Retired Trustees

Robert Austin

Robert F. Austin, Jr. ’54

After three years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Austin pursued a graduate degree in biology from Boston College and a doctor of medicine from Meharry Medical College. He completed his medical training with a pediatric residency at Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York, as well as with a fellowship in hematology from Tufts University, affiliated with Boston City Hospital. Following pediatric residency and fellowship in hematology, he established the pediatric hematology section at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. Austin is president of R.J. Austin Consultant, Development, and Training in Houston, and has more than 46 years of experience as a pediatrician. He is founder of Project Medical Home through Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates and served for five years as director of the first center. He is also assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He serves as the chairman of the advisory committee for the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions. He is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Children. Dr. Austin joined Grinnell's Board of Trustees in 2003 and became a Life Member in 2018. He received an honorary degree from Grinnell in 1996.


Elizabeth Ballantine

Elizabeth Ballantine

Elizabeth Ballantine was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1980 and served as Board Chair from 1994-98.  She became a Life Trustee in 2003. Ballantine earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and a J.D. from American University. 

Since 1999, Ballantine has been president of EBA Associates, a consulting firm. From 1993 to 1999, she was an attorney in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky LLP.  From 1990 until 1993, she worked as a private consultant advising clients on international business investments.  She was a staff reporter for the Des Moines Register from 1976-1982.

She has served as independent director of the Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, IA since 2004 and as a director of the McClatchy Newspaper Company of Sacramento, CA since 1998. From 2006 to 2012 she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Durango Herald, Inc., of Durango, CO, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the American University of Paris, France.


Robert Barr

J. Robert “Bob” Barr ’57

Barr graduated from Grinnell in 1957 with a B.A. in history and political science and received an LL.B. degree in 1960 from Harvard Law School. He is retired partner with the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. President Gerald Ford appointed him to the Commission on Presidential Scholars in 1975, and he served as chair of the Illinois Board of Regents (governing board of Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, and the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois) from 1969 to 1977. Barr served as chair of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission from 1985 to 2005 and was a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education from 1971 to 1977 and again from 1985 to 2005. He served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1981–83 and was head of the Republican Party in Cook County from 1978–85. He has been a Republican delegate to national conventions and legal adviser to the Republican National Committee; he also served on the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. Mr. Barr was elected to Grinnell's Board of Trustees in 1996 and became a Life Member in 2008. He is actively involved in cultural and civic affairs, including service on the boards of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the TimeLine Theatre Company, the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois, and the Evanston (Ill.) History Center.


Richard Booth

Richard W. Booth ’54

A 1954 graduate of Grinnell with a B.A. in economics, Booth has been associated with Lennox International Inc., a leading furnace and air conditioning manufacturer, for many years. He held the position of executive vice president and secretary of the corporation until his retirement in 1992. He continues his affiliation with Lennox as a member of the board of directors and of the board of trustees of the Lennox Foundation. Booth is also a member of the board of directors of Employers Mutual Casualty Co., a Des Moines, Iowa, insurance company. He is a past member of the Grinnell Alumni Association board of directors. Booth joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1982 and became a Life Trustee in 2002.


Nordahl Brue

Nordahl L. Brue ’67

Brue received a J.D. from Washington University in 1970. He is chair of Franklin Foods (dairy manufacturing), vice chair of Green Mountain Power (integrated electric utility), and a board member of Northern New England Energy Corp. (holding company for gas and electric utilities). In 1983, he founded Bruegger’s Bagels, which he grew to a chain of 300 bagel-themed, fast-casual restaurants. His civic involvement includes serving as chair of Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and Council of Environmental Advisors, and the Board of Trustees at Grinnell College. He also served as a member of the National Council of Washington University School of Law. Mr. Brue joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1996 and became a Life Trustee in 2008.


Kay Bucksbaum

Carolyn Swartz Bucksbaum ’51

Bucksbaum was a founding member of Friends of Educational Broadcasting in Iowa and chair of the Iowa Center for the Book. She has served as chair of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, the Des Moines Symphony, Scott County (Iowa) League of Women Voters, and Aspen Music Festival and vice-chair of the League of Women Voters of Iowa, United Jewish Appeal in Des Moines, and National Public Radio Foundation. She has been a board member of several organizations, including the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Des Moines Art Center, and The Des Moines Register. She currently serves on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Museum of Arts and Design and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute. In 2011 she co-founded the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago Medical School, a program for selected students carrying increased emphasis on physician-patient relationships. She joined the Board of Trustees at Grinnell in 1970 and became a Life Member in 1998; she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Grinnell College in 2012. She pursues strong interests in the outdoors in Aspen, Colo., where she and her late husband Matthew have had a vacation home for more than 50 years.


John Egan

John F. Egan ’57

Egan holds a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. Retiring in 1998, he was a senior corporate officer and vice president for corporate development of the Lockheed Martin Corp. and held executive positions with Lockheed and Sanders Associates. He has served on the intelligence desk in the office of the Secretary of Defense and has been chief scientist in the office of the chief of naval operations; was technical director for the Air Force Electronic Systems Division computer and display activity; and was a U.S. Air Force officer. Egan chaired the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies and has served more than 30 years on the executive panel for the chief of naval operations. His recognitions include the Air Force Commendation Medal, two Superior Civilian Service Medals, and election as a national associate of the National Academies and as a trustee and board chair of Daniel Webster College. Currently, he is a trustee of Huntington of Nashua, a senior living community in Nashua, N.H., and a member of the Nashua Arts Commission. He joined the Board of Trustees at Grinnell in 2002 and became a Life Trustee in 2014. He is married to Anne Patterson Egan ’57.


Patricia Jipp Finkelman ’80

Patricia Jipp Finkelman ’80

Finkelman graduated from Grinnell in 1980 with a B.A. in economics and received an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 1987. She was a member of the Grinnell College Alumni Council from 1991–1998, serving as president in 1997–98. A former health care policy and reimbursement consultant, Finkelman is an active community volunteer in central Ohio. She serves on the boards of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, the Granville Foundation, and Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Finkelman served as a Board member from 1998-2019 and as Board Chair from 2015-2019.


Ronald Gault

Ronald T. Gault ’62

Gault has a master’s degree in political science administration from the University of Michigan. He retired from J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in South Africa, where he was a managing director. A former member of the Board of Higher Education of New York, he has been involved in minority advancement programs and has contributed advice and counsel to the College in this regard. He supports efforts in South Africa to further post-apartheid economic development. Gault joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1987 and became a Life Trustee in 2002.


Kihwan Kim

Kihwan Kim ’57

Kim earned an M.A. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He chairs the Seoul Financial Forum and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Korea Development Institute. After returning to the Republic of Korea in 1976, Kim was vice minister of trade and industry, chief economic policy coordinator and trade negotiator, and chief delegate to the North-South Inter-Korea Economic Talks. He has consulted at the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and served as visiting faculty at the University of Tokyo and UC-Berkeley. Kim was a senior adviser at the law and management-consulting firm Kim and Chang. During Korea’s 1997–98 financial crisis, he was Korea’s ambassador-at-large for economic affairs. He has been chair and CEO of Media Valley Inc., a Korean information-technology initiative; an adviser to Goldman Sachs, Asia; and international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. In 2000, Kim received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Grinnell College. He joined the Board at Grinnell in 2003 and later became a Life Trustee in 2018.


Todd Linden

Todd C. Linden

Linden received a B.A. in 1985 and an M.A. in health administration in 1987, both from the University of Iowa. He served as president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He frequently speaks at national conferences and state hospital associations and has testified in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and a special teleconference with President Bill Clinton. He also participated in a White House Rural Economic Development Forum with President Barack Obama. Linden is adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa, as well as regular faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves or has served on the boards of the American Hospital Association, Health Forum, University of Iowa College of Public Health, National Rural Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Poweshiek Iowa Development, Waterford Group, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Renaissance, and the greater Poweshiek Community Foundation. He was elected to Grinnell’s Board of Trustees in 2000 and became a Life Trustee in 2012.


Caroline Little

Caroline H. Little ’81

Little graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a degree in English after attending Grinnell for two years, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her second year. She received a J.D. with honors from New York University School of Law in 1986 and clerked with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis; Teitelbaum, Hiller; Crowell & Moring; and the U.S. Attorney’s office, Eastern District of New York. She was elected to Grinnell College's Board of Trustees in 1996 and became a Life Trustee in 2012. She previously held positions as president and chief executive officer of the Newspaper Association of America; chief executive officer, Guardian News and Media, North America; chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and general counsel of Washingtonpost.com, Newsweek Interactive; and deputy general counsel for U.S. News & World Report. Little served as a member of the board of governors of the District of Columbia Bar. She served on the D.C. advisory board of the Posse Foundation.


James Lowry

James H. Lowry ’61

Lowry graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in political science; he also earned a master’s in public international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Current roles: senior adviser, Boston Consulting Group; academic adviser, Kellogg Advanced Management Education Program; adjunct professor, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management; chair, Durban, South Africa/Chicago Sister Cities Committee, Howard University Entrepreneurship Center, and RLJ Equity Fund; board member, Kellogg advisory board, the Toyota diversity advisory board, and Howard University School of Business board of directors. Past roles: senior vice president and Global Diversity Director, BCG; senior associate, McKinsey & Co.; founder, James H. Lowry & Associates. Awards and honors: Minority Business Enterprise Hall of Fame (2005); National Minority Supplier Development Council Lifetime Achievement Award (2009); Grinnell College honorary Doctor of Laws (2009). Lowry joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1969 and became a Life Trustee in 1995.


Susan Holden McCurry

Susan Holden McCurry ’71

Holden McCurry graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in psychology. From 1971 to 1975, she held several positions as director of preschools and day care centers while she continued her education in early childhood development and administration in San Diego. In 1978, she joined the family business, Holden’s Foundation Seeds Inc., headquartered in Williamsburg, Iowa. Holden McCurry also served as chief financial officer for Hawaiian Research Ltd. in Molokai, Hawaii. Both companies specialized in seed research and development. She remained involved in the company until 1997, when Holden’s Foundation Seeds was sold to Monsanto. Hawaiian Research Ltd. was also sold to Monsanto in 2000. Until 2002, she served as a consultant to Monsanto. Her current activities include serving as a board member for the Holden Family Foundation, Highland Ridge Retirement Community, and the University of Iowa Cancer Advocacy Board.


Randall Morgan

Randall C. Morgan, Jr. ’65

Dr. Morgan received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Grinnell in 1965 and an M.D. degree from Howard University Medical School. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. An orthopedic surgeon, he is in private practice in Sarasota, Florida. He also holds teaching appointments at the Indiana Northwest Center for Medical Education and at the Northwestern University Medical School. A former Chief of Surgery and of Rehabilitation Medicine at Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana, Dr. Morgan is a member of the Committee on Resolutions of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, among several other professional and civic affiliations. He also served as Speaker of the House of Delegates and as President of the National Medical Association. He joined Grinnell's Board of Trustees in 1993 and became a Life Member of the Board in 2005. Holder of an honorary doctorate from Grinnell, he has been a member of the President's Committee for a Stronger Minority Presence, the Alumni Board, and other College bodies.


Robert Musser

Robert C. Musser ’62

Mr. Musser grew up in Boone, Iowa and received a B.A. in physics from Grinnell in 1962. He played basketball and tennis at Grinnell and was co-captain of the basketball team his senior year. He then earned an M.S. from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management in 1964. He spent two years in Kaduna, Nigeria on the MIT Fellows in Africa program where he worked on financial issues. He joined Mobil Corporation where he held a number of financial jobs including the Treasurer of Mobil Europe and Treasurer of the U. S. Division. He then had a number of Corporate jobs including the Chief Information Officer for Mobil from 1980-1985. He retired in 1996 after serving 9 years as controller of Mobil Corp. He now serves on the board of governors for the Church Schools of Virginia in Richmond, VA and is involved with environmental groups. He was elected to the Board of Trustees at Grinnell in 1995 and became a Life Trustee in 2007.


Gregg Narber

Gregg R. Narber ’68

Narber earned a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies at Grinnell, followed by an M.A. in political science and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. In 2007, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa. He was a visiting assistant professor of history for four years at Luther College. Narber has worked for the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was senior vice president and general counsel. He served a three-year assignment as chief operating officer of BrasilPrev, a Principal joint venture in São Paulo. There, he researched and wrote about rural messianic movements, work honored by the Academy of Arts and Letters of the state of Bahia. Narber was a member of the house of delegates of the American Bar Association, the Iowa Attorney General’s Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the State of Iowa Human Services Council. He has also served on the boards of the Des Moines Symphony, the Metro Arts Council in Des Moines, and the Des Moines Art Center’s acquisitions committee and board of trustees, where he was president from 1997 to 1999. He joined Grinnell's Board of Trustees in 2000 and became a Life Trustee in 2012.


Patricia Meyer Papper '50

Patricia Meyer Papper ’50

A 1950 Grinnell graduate with a B.A. in economics and business, Ms. Papper is an ardent supporter of cultural, humanistic, and educational activities. She is a Trustee and past President of the Miami Art Museum. She is a board member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and a board member of the National Public Radio Foundation. Ms. Papper is a Trustee of the internationally acclaimed New World Symphony, a board member of the Rape Treatment Center at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and the founding board member of women known as 50 over 50, which is dedicated to replacing lost government funding for the arts in the private sector. Ms. Papper and her late husband, Dr. Emanuel Papper, endowed the College's Sidney Meyer Professorship in International Economics, a chair established in memory of Ms. Papper's father. She joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1983 and became a Life Trustee in 2003.


John Roy Price

John Roy Price, Jr. ’60

Price is a Grinnell graduate with a B.A. in history. After graduating from Grinnell, he studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and later received a law degree from Harvard Law School. He was the president and CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh from 2006 to 2010 and earlier, a managing director of Chase Manhattan Bank, New York. At Chase, he managed the mortgage banking and consumer finance businesses, did investment banking, and later was in charge of government relations worldwide. He is now managing partner of Infrastructure Advisory Partners. Among other major posts, Price was special assistant to President Nixon from 1969–1971. A founder and later board chair of the Ripon Society, he chaired the advisory committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Downtown Development. He served as chair and president of Americans for Oxford, as president of the Bankers Association for Foreign Trade, and as a trustee of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Mr. Price joined Grinnell's Board of Trustees in 1970 and became a Life Trustee in 1995.


Ronald Sandler

Ronald B.H. Sandler ’62

A Grinnell graduate with a double major in chemistry and zoology, Dr. Sandler participated in football and basketball as an undergraduate. He recently retired as an orthopedic surgeon from Mezona Orthopedic Professional Association. Former president of the medical staff of Mesa Lutheran Hospital and past chair of the department of surgery, Dr. Sandler has made more than 15 trips to countries such as Brazil, Peru, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Pakistan as part of a volunteer medical team operating primarily on congenital deformities in children. Dr. Sandler serves as a trustee for Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, Ariz., and is a member of the advisory board for Banner Health of Arizona. In 1996, he was named Mesa’s Man of the Year for his humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. Sandler joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1983 and became a Life Trustee in 2003.


Penny Sebring

Penny Bender Sebring ’64

Sebring is senior research associate at the University of Chicago and founding co-director of the Chicago Consortium on School Research (CCSR) at the Urban Education Institute. She is a co-author of Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2010); The Essential Supports for School Improvement, published by CCSR; and Charting Chicago School Reform: Democratic Localism as a Lever for Change (Westview Press, 1998). Sebring was a Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher. She graduated from Grinnell in sociology. She received a Ph.D. in education and social policy from Northwestern University, where she is a member of the policy advisory board for the School of Education and Social Policy. She serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Sebring received an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University in 2009, and, with her husband Charles Lewis, the John J. Dugan Award from Urban Students Empowered and The Golden Apple Foundation Stanley C. Golder Community Service Award, both in 2010. Dr. Sebring joined the Grinnell College Board of Trustees in 1993; she was elected to Life Trustee status in 2005. In 2015, she and her husband, Charles Ashby Lewis, jointly were awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Grinnell.


David White

David White ’90

David White is the National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA). Prior to rejoining SAG-AFTRA, where he previously served as General Counsel from 2002 to 2006, White was Managing Principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group LLC, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. Before joining the executive ranks of SAG-AFTRA, White was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

A Rhodes Scholar, White is a graduate of Grinnell College and Stanford Law School. He is Chair of the Board of the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, a member and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Grinnell College (1999-2018, when he became a Life Trustee at Grinnell), and a member and former Vice Chair of the Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. He is a trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, and a board member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the SAG Foundation, The Actors Fund and Volunteers of America–Greater Los Angeles. Previously, he served as a Los Angeles Area Commissioner for urban planning and development. He has been a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Lawyer, has been featured in various publications including the Los Angeles Magazine, and has served as a commentator on national and industry publications and radio shows. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the John M. Langston Bar Association’s “Attorney of the Year” Award (2014) and the National Bar Association’s “Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year” (2010).


Henry T Wingate

Henry T. Wingate ’69

Wingate graduated from Grinnell in 1969 with a B.A. in philosophy and received a law degree from Yale University in 1972. After serving with the offices of the U.S. attorney and district attorney in Mississippi, he became in 1985 the first African American appointed to Mississippi’s federal bench. He continues to serve as federal judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. Earlier, he served in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and taught at Golden Gate University, Mississippi College School of Law, Mississippi Judicial College, and the University of Houston Law Center. He has won several national and local service awards and has been active in community affairs in Jackson, Miss. He received an honorary degree from Grinnell in 1986. Judge Wingate joined the College's Board of Trustees in 2000 and became a Life Member in 2018.

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