1976 Recpients

Isaac H. Einsel

Class Year: 1919
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

Isaac Einsel had a distinguished medical career as a gastrointestinal specialist with a practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as an instructor at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Einsel dedicated much of his career to serving the United Methodist Church. For many years he was examining physician for all United Methodist missionaries going to foreign fields. He gave professional help to ministers and their families free of charge. Einsel also served North Central College as president of the Alumni Association and supported a program of cancer research at North Central under the direction of Dr. Koten.


Ruth N. Gamertsfelder

Class Year: 1915
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

Ruth Gamertsfelder was employed at Naperville High School (now known as Naperville Central High School) from 1918 to 1958, teaching commercial mathematics and Latin, and later serving as dean of girls and librarian. During these years, she organized and sponsored the Girls’ League social service organization and instigated and guided the annual Latin class Roman Banquet. After her retirement from Naperville High School, Gamertsfelder served as curator of the Caroline Martin Mitchell Museum. Her other community involvement included work with the Naperville Woman’s Club, the Heritage Society, Edwards Hospital and Community United Methodist Church.


Raymond M. Veh

Class Year: 1923
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

Raymond Veh was director of student activities at the University of Illinois. He was also professor of sociology and assistant dean of men at Evansville College in Evansville, Ind. He was the editor of the “Young People’s Journal” of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and was also an adult counselor of the General Youth Fellowship. He was a speaker at many conventions, rallies, camps, and commencements.  An editor, Veh was the editorial advisor for the “Christian Endeavor World” and “The Link.” He also contributed to many youth and religious periodicals.


William Abe

Class Year: 1950
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1976

William J. Abe, trustee of North Central College since 1966, continues to lend his wisdom to Board deliberations as a Life Trustee. Abe has been a stockbroker for over 50 years and is currently senior vice president for investments with Ryan Beck and Associates. A student or trustee under five presidents, he has been an active force at the College, including offering his strong leadership not only to the Board but also to the Alumni Board. In 1997, he received the school’s Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service, one of the highest accolades bestowed by North Central. A member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Union League Club of Chicago, and the Kiwanis Club of Naperville, Abe has served as treasurer of the board of directors of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and is active in Grace United Methodist Church. In 2002, Abe was named a Life Trustee of North Central College.