In Memoriam

Fall 2017

  • Benjamin R. Barber ’60, New York City, April 24, 2017. During his time at Grinnell, Benjamin was a “political whirlwind back in the days before Grinnell really came alive on that front,” according to Ronald Goodenow ’63. After graduation, Benjamin went to Harvard, where he earned a master’s (1963) and a doctorate (1966) in government. He taught political science for many years at Rutgers University before joining the University of Maryland in 2001. Benjamin also served at a variety of public-policy organizations, including the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of the Graduate Center of City University of New York. The author of 17 books, Benjamin’s Jihad vs. McWorld, published in 1995, was a prescient analysis of the forces that led to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Benjamin was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from Grinnell in 1985. Survivors include his wife Leah Kreutzer Barber, three children, six grandchildren, and his brother Wilson Barber ’59.

  • C. Lynne Autman Erbach ’61, Wilmington, Del., Jan. 13, 2017. A speech major at Grinnell, Lynne’s interest in theatre was sparked by acting in the Grinnell College Players’ production of Miss Julie. After Grinnell, she earned a master’s in theatre from the University of Indiana. She had an active career in theatre, serving with the USO in Europe and as the executive director of The Children’s Theater of Baltimore. She also worked extensively in talent management at WNET-TV in New York City. From 2009–13, she volunteered for Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service. She is survived by her husband Paul Erbach.

  • William B. Hendrey ’61, Tampa, Fla., May 22, 2017. William is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.

  • Steven S. Hoth ’62, Burlington, Iowa, May 17, 2017. After graduating Grinnell, Steve earned a law degree from the University of Iowa Law School. He served as Des Moines County Attorney and was a member of the American Bar Association for 50 years. Before his law career, he taught in Africa for a year. Steve also served on the Alumni Council in 1997. Survivors include his wife Jo Ellen Maly Hoth ’62, sister Sandra Hoth ’65, sister-in-law Nancy Maly ’61, his two sons, and six grandchildren. 

  • Kenneth R. Schiff ’64, Erie, Pa., May 26, 2017. After Grinnell, Ken earned a master’s from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Denver. He taught English, literature, and creative writing at Mercyhurst University for 28 years, retiring in 2015. He wrote several books, including Passing Go, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Ken enjoyed biking, running, and Zen meditation. He is survived by his wife Marie Gray and two children.

  • Carli Dugan Tippett ’67, Upper Lake, Calif., May 4, 2017. Carli believed passionately in the power of small business and locally owned markets to build community. She was known for her compassion. She is survived by her three siblings and two sons. 

  • Richard A. Moskwa ’68, Roxbury, Vt., Sept. 17, 2016.

  • Rowland L. Parsons ’68, Indianapolis, March 17, 2017.

  • Stephen W. Rich ’68, St. Louis, June 26, 2017. Stephen is survived by his wife Sharon Rich, his two sons Steve and Kevin Rich ’97, and three grandchildren. 

  • David C. Skinner ’69, Bisbee, Ariz., June 4, 2017.