North Central College - Naperville, IL

W. Harrison Mehn

Class Year: 
1940

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1987

Harrison “Bud” Mehn is a retired surgeon and medical director for Commonwealth Edison Company. He has served as assistant professor in surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. He served as vice president of the North Central College Alumni Association from 1957 to 1960. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the Association House of Chicago and served as its president in 1965. He was also a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the American Red Cross Disaster Committee.

Deceased.


Harvey E. Mehlhouse

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1967

Harvey Melhouse was the 13th President of Western Electric Company. He was a director of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Sandia Corporation, Teletype Corporation, The MFB Mutual Insurance Company, Uniroyal, Inc., and the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a trustee of North Central College from 1972-76 and a former director of Bellcomm, Inc. Mehlhouse was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Central College in 1967. In 1970, he received the New York Urban League’s Frederick Douglass Award for distinguished leadership toward equal opportunity. After retirement, Mehlhouse moved to North Carolina and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, the Oasis Temple of Charlotte, the Telephone Pioneers, and the Rotary Club of Hendersonville where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Deceased.


Paul Mayer

Class Year: 
1907

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1956

Paul Mayer held positions of increasing responsibility in mission work in Japan during a 47-year career. Mayer’s missionary career influenced the entire Protestant movement in modern Japan. The program he set was based on education of the young and guidance to the spiritual growth of all. In all his many deeds of kindness, prayer meetings, sermons, and his extensive counseling of individuals, Mayer carried the news of the Protestant Christian Church.


Frederick W. Luehring

Class Year: 
1905

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1979

Frederick Luehring received a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago in 1906 and earned his Ph.D. in 1939 from Columbia University with a dissertation on swimming pool standards. Luehring devoted his entire 47-year professional career to the instruction of physical education and athletics at the college and university level. He began his career in 1906 at Ripon College and later served at Princeton University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Minnesota. He retired in 1953, after serving the University of Pennsylvania as professor and director of health and physical education for 22 years.

Deceased.


Haldon Leedy

Class Year: 
1933

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1982

Haldon Leedy, a native of Ohio, was awarded a master’s degree in 1935 and a Ph.D. in 1938 from the University of Illinois. He was appointed vice president of G.D. Searle & Co., a position he held until 1976 when he resigned to return to teaching and consulting in research administration. His research interests focused on the topics of atomic energy, air pollution and noise control. Leedy was elected to the Board of Trustees at North Central College in 1963 and he also served two years as vice president for administrative affairs.

Deceased.


Bertram M. Lee

Class Year: 
1961

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1991

Bertram Lee was a media and telecommunications entrepreneur. Lee and a business partner became the first African-American owners of a major league sports franchise when they were named co-owners and managing partners of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets in 1989. Lee served as president of both Albimar Communications and Kellee Communication, Inc. He was also on the board of directors of Reebok International, Inc., Boston Bank of Commerce and Shawmut Bank. During his lifetime, Lee received numerous awards, including the NAACP Imagine Award, The American Heritage and Freedom Award, and Howard University’s Salute to Blacks in Business.

Deceased.


Andrew Kurth

Class Year: 
1923

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1987

Andrew Kurth was pastor emeritus at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Calif. He served as an administrative dean at North Central from 1944 to 1946. He then re-assumed ministry at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for eight years. In 1954, Kurth became Secretary for Field Service with the United Presbyterian Church and in 1959 became Executive of the Illinois Synod. He was a member of the Rossmoor Rotary Club and several local education and hospital-affiliated groups. By 1985, Kurth was honored with the Rossmoor Citizens Merit Award in Rossmoor, Calif., and made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club.

Deceased.


Harold E. Kohn

Class Year: 
1945

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

Rev. Harold Kohn was a well-known religious journalist, author and lecturer. He wrote the syndicated newspaper column, “Lift for Living,” from 1963 to 1972. He wrong 14 books, articles and essays for “Together,” “The Christian Herald” and “Reader’s Digest.” Rev. Kohn was also an accomplished artist who illustrated his own books. In 1963, he was presented a citizenship award by then Michigan Governor George Romney for voluntary contributions in the field of culture during the previous 10-year period. He was also honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Olivet College in 1964.

Deceased.


Norma Kolthoff

Class Year: 
1943

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

In 1964, Norma Kolthoff was awarded a Ph.D. degree in physiology from Boston University—the first nurse ever to receive a Ph.D. degree from that institution. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she also served as a consultant for the Division of Nursing for the National Institute of Health and the American Nurses Foundation. She authored numerous health publications, was active in environmental issues and received an award from the National Academy of Nursing. She established a scholarship fund at North Central College recognizing undergraduate students for their contribution to the academic, social and cultural environment of the campus. Today, Kolthoff is faculty emeritus of the University of Madison-Wisconsin and resides at Oakwood Village Retirement Community in Madison, Wisconsin.

Deceased.


Torrey A. Kaatz

Class Year: 
1929

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1985

Torrey Kaatz became a North Central College Trustee in 1943. He was a facilities manager at Owens Illinois, Inc., in Toledo, Ohio, until his retirement in 1971. That same year, he was named Life Trustee of the College. Kaatz held many leadership roles in the United Methodist Church, including lay leader of the general conference. In June 1979, he was honored as the first lay person to be elected vice-chairman of the delegation. He was a member of the World Methodist Council from 1976-81 and was involved in the Hope United Methodist Church in Toledo. He also served on the Toledo District Board of Laity. Among his many honors was the Distinguished Layman’s Award from Otterbein College; the Golden Deed Award from the West Toledo Exchange Club, Toledo; and the Layman’s Award, Toledo Kiwanis Club.

Deceased.


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