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Class of 1967


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   Ms. D. Elaine Tiller '67 B.D.


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Class Notes

Welcome to 1967'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


Elaine Tiller ’67 M.Div. has had a full career in gerontology and end of life concerns. She continues to work as Director of Community Education and Outreach at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD where she does lots of writing, speaking, and training. Elaine and Bob Tiller ’66 M.Div. are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year. Their four grandchildren bring incredible joy to their lives.


James I. Cheng ’67 M.Div., ‘68 S.T.M. was ordained in New Orleans, LA. He attended both phases of Interim training. After three and half years, he finally finished interim service at Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington in Wheaton, MD. Last year James enjoyed going back to YDS for the 40th reunion. He moved back to King of Prussia, PA and is updating the Taiwanese/Chinese translation of Book of Order 2009/2011 of Presbyterian Church (USA).


Art Gafke ’67 M.Div. continues as trainer, consultant, and mentor through Art Gafke Consulting. He and his wife Elena De La Peña live in Las Vegas NV where Art is active in building a faith based community organization to address the needs of families. www.ArtGafke.com


Bill Hanna ’67 M.Div. remains active in public policy issues related to health and human services in Colorado. Bill returned to public service following the election of Governor Bill Ritter. He works part time as the Director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Initiatives for Human Services. He and his wife, Cindy, owner of a graphic design firm, live in Denver.


Jon Hellstedt ’67 M.Div. is retired after a teaching career at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a private practice in psychotherapy. He is living with his wife Sharon in Stonington, ME and enjoys volunteer work as well as frequent visits to his 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He enjoys staying in touch with YDS mates Mike Lund, Sid Johnson, George Rupp, Paul Hanson, and Jonathan Hartshorne.


Nancy Jo Kemper ’67 M.Div. retired at the end of June, 2009, after 18 years of service as the director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. She continues to serve as a part-time minister of a small congregation, while exploring new ways to be an advocate in legislative arenas for common good issues.  She hopes to attend YDS Convocation 2009, and the National Council of Churches General Assembly in Nov.


H. Gerard Knoche ’67 M.Div. is retiring after serving as Bishop of the Delaware- Maryland Synod of the ELCA since 2000. He retires before the completion of his second term because of health issues, especially two knee replacements in January 2010. During his service he helped the synod develop at least one new mission each year and worked for the establishment of a residential senior high school in which all the students are recovering addicts.


Tom Lentz ’67 S.T.M. is Chairman of the electronics company Global Display Solutions, Inc. in Rockford, IL. The business is based in Italy. Other manufacturing locations include China, Taiwan, and Romania. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL and OH. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI

John Mitchener ’67 B.D. and Ginette went to Alaska early June 2009: Weather marvelous, no “liquid sunshine,” outstanding scenery. They traveled from Seattle via Inland Passage to Ketchikan, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau and back via Victoria BC. An able naturalist educated them on totems, glaciers, whales, sea otters and much more. Locals were excited that 2009 marks 50 years of statehood. John’s work in race relations featured in a local newspaper as “1959: Two Graduate from two Edenton High Schools, one white – one black.”


Canon Richard T. Nolan ’67 M.A.R. was married to Robert C. Pingpank his partner of 54 years in the Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, on June 4, 09, during their 50th class reunion. Details and pictures are at www.nolan-pingpank.com/. The New York Times announced their marriage on June 7. Both 72 and retired in West Palm Beach, Dick and Bob are now basking in total leisure - an indefinite sabbatical!


Bob Paulen ’67 M.Div. won medals in the long hurdles, short hurdles, long jump and triple jump at the 09 USA Masters Championship. He will represent the US in the World Masters Games in Australia in October. He will then continue on around the world with stops in Cambodia, Viet Nam, UAE, Italy, Morocco, and Brazil before arriving home in Silver Spring MD in time for the Christmas holidays.


John Preston ’67 M.Div. has summarized his parish career in a book: Wrestling Until the Dawn: The Fight for Biblical Justice in a Postmodern World. It is available through Amazon. He is active in environmental activism, partly as the Northeast representative on the Presbyterians for Earth Care steering committee. He and his wife Sally are thrilled with the recent birth of their first granddaughter, and continue to enjoy life in beautiful upstate NY.

Joan Stuart Ross ’67 M.Div. retired after 41 years of teaching college art. She plans to devote her time to painting and printmaking in her Seattle studio http://ballardworks.org and her new Nahcotta WA studio. This summer Joan will exhibit work at Mighty Tieton and Waterworks Gallery in Friday Harbor. Several of her encaustic landscapes are featured in “Nature,” published in Paris, France. Joan is organizing her archives for the Univ of WA Libraries.

George Rupp ’67 M.Div. is now in his 8th year as president of the International Rescue Committee, an international relief and development agency that operates in over 40 countries and also resettles refugees through 23 offices in the U.S. George and Nancy just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They enjoy time with their two daughters, sons-in-law, and 5 grandchildren.


Charlotte and Melvin D. Schmidt ’67 M.Div. are enjoying retirement in Hyattsville, MD where they live surrounded by their three daughters and nine grandchildren. Mel served Congregational churches in CT and Mennonite churches in KA, OH, and MD before retiring on his sixty-sixth birthday in 2003. Mel and Charlotte enjoyed a semester of study in Harvard in 1979 and a three month trip to Indonesia in 2001.


David W. Schneider ’67 M.Div. of Woodbridge, CT, is now semi-retired from the practice of law. After ordination in the UCC, marriage to Virginia Glann '66 MAR, graduation from Yale Law School, and clerking for a federal appeals judge, David was a partner and managing partner of Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, one of Connecticut's oldest firms. Dave and Jinny are proud of their three children: a college organic chemistry professor, a nurse planner, and an oceanographic engineer.


Ronald J. Sider ’67 M.Div. continues as Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy at Palmer Seminary at Eastern Univ and as President of Evangelicals for Social Action. He continues to work on a variety of public policy issues, serving on the boards of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment and Sojourners and on a task force of President Obama’s White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Donald J. West ’67 M.Div. continues to live in Thomasville, GA where he has served for twenty years as the minister of the Boston, GA Presbyterian Church. He represents the Flint River Presbytery on the Council of the Synod of South Atlantic and continues to operate West Real Estate Associates. He will be installed this fall as the national moderator of the Association of Presbyterian Tent Makers.


Jenny Yates ’67 M.A.R. continues to enjoy living beside the ocean at Wrightsville Beach, NC. She teaches Psychology and Religion in the Graduate School at the Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington and practices as a Jungian Analyst.