North Central College - Naperville, IL

Roger F. Hruby

Class Year: 
1958

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1995

Entrepreneur Roger Hruby, chairman and CEO of CFC International Inc., a leading chemical specialty company, is also chairman of North Central College’s Board of Trustees. CFC International, Inc. formulates, manufactures and sells chemically complex, transferable, multi-layer coatings, and is a leading supplier in many of the worldwide markets it serves. Principal markets for CFC’s products are heat transfer printing for intravenous solution bags, magnetic strips for ATM/credit cards and wood grain laminates for the furniture industry. CFC is also the leading supplier of holograms used to authenticate brand name software, merchandise, credit cards, event tickets, and other applications requiring protection against unauthorized copying or counterfeiting. In 1998, Hruby was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” and became a member of the Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in the Chicago Area. In 1996, Hruby and his wife, Nadeane, created an endowed scholarship fund to help working undergraduates. Hruby has been a College Trustee since 1991.


Nicholas Hood

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1996

Rev. Nicholas Hood has been a pastor, a central figure in the United Church of Christ, and a leader in Detroit. He was also the first African-American to receive a degree from North Central College. In November, 1965, Hood became the second African-American to be elected to the City Council of Detroit, serving for 28 years. He was a founding member of Southern Christian Leadership Council with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the founder of Cyprian Center and the Cyprian Foundation, whose chief mission is to serve developmentally disabled persons. He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Yale University Divinity School in 1974.


David C. Harr

Class Year: 
1966

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1989

David C. Harr served in the diplomatic service of the U.S. Department of State. The Diplomatic Service Officer Corps is a competitive career service, and each year approximately 200 men and women are accepted from 8,000 to 10,000 applicants. Diplomatic service officers are commissioned by the United States Senate. Harr served in Nepal and also in DaNang, Vietnam, until 1975 when he returned to the United States and served in relocation camps in Arkansas and Pennsylvania. He then studied language for a three-year tour of duty at Sri Lanka and Burma. He was chief officer in Myanmar/Mandalay, Burma, for 18 months, and first officer in the Burmese capital, Yangon, (Rangoon) for another year and a half.


Harris W. Fawell

Class Year: 
1950

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

The Honorable Harris Fawell, a Trustee of North Central since 1985, served with distinction in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985-1999, representing the 13th District of Illinois. Fawell received his pre-law education at North Central and his doctor of law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. He practiced law for 30 years, with offices in Naperville, prior to his election to Congress in 1985. In 1995, Fawell was chosen to deliver the Commencement address at the College and was awarded the honorary degree doctor of laws. Upon his retirement, Fawell donated his public papers to North Central, and the College established the Fawell Institute in his honor, an important resource for students of the history and public policy of the Western Suburbs in the 20th Century. The College is also grateful for his service as co-chair of the five-year $50 million Preparing for a New Century Capital Campaign, now successfully completed. In 2003, Fawell was named Life Trustee of North Central.


Susan Kohn Eddins

Class Year: 
1970

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1991

Susan Kohn Eddins ’70 has remained very active in local, state and national professional organizations. Since receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award, she has served the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, working on the scholarship committee. Eddins has also worked on the New Standards Project, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), the Illinois Academic Standards writing team, the Chicago Academic Standards writing team, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revision team for AYA Mathematics certification. She is in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1992-present) and has received several excellence in teaching awards.


Warren Ebinger

Class Year: 
1951

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1983

Warren Ebinger continues his life’s work of service to his church, serving as a district superintendent of the United Methodist Church. After retirement he conducted marriage enrichment retreats with his wife, Mary. Ebinger received the Evangelism Award from the Baltimore-Washington Conference, UMC, was nominated for bishop by the Baltimore, Washington Conference in 1988 and co-authored the book “Do It Yourself Marriage Enrichment” with his wife, Mary. Ebinger also served a five year term on the College’s Alumni Board from 1961 to 1966. In 1967 he gave the North Central commencement address “A Man for All Seasons.”


Mary Ritzman Ebinger

Class Year: 
1951

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1990

Humanitarian Mary Ritzman Ebinger has served as president of Church Women United and the Wesley Guild of Wesley Theological Seminary, consultant to the Women’s Division of the Board of Global Ministries, a delegate to general and jurisdictional conferences, chairwoman of the Washington Area and Baltimore Episcopacy Committee, and a member of the Pastoral Care and Counseling Commission of the Baltimore Conference. She is the author of many guides for visiting the sick and terminally ill and conducts marriage enrichment programs, with her husband, Warren. Ebinger is listed in the 2004-2005 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women.


Donald Deetjen

Class Year: 
1966

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1977

A few years after graduating from North Central, Don Deetjen established Deetjen Industrial Concrete Inc. After many years in the building and heavy construction business, he now provides construction consulting services to owners, developers, contractors and construction managers. He currently serves as an officer and director for the Concrete Contractors Association of Greater Chicago and in that capacity is a management trustee on Taft-Hartley benefit funds. Deetjen, along with other college supporters and fellow alumni Larry Gregory ’51 and Dick Wehrli ’56, performed what the Chicago Tribune called “the $18,000 Miracle in Naperville,” giving the College a brand new football stadium, an all-weather running track, lights and paved parking. Deetjen served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 1984-87.


John Daniels

Class Year: 
1969

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1994

A College Trustee since 2001, John Daniels is a partner and member of the management committee in the 450-attorney Wisconsin law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP. He is the recipient of one of America’s most prestigious awards for advancing the cause of social justice, and a partner in the largest black-owned Burger King franchise in the world. His success in the Burger King franchise business, in partnership with his sister Valerie Daniels-Carter, landed him on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine in September 1994. Daniels is the first person of color to head the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. The National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christian and Jews) chose Daniels and major league baseball commissioner Bud Selig as recipients of its 2001 Human Relations Award in recognition of their efforts to fight bigotry and racism and promote respect among all races, religions and cultures.


Dwight Busacca

Class Year: 
1946

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1989

Dwight Busacca has served his community in many capacities—the Wisconsin Conference (where he was trustee), Marshfield Ministerial Association, National Christian Teaching Mission, Greater Milwaukee Ministerial Association, OYYA Camp Lucerne, Wisconsin Conference Council Administration and the Wisconsin Conference Journal, which he served as publisher. He also served as a North Central College Trustee from the Wisconsin Conference. Busacca is an occasional lecturer on the United Methodist Mission at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and he designed a successful fundraising program for the “Africa Church Growth and Development Program” of the United Methodist Church. He was the recipient of a distinguished Alumnus Award from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1994.


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