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Harry Faust Jr., 60, passed away January 22, 2014. Rev. Faust served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and later received his Master of Divinity from the Evangelical School of Theology. He served in several Evangelical Congregational Churches across Pa., and was very involved with mission work serving in Haiti and Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kyungui Yi Faust; daughter, Ruth Faust; son, Joshua Faust; brothers, David and John Faust; and granddaughter, Isabella.

Ronald Klump, 71, died January 5, 2014. He was a retired member of Wycliffe Bible Translators where he served for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Klump; daughter, Theresa Van Blankers-Klump; sons, Theodore and Keven Klump; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, John, James and Phillip Klump; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Judith Nash Klump

Lance Mills, 72, passed away August 24, 2013. Rev. Mills served as a pastor for 37 years in numerous Evangelical Congregational churches across Pa. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Mills; daughters, Janey Currey, Rita Barillas and Rebekah Daye; 11 grandchildren; sister, Doris Nader; brother, Franklin Mills, and his cousin Marie Smith.



Blanche (Gage) Moon, 101, died December 13, 2013. Blanche spent her working life teaching all grade levels, in various schools in upstate N.Y. and Okla. She taught mathematics at Houghton from 1947-1951. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Moon ’33; her sisters, Muriel Sundloff and Norma Stewart; and a niece, Kathleen Perrine. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Carol; her daughter, Eleanor; and a number of nieces and nephews including Julia (Moon ’83) Reed.


Mary (Tiffany) Strong passed away unexpectedly December 29, 2013, after a brief illness. Mary taught high school history and English and later worked as a librarian at the Buffalo Public Library. Mary was an active volunteer in both church and civic work and served as a longtime member of the Houghton Alumni Board, as well as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alumni Association. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Cynthia Strong ’78; and two grandsons, Timothy and Nathanael Strong. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Clinton Strong ’41.


Marjorie (Clocksin) Hawkes, 93, died peacefully December 25, 2013. Marjorie is survived by daughters, Connie Stockunas and Janet (Hawkes ’72) Deutsch; sister, Vera (Clocksin ’43) Schrag; brother, Paul Clocksin; foster daughter, Glenda McClary; devoted companions Margaret and Joe LaTona; 7 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William S. Hawkes.


Lois Bailey, 93, passed away October 3, 2013. She was an English/history teacher and librarian at Homer and Skaneateles high schools in N.Y. and also served at Ohio Christian University. Her gentle influence through letters, visits and gifts endeared her to all as “Aunt Lois.” She is survived by her cousin, Dr. Charles McCallum, Sr. (Allentown Bible College ’45), and 10 great-nieces and nephews, including Rev. Wesley McCallum ’75. She was predeceased by her parents, her stepmother, a brother, a sister and cousin, Arvilla (McCallum ’48) McKenzie.

RUTH HUTTON Teacher, mentor and “house mom” with extraordinary gifts of hospitality, and a “smile you could clearly hear;” former associate professor of English and speech Ruth (Fancher ’43) Hutton, 92, died February 14, 2014. after a short illness.

Born in the Fancher family home on Thayer Street in 1922, Ruth’s Houghton roots run deep. Her father, H. LeRoy Fancher, was born on Willard J. Houghton’s farm where his father, Lucius Fancher, lived and worked. Her mother, Isabelle Stebbins Fancher, was born and raised on the Stebbins Farm, which makes up much of the current campus of the College. Fancher Hall, the brick building with the iconic bell tower, celebrates four members of Ruth’s family who dedicated a combined 170 years of service to Houghton College.

Ruth taught English and speech for 26 years before her retirement in 1988, inspiring and encouraging many students. One former student never saw herself as a writer before taking Ruth’s Principles of Writing class: “[Her] encouraging words and positive comments did something in my spirit to ignite a love of written expression.” This same student went on to publish some of her work in devotionals and Christian education journals.

“Ruth’s influence wasn’t limited to just the moment of teaching,” said Dr. Wesley Oden, pastor of Houghton Wesleyan Church. “She was concerned about the spiritual condition of her students — she wanted them to know Jesus and live their lives serving Jesus. So she prayed for her students, corresponded with former students, and was thrilled to hear stories about their journeys with Christ and what God was doing in their lives.”

Survivors include sons, Jeremy Hutton ’77 and his wife Lisa (Heller ‘78) Hutton, Timothy Hutton ’79 and his wife Susan (Cooper ’79) Hutton, Roderic Hutton ’81 and his wife, Carolyn, Willard Hutton ’85 and his wife, Donna; daughters, Nancy Jo (Hutton ’74) Pullen and her husband, David Pullen ’70, Rebecca Hutton ’85; 26 grandchildren including Jonathan Hutton ’06, Heather (Hutton ’07) Elliott, and Alastair Hutton ’10; one great-grandchild; and a foster daughter, Kelly Turner-Irland. Ruth was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Fancher and Rocky Fancher ’35; a sister, Esther (Fancher ’37) Lister; and a grandchild, Gloria Hutton. She is also survived by two sisters, Margaret (Fancher ’47) Serley, and Joanna Fancher ’50; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Two months following her death, Ruth was joined by her beloved husband of 63 years, Lindol Hutton ’57.


Esther Smeenge passed away December 13, 2013. She was a missionary nurse in Africa, and later, head nurse at North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven, Mich. She adopted her two daughters through Holt International Children’s Services and later traveled to Russia and Korea setting up adoption programs and case histories of children in those orphanages. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Decker; two daughters, Jerilyn and Jennifer Smeenge; 7 grandchildren; 2 greatgrandchildren; and 8 nieces and nephews.


Howard Evans, 91, passed away March 23, 2014. Rev. Evans served in the Army during World War II in the Philippines and was enroute to Japan when the atomic bomb ended the war. Following a call to ministry during his military service, he attended Houghton after the war, and later, Drew Theological Seminary in N.J. He was a minister for more than 50 years with the Conference of the Peninsula-Delaware United Methodist Church, serving churches throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. He is survived by his children, Rev. Dale Evans ’84 and Lynette Wright; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, a special friend Dorene Johnson, and his brother, James Evans.


Arthur Northrup, 88, passed away May 26, 2012. Arthur served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, and he was the fifth member of the Northrup family to attend Houghton. After graduating, he received his theological training at Biblical Seminary in New York City and served in many United Methodist churches during his 52 year ministry. Rev. Northrup is survived by his second wife, Evah Jane Northrup; his son, Paul Northrup, daughters Susan Bennet, Christine McCauliffe and Venita Hotaling; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his twin sister, Arlene (Northrup ’46) Flack. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther (Alm ’46) Northrup; his parents; a sister and a brother.


MARGARET WYNN Invested, enthusiastic and supportive; tuned in to others with the heart of a servant; former secretary to two college presidents and longtime Houghton community member; a woman of integrity, compassion and grace: Margaret Wynn ’52, went home to be with the Lord she loved so much and served so faithfully on September 7, 2013. She was 89 years old.

Margaret came to Houghton as a non-traditional student in 1948; 26 years later, at the age of 50, Margaret returned to Houghton to begin a new career as the secretary to the college president. “Margaret always exhibited loyalty and love for Houghton while working long and hard, beyond the call of duty,” said former college president Daniel Chamberlain in Margaret’s retirement citation in 1988. In 1997, Margaret was awarded the President’s Advisory Council on Excellence Award. Recipients of this award were chosen for their breadth of service to the college, to Christ’s church and to their community.

After retiring, Margaret dusted off her violin and rejoined the college orchestra, 36 years after she had performed with the group as a student, and volunteered her time and expertise to help beautify the college campus by planting and maintaining flower beds. She also directed her energies toward serving at Houghton Wesleyan Church (HWC), working largely behind the scenes: filling church bulletins, answering the church office phone when the administrative assistant was on vacation, straightening the Bibles and hymnals every Sunday before church, making sure all of the sermon notepads were placed and ensuring that all of the pens were there and working. “She was faithful in so many areas of this community,” said Patty Stalker ’95, administrative assistant at HWC.

Especially dear to Margaret’s heart were children. With boundless energy, Margaret taught the one-year-old Sunday school class for 16 years at HWC. “She loved children,” said good friend and fellow Houghton community member, Betsy Webb. “She took her Sunday school teacher job very seriously. She called them ‘her kids’ and she kept track of them — she sent them birthday cards, graduation cards, wedding cards — all the way through, and she NEVER forgot.” “She was my children’s first Sunday school teacher,” said Houghton Academy teacher Laurie (Middleton ’84) Smalley. “I’m just so thankful that they were given such a wonderful foundation through the class that Margaret taught.”

Surviving are a sister, Ruth W. Foulk; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great-grandnieces and grandnephews.

N. Stephen Castor, 83, joined his children Karen, Jon and David in heaven January 2, 2014, in the arms of his wife, Carol. Steve taught English in Webster, N.Y., and held administrative positions in several school districts in Western N.Y. He retired as superintendent of schools in Bath, N.Y. After retiring, Steve and Carol taught in Papua, New Guinea and Lithuania, and for the past several years devoted their time to teaching Sunday school at Houghton Wesleyan Church. Steve is survived by his children, Miriam DaBramo, Rick Castor, Cathy Collier; their mother, Connie Jackson; step-son Justin Smith; siblings Richard Castor, Molly Johnson, Phil Castor and Cathy Hicks; 9 beloved grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce (Wagner) Laird passed away September 11, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Joyce worked as a Bible Club missionary in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Schenectady, N.Y. Joyce is survived by her stepchildren; two brothers, Raymond and Dale Wagner; and a sister, Faith Pressler. Along with her husband, Virgil Laird, Joyce was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Wagner.


Margaret “Peggy” Austin, 83, died November 3, 2013. Peggy taught secondary science and later managed her husband’s medical practice for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. John H. Austin ’54; daughter, Karen (Austin ’82) Springer; two sons, Paul and John Mark Austin; 6 grandchildren including Christopher Austin ’04, Nathanael Austin ’09, and Anna Grace Austin ’13; two great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister. She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen H. Austin, and a brother.

Arline Valborg Belland, 82, passed away on February 25, 2014. “Aunt Arline,” as she was known by friends and family alike, spent the greater part of her career as a shipping and supply expert for clothing supply houses in New York City. She loved to travel and played volleyball into her 70’s. She is survived by a brother, Erling Belland; 20 nieces and nephews; and 14 grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Henry Belland and her sister, Cecelia Lokhammer.


Dorothy (Beuter) Baldwin, 93, passed away June 29, 2013. Dorothy taught high school English and French for many years, first in Clymer, N.Y., then in Hamburg, N.Y., until she retired in 1975. As a freelance writer, Dorothy published several articles and authored Memoirs of a Depression Bum, a book chronicling her husband’s travels as a teen. She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Anna (Beuter ’63) (husband Warren Harbeck ’62); Rhoda (Beuter ’65) Rhoads; grandchildren including Sarah (Rhoads ’93) Fernald Whyte; great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Cheney. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Beuter; her second husband, Robert Baldwin; a brother, Basil Cheney; and a son-in-law, Art Rhoads ’65.


Florence (Bowman) Ott, 81, died October 21, 2013. Florence retired from the West Seneca Public School District where she was a substitute teacher in early education. She was a resident of Elma, N.Y., and Lakeland, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Edward Ott; children, Kristina Ott, Jeanne Portillo, David Ott and Rebecca Sherry; three grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Cenname; many nieces and nephews; and longtime friend and college roommate, Evie Brewster ’53.


Betsy (Gray) Glazier, 76, died March 27, 2013 in Texarkana, Tex. Betsy served with her husband as a missionary in the Philippines, then later as a piano teacher. She also taught various classes at church, including a grief recovery group after the death of her husband. She is survived by son, Ron Glazier; two daughters, Ruth Rost and Karen Ryden; one brother, Jim Gray ’66; one sister, Marge Burrows; six grandsons and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ed Glazier; and her sister, Marilyn DeMarchis.


Marjean (Bedsole) Brauch passed away February 22, 2014 after a long battle against a rare mycobacterial infection of her lungs. Marjean was a retired physician who was actively involved in the life and ministry of her church and gave much of her time to volunteer medical work in needy parts of the world. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Manfred Brauch ’63; two sons, Chris Brauch and Greg Brauch; daughter Tonya Brauch; two granddaughters, Athena and Isla; her mother, Jeanette Bedsole; and brothers Joe and Don Bedsole.


Nancy (Facer) Abbink, 68, died October 7, 2013, after a 10 year battle with cancer. Nancy taught junior and senior high school English in Victor and Central Square, N.Y., and was also an active member of LifeSpring Community Church in Canandaigua, N.Y., where she taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school and in the children’s ministry. She is survived by her husband, Henry Abbink ’67, daughters Amy Abbink ’94, Emily Abbink and Stephanie Lasal; granddaughter, Dakota Abbink; sisters Marcia (Facer ’64) Gifford and Susan Facer-Kreidler ’82; a brother, David Facer; and numerous nieces and nephews including Elizabeth (Ashworth ’87) Wheeless and Nancy Ashworth Otero ’89. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Catherine Facer.


June (Bingle) Haugen, 67, passed away February 18, 2013. June received her master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and taught third grade for more than 30 years. June was actively involved in her community, volunteering at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, N.Y., and serving on the board at the Salvation Army. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah (Haugen ’05) and Michael Powell; two grandsons, Ethan and Ryan Powell; four sisters, Anne Eckelman, Mary Wolf, Beth Snider and Barbara Flynn; one brother, Carl Bingle ’74; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles (Chuck) Haugen.


Adele (Challberg) Lenehan passed away on December 22, 2012, after a sudden recurrence of breast cancer. Adele participated in Bible Study Fellowship for many years while also serving in various ministries at Calvary Church in Longmont, Colo. She also loved sacred and classical music and played the piano and flute and sang in choirs in Colo. and in England. She is survived by her husband, Bob Lenehan ’67; children, Keith Lenehan and Kristin Del Cid; 8 grandchildren; and her sister, Darlene.

Patricia “Trisha” Ann (Huff) Thompson, 66, passed away on March 17, 2014, following a 14 year battle with cancer. Trisha and her husband, Ray, spent 30 years serving in Marriage Ministry. In addition, Trisha conducted private Christian marriage and family therapy. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Ray Thompson; son, Toby; daughter, Jami; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Scott.


Bonnie Syzmanski, 23, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Rochester, N.Y., after a short battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Bonnie is survived by her parents, James Syzmanski ’83 and Karen Swanekamp Syzmanski.

RUTH BERGEN Ruth Bergen, generous friend of the college, died August 30, 2013. She was 96 years old.

Ruth became acquainted with Houghton College through her first husband, John Peachey, president of Loblaw’s, a supermarket chain formerly operated in Western New York, from 1943-1967. John was a member of Randall Baptist Church in Williamsville and was acquainted with former college president Stephen Paine as well as Robert Luckey. His financial support was instrumental in making possible the merger of Houghton College and Buffalo Bible Institute in 1972.

John Peachey died in 1984, and Ruth married John Bergen in 1987. The couple remained close to Houghton College over the years, participating in alumni trips and making faithful gifts to the college including several endowed scholarships: the John R. Peachey Sr. Endowed Scholarship for students studying business administration; the Caroline V.S. Bergen Endowed Scholarship for students studying for ministry in any field; and the John and Ruth Bergen Scholarship (formerly named The Ruth L. Bergen Scholarship Fund In Memory of John Bergen) for a Western N.Y. student majoring in business.

Ruth is survived by stepchildren, Miriam (Peachey ’52) Coulter; Ruth Peachey and John R. Peachey Jr.; six step grandchildren, including Jonathan and Catherine (Anderson ’77) Luther ’78, and Paul Luther ’83; 11 step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband John Bergen in 2002.

JOSEPH SEDU MANS International evangelical leader, pastor and pioneer; first Houghton College graduate from Sierra Leone; educator, statesman and humanitarian: Rev. Joseph Sedu Mans ’64 died June 29, 2013 in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. He was 95 years old.

When Joseph arrived at Houghton as a freshman in 1960, he was 40 years old, married with a family, and had already been in full-time Wesleyan ministry for 13 years in Sierra Leone. He had received his Certificate of Theology from Gbendembu Wesleyan Theological Seminary in 1947 and pastored at the Kamakwie Wesleyan Church from 1948- 55. He was in the middle of his service as pastor of the Rogbane Wesleyan Church in Makeni, which under his leadership became one of the country’s largest Wesleyan churches, when The Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone sent him to Houghton to further his education.

Upon his return to Sierra Leone, Joseph contributed significantly to the growth of The Wesleyan Church and to the growth of the evangelical community at large. He was founder and principal of the Birch Memorial Secondary School — a Wesleyan high school in Makeni named for the Birch family of Wesleyan missionaries including Dr. Marilyn P. Birch ’44 and Marion and Marge Birch ’44 . In addition, he served as vice president of The Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone for several years, represented The Wesleyan Church as one of the founders of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, and was appointed the general director of Sierra Leone’s nationwide New Life for All campaign in the ’70s. In 1972, Mans was tapped to lead Baptist work in Sierra Leone and became the first president of the newly formed Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone in 1974.

“I heard about Rev. Joseph Sedu Mans soon after I arrived in Houghton as a teenager,” remembers Houghton College President Shirley Mullen ’76 . “I had the privilege of meeting him in person [during visits to Sierra Leone in 2008 and 2009],” she said. “He brought out his recent copy of the Houghton magazine He told me how pleased he was to be associated with Houghton College.”

“For five decades Rev. Sedu Mans was at the forefront in shaping evangelical Christianity’s influence in his country of Sierra Leone,” said Paul Shea ’69 , Professor Emeritus of missions. “He was a true friend to many who served in Sierra Leone.”

“Pa Mans,” as he was referred to in his country, was an evangelist at heart — one of Sierra Leone’s greatest preachers of the gospel. Until his death, he remained a highly respected elder statesman in the African Church.

“Meeting him reminded me once again of the longstanding and rich connections between God’s work in Houghton and God’s work in Sierra Leone,” said Mullen.