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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An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources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.

Citation: Ashley Gullish, “Biography of Judge Genevieve Rose Cline” (essay, Baldwin Wallace University, 2021).

Genevieve Rose Cline was born in Warren, on July 27th, 1877. Her mother was Mary A. Cline, and her father was Edward B. Cline. She graduated from Warren Highschool and went on to attend the Cleveland Spenserian Business College. She enrolled at Oberlin College, and later transferred to continue her studies at Baldwin - Wallace College through the Cleveland Law School, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1921.

Before officially deciding to study law, Cline worked as a clerk at her brother’s law office in 1913. During this time, Cline was known to be heavily involved in Ohio’s Federation of Women’s Clubs. By 1916, Cline was serving as the chair for the Federation’s committee regarding legislative and state institutions. Cline was incredibly passionate about issues that would directly affect both women and children. Cline was also an active member in the fight for women’s suffrage. When she spoke in her committee’s meetings, she would often give updates on pending legislation affecting women’s rights at the time. Cline had also served as the president of the Cleveland Federation of Women’s Clubs for six years and was chairman of the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs for two years.

Her older brother, John, seemed to be her mentor in the beginning of her law career. From working closely with John as his law clerk, Cline developed an interest in studying law herself. John would often invite his sister into his Cleveland court sessions to watch him work, encouraging her to pursue her own legal studies career. From 1922 to 1928, she became the first woman to ever work as an appraiser for the United States Department of the Treasury in Cleveland, Ohio. After hearing a talk about tariffs from Senator Theodore E. Burton, Cline became more interested in customs law practice. Some say that she became a self-taught expert after researching and speaking with a number of authorities on customs law.

In 1928, Cline was nominated by President Calvin Coolidge to replace Judge William C. Adamson as Judge of the United States Customs Court. While her gender and being self-taught led people to oppose her nomination, her supporters felt strongly about advocating for her appointment. Among these supporters was Katherine Pike, a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Cline officially took her oath of office at the Cleveland Federal Building on June 5th, 1928, becoming the first woman to ever be appointed to the federal bench.

Cline was highly devoted to her work and never married. She very rarely took days off and when she wasn’t working, she hosted talks to civic and educational groups. She continued to stay passionate about women’s rights and credited her brother for encouraging her to be self-reliant, a piece of advice she continued to pass on to other female lawyers handling the gender competition in their positions. Cline retired on May 1st, 1953, being succeeded by Judge Mary Donlon Alger. On October 25th, 1959, Cline passed away in Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 82. 

Works Cited

Collins, Arthur

Citation: James D. Harvey, ed., Pursuit 3, no. 1 (August 1970): 41.

ARTHUR WORTH COLLINS, Aug. 19, Southwest Community Hospital, Berea, age 79. He was born in Thailand where his parents were missionaries and lived there until his late teens. After graduating from Wooster College, he taught and coached in Geneva for a year before going to Lorain High School in 1918, where he taught gym and military classes during World War I. In 1923 he led the Lorain High School team to its first Ohio scholastic basketball championship. Affectionately known as "Pop," Collins then served Baldwin-Wallace from 1924-1927 as athletic director and coach of' football, basketball, track and baseball. Pop, who was the first four-letter sports winner at the College of Wooster, was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1969. He was a 32d degree Mason and member of the Berea Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Strongsville Triangle Council 139, Lake Erie Consistory and Holy Grail Commandery. Survivors are his wife, daughter and ARTHUR WORTH (BUD) COLLINS, JR., '51, Boston Globe columnist and former sports information director at Western Reserve University.

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.