Classes of '61

1961 Commencement

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A Virtual Class Reunion will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 2, via Zoom. Those who submit a reservation will receive the Zoom Web link closer to May 2.




Phyllis Bixler '61
Bluffton, Ohio

Our 50th class reunion in 2011 made a major change in my life. We were offered a tour of the facilities in the Maple Crest retirement community.  Phyllis had no idea of moving from Springfield, Mo., but one of the villas "looked like home." She was pleased to learn that the original occupants had been Chris and Jack Purves. Bixler sold her home in Springfield and just a little over a month later moved in to this unit. She has never questioned the decision for one moment. Before COVID isolation, she attended many events on the Bluffton campus and hopes that will be possible again this coming school year.  Phyllis was pleased that she already knew many people in Bluffton from her days as a student as well as professor 1970-72.  The Bluffton First Mennonite Church also feels like home.  She is blessed with good health for someone going on age 82 this summer and is eager to hear more from my Bluffton College cohorts, here and at the virtual reunion.


John Y. Hung '60
Centerville, Ohio
Mathematics major

John is married to Winnie C. Hung. They have one child, Arthur C. Hung who has three children (two girls and one boy).

John is retired from U.S. Civil Service in 2015, after 42+ years. He has been a free-lance translator/interpreter since 1980. John is pursuing study of new languages, hoping to become a polyglot.

John says that his two years at Bluffton, “I felt Bluffton prepared me as a teacher, prep schools and college, while I was in and out of graduate schools, in the1960s. Besides Mathematics, having the three psychology classes, two of them taught by "Prexy" Ramseyer, proved to be valuable in dealing with people."