Alumni Achievements

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Lavern Stassen (42, G48) celebrated his 100th birthday on August 10, 2016. He enjoyed a party with his family, correspondence from the president of the United States, and a visit from the governor of Kentucky.

Vernon H. Stinebaugh (G49) has retired after 41 years of college teaching. He founded Manchester University’s Manchester String Festival and conducted it for over 25 years. He also served as first violinist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra for 24 years.


Izola Collins (G53) fulfilled a life-long dream in September when she conducted the Galveston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of her composition Galveston Survives


Ralph Votapek (60), professor emeritus of piano at Michigan State University, presented a recital at the Grove Music Festival in Midland, Michigan, in February. Votapek also recently performed as soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony to launch its 2016–17 season. Winner of the Naumburg Award and the inaugural Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Votapek has made hundreds of appearances with American orchestras. He was the featured soloist at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall’s dedication in 1975. 


Randy Hogancamp (G71) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, recently retired after teaching percussion for 44 years at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. During his tenure, he introduced West African (Ewe and Malinke) and Taiko (Japanese) world-music drumming styles to the traditional-classical-contemporary percussion curriculum. During his final semester, UNI hosted the Iowa Percussive Arts Society’s 2016 Days of Percussion as well as the 50-year UNI Percussion Alumni Reunion. Hogancamp also taught instrumental music at Evanston Township High School in 1971–72.

Isola Jones (71) participated in the “Who Are You Because of NU?” panel during Northwestern’s 2016 Reunion Weekend. A mezzo-soprano at the Metropolitan Opera from 1977 to 1991, Jones holds the record for the most performances of any African American artist at the “Met: 505” performances and “Live from the Met” telecasts. Jones also performed in the Grammy Award–winning recording of Porgy and Bess with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Der fliegende Holländer. Now based in Arizona, Jones continues to perform and teach.

Jay Kennedy (73, G74), vice president for academic affairs and vice provost at Berklee College of Music, is overseeing the transition of many academic aspects related to the school’s recent merger with the Boston Conservatory of Music. Kennedy was recently guest conductor for the Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville wind ensemble, which premiered his Children’s Gallery, a five-movement concert band piece. Grammy Award winner Siedah Garrett performed Kennedy’s arrangement of her hit “Tomorrow (Better You, Better Me)” with the John Clayton Big Band at the LA Jazz Society’s tribute to Quincy Jones in November.

Gene J. Cho (G75) retired after 44 years (1972-2016) as professor of music theory at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Naomi Norwick (76) has taught instrumental music at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach, California, for more than 30 years. She was named the Music Educator of the Year at the 2016 Long Beach Bach Festival.


Brad Michel (81), an award-winning recording engineer and session producer, received a Grammy nomination for best surround sound album (surround recording and surround mastering) for Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, performed by Conspirare on the Harmonia Mundi label.

David Evan Thomas (81) has composed Singers to Come, a five-movement cantata for mixed voices and piano recently issued by ECS Publications. Augsburg Fortress recently published his Wassail! Christmas Carols for Piano.

Jeffrey T. Parthun Sr. (82) is the band director and music department chair at Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette, Indiana. He is completing a term as president of the Indiana State School Music Association, which offers music performance assessment opportunities to over 200,000 Indiana music students every year.

Timothy Howe (83), assistant professor of trombone at the University of Missouri–Columbia, released two new CDs, Across the Wide Missouri: New Music for Trombone and Drei Bones, on Emeritus Records.

Michele Gingras (G84), distinguished professor emerita at Ohio’s Miami University, was appointed instructor of clarinet at Butler University in Indianapolis, her dream location. Scarecrow Press has released the second edition (2017) of her book Clarinet Secrets. The first edition (2006) inspired the publisher to launch a new series for all instruments.

Mark Nuccio (G86) is now the principal clarinet of the Houston Symphony after 17 years as the associate principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.

Augusta Read Thomas (87) was named 2016 Chicagoan of the Year in classical music by the Chicago Tribune for organizing the citywide Ear Taxi Festival. Arts columnist John von Rhein wrote that no one else in local classical music came close to matching, let alone sur-passing, what Thomas achieved with Ear Taxi: “Whether it’s as composer, organizer, or inspiring community presence, she stands to be a vital force in the teeming landscape of Chicago new music for years to come.”

David Brubeck (89, G90) is active as a bass trombonist, conductor, and educator. In September, Cherry Classics Music published his 5-Minute Lessons for Trumpet, a pre-elementary trumpet method book. Brubeck premiered Thomas Sleeper’s latest bass trombone concerto with the Florida Atlantic University Orchestra under the baton of Laura Joella; the trio previously collaborated in Sleeper’s world-premiere transcription of his Six Arias for Florida Atlantic University, Brubeck, and Joella. In addition to conducting the Florida Youth Orchestra and performing regularly, Brubeck is professor of music at Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus, where he coordi-nates the chamber music program.


Jerod Tate (90) was one of five composers nationwide selected to participate in Music Alive, a three-year residency program by the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. He will serve as composer in residence with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra from 2016–17 through 2018–19. In October, Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic premiered Tate’s oratorio Misha’ Sipokni’ (The Old Ground), about the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes’ ancient migration from the West into present-day Mississippi.

Jennie Oh Brown (91), a Chicago-based flutist and the artistic director of Picosa, released Looking Back: Flute Music by Joseph Schwantner (Innova), featuring music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (G66, G68). The album’s performers also include flutist Karin Ursin (81).

Deacon Timothy Woods (G91) is founder and director of the Ecclesia Choir of Chicago and continues to serve on the Inter-Eparchial Music Commission for the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States, representing the Eparchy of Parma. In June he will conduct a premiere concert of works by Peter Kwasniewski at Chicago’s St. John Cantius Church.

Giancarlo Guerrero (G92), music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, won Grammy Awards for best classical compen-dium and best classical instrumen-tal solo for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway. Guerrero has received five Grammy Awards to date.

Ingrid Gordon (G93) is artistic director of the New York–based chamber ensemble Percussia. In February the ensemble premiered works by Queens composers Quentin Chiappetta (including his commissioned work The Inter-national Express, a musical portrait of New York City’s #7 subway train) and Carlo Nicolau in a concert at the Queens Museum.

Karl Schimke (93) is playing his 20th season as principal tuba for the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, a full-time professional orchestra in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Schimke is also responsible for conceptualiz-ing and producing the orchestra’s children’s concerts, which have been performed for more than 20,000 children. In August, Schimke and Russian composer Natalija Marchenkova Frei created a com-position for the 118 church bells in St. Gallen’s 29 church towers. The ringing of the hand-rung bells was computer coordinated so the sounds converged on a designated listening point on a hillside above the city.

Curtis Moore (95) received the Fred Ebb Songwriting Award from the Fred Ebb Foundation and Roundabout Theatre Company in November. The award recognizes excellence in musical theater song-writing by a songwriter or songwrit-ing team yet to achieve significant commercial success. With fellow awardee Thomas Mizer (C93), Moore wrote the score for the mystery Triangle, which premiered in 2015 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley after a 2011 workshop with Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project.

Gregory Outwater (95) was promoted to executive director for the New York regional office of Northwestern University Alumni Relations and Development.

Christian Elser (G96) is associate professor of music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where he is director of the voice division and the opera and musical theater program. Elser is also founder and executive director of Greenville’s Glow Lyric Theatre, South Carolina’s only professional opera company, where he recently music directed and conducted Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story. Recent singing engagements have included performances with the Hilton Head Symphony, Florence Symphony, and LOOK Musical Theatre. Upcoming projects include recording seven songs as part of a new double CD of the songs of Sergei Taneyev and soloing in Verdi’s Requiem with the Augusta Choral Society.

Mark Soueidi (G96) is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Previously he taught for four years as adjunct professor

of trombone and lecturer at the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College. Soueidi continues to serve as principal trombone with Montana’s Billings Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Nealon (G97) was appointed vice president of academic affairs at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Previously he was vice president of instruction at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.


Phillip Serna (G01, G07) performed a recital in January at Northwestern’s Vail Chapel featuring Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Solo Viol, a collection published in 1735 and considered lost until the manuscripts were rediscovered by Thomas Fritzsch in 2014. Serna plays double bass with numerous Midwest orchestras as well as viola da gamba with Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Spirit of Gambo–a Chicago Consort of Viols, and other period-instrument early- music ensembles.

Jenny Taira (01) of Mililani, Hawaii, and her wife, Laurie Rubin, co-wrote the musical Peace on Your Wings, based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who survived the Hiroshima bombings and inspired an international peace movement by folding 1,000 origami cranes. The show sold out in Hawaii and Los Angeles and ran in New York in September.

Joel Everist (G02) was named director of choral activities at Iowa’s Waldorf University.

Ruth Lin (02, G05, G10) served as guest conductor of the South Dakota All-State Orchestra in fall 2016. Lin is associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she con-ducts the symphony orchestra and teaches classes in conducting, music theory, and film music.

Cornelia Laemmli Orth (G02) was appointed musical director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York. She continues to serve as musical director of the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Beau Davidson (03) released the album The American Gentleman, for which he collaborated with the classic doo-wop group the Tokens on reimagining their 1961 hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight. He also collaborated with National Geographic to create a documentary music video to raise awareness of lion poaching and trophy hunting. As costar of the 2016 Hallmark film The Ultimate Legacy, Davidson performed his original song “Blessed.”

Jennie Gottschalk (G04, G08), a Boston-based composer and scholar, published Experimental Music Since 1970 (Bloomsbury Academic). Offering an up-to-date survey, the book treats experimental music not as a limited historical event but rather as a proliferation of approaches to sound that reveals much about present-day experience.

Ryan MacGavin (05) is manager of acquisitions and content partnerships for Audible, an Amazon company. He structures deals with independent authors, agents, and publishers to license rights for Audible Studios to record and sell their work online at

Jacob Nissly (05) joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Nissly is also principal percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Foster Beyers (G06) was appointed director of orchestras and assistant professor of orchestral conducting at Virginia’s James Madison University.

Soprano Amanda Majeski (06) made her Washington National Opera debut in September as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. A review in DC Metro Theater Arts proclaimed that Majeski gave “a stunning performance.” In November she returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.

Katelyn Simon (G09) has joined the administration of New York City’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as manager of institutional giving. She was also appointed to the board of directors of Chicago’s new-music collective Ensemble Dal Niente.

Ian Weinberger (09) is associate music director of Hamilton on Broadway. After joining the production as rehearsal pianist, he con-ducted the show for the first time at a performance attended by then First Lady Michelle Obama. He now plays the keyboard in the orchestra most nights and conducts the show a few times per week. Weinberger arranged the Hamilton opening number for the Wildcat Marching Band, which performed it during halftime of the Northwestern foot-ball game on September 17, 2016.


David Cubek (G10) was appointed assistant conductor for the Pasa-dena Symphony Association. He will also serve as conductor for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Philharmonic.

Caroline Davis (G10), a New York–based saxophonist, performed music by composer-saxophonist Gigi Gryce at a series of January concerts for Chicago’s Jazz Show-case, winning praise from Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich.

Rachel Serber Duncan (G10) was appointed lecturer in trumpet at the University of Virginia. She also serves as principal trumpet of the Charlottes-ville Symphony.

Judith Manger (G10) is founder, executive director, and cello teaching artist at Axis Music, a tuition-free music program specializing in violin, cello, and piano lessons and work-shops for children and youth living in Toronto Community Housing.

Daniel Watt (G10) was named lec-turer in trombone at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Music.

Zalman Kelber (11) was one of only three pianists to be named a 2016–17 Lindemann Young Artist at the Metropolitan Opera. A joint initiative of the Met and the Juilliard School, the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program provides artists with an annual stipend, coaching from the Met’s artistic staff, and performance opportunities.

Roderick Cox (G11) was appointed associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He joined the orchestra in 2015 as assistant conductor.

David Govertsen (G11), bass- baritone, recently played Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Chicago Tribune praised his performance as “exceptionally strong.” Also at Lyric, Govertsen recently appeared as Priam in Les Troyens and covered the role of Fafner in Das Rheingold.

Leslie Jackson (11) played Cinderella’s fairy godmother (Marie) in a national tour of Cinderella, a 2013 contemporary adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.

John Shawger (12) was appointed principal horn for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season. He joined the orchestra as fourth horn in 2015.

Evan Bravos (G13) won second place in the 2016 American Prize in Vocal Performance–Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award and was a finalist in the 2017 National Opera Association Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Com-petition. Bravos was named a 2017 Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where he will cover the role of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. He was also named a professional fellow for the 2017 Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where he will sing the title role in Don Giovanni.

Cara Dailey (G13) won the National Flute Association’s 2016 Piccolo Artist Competition, the top piccolo competition in the country. She was also a finalist in the Atlanta Symphony’s piccolo auditions.

Gerard Morris (G13), director of bands and associate professor of conducting in the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound, received that university’s 2016 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Michael San Gabino (13) is on the staff of WFMT, Chicago’s only classical and fine arts radio station. In addition to assisting in all facets of local programming, he produces Introductions, a weekly program featuring the Chicago area’s finest precollege classical musicians. San Gabino has also traveled abroad to produce radio and web content; he represented WFMT in 2015 at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Spree Festival and in 2016 at Warsaw’s International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition. He has interviewed and produced features highlighting actor-comedian Retta, Mozart in the Jungle author Blair Tindall, conductors Mariss Jansons and Kent Nagano, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham, and the Kronos Quartet.

Stuart Stephenson (G13), principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, made his solo debut with the orchestra in January, performing Haydn’s E-flat Major Trumpet Concerto.

Ian Greenberg (14) was named a cello fellow at New World Symphony.

Cellist Thomas Mesa (G14) received a Grammy nomination for his performance with The Crossing of Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer (Albany Records), conducted by Bienen School faculty member Donald Nally.

Lisa Meyerhofer (G14) was a finalist in the Kalamazoo Symphony’s piccolo auditions and a semifinalist in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.

Joseph Peterson (G14) was named a trombone fellow at New World Symphony.

Sandra Bailey (15) won the principal bassoon position in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.

Karen Chan Barrett (G15) received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she will research music perception in cochlear implant users as well as music, creativity, and improvisation.

Erica Breitbarth (G15) was named a top 10 finalist for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The award honors current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools. Selected from more than 3,000 nominees across the country, Breitbarth was recognized for her significant contributions at Milwaukee’s Reagan High School, where since 2009 she has built the music program from the ground up, increasing music enrollment from 50 students to more than 400. “To me, Erica exemplifies the ideal teacher- scholar,” said Maud Hickey, Bienen School associate professor of music education. “She has a real zest for learning, and that informs her teaching—and her teaching informs her learning. I don’t see that cycle ever stopping with her.” As a finalist Breitbarth received a $1,000 honorarium and a matching grant for Reagan High School.

Philip Espe (G15) is the children’s orchestra manager and repertory orchestra conductor at the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Recently, DCYOP students from Washington’s Bunker Hill Elementary School performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell, who visited the school to work with students as part of the Turnaround Arts program.

Kelsey Park (G15), mezzo-soprano, covered the role of Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird for Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she is advancing to compete at the regional level.

Yingying Su (G15) was appointed a visiting piano faculty member at the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

Thomas White (15) won the principal bass position in Ohio’s Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Qiyun Dai (G16) was named an alternate winner in the young artist division of the Illinois State Music Teachers National Association piano competition.

Carlo Diaz (16) was one of 10 young composers selected for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016 National Composers Intensive. During the weeklong event, participants rehearsed and refined their works for performances by the modern music collective wild Up.

Chris Fisher-Lochhead (G16) composed Hack, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Spektral Quartet and included on the quartet’s Grammy-nominated album Serious Business. Ensemble Dal Niente premiered Fisher-Lochhead’s stutter-step the concept at Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival in October.

Lewis Gilmore (G16) was appointed to the clarinet section of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

Gillian Huff (G16) won a trumpet position with the West Point Band’s field music group, the Hellcats.

Madison Leonard (G16) was accepted into the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. The two-year resident-training program provides intensive study, career guidance, and performance opportunities at the Kennedy Center and throughout the DC metropolitan area. Prior to beginning her residency in the fall, Leonard will spend summer 2017 as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where she will perform the solo in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the National Orchestral Institute as well as the role of the daughter in Philip Glass’s The Juniper Tree. Leonard also recently placed second in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Northwest region auditions and was featured on the podcast Voice Talks.

Ansel Norris (16) was named a trumpet fellow at New World Symphony.

Ted Pickell (G16) was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera San Diego District Auditions. He was named a 2017 apprentice artist with Des Moines Metropolitan Opera.

David Reminick (G16) composed The Ancestral Mousetrap, com-missioned by Spektral Quartet and included on the group’s Grammy-nominated album Serious Business. Flutist Tim Munro premiered Reminick’s Seven Somniloquies at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of last fall’s Ear Taxi Festival.

Charlotte Roth (G16) won a position as third flute/piccolo with Alabama’s Huntsville Symphony.

Russell Rybicki (G16) was named a horn fellow at New World Symphony.


Third Coast Wins Grammy

Third Coast Percussion—Sean Connors (G06), Robert Dillon (02), Peter Martin (G04, G11), and David Skidmore (05)—won a Grammy Award for best chamber music/small ensemble performance for the album Steve Reich. Released on Cedille Records in 2016 as a salute to the composer’s 80th birthday, the album features Reich’s Mallet QuartetSextetNagoya Marimbas, and Music for Pieces of Wood. This was Third Coast’s first Grammy award and nomination as well as the first time a percussion ensemble has won a chamber-music Grammy. Third Coast Percussion also performed at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on February 12 with special guest saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.

Grammy Nomination for Spektral

Violist Doyle Armbrust (00), cellist Russell Rolen (G11), and violinists Clara Lyon and Maeve Feinberg of Spektral Quartet received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music/small ensemble performance for Serious Business (Alliance). The group’s marquee event this season was a Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago performance of Morton Feldman’s rarely performed six-hour String Quartet No. 2. This season Spektral Quartet has also been in residence at the Bienen School’s Institute for New Music, where the ensemble’s spring residency culminated in a concert featuring new student works.

Alumni in Boulez Memorial Concert

Four Bienen School alumni— Stephen Swanson (G04), double bass; Andrew Nogal (07, G10), oboe; Jean Laurenz (10), trumpet; and Rommel Fernandes (G02, G07), violin—performed at Switzerland’s 2016 Lucerne Festival in a Pierre Boulez memorial concert. The festival assembled an international orchestra of 110 distinguished former participants in the Lucerne Festival Academy, a contemporary-music training program founded by Boulez in 2004. Matthias Pintscher conducted this alumni orchestra in music by Stravinsky, Berg, and Boulez.

A Night with Northwestern at the San Francisco Symphony

The Bienen School of Music and Northwestern Alumni Association cohosted an alumni reception in San Francisco in February following an evening performance at Davies Symphony Hall by the San Francisco Symphony. Twelve members of the orchestra are Bienen School alumni.

The concert included Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Yefim Bronfman, 2010 winner of the school’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.

At a post-performance reception, guests met Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery as well as alumni musicians, staff, and friends of the orchestra. The Bienen School previously hosted an alumni reception at a San Francisco Symphony concert in winter 2014.

Northwestern Alumni at the San Francisco Symphony


Russ deLuna (91), oboe
John Engelkes (80), trombone
Timothy Higgins (04), trombone
Christina King (G95), viola
Linda Lukas (84), flute
Jacob Nissly (05), percussion
Lee Philip (G10), bass (acting)
Guy Piddington (01), trumpet
Nick Platoff (14), trombone
Jonathan Ring (83), horn
Nicole Cash Saks (98), horn
Jessica Valeri (G98), horn

Board and Staff

Ronald Gallman (G80), director of education
John Gambs (68, KSM74), board vice president
Audra Loveland (G14), artistic liaison
Perry Pelos (85, KSM86), board member
Paula Pretlow (77, KSM78), board member
Trine Sorensen (13 P), board member
Oliver Theil (89), director of communications

In Memoriam

All dates are 2016 unless noted.


LaVerne Headman (36) in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 30, 2017


Helen Fletcher (41) in Rancho Bernardo, California on October 13, 2016

Wanda G. Maass (G41) in Ormond Beach, Florida on August 13, 2016

Ruth Paine (41) in Racine, Wisconsin on September 6, 2016

Judy Bell (42) in Midland, Texas on November 17, 2016

Genevieve Hass (43) in Lee's Summit, Missouri on December 16, 2016

Margaret Shuck (43) in Dover, Delaware on September 17, 2016

Mary Louise Rodeen (44, G44) in Paxton, Illinois on October 28, 2016

Berton Bolyard, Jr. (45) in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 30, 2016

Harriet Gooch (46) in Winter Park, Florida, on December 12, 2016

Jean Piper (46) in Mesa, Arizona on October 28, 2016

Cecil Havens (47) in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 19, 2016

Joseph Edward Himmel (G47) in Greeley, Colorado on December 28, 2016

Hermione Jackson (47, G50) in Union City, Georgia on October 21, 2016

Laura Martin (47) in Niagara Falls, New York on September 26, 2016

Lenore D. Loucks (G49) in Houston, Texas on August 30, 2016

Irving C. Prescott (49) Ludington, Michigan on January 22, 2017


William T. Allen (50, G51) in Houghton, New York on December 29, 2016

E. La Verne Davis (50) in Palm Springs, California on January 5, 2017

John Lambros (G50) in Charleston, West Virginia on September 8, 2016

William P. Roth (50, G52) in Racine, Wisconsin on October 17, 2016

Vergil G. Scott (G50) in Lakeway, Texas on November 28, 2016

Harriet "Sioux" Dickson Nesmith (G50) in Redmond, Washington on August 22, 2016

Henry J. Eickhoff (G50, G60) in Ellensburg, Washington on June 7, 2016

Jeanne Harger (50) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on August 6, 2016

Rosemary Carlstedt Schulz (50) in Wilmette, Illinois on September 17, 2016

Jeanette O'Connor Ice (G51) in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 9, 2017

James W. Nichols (52, G55) in Escondido, California on August 3, 2016

Charlotte Grantman Peichl (G52) in Batavia, Illinois on January 13, 2017

Kathel H. Suttie (52) in Antioch, Illinois on August 12, 2016

Karl Thomas Schaettle (53, G54) in Taylorville, Illinois on October 23, 2016

Luther V. Tully (G53) in Lorain, Ohio on October 20, 2016

Jean Wulf (54) in Omaha, Nebraska on December 24, 2016

Richard H. Baller (G56) in Beloit, Wisconsin on September 20, 2016

Cora Ohl (G56) in Stephens City, Virginia on August 22, 2016

Regina Borgstrom (G58) in Cocoa Beach, Florida on September 22, 2016

Katherine Northway (G58) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on October 21, 2016

Claire Redell (58) in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin on August 28, 2016

Koeta Jacobs (G59) in Mesa, Arizona on November 30, 2016


Gary Forsleff (G62) in Flint, Michigan on November 30, 2016

William S. Rubenstein (G63) in St. Louis, Missouri on August 12, 2016

Edward R. Hotaling (G64) in Maitland, Florida on January 19, 2017

Theodore J. Berg (G66) in Chicago, Illinois on January 22, 2017

Vergene Colloms (G69) in Spartanburg, South Carolina on August 20, 2016


Leslie (Les) Stahl (72) in Spearfish, South Dakota on August 17, 2016


Jane R. Flummerfelt (G82) in Lexington, Massachusetts on December 21, 2016


Stephen Rohwer (G90) in Evanston, Illinois on November 12, 2016


Richard Enright (1923–2016)

Richard Enright, professor emeritus of church music and organ, died on December 23, 2016, at age 93. He served on North-western’s music school faculty for 35 years until his retirement in 1989.

Born in 1923 in Freeport, Illinois, Enright completed two years of undergraduate study at Iowa’s University of Dubuque before serving in Patton’s Third Army of the 26th Infantry Division in the European Theater from 1943 until 1946. Enright received his bachelor of music degree from North-western in 1948, followed by a master of music a year later and a doctor of music in 1961. He pursued additional studies at the Royal School of Music in England and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany.

While at Northwestern, he met Clara Mae (Sandy) Sandehn, and they were married in 1949. Enright became chair of the music school’s Department of Church Music and Organ in 1969. He also served as organist and choirmaster at Evanston’s First Presbyterian Church for 22 years, followed by 23 years of service at Lake Forest’s First Presbyterian Church until his retirement there at age 70.

Enright is survived by Sandy, his wife of 67 years; daughter Catharine and her husband, Walton Reeves; son Steven and his wife, Krista; grandsons Harrison, Kevin, and Scott; nephew William Miner and his wife, Pam, and their children; and niece Nancy Nilsen and her husband, David. A memorial service was held in January.

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