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Alumni Love: ’70s Style

Darryl Kehrer People Leave a comment February 13, 2018

Alumni Love: ’70s Style

Miss Dawn Wahler caught my eye from afar sitting on one of those high, drafting stools in the cavernous drafting room in WACC’s “Unit 6,” a historic former trolley barn.

My friend Elaine, perhaps seeing me gazing, said, “That’s Dawn.” Dawn's yearbook photo

Then I went to Dan Doyle’s World Civ class upstairs – and there was Dawn. I could not engage her in conversation during Dr. Doyle’s lectures because she paid attention.

But soon thereafter, I saw her in the WACC library located in the old Rishel Furniture Building. I made it my business to sit at her table.

Darryl's yearbook photo

Studying, Dawn seemed to already know the causes of the French Revolution, for example. And I did not.

So, I tried to “dazzle” her with some of my experiences traveling in Europe while stationed there for three years with America’s Air Force – just prior to enrolling at WACC. She did not seem “dazzled,” but I at least got Dawn’s phone number!

Dawn did very well in both semesters of World Civ, but I got the “big prize,” as we married about two years later!

Post Script: We saved our pennies and, about three years later, we traveled abroad using the book “Europe on Five Dollars a Day” by Frommer’s!

The rest is history.

Darryl and Dawn spending a summer day with their family.


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Darryl Kehrer

Darryl graduated from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College in 1972, with an associate of arts degree in liberal studies. (His wife, Dawn, also graduated in 1972 with the same degree. The couple resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.) Darryl holds a Master of Public Administration, is a retired staff director of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives. For 34 years, he contributed to writing U.S. policies affecting military veterans. He is a 1992 Woodrow Wilson Public Service Fellow and co-author of the book “Across the Aisle: The Seven-Year Journey of the Historic Montgomery GI Bill,” which includes a foreword by former President George H.W. Bush. In 2015, Darryl and Dawn (who went on to earn a master’s degree in communication disorders) honored their former history professor by establishing the Daniel J. Doyle Scholarship at Penn College.

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