes this note, the couple is awaiting the arrival of good friends, Jim ’63 B.D. and Jan Baker.


Lou Wargo ’64 B.D. concluded his parish ministry in San Diego, CA in 2005 and has accepted the “call” to be a grandparent.  They live in Beaverton, OR where he is serving as an annuitant visitor for the UCC Pension Board.  His task is to stay in contract with clergy and surviving spouses who are receiving USS pensions.


Notes from 2007


Don. H. Alexander ’64 M.Div., ’65 S.T.M. retired as Senior Pastor of Oklahama City’s First Christian Church at the end of 2002 following 30 years of ministry with that congregation, which served as the Family Disaster Relief Center after the Murrah Building bombing in 1995. In 1996 Don was awarded an honorary D.Min. degree from the Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.  His publications include Isn’t That What We’re Supposed to Believe?  Exploring Our Faith (Pre-production Press, 1998) and three western novels of historical fiction under the pen name “Alex Harold”:  Slumgullion Gold, Slumgullion Greed, and Slumgullion Grit (Western Reflections Publication Company, 2000; 2005 and 2005).  Don and his wife Judy, married 47 years this August, have two grown children: a son Eric who spent the first four years of his life at YDS and is now a magician in Los Vegas, NV; and a daughter Ann Lyn Buchanan, an occupational therapist in Edmond, OK and the mother of their two outstanding grandchildren Haley and Alex!  In 1980 the family built a mountain cabin near Lake City, CO – a vacation retreat and a great environment for writing!

Richard H. Bell ’64B.D. ’66 M.A., ’68 Ph.D. has had an active past decade. He has published three books: Simone Weil: The Way of Justice as Compassion (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998); Understanding African Philosophy: A Cross-cultural Approach (Routledge, 2003); and Rethinking Justice: Restoring Our Humanity (Rowman and Littlefield, July, 2007). He and his wife Barbara both retired from The College of Wooster in December, 2003; and since then he has been a visiting lecturer at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa for a semester in 2004 and in 2006. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research and Lecture grant in 2006 that supported their second term at Rhodes and the completion of his “Justice” book. He and Barbara showed up at the annual fall Convocation two years ago and hope to be back in 2007.

After 30 years of ministry in Episcopal congregations in NC and 6 years as bishop of NC, Robert C. Johnson ’64 B.D. retired in 2000 and soon after had surgery for five coronary artery by-passes, but has been well ever since. His dear Connie worked a career in admissions at Duke University and retired shortly before him. Six months ago she underwent breast cancer surgery and is recuperating nicely. They enjoy two children and three grandsons. They are planning a tour of the American West this fall.


Max Jones ’64 B.D. has retired from full time ministry but is continuing to serve as a consultant to higher education and ecumenical ministries.  He is currently working part time for the Phillips University Legacy Foundation, helping raise scholarship funds for students attending church related universities.  He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Granbury, TX, approximately forty miles Southwest of Fort Worth.

Lee VanBremen '64 B.D. writes, "The beauty of New Hampshire in the fall is more important than ever to us as I continue to recover from surgery in addition to living with Parkinson’s Disease for about 15 years." While these circumstances have required some lifestyle changes, he and his wife Jane are grateful for their friends and family, including six grandsons.  The oldest is a sophomore at Duke, three live in London with their parents and two are in Wellesley, MA.  All of them spend as much time as possible in NH.  Jane continues to enjoy working as the clinical supervisor for Good Beginnings, a parent support program in Claremont, NH.  Lee serves on the boards of three not-for-profits and is treasurer of the local Democratic Party.  He concludes, "As I finish this note, we’re awaiting the arrival of good friends, Jan and Jim Baker '63 B.D."

The Ronnie A. Yoder Scholarship has been established by the Honorable Ronnie A. Yoder ’64 Div. of Alexandria, Virginia for students enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary as Master in Divinity and Master in Theological Studies Degree candidates, to advance the study of love as an appropriate center of Christian theology, life, preaching and practice, and to explore love as an ecumenical theme unifying all of humankind's religions. Judge Yoder has served as the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Department of Transportation since July 1, 2001. He has served as a Federal Administrative Law Judge for 31 years at DOT, the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Department of Labor, and other agencies, after spending 14 years in private practice in New York and Washington, D.C.