Last fall brought news of three deaths of particular note related to Goshen College – the oldest alum, a person who shaped the role development played at the college and a former professor of home economics.
As far as is known, Paul Swope ’31 was the oldest Goshen College alumnus until he passed away on Sept. 15 in North Lima, Ohio, at the age of 101. The oldest alumnus now is his 101-year-old good friend, Abe Hallman ’31 of Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Daniel E. Kauffman ’44, the director of development at Goshen College from 1971 to 1986, died on Nov. 7 at the age of 84. Kauffman not only shaped the role of development at the college, but also was intimately involved in creating stewardship programs for other institutions in the Mennonite Church. When he came to Goshen, the institution had a very small endowment, and by the time he retired, in 1986, the endowment exceeded $20 million, much due to his work with President J. Lawrence Burkholder on the Uncommon Cause capital campaign.
And on Nov. 12, Associate Professor Emerita of Home Economics Edna Shantz ’48 of Goshen died. She taught at the college from 1950 to 1983, with a focus on textiles (interior design courses, too). She also lived with home economic students in the Home Management House, which she started in 1953, as “a guided laboratory experience in the principles of home management relative to the use of time, energy and money in achieving satisfactory personal and group living.”