1989 Recipients

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.

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.

Richard G. Norenberg

Class Year: 1955
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1989

Richard Norenberg, now a Life Trustee of North Central College has been on the Trustee Board since 1984, serving as Board Chair from 2001-2004. He received his M.D. from the Illinois College of Medicine in 1959. He further specialized as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. After 35 years of medical practice in St. Petersburg, Fla.—including appointments as hospital chief of staff and chairman of the department of surgery—he “retired” from private practice in 1998. He has continued to utilize his medical skills in a variety of endeavors, including a sports medicine fellowship; director of the Wound Healing Clinic at St. Anthony’s Hospital; flight physician with Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Company; and preceptor, surgical clinics teaching program at Bayfront Medical Center. He is also a consulting thoracic surgeon at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.


William Warden

Class Year: 1954
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1989

Bill Warden earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Bradley University in 1960. Warden then moved to Morgan Park High School on Chicago’s South Side, where he spent 20 years coaching and teaching physical education. The high point of his Morgan Park career came in 1976 when the school’s basketball team became the Illinois High School Association Class AA State Champions. He was named head basketball coach at North Central in 1981. In his 16 years as head coach at the College, Warden won more than 200 games and led his teams to four NCAA Division III playoff appearances and three College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships. Warden has served on a variety of committees including the National Organization of Basketball Coaches and the Illinois Basketball Association. In 2004, Warden was inducted into North Central College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


Cheryl Long Kuppler

Class Year: 1980
Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Cheryl Long Kuppler received a J.D. degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1983 and is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Peoria County Bar Association. She continues her tax practice as Kuppler & Associates and has four other accountants in the firm during tax season. Most recently, she served as chair of Peoria’s Police & Fire Commission for three years and is on several community boards, including the Red Cross and ICC Foundation.


Karl Kuppler

Class Year: 1978
Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Karl Kuppler received a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. Today, he continues in private practice and frequently speaks and writes about tax and estate planning topics. He is currently president of the Rotary Club of Peoria and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois Depository. He has received numerous professional awards and is the author of a chapter on state taxation in the 1988 Annual Survey of Illinois Law, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.


William H. Naumann, Jr.

Class Year: 1974
Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

William Naumann is currently a partner in his own law firm—Naumann & Levine, LLP, specializing in real estate and construction defects. From 1991 to 1999, Naumann was a tort editor for Trial Bar News, which published monthly articles summarizing and analyzing legal developments. His service to the community includes chairman of Interfaith Shelter Network, a shelter for homeless and battered women; board of directors for Habitat for Humanity; and five years as a softball coach for daughter Brittany’s team. Naumann’s “Regulation of California Real Estate Securities in California” was published by the San Diego Law Review and republished by the Colorado State University Law Review.  He also received a special recognition award from Consumer Attorneys of California for dedication to the rights of consumers.