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^sThe Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Winter 1991 J 

Special Anniversary Issue 

A Panoramic View 
of 125 Historic Years 


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Winter/ spring 

Calendar of Events 

Feb. 15-17 "The Philadelphia Story," 

Little Theatre, 
Mund College Center 

Feb. 17-Mar. 22 John Allison, watercolors, 
Mund College Center 

Feb. 21 "The Riddle of Amish Country, " 

Dr. Donald KraybiU, 
Little Theater, 
Mund College Center, 7 p.m. 

Feb. 24 Flute Recital, Teresa Bowers, 

accompanied by Nevelyn Knisley, 
Lutz Hall, Blair Music 
Center, 3 p.m. 

March 3 Piano concert, Dennis Sweigart 

and Joseph Bashore, 
Lutz Hall, Blair Music, 
Center, 3 p.m. 

March 5 Student Woodwind Quintet, 

Lutz Hall, Blair Music 
Center, 8 p.m. 

March 6 Reptile expert Michael 

D. Shwedich, Faust Lounge, 
Mund College 
Center, 7:30 p.m. 

March 11 Touch of Brass, Lutz Hall, 

Blair Music Center, 8:30 p.m. 

March 14 "Meet the Artist," Annville 

artist Bruce Johnson, 
Faust Lounge, Mund 
College Center, 1:15 p.m. 

March 15 Comedian Randy Levin, 

the Underground, Mund 
College Center, 9 p.m. 

March 17 Symphony Orchestra Concert, 

Lutz Hall, Blair Music 
Center, 8 p.m. 

March 18 Clarinet Choir and Flute 

Ensemble, Lutz Hall, 
Blair Music Center, 8:30 p.m. 

March 19 "American Art at Mid-Century," 

Robert Lyon, Jr. , Miller 
Chapel, room 101, 9 a.m. 

March Sl^Apr. 21 Lauren Litwa Holden, 

watercolors, acrylic paintings, 
Mund College Center 

April 6 

April 7 

Singer Teresa, the Underground, 
Mund College Center, 9 p.m. 

Quartet/Die Posaunen, 
Lutz Hall, Blair Music 
Center, 8 p.m. 

College Concert Choir 
Spring 1990 Tour, Lutz Hall, 
Blair Music Center, 8 p.m. 


Jilain Street looking £ost, Jlnnville, Pa. 

Main Street in Annville, looking east (circa 1900) 

April 11 

April 12-14, 

April 24 

April 26-28 

Spring fashion show and 
luncheon. West Dining Room, 
Mund College Center. 
Tickets are $15. 

"The Pajama Game," 
Little Theatre, Mund 
College Center 

Percussion Ensemble, 
directed by Robert A. Nowak, 
Lutz Hall, Blair Music 
Center, 8 p.m. 

Annual Spring Arts 
Festival and the 21st Annual Juried 
Art Show, Mund College Center Hall 
and West Dining Hall 

Vol. 8, Number 3 

The Valley 

Lebanon Valley College Magazine Winter 1991 J 


Special Anniversaiy Issue 





Editor: Judy Pehrson 

Paul B. Baker 
Beth Arbum Davis 
John Deamer 
Lois Fegan 
Arthur Ford 
Becky Thoroughgood 
Diane Wenger 

Special thanks to Edna Carmean for 
sharing her expertise on the college's 
history and to Clark Carmean for pro- 
viding many of the photographs. 

The Valley is published by Lebanon 
Valley College and distributed without 
charge to alumni and friends. It is 
produced in cooperation with the Johns 
Hopkins University Alumni Magazine 
Consortium. Editor: Donna Shoemaker; 
Contributing Editor: Sue De Pasquale; 
Designers: Royce Faddis and Christine 

Send comments or address changes to: 
Office of College Relations 
Laughlin Hall 
Lebanon Valley College 
101 N. College Avenue 
AnnviUe, PA 17003-0501 

On the Cover: 

Doug Osa's painting, commissioned for 
the 125th anniversary, depicts the col- 
lege's Lebanon Valley setting. 

2 Hill with a View 

A magnificent landscape painting of the Lebanon Valley 
honors the college and its surroundings. 

By Becky Thoroughgood 

8 Historical Panorama 

A decade-by-decade look at the college's long and rich 
history over the past 125 years. 

9 The Early Years By Diane Wenger 

U Meeting of the Sexes By Beth Arbum Davis 

14 On the Verge of Change By Lois Fegan 

18 Moving Ahead By Lois Fegan 

21 Lean Years at the Valley By Arthur Foid 

23 Marching Off to War By Arthur Foid 

27 Academics Advance By Judy Pehrson 

29 The Way We Weren't By Judy Pehrson 

31 Golden Age of Student Life By Paul B. Baker 

32 Era of Three Presidents By Paul B. Baker 

Hill with 
a View 

Doug Osa's large-scale paint- 
ing of the Lebanon Valley 
celebrates both the college's 
125th anniversary and its 
scenic surroundings. 

By Becky Thoroughgood 

When the college com- 
missioned Kansas City art- 
ist Doug Osa to capture 
the landscape of the Leba- 
non Valley on canvas, the 
idea was to bring a finishing touch to the 
entrance of the renovated Administration 
building. In addition to transforming the 
bare wall into a showcase of the country- 
side, the painting was also meant to 
complement the gothic arch of the en- 
tranceway and the building's design. 

As the project evolved, Osa's mammoth 
oil landscape, which stands about nine feet 
high and eight feet wide, also became a 
fitting complement to the school's 125th 
anniversary celebration, because it high- 
lights the campus and its relationship to its 
bucolic surroundings. 

"We wanted a timeless quality in the 
painting. We wanted to show the physical 
world the college is in and to celebrate that 
place," explains Dan Massad, adjunct art 
professor and a friend of Osa's from their 
days together at the University of Kansas. 

To portray only the college as it is now 
would ignore the institution's rich heritage, 
much of which is rooted in its rural setting, 
says Richard Charles, vice president for 

advancement. And so the college, though 
recognizable for its architecture, appears 
in Osa's work as a minor detail, dwarfed 
by the vastness of the idyllic countryside. 

Osa says he attempted to portray the 
valley as he first saw it last April, from his 
vista on the Hill Farm Estates on Route 
934. Gaze at the painting from a distance 
and the detailed scenery below the sky is 
barely noticeable. Draw closer, though, 
and a town appears; farmland and buildings 
grow visible. The evidence of life in the 
valley becomes apparent. At this point, the 
viewer is no longer staring at the painting, 
but has become a participant in the scene, 
looking out over the valley from the same 
hill as Osa had stood. 

The mountains to the south, the rolling 
hills and encompassing fields created a 
setting that invites the use of shadows, 
depth and a variety of proportions, the 
38-year-old artist says. "There was a real 
vigorous opportunity to work with compo- 
sition. Compositionally, the whole valley 
was really exciting to me." 

Since there are several dominant features 
within the landscape, defining the character 
of the land was easy, Osa states. From 
these distinctive elements, he was able to 

The Valley 

(Left) Doug Osa spent eonsiderable lime 
sketching the valley before he began painting. 

create a sense of place and an illusion of 
space for the viewer. 

"The positioning of the horizon line so 
low in the painting helps create that illusion 
of space," he explains. "When the painting 
is placed in the Administration building, 
the horizon line will be at eye level when 
people walk in the door. As viewers get 
closer, they are enveloped by the scene and 
become less and less aware of the bounda- 
ries of the painting. The closer viewers 
get, the less it becomes simply a painting." 

As Osa was completing the painting in 
October, he noted how the project has 
allowed him to apply all the techniques he 
had been using throughout his career. This 
landscape is the largest he had ever done. 
"Basically, the painting sums up every- 
thing I've worked on in the past 10 years," 
he said. 

"In all the work I've done in the past 

(Above) The vacant chapel on Route 934 became Osa's studio. (Left) President John 
Synodinos made frequent trips to observe progress on the painting. 

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(Above) The massive landscape is nearly 
nine feet high and eight feet wide. 
(Below) Osa, Dan Massad and Richard 
Charles confer in Osa's studio. 

decade, I've been emphasizing the sky and 
putting the horizon line down lower and 
lower. In a sense. I put all of my experience 
in using the low horizon line into the 
Lebanon Valley painting." 

Osa, a native of Kansas City, earned a 
bachelor and master's degree in fine arts 
from Kansas State University. He has also 
studied at the Art Students League in New 

York and the Art Institute in Kansas City. 
He works for the Nelson Gallery in Kansas 
City and has shown his work in many juried 
exhibitions around the country. 

At the moment, Osa is at work on a 
project for a church involving two massive 
paintings— one 14 feet by 68 feet and the 
other 24 feet square. 

The former St. Paul's Church on Route 
934, which was the largest available space 
for the artist's work, served as his studio 
for the Lebanon Valley painting. And until 
the painting's official unveiling during 
Founders Day on February 19, the artwork 
will remain at the church, Charles says. 

Although the college has no plans to 
commission other paintings, Charles says 
Osa's project has underscored a need to 
preserve and maintain the school's existing 
collection, and has sparked the idea of 
using the church as a potential gallery in 
the future. 

Becl<y Thoroughgood is a Lebanon free- 
lance writer. 

Osa did a miniature version of the painting 
to prepare for the large-scale version. 

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Broadening horizons 

Fall semester saw an expanded series of 
interesting speakers and special events on 

The Middle East was a particularly hot 
topic. Zviad Eremadzi, from the Georgian 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member 
of the Soviet Union Embassy staff in Cairo 
from 1984 to 1989, discussed "Russia's 
Response to the Persian Gulf Crisis." Lt. 
Col. Joseph R Englehardt, director of 
Middle East Studies and an instructor in 
national security and strategy at the U.S. 
Army War College in Carlisle, spoke on 
"United States Policy: The Persian Gulf 
Crisis." And Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian 
advocate of nonviolence, offered his views 
on "Ahemative Solutions to the Middle 
East Crisis." 

Major Kent Butts, a strategic research 
analyst at the Carlisle War College, dis- 
cussed America's policies in Africa in a 
talk titled "Ethnocentrism and African 
Flash Points." 

Mike Barry, a former drug addict who 
is now track coach at the University of 
Massachusetts, drew a packed house for 
his talk, "From Methadone to Marathon." 
His presentation was part of a special 
Alcohol Awareness Week sponsored by the 

A forum on gun control also attracted a 
large audience of college and community 
people. Dr. Thomas J. Saldino, associate 
professor of political science at Juniata 
College, discussed the history of the Sec- 
ond Amendment in a talk titled "Who 
Should Bear Arms?" A panel consisting 
of Dr. Alex Fehr, Lebanon Valley profes- 
sor emeritus of political science, and Herm 
Clemens, a representative from the Na- 
tional Rifle Association, responded. 

Science was in the spotlight when Elec- 
trical Engineering Professor Sohrab Rabii 
of the University of Pennsylvania gave a 
seminar on "Solid State Physics-Electrical 
Properties." Dr. Yong Shen, from the 
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, 
MD, presented a colloquium on "Neurobi- 
ology of Brain Injury: A Role of Intracellu- 

Conrad and Linda Bishop premiered their new work, "Rash Acts," on campus. 

lar Calcium." 

Conrad and Linda Bishop, of the Lan- 
caster-based Independent Eye, gave the 
premiere of their new dramatic perform- 
ance, "Rash Acts: Seven Snapshots of the 
Wall," before touring the region. 

Internationally recognized jazz pianist 
Dorothy Donegan performed on campus 
in two concerts presented through Music 
at Gretna. 

Librar'y "expanded" 

College library users now have access to 
4,100,888 more volumes under a special 
borrowing agreement among the 17 mem- 
bers of the Associated College Libraries 
of Central Pennsylvania. 

Thanks to the agreement signed in 
November, member colleges will have 
unrestricted interlibrary loan privileges. 

Vision of progress 

The Strategic Planning Task Force, com- 
posed of 13 trustees, administrators and 
faculty, has begun work on developing a 
1995 vision statement for the college. 

The task force grew out of the trustees' 
retreat held in early September and the 
senior college officers' retreat held in 
August. It will serve as a steering commit- 
tee to achieve four goals: 

■ Advise staff and consultants in the 
preparation of a strategic planning docu- 

■ Guide efforts to extend discussion of 
key issues among facuhy, students, admin- 
istrators and alumni of the college 

■ Identify major long-range needs to 
be addressed through a comprehensive 
fund-raising campaign 

■ Identify shorter-range priorities for 
development of the annual budget. 

The task force has formed work groups 
to focus on such areas as student life, 
academic programs, campus and commu- 
nity relations, facilities and development, 
enrollment and marketing, and governance 
and administration. 

The task force's draft statement will go 
to the board of trustees in April. 

Tips for managers 

Nearly 400 managers from the tri-county 
area attended the late November seminar 
of Dr. Ken Blanchard, co-author of the 
best-selling book. The One-Minute Man- 

The seminar, held in Lutz Hall of the 
Blair Music Center, was co-sponsored by 
the college and the Lebanon Area Person- 
nel Association. 

NSF grant awarded 

The National Science Foundation has 
awarded the college a grant for $52,702 to 
support three one-week workshops on 
using nuclear magnetic resonance equip- 
ment. Undergraduate chemistry teachers 
from a variety of colleges will attend the 

Dr. Richard Cornelius, chair of Lebanon 
Valley's chemistry department, wrote the 
NSF grant proposal and will direct the 

Winter 1991 

E W S M A K E R S 

New in Financial Aid 

Lynell Shore is the new assistant director 
of financial aid, reporting to financial aid 
director Bill Brown. She is a graduate of 
Albright College with a bachelor's degree 
in business management and political sci- 

She worked in the Admissions Office at 
Albright and was also an assistant in the 
Business and Economics departments. In 
addition, she has worked as a field repre- 
sentative and fund raiser for the American 
Cancer Society. 

Publications director 

Jane Marie Paluda has joined the College 
Relations Office as director of publications, 
replacing Dawn Thren. 

A communications professional with 10 
years of experience in publishing, market- 
ing and advertising, Paluda was previously 
a publicity and publications specialist for 
Ferranti International in Lancaster. Prior 
to Ferranti, she served as managing editor 
for a monthly trade journal in Philadelphia. 

Education appointee 

Dr. Angel Gierbolini-Rodriguez has been 
appointed adjunct associate professor of 
education and coordinator for special initia- 
tives in education. He will also serve as 
director of the child care center that 
Lutheran Social Services will operate in 
Fencil Hall. 

Rodriguez earned a bachelor's degree 
in Spanish at Cayney University College, 
a bachelor's degree in special education 
from New York State University and an 
Ed.D. at the Humacao University College. 
His areas of expertise include bilingual 
special education and educational psychol- 

Jane Marie Pallida 

Lyiiell Shore 

Dr. Angel 

Ed Krebs 

Nancy Zimmerman 

Richard Zimmerman 

President honored 

President John Synodinos was one of five 
educators to receive the Golden Apple 
Award, an annual honor bestowed by the 

The Valley 

Lebanon Education Association and the 
Lebanon School District. 

Synodinos received the awani for his 
efforts in helping minorities and under- 
privileged students attend college. 

Chaplain leaving 

The Reverend Dr. John Abernathy Smith 

will resign his position as chaplain on or 
before the conclusion of the current aca- 
demic year. 

He joined the college in 1980 after 
having served as a faculty member at the 
American University in Washington, D.C., 
and Martin Methodist College in Tennes- 
see, and also as a United Methodist pastor. 

Dean William McGill will chair a com- 
mittee charged with reviewing forms and 
structures of chaplaincies at colleges of 
similar size and mission to Lebanon Val- 
ley. The committee will recommend crite- 
ria for selecting a new chaplain, and then 
a selection committee will be appointed. 
Both committees will include students, 
faculty, staff, trustees, parents and alumni. 

Media Services hire 

Andrew Green has been hired as assistant 
director of Media Services. A tele- 
communications graduate from Kutztown 
University, he was previously employed 
as a commercial producer and director at 
Blue Ridge Cable in Lehighton. 

Teaching award 

Gary Grieve-Carlson, assistant professor 
of English, was named winner of the John 
C. Hodges Teaching Award for Instructors. 
The award, sponsored by the English 
department at the University of Tennessee, 
includes a $1 ,000 prize. 

Library director resigns 

Bill Hough, director of Gossard Memorial 
Library, has resigned. 

Hough came to Lebanon Valley College 
as library director in 1970. He also served 
as secretary for faculty meetings for a 
number of years. 

The search for his replacement will be 

conducted through Dean William McGill's 
office, and a committee composed of 
faculty, library staff, administrators and 
students will be involved in the final 
interviewing process. 

Coach recognized 

Men's basketball coach Pat Flannery 

recently became the youngest member to 
be inducted into the Tubby Allen-Chet 
Rogoricz Chapter of the Pennsylvania 
Sports Hall of Fame. 

The chapter is a non-profit organization 
founded to honor athletes and athletic 
administrators who have contributed to 
professional and amateur sports in Schuyl- 
kill County. 

New legislators 

Assistant Professor of Economics Ed Krebs 

has been elected to the Pennsylvania State 
House of Representatives from the 101st 
district. He will take a leave of absence 
from teaching at the college to fulfill his 
legislative duties. 

Another Lebanon Valley family mem- 
ber, Edward Arnold '66, was elected a 
state representative from the 102nd district. 

Two pass CPA exam 

Renee Schuchart Lopez '88 and Patricia 
Moll Whitmer '88 recently passed the 
1990 CPA exam— a tough test offered 
twice a year. Fewer than 10 percent of 
those who take it pass. 

Lopez is now with the Louisville office 
of Deloitte, Touche. Whitmer is an ac- 
countant at Security Photo Corp. in Boston. 

Zimmermans honored 

This year's Founders Day Award recog- 
nizes the contributions to the community 
of Richard Anson Zimmerman and Nancy 
Cramer Zimmerman ('53). They will 
receive the award at the February 19 
Founders Day ceremonies. 

Richard Zimmerman is chairman and 
chief executive officer of Hershey Foods 
Corporation, a position he has held since 

1984. He joined Hershey in 1958 as an 
administrative assistant. He later served as 
assistant to the president. In 1965, he was 
named vice president, and in 1976 became 
Hershey Food's president and chief operat- 
ing officer. 

Prior to joining Hershey, he worked as 
an assistant secretary at Harrisburg Na- 
tional Bank. He earned a bachelor of arts 
degree in commerce from the Pennsylvania 
State University, and also served as a 
lieutenant in the Navy from 1953 to 1956. 

Zimmerman has served on the Hershey 
Trust Company Board of Directors, on the 
board of Westvaco Corporation, and on the 
Eastman Kodak Company Pennsylvania 
Business Roundtable. 

In 1987, he received the Alumni Fellow 
Award from Penn State, and in 1988 was 
awarded the NCCJ National Brotherhood 
honor. He is also a member of the Grocery 
Manufacturers Board, the board of the 
Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the 
Penn State Alumni Association, the Carlton 
Club, Rotary, Hershey Country Club and 
Phi Kappa Psi. He is also a Mason. 

Nancy Cramer Zimmerman is president 
of the board of the Harrisburg Symphony 
Association. She has served on the board 
since 1981 and has also held the positions 
of vice president for artistic policy, chair 
of pops concerts, vice president of market- 
ing and chair of the Philadelphia Orchestra 
fund raiser. 

Mrs. Zimmerman also chairs the volun- 
teers of the Hershey Library and is a 
member of the Hershey Museum Board. 
She was a Lebanon Valley trustee from 
1984 to 1987 and during her tenure served 
on the education and personnel commit- 
tees. Other community involvement in- 
cludes serving on the clinical investigation 
committee of the Hershey Medical Center 
and chairing the center's gift shop commit- 

She was a music major at Lebanon 
Valley. The Zimmermans are members of 
the First United Methodist Church in 
Hershey, where she has served as junior 
choir director and kindergarten superinten- 

The Zimmermans have two daughters, 
Linda and Janet, and two grandchildren 
and reside in Hershey. 

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Lebanon Valley College 

Lebanon Valley College 


During its 125 years, 
the college has both reflected 
the American experience 
and taken a leadership role. 

8 The Valley 

1860s to 1890s 

The Early 

From its origins in the 
Annville Academy, the col- 
lege persevered in educating 
men and women alike. Debt 
mounted, the library grew 
to 600 books, music flour- 
ished and the president even 
gained an office of his own. 

By Diane Wenger 


hen Lebanon Valley 
College opened in 1866, 
the nation was recovering 
from the effects of the 
Civil War and the shock 
of Lincoln's assassination. Mark Twain's 
short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog 
of Calaveras County," had been published 
the preceding year. Doctors were just 
beginning to adopt Joseph Lister's revolu- 
tionary ideas about antiseptic surgery. The 
first successful telegraph cable under the 
Atlantic Ocean was in place, but transconti- 
nental rail travel was still four years in the 

It was a time of rapid change. Americans 
were on the move— exploring their vast 
continent, reaching for the future through 
technological advances and finding them- 
selves along the way. 

The members of the East Pennsylvania 
Conference of the United Methodist Church 
also felt this driving spirit. They had 
discussed as early as 1860 the idea of 
establishing a church-supported college in 
the Commonwealth, but these plans were 
delayed by the war. In 1866, in spite of 
dissension from members who opposed 
higher education because it might give 
young people worldly ideas, the Confer- 
ence began looking for a site for a college. 
Interestingly enough, although higher edu- 
cation had been available in this country 
for two centuries, none of the Conference 
members who proposed establishing a 
college had themselves attended an institu- 
tion of higher learning. 

The Conference eventually narrowed the 
location for the college to Lebanon and 
Annville. The decision swung in Annville's 
favor when a group of residents of that 
town purchased the Annville Academy on 
Main Street for $4,500 and offered it to the 
Conference "on the condition that they 
would establish and maintain forever an 
institutionof learning of high grade. ..." 
Annville might have won out for other 
reasons, too. As a preliminary catalog for 
the college noted in 1866, the "beautiful 
rural village of over one thousand inhabi- 
tants, situated in the rich and fertile 
Lebanon Valley ... is free from the usual 
temptations to vice, and is a place well 
suited for an institution of this kind." 

From its opening day, Lebanon Valley 
College was co-educational, and remained 
so in spite of pressure from various United 

(Above) An experienced educator. Rev. 
Thomas Rees Vickroy became the college's 
first president. (Below) His colleague, Rev. 
Miles Rigor, took responsibility for finding 
the students and influencing "the ptiblic in 
favor of the school. " 

Brethren groups to change to men only. A 
statement from the 1882 college catalog 
summarizes the college's position on higher 
education of women: 

The principle of co-education of the se.xes 
was adopted from the first by the founders 
of the College— and the entire absence of 
college barbarities and excesses, as well 
as the manifestation of a tendency to a 
higher standard of scholarship from year 
to year, prove the wisdom of this natural 
order of things. The facilities of the 
College— the courses of study— and the 
encouragements to a thorough education 
are offered alike to all. And experience has 
shown that there is no appreciable differ- 
ence between the male and the female, as 
such, as to ability in mastering the studies 
of a College course. 

This was liberal thinking, indeed, since 
women would not be considered capable 
of casting a vote in elections for another 

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50 years. (See story on page 11.) 

Having decided to establish a college 
and have it in operation by May 7, 1866, 
the Conference in February of that year 
adopted a resolution providing for a 12- 
member board of trustees. This board's 
charge was to find a responsible person to 
lease the college and operate it "in the 
name of the Church of the United Brethren 
in Christ . . . subject to visitation and 
supervision of the Board of Trustees . . . 
without incurring ... a greater cost than 
one thousand dollars." (Leasing was a 
common practice in the 19th century, with 
the leaseholder investing funds in the 
institution, but also reaping net profits, 
should there be any. ) 

When the search for a leaseholder was 
unsuccessful (probably because of the high 
financial risk involved), one of the trustees, 
George Washington Miles Rigor, offered 
to take over operation of the college. Rigor, 
a resident of Columbia and a United 
Brethren minister, told a neighbor, Thomas 
Rees Vickroy, of his plan. Vickroy, a 
Methodist minister and experienced educa- 
tor, offered to lease the college instead, 
because of his teaching experience. 

The two men eventually became partners 
in the venture, with Vickroy serving as the 
principal (later called president) of the 
institution and Rigor working "to secure 
students and influence the public in favor 
of the school"— responsibilities that gave 
Rigor the distinction of being the college's 
first admissions and development officer. 

At first the two men simply added a few 
college courses to the existing Annville 
Academy curriculum, and students of all 
ages continued to attend the school; gradu- 
ally the lower grades were phased out, and 
by 1883 Lebanon Valley College had 
become a four-year institution. In its first 
year, however, the 1866-67 catalog indi- 
cates there were 49 female and 104 male 
students: 100 of these were enrolled in the 
pre-college grades, known as the model 
school. Enrollment in the commercial depart- 
ment was 17, in the normal (education) 
department, 18, and in the collegiate 
department, 53. 

In addition to President Vickroy, who 
taught Greek language, literature and phi- 
losophy, the faculty consisted of his wife, 
who was preceptress (similar to today's 
dean of women), and seven other instruc- 
tors in areas including mathematics and 

(From the top) Following Vickroy came 
presidents Lucian Hammond (1871-1876), 
Rev. David Belong (1876-1877), Rev. 
Edmund S. Lorenz (1887-1889) and Rev. 
Cyrus Kephart (1889-1890). 

mechanical philosophy, penmanship and 
bookkeeping, natural science, literature, 
music and drawing. Under requirements 
for admission in the catalog appeared the 
warning, "No vicious, idle or disobedient 
student will be retained in the Institution, 
nor will such be knowingly received." 

Alumni were eligible to receive a mas- 
ter's degree in three years after graduation, 
"provided they sustain a good moral char- 
acter, and engage in literary or professional 
pursuits." The diploma fee was $5. 

The cost of a year at Lebanon Valley 
College in 1866 was a total of $206.50 for 
the fall, winter and spring terms (the 
college was on a trimester system). This 
included meals, laundry, light, fuel, tuition 
and room rent. The tuition for day students 
ranged from $3 to $5 a month. 

Students provided their own blankets, 
table and toilet napkins, and slippers (so 
they could walk quietly up and down stairs 
and in the halls). In addition, women 
students were told they "should provide 
themselves with napkin ring and silver 
spoon and fork." 

Degrees awarded included Bachelor of 
Elements, Bachelor of Science, Mistress 
of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of 
Biblical Science. In 1870, Commencement 
exercises were held for Lebanon Valley's 
first three graduates. 

In the next few years, the col- 
lege expanded its physical plant, pur- 
chasing additional farmland adjacent 
to the campus and erecting a second 
building. Vickroy continued as president 
until 1871. His replacement was Lucian 
H. Hammond, a professor of Greek and 
literature at the college. 

While Vickroy was president, male and 
female students and the staff all lived in the 
same building. But Hammond, in Victorian 
zeal, instituted a policy of single-sex 
residences, converting the original acad- 
emy building to "Ladies Hall" and housing 
the men in the newer college building, 
known as North College. 

Hammond also led the way for the 
college to have its own library, and by 
1875 the library included over 600 books. 
It was open one hour a week for female 
students, under the supervision of a female 
faculty member, and one hour a week for 
the men, supervised by a male member of 


The Valley 

of the Sexes 

By Beth Arburn Davis 

Co-education. Today, the word 
has no shock value. The idea of 
young men and women studying 
on the same campus and attending classes 
together is so widely accepted that it merits 
national media attention when students of 
a women's college protest to prevent 
admitting men. 

However, co-education was far from the 
norm when Lebanon Valley College was 
founded. East of the Allegheny Mountains, 
it was the first school to be co-ed from its 
inception, says Edna Carmean ('59), who 
helped research Dr. Paul Wallace's 1966 
book, Lebanon Valley College: A Centen- 
nial History. 

"There were col- 
leges in Ohio and west- 
ern Pennsylvania 
which were older and 
had been co-ed from 
the first." she says. 
"But east of the Al- 
leghenies, I noticed 
there didn't seem to 
be very many possi- 
bilities." After writ- 
ing to the registrars 
of those colleges, she 
discovered that none 
had been co-ed longer 
than Lebanon Valley. 

In 1867, the Penn- 
sylvania state legisla- 
ture approved the es- 
tablishment of a "col- 
lege for the education of persons of both 
sexes, the name, style and title of which 
shall be Lebanon Valley College." That 
simple declaration followed nearly two 
years of disagreement among various con- 
ferences of the Church of the United 
Brethren in Christ, the religious group that 
founded the college. The members of the 
East Pennsylvania Conference were deter- 
mined that the college should be co-ed. 
Other conferences were just as determined 
that it should not. 

Various conferences offered support, 
financial and otherwise, if Lebanon Valley 
would limit its enrollment to male students, 
allowing a smattering of females to attend 
day classes, but not to board. 

By 1870, the issue was fairly well 
resolved. The Pennsylvania Conference 
"adopted a resolution that their people send 
their sons and daughters to Lebanon Val- 
ley," Wallace wrote. Other conferences 
followed suit. 

But attending classes together was by 
no means license for the kind of fraterniza- 
tion accepted as the norm today. In those 
early days, "there was no student govern- 
ment, and very little in the way of 
extracurricular activities," according to 
Wallace. Adds Carmean, "There was 
very strict separation of the sexes. They 
certainly didn't envision co-ed dorms." 

In 1935, when Edna and her husband, 
Clark, were counselors in a men's dorm, 
contact between the sexes was still moni- 
tored. "We occasionally had an open 
house" in the dorm, Carmean recalls. 
"Girls were invited to visit maybe for two 
hours on a Sunday, but all doors were 

From the beginning, women have played a 
key role at the college. Here, the class of 
1892 gathers for its graduation portrait 
Front row, l-r: Delia Roop (Dougherty), 
Lillie Rice (Gohn), Anna Brightbill (Harp) 
and Laura Reider (Muth). Middle row: 
Jacob Martin Herr, Elmer Haah, Josephine 
Kreider (Henry), Hervin U. Roop and 
Anna Forney (Kreider). Back row: Samuel 
Stein, Lulu Baker, Harry Roop, Florence 
Brindel (Gable), D. Albert Kreider, John 
Rice, Catharine R Mumma (Good), Seba 
C. Huber and Andrew R. Kreider. 

Male and female students of 
nearly all eras at Lebanon Valley 
seemed to get along well, both 
in and out of the classroom. For the 
college's Centennial in 1967, Edna inter- 
viewed Laura Reider Muth. a graduate of 
the Class of 1892, who was then 95. 

Muth recalled a warm and friendly 
camaraderie among the five women and 
eight men in her class. Wrote Wallace of 
Muth's college era, "Students at LVC in 
the early [1890s] were for the most part a 
quiet, sober-minded lot, far removed from 
the rah-rah boys of a later era. There were 
occasional pranks of a not very subtle kind, 
such as bringing a horse and buggy on to 
the chapel platform before morning prayers. 
But such things were exceptional." 

Irene Ranck Christman ('39), now ex- 
ecutive director of the 3,700-member Penn- 
sylvania Music Association, says that dur- 
ing her years at Lebanon Valley, the 
relationship between male and female stu- 
dents "was an equal 

"There were no 
problems being a 
woman on that cam- 
pus," she recalls. "I 
found it very posi- 

Not all male stu- 
dents regarded their 
female counterparts 
as equals, observes 
college trustee Dr. 
Elizabeth Kreiser 
Weisburger ('44), a 
consultant in toxicol- 
ogy and chemical 
carcinogenesis. Be- 
fore she retired, Weis- 
burger spent much of 
her career as a re- 
searcher at the National Institutes of Health 
in Bethesda, Maryland. 

While she found that her professors at 
the college treated women equally, "some 
of the young men didn't think that way." 
she says, so "some of the young women 
showed them. 

"I was in advanced chemistry classes," 
Weisbuiger says. "It was serious, but I 
think there was admiration for the women 
who had good minds." 

Beth Arburn Davis is a York freelance 
writer who regularly writes for The Phila- 
delphia Inquirer. 

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Lebanon Valley's faculty. 

Both Vickroy and Hammond urged the 
trustees to begin an endowment program, 
since it was apparent from the early days 
of the institution that tuition alone was 
insufficient to cover the operating ex- 
penses. Hammond was not successful in 
his fundraising campaigns, however, and 
the financial problems of the college, 
combined with the pressures of his posi- 
tion, led to his resignation in 1876 due to 
ill health. When Hammond resigned, all 
the faculty members (except one) and many 
of the students also resigned, apparently 
as the result of a dispute between the 
trustees and the faculty. 

While Lebanon Valley College was 
coping with these fiscal and political 
problems, in the western United States 
General George Custer and his men were 
making "their last stand," and in England 
Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress 
of India. Enterprising Americans were 
looking to the future and expanding tech- 
nology. Within a few years of each other, 
Alexander Graham Bell invented the tele- 
phone, Edison invented the phonograph 
and the light bulb, and the first bicycle was 
manufactured in the United States. 

The Rev. David D. DeLong, age 30, 
followed Hammond as president of Leba- 
non Valley, and under his guidance peace 
was restored on campus and the entire 
faculty was rehired. During DeLong's 
tenure the area under the Administration 
building was excavated and furnished for 
a gymnasium (students paid a small fee to 
use it). A thinl building was erected to 
house the library, art, natural science and 
museum areas. DeLong improved the mu- 
sic program, and for a time straightened 
out the college's finances. 

His wife, Emma, assumed the traditional 
role of preceptress. But she was also the 
first female professor of Greek language 
and literature in the United States, and 
taught singing and gymnastics as well. 
Delong was the first president to break 
tradition and, instead of living in the 
student dormitories, purchased a home on 
Sheridan Avenue. 

Just as they were for his predecessors, 
finances were a problem for DeLong. In 
1886 the campus buildings were converted 
from coal-burning stoves (it had taken 24 
stoves to heat the three buildings) to steam 
heat, and the college went into debt to pay 

for the conversion. In 1887 faculty salaries 
were cut to help reduce expenses. DeLong 
resigned just before school opened that 
same year, presumably frustrated by money 

For six weeks, the college was without 
a president, and then the Rev. Edmund S. 
Lorenz, 33, of Dayton, Ohio, accepted the 
top post. Later he confided that had he 
realized the precarious financial straits the 
college was in, he would not have taken 
the position. Lorenz built a new house on 
College Avenue (the present English 
House), which remained the president's 
residence until the turn of the century. He 
ambitiously undertook a number of pro- 
jects, including establishing a college news- 
paper. The College Forum, in January 
1888, which sold for an annual subscription 
price of 25 cents. 

Engle Hall was torn down to make way for 
the Blair Music Center. 

Under Lorenz's leadership, the college 
expanded the music department into the 
Conservatory of Music and began granting 
Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Six Ph.D.s 
were awarded between 1892 and 1898 
before the college dropped graduate work 
from its curriculum. 

Lorenz did not think Annville was an 
appropriate place for the college and sur- 
reptitiously began lobbying to relocate the 
campus in the state capital. Heart trouble 
forced him to leave the presidency in 1889, 
but the question of relocating the college 
continued to surface in later years. Re- 

The Administration building burned in 


The Valley 

moved from the pressures of college lead- 
ership, Lorenz recovered his health and 
was 88 years old at the time of his death 
in 1942. 

Lorenz was succeeded by President 
Cyrus Jeffries Kephart, who served less 
than a year, then resigned because of his 
"personal financial situation." (His annual 
salary was $1,050, and receiving even that 
much was not guaranteed because of the 
continuing deficit.) 

While Kephart was president, the col- 
lege and the Annville community joined 
forces to replace the old college bell with 
a new one. The bell was an integral part 
of college life, signaling the "comings and 
goings" of the campus community, begin- 
ning at 5 a.m. A special celebration was 
held— complete with poetry recitations and 
special music— to commemorate the instal- 

At this point, 1890, the college had 
been in existence 24 years and had 
graduated 101 men and 48 women. 
Thirty-nine of these graduates had entered 
the ministry, and two others were on the 
faculty of Yale University. Catalogs of 
that era affirmed the college's faith in 
Christian education "as a necessary agency 
in the preservation and further extension 
of Christian civilization and elevation of 
the race," and warned parents against 
sending their children "to such schools as 
are not positively under religious influ- 

Elsewhere in the world, work was 
completed on the Eiffel Tower, Idaho and 
Wyoming became states and the nation 
celebrated the centennial of Washington's 
inauguration. At the close of the century, 
the nation rallied to the cry, "Remember 
the Maine," as it entered into the Spanish- 
American War. 

As the college celebrated its quarter 
centennial, a former faculty member, E. 
Benjamin Bierman, assumed the presi- 
dency. The administration, after deliber- 
ating for years about moving the college 
from Annville, announced that it would 
not relocate. To affirm this decision, the 
college purchased four acres of land west 
of the Administration building. Construc- 
tion of new buildings on that land was 
delayed until the former owner harvested 
the crops growing there. An era of prosper- 

ity ensued, and for the first time in college 
history, the president had an office of his 
own, complete with a $300 Parrel safe, 
"five feet high, four feet wide and three 
feet deep, with inside doors and apartments 
to suit the convenience of the college." 
The village of Annville prospered as the 
local water company laid down lines, the 
Lebanon to Annville trolly system went 
into operation and the first electric lights 
appeared in town. 

At the college, athletics were just begin- 
ning to be recognized as a legitimate aspect 

-~V ^ ^ ^ - "^^ -^ 

of college life. Men's and women's basket- 
ball teams were organized in 1893-94, but 
the college did not have a football team 
until 1897. 

The upswing did not continue, however, 
and the college soon fell behind in paying 
the salaries of the faculty and president. 
Faculty members and their families were 
invited to eat in the college dining hall in 
lieu of receiving salaries, and when Bier- 
man resigned in 1897, the college still 
owed him back pay. He recovered the 
amount owed to him by suing the college 
in the State Supreme Court. 

Lebanon Valley College entered the 
1900s on a positive note with a dynamic 
president, Ulysses Roop, age 38. In his 
seven years as president, Roop initiated six 
major building projects, including the pre- 

{Tup) Prcitdcnt Bciiiuinin Buiinaii (1890- 
1897) sued the college for back pay. His 
successor, Ulysses Roop, built the Carnegie 
Library (shown above, circa 1900). 

sent Administration building and Carnegie 
building. He also restructured the curricu- 
lum, enlarged the faculty, reduced the 
college debt, increased the library's hold- 
ings and enhanced the athletic program. 

Diane Wenger is a senior English major 
and administrative assistant to President 
John Synodinos. Sources for this article 
included Dr. Paul Wallace's Lebanon 
Valley College: A Centennial History and 
various issues of The Alumni Review ^om 
7966 to 1967. 

Winter 1991 13 

1900 to 1920s 

On the 

of Change 

Delia Herr Thomas recalls 

the gaslights, trolleys and 

bonfires of a bustling 

Annville. On campus, 

students frolicked 'round 

the May Pole, trained 

for the war and got into 

hot water over hazing. 

By Lois Fegan 


Lebanon Valley Ctillege 


hat was it like to be a 
Lebanon Valley College 
student at the turn of the 
century? The world knew 
Queen Victoria was dy- 
ing. The United States was changing 
leadership, too. President McKinley was 
re-elected, soon to be slain by an assassin. 
Boisterous Teddy Roosevelt moved from 
the vice presidency to the White House. 

The gaslight era was at hand. A new 
fuel would illuminate city streets, but for 
most of the country Mr. Rockefeller's 
kerosene was providing light and would 
yield gasoline to run the motor cars being 
developed for popular use. Thomas Edison 
insisted the electric lamp he had invented 
would some day light up cities. Daredevils 
were soaring in gliders, and two brothers 
in an Ohio bicycle shop were fooling with 
an idea for a flying machine. A German 
named Hertz had discovered a strange 
electro-magnetic wave, and an Italian named 
Marconi was speculating that it might be 
used to carry messages. 

The nation was on the verge of a social 
explosion that would change the way 
people lived, how they worked and were 
sheltered, what they ate and wore. Here 
and there women were murmuring that they 
should have a say in government, have a 
vote. Other women were shouting loudly 
about the evils of the saloons that filled 
their men with beer and hard liquor. There 
were workmen who argued they should 
have more say about their jobs and who 
felt that by acting together they could 
achieve an eight-hour work day. 

Nature generated great interest. People 
were warned to expect the appearance of 
Halley's comet in the sky. Explorers were 
dog-sledding across the ice cap of the Earth 
to plant a flag at the North Pole. 

It was a great time to be in college 
preparing to join the rest of the world in 
developing all these exciting possibilities. 
And in Annville, it was a great time to be 
at Lebanon Valley College. There are 
alumni from those years still around today— 
people like Delia Herr Thomas, who 
graduated with the class of 1923. 

During the first 20 years of the new 
century, Herr experienced the best of both 
worlds— the campus and the busy town of 
Annville. For most of her childhood, she 
lived with her family in the big house on 
the comer next to the college president's 

Delia Herr, pictured on her gnuiiuilioii da\ 
in 1923, grew up with the college. 

home; she became as familiar with that 
centerpiece and its occupants as her own 
house. Later she would matriculate at the 
college, as did numerous family members 
before and after her. These Herrs traced 
their lineage to the Rev. Hans Herr, a 
pioneer religious leader. 

Young Delia Herr was a keen observer 
of the times. Today, her memory is as 
reliable as the sights she saw more than 
80 years ago. 

It wasn't only in the big cities that the 
gas lamplighters made their dusktime tours. 
The little blonde girl with the blue-green 
eyes would watch with delight as two 
Annville men went on their rounds, raising 
their staffs high to set the jets ablaze in the 
town center. 

Delia studied under the big kerosene 
lamp that hung over the kitchen table and 
was pulled down by its chain. Other 
children in neighboring homes were fol- 
lowing the same custom, and in the college 
dormitories next door a single bulb sus- 
pended from the ceiling would illuminate 
the entire room. It often fell to the girls of 
a household to remove the big white globe 
and carefully wash it as the "coal oil" was 

The Herr house, incidentally, was one 
of the earliest to be fitted with the new- 
fangled invention of electricity. Not much 
later, Delia's mother had one of the first 
electric washers, complete with its own 
cylinder, and later she bought the wondrous 
combination electric/coal range. 

For keeping up with news beyond the 


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green Lebanon Valley, there were the 
Lebanon Daily News, the Lebanon Re- 
porter and the weekly AnnvUle Journal. 

Then came radio. Delia's older brother 
and Professor Samuel Grimm, at that time 
a physics professor at Lebanon Valley, put 
together a little box radio that attracted 
neighbors and friends. They gathered round 
it to hear the strong signal from KDKA in 
Pittsburgh. No longer would the world be 
a distant place. Through earphones, Delia 
listened to the important debate about 
Darwin's theory of evolution, as the Scopes 
trial pitted Clarence Darrow against Wil- 
liam Jennings Bryan in far-off Tennessee. 

Little Delia had a ringside seat, 
too, for the political goings-on of the 
town, which often were as heated as 
those in New York's distant Tammany 
Hall. When the Herr family still lived in 
the center of town, across from the Eagle 
Hotel, across from the Post Office and the 
bank, they would watch streams of men 
disappearing into the hotel basement to 
cast their ballots. 
"There was a lot of rivalry, and everyone 

gathered around the comer to wait for the 
results," she recalls. Then came the cele- 
bratory bonfires for which winners and 
losers alike turned out. 

Farmers who came from a distance to 
vote would tie up their buggies or spring 
wagons to the hitching posts located in 
front of every home and business place. 
Dirt churned up from the unpaved roads, 
and new shoes quickly turned gray with the 
dust. That was nothing compared to when 
it rained. Then Main Street became a sea 
of mud. Everyone wore rubbers over 
high-top buttoned (later laced) shoes. Kids 
learned to hopscotch over the deepest 

Delia remembers watching the first oil 
tanker roll through Main Street, its spigot 
dripping the oil that would be used for the 
first paving the town had seen. 

What is now Annville, in that new 
decade of the new century, was a thriving 
industrial community, as well as the princi- 
pal trading area for nearby farmers. They 
would drive their fresh produce in daily 
and sell directly from the open wagons. 

At that time there were two townships, 

The memories of Delia Herr Thomas {'23) 
span some 80 years of changes in Annville. 
the Lebanon Valley and the college. 

North Annville and South Annville. They 
combined in 1908 into the present town. 
The principal street was lined on both sides 
of three blocks with shops and stores, 
including dry goods, hardware, drug, milli- 
nery and tailors. Three butchers, three 
bakeries and several grocery stores were 
also well patronized. Kinport's general 
merchandise store was the dominant one, 
located where the drive-up window of the 

Lebanon Valley National Bank is today. 
On the next block was Batdorf's, and at the 
west end of town stood Shope's store. 

Saylor's Wagon Works across from the 
livery stable was a busy operation. Delia 
Herr and her schoolmates used to love 
peeking through the windows to watch the 
men at sewing machines stitching the 
buggy tops. The girls would hold their 
breath as the other workers meticulously 
painted the white stripes around the wooden 
wheels, without so much as a waver of the 

The Eagle Hotel, as well as the smaller 
Washington House on West Main, at- 
tracted businessmen from afar who made 
their way to the little town that had more 
than its share of factories. Many travelers 
took their meals at the Heilig House or at 
Gollam's Restaurant, a half block from the 

Shoes, hats, hosiery, even guns were 
manufactured there, and over the years the 
handkerchief factory could also make flags 
and still later, dresses and sweaters. (The 
factory site is a grassy plot now, intended 
as a parking lot for the college. ) 

Finished products were sent to many 
counties— even states— on big freight cars 
that rumbled along the well-tended tracks, 
their "whoo-hoo" echoing through the 

Trains were an important mode of 
transportation for humans as well as goods. 
In fact, college students commuted by rail 
from Harrisburg, Palmyra, Indiantown Gap, 
Lykens or Lickdale. Those from the north 
would board a train in the Jonestown area, 
then at the Lebanon station change to the 
Reading line to Annville. Most day stu- 
dents would do the bulk of their studying 
en route. Schedules showed frequent serv- 
ice in both directions, with several trains 
each day geared to class times. 

The trolley, too, was vital to the life- 
blood of both campus and community. 
Mainly it served Palmyra (later Hershey) 
and Lebanon. It was a sad day when 
practically the entire county arrived to 
watch the workmen "tear up the trolley 
tracks," Delia recalls. Buses replaced the 

Many fanners actually lived in town and 
commuted in spring wagons to their proper- 
ties a few miles in all directions in the 
fertile Lebanon Valley. Many households 
kept a horse and buggy, and family 

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members learned to drive the rig. 

Townspeople as well as farmers had 
gardens, and most homes had at least one 
peach, apple, cherry or quince tree. In 
good summers, the women were kept busy 
canning and preserving. Grape arbors pro- 
duced three different varieties: white, blue 
and red. But it was jelly, not wine, that 
came from those harvests. Milk was deliv- 
ered door to door by milkmen driving 
horses, and bakers as well sold from their 

Women did a lot of sewing both for their 
homes and to wear. However, well-to-do 
families depended on the talented fingers 
of an elderly cousin or auntie who would 
arrive for a visit every spring and fall to 
outfit the ladies of the household with the 
latest fashions, and stitch up school garb 
for the growing youngsters. TXvo Main 
Street tailors provided the men with their 
dark, vested suits. 

"Washing ladies'" did the laundry for 
many homes and for college students as 
well. There were always four or five 
widows or other townswomen to be found 
day after day, bent over the washtubs and 
wrestling with the awkward hand wringers. 
Then, after supper, laboring under oil 
lamplights, they commenced the ironing, 
hefting by a special handle the heavy irons 
they kept always hot on the back of the 
stove. Little did they dream that some day 
"wash and wear" would replace the heavy 
cottons and wools that required such 
backbreaking care, or that the era's styles 
of layers of petticoats and ankle-length 

Dogwoods decorated the lavish Mu\ Dii\ 
ceremonies in 1921 as the court paid tribute 
to the May Qiieen. Delia Herr donned a 
costume of leaves for the event. 

skirts would give way to knee-high ver- 

Delia happily recalls being assigned to 
keep her big brother's trousers well pressed 
so that he would be presentable when he 
traveled with the college glee club to distant 
churches (as far as York and Baltimore). 
Glee club members wore tuxedos and white 
shirts with pearl buttons, their shirts always 
starched stiff and hard. 

Music was an important 
part of college life and the town's 
as well. Often the two joined for 
productions of plays and musicales given 
in the college auditorium, or other times 
in the United Brethren Church, affection- 
ately dubbed the "College Church." 

The four literary societies— two for men 
and two for women— were popular. They 
would present programs and critique them 
during the school term, all in preparation 
for their anniversary production at the end 
of the semester. 

But it was May Day that brought out the 
most talent. The May Queen and her court, 
chosen by vote, were the stars, with male 
students serving as jesters and dozens of 
students dancing around the traditional 
May Pole near the Administration building. 
The outdoor stage would be decorated with 
dogwood gathered from the nearby woods. 
Later, an English professor suggested that 
trees be planted to form a permanent 
backdrop. Today, those dogwoods are 
giants, towering over the green campus, 
untouched despite all the changes in build- 
ings and grounds over the years. 

Other Annville social activities of the 
period centered around the lodges, most 
of whose headquarters were in the second- 
floor halls of the two fire companies. 
Community dinners there were festive 

Townspeople worshiped at as many as 
seven churches, and responded in force 
every Sunday when the bells rang out. 
Likewise, religion was an important facet 


The Valley 

of college life, with students required to 
attend both morning and evening services 
on Sundays, and chapel on weekdays. 
Collegians had their own Sunday School 
classes and Christian Endeavor meetings. 

Yearbooks of the early part of the 
century disclose a college constituency tha* 
varied very little in number. Interestingly, 
there was a pretty equitable distribution of 
leadership between the male and female 
students— not nearly so one-sided as to- 
day's feminists might think. For instance, 
the graduating class of 1910 had an 
enrollment of 13 men and 5 women, with 
three men and one woman serving as class 
officers. By 1918, with 29 men and 13 
women, officers were two and two. The 
next year, seniors numbered 29 men and 
13 women, again with officers divided 
equally, two and two. 

Though 1918 was the height of World 
War I, the high ratio of males was due to 
the Student Army Training Corps (SATC), 
which used the campus as a training ground 
for officers from all over the East. Most 
men were inducted in September, expect- 
ing to stay for the duration. That, of course 
turned out to be two months later, Novem- 
ber 11, 1918, when the Armistice was 
signed. Some lads remained; others dropped 
out or transferred to other colleges. 

There were plenty of college romances, 
including Delia's. 
She met Albert New- 
ton Thomas in 1922, 
just about the time 
he was shipping out 
with the Navy. On 
his return, after four 
years with the Asiatic 
fleet, the two got mar- 
ried and set up house- 
keeping in Annville. 
In the interim, she 
had taught English 
and Latin in Colum- 
bia High School, but 
had to give up her job 
when she donned the wedding ring. Not 
until World War II were married women 
permitted to teach in area schools. 

The first 10 or 15 years of the 1900s 
found the college on a seesaw economically 
and socially. In Dr. Paul Wallace's Leba- 
non Valley College: A Centennial History, 
published in 1966, the former history 
professor traced these ups and downs. 

The pusuleiil's home on Sheiidaii Avuiiie 
no longer exists. Rev. Clyde Lynch was the 
last president to live in it. 

Through the administrations of Presidents 
Hervin Roop, Abram Funkhouser, Law- 
rence W. Keister and finally the beloved 
Rev. Geoi^e D. Gossard, the problems 
sometimes seemed insurmountable. 

There were recurring threats of bank- 
ruptcy, a 1904 fire that destroyed the 
Administration building and a great tornado 
in 1915 that severely damaged the aca- 
demic building and devastated one-third 
of the town. 

Concurrently, student apathy, coupled 
with a rise in campus misdemeanors, 
culminated in a violent incident on the night 
of January 18, 1911, remembered even 
today as the "Disturbance of the Eight- 

It stemmed from hazing, which by 

Fill a 1913 April fiiul.s ' Dtiy prank, 
students dragged desks out on the lawn. 

President Keister's day had evolved into a 
full-scale organization called the Death 
League. A secret society patterned after the 
Ku Klux Klan, the Death League took it 
upon itself to impose punishments on 
lower-classmen, and eventually extended 
its bullying to faculty. 

The League's pranks by then far ex- 
ceeded simple incidents such as tying a 
ministerial student to a tombstone in the 
cemetery and making him deliver a two- 
hour sermon on "The Dead." One example 
Wallace described was of students wiring 
shut every window on the Administration 
building's first floor and cementing door 
locks closed, making it impossible to hold 
classes for two or three days. 

The climax came when athletes took 
umbrage at a ruling that athletic ability 
would not be considered in awarding 
scholarships. Some of the athletes de- 
manded the "blood" of the president. 
When, unexpectedly, he visited the men's 
dorm one snowy night, the lads are said to 
have set off squids (a firecracker used by 
miners to light dynamite) and doused the 
visitor with buckets of ice-cold water. The 
college newspaper. Bizarre, called it a 
"baptism" and described the drenched and 
shivering president sprinting across the 
campus that January night. Several stu- 
dents were suspended, but the Executive 
Board had the final 

On June 10, 1912, 
at the last meeting 
Keister chaired be- 
fore his resignation, 
this resolution was 
adopted: "That the 
organization in Leba- 
non Valley College 
known as the Death 
League shall be abol- 

The 20-year tenure 
of President Gossard 
brought a new ap- 
proach to the campus between 1912 and 
1932. Not only did he endear himself to 
students by supporting athletics, restoring 
harmony and broadening the curriculum, 
but he worked well with the alumni, 
starting a building program that included a 
much-needed gym and launching a suc- 
cessful fundraising campaign. 
At the same time, his wife, the former 

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The 1914 n'la\ team featured (l-r): Joel 
Wheeloek, William Micke\, Paul Strickler 
and David Evans. 

Ella Plitt, an accomplished lady of great 
Southern charm and manners, was making 
an impression in her quiet way. She 
introduced a more sophisticated social life. 
She organized hikes, lectures and parties, 
and was instrumental in launching several 
literary societies that would be an important 
part of campus life for many years. In 
addition, she founded the college Auxil- 
iary, which continues today, as well as an 
annual dinner for faculty, senior graduation 
dinners and a reception for Alumni Day 
that for years she held in her home. 

By 1919, "with peace abroad and the 
campus demilitarized, college life came 
back to normal," Wallace wrote in his 

One example quoted in the student 
newspaper Quitiapahilla: Wednesday, Janu- 
ary 29, 1919: "Door knobs of all buildings 
lubricated with an over-dose of axle grease. 
Tombstone in front of Library covered with 
tar. No hymn books in chapel. Faculty 
beats 'em at their game by singing 'Onward 
Christian Soldiers" and 'My Country 'Tis 
of Thee.' 

In its modest own way, Lebanon Valley 
was preparing for the Roaring '20s. 

Lx)is Fegan is a freelance writer based in 
Hershey whose journalism career has 
spanned half a century. 



A decorous decade overall 

on campus, it did roar a bit 

with bobbed hair, dancing 

and moonlight serenades. 

By Lois Fegan 


Lebanon Valley College 


While the rest of the coun- 
try was roaring into the 
'20s, discovering Pro- 
hibition, bootlegging and 
gangsterism, Lebanon Val- 
ley College students were bobbing for 
apples and enjoying peanut races and 
custard pie-eating contests. If that seemed 
a bit anachronistic, it was. 

But the restlessness that pervaded the 
nation soon reached the little town of 
Annville, to be addressed effectively by its 
president, the Rev. George D. Gossaid, in 
his eighth year in office. As a highly 
respected United Brethren minister, includ- 
ing 10 years as head of a Baltimore church, 
he was well aware of the strictures noted 
in the college catalog. Among the prohibi- 
tions then still in effect: 

"Unpermitted association of students of 
either sex, games of chance, use of 
intoxicating drinks, profane or obscene 
language, using tobacco, visiting on the 
Sabbath or during study hours, clamorous 
noise in or about the buildings, frequenting 
bar-rooms, groceries or other public places." 

Dr. Gossaid managed to "modernize" 
within these constraints, and at the same 
time to bring economic health to Lebanon 
Valley as well as the prestige of accredita- 
tion given by the Association of Colleges 
and Secondary Schools of the Middle 
States and Maryland. 

How he accomplished these feats with- 
out weakening the college's foundations 
as a Christian institution is described in 
Dr. Paul Wallace's Centennial History. 
Anecdotes of the rapidly changing times 
were also uncovered by Edna Carmean 
('59), the college's unofficial historian. In 
a 1979 speech given at the 60th anniversary 
of the Women's Auxiliary, Carmean re- 
ferred to Wallace's history, as well as to 
the student publications La Vie Collegienne 
and Bizarre. The accounts that follow 
reflect the work of both researchers. 

Patriotism was at a high point in the 
college, which had been the site of a 
Student Army Training Corps (SATC) 
billet until the end of World War I. A 
highlight of 1920 was the first Armistice 
Day parade in Lebanon, on November II. 
The entire student body rode the trolley to 
Lebanon, joining the giant parade in a 
block formation of the letters LVC. The L 
and the C were made up of both men and 
women, with the center V all women. All 



The Valley 

wore paper hats fashioned into overseas 
caps and tarns— in red, white and blue. 
To keep the lines straight, the marchers 
carried blue and white bunting along the 
outer edges of the rows. Approximately 
261 Lebanon Valley students served in 
World War I. 

Early in the '20s, pressures of a more 
worldly nature mounted. Word of the 
internationally revered dancing couple Ver- 
non and Irene Castle reached even into the 
bucolic peace of Lebanon Valley. The big 
question on campus became "to bob or not 
to bob" in the manner of the glamorous 
Irene's hair style. 

In 1922, so the story goes, though short 
hair was denounced from the pulpit and 
considered to be a mark of a fallen woman, 
a bobbing party was held one night in North 
Hall. The next issue of the college paper 
included a "confession" from a coed who 
had succumbed to the scissors. Now, she 
wrote, her nights were sleepless with 
worry. She felt guilty, her ears got cold 
and she was afraid of what her mother 
would say. She was upset when someone 
told her she looked like a boy. Determined 
to let her hair grow again, she confided to 
friends that it didn't help her to read about 
the "flapper with bright colors, short skirts 
and bobbed hair." 

The 1924 Girls Choral Society, irith direc- 
tor Ruth Engle Bender (front, fourth from 
right). Bobbed hair b\ then was acceptable. 

Perhaps the most plaguing 
social conflict was the church's pro- 
hibition of dancing. Dr. Gossard, 
according to his biographer, could be strict 
but "in most things he preferred a more 
liberal policy." He believed healthy rela- 
tions between the sexes would be encour- 
aged by greater association than their 
grandparents had known. 

Gossard's attitude toward the volatile 
subject of dancing illustrates his liberal 
leanings. Dr. Samuel 0. Grimm ('12), an 
alumnus later to become a physics profes- 
sor and still later registrar, remembered the 
night the rules changed in 1921 . 

He tells of how disturbed the president 
was by a social gathering going on in the 
college gymnasium. After a bit of fretting, 
Gossard finally announced, "I have just 
made up my mind that I'm going down 
there and say to them that they may conduct 
a dance with my blessing." 

He did just that. "Thus for the first time 
in the history of the College a dance was 
permitted by the official blessing of the 
President of the College," Grimm wrote. 

Other changes were in the wind as well. 

A number of innovations by Ella Augusta 
Plitt Gossard led to an entirely new kind 
of social life on campus in the '20s. The 
president's wife instituted a series of 
formal teas every spring, one for the 
women of each class. Sophomores assisted 
at the tea tables for the senior affair, and 
freshmen for the junior party. 

Gracious and glamourous, Mme. Mary 
Green taught French and became a dean. 

Members of the faculty presided at the 
tea table, including the elegant and digni- 
fied Mary Green, who had arrived not long 
before to teach French. Though she had 
no academic degree, she had lived in 
France and brought with her a cosmopoli- 
tan air. Always referred to as Madame 
Green, she remained at Lebanon Valley for 
27 years, most of them as dean of women. 

Students of the period, including Samuel 
K. Clark ('27), remember her to this day. 
Clark, a genial pre-med student, decided 

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Dr. Grimm, registrar, and Gladys Feiicil 
i?! their office, circa 1920. 

to take French as his required foreign 
language. "I left after one class and 
switched to German. 1 thought Mme. 
Green was a tyrant," he recalls with a 

Edna Carmean describes Mme. Green's 
successful attempts at elevating the level 
of decorum in the dining room. "She would 
ring her bell to stand for silent prayer, then 
for permission to be seated. Her favorite 
disciplinary trick when student behavior 
offended her was to rise to her full height 
and stalk out haughtily. It was effective." 

In spite of the many restrictions, students 
still had fun. Sports, hikes and parties as 
well as a series of "uplifting concerts and 
lectures" occupied their free hours. One 
favorite event was the YMCA's fox chase, 
with bits of paper forming a trail to Lover's 
Leap, a high spot over the Quittapahilla. 
There the chasers enjoyed cider, pretzels 
and cheese. Party games featured umbrella 
spins, whistling trios and fortune telling. 

Despite the taboos surrounding sex, two 
free movies were scheduled in the chapel 
early in the new decade. Dr. F.C. Clark 
of Chicago addressed the women in the 
afternoon, then that night gave the same 
talk to the men. The subject: "Valuable 
Instruction in Sex Hygiene." Several years 
later in 1922, Major George Swamm, a 
U.S. Army doctor, gave a "splendid 
heart-to-heart talk" on marriage problems, 
first to the male students, then to the entire 
student body. 

The year 1920 also ushered in the custom 
of a holiday banquet for students, given in 

the North Hall dining room. At the first 
one. Dr. and Mrs. Gossaid "led the 
procession to a festively decorated, can- 
dlelit dining room. All enjoyed a scrump- 
tious meal, taking two and a half hours to 
eat. After merry speeches with the presi- 
dent as toastmaster, everyone went to the 
parlor where Santa came with two big 
packs of presents." 

The Gossards also welcomed the faculty 
(then numbering about 40) to a formal 
Thanksgiving dinner at their home. Eve- 
ning dresses for the ladies and dinner 
jackets for the men made their first appear- 
ance on campus at that function, the first 
of many. When the ever-growing teaching 
staff became too large, the dinners were 
moved to a restaurant. After dining, the 
guests would return to the president's home 
for special entertainment. 

As at college dining halls everywhere, 
food was often the subject of debate. There 
were those who complained about the 
college's cuisine, and those, like Sam 
Clark, who remember the meals as deli- 
cious. He should know. As a freshman, 
he waited on tables to help pay his tuition, 
and later was promoted to the kitchen staff. 
He praised the college chef who "had a 
reputation as a tightwad. He would buy the 
cheapest chickens, but produce the finest 
food. "I recall how the girls came in our 
freshman year with trunks of clothes. By 
the end of the first semester, back home 
went those dresses. The girls had fattened 
out of them with the chef's 'plain cook- 
ing.' " 

Meantime Clark exchanged dorm life for 
married life. Early in his first year, 1923, 
he fell in love with "townie" Esther 

Grosky, daughter of an Annville business- 
man. They were married in 1926, and Sam 
lived for his final term at the Grosky home. 
Their first son, Donald, was bom a few 
months before Sam got his diploma. Two 
sons followed their dad to college. A native 
of Reading, Clark lived for many years in 
Harrisburg, where he headed the Bran- 
dy wine Iron and Metal Co., founded by his 

Some of Clark's most vivid mem- 
ories of his college years have to do 
with music and football. He likes to 
tell of his initiation into freshman glee club. 
Upperclassmen would gather around a little 
window above the basement room where 
auditions were being held. As the freshmen 
would do their numbers, the watchers 
would turn a water hose on them through 
the window, 

More pleasant memories, though, are 
of moonlight nights when seniors and 
juniors would awaken the freshman glee 
club members, hustle them, in pajamas, 
onto the campus in front of North Hall and 
have them serenade the women in their 
dorm. "It was all good clean fun," he says. 

Clark was assistant manager of the 
early-'20s football team. "I tell you what, 
we played Penn State in 1923 and '24, and 
they took us off their list," says Clark. 
"We really had a good team." 

Lebanon Valley students were so enthu- 
siastic about their teams that they made 
even defeats sound like victories. Decisive 
wins would be celebrated by a holiday on 
Monday and a bonfire on the East Maple 
Street athletic field. 

After one impressive victory over Muhlen- 
berg, everyone pitched in to gather enough 
wood for a gigantic fire. A freshman was 
left to guard the fuel, but "in a short time, 
malicious intruders drove up, tied up the 
lone guard and set fire to the pile ahead of 
time, then drove off," reported La Vie. 
The student paper tut-tutted "such terrible 
sportsmanship," taking for granted the 
outlaws were the defeated Muhlenbergers. 

It wasn't only in football that Lebanon 
Valley College was making its name 
known as the roar of the '20s subsided in 
the crash of 1929. The decade's triumphs— 
financial and scholarly, academic, social 
and athletic— would move the college 
solidly even into the bleak Depression days 


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-You're Invited to 




Lebanon Valley College turns 125 this year. We invite you to join us for exciting free 
lectures, concerts, theater productions and other festivities to mark this important 
anniversary. ■ We have a lot to celebrate. Founded in 1866, today Lebanon Valley is 
among the leading four-year colleges in the country. Last year, the Carnegie Foundation 
for the Advancement of Teaching named Lebanon Valley one o{ 143 colleges nationwide 
that are highly selective in their choice of students and that award more than half of 
their baccalaureate degrees in arts and sciences fields. The list includes such other 
prestigious colleges as Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Oberlin, Trinity and Swarthmore. ■ 
Over the last 14 years, nine Valley students have been named Fulbright Scholars— a 
remarkable record for a college of 850 students. ■ Our strength in the sciences has 
long been recognized. Lebanon Valley's chemistry department ranks 10th in research 
grants received, 9th in the number of chemistry publications and 16th in the number 
of chemistry graduates earning PhDs, according to a survey of 877 private undergraduate 
institutions. ■ The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment lists Lebanon Valley on its 
select list of the 100 most productive colleges and universities nationally in science. ■ 
A study by the National Research *_ _ .^^ .* Council ranked Lebanon Valley 50th 
among 1 ,200 public and private liberal {"i* ' ^S arts and comprehensive colleges based 
upon the number of graduates who | I go on to earn doctorates in all fields 

We've come a long way in 125 years. ||bSS>|| Come help us celebrate our past as 
we look forward to our future. 

- Lebanon Valley College- 

February 21 
8 p.m. 

Young virtuoso violinist Carla Kihlstedt, 
who has won many national and interna- 
tional awards, will perform works by 
Beethoven, Ravel, Part, Gershwin and 

March 16 
8 p.m. 

The Alumni Jazz Band Concert, a reunion 
of the college's original Jazz Band led by 
Don Trostle ('51), will perform sounds of 
the early college group Jazz-in-Engle. 

March 17 
8 p.m. 

The College Symphony Orchestra concert 
will feature trombone soloist James Eid- 
man and soprano Lynlee Copenhaver in 
works by Wagenseil, Mozart, Ravel and 

March 24 
3 p.m. 

The Hershey Symphonic Orchestra will 
perform works by Strauss, Franck and 

April 14 
3 p.m. 

The College Symphonic Band, with clari- 
netist Jack Snavely ('50) as guest soloist, 
will perform a program of marches and 
other contemporary concert band music. 

April 21 
3 p.m. 

The College Chorus and Concert Choir 
will perform in a concert. Dr. Pierce A. 
Getz ('51), professor of music, will guest 
conduct the Concert Choir in a Mozart 
Misia Brevis, and Dr. Mark Mecham, 
chairman of the Music Department, will 
conduct the College Chorus in a perform- 
ance of Rutter's Reluctant Dragon. 

June 7 
6 p.m. 

Thomas Strohman's "Third Stream" jazz 
group plays music to listen and dance to. 
(Social Quad) 

All concerts are held in Lutz Hall of Blair 
Music Center unless otherwise noted. For 
information, call the Music Department at 
(717) 867-6275, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

March 7 
7:30 p.m. 

Veteran character actor Ken Richter pre- 
sents "Mark Twain on Tour," a special 
one-man production about the celebrated 
humorist. (Lutz Hall) 

March 10 
8 p.m. 

Theatre of the Seventh Sister presents "Ele- 
emosynany," which means "charitable for- 
giveness"— a play about three generations 
of women. (Little Theatre) 

March 13 
8 p.m. 

Steven and Peggy Spiese perform two 
original one-act plays, "What's Going 
On?" and "Chepe: One Day of Life." 
(Room 101 of Miller Chapel) 

April 27 
2 p.m. 

Camilla Shade and the Co-motions Com- 
edy Company present an improvisational 
comedy review. (Little Theatre) 

For ticket reservations, contact the Bo.k 
Office at (717) 867-6161 or 867-6162. 

February 19 
11 a.m. 


Artist Doug Osa will help unveil his 
landscape painting of the Lebanon Valley, 
specially commissioned for the 125th An- 
niversary, during Founders Day Convoca- 
tion. The painting will hang in the Admin- 
istration Building. 

April 26-28 

The 21st Annual Juried Art Show, in 
conjunction with the Spring Arts Festival, 
will feature watercolors, oils, etchings, 
sculptures and other media by amateur and 
professional artists. Entries will be dis- 
played in the Mund College Center Hall 
and the West Dining Hall. 

For more information, contact tlie Art 
Department at (717) 867-6015. 

February 12 
11 a.m. 

"The Soviet Union: The New Socialism" 

Col. David Twining, an expert on the 
Soviet Union from the U.S. Army War 
College in Carlisle, will discuss the impact 
of social, political and economic change 
in the Soviet Union. (Room 101 of Miller 

February 26 
7:30 p.m. 

"Genocide and the Holocaust" 

Eric Markusen, sociology professor from 
Southwest State University in Marshall, 
Minnesota, discusses modem society's ten- 
dencies toward genocide as reflected in 
reliance on nuclear weapons. (Room 101 
of Miller Chapel) 

February 28 
7:30 p.m. 

"Cruel and Unusual Punishment? 
Capital Punishment Today" 

Dr. Jeffrey H. Barker, professor of phi- 
losophy at Albright College, will trace the 
history of the death penalty and offer major 
arguments for and against. A panel discus- 
sion follows. (Faust Lounge, Mund Col- 
lege Center) 

March 5 
11 a.m. 

'Tost-Crisis Prospects in the 
Persian Gulf 

Dr. Lee Doudy, Middle East expert from 
the Strategic Studies Institute at the Army 
War College in Carlisle, discusses pros- 
pects in that region. (Room 101 of Miller 

March 19 
9 a.m. 

"American Art at Mid- 19th Century." 

Art historian Robert A. Lyon, Jr., profes- 
sor emeritus of art at Millersville Univer- 
sity, discusses painting, sculpture and 
architecture at the time Lebanon Valley 
College was founded. (Room 101 of Miller 

March 20 
7:30 p.m. 

"Can We Find a Common Ground Over 
Reproductive Freedom?" 

Dr. J. Ralph Lindgren, professor of phi- 
sophy at Lehigh University, tackles the 
aoortion question. A panel, including abor- 
tion opponents and proponents, responds. 
(Faust Lounge, Mund College Center) 

April 9 
11 a.m. 

"The United States and Japan: 
Partners or Rivals?" 

Dr. Gene Brown, a Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege professor currently lecturing in politi- 
cal science at the Army War College in 
Carlisle, discusses America's murky rela- 
tionship with Japan. (Room 101 of Miller 

April 11 
11 a.m. 

"The Era of Technological Enthusiasm" 

Thomas Hughes, of the department of 
history and sociology of science at the 
University of Pennsylvania, outlines Amer- 
ica's love affair with technology and its 
impact. (Room 101 of Miller Chapel) 

April 18 
11 a.m. 

"Technology and Aesthetic Judgment" 

Dr. David Billington, Princeton University 
professor of civil engineering and opera- 
tions research, discusses ethical and aes- 
thetic dimensions of technological develop- 
ments. (Room 101 of Miller Chapel) 

April 24 
7:30 p.m. 

"Pennsylvania in 1866." 

Local historian Robert Fowler discusses 
life in 1866, the year in which Lebanon 
Valley College was founded. (Faust Lounge, 
Mund College Center) 

For more information, contact the Allan 
Mund College Center at (717) 867-6161. 


February 19 

Founders Day Celebration begins at 1 1 
a.m. It includes presentation of the Foun- 
ders Day Award; premiere of Anniversary 
Composition, by Dr. Scott Eggert, resident 
composer in the Music Department; and a 
dramatic reading by Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege President John Synodinos and Dean 
William McGill. 

At 3 p.m. the campus celebrates its 
125th anniversary with a 5-foot-high birth- 
day cake served in the Mund College 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 

February - September 

A 125th Anniversary Exhibit of historic 
photos of the college and Annville will 
travel to the Lebanon County Historical 
Society and libraries, banks and hospitals 
in Lancaster, Harrisbuig and Lebanon. 
Richard Iskowitz, chair of the college art 
department, prepared the exhibit. 

April 3 
8 p.m. 

Dr. Phil Billings, professor of English at 
Lebanon Valley College, reads from his 
book of poems. Porches, Volume 2. (Room 
101 of Miller Chapel) 


Lean Years 
at the 

A movie on Main Street cost 

32 cents, but few could 

afford it. Yet it was never 

really a depressing era, 

notes longtime observer 

Edna Carmean. 

By Arthur Ford ('59) 


Edna Carmean stood gazing out 
the glass doors of her apartment, 
as late autumn shades of sun- 
light stretched across the fields 
to the Blue Mountains and to the 
sharp cleft in those mountains, Indiantown 
Gap. Until a month ago, she and her 
husband, Clark, had lived for the past 50 
years in a farmhouse on the outskirts of 

In the early years Clark had been a 
professor in the music department, and 
later had served as director of admissions. 
During all those years, Edna had been at 
Clark's side, but she slowly carved out her 
own niche: as unofficial historian of Leba- 
non Valley College. 

Back in the early to mid-'60s, when 
former English professor Paul Wallace was 
working on the official history of the 
college, Carmean was his chief researcher. 
"That got me started being interested in the 
history of the college," she says, "and I've 
just remained interested ever since." 

Edna went on to work with Anne 
Monteith, who edited the college alumni 
review at the time— a review that won 
numerous awards. Carmean's stories high- 
lighted and preserved many interesting 
facets of Lebanon Valley life and people. 

Over the years Edna Carmean ('59) has 
become a walking repository of college 
lore, aided by Clark, who in the '30s had 
purchased a Leica still camera and a movie 
camera, instruments that preserved in pic- 
tures what Edna preserved in words. 

Li'haniin Valley Qillegt 


The Carmeans deviiUd Jive ycms as ifsulml 
"parents" lo the boys in Kreider Hall. 

Ednii ('5'^^ and Clark Carmean 

With a little urging, Edna will talk easily 
and happily about any aspect of Lebanon 
Valley life over the past 57 years, but a 
special sparkle comes to her eyes when she 
recalls those early years, the period of the 
Great Depression and World War II, the 
years when she and Clark were young, and 
the students innocent— more or less. 

In 1933, the depths of the Depression, 
Clark and Edna left Kansas and came to 
the land of the Pennsylvania Germans. 
"That was quite a shock," Edna says, 
adding, "We were used to big front yards 
and space, and we found instead houses 
right up to the street and front porches." 

But that was only part of the difference. 
"The people here were very nice when we 
arrived," she says, "but they were, how 
should I put it, aloof." The Carmeans were 
"Auslanders," and were to remain so for 
all their lives. "It took a while for the 
barriers of the local people to come down." 
she says. "But the college people were 
nice to us from the start." 

The Carmeans rented half of a house out 
on East Main Street from Professor Hoffman 
Derickson, the Valley's legendary biology 
professor, and lived there happily for two 

"Then something funny happened," Edna 
says. The college had been having trouble 
with vandalism in the men's dormitory, 
on the site of the present Garber Science 
Center. "Every door in every room was 
smashed in," she says, "because when the 
boys forgot their keys, they just kicked in 
the door." 

President Clyde Lynch decided some- 

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thing had to be done, because this was 
1935, and there was no extra money to 
spend repairing the work of vandals. Edna 
says the president asked for suggestions at 
a faculty meeting, and Clark came home 
with an idea. "Why don't we move in 
there?" he asked. 

President Lynch accepted the offer, and 
for the next five years the Carmeans were 
parents to a swarming dormitory of men. 
They lived in two rooms on the second 
floor of the dorm, rooms separated by the 

"We really enjoyed the boys," Edna 
says, adding that the students never gave 
the young couple any trouble. Clark put 
up a board with nails to hang their keys 
on, and that took care of the door problem. 

The Carmeans spent a lot of time with 
the dorm students. "We usually had some- 

body in our apartment until midnight," she 
says. Clark and Edna subscribed to Life 
magazine then, and the young men liked 
to stop by and read the latest issue. 

Life was full of news of the day: the 
Spanish Civil War, the rise of Hitler, the 
increasing militarization of Japan. But it 
also covered the biggest domestic story, 
the Great Depression. 

Although the college enrollment re- 
mained stable during that time, 
there was never quite enough 
money to go around— for the college or the 
students. Only one student had a car and 
that was an old one, Edna says. Even 
though the movie on Main Street cost just 
32 cents, few students could afford to go. 
"One boy went around to 32 of the other 
boys," she says, "and borrowed one cent 
from each so he could see the movie that 

The times were serious. Edna remem- 
bers one student who was married to a 
young woman who worked at the telephone 
office. "At that time, college rules required 
that the men wear a coat and tie to the 
evening meal. This young man wore his 
coat, tie and a good pair of pants to every 
meal, but when he came back to his room 
he put on an old pair of jeans and an old 
shirt. He explained that he wasn't going 
to cause extra expense for his wife when 
she was working so hard to put him through 

Because of the lack of money, the 
campus was usually busy with self-made 

(Top) A typical dorm room in the 193Us 
was a cozy home away from home. 
(Above) May Queen Marianne Treo and 
attendant Anita Palchke graced the 193'/ 
May Day festivities. 

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7 9 y 73 I ES G9 67 ,5g 40 j^ ^^^ *^^, 

Despite hard times, campus activities went 
on as normal. The 1934 football team, 
coached by Jerry Frock (standing, center) 
and his assistant. Chief Metoxen (standing, 
right) took a time-out for a portrait. 



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entertainment. The men's and women's 
societies were very active, sponsoring 
plays, dinner-dances, weelcend dances, a 
junior prom and May Day festivities. 

The president's wife reinstituted the 
tradition of serving afternoon teas to the 
women, and soon the men came by for tea 
as well. Edna says she and Clark often 
hosted the young men for tea and cookies. 
"We used to send some of the boys down 
to Fink's Bakery on Main Street to get 
some big molasses cookies to serve with 
the tea." 

Another example of Valley ingenuity in 
the '30s came when some of the male 
students bought a used nickelodeon from 
the Lebanon YMCA. They put it in the 
gymnasium— located in what is now the 
basement and first floor of the Administra- 
tion building's south wing— and fed it 

"We got permission to have dances 
twice a week right after dinner for an 
hour," Edna recalls. "Of course, they had 
to be chaperoned, and we usually did it 
since we lived right on campus." 

Although the college managed to attract 
students, there was little money for repairs 
and none for expansion because the De- 
pression had depleted its small endowment. 
The most exciting renovation project oc- 
curred in 1936 when new showers were 
installed in the basement of the men's 
dorm. Prior to that, all men in the dorm 
had to share a small shower area with two 

"We knew times were tough in other 
ways, too," Edna says, "especially when 
we were told one year that all faculty would 
have to take a 10 percent pay cut." 

But despite the lean times, she says, the 
severe economic conditions were not the 
overriding concern of people at the college. 
"It was a Depression," she says, "but it 
was not a depressing time, perhaps because 
everyone was in the same boat." Most of 
the students were not from well-to-do 
families anyway, so they never missed 
what they never had, she says. Activities 
went on pretty much as usual, she recalls, 
except that everyone had to economize. 
On a daily basis, the Great Depression was 
no big deal. Such was not the case, 
however, during the next decade. 

Dr. Arthur Ford ('59) is associate aca- 
demic dean and a professor of English. 


off to War 

Scenes of grief united the 

campus. After the war, joy 

returjied with a flood of vets, 

and Annville opened its 

homes and its hearts. 

By Arthur Ford ('59) 

The events of World War 11 
were on everyone's mind all 
the time on campus. When 
war broke out in Europe in 
1939, students believed that 
America would soon be involved. In fact, 
several of them went to Canada and joined 
the Canadian Air Force. "One of our 
students actually got to fly with the Canadi- 
ans. We learned later that he was killed," 
Edna Camiean says quietly. 

In 1940, Edna and Clark Carmean 
bought their large farmhouse a mile outside 
of town, and their daily life supervising in 
the men's dormitory ended. They did, 
however, remain close to the students, 
especially during the war years. Clark 
volunteered to head the Blood Drive, and 
Edna taught a course in home nursing. 

"It was a strange time," Edna says. 
Most of the male students either volun- 
teered or were drafted. "Toward the end 
of the war, we were down to about 190 
students at one point," she says. "They 
were mostly girls. In fact, the large number 
of girls in the Music Department kept the 
college going." 

The young women kept busy getting 
packages of cookies and clothing ready for 
the soldiers. They also tried to cheer up the 

Lebanon Valley College 


A co-i'd writes to her soldier beau. L\'C had 
only 190 students at the end of the war. 

local servicemen, sending off dance invita- 
tions to the recruits up at Indiantown Gap. 
Despite all the activities, however, the 
campus just was not the same. It was a 
time when everyone checked the local 
newspapers to see the latest casualty list, 
and when all grieved together when they 

Winter 1991 23 

The college saw the hoys off to the front; 
three of the 2S umuld never return. 

discovered that one of their own had died. 

But, acconding to Edna, the college's 
unofficial historian, it was also a time of 
intense patriotism. The war was an over- 
whelming presence, she says, but it was 
viewed as the right thing to do. No one 
protested America's involvement, and ev- 
eryone did what he or she was asked to do. 

Early in the war, college students could 
receive a draft deferment, but by 1943 the 
need for soldiers was so great that almost 
all college students were called up. 

"I remember a cold day in February of 
1943," Edna says. The call came for 28 
members of the college student body, and 
they all marched off to the Annville 
railroad station. The band led the way and 
the other students marched along. "It was 
a tearful scene," she says. Three of the 28 
never returned. 

One of the young men who did re- 
turn was George "Rinso" Mar- 
quette ('48), later to become dean 
of students and a coach at the college. "I 
remember how disappointed Rinso was," 
Edna says, "not because he was going to 
war but because he had just been told that 
he was going to be a starter on the 
basi<etball team, and now he had to give 
that up." 

After the great exodus of young men 
from the campus, a pall fell over every- 
thing. The top two floors of the men's dorm 
were closed up, and men's sports were 
canceled for the duration. As was true of 
the nation, people tried to live normal lives 
while thinking all the time of friends, 
relatives and loved ones thousands of miles 
away. Everyone silently feared the news 
that might come. 

Finally, however, the war was over, and 
the country could celebrate. Ironically, the 
campus community, which had suffered 

so much together during the past four 
years, could not celebrate together. When 
the war with Japan ended in August 1945, 
the college was still on summer break. 

The change on campus, however, was 
almost instantaneous. Not only did joy 
return, but so did hundreds of veterans, 
descending on the sleepy Annville campus 
and eager to make up for the time they had 
lost. Edna says that within a few years the 
college enrollment went from about 200 
to 800, and nobody knew where to put all 
the students. 

"The plea went out to the townspeople 
to open their homes to our students," she 
says, and the town responded generously. 
Soon the "vets" changed the quiet, pro- 
tected campus into a campus of young men 
who had seen the world. When word came 
from the fashion capitals of the world that 
skirts were to fall to mid-calf, one of the 
vets inveighed against such a decline. 

When Edna served as an associate director 
of public relations in the late '60s and early 
'70s. she wrote a series of stories on the 
college's history. In the course of her 
research she uncovered firsthand accounts 
of events and reactions on campus during 
World War II. The bo.xed excerpts on these 
pages are taken from her article "A 
Campus at War, " which was published in 
the alumni magazine in September 1970. 

Happy landings 

Even before America entered the war. 
two young alumni were involved in an 
exciting adventure. 

No tale of LVC alumni experiences is 
more thrilling than the one involving the 
narrow escape of August "Butch" Her- 
man {'40) and Roy Weidman ('39), when 
they were forced to abandon their plane 
and resort to ripcord descendency. 

Roy Weidman, a private in the infan- 
try, and a friend were visiting Herman, 
a pilot at Langley Field. Despite the fact 
that weather conditions were uncertain, 
Herman offered to take his visitors for a 

They were aloft but for a short time 
when the clouds closed in below them 
and they found themselves surrounded 

by soupy vapors. The plane's instruments 
for blind flying were not functioning and 
the trio were forced to fly around looking 
for a break in the clouds. They found no 
break and their gas supply was rapidly 

They were on their last tank of gasoline 
when Herman spotted a reddish cast on 
the clouds below them. He surmised this 
to be the reflection of a neon sign. 
Turning from this place, Herman in- 
structed his passengers to bail out. 

Roy Weidman had never been in a 
plane before, but he had been instructed 
as to the proper procedure in such a 
situation. Without hesitation, he jumped. 
Weidman's friend had had flying experi- 
ence, but cringed when his turn came. 
He went to the door of the plane several 
times and always closed the door without 
jumping. Herman, noticing his peculiar 

behavior, banked the plane when the 
door was opened again, thereby throwing 
his last passenger out. 

Then came Herman's turn. He levelled 
off his ship and turned off the ignition. 
Having done this, he, too, bailed out. 

The three of them reached the ground 
safely. To their amazement, they landed 
on a small peninsula eight miles across, 
off Cape Charles, Virginia. The plane, a 
total loss to the U.S. Government, came 
to rest in a pine forest nearby. 

August and Roy are now referred to 
as "Ripcord Herman" and "Ripcord 
Weidman." With the assumption of their 
titles they were admitted to the Caterpillar 
Club —a national fictitious honorary 
society for those who have been forced 
to parachute from a plane in an emer- 

—From La Vie Collegienne, 1940 


24 The Valley 

calling it "a waste of material." Then he 
added his real reason for opposition: "If 
we have women around with legs worth 
looking at, we ought to see "em." 

The vets enjoyed questioning authority. 
They were not going to obey some upper- 
class kid, just because of tradition. They 
changed the campus, and in many ways it 
has never been the same since then. 

By 1949 the college had swelled in 
enrollment; everything seemed poised for 
the future; and Edna and Clark Carmean 
were preparing for yet another change. 
Clark had been asked to take charge of the 
newly established Admissions Department. 
"We thought about it for a while," Edna 
says. The decision was a difficult one 
because it meant Clark would have to give 
up teaching music, the reason why the 
Carmeans had come to Lebanon Valley in 
the first place. 

But Clark did take that position and for 
many years ushered in new generations of 
college students. 

Now retired, Edna and Clark sit upon 
the hill behind the college. Behind them 
brown fields stretch to the Blue Mountains. 

Before them, when they walk the few 
feet to the crest of the hill, lies the Lebanon 
Valley, spreading out to the hills of Mount 
Gretna. Just to the left they can see clearly 
the college that has meant so much to them 
for the past 57 years. More than just about 
anyone, they have lived the life of Lebanon 
Valley College. World War II was a true 
watershed, and Edna Carmean was there 
to observe and later record it. 

On the alert 

Pearl Harbor quickly had an impact at 
Lebanon Valley College. 

The students of LVC organized their own 
Sub-Council of Defense. Their head was 
Ralph Shay ('42), a noted campus figure: 
first in war, being captain of the football 
team; first in peace, being a member of 
Phi Alpha Epsilon, the honor society; and 
first in the hearts of his fellow students, 
for he had a way with them that would 
melt an iceberg. 

With just enough faculty supervision 
from popular Professor Frederic K. Miller 
to prevent jurisdictional disputes, the 
students appointed their own air wardens, 
auxiliary police, first aid workers, and 
auxiliary firemen— all these to protect the 
campus. They also organized a flying 
squadron of some two dozen men, trained 
in all branches of civilian defense, to 
answer off-campus calls from anywhere 
in the country. It was resolved that there 
should be no town and gown rivalry for 
the duration. 

Women as well as men were appointed 

as air raid wardens. It is said that these 
college girls who were sworn in on March 
10, 1942, were the first of their sex in the 
U.S. to become fully qualified air raid 

Half of the air raid wardens appointed 
at LVC were women (to patrol the 
women's dormitories, only!) and most 
of the first aid workers; while the auxil- 
iary police and the fire-fighting forces 
were composed exclusively of men. In- 
tensive training was provided. At the 
Auxiliary Police School, lectures were 
heard from a chief of police and experts 
in jiu jitsu, gunnery and law. 

These young college folk were soon 
ready for any business Hitler might send 
them. They attended classes regularly and 
kept themselves fit by means of drills and 
unannounced tests, these latter held not 
less than once in two weeks. The college 
was soon accustomed to blackouts and 
quickly learned to take them without 
suffering too much interruption of its 
normal routine. . . . 

-Dr. Paul Wallace, 
from a letter to Edna Carmean 

Piofe^soi Man Gillespie and students outside Engle Hall, a designated air raid shelter. 

The }■ tying Squadiun oj student pilots pose with their advisor, Samuel U. Grimm. 

Winter 1991 25 

Male call 

Bemoaning the scarcity of men on 
campus during the war years, one 
female student wrote: 

God, send me something 

Wearing pants 

To take me to the Clio 


—from La Vie CoUegienne, 1940 

Lebanon Valley's Glee Club (1947-48) 
found something to sing about again after 
the war. (Right) The old Alumni Gymna- 
sium was decorated for a pre-war dance, 

The departure of 28 young men to war on 

February 15, 1943, elicited this poem: 

"Til you return" 

Long weeks and months have slipped away since then. 

But we still look for you and wait tire day 

We will remember— how that day you left 

When trains are not black chugging thieves at all. 

We walked with quickened steps on frosted streets 

But messengers of joy that bear you home. 

And filled the station with our songs and shouts. 

That day will come, although we know not when. 

Our farewells froze with every breath we took, 

And we who have waited here for you 

And laughter lost itself in half-choked sobs. 

Will show you how the daffodils have bloomed— 

We watched the train move slowh down the track— 

A tree was planted here, a rose bush there— 

A small black spot that sank into the snow. 

And ivy still clings to familiar walls. 

Confusion died, and we stood silent there. 

There will be much to see— and much to tell- 

Whispering unheard goodbyes and simple prayers. 

When you return. 

We promised you that we who then remained 

Would keep the "Valley" as you knew it best— 

—Marjorie Franz, editor of the school yearbook.The Quittie 

'Til you return. 



The Valley 



Instability dissolved into a 
renaissance of eager schol- 
ars, able athletes and an 

infusion offujids that 
transformed the campus. 

By Judy Pehrson 

i iiii >1<iliii 


Hula hoops and racial strife. 
Poodle skirts and the first 
H-Bomb explosion. Dwight 
Eisenhower and Joe Mc- 
Carthy. The 1950s were a 
study in contrasts. For both the college and 
the nation, they were the best of times and 
the worst of times. 

The decade opened grimly when Presi- 
dent Harry Truman dispatched troops to 
South Korea in June 1950 to fight a war 
that lasted for the next three years and 
claimed 54.346 American lives. The '50s 
ended on a note of prosperity as Americans 
migrated in waves to the suburbs to begin 
enjoying the highest standard of living the 
world had ever known. 

In between, the Rosenbergs were exe- 
cuted for espionage, Rosa Parks refused 
to give up her bus seat to a white man, the 
federal government finally outlawed racial 
segregation, the United States began its 
long march into Vietnam, the first U.S. 
earth satellite went into orbit, the first 
transatlantic telephone cable was laid and 
Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 
50th states. 

At Lebanon Valley College, the decade 
began on a difficult note as the college 

struggled to recover from the collective 
effects of the Depression, World War II, 
the "G.I. invasion" (when the student body 
suddenly jumped from 200 to 800) and the 
Korean War (when student numbers plum- 
meted). The many changes had taken their 
toll, and in 1950 accreditation became an 
issue as the Commission on Institutions of 
Higher Education advised the college to 
correct a number of deficiencies. 

Into this abyss of instability came Frederic 
K. ("Fritz") Miller, who assumed the 
presidency in 1950. He identified the 
problems immediately— the need for a 
decent library, higher faculty salaries, 
well-equipped science laboratories, more 
dormitories, a dining hall, a chapel — and 
set about solving them. 

"There is nothing the matter with this 
college that money won't correct," Miller 
said briskly, then worked to make sure 
there was enough on hand. An expanded 
development program, a successful capital 
campaign, assistance from the United Meth- 
odist Church and a variety of foundation 
grants helped Miller transform the campus. 
On May 18, 1957, three buildings were 
dedicated: the Gossard Memorial Library, 
the Science Building and the Mary Capp 

George "Rinso" Marquette ('48) shows off 
the basketball team that chalked up the 
longest home winning streak — 45 consecu- 
tive games over five seasons (1951 -'56). 

Lebanon Valley College 

Green Residence Hall for Women. The 
next month, the official opening of the 
Gossard Memorial Library brought to frui- 
tion a 90-year effort to build and equip an 
excellent facility. In September 1958, the 
new college dining hall opened. 

There were other changes as well: 
"Private residences were purchased, reno- 
vated and renamed, providing further dor- 
mitory space, new offices and an air of 

Winter 1991 27 

spaciousness and efficiency the college liad 
never seen before," reports Dr. Paul 
Wallace in A Centennial History. 

Under Miller, the college also expanded 
its academic horizons. The Admissions 
Office tightened its standards and began 
recruiting from a wider geographical base. 
The Honors Program was set up, new 
courses and programs were introduced, 
faculty members could begin taking sab- 
baticals and an increasing number of 
outside speakers came to campus. 

In all, it was an upbeat time for Lebanon 
Valley College, says Geoi^e R. "Rinso" 
Marquette ('48), who retired last year as 
dean of students after a nearly 50-year 
association with LVC. "The 1950s were 
an era of accomplishment and good feel- 
ing," he recalls. "Part of it was the 
maturity of the students, I believe. The 
guys came back from WWII and later from 
Korea, and they were very serious about 

An nplwat atmosphere prevailed among 
students in the '50s. Admissions standards 
were raised; a new library, science building 
and dining hall opened: and the Honors 
Program was launched. 

their studies. They wanted to get an 
education and set themselves up in life." 

As Dr. Alex Fehr, professor emeritus 
of political science reminisces, "The late 
'40s and '50s were the golden age of 
scholarship at Lebanon Valley. We had 

classroom participation like we will never 
see again. Students were not only attentive 
and involved, they would speak eloquently 
for five minutes at a time. Every teacher 
reveled in this kind of atmosphere." 

The college fared well in the athletic 
arena, too. The men's basketball team 
chalked up the longest home winning streak 
in history— some 45 consecutive games 
over five seasons, extending from 1951 to 
1956. The hoopsters were the Mid-Atlantic 
Conference champions for four years run- 

"It was a thrilling time," says Mar- 
quette. "The college as a whole was 
moving forward and winning on so many 
fronts. It was a period of renaissance that 
a lot of people remember fondly." 

Judy Pehrson, director of College Rela- 
tions, edits The Valley. 

A Brush with 

If the 1950s were a "golden era" at Leb- 
anon Valley College, they were also a 
time of great political apathy. Like 
students on many other campuses, those 
at Lebanon Valley were so intent on 
studying and enjoying college life that they 
were oblivious to the social upheaval in 
other parts of the country. 

The beginnings of the civil rights move- 
ment passed the college by, and the 
paranoia of the McCarthy era touched the 
college only briefly when Professor Alex 
Fehr tangled with the Lebanon Daily 
News and some of its readers over whether 
or not he was a Communist. 

The controversy began when Fehr ap- 
peared on WLBR-TV's panel program, 
"Lebanon Roundtable," in December 1953. 
The topic was "McCarthy: Good or Bad 
for the United States?" and Fehr was joined 
by local attorney Allen Krause, assistant 
district attorney Thomas Gates and Leba- 

non Daily News city editor Ted Gress. 
Fehr and Krause opposed McCarthy, and 
Gates and Gress supported him, 

The exchange was heated, and two days 
later, an editorial appeared in the Lebanon 
Daily News that lauded McCarthy's "he- 
roic fight" and noted that McCarthy's most 
violent opponents were Communists, and 
the newspaper that was his most outspoken 
enemy was The Daily Worker. 

While the editorial included the caveat 
that "there is no intention to imply that 
either of the debaters have any sympathy 
for the Communists," it generated a flurry 
of letters claiming the opposite. 

"It sounded to me like Fehr was briefed 
by The Daily Worker before going on the 
air," read one letter from "An Alumnus." 
"If he isn't a sympathizer, he sure has been 
duped. I'd hate to have any kids of mine 
attending Lebanon Valley College exposed 
to his theories. I wonder if the trustees at 
LVC fully realize what the score is." 

Another reader commented: "I hope 
your paper will continue to present the 
undeniable truth as you did in this editorial. 
I believe pressure groups and the misdi- 
rected, the misinformed, the red and pink 

sympathizers, the unloyal, the stupid, the 
unwilling, the stubborn and the unethical 
are hard at work to prevent newspapers and 
persons from expressing straight-forward 
thinking and factual knowledge on such 
matters as covered by your editorial." 

Other readers supported Fehr, and the 
paper ran an article with his byline that 
discussed the Fifth Amendment and its 
importance in a democracy. He made it 
clear he was a patriot, not a pinko: "Civil 
liberties, such as those embodied in our 
Bill of Rights are a bulwark, a distinguish- 
ing feature of the democratic way of life. 
To attempt to dilute or emasculate civil 
liberties is to embrace the Communist way 
of life. Communist methods will NEVER 
meet the challenge of Communism." 

Fehr chuckles today when he recalls the 
furor he caused. He also expresses grati- 
tude that his Lebanon Valley colleagues, 
for the most part, backed his position. 
"President Miller supported my right to 
speak, and after a few weeks the contro- 
versy died down. As Andy Warhol stated, 
'Everyone is famous for 15 minutes.' I 
guess I had my 15 with the McCarthy 
controversy." — JP 


The Valley 


The Way 
We Weren't 

Far from an activist campus, 

the college no7ietheless had 

its peaceful expressions of 

concern about social issues. 

By Judy Pehrson 

£ i s 


They marched for free speech 
at Berkeley, sat in at Michi- 
gan, trashed the president's 
office at Columbia and poured 
blood on draft board files at 
Wisconsin — all against a hazy backdrop 
of sex, drugs and rock 'n" roll. 

At Lebanon Valley they . . . well, for 
a long time they basically ignored what 
was going on elsewhere. Sequestered in a 
small town in the heart of conservative 
Pennsylvania Dutch country, students con- 
centrated on the same things they had in 
the 1950s: their studies and social lives. 

"It was not an activist campus, particu- 
larly in the early and mid-'60s," says 
Malcolm Lazin ("65). "The Valley was 
insulated from the events and activities on 
other campuses. We dressed for dinner 
(sports jacket and a tie for men), attended 
mandatory chapel, and men were not 
allowed into the women's dorms except 
once during the year, and that was during 
the day. Marijuana was virtually unknown 
on the campus, and there was little discus- 
sion of the civil rights movement or 
America's involvement in Vietnam. Stu- 
dents weren't very concerned with poli- 

Social activities revolved around frater- 
nities and sororities, he adds. "That really 
was the principal social outlet. There was 
also a lot of interest in sports." 

The campus mood shifted subtly later 
in the decade, and there was increasing 
concern with the Vietnam War, but it was 

a "quiet expression of moral concern," 
recalls Dr. Elbert Wethington, professor 
emeritus and former chair of the religion 

"We had demonstrations in the form of 
prayers for peace, and some teach-ins and 
seminars," he says. "Some of our students 
and faculty demonstrated against the Viet- 
nam War. in Lebanon at the Federal 
Building. The faculty also passed several 
resolutions condemning the war." 

There was a fair amount of student 
resistance to the draft, Wethington says, 
"but the sentiment was for peaceful expres- 
sion of that concern. I cannot recall it being 
improper in any way." 

"There was a lot of talk, and feelings 
sometimes ran strong, but they were mainly 
passive/aggressive sorts of feelings," re- 
members Dr. Jean Love, professor emerita 
and former head of the psychology depart- 

But the campus was not left completely 
unscathed by the mood of rebellion that 
characterized other campuses, she adds. 

"Relationships between students and 
faculty began to change in the late 1960s. 
So many things were going on in the 1960s 
that separated the generations. There grew 
to be some suspicions of faculty and some 
resistance," she says. "I remember the 
change that occurred while I was away on 

The greatest student "snow job" occurred 
in 1961 —far more a prank than a protest. 

Lebanon Valley College 

Winter 1991 29 

leave during 1966-67. When I left, there 
was a cooperative relationship and a good 
atmosphere. After 1 returned, there was a 
definite change— for example, students' 
refusal to take part in open discussion in 
class. I was forced to literally change my 
style of teaching," 

Love also observes that there was in- 
creasing drug usage on campus during the 
waning days of the decade. "That might 
be why kids withdrew from faculty, just 
as they withdrew from their parents during 
that era," she posits. 

The civil rights movement was not a hot 
issue on campus at any time in the 1960s, 
although there was a "Black Consciousness 
Week" late in the decade. Black student 
enrollment did increase slightly, says Love. 

"In the 1950s, if we had blacks they 
tended to be from African countries where 
we had missionaries. In the 1960s, we had 

more and more black students. There was 
no problem— they were well accepted by 

The women's movement was also low- 
key on campus, with little publicity. "It 
was more of a quiet change," says Dr. 
Agnes O'Donnell, professor emeritus of 
English. For example, the college offered 
women's studies courses in the mid- to 
late- 1960s. O'Donnell recalls teaching about 
women authors in her literature courses. 

Concerning the role of the college in 
students' personal lives— the in loco paren- 
tis issue — "rules had been rather inhibi- 
tive," she notes. "There were stringent 
dress codes, curfews and social codes. 
They came under discussion and they 
changed— gradually, but they changed." 
She adds, "Women were being freed of 
things, but in order for women to grow, 
men had to srow at the same time." 

Bell bottoms and loud colors were signs of 
the '60s, otherwise quiet on campus. 

A Positive 

While they may not have 
been militant, Lebanon Valley 
students did take a stand during 
the 1960s. One of the enduring monuments 
to their willingness to fight for what they 
wanted is the Mund College Center. 

Battle lines were drawn between stu- 
dents and administration in the early 1960s 
when, faced with limited endowment re- 
sources. President Frederick Miller decided 
to build a chapel, says Malcolm Lazin 
('65), now a successful businessman and 
president of Waterfront Development Corp. 
in Philadelphia. 

"A number of the faculty and students 
were very upset about that because they 
believed there was a need for a new music 
conservatory, a new science center and so 
on. We had the use of the church on the 
comer of Route 422, so no one quite 
understood why we needed this huge new 

Students were especially concerned about 
the chapel project (which was completed 
in 1968), says Lazin, because they believed 
a college union should have taken higher 

"We were located in a small town and 
there were not many places to go. Hot Dog 
Frank's was our major social outlet," he 
recalls. Lazin. who was president of Fac- 
ulty Student Council, decided to approach 

Students helped raise the funds for Mund 
College Center to have a gathering place. 

the president on the matter. 

"I asked for a meeting with Dr. Miller, 
and in a polite, tactful way, expressed 
student concerns. His response was not 
heartening and it was clear he intended to 
go ahead with the chapel project." 

Undaunted, Lazin reported the results 
of the meeting to Faculty Student Council. 
"I told them that the only way we'd get a 
student union was to force the college to 
build it by building a substantial fund for 
it. I suggested that each student be assessed 
$35. Even though none of us would end 
up using the new student union, at least 
we could make sure it was built." 

Surprisingly, the Council voted to im- 
pose the assessment, and over the next 
several years a significant amount of 
money went into the student union fund. 
"Finally it got large enough that the trustees 
took note and decided to raise the rest of 
the money and build the building," Lazin 

The Mund College Center opened in 
1970, named for Allen Mund, president 
of the Board of Trustees at the time. Lazin 
and other student contributors were elated. 
"For me to visit campus and see that 
building there is always a personal thrill," 
he says. 





The Valley 



Age of 



Afme time for pledging, 
pranks and parties —and for 

welcoming as students a 

dozen refugeesfrom Vietnam 

and Cambodia. 

By Paul B. Baker ('79) 


The air was clear and chilly that 
morning when the cow came 
to Lebanon Valley College. 
Actually, she had arrived late 
the night before, when the 
flatbed trailer on which she was mounted 
came silently to a stop, smack in the center 
of the Quad. It had rolled all the way from 
the new Turkey Hill Minit Market in 
Cleona, where she was employed to pro- 
mote the grand-opening. It had come the 
long way around, by Hill Church Road, 
so the cops wouldn't see anything. The 
abduction had gone smoothly, just the way 
they planned it. The only hitch was the 
rented one attached to the car pulling the 

Now she stood where they had left her, 
her huge fiber glass eyes peering out 
dumbly from among the lower branches 
of the Electric Tree, as if she could not 
quite recall how she had gotten there, or 
what she was to do next. As the crisp dawn 
brightened into the breakfast hour, the 
college began to stir. Students emerged 
sporadically from the doors of Mary Green, 
Vickroy, Keister and Hammond, or strolled 
into the Quad on the path that led from the 
residences east of College Avenue — 
Funkhouser, Silver, Hall, Saylor and 
Clio House. 

Most students paused in the Quad. A 
ring of students formed in the concrete 
circle near the center of which the cow was 
parked. They chatted and giggled excit- 
edly, appreciating her absurdity. Someone 
described her to the blind student, who had 
paused in his sure stroll toward breakfast. 

He was in short shirtsleeves without a coat, 
despite the cold. A gaggle of Clio women 
stopped to finish their coffee at the cow's 
feet, then compassionately slipped their 
empty Styrofoani cups over her four-inch 
udders. Everyone laughed. 

The cow came to campus on December 
2, 1976. It was a fine time to be a student, 
at least at the Valley. We didn't know we 
were living in the Golden Age of student 
life; we only knew we were having fun. 
Ours was a world of pledging, pranks and 
parties. Campus life centered around 
Groves, Thursday evening coffee hour, 
sheeting, floor parties, Sunday dinner gos- 
sip, the snack bar, the message board. 
Rich's and loitering in the Quad. We knew 
that if we were patient, the best things in 
life would roll around: Homecoming, then 
the Christmas dinner-dance, then pledging, 
then Spring Weekend and finally the Spring 
Arts Festival — an instant hit from its 
inception in 1970. 

Two of those events, the Christmas 
dance and the arts festival, also forebode 
reading period and final exams. For two 
weeks out of the year, everyone worked 
hard. Those who didn't probably would 
not be back the next term. 

Of course, most of us had to fit in at 
least some studying during the rest of the 
semester as well. Some more than others. 
Bio and chem majors studied a great deal 
in their labs in the musty, converted shoe 
factory. Music majors (and there were a 
lot of them in the ■70s) seemed to spend 
all their time in the practice rooms located 
in the pride of the campus — the beautiful 

Lebanon Valley College 

The '70s at Lehaiioii \alln< were a great time for fun and camaraderie. 

Winter 1991 31 

Dinner-dances in the West Dining Hall 
ranked high on the list of favorite ei'ents 

Blair Music Center, which opened in 1974. 

There were several other significant 
physical changes on campus during the 
'70s. Silver Hall opened as a women's 
dorm, and a footbridge was built across the 
Conrail tracks, connecting the main part 
of campus with the playing fields to the 

This Golden Age came at a time when 
many campus communities elsewhere were 
licking their wounds from the Vietnam 
War years. Nobody knows for sure how 
or why the turbulence normally associated 
with those years passed the Valley by to 
such a large extent. The tragedy of Kent 
State had little apparent impact on students 
at Lebanon Valley, who for the most part 
could not relate to the notion of protesting, 
let alone putting one's life on the line for 
a cause. The Vietnam War ended for 
Americans in 1972, but the campus in 
Annville took little note. It had taken 
relatively little note of the war at all. 

Idealism was the spark of social con- 
sciousness that lit fires of activism on 
American college campuses elsewhere dur- 
ing the '60s and early '70s. Watergate 
drowned that spark in a flood of national 
shame and hurt. Valley students perhaps 
were spared much of the pain because as 
a community, they had never really been 
ignited by idealism in the first place. As 
Simon and Garfunkel sang, "If I never 
loved, I never would have cried." 

In the wake of the Vietnam War, 
however, the college's insularity was 

breached, and the college will reap the 
benefits for many years to come. When 
Saigon fell in 1975, some influential South 
Vietnamese and Cambodian men and 
women were able to escape to the United 
States. About 17,000 were brought to a 
hastily prepared refugee camp at Fort 
Indiantown Gap, 10 miles north of Annville. 
Among them were some of the best and 
brightest individuals from those war- 
ravaged nations. 

Through the efforts of caring individuals 
and organizations, 12 of these Vietnamese 
refugees wound up as students at Lebanon 
Valley in the fall of 1975. They turned out 
to be brilliant students, rich contributors 
from the outset to the academic life of the 
college. Most of them have gone on to 
fulfill the promise they showed as college 
freshmen 15 years ago. Si Pham ('79), for 
example, is an accomplished surgeon at the 
University of Pittsburgh's hospital and a 
cardiothoracic fellow in the Department of 
Surgery. Luong Nguyen ('79) is a vice 
president for Rohm and Haas, has master's 
degrees in both chemistry and business 
administration and is moving to Singapore 
this spring to head that pharmaceutical 
giant's marketing and research develop- 
ment efforts in the Far East. 

All 12 are alumni of which the college 
can be justly proud. They will carry the 
Valley's torch high and far into the world. 

Paul B. Baker (79) earned his B.A. in 
English and edited the college's newspa- 
per. An adjunct instructor in English at the 
Valley from 1984 to 1989, he currently 
Hvrks as city editor at The Daily News in 


Era of Three 

Evolving from the Old 
Guard to a new look, the 

college strengthens its 
curricula and programs. 

By Paul B. Baker ('79) 


Lebanon \^llev Qillege 



The Valley 

When I walked into that 
classroom in August 
1984, I was little pre- 
pared for the kind of men 
and women I would 
meet. When I had walked out of the same 
room— the seminar room on the second 
floor in the English house— five years 
before, I knew what Lebanon Valley 
College students were like. I was one. 
Neither the best nor the worst; probably 
typical. Like most, I had learned how to 
study enough to get by, and party enough 
to have fun doing it. 

Now I was coming back as an instructor, 
and my chief worry was whether 1 could 
assemble enough dignity to command a 
proper student-teacher relationship. 1 had 
no doubt of my knowledge of the subject: 
journalism. But 1 wondered what would 
happen when one of my students stumbled 
upon the fact that I had been a Kalo brother 
five short years before. 
1 needn't have worried. 

class, they were prepared and they tried 
hard to do well. In my course at least, 
most of them did. 

Paradoxically, the supposedly self- 
absorbed "Me Generation" students took 
life more seriously than their predecessors 
had done a decade earlier. Society's chang- 
ing attitudes toward drinking were reflected 
in tough new laws that worked. Students 
stopped frequenting Annville's taverns. 
Grove parties and floor parties disappeared 
altogether, their places taken by a college- 
sanctioned, non-alcohol pub in the base- 
ment of the College Center. 

The new student was more politically 
and community oriented than the old. A 
new campus organization, the Lebanon 
Valley College Republicans, was bom. 
flourished and spawned a sister Democratic 
club. Students began registering to vote, 
and one of them, Doug Nyce, won the 
Democratic Party's nomination for Annville 
Township commissioner. The college com- 
munity became a leader in the new Leba- 

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The student of the '80s was profoundly 
different from the student of the '70s. I 
was to discover in the weeks to come, and 
confirm over the six years I would teach 
the course, that the "Party Generation" had 
graduated and the "Me Generation" was 
not all bad. Regardless of their motives, 
these were good students. They were a 
pleasure to teach. They showed up for 

non County tradition, providing daily free 
lunches to the needy. 

The Fourth Estate prospered: The Quad. 
a student newspaper bom in 1976 after the 
death of La Vie Collegienne , came out 
regularly and with increasing sophistica- 
tion. Its staff marked the decade's end last 
year by restoring the traditional masthead: 
La Vie Collegienne. 

That the journalism course I taught 
existed at all at Lebanon Valley College is 
an illustration of a profound change that 
has taken place there in the last decade or 
so— a change in the fundamental interpre- 
tation of the liberal arts education. There 
was no journalism course when I was a 
student. Nor was there a "communica- 
tions" track for English majors. What was 
then called an English major is today 
referred to as an English/literature major. 
And, significantly, there are very few of 
them. There are lots of the other kind. 

The debate over the appropriateness of 
including "vocational-technical" courses 
like journalism in the liberal arts education 
had already begun when I was a student. 
The purists fought against course credit for 
internships like the one I had at the 
Lebanon Daily News in 1977, a fight they 
were destined to lose. 

The journalism course is only one exam- 
ple of a change that took place across the 
entire curriculum during the decade. Spe- 
cialized courses that would help train 
students for the workplace were added 
within many majors. 

The curriculum changes were in part a 
concession to, and in part a product of. the 
"Me Generation." But these and other 
profound changes that took place on cam- 
pus during the decade were also undeniably 
part of the Tale of Three Presidents. A 
college's president arguably has more in- 
fluence on its character than any other 
single factor, and it would be hard to find 
three characters more different than 
Frederick Sample, Arthur Peterson and 
John Synodinos. 

Dr. Frederick Sample was the Old 
Guard. He came to Lebanon Valley from 
the arena of the public high school, and 
he had already been president for more 
than a decade when the '80s opened. He 
was a conservative in every way, and spent 
much energy in the latter portion of his 
tenure wrestling with the tides of change 
in academic and social life. Perhaps this 
prevented him from perceiving the inevita- 
bility of change. More likely, he simply 
chose to stand on principle. His had been 
a successful presidency by most standards, 
but by the early '80s the tide could no 
longer be resisted. 

Dr. Arthur Peterson's personality over- 
whelmed people. A longtime college ad- 
ministrator, he arrived on campus in 1984, 

Winter 1991 33 

and everyone who met him summarized 
him in more or less the same words: "He 
is a people person!'". Peterson was warm, 
ebulHent, infectious. He was a Ronald 
Reagan-type, a dreamer whom nobody 
could resist liking at first blush. Like 
Reagan, his weakness was organization. 
He drew the rough sketch and depended 
on his staff to fill in the details. 

Unlike Reagan, Peterson was not up to 
the physical rigors of the presidency. His 
deteriorating health forced his retirement 
after only three years. 

John Synodinos arrived in 1988. As a 
consultant and experienced college admin- 
istrator, he had been retained to help the 
college search for a president, but the 
search committee soon convinced him that 
he was in fact the best person for the job. 
Synodinos immediately made it clear that 
he is a man of action. He builds things, 
and where there is no room to build, he 
finds the space anyway. He is neither warm 
like Peterson nor reserved like Sample; he 
is what the situation demands. He does not 
talk a great deal, but there is rarely any 
question of what he thinks about anything — 
or anyone. Synodinos does not like to hear 
how things have been done in the past: he 
is ready to break out of the mold and try 
new approaches. His forte is organization 
and management. He has sound business 
sense: he knows the Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege he envisions for the 21st century will 
be expensive, but he also knows he will 
find the money. 

Visitors to the campus today will find a 
much-altered landscape from that of 1980. 
Instantly, one senses Synodinos" hand, but 
in fact some of the work was the consum- 
mation of plans begun before his time. 
There was unprecedented demolition in the 
two administrations preceding his. Among 
the decade's casualties are Kreider Hall 
(for old-timers, that's the Men's Dorm), 
East Hall, Saylor Hall, Sheridan Hall 
(Knights House), West Hall, West Annex 
and the brick gateway on Main Street. 

In their place sprang up an impressive 
array of new buildings constructed during 
the 1980s. The crown jewels are Garber 
Science Center (built during Sample's 
presidency) and Arnold Sports Center (con- 
structed during Peterson's tenure). These 
are state-of-the-art facilities, and either is 
worth a trip to Annville. Other notable 

Atnuiig /he impressive nezv facilities of lite 
'SOs are Garber Science Center (left) and 
the Arnold Sports Center. 

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projects include complete overhauls of the 
Administration building and Lynch Gym- 
nasium (now Lynch Memorial Hall); a 
major expansion/restoration of Laughlin 
Hall; a new all-weather track; and a 
thorough re-design of the landscaping (all 
done since Synodinos took over). 

There were new programs for the new 
buildings. President Peterson's idea of a 
leadership studies curriculum blossomed 
into a full-blown major and established 
itself as an attraction for top-notch stu- 
dents. Evening school became Weekend 
College, allowing Lebanon Valley to be 
competitive by offering degree-oriented 
education to the lucrative market of the 
"80s: such non-traditional students as work- 
ing parents. An M.B.A. program that was 
established in cooperation with the Phila- 
delphia College of Textiles and Science 
graduated from that affiliation, giving 
Central Pennsylvanians the opportunity to 
earn a master"s degree from LVC. 

The college closed the decade with one 
of its best recruiting years ever, a dramatic 
turnaround from the recent past. Much of 

this success can be attributed to the new 
programs, and some to the vastly upgraded 
facilities and an apparently renewed com- 
mitment to excellence in intercollegiate 

What will today "s students— the post 
"Me Generation"— find in the new-look 
Lebanon Valley College of the '90s? The 
fundamental concept of liberal arts educa- 
tion has not been abandoned; it is alive and 
flourishing within the framework of the 
new curricula and programs. 

Yes, my journalism students learned the 
mechanics of writing a news story, but that 
was easy. I hope they also learned a little 
about how to think and make decisions. I 
know we talked a great deal about situ- 
ations I encountered on the job in the 
newsroom at the Daily News. What we 
were really talking about was the conflict 
between professional ethics and moral 
imperatives; about opening one's mind to 
the alternative idea; about critical thinking; 
about the human predicament and trying 
to get the big picture. Sound familiar, 
old-time liberal arts alumni? 



The Valley 


By John B. Deamer, Jr. 
Sports Information Director 

Football (4-6) 

The 1990 football season saw some 
Lebanon Valley College and Middle Atlan- 
tic Conference records broken, near upsets, 
progress and frustration. 

Coach Jim Monos" squad began the 
season with a tightly played 13-10 loss to 
Moravian. The defensive struggle was a 
taste of things to come in week two, when 
Lebanon Valley traveled to Widener. 
There, the Dutchmen set an MAC record, 
forcing Widener to lose an improbable 76 
yards on the ground. The Dutchmen could 
not put enough together offensively, though, 
and fell to 0-2 in the MAC with a 9-6 loss. 

The Dutchmen then lost a home game 
to Juniata 38-17 and on the road to 
Lycoming, 17-0. 

Lebanon Valley then won four of its 
next six contests. Wins came against 
Albright (13-10), Wilkes (15-8), Western 
Maryland (34-30) and Delaware Valley 
(30-27). The Dutchmen lost to Susquehanna 
(21-14) and Bridgewater (32-7). 

Senior wide receiver Brian Wassell set 
three new Lebanon Valley receiving re- 
cords in the season. He broke former wide 
receiver Doug Teter's career receiving 
mark of 2,211 yards against Delaware 
Valley. The Shippensburg native ended the 
season with 2,364 career receiving yards. 
He also broke two more records against 
Bridgewater, surpassing Teter's 54 recep- 
tions for 850 yards in a season (55 
receptions for 869 yards). 

With some exciting freshmen and sopho- 
mores in the wings, especially at the skill 
positions, the Dutchmen look to regain the 
winning tradition they set in 1989. 

Cross Country (80-61, 
4-3 Dual Meets) 

York native Scott Young, a junior 
actuarial science major and co-captain of 
the men's cross country team, once again 

Till- Duldiiiicii Idtil; jiinvard to the upcoming fall season. 

led the team this season. The men's team 
finished 80-61 overall, and was 4-3 in dual 

Young finished 18th out of 153 runners 
in the MAC Invitationals and 30th out of 
184 in the NCAA Regional Invitationals. 
Last season, he was one of three individu- 
als to qualify for the NCAA Nationals for 
Division IIL out of 41 colleges (over 200 
runners) from the Mid-East Region (which 
includes colleges throughout Pennsylvania. 
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and 
Washington, D.C.). 

Due to injuries, the women's cross 
country team competed this past season 
only as individuals. 

Field Hockey (8-9-2) 

The field hockey team clinched a spot 
in the MAC Playoffs for the fourth time 
in eight years, under Head Coach Kathy 

The berth came after Lebanon Valley 
defeated Scranton 3-0 on Oct. 7. The team 
lost to Johns Hopkins in the playoff contest 

"This playoff opportunity was particu- 
larly pleasing." said Coach Tiemey, "be- 
cause we had lost to graduation five starters 
from last year's squad, three of whom 
were All-Americas." This year's team 
included six starters in their freshmen and 
sophomore years. 

The team finished the season at 8-9-2 
and at 4-1 in the Northwest Section of the 

Women's Volleyball (14-11) 

Under the direction of Wayne Perry, the 
women's volleyball team enjoyed another 
fine season, finishing with a 14-1 1 mark. 

The season included wins over Ly- 
coming, Scranton, Marywood, Muhlen- 
berg, Albright, Washington Bible, Lancas- 
ter Bible, Wilkes, Goucher, Hood, Dela- 
ware Valley, Moravian and King's. 

The team was led by sophomore Jenn 
Carter, seniors Wendy Durham and Ca- 
price Carrington and juniors Gretchen 
Harteis and Angie Carl. 

Next season, Lebanon Valley looks to 
improve upon this year's wins. 

Winter 1991 35 


The Alumni Association's new president is Betty Criswell Hungerford ('54). 

She leads alumni 

in cultivating students 

By Lois Fegan 

Betty Criswell Hungerford ('54) is the first 
woman to head the Lebanon Valley College 
Alumni Association, and she's bringing a 
busy woman's drive to the job. 

Already she is reviving a lapsed organi- 
zation of college ambassadors to cultivate 
students. With chapters reactivated in Flor- 
ida, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., she 
foresees a national network soon. Those 
three areas were the harvest of her first 
seven months in office. As she crisscrosses 
the country on business or family trips, she 

locates alumni in distant cities and sets 
them to work building a chapter. Her visits 
are welcomed because she carries greetings 
and a bundle of news from the college. 

Hungerford has a sure knowledge of 
both sides of volunteerism. She served 
more than 10 years in local, state and 
national causes before entering, 21 years 
ago, upon a professional career in public 
relations, marketing, development and ad- 

"I know firsthand what my Valley 
education meant to me, both in volunteer 
and community service, then in the busi- 
ness world," she declares. "So it's no 
wonder that I want to make my top priority 
the recruitment of good students." 

She fully appreciates the courses she 

studied as she majored in economics and 
business administration and minored in 
English and political science. Her warmest 
praise, however, is for the valuable "broad- 
based educational opportunities Lebanon 
Valley affords, and its strong sense of 
ethics and propriety that reinforced the 
good values already established at home. 

"Women never were held to second- 
class rank at the college; traditionally they 
have always had leadership positions," she 
adds. "I felt strongly that I wanted to give 
back to my college, which has benefited 
me throughout my life. Since I'll probably 
never be able to be a major financial donor, 
I decided that the best contribution I could 
make would be in spreading the wond of 
the Valley, its educational strengths and 
extracurricular activities." 

The alumni association has seen much 
of this 1954 alumna. She has chaired the 
activities committee for her 10th, 20th and 
35th class reunions, and was vice president 
and president-elect of the association. While 
residing in Florida, she instituted recep- 
tions welcoming prospective students. 

She and her husband, Paul, now live in 
Harrisburg and have four adult children and 
three grandchildren. She administers the 
weight management program at Trindle 
Rehab Medicine Center in Mechanicsburg. 
In her varied career, she has been employed 
by the Commonwealth, Penn State and the 
Florida Girl Scout Council. As a volunteer 
for the March of Dimes, she conducted 
workshops and training at the state and 
national levels, did television work on the 
East Coast and worked with well-known 
dignitaries such as Dr. Jonas Salk. She 
was also president of the Pennsylvania 
Public Relations Society. "The training I 
got at Lebanon Valley prepared me well 
for these experiences," she states. 

Hungerford is especially pleased to have 
been named by President John Synodinos 
to the college's strategic task force that is 
looking toward the next five years of 
development. "He is dynamic," she says, 
"a man of ideas who implements them. 
He brings great vision to the college, and 
I am delighted to be working with him." 

36 The Valley 

values the liberal arts 

By Beth Arburn Davis 

Steve Roberts ("65) found many things at 
Lebanon Valley College. He found a wife. 
He found friends. He found a curriculum 
that helped prepare him to become a highly 
successful businessman and entrepreneur. 
More, he found himself, says the president- 
elect of the Lebanon Valley College Alumni 

"I started first grade in a one-room 
schoolhouse," says Roberts, who grew up 
in the Harrisburg area. "When I went on 
to high school, I had a graduating class of 
100, and only nine of us went on to 
college." Roberts applied to Penn State and 
two other schools. In retrospect, he says 
he is uncertain just what would have 
happened if he had attended the giant state 

"Lebanon Valley changed me from 
somebody who was introverted into some- 
body who really enjoys people. When I 
came to Lebanon Valley, I was elected 
vice president of the freshman class." 

Today, after years of owning specialty 
bookbinding businesses, Roberts handles 
mergers and acquisitions as managing 
director of a Philadelphia area firm, Dictor 
Capital Corp. 

During college, Roberts majored in 
business and economics and minored in 
sociology. "I think in some ways I gained 
more from my sociology minor than from 
my major, and that underlines the impor- 
tance of a liberal arts college," he says. 
Roberts says he didn't fully comprehend 
the benefits of his own liberal arts educa- 
tion until his teenage son, David, began 
shopping for a college. 

"We visited Rochester Institute of Tech- 
nology in New York, and David didn't like 
it. He came away looking for something 
more in the liberal arts. Then, it struck 
me. It was like someone turned on a light. 
I realized the importance of liberal arts," 
he says. David is now a freshman science 

A Lebanon Valley family: Steve and Janet Roberts and their son, David. 

major at Lebanon Valley. 

As alumni association president, Roberts 
plans to draw on the skills and interests of 
fellow alumni and emphasize the strengths 
of the college to those unfamiliar with it. 

A strong liberal arts curriculum and the 
warmth and closeness that come with a 
small enrollment "are part of what LVC 
can 'sell,' for lack of a better word," he 
says. "And part of my enthusiasm is 
because I know we've got a president [John 
Synodinosj who is sales and marketing 
oriented. That is not to take away from the 
academic leadership that's there. But you 
can have the best, and if you don't have a 
way of putting that across, people won't 
take advantage of what you're offering," 
he explains. 

Roberts, who candidly admits he had a 
wonderful time at LVC to the occasional 
detriment of his studies, sees his college 
experience as one that allowed him to 
grow. By the time he was a senior, nearly 
all vestiges of his introversion had disap- 

"What I gained most from my econom- 
ics major was that I met my wife [Janet 
Gessner Roberts ('68)]," he says. Janet, 
an elementary education major, was cau- 
tious when he first called to ask her out 
on a date, Roberts recalls. "She did some 

inquiring around about who this Steve 
Roberts was." 

Janet learned he was the fellow who 
drove "a little green Volkswagon, but 
what she didn't know was that car belonged 
to my old girlfriend," he says with a laugh. 
That minor romantic ripple behind them, 
the couple eventually married. They have 
three children: David; Jonathan, 16, who 
contemplates following in his mother's 
footsteps as a teacher; and Jennifer, 13, a 
budding actress whom Roberts calls "the 
creative part of our family." 

When David decided to enroll at Leba- 
non Valley, Roberts says he rediscovered 
as a parent what he first learned as a 
student: that the faculty is caring and 

"The combination of experiences— as 
former student and, now, as parent— 
roused me to do a better job selling alumni 
on reconsidering their thoughts about the 
college, supporting it in the future, and 
enticing kids to attend there," he says. 


In the article on Ross Fasick ('55) in the 
fall issue, it should have stated that the 
unit he heads at Du Pont Chemical has 
worldwide sales of $2.8 billion. 

Winter 1991 





The husband of Helen Groh Milewski '32, Walter 
C. Milewski, passed away Sept. 22. 1990. 

Bruce M. Metzger (Dr.) '35 began the Mt. Gretna 
Bible Conference series of summer Sunday evening 
programs with a talk on July I in the Mt. Gretna 
Tabernacle. Metzger was chairman of the committee 
that recently completed the new Revised Standard 
Version of the Bible. His talk gave new insights into 
the challenges and problems of translating the Bible, 
with illustrations from the new translation. 

John W. Engle '39 has been busy the last three 
years as coordinator of the tutoring project of first 
United Methodist Church, Pascagoula, MS. Engle is 
usually the first person students contact to enter the 
free tutoring program. He then matches students with 
volunteer tutors. Engle himself teaches mathematics. 
The Pascagoula School District honored him with a 
certificate recognizing his contribution to the tutoring 
program. He retired seven years ago from Ingalls 
Shipbuilding, where he had been an industrial engi- 

John H. Moyer (Dr.) '39 has become president- 
elect of the Pennsylvania Society of Internal Medicine. 
Dr. Moyer previously was secretary of PSIM, for two 
years, chaired the Hospital Liaison Committee and 
was a member of the Editorial Committee in 1985-87. 
He specializes in cardiovascular disease and hyperten- 


Larene Engle DeHuff '15. date unknown. 

Florence Smith Cross '18. Nov. 28, 1988. 

Ruth V. Hoffman '20, March 8. 1989. 

Sara Greiner Lettler '24. Oct. 22. 1987. 

J. Frederick "Fritz" Heilman '26. Sept. 2 1 . 1990. 

Lloyd H. Lux (Dr.) '28, July 12, 1990. 

G. Paul Moser (Dr.) '28, July 29. 1990. 

Irene J. Schell '28. Aug. 27. 1990. 

Lloyd C. Shirk '30, Oct 24. 1989. 

Gerald L. Hasbrouck '38. Aug. 23. 1990. 



Dean M. Aungst '40 is co-editor of Lebanon: A 
Panorama, the Lebanon County Historical Society's 
pictorial history of the city, published for the city's 
250th anniversary. 

David F. Lenker '40 is a watercolor instructor for 
the Art Association of Harrisburg School and Galler- 

Richard F. Seiverling '42 participated in the 
National Tom Mix Festival at Las Vegas, Sept. 6-8. 

Helen Ross Russell (Dr.) '43 is an environmental 
educator. She recently led a "foraging workshop" at 
the Community Wellness Center. New Holland, where 
participants collected common weeds and wild plants. 
then used their findings to prepare an impressive lunch. 
To forage safely. Russell explains, you must develop 
the ability to identify each plant individually, gradually 
increasing your knowledge of those that may be eaten. 

Florence E. Barnhart '47 retired in June after 31 
years of teaching high school English in the Derry 

Township School District. 

Samuel J. Rutherford '48 was elected chairman. 
Los Angeles Rubber Group. Inc.. an affiliate of the 
Rubber Division. American Chemical Society, where 
he is a technical consultant. He plans to retire this 
spring and devote his time to golf and motorhoming. 

Joyce Meadows KaufTman '48 reports, "My big 
news is my recent marriage to Douglas Kauffman. I 
was attending my high school (45th) reunion in 
Chambersburg. PA. last June when Doug and I met 
again. (We were in the same class.) It was an instant 
and beautiful feeling. Since we were both single again 
we dated at long range for awhile. I was still living and 
working in Florida at the time. We were married on 
March 10. 1990. in North Carolina. He is vice 
president of Jepson-Bums Corp. in Winston-Salem. 
What a wonderful life!!" 


Dorothy J. Light Mease '43. Sept. 12, 1990. 
Joyce Schmidt Fox '47. June 26. 1990. 
Miriam E. Barth '48. Sept. 10, 1990. 
Charles K. Greenawalt '49, May 20. 1990. 



Jack Snavely '50 recently received an award from 
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for his 35 
years of teaching. He also recently revised and edited 
Baermann's Celebrated Method for Clarinet. Book 
#3. published by Kendor Music. Delevan. NY. 
Snavely was clarinet soloist with the Greater Milwau- 
kee Youth Wind Ensemble on its European tour last 
summer. He performed the Artie Shaw Clarinet 
Concerto in Sweden. Denmark. Germany. Austria and 

Walter Levinsky '51 led the Great American Swing 
Band at the Strand Theater in York, PA, on Nov. 17. 
He has been working with the band — which performs 
classic musical selections of the ^Os and *40s— for 
several years. 

Donald L. Harbaugh (Rev.) '54 retired Dec. 29, 
as executive director of the Clinton County Assistance 
Office in Lock Haven. PA. He has worked with the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Pub- 
lic Welfare for more than 24 years. His retirement 
plans include a trip to Europe with his wife. Ruthie, 
to visit friends. 

Masami Uchida Tabe '54 taught Japanese calligra- 
phy for Art to American students at Burlington College 
for two weeks. She wanted to foster better understand- 
ing between the United States and Japan. The students 
were few but wonderful. 

Cyrus R. Dietrich '56 is the two-time Georgia 
Golden Masters (55-plus) racquetball champion. He 
is presently teaching with the Fort Benning school 
system. He and his wife. Susan, are choir directors at 
the Infantry Chapel at Fort Benning. 

John J. "Jack" Bell '58 is currently senior account 
executive for Craftsman Printing Co. in Charlotte. 
NC. He recently moved to North Carolina from 

John W. Colangelo '59 is associate professor of 
clarinet and saxophone at Millersville University. He 
was special guest soloist with the New Cumberland 
Town Band on July 8. 


Doris Hartman 1\Iicke '51, date unknown. 
Dolores A. "Dory" Zarker Bryant '52. Jan. 16. 
James A. Stanfield '57. July I, 1988. 



Richard H. Harper (Capt.) '60 was assigned as 
head of the Professional Standards Branch, BUMED 
Code 631. Department of the Navy. Washington. DC. 
effective August 1990. 

Karl A. Wesolowski '60 has been reappointed 
chairperson of Salem State College's Economics 
Department. He will serve a three-year term. He is a 
member of the Polish National Alliance and serves on 
the Amesbury Board of Health. 

D. Thomas Winter (Lt. Col.) '61 is a C.PA., 
certified by the Missouri State Board of Accounting. 
He also received his M.B.A. from Southeast Missouri 
State University. 

Karl W. Bordner '62 was appointed director of 
finance and personnel at the Lebanon Valley Brethren 
Home. Palmyra. PA. He is a licensed nursing home 

H. Lee Moyer '62 is the owner of Marty's Music 
Store in Lebanon, PA. He was honored as Business 
Person of the Year by the Center of Lebanon Associa- 
tion. He has been instrumental in helping to revitalize 
the downtown area over the past two years. 

C. Richard Rhine '62 was appointed principal of 
the Red Lion Area Senior High School. He has been 
assistant principal since 1974. 

Brenda B. Brown '62 was remarried July 7, 1990, 
to Frank Troisi. She is a mathematics teacher at 
Pascach Valley High School in Hillside, NJ. 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65 was profiled recently as a 
Society Hill lawyer-lurned-developer-tumed-civic 
booster. He is currently involved in a plan to illuminate 
the Camden, NJ. waterfront with computerized foun- 
tains marking the 500th anniversary of Columbus" 
voyage to the New Worid. Lazin is also lobbying 
Washington lawmakers to make Washington Square 
in Philadelphia a part of Independence National 
Historical F^rk. 

Richard N. Barshinger '66 received the 1990 
Pharmakon Laboratories Award for Excellence in 

Karen L. Witman '66 married Richard A. Lento, 
Oct. 8. 1990. in Kauai. Hawaii. 

Donald A. Haight (Dr.) '68 was promoted to full 
professor of counseling in the SUNY Plattsburgh 
Center for Human Resources. 

Elaine J. Willman '68 has volunteered her time to 
be a reader for the closed-circuit radio station con- 
trolled by the York County Blind Center. She reads 
selections from National Geographic, as well as 
classified ads and department store ads from the 
newspaper. Willman now spends her summer days at 
Camp Pennwood (a recreation program for mentally 
retarded adults and children), helping children ages 7 
to 9 participate in day camp. 

Marcia J. Gehris '69 presented the closing program 
in the series of Lititz Springs Park vesper services on 
Aug. 26. 


The Valley 

Kenneth H. Matz "69 is TV anchorman at WCIX- 
TV, the CBS owned and operated station in Miami, 


J. Scott Deiter '74 presented a paper on "The 
Detonation Products of Explosives" at the 21st Interna- 
tional Symposium of the Fraunhofer Institute FUr 
Chemishe Technologie in Karlsruhe, West Germany. 
His paper was published in a book of the proceedings. 
Deiter is employed by the Naval Surface Weapons 
Center, Silver Spring, MD, which he represented at 
the meeting. 

Cathy L. Crandall '75 writes. "Last year, after 
much hard work, I received my nursing degree from 
Regents College — an external degree. Fortunately, 
almost all my Lebanon Valley College credits were 
transferable — Fm very happy and proud to be a nurse. 
It is a difficult but rewarding profession often referred 
to as an art. but which requires daily application of the 
sciences." She is a staff nurse in the intensive care 
unit at Huntington Hospital. Huntington. NY. 

Christopher H. Edris (Sgt.) '77 was featured in 
"The Fantasticks." the evergreen musical about young 
love, on July 5-7, at Lantern Lodge, Myerstown, PA. 
Edris played the role of El Gallo in the Tom 
Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical. He was on leave from 
the U.S. Air Force Band at the time. 

Charles D. Kline, Jr. '78 was named a fellow of 
the Casualty Actuarial Society. He is employed by the 
Government Employees Insurance Company, Wash- 
ington. D.C. 

Walter Kobasa, Jr. (Dr.) '78 married Beth Ann 
Crum on July 28, 1990, in Trinity Lutheran Church, 
Camp Hill. PA. He is a physician in Lansdale. 

Eve Wassail Pellecchia '78 is a full-time mother 
and part-time consultant for Air Products & Chemi- 
cals. Inc. 

Robert A. Long '79 married Shirley A. Horst on 
July 28, 1990, in the First Evangelical Congregational 
Church. Lebanon. PA. He is employed by Keepsake 
Homes Inc., in Sinking Spring. 


Kay Forker Harris '74. Nov. 20, 1988. 



Elizabeth Steele Herbal '80 writes, "The class of 
1980 would like to thank Dave Todoroff and Mike 
Buterbaugh for the enormous amount of time and effort 
they put into the planning and execution of our lOth 
reunion. All of your work was greatly appreciated — 
and we'll give you five years off 'til you have to do it 
again. Thanks, guys!" 

John D. Boag '80 was granted journeyman's papers 
in the Wheelwright Shop at the Colonial Williamsburg 
Foundation, Williamsburg. VA. He and his wife. 
Jennifer, are parents of a son, Robert Donaldson, bom 
March 11, 1990. 

Rebecca Supplee Lundgren '80 was invited to be 
part of a delegation of American psychiatric nurses 

that participated in a professional exchange with their 
peers in the People's Republic of China in September. 
The delegation, under the auspices of the Citizen 
Ambassador Program of People to People Interna- 
tional, bilaterally shared information on comparative 
aspects of psychiatric and mental health. 

Anne E. Opfer '80 married Army C^i. Jeffrey J. 
Quirin on Sept. 8. 1990. Anne would like to hear from 
some of her classmates. Her new address is; Company 
B, 47th Support Battalion, APO New York, NY 
09066. Her husband is assigned to the First Armored 
Division, currently serving in Saudi Arabia {deployed 
from Germany). 

Jill A. Shaffer '81 presented a concert of sacred 
piano and vocal music at the Mt. Gretna Tabernacle 
on July 8. She is vice president of human resources for 
Unimarl Corp. 

Debra Smith Sokolowsky '81 is a fourth grade 
teacher in Succasunna, NJ . She married James Sokolow- 
sky on July 28. 1986. 

Scott K. Berger '82 is a member of the Industrial 
Fellows Program at Arizona State University m 
Tempe. He is workmg toward a master's degree in 
computer science while working at Intel Corp. 

Hugh C. DeLong (Dr.) '82 received his Ph.D. from 
the University of Wyoming in June 1990. He is a 
research chemist for Frank J. Sciler Research Labora- 
tory in Colorado. 

Timothy G. Long '82 was appointed vice president/ 
compliance officer and assistant secretary of Com- 
merce Bank in Camp Hill. PA. 

Sally Anne Foose Berger '83 is working with the 
University Council of Education Administration. Sally 
prepares, designs and edits educational manuscripts 
for publication. She and Scotl are now living in Mesa, 

Karen A. Breitenstein '83 married Daniel Johnson 
Jr. on Oct. 20, 1990. She is employed by Lancaster 
General Hospital. 

Suzanne R. Duryea '83 married Richard Hoffman 
on June 30, 1990. She is a second grade teacher at 
WJ Kossman School. Long Valley. NJ. Her husband 
is a carpenter. 

David E. Kerr '83 and his wife, Kay. are parents 
of a son. Jasen Emerson, bom July 21. 1990. David 
is employed by Union Fidelity Life Insurance Co. as 
actuary/assistant vice president. 

David A. Kramer (Rev.) '83 is pastor of Trevorton 
United Methodist Church and Millers Crossroads 
United Methodist Church. He was ordained deacon in 
the Eastem Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the 
United Methodist Church in June 1990. 

Kimberly A. Mulder '83 married Werner Son- 
deregger in Buochs, Switzerland, on Aug. II. 1990. 
After two months in the States, they retumed to 
Germany and their work as missionaries with Youth 
With A Mission. 

F. Darlene Olson Swaim '83 is owner of More 
Than Words On Paper, serving as public relations and 
marketing consultant. She and her husband. David, 
have a daughter. Katherine Irene, bom Dec. 3. 1987. 

Debra L. Greene '84 married Robert W Kinney 
III on Oct. 20. 1990, in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic 
Church. Annville. 

Ann Buchman Orth '84 was the keynote speaker 
for Math and Science Career Day for high school 
seniors, held at Lebanon Valley College on Oct. 9. 
She spoke to inspire the students to pursue careers in 
math and science. Orth is a National Institutes of 
Health postdoctoral fellow in the Department of 

Molecular and Cell Biology at Penn State. 

Dorothy Garling Plank '84 is DRG coordinator 
{financial analyst) for Sentara Leigh Hospital in 
Norfolk. VA. She is also the secretary of the Norfolk 
Task Force on Aging and serves on the Local Human 
Rights Committee at Eastem State Hospital in Wil- 
liamsburg. VA. 

Joan M, Snavely '84 married Joseph J. Reale on 
Nov. 10, 1990. in Trinity United Methodist Church. 
Hummelstown. PA. She is employed by the Hershey 
Medical Center in the patient accounts department. 
Her husband is employed by Northwest Airlines. 

Stephen L. Wysocki '84 and Deborah Dressier 
Wysocki '86 welcomed a son, Eric Stephen, on June 

Beverly Rhan Zimmerman '84 is manager, quality 
assurance for Hershey Canada. Smith Falls Plant. She 



Have you reviewed your will 
recently? More importantly, 
do you have a valid will? 
It is surprising how many 
college -educated people die 
each year in this country with- 
out a will. Without a valid 
will, your estate will be dis- 
tributed in accordance with 
the laws of your state, rather 
than your personal wishes. 
Simple language is available 
for bequest provisions and 
other information that can be 
helpful to you and your legal 

For details, contact 
Paul Brubaker, 
director of planned giving, 
at (717) 867-6324. 

Winter 1991 


iransferred from Hershey Chocolate U.S.A. in Her- 
shey, PA, to Hershey Canada on May 1 . 

David P. Baldwin (Dr.) '85 married Nancy Hetzler 
on Sept. 29. 1990. He is beginning his second year of 
a two-year appointmenl at Sandia National Labs. 

Lynn A. Cornelius (Dr.) ^85 and John F. Over- 
man '85 were married. 

Alison Verrier Moyer '85 is a fourth grade teacher 
at Gladwyne Elementary School near Philadelphia. 

Dicksie M. Boehler '86 married S. Scott Lewis on 
Oct. 20. 1990. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 
Lebanon, PA. 

Jeff J. Cirignano '86 began working for the 
Philadelphia Fire Department in January 1990 as a 

Maria T. Montesano '86 was appointed director 
of communications for Pennsylvania Health Care 

Lisa B. Gentile '87 married James K. Helock on 
June 30, 1990. Lisa is an elementary vocal music 
teacher for the Cocalico School District in Reamstown. 
PA. She is also choir director/assistant organist for St. 
John's U.C.C. Church. She is doing graduate work in 
Kodaly as well as orchestral conducting. 

Kim A. Hunter '87 and Tobias J. O'Neill '88 were 
married Oct. 13. 1990, in the Lebanon Valley College 

Mary Beth Seasholtz '87 married Jon Zieman on 
Sept. 1, 1990. 

Debra L. Segal '87 works as a staff RN at 
Children's Seashore House. She graduated last year 
(B.S.N.) in the top of her nursing class at Thomas 
Jefferson University. She was selected for Sigma Theta 
Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, and is listed 
in Who's Who in American Nursing. 

Roberta L. Arbogast '88 attends Thunderbird, the 
American Graduate School of International Manage- 
ment, in Glendale, AZ. She will graduate in December 
1991 with a master's degree in international manage- 
ment, concentrating on Europe, with German as her 

David R. Godleski '88 and Rebecca A. Werner 
'89 were married Oct. 6, 1990, in the Lebanon Valley 
College Chapel. 

Georgia E. Haines '88 married George Gray III. 

Mary Giannini Plummer '88 is teaching second 
grade for the Wilson School District in West Lawn, 
PA. She is also pursuing a master's degree in 
elementary education at Kutztown University. 

John P. Plummer '88 is a computer programmer 
analyst for Meridian Bancorp, Inc. 

Katherine M. Zechman '88 is now Katherine 
Seyler. She is employed as an executive secretary for 
Metropolitan Edison Company in Reading, PA. 

Andrew R. Hower '89 and Christine Richmond 
Hower '89 were married June 23. 1990. Andy is a 
systems analyst for Ford New Holland, and Chris is a 
claims representative for Federal Kemper Insurance 

Michael J. Pullman '89 is a Junior accountant at 
Schwartz. Gooldner, Kallish & Co., in Philadelpia. 

Jeffrey D. Savoca '89 and Christine M. Dellinger 
'90 were married Aug. 4, 1990. Jeff is employed at 
Up-Front Foot Wear in Lebanon, PA, and Chris is a 
chemist at Henry Yeager Laboratory in Lancaster. 


Glenn R. Swavely '82, Aug. 30, 1990. Glenn died 
as the result of an automobile accident. 



Sharon E. Boeshore '90 married Robert W. Ben- 
nett Jr. on Sept. 15, 1990. in St. Mark Lutheran 
Church. Annville. Sharon is operations manager at 
Keckler & Heitefuss Inc.. Hershey. PA. Her husband 
is a parts and service manager al Pine Grove Ford. 

Melanie A. Fleek '90 is a first-year doctoral student 
al Emory University in Atlanta. She is studying 

Jeffrey L. Gruber '90 married Kimberly A. Heim 
on Oct. 20. 1990. in Zion Evangelical Lutheran 
Church. Landisville, PA. Jeff is employed by TV 
Host Publications in Harrisburg. His wife is employed 
by Norlanco Medical Associates in Elizabethtown. 

W. Jay Mills '90 married Debra M. Scblegal '90 
on Nov. 3. 1990. in the Assumption of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary Church. Lebanon, PA. Jay is employed 
by Guardian Life Insurance Co.. and Debra is em- 
ployed by Lebanon Surgical Associates. 

Kristie L. Painter '90 was appointed research 
assistant in the research and development department 
of Hereon Laboratories, a subsidiary of Health-Chem 

Robert G. Sherman '90 was promoted to produc- 
tion development manager for Oxford Chemicals in 

Daniel B. IVedinnick '90 is employed by Swank- 
Fowler Publicalio.:*; as a full-time sports reporter and 

Cynthia M. Watson '90 is an elementary school 
teacher with the Northern Potter School District. 

Catherine R. Wheeler '90 is leaching at the Bel 
Air Middle School in Harford County. MD. 

Two can play, both can win 

Have you considered the bene- 
fits of a charitable gift annu- 
ity ? A gift of $25 ,000 or more 
to Lebanon Valley College 
can insure a lifetime income, 
paid quarterly, to the donor 
and surviving spouse (from 
6.5 percent to 14 percent 
annually, depending upon the 
age of the donor and spouse). 

For details, contact 
Paul Brubaker, 
director of planned giving, 
at (717) 867-6324. 

Additions to the Annual Report 

In the college's 1989-90 Annual Report 
and Honor Roll, the following names of 
donors were inadvertently left off: 

Dr. Ralph S. Shay '42 

Anthony Calabrese '73 
Kathy Neidig Calabrese '73 

Class of 1963 

Rev. James D. Corbett 
Gregory G. Stanson 

Class of 1966 

Susan Sheckhart Stanson 


The Valley 


"Hill Farm Retirement Home" 

our years ago the children wanted 
me to leave the farm and come up here. 
This is where three of them were born. 
It was all rebuilt, of course, after the fire 
and added onto to make this kind of home. 

At first I said no. 

I was much too young, just 86. 

I had lived on that farm for 60 years. 

But then I said to myself, "Well, 

they obeyed me when they were young. 

maybe I'm at a point where I should obey them. " 

I've not been sorry. 

I hear so many people up here say 

they wrote two, three, even four letters in one day. 

I don 't know how they do it. 

When I write to one 

of my grandchildren or great grandchildren, 

it takes a long time. It takes 

a great deal of thought 

to communicate my ideas and experiences to them. 

Maybe if I knew them better, 

but the nearest lives in Pittsburgh. 

The trials that confront those children 

are far greater than anything I ever had to meet. 

I feel the lack of all those friends and relations 

I used to have in Annville. 

The Krugers. The Henrys. 

When I go to church now I think, "Where are they? 

Dorothy Myers? Don Fields? Wilma Rutledge?" 

Just the past two or three weeks I feel rather 

uncomfortable, in that pew upfront all alone. 

Living up here among these people 

you can 't help but listen to so many wishes. 

To have things back, or have done things different. 

I don 't do that. 

I realize it's all gone, 

the good and the bad both. 

I just accept what I have 

and try to live each day a little better. 

In fact I thank the Lord every morning 

that I can still get out of bed. 

When I walk out on the big porch and lawn 

and look at Annville and spread out below me, 

see the very house I was born in, 

I think of all the people down there now, 

what they are doing, whether they are happy. You know, 

thoughts that everybody could have. 

Nothing special. 

From the poem. "Nothing Special, " about the recollections of 
Annville resident Violet Kreider. The excerpt is taken from 
Professor of English Phil Billings' new book. Porches Volume 2. 
Drawing of Violet Kreider by Dan Massad, adjunct art professor. 


The Queen 

beckons you to 

Alumni Weekend 

Mark your calendars and plan to 
be on campus Friday, Saturday and 
Sunday, June 7, 8 and 9, for 
Alumni Weekend. 

An outdoor jazz cafe featuring 
TomStrohman ('75) and his band, 
Third Stream, will kick off the 
festivities. Other activities will be 
detailed in an upcoming brochure 
from the Alumni Programs Office. 

Lebanon Valley College 

of Pennsylvania 

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