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Cedar Crest College Honors Pair of Grads with 2010 Alumnae Awards

Allentown, Pa. (June 8, 2010)—Anna Deppen Lutz ’50 of Lancaster, Pa., and Kathryn Luessenhop Beattie ’60 of Danbury, Conn., received Cedar Crest College’s 2010 Alumnae Awards at the College’s Reunion Celebration Luncheon on June 5.

 

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(Left) Gail Graham '70 presents the Alumnae Award to Anna Deppen Lutz '50.

Sixty years ago, Anna Deppen Lutz ’50 made her mark on Cedar Crest College by serving as treasurer, secretary and president of the Women’s Athletic Association; as a member of student government and the President’s Advisory Council; as an editor of The Crestiad student newspaper; and as an active participant in the choir, drama societies, and several other clubs. The hard work and commitment to the College earned her the Butz Prize, awarded to the graduating senior who has exerted the best influence in her college life and association. 

Six decades later Lutz’ influence is still being felt—both on the Cedar Crest campus and in society. A drama and English dual major in college, Lutz became the first woman to earn a master of divinity degree at Moravian Theological Seminary 20 years later. She served for many years with husband, Earlin, as co-pastor of First United Church of Christ in Quakertown, where she had previously been director of Christian education.  

In 1983, Moravian Seminary presented Lutz with the John Hus Award for excellence in ministry. Her poems, sermons and articles have been published in several periodicals, and she was chosen to serve as moderator of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. She was a member of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ Board for World Ministries, and on the board of trustees of both Moravian Theological Seminary and Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Lutz is a lifetime member of the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Association and a life member of the College Auxiliary. She has also served as a class officer and a trustee, established a named scholarship, and served as the inspiration for and as a major supporter of the Lutz Center for Community Service. It is her work on behalf of Cedar Crest that earned her this year’s Alumnae Award for Service to the College.

Lutz, who has two children and six grandchildren, credits Cedar Crest College with providing her a well-rounded liberal arts education, as well as helping her develop the communication skills that have been so vital to her as a pastor, and in all aspects of her life.

Kathie Luessenhop Beattie ’60 wed her college sweetheart, Bill, two weeks after commencement, and began to teach at an elementary school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Allentown in the fall of 1960. This year she celebrates the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Cedar Crest, 50 years of marriage, and a family that has come not only to include children and grandchildren, but people all over the world.

 

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(Left) Gail Graham '70 with Alumnae Award winner Kathie Luessenhop Beattie ’60

After teaching for a few years, Beattie’s life took an interesting turn after her husband landed a job that took the family to South Africa for six years during the era of apartheid.  While living there, she was moved both by the beauty of the land and the culture, and by the ugliness of racism and economic deprivation. Although busy raising her own children in a new setting, she took time to tutor African children.

When she moved back to the United States in 1980, Beattie started importing baskets and wall hangings to generate income in villages where employment opportunities were limited. She expanded that initiative over 30 years, putting the proceeds back into health projects in Zambia where her daughter worked as a nurse at a “bush” hospital.

Being a teacher, she has shared what she has learned about Africa with others through presentations to children and adults. She has also taken scores of photos of her experience that have graced the walls of several art galleries, including Cedar Crest’s. The images often give people new insights into the poverty, hunger and beauty in our world.

Beattie periodically returns to Africa, while also being mindful of her neighbors in Danbury, Conn.  She has helped adults who immigrated to the United States learn to speak English, and trained other tutors to do so.  Recently, she has supported husband Bill’s efforts to build a mentoring program for boys in Danbury and to build the Jericho Partnership, a faith-based ministry that supports at-risk youth and adults, including the homeless.

Still, Beattie has written, “I left my heart with the peoples of Africa who have suffered through conflict, hunger and being displaced.” This fall, she will travel to Rwanda to photograph the people and to participate in reconciliation talks with African women. For these efforts and more, Kathie Luessenhop Beattie earned the Cedar Crest College 2010 Alumnae Award for Humanitarianism.

Since 1970, the Alumnae Association has bestowed its highest honor on alumnae who exemplify the positive contributions that Cedar Crest graduates make through their careers, volunteer work and family life. The award is given after consideration in five categories including service to the College, professional achievement, volunteer work, humanitarianism and single exceptional achievement.

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