Reunion Alumni Weekend
May 21-22, 2010

Class correspondent:
James Houser

Peter French

Posted 11/29/17

We are sad to report that John Casey passed away on November 14, 2017.

Posted 9/8/17

We are sad to report that Ronald Colfer passed away on August 13, 2017.

Posted 3/30/17

We are sad to report that Rev. Dr. Jerry Witbro passed away on March 24, 2017.

Posted 10/31/16

We are sad to report that Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider passed away on September 29, 2016.

Posted 5/31/16

We are sad to report that William Parkinson, DDS passed away on April 21, 2016.

Peter French writes:  After a bit of travel I am home from overseas.  We flew to Ghana on St. Patrick's Day and home on Good Friday.  Then Grace and I left Easter Monday for a week in Cuba.  The latter was a great trip of exploration and understanding. 

The trip to Ghana was oh so satisfying.  If you go to the University of Ghana website there is a story on the homepage of the big ceremony.  If you scroll down on that you can see a picture of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan conferring my honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

(Picture of us with His Lordship Date Bah, Chief Judge of the Ghana High Court is also attached as well as two pictures of me in my new regalia.) For Claire

It was a great spring!
All good thoughts, always!


Posted 4/28/16

Bob Clark writes that he and his wife attended Christmas Vespers and had a nice walk around North Campus.  The also enjoyed the buffet on South Campus.

Posted 3/29/16

We are sad to report that John Borlodan, Jr. passed away on February 8, 2016.

We are sad to report that Griffith Dudding passed away on March 11, 2016.

We are sad to report that Leonard Heffner passed away on March 7, 2016.

Posted 8/25/15

We are sad to report that Ted Encke passed away on July 27, 2015.

Posted 3/31/15

Since Peter French, Ph.D. retired he has served as Carnegie Corporation of NY Consultant to the University of Ghana in Accra, West Africa.  Continuing visits in 2008-2015.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association 2011-1014.  Peter also served as a Moravian Trustee from 1986-1994 and was a Comenius Alumni Award recipient in 2005.

Posted 12/22/14

We are sad to report that Rose Kachmar Szupper passed away on December 9, 2013.

Posted 2/11/14

We are sad to report the Robert Palladino passed away on December 23, 2013.

Posted 12-3-13

We are sad to report that Edward R. Albertson passed away on November 6, 2013.
We are sad to report that Patricia Thornton Snyder passed away on November 18, 2013.

Posted 9/27/13

Jim Houser writes that he had a recent and very enjoyable visit from Bertie Francis Knisely ’69.  Bertie is the Director of Leadership Giving at Moravian.  Bertie informed us about the changes to some of the structures about campus and the potential remodeling of a Chemistry Lab in honor of Dr. Stuart Kulp.  I am hoping to identify Moravian grads in the upstate South Carolina area for a possible get together in the future.

Posted 4/2/13

From the Alumni Office:
We are sad to report that Charles Felmley passed away on November 2011.
We are sad to report that Edward Borger passed away on March 17. 
We are sad to report that Frank Horwath passed away on March 20.

Posted 3/11/13

James Houser; jjhmd0831@yahoo.com
Peter French; drplfrench@aol.com

Posted 1/6/13

Lt. Col. Bernard L. Nehring, CD, BSc, MSc, who lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  This prestigious award is presented on behalf of the Queen of Canada, the Governor General of Canada, through the Niagara Member of Parliament, the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Canada.  A retired Chemistry and Biology teacher from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, St. Catharines, Ontario, Colonel Nehring was commissioned in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (3rd Bn. Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry), transferred to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment), served in 23 (Hamilton) Service Battalion, and retired as Commanding Officer of the Lincoln & Welland Regiment, St. Catharines, Ontario.  He is already the bearer of the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the Canadian 125th Anniversary Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

Posted 6/27/12

From the Alumni House:

We are sad to report that Robert Haney passed away on December 16, 2011.
Posted 5/11/12

From the Alumni House:
          Charles Bartolet, Jr. will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Saucon Valley High School’s end of the year awards program on June 6, 2012.  Bartolet is responsible for the introduction of wrestling to Hellertown High School in 1960; he spent the next 25 years as the program’s head coach.  Bartolet also served the Hellertown/Saucon Valley School District for more than 50 years as a teacher, administrator, and school board director.

We are sad to report that Robert R. Haney passed away on December 11, 2012.
Posted 4/3/12

From the Alumni House:
We are sad to report that Kenneth P. Cramer passed away on March 10, 2012.

Posted 2/29/12

From the Alumni House:

We are sad to announce that Russell R. Conover passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

Posted 1/31/12

From the Alumni House:
We regret to announce that Donald A. Wenzel passed away on December 28, 2011.

Posted 9/7/11

Jim Houser and his wife are well and enjoying adventures in their motor home. This summer they camped along the North Carolina beach area of Emerald Isle near where their children and grandchildren spent the summer. He also played some golf and worked on new recipes in the camper kitchen.

Peter French has been very busy year the last couple of years. He worked on two projects for the Carnegie Corporation and then a big project for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that began last fall and finished in May. He was in south India in the spring then went to east Africa to evaluate another USAID project in public health. There he helped to train teams at the district level in emergency management for disasters such as drought, famine,flood, landslides and more. He returned home in July.

Posted 4/4/11

From the Alumni House:
We are sad to announce that Sydney Beitel has passed away on January 8, 2011.

We are sad to report that David Seidenberger passed away on March 28, 2011.

Posted 2/28/11

From the Alumni House:
We are sad to report that Joseph Krem passed away on February 8, 2011.
Richard Ruth has been named Tennessee Supreme Court’s first pro bono emeritus attorney. He will help people who need lawyers but cannot afford them.
We are sad to report that Joanne O’Such passed away on February 19, 2011.

Posted 1/26/11

From the Alumni House:
We are sad to report that James Gardner passed away May 23, 2010.

Posted 7/6/10

From the Alumni House:
          We regret to announce that Gene Salay passed away on June 24, 2010.

Posted 6/2/10

From Jim:
Liz and I had a wonderful time at our recent 50th Class reunion. 37 former classmates were also able to make the trip to help celebrate the events. We started off with a champagne toast and small speech by President Thomforde, followed by a crab cake and grilled chicken dinner. Dancing followed but Liz and I opted for an early bedtime instead. On Saturday morning at a breakfast of scrambled eggs and rolls we were all inducted into the 40 and over club and each received an appropriate pin and brief introduction, although Connie Glagola and Art Guerrieri were temporarily overlooked but ultimately not forgotten. We listened to the President tell us of the current status of the college, from the basic foundations to the challenges facing the college in these economic times. The Q and A that followed became a bit heated but everyone left as friends. A picnic lunch on the Quad lawn followed by tours of the South Campus rounded out the afternoon until the "all class" reception. Most of us found our way over to Connie Glagola’s house afterward for more socialization, food and beverages. There was no award ceremony for travel distance, most grandchildren, or the like, which left those questions resolved by one to one and face to face communication. In addition to those mentioned above, also attending were Judith Hosking, Joe and Sandra Jardot, Diane and Fred DeFrank, Dale Stewart Taylor, Ron "Skeeter" and Pat Fradeneck, Ralph and Char DeWalt, Ralph Shields and Jean Soloi, Peter French, Nancy and Richard Traubitz, Don and Marianne Serfass, Joanne Mazur O’Such, Ernie Pappajohn, Dominic Nolfa, Jane Hamill, Grif Dudding, Bill Tattersall, Bill Parkinson, Ted Encke, Paul Noonan, Joe and Lenore Powlette, Bernie Nehring, Charles Lindner, Joe Iampietro, Ron Cavanaugh, Charles and Rita Bartolet, Russ Conover, Patti and Dan Simon, Dee and Joe Keglovits, Fran LeTowt von Bonin-Schlemmer, Bob Volko, Dave Schattschneider, Gus Loupos, Jim and Jean Bassford Galbraith, and Len Heffner. It was a very fine turnout and we hope to do it again with even more in another 5 years.

Posted 2/5/10

From the Alumni House:
      We are sad to report that Victor Berger, Jr. died on January 10, 2010.

Posted 1/7/10

From the Alumni Office:

Robert Daneker Sr. writes, “I haven't communicated often with my classmates via this venue. It's amazing that last year I completed fifty years in pastoral ministry and retired. That was possible because I started as a 'student pastor' as a college sophomore in Cetronia (just outside Allentown), during a time of shortage in pastoral supply. I completed seminary in 1964 at Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, an institution I later served as a trustee.

My wife, Barbara and I have three children, Robert, Jr., a pastor in Allentown; Laurie Kuhns, a pastor's wife for a while, whose husband is now a counselor at Allen High in Allentown; and James Matthew Daneker, a keyboardist with a leading contemporary Christian musician, Michael W. Smith, for the past fourteen years. His travels have taken him around the world (Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe, and just about every state in the US). He's played in venues of more than 100,000 persons.

Barb and I have been fortunate to travel to Israel and Greece, while I've been able to travel to India. My pastorates have been in Allentown, Schuylkill Haven (RD), and Lancaster, while for eight years was a denominational administrator in the Evangelical Congregational Church. During that time I sensed a call to plant a new church congregation to reach unchurched persons, without some of the ‘traditionalisms’ that have become barriers to reaching such people.

So that's what we did for the last fourteen years of active ministry. Eventually our congregation built a facility on an 11 acre campus in the Fogelsville, Pa. community. The congregation is becoming a ‘community gathering place’ for the people of the area, and in fact serves the community as the Weisenberg Township polling place, and works with other congregations with a much used food bank, a kind of surprising feature in this suburban environment, but much needed and used during this recession.

We also give full support to two of ‘our own’ young men and their families -- one as a mission aviation pilot in New Guinea, and the other as a missionary who has worked in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and now in Lebanon, near the border with Israel, an area where Hezbollah and Hamas are very busy. It has been a very rewarding and joyful life. Now we are watching the progress of our seven grandchildren, two of whom graduate this next spring, one from Temple U., and one from Millersville U.

Two others will also graduate from Millersville during the next two years, while another will start his college years at Slippery Rock next year. Wish some of them might have tried Mo Mo. Only my son considered it, but a ‘leadership scholarship’ at Messiah College, where he graduated 'summa cum laude' enticed him to that college. It’s nice to note that Pete French has contact with my sophomore year room mate, Bill Keller. It would be good to see if he still has a crew cut, or any hair at all.”

Posted 4/20/09

From the Alumni House:

Peter French will be resigning as your class correspondent. Read his note below about his new adventure. If you are interested in taking over this column, please contact the Alumni Office at phanna@moravian.edu.

From Peter French:

I continue to be in contact with Bill Keller several times a week, and last September I visited him in Newtown in Bucks County. We golfed and had a great time. Grace was with me and that led to a tour of the Moravian Pottery in Doylestown. Of course, Tony Falco ’57 and I are always in touch, lunching here in Sarasota or up in Clearwater. Tony is still substituting in the Clearwater schools as a way of balancing active engagement of the mind with his daily workouts in the gym.
Those lunches will soon have to be delayed and I will not be able to host another Moravian Alumni Weekend in Sarasota for some time as a new opportunity has crystallized to engage the mind and apply skills developed over the years of practical experience. A half century ago I did my initial readings on Africa with a focus on the then newly independent country of Ghana. If a summer in Kenya in1962 had not intervened, my dissertation would most likely have been about that West African land that I learned to know well and then abandoned. Now I will rediscover those interests and be absorbed by Ghana as it progresses to new successes after half a century of freedom that included its share of turbulence.

I have accepted an invitation to serve as consultant to the vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana in Accra, evaluating the broad range of academic practices and recommending ways the University can improve academic operations and delivery of its programs. The University is committed to renewal and growth as evidenced by the recent appointment of retired U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan as the new Chancellor. This particular project will last fifteen months and is funded by the Carnegie Endowment.

A preliminary visit was made from mid-November to early December. Of particular interest during this trip was seeing Cape Coast Castle and the cells where slaves were held and stepped through “The Door of No Return.”

I will be back in Sarasota to participate in all the details of the Perlam Winter Residency Music Program that lasts into the early days of the New Year. In mid-January, Grace and I will go to Africa once again for the year. We are excited!  Messages from the once-dark continent will be shared. Messages from home will be welcome. At this time of life, for “an old Africa hand,” it is satisfying to be sought out and invited back to a part of the world that has so shaped my life. And when we return, ah!—there will be stories to tell. The departure for my initial safari is three weeks away; I send my salaams with all the good memories of days past.

By the time you read this, Grace and I will be in Ghana. If anyone is contemplating a trip to West Africa, we will be at the University located in Logon, on the outskirts of Accra. The email address, plfrench@ug.edu.gh, will probably work there. Good wishes to all!