Rev. Richard O. Johnson '75 M.Div.
Peace Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 1394
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Welcome to 1975'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.
Lyle Vincent Anderson, ’75 MDiv is now a Quaker, ex-philosopher and [g*dd*m] lawyer. He hears regularly from YDS fundraisers; if $200K lien vs. ex-client in WILD case[s] v. the reputed model/mentor of Matlock ever comes through, they will hear back. He is still adjusting to the Deep South. Full page bio at www.lawdalton.com.
Richard E. Allen, Jr., ’75 MDiv is still serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. After 25 years in South Carolina, including pastorates in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, and a stint as an associate pastor at Christ Church in NYC, he is pastor of Mamaroneck UMC in Westchester County, NY. He has been married to Lynne, a career counselor, for 10 years. He enjoys hiking and photography.
Samuel W. Croll, III, ’75 MAR is CEO of The Clean Air Group, an engineering firm specializing in the design of air pollution control equipment. He is a Director of Mazda Limited of Ahmedabad, India, and a Trustee Emeritus at Skidmore College. Sam is currently Clerk of the Session at Rye Presbyterian Church and a member of the Stephen Ministry. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife Ann, who is Director of Admissions at the Stanwich School, and his son, Harrison who is a sophomore at the Brunswick School.
Mark D. Dewald, ’75 MDiv has been pastor of First United Church of Christ in Reading, PA, for the past 21 years. He has also served pastorates in Johnstown, PA and Harrisburg, PA. Reading has been described as America's most diverse city, and he certainly has been enjoying the challenges that go with city ministry. He has been married for 37 years to Nancy Hodge Dewald who is Librarian at the Penn State Berks Campus. His elder daughter, Alison, is pursuing a Ph.D. in research chemistry at the University of Virginia. His younger daughter, Laura, is a second grade teacher in the Charlottesville, VA area. He enjoys hiking with his pet Keeshond, Atom.
Edward E. Flower, ’75 STM is now retired. He served for twenty years as an Army Chaplain. He then earned his doctorate in psychology and served an additional 23 years as a Pastoral Counselor. He and his wife Judy, a clinical psychologist, serve as visitors for the United Methodist Endorsing Agency and run workshops for Methodist chaplains returning from the combat zone and their spouses. The Flowers have been married for 51 years and have two sons and four grandchildren.
Henry B. Freeman, ’75 MDiv is president of H. Freeman Associates, LLC, a fundraising consulting firm serving non-profits and schools throughout the country. This Fall Henry administered a blog for the Henri Nouwen Society on The Spirituality of Fund-Raising. He also recently completed a 5-hour video series titled Nine Guiding Principles and 50 Practical Tips for Successful Fundraising. To contact Henry, visit www.hfreemanassociates.com.
Richard O. Johnson, ’75 MDiv has been pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA for 25 years. Beyond the parish, he edits Forum Letter, an independent publication that comments on things Lutheran for a readership of several thousand. On the side he teaches church history for Fuller Seminary’s Northern California extension. He’s been married to Lois for 31 years; son Luke is a journalist working in Singapore, and daughter Johanna (YDS MDiv 2009) is on internship in Naples, FL.
Dieter P. Kuchenbecker ’75 MA, has been pastor of the Lutheran Church in Schlamersdorf, Schleswig-Holstein for 8 years. He has been working on a committtee of the Northelbian Church observing sects and cults. He is President of the regional American Society and has led a group at the American Center of Hamburg called “Common Ground” that looks at common heritage
of Americans and Germans. He’s been married to Hannelore, who is an architect, for 21 years and has a daughter 13 years old, in 8th grade.
David W. Kuck ’75 STM has been on the academic staff of the United Theological College of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, since 1991, teaching New Testament and preaching. He is called by the ELCA, on behalf of the Lutheran Church in Guyana. He recently published Preaching in the Caribbean: Building up a People for Mission. His wife Mary teaches English at UTCWI and for a program training Jamaican vocational teachers.
Kent R. Logan, ’75 MDiv, ’91 PhD has worked in the field of special education in Atlanta since 1975. He’s been a classroom teacher, consulting teacher, grant writer, researcher, university faculty. He currently works half-time as an Autism Specialist with DeKalb County Schools. He’s been married to Mary Callaway for 37 years; daughter Hillary is married, a social worker in Asheville,NC, expecting first child in February; daughter Hannah is married, a teacher in Greensboro, NC.
Mary Callaway Logan, ’75 MDiv has been a pastoral counselor in private practice at Druid Hills United Methodist for 12 years(15 years previous in community counseling and substance abuse treatment). In 1997 Mary developed a group spiritual-direction art studio, Seeds of Light which allows members to reflect on their spiritual autobiography using visual expression. She is also a painter and found -objects artist following biblical and spiritual themes.
Barbara (Miodonski) Oldmeadow, MDiv ’75 and John Oldmeadow, MAR ’75 continue to live in Australia. Barbara has completed over 20 years as a school chaplain, and is considering her future direction in pastoral ministry and spiritual development. John continues in his role as Executive Director of the Board of Education of the NSW Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Ellen Robbins, ’75 MDiv has been teaching Hebrew Bible in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for 18 years. She is writing a radical re-interpretation of the story of the Garden of Eden which should be ready for publication in 2010. She is an active participant in Women in Black and has organized a Peace Path annually every September 11 since 2002. She's been married to Joel Spruck for 30 years; their daughter Hannah works in New York for the French government.
Jim Rubins, ’75 MDiv retired from County of Napa, where he worked for 25 years in various administrative roles including Alcohol and Drug Administrator in the heart of the California “Wine Country.” While at YDS he married L. Ann Hallisey, MDiv ’75 and they had three children. Jim and Ann were divorced in 1996 but meet often to celebrate kids and accomplishments. Oldest daughter has recently been named an Astronaut Candidate by NASA and is training for space flight. Middle daughter is a social worker like her ol’ man. Son works in the pharmaceutical industry. Jim works part time as a social worker/Chaplain at the local hospital in Napa.
Charles J. Scalise, ’75 MDiv has served as a Fuller Seminary professor for fifteen years. With his wife, Pamela Johnson Scalise, an OT professor, he teaches primarily at Fuller Northwest in Seattle. Last June Charlie delivered a plenary address on theological difference to the Society for Pastoral Theology, where he also co-chairs the Church and Christian Formation Group and serves on the Journal of Pastoral Theology’s editorial board.
Steve Schlather, ’75 MAR worked in daily newspapers for 27 years. He now does publicity, speaking, education, and outreach for the county waste management district. He and his wife of 24 years, Nancy Flinchbaugh, live in Springfield, OH. Their sons are Luke, a recent St. Olaf graduate working in database management for Wittenberg U., and Jacob, about to start his third year at U. of Cincinnati with a double major in computer science and math.
Daniel Solberg, ’75 M.Div. never responds to these requests, but fortunately for him, his brother-in-law is the class secretary. He continues to serve as pastor of St. Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco; lives in Castro Valley with wife Barbara and a revolving assortment of their five children, their friends and some grandchildren, and generally tries to be in as much trouble as possible for someone of his age.
Joseph David Stinson, '75 MDiv has been the minister of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church (UCC) in Glen Ridge, NJ, for 17 years. He is also a Rear Admiral in the Navy, serving since the fall of 2007 as Deputy Chief of Chaplains. He and his wife Cynthia have been married for twenty nine years and have four children. Hannah, Phoebe and Jesse have graduated from college and have various levels of employment. The youngest Lydia is a junior at Williston-Northampton School. The Stinsons also have a home in Swanzey, NH.
Philip F. Wiehe, MDiv ’75, STM ’76, is serving as the interim Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA. This is Phil's third interim rectorship following the development of service as a consultant to churches struggling with conflict and strategic planning or in the normal process of selecting a new pastor. Phil published a book, Ten Dumb Things Churches Do in 2001, and this year has published More Dumb Things Churches Do with his wife, Linda McFadden, PSR M. Div. '81, as co-author. Philip's daugher Kristy, Stanford, BA '04, UCLA JD '08 is now practicing law in Los Angeles. Linda and Phil's son, Sean, lives in NJ and is the father of 6-year-old Ava McFadden.