North Central College - Naperville, IL

Harold E. Kohn

Class Year: 
1945

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

Rev. Harold Kohn was a well-known religious journalist, author and lecturer. He wrote the syndicated newspaper column, “Lift for Living,” from 1963 to 1972. He wrong 14 books, articles and essays for “Together,” “The Christian Herald” and “Reader’s Digest.” Rev. Kohn was also an accomplished artist who illustrated his own books. In 1963, he was presented a citizenship award by then Michigan Governor George Romney for voluntary contributions in the field of culture during the previous 10-year period. He was also honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Olivet College in 1964.

Deceased.


Norma Kolthoff

Class Year: 
1943

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

In 1964, Norma Kolthoff was awarded a Ph.D. degree in physiology from Boston University—the first nurse ever to receive a Ph.D. degree from that institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she also served as a consultant for the Division of Nursing for the National Institute of Health and the American Nurses Foundation. She authored numerous health publications, was active in environmental issues and received an award from the National Academy of Nursing. She established a scholarship fund at North Central College recognizing undergraduate students for their contribution to the academic, social and cultural environment of the campus. Today, Kolthoff is faculty emeritus of the University of Madison-Wisconsin and resides at Oakwood Village Retirement Community in Madison, Wisconsin.

Deceased.


Torrey A. Kaatz

Class Year: 
1929

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1985

Torrey Kaatz became a North Central College Trustee in 1943. He was a facilities manager at Owens Illinois, Inc., in Toledo, Ohio, until his retirement in 1971. That same year, he was named Life Trustee of the College. Kaatz held many leadership roles in the United Methodist Church, including lay leader of the general conference. In June 1979, he was honored as the first lay person to be elected vice-chairman of the delegation. He was a member of the World Methodist Council from 1976-81 and was involved in the Hope United Methodist Church in Toledo. He also served on the Toledo District Board of Laity. Among his many honors was the Distinguished Layman’s Award from Otterbein College; the Golden Deed Award from the West Toledo Exchange Club, Toledo; and the Layman’s Award, Toledo Kiwanis Club.

Deceased.


B. Lowell Jacobsen

Class Year: 
1934

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1974

B. Lowell Jacobsen served in personnel and labor relations positions for several companies. By 1964, he was elected director of Federal Tin and Paper Products, Inc., and the P. Lorillard Company. He was a member of the North Central College Alumni Association Board of Directors and served on the College’s Board of Trustees starting in 1962. In 1980, he became a Life Trustee.

Deceased.


Paul Hunsinger

Class Year: 
1941

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1970

Paul “Hunsie” Hunsinger received his B.D. from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1944. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1951. Hunsinger served as pastor of Salem Evangelical Church in Chicago followed by two years at Chicago’s Diversey Parkway Church. Later he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, to become director of forensics at Morningside College. In 1960, he went to Occidental College in Los Angeles as associate director of forensics. He was a consultant for an International Conference of Industrial Editors and also seved as president of the Colorado Speech Association in 1963.

Deceased.


Emil Hospodar

Class Year: 
1948

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1996

Emil Hospodar assisted in the development of the Medical Art Program and became professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois. He established the nation’s first Medical Illustration Internship Program. In 1980, he retired from U of I and was named consultant to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where he worked on the development of health exhibits including the “Miracle of Life” display. Along with a colleague, he also created the “Walk Through the Human Heart” exhibit. The College of Health and Human Development at the University of Illinois Medical Center honored him in 1999 by establishing the Emil W. Hospodar Excellence in Teaching Award.

Deceased.


Ralph M. Holdeman

Class Year: 
1930

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

Ralph Holdeman was honored for his dedicated service to Christianity and his widely-recognized talent as an artist and sculptor. He received his master of divinity degree from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1932 and was an ordained minister for the United Methodist Church. Holdeman’s great concern for youth led to the planning and implementation of numerous youth evangelism experiments and programs, especially Youth Missions to Youth, Youth Evangelism Service and the Athletic Ambassadors. He was also one of the interdenominational leaders instrumental in the development of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Deceased.


Vernon S. Hoesch

Class Year: 
1948

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1981

Tex Hoesch attended North Central College for two years before his education was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army, European Theatre, during World War II. Following WWII, he returned to graduate from North Central. Hoesch was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, YMCA, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees and the Community Fund. He also played a leadership role in a program that assisted with the relocation of Vietnamese refugee families to Naperville. As a loyal North Central College alumnus, he also served as president of the Alumni Association, worked as a Naperville Community Campaign volunteer and served on North Central’s Board of Trustees from 1972-81.

Deceased.


Gertrude Hildreth

Class Year: 
1920

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1961

Gertrude Hildreth was a professor of education at Brooklyn College in New York. She received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1921 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1925. She was the author of many books, including “Child Growth Through Education,” “Educating Gifted Childre,” “Learning the Three R’s,” “Better Schooling for Beginners” and “Teaching Reading, Metropolitan Achievement.” She also wrote approximately 200 articles and bulletins. Hildreth made a significant contribution in the field of educational psychology and child guidance and earned an international reputation for her work in education.

Deceased.


Harold W. Henning

Class Year: 
1941

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1963

Hal Henning graduated, cum laude, from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery in 1949. He practiced dentistry in Naperville from 1949 to 1988, but swimming was his passion. As a student, Henning achieved All-American status in the freestyle and backstroke and established records in virtually all events en route to the 1940 Olympics. As a coach at North Central, he developed two world-class swimmers and one Olympic gold medalist. He later chaired the U.S. Olympic Swimming Committee.

Deceased.


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