Three friends, 62 years
friends Ruth Heins Kramer '45, Jeannine Sutter Fischer '44, and
Betty Sass Coe '44, from left, posed for a picture in 1940, during
their Bradley days, and again in 2002, when they gathered to celebrate
80th birthdays and 62 years of friendship.
When Ruth Heins Kramer '45, Betty Sass Coe '44, and Jeannine
Sutter Fischer '44 got together in September to celebrate their
birthdays, they also had more than 60 years of friendship to celebrate.
The three met at Bradley in 1940 and have been close friends ever
They were bridesmaids in each other's weddings. Ruth became a
nurse and married Don Kramer. They live in Casa Grande, Arizona,
and own the Casa Grande Dispatch and several other smaller Arizona
newspapers. Betty and Jeannine were both home economics teachers
and married farmers. Betty and her husband Joe live in Streator.
Jeannine and her husband John live in Lexington, and Jeannine
owned a drapery and interior design business before retiring.
All three couples have celebrated golden wedding anniversaries.
The three have written "round robin" letters for most of the
six decades since graduating to keep up on families and milestones.
They have lunch together almost every year when Ruth returns to
Illinois to visit her childhood farm home near Chenoa.
When they gathered in September, they were celebrating their
80th birthdays. They may also have told a few stories from the
past 62 years of friendship.
Alum is Miss November
(Bishop) Tawan '99, right, Playboy's Miss November 2002 Playmate,
recently chatted on the air with Pete McMurray '89, a Chicago
radio host. Tawan, who now lives in Los Angeles, was in Chicago
to promote the November issue of the magazine.
Playboy's November 2002 issue includes a face familiar to many
on campus. Serria (Bishop) Tawan '99 was featured as the centerfold.
While on campus, Tawan was a finance major, active in the Phi
Chi Theta business fraternity, a member and president of Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and social chair for the campus chapter
of the NAACP. She also founded Focus, a minority retention program
designed to give freshmen more structure and guidance. She was
second runner-up in Pi Kappa Phi's Rose Queen Pageant and was
a contestant in the 1996 Miss Black Illinois Scholarship Pageant.
After graduation, she accepted a position as a stockbroker at
TD Waterhouse in Chicago. However, she also enrolled in modeling
school. When an opening with TD Waterhouse became available in
Beverly Hills, Tawan transferred, hoping to eventually pursue
her acting career as well.
Since then, she has appeared in several independent movies and
has co-written a screenplay. Now she's hoping that posing in Playboy
will help jumpstart her career.
While promoting the magazine, Tawan had the opportunity to meet
someone with a familiar voice. Pete McMurray '89, the morning
voice of Chicago's 97.9 WLUP, interviewed Tawan. The pair talked
about Hollywood, the future, and their mutual alma mater.