North Central College - Naperville, IL

Daniel Ruge

Class Year: 
1939

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1978

A North Central College Life-Trustee since 1981, Daniel Ruge established himself as an outstanding neurosurgeon in the Midwest. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Harvey Cushing Society and is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery. He was a professor of surgery at Northwestern University and was deputy director for Spinal Cord Injury Service at the Veterans Administration Central Office in Washington, D.C. Prior to assuming his position in Washington in 1976, Ruge maintained a private practice in Chicago and was senior attending surgeon at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital and attending neurosurgeon at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Ruge has demonstrated a special interest in North Central College for many years. Since 1961, he has served on the Board of Trustees and was director of the Alumni Association. He has had several medical papers published and is the author of “Spinal Cord Injuries” and “Spinal Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment.” Ruge was also the White House physician during the Reagan Administration.

Deceased.


Walter E. Rilling

Class Year: 
1922

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1962

Walter Rilling was a charter member and the first president of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, served as a North Central College trustee, as well as steward and trustee of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church of Milwaukee, and president of the Lake Keesus Advancement Association. In 1959, Rilling was presented with the annual Milwaukee Junior Chamber of Commerce Good Government Award. In 1961, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Deceased.


Harold M. Riebel

Class Year: 
1938

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1971

A Life Trustee since 1980, Harold Riebel has served the College faithfully since 1964 when he was elected director on the Alumni Board. In 1967, he became a trustee director to represent the Alumni Board on the North Central College Board of Trustees. Riebel was vice-president of Globe Building Materials Company in Aurora, Ill. Before joining Globe, he was associated with Western Electric. Following his graduation from North Central with majors in mathematics and physics, he completed his graduate work at the University of Minnesota and University of Chicago in air corps meteorology and received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University in 1962. Riebel served on the board of trustees of the Evangelical Theological Seminary as a member of the executive, business concerns, and investment committees. He was a trustee of the former First E.U.B. Church in Naperville, now Community United Methodist Church.

Deceased.


Mildred Rebstock

Class Year: 
1942

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1959

Mildred Rebstock worked at Parke Davis Research Labs-chemistry department from 1945-77. In 1945, she was a junior research chemist and then a senior research chemist. Until her retirement from Parke Davis in 1977, she was a research leader, research scientist and a research associate. During her retirement, she spent more time with her mother and pursued an interest in art. She also managed to find time to audit graduate courses in biochemistry and pharmacology. Today, Rebstock is involved with researching the genealogy of her father’s family, gardening and playing golf in two different leagues for seniors.

Deceased.


Joseph E. Rall

Class Year: 
1940

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1966

Retired as deputy director of research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Joseph Rall has contributed outstanding leadership and made personal research accomplishments in the field of thyroid biochemistry, physiology and disease. He has been described as America’s foremost authority on the thyroid. Rall is an author of more than 95 scientific papers and recipient of numerous awards and honors from the medical and scientific communities. His distinguished career also includes service as the chief of the clinical endocrinology branch at NIH and director of intramural research at NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney diseases. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science. In 1996, he took a leadership role in the North Central College’s campaign to complete the Kresge Science Challenge that brought $2 million in new support to North Central’s science program. Rall also founded the College’s Annual Rall Symposium on Undergraduate Research.

Deceased.


David P. Rall

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1974

David Rall was a cancer researcher who simultaneously headed both the Federal National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program. For 19 years, Dr. Rall headed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and held the rank of Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. He chaired the World Health Organization’s Program on Chemical Safety. During a scientific career spanning half a century, Dr. Rall was a principal or sole author of some 180 scientific papers and the recipient of many national and international honors.

Deceased.


Evangeline Klee Poling

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1986

Evangeline Poling was a former high school teacher. She was a member of the national board of the Reformed Church of America and was chairperson of its scholarship committee. Poling served on the Commission of Work Among Native-Americans and the Commission on Depressed Areas of the United States. She was a conference leader at the 1968 Presidential Prayer Breakfast and was delegate to the White House Conference for Children and Youth. In 1976, she was honored by the National Mothers Committee and was named New York State’s Mother of the Year. Poling was also given a special Citation of Honor and Document of Recognition for her many contributions to society. She appeared on national television on NBC’s “The First Estate” and “Not for Women Only” with Barbara Walters.

Deceased.


Clare E. Oesterle

Class Year: 
1939

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1980

Clare E. Oesterle was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Kempton High School in Ill. He then became a civilian instructor in the U.S. Navy. Oesterle began a career at Tri-City Electric Company, Inc., in Hammond, Ind., after his discharge from military service in 1945 and served as president and chief executive officer from 1953 to 1977. In 1974, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of North Central College. In 1983, the Board renamed the College’s library the Clare and Lucy Oesterle Library in recognition of his and his wife Lucy’s leadership. He received an honorary doctorate from North Central College in 1984 and was elected as chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1986. He currently serves as chairman emeritus. Oesterle has served as president of virtually every charitable organization in Hammond, including the Hammond Area YMCA, the Community Chest, Kiwanis Club and others. He is a member of Woodmar United Methodist Church. In 1995, Oesterle was named Life Trustee of North Central College.

Deceased.


Harry Oberhelman

Class Year: 
1916

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1957

Harry Oberhelman was an outstanding surgeon in the Midwest. He authored approximately 25 articles for medical journals and received recognition in the daily press and medical journals on many of his cases. Dr. Oberhelman was the senior attending surgeon at Cook County and West Suburban hospitals, and chief surgeon at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. He spent years sharing and multiplying his skills and talents, which went into teaching the next generation of doctors and surgeons.

Deceased.


Quentin "Cue" Nolte

Class Year: 
1927

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1972

Quentin “Cue” Nolte was a teacher and athletic coach at Norway Public Schools in Norway, Mich. In 1928, Nolte was in an automobile accident that left him a permanent paraplegic. Not one to be defeated, he started working as an assistant medical records librarian, typist and part-time bookkeeper for the Bethany Methodist Hospital. Later, Nolte published a booklet of his writings on his “living philosophies.” One of the writings was the address he delivered to “The Sunday Evening Club” on television, an event he considered one of the high points of his life.

Deceased.


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