North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.


John Bramsen

Class Year: 
1960

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1996

A North Central College trustee since 1991, John Bramsen graduated from the College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Colorado for many years before leaving to pursue post-doctoral studies in mathematics and statistics. By 1982, he was working for Spraying Systems Company in Wheaton, Ill., a company founded by his father, that manufacturers spray nozzles and accessories. Bramsen retired in the late eighties but continues to serve on the board of directors. He also continues to be engaged in research and writing in mathematics and sociology. Most recently he published a paper titled “Further Algebraic Results in the Theory of Balance,” in Journal of Mathematical Sociology, October-December 2002.


Genevieve Brayton Towsley

Class Year: 
1928

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1979

Genevieve Towsley served her alma mater as an instructor in English and was a founding member of the Naperville Heritage Society. In 1975, she published a book, “Historic Naperville.” By 1976, Towsley was named Woman of the Year of the Naperville branch of the American Association of University Women. In 1978, she received an honorary doctor of letters degree from North Central. Towsley received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Department on Aging for her significant achievements in 1993. She wrote for the Naperville Sun from 1954 until her retirement in 1994.

Deceased.


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