In Memory


Dr. William Steiner, professor emeritus of psychology, died in Peoria on Nov. 15, 2012. He held master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. An Air Force veteran, he taught at Bradley from 1967 to 1993. His wife Ann survives along with three children and two grandsons.

Trustee Board Chairman

Michel McCord, chairman of the Bradley Board of Trustees, died in Peoria on Oct. 18, 2012. He was president of Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Co. from 1983 to 2010. Since 1990 he had been CEO and chairman of its board. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mike had been recognized with numerous community awards. He served on the boards of the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and United Way. He also was a past president of the Bradley Chiefs Club. Survivors include his wife Kay, five children, and eight grandchildren.


LOUISE SUMNER BURKE ’35, Sept. 30, 2012, Peoria. Louise was a member of PEO, Pi Beta Phi, and the Methodist Hospital Service League. Her daughter survives, along with four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

GERALDINE LAWRENCE HOWARD ’39, July 14, 2012, Chandler, Ariz. Gerry and her late husband moved 29 times in 50 years of marriage, including moves to Peru, Australia, and Greece. Three children, nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive.


CLINTON ECKSTROM ’42, Oct. 29, 2012, Pittsburgh. He was a credit manager for PPG Industries for more than 30 years. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his World War II Army service. He was a graduate of Northwestern University Law School. Survivors include his wife Betty and three children.

ELAINE URBAN SCHNEIDER ’42, Oct. 31, 2012, Smyrna, Tenn. Three children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

MAJOR DARST JR. ’44, Oct. 8, 2012, Shamong, N.J. He was a medical doctor at the naval base in San Diego for three years and later specialized in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Surviving are nine children including MAJOR DARST III ’80, 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

JEANNINE SUTTER FISCHER ’44, Oct. 7, 2012, Bloomington. Jeannine operated a drapery business. Previously, she taught home economics and was a home extension adviser. She was a member of Chi Omega. Survivors include four children, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

ROBERT SEXTON ’44, Oct. 26, 2012, Silver City, N.M. He was an ophthalmologist for 30 years. Earlier, he was a physician in Carthage, Ill., and a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Margaret, four children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

MARILYN ASH MOSHER ’45 MA ’64, Oct. 19, 2012, Canton. She was a teacher in Canton public schools, Spoon River College, and Auburn University. Marilyn was a founder of the Graham Hospital Service League and was active in many civic groups. She was a member of Chi Omega and PEO. Two children including JEANNE MOSHER, MA ’77 survive, as well as three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

MARY LOUISE JACQUIN ’46, Sept. 23, 2012, Peoria. She was the law librarian for Peoria County for 25 years and executive secretary of the county bar association for 15 years. Mary Louise was active in her church and enjoyed bridge and volunteering. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi.

DONALD HARMON ’48, Sept. 17, 2012, Mount Prospect. He had worked for Caterpillar, Boeing, and Texaco. Surviving are his wife Frances, four children including LaDONNA HARMON BORNZIN ’65, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

TAKESHI WALLY UEKI ’49, July 12, 2012, Kahului, Hawaii. An Army veteran, he taught for many years at Baldwin High School. Five children, 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive.

GORDON WIENKE ’49, Sept. 15, 2012, Mason City, Iowa. He was an accountant for Ford dealerships in Arlington Heights and Streator. Gordon was a World War II veteran and was active in his church in Rockford. Six children, 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive.


ROBERT D. BABCOCK ’50, Sept. 15, 2012, Peoria. He owned and operated the local Roto-Rooter service for more than 55 years. Bob was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include two children, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

MARJORIE BARTELS EBERT ’50, Aug. 25, 2012, East Lansing, Mich. She was a professional church organist for almost 30 years. Marjorie was active in PEO. Her husband EMERSON EBERT ’50 survives, along with two daughters, two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.

ROBERT HOLTZMAN ’50, Nov. 16, 2012, Peoria. Bob retired as president of Sheridan Bank in 1987. A Navy veteran, he had served as president of Suburban Kiwanis and was a volunteer at Proctor Hospital.

DARWIN MILLER ’50, Sept. 6, 2012, Hot Springs Village, Ark. He worked for Elco Industries in Rockford for 33 years, serving as vice president of manufacturing. He also managed Acme Rivet Co. in Connecticut. Darwin was a trustee of Swedish American Hospital. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Theta Xi. Two daughters and two grandchildren survive.

JACK STEENROD ’50, Sept. 25, 2012, Peoria. A World War II Army veteran, he worked for Caterpillar for many years. Jack was active in local theater for 50 years. His wife Mary, three children, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive.

ARTHUR “JERRY” VALLEZ ’50, Sept. 15, 2012, Naples, Fla. Known for his nautical landscapes, Jerry and his late wife operated art studios and galleries near the waterfront for more than 40 years. Previously, Jerry was a painter in Highland Park and Door County, Wis. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Sigma Chi. Two daughters and his stepmother survive.

JAMES EILERS ’51, July 13, 2012, Peoria. He retired as vice president of Carter Paper Co. in 1999. Jim was an avid golfer and had coached Bergan High School’s golf team. He was the franchise holder for Dairy Isle, the predecessor of Emo’s in Peoria. A member of Sigma Nu, Jim was active in Rotary. Survivors include his wife Bette, five children, and 10 grandchildren.

NANCY COLE FISCHER ’51, Oct. 4, 2012, Brielle, N.J. She enjoyed travel and golf. Nancy was a member of Sigma Kappa. Surviving are her husband CHRISTIAN FISCHER ’51, five children, 15 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

EDWARD FREUDENTHAL ’51, Aug. 24, 2012, Gilbertsville, Ky. A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he worked as a civil engineer. His wife Elma, four children, and three grandchildren survive.

MILES HAUTER ’51, Oct. 29, 2012, Sedona, Ariz. He worked at Commercial National Bank in Peoria and had been honored for volunteering at Wildlife Prairie Park. 

RICHARD SLATER ’51 MA ’52, Aug. 24, 2012, Houston. An Army veteran, Dick held a doctoral degree from the University of Houston. He taught classes there and at several other universities. He worked for many years in the Houston and Klein school districts. Dick retired in 1994 but remained active in counseling and administration. Survivors include his wife P. JEAN CASSENS SLATER ’52, four children, and five grandchildren.

ROBERT E. SWANSON ’51, July 22, 2012, Columbia, Mo. A pastor in a number of churches, he held a doctoral degree from Drake University. He sang in the Bach Society in St. Louis. A frequent runner in the New York Marathon, he cycled competitively into his eighties. Four daughters and three grandchildren survive.

WILLIAM O’CONNELL ’52 MA ’54, Sept. 23, 2012, Peoria. He covered the state legislature for the Peoria Journal Star for many years. Bill was recognized as Illinois Journalist of the Year by Northern Illinois University in 1986. He also was honored by the American Political Science Association. Bill was grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1996, the year he retired from the newspaper. A co-founder of the local St. Patrick’s Society and Ancient Order of Hibernians, Bill was active in his church. Survivors include his wife Helen, five children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

ALBERT BETTINA, EdD ’53, Sept. 17, 2012, Portales, N.M. After 34 years at Eastern New Mexico University, Al retired as dean emeritus of the College of Education and Technology. He received numerous honors and was an active volunteer. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Surviving are three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

GRACE LINDHOLM JOHNSON ’53, Oct. 25, 2012, Morton. She taught home economics at Limestone High School in the 1950s and later taught at Morton Junior High School until 1984. She was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Her husband THOMAS W. JOHNSON ’53 MS ’58 survives, along with five children and 13 grandchildren.

GEORGE LEUNIG ’53, June 1, 2012, Wauwatosa, Wis. George worked in the X-ray division of General Electric. After retiring he became a remodeling contractor and home inspector. George was a World War II Navy veteran. He enjoyed camping with his wife Anne and four sons. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

RICHARD DAVIDSON ’54, Sept. 27, 2012, O’Fallon, Mo. Dick is survived by his wife Marlene and two children. 

MARILYN KEELEY HUGUENARD ’54, Oct. 30, 2012, Sugar Hill, Ga. She retired in 2003 after managing a dental office for 30 years. Marilyn enjoyed singing and was active in PEO. Three children, two grandsons, and her companion Robert Espie survive.

GRANT KINNEY ’55, Oct. 8, 2012, Amherst, Va. He was a federal probation officer in New York until retiring in 1995. An Army veteran, Grant held a master’s degree from Long Island University. He enjoyed racquetball and was a member of Omega Psi Phi. Grant was an active volunteer, involved in adult literacy and his church choir.

RICHARD BROADSTONE ’56, Nov. 8, 2012, Oro Valley, Ariz. Dick was a project manager for Arco Pipe Line Co. He was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran. Dick enjoyed tennis and hiking. Survivors include his wife LIANA WOODMAN BROADSTONE ’52, three children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

JAMES PILETIC ’56, Sept. 26, 2012, Dunlap. He owned and managed Northwest Firestone Tire Center for 35 years. Earlier, he worked for Firestone in several cities. A member of the football team and Theta Xi, he was active in the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife Rocky, four daughters, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

WILLIAM BEVIS ’57, Oct. 8, 2012, Peoria. He retired from Caterpillar in 1990 after 41 years of service. A Korean War Army veteran, he was active in Masonic work. He enjoyed golf, tennis, and flying. Survivors include his wife Kathleen and his brother.

MARGARET “ELAINE” SCOTT BROOKS ’57, Nov. 7, 2012, Aptos, Calif. Elaine held master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. She worked with computers at Caterpillar and then had a long career with IBM, including upper management positions in sales and engineering. Elaine enjoyed rose gardening and golf. Survivors include six children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

RICHARD FLECKENSTEIN ’59, Oct. 24, 2012, Big Spring, Texas. An auditor for the state of Ohio for 11 years, he then worked for KBST in Texas. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Six children and five grandchildren survive.


DARRYL MONGE ’61, Oct. 30, 2012, Stafford, Va. He was employed by Komatsu Corp. for 39 years, retiring as a comptroller. His wife Verla and two children survive.

JUDITH GRIMM SOUTHWICK ’61, Aug. 27, 2012, Oak Park. She was a reporter for United Press International in Des Moines before moving to Chicago. A community activist, Judy also was an active volunteer. She was a docent for the Hemingway Foundation and was involved in her church. Surviving are her husband Bill, one son, one granddaughter, two brothers including TOM GRIMM ’62 MA ’65, and her sister NANCY GRIMM ERICKSON ’70.

REBECCA MANUEL BABCOCK ’62, Sept. 19, 2012, Round Rock, Texas. Her husband James survives.

VIOLET HUNT GURA ’62, Nov. 18, 2012, Sun City Center, Fla. She taught in Streator and then at Hines School in Peoria. Vi later taught social studies in Peoria and Bartonville schools, retiring in 1974. She was a certified LifeBio 101 instructor. Vi was 100. Surviving are three sons including TERRY GURA ’61 and DAN GURA ’67, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

LESTER JACKSON, MS ’63, Oct. 12, 2012, Savannah, Ga. An educator in the local schools, he later owned Jackson Construction Co. He was a Korean War Army veteran and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. His wife Annie survives, along with seven children and 15 grandchildren. 

DONAL MURPHY ’63, Oct. 26, 2012, Putnam. He also resided in Oak Brook. Survivors include his wife Betty, three children, and two grandchildren. 

TOMMIE LEE BANKS ’64, Oct. 11, 2012, Woodbridge, Va. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, he later worked as a consultant for BTL International and United Airlines. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. Survivors include his wife Lenore, three sons, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

PHILIP PLAUTZ ’65, June 24, 2012, Milwaukee. He was a teacher in the public schools. Surviving are his wife Sandi, two sons, and five grandchildren.

ROBERT WILLIS ’65, Oct. 19, 2012, East Peoria. He was a supervisor in accounting for Caterpillar, retiring in 1987 after more than 35 years. An Army veteran, Bob enjoyed bowling and fishing. His wife Eileen survives, along with seven children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

ROBERT MORRIS ’66, Oct. 5, 2012, Naples, Fla. He was an account executive with Sears for many years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed travel and fly fishing. Surviving are his wife Janice, one daughter, and two stepchildren.

BRUCE DOUD, MA ’67, Oct. 18, 2012, Pekin. He worked for Pekin School District 108 for 33 years, retiring as assistant principal of Edison Junior High. Bruce was the district’s data services consultant until 2001. He also worked at a camera store for 20 years. He was active in his church. Survivors include his wife Shirley, two daughters, five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

DENNIS REMLEY ’67 MA ’75, Oct. 28, 2012, Peoria. His sister survives.

WILLIAM DEARLOVE, MEA ’68, Sept. 19, 2012, Thornville, Ohio. Bill worked in research at Caterpillar for 35 years, retiring in 1985. A World War II Navy veteran, Bill enjoyed radio-controlled airplanes and flying. Survivors include his wife Marion, three sons, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

BARBARA COHEN RIECK ’68, Aug. 15, 2012, Evanston. She worked at Evanston Bank and then at Cole Taylor Bank. Survivors include her husband Donald, two children, and three grandchildren.


STANLEY DOYNE ’71, Nov. 16, 2012, Dallas. He held a doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology. He spent most of his career as a staff psychologist for at-risk children at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Stanley enjoyed music. Two brothers survive.

RICHARD SANDERS ’71, Oct. 21, 2012, Northbrook. The owner of Vose-Sanders Bootery, Rick had served on the board of the Winnetka Chamber of Commerce for six years. His wife Carol and his parents survive.

NAOMI SHANER VEREECKE ’71 MA ’72, Oct. 20, 2012, Bradford. She taught at the elementary school for 20 years after teaching for five years in one-room schoolhouses. Naomi was active in her church and Eastern Star, and served as president of numerous groups. She headed her town’s U.S. bicentennial committee. Survivors include four children, a stepdaughter, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

SUSAN BROWN EGAN, MA ’75, Oct. 12, 2012, Novi, Mich. She was a teacher consultant for the school district. Susan sang with the Novi Choralaires for many years. Her daughter and parents survive.

ED BARNHART ’76 MA ’78, Oct. 14, 2012, Canton. He was a teacher and technology instructor at Canton Middle School, retiring in 2011. Ed had been principal of Yates City Elementary School and also was a school counselor. He enjoyed directing high school theater and playing in an oldies band. His brother and sister survive.

GARY CHILDS ’76, Sept. 7, 2012, Peoria. A reporter at the Peoria Journal Star for 30 years, Gary held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He co-founded and was recently inducted into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame, and served on the boards of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Illinois Valley Striders. Survivors include his wife JoAnn, daughter KATIE CHILDS ’12, mother MARJORIE MEINEN SEFRIED ’53, and his father HARRY WENDELL CHILDS ’53 MA ’59.

ELIZABETH ASIP EVANS ’76, Oct. 5, 2012, San Mateo, Calif. She was inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society in 1996. Elizabeth was executive vice president of Wells Fargo, retiring in 1997. She held an MBA from UCLA. A guest fellow at Stanford, she also was a principal with the DupontEvans consulting firm where she coached CEOs. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. Survivors include her husband David and their son.

JERRY HESTER ’76, Nov. 16, 2012, Peoria. Jerry was a counselor for Emergency Response Service (ERS). He was an avid bowler. Survivors include his wife Bonnie, three children, and six grandchildren.

ROBERT BELVILLE ’77, Oct. 12, 2012, Dunlap. He was an accountant for Caterpillar, retiring in 2002 after more than 35 years of service. A Navy veteran, he was active in his church and enjoyed golf. He had served as mayor of Goodfield. Survivors include his wife Judy, five children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

E. EDWARD JONES ’77, Oct. 5, 2012, Peoria. Ed worked as an account executive for several advertising agencies. He enjoyed photography. His son and granddaughter survive.

DANA DAVIS ’78, Oct. 3, 2012, Memphis. He was vice president of basketball operations and team programs for the Memphis Grizzlies for 12 seasons. Dana was the team liaison for the NBA’s steering committee for player development. He was elected to the African-American Hall of Fame in Peoria in 2007. He co-founded and then operated the Mitchell “JJ” Anderson summer basketball camp in Peoria since 1997. Dana served on the board of the National Civil Rights Museum. He worked in the music industry before joining the Grizzlies.

KAREN WOOLLEN DONNAN ’79, Sept. 26, 2012, Heyworth. She was an RN at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington for 10 years. Survivors include five children, her mother, and two grandchildren.

VALERIE WICKOWSKI ’79, Oct. 12, 2012, Chicago. Valerie was employed by the Chicago Board Options Exchange for many years. Her brother and sister survive.


NANCY KOTSREAN DAANE, MLS ’80, Oct. 17, 2012, Fort Myers, Fla. Three children and two grandchildren survive.

RONALD HUSTER, MEA ’81, May 8, 2012, Ellijay, Ga. Ron was an engineer for Ahlberg Engineering. He also was a Dale Carnegie instructor. After retiring he was operations manager for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. His wife Laura survives.

SHERRY VERKLER JACOBS ’81, Sept. 16, 2012, East Peoria. Sherry was involved in home schooling and Grace Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband Paul, three daughters, and her mother.

DENISE JAROCKI COMERFORD ’84, Sept. 20, 2012, Princeville. Denise held a doctoral degree in audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. She founded and operated Sound Choice Hearing. She was a tri-athlete and served on the Pekin Chamber of Commerce board. Her husband Rex and their daughter survive.

JASON STEEN ’86, Aug. 26, 2012, East Peoria. He was a senior IT analyst at Caterpillar. Jason enjoyed travel and outdoor activities. Surviving are his wife Cindy, two children including DAN BOBBITT ’08, and his parents.


JEFFREY BAURER ’91, Nov. 27, 2012, Geneva. Jeff was a sales director at Accenture Technology Growth Platform. Active in his church, he enjoyed coaching his daughters’ sports teams. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Survivors include his wife Margaret, three daughters, his mother, and his father RON BAURER ’65


CAMERON FRITZ ’06, Nov. 29, 2012, Peoria. He worked in customer support for HGS. Previously, he was an internal auditor for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. Cameron enjoyed disc golf and was active in his church. He was a classically trained pianist. His parents and several siblings survive.


JOHN BATTISTONI ’13, Dec. 2, 2012, LaGrange. John was a construction major in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. Survivors include his parents, a brother, and a sister.

“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.