Cecily “C” Barker Finley ’42, Feb. 2, 2021, La Jolla, California, at the age of 101. She graduated with a degree in zoology and received her master’s in psychiatric social work from the University of Chicago. During World War II, she served in the Red Cross on the USS Chateau Thierry. She participated in the liberation of southern France and Italy and crossed the Atlantic numerous times caring for Allied troops. Having grown up before the invention of antibiotics, she was passionate about science and the promise of medicine, donating regularly to the San Diego Zoo and the American Cancer Society. After raising three children, she received her law degree from the Cabrillo Pacific University College of Law and volunteered her legal expertise. Survivors include three children and two grandchildren.
Phyllis Copeland Fisher ’43, Jan. 6, 2021, Park Forest, Illinois. Phyllis attended Grinnell and then transferred to Drake University as a music major. She was active in music endeavors and was invited to join Lawrence Welk’s emerging music program. After college, she lived briefly in Chicago and then sang with the United Service Organizations (USO) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After the war, Phyllis and her husband Bill Fisher moved to Lenox, Iowa, where Bill worked with Phyllis’ father at Copeland-Wells produce. In 1953, Phyllis and her husband bought the Prescott Hatchery in Prescott, Iowa, and operated the chicken hatchery as the family business until retiring in 1994. She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Her children remember her as a devoted mother.
Marilyn McCool Hampton ’44, Jan. 7, 2021, Montgomery, Texas. Marilyn studied speech and theatre at Grinnell, where she was the first female to be elected president of Grinnell’s student council. After graduation, she worked at a radio station and at the Methodist Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri. In early 1946, Marilyn married her college beau, the late Kent B. Hampton ’42. Marilyn was fond of antiques that had personal meaning and was the collector and archivist in the family. She was a longtime class agent and class fund director for Grinnell. Marilyn received the Alumni Award in 2004. She is survived by her son, Kent Hampton ’69; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Virginia Foote Ireys Anderson ’45, Dec. 30, 2020, Napa, California. Virginia was a generous spirit, an earnest early supporter of civil rights and the environment, avidly read literature in Latin and German, and had a deep love of classical music. At Grinnell, she met and married David Matlack ’43 (deceased), settling in Santa Monica, California. After separating, Virginia then moved to Santa Maria, California, where she began a lifelong career as an English teacher. She taught elementary grades and high school, serving as English department chair at Santa Maria and Righetti High Schools. In 1967, she moved to the Bay Area, where she taught English at Tamalpais and Danville High Schools. Survivors include four children, five stepchildren, and five grandchildren, including Sam Evans ’04.
Louise Mayer Moon ’46, Jan. 2, 2021, Ankeny, Iowa. After graduating from Grinnell, Louise married John H. Moon ’42 (deceased) and settled in Des Moines. Louise worked for the benefit of many civic organizations and was a member of the Grinnell Alumni Council. She served as the League of Women Voters president at the state and local level and was one of the first woman lobbyists at the Iowa statehouse. Louise was appointed to the Iowa Soil Conservation Commission and to the board of trustees at the Des Moines Water Works. A water storage facility was named for her in recognition of her years of service. She is survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Gladys Anderson Dappen ’47, Dec. 22, 2020, Wenatchee, Washington. She was married to John Dappen ’42 (deceased).
Robert L. Tree ’49, Jan. 11, 2021, Davenport, Iowa. Bob earned his bachelor’s in history at Grinnell and then a doctorate in history at Northwestern University. He taught history at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, until it closed. He also taught at Iowa Wesleyan College and Fairfield High School, retiring in 1993. He was an active volunteer in Fairfield and on behalf of Grinnell. He received an Alumni Award in 2003, served as his class fund director from 2001 to 2016, and served on his class reunion planning committee from 2008 to 2013.
H. Lee Brintnall ’50, Jan. 7, 2021, Marshalltown, Iowa. Lee attended Grinnell for two years, then transferred to Washington University in St. Louis. While at Grinnell, he met Valois Jensen ’50and they married in 1952. He was active in community work, including the Community Concert Association, Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Water Works and YWCA (both as trustee), and the “Y” Heritage Club. He was a past treasurer of the Animal Rescue League and was a deacon at First Congregational Church. He also was past president of Junior Achievement, Marshalltown Rotary Club, and the MCC Foundation. Lee is survived by his wife, two children, and six grandchildren.
Robert L. Fridley ’50, Feb. 3, 2021, Des Moines, Iowa, at age 103. When he was 24, Bob became owner and operator of the movie theatre in New Sharon, Iowa. A year later in 1941, he was drafted to serve in World War II. He was stationed at Camp Myles Standish in Boston. Since he had a theatre background, he was put in charge of the theatres there. With over 35,000 soldiers, he quickly learned to manage theatre crowds. After the war he returned to Iowa and met his wife, Myrna Blanchfield Fridley. They settled in Des Moines and started a family; and Bob began to build his movie empire. He owned and operated the Varsity Theatre, Capri Theatre, Plantation Drive-In, Sierra 3, and River Hills Theatre. His love for small-town Iowa was evident in his purchase and renovation of several theatres around Iowa, including the Washington Theatre, the oldest running theatre in the world, and a renovation of the Metropolitan Opera House Theatre in Iowa Falls in the 1990s. Fridley Theatres currently owns 18 theatres with 97 screens in Iowa and Nebraska, including the Strand in Grinnell and the new Waukee Palms Theatre. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, five children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dr. Henry R. Mol ’50, Dec. 8, 2020, Whitewater, Wisconsin. Hank served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was assigned to postwar Germany. He met his future wife, Marthe Egan ’49 (deceased), at Grinnell. He earned his M.D. at the University of Iowa and went on to co-own and operate the Doctor’s Clinic of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. During his long service as a doctor, his greatest joy was delivering babies. He made more than 15 annual medical mission trips to Haiti. Hank was a member of the Elkhorn Kiwanis, serving in various leadership roles, including a stint as Wisconsin lieutenant governor. He is survived by his three sons, including Chris Mol ’79; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Nancy Scruby Mol ’53.
Vivienne Twamley Rockhold ’50, Dec. 31, 2020, Bozeman, Montana. Vivienne was an adventurer in her early years and was a kind, gentle, loving, supportive, and devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. After Grinnell she moved to New York City, where she lived in Greenwich Village and worked for The New School for Social Research. She then moved to Germany, where she worked for the USO, providing support to U.S. military troops and their families. After retirement, Vivienne worked for the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program, serving low-income pregnant women, infants, and children. She was also involved with the League of Women Voters. She was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her two children and two grandchildren.
Lauretta “Lolly” Parker Eggers ’51, Feb. 26, 2021, Iowa City, Iowa. After earning her master’s in library science from the University of Iowa in 1969, Lolly immediately began working at the Iowa City Public Library. She served as director from 1974 to 1994. Under her leadership, the Iowa City Public Library became the first in the United States to have a computerized checkout and catalog system, introduced in 1980. She was also instrumental in keeping the library downtown when a new library was being planned in the late 1970s. An active community leader particularly in the areas of women’s rights and issues and political action, Lolly was one of the city of Iowa City female employees who filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the city in 1973 alleging gender discrimination in employment policies. In a negotiated EEOC settlement, the city agreed to specific practices to ensure fair treatment of women in hiring and employment policies. Lolly served as class agent from 1991 to 2015 and received an Alumni Award in 2006. Survivors include her husband, Delos Eggers ’50; two sons; and a grandson.
George F. Redman ’51, Oct. 14, 2020, Andover, Massachusetts. George was a very proud Grinnellian and will be remembered as a kind, good, and humble man of simple tastes. In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was selected for Officer Candidate School. He served as a lieutenant during the Korean War, with deployments to Korea and Japan. George had a long career in his family’s business, as second-generation owner of Redman Card Clothing Co. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
John E. Crew ’52, Nov. 21, 2020, Normal, Illinois. John taught physics at Illinois State University for 30 years, retiring as a professor in 1993. He is survived by four children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Catherine True Meyer ’52, Dec. 17, 2020, Decatur, Georgia. Catherine raised four children with her high school sweetheart, Bruce Meyer. She also volunteered with hospitals, schools, and churches. Survivors include her four children and seven grandsons.
Maija Lakstigala Murray ’52, March 11, 2021, Middlebury, Vermont. Born in Riga, Latvia, Maija fled to a displaced persons camp in Esslingen, Germany, when the USSR invaded Latvia in the fall of 1944. Grinnell sponsored her entry into the United States in November 1949. Maija arrived at Grinnell with just the clothes on her back and no knowledge of the English language. Yet, she was able to earn her bachelor’s in chemistry in 1952 and became a published author while working at her first chemistry job in Appleton, Wisconsin. Marriage and four children followed. Maija worked as a chemist at Johnson & Johnson for 15 years. Retirement brought 30 blissful years with her husband enjoying all Vermont has to offer. Survivors include three children and six grandchildren.
Helen Ferguson Crockett ’53, March 22, 2021, Amston, Connecticut. Helen attended Physical Therapy School at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in 1953. As a young man, her father had had polio; and she herself had had bilateral knee surgery as a teen, giving her a desire to help others continue their mobility despite their disabilities. She met her husband, Dr. Wayne Crockett, while working as a physical therapist. She returned to that career after raising children, including her sister’s three. Their home saw a continuous flow of neighborhood kids, distant relatives, and foreign exchange students. Survivors include six children and 11 grandchildren.
Nancy Stewart Marks ’53, Dec. 15,2020, Carmichael, California. Nancy attended one year at Grinnell College before entering Boston Children’s Nursing School. After she and her husband completed their medical training, they moved with the Army to Tokyo with their firstborn child. Following their time in Japan, Nancy and her family settled in Sacramento, which became her beloved city for 64 years. In her early 30s, Nancy and her husband built and ran a home for people with severe developmental disabilities. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Marks; four children; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Susan Stewart Morrow ’61; and niece, Mercedes Danforth Kelso ’92.
John A. Meine ’53, Nov. 13, 2020, Surprise, Arizona.
Lois Davidson Omdahl ’53, Feb. 21, 2021, Shelton, Washington. Survivors include three children.
Margery “Kitty” Staley Langford ’54, Feb. 1, 2021, Herndon, Virginia. The first in her family to go to college, Kitty received a scholarship to Grinnell and majored in physics. She moved to Schenectady, New York, to work for General Electric doing acoustical research for a nuclear submarine. It was there that she met her husband, John Langford, who joined the Air Force. They traveled the world before settling down in Vienna, Virginia. To engage with their overseas friends, Kitty learned French, Spanish, and even some Farsi. She enjoyed volunteering, but the work she cherished most was as an Arlington Lady, representing the Secretary of the Air Force to welcome the bereaved families who came to bury their heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Kitty loved being their guide, comforter, and advocate. Survivors include three children.
Sylvia Welty Geer ’55, Dec. 21, 2020, Williamsburg, Virginia. Sylvia met her husband, Lucien Geer ’59 (deceased), at Grinnell. She taught at Florence Crittenton High School in Denver. She later earned a master’s in education from George Mason University and for over two decades taught special education and English in Arlington, Virginia. She volunteered throughout the community everywhere she lived. In Williamsburg, Sylvia was active in her church and volunteered with hospice and literacy programs. She was a Grinnell class committee volunteer from 2004 to 2010. She is survived by her three children and three grandchildren.
James E. Kingland ’55, Dec. 14, 2020, Lake Mills, Iowa. After graduating from Grinnell, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country from 1955 to 1959. He was a naval airborne air controller on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. Jim worked with his father at the family Ford dealership, Kingland Motor Co. in Lake Mills. While still at the dealership, Jim began his second career in farming. Just weeks before his death, Jim was still involved with the family farm, making decisions and offering advice. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Rhoads Kingland ’56; four children; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Robert G. Wagner ’56, March 4, 2021, St. Charles, Missouri. Growing up in Kansas City, Bob worked summers at the railroad yard. He majored in physics at Grinnell, where he met his wife, Nancy Abel ’57 (deceased). He earned a master’s and a doctorate in physics as the University of Missouri and spent more than 40 years in the aeronautics industry, primarily with Boeing and with McDonnell Douglas before it merged with Boeing. He also served for six terms on the city council, from 1986 to 2010. He is survived by three children, including David Wagner ’81, and four grandchildren.
Richard K. Williams ’56, Nov. 25, 2020, Wichita, Kansas. During his time at Grinnell, Dick spent a summer in Mexico with the Experiment in International Living. He felt keenly the plight of the economically underprivileged and became an advocate for peace and justice issues in the United States and abroad. During the civil war in El Salvador, Dick accompanied rural medical health providers. This experience led to involvement in the establishment of FOCUS Central America. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1990, hoping to shed light on the tragedy of misguided foreign policy. A lifelong student and educator, Dick taught Spanish for many years, including at Wichita State and Friends Universities, impacting lives of many. He survived by his wife; two children, including Jane Williams Gillett ’86; and three grandchildren.
Frances Ceraulo Comer ’57, Dec. 4, 2020, Chicago. With her husband Gary, Francie built Lands’ End, a business selling sailboat equipment and later apparel. The enterprise grew to become one of the largest direct mail-order businesses. After Lands’ End went public in 1986, Gary and Francie created the Comer Family Foundation, investing heavily in Chicago. In the early 2000s, they began to focus on revitalizing the South Side neighborhood where Gary grew up. In collaboration with the Paul Revere School, they envisioned a safe space for young people to go after school. In 2006, they founded and built the Gary Comer Youth Center to provide enrichment programs and academic supports. Gary and Francie also funded the creation of Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago to ensure access to world-class health care with state-of-the-art pediatric facilities and programs for the children of the South Side. She is survived by two children and five grandchildren.
William O. Davidson ’57, Jan. 11, 2021, Unadilla, New York. After graduating from Grinnell, Wills enlisted in the Army. For three years, he taught in Hillside, New Jersey, before moving to Sidney, New York, in 1961. He joined an engineering unit in Binghamton, New York, and was recalled to active service. A year later, he returned to teaching seventh-grade math, then eighth-grade English for 32 years. He coached cross country and junior varsity wrestling for several years. He was Teacher of the Year in 1974, president of the Sidney Teachers Association from 1972 to 1973, Rotarian of the Year in 2000, chaplain of the American Legion for several years, member and past president of Sidney Rotary, an active member of the First Congregational Church, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Wall of Fame in 2019. He served as Grinnell class fund director 2009–2015, class committee volunteer 2006–2013, and GRASP volunteer 1997–2006. He is survived by his wife, Betsy, and two sons and two granddaughters.
Dr. Charles E. Hawtrey ’57, Dec. 29, 2020, Iowa City, Iowa. Chuck married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth R. “Betsy” Patterson ’59 (deceased). He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa. During the Vietnam War, Chuck served for two years as a urologist at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina. Returning to Iowa City, he became a clinical professor of pediatric urology at the University of Iowa until he retired in 2002, and he served as professor emeritus until his death. Chuck was recognized as Iowa’s first pediatric urologist and improved the lives of thousands of children. He received the Alumni Award in 2007. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann; son Thomas Hawtrey ’90; sister-in-law Anne Patterson Egan ’57; brother-in-law John Egan ’57; brother-in-law Joel Patterson ’67; sister-in-law Roberta Dressler Patterson ’68; and nephew John Egan ’84.
Patricia May Makeever ’57, Dec. 17, 2020, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Pat graduated from Grinnell with a degree in education, after which she taught briefly. She was a homemaker for many years and then worked as an administrative assistant. She was a devoted mother, wife, and friend of many. A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights for more than 50 years, she taught Sunday school, served as a deacon and an elder, and participated in women’s circles and many activities. She loved acting and played a number of roles as a member of the Round Barn Players at the Moorings and was a dedicated supporter of Northwest Community Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Dave, and survived by her children and three grandchildren.
Mary Oglevee Cole Rack ’57, April 4, 2021, Northville, Michigan. Mary completed her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan and earned a master’s in education at Western Michigan University and a master’s in labor and industrial relations at Michigan State University. She had six children with her first husband. After their divorce in 1968, she began a career in information technology, working for governments, higher education, and publishing. She focused on end-user support and skill development. She also enjoyed volunteering and worked as a regional volunteer for Grinnell from 2000 to 2005. Survivors include her six children, 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Joseph W. Fell ’58, Feb. 5, 2021, Wimberly, Texas. Joe married Judi Reget ’56 (deceased) and they lived for many years in Chicago, where he owned Joseph W. Fell Ltd. Antique Oriental Rugs. Survivors include his sister, Roberta Fell ’55; and grandniece, Katherine Henry ’06.
Tetsuo Najita ’58, Jan. 11, 2021, Kamuela, Hawaii. After receiving a doctorate from Harvard, Tets taught at Carleton College, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and, from 1969 until his retirement in 2002, in the history department at the University of Chicago. His many publications on Japan’s modern intellectual history received numerous awards. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. In 2007, the University of Chicago established the Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture Series in Japanese Studies. In 1989, Grinnell honored him with a Doctor of Laws, and, in 1998, with its Alumni Award. He is survived by his wife, a son, two grandsons, and a niece, Julie Najita ’89.
Frank E. Vigus ’58, March 9, 2021, St. Louis. Frank enjoyed Men’s Glee Club and singing in the choir at Grinnell. He earned his law degree at Northwestern in 1961 and served in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate from 1962 to 1964. For most of his career, he served on the legal teams for Anheuser Busch and later Monsanto, which allowed him to travel frequently to other parts of North America, South America, Europe, and the Far East. Survivors include two children and two grandchildren.
William E. Becker ’59, Dec. 7, 2020, Knoxville, Illinois. William received his bachelor’s degree at Grinnell and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and attended Princeton for his graduate studies. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1961 to 1965. He was an officer instructor in aircraft maintenance at Chanute Air Force Base. He then went on to spend 30 years as an aerospace engineer for the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. After retiring, he worked as a contractor for the federal government. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters; and four grandchildren.
Rev. Susan Hass Faunce-Zimmerman ’61, Dec. 2, 2020, St. Paul, Minnesota. Susan was an avid reader, gardener, maker of pies, and friend to all who knew her. She found great joy in her family and in her ministry, both of which benefited from her warmth, compassion, and faith. She received a master of divinity from the United Theological Seminary and was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Susan and her second husband, the Rev. Jim Faunce-Zimmerman, were co-pastors in UCC congregations in Iowa and northern Minnesota. She was happiest connecting to people in her community through her ministry and spending time at their cherished lake cabin in northwest Wisconsin. Survivors include her brother, Paul Hass ’59.
Paul E. Burkett ’62, Nov. 28, 2020, Des Moines, Iowa. Paul began his 41-plus years career at American Republic Insurance Co. in Des Moines as a claims examiner, advancing to personnel, and then as vice president and director of corporate relations. After retiring, he continued working as a consultant managing the company’s sales incentive programs, which earned him the title of “Director of Fun” from company agents. Paul was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the Urbandale Public Arts Committee, and the Drake Relays committee. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two children; and four grandchildren.
Stephen W. Thorpe ’62, April 3, 2021, Denver, Iowa. In addition to Grinnell, Steve attended Iowa State University and graduated from Upper Iowa University. He began his professional career during college as an intern with Northwestern Mutual Insurance. He retired in September 2020 after 56 years with the company. Community service was a lifelong passion for Steve. He was involved with many organizations, including being a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader for children’s troops. Survivors include his wife, Liz; three children; four stepchildren; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Roger P. Christensen ’63, April 6, 2021, Las Vegas. Roger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell and earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did further training in Denver and Seattle, where he completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Washington and the VA Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1971 and was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He returned to a private practice position in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before joining the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. After retirement, he and his wife of 35 years traveled extensively with friends and relatives. He also enjoyed running marathons, swimming, and other aerobic activities, as well as photography and reading (and a little television, too). He’s survived by his wife, Katy; two sisters, including Joan Christensen Iseman ’61; and an identical twin brother, Thomas Christensen ’63.
Robert M. Konikow ’66, Jan. 5, 2021, Orlando, Florida. Bob majored in speech and theatre and went on to the University of Southern California for graduate study in the cinema department. He was one of the early experimenters with animation. Over time he became proficient in film production, video, camera operation, multi-projector presentations, video walls, directing, production planning, and special effects. He formed several companies of his own to pursue his love of creation, securing many commissions from Walt Disney Corp. He wrote two books: I Come for to Sing and The Hollywood Fantasy. He is survived by three daughters.
Carolyn Sakai ’66, March 30, 2021, Parkville, Maryland. After Grinnell, Carolyn earned a master’s at Iowa State University and later retired as a social work administrator. Survivors include her husband, Darab Khadem; two children; and two grandchildren.
John David Marion ’68, March 24, 2021, Easley, South Carolina. Dave played baseball for Grinnell, serving as team captain, before earning his bachelor’s in English from the University of Iowa. After college, he eventually returned to his high school alma mater in Keokuk, Iowa, where he served as an English teacher for 17 years. After teaching, he worked as an editor and proofreader, but his true passion eventually came in the form of the arts. After moving to Cincinnati while his wife, Darla Wood Marion, was studying at the university, Dave began a career impersonating Mark Twain. His show became a success; he performed everywhere from the Metropolitan Club in Covington, Kentucky, to Tall Stacks, the site of Cincinnati’s riverboat heritage festival. Survivors include his wife and two brothers.
Thomas A. Zitver ’73, June 18, 2020, Greenbelt, Maryland. Survivors include three siblings.
Jo Ann Thomas ’75, Feb. 19, 2021, Winona, Minnesota. Jo Ann began her career as a community organizer in Rice County, Minnesota. She was also a feminist and was director of Houston County Women’s Resources and co-director of the Women’s Resource Center in Winona. She married her husband, Douglas Nopar, in 1986 and they raised two daughters. After a cancer diagnosis in 1996, Jo Ann changed careers and completed a three-year training program at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minnesota. She opened a practice in Winona where she served clients for 20 years. Survivors include her husband and two daughters.
Roy P. Eichengreen ’78, March 4, 2021, Sedona, Arizona, of a glioblastoma. Roy was an All-Conference soccer player for Grinnell who left the team early to join the Grinnell-Rush Medical School Program during his senior year. After Rush, Roy was a resident at the Middlesex Hospital Family Practice Residency in Middletown, Connecticut, and then spent the next 30 years practicing in the area. Roy taught at Yale’s School of Nursing, Quinnipiac’s Netter School of Medicine, and the Middlesex Family Practice Residency Program. He served on the Deep River, Connecticut, Board of Visiting Nurses, as Deep River’s health director, and as the physician for the Tri-Town School District. Roy also volunteered for many years as a coach for the local youth soccer club. Roy moved to Arizona in May 2019 to enjoy hiking with his wife, Cindy Warm ’79. He is survived by his wife and their two daughters.
Florence Berkley ’81, Feb. 14, 2021, Ellicott City, Maryland.
David A. Thompson ’83, February 2020, Provincetown, Massachusetts, after a battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his husband, Chris Lefter, and his brother, Richard Thompson ’85.
Philip C. Bishop ’90, March 2021, Stanhope, Iowa. Survivors include his sister, Jennifer Bishop ’87.
Seth I. Bernsen ’95, Feb. 3, 2021, Kirkland, Washington, of pancreatic cancer. At Grinnell, Seth co-founded the Big Sandwich Club with classmates Zack Steven ’95 and Karl Johnson ’95. The group met every Wednesday at 10 p.m. for a trip to the local Hy-Vee for food supplies and then back to campus to make huge sandwiches from whole loaves of bread. The weekly event became well known, made the school paper, and was attended by both Grinnell’s mayor and the College president. A computer science major, Seth was an electrical and software engineer whose career spanned positions in engineering, project management, and business development. The Seth Bernsen ’95 Memorial Fund supports two programs, Code Club and Computing Peers United. Survivors include his wife, Bulgaa Legden, mother, sister, and stepdaughter.
Justin R. Kinney ’99, Feb. 11, 2021, Boston. Justin played basketball for Grinnell and in his senior year served as captain of the team. Originally from Iowa, he moved around a bit after graduation, landing in Boston in 2001 and working in computer science. He loved music and sports and would fill the silence with a fact or story about Bruce Springsteen or Grinnell basketball. Survivors include his parents, a brother, and a sister.
Travis A. Muckler ’05, Dec. 7, 2020, Grinnell, Iowa. Travis majored in philosophy at Grinnell and completed an internship with U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ’69 in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduation, he worked as a trial assistant for a law firm in New York City. He enjoyed fishing, dogs, and conversations with friends at the coffee shop. Survivors include his parents, a brother, and a sister.
Professor Emerita Of Biology
Lenore Durkee, March 23, 2021, Ithaca, New York. Originally from Utica, New York, Lenore earned her doctorate in botany at the University of Iowa and was a professor of biology at Grinnell College for 30 years, beginning in 1963. She taught courses in introductory biology, botany, genetics, and electron microscopy. Lenore and her husband, LaVerne Durkee, professor emeritus of biology, helped establish an Audubon chapter for the Grinnell area and made many new friends through that endeavor. Lenore and Vern were also very active in central Iowa sailing and started a small-town yacht club (Rock Creek Lake Pretty Good Yacht Club), where they enjoyed sailing and racing their O’Day Daysailer. Lenore and her husband retired from Grinnell College and moved to Ithaca to be closer to family. Lenore is survived by her loving husband of 64 years; two children, including Susan Durkee Swensen ’85; a grandson; and two stepgrandsons.