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"In praise of theatre and Dr. Stenger," In Memoriam, Special Notices

In praise of theatre and Dr. Stenger
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I found that note, along with several open pocketknives, when I returned to my wooden seat in the Science Auditorium during rehearsals for the 1952 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest." For the third time, I had mistimed my important line, "The dogcart is waiting, madam," trying almost beyond endurance the patience of the late Professor Andrew H. Erskine, director of Muhlenberg's Mask and Dagger players.

As I admired the beauty and facilities of the Baker Theatre and the Trexler Pavilion as presented in the Spring 2000 Muhlenberg, I couldn't help think how much Andy Erskine would have loved to have the chance to work in such a setting. While he would have enjoyed the more gifted actors Muhlenberg now attracts, I doubt he could find more appreciative students than those of us whom he introduced to theatre in his English and World Drama courses and through the Mask and Dagger. In those "pre co-ed" days, we had to recruit women to act with us, and I recruited a talented young woman from Allentown, then Peggy Smith, to play Gwendolyn in "Earnest." Neither of us knew we were starting a 48-year partnership. After playing two gangsters at Muhlenberg, I retired short of Hari Kari, while Peggy is a regular lead at the Venice (Fla.) Little Theatre and recently performed her own one-woman show, "Mary Hemingway," for the Sarasota Library's 100th Anniversary Hemingway Festival.

The same issue of Muhlenberg brought the sad news of the deaths of Professor and Mrs. Stenger. Dr. Stenger's wonderful Shakespeare course was so well respected that physics majors and pre-med students would fit it into their heavy schedules. Erskine was "Andy" to many students, but Dr. Stenger was only "Prince Hal" out of his hearing. Both men demonstrated Muhlenberg's current core values, compassion and caring, as well as a commitment to excellence.

May the new buildings be filled with the same spirit.

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1922Harold F. Schaeffer
1930The Rev. George E. Heck
1933Ray K. Heist
1935Frederick E. Storch
1936Morton Sher
1938Ray W. Bergenstock Sr.
 Margaret E. Berger
 Walter L. Reinhart
1939The Rev. Ralph T. Baily
 Mark R. Potteiger
 The Rev. Melvin F. Walper
1941The Rev. Ian F. Tarbet
1942Dr. Eugene E. Laigon
1943Richard T. Weidner
1944Kenneth E. Zone
 Dr. Robert M. Yoder Sr.
1945George E. Grube
 Dr. Richard P. Ornsteen
 Virgil H. Shellhamer
1947The Rev. John R. Henrich
 Dr. Philip I. Mitterling
1948Dean R. Fisher
1949Herbert E. Saeger Jr.
 John D. Swift Sr.
1950Robert F. Anderson
 Robert G. Carlson Jr.
 Claire E. Riedy
 Aloysius P. Saemmer
1951Wallace H. Carver
 Robert Felty
 John F. Hedderick
 Harry W. Schonau Jr.
 Richard G. Stailey
1952Dr. Floyd J. DeCheser
1953The Rev. Russell T. Allen
1954Robert Day
1956Albert William Zeiner Jr.
1957Wayne G. Mantz
1963Charles H. Evans Jr.
1969Donald E. Engling

S P E C I A L     N O T I C E S

Robert Hering Dreher, 92, died July 23. A member of the Class of 1930, he practiced medicine for 64 years, working up until his death. He was inducted into the Muhlenberg College Alumni Physicians Hall of Fame in March 1993.

John Coleman MacConnell, 75, died March 2. He was the head of the education department at the College, retiring as professor emeritus in 1984 after teaching 24 years.

Anthony "Tony" Masone, 65, died Oct. 11.He was the work control coordinator in plant operations for the past 11 years.

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