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1940s

Nancy Welker Bruce, c’48, 93, Dec. 29 in Juno Beach, Florida. She was an administrative assistant and a deacon. Survivors include a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Mary Jane Zollinger Byers, f’48, 94, Jan. 13 in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a singer and voice instructor. A son, two daughters, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive.

Mary Beth Dodge Engleman, ’42, 100, June 14 in Salina, where she was an accomplished golfer and active in her community. She served on the Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors from 1967 to ’72.  A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are a son, H. Dodge, c’66, m’70; two daughters, Ann Engleman North, d’69, and Mary Engleman Kemmer, c’76, g’79; and three grandchildren.

Elizabeth Beard Evans, c’46, 96, March 27 in Great Bend, where she was a homemaker and volunteered in her community. Survivors include two daughters, Pat Evans Davis, s’73, s’79, and Cathy Evans, c’78, g’90; two sons, one of whom is Bill Jr., f’77; eight grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Mary Ward Gilmore, c’44, 98, May 19 in Lawrence, where she was a homemaker. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. She is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Harold Grindle, e’49, 98, Dec. 21 in Wasilla, Alaska. He owned a general contracting business for nearly 40 years. Surviving are a son, a daughter, a sister, four grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Hitt, b’49, 94, Dec. 6 in Lenexa. He worked in sales management. A daughter survives.

Betty Huffman, c’47, c’49, 95, Dec. 16 in Beloit. She retired as a medical technologist. 

Beverly Hyde, n’48, 95, March 28 in Belleville. She was a registered nurse.

Wallace Keene, b’44, 98, March 26 in Kansas City. He had a long career in accounting  and financial management. Surviving are a daughter; a stepson, Philip Broaddus, ’82; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

Eloise Hodgson Lynch, PhD’49, 93, April 1 in Olathe. She lived for many years in Salina, where she was a teacher and received the Kansas Master Teacher Award in 1987. She later was elected to three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives. Survivors include three sons, Jack, c’71, Matt, d’75, l’79, and Will, b’79; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Barbara Hall Marshall, c’45, 97, April 21 in Kansas City, where she was a member of Hallmark’s product review committee and a longtime trustee for the Kansas City Art Institute. Surviving are three daughters; a brother, Donald Hall, assoc.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Marilynn Konantz Miller, d’41, 100, Dec. 7 in Hastings, Nebraska, where she taught music and performed in the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Miller Koepke, d’68, and Annie Miller Young, d’72; a son, Martin, ’75; four grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. 

Dale Oliver, b’49, 96, Sept. 26, 2020, in Great Bend, where he retired as CEO and vice chairman at Security State Bank. He is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Daniel, c’78, g’81, and David, b’79; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  

Sarepta “Sari” Pierpont Ostrum, f’44, 98, May 25 in Rochester, New York. She was a homemaker and travel agent. Surviving are a daughter, Karna Ostrum Hanna, c’70; three sons; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lina Spencer, c’48, 97, Aug. 28, 2020, in Hillsborough, California, where she was a retired teacher. Survivors include a son and a daughter.

Virginia Marshall Starkweather, f’43, 99, Jan. 2 in Cohoes, New York. She lived for many years in Clay Center, where she was active in her community. Surviving are a daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Leroy Steinke, b’49, 96, March 16 in Chicago, where he was a retired CPA. He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son; a daughter; a sister, Marge Steinke Whisnant, d’56; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Sherman Steinzeig, c’49, m’52, 95, Dec. 4 in Kansas City. He was a physician.

Frances Raw Vaughan, c’44, g’65, 99, June 26 in Olathe, where she taught home economics for 26 years in the Shawnee Mission School District. She is survived by three daughters; a sister, Gloria Raw Giles, ’48; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Lineberger Woodcock, b’49, 94, Nov. 10 in Green Valley, Arizona, where she was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Neil, a’74, e’74; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.   

1950s

Jeanette Bolas Ashby, c’50, 91, April 14 in Albany, Oregon. She was an office assistant at the University of Washington. She is survived by three daughters; a son; and a sister, Julie Bolas Berry, c’53.  

Herbert Beauchamp, c’56, 88, May 13 in South Hutchinson. He retired after more than 20 years as chief virologist at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Surviving are his wife, Donna, a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Richard Blackburn, p’59, 83, Dec. 28 in Manhattan. He retired as a pharmacist at Fort Riley. 

John Blair, ’53, 92, Jan. 26 in Phoenix. He practiced law for nearly 50 years in Wichita. His wife, Donna, and a daughter survive.

Barbara Korn Blasi, d’56, 86, Nov. 8 in Bella Vista, Arkansas, where she was an interior decorator and partner at B&B Interiors. Survivors include a daughter, a son and five grandchildren.

Shirley McAfee Dorr, ’55, 87, Dec. 3 in McKinney, Texas, where she was a CPA. Surviving are her husband, Russell; a son; two sisters, one of whom is Doris McAfee, g’89, PhD’98; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Harold Ehrlich, d’51, 92, April 22 in Ocala, Florida. He retired after nearly 40 years with Boeing. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Fern.

Joseph “Smokey” Ensley, ’59, 83, May 25 in Leawood, where he retired as principal at Lott Ensley Marketing. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Survivors include two sons, Michael, ’92, and Christopher, ’93; a brother; and four grand-children.

Janet Allen Fithian, ’54, 88, March 26 in Springfield, Missouri. She was a homemaker. Two daughters, a son, two stepdaughters, a stepson, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive.

Clinton Foulk, c’51, 90, Dec. 22 in Newark, Ohio, where he retired after 28 years as associate professor of computer science and engineering at Ohio State University. Surviving are a daughter, three grandsons and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donald Freely, ’52, 90, March 19 in Overland Park, where he owned Don Freely Auto Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Norma Haase Freely, c’52; a daughter, Debbie Freely-Hall, ’97; a son; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Virginia Copp Gleason, p’52, 90, Dec. 17 in Kinsley, where she worked at her family’s business, Copp Pharmacy. She is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Edward Haith, m’59, 88, May 7 in Overland Park, where he was a retired surgeon. Surviving are his wife, Rickie, a son, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Charles Hall, b’51, 91, May 13 in Lake Forest, Illinois. He had a long career in the banking industry. Survivors include his wife, Helen Persson Hall, ’53; three sons; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Hans Hansen, c’55, l’66, 88, Feb. 27 in Midland, Texas, where he retired as an oil and gas attorney. Surviving are three sons, Jon, c’74, l’77, Chris, ’76, and Noel, g’87; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Ann Cuthbertson Hotchkiss, d’52, 90, Feb. 15 in Kansas City. She was a teacher and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Jim, b’49; a daughter, Liz Hotchkiss Middleton, f’79; a son, John, a’93; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Beverly Chaffin Jameson, b’52, g’79, 90, May 10 in San Antonio. She lived in Overland Park for many years, where she was an instructor at Johnson County Community College. Two daughters, one of whom is Elaine Jameson Surya, f’83, survive.

Ferris “Bob” Kimball, c’57, 85, April 24 in Lake Quivira. He worked at his family’s company for his entire career. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is Ferris III, g’03, PhD’06; and three grandchildren.

Donald Kuenzi, m’53, 94, March 14 in Kansas City, where he was a physician and worked in private practice and at the VA Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Martha, assoc.; three sons; two daughters; and 10 grandchildren.

Robert Learned, c’51, p’54, 96, March 28 in Manhattan, where he had a long career as a pharmacist and owned Learned’s Prescription Shop. He is survived by his wife, Iona, assoc.; three daughters; a son; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Herbert Lewis, e’50, 93, Nov. 9 in Clinton, Mississippi, where he was an electrical engineer. Surviving are two daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sam Lord, e’50, 94, Feb. 27 in Kansas City. His wife, Dorothy, and a son survive. 

Marion Manion, ’53, 93, Feb. 21 in Topeka. He served for 36 years in the U.S. Army and retired as colonel. He later was vice president at Capitol Federal Savings. Survivors include his wife, Charlene; three daughters, two of whom are Daylene Manion Marshall, ’92, and Vanessa Manion Roller, ’01; and two sons, one of whom is Marion Jr., g’06. 

Mervin Martin, b’59, 89, Dec. 28 in San Diego, where his career as a CPA spanned more than 40 years. Two daughters, a son, a brother and five grandchildren survive. 

James Moddelmog, b’50, g’52, 93, Jan. 25 in Fallbrook, California, where he retired after a long career in finance. He is survived by three daughters, a son, a sister, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Jack Mohler, c’54, m’61, 89, April 17 in Groveland, Massachusetts, where he was a retired physician. Surviving are his wife, Jean Scupin Mohler, d’54; a son, Kendall, c’77; a daughter; a sister; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Thomas Moravansky, b’59, 92, March 2 in Boca Raton, Florida, where he retired after 25 years at IBM. He is survived by three sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

C. Stanley Nelson, c’50, l’50, 96, May 31 in Salina, where he practiced law for more than 60 years at Hampton & Royce. Survivors include four sons, three of whom are Jeff, b’77, l’80, Mike, b’78, and Kendal, b’86; and four grandchildren. 

Anna Lou Pope Parker, ’51, 91, Feb. 27 in Houston, where she was active in her community. Three sons, a daughter and five grandchildren survive.

Cecilia Medved Rinehart, g’50, 93, May 28 in Overland Park. She worked at Phillips Petroleum Company for 30 years and retired as personnel analyst. A sister, Helen Medved Cobb, ’57, survives. 

Richard Roberds, c’56, g’63, 86, Sept. 11 in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and acting dean and professor of engineering science at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Surviving are his wife, Marcy; a son; two daughters; a brother, Don, c’55, g’65; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Hillel Samisch, c’52, 90, July 15 in Seneca, South Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army for nearly 25 years and retired as lieutenant colonel. Surviving are a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Frances Doutt Smith, c’56, 84, July 10, 2020, in Sullivan, Missouri. She was a homemaker. Survivors include four daughters, one of whom is Christine Smith Stratmann, ’87; five sons; 21 grandchildren; and three great-
grandchildren. 

Jacob Sperry, d’50, g’55, 95, May 12 in Pittsburg, where he was associate professor of mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He is survived by three daughters, one of whom is Mlee, ’82; three sons, one of whom is Kyle, e’85; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Edwin Stene, c’54, l’59, 89, Feb. 22 in Roy, Utah, where he retired after a long career with the U.S. Forest Service. Survivors include his wife, Sally Cheyne Stene, d’59; two sons; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

Thomas Stewart, j’54, 87, Dec. 11 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He was a journalist at the Associated Press and Reuters and retired as senior adviser at the Drug Enforcement Administration. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Keys, j’60; three daughters; a stepson; a stepdaughter; a brother, Robert, j’53; two grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Jack Stonestreet, j’54, 89, Feb. 27 in Gig Harbor, Washington, where he worked in insurance sales and also officiated high school sports. He is survived by his wife, Janice Perry Stonestreet, c’54; two sons; a daughter; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Howard Sturdevant, c’56, l’62, 86, Dec. 31 in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. He was an attorney and a real estate agent in Kansas City. Survivors include his wife, Gail, three sons, a stepdaughter, a brother and eight grandchildren.

Frank Taylor, b’53, l’57, 89, April 30 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was an attorney and specialized in transportation law. Surviving are his wife, Betty Denny Taylor, ’56; a son; a daughter; a brother; and two granddaughters. 

The Rev. Robert Terrill, b’58, 84, April 5 in Overland Park. He served as pastor at churches in Kansas, Illinois, Colorado and Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Judy; three daughters; three sons, one of whom is Chris Coates, c’88; a sister, Martha Terrill King, ’63; and 12 grandchildren.

Marilynn Lee Vietti, d’50, 93, Feb. 23 in Girard, where she was a retired office assistant and a 60-year member of P.E.O. Sisterhood. Survivors include two daughters, one of whom is Leigh Friggeri, n’77; a son; a stepson; three grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

Michael Walker, b’58, 85, May 8 in Copley, Ohio, where he retired from Alcan Aluminum Corp. and later opened The Metal Store. He is survived by his wife, Linda, a daughter, a stepdaughter, a sister, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Larry Welch, c’58, l’61, 85, April 7 in Olathe. He had a long career with the FBI and later served as director of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are two sons, Ladd, j’79, and Lanny, c’84; a daughter, Laurie Welch Brown, c’86; a sister, Jana Welch Williamson, ’60; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jack Williams, b’57, 85, Feb. 26 in Mission. He was president of Heritage Financial Services. Survivors include two sons, one of whom is David, b’88; a daughter; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Herman Woodcock, b’57, g’62, 86, March 21 in Chesterfield, Missouri, where he was a CPA and retired as controller at J.S. Alberici Construction Company. His wife, Mary Ann, a son, a daughter, two sisters and four grandchildren survive.

1960s

Edward Moore Anderson, d’64, 78, May 10 in Fairfield, Iowa. He was an artist and graphic designer. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Antrim Anderson, d’65; a son, Wynn, ’02; and a daughter.

Richard Baker, b’65, 78, May 5 in Terrell, Texas. He was a retired CPA. Survivors include two daughters, Amy, ’94, and Tiffany, PharmD’01; a son; and three grandchildren.

Nancy Leatherman Batchman, ’63, 79, Jan. 31 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where she was a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood and active in her church. She is survived by her husband, Theodore “Ted,” e’62, g’63, PhD’66; a son, Timothy, ’87; two daughters; and three grandsons.

Carl Bernofsky, PhD’63, 87, Feb. 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was a research professor at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Goodman Bernofsky, g’62; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Bruce Brient, c’61, m’65, 81, June 10 in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a retired surgeon. He is survived by his wife, Collette, two sons, a daughter and eight grand-children. 

Marcia Alexander Cambern, ’60, 83, June 27 in Overland Park, where she was active in her community. Surviving are her husband, Ted; a daughter, Catherine Cambern Schons, c’84; two sons, one of whom is Christopher, ’95; and eight grandchildren.

Frederick Carothers, c’69, 77, April 16 in Prescott, Arizona. He was an artist. Survivors include two sons.

Charles “Chuck” Curry, c’68, 75, Nov. 27 in Grandview, Missouri, where he was an attorney and judge. Surviving are his wife, Barbara, two sons, four stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Robert Dall, p’60, 82, April 25 in Kansas City. He was a pharmacist at Osco and Miller Pharmacy. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Laughery Dall, c’87, s’91; two daughters, one of whom is Christie Dall Schroeder, p’85; a son; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Dorothy Trickett D’Anna, f’61, 81, Dec. 29 in Bellingham, Washington. She was an artist and freelance design consultant for magazines and apparel lines.

Eugene “Mike” Der Manuel, d’66, 78, Nov. 9 in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he was a retired pilot at Delta Airlines. His wife, Nancy, survives.

Patricia Williamson Dill, d’62, 80, Feb. 16 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was a teacher and volunteered in her community. Surviving are a son; two brothers, one of whom is Robert Williamson, e’68, e’73; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Betty Coleman DuPaul, ’68, 74, May 23 in Kansas City. She worked at TWA Club Credit Union for nearly 30 years. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; three sons, one of whom is Keith Wynne, ’93; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John Fergus, d’66, 75, Feb. 3 in Enterprise, Alabama. He served for nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and later became dean of instruction at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. His wife, Betty, a son, a daughter, a sister and two grandchildren survive.

Robert Foster, j’65, 80, Aug. 24, 2020, in Arkansas City, where he owned Foster’s Furniture. He is survived by his wife, JoLynn, ’66; three daughters, two of whom are Karen Foster Shockey, ’84, and Stacy Foster Michener, j’89; a brother, Aubrey, b’58; eight grandchildren; and three great-grand-children.

Kirk Hagan, b’63, 80, Feb. 21 in Dallas. A longtime resident of Oklahoma City, he was an executive at several freight companies. Survivors include his wife, Kendall Waggoner Hagan, d’63; a daughter, Kelly Hagan Jennings, c’91; and two sons, one of whom is Keith, c’01.

Wynne Luskow Hansen, d’60, 82, May 18 in Prairie Village, where she taught at Santa Fe Trail Elementary School and later worked at the Village Toy Store. Surviving are her husband, Donald; two sons, one of whom is Mark, c’91; a sister, Mary Ann Luskow Brock, d’64; and two granddaughters.

Frederick Horne, PhD’62, 87, April 21 in Corvallis, Oregon, where he was dean of science at Oregon State University and received the College of Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, Clara Ann Johnson Horne, ’59; a son; a daughter; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Fred Kaul, c’62, 80, Feb. 27 in Shrewsbury, Missouri. He had a 40-year career at IBM. Surviving are his wife, BJ; a son, Kendall, c’86; a daughter; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and seven grandchildren.

John Lastelic, e’65, 78, Jan. 29 in La Conner, Washington.  He lived for many years in Seattle, where he taught physics at Seattle Pacific University and managed real estate. Survivors include his wife, Joleen; two sons; two daughters; two brothers, Joseph, j’52, and Robert, b’67, l’70; a sister; and five grandchildren. 

Diane Klassen Leisy, d’64, 78, June 13 in Wichita, where she was a high school English teacher. Surviving are her husband, Jerry, c’64, m’68; three daughters, one of whom is Elizabeth Leisy Stosich, ’01; four brothers, one of whom is Ronald Klassen, c’73; and three grandchildren.

Larry McKown, j’60, 87, Dec. 20 in Wichita. A retired investment banker, he worked for 31 years at First Securities and served on the board of directors as executive vice president. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; two sons Mike, a’87, and Greg, j’91; a daughter; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Janeth Mauk Miller, d’63, 80, April 4 in Berryton. She taught for nearly 30 years at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka. Survivors include her husband, Edbert, f’61, d’63; a daughter, Susan Miller Dyer, c’85; a son, Rick, e’88; two brothers; and four grandchildren. 

Denton “Denny” Morse, e’62, g’64, 83, Jan. 31 in Houston. He worked for Exxon and later taught computer science at Booker T. Washington High School. Two sons, a daughter, a
brother, a sister and five grandchildren survive.

Carol Immer Nicholson, c’60, 82, April 30 in Topeka, where she was a retired physical therapist. She is survived by three sons, two of whom are Brent Medley, c’86, and Richard “Cordy” Medley, ’91; a daughter; a sister, E. Joy Immer Walker, d’57; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Keith Ott, c’60, 83, May 24 in Mountain View, California. He was a retired U.S. Navy captain and later served as director of general services for Yolo County in northern California. Survivors include two daughters and two grandsons.

Patricia Herbin Peterson, ’63, 83, July 20 in Salina, where she volunteered in her community. She is survived by her husband, Don, b’62, g’64; a daughter; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Lebert “Lee” Shultz, b’64, l’67, 78, Feb. 6 in Olathe. He was an attorney. Survivors include his wife, Merrily Tribble Shultz, c’65; a son, David, f’92; a daughter; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Roberta “Bobbye” Cunningham Straight, d’62, 80, March 22 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Jim, e’62, g’63; a daughter; a son; and a brother. 

Robert Thomas, c’62, 80, March 28 in New York City, where he had a 40-year career as an attorney and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Becky Myers Thomas, d’62, g’65; a daughter, Brooke, ’01; a son; and a sister, Virginia Thomas Arthur, s’67, s’69, g’06.

Thomas Thompson Jr., a’66, 78, Feb. 7 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had a long career in finance. Survivors include his wife, Janet Neal Thompson, d’65; a son Thomas III, b’94; a daughter, Amy Thompson Brookover, ’94; and six grandchildren.

Kenneth Timmerman, e’60, 88, May 8 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was a retired mechanical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. He is survived by his wife, Joni Parman; two daughters, Susan, c’79, and Amy, c’92; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Leman Turrell, b’67, g’69, 75, May 2 in Cincinnati, where he retired at Fidelity Investments. His sister, Laurie Turrell Ward, d’69, survives.

James Weis, ’67, 81, July 12 in Olathe, where he was a retired teacher and administrator. He is survived by his wife, Linda Large Weis, d’62; a son, Doug, c’91; a stepdaughter, Julie Holiday Jones, j’92; two stepsons; and 12 step-grandchildren.

Mary Lou Morris Wolsey, g’61, 85, April 7 in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, where she retired as professor of French at the University of St. Thomas. Surviving are her husband, Wayne, PhD’62; a daughter; a son; and three grandchildren.

1970s

Michael Colton, b’78, 64, Dec. 15 in Hollywood, Florida. He owned MC Consulting. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; two daughters; a brother, Mitch, c’80; two sisters; and five grandchildren. 

Gayle Umberger Cornwell, d’75, f’75, g’81, 68, March 1 in St. John, where she taught music. Surviving are her husband, Rick; two daughters, one of whom is Casey Cornwell Forsyth, c’08, l’11; a son; a brother; and seven grandchildren. 

Robert Craig, f’71, 80, Jan. 7 in Germantown, Tennessee. He received several patents for die-casting design, including one for a silver dollar vending machine acceptor. He is survived by his wife, Judith; two sons; three daughters; and a sister, Carolyn Craig Ohmart, f’65.

Wayne Hartley, EdD’79, 76, Jan. 30 in St. Augustine, Florida, where he taught history and established high school academies in St. Johns County. His wife, Mary Lynn, two daughters, two sisters, a brother and three grandchildren survive.

Richard Henley, EdD’70, 93, May 28 in Leawood. He retired as an elementary school principal. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, one of whom is Cindy Henley Frewen Wuellner, a’77, PhD’09; a son; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Hurd Herman, c’79, 65, Feb. 8 in Topeka. She was a legal assistant at Sloan Law Firm. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are two sons, J. Alex Herman, c’07, l’10, and Zach Jeffries, ’18; two daughters, Carly Herman Slattery, ’09, and Maddie Herman Walker, ’10; and five grandchildren.

Beth Enz McClenahan, g’71, 77, Aug. 7, 2020, in Plainfield, Illinois. She had a 36-year career as a teacher. Surviving are her husband, David, g’69, PhD’74, and a daughter. 

Stephen Nelson, l’73, 73, June 21 in Lawrence. He had a 30-year career in government service in Washington, D.C. and retired as senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Dianna Johnson Nelson, d’69; a daughter, Donna Binns, g’94, PhD’04; a son, Chris, c’05, ’12; and a brother.

Glenn Nyberg, ’79, 63, April 20 in Wichita, where he retired as senior vice president at IMA Financial Group. Surviving are his wife, Camille Bribiesca Nyberg, c’96, g’98; a daughter, Morgan Nyberg Orlando, d’13; a son; his mother; and two sisters, one of whom is Kristi Nyberg Goetting, g’90. 

Steve Opdyke, p’75, 68, Nov. 30 in Shawnee, where he retired as a pharmacist at CVS. Survivors include his wife, Myra, a son, a daughter, a sister and three granddaughters.

Roberta Reynolds, b’72, 69, Oct. 24, 2019, in St. Louis. She was a computer programmer at McDonnell Douglas and also taught adult basic education courses. Surviving are her husband, Greg, b’72, and a sister.

Jay “Bob” Swetnam, c’78, 65, Oct. 10 in Kansas City, where he had careers in real estate and merchandising. He is survived by his wife, CJ Bastian; a son, Alex, c’14; a daughter; a sister, Sally Swetnam, f’73; and four grandchildren.

Kenneth Washington, j’70, 72, Jan. 19 in Cape May, New Jersey, where he was a writer and published two books. A daughter, a sister and two granddaughters survive.

Donald Wilson, EdD’75, 88, April 11 in Prairie Village, where he was a teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, assoc.; a daughter, Leigh Wilson Neal, ’96; and two brothers. 

1980s

Nan Porter Borden, ’82, 88, March 9 in Overland Park. She was a homemaker and 20-year volunteer at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Surviving are her husband, Raymond, b’54; four daughters, Linda Borden Bridges, c’79, Lisa Borden Burton, c’82, Leslie Borden, d’86, g’94, Leigh Borden Knubley, c’90; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Kunkel, c’87, 67, March 15 in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a retired professor of psychology and a therapist for underserved populations. She is survived by her husband, David Krawitz, and two stepsons.

Jane Billingsley Maier, c’83, 84, Oct. 7 in Kansas City, where she retired as a community prevention specialist at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College. Survivors include two sons, Daron, e’83, and Stephen, ’94; a daughter, Susan, ’86; and three granddaughters.

Christopher Orlando, c’84, e’90, g’00, ’01, 60, April 7 in Kansas City. He was founder, president and chief design engineer of CEO Structural Engineering in Mission. Surviving are two sisters, one of whom is Elizabeth Orlando Reinig, d’94; and a brother, Thomas, e’00.

Susan Wesche Todd, c’80, g’97, ’99, 64, March 3 in Lenexa, where she recently retired as a special education coordinator after teaching for nearly 30 years. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. She is survived by her husband, Timothy, d’79, PhD’05; three daughters, Rebecca Todd Forbis, ’05, Sara Todd Way, ’09, and Katherine Todd, c’14; two brothers, one of whom is Jeffrey Wesche, c’79; and four grandchildren. 

1990s

Curtis Froehlich, c’97, m’01, 47, March 29 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where he was a pediatrician and critical care ECMO director at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is survived by his wife, Kendra; his parents; and a brother, Christian, e’00.

2010s

Krishnaswami Azad, u’16, 27, May 20 in Denver. He was a musician and played with several bands in Colorado. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. His mother survives.

Samuel Davidson, b’10, l’13, 33, April 10 in Newton. He was an attorney at Wolters Kluwer in Wichita. Surviving are his wife, Bo Zhang; his parents, Terry, and Ann Barsamian Davidson, n’78; a brother, Myles, c’10, ’11; and his grandmother.

UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Carolyn Boldt Anderson, h’65, 78, Nov. 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was a medical technologist for nearly 50 years at KU Medical Center. Two sons, a sister and four grandchildren survive. 

Ronald Aust, 69, Jan. 21 in Bellevue, Washington. He was associate professor emeritus of education. Survivors include his mother and two sisters.

Ruth Bowman, g’82, 69, May 22 in Kansas City. She was an artist and professor in the department of visual art. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. A son and three sisters survive. 

Robert Clark, 69, July 4 in New York. He was vice chancellor of the Edwards Campus from 1997 to 2013 and proposed legislation that led to the Johnson County Education Research Triangle sales tax, which provided necessary funding to KU and K-State. He also taught leadership and strategy courses to graduate students. Survivors include his wife, Cindy; and two stepdaughters, one of whom is Rae Anderson Nicholson, c’05, l’08. 

Kurt Ebner, 89, Jan. 29 in Overland Park, where he was professor emeritus of biochemistry and chaired the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at KU Medical Center. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Roger, e’83, Michael, c’87, and Paul, e’91; a daughter, Colleen, ’87; and nine grandchildren.

Ruth Gennrich, g’75, 84, June 12 in Lawrence, where she was director of public education at the Natural History Museum. 

Monte Johnson, b’59, g’67, 84, May 25 in Lawrence. He held many roles at Kansas Athletics, including promotions director, academic counselor, business manager, assistant athletic director and director of athletics. He received the Alumni Association’s Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 2010. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Kay Rathbone Johnson, d’60; a daughter, Jackie, b’85; a son, Jeff, b’88; a brother; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Charles Kahn, 95, April 3 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was the first dean of the School of Architecture & Design. Survivors include his wife, Annette Lee Kahn, s’73; two daughters, one of whom is Kathryn, g’87; a son, Benjamin, ’95; and five grandchildren.

Larry Keating, 76, May 25 in Southport, North Carolina. He was senior associate athletics director and special assistant to the athletics director, overseeing the men’s basketball schedule for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Jaime; a daughter, Katharine, ’09; and a son.

Jimmie Kelso, n’71, h’73, 81, April 9 in Kansas City. He was a retired nurse anesthetist at KU Medical Center. Surviving are a daughter, Jada Kelso Hayes, c’90; and a son, Jerrèll, d’94. 

Lynne Larsen, m’84, 74, April 14 in Aurora, Colorado, where she retired as an inpatient psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at KU Medical Center. Survivors include two sisters, one of whom is Kathy Larsen Bruner, j’75.

Dorothy Henry Maxwell, c’44, 98, May 30 in Lawrence, where she was an office assistant at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum. Surviving are a daughter, Janet, s’76, s’77; a son; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Melinda Wells McKnight, g’02, 78, March 30 in Lawrence, where she was a research associate at the Center for Research on Learning. She is survived by her husband, Phil c’63; a son, Philip, c’93, l’96; two daughters, Laura McKnight Barker, l’94, and Caroline McKnight Hexdall, c’97, g’00; a brother; and nine grandchildren. 

Donna Keppler Neuner, ’76, 80, June 4 in Lawrence. She had a 30-year career at the Alumni Association, serving as director of membership services and leading the Flying Jayhawks program. A sister survives.

Dennis Owens, m’78, 67, March 18 in Overland Park, where he was associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at KU Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Deborah, three sons and three granddaughters.

W. Keith Percival, assoc., 90, Dec. 6 in Seattle. He was professor of linguistics.

Carol King Starling, 73, Jan. 4 in Kansas City, where she taught nursing at KU Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Conley; a son, Keith, ’08; four brothers; a sister; her stepmother; and a granddaughter.

James Thomas, m’76, 79, March 15 in San Marcos, Texas. He was professor of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at KU Medical Center. A son, a daughter and a sister survive.

Ron Wroczynski, 74, March 4 in Lawrence. Affectionately known as “The Hot Dog Man,” he was a manager at KU Dining Services. Surviving are his wife, Marian; three daughters, one of whom is Caroline, c’00, ’17; a son; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

Tudy Youngberg, d’59, 84, July 4 in Lawrence, where she retired as a planned giving coordinator at KU Endowment. She is survived by a son, Scott Stuart, c’83, m’87; a daughter, Kerry Stuart Sutorius, c’89; a brother, Irvin Youngberg, e’66, g’67, DE’73; and five grandchildren. 

ASSOCIATES

Sue Anderson, assoc., 79, Feb. 20 in Lawrence. She was on the board of trustees at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Surviving are her husband, Dana, b’56; three sons, one of whom is Justin, b’95; and eight grandchildren.

Nancy Balsbaugh, assoc., 66, May 22 in Kansas City. She was a retired nurse. Survivors include her husband, Robert, g’98; two sons, Joel, c’11, and Michael, e’12; and a sister.

Brenda Farha, assoc., 79, Feb. 16 in Wichita, where she was active in her community. She is survived by four daughters, one of whom is Joan, ’84; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Bob Hawks, assoc., 101, June 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a photographer. Surviving are his wife, Janet Shipley Hawks, f’63; a son; a daughter; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ruth Anne Polk, assoc., 94, Sept. 8, 2020, in Lawrence, where she taught piano. She is survived by two sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Robert Simpson, assoc., 94, March 17 in Lawrence. He retired as a sociology professor at the University of Nebraska. He is survived by a son; a daughter; two stepsons, Sean Williams, j’78, and Todd Williams, 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Swender, assoc., 77, April 28 in Newton. He was a retired teacher. Surviving are his wife, Sue Stauffer Swender, n’67; a daughter, Sharilyn Swender Thiessen, g’17; a brother; two sisters; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Octavia Truehart, assoc., 93, Sept. 7, 2020, in Katy, Texas. She was a homemaker and medical lab technician. Survivors include her husband, Robert, c’47, and three children.

H. Curtis White, assoc., 89, March 20 in Seminole, Florida, where he retired as president of an investment brokerage company. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, ’60; a son; a daughter; and five grandchildren.



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