In Memory

Faculty & Staff

Dr. James Seckler, associate professor of civil engineering and construction, died on October 5, 2011, in Peoria. He retired in May after 41 years at Bradley. He was the associate dean of the College of Engineering from 1991 to 1997. Dr. Seckler was faculty adviser of Chi Epsilon and worked with the Bridge Pals and Global Explorers programs. He was a consultant to many area companies. He held master’s and doctoral degrees from New Mexico State University. His wife Sherry and two sons survive.

Diana Randall, customer support specialist for Computing Services, died in Peoria on September 16, 2011. She worked at Bradley for more than 20 years. She volunteered with Refresh and Retreat Stroke Survivor Camp. Diana and her husband Randy enjoyed country-western dancing. He survives, along with three children and eight grandchildren. 

Proud legacy of law

Three alumni who devoted their careers to the legal profession died in August.

JOHN RIEHM ’41, Aug. 26, 2011, Tucson, Ariz. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, John earned a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan. He was dean of the Southern Methodist University School of Law. In 1963 he returned to New York as director of a law publishing firm; he then became general counsel to Thomas J. Lipton Co., retiring as executive vice president. John served on many boards, was a director of U.S. Life Insurance Co., and president of Freedom House. After retiring, he operated a venture capital business. Survivors include his wife Doris, four children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. 

DAVID SILLS ’59, Aug. 23, 2011, Santa Ana, Calif. He was presiding justice of California’s 4th District Court of Appeal. He authored more than 2,400 majority opinions during his tenure and was known for his rulings on cases involving surrogate parents. Dave served on the city council of Irvine for a decade, including four terms as mayor. He was appointed superior court judge in 1985. A Marine Corps veteran, he held a law degree from the University of Illinois. His wife Susan and his brother DAN SILLS ’63 survive.

NICHOLAS HUMY ’78, Aug. 16, 2011, Santa Cruz, Calif. He was the supervising attorney in the federal public defender’s office in San Jose. Nick held a master’s and a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. He taught at Tulane, Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern before earning his juris doctorate from Hastings Law School in San Francisco. Surviving are his wife Donna, two sons, his parents, and two sisters including CATHERINE HUMY ’80.


MARTIN COMPTON ’34, Aug. 27, 2011, Bloomington. A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, he served in the Army Medical Corps for 20 years, retiring as a colonel. He was the medical director of Country Life Insurance Co. until 1978. Martin was active in Masonic work and in the community. He enjoyed bridge. Four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

DARLENE HENDRICKS FUCHS ’39, Aug. 13, 2011, Sarasota, Fla. She taught high school before her marriage. Surviving are two children including BETH FUCHS CANNATA-KEEFE ’74 MS ’80, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


RALPH COLETTA ’43, Oct. 19, 2011, Peoria. A World War II Army veteran and graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he began the family law firm in 1950. He was an assistant state’s attorney from 1952 to 1956. Ralph was also a real estate developer and served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board. A founder of the Wheels O’ Time Museum, he also was active in St. Philomena Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife Ethel; six children including SHELLY COLETTA SMITH, MA ’93, director of the Bradley Fund; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

FLORENCE ALBRECHT KELTO ’43, Sept. 3, 2011, Colorado Springs. She was a public health educator in Wisconsin and Ohio. Flo held a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She was active in the Lutheran church. Four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

HARRIET SCHWEITZER WANNER ’45, Aug. 15, 2011, Yuma, Ariz. Harriet was a nurse during World War II and was a member of Sigma Kappa. Later she was an RN in a pediatrician’s office. A former president of the Proctor Hospital Service Auxiliary, she had been active in the Morton United Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters and one grandson.

PEGGY SOLDWELL THOMPSON ’46, Aug. 20, 2011, Peoria. She enjoyed golf and was the ladies’ champion at Mt. Hawley Country Club in 1960.  Peggy was a member of Lambda Phi at Bradley. Her son, grandson, and great-granddaughter survive.

EMILY BLAIR BECK ’48, July 13, 2011, Lincolnshire. She was a teacher for 30 years, retiring in 1983 after 15 years as a first grade teacher at Irving School in Peoria. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Three children and three grandchildren survive. 

F. MARNA GROOM COONS ’49, Aug. 13, 2011, Aurora. She was an office manager at Continental Insurance. Marna was active in West Bluff Christian Church in Peoria and had served as board chairman. She was a member of Sigma Kappa. Six children and nine grandchildren survive.

BERNARD DELANEY ’49, July 23, 2011, Des Plaines. He worked at Sentry Insurance for 40 years, retiring in 1989. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary, six children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

MELVIN KNAAK ’49, July 1, 2011, Paradise, Calif. He served in the Navy until 1971, retiring as a lieutenant commander. Melvin was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife Beverly, two children, a stepson, and two grandchildren.

HARRISON SMITH ’49, June 13, 2011, Springfield. He was a lab technician at Memorial Medical Center for 38 years. An Army veteran, he was active in his church and received several awards from the Boy Scouts of America. Three children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

RICHARD A. ZIMMERMAN ’49, July 29, 2011, Roanoke. He was an award-winning salesman for Monsanto and also farmed. Richard was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Margaret “Sis” survives, along with five children, five stepchildren, 18 grandchildren, and 47 great-grandchildren.


ROBERT ALTY ’50, Sept. 17, 2011, Elk Grove Village. He retired from Harris Bank as a trust officer. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife CONNIE STEWART ALTY ’49, one son, and three grandchildren.

MARJORIE ROWELL CORDELL ’50, Aug. 16, 2011, Richmond, Va. Survivors include four children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

JOANNE BRUCE KOLLER ’50, June 22, 2011, Peoria. Employed by the American Red Cross blood bank for 20 years, she had been a medical technologist at two area hospitals. JoAnne was an active member of First United Methodist Church and volunteered at Common Place and the Peoria County Jail. Surviving are her husband Don, two children, three grandsons, and four great-grandchildren.

WOLFGANG LIED ’50, July 16, 2011, Washington. After World War II, he was a translator with the Army. He often spoke at service clubs about his childhood in Germany. He worked for Honeywell Inc. for more than 30 years. Wolfgang authored a history of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

IRVING PRIVMAN ’50, Aug. 16, 2011, Las Vegas. He was a stockbroker with Bache & Co. and Prudential Securities. Irv enjoyed racquetball and was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Joan, two children, his brother IRA PRIVMAN ’55, and a grandson.

NORMA WARRICK SCHAUMBURG ’52, Aug. 23, 2011, Milford. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for her husband’s car dealership. Earlier she worked in television and radio in Fort Wayne, Ind., and managed a clothing store in Florida. She served as president of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley.

NEAL BERGMAN ’53, June 18, 2011, Overland Park, Kan. He worked in public relations for Stanley Engineering.

ALBERT DAYNOR ’53, Feb. 2011, Northbrook. Al was an advertising executive with Brown & Bigelow. Surviving are his wife Darlene, two children including JOHN DAYNOR ’77, and four grandchildren.

WALTER MIFFLIN, MS ’53, July 28, 2011, Boise, Idaho. He was principal of Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn for 25 years, retiring in 1981. In 1968 he served as president of the Illinois Elementary School Principal’s Association. A World War II Army veteran, Walter was an award-winning woodcarver. Survivors include his wife Betty, one son, five stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

HAROLD BRACKEN ’54, July 2, 2011, Chesterfield, Mo. Bernie was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife JUDY GREGG BRACKEN ’56, three children, and five grandchildren.

DONALD MATHEWS ’54 MA ’62, Oct. 23, 2011, Peoria. A member of the Bradley basketball team that was a runner-up in the 1954 NCAA championship, Don also ran track. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, having coached at Woodruff, Bergan, Spring Valley Hall, Brimfield, and Peoria Heights high schools. Don also authored books about teaching English. He was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife CAROL WOLF MATHEWS ’70, six children including JOHN MATHEWS ’80 and EDDIE MATHEWS ’83, 21 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

ROBERT CARNEY ’55, Nov. 10, 2011, Pekin. A two-time All-American, Bob was one of only seven Bradley basketball players to have his jersey retired. He held the record for the most free throws (23) ever made in an NCAA tournament game. He played in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers and then served in the Air Force. Bob began his career with Pekin Insurance and eventually launched Carney’s Insurance Store. He also was a partner in Space Age Travel. He served as president of the Pekin Park Board in 1982. Survivors include his wife Gloria, four children, 11 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

WILLIAM CATTERN ’55, Aug. 3, 2011, Skokie. Survivors include his wife Anne, two children, and four grandchildren.

ROBERT R. JONES ’55, June 3, 2011, West Des Moines, Iowa. He retired from Briggs Corp. and previously operated a printing business in Madison, Wis. An Air Force veteran, Bob enjoyed outdoor sports. Surviving are his wife Kathleen, four children, two stepsons, and five grandchildren.

LEE MONROE, MA ’55, July 5, 2011, Belleville. A retired history and political science teacher, he taught for 21 years at the community college in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He and his wife SYLVIA CHURLING MONROE ’53 previously lived in Durango, Colo. She survives, along with three children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

J. DAVID BRIM ’56, July 16, 2011, Jacksonville, Fla. He was employed by Rockwell International and held several patents. David was a swimmer at Bradley and qualified for the Olympic trials. He was a member of Theta Chi. Survivors include his wife Lynn, five stepchildren, two grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

ROGER LAIR ’56, Aug. 29, 2011, Metamora. He taught sixth grade at Reservoir School in Peoria and in East Peoria. He also was an English teacher in Chatham and Dixon. Roger later worked for TWA and in the Peoria County circuit clerk’s office. An Army veteran, he was active in local theater. 

RUTH YERBY WARREN ’57, Oct. 25, 2010, Peoria Heights. She worked for John Pearl & Associates for 17 years. Survivors include her husband Travice, two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM QUAM ’58, July 8, 2011, Cumming, Ga. He worked in marketing for Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 35 years, retiring in 1995. Bill held an MBA from Northwestern and was a Korean War Army veteran. He enjoyed golf and coaching youth sports. His wife LORETTA PLAVEC QUAM ’58 survives, along with four children and two grandchildren.


M. PAUL MOORE ’62, Sept. 19, 2011, Peoria. Paul’s 36-year career with Caterpillar took him around the world. After retiring in 1999, he became active in Bradley alumni activities. Paul served as BUAA president in 2006–07. He was a recipient of the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lydia Moss Bradley Award. A track star and member of Theta Chi, Paul was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. He served in the Army Reserves and the Illinois National Guard. Surviving are his wife Diane, two sons including JEFFREY S. MOORE ’89, his mother, and several grandchildren.

BERNARD WABEL ’62, July 28, 2011, Ocean Springs, Miss. Bernie was a design engineer at Caterpillar in Peoria for 37 years until relocating nine years ago. A Korean War Navy veteran, he was an active volunteer. Surviving are his wife Vivian, three sons including STEVEN WABEL ’95, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

ROBERT WILLIAMSON ’62 MA ’68, Sept. 13, 2011, Dunlap. He was assistant superintendent of Peoria’s Educational Service Region and later for IVC School District 321. Bob enjoyed playing softball. Survivors include his wife Char, three children, and nine grandchildren.

THOMAS WISE, MA ’62, Aug. 11, 2011, Arlington Heights. A World War II Navy veteran, he was ordained into the priesthood in 1956. He taught at Spalding Institute in Peoria and Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. In 1961 he was a founder of a Viatorian mission and school in Bogota, Colombia, where he remained for 10 years. He also was a pastor in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Granite City. His sister survives.

MARY CIGNARELLI ’63 MA ’64, Aug. 31, 2011, Peoria. She taught English at Illinois Central College for more than 35 years. Earlier she was a teacher at Black Hawk College and Richwoods High School. She was a member of the first Peoria Diocesan Women’s Commission. Mary enjoyed travel and photography. Her sister PATRICIA CIGNARELLI PUSEY ’68 survives.

JAMES FEY ’63, June 20, 2011, Naperville. He worked for Balsamo-Olson Design Group and was responsible for the civil engineering of several suburban golf courses and the Green Trails subdivision. Jim held an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife Nancy and two daughters.

WILLIAM REES, MA ’63, June 21, 2011, Pekin. He taught mathematics and was director of the guidance department at Pekin Community High School for 32 years, retiring in 1992. Bill later was director of the local vocational center, and taught part time until 2003. A Korean War Army veteran, he was an elder in his church. Survivors include his wife Delores, two sons, two grandsons, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

EDWARD ROBB ’64, Sept. 24, 2011, Columbia, Mo. He joined the economics faculty of the University of Missouri in 1972 and was a founder of the Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center there. Elected presiding commissioner of Boone County in 2010, he had been a state representative from 2005 to 2008. He held master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State. Surviving are his wife Rosa, five children, and six grandchildren.

JANE RUST, MA ’64, June 30, 2011, Washington. In 1956 she began teaching in the business department at Washington Community High School, eventually chairing the department. Jane was a charter member of Business and Professional Women and was active in education organizations.

GEORGE WALKER ’64, July 22, 2011, Morton. Employed by Caterpillar for more than 35 years, he retired in 1994 from the labor relations department. George served with the Illinois Army National Guard. Surviving are his wife FAYE PRITTS WALKER, MA ’63, one daughter, and three granddaughters.

JOHN K. GARRETT, MA ’65, Aug. 18, 2011, Peoria. He was School District 150 superintendent from 1998 to 2002, after serving as assistant superintendent since 1994. Previously he was principal of Washington School in Peoria for 20 years. John was active in the community and served on numerous boards. Survivors include his daughter ANGELA GARRETT BROCK ’91, two grandchildren, and his companion Mary Brown.

JOSEPH DeFABBIO ’67 MA ’71, July 27, 2011, East Peoria. He taught history, journalism, and English at Richwoods High School for many years. Joseph was honored as history teacher of the year by the DAR at the state and national levels, and also by the University of Chicago. An Army veteran, he escorted students on trips to Europe for 22 years. He also taught speech at Illinois Central College and served on the board of Opera Illinois. His partner WILLIAM LINDGREN ’58 MA ’60 survives.

MARY WILLI, MA ’69, Aug. 9, 2011, Peoria. She taught at White School for many years. Mary volunteered with Reading for the Blind, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and Bel-Wood Nursing Home. Surviving are 12 children, 38 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren.


SHARON JUDD ENGLERT ’70, July 22, 2011, Denver. She was an investment adviser for Wells Fargo. Her husband Bruce survives.

JAMES MONDAY ’70, Sept. 15, 2011, Collinsville. After a 23-year career in local government, he retired in 2006 as director of administration for Madison County. Jim enjoyed photography. Surviving are his wife Shelly, two children, a stepson, and four grandchildren.

JOHN CLARSON ’71, Oct. 8, 2010, Houston. He was vice president of Consolidated Communications. John was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Survivors include his wife MARTA CHAPMAN CLARSON ’74, three children, and his mother.

CHRISTINE TOPOULOS ’71 MA ’72, July 21, 2011, Decatur, Ga. She was appointed to the Export-Import Bank of America in Washington, D.C., and later ran Trade Pros, her own export finance quoting company. Christine held an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. A skilled equestrian, she also enjoyed gardening.

JAMES FERGUSON ’72, June 14, 2011, Ypsilanti, Mich. He was vice president of Exemplar Corp. Earlier he had worked for Camcar Manufacturing in Rockford for 30 years. He enjoyed sports. Survivors include his wife Camena, six children, and 13 grandchildren.

COURTNEY CAMPBELL MALTAS ’75, June 5, 2011, Arlington Heights. A soprano in the Bradley Chorale, Courtney later sang in her church choir. She had been a librarian in Mt. Prospect. Surviving are her husband KEN MALTAS ’73, three children including JENNIFER MALTAS ’04, and five siblings including CLAUDIA CAMPBELL KRAUSE ’72.

KATHY HARN WILLIAMSON, MS ’76, Aug. 24, 2011, Neenah, Wis. She was a speech and language pathologist in the Kimberly Area School District. Surviving are her husband Lloyd, two sons, her mother, a stepdaughter, and two step-grandchildren. 


MICHAEL LEPOLD ’81, August 2011, Glen Ellyn. Mike had worked in the reinsurance industry. He enjoyed hiking the Fourteeners in Colorado (mountains 14,000 feet and higher). He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Surviving are his wife LORI RICHTER LEPOLD ’81 and two children including MELANIE LEPOLD ’11.

MARILYN ZICK JOHNSON ’82 MFA ’85, Sept. 12, 2011, Peoria. She was an art teacher at Illinois Central College and previously taught at Bradley. She taught painting classes at Lakeview Museum for more than 25 years. Survivors include her husband Ronald, four children, her mother, 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

SABRINA JACOBSON PAGE ’82, Sept. 28, 2011, Washington. A teacher in Germantown Hills District 69, Sabrina held a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University. She loved the outdoors. Her husband Tom survives, along with two sons and her parents.

CYNTHIA TIEMANN STRADAL ’85, Sept. 20, 2011, Godfrey. Cindy worked in the food service industry, most recently for Stellhorn Marketing. A Bradley tennis player, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. She was active in the Junior League of St. Louis and the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Alton, where she played the piano and was a soloist. Survivors include her two children and parents FRED TIEMANN ’62 and BONNIE ROTH TIEMANN ’62


EDWARD SIADEK ’99, Sept. 8, 2011, Hanna City. He was a professional engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation for almost 19 years. Ed umpired baseball and softball games, and was active in the community. His wife Denise and their two children survive.


TYRA SANTANGELO ’00, Aug. 11, 2011, Peoria. She was a longtime school secretary, including 18 years at Loucks School. She was named secretary of the year in 1988, and retired in 1993. Tyra sang in her church choir and served as president of the Proctor Hospital Service Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband Jerry, four children, and 13 grandchildren.

JOEL HARTMAN ’01, Sept. 27, 2011, Newport News, Va. Joel worked on the latest space shuttle project as an engineer for ATK Space, a subcontractor for NASA at Langley Air Force Base. He held a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. He enjoyed playing sports in the NASA recreational leagues. His parents, brother, and sister survive.