Classnotes

March 4, 2010

Dennis Barry ’59, MA ’62 of Eau Claire, Wis., was a coach, teacher, and dean of students at Mundelein High School from 1961 to 1981 and was the principal of Lena High School from 1981 to 1999. He enjoys woodworking and outdoor activities. He and his wife, Dorothy McManus Barry ’58, have two children and five grandchildren.

Jeanette Behrends ’59, MA ’71 of Peoria was a teacher in Glasford for 42 years. Since retiring in 2001, she has enjoyed traveling. She is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and has been involved in the Komen Race for the Cure and the Bartonville Relay for Life.

Ellen Crosell Corti ’59 of Tucson, Ariz., retired from teaching at Buffalo Grove High School in 1994. She married Darrell Corti ’58 in 1960. He died in 1972. She has lived in Tucson for 15 years, where she plays golf and bridge and is involved in church activities. She has one child and one grandchild.

Marilyn Dimmick Davis ’59 of Louisville, Ky., married Bill Davis MSME ’65. She was a home economics teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She started the summer recreation program at Fondulac Park District and was named East Peoria’s “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in 1982. She and her husband have two children and five grandchildren.

Melissa DeWitt ’04 recently earned a master’s degree in special education from National Louis University. A first- and second-grade special education teacher for the Round Lake school district, she lives in Lakemoor.

Deb Hamilton ’94 MA ’98 recently published “Implanting Impairment: Contextualizing U.S. Special Education Category” in Disability & Society. It is her first article in a peer-reviewed journal. She is a special education teacher for Wheaton-Warrenville schools. She and her husband, Dave Hamilton MA ’98, live in Batavia.

Doris Wilcoxon Larke ’53 of Peoria received the 2009 Woodruff High School faculty appreciation award. She retired from teaching in 1990, and she then volunteered in adult education for 15 years. She holds a master’s degree from Illinois State University.

Ellen Murphy Shull ’59 of San Antonio, Texas, received her master’s degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and taught high school English for 10 years. For the past 20 years, she has been an English professor at Palo Alto College. Shull received the Educator Yellow Rose of Texas Award in October. She is the editor of The Palo Alto Review, a journal of ideas. She has four children and eight grandchildren. Her husband, John Shull ’56, died in 2008.

Candice Tennel Swift ’93 is the new Canton High School principal. She previously was the assistant principal at University High School in Normal. Swift holds a master’s degree and a doctorate degree from Illinois State University. She and her two children live in Canton.

Jim Wilson ’00 became principal of Davenport Elementary School in Eureka last August. He holds an educational leadership degree from Western Illinois University. Wilson and his wife, Kelly, live with their two children in Pekin.