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We welcome news about you and your family. Please keep us updated with your contact information and sending us news for Bridges magazine, which always includes an alumni section. Most grads attest to making life-long friendships. We hope to facilitate those ongoing connections and friendships through reunions and other alumni events. Nominations are now being accepted for the Alumnus of the Year Award. This award presented yearly to one or two alumni who recently have made a significant contribution through service in their community, profession, family or church. Please send suggestions to Kate Grieser at

Ernest M. Hess '60 & Lois E. (Myer) Hess '60

This year’s Alumni of the Year, ERNEST (‘60) and LOIS (‘60) HESS, met as students attending Lancaster Mennonite.
Ernie’s life has been dedicated to education and service both locally and around the world. For 31 years he worked in various roles at LM as Teacher, Administrator, and Guidance Counselor/Director. He worked in schools from Lancaster to Africa, including terms in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia through Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Central Committee as a Teacher and Principal and served the church in numerous roles.

Service to others has been a common thread throughout Lois' life. Her commitment to caring for others as a response to Christ’s love and service is apparent in the way she lives and demonstrates her faith in action. Lois worked as a nursing assistant at Willow Valley Communities, administrative assistant for a professor and Nobel Prize Winner at Cornell University, and stenographer for an attorney in Lancaster. She has brought joy and encouragement to many through the volunteer time she has given in her local community and abroad as an English teacher in Ethiopia, tutor in Kenya, and more.

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Ben Lesher '05

BEN LESHER ‘05, is the President & Founder of Parcel B Development Company, a real estate development firm that focuses on multi-family and urban redevelopment projects in South Central Pennsylvania. Through his work with Parcel B, Ben places an intentional emphasis on buildings that promote economic vibrancy, sustainability, and enhance the community.

Ben is a second generation LMH alumnus, his mother, Ruth Detweiler Lesher ‘71 also attended LMH. Ben and his wife Rachel (Moffett) Lesher ‘05 met while students at Lancaster Mennonite School. They live in Lancaster City with their two children, who both attend Lancaster Mennonite School, in Spanish Immersion second grade and in PreKindergarten. Rachel currently works at LM as an Elementary Aide. They are active members of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.

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