In Memoriam

Fall 2017

  • James E. Phelps Jr. ’53, Danvers, Ill., May 12, 2017. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry-zoology from Grinnell, James received an M.D. in dental surgery from the University of Illinois. James served for 20 years as a dentist for the U.S. Air Force. He obtained a commercial pilot’s license; in his spare time, he flew emergency patients to surgical centers. James is survived by his four children and nine grandchildren.

  • Theodore Wickman Jr. ’53, Atlantic, Iowa, Feb. 16, 2017. After graduating from Grinnell and a brief office job in Chicago, Ted embarked on what proved to be a very successful career as a farmer in Illinois and later Iowa. He and his late wife Ann Williams Wickman ’53 were generous supporters of many causes including the Atlantic Public Library, the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center, the Cass County Memorial Hospital, and the Atlantic Community Center. Survivors include his second wife Kay Harris Wickman and his granddaughter Malachi Wickman ’16.

  • Ann Brookes Kurz ’55, Cary, N.C., June 30, 2017. After earning her degree in elementary education at Grinnell, Ann taught second and third grades until she married James E. Kurz in 1963. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. She was active in her church and the philanthropic organization PEO in both St. Louis and Cary. She is survived by her husband, four children, and five grandchildren.

  • Elizabeth Louise Miller Love ’55, Overland Park, Kan., April 18, 2017. After Grinnell, Lou married James Love, raised three children, and enjoyed a career as a home interiors consultant. She is survived by her children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

  • Judy Conrad-Byrne ’57, Portland, Maine, March 28, 2017. Judy was a loving mother and grandmother and was renowned for her generosity and open-heartedness. She is survived by her three children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

  • Richard D. Kohn ’57, Chicago, March 12, 2017.

  • Charles J. Horky Jr. ’58, Palm Desert, Calif., July 15, 2016.

  • Nancy Jo Freeman Wickens ’58, Charlotte, Mich., May 30, 2017. Nancy married Ronald Charles Wickens in 1955, and together they raised three children. Nancy was an accomplished pianist, loved horses and dogs, and made friends wherever she went. She is survived by two of her children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Steven Bauserman ’59, Bee Cave, Texas, May 3, 2017. At Grinnell, Steve studied French and captained the football team. He earned a medical degree from the University of Iowa and practiced family medicine in Agency, Iowa, as the town’s only doctor. He returned to the University of Iowa to specialize in pathology. While fulfilling his active duty Army commitment, he earned a further specialization as a neuropathologist. Steve practiced medicine in Hawaii, Michigan, and Texas before retiring in 2013. He is survived by his companion Martha McBride, three children, four stepchildren, and 18 grandchildren.

  • 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.