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In Memoriam

Remembering those we have lost

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In Memoriam

Remembering those we have lost

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Remembering Dr. John D. Bowser '57

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

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John D. Bowser '57, professor emeritus of mathematics

I’m 76. I met John (Dr. Bowser) when I was 17, so he’s been there most of my life. 

First, he was my professor at Juniata—the kindest, most gentle professor I’ve ever had. I always smile when I remember him returning an exam all marked up with red crayon—which one of his daughters had “helped grade.” 

I’m not sure if he was my academic adviser, but I remember him pulling me aside one day and sitting in the back of Alumni Hall to talk about my grad school plans. He cared. He wanted to make sure I’d find the right program for me.  

Eight years later, he was my colleague, and again, my mentor, but now he was John instead of Dr. Bowser. Still kind, he helped me grow as a teacher. Because that’s what John was best as—a teacher. He cared about his students. 

I don’t remember anything ever being “about John;” it was always about students. During those years, he was, of course, also a friend to both me and my husband, Tom. Tom had been John’s neighbor and loved to tell the story about John’s youngest daughter coming over one day and thumbtacking a note to his forehead while he was napping on the couch. 

Finally, John and Joyce were friends here at Westminster Woods. Once again, gentler souls you’ll never meet. I feel lucky to have had John in my life. 

A few days before he passed, he was out in front of The Oaks enjoying a sunny day, smiling, chatting, and making our encounter feel as warm as the sunshine. What a good person he was, start to finish.

—Sue Esch ’68, Charles A. Dana Professor of Mathematics, Emerita



Remembering R. Christine (Yohe) Kumagai

Former Dean of Women

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R. Christine (Yohe) Kumagai, Former Dean of Women

When Christine arrived at Juniata College in 1959 as Dean of Women, she brought a measured blend of empathy and discipline—both necessary for helping students adjust to college life. As Dean of Women, Christine was a friend, hostess, confidant, counselor, and chaperone for the female students on Juniata’s campus, where she also resided. In addition to her considerable responsibilities as dean, she joined the faculty at Juniata as an assistant professor of economics and business administration. Her passionate encouragement and advocacy supported women in all fields of study, including business and the sciences.

Her capacity to “run a tight ship” was greatly influenced by her experiences serving in the United States Navy as a young woman during World War II. Christine was determined to do her part during the war and received her commission after graduating from Midshipmen’s School. From there, she completed military communications school and worked round-the-clock shifts handling sensitive wartime communications in Washington, D.C. She was promoted to Second Lieutenant at the end of the war and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve.

Christine’s influence was felt inside and outside the classroom as she guided students through lessons in economics and life.

The courage of her convictions was her lodestar in life and in love. During her tenure at Juniata, Christine married the love of her life, Ray Kumagai, in 1964, an era in which interracial marriage faced opposition on many sides.

As the couple embarked on their lives together, Christine carried with her the same spirit of intellectual curiosity and deep commitment to advocating for women. After leaving Juniata College in 1965, Christine and Ray spent 46 years together, starting a family and traveling the world.



Remembering Dr. Robert H. Washburn

Professor Emeritus of Geology

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Robert H. Washburn, Professor Emeritus of Geology

In the semester I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, Dr. Washburn announced his retirement. I was very fortunate to be hired as his successor.

The start of my teaching career was initially intimidating, as none of the courses I would be teaching directly related to my Ph.D. topic.

In late July 2000, Bob asked me to meet at the department. He proceeded to give me his notes, books, outlines to field trips, and all materials that he used to teach his courses. He even handed me his slides and the transparency overheads that I took so many notes from during his lectures.  I still recall him saying, “Don’t worry. You are good. Just stay one week ahead of the students.”

In every conversation about my work, he was constructive, supportive, and caring. He truly wanted to make things easier for me—and I owe much of my early success leading students in the field to him.

I have been lucky to interact with Bob as a friend for the past 20 years. We both enjoyed watching Juniata sports—especially the volleyball teams as they have a winning tendency that we appreciate. At some point during the games, we would always have a conversation in the stands.

Sometimes we’d talk about the state of the geology department or other things happening at the college. At other times, we’d discuss our shared love of Wegmans bread selections.  

There were moments when Bob’s presence made things easier for me. There were moments when his leadership made me see the value in pushing through trying times.

—Ryan Mathur ’96, professor of geology, and Amy Heptner Mathur ’96, associate professor of English





Jacqueline (McCauley) Fetzer '40  

June 16, 2023 — Jacqueline lived to be 103. She received a master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jacqueline taught home economics at Cecil County, Md., and at Brookville High School until her retirement. She was involved in the Presbyterian Church, Girl Scouts, crafts, genealogy, and travel activities. Jacqueline also enjoyed daily exercise walking around Brookville. In 1942, she married Richard Fetzer '40; they were happily married for 63 wonderful years. She was preceded in death by husband Richard; she is survived by sons Dan and David, daughters Ronda, Janet, and Catherine, and many grandchildren. 

Charlotte L. (Young) Clem-Langbehn '45

Nov. 12, 2022 — Charlotte was active in the Charlestown United Protestant Church, prior to which she had been an Elder at Towson Presbyterian Church where she especially enjoyed being a member of the choir. She served as a long-time hospital volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), and at Charlestown, especially enjoyed being a member of the Harmonizers singing group, playing piano and doing shows with her late husband Eugene. She was preceded in death by first husband Donald and second husband Eugene; she is survived by son Donald, daughter Cynthia, and four grandchildren.

Boyd C. Jensen '45

April 13, 2023 — Boyd worked for Westvaco for 42 years and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va. He was a dedicated father, genealogist, and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was a loyal volunteer for Juniata and helped the advancement office tremendously. Boyd was preceded in death by sisters Joan (Jensen) Betts '48 and Barbara (Jensen) Whitsel '48, and wife Lois (Nale) Jensen '51; he is survived by sons Eric Jensen '77, Kurt, and Karl, daughters Gretchen and Johanna, four grandchildren, and one step-grandchild.

George H. Bridenbaugh '47

June 11, 2023 — George was a United States Navy veteran serving during WWII and a lifelong dairy farmer in rural Martinsburg, Pa. He was a member of Martinsburg Memorial Church of the Brethren, where he served as a deacon. George also served on the board of directors for Everett Cash Mutual and the Martinsburg Fairview Cemetery Association. He was preceded in death by wife Lila (Asper) Bridenbaugh '44, brother Edwin Bridenbaugh '51, and sister Mary Jane (Bridenbaugh) Hinish '56; he is survived by daughters Connie and Nina, son G. Alan Bridenbaugh '71, brother Robert Bridenbaugh '54, and four grandchildren, including Alina (Bridenbaugh) Henninger '92.

Eleanor Th. Vadala '47 

July 19, 2023 — Eleanor worked at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., where she developed a lifelong interest in astronomy and ballooning. There, she researched and developed synthetic laminated materials for aircraft applications. Eleanor later worked as a materials engineer at the Naval Air Development Center in the Philadelphia area and took her first balloon flight in 1954. In 1963, she became the third woman in America to hold an FAA-issued Balloon Pilot Certificate and was one of the first females to participate in international balloon piloting. She was an early and dedicated member of the Balloon Club of America and the Rittenhouse Astronomy Society. Eleanor was inducted into the U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame in 2019. She was preceded in death by husband Edwin.

Virginia M. (Fornwalt) Clapper '48 

Feb. 14, 2023 — Virginia taught French and Spanish at Tussey Mountain High School, where she also served as the French Club advisor and arranged excursions to France and Canada. She retired in 1982. Virginia was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Woodcock Valley Lioness Club. She enjoyed weekly Sunday meals with family, picnics, her cats, and dining out. Virginia was preceded in death by two grandsons; she is survived by husband George, daughters Linda and Paula, sons William, Thomas, and Michael, and seven grandchildren, including Christy Stubler '05.

Dalton G. Blough '50

July 25, 2023 — Dalton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry in 1952 and the University of Illinois School of Orthodontics in 1956. He received his master's and post-doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Speech in 1966. He founded Allegheny Orthodontics and practiced there until 1991. After retirement, he traveled to hurricane recovery sites, took part in church mission projects, and worked with the local Habitat for Humanity group. He enjoyed time with friends and family at his cottage in Deep Creek Lake, Md. Dalton enjoyed snow skiing, fishing, and assisting with handyman projects. He was preceded in death by wife Marjorie; he is survived by daughters Judy and Susan, sons Randy and Mark, and seven grandchildren.

Jeanne M. (Miller) Bolger '50

March 13, 2023 — After Juniata, Jeanne received an associate degree from the Altoona School of Commerce.  She served for 32 years as a Blair County Jury Commissioner and was the first female elected official in Blair County. Jeanne was active in her community and a member of various organizations. She was a longtime member of the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, where she sang in the adult choir.  Jeanne also sang as a professional soloist. She was preceded in death by husband Jack, father Kenton Miller, Class of 1922, and brother Donald Miller '47; she is survived by daughters Jackalyn, Jill, and Joy, son John, and seven grandchildren.

George H. Gaugler Jr. '50

Feb. 28, 2023 — George served at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, in the United States Army from 1951–1953. He graduated from Temple University Dental School in 1958. George was a self-employed dentist in Souderton for 54 years. He was an avid gardener, growing hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas. George also enjoyed coin collecting, repairing china, collecting antiques, and fishing. He is survived by wife Rhoda (Clemmer) Gaugler '53, sons George, Dale, and Tim, and eight grandchildren.

Frederick F. Kepner '50

June 16, 2023 — Fred received his master of education and PA School Superintendent Certificate from Penn State. He was an elementary school teacher and principal at Three Springs Elementary, supervising principal of the elementary schools in the Southern Huntingdon County School District, and supervising elementary principal at Mount Union Area School District. He spent most of his career as assistant superintendent in charge of both administration and curriculum in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, retiring in 1989 after serving 25 years. Fred was a 32nd Degree member of the Freemasons for over 60 years. He and his wife were married for 68 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie; he is survived by sons Frederick and Joel, and nine grandchildren. 

John C. Stayer '50

March 12, 2023 — John worked as a business manager at Swigart Associates in Huntingdon, Pa., retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Abbey Reformed Church of Christ, Huntingdon. John was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying basketball and football. He was a Florida “snowbird” with his wife after retiring. He was preceded in death by father Prof. J. Clyde Stayer, Class of 1916, mother Cynthia (Sloan) Stayer, Class of 1925, and wife Barbara (Smith) Stayer '52; he is survived by wife Lynda, son Clyde, daughter Sue Ann, and two grandchildren.

Richard W. Hollinger '53

July 26, 2023 — Dick served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1953–1955. He worked at Bell Atlantic and Verizon Communications, in Silver Spring, Md. Dick was active in the Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and in various Presbyterian churches. He served on the Juniata College Alumni Council, Board of Trustees, and Church College Relations Council. Dick and his wife enjoyed traveling to the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the United States utilizing the Elderhostel and Road Scholar network. He enjoyed birdwatching and photography. Dick was preceded in death by wife Helen (Stutzman) Hollinger '54, parents Henry Hollinger, Class of 1924, and Miriam Renninger Hollinger, Class of 1923, and sons Mark and John; he is survived by daughter Anne, and three grandchildren.

D. Jean (Staude) Kiewel '53

Feb. 20, 2023 — As a Navy officer's wife, Jean and her family enjoyed a life of adventure as they were stationed across the country for work and traveled for vacation. Jean prioritized her faith and family. She was a home cook, baker, gardener, homemaker, and caretaker. Jean obtained her teaching license and taught elementary school and then kindergarten in New Jersey and Massachusetts for 20 years. Then, she obtained her master's degree in elementary education from Fitchburg State College in 1976. After retirement, Jean and Bill returned to their favorite posting, the Golden Isles of Georgia, where they lived for almost 20 years. She was preceded in death by husband Bill; she is survived by daughter Jean Anne, sons Edward and James, and three grandchildren.

Edwin B. McGwire '53

May 28, 2023 — Ted served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Ted's career with New Jersey Bell Telephone spanned 36 years and he was later employed by Verizon Communications, from which he retired in 1989. Ted was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pennington, N.J., for 50 years, where he served as chairman of the administrative board, Sunday school teacher, and co-president of the Methometers. He was also an active member of the Jaycees and served as a board member of Boy Scout Troop 41. Ted met his wife Doris while in high school and they were happily married for 68 years. He is survived by wife Doris, son E. Blair, daughters Linda and Alyson, and four grandchildren.

Virginia N. (Yohn) Mock '53

July 4, 2023 — Ginny received a master's degree in 1966 from Western Michigan University. She touched generations of students over a 30-year teaching career, primarily serving as a first grade teacher. Ginny was a long-time member of Middlebury Church of the Brethren. Her infectious smile and beautiful soprano voice were treasured there and at Greencroft Goshen. Ginny promoted international understanding through cultivating relationships with exchange students over many years, including hosting an Icelandic exchange student in 1975. A note placed in the pocket of a donated coat for German civilian relief at the close of World War II resulted in a lifelong friendship, first as pen pals and then visits to Germany and Australia. She is survived by husband Gordon, daughter Anita (Mock) Hanawalt '81, son Neal, and four grandchildren. 

Janet (Wiltshire) Moore '53

Dec. 6, 2022 — Janet worked as a chemist before raising her family and spending many dedicated hours serving in Navy relief. She and her husband, Robert, lived in Sedona for 20-plus years, doing many hours of community service at the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Music Sedona, and Red Rock State Park. She was preceded in death by husband Robert Moore '54; she is survived by sons Chris and Gregg, daughter Diane, and two grandchildren.

Robert J. Muchoney '53

May 16, 2023 — Bob was a veteran serving in the United States Army. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, member of the Lions Club, and enjoyed gardening. Bob loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife Romayne “Cisse” were married for 65 years. Bob is survived by wife Cisse, daughters Jane, Janice, and Beth, and eight grandchildren.

Elizabeth B. (Brandt) Myer '53

April 20, 2023 — Elizabeth taught for 40 years at public schools in Spring Grove, SoLanCo (Quarryville) and Lebanon Junior High School. She was an active member at the Richland Church of the Brethren for 61 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Rejoice Club coach, a member of the Women's Fellowship, and a knotter with the Quilting Ladies. Elizabeth had a love for traveling, visiting all 48 contiguous states and Europe. She was preceded in death by husband Robert; she is survived by daughters Rosalie, Mary Lou, and Sherri, son Thomas, and seven grandchildren.

Roderick O. Binkley '54 

Feb. 21, 2023 — Rick served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired in 1999. He enjoyed spending summers on Chautauqua Lake, boating, and fishing. Rick was preceded in death by brother Keith Binkley '51 and sister Janet (Binkley) Ingersoll '58; he is survived by wife Karen, daughters Mary, Tracy, and Jody, stepsons Paul and Joseph, stepdaughter Anne, and one granddaughter.

Charles H. Dunbar '54

June 26, 2022 — Charlie was a retired budget analyst with the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration. He served as an accountant for the US Army from 1954-1956 and was stationed in Korea from 1955–1956.

Joan (Lenhardt) Law '54

July 19, 2023 — Joan met her husband, Herbert, at Juniata and they were married in 1955. While Herbert attended chiropractic college in Indianapolis, Joan taught elementary school. After his graduation, they established their home in Horsham and started a practice in Willow Grove. Joan taught Home Economics at Upper Moreland High School until 1968, but continued her love of sewing and cooking throughout her life. She supported her husband and son-in-law's joint chiropractic practice. Joan was a Lifetime Girl Scout and an active member at Willow Grove United Methodist Church. Joan enjoyed traveling with her family and the memories that were created. She was preceded in death by husband Herbert Law '55; she is survived by daughters Lynne and Lori and four grandchildren. 

Robert E. Moore '54

Jan. 6, 2022 — Robert was a 38-year Navy veteran who served around the world in many stations. He and wife Janet (Wiltshire) Moore '53 lived in Sedona for 20-plus years, doing many hours of community service at the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Music Sedona, and Red Rock State Park. He is survived by sons Chris and Gregg, daughter Diane, and two grandchildren.

Richard C. Hutchison '55

May 1, 2023 — Richard earned his master's in Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1958, his Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1987, and his Doctor of Divinity degree from Hanover College in 1991. Richard spent his career serving various congregations at several churches across the country for 39 years. Richard was a loyal Phillies fan. He also watched Penn State football, enjoyed fly fishing, and traveled the world. Richard was preceded in death by first wife Marian (Veals) Hutchison '54, second wife Patricia, and sister Lois “Maxine” Hutchison '48. He is survived by his third wife Joy, sons Richard, Thomas, and John, daughters Beth and Janet, and three grandchildren.

Mary (Lehman) Ciarrocca '56

July 28, 2023 — Mimi met her true love, Carmen Ciarrocca '56, while studying at Juniata. She taught elementary school in the Waynesboro and Cumberland Valley School Districts from 1956–1964. Mimi was a gifted pianist and an avid reader. She spent many years working at the Mechanicsburg Library. Mimi played the piano at church and at high school and college musical events. She gave piano lessons to many. Her hobbies were Civil War History, playing games, including Bridge and Pinochle, and traveling with her husband and friends. She was preceded in death by brother William Lehman '51. She is survived by husband Carmen, son Scott, daughters Keely (Ciarrocca) Kelly '88 and Kristin, and seven grandchildren.

Melba J. Smith '56

May 3, 2023 — Melba retired from International Business Machine (IBM). She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Melba was preceded in death by sister Barbara; she is survived by sister Nancy.

Pat M. Tarquinio '56

Feb. 27, 2023 — Following his freshman year at Pitt, Pat transferred to Juniata and quarterbacked the football team to three consecutive undefeated seasons, which ultimately led to an appearance in the Tangerine Bowl in 1956. Pat was a teacher, guidance counselor, and head football coach, serving posts at Ellwood City, Beaver Area, and Hopewell High School. As the Beaver Bobcat football coach, he led teams to 241 wins and three WPIAL championships. At retirement, he held the WPIAL record for most wins with 269 victories. He was a member of various halls of fame, including the Juniata Sports Hall of Fame. Pat was preceded in death by wife Marcy and brother Ronald Tarquinio '61; he is survived by son Thomas, daughters Tracy and Terri, and six grandchildren.

Philip D. Volk '56

June 12, 2023 — Phil graduated from Jefferson Medical School. In 1962, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at the Army Hospital in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for two years. Upon completion of his military service, Phil started his private medical practice in Tucson, Ariz., as a family physician, which lasted for 36 years.  Phil supported his children's athletic endeavors and was the team physician for high school football for 8 years. For over 30 years, Phil passionately collected trains and Department 56 villages. Phil belonged to the Arizona Village Collectors Club and was president. He belonged to the Gadsden Pacific Miniature Train Museum. He was married to Edie for 66 years. He is survived by wife Edie, sons Philip and Jeff, daughter Kim, and nine grandchildren.

Ann (Stotsenburg) Crawford '57

Feb. 28, 2023 — Ann was a member of the first teaching class of Pennsauken High School in 1959 where she taught home economics. She was a former Elder at Pine Street Presbyterian church in Harrisburg, Pa., and a member of Grace Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. Ann was also a past president of the Dauphin County Medical Alliance. Ann loved making clothes for her children when they were young, music, singing in the choir, and Scottish country dancing with Donald. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald and one grandson; she is survived by daughters Donna, Lori, and Liesl, and five grandchildren.

Barbara A. (Gutshall) McIlroy '57 

Feb. 25, 2023 — Barbara received her master's degree in education from Penn State and taught at Alfarata Elementary School, Huntingdon, and Central Dauphin, Harrisburg. She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church. Barbara was preceded in death by husband Walter.

Bruce E. Bennett '58

May 30, 2023 — Bruce received a master's degree in divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1965. After serving in the ministry for several years, the family moved to south Florida where he was the architectural services manager for Panelfold Operable Walls for 25 years. Bruce made his solo flight on his 16th birthday and owned a J3 Piper Cub airplane for several years. He also began wild cave exploration and scuba diving in college. Bruce was a member of the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church, Roe Fulkerson Masonic Lodge in Hollywood, Fla. and the Cumberland County Shrine Club. Bruce is survived by wife Lorraine, daughter Jean, son Eric, and four grandchildren.

Charles P. Phillips Jr. '58

June 2, 2023 — Chuck was employed for many years by U.S. Steel and Lehigh Portland Cement. Chuck was a multi-sport athlete, an avid golfer, and a diehard Steelers fan. To his wife Dee, he was more than a husband of 67 years; he was her best friend. Chuck supported his kids, spoiled his grandkids, and thoroughly enjoyed his great grandkids.  He is survived by wife Deanna “Dee,” daughters Shelley, Tammy, and Laurey, and four grandchildren.

Barbara A. (Smathers) Yun '58

Feb. 12, 2023 — Barb worked as a teacher, social worker, newspaper writer and editor, and physician's receptionist. She was also an avid volunteer and was the first co-director of Birthright of Indiana, as well as the first co-volunteer coordinator of Hospice of Indiana. Her hobbies included decorating for all holidays and seasons, playing piano and organ, dancing, camping with family, and spotting for deer. Barb is survived by husband Frederick Yun '60, sons Curt and Keith, daughters Sharon and Vicki, and seven grandchildren.

Herbert E. Deuchar '59

April 17, 2023 — Herbert was a history teacher at Wall High School in Wall, N.J., for 39 years where he also coached boys and girls track and girls varsity soccer. He was a member of the Stokes Fire Company and was part of Ocean Grove Fire Department for 54 years. He also served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 41 in Ocean Grove for over 25 years. Herbert was a member of the Halifax Lions Club, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and the Halifax United Methodist Church. He was an avid dog lover, singer, and outdoorsman. Herbert was preceded in death by sister Dorothy (Deuchar) Meinke '69; he is survived by wife Gladys, daughters Heather (Deuchar) Paul '86 and Bonnie, son Edwin, and seven grandchildren.

Lloyd L. Greenawalt '59

July 17, 2023 — Les worked as a retail sales manager for 42 years for JJ Newberry, McCrory's, and J.C. Penney, retiring in 2001. Les attended West Willow United Methodist Church where he was an active board member and a head usher. Les loved sports and was a superb athlete, lettering four years in basketball, baseball, and football in high school. In his free time, he competed in bowling leagues and loved attending local sporting events as a Philadelphia sports fan. Les cherished going to Ocean City, Md., for 31 years, relaxing on the beach and eating crab legs. He was the loving husband of Patricia with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with a festive ice cream social. He is survived by wife Patricia (Bauer) Greenawalt '60, son David, daughter Karen, and four grandchildren.

Louis D. Palumbo '59

Oct. 10, 2022 — Lou was the owner operator of Palumbo Foods in Pennsylvania and a member of Mount Airy Wesleyan Church.  Lou is survived by daughter Annette, son Jay, and three grandchildren.

Bonnie L. (Meadows) Robeson '59 

Feb. 15, 2023 — Bonnie began her career teaching and later earned her master's degree from Penn State. In 1981, she became a reading specialist for the Intermediate Unit. She then worked at Foot of Ten Elementary School in Duncansville, Pa., until her retirement. Bonnie enjoyed traveling, playing tennis and bridge, golfing, spending time with family and friends, and attending the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren. Bonnie was preceded in death by husband Ross Wees Jr. '56, husband Joseph, and son Richard; she is survived by daughter Kristen Robeson-Grubb '90, son Scott, sister Janet (Meadows) Brumbaugh '63, and five grandchildren. 

Bernard Ambrose '60

June 26, 2023 — Bernie “Berndog” entered the United States Air Force serving in numerous locations including Eilson Air Force Base (Alaska) and Ben Guerir Air Base (Morocco), as well as Forbes Field (Kansas), where he met the love of his life, Glendell, who he was married to for 68 years. Following his military service, Bernie attended Juniata College and embarked on a lifelong career with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as a waterways conservation officer for Elk County headquartered in Ridgway, Pa., for nearly 40 years, eventually returning to Huntingdon County in retirement. He enjoyed everything outdoors and Penn State football. He is survived by wife Glendell, son Bret, and daughter Amy.

Wallace E. Berkey '60

April 5, 2023— Wally spent 35 years teaching math at the Colonial School District in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., at Whitemarsh Junior High and later Plymouth-Whitemarsh (P-W) High School. Wally also served as assistant athletic director at P-W. He loved sports as a player in his earlier years, coach, rabid fan of the Phillies and P-W Colonials, and as a frequent bettor on nearly any thoroughbred horse or professional football team. Wally's other hobby was keeping meticulous and expansive statistics of local high school sports, even being featured in the Norristown Times Herald for his efforts. Wally spent his summers at the Jersey Shore.  He is survived by wife Natalie “Sue,” son Brian, and daughter Jill.

LeRoy S. Forney '60

May 26, 2023 — Leroy worked early in adulthood as a chemist and later as an artist, and was a dedicated community organizer and activist. He loved jazz, classical, and choral music, and sang in many choirs. He is survived by partner Phyllis, son Matthew, daughter Ellen, sister Allegra Forney Sanner '55, and two grandchildren; he was preceded in death by wife Nancy.

Steven H. French '60

Oct. 14, 2022 — Steven was preceded in death by mother Naomi (Ranck) French '37. He is survived by wife Carolyn, sons Steve and Scott, daughter Caren, and six grandchildren.

W. James Shoenthal III '60

May 16, 2023 — Jim was a systems analyst for Mack Trucks in Allentown, Pa., for 25 years before retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting.  Jim was preceded in death by father William J. Shoenthal II '34 and sister Lorraine (Shoenthal) Beeman '69; he is survived by wife Caryn, son Alex, daughters Katrina, Melissa, and Nina, stepson Mark, stepdaughter Michelle, and seven grandchildren.

James L. Williams '61

March 29, 2023 — James enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Morse code interceptor in Okinawa, Japan. After active duty, he began work as an insurance adjustor in Western Pennsylvania and then Baltimore, Md. Jim enjoyed reading, good restaurants, playing cards, making people laugh, and golfing. He was a long-time member of Bon Air Country Club where he won the club championship in 1982 and multiple senior championships. Jim is survived by his daughters Amy and Sheri, their mother Evelyn, and 10 grandchildren.

M. Cecile (Coop) Leedom '62

March 22, 2023 — Ceil earned a master's degree in library science from Rutgers University in 1984. Ceil worked and later volunteered at the South Brunswick Public Library as a reference librarian for over 30 years, maintaining their local history archives. She was twice awarded the New Jersey Library Association Service Award. She also led or was a member of multiple historical societies and initiatives. Ceil enjoyed music and piano, tap dancing, ballet, and flamenco, the latter of which she continued into her 70s. She is survived by husband Marvin, sons David, James, and Kenneth, daughter Karen, and six grandchildren.

Thomas E. Saporito '62

June 8, 2023 — Tom received a multitude of awards as a regional manager and government marketing specialist at the 3M Company working out of the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas for 35 years. He retired to his family home in Nags Head, N.C., and became a pillar of the community. He worked on the Grounds Committee at Duck Woods Country Club, was president of the Kiwanis Club, was treasurer of the Nags Head Community Watch, and served on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Tom was a member of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Parish. He is survived by wife Marguerite “Peggy,” daughters Sharon, Terri, and Jeni, sons Thomas, John, and Matt, and 15 grandchildren.

Michael Tyson '63

July 17, 2023 — Michael's career was in education, having taught mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology for more than 40 years. He was an avid fan and supporter of the arts, and he enjoyed many performances at the Community Arts Center. He was preceded in death by father Perry Tyson '41; he is survived by longtime companion and best friend Marie, her daughters Shelly and Michele, four grandchildren, sister Toby (Tyson) Richards '65, and brother Tim Tyson '79.

Freeman R. Weible '63

July 3, 2023 — Freeman received his master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked until his retirement as a school teacher for Shanksvillle-Stonycreek High School, and worked weekends for the Turnpike North/South Exchange. Freeman was a member of NEA, PSEA, NCTM, and enjoyed golfing. He was preceded in death by son Ryan; he is survived by wife Linda, daughter Rebecca, and son Robert.

Sandra J. Hoffman '64

July 13, 2022 — Sandra retired as a Computer Systems Analyst for the US Department of the Treasury in Alexandria, Va.

Gretchen (Rummel) Brock '66

June 29, 2023 — Gretchen attended Juniata College and graduated from Millersville College. Gretchen taught school in Columbia and worked for the Literacy Council in Lancaster, Pa. Later, she was the director of marketing and sales at Willow Valley Communities and retired from the marketing department at Pleasant View Retirement Community. She was a member of Mountville Church of the Brethren. Gretchen was an accomplished musician on both piano and organ, having studied with Frank McConnell. She was an accompanist on both organ and piano at several churches for many years, including Mountville Church of the Brethren and Lancaster Church of the Brethren. In addition, Gretchen sang in the chorus at the Lancaster Opera Workshop. She is survived by daughters Rebecca and Lucinda, and seven grandchildren.

Dean A. Richards Jr. '66 

Jan. 24, 2023 — Dean was a successful entrepreneur, serving as President and CEO of Implus Corporation. He was a veteran of the US Army and enjoyed traveling, sailing, and wrestling.

William S. Vint '67

July 2, 2023 — Bill, lovingly known as “Blueberry Bill,” enjoyed spending time with family, working the blueberry patch, making stained glass, woodworking, listening to vinyl records, chatting with old friends, and living in the round house at the top of the mountain that he and Sally built. He sang with the Buffalo Valley Singers and was instrumental in starting the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market. Bill graduated from Georgetown Dental School and worked as a hygienist and dentist in Mifflinburg, Halifax, and Sunbury. He is survived by his sister Carol (Vint) Spearly '66, dear partner Sally, daughter Jennifer, son Craig, and five grandchildren.

Sue (Stober) Woodman '68

March 11, 2023 — Sue was a teacher—most recently teaching at L. B. Morris—before finally retiring in 2019. Additionally, she was a long-time member of Christ Lutheran Church of Penn Forest where she also served as the director of education for many years. She loved teaching Sunday school and adored every one of her students. In addition to being active with her church, Sue was quite active in her community, being a social member of Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Co. #1. She loved animals, enjoyed playing Mahjong, and traveled the country with her husband, Dave. She is survived by husband Dave, son Daniel, daughter Amanda, and three grandchildren.

Alan C. Black '69

March 22, 2023 — Alan enlisted in the United States Army and earned a Battlefield commission in Vietnam, and subsequently attended flight school (rotary wing). He attended Florida State University, earning a master's degree in instructional design. After retiring from the Army after 27 years, Alan worked as a Department of Defense consultant. Before his retirement, he decided on a complete change of vocation and started driving tour buses all over the country for Elite Coach in Ephrata for 17 years. Alan's avid pastime was traveling in his motor home to all 50 states with his wife and their four-legged companions. He is survived by wife Linda, daughter Michelle, son Andrew, and two grandchildren. 

Barbara A. (Boone) Laine '70

April 16, 2023 — Barb worked in retail sales and the arts, in administration at Taos Valley School, and as a draftsman in land surveying. Barb also co-wrote well over a dozen travel guidebooks with her husband, Don. She was skilled at playing flute and piano and was a gifted singer. Barb was active in the Taos Community Chorus, choirs at First Presbyterian Church of Taos and St. James Episcopal Church, and Taos Flute Choir. Barb enjoyed traveling. She was active in the non-profit Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers. Barb is survived by husband Donald Laine '70, goddaughters Marty and Gretchen, daughters of Joel Schantz '70, and Marion “Marney” (Evons) Schantz '70.

Elaine K. (Ditzler) Eichfeld '71

March 16, 2023 — Elaine earned her master's degree from Millersville University. She retired from the Pequea Valley School District in Kinzers, Pa., where she taught for many years at Salisbury Elementary School.  Elaine attended St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Lititz, Pa., and was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lebanon Chapter. Elaine was preceded in death by her father Herbert E. Ditzler '46; she is survived by husband Wayne, sons Wesley, Chad, and Christopher, and six grandchildren.

Charles A. Potter '71

Feb. 23, 2023 — Charles received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Temple School of Dentistry and practiced family dentistry in Dupont for 45 years. He was recognized by The American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Charles also served as president and board chairman of the Scranton District Dental Society and chairman of the Scranton District Dental Society Continuing Education Program. Charles is survived by wife Rose, daughter Stephanie, son Ryan, and two grandsons.

Malinda A. (Yoder) Winder '74 

Feb. 19, 2023 — Mindy taught second grade at Thompsontown-Delaware Elementary School for 13 years and later worked for the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging. She served on the board of the Juniata County Library and was a member of the Juniata County Business and Professional Women's Club and the Juniata County Democratic Committee. Mindy enjoyed supporting her children in sports, keeping in touch with her college roommates, traveling, tending flowers, and playing card games. Mindy was preceded in death by father Charles Yoder '47; she is survived by husband Andrew, son Samuel, daughters Katherine and Rebecca, and one grandson.

Thomas R. Furrer '75

July 14, 2023 — Tom was the President of Furrer Beverage Company, Inc., having worked in the family business for the past 40 years. He had previously worked for the National Park Service. He was a member of the Spruce Creek Rod & Gun Club, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #551, and the Bavarian Aid Society. Tom enjoyed fly fishing for trout, gardening, model train collecting, making wine and collecting it, and golfing; but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a proud member of the 1970 PCIAA State Championship Bishop Guilfoyle basketball team that was inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. Tom is survived by wife of 40 years Terry, daughter Elizabeth, and one granddaughter.

Roger D. Garber '76

June 1, 2023 — Roger received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Temple Dental School in 1980. His post-doctoral studies included a two-year family dentistry residency at the University of Connecticut's John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, Conn. Roger was a highly skilled dental surgeon and practiced family dentistry in Newport, Pa., for 37 years. Roger enjoyed vacations and cruises, spending many years with his lifelong partner and friend, Marj. He loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and playing cards. In his youth he was a member of the Conestoga Church of the Brethren, Leola, Pa., and in later years attended Three Springs Church of the Brethren, Blain, Pa. Roger is survived by partner Marj and her daughter Sherri.

Timothy A. Tabor '76

July 4, 2023 — Tim counseled youth at Forestry Camp #3, James Creek, Pa., and Loysville Youth Development Center, Loysville, Pa., where he was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 33 years. Afterwards, Tim worked at the Department of Corrections, where he counseled and evaluated inmates, before retiring in 2011. Tim became a professional portrait and event photographer, winning the Merit Award from Center Film Lab's Summer Fun '82 Photo Contest. Tim gave back to his alma mater advising the varsity basketball team, assisting hunger relief through Juniata College Meal for Crop, and lecturing classes on sociology and psychology. He enjoyed traveling, working out at the gym, long scenic drives, gourmet food, college football, and his vintage vinyl collection. He is survived by wife Donna, stepdaughter Kelly, and one step-grandchild.

Robin E. Morgan '80

March 14, 2023 — After Juniata, Robin attended Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Ore., where she was employed. Robin later completed her master's degree in the English Second Language (ESL) program at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. She was called to serve her Lord as a missionary where she used her ESL degree, by teaching at numerous community colleges and working with various ministries. Robin was very active in numerous churches in Southern California, including the Calvary Church of Santa Ana, Calif., and the Free Chapel in Irvine, Calif. Robin served in numerous countries in Africa, in many remote villages, and used her ESL degree to teach refugees. She also served in Canada and in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a children's ministry, and most recently served in India.

Deborah L. (Woodling) Scott '80 

Jan. 9, 2023 — Deborah worked for a number of different companies over the years, including Birchwood in the Poconos and Liz Claiborne, Inc.

Owen O. Freeman III '82

May 17, 2023 — Buck was employed by Manheim Auto Auction for 14 years. An avid outdoorsman, Buck enjoyed fly fishing and nature. He is survived by daughter Brooke.

Michele L. (Sciranko) Hummel '90

Feb. 9, 2023 — Michele lived in South Carolina. She is survived by husband Peron. 

Wendy S. (Cook) Perrott '90 

Feb. 8, 2023 — Wendy received her Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University and worked as a payroll specialist. She enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, ATV riding, skiing, and other daring adventures. Wendy is survived by husband James.

Trudy A. (Benz) Biddle '92

July 7, 2023 — Trudy worked for many years as a computer programmer with Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, and Areva, now Framotome, in Lynchburg, Va. She was active with the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) and they named her Woman of the Year in 2002. Trudy was the beloved wife of John for 37 years. She is survived by husband John, stepdaughter Lisa, and one step-grandchild.

Shannon P. Callahan '06

May 8, 2023 — Shannon earned her master's degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., and moved cross-country to earn her Doctorate in Social Psychology at University of California, Davis, in Davis, Calif. She taught social psychology at numerous colleges, including UC Davis, and most recently at Sonoma State University. Shannon was an ardent gardener, crafter, baker, activist, conservationist, and vegetarian. She loved her family, friends, trivia, karaoke, crossword puzzles, and reading. She is survived by husband Landon and son Lewis.


John D. Bowser ’57

May 4, 2023 — John taught mathematics at Juniata for 36 years until his retirement in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Juniata College and his master’s degree in 1959 at West Virginia University. John earned his Ph.D. in education from Penn State in 1976. He had a passion for sports, especially women’s volleyball, and was a loyal supporter of Juniata College athletics. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce and is survived by his children John, Jill, and Jan. 

R. Christine (Yohe) Kumagai

Feb. 26, 2023 — Christine served as Dean of Women at Juniata from 1959 to 1965. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1944 from Penn State and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. Following her release to inactive duty in 1946, Christine obtained her master’s degree in business administration in industrial relations from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She loved traveling and volunteering her time to help those suffering from hunger, abuse, or violence. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray and is survived by her daughter Sueko Elizabeth. 

Robert H. Washburn Sr.

May 19, 2023 — Robert taught geology at Juniata for 35 years until his retirement in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1959 from the University of Nebraska and enlisted in the United States Army Reserves that same year. Robert completed his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in 1961 and his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1966. He was honorably discharged from military service in 1968, attaining the rank of Captain. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was an avid hiker and trail biker. He is survived by his wife Cheryl Washburn ’86, and his sons, Robert Jr. and David.