North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ruth N. Gamertsfelder

Class Year: 
1915

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

Ruth Gamertsfelder was employed at Naperville High School (now known as Naperville Central High School) from 1918 to 1958, teaching commercial mathematics and Latin, and later serving as dean of girls and librarian. During these years, she organized and sponsored the Girls’ League social service organization and instigated and guided the annual Latin class Roman Banquet. After her retirement from Naperville High School, Gamertsfelder served as curator of the Caroline Martin Mitchell Museum. Her other community involvement included work with the Naperville Woman’s Club, the Heritage Society, Edwards Hospital and Community United Methodist Church.

Deceased.


Carl C. Gamertsfelder

Class Year: 
1935

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1975

Carl Gamertsfelder was present at the launch of three of the world’s first four nuclear reactors. He later served as manager of nuclear safety and technologies in General Electric’s Missile and Space Division. Gamertsfelder was moved to the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Department of General Electric in 1952, serving as a consulting physicist. In 1961, he returned to the Hanford Laboratories as a consulting radiological scientist. Gamertsfelder was a member of numerous societies and was listed in “American Men of Science.” He wrote and published a number of technical papers and classified documents for the Atomic Energy Commission.

Deceased.


Thomas Finkbeiner

Class Year: 
1894

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1955

Thomas Finkbeiner was a professor for more than 50 years. He graduated from North-Western (North Central College) with a science degree in 1894 and joined the faculty in 1902 as an assistant professor of German and was soon promoted to a professorship. An organizer and administrator as well as a teacher, Finkbeiner was on various occasions principal of the Academy, the first registrar of the College, and dean of instruction. In 1939, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree for his distinguished service as teacher, registrar and administrator. He retired in 1944.

Deceased.


Clarence Faust

Class Year: 
1923

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1960

Clarence Faust was president of the Fund for the Advancement of Education and vice-president of Ford Foundation. He later served as dean of the faculty of humanities and sciences and acting president of Stanford University. Faust was awarded the Tuition Plan Award for Outstanding Service to Education and was the recipient of the University of Chicago Award for Outstanding Teaching. He held honorary degrees from both the University of Louisville and North Central College. Faust also wrote about literary, theological and educational subjects.

Deceased.


Alvin C. Eurich

Class Year: 
1924

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1982

Alvin Eurich was selected as the first chancellor of the State University of New York in 1949 and was later named vice president and executive director of the Ford Foundation’s Education Program. He authored or co-authored numerous books and designed several psychological and achievement tests. He served as a member of various committees on educational research - he was a member of President Harry Truman’s Commission on Higher Education, President John F. Kennedy’s Task Force on Education, and was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected as an honorary member of North Central College’s Board of Trustees in 1971.

Deceased.


Clyde "Peck" Erwin

Class Year: 
1950

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1990

Clyde “Peck” Erwin served North Central as a member of the Alumni Association and as a Trustee in 1969. Since 2002, he has continued to serve the College as a Life Trustee. Professionally, Erwin was a member of the law firm of Beale & Jones in Washington, D.C., and served as a patent attorney with Meriam, Marshall, Shapiro & Klose in Chicago, Illinois. He was also a litigation specialist for Union Carbide Corporation in New York City. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Chicago Patent Law Association. Erwin has been a member of professional organizations such as the Chicago Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Board Association in Washington, DC, and the American Chemical Society for over 50 years. He continues to be active in the County Preservations Society; promotes and officiates at area junior sailing events; and serves on the board of managers for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Deceased.


Clarence Erffmeyer

Class Year: 
1918

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1961

Clarence Erffmeyer served as professor of education and dean at North Central College for 41 years. He established the Office of Teacher Placement on campus in 1926. A well-respected faculty member, students dedicated the 1930 edition of the Spectrum in his honor. He was appointed Dean of the College in 1944 and served in that capacity until retirement in 1963. In 1979, he was awarded an honorary degree, doctor of education, by North Central College.

Deceased.


C. Wesley Eisele

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1985

Dr. Eisele was president emeritus of Estes Park Institute, a non-profit education organization in Englewood, Colo., whose primary mission was the definition of emerging issues affecting high quality healthcare. Dr. Eisele founded the institute in 1964 and directed conferences there for more than 19,000 physicians, trustees and hospital executives from 1,200 community hospitals. He retired in 1972 as associate dean for postgraduate medical education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was also a founding member and president of the Board of Trustees of the Commission of Professional and Hospital Activities.

Deceased.


Isaac H. Einsel

Class Year: 
1919

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

Isaac Einsel had a distinguished medical career as a gastrointestinal specialist with a practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as an instructor at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Einsel dedicated much of his career to serving the United Methodist Church. For many years he was examining physician for all United Methodist missionaries going to foreign fields. He gave professional help to ministers and their families free of charge. Einsel also served North Central College as president of the Alumni Association and supported a program of cancer research at North Central under the direction of Dr. Koten.

Deceased.


Ella Schroeder Dute

Class Year: 
1927

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1981

Ella Dute began teaching in country schools after only one year of training beyond grammar school. She came to Naperville in 1921 to finish her secondary education at North Central with scholarship assistance and she graduated cum laude and valedictorian. Dute returned to her alma mater in 1942 as an instructor of freshman English and matron of Kaufman Hall. She served with the YWCA, the Religious Life Council and worked as advisor to the Spectrum and college publication board. She retired in 1978.

Deceased.


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