In Memory

Faculty & Staff

Thomas H. Taylor IV ’48, director of purchasing emeritus, died in Peoria on Aug. 26, 2012. Tom retired in 1986 after 38 years with Bradley. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he was active in his church. Survivors include his wife, Sally; children, CATHY TAYLOR HAFLEY ’75, SHARON TAYLOR WENGER ’79, and THOMAS TAYLOR V ’86; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ann Davis, assistant professor emeritus of music, died on Dec. 31, 2012, in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Beginning in 1955, she taught piano for 30 years. Ann held a master’s degree in music education from Columbia University. Survivors include two children, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Dr. Yahya Safdari, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died on Jan. 29 in Davie, Fla. He taught at Bradley from 1964 to 2005. Specializing in thermal science, he pioneered the use of solar energy. He built solar homes across central Illinois; his projects with students blanketed the roof of Jobst Hall. He also worked with NASA and Argonne National Laboratory. He held a doctoral degree from New Mexico State University and was instrumental in building the first Islamic Center in Peoria. Survivors include his wife, Saeeda; four children, including IMRAN SAFDARI ’88 and FAWZIA SAFDARI ’93; and two grandchildren. 

Chris Wells, transfer coordinator in Admissions, died on Feb. 19 in Washington. Chris worked at Bradley for 23 years, retiring in 2011. She was active in her church and Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Team Bradley. Her husband, Lee; two children; and five grandchildren survive.

Dr. Barbara Penelton, associate professor emeritus and chairman of teacher education, died on March 18 in Peoria. She taught at Bradley from 1969 to 2002, receiving the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. Active in the community, she was inducted into the local African-American Hall of Fame and received the Mergen Award for Public Service. She held a doctoral degree from Indiana University. Surviving are two daughters, including KIM PENELTON CAMPBELL ’81; her father; and two grandchildren. 


DORIS McGEE COLLIER ’40 MS ’69, Aug. 28, 2012, West Peoria. She was a teacher at Kingman Grade School and Peoria High School and later was a substitute teacher in the high schools. Doris was an American Red Cross volunteer. Survivors include her son, WILLIAM COLLIER ’70 MA ’71; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

SYBIL MYERS GARDINER ’44, Dec. 6, 2012, St. Louis. She was a commercial artist for Chase Bag Co. for many years. Later she created pen and ink drawings of homes and buildings. Sybil also enjoyed painting with watercolors. She was active in the First Congregational Church in Webster Groves. Three children, 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren survive.

FRED MARTENS ’44, Oct. 6, 2012, Plainfield. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory for more than 30 years, retiring in 1983 as director of the reactor operations division, helping design new kinds of nuclear reactors. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Fred held a master’s degree in astrophysics from the University of New Mexico. He was a founding member of his church and active in the local historical society. Surviving are his wife, CAROLYN ARNOLD MARTENS ’44; two children; and a granddaughter.

MARIANNE MATTISON LONG ’45, Dec. 26, 2012, Peoria. She taught art at Eureka College. Survivors include her husband, RAY LONG ’44 MS ’49; three daughters; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

HARRY L. MILLER ’46, Nov. 7, 2012, Peoria. He worked for the Greater Peoria Sanitary District for many years, retiring in 1985. Harry enjoyed camping and was active in his church. He was a Navy veteran. Four daughters, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive.

KATHLEEN DeCROES BRUCE ’47, Dec. 20, 2012, Dallas. Kathy was a longtime member of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, playing in bands, and serving as president of United Methodist Women. She was a member of Chi Omega. Three children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive.

ROBERT ERLANDSON ’47, Aug. 7, 2012, East Dundee. He was a CPA for many years. Active in his church and Rotary, Bob was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of Sigma Chi. His wife, Florence, survives, along with three children including JAMES ERLANDSON ’70, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

GERALDINE TRACY RADEKE ’47, July 29, 2012, Wheaton. She retired from teaching at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. She was part of the local AARP income tax preparation team. Her husband, RAY RADEKE ’50, survives, along with two sisters including BETTY TRACY VACHON ’48 MS ’59

WILLIAM WALDMEIER ’48 MA ’51, Jan. 11, Pekin. Bill served as mayor of Pekin from 1966 to 1979. He was employed by the state of Illinois for the next decade. Instrumental in founding the Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center, he was elected president of the Illinois Municipal League in 1973. Bill taught speech classes at Bradley until 1970. Earlier he worked for Caterpillar and American Distilling Co. and owned a shoe store. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Eva, and two grandsons.

JOYCE ANNO ANTLE ’49, Dec. 20, 2012, Marshalltown, Iowa. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and PEO. Two children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive.

WILLIAM BROADIE ’49, Aug. 4, 2012, Springfield. A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1977 and from the Illinois Revenue Service in 1988. He sang in a barbershop chorus. Three daughters survive.

FRED WAIBEL ’49, Jan. 25, Wexford, Pa. He worked in mechanical and chemical engineering for more than 50 years, completing projects in South America, Italy, and Canada. He held a patent for nickel deposition processing. Fred was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Two sons; his brother, JOSEPH WAIBEL ’52; and one grandson survive.


JAMES BANKS ’50 MS ’51, Dec. 18, 2012, Alton. Jim was an industrial arts teacher in the local high school and vocational schools, retiring from the school district in 1981. He enjoyed making and repairing furniture. A World War II and Korean War Navy veteran, Jim was active in his church. His wife, Patsy; three children; and six grandchildren survive.

RICHARD BEE ’50, July 14, 2012, Lynnwood, Wash. Dick was general manager of the Seattle Rainiers baseball team. He later worked in finance for Olympic Foundry, Beebe International, and Wizard International. He enjoyed boating and fishing. Dick was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife, Dee; five children; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

GEORGE FIELD ’50 MA ’51, Jan. 1, Temple, Texas. He taught psychology at community colleges in Lamar, Colo., and Marshalltown, Iowa. A World War II Army veteran, George received several honors from the Boy Scouts of America. His daughter and three grandchildren survive.

PAULA BARTHELL FRIDAY ’50, Nov. 10, 2012, Fort Worth, Texas. She was active in her church and various organizations in Odessa. Paula enjoyed bridge. Four children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive. Her sisters, MARY “BOOTS” BARTHELL MARKOSKI ’52 MA ’64 and BARBARA BARTHELL SCHLINK ’55, also survive.

EDWARD HERZOG ’50 MA ’60, Nov. 27, 2012, Peoria. He was a teacher and basketball coach in Peoria for 15 years before becoming a high school administrator in Hinsdale for 20 years. He retired in 1986. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed golf and music. Survivors include his wife, Una Mae; three children; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

DONALD R. “DUDS” JOHNSON ’50, Aug. 1, 2012, Rockford. He owned his own engineering firm and worked on several churches, schools, and hospitals. A Navy veteran, he enjoyed skiing, tennis, and golf. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; four children; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

KENNETH RATTENBURY ’50 MS ’52, Jan. 1, Cocoa Beach, Fla. Ken’s career involved research and development of organic chemical products; he was awarded 70 patents. He retired as export manager of General Electric in 1989. An Army veteran, he held an MBA from the University of Missouri. Ken enjoyed boating, golf, and singing. Surviving are his wife, Janet; seven children; and nine grandchildren.

WILLIAM SELLERS ’50, Dec. 10, 2012, Peoria. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he worked at Westinghouse Electric Supply Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed boating and golf. Four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive.

ALLEN SMOOT ’50, Dec. 7, 2012, San Mateo, Calif. A graduate of Marquette University of Medicine, he began his career in internal medicine in San Francisco. He retired from private practice in 2011. Allen was a Korean War Air Force veteran. His wife, Joanne; three children; and six grandchildren survive.

ROSEMARY FLINT ANTRIM ’51, Aug. 19, 2012, Rockford. She was office manager of BLT Printing, which she owned with her late husband. Rosemary was a member of Chi Omega. She enjoyed swimming and boating. Three children, nine grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive.

IRMA DeLONG BLAIR ’51 MA ’56, Dec. 28, 2012, Pekin. She taught second and fourth grades at Calvin Coolidge School in Peoria from 1947 to 1973. A member of Kappa Delta and PEO, Irma enjoyed music and was an active volunteer. Two daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive.

WENDELL STALEY ’51, Dec. 1, 2012, Owensboro, Ky. A World War II Army veteran, he retired from Caterpillar after 17 years of service. Wendell enjoyed pool and golf. His wife, Daphne, and one daughter survive.

CARL STEINMETZ ’51, Dec. 14, 2012, Potomac, Md. He worked at NASA for many years. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, he served in World War II and Korea. He was awarded a Bronze Star. Carl held a master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons; and two granddaughters.

J. ROBERT WARREN ’51, Dec. 22, 2012, Attleboro, Mass. He was the managing editor of Chemical Business in New York City for many years. Bob was a pilot and enjoyed travel. He was a World War II Army veteran. Four children and several grandchildren survive.

JERRY BROLLEY ’52 MA ’57, Dec. 11, 2012, Gurnee. He was a history teacher, coach, dean, and principal at North Chicago Community High School. Later, he worked for CBS Realty in Waukegan and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. A Navy veteran, Jerry was an avid golfer. Two sons and five grandchildren survive.

MABEL CLAUSS ’52 MA ’56, Nov. 29, 2012, Peoria. She was principal and superintendent of Pleasant Valley School for 20 years, retiring in 1976. Previously she taught at Manual High School. Mabel formed the Sew ’n Sews group at Proctor Endowment Home. She knitted 100 pairs of mittens for her church bazaar each year. Mabel was 103. Her daughter and three grandchildren survive.

JAMES HEINIGER ’52, July 29, 2012, Oak Brook. Prior to working for the Institute in Basic Life Principles for 37 years, Jim was athletic director at Niles West and Niles North high schools. He held a doctoral degree in physical education from Indiana University and served as president of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association in 1972. An Army veteran, Jim played football at Bradley and was a member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Laura; five children; and 20 grandchildren.

GORDON JOYNER SR. ’52, Jan. 1, Peoria. He was sports director for WEEK-TV from 1963 to 1973. Earlier, he worked for several radio stations. Gordon received a Bronze Star for his World War II Army service. Two children survive, including GORDON JOYNER II ’72, as well as two grandchildren.

ROBERT SCHIAVO ’52, Jan. 3, Tequesta, Fla. He was employed by Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 37 years, retiring as a vice president. He was active in Knights of Columbus and his church. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; seven children; 28 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

HENRY THERKILDSEN ’52, Jan. 1, Peoria. Hank was an engineer at Caterpillar for 35 years. A World War II Navy veteran, he enjoyed golf. Surviving are his wife, Maxine; five children, including DAVID THERKILDSEN ’79 and ERIC THERKILDSEN ’84; eight grandchildren; and his brother, PAUL THERKILDSEN ’51.

BARBARA CARLSON TUNKS ’52, Jan. 2, Peoria. She worked at Bradley’s Cullom-Davis Library for 32 years. Barbara was involved with Common Place, founded by her late husband, Dick. She also was active in Cursillo. Four children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive.

STEVE LENICH, MS ’53, July 23, 2012, Jackson, Wyo. He was a teacher in Illinois and Wisconsin schools and then taught at Joliet Junior College. Steve was a World War II Navy veteran. His son survives.

LAWRENCE GRANT ’54, Aug. 8, 2012, Boise, Idaho. He taught science and math to elementary and junior high students in Treasure Valley schools from 1966 to 2007. Larry also tutored in a science lab in his garage. He enjoyed outdoor sports. His wife, Ruth, survives, along with two children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

JAMES BURROWS ’55, Nov. 20, 2012, Peoria. He was an engineer for Goodyear, Caterpillar, the state of Illinois, and Beling Consultants. A Korean War Army veteran, he enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; two sons; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

PHYLLIS STERN KELLS ’56 MA ’58 ’97, Dec. 29, 2012, Peoria. Phyllis taught grade school as well as high school. She also was an instructor at Illinois Central College and Bradley’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. Surviving are her husband, L. BOB KELLS ’59, and two sons including ERIC KELLS ’95

ARTHUR CHOWN ’58, Dec. 13, 2012, Macomb. He received the Western Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991 when he retired as vice president of administrative services. He joined the WIU staff in 1965 as an internal auditor and earned a master’s degree in 1972. Active in his church, Arthur served on the McDonough County Board. He was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife, Roselyn; three children; and two grandsons survive.

DAVID EMERSON ’58, Nov. 17, 2012, Tucson, Ariz. He founded Medical Electronic Education Services and worked in the health care industry. Dave was a member of Bradley’s 1957 NIT championship basketball team. Three children and four grandchildren survive.

LAWRENCE GELTMAKER, MA ’58, Nov. 30, 2012, Trivoli. He retired in 1991 from a 38-year career in education, last working as a principal in Glasford. He also farmed and served as treasurer of the Timber-Logan Water District. He was active in his church and sang in the choir. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; four children; and five grandchildren.

YONG-MIN CHI ’58, Dec. 8, 2012, Cummaquid, Mass. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s medical school, he was a physician in Athol, Mass., for 25 years. He was a Korean War veteran. Yong-Min enjoyed golf. Surviving are his wife, Mary; five children; and nine grandchildren.


ROBERT RICHARDS ’60, Nov. 9, 2012, Channahon. Bob enjoyed outdoor sports. His wife, Sandra; two children; and four grandchildren survive.

JOSEPH HEMMER, MA ’62, Dec. 31, 2012, Muskego, Wis. He was a professor of communication at Carroll College for 41 years. Joe won numerous awards and had been president of the Wisconsin Communication Association. He held a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin. An Army veteran, Joe enjoyed golf and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Joy; two sons; and four grandchildren.

MAE GEBHARDT ’63, Jan. 18, Decatur. She was a primary school teacher for 20 years in Pekin, Marquette Heights, and Mapleton, retiring in 1985. Mae was 101. Two children, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren survive. 

TERRY HOAG ’64 MBA ’65, Jan. 10, Columbus, Ohio. He retired in 2005 as president and CEO of Miami Insurance in Troy, Ohio. An Air Force veteran, Terry was honored as the outstanding Air Force cadet in the nation while he was a member of Bradley’s ROTC. He was president of the National Alumni Association in 1976–77. Survivors include his wife, Norma; two children; and seven grandchildren.

MARTHA McKNIGHT GLASS ’67, Aug. 15, 2012, Atlanta. Mardi taught middle school science in Chicago and Connecticut before moving to Georgia with her family in 1978. She was active in Junior League. Two sons and four granddaughters survive.

MARY ANN LUTZ SCHLIPF ’67, Aug. 21, 2012, Bloomington. She was a member of the McLean County Board for 12 years and also served on the zoo board. Surviving are her husband, William, and one daughter.

BERTHA CRUMRINE ’68 MA ’86, Dec. 12, 2012, Louisville, Colo. She taught English at Limestone Community High School in Bartonville for 25 years, retiring in 1993. Bertha enjoyed bridge and was an active volunteer. Three children and six grandchildren survive.

MICHAEL GLOWACKI ’68, Nov. 15, 2012, Bushnell. He was budget director of Western Illinois University from 1978 until his retirement in 2004. Previously, he spent five years working for the Governing Board of State Colleges and Universities. Surviving are his wife, Deborah; his mother; five children; and seven grandchildren.

ROBERT ATKINSON, MS ’69, March 18, 2012, Port Byron. Bob was an industrial arts teacher in the Moline school district, retiring in 1982. He was a World War II Army veteran. His wife, Barbara, survives, along with two daughters and four grandchildren.

A. ELIZABETH PARKER SIEBECK ’69, Jan. 10, Elgin. After retiring from teaching French and Spanish in District 300 schools, Liz taught at the local community college and high school. She held a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her son survives.


RENEE GOLIK BULATEK ’70, Dec. 8, 2012, Montgomery. She taught business and marketing at Larkin High School, retiring after 30 years. Renee was a consultant for Juice Plus and also operated Results Telemarketing. She held a master’s degree from North Central College. Survivors include her husband, John, and two children.

DANIEL STONE ’70, Aug. 28, 2012, Port Byron. Dan was commercial sales manager for Reynolds Ford in East Moline. He enjoyed snowmobiling. Survivors include his wife, Eileen; his mother; two children; and four grandchildren.

JOHN KOSTELNY ’72, Aug. 11, 2012, Tucson, Ariz. John served in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a major. He taught motorcycle safety classes at the community college and worked in the recorder’s office. His two children and grandson survive.

FRANK SAWYER ’72, Sept. 23, 2012, Oak Park. He worked for the Social Security Administration in Chicago. Frank was an avid reader. Four sisters and a brother survive.

JAMES WEHRLI ’72, Aug. 2, 2012, Roanoke. Jim worked in sales and service in the elevator industry. Later he was employed at Roanoke Motors. A member of Alpha Phi Omega, Jim enjoyed travel. Survivors include his mother; sister; and brother, ED WEHRLI ’71

VASCO BRIDGES ’73, Dec. 29, 2012, Madison, Miss. He worked for United Airlines for 15 years and then launched Jano Justice Systems in 1989. Vasco earned his pilot’s license in 2008. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha, he was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame for track. His wife, Jo Lynn, and two sons survive.

CHERIE BAGLEY ’74, Jan. 14, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She held a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Cherie was a psychologist at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

LEE TALLMAN ’74 MLS ’05, Jan. 26, Peoria. He worked for Caterpillar in Peoria and Europe for 40 years, retiring in 2001. Lee enjoyed golf and was active in the Peoria Area World Affairs Council. Surviving are his wife, Johnna; two children, AMY TALLMAN SUMMERS ’92 and JAMES TALLMAN ’93; and three grandchildren.

WARDELL GRAVES ’75 MA ’78, Aug. 18, 2012, Peoria. She taught for 22 years at the Diagnostic Learning Center and Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Garfield schools. Wardell was active in her church and the Tri-County Urban League. Four children including LARAINE GRAVES BRYSON ’77 survive, as well as a stepdaughter, nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. 

JANET CUSACK ’76, Jan. 13, Peoria. She was a critical care nurse at OSF Saint Francis and Methodist Medical Center. As a clinical nurse educator, Janet also instructed Bradley nursing majors. She held a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Survivors include her husband, Jerry; five children; 22 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

SANDRA CLARKE MILLS ’76, Nov. 27, 2012, Springfield. She was a social worker for more than 20 years before joining the faculty of University of Illinois, Springfield. She held a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University. Recently, she received a lifetime achievement award in social work. Surviving are her husband, Joseph; two children; and a sister.


VALERIE PIOTROWSKI ’83, Sept. 12, 2012, Des Plaines. Her father survives.

SUSAN ANDERSON-FREED, MS ’86, Nov. 4, 2012, Bloomington. Susan created the computer science department at Illinois Wesleyan University, taught 34 courses before retiring in 2010, and wrote several books. She earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from Indiana University in her original field, sociology. Susan enjoyed knitting. Survivors include her husband, John; one daughter; and her mother.


DEATRICE ADAMS ’90, May 10, 2012, Chicago. Dee Dee was an engineer with Underwriters Laboratories and Omron Electronic Systems. She enjoyed traveling to international tennis tournaments. Her parents and brother survive.

“In Memory” Guidelines: In Memory is written from newspaper clippings, as well as published obituaries supplied by friends and family. Bradley Hilltopics attempts to identify spouses, parents, children, and siblings who are also Bradley alumni. Submit an obituary by mailing a newspaper clipping or memory card from the funeral home to Bradley Hilltopics, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.