Wallace Emerson Society Archive:

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

Advancing the Visual Arts and Middle East Studies

Published: Spring 2012
Judy Van Horn Neunuebel Class of 69

After a career as a graphic designer and owner of Neunuebel Graphics, Judy Van Horn Neunuebel ’69 now focuses on fine art. In her studios in Santa Barbara and Santa Fe, N.M., she creates mixed-media assemblages and will contribute... Read More