ABFSE offers a hearty thanks to the Hilgenfeld family for their support, to the staff at Cypress College for their coordination
of details and their hospitality and particularly to the participants who volunteer their time to insure that the ABFSE curriculum is pertinent and timely.
2016 Hilgenfeld Family Curriculum Workshop participants: back row (left to right) - Gary Brown (St.
Petersburg Community College), Bob Arvidson (Worsham College of Mortuary Science), Brian Mullins (Dallas Institute of
Funeral Service,); Second row - Jeff Zeally (Salt Lake Community College), Mary Allen-Martin (San Antonio College),
Shawna de la Cruz (ICCFA), Damon de la Cruz (American River College), Tony Wallace (Gupton-Jones College); Third
row - Mark Evely (Wayne State University), Sally Pike (ABFSE), Glenn Bower (Cypress College), Lacy Robinson (NFDA);
Fourth row - Wayne Cavender (Dallas Institute of Funeral Service), Karen Scott (Malcolm X College); Front row - Elise
-Marie Surucu (Cypress College), Jolena Grande (Cypress College), Dede Frank (Worsham College of Mortuary Science), Martha Thayer (Arapahoe Community College)
Not shown: Craig Emmick (Lake Washington Institute of Technology), Donita Greene (Catonsville Community College of
Baltimore County), Keri Haines (ICFSEB), Patricia Traffas (ICFSEB), Shun Newbern (NFD&MA)
Colleagues in the News
Tony Moore triples as a director of church choirs, theatrical musicals and funeral-service education
By Geoff Gehman , October 26, 2015
Tony Moore likes to remind his embalming students that their future clients must always look not only peaceful but natural. The last image the living have of the dead is often from the casket, says NCC's director of funeral service
education, and that picture needs to be positive to last positively. The goal is to make the deceased seem almost alive;
the trick is to put on a subtle show. Tony Moore snapshots with celebrities.
Moore sure knows how to put on a show. As a funeral home director, he embalmed his father so well, his mother
thought her late husband was sleeping. As a church music director, he produced a 200-person Easter extravaganza. As
a theatrical music director, he conducted musicals ranging from "Mame" to "Assassins." Last fall he made his NCC
stage debut as a keyboardist for "Rent," the award-winning hit about struggling artists bonding in '80s Manhattan.
Moore is telling his zigzagging story in his Commonwealth Hall office, which has a miniature casket and snapshots of
celebrities-Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe-he met after seeing their Broadway plays. Read the entire article...
No ghouls, just Girl Scouts, on mortuary trip
Jenna Esarey, Special to The Courier-Journal 6:07 p.m. EDT October 30, 2015
Turning their thoughts from cookies to cadavers, Girl Scouts from Louisville and Southern Indiana learned about women in mortuary science as they toured Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville on Thursday.
Wearing Halloween costumes, uniforms or street clothes, just over 30 Girl Scouts and 20 adults eagerly explored the
anatomy classroom with its skulls and large, colorful diagrams, and the reconstruction room where a skeleton and embalming tools were laid out for their perusal.
The girls were able to try their hand at creating a human ear out of restorative wax under the direction of recent graduate
Laura LaJoie. Restorative wax modeling is commonly used in funeral service to return trauma victims to their natural appearance. Read the entire article...