Wallace Emerson Society Archive:

Comforting Others with the Comfort They Received

Published: Fall 2009
Angela and Jim Degrado

Angela Hanson DeGrado ’64 has faced significant pain and loss in her life. Since her teenage years, she has suffered from the crippling affliction of arthritis. Then in 2001, her husband of 33 years died suddenly. Her strong faith,... Read More

Watching Westmont Grow Its Graduates

Published: Summer 2009
Watching Westmont Grow Its Graduates

David Cole says a central theme of his life is watching things grow. A biochemist for 36 years at UC Berkeley, he observed biology develop from a collection of unrelated fields to a unified, systematic discipline attracting an increasing... Read More

Collecting with an Open Hand

Published: Spring 2009
Collecting with an Open Hand

He’s a software engineer who earned a doctorate in computer science after majoring in music and philosophy. She’s a former social worker who studied psychology and plays the organ. Neither took a single art class at Westmont, but Dewayne... Read More

Their Support Survives a Trial by Fire

Published: Winter 2009
Their Support Survives a Trial by Fire

Marian Lorenz Groff ’59 lost her home of 46 years in the Tea Fire last fall. “It exploded like a volcano on the hillside behind our house,” she says. “We had less than an hour to evacuate.” She and... Read More

Helping Students Get the Most Out of College

Published: Fall 2008
Helping Students Get the Most Out of College

Bert Brown ’58 played the trumpet in the Westmont pep band, but he didn’t have time to sing in the choir. The need to work and pay for his education interfered with such activities. He has always loved music... Read More

A Life of Making Joyful Noise to the Lord

Published: Summer 2008
A Life of Making Joyful Noise to the Lord

For more than 60 years, Howie Stevenson ’50 has ministered through music, often in partnership with his wife, Marilyn Danielson Stevenson ’53. At college events, in churches and during summer conferences they’ve shared their musical gifts with skill and... Read More

The Annuity that Keeps on Giving

Published: Spring 2008
The Annuity that Keeps on Giving

Adaline Bare’s connection to Westmont extends more than 6o years. Her late husband, Bruce, was the longest-serving trustee in college history (1947-1996), and he chaired the board twice (1954-57 and 1964-1970). Her daughter, Barbara Bare Spaulding ’63, attended for... Read More

Helping Westmont Help Students

Published: Winter 2008
Helping Westmont Help Students

Greg Dixon ’66 enrolled at Westmont hoping to sing with the Westmont Quartet, a group he admired as a youngster growing up in Southern California. Happily, he succeeded in joining the ensemble as a sophomore and a junior. The... Read More

A Legacy of Scholarships

Published: Fall 2007

Thressa Kuipers and her late husband, Louis, grew up in Michigan and raised their four sons in Grand Rapids. Although he left a doctoral program at the University of Chicago to enter the business world, Lou always said he... Read More

A Growing Appreciation for Christian Education

Published: Summer 2007

As a social worker focused on helping children, Alice Washington seeks to give them whatever they need to grow and develop. When she and her husband, Ed, sent their daughter Laura ’01 to Westmont, they wanted the same kind... Read More