Lycoming College plans service in memory of 10th president

Lycoming College will hold a public memorial service for Bishop D. Frederick Wertz, the college’s 10th president who served from 1955-68, at 11:30 a.m. next Friday in Clarke Chapel.

The Rev. Dr. John Piper Jr., dean emeritus of the college, will officiate, and the Lycoming Choir will perform.

The service also will include reflections upon the extraordinary influence that Wertz had on the history of the college. His daughter, Joanne Monoski, will represent the family.

During Wertz’s 13-year tenure, much of Lycoming’s current campus was built, including 13 buildings and the Quad. In addition, student enrollment more than doubled, and the physical size of the college nearly tripled, a change that included what is now the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

In recognition of his leadership of the college, the Wertz Student Center was named in his honor, and in 1969, he was bestowed with an honorary degree. Each year during Honors Convocation, the Bishop D. Frederick Wertz Award is presented to a student who exhibits outstanding dedication and selfless service to others.