In Memory


Martha Crawford Solomon Nibbelin ’33, Aug. 19, Peoria, Ill.

Russell Brunnenmeyer ’35, April 26, Alpharetta, Ga.


Charles Tetmeyer ’40, May 30, Peoria, Ill.

Louetta Irwin ’41, May 19, Chicago

Daniel Bergin ’42, June 10, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Harold Klesath ’42, July 10, Peoria, Ill.

Alice Hale Spaugh ’42, Aug. 7, Overland Park, Kan.

Jean Jacob Welch ’42, May 7, Peoria, Ill.

John Van Ness ’43, June 5, Peoria, Ill.

Elizabeth Bogguss McMeekin ’44, Dec. 13, 2014, Hingham, Mass.

Myron MacLean ’45, July 28, Decatur, Ill.

Robert Nickel ’46, May 28, Concord, Ill.

Lillian “June” Zoss ’46, April 21, Cazenovia, Ill.

June Sauder Huschen ’47, June 6, Roanoke, Ill.

Bill Martin ’47, May 16, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jack McShane ’47, April 7, Peoria, Ill.

Joan Siedentop Gittings ’48, Sept. 18, 2014, Rome, Ga.

Jay Gray ’48, May 1, Hendersonville, N.C.

George Penney ’48, Feb. 6, Apalachin, N.Y.

Helen Helander Rundblad ’48, April 9, Streator, Ill.

Jacqueline Heininger Sargent ’48, June 5, Rushville, Ill.

Alice Sherman ’48, April 15, Peoria, Ill.

Donald Bell ’49, May 7, Bend, Ore.

Mertyce Erickson Meyer ’49, June 17, Danville, Ill.

George Pape ’49 M.S. ’55, Aug. 14, Delray Beach, Fla.

Joseph Sodowski IV ’49, May 20, Venice, Fla.


Betty Dobbins Dixon ’50, July 13, Peoria, Ill.

James Ellis ’50, July 15, Frankfort, Ind.

Eugene Hezner ’50, July 11, Chicago

William Smothers ’50, May 26, Peoria, Ill.

Zomo “Little Ruth” Donelson ’51, May 26, Decatur, Ill.

Thomas Flanagan ’51, July 6, Peoria, Ill.  

Joan Haaga Schmidt ’51 M.A. ’69, April 19, Peoria Heights, Ill.

Thomas A. Barkley ’52, May 6, Bettendorf, Iowa

Robert Hayes ’52, June 12, Bedminster, N.J.

Mary Jo Hatfield Howells ’52 M.A. ’60, May 26, Peoria, Ill.

James Lindsey ’52, May 28, Rexford, N.Y.

Margaret Galbreath Serup ’52, July 6, Princeville, Ill.

Ruth Owen Sprouse ’52, Jan. 19, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Thomas “Ced” Strouse ’52, July 26, Buda, Ill.

Stephen Stukel ’52, July 16, Joliet, Ill.

James A. Barnes ’53, July 5, Washington, Ill.

Vietta “Ann” Bebout Jameson ’53, July 12, Pekin, Ill.

Al Kilsdonk ’53, April 22, Racine, Wis.

Gene Salch ’53, Oct. 22, 2014, Bloomington, Ill.

Bill Zimmer ’53 M.A. ’57, Aug. 11, Naples, Fla.

Jay Freres ’54 M.A. ’56, June 19, Clearwater, Fla.

Harvey Hill ’54, June 22, Vermilion, Ohio

Patricia Wetzel Lowery ’54, April 28, East Peoria, Ill.

Marshall Weir ’54, May 29, Lincoln, Calif.

William Hays ’55, May 3, Washington, Ill.

Donald McCambridge ’55, July 13, Monroe, N.J.

Robert Wesselhoft ’55, Aug. 18, Peoria, Ill.

Ronald Ricklefs ’56, Aug. 5, Augusta, Ga.

Edwin Bruggeman ’57, Aug. 7, Peoria, Ill.

Laird Carter ’57, July 16, West Peoria, Ill.

Thomas Dunn ’57, Dec. 27, 2014, Bourbonnais, Ill.

Donald W. Holmes ’57 M.S. ’68, May 11, Brimfield, Ill.

Stanley Honegger ’57, May 28, Metamora, Ill.

Harold “Hal” Mathes ’57, July 2, Tremont, Ill.

Mary Cook Ponshock ’57, Aug. 5, Marietta, Ga.  

Joseph “Jerry” Driscoll ’58 M.A. ’69, June 27, Peoria, Ill.

Dorothy Braunel Flynn ’58 M.A. ’59, May 7, Scandia, Minn.

Gene Jennings ’58, April 24, Shawnee, Kan.

Bob Parnell ’58, July 30, Glastonbury, Conn.

Wayne Webb ’58, May 25, Lowpoint, Ill.

Albert Denovellis ’59, May 28, Aurora, Ill.

Nicholas Hertelendy ’59, July 17, Kennewick, Wash.


John Brewster ’60, May 28, Grayslake, Ill.

Kenneth Cann ’60, July 15, Calverton Park, Mo.

William R. Clark M.S. ’60, May 11, West Chicago, Ill.

Sue Hamilton Dungan ’60, April 28, Kingwood, Texas

Julia “Jill” Block Gibbs ’60, May 10, Knoxville, Ill.

John Hoehne ’60 M.A. ’65, July 27, Germantown Hills, Ill.

Lawrence Peters ’60, April 26, Decatur, Ill.

Warren Harris ’61, May 17, Peoria, Ill.

Charles Ashby ’62, April 16, Augusta, Ga.

Jeanet Brandenburg Ball ’62, June 29, Plano, Texas

Robert Lightfoot III ’62, July 8, Des Plaines, Ill.

Rab Singh Puri ’62, June 23, Honolulu

Richard Quine ’62, July 11, Jonesborough, Tenn.

Lynne Sutterlin Fisler ’63, April 19, Suwanee, Ga.

Mary Stewart Cummings M.A. ’65, May 2, Merritt Island, Fla.

Linda Irwin Moore ’65 M.A. ’66, March 1, Akron, Ohio

Regina Dugan-Cox Knight M.A. ’66, July 15, Peoria, Ill.

Cheryl Banta Spicer ’66, June 2, Sheboygan, Wis.

Robert Bahr ’67 M.A. ’71, July 3, Peoria, Ill.

Michael W. Harmon ’67, May 5, Peoria, Ill.

Carolyn “Lyn” Hogan Benson ’68, April 2, Denver

Jeffrey Phillips ’68, July 7, Dallas

David Spinney ’68, July 6, Winnetka, Ill.

Michael G. Boyle ’69 M.S. ’77, May 7, Sarasota, Fla.


John F. Ryan ’70, July 17, Peoria, Ill.

James Bollwinkle, MBA ’71, July 20, Peoria, Ill.

William “Chuck” Gould ’71, July 3, Tremont, Ill.

Gary Thompson ’71, June 9, Monroe Center, Ill.

Rose Jaffe Weinberg ’71, July 4, Peoria, Ill.

Michael Corn M.A. ’72, June 13, Peoria, Ill.

James Galick ’73, July 26, Oak Park, Ill.

Duane Parker ’73, July 5, Dunlap, Ill.

Gail Baker Wright ’73 M.A. ’00, June 3, Peoria, Ill.

David Goetz ’75, June 6, Springfield, Ill.

Jack Monks ’75, May 14, Mapleton, Ill.

Denny Dalmasso ’76 M.A. ’84, Aug. 4, Canton, Ill.

Linda Perkins-Lopez ’76 M.A. ’79, May 13, Merrillville, Ind.

Rusell Rempala ’77, April 16, Lafayette, Colo.

Marilyn Schuster Oehler ’78, June 3, Davenport, Iowa


Kernon Gibes ’80, April 24, Augusta, Mich.

Richard J. Ryan MEA ’80, April 6, Sheldon, Ill.

Charles Zanzig MEA ’81, May 21, Green Bay, Wis.

Henry Hollensteiner ’83, May 19, Peoria, Ill.

Donna Besse Prelletz ’83, April 15, Wheeling, Ill.

Randall Strahl ’83, Aug. 6, LaGrange, Ill.

Lisa Nesbit Carnes ’86, Aug. 19, Knoxville, Ill.

Anne Glaccum McGowan ’86, June 7, Las Vegas

Kevin Christ ’88, May 3, West Caldwell, N.J.


Robert C. Berg M.A. ’90, June 20, Chillicothe, Ill.

Steven Mefford Jr. ’92, May 1, Pekin, Ill.

John Kerley Jr. ’95, April 27, Ellington, Mo.

George Kottemann, HON ’97, June 1, Peoria, Ill.

Jimette Highfill ’99, July 23, Peoria, Ill.


Erin Gallagher ’02, July 9, Libertyville, Ill.

Ross VanDeHey ’05, July 7, Belvidere, Ill.

In Tribute

Bill Hardin ’50, a 1993 Centurion, longtime artist and Bradley benefactor, died Oct. 13, 2015, in Peoria, Ill.

After serving with the Navy in World War II, he founded Hardin Signs in Peoria and worked there 46 years. In the late 1970s, the engineering major put his art minor to work when he studied portrait painting in New York. Among his many works are more than 30 portraits chronicling the University and its people, including Jack and Mary Hartmann and the late former President Dr. Martin “Jerry” Abegg ’47 HON ’93 (in the portrait above). For the past 13 years, Hardin produced annual calendars featuring his paintings. In recognition of his talent and generosity to the University, he received the President’s Award in 2001. 

Hardin and his late wife, Marian Hoerr Hardin ’48, gave generously to the Bradley Fund, the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and other Bradley programs, clubs and scholarships. Hardin, a member of the University’s 1897 Associates, was president of the Alumni Association in 1984–85 and a past president of the University parents’ association.  

The Sigma Chi member’s father, brother and sister all attended Bradley. In addition, two of his children, Jim Hardin ’73 and Joan Hardin Weiser ’80 M.M. ’84, and grandson Brent Nohl ’05 graduated from Bradley.

— B.G.


Hardin’s design for the Centurion medallion, first awarded in 1982.



Dr. Arnold Komisar ’68, a noted otolaryngologist and 1997 Bradley Centurion, died April 20, 2015, in New York.

The biology major earned a doctor of dental surgery degree at New York University and received his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine (Pa.). Komisar was an active research physician who pioneered a groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedure for operations on the salivary gland. In addition to his practice, he was clinical professor of otolaryngology at the New York University School of Medicine and a professor at Hofstra North Shore–LIJ School of Medicine (N.Y.). Previously, he was director and associate director of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, and the director of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and senior attending surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Head and Neck Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck. A member of the American Thyroid Association and the New York Head and Neck Society, he was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. A national and international lecturer, he authored more than 100 papers, book chapters and textbooks.

Komisar received the Mosher Award for excellence in clinical research from the Triological Society, as well as awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology and numerous teaching awards and professional honors. Surviving are his wife, Marcella Massa-Komisar, two children and a brother. 

— B.G.


Dr. Doris Hoye Wilson, professor emerita of home economics, died Oct. 26, 2015, at her home in North Carolina. A member of the Bradley faculty from 1961–83, she served as department chair from 1969–82. At Bradley, she helped costume the University Madrigal group and was active with the Peoria Historical Society. 

After retiring, Wilson moved to North Carolina and was active in community and historical organizations. She earned her master’s degree at Southern Illinois University and her doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Surviving are three daughters, including Deborah D. Hoye Villers ’68, and five grandchildren.