North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.


Sherry Henderson

Class Year: 
1967

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1984

Dr. Sherry Henderson was a physician and retired Captain for Medical Corps in the United States Navy.

After 20 years of service, Dr. Henderson retired from the Navy in 1993 and took one year off to study and travel. Her passion for college health services was rekindled during that time, and, in November 1994, Dr. Henderson embarked upon her second career, working for six years as a full-time clinician at Student Health Services for San Diego State University. She considered her position at San Diego the happiest and most fulfilling of all her medical experiences.


Herbert Heilman

Class Year: 
1938

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1969

Herb Heilman’s career as assistant director of athletics, head football coach and head baseball coach at North Central College, although brief, is a proud chapter in the College’s history. During two seasons, he led his 1946 and 1947 football teams to College Conference of Illinois championships. The 1947 squad is still the only North Central football team ever to appear in a post-season competition playing in the Corn Bowl. Both football teams included experienced veterans from World War II and young men fresh out of high school. It was Coach Heilman who molded the diverse crew together into championship teams.

Deceased.


Lawrence A. Gregory

Class Year: 
1951

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1977

Lawrence Gregory, now a Life Trustee of North Central College, has been involved with every major capital improvement on campus in the last three decades. In 1975, he led a team of volunteers that installed lights on Kroehler Field. In 1976, he assumed a leadership role in the renovation of North Central’s outdoor athletic facilities, a project named the “$18,000 Miracle in Naperville” by the Chicago Tribune. In 1977, Gregory became a trustee and North Central honored him and his wife Char, in 1987 with the dedication of Gregory Arena in Merner Field House in gratitude for their generosity to the College. A successful entrepreneur, Gregory founded Gregory Electric, Inc., in 1954, and built it into a leading electrical contractor in the city. Over the years, Gregory was honored for his contributions to the City of Naperville by the Naperville Riverwalk and Safety Town, and in 1993, the College awarded him the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service.

Deceased.


Grant V. Graver

Class Year: 
1938

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1986

Rev. Grant Graver was the senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church for 18 years. He retired in 1981. During his tenure, the Church’s membership rose from 600 to 1,900. Rev. Graver was instrumental in moving Grace U.M.C. from its landlocked, downtown location to its current 14-acre site on Garner Road. Graver was also active in several Naperville civic groups and organizations. He was one of the first members of the Naperville police chaplaincy program, the Boy Scouts citizenship program, the Naperville Rotary Club and he also served on the College’s Alumni Board.

Deceased.


W. Lloyd Graunke

Class Year: 
1940

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

W. Lloyd Graunke was appointed superintendent of the Tennessee School for the Deaf in 1957. Graunke was a member of several national speech and hearing associations. He was associate editor of “American Annals of the Deaf” and was a lecturer and consultant at many universities and public schools. Graunke received his B.A. from North Central College in 1940, his M.S. from Gallaudet College in 1940, his M.S. from Gallaudet College in 1942 and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1952.

Deceased.


Paul V. Grambsch

Class Year: 
1941

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1968

Paul Grambsch was dean of the University of Minnesota School of Business Administration. A native of Milwaukee, Grambsch was a 1941 North Central graduate. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 1947 and received his Ph.D.  in 1955 from Indiana University. He served on North Central’s Board of Trustees from 1971-77. He also served as dean of the business school at Tulane University in New Orleans. Gambsch’s special fields of interest were management, industrial relations, economics and educational administration.

Deceased.


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