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1930s

Mary Lou Oliver Beagle, c’38, 104, March 13 in Streamwood, Illinois, where she was a homemaker. Five daughters, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren survive.

1940s

Richard Don Blim, c’49, m’53, 92, May 11 in Overland Park. He was a pediatrician and director of medical affairs and chief medical officer at St. Luke’s Hospital. In 1978 he was honored as KU School of Medicine Alumnus of the Year. A daughter and two sons survive.

William Braum, b’49, 92, March 23 in Tuttle, Oklahoma, where he was founder and president of Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, one of whom is Drew, ’82; and a daughter. 

Alice Hayes Burke, c’45, 95, Feb. 13 in Fayette, Missouri, where she taught high school English and Spanish. Surviving are her husband, Donald; three sons, one of whom is Donald Jr., c’86; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Lorna Ecclefield Corder, b’45, 96, Feb. 9 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She worked at Trans World Airlines. Survivors include four sons, three of whom are Robert, c’69, m’73, Mark, d’70, g’72, and Scott, c’73, m’76; two daughters; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Donna Landrith Gelvin, n’48, 93, Jan. 27 in Lawrence, where she had a 40-year career as a nurse. She is survived by a daughter, Sharylyn Gelvin Lacey, d’71; a son, Ralph, e’77, g’95; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Robert Hall, e’42, 97, April 9 in Utica, New York. He was a retired plant manager. Survivors include three sons; three daughters; a sister, Rosemary Hall Stafford, c’50; a brother; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Andress Kernick, e’46, e’47, 93, March 10 in Kansas City, where he was an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and performed in the Overland Park Orchestra. 

Nancy Brown Moffett, c’45, 95, March 27 in Lenexa. She was an avid golfer and active in her community. Surviving are her husband, William, assoc.; a daughter, Cathy, h’77; a son; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

Harry Stucker, e’47, g’48, 94, April 9 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was program director at General Dynamics. He is survived by his wife, Anna Muhlenbruch Stucker, c’47; a son; two daughters; and two grandchildren.  

Richard Trueheart, c’48, m’51, 95, April 2 in Evanston, Illinois. He was a surgical pathologist and clinical professor at Northwestern University. Survivors include three daughters; a brother, Robert, c’47; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Morgan Wright, c’49, l’50, 94, Nov. 27 in Larned, where he practiced law for more than 50 years and was Pawnee County Attorney from 1957 to ’62. He is survived by his wife, Joan, a daughter, a brother and two grandsons.

1950s

Mary Gallaher Arnold, d’58, 83, Dec. 22 in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, where she was secretary of the Village Board and the Chicago Art Institute West Suburban support group. Survivors include her husband, Joe, b’59; three daughters; a son; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

Robert Atteberry, b’53, l’60, 89, May 20 in Shawnee, where he retired as president of the Southgate Trust Company. Surviving are a son, Christopher, c’81; a daughter, Karen Atteberry Eugster, d’81; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dick Bond, c’57, l’60, 84, July 23 in Overland Park. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1986 and led the Senate as president from 1997 to 2001. He served on the Kansas Board of Regents for five years and originated the plan for the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. He was honored with the KU School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association’s Fred Ellsworth Medallion and the University’s Distinguished Service Citation. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Survivors include his wife, Sue Sedgwick Bond, c’58; a daughter, Amy, c’87; a son; and three grandchildren.  

Edwin Bowen, b’53, 87, Jan. 6 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was a retired financial executive at 20th Century Studios. His wife, Nita, and two daughters survive. 

George Butler, e’50, 90, Feb. 1 in Overland Park, where he founded George E. Butler & Associates, an engineering and architectural firm. He is survived by his wife, Vera, two sons, two daughters, a brother and three grandchildren.

Everett Cook, g’52, 96, April 6 in Topeka, where for nearly 40 years he was a teacher and administrator in public schools. Survivors include his wife, Alice; a son, Kevin, e’83; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Caroline Kay Nelson Davis, f’57, 84, April 15 in Lawrence, where she was house mother at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Surviving are a son, Michael, d’84, g’91; two daughters, Kelly Davis Schaumburg, c’86, and Courtney Davis Brungardt, n’93; a sister, Judith Nelson Greer, f’80; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Dale Dill, c’55, PhD’58, 86, April 15 in Webster Groves, Missouri. He worked at Monsanto and Ralston Purina. His wife, Linda, four daughters and four grandchildren survive.

James Ellis, b’51, 92, April 29 in Kansas City, where he spent his entire career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Survivors include his wife, Jean Moorhouse Ellis, d’50; a son, Richard, b’80, l’83; a daughter, Nancy Ellis Yessen, c’82; and two grandchildren.

Rebecca Reese Frenkel, n’53, 87, April 3 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a longtime civic activist and served as president of the local League of Women Voters. Surviving are two daughters, Lisa, c’76, m’81, and Linda Frenkel Bedell, c’79; a son, Carl, b’84; a sister; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Marian Mills Godfrey, d’50, 92, April 24 in Prairie Village, where she was a retired substitute teacher and school counselor. She is survived by two daughters, Gail Godfrey Gillo, ’74, and Susan, c’75; and two granddaughters.

Allan Hall, f’54, 86, March 10 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was a real estate developer and managed hotels in the Midwest. Surviving are his wife, Elise Schmahlfeldt Hall, ’55; two sons; a daughter; a brother, Eugene, f’53; seven grandchildren; and two great-grand-children.

Mary Laird Hanson, c’58, 83, April 26 in Wichita, where she was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is Robert, c’82, m’86; two sisters; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Lane Harold, e’51, g’55, 91, Feb. 26 in Blue Springs, Missouri. He retired after 36 years as a chemical engineer at Farmland and later owned the Woodstock Bed & Breakfast in Independence. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Elser Harold, n’56; a son; a daughter; four grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters. 

Harold Alan Heath, b’53, 89, May 1 in Lawrence, where he managed the sales department at Lawrence Paper Company. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Young Heath, ’84; two sons; three stepdaughters, Katherine Blubaugh, ’84, Karen Blubaugh Evans, j’85, g’88, and Carol Blubaugh Zoellner, b’86; a stepson, Michael Blubaugh, d’90, g’92; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John Holliday, e’50, 93, Jan. 20 in Loma Linda, California. He was a civil engineer for more than 40 years. His wife, Nellie, a daughter, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.

Ann Ackerman Houchin, c’51, 90, May 10 in Wichita, where she was a retired mathematics teacher. Surviving are two sons, one of whom is Robert, ’88; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Barbara Bowdish Houghton, b’54, 87, May 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she volunteered in her community. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, five grandchildren and five great-
grandchildren.

Jane Dee Hull, d’57, 84, April 16 in Phoenix, where she served in the Arizona House of Representatives and later became the state’s first female governor. Two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren survive.

Terry Hull, c’57, m’61, 85, April 16 in Phoenix, within hours of his wife, Jane; both died of natural causes. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist. Their sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive.

Maizie Harris Jesse, ’55, 85, April 30 in Carson City, Nevada, where she worked for the state’s employment security division. Three sons and two daughters survive.

Mary Gilles Johnson, c’52, 89, April 8 in Olathe, where she was active in her church community. She is survived by three sons, David III, c’77, b’77, g’79, William, c’80, and Timothy, b’86; and eight grandchildren.

Vernon Johnson, c’59, 85, April 6 in Overland Park, where he had a 35-year career in human resources at Sears. Surviving are his wife, Glenda Braithwaite Johnson, ’92; a daughter; a stepson, Mak Knighton, c’91; two stepdaughters, one of whom is Amanda Knighton Krestul, j’92; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Karen Bloyd Jones, f’59, 84, March 6 in Winchester, Virginia. She was active in her church and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America. Her husband, Ray, four sons and four grandchildren survive.

Barbara Joyce, c’53, PhD’66, 89, Feb. 17 in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she retired after nearly 25 years as a researcher and instructor at Colorado State University. A brother survives.

Mary Baker Kanas, f’50, 91, April 29 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she held leadership roles in several organizations. Surviving are a son, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Wallace Kincaid, e’58, 85, April 3 in Fairport, New York. He was a retired electronics design engineer. Survivors include his wife, Alice.

Harold Kraus, b’55, 89, May 19 in Hays, where he was a farmer for more than 45 years and also served as an Ellis County Commissioner. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; five sons, one of whom is Kurt, e’88, g’04; a daughter; a brother; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Charles Linn, e’59, 87, March 17 in Tecumseh. He was an environmental engineer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Howard Linn, g’61, g’66; two sons; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Love, e’57, 84, Jan. 28 in Overland Park, where he retired from ExxonMobil and later worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. He is survived by his wife, Birgit, g’99; two sons, R. Christopher, ’91, and Paul, b’98; a brother; and two grandsons.

Robert Lynch, c’59, 83, March 13 in Seattle, where he was an accountant and partner at Benson McLaughlin. Surviving are his wife, Sue; two daughters; a son; and a brother, Dennie, c’57.

Jeannine Schindler Maturo, f’52, d’69, 90, April 8 in Kansas City. She was an occupational therapist and later became an elementary school teacher in Lawrence. Survivors include her husband, Michael, c’55; two sons, Stephen, j’77, and Chris, b’79; a sister, Darlene Schindler Schaake, ’52; a step-brother; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. 

Guy McCoy, c’55, 86, Nov. 27 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was a medical records administrator. Surviving are his wife, Victoria, a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Mary Siebert Nash, n’56, 86, Feb. 11 in Tucson, Arizona, where she was a geriatric nurse and administrator at nursing homes. She is survived by a daughter, Marti Nash Haskins, ’80; a son; and two granddaughters.

Doris Bonnell Nelson, d’57, 84, Feb. 10 in Wichita, where she served on the boards of several organizations. Survivors include her husband, Jerry, c’56, m’60; two daughters, Sara Nelson Stauffer, d’82, and Laura Nelson Crowl, n’83; a son; six grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. 

Darell Norris, j’50, 91, Feb. 14 in Porter Ranch, California. He had a 35-year career with Farmers Insurance Group and retired as senior vice president. Four daughters, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive.

Richard Ohmart, c’58, m’62, 84, June 11 in Oakley, where he was a physician and a preceptor and clinical professor of family practice at the KU School of Medicine. Survivors include his wife, Carol Socolofsky Ohmart, ’82; two sons, one of whom is Dale, e’80; a daughter; a brother, Harold, d’67, g’77, EdD’92; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Lee Phillips, c’55, 88, April 12 in Wichita. He was president of  Lee Phillips Oil Company and CEO of Anchor Minerals Inc. Surviving are his wife, Marlene; two sons; a brother, Innes, c’55; and a granddaughter.

Arlene White Price, f’53, 88, March 24 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she retired after a 30-year career in occupational therapy. She is survived by her husband, Roger, c’51, g’53, PhD’55; two daughters; a son; and five grandchildren.

John Rudolph, e’58, 87, April 22 in Overland Park. He owned a company that produces respiratory devices. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is Kevin, ’80; four daughters, one of whom is Melinda, ’83; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Gary Russell, b’58, 83, March 13 in Overland Park, where he was president and CEO of Shopper Publications and retired as manager of the Wyandotte County Shopper. Surviving are three sons, Paul, c’80, g’82, David, c’87, and Mark, e’87; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Virginia Johnston Schlenker, j’52, 89, April 30 in Richardson, Texas, where she was a longtime member of her church. A son, a daughter, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter survive.

Mary Ann McGrew Trombold, n’58, 83, March 28 in Mercer Island, Washington. She was named Miss Kansas in 1956 and placed fourth in the Miss America pageant. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is Kevin, ’86; and a sister, Jane McGrew Hess, d’69.

Donna Lindsay Vanier, ’56, 85, May 23 in Salina, where she held leadership roles in several community organizations. Surviving are her husband, John; a son, John II, ’81; two daughters; two granddaughters; and nine step-grandchildren.

John “Jack” Witmer, p’53, 88, April 27 in Phillipsburg, where he was a pharmacist and owned Witmer Drug Store. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Valissa, n’82; a son, Eric, p’89; and three grandchildren.

Ralph Wood, c’52, m’55, 89, Feb. 24 in Saratoga, California, where he was a physician at Kaiser Permanente. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is John, m’88; and several grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

1960s

Ali Arbab, m’60, 90, April 7 in Mission Hills, where he was a surgical oncologist and assistant clinical professor of surgery at KU School of Medicine. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Minou, s’88; a son, John, ’83; two daughters, one of whom is Eada Arbab Rupprecht, g’94, PhD’03; and four grandchildren.

June Ann Meschke Bloskey, d’62, 79, June 3 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She lived in Hutchinson for many years, where she and her husband owned Terry Bloskey’s clothing store. She served on the Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors from 1994 to ’99. Survivors include her husband, Terry, ’63; a son, Jeff, c’90, l’93; a daughter, Beth Bloskey Garside, c’92, ’96; a brother, John Meschke, b’58; and two grandchildren.

Bruce Burns, c’62, 79, Dec. 19 in Arlington, Virginia, where he retired as a technical trainer at Hewlett-Packard. Surviving are his wife, Janet; a son, Brian, e’95; a daughter; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Robert Colliton, m’62, 89, April 21 in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he was an anesthesiologist. His wife, Anna, two sons, two daughters, a brother and 12 grandchildren survive.

James Michael Cook, j’67, 76, March 23 in Kingwood, Texas. He was a packaging products manager at HISCO Inc. Surviving are his wife, JoAnn Kutz Cook, d’65; two sons, one of whom is Scott, c’93, m’97; and six grand-
children.

Harold Cordry, c’65, d’66, g’68, 76, Feb. 22 in Tecumseh. He taught journalism and advised student newspapers at several universities throughout the Midwest. His wife, Janice, assoc., survives.

Donald Cross, EdD’68, 86, Feb. 2 in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was a professor and chaired the department of special education at the University of Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; a son; two daughters; a brother, Phillip, e’56; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Ronald Culbertson, e’68, 74, April 24 in Arvada, Colorado, where he retired as public works director after 31 years with the city. Survivors include his wife, Judy, a daughter, a sister and a granddaughter.

Marlene McGinness DeVore, d’62, 78, March 28 in Belton, Missouri. She was an elementary school teacher. A daughter, a brother, a sister and a granddaughter survive.

Alfred “Gene” Donaldson, e’64, 84, March 28 in Derby. He retired as a mechanical engineer at Boeing. Survivors include his wife, MaryAlice Hofen Donaldson, ’63; a son, Kent, e’87, g’90; two daughters, one of whom is Linda Donaldson Erickson, g’96; a brother; six sisters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Fred Ewald, PhD’62, 88, May 25 in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he retired as a research fellow with Kimberly-Clark. He previously was an analytical chemist for 28 years at PPG Industries. Surviving are his wife, Jayne Seymour Ewald, d’62; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; and three step-granddaughters.

Leland Flachsbarth, d’64, 80, March 28 in Lawrence. He was a radio account executive at KLWN/KLZR. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lohr Flachsbarth, d’62; three sons, Joel, c’90, Lance, ’92, and Brett, c’99; two daughters; two sisters; and 10 grandchildren.

James “Jack” Franklin, e’61, g’62, 81, Jan. 22 in Sunnyvale, California, where he retired as a senior research engineer at NASA. Survivors include his wife, Marie Wagner Franklin, c’14; a son, a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Robert Hamilton, d’61, 83, March 31 in Salina. He lived in Lincoln for many years, where he retired as president of Saline Valley Bank. He and his wife, Sharron, assoc., received the Mildred Clodfelter Award for volunteer service to KU. Along with Sharron, survivors include two daughters, one of whom is Tracee, c’83, j’83; a grandson; and three great-granddaughters.

Marjorie Wolf Hoy, c’63, 79, June 18 in Georgetown, Colorado. She taught entomology at the University of California, Berkeley and later at the University of Florida. Survivors include her husband, Jim, PhD’66, and a son.  

Donald Janes, m’60, 86, April 16 in Overland Park. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, one of whom is Matthew, c’88; four daughters, three of whom are Alison Janes Kahler, c’90, PharmD’98, Amy Heidersbach, j’90, and Ann Heidersbach-Flurry, d’94, g’97; a sister, Helen Janes, ’62; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Mary Ann Harris Jennings, d’62, 79, March 1 in Lawrence. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Tom, e’62; five daughters, three of whom are Robin Jennings Liston, g’92, PhD’06, Karry Jennings Salvino, d’93, and Erin Jennings Dyser, ’95; two brothers; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Harold “Bill” Kackley, d’66, 82, March 27 in Washington, Missouri, where he taught accounting and developed the women’s basketball program at East Central College. He is survived by his wife, Pat DeDucca Kackley, ’67; two sons; a daughter; two brothers; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Chubb Knowles, d’68, g’71, 73, Oct. 26, 2019,  in Overland Park. She was a psychologist and later owned a rental property company. Surviving are her husband, Porter; three daughters, one of whom is Laura Budd Weaver, c’00; four sons, one of whom is Mark Knowles, ’10; a brother; and 14 grandchildren.

John Krug, f’67, 76, March 30 in Orange, California, where he was an industrial designer. He is survived by his wife, Donna.

Margaret Lawless, g’69, 74, April 8 in Washington, D.C., where she had a 38-year career at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A sister survives.

Glen Nelson, g’66, 83, May 5 in Olathe. He was a high school teacher and administrator. Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Tari Nelson Thompson, ’86, and Tami Nelson Reeves, ’90; a brother, Wayne, b’65; and 10 grandchildren. 

John Nowlin, c’61, 81, Jan. 15, 2019, in Bellflower, California, where he was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Lea; two sons; a stepdaughter; a stepson; two brothers, David, c’64, l’67, and Stewart, c’65; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Kathryn Hupp Patten, c’60, 81, Feb. 22 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where she was active in her church. She is survived by her husband, John, j’60; a daughter; two sons; a sister, Linda Hupp Buccini, c’76; a brother, Greg Hupp, ’77; and several grandchildren.

Raymond Reichenborn, a’67, 79, April 21 in Wichita, where he was a retired architect. Surviving are a daughter, Tanya Reichenborn Farrar, c’91, ’96; a son; a sister; a brother; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Hans Schmid, ’61, 87, March 24 in Basel, Switzerland. He is survived by his wife, Yen Ping, and a son.

Floy Lambertson Shaeffer, c’69, l’76, 72, Feb. 17 in Lawrence. She was an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Survivors include her husband, Peter; three sons; three brothers, one of whom is Giles Lambertson, ’67; and three grandchildren.

Robert Steitz, d’69, g’75, 74, Feb. 27 in Kansas City, where he was a pharmaceutical sales representative. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Bailey Steitz, ’69; two sons; a sister, Susan Steitz Cole, n’80; a brother; and six grand-children.

Donald Swenson, e’63, g’65, PhD’67, 83, May 8 in Kansas City, where he was a consulting engineer at Black & Veatch. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Good Swenson, d’63; two sons; two daughters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Fenton “Pete” Talbott, c’63, g’65, 78, Feb. 22 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He held various leadership roles in the financial industry and retired as president of Talbott Advisors. He served on the Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors from 1990 to ’95 and received the Mildred Clodfelter Award in 2005. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Judith Pierson Talbott, ’62; a son, Blaine, c’86, a’95; three daughters; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

Thomas Taylor, c’62, m’66, 80, March 20 in Leawood, where he was a general surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; a son; three daughters; a sister, Katie Taylor Haggans, f’72; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Stanley Thurber, e’63, 79, Feb. 20 in Spring, Texas. He had a long career in petroleum engineering. A sister survives.

John Zook, ’69, 72, June 6 in Wichita. He was a defensive end at KU, earning All-America honors in 1968, and went on to play professionally in the NFL for 11 years. He was inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Survivors include three brothers, two of whom are Dean, ’75, and Dale, ’77. 

1970s Mary Stanford Anderson, c’76, 65, Feb. 19 in Lawrence, where she helped restore several historic properties. Two sons survive. 

Lauren Roberts Averill, ’70, 71, Dec. 27 in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she taught piano and creative movement for children. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are her husband, Timothy, c’69; two daughters; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Robert Axline, e’70, g’72, PhD’74, 72, May 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he retired after more than 30 years at Sandia National Labs. He is survived by his wife, Terry Ryan Axline, d’70, g’73; a son; two daughters; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Mark Bennett, b’75, l’80, 66, June 19 in Dallas, where he was a CPA, attorney and founder of Bennett, Weston & Lajone law firm. His wife, Deb Guy Bennett, b’75, survives.

Mark Bernhardt, c’79, m’83, 62, April 30 in Leawood. He was professor and chair of the departments of orthopedic surgery at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Truman Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Renee Stewart Bernhardt, c’80; two daughters; a sister, Judy Bernhardt Kish, d’67; and a brother.

George Burns, l’72, 73, March 29 in San Diego. He had a 40-year career in real estate in Kansas City. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a son, Don, c’94; a daughter; a sister; and four grandchildren.

David Fork, c’71, 70, March 12 in Streamwood, Illinois. He worked for the Chicago Board of Trade. Surviving are his partner, Bonnie, and a sister.

Marleen Stein Gold, ’76, 74, March 24 in Carefree, Arizona. She was an artist and jewelry maker. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Her husband, Ronald, ’81, survives.

Philemon Gutierrez, s’73, 83, Feb. 25 in Holton, where he retired after 35 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is survived by his wife, Colene Moser Gutierrez, ’71; three sons, one of whom is Dominic, ’80; three daughters; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Ronald Holman, c’73, 76, Dec. 20 in Pittsburg, where he was a pilot. A son, a daughter and a granddaughter survive.

Elizabeth Lightstone, c’76, 65, March 30 in Alameda, California. She was vice president of merchandising at Gumps in San Francisco. Surviving are four brothers, Larry, e’57, Bob, c’66, Bill, e’67, and Steve, b’67, g’70.

Jane MacGee, PhD’74, 80, April 10 in Wellsville. She was a teacher. Survivors include a brother, Edwin MacGee, d’56, c’61, m’65.

Lynn Myers, l’74, 71, Feb. 11 in Springfield, Missouri, where he was an attorney. His wife, Nancy, his parents, two brothers and five sisters survive.

William Orrison, c’71, m’75, 68, Oct. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, where he was chief of neuroradiology at SimonMed Imaging. He is survived by his wife, Heather; two sons; a daughter; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and two sisters, Mary Orrison Woods, j’80, and Agnes Orrison Miquelon, ’80.

Nino Samuel, ’76, 67, June 17 in Covington, Georgia, where the former KU power forward was CEO of Nino Samuel Basketball Training. He is survived by his wife, Tressie, a son, a daughter, a sister, two brothers and 13 grandchildren. 

Donald Schoenbeck, e’72, 70, April 3 in Portland, Oregon, where he founded an energy consulting company. Surviving are his wife, Holly; two sons; a daughter; five sisters, two of whom are Nancy Schoenbeck Lautenschlager, d’68, and Carol Schoenbeck Cole, d’70; and two grandsons.

Derek Shafer, c’71, 71, April 1 in Olathe. He practiced law for more than 30 years. He is survived by two daughters, one of whom is Kerri Shafer Holtzman, j’00; three sons, Zack, c’04, m’08, Andrew, ’09, and Jake, d’16; and six grandchildren.

Robert Walrafen, e’73, a’75, 69, May 4 in Kansas City. He began his career in architectural engineering and later worked as a real estate agent. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Huff Walrafen, g’11; a daughter, Meredith, b’13; and a brother.

1980s

John Dalke, c’87, g’89, 55, Feb. 17 in Wichita. He was a real estate agent in his hometown of Hillsboro. His parents and two brothers survive.

Robert Deering, f’81, 61, March 21 in Dallas. A corporate interior designer, he worked at the firm of CRS/Houston, later becoming managing principal of IA Interior Architects/Dallas.

James “Randy” Gebhards, b’87, 67, Feb. 10 in Lawrence. He worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue. Survivors include his wife, Lou Ann, g’97; and his mother.

Robert Holt, b’83, 59, March 16 in Great Bend, where he was secretary and estimator at Venture Corp. He is survived by his wife, Tammy; three sons; his mother; two brothers, John, j’81, l’84, and Tom, b’89; two sisters, Beth Holt Jantsch, b’85, and Mary Holt Adamle, d’89, g’98; and a granddaughter.

Linda Spencer Hope, g’81, EdD’93, 69, April 21 in Andover. She was a teacher and school administrator. Survivors include her husband, John, d’74, g’80; a son, Bradley, b’05; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and a grandson.

Richard Johnson, e’82, 60, Jan. 26 in McPherson, where he was a process engineer and development manager at CHS Refinery. Surviving are his wife, Patty; a son, Joshua, e’16; his father, J. Richard, c’51, m’55; and three sisters, two of whom are Kathryn Johnson Hawkinson, c’74, and Kimberly Johnson Fritzie, ’95.

Rebecca Ayers Knetter, d’82, g’88, PhD’95, 70, Nov. 6 in Kansas City, where she was a high school teacher. Her husband, Jim, a son, a sister, two brothers and three grandchildren survive.

Mark Lee, c’83, 59, May 14 in Overland Park. He was an adjunct instructor at Kansas City Community College. His wife, Kimberly, his mother, a brother and a sister survive.

Thomas O’Connell, c’84, 68, Feb. 6 in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where he was a retired naval officer. His wife, Carolyn, and a brother survive. 

1990s Frank Battese, ’90, 68, May 11 in Lawrence. He was a clinical social worker with U.S. Indian Health Services. Surviving are his wife, Patty Ramirez Battese, ’81; three sons; two sisters; three brothers; four granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

William Radcliffe, c’94, 48, April 27 in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where he was a sales representative. His mother, Jane Fothergill Radcliffe, j’68, survives.

2010s Janet Giersch Cairns, g’12, 59, May 14 in Olathe. She was a hospital nurse. Surviving are her husband, Mark, c’84; two daughters, one of whom is Grace, b’18; a sister, Lynn Giersch Bishop, d’80; and a brother, Ron Giersch, c’83, b’85.

Eric Devlin, e’13, 29, Feb. 22 in Ballwin, Missouri, where he was an engineer. His father, a sister, a brother and his grandmother survive.

Mary “Lanie” Leek McCoy, j’16, 26, May 6 in Prairie Village. Survivors include her husband, Hal, b’15; her mother, Mary Brown Leek, d’82; and two sisters, Elizabeth Leek Murray, ’11, and Anna Leek Ludington, d’13.

2020

Jason Goff, ’20, 46, May 18 in Warkworth, Ontario, where he was chief operating officer at Natural Chemistry. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Bucher Goff, d’99; a son; his parents; and a sister, Heather Goff Smith, ’00.

UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY 

Schuyler Bailey, 60, April 27 in Lawrence, where he retired as captain after 30 years with KU Public Safety Office. Surviving are his wife, Karen; three sons, one of whom is Joshua, ’06; three sisters; a brother; and four grand-
children.

Richard Branham, f’62 g’64, 79, Feb. 19 in Lawrence, where he was professor emeritus of interaction design. He is survived by his wife, Alisa Palmer Branham, f’81, g’95, ’98; two sons, one of whom is Marc, c’93, g’96; a stepson, Henry Paustian, c’06; two sisters; and a brother.

Ron Calgaard, assoc., 82, April 10 in San Antonio. He was professor of economics and vice chancellor for academic affairs at KU before becoming president of Trinity University in 1979. Survivors include his wife, Genie Flom Calgaard, ’79; a son, Kent, c’93; a daughter; and two grandchildren. 

Jose Sequeira Costa, 89, Feb. 21 in Olathe. He was the Cordelia Brown Distinguished Professor of Piano. Surviving are his wife, Maria Laura Subtil Sequeira Costa, a’02; two sons; three daughters; a stepson; and a stepdaughter.

John Dardess, 83, March 31 in Kansas City, where he was professor emeritus of history. His wife, Pam, a son, a brother and two grandchildren survive.

Gene Feaster, c’40, PhD’53, 101, Feb. 1 in Overland Park. He was a medical physicist and assistant professor at KU Medical Center. He also created several scholarships for students.

Benjamin Friesen, c’52, g’54, 92, April 13 in Lawrence, where he had a 45-year career as professor of radiation biophysics. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ellis Friesen, n’52; two sons, Stanley, c’79, and Richard, f’83; two daughters, Karen, ’85, and Judith Friesen Kamerer, b’88; two brothers; and six grandchildren.

Raymond Higgins, 73, April 3 in Lawrence, where he had a 40-year career in the department of psychology, including serving as director of clinical training. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Andersen Higgins, g’71; a son, Ian, c’15; and two brothers.

James Rhodes, c’54, m’58, 91, April 16 in Overland Park, where he was a gastroenterologist and retired as professor of medicine after more than 30 years at KU Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Betty, s’87; two sons, Ben, ’88, and Stephen, ’90; a daughter, Joan Rhodes Benson, n’12, g’18; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Steven Ruddick, c’73, l’77, 70, April 7 in Fairway, where he was associate general counsel at KU Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Dawn Dana, f’74; a son; two daughters; two brothers; and 11 grandchildren.

Dale Scannell, 90, Feb. 14 in Abington, Pennsylvania. He served as the dean of education from 1969 to 1985. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Jeff, b’77, and Steve, a’78, a’81; two daughters, Susan, d’78, g’93, ’00, and Janet, ’83; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Dean Stetler, c’76, PhD’80, 65, Feb. 9 in Lawrence, where he was professor of biological sciences for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Marsha; two daughters, one of whom is Amber Stetler York, d’96, ’97; a son, Brook, ’02; his mother; three sisters; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

Andrew Torres, 89, April 27 in Lawrence. He retired as professor emeritus of biology after 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Georgiana Hale Torres c’72, g’77; two sons, Brian, e’81, and Andrew Jr., j’82; two daughters, Laura Torres
Porter, f’83, d’86, and Michelle Torres Campbell, c’85; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viola Unruh, n’48, 93, Aug. 9, 2019, in North Newton. She was a nurse for nearly 30 years at KU Medical Center. A sister survives.

Patricia Donahue Wahlstedt, ’87, 83, April 25 in Prairie Village. She directed continuing education in nursing at KU Medical Center. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. She is survived by three sons, two of whom are Mike, e’87, and John, ’90; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

ASSOCIATES

Ramona Arnold, assoc., 86, April 8 in Lawrence, where she was a teacher. She is survived by her husband, Phil, g’65; a son, Larry, ’80; a daughter; a grandson; and three great-granddaughters.

Mary Ellen Ascher, assoc., 92, May 3 in Overland Park. She was a registered nurse. Surviving are her husband, Jim, ’51; two sons, one of whom is Jim Jr., b’79; a daughter; and six grandchildren.

Janet Boring, assoc., 90, Jan. 23 in Northbrook, Illinois. Survivors include a son, Mike, d’86; a daughter, Karen Boring Hinz, g’90; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Linnea Drowatzky, assoc., 79, Feb. 20 in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, John, d’57; two daughters; two brothers, Mark Swanson, m’69, and Howard Swanson, m’73; and a grandson.

Nahia Farha, assoc., 90, Feb. 24 in Wichita, where she and her late husband owned Farha Liquor Store and Ray Sales Company. She is survived by three daughters, one of whom is Jane Farha Mosley, d’86, n’88; a son; two brothers, one of whom is Jerry Cohlmia, m’70; eight grand- children; and 12 great-grandchildren.

David Imler, assoc., 74, Jan. 6 in Pana, Illinois, where he was a retired project manager. Survivors include his wife, Merle; a daughter, Leslie Imler Wobbe, b’90; a son; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Hulda Martin, assoc., 99, March 14 in Olathe, where she volunteered in her community. She is survived by three sons, two of whom are Alson, c’68, and David, c’71; a daughter; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grand-
children.

Betty Murray, assoc., 89, Jan. 13 in Kansas City. A son and a daughter survive.

Dennis White, assoc., 65, March 25 in Hastings, Iowa. He had a long career in the hotel industry. Survivors include his wife, Lana Corbett White, ’73; two sons; two daughters; his parents; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.


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