In Memory


CARL SCHLATTER ’35, Jan. 3, Alhambra, Calif. He was an FBI special agent from 1947 to 1975, specializing in bank robbery investigations. A World War II Army veteran, he enjoyed bridge and was honored for his work with the American Red Cross.


ARTHUR FASH ’41, Jan. 21, Douglas, Mich. A resident of Farmington for most of his life, he was a Chrysler dealer for more than 50 years. He was active in the community, serving on the library board and singing with a barbershop group. He enjoyed collecting and selling antiques and crystal paperweights. Arthur was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife Lois, two children, and three grandchildren.

HAROLD PHILLIPS ’41, Feb. 21, Oceanside, Calif. He was president of Coates Demonstrating Service for 22 years, retiring in 1988. Previously, Hal held management positions in television stations KHJ and WTVH. In Peoria he worked in sales for WMBD until 1955. A member of the Bradley Board of Trustees, Hal was a past president of the Bradley National Alumni Association. Surviving are his wife Helen, two sons, and two granddaughters.

ROBERT ECKLEY ’42, April 15, Bloomington. The president of Illinois Wesleyan University from 1968 to 1986, the quad there is named in honor of Robert and his wife Nell. For 12 years prior to his presidency, he managed Caterpillar’s business economics department. He held an MBA from the University of Minnesota, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard. Robert was honored as Bradley’s Distinguished Alumnus in 1972. He was the author of five books and was a scholar of Abraham Lincoln. Robert was active in civic affairs in Bloomington and Peoria. After retiring, he was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute. Survivors include his wife, four children, and five grandchildren.

PEARL NEUMANN FOX ’42, March 16, Deerfield. She taught for many years in Northbrook and Deerfield. Pearl held a master’s degree from National College of Education. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and served on her credit union board. Two sons and five grandchildren survive.

PHYLLIS BEATTY WALLIN ’42, March 1, Peoria. She was an elementary school teacher. A member of Delta Kappa, she enjoyed golf. Phyllis sang in the choir and was an active member of First English Lutheran Church. Surviving are two children including ROBERT WALLIN ’66, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

MARIAN KOCH ASHLEY ’46, Jan. 25, Peoria. She enjoyed reading and painting with watercolors. An active volunteer, Marian was a member of Chi Omega and PEO. Her daughter and two granddaughters survive.

PHILIP “BUD” MASER ’46, March 11, Seattle. A World War II Navy veteran, he was an engineer for the government, last working in Alaska. Survivors include his wife Henrietta, six children, and three grandchildren.

ROBERT STRASSBURGER ’47, Jan. 23, Washington. He owned Peoria Cabinet Co. and later was superintendent of special woodworks at Jumer’s. Robert was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran, and was awarded a Bronze Star. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha, he played in a German band. Surviving are his wife Clara, five children, and 11 grandchildren.

GORDON SIMONSEN ’48 MS ’50, Feb. 14, Huntley. He taught at Aurora East High School and then was a founder of Triton College, retiring as executive vice president in 1979. In 1990 he retired as director of education for the state prison in Michigan City, Ind. Gordon was involved in the Coast Guard auxiliary there until 2010 and served as flotilla commander. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he was active in the Lutheran Church for many years. Survivors include his wife Mary Jo, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.

CAROLYN SMITH KEMP ’49, Feb. 8, Yuma, Ariz. She owned and operated several Peoria businesses, including Dairy King and Kaffee Haus, with her late husband. Carolyn graduated from Methodist School of Nursing in 1981. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She volunteered at a Yuma hospital for 10 years and edited the volunteers’ newsletter. Four children, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive.

CLYDE TODD ’49, Feb. 8, Elmhurst. Clyde was vice president of Suburban Oil. A World War II Navy veteran, he played football at Bradley. Surviving are his wife HELEN JORN TODD ’49, six children including DANIEL J. TODD ’78, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

ROBERT WAGNER ’49, Jan. 2, Raymore, Mo. He worked in management for Woolf Brothers clothing retailer for nearly 30 years. Bob served on the Shawnee Mission School Board in the 1960s. He was active in Kiwanis and his church. He was a World War II Army veteran. Three children, six grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive.

WILLIAM WYATT ’49 MS ’51, Dec. 7, 2011, Benton. Bill retired from Crum & Forster Insurance Group in 1981. He also operated a nature and wildlife photo gallery in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Bill was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Mary survives, along with three children, seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.


NANCY SHIVELY GIRE ’50, Feb. 25, Union City, Calif. Nan was a homemaker and a member of Pi Beta Phi. Surviving are her husband EUGENE GIRE ’50 MA ’55, five children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

WILLIAM “TORSEY” HELM ’50, Dec. 15, 2011, Peoria. He retired from the Peoria Police Department in 1980 after 25 years of service. In 1967 he was the first African American in the department to become a captain. Active in the community, William was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are three children including CAROLYN HELM WILLIAMS, MS ’77, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

RUTH PETZING CLEMENT ’51, Dec. 2, 2011, Chesterfield, Mo. She was a CPA in the Chicago suburbs and later retired to Iowa City. Survivors include her husband William, three children, and six grandchildren.

EUGENE ROGERS ’51, March 4, Braidwood. He held an MBA from Syracuse University. An Air Force veteran, he was active in the Knights of Columbus. He played saxophone with orchestras in the 1940s and enjoyed bowling and golf. Survivors include his wife Ellen, three sons, and two grandchildren.

RUDOLPH ASMUS ’52, Nov. 20, 2011, Rolling Meadows. A World War II Army veteran, he was an avid fisherman. He was active in his church. Surviving are his wife Elaine, one son, one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren.

ROBERT BERGHOLTZ ’52, Nov. 16, 2011, Rockford. Bob was a supervisor in Winnebago County’s Department of Public Aid for 29 years, retiring in 1990. A Korean War Army veteran, he also served in the Reserves. Three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive.

RICHARD GRAHAM ’52 MA ’65, March 19, Chillicothe. He taught social studies in Chillicothe and in junior high schools in East Peoria. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are two children including JANICE GRAHAM ROE ’77, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

ROBERT W. PARK ’52, Feb. 25, Burlington, N.C. Bob worked in community relations for Keystone Steel and Wire. Later he worked in Chicago for Urban Investment and Development for 21 years, retiring as vice president. Bob organized the Heart of Illinois Fair and was appointed manager of the Illinois State Fair in 1970. He served as president of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. An Air Force veteran, he was active in his church and the community and served on the board of Edwards Hospital in Naperville. Bob was the 1963–64 president of the Bradley Alumni Association and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Surviving are his wife MARGARET POOL PARK ’53, four children, and 10 grandchildren.

L. DUANE QUINN ’53, Jan. 5, Lithia, Fla. He was employed by Walgreen Drug Co. for 47 years. Duane was a World War II Army veteran. His wife Marilyn, two daughters, and three granddaughters survive.

DOUGLAS BOWERS ’54 MS ’68, Feb. 22, Peoria. A member of Illinois Central College’s original faculty, he retired in 1987 after teaching there for 20 years. Previously he taught industrial arts at Limestone Community High School. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Mary Ellen, three children including JEFFREY J. BOWERS ’80, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, and his brother JAMES J. BOWERS ’60.

RAYMOND JORDAN ’54, Jan. 11, Elmhurst. He had worked as advertising manager for Juno Lighting. Survivors include his wife Helena, three children, and four grandchildren.

JOAN VESPA O’DEA ’54, March 31, Washington. She and her late husband Tom operated O’Dea’s Cleaners since 1957. Joan was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Four children and six grandchildren survive.

DUANE STRODE ’54, Feb. 13, Peoria. He owned and operated Strode Music Service with his brother WALTER STRODE ’59 since 1960. In the ’50s, they operated an instrument repair business. Duane also was a band teacher in Toulon and Hanna City. He was an Air Force veteran. His wife Patricia survives, along with two sons and six grandchildren.

RAYMOND WALLS ’54, Dec. 3, 2011, Snellville, Ga. He designed and manufactured heavy welding equipment and operated his own company. An Air Force veteran, he was active in the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Lynne, two children, and four grandchildren.

LINDA BEST ADAMS ’55, March 28, Lemoyne, Pa. She worked at the West Shore Public Library for 18 years. Linda was a hospital volunteer and a member of Chi Omega. Surviving are five children, her brother ALAN BEST ’58, two sisters including MARY BEST VOLKMAN ’60, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

JACK ANDRES ’56 MSME ’65, March 14, Peoria. He was a mechanical engineer for Caterpillar for more than 20 years. Later he monitored air quality for the Illinois EPA. Survivors include his wife Dolores and daughter MARIE ANDRES ’84 MA ’87

SUSAN CHEEK GIBSON ’56, Feb. 18, Augusta, Ky. Susan was retired from teaching. Survivors include her husband JOHN GIBSON ’53

WARREN HAKES ’56, Jan. 27, Westlake, Ohio. He worked in real estate and finance, and was an entrepreneur in several businesses. Warren enjoyed reading and singing. His wife Diane, one daughter, and one granddaughter survive. 

NORRIS BLACKWELL ’57, Jan. 13, Asheville, N.C. He was vice president of finance for Textron and was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Helen, two children, a stepdaughter, and one granddaughter.

ROBERT DICKISON ’57, Jan. 19, Peoria. He retired in 1985 as president of Brass Foundry where he worked for 49 years. He served on the Proctor Hospital Board for 40 years. Robert helped found the local Muscular Dystrophy Association and was involved with the Jaycees when Exposition Gardens was created. Survivors include his daughter and his companion Neva Buettell.

ROBERT MOORHUSEN ’57, Jan. 7, Claremont, Calif. He was an optical engineer for Xerox for 28 years, retiring in 1991. He held a master’s degree from the University of Rochester and obtained many patents under the Xerox name. He enjoyed camping and outdoor sports. His wife Ena and two sons survive.

HELEN GARDNER ROGERS ’57 MA ’58, March 11, Pittsburg, Kan. A former English professor, she and her husband Gene taught at Bradley until 1966. During a sabbatical, Helen taught English at a school she established in Iraq and Iran. She retired from Missouri Southern University in Joplin. She held a doctoral degree from Indiana University, and enjoyed writing short stories and plays.

EUGENE CARLSON ’58, Feb. 25, Oak Park. He retired from the Division for Outreach of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). His wife Barbara survives.

PATRICK NELSON ’58, March 10, Edwardsville. An Air Force veteran, he retired from Shell Oil Co. in Wood River after 35 years of service. Pat was minister of Our Lady of the Angels Fraternity for six years, and was active in Knights of Columbus. He had been honored by the Vatican. Survivors include his wife Susanne, six children, and 13 grandchildren.

BERNARD “JIM” ROGGENBUCK ’58, March 12, Hillsborough, N.C. Jim worked for Amway Corp. in Michigan until opening a Midas Auto Service Center in Durham in 1984. An Army veteran, Jim enjoyed boating and golf. He was active in his church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife SHARON BECKER ROGGENBUCK ’60, three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

BERNHARD TJARKSEN, MS ’58, March 22, Lake Bluff. An Army veteran, he worked for Abbott Laboratories from 1953 to 1991. He enjoyed outdoor sports. Surviving are his wife Charlotte, four children, and six grandchildren. 

JOE HARBISON ’59, Jan. 30, LeRoy. He opened his own pharmacy in 1971 and later spent a decade working for the University of Illinois at its health center. He retired in 1999. Joe enjoyed woodcarving and radio-controlled airplanes. Surviving are his wife Vicky, three children, and seven grandchildren.


DORIS GRAHAM GEHLBACH ’61, Jan. 7, McCormick, S.C. Doris was active in Lutheran organizations. She enjoyed square dancing. Her daughter survives.

THOMAS J. JOHNSON ’61, March 13, Mesa, Ariz. Tom was employed in the Rockford area for more than 37 years at Barber Colman, Kysor of Byron, and Bergstrom Manufacturing. He was a trustee of Rock Valley College. An avid golfer, he enjoyed volunteering at Phoenix sporting events. Survivors include his wife Lynette, one son, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

WILLIAM RANDOL, MA ’61, Feb. 8, Canton. Bill was a teacher and senior guidance counselor at Canton High School for 32 years, retiring in 1991. He served in the Army Reserves. Surviving are his wife Nancy, three daughters including MARY RANDOL MANSKER ’82, and six grandchildren.

ROBERT THAYER ’61, Feb. 15, Decatur. He was national service manager for Portable Elevator Dynamics Corp. Bob was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Sandi, three children including ROBYN THAYER REISING ’82, and seven grandchildren.

ALBERT VESELY ’61, March 28, Spruce Pine, N.C. He and his wife Linda were deans of continuing education at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida until 1993. For the past 19 years, they operated an art and antique gallery in North Carolina. Albert’s drawings and paintings are in exhibitions and collections across the nation. He held an MFA from the University of Iowa. Survivors include his wife, two children, four grandchildren, his brother HARRY VESELY ’61 MS ’64, and two sisters.

EUGENE FINCH ’62, Jan. 26, Pike Creek, Del. He was a controller and engineer for Container Corp. of America and later was self-employed as a CPA. He held graduate degrees from Drexel University. One daughter and five grandchildren survive.

JOHN D’ALBORA ’63, March 20, Galesburg. He was a civil engineer and superintendent for Gunther Construction for 35 years. John was instrumental in introducing special education to Knoxville schools and had served as school board president. He received a “bridge of the year” award from the governor and served in the Army Reserves. John was active in his church. His wife Karen survives, along with five children and three grandchildren.

DONALD McKILLOP ’63, Feb. 7, San Diego. He worked in the financial services industry. Don was a Navy veteran and held an MBA from the University of Southern California. His son and two sisters survive.

WILLIAM NELSON ’63 MEA ’69, Feb. 2, Pekin. He was an engineer for Caterpillar, retiring in 1983. A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he was active in the Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf. Surviving are his wife MARION VOLKENS NELSON ’44, three sons including PETER NELSON ’71, and four grandchildren.

BENEDICT “DICK” PAULICKA ’64, Feb. 15, San Francisco. An Army veteran, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Dick was a reporter for Stars and Stripes in Hawaii and Washington, D.C. He then became editor of corporate publications for Hyundai. After retiring he managed an apartment complex. His son, grandson, and brother FRED PAULICKA ’58 survive.

PAUL BRANDES, MSME ’65, Jan. 30, Prairie Home, Mo. Paul was an engineer for Caterpillar until his retirement in 1989. He was an Air Force veteran. Active in the community, he helped implement his county’s 911 service. Two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandsons survive.

JOAN KNOSP HOLDSWORTH-HUGHES ’65, Jan. 16, Salisbury, N.C. She taught art and math for 10 years in Florida. Later she was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Colorado. Surviving are three children, four grandchildren, and her brother WALTER KNOSP ’65

RONALD SLONNEGER, MBA ’65, Jan. 18, Peoria. He retired in 1995 after 41 years with Caterpillar. An active member of Universalist Unitarian Church, he and his wife Jean were avid sailors. Also surviving are three children and four grandchildren.

DAVID “SKIP” RICKARDS ’66, April 18, 2011, Valparaiso, Ind. He retired as national sales manager of Okaya Electric in 2007. A Marine Corps veteran, he was commodore of the yacht club at Paw Paw Lake, Mich. Skip also enjoyed golf and vegetable gardening. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Two sons and two grandchildren survive.

WILLIAM SCHOEN ’66, April 11, Towanda. He was a self-employed CPA in Lexington since 1978 and was treasurer of the local Kiwanis for more than 30 years. He enjoyed genealogy, golf, and model trains. His wife Martha survives, along with two daughters and five grandchildren.

GALE GALL ’68, March 23, Springfield. He worked for the state of Illinois for 32 years and retired from the comptroller’s office in 2002. Gale had served as president of the Central Illinois Rose Society. Surviving are his wife Rosemary, two sons including MICHAEL GALL ’97, and three grandchildren.

ROBERT AHLGREN, MEA ’69, Jan. 3, Washington. Bob retired from CILCO in 1985 as assistant vice president of energy supply. He later operated a sandwich shop and toy store. An Army veteran, he was active in Boy Scouts and served on the board of the W.D. Boyce Council. Surviving are his wife Betty, two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

THOMAS DIXON, MS ’69, March 5, Shreveport, La. He was supervisor of vocational education for Caddo Parish Schools for 18 years following a dozen years as a teacher. An Army veteran, Tom was active in his church. He was a founder of the North Shreveport Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife Sarah, one daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.


RICHARD HATHAWAY ’73, Feb. 19, Arlington Heights. He was a project management leader for Honeywell Inc., employed for 38 years. Rick enjoyed boating and fishing. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Survivors include his wife Judy, his parents, two stepchildren, and two grandchildren.

NORMAN EWING ’74 MBA ’97, March 1, Peoria. He retired earlier this year after 38 years with Caterpillar. Norman served as president of several local investment clubs and was active in the Sierra Club. He enjoyed travel. His wife CINDY TUCKER EWING ’84 MBA ’96 and his mother survive.

EDYTHE McGHEE CECICH ’76, Nov. 11, 2011, Chicago. Edye was an RN for 37 years, working at Hinsdale Hospital for the past 23 years in emergency nursing. 

GARY GUTSHALL ’76, Jan. 8, Daytona Beach, Fla. He was a roofing contractor and sold ADT security systems. His mother and sister survive.

SARAH CLARK STORM ’77, Feb. 10, Fairhope, Ala. She was a nurse for 35 years, working in home health care for the past decade. She completed graduate studies at St. Xavier College. Survivors include her husband Jesse, one daughter, and her mother.

LAWRENCE HANZO, MBA ’79, Jan. 9, Charlotte, N.C. Larry worked in the machine tool industry for 43 years. After retiring, he worked at Total Wine. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Barbara, four children, and seven grandchildren. 


THOMAS “DICK” BLEDSOE ’81, March 9, Peoria. He worked in sales until 1996, including several years with Royal Publishing. Dick had been president of the Illinois Council of the Blind and was active in other organizations for the blind. His wife Alice survives.


DAVID VESSEL ’91, April 18, Arnold, Mo. He worked for ITT Technical Institute in Arnold and previously was with Louisiana Pacific Corp. in Portland, Oregon. Dave was station manager of WRBU as a student and worked in Bradley’s computer department after graduation. He was cofounder of an online radio station and produced several albums. Survivors include his wife ANN MUSE VESSELL ’91, two children, and his parents.

BARBARA FORTUNE LEE, MA ’93, Dec. 26, 2011, Atlanta. She was an instructor at Midstate College and was board secretary for the Urban League before moving to Georgia. Employed at Atlanta Medical Hospital for eight years, Barbara then worked for the DeKalb Board of Health, retiring in 2011. She also held a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University. Her husband Harry, two sons, and four grandchildren survive.

CLAIRE HUTCHISON ’96 MLS ’07, March 31, Peoria. Claire earned a master’s degree from Sangamon State University in 1974. In 1997 she taught English in China. She operated a vocational school, Careers in Hospitality, for 10 years and worked with the city’s Private Industry Council. Claire was involved with PARC in Peoria and served on the board of ARC of Illinois, advocating for people with disabilities. She was active in her church and Cursillo. Six children and 10 grandchildren survive.


KAYLA FOREST ’15, April 8, Avon, Ohio. She enjoyed art and was a graphic design major. Her mother and father survive.