North Central College - Naperville, IL

Howard K. Bauernfeind

Class Year: 
1921

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1962

Howard Bauernfeind was chairman of the board of J.B. Lippincott Publishing Company and vice president and director of the A.J. Holman Company. He was also director of Medical Science, Inc., and director of Medical Market Research, Inc. He served as superintendent of schools in Monmouth, Ill., from 1927-30 and Polo, Ill., from 1921-27. He received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1929 and did additional graduate work in history. Bauernfeind also served as secretary, 1939-40, and president, 1942-44, for the Chicago Book Publishers Association.

Deceased.


Nathan N. Bartel

Class Year: 
1937

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1982

Rev. Nathan Bartel has given a lifetime of service to his church and his college. During 30 years as a pastor in the former Evangelical United Brethren Church, serving several different communities in Wisconsin, he also held leadership positions in the Wisconsin Council of Churches. From 1966-1975, he directed church relations alumni relations, and special admissions services at North Central. Following that, he turned his talents to help lead an interdenominational research and development organization in Naperville. During his retirement, he has been a part-time associate for development at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Deceased.


Ruth Dissinger Althaus

Class Year: 
1922

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

Ruth Dissinger '22 married Carl Althaus '21 in 1923. Ruth Althaus served as a class representative for North Central College, was an ardent worker in the church school and also served on several community committees in Lawrence, Kan. Carl taught at the University of Kansas for 24 years and conducted research work in the areas of state aid for schools and school district reorganization. In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Althaus established the Clarence Dissinger Memorial Fund at North Central College. The awards are named for Mrs. Althaus' late brother, Clarence, a member of the North Central College Class of 1921.

Deceased.


Carl B. Althaus

Class Year: 
1921

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1984

Carl Althaus '21 married Ruth Dissinger '22 in 1923. He taught at the University of Kansas for 24 years and conducted research work in the areas of state aid for schools and school district reorganization. Ruth Althaus served as a class representative for North Central College, was an ardent worker in the church school and also served on several community committees in Lawrence, Kan. In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Althaus established the Clarence Dissinger Memorial Fund at North Central College. The awards are named for Mrs. Althaus' late brother, Clarence, a member of the North Central College Class of 1921.

Deceased.


Ed Mathey

Class Year: 
1988

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1997

Ed Mathey is head baseball coach for Northern Illinois University. He received his master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991. For nine years, Mathey was head baseball coach at North Central College.  During his tenure, the Cardinals won three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles in 1994, 1996 and 1998.  All three conference crowns led to CCIW Coach of the Year Awards for Mathey. He received the President’s Award at the 24th Annual Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame dinner. Nominators commented that Mathey developed North Central into one of the best programs in Illinois. In August 2002, Mathey was named the 24th head coach in the 103-year-history of the Northern Illinois University baseball program.  He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.


Ruth Johnson Fawell

Class Year: 
1952

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1997

Ruth Johnson Fawell ’52 has been a community leader in Naperville for more than 20 years. Before retiring from teaching, she served School District 203 in various capacities from 1970 to 1989. She has served on the board of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission, the Jeanine Nicarico Literacy Trust Committee and the Advisory Committee for the DuPage Children’s Museum. She was instrumental in plans to relocate the interactive science museum to Naperville, and has also helped with Little Friends Action and North Central College’s alumni fund drives. As an honorary governor of the Illinois Lincoln Series for Excellence in Public Service, she was on the board of directors of the SCI-TECH Science Museum and has been active in state and national political affairs. She’s been a recipient of the Citibank Crystal Award, given to women for outstanding achievement, in the category of Community Enhancement and Betterment.


Ric Federighi

Class Year: 
1988

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1998

Ric Federighi can be heard on the airwaves or seen on local morning news broadcasts throughout the Chicago area. Federighi is the manager of affiliate relations for Shadow Broadcast Services, which provides news, sports, weather, traffic, business and entertainment reports to more than 60 radio and television stations in the Chicago area. He has also given his time and talent to many worthy causes, including the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Federighi also provides invaluable assistance in finding internships for North Central students at Chicago area radio and TV stations.


Howard Mueller

Class Year: 
1958

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Rev. Howard Mueller, C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of Religious Studies received a bachelor of divinity degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1961, a master of sacred theology degree from Yale University in 1962, and a doctorate of philosophy from Northwestern University in 1973. As an ordained minister, he served for three years as chaplain and instructor of religion at Albert Academy in Sierra Leone. Since joining the faculty of his alma mater in 1976, Mueller has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching. His classes—while very demanding—have been among the most sought-after by North Central students for nearly 30 years. In recognition of his many contributions, in 1996 North Central presented Mueller with the highest honor it confers on a member of its family: the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award. Most recently, Mueller was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.


Marguerite Veh Lueptow

Class Year: 
1953

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Marguerite Veh Lueptow was the executive secretary and director of Leuptow’s Inc., a family-owned furniture and appliance store in Port Washington, Wisc., where she remained on the board of directors even after retirement. For 16 years she also owned and operated ShipMate Self-Service Laundry. She has been involved in numerous service organizations, including a stint as president of the Wisconsin Jayceettes. She has been included in Outstanding Young Women of America, has been named Outstanding Wisconsin Jayceette of the Year, and received the Sparkler Award from the Port Washington Jayceettes. She is also an active member in the United Methodist Church, having served as a lay delegate for the Wisconsin Conference and the administrative council chairperson for her church.


Robert Stephen Jr.

Class Year: 
1948

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1998

Robert Stephen was a teacher and department chairman for 43 years at Naperville Central High School and Waubonsie Valley High School. Upon his retirement, he also taught at the College of DuPage, North Central College, Illinois Benedictine College, George Williams College, Aurora University and the National College of Education. Stephen wrote two books, “Developing and Understanding World Problems” and “People and Progress.” He was a member of many professional organizations, councils and educational programs and received numerous awards, including the University of Chicago’s outstanding teacher award.

Deceased.


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