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Paul Meyerink ’52 and his wife Dorothy “Dee” (Dickens ’49) recently moved from Webster, N.Y., to Grove City, Ohio to be nearer to their son, Robert. Friends can write them at their new address: 4278 Tigertail Lane, Grove City, Ohio, 43123. The Meyerinks are also happy to announce the birth of their 9th greatgrandchild. Paul says: “Go PURPLE!”

Edward Crandall ’60 officially retired as a Wesleyan ordained elder in 2006, but has since served as a pastoral care and visitation assistant (part-time) at Buena Vista Wesleyan Church in Canisteo, N.Y. Ed and his wife, Lois, enjoy traveling to Lancaster, Florida, and sometimes Hawaii to visit relatives and friends.

Ronald Waite ’60 retired in 2004 after a multiple-avenue career. Ronald received his M.S. in synthetic organic chemistry from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. in 1967; his M.B.A. from Pace University in New York City in 1976; and a doctorate of professional studies in financial management and economics, A.B.D. in 1985. Ronald was a financial controller for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals from 1981 to 1985. From 1985 to 1987, Ronald was the V.P. and C.F.O. for Sandoz Crop Protection and for the last 17 years of his career, Ronald was a professor of business at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. Ronald now resides in Holden, Mass. with his wife, Charlotte (Wintsch ’61) Waite.

Richard J. Mouw ’61 retired in June 2013 after 20 years as Fuller Theological Seminary president and professor of Christian philosophy. A widely respected scholar, philosopher, communicator, and leader in the evangelical world, Mouw is credited with bringing significant change to both the seminary and the broader church since 1993. He has been described as "the most influential Evangelical voice in America - a true Evangelical public intellectual" by Duke Divinity School's Grant Wacker. Mouw has written 19 books, among them Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, Praying at Burger King, and most recently, Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals. Mouw has also served on several editorial boards, including Books and Culture, and has been the editor of the Reformed Journal. “Following a study leave during the 2013-2014 academic year, Mouw will continue his involvement with the Fuller community in a faculty role,” officials said.

Sharon (Huff ’64) Anderson is in Prescott, Ariz., where she is semi-retired and teaches adult piano lessons as well as playing piano for a small church. She wanted to share with her Houghton family that her oldest adopted son, Tyler, who lived in northern Arkansas, died at the age of 45 last May from heart, kidney, and liver problems and was diabetic. “However,” Sharon shares, “he and my other two sons all know the Lord as Savior, so we will be together on ‘the other side’ when the time comes.” Sharon enjoys taking adult education classes at the local community college, gardening, reading, spending time with friends, and being with her dog, Pepper. She is also really looking forward to her 50-year class reunion in 2014.

Robert Wagener ’64 has spent the last three years living with wild horses and exploring the value of equine therapy as a tool to assist pastors and educators with stress. “Although I have retired from my active ministry (parish ministry, hospice chaplaincy, preaching, etc.),” Rev. Wagener explains, “I have in no way retired from serving the Lord where I am planted. The joy in my life now is that I can help other clergy who are stressed, burned out, or just looking for some new insight into their spiritual journey.”

John ’65 and Norma (Willet ’65) Knox have recently sold their home in Westminster, Md., and moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., in order to spend their retirement years near their daughter, Jennifer (Knox ’96) Dejong, and her family. They welcome emails at jbk.nwk@gmail.com.

After 43 years of active field service in the Philippines, Steve ’65 and Karen (Greer ’65) Lynip officially retired from Wycliffe in November 2013, but they will continue on the teaching and facilitation team for an intake program for new missionaries, titled the Intercultural Communications Course. The course prepares pre-field personnel for cross-cultural teaming and sustaining personal spiritual vitality. In addition, they will be serving with International Students Incorporated as ministry rep volunteers where they promote support for international students during and beyond their college experiences in the U.S.

Richard “Dick” Close ’68 taught middle school science and gifted education in the Philadelphia area for 35 years, and is now filling his “retirement” years with teacher and student workshops dealing with student science research projects. In addition, Dick is “Dr. Bubbles,” doing science programs for kids of all ages from 2 to 92 in churches, schools and retirement communities. Houghton is part of his program, as he explains that he got his degree in “bubbology” from a small Christian college in N.Y. called “Houghton College.”

Harold Schoonover ’71 retired on September 1, 2013, after 37 years at Hewlet- Packard Co. He resides with his wife, Ginny (Schwartz ’71), in Landsdale, Pa.

Dean Ziegler ’71 retired from the Western Pennsylvania Conference of United Methodist active clergy in July of 2013. His wife, Linda (Grove ’69) Ziegler, retired from the Slippery Rock University Education Department in 2011. The couple resides in their newly-built retirement home in Cranberry Twp., Pa.

Ray Cooklis ’72 retired from his position as editorial page editor with the Cincinnati Enquirer. Prior to that position, Ray was the paper’s classical music critic and entertainment editor. Now that he is retired, he is getting back into practicing/performing piano.

John Buckwalter ’73 retired in May 2013, from 31 years of teaching biology and chemistry at Alfred State College. John and his wife, Laurel (Grastorf ’73), are teaching for the current academic year at the University of Technology in Xiamen, China, about 300 miles north of Hong Kong.

Louise (Vanbuskirk ’89) Gingrich lives in Florida where she has the privilege of volunteering weekly at a local care center doing computer work. She also has the joy of conducting a weekly Bible study where she resides and has the opportunity to play at the church service each Sunday afternoon. She is thankful that her sister lives nearby and that they are able to communicate regularly.