In Memory


DR. E. NEAL CLAUSSEN, professor emeritus of communication, died on Feb. 6 in Peoria. He taught at Bradley from 1963 to 1998, receiving the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987. A past president of the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, he published a book and many articles on political rhetoric. He was active in his church and the Mock Trial Association at Bradley. An Army veteran, he held a master’s and a doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University. Survivors include his wife Margaret, two sons, and five grandchildren


FLORENCE PETERS ULRICH ’32, Oct. 12, 2010, Peoria. She taught home economics in Peoria schools before her marriage. She was a member of Sigma Kappa and PEO. Two daughters, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter survive.

ELEANOR SPEARS YURS ’37, Nov. 9, 2010, Elgin. She taught home economics until 1941 and later was a substitute teacher. A longtime member of the Kane County Home Bureau, Eleanor was a member of Sigma Chi Gamma at Bradley. She enjoyed needlework. Surviving are three daughters, six grandchildren, and two sisters including BETTY SPEARS MUIRHEAD ’38.

ARTHUR MEISINGER ’38 MS ’51, Oct. 19, 2010, Peoria. Art was a teacher and coach for 37 years. He worked at high schools in Kansas and Glasford, and then at Trewyn Junior High School in Peoria. A World War II Navy veteran, Art was a Bradley baseball player and a member of Sigma Phi. He was the ticket manager when the Braves played at the Armory. Two children including MARY MEISINGER BURLING, MA ’72, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

LeFORREST MILLER ’38, Sept. 15, 2010, Lebanon, N.J. He joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in the Midwest in the 1940s. In 1956 he became a soil scientist with the World Soil Map in Washington, D.C. He was involved in the first use of satellite imagery to estimate crop production around the world. LeForrest held a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He was a member of Sigma Phi. Two children and two grandchildren survive.

MARION PUTNAM BOHNER ’39, Oct. 16, 2010, Peoria. Marion’s efforts raised more than $40 million for various Peoria organizations. She and her late husband were recognized as outstanding philanthropists in 2003. Marion was active in Methodist Service League, Pi Beta Phi, PEO, the YWCA, Girl Scouts, United Presbyterian Church, and many other groups. Survivors include three children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


JULIAN “DUKE” BOTELLO ’44, Oct. 14, 2010, Pekin. A World War II Army veteran, he played basketball at Bradley until being drafted. He co-owned a service station for 35 years, retiring in 1987. Duke enjoyed fishing. His daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson survive.

EILEEN SEMLOW ROGERS ’46 MA ’74, Nov. 1, 2010, Peoria. An English and math teacher at Limestone High School for 25 years, she retired in 1989. Eileen was a member of Sigma Kappa and was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Her husband Edwin survives, along with one daughter.

ELLIOTT “BUS” ORMSBEE ’47, Dec. 12, 2010, Hot Springs Village, Ark. He was a football coach and teacher for 15 years and then served as athletic director for 19 years in Arlington Heights District 214. A member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame, Bus played football for the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Patricia survives, along with four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

JOSEPH CANNON ’48, Oct. 20, 2010, St. Louis. He was a research chemist for Monsanto for 32 years. A World War II Navy veteran, he was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife Peggy, five children, 15 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

BETTY BLUMENSHINE GERBER ’48, Dec. 25, 2010, Metamora. She was a mortgage loan officer with Peoria Savings and Loan. Betty was a member of Sigma Kappa. In Washington she was active in her church and the historical society.

DONALD INGERSOLL ’48, Nov. 4, 2010, Peoria. He was employed by Caterpillar and Clark Equipment Co., and later owned Ingersoll Hardware in LaGrange and Peoria. Don enjoyed Masonic work and fishing. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

CONARD LEIGHTY ’48, Oct. 21, 2010, Metamora. He was a senior design engineer for Caterpillar for 35 years, retiring in 1983. Conard was a World War II Army veteran. Two children, five grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren survive.

CONRAD SCHWAGER ’48, Dec. 19, 2010, Peoria. He was the retired president of CDI Corp. Central, and the chairman and CEO of Midwest Technical Inc. A World War II Army veteran, Conrad was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He held a Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA International) racing license. His wife ALICE GOETZE SCHWAGER ’74 survives.

THOMAS GRANT ’49, Oct. 30, 2010, Thousand Palms, Calif. He was an auditor for Corn Products Corp. for more than 35 years. Tom later became vice president of Argo State Bank in Chicago. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his daughter, two granddaughters, and three great-granddaughters.

BETTY BURTON QUERRY ’49, Dec. 25, 2010, Clinton Township, Mich. She taught reading in East Peoria and various cities in Michigan. Survivors include her husband FRANK QUERRY ’50, two children, and five grandchildren.

DONALD SCOTT ’49, Dec. 11, 2010, Peoria. He was an independent insurance agent for 50 years. Don was an active member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church. In 2002 he received the Pere Marquette Award from the Diocese of Peoria. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Lucille, three daughters, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


BERTON BESSERT ’50, Nov. 25, 2010, Fort Collins, Colo. He retired from Caterpillar in 1984. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Bert enjoyed golf. Surviving are his wife Bess, three children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

DOMINIC “DAN” COLLETTI ’50, Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz. He retired from Illinois Tool Works Foundation as vice president of manufacturing operations. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Two sons, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

JAMES RAKOW ’50, Dec. 10, 2010, Algonquin. He worked with his father in their engineering and surveying firm for 15 years. He then became McHenry County superintendent of roads for more than 24 years; a road is named in his honor. James retired from SEC Group Inc. in 2005. A Korean War Navy veteran, he served in the Naval Reserves until 1967. He was a board member of the Chicago Area Transit System. Survivors include his wife Phyllis, four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

CARLYLE “COZZ” REGELE ’50, Dec. 6, 2010, Glendora, Calif. He was an engineer for Rain Bird Corp. for 33 years. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his World War II service. He was active in the Catholic Church and sang in the choir. Survivors include his wife Colleen, six children, 20 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

GEORGE “KEN” BUTZ, MA ’52, Nov. 4, 2010, Bellingham, Wash. He was a clinical psychologist for 35 years, last working at Western State Hospital. Ken enjoyed photography and reading. Two sons, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

HERMAN KOESTRING ’52, Nov. 13, 2010, Glenview. He worked at MacLean-Fogg Co. for many years and retired as vice president. Herm enjoyed fishing. He was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife Guyla, two children, and five grandchildren survive.

CARMINE “CHICK” MACCARONE ’52, Oct. 3, 2010, Bloomfield, N.J. He worked in sales for Fidelity Paper Co. A World War II Army veteran, he was active in the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of Rho Delta at Bradley.

DAMON “ED” POLLITT ’53, Sept. 5, 2010, Lombard. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Surviving are four children including KAREN POLLITT ’83 and seven grandchildren.

KAY KOHTZ SHANNON ’53, Nov. 5, 2010, Chillicothe.  She worked at Landy & Rothbaum CPA for 15 years and then was comptroller for several corporations. Survivors include her husband William, four sons, three stepdaughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

DONALD BAHR ’54, June 16, 2010, Coral Springs, Fla.

ALFRED NEIMY ’54, Nov. 13, 2010, Peoria. A graduate of the Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, he retired from his local dental practice in 1993. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. His nephew survives.

DAN SHEA ’55, Nov. 27, 2010, Peoria. He worked at the Peoria Journal Star as a copy editor and then as day news editor, retiring in 1992. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Dan participated in seven marathons and was involved with Illinois Valley Striders. He was active in Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. His wife Pat survives, along with seven children, 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

RONALD TRILLET ’56, Oct. 25, 2010, Watseka. After 37 years with UARCO/Standard Register Co., he retired in 1995. He was plant manager in Watseka, as well as plants in Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. Ron was active in the communities where he lived. Survivors include his wife Jean, four children including AMY TRILLET THOMAS ’95, 11 grandchildren, and his brother ARTHUR TRILLET ’52 MBA ’55.

ROGER KUNKEL ’58, Nov. 10, 2010, Bloomington. He was an accountant with Funk Bros. Seed Co., retiring in 1985. Roger was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary Ann and two children.


CLIFFORD ZENOR SR. ’63, Oct. 21, 2010, Town of Rome, Wis. He taught in Moline and then became a curriculum consultant for the state of Wisconsin for 15 years. From 1980 to 1994, he was an administrator for Madison Area Technical College. He held an educational specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Clifford was active in his church. Surviving are his wife Sandra, seven children, 11 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

MARGARET KRUSE SKREKO ’64, Oct. 14, 2010, Indianapolis. Margaret was a fiber artist and painter whose work was exhibited nationally. She had appeared on the PBS shows, America Quilts and America Sews. She taught and lectured about art, and sold handwoven clothing. Margaret designed colors and developed programs for Rit Dye; she achieved chairholder status in the Color Marketing Group. Two children and three grandchildren survive.

MICHAEL CHOBANIAN, MA ’65, Nov. 19, 2010, Pekin. He retired from teaching English at Pekin Community High School in 1991. A World War II Army veteran, he enjoyed history and coin collecting. Survivors include three children, a grandson, and great-granddaughter.

ALLEN HAGEN ’65 MBA ’70, Nov. 28, 2010, Peoria. A 45-year employee of Caterpillar, he was the U.S. domestic tax manager in the global tax and trade department. Allen had served in the Army Medical Corps. He was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. Surviving are his wife REBECCA METTAM HAGEN ’66 MA ’79, two daughters including GRETCHEN HAGEN PETRAKIS, MBA ’91, his mother, and five grandchildren.

LARRY JOST ’65 MS ’66, Sept. 17, 2010, Eagle River, Wis. He practiced architecture in Pekin until entering Concordia Theological Seminary in 1978. He served churches in North Dakota, and from 1982 to 2004 was pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He earned a doctor of ministry degree in 1991. Survivors include his wife Ina Lee, two sons, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

JACK THOMAS MATHEWS ’65 MS ’69, Nov. 17, 2010, Cary, N.C. After retiring from IBM in 1991, he worked at Fujitsu, retiring in 2004 as director of software and professional services. He enjoyed golf and travel. Jack was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. Surviving are his wife CAROL SITTON MATHEWS ’67, two children, his mother, and three grandchildren.

GENE SMALL ’66, Nov. 28, 2010, Arcola. He taught political science and government at the high school level and at Maryville College in Missouri. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Five daughters and three grandchildren survive.

JAMES GESSING SR. ’67, Oct. 16, 2010, Cedar Lake, Ind. He was a railroad engineer for 36 years. His son, grandson, and companion Susan Shepard survive.

GARY PAULSON ’67, Dec. 29, 2010, Edwards. Gary worked for Caterpillar for 38 years, retiring in 2003 as a senior analyst. He also owned Dipper Dan ice cream for several years and worked at local golf courses. Gary was an active volunteer and participated in six medical mission trips to Haiti. Survivors include his wife Marjorie, three children including ANDY PAULSON, MBA ’96, and four grandchildren.

LEO VAISVIL ’67, Nov. 16, 2010, New Kent, Va. He retired from the Air Force in 1990 as a lieutenant colonel. Last March he retired from the Virginia Department of Taxation. Leo was active in his church. Survivors include his wife Julie, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

ROY GARDNER ’68, Jan. 10, Bloomington, Ind. He recently retired from Indiana University as an economics professor and western European history professor. Roy earned a doctoral degree in economics from Cornell University in 1975 and began teaching at IU in 1983. He specialized in the theory of games and economic behavior. An Army veteran, he received a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. Surviving are his wife Carla and their two children.

LILAH WINDISH ’68, Nov. 7, 2010, Elmwood. Lilah was a public school teacher. She was active in her church and PEO. Three children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive.

RICHARD HARTTER ’69 MA ’71, Nov. 15, 2010, Peoria. He retired from East Peoria Community High School in 2008 after working as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and head counselor. He was instrumental in the welding program at Illinois Central College. Rick owned the local Nucleus Fitness Centers from 1978 to 1992. He played football at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Barbara, three children, his mother, and five grandchildren.

GARY RAMSEY ’69, Nov. 12, 2010, Bartlesville, Okla.


KENNETH J. ALEXANDER ’70, Aug. 30, 2010, Kildeer. Ken worked in sales for Northwestern Mutual. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

MARK COLBORN ’70, Nov. 12, 2010, Newport, R.I. He had been vice president of customer service at Allmerica Financial in Worcester, Mass., where he was active in the community. He received a key to the city for leading a major strategic planning initiative. He is survived by his wife Bernadette, two daughters, his father, and six grandchildren.

DORIS MORTON, MA ’70, Sept. 28, 2010, Ottumwa, Iowa. Doris was the parade marshal for the 1993 Morton Pumpkin Festival. A teacher at Jefferson and Lincoln schools for 30 years, she was an active member of Morton United Methodist Church, PEO, DAR, and Great River Methodist Women. Two children, six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren survive.

JAMES ROWE, MEA ’70, Nov. 19, 2010, Galesburg. He was an environmental engineer for Maytag from 1979 to 1995. Earlier he worked for B.F. Goodrich, Armour, and Keebler. Jim was active in Boy Scouts and Masonic work. He was a World War II Army veteran. Four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive.

CHARLOTTE GETTMAN ’71, Oct. 23, 2010, Peoria. She taught social studies and English at East Peoria Community High School, retiring in 1989. Charlotte received the Retired Teacher of the Year award in 1999 from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She was active in the community. Three children, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson survive.

HELEN TARABOLETTI ’71, Aug. 12, 2010, Canton. A 1943 graduate of Methodist School of Nursing, Helen worked at the Fulton County Health Department and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and taught one year at Graham Hospital School of Nursing. She was a founder of the local Christian Service Program and was a DAR member. Her husband Peter survives, along with two children and three grandchildren.

RUTH KIMBRELL ’72, Nov. 4, 2010, Farmington. She taught in local schools for 22 years, retiring in 1994. Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Church and PEO. Surviving are her husband Richard, four children including BRUCE KIMBRELL ’79 and JOAN KIMBRELL HARDING ’80, and six grandchildren.

MARILIE MARTIN PFEIFFER ’73, Dec. 11, 2010, Peoria. She taught fourth grade at St. Thomas School for many years. She also was an active member of the church. Survivors include her husband Gerry, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

KATHRYN DAVIS ’74, Oct. 21, 2010, Toronto, Ontario. For a dozen years, she was director of the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, one of the top five galleries in Canada. Kate became director of curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario in late 2009. Earlier she worked at art galleries in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Survivors include her husband John Noestheden, three stepchildren, and three stepgrandchildren.

JOHN FESLER ’74, Jan. 10, Bloomington. John worked for ITC, developing and patenting magnetic head designs that revolutionized tape cartridge machine audio performance. From 1995 to 2007, John was a manufacturing specialist at the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center at Bradley. An antique car enthusiast, he played in his community band and at Conklin’s Dinner Theater. His wife Charlotte and his mother survive.

BRYCE REHN ’76 MBA ’95, Nov. 5, 2010, Edwards. He was an engineer/trainer for Caterpillar for 38 years. Bryce enjoyed bowling and fishing. Surviving are his wife Nancy, two sons including DANIEL REHN ’01, and two grandchildren.

MICHAEL MESSUCK ’78, Sept. 28, 2010, Itasca. He was a past grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, served as a volunteer police officer and member of the certified emergency response team, and was active in his church. Mike was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. His wife Therese and their daughter survive.


JANET BRADSHAW HAUN, MA ’80, Nov. 29, 2010, Hanna City. Janet held a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Chicago Medical Center. She was an occupational therapist in the Peoria area for 35 years.

TIMOTHY HAMMOND ’89, Oct. 20, 2010, Peoria. He was an estimator for River City Construction for more than 10 years and had previously worked in Champaign. Tim enjoyed outdoor sports. Survivors include his wife Lisa, children MELISSA HAMMOND ’08 and JOSH HAMMOND ’10, his father BILL HAMMOND, MSEE ’60, his mother FRAN FISCHER WEBER ’73, one sister, and his brother THOMAS HAMMOND ’87.


KAY BROOKS LEIKNESS ’92, Feb. 24, 2010, Leesburg, Fla.

TONYA WINTER ’94, Sept. 27, 2010, Glasford. A member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Tonya had worked at several nursing homes and agencies, including the Peoria County Health Department, Lutheran Home, and Farmington Country Manor. Her husband George, three sons, three grandchildren, and her mother and stepfather survive.

LEONA SISLER, MA ’98, Jan. 4, Groveland. A counselor for Greenview School District 709, she enjoyed taking students to visit the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge every year. Leona served as president of the AMVETS Auxiliary at the state and national levels. Surviving are her husband Steven, two sons, and her mother.


LESLIE KENYON ’03, Jan. 14, East Peoria. As president of the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation for more than 30 years, he worked to save Peoria’s heritage. He restored Peoria City Hall and the GAR Hall. Les designed Peoria Players Theatre, the addition to Constance Hall at Bradley, and the new Universalist Unitarian Church. His firm, Kenyon and Associates, designed schools, churches, and businesses. Les was named an honorary Bradley alumnus in 2003. He is survived by his wife Theo Jean.

TODD RAWLEY ’04, Nov. 2, 2010, West Peoria.


PAMELA HUCAL ’13, Dec. 31, 2010, Washington. A teacher’s aide at Hines School in Peoria for 17 years, she was part of the Grow Your Own Teachers program at Bradley. Pam enjoyed camping and swimming. Her husband Timothy, three children, her mother, and two grandchildren survive.