Trustee Emeritus Paul A. Silverman '78 and Denise A. Heier Silverman '79, members of The Anna Maria Weiser Muhlenberg Circle, at the 2010 Lifetime Giving Society Dinner


Muhlenberg Celebrates Third Annual Lifetime Giving Society Dinner


More than 140 trustees, alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students gathered for the third annual Lifetime Giving Society event on Friday, April 22, in conjunction with the Board of Trustee’s spring dinner. To view photos of this event, please visit the Gallery page.

Muhlenberg’s Lifetime Giving Society recognizes the cumulative giving of the College’s most loyal donors and honors members on a permanent plaque display in the Haas College Center rotunda, as “Friends and benefactors who are committed to the same philosophies and ideals as the founders and who, through their foresight and generosity, seek to ensure that the highest quality of education will be available for future generations.”

In total, the College boasts 237 individual members of the Society, including 140 alumni, 56 parents (some both alumni and parents), and even a few sets of Muhlenberg grandparents! Muhlenberg is also proud to recognize churches, corporations, foundations, estate gifts and anonymous donors in the Lifetime Giving Society.  In total the Society welcomed 32 new members and saw eight members move into a higher giving level during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

Each of the four circles within the Society is named for an important member of the Muhlenberg family.  The highest circle is named after John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, a commissioned brigadier general in the Continental Army.  He wintered at Valley Forge with George Washington, and the statue of him on Muhlenberg’s campus, affectionately known as General Pete, makes him easily the most recognizable of the three Muhlenberg sons.  The second highest circle is named for Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, who was elected to the Continental Congress in 1779 and subsequently served as the speaker of the first and third U.S. House of Representatives.  Next is Henry Ernst Muhlenberg, the youngest of the three Muhlenberg sons.  In addition to being a Lutheran minister like his brothers, he was also a self-taught botanist who was personally responsible for the names of 150 species of plants as well as a bog turtle. In addition, Henry was the first president of Franklin College (now Franklin & Marshall).  And the final circle is named for Anna Maria Weiser Muhlenberg, wife of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, who played an important role in his life as well as the lives of their children.

To view full lists of members in each Circle, please click on the Circle names below.  Members in attendance who were honored at this year’s dinner include:

The John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg Circle
Lifetime giving of $1,000,000 and above

  • Chairman of the Board, Rich Brueckner ’71, P’04, P’10 and Laurie Cameron Brueckner ’72, P’04, P’10
  • Trustee John Heffer P’96 and Barbara Heffer P’96
  • Trustee Bill Miers ’49 and Gini Miers
  • The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), represented by Bishop Samuel R. Zeiser, Trustee of the College

The Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg Circle
Lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999

  • Life Trustee Tom Mendham ’63, P’91 and Harriet Worthington Mendham ’63, P’91
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod ELCA, represented by Bishop Claire S. Burkat, Trustee of the College

The Henry Ernst Muhlenberg Circle
Lifetime giving of $250,000 to $499,999

  • Trustee Art Altman ’53, P’84 and Phoebe Altman P’84
  • Campaign Co-Chair and Trustee Tammy Bormann ’83 and her husband, Trustee Mark Paris ’80
  • Hub Bury ’35, P’69
  • Pete Keeler P’12, P’14, who is a member of the College’s Board of Observers, and Eileen Keeler P’12, P’14.  The Keelers are also members of Parents Council
  • Trustee Jack Ladley ’70, P’01 and Diane Schmidt Ladley ’70, P’01
  • Albert Mariano, representing the late John D. Carapella ’34
  • Bill Raines ’49 and his wife, Teddy
  • Trustee Jim Skidmore ’54
  • Sodexo Dining Services, represented this evening by College Trustee Bob Wood and his wife, Ilene
  • Life Trustee Hal Weiss ’52 and Mary Anne Weiss

The Anna Maria Weiser Muhlenberg Circle
Lifetime giving of $100,000 to $249,999

  • The City of Allentown, represented by Mayor Ed Pawlowski
  • AT&T, represented by Christopher McCambridge ’03, Regional Manager
  • Trustee Eric Berg ’78 and Claudia Bowman Berg
  • Trustee Rich Crist ’77, P’05, P’09 and Cindy Crist P’05, P’09
  • George Eichler ’53 and Sandra Eichler
  • Trustee Lona Farr ’62, P’94 and David Voellinger
  • Wilson Gum ’61, who is on the College’s Board of Observers, and Barbara Gum
  • Deborah Haight
  • Trustee Sandy Jaffee P’04 and Carl Jaffee P’04
  • Clair Miller ’59 and Anne Pool Miller
  • Trustee Emeritus Dave Nowack ’67 and Lois Nowack ’94
  • Trustee and Campaign Co-chair Jeff Porphy ’89
  • PPL Corporation represented by Don Bernhard, Manager of Community and Economic Development
  • Karl Reichstadter ’63
  • Trustee John Rosenberg ’63 and Stephanie Lambert
  • Trustee Emeritus Paul Silverman ’78 and Denise Heier Silverman ’79
  • Trustee Emeritus Paul Vikner ’71 and Sally Vikner
  • Trustee Karen White Wagoner ’71 and Donald Wagoner
  • Dr. Dan Wilson, Professor of history, and his wife Dr. Carol Shiner Wilson, Dean of the College for Academic Life
  • Women’s Auxiliary of Muhlenberg College, represented by Auxiliary President Betty Ehrets

Muhlenberg College extends our deepest gratitude to members of the Lifetime Giving Society for their outstanding support.  For more information on the Society or to make a gift to the campaign, please call 484-664-3247 or email

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