North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.


Reuben H. Miller

Class Year: 
1919

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1964

United Methodist Bishop Reuben Mueller was a central figure in the 1968 union of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. He was the author of numerous articles and books including Becoming A Christian, Motive in Christian Teaching and The Living World. In 1963, he served as president of the National Council of Churches. He retired in 1972 after more than 50 years of ministry. In 1975, Indiana Central College endowed a Chair of Religion and Philosophy in his name.

Deceased.


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.


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