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Scroll of Honor


Megan Clayton

Coordinator, Fifty Year Club

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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The Scroll of Honor award is presented to FYC members, including honorary members, to recognize  lifetime achievements in the service of their community, society, or humanity.

FYC members and friends may submit names and biographical information for consideration. Up to three awards will be presented annually. Nominate a member for the Knox-Lombard Scroll of Honor online, or send the name and a brief biographical sketch to Megan Clayton, associate director of FYC programs, Knox College Campus Box K-210, Galesburg, Illinois 61401. Members of the Knox College Board of Trustees, Knox Honorary Degree recipients, and those who have received the Knox College Alumni Achievement Award are not eligible for the award. 

2014 Scroll of Honor Recipients

Barbara (BJ) Bjorkman '54

BJ Bjorkman arrived in New York City on January 22, 1954, on what was supposed to be a two-week visit.

Her first job in the entertainment world was as a production assistant on the old Steve Allen Tonight Show. On her way to the personnel office to sign the papers, the elevator operator asked what job she had gotten. When she told him, he said, "Young lady, do you realize that you have the job that every young person in this city wants?" He was right and BJ credits it to Knox alum, Gene Rayburn '39, who worked with Steve Allen and got her the interview. And, not incidentally, William O. Harbach, son of Knox icon, Otto Harbach, just happened to be the producer.Now, more than 30 years later, she's still there and loving every minute of it.

After all the live TV and countless "Specials" in New York and California, BJ became a script supervisor in film, working everywhere from the coast of Maine to the deserts of Morocco. There were 35 movies including such blockbusters as Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now; Martin Ritt's The Brotherhood and The Front; Sidney Lumet's Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon; Alan J. Pecula's Klute; George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp; Richard Attenborough's A Chorus Line; Herb Ross's The Secret of My Success, Undercover Blues, and Biloxi Blues; and William Friedkin's Jade.

She has worked with numerous stars from Judy Garland to Bill Cosby. She says it was an honor and a thrill to work alongside all of them.

BJ was Pi Beta Phi at Knox. She became a member of New York Local 161 and California local 871 (I.A.T.S.E) Film Script Supervisors, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote for Oscars, BMI Lehman Engel Music Workshop, BMI Lehman Engel Librettist Workshop, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., The Drama League, and the legendary "show biz" group, The Friars Club.

Since 1995, she has been working on four musicals (book, music, and lyrics) including Canteen, set in a canteen in North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II; Shall We Dance, about a Japanese man who learns to dance while keeping it a secret from his wife and daughter; The Lily of St. Pierre, an adaptation of a short story by Damon Runyon, and Gentleman Dancer, about dancers hired by cruise ships to dance with older women.

BJ still lives in the same Met Life apartment complex she's lived in since 1959 and she still prefers her Olivetti typewriter to the computer.

Frank Gustine '60

Frank lives at Lake Bracken Country Club, south of Galesburg. He built the Gustine Insurance Agency into a very successful business and he has been an active community volunteer. Frank served as finance chair for K-88, the successful referendum to build a kindergarten and 88 new classrooms in five new middle schools. He chaired the American Red Cross Relocation Campaign and worked many years raising funds to complete the project. Frank has been to Roatan, Honduras, where he helped build two schools on two successive years, co-chairing the second year mission. He chaired the finance committee for the successful referendum to build the Knox County Nursing Home. Frank has served as president for many community and service organizations. These organizations include the Galesburg Exchange Club as District Governor for Illinois-Wisconsin, Galesburg Community Chorus, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, First United Methodist Church Board, and as delegate to the Central Illinois Conference for 14 years. He served as chair of the Knox County Republican Central Committee for 11 years and as vice president of the Illinois County Chairman Association for four years. Frank has been president of the Knox College Alumni Association and has worked as a volunteer fundraiser, as well as an admission volunteer. His most recent activity has been serving as a national officer on the Air Force Association (AFS) National Finance Committee. He previously served AFS as president of the Quad Cities chapter, Heart of Illinois chapter, Illinois State Association, and Midwest Region president.

Patricia Burke Herminghouse '62

Patricia retired from the University of Rochester (NY) in 1997 as the Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies. As department chair, she expanded a traditional department of foreign languages along interdisciplinary and cross-cultural lines into a department of modern languages and cultures. As she had done at Washington University in St. Louis (1967-1983), she was again involved as a founding member of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. While at Washington University, she was also a founding member of Women in German, an international organization promoting feminist scholarship in German literature and culture, served as national coordinator, and, later, as co-editor of the organization's yearbook. For her work in promoting gender equity in higher education, mentoring of younger scholars, and recruitment of faculty in support of these goals, she received the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

As editor, co-editor, or author of a dozen books and more than fifty articles, Pat has been awarded support for her research with grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Goethe Insitut, Herder Instit, American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. As past president of the German Studies Association, she continues to serve on various committees and as a representative to ACLS. In 1997, she greatly enjoyed the chance to return to Knox as Johnson Distinguished Lecturer and to participate in a Senior Honors examination.

As a Knox volunteer, Pat served as a class agent, and, more recently, as a member of the 50th Reunion Committee. Once a year, she joins Knox friends at the Chautauqua Institution in New York to fortify the humanistic education she received at Knox.

Past Scroll of Honor Recipients

Will Burrow '63, Jane Ehrenberg Rosen '61, Cliff Van Dyke '51

John D. Cooke  '52, Sue Brown Cowing '60, K. Lane Miller '50

Jane Denninger Erickson '50, Janet Drew Larsen '60, Marjorie Stuart Waters '52

Dorothy Thomas Wharton '55, Jerry Peck* '57, Anne Cooper Munson '57 

 Ann Jung Finney '58, John "Jack" Munson '55, Robert L. Willett Jr. '50

Joan Felter Hotchkiss '50, Len A. Kuchan  '53, Jack Reiners '56

Robert Cannon*, Honorary Member, Barbara Lemke '44, Tony Liberta '55

Grace Bacon Bacher '50, Ralph Cianchetti '50, Robert J. Miller '52*

Anne Claypool Brown '52, Robert Hegel '52, L. Davant Mull '51*

Harold F. Pyke '53, Patricia Kimble Simmons '51, Betty Jane Tate Turney '44*

Mildred Derry Dubois '41, Marian Wetmore Osterloh '33*, D. William Sherrick '52

Jay Burgess '51, Donald Favreau '49*, Charles Gibbs '50

James R. Bowman '48, H. Geraldine DuMars '40*, Sam Rinella '49

Bradley A. Burnside '45*, Marye McElvaine Immenhausen '45, Gustav J. Rieckhoff Jr. '48

Anderson, Claude Anderson '47*, Arthur Johnson '47*, Joy Kerler King '47, Robert J.L. Sundberg '40*, Mary Woolsey Thomson '44*

Anne Brown Byram '38*, Ruth M. Coppedge '39*, Robert Miller '34*, Frieda Ellerbrake O'Haggarty '33*, Dorothy Peterson Ray '39, Rex Selk '40*, Betty Urquhart '40*

Eugene Bonham * '37, George E. Bowman '34*, Dwight R. Crandell '44*, Margaret Zelle McClellan '40*, Helen Scharfenberg Peters '36, Dorothea Richardson '29*, Leno Tattini '40

Beatrice Farwell Duncan '42*, Elizabeth Johnson Harris '37*, Robert F. Layton '37*, Gail Meadows '34*, Grace Smyth '34*, Isabelle Terrill '33*, Barbara Young '42

Edwin R. Armstrong '42*, Jean Porter Benson '43*, Marian Miner Miller '42*, Henry Rasmussen Jr. '41*, David T. Robinson '38*, J. Harold Shullaw '38*, F. Marian Walker '38*

Michael Newman Adams '33*, David L. Hamm '40*, Margaret Howe Hamm '42*, George John Matkov '38*, Daniel J. Roberts '42*, Mary Onken Styrt '43

Frederick Bromberger '40*, Neva Marsden Fach '29*, Charles S. Gamble '41*, Robert Y. Paddock  '39*, Mary Dilworth Rea '36*, Russell Swise '42*, Vincent A. Thomas '36*

Alice Richardson Dakin '38*, Russell G. Harris '35*, George W. Hendrickson L'26*, Kenneth T. Johnson '41, Ruth Miner-Kessel '41, Paul Pickrel '38, Arthur W. Young  '39*

John Baudino '39*, Irwin Berg '36*, William Blake '36*, Evelyn Clay L'32*, Margaret Peterson Crosby '37*, William Snyder '27*, Sarabeth Richardson Welch '40*

Bernard Crandell '36*, William Day '34*, Jane Gray Eberhard '34*, Harold Ford '39*, Dorothy Alsen Lass '39*, Helen Larson McMillan L'28*

Dalton, Roberta Christy Dalton '34*, Goff, Richard Goff '37*, Hanawalt, Ella Hanawalt  '13*, Lampe, John A. Lampe '33*, Matkov, Ignatius "Iggy" Matkov '29*, Robison, Charles B. Robison '34*, Rowe, Frances Hazen Rowe '34*

Richard Agnew '29*, Marion Yeoman Baker '37*, Russell Lane '33*, Robert McLaughlin '36*, Roy Rylander L'25*, Grace Wargo Stephano '33*, James Knox Welch '37*

Robert Gamble '35*, Viola Meeker Hall L'28*, Irene Bowman Landis '36*, William K. Richardson '34*, Eleanor M. Senn '30*, Marion Charles Van Norman '27*

Harper Andrews '29*, Edith Prescott Crabbe '32, Rose Erlandson '27*, J. Kenneth Gunther '32*, Maurine Smith Hamilton '29*, Helen Lindrothe '32*, Nancy McLellan Merritt '32*

Alice Simmons Cox L'25*, Dorothy M. Drake '25*, James W. Drew '34*, Sarah Shurtleff Drew '34*, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall '32*, Virginia Hinchliff '32, Richard A. Hoover '30*, Doris Miles Williams '33*

Dorothy Chamberlin Bednar '32*, Geraldine Owen Delaney '28*, Althea McConnell Gittings L'24*, John L. Grout '29*, Noel B. Mosher L'27*, Lawrence E. Rosenberg '30*

Ann Shaw Darling '23*, Violet Field L'28*, Hilmer C. Nelson L'25*, Alice C. Saar '29*, Howard Silberer '31*, Clarendon Van Norman '26*, Frank A. Whiteside L'27*

William H. Alexander '26*, Jane Root Church '30*, Evelyn Adams Costello L'24*, Joseph Gray '26*, Mary Louise Hoagland '29*, Jonathan W. Latimer '29*, Marion Venell L'28*, Erma Rose Wilson '24*

Baily, John R. Baily L'29*, Bednar, Charles J. Bednar '29*, Brennan, Lawrence Brennan L'29*, Drew, George E. Drew '29*, May, Helen Christy May '25*, Terry, Willis E. Terry '04*, Watson, William A. Watson L'25*

Raymond L. Anderson '29*, Raymond L. Arnold '29*, Ruth M. Erlandson '28*, Elden D. Finley '23*, Alma Lescher Fox '19*, Von E. Livingston '25*, Richard Nesti L '28*, Margaret E. Thompson '17*, Helen Dopp Verner '27*

Helen Weinberg Browning '14*, Lauren W. Goff L'25*, Henry L. Hughes L'21*, Dorrit Dodds Jones '22*, William H. Robson '22*, Sylvia C. Ryin '25*

James Eugene Conklin '27*, Willard B. Dean '19*, Georgia Wesner Ellaworth*, William R. Fritze L'27*, Hortense Gehring L'27*, Calvin Hammond '28*, George Hansman L'28*, Mildred Fairbairn Hoopes '25*, Milton C. Hult '19*, Isyl Spiker Walton*

H. Dewey Ewing '25*, Ildra Jessup Larson '21*, Jonathan L. Latimer '18*, Cecil C. Lescher '16*, Irene Bridge Mariner '12*, Mary Esther Shaw '23*, Alice Wolfram Smith '25*, Dorothy Spoerl L'27*, Harold C. Whitman L'25*, Gail Youngren L'27*

John R. Anderson L'22*, Faith Hague Bartlett '17*, John Herbert Coolidge '24*, Philip* Drew '25*, Cyrena Margaret Everist '21*, G. Dewey Imig '21*, Arthur Lawrence (posthumous) 1898*, Linneus A. Lawrence '22*, Horace Russell Smith '24*, Thayne Harwood Young '16*

Reuben W. Brockmueller L'25*, Thomas Clark '17*, Mary E. Dunn '15*, Palmer D. Edmunds 12*, George Washington IV Gale '24*, Czarina M. Hall L'13*, Roy L. Lamb L'25*, Cuyler S. MacRae '24*, D. Leland Swanson '10*

Albro, Ralph F. Albro '23*, Craft, Marcus Craft '18*, Enz, Lois Hurlbut Enz '20*, Lawyer, Charles Kenneth Lawyer '25*, Neice, Brett Neice L'23*, Nelson, Thomas E. Nelson L'20*, Robson, Harriet Eleanor Robson '14*, Urban, Waldo Oswald Urban '22*

Crosiar G. Bower '20*, Marjorie Churchill '22*, Murlin G. Hoover '20*, Leonard R. James '17*, Harold V. Mather '10*, Ruth Chamerlin Miller L'12*, Archie S. Morse '16*, Harold F. Peterson '22*, Katherine Wensburg '21*

Eastes, Helen M. Eastes '17*, Houck, Margaret Elliott Houck '19*, Kistler, Lewis W. Kistler '16*, McKelvey, Louis W. McKelvey '20*, Salzburg, Harold K. Salzburg '24*, Stofft, Edmond B. Stofft '20*, Turner, Margaret Fuller Turner '18*. White, Guy L. White '18*, Wood, Ernest J. Wood '13*

Lawrence E. Boyd '19*, Kenneth L. Carpenter L'21*, Eila Vanelle Hiler '19*, Kendall G. Hinman '19*, Helen B. Hubbard '16*, Mary Louise Kidney '17*, Agnes Olson Kirchhoff '14*, John H. Midkiff '17*

John M. Baker '19*, Ray M. Brown '14*, Noel Craig '12*, Robert H. McClure '15*, Simon Guy Parks '18*, Catharine Crissey Probst L'18*, Paul G. Spellbring '18*, George H. Wells '13*, Nettie Krantz Wilcox '16*

Margaret Louise Anderson '17*, Mary Fern Barrer '18*, Lewis Raymond Billett '17*, James Ray Blayney '12*, Helen Calkins '16*, Carrie Belle Carroll 1895*, Faye Phillips Frazier '15*, Hobart Raymond Gay '17*, Edward Benedict Grogan '13*, Inez Goodsill Heuber '10*, Ward W. Husted L'17*, Margaret Evelyn Jacobson '12*, Ralph A. Kimble '18*, Ruth Hazen Kimble '18*, Henry W. Lampe '01*, Hugh E. Rosson '16*, Craig G. Whitsitt '10*

William M. Bardens '17*, Frederick Beard '12*, Ray Swan Belcher L'07*, Earl R. Bridge '10*, Mina Van Cleave Buck '01*, Agnes Hartley Cole '13*, Verna L. Cooley '13*, Mary Allensworth Creighton '16*, Harold Hands '14*, Louise T. Harrington '17*, Albert Malcolm Walton '15*, Katherine Whitener '10*, Helen Trask Yates '14*

Nettie C. Allen '00*, Martha Illick Ambrecht '00*, William Kinney Crawford '14*, Ferris B. Crum '16*, Fannie Harff Glidden '02*, Edith F. Hardy '13*, Grace F. Hinchliff '10*, Constance H. Loesch '13*, Ralph D. Lucas '14*, Margaret Edgerton Moore 1895*, Ethel Chamberlain Porter '06*, Willis H. Rich L'05*, Ralph F. Ruth '13*, Harry Lee Smith '10*, Worcester Warren '12*, Inez Webster L'05*, John C. Weigel L'08*, Malachi Wickham '09*

Violet Briggs Brown '12*, Mary Willard Clark '04*, Clifford Bateman Ewart '09*, Martha Alice Good '12*, Arthur Ray Grummon '11*, George Ferris Hayes '10*, Harry Hayes '12*, Nell Townsend Hinchliff L'04*, Mary Willard Hurlbut '15*, Florence Shepard Ingersoll '15*, Robert E. Jacobson '14*, Leslie J. Johnson '03*, Edith Lass '05*, Howard M. Lawton '11*, Howard M. Leinbaugh '13*, Emma Holmer Little '08*, Charles Ward Mariner '08*, Sig B. Nelson '10*, Florence Pierce '15*, Harry & Helen Pillsbury '09*, Henry F. Prince '11*, Lillian Erickson Riggs '15*, Arthur E. Robinson '15*, Helen Margaret Ryan '12*, Paul Jordan Smith L'08*, Nannine Preston Stephens1899*, Grace Loomis Terry 1895*, John Caldwell Thiessen '29*, George F. Whitsett '13*, Florence E. Willard '02*, Bessie Coat Worth '12*, Arvid P. Zetterberg '05*

Oral Sumner Coad '09*, Hammil Ripley Graham '07*, Max H. Harrison '13*, John C. Jordan '08*, Stanley Manning L'05*, Alice Logden Smith '08*, Marie Swanson '14*, Harold Eugene Tobey '06*

* deceased

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