Alumni Class Notes for May 2017

Jean (Parker) Bisnett ’65 writes, “2017 marks my 41st year as an inspirational and motivational speaker. I have traveled quite extensively sharing the Good News of Jesus with all who have ‘ears to hear.’..."

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Roger Arnold, an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College who left prior to his anticipated graduation in 1957 because of the military draft, writes that his son-in-law Jesse Hamilton has passed away after a recurrence of cancer. Jesse is survived by his wife Sheryl. His obituary is available here, and Roger asks for prayers for the family.

Dick Lynch NBC ’56 writes that his wife of 60 years, Escolene “Eckie” Carol Long Lynch, died April 28, 2017 at Arlington Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Mrs. Lynch was a missionary with Children’s Bible Mission, served at Christ Chapel Bible Church with children’s ministry and music, and was a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Kenya and Dallas. She was with the Colonial Invitational Tournament for 13 years. She is a 1956 graduate of Northeastern Bible College. Memorial gifts may be made to “Student Aide” at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas TX 75236. Dick writes, “Eckie enjoyed serving the Lord Jesus Christ in so many ways.  I thank God for the 60 years we had together. I will continue my ministry as Director of Institutional Research with Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, seconded by Wycliffe Bible Translators.”

Jean (Parker) Bisnett ’65 writes, “2017 marks my 41st year as an inspirational and motivational speaker. I have traveled quite extensively sharing the Good News of Jesus with all who have ‘ears to hear.’ What a blessing it has been as my husband and I have been able to interact with other like-minded folks! I was a special education teacher and an RN, and loved both of those professions, but sharing the love of Christ has remained my passion. This year, we will be married 52 years and I continue to cherish the wonderful Christian education I received at King’s as well as the precious memories from Briarcliff Manor. I would love to hear from classmates who graduated in 1965 and others who may have memories of this (now) little old lady. Blessings on TKC!”

Betty (Chin) Jung ’68 is currently an adjunct lecturer at Southern Connecticut State University’s Department of Public Health and is the Director of Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM), an online public health mentoring program. She earned the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University for “outstanding service to humanity.” Southern Connecticut State University recognized her with a 1998 Alumni Appreciation Award “for outstanding contributions to the public health program at the University” and named her a 2011 Outstanding Alumna (School of Health and Human Services). She tweets @bettycjung.

Elaine Kemp writes, “A dear friend and longtime supporter of The King’s College, Bob ‘Max’ Maxwell ’76 has died suddenly. He was a music education major, played numerous instruments, and could sing any part. Maxwell was the college photographer for years and served on the alumni executive committee. His memorial service will be held on June 24, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Rod and Gun Club on Martha’s Vineyard which can be accessed either by ferry or Cape Air.” To connect with Elaine for details, please email

Nancy (Weir) Stombaugh ’85 writes that her father, Richard Weir, former Associate Professor of English at King’s, went home to be with the Lord on May 12 at the Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was 93 years old. Professor Weir served as an adjunct instructor in the English Department at The King’s College from 1975-1983, then full-time from 1983-1994. He was Chair of the English Department from 1989-1994. He then returned as an adjunct English professor for about one year when King’s reopened at the Empire State Building in 1999. Visitation hours will be on May 24, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street, Bronxville, NY. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ridgefield Park Reformed Presbyterian Church, 310 Main St., Ridgefield Park, NJ. Interment will follow at approximately 12:30 a.m. at the Bronxville Cemetery, 18 Midland Ave., Bronxville, NY. A memorial service will also be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 at the Reformed Presbyterian Home, 2344 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA on June 24 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Reformed Presbyterian Home.

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