North Central College - Naperville, IL

Warren Ebinger

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1983

Warren Ebinger continues his life’s work of service to his church, serving as a district superintendent of the United Methodist Church. After retirement he conducted marriage enrichment retreats with his wife, Mary. Ebinger received the Evangelism Award from the Baltimore-Washington Conference, UMC, was nominated for bishop by the Baltimore, Washington Conference in 1988 and co-authored the book “Do It Yourself Marriage Enrichment” with his wife, Mary. Ebinger also served a five year term on the College’s Alumni Board from 1961 to 1966. In 1967 he gave the North Central commencement address “A Man for All Seasons.”

Mary Ritzman Ebinger

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1990

Humanitarian Mary Ritzman Ebinger has served as president of Church Women United and the Wesley Guild of Wesley Theological Seminary, consultant to the Women’s Division of the Board of Global Ministries, a delegate to general and jurisdictional conferences, chairwoman of the Washington Area and Baltimore Episcopacy Committee, and a member of the Pastoral Care and Counseling Commission of the Baltimore Conference. She is the author of many guides for visiting the sick and terminally ill and conducts marriage enrichment programs, with her husband, Warren. Ebinger is listed in the 2004-2005 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women.

Donald Deetjen

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1977

A few years after graduating from North Central, Don Deetjen established Deetjen Industrial Concrete Inc. After many years in the building and heavy construction business, he now provides construction consulting services to owners, developers, contractors and construction managers. He currently serves as an officer and director for the Concrete Contractors Association of Greater Chicago and in that capacity is a management trustee on Taft-Hartley benefit funds. Deetjen, along with other college supporters and fellow alumni Larry Gregory ’51 and Dick Wehrli ’56, performed what the Chicago Tribune called “the $18,000 Miracle in Naperville,” giving the College a brand new football stadium, an all-weather running track, lights and paved parking. Deetjen served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 1984-87.

John Daniels

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1994

A College Trustee since 2001, John Daniels is a partner and member of the management committee in the 450-attorney Wisconsin law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP. He is the recipient of one of America’s most prestigious awards for advancing the cause of social justice, and a partner in the largest black-owned Burger King franchise in the world. His success in the Burger King franchise business, in partnership with his sister Valerie Daniels-Carter, landed him on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine in September 1994. Daniels is the first person of color to head the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. The National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christian and Jews) chose Daniels and major league baseball commissioner Bud Selig as recipients of its 2001 Human Relations Award in recognition of their efforts to fight bigotry and racism and promote respect among all races, religions and cultures.

Dwight Busacca

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1989

Dwight Busacca has served his community in many capacities—the Wisconsin Conference (where he was trustee), Marshfield Ministerial Association, National Christian Teaching Mission, Greater Milwaukee Ministerial Association, OYYA Camp Lucerne, Wisconsin Conference Council Administration and the Wisconsin Conference Journal, which he served as publisher. He also served as a North Central College Trustee from the Wisconsin Conference. Busacca is an occasional lecturer on the United Methodist Mission at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and he designed a successful fundraising program for the “Africa Church Growth and Development Program” of the United Methodist Church. He was the recipient of a distinguished Alumnus Award from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1994.

John Bramsen

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1996

A North Central College trustee since 1991, John Bramsen graduated from the College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Colorado for many years before leaving to pursue post-doctoral studies in mathematics and statistics. By 1982, he was working for Spraying Systems Company in Wheaton, Ill., a company founded by his father, that manufacturers spray nozzles and accessories. Bramsen retired in the late eighties but continues to serve on the board of directors. He also continues to be engaged in research and writing in mathematics and sociology. Most recently he published a paper titled “Further Algebraic Results in the Theory of Balance,” in Journal of Mathematical Sociology, October-December 2002.

Genevieve Brayton Towsley

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1979

Genevieve Towsley served her alma mater as an instructor in English and was a founding member of the Naperville Heritage Society. In 1975, she published a book, “Historic Naperville.” By 1976, Towsley was named Woman of the Year of the Naperville branch of the American Association of University Women. In 1978, she received an honorary doctor of letters degree from North Central. Towsley received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Department on Aging for her significant achievements in 1993. She wrote for the Naperville Sun from 1954 until her retirement in 1994.


Elmer A. Sundby

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1997

Elmer Sundby taught at North Central from 1956-72 and served as a graduate lecturer on learning disabilities at the National College of Education in Evanston, Ill. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he was a professor and chair of psychology and assistant to the vice chancellor of academic affairs. He has been a member of the Wisconsin Annual Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry and has been active in the United Methodist Church. As a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota for one year, Sundby was also a Ford Foundation Fellow, named to Who’s Who in the Midwest and cited as an Outstanding Educator in America. He is a member of many professional organizations and his contributions to the community include working with the Eau Claire Rotary Club and Eau Claire County Mental Health Association, mediating for the Eau Claire County small claims court and delivering books to shut-ins as a library volunteer.


George St. Angelo

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1988

George St. Angelo has spent a lifetime in service to his church and community. He earned a master of divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary, attended the London School of Economics and was ordained by the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1949. His pastorates include churches in San Pierre/Wanatah, Ind., Indianapolis and Chicago. From 1955-66, St. Angelo served as chaplain at North Central College and was a founding member of Hope United Church of Christ in Naperville. He continued his denominational affiliation as a retired member of the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 1968, St. Angelo established Seminars International, an organization dedicated to international travel as a tool of education, good will, hope and enjoyment. His tours included seminars on theology, politics and social issues. He retired after 31 years of service. St. Angelo earned a doctor of humanities in 1999 from the University of Indianapolis, where he also serves on the board of directors.


John Stamm

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1954

Bishop John Stamm was a lecturer, Bible teacher, author and churchman. He was also the first recipient of the North Central College Distinguished Alumnus Award. He completed a bachelor of divinity at Evangelical Theology Seminary in 1927; received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Albright College in 1935 and an honorary doctor of humane letters from North Central College in 1949. He also received an honorary doctor of sacred theology degree at Dickinson College in 1951. He served on numerous boards of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was vice president and president of the Federal Council of Churches. He was also listed in Who’s Who in America.


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