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A L U M N I A N D C L A S S N OT E S
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Multi-generational legacy began at Brechbill House
Alumnae sisters provide link to College’s early days Martin, a 94-year-old Messiah Village resident, recalls her childhood as a special mix of secure Christian family life and youthful activity, hiking the wooded paths around Grantham and swimming and canoeing in the Minnemingo Creek (before it was renamed the Yellow Breeches). “Growing up near the College and receiving our education there was an integral part of our lives,” said Martin. “I’m very grateful to see the College doing so well today and growing in its reputation as a place of higher education.” Not surprisingly, given the family’s lengthy, historical relationship with the College, the Brechbill family tree is a veritable “Who’s Who” of Messiah key figures: Ira Zercher ’13, the first student enrolled at the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home; John and Asa Climenhaga, significant donors and benefactors; and John Martin ’37, former Upland College president and 1982 Alumnus of the Year. The Brechbill lineage continues at Messiah through Janet (Musser) Kipe ’73 and Anita (Musser) Culp ’76, daughters of Lois Musser, as well as grandchildren Brian Kipe ’01 and Suzanne Kipe ’04. Sadly, the family experienced the recent death of 91-year-old Ruth (Brechbill) Zercher ’37 — sister to Martin and Musser — on May 2. With a legacy much like the Yellow Breeches itself — rich, deep and constant— the Brechbill heritage at Messiah College serves as an inspiration to the generational effects of faith, scholarship and service. — Peggy Koach
BIC HISTORICAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
From left: The Brechbill sisters and Messiah Junior College alumnae Lois (Brechbill) Musser ’39, Anna (Brechbill) Martin ’35 and Ruth (Brechbill) Zercher ’37 (deceased), represent one family’s enduring Messiah legacy.
LAURA BARBERIDES ’12
On the Messiah Academy and Bible College campus of the early 1900s, Brechbill House, a spacious two-story building located near Old Main along College Avenue, served as a residence to early College dignitaries and an occasional venue for student music lessons. For alumnae sisters Anna (Brechbill) Martin ’38 and Lois (Brechbill) Musser ’42, however, it was simply home —a place of abiding faith and family bonds centered around the Christian college. While they grew up on campus, graduated from the Messiah Junior College and met their spouses here, the sisters also forged a multi-generational legacy at Messiah that today extends to their children, grandchildren, nieces and
nephews. Martin and Musser, both in their 90s, represent a unique bridge connecting the College’s earliest roots to its bold vision for the future. In 1924, Jesse and Abbie (Climenhaga) Brechbill, moved their family from Detroit, Kan., to Grantham, Pa., where Jesse would later serve as College business manager for three decades. Family relative and the College’s first dean, Asa Climenhaga, sold the home to the young family who lived there for the next 30+ years. The second Climenhaga residence now serves as the College’s alumni center. It wasn’t until 1979 that the home was removed; the land now serves as the site of Climenhaga Fine Arts Center.
Tony Blair ’86 was appointed as president of the Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown, Pa. Lisa (Klinger) ’86 Schmidt received her master’s in strategic studies from Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Marlene Faith Brubaker ’87 received the 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation Nov. 29, 2010. She was cited for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to Conversation Corps-France.
Carrie Schoenfelder ’87 received her Administrator I Certificate from McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., in June 2009.
Craig Betts ’91 is a high school Spanish teacher at Lititz Christian School in Lititz, Pa. Penny (Walters) ’91 and Brian Hood are missionaries with WEC International. They serve at the U.S. sending base in Fort Washington, Pa. As a member of the media department, Penny writes and edits for WEC’s
Andrew ’90 and Deborah (Kohl) ’90 Blauch announce the birth of Nathan Isaac, April 6, 2010.
The Messiah College Bridge | Summer 2011
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Bridge - Summer 2011
The Bridge - Summer 2011
Heard Around Campus
Faces and Places
Phipps visits Asia
The Science of Happiness
One Last Time
Alumni and Class Notes
From the President
The Bridge - Summer 2011