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Glenn McCann, c’38, l’40, 103, July 29 in Mission Woods. He was an attorney and senior partner at Knipmeyer, McCann, Fish & Smith. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Several nieces and nephews survive.


Margaret Penny Bruce, b’43, 97, March 11 in Wichita, where she was an accountant at Kansas Gas & Electric. Survivors include three daughters, two of whom are April Bruce-Stewart, d’79, ’09, and Penny Bruce Shuler, ’82; a son; a brother, Charles Penny, e’50; a sister, Lois Penny Cowan, f’54; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Anderson Chandler, b’48, 93, Oct. 29 in Topeka. He was president and chairman of Fidelity State Bank and Trust Company and retired in 2018 after 60 years of service. He endowed the Anderson Chandler Business School lecture series and the Anderson Chandler Teaching Professorship in Business, and in 1998 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Business. For his service to the University, the Alumni Association awarded him the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1997 and the Distinguished Service Citation in 2010. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are four daughters, Cathleen Chandler Stevenson, c’72, l’75, Cynthia, d’76, Corliss Chandler Miller, c’78, g’81, and Colette Chandler Gaches, d’83; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Forrest Cowell, e’48, 92, Aug. 4 in Topeka, where he retired as a civil engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae; two daughters, one of whom is Ellen Cowell Guthrie, ’76; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Barbara Ewing Crews, c’48, 93, July 15 in Lawrence, where she was a homemaker.  Survivors include two sons, Raymond “Chip,” j’73, and Byron, f’83; two daughters, Penny Crews Seay, d’75, g’76, and Jenny Crews Ruark, ’80; a brother, Roger Ewing, b’50; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Vance Elder, e’49, 95, June 11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He owned a plumbing and heating company. He is survived by his wife, Onita; two daughters, Cynthia Elder Pecarovich, ’69, and Nancy Elder Schwan, ’70; three sons; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Caroline Morriss Hines, d’47, g’59, 93, Aug. 9 in Topeka, where for more than 40 years she was a music teacher and supervisor. She retired as a music specialist. Surviving are her husband, Leo, e’49; a son, Martin, c’82, g’87; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Marjorie “Marge” Brown Holcombe, n’49, 92, Aug. 13 in Davenport, Iowa, where she was a nursing instructor and specialized in the field of psychiatry. She is survived by her husband, Walter; a daughter; a son; a brother, Darrell Brown, c’54, g’59; and a grandson.

Robert Marshall, c’48, EdD’61, 94, Aug. 15 in Warrensburg, Missouri, where he retired as dean of public services at the University of Central Missouri. Surviving are a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Marilyn Schnackel Meek, c’48, 93, Aug. 27 in Kansas City, where for 35 years she worked for the Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council. A son survives.

William Nelligan III, j’49, 92, July 23 in Rockville, Maryland, where he was retired executive vice president of the American College of Cardiology. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, three sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lorraine “Lorrie” Teeter Partridge, c’46, 94, July 24 in Greeley, Colorado. She was an elementary school teacher and a 76-year member of P.E.O. Sisterhood. Survivors include two daughters; a son; a brother, Howard Teeter, c’51; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Mary Johnson Sneegas, f’48, 93, July 17 in Lawrence, where she retired as an occupational therapist at Cottonwood. Surviving are three sons, one of whom is Stanley, e’72; three grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Helen Russell Sparling, c’47, 92, July 4 in Topeka, where she was a teacher and volunteered at the Topeka Public Library. She is survived by her husband, Robert, d’48, g’51; a daughter, Rebecca Sparling Hinton, c’75; two sons; four granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren.


Floyd Baker, c’50, m’53, 92, July 18 in San Antonio, where he was a physician and retired from the Army Medical Corps after 41 years of service, which included active duty during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He is survived by his wife, Dolly; three daughters, one of whom is Linda, ’73; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Paul Barber, e’57, 84, July 29 in Overland Park. He had a 35-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during which time he led the Kansas City district and later became chief of engineering and directorate of civil works at the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he received the KU Distinguished Engineering Service Award. Surviving are his wife, Diane Mealy Barber, h’57; two sons, David, e’84, and Joseph, ’87; three daughters, two of whom are Linda Barber Rozell, b’85, and Jennifer Barber Ruf, e’92, g’96; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

Chester Bare, m’56, 94, March 13 in Raytown, Missouri, where he was a pediatrician. He is survived by three sons, one of whom is Lance, c’79; two daughters, one of whom is Jane Bare Scott, m’88; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Helen Ghrist Barrington, ’51, 90, Aug. 16 in Overland Park, where she was a member of Junior League and P.E.O. Sisterhood. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Katherine Barrington Bagby, d’74; a stepson, Douglas Barrington, j’78; a sister; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Mary Cole Boatright, c’54, 90, July 6 in Wichita. She lived in Wellington for many years, where she worked at Boatright Accounting with her husband. She also was active in her community. Surviving are three daughters, two of whom are Brenda Boatright Sniezek, b’81, and Janet Boatright Shockley, b’84; a brother; two sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Charles Broadwell, d’59, 82, Aug. 29 in Fairfield, California, where he was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. A sister survives.

Edwin Carper III, b’59, 85, July 6 in Overland Park. His career as an accountant at Ernst & Young spanned more than three decades. He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, one of whom is Michelle Carper Flickinger, b’84; a son, Edwin IV, ’97; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Lorraine Seibert Davis, c’50, 89, Feb. 11 in Edna. She taught biology for many years at Parsons High School. Survivors include three sons, one of whom is Lyndon, c’84, g’87; a sister; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dolores Rock Field, g’57, g’80, 95, Jan. 1 in Topeka, where she was a retired elementary school teacher. Surviving are three daughters, Cynthia, ’80, Debbie Field-Kresie, m’85, and Diane, f’87; a son, Dwight, ’87; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Edmund Fording Jr., e’58, 82, July 8 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a chemical engineer and held leadership positions at several companies before becoming president of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. Survivors include his wife, Jean; a son, Jay, f’92; a daughter; a stepson; a stepdaughter; three sisters, one of whom is Nancy Fording Crews, g’71, ’99; and eight grandchildren.

David Graves, c’59, g’61, 82, June 10 in Elmira, New York, where he was professor emeritus of mathematics at Elmira College. He is survived by a brother, Dean, e’56, g’63.

Thomas Hunt Jr., c’54, m’58, 86, July 7 in Kansas City, where he was a retired neurosurgeon. A son and four grandchildren survive.

Carl Kelley, d’59, 82, July 17 in Bloomington, Illinois. He had a 40-year career in data processing at Caterpillar Inc. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; four daughters; a sister, Mavis Kelley Clark, ’59; and 11 grandchildren.

Dolores “Dody” Dolson Lee, e’52, 88, July 8 in Leawood. She had a 35-year career as an engineer and worked on the design of several airports, bridges, streets and highways. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. A son, a daughter, a sister and a grandson survive.

Harold Lowe, c’52, m’58, 88, Aug. 2 in Topeka. He was a physician and served for 30 years as chief of cardiology at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California, before founding a nonprofit clinic in Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Diana Gustafson-Lowe, d’64, g’71; three sons; four daughters; a sister; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Sanford Markham, c’56, m’60, 84, July 25 in Coral Gables, Florida. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist and helped start the College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami, where he served as the first dean of student affairs from 2007 to 2016. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Stensrud Markham, ’58; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

Joseph Meek Jr., c’54, m’57, 87, Jan. 30, 2019, in Wichita, where he was professor and chair of internal medicine at KU School of Medicine-Wichita and served as dean for 10 years. He received KU Medical Center’s Distinguished Service Medallion in 2010. Surviving are his wife, Bette; two daughters, Nancy Meek Leonard, n’84, and Kathryn Meek Thompson, c’89; a son; a brother; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jack Metz, b’56, 85, May 7 in Wichita, where he worked in pharmaceutical sales. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Cox Metz, ’56; three daughters; a son; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Janet Severin Neff, c’58, 85, March 23 in Parkville, Missouri. She was a retired high school teacher. Two daughters, one of whom is Dana Andrew, ’93, survive.

Mary Marhofer Nicklin, d’52, 89, Aug. 27 in Topeka, where she was a teacher and longtime volunteer at Stormont Vail Hospital. Surviving are a son, Steven, g’84; two daughters, one of whom is Nancee Nicklin Crider, ’85; three sisters, one of whom is Marilyn Marhofer Segarini, d’54; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jean Tallant North, d’52, 88, July 14 in Topeka, where she worked at the Topeka Public Library and was active in P.E.O. Sisterhood. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Survivors include a daughter, Anne North Kidder, b’79; a son, Robert, j’82; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Ochs, b’53, 87, March 4 in Hotchkiss, Colorado, where he owned several businesses. Surviving are a son; a daughter; a brother, Harlan, b’50; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gordon Ott, b’57, 87, March 21 in Wichita, where he was a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Ardith Abercrombie Ott, f’57; three sons, one of whom is Jeff, ’85; a brother, Ron, c’59; and seven grandchildren.

Jane Bras Ott-Woehl, d’58, 82, Jan. 2, 2019, in Prairie Village, where she worked at Bruce Smith Drugs and Saks Fifth Avenue on the Country Club Plaza. She also was a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood. Surviving are two sons, one of whom is Keith Ott, b’87; a daughter; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Priscilla Barron Partridge, c’52, 88, May 5 in Wichita. She was a physical therapist. Survivors include five daughters, two of whom are Kim Partridge Ufford, ’78, and Sarah Partridge Bommarito, f’79; a son; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

William Rives, p’56, 90, Aug. 21 in Lawrence. He was a longtime resident of Elkhart, where he was a pharmacist at Rives Drug. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. A sister survives.

Leonard Sullivan, c’57, m’61, 83, July 23 in Wichita. He was a pediatrician and served in leadership roles at several local hospitals. Surviving are his wife, Betty Reichard Sullivan, n’58; a son; a daughter; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Faye Wilkinson Van Doren, c’51, 89, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, California. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Max, l’57; two daughters, one of whom is Amy, ’81; and a brother, John Wilkinson, b’53, l’58.

Marilyn Roberts Walsh, d’53, 87, July 23 in Wichita, where she was a retired elementary school teacher. Survivors include a daughter; a brother, Al Roberts, c’56; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Clara Childers Westphal, d’51, 90, Aug. 2 in Lawrence. She taught instrumental and vocal music for nearly 40 years. She is survived by two sons, Steve, ’79, and Matt, ’01; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Lois French Armstrong, n’60, 80, Dec. 22, 2018, in Bozeman, Montana. She had a long career in nursing and retired as a geriatric psychotherapist at the Mental Health Center of Boulder County in Colorado. Surviving are her husband, John, c’62, m’66; and three sons.

Harold Beims, d’62, 80, Aug. 30 in Colby. He practiced law at Lewis, Lewis and Beims in Atwood and also served as the attorney for Rawlins County and the city of Atwood. He is survived by a daughter, Bobi Jo Beims Robles, d’93; a son; a sister; two brothers; two grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Alvin Burge, c’63, 79, July 5 in Kansas City, where he retired as a systems manager at Haldex. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two sons, one of whom is Kevin Karlin, ’90; a daughter, Diane Karlin Oden, c’92; and five grandchildren.

Richard Burke, b’65, 76, July 26 in Dodge City. He lived in Manhattan for several years, where he owned Burke’s Shoes and the Shoe Center and also was professor of management and marketing at Kansas State University College of Business. He retired as president of Dodge City Community College. Surviving are his wife, Georgia Scoggins Burke, n’74; a daughter, April Burke Bramini, ’93; two sons, one of whom is Tyler, ’08; two stepdaughters; five grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

Gene Larry Cottam, c’62, 78, June 30 in Richardson, Texas, where he retired as professor of biochemistry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was one of the first scientists to study nuclear magnetic resonance, now known as MRI. Survivors include his wife, Melanie Poor Cottam, d’63; three daughters, two of whom are Janell, ’87, and Melinda Cottam Gesuale, c’93; a sister, Judy Cottam Rhodes, d’66; and seven grandchildren.

Alan Deaver, e’61, 80, June 29 in Cape Coral, Florida. He spent most of his career constructing hyperbolic cooling towers and later became a zoning commissioner. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by a son, Daniel, e’93; a daughter; and two grandchildren.

Wendell Kellogg, l’66, 77, Aug. 18, 2018, in Salina, where he was an attorney and founding partner at Marietta, Kellogg and Price. Survivors include his wife, Carol, two sons, three daughters, a brother, three sisters and seven grandchildren.

James Marshall, ’64, 76, April 29 in Bennington, Nebraska, where he was a musician and played in several area bands. Surviving are his wife, Deanna, assoc.; two sons; and a sister.

John McCormick, c’64, 76, May 19 in Carbondale, Colorado, where he was a mental-health counselor. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two daughters; a brother, Mike, c’68; and two grandchildren.

Carol Anderson Moddrell, c’67, m’71, 73, July 13 in Kansas City. She lived in Lawrence, where for nearly 40 years she was a pathologist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and held several leadership roles, including chief of medical staff. She also served as Douglas County coroner. Survivors include her husband, Michael, d’79; two sons, one of whom is Andrew, a’02; a daughter; a sister, Linda Anderson Del Greco, c’69, g’73, g’76, PhD’82; and three grandchildren.

Donald Racy, g’66, 80, April 5 in San Antonio. He taught mathematics at South Junior High School in Lawrence. Surviving are his wife, Ann Marshall Racy, ’66; and a son, Geoffrey, c’18.

Richard Rodewald, e’60, b’62, 83, April 19 in Eudora. He was an engineer at General Motors and ran in the 1992 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Survivors include a daughter, Erin Rodewald Allen, ’01; a son, Mike, c’04; a sister, Sara Rodewald Lindsley, g’68; and four grandchildren.

Ronald Rubin, c’62, m’66, 82, June 2 in Newton Center, Massachusetts. He was chief of surgery at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston. His wife, Maxine, two sons, a daughter, a brother and five grandchildren survive.

Henry Russell, c’68, 73, May 20 in Johns Island, South Carolina, where he was a surgeon and served as executive medical director at VHA Central Atlantic. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; three sons; a sister, Patricia Russell Moffet, g’78; and five grandchildren.

Judith Watson Shireman, j’66, 75, July 24 in San Francisco. For 39 years she was a partner at Shireman & Shireman Research, a senior-level executive recruiting firm. Survivors include her husband, Richard, j’65; a son; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Elaine Johnson Tatham, g’60, EdD’71, Aug. 1 in Olathe. She was a faculty member at several universities before directing institutional research at Johnson County Community College. She later founded the ETC Institute, a market-research firm, in 1982. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, two brothers, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

James Williams, b’60, 82, Aug. 15 in Riverside, California. He was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and later became a flight test engineer. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen, two sons, a daughter, three stepchildren, six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandsons and a step-great-granddaughter.


Nancy Dean Boone, c’76, 65, July 18 in Long Branch, New Jersey, where she was an executive assistant at AT&T and also worked for the U.S. Army. Survivors include her husband, Stephen; a stepdaughter; a stepson; a brother, Daniel Dean, j’77; a sister, Martha Dean Johnson, h’83; and three grandchildren.

Terry Borel, c’75, m’78, 65, May 24 in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he was a psychiatrist and medical director at Woodridge Hospital. Surviving are his wife, April; a son; his father; two brothers, Roger, b’74, and Timothy, ’84; and a sister.

James Cox, b’79, 62, July 13 in Las Vegas. He was a CPA and tax partner at Ernst & Young in Kansas City and later owned a consulting practice. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his wife, Aime; three daughters, two of whom are Jennifer Cox Hamm, ’04, and Jessica Cox Schultz, c’07, j’07; a son; a brother, Marvin, b’75; and two granddaughters.

Jeri Crowley, c’73, 67, Aug. 7 in Lucas, Texas, where she was a computer programmer. Her husband, Keith, two daughters and a son survive.

Elva Huslig Fellers, c’75, 65, Aug. 22 in Topeka, where for more than 40 years she was a microbiologist at St. Francis Health Center. Survivors include her husband, Dan, four sons, four daughters, her father, four brothers, a sister and 14 grandchildren.

Barbara Lerner Herzmark, g’76, 92, March 22 in San Pedro, California. She was a teacher and volunteered in her community. Surviving are three sons, two of whom are Michael, c’74, and Jay, c’76; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lawrence McLaughlin, a’77, 67, June 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was an architect at Jacobs Engineering. He is survived by three brothers, one of whom is Dan, b’83, g’85; and a sister, Kathy McLaughlin Rathbun, ’96.

Linda Robeson Powers, d’70, 71, Aug. 11 in Joplin, Missouri. She was an elementary school teacher in Houston and St. Joseph, Missouri, and was active in her local golf association. Survivors include her husband, Mark, b’70; two sons, one of whom is Brian, b’02; a sister, Sara Robeson, ’76; and four grandchildren.

James Wall, c’71, 80, Nov. 14, 2018, in Topeka. He worked for several oil and gas exploration companies. Surviving are a daughter, Lisa Wall Talley, c’88; two sons; and three grandchildren.


Paul Payne, c’83, 57, April 23 in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was a cardiologist. He is survived by his wife, Denise; a son; his parents, Robert, c’51, m’55, and Doris Kendall Payne, n’54; a sister, Ellen Payne Jensen, c’90, j’90; and a brother.

Carl Rempel, s’88, 57, June 19 in Wichita. He was a marriage and family therapist. Surviving are his wife, June Funk Rempel, g’97; two sons, one of whom is Ethan, c’12, g’16; a daughter; two sisters, one of whom is Michelle Rempel Roman, l’94; and his stepmother.

Georganne Gage Walters, c’82, b’84, 59, April 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she retired after a 25-year career in accounting. Survivors include a brother, Hires Gage, ’73; and a sister, Betse Gage, c’77, m’80.


Brad Farha, c’95, 47, July 29 in Overland Park, where he was a strategy director in enterprise development at Verizon. He is survived by his wife, Heather; two daughters; his parents, Norman, e’58, and Carol; and two brothers, one of whom is Cliff, g’94.


Kathleen Wheat Shannon, s’02, 69, April 7 in Treasure Island, Florida. She was a social worker and counseled students at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband, Michael, two daughters, a sister and four grandchildren.


Kayli Hrdlicka, g’17, 29, Dec. 16, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida, where she directed sports nutrition at Florida State University. Surviving are her husband, Justin, her parents, three sisters, and her grandparents.

Benjamin Mugg, e’13, 30, Aug. 11 in Lone Tree, Colorado. He was a traffic and roadway design engineer in Denver. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. He is survived by his father, Jerry, ’01; his mother; two sisters; his grandparents; and a great-grandmother.


William Conboy, c’49, g’51, 94, Aug. 27 in Lawrence. He was professor emeritus of communication studies. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are two sons, Fred, c’77, and William “Andy” Jr., ’83; a daughter, Connie, ’96; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Coleen Lewis, 72, July 15 in Lawrence, where she was an administrative specialist at the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute, a division of KU Professional and Continuing Education. She is survived by four daughters; two brothers, John Breithaupt, b’74, and Terry Breithaupt, b’74; and five grandchildren.

Charles “Chuck” Spellman, g’68, EdD’72, 79, Aug. 17 in Parsons, where he was senior research scientist emeritus at the Life Span Institute at Parsons and created the Assistive Technology for Kansans project. A memorial has been established with KU Endowment. Surviving are his wife, Pamela Cress, g’80; two daughters, one of whom is Stacy Spellman Braman, d’86, g’96, ’99; two sisters; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Lawrence Wrightsman, 87, July 28 in Lawrence, where he chaired the department of psychology and retired as professor. He was honored with several teaching awards during his career at KU.


Imogene Hilton, assoc., 84, Aug. 13 in Wichita, where she was a homemaker. Her husband, Donald, b’58; four daughters; a brother; a sister; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren survive. 

Gary Joyce, assoc., 80, July 2 in St. Louis. He was an optometrist for 45 years. Survivors include two sons, Patrick, c’93, and Jeffrey, b’93; two daughters; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Barbara Lyle, assoc., 82, Aug. 15 in Wichita, where she owned a travel agency. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela Swedlund, c’86; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and four grandchildren.



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