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In Memoriam –
Richard A. Lorenz, ’74

Richard Lorenz died of natural causes last year, shortly before September 11, 2001. Richard was a small-town Pennsylvania kid who came to Muhlenberg in 1970 planning to be a doctor, but transformed himself at the ’Berg and discovered a love of art in the process.

In his sophomore year, Richard was elected editor-in-chief of the Muhlenberg Weekly, a position he used to emphasize the arts and the extreme lack of appropriate facilities on campus. At the time plays were held in the Garden Room, and the art department was housed in a converted dining room. His advocacy identified the great need for increased funding and modern arts facilities. This urgent need led to construction of the Philip Johnson Arts Center in 1976, now the Baker Center for the Arts.

After Muhlenberg, Richard moved to San Francisco, where he became a leading figure in the arts community, holding high-level positions at a number of prestigious museums and galleries. He developed an outstanding reputation as a writer on the arts, an art conservator and restorer and as a professional photographer. Through his advocacy of the arts at Muhlenberg, his high status in the arts community and generous contributions to the College, Richard Lorenz helped transform our College into a nationally recognized educational facility for theatre and the arts.

-- Greg Lambert '74


If you are on campus any time soon, be sure to stop by the Martin Art Gallery and view the exhibition “Women Artists: Past & Present,” which will run through January 17, 2003. Included in this show is this image from the Martin Art Gallery’s own collection, Imogen Cunningham’s, “Magnolia Blossom,” 1925, gelatin silver print. The photograph was a gift to the College from the late Richard Lorenz ‘74. The Martin Art Gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Gallery’s Web site at www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/gallery.


Say hello to The Wescoe School

Muhlenberg bid a fond farewell to the Evening College this summer, welcoming in its place The Wescoe School. The name change was introduced at an August reception that included the unveiling of a new sign and logo.

The Wescoe School, named in honor of Trustee W. Clarke Wescoe, M.D., a member of Muhlenberg’s Class of 1941, will encompass the programs formerly under the Evening College, including the accelerated program, the liberal arts program and summer study.

This is not the first time that Wescoe, the former chancellor of the University of Kansas, has lent his moniker to a ’Berg entity. In 1998 the Muhlenberg Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the School of Professional Studies for him, recognizing his status as “our most illustrious and accomplished alumnus.” In 1955, Wescoe received the College’s Alumni Achievement Award.

“We wanted to step away from the generic term ‘Evening College’ and instead select a name that carries prestige and has a more specific meaning for us,” says James Brennan, dean of The Wescoe School. “Clarke Wescoe has been recognized as being one of the most prominent and respected educators to graduate from Muhlenberg College. His accomplishments as a student, teacher, campus leader and community leader epitomize the lifelong learner and we feel honored to have his name associated with our programs.”



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