October 19, 2020


Recognizing members of the Beloit College community we have lost.


  • Douglass A. Trask’50, U.S. Army veteran, retired regional manager for General Motors; July 21, 2020, in Arvada, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth Below Trask’51, and four children.
  • John H. Fredrickson’51, U.S. Air Force veteran, retired teacher and administrator; June 9, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • William H. Korst’51, member of the Monday Morning Dixie Band, former Sunday morning Big Band radio host for WSJY-FM; May 21, 2020, in Clinton, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Korst, and cousin, Frank Blodgett’50. Survivors include six children.
  • John (Jack) W. Rittenhouse’52, retired insurance agent; July 24, 2020, in Medford, Ore. Survivors include his wife, June Rittenhouse, sister, Carol Rittenhouse’55, two daughters, and two sons.
  • Martha Matzek Kirchman’54, former teacher, active community member; July 18, 2020, in Boston, Mass. She was predeceased by her husband, Calvin Kirchman, and survived by three sons.
  • Faith Kellogg Kobylka’54, retired elementary school teacher and tutor, former radio and television host; July 16, 2020, in Mount Pleasant, N.C. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph P. Kobylka’51, former director of Alumni Relations at Beloit College. Survivors include sons Joseph Kobylka’78 and Richard Kobylka’82 and daughter Sandra Kobylka Smith Funderburk’87.
  • Jane McGivern Perkins’54, March 6, 2020, in El Segundo, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Perkins, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Dorothy Vander Veen Lorentzen’55, April 23, 2020, in Grand Junction, Colo. She is survived by her husband, John Lorentzen’53, a daughter and a son.
  • Richard R. Manson’55, U.S. Army veteran, retired executive director of St. Vincent and St. Joseph Home; June 29, 2020, in Freeport, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Irene Manson, three daughters, and four sons.
  • Raymond E. Hoff’56, retired research chemist; July 10, 2019, in Palatine, Ill. He is survived by Susan Hoff, his wife of 56 years, and two sons.
  • Mildred Newhart Pinney’56, retired nurse; Aug. 30, 2020, in Libertyville, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Pinney, and is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Edward C. Hager’57, U.S. Army veteran, former basketball coach and athletic director; May 10, 2020, in Kalamazoo, Mich. He is survived by Mary Hager, his wife of 61 years, and four daughters.
  • Judith Powers Cherrington’58, retired teacher and tutor; May 14, 2020, in Whitinsville, Mass. She was predeceased by a son and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Donald R. Murphy’58, U.S. Air Force veteran, retired attorney; April 13, 2020, in Fitchburg, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Susan Murphy.


  • James R. Bakkom’60, studio artist, freelance set designer, recipient of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology award; June 23, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. Survivors include Gail Bakkom, his wife of 54 years, a daughter and a son.
  • John W. Reinholz’60, July 13, 2020, in Holmes Beach, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Penelope Reinholz, two daughters and two sons.
  • U.S. Steele’60, retired social worker; Aug. 2, 2020, in Loves Park, Ill. He is survived by one son.
  • Terry V. McGuire’61, retired director of donor relations at Virginia Polytechnic Institute; July 22, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Pat McGuire, and two sons.
  • Thomas P. Myers’63, retired curator and professor of anthropology; Aug. 31, 2020, in Gordonsville, Va. He is survived by his wife, Cherie Myers, and a son.
  • Frederick L. Sputh’66, U.S. Navy veteran, orthodontist, community service volunteer; July 27, 2020, in Lafayette, Ind. Survivors include Ann Sputh, his wife of 53 years, a daughter and a son.
  • Dr. James W. Lagocki’67, retired otolaryngologist; April 28, 2020, in Peoria, Ill. He was predeceased by a son, and is survived by his wife, Janet Lagocki, and a daughter.


  • Linda Reeves Kolb’70, retired sports administrator, avid tennis player and golfer; July 16, 2020, in Brevard, N.C. She is survived by Kenneth Kolb’69, her husband of 48 years, and two sons.
  • Daniel R. Crawmer’72, real estate broker and appraiser; May 26, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. He was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Gallivan Crawmer’73, and is survived by his wife, Kathy Clinton, and two sons.
  • Steven J. Bresky’76, president and CEO of Seaboard Corporation; July 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Survivors include his sister, Patricia Bresky’73, a daughter and a son.
  • Randall A. Evans’77, architectural designer, craftsman, historic restoration consultant and contractor; April 25, 2020, in Athens, N.Y. He is survived by Carrie Feder, his wife of 40 years.
  • Raymond J. Carr’78, June 30, 2020, in Paterson, N.J. Survivors include numerous family members.


  • Geoffrey C. Valley’82, sculptor, artist, photographer; July 30, 2020, in Centerville, Ohio. He is survived by Janeth Valley, his wife of 30 years, and three daughters.
  • Courtney O. Ellis’84, president of Counter Research Corporation; Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Amina Bhatia, one daughter and two sons.


  • Colin E. Davis’17, student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering; July 30, 2020, in Troy, N.Y. Survivors include his parents, William Davis and Jane Elder.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Doreen Volz Dalman, former academic program coordinator for Beloit College’s Sanger Center for the Sciences and Chamberlin Hall of Science; Aug. 1, 2020 in Bayfield, Wis. Survivors include her partner Steve Ballou, former science center technician.
  • Howard Farris, former Beloit College professor of psychology; March 29, 2019, in Dunedin, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Donna Gustafson Farris’60, and children.
  • Phyllis Wendorf, family host and friend to countless Beloit College international students over 25 years; Aug. 21, 2020, Beloit, Wis. She is survived by her husband, Al Wendorf, one son, and two daughters.

Also In This Issue

  • We Are No. 5 in the Nation

  • These tents provide shelter and ample space for in-person, outdoor classes.

    Masks, Circus Tents, and a New Campus Normal

  • In late August, the Powerhouse’s new Field House received a few finishing touches. The square footage of this flexible open space has been a boon for students staying active while distancing during a pandemic.

    Alumni generosity, an education for the public good, and more news in brief

  • In the summer of 2019, Writing on Two Wheels used biking to spark writing projects. This year, a summer like no other provided ample prompts.

    Writing Wherever You Are


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