Claribel Clark Taylor ’36, Atlanta, Dec. 23, 2018. Claribel grew up playing the organ for her local church services and used this skill to fund her tuition at Grinnell. After graduating from Grinnell, she continued her higher education at Westminster Choir College and took up an organist position at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where she married Hubert Vance Taylor. Claribel was a baseball fan who loved cheering on the Atlanta Crackers at the old ballpark and even attended the inaugural game at the new Atlanta Braves stadium. She is survived by her children, four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Catharine Bousquet Evans ’38, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2019. Katie graduated from Roosevelt Senior High School as salutatorian in 1934, two years ahead of her class. She married Dayl Thomas Evans ’37 in 1940. She assisted in the creation of the PEO Record at PEO International’s Des Moines headquarters. An active member of Grinnell College’s Alumni Council, Katie received an Alumni Award in 1968 and 2008. She is survived by her three sons, including Thomas A. Evans ’64; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Sheetz Kadarauch ’39, Medford, Oregon, Feb. 7, 2019. After graduating from Grinnell, Elizabeth attended the Eastman School of Music, where she met her future husband, Robert Kadarauch. She was a gifted pianist and often performed with her musically talented family. Elizabeth is survived by three sons, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Vera Babka Kotiza ’39, Chesterfield, Missouri, Mar. 2, 2019. Vera majored in music and sang in the Chicago Metropolitan Opera Chorus in many different languages. After graduating, she pursued a career as a music instructor and physical education teacher in Michigan and later her hometown of Cicero, Illinois. She taught middle school music classes for more than 30 years and conducted church choir productions. Vera loved to travel the world, visiting Hawaii, Italy, Fiji, Mexico, China, and many more countries. Vera is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and great-grandson.
Betty Bare Ver Burg ’40, Claremont, California, Oct. 4, 2018.
Milton A. Johnson ’41, Newark, Delaware, Aug. 16, 2018. Milton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he completed a bachelor’s in business from Grinnell and enjoyed a 35-year career at Equitable Life Assurance. A dedicated hockey fan, Milton loved to cheer on his favorite team, the New Jersey Devils. He is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren.
Marie Layer Coleman ’43, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Feb. 15, 2018. Marie is survived by a daughter and four grandchildren.
Lorna McCleary Patterson ’43, Medford, Oregon, Jan. 6, 2019. Laurie studied chemistry at Grinnell, where she met her husband Clair Patterson ’43. After graduation, she worked on the atomic bomb at the Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee and taught high school science for many years.
In 1993, she won a Grinnell College Alumni Award. She is survived by three children, Charles Patterson ’73, Susan Patterson ’74, Cameron Patterson ’75; and three grandchildren, including Brian Patterson ’10.
Roberta Carlton Heller ’44, Fredericksburg, Texas, Nov. 4, 2018. After attending Grinnell for two years, Bobbie transferred to the University of Minnesota, earning her degree in elementary education. During World War II, she worked as a telephone operator. In 1979, Bobbie began working as a realtor for Ebby Halliday Realtors in Dallas and was a million-dollar producer in her career. Bobbie loved playing bridge and mah-jongg with close friends and family members. She is survived by three children, 15 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.
D. Robert Levering ’44, Naples, Florida, Jan. 20, 2019. Bob served as a submarine officer during World War II, graduated from Grinnell in 1944, and later earned a doctorate in organic chemistry. He worked with Hercules Powder Co. and its affiliates for his entire career, eventually rising to the company’s top executive level. He was married to Virginia Lee Brantner, the love of his life, for 60 years. Bob was a Life Master bridge player and loved playing games with his family in his spare time. He is survived by two children and a grandson.
Barbara Perine O’Neill ’45, Gold River, California, Dec. 31, 2018. Barbara attended Grinnell College for one year, then returned home to complete her bachelor’s at the University of Minnesota. After college, she moved to San Diego, working as a “Rosie, the riveter” and as a social worker. Travel, both domestically and abroad, was an integral part of Barbara’s life, thanks to her husband Donald O’Neill’s career with Standard Oil. Barbara is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Joyce Sylvester Bailey ’47, Duluth, Minnesota, Apr. 27, 2018. Joyce loved to spend time with her family solving puzzles, playing with her dogs, and going to see her grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ school events and programs. She is survived by her daughters, 15 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
William H. Halper ’47, Highland Park, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2018. Following his graduation from Grinnell, Bill returned to Chicago to help his father run Halper Publishing Co., which published Made to Measure Magazine. The magazine was originally about custom menswear and was published for tailors. When ready-to-wear menswear became popular, Bill pivoted the magazine to uniforms. For decades, the magazine was known as the “bible of the uniform industry.” Bill is survived by his wife Joan Halper and their children and grandchildren.
Kenneth C. Kitterman ’47, Webster City, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2018. Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944–46. Afterward, he earned a four-year teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teachers College and was employed to teach industrial arts in Grand Junction. He was later a coach and teacher at Geneseo Community Schools. In 1992, Iowa Central Community College hired Kenneth as the bookstore manager. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Kitterman, three children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Barbara Macoubrey Thorne-
Thomsen ’47, Shreveport, Louisiana, Feb. 5, 2019. Barbara studied speech pathology and acted in several theatre productions while at Grinnell College. She met Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen, a soldier doing training at Grinnell during World War II, and they married after the war. Later, she returned to college to earn her master’s in social work from Louisiana State University. Barbara loved her career as a therapist and never considered retiring until she was 90 years old. She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her niece and nephew, Leslie Rayson Amundson ’69 and Christopher Rayson ’71.
Jewell Marie “Rusty” Brunner Freeburg ’48, Bozeman, Montana,
Feb. 3, 2019. On her first day at Grinnell, Jewell’s roommates dubbed her “Rusty” for her red hair. Originally from Nora Springs, Iowa, Rusty graduated from Grinnell with degrees in speech and drama and became a speech therapist in Elgin, Illinois, schools. She married William Freeburg of Elgin, and they raised their family with much fun and laughter about grammatically correct speech. Rusty always made time to help kids with speech and reading. Rusty is survived by three children and two grandchildren.
Jean Van Horn Cavanaugh ’48, Great Bend, Kansas, Feb. 21, 2019. Jean attended Grinnell College and the University of Minnesota. She is survived by her nephew, Patrick Cavanaugh ’69, and niece, Susan Cavanaugh Butcher ’73.
Bayard T. French ’49, Silver Bay, Minnesota, Jul. 26, 2018. Bayard served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later graduated from Grinnell. He met and married Barbara Wetherell ’49; they were married for 54 years. Bayard earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Medical School. He took part in the development of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, founded to serve the needs of rural and indigenous people’s communities. He is survived by four sons, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, his nephew Barton Dunning ’66, niece, Cidney Dunning Walter ’67, brother-in-law, Kenneth Gordon ’71, and his companion Carol Townsend.
Dolores Shockney Riddick ’49, Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 25, 2019.
Anne “Breezy” Bresnahan Adams ’50, Ladera Ranch, California, Sept. 20, 2018. Anne was a stellar athlete and competed in the 1948 Olympic Swimming Trials while attending Grinnell College. Though she did not make the Olympic team, she remained dedicated to the sport. She was a swim coach and helped build a successful program for adult athletes, in which she also competed. Over the years, Anne won many gold medals and held a number of world records. At 74, within 12 months of having aortic valve replacement surgery, she entered, swam, and won a 5K open water race. In 2017, Anne was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She is survived by four children, two grandchildren, and two brothers, including Richard Bresnahan ’59.
N. Sue Hardy Carr ’50, Bremerton, Washington, Dec.14, 2018. Sue worked as a secretary in private industry in Illinois and Florida and later joined the International Cooperation Administration, which became the U.S. Agency for International Development, a branch of the U.S. Department of State. She followed assignments in Thailand, Iran, Laos, and Washington and eventually joined her husband on assignments in Nigeria and Vietnam. Her survivors include three stepsons and one step-granddaughter.
Betty Klett Johnson ’50, Oak Park, Illinois, May 2, 2018. Betty attended Grinnell College and then graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in speech-language pathology. She worked as a speech therapist for the Chicago public school system and got her master’s in speech pathology from Northwestern University. While raising her family, Betty worked at Easter Seals and became the program director for the Chicago area. Later, she became the Oak Park site director for Head Start. Betty is survived by two children and two granddaughters.
Patricia Flanagan Judd ’50, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 20, 2018. After graduating from Grinnell, Trish completed graduate work in English at North Texas State University. She taught English at several community colleges and Texas Tech University. While living in Dallas, she formed a small group at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas that was instrumental in the lawsuit that eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Survivors include two sons, seven grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
Leonard “Bud” Leonard Jr. ’50, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Dec. 29, 2018.
Jean Bouma Ruth ’50, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jan. 14, 2019. Alumni Award recipient in 1975, Jean was born and raised in Grinnell. After high school she worked for the FBI during World War II and never revealed the secrets of her work. She returned to Grinnell College and married her sweetheart Royal Francis “Bud” Ruth ’49 on graduation day. She worked at a Cerebral Palsy Clinic for children in Edmonton and obtained her doctorate in psychology from the University of Alberta. Jean was active as a class agent for Grinnell and helped gather clothing and supplies for those in need in Edmonton and in Eastern Europe from about 1968 to 1988. She is survived by her son, Makino Ruth ’79; nieces, Ellen Bouma Barnes ’75 (Marvin Barnes ’76) and Margaret Bouma ’72; and great-nephew, Adrian Barnes ’05.
Robert D. Tomasek ’50, Lawrence, Kansas, April 7, 2019. Bob majored in history at Grinnell. During his first stint in graduate school, he was drafted and served in the Korean War. Afterward he earned a master’s and doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. He married Ruth Waltershausen in 1953, and in 1957 he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas, where he taught Latin American affairs and international law for 35 years. His research covered controversies in Latin America, such as exile disputes and arms races. His survivors include three daughters and three grandchildren.
Nancy Cornforth Campbell ’51, Fort Collins, Colorado, Jan. 7, 2019. Nancy attended Grinnell College for three semesters and later finished college at the University of Denver. She married Laird Campbell in 1948 and they raised four children. She began her teaching career as a substitute, then became a fifth-grade teacher. In a perfect marriage of her interest in education and love for the outdoors, Nancy helped open Skyland, a summer camp program in Colorado. She is survived by three children and 11 grandchildren.
C. Morton Cliff ’51, Palm Springs, California, Sept. 12, 2018.
Ritta Randolph Kurth ’51, Ackley, Iowa, Dec. 11, 2018. Ritta graduated from Grinnell with a major in art. She pursued a successful career with the Ackley World Journal in its advertising department. One of her favorite hobbies was quilting, and she made sure to pass along a quilt to every one of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Alice Van Housen Littlefield ’51, Neenah, Wisconsin, Aug. 25, 2018. Alice attended Grinnell and then graduated from Lawrence College in 1951. She married Charles Littlefield in 1953. She had many jobs over the years, including serving at her husband’s law firm and driving a school bus. Well known for her holiday generosity, Alice baked and delivered roughly 30 of her special coffeecakes each year. She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her siblings.
Ruth Martin Minter ’51, Loveland, Colorado, March 15, 2019. Ruth loved to travel, spend time at her family’s cabin, and host a bed-and-breakfast. She is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Marilyn Reeling Hallman ’52, Mount Prospect, Illinois, Dec. 10, 2018. After graduating from Grinnell, Marilyn became a third-grade teacher at South School in Des Plaines. While raising her family, she worked as a part-time reporter for The Arlington Heights Daily Herald, penning its weekly children’s crafts column, “Kids Korner.” Her investment in children’s development and education continued to grow as she volunteered in the PTA, was a Girl Scout leader, and acted as a cultural arts chairman at Fairview School. She is survived by her husband Newt Hallman, three children, and 10 grandchildren.
Sylvia “Sibby” Redding Soh ’52, Santa Rosa, California, May 25, 2018.
Bruce Cole ’53, Scottsdale, Arizona, Feb. 22, 2019. Bruce was an English-journalism major at Grinnell. He married the love of his life, Jane Bagby Cole ’53, on the day they graduated. The two Midwesterners lived in the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest for 40 years. They loved hiking, music, art, growing flowers, and listening to or reading the stories around them. In 1989, Bruce won an Alumni Award. He’s survived by two daughters, including Dorothy Cole Domrzalski ’79.
William K. Keister ’53, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2019.
Peter Adams Gaertner ’54, Lake Elmo, Minnesota, June 21, 2018. Peter loved traveling, cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and supporting her favorite competitors, her grandkids. She is survived by six children, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Sarah Morris Winckelman ’54, Malvern, Pennsylvania, March 18, 2019.
John Derber ’55, Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 22, 2018.
Edwin T. Ho ’55, Honolulu, Dec. 31, 2018. After graduating from Grinnell in 1955, he requested that his graduate studies be postponed until he fulfilled his military service, which he did in 1960. From 1965–68 he served as a Foreign Service officer in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Canada. He was in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1993. Ed was married to Mildred Ho for 52 years. His survivors include his brother, Albert Ho ’58.
Beverly Valentine McClintock ’55, Ankeny, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2018. Beverly met John McClintock ’53 at Grinnell and they married in 1953. She was a homemaker and got involved with many of her husband’s activities and social organizations. She volunteered at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
James Owens ’55, Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 12, 2019. After graduating from Grinnell, Jim served two years in the U.S. Army. He spent a few years working for Keystone Lumber Co. in Loup City, Nebraska, where he also held a position on the city council. James moved on to work at the Nebraska State Bank, retiring as president in 1990. He is survived by his wife Mary Lea Domingo Owens, two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Barbara Ramsey ’55, Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 27, 2018. After graduating from Grinnell, Barbara worked as appointments secretary for U.S. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey and held that position during his tenure as vice president. She later worked as an environmental protection specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was member of the PEO Sisterhood and a performer in the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. She is survived by a nephew and three nieces.
Della “Adele” Narcisi Nelson ’56, Sedona, Arizona, Dec.10, 2018. Adele was an inspired student at Grinnell and a passionate teacher throughout her career. She married Kent Nelson in 1959. She loved her job at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was proud of all the students she helped nurture. She was the first recipient of the school’s Teacher of the Year award in 1985 and was inducted into Bishop Dwenger’s Hall of Fame in 2015. She is survived by two sons and a granddaughter.
James “Tony” A. Beals ’58, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oct. 26, 2018. Tony received his education at Rensselaer Institute and Grinnell College, then served in the U.S. Air Force. He pursued a career with IBM and Pricer Inc. and traveled the world. He loved the Oklahoma City community, his hometown and where he lived most of his life, and was a leader in Kiwanis and the English Speaking Union.
Thomas R. Gillan ’58, Denton, Maryland, March 29, 2019. After receiving a bachelor’s from Grinnell, Thomas went on to receive a second bachelor’s in forestry. His forestry career spread over many decades, first with Koppers Co. and later as a self-employed logger. He worked for the State of Maryland as an environmental health specialist for 10 years. Survivors include his wife of 60 years Barbara McVay Gillan, two children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his sister, Nancy Gillan Bloom ’57.
Ellen Taylor Huppert ’58, San Francisco, Nov. 13, 2018. Ellen completed her bachelor’s at Northwestern University, a master’s at Harvard University, and a doctorate in modern European history at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent her adult life in San Francisco and taught classes at San Francisco State and Holy Names University. After her teaching career ended, Ellen remained a stalwart defender of education, founding both the Institute for Historical Study and the San Francisco Parents’ Lobby, serving as president for each organization. She is survived by two children and three grandsons.
Judith Mullens Burke ’59, Omaha, Nebraska, March 14, 2019. Judith is survived by four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Karen Senty Ewing ’59, Chesapeake, Virginia, Jan. 28, 2019. Karen was always devoted to her family. She supported her husband Richard Ewing’s naval career and later opened an equipment rental store with him. Her favorite hobbies were entertaining friends, playing bridge, feeding birds and squirrels, and writing handwritten notes and letters. She was also an active volunteer at her church and received the Alumni Award in 1990. She is survived by her two children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Sandra Petrus Griffith ’59, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 2, 2019. Sandra attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. She and her husband Robert owned R.C. Griffith Walnut Co. She was a member of First Christian Church and was an active participant in the Council Bluffs Service League. Sandra and her husband frequently visited Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota, and loved spending time outdoors. She is survived by one son, six grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
Judith Bourne Stone ’60, Barrington, Illinois, June 9, 2018. After attending Grinnell College, Judith earned a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan, as did her late husband Judson Stone ’61. She began her career with the University of Michigan’s Center for Population Planning and served as a director of the Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Michigan Hospital. In 1964, Judith was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but that neither hindered nor stopped her commitment to helping those in her community. Survivors include two sons and four grandchildren.
James A. Ahrens ’62, Grinnell, Iowa, March 4, 2019. Born and raised in Grinnell, James graduated from Grinnell High School and Grinnell College, as well as Iowa State University. He entered the U.S. Air Force shortly after and served as a radar controller and public affairs officer. He married his college sweetheart, local artist Julie Williams. He taught at Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri and commanded the 418th Civil Affairs Unit that mobilized during the first Gulf War. He retired from military service at the rank of lieutenant colonel. James was a member of his Grinnell College class committee from 2011 to 2019. He is survived by his second wife Sue Ahrens, two children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.
Craig A. Rolfs ’62, Menominee, Michigan, Dec. 20, 2018. Craig graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1962 and from Drake University Law School in 1965. He began practicing law in Parkersburg, Iowa, where he also served as the county attorney for Butler County. He moved to Menominee in 1973 where he began practicing law with the Anuta & Minerman Law Office. He was appointed as Menominee County prosecuting attorney in 1975 and in 1979 was appointed by the governor to be Menominee County judge of probate. He is survived by his wife Monica Crandall Rolfs, two sons, three stepchildren, five grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.
Robert DeCook ’64, Venice, Florida, Feb. 12, 2019. Robert majored in philosophy at Grinnell and earned a law degree from the University of Iowa. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967–1975.
C. Orville Teising ’64, Mill Valley, California, Dec. 19, 2018. At Grinnell, Orville was a track star and played lead guitar in a rock band. Following graduation, he pursued a career in sales and became vice president of marketing for ACNielsen. He loved traveling to distant countries, running marathons, and singing for a barbershop quartet and the Mayflower Chorus. He is survived by his wife Rochelle Teising, his brother John Teising ’66, two daughters, three stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.
Pamela Eschbach Wolfmeyer ’66, Winona, Minnesota, Jan. 20, 2019. Pamela graduated from Grinnell with a degree in economics and did graduate work in industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty of Winona State University in 1969 as a professor in the College of Business Management, teaching courses in human resources. She earned a reputation as an excellent student adviser. She retired as full professor in 2008, which allowed her to indulge her passion for passenger trains. She rode every long-distance passenger train in the United States and Canada. She is survived by her husband Marvin Wolfmeyer, three sisters, and nieces and nephews.
Suzanne Hughes James ’67, Topeka, Kansas, Aug. 1, 2018. Suzanne studied Spanish at Grinnell and went on to pursue a career in sales for Sterling Pharmaceuticals in Oklahoma. Later, she worked for the district attorney’s office with victims of violent crimes. In 1984 she married Myrlen James, with whom she shared a love of Native American history and jewelry. A lover of all animals, she provided a home for dozens of cats and dogs and was a long-standing supporter of the Humane Society. Survivors include her brother and nieces.
Robert N. Beal ’75, Fort Stockton, Texas. Aug. 27, 2018.
Paul J. Crane ’78, La Vista, Nebraska, March 3, 2019. From a young age, Paul excelled at academics and sports and earned an academic scholarship to Grinnell College. He worked as a chaplain for Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, Iowa; as an administrator at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Creston, Iowa; and finally as executive director at the Primrose Retirement Community in Council Bluffs. Paul’s survivors include his wife Kelly McBride Crane, two children, and three grandchildren.
Andrew R. Preston ’78, North Palm Beach, Florida, April 10, 2019. Andy died in a car crash in a restaurant parking lot. He was a longtime radio broadcaster in Florida. Andy got his start in radio at Grinnell on KDIC and worked in radio for most of his career. He worked at stations in Hawaii and Florida, most recently as music director and afternoon drive DJ for WKGR-FM 98.7 (The Gater).
William G. Stowe ’81, Des Moines, Iowa, April 14, 2019. Bill died of pancreatic cancer. After graduating from Grinnell, where he played basketball, Bill earned a master’s in engineering at the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in labor relations at the University of Illinois, and a law degree from Loyola University. In Des Moines he worked as the city’s human resources director, as director of public works for 13 years, and as head of the water works since 2012. He was an advocate for clean water. Under his leadership, Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit against three northwest Iowa counties, alleging that their drainage ditches allowed nitrates to travel from farm fields to the Raccoon River. The water works lost the suit when a federal judge ruled that drainage districts don’t have the authority to mediate pollution. Survivors include his wife Amy Beattie and his son, Liam Stowe ’18.
Steven A. Buckman ’85, Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 10, 2018.
James J. Rosse ’85, Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 10, 2018. James attended University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971 before serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years. After that, he sold boats and worked as a Volkswagen mechanic. James then attended Grinnell, where he studied biology and met his wife Nancy Suggs Rosse ’87 when he was doing dishes in a residence hall kitchen. After graduation, he worked as a computer network analyst for a variety of companies before he retired in 2004. He loved to cheer on his St. Louis Cardinals, practiced woodworking, and was a leading member of the Sangamon Table Tennis Club. Survivors include his wife and three children.
Omar Ghaffar ’99, Munster, Indiana, March 27, 2019.