Wallace Emerson Society Archive:

Alumna Pursues Many Interests and Gives Back

Published: Fall 2016
Alumna Pursues Many Interests and Gives Back

Judie Christensen ’69 grew up close to Wheaton, Ill., and hadn’t traveled west of the Mississippi River when she transferred to Westmont as a junior. She made the journey because she could major in both Christian education and business,... Read More

Serving the Lord By Serving Westmont

Published: Summer 2015
Serving the Lord By Serving Westmont

John Watts, who helped countless people plan their estates, died January 12, 2015, at the age of 85. Gracious, selfless and caring, he built strong support for Westmont through his heartfelt friendships. In partnership with his wife, Patty, John developed... Read More

Supporting Their Values by Giving to Westmont

Published: Fall 2014
Supporting Their Values by Giving to Westmont

For 43 years, Jim Fisher has advised businesses, organizations and individuals about financial planning through his firm, Trinity Financial Partners. “Apply-ing charitable tools through estate planning can be the most efficient and effective way to help people support what they... Read More

Investing in the Liberal Arts

Published: Spring 2014
Investing in the Liberal Arts

James ’63 and Ginny Van Lew ’63 Beck say their liberal arts education gave them a foundation for life, shaping their work, church life, parenting and community participation. “We wouldn’t trade our time at Westmont for anything,” Ginny says.... Read More

Reliving Westmont

Published: November 2013
Reliving Westmont

Hundreds of alumni arrived on campus Oct. 4-5 to reunite with their classmates and their college. They reconnected with friends and professors and remembered their days as students. Visiting classes on Friday helped them relive their learning. Attending chapel... Read More

The Ripple Effects of a Westmont Education

Published: November 2013
The Ripple Effects of a Westmont Education

Looking back, Jan Thornton-Cheveres ’57 believes her time at Westmont set in motion important events in her life. “The high-quality academics, the deep friendships, the Christian values I formed, and the connections I made have created ripple effects throughout... Read More

Investing in Christian Education and Leadership

Published: July 2013
Investing in Christian Education and Leadership

Duane ’63 and Pat Johnson met in 1964 on a Gordon College trip to Europe. They got engaged on a scenic Rotterdam bridge after just a few weeks, and they’ve been married 48 years. They both value Christian education... Read More

Faithful Friends of Westmont Leave a Legacy

Published: March 2013
Faithful Friends of Westmont Leave a Legacy

As a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, Gil Ashor decided to spend a summer as an extern at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He met his wife, Carol, there; she was a Santa Barbara native and a... Read More

The Enduring Vision of Wallace Emerson

Published: Fall 2012
The Enduring Vision of Wallace Emerson

Wallace L. Emerson, Westmont’s first president, came from a family of Christian intellectuals. After graduating from Huron College, he earned a master’s degree at Stanford University and a doctorate in psychology at the University of Southern California. He taught... Read More

Serving Wycliffe and the Otomi People for 60 Years

Published: Summer 2012
Nancy Lanier '49

Nancy Lanier ’49 has devoted her life to living in Mexico and translating the New Testament into two Otomi dialects. Now 87, she uses email to oversee work on an Otomi Bible from her home in Tucson, Ariz. “I... Read More