WABASH COLLEGEClass Agents LetterAlumni and Parent RelationsP.O. Box 352Crawfordsville, IN 47933Web site: www.wabash.eduEmail us: [email protected]: (765) 361-6369Class of 1949Class AgentDale [email protected] 16, 2015Dear 49er’s:Since my last letter, Clara Lou has been back in the hospital, but she is home now and ismaking a satisfactory recovery. We are looking forward to being with our family overthe holidays. The Wabash football team is one of the exciting items aroundCrawfordsville. They have had a perfect season and Coach Raeburn says our defensiveteam is one of the best. They played DePauw in the 122nd Monon Bell Game lastSaturday at Greencastle and defended the Bell for the 7th straight time.The construction area on Crawford Street is a beehive of activity and the landscape ischanging by the day. The new living units are taking shape and it will be a wonderfuladdition to Wabash. They hope to have the units finished by January 1, 2016, so the guysin Martindale Hall can move into the new units so the Re-design of Martindale can begin.I have asked Michele Ward to enclose updated photos of the new units.
The freshman Class of 2019 was welcomed to campus on August 22nd. The class is madeof 251 men from 17 states and seven foreign countries, 32 are legacies, a dozen are EagleScouts, and others have participated in Boys State, National Honor Society and oneraised 100,00 for Riley Children’s Hospital, very interesting group.The alumni giving to the 2015 annual fund was again outstanding, over 40% made adonation – 41.03% or 4677 alums were donors in ’15 up from 40.15% in ’14, and 37.24%in ’13. Total giving for ’15 is 3,115,677. We had an increase of 139 donors in ’15 over’14. It is great that our alums are continuing to support Wabash.
Wabash has been recognized nationally by three different groups  Wabash was nameda 2016 Fiske Guide Best Buy, offering a quality education at an affordable cost,  Onceagain Wabash was named the best institution for under graduate education by thePrinceton Review in its annual college guide,  U.S. News & World Report hasrankedWabash in the top tier of National Liberal Arts colleges. This will help inrecruiting young men. Their families can use this data, when choosing a college.The Alumni Office has informed me of the passing of two classmates, Fred Massena andBob Baur. I have asked Michele Ward to include their obituaries:MUNCIE - John Robert "Bob" Baur, 91, of Muncie, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015.Bob was born on October 13, 1923, in Eaton Indiana, the son of Albert Emil and Mary (Young)Baur. Bob graduated from Eaton High School. In 1941 he enrolled in Wabash College. After thebombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bob joined the Army and served in the U.S. Army's 44thInfantry Division in France and Germany just after D-day, where he earned the Bronze Star.After his service to his country, Bob returned to Indiana and graduated from Wabash College in1949 where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After Wabash, Bob continuedhis studies at the University of Southern California.In 1951, Bob married Joanne Nixon of rural Eaton, Indiana. After their marriage, Bob andJoanne lived and studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Bob was active in the realestate community in Muncie. He enjoyed tennis, especially following his children's competitionsand volunteered as a tennis referee. Bob and Joanne spent annual summer vacations on LakeWebster in northern Indiana. Bob followed politics, the stock market, and was particularlyinterested in history. He believed in the importance of education and valued a liberal artscurriculum. From his passion for the community he loved, he and Joanne supported educationand other charities in the Delaware County area.He was a fifty year member in the Muncie Exchange Club, a Republican precinctcommitteeman, and a board member of the Muncie Housing Authority. Bob was a member ofHigh Street United Methodist Church.Survivors include his wife of over sixty years, Joanne Nixon Baur; sons, John Robert Baur, Jr(Alisa) of Santa Barbara, CA, Michael Nixon Baur (Vicki) of Muncie, IN; daughters, Ann BaurWhitlatch (Jim) of Bloomington, IN and Molly Baur of Santa Barbara, CA; his grandchildreninclude, Elizabeth W. Gentry, Elizabeth L. Baur, Benjamin M. Whitlatch, John R. Baur, III, LaurenB. Whitlatch and Eli V. Baur.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Baur Lambert; and brother, Albert EmilBaur, Jr.Funeral services are 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015 at High Street United MethodistChurch, 219 S. High Street, with Dr. Dale Mendenhall officiating. A committal service will follow(at roughly 1:30 p.m.) in the historic 1867 Mt. Zion Church on Eaton Wheeling Pike, 1701 W.Eaton-Wheeling Pike roughly 1200 N and 100 W, with burial to follow in the adjacent 1840 Mt.Zion Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by the United States Army and theVeterans of Delaware County.Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Meeks Mortuary,Washington Street Chapel or one hour prior to services on Saturday at High Street UnitedMethodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to Wabash College, 301 W. Wabash Avenue,Crawfordsville, IN, 47933 or to Mt. Zion Church Board, c/o Dolly Rees, 17210 N. Willman Road,Eaton, IN, 47338. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com. Fredric Massena, age 90, of Cedarville, Michigan, died peacefully on June 5, 2015 at Cedar Covein Cedarville. He was born November 9, 1924 in Washington, DC to Frederick Foster Swallowand Martha A. (Hazzard) Swallow.Fredric was orphaned during the depression and his first opportunity to attend school was thelast two months of third grade in Illinois. He was forever grateful to his case worker Miss Priceand his teacher Miss Robinson who became the center of his world. They loaded him up withbooks to read during summer vacation including the book "Tom Swift and his Aeroplane" whichignited Fred's passion for flying and his dream of becoming an airplane pilot. Fred felt that ifyou don't have a passion for something and you don't have dreams, you don't have much of alife. Fred's case worker found him a loving home with his very own bed in his very own roomand an unused workshop which enabled him to become a serious airplane modeler. Hisadoptive parents, Roy and Mabel Massena allowed him to dream and provided himtools to achieve those dreams. He grew up in the Golden Age of Aviation and rode the wave offlying history. In 1942, after three years of college, Fred signed up for the Naval Aviation Cadetprogram where he earned his Navy Wings of Gold. World War II ended and Fred transferred tothe U.S. Marine Corps where he continued flight training and flying. He later served with theU.S. Army National Guard. In all, Fred served his country for 20 years.Fred was an astute businessman who participated in various successful businesses andinvestments over the years. In the early 1980's, Fred moved to Cedarville where he enjoyedliving simply and appreciating the nature around him. He continued flying but also enjoyedgolfing, amateur radio, sailing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and philanthropy. He and his dearfriend Vesta B. Knuth enjoyed dancing and attending athletic events and fundraisers at areaschools.Fred is survived by his adopted son, Richard Wallace (wife, Shelly) Paulsen of Spokane,Washington; daughters, Pamela L. (husband, James L.) Knight of Bainbridge Island, Washington,and Patricia Ann (husband, David J.) Krueger of Davis, California; son, Roy Phillip (wife, Vickie L.McConnell) Massena of Spokane; grandchildren, Anthony L. Mattingly, Tyler M. Larsen, MorganWagner Massena, Hans Fredric Greiner, Megan Katrina (Massena) Koontz, Eric Preston Greiner,and Molly Miranda Massena; and great grandson, Arlin Jack Larsen.Fred was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia S. (Swallow) Hord; his former spouse, BettyLucille (Frobish) Massena; and his longtime companion, Vesta B. Knuth.Services will be held Wednesday, June 10 at R. Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S. M-129 in Pickford,Michigan. A gathering time will start at 6:00 P.M. followed by a memorial service at 7:00 P.M.Memorial contributions may be made to the Les Cheneaux Community Schools AthleticDepartment, P.O. Box 366, Cedarville, MI 49719.
We send our deepest sympathy to Fred and Bob’s families.I have received word that Tom Runge, our Director of Alumni and Parent Relations isretiring March 31, 2016. Tom has been our Director for 15 years, after he retired fromthe Air Force. He will be missed. Some Little Giant. Steve Hoffman, Class of 1985, willbe our new Director. Steve has been a long time member of our College Advancementteam.Last, I hope we can continue supporting Wabash, because I believe this is a critical timefor all Liberal Arts Colleges.Wabash Always Fights!DaleP.S. – We beat DePauw 45 to 17