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In Memoriam

Rev. Gordon Anderson

Evangelist, media ministry pioneer and founder of Tele-Missions International, the Rev. Dr. Gordon S. Anderson, Sr. '43 died at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. on Thursday, July 4, 2013, after seventy years of active ministry. He was 93 years old.

Tele-Missions International was founded in 1954 by Anderson and his first wife, Marion, as a worldwide nonprofit mission organization. This year Tele-Missions celebrates 59 years of multiple ministries which include support of foreign and national missionaries, mission conferences, a child care center, and the national television series titled “Focus on Faith,” now broadcast internationally on the website www. telemissions.org.

Rev. Anderson came to Houghton College as a ministerial student in 1942, already married and pastoring three churches in the Caneadea, N.Y. area. “Dad loved Houghton College,” said daughter Marie (Anderson '64) McCarthy. “Although wartime and other financial limitations prevented his graduation, 17 years later [he] made sure that I could join the student body as a music major. I am particularly grateful to him for his determination and resourcefulness in ‘finding a way’ for me to graduate from Houghton.” Marie’s younger brother, Paul, joined her as a student in 1963, but died suddenly in his sophomore year of a cerebral hemorrhage following a basketball game. The Andersons created the Paul Timothy Anderson Memorial Scholarship in 1966 dedicated to helping needy students prepare for Christian service at Houghton and five other Christian schools. To date, Tele-Missions has given out hundreds of college scholarships in his memory. 

Rev. Anderson enjoyed coming back to campus as a chapel speaker. “He felt energized in his own ministry by offering encouragement to young Christians grappling with the problems of their day, and by renewing lifelong friendships in the faith,” said Marie. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Houghton in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter,  Marie (Anderson '64) McCarthy; his son Gordon Anderson, Jr. '78; three stepchildren, David Goodwin, Debra McGinness, and Dean Goodwin; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Marion; and his son, Paul Timothy Anderson '67.

Adult Education

Michael R. “Mickey” Parks ’01, Olean Cohort V2, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at his home. Mickey was first employed at Columbia Gas, now NYSEG, and then for Independent Health. He taught at Jamestown Community College and was the assistant and head basketball coach there for many years. He was active in the Olean Community Theater and was an inspirational speaker for teenagers and young adults. He is survived by his wife, Anne Parks; four daughters, Kristan Parks, Bryonna Parks, Jocelyn Parks and Michelle Robinson; three sons, Chad Siago, Joshua Dean and Cody Davis; several foster children; six grandchildren; his mother, Phyllis Parks; two sisters, Jacquelyn Engelhardt and Jennifer Wood; two brothers, Gary Parks and Steven Parks; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Edgar Parks; a son, Michael R. Parks, Jr., in 2000; and one sister, Stephanie Gayton


Donald Vernon Bassham passed away on August 1, 2013 in Griffin, Ga.

Milton E. Frantz died on February 13, 2013, at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home in Palmyra, Pa. Rev. Frantz was an ordained, retired pastor in the Evangelical Congregational Church having served pastorates in several denominations. He is survived by two brothers, Loren and Elvin Frantz; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Violet Smith Frantz; a brother, Ivan; and a sister, Hazel Turner.

Gordon Nichols, 84, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Gordon was an electrical engineer, a church organist for 50 years and an avid photographer. According to his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Eccleston) Nichols, “Gordon loved people and talked to everyone.” In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Nancy Willette, G. Wayne Nichols and Norma Scott; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Stiner, and many nieces and nephews

Traditional Undergraduate

Helen (Baker ’33) Scribner passed away on April 15, 2013, at age 101. Helen was one of two inaugural graduates in the college’s Music Education Certification Program in 1933, and she went on to teach music in the Fultonville, N.Y. School System for several years. She is survived by her three sons: twins David and Dean Scribner, and Donald Scribner; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William Scribner in 1979.

Hiram N. Lasher ’41, 92, a pioneer in avian vaccine development, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012, after a short illness. Dr. Lasher was instrumental in developing and commercializing a number of significant vaccines through his own efforts and through cooperation with colleagues in both industry and academia. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bertha Lasher; seven children; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Joseph Sabo, Jr. ’49 died on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart Ind., after an extended illness. Joseph was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a seaman first class. He was an English teacher at Altoona High School for 27 years. In addition, he was a pastor in the Missionary Church for 37 years, and served as district superintendent for 12 years. Rev. Sabo is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Hazel Sabo; two sons: Joseph Mark and Jonathan Roy Sabo; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Norma Patrick.

Dean Gilliland ’50 passed away on February 17, 2013, at the age of 84. Dr. Gilliland was former senior professor of contextualized theology and African studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. “Dean was a scholar, practitioner, and skilled administrator,” said Richard J. Mouw ’61,retired president of Fuller Seminary. “He had a marvelous tenor voice which he loved to use to glorify the Lord!” While a student at Houghton, “Dean sang in the a cappella choir, in various gospel groups, and in several quartets,” remembers classmate and fellow quartet member, Merle Baer ’51. Bob Dingman ’50 remembers that “his singing was delightful as a student and on for many, many years.” Dean attended many alumni reunions and frequently led the hymn sings. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois (Harris ’50) Gilliland; their children: Dean ’75, David ’77, Dale, Barbara Jo, and Douglas; and four grandchildren.

Donald J. Strong ’50 died February 17, 2013, in Fremont, Calif. He was 84. Dr. Strong was a first lieutenant in the Air Force Medical Service Corps and served in the Korean War. During his career, he was a faculty member for 30 years in the California State University system. A licensed psychologist, he was one of the original lifetime members of the American Counseling Association. Dr. Strong was a pioneer in the application of biofeedback with superior athletes, and served as a consultant to the Olympic Development Committee for Women’s Track and Field and Synchronized Swimming for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Strong; daughters Becky Strong, Kathy Strong and Pat Oppenhein; and sister, Marilyn (Strong ’55) Flint. He was predeceased by sister, Janice (Strong ’43) Sandle.

Elizabeth “Betty” (Fitting ’50) Young passed away April 16, 2013, in Florida. Betty was a nurse and helped found a nursing school at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Ky. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Ralph C. Young; her children Glenn A. Young ’82, Carol (Young ’77) Jones, Dorothy (Young ’85) Thomassian, and Linda Morgan; and grandchildren including Lia Thomassian ’13.

Robert Kaltenbaugh

Robert A. “Bob” Kaltenbaugh passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 7, 2013. He was 90 years old. A strong supporter of Houghton, he served 25 years on the board of directors and generously donated vehicles over the years for the college president’s use. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean (Walker ’46) Kaltenbaugh; two sons, Robert W. Kaltenbaugh ’69 and Ray Kaltenbaugh ’73; a daughter, Susan (Kaltenbaugh ’77) Auerbach; nine grandchildren including Michele (Kaltenbaugh ’97) Mumford, Lisa Kaltenbaugh ’00, Mark Kaltenbaugh ’02, and Jacob Auerbach ’12; sixteen greatgrandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, C. Dale Kaltenbaugh and Charles B. “Chuck” Kaltenbaugh ’50. He was preceded in death by his brother, John A. “Skip” Kaltenbaugh.

Charles Malson ’52, 89, died on March 3, 2013, in Carson City, Mich. Charles was called to be a minister while making his living as a chicken farmer in Hillsdale County, Mich. He went on to pastor in the United Brethren Church and was eventually elected full time Michigan Conference superintendent. He also served as chaplain and as a volunteer at Carson Hospital for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 71 years, Doris Malson; six children; 19 grandchildren; 27 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Ada Bullock.

Gloria (Green ’53) Betters passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013. She was the wife of Chp. Ralph C. Betters ’56.

D. Caroline (Giles ’53) Cizek, age 81, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Caroline proudly served her country in the U.S. Air Force and played in the Women in the Air Force Band. As a band member, she had the opportunity to travel the country welcoming soldiers back from the Korean War, and often marched in parades playing the bass drum. Caroline was a teacher and a social worker. She is survived by her children, Deborah Cizek-Simmons, Mark E. Cizek and Mary “Alle” Alden; six grandchildren; and siblings Mary Giles Darrell and Harry Giles ’42. Her husband of 59 years, Richard E. Cizek, preceded her in death by 13 days. She was also predeceased by a sister, Hilda (Giles ’39) Tuthill.

Robert Whitesell ’53 of Concord, N.C., died Monday, February 18, 2013, at the age of 85. Bob served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War, and later earned his master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He retired from the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Salisbury, N.C. as a social worker. He is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 62 years, Agnes (Bonesteel ’51) Whitesell; daughters Carol Williams and Elena Hunsucker; son Paul Whitesell; brother Roy Whitesell; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His son, David Whitesell, preceded him in death.

Robert Grinnell ’54 passed away on August 18, 2013. Bob worked as an engineer at the Army Electronic Proving Ground at Ft. Huachuca in Arizona for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen Grinnell; son, Donald Grinnell; daughter, Karen Grinnell; son-in-law Jeff Small; and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynnette Small; and a sister, Virginia Magill.

Grace (McKinney) Paine died on September 21, 2013, in Wesleyan Village, Brooksville, Fl. She was 84. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Stephen Paine ’54. Grace, together with Chuck, faithfully served the Lord as missionaries in India, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and in several locations in the U.S. Also surviving are their eight children: Beth (Paine ’78) Spear, Becky Keith, Debbie (Paine ’80) Fletcher, C. Steve Paine, Rachel Rathbun, Esther Shigley, Naomi McJunkin, and Philip Paine; 43 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Jean Stelmack, John McKinney, Jim McKinney and Joyce Antolick. Grace was predeceased by her son, John; her parents; and her father-in-law, Dr. S. Hugh Paine.

Pearl (Luke ’55) Hershelman, 78, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Sebring, Fla., after a short battle with leukemia. Pearl and her husband, Charles ”Chuck” Hershelman ’55 spent 50 plus years as missionaries in Africa and then working at the SIM Headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. for several years before retiring to the Missionary Retirement Center in Sebring, Fla. Along with her husband, she is survived by daughters Lynn (Hershelman ’76) Shepard, Lois Casiano and Laura Hershelman; sisters Thelma Sorenson and Edith Johansen; Brother, Willard Luke; and two grandchildren.

John E. Banker ’56, 79, went to be with the Lord on May 2, 2013. John served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 54 years with his wife Betty (Mundy). Their work was in Vietnam with the Bahnar language project, completing the New Testament in 1976 and the Old Testament in 2013. John was the semantic and structural analysis coordinator for Wycliffe, providing translation help for other Bible translators. He also contributed to many translations as a consultant. In addition to his wife, John is survived by four children, Tom Banker, Kathy (Banker ’84) Taber, Mary Alice (Banker ’87) Golightly, and Nancy (Banker ’90) Cole; seven grandchildren including Sheri (Taber ’09) Hegeman; and a great grandson. He is also survived by three siblings: A. William Banker ’57, Alice Banker ’58, and James Banker ’60.

Charles Richard “Dick” Eschtruth ’60 died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Agape Rehabilitation in Conway, S.C. He was 82. Richard was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict, and was owner and operator of Eschtruth & Son piano tuning for 56 years. In addition, he was the first resident piano tuner in Horry County/Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Maryanne (Brooks ’61) Eschtruth; one son, Kendon Eschtruth; two daughters, Susan Wilson and Deborah Collins; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and (at the time of this writing) one on the way.

Gilda (Emery ’61) Samuels died from cancer on July 31, 2013, one day after her 47th wedding anniversary to Joel L. Samuels (’57). Gilda was a medical technologist, served in the Peace Corps, and in 2000 received another B.A. in Spanish from the University of Dubuque. She made seven short-term mission trips to Mexico between 2003 and 2010, and, during a period of five years, weekly translated a one page devotional written by a Mexican pastor into English. In addition to her husband, Gilda is survived by three daughters, Rosanne, Valerie and Melissa; and two grandchildren.

Don Osgood '52

Author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur; with an infectious laugh and the heart of a poet; former Houghton College trustee; encourager, visionary, and optimist; Don Osgood, 82, died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

A corporate trainer at IBM for 30 years, an executive management coach and the founder of his own company, Career Performance Group Limited, Don Osgood spent his life contributing to the success of individuals and corporations. He also contributed to the success of Houghton College.

“Don was a consistent and stalwart promoter of Houghton’s Christian liberal arts education,” said friend Bob Orr ’62. He served for 17 years on the board of trustees and used his writing talents to encourage alumni and other potential donors to consider giving charitably to Houghton.

“Don Osgood was a close personal friend as well as a capable and constructive college trustee,” said former college president, Daniel Chamberlain. “On several occasions Don donated his time to meet with Houghton’s administrators with emphasis upon determining the working styles and characteristics of each administrator and how we could best function as a team.”

For Don, the trigger for his service at Houghton was the changed life of his son, Jeff, who died of cancer just ten years after graduating from Houghton. In his honor, Don established the Jeffrey Osgood Memorial Scholarship in 1987. “Don loved the ethos of Houghton,” said his wife, Joan. “He was so gratified with how much Houghton gave to our son. Jeff blossomed at Houghton.” In an article he wrote for Houghton’s advancement office, Don said, regarding his son, “This place changed the rest of his life.”

Don loved people and will be remembered for his outgoing nature, wonderful smile and upbeat approach to life. “He found the good in everyone,” said Orr. “He didn’t know the meaning of a ‘stranger.’”

“He was a lot of fun to be with,” said Joan. “And he could sweet talk the birds out of the sky!” He is survived by his wife, Reverend Joan Osgood, and three sons: Greg, Drew, and Trevor. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Osgood ’79.

Marjorie (Demarest ’62) Phillips passed away unexpectedly on December 28, 2012 at her home in Pennsylvania five days after she had suffered a fractured pelvis from a fall. It is thought that a blood clot from that injury took her life. Marje, along with her husband, Rev. D. Thomas Phillips, felt called to use their talents in church ministry, and together they served in the Bible Fellowship Church in several locations in N.J. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: Eric Phillips, Gareth Phillips, and Susan Jennifer Milillo; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson.

Alvin McCarty ’69 passed away on July 6, 2013, at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. A former resident of Angelica, N.Y., Al taught special education for the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES and coached basketball and baseball for the Belmont/ Genesee Valley Central School District for 34 years. He retired in 2003. Al is survived by his wife, Martha (Hogue ’72) McCarty; children Ian McCarty and Jessica Becerra; two grandchildren; brothers Dennis McCarty, Theron McCarty and Jerry McCarty; sisters Virginia (McCarty ’60) Norton, Linda (McCarty ’63) Bassler, Marrolyn (McCarty ’66) Landers, and Colleen Mariano.

Betty (Cobb ’72) Dorris went to be with the Lord April 16, 2013, after battling ovarian cancer. Betty was a physical therapist and also served as a missionary in Haiti, Peru, and Venezuela. She is survived by her husband, Roger Dorris; four grown children; and three brothers including Rev. David Cobb ’71.

A. Scott Carey ’74 passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was 61. Scott spent his career working in the healthcare field, most recently at the University of Rochester where he was ambulatory care administrator for obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, he spent a multi-year sabbatical in Prague, Czech Republic, where he taught English. He is survived by his parents, Alan and Marieta Carey; son, Adam; daughter Allison; brother Craig; and many relatives and friends.

William “Bill” Wiley ’74, 60, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home in Dover, Ark. He was retired after 32 years with Arkansas Nuclear One, and he was a volunteer for the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Russellville, Ark. and the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Janet (Johnson ’76) Wiley; daughter Rebekah Cox; sisters Eleanor (Wiley ’62) Engel and Sandy Ruiz; brothers George Wiley and Edward Wiley; and many nieces and nephews including Nicholas Ruiz ’06.

Anne E. Livingston ’77, M.D., passed away at the family cottage on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County, N.Y. She was 57. Anne practiced as a partner with Allergy and Asthma Diagnostic Office in Syracuse, N.Y. as an allergy specialist and retired in 2005 due to health. She is survived by her spouse, Teri Vigars; mother, Mary G. Livingston; brother, H. Charles Livingston, Jr. ’76; sister Kaye Studdert; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Harold C. Livingston ’48 in 2002.

Christopher A. May ’77 passed away suddenly Thursday, August 22, 2013. Dr. May was a dentist in private practice, and had been currently serving his first term as a Town Councilman in Avon, Conn. Chris is survived by his wife of 33 years and dental partner, Dr. Susan (Pollock ’78) May; three sons: Gregory, Andrew and Eric; his parents, Robert and Nancy May; a brother, Michael May; two sisters, Pamela May Von der heide and Becky May; and many nieces and nephews.

Cathy Reese

An incredible woman with an incredible story; Houghton College president’s advisory board member; award-winning trial attorney; wife, mother and friend: Cathy (Christy ’82) Reese lost her battle with cancer on July 18, 2013. She was 53 years old.

Cathy was a principal in the Delaware office of the global firm Fish & Richardson. She was highly respected by her peers and clients for her expertise in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, trade secrets, and technology. Though she represented some of the largest companies in the world and appeared on CNBC commenting on corporate issues, she is remembered for more than her accomplishments. “The thing that I thought was most interesting about Cathy,” said a student after Cathy spoke at a Guest Executive Dinner in 2010, “was that her greatest accomplishments were not about her occupation but about her desire to help others.”

“Cathy’s main passion in life was to bring the gospel message to those around her and impact her world for Christ,” said her husband Rob Reese ’80. “She loved Houghton and the wonderful community of believers that populate it. Her Houghton experience helped develop those special traits that God has given Cathy, and as a result, you could see His love radiate through her on a daily basis.”

“It was a privilege to have known Cathy Reese, even for a brief time,” said Houghton College President Shirley Mullen ’76. “She brought to every conversation a zest for life, a pursuit of excellence, and an utter trust in the love and grace of God that was contagious. I will miss her as a member of the president’s advisory board, as a parent of a current student, and as a part of our alumni family.”

Cathy is survived by her husband of 31 years, Robert Paul Reese, Jr. ’80, her sons, Robert “Beau” P. Reese III, Tucker Jonathan Reese; her daughter Tyler Catherine Reese ’15; three brothers, John, Kaign and William Christy; and two sisters, JoAnn Lamb and Caroline Trenham. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and JoAnn Christy.