North Central College - Naperville, IL

Margaret Stevenson Briles

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1975

Corporation counsel for the City of Davenport, Iowa, Margaret Stevenson Briles served the same law firm both as an associate and partner from 1948 to 1975. She was admitted to the bar in 1948, a time when very few women practiced law. Many regarded her as a lawyer of unusual talents. Known professionally as Margaret Stevenson, she held the Martindale-Hubbel rating of valorem, the highest possible rank in legal listings. She is listed in the first and second editions of Who’s Who in American Women, and at one time was voted Woman of the Year for the tri-cities of Moline and Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa.

Deceased.


Walter C. Bornemeier

Class Year: 
1923

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1962

Dr. Walter Bornemeier was one of the last surgeons to be certified after going through a preceptorship program where a student learns surgery while working with a surgeon. During World War II, he served in the medical corps as a Major and Assistant Chief of Surgery of the 52nd Station Hospital in Naples, Italy.

He authored many publications and was a certified professional parliamentarian and director of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He served on the Board of Education with Niles Township High School and the Board of Trustees of Skokie Valley YMCA.

Deceased.


Gertrude Bloede

Class Year: 
1932

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1980

Gertrude Bloede has helped deliver hundreds of newborns around the world. She served as a missionary in the Italian Mission in Kenosha, Wis., for five years. In 1949 Bloede was appointed to the Evangelical Brethren Mission in Sierra Leone, Africa, where she spent 11 years and delivered some 900 babies. She joined Red Bird Mission Hospital in Beverly, Ky., as a nurse-midwife in 1966, where she conducted prenatal, well child and family planning clinics.

Deceased.


John W. Bischoff

Class Year: 
1934

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1974

Rev. John Bischoff was a United Methodist missionary assigned through the National Division of the Board of Global Ministries to Red Bird Missionary Conference. He began his career at Red Bird in 1940 as pastor of Jack’s Creek Church. In 1946, Bischoff was appointed superintendent of Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY. Under his direction, Red Bird Mission grew from three to nine community centers. He received an honorary doctorate from North Central College in 1961 and from Union College in 1971.

Deceased.


Howard K. Bauernfeind

Class Year: 
1921

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1962

Howard Bauernfeind was chairman of the board of J.B. Lippincott Publishing Company and vice president and director of the A.J. Holman Company. He was also director of Medical Science, Inc., and director of Medical Market Research, Inc. He served as superintendent of schools in Monmouth, Ill., from 1927-30 and Polo, Ill., from 1921-27. He received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1929 and did additional graduate work in history. Bauernfeind also served as secretary, 1939-40, and president, 1942-44, for the Chicago Book Publishers Association.

Deceased.


Nathan N. Bartel

Class Year: 
1937

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1982

Rev. Nathan Bartel has given a lifetime of service to his church and his college. During 30 years as a pastor in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church, serving several different communities in Wisconsin, he also held leadership positions in the Wisconsin Council of Churches. From 1966-1975, he directed church relations alumni relations, and special admissions services at North Central. Following that, he turned his talents to help lead an interdenominational research and development organization in Naperville. During his retirement, he has been a part-time associate for development at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Deceased.


Ruth Dissinger Althaus

Class Year: 
1922

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

Ruth Dissinger '22 married Carl Althaus '21 in 1923. Ruth Althaus served as a class representative for North Central College, was an ardent worker in the church school and also served on several community committees in Lawrence, Kan. Carl taught at the University of Kansas for 24 years and conducted research work in the areas of state aid for schools and school district reorganization. In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Althaus established the Clarence Dissinger Memorial Fund at North Central College. The awards are named for Mrs. Althaus' late brother, Clarence, a member of the North Central College Class of 1921.

Deceased.


Carl B. Althaus

Class Year: 
1921

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

Carl Althaus '21 married Ruth Dissinger '22 in 1923. He taught at the University of Kansas for 24 years and conducted research work in the areas of state aid for schools and school district reorganization. Ruth Althaus served as a class representative for North Central College, was an ardent worker in the church school and also served on several community committees in Lawrence, Kan. In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Althaus established the Clarence Dissinger Memorial Fund at North Central College. The awards are named for Mrs. Althaus' late brother, Clarence, a member of the North Central College Class of 1921.

Deceased.


Ed Mathey

Class Year: 
1988

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1997

Ed Mathey is head baseball coach for Northern Illinois University. He received his master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991. For nine years, Mathey was head baseball coach at North Central College.  During his tenure, the Cardinals won three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles in 1994, 1996 and 1998.  All three conference crowns led to CCIW Coach of the Year Awards for Mathey. He received the President’s Award at the 24th Annual Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame dinner. Nominators commented that Mathey developed North Central into one of the best programs in Illinois. In August 2002, Mathey was named the 24th head coach in the 103-year-history of the Northern Illinois University baseball program.  He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.


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.


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