Even in retirement, Craig Singletary maintains a pivotal role at Linfield College.
Singletary, professor emeritus of communication who taught at Linfield from 1960 to 1993, is also known as the stadium Voice of the Wildcats. Since the mid-1970s he has served as the public address announcer at all home football games. He began broadcasting for the local commercial radio station in 1956, the year The Streak began.
What keeps him coming back year after year?
"A winning football team and the people in the press box," he said. "It's a fun thing for me to do."
Craig and wife Nancy (Brown) '62 live in McMinnville, where they've resided since marrying in 1955. They hope to move into the Hillside Retirement Community, also in McMinnville, later this year.
To a certain extent, Singletary's life is shaped by the Linfield football schedule. The Singletarys spend winters near Palm Springs, but they don't leave McMinnville until after the football season concludes.
Aside from his involvement in Linfield football, Singletary remains active in video work. In 1997, he narrated a video for Linfield's capital campaign, Linfield College -- The Defining Moment. He also narrated a DVD documenting the 2004 championship football game, A Dream Fulfilled: Linfield's Incredible Stagg Bowl Journey. In addition, Singletary videos and produces travelogues from trips he and Nancy take around the world.
"We take a cruise every other year, and I video the scenery and cities we visit, edit them into 45 minute travel logs and then show them to various groups," he said.
Singletary is a member and past president of the McMinnville Rotary Club and sings in the choir at First Baptist Church, where he has been a member since 1956.
Whatever the Linfield College event - be it sports, musical or academic - there's a good chance you'll find Levi Carlile in the crowd.
Carlile, professor emeritus of economics, taught at Linfield from 1964 to 1993, and still makes a point of involving himself in the life of the campus.
"I get to just about everything I can," said Carlile, who is active in the McMinnville community as well. He is a regular at Gold's Gym, working out three times a week, and he is a weekly volunteer in the Start Making a Reader Today program at Cook Elementary School in McMinnville. His wife, Janice '74, a retired grade school librarian, also volunteers. He is an avid reader, with favorite subjects of history, novels and economics. He has been a member of the McMinnville Methodist Church since 1964.
The Carliles live in McMinnville, just one mile away from their long-time residence on Cowls Street where they raised three children: Carrie '81, Paul '88 and Ben.
During his 29-year stint at Linfield, Carlile was known for hosting an annual beach trip for business and economics students at his beach house in Pacific City.
"We used to have students down a couple of times a year for a day of hamburgers and touch football on the beach. It was fun.
"Linfield was a great place for me to work," he added. "I was able to walk to work for 29 years. The college has gained tremendous strength in the past 30 years, with the improvement of facilities, the remarkable addition of the south campus and a strong Board of Trustees. The education the students get reflects that."