1990 Recipients

Clyde "Peck" Erwin

Class Year: 1950
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1990

Clyde “Peck” Erwin served North Central as a member of the Alumni Association and as a Trustee in 1969. Since 2002, he has continued to serve the College as a Life Trustee. Professionally, Erwin was a member of the law firm of Beale & Jones in Washington, D.C., and served as a patent attorney with Meriam, Marshall, Shapiro & Klose in Chicago, Illinois. He was also a litigation specialist for Union Carbide Corporation in New York City. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the Chicago Patent Law Association. Erwin has been a member of professional organizations such as the Chicago Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Board Association in Washington, DC, and the American Chemical Society for over 50 years. He continues to be active in the County Preservations Society; promotes and officiates at area junior sailing events; and serves on the board of managers for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.


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.


Dennis K. Wentz

Class Year: 1957
Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1990

Dennis Wentz received a M.D. degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and graduated from the Program for Health Systems Management at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and has enjoyed an extraordinary career. He is chairman of the research committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a member of the standing committee on multi-media programs at the Southern Medical Association and secretary of the Public Service Satellite Consortium. He is also a member of the governing council of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education and chairman of the committee on health for the University of the World. Wentz retired from the American Medical Association in December 2003 and formed a new company called Wentz Miller and Associates. Today, he serves on many cultural and educational boards and holds membership with several professional organizations.


Sally Fleming Hartmann

Class Year: 1977
Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1990

Sally Fleming Hartmann has worked as manager of associate selection and human resource research for the National Personnel Department of Sears, Roebuck & Company. A summa cum laude graduate of North Central College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hartmann received master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She frequently lectured for professional organizations on selection-related topics, served on the M.B.A. advisory committee at North Central, and presented a round table discussion on “Challenges for Women in Business” on campus. She has been a member of the American Psychological Association, the Greater Chicago Association of Industrial Organizational Psychologists and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology.


Ronald Lueptow

Class Year: 1981
Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1990

Ron Lueptow is currently the group controller with the thermal fluid controls group for Circor International Inc., a position he has held since April 2004. He has been a Trustee for North Central College since 2001, and is serving as vice chair of the Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee as well as the Audit, Investment and Liaison committees. Lueptow is a former president of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. At that time, he established a residential summer camp for youngsters with spina bifida and raised $200,000 to fund the first year of camp. Under his leadership, membership in the local chapter doubled and funding tripled from 1985-1990, gaining national recognition. Lueptow currently lives in Tampa, Florida. His son, Josh, is a 2004 graduate of North Central College. Josh is the fourth generation of Lueptows to graduate from the College.