North Central College - Naperville, IL

Frederick W. Luehring

Class Year: 
1905

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1979

Frederick Luehring received a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago in 1906 and earned his Ph.D. in 1939 from Columbia University with a dissertation on swimming pool standards. Luehring devoted his entire 47-year professional career to the instruction of physical education and athletics at the college and university level. He began his career in 1906 at Ripon College and later served at Princeton University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Minnesota. He retired in 1953, after serving the University of Pennsylvania as professor and director of health and physical education for 22 years.

Deceased.


Haldon Leedy

Class Year: 
1933

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1982

Haldon Leedy, a native of Ohio, was awarded a master’s degree in 1935 and a Ph.D. in 1938 from the University of Illinois. He was appointed vice president of G.D. Searle & Co., a position he held until 1976 when he resigned to return to teaching and consulting in research administration. His research interests focused on the topics of atomic energy, air pollution and noise control. Leedy was elected to the Board of Trustees at North Central College in 1963 and he also served two years as vice president for administrative affairs.

Deceased.


Bertram M. Lee

Class Year: 
1961

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1991

Bertram Lee was a media and telecommunications entrepreneur. Lee and a business partner became the first African-American owners of a major league sports franchise when they were named co-owners and managing partners of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets in 1989. Lee served as president of both Albimar Communications and Kellee Communication, Inc. He was also on the board of directors of Reebok International, Inc., Boston Bank of Commerce and Shawmut Bank. During his lifetime, Lee received numerous awards, including the NAACP Imagine Award, The American Heritage and Freedom Award, and Howard University’s Salute to Blacks in Business.

Deceased.


Andrew Kurth

Class Year: 
1923

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1987

Andrew Kurth was pastor emeritus at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Calif. He served as an administrative dean at North Central from 1944 to 1946. He then re-assumed ministry at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for eight years. In 1954, Kurth became Secretary for Field Service with the United Presbyterian Church and in 1959 became Executive of the Illinois Synod. He was a member of the Rossmoor Rotary Club and several local education and hospital-affiliated groups. By 1985, Kurth was honored with the Rossmoor Citizens Merit Award in Rossmoor, Calif., and made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club.

Deceased.


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.


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