A Legacy of Character

Part I

Five lights, dimmed but still shining strong, illuminating a path to greater service, leading us to a fresh sense of community, guiding us to engage each other as our better selves, lights of perseverance and dedication, lights of courage, lights of reflection and inspiration, lights of compassion, lights of integration.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Calvin Coolidge

Julianna Gehant gave complete focus to every task, whatever the context, military duty, being a student, being a friend.  

“She was an overachiever. Everything she did, she put 150 percent in.”
- Tina Pocius, Julianna’s aunt

"It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer. I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
- Albert Einstein

Ryanne Mace was on task, whether as an honor student or at work. A seeker, she wanted to know the how and why of the world. 

“Perhaps the most driving part of Ryanne’s personality was her desire to know how things worked or were made.”
- The Mace Family

“I keep six honest serving-men; they taught me all I knew; their names are What and Why and When; and How and Where and Who.”
- Rudyard Kipling

Gayle Dubowski was naturally curious, a listener, a processer, who loved knowledge and made it her own. 

“Not only did she listen, but she processed what she heard, forming her own opinions about the subject matter, which she was not shy about expressing.”
- The Dubowski family

“All right mister, let me tell you what winning means; you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.”
- Vince Lombardi

Dan Parmenter was a winner, always learning, always counted on for the job well done, whether at work, in the classroom or in acts of service.

Dan was blessed with a naturaral inquisitiveness and sought out challenges to fulfill his intellectual curiosity. He attributed his problem-solving ability to common sense."
- The Parmenter Family

He took care of everybody. He ws prompt, smart and very attentive. I could count on his for everything"
- Maria Krull, The Northern Star

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust

Catalina Garcia relished finding the imaginative, fresh approach; the more creative solution, moving easily from theory to practice.

“She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the practical approach to knowledge.”
- The Garcia Family

“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- Michael Jordan

 “Though by nature a quiet person, she fought against her shyness when it meant that she could benefit other people.”
- The Dubowski Family

“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
- Helen Keller

Ryanne Mace served for six years on the Dundee Township Peer Jury in order to serve those less fortunate than herself.

“It was her experience with this program that made her see that she would not have any satisfaction in a career unless it was oriented towards helping others to live a better life.”
- The Mace Family

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Julianna Gehant served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and, as a Sergeant First Class, saw duty in Bosnia.

“One of her favorite stories from the service was spending time in Laos, where she helped build a school for local children. She was very proud of that.”
- An NIU classmate

“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
- Maya Angelou

Catalina Garcia was a diplomat who helped others come to the center.

“She seemed to have a knack for compromise and easing tense situations, due to a generous dose of common sense.”
- The Garcia Family

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging.  ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion.  We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dan Parmenter was a big man with a big heart.  He championed those who were smaller in some way, pulled more than his own weight, unfailingly kind.

“Never does a man portray his character more vividly than his proclaiming the character of another.”
- Winston Churchill

Julianna Gehant saw the good in others, always helping them see the good in themselves and supporting them to do their best, to find their special talents.

“She gave only the positive, never the negative; she wanted everyone to do their best, no matter what it was.”
- The Gehant Family

“Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.”
- Thomas Hardy

Ryanne Mace smiled at the world, leading others to find the more enjoyable path. 

“Her smile was almost always on her face; if there was a way to make anything more enjoyable, she would surely find it.”
- The Mace Family

“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.”
- Confucius

Catalina Garcia’s humor was an attraction for others who found at its core a path to answering their own questions.

“Catalina was usually found at the center of things, a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to build relationships.”
- The Garcia Family

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
- William Shakespeare

Gayle Dubowski’s clarity of opinion was matched by kindness and a mischievous sense of humor that made her a quiet magnet.

“Gayle asked intelligent questions and made smart observations. She was a very active participant in the classroom and stood out for that reason.”
- Professor Andrea Molnar, NIU

“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
- Albert Schweitzer

Ryanne Mace believed in the intrinsic value of all people. She was a person of empathy and tolerance who embraced diversity in all its forms. Her greatest joy was to help others find peace and direction in their lives.

“In essence, she was a true liberal humanist; because of this she had strong relationships with people from all walks of life and many different backgrounds.”
- The Mace Family

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”
- Martin Luther King

Gayle Dubowski was a giver, generous with her time, her talents, and her resources.

“Gayle was generous with her finances, always wanting to help those in need if she was able; thus she enjoyed serving the poor in some of the most needy areas of the country and being a mentor for younger girls as a camp counselor and a piano teacher. She was a loyal friend, thinking about and writing to people she seldom got to see.”
- The Dubowski Family

“Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil.  Affirmation of the world is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.”
- Albert Schweitzer

Dan Parmenter saw others before he saw himself; he measured personal success in the success of those around him.

“Dan wanted to see others succeed, to be a leader. He naturally looked out for everyone.”
- The Parmenter Family

“Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.  The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
- Harper Lee

Julianna Gehant was a person of purpose, a valued friend to all who knew her, a gifted soul, uplifting.

“She lit up a room. She was nice, kind, mature, and very smart.”
- Betsy Smith, Academic Advisor, NIU

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
- William Shakespeare

Catalina Garcia was a mentor and gatherer of others.

“Catalina's talent for being a down-to-earth thinker, allowed many around her to see her as a problem-solver. She was an active member of mentor/mentee.”
- The Garcia Family

“It is better to deserve an honor and not receive it, than to receive one and not deserve it!”
- Mark Twain

Gayle Dubowski did not seek to please, to be popular, but to follow her convictions.

“She had the courage and personal conviction to do what she thought was right, even if it hurt her personally.”
- The Dubowski Family

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
- Bob Hope

Dan Parmenter was a man of heart, defined by charity.

“Dan was always helping other people out, giving you rides to class, helping with homework, doing community service.”
- Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity President

“The first creation of God in works of the days was the light of the sense; the last was the light of the reason; and His Sabbath work ever since is the illumination of the spirit.”
- Francis Bacon

Five lights, dimmed but still shining strong, a treasured legacy, we applaud the gift they give.

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