WTI Alumni Swap Stories, Make New Memories at 16th Reunion
– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor
Arthur Mann (left), mechanical drafting, and D. Frederick Wascher, ’56, automotive mechanic, share some laughs.
From left, George Brown and William Lewis, both ’63, mechanical drafting, and Paul Bizilia, ’62, drafting, discuss drafting days gone by.
Charles O’Connor, ’51, electrical, peruses college history publications with Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
Robert Leech, ‘48, automotive technician and ’50, drafting, traveled all the way from North Carolina with his daughters, Elizabeth, left, and Ruth Ann. (Elizabeth lives in Colorado.) Leech said he was the first high school student to take tool design on campus and that led to his first job working for Avco Corp. His career, mostly spent with Hughes Aircraft Co., took him all over the world and included working on computers as early as 1955 and teaching electronics on foreign assignments.
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor of One College Avenue magazine (in yellow) gathers notes and memories for the future.
Chalmer Van Horn, ’58, mechanical drafting and professor emeritus of drafting, is accompanied by his daughter Rosa.
Debra M. Miller (at podium), vice president for institutional advancement, welcomes the crowd to the Mountain Laurel Room for the 16th annual event.
Cortney L. Weaver shares “a day in a life of a Penn College dental hygiene student” with the reunion gathering. Weaver juggled her talk with a job interview in Pittsburgh later in the day.
Erik G. Knecht, manufacturing engineering technology, engages the audience with tales of 3-D printing, Baja racing and homemade bicycles he’s been crafting – including one that measures 12 feet tall.
Cody R. Harriman (at podium) and Bradly Lantz (standing at right) detail the history and current state of student veterans. Harriman is the secretary of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity and Lantz is vice president.
Joann Rishel (left), ’55, secretarial, and Constance Hess, ’58, secretarial, depart the Thompson Professional Development Center with their alumni goody bags.
A gathering of the institution's earliest grads
Representing 1940s graduates are (from left) Albert Kraemer, ’49, neon fabrication; Kenneth Getz, ’49, drafting; Robert Fries, ’45, aviation mechanics; and Raymond Eck, ’41, drafting.
By the glow of the Pavailler baker’s oven, Chef M. Todd Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry/culinary, and Robert Fries, ’45, aviation mechanics, talk shop.
First-time WTI reunion attendee Kenneth Burket (right), ’60, mechanical drafting, shares a laugh with Sarah I. Tielmann, a baking and pastry arts student from Tatamy, while alumnus Chalmer Van Horn and daughter look on.