ycoming College presents alumni awards during Homecoming activities

Ekke Schneemann; President James E. Douthat; Melanie Taormina '94, director of alumni relations; Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar '65; Carol "Missy" (Marsland) '73 and David '73 Schoch.

From left: Ekke Schneemann; President James E. Douthat; Melanie Taormina

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa — The Lycoming College Alumni Association presented its annual awards to four outstanding members of the Lycoming community on Oct. 11 during Homecoming activities. Award recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Executive Board from nominations received from alumni and other members of the College community.The Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, a 1965 Lycoming graduate. Edgar has been president and CEO of Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens lobby, since May 2007. He was previously general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA. Edgar sits on the boards of several organizations, including Independent Sector, Families USA and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and is the author of the book “Middle Church.”

Edgar served as a six-term U.S. Congressman beginning in 1974. Elected in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Edgar was among those who were responsible for sweeping reforms of Congress. He led efforts to improve public transportation, fought wasteful water projects and served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.

Edgar earned a master of divinity degree from the Theological School of Drew University and holds five honorary doctoral degrees, including one from Lycoming. Edgar and his wife, Merle, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

The Angela R. Kyte Outstanding Alumnus Award is given in honor of an alumnus who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to humanity and whose life exemplifies those qualities encouraged and fostered at Lycoming and by its predecessor institutions.

The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to David L. and Carol “Missy” (Marsland) Schoch, who both graduated from Lycoming in 1973.

David has spent most of his career with Ford Motor Company, where he is executive director of Ford Canada and South America. He previously served as CFO and VP of finance and strategic planning of Ford Europe and CFO of Ford Asia-Pacific as well as holding financial leadership positions with the company in South America, South Africa, Europe and North America. Throughout his career, David has served as a member of the board of directors of various automotive joint ventures in China, Thailand, North America, Turkey, India, Russia, South Africa and Japan. He holds an MBA in finance from Temple University.

In 2006, Missy founded the Detroit Children’s Choir, which she continues to direct. In the mid-’90s, she founded and directed the International Choir of Sao Paolo in Brazil, where she also established a choral program for children and teens.

She has sung with numerous choirs around the world, including the London Choral Society; the State Opera Chorus, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa; the Cantata Academy of Metropolitan Detroit; and the Birmingham First Chamber Ensemble, also in Michigan. She earned a master of music degree in choral conducting and vocal pedagogy from Oakland University.

The Schochs are the parents of three daughters.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is given in recognition of an alumnus who has achieved a significant accomplishment that reflects positively on Lycoming and/or its predecessor institutions, in a professional field or another area of accomplishment.

The Dale V. Bower Service Award was presented to Ekke Schneemann, who attended Lycoming as a German exchange student in the mid-’60s.

On five occasions since 1990, he has hosted the Lycoming College Tour Choir in his hometown of Wagenfeld, Germany, rallying the village in support of the group through community meals, village housing and attendance at concerts.

Schneemann and his wife, Helmi, have three sons and a grandson.

The Dale V. Bower Service Award Given to an individual for outstanding service rendered to Lycoming College. The recipient of this award may or may not be a Lycoming alumnus.

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