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| ’50 | On the recommendation of the faculty, the Rev. Frederick Mold, Jr., was declared professor emeritus of reformed church polity by the board of trustees of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. The honor was bestowed in recognition of his 22 years of teaching and service.
| ’51 | With Grafton D. Chase, a retired professor at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Stephen Rituper, Jr., co-authored “Ionizing Radiation: Boon or Bane.” The 398-page textbook was published by the Clinical Ligand Assay Society in 2002. Stephen is a retired teacher and mathematics/science curriculum coordinator in the Bethlehem Area School District in Bethlehem, Pa. His 1960 collaboration with Chase, “Experiments in Nuclear Science,” has achieved worldwide distribution and is still in print.
| ’52 | The Rev. Paul Bosch has been named emeritus dean of the chapel at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Ontario, Canada. Paul served as dean of the chapel from 1988 to 1993. According to the Clarion, a Seminary publication, Paul “continues to be involved in the life of the seminary, often participating in worship services and designing and offering classes in the seminary’s life-long learning program.”
| ’56 | Tommy Coughlin sends in the following news on behalf of the class of 1956.
Joseph S. Donchez was elected President of our class in his senior year at Muhlenberg. He was a member of the student council, Eta Sigma Phi (classical), Phi Alpha Theta (history) and the Institute of Christian Living. Joe was also President of the Der Deutsche Verein and elected to ODK. Joe received his master’s and doctoral degrees in theology and ministry from Princeton Seminary. During his career, Joe was pastor at Presbyterian Churches in Weatherly, Pa., Johnstown, Pa., and Vineland, N.J., and as an interim at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, Cape May, N.J. From 1981-1983 Joe was Development Officer at the Boggs Academy in Georgia and also served in many positions with the denomination PCUSA. Joe is still very active in the church and is a frequent guest lecturer at churches in southern New Jersey. Joe and his wife, Linda, have been married 53 years. They have four children - Jeffrey, Stephen, Christian and Jane – and 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Joe is vice-president and owner of American Transport Systems, a family-run company, together with Linda, Stephen, Christian and Jane. Their corporate headquarters are in Vineland N.J., with offices worldwide. Rev. C. David Godshall is now retired and lives in Allentown, Pa., with his wife, Barbara. They have been married 45 years and have three daughters, Christine, Amy and Laurie, and six grandchildren. Laurie is also a Muhlenberg graduate, class of ’87. During his four years at the College, Dave was selected to be Omicron Delta Kappa and was president of the Muhlenberg Christian Association in his senior year. He worked on the Muhlenberg Weekly Magazine and participated in the choir and band. Dave graduated with a bachelor’s degree in divinity from the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. Rev. Godshall worked in the Lutheran ministry for 41 years, serving several churches in the eastern Pennsylvania area. His last assignment before retirement was as at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Allentown Robert L. Keys passed away on April 16, 2003, in Tampa, Fla. A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown on June 17, 2003. Former classmates in attendance were Bill Sutherland and Tommy Coughlin. Taking an active part in the service were classmates Rev. C. David Godshall and Rev. Richard G. Miller. Twice during his football career at Muhlenberg, John M. McDonald was awarded the Maxwell Football Club trophy for the outstanding football player of the week in the northeast region. Jack won the trophy in his sophomore year (Mules vs. Lafayette) and in his senior year (Mules vs. Temple). He was inducted into the Muhlenberg Hall of Fame in 1994 for his athletic achievements as an undergraduate. Jack was also actively involved in Phi Kappa Tau, intramural sports, Freshman Tribunal, the business and economics club and the “M” Club. Jack is semi-retired and lives in Lebanon, Pa., with his wife, Connie. They have been married 48 years and have one daughter, Erin, and one granddaughter, Katie. Following a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps, Harry J. Newman graduated from Muhlenberg with a B.S. in business administration. During his four years at the College, Harry was a member of the varsity football team, Alpha Tau Omega, Freshman Tribunal, the business and economics club, Intercollegiate Conference on Government and the “M” Club. After graduation Harry started his career at Playtex Corp. He then moved to Revlon, Inc. as their corporate vice president of physical distribution and subsequently became executive vice president of corporate administration. Currently, Harry is president of the Cambridge Group of Princeton, a management consulting firm. During his career, Harry served on the board of directors of MaTS Ltd. (United Kingdom) and Bay Point Harbour Condo Association, the board of trustees of Princeton Medical Center, the editorial staff of Distribution Worldwide (Chilton Publications), the member marketing steering committee of Ohio State University, and member parent/teacher executive committee of Stuart Country Day School (Princeton, N.J.). He was also a guest lecturer at Arden House, Columbia Graduate School. Harry resides in Point Pleasant, N.J.
Tommy Coughlin sends this note for all his classmates:
The following graduated in ’56 and played the ’55 season -Tommy Coughlin, Bob Gimble, Don Grammes, Jack McDonald, Frank Lerro (deceased), Tom Naratil, Harry Newman, Tony Saddler. Harry Kreutzberg played ’54 football season, graduated ’56. Paul Truran played ’55 football season, graduated ’57.
Remember our 50th reunion – June 2006
| ’57 | Norman L. Gerhart sends this update: “I retired as vice president for fiscal affairs at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo., in June 1998. My wife, Nancy (Heller), an alumna of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, and I moved back to our 20 acres and country cottage in Auxvasse, Mo., in the center of the state. We enjoy and are kept busy working outdoors tending our vegetable and flower gardens along with apple, peach, plum and cherry trees and blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry beds. Other activities include visiting friends, both those in nursing homes and those not. We also take one or two day trips to explore new sights.” Norman writes that their three daughters are married and that he and Nancy have four grandchildren. As they celebrate their 45th anniversary, Norman and Nancy fondly remember their marriage in the Egner Memorial Chapel, in a ceremony officiated by Norman’s father, Luther Gerhart ’22. In April, the Gerharts welcomed a visit from Jim Holben and his wife, Nita, a nursing school classmate of Nancy’s. “The Lord has been faithful over the years and provided for our physical needs and spiritual strength and blessings too numerous to list,” Norman writes. “Greetings to my classmates and fellow Phi Taus.”
| ’58 | Richard P. Fragale has just begun his 45th year as a high school educator, spending the last 26 as a superintendent. He plans to retire from his present position at Central Union High School District in El Centro, Calif., in June 2004.
| ’59 | Mike Beinner sends this message to alumni who were on campus between 1955 and 1965: “During that period, at 2246 Liberty Street, just across from the campus, was a shop called “Bud Kivert’s.” It sold wonderful steak sandwiches, odds and ends for students, soft drinks etc. But most important was the proprietor, Bud Kivert. A Penn State electrical engineering grad, Bud came to Allentown in 1955 so his wife could minister to her ailing mother. His store became a comfortable hang-out (in the nicest sense) for Muhlenberg students, particularly those far from home. In fact, Kivert’s became our second home and dear Bud a second father, even though he was not more than 10 years older than us. But back then that was a lot. Anyway, I hadn’t seen or talked to Bud for over 40 years. That has now wonderfully changed. Through a series of social interconnections, I discovered that Bud, now 75, is retired and enjoying life in Boca Raton, Fla. Which is what yours truly is also doing. I’ve reconnected with Bud and we have a great time reminiscing about those great times at Berg.” Mike included Bud’s e-mail address so that anyone who remembers him fondly may drop him a line at email@example.com.
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