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Welcome to the following new members who have joined the Club since the last Club Roster was printed:

Jesse Clark

Jesse Clark was born in Benson, AZ (SE of Tucson). His family moved to Marion, IN where he graduated from Marion H.S. in 1974. He earned a BS in 1978 and a MS in 1983, both from Purdue University.

Jesse was a Performance Analyst for the Medicare Customer Service Computer Systems. He enjoys computer programming, hiking, pottery and golf. He and his wife Tricia live in Indianapolis.

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark was born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Syosset H.S. in 1965. She earned three degrees: a BA from Clemson in 1977, a BS from Purdue in 1987 and a Master’s in Education from IUPUI in 1995. All were awarded with the highest honors.

Tricia’s last employment was as a technology recruiter. She enjoys reading, movies, cooking, theatre, concerts and exercise. She and her husband Jesse live in Indianapolis.

Kendall Crook

Kendall Crook is a native of Kokomo. He graduated from its H.S. in 1963. Mr. Crook served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. degree in 1967. Kendall was named to Phi Bata Kappa. Mr. Crook then earned a J.D. from Yale in 1972.

Mr. Crook was a partner of the Bose, McKinney and Evans law firm. He enjoys travel and reading, especially history. He has been a community volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul and the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Kendall lives in Indianapolis.

Douglas Gettelfinger

Douglas Gettelfinger

Doug Gettelfinger is a native of New Albany, IN. He graduated from Our Lady of Providence H. S. in Clarksville in 1975. Doug went on to earn a B.S. at Indiana University in 1979 and a MBA from Butler University in 1998.

Mr. Gettelfinger is Vice-President of taxation for Anthem, Inc. He is a CPA and belongs to Tax Executives Institute. Doug enjoys biking, hiking racquetball, golf, reading and fishing. He and his wife Cheryl live in Carmel.

William O. Irvine, M.D.

William Irvine

Dr. William Irvine hails from Elmira, N,Y. An ancestor from Elmira, Dr. William Irvine, was a General in the American Revolution. Bill’s family moved to Indianapolis where Bill graduated from Shortridge H.S. in 1953. He earned a B.S. in Science from Purdue in 1956 and an M.D. from Indiana University in 1960.

Bill had a distinguished career as an Orthopedic Surgeon at Methodist Hospital as a member of Ortho Indy. He is now retired and lives in Nashville, IN.

Joanna Krauze

Ms. Krauze was born in Warsaw, Poland and went to High School there. She earned an MA in English at Adam Mickienicz University in Poland in 1981. Later she took a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Indiana University in 1992.

Joanna is retired. She belongs to Toastmaster’s International and she enjoys European politics.

Joanna and her husband, Matt Brennan, live in Indianapolis.

Dorothy Lorant

Dorothy Lorant was born I Boston. She graduated from St. Thomas H. S. in 1953. She earned an AB from Regis College in 1957. She also attended Marquette University from 1957-1959.

Ms. Lorant was Vice-President of Public Relations & Advertising for the Greyhound Corporation (now Viad Corp.). Her awards include: New England Women’s Press Assoc. Award, YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Guest Editorial Writer – San Francisco Examiner. She has been guest speaker at the Univ. of Missouri and the Maricopa County (AZ) Bar Association.

Dorothy enjoys reading and writing. She lives in Zionsville.

Ruth Ann Ingraham

Ms. Ingraham is a native of Ft. Wayne. She graduated from Broad Ripple H.S. in 1956 and from Beloit College/Purdue with a B.S. in 1960. Her passion is nature – she was Executive Director of Offender Aid and Restoration in Marion County.

Ruth Ann has published two books, one dealing with wildlife in Brown County. She is an avid gardener and has written and spoke about native plants and invasive plants. She lives in Indianapolis.

Donald Menchhofer

Mr. Menchhofer is a local guy who graduated from Washington HS in 1955. Don earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 1960.

Don worked in the manufacturing area; he was CEO of Fabri-Tech Industry. He enjoys gardening, woodworking, reading and hot air ballooning. He and his wife Karla live in Fishers.

Suzanne Mittenthal, PhD.

Ms. Mittenthal was born in Cleveland, OH. She graduated from H.S. in 1960 and then earned a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, OR in 1960. She went on to complete her Ph.D. studies in Sociology at John Hopkins in 1974.

Suzanne is the founder of Founder Hoosier Hikers Council, which concerns hiking trail design and construction. She was founder and remains on the Board of Knobstone Hiking Trail Assn. She lives in Martinsville.

James Palecek

Mr. James Palecek hails from Wisconsin, where he graduated from Butternut H.S. in 1961. He earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1966: he also attended the University of Oklahoma.

Jim worked in the field of Information Technology. He enjoys science, technology, politics and government, reading and history. He and his wife Patricia live in Indianapolis.

James Shepherd

Mr. James Shepherd is a native of Indianapolis. He graduated from Arsenal Tech H.S. in 1965, Purdue University as a engineer in 1971 and ITT in 2000. He was a product engineer for C.F. Roark Welding and Engineering. He lives in Brownsburg.

Carl Wooldridge, D.O.

Mr. Wooldridge was born in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Peabody HS in Pittsburgh in 1966. He earned a BS from Penn State University in 1970 and a DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathy in 1978.

Carl was an Orthopedic Surgeon in Richmond, IN. He enjoys bonsai plants. He and his wife live in Indianapolis.

Connie Wooldridge

Mrs. Wooldridge was born in the mountains of Asheville, NC. She graduated from Dover-Sherborn HS in Dover, MA in 1968. Then she earned a BA from Mt. Holyoke in 1972. Furthermore, Connie took a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1977.

Mrs. Wooldridge is a children’s book author. She likes her investment club and she is a facilitator of book discussion. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband. .

Steven Couvillion, PhD.

Mr. Steven Couvillion was born in Plaucheville, LA and graduated from St. Joseph’s H.S. in Kirkwood, MO. He earned a BA from Immaculate Conception College in 1965 and then a Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1975. He did Post-Doctoral studies at Indiana University Medical Center in the field of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He owned several businesses connected with that.

Steve enjoys his family, golf, reading and his businesses. He and his wife, Pat, live in Indianapolis.

Steven Poe

Steven Poe hails from Marion, IN. He graduated from Frankton H.S. in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army and the Indiana Army National Guard for 22 years. Steve earned an Environmental health Degree from Indiana University in 1976.

Mr. Poe worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management where he was an Environmental Manager. He enjoys hiking, biking and gardening. He and his wife Marcia live in Greenwood.

Bruce Hopkins, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Hopkins was an ENT physician. He was born in Evansville and graduated from Bosse H.S. in 1953. He took his pre-med training at Indiana University, Bloomington.; and Medical School in Indianapolis in 1960. Bruce was in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1963.

Dr. Hopkins did his ENT residency at IUMC and practiced in Indianapolis. He enjoys golf, gardening, travel, Lake Wawasee and Naples, FL. He and his wife, Sabine, live in Carmel.

Carl Huesing

Mr. Huesing is an Indy native who graduated from Cathedral H. S. in 1950. He later earned a BS in Electical Engineering from Purdue in 1959. Then he took a MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue in 1964. After he earned his CPA, he served as owner and manager of a mid-size manufacturing company.

Bernie served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 in Korea.

He enjoys travel, writing historic fiction and hiking. He and his wife Nancy live in Zionsville.

Thomas Lauer, PhD.

Dr. Lauer is a Ft. Wayne native. He graduated from Bishop Luers H.S. in 1969. Tom earned a B.S. in 1973 and a M.S. in 1975 from Ball State University. Then he took a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1997.

Dr. Lauer was the George and Frances Ball Distinguished professor of Biology at Ball State. He has done research on invasive species in the Great Lakes. He was Professor and Director of the Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center at Ball State.

Tom enjoys biking, sailing, hunting and dog training. He is a Master Naturalist. Tom and his wife Karen Bumb, M.D. live in Indianapolis.

Robert Yee, M.D.

Dr. Robert Yee was born in Beijing, China. He graduated from Lowell H.S. in San Francisco in 1962. He earned an AB and an M.D. from Harvard College in 1966 and 1970, respectively. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship while at Harvard. After Ophthalmology training at UCLA, he was named the Grayson Professor of Ophthalmology at Indiana University. Later he was Chairman of the Ophthalmology Department from 1987-2009 and he was also the Ophthalmology Chief at the Roudebush VA Medical Center from 1990-2016.

Dr. Yee served in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1972-1976.

He enjoys reading and golf. He and his wife Linda live in Carmel.

Max Muterspaugh

Mr. Muterspaugh is originally from New Castle, IN where graduated from its H.S. in 1962. He earned a BSEE from Purdue University in 1966 and a MSEE in 1967. He was a member of two honor societies – Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He worked as a principal engineer of Technicolor.

He enjoys woodworking. He and his wife Cathy live in Westfield.

Bernard Lally

Mr. Lally hails from Evansville, IN. He graduated from Tell City H.S. in 1961. Then he attended Brescia University (Owensboro, KY) where he earned a BA in 1965.

Bernie was Senior VP for Merrill Lynch. He enjoys travel, investing, grandchildren and yard work. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Carmel.

George Moffit

Mr. George Moffit is originally from Elmhurst, IL. He graduated from York, IL H.S. in 1965. Later he earned a BS at Purdue University in 1969 and then pursued a MS at the University of Illinois in 1970.

George worked in the Financial Services area for many years. He enjoys radio control aircraft. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Zionsville.

Cynthia Noe

Ms. Cynthia Noe was born in St. Louis and later graduated from Columbus, IN H.S. in 1965. She earned a BS at Indiana University in 1969. She was a small business owner for 30 years. In addition, she served in the Indiana Legislature.

Cindy served on various boards and won several awards as a legislator. She enjoys reading and learning. She and her husband, John, live in Indianapolis.

Mary Steppe

Ms. Mary Steppe was born in Terre Haute and graduated from Schulte H.S. in Terre Haute. She earned a MS from Indiana State University in 1971.

Polly was a member of the National Junior Classical League and the ICC-IN Classical Conference. She enjoys tutoring and sewing. She live in Indianapolis.

Helmi Banta

Helmi Banta was born in the Republic of Panama. She attended the local H.S., graduating in 1969. She graduated from Stetson University (Deland, FL) with a BBA in 1973.

Helmi enjoys fitness, cooking, books, arts, fund raising, mentoring and travel. Ms. Banta is the office manager for Ronald Banta's Podiatry Clinic. They live in Indianapolis.

Shivaji Gunale, M.D.

Dr. Gunale was born in Patoda, India. He graduated from the Government High School Wadhona in 1960. After graduating from the Government Arts & Science College in 1962, he went on to earn an M.D. from the Government Medical College in 1967 in Auranga, India. He placed second in his class.

Dr. Gunale belonged to multiple medical societies and was an Oncologist/Hematologist. He enjoys travel, camping, and gardening. He and his wife Vatsala live in Indianapolis.

Roger Hurwitz, M.D.

Dr. Hurwitz is yet another Clevelander in the Club. He graduated from Cleveland Heights H.S. in 1952. Then he earned a BA from Dartmouth in 1956. Later he took his M.D. from Northwestern in 1960. Lastly he earned a MA in Physiology from UCLA in 1965.

Roger was a Pediatric Cardiologist at Riley Hospital, where he was the Phillip Murray Professor. He belonged to many medical societies and won the Founders Award.

He enjoys art appreciation. He and his wife Francine live in Indianapolis.

Robert MacKay

Mr. Mac Kay has the luck of the Irish. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from University College in Dublin with a B. Sc. in 1972. He earned a MS from Purdue University in 2011.

Bob was general manager of Bristol Myers Squibb in Cincinnati. He belongs to Sertoma Club and enjoys running and also plays the piano. He and his wife Barbara live in Carmel.

Mark Walton

Mr. Mark Walton was a previous member of Scientech. He wants to rejoin now that he can attend meetings again. He was born in Mt. Vernon, OH and graduated from its H.S. in 1967. He earned a BA from Miami (OH) University in 1971 and a MA from Temple University in 1973.

Mark worked in the wholesale textbook field. He is a member of Toastmasters. He enjoys current events, politics and history. He and his wife Sandra live in Greenwood.

Early Scientech Members

As reported by our Scientech Club Historian, Dr. Bill Dick, a new Destination Indiana web site ( established by the Indiana Historical Society provides a huge collection of early photographs from Indiana covering most if not all counties, modes of transportation (steamboats, railroads, interurbans), prominent citizens, important companies, social scenes, etc. Anyone interested in Indiana history should certainly take advantage of this comprehensive site.

Among other items, the Destination Indiana site includes many pictures of three very important former members of Scientech - Elwood Haynes, D.J.Angus, and Robert B. Annis - with many pictures of various Scientech activities and the two educational foundations established by Annis and by Scientech in honor of Angus. These pictures may be viewed at:

Click HERE for pictures of Elwood Haynes and Haynes International.

Click HERE for pictures of the Esterline-Angus Company Legacy.

Click HERE for pictures of Robert Annis and HERE for pictures of the R.B.Annis Company.

D.J. Angus – Scientech Educational Foundation - Award From IUPUI School of Philanthropy and IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology Department

April 2, 2013

IUPUI founded the first School of Philanthropy in the USA. On 2 April 2013, the school hosted an Awards Luncheon and Ceremony. Awards were presented to many prestigious foundations and individuals.

The D.J. Angus – Scientech Educational Foundation was founded in 1967 by Bob Annis, Jerry Carrier and Lewis Finch, all Scientech Club members, to honor D.J. Angus, a founding member of Scientech Club and mentor to so many members. Bob Annis was an important recipient of the scientific wisdom of Mr. Angus. Current member Hank Wolfla met Mr. Angus when Hank was in high school, learning ham radio skills from Mr. Angus. Many members worked for Bob Annis and/or received scientific instruction from him.

The Foundation donates over $100,000 a year to further science education for high school and college students. Recognition of donations from the Foundation is a most unusual event. This award, from the USA’s first School of Philanthropy is a distinct honor, which all members share.

The IUPUI program described the award: “The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI honors the D.J. Angus – Scientech Educational Foundation, Inc. for its remarkable philanthropic support. The foundation is committed to fostering the education of deserving students whose academic pursuits lie in engineering, technology, science and other related fields. The school has been fortunate to count the foundation among its most loyal supporters for the past 28 years. One avenue of support is its sponsorship of the D.J. Angus Scientech Educational Foundation Award. This award recognizes one engineering or technology student on an annual basis for the greatest academic improvement from one year to the next, serving not only as an award for hard work, but also an impetus for continued excellence. The School of Engineering and Technology commends the D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation for its long-standing commitment to the school, the IUPUI campus, and STEM education.”

Click HERE to view a copy of the original award. Click HERE to view a picture of the presentation.

Nepal Relief

Scientech Board member and Program Manager Jeff Rasley is president of the Basa Village Foundation USA Inc. ("BVF") Jeff has given programs to Scientech about the projects in Basa village supported by the BVF, specifically the engineering of village hydroelectric and water systems and construction of a school. Jeff's contacts with Basa village report that the recent earthquake destroyed most of the houses in Basa but the electric and water systems and the new school building all survived. The BVF's approach to development project has been to partner a US consulting engineer with a local Nepali engineer for planning, and then the villagers supply all labor and management under supervision of the local engineer.

The BVF has a fundraising campaign with a goal of $20,000 for earthquake relief. The Foundation's intention is to use the funds to develop and implement plans to rebuild village houses with better structural integrity. As with the electric and water systems and school, Basa will be a model for other mountain villages in the Solu region of Nepal for earthquake-resistant houses.

For those interested in supporting the BVF's campaign, online donations may be made at: GoFundMe account Link Or, you can make donations direct to the Foundation:

Check payee: Basa Village Foundation
Mail care of: Jeff Rasley, 6422 Ralston Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

For those interested in supporting immediate-emergency relief of water, food, shelter, and medical aid, Jeff has received reports from his contacts in Nepal that Oxfam and the International Red Cross are providing that aid under very difficult circumstances.

Jeff plans to return to Basa village in October with a trekking group of BVF supporters. He has offered to speak to organizations such as churches, synagogues, temples, or civic clubs interested in hosting a program about the BVF and Nepal Earthquake Relief. So, let Jeff know if you belong to an organiztion willing to do a "soft fundraiser".

Club Member on National TV

The NCAA Basketball finals were held in Indianapolis in March 2015, pitting Kentucky against Wisconsin and Michigan State against Duke. The finalists were the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils.


Fred Hecker

A Madison, WI TV station was doing newscasts during the week from Indy. They contacted the Indy Wisconsin Alumni group for items of interest. That led the TV broadcaster to come to our residence and do footage of loyal Wisconsin fans, including an accordion player by the name of Fred Hecker.

Fred wore red pants with "W" on it and a red Wisconsin sweatshirt. Fred's wife, Alice, also had a red Wisconsin sweatshirt and wore a foam necklace of triangular shaped wedges of cheese, alternating with bratwurst, or brats for short. Fred played typical music for the occasion -- On Wisconsin and Beer Barrel Polka.

On the morning of the final game between Wisconsin and Duke, Fred and his accordion. along with fans and the team mascots, Bucky Badger and the Duke Blue Devil, were on national TV on ABC's Good Morning America program.