Council Welcomes New President and Thanks Volunteers
the end of her two-year stint as Alumni Association president, Diane
Kenty 77 passed the gavel to Clyde Owan 79, whose new
title tops his ever-growing list of Oberlin-related volunteer posts.
Owan, whose face is often shielded by his ever-present camera, has
served on the Alumni Councils trustee search and admissions
advisory committees and as Council treasurer and chair of his class
reunion gift committee.
The Arlington, Virginia, resident earned masters degrees at
Georgetown and the U.S. Naval War College. He embarked on a 20-year
career with the U.S. government, most recently as a military analyst
in the departments of Navy and Defense and as a deputy on the National
It has been a pleasure to be of some service to Oberlin, especially
in light of all that Oberlin has meant to my life, Owan says
of his new post. I regret that I wasnt a photographer
for The Review. Since then, Ive been toting along my cameras
to make up for that youthful oversight.
phrases such as legendary volunteer and a one-person
Alumni Association, Kenty summarized Carl Gerbers resume
of Oberlin service. Gerber received the Associations Distinguished
Service Award in September, the first of 12 alumni honored at the
Councils fall dinner. Active in the Association since the
1960s, Gerber 58 argued forcefully for alumni involvement
in the student recruitment and admissions process. He served as
president of the Alumni Association and later as class president,
class agent, president of the DC club, chair of the awards committee,
and on the executive board. His persistence with the student admissions
idea paid off, having led to what is now the Alumni Recruiting Network
involving hundreds of alumni across the country.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Richard Harper 53,
administer of theWestchester County/ Southern Connecticut Oberlin
Book Award Program. To raise the visibility of Oberlin among area
students, he annually solicits gifts and volunteers to recognize
high school juniors who demonstrate achievement in English or the
Witt Johnson 35, a believer in the unity of dance, music,
and education, has epitomized the Oberlin ideal of service to community.
She has worked as a modern dance choreographer, oral historian,
social worker, art education advocate, community activist, and as
a role model for African American youth. She, also, was honored
with a Certificate of Appreciation.
A third certificate was awarded to Paul Treuhaft 64, an active
volunteer who served
asclass president and class agent. A retired orthopedic surgeon,
Treuhaft spent one week each year with students in Oberlins
human biology course, lecturing on orthopedic disease and directing
four lab sessions in which he performed knee surgery on a cow.
Bradburn 90, known among her classmates for writing innovative
and persuasive fundraising letters, was honored as the Class Agent
of the Year. Bradburn served as a co-chair of her 10th reunion gift
committee for the past two years, leading her classmates to surpass
their fundraising goal by 30 percent.
Regional Coordinator of the Year Candace Ellman 89 organized
two successful events in Denver, bringing in Oberlin faculty speakers
Lynne Rogers and Jane Armitage. Last year Ellman received the Admissions
Recruiting Coordinator of the Year Award.
In only his second year as the coordinator of the Atlanta area,
C. Shawn Jones 89 was named Admissions Recruiting Coordinator
of the Year. Also a member
of the admissions advisory committee, Jones aided the Atlanta recruitment
effort by attending college fairs, interviewing prospective students,
and hosting a reception for admitted students.
The Class President of the Year Award was shared by dt ogilve 70,
Wendell P. Russell Jr. 71, and William Peck 72 for planning
their 30th year cluster reunion last year, one of the largest in
Barbara Staley Bayless 49 and Harold W. Peterson 44
were recognized for completing their terms on the Alumni Councils