1981 Recipients

Herdis L. Deabler

Class Year: 1931
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1981

Herdis Deabler served North Central College in two different capacities. From 1936 to 1945, he was the personnel director. From 1946 to 1949, he was professor and chair of psychology at North Central. Over the years, Deabler was chief psychologist at various hospitals and mental health clinics across the United States. He belonged to many professional organizations and wrote numerous articles that were published in a variety of clinical psychology journals.


Ella Schroeder Dute

Class Year: 1927
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1981

Ella Dute began teaching in country schools after only one year of training beyond grammar school. She came to Naperville in 1921 to finish her secondary education at North Central with scholarship assistance and she graduated cum laude and valedictorian. Dute returned to her alma mater in 1942 as an instructor of freshman English and matron of Kaufman Hall. She served with the YWCA, the Religious Life Council and worked as advisor to the Spectrum and college publication board. She retired in 1978.


Vernon S. Hoesch

Class Year: 1948
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1981

Tex Hoesch attended North Central College for two years before his education was interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army, European Theatre, during World War II. Following WWII, he returned to graduate from North Central. Hoesch was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, YMCA, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees and the Community Fund. He also played a leadership role in a program that assisted with the relocation of Vietnamese refugee families to Naperville. As a loyal North Central College alumnus, he also served as president of the Alumni Association, worked as a Naperville Community Campaign volunteer and served on North Central’s Board of Trustees from 1972-81.