Dot Allwardt ’60 Nuechterlein
earned a bachelor of arts with honors in religion at Valparaiso University, and in 1978 she received a master of arts in sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. From 1960 to 1974, Dot worked as Director of Youth, Education, and Parish Work for churches in Ann Arbor, Mich., and New Haven, Conn., and was a Probation/Parole Officer and Coordinator of Volunteer Probation Services in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. From 1981 to December 2012, she was employed at Valparaiso University in a variety of positions, both as faculty (sociology department) and as staff. Dot retired in 2002 from her position as Coordinator of Graduate and Continuing Education in the Graduate Division, but continued teaching and accepted other assignments. She served as the executive director of the Valparaiso University Guild from 1983 to 1989. Other Valpo positions she held were tour manager in the music department; Chapel counseling staff; research assistant for Richard Baepler’s history of the University; chair of ReVU, the university retirees organization; and public information and development director for the Lutheran Deaconess Association. Dot has also taught courses at Notre Dame, Concordia University-Bronxville, Ivy Tech, Davenport University, and Elderhostel. From 1960 to 2010, Dot was a workshop leader/lecturer at Camp Arcadia, Mich.; Holden Village, Chelan, Wash.; Lutheran Church Area Convocation in Berkeley, Calif.; and women’s and youth retreats and conferences nationwide. She has written for the Cresset and other publications, been a Valparaiso city councilwoman, volunteered with the LCMS, served on the Wheat Ridge Ministries board and Mayor’s Committee on the Millennium, and served her church as president, choir member, and Bible class teacher. In 1992, she received membership in Indiana’s Richard G. Lugar “Excellence in Public Service” Series. Dot was one of the first female official scorekeepers in Division I men’s basketball, and many people know her as the Valpo men’s basketball volunteer scorekeeper for nearly 30 years. Dot is very appreciative of this award and knows that Valpo gave her incredible opportunities to develop as a person and a leader. As a college student in the 1950s, she believed that Valpo treated female students equally to their male counterparts. Dot and her husband, Jim Nuechterlein ’60, currently live in Valparaiso. Their children are Laura ’89 of Seattle, John of Chicago, and Jeanne of York, England.