North Central College - Naperville, IL

Joseph E. Rall

Class Year: 
1940

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1966

Retired as deputy director of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Joseph Rall has contributed outstanding leadership and made personal research accomplishments in the field of thyroid biochemistry, physiology and disease. He has been described as America’s foremost authority on the thyroid. Rall is an author of more than 95 scientific papers and recipient of numerous awards and honors from the medical and scientific communities. His distinguished career also includes service as the chief of the clinical endocrinology branch at NIH and director of intramural research at NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney diseases. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science. In 1996, he took a leadership role in the North Central College’s campaign to complete the Kresge Science Challenge that brought $2 million in new support to North Central’s science program. Rall also founded the College’s Annual Rall Symposium on Undergraduate Research.

Deceased.


David P. Rall

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1974

David Rall was a cancer researcher who simultaneously headed both the Federal National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program. For 19 years, Dr. Rall headed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and held the rank of Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. He chaired the World Health Organization’s Program on Chemical Safety. During a scientific career spanning half a century, Dr. Rall was a principal or sole author of some 180 scientific papers and the recipient of many national and international honors.

Deceased.


Evangeline Klee Poling

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1986

Evangeline Poling was a former high school teacher. She was a member of the national board of the Reformed Church of America and was chairperson of its scholarship committee. Poling served on the Commission of Work Among Native-Americans and the Commission on Depressed Areas of the United States. She was a conference leader at the 1968 Presidential Prayer Breakfast and was delegate to the White House Conference for Children and Youth. In 1976, she was honored by the National Mothers Committee and was named New York State’s Mother of the Year. Poling was also given a special Citation of Honor and Document of Recognition for her many contributions to society. She appeared on national television on NBC’s “The First Estate” and “Not for Women Only” with Barbara Walters.

Deceased.


Clare E. Oesterle

Class Year: 
1939

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1980

Clare E. Oesterle was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Kempton High School in Ill. He then became a civilian instructor in the U.S. Navy. Oesterle began a career at Tri-City Electric Company, Inc., in Hammond, Ind., after his discharge from military service in 1945 and served as president and chief executive officer from 1953 to 1977. In 1974, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of North Central College. In 1983, the Board renamed the College’s library the Clare and Lucy Oesterle Library in recognition of his and his wife Lucy’s leadership. He received an honorary doctorate from North Central College in 1984 and was elected as chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1986. He currently serves as chairman emeritus. Oesterle has served as president of virtually every charitable organization in Hammond, including the Hammond Area YMCA, the Community Chest, Kiwanis Club and others. He is a member of Woodmar United Methodist Church. In 1995, Oesterle was named Life Trustee of North Central College.

Deceased.


Harry Oberhelman

Class Year: 
1916

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1957

Harry Oberhelman was an outstanding surgeon in the Midwest. He authored approximately 25 articles for medical journals and received recognition in the daily press and medical journals on many of his cases. Dr. Oberhelman was the senior attending surgeon at Cook County and West Suburban hospitals, and chief surgeon at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. He spent years sharing and multiplying his skills and talents, which went into teaching the next generation of doctors and surgeons.

Deceased.


Quentin "Cue" Nolte

Class Year: 
1927

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1972

Quentin “Cue” Nolte was a teacher and athletic coach at Norway Public Schools in Norway, Mich. In 1928, Nolte was in an automobile accident that left him a permanent paraplegic. Not one to be defeated, he started working as an assistant medical records librarian, typist and part-time bookkeeper for the Bethany Methodist Hospital. Later, Nolte published a booklet of his writings on his “living philosophies.” One of the writings was the address he delivered to “The Sunday Evening Club” on television, an event he considered one of the high points of his life.

Deceased.


Reuben H. Miller

Class Year: 
1919

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1964

United Methodist Bishop Reuben Mueller was a central figure in the 1968 union of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. He was the author of numerous articles and books including Becoming A Christian, Motive in Christian Teaching and The Living World. In 1963, he served as president of the National Council of Churches. He retired in 1972 after more than 50 years of ministry. In 1975, Indiana Central College endowed a Chair of Religion and Philosophy in his name.

Deceased.


W. Harrison Mehn

Class Year: 
1940

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1987

Harrison “Bud” Mehn is a retired surgeon and medical director for Commonwealth Edison Company. He has served as assistant professor in surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. He served as vice president of the North Central College Alumni Association from 1957 to 1960. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Association House of Chicago and served as its president in 1965. He was also a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the American Red Cross Disaster Committee.

Deceased.


Harvey E. Mehlhouse

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1967

Harvey Melhouse was the 13th President of Western Electric Company. He was a director of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Sandia Corporation, Teletype Corporation, The MFB Mutual Insurance Company, Uniroyal, Inc., and the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a trustee of North Central College from 1972-76 and a former director of Bellcomm, Inc. Mehlhouse was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Central College in 1967. In 1970, he received the New York Urban League’s Frederick Douglass Award for distinguished leadership toward equal opportunity. After retirement, Mehlhouse moved to North Carolina and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, the Oasis Temple of Charlotte, the Telephone Pioneers, and the Rotary Club of Hendersonville where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Deceased.


Paul Mayer

Class Year: 
1907

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1956

Paul Mayer held positions of increasing responsibility in mission work in Japan during a 47-year career. Mayer’s missionary career influenced the entire Protestant movement in modern Japan. The program he set was based on education of the young and guidance to the spiritual growth of all. In all his many deeds of kindness, prayer meetings, sermons, and his extensive counseling of individuals, Mayer carried the news of the Protestant Christian Church.


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