Outstanding Alumni Awards
Don McNemar '65
Don McNemar ’65 was president of Guilford College (Greensboro, N.C.) from 1996-2002 and headmaster of Phillips Academy (Andover, MA.) from 1981-1994. A political scientist, McNemar earned his doctorate at Princeton University. He taught international relations and international law at Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) and currently teaches global studies at Bentley University (Waltham, MA.). McNemar and his wife, Britta, have remained connected to Earlham over the years, and their daughter, Galen McNemar Hamann ’00, is also an Earlhamite. He has served on both the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council.
Bruce L. Pearson '53
Bruce L. Pearson ’53 — a linguist, educator and activist — taught for more than 30 years at the University of South Carolina and conducted extensive research on the languages of Delaware, Shawnee and Wyandotte Native American tribes. He earned his master’s degree at Indiana University and his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. A Quaker, Pearson was a conscientious objector during the Korean War, worked for many decades to end the death penalty and currently teaches classes for prisoners at the Monroe County (Ind.) Jail. He wrote the libretto for Small Box, an one-act opera about a man on death row, which was premiered in 2009 in Bloomington, Ind., where he and his wife, Julia, now live. His sister Nancy Pearson Drew ’56 is also an Earlhamite.
Ron Oberle '59
Ron Oberle ’59 is president and C.E.O. of Oberle & Associates, Crane Inc. and “The Woodshop,” full-service construction companies based in Richmond that work within a 300 mile radius of the city. Oberle is the third generation of his family to serve in the construction business and he has led the company since 1965. Some projects include the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Indiana High School Basketball Hall-of-Fame in New Castle and many others. The companies have also worked on local projects including schools, libraries, museums and government buildings. Oberle says, “Our best projects, however, are those at home at Earlham College, including the current construction of the new facilities for the sciences and the visual and performing arts.” The Oberle family is involved is many civic and philanthropic activities in Richmond and Wayne County.
Distinguished Service Award
William “Bill” Harvey, professor emeritus of biology, taught at Earlham from 1972-2004 and will receive a distinguished service award. In addition to teaching, Harvey served as the primary adviser to students preparing for health careers, guiding scores of Earlham students to careers as physicians, dentists, biomedical researchers and other health-related careers. A group of alumni created the William Harvey Biomedical and Health Careers Scholarship to honor Harvey and his commitment to helping Earlham students pursue graduate studies. From 1988-2002, Harvey directed Earlham’s HHMI programs, a set of academic initiatives funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This fall, he will receive an honorary membership in the Delta Omega society, the public health honorary society. The award honors Harvey’s efforts to bring awareness of public health to undergraduate institutions. Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College, a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate at the University of Tennessee.