Obituaries are listed in order by degree year. Only submitted obituaries are published here; the collection is in no way exhaustive.
William L. Larsen (professor and retiree) passed away April 25, 2011. Bill began his working career in 1956 as a research metallurgist at E.I. DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware. However Bill aspired to teach and secured a position as professor at Iowa State University in 1958, where he remained until his retirement in 1993.
While at ISU, he prepared and taught 30 different courses ranging from freshman to graduate courses in the metallurgy department, later known as the material science and engineering department. Bill also was an independent consultant to business, industry, insurance, and legal firms. His license plate bracket read, “I am a professional engineer and I don’t drive trains.”
One of the activities he enjoyed the most at ISU was serving as director, advisory committee member, seminar instructor, and faculty advisor of the ISU Honors Program. He was also a participant and leader in national honors education programs.
Bill relished supporting and aiding the success of his students. He remained in communication with many of them and enjoyed following their careers.
Elizabeth Ann (Slaughter) Miller (distinguished professor emerita) passed away Nov. 11, 2013, at the age of 84 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center from complications of diabetes.
Betty was born in Lincoln, Neb., April 24, 1929, to Ralph T. and Esther Elizabeth (Glenn) Slaughter. She earned her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Nebraska and her master's degree in art from Drake University. Betty was a lifelong teacher and professor of drawing and painting at Iowa State University where she was named Distinguished Professor. She was also awarded the Christian Petersen Design Award from the ISU College of Design in 1999. Prior to teaching at ISU, she taught at Drake University, The Des Moines Art Center and the Waterloo Recreation Commission.
Art was her lifelong passion as well as her profession. Betty also loved nature and saw beauty in its colors and composition. She enjoyed traveling and experiencing other cultures and was an avid reader. Betty also enjoyed time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vern C. Miller of Des Moines; daughter Molly Elizabeth (Miller) Turner and son-in-law Scott Turner of Chicago; daughter Julie Anna Miller and two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Harrison, of Des Moines; brother William Slaughter of Lincoln, Neb., and sister Mary (Slaughter) Gonzalez of Greeley, Colo.
Dorothy Mittelstadt Dean (’32 home ec) died on June 11, 2009 at her home in Narberth, PA. A native of Laurel, Neb., she was a dietitian for several Midwestern hospitals before moving East in the 1930s to be a dietitian at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association. Mrs. Dean was married to the late Dr. Lewis K. Dean. She is survived by two sons, William W. Dean of Gloucester, VA and Thomas M. Dean, of West Chester, PA; four grandchildren, Christopher M. Dean of San Anselmo, CA, Thomas M. Dean, Jr. of West Chester, PA, Amy B. Pupik Dean of Philadelphia, PA and Laura D. Es-Said of Burlington, VT; and two great-grandchildren Sydney and Owen Dean of San Anselmo, CA.
John Lantz Cross ('33 elec engr) passed away February 2010. He turned 100-years-old on January 7, 2011. John worked at Westinghouse and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
Anna May Heath ('34 textiles & clothing) died March 14, 2016. She was 102. Heath was second in a line of five generations of Iowa Staters; her father graduated from ISU in 1901. Her great grandson began studying at Iowa State in 2015.
Merle Hamilton "Mike" Walker ('34 mech engr) died March 6, 2013, in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 101. Walker was one of the most important gun and cartridge designers of the 20th Century, and he also was a leading proponent of benchrest shooting. Mike worked for Remington Arms Company for 37 years as a lead designer and engineer. While at Remington, Mike created many of Remington’s most popular bolt action rifles. For many years, Mike served as Director of Research and head of the Custom Shop at Remington’s, Ilion, N.Y., facility. Walker married Olive Marie Frink on July 17, 1935 in Ames, Iowa. Merle and Olive Walker had two daughters, Janet DuBane and Eleanor Walker. Eleanor died in 1999. Merle's first wife Olive died in 1990. Merle then married Kathryn Horne "Sue" LaFrance on February 8, 1992 in Hendersonville, N.C.
Horace B. “Ace” Cheney (’35 agron) a pioneering leader and educator in agricultural science, Emeritus Professor, and head of the Oregon State University Soil Science department from 1952-1977, died Sept. 8, 2007 in Albany, Ore. Horace was also a former extension faculty member.
Willa Cunygunda Helwig ('35 home ec) died May 31, 2011. From 1935-37, and 1942-53, she was a missionary teacher at Annville Institute, Annville, Ky. She also taught at Webb High School and Orient High School in Iowa. In 1953, she returned to Monona and became involved with many community activities. Willa was leader of the Jolly Workers 4-H club, a member of the Monona Library Board, the Monona Women's Club and Northern Clayton County Garden Club where she held local, district and state offices, being president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa in 1975-77. She was a National accredited flower show judge and Landscape Design Critic of National Council of State Garden Clubs.
As a member of the Garden City United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, she served in many capacities, one being church historian for many years. In 1968, the Monona Historical Society was organized and she became its first president. Later she was curator for over 30 years. With her generous monetary gift, an addition, "The Willa Helwig History Center" was built in 2006. She enjoyed crafts, gardening and any activity that was for the betterment of the community. She wrote a weekly column "Historical Highlights" for the Monona Billboard. Beginning in December 2004, she made her home at the Good Samaritan Center in Postville. She donated her piano and played daily devotions and enjoyed activities planned at the Center.
Philip Earle Brintnall (’36 ag engr) of Bryson City, N.C., died Oct. 29, 2007. He was 96 years old.
Mildred Larson (’36 instit mgmt), age 98, passed away peacefully at home on December 18, 2012. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandma. She is survived by daughters Ginger Sisco of Minneapolis, Minn.; Ruth (Michael) Mendoza of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter-in-law Rita Larson of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren Kristin (Tim) Kasel of Muleshoe, Texas, Kari Larson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tor Larson of Grand Junction, Michelle Mendoza of Denver, Colo.; great grandchildren Dalton, Kerigan, and Zeke; brother-in-law Cal Larson; sister-in-law Stella Larson of Charles City, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Howard, son Peter, son-in-law Larry Griffith, and brothers Herschel, Averill, and Stanley Bennett. Born in Humboldt, Iowa, she was a Sigma Kappa at Iowa State University, where she graduated in Institutional Management. In addition to being a wonderful mother, she taught Home Economics at Opportunity School in Denver and fifth grade Consumer Education at Maple Elementary in New Jersey. Her husband’s work led them to live in Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Colorado, Germany, and New York. Retirement in Albuquerque included golf leagues, dancing with Howard, many bridge groups, P.E.O. Chapter AM, and many church activities. She was a valued and wise friend who loved listening to the life stories of her wide circle of friends. Her service was on Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Holmes Brown ('37) died in 2015. He turned 100 in October 2014 and remained in good health up to his last day. He was a proud graduate of ISU his whole life.
Maurice Hitchings (’37 EX dist. stds.) died June 20, 2007 after a short illness. Maurice attended Iowa State and Cornell University. After many years as a farmer, he started his own business, Maurice K. Hitchings Construction Co., selling topsoil and gravel. At age 80, he retired from his last job at Beak & Skiff Orchards. Maurice lived in Gallatin, Tenn.
Lawrence Minsky ('37 vet med) passed away on Sept, 15, 2011. He practiced medicine in California, inspecting large animals and fowl for the state through 1948, when he went into private practice for a partnership which he joined a few years later. The partnership grew to three hospitals and many doctors.
Lawrence H. Skromme (’37 ag engineering), P.E., 99, an internationally renowned agricultural engineer, farmland preservationist, and antiques collector, died peacefully on Monday at home in Lancaster, PA, surrounded by his family. Skromme graduated from Kelley High School in 1931, winning an agriculture scholarship for his work founding Future Farmers of America. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1937 with honors in agricultural engineering, the first of four brothers to graduate from ISU and enter the agricultural engineering field.
Hired as Sperry New Holland’s Chief Engineer in 1951, he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 1961, where he oversaw global engineering. After retirement in 1978, he was a consultant for AID and the World Bank on agricultural mechanization projects in many developing nations.
Before New Holland, Skromme was an engineer at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and Asst. Chief Engineer at Harry Ferguson, Inc. where he designed tow-motor vehicles for aircraft carriers in World War II, and then plows and implements for Ford-Ferguson tractors. Skromme was a registered Professional Engineer and was active in many professional societies. He served as President and Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, receiving their gold John Deere Medal in 1979.
He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Society of Engineering Education, International Association of Agricultural Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi. He served as a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Congress Committee on Science and Technology, the research advisory committee of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and the Engineers Joint Council, NYC.
Skromme was a founder of the Lancaster Farm and Home Foundation, serving as director and president, and was an officer and director of the Lancaster County Agricultural Land Preservation Board and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Agriculture and Land Preservation.
Born in Roland, Iowa on August 26, 1913, he was the son of Austin G. and Ingeborg (Belle) Holmedal Skromme. On June 24, 1939, he married Margaret Gleason Skromme, his college sweetheart, also a graduate of Iowa State with a degree in Home Economics whom he met at the ISU Dinner Pail Club.
Russell Eugene Winn (’37 engineering), 98, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. He was born on January 25, 1915 in Ottumwa, Iowa and was raised in Mankato, Minnesota. Russ graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in general engineering. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. It was at Iowa State that he met his wife of 74 years, Janet Jones Winn. Upon graduating he was recruited by General Electric where he went on to have a 40 year, very loyal career in financial management in Schenectady, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Russ had a deep passion for music. He was a member of the high school and college marching bands as well as a ten piece band. Through the years he played the saxophone, clarinet and his beloved Hammond organ. He enjoyed listening to and performing the Big Band era music.
Russ and Janet raised three children in Seattle. He was a wonderful family man and thoroughly embraced the best of values: loyalty, intelligence, integrity, responsibility, honesty, hard work and more. In his retirement years he found his passion also in golf, both at South Hills Country Club and Overlake, playing well into his nineties. He was a long time member of University Congregational Church
Jack M. Wormley ('37 ag and life sciences) died April 5, 2008. Jack was a lifelong resident of Newton. He was a graduate of Newton Senior High School in 1931. He attended ISU and was a member of the AGR fraternity and received their 60 year Leadership Award in 1999. Jack was united in marriage to Chloressa Dew in August of 1941.
Jack worked in farm management, he had been the manager for 20 years of the Maytag Farms, which was over 4,000 acres, and the last 40 years he operated his own farm with livestock. Jack was an Iowa State Senator from 1954 until 1958. He was the office manage for the federal Farm Program for two years.
Wilma Annabel (Highland) Haukom (’38 economics) passed away June 5, 2015 at the age of 98 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Wilma was born on January 1, 1917 to parents Clara (Twedt) and Elmer Highland. Wilma graduated from Roland High School in 1934 and then went on to Iowa State where she earned her B.S. in Economics. Wilma was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, the Psi Chi honor fraternity, and the Alpha Iota international music sorority. Wilma married Allan S. Haukom in 1939. Together, the couple had five children: Larry, Diane, Linda, Bruce, and Brian.
Wilma was an avid singer throughout her life. She studied music while at Iowa State and had the honor of singing the contralto solos in Handel’s “Messiah”. Wilma would later have the honor of singing solos in “Messiah” 14 more times throughout her life. Wilma was also very involved in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was inducted as an Honorary Life member in 2009 after 50 years of membership. Wilma also spent much of her time volunteering, donating many hours to the Hoard Historical Museum, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. In 2009, Wilma received the Wilma Haukom Heart of the Relay Award for raising over $70,000 during the years she was involved.
Wilma will be remembered as an avid sports fan and reader, a great cook, and most importantly, a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.
Glenola Baughman ('39 human sciences) passed away January 8, 2009 in Baton Rouge, La.
Peter Bernhard Diebold ('39 ag ec) passed away April 29, 2008 in Starnberg, Germany.
Charles W. Durham** (’39 engr, ’40 civil engr, PhD ’45) the civil engineer who built Omaha-based HDR Inc., into one of the nation’s largest engineering and architectural companies and whose later philanthropy poured millions of dollars into the region’s education and medical research institutions, died April 5, 2008, at his home in Omaha. He was 90. The son and grandson of civil engineers, the Ames native enrolled at Iowa State during the Depression and planned to study law. He changed his mind after meeting his future wife, Margre Henningson, whose father owned H.H. Henningson Engineering Co. in Omaha. Over three decades, Chuck built HDR from 15 employees working on Nebraska paving into an international force. He credited Margre, who preceded him in death in 1999, with influencing his philanthropy to organizations such as Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Durham Heritage Museum, as well as to his alma mater. The Durham Computational Center at Iowa State University is named in his honor. Survivors include his son, Steven Durham of Dallas; daughters Mary Helen “Sunny” Lundgren and Lynne Boyer of Omaha; and Debby Durham of Fremont, Neb.; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Allan S. Haukom* ('39 forestry) died April 30, 2007, at Fort Memorial Hospital in Ft. Atkinson, Wis. He was 92. Haukom is survived by his wife, Wilma Highland Haukom ('38 econ), whom he married on Sept. 3, 1939 -- the day Hitler's forces moved into Poland and World War II began in Europe; four children; and nine grandchildren. A native of Oxford Junction, Iowa, Allan moved to Ft. Atkinson in 1956 when he took a position with Nasco, Inc. He retired as president of the company in 1980.
Justus E. (Jay) Legvold ('39 agronomy) died December 29, 2010. He resided in Eagle Grove, Iowa.
Roy Whistler (PhD '39.) died Feb. 7, 2010. Dr. Whistler was a professor at Purdue University and eventually became a well known and International figure in carbohydrate chemistry. He received an honorary degree from ISU in 1998.
Don W. Butler** (EX '40 chem engr) who went to Wake Island in the Pacific in 1940 to help build a military base and ended up a prisoner of war, died of complications of a subdural hematoma Feb. 20, 2008, at George Washington University Hospital. He was 91. Butler, a resident of Arlington County and Falls Church, Va., for 44 years, was granted active military service credit in 1988 for his participation in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals. A noted technical engineer, he was project engineer for the Lunar Rover and co-wrote several books on earthquake engineering. He also took part in a White House study on the effects of major earthquakes in California. His other honors included a distinguished service award from the Second World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. His wife, Naomi Vincent Butler, died in the late 1970s. Survivors include a sister. Butler's obituary appeared in the Washington Post on March 12, 2008.
Julia Anderson ('41 home economics) passed away January 23, 2012. In 1953 she became Associate Dean in the College of Home Economics.
Julie was deeply committed to helping home economics education adapt to the great changes occurring in Iowa and the rest of the world. She was a helpful advisor to new students, as well a inspirational mentor to other faculty and staff.
Julie had a passion for international programs, perhaps stimulated by her early work in 4-H with international music, dance, and other activities. She loved developing programs for American and International women and their families. She served as the director of summer work camps in Europe and Africa; she chaired the ground-breaking ISU-Peace Corps Internship Program that placed home economics students in Central America; and she promoted a curriculum that prepared home economics majors for international work. In addition, she was active in UNESCO, the Iowa United Nations Association, and the American Friends Service Committee.
Julie's commitment to bringing out the best in families took on a more personal dimension in 1970 when she married Marvin Anderson and instantly became the mother of four adult children.Mark, Mary, Merrill, and Martha. Her new family loved her quiet devotion to Marvin. Her infectious laugh, gracious hospitality, and genuine love was blessing to us all.
After her retirement, Julie's interest in education, health care, senior services, and family finance lead her to involvement in many local organizations. She was the first woman to serve on the Iowa State Banking Board, and she was named to the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.
John E. Griffith ('41 forestry) died September 18, 2008 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Chester, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and completed further studies at the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Griffith was in the Army Air Corp and was responsible for developing and building wooden trainers during World War II. Mr. Griffith worked for Mississippi Products for 42 years in Louisville, Kentucky and Jackson, Mississippi. He headed the Wood Technology and Research department. During his retirement years, he made grandfather's clocks including development of the movements of the clocks and the cabinets.
James W. Schwartz ('41 ag journalism, '60 history) long-time chair of the department of journalism and mass communication, for whom Iowa State’s highest journalism-related honor—the Schwartz Award—is named, passed away on July 12, 2011.
Born on April 18, 1916, in Fenton, IA, Schwartz edited small-town newspapers, pioneered television news broadcasting in central Iowa, and became head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University, where he retired in 1979 as Emeritus Professor.
Schwartz chaired the journalism department from 1965-1977 and was a member of the faculty for 32 years. He also served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism (now the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).
“Jim Schwartz inspired faculty as well as students, not only as chair, but as professor, helping to establish the professional culture that still exists today in the School,” said Michael Bugeja, director.
The Schwartz Award has been presented since 1978 to leaders in journalism and related fields. They include four Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished broadcast journalists, authors, advertising and public relations executives, newspaper and magazine publishers, and leading writers in a variety of specialty areas.
“Each year, when we would name a recipient, Jim would send a congratulatory note,” Bugeja said. “Now it is time for all those honored by his presence, teaching, standards and example to share their thoughts about Jim.”
Phyllis Straughn ('41 food & nutrition) died in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 14, 2016 after a brief illness. She was 97. Her husband was a research food engineer at General Mills, and after he passed Phyllis became a consumer respondent with General Mills where she fielded food preparation questions. She was known in the family as the epitome of Betty Crocker. Phyllis was a member of the Mother Singers choral group, Golden Valley Garden Club and Golden Valley Women's Club, and a volunteer in many other community and church activities. She enjoyed music, dancing, bowling, and golf, and traveled extensively after retirement. She was a loving mother and homemaker known for her dry wit.
John Cecil Carr ('42 chemical technology), age 96, of Rockwall, Texas, passed away February 10, 2014 in Mesquite, Texas. He was born August 11, 1917 in Braddyville, Iowa, to Clarence Ernest & Florence Folsom (Hiles) Carr. John was a chemist and worked for Commercial Solvents for ten years and Amoco Chemical for 24 years. He was of the Episcopalian faith.
John is survived by his wife of 66 years: Edith Carr; daughters: Laura Carr and Pam Carr; grandchildren: Aidan Kelly & wife Meghan, Logan Kelly, Bevan Roen & husband Phil, Caitlan Kelly and Susannah Carr; sister: Elsie Negley; and several nieces and nephews.
Lynn Edward Gleeson ('42 engineering) passed away March 1, 2011. He proudly served our country in WWII and the Korean War as a US Navy Veteran. He was employed by ALCOA for many ears, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
McRoy “Mac” Hoverter (’42 electrical engineering) passed away on May 6, 2015 at the age of 96 in Seattle, Washington. Mac was born on October 20, 1918. Mac obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1942. Mac met his wife Betty on a blind date in 1939 and they married in 1942. Together, Mac and Betty had four children, Jim, Bob, Kathy, and Shirley. Mac’s family blossomed over the years with spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren added to the mix.
After graduating from Iowa State, Mac began working at General Electric, selling commercial lighting and electrical equipment. In 1950, Mac and his family moved to Portland, Oregon, and moved again in 1957 to Seattle. After his retirement from GE he set up his own consulting business, continuing his electrical engineering expertise selling transformers and wiring. Mac also bought real estate, fixing up rental houses and an apartment building in Seattle. Mac and Betty loved to travel and took their fifth wheel across America, Canada, and Mexico. Their beach house on the Washington Coast is a special place that they happily shared with family and friends and it will continue to be a peaceful retreat for the family.
John Robert Liggett ('42 mech engr) passed away May 2, 2015 in Basking Ridge, N.J. He was 95. His daughter, Pamela Bowman ('66 elementary ed) writes: "Dad was proud that two of his children graduated from ISU -- me and John M. Liggett ('69 mech engr) -- and one grandson, Ian Liggett. He loved Iowa State! As Dad's eyesight grew dim, one of our joys during his last months was to read articles aloud to him from VISIONS Across America."
Barbara (John) Odegaard (’42 txt/clo) passed away on Oct. 24, 2007, in St. Cloud, Minn. She was the daughter of Edward T. John (’16 mech. engr.) and Byrdena I. John (’17 home ec) and the great niece of ISU alumna May Thayer, who received a certificate in Home Sciences from Iowa State. Barbara is survived by her husband, Alf T. Odegaard (’42 agriculture) and daughters Judy Heslop, Susan Odegaard Schmidt (’71 el ed), and Louise A. Odegaard (’72 outdoor rec/forestry). She had six grandchildren: Jennifer Schmidt Japel (’99 el ed), Katherine Schmidt McCarthy (’00 dietetics), Jacquelin Heslop, Katherine Odegaard, Adam Odegaard, and Lauren Odegaard. She had two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jack Japel. Writes Louise Odegaard: “She had a great life and was very proud of being an Iowa State graduate. She was a life member of the Alumni Association and of the Memorial Union."
Edith Margaret Moore Pratt (’42 home ec ed), 92, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away peacefully on November 5, 2014. Edith was born on Valley View Farm near Hanover, Illinois on December 30, 1921 to Berniece (White) and James Wallace Moore. She graduated from Iowa State College in 1942 and during WWII worked as an air traffic controller in Chicago, Illinois and Dayton, Ohio. She taught high school in Elizabeth, Illinois where she met her husband, Fred Pratt. They moved to Scottsdale in 1960. She received a Master of Arts in Library Sciences from Arizona State University in 1969 and worked as head librarian at Alhambra and Central High Schools in Phoenix. After retiring, Edith and Fred were seasonal rangers in Grand Teton National Park. Working on the back-country permit desk, she shared with visitors her knowledge of the Park and enthusiasm for hiking and camping. She was an avid genealogy researcher and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Scottsdale Presbyterian Church. Edith is survived by a brother, Jim, of Melbourne, Florida; son Chuck (Elizabeth), of Arlington, Texas; daughters Jane, of San Francisco and Sue, of Flagstaff; a grandson, Morgan, of Arlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ann K. M. Weast ('42 home ec) passed away on June 20, 2010. She was the widow of Walter Mallorie Sr. and Dr. Robert Weast. She received a bachelor's from ISU, a master's from Slippery Rock College and was a public school teacher. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi Honorary and the Junior League of Youngstown, Ohio.
Verna Caroline Miller Joines ('43 home ec ed) died at home in Alpine, Utah on August 4, 2008. Verna was born September 2, 1921 in Peterson, Iowa. She graduated from high school in Iowa with the class of 1939. Her formal education also included a degree in home economics with honors from Iowa State University in 1943. In addition to her academic achievements, Verna was an accomplished seamstress, a master of many fine-art crafts and a wonderful homemaker, mother, and grandmother. Her lifelong study and participation in her Chrisitian faith and Bible study was consistent with her many acts of service to her family, friends and neighbors. Verna married Larry Joines on November 12, 1943.
Robert James Kirkpatrick (DVM '43), 95, a doctor of veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical executive, woodworker extraordinaire, stalwart Presbyterian and respected father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Jan. 17, 2016, in Escondido, California, of natural causes. “Bob,” who was born at home on Dec. 19, 1920 in the small southern Minnesota town of Oakland, was proud of his Midwest roots, and his Norwegian and Scotch-Irish background. His father was a rural mail carrier, sometimes using a team of horses, and his mother a homemaker.
Bob worked his way through Iowa State University, graduating in 1943 as a doctor of veterinary medicine in an accelerated six-year program. While at Iowa State, he was the starting center on the football team and is believed to be one of the few students in the demanding veterinary program ever to play varsity football at the same time. He met Dorothy Moore of Newton, Iowa, during his junior year at ISU, and the two were married Dec. 17, 1942. The two settled in Galesburg, Illinois, where Bob had a veterinary practice for both large and small animals for 25 years, and was president of the school board, among many other civic and church activities. He and Dorothy had four children, all of whom succeed him: Linda, of Bradenton, Florida; Ann, of Belleville, Illinois; Scott, of Indian Wells, California; and Kathy, of Vancouver, Washington
Bob oversaw family camping trips, raised Hackney ponies to show at the state fair, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and woodworker.
In 1965, the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when Bob took a management position with Diamond Labs, a veterinary pharmaceutical company. After Syntex purchased Diamond Labs, Bob and Dorothy moved to Los Altos, California, in 1973, and he eventually became president of Syntex Agribusiness and a vice-president of Syntex, focusing on international development.
He retired in 1985, and the couple moved to Rancho Bernardo, California, where both were active in the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, starting the Carpenter Fellowship for members interested in working with their hands to help others. The couple went on many Habitat for Humanity trips, building houses around the globe. On several of those trips they worked alongside Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
Bob’s business acumen was tapped to become president of the Rancho Bernardo County Club where he oversaw several improvement projects. In 2003, Bob and Dorothy moved to Redwood Terrace, a senior living facility in Escondido, where Bob cared faithfully for his ailing wife for several years. When Dorothy died in 2007, they had been married for 64 years.
Marjory "Midge" J. (Gillingham) Marvel
('43 family and consumer sciences) passed away on Oct. 22, 2013 at
Buckingham’s Choice retirement community in Adamstown, MD. She was 93. Midge was a Senior Program Specialist with the AARP Grief and Loss
Programs from 1985 until 2000, working with volunteers in the Widowed
Persons Service and establishing the original Grandparent Information
Center (now Grandfacts) with a grant from the Brookdale Foundation.
Prior to that position, Midge was the co-founder and president of the
National Coalition of Older Women’s Issues and the Coordinator of
Continuing Education Counseling at George Mason University. She has
lived in the Washington, DC area since 1978.
Marjory Gillingham was born in Melrose, MA. She attended Connecticut
College for two years and graduated from Iowa State University in 1943.
In 1975, Mrs. Marvel earned a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Temple
In 1947, she married the late William W. Marvel, former president of
Education and World Affairs in NY and the Academy of Natural Sciences in
Philadelphia. They resided in Princeton, NJ for over 20 years before
moving to Philadelphia.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy J. Marvel of Piedmont, CA, a son,
Thomas E. Marvel of Montgomery Village, MD, and two grandchildren,
Katharine E. Birnbaum and Emily H. Birnbaum.
Melvin Richard Nelson ('43 DVM) passed away June 24, 2010. On 12/18/1943 Melvin graduated from Iowa State as a veterinarian and married Ada Hodges. He practiced veterinarian medicine in Marcus, Iowa for over 20 years. He was made Captain, Veterinary Corps, by the U.S. Army, War Office on 2/2/1951 for protecting the livestock and food supply declared to be essential by the War Manpower Commission. Melvin Nelson was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha, the American Legion, and Rotary International. He also served on the School Board, Faith Lutheran Church Board, Town Council, helped with Boy and Explorer Scouts, and assisted in the development of a golf course in Marcus, Iowa.
From 1965 until 1985 Melvin worked for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in Mason City IA, Jacksonville IL, Selma / Kingsburg CA, and St George UT. Melvin retired in Ft. Myers, FL. In 1993 he and Ada moved to Griffin, GA where they were active members of St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Charles L. Pilmer ('43 agriculture) died April 15, 2013 in Ballwin, Mo. He was 92. He was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, served during World War II in the Army Air Corps as a B-26 pilot in Europe where he flew 28 combat missions, and retired as vice president for appraisal services at Doane Agricultural Service, where he worked for 37 years as a farm manager and rural appraiser. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Cohron PIlmer '43, three daughters, and two granddaughters.
Jean B. Stange ('43 applied art) a resident of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on October 2, 2008. Born in Ames, Iowa in 1920, Jean received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and her Masters of Arts from the University of Minnesota. She taught at the University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at Arizona State University. After a long and distinguished professional career, Jean retired as an Associate Professor of Decorative Arts from ASU in 1983. She remained active in the community as a member of the Arizona Designer-Craftsmen and as a docent at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe. In addition to her many academic and professional achievements, perhaps Jean's greatest accomplishment was the joy she brought to the world by her tireless devotion to her many, many friends; friends whose lives were brightened by Jean's sincere and unwavering friendship. Always ready to listen and raise the spirt, Jean Stange was a beloved "point of light" in this difficult world. She will be missed.
Clarence G. Stuckwisch ('43 PhD chemistry) passed away Sept. 3, 2009. He was a chemistry professor and administrator at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Lauren Albert Woods ('43 PhD chemistry) Dr. Lauren A. Woods, Ph.D, M.D., who made significant contributions to the fields of pharmacology and toxicology and to the advancement of American medicine as a scientist, department chairman, teacher, mentor and administrator, passed away in Albany, Calif., on January 24, 2013 at the age of 93. Lauren was born on September 10, 1919 on a farm in Belford Township, S.D. After high school, he enrolled in Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 1939 with a joint degree in math/physics and chemistry. He began his graduate work in chemistry at the University of Detroit. He was then recruited by Dr. Henry Gilman to the graduate program at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. There, he received his Ph.D. in 1943 in organic chemistry, and remained on as a research associate, working on a special National Defense Research Project associated with the Manhattan Project at Ames for which he received a certificate award from the National Defense Research Committee during World War II. He later synthesized several antimalarial drugs submitted to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. In 1944, he married Carol Ogle and moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he joined Dr. Maurice Seevers in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan and registered as a student in the School of Medicine. He worked as both research fellow and instructor in pharmacology until receiving his M.D. from Michigan in 1949. He was then promoted to assistant professor. His research concentrated on absorption, distribution and metabolism of chemicals and drugs, particularly the opiates. He was the first to isolate morphine-3-glucuronide, the principle metabolite of morphine. Lauren will be remembered by his many family, friends, colleagues and students for his warmth, intelligence, thoughtful and generous nature and for his integrity.
Louise Crocker Baker ('44 home ec ed) passed away on April 27, 2015. She lived a rich and remarkable life and always treasured her days in Ames.
Catharine Ann Hershey Fruth ('44 home ec ed) aged 91, has gone home to God. She died March 15, 2015 of complications of Parkinson's Disease. She was born 4/3/1923 in her grandmother's house in Indianola, Iowa. Her father did not see his firstborn for a week because a blizzard blocked his way from the family farm ten miles to the south. She and her four younger brothers were raised there. She attended Simpson College and graduated from Iowa State University where she met her husband, the love of her life. After living in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, and Burbank, CA, they moved to Palo Alto where they raised their four children, During her 57 years of living in Palo Alto, CA, she served as the president of the Hays PTA and chapter president of the AAUW. After her youngest child entered school, she became a special education teacher's aide, and completed a Master's in Home Economics Education from San Jose State University. Her work inspired her to complete a second Master's, in Special Education, from Notre Dame in Belmont, CA, and to teach children with learning disabilities for over ten years.
Her husband of fifty-seven years, Carroll Fruth, preceded her in death, as did all four of her brothers and a son-in-law, Ken Uhland. She is survived by her four children: Patricia Severson (Stan) of El Cerrito, Margaret Fruth of Palo Alto, Catharine Matthews (Don, Jr.) of West Bloomfield, MI, and Robert Fruth (Cynthia Finnell) of Seattle, WA, and five grandchildren: Mary Matthews of Rochester Hills, MI, Elisabeth Severson (Meagan Bemer) of Seattle, WA, Donald Matthews, III of Findlay, OH, Catharine Hershey (Kenneally Harder) of Santa Clara, CA and Zachary Finnell Fruth of Seattle, WA, as well as her sisters-in-law, Jeanne Hershey of Overland Park, KS, and Jane Hershey of Oldfield, MO, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Margaret Ruth Porter Keenan, Ph.D. ('44 food and nutrition) passed away on Jan. 11, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa at the age of 91. Known to friends as Peg, to colleagues as Margaret, and to students as Dr. Keenan, Peg was born in Davenport, IA on February 26, 1923, the eldest of four children, to Warren L. and Naomi (Earhart) Porter. She grew up in East Davenport, and with the exception of the war years, she lived most of her life within a few blocks of where she was born. She met Corwin (Culver) Keenan, to whom she was married for 57 wonderful years, in high school. She went to Iowa State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Culver went to the University of Iowa, but in 1941 he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. He proposed and they got married before he shipped out for what was to be 44 months of separation. Together they raised 5 children: Sue, Jim, Betsy, Barb, and Martha.
(Betty) Jane (Reeves) Rice ('44 home ec), died March 20th. Born in 1921, in Waverly, Iowa, Betty grew up a farm girl living with her parents and younger brother on several different farms in Iowa. She was active in 4H programs. At College (now Iowa State University) at Ames, Iowa, she earned her B. S. degree in Home Economics. While there she attended the Baptist Student organization, where she met her future husband, William (Bill) N. Rice.
They married after graduation and were appointed as missionaries to Burma under the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Betty took further training in the Merrill Palmer School in Detroit in Nutrition. She and her husband were then sent overseas first to India then Burma.
Betty served in Burma as Home Economics demonstrator, Editor of the Burma News Letter, and on various Mission projects. Later the Rices served in the Pyinmana Agricultural School under the Ford Foundation. After retiring from overseas service in 1959 she and the family settled in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Betty became active in the Amherst Women's Club, served as Secretary to the Pastor of the First Baptist Church and involved herself in school and community affairs. She also served on the Board of Directors of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. In addition she raised five children with her husband. In 1982 she accompanied and assisted him on a 14 months assignment in Zimbabwe.
Betty was involved with both the Lathrop Home and the Lathrop Retirement Community and served in various capacities. She served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Lathrop Community and was instrumental in the development of the Lathrop Community-Easthampton.
Betty and Bill have raised five children. Their only daughter, Margaret, predeceased her. In addition to her husband Thomas of Springfield, Norman of Andover, Richard of New Market, NH and Bruce of Pittsford, NY survives her. Seven grandchildren are as follows: Adam, Emily, Cordelia, Lydia, Sarah, Rebecca and Timothy.
Elizabeth Paulsen Anderson (dietetics '45) passed away on November 19, 2009. She was a retired educator from the Summerville School District. Her life was centered around her Lutheran faith, family, and friends.
Lou Ella Olberding Brunette (’45 institution management) passed away on May 29, 2015 at the age of 91 in Indianapolis, IN.
Lou Ella was born on April 21, 1924. Lou Ella attended Iowa State where she earned her B.S. in Institution Management in 1945. She married Charlie Brunette in 1946. Together they had four children, Charles, Michael, Daniel, and Jane. Lou Ella will be remembered for her “get-it-done” attitude, her energy, and staunch convictions. She was a hard worker all of her life and admired by many in her varied endeavors.
Connie Marie (Smith) Englehart ('45 human sciences) died Aug. 30, 2014. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Betty Jane Lovett ('45 dietetics) died Sept. 14, 2016 at the age of 92. She was born Oct. 22, 1923 in Volga, S.D. In 1948 she married Charles M. Lovett; he died in 1986.
Catherine Frances Smith Barker ('46 dietetics) of Middleton, Wisconsin, died on Monday, December 22, 2014, at the age of 89.
Cathy was born on a farm in Waukee, Iowa, in 1925, to Anna and Carl Smith and was the middle child of 5 children. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1946 with a major in dietetics, taking one year out at the age of 19 to teach school. She married Miles Barker in September, 1946, and then worked as a receptionist for Doane Agriculture until Miles graduated.
In 1947 they moved to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Cathy became involved in the community and joined AAUW, the YMCA in Port Edwards, P.E.O., and the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ. In addition, she was an active member of PTA as well as a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother. If that wasn't enough, she also sewed and knitted clothing for herself, her children and their dolls, too. She and Miles gave wonderful parties and made lifelong friends in the Rapids.
A new business venture brought the family to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1965, where Cathy continued her P.E.O. involvement and eventually became state president in 1990. She also became a Legacy member of Attic Angel Association and served on the committee that selected the land where Attic Angel Place is now located. She loved singing in the Attic Angel Choir, and she had a beautiful voice. She was also a deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Her lifelong interest in dietetics culminated in 1980 with her writing a book, "The Centerfold Diet Plan," a clever and sensible approach to healthy eating and weight loss. In the 1980s she was hired by Stretch and Sew to teach sewing classes. She was also an excellent bridge player and belonged to several bridge groups. Book clubs were very important to her as well, and she participated in many throughout her adult life. She was Vice President of 4 Lakes Driver Training School for 43 years before becoming President upon the death of Miles.
A thoughtful, smart, and caring person, Cathy was always optimistic and compassionate. She had a wonderful and happy life, and she will forever be cherished by her family and friends.
James Edgeley Lovell (DVM ’46, MS ’55 vet anatomy, PhD ’58 vet anatomy), age 84, of Omaha, Ark., passed from earthly life July 4, 2008 in Springfield, Mo. after a brief and well-fought battle with a lung disorder. James was born October 9, 1923, to William and Bess Lovell of Fort Atkinson, Wis. He had one brother, Robert Blaine Lovell. James married Annabelle C. Seemann, in 1946, who passed away in 1983. The family now includes James’ wife Francine and her two daughters and James’ two children, John and Rebeeca, and their families. During James’ career, he was in private veterinary practice first in Monroe, Wis., and then in Aurora, Ill. He served during the Korean War as a U.S. Air Force Veterinarian Captain. He was a professor at Iowa State University and a professor and head of Veterinary Biological Structure at the University of Illinois until his retirement in 1975.
H. Brown Otopalik (’46 EX gen sci) of Fond du Lac, Wis., died July 11, 2007 at Oak Terrace in Mankato, Minn. A private garden prayer service was held July 20 at his son’s house in Mankato. Otopalik attended Iowa State University and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Bonnie M. MacFarland in 1946. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa, where he received degrees in dentistry and orthodontics, as well as a master of science. After serving in the Dental Corps during the Korean War, he and Bonnie settled in Fond du Lac, where he practiced orthodontics for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and three sons: Steven Otopalik of Vail, Colo., Douglas Otopalik of Mankato, Minn., and Camer Otopalik of Yakima, Wash.
Geoffroy Klein Walter ('46 engineering) died June 30, 2008 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. After retiring from Kiowa Corp, he operated his own business for several years.
Maxine Burch ('47 institution mgmt, MS '62 food & nutrition) 91, of Newton, died Saturday (June 13, 2015) at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton, Ks.
The daughter of Harry E. and Stella M. Petersen Burch, was born to serve others on May 24, 1924 in Winterset, Iowa. She was raised and graduated from high school in Winterset.
Maxine received a degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University and later received a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Iowa Medical School. She obtained her pilots license in 1945 and enjoyed flying.
In 1955, Maxine became an ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ Church and became a Missionary. She was in India from 1955 until 1965, when she returned to the United States to care for her parents. After the death of her father Maxine returned to India where she wrote a Master’s Degree program for a women’s college there.
Maxine returned to the United States, Maxine joined the National Camp of Camp Fire Girls where she worked for three years. After which her Missionary work took her to Africa for three months. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she served as Chairman of the Board for Child Savings Institute. While living in Omaha, Maxine operated a dietary counseling business. For several years she was a part of the Medical Staff for Nutrition at Creighton University. Maxine was very active in politics while in Omaha.
Maxine moved to Newton, Kansas in July, 1992. She had worked for the Health Departments of Sedgwick, Marion and Harvey Counties until retiring. She also wrote a column on food and nutrition for the Newton Kansan. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Newton, Zonta International, and had served as President of the Alumni Board at Iowa State University.
Robert Stowe “Bob” Caldwell (’47 chemical engineering) passed away on April 18, 2015 at the age of 91 in Seattle, Washington.
Bob was born in China on April 2, 1924 to missionary parents. Bob obtained a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1947. Bob was married to his wife Joanne for 42 years. The couple had eight children between them: Sharon, Susan, Bob, Sally, Gene, Peter, David, and Polly. Bob and Joanne were blessed with several grandchildren: Candice, Mark, Bobby, Amber, Spencer, Elena, Taylor, Dylan, John Henry, Marcus, Alex, Nathaniel, Justin, Nicholas, and Clark. Bob had three great grandchildren.
Bob served in the Navy during World War II. He obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University and moved to Seattle where he had a 30 year career with Boeing. He and his wife Joanne traveled near and far and built two cabins in the San Juan Islands that served host to many happy family gatherings. In retirement, Bob found numerous projects to tinker with and enjoyed geocaching with his dog Frekl by his side. He loved puns and puzzles, bird watching, playing bridge, boating, kayaking, sailing, and tending to his bonsai plants.
Wayne Leroy Decker (’47 agronomy; PhD ’55) passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the age of 91. He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Madison County, Iowa, the youngest of six children of Albert Henry and Effie Prudence (Holmes) Decker.
He was educated in Madison County public schools, earned a bachelor’s degree at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received both his master’s degree and Ph.D. at Iowa State University in soil physics.
He married the former Martha Jane Livingston from Monroe, Iowa, on December 29, 1943, at Westwood Methodist Church in Los Angeles. To this union was born one daughter, Susan Jane Decker, on February 20, 1952.
Wayne served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was trained in meteorology at UCLA and went on to spend time on Johnson Island during the war. He was released from active duty with the rank of lieutenant. After the war, he served as a climatologist with the U.S. Weather Bureau. In 1949, he became a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri. He served as chairman of the Atmospheric Science Department for 10 years. He retired as professor emeritus in 1992.
He was a member of Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia, First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Agronomy Society.
Gerhardt B. Schrank ('47 electrical engineering), age 93 passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Village in Centerville, OH. Gary was born on March 3, 1919 to Gustav and Emma (Steckelberg) Schrank in Loganville, WI, the youngest of 3 children. He graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1938. Gary went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1947. Gary enjoyed a long career in the automotive industry, where he was a Supervisor of Process Engineering for Delco Products, in Dayton, OH. He was employed at Delco for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1985. Gary loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping, playing bridge, reading and traveling both domestically and internationally. Gary was a member of Masonic Lodge #661.
Gerald Warner "Jerry" Van Gilst ('47 forestry) age 92, died peacefully at Westminster of Lake Ridge on Saturday, October 11, 2014, surrounded by his children.
He was married to Jean Lea Farrar Van Gilst in 1948. She passed away in 1996. He married Jessie “Jay” Hamilton Nelson in 1998. Service to God, family, country, and others was always important to Jerry throughout his life. He was very active in the Presbyterian Church and was most recently a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manassas, Virginia. He was ordained an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and served as an Elder in New Mexico, Alaska, and Virginia. He also served as Clerk of the Session for his church in Virginia. While in Alaska, he was the director of his church’s youth group, supported and helped with the Boy Scouts throughout Ketchikan, and was on the advisory board for the Ketchikan Salvation Army. After he moved to Westminster at Lake Ridge in 2002, Jerry participated in many events there, as well as helped with chapel services.
Elsie Mae Van Wert ('47 home ec) died March 16, 2010. She was born October 27, 1914, in Franklin County, Iowa, the fourth child of George Everett and Mabel (Hansell) Van Wert. She grew up on the family farm northeast of Hampton, attended country school and graduated from Hansell Consolidated School. She attended Iowa State University and became a teacher, and taught for many years in country schools in the north central Iowa area. She returned to Iowa State and earned her degree in home economics, and became the Iowa State University Home Extension Economist for Hancock and Winnebago Counties. She retired from her work in 1979. Elsie Mae was involved in 4-H as a young woman and held leadership positions in the 4-H Club all her life. In 2003, at the age of 89, she was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair. Elsie Mae loved her work, her family and traveling. She traveled all over the United States and visited several other countries during her lifetime. She took an interest in the young people of her community, her church and her friends. She was a delightful friendly person who had a broad world-view, and she will be missed by the many people who knew her.
She was a member of the Garner United Methodist Church and The United Methodist Women.
Roger H. Williams ('47 chem engr) died Aug. 11, 2015. He was 92 years old. Roger was born in Webster City, the son of Roger and Dorothy Williams. He grew up in Ames, earned the Eagle Scout award, participated in various school and community activities, and attended the Episcopal Church with his parents. He graduated from Ames High School in 1941.
He met Jean Ringoen while attending Iowa State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, they married in January 1947 and lived for brief periods in Minneapolis, Marshalltown and Pottstown, Pa.
In 1957, he joined Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, headquartered in Akron, Ohio. During his tenure with Firestone International, he helped expand international marketing and sales of products for the synthetic rubber division, traveling extensively to pacific-rim countries with numerous visits to Japan. He retired in 1980 and continued to take a keen interest in Japan and developed an interest in computer programming, auditing and participating in courses at the University of Akron.
In 2007, Roger and Jean moved from Silver Lake, Ohio, to Chicago to be closer to their children. Roger enjoyed their terrace container garden where they grew corn, tomatoes and flowers within blocks of Chicago’s skyscrapers. Earlier this year, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
Doris Ann Adams ('48 food science) died March 5, 2014. She was 87 years old and had a long career with Procter and Gamble as a home economist. She worked with the Duncan Hines division, devising and testing baked products; she also set up test kitchens.
She thought so highly of Iowa State University and the education she received there that she left most of the remainder of her estate to the University.
Doris traveled the world for many decades. She was an avid Scottish Dancer and had a life membership in the Scottish Dance Society. She was also an accomplished International Folk Dancer. She performed with both dance groups throughout Cincinnati, OH and Northern Kentucky.
Doris was also seriously involved in civic activities. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters. In 2009 she was named Wyoming, OH Citizen of the Year for her work with the Wyoming, OH Senior Citizen’s Group, the Wyoming Drama Circle and the Wyoming Women’s Club.
Richard C. Back (MS ’48 entomology), 91, died peacefully March 31, 2013, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica, N.Y., with his family at his side. Richard had previously resided in Irvington, N.Y., Washington, D.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.
Son of Clara Winifred Newcomb and Ernest Adna Back, Richard was born in Washington, DC, October 20, 1921. While growing up in the nation's capital, Richard attended public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He also attended Cleveland Park Congregational Church, and was an Eagle Scout.
Richard attended Cornell University for his bachelor's degree in entomology, and was a member of the ΔΣΦ fraternity. He served for three years in the South Pacific during World War II in the US Navy Reserves as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Boötes AK-99, receiving a Battle Star in December 1944. He continued his Naval service after the war as a medical entomologist in NC and FL, and received his commission as an Ensign, and subsequent appointment as Lieutenant, prior to his honorable discharge. He then returned to the formal study of entomology and insect toxicology, first earning an MS from Iowa State in 1948, and a PhD from Cornell University in 1951.
In a professional career that spanned thirty-five years, Dr. Back worked as an entomologist developing and registering agricultural products first for the Ethyl Corporation at the Boyce Thompson Institute, and then for the Union Carbide Corporation. In recognition of his long service to the latter, he was named a Corporate Development Fellow in 1974. Richard travelled widely for his work, including approximately 800 trips to 49 states and 25 foreign countries. He was an active member of several professional societies, including the Entomological Society of America, and was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC. His long service to the National Agricultural Chemical Association, and his efforts to chair its Regulatory Committee, were recognized with his award of "Outstanding Contributor" in 1973. Richard also served on a variety of international committees seeking standards for controls on pesticides in North and South America, Europe and Africa.
Away from work, Dick enjoyed gardening, walking, fishing photography and stamp collecting. He volunteered his time to the Boy Scouts, the Irvington (NY) Presbyterian Church, various PTA's, and the Men's Garden Club of Wake County, NC. He was a Master Gardener in the Men’s Garden Club of America. An avid naturalist, he enjoyed sharing trips with his children and grandchildren to zoos, museums, and the North Carolina Coast.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Laura Anne Heffelfinger Back. He is survived by his four children: Diane (Tim) Burns of Rome, NY, Barbara (John) Loftus of Hollywood, MD, Janice Norton of Maryland, NY, and Richard (Inga) Back II of Oswego, NY. Richard was very proud of his seven grandchildren: Anne and Terry Burns, Kate and Greg Norton, Nick, Thomas and Clara Back. Most recently, he much enjoyed the addition to the family of a great-granddaughter Carly Norton.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held in Irvington, NY, at the family's discretion. Local arrangements are being entrusted to Strong-Burns and Sprock Funeral Home, Rome, NY. Richard's family would like to express their deep appreciation to the medical team and staff at the Masonic Care Community for their care and compassion.
Lois Bertha Bliss Brodine (’48 home economics) passed away on April 18, 2014. Lois was born on July 10, 1926. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bliss of Lake Mills. Lois and her husband Chuck Brodine had two daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer.
Louis Edward "Ed" Brungraber ('48 mech engr), 89, passed away July 16, 2016 at his Friendship Village home in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Ed was born in Stanton, Michigan to Louis and Beatrice (Crawford) Brungraber on July 30, 1926. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1948. At Iowa State he was active in Sigma Phi Epsilon, a national fraternity dedicated to “Building Balanced Men”. He returned for reunions regularly, most recently in October of 2015.
Ed joined NROTC at Western Michigan College (1944), was appointed as Ensign in the US Naval Reserve after graduation from Iowa State University. He was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1954 and honorably retired from the USNR in 1966. He married Irene “Rene” Phyllis Meyer, June 25, 1949 in Linn Grove, Iowa.
He began his career as Sales Engineer trainee with Bigelow-Liptak Corporation, Detroit, 1948-1952, and later transferred as Sales Engineer to New York City and Philadelphia, 1952-1958. He became Refractory Products Engineer at General Refractories Company in Chicago, 1958-1961 and Refractory Sales Engineer in Cleveland, 1961-1962. Joining Bloom Engineering as KA-Weld Sales Engineer in Chicago, 1962-1967, he transferred to Pittsburgh as Manager Rolling Mill Products Manager where he worked for the balance of his career. He received two US utility patents during his career for inventions of refractory products used in steel making.
Growing up in Detroit, he had a lifelong passion for the automobile industry; its products, history, and technology. He was known for identifying make, model, and year of a car from the image of just single wheel. He and Rene also frequently served as poll watchers through the League of Women Voters and were active in community outreach through Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon where he also served as an Elder. He and Rene hosted many foreign exchange students organized through AFS-USA. Following retirement in 1992, he served as a docent at the Frick Car and Carriage Museum, delighting visitors with his knowledge of cars. His hobbies included family camping, sailing, golf, and woodworking, as well as driving his convertible, top down in almost every kind of weather.
Betty B. Consbruck ('48 textiles & clothing) of Sarasota, Fla., died Dec. 14, 2015. Betty grew up in Iowa as the youngest of four children and was a teacher in Iowa until she married Harold Consbruck on June 20, 1953. In 1956, Betty and Harold moved to Venezuela for Harold's work in the oil industry. In 1973, the family moved to Gainesville, Fla., with their five sons.
Betty was a resident of Gainesville for 40 years and moved to Sarasota for the final two years of her life. She and Harold were parishoners of Holy Faith Catholic Church. She was inducted into the John H. Newman National Honor Society at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ames and was active in the Gainesville Women's Club as a board member and lunch chairperson for 30 years.
Mary Lou Butler Frazier (’48 physics), 89, a New Mexico amateur golfing legend, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 30, 2016. Mary Lou was born April 26, 1927 in Cherokee, IA. She graduated from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in physics and from the University of New Mexico with a Masters in Science. Her working career began as a research physicist at Sandia Labs. She moved from there to influence young lived by teaching math at Highland and Sandia High Schools and the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University.
Mary Lou married Eugene Butler in 1948 and had two sons, Rob and Brian. Gene died suddenly in 1956 of polio and she raised their sons by herself. She married Art Frazier in 1969 and partnered with him to run Frazier’s World Fair Shows until his death in 1990.
Golf was her passion, which she shared with Rob and Brian. During her golfing career, she won five Albuquerque City Championships, two State Championships, two State Senior Championships and two Southwestern Championships plus many club and local tournaments.
Mary Lou, aka Granny, was predeceased by her grandson, Brandon Butler. She is survived by Rob and Chris Butler, Brian and Debbie Butler; grandchildren, Eric Butler and Jessica Butler; her sister, Shirley Sinkey; four great-grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew. She will be greatly missed by her many golfing friends both in Albuquerque and in Scottsdale where she spent 35 winters.
Granny was a great mother and grandmother. We have heard from so many people about how she touched their lived as a teacher, friend, and golfer. She is now resting in the arms of her Lord. We all love her and will miss her always.
Kenneth Obye ('48 forestry), 93, of Danville, Va., passed away peacefully at Danville Regional Medical Center on Dec. 26, 2016, following a brief illness. Ken was born in Tipton, Iowa in 1923 to the late Charles and Beth Obye. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 as a 1st Lieutenant. On June 19, 1945, he married Peggy Cunningham, who passed away in 2013. He lived in Greenville, Miss., from 1950-1967 and moved to Danville in 1967 as an employee of the US Gypsum Company. He retired in 1985. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon and Elder. Ken and Peggy played golf together as they traveled extensively in the States and overseas. He also enjoyed golfing with some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ken was an active member of Glen Oaks CC from 1967-2007 and mentored a youth golf league. He took his passion for golf to competing in the Senior Games several times over the past decade. He was an avid gardener and master of home improvements. No detail was ever too small or any job ever too big for Ken to handle. Age never lessened his acts of service to his family and community.
Alfred Carl Scheer ('48 civil engr, MS '50) died on Monday, December 28, 2015 in Bozeman, Montana He was born on the family farm in Knox County, Nebraska on February 1, 1926 to Werner and Mabel (Jensen) Scheer. During WWII he was in the US Army Corps of Engineers, and installed anti-submarine fences in the San Francisco bay.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1948, and a Masters degree in 1950. He taught at the South Dakota School of Mines, and then moved to Bozeman, Montana and taught Civil Engineering at Montana State College/University until he retired.
He was a lifelong sportsman, catching wily trout and feeding his family venison and elk. He saw humor in the world around him, and sometimes interrupted himself with uncontrollable laughter while telling jokes; he was a fan of Stan Lynde's Rick O'Shay and Hipshot Percussion. He loved to garden, some years cultivating an acre of vegetables. He grew grapes, plums, and apples and made wine. In his younger years he made charcoal and chalk landscape drawings.
Alden E. Wigdahl ('48 farm op) passed away Jan. 17, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. He was 94. Alden was born in Spencer, Iowa, May 24, 1921, the son of Leonard Johannes Wigdahl and Nettie Louise Knutsen Wigdahl. The family farmed southeast of Ruthven, where Alden attended rural schools. In 1936 they moved to their present location in Silver Lake township and he attended Ayrshire Consolidated School, graduating in 1939.
After spending a year at home helping with the farm, Alden attended ISU until he was drafted into the Army. He served 3 1/2 years as a medical corpsman and spent a good period of time in the European Theater in France and Germany. After being honorably discharged following WWII, Alden completed his degree in farm operations and animal science.
During his time at Iowa State, he met Elsie Elaine Paysen at Memorial Lutheran Church. Alden and Elsie were married in Clinton, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 1948. They returned to the farm, where they lived and loved and raised four children. In addition to being a loving husband, father, and grandfather, Alden served his community. He served on the Zion Lutheran Church board, the Ayrshire School Board, the Ruthven Care Center Board of Directors. He was a charter members of the Iowa Lakes Community College board. He was a loyal friend to many, and always there for people with a generous helping hand.
Dr. Paul Anderson ('49 elec engr, 58' MS elec engr, 61' elec engr) passed away April 26, 2011. He will be remembered for his remarkable contributions to the field of Electrical Engineering as a researcher, professor and author, as well as being a loving father and family man.
Paul was born January 22, 1926 in Des Moines and grew up in Winterset, Iowa, the younger brother of Frances, son of Neil and Buena. After high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps until WWII ended in 1945. He then attended Iowa State College majoring in Electrical Engineering. It was at Iowa State where he met his bride-to-be, Virginia (Worswick) whereupon, after graduating, they were married in 1950. After college his first job was as an Electrical Engineer for the Iowa Public Service Co. (1949-1955), after which he returned to Ames as an Instructor at Iowa State University while working on his Master’s Degree. He found that he loved teaching and after obtaining his Ph.D. from ISU he ended up spending most of his career as a university professor of Electrical Engineering with an interest in Power Systems. In addition to teaching engineering at Iowa State University (1955-1975), Paul was President and Principle Engineer of Power Math Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA (1978-1998). Other accomplishments include Program Manager at Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (1975-1978), Chair in Electric Power Systems, Arizona State University (1980-1984), and Schweitzer Visiting Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (1996-1997).
Paul was a member of six Professional Honorary Societies and was heavily involved with many Professional Society activities. Paul was registered as an Electrical Engineer in Iowa, California and Arizona and in California was also registered as a Control System Engineer.
He published well over 50 papers in professional publications and authored or co-authored six books. His books are still highly regarded in the field of Electric Power Systems and some have been translated into Chinese and Russian.
Paul was honored with several awards for his accomplishments, including being awarded as a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow, a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and a Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from Iowa State University. He was recognized as a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1981. In 2009 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, for his contributions that have advanced the analysis and control of electric power systems worldwide.
Paul always loved music, from the time in 5th grade when he used to practice his new baritone horn on the front porch home in Des Moines (“probably to the consternation of the entire neighborhood” he once said) subsequently playing through high school and college. He was a member of several glee clubs, chorus and big bands. Paul loved playing his beloved Steinway piano and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his singing of old Air Corp songs, popular standards and commercial jingles.
Gerhardt Paul Bahle ('49 elec engr) passed away on Apr 20, 2014 in Omaha, NE. Retired Sr. Vice President of Omaha Public Power District. Born in Charter Oak, Iowa; graduated from Fremont, Nebraska High School. Served 4 ½ years in the U. S. Coast Guard. Graduated from Midland College in Fremont, NE, and Iowa State University in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Married Jeanette Hauptly in 1947. Employed at OPPD in Omaha as a lineman in 1949 and retired from OPPD in 1986. He was an avid golfer and talented woodworker. He and Jeanette enjoyed travel and were able to visit more than 26 countries and 36 states. They were members of Bethany Lutheran Church, Omaha Community Playhouse, and Omaha Symphony for more than 50 years.
Dr. Virginia R. Hash ('49 home ec ed, PhD '75 education), 89, of Middleburg, FL passed away on October 30, 2016. She was born in rural Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Lars Peter and Elizabeth Larson on September 23, 1927. She graduated from Ames High School and went on to Iowa State University where she received her teaching degree in Home Economics. She taught at several rural high schools in Iowa and married William Eugene Hash in December 1953. In 1975 she completed her PhD at Iowa State University and began teaching at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Dr. Hash is preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, her husband, William Eugene Hash and son, Jay B. Hash.
Dr. Hash is survived by her daughter, Dr. Jean Otte of Middleburg, FL; 2 grandsons, Eric Otte of Port Orange, FL and Evan Otte of Orange Park, FL and one very special great-grandson, Ivan William Otte.
While at University of Northern Iowa she attained Emeritus status in 1999 for Educational Psychology and Foundation. During her time at UNI she spent 6 weeks every year teaching in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was a lifetime Lutheran, a member of Crossroad Lutheran Church and was active in many of the women’s ministries. Dr. Hash lived in Iowa most of her life but moved to Florida and became involved in many community events here in the North Florida area. Her affiliations and interests in history were evident in her involvement in three different local historical societies serving as past board member of Orange Park Historical Society and Social Chair as well as Secretary of Clay County Historical Society. Every year during the Clay County Fair you would find her volunteering at the Clay County Fairgrounds, where she established and decorated the Old School House. She volunteered many hours at Doctors Inlet Elementary School as well as other schools throughout Clay County. At Doctors Inlet she held summer science camps, and sponsored the Green Thumb Club. She assisted teachers and maintained the science lab at Doctors Inlet Elementary. She worked with the Clay County Literacy Coalition and served as President for 4 years. She tutored immigrants in English and taught “Becoming a Citizen” classes. She coordinated the Clay County Literacy essay contest.
She was a member of the Orange Park Women’s Club and volunteered for many events there. Dr. Hash was a lifetime member of Sigma Kappa at Iowa State University, initiated in 1948, and member of JAPA (Jacksonville Alumni Panhellenic Association). She was an active member of the PEO sisterhood, a women’s international philanthropic organization promoting educational opportunities. She loved working on the International Peace Scholarship, one of PEO’s service projects. In 2011 she was awarded the Hellenic Jewel Award for most exemplifying the true meaning of Greek Sisterhood and her sustained service to JAPA.
Dr. Hash has received various awards for her service to the community. She was awarded Florida Senate Spirit of Service Award attended by Jeffrey Atwater Senate President and presented by Senator Steve Wise especially for her work with the Literacy Coalition. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Golden Years Gala in the education category. She was awarded Senior Volunteer of the Year for Clay County School District in 2004.
Joy Redmond Kendall ('49 institutional dietetics) passed away on January 12, 2012. Joy was a committed and giving member of First Centenary United Methodist Church being especially active in the women’s groups. She was actively involved in the Girl Scouts. She enjoyed the challenge of golf and was instrumental in developing the 9-Hole women’s group at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. She loved to travel as well as relaxing each year with friends on the Florida beaches and visiting daughters, grandchildren and friends around the world. She was a proud alumna of Iowa State University with a degree in Institutional Dietetics and cherished her Kappa Delta sisterhood.
Vincent Lowenberg (EX '49 general studies) was born in Donnellson, Iowa on September 15, 1926 to Viola (Krehbiel) and Herbert Lowenberg. He had one sister Elaine (Lowenberg) Harper and 83 first cousins…some of them were double first cousins. Vince loved his large family and kept great correspondence throughout the years.
Vince married Tyra Elisabeth (Lisa) Lindahl on August 26, 1961 at Ekero Church on an island in Stockholm’s archipelago. The church was built in 1106, and it stands close to where the King and Queen live today. They were married 52 years and have 3 children Karin, Robert, and Kirsten, and six grandchildren.
Growing up, Lowenberg (Dad) sang in the church choir, was on the high school basketball team, and even played the clarinet in a Dixie Land jazz band. After High School dad went to Iowa State University for two years before signing up to serve his country in the Navy during World War ll. After the war, Dad returned to school, and graduated from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he sang with the Men’s Glee Club (the oldest in the Nation), and 2 months ago, the men from the current Michigan Men’s Glee Club honored him with a private concert on the lawn in front of his home in Lake Oswego. Approximately 20 years ago, dad declined an Honorary Doctorate to teach in the Department of Economics with the University of Michigan. After graduation, Dad moved to Boston and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vince worked as an Economist and Consultant for a number of companies including Stanford Research Institute (SRI), The United Nations, and USAID. Dad travelled the world for SRI, and his longest assignments allowed him to move his family to Sweden for a year, and to Ethiopia for two years. Eventually, the family moved to a small farm in Lake Oswego, Oregon where mom and dad lived for 40 years together. From that home base, Dad accepted a twelve month assignment with the United Nations in Zambia, and an eighteen month assignment with the US State Department in Cairo, Egypt. Dad was also a long time member of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco which allowed him long time friendships in business and life. He deeply enjoyed the “Grove” in the summers…writing and preforming music and plays with the other members. The Redwoods were always one of his favorite places to be.
The farm in Lake Oswego was our dad’s big love. He could spend hours in his amazing garden, pick fruit from the orchard, or tend to the various animals we had on the farm. He spent countless hours teaching his children the value of hard work by example and word, because he knew that hard work builds great character. Our dad loved the adventure of life and had a passion to see the world. In his 87 years he was able to travel to over 137 countries- and the family accompanied him to 41 of them.
Of all of Dad’s accomplishments and adventures, none compared to his love for the Lord. He was very involved in the Gideons International, and would take every opportunity to pass out a Bible. Wherever he was traveling to, he would make sure he filled one briefcase with bibles in the language of the country he was going to be in.…even if it was Communist Russia (in the 1980’s) or Communist China.
Dad was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. We will miss him terribly.
Everett Freeland McDaniel, Jr. ('49 chem engr) passed away on January 19, 2008. As an Iowa native, he was very proud of being an Iowa State grad and wore is IA State Cyclones hat everywhere. Everett spent most of his engineering career in Henderson, NV and Oakland/SF, CA.
Charles Chester Persinger ('49 agronomy), 84, of Onawa passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa, Iowa. Charles Chester was born Jan. 28, 1928 near Grant Center, Iowa, the first son of Harold W. and Kathryn (Bentley) Persinger. The family moved to a farm in Ashton Township near Onawa, and he attended country school through the eighth grade. He graduated from Onawa High School in 1945. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Agronomy. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho (A.G.R.) fraternity. Upon graduation, he returned to Onawa and began farming.
Charles and Phyllis Janet Collison were united in marriage at First United Methodist Church of Onawa on Aug. 27, 1950. To this union one son was born. They farmed near Onawa until his retirement in 1995, but still maintained an active role in the operation. He also worked part-time for the USDA-FSA (formerly A.S.C.S.) from 1970-1995.
Charles had many volunteer interests, Loess Hills Alliance from 1998-present Stewardship Committee member (appointed by Monona County Supervisors); Loess Hills Hospitality Association from 1996–present where he was vice-chair of Board of Directors and also a tour guide; Monona County Fair Board from 1974–1999 (25 years where he served as president from 1982–1999 (17 years) and sheep superintendent from 1968–1982; ISU Extension–4-H volunteer where he was sheep project leader from 1968–1982 and was recipient of 4-H Honorary Member Award in 1990. He was admitted to the Iowa Tractor Pull Association Hall Of Fame and distinguished service to agriculture by Monona County Farm Bureau.
Charles was a member of the Onawa United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the board, treasurer of the board of trustees, choir member, member of various committees, district committees, and delivering meals on wheels. Charles was also a member of ISU alumni association, where he was recipient of 50th Class Reunion medal in 1999, recipient of Alumni Service Key Award in 2000, and a life member; a member of ISU Memorial Union where he was also a life member; member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University, and together he and Phyllis established the Charles C. & Phyllis J. Persinger Scholarship; member of the Onawa Masonic Lodge from 1949–present where he received his 50-year pin in 1999; and Order of Eastern Star from 1950–present where he received his 50-year pin in 2000.
Roger G. Petersen ('49 agronomy, '50 masters) passed away on August 3, 2011. Dr. Petersen was the author of two textbooks, namely: Design and Analysis of Experiments (1985) and Agricultural Field Experiments/ Design and Analysis (1994). He was also a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, Alpha Mu Chapter.
Guy Everett Woodward ('49 ag engineering), 90, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Hospice and Community Care in Mt. Joy, Pa. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Guy graduated from Iowa State before moving to New Holland, Pa., in 1949. He worked for Sperry New Holland as the director of engineering administration until he retired in 1983. Guy was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was transferred by Spterry New Holland to Melbourne, Australia in 1956 to launch their international operation and returned in 1959.
Guy served in the Seventh Army in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, and assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scouts Troup 137, sponsored by Trinity. His other interests included woodworking and travel. He was a dedicated husband and father and was married to the late Mary Laura (Sellers) Woodward for 59 years.
Eugene B. Alexander ('50 ag econ) died Jan. 17, 2016 in Yankton, S.D. Gene was born on June 9, 1925 to Emerson B. and Freda (Winkel) Alexander. Gene enlisted in the Army while still in high school during World War II. After graduation, he served as a combat infantryman with the 34th Infantry Division during the North Apennines Campaign and the Po Valley Campaign in northern Italy. Gene was awarded the Bronze Star medal in 1945. After WWII ended, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred to the 88th Division, where he helped defend the Italian border against Yugoslavian communist forces during the beginning of the Cold War. Gene was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served in the Air Force as a small arms instructor and gunnery instructor for B-29 bomber crews. He remained in the Air Force Reserves after the war, received a discreet commission to Second Lieutenant, and retired at the rank of Major after 26 years of military service.
All of Gene's civilian occupations were related to farming, including manager of the Osceola County Fair. He was a county extension agent with Iowa State University at Primghar, Iowa. His final career was with the Farm Credit System at the Production Credit Association in Yankton. Gene also owned and managed a successful farm management service in Iowa for nearly 50 years.
Gene married Marlys Joy Dorman on June 22, 1958 in Bismarck, N.D. They moved to Yankton in 1989, where they enjoyed watching wildlife and planting trees, native grass, and wildflowers.
Glen Brand ('50 engineering), the first of five Iowa State wrestlers to win an Olympic gold medal, died Saturday in Omaha. He was 85. His gold medal came at 174 pounds in the 1948 Olympics at London. The 1942 Clarion High School graduate served in the Marines before enrolling at Iowa State, where he won an NCAA title at 174 pounds in 1948. He was second at 175 in 1947 and third at heavyweight in 1946.
Brand was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978. He was a 1957 inductee into the Des Moines Sunday Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. A hall of fame wing honoring Iowans at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo is named for Brand. After his competitive days ended, Brand started a hydraulics company in Omaha.
A high school tournament in Clarion was renamed in Glen Brand's honor in 1997, just months before the 50th anniversary of his Olympic triumph.
Gerald W. Cady (’50, gen. sci.) passed away May 20, 2010, at Oceanside, California. He was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. After receiving his degree from Iowa State, he earned a medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Gerald retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy where he served for thirty years as an orthopedic surgeon. Most of his career was spent in San Diego. His wife Jean (’48, household equip.) preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by his wife Margaret and his three sons, Glenn, Gary, and Jim. His wife noted that he was proud to have attended Iowa State.
Robert W. “Bob” Dyas (’50, ’54 landscape architecture) passed away November 10, 2014 at the age of 95 in Ames, Iowa. Bob was born on May 4, 1919 to Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Dyas in Jackson County, Iowa. Bob attended Iowa State where he received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture in 1950 and his Masters in Landscape Architecture in 1954. Bob married Lu Roden.
Bob served in the Army for five years, serving in Europe during World War II. Bob was discharged in 1945. Bob was an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State and retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus.
Donald Paul Ferguson '50 of Madison, Tenn., died May 24, 2014.
Robert B. Hegland (’50 dairy science, ’53 MS) passed away on Dec. 10, 2007 in Chandler, Ariz. Robert was born and raised in Radcliffe, Iowa, and lived all his professional life in the state, serving as a county extension agent through the Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service in Sioux City and later as an area agent in Council Bluffs. After his retirement, he and his wife, Joan, moved to Chandler, Ariz.
Glen Earl Jensen ('50 landscape arch) of Carmel, Indiana, died March 6, 2015 at the age of 91. He was born in Crystal Lake, Iowa, to Nelia and Elmer Jensen, on November 5, 1923. Mr. Jensen was a Navy veteran of World War II. As a carrier-based fighter pilot, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for actions in the Philippine Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He was Chief Landscape Architect for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 1989. In this capacity he was responsible for the planning and design of many of Indiana’s State Parks and Recreation Areas. He was an active member of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his wife Marian. He is survived by their three children: Cynthia Brock, Goleta CA; Lizabeth Jenson, Gillette WY; and Chris Jensen, Indianapolis. He has five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Joan McCormack Ekberg ('50 home ec.), passed away on 7/27/10. She was born in Marshalltown, IA. to John and Dorothy (Balch) McCormack. She was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, MO. and Iowa State University majoring in home economics and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Following graduation she moved to Minneapolis, MN. where she was employed by Dayton’s Department Store as a bridal consultant. After marrying, Joan created beautiful homes when they lived in Schenectady, NY, Minneapolis, MN, Bad Homburg, Germany and Edina, MN. She was a member of The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis where she held various positions, American Association of University Women, The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Beverly Historical Society, DAR, Minnesota Garden Club, Colonial Congregational Church of Edina, The Summit Avenue Society, P.E.O., Interlachen Country Club of Edina, and local bridge and investment clubs. She became a licensed interior designer and worked in the field later in life.
Joan will be greatly missed by daughters; Karen E. Carhart, Elizabeth E. (John) Coulter, grandchildren; Amory, Rachael and Hannah, sister; Sally (Bob) Becker, nephews; Dan and John.
Paul Edward Gannon (’50 chem tech), 92, of Bloomington, Ill., passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at VA Illiana Healthcare Systems, Danville. Paul was born July 10, 1923, in Valley Junction, Iowa, the son of John Francis Gannon and Mary Theresa McKeever. He married Mettie York on Sept. 18, 1954, in Des Moines, Iowa. She survives.
Paul will be greatly missed by his wife, Mettie; sons, Paul Douglas (Lynn) and David (Denise); brother, John Francis Jr.; grandchildren, Jillian, Christie, Jonathan, Emily and Cody; and great-grandchildren, Caiden and Aryana.
Paul proudly served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot during World War II and received an air medal with a Gold Star. He was employed as a chemist for Bridgestone Firestone.
Thomas Robert Holm ('50 dairy science) 82, of Leawood, Kan., formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa, died Sept. 15, 2008, in Overland Park, Kan. He was a 1950 graduate of Iowa State University where he was a Pi Kappa Phi and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Dairy Husbandry. Tom had worked as a life insurance agent for Century Companies of America in Waverly for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1988. He received his Chartered Life Underwriter degree in 1977.
He was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshalltown.
Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia Holm, of the home; a son, Scott (Deb) Holm of Marshalltown; a daughter, Sheryl (Steve) Steinhilber of Leawood, Kan.; a granddaughter, Kristen Holm of Marshalltown; two grandsons, Adam and Jack Steinhilber, both of Leawood, Kan.; his sister, Marvel Enburg of Wheaton, Ill.; a brother, Frank Holm of Norwalk; and his sister-in-law, Eltha Holm of Marshalltown.
Norma Jensen ('50 home ec ed) 89, beloved wife and mother passed away peacefully on April 29, 2014, surrounded by family at Kindred Hospital, St. Petersburg FL. Norma was born in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, on April 10, 1925, and a lifetime Lutheran. She was married to Harlan P. Jensen for 62 years and 10 months. They had four children: Linda Helm, Jeffrey Jensen (deceased), Sheri Jensen and Jay Jensen, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Norma and Harlan lived in Waterloo IA, from 1951 until moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 2002. Norma was full of life, smiles and always thinking of others. She graduated from Iowa State University, with a B.S. in Home Economics. She touched the lives of so many. She was a teacher by profession while also participating in League of Women Voters and supported Title 9. She assisted families in home management and the Head Start program as well as leading both Brownies and Girl Scouts troops. She along with Harlan parented several foster children.
There were many things that Norma enjoyed such as sewing, camping as well as having an appreciation of the arts. She continued to correspond with long time dear college friends. Norma made a difference in this world.
Neil E. Johns ('50 animal science) passed away on September 5, 2012. While at Iowa State, Johns was the president of the "Block and Bridle Club and was on the meat judging team. He was a veteran of WWII.
Richard D. McConnell (’50 arch engr) passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Estes Park Care Center surrounded by his family. Dick was born on January 30, 1922 to Reverend Raymond A. McConnell and Anna Bell (Lee) McConnell in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn’s famed Poly Prep Country Day School until the family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1936. His parents credit that school for their children’s educational bearing. The McConnell family spent most summers at a family compound in South Hero, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Richard graduated from Lincoln High School and entered the University of Nebraska at the age of 16. During his senior year of college, while studying for a degree in Architectural Engineering, the Boeing Corporation came to the campus and recruited him to work for them at their Kansas facility. It was a war time effort and Dick left school and went to Wichita as an aeronautical engineer.
On February 8, 1942, just before leaving for Boeing, Dick married Dorothy Wear at the First Plymouth Congregational Church with his father directing the ceremony. While they lived and worked in Wichita the McConnell’s were blessed with two daughters, Anne and Tara.
Following the war the family returned to Lincoln to complete his architectural degree. He joined the faculty at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he taught and received a Masters Degree in Architectural Engineering. He was on the ISU faculty for 11 years.
In 1958 Dick left academia and founded a private practice firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For the next 33 years his firm designed many public buildings in Cedar Rapids and homes throughout the State of Iowa. Richard and the firm received many state and national awards for their leading designs. On the Iowa State University campus a major building, the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium received the “Building of the Century” Award.
Dick was active in Kiwanis for over 40 years and was a past president of the Cedar Rapids Kiwanis and a member of the Estes Park and Green Valley, Arizona Clubs. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon social fraternity at the University of Nebraska and a member of the Tau Sigma Delta engineering honorary fraternity at NU.
In the early 1950’s Dick built a summer cabin south of Estes Park, Colorado, near the Meeker Lodge. The family spent many wonderful summers there. They returned to Estes Park when Dick retired and have lived there and in Green Valley, Arizona ever since. Dick and Dot loved the mountains and have hiked many of the Rocky Mountain National Park trails together. This past February they celebrated their 71st Anniversary together.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William and Raymond and his sister Alice. One brother, Edward of Williamsburg, Virginia survives.
Dick is survived by his wife Dorothy of Estes Park; daughters Anne (Richard) Farr of Loveland, Colorado and Tara McConnell of Des Moines, Iowa. His is also survived by his four grandchildren: R.D. (Lesley) Farr of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Kristen (William) Chandler of Wichita, Kansas; Daniel Aukes of Stanford, California; and Alison (Nick) Torgerson of Erie, Pennsylvania. He is further survived by five great grandchildren: Emma and Audrey Farr, and Walker, Ethan and Cole Chandler. His family and his close friends will miss his good sense of humor.
Samuel R. McConoughey ('50 elec engr) died peacefully of natural causes on May 12, 2013 with family at his side. He was a professional engineer and played an important role in the development of the mobile phone industry. Mr. McConoughey was born in Melvin, Iowa in 1924, and graduated from Grant High in 1941. He served in the Navy as an Aviation Radioman Second Class during World War II. After the war, he returned home to Ames, Iowa where he attended Iowa State, and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1950. Meanwhile, he continued to serve in the Iowa National Guard and the Army Signal Corps. Mr. McConoughey worked with the Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline, Prodelin, PAGE Communications, General Electric, and Ling Temco Vought. In 1971, Mr. McConoughey joined the Federal Communications Commission, becoming Chief of the Mobile Services division. In this position, he helped to write the rules and regulations that are the legal and technical foundation for the mobile phone industry. He received the prestigious Avant-Garde citation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1980 for his pioneering leadership and contributions to the field of vehicular communications. He served as President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society from 1983-1985. In 1988, he was elected a Fellow in the IEEE for his extraordinary record of accomplishment in the field of mobile communications. On retiring from the FCC, in 1988, he became a technical consultant for Panasonic, until 2002. Sam is survived: by Helen (James), his wife of 64 years; by Roberta (Jones), his ex-wife; by two daughters; Diana Decatur of Colorado, and Kathy Cutler of Maryland; by five sons; Paul, Mark and Kenneth of Maryland, Bruce of Texas, and Richard of North Carolina; and by 10 grandchildren; Travis and Kye Anderson, Rachel Huell, Zachary & Thomas Cutler, Jason, Carrie, Scott, Ashley and Kent McConoughey, and two great-grandchildren.
Robert (Bob) Burdette Meyer ('50 electrical engr) passed away on May 11, 1012. During college Bob completed the Navy ROTC program and entered the US Naval Reserve as an officer. Bob served aboard the destroyer USS John W. Thomason during the Korean War. After his discharge from active duty, he worked for the Sylvania Company in Dallas where he met Nancy Lee Smyth of Eddy, OK, whom he married in 1960. Following several moves and job changes, the Meyer family settled in the North Texas area. Upon his retirement from the North American Philips Company in 1993, Bob and wife Nancy moved to Kimberling City, MO. They returned to North Texas in 2010 to be closer to family.
Bob’s passions in his life were woodworking, gardening (roses), model trains, and music. He learned to play the ukulele. He was always the handyman, repairing the family car, fixing home appliances, and working on the house. For many years he would return to Iowa City to watch his beloved Iowa State Cyclones defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes in their annual football matchup.
Shirley (Mayer) Moore (’50 home ec ed) passed away May 17, 2007. Shirley was the wife of Tillman M. Moore, M.D., mother to four children, and grandmother of three. Shirley and her husband moved from southern California to Bellingham, Wash., to be near family when life started changing for her due to an early onset Alzheimer’s-like dementia. While earning her bachelor’s degree at ISU, she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma.
John Robb (’50 business) passed away on March 17, 2014 at the age of 88 in Robbinsdale, Minn. John was a proud veteran of the US Navy, he served in World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1950 with a degree in business which led him to be a stockbroker for 35 years. He was the husband to Joy Robb for 52 years. They have five kids; Glen, Susan Robb, Holly McCoy, Heather (Tim) McCollor and Bruce (Jenny).
George Hardwick Simpson (’50 electrical engineering) passed away on March 27, 2015 at the age of 88 in Houston, Texas. George was born on August 15, 1926. George graduated from Iowa State in 1950 with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. George had three children, Stephen, Kevin, and Cynthia, and three grandchildren, RJ, Courtney, and Meghan.
George was drafted into the Navy and served from 1944 to 1946 as an Aviation Electronic Technician. George moved to Houston and began working at Graybar in 1952. George retired in 2010 from Oberlender & Associates. In 2012, George was inducted as a Life Member of the Houston Sail & Power Squadron.
Robert G. Weber ('50 indus ed, MS '52 vocational ed), 87, of Deerfield, passed away December 27, 2012. He was a B24 Flight Engineer in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Robert was a lifelong educator, becoming Associate Superintendent of High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Assistant Superintendent of District 107 in Highland Park and Past President of IASBO. He was a longtime Scout Master for BSA Troop 52. Robert was also a member of the Deerfield American Legion, Optimist Club in Deerfield and an Elder at the Presbyterian Church of Deerfield. Beloved husband of Virginia; loving father of Vicki Weber (Bob) Iliff and James J. (Julie) Weber; cherished grandfather of Megan (Adam) Smallwood and Alexander Weber; adored great-grandfather of Carson Smallwood; and dear brother of Victor Weber.
Ramon W. Wilder ('50 mech engr) died Sept. 4, 2010. He graduated from Iowa State College and served in the army before going to work as a mechanical engineer. He was one of the Incredibles who designed the first 747.
Norman E. Johnson ('51 animal science) died Dec. 20, 2014. His daughter writes: "Dad loved ISU. As a dairy cow and hog farmer, it was not possible for us to be away from the livestock for long periods of time. Instead of taking multi-day family vacations, we packed into our Ford station wagon and came to the Iowa State campus for a day. We five kids loved going up the worn steps of Curtiss Hall, and seeing the lecture room where Dad had sat taking notes as a student. We looked in awe at the Grant Wood murals on the original library walls, thought the "newspaper room" was pretty cool (even our hometown newspaper was there!), and envisioned our dad studying as a student when he showed us the library tiers.
Our dad told us how one of his jobs at ISU was to use a tractor and mower to keep the grass neat and trim where Jack Trice Stadium, C.Y. Stephens and the other buildings of the Iowa State Center now stand. He also worked in the Memorial Union, manually resetting the pins in the bowling alley, and occasionally dodging bowling balls sent down the lanes too early by impatient patrons.
James J. Melas (’51 mech engr) of Escondido, Calif., died March 20, 2008 at the age of 80. A native of Chicago, Jim worked for several large companies in the area after graduating from Iowa State. He relocated to Alhambra, Calif., following his marriage to Frances Long in 1957. He retired as president and CEO of Arcadia Valve and Fitting Company in Arcadia, Calif., a company he founded. James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Christina Melas, and his brother, Daniel Melas. He is survived by his brother, Nicholas J. Melas. Those wishing to commemorate Jim’s memory may contribute to Child Help, 15757 N. 78th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
James Roger Miller ('51 civil engr) passed away from an extended illness in his home on February 23.
James Reuben Miller ('51 arch engr) 88, passed away in Carmel Valley, California on Dec. 5, 2016, just ten days shy of his 89th birthday. Jim was born December 15, 1927 to Reuben and Evelyn Weigand Miller of Waterloo, Iowa. He enrolled at Iowa State University in the last year of World War II, and was drafted into the Army at that time. Jim served in Japan as a radiology technician during the occupation. Upon returning to Iowa State 13 months later, he was elected student body president and graduated with a degree in architectural engineering in 1951. He subsequently went on to Harvard Business School, graduating with an M.B.A. in 1953. Jim met and married his wife, Joanne White of Barrington, RI in 1958. Jim spent 28 years as a construction engineer and project manager for Kaiser Engineers of Oakland, CA. Across his career with Kaiser, Jim traveled the world and helped manage some of the largest construction projects of the era, including the famous Guri Dam in Venezuela; an innovative iron ore plant in northern Canada and a gas fired steel mill in Iran. He later joined United Technologies of Hartford, CT, as VP of Pratt and Whitney, and served as President & CEO of International Support Systems, a then wholly owned subsidiary of UTC. This position ended a peripatetic life, after which he and Joanne settled in Avon, CT for 31 years, before moving to Alto, NM in 2014. Jim put a career of architectural and engineering skills to use in designing and building their house in New Mexico, where he and Joanne vacationed every year enjoying the wild beauty of the Sierra Blanca mountains. A loving and dedicated father, he passed along his joy for adventure and the outdoors to his children. Jim's many achievements include earning the Eagle Scout designation, competitive wrestling and running track. In addition to being a lifelong runner, he enjoyed skiing, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada, where he first met wife Joanne. In addition to traveling the world together, Jim and Joanne's passions included many seasons attending the New York Philharmonic Symphony and Metropolitan Opera. Jim’s favorite charity was the Salvation Army, while he was also a benefactor to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Iowa State, where he served as chapter president as a student. Jim had a knack for storytelling, was always quick with a smile and was a most generous and compassionate human being, he will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joanne White Miller, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and sister Jean Kolp, of Laramie, WY.
Lester L. Newkirk (’51 PhD physics) passed away on Aug. 23, 2007 from pneumonia. He was 87. Les was born and grew up in Kansas City, Kan. He attended Kansas State College, where he received a BS in civil engineering in 1943. After graduation he worked as a draftsman at the North American B-25 bomber assembly plant in Kansas City. Later he joined the Navy as an engineering officer with the rank of Engsin. In 1951 Les furthered his education by receiving a PhD at Iowa State University. In 1954 he participated in Operation Castle and witnessed the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb. Les also worked at Lockheed Space and Missile Lab in Palo Alto, Calif., primarily analyzing satellite radiation belt measurements. He retired in 1984 and was a resident of Los Altos, Calif., since 1961. Les is survived by three loving sons and daughters-in-law: Steve and Virginia Newkirk of Ojai, Calif., Scott and Susan Newkirk of Beacon, N.Y., and Dave and Sue Newkirk, with grandson Drake, of Morgan Hill, Calif. Les wished to be cremated and buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cupertino, Calif., with his loving wife of 60 years, Retta, who preceded him in death.
James Dean Welterlen ('51 ceramic engr) passed away Aug. 2010.
Marvin Fulk (’52 animal husbandry) passed away on January 25, 2014 at the age of 87 in Clarinda, Iowa. Marvin was born on August 15, 1926, near Shambaugh. He was the son of Ed and Jennie (Duncan) Fulk. Marvin graduated from Iowa State University in 1952 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He was the husband to Phyllis (Dunn) Fulk and the father to Marva Lewis, Diana Rutledge, Jed Fulk, Dan Fulk and Robert Rulk; along with many grandchildren. Marvin served our country in the United States Army during World War II occupation of Korea, 1949-1947.
William R. Galloway ('52 indus admin), 87, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Bill was a person with a magnetic personality and exuberance for life. He was a risk-taker who thrived on challenges.
Bill was an internationally-known business executive with more than 52 years of experience in the chemical and allied industries on four continents. His career was unique in terms of his involvement in a wide variety of businesses and technologies.
He was born in Waterloo, Iowa and following high school graduation, joined the U.S. Navy. He volunteered for submarine service and served in the Pacific submarine fleet.
He is an honors graduate of Iowa State University and was awarded membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the prestigious national honors society.
Following graduation he joined the DuPont Company where he worked in various capacities in Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, and General Management in seven different departments. During his career he spent a number of years commercializing new products and technologies.
After a series of U.S. assignments he was transferred to Germany as Works Director of a new manufacturing facility producing Nylon and Dacron products. He built fluency in the language and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Chemical Industry Association and to the Board of a state-wide employers' association. At that time he was the only foreign national ever elected to such positions.
In 1973 Galloway returned to the U.S. as Production Manager of the Dacron Division and in 1974 was named Director of Environmental Affairs as the chemical industry organized to deal more effectively with issues of chemicals and health. Galloway joined representatives from five other companies and founded the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT). He served years on CIIT's first Board of Directors. For over 30 years, CIIT and its successor have been leaders in developing better scientific understanding of how environmental chemicals impact human health.
In the early 1970s he met in Germany with Iranian business executives to begin discussions to determine if a man-made textile fibers industry could be built in Iran. One of the several advantages of such a venture was that it would allow Iran to upgrade its most important natural resource, crude oil, to more valuable products. A new company was formed and in 1976 Galloway moved to Iran as Managing Director of the Polyacryl Iran Corp.
Major manufacturing facilities were built and a large number of Iranians with a variety of backgrounds were sent to European and U.S. facilities for training. Markets were developed and two of the three plants were started. However, the chaos of the 1979 Iranian Revolution shut down the nation's infrastructure. The last DuPont employee to leave Iran, Galloway left the day before the Shah fled the country.
Galloway returned to the U.S. to become DuPont's Director of Public Affairs and later Vice President of its industrial chemicals businesses. He took early retirement from DuPont in 1985 to become Chief Executive of a joint venture in the United Kingdom.
In late 1986 he returned to the U.S. to build a business in specialty chemicals and materials, pharmaceuticals and environmental remediation. The company was first in the world to introduce products to remove chlorofluorocarbons from the atmosphere. In addition, a novel petroleum technology was developed for the more efficient production, fuel conversion and combustion of heavy hydrocarbons.
In 1991 he received Iowa State University's College of Business Citation for outstanding achievements beyond the university, and in 1992 he received the university's Distinguished Achievement Citation for preeminent contributions to education, industry and public service. It is the highest honor bestowed by the university.
He had a reputation as an astute negotiator and negotiated agreements at the highest levels of government in the U.S., Germany, Iran, Venezuela, United Kingdom and Ireland. A frequent spokesman for business and chemical industry groups, he appeared on national television in four nations. He also served as chairman of several trade associations.
He was a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Managing Partner of Galloway-Ippen Farms, an agricultural enterprise.
Galloway was a Life Member of the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II and of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc., an organization formed to include the post-World War II period.
He was a long-time high altitude mountain climber and a member of the Swiss Alpine Club and the American Alpine Club. In 2004 he was awarded a gold medal for scaling 100 of the 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps.
He served several years as Chairman of the Board of the Peninsula Girl Scout Council at a time when Girl Scouts had difficulty recruiting male leadership.
The family is much-traveled. His wife of 65 years, Gloria Olson Galloway, is a life-long journalist. Their daughter, Cheryl Tanriverdi (Ata), was educated in the U.S. and Germany, and her professional career has been in the U.S., Germany and Turkey, where she resides. Their son, Dr. William Galloway, studied in the U.S., Germany and Thailand and has broad experience in Southeast Asia. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
John Morgan Guernsey ('52 civil engr) passed away on July 24, 2013. John was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Raised in suburban Pittsburgh, John's passion was baseball, where he captained his high school team. He also captained his college baseball team, Iowa State, where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. John was an enthusiastic member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and has kept friendships with many of his college fraternity brothers throughout the years. Following graduation, John married Jean Swanson in Omaha, Nebraska and was commissioned as Ensign in the Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), U.S. Navy. John served 2 years in Hawaii and 1 year in San Francisco. A business career followed in Pittsburgh, with 11 years at American Bridge Division, U.S. Steel, where John was involved with such large projects as building the Mackinac bridge when he was in Detroit, Mich. for 4 years (after having lived in Orange, Texas for 2 years). John then joined Swindell-Dressler Division of Pullman, Inc. as V.P. Sales for 15 years negotiating large engineering and construction projects throughout the United States and Mexico, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Following these years in the engineering and construction business, John served for 23 additional years in Christian ministries, first as President of Youth Guidance, Inc., a western Pennsylvania ministry to troubled youth; 15 years as Executive Director, Development, with World Vision, one of the largest Christian organizations, raising funds for the world's poor; and 3 years with Food for the Poor in a similar capacity. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Swanson Guernsey. John is survived by his son, Jim (Donna) of Twinsburg, Ohio, and son, Jeff (Brenda) of Jamestown, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie), Bryan, Ashley (Jason), Jessica, and Collin; great-grandson, Logan; brother, Daniel B. Guernsey, of Naples, Florida; and sister, Carol Ware of Irving, Texas.
Jay K. Kochi (PhD '52) Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston, died at his home in Houston on Aug. 9, after a brief illness.
Born in Los Angeles, Kochi earned a B.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1949 and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1952. He then accepted an instructorship at Harvard University and a National Institutes of Health Special Fellowship at Cambridge University before going to work for Shell Development in Emeryville, Calif.
In 1962, Kochi accepted a position at what was then Case University, where he became full professor in 1966. He moved to Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1969 and was named its Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry in 1974. Kochi joined the University of Houston in 1984 as the Robert A. Welch Professor, maintaining an active
research lab there until his death.
In his research, Kochi focused primarily on the organic reactions catalyzed by metal complexes, on
electrochemistry, and on the photochemistry of organometallic compounds.
Kochi was author or coauthor of more than 570 scientific articles and authored the book “Organometallic Mechanisms and Catalysis: The Role of Reactive Intermediates in Organic Processes.” During his career, Kochi served on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals (including Accounts of Chemical Research, Inorganic Chemistry, and
He won awards for his work, including the Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award and ACS’s Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award and James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry. In 1982, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
He was an emeritus member of ACS, joining in 1949.
John W. Sheldon
('52 civil engr) passed away January 29, 2011. A 50-year resident of
Edmonds, WA John loved his family and friends and was a witness to all
in his faith in Christ. John was a long-time member of Esperance Baptist
Church, a US Army Veteran of WWII and a graduate of Iowa State
University with a degree in civil engineering.
Robert Snodgrass ('52 aerospace engr) passed away on March 22, 2012. He worked for Lane Western Well Co. and dug three wells for the city of Oskaloosa. He also worked for Hudson Pulp and Paper, making bags in Palatka. In April of 1949 he began attending Iowa State University. He earned a BS Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1952. He earned his Private Pilot License while in Ames. He worked for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, working on the early wind tunnel work on the F4 Aircraft. He worked at Lockheed Georgia doing Aerodynamics and Performance on the C-130 and C5 Aircrafts. He worked for North American Aircraft in Downey, CA on the NASA Mercury and Apollo Programs. He worked for the General Electric Co. in Cincinnati, OH helping develop the fan-jet engine.
In May of 1967 he moved to Kettering, OH and went to work for the U.S. Air Force as an Aerodynamics Specialist, where he did source selection and monitored programs including Gunship, A-10, C5, B70, B1, B2, F-12, F15, F16, F17, Stealth, Advanced Technology Programs, AF1 and advanced computer programs for drag prediction. He retired September 30, 1988 as Project Engineer for E-3 Joint Stars.
He was a member of the American Rocket Society, IAS and AIAA. He was active in YMCA Indian Guide Programs, genealogy, Elks, American Legion and VFW.
Dale Tangeman ('52 aero engr) died March 18, 2014. He was 86. Dale grew up in
tiny Matlock, Iowa. Two of his passions began young: By age 14, he was
driving friends to school in nearby Sheldon. Soon after, he was flying a
Piper Cub. After serving in the US Navy, Dale graduated from the new
Aeronautical Engineering program at Iowa State College. He then moved to
Seattle with his greatest passion -- Norma, his wife. Dale began his
long career at Boeing in B-52 Flight Test, eventually contributing to
almost every commercial model, including the SST. He also worked on the
Viking Mars Lander program at Martin Marietta in Denver. Dale finished
his career at Boeing, in Patent Engineering. Whether building furniture,
cars or RC model planes from scratch; refurbishing old cars, boats or
riding mowers; or getting gear ready for an RV or fishing trip, Dale was
at home in his garage. Still, he found much joy with Norma, raising
three children, socializing with dear friends, and -- best of all --
going for long drives.
He is survived and missed by his son,
Dale, Jr., of Issaquah (Karen Chikuami); his daughters, Patti Linscott,
of Des Moines (Bill) and Nanci, of Portland (Chris Blumenthal); his
grandchildren, Emily Watrous of Lynnwood (Jake) and Lukas Augenstein of
Portland (Jenelle Isaacson); and great grandson, Alexander Watrous. His
beloved Norma passed away in 2011. Memorial scheduled for March 27, 2
pm, at Normandy Park Congregational UCC. Donations in lieu of flowers
can be made in his name to Highline Schools Foundation to benefit the
Aviation High School.
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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=dale-d-tangeman&pid=170338421#sthash.EpRTm6F2.dpufHe was 86. Dale grew up in tiny Matlock, Iowa. Two of his passions began young: By age 14, he was driving friends to school in nearby Sheldon. Soon after, he was flying a Piper Cub. After serving in the US Navy, Dale graduated from the new Aeronautical Engineering program at Iowa State College. He then moved to Seattle with his greatest passion -- Norma, his wife. Dale began his long career at Boeing in B-52 Flight Test, eventually contributing to almost every commercial model, including the SST. He also worked on the Viking Mars Lander program at Martin Marietta in Denver. Dale finished his career at Boeing, in Patent Engineering. Whether building furniture, cars or RC model planes from scratch; refurbishing old cars, boats or riding mowers; or getting gear ready for an RV or fishing trip, Dale was at home in his garage. Still, he found much joy with Norma, raising three children, socializing with dear friends, and -- best of all -- going for long drives.
Barbara B. Thomson ('52 household equipment), 84, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2015 at Marquette Manor in Indianapolis. She was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on June 30, 1930 to David and Anita Beck.
Barbara is survived by her two children Margaret (Peg) (husband Peter) Murphy and David (wife DJ) Thomson. The light of her life were her six grandchildren Christopher Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Katelyn Thomson, Andrew (Carolyn) Murphy, Kelly Thomson, and Krista Thomson and her great-granddaughter Marleigh Murphy. She was involved in their lives and attended all of their high school graduations traveling to Indiana and Alaska many times to celebrate their achievements.
Barbara moved to Indianapolis in 2009 after living in Bethesda, Maryland since 1964. The Bannockburn community was special to her for the many friendships she developed. Her talents were put to work through her sewing business, working in the libraries of the Montgomery County School System, and editing the local community newsletter. She was a die-hard Redskins fan, often choosing to listen to the local radio announcers rather than the TV crew as she watched the game. She followed ACC basketball, especially Duke. Although she tried to understand what a “Hoosier” was, she rooted for Duke in the 2015 finals. Barbara was a graduate of Iowa State University and a member of the Chi Omega. After graduating ISU, she spent several years in the 50’s at the Betty Crocker test kitchens in Minneapolis. She passed along a love of good food, good manners, and a sprig of parsley on most every main dish.
Barbara, along with former husband Eugene, spent the late 50’s and early 60’s on the Indian subcontinent, first living in India, then Burma and finally Sri Lanka. She enjoyed the Foreign Service life and her memories of those days remained vivid in her stories heard by grandchildren. Her apartment was appointed with many special art pieces collected from that part of the world.
Harry Meinert ('53 ag engr) of Largo, Fla., died June 7, 2016. He was 89 years old. Harry worked as a product design engineer for John Deere for 31 years.
William Albert Snyder (MS '53 physics),age 88, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on April 9, 2014 following a lengthy illness. Born December 28, 1925 in Halifax, PA, he was the son of the late Isabelle and Joseph A. Snyder. Bill was a WWII veteran having enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and serving as an electronics specialist on the USS Grainger. Following his discharge from the Navy, Bill completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College, and his Masters degree in Physics from Iowa State University. Bill joined Sandia National Laboratories as a nuclear physicist in 1954 and at the time of his retirement in 1991, he was Director of Exploratory Nuclear Energy Systems.
In his spare time, Bill was a Master gardener, draftsman, skilled woodworker, and co-builder of an experimental airplane. He loved to design and see his ideas on paper become reality. He loved to read and could often be found in his favorite chair reading books on history or science. He enjoyed the challenge of learning new things; taking up the study of Biology at age 75. Bill was also an avid and expert skier, skiing until age 81, the slopes of the New Mexico and Colorado mountains. He often joked with his daughters how he no longer had to pay for lift tickets, a great age benefit!
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ferne L. Snyder and his sister, Marie Rowe. He is survived by his three daughters, Schelley J. (Snyder) Carlton and husband Larry of Albuquerque, NM, Melanie A. (Snyder) McDonald and husband Denis and their children, Liam and Lauren of Edmonds, WA and Shannon L. (Snyder) Olfers and husband Steven and their children, Erin Grace, Zachary and Callum of Laveen, AZ; and nieces Teresa and Lisa Rowe of Pennsylvania. Bill was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Raymond W. Tabeling (MS '53 chemistry, PhD '55) passed away at home on August 4th in Glen Mills, Pa. Ray was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Joseph Jenry and Helen Stubbers Tabeling. He and Marjorie Bothe were married in Franklin, Ohio in 1952. He was a graduate from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a BS in Chemistry and Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. After working for Jarrell Ash Company in Waltham, MA (now part of Thermo Fisher), he joined the Dupont Company in Wilmington, DE in 1963. As Engineering Manager, he led the team that launched the Automated Clinical Analyzer (ACA) and later held a series of management positions in technical, marketing and business development with the BioMedical Products Department. In 1986, he acquired a Dupont business starting Delaware Diamond Knives with his wife and two sons which he led until 1996.
Ray and Marj moved to Wickenburg, AZ and built their dreamhouse in that little western town. While there, Ray volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. While never proficient at riding, he could none the less start and stop a horse. They played golf and made many friends at the Los Caballeros Golf Club. His primary pastime was fine furniture-making and many of his creations are still in use at the Golf Club and in his wife and children's homes.
Robert Truax ('53 engr) passed away on Sept. 17, 2010. Mr. Truax was regarded as one of the premier rocket scientists of the 20th century.
Dr. James K. Winfrey ('53 psych) died on February 4, 2009. Jim is officially recognized as one of the most traveled people in the world, reaching a peak ranking in the top ten and having traveled to 255 different countries.
Wayne C. Kempter ('54 mech engr) passed away Oct. 8, 2011. After graduating from ISU with a degree in mechanical engineering, Wayne served two years in the US Army and earned a degree in electrical engineering while stationed in Aberdeen, Maryland. He moved to Dallas in 1957 with his wife and first son for a career at Collins Radio. Wayne coached his sons many YMCA sports teams and for over a decade continued to coach football for the Richardson Optimist Club and Pop Warner Football League. For many hears he was "Coach Kempter," a teacher and a motivator, inspiring athletes to perform at their highest level and excel in their endeavors. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Social Fraternity, Gammi Pi Chapter, Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engr. Society.
Marshall O. “Doc” Pitcher (’54 DVM) passed away February 4, 2015 at the age of 89 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Marshall was born on December 25, 1925 to Austin and Lucille Pitcher. Marshall graduated in 1954 from Iowa State with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Marshall married Else Nielsen on July 23, 1955. Together, they had four children, Paul, Anne, Alan, and Miriam, and eight grandchildren, Marshall, Perry, Charlie, Austin, Amelia, Arin, Lydia, and Helen.
Marshall served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946 where he served in the Philippines. Marshall practiced veterinary medicine in Maquoketa, Iowa, for 30 years. In 1987, he began working as a veterinary inspector for the USDA, retiring in 2000. Marshall loves his coffee buddies, traveling – whether to faraway places or the familiar gravel roads of Jackson County – the farmers and their stories, and anything for a laugh.
Donald Arthur Siekmeier ('54 elec engr), age 80, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on March 8, 2014 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor surrounded by his family. Don was born on a farm near Forest City, Iowa on August 10, 1933 the son of Arthur B. Siekmeier and Dorthea N. (Nolting) Siekmeier. Don played in the high school band, where he gained a fondness for band music, in particular marches, which lasted his entire life. After high school he attended Iowa State University where he received a degree in Electrical Engineering and also took part in the Air Force R.O.T.C. program. Don stayed closely connected to his alma mater his entire life. Following this, he served in the U.S. Air Force, with assignments as a field engineer in the U.S., Canada and Europe. In 1958 Don came to Ann Arbor to work at the Willow Run Laboratories of the University of Michigan; he also did graduate work at the University of Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, Don met Jessie Elaine Forshee at the First United Methodist Church and they were married there on September 3, 1960. Later he worked at Chrysler Introl Division where he was Supervisor of the Plant Engineering Department. After Chrysler was relocated from Ann Arbor, Don worked at G.T Products which later became Eaton, Inc., and retired in 2004. He subsequently did independent consulting work for NuStep Inc. and other local companies. In the course of his career, Don gained a reputation as a hard worker, and one who was respected by management, peers, and employees alike. Don was an engineer to the core, on and off the job, and always had multiple technical projects underway at home. For example, years before it became a commercial reality he worked on making a hybrid electric car. Some of his other accomplishments were making a control computer for an environmental house, building a recumbent bicycle from scratch, and constructing a methane gas generator. His many projects and dreams were tragically cut short by Alzheimer's disease in 2009. He had been an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Boy Scouts, Ann Arbor Ham Radio Club, and the former Science Research Club of the University of Michigan. Don was well-liked and a friend to everyone he met. He was a wonderful family man, loving husband, and the best dad ever. His many nieces and nephews remember him as one who took a sincere interest in their activities, and always had time to listen. Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jessie Forshee Siekmeier of Ann Arbor, his two sons James F. Siekmeier PhD (Catherine Tall) of Morgantown, W.V. and Peter J. Siekmeier M.D. (Maria Stalford) of Cambridge, MA., one grandchild Claire E. Siekmeier of Morgantown, W.V., brothers Dr. Allan E. (Arlette) Siekmeier of Woodbury, MN and David A. (Carol) Siekmeier of Georgetown, TX, sister Diane A. (Richard) Johnson of Stillwater, MN, sister-in-law Virginia A. Forshee of Ann Arbor, brother-in-law James H. Forshee of Ann Arbor and several cousins. Don was preceded in death by sister-in-law Dorothy J. (Verne H.) Scott of Boulder, CO on November 12, 2013. Following Don's wishes his brain has been donated to the Michigan Brain Bank-Brain Autopsy Program and his body to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program.
Gordon Walter Duncan (MS '55 animal sci, PhD '60) died at Emerald Heights in Redmond, Wash., in 2016 after a fall and illness of several months. Gordon graduated from Cornell University before attending ISU.
He began his career as a research scientist in 1961 at The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan in Reproductive Research. Moved to Seattle to the Battelle Memorial Institute in the Population Study Center. He was co-founder of PATH, the Executive Director, and later a Member of the Board of Directors. Gordon’s career was dedicated to maternal and child health especially in lessor developed countries. Gordon returned to The Upjohn Company as Vice-President of Research, retiring in 1991.
Gordon’s career was dedicated to drug and device discovery, development, and approval both in the US and overseas. He worked with US based global pharmaceutical and several biotech companies and with international non-profit research and development institutions. He discovered and developed medically unique drugs and devices as well as a number of products now used commercially.
Bob Estle ('55 mech engr), 83, of Richardson, Texas died of prostate cancer on Aug. 4, 2016. Born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Lambert and Ruby Estle, Bob spent most of his life in Richardson. Bob was a passionate, caring, and generous man who enjoyed family, sports, church, travel, volunteering, and outdoors activities. His career was in semiconductor sales working for Texas Instruments. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, traveling, volunteering, handball, playing cards, and watching sports.
Wayne Allan Geyer ('55 forestry), 82, died July 7, 2016 at his home in Manhattan, Kan. He was born on November 24, 1933 in Forest Park, Illinois. Wayne graduated from Proviso High School in 1951. He went on to get degrees at Iowa State University, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota. He met his future wife of 51 years, Patti Geyer, at a dance and they were married on August 20, 1960 in Forest Park, Ill. This union was blessed with three children: Laura, Keith and Kevin.
Wayne was a member of the congregation of the First Assembly of God Church, and also was a member of the First Lutheran Church from 1966 until 1993. He loved his wife, his sons, his grandchildren, fishing, spending time outdoors, and Kansas State University.
Growing up in Chicago, he spent his days cutting the grass in a local cemetery and fishing with his grandfather. “When I graduated high school,” he said “I knew I didn’t want to work in a factory and I knew I wanted to work outdoors, so I chose forestry.” After graduating from Iowa State University with his bachelor’s degree, Wayne spent time as a U.S Navy officer in the Navy.
After serving in the Navy, he worked for Georgia Craft Paper as a field forester. He later returned to school at Purdue University to obtain his master’s degree. From there he took a position with the University of Illinois at an experiment station in southern Illinois. This is where he “truly became interested in the science of forestry.” He then received his doctorate in forestry science from the University of Minnesota, and took a job at Kansas State University as an assistant professor where he began teaching in 1966. While a full professor of Forestry at Kansas State, he had numerous professional publications, presentations, and awards.
Raymond Dale Schlueter ('55 elec engr, MS '73 indus ed), 80, died Saturday evening, Jan. 26, 2013, while traveling from Savannah, Ga., to his home in Cleveland. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha Truesdell Schlueter; daughters: Pamela Baustian and her husband, Mark, of Richardson, Texas, and Nancy Brown and her husband, Kenneth, of Knoxville; son, Paul and his wife, Alyson, of Savannah; brother, Robert Jack Schlueter and his wife, Rebecca, of Dallas Center, Iowa; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughte; and seven nieces and nephews. He worked as a college professor for more than 30 years after obtaining his degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and spending a term as a pilot in the United Stated Air Force. His graduate work led to a master’s in industrial engineering. He taught at Iowa State University until 1977 and at Savannah State University after that until his retirement around 1997. After his retirement, he was honored to be invited and spent a term teaching as a visiting professor at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind.
Deloris L. Trunkhill Weston ('55 home economics), 79, of St. Louis, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013. She was born Dec. 30, 1933, the daughter of Mennet and Edith Jandl Trunkhill, of rural Burt, Iowa. She graduated from Burt High School, attended Waldorf College, and earned a B.S. degree in home economics from Iowa State University. She had been employed by Marshall Fields & Co., Royal Crown Bottling Co., and Northwest Fabrics where she retired. She is survived by a son, Eric, of Shoreline, WA, a daughter, Laura Jorgenson, son-in-law Wade Jorgenson of St. Louis, MO, and three grandchildren: Lynsey Jorgenson Grinde, AnnaMarie Jorgenson, and Sean Weston. Also surviving are two sisters, Noreta Drab and Catherine Hanson, and three brothers, Richard, Charles, and Thomas Trunkhill. She was preceded in death by her husband David, to whom she was married for 55 years, sister, Marilyn Sydnes and brother, Jack Trunkhill. She was a member of the Affton Christian Church.
Dr. John C. Wilson (’55 M.S. sociology) passed away on September 7, 2014 at the age of 83 at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. John was born on April 3, 1931, in Clarksville, Tennessee. He was the son of Helen Schamberger and Cyril Crawford Wilson. John came to Iowa State to major in rural sociology. He earned his Master of Science in 1955. He is the husband to Charlotte M. Wilson and father to three children, Stephanie W. Jones, Rachel W. Johnson, and Matthew J. Wilson.
Donna Fay Attebery ('56 human sciences) Born in Evanston, January 28, 1935; died peacefully in her sleep at her assisted living home on September 9, 2014 in Summerlin, NV. Donna was born in Evanston, Illinois to Albert Attebery and Mabel Fay Young. She moved from Evanston to Kenilworth, Illinois with her family when she was young. She grew up here and the Attebery family was well known in Kenilworth. As a child she enjoyed participating in many school clubs and social groups. After graduating from New Trier High School she attended Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1956 in Family & Consumer Sciences Food Science while minoring in Television Productions. She then went on to earn her MBA from the prestigious Loyola University of Chicago. She started her work career as an assistant food magazine editor for a Kansas based magazine publisher. From there she began working as an Associate Director in Marketing for Libby Foods in Chicago. After four years, she advanced her career working for the American Bar Association. She served 13 years with this firm, rising to the position of Office Administrator for the headquarters office. In 2003, she retired from the American Bar Association and moved from Chicago to Sun City Anthem to live near her brother Larry Attebery. While in Sun City Anthem, Donna was an active member of the community. She was a member of several clubs including the Singles Club, Women’s Club and Book Club. Donna had the opportunity to travel throughout her life to several countries, was asked to present on Nutrition & The Food Industry to the White House and was an avid skier as a young adult.
Glenn Jones ('56 industrial engr) passed away Jan. 14, 2012. Glenn was a part of the NROTC program at Iowa State and served as a naval officer for three years. He received his Masters Degree from the Carnegie-Mellon, then worked for Proctor and Gamble Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in France, Algeria, and Spain until his retirement in 1996.
Robert G. Selim ('56 chem engr) passed away on July 5, 2012. Robert served in the US Army overseas in Korea during the Korean conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service among other military commendations.
Guntis Sraders ('56 elec engr) passed away on May 22, 2013 at the age of 81 at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was born in Latvia, and fled with his family to Germany at the end of WW II ahead of the advancing Soviet army. After six years in Displaced Persons camps, the family emigrated to Iowa in 1950. Guntis earned an engineering degree and a commission in the Air Force from Iowa State College in 1956. He married his wife Inta the same year, and the Air Force eventually moved their family to the Washington Area. After Air Force, Guntis worked in various civilian staff positions at the Army and the Department of Defense. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, canoeing and woodworking. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Inta, sons Markus of Annandale, Mariss of Fishers, Indiana, Andis of Purcellville, daughter Sandra Roberts of Sudbury, Massachusetts and eight grandchildren.
Roger Paul Volker ('56 general sci, MS '63 botany, PhD 70 education) 80, of Ames died at the Israel Family Hospice House on Sunday, November 9, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 1934, the son of Paul O. Volker and Clarabel Louise (Rinehimer) Volker. After going to 7 different schools in 7 cities by 2nd grade, the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where he completed public school, graduating in 1952.
A person with many interests and talents, Roger had a chemistry set in the basement while in grade school and retained that interest throughout college, broadening it to Distributed Studies prior to graduation from Iowa State University in 1956. Roger married Carol Bennett in 1957. Following graduation he worked for the University of Kansas giving school assembly programs on Hammond organs throughout the Midwest before beginning his teaching career in science at Estherville High School. He later taught chemistry, zoology and botany at Webster City Junior College.
While an undergraduate, Volker played piano and organ and co-owned a small band "The Seven Sharps", which paid for his own undergraduate education. He sustained this interest and was well known throughout his life playing piano, accordion, and organ solo and in combos. He played organ music in the summertime for horse shows throughout the Midwest for 23 years, including for several years the Iowa State Fair horseshow.
Roger received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. While pursuing advanced degrees, Roger was employed as the botanical technician in the production of single-concept films by Iowa State's Film Production Unit (Basicladia and Marchantia were favorite organisms). This resulted in an interest in educational media and instructional technology, which led to his being hired to establish and direct the Instructional Resources Center in the College of Education, a laboratory for students in teacher education to gain experience in the application of technology to K-12 education. He received his Ph.D. and served as a professor in that college for 30 years before he and his wife retired from the university in 1997.
He was author or co-author of several textbooks--a high school biology text and a book for training future biology teachers, in addition to a series of educational media textbooks. He also received numerous teaching awards during his career at Iowa State University, including a Faculty Citation and an Outstanding Teacher Award. He was honored in 2010 when a room in Lagomarcino Hall was named "The Roger P. Volker Experimental Technology Classroom."
Throughout his life he was active in a number of community organizations, such as Kiwanis, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity House Corporation Board, and Old Town Neighborhood Association, as well as serving in a wide variety of positions at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames.
He loved to drive antique cars, and his name and cars were well known in Ames and Central Iowa. Almost every autumn for several years, he and Carol could be seen in one of the cars traveling through Iowa on the adventure called Motor Ioway. He exhibited all of his antique cars at one time or another at the annual Salisbury House event.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Paul and wife Barbara Gaddis of Boone, Iowa and their children Anne (Mike) Hughes and Clara Volker; son Christopher and his fiancée Linda Kitterman, of Moline, Illinois; son Timothy and wife Kate of Brenchley, England and their children Robert Eldon and Patrick Henry; and sister, Judith Hahn of Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant grandson, Owen Paul Volker, and a daughter-in-law, Lynn Prosser Volker.
Harry Clay Ballantyne ('57 physics), 79, of Sykesville, Md., formerly of Lamoni, Iowa died May 2nd, 2014 at his home. Born in Lamoni on February 1, 1935, he was the son of the late Lucille (Barnett) Ballantyne and Harold Clay Ballantyne. He was the husband of Betty Jane Ballantyne, his wife of 60 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by children Catherine Jo Hart and husband Larry, Gregory Ross Ballantyne and wife Susan, Bradley Clay Ballantyne and wife Deborah, Joseph William Ballantyne and wife Shawna, Martha Lee Odell and Carmen Gonzalez. Also survived by his sister, Joyce Stevenson and husband Lester, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Ballantyne attended Lamoni High School in Lamoni, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State College with a bachelor's degree in physics. He worked for the Social Security Administration for 42 years, and was the Chief Actuary of SSA from 1982 until his retirement in 2000. As Chief Actuary, Mr. Ballantyne was instrumental in helping to craft key legislative changes that assured extended solvency of the Social Security program. Highly regarded, respected and admired in his profession and through several Presidential administrations and sessions of Congress, he received many awards during his career. He was an active member of the Community of Christ, serving the church in a number of capacities throughout his life. He also spent several years serving on the Board of Directors of Camp Opportunity of Maryland, a non-profit organization serving at-risk children.
James "Jim" Chapman ('57 industrial admin) passed away on March 27, 2012. He was a member of the ISU's Big 8 Baseball Championship team- placing third in the College World Series.
On August 30, 1957, Jim was united in marriage with Judy McMahon, in Algona, Iowa. The couple made their home in Eagle Grove and Algona – wintering in Green Valley, Arizona since 1998.
Jim was employed by ACCOMM in their long distance AT&T phone sales department.
Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove and St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Algona. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce- serving as President in 1977 and the ISU Alumni and Lettermen's Club.
Jim enjoyed spending winters in Green Valley with all his "snowbird" friends – with the infamous saying "when the mountains turn pink, it's time to drink"!!
Cecil LeRoy Day (’57 PhD ag engr) died Oct. 29, 2007 at age 85 in Columbia, Mo. Stanley, professor emeritus of agricultural engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, was a member of the UMC agricultural engineering faculty from 1945 until his retirement in 1985. He served as chairman of the department from 1969 to 1982. He also held BS and MS degrees from UMC. In 1999 he was awarded the UMC College of Engineering Alumni Citation of Merit.
Harold Fischer, Jr. ('57 industrial admin, '59 Psych) died April 30, 2009. As a captain in the Air Force in April 1953, Fischer had shot down 10 MiGs in just 47 missions, making him an ace. He shot his eleventh on the day he crashed his Sabre Jet north of the Yalu River in enemy territory, The New York Times reported.
Fischer was discovered by Chinese soldiers and taken to a prison outside Mukden in Manchuria. He was kept in a solitary, stark cell at times and ordered not to move for long periods.
With the exception of a brief escape, Fischer spent nearly two years in the prison before he and four other pilots were put on trial in Beijing on May 24, 1955, more than a year after the cease-fire had ended the war. They were found guilty of violating Chinese territory, and Fischer falsely confessed to participating in germ warfare.
The men were set free a week later. The release was seen as an attempt to ease tension between Communist China and the United States.
Gilbert Samuelson, Jr., DVM ('57 DVM) died April 22, 2011. He began his career in Princeton, IL, where he spent his first ten years in a mixed animal practice. He then moved to Maryland responsible for the care of animals in research projects at the ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD. He remained there for ten years and transferred to the Food & Drug Administration in Rockville, MD, where he used his clinical experience to serve as a Veterinary Medical Officer reviewing new drug applications for safety and efficiency for use in swine and beef cattle.
He retired in Jan. 1990 and returned to Illinois.
He served five years in the U.S. Navy prior to his college training. He was a lifetime member of the A.V.M.A. and a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peoria.
Arthur Struempler (’57 PhD animal sci) died Aug. 13, 2004 at age 83. Arthur was a native of Buffalo, Neb., once a small village north of Lexington in Dawson County. He flew 26 missions as a B-17 pilot during WWII. After earning a doctorate from Iowa State University, he completed two years of post-doctoral studies at the University of California Davis and taught three years at California State at Chico. On Aug. 20, 2007, the former Chadron State College chemistry professor was fondly remembered during the dedication of a new outdoor space on campus and scholarship that bears his name. About 100 people gathered at the SCS Math and Science Building for a ceremony to recognize the new “Art Struempler Flag Plaza” and the “Art and Jo Struempler and Children Endowment.”
Charles Lee Townsend ('57 elec engr, PhD '63) died Jan. 5, 2017. Charles was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Floyd R. and
Nellie V. (Steeds) Townsend. Charles attended schools in Oklahoma City,
Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma City Central high school and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Japan and Korea. He married Verna Lou Frye on August 10, 1955, and they were married for 25 years. To them, 3 daughters were born.
He was on the faculty at ISU for 37 years, and retired as an emeritus
professor in 1992. His university activities included considerable
committee work at the department, college and university level. He
received the Award for Creativity, National University Extension
Association, 1969. Charles was recognized as an Outstanding Professor in
Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, 1986.
Charlie married Mary K. Williams on May 6, 1983 in Zearing, Iowa. They are members of Cornerstone Church in Ames. Charlie always had a strong interest in politics. He was active in the
Republican party, serving first as a precinct committee man and then for
6 years as the Story County Republican chairman. He enjoyed sports
throughout his life. He played baseball and basketball as a youth, and
later, took up golf. He achieved 'life master' in duplicate bridge.
Raymond Edward Wagner ('57 agronomy; '64 M.S. rural sociology) It was the African Message Drums that announced the birth of Ray Wagner on Nov. 17, 1930 in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe at the mission where Africa University is located. Ray's heart no longer has an earthly beat; his soul was united with God on Nov. 24, 2013 in Fargo, ND. Ray was born the first child of Rush and Dorothy (Mason). Ray Wagner's life was a beautiful journey of living as a citizen of the world as the son of a Methodist Missionary. Ray grew up in Africa, Bolivia, Iowa, and after his father's death when he was 16, in Australia. He returned to the U.S. when he was drafted for the Korean War, where he served in the Army stationed at Trieste. His love of classical music soon led him to his greatest love, as he married the girl with the beautiful voice, Mavis Dralla, on June 17, 1956.
Ray attended Iowa State University where he earned his Master’s degree in Sociology. Ray spent 30 years working for the Iowa State and NDSU Extension Services as a 4-H Youth Specialist, 2 for the UMC General Board of Global Ministries in NYC, and 5 as Council Director for the ND UMC Conference. He received many professional honors and national awards. Ray was actively involved with the Fargo Optimist club, performed in 18 Fargo/Moorhead Opera Company productions and gave gallons of blood through United Blood Services.
He was a loving husband,father and papa to his wife, children and grandchildren. Ray's passion was serving God as a volunteer through various ministries of the United Methodist Church. Ray also enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at the lake cabin on Buffalo Lake where he particularly enjoyed gardening, tending to the plants, and landscaping.
Gordon Clappison ('58 zoology) died peacefully in his sleep on November 8 at his home in Sublimity, Oregon. He was 83. Dr. Clappison was born to Harry M. and Gladys B. Clappison at Dow City, Iowa on July 24, 1925. He is survived by his daughter Dr. Valerie Clappison and her husband Dr.George Keepers; grandchildren Miranda, George, and Gordon Keepers; and two sisters, Marian Leach of Omaha, Nebraska, and Bonnie Kincaid of Guntersville, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his daughter Patricia, his son Brian, and his wife Jean.
Dr. Clappison was the valedictorian when he was graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1942. He was an Eagle Scout. He attended Iowa State University for a year and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served three years, initially as a first aide man in New Guinea and the Philippines, and then was with the Army of Occupation in Japan.
Returning to Iowa State University, he finished a pre-medical course, and then went to the University of Iowa where he received his medical degree. He was in general practice in DeWitt, Iowa for a time before returning to Iowa City for a residency in anaesthesiology. He later practiced in Yakima, Washington and in Salem, Oregon.
Dr. Clappison had a life-long interest in flying. He learned to fly while he was still a student at Ames. He built two of the planes he flew and took one of these to the experimental aircraft show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He loved skiing, camping, canoeing, and travel and he and Jean took several trips to Europe, China, Japan, and Australia. They also traveled to Alaska, Mexico, and many states with their travel trailer.
Dr. Paul L. Cornelius ('58 agronomy) passed away May 11, 2013 at his home in Lexington, KY, at age 76 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Paul was born in Davenport, IA. He was retired from the University of Kentucky after 37 years of service where he held a joint commission between the College of Agriculture and the Department of Statistics. In 1960, he became a partner and conducted research in the family-owned Cornelius Seed Company in Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Alice Cornelius, his brother, Gerald Cornelius, and his son, Daniel Albert Cornelius. He is survived by his wife, Barbara S. Cornelius; several stepchildren; his daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law; his granddaughter, Sidney Louise; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Cornelius. Mr. Cornelius was a faithful member of Tates Creek Christian Church and a member of the Bluegrass Christian Men's Fellowship.
Patricia Ann Harper ('58 dietetics) passed away January 24, 2011. She was a wonderful wife and partner of 52 years; always supportive of her family's interests and needs. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, giving encouragement and support that molded young lives. She was a member of the CSU Women's Association, Delta Zeta Alumnae, Fort Collins Service League and the Iowa State University Alumni Association.
Donald H. Jordahl
('58 ag & life sci ed), 79, died unexpectedly on Dec. 15, 2016 at
his home in West Des Moines, Iowa. Jordahl was the retired founder,
owner, and publisher of Iowa Banking Magazine and a loyal friend and
supporter of Iowa State University.
Jerome Leo Koster ('58 agronomy) of Breda, Iowa, died Nov. 6 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa. He was 82. Born on November 15, 1932 at Breda, Iowa, Jerome Leo was the son of Clemens and Hazel (Van Erdewyk) Koster. Jerome grew up in the Breda community and graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in 1950. Following his schooling he assisted his family with their farm operation. Jerome served in the United States Army and upon his honorable discharge returned to Iowa. He attended Iowa State College, where he met his future wife Jean. On August 8, 1959 Jerome was united in marriage to Wilda Jean Ann Black at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
Following their marriage Jerome and Jean lived in California and in 1965 moved back to the Midwest where they resided on an acreage near Stanton. Jerome was a Soil Scientist and later became District Conservationist, working for Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1986. They later moved back to the Breda community. He enjoyed making bread, auctions, fishing, hunting, woodworking and especially crafting furniture for children. Jerome was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish and the Breda American Legion.
Charles T. Manatt ('58 rural sociology), founder of a prestigious law firm, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and an ambassador during the Clinton administration, died July 22, 2011 from stroke complications. He was 75.
Manatt, who was born in Chicago, was raised on a farm near Audubon and was a graduate of Iowa State University. His wife, Kathleen, is also an ISU graduate, and a lecture series and an endowed chair are named after them.
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin issued this statement this morning: “Chuck Manatt was a longtime friend since our years together at Iowa State — someone who espoused strong Midwestern values developed during his days in Audubon when he was helping his father, Price, care for the family farm. It was those values that propelled him throughout his distinguished career in the law and in politics.”
Manatt was party chairman from 1981-85, the first term of Republican Ronald Reagan and a difficult period for Democrats. A longtime California Democrat, Manatt was credited with building the party’s finances, modernizing it through computerization, direct mail and other initiatives, and building a new headquarters in Washington.
On the eve of the 1984 Democratic convention in San Francisco, presidential nominee-in-waiting Walter Mondale tried to replace Manatt with Carter administration official Bert Lance. Mondale backed off after an outcry within the party, triggered in part by Manatt’s positive reputation in the ranks and Lance’s ties to a banking scandal for which he had been tried and acquitted. Reagan cruised to an easy victory over Mondale for a second term.
Manatt and the party fared better in 1992, when he was co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. Clinton later appointed Manatt as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, where he served from 1999-2001.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Manatt,” Clinton said in a statement released by Manatt’s law firm, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. “We were friends for 30 years, and I saw firsthand how he used his energy, intellect and common sense to help restore the Democratic Party after 1980, to make America more prosperous and just and to make friends for our nation around the world.”
Manatt was born June 9, 1936, in Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1958 and a law degree from George Washington University in 1962.
According to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Manatt was not, by his own estimation, good at sports, but he had a talent for organizing, including his high school football and basketball teams. He also kept busy: He was an Eagle Scout, active in the 4-H Club, an officer of Iowa Future Farmers of America, senior class president and student council president.
He was a Democrat early on, the obituary said, volunteering at age 16 for Adlai Stevenson’s 1952 presidential campaign. After graduating from ISU, where he joined the Young Democrats, Manatt started law school at the University of Iowa, then transferred to George Washington University.
While at Iowa State, Manatt married Kathleen Klinkefus, his high school sweetheart and a fellow student.
With his longtime friend Thomas Phelps, also an ISU graduate, Manatt founded their banking and financial services law firm in Los Angeles in 1965. Today, the firm has practices in eight cities throughout California, New York and Washington, and is ranked one of the largest in the nation.
Manatt was a chairman of the California Democratic Party during the 1970s and later served as finance chairman of the national party. He also was a trustee of George Washington University from 1980-2008 and its chairman of the board of trustees from 2001-2007.
He maintained his Iowa connections through the years with memberships on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State University Foundation and on the board of trustees of Grinnell College.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, and their three children, Michele, Timothy and Daniel.
Morton A. Stelling (’59 economics) passed away on July 2, 2015 at the age of 84 in Mukilteo, Washington.
Morton was born on April 22, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his education at Washington University in St. Louis before leaving school to become a Marine Corps jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. Morton finished his education at Iowa State, earning his B.S. in Economics in 1959. Morton had six children – Paul, Sara, David, Suzanne, Karen, and Margriet – and five grandchildren.
Morton followed his education at Iowa State with a fellowship at Yale University. Morton lived in many countries as he worked for GM Overseas, living in Peru, Japan, and Thailand before his retirement in 1987. In 2000, Morton reunited with a classmate from Washington University, Marjorie Noel French, with whom he spent his remaining years with in Seattle. Morton was inducted into Omaha South High School’s Hall of Fame in 2001 and participated in many choirs and choruses, including the Cantata Academy of Detroit, Abendmusik Chorus of Lincoln, the Omaha Symphonic Choir, and the Seattle Symphony Chorale.
Larry Syndergaard ('59 forestry) died peacefully on April 15, 2015 at Bronson Methodist Hospital from congestive heart failure following a heart attack in January.
He was born in 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, the middle child of Edward B. and M. Esther Cation Syndergaard and spent early life on farms in Iowa and Minnesota, where his parents were county Extension agents. In 1950, just as Larry started high school, the family moved to northwestern Wisconsin, where they bought 160 acres near Hillsdale (Barron Co.) and a herd of handsome Jersey cows and christened their farm Pincherry Hill. Newly arrived Larry met a smart, pretty neighbor at a 4H meeting and took Ardis Jean Carr to prom that year (she was a junior!) to begin a romance that would last six decades. A formidable student at Barron High, Larry made time for farm chores before and after school, band (oboe!), debate, track, 4-H, MYF and, improbably at 6’2”, 155lbs., football, at which he was “better than expected.” The Syndergaards enjoyed annual fishing trips to Bass Lake, Minn., a tradition Larry would continue with his own family. After graduation, he headed to Iowa State College (University). Like his father and brother, Larry was active in Farmhouse Fraternity, and he worked part-time in the ISC Forestry Pathology Lab throughout his years in Ames. Summers took him to forestry camp in Oregon, then to northern Wisconsin, where he skidded logs with his dad’s horses, then back to Iowa for field research with the US Forest Service at Amana. Larry and Ardis were married in Barron in August 1958, then lived in Nevada, Iowa, where Ardis taught home ec while Larry finished BS degrees in Forestry and General Science (1959). Then came a year at the Royal College in Copenhagen, with excursions to research European forests and Syndergaard family roots. Upon returning, the newlyweds spent a year working for Larry’s parents, taking care of new baby Jennifer Jean (1961), and figuring out what to do next. They had decided that working for the Forest Service would move the family too often. So, already an enthusiastic student of literature (along with all that science), Larry took a leap of faith and moved his family to Madison to pursue a master’s in English at the University of Wisconsin. Seven years later, he emerged with a PhD, a minor in Scandinavian Studies, an affinity for the medieval era and a new son, Christian Edward (1963). With a job lined up at WMU, the family set off for Kalamazoo in 1968, in a U-Haul packed tight with treasures from St. Vincent DePaul and a pile of butternut lumber from the farm in Hillsdale (which, his friends will be unsurprised to learn, is still stacked carefully in his garage). In 32 years in the English Department, Larry taught writing and lit at all levels, specializing in medieval topics and bootlegging in folk and oral-traditional material when he could. He also taught occasionally in Environmental Studies and actively supported English Ed (preparing teachers). From the beginning, Larry was heavily involved in WMU’s Medieval Institute and its renowned International Congress. A Fellow of the International Ballad Commission, his research into folklore and the Scandinavian ballads was respected worldwide and resulted in dozens of papers and articles—and an important book, English Translations of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballads (1995). Thanks to a stint as asst. dean at U-W, Larry was drawn into advising and policy roles early on at WMU, becoming associate chair for undergrad English programs as a tender but committed junior professor. At the time, the department had 13 pink slips; Larry established rationale that saved 12 of those jobs—certainly the administrative accomplishment of which he was most proud. Later, he was elected to governance, tenure, and other key committees as often as rules allowed. He worked tirelessly for thoughtful policies and programs, protesting any effort to cut corners on the academic experience. He believed in nurturing students’ awareness and worldview and his work on WMU General Education committees established a multi-cultural requirement for all undergrads. A believer in shared governance, Larry was active in AAUP and later WARF, to ensure faculty voices were heard. With “genteel pugnacity,” he was a steady champion of transparency and fairness. In retirement (2000), Larry had more time to enjoy estate sales, woodworking, jazz concerts and projects demanded by his cherished 1913 home. He was photographer and historian for his extended family and Ardis’—ever mindful of preserving their stories. He corresponded with friends locally and across the globe, and he traveled with Ardis, and later, alone, to Europe, Ukraine, So. Africa and Turkey. Larry never owned a TV, preferring to read voraciously on a thousand practical topics as the consummate DIYer. Integral to life on West Main Hill, he was beloved by his neighbors. Larry was a fixture of the “Scandies” and many other local groups and a longtime volunteer at the Festival of Michigan Folklife. He was an eager patron of the arts, often attending several concerts a week, including those of his granddaughters—their constant fan. He provided patient, loving care through the health challenges that claimed wife Ardis in 2008 and son Christian in 2014.
Dan Thomson Haigh ('60 elec engr) died Jan. 5, 2017 in Pomona, California. Tom is remembered for his contributions to the space program. In 1957 he worked in the Apollo Systems Engineering Department at Boeing in Seattle. In 1962 Tom joined North American aviation in systems engineering. After Apollo he joined Advanced Programs in Seal Beach working on the Single Launch Space Station. Then he was part of the Air Force P72-2 Satellite Program. He expanded in EE degree with advanced programming courses and worked on the DSP (Defense Satellite Program) a classified spy satellite. He returned to Rockwell Engineering to assist with the Space Shuttle ascent software. Tom retired from Rockwell and lived in Diamond Bar, California, enjoying the continued conversations with the Apollo Engineers over the years. Tom was 80 years old.
Gerald Ralph Helgren ('60 business) age 76, of Orono, Minn., passed away peacefully on his birthday, May 2, 2014 of complications from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Preceded in death by parents Ralph and Elsie Helgren and his wife of 52 years, Sharon. Survived by his sister, Cindy Skelton, (brother-in-law Richard, nieces Melissa and Julie); children, Jay (Kathi), Jeff (Lori), Jim (Jennifer) and grandchildren Jordan, Tanner and Kiana. Jerry loved to travel and go boating with Sharon, had a beautiful voice and sang bass in Barbershoppers for many years, and loved his grandkids. He graduated from Iowa State University and was a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Dad could fix anything and was every- one's first call for help. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Herbert Hickman Kemp, Jr. ('60 ag & life sciences) died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. He died peacefully with his family at his side, wife Sandy of 54 years and sons Scott and Tripper.
Herb was born in 1932 in Harvard, Illinois and grew up in Woodstock, IL, a rural, farming community 100 miles NW of Chicago. After high school, Herb enlisted in the Navy serving during the Korean War on submarines and aircraft carriers. After the Navy, Herb went on to finish his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He met his wife Sandy there and after graduation they married in 1960. Herb joined IBM, based in Des Moines, Iowa where he sold IBM computer systems to businesses. In 1962, he and Sandy moved to Mt. Prospect, IL where he raised two sons and he started working as an Information Technology Consultant at Toushe Ross. During that time, he completed an MBA at the University of Chicago. Upon finishing his MBA, He was recruited to a private company called DoAll which made industrial saw blades and distributed industrial cutting tools and machines. He was Chief Information Officer there for over 30 years.
After retirement, he and Sandy moved to Fort Myers, FL.
Douglas Clifford Meyer ('60 business) passed away on July 9, 2014 at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 76 years old. Doug was born in Lu Verne, Iowa on July 3, 1938 to Dr. Harold and Louida Meyer. He was an outstanding athlete who excelled in multiple sports, especially baseball and basketball which he played at Iowa State University. Doug graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Business Administration in 1960. After graduation, he moved to Humboldt, Iowa with his wife Carolyn and had three children—Ted, Tamara and Tracy. Doug was involved in the Congregational Church as well as the local schools and community, serving in many volunteer roles. Doug was also a major supporter of Iowa State University athletics and was a regular attendee of football and basketball games throughout the 1960’s and 1970s.
Wallace A. Rogers, Jr. (’60 zool.; MS ’62), died of prostate cancer on December 13, 2009 at his home in Rotorua, New Zealand. He was born September 30, 1939 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the son of Pearl and Wallace A. Rogers (’31 engr.; MS ‘32). He is survived by his wife, Delight Gartlein, and his sister, Sandy Rogers May (’59 applied art), of Frisco, Texas and Hayward, Wisconsin. He had retired in January, 2009 from his position as Pathologist at Lakeland District Health Board in Rotorua.
After graduating with two degrees from Iowa State, Dr. Rogers received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965. He completed his residency in Pathology at the University of Vermont in 1972. Subsequently, he worked at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. From 1972-1985 he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia. From 1985-1996 he was a pathologist at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont. He volunteered for Pathologists Overseas in Kenya and Nepal, set up a histopathology laboratory in Madagascar, volunteered at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti, was the director of the Laboratory at St. Jude Hospital, St. Lucia, and was a Consultant Pathologist at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania for two years. In 2001 he was honored with the first Humanitarian Service Grant that the College of American Pathologists awarded.
Dr. Rogers had a lifetime commitment to serving others less fortunate than himself, caring for the environment, and living simply.
Virgil McCormick ('61 industrial engr), died on August 10, 2009. He spent most of his career in engineering and management of Honeywell in Minnesota and California.
Sylvia Turpin ('61 textiles & clothing), died in November 2015 after a battle with cancer. She was a loving, caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Her late husband, Richard Turpin wrote: "I was introduced to Sylvia by her mother in an Engl101 class during Su '57. Her mother, who was taking the class, asked her daughter, Sylvia, to come to class to see what a college class was like, since she would be entering in the fall term. I had begun my college career in the summer and was in that same English class, sitting next to Sylvia's mother (seating was in alphabetical order; Strong/Turpin). Do you think that was the real purpose of Sylvia's visit? Somehow, I don't, and I'm very glad we met"
Dr. Robert Duane Olson (DVM '61) died Nov. 5, 2016 at his home in Albert Lea, Minn. He was 84. Born and raised in Humboldt County, Iowa, Bob attended Luther College for two years before joining the Navy in 1952. He married Margaret Olson in September 1952.
Upon his discharge from the navy, he entered Iowa State University, graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. He worked in private practice in Claremont, N.H. and Greenwich, Conn., before joining Eli Lilly in 1965 as a research scientist/veterinarian, traveling extensively conducting clinical trials and giving lectures.He retired in 1990 and moved to Bemidji, Minn., in 1995 where he & Margaret remodeled a house on 4 acres on Grace Lake. In his retirement he loved boating, golfing & was an active member of the Bemidji Woodcarving Club. In 2013 they moved to Albert Lea.
Harriet A. Spaniel ('61 mathematics), who served Whatcom County Washington for more than two decades as a state legislator, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. She was 77.
“She was so responsive, so ethical, so vibrant, so interested in everything that concerned the district,” said Mary Kay Becker, a former Whatcom County Council member and state lawmaker and now a judge with the State Court of Appeals. “The phrase is, good citizen.”
Spanel, a Democrat from Bellingham, served the 40th District from 1987 to 2009, serving three terms in the House and four terms in the Senate. The district covers portions of Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties.
She also served on numerous state and local committees and boards, and was a member of the YWCA Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame. She even served on the board of directors of the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, near her hometown.
“I know me,” Spanel told The Bellingham Herald in a 2009 interview. “When I get involved, I give my whole self.”
One measure of her long-lasting popularity, along with her many electoral victories, was constituents’ practice of referring to her as “Harriet” rather than “representative.”
Born Harriet Albertsen in Audubon, Iowa, she had three siblings and attended Iowa State University, majoring in mathematics. Spanel and her family came to Western Washington when her husband, Les, got a job in Seattle with Boeing. The family moved to Bellingham in 1968 when Les took a position as a physics professor at Western Washington University.
The Spanel Planetarium at Western is named after her husband, who died in 2002. Harriet Spanel donated money for planetarium upgrades and an endowment to run the planetarium.
Early on, Spanel was active in Sehome Hill neighborhood issues and the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. She campaigned in the early 1980s for a freeze on nuclear weapons, and volunteered to collect residents’ household recyclables.
“She rode on a big truck picking up recyclables in the Sehome neighborhood,” recalled Louise Bjornson, another early recycling advocate and a longtime Bellingham City Council member.
Spanel served on Bellingham’s planning commission, an appointed position. Deborra Garrett, now a Whatcom County Superior Court judge, first saw Spanel in action on the planning commission.
“She had a quiet approach that masked a really alert mind asking lots of questions,” Garrett said. “Her questions were good ones. They were rarely confrontative, but she got the information she needed.”
Spanel didn’t run for public office until 1986, when she challenged incumbent Republican Homer Lundquist of Burlington for the 40th District House seat.
She jumped into electoral politics after taking a class on women’s psychology offered by professor Dana Jack at Fairhaven College. As a student, Spanel wrote a paper about the themes of her life and a challenge she would like to take on.
“She stated very firmly that she had decided to run for political office,” recalled Jack, who is now retired. “That class was a turning point for her.”
Jack had no doubt that Spanel would do well if elected, because she was intelligent and a good listener willing to talk to anyone about their ideas.
“I thought she would be extremely effective because she was direct and authentic,” Jack said.
Democratic leaders weren’t optimistic about Spanel’s chances against an incumbent legislator, but her ties to the community and to Western Washington University helped her beat Lundquist by less than 1 percentage point, the closest race of her political career.
Passion for her community
Spanel became a legislative champion of state ferries and fishermen, and was successful in helping to protect land throughout her district, from the San Juan Islands to the Lake Whatcom watershed to the Chuckanut mountains and Clayton Beach.
She was elected to the Senate in 1992 and soon became an integral part of Democratic leadership. When she retired in 2009, she was the Senate Democratic Caucus chairwoman.
“She was the glue that held the caucus together,” said Bob Partlow, a now-retired Bellingham Herald reporter who covered the Legislature from 1983 to 2000. “She could pull people together.”
Garrett recalled having a long telephone discussion with Spanel who wanted to learn the ins and outs of “joint and several liability,” the subject of a seemingly minor bill in the Legislature that had major implications in the legal world. Garrett, then an attorney in private practice, was impressed that Spanel was doing independent homework on the bill.
“That is a very typical example of Harriet at work,” Garrett said.
Terry Bornemann, a City Council member and a Sehome Hill neighbor, said Spanel stayed current on city and neighborhood issues even when she was busy with the Legislature.
“It was always a big part of her, that love of Bellingham, that love of community,” he said.
John Stark, a retired Herald reporter who also lives in the neighborhood, said Spanel and her husband hosted annual summer potluck gatherings for neighborhood residents, whether or not the neighbors were politically active.
“They had a house and yard full of people,” Stark said. “Harriet was not an exclusionary person. She was that old-school, reach-across-the-aisle kind of person. She didn’t see the world as ‘them’ and ‘us.’”
Quiet and intelligent, principled yet collaborative, Spanel left a legacy of admirable public service, say those who knew and worked with her.
“She had strong opinions but she was not showy about it,” Bjornson said. “She was someone we can all look up to.”
Richard Waterbury ('61 zoology), died on November 24, 2008 at his home in Georgetown, TX. He earned a B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University in 1961 and an M.D. from the University of Iowa in 1965. Dr. Waterbury served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1972, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Following a Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Los Angeles Children's Hospital in 1969, Dr. Waterbury served a year in Vietnam on the Navy hospital ships, USS Repose and USS Sanctuary. Dr. Waterbury joined the Minneapolis Children's Medical Center Staff in 1972, rising to the position of Chief of Anesthesiology. He was instrumental in establishing the outpatient surgical center, Children's West, serving as its Medical Director until his retirement in 2000.
Gerry Burgess ('62 mathematics) 76, of Chesterfield, Va., passed away December 15, 2016, at his home after a long illness. Gerry received his Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his Master's from Texas A&M. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Electronic Data Systems. Gerry was an Eagle Scout, inspiring both of his grandsons to become Eagle Scouts. He was a passionate golfer and longtime member of Stonehenge Country Club and Bon Air United Methodist Church.
Dr. H. John Caulfield ('62 PhD) passed away on January 31, 2011. He was a creative physicist, known around the World for his ability to solve problems. He worked in many fields, including holography, optical signal processing, optical pattern recognition, computer design, artificial intelligence, color perception, and evolutionary psychology. He loved to think and learn, and did science for the joy of it. He won many international awards, including SPIE's Gold Medal and Dennis Gabor Award. He published 13 books, 40 book chapters, and 255 papers in refereed journals. He was featured in many popular news stand publications, including Byte Magazine, Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal. He also wrote the cover article about holography for National Geographic in 1984. He founded the Center for Applied Optics at UAH. He was Chief Scientist, Alabama A&M University Research Institute and Distinguished Research Professor at Fisk University.
Franklyn M. Clikeman (’62 Ph.D) passed away on May, 21, 2014 at the age of 81 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Franklyn was born on March 6, 1933 in Havre, Mt. He is the son of Bert and Celia (Klingler) Clikeman. He earned his Ph.D from Iowa State University in 1962 after graduating from Montana State University in 1955. He was the husband of Janice A. Moe for 55 years and father to Paul and Mary Clikeman. Franklyn served as an associate professor, professor and department chairman in the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University from 1970 until his retirement in 1998.
Mary Sue Konrad ('62 dietetics) died April 3, 2016 at home. She was born July 3, 1939, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to the late H. Leo and Gertrude (McBride) Damge. Sue earned a degree as a dietician from Iowa State University. Upon graduating she went to work as a dietician for Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah until her retirement as head dietician. On May 14, 1977, she married Robert Konrad Sr. Sue was a long time member of the Winneconne Civic League and St. Mary Catholic Church in Winneconne. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends vacationing and having lunch, and watching sports, especially her Green Bay Packers.
Dr. David Orlando Lomen ('62 MS math; '64 PhD math), Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, died November 15, 2013, at the age of 76, after a three year battle with cancer. He was the youngest of three children born to Erlin and Ellen Lomen in Decorah, Iowa, where he attended a one room school house through 8th grade. After high school he attended Luther College, Decorah, where he graduated in 1959 as a Mathematics and Physics major. In 1964 he earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Iowa State University, where he met and married his wife, Constance. They were married 51 years and had one child, Catherine (Mark Hoerth). After several years in the aerospace industry, he joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Arizona, but continued to consult with many different computer, educational and aerospace companies throughout his long and distinguished academic career. He retired from the University of Arizona in 2011.
Dr. Larry R. Whiting ('62 ag jlmc), of Dublin, Ohio died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at First Community Village Care Center, in Columbus, Ohio. He was born January 2, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Central City, Iowa and was active in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. A graduate of Central City Community School, Class of 1958, he received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism in 1962 from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, he became farm and state editor of the Daily Reporter and Sunday Times in Spencer, Iowa. From 1963 to 1970, he worked at The Dakota Farmer magazine, serving as assistant editor, associate editor, director of public relations and editor. He returned to Iowa State in 1970, where he served as assistant extension editor until 1972. He was then appointed editor of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. He received a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State in 1976, and a doctorate in education in 1981, also from Iowa State. In June, 1981, he became chairman of the department of information and publications in the College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland. In 1985, he moved to The Ohio State University to become professor of agricultural education and head of communications and technology. He received an ACE Award of Excellence in communications management in 1994. In 1997 he received the “Irving” award from A-DEC, the Agricultural Distance Education Consortium, for longtime service. In July, 2001, he transferred from his administrative position and began teaching in the agricultural communication degree program teaching communication law, the senior seminar course, and coordinating the agricultural communication program. He retired as Professor Emeritus from Ohio State on March 31, 2006. After his retirement, Larry enjoyed spending time on Lake Erie with his wife Linda and served as Commander of the Columbus Sail and Power Squadron in 2008. Larry is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Whiting and by his daughter, Stacey Whiting. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 ½ years, Linda Whiting, of Dublin, Ohio; children: Jeffrey (Zack Lynn) Whiting, of Columbus and Stephanie Berghausen, of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandson Taggart Whiting Berghausen; family friend, Jodi Miller, of Columbus; sisters: Mary Katherine (Robert) Phughaupt, of Central City, Iowa and Linda (Norman) Price, of Hopkinton, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and their families; and his constant canine companion, Carver.
Barbara Jeanne Brown ('63 english) passed away August 27, 2011. Brown was the university librarian at Washington and Lee University from 1985 to 2003. She previously spent five years, from 71-76, as head of reference and public services at W&L, one of the first women to hold a senior administrative post on campus.
For her contributions to academic life on campus, in 1976, Brown received the prestigious Ring-tum Phi Award from the student newspaper of the same name. She was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
William H. Hemmerle (PhD '63 statistics), 87, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, died peacefully on July 2, 2014, amongst family members in Newburyport, Massachusetts after suffering a stroke. He was born in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1927. After serving in the Navy during World War II, William Hemmerle received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colorado in 1950 (Business) and his Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1951 (Mathematics). He became an Analyst for the National Security Agency and served as a civilian and a Naval Officer during the Korean War. In 1955, he joined IBM where he managed a scientific computing center and was an assistant manager of a data processing center.
In 1960, William Hemmerle made a career change, deciding to get his Ph. D. to become an academic, research scientist. He moved to Ames, Iowa to study at Iowa State University where he graduated with a Ph.D. in 1963 (Statistics and Mathematics). In the following years, Dr. William Hemmerle would pioneer advances in the field of statistical computing.
At Iowa State University (ISU), he pursued graduate study and research in statistical numerical analysis. He assisted in the starting of the Numerical Analysis Programming Group at the ISU Statistical Laboratory. In addition, he developed one of the first statistical packages AARDVARK (A Compiler-Monitor System for Analysis of Variance) as part of his doctoral research. He also authored the first textbook devoted entirely to statistical computing (Statistical Computations on a Digital Computer).
In 1965 Dr. William Hemmerle accepted a post as Director of the Computer Center at the University of Rhode Island to develop a program in statistics and computing. He was to become the founding father and only chairman, until his retirement in 1982, of URI’s Department of Computer Science and Experimental Statistics. The academic program was the first of its kind in the North East. Not only did he found the department, but he grew its curricula, student body and faculty. He designed and launched both a Bachelor’s and Master’s program for his department, and, in cooperation with other departments, created a Ph. D. program in Applied Mathematical Science. He graduated the first student in this Ph. D. program. Dr. Hemmerle was an effective administrator, concerned about the professional development of his faculty and quality of education of his student body. He was an outstanding classroom teacher and dedicated researcher.
During his tenure at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Hemmerle published in prestigious journals and frequently gave invited papers. He was awarded many National Science Foundation grants and was an Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for multiple statistical journals. Dr. Hemmerle was also a consultant to the Ford Foundation in the development of the computing center at the National School of Agriculture in Mexico. He was a Visiting Research Professor at both North Carolina State University and Texas A & M University.
In 1979, Dr. Hemmerle became a fellow of the American Statistical Association. His published works will have a lasting impact on his profession.
Dr. Hemmerle is survived by his true love, his wife Lee; they had been married 66 years. He is also survived by his loving children and grandchildren and will be deeply missed by his family.
Marlene Ellis Payne (’63 early childhood development) passed away on May 10, 2016 at the age of 77 in Berea, Kentucky. She was surrounded by many loving neighbors and friends. Despite the challenges with pancreatic cancer, Marlene lived her life fully with dignity and grace.
Marlene was born April 2, 1939 in Covington, Kentucky, and grew up in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She graduated from Berea College in 1961 and attained a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from Iowa State University in 1963. Marlene was an accomplished educator, a superb linguist, and a supporter of children in every setting. She served on many local and regional boards for children’s services, including the Hindman Settlement School as well as that of the Berea Community School. IN addition to her 30 years at Berea College (during which time she assistant professor, advisor, and co-founder of the Child Development Laboratory) she also travelled the world as a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps (Malaysia) and as a Fulbright Scholar (Norway), and on countless educational tours and service trips. One of her proudest achievements was helping to integrate the preschool at Berea College.
Marlene’s love for her family was strong and served as a cornerstone for her life. While attending Berea College, she met her husband, John Payne, with whom she found a shared love of service and learning. She was an avid traveler with a facility for languages and visited over 65 coutries in her lifetime. Marlene was a life long musician and enjoyed playing the carillon bells, the organ, the violin with Berea’s Low Key Quintet and the Union Church Hand Bell Ensemble. Marlene served in many capacities at Union Church, including that of Moderator, among other offices.
Robert Eldon Lichty ('64 elementary ed, M.Ed. '69) passed away on April 14, 2015. He was born November 20, 1940 in Kenya, East Africa to Robert and Faith (Andrews) Lichty Sr. He resided in Charles City, Va. with his wife, Victoria (Robinson). Also surviving are his brother, Bill (Marcia) Lichty; and a sister, Mary Clark (Dick) Brannan; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Faith Lichty; and brother-in-law, David Clark. He was a career missionary and received his education from Evangel University, Springfield, Mo. and Iowa State University. Organizations he was involved with include: Youth With A Mission (YWAM), University of the Nations, Family Foundations International, Toward Jerusalem Council II. Bob lived his life committed to the Lord, serving in Tangier, Morocco, Rota and Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, Kona, Hawaii, Richmond and Charles City, Va. He was a teacher, leader, visionary and mentor. He is loved by many around the world. He left an impact on those who knew him.
Carl Arnbal ('65 MS civil engr) 89, an Ames resident and retired associate professor of freshman engineering at Iowa State University, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa. Carl Arnbal was born July 2, 1925, in Askov, Minnesota, one of four children to Olivia (Anna) Kjar Arnbal and Jens Arnbal (a carpenter and dairy farmer). His parents were born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States prior to World War I and married in 1906 in southern Minnesota. He spent most of his youth near Albert Lea, Minnesota, living with his close-knit family on their dairy farm.
Carl attended Albert Lea School, where he learned his love of wood and furniture making. He attended the University Minnesota through the U.S. Navy Scholarship program and graduated in 1946 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served briefly in the Navy and was a long-term naval reservist. During his college years Carl grew to love a neighbor girl in Albert Lea, Una Nielsen, and they married Aug. 31, 1946. Their love was lasting and devoted.
After living in Manhattan, Kan., where Carl completed his graduate work at Kansas State University in civil engineering, Una and Carl settled in Ames in 1952 when he became an Iowa State faculty member in the Department of Engineering Graphics. He co-authored a highly used workbook, Problems in Engineering Graphics. In 1965 he received a second MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State. Una and he raised three daughters in Ames and remained community residents.
Carl's passion for beautiful wood working was put to the test with Una and their Woodland Antiques business for three decades and when they built their last home with exquisite refinishing and building decorative cabinetry and furniture. He was an avid bowler on his university departmental team and often was recruited as a substitute by competing teams. Carl enjoyed rooting passionately for Iowa State women's basketball and had long-held season tickets in Hilton's Section 134. He was a member of the Memorial Lutheran Church. Over the years, Carl and Una kept close ties to their many Danish cousins who live on the Jutland peninsula as well as close Irish friends, Colm and Nuala O'Flaherty - Colm currently lives in Tasmania, Australia.
Curtis Harper ('65 MS biochemistry) 77, of Auburn, Ala., passed Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Arbor Springs Health and Rehab Center. Upon returning to Auburn in 2013, he reunited with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Harper was a graduate of Lee County Training School. He furthered his education at Tuskegee Institute (B.S. Chemistry and M.S. Organic Chemistry), Iowa State University (M.S. Biochemistry) and the University of Missouri (Ph.D. Biochemistry). Dr. Harper was a U.S. Army veteran.
George L. Hetzler ('65 ag and life sciences ed), 68, of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Trinity Hospital in Muscatine. George was born on March 16, 1942, in Muscatine, the son of Harold and Vida
Crumly Hetzler. He was an Iowa State University graduate who majored in
agriculture. He married Ann Arbogast on March 7, 1987, in Sun Lakes,
Arizona. He was an insurance adjustor for the Firemanâ€™s Fund.
George was a past member of the Sweetland United Methodist Church. He
enjoyed golfing, the Breakfast Clubs at Hy-Vee and McDonalds, collecting
garden tractors, going to garden tractor pulls and shoveling snow with
Paul Johnson ('65 physical education), a Retired Rear Admiral, passed away on August 3, 2014. Paul Stafford Johnson, Jr. was born September 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul Stafford Johnson, Sr. and Inita Mae Busch. He was a graduate of Maine Township in Park Ridge, Illinois and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Paul was an avid handball player and sports enthusiast, who also devoted his time to being a published author and Naval Recruiter. His love of sports led him to several accolades for football, wrestling, track and field, and boxing to name a few. At a young age he was also an accomplished accordion player.
Paul, "Killer" as known to many, was a decorated Navy combat veteran who participated in many Cold War actions and made hundreds of carrier landings. In two consecutive quarters in 1963 and 1964, Johnson received the USAF "Top Gun" Award with the 352nd TFS Yellow Jackets. Also, in 1964, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal by General Curtis LeMay.
Johnson served as a Naval Exchange Officer flying with the 354th Tactical Air Wing for two years where he was the Lead Crew of Composite Air Strike Force. In his role of "D" Flight Commander in the 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron Yellow Jackets, he flew secret missions across the Bering Straits into Russia, missions into Yemen and Libya, and down the Red Sea from Jidda, Saudi Arabia. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, he briefed President John F. Kennedy, along with Secretary of defense Robert McNamara, General Curtis LeMay, and General Sweeney.
He married his high school sweetheart, Leona Meta Riedemann, on March 12, 1957, who preceded him in death along with his parents and brother Thomas. Paul is survived by many loving family members and friends. Private services will be held at a later date and inurnment will be at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery at a later date.
If, in lieu of flowers, you prefer to make a donation, the family requests that they be to The Naval Museum at www.navalaviationmuseum.org, The Wounded Warrior Project via www.woundedwarriorproject.org, or to www.daedalians.org/CFIP, The Cadet Flight Indoctrination Program that seeks to identify, screen and select eligible applicants for participation in a flight training program designed to enhance their motivation to pursue a career in military aviation.
Lynette Burton Reed ('65 psych and English, MA '95 English) passed away on January 11, 2017, at her home in Champaign, Illinois. She was born on September 16, 1943, in Omaha, Nebraska, the second child of Clifford and Mildred (Johnson) Burton. After graduating from Benson High School in Omaha, she attended Iowa State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. While attending Iowa State, she met Lawrence Reed; they were married in 1964. After living briefly in Connecticut, Lynette and Larry returned to Ames, where they raised their two daughters. Lynette worked for many years at Iowa State — first in the Office of Student Financial Aid, then as a communications specialist in the Office of Admissions. She received her Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa State in 1995. After retiring, Lynette moved in 2009 to Tucson, Arizona, to be near her daughter Sylvia. She moved with Sylvia’s family to Massachusetts in 2012 and then to Champaign in 2014.
Lynette was an avid reader and thinker. No matter where she lived, her house was full of books. She was interested in science, psychology, religion, technology, and ideas of all kinds. She cared about language, and was a skilled writer and editor. She loved music, from Bach to Muddy Waters to Peter, Paul and Mary. She was an independent woman who valued her solitude, but she made friends easily wherever she went. She also loved animals, especially her dog Tess, who was a beloved companion for many years. Lynette is survived by her daughters, Valerie (Shea) Hickman and Sylvia (Scott) Schreiner; granddaughter, Ellen Schreiner; siblings, Larry (Connie) Burton, Carolyn Wells, Bruce (Kim) Burton and Byron Burton; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Burton; and former husband, Lawrence Reed.
Charles L. Smith ('66 landscape architecture) passed away March 13, 2001. He established several companies in the fields of design, construction, real estate, and planning. He was the proprietor of The Smith Group and Design Built 4-U. He changed many lives with his inspiring architectural designs.
Ivan Leigh (Skip) Starke, Jr. (’66 English and Speech) passed away Feb. 7, 2015 at the age of 71 in Camano Island, Wash. Skip was born on May 15, 1943. He attended Iowa State where he earned his B.S. in English and Speech in 1966. Skip was a member of TAU Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Skip and his wife Cathlin had one son together, Sean, who blessed them with two grandchildren, Zachary and Maile.
In 1973, Skip earned in Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington. Skip’s work career included a variety of opportunities where his economics discipline was applied to business financial analysis. Skip was a voracious reader and researcher. His lifelong passion and avocation as a student of Northwest tribes and cultures started as a young man growing up in Iowa. Skip was an expert on Northwest Coast basketry, both past and contemporary. Skip recently completed manuscript, a comprehensive study of Aleut basketry, will be published as a book, “Beauty Woven from Grass,” at a later date.
Robert E. Wise (DVM '66) passed away peacefully April 6, 2016 at Journey Care in Barrington, Ill. The son of Dr. Carroll and Addiene (Gates) Wise, he has born on June 2, 1938 in Worcester, Mass.
Bob grew up in Evanston, Ill., where he met and married his wife, Trudy Pettis, on August 15, 1964. Their life began together in Ames and shortly thereafter moved to Elgin, Ill., where he began his 46-year equine practice. Bob, or Doc -- as he was known by many clients, was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was active in the YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, Kiwanis Club, Larkin Booster Club, and a Member of the U-46 Board of Education for 12 years.
Dr. James Paul Yarbrough (MS '66 ag journalism, PhD '68 sociology), 79, of Ithaca, N.Y., passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016, at his home after an extended illness. Paul was born August 24, 1937, in Waycross, Ga., to the late Rev. Ralph Bird and LaVerte Tanner Yarbrough.
Paul’s education and career took him from Georgia to Iowa to New York. Ever the researcher and reflective intellectual, he recently described his life as encompassing four major stages: his childhood moving around South Georgia as a Methodist preacher’s child; his teenaged years spent helping establish a family farm and newspaper business and meeting his future wife; his college and graduate school years in Ames, Iowa, where he began his family and started his academic career; and his eventual establishment at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, when his family grew even larger with the addition of grandchildren.
As the child of a Methodist minister in the South Georgia Conference, Paul lived in the cities of Waycross, St. Marys, Eastman, Macon, Vienna, and Kingsland, all before the age of 13. In the spring of 1951, the Yarbrough family moved to their farm in the Stokesville Community near Axson, GA, where Paul spent his teenaged years and started a farming venture with his mother and brother Keith. In 1954, Paul’s father established the Atkinson County Citizen, and Paul quickly took to the duties associated with publishing a weekly newspaper. In addition to helping sustain the family in its farming and newspaper operations, Paul was a dedicated student, both in academics and extra-curricular activities. Under the tutelage of W.E. Thombs, his beloved agricultural teacher and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsor at Atkinson County High School, Paul ran for and won the office of Georgia FFA state president, and thus began his life-long interest in the study of agricultural journalism and communications. While still in high school, he met his future wife and great love, the late Eddie Francenia Morris.
Paul graduated from Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, GA, and the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, obtaining honors at both institutions. In 1960, as a newly married couple in pursuit of their careers, Paul and Eddie moved to Ames, Iowa. In Iowa, he received his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy of Sociology from Iowa State University, and the couple’s two sons were born. In the summer of 1962, Paul joined the US Army National Guard and served in the elite Army Reserve Intelligence Unit for six years. Upon completion of his PhD in 1968, Paul remained on staff at Iowa State until 1982 when he was recruited by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as a researcher and full professor of communication science. During his academic research career, his most devoted and able assistant was his wife, Eddie, who was his partner in life and professional endeavors. After his retirement from Cornell in 1999, Paul lovingly cared for Eddie until her death in 2005. Until his passing, Paul also was able to enjoy the company of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who lived close to him.
Dr. Thomas Joseph Helms (PhD '67 entomology) of Starkville, Miss., died Oct. 3, 2016 after an extended illness. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 20, 1939 to Warren Joseph Helms and Frances Viola Hubbard Martin Helms. Tom attended public schools in Lawrence and Craighead Counties in Arkansas.
During his career, Tom held appointments on the faculties of ISU, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Mississippi State University. Tom held the position of product development manager with Monsanto Agricultural Products Company in St. Louis from 1978-1980. In 1981, Tom was appointed to the position of professor and head of the department of entomology at Mississippi State University. In 1996, he became executive director of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. Following his retirement in 2002, he devoted much of his life to learning woodcraft and researching genealogy.
Patrick Joseph Kearney ('68 industrial admin) passed away on April 9, 2012. While at ISU Pat was active in his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He proudly served in the US Army as a Signal Corp Officer from 1969-1972, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Dec. 30, 1972 for "meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces." Following his honorable discharge, Pat began a successful career with American Hospital Supply/Baxter Medical Supply and was recognized as one of the best account managers in the country. He was also instrumental in pioneering custom sterile procedure kits. After leaving Baxter, he was President and owner of BB Medical, which was the leading wound care supply company throughout the state of Florida.
Barbara (Olson) King ('68 food & nutr), died at the age of 61 on March 4, 2008, at home with her family after a seven-month battle with cancer. King co-founded Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn., with her husband, Steven King, in 1971. She headed up the sales and marketing area, oversaw the manufacturing operations for the company, and worked closely with staff on a day-to-day basis. For more than 30 years, King was an active advocate at the local, state, and national levels for enhancing the lives of all people, especially children and families.
Barbara Jean Caves ('70 interior design) of Porterfield, Wis., passed away after a short illness on January 18, 2015, at Bay Area Medical Center. She was born on August 4, 1948, in Sumner, Iowa to Irvin and Florence Stahlhut. Barbara grew up in northeastern Iowa, graduating from Wapsie Valley High School in 1966, and Iowa State University in 1970 with a degree in Interior Design. She married Kim Scot Caves on August 21, 1971, and resided in Kenosha before moving to Crivitz in 1978. She spent the next years raising her two daughters, running a framing business and returning to school.
In 1989, Barbara received her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and worked teaching art in the Marinette School District. Barb retired in 2008 after 19 years teaching. She was well known in the schools for her approach to teaching the visual elements and principles of art through unique and varied projects.
Barbara was a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God and active in the Women’s Ministry. She spent countless hours arranging flowers and decorating for every event on the church calendar. She especially enjoyed preparing for weddings and the Christmas season.
In her retirement Barb returned to her love of painting and continued doing arts and crafts with children. You could always count on her when you needed someone to frame a picture, make a corsage or help you with decorating ideas. You were thrilled to receive one of Barb’s unique flower arrangements for your home. Her devotion to her friends and her Lord was evident in her daily life.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Joy Caves of San Jose, California, and Allison Caves of Porterfield; her mother, Florence Luloff of Marinette; her sister in law Lynelle Stahlhut of Egan, Minnesota and her children, Daniel and Lydia Stahlhut and Ben Ness; along with Lynn and Dan Luloff of Denver, Iowa and Gwen and Terry Luloff of Ankeny, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her father, Irvin Stahlhut; stepfather, Marvin Luloff; her brother, Ronnie Stahlhut; and also her former husband, Kim Caves.
Her daughters would like to thank the staff at Bay Area Medical Center; the Nurses of the ICU and Second floor along with doctors Francisco Gamez, Shadi Hamdan, Michael Karkkainen, Quefli Neziri, and Amr Youssef for their devotion and care during her 26 day stay.
Daniel James ‘Chicago Dan’ Gannon (’70 engineering) passed away on May 20, 2014 at the age of 71 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Daniel was born on December 4, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the son of James M. Gannon and Ruth Frances Cairns Gannon. He graduated Iowa State University with a degree in Engineering. Daniel served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam shortly after he graduated from Iowa State University.
Lisbeth Ann Rugen Walker ('70 textiles & clothing), 67, died Nov. 11, 2014 in the comfort of her home and surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Vernon Rugen of Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Philip Walker of Drakes Branch; her brothers, Jeff Rugen of Cedar Falls and David Rugen (Karen) of Seattle, Wash.; her dear friend and sister-in-law, Barbara Walker Noll (Jack) of Christiansburg, Va.; and her niece and nephew, Lindsay and Alex Rugen of Seattle. She received a degree in textile and clothing design from Iowa State University and was a charter member of the Charlotte County Master Gardeners and The Southside Herb Society. Liz was a free spirit, who preferred to concentrate on the beautiful things in life - good food (preferably desserts), good books (mostly mysterious), nice clothes, her slightly out-of-control gardens and especially her many friends. Liz cherished her friends, and her special ones, Eve, Barbara, Sharon and Kathy, made her final days more bearable. She was also very proud that her brothers, though located across the country, kept the family Christmas tradition alive by finding their way to Drakes Branch each year. Liz was a Midwestern city girl, who loved her life in rural Virginia. It was here that she discovered her passion for gardening and she spent endless hours establishing an eclectic collection of native and exotic plants. Every corner of the yard was potentially a new flower bed. For Liz, there was nothing more rewarding or uplifting than a wildflower expedition through the woods of Charlotte County. Liz's courage in her four year battle with cancer was an inspiration to those who knew her. She viewed it as a temporary inconvenience and refused to let it diminish her life-long interest in fashion and looking good. Even the relentless effects of three surgeries, chemotherapy and multiple radiation treatments couldn't dampen her spirit; as one friend put it, "no one should look so good in a scarf!"
Pamela Schlick ('71 textiles & clothing) died December 14, 2007 at her residence in Bloomington, Ind., after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 58 years old. Born June 13, 1949 in Tahlequah, Okla., Pamela was the daughter of Howard and Pauline (Gray) Dreasler. She moved with her family to Iowa, where she grew up in the towns of Cherokee, Eagle Grove, and Fort Dodge. She retired from RJO Group of New York, N.Y., as a consulting project manager and was an active in volunteer and philanthropic organizations. Pamela was a past officer in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority Alumnae Association. She is survived by her husband, James Schlick; one brother; two nieces; a mother-in-law; a brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.
Paula Schaedlich ('72 English), former longtime chief operating officer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore who was prominent in zoological circles, died Nov. 24, 2015 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mayfield.
"Paula was an amazing person, and her imprint at the National Aquarium after 32 years will continue," said Nancy A. Hotchkiss, vice president in charge of visitor experiences and education at the aquarium.
The daughter of William Schaedlich, a Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. worker, and Helen Schaedlich, a schoolteacher, Paula Sue Schaedlich was born in Fort Morgan, Colo., and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated in 1967 from Roosevelt High School. She was 66.
After college, Ms. Schaedlich held a variety of jobs. From 1973 to 1977, she worked as a media coordinator organizing local, regional and national conferences for the Iowa Public Interest Research Group. In 1977, she was a co-founder of the Community Action Research Group, which specialized in energy, food and agriculture, and environmental issues.
From 1977 to 1978, she was the Midwest field representative for the National Center for Appropriate Technology and Midwest field representative for the Agricultural Project of the Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies.
Ms. Schaedlich was conference director for the Infant Formula Action Coalition in Washington from 1979 to 1980, and helped organize the Nestle Boycott Coalition.
She spent 1980 as the conference director for the Center for Renewable Resources, also in Washington, and in 1981 arrived in Baltimore as project coordinator at the National Aquarium, a position she held for a year before being named program coordinator.
Gordon Dixon Booth (MS '73 statistics, PhD), age 78, of South Ogden, Utah, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on January 13, 2015, of causes incident to dementia and age. Gordon was born on February 16, 1936, to Albert Warren and Vesta Dixon Booth in Provo, Utah. He grew up in Vallejo, California, and Provo, Utah, and attended Brigham Young Elementary, High, and University. At BYU, Gordon met his lifelong and eternal companion, June Phoebe Erskine.
After honorably serving an LDS Mexican Mission, Gordon and June were married and sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 25, 1959. Together, they began their family in Provo, Utah, moving to Austin, Texas, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, before settling in Ames, Iowa, where he receivedfirst his Master’s Degree and then in 1973, his Ph.D. in Statistics. He served on the faculty at ISU at the time. He also served as an LDS bishop while in Ames. Gordon worked as a statistician for the USDA for 16 years before moving his family one last time to South Ogden, Utah, where he worked for the US Forest Service.
After retiring, Gordon served a four-year church service mission as a data analyst. Later, Gordon and his beloved wife served as missionaries to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii. He also shared his love for family history through many classes and conferences.
Alan G. Hipps ('73 landscape architecture) died July 23, 2014. Al graduated high school in Edina, MN and then attended Iowa State University where both of his parents had earned degrees. After his freshman year, he took time out to serve with distinction in the US Army in Vietnam. Returning to Iowa State, he studied Landscape Architecture, which satisfied his interest in nature and art. Following graduation, he moved back to the Twin Cities, married Joanne Secord (Food Science, ’73), and became a licensed landscape architect. He started his own practiced in the western suburbs of Minneapolis and built a thriving private business. For forty years, Al designed both private and commercial projects for a wide number of satisfied clients. His death from cholangiocarcinoma is tied to his service in Vietnam. He had a passion for design and for protecting the environment. He is survived by Joanne, and three sons, Jeremy, Jon, and Andrew (Business, ’04). He will be missed for his strength, his love of his family, his passion for the environment, and his stories.
Richard D. Pilgrim ('73 farm op) of Nevada, Iowa died May 2, 2016 at the age of 88. He first attended ISU after he got out of the U.S. Navy in 1946 and graduated at the age of 44; he wanted to graduate before his eldest daughter, who also graduated in 1973.
Dick was born April 24, 1928, in Grinnell, Iowa to C. Morey and Nellie (Cooper) Pilgrim. Dick married Shirley Hesson on January 2, 1949.
Anita Whisney ('74 textiles and clothing, MS '77) 62, of Alpha, Minn., passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn., surrounded by her family and friends, after a valiant 13-month fight against mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Anita Ann Johnson was born Sept. 17, 1952, in Rapid City, S.D., the daughter of Charles (Chuck) and Eunice (Gutormson) Johnson. She graduated in 1970 from Central High School in Rapid City, and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings on an academic scholarship. She graduated from SDSU in 1974 with a degree in home economics. After interning at the Dayton Hudson store in downtown Minneapolis, she earned a master's degree from Iowa State University in Ames. She was united in marriage to Dennis Whisney on Nov. 27, 1976, at First Congregational Church in Rapid City, S.D. After marriage, they moved to a farm in Wisconsin Township, Jackson County, Minn., where she lived the remainder of her life. After moving to Minnesota, Anita worked as a teller at the First National Bank (now Bank Midwest) in Jackson before deciding to stay home to care for her two daughters. In 1982, she began working at Fairmont's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, one of the first pilot programs that launched in the state. She partnered with Linda Clarksean in 1984 to launch the inaugural year of ECFE in Jackson, and served as director and parent educator for the program for 27 years until her retirement in 2012. Anita was baptized and confirmed at First Congregational Church in Rapid City. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jackson for over 40 years, where she sang in the choir and served on the church council. Anita was known in the community for her dedication to giving her time to causes, she believed in. From 1988 to 2012, Anita served as "COO" of the Jackson Youth Soccer program, assisting her husband in his director role. She was a 4-H leader for the Wisconsin Wizards 4-H Club and was an interim director of Jackson 4-H in 2013. She served as a judge for clothing, food and nutrition, and Cloverbud projects at several county fairs in the area. Anita was very active in the Jackson Quilt Guild and PEO International, and enjoyed quilting, traveling and scrapbooking.
David M. Worden ('74 biology), 60, of Easton, Mass., died at home July 7, 2013 after a courageous battle with brain cancer, his loving wife Julie, adoring daughters, Katherine and Hannah and his parents at his side. Born in Ames, Iowa he was raised in Schenectady, NY, Pasadena, CA and Fargo, N.D. Devoted son of David G. and Elizabeth A. Worden of Albany and loving brother of Christine Worden of Princeton. Dave graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 and taught high school biology in Australia, California and N. Dakota before receiving his Masters in Zoology from UMASS Amherst in 1986. He worked as an environmental consultant for many years on Cape Cod before joining the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation as a Senior Scientist assessing and protecting reservoir water quality. In his career as a limnologist, he presented at multiple conferences and published a variety of papers on pond management and water quality, including a historical review of nutrient and plankton dynamics in Wachusett Reservoir. Dave was an avid reader, nature lover, fisherman, canoeist, hiker, scuba diver, poet, historian, botanist, gardener and classical music enthusiast. He enjoyed coaching Easton Recreational Basketball and volunteering in his daughter's science classes in the Easton Public Schools. Of his many achievements, his family was his greatest source of pride and joy. He will be missed by his father-in-law James M. Meehan of Belmont and sibling-in-laws Rod Miller of Princeton, Mary and Richard Cheever of Carlisle, Terri and Andrew Rudy of Falls Church, VA, William and Pamela Meehan of Belmont, James F. Meehan of Waltham and by his eight nieces and nephews Elizabeth and Matthew Cheever, Michael, Monica, Caitlin and Julia Rudy, and Patrick and James Meehan.
Karl Thomas Gilbertson ('75 industrial admin & accounting), 64, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. He was born August 9, 1948 in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Orin and Vera (Knox) Gilbertson. Karl married Barbara McCannon March 20, 1971 in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from De Sales High School, Ossian, Iowa in 1966 and Iowa State University in 1975 with a BS in Industrial Administration and Accounting. Karl worked for Tyler Technologies as a software specialist. He was active in Boy Scouts, Republican State Central Committee, Black Hawk County Republican Committee, and Orchard Hill Church.
Those that knew Karl were well-acquainted with his big smile, hearty laugh, ever-giving spirit, one or two short stories, and hardworking attitude that never took shortcuts. He possessed a sharp mind that could recite everything from the mile marker for Sheldon, IA and the Cyclones’ starting lineup for the 1972 Liberty Bowl to intimate stories about friends and loved ones. He loved the Lord, his friends and family, serving those around him, and life’s simple pleasures.
After an interesting nine-year journey through Iowa State University, he ventured out to Montana with his wife Barbara, where he helped establish and manage a restaurant by the name of Karl Mark’s Pizza (he had a sense of humor). They lived and made a life together in several midwestern states and eventually settled in Cedar Falls, IA. It is here that they raised their two boys, Matthew and David. Karl was actively involved in church, Boy Scouts, political committees, various hobbies, and volunteering.
In December of 2008, Karl was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He faced his battle with cancer with the same attitude that, in his days of political volunteering, earned him the nickname “Killer Karl.” This fierce determination was complemented by his gentle heart which sought to touch the lives of those around him every step of the way. During the four years of his fight, he was sustained by the faithfulness of his Lord Jesus Christ, his unrelenting spirit, “Team Gilbertson,” and the prayers of hundreds of friends he made throughout his life.
Oswaldo Parra Coa ('76 agronomy) passed away November 3 in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. He worked 20 years as a professor at the Jose Antonio Anzoategui Technical Institute at El Tigre, Venezuela, working later as a consultant on environmental and agronomy matters. He also worked with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a leader on a project for Venezuela's Food Security, reproducing hybrid and heirloom corn and leguminose seeds. This program helped poor communities of farmers to create their own germplasm banks. Oswaldo was a generous man, loved by his family and friends. He loved the land, as he knew it is the source of all we need, and working on it was his passion.
Daniel Louis Schatz ('76 zoology), 63, passed away Jan. 5, 2015 at his home in Twin Lakes, Minn. Daniel was born on May 15, 1952 in Mason, Ohio to Vernon and Elizabeth (Lynch) Schatz. The family moved to Arizona in 1960. At a young age, Dan was diagnosed with diabetes, but he did not let that affect his childhood. Daniel graduated from New Trier High School in Lake Forest, Illinois. He continued his education at Iowa State University.
On June 15, 1974, Dan was united in marriage to Debra Nash in Decorah, Iowa. To this union, three children were born. The family lived in Ames, Iowa until 1980 when they moved to Twin Lakes. Dan worked for Scotsman Ice and later Progress Castings before becoming a stay at home father where he was happy to spend more time with his children.
Dan was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. He was a Webelos leader in Pack 105 at St. Theodore's, and earlier in his life was a leader in the Cub Scouts for almost 20 years. In his free time, Dan was a history buff. He would often read or watch shows about a certain historical place, and often would visit these locations if they were close enough to home. He also liked family history and genealogy. He would gather all of the information he could at family reunions, and would make photo albums of all of his findings. In his earlier years, he enjoyed canoeing, car shows, restoring cars, and 70's rock music. One of his greatest accomplishments was his hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon while a Boy Scout in Arizona. Dan had a wonderful sense of humor, loved telling and hearing jokes and was full of puns that only dad's would say – a tradition sure to be passed down to his children! Dan's biggest joy in life was his grandson, Carter.
Karen Liffring Hill ('77 sciences & humanities) passed away December 2, 2010. She graduated from ISU with a B.A. double major in French and English. Originally intending to be a teacher, she changed her mind after one eye-opening semester of student teaching, and instead began a 30-year career as an editor in the publishing industry.
She was an extremely hard worker with a reputation for great attention to detail and thoroughness. Family was always priority number one with Karen, and her love of traveling was often combined with visiting relatives and friends throughout the country. She was a kind, thoughtful, and generous friend to many.
Karen Jeannette Bruner Hull (PhD '78 home ec ed), age 74, of Heartland Nursing Home in Westerville, Ohio, died on May 26, 2015 after a courageous 35-year battle against chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. She taught courses in consumer economics at Iowa State. Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1981, she clerked for the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. She retired in 1998 from her position as Counsel to the Ohio Bar Association's Disciplinary Board. Karen will be remembered for her dedication to facing a debilitating illness with dignity and a positive outlook. She was committed to diversity, often hosting gatherings for foreign students at her home. She was an accomplished home economist, tailor, seamstress, baker and financial planner. A devoted member of Westerville's Northside Presbyterian Church, Karen assisted in the church's summer camp program.
Steve Lynn (MS '80 phys ed), a former Big Eight Conference track coach-of-the-year who mentored countless Cyclone student-athletes on and off the track, including Olympic medalists in 14 years as head of the Cyclone program and 16 years as an assistant coach, died Wednesday at Mary Greeley Medical Center. He was 61. Lynn was surrounded by family and friends when he succumbed to injuries suffered in a fall at his home Friday. Arrangements for a Visitation and a Celebration of Life are pending.
Lynn had been the Executive Director of Iowa Senior Olympics since 2009. He worked as an assistant to the Vice President of Iowa State University and was Associate Director of the U.S. Junior Olympics for the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau before taking his latest position. He also worked as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa.
Lynn was an integral part of Iowa State's powerhouse track and field program that won 15 Big Eight Conference track and field titles between 1981 and 1994. As head coach, his Cyclone teams won league championships indoors and outdoors in 1993 and outdoors in 1994. Lynn's Iowa Staters finished third at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. In all 56 All-America plaques were awarded to sprinters and hurdlers under Lynn's watchful eye. Lynn personally coached four Olympians or World Championships competitors, three NCAA individual champions. A trio of shuttle hurdle title teams were among the 12 Drake Relays champions he tutored.
An Oskaloosa native and William Penn graduate (1973), Lynn earned a master's degree at Iowa State in 1980. Lynn started as a part-time coach under Bill Bergan, coaching sprints and hurdles in 1977.
Lynn coached some of Iowa State's all-time great performers. Danny Harris won three NCAA 400-meter crowns and earned a silver medal in that event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was the silver medalist at the 1987 World Track and Field Championships in Rome. Olympic bronze medalist Sunday Uti was a three-time second-place finisher in the 400 meters in NCAA competition.
While making the most out of world-class talent like Harris and Uti, Lynn's coaching signature is most indelible on the All-America careers of athletes who were not highly recruited. The list of Iowa high schoolers who earned All-America or conference championship honors includes Todd Holm of Tripoli (two-time All-American sprint), David Knight of Ames (All-American sprinter), Kevin Kuchel of Kingsley (Big Eight champion sprinter), Randy Thompson of LuVerne (All-American and conference champion sprinter) and Jason Woods of Treynor (Big 12 champion and All-America hurdler).
Steve was married to K’Lynn Kuehl Lynn. He had the good fortune to coach his daughter Erica (multi-events) and son Scott (hurdles) at Iowa State.
James Edward Jantzen (’81 elec engr) died May 16, 2008 at the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, following a lengthy illness. Survivors include his wife Lori; his sons, Matthew and John, at home; his mother, Ellen Jantzen of Grinnell; a brother, Kenneth Jantzen of Malcom; two sisters, Peggy Jantzen and Pauline Sharp, both of Grinnell; and a nephew, Dennis Jantzen of Mount Pleasant. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford. James began working in 1982 at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. In 1985, he began working at Rockwell Collins where he was an Engineering Manager in the Advanced Technology Center. On Nov. 15, 1986, he was united in marriage to Lori Garton in Des Moines, Iowa. An avid basketball player and ISU sports fan, James also coached the “Twisters” A.A.U. youth basketball teams.
Carole Elaine Roberts Kratkiewicz ('81 history) died on March 8, 2008. She battled MS for 16 years. She is survived by her husband, Art, two children, Nick and Katie.
Alpha L. Sandage ('81 family and
consumer sciences) Alpha L. (Johnston) Sandage, age 84, passed away on
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in West Des Moines. Alpha was born on October 6,
1928, in Forest City, IA to John Francis "Jack" Johnston and Alice
Anette (Severson) Johnston. She graduated from Forest City High School
in 1946 where she participated as a cheerleader and drum majorette.
attended Waldorf Junior College for one year and finished a two year
elementary course at Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls, where
she was named "Old Gold Queen." Her first teaching job was in Belmond
where she met a young Voc. Ag. Teacher named Duane Sandage. They were
married on June 19, 1949, in Forest City. They lived in Belmond, Iowa
Falls, Clarion, Ames, and West Des Moines. They also enjoyed summers at
their cabin on Ten Mile Lake in northern MN and winter trips to Sanibel
Island in FL.
At the age of 51, Alpha returned to college as one
of the first adult students at Iowa State in Ames, finishing her degree
and graduating with honors in Family Environment. While in college, she
developed a flare for creative writing and continued to enjoy lifelong
Alpha considered her greatest accomplishments as
celebrating 64 years of marriage, being the mother of three wonderful
children and three special granddaughters. The legacy she leaves with
them is the wisdom of her advice, the strength of her faith and
character, her ongoing sense of humor and her tremendous love of family
Survivors include her husband, Duane Sandage of West
Des Moines; son, Scott J. Sandage of Evanston, IL; daughter, Suanne M.
Sandage of Des Moines; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Danielle
Sandage of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Natasha Sandage of Evanston,
and Kate and Camille Sandage of Minneapolis, MN; sister and
brother-in-law, Sylvia and James Kleen of North Mankato, MN;
sisters-in-law, Florence Johnston of Garner, IA, Shirley Johnston of
Belmond, IA, and Antoinette Johnston of Osage, IA; and many dear nieces,
nephews, and wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her
parents; sister, Mildred Johnston; and three brothers, Robert Johnston,
Maynard Johnston and Virgil Johnston.
Randy R. Leaders ('83 trans log) died July 5, 2015.
Jerry Moses ('84 family and consumer sci) died Nov. 29 in Waterloo, Iowa. Jerry was born on Nov. 25, 1951, in Waterloo. He was the son of James “Lefty” and Doris Moses. His early school days began at Grant Elementary, Logan Middle School and Waterloo East High School. Jerry had a gift for academics and sports. He was president of his senior class and a standout athlete in basketball and track. He emerged as a football star while in high school where he was a running back that racked up 56 touchdowns, was a two-time, first-team all-stater and a high school all American. He was a part of the East High Trojans that had an undefeated 56-game winning streak. Jerry was one of the most highly recruited athletes in the country as a senior. He went on to attend Iowa State University in 1970 on a full-ride scholarship for football.
After football, he moved back to Waterloo where he found the love of his life, Shirley Redd. Meeting again at a neighborhood park, they went on their first date and have been inseparable ever since. He and Shirley married in 1979. As best friends for over 43 years, they had a marriage made in Heaven. The love that Jerry and Shirley had together made an impact on everyone they came across. They have four sons Terry, Clayton, JJ, and Milan. Being a father was one of Jerry’s greatest accomplishments and he had such a special bond with them.
In 2012, Jerry was ordained as a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church. This season of his life marked one of the most important, as he found a deeper level of passion for God. He spent his days reading the Bible, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and serving others.
Laura Tekippe ('84 business) died March 18, 2011. Laura had an incredible work ethic and truly enjoyed working for Norwest/Wells Fargo Card Services for 25 years. Being the only girl in the family, the biggest joys of Laura's life were her brothers, nieces, and nephews. She spoiled all of them rotten and many people commented that they wanted to have an Aunt Laura just like her. She took care of her family and never expected anything in return.
James M. Turek ('84 computer science) died on Aug. 12, 2009. He worked many years in the computer field in California and Arizona, including consulting and sales.
He was a devout Catholic and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City. He was well known for his intelligence, his playful sense of humor, his sincere desire to help those in need, his loyalty to friends and his love for children and animals. He enjoyed traveling, experiencing new places and meeting new people. He loved to golf, play tennis and spend long days on the beach.
He is survived by his mother, Beverly Turek of Sioux City; his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert and Lisa Turek of Harrisville, Mich.; and his sister, Catherine Turek and nephew, Drew McClure of Durange, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Turek in 2000; and a niece, Samantha McClure in 2007.
Cynthia Lee Hensch ('85 French), 53, of rural Foxhome, Minn., died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at her home. She was born on August 4, 1961 in Chadron, Neb., the daughter of Dr. Carl and Georgia (Muma) Vondra. She grew up in Ames, Iowa and attended school there, graduating from Ames High School in 1979. After high school, she attended and graduated from Iowa State University in 1985 and also attended University of Montabahn in France.
On Sepember 5, 1998 she married Ronald Hensch in Campbell, Minn. Over the years she worked as a head cook at Iowa State University Field Station, as a waitress in Ames, Iowa, as a receptionist for “Let Us Entertain You” restaurant in Chicago, Ill., was employed with Herberger’s in Fergus Falls and most recently a sales for Royal Foods in Minneapolis.
She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends, gourmet cooking and baking, reading, gardening, needle work and all outdoor activities.
James Weymiller ('86 ag business) died on January 25, 2009.
Dr. Ali Safaeinili ('87 engr) a long-time and respected member of the Radar Science and Engineering team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), passed away on July 29, from complications due to cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer. Safaeinili was 45 years old. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lisa; two daughters, Nadia, 17, and Roya, 10; his parents, siblings, and many, many friends and colleagues.
Wayne Pitman Davis ('88 MS journalism) was born Sept. 9, 1920, near Phillipsburg, Mo., the only child of Dr. William Riley and Alice Pitman Davis. He died January 11, 2015, in Ames, Iowa.
Married May 28, 1944, to Jeanne Frances West, he was the father of three children, Dr. Kenneth W. Davis of Rio Rancho, N.M., Kathleen Jeanne (stillborn in 1950), and Polly Jeanne Montgomery of Omaha, Nebr., who died Aug. 2, 1995. Jeanne died June 25, 1975.
After a long courtship, Wayne married Ferne Gater Bonomi April 20, 1991, and she survives, as do Ken and Ken’s wife, Bette, and three grandchildren, Cassandra (Davis) Hansen, Evan Davis, and Andrea (Montgomery) Becerra. Cassandra and Eric Hansen live in Montclair, Va., Evan and his wife, Rebecca, and their son, William Thomas, in Fairfax, Va. and Andrea and her husband, Gabriel Becerra, live in Madison, Wisc. Andrea’s father, Karl Montgomery, lives in Omaha. Also surviving are two step-sons, Robert Bonomi of Evanston, Ill., and Scott Bonomi of Benecia, Ca.
Davis’ career spanned three disciplines: journalism, public relations and education. After college and working a year as news editor of the Albia (Iowa) newspapers, he leased The Moravia (Iowa) Union, which he published for two and a half years until his induction into the army toward the end of World War II.
Returning as a second lieutenant after 10 months in the Army of Occupation in Germany, he managed The Mille Lacs Messenger in Isle, Minn., for a few months before returning to Iowa in 1947 to purchase The Seymour Herald. During his 30 years in Seymour, he and his wife, Jeanne, were named Master Editor-Publishers by the Iowa Press Association (now the Iowa Newspaper Association) – the first couple to be so honored. Expanding his work in Seymour, he founded, in neighboring Allerton, The Allerton Advance in March 1948 and published it until November 1949. For a few months in 1967 he also served temporarily as managing editor of the Centerville (Iowa) Daily Iowegian.
Following Jeanne’s death – finding that running a “man and wife” newspaper without a wife wasn’t fun anymore – he sought something else to do. Persuaded by Ferne that some of the skills he had learned in the newspaper business were transferable, he began work in February 1977 as public relations coordinator for the Iowa State Center, the performing arts complex at Iowa State University in Ames. He retired 10 years later as an assistant director of the center, responsible for marketing, public relations and sales.
Early in his tenure at the Iowa State Center, Davis joined the Public Relations Society of America and remained active in the Central Iowa Chapter, serving as a board member and secretary, and producing the chapter newsletter under seven presidents. He passed the national examination for Accreditation in Public Relations in 1992 – at age 71 – and is believed to have been the oldest person to have achieved accredited status through examination.
In 1988 he accepted a part-time appointment in the ISU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, serving as a temporary instructor and as an aide to the department chair. When he retired 10 years later from what had become the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, he had served under three chairs and held the title of External Affairs Officer.
From the time of his separation from active army duty in 1946 until mandatory retirement in 1976, Davis pursued a concurrent career in the U. S. Army Reserve. Most of his service was in the information field, but included civil affairs, logistics and field press censorship responsibilities. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1972, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the time of his retirement.
Davis held a bachelor of arts degree in human relations from The Principia College in Elsah, Ill., and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. In 1988, 49 years after earning his first bachelor’s, he received a master of science degree in journalism from Iowa State University.
He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Missouri, was a founding member of the Lions club in Seymour, and maintained memberships in the Iowa Press Association/Iowa Newspaper Association, the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), the American Legion and the Reserve Officers Association.
During his years in Seymour he served as a director and president of the board of municipal utilities trustees, a member and assistant chief of the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, president of the Genoa and Seymour Farmers Mutual Telephone Co., and president of both the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and the Seymour Community Club. He participated in the activities of the Seymour Industrial Committee, the Seymour Housing Association and the Seymour Development Co., Inc. He and Jeanne were among the founding stockholders of the Seymour Care Center. During his years at Seymour he had been listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest. More recently he was listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
In Ames, he served as a director of the North Park Villa Homes Association, as a director and vice president of the Central Iowa Symphony board, as secretary and board member of the Central Iowa Symphony Foundation, and as a member of the executive committee of the ISU College for Seniors for 10 years. He served a three-year term on the board and was president of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation in 1992-93. The journalism faculty elected him as a Friend of the Department in 1996, and he received the Greenlee School’s highest honor, the J. W. Schwartz Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism, in 2005. He had retained an associate membership in the Iowa Newspaper Association and in 2007 received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Newspaper Industry.
A practicing Christian Scientist, Davis had served the Ames church in several capacities including treasurer, board member, assistant committee on publication and both first and second readers. His most recent term as first reader began Jan. 1, 2006.
Timothy Spotts (’90 business) passed away on September 3, 2011 at the age of 43 in Ida Grove, Iowa. Timothy was born on January 23, 1968 in Ida Grove, Iowa. He was the son of Ralph Edward and Joan (Heldt) Spotts, Jr. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Iowa State University in 1990.
John Aldershof ('92 architecture), 45, of Cedar Rapids passed away on March 4, 2013 in a car accident. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM with a visitation beginning at 9:30 AM at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Jack Flaherty officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 pm with sharing of memories beginning at 5 PM at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will be at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
John was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 6th, 1967. He graduated from Washington High School and received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College. John received an Architecture degree from Iowa State University in 1992 and was a licensed architect with the AIA. He studied abroad in Holland at the Delft University during his graduate studies. He was currently studying to receive his MBA from Mt. Mercy University.
Besides his career in architecture, John had a love for music and art. He enjoyed playing the drums in many different bands and considered music his great passion. He was also actively involved in the Unity Center of Cedar Rapids and attended services there and at All Saints Catholic Church. John had a great sense of humor and was funny and quick witted. John was blessed to have found his faith in God and had embraced his church community in recent years. He loved his daughter, Juliette, and nieces, Abby and Holland very much and was so proud of them all.
John is survived by a daughter, Juliette (13) of Chicago, IL; his parents, Jack Aldershof and Fran Aldershof, his sister Susie (Kent) Van Metre, nieces Abigail and Holland Van Metre, grandmother, Lucille Sievers of Anamosa, and many other family and friends.
John is preceded in death by grandparents, Peter and Margaret Aldershof and grandfather, John Sievers.
Rory James Flaherty (’00 management information systems), 36, of Seattle, Washington, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Lima, Peru, South America, where he was traveling. Rory graduated from Le Mars Gehlen Catholic High School in 1994. He then attended Iowa State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. Following graduation, he lived and worked in Seattle. Rory loved biking, hiking, and snowboarding. He was a husband, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle, friend, and soon-to-be father. He loved well and was well-loved by all who knew him, and he will be dearly missed
Heath D. Peterson ('01 horticulture) of Waukegan, Ill., formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at Bettendorf Christian Church, with burial in Davenport Memorial Park.
Heath was born May 12, 1977 in Davenport, the son of Bradley & Wendy (Schumann) Peterson. He was a graduate of Bettendorf High School and received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture/turfgrass management from Iowa State University. He was employed as a superintendent for various golf courses in the region
Adam Lander ('08 graphic design and advrt) died unexpectedly March 8, 2009, at home. Adam was a 2003 graduate of St. Charles East High School and a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University, where he double majored in graphic design and advertising. He was employed by Chronicle Newspapers.
Kelli Basile ('14 child, adult, and family services), 24, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Lee's Summit, Mo., in a plane accident along with her father, Vince Basile. She was born April 27, 1992 to Vince and Beth Basile in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a graduate of West Des Moines Valley High School who worked for Grant Ragan Elementary School in Waukee, Iowa, as a Special Education Associate and was a Sports Event Coordinator for i9 Sports. Kelli was an alumna of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and enjoyed camping, spending time with family playing games, Disney, and all animals. Kelli was a kind and caring spirit with a passion for helping children.