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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Alumni - C

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Caple Jr., Steven

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.


A Cleveland native, Caple graduated from John Marshall High School on the city’s east side. He then earned a B.A. in film studies and marketing from Baldwin Wallace University, before continuing on to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Caple entered his short film A Different Tree into HBO's 2013 Short Film Competition, receiving both attention and praise for his work. Forbes' placed Caple on their “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment” list in 2017. In 2018, he directed Creed II, a film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, a film that would go on to earn more than 200 million at the box office.

Chaffee, Davis Elliott

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “U. S. Chaffee,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 22, no. 1 (1944): p. 4.

Cheered on its way by the parents of the hero for whom it was named, another battling unit of the U. S. Fleet 011 November 27 cut the water of the Cooper River, following christening exercises in the Charlestown Navy Yard where it was constructed. The powerful destroyer escort bears the name of Ensign Davis Elliott Chaffee, Baldwin-Wall ace Alumnus who gave his life in battle in the Southwest Pacific. Watching the boat glide down the ways were Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Chaffee of Sandusky, parents of the hero, together with his two sisters, Mrs. C. Rehfus and Mrs. Pauline Chaffee Fyler, '25. Pride mingled with sorrow as the loving mother smashed the silver bottle against the bow of the ship while naming it in honor of her son.

Tribute to the bravery and courage of Ensign Chaffee was paid by Lt. LaValle M. Bigelow, U. S. N. R. of Jacksonville, Florida. The Lieutenant was a friend and companion in flight in the battle of the Coral Sea in which Ensign Chaffee lost his life. In the course of his remarks he said, "It was during the very last dive bombing attack of the Coral Sea Battle, a dive with thousand pound bombs on a large J ap aircraft carrier, that Ensign Chaffee was lost. His bomb hit its mark, but enemy fire riddled his plane and he was seen to fall into the sea a few miles away from the stricken enemy ship which his bomb had hit.

"Ensign Chaffee was awarded the American Defense Service Medal with fleet clasp, and the Navy Cross with the following Citation: 'For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous .devotion to duty as pilot of an airplane of a Bombing Squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire and against powerful fighter opposition, Ensign Chaffee participated in · an attack upon an enemy Japanese carrier which resulted in the sinking or • severe damaging of the carrier. His extreme courage and gallant conduct contributed greatly to the success of our forces in the battle of the Coral Sea'."

Cline, Genevieve R.

Citation: "Losses in the Baldwin-Wallace Family," Alumnus 36, no. 4 (Winter 1959), p. 29.

Judge Genevieve Cline. Source:

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Judge Genevieve R. Cline, Oct. 25, in the Cleveland Clinic. A native of Warren, O., Judge Cline was the first woman appointed to a federal judgeship. She was named to the Customs Court in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge and served in that office for 25 years. Active in Republican politics, she had served as vice president of the National Republican Women's Assn. She also had served as president of the Cleveland Federation of Women's Clubs. Surviving are a brother and two nieces.

Collins, Bud

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.


For many years, Arthur “Bud” Collins was a go-to on-air personality for reporting and commentary on professional tennis. He was also a highly regarded and accomplished journalist and television sportscaster. Collins attended Berea High School before pursuing a BA at Baldwin-Wallace. Collins was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 1994. His credentials include stints with PBS, NBC Sports, ESPN, and the subscription service, XM Satellite Radio. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 86.