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VOLUME 12 — NUMBER 2
HONORARY DEGREES TO BE CONFERRED
POLISH CITIZEN RECIPIENT OF
DOCTOR OF DIVINITY DEGREE
The speaker for Lycoming College's 111th Com-
inencciiiciiL Win ue Iric i\fVciciRi i lOiessor josepn
Szczepkowski. He was born in Brooklyn, New York
on December 12, 1890. He studied at Cazenovia Sem-
inary, Syracuse University, Detroit Teachers College,
Drew Theological Seminary, and took post-graduate
work in summer schools at Union Seminary, New
York and Cambridge University, England.
During the First World War Mr. Szczepkowski was
an officer in the United States Navy and went to Po-
land soon after his release from military service. There
he became rector of the Polish Methodist Biblical
Seminary in W'arsaw and lield that position until it
was liquidated during the Stalin era. At the present
time he is deputy professor and lecturer in English
at Copernicus University located in Torum, Poland —
tlie birthplace of the early astronomer Nicolaus Koper-
nicus. He is also director of the Methodist Language
C^ollege in Warsaw. This is one of the largest of its
kind in the world with an average yearly registration
of six thousand students.
Although an American citizen by birth, Mr. Szczep-
kowski was subjected to increasing political pressures
as he carried on the work of The Methodist Church
in Poland. Ultimately he had to make a choice be-
tween his work and his citizenship. In order to guar-
antee his immolcsted stay he became a Polish citizen.
Only with this sacrifice is he able to continue his resi-
dence in Poland and to serve as the General Superin-
tendent of the Polish Methodist Church.
For his address to the Senior Class of Lycoming
College, Mr. Szczepkowski has chosen as his text,
"who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom
for such a time as this."
OCTOBER 31, 1959
FIVE TO BE HONORED AT
The 111th Annual Commencement of Lycoming
College will take place on tlie Flag Court on Suriday,
June 7, 1959, at 3:00 p. m. Five honorary degrees will
be conferred in addition to the 96 seniors who will
receive their A.B. Degrees, 94 seniors who will receive
their B.S. Degrees, and 11 students who will receive
their terminal certificates.
The Reverend Professor Joseph Szczepkowski will
deliver the Commencement address. He will receive
the Doctor of Divinity Degree as will the Reverend
Doctor Malcolm V. xXIussina. The degree, Doctor of
Humane Letters, will be conferred on Edwin Crever
Dunning. He is the great-grandson of the Reverend
Benjamin H. Crever, the founder of Dickinson Semi-
narv — forerunner of Lycoming College. The Doctor
of Laws Degree will be conferred on Conway W.
Dickson and Judge Frederick V. Follmer. Mr. Dick-
son is borough solicitor in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
Judge Follmer is a resident of Milton, Pennsylvania
and is a United States District Judge.
Saturday, June 6, 1959
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RECIPIENTS OF HONORARY DEGREES AT
DOCTOR OF DIVINITY DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
MALCOLM V. MUSSLNA
The Reverend Doctor Malcolm V. Mussina was
born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1902. He was
graduated from the ^^'illiamsport High School and
received his A.B. Degree from Bucknell University.
New York University conferred the M.A. Degree upon
him. He received his theological training at Drew
University, and it was from this institution that he
received both his B.D. Degree and Ph.D. Degree.
Dr. Mussina became a member of the Central
Pennsylvania Conference of The Methodist Church
in 1932. He served in the pastorate for 12 years be-
fore becoming Director of the \^'eslev Foundation at
State College, Pennsylvania. He held this position
for five years before his election to Executive Secre-
tary of the Conference Board of Education in 1948.
Dr. Mussina has been a member of the faculty at a
number of universities. He was a teaching fellow in
the College of Religious Education and Missions at
Drew University; Assistant and part-time visiting Pro-
fessor of Religious Education at The Pennsylvania
State University; and Lecturer in Religious Education
in the Graduate School of Religion at the University
of Southern California.
His conference responsibilities include serving as
member of the Committee on Christian Vocations and
member of the Commission on Town and Country
Work. He has been active in interdenominational cir-
cles serving as a Director of the PennsyKania State
Sabbath School Association; member of the Education
Committee of the Pennsylvania State Council of
Churches; and member cf the Commission on Admin-
istration and Leadership of the National Council of
Churches. He is a member of the Williamsport
School District Board and served as president of this
body for one year. He is also a member of the Wil-
liamsport Area Joint School Board.
Dr. Malcolm V. Mussina is the son of Vivian E.
and Margaret MacMillan Mussina and is married to
the former Florence Spencer. The\' liav(> two chil-
dren, Curolvn and Malcolm.
EDWIN CREVER DUNNING
Edwin Cre\'er Dunning was born in Howard, Penn-
sylvania in 1914, but moved to Southern California
at an early age. He is the son of the late Dr. James
Edwin Dunning, and the great-grandson of the Rev-
erend Benjamin H. Crever, the founder of Dickinson
Seminaiv. He was graduated cum laude from the
University of Southern California.
The son of a Methodist minister, Mr. Dunning has
been continuously interested and active in the fields
of church music and teaching. At the age of 19 he
received his first appointment as a choir director. A
year later he was engaged by the First Baptist Church
in Los Angeles where he served for ten years as Minis-
ter of Music and baritone soloist. He is currently
Minister of Music at Glide Memorial Methodist
Church in San Francisco. He is also a regular member
of the Cosmopolitan Opera Company of San Francisco.
He has taught in the Samoiloff Bel Canto Voice
Studios of Los Angeles, in the Baker Conservatory of
Music in Flint, Michigan, and was a member of the
Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under Her-
mann Geiger-Torel. After a year with the San Fran-
cisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. Dunning moved to
San Jose, California, where he is a member of the
faculty of the Music Department at San Jose State
College, and a founder and Head of their Opera
The greatest public recognition has come to Mr.
Dunning through his opera singing. In a Holh'wood
Bowl production he took the principal role in the
opera "Martha." In New York he sang in "La Boheme"
with Grace Moore — a performance which proved to
be the last in this country for the noted soprano. The
following year he was engaged for the Chicago Opera
season. Engagements in New Orleans, Richmond,
Pittsburgh, Washington, Cuba and Central America
followed in (juick succession. During the war he
traveled mere than fifty thousand miles singing with
USO through the South Pacific, Europe and Asia.
LYCOMING'S 111th ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT
DOCTOR OF LAWS DOCTOR OF LAWS
CONWAY W. DICKSON
Conway \V. Dickson was born August 14, 1885, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania, and is tlie son of Sterling W.
and Lillie E. Dickson. He attended Berwick public
schools, from which he was graduated in 1903 as
valedictorian of his class. He entered Lawrenceville
Preparatory School where he was class orator and an
honor student. During his year at Lawrenceville he
was a member of the football team, the debating team,
and the Philomathean Society. Mr. Dickson matricu-
lated in the academic department of Yale College in
the fall of 1904 and was graduated in 1908, receiving
a B.A. Degree. While at Yale, he took part in inter-
class debating, held membership in the University
Glee Club and the Zeta Psi fraternity.
In the fall of 1908 he became a student in the law
department of the University of Pennsylvania and was
graduated in 1910, receiving the LL.B. Degree. While
enrolled at that institution, he was a member of the
Sharswood Club and editor of the class report. He
entered upon the practice of law in the fall of 1910
in the offices of M. J. Martin and Ralph W. Rymer,
Scranton, Penna. He was associated with them two
vears before he opened law offices in Berwick where
he has continued to maintain a general practice. In
1927 he married Gertrude Anna Finck, a nati\e of
New York City.
Mr. Dickson has served as president or chairman
of the following organizations: Columbia and Mon-
tour Counties Bo\' Scout Council, Berwick Hospital,
Chamber of Commerce, Rotarv Club, W\-oming Val-
ley Yale Club, Community Chest, Community Concert
.\ssociation. He is a member of the Knights of Malta.
P. O. S. of A., and the I. O. O. F.
The Methodist Church has also benefited from the
leadership of Conway W. Dickson. He is President
of the Trustees of The First Methodist Church of
Berwick, President of the Sunbur\' District Trustees
of The Methodist Church, and a iuemb("r of the Cen-
tral Pennsylvania Conference Committee on Confer-
FREDERICK V. F01,L\U-;k
Frederick Voris Follmer was born December 12,
1885, in Milton, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Dr.
John S. and Elizabeth B. Follmer. A life-long resident
of Central Pennsylvania, he attended the public
schools in Milton and was graduated in 1902. He
matriculated at Bucknell University in Lewisburg,
Pennsylvania, and had conferred upon him the A.B.
Degree in 1906. While a student at Bucknell, he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Judge Follmer continued his graduate work at
Harvard University and was graduated from that in-
stitution in 1909, receiving the LL.B. Degree. He was
honored in 1956 when his alma mater, Bucknell Uni-
versity, conferred upon him the honorary degree,
Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.).
On Memorial Day, 1921, he married die former
Ella Brown. They have one daughter, Mary Elizabeth
(Mrs. Robert E. LaCroix), presently li\'ing in Prairie
In 1910 he opened his practice in Milton, and
tiie following year was elected Assistant District At-
torney of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He
held this position for three years. He continued his
legal practice in Milton until 1935 when he was ap-
pointed United States Attorney. He served in this
capacity eleven years. In 1946 he became United
States District Judge and presided over the Eastern,
Middle and Western District of Penns)'lvania. In
1955, as United States District Judge, he was specific-
ally assigned to the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Judge Follmer has few competing interests and
hence is able to devote his talents in the service of The
Methodist Church as an active layman. For 36 vears
he has been the organist at the First Methodist Church
in Milton. In that church he has been the President
of the Board of Trustees for many years and is also
the Chairman of the Commission on Stewardship and
Finance. He is the la\' member to the .\nnual Confer-
ence and a director of The Methodist Home for the
.\ged in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
Schedule of Activities
For Commencement Weekeml
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 1959
(All Activities on Daylight Saving Time)
9:00 a.m.— 12:00 m.
Rcpstration Main Campus
10:00 a. m. to 12:00 m. — 2:30 p. m. to 5:00 p. m.
Lycoming College MiistMim Open E\elaiul Hall
Luncheon College Dining Room
(All alumni guests of the College)
The Annual Meeting of the Alumni As.sociation will immediate-
ly follow the luncheon at which time:
Introduction of 40-year alumni Dr. Victor B. Hann
Presentation of 50-year certificates Dr. D. Frederick Wertz
Presentation of the Order of the Warrior
Mr. W. Rus.sell Zacharias
Report of the College Dr. D. Frederick Wertz
Meetings of Classes holding Reunions
6:00 p. m.
Ahnnni Banquet College Dining Room
Speaker: Mr. Fred A. Pennington '32
(Tickets $2.00 — Purchase at Registration Desk)
The Lycoming Choir Concert Clarke Chapel
SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1959
10:45 a. m.
Baccalaureate Service Pine Street Methodist Cliurch
Speaker: Dr. D. Frederick Wertz
President, Lt/coming College
Commencement Flag Court, Lycoming College
(In case of rain — Roosevelt Junior High School)
Sjtcaker: The Reverend Professor Joseph Szczepkowski
General Superintendent, Polish Methodist Church
This is tlie time of the year wlien grads' thouglits
turn toward tlieir Alma Maters. For somewhere a few
years ago or many years ago, this time of year caps
and gowns, farewells, and goodbyes, "sheepskins" and
speeches were the order of the day. For tliousands
of Seminary and Lycoming GratUiates, distance, time,
physical infirmities, family obligations, and perhaps
some indifference will bring only memories tinged
with nostalgia and retrospection. For some hundreds
of former students, there will be the joy of walking
again once familiar places, of greeting old friends,
of bragging a little about family achievements and
noticing the changes that time has made in the physi-
cal forms of former schoolmates. But something in-
explicable happens when one returns to the Campus
of the School which made an impression far greater
than one ever expected. It is the rebirth of the spirit,
the fanning of long smouldering coals of memory, the
quickening of lethargic responses. It is going back
"home" for a short visit.
If you have not been to the Campus in years, you
will have trouble recognizing familiar landmarks. If
you have been back as recent as last year, you'll be
delighted with the new Student Activities Building.
Many physical and other changes have taken place in
the relatively short period that Dr. Wertz has been
Commencement this year will mark the closing of
my service to the College as Alumni President. I have
appreciated so much the help of my associates on the
Alumni Board. It's been a joy of mine to have served
my School, particularly in these years when so much
has happened on the Lycoming Campus. My suc-
cessor is a most capable, highly respected alumnus of
the College and a citizen of the ^^'illiamsport Com-
munity. He will make an excellent leader.
Victor B. Hann,
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lit No. 88
VOLUME 12— NUMBER 2 MAY 1959
PUBLISHED PERIODICALLY BY THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
OF LYCOMING COLLEGE, WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA.