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Welcome to 1972'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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Anthony Allen ’72 B.D. pursues dual careers. As aallen psychiatrist he seeks to promote a Christian Whole Person perspective in his private practice. For 24 years (1975 to 1999), he worked as a part-time lecturer and hospital consultant at the University of the West Indies. There, he developed the teaching of psychotherapy and counselling for residents and medical students. Anthony also founded the counselling programme and full-time psychiatric services for UWI students and staff. As a consultant in Church-based Wholistic Health Ministries Anthony has been working in promoting and strengthening Congregation-based Whole Person Healing Ministries which have now spread to most denominations in Jamaica. Also he has been facilitating medical and theological students in integrating spirituality and health. Anthony was founding chairman of the Counselling and Healing Ministry of the Jamaica Baptist Union and the Bethel Baptist Whole Person Ministry. He has served on the Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches and carried out assignments for World Vision International. The Whole Person Resource Centre, which Anthony co-developed, provides workshops and consultations for church health ministries. Anthony has authored several articles, book chapters and books and has fulfilled various international speaking assignments.

 

On May 21 Grace Dammann ’72 M.A.R. was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge leaving San Francisco when a car approaching from the opposite direction crossed the median strip and careened into her.  She suffered many broken bones, including both arms, legs, pelvis, shoulders, and ankles, as well as damage to her lungs, liver and diaphragm and bleeding in her brain. A decade after obtaining her Master’s degree from the Divinity School, Grace attended the University of California medical school in San Francisco and, upon graduation, spent her professional career treating AIDS. From the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, she was a pioneer, offering compassionate care to people had been abandoned or condemned by their families and society. In 1993, Grace and her partner adopted an “at risk” baby. In recognition of her work with AIDS patients, Grace was one of 47 recipients from around the world of the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” award presented by the Dalai Lama. After the accident on the Golden Gate Bridge, Grace came perilously close to dying. She now faces years of intensive rehabilitation and support. A website at www.caringbridge.com contains updates about Grace’s condition (enter “gracedammann” at the website) as well as instructions for donating to a fund for Grace’s rehabilitation and support, the Grace Dammann Fund.

 

Steven L. Davis ’72 M.Div. is Senior Pastor to Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, in Phoenix, AZ, where he has served since his call in 1991. Prior to 1991 he had served churches in Connecticut, Colorado, and New York. His M.S.W. degree is from the University of Connecticut, and he is a certified Spiritual Director and Parish Mediator. He and wife, Jane, live in Scottsdale, AZ, where Jane is a psychotherapist in private practice.

 

Randy Day ’72 M.Div. just began a new appointment at First Church of Round Hill, Greenwich, CT. He is focusing on his new position and caring for his four children.

 

After 20 years of work on the ELCA Region 1 staff coordinating Youth Programs (Alaska, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho), David Ellingson YDS ’72 M.Div. has been teaching for the past four years in the Children, Youth & Family Studies program at Trinity Lutheran College in Seattle, WA as well as directing the Children, Youth & Family Center. Current projects include developing a Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement and a research project on the “outcomes” of service-learning among adolescents. He is also writing a book entitled “Biblical Wisdom for a Digital Age” which uses selected biblical “sound bytes” with age-appropriate action/reflection resources across the life-span. For more information, visit www.tlc.edu. “Blessings!”

 

Lyle A Kleman ’72 M.Div. moved from Michigan to Iowa, where he is residing in a "semi-retired" state, enjoying grandchildren and generally taking it easy.

 

Gordon R. Lindsey ’72 M.Div. retired from the JC Penney Company in 2004 after 22 years of service in corporate communications. In February 2007, he was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He currently serves as pastor of Scottsville Presbyterian Church in Scottsville, VA. He also serves on the staff of the Presbytery of the James. He and his wife Ginny reside in Charlottesville, VA.

 

Michael Penn Moore ’72 M.Div., ’74 S.T.M. recently celebrated his twentieth anniversary as pastor of Church of the Redeemer UCC in Westlake, OH (a Cleveland suburb). His earlier pastorates in Petaluma, CA, and Absarokee, MT, are still remembered with fondness--by him, at any rate--and he continues to enjoy the work of parish ministry in a mid-sized congregation. His work does, as ever, get in the way of his interests in photography, backpacking, martial arts, model railroading, Japanese gardening, travel, and cooking. Michael and Cathy, married nearly forty years, enjoy rude good health and are locked in negotiations about retirement venues, with Cathy making a strong case for Provence.

 

This year instead of working as National Park Rangers, Sara and Bruce Schundler ’72 M.Div. volunteered during January, February and March at the SAM Shortline State Park (Georgia). Then on April first they left for a summer in Alaska, by way of San Antonio and Big Bend NP (in Texas), and then on to Mesa Verde, Capitol Reef, Zion and Glacier National Parks, and eventually to the Canadian border and Alaska. After seven months and over 13,600 miles of travel, they finally drove back home (Bedminster, NJ)  in late August. Needless to say, they had a wonderful time! The current plan is to go back to Mesa Verde National Park next summer and work again as National Park Rangers. So if anyone is traveling in that area, come visit!

 

As of August 1, 2008, Thomas Snapp ’72 M.Div. resigned as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran church in Ft. Myers Beach, FL and has retired from active ministry. He and his family have just returned from a vacation in Alaska and as soon as they sell their home on Ft. Myers Beach they intend to move to St. Petersburg, Florida, to their new home. Part of their plans include helping their daughter raise their grandchild whose father died in June of 2007 just two months after the child’s birth. Thomas plans to regain his classical keyboard technique (harpsichord and organ) and maybe find a few people interested in some baroque chamber music. He and his wife look forward to the move.

 

James Turner ’72 M.Div. attended law school at Georgetown after YDS and began working for the House of Representatives as a third year student. He has spent most of his career with the Committee on Science and Technology. Jim spends much of his spare time on university and non-profit boards and is Washington Coordinator for an intern program for MIT and UVA. The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee honored James, Chief Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, as 2008 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Members of the U.S. standardization community recognized him on Thursday evening, October 23, 2008, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Named for the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the Ron Brown award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade.

 

Richard F. Van Wely ’72 S.T.M became Rector Emeritus of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT in January 2007.

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Gordon Lindsey ’72 M.Div. was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on February 25, 2007.  He was installed as Pastor of the Scottsville Presbyterian Church in Scottsville, VA on April 15, 2007. He has also been working as a staff associate with the Presbytery of the James since September 2006. He and his wife Ginny reside in Charlottesville, VA, where they moved in January 2006 after Gordon retired from a 22-year career with the JCPenney Company. Gordon is co-author of Holding Forth the Word of Life: The Witness of a Downtown Church, a 150th anniversary history of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, TX (Taylor Publishing Company, 2006).

Joe Mann ’72 M.Div., ’73 S.T.M. has been Director of the Rural Church Division of The Duke Endowment for 18 years.  After Yale he went to Wilmington, NC to serve a United Methodist parish and was ordained an elder in the NC Conference.  He then went to NC State University as a campus minister (1975-84), leaving there to be Director of Continuing Education at Duke Divinity School (1984-89).  He and his wife Ann live in Charlotte, and their son Christopher lives in Asheville with Sara and their two grandchildren, Liam and Susanna.  In July 2007 he was elected President of the NC Center for Nonprofits, and he is President of the Board of Directors for Faith and Form Magazine.

 

 

 

After six years of parish ministry and 27 years as President/CEO of The Schundler Company, Bruce Schundler ’72 M.Div. sold the company and "retired" two years ago. Then he and his wife Sara began pursuing another dream, namely, having the time to travel and enjoy some of our wonderful National SchundlerParks. Last summer they "lived their dream" by working for six months as seasonal Park Rangers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore at the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and this summer they are Park Rangers at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. They love leading tours, working in and around the many historical cliff dwellings in the park, and responding whenever someone yells, "Hey, Ranger!" The days are long, climbing down to and up from the cliff dwellings is almost as much exercise as climbing up the lighthouse one to three times a day, and the stimulation of studying in depth another part of American history every year is challenging, but at the end of the day, they're smiling and wondering why they are getting paid to be "living our dream." You can read more about their experiences at http://schundler.net/bruceandsaraMV.htm (Mesa Verde) and http://www.schundler.net/bruceandsara.htm (Cape Hatteras).

In April of this year, along with his normal parish duties at St. Peter Lutheran church on Ft. Myers Beach FL, C. Thomas Snapp ’72 M.Div. assumed the chairmanship of the Global Missions Committee.  Consequently, he has made trips to Haiti to study the work being done there and will be leaving for Cuba on August 17, to represent the Florida-Bahamas Synod at the 100 year celebration of the Lutheran church there.  Snapp reports that retirement lures closer all the time and a grandson in St. Petersburg, FL, seems to make that an increasingly appealing spot.