North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ruth Johnson Fawell

Class Year: 
1952

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1997

Ruth Johnson Fawell ’52 has been a community leader in Naperville for more than 20 years. Before retiring from teaching, she served School District 203 in various capacities from 1970 to 1989. She has served on the board of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission, the Jeanine Nicarico Literacy Trust Committee and the Advisory Committee for the DuPage Children’s Museum. She was instrumental in plans to relocate the interactive science museum to Naperville, and has also helped with Little Friends Action and North Central College’s alumni fund drives. As an honorary governor of the Illinois Lincoln Series for Excellence in Public Service, she was on the board of directors of the SCI-TECH Science Museum and has been active in state and national political affairs. She’s been a recipient of the Citibank Crystal Award, given to women for outstanding achievement, in the category of Community Enhancement and Betterment.


Ric Federighi

Class Year: 
1988

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1998

Ric Federighi can be heard on the airwaves or seen on local morning news broadcasts throughout the Chicago area. Federighi is the manager of affiliate relations for Shadow Broadcast Services, which provides news, sports, weather, traffic, business and entertainment reports to more than 60 radio and television stations in the Chicago area. He has also given his time and talent to many worthy causes, including the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Federighi also provides invaluable assistance in finding internships for North Central students at Chicago area radio and TV stations.


Howard Mueller

Class Year: 
1958

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Rev. Howard Mueller, C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of Religious Studies received a bachelor of divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1961, a master of sacred theology degree from Yale University in 1962, and a doctorate of philosophy from Northwestern University in 1973. As an ordained minister, he served for three years as chaplain and instructor of religion at Albert Academy in Sierra Leone. Since joining the faculty of his alma mater in 1976, Mueller has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching. His classes—while very demanding—have been among the most sought-after by North Central students for nearly 30 years. In recognition of his many contributions, in 1996 North Central presented Mueller with the highest honor it confers on a member of its family: the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award. Most recently, Mueller was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.


Marguerite Veh Lueptow

Class Year: 
1953

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Marguerite Veh Lueptow was the executive secretary and director of Leuptow’s Inc., a family-owned furniture and appliance store in Port Washington, Wisc., where she remained on the board of directors even after retirement. For 16 years she also owned and operated ShipMate Self-Service Laundry. She has been involved in numerous service organizations, including a stint as president of the Wisconsin Jayceettes. She has been included in Outstanding Young Women of America, has been named Outstanding Wisconsin Jayceette of the Year, and received the Sparkler Award from the Port Washington Jayceettes. She is also an active member in the United Methodist Church, having served as a lay delegate for the Wisconsin Conference and the administrative council chairperson for her church.


Robert Stephen Jr.

Class Year: 
1948

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Robert Stephen was a teacher and department chairman for 43 years at Naperville Central High School and Waubonsie Valley High School. Upon his retirement, he also taught at the College of DuPage, North Central College, Illinois Benedictine College, George Williams College, Aurora University and the National College of Education. Stephen wrote two books, “Developing and Understanding World Problems” and “People and Progress.” He was a member of many professional organizations, councils and educational programs and received numerous awards, including the University of Chicago’s outstanding teacher award.

Deceased.


Wilbert Snyder

Class Year: 
1926

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Wilbert Snyder worked for the National Bureau of Standards for 60 years. One of his greatest accomplishments with the Bureau was authoring an 842-page volume titled “Achievements in Radio,” a monumental publication covering 70 years of radio history. He also did research in the fields of sound, acoustics, radar, microwaves, electromagnetic standards and measurements. Snyder’s many distinctions include a bronze medal from the Department of Commerce. He was an elected member of the honor society for scientific research, Sigma Xi, and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Radio Club of America

Deceased.


Mona Bea Martin

Class Year: 
1989

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1999

Mona Bea Martin earned degrees in political science and French in 1989 and participated in the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program for one year after graduation.  She served as deputy director of policy, development, planning and research. Prior to that, Martin was the director of research and appropriations for the House Republican Staff, Illinois House of Representatives, until her recent promotion to director of policy development, planning and research for the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.  She is currently working as a consultant in order to spend more time with her daughter.


Timothy Ogan

Class Year: 
1994

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1999

Timothy Ogan began working with the Naperville Police Department in 1995.  He is a field training officer, responsible for training new officers, as well as a certified bicycle officer. Ogan is a member of the Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force and Professionals Against Confidence Crime. For the past six years, he has trained new and probationary officers. He has also worked with DuPage Family Shelter in assisting victims of domestic violence and assists apartment complexes to promote crime-free housing. Ogan has received three chief’s commendations, two in 2000 and one in 2004; a “Citizens Appreciate Police” award in 2001; and a City of Naperville team award in 2004.


Jerry de St. Paer

Class Year: 
1964

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1999

Jerry M. de St. Paer has been a member of the North Central College Board of Trustees since 1994 and served as co-chair of the College’s $50 million capital campaign, Preparing for a New Century, now successfully completed. He is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, the principal insurance subsidiary of the Equitable Companies Incorporated. He is also Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Equitable Companies. He is a director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Alliance Capital Management L.P., Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc., AXA Re Life Insurance Company, Peter Wodtke & Partners, National Mutual Holdings, and Nicos Seime Hoken K.K. de St. Paer is a member of the SAIS Advisory Council, the Financial Executives Institute, and the Conference Board’s Council of Financial Services CFOs.


Paul Schmitt

Class Year: 
1954

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1999

Paul Schmitt worked in the international marketing research division of A.C. Nielsen Company for 37 years before retiring as vice president. He has been head of the finance committee at First Presbyterian Church in Deerfield, Ill., where he served as an elder and deacon for 40 years. As a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Advertising Research Foundation and the American Marketing Association, he has been included in Who’s Who in the Midwest and was named Outstanding Boss by the Boone County, Kentucky Jaycees. He is also a supporter of the Special Olympics. His support of his alma mater includes contributions to the Lester C. Belding Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his father-in-law. Schmitt served on the Alumni Board for five years and has been a guest speaker in the College’s business classes.

Deceased.


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