George E. Oetjen ’41, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Jan. 7, 2018. After graduation, George began employment with Sears Roebuck. He married Winifred George at Herrick Chapel in 1943. George served in the U.S. Army beginning in 1943 and remained active as a reservist until 1990, when he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. George was actively involved in the First Presbyterian Church of Albert Lea, where he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He was an accomplished woodworker and loved nature, gardening, and tennis. He is survived by four children, including Christine Oetjen ’68, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Meredith Madsen Matlack ’44, Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 9, 2017. Meredith met her husband George Miller Matlack ’43 when they were chemistry majors at Grinnell, and they married in 1943. She worked as a blood technician before moving to Los Alamos in 1949. Meredith created art with ink, thread, and fabric, made women’s clothing, and specialized in calligraphy and embroidery. She also was an active member of the Los Alamos Garden Club, co-edited a book on high-altitude gardening, sang with the Los Alamos Choral Society, and enjoyed driving her sports cars. Meredith served as a mentor to hundreds of young women through the Order of Rainbow for Girls, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Los Alamos P.E.O. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Suzanne Hiller Glen ’45, Woodridge, Illinois, June 28, 2018. She is survived by her two sons and daughter, as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mary Neel Pedersen ’46, Katy, Texas, July 18, 2018.
Mary Dewey King ’47, Urbandale, Iowa, July 12, 2018. Born in Schaller, Iowa, Mary attended Grinnell College and graduated from Gregg Business College. In 1946 she married her high school sweetheart, Herbert L. King, with whom she had five children. Mary was an active member of local churches in Storm Lake and the P.E.O. Sisterhood and worked as a homemaker and a secretary. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona and took great pride in her family and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. She is survived by her five children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Gerald D. Carpenter ’49, Des Moines, Iowa, March 23, 2018.
Frederick P. Patton ’49, Rock Island, Illinois, Jan. 21, 2018. Born in Mason City, Iowa, Fred served in the Army during World War II. After Grinnell, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and moved to Rock Island, where he raised a family with his wife Norma Patton and worked as an Illinois Circuit Court judge. Fred had a lifelong passion for boating, sailing, and traveling. He is survived by two daughters and two sons, six grandchildren, and his great-granddaughter.
Helen Quirk Regan ’49, Berwyn, Illinois, Jan. 13, 2018. Helen lived a musical life with her husband Jack Joseph. She is survived by her three sons.
Marilyn Kegg Anderson ’50, Sun City Center, Florida, June 4, 2018. Marilyn was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, and after Grinnell she married Curtis R. Anderson. The couple moved to Granville, Ohio, where she worked as an elementary school teacher and director of an architectural museum. Marilyn held leadership positions and participated in a wide variety of organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Red Hat Society, and gardening clubs. She was also a dedicated musician and an active member of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, Florida, where she retired. Marilyn is survived by her daughter and two sons, as well as four grandchildren.
J. Penrod “Rod” Jones ’50, Maitland, Florida, June 29, 2018. Rod was born in Racine, Wisconsin, and grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. After graduating from high school, Rod served as a Naval Corpsman until his honorable discharge in 1946. After Grinnell, he began a long career in the printing industry. He married his wife Mary Voell Jones in 1957, beginning a 60-year partnership. They later moved to Orlando, Florida, where Rod served as the president of the Printing Industries of Florida. Outside of his career, he was committed to helping others through the YMCA and embraced religion as a member of various churches. “Captain Rod,” as he was known by many, shared his passion for water through sailing, fishing, painting, and running boat tours. He is survived by his wife Mary, four daughters, and six grandchildren.
Marilyn Wales McCaman ’50, Healdsburg, California, April 6, 2018. The McCaman Faculty Office in the Robert Noyce ’49 Science Center is named in her honor.
Diana Magill Rupprecht ’50, Barnegat, New Jersey, Aug. 30, 2018. Diana graduated from Grinnell with a degree in French and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a fellowship to Columbia University, where she earned a master’s in library science. Diana then worked in the Library of Congress before moving to New Jersey, where she worked at the East Orange Public Library for 22 years. She especially enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles, and traveling to historic sites, particularly those with lighthouses. She is survived by four children and three grandsons.
Charles “Chuck” E. Burd ’51, Harlingen, Texas, Sept. 26, 2018. Chuck served in U.S. Army intelligence from 1951–1954. He worked in important leadership positions for numerous financial institutions in Iowa, including Peoples Mutual Savings and Loan, American Federal Savings and Loan, and Banc Iowa. Chuck was also chairman of the board of St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He retired to Harlingen, Texas, where he was elected mayor in 1998. He enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing, traveling and family events. Survivors include his sister, Beverly Burd Stubbee ’48, three sons, and four grandchildren.
Ann DuBois Dripps ’51, Onekama, Michigan, July 16, 2018. Ann attended Grinnell College and Washington University before graduating from Harris College. She taught in the St. Louis public schools for 25 years. Ann was married to her husband Roy Dripps for 61 years. A lifelong reader, she especially enjoyed hosting holiday celebrations and gardening at her summer home in Michigan. She is survived by three sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Paul G. James ’51, West Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 19, 2018. Paul served in the Army and was stationed in Germany before he returned home and attended Grinnell College and Drake University. He earned his law degree from the University of Iowa and practiced law with his father for several years before becoming part owner of A-1 Beltmann Moving & Storage. He then began investing in residential real estate, which became his full-time career. Paul married Marilyn Bloomburg in 1957. He is survived by two daughters and two sons, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Kenneth R. MacCowan ’51, Des Plaines, Illinois, July 30, 2017.
Franc P. Daniels ’52, Bemidji, Minnesota, Sept. 30, 2018. Franc married his wife Janet Lucille Hansen in 1950, and they raised their family together in Minnesota. Franc and Janet welcomed several foster children in addition to their own children. Franc was an inventor, entrepreneur, and businessman, holding several patents for his inventions. He loved outdoor sports and activities, including hunting, fishing, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, hockey, motorcycles, horseback riding, and flying planes. He is survived by six children, 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Barbara Betz Nelson ’52, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, May 22, 2018. Barb graduated from Grinnell with a degree in social work. After graduating, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Scofield Nelson. Barb touched the lives of many young people through her work as a youth director at her Presbyterian church and as a museum volunteer. She also worked to provide educational opportunities for female students worldwide as a member of P.E.O. International. She also traveled to Europe and Asia frequently, living for three years in Middlesex, England. She is survived by two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
William H. Porter ’52, Sheridan, Wyoming, June 28, 2018. Bill served in the U.S. Army in Japan before graduating from Grinnell. He went on to work for First National Bank in Sheridan, from which he retired as vice president. Bill took great pride in his yard and rose garden and enjoyed photography. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, numerous Masonic organizations, and the Big Horn Lions Club. Survivors include his sister, Mary Porter Wyly ’62, two sons, and a grandson.
Eloise Brown Raffety ’52, Grinnell, Iowa, Oct. 15, 2018. Eloise attended Grinnell for two years and earned a degree in home economics from Iowa State University. After Eloise married her husband Maynard L. Raffety, they lived for a time in Alaska and New York before they returned to Iowa to operate a grain and dairy farm while raising their family. Eloise served as the director of Grinnell’s senior day care center, was active in the First Baptist Church, 4-H, the Grinnell League of Women Voters, P.E.O., and the Grinnell Town and Country Singers. She is survived by four children, including Marilyn Raffety Kennett ’83; 10 grandchildren, including Jennifer Peek ’13; four great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Carolyn Raffety Knutson ’55.
Ruth Sears Hiersemann ’53, Ventura, California, Oct. 30, 2017. Ruth graduated from Grinnell and obtained her master’s degree at Northwestern University. She served as a speech and language pathologist in the Inglewood and Los Angeles County school districts. Much of her life revolved around her church community, and she found many “children of the heart” through her work as education director at First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood, encouraging them to love books and reading. Ruth embraced people from all backgrounds, traveled to every continent except Australia, and loved plants, gardening, and animals.
John I. Schlossman ’53, Winnetka, Illinois, Aug. 14, 2018. John attended Grinnell before graduating with a degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in architecture from MIT in 1956. He worked as a respected architect for Loebl Schlossman & Hackl until his retirement. He served as director for the Young Men’s Jewish Council in Chicago and as a fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Rhodes Schlossman, one daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
James Hartley ’54, Clinton, Washington, Sept. 10, 2018. Jim studied journalism at Grinnell and met Louise Johnson Hartley ’53, whom he married one week after he graduated. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years before moving to Washington to work in public relations for Simpson Timber. Jim embraced the Northwest lifestyle, barbecuing salmon, hiking, boating in the San Juan islands, and bird hunting with his Labrador retrievers. In addition to raising their four children, Jim and Lou shared a love of golf, biking, and traveling, making annual visits to Kauai. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, four children, four grandchildren, and his Lab, Katy.
Milton L. Meigs ’54, Lake Forest, Illinois, June 28, 2018. Milton studied economics at Grinnell and joined the U.S. Navy as a cadet upon graduating. He obtained the rank of lieutenant, served as a fighter pilot, and continued his military career as a pilot in the U.S. Naval Reserves. After his military service, he pursued a successful career as a financial analyst and retired as executive vice president of the credit rating division of Duff & Phelps. After retiring, he enjoyed his family, travel, playing golf, music, art, and singing in his church choir. Milton was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. He is survived by his wife JoAnn, his daughter, five stepchildren, and nine grandchildren.
Roger Perry ’54, Indian Wells, California, July 12, 2018. Roger died at his home after a battle with prostate cancer. While at Grinnell, Roger majored in speech, was president of the Student Council (1953–54) and a member of the Men’s Glee Club. He was a composer and very involved in musical productions, including the satire Up a Tree. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force before signing a contract with Desilu Studios and going on to a long career as an actor in television, film, and theatre. His best-remembered roles are on Falcon Crest, Facts of Life, and Harrigan and Son. He sidelined as a composer and songwriter for Los Angeles theatre productions, including a mid-1980s musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, which also featured his actress-wife Joyce Bulifant. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild.
John P. Sturtz ’55, Green Valley, Arizona, Sept. 9, 2018. John met his wife Bonnie Watters ’55 at Grinnell. He earned a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked for General Electric Co. as a nuclear engineer for 35 years. John traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and many foreign countries on all seven continents. He was a clever woodworker, talented choral and instrumental musician, and outdoor enthusiast. John was an active member of Desert Hills Lutheran Church and volunteered with many service organizations throughout his life. He is survived by his wife, four children, and five grandchildren.
Earl W. Zniewski ’55, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, July 31, 2018. After Grinnell, Earl attended the University of Minnesota and served in the Army between 1954 and 1956, stationed in Germany. In 1960, he married Elizabeth Smith, and together they had five children. Earl worked at Rex Granite for 54 years with his brothers. In 1990, Earl married again to Jan DeBerry Lafferty. He served as a member and leader of the Monument Builders of North America, American Monument Association, and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Earl enjoyed the outdoors and playing games, whether with cards or on his iPhone, volunteered at St. Cloud Hospital, and cherished time spent with family and friends, especially summers at Leech Lake. He is survived by his wife Jan, five children, two stepchildren, 20 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Patricia Brors Ballman ’56, Utica, New York, Oct. 3, 2018. Patricia met her husband Robert Ballman ’55 at Grinnell. She enjoyed a long career working as a librarian in Tennessee and as manager of a bookstore in New York. Patricia was a member of Community Cornerstone Church and loved spending time with her family, reading, camping, playing piano, writing, and talking for hours on the phone with friends. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
John H. Jansen ’56, Laguna Woods, California, Aug. 24, 2018.
Nancy Miller Maddox ’56, Palm Desert, California, March 12, 2018. Nancy graduated from Grinnell with a major in history and married her husband Jerry Maddox ’56 on Feb. 2, 1957. They were married for 61 years. She worked as clerk of the U.S. Tax Court in Los Angeles. She had a love for travel and was an accomplished sailor. In her later years, she preferred sailing on cruise ships and experienced many ports of call. She is survived by her husband, two children, and one grandchild.
Carol Replogle Nielsen ’56, Grinnell, Iowa, Aug. 6, 2018. Carol died peacefully in her apartment in Grinnell’s Mayflower Community after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. After graduating from Grinnell, Carol lived in a number of cities before returning to Grinnell permanently in 1969. She frequently traveled around the country with fellow Grinnell graduates. For 27 years, Carol directed and taught in the Grinnell College Preschool Laboratory. She received an Alumni Award from the College in 2006 and served on her class committee from 2004 to 2018. Deeply involved in the Grinnell community, Carol was the first woman president of the Grinnell-Newburg School Board of Education and was an active member of the League of Women Voters, the Grinnell Historical Museum Board, and the United Church of Christ. Carol will be remembered for her welcoming smile and generous spirit. She is survived by three sons.
John E. Turner ’58, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, July 7, 2018. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, John attended Grinnell College, served in the Army, and graduated from Coe College with a degree in economics. He pursued interests in photography, astronomy, classical music, and nature. John is survived by his wife Lydie and his daughter.
Peter T. Way ’58, Keene, Virginia, Oct. 6, 2018. Peter attended Grinnell before he joined the Virginia Theological Seminary. He worked as a teacher at the Blue Ridge School and founded the Tros-Dale Home for Boys, the first group home in Virginia. Peter married his wife Elizabeth Crockett Way in 1964 and then served as a school board member, a county supervisor for Albemarle County, and in the Virginia state House of Delegates. He is survived by his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Helen Jean Smith Clem ’60, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, Sept. 28, 2018. Helen is survived by her husband Robert Clem ’57 and son Steve Clem ’92.
Susan Hamamoto ’61, San Carlos, California, July 24, 2018. Susan graduated from Grinnell and earned her M.S. in biology from Brown University. After spending a year traveling the world, she taught English in Germany, then moved to Berkeley, where she worked as a researcher in various labs at the University of California, Berkeley, until her retirement in 2011. Susan loved to cook and enjoy a glass of wine with friends or tend to her garden. An avid runner and hiker, she finished the Honolulu Marathon, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and did yoga at Machu Picchu. Susan studied Ikebana at the Oakland Buddhist Temple and was an active member of the Orinda Hiking Club. She is survived by her two daughters and sister, Amy Hamamoto Faulconer ’59.
Vivian Kogan Benn ’62, East Thetford, Vermont, July 17, 2018. Vivian, born in Egypt, fled with her family during the Israel War of Independence, eventually settling in Illinois. After Grinnell, she earned a doctorate from Brown University and began her teaching career at Dartmouth College. She was one of the first female members of the faculty and continued her career there as a professor of French literature and language until she retired in 2012. She met her husband Bernie Benn when he was a Peace Corps trainee, and they shared in their interests for politics, world events, the arts, good food, and travel. Beyond her teaching, Vivian was a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Survivors include her sister, Sheila Kogan ’66, her husband, two children, and two grandchildren.
Charles P. Olander ’62, Leesburg, Alabama, April 14, 2018. Charles graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and became a professor of biology at Jacksonville State University, retiring in 2005. He was honored with professor emeritus status, which he held until his death. Charles is survived by his wife Donna Olander, four children, and four grandchildren.
Jane Edwards Nottberg ’63, Loveland, Colorado, July 19, 2018. Jane died in her home after a battle with cancer. She majored in physics at Grinnell and she went on to complete a graduate degree in math at Boston University. After several years working for Kodak in Rochester, New York, Jane moved to Colorado Springs, where she met her husband, Gus, after picking him up as a skiing hitchhiker on the Pikes Peak Highway. They shared a love for the outdoors and traveled around the country in their motorhome. Jane loved wildflowers and photography, played golf, and was a dedicated member of the Loveland P.E.O. She is survived by her husband, sister Martha Edwards Woodworth ’66, daughter, two sons, niece Kathryn Zimmerman ’83, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Judith Johnson Roode ’64, St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 25, 2018. Judith worked as a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, leaving behind an inspiring body of work and a lasting influence on many other artists. Her works were displayed at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum, among other institutions. She was respected and loved for her affectionate intensity, unsparing honesty, and uproarious laughter.
Robert Carey Johnson ’65, Charleston, South Carolina, June 2, 2018. Robert graduated from Grinnell and earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas. He then worked at Yale University through a postgraduate fellowship before moving to Charleston in 1970, along with his high school sweetheart and forever spouse, Diane. They raised two sons, and Robert shared with them his love of adventure and zest for life. He enjoyed bringing people together, creating memories with friends and family, and indulging his grandchildren. Robert loved science, homemaking, storytelling, food, and turning the smallest occasions into celebrations. He is survived by his wife, brother, two sons, and four grandchildren.
Alexanderia “Sandra” Swerdfeger Lapollo ’69, Amherst, Massachusetts, March 23, 2018. Sandra lived in Amherst since 1991 and served as the executive director of the Chicopee Council on Aging for more than 20 years, receiving numerous awards during her tenure. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and sharing food with loved ones, and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers. Sandra is survived by her three sons.
Jody Ziesmer O’Donnell ’73, Kansas City, Missouri, May 6, 2018. Jody attended Grinnell College before graduating from Iowa State University. She then moved with her husband, Michael, to Pocatello, Idaho, where Jody worked as a speech and language pathologist. She earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University, and was known for her compassion and dedication to improving the lives of children with communication needs. After she retired, Jody began a second career as an assistant professor in the communication sciences and disorders department at Idaho State. She also served as president of the Idaho Speech Language and Hearing Association and was appointed to the Speech and Hearing Services Licensure Board by Idaho’s governor. Jody is survived by her mother Kathleen.