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Three Muhlenberg couples were
recognized this fall during a
National Philanthropy Day event
sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania
Chapter of the Association
of Fundraising Professionals.

The honorees included
College Trustee David Nowack ’67
and his wife Lois ’94;
Reverend Dr. Harold S. Weiss ’52
and his wife Mary Anne;
and John ’70 and Diane ’70 Ladley,
parents of Alison Ladley ’01.

All three couples, nominated by
the Office of Development and
Alumni Relations, received the
Distinguished Honoree Award.

National Philanthropy Day,
established by the U.S. Congress in
1986, is an annual celebration
whereby local communities recognize
individuals for their
outstanding charitable spirit
and philanthropic support.






David ’67 and Lois ’94 Nowack

David J. Nowack and his wife Lois are alumni with a long history of service to the College.

The couple maintains a keen interest in the men’s basketball program through travel with the team, as donors to the Friends of Athletics program, and as founding members of the Cardinal & Grey Society. Both have participated in career network programs offered to students.

David has served as a Class Fund Chair, a Reunion Chair, and has volunteered his time to assist with phonathons. He has been an active alumni leader, serving as president of the Lehigh Valley alumni club and providing direction for the Alumni Association Executive Council as a treasurer, vice president and president.

The couple generously supports capital projects, the annual fund and the arts in addition to athletics.


Harold ’52 and Mary Anne Weiss

Harold S. Weiss has served Muhlenberg College with a quiet distinction for more than half a century.

Following his installation as the first bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the newly organized Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Hal joined Muhlenberg’s Board of Trustees as a synod representative. During that tenure he spearheaded the synodical fundraising efforts for the capital campaign that built the Harry C. Trexler Library.

Hal now serves as a Life Trustee of the College. He is a familiar personality on campus due to his active volunteer history. Hal’s activity with the College includes service on the Presidential Search Committee, Reunion Committee membership and chairmanship and involvement with the Circle of 1848 planned giving society.

Mary Anne has played an active role in Hal’s commitment to Muhlenberg and her support echoes his dedication. She and Harold enjoy attending theatre performances, chapel services, and numerous other College events.

The College has recognized Harold for his generous gifts of time and talent through an honorary degree and an Alumni Achievement Award. The benefits of his leadership to Muhlenberg alumni and to the community at-large were evident during his term as both a board member and acting director for the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding.

John ’70 and Diane ’70 Ladley

John and Diane Ladley are an active alumni team whose dedication touches many areas of College life at Muhlenberg.

Jack has promoted career development through participation in the Alumni in the Classroom program. Diane has served as a Reunion Chair and continues in her longstanding role as Class Fund Chair.

In tandem, they have actively assisted fundraising efforts as phonathon volunteers and as regional chairs for a capital campaign. As leadership donors, their contributions have supported capital projects including two academic buildings and the Center for the Arts.

Both of the Ladleys have represented alumni as members of the Alumni Association Executive Council and together they chair the Bucks/Montgomery County Alumni club.

When daughter Alison joined the Muhlenberg community in 1997 the couple extended their involvement to include service on the Parents Council, and they became ongoing hosts of summer gatherings welcoming freshmen to the campus community.


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