Grace Schoenhutt Poznan ’42, Sept. 27, 2020, Bensenville, Illinois. Grace was 101 years old and is survived by two children and six grandchildren.
Florence Manny Hazard ’43, Oct. 3, 2020, Sylvania, Ohio. Florence was just 20 when she graduated from Grinnell. She began teaching but soon put her strong math skills to work as a draftsman during World War II, which led to work at Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, Ohio. She later earned a master’s in library science and worked for 23 years as a public school librarian. Reading was her greatest passion, and she cited it and walking as the keys to a long life. She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Gerry Ross Walters ’45, Oct. 21, 2019, Des Moines, Iowa. Gerry majored in physics, in part responding to a challenge from Professor Grant Gale to see if she could do well in a hard major. She could. Gerry made Phi Beta Kappa her junior year and, during her senior year, taught freshman physics to a class at the College where Robert Noyce ’49, later the co-founder of Intel, enrolled as a high school student to face enhanced academic challenge. (Unfortunately, Gerry received no grant of Intel stock for her bother.) After Grinnell, Gerry pursued a master’s in physics at the University of Wisconsin but left before completing the program. At Madison, Gerry met her husband-to-be, Walter Walters, also a graduate student. Gerry and Walt lived in State College, Pennsylvania, where Walt served as dean of arts and architecture at Penn State. She returned to Iowa during retirement years, which she filled with world travels.
John O. Bonyata ’50, Aug. 20, 2020, Tallahassee, Florida. Born in Grinnell, John served two years in the Army Air Force during World War II before attending his hometown college. He was one of the school’s best short sprinters and was undefeated during all four years of Midwest Conference competition. John was inducted into the Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. The chemistry major became a research chemist with two private companies and retired from Olin Corp. as a manager of a research and development group. Surviving are three children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Hazel Olson Christensen ’51, Oct. 19, 2019, St. Germain, Wisconsin. Hazel was an active member of the community, participating in Women on Snow and as social chair for the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club. She was married to H. Lee Christensen ’51, who died in 2014. She is survived by two children and four grandchildren.
Alice Loeb Bendheim ’52, Sept. 5, 2020, Phoenix. At Grinnell, Alice was a copyeditor and reporter for The Scarlet & Black, so it’s perhaps no surprise that First Amendment issues were important to her. In 1959, she co-founded the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In the early 1960s, she spoke out at a public meeting in Phoenix about the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee, condemning its investigations of people based on their political affiliations. After speaking out, she was eventually forced to resign. She later went to law school at Arizona State University and pursued a legal career, which allowed her to do pro bono work for the ACLU. She volunteered for the organization for decades, serving on the Arizona board of directors from 1959 through 2018. She was an avid duplicate bridge player. Alice had an abiding love and reverence for Grinnell College and was so proud of being an alum. She is survived by her four children — Anne H. Bendheim ’72, Dr. John C. Bendheim, Ruth Bendheim Schaefer, and Thomas M. Bendhiem — as well as eight grandchildren.
Beverly Way Lowrie ’52, Oct. 18, 2020, Evergreen, Colorado. Beverly is survived by her son, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jean Zoller Cowan ’53, Sept. 22, 2020, Omak, Washington. Jean attended Grinnell for two years and graduated from Indiana Business School. She worked as a deputy city clerk and executive secretary before marrying her husband, Lyle Cowan, her high school sweetheart. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, three children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Evelynne Hanson Bowman ’54, May 6, 2020, Green Valley, Arizona. After Grinnell, Evelynne earned a master’s in zoology at the University of Washington, where she met and married her husband, Douglas Bowman. For many years, she worked as director of senior citizens programs for DuPage County in Illinois. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Willis “Bill” L. Winstrom ’54, March 4, 2020, Omaha, Nebraska. A lifelong resident of Omaha, Bill was CEO and owner of Pennfield Oil and Animal Health Co. He was a highly respected leader and innovator in the animal health business and made friends with everyone’s pet dog. He especially loved his own Welsh corgi, Charlie. Bill is survived by his wife, Sydney Marshall Winstrom ’54; two children; and two grandchildren.
Nancy Ashton Nylander ’55, Oct. 17, 2020, Minnetonka, Minnesota. She is survived by five children and five grandchildren. Survivors include son Chris Nylander ’81, daughter Jennifer Nylander ’89, and daughter-in-law Amy Welch Nylander ’83.
Judson F. Strickland ’57, Sept. 4, 2020, Naperville, Illinois. Judson met his first wife, Zana Willison Strickland ’56 (deceased), at Grinnell. He worked for Illinois Bell/AT&T for many years. He enjoyed volunteering, including with his church, Rotary International, Grinnell’s Alumni Council, and GRASP. He was also a U.S. Army reservist. He loved to read and was a member of many book clubs. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Strickland; three children; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Sarah “Sally” Cole Johnson Tanner ’57, July 12, 2020, Milton, Wisconsin. Sally’s survivors include a granddaughter.
David H. Fleck ’58, Nov. 9, 2020, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. After Grinnell, David graduated from Harvard Law School. He had a long, fulfilling career with Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. He served the Milwaukee community through his work on the boards of Riveredge Nature Center, Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Shoreline Interfaith, and North Shore Congregational Church. An avid runner, David completed more than 30 marathons, including the 100th Boston Marathon. He’s survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet Fleck; two children; and two grandchildren.
William E. Goggin ’58, Sept. 30, 2020, San Antonio, of cancer. Bill was a philosophy major and one of eight Air Force ROTC graduates in 1958. He served eight years active duty, rising to the rank of major, then spent 20 years as an airline pilot followed by work as a flight instructor. His hobbies included sports cars and Labrador retrievers. Survivors include his brother, Jack Goggin ’51.
Bruce S. Miller ’58, Oct. 31, 2020, Redmond, Washington. Bruce studied chemistry and biology at Grinnell and went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in marine science at the University of Washington. After 27 years, he retired in 2002 as a full professor from the university’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. He published a textbook in 2009, Early Life History of Marine Fishes. Survivors include two children and three grandchildren.
Mary Ellen Hackney Voigt ’58, Sept. 4, 2020, Northlake, Illinois. Survivors include two daughters, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Carroll R. McKibbin ’60, Oct. 6, 2020, San Luis Obispo, California. Originally from Guthrie Center, Iowa, Carroll earned a doctorate in political science after Grinnell. Before beginning his teaching career, he entered the U.S. Foreign Service and was posted to Geneva. Later, he served as a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and California Polytechnic State University. In his retirement he became a prolific writer, contributing many guest columns and essays to the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Des Moines Register as well as The Grinnell Magazine. He’s survived by Lynn McKibbin, his wife of 37 years; two daughters; and a granddaughter.
Stephen J. Brodt ’61, Oct. 24, 2020, Brownsburg, Indiana. Steve met his wife, Barbara Scanlon Brodt ’62, at Grinnell. They were married for 58 years. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Iowa in 1973 and became a professor of criminal justice at Ball State University, where he served for more than 41 years. His particular interest was organized crime, and he enjoyed showing The Godfather and Goodfellas to his students. Survivors include his wife and three sons.
John E. Carter ’61, March 20, 2020, Wayzata, Minnesota. John enjoyed travel and public service.
Karen Schlicht Davis ’61, Oct. 14, 2020, Chicago. An American studies major, Karen lived for three years in Mali, where she learned French, enjoyed shopping in local markets, and taught herself to cook from a Julia Child cookbook. She later earned a master’s in linguistics and began a career in real estate. She enjoyed vacationing and retirement life in Paris and Provence. She is survived by two sons, including Cullen Davis ’94; five grandchildren; and her companion of 25 years, Bruce Thomas.
Calvin J. Collier ’64, Oct. 6, 2020, Charlottesville, Virginia. Cal graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell, where he was also awarded most valuable player in baseball. More importantly, he met his wife, Mary Evans Collier ’64, at Grinnell and they were married the day after their graduation. He earned his law degree at Duke University in 1967 and began a career in public service in 1969. In 1975, President Ford appointed him chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. He also helped shape the economic and policy teams and platforms of the Reagan administration. In 1988 he began a new career as a corporate executive with Kraft Foods. Above all, he was dedicated to his family. Survivors include his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren.
Neal F. Viemeister ’65, Nov. 3, 2020, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Science and music were Neal’s two passions, and he followed them both at Grinnell. He majored in physics and worked on sound production for many traveling performance companies visiting the College. He earned a Ph.D. in psychoacoustics at Indiana University and spent the bulk of his career at the University of Minnesota, where he built a renowned psychoacoustics research program. A major focus of his work was advancing the understanding of how humans process changes in auditory intensity and timing. Survivors include his wife, Ginny Kirby; daughter, Kathryn Otto ’98; and a granddaughter.
John “Jack” A. Dunning ’66, Oct. 19, 2020, Echo Bay, Ontario, Canada. After Grinnell, Jack earned his doctorate in psychology from McMaster University in Ontario and joined the faculty at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie in 1972. In addition to teaching, he played a lead role in developing and administrating a co-op program arranging placements for students. He retired in 2009. Upon his death, the university lowered flags to half-staff. While still teaching, Jack and his family bought a 300-acre farm in Echo Bay, Ontario, where they raised goats, chickens, and cattle. In retirement, Jack resumed his interest in pottery and became an avid photographer. Survivors include Paula Smith Dunning ’67, his wife of 54 years; three children; and seven grandchildren.
Dorothy “Dottie” Dosse Metzler ’66, Nov. 22, 2020, Charlotte, North Carolina. Dottie had been confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke during a heart operation in 2016. Her spirit was never broken, and she had planned to attend her 55th class reunion in May 2020 to accept an Alumni Award for her achievements in the field of environmental education. Her award was presented to her instead by her husband on their 54th wedding anniversary. Survivors include her husband, Richard Metzler ’65.
Ellen “Nicky” Wernick ’68, Naples, Florida, Sept. 25, 2020. Nicky was a longtime champion of equality for women and minorities. At Grinnell, she was president of Read Hall, where she counseled and mentored up to 50 women, establishing a pattern of progressive engagement she continued the rest of her life. In the 1980s, she was empowerment director of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, acting as a bridge between the feminist movement and the labor movement. She served as class agent from 1968 to 1978 and was a member of her class’s 50th Reunion Committee. Survivors include three siblings and their children.
Dr. Helen Brown Britton ’69, May 30, 2020, Lakewood, Colorado. Helen obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1973, where she also served as resident and chief resident in pediatrics. After completing fellowship training in community and forensic pediatrics at the University of Colorado, she led development of the child protection team at the University of Arizona and later directed child protection teams at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Throughout her career she served on many local, state, and national committees on child abuse, conducted research on maternal-child interaction, and published in the fields of child development and child protection. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John Britton, and two children.
Ruth Schori Carrell ’69, Nov. 10, 2020, Richmond, Texas, of pancreatic cancer. Ruth majored in psychology at Grinnell. She met her future husband, Sam Carrell ’69 (deceased), the first day of sophomore year and they married during their junior year. Early in her career, she taught Head Start, adult basic education, and English as a second language, but later developed a love for sales. She was active in leadership positions with her church and was a member of her class’s 50th Reunion Committee 2018–19. Survivors include three children and six grandsons.
Gregory G. Bombinski ’72, July 17, 2020, Clear Lake, Iowa. Greg met Lynne Hayward Bombinski ’72 at Grinnell, and they married right before their senior year. He played basketball at Grinnell, earning a varsity spot as a freshman, and also played football and ran track. He participated in the Air Force ROTC program and pursued an Air Force career after graduation. For 20 years he flew fighter aircraft. After retiring from the military, he began a 22-year career with Southwest Airlines piloting Boeing 737s. He and his family traveled extensively worldwide but were always happy to return to Lynne’s hometown of Clear Lake to visit family. Survivors include his wife, two sons, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Michael K. Fitzgerald ’72, Aug. 10, 2020, San Francisco, of a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. After graduating with a degree in history, he went directly south to Interstate 80, turned right and didn’t stop until he hit San Francisco. He earned a degree in fish biology at University of California-Davis and went on to work in hatcheries focusing on sturgeon. As a member of the Teamsters union, he became a labor activist and worked to expand the reach of the union. In 2005 Mike married Mary Farrant ’73, and they spent much of their free time hiking, camping, riding, listening to music (especially jazz), and traveling.
Mark S. Bowman ’78, Nov. 13, 2020, Choteau, Montana, of complications from pancreatic cancer. Mark played football and ran track at Grinnell. The lifelong athlete competed in many triathlons and more than 20 Chicago-to-Mackinac sailing races. He earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan and practiced law in St. Joseph, Michigan, for more than 25 years, many of them as city attorney. After his law career, Mark worked for 10 years in human resources departments at Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia. He was a GRASP volunteer for 20 years. In 2019 he retired to Montana, where he married Lisa Hudnutt. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, and his brother, Christopher Bowman ’79.
Michael S. Cetina ’82, Nov. 25, 2020, Wheaton, Illinois. Mike was a standout football player at Grinnell and team captain. He earned his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis and began a career as an assistant state’s attorney with DuPage County. He also experienced law with a large civil defense firm before finding his ultimate calling for the injured and wronged as a plaintiff’s attorney with Walsh, Knippen & Cetina. He volunteered as a coach for multiple sports, including 10 years for the Wheaton Rams football program. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Alsobrook, and four children.
C.A. “Chuck” Hand, May 5, 2020, Niceville, Florida. Better known to students as “Saga Chuck” during his time at the College, Chuck served as food service director for Saga Food Service from 1964 to 1970 before filling a similar position until 1985 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. After Saga was purchased by the Marriott Corp., Chuck served as a labor analyst until retiring in Phoenix in 1990. In retirement, his hobbies were golf and woodworking. Beneath his gruff, sometimes intimidating exterior was a lovable guy with an infectious, explosive laugh. Chuck is survived by his wife, Beverly; three children; and numerous grandchildren.