Marty Kelley ’71 and Lynn Williams ’60 were honored for their athletic and lifetime accomplishments during Homecoming 2009 by being named recipients of the Ruth Gunden Champion of Character Award and the Roman Gingerich Champion of Character Award. For the fourth year, the Maple Leaf Athletic Club has selected a female and a male alumni athlete who exemplify the college’s core values in their lives, work and community service. Gunden and Gingerich were pioneers in GC athletic history.
Marty Hess Kelley ’71 — Ruth Gunden Champion of Character Award
While at Goshen College, Marty Kelley competed in field hockey and majored in physical education. She joined the faculty of Goshen College as director of student activities in 1982 and held a number of other positions at Goshen, including director of human resources and director of admissions. “Marty would tackle any job if she could serve the college in some way,” said Ken Pletcher ’70, Goshen College development officer and former athletic director. As a GC athlete, Kelley also “bled purple and loved the Maple Leafs.”
After her time at Goshen, Kelley worked for the Fair Housing Council of Central New York and now serves as an education adviser for adult students at the University of Maine. Kelley serves on a committee that works toward ending hunger in the state of Maine and has led workshops on nutrition through the Food Stamp Nutrition Education Project. In 2005, Kelley founded Voices for Peace, an interreligious, all-inclusive group of singers committed to peace, social justice, love and joy. Kelley and her husband, Mark (GC faculty ’83-01),live in Orono, Maine, and have two adult children who are also Goshen College alumni. They attend Hammond Street Congregational Church where Kelley serves on the outreach committee and organizes free monthly lunches.
Lynn Williams ’60 — Roman Gingerich Champion of Character Award
Lynn Williams was a part of the beginning of intercollegiate athletics at Goshen College and competed in basketball and baseball. He graduated with a degree in health, physical education and recreation (HPER) and biology. Williams received a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977.
Throughout a 30-year career as a teacher and coach with the Denver (Colo.) Public Schools, Williams taught junior high and high school biology and physical education, along with coaching tennis, basketball and football. Known to many simply as “Coach,” he taught his students the values of respect, responsibility, integrity and sportsmanship. Williams’ daughter, Dana Williams-Hosman ’94, said, “By believing in his athletes and demanding they respect and believe in themselves, [he] has helped many individuals lift themselves out of poverty and into college and careers.”
Now retired, Williams continues to be an active member of First Mennonite Church in Denver and to serve on numerous boards of directors and state athletic organizations. Williams lives in Lakewood, Colo., with his wife Margaret Miller Williams ’60. Dana is his daughter from his marriage to Anne Detweiler ’60, who passed away in 1988.
–By Julie Weirich and Judy Weaver ’81