Russell G. Allen ’68, Newport Beach, California, Jan.19, 2020. After Grinnell, Russell earned a law degree from Stanford Law School then served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He went on to become a partner at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers, where he worked for more than three decades. Later he worked for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. before opening a private practice. He was a champion of Grinnell, interviewing prospective students in his home and serving on the Board of Trustees. He is survived by his wife, Joan Frahm Allen; four daughters; and two grandsons.
Martha Reid Murphy ’39, Forest City, Iowa, Jan. 17, 2020. Martha was an active member of her church and served for more than 50 years in the Girl Scouts. She is survived by two children; six grandchildren, including Xylina Walker ’04; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Hetty Green Hasekamp ’40, Roswell, New Mexico, March 11, 2020. Hetty worked with the Iowa Tuberculosis Society and at a department store in St. Louis. She and her husband, Lester, ran an architectural construction and engineering firm for 25 years. In retirement, she was involved with the Community Soup Kitchen, the Roswell Women’s Club, and her church. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Hasekamp Torno ’62.
Mary Safris Keller ’40, Poway, California, March 2, 2020.
David R. Meade ’44, Philomath, Oregon, July 14, 2019. Survivors include his niece, Catherine Meade ’84; and nephew, James Meade ’68.
Roberta “Bobette” Brown Sanders ’45, Cortlandt Manor, New York, April 25, 2020. She was the first female Midwest director at Liggett Drug Co. She and her late husband, Paul Sanders, were married for 59 years. She served as a class agent for Grinnell for 23 years and received an Alumni Award in 2015. She is survived by her son and daughter.
Walter G. Seidlitz Jr. ’48, Minneapolis, March 14, 2020. Walter was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was married to Miriam Norton Seidlitz ’47 for 62 years; she died in 2010. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club and his church. Survivors include his two children, including Stephen N. Seidlitz ’71; daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Burney Seidlitz ’72; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
William E. Siegel ’50, Sun City West, Arizona, Nov. 22, 2019.
Robert M. Pilkington ’50, Grayslake, Illinois, March 4, 2020. Bob served in the infantry in World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, was a prisoner of war, and received a Purple Heart. Shortly after graduating from Grinnell, he began working at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky; he married the late Audrey Wedel Pilkington ’49. He spent nearly 40 years at the company as a producer, director, and writer. He was a regular volunteer at Historic Locust Grove and Reading for the Blind. Survivors include three children and two grandchildren.
William A. Smiley Jr. ’50, Schofield, Wisconsin, March 26, 2020. Before attending Grinnell, Bill was in the U.S. Army, where he was trained to be a paratrooper and helped build concrete “mulberry” docks to support the D-Day invasions on the Normandy beaches. He met his wife, Doris Jean Nesbitt ’50, at Grinnell and went on to earn a master’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spent decades as a biology teacher at Wausau High School and coached track, cross country, and swimming. He founded the annual Wausau Invitational cross country meet, which was later renamed the Smiley Invitational in his honor. He was an active community member, participating in the Kiwanis Club of Greater Wausau. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Clark T. Kingery ’51, Hockessin, Delaware, March 9, 2020. Clark spent 36 years in a variety of roles at Hercules Inc., including corporate director of production operations for all 37 Hercules plants worldwide. He was an active volunteer, serving on the National Ski Patrol, coaching football, and serving as president and board member of the Boys Club of Wilmington. During his tenure, the club became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. He lost his first wife, Carla Parks Kingery ’54, in 1994. He is survived by his second wife, Carol Wood Kingery; four children; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Robert V. Pischke ’51, De Witt, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2020. In 1943, while still in high school, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was trained as a gunner on a B-29 bomber. He attended Grinnell on the GI Bill. Over the years, he owned and operated Eldridge (Iowa) Pharmacy and served as a real estate agent and as a licensed insurance agent. He married Joy Dunn ’49, who died in 2004. He was also heavily involved in community activities, including serving as a Sunday school teacher. He was president of his church and held leadership positions for the Eldridge Lions Club. He is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bruce M. Snell Jr. ’51, Ida Grove, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2019. After graduating from Grinnell, Bruce served in the Army for two years during the Korean War, then earned a law degree from the University of Iowa. He married Anne Fischer in 1956. He served as an Iowa assistant attorney general and had a solo law practice. He was appointed to the inaugural Iowa Court of Appeals in 1976 and then, in 1987, to the Iowa Supreme Court, on which father had served until retiring in 2001. His father served on that same court from 1961 until 1970. Bruce was deeply involved in his community as a longtime member of Kiwanis, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and Abu Bekr Shrine. He served on the Horn Memorial Hospital board of directors. He was named Citizen of the Year by Ida Grove in 1987 and received distinguished alumni awards from both Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001. He is survived by his two children, including Bradley S. Snell ’85.
Constance Thuma Wallace ’51, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 3, 2020. Survivors include one brother and a niece.
Beverly Cannon Skog ’52, Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 9, 2019. She was married for 64 years to Jackson Skog ’52, who died in 2014. Survivors include a brother, five children, 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
D. Paulette Esser Payne ’54, Austin, Texas, Dec. 25, 2019.
Dolores Cain Hakes ’55, Orchard Park, New York, Aug. 14, 2019. Survivors include her husband, James D. Hakes ’53.
Janet Wanzer ’55, Memphis, Tennessee, Feb. 26, 2020. After working at Ginn Publishing in Boston, Janet spent many years as a secretary in the Infectious Diseases Department of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital before her retirement. She was a devoted volunteer at a local hospital and a docent at the Memphis Zoo. She is survived by a nephew and niece.
Elma Johnston Brooks ’56, College Place, Washington, Dec. 14, 2019.
Joanne Bunge ’56, Costa Mesa, California, April 5, 2020. In addition to raising two sons, Joanne chaired the Family Education Center and was project manager for the Bloomington, Minnesota, Chamber of Commerce for the Mall of America. After her children left for college, she returned to Grinnell, where she worked for Grinnell Regional Medical Center and for the College as director of planned giving. She spent nearly two decades as a class agent and received an Alumni Award in 2011. In addition, she founded and chaired the Community Education Council, which offers popular “Bucket Courses” for seniors in the Grinnell community. Survivors include two sons and four grandchildren.
Margot Waters Bates ’57, Boulder, Colorado, March 21, 2019.
Nancy Johannsen Boyer ’57, Carroll, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2019. Nancy taught high school math before having three children. She was active in her children’s lives and her community, including Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and her church. Later, she opened her own craft store, Busy Hands Craft Shop, and taught many classes. She went on to work as office manager for an H&R Block office and as a tax preparer for Mr. Tax. She is survived by her husband, Richard F. Boyer ’54; three children; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Don C. Leo ’57, Carol Stream, Illinois, March 9, 2020. Don earned a master’s from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he met his wife, Judy Barnsbeck. He was appointed to Methodist churches in Iowa and Illinois and counseled fellow clergy and pastoral candidates as part of the United Methodist Church’s Midwest Career Development Service. He also served as part-time chaplain for Central DuPage Hospital for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren.
Dan A. Ver Ploeg ’57, Anchorage, Alaska, March 26, 2020. Dan earned a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He worked for Chemical Abstracts Service for many years before joining the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Drinking Water. He married his first wife, Gail Davenport, in 1964, with whom he had two children. His second marriage was to Angela Henn Bollinger in 1988. Dan was a licensed pilot and a longtime spelunker. He was famous for his home-baked bread. Survivors include two sons and five grandchildren.
John H. Williams ’57, Simi Valley, California, March 28, 2020. John earned a master’s from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate from Kansas State University. He taught for many years at The Ohio State University and later served as Midwest regional vice president for the Sierra Club. He went on to serve in a variety of government roles, including in the U.S. Department of Energy. In retirement, he was a book and film critic for Georgia’s Lakeside Ledger and chaired the executive board of the Simi Valley Council on Aging. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; three stepchildren; and nine grandchildren.
William L. Britton ’58, Seattle, Dec. 8, 2019. Bill served in the Army for four years. He went on from Grinnell to the University of Washington Law School, where he met his first wife, Carol, and had three daughters. He served as an attorney and administrative law judge for the state of Washington. He married his second wife, Kathleen, in 1984, and had one daughter, Clara. Clara died from a brain tumor, and, following her death, Bill was an avid volunteer at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Survivors include his sister, Barbara Britton Lacy ’53; three daughters; and four grandchildren.
Kimberly Meyer Sundet ’58, Beloit, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2019. In addition to Grinnell, Kimberly attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her first husband, Bud Schroeder, had two sons. In 1979, she married the Rev. Arvid Sundet. She served with him as co-pastor of churches throughout Wisconsin. She is survived by her husband, two sons, two stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Martha Pillars Buenneke ’59, Sarasota, Florida, Dec. 17, 2019.
Nichola Flock Krause ’59, Prescott, Arizona, March 24, 2020. Nikki retired to Arizona from Denver after a long career as a flight attendant with United Airlines. Survivors include two daughters, three stepchildren, and five grandchildren.
Michael J. Chandler ’60, Vancouver, British Columbia, Jan. 28, 2019. He was a professor in the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia for 25 years. Michael was named Canada’s only distinguished investigator of both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Survivors include his wife, Alexandra; son Zack; and four siblings, including Stephen Chandler ’66.
Glee Clark Hamilton ’60, Tampa, Florida, Jan. 21, 2020. Glee transferred from Grinnell to the University of Arizona’s College of Education, then taught first grade in Phoenix for two years. She went on to work for the Department of Defense as a teacher at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, where she met her husband, Donald Hamilton. She had two sons and later earned a master’s in reading education from the University of South Florida. She spent nearly 20 years as a reading teacher at Franklin Middle School in Tampa. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and four grandchildren.
Robert Gene Mack ’60, Greeley, Colorado, Dec. 23, 2019. Gene drove long-haul trucks before going to Grinnell College. After graduating, he went to Yale Divinity School and became a United Church of Christ minister in 1963. Gene served churches throughout Colorado. He helped establish Aims Community College, Weld Food Bank, and several Head Start programs. He is survived by his wife, Joanne, and four children.
Richard A. Hoiekvam ’61, Omaha, Nebraska, July 23, 2019. Survivors include two children and two grandchildren.
Henry G.L. “Mac” McCullough ’61, South Bend, Indiana, Feb. 24, 2020. After Grinnell, Mac served in the U.S. Air Force, then went on to work in a variety of roles at organizations including NASA, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and Babcock & Wilcox Company’s Atomic Energy Division in Virginia. He was a nuclear energy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and testified before Congress. Mac served as a class agent for Grinnell from 2011 to 2016. He is survived by his wife, Princess; and four children; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
John Z. McFarland ’61, Moran, Wyoming, Dec. 29, 2019. John attended medical school at Louisiana State University and completed a residency in radiology. He practiced medicine in South Carolina, Colorado, and Nevada. He enjoyed helping others with their home projects. Survivors include his wife, Sherri; sister, Marjorie McFarland ’63; three children; and five grandchildren.
John N. Scott ’61, Mahomet, Illinois, Feb. 26, 2020. A trumpeter, John played in a jazz group Herbie Hancock ’60 formed at Grinnell and co-wrote the song “A Tribute to Someone” on Hancock’s second album, My Point of View.
Sonia Anderson ’62, New Brighton, Minnesota, Jan. 29, 2020. She worked at Control Data and at Dayton’s personnel department. She went on to spend 50 years at Target Corp. as manager of benefits. Survivors include her sister.
Allen S. Boston ’63, Webster Groves, Missouri, Feb. 28, 2020. Allen graduated from Yale Law School and spent nearly 40 years at the law firm Lewis Rice. He later spent three years as general counsel for Saint Louis Public Schools. John was a member of the board of the Bach Society of Saint Louis and enjoyed playing the soundtrack from the 1972 film 1776 from his front porch every July 4. He is survived by his wife, Lucyann; two children; and three grandchildren.
Elizabeth Brockert Howell ’63, Ames, Iowa, Feb. 24, 2020. At Grinnell Liz met her husband, Stephen H. Howell ’63. She attended graduate school for bryology, the study of mosses, at the University of Iowa. Before having children, she worked as a research technician in Baltimore and had roles at the Salk Institute and at the University of California San Diego Medical School. While raising her two daughters, she kept an active volunteer life. Survivors include her husband, two children, and four grandchildren.
Larry F. Smucker ’63, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Feb. 24, 2020. As a student at Grinnell, Larry traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1961 to demonstrate for the nuclear test ban treaty, one of the first events in the national student peace movement of the 1960s. He met his first wife, Joan Lubin ’63, at Grinnell; the couple had three children. She died in 1985. Larry earned a master’s in European history from Harvard and later spent many years working for USAID and the World Bank. In retirement, he volunteered for Grinnell’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. He is survived by his second wife, Fauzia Rashid Smucker; three children; and four grandchildren.
Sally Wolf Robinson ’65, Lakeside, Michigan, Feb. 15, 2020. While at Grinnell, Sally met her husband, L. “Rob” Vern Robinson ’65. She worked for many years as a social worker and supervisor in child protective services for the Johnson County, Iowa, Department of Social Services. She also worked as an administrative assistant for the Johnson County juvenile probation office and as secretary for the principal of an alternative high school. She loved singing and was a member of two choruses. She was also an avid cyclist. She completed 15 RAGBRAIs (the cross-state bike ride sponsored by the Des Moines Register) and celebrated Iowa’s sesquicentennial by riding 5,000 miles from California to Washington, D.C., in 1995. She volunteered for Grinnell as a class agent until 2001 and received an Alumni Award in 1990. Survivors include her husband; two children, including Amy Robinson ’92; and two grandchildren.
Janet Megorden Stalder ’66, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Jan. 24, 2020. Janet worked as a computer programmer for Honeywell before marrying Bob Stalder in 1976 and having two sons. She was active in the Cub Scouts, helped raise money for Paoli Hospital Auxiliary Board, and was a devoted member of her church. She is survived by her husband; sister, Margaret Megorden Bailly ’67; brother-in-law, Richard C. Bailly ’66; two sons; and three grandchildren.
Jay H. Greener ’67, Centereach, New York, Jan. 18, 2020. Jay served in Vietnam as a combat engineer in the 70th Combat Battalion. He had a long career in sales, working for Dow Corning Corp., Lutheran Brotherhood, Owens-Illinois, and in his own business. He was a longtime class fund director for Grinnell, served as a class reunion chair, and received an Alumni Award in 2017. He was also a member of the University Glee Club of New York City and his church choir. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Marie Greener; three children; and five grandchildren.
Louis L. Kelley ’68, Denver, Sept. 14, 2019.
Erania Tecumseh-Hawkins ’69, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Feb. 26, 2020.
Gordon D. Christensen ’70, Columbia, Missouri, Feb. 29, 2020. Gordon spent decades as a professor of medicine, specializing in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and was known for taking on difficult patient cases linked to Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. He was frequently honored for his teaching and was proud of his popular undergraduate course, The Practice of Medicine Through Literature. He was also recognized for his research on medical device infections. Survivors include his wife, Alice Hyde Christensen ’70; two daughters, including Charlotte Christensen, Grinnell assistant professor of physics; and a grandchild.
Richard F. Faust ’74, Minneapolis, Sept. 22, 2019.
Robert S. Miller ’74, Chicago, Sept. 5, 2019.
Linda Rodriguez-Torrent ’74, Sebring, Florida, Jan. 21, 2020. Linda earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. She started in a small private practice before moving to Indianapolis, where she worked for the women’s legal clinic and Indiana public defenders on appeals and death-penalty post-conviction cases. She moved to Sebring, Florida, in 1998 to work for the public defender’s office, then opened her own law firm that specialized in criminal defense law. Linda was instrumental in launching the Highlands County teen court program and was awarded the Governor’s Community Investment Award for her work with that program. She visited classrooms and organized community events for the Highlands County Bar Association Law Day program. She earned the Judge Clifton M. Kelly Award for her efforts teaching law and justice to children and received the 2018 Highlands County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award. She is survived by her husband, Eric Menges; two children; and a grandchild.
David I. Wright ’74, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 17, 2020. David earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas and spent more than 30 years at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He was an avid sailor, cross-country skier, and cyclist. He was a longtime supporter of the men’s soccer program at Grinnell and had recently established the Wright Fund for Men’s Soccer. Survivors include his wife, Deborah Smith-Wright ’75; three children, including Evan Wright ’12; brother, Douglas Lochner-Wright ’84; sister-in-law, Barbara Smith ’72; brother-in-law, Craig Gordon ’71; and two grandchildren.
Beata Riedlmayer ’76, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Aug. 30, 2019.
John Hukushi ’83, Santa Monica, California, Nov. 23, 2019.
Christopher S. Coles ’85, Eureka, Missouri, Oct. 5, 2019. Survivors include his sister, Deborah Coles Ryan ’87; and niece, Grace Ryan ’14.
Scott W. Hamilton ’89, Austin, Texas, Jan. 26, 2020. Scott was a devoted husband, father, stepfather, brother, and son. He served as a class agent and is survived by his wife, Laura; three children; and three stepchildren.
Julia Christine Snyder ’89, Malibu, California, Feb. 19, 2020. Julie was a studio art major at Grinnell and earned her bilingual elementary teaching credential at the University of California-Los Angeles. Survivors include her father, Peter Z. Snyder ’63; and mother, Karen Sorensen Snyder ’64.
Wade A. Jacoby, Provo, Utah, Feb. 29, 2020. He was 55 when he suffered a heart attack while mountain biking in southern Utah. A former assistant professor of political science at Grinnell, Wade earned his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Grinnell from 1995 to 2000. He later took a professorship at Brigham Young University. Survivors include his parent; wife, Kindra; three children; one granddaughter; and seven siblings.