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Reverend Dr. John M. Buchanan '55 Since 1985, Reverend Buchanan has been the pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Under his leadership, this inner-city church has grown into one of the largest Presbyterian congregations in the country. He has served on countless committees for the benefit of thousands in the Windy City including the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries and the Northwestern Hospital Board of Trustees.

In 1996, Rev. Buchanan was elected as Moderator of the General Assembly, the highest position in the Presbyterian Church. He has also served congregations in Columbus, OH; Lafayette, IN; and Dyer, IN. He is the author of a book entitled Being Church, Becoming Community. In 1959, Reverend Buchanan earned an A.B. in government from Franklin and Marshall College. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School/Chicago Theological Seminary and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates.


Henry C. Colman '41 After flying 21 combat missions over Japan as a B-29 navigator, Henry Colman finished his college education and began working in the television industry. He helped produce early series including “Robert Montgomery Presents” and “The Kraft Television Theatre.” He served as the NBC-TV representative on “Howdy Doody” and “The Kate Smith Hour.” Mr. Colman developed the popular sixties sitcom “Dobie Gillis” and was the story editor for the Hollywood film series “Navy Log.” .

He was associate producer for the original “Dr. Kildare” and “Peyton Place” series. As a CBS Television executive producer, he supervised numerous series including “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Medical Center,” and “The Smothers Brothers Show.” Mr. Colman was the producer-writer for “The Love Boat” and “Hotel” and produced numerous movies for television. This former vice-president of both Paramount and Columbia TV attended the University of Michigan and earned a B.S. in drama from Columbia University.


David L. Ferguson '56 For nearly ten years, David Ferguson was the Director of Flight Operations for Lockheed Martin at Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster, CA. Prior to that, he was the Chief Test Pilot of Lockheed’s YF-22A Advanced Tactical Fighter Program. He also was a test pilot for the Lockheed F-117A, the nation’s first stealth aircraft. Mr. Ferguson was a United States Air Force officer and test pilot who flew two tours of duty in Vietnam as a strike pilot.

He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters. While stationed at the Test Center in Californ-ia’s Mojave Desert, he flew many of the country’s most advanced fighter aircraft. He is a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots’ Association and a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He has been honored for his career in aviation by being named to the Aerospace Walk of Honor. Mr. Ferguson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Masters in mathematics from Arizona State University.


Thomas G. Johnson '60 After serving in the United States Marine Corps and receiving training in electronics, Thomas Johnson established residence in San Diego County, California, and began working in the high tech industry. While working on a BA in economics from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA at California Coast University, Mr. Johnson was one of four founders of J. Crew, Inc, a firm that assisted small start-up computer hardware manufacturers.

He is the sole founder and current president of Western Scientific, a 24-year old leading manufacturer of data storage, networking and workstation solutions with offices in the United States and Germany. Mr. Johnson has dedicated substantial portions of his time to public service. He is the honorary commander of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and is an officer on the board of the United States Marine Corps Museum. He has raised money for the San Diego Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic. Despite a busy schedule, he has maintained his status and a certified pilot and as a scuba diver.



Paul T. Winter '57 Paul Winter’s musical realm has long embraced the traditions of many cultures, interweaving instruments of many kinds with voices of whales, wolves, eagles and other members of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in English, he launched a career in music by establishing the Paul Winter Sextet. In 1962, the U.S. State Department sent this group on a six-month tour of 23 Latin American countries.

They also became the first jazz group to perform in the White House following an invitation from First Lady Jackie Kennedy. In 1967, Mr. Winter established an ensemble for which he used the name “Consort.” This group has performed some 2000 concerts in 37 countries over the years. Living Music Records, established in 1980, has produced 35 albums, ten of which have received Grammy nominations. Winter won Grammy Awards in 1995, 1996 and 1999. He has been honored by the United Nations and the United States Humane Society for his musical contributions to the environment.


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