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From left, Stacey Lauren (S87), NAA president Ava Harth Youngblood (McC79), Mike Lipsitz and Nancy Gore Marcus (WCAS67)
Getting to Know You -- Again
Reunion Leadership Conference revamps reunions from top to bottom
When it comes to class reunions, one size does not fit all. Northwestern's Department of Alumni Relations and the 2001 reunion leaders are working to change the "been there, done that" attitude to "been there, loved that" by tailoring reunions for each class.
At September's two-day 2001 Reunion Leadership Conference, the department and the Office of Annual Giving hosted 16 reunion chairs who came to campus to take a fresh look at the whole reunion experience and revamp the process of reunion planning and programming. Their goal was to make the gatherings more meaningful to fellow classmates and to bring more alumni back to campus for future get-togethers.
"The bottom line is that alumni come back because they want to see
their classmates," explained Jan Shucart, associate director for
reunions and alumni recognition for the department. "What we're
trying to do is give them an active role in the process -- to let
them decide what they want out of the experience and to help them get
Excitement is already building for the June 15-17 reunion of the class of 1951, otherwise known as the centennial class, which is being co-chaired by Jean Larson Damisch (WCAS51), Darlene "Dolly" Sharp Fiske (WCAS51) and Jerry Wulf (WCAS51). Operating on "the more, the merrier" concept, they got an early start on planning and quickly surpassed their original goal of recruiting a planning committee of more than 50 people in honor of the 50th anniversary.
To Damisch, it's the personal contact from the large committee that
will make their reunion successful. She also credits the conference for
building momentum. "The leadership training was great for helping
us get started. One of the best things was meeting other reunion leaders
for 2001. It was fantastic hearing all of the ideas they had."
Chairs from the fall 2001 reunion classes (1961, 1965-67, 1976,
1985-87, 1991 and 1996) are also setting high attendance goals for
their Oct. 12-14 gatherings. Equally important is finding the right
combination of activities through a broadly based committee.
These highly motivated alumni are driven by creativity and the desire to change the assumptions of predictability some may have about reunions. Through committee meetings, conference calls and e-mail messages, they're brainstorming on various ways to make each reunion unique and fun. For some groups, reunion events might include an afternoon family picnic; for others, perhaps, a formal dinner, brunch at the dorms or even all three. It's up to each class to decide what works best, especially in terms of geography, lifestyle and economics.
"Not everyone who's 10 years out of the University is married
and has children, so there's a fairly wide range of factors to consider
to plan for all those populations," said Shanlee Miller McNally (WCAS91),
who is co-chair of the 10-year reunion with her husband, Sean (WCAS91).
"For us [the class of 1991], we may need to plan an event to attend
in downtown Chicago, because many may want to reconnect in that way; we
also have to think about bringing young families into the fold. The idea
is to plan events that cater to these specifics."
One tool at their disposal is a reunion Web page linked to the alumni portal. Reunion chairs can keep their classmates current with dates, times and locations of reunion activities. A Web page is already available for the 50th reunion class meeting in June to supplement current mailings and phone reminders.
Members of fall reunion classes will be able to link to pages for their
own classes. Over time, leaders say they would like Web-based capabilities
to include online surveys and registration so planning is more interactive.
Reunion chairs like Mike Lipsitz (WCAS86) see Web potential going beyond
merely posting information. "By providing a forum for a virtual reunion
before or maybe after an actual reunion, a Web site also could help generate
and sustain reunion interest much earlier in the planning process,"
he said. "Hopefully, that will translate into more enthusiasm and
greater participation for the real thing."
-- Michele Hogan
Alumni returned in the fall for homecoming and connected with the Purple past and present.
'Cause life is short
But sweet for certain.
-- From "Celebrate We Will," which was the 2000 Homecoming theme, by the Dave Matthews Band
No doubt many sweet moments made up Northwestern's homecoming weekend last Oct. 13 through 15.
First to greet returning alumni were the colorful and familiar signs of autumn on campus -- the golden trees against the lakefront, a slight chill in the air hinting at the true fall to come and purple banners everywhere welcoming everyone home.
Friday afternoon's tent party outside the Norris University Center, sponsored by the Department of Alumni Relations, drew hundreds for meeting, greeting and eating before the homecoming performance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The concert featured the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of professor Mallory Thompson (Mu79, GMu80).
Later, under a full moon, onlookers gathered along Sheridan Road to watch the homecoming parade. They waved to participants dancing on ambitious, multicolored floats festooned with lights. Most of the parade goers were hoping to catch candy or mini-footballs thrown by the dancers, and some actually succeeded.
Veteran journalist Sander Vanocur (S50) was grand marshal of the 2000 parade. Like many alumni, Vanocur made the most of the opportunity to return to the area, in this case reuniting with former roommate Newton Minow (S49, L50, H65) earlier in the week. At Harris Hall, Vanocur, this year's Minow Visiting Professor in Communications, was introduced by his son, fellow journalist Christopher Vanocur (S82), before sharing his insights on media and politics in a lecture titled "Can Democracy Survive the Mass Media?"
While Saturday's weather was good and the excitement level high at the Wildcats' homecoming football game against Purdue, fate had a different plan for the outcome of the contest. The Boilermakers defeated Northwestern 41-28 in the second loss of what turned out to be a Big Ten championship season.
The results of the game certainly didn't ruin the weekend. Members of the fall reunion classes of 1954-56; 1960; 1975; 1979-81; 1990; and 1995 were welcomed by the Department of Alumni Relations when everyone met that evening for their respective reunions. Among the highlights was the 25th reunion class' Will You Be a Millionaire, which was a 1970s trivia quiz and parody of the television show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.
Sunday morning's activities began under overcast skies with a leisurely run along the lakefront. Meanwhile at Deering Meadow, the mood turned reflective as alumni paused to remember students killed at the Kent State and Jackson State antiwar demonstrations in 1970.
Last-minute phone number and e-mail exchanges took place amid the hugs at the all-alumni reunion brunch at Norris, with promises to meet again next year, or better yet, at the Sesquicentennial celebration held a week later.
-- Michele Hogan
Illinois Sen. Miguel del Valle (D-Chicago)
(Photo by Mary Hanlon)
| Hola, LANU!
New Latino alumni group underscores Northwestern's commitment to diversity.
Even in its infancy, LANU, the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University, is making an impact: In the midst of establishing bylaws and a mission statement, two members of the group's steering committee recently found better jobs through contacts in the organization.
"It was the University that brought them together. They wouldn't
have connected otherwise," said David Flores (WCAS86), who co-chairs
the new alumni group, initiated by the Department of Alumni Relations.
"Networking is just a small part of LANU's potential,"
said Catherine Stembridge, director of the department."We're
starting this group because diversity, outreach and mentoring are priorities
to us and to the University."
LANU is the latest example of a new generation of constituent organizations
formed to draw specifically targeted groups back to campus. Others include
NUBAA (the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association), NUMB Alums
(the Northwestern University Marching Band Alumni) and the NUEA (the Northwestern
University Entertainment Alliances on both coasts).
Flores and co-chair Carmen Rodriguez (WCAS95) were among the first to
respond to the department's call for a new group for Latinos. Flores,
who enjoyed being at Northwestern, stayed involved after graduation through
his fraternity and class reunion committee. "For me, there's
always been a way to connect, but now I can do so on a more personal level.
I can identify with others with whom I have more in common culturally,"
Flores recognizes, however, that some Latino students feel alienated
during their years on campus. Gisela de Lama (S82, GS83), a LANU steering
committee member, says she is one who could have benefited from some kind
of outreach during her undergraduate years in the speech pathology program.
For one thing, her bilingualism could have been better incorporated into
her studies. "It was not recognized as an asset," de Lama explained.
"One of the things we want to do is help the University recognize
what we can contribute."
While de Lama and other Latino alumni are already individually involved
in mentoring activities on campus, LANU's leadership also sees the
powerful aggregate impact its members can have on current students. In
addition, Northwestern officials will be asking for the group's help
with student recruitment and advice for the administration and faculty
on ways to boost graduation rates.
This year 4.6 percent of Northwestern's freshman class is made up
of Latinos. Overall about 5 percent of the student population is Latino,
which is a slight increase over previous years, according to Margaret
Miranda, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of Latino recruitment.
"We're seeing a diverse group coming from all over the country,
but we need to increase our efforts," she said.
Last October LANU hosted its first event, a panel discussion on the role of the Latino vote in the 2000 election. Illinois Sen. Miguel del Valle (D-Chicago), Joe Galvan, Illinois chair of the Hispanics for Bush Campaign, Edward Gibson, associate professor of political science, and David Schaper, political correspondent for WBEZ-FM, Chicago's NPR affiliate, comprised the panelists. Julian Crews, general assignment reporter for WGN-TV, served as moderator.
Panelists pointed out that voter turnout among Latinos continues to increase
while it shrinks among other voting blocs.
By sponsoring such events, LANU hopes to bring Latino alumni to campus
and give them opportunities to network. It also seeks to collaborate with
student groups such as Alianza to sponsor events on campus.
For information about LANU, send e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call the Department of Alumni Relations office at 847-491-7200.
-- Michele Hogan
NUBAA members Zoanne Tatum Clack (S90), left, and Teresa Morris Cambell (WCAS91) join Willie at the Homecoming game.
Northwestern's alumni clubs are feeling the power of purple pride.
Last fall's winning football season brought many of the Wildcat
faithful together in Atlanta, Houston, New York City and other locations,
where they vicariously experienced the excitement at Ryan Field. Several
Alamo Bowl parties around the country also renewed interest in Northwestern,
and club leaders are hoping this connection with alumni continues beyond
However, football wasn't the only drawing card for alumni. Following
her trip to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, sports reporter Amy
Rosewater (J, GJ94) spoke to the NU Club of Cleveland about covering
the games for Cleveland's Plain Dealer.
Bernard Dobroski (GMu81), dean of the School of Music, gave members of
the NU Club of Orlando (Fla.) the chance to play conductor during
his November visit. In his presentation "Great Conductors of the
World," Dobroski led the group in such classics as Strauss' Blue
Danube Waltz and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance. The NU Club
of Palm Beach (Fla.) also got a shot at the baton during a visit from
Dobroski two days later.
Retiring dean Donald Jacobs recounted the growth of the Kellogg Graduate
School of Management during his November visits with the NU Clubs of
Phoenix and Sun City. Later that month, a large audience of
alumni, high school students and community members turned out to hear
Kellogg professor Anthony Paoni's presentation on competing in a
network economy before the NU Club of Orange County (Calif.).
In the midst of the legal maneuvering surrounding the presidential election,
the NU Club of Sacramento (Calif.) got a timely look in December
at the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court from political science
professor Jerry Goldman.
The NU Club of Sarasota (Fla.) hosted a luncheon meeting at the
Rosedale Country Club in November featuring Robert deWarren, artistic
director of the Sarasota Ballet.
In October the NU Club of Washington, D.C., received the Club
of the Year award at the annual Northwestern Alumni Association Leadership
Conference on the Evanston campus. Also recognized were the NU Club
of Atlanta for its renewal efforts and the NU Club of Palm Beach
(Fla.) as a new organization.
Forgoing the fourth game of major league baseball's all-New York World Series, nearly 80 alumni and guests turned out for "Election 2000: The Road to November," co-sponsored by the Medill Club of Greater New York and the NU Club of New York. Irving Rein, communications studies professor, and WNBC political correspondent Jay DeDapper (GJ86) were featured speakers.
Following the election, members of the John Evans Club gained
an early insight into the significance of the electoral process as Kenneth
Janda, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, discussed the close
race at a November gathering at the home of Liz (S83) and John McEnaney
(S81, KGSM83). Janda shared what proved to be a very timely perspective
from a talk originally written in 1992 titled "Suppose No One Won
Later in the month, members toured the newly expanded Mary and Leigh
Block Museum of Art on campus. Highlighting that event was a discussion
with exhibiting artist Shawn Decker (GMu84, 87) on his work called
Members of the N Club were busy theorizing about the Wildcats'
offensive and defensive strategies on the football field. Of the five
postgame receptions last season the biggest was held on October's
Homecoming weekend, when the 1990 Big Ten championship men's tennis
team was on hand with members of the 1996 Rose Bowl football team.
Members of NUBAA (Northwestern University Black Alumni Association) made the most of Homecoming by holding events throughout the weekend, including a reception at the Jackson Park Yacht Club, a pregame tailgate party in the Ryan Field lots and a Homecoming/Reunion 2000 celebration at the Black Orchid in Chicago's Old Town. Featured disc jockey for the party was Kelly Griffin (McC92), better known as Kelly G, Black Entertainment Television's music director of videos.
Nettie Jones around 1898
Rhode Ann Jones with her grandson, Austin Page Harmon, in 1999
Just when high school senior Rhode Ann Jones (SESP58) was busy making plans for the future in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., she received a letter one day that confirmed an earlier decision she had made -- that Northwestern University was to be her college choice.
The letter, dated March 21, 1954, was from Jones' great-aunt, Nettie L. Jones, who had graduated from Northwestern in 1898.
"My Dear Rhode," the letter ran, "Know what? This morn,
I woke early and lay rejoicing over you, your achievements and your plans
for Northwestern, when it suddenly came to me that NU was a bit of a 'family'
affair and had been since its beginning."
"Either at the first or soon after it was founded, your great-great-grandfather,
Frederick William Page, gave money toward its support and in return received
a [perpetual] scholarship [see story],
which I used to pay my tuition, years after Grandfather [Page] died. How
happy Grandfather would have been to know his aid to NU when it was a
poor, struggling school helped it become a great University and that his
great-grandson Frederick graduated and his great-great-granddaughter Rhode
was contemplating attending. Think of it! Should you join the class of
'58 next fall and graduate in '58 'twill be just 60 years since I got
through in 1898."
Great-aunt Nettie's letter continued with another intriguing fact tying
the Jones family to Northwestern: Henry S. Noyes, one of the University's
first faculty members and acting president in the 1860s, was Page's nephew.
Noyes became a professor of mathematics in 1854 and remained a faculty
member until his death in 1872.
"So, you see, for five generations we have been connected with NU,"
Great-aunt Nettie's letter said.
With the encouragement of her great-aunt and her father, Fred R. Jones (EB30), Rhode Jones happily joined the class of 1958. During her time in Evanston, Jones continued her correspondence with Great-aunt Nettie. The letters would shed light on some of the changes that had taken place at Northwestern since Nettie had set foot on the same campus 60 years earlier. In a letter dated Sept. 1, 1954, she wrote: "I trust you'll find some musical niche. In my day, they had only a boys' Glee Club, so I joined the Evanston Choral Society with Professor Lutkin (our head of the music department)."
In contrast, Jones sang with the Northwestern University Choral Union,
a coed University choir. She remembers performing with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra in 1956 under the baton of the legendary Fritz Reiner.
Jones also recalls that Great-aunt Nettie, whom she knew as the most
"straightlaced schoolteacher, an extremely serious person,"
claimed to have been the first woman at Northwestern to climb the clock
tower of University Hall. "I have not a clue why she did it,"
Jones says. "But it's come down as family legend." Incidentally,
back in 1866, her relative, Henry Noyes, oversaw the foundation of University
Hall being laid while he was acting president.
Nettie Jones, who completed her Northwestern education thanks to Page's
perpetual scholarship, later taught at Crane Technical High School in
Naperville, Ill., and retired to Tucson. Although she was unable to attend
Rhode Jones' graduation in 1958 because of poor health, she was "cheering
me on by phone that day," Jones says. Nettie Jones died in Tucson
Rhode Jones' father, Fred, who attended the University for the last
two years of his college career, "didn't tell me mischievous
stories about Northwestern," she says. "But he talked about
it a lot. He was very proud that I went there."
After receiving his business degree, Fred Jones held a variety of marketing
managerial positions in Chicago, New York City and Quincy, Fla. He died
in February 1991.
After graduating, Rhode Jones taught and was an administrator
in primary schools in New York and California and now directs the Bowdoin
College Children's Center in Brunswick, Maine. Although her three children
did not attend Northwestern, she hopes that her grandchildren may be able
to continue the purple tradition. "It's been so much of the heart
and soul of my life," she says. "We skipped the sixth generation,
but maybe we can get back on the seventh."
- Chantal Liu (J01)
"John, the elder, entered Northwestern in 1887, and he talked Walter
[Dill] into coming in 1891," says John "Jack" Scott Jr.
(WCAS49), grandson of Walter Dill Scott (WCAS1895), who served as president
of Northwestern from 1920 to 1939.
Both brothers excelled in their fields and became professors at Northwestern
-- John (WCAS1892) in Greek from 1897 to 1938, and Walter in applied psychology
from 1902 to 1916. After taking leave to teach at the Carnegie Institute
of Technology and to direct the Committee on Classification of Personnel
in the U.S. Army, Walter Scott returned to Evanston in 1919 and was offered
the presidency. He turned it down twice before accepting the following
"John liked to tell a story about how Walter became president of
Northwestern," says Jack Scott, a retired business-person in Naples,
Fla., who spends his summers in Wilmette, Ill. "At first neither
Walter nor John had any interest in the position, but they changed their
minds and agreed to use their influence on behalf of one another. John
would finish the story by saying that Walter got the job because he didn't
have as much influence."
Walter Scott, known for saving Northwestern from a financial crisis and
making it one of the nation's best universities, had a reputation
for being "a serious, scholarly man who wasn't overly warm,"
says Gordon Scott (WCAS89), Walter's great-grandson and a fourth-generation
Northwestern graduate from the Scott family. "But the story goes
that he would go out on the football field and lead cheers, which is counter
to his reputation." In fact, the president had been a football player
during his undergraduate days.
"He entertained many celebrities in his home for fundraising and
PR purposes -- people like Herbert Hoover and [actor] Fredric March,"
says Jack Scott.
"There was one embarrassing thing Walter did," Jack Scott continues.
"He flunked the famous Chick Evans [WCAS13] in his psychology course.
Chick later became world famous as an amateur golfer -- almost the
equal of Bobby Jones -- but he was not the greatest student. This
very sweet man later founded the Evans Scholarship fund, giving college
scholarships to deserving golf caddies. More than 500 have gone to Northwestern
[through the scholarship]."
Walter's first son, John M. Scott (EB24), attended Northwestern while his father was president. Despite the son's status, "he was something of a cutup at NU," says Jack Scott, who is John Scott's son. "He and several other Betas [Beta Theta Pi fraternity members] painted the Beta colors -- pink and blue -- on some pigeons, who immediately dropped dead off University Hall."
John Scott, who later became a successful business leader in Chicago,
married Mary Lou Gent (WCAS24). Gent was the first student to drive an
electric automobile on campus -- a gift from her father as an incentive
to gain 15 pounds, according to Jack Scott. Walter Scott's second son,
Sumner (WCAS29, G34), an English professor who died in 1983, married Helen
Grescheidle (WCAS33, G34, 48), who is an artist.
Jack Scott entered Northwestern in 1945, six years after Walter Scott
had retired as president. Having a grandfather who had been president
of the University "was sort of an ego trip" at first, he says,
but he managed to forge his own identity at Northwestern. During his undergraduate
days, his grandparents still lived in the area, and he visited them often.
Jack's younger brother, Walter "Wally" Scott (EB53), a
former business executive and associate director of the U.S. Office of
Management and Budget, became a professor of management and Senior Austin
Fellow at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1988.
"My brother Wally takes after his grandfather in many ways besides
having the same name," Jack Scott says. Both Walter Scotts joined
the faculty of their alma mater and taught there for many years.
"Wally, like his grandfather, is a tough grader," Jack says.
"No inflated grades, but fair." Today, Scott's managerial
leadership course at Kellogg is among the most popular in the school partly
because he is able to draw on his extensive background as an executive.
- Chantal Liu (J01)
Jane Hutchins White in France during World War I
Unlike most Victorian mothers and fathers, the parents of Jane Hutchins White (WCAS1879, G1882) were emphatic in their desire for their daughters to pursue the higher learning that would allow them to be self-sufficient. So White was given a choice: If she agreed not to marry and promised to go out and do something with her degree after graduation, they would pay for her schooling at Northwestern. She took them up on their offer.
"She was quite the activist," says Thomas Z. Hayward Jr. (WCAS62,
L65), Hutchins' great-nephew. "She was given an opportunity
for education, and she took advantage of it."
White worked as a correspondent with the United Press in Germany from
late 1882 to early 1900. She received several commendations for her service
as a nurse for the Red Cross in France during World War I and eventually
returned to this country to become headmistress of Evanston's Roycemore
Academy, now Roycemore School. And she kept up her end of the bargain
with her parents. She never married.
Her family's connection to Northwestern strengthened when her nephew
by marriage, Thomas Z. Hayward (CB24), chose the University. But he hardly
had an easy time of it, having to attend night school and work during
the day. Still, he never forgot his debt to Northwestern. "I think
his biggest thrill came from the relationship he had with Northwestern
after he graduated and was able to work with Presidents Walter Dill Scott,
Franklin Bliss Snyder and Roscoe Miller as an alumni volunteer,"
says his son.
In addition to being alumni volunteer, Hayward Sr. also became president
of the Northwestern Club of Chicago, an officer of the alumni association,
leader of the faculty athletic committee during the 1950s and 1960s and
one of the founders of the John Evans Club. The elder Hayward instilled
his commitment to Northwestern in his son, who remembers attending Wildcat
football games as a very young boy.
The younger Hayward has even more than a good education and great memories
to be thankful to the University for. He met his wife, Sally Madden Hayward
(SESP61), at a football game between Northwestern and Notre Dame in 1959.
"We were both in South Bend, and Sally stopped to ask me for directions
to the stadium," he recalls. "The rest is history."
After finishing law school Hayward continued an active relationship with
Northwestern, just like his father. Currently a partner in Chicago's Bell,
Boyd & Lloyd law firm, he serves as vice chair of the University's
Board of Trustees, sits on its Development Committee and chairs the Alumni
Relations Committee. Perhaps most important of all, he is co-chair the
$1.4 billion Campaign Northwestern. Hayward has presided over several
other related committees and received the Northwestern Alumni Association
Service Award in 1973.
All three of the Haywards' sons -- Thomas Z. III (WCAS89, KGSM94,
M94), Wallace (S90) and Robert (S94, L97) -- have earned degrees from
Northwestern. Physician Thomas was one of the first students to receive
a dual degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Medical
Their father is hopeful the family ties to the University will continue
with his grandchildren.
"A lot of good things have happened as a result of our association
with Northwestern," Hayward says. "It has provided us with the
foundation to go out and achieve success."
- Katie Konrath (J02)
Chemistry professor John Harper Long, circa 1910
Madeleine Johnson, left, and her son and daughter, Daniel and Cynthia, in 1998
Cynthia Johnson has heard the story many times: how her great-grandmother, Catherine Stoneman (WCAS1884), came from McGregor, Iowa, to Evanston in the 1880s and as a student at Northwestern fell in love with her chemistry professor, John Harper Long.
"It's actually rather romantic," says Johnson (G78), a
fourth-generation graduate of the University who grew up in Rockford,
Ill., and now lives in Lexington, Mass.
In addition to the tales she has heard, Johnson has also learned much
about her late great-grandmother's experiences from a self-published
diary written in 1944. In it Stoneman writes: "In September Father
came home one day and handed me an envelope. In it were a railroad ticket
to Chicago, a letter from the President of Northwestern acknowledging
receipt of money for tuition for one term and another from Jane Bancroft
saying that a room had been reserved for me at the Woman's Hall.
'Now,' said Father, 'go to college.' I went to college."
Although the diary ended there and did not reveal anything about her
romance with her chemistry professor, Stoneman married Long in 1885, after
she graduated, Johnson says. The couple resided in Evanston, and the house
they lived in, at 1808 Chicago Ave., is now used as a sociology department
Long, who began teaching chemistry at Northwestern in 1881, became dean
of the School of Pharmacy in 1913. He is listed in the Dictionary of
American Biography, and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has
a figure of him in a diorama as he peers into a microscope. Long was significantly
older than Stoneman and died when she was in her 50s. After his death
Stoneman stayed in Evanston and in the 1920s fulfilled a lifelong wish
to travel around the world. Her son, Albert (L12), practiced law in Chicago
and followed the family tradition of love of books and writing.
Albert's two brothers, Lothar (WCAS14) and Byron (WCAS18), and their
sister, Ariel Long Miller (WCAS18), also attended Northwestern. Madeleine
(SESP40), Albert's daughter and a former nursery school teacher,
and Hugh Johnson (WCAS40, M43),
a Rockford plastic surgeon who died in 1992, are Johnson's parents.
Johnson is the most recent graduate in the "Long" line of Northwestern
alumni. An assistant director at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington,
she has heard Northwestern stories ever since she was a child. Although
she was not an undergraduate at the University, she "felt like it
was coming home" when she arrived in Evanston to pursue her master's
degree in English in 1977. "I felt like I was going to my hometown,
because I was so familiar with it," she says. "I knew all the
buildings that my parents talked about.
I knew where my mother's sorority house was and where my father's
fraternity house was."
Today, Northwestern is still part of her family's life. "My
father kept up contact with his best friend from medical school, and my
mother still sees the people from her bridge club," Johnson says.
- Chantal Liu (J01)
Thomas and Ida Moulding, both left, with other Northwestern students in the late 1880s
Ida and Thomas Moulding around 1940
Betty Jean Moulding Lewis (WCAS47) says she was a "Northwestern person" before she was born. A third-generation graduate of the University, Moulding can count more than 50 immediate and extended family members who have attended Northwestern, including several who held administrative positions in the first half of the 20th century.
Lewis grew up in Wilmette, Ill., and as a child often attended Northwestern
football games and alumni events with her parents and paternal grandparents,
all of whom graduated from the University.
Her grandfather, Thomas Moulding (WCAS1891), was both football and baseball
captain when he was at Northwestern in the late 1880s. "He wouldn't
have made the teams today," Lewis says. "He was small."
After Moulding graduated, he married Ida Staver (WCAS1891) from Portland,
Ore., and started the Moulding Brick Co., which laid bricks on some residential
streets in Wilmette that are still in use today. Some, accidentally laid
upside down, display the name "Moulding" on them. While she
was a Northwestern student in the 1940s, "people would ask me why
my name was on the bricks,'" says Lewis.
In the late 1910s her mother, Elizabeth Ambuhl Moulding (WCAS18), was
secretary to Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences dean Thomas F. Holgate,
who at one point was interim president of Northwestern. Later Elizabeth
became secretary to George Howerton, dean of the music school. "My
mother loved working for Dean Holgate," Lewis says, but she found
Howerton a bit intimidating. "He was a tyrant, and that's confirmed
by other people, too," she says. "The contrast with Dean Holgate
Lewis' father, Staver Moulding (McC17), remarried after his first
wife passed away. Her stepmother, Mary MacGregor Ray Moulding (WCAS36,
M42), was an associate professor emeritus and a staff member at the Student
Health Service. "She's an incredibly intelligent woman,"
Lewis says. Her stepmother is now living in a home for the elderly in
Staver Moulding and his second wife had two sons, Richard (J71) and John
Betty Jean Lewis followed Northwestern to the altar, marrying Thompson
M. Lewis (WCAS46, D50). His family had deep Evanston roots, and he grew
up in his grandparents' home on Sheridan Road right across from Deering
"When my husband was a little boy, he would look out the window
at things going on on campus and say, 'I'm going to go to Northwestern,'"
Lewis says. "He would run across the street to help the building
and grounds people set up chairs on Deering Field for graduation and other
"Mr. [William] Dyche [WCAS1882, G1890], the business manager of
the university, lived next door. He would give my husband football tickets."
Today, all but one of the homes on campus along that stretch of Sheridan
Road have been bought by the University and converted into administrative
Lewis' great aunts -- Thomas Moulding's sisters, Minnie
(WCAS1883) and Elizabeth Moulding (WCAS1888) -- both attended Northwestern
in the 1880s and married brothers William and Heber Goodsmith, who went
to the University's medical school in the late 1880s.
Lewis, who attended her 50th class reunion in 1996, lives in Seattle
and still returns to Evanston to visit her relatives and friends who attended
the University. "Christmases were large in my family," she recalls,
"but many family members are no longer with us, so it's gotten
smaller in the last few years."
Nonetheless, her feelings for the purple remain strong. "I am very
proud of Northwestern and loyal to the University," she says. "It
was a great part of my
-- Chantal Liu (J01)
Fisk, an ardent campaigner against tobacco, made all his students sign
a pledge to abstain from smoking, chewing or using the filthy weed in
any way. Franklin Clancy, who later studied at the Garrett Biblical Institute
and became a Methodist minister, kept to his pledge, which is hardly a
surprise. The Clancy family has a tradition of setting a course and staying
Franklin Clancy met his wife, Eliza Holmes Clancy, after he became a
pastor in Marseilles, Ill., at the turn of the 20th century. The two moved
to Chicago's tough Back-of-the-Yards district in 1917 for his last
ministry at the Union Avenue Methodist Church, which had been established
by meatpacker and family friend Gustavus Swift. They started one of the
first settlement houses in the neighborhood.
All five of their children attended the University, including Rockwell
Clancy (WCAS21, EB22), the father of Jack Clancy (S59). "You can
see his name on a plaque inside Kresge Centennial Hall," the younger
Clancy says of his father. "He was head of the campaign to raise
money to build that building back in 1951."
Shortly thereafter, when Jack Clancy was considering colleges during
his senior year of high school, his father made it clear where his loyalties
lay. "I was accepted at a school on the East Coast as well as at
Northwestern," Clancy says. "When I told my father that I was
thinking about going to that school back east, he set me straight --
that's for sure."
In fact, Rockwell Clancy set three of his children straight. Jack Clancy's
sister, the late Janet Clancy Murphey (WCAS46), and his brother, James
Rockwell Clancy (WCAS50), preceded their younger brother at Northwestern.
Janet Murphey's daughter, Janet Murphey Schuttler (WCAS71), and James
Clancy's son, Rockwell Clancy II (WCAS78, KGSM91), are also Northwestern
In addition to getting their university educations, Janet Murphy, the
sweetheart of Sigma Chi, met her future husband, James M. "Hap"
Murphey (McC46), at Northwestern. He scored the only Wildcat touchdown
against Notre Dame in November 1945.
Jack Clancy, a member of Phi Kappa Psi, met his wife, Paula Johnson Clancy
(S59), an Alpha Phi and Waa-Mu Show performer for several years, during
their sophomore year.
"If there's one piece of advice I'd give to undergraduate
men, it's to meet your wife at Northwestern," Jack Clancy advises.
"There are hundreds of beautiful and intelligent women going to school
there. I was lucky enough to find one of them."
Since graduation Clancy and his wife have remained extremely active on
behalf of the University. They have organized reunions, assisted in the
admission process in Dallas, where they live, and hold positions on the
School of Speech alumni council and the NU Club of Dallas. Paula Clancy
was one of the first women named a University Regent.
Jack Clancy heads a company that compiles alumni directories for colleges
and universities, including Northwestern, and his directory contains four
generations of his family.
One example of their purple pride was successfully encouraging their
son, Drew (KGSM92), to get his master's degree at the University.
While Drew is the most recent graduate, his father is certain there will
be others. "You haven't seen the last of the Clancy clan at
Northwestern," Jack Clancy says, chuckling.
-- Ed Fanselow (J01)