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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Alumni - F

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Farkas, Emil C.

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “Heroic Service,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 21, no. 4 (1943): p. 5.

Lieutenant Emil C. Farkas. 

Source: Page 5, Nov. 1943 Alumnus.

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It was a recent pleasure to have Lieutenant Emil C. Farkas of the United States Navy, a graduate of the class of '33, on the campus greeting friends. For the past eighteen months he has been in the Naval Reserve on active sea duty with the Armed Guard. This branch of the service has received little publicity, but nevertheless has done its job splendidly. A good share of his service has been given about the Mediterranean and the East Coast of Africa where he and his men assisted in clearing the seas of axis submarines as well as protecting convoys in their handling of lend lease goods for our allies. During his service he has had opportunity to converse with many men of our own troops and our allies, as well as prisoners of war, both Italian and German, and he knows what we are fighting for. Lieutenant Farkas is now under a new assignment to attend subchasing school after which he will again return to sea on one of our destroyer escorts.

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “News Flashes,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 22, no. 2 (1944): p. 5.

Lt. ( s.g.) Emil Farkas, whose picture and earlier activities in and about the Mediterranean appeared in the November 1943 issue of the Alumnus is at it again as revealed in the following from a recent letter:

"After two tough months at Miami, I was sent for additional specialized training to the Naval Fire Control School at Washington, D. C. Six weeks later I was ordered to Norfolk, Virginia, to train a crew in anti-aircraft and surface firing. While here I received the very good news that I had been transferred once again-this time for duty aboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS CARD, which recently received a Presidential citation. Very shortly we shall return to sea. But this time, instead of being hunted, we'll .do the hunting!"

A still more recent note from Lieutenant Farkas is postmarked, "Fleet Post Office, New York City," so apparently he is back on the high seas once more. His duties aboard the USS CARD are as Assistant Gunnery Officer. "This is a great ship," says Farkas, with an obvious feeling of pride.

Ferrie, David

Citation: Erica Roberts, “David Ferrie Genealogy Paper” (essay, Baldwin Wallace University, 2018).

David Ferrie's senior photo. Source: 1941 Grindstone, page 29. Click on image to enlarge.

David Ferrie was born on March 28, 1918 in Cleveland Ohio. He was born to parents James Howard Ferrie and Burdett Coutts Goldrick. He had one brother: Parmely Thomas Ferrie. David Ferrie died on February 22, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Colleges he attended include John Carroll University and Baldwin-Wallace College. He also before these studied at St. Mary’s Seminary where he studied for priesthood. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace in 1941 with a bachelor of the arts degree. While at Baldwin-Wallace he was not apart of very many clubs or organizations, the yearbook indicates none. From his transcripts we see he took some educations, math, philosophy, and english courses. After College he got a pilot’s license and taught aeronautics at Benedictine High School.  In an FBI interview he also said he received a PHD at Phoenix University in Bari, Bari, Italy in 1957. In 1952 he became a member and instructor in the Civil Air Patrol. It is during his time here that he allegedly instructed, knew, and became friends with Lee Harvey Oswald. Later in his life he suffered from an auto-immune disease called alopecia which causes one to lose all hair including eyebrows and eye lashes. H wore a home-made wig and drawn on glasses. He was accused of being part of the conspiracy to assassinate JFK, although clear evidence was never found. He was accused of knowing Oswald and instructing him in the shooting. It is claimed that it was Ferrie taught Oswald how to use the gun and even hypnotized him to commit the crime. It is also said that he was to fly the get- away plane. In FBI interviews, he denied any involvement saying he never knew Oswald very well and gave an alibi to when he was during the assassination, in which he happened to be in Texas at the time. Charges were dropped due to lack of solid evidence, but the case was brought back up by Jim Garrison. He died shortly after under somewhat weird circumstances. He was found dead in his home with what appeared to be suicide notes but after the autopsy it appeared he died of natural causes of an aneurism. Joe Pesci portrays a character of him in a 1991 movie called JFK.

Works Cited

Finnigan, Edward "Eddie" L.

Forbes, George

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.

George Forbes' senior photo. Source: 1957 Grindstone, page 156. Click on image to enlarge.

George Forbes was a student at Baldwin-Wallace College starting in 1953 and graduating in 1957. While at Baldwin-Wallace he was involved in the Exponent editorial staff, Young Democrats Club, and Beta Sigma Tau. After BW he went on to study law. He became a Cleveland councilman and was later elected council president (the first black council president). After being on the Cleveland City Council, he was elected president of the NAACP. He also went on to open a law firm and join the board of trustees for Baldwin Wallace University.

Foote, Mabel

Citation: “Brutal Murder of Mabel Foote Shocks Campus,” The Exponent, February 18, 1921, p. 1.

Mabel Foote's senior photo with her signature written along the bottom. The quote accompanying her photo was from poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It said, "Never idle a minute, but thrifty and thoughtful of others."

Source: Page 48, 1921 Grindstone.

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As the Exponent goes to press the campus is shocked by the news of the brutal murder of Miss Mabel Foote.

Miss Foote's body, with that of Miss Louise Wolf, another Purina High school teacher WHS found lying on Bean road, near State road.

Both bodies were badly beaten. A blood-stained club was found nearby.

Two suspicious looking men were seen in the vicinity a short time after the murder probably took place.

The two teachers left the school Thursday evening about 5:30 and were on their way home.

Miss Foote was a member of the graduating class of 1920.

She was very active in student circles, in the Y. W. C. A. and Student Volunteer Band.

This year she was teaching in the Parma Center High School near her home in Brooklyn Heights.

Her brother James, and cousin Gladys are now students in B-W.

The school and all of her friends extend the deepest sympathy to the stricken family.

Citation: United Press Dispatch, “Believe Maniac Responsible for Double Murder,” Madera Tribune (Madera, CA), February 18, 1921,

The theory that a maniac killed Miss Louise Wolf, 38 and Miss Mabel Foote, 24, school teachers whose mangled bodies were found on the Bean road, about half a mile from Parma center high school where they taught, was advanced by detectives today.

Examination of the bodies showed that the slayer continued to pound them with a club long after life was extinct, physicians said. No motive for the brutal killing has been found, police and physicians said.

Indications pointed to a desperate struggle between the teachers and their slayer.

The ground was torn up for scores of feet around the spot where the bodies were found. The slayer used a small fence rail and struck dozens of blows on the heads and bodies indicated that the teachers fought heroically to save each other from the mad man’s attack.

The bodies were not found until Thursday morning when children on the way to school stumbled over the remains.

Hundreds of policemen, detectives, deputy sheriffs and farmers armed with shotguns and pistols hunted the dense woods. The tracks of the slayer were plainly visible in the mud and led from the scene of the killing into the woods, where they were lost. Police dogs were brought to the scene but they were unable to pick up the scent.

Two bareheaded men seen walking from the scene of the killing Wednesday evening were hunted by police who at first believed the women were attacked by tramps. No trace of the two could be found.

Citation: “Splendid Tribute Given Miss Foote In Chapel Service,” The Exponent, March 2, 1921, p. 6.

The memorial service for Miss Mabel Foote was held in chapel, Friday, February 25. Prof. Riemenschneider opened the services by organ music. He played "The Song of the Seraphs," by Guilmant. Devotions followed, after which the girls quartet sang "Just Beyond."

Following the song, representatives from the different organizations with which Miss Foote was affiliated, paid short tributes to her. The following people spoke:

Miss Rhea Benedict, for the Y. W. C. A.

Miss Bertha Stiefel, for the Class of 1920.

Miss Grace Surrarrer for the Alpha Kappa Sigma.

Mr. Fred Thomas for the Volunteer Band.

Mrs. Condit for Hulet Hall.

Prof. Boggess for the Faculty.


Foster, Hannah Alice

Citation: Charles F. Mott, ed., Palladian (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1897), p. 24.

Hannah Alice Foster graduated from Baldwin University in 1866, in the classical course. She is a woman of poetic literary culture, and one of whom the College may well be proud. Her poems began to appear in the Cleveland papers when she was but thirteen and since then she has written many, but her chief reputation rests upon "Hilda," a gypsy tale, and "Zulula, a Romance of Anahuac." Miss Foster has several times received prizes for the best poem on a given theme; her latest victory being the poem on the Cleveland Centennial, read on "Woman's Day," and which received a prize of one hundred dollars. She belonged to the Crusaders, going out with the first band at Berea, and has been a loyal member of W. C. T. U. from the first. Miss Foster is a member of the Alethean Society, taking an active interest in its welfare and doing all in her power to aid it. The honor of being a trustee of Baldwin University is by no means the least which has been conferred upon her, for she is the second woman to fill that place.

Fyler, Carleton M.

Citation: Frances Mills and Marion Cole, eds., “Our Blessed Dead,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 27, no. 2 (1949): p. 4.

The death of Mr. Carleton Mills Fyler, ex-'17, occurred at his home in Toledo, O., 3001 Pemberton Drive, on the evening of November 24, 1946. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton F. Fyler of Berea. Entering the engineering field, he was first employed in bridge work for the New York Central Railroad in northern Ohio and lower Michigan, and afterward became bridge engineer in the office of the Toledo city engineer. He spent several years as bridge consultant for Modjeska, Masters and Chase of Philadelphia. While with them, prior to the depression years, his work took him to many parts of the United States and into personal conferences with many important statesmen, including two U. S. presidents.

With the opening of World War II, he entered U. S. service as a Seabee and, receiving his commission as a lieutenant, was sent to the Pacific theater where he spent two and a half years on Guadalcanal, Emirau and on Okinawa as officer in charge of construction work. At the close of the war he was placed on inactive status as lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserves. He was on Okinawa at the time of the typhoon, and for the reconstruction work on the island. Returning home last spring with broken health, but, anticipating early recovery, he had during the summer accepted a position as an expediter for the National Veteran's Emergency Housing administration in supervision of work in 22 counties of Ohio. Before actually beginning his work, diagnosis showed development of an incurable lung disease which caused his death. He leaves his wife, nee Margaret Marvin, a son, Carleton, Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Betty Bowlin, all of Toledo; his parents, and a sister, Genevieve Fyler, of Berea; and a brother, Everette F. F y I e r of Schenectady, N. Y.; also his aunt, Frances F. Mills, Berea.