First Female Graduates

Looking Back: 1965 & LeTourneau's First Female Graduates

The Class of 1965 is a special group and, as it turns out, an historic one. Founded in 1946, LeTourneau transitioned into a 4-year coeducational college in 1961. The very first female graduates are members of the Class of ’65, and three returned to campus in April to be recognized as Golden Jackets.

Originally from (and now living in) New York, Susan (Till) Carvella majored in History and was actively involved as a Yellow Jackets cheerleader, a member of the quartet Three Hits and a Miss and a honorary member of KZX. After graduation, Susan received her Masters of Education in Special Education and spent over 40 years in the classroom teaching students in grades 1-12. She is married to Gary Carvella and has two sons and three grandchildren. Now retired, Susan is a board member with the Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York and Starlight Studios as well as numerous choral and dance groups that help celebrate her Scandanavian heritage.

Ellen (Bancroft) Page grew up in the Philippines. Along with Joan, Ellen was a member of the LeTourneau Ladies Trio. An English major, she was an active member of Student Senate, Gold Key Club and the yearbook staff. Ellen met and married Dr. Martin Page at LeTourneau and went on to become a Registered Nurse (RN). She has worked in numerous states including Florida, Washington, New York and North Carolina and has led mission work in South Africa and Georgia. She raised 5 children and has 22 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Joan (Bauer) Loken, a double major in History and Biblical studies, married fellow alum Cordell “Cork” Loken (’64) and traveled throughout the United States with the LeTourneau Ladies Trio. The Lokens served the Lord as missionaries in Liberia for nearly 20 years where Joan was a principal of ELWA Academy and Cork was a missionary radio engineer. They later served as missionaries and educators in Malawi and now reside in Louisiana to be close to their children and grandchildren.

Susan (Till) Carvella - '65

Ellen (Bancroft) Page - '65

Joan (Bauer) Loken - '65