In Memoriam


Robert P. Duttweiler Sr., 80, passed away on April 11,2014 in Alden, New York. Robert graduated from Buffalo Bible Institute (BBI) in 1955. He served in the United States Army and in the Army Reserves. He retired as director of shipping for Buffalo wholesaler Erb Co. Inc., and was very active in his church. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Eastman ’57, BBI) Duttweiler; 10 children: Mary Cobb, Robert Jr. ’82 and his wife Grace Ann (Godshall’82), Richard, Russell “Roscoe” ’86, Ronald ’85 and his wife Sylvia (Sprowl ’83), Rodney, Randall ’88 and his wife Jaqueline (Christiana ’88), Roger, Roland “Rollie”’91 and his wife Pam (Bigham ’90), and Melody (Duttweiler ’94) Weaver; 28 grandchildren including Pam (Duttweiler ’08) Guajardo, Jonathon Duttweiler’13, Joshua Duttweiler ’15, Ashlee Duttweiler ’16, Luke Duttweiler ’16, Ronald Duttweiler ’17, and Sarah Duttweiler ’17. He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Duttweiler and a sister, Betty Duttweiler.

Clyde A. Bellville, 86, passed away Sunday June 22, 2014, in Oswego, New York. Clyde attended Eastern Pilgrim College.



Kathleen (Snow) Tyler, 92, died June 3, 2014, in Lyons, New York. Kathleen worked for the Charles Rooke Agency and the Dept. of Social Services, raised her family and helped on the family farm. She sang in her church choir for many years, taught Sunday school and was a past president of the Lyons Council of Churches. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Robert Tyler; daughter Andrea Evangelist; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two great grandsons; and one sister, Louise Twitchell. She was predeceased by her daughter, Judy Tyler ’67; and sister, Miriam (Snow ’47) Priebe.


Robert W. Harper, 89, passed away on October 11, 2013, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Rev. Harper was a longtime Bible teacher and pastor in his local area. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanette (Fortran ’47) Harper, three sons and their families.


Mary (Dukeshire) Burke, 89, died on June 1, 2014, in Norwich, Norfolk, U.K. Mary was the valedictorian of the class of ’46 and went on to Yale University to earn her first M.A. She then taught at Rutgers New Jersey College for Women before earning another master’s in religious education. She returned to Yale for her Ph.D. where she met and married Dr. Derek Burke. Mary was one of the first professors to teach in the Houghton in London program. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by a son, Stephen; two daughters: Elizabeth Tregear and Virgina West;10 grandchildren; nephew Peter LaCelle ’84;and nieces Andrea (LaCelle ’79) Redfern and Kristina LaCelle-Peterson ’82. She was preceded in death by her sister, June (Dukeshire ’50) LaCelle, and brother-in-law Paul LaCelle ’51.


Gertrude (Bailey) Ruder, 87, passed away on May 2, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Florida. Gertrude is survived by her husband of 66 years, Arthur Walter Ruder ’47; seven children: Nancy Joy, Ann Marie (Ruder ’72) Roth, Rebecca (Ruder ’76) DeBlaey and husband, Christopher DeBlaey ’75, Rachel Cash, A. Joseph Ruder ’80, Priscilla Bomgardner, Naomi (Ruder ’83) Wenger; 6 siblings; 18 grandchildren, including Elisabeth Wenger ’10, Margaret Wenger ’12 and Emily Wenger ’13; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.


Ellen Thompson, 85, died on September 14, 2014, in Wheaton, Illinois. Ellen held advanced degrees in music from Columbia Teachers College (M.A.) and from the American Conservatory of Music (M.M.). She was professor of piano and theory for 39 years at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, chairing the theory department for 25 years. She was a loving “Aunt Ellen” to many nieces and nephews who will miss her enthusiastic encouragement and faithful prayers. She is survived by a brother, Guilliard D. Thompson. 


Stanley P. Clattenburg, 85, died December 5, 2013. Stanley served in The U.S. Army, with distinction, in the Corps of Engineers, the 11th Airborne Division and the Allied Occupation Forces in Japan. Stan majored in music at Houghton; after graduation, he pursued coursework in mechanical engineering technology at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. Stan served as choir director for multiple churches in the greater Philadelphia area until his retirement in 1994. He is survived by four children: Karen McManus, Keith Clattenburg, Linda Miklos and Laurie Eaton; four grandchildren; and one sister, Elisabeth Bailey.He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Clattenburg. His wife of 65 years, Hazel (Seher ’47) Clattenburg, followed him in death on June 22, 2014.

Capt. Joseph A. Howland, 87, died on April 9, 2014. Capt. Howland enlisted in the Navy after high school and fought in WWII. He graduated from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister of the American Baptist Church. He earned a master’s degree in marriage and family from the University of La Verne, received his commission in the Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps in 1957 and reported to Chaplains School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1964. Chaplain Howland retired after 30 years of service. His awards are numerous and include the World War II Victory Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn (German ’49) Howland; children Norman, Eric and Laura Howland Ingram; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Cleora “Cleo” (Handel) Keeley passed away May 30, 2014, in Fort Myers, Florida. Cleo graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1955 and practiced medicine in Buffalo, New York, and in Cleveland, Ohio, as an obstetrician/gynecologist. She retired in 1985 and was an active member of the Shell Point retirement community and in the Village Church. Cleo had a life-long love of traveling visiting over 100 foreign countries; friends say that her life was a living testimony of her Christian faith. She is survived by her brother, Dr. John Handel; a step-daughter, Darlene Perrett; a step-son, Robert Widlicka ’79; and four grandchildren.


Theodore “Ted” Hazlett, 85, passed away on February 6, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona, surrounded by family. Son of Houghton professor emeritus, the late Ray W. Hazlett, Ted joined the U.S. Navy and also attended the Forestry College at the University of Washington. He taught high school science at Phelps Central School in Phelps, New York and at Waterloo Central School, Waterloo, New York. He retired in 1992 to Prescott, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son Dr. Brian Hazlett ’78 and his wife Yvonne (Calkins ’79), and daughter Kathryn (Hazlett’83) Cline; two grandchildren; two brothers, F. Ray Hazlett ’58 and Don P. Hazlett ’54; and a sister, Carol (Hazlett ’58) Venuto. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray W. and E. Francis (McCord’26) Hazlett; sister, M. Jeanne (Hazlett ’45) Blowers; and brother, Richard Hazlett ’52.

David Livingston Hill died February 23, 2013. David graduated with a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1955 and served for many years as a Wesleyan pastor in the Michigan district. He and his wife, Ellen, served together as missionaries inPuerto Rico, and upon their return to the states, Rev. Hill taught at Houghton Academy, as well as pastoring churches in the New York district. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ellen (Schneider ’54) Hill; two children, Stephen Hill and Lorrie Conteras; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ingeborg (Schneider ’55) Carena.


Helen (Stitson) Cornell passed away on March 21,2014. Helen was actively involved in her family and her church over the years and served in the Gideons with her husband, Henry. She later worked as a successful saleswoman at her local JC Penney. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Henry “Hank” ’52; son Steven ’77 and his wife Lillian (Sprole ’77), daughters Kathleen Palmer and Laura Robinson; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 


Gail (Wooster) Bagley died September 8, 2014, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Gail graduated from the Lankenau Hospital School of X-ray Technology and worked as an X-ray technician before becoming a homemaker. She was a charter member of Hempfield United Methodist Church.An animal lover, Gail raised and showed Ragdoll cats, even training some to be therapy cats who would accompany her on visits to shut-ins. In addition to her husband of 58 years, Dr. George Bagley’54, she is survived by four children: Dr. Daniel Bagley ’80, Deborah Scott, Douglas Bagley and Jonathan Bagley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Donald and Evelyn (Hipps) Bagley ’56; and sister-in-law Grace (Bagley ’61) Snyder.


Brenda (Kleinschmidt) Mulroy died on July 6, 2014, in Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Bill Mulroy; four daughters: Kelly Mulroy, Jill (Mulroy’96) Sommer, Katie Hatzidakis and Megan Harpine; and two brothers.


Sharon “Shari” (Heritage) Angell passed away on August 20, 2014, with her husband and daughters by her side. She was a teacher, cheerleading coach, Bible study leader, choir member, world traveler, sweet friend, devoted wife and loving mom. She will be remembered for her sweet and humble nature, quick wit and contagious laughter. Shari is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Jonathan Angell ’66; daughters Jodi McCarty and Heidi Wilkey; and 9 grandchildren.


Cynthia Penne passed away in Buena Vista,Virginia, on July 2, 2014. Cynthia attended Eastman School of Music where she majored in viola performance. She enjoyed a 40-year career as a classical violinist, violist and strings teacher. In addition to performing in several Virginia orchestras and ensembles, she served as a strings instructor at Washington and Lee University and created Lexington’s Suzuki Strings program for children. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Andrew Johnson Jr.; daughter Emily Shea; stepson Christopher Johnson; mother Florence Penne, sisters Mary Penne Mays and Alice Marks; and brother David Penne ’77. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Penne.


Cindy (Wilt) Colville, 58, died on July 10,2014. Daughter of former Houghton faculty members Lois (Hardy ’46) Wilt and the late Dr.Lloyd Wilt ’46, Cindy moved with her family from Maine to Houghton in 1968. In 1985, she moved to Nashville to become a singer/songwriter but soon found herself working as production manager for Greg Nelson, who was producing records for Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green and Steven Curtis Chapman. Most recently, Cindy started her own music publishing and songwriting company, CWC Creative Music. Over the last six years, Cindy taught and developed hundreds of early-career songwriters, traveled and led workshops across the country, including the Christian Musician Summit’s Songwriting Boot Camp. For 15 years, Cindy ministered to and loved “her girls” at Tennessee Prison for Women. In addition to her mother, Cindy is survived by her husband, Bruce Colville; brothers, Kendall ’73 and Timothy ’75; loving in-laws; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and the many friends in the Christian music business.

Former Faculty/Staff

Richard “Dick” Cutting, former chef, died June 10, 2014, in Olean, New York. Dick started his Houghton career as a herdsman on the College Farm in 1967. He moved over to food services where he worked until the early ’80s. Prior to his employment, Dick was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served his country in the Korean War from 1953-55. He is survived by his children: Karlyn Robinson, Rich Cutting and his wife Deborah ’98, Chandler Cutting, Thomas Cutting ’89 and his wife Peggy (Chatson ’89), and Andrew Cutting; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

John “Jack” Robson, 83, first director of Houghton’s P.A.C.E. (now Adult Education) program, died May 28, 2014, in Gerry, New York. Jack joined the Navy in 1953 and was commissioned in 1954 as a pilot of fixed wing and lighter-than-air craft. Upon completing his active military service, he earned a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo. He began his career in education in 1958 as an English teacher and steadily moved into school administration, earning his doctorate of education in 1971. He was director of secondary curriculum for West Seneca Central Schools and in 1983, Jack was named assistant superintendent at West Seneca, a position he held until he retired in 1991. He served as the full-time director of the P.A.C.E. program from 1991-1995. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Esther Robson; three sons: David, Markand Robert; two daughters: Marcia Cromer and Bethany Robson; a brother, Earl; a sister, Jean Darling; 12 grandchildren;and two great-grandchildren.

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