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Welcome to 1971's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2008 for publication in Spectrum 2009.

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Notes from 2008


After 37 years of service as a minister of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, John Freeman ’71 M.Div has just retired. Duplicating his ministry, his retirement activities promise to be eclectic: golf, fishing, woodworking, picking (guitar and banjo), even sawmilling. Down the road John hopes to help my daughter with an elder law practice she intends to establish within the next few years.

Dan Garrett ’71 M.Div. and his wife, Susan ’69 M.A.R., recently returned to Berryville, VA, upon Susan’s retirement as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Dan retired in 2003, after six pastoral appointments and a seminary teaching appointment in the Virginia Conference. Yet, he continues teaching United Methodist Studies at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Shenandoah University. Dan and Susan have two sons and three grandsons.

Richard Guerrette ’71 S.T.M. is founder of EquiPax Center for Human and Ethical Resources specializing in corporate retreats in Newport, VT. As an ecumenical priest in innovative cross-cultural ministries, he has developed a morally sensitive paradigm for organization management studies, Management by Ethics (MBE), to replace the functionally insensitive Management by Objectives (MBO) profit-driven paradigm. MBE draws on the moral development research legacy of Kohlberg/Rest to re-socialize human resource training programs throughout multinational corporate cultures and on the faith development research of Fowler to re-orient religious and social faith systems toward a global ecumenical environment.

Richard Hall ’71 M.Div. is continuing as Finance Manager at Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, NJ, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, for what he hopes is the foreseeable future. He is also trying to spend more time playing the piano and would like to hear from Dale Lindquist ’71 M.Div., Brad Kress ’71 M.Div. or Bob Stone ’71 M.Div., ’75 S.T.M. if they're reading this.

Kirk O. Hanson ’71 Div. left after the first year of the program in 1968-69 on a Rockefeller Trial Year Fellowship and received an M.B.A. from Stanford. He later did doctoral studies at the Harvard Business School and was one of the founders of the academic field of business ethics, teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 23 years. In 2001 he took early retirement to become University Professor and Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University where he directs what has become one of the largest and most active centers for the study of ethics in the US (www.scu.edu/ethics). He serves on foundation boards and is honorary chair of the first business ethics center in China.

Jim Kodera ’71 Div. writes for the first time since leaving YDS in May 1970. He was enrolled in the M.A.R. program at YDS but left to enroll in the graduate program at Columbia to study Buddhism and other religions of Asia, a decision inspired by the questions that we shared in common in the face of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of some of our heroes. Before finishing his Ph.D., he went to Oberlin College to teach in 1973. Three years later, having finished the dissertation, he moved to Wellesley College where he has remained since. In the early eighties, he took a year off to prepare for ordination in the Episcopal Church. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1985 and to the priesthood a year later. He was, apparently, the first Asian American ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts since its inception in the late 18th century. He has managed to teach full time and serve the church full time. Currently, he is Chair and Professor of Religion at Wellesley, and Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hudson, MA. He is married to Nancy, a former missionary from the Philippines to the Anglican Church of Japan. They have two children, John and Jamie, both in Middle School in Sudbury, MA. He concludes that he recalls the year at YDS with fondness and gratitude.


Dave Nolte ’71 M.Div. completed summer CPE at Blue Hills Hospital in Hartford, CT in 1971 and was ordained Elder by United Methodist Bishop James S. Thomas in ’73. He married Mari Stuart on January 11, 1975 and began active duty as a U.S. Chaplain that July. He finished his Basic course as an honors graduate and served as Brigade Chaplain “circuit rider”, 160th Signal Brigade – [120 sites / 85, 000 square miles in West Germany] from 1978 – 1981. Thereafter, Dave served as Army Reserve Chaplain while appointed to rural Iowa “town and country” churches. He took educational leave in 1985 and attended Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS where he graduated as an honor student. He then served active duty during Desert Storm from February until April 1991. Dave last served as (COL) Staff Chaplain, 19th TAACOM (CA) Des Moines, IA and Taegu, Republic of Korea from1991 to retirement in July ‘99. Dave and Mari have two children, Ben & Christen born in1978 and 1980. He is presently serving Prairie View UMC, P.O. Box 867, Packwood, IA 52580 pvumc@iowatelecom.net

John Rollefson ’71 M.Div. has been Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master in Los Angeles on Santa Monica Blvd., a mile south of UCLA, since 2004. He previously served as pastor of university-related and urban congregations in Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, and San Francisco. He currently serves on the Board of Progressive Christians Uniting, the University Religious Conference at UCLA, and UCLA's Governing Board for the Study of Religion. He lives with his wife of 36 years, Ruth, who runs a children’s voice and piano studio out of their home. They have two adult sons, Griff and Jake.

After 25 years in pastoral ministry—and eight years running a used book store on Cape Cod— George Taylor ’71 M.Div. is now working as a Director of Public Affairs with Christian Union. This Princeton-based evangelical ministry has the challenging goal of reaching the eight Ivy League universities with the Gospel, in cooperation with other campus ministries. George works out of his home office in Marion, Massachusetts where he has lived with his wife Vi since 1984.

Barbara Walden ’71 Div. only attended one semester, in 1969-70. At that time she was married to Don Chandler and in March of 1970 their first child was born, Laura Lyn (She has recently changed her name to Leilani Elizabeth, which Barbara thinks is quite marvelous!). After Don finished he got accepted at University of Washington, so they moved to Seattle. There they had two more children, Estelle Maria and Tasha Kristine. Barbara received a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling at Seattle Pacific University, and Don received a scholarship for the couple to go to Japan for two years for language study and research. They moved from Seattle to Glendale Heights, IL to be close to Barbara’s parents while Don was doing research for his thesis. Then, unfortunately their marriage failed. Barbara remarried in 1983 to Bruce Sylvester, and they moved to Plainfield where Bruce was pastor of Plainfield Congregational church. They had two children, Rachel Irene and Jeremy Charles. Then they moved to Lake Worth, FL where Bruce was a pastor of the Congregational church there.  Unfortunately they were divorced, and Barbara moved to Georgia in December 2005 to an assisted living facility.  And then Barbara met Art Walden at a Bible study at the Rocky Face Baptist Church where they are members. Art asked Barbara out in March and the two were married on January 13, 2007. Barbara has been pleased to be accepted into the evening class of LPN nurses training this October at Northwestern Technical College in Rock Springs GA.

David L. Wheeler ’71 M.Div. is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Portland, OR. Previously he was Professor of Theology and Ethics at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and senior minister of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles. Teaching and ministry opportunities have taken David and his wife Carol to Cambodia, Russia and several Latin American nations. Their daughter Clare is a high school science teacher in New Orleans; their son Micah is a west coast artist and musician.