In Memory


DOROTHY LASKO OHLMAN ’40, education instructor for almost 40 years, died in Peoria Heights on October 24, 2011. In 1965 she began teaching in the evenings and summers at Bradley, retiring in 2005 at age 91. Dorothy held a master’s degree from Illinois State University. She was a principal at Pleasant Valley School, Marquette Heights School, and in Elmwood. In her early years of teaching at Peoria Heights School, Dorothy was the first female band director in the state.  

JOHN R. HOWARD ’53 MA ’54, professor emeritus of international studies, died on January 9 in Edelstein. He was director of international studies at Bradley and taught in the European summer semester. He wrote and edited books on foreign policy and world affairs. The recipient of the Frances Mergen Award for Public Service, he also was honored by the Lions Club recently. He was a leader in Bradley’s University Senate and the American Association of University Professors. He was a founder and 50-year board member of Youth Farm, and was also active in Masonic work and the American Legion. A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he held a Ph.D. from American University. Survivors include his wife MARY HOWARD, MA ’80, two children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. 

HAROLD RATCLIFF, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died in Peoria on February 1. He taught at Bradley from 1950 to 1985, chairing his department and serving as assistant dean of the engineering college. He developed the cooperative education program. He was active in the community and enjoyed singing in several choirs. He was a charter member of the Peoria North Rotary Club and received four Paul Harris Fellow awards. A World War II Navy veteran, he held a master’s degree from Purdue. Survivors include his wife CAMILLE ABRAMS PRIMM RATCLIFF ’63 MA ’64, former dean of women; three children; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

JANE ISING, professor of economics, died on February 2 on her 110th birthday. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of Berlin before fleeing Germany in 1939 with her late husband Ernest, also a Bradley professor, who was known internationally for his Ising Model in physics. She enjoyed swimming and was an active member of Universalist Unitarian Church. She also taught German in School District 150. She led a Great Books of the Western World group. A longtime resident of Peoria, where she was a founder of the local Planned Parenthood, she had lived in Matteson since 2005. Her son Tom survives, along with two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

PHILIP WEINBERG, HON ’73, professor emeritus of engineering and dean of two of Bradley’s colleges, died on February 2 in Peoria. He began Bradley’s electrical engineering department in 1956. In the early ’60s he established a coordinated research office at Bradley, as well as the University Television Center. He was considered responsible for bringing public TV and radio to central Illinois. (A related story appears in Note Book.) He received the Mergen Award in 1978, the same year he became founding dean of the College of Communications and Fine Arts, a position he held for eight years. He returned to engineering as dean of Engineering and Technology from 1986 until his 1989 retirement. A World War II Navy veteran, he held a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bradley in 1973. Surviving are his wife ROSE WEINBERG '71, three children including FRED WEINBERG ’75, two granddaughters, and a great-grandson.


NETA HOOBLER POTTLE ’29, March 8, 2011, Peoria, Ariz. Before her marriage, she worked at Farmers Savings Loan & Homestead. She was the bookkeeper for her husband’s Shell Oil business in River Forest, and later worked at Wieboldt’s. Neta was active in Sigma Kappa and enjoyed gardening. She was 102. Two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive.


MARY LECKIE SALISBURY ’36, Dec. 2, 2011, Schaumburg. She was a nurse counselor at Liberty Mutual from 1949 until she retired in 1976. Previously Mary taught at several nursing schools.

LOUISE BARRINGTON SCHOENHOLZ ’39, Oct. 14, 2011, Paw Paw. She was a high school home economics teacher and then worked as the cooperative extension adviser for Lee County from 1942 to 1945. Survivors include her husband Raymond, two sons, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 


BETTY DILLON ENGLAND ’43, Oct. 5, 2011, Peoria. She worked for the law firm Hunter, Kavanagh, McLaughlin, and Bond. A lifetime member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Betty volunteered for Guardian Angel Home, the American Red Cross, and Head Start. Her daughter survives.

E. MICHAEL GYERMAN ’43, Aug. 26, 2011, Belleville. After serving in World War II and the Korean War, he became chief of staff of wing ground training in Tucson. Michael retired from the Air Force as a colonel. Later he was chairman of the industrial arts department at Belleville West High School. He created a historical display with more than 600 miniature military aircraft he built. He held a master’s degree from Colorado State University. His wife Alice survives.

OPAL MIRIAM BACKES ROSZELL ’43, Jan. 28, Decatur. She was president of Junior Welfare, as well as board president of the Girls Home of Webster-Cantrell Hall. Miriam enjoyed golf and was active in PEO. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Her sister EILEEN BACKES HUGHES ’44 survives.

ESTHER SUTTER DELOTIS ’44 MA ’49, Dec. 13, 2011, Peoria. A social worker with the state of Illinois, she held an MSW from the University of Illinois. Esther received the Zonna L. Robbins Mental Health Award in 1994. She also worked at Bergner’s. Esther was an active member of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church. Two children, three granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter survive.

BETTY KOCH HEERMAN BURCH ’46 MA ’67, Oct. 4, 2011, Peoria. In 1992 she retired from teaching in School District 150 after 31 years. Betty was the organist at Glen Oak Christian Church for 50 years. She was a member of Sigma Kappa and the Eastern Star. Eight children, 33 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren survive.

VIRGINIA GIBBENS STANARD ’46, Dec. 21, 2011, Peoria. Ginny worked at Gibby’s Pharmacy for many years. Later she was employed at Bergan High School and the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. She was an active volunteer. Survivors include four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

JOSEPH “MILES” CHAMBERLAIN ’47, Nov. 28, 2011, Peoria. He was president and director of Adler Planetarium in Chicago for 23 years, retiring in 1991. He also had been chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium in New York City for 12 years. He organized and was chairman of an international conference for planetarium directors for a dozen years. In 1974–75, he was president of the American Association of Museums. A World War II Navy veteran, he also taught at the Merchant Marine Academy for five years. He held a doctoral degree from Columbia University and was honored as Bradley’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1967. Survivors include his wife PAULA BRUNINGA CHAMBERLAIN ’43, three daughters, four grandchildren, a brother, and his sister BARBARA CHAMBERLAIN ABEGG ’48

HENRY “BUD” LANG ’47, Sept. 18, 2011, Dundee. Bud was a stockbroker for many years, retiring as vice president of investments for Dain Rauscher. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Sigma Chi. Bud was active in his church, Rotary, and the Lions Club. Surviving are his wife Jeanne, two children including STEPHANIE LANG ST. JOHN ’76, and three granddaughters.

HOWARD MOOS ’47 MS ’52, Nov. 19, 2011, Peoria. During his 41-year career with Caterpillar, Howard headed the Fluid Mechanics Lab and set up the management training program for engineers, which he also ran. He had served as president of the local chapter of the Illinois Professional Engineers Society and taught night classes in physics at Bradley. Howard was an owner and operator of Do Dive In Scuba Shop until 2003. Two children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons survive.

THERESA KUNTZ SOMERS ’47, Sept. 7, 2011, Decatur. Terri worked in medical technology at hospitals in Peoria and Decatur. Active in her church, she enjoyed bowling, golf, and bridge. Five sons, 21 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren survive.

JOHN VESPA ’48, Dec. 8, 2011, Springfield. He worked for Fiat-Allis for 38 years, retiring in 1985. John was a World War II Army veteran.


WILLIAM BALES ’50, Dec. 15, 2011, Scottsdale, Ariz. Bill had served as president of both the National and International Purchasing Associations. He was vice president of purchasing and materials for Quaker Oats Co. until retiring in 1980, and then at Union Pacific Railroad until 1990. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Betty, two children, and two grandchildren.

WAYNE STEIN ’50, Jan. 4, Arlington Heights. He was a sales engineer for Tecumseh Products. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed sailing. Wayne was active in his church and volunteered at a hospice and the Rolling Meadows library. His sister LOIS STEIN LEWIS ’47 survives.

PAUL WHITNEY ’50 MS ’51, Nov. 9, 2011, Carterville. He was an architectural draftsman and technical specification writer for more than 50 years. Paul was active in Boy Scouts and his church for many years. Survivors include his wife Wanda, two children, three stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

WESLEY DAVIS ’51 MS ’54, Oct. 18, 2011, Prescott, Ariz. A teacher and football coach in the Champaign school district for 32 years, he also worked as a switchman for the railroad. Wes was inducted into halls of fame for Bradley athletes and for Illinois high school coaches. As a Bradley student, he was ranked tenth in the nation for punting. Four children and three grandchildren survive.

HARRY FINE ’51, Dec. 9, 2011, Bolingbrook. A World War II Army veteran, Harry worked in sales and training for General Mills for 35 years. He also was a fruit wholesaler, running trucks to Michigan to supply Chicago-area fruit stands. Harry sold Christmas trees in Calumet Park. He was an active member of Compass Church. Four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandsons survive.

EUGENE MARTIN ’51, Sept. 21, 2011, Lake Forest. Gene retired as president of Grayslake National Bank. He served on the school board in Libertyville and the Lake County Board. An Army veteran, he was past commander of American Legion Post #329. Two children and three grandchildren survive.

ROGER MONIER ’51, Nov. 18, 2011, Henry. He sold seed corn for Burrus Seed Co. and was a lifelong farmer. Roger was a 33rd degree Mason and enjoyed traveling in his Airstream trailer. He served in the Air National Guard during the Korean War. He is survived by two daughters, including MARY MONIER HUFNAGEL ’74, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his companion Mary Jo Grothe.

GEORGE PEDERSEN, MS ’51 Ed.D ’57, July 3, 2011, Mesa, Ariz. He worked for several corporations including International Harvester. With his industrial arts degrees, he taught at the University of Illinois, the Manitoba Institute of Technology, Bradley, and several other colleges. A World War II veteran, George was active in Kiwanis.

THOMAS BREHM ’52, June 30, 2011, Atlanta, Ga. He was marketing manager for Valspar Paint Co. An active volunteer, he raised funds for a residential care facility for individuals with special needs. He was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Two children survive.

THOMAS GARRISON ’52, July 25, 2011, Largo, Fla. He was an Army veteran and a member of Sigma Chi. His wife Eileen, one son, three grandsons, and three great-grandchildren survive. 

WILLIAM NELSON ’52, Oct. 30, 2011, Maumee, Ohio. A Korean War Marine Corps veteran, Bill later commanded a Reserve unit in California. He worked in banking in Oregon, California, Nevada, and Wisconsin. He retired in 2005 after 10 years as office manager of the Ohio Auditor of State. Survivors include his wife Helen, three children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

HAROLD SELANDER ’52 MA ’53, Sept. 25, 2011, Griffith, Ind. He enjoyed the outdoors. Three children and seven grandchildren survive.

BARBARA ARMIN BARUCH ’53, Dec. 9, 2011, Elmhurst. A retired speech therapist from Marquart District 15, Barb was a founding member of Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County. She also volunteered with Head Start. Surviving are her husband DAVID BARUCH ’52, two children, and three grandchildren.

WILLIAM LARSON ’53, Oct. 16, 2011, Peoria. A World War II Navy veteran, Bill operated Larson Jewelers until retiring in 1991. He was active in the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his wife Catherine, five children including ROBERT M. LARSON ’74 MA ’93 and RICHARD LARSON ’87, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister, and his brother DONALD P. LARSON ’53.

MARGARET CORNET PUGH ’53, Dec. 22, 2011, Peoria. Margaret was a founder of the local Planned Parenthood, where she later worked as clinical supervisor. She was the first certified nurse practitioner in women’s health in the Midwest. Margaret was active in First United Methodist Church. Her husband TOM PUGH ’52 MA ’55, two children, and two grandsons survive.

DONALD SHAVER ’53, Oct. 7, 2011, Williamston, S.C. Don retired from Ryerson Steel Co. A Korean War Marine Corps veteran, he was active in his church. He was a member of Theta Xi. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, and his companion Linda Hoffman. 

ROBERT SLACK ’53, Dec. 19, 2011, Rockford. He owned and operated an office furniture supply company. A Korean War Air Force veteran, Bob enjoyed watercolor painting, golf, and gardening. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Survivors include his wife JOAN KNIGHT SLACK ’53, three children, and five grandchildren.

RAOUL “TERRY” THERIAULT ’53, Nov. 4, 2011, Aurora, Colo. A member of Bradley’s track team, he taught and coached at several high schools, retiring from Westminster High School. He was instrumental in bringing cross country to Colorado. Terry later worked for Target for 20 years. A World War II Navy veteran, he held a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. Surviving are his wife Peggy, a daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

BILL VAUGHN ’53, Aug. 2, 2011, Severna Park, Md. He was a manager for Armour General, John Hancock Life, and Heils Meats. He owned and operated Beezer’s tavern in Pasadena, Md., for many years. Bill was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran. Four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

RICHARD BURKE ’54, Sept. 27, 2011, Las Vegas. Dick worked in applied statistics and was a principal member of the infrastructure and technology group of Parsons Corp. in Pasadena, Calif. He retired in 1996. Dick held a master’s degree from Purdue. He worked on the Army’s chemical stockpile disposal program, Department of Energy programs, and Alaskan gas projects. His wife Eleanor survives.

JOHN DIETZ ’54, Sept. 14, 2011, Peoria. John and his wife Peggy owned Dietz Insurance Agency until retiring in 1978. An Air Force veteran, he was active in his church. His wife survives, along with two daughters and two grandsons.

L. TRACY JOHNSTON ’54, Oct. 27, 2011, Altona. A decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was an aircraft commander until retiring from active duty in 1975. Tracy then farmed for more than 30 years. He was director of the Altona co-op board for 10 years and was active in Masonic work. He enjoyed flying and woodworking. His wife Lou Ann and three children survive.

ROBERT C. VOGEL ’55, Sept. 10, 2011, Morton. He taught industrial arts in Homer, worked at Hiram Walker for 15 years as a millwright, and retired from Bradley in 1999 after 15 years in the maintenance department. A Korean War veteran, he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Surviving are his wife Helen, four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

RALPH RICH ’57, Feb. 7, 2011, Englewood, Fla. He was an accountant and corporate secretary for Arbie Scooter Feeds in Marshalltown, Iowa. A Korean War Army veteran, Ralph enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife DOROTHY CLARKE RICH ’54, five daughters, and six grandchildren.

MARY ANN WHITE SMERK ’57, Dec. 9, 2011, Bloomington, Ind. She worked in sales for CBS Radio in Chicago for two years and later operated a tax preparation business. Mary Ann edited The Encyclopedia of North American Railroads and other works by her husband, GEORGE SMERK ’55 MBA ’57. He survives, along with one son.

BARBARA DETRICK BELL ’58 MA ’60, Oct. 14, 2011, Peoria. Barb taught history and was the dean of students at Woodruff High School until retiring in 2000. A tennis champion, she was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. She also enjoyed golf.

FRANK DALRYMPLE ’58, July 31, 2011, Gainesville, Ga. He was executive vice president of Administrative Services Inc. from 1974 until retiring in 2000. Earlier he worked for Continental Casualty Co. in Chicago. “Shottie” was a Korean War Army veteran. He was an elder in his church and was a hospice volunteer. Survivors include his wife Christie, two children, and six grandchildren.

L. FRED DAVIS ’58, Nov. 25, 2011, Louisville. Fred worked for Broyhill, Ashley, and England Furniture during his 40-year career in the furniture industry. A member of Theta Chi, he was a pitcher on Bradley’s team that played in the 1956 College World Series. He played for a St. Louis Cardinals minor league team for one year. Fred was active in his church and enjoyed travel and tennis. He was a member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. His wife MARGUERITE CLAES DAVIS ’61 and their son survive.

DONALD GUTTINGER ’58, July 13, 2011, St. Augustine, Fla. Don had been an analyst for the state of Georgia. He was vice president of the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Surviving are his wife Hellen, two sons, and two grandsons.

CATHERINE LOGAN PARSONS ’58, Nov. 10, 2011, Peoria. Cathy worked at Bankers Title Co. and as a real estate agent. A founding member of the St. Patrick’s Society, she helped stage the first modern-day St. Patrick’s Day parade in Peoria. She was the first president of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Cathy also was active in Pi Beta Phi and her church. Survivors include her husband RICHARD PARSONS ’58, three children, eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

DENNIS VACCARO ’59, Sept. 1, 2011, Melrose Park. Denny was founder and director of Leyden Family Services and Mental Health Center. He was a member of Theta Xi. His wife Elisa survives, along with four children and nine grandchildren.


WILLIAM HINES ’60, Oct. 27, 2011, Tucson, Ariz. He worked for IDS Financial Services before opening Hines Financial Services. Bill retired in 1996. He enjoyed golf and travel. Surviving are his wife Sherrill, four children, and five grandchildren.

JUNE BALSIS SCHUH ’60, Nov. 19, 2011, Naples, Fla. June also resided in Swanton, Ohio, and formerly lived in Glenview. She was a member of Chi Omega. Survivors include four children, four grandchildren, and her companion Robert Erausquin.

JEAN LYNN ’61, Jan. 25, Peoria. Jean retired from teaching at Wilder-Waite School in 1976. A member of the DAR and Prospect United Methodist Church, she enjoyed gardening and bridge. Surviving are three children, five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

RICHARD DeSOLLAR ’62, Sept. 27, 2011, Springfield. He taught chemistry until beginning a long career with Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS). He retired in 1998. He was active in Knights of Columbus and the local philatelic society. Survivors include his wife Jeanne, three children, and five grandchildren.

BURDETTE “BUD” FREW ’62, Sept. 25, 2011, Columbia, Mo. He worked at FS Services and then at MFA Inc. for 29 years, retiring in 1998 as CEO. Bud was an Army veteran. His wife Kit survives, along with two children and four grandchildren.

DAYLE SLY NELSON ’62 MS ’67, Nov. 28, 2011, New Lenox. She taught chemistry at Joliet Junior College and biochemistry at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. Her husband Jon and one son survive.

GEORGE KOKINES ’63, Feb. 17, 2011, Simsbury, Conn. George worked for Transnational Communication Inc. and retired from Pratt & Whitney. He was active in his church and was a member of Sigma Nu. Three children and four grandchildren survive.

JOHN KRAFT ’63, Nov. 6, 2011, Princeville. He farmed and worked in the fertilizer business until retiring in 1991. John was on the board of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. He helped found the local Lions Club and the Princeville Heritage Museum. John served in the Army Reserves. Surviving are his wife Judy, three sons, his mother, and five grandchildren.

WILLIAM R. MARTENS ’63, July 22, 2011, Granby, Conn. He retired from teaching science at Avon High School. Bill enjoyed studying geology. He held a master’s degree from the University of Florida. His wife Emily survives.

JUDITH ONIKUL SIEGEL ’63, Aug. 18, 2011, Mundelein. She raised her family in Milwaukee. Two children and five grandchildren survive.

KEITH CLARK ’64, Oct. 2, 2011, Kewadin, Mich. Keith began the new century as a Caterpillar retiree, retiring on Jan. 1, 2000, after 41 years. He worked summers at a golf course and also enjoyed fishing and boating. Survivors include his wife Paula, four children, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

DEAN JAMESON ’64 MSCE ’65, Dec. 18, 2011, Waco, Texas. He worked for Caterpillar in Peoria for 13 years before becoming facilities engineering manager in Pontiac and then Decatur. Dean was assigned to find a location in the South for a facility to build articulated trucks, and later was project manager there in Waco. Dean retired in 2002 and then consulted for Caterpillar. He was active in Rotary and enjoyed genealogy. Survivors include his wife SANDRA ZIMMERMAN JAMESON ’65 and their son BRETT JAMESON ’98.

PAUL REIFF ’64, April 30, 2011, Mansfield, Texas. He was an operating manager for Sears Roebuck. Paul was a member of Sigma Nu. Surviving are his wife Nancy, four children, and three grandchildren.

LOWELL STAFFORD ’64, Nov. 26, 2011, East Peoria. He retired in 2001 as a senior claims adjuster after 35 years with Pekin Insurance. Lowell enjoyed slow-pitch softball and fishing. His wife Jenny, two children, and six grandchildren survive.

WALTER HAUPT, MSME ’65, Jan. 11, Peoria. After 38 years with Caterpillar, he retired in 1990 as facility manager of the Peoria Proving Ground. An active volunteer, Walt was a member of University United Methodist Church and Bradley’s OLLI program. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Joanne, three children, and nine grandchildren.

CHARLES JOYCE, MS ’66, June 29, 2011, Chicago. He entered the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1953, and taught and helped with extracurricular activities at Brother Rice High School for many years. He helped construct the stained glass in the chapel and around its campus. He also worked in New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Michigan. His sister survives.

NANCY FRISBY CLARKE ’67, Jan. 14, Vienna, Va. Her memoir, My First Ladies: Twenty-five Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer, was published last September. Nancy trained at Hixson’s School of Floral Design in suburban Cleveland before her family moved to Washington, D.C. She began as a volunteer at the White House in 1978 and became chief florist in 1985. She served during six presidential administrations. Nancy appeared each year on HGTV’s White House Christmas special. In 2002 she was named Woodruff High School’s Distinguished Alumnus. Survivors include her husband Michael, two children, and two grandchildren.

JAMES FIALA ’67, Nov. 28, 2011, Downers Grove. The founder and president of James D. Fiala Paving Co. in Bolingbrook, Jim also was president of Delcumbray Inc. and ILS Properties. His business grew from a residential paving contractor to a major road building general contractor with IDOT projects in excess of $20 million. Jim was inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society in 2005. He had served as president of the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association and as director of the Illinois State Crime Commission. Survivors include his wife Jane, three stepchildren, and a grandchild.

WALTER McCULLA, MEA ’67, Dec. 19, 2011, Huntley. He ended his 43-year career with Caterpillar in 1981 as agreements administrator. A recipient of Rotary’s Paul Harris Award, he was active in his church, the Peoria Color Camera Club, and the Peoria Civic Ballet. Two children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren survive.

MARK KUGLER ’68, Oct. 27, 2011, Palmetto Bay, Fla. Mark was president and CEO of Medexec Inc. A member of Zeta Beta Tau at Bradley, he held an MBA from the University of Miami. His wife Elise and one daughter survive.

CARL CHERRIE, MS ’69, Sept. 18, 2011, Princeton. Carl began teaching at Princeton High School in 1965 and retired as superintendent in 1996. Earlier, he taught in Wyanet and at Rockridge High School. He held an Ed.S. degree from Western Illinois University. Carl enjoyed chairing fundraising events and was active in the American Red Cross, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and Ducks Unlimited. His three daughters survive, along with four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

JAMES EASTERLY ’69, Oct. 30, 2011, Litchfield. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for many years, retiring in 2003 as director of highways. He then became vice president of McDonough Associates Inc., a consulting firm. He was active in his church and held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Surviving are his wife Gale, two children including GREGG EASTERLY ’96, and two grandsons.

DANIEL KING ’69, Nov. 13, 2011, South Glastonbury, Conn. He was an engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 37 years, retiring in 2006. He held an MBA from the University of Hartford. Dan enjoyed travel and woodworking. His wife Susan survives, along with one daughter and two grandchildren.


WILLIAM McDONNA ’71, Sept. 13, 2011, Bradford. A Korean War Air Force veteran, he retired from Caterpillar in 1992 after 37 years of service. Surviving are his wife Carole, four daughters including SUSAN McDONNA HERMACINSKI ’95 and WENDY McDONNA EDWARDS ’05, and four grandsons.

JILL NEWMAN SANDLER ’71, Oct. 18, 2011, Milwaukee. Jill taught in Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay and later was assistant director of the Jewish Community Center for many years. Survivors include her husband Steven, two children, her father, and one grandson. 

MARY ELLEN HONINGS ’72, Dec. 9, 2011, Peoria. She was an art instructor at Illinois Central College and Father Sweeney School. Mary Ellen also provided art lessons for numerous organizations. Three children, several grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

LORRAINE DRIVER ’74, Sept. 10, 2011, Peoria. Lorry had worked as a claims analyst at Caterpillar. 

RANDEE LYONS ’75, Jan. 5, Christopher. Employed by River City Construction for 25 years, he ran the branch in Benton for the past 16 years. Randee enjoyed bass fishing. Survivors include his father and sister.


DEE WOELLERT, MA ’84, Nov. 17, 2011, Rockford. She was a counselor in the Peoria area until 1993. Dee held a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University. Surviving are four children and six grandchildren.

DAVID PARKER ’88, Dec. 1, 2011, DeKalb. David held a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University where he taught math for 20 years. Surviving are his wife CARRIE GEKAS PARKER ’89, their son, and his parents.

DOEBA PATRICK BROPLEH ’89, Oct. 14, 2011, Sacramento, Calif. He was an independent business consultant with Four Bees Consulting. Doeba held an MBA from California State University. He had been president of the Association of Citizens and Friends of Liberia since 1991. Survivors include his wife Victoria Jackson, his parents, and four brothers.

DAVID WOJCIK ’89, Nov. 12, 2011, Melrose Park. He was an accountant at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Surviving are his wife Ann Marie, one daughter, and five siblings including WILLIAM WOJCIK ’80


MICHAEL BAIR ’03, Feb. 4, Chicago. Mike was employed at Northern Trust and previously worked at HSBC. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. Survivors include his wife VICKI PIENIAZEK BAIR ’05, their daughter, and his parents.