Alumni Profiles

The Heidelberg story can't be told without telling the stories of our alumni. Over Heidelberg's history, our alumni have gone on to do great things. They truly live out our educational philosophy of developing individuals with high moral and ethical standards who are productive in their life's work, engaged in their communities, and responsible citizens of the world.

Outstanding Alumni Award – Elrich “Pete” Green, ’78

Jun 26, 2019

As a student at Heidelberg in the mid-1970s, Elrich L. “Pete” Green was a larger-than-life personality on campus, engaged in activities across the board where he could truly make a difference. He was a track student-athlete, the business manager for WHEI, performed with the Jazz Band, worked in residence life and was a member of Sigma Tau Nu, Black Student Union and Tower Men. This diverse set of interests has served Pete well throughout his life of purpose with distinction.

Service Award – Angie Cook

Jun 26, 2019

Sewing, some would say, is a lost art, but it has many benefits. You can learn at any age. It requires creativity, keeps the brain active, improves hand-eye coordination and reduces stress. Sewing promotes joy and satisfaction from creating something from scratch or tailoring something to fit. Super-talented seamstress Angie Cook knows all of these, and we are grateful that she shares her talents with the School of Music & Theatre and the Office of Alumni Engagement. In fact, grateful is an understatement.

Legacy Family Award – Zartman-Diefenbach-Thompson Family

Jun 26, 2019

The first alumnus who represents this year’s honored Legacy Family was a member of the first graduating class of Heidelberg College back in 1854. Sixteen decades and close to 30 alumni later, the members of the Zartman-Diefenbach-Thompson Family have left their mark on Heidelberg since its founding days. Among their ranks have been theologians, educators, lawyers, businessmen, medical professionals, writers and homemakers.

Campus mourns passing of retired VP Bill Goodwin, ‘56

Jun 14, 2019

The Heidelberg community is mourning the passing of William F. “Bill” Goodwin, ’56, retired Vice President for Development, who died June 3, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida.

Along with his wife, Norma (Fant), ’54, whom he met when both were students here, Bill held his alma mater in high esteem, visiting for class reunions and major events, and stepping up to help Heidelberg with some very important and visible capital projects.

Paul Brown, '69, remembers the Mystics

May 14, 2019

Paul Brown, ’69, remembers very distinctly his freshman year, sitting in the library, and listening to someone singing as they walked down the sidewalk. That “someone” was Ira Turpin, a musical prodigy from Canton, Ohio. Ira, then a sophomore in the class of ’68, had been in singing groups back home.

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