Class of 1966

 

 

 

1966 Class notes

      

Attending May Day?

 

Carol Gregg Benroth: Jan and I operate an internet business, so we're still not retired.  We stay busy with church projects  and responsibilities.  For over 30 years we have enjoyed theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and we get our fix of musical culture from 9 weeks each summer at Chautauqua Institution, where we also re-charge our ideas and energy.

I used my English major and speech minor in 30 years of teaching at Riverside High School. My stepson, Jeff, lives in Berkeley, CA, and Jan and I cherish any time we can spend with him there or in Ohio.  My mother (Margery Gregg, Bluffton,'40), still lives independently about 100 miles from us, so the road between us has a groove worn from our travels.  Our newest family member is a rescue schnauzer named Chloe, who has charmed us enough that we have forgotten our vow not to have another dog. I have grown from the ideas I bumped into from my classes, of course, but also those from the Mennonite examples of pacifism and service. 

   Yes
  Lynn Martin: Wife- Paula, Son- Doug, and Daughter - Debbie. Enjoy spending my time golfing and traveling. As a teacher and coach I was fortunate to have a great education at Bluffton. I have always valued the many experiences as a student/athlete and friendships that developed during my years at Bluffton (62-66).

 

 No

 

 M. Elaine (Basinger) Buroker: Married to Chuck Buroker '65 for 50 years. Two sons, Darby and Jason and four grandchildren. We travel extensively (China, Russia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Europe and South America etc.) I play bridge and mahjongg and belong to two book clubs.

I was influenced by great professors that cared about me.  Ada Lapp, Jean Yoder, Earl Lehman, etc. The college, town and people influenced us to move back to Bluffton when our children were young so they could enjoy and be influenced by the Mennonite church, the events at the college and the good school system. I was a teacher/supervisor for 31 1/2 years. I'm looking forward to being back on the beautiful campus and seeing my classmates.

 

 Yes

 

Donald R. Clarke: Wife, Linda, four children and six grandchildren. I am and avid reader, avid swimmer and enjoy The Villages and its activities in central Florida.

The liberal arts education was very helpful to me. I enjoyed small classes and the opportunity to relate to my classmates. The ability to have a double major, Psy and Bible and Christian Ed. was helpful; on graduation I went to a Presbyterian seminary in Louisville, Ky. where I attained my masters of divinity.

 

 Yes

 

Rose Huber Haning: Dale retired from marketing at Caterpillar 10 years ago. I retired from teaching Spanish, and earlier career in child welfare. Our daughter Nicole teaches English as a second language in Santa Monica, CA. I enjoy tropical gardening, yoga classes, reading, volunteering at Fairchild Tropical Garden, traveling with Dale and friends and volunteering at our church, the Chapel of the Venerable Bede (Episcopal chapel on nearby University of Miami campus). We love all the diversity and cultural opportunities in Miami, especially restaurants, art cinema theatres and the New World Symphony concerts.

Bluffton gave me the best gift: my partner and husband of 50 years, Dale! I loved getting to know people from other countries and backgrounds, learning to appreciate and love art and music and literature. I enjoyed the challenges of base courses outside of my major. The Bluffton values provided a platform to discuss and form my own values. The call to service stuck with me: many enjoyable volunteer jobs over the years. Gave them 100%. My social work major lead to my first career as a caseworker in child welfare. My second career as a Spanish instructor got its base from great Spanish classes by Prof. Hector Valencia.

 

 Yes

  Rita (Roth) Roberts: Husband - Mike, Daughter - Kristin Bursa and her husband - Scott, Granddaughter - Lexie Kay Bursa. Retired and spend the winter in Florida with the Bursa family. Serve on the local MCC Board for the local thrift store and volunteer on a regular basis. Enjoy reading. Worked in educational field for 43 years.

 

 No

 

Nancy Yeager: I am fortunate to have my children and extended family in the area or within an easy driving distance. My daughter Cara, husband Mac Davies, and 4 children - Brennan 14, Anna 12, RJ 9, and Jayce 7 live in Bluffton. Daughter Shelley (BC grad), and husband Mark Koch (BC grad) and 3 sons - Alex 21 (Jr at BGSU), Jarrett 18 (Sr at Wapakoneta HS), and Matt 15 live in Wapakoneta. Son Brandt and wife Jenny live and work in the Indianapolis, IN area. Son Carl lives and works in Detroit. We spend much of our time following the activities of our grandchildren, working on projects for our children, and dining with and visiting with friends. One of our greatest pass times is traveling. We have enjoyed the sights of Kenya, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, and much of the United States mainland. I dabble in photography and love creating books of our family and of our travels. Reading and gardening are also high on the to do list.

We try to keep in touch with our Bluffton friends and hope to continue to do so. The strength of a small school is knowing people and developing friendships with many individuals. At Bluffton even our professors were our friends, and those friendships carried over into adulthood. Reaching out into the world around us and working hard for any goals important to us were values that were encouraged at Bluffton. My friends and acquaintances showed by example the standards of giving to others and supporting the world around us for the good of all, and the cycle continues. I became a teacher in spite of myself, never dreaming as a young student that teaching would be my life's career. The concern of Bluffton faculty as I debated on the avenue I wanted to walk and the care of those who saw in me what I refused to see in myself and who led me carefully in the direction where my strength seemed to be, guided me into the field I loved. Working with children has been a blessing in my life and that happened with the help of Bluffton. In addition to making good choices in my chosen career, I met my husband, Roy Young, at Bluffton, made many friends who still get together regularly to this day at Bluffton, and nurtured my family in the philosophy of doing for others as much as possible.

 

 Yes

 

Paul Ropp: We have three children, medical doctor Andrew (married to Rachel) with two kids, Simone and Silas, in Santa Fe, NM; librarian Ben (about to marry Jordan) in Wichita, KS; and nurse Amy (married to Todd) with one child, CJ, in Worcester, MA. Marj and I are enjoying retirement and staying busy in the First Unitarian Church (choir and social justice committee), and with the Center for Nonviolent Solutions which we helped found in 2009, teaching conflict resolution skills and the history of nonviolent movements in the Worcester City Schools.I still dabble in Chinese history, and am doing some lecturing on cruise ships in Southeast Asia, China and Japan.  Since retirement I’ve gotten involved in some Ropp family history.  I transcribed my mother’s diary which she kept from 1933 to 2004, and have donated it to Illinois State University which is going to put it on line. Now I am transcribing the voluminous writings of my grandfather who left 42 letter files filled with poetry, plays, philosophical essays and journals before he died in 1932, 12 years before I was born.  He was a vegetarian, socialist, pacifist, universalist, and prohibitionist.  

I went to Bluffton as a farm boy athlete more knowledgeable about sports and agriculture than anything else.  Bluffton professors like Jerry Shenk, Stan Yake, Bob Weaver, Robert Kreider, Robert Keeney and Ron Lora all inspired me to fall in love with books and studying history, philosophy, art and religion.  I found an incredible group of like-minded friends, and most importantly, some of them urged me to date the person who became my life partner and closest friend: Marjorie Liechty.  My four years at Bluffton marked the biggest turning point in my life and laid the foundation for all that followed.From Bluffton I went to graduate school at the University of Michigan and began studying Chinese history, thanks to Bob Kreider who first made me aware of China and its importance in the world. After Michigan I spent 40 years teaching Asian history, the last 30 at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

 

 Yes