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Entrepreneur, Retired Scientist and University Adminstrator to Receive Honorary Degrees

(Posted May 6, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College will honor a telecommunications entrepreneur, a retired chemist and art collector and a retired educator from the Catholic University of Lille by awarding them honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees May 12 at 2 p.m. during Juniata's 124th commencement ceremony.

David Hsiung, Newton and Hazel Long Professor of History at Juniata, will deliver the commencement address.

John Dale, retired executive vice president of the telecommunications software consulting firm Dale, Gesek, McWilliams and Sheridan; Quayton R. Stottlemyer, a retired senior research chemist for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.; and Gerard Lepoutre, former dean of the Diocese of Lille, France, and a former professor and administrator at the Catholic University of Lille, all will receive their degrees from Juniata President Thomas Kepple during the ceremony.
Dale, a native of Curwensville, Clearfield County and a 1954 graduate of Juniata College, is one of the founders of DGM&S, a computer software, services and consulting business specializing in telecommunications and networking technology.

Dale has been a member of Juniata's Board of Trustees since 1997 and has made significant donations to Juniata, which allowed the college to establish its Information Technology program and several endowed chair faculty positions. He also served on the college's Alumni Council from 1995 to 1997.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Juniata. He returned to Juniata as an instructor of mathematics in 1955. In 1958, he left Juniata to enter graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master's degree in mathematics in 1960. In 1982, he earned a master's degree in computer science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Dale started his career in business in 1960 at RCA. He left RCA in 1967 to become telecommunications division manager for National Computer Analysts in Princeton, N.J. In 1970, Dale became a consultant in telecommunications, forming Technology Management Group in Princeton, N.J. In 1974, the consultancy was expanded and renamed Dale, Gesek, McWilliams and Sheridan (DGM&S). In 1995, the firm merged with Comverse Technologies Inc. and Dale retired in 1995 as executive vice president of DGM&S.

Dale lives in Medford, N.J. with his wife, Irene, who graduated from Juniata in 1958. The couple has four daughters and seven grandchildren.

Stottlemyer, a native of Waynesboro, Pa. and retired senior research chemist for du Pont, is a 1951 graduate of Juniata College. He started his career at du Pont in 1959 as a chemist in the company's Photo Products Department in Parlin, N.J. He was named a research chemist for the Photo Products Department in the company's Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. in 1965. In 1970, he was promoted to senior research chemist and retired from the company in 1985.

In 1998, Stottlemyer donated an extensive art collection to Juniata named in memory of his father, Worth B. Stottlemyer, a real estate agent in Waynesboro, Pa., and Washington, D.C. The collection now comprises most of the permanent collection of the Juniata College Museum of Art.

After graduating from Juniata, Stottlemyer went on to earn a master's degree in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1954. He also earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Penn State University in 1959.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi.

The Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection consists of more than 300 paintings, prints, drawings, and portrait miniatures. The collection includes paintings by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jervis McEntee, Thomas and Edward Moran, and Ralph Blakelock, and more than 70 portrait miniatures from the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the prints and drawings are works by Rembrandt, J.M.W. Turner, James Whistler, and selections from Hiroshige's "Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido."

Stottlemyer lives in Wilmington, Del. with his wife, Dorothy. Quayton's son, Dr. N. David Emerson, is a medical missionary in Guam.

Gerard Lepoutre, former dean of the Diocese of Lille, France, and a former professor and administrator at the Catholic University of Lille, is an ordained Catholic priest and physical chemist. He served as a visiting professor at Juniata College during the 1980-81 academic year.

He was ordained in 1945 and earned a bachelor's degree in theology from the Catholic University of Lille in 1946. He went on to earn a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University in 1953, and earned another doctoral degree in physical chemistry from Lille University in 1959.

Lepoutre started his academic career as a teacher at the Catholic College of Roubaix, and was named a teacher and researcher at the Catholic University of Lille in 1953. He was promoted to professor in 1960 and served as vice rector of the university from 1960 to 1967. He retired from the university in 1984.

He was named dean of the Diocese of Lille in 1984 and served in that position until 1993. He retired in 1997. He was a representative of the Vatican to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France from 1963 to 1968.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.