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1940s

Margaret Fesler Ewing, b’45, 97, Aug. 27 in Overland Park, where she was a homemaker and volunteered in her community. Surviving are three sons, C. Craig, g’78, Kent, ’79, and Bart, c’85, s’88, g’12; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lois Marie Jamison Gibson, d’48, 95, Sept. 23 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was active in her community. Survivors include a son, Richard, d’73, g’82; two daughters; two sisters, one of whom is Marlene Jamison Courtney, ’81; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Charlotte Nelson Goland, c’45, 96, Nov. 12 in Sacramento, California. Two sons and a daughter survive.

Judson Goodrich, c’47, g’48, 99, Aug. 26 in Lafayette, Colorado, where he was a retired research chemist at Chevron. He is survived by a son, two daughters and two grandsons.

Delmer Harris Jr., c’49, 92, June 9 in Lenexa. He was a longtime resident of Concordia, where for nearly 45 years he owned the Delmer F. Harris Playground Equipment Company. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Brotherson Harris, d’50; three sons, Delmer, e’74, John, e’79, and Dan, d’82, g’91; two daughters, Susan, c’76, g’78, and Nancy Harris Spatz, e’83, g’91; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

Carol Graham Howe, b’47, 93, Jan. 6 in Prescott, Arizona. She was an adult education instructor. 

Samuel Nash, e’42, 102, May 30 in Philadelphia. He was a lecturer at Drexel University. 

David Pohl, b’47, 97, Sept. 11 in Mason, Ohio. He was a retired sales manager. Two daughters, four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive.

H. DuMont Reed, e’48, 94, Sept. 12 in Kansas City. He had a long career with General Electric and later worked in commercial real estate. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; three daughters, one of whom is Robin Reed Thies, f’82; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

James Townsend, d’49, g’52, EdD’71, 96, Aug. 17 in Lenexa. He was a retired prinicipal in the Shawnee Mission School District. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Winona Klotz Townsend, d’49; two daughters, one of whom is Cheryl, d’76; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Martha Cable Wagner, c’45, g’50, 97, July 30 in Overland Park. She was a teacher and bookkeeper. Survivors include a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Gordon Walters, b’49, 96, July 31 in Grove, Oklahoma. His career as an accountant spanned decades, and he also served as Ottawa County election secretary. Surviving are a son, a daughter, a sister, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Ihloff Watson, c’43, 101, Sept. 4 in Jetmore, where she was a retired social worker. Several nieces and nephews survive.

Florence Richert Williams, c’46, 96, July 21 in Portland, Oregon. She was a substitute teacher and active in P.E.O. Sisterhood. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

1950s

Richard Arnspiger, b’51, 94, Aug. 24 in Ashland, where he retired after nearly 60 years with Don Spotts Lumber Company. He also served as Ashland’s mayor. He is survived by two sons, one of whom is Richard II, c’78, m’82; two daughters; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

George Belcher, c’56, m’60, 86, May 9 in Independence, where he was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and family physician. He is survived by his wife, Cora; three sons; three daughters; two sisters, one of whom is Virginia Belcher Jones, n’51, n’84; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

D. Wallace “Wally” Benton, e’50, 95, Aug. 16 in Huntington Beach, California. He was an architect and owned Arc Tec Inc. Survivors include his wife, Shirley, two sons and two daughters.

Donald Cordes, l’59, 86, May 29 in Wichita, where he was senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs at Koch Industries. Surviving are his wife, Bettie, a son, a daughter, two stepchildren, three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. 

Patricia Brown Dougherty, c’53, 89, Aug. 6 in Marietta, Georgia, where she was active in Tri Delta sorority, P.E.O. Sisterhood and numerous volunteer organizations. She is survived by a son, Patrick, c’80; a daughter, Diane Dougherty Taylor, b’85; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Wayne Fling, e’54, 90, June 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had a long career in the oil industry. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, three sons, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Dean Frisbie, e’51, l’53, 90, June 6 in Fairfield, California. He owned Ledgewood Creek Winery. Two sons survive.

Bernard Gay, d’57, 86, May 17 in Boulder, Colorado, where he was a high school science teacher and coach. Surviving are his wife, Marlyn, three daughters, a sister, a brother and nine grandchildren.

James Glass, c’52, 90, May 13 in Redmond, Washington. He was a Presbyterian minister. His wife, Bertha, four sons and a daughter survive.

Robert Grissom, b’50, 93, May 7 in Portland, Oregon, where he owned Hickory Farms stores throughout the Northwest. He is survived by his wife, Sybil, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.

Jack Harrington, b’58, 85, April 30 in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he was a retired pilot. Survivors include his wife, Lynn; a daughter; two sisters, Mary, c’72, n’74, and Michelle, c’75; and a brother, Rick, c’67.

Hal Marshall, c’56, m’60, 86, June 19 in Kansas City, where he retired after nearly 35 years as a pathologist at Menorah Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Joan; two sons, Hal Jr., ’87, and Christopher, ’90; and a granddaughter. 

Martha Fry Mathews, ’58, 91, Jan. 28 in Coldwater. She lived for many years in Illinois, where she was a teacher and administrator. Survivors include three sisters and a brother.

Gene Nelson, b’50, 94, Aug. 30 in Lenexa, where he had a long career as a CPA. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Betty Dunne Nelson, c’51; two daughters, Sally Nelson Davenport, f’78, and Elizabeth Nelson Beck, c’83; two sons; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Walter Phillips, c’55, 87, May 20 in Wichita. He was a geologist and CEO of Pintail Petroleum. Surviving are his wife, Karen; a daughter, Julie, c’85; four stepchildren; two grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Cecilia Medved Rinehart, g’50, 93, May 28 in Overland Park. She retired as a personnel analyst at Phillips Petroleum Company after 30 years. Survivors include a sister, Helen Medved Cobb, ’57.

John “Jack” Rodgers, b’53, 90, Aug. 29 in Mercer Island, Washington, where he retired as senior vice president of business development at Starbucks. He played basketball and football for KU and was a member of the 1952 National Championship basketball team. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment.  Surviving are two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Shirley Wilkie Sager, ’53, 89, Sept. 19 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a homemaker and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Survivors include two daughters, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Karl Schuchert, ’55, 97, Nov. 14 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where he worked at General Motors. 

Judith Garver Slawson, ’57, 86, July 12 in Wichita, where she was a homemaker and active in her community. She is survived by three sons, two of whom are Craig, c’80, and Todd, e’84; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Yvonne Schenck Stracke, d’57, 87, April 24 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was an ordained minister through the New Life Cathedral Church and sat on the boards of several ministries. A son, a daughter, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive.

Barbara Thomas, c’55, 87, Dec. 7, 2020, in Houston, where she worked at Chevron Corp. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment.

Margaret Pickett Warren, ’54, 88, July 18 in Kansas City. She was a lab technician. 

1960s

Henry “Jerry” Brauer, p’64, 80, Nov. 10, 2020, in St. Louis. He owned A&B Prescription Shop. Survivors include his wife, Shirley, a son and two grandchildren.

Desi Bravo, c’65, 76, Oct. 6 in Merriam, where she managed the Mid-America Sarcoma Institute. A daughter and two sons survive. 

Richard “Dick” Davis, ’62, 83, April 30 in Lakeland, Tennessee. He played professional football and later became a salesman in the plastics and coating industry, eventually owning Polycryl Corp. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane; three sons, one of whom is Rich Jr., ’91; two daughters; a brother; and nine grandchildren.

Nancy Abbott Dillingham, ’63, 79, Aug. 8 in Kansas City, where she was active in her community. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Survivors include her husband, John, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Bill Dotson, d’63, 80, June 16 in Nebraska. He was a record-breaking All-American on KU’s track & field team and won the Big 8 Conference Championship in the outdoor mile and the 800 meter. He was inducted in the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. Surviving are a brother and five sisters.

Douglas “Mike” Elder, c’65, m’69, ’17, 80, Jan. 14 in East Lansing, Michigan. He was a radiologist for many years in Topeka. Two sons and several grandchildren survive.

Marilyn Mull Fead, c’60, m’64, 83, March 23 in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a pediatrician and artist. She is survived by a son, and a brother, John “Jack” Mull, c’57, m’61.

Mike Finnegan, ’67, 76, Aug. 11 in Los Angeles. He was a renowned keyboardist and vocalist and performed with Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Surviving are his wife, Heather “Candy” House Finnegan, ’68; a daughter, Bridget, ’02; and a son.

Julie Glenn, d’67, 75, July 28 in West Chester, Ohio, where she was a retired teacher and reading specialist. Two sons and two daughters survive.

Phil Hammons, c’66, 77, May 4 in Fort Scott, where he owned Hammons Realty Company. He is survived by a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

David Hiebert, m’61, 84, April 19 in Lawrence, where he founded Radiological Professional Services and served as team physician for Kansas Athletics from 1967 to ’85. He is survived by his wife, Gunda, ’76; three daughters, Kimberly Hiebert Purvis, p’85, Laura Hiebert Carbrey, ’87, and Megan Hiebert, c’91; a stepson; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Nancy DeLong Hoch, c’61, 84, May 5 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, shortly after the death of her husband. She lived for many years in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where she served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and several other councils and boards. She was one of the first women to run for governor in Nebraska. Surviving are two daughters, one of whom is Hannah, ’92; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard Hoch, b’61, 82, Jan. 23 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A longtime resident of Nebraska City, Nebraska, his career as an attorney spanned more than 50 years. He is survived by two daughters, one of whom is Hannah, ’92; a son; four brothers, one of whom is James, c’80; two sisters; his stepmother; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ronald Jones, c’64, 78, March 22 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was a military veteran and worked for JCPenney Inc. Survivors include a son; a daughter; and a brother, Larry, c’61, g’63.

Ronald Keeler, b’60, 82, May 3 in Las Vegas, where he retired as president and CEO at Lockheed Federal Credit Union. Survivors include his wife, Susan, a daughter and a son.

Craig Lehman, m’68, 78, April 6 in Kingwood, Texas, where he was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and partner at Humble Radiology Associates. His wife, Sandy, a son, two daughters and four grandchildren survive. 

Gregory Lewis, c’69, 74, April 3 in Lockport, New York. He was an attorney and had a long career as a city administrator, retiring as city manager of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Surviving are his wife, Ruth, two sons and a daughter.

Shirley McCrary, c’65, 77, March 4 in Wichita, where she retired as a para-professional at Mead Middle School.

Annie Young Merriam, ’62, 94, July 5 in Lawrence, where she was a genealogist and historian. Surviving are three daughters, two sons, a sister, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Paul Meyer, e’63, g’65, 82, March 22 in Kansas City. He was an advisory industry specialist for nearly 30 years at IBM. Survivors include a sister, Jo Meyer Missildine, c’67, g’67.

Robert Onek, ’60, 84, Dec. 17 in Topeka. He was a U.S. Army veteran and self-employed architect. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Fischer Onek, f’61; a son, Austen, c’91; two sisters; a brother; and two grandchildren.

James Poinsett, ’64, 80, March 11 in Mansfield Township, New Jersey, where he retired after a long career with the State of New Jersey. His wife, Linda, a daughter, two brothers and a grandson survive.

John Reiff, b’61, l’64, 82, July 2 in Wichita, where he was chief legal counsel at the Coleman Company and later became president of Sheldon Coleman Enterprises and Big Dog Motorcycles. Surviving are his wife, Lorene Valentine; two daughters; a son; a stepdaughter; a stepson; a sister, Susan Reiff Brown, d’64; and six grandchildren.

Robert Schneider, ’63, 80, Aug. 13 in Tyler, Texas. He had a long career as a pilot. Survivors include his wife, Gipsy, four daughters and eight granddaughters. 

Robert Shenk, c’65, g’71, g’73, PhD’76, 77, Jan. 30 in Mandeville, Louisiana, where he retired after nearly 35 years as professor of English at the University of New Orleans. He is survived by his wife, Paula Elshire Shenk, ’76; two sons, Peter, c’99, and Henry, ’08; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Nancy Whalen Sherman, ’60, 82, Dec. 13, 2020, in Wichita. She lived for many years in Hutchinson, where worked in the records office at Hutchinson Community College. She is survived by two daughters, a brother, two sisters and four grandchildren.

Charles Swyers, ’60, 84, May 27 in Wichita, where he was an executive vice president at Koch Industries. Surviving are two sons, Scott, c’91, and Chris, b’95; a brother, Bill, b’63; and four grandchildren.

Robert Weaver, e’69, 74, Jan. 20 in Brownsville, Texas. He owned Weaver Overhead Door. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, a sister and six grandchildren.

Foster “Paul” Young, d’64, g’70, 79, Feb. 24 in Lenexa, where for 25 years he was a choral director in the Shawnee Mission School District. He is survived by his husband, Tony Rudloff. 

1970s

James Boatright, ’79, 66, July 22 in Topeka, where he was a software developer at TBC Software & Vocshop Solutions Group. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; a daughter, Amanda, c’00; a son, Zacory, ’05; two brothers; and three grandchildren. 

Lula Durham, ’71, 101, May 24 in Dearborn, Missouri. She was a high school instructor and later taught speech and theatre at Missouri Western State University. She also volunteered in her community.

William Edds, c’70, 73, June 28 in Topeka, where he was an attorney and retired after a long career with the State of Kansas. Survivors include a son, a sister and three grandchildren.

Daniel Hamblin, c’72, 78, May 16 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was an energy economist and ran his own consulting firm. A son, a daughter, a stepdaughter, a sister and five grandchildren survive.

Stephen Lane, e’75, g’93, 68, Aug. 28 in Kansas City. He owned an industrial equipment company. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Crista Swindler Lane, f’77; two sons, one of whom is Matthew, d’06; his mother; and two grandchildren.

David Laney, c’70, 72, April 4 in Lenexa, where he retired after a long career in office furniture sales. He is survived by his wife, Becky; a son; and two brothers, Randy, c’76, g’78, and Tom, ’81. 

Melinda Starkey Maturo, d’79, ’12, 63, April 26 in Clearwater, Florida. She was a special-education teacher in schools throughout Kansas, Indiana and Florida. Surviving are a son, Matthew, b’14; two daughters; and two grandsons. 

Andrew Michael “Mike” Neuner, g’76, 79, Feb. 19 in Lawrence, where he worked in computer services at FMC Corp. He is survived by a brother. 

Lynne Prouty, d’70, g’77, 72, Jan. 25 in Tucson, Arizona, where she retired after a long career as a special-education teacher. Surviving are her husband, Eduardo Quintana; two daughters; a son; and a sister, Nadine Beth Prouty, c’63. 

Kathleen Ganson Taylor Rude, g’77, 78, March 11 in Brandon, Florida. She was a teacher in Olathe and Florida and active in her community. Survivors include her husband, Richard, a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

Robert “Robby” Steinhardt, ’72, 71, July 17 in Tampa, Florida. He was a violinist and vocalist for the band Kansas. His wife, Cindy, survives. 

1980s

Bradley Carlson, c’89, 56, Aug. 8 in The Woodlands, Texas, where he was a real estate agent. He is survived by his wife, Heather Hampton Carlson, b’90; two daughters; his father, Robert, ’81; two sisters, one of whom is Dianna Carlson Dykes, c’91; and a brother. 

Durema Fitzgerald Kohl, g’87, 96, March 16 in Wheaton, Illinois. She was a pianist in chamber ensembles and also a church organist. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a brother, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Juanita Koilpillai, g’87, g’90, 58, July 25 in Tracy’s Landing, Maryland, where she was founder and CEO of Waverley Labs, a cyber-risk engineering company. She has posthumously been honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as a nominee for the Cybersecurity Award for Practice. Survivors include a daughter; a son; and a brother, Andrew Koilpillai, e’91, g’93.

Henry May, e’81, 62, July 14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he retired after a 36-year career at IBM. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Anne Drolet, two daughters, his mother, two sisters and four grandchildren.

Michael McAnarney, c’81, g’84, 62, Sept. 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was an independent broker at several real estate firms. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Survivors include his wife, Maureen Luecke McAnarney, d’81; five daughters; a sister, Kathleen McAnarney Terrill, s’78; and two brothers, Mark, g’85, and Jeff, ’88.

Leona Brehm Sigwing, d’82, 78, June 11 in Kansas City. She taught English, American literature and drama for more than 20 years in the Piper School District. Surviving are two daughters, one of whom is Renea Sigwing Richards, j’93; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Stephanie Smith, f’81, 62, July 24 in Kansas City, where she was a graphic designer and president of S&Co. Design. She played basketball for the Jayhawks from 1977 to ’78. A brother survives. 

Robert Tackett, c’83, m’87, 59, May 23 in Wamego, where for many years he was a family physician before joining the medical staff at K-State’s Lafene Health Center. He is survived by his wife, Becky; two sons, Brandon, c’09, m’13, and Paul, e’11; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren. 

1990s

Douglas Adams, c’91, l’94, 51, Oct. 6, 2020, in Wichita, where he practiced law for more than 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Judi Abeson Adams, h’95; a son; and a daughter. 

Barbara Blevins, b’97, 73, May 12 in Lawrence, where she was an accountant and chief financial officer at
Cottonwood Inc.  

2000

Angela Harness Cline, c’05, g’07, 37, May 10 in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she was assistant city manager. She is survived by her husband, Scott; a son; her parents, Phil, c’75, and Marcie Harness; a sister; and her grandmother.

2020

Troy Manz, m’20, 46, Feb. 28 in St. Augustine, Florida, hit by a car during a bicycle race. A Marine veteran and medical resident in Evansville, Indiana, he is survived by his fiancee, Trish Wilkinson, a son, a daughter, his parents, his grandmother, a sister and two grandchildren.

UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Zamir Bavel, 92, Aug. 4 in Lawrence. He was professor of computer science and symbolic logic for more than 45 years. He is survived by two sons, one of whom is Ari, c’81; a daughter, Elana Bavel Goldberg, d’87, g’00; and two grandchildren.

Catherine Bossi, c’47, c’49, 94, July 8 in Arkansas City. She was a registered medical technologist for more than 40 years at KU Medical Center. Surviving are a sister, Berneice Bossi Southcott, c’51, c’53; and three brothers, one of whom is Tom Bossi, ’58, and five grandchildren.

David Brackett, g’90, 65, Aug. 5 in Lawrence, where he retired as associate professor of visual art. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his mother and three sisters.

John Foret, m’54, 95, Sept. 7 in Westwood, where he was professor emeritus of surgery and urology at KU Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Ruby Noll Foret, h’87; a son; four daughters, three of whom are Ann, b’78, Jean Foret Giddens, n’81, and Carol, p’84, h’09; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bruce Linton, assoc., 97, July 28 in Lawrence, where he was professor emeritus of journalism. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by a son, Marc, d’74, g’81; a daughter, Wendy Linton Blackwell, c’77, g’92; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. 

Burdett “Bird” Loomis, 76, Sept. 25 in Lawrence. He was a longtime professor of political science and chaired the department for several years. In the 1980s he developed an internship program in Washington, D.C., for which he received the Kemper Foundation Teaching Award in 1996. He also served as director of administrative communication for former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and was interim director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics from 1997 to 2001. Surviving are his wife, Michel, ’85; a son; and two granddaughters.

Herman Munczek, ’79, 94, Aug. 17 in Plantation, Florida, where he was professor emeritus of physics and astronomy. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Brill Munczek, ’81; a daughter, Debora, ’74; a son; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Floyd Preston, 98, April 1 in Lawrence, where he was professor of chemical and petroleum engineering and chaired the department from 1974 to ’79. Surviving are four sons, three of whom are Donald, ’78, Steve, h’83, and Harold, c’85; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

ASSOCIATES

Julie Birk-Tutin, assoc., 87, Aug. 19, 2020, in Joplin, Missouri, where she and her late husband, Raymond, b’54, l’58, owned two restaurants. She is survived by two sons, Philip, e’81, and Peter, ’91; a daughter; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. 

Walter “Chip” Dickey, assoc., 80, Oct. 18, 2020, in Prairie Village, where he retired as a manager of consumer affairs at Hallmark Cards. Surviving are his wife, Gay, a son, three stepsons, a sister, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. 

Joseph Jackson, assoc., 86, Oct. 12, 2020, in Overland Park, where he was president and CEO of Stanley Bank. He is survived by his wife, Sally; a son, Joe, ’86; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Peggy Jo McIntosh, assoc., 85, Dec. 9, 2020, in Prairie Village. She was a nurse and active in her church community. Surviving are four daughters, Heather, b’85, Kendra, e’88, Shaunna, c’89, and Kerry, h’91.

Carol Mattox Wilkins, assoc., 99, Dec. 31 in Kansas City. She was a homemaker. Two sons, a grandson and two great-grandchildren survive.



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