Reflections Magazine Issue #54 - Fall 2000 - Page 47

as principal in 1994. Since his retirement in 1999, he had been working in development for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. He is survived by his wife, Muchie. Communicating with Siena Heights Students at the SHU Jackson Center at JCC take a break from their summer “Communication Skills for Managers” class to participate in a bit of visual communication. Mugging for the camera are: Brian Phillips, Chris Ladd, Diane Worthing, Tracy Lackey, Melissa Wolfe, Jan Owen, Anna LaVerne, Lisa Parks, Andy Benn, Dave Miller, Julie Malone and Kari Spangenberg. the Dominican Life Center. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she spent 41 years ministering in education in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New Mexico. Mary Catherine Cenkner, OP ‘48 died April 21 in the Lourdes Nursing Home in Waterford Township. She was 88. She was a retired Catholic educator and right-to-life activist. Francita Hattan, OP ‘43 died at the Dominican Life Center on February 10. She was 89. She ministered for 15 years in elementary education and 22 years in secondary education in California, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. Patricia Warren Wilson ‘51 of Plymouth passed away this spring at the age of 69. Mary Virgine Lenaway, OP ‘43 passed away June 24 at the Dominican Life Center at the age of 88. She spent 52 years in education in Michigan, Florida and California. She also served as principal at Holy Name School in Detroit. Mary McCarthy ‘45 of Chicago died May 21. She was a former teacher at St. Daniel the Prophet School. During the 1992-93 school year, she was chosen for the “Heart of the School Award” from the Chicago Archdiocese; and in 1994, she was chosen to appear in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Helen Thomas McClain, OP ‘47 died May 14 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 80. Originally from Chicago, she spent 48 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois. She served as principal at St. Matthew School in Jacksonville, and at St. Rita School in Chicago. Constance Studer, OP ‘54 died June 3 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 73. She spent 48 years ministering in education in Illinois, Florida and Michigan. She was also a principal at St. Pius X School in Southgate. Judith Boston ‘84 of Tecumseh died May 15 at the University of Michigan Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was a social worker and was pursuing a master’s in social work prior to her illness. A person with many diverse interests, she was particularly dedicated to the heritage of Native American spirituality, and to the memory of American veterans and POWs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Valley. Her daughter and son survive. Fred Dobens of Charlotte, NC, dean of students at Siena Heights in the 1980s, died suddenly Aug. 24 at the age of 65. Fred’s career in education spanned more than 30 years in a variety of roles at Rutgers University, Colgate University, St. Joseph’s University, Siena Heights University, Belmont Abbey College, and St. Gabriel Catholic School in Charlotte, where he began serving Bob Howard of St. Joseph died July 3 at the age of 67. He was business manager and treasurer at Siena Heights from 1977 to 1995. He had been battling with cancer. Previously, he was comptroller at Beloit (WI) College and business manager at Western Reserve Academy (OH). He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, three children and nine grandchildren. Kathleen Harkins, OP of Palos Hills, IL, who did much of her college course work in theatre at Siena Heights before completing her B.A. at Barry University in 1972, died April 5. She taught theatre at elementary schools around the country and was known for her one-woman performances dramatizing the lives of strong women. She portrayed Catherine of Siena as part of the 75th 47 Alumni Notes from SHU in Lansing Siena Heights began offering classes