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Alumni Spotlight: Diane (Hehmann) Hollowell '72

                   Diane (Hehmann) Hollowell '72 returned to Scecina Memorial High School in 2015  to teach math.

Name: Diane (Hehmann) Hollowell
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1972
College/University: Butler University
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Current Position: Math Teacher, Scecina Memorial High School

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

Diane (Hehmann) Hollowell '72 fondly recalls how well her Scecina teachers taught her in class. Some of her other high school memories go beyond the classroom, like Coach Leffler bringing his kids to games and Father Riedman walking around school with a hammer in his belt. 

Mr. Ken Leffler was my English and chemistry teacher. He was a great teacher and made class fun,” she recalled. “His children were little at the time and I remember how he would bring them to a basketball game and they would all sit on the stage. This year (Scecina teacher and coach) Brad Purcell had his little boys on the stage, and I couldn’t help but think how life changes and yet so many things stay the same.” 

Diane has returned to the same halls and stage that were so familiar when she was a teenager. In 2015, she took a math teacher position at Scecina. Since her return, she’s taken command of the school’s chapter of National Honor Society and she initiated Scecina students’ participation in Catholic Math League, a national math competition. 

“The Catholic Math League is known for preparing students to analyze questions, skills that are needed when taking standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT,” she said. “The competition element makes it more interesting. The students want to represent Scecina well and a little friendly rivalry between the students is never a bad thing.” 

Diane met her husband, Joe Hollowell ’72, in geometry class at Scecina. Joe and Diane have 11 children. Two of their sons are priests in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Father John Hollowell is pastor of two parishes near Terre Haute and the chaplain of DePauw University and Putnamville Correctional Facility. Father Tony Hollowell is finishing up his studies in Rome and will be back in June. Diane attended Little Flower Catholic School and Parish, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. When she went to high school, her faith and values were reinforced at Scecina. 

“The teachers and staff demonstrated their faith daily,” she said. “I was blessed by the many priests and religious sisters who taught here.” 

Father (Joseph) Riedman was the guidance department when I went to Scecina,” she said. “He also fixed anything and everything that was broken around the school. He was always available if I had any questions, but he usually had a hammer tucked into his belt.” 

Diane (Hehmann) Hollowell and her husband, Joe '72, with their 11 children, their spouses and grandchildren.

Sister Teresa Marie Boersig cultivated Diane’s affinity for math. 

“She was such a great teacher and I learned so much from her,” said the math teacher. “My junior year she went back to Purdue and earned her PhD.” 

Diane’s road to Butler University from Scecina was helped by Ott Hurrle ’70, when he brought her a college application from Butler. 

Now Diane and Ott are together again in the halls of Scecina. 

“Life changes and yet so many things stay the same.” 

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Connie Lovell Heneghan'62 wrote:
Loved the Hehmann family. As a young bride w a family in the late 60's, we lived across the street fr the Hehmann's. Such an example of family, Diane and her sister, Therese, were one of our best babysitters. Good students, cheerleaders, the whole works. So enjoyed the whole family!

Thu, April 6, 2017 @ 2:23 PM

2. Connie Lovell Heneghan'62 wrote:
correction of prev. comment.

Thu, April 6, 2017 @ 2:24 PM

3. Connie Lovell Heneghan&#39 wrote:
how come the apostrophe converted to an ampersand and a #/octothorp/hash converted and the semicolons after my name became the numbers 39?

Thu, April 6, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

4. Bill Moore wrote:
What a great Catholic Mom!

Fri, April 7, 2017 @ 8:48 PM

5. Carol Collins Routh wrote:
Diane and I lived in the same neighborhood and used to play together when we were little. Her mom and mine used to play Euchre together once a month with the other neighborhood ladies. We all walked to and from school together frequently. Hehmanns were such a wonderful family and Diane has taken those values and used them to raise her kids too. I am honored to know this lovely woman.

Sun, April 9, 2017 @ 7:52 PM

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Mon, September 18, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

7. Susie Quinn Salumunek wrote:
i think it is great you are teaching math there. i can remember that you were a year younger but we all went to the math contests in Terre Haute each year. i can't believe you have 11 kids, i have four and i find that enough. i am sure it is fun to teach there.

Susie Quinn

Fri, February 2, 2018 @ 10:10 PM

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