Receiving the Class of 1914 Award will be Charles A. Brougher, Wittenberg class of 1955 and a resident of Springfield, Ohio. The university will also present Alumni Citation Awards to New Brighton, Minn., resident Dr. Theodore R. Thompson, class of 1965; The Rev. Kathleen E. Gahagen Derushia, class of 1991 and a resident of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Sun City, Ariz., resident The Rev. J. Davis Illingworth of the class of 1939; the late Wally Moll, class of 1950; and the Hon. Robert J. Cindrich, class of 1965 and a resident of Zelienople, Pa.
Robert Rafferty, a 2002 graduate and resident of Springfield, Ohio, will also be honored with the G.O.L.D. Young Alumnus Service Award for sharing his time and talent with the university, while Karen Yannacio, class of 1994, will receive The Outstanding Young Alumna Award for professional achievement.
Wittenberg’s most prestigious recognition, the Class of 1914 Award honors an individual from the university community who has served Wittenberg above and beyond what might be expected of any contributor to the college’s welfare. The Alumni Citation Award recognizes those who have brought honor to Wittenberg by their exceptional accomplishments in which service to humanity is placed ahead of personal gain or recognition.
A science major at Wittenberg and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Brougher is chairman and CEO of Eagle Tool & Machine Co. in Springfield and its subsidiary E2 Precision Products of Cleveland, Ohio. From 1991-1997, Brougher served on the Wittenberg Board of Directors and currently serves as chair of the board for Community Mercy Health Partners. In addition to chairing the long-range financial planning task force for the city of Springfield, Brougher has also served as the past chair of the Springfield-Clark County Chamber of Commerce and as past president of The Springfield Foundation, Springfield Rotary Club and the Springfield Country Club.
Named one of Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician magazine, Thompson has received numerous accolades and awards for his work in pediatrics and neonatology, including being named “Outstanding Physician in Neonatology” in 2001 and 2002. The chief-elect for the medical executive committee for Fairview-University Medical Center and the associate head for education and community programs for the department of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Thompson is also the director of clinical education at the medical school. He was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Medical Educators in 2004. A chemistry major and vice president of Phi Mu Delta fraternity at Wittenberg, Thompson earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.
Once credited by a classmate with changing her focus on life dramatically, Derushia serves as pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda, N.Y. A theatre and dance major at Wittenberg, Derushia received her master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1997. She has served as a volunteer for Wittenberg in several areas, and currently teaches on healing and health & spirituality at the University of Buffalo Medical School. Profiled in the 2002 summer issue of Alpha Xi Delta sorority’s national magazine, The Quill, Derushia also serves as company chaplain for Columbia Hook and Ladder in New York.
Believing that everyone should count their blessings and make them count, Illingworth majored in history at Wittenberg before earning his master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1941. Davis and Elkins College later awarded him an honorary doctorate of divinity in 1954. President of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Wittenberg, Illingworth served as pastor of several churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Arizona, California and Nevada during his 64-year career. He also founded the 2,000-member Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City, Ariz., co-founded the $80 million Royal Oaks Life Center and served as chief executive of Erie Presbyterian Church, both in Sun City. In 2000, the Arizona State Association of Homes and Housing for the Aging named him Trustee of the Year.
A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a health and physical education major at Wittenberg, Moll earned his M.A. in education from Case Western University in 1956. He also served as president of the Cleveland-area Wittenberg alumni group during the late 1950s and early 1960s. A dedicated teacher and administrator in the West Geauga School District in Chesterland, Ohio, Moll retired in 1982 as principal of West Geauga High Schoo1. At one time, Moll taught elementary-level classes for psychiatric patients at the Cleveland State Hospital. He was also active in his community, serving as a member of the board of directors of the Heights YMCA, director of the Cleveland Heights girls summer softball league and a volunteer at the Cleveland Museum of National History. He will be recognized posthumously at the ceremony.
A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1994-2004, Cindrich has led an impressive legal career since graduating from Wittenberg. Currently the chief legal officer and general counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cindrich published Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial: Lawyers Cooperative Federal Practice Guide in 1997. Recipient of the Jaycee Man of the Year in Law and Government Award and the American Legion Award, Cindrich spent three years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a specialist IV and four years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a staff sergeant. A political science and history double major and president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Wittenberg, Cindrich earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1968, graduating magna cum laude.
Rafferty has dedicated numerous hours of service to his alma mater in addition to serving as the university webmaster since 2002. A volunteer assistant coach for the swimming team since graduation, Rafferty has also volunteered at alumni events and assisted with university development and admission efforts. As webmaster and also now the director of new media, Rafferty leads the university’s overall electronic communications efforts, including the development, design, programming and management of Web content and digital media. He has also coordinated the university electronic communications committee. A two-time Honorable Mention All-American and captain of the swimming team during his student days, Rafferty majored in political science at Wittenberg.
Featured in nearly a dozen news articles during the last five years, Yannacio has been recognized repeatedly for her work in the classroom. An education major at Wittenberg, Yannacio works as an enrichment specialist and program challenge teacher for grades 3-5 in the West Geauga School District in Chesterland, Ohio. Recently nominated for the Disney Teacher Award and the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher Award, she has published more than 200 articles and presented numerous times at educational conferences. She was also included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers this year. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Yannacio earned her M.Ed. from the University of Connecticut in 2001 and her Principal’s Certificate from Ursuline College in 2003.
For more on the events surrounding Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2005, log on to Wittenberg’s Web site at www.wittenberg.edu.
- Karen Gerboth
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