Mount Union College Honors Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award Recipients

April 22, 2010


Mount Union College honored four Dodie Davis Alumni Service Award recipients during the Alumni Weekend festivities at the annual Alumni Luncheon, held Saturday, June 12.



From left to right:

Robert Buchs, Roberta Buchs, E. Karl Schneider and William Cracknell.

The Alumni Service Award was established in 1942 and is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the College or to the community. The award represents the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from the College. In 2003 the award was renamed in honor of Dodie Davis '62 for 35 years of service and dedication to the institution.

Robert Buchs is a 1954 graduate of Mount Union College, earning a bachelor of arts degree. As a student at the College, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He earned his master's degree in business administration from Indiana University in 1955.

Roberta (Ports) Buchs is a 1955 graduate of Mount Union, earning a bachelor of science degree in education. While at Mount Union, she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She continued her graduate study at Wayne State and John Carroll.

After college, Robert served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1956-59. He worked at the Officers' Candidate School in Newport, RI, and then for the Navy Branch Audit Office in Detroit, MI. From 1959-1969, Robert worked for the Ford Motor Co. in financial forecasting and cost analysis and budgeting. Before retiring in 1993, he spent another 24 years as a corporate staff manager at TRW Inc.

Roberta served as an elementary teacher for Parma Public Schools in Ohio and then for the Dearborn Public Schools in Michigan, before becoming an administrative assistant for the Church of the Saviour from 1976-1996.

Since their time at Mount Union, both have remained loyal to the College and have been involved in many organizations. Robert was a member of the Alumni Council, including serving as president in 2001-02. He served on the Board of Trustees, Foundation for Tomorrow Campaign, Annual Fund Telethon and is a member of the M Club. Roberta served as secretary for the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women and was a member of the Cleveland Chapter of Mount Union Women, while they both belonged to the Century Raiders.

Robert and Roberta reside in South Euclid and have two daughters, Kristen and Tracy (Buchs) Shell, and three grandchildren, Zach, Cody and Mattie.

William Cracknell is a 1953 graduate of Mount Union College, earning a bachelor of arts degree in history. He returned a year later and earned his bachelor of science degree in geology in 1954. As a student at Mount Union, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Cracknell served for 39 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring at a rank of captain. During his military service, he was an action officer for the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. He served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters flying in patrol squadrons. He was chief of the defense liaison detachment in the British Ministry of Defense in London; the director of Naval Intelligence's Planner and congressional liaison officer; chief of the Soviet Naval Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency and was commander of the Navel Intelligence Command.

He earned a master's degree from Duke University in education and military history. He graduated with honors from the Naval War College at Newport, RI. He is a graduate of the Defense Attache School and was designated a 'Distinguished Graduate' of Alliance High School in 1986.
He has served on the board of directors of the Naval Intelligence Professionals and is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Association of Naval Aviators, the Navy League, the Naval Historical Foundation, the Military Officers Association of America and the Alliance Kiwanis Club.

Cracknell is active in the Episcopal Church, serving on the vestries for the Durham, NC and Mt. Vernon, VA congregations and was chairman of the lay committee that advised the first female priest to be ordained in the diocese of Virginia.

He and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Alliance. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters and have seven grandchildren.

E. Karl Schneider is a 1966 graduate of Mount Union College. After earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, he received his D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University College of Dental Medicine in 1971.

As an undergraduate at Mount Union, Schneider was a founding member of the wrestling team and lettered in baseball. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, serving Ohio Sigma chapter as an officer.
Currently, Schneider is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons with a private practice in Mentor, Ohio. He also has an appointment through Case Western as an assistant clinical professor, teaching residents at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland for the past 28 years.

Schneider has been inducted into the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, all of which recognize his high accomplishments in the dental profession. He has served as an officer in each organization as well as president of the Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and treasurer of the Ohio Dental Association.

He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Lion Heart Masonic Lodge and John L. Severance Society of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is a charter member of the Impresario Society of the Cleveland Opera and belongs to the Scottish Clan Carmichael.

Schneider served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve Dental Corp and on the national faculty of the American Heart Association for Basic Cardiac Life Support.

As a Mount Union alumnus, he belongs to the M Club, is national co-chair of the Annual Fund and a member of the 1846 Society for 10 years, and has been on the Board of Trustees of the College since 1999.

He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Mentor, Ohio. They are the parents of Kurt, Keith '00, Amy, Brittany and Korey.

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