Frank ’44 and Marie (Page ’44) Drown met at Northwestern Bible School where they studied and eventually felt a calling to become missionaries. As the story goes, they eventually fell in love and were later married.
Frank and Marie were some of the first missionaries in the Ecuadorian Rainforest. They committed their time to bringing life change to the Shuar tribes by seeking to communicate forgiveness of sin and new life found in Jesus Christ.
Frank and Marie prepared the way for many missionaries including, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Nate and Marj Saint, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Northwestern’s own, Roger and Barbara Youderian.
The Drown’s service to the Shuar people began in 1945 with the mission agency Gospel Missionary Union (since renamed Avant) to engage unreached people groups in the Amazon jungle.
They wrote a book about their experiences working there, among the Shuar and Atshuar peoples: Mission to the Headhunters.
One of their colleagues in the early years of his ministry, Roger Youderian, eventually joined with the other four young American missionaries to establish contact with another people group called the Auca, or Waorani.
However, the lives of these five young men were tragically cut short in 1956. Even though the Americans had the means to defend themselves with firearms, they succumbed to their new “friends” who attacked their camp by surprise and killed all five with spears.
The incident made international news at the time and Frank was featured heavily in the story because he led the search party to recover the bodies and established the facts of the case—which ultimately resulted in others returning to the area and successfully re-establishing contact years later.
The book on this incident, Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot, has been widely circulated and the story has served as an inspiration to many.
Explaining why this tragedy happened, Frank remarked, “Listen, folks. If we’re going to win the world to Jesus Christ there’s gonna be more, and we need to serve God with all that we’ve got, whether it’s life or death…It’s not up to us to say where we’re going to serve or how, but it’s up to God.”
After serving in Ecuador for 37 years, Frank and Marie moved back to North America where they continued to stimulate interest and engagement in missions to unreached people groups.
In particular, they worked to establish a radio outreach to the remote tribes of Native Americans in Canada. Frank and Marie enjoyed 73 years of marriage before Frank’s passing earlier this year.
After attending the University of Minnesota, Harv decided that broadcasting would be his career. He graduated from Brown Institute of Broadcasting & Electronics and shortly after, arrived in Sioux Falls to work at KNWC. He wore multiple hats from regular air shift, program coordinator, engineering, to washing and waxing floors. He never thought his first job in radio would be in Sioux Falls for 21 years.
The job was not short of challenges. In 1966, Northwestern’s board voted to shut down the station for lack of support. “We have to inform the community,” was the plan. Days turned into nights and nights into weekends, but church and personal visits were made in order to drum up support. God blessed the efforts and the station ended the year in the black. In 1967, Harv became station manager. In order to gain even more community involvement, he joined Kiwanis and stayed a member for the rest of his time in Sioux Falls. Local crusades meant working with the ministerial committees and local businesses for promotion and support. From 1968-74, Harv directed multiple fundraising projects to put KNWC FM on-the-air and to purchase 15 acres of station land. He oversaw the construction of a new building with it completed and dedicated in 1976. He and his wife Carolyn decorated the entire interior.
KNWC, under Harv’s leadership, extended its FM station signal via the community television 2,000-foot tower and expand the station’s AM signal from 1,000 watts to 2,500 watts of power. In 1985, he transitioned from Sioux Falls to the network office to be Network Operations Director, then Executive Director, & finally VP for Broadcast Support. In the years that followed, he was instrumental in adding an AM station in Madison, WI, FM in Duluth, and FM in Des Moines and provided oversight to Waterloo’s new building. Having the prior building experience, he was asked to assume oversight of the KTIS/Network building project. Prior to retirement, he worked to see the AM stations in both Fargo and the Twin Cities expand to their maximum power of 50,000 watts. Since retirement in 2011, Harv continues to consult for Northwestern Media. He also serves as chairman of the National Religious Broadcasters Noncommercial Music License Committee—comprised of over 1,200 Christian stations. To God be the glory! Harv believes that any recognitions or achievements are not singular. His wife of 54 years, Carolyn, deserves a lot of credit, as do his fellow workers. Harv and Carolyn have two sons (one in heaven) and two daughters.
A proficient and accomplished horn player, Matt Wilson ’99 was recently appointed a permanent spot within the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Matt has performed with the SPCO as a substitute and guest principal horn since his graduation from University of Northwestern in 1999. He has also been a frequent Minnesota Orchestra substitute. Matt served as principal horn for five years for the Crested Butte (Colo.) Music Festival and has been the principal horn for the Minnesota Opera Orchestra since 2012. “Matt Wilson has proven to be an extraordinary musician and colleague in his years as a guest musician,” said SPCO artistic director and principal violin Kyu-Young Kim. “His versatility as both a high horn and low horn player and as a gifted chamber musician makes him a perfect fit for the SPCO, and we feel very fortunate to have been able to bring him into the orchestra as a full-time member.” Matt holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a former adjunct professor of horn for University of Northwestern. Matt loves spending time in the Rocky Mountains, sailing, and steam trains. He is married to Jenny (Keyes ’99) and has three children—Corene, Ava, and Isaac. Matt and Jenny work together as real estate agents for Wilson Real Estate Group at Century 21.
Stacy (Bohnsack ’96) Anderson left her mark on the Northwestern basketball program in more ways than one. A standout on the court from 1992-1996, Stacy led the Eagles to an impressive 75-39 overall record and a 39-5 mark in conference play.
In addition to leading her team to success, Stacy delivered one of the most decorated careers in school history. She ended her basketball stint as the career points leader (2,016) and is the only female to reach the 2,000-point mark in school history – a record that remains untouched today. Beyond her scoring efforts, Stacy’s name is inked across several career statistical categories including: first in all-time field goal makes (824), fourth in career field goal percentage (52.2%), sixth in all-time steals (259), first in career free-throw makes (368) and third in career rebounds (797). Stacy played under Head Coach Sherri Holm and Assistant Coach Linda Schuck. Coach Schuck recalled Anderson’s impact on the team stating, “Stacy was an incredible leader who cared about the growth and well-being of her teammates on and off the court. Her competitiveness sparked our team to compete consistently at the national level.” Stacy now resides in Arlington, WA with her husband Joel and their three children—Kate (21), Zachary (18), and Drew (8).
Joe took over as Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics at Northwestern in 1991. In addition to guiding the Eagles men’s basketball program to a new level, his influence and notorious Christ-centered leadership ultimately transformed the future of Northwestern Athletics.
Under Joe’s nine-year reign as head coach, the Eagles posted a 157-112 record, the most career wins by any coach (at that time) and four of the top 10 single season records. His 1998–99 team collected the most single-season wins (25) of all time.
Under Coach Smith, Northwestern earned six Conference Championships, two NCCAA National Tournament appearances, and two NAIA All-Americans. His lasting impact was felt beyond accolades and accomplishments. As Director of Athletics, Joe worked relentlessly to draft and implement a mission statement that would clarify the department’s primary purpose—to use athletics as a spiritual growth tool. He worked to find coaches who embraced that mission, hosted small group studies at his home, left Bibles in the visiting locker rooms, and established a higher precedent for the level Northwestern would compete at. Today, Joe continues to devote his life to discipling men to grow in Christ, serving families well, and making a difference for Christ.
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