Magazine ~ Fall 2021

Magazine ~ Fall 2021

In Memoriam ~ Fall 2021

Remembering Jennifer A. DeConde Borgardt

Jennifer DeConde

Jennifer DeConde, Tutoring Coordinator and Academic Coach, passed away from cancer in July 2021 after a courageous, optimistic, and unwavering fight. Her ability to marry dogged determination with joy and enthusiasm was rare and beautiful to observe. Whenever she scheduled time to meet with me, I knew she would bring a wealth of ideas and initiatives to the conversation as well as a pledge to ensure the ideas were implemented with energy and integrity. And I knew that more likely than not, she would leave my office having secured my promise to support her efforts in trying something new. It was easy to lend support to her many ideas because she was unabashed and relentless in her commitment to students and their success; she had a remarkable passion for assisting students in order to help them succeed.

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Alumni Obituaries ~ Fall 2021

Margaret T. (McKenzie) Hausser ’40

May 15, 2020—Margaret attended graduate school at Cornell University and met husband, Harry. After getting married, the two traveled wherever Harry’s job took them, including Illinois, Paraguay, and Puerto Rico. They had four children and settled in Montana. Margaret loved tropical plants and built a greenhouse. In her freetime, she enjoyed learning Montana’s landscape and history, and caring for horses, cats, dogs, and raccoons. Margaret and Harry liked to attend cultural events at Montana State University, where Margaret also acted in several plays. She joined the Unitarian Church, attended book club meetings, and eventually moved into Bear Creek Respite Center, where she enjoyed crafts, poetry class, the swimming center, and lunches in town. Margaret was preceded in death by husband Harry; she is survived by daughters Barbara, Carol, and Marilynn, son David, and seven grandchildren.

Edna M. (Cuzzolina) Marinella ’42

April 11, 2021—After Juniata, Edna became a journalist and covered World War II for several East Coast newspapers. She was applauded for her coverage of the USS Intrepid. After the war, she earned her teaching credentials and a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Southern California. She worked as a librarian at several locations, including Narbonne High School in Los Angeles Unified School District, where she created the district’s first high school computer lab. For many years after, she worked to provide computers to high school students. Upon her retirement, the school named their library after her, the Edna Marinella Library. Edna was preceded in death by husband Carmen; she is survived by son Stephen, daughter Angela, and four grandchildren.

Betty E. (Brumbaugh) Humberd ’46

May 11, 2021—After graduating from Juniata with a degree in teaching, Betty married her husband and moved to Spring Grove, Pa., where they raised three sons. She did occasional substitute teaching, as well as ministry at the York Grace Brethren Church. In 1972, they moved, and Betty began teaching elementary students as a reading specialist and served at Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church. She later moved back to York County and rejoined her former church. Betty was preceded in death by sister Evelyn (Brumbaugh) King ’48 and husband John; she is survived by sons David, Larry, and Charles, and nine grandchildren.

Barbara C. (Dickel) Claycomb ’48

March 29, 2021—Barbara taught at Mount Union High School and Nanty Glo High School in Pennsylvania before moving with her family to New Jersey in 1961, where she later taught at Columbia High School. She also taught Sunday School at Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in New Jersey, were she was an active member for 40 years. She sang in the choir and volunteered at the local hospital and LLS Sprenkle. She later became a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church after moving to York, Pa. Barbara is survived by husband Robert Claycomb ’50, daughter Susan, sons David and Mark, and eight grandchildren.

William S. Fegan ’48

Jan. 29, 2021—Bill joined the Vagabond Players, a professional theater company, and earned his master’s degree in speech and hearing therapy from the University of Alabama. In the 60s, he directed shows at Stillman College and advocated for the civil rights movement by integrating theaters, casts, and audiences. He spent his life producing, directing, and acting in professional and amateur productions. In 1963, Bill organized a touring theater company called The Kaleidoscope Players, who performed all over the United States and did summer theater at the historic Shuler Theater in Raton, N.M., which eventually became their permanent base. The Kaleidoscope Players were named the Official State Theater Troupe of New Mexico by Governor Dave Cargo and won the Larry Tajiri Award for Outstanding Theater Company in the Rocky Mountain Region. During his life, Bill received numerous honors and awards, including an honorary doctorate from Juniata in 1972 and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2009. He received the Markley Award and the Founders Award, both from the National Association of Campus Activities, the President’s Award by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Raton Treasure Award, the New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts, and was named Executive Director of the National Humanities Series for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Bill was a board member of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and he established the Raton Arts Council, Raton Choral Society, Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts, and the Shuler Restoration. He worked as a booking agent, eventually establishing his own agency, Bill Fegan Attractions. He taught young and old alike, inspiring hundreds of talented people to make their own contributions to the humanities. Bill is survived by dear loved ones.

H. Jean (Brown) Phenicie ’49

May 15, 2021—Jean was a social worker for the Department of Public Assistance and a clerk typist for Letterkenney Depot. After raising her sons, she worked as a kindergarten teacher at Seventh Ward Elementary in Lewistown, Pa. before retiring in 1990. Jean enjoyed spending time with loved ones, playing board games, listening to music, reading, attending auctions, collecting antiques, sending letters and cards, and being with animals. She was a devout Christian and a part of many community groups, including Trinity United Methodist Church, Mifflin County Association of School Retirees, Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of the Eastern Star, American Association of University Women, and Mifflin County Historical Society. Jean was preceded in death by husband Frederick Phenicie ’50, daughter Amy, and three grandchildren; she is survived by sons Gregory and Mark, and four grandchildren.

Thurman T. Grossnickle ’50

March 18, 2020

Raymond C. Sidorsky ’50

May 12, 2021—Raymond was a research psychologist and obtained his Master’s and Doctorate in Psychology at the Ohio State University. There, he became a Research Fellow at the OSU Laboratory of Aviation Psychology. Additionally, he served in the Army as a First Lieutenant at the Army Medical Research Laboratory in Fort Knox, Ky. He joined General Dynamics and became Head of the Human Factors Section at Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn. Raymond later joined the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Alexandria, Va. His hobbies outside of work included woodworking, traveling, and spending summers in Baker, W. Va. Raymond is survived by wife Phyllis (Gibbs) Sidorsky ’49 and daughter Erica.

Ruth N. (Davidheiser) Groff ’51

July 11, 2021—Ruth was preceded in death by husband Warren Groff ’49; she is survived by son David.

Betty L. (McKee) Townsend ’51

July 28, 2021—Betty taught secondary education and later worked as an organization administrator. She enjoyed studying the genealogy of her family, knitting, and watching football. Betty was preceded in death by husband Francis Townsend Jr. ’58; she is survived by sons Stephen Townsend ’76, Michael, and Christopher, and two grandsons.

Carleton N. Rowe ’51

Feb. 27, 2021—Carl served in the U.S. Army and later earned his doctorate from Penn State. He then worked at Texaco for a few years before working as a tribologist at Mobil Oil. He was a past president of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Carl is survived by wife Margie, daughters Barbara and Marjorie, sons David and Steven, and six grandchildren.

LaRue H. (Seese) Allison ’51

July 2, 2021—After graduating from Juniata, LaRue became a teacher at Hazelton High School for two years before dedicating her life to raising her children. She attended Roxbury Church of the Brethren, where she was a Deaconess, board member, choir member, youth leader, and Sunday school and Bible school teacher. LaRue enjoyed crocheting, macramé, crafting, sewing, cooking, and baking, as well as babysitting her grandchildren, camping with family, and attending family reunions. She was preceded in death by parents Dorsey Seese ’27 and Verna (Statler) Seese ’24, husband Charles Allison Jr. ’51, sisters Elaine (Seese) Keafer ’52 and Marjory (Seese) Eichelberger ’54, and one grandson; she is survived by sons Douglas and Craig, daughter Gayle, and five grandchildren.

Gerald N. Wogan ’51

July 16, 2021—"Jerry" went on to study physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he earned his doctorate. Soon after, he was recruited to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as head of the Biological Engineering department for eight years. Jerry conducted extensive research on carcinogens and bacterial infections, reaching public health and epidemiology milestones. The impact of his work on aflatoxin was felt strongly across the globe. He isolated, characterized, and established the mechanisms of many environmental toxins relative to public health. His findings helped spread awareness, prevent infection, and enabled the development of agents that induce biochemical pathways to protect people from toxin-induced diseases. Jerry invented the paradigm for discovering environmental carcinogens and their effect on DNA. Many of his collaborators and colleagues went on to apply their toxicology skills in the pharmaceutical arena. During his 60-year career, he trained over 75 graduate students and postdocs, who then became leaders in environmental health. He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences, chosen in 1977, and was just one of five Juniata graduates to be named to the academy in 2010, when he was selected as Juniata’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient. He has received numerous other awards, including the Charles S. Mott prize of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation in 2005, and the Medal of Honor of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2010. Jerry was preceded in death by wife Holly; he is survived by daughter Christine, son Eugene, and three grandchildren.

Janet S. (Boland) Boeck ’52

Feb. 7, 2021—Janet taught elementary school for the Cedar Grove Board of Education in Connecticut. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Verona and was in the bell choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Verona. She was also a member of the Strollers of Maplewood, the Cedar Crest Players, and the Protestant Council of Cedar Crest. She was preceded in death by husband Don; she is survived by daughter Donna, and two grandchildren.

Winifred C. (Hawn) Reed ’52

June 17, 2021—Winifred worked for the Joseph F. Biddle Publishing Co. as a proofreader. Later, she assumed the job of social editor and worked in the position until her marriage in 1984. She then returned to her former job as a proofreader. While working, Winifred was a member of the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association and served two terms as Central District Director. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, the former Wesleyan Service Guild, the former Women’s Society of Christian Service, and the United Methodist Women. Additionally, she was on the board of the Huntingdon Chapter of the American Red Cross for 18 years and did publicity for many organizations. Winifred enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, reading, and collecting porcelain dolls. She was preceded in death by husband Paul.

Jack L. Ulsh ’53

Sept. 7, 2021—After Juniata, Jack studied at Middlebury College and Cornell University. He then served as a linguistics scientist at the Foreign Institute of the State Department. There, he authored manuals in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as the book “From Spanish to Portuguese.” In 1985, he retired from the State Department. Jack then started his own company, Landcrafters, where he put his love for nature to use by landscaping throughout the greater D.C. area. Jack is survived by wife Inês, daughters Linda and Angela, son Gregory, and two grandchildren.

Robert D. Flory ’54

March 11, 2021

Frank M. Harlacher Jr. ’54

Dec. 13, 2020—Frank attended Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Meyers, Fla., where he was a devoted choir member and leader of various social and study groups for 40 years. He was preceded in death by brother Kenneth Harlacher ’59 and wife Joyce (Bernard) Harlacher ’55; he is survived by wife Doris.

Anna L. (Over) Martin ’54

Sept. 6, 2021—After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Ann married her husband John, whom she met at Juniata. They moved to Illinois for graduate school and Ann earned her teaching credentials. Upon moving back to Pennsylvania, Ann was hired as a customer service engineer for IBM, which was a rarity for a female at that time. She and John had three children and, as they got older, Ann taught high school math for six years before working for Hughes Aircraft Company as a system engineer for 11 years before retiring. When she moved to Manhattan Beach, she joined the Neighborhood Watch organization and the League of Women Voters. In 2018, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her work on the Neighborhood Watch. Ann’s hobbies included running, playing bridge, traveling, gardening, reading, and cooking. She was preceded in death by father Cyrus Over ’28; she is survived by husband John Martin Jr. ’55, sons Tom and John, daughter Terri, sister Dorothy "Louise" (Over) McFadden ’48, and five grandchildren.

Janice E. (Mertz) Beckley ’56

Aug. 27, 2021—After Juniata, Janice worked as an elementary school teacher. She was also a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mifflinburg, Pa. She was an artist who enjoyed painting eggs and handcrafting miniature sheep and pinecone Christmas trees. Janice also collected buttons, was involved in button societies, attended button shows, and won awards with her displays. Her seamstress skills helped her send many dolls to the Barefoot School in Haiti. Janice is survived by husband James Beckley ’56, sister Dorcas (Mertz) Welch ’54, sons James, Jeffrey, Jon, and Jay, and eight grandchildren.

John C. Golden ’56

Feb. 17, 2021—John served in the U.S. Army Security Agency, stationed at the Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He played basketball for the Clark Air Base Bombers. He was an athlete for many years, lettering in many sports in both high school and at Juniata. After his service, he and his wife, whom he met his first day at Juniata, moved to Philadelphia. He worked in the personnel department at US Steel and was later a hospital administrator at Chestnut Hill Hospital. John was preceded in death by wife Betty (Beatty) Golden ’56; he is survived by daughter Jill, son Gregory, and four grandchildren.

William J. Haushalter ’56

Jan. 24, 2021—Bill had a passion for football. He was a four-year letterman for the Juniata football team and earned honorable mention Little All-American as a senior. He was named most valuable lineman of the 1955 squad that went to the Tangerine Bowl. He loved coaching different high school teams in Pennsylvania including Tyrone, Saxton-Liberty, Tussey Mountain, and Philipsburg-Osceola. At Tussey Mountain, he led the 1961 team to an undefeated season. During his time at Philipsburg- Osceola, he acted as a director of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association. He later spent time as an assistant coach at Lafayette College before becoming an assistant coach for the United States Naval Academy team, where he helped guide the Midshipmen to appearances in the Holiday, Garden State, and Liberty bowls. He recruited players for Navy from across all of Pennsylvania and was like a father-figure to many. He coached three of the academy’s top 10 career rushing leaders and, at one point, had coached nine of the top 10. After retiring from coaching, Bill worked as a guidance counselor at Old Mill Middle School. He never completely left coaching, though. He attended college coaching clinics and traveled to Moscow with other former Lafayette College coaches to teach Russian youth teams. Bill was a member of the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2007. He was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Bill is survived by wife Nancy, daughters Nancy Jean and Patti, sons Michael, Dan, and David, and five grandchildren.

Nancy F. (Phillips) Kraft ’56

April 3, 2021—Nancy taught special education in New York after graduating from Juniata. She was a member of Quincy United Methodist Church in Quincy, Pa., where she sang in the choir. She volunteered at New Hope Shelter and at Spiritrust Lutheran as a Touch-a-Life volunteer, as well as mentored refugees. Nancy is survived by son Rick, and three grandchildren.

Evan G. Thomas ’56

Aug. 18, 2021—After Juniata, Evan received his master’s and doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Maine at Orono. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a research chemist for Allied Chemical Corporation in Buffalo, N.Y., and for Fiber Materials Incorporated in Biddeford, Maine. Evan was a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi, as well as the First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, where he was a deacon, trustee, elder, and Sunday school teacher. His hobbies included birdwatching, gardening, woodworking, chess, reading, and photography. Evan is survived by wife Virginia (Watson) Thomas ’56, daughter Anne, sons Robert and James Thomas ’87, and four grandchildren.

Clinton E. Betz Jr. ’57

July 23, 2021—Clint is survived by wife Georgeanne.

Edwina L. (Lantz) Carlson ’57

Feb. 3, 2021—"Eddi" received her master’s in education/medical biology from Long Island University. She worked as a medical technologist in hospital labs during her time living in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, and worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Eddi was an active member of her church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, where she was a treasurer, lay minister, choir member, caring circle member, covenant group member, and religious education teacher. She also loved to travel. Eddi is survived by husband Albert, daughters Krista and Susan, and son Eric.

Barbara A. (Leuthold) Mills ’57

Feb. 4, 2021—After graduating from Juniata with a degree in education, Barbara put her love of teaching into a career as a home economics teacher for many years. Barbara is survived by husband Richard, sons Scott and Steven, and three grandchildren.

Lois A. (Mezey) Murdoch ’57

Feb. 15, 2021—Lois was a member of the Greater Harrisburg Chapter of Sweet Adelines and was a member of Sweet Adelines International. She served on many Greater Harrisburg Chapter committees such as the costume and Singing Valentine’s programs. She performed with the chorus at regional and international competitions, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2015. She loved cross-stitching and was an enthusiastic seamstress, always using her skills to help her grandchildren. She also loved to travel and go camping with her family. She was preceded in death by husband Donald Murdoch ’57; she is survived by daughters Lynne and Lori, sons Douglas, William, Mark Murdoch ’84, and James, and 11 grandchildren, including Sean Murdoch ’12.

Fiore Purrachio ’57

Dec. 11, 2019—Fiore graduated from Juniata and earned his master’s degree from Rutgers and NYU. He was a member of the National Education Association and spent more than 50 years teaching for the Middletown School System. He loved traveling and studied a year abroad in England before later continuing to travel the world. Fiore also enjoyed Broadway shows and New York City.

Douglas S. Wilson ’57

June 3, 2021—After Juniata, Douglas served in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. Additionally, he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a budget analyst, and for Lehman Motors. Doug was a self-taught artist who enjoyed nature and gardening. He created a hybrid daylily for his wife and named it “Fair Elaine.” In 1986, his interest in genealogy research fostered his own book titled “The Potts family of Westmoreland, Indiana and nearby counties.” Doug also designed two homes and converted a van to a camper. He was preceded in death by daughter Christine; he is survived by wife Elaine (Lehman) Wilson ’59, daughter Julia, son James, and six grandsons.

Nancy E. MacDonald ’58

March 10, 2021—After Juniata, Nancy became an elementary school teacher with Central Dauphin School District and later owned and operated Expressly Yours Catering with her sister. She enjoyed training and showing Bedlington Terrier dogs and was active in the Bedlington Terrier Club of America, producing American Kennel Club champions. Nancy was also a member of Charlton United Methodist Church. She is survived by several cousins, good friends, and her special friend and companion, Greta.

Max V. Means ’58

Feb. 18, 2021—“Val” served in the U.S. Army for over two years after graduating from Juniata. He worked as an accountant at Columbia Gas in Pittsburgh, Pa. He went on to hold positions at Clarion University as budget director, director of financial management, and university treasurer. He loved birds and was a member of the Nature Conservancy and National Audubon Society. He was recognized for his gardening and model train collection, which is preserved by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Val was preceded in death by parents Mary and Max Means ’32; survived by daughters Ginger and Angela, son Al, and nine grandchildren.

B. Robert Schnably ’58

Feb. 18, 2020—Bob was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He spent his career working as a food service director for Aramark Corporation. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching youth sports, playing card games, and being a dad. Bob was preceded in death by wife Patricia; he is survived by son Michael and two grandchildren.

Sandra J. Cohick ’59

Dec. 31, 2020—Sandra taught math at California High School, Whittier, Calif., for over 30 years. She had perfect attendance and was very involved in school programs. She was an advisor for the Blue & Gold Society and was involved in the School Leadership Team and Task Force. Sandra retired as Chair of Mathematics in June 1997. She was preceded in death by father Kenneth Cohick ’33; she is survived by brother Chris.

Elizabeth A. (Donnelly) Anderson ’60

Aug. 25, 2021—"Libby" enjoyed collecting Bibles, notebooks, glasses, and canes, as well as passing her knowledge onto others. She is survived by husband Harvey, four children, and 19 grandchildren.

Susan S. (Sheaffer) Hess ’60

Sept. 10, 2021—Susan became a teacher, first for Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, Pa., then for Newfield Central High School in Ithaca, N.Y., and lastly for Collegeville-Trappe High School in Trappe, Pa. She then raised her two sons before returning to teaching as an aide at Montgomery Co. Intermediate Unit in Norristown, Pa., for 25 years. Susan was a member of Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, taking walks with her husband and dogs, and vacationing in Vermont. She liked nature, animals, and birdwatching. Susan was preceded in death by husband Ronald; she is survived by sons Stephen and David, and two grandsons.

Jean H. Mattheiss ’61

April 12, 2021—Jean taught elementary school in New Jersey, Texas, and later Baltimore County, Md., where she was a reading specialist. She was a part of instituting a program for sign language as a reading strategy. She loved raising and showing Boxers, sewing, gardening, and traveling. Jean is survived by her spouse Mary Lou.

Gerald O. Zack ’61

March 4, 2021—Jerry worked as Vice President of Securitas for 15 years. He was a Mason at the William S. Snyder Lodge and an active member of his church, Hope United Methodist Church, Pa. A former Juniata football player, he loved sports and cheering for the Pirates and the Penguins. He also loved reading and playing pranks with his family. Jerry is survived by wife Lou Ann, daughter Kimberly, sons David, Jim, Stephen, Keith, and four grandchildren.

John L. Reed ’62

May 3, 2021—From 1963 to 1975, John was a member of the United States Air Force. John valued his education and received bachelor’s degrees from Juniata College and Penn State, a master’s degree in history from Emporia State, and a degree in political science from Hawaii University and Weber State University of Utah. He also obtained his law degree from Washburn University and practiced law until his retirement. John’s favorite hobby was reading, especially on topics of the military, history, and philosophy. He is survived by wife Sharon, sons David, Steven, Kevin, and Shawn, daughters Michelle and Merielle, and two grandchildren.

William B. Rumberger ’62

Aug. 26, 2021—Bill went on to complete his master’s degree in education at Shippensburg University. He taught high school English and Spanish at Tyrone Area High School, Huntingdon Area High School, Juniata Valley High School, and Ocean City High School. Before retiring, he worked at the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office in Huntingdon and Altoona. Bill was a dedicated member of the Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Huntingdon, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer, as well as performed with multiple music groups. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and spending time with family. Bill is survived by brother Edwin Rumberger ’64.

C. Barnett Swaney ’62

June 19, 2021—"Barney" was an engineer at IBM for 12 years before moving to Pennsylvania to work with his father as a Manufacturer’s Representative. He obtained his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying for their business before going back to work as an Engineer for Master Solutions, Inc., designing automatic truck loading systems. After retiring with his wife in Alaska, Barney pursued his passion for prison ministry, becoming a Chaplain for Alaska Correctional Ministries. He served as Treasurer on the board of his church, Matanuska Assembly of God, and was an active member of Promise Keepers. Barney is survived by wife Judith (Palmer) Swaney ’61, daughters Cindy, Jacki, and Jill, and son Scott.

Nancy (Swigart) Shedd ’62

March 6, 2021—Nancy did graduate work in English and philosophy at Penn State. She worked as a local historian at the Huntingdon County Historical Society, spending time as president and later executive director. She published and co-authored more than 12 books and received an Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies. She was a member of many historical societies including Huntingdon Revitalization & Development, Inc., Pennsylvania State Preservation Board, Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies, the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums & Historical Societies, and served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies. She also loved reading. She was preceded in death by husband Gordon Shedd ’58, son James, parents John Swigart Sr. ’30 and Jane (Bell) Swigart ’27; she is survived by sons Gordon Shedd ’74, John, Christopher, and two granddaughters.

Audrey L. (Wadsworth) Warren ’62

Aug. 10, 2021—Audrey settled in North Potomac, Md., where she raised a family with her husband and taught for many years. She later became the volunteer coordinator for the Kemper Open Golf Tour. She was also a competitive Duplicate Bridge Club Director. Her other interests included art and crossword puzzles. Audrey is survived by husband Galen "Sandy" Warren ’62, son Brent, daughter Kristen, and six grandchildren.

Nancy F. (Foust) Hemler ’63

Feb. 4, 2021—Nancy earned her master’s degree from Millersville University. She worked as a second-grade teacher at Henry Houck Elementary School. She was an active member of her church, Annville Church of the Brethren, as well as an Honorary member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Annville, and an associate member and organ player at various Brethren churches. She also taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school at Palmyra Church of the Brethren. Nancy was a musician, a member of the Lebanon Sweet Adeline’s, Barbershop Harmony, Barbershop Quartet, and Senior Singers of the Lebanon Choral Society. She enjoyed volunteering for the Humane Society of Lebanon County and Compeer United Way Program. Nancy was preceded in death by husband Frank; she is survived by sons David and Thomas, and six grandchildren.

Bruce C. Fryer ’63

April 6, 2021—Bruce was born in Pottstown, Pa. He is survived by sister Judith.

Robert S. Gardner ’63

Aug. 16, 2021—After graduating from Juniata, Rob attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was then commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and was appointed a military judge. In 1970, Rob became Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, Ore., and continued in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After moving again, he started work as an attorney with the law firm of Ringo Walton Eves and Gardner. He was appointed and reelected Circuit Court Judge for Benton County. After retiring as judge, Rob continued to work as an arbitrator and mediator. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, doing physical work, traveling with family, and attending Calvin Presbyterian Church. Rob is survived by wife Millicent (Young) Gardner ’63, sons Kenneth, Steven, and Matthew, and four grandchildren.

John O. Nowell ’63

Dec. 8, 2020—John served in the U.S. Army reserves for 28 years and retired as Lieutenant Colonel. For 34 years, he worked for Sun Oil Company. After retiring in 1997, he and his wife moved to Southport, N.C., where he was an avid golfer and member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. John is survived by wife Barbara, sons Dan and Jason, and four grandchildren.

Richard G. Woodcock ’63

Feb. 9, 2021—Richard served his country and his community. He served in the U.S. Army and later spent time in the Mount Union Fire Company. He worked as the Food Service Manager for SCI Huntingdon and was a member of the Freemasons, spending time as a Master Mason. He loved the Pittsburgh Pirates. Richard is survived by wife Linda, and daughters Kimberly and Sherri.

Robert E. Himes ’64

Feb. 27, 2021—Bob served in the Navy for over three years during the Vietnam War. After his service, he worked as an insurance underwriter. He later worked as a computer programmer at Snyder’s of Hanover. After retirement, Bob moved back to his hometown of Belleville, Pa., where he was the organist at the West Kish Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Donald K. Corle ’65

April 27, 2021—After graduating from Juniata, Donald worked with DuPont in Delaware and then, with the National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute – Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, as a statistician. While working, he got his master’s degree from George Washington University in 1972, and was in the graduate program in mathematical statistics at American University from 1975 to 1983. Donald enjoyed woodworking, home remodeling, golfing, and skiing, as well as raising many cats and dogs with his family. He is survived by wife Patsy, daughter Shawn, and two grandchildren.

Patricia A. (Dilling) Mattos ’66

June 21, 2021—Pat was a social worker/administrator in New Jersey who provided housing for those in need. She enjoyed golfing with her husband, reading, visiting the ocean, and spending winters in Jamaica. She was preceded in death by brother Chalmer Dilling Jr. ’61, son Richard, and one granddaughter; she is survived by husband Trevor, stepdaughter Venice, and one granddaughter.

William E. Swartz Jr. ’66

July 17, 2021—After Juniata, Bill earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. He then taught chemistry at the University of South Florida for 14 years before becoming the laboratory manager for the General Electric Pinellas Plant in Pinellas County, Fla. At the time of his death, he was the President and CEO of Constellation Technology Corporation in Largo, Fla. Aside from his love for chemistry, Bill also enjoyed golfing, coaching his children’s sports teams, watching sports, solving crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family. Bill is survived by wife Donna, daughter Jennifer, sons Edward and Jeremy, stepdaughters Denise and Deborah, and six grandchildren.

Carol A. Knisley ’67

May 9, 2021—For 20 years after Juniata, Carol served as Nursing Home Administrator for Green Acres in Gettysburg, Pa. She was also a nursing home consultant in the Central Pennsylvania Area for many years, including running her own consulting firm the last 15 years. An avid reader and lover of the arts and culture, Carol is survived by husband Ronald, sons James, Heath, and Douglas, and one grandson.

Robert T. Stump ’67

Jan. 4, 2021—Bob worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and an Intermediate Unit Consultant. He was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish-St. Angela Merici Church. He loved listening to music. Bob is survived by wife Catherine, daughters Catherine, Jacklyn, and Margaret, sons William, Michael, John, and Daniel, and 15 grandchildren.

Ralph S. Gerhard ’70

March 29, 2021—Ralph worked as a residential service aide at the Hamburg State Center in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Mar Lin Hose Company and of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Ralph was preceded in death by stepson Scott; he is survived by wife Carol, son Michael, stepdaughters Missy and Pam, and four grandchildren.

Rita G. (Goldberger) Stanley ’70

April 21, 2021—Rita loved teaching and caring for children. After Juniata, she worked for many years as a preschool teacher at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed continuing family traditions and taking cabin retreats in the mountains. Rita is survived by husband Kerry Stanley ’70, sons Brian and Scott, and three grandchildren.

Warren G. Haribson ’70

Feb. 12, 2021—After Juniata, Warren served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked at Robinhood Marine Center in Maine for over 20 years. During his time in the Air Force, he played baseball at Langley Air Force Base. Warren is survived by wife Lynne, sons Jesse, Josh, Justin, and two grandchildren.

Stephen G. Loper ’71

Jan. 1, 2021—Stephen loved education. After graduating from Juniata, he earned a Teacher of the Handicapped Certification from Rowan University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Villanova University, and a Doctor of Education degree in early and middle childhood from Nova University. He then worked as a special education teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School in Atlantic City for over 30 years. He was also an adjunct instructor of psychology at Atlantic Cape Community College. He loved traveling, gardening, and cooking. Stephen is survived by brother Thomas Loper ’75.

David E. Marschka ’71

Aug. 12, 2021—David enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a radioman during the Vietnam Conflict. He served on multiple deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, supporting intelligence and security operations. After his military service, David spent several years selling and servicing motorcycles, as well as taking classes at Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University. He then went on to work in construction and real estate. Outside of his career, David liked sailing, the beach, cars, and time spent with family and friends. He was preceded in death by father F. David Marschka ’48; he is survived by mother L. Audrey (Madeira) Marschka ’50, wife Susan, son Alexander, daughters Mary Kate and Lindsey, and brother Douglas Marschka ’73.

Willis L. Shore ’72

Feb. 1, 2021—"Bud" served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years before graduating from Juniata. After graduating, he earned his master’s degree in industrial relations from St. Francis University. He then worked as Huntingdon Borough Manager for almost 20 years. Bud was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntingdon, as well as numerous local civic organizations including the VFW, Moose, Elks, Jaffa Shriners, Amaranth, and Eastern Star. He was preceded in death by son Robert; he is survived by wife Lillian, daughter Pegge, and two grandchildren.

Susanne (Wanner) Babcock ’72

Oct. 30, 2020

Michael E. Campbell ’73

June 13, 2021—After Juniata, Mike earned a degree from York College in elementary education, as well as a Master of Divinity from Myerstown Seminary. He served as Pastor of Faith E. C. Church in York, Pa., for 15 years and wrote a devotional book titled “Be Still,” which continues to be used in many churches. Mike also enjoyed trips to Pittsburgh to see the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as reading, writing, and spending time with his dogs. He is survived by wife Darby, daughter Jennifer, son Aaron, and four grandsons.

David B. McDowell ’74

April 2, 2021—David loved playing the piano and studied it at Juniata and at Académie International D'été De Nice in France. He then taught piano at DeCaire Piano and Organ in Delaware. He later demonstrated and sold pianos at Lanning Piano. David took his piano technical and tuning knowledge and worked for private clients, churches, and schools. He eventually became CFO for a local construction company. After his time as CFO, he worked as an expert licensed practitioner at John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy. He was very spiritual and focused on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. He was preceded in death by parents Edythe (Bowman) McDowell ’39 and Kenneth McDowell ’38; he is survived by wife Lin, daughter Kelsey, and brother Robert McDowell ’67.

Alan E. Williams ’74

Dec. 7, 2020

Steven S. Kimmel ’75

June 6, 2020—Steven is survived by daughter Madeline.

David J. Cortazzo ’76

Aug. 31, 2021—David was a three-time letterman in football and played in the first Division III football national championship during his time at Juniata. Before retiring, David worked for the United States Postal Service. He also attended Harrold Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greensburg, Pa. David is survived by wife Cheryl, son Conor, daughter Erica, and three grandsons.

Carol A. (Hoover) Gordon ’76

July 6, 2021—After Juniata, Carol taught middle school science in South Jersey before taking on the full-time job of raising nine children. Her passion for providing empathy to others lead her to completing her Master’s in Counseling, and she and her husband worked with United Marriage Encounter to mentor other couples. Carol enjoyed Chick-fil-A salads, “The Sound of Music,” and playing Pinochle. She was preceded in death by parents Paul Hoover ’37 and Mary (Wentsler) Hoover Harris ’39; she is survived by husband Ken, sister Linda (Hoover) Moyer ’72, nine children, and six grandchildren.

Thomas L. Knepper ’76

April 4, 2021—Tom retired and bought a hobby farm with his wife in North Carolina. He enjoyed singing in the Laurel Highlands Chorale and bowling at Terrace Lanes. He was an active member of The Gathering Church in Moravian Falls, N.C. Tom was preceded in death by sister Linda (Knepper) Brant ’70; he is survived by wife Tina, brothers Ronald Knepper ’64, Richard, and David Knepper ’67, daughter Katy, son Daniel, and four grandchildren.

John R. Shuck ’76

Sept. 28, 2021—After Juniata, John worked for Jack M. Shuck Insurance Agency, for Richard Jehu, and for Yenkin-Majestic Paint Company. Later, he worked for Chemung Supply Corporation headquartered in Elmira, N.Y., for 27 years until his passing. Outside of work, John was a member of many organizations, including the Huntingdon Area Jaycees and Elks Lodge 976. He was also a board member and treasurer of the Huntingdon Community Center. John served a term on the Huntingdon Borough Council as Council President, and as board member and director of Huntingdon Savings Bank. Additionally, he was an avid golfer and won the Blair Miller Senior Golfer of the Year award. He played in several golf leagues and was a former board member and officer of the Huntingdon Country Club. Aside from golf, John also enjoyed baseball, softball, and basketball, as well as attending Donation United Methodist Church. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and giving to others. John was preceded in death by father Jack Shuck Sr. ’47; he is survived by wife Christine and daughter Brooke.

James G. Jacketti ’78

Sept. 12, 2021—Jimmy worked a long career in medical software sales that took him all over the world. In his free time, he also enjoyed traveling for fun. His favorite places included the Jersey Shore and his vacation home at Lake Wallenpaupack. In addition to traveling, Jimmy liked sports of all kinds, especially watching football and playing golf. He had a passion for food as well, trying restaurants all over the North East. Jimmy is survived by wife Rebecca, sons James Pasquale and Seth, and daughter Morgan.

David E. A. Johnson ’83

September 10, 2021—"DJ" is survived by wife Darla.

David C. Crane ’86

June 13, 2021

Judith A. Vachon ’86

Aug. 19, 2021—After studying Peace and Conflict at Juniata, Jude worked as a librarian for Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pa., and created Be Well, a healthcare resource for underserved communities. She was passionate about community, connections, advocacy, and social justice issues. Jude also spent seven years in Germany and tutored students across the United States in German. With her fluency, she served as researcher and translator to help write “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” a book detailing a true story from World War II. Jude’s other interests included organizing poetry forums, sewing, knitting, and gardening. She is survived by six siblings, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Andrew P. Wolf ’86

June 2, 2021—Andy earned his private pilot’s license and enjoyed taking his children on flights. He also liked food, talking to and meeting new people, and music. Andy is survived by wife Carron (Kahle) Wolf ’88 and brother Gerard Wolf ’82.

Laura T. (Boone) Gregory ’97

Feb. 1, 2021—Laura earned her master’s in education at St. Francis University after graduating from Juniata. She taught at the Juniata Valley Elementary School for 20 years. Laura is survived by husband Paul, daughter Jamie, sons Matthew and Corey.

Lauren N. (Baker) Flanigan ’03

July 10, 2021—After Juniata, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Art, and Doctorate in English Language and Literature, at the University of Maryland. She taught English as a second language for a year in Lille, France, and she was a registered nurse at the Nova Fairfax hospital in Fairfax, Va. Lauren also worked for historic George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the University of Maryland, where she was a professor and academic advisor. Lauren was an advocate for those who experienced breast cancer like herself and was passionate about the public perception of it. She devoted her doctoral dissertation to the topic. Her other interests included skiing, biking, and hunting with her husband, as well as gardening, reading, playing Sudoku, and spending time with her pets. Lauren is survived by husband Alexander, and children Clark, Atlas, Silas, and Boone.

Johnathan G. Lowey ’09

March 9, 2021—Johnathan attended Tyrone Area High school before graduating from Juniata. He is survived by parents George and Sue Lowey.

Employee & Friend Obituaries ~ Fall 2021

Diane Gold Toulson

June 22, 2021—Diane graduated from Eastman School of Music in 1962 and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 1964. Along with her degrees in music, her passion for flute and piano led her to a lifelong career as a musician and teacher. Diane performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America, alongside the Huntington Trio of Philadelphia, Easterly Chamber Players, Camerata Amistad, Zephyr Trio, and Air Dynamics. She was a founding member of the Nittany Valley Symphony and principal flute for the Altoona Symphony and York Symphony. Throughout her career, she taught at The Music Academy in State College, Bucknell University, Juniata College, York College, and Lehigh University, as well as maintained her own private studio. Additionally, she played the organ for the First Church of Christ Scientist. Diane was preceded in death by first husband Peter and daughter Barbara; she is survived by husband Smith, daughters Julia and Daniel, and three grandchildren.