Distinguished Alumni Award -
William F. Kieffer '36
Article from Wooster Magazine, Summer 1981
Three of Wooster’s notable graduates received Distinguished
Alumni Awards at a ceremony in Freedlander Theatre during Alumni Weekend.
Honored for the vocational achievement, service to mankind, and continuing
interest in the College were: Frank W. Notestein ’23, William F. Kieffer ’36,
and Emma Wooding Foley ’38.
Dr. Notestein, a Phi Beta Kappa who received his doctorate
from Cornell University in 1926, began his professional career teaching economics at that institution. He later
moved into the field of population research and became Director of Population
Research at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton in 1936, a
position he held until 1959. From 1945 to 1959 he was also a professor of
demography at Princeton.
In 1959 he became president of the Population Council, a
non-profit organization dedicated to fostering knowledge about bio-medical and
social aspects of population questions.
The citation for the award was given by Thomas J. Espenshade
’65, a demographer and former student of Notestein who is now Senior Research
Associate of The Urban Institute in Washington D.C.
Dr. Kieffer, another Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wooster,
received a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a doctorate from
Brown University in 1940. He taught chemistry for two years at Brown, four
years at Western Reserve University, and from 1946 until his retirement in 1980
at The College of Wooster. This spring he has been a visiting professor at the
United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
He has previously been a visiting professor at Stanford and
at a University of California at Santa Cruz, a researcher at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, and a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is the author of two science texts, The Mole Concept, and numerous articles, and for twelve years was
editor of The Journal of Chemical
Education. He was honored as an outstanding teacher by the Manufacturing
Chemists Association and he also received an award in Chemical Society.
Professor Theodore Williams of the College Chemistry
Department presented the citation to Kieffer.
Erma Foley, an instructor in the Sociology Department of
Santa Monica City College, received teacher certification at the University of
Pennsylvania in 1955 and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of
Cincinnati in 1962.
She was an editor in the U.S. Bureau of National Affairs in
Washington, D.C., a writer for Personnel Journal, and taught in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania, and Cincinnati before moving to California.
She is past president of the Crippled Children’s Guild of
Los Angeles Orthopedic Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the
Crippled Children League and a volunteer leader for the Senior Citizens Tour
Group of the “Y.”
She has been active in the affairs of the Wooster Alumni
Association and served on the Alumni Board from 1971 to 1973. She was its
president in 1975.
Her citation was presented by Jane Gruber Alexander ’38, a
teacher from Princeton, New Jersey, who was her college roommate.
All three of this year’s recipients are married to Wooster
alumni, and each alluded to the circumstance and credited the spouse with
having a large share in the accomplishments for which the awards were given.
The spouses are: Daphne Limbach Notestein ’23, Elaine Steele Kieffer ’37, and
J. Herbert Foley ’35.